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Alumnus to face trial in West Bank
By KRISTIAN DAVIS BAILEY
Originally published Feb. 27, 2012.
Fadi Quran ’10 — a Palestinian-American Stanford alumnus who was arrested by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank on Friday, will be brought to trial Monday morning in Jerusalem, his sister, Semma Qura’an, told The Daily. As reported by Stanford alumnus PolicyMic reporter Jake Horowitz, Quran is being held in Al Maskubiyeh Prison in Jerusalem, not Ofer Prison in the West Bank, as previously reported by several sources, including The Daily. Hurriyah Ziada, a student at Birzeit Unviersity in Palestine, who was with Quran moments before his arrest, confirmed this information. Quran’s release and trial are not guaranteed, according to his sister. “We do not know if he will be released today. We only hope for it,” Semma Qura’an wrote in a
Facebook message to The Daily from the West Bank.“No one is allowed contact with him other than his lawyer — even he has limited access.” Quran, a Palestinian American from Hebron, West Bank, graduated from Stanford with a double major in international relations and physics and returned home to work in the alternative energy field while advocating nonviolent resistance to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. Quran served as president of Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) during the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 academic years. He was arrested Friday in Hebron, West Bank, for allegedly pushing an Israeli soldier during a protest against the 18-year Israelienforced closure of Hebron’s main street to Palestinian citizens. Stanford students and graduates quickly organized around
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Stanford submitted its final proposal to build an applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island in October. The University later withdrew from the competition. Above, a view of Manhattan from the proposed campus site.
Stanford submits NYC proposal
By BILLY GALLAGHER and $100 million to develop its campus over the next 30 years. Once completed, “StanfordNYC” is expected to be home to more than 200 faculty members and 2,000 graduate students studying engineering, applied sciences, technology and entrepreneurship. The University is committing an initial $200 million toward StanfordNYC to cover startup costs and an initial endowment for research. If the proposal is selected, Stanford will begin a $1.5 billion, 10-year fundraising campaign to finance the new campus and its endowment. “StanfordNYC will bring Stanford’s unparalleled track record in research, innovation and entrepreneurship to New York City, the world’s capital of finance, arts and culture,” President John Hennessy wrote in the submission letter to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “StanfordNYC has the
Originally published Oct. 27, 2011.
Stanford University submitted its proposal today to build a $2.5 billion, 1.9 million square-foot graduate school of applied sciences and engineering in New York City. If the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) selects Stanford’s proposal, the city will grant the University land on Roosevelt Island
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Luck goes to Colts with first overall pick
By JACK BLANCHAT
Originally published on April 27, 2012.
Luck and a horseshoe. Some things just go together perfectly. After months of waiting, the Indianapolis Colts finally made Andrew Luck’s NFL dream official on Thursday night, selecting Luck with the first overall pick in the NFL draft. While Indianapolis general manager Ryan Grigson had already announced that the Colts would select Luck earlier in the week, the Stanford star said the moment he?d been anticipating for over two years was still an exciting one. It was great. It was everything I ever though it would be, Luck told ESPN. I can?t wait to start with the Colts.? Proudly displaying a blue Colts hat and
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First overall pick and new Indianapolis Colt Andrew Luck posed holding his new jersey with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Luck is the fourth Stanford quarterback to be chosen with the No. 1 pick in the draft.
horseshoe lapel pin, Luck’s message to Indianapolis fans was to hope for the best and promised that he would come in and work hard for his new team. I feel so honored, so grateful to represent this city now and be a part of the team, he said. Luck is the fourth No. 1 overall draft pick to come out of Stanford, following Bobby Garrett, the first pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1954, Jim Plunkett, the Oakland Raiders choice in 1971, and John Elway, who garnered a trade to the Denver Broncos after being picked first by the Baltimore Colts in 1983. For now, Luck will be tasked with taking over a team that went 2-14 last year, as well as replace future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning, who was released by the team
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By CAROLINE CHEN velopment Corporation refused to comment on the negotiation process and whether they had played a “bait and switch” game with Stanford. “All schools were competing on the same terms and all of the terms were outlined specifically in the RFP (Request for Proposal). It’s that simple,” said one city official, who asked to remain anonymous and declined to comment further. “Nothing about the RFP was firm,” said University spokesperson Lisa Lapin. “The city was making changes to all of the terms of the project.” For instance, Lapin said that the city required Stanford to proceed with the project even if the city revoked the $100 million it promised to the competition winner. “There were issues about liability for . . . the environmental risks involved in the site,” Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82 told The Daily. “They wanted us to indemnify them for anything they had done, anything that had happened. So for example, if somebody sued about exposure to chemicals 20 years ago, we would have been liable; and that’s an example.” Hennessy added that the city also backtracked on the amount of land they had promised. Originally, Stanford believed they would be granted land from shore to shore on Roosevelt Island. But New York cut back the land offer, which meant that Stanford would have to pay to buy additional land if they wanted to build the campus for which they originally planned. Finally, Hennessy said Stanford could not see eye to eye with the city on how quickly the campus could scale up. “We would not compromise our faculty hiring standards,” Hennessy said. “Particularly when many faculty already believe they live in Nirvana . . . [that] increased some of the issues for us in terms of how to scale up.” Hennessy and the faculty committee resisted the city’s push to ramp up quickly. “This needs to be one university, two campuses, not an A campus and a B campus,” Hennessy said. “Clearly, a smaller campus but it can’t be different quality-wise.And that I think was a real point of differentiation between Stanford and what the city wanted.” Besides the changing terms of the RFP, it seems that Stanford was turned off by the tone of the negotiations, which led the University to feel that it could not work successfully with the city. “I think Stanford wanted very much to do
This piece, originally published January 30, 2012, was the first in a series of articles by The Daily News Staff exploring Stanford’s bid and subsequent withdrawal from the competition for an applied sciences and engineering campus in New York City.
Stanford withdrew its bid for a New York applied sciences and engineering campus because the city repeatedly revised the terms of its offer and could not be trusted as a reliable partner, said Stanford administrators, responding to media reports that Stanford was not adequately prepared for the tough negotiation style of New York officials. Stanford’s sudden withdrawal on Dec. 16 surprised many, as the University was considered a frontrunner in the competition. The University press release announced that Stanford had decided, “it would not be in the best interests of the University to continue to pursue the opportunity,” but did not provide any details or explanation. Cornell, Stanford’s main competitor and the ultimate competition winner, announced a $350 million gift hours after Stanford’s withdrawal, prompting speculations that Stanford had pulled out after hearing about Cornell’s donation in advance, an allegation that Stanford administrators have denied. Meanwhile, The New York Times reported that “the University, with no experience building in New York, recoiled at meeting terms laid down by the city after its proposal was submitted, while Cornell, with extensive experience in the city — its medical school is in Manhattan — expected such negotiations.” The New York Times quoted a city official as saying, “Stanford could not or would not keep up.” Up until now, Stanford officials have not spoken publicly about specific details of the failed negotiations. Last Thursday, President John Hennessy discussed his decision with the Faculty Senate. “The city made a set of requirements which from our perspective, would increase the risk and cost, and decrease some of the long term benefits,” he said. “While we believed we could win the proposal, it would require us to make concessions which would reduce future opportunities for the core campus . . . and compromise the university campus.” Officials at both the New York Mayor’s office and the New York City Economic De-
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Stanford withdrew its proposal for a New York campus on Dec. 16. In reflecting on the negotiation process within the competition for the applied sciences campus, Stanford officials said that the city repeatedly revised the terms of its offer, making an agreement untenable.
this, if we had a willing partner in New York City,” said Jim Plummer, dean of the School of Engineering. “I think that it became clear as we went through the negotiations that it was more of a city talking to a land developer kind of discussion, rather than a partner talking to a partner.” All together, these aspects made Stanford feel that success could not be guaranteed. “If we could not succeed in achieving everything that NYC wanted, then we would have had a campus 3,000 miles away that would end up being an albatross around our neck,” Etchemendy said. In New York, Roosevelt Islanders said they were shocked to hear that Stanford was withdrawing. “Everybody was completely stunned beyond imagination; the news flew through the community like wildfire,” said Denise Shull, a common councilor on Roosevelt Island’s Residents Association Silicon Island Subcommittee. Schull said she was disappointed that Stanford dropped their bid. “From my perspective . . . the island was much more in support of Stanford. They just have a fabulous reputation. There’s just no two ways about it,” she said. On the other hand, residents have also welcomed Cornell enthusiastically. “In reflection, now that Cornell is going to be here, New York is going to be able to do it’s own thing, rather that be a satellite to Silicon Valley,” said Jonathan Kalkin, former director of the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation. At the end of the day, Stanford maintains that the bid was worthwhile, even though the proposal cost the University $3 million. “The saying ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’ is most apt,” read the University press release at the time of Stanford’s withdrawal. Contact Caroline Chen at email@example.com.
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potential to help catapult New York City into a leadership position in technology, to enhance its entrepreneurial endeavors and outcomes, diversify its economic base, enhance its talent pool and help our nation maintain its global lead in science and technology.” The school will have an emphasis on transferring discoveries to the marketplace, as it is expected to serve as a catalyst for new jobs in New York. If StanfordNYC can produce just 50 percent of the Stanford startups in Silicon Valley, over 100,000 new jobs could be created in the first 20 to 30 years on Roosevelt Island, University officials said in a press release Wednesday. They also claimed that Silicon Valley venture capitalists have indicated they would follow Stanford to New York. A faculty committee designed StanfordNYC’s academic program, which will focus heavily on programs in engineering, computer science, entrepreneurship, graduate business and technology management. “We can create a community of scholars in an entirely new environment, generating the next wave of ideas and breakthroughs,” said Jim Plummer, dean of Stanford’s School of Engineering, in the press announcement. “Innovation happens when you are challenged by new problems and look at solutions from new perspectives. Our faculty is very excited about the possibilities of New York City.” Hennessy noted that he sees the program expanding over the years to the undergraduate population. “Over time, we can also devel-
op programs for undergraduates in New York,” Hennessy said in a late September joint interview with the Stanford Report, Stanford magazine and The Daily. “I can imagine a program potentially larger than our Washington, D.C. program or any of our overseas programs — where students can spend a quarter or more in the city. The cultural richness of New York — in the visual arts, drama, music — offers benefits both to students and to the departments here on campus.” This submission marks the beginning of the final stage of a yearlong process. Bloomberg and the NYCEDC launched Applied Sciences NYC last December with a request for proposals (RFP). Hennessy discussed the idea with the Faculty Senate and led Stanford in submitting a formal “expression of interest” in March; a New York campus was also the center of focus in April’s Academic Council meeting. In July, Bloomberg requested specific plans from the 27 institutions — and others that met certain criteria — that responded to the RFP. Since then, Stanford has been working on its formal submission: a 600-page proposal that includes detailed academic, financial, design and legal documents. The Board of Trustees approved the proposal in a meeting early this month. Final proposals are due by Friday; after that point, NYC officials will begin the process of review. Stanford officials are expecting to travel to New York City after Thanksgiving to discuss the proposal. The city plans to make a decision by the end of the year. However, there has been speculation that Bloomberg may end up picking multiple winners. Co-
lumbia University and New York University have proposed increasing the size and scope of their existing programs in the city, while Carnegie Mellon University is proposing a school in Brooklyn. Since none of these proposals involve Roosevelt Island, there is the possibility that the city could award Roosevelt Island to one group and a second site to another group. “I want a new player here,” said NYU President John Sexton to Crains New York. “I’ve been encouraging Stanford since February to come into this. I’m delighted Cornell is in this. We have different ideas that aren’t in competition with each other. They complement each other.” One potential complication to awarding multiple schools the $100 million and land grant is Bloomberg’s term, which expires in 2013. Bloomberg’s administration has moved very quickly to select a school in just one year to break ground while Bloomberg is still in office. Accomplishing this with two different groups could prove difficult. Many of the 27 institutions that expressed interest have dropped their bid for consideration; Purdue, a public university, decided to stop pursuing the applied sciences campus in late September, citing insufficient financial backing from New York. Cornell continues to be Stanford’s main contender for the
Roosevelt Island bid. The two universities are widely considered to be the favorites to be selected and have been making similar moves since the competition began. Cornell reportedly hired a lobbyist and a public relations firm for its pitch, and University President David Skorton made a pitch in a July 11 YouTube video. Stanford has hired public relations firm Edelman and political consulting firm Tusk and most recently had Google co-founders Larry Page M.S. ‘98 and Sergey Brin M.S. ‘95 expressing their support for Stanford’s bid on Stanford’s new Tumblr site. Most importantly, both schools have gained partners in their bids since the initial proposals. Earlier this month, Cornell declared that it would partner with The Technion — Israel Institute of Technology. A week before Cornell announced the partnership, Stanford declared the creation of “Stanford@CCNY,” a collaboration with the City University of New York (CUNY) and City College of New York (CCNY). If Stanford’s proposal is accepted, Stanford@CCNY will offer joint CCNY-Stanford B.A./M.S. and B.S./M.S. degree programs, giving City College students a unique opportunity to pursue an advanced degree at Stanford as undergraduates. “One of the evaluation criteria is community engagement and
community outreach,” said Stanford spokesperson Lisa Lapin. “Our partnership with CCNY is going to help us get a jumpstart on a campus there and give us an academic location while we build a new campus.” Lapin noted that the collaboration with CCNY is “not directly related” to Stanford’s proposal, noting that New York’s criteria does not require a partnership with any in-city organization. Lapin said the collaboration would allow Stanford to have faculty and students in New York in 2013, before the permanent facilities would be completed on Roosevelt Island. Hennessy sees the proposed campus as a great opportunity for not only Stanford and New York, but also the entire nation. “We are an American university, founded to do things for the people and this country,” Hennessy said in his joint interview with Stanford new sources. “That’s certainly embedded in the Founding Grant language. I’m convinced that this country’s leadership position in science and technology will be jeopardized if we cannot grow more major institutions and produce more graduates in science and technology.” Contact Billy Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The value of a liberal education
Originally published Oct. 31, 2011.
The founder’s syndrome at Stanford
Originally published Feb. 24, 2012.
ecall, if you will, your first visit to Stanford. Perhaps you were an ambitious, awkward high school junior shuffling starry-eyed through an official tour. Maybe you were fleeing the stresses of impending AP tests by attending Admit Weekend. Regardless, it’s a safe bet that somewhere along the way, someone excitedly told you about the diverse opportunities available to undergraduates, epitomized by the 600-plus student groups on campus. Yet how many student groups are active and adding value to Stanford? A tenth? A third? The sheer number of student groups created every quarter raises questions about whether each group truly serves a well-defined and unique purpose. Though Stanford students like to brag about the humility of campus culture, the abundance of voluntary student organizations (VSOs) seems to challenge this ideal. No amount of tanning on the Oval can undo the ambitious mentality of achievement that led many of us to Stanford. Students who apply for prestigious postgraduate scholarships or employment know that selection committees look favorably upon individuals who have founded new organizations. As a result, the campus framework for entrepreneurship tends to reify initiatives that are new and revolutionary, fitting neatly into the rhetoric of innovation. Part of the problem lies in the way new VSOs are often founded; a great deal of focus is placed on launching the initiative, but comparatively little time is invested in building a sustainable organizational infrastructure. As a result, once the enthusiastic founders graduate, many VSOs decline and eventually become inactive. Cre-
ating new student groups is not inherently problematic, but the impulse to found new organizations often leads to groups that duplicate each others’ missions. This problem is not unique to Stanford — indeed, it is common in nonprofits all over the world, and it stems from the hubris inherent in a founding mentality. By being more cognizant about the dynamics of sustainable versus unsustainable student groups, VSO leaders can mitigate this problem. Resolving this issue is difficult, as it means shifting the focus of Stanford culture from one that exalts the founders of new entities to one that gives credit to those who breathe new life into existing organizations — a far less glamorous role. Yet while entrepreneurship, as embodied in the current campus mentality, is the source of the problem, it may also be the solution. Reviving struggling student groups requires entrepreneurial skills at the highest level — aggressive fundraising and recruiting, adept management and passionate vision. A truly entrepreneurial campus would place as much emphasis and value on sustaining and reviving existing student groups as it does upon founding new ones. This means having the humility to recognize the value in realizing other people’s ideas, as well as one’s own. Stanford students are infatuated with the rhetoric of entrepreneurship, but this means that entrepreneurship is defined in dangerously narrow terms.The Editorial Board recommends that the ASSU execute a comprehensive review of VSOs, identifying areas where student groups can combine or collaborate. This process would allow the ASSU to conduct a needs assessment of student group resource needs, as well as Please see FOUNDER, page 7
tudents’ anticipation of the opening of winter quarter enrollment this past weekend undoubtedly prompted some students to express frustration over Stanford’s General Education Requirements (GERs). The nonStructured Liberal Education (SLE) students are required to take three IHUM courses, two PWR classes and classes that cover five Disciplinary Breadth areas (Humanities, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Applied Sciences and Engineering) and two of four Education for Citizenship requirements. In practice, this amounts to around eight to 10 courses outside of one’s major (the Foreign Language requirement, not technically a GER, requires up to three additional classes). Although the GERs fall under criticism, the theory underlying their existence — that values a liberal education, or an education involving study in all the major subfields — is sound.Although a liberal education might once have been valued for the purpose of educating the future elite in upper-class social norms, such as an understanding of Greek, in the 21st Century a more practical justification is in order. There are at least two such justifications. One is that, in exposing all students to a wide range of fields, requiring a liberal education can help students find new intellectual passions. Given that many Stanford students ultimately major in something completely different from what they originally intended, this benefit cannot be ignored. However, we must also justify the liberal
education for those students who are completely certain of their major and future career. A common question asked by critiques of a liberal education goes something like this: why should an English major, dead set on writing for a living, need to take classes in math, science and engineering? But the fact that college education is becoming increasingly specialized further warrants liberal education requirements. We are entering a workforce and society where having knowledge in just one field will not suffice. The National Academy of Engineering, for instance,recognizes the importance of a liberal education. In its 2004 report on the “Engineer of 2020,” the NAE stated that “learning disciplinary technical subjects to the exclusion of a selection of humanities, economics, political science, language and/or interdisciplinary technical subjects is not in the best interest of producing engineers able to communicate with the public, able to engage in a global engineering marketplace, or trained to be lifelong learners.” And in an increasingly technology-dependent world, it is important that those majoring in the humanities and social sciences have college-level exposure to math, science and engineering if their major does not already require it. Yet despite the fantastic class offerings across many disciplines at Stanford, the Study on Undergraduate Education at Stanford found that students often fall under the misguided impression that their major represents the entirety of their relevant college education. High unit counts in certain majors
are likely somewhat responsible for this trend, although also at play is the fact that some students may not take GERs seriously. In its extreme form, some students see little to no value in being required to take classes outside their primary discipline. This is a particularly shortsighted belief;the concept of a liberal education, for instance, is widely endorsed among Stanford faculty and in the professional world. These students,however,are not entirely to blame for negative perspectives on the GER system; the current requirements have some serious flaws. Though well intentioned, the IHUM requirement engrains many freshmen with a belief that future GERs are to be resented, not welcomed. Furthermore, for those who want an easy way out of the requirements, CourseRank makes it simple to find the approximately 7 percent of Disciplinary Breadth classes that reportedly have fewer than five hours of work per week. Although it is impossible to expect all students to challenge themselves in fulfilling GERs, a University that values its requirements should not aid students who want to shirk them. Accordingly, classes that fulfill GER requirements should have to pass a certain rigor. They should also have to be relevant to Stanford’s mission in providing a practical liberal education. As it stands, the application of which classes fulfill the breadth requirement and which do not is incoherent. It is hard to understand why History 257C (LGBT History in the United States) cannot fulfill one of the five breadth GERs while Please see LIBERAL, page 7
Beat Cal, but not with batons
Originally published Nov. 18, 2011.
n a week that usually involves plenty of rivalry, from Big Sing to Gaieties to the various Band rallies and, of course, Big Game, we would like to take a moment to urge Stanford students to stand in solidarity with Cal students in recognition of some of their recent struggles. Many students will have seen the videos of police action against non-violent protesters in Sproul Plaza on Nov. 9, 2011.The students were members of the “Occupy Cal” movement, one of many similar movements across the country, but with a more explicit focus on issues facing UC-Berkeley and the UC system. These concerns include the significant fee hikes of the past few years as well as the issue of layoffs and reduced benefits for unionized Cal workers, among others. The students chose to protest in Sproul Plaza, holding rallies but also setting up a makeshift camp to maintain a round-the-clock presence in keeping with the spirit of the Occupy movement. The University deemed this encampment illegal and sent in police to dismantle the encampment. Protestors met the police and formed a human chain around the tents in the tradition of civil disobedience and nonviolent protest. The police’s use of batons to forcibly break through the chain was the subject of the video that soon went viral. We recognize that the administration and police’s decision to dis-
mantle the encampment on Nov. 9 and again on Nov. 17 was not a malicious one. Indeed, many of the concerns that Chancellor Robert Birgeneau raised regarding the “hygiene, safety, space and conflict issues” are valid. Any police force, be it the one at Cal or the New York City Policy Department, must make a decision regarding the best use of its resources, and monitoring a protest encampment may well detract from secure policing elsewhere in the community. What is unacceptable, however, was the police’s use of violence in the face of civil disobedience. In that situation, the appropriate response is citation and/or arrest in accordance with the University’s regulations. Indeed, this is what the police did on Nov. 17, issuing citations for illegal lodging and failure to disperse when given a dispersal order. Ultimately, the UC-Berkeley Police Review Board will assess last week’s actions by the UCPD. It is telling, however, that the recommendations made by the Police Review Board in June 2010 in the wake of the 2009 Wheeler Hall protests have still not been fully implemented. In this context, the University must take more substantive action, perhaps by first implementing the 2010 recommendations, to prove that it is committed to the right of students to protest peaceably. The issues of disinvestment in higher education are not unique to Cal, of course, and not even to the UC system. To this end, we ap-
plaud those Cal students voicing their concerns, both on campus and in Sacramento, where a number of students and faculty went to lobby legislators and hold a press conference on the issue of disinvestment in higher education in the state. While Stanford is fortunate that it has benefited from considerable recent investment and has not faced cuts in education or programming of the type that the UC system has undergone, Cal’s concerns are, fundamentally, Stanford’s concerns. Reduced funding for public higher education means that Stanford students’ peers in the UC system may not have the resources or opportunities to further their work — work which could ultimately benefit and influence the work of the wider academic community at Stanford and elsewhere — while the fee hikes and reductions to financial aid limit the size of that community of scholars. As Big Game Week comes to a close, there is no doubt that Stanford students want, and expect, the Cardinal to prevail on the football field. Off the field though, what unites us is far greater than what divides us. Both in response to the police actions against protesters on Nov. 9 and with regard to some of the core complaints of those protesters regarding the state of public higher education in California, we urge Stanford students to recognize and support the efforts of their colleagues at Cal to stand up to the threats facing their education.
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Chi Theta Chi and University ownership
Originally published Feb. 15, 2012.
“Work hard, play hard”not healthy
Originally published April 30, 2012.
ednesday, Feb. 8 was a momentous day for the residents and alumni of Chi Theta Chi, a student run cooperative house that is one of only two on-campus student residences not owned by the University. A collection of University officials (including the Vice Provost of Student Affairs, the Dean of Residential Education, and the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Residential & Dining Enterprises) told Chi Theta Chi’s managerial staff that the University planned to not renew Chi Theta Chi’s land lease, thereby bringing the house under University ownership. During the meeting, the University cited a number of reasons for its decision, including: Chi Theta Chi’s expired corporation status with the State of California (which means Chi Theta Chi cannot be held liable for incidents on its property), fire inspection violations and concerns about the comfort and safety of students who draw into the house but may not wish to live there. Currently, the University plans to begin collecting rent from residents starting spring quarter, to close the house over the summer for renovations (the first summer closure for the house in many years), and to reopen Chi Theta Chi as a fully integrated University co-op for the 2012-13 academic year. Reactions to the news across campus were largely negative. Students both within and outside of the co-op community expressed concern at the University’s handling of the announcement, which came with minimal forewarning and little attempt to jointly resolve the situation. Students also expressed concern at the potential loss of one of only two private-title student residences on campus, and the only private-title residence open to all Stanford undergraduates via the
Draw. The other private-title house, the all-male Sigma Chi fraternity, is typically only open to fraternity members during the academic year. As a private-title house, Chi Theta Chi offers unique management opportunities for its residents beyond ordinary self-op and co-op managerial duties. Current and former residents also cite Chi Theta Chi’s “work week” — a week before classes begin in September when all Chi Theta Chi residents work on house projects — and Chi Theta Chi’s ability to stay open to students during the summer as other unique advantages that University-owned houses do not offer. Undoubtedly, Chi Theta Chi needs to address some of the University’s complaints — by, for instance, correcting fire inspection violations. This Board, however, wonders if the University could have pursued less drastic measures before unilaterally revoking Chi Theta Chi’s lease. We question, for instance, the University justifying its decision by citing a tax status issue that only arose this past August (and has since been resolved) and what amounts to a straw-man argument about student “comfort and safety.” Chi Theta Chi was one of the most desirable residences in the 20112012 housing draw, so random students with poor draw numbers are not being assigned to Chi Theta Chi; Chi Theta Chi could also easily convert to a 100 percent pre-assigned residence to formally eliminate any potential unhappy residents. Particularly in light of the University’s decision to reinstate the Kappa Sigma fraternity’s housing for the 2012-13 academic year, we argue that it is equitable to give Chi Theta Chi a similar “second chance” to allay the University’s concerns. If Chi Theta Chi has not adequately addressed the University’s concerns Please see OWN, page 7
ork hard, play hard” is somewhat of a normative ideal at Stanford. When asked to characterize Stanford students, many of us are proud to proclaim it; it’s even part of the official motto of Stanford’s chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi, the business fraternity. Under this mentality, all-nighters are viewed with awe and respect, as is winning a game of beer pong after pounding down ten shots. One potential reason why the “work hard, play hard” mindset is so popular is because it connotes notions of a balanced life. But is it really a balance to have two long nights of partying after averaging five hours of sleep per night in the week beforehand? Simply put, the “work hard, play hard” mentality leaves little room for personal wellness. If anything, it suggests that the stresses induced by intense academic and extracurricular schedules can be overcome by partying, drinking and/or doing drugs. Instead, these behaviors only serve to mask the reality of the situation. In 2001, David Brooks labeled Princeton students as “Future Workaholics of America.” Across the country and eleven years later, this label still seems appropriate. At Stanford, merely taking classes at
one of the most rigorous universities is not enough; we pile on various other commitments: athletics, part-time jobs, public service, performing arts, research, start-ups, you name it. Most of the time, we decide to pursue these activities of our own accord, out of genuine interest. As Brooks wrote, “promises of enjoyable work abound.” And yet, our myriad commitments invariably add stress to our lives and, quite often, a feeling of being overwhelmed. But whereas it is relatively straightforward to identify the excesses of playing hard, such as alcoholinduced vomiting and hangovers, it is not always as easy to recognize the dangers of being overcommitted. For instance, studies show that sleep deprivation and excessive stress are linked to increased rates of heart disease, obesity and other effects that are only apparent in the long run. And while the workaholic lifestyle can be emotionally damaging in the shortterm, these effects are subtle and hard to attribute to any one cause. Even when a student is able to recognize that excessive work is having immediate effects on his well-being, there is not always a simple solution to the problem beyond riding out tough times. Many common commitments on campus are difficult to drop mid-year. Please see WORK, page 7
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Faculty Senate hears report on undergrad. education
By KURT CHIRBAS and MARGARET RAWSON IHUM: Replaced, or rebranded? The report recommends replacing the Introduction to Humanities program, a yearlong requirement for freshmen since 1996, with a one-quarter “Thinking Matters” course. “Few topics elicited as much discussion with the SUES committee, and fewer still provoked such ambivalent feelings,” the study said of its examination of the controversial IHUM series, which is currently mandatory for all freshmen not enrolled in the alternative program, Structured Liberal Education (SLE). The report initially compliments the IHUM program and notes the resources that have gone into its development, but quickly changes tune due to student dissatisfaction. “IHUM’s sustained attention to student learning and effective pedagogy makes it a model not only for future freshman programs, but also for other units in the University,” the report reads. “All these distinctions only make the response of students more disappointing.” “We found a troubling pattern of student alienation from IHUM, manifested in (relatively) low course evaluations, poor attendance at lectures and a widespread failure to engage deeply with course materials.” The report comments on low student approval of IHUM and described a phenomenon known as “IHUM kid” — students mocked by others for deep interest in the course material. “Paradoxically, the very program we intend to fire students’ imaginations and awaken them to the possibilities of university-level learning has become the paradigmatic ‘tick box’ requirement,” the report reads. As a result, the committee recommends replacing IHUM with a one-quarter Thinking Matters course, which would be developed and overseen by a governance board made up of faculty across the University. A pilot program of these courses would begin during the upcoming 2012 to 2013 academic year. “Our idea is that by taking a Thinking Matters course, students can have some of the experiences that are exemplified by fall quarter IHUM,” McConnell said. “But that you can choose whether to do that in the humanities, the sciences, the social sciences. You can choose the idea that you want to explore.” The report lists possible Thinking Matters courses such as “Evil” taught by philosophy professor Chris Bobonich; “The Nature of Law” with Dean of Stanford Law School Larry Kramer; and a course entitled “Social Animals, Social Revolutions, Social Revolutions,” which would be co-taught by French professor Dan Edelstein, biology professor Deborah Gordon and professor of computer science Eric Roberts. Faculty members have not yet committed to these courses, according to the report. The new courses would be smaller in size than most IHUM classes and would not be restricted to humanities-related topics. While mandatory for freshman, Thinking Matters would be open to all four classes. “All students are required to take one, but they have the incentive to take more if they want because it will count towards breadth requirements,” said Aysha Bagchi ’11, one of the two student members of the committee. Bagchi, a recent recipient of the Rhodes scholarship and a former Daily columnist, said her own IHUM experience was mostly positive, but could understand some of the resentment directed at the program by students. “It does take up a big part of your freshman year, and it does make it hard to explore,” she said. Bagchi said that a minor recommendation of the committee is to alter the grading system that was previously used IHUM. The report referenced, “the severity and seeming arbitrariness of the grading system,” and the fact that “many students referred to the program as ‘B-HUM.’” Some have questioned whether the new program will differ substantially from IHUM. Many of the proposed courses are current fall-quarter IHUM classes, such as “The Poet Remaking the World,” “Can the People Rule?” and “Epic Journeys.” According to ASSU Senator Dan DeLong ’13, some students that he has talked to are worried that the new program is simply an “IHUM name-change.” English professor and SUES committee member Jennifer Summit, who has previously taught in the IHUM program, said that Thinking Matters will focus less on specific content and more on the learning process. She added that instead of simply being an introduction to humanities, the curriculum would be “an introduction to college-level analysis.” Introductory Seminars One of the most contentious recommendations of the report is to require each freshman to take at least one introductory seminar, to provide a variety of learning environments to students in the first year of study. “On one hand, we want every freshman to get to know a faculty member, in all of our quirkiness and our passion for what we do,” McConnell said. “We think the advantages of being in a seminar are really worth the requirement. That’s a subset of the committee, and a small majority. There is another set of people both in the committee and in the University who worry. They agree with the goals, but they worry that by requiring the seminar that the seminars will lose some of their attractiveness to students.And the last thing we want to do is to damage a great program.” McConnell compared the proposed requirement to the Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) which, while a requirement, receives mostly positive feedback from students, McConnell said, due to a wide variety of course options. “We had a huge debate in the committee about this issue,” Bagchi said. “I think most people were initially divided, so we had a really open debate.” Bagchi noted that most committee members are very positive about IntroSems but fear the effect of making them a requirement. A student representative of the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies (C-USP), Stephen Trusheim ’13, voiced his concerns on Thursday in an email sent to the undergraduate ASSU Senate list. “I worry that, no matter what, a requirement will lead to people getting stuck in classes that they don’t want to take, which will ruin the class for everyone else,” Trusheim wrote, arguing that the best aspect of IntroSems is found in the enthusiasm of students to be present and learn about a topic of interest in a close setting. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam addressed an issue of supply and demand concerning Introductory Seminars but said that he believes that shifting to a requirement would be possible, both because faculty members enjoy teaching the seminars and being able to choose their students through applications. Elam said there are currently 120 IntroSems offered per year. Residential learning McConnell noted in the Faculty Senate meeting that there is a perceived “disconnect between the academic and residential lives” of Stanford students. The report heralded SLE as “a model of integrated residential learning,” a program through which freshmen students attend classes and discussions in their East Florence Moore dormitory. “The kind of moniker of ‘IHUM kid’ for somebody that tries to bring up something that he’s learned in IHUM —- when we went to SLE, we didn’t find that,” Campbell said. “We found that students are living together. They’re learning together. They’re arguing about stuff over dinner.” While the report does not recommend mandating SLE — stating that the program “flourishes precisely because it is a small, alternative program that students choose to join” — it does call for the creation of similar programs where students can choose to learn in their residential environments. The report
Originally published January 27, 2012.
The Faculty Senate heard the culmination of two years of work by the Study on Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) Thursday, a report of more than 100 pages that examines the methods and goals of a Stanford education. The study concluded with 55 recommendations to improve undergraduate education, such as the replacement of the Introduction to Humanities (IHUM) program and a new, non-disciplinary system of breadth requirements. Co-chairs James Campbell, the Edgar E. Robinson Professor in U.S. history, and Susan McConnell, the Susan B. Ford Professor in biology, led the 17-member committee and presented the study’s findings to the Senate. Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing SUES undertook an examination of the breadth requirements of a current undergraduate education. The report recommends a new system based primarily on seven skills deemed essential for students: esthetic and interpretive inquiry; social inquiry; scientific analysis; formal and quantitative reasoning; engaging difference; moral and ethical reasoning; and creative expression. Under the recommended plan, titled, “Ways of Thinking, Ways of Doing,” either one or two courses will be required for each skill. “In conceiving breadth in a non-disciplinary way, we are not suggesting that disciplinary knowledge is unimportant,” the report reads. “We see knowledge and capacities as inextricable and reciprocal.” The report discusses a need for both integrative and adaptive learning, with the former exemplified by the fact that general education requirements, freshman-year Thinking Matters courses and major requirements will be permitted to overlap. The report noted that under the current system, students seem to view general education requirements as “tick boxes” and do not consider the meaning behind the selected requirements. “It is characteristic of faculty, on hearing all this, to condemn students for their cynicism, but the fault is more ours than theirs,” the report reads. “If they choose general education courses with little thoughtfulness of purpose, it is because we have failed to communicate to them why we believe these courses are important, what we hope they will gain from them and how they relate to the broader aims of a Stanford education.” Included in the report appendix is a comparison of Stanford’s breadth requirements with those of Yale, Princeton and Harvard.
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are there for our own benefit. Yes, there are legitimate problems with the GER system. But let us not allow the University to confuse these criticisms with those of students who simply do not value a liberal education.
Continued from page 4 Music 21 (Elements of Music I) can fulfill the Humanities requirement.And, if the University wants it students to appreciate the value of its requirements, professors in GER-fulfilling classes should be required to explain why their class is relevant to non-majors. These are just some of the first steps the University needs to take if it wants every student to view the GERs as a fundamental piece of his or her Stanford education. However, some of the onus is on students as well. It is easy to complain about GERs given high workloads, but that fact should not prevent us from embracing the notion of a liberal education. It is easy to complain about being forced to take classes outside a field of interest, but let us remember that sometimes requirements
Continued from page 5 For its part, the administration has worked hard to address the excesses of the play hard mentality, at least with regard to alcohol consumption. Alcohol Edu, the “open door practice,” publicizing the “social zone,” and other endeavors such as the OAPE’s Cardinal Nights program all aim toward this end. But while the administration has been very active in promoting responsible drinking, we feel it has spent relatively less time on the other side of the equation: teaching students how working hard, if done excessively, can be hazardous to one’s health. Certainly, there are services on campus, like The Bridge and CAPS, designed to help students deal with the effects of excess stress. But little is done to address the root of the problem. During
Continued from page 5 in a year, then revoking its land lease may be more justified. Chi Theta Chi’s independence produces a unique culture unlike any other residential culture on campus. The Facebook page in support of Chi Theta Chi is aptly titled “Keep XOX weird.” It would be a shame to unnecessarily compromise the independence of such a unique mainstay of campus culture.
New Student Orientation (NSO), for instance, we learn about many of the opportunities available on campus, but not how to prioritize or say no to any of them. In fact, some common orientation traditions only encourage us to feel as though we should do more. Take, for instance, the first welcome at Admit Weekend when we learn about the amazing accomplishments of a select number of our peers. This is inevitably followed by some affirmation of how “we all belong at Stanford.” The overall message, however, is concerning:You belong here, but work extremely hard because these are the kinds of people with which you’ll be taking classes. We are not advocating for students to shirk all their commitments, or for administrators to encourage such behavior. Working hard, from our perspective, is better than hardly working, and it is only natural for students to want to take advantage of the many
opportunities Stanford offers. What we view as problematic is taking on too much, sleeping too little, being too stressed and not dialing back because “everyone else does it too.” In short, we hope that students can start to better understand the physical and mental consequences of their lifestyles, and we ask that the administration play a more active role in this regard.
Continued from page 4 an evaluation of the ASSU’s own successes and failures in aiding VSOs. The hundreds of VSOs on campus offer a false promise to prospective students. By focusing on quality, rather than quantity, Stanford can build an entrepreneurial culture that is both effective and sustainable.
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Responding to student mental health crises
By KRISTIAN DAVIS BAILEY ford Peace of Mind (SPOM) to destigmatize mental health and illness on campus, died on April 1 in her Palo Alto residence, within a week of Wopat’s death. The cause of Hine’s death has not yet been reported. After a month of interviews, The Daily has compiled details of the night of Wopat’s suicide attempt in her Suites residence and how resident assistants (RAs) and University officials responded that night and in the following days. Several RAs in Suites felt the University response following Wopat’s death was inadequate, while others expressed gratitude for the University’s guidance. In addition, the response — or lack thereof — from the University to the larger student body regarding student death has been a source of tension between students who want information and University officials who seek to respect the privacy of victims and their families. University administrators cited federal privacy laws, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) when explaining why they are unable to discuss specific cases with The Daily and the general campus. Crisis in Suites Resident assistants in Suites were split over the effectiveness of the University’s reaction on the night of Wopat’s attempt and during her weeklong hospitalization prior to her death. Two RAs expressed frustration with a lack of explicit directives on how to address resident questions and emotional responses to Wopat’s hospitalization, though the other Suites RAs said University officials were very helpful throughout the process. “I don’t feel like the University was there to help us as RAs,” said Kiera O’Rourke ’13. O’Rourke and Jen Wylie ’13, also a Suites RA, commented that it was difficult not to relay information since many residents were present as ambulances arrived on campus. “When I came in, I saw all three floors of Jenkins [the house adjacent to Wopat’s residence] — all the windows lighted and people were standing in the window looking,” O’Rourke said. “You could see the ambulance — the sirens were going on outside,” Wylie said. “People were going to be like ‘What’s going on?’” Suites RA Elijah Frazier ’12, who said that many students witnessed the presence of EMTs, also said that very little information could be released because very little information was available at the time. O’Rourke, who acknowledged that Valentina del Olmo, the Residence Dean responsible for Suites, needed to be at the hospital with Wopat, said that having an adult present on campus that night would have been helpful. All four Suites RAs agreed that having an adult presence in the dorm following Wopat’s hospitalization would have been helpful. O’Rourke said alerting nearby resident fellows (RF) in the Sterling Quad or EAST, Murray or Yost houses could have solved the lack of adult presence, since Suites does not have an RF. She added she did not feel supported by the University in the days following Wopat’s suicide attempt, and that she did not know how to respond to students — as an RA and as a fellow student — following Wopat’s hospitalization. In her opinion, the University failed to give adequate directives to the Suites RAs. “We really didn’t know what to do,” she said. “It felt very futile.” O’Rourke said she was told a few days after Wopat’s hospitalization not to convey further information to students who did not know what had happened, but to ensure general resident well-being. “As an RA you feel hesitant to do the personal thing because you’re part of the voice of the University almost,” O’Rourke
This piece, originally published April 30, 2012, was the first in a four-part series on crisis response and mental health resources on campus.
Following the death of sophomore student-athlete Sam Wopat on March 25 and reports of several attempted suicides on campus this year, The Daily has undertaken a survey of existing campus resources and culture surrounding mental health. Today, we take a look at University reaction in the days and weeks directly following Sam Wopat’s suicide attempt and her death, exploring questions about how the University responds to student death, especially in cases of suicide. Next, The Daily will examine prevention, examining University systems in place to identify and help students in crisis and addressing reports of additional suicide attempts in campus residences. The Daily will then take a broader look at widespread student experience with mental health resources on campus and will highlight efforts to adapt campus culture for the future. Questions about University policy on communicating the death of a student were doubly present as Cady Hine, a junior English major who worked to establish Stan-
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Stanford, Cal students march in solidarity
By MARGARET RAWSON
Originally published Nov. 28, 2011.
Approximately 200 Stanford and University of CaliforniaBerkeley students gathered on Sat., Nov. 19 at the Arrillaga Alumni Center to march in opposition to police action against Occupy Cal student protesters. Occupy Cal students protesting in support of the national Occupy Wall Street movement and against tuition hikes clashed with Berkeley o campus police on Nov. 9 when they refused to remove their encampment in Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza. Police used batons against protesters, who linked arms and formed a wall around the tents. The day’s events resulted in 39 arrests, with an additional arrest the next morning, and injuries to protesters’ arms, heads and stomachs. Stanford organizers publicized Saturday’s march, which took place a few hours before this year’s Big Game, with the message “civil liberties have no rivalries.” “This is a rally that will speak to the character of students at both schools,” read a publicity email circulated by Stanford students before the march. “It will send a message that even the strongest rivals have the capacity to come together.” Protesters marched the streets surrounding the alumni center with signs, including one that read, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” referencing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s letter from Birmingham Jail. Group chants included, “It’s our reality. Stop police brutality!” The march ended at Cobb Track and Angell Field, where the crowd heard a few prepared speeches before an open-mic session. “I see a bunch of smart, young people who want to fight for a better world,” said Zachary Aslanian-Williams, a Berkeley transfer student, in his speech. Robert Slaughter, a senior at St. Mary’s College, described the events of the Nov. 9 protest. He recalled witnessing police using a baton against a woman to “stab her in the stomach five, six times.” “The police department is doing this to defenseless young people who are the future,” Slaughter said. “At this I’m wondering, what the hell is going to happen to me?” he said. Slaughter was arrested Nov. 9 and has been charged with three misdemeanors. He said he was held the longest of those who were arrested and described the nights he spent in the Oakland County Jail and Santa Rita Jail, where he was subjected to a strip search. He is awaiting a Dec. 12 arraignment. Shawn Dye ’14, ASSU senator and political action co-chair of the Stanford NAACP, said in an interview with The Daily that he, “was wondering if people would attack me like that.” This, along with a personal interest in the Occupy movement, prompted him to take a lead role in organizing Saturday’s march. “The police brutality I felt was uncalled for,” Dye said. “Looking
at the video evidence alone, we didn’t see any of the students provoking the police. As students, we have so much power that police see that as a threat.” “The goal here is change and seeking justice,” said Milton Achelpohl ’13, vice president of the Stanford NAACP. The Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) saw the march as an opportunity for outreach. SUDPS Chief Laura Wilson was present and stood on the side, listening to the student speeches. “I appreciate the way in which all of the participants have handled themselves today,” Wilson said, calling the protest “peaceful and productive.” “Some of the videos I have seen certainly were disturbing,” she said of the events in Sproul Plaza, though she added that she was not there in person. “It looks like us versus them,” Wilson said of what she sees as an unfortunate situation in which people “feel the police are not part of their community.” “My message would be that we do need to come together,” she said, noting opportunities such as police ride-alongs for Stanford community members to become more connected to SUDPS. Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Sally Dickson also commented positively on the march, which she helped students including Dye organize. “I’m very proud of our students,” Dickson said. “What happened at Cal from what I saw from the videos was tragic.” Some protesters were clear to draw a line between the Occupy movement as a whole and Saturday’s march against police brutality. “It’s not a matter of the Occupy situation but more about caring when people get hurt and motivating Stanford students to stand up for what is right,” said Rafael Vazquez ’12, chair of the ASSU Senate. “I’m really happy to see so many people who do care.” Student groups that helped organize Saturday’s march included the ASSU Executive and ASSU senators, MEChA de Stanford, the Stanford Asian American Students Association, the Stanford Asian American Activism Committee, the Stanford Black Student Union, the Stanford Muslim Student Awareness Network, the Stanford National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the Stanford Pilipino American Students Association, the Stanford Vietnamese Student Association and the Stanford Students of Color Coalition. Kelsei Wharton ’12, political action co-chair of Stanford NAACP and former ASSU vice president, described the march as an effort in “raising our collective consciousness.” “When people hear Occupy on this campus now, they’re not feeling it,” he said of Stanford’s perception. He described the issue as one of “trying to connect the dots together.” “You have to meet people where they are and be inclusive,” Wharton said of attracting stu-
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dents with a wide set of beliefs to the march. “You can’t have Stanford students tuned out.” “The way in which Occupy Cal has specific aims adds credence to the movement,” said ASSU Senate Deputy Chair Dan Ashton ’14, who also participated in the protest. “Hopefully, moving forward, the conversation at Stanford can be rooted in actionable change.” Maria Rohani, a senior at Berkeley, commented on the issue at the heart of Occupy Cal — concern that tuition may increase up to 81 percent over the next four years. “Occupy is about working against the system that takes advantage of those under it,” Rohani said, who was present at the Nov. 9 protest. “The UC system has been taking advantage of students for years now.” Rohani compared the concerns of protesters at Stanford and Berkeley. “You cannot have an Occupy movement at Cal without [tuition
Stanford moves to end Chi Theta Chi lease
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE & MARGARET RAWSON
Originally published Feb. 10, 2012.
Stanford moved Wednesday to revoke the lease of Chi Theta Chi (XOX), one of two non-University operated houses on campus, citing lease violations, liability concerns and “pressing life safety issues.” “Stanford hereby elects to terminate the lease pursuant to the termination right set forth in...the Lease,” read a letter delivered to the Alpha Epsilon Alumni Association of Theta Chi Fraternity, Inc. The University will take control of the house on April 2, due to “the Lessee’s failure to adequately respond to multiple and chronic breaches of the Lease,” read the letter, signed by Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman and Senior Associate Vice Provost of Residential and Dining Enterprises Shirley Everett. Chi Theta Chi, a house known for its independent spirit, began functioning as a co-operative in 1973 but did not officially split from Theta Chi Fraternity until the late ‘80s. XOX is one of two houses, the other being Sigma Chi, that are not operated directly by Stanford University, but rather have lease-hold agreements. The University owns the land on which XOX sits, but rents the plot on a long-term contract with a land-use fee. In the past, this agreement has allowed students more autonomy regarding administrative decisions. A May 1990 report on “Co-operative Living at Stanford” describes the house as “a haven for groups seeking to avoid University red tape.” “We are confused and saddened by the University’s attempt to remove ownership of the property from the house’s alumni board, which has controlled the property for decades,” said a press release from Chi Theta Chi. “This transfer of ownership would directly undermine the diversity of the living options available to to undergraduates - counter to the University’s stated goal.” Boardman, Dean of Residential Education Deborah Golder, Executive Director of Student Housing Rodger Whitney and other administrators attended a regularlyscheduled meeting between XOX representatives and Stanford Housing Wednesday.
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Stanford and Cal students marched together before the Big Game to protest police brutality against Occupy Cal protesters. The group ultimately gathered on Angell Field, where activists delivered speeches.
increases] being a focus,” she said. “When you go somewhere like Stanford, it may not be as tangible, but it’s still part of your world.” Contact Margaret Rawson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former XOX Resident Assistant (RA) Bear Douglas ’09 M.A. ’10 and former Resident Computer Consultant Abel Allison ’08, both members of the XOX alumni board, described the meeting as an “ambush” in an email to a XOX alumni email list. The administrators informed XOX that after deliberation, the University decided not to renew the house’s lease for this coming fall and to take control of the house on the first day of spring quarter. Students will begin paying rent to the University at the start of spring quarter this year. The house, which normally remains open, will be closed this coming summer to allow for University renovations. According to XOX student staff, the University provided several reasons for its decision. University officials cited that XOX has been using the tax identification number of Theta Chi Fraternity, despite the receipt of a cease-and-desist letter from the organization. Both Allison and Douglas denied any knowledge of this violation or such a letter. According to the email by Allison and Douglas, administrators expressed concerns that XOX has failed multiple fire safety inspections, is both financially and administratively incapable of avoiding default and has failed to maintain corporate status in California. Administrators also cited concerns that the University is ultimately responsible in the event of any lawsuits against the house, according to the email. A portion of students living in XOX are assigned to the house through the University draw, a factor that creates additional concerns for administrators worried about the experience of students who did not actively choose to live in the house. The University is “committed to working with the [XOX] alumni board and the residents of the house to continue a co-op in the Chi Theta Chi house,” Whitney said, emphasizing that the University is concerned foremost with ensuring the well-being of students and “the long and short-term stewardship of the house.” Contact Brendan O’Byrne at email@example.com and Margaret Rawson and firstname.lastname@example.org.
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ResEd resinstates Kappa Sigma
By KRISTIAN DAVIS BAILEY
Originally published Jan. 30, 2012.
Kappa Sigma fraternity will be reinstated to its former house at 1035 Campus Drive for the 201213 academic year, announced Deborah Golder, Dean of Residential Education (ResEd), Friday afternoon. The decision comes nine months after ResEd removed Kappa Sigma from the house, following two years of behavior that Golder called “dangerous,” in an interview with The Daily last March. “They have more work to do and they’re not done yet, but we were very impressed with the amount of work they’ve done and want to show good faith in their projected trajectory,” Golder said. “We were really looking for a profound shift in attitude and culture.” “The guys have put in a lot of work over the past couple of months,” said incoming Kappa Sigma President Malcolm McGregor ’13. “We’ve been taking a critical look at ourselves and creating an organization that reflects what we want as members of the fraternity and what the campus wants from us.” “It’s a decision we’ve worked hard for,” said Brian Barnes ’12, outgoing Kappa Sigma president. “We’re happy to be back.” ResEd actions ResEd gave Kappa Sigma a yearlong hiatus from its house in March 2011, after the fraternity violated its alcohol and party probation and students complained about feeling unsafe in the house. ResEd also gave Kappa Sigma a list of seven criteria for improvement last March. The criteria were: “1) vision and organizational identity; 2) shared accountability and responsibility; 3) stewardship and financial responsibility; 4) role of alcohol in the house and organization; 5) partnerships; 6) community membership and responsible citizenship; and 7) learning and engagement,” according to a ResEd document. ResEd’s actions against the organization came just months after the group came under review from the national Kappa Sigma Supreme Executive Committee (SEC). Along with an advisory panel of faculty, administrators and students, ResEd judged Kappa Sigma based on a rubric of these criteria, in addition to a two-hour “formal relevancy presentation” that 10 members of the fraternity gave Thursday night. The review panel consisted of: ResEd staff; Robinson House Resident Fellow Rod Taylor; Angela Exson, assistant dean of the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Education and Response; and student representatives from the Greek community. Golder, ResEd Associate Dean Nate Boswell and ResEd Greek Advisor Amanda Rodriguez also contributed to the process. Fraternity progress Since losing its house in March, Kappa Sigma has reorganized its internal structure and partnered with University offices and campus groups on community-based projects. “Some of the weaknesses we identified with the former structure of Kappa Sigma was the lack of internal accountability and that our lack of a concrete vision stemmed from a lack of organizational structure,” McGregor said. According to McGregor,
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Students gathered at Tresidder Union outside the office of Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman to protest the lack of student input in deciding the future of Chi Theta Chi’s lease agreement with the University.
Kappa Sigma has replaced a previous structure that included loosely-defined executives and non-executive roles with little oversight. The fraternity now has four executive positions in addition to the president, he said. Together, these five roles will provide oversight for non-executive positions. “In this new structure, each of [ResEd’s] seven criteria to address corresponded with the job description of one of those executive members,” McGregor said. “The criteria are things we’ll be incorporating into our daily operations for years to come.” ‘Divide and conquer’ The fraternity took a ‘divide and conquer approach,’ to address issues of accountability and improvement, according to Barnes. Barnes split the fraternity’s 60 members into 11 groups, each focused on a different facet of fraternal life. Topics included community outreach, the pledge process, the treatment of women and the role of alcohol in the house. He tasked each group with completing a proposal for what the best practices in each of those fields would look like, and the fraternity presented these projects to the review panel Thursday. Additionally, Kappa Sigma will host a themed-service project each quarter, McGregor said. “Every winter we have decided to focus on ‘Student Awareness Events,’” wrote Kappa Sigma community service chair Danny Organ ’13 in an email to The Daily. Last winter, the fraternity hosted the Kappa Sigma Save the Music Benefit Concert, as well as a Safe and Open Spaces at Stanford (SOSAS) panel. The events raised money for music education in public schools and awareness for issues facing LGBT students and their allies, respectively. “This quarter, we are partnering with SARA to co-sponsor an event hosting Kevin Powell to speak about issues of masculinity and relationship abuse awareness,” Organ said. According to McGregor, Kappa Sigma may also co-host a SOSAS event for the entire Greek community. The fraternity plans to host one lecture by an alumnus every fall as part of ‘The Stanford Family’ theme and to do service off the Farm every spring in an effort to go ‘Beyond the Stanford Campus.’ As a result of the programming, U.S. Ambassador to Japan John Roos ’77 J.D. ’80 came to campus in the fall to discuss the implications of the March 2011 tsunami. Kappa Sigma is also looking to host a more Stanford-specific version of the ‘Say Something’ program that works to discourage bystander apathy in situations of high-risk drinking. The Office of Alcohol Policy & Education (OAPE) first hosted a ‘Say Something’ event in September that was largely attended by Kappa Sigma members, according to Barnes. Barnes said he views these relationships as beneficial to Kappa Sigma, partnering organizations and the University at-large. “We’d like to use OAPE and SARA to build a partnership because they are much more specialized than we are,” Barnes said. “We’d like to bring up our level of understanding and to give them the manpower to put on bigger events.”
XOX supporters march to VPSA
By MARSHALL WATKINS tempts to demonstrate the value of our student-owned and managed community,” said Kelsey Grousbeck ’12, a XOX kitchen manager, reading from a statement signed by all XOX residents and eating associates. XOX residents have expressed concern in recent weeks at the lack of input they’ve been granted in ongoing negotiations between the University and the XOX Alumni Board, a sentiment echoed in the statement. Stanford officials voted to let XOX’s lease lapse for at least two years, during which time Stanford and XOX will jointly manage the house. “Since the announcement on February 8 to revoke Chi Theta Chi’s lease, the administration has failed to treat Chi Theta Chi’s residents as valued undergraduate students,” Grousbeck said. “The administration has demonstrated a lack of consideration for the character, creativity and family of Chi Theta Chi.” “I think that it’s important for students to have an outlet,” said Abel Allison ’08, president of the Alumni Board, in advance of the march. “Until recently, we hadn’t really been able to communicate the details of what’s being discussed. I trust that they’ll be respectful.” Grousbeck argued that the introduction of joint oversight — between the University and the Alumni Board — of the house for an interim period lasting “a minimum of two years” would jeopardize the house’s culture of independent living and the institutional memory of that experience among students. “Without the knowledge of the level of responsibility required to run the house and maintain our community values, the lease would fall into ineffective hands,” Grousbeck said. Residents also sought more
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Proclaiming that “we will not forget and we will not go quietly,” approximately 70 Chi Theta Chi (XOX) residents and members of the Stanford community marched on the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs (VPSA) on Monday morning in protest of the University’s decision to terminate the house’s lease. Led by drums and bearing placards with slogans such as “Home is where the lease is,” protesters walked from XOX to the Tresidder Union office of Student Affairs, where they called on Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman to engage in a direct dialogue with residents about the house’s future. “We are distraught by the failure of [University administrators] to acknowledge our repeated at-
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Faculty Senate says farewell to IHUM
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Following the SUES report, the Faculty Senate voted to eliminate the Introduction to Humanities program from the freshman curriculum, replacing IHUM with a “Thinking Matters” course.
FacSen reviews report by Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies
By MARSHALL WATKINS
Originally published March 9, 2012.
Concluding a multi-year review of the methods and goals of a Stanford education, the Faculty Senate voted Thursday in favor of replacing the current Introduction to Humanities (IHUM) program. Freshmen will instead be required to take a one-quarter “Thinking Matters” course starting this upcoming academic year. The Senate will reconsider a recommendation to require freshmen seminars after the 2015-16 academic year. Earlier in the meeting, the Senate also voted on two revisions to the University’s policies governing faculty conflicts of interest and outside consulting, which were prompted by new federal regulations. These measures, which had been discussed at the Senate’s Feb. 23 meeting, were unanimously approved without floor discussion. C-USP recommendations The Senate reviewed a report by the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Polices (C-USP) for a second time. C-USP issued the report in response to proposed changes to the freshman academic experience made in the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. Judy Goldstein, C-USP chair, opened the discussion by highlighting the most significant aspects of Thinking Matters, noting that — while the School of
Humanities & Sciences was in charge of the IHUM program — responsibility for Thinking Matters will be spread across the University. Goldstein added that freshmen will be able to choose Thinking Matters courses in a way similar to normal lecture classes, rather than being bound to a particular class or quarter. Goldstein also emphasized the reduced time commitments suggested by the C-USP report, which recommended requiring freshman to enroll in two courses — one Thinking Matters course and one freshman seminar — instead of the current threequarter IHUM sequence. Freshmen would still take a Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR) class as a requirement. Senate Chair Rosemary Knight, professor of geophysics, reminded the Senate of concerns about the freshman seminar requirement expressed in the Senate’s previous meeting. Senators had expressed skepticism that the University would be able to preserve the character of seminars if they were made mandatory — citing issues with scheduling, inadequate seminar numbers and student and faculty enthusiasm. Amending requirements Acknowledging Knight’s concerns, Russell Berman, director of the IHUM and Introductory Seminar programs, put an amended version of CUSP’s recommendations before the Senate for its consideration. While the amendment preserved the role of Thinking Matters as a requirement, it removed the freshman seminar requirement. Instead, Berman
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By ADRIENNE VON SCHULTHESS
Originally published January 19, 2012.
n Dec.15, the United States officially ended the Iraq War, withdrawing the last U.S. forces over the Kuwaiti border. At the peak of the U.S. engagement, 170,000 U.S. troops were stationed in Iraq; now, only 157 soldiers and a small number of Marines remain. The exit, after over eight and a half years of engagement, left 4,485 American service members dead, according to the New York Times. As the future of Iraq hangs in the balance, Stanford service members reflected on the Iraq withdrawal. Corporal Gavriel Jacobs J.D. ’13 served two combat tours in Iraq as a tank crewman. On his second tour in 2007, he was wounded by an IED ambush. “Success in Iraq is not something you can put a price tag on,” Jacobs said. “I feel that we have done a disservice, by pulling out as fast as we have, to the effort that we have all put in.” “We put so much time, energy and blood into that country,” he added. “You really want it to be successful; you want all the things you did to be worth something, to have a happy ending.” At the same time, “if the Iraqis tell us they want us to leave, there may only be so much we can do,” he said. The departure came much later than the Bush Administration publicly predicted. As BBC News reported in 2003, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said combat operation in Iraq “could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.” “The fundamental mistake was not understanding how significant a political disruption removing that regime was,” said Colonel Charlie Miller, visiting fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), who served two tours in Iraq and was White House director for Iraq. “I am not sure we had a good grasp on how long it would take them to work through the political system,” he said. The current Iraqi government is based
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Marine Captain Gabriel Ledeen J.D. ‘12 served two tours in Iraq between 2006 and 2008.
on a fragile power-sharing agreement, and Miller hopes for a “continued balance of power among the different sects and ethnicities.” This setup was tested just a day after U.S. troops left Iraq. On Dec. 19, Iraq’s Higher Judicial Council issued an arrest warrant for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, the highest-ranking Sunni official in Iraq, for organizing hit squads and bombings. He promptly accused Shia Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of trumping up the charges and then fled to Kurdistan, where he resides as of Jan. 2. Despite political complications, some veterans believe the Iraqi army will be able to support a stable government. Sergeant Chris Clark ’12 served two tours in Iraq ending in 2007 as a member of the Marine Corps Reconnaissance Unit.
In 2005, the Iraqi army “couldn’t conduct the most basic military operations let alone be able to provide security at any reasonable level for the entire country,” Clark said. By 2007, “they had vastly improved in their capabilities.” Given the progress that he saw in two years, Clark is willing to “defer to the military leadership’s opinion that Iraq is capable of providing their own security.” Navy Lieutenant Ian Aucoin J.D. ’14 goes further, suggesting that the U.S. military’s withdrawal is necessary to speed up the improvement in the Iraqi military’s capabilities. Aucoin served as a combat engineer in Iraq from 2008 to 2009. He was in Iraq when he heard about the full details of the exit plan in 2008. “My initial reaction was that we had hit a plateau in what we were able to do over there in terms of establishing security, and it was time to turn things over to the Iraqi government,” he said. “As long as American forces are still there and [Iraqis] are relying on them for not just military tactical aid but for logistical aid . . . there is not as much incentive to develop those resources and capabilities on [their] own,” he added. Captain Anne Hsieh J.D. ’12, who joined the army in 2001 and was deployed to Iraq from 2005 to 2006, expressed concerns that progress gained in Iraq could be “easily erased.” “Most of us who’ve been out there, we try to think in terms of what it means for the Iraqis; and I’m really not sure what it’s going to look like without a U.S. presence,” Hsieh said. The fear of regression cuts deeply because of the many sacrifices given to get Iraq to this point. “I don’t think the Iraqi people have a strong sense of confidence that in the future the government will be able to survive different political and security challenges,” said Marine Captain Gabriel Ledeen J.D. ’12, who served two tours in Iraq between 2006 and 2008. Despite his fears, Ledeen is optimistic. “Under Saddam [Hussein] they didn’t
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The transformation of the humanities at Stanford
By JENNY THAI
Originally published April 5, 2012.
he Faculty Senate closed the book on the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program by voting on March 8 in favor of replacing the program with a one-quarter “Thinking Matters” course, scheduled to launch this coming fall. Although IHUM was a quintessential fixture of the Stanford experience for recent students, it was only the latest edition in Stanford’s history of freshman liberal arts programs, an undergraduate tradition that is nearly 90 years old. Pioneering liberal arts For the first three decades following the University’s founding in 1891, there was no freshman liberal arts core program in place. In 1920, a yearlong course, The Problems of Citizenship, became a requirement for all freshmen. Partly influenced by the passage of the 19th Amendment, The Problems of Citizenship course endeavored to teach students the necessary skills to become informed citizens cognizant of their political environments. Topics on the syllabus included Citizenship in a Democratic World and Scientific Method and Attitude. In addition to weekly lectures taught by faculty from various departments, students also had one-on-one sessions with the instructors. The Problem of Citizenship program lasted until 1934, when dwindling student interest and shaky faculty support led to its termination. The golden age of the Great Books Unlike its predecessor, The History of Western Civilization program (Western Civ) , launched in 1935, was taught only by the History Department. Based on the Great Books programs of Columbia University and the University of Chicago, Western Civ was a single-track, three-quarter course that used a core list of fifteen “Great Books” to trace the development of European thought from the classical age to modernity. The course reflected a trend in American universities to rediscover European roots and affirm new prominence in global politics after the chaotic confusion and loss of identity during the decades following World War I. Western Civ was an immensely well-received program and lasted well into the 1960s. Although the course was antiquated in the sense that its reading list was composed of works by white European males, many alumni have cited the program as one of the best academic experiences they had at Stanford. “It helped me become a historian,” said John Reider, ’67 Ph.D. ’83, former senior associate director of admission at Stanford and former Structured Liberal Education (SLE) director. “Many people of my ancient era look back on the course with great fondness.” Challenging western thought: a humanities free-for-all Swept up by the volatile political atmosphere that propelled campus disturbances in the latter half of the 1960s,
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Students braved the early morning chill and created elaborate signs to support the Cardinal football team at ESPN GameDay. ESPN broadcaster Lee Corso donned a tree hat and predicted a Stanford win over Oregon.
By PEPITO ESCARCE
Originally published on Nov. 16, 2012.
omehow I convinced myself to roll out two hours before the rest of the campus. It was 3:30 a.m. on Saturday, and for the first time in its 18 years broadcasting live from college campuses, ESPN College GameDay was hosting its national pre-game show at Stanford. Mitch Sherman, an ESPN blogger, feared a mediocre turnout. “There’s talk that the crowd Saturday for ESPN’s College GameDay may actually set a record low for attendance, what with the early morning start and apathetic nature toward football of the Stanford students,” he wrote in a Nov. 10 blog post. Maybe it was because Stanford students don’t necessarily live and die with the football team’s successes and failures. Maybe it was because Stanford has such a small student fan base. Or maybe it was because GameDay starts at 6 a.m. on the West Coast. But despite the media’s doubts, I walked over to the Oval with a few dorm mates eager to grab a spot in the front row, only to run into a long line of people with the same idea. There was still hours to go before dawn, so the stage lights were on at full force. As we waited for the gates to open, I looked around at the signs stu-
dents held. Some were random. “SMU beat Navy.” “I Hate LeBron.” A cutout of a random man’s face blown up to 10 times life-size. Some were original: “Tim Tebow - God + Talent = Andrew Luck.” “LaMichael James Can’t Smoke This Tree.” Before I knew what was happening, my group started entering a section closed off from the rest of the crowd near the stage. Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard and Kirk Herbstreit came and went from the stage. Erin Andrews stood on a stage to the side while the live ESPN telecast was broadcast on a JumboTron behind her. Students were densely packed near the stage. Cameras ran on wires overhead, filming the crowd. Stanford males yelled out catcalls to Andrews. Between all the signs, the students hoisted on each other’s shoulders and the sheer enormity of the crowd, I felt much farther from the stage than I actually was. Mitch Sherman could not have been more wrong. “At 5:30, I was at the front of the pit, and a guy from ESPN turned around and told me, ‘You guys have already exceeded our attendance expectations,’” said Julie Lythcott-Haims ‘89, dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising. “About half of the crowd had yet to come.”
Lisa Lapin, assistant vice president of university communications, echoed these sentiments. “ESPN loved being at Stanford,” Lapin said. “They were incredibly impressed with the turnout and the behavior of everybody in the crowd.” After Fowler’s brief admonition to the student crowd not to yell obscenities, the Hoover Tower’s appearance on the JumboTron signaled the beginning of the telecast. The crowd roared. The majority of the crowd was made up of students, but there were also Oregon students, fans and families from the Bay Area. The “truly incomparable” Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band stood in juxtaposition to its uniformed and precise Oregon counterpart. Both bands started to play at around 6:30 a.m., shortly after the sun finally came up. As it became light outside, time became insignificant. Lost in the huge crowd and white noise of the raucous students, I took it all in while hardly processing it at any level. Maybe it was just sleep deprivation, but it was a surreal experience. The two most memorable moments involved the venerable — to college football fans, anyway — Lee Corso. During a commercial break, he held up a Stanford helmet, prompting a deafening roar.Then he held up the Oregon
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FROM STANFORD TO STOCKTON
Senior Michael Tubbs reflects on his time at Stanford and his plans for the future
By AUSTIN BLOCK
Originally published April 3, 2012.
t 10 p.m. on a Wednesday night, Michael Tubbs ’12 sits behind a computer in the Black Community Services Center, working and occasionally checking Facebook. Standing next to him is a portable whiteboard with an essay outline. After turning in the essay, Tubbs erases the board and fills it once more with his thoughts. He writes most of his papers about how to fix the problems plaguing his hometown, Stockton, Calif., which Forbes called “America’s most miserable city.” Stockton faces looming bankruptcy, an unemployment rate of 16.6 percent, a failing education system and a high homicide rate. According to ABC News, 56 people were murdered in Stockton last year alone. To help fix these problems and reinvigorate Stockton, Tubbs decided to run for City Council, declaring his candidacy on Feb. 20 of this year. The election will take place on June 15. “I don’t like politics — I like impact,” Tubbs said. “I like making a difference for people, and the best way to do that in Stockton now, in my opinion, is through the political system. “When I was thinking about what I wanted to do post-Stanford, to me it was really important to do something that might not be glamorous or easy, but I could go to bed at night thinking, ‘I’m doing something that’s making a difference,’” he added. Tubbs said a long train of experiences led him to his decision to enter the political fray. His long involvement in community efforts in Stockton remained strong throughout his years at Stanford. As a rising sophomore, he founded a youth advocacy group, Save Our Stockton, in the summer of 2009 with some friends. In May of his sophomore year, five murders in Stockton stirred him to found the Stockton Summer Success and Leadership Academy to help stem violence in the area. During the fall of 2010, Tubbs worked at the White House under senior adviser Valerie Jarrett researching the most effective practices implemented by mayors and city councils around the United States to solve problems similar to those faced by Stockton. Then, in November, Stockton’s struggles hit Tubbs on a more personal level when his cousin was murdered. He was not satisfied by the community and political response to the homicide. “I was looking at the response from the person elected to represent my district, and it just was lackluster in my opinion,” he said. “I just saw the need, the lack of hope.” Recently, Tubbs has returned home on a weekly basis to campaign, chat with members of the community and make his weekly Saturday walk through the district. His home is campaign headquarters, and his family, after some initial trepidation, strongly supports his campaign. Cameron Henry ’12, Tubbs’ close friend, campaign marketing director and student organizer, said Tubbs’ engagement with the community makes him a strong candidate.
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Michael Tubbs is running for City Council in his hometown of Stockton, the city Forbes deemed “America’s most miserable.” He was successful in the June primary.
“[You can tell he is a good candidate by] looking at the man and the love he’s shown for this town,” Henry said. “Literally every paper and every class he’s taken have been looking at how he can help Stockton.” “I think he has the natural talent and charisma, as well as a real vision of what he’s trying to accomplish,” said Jim Steyer, a comparative studies in race and ethnicity (CSRE) lecturer who has worked closely with Tubbs. Heading into his last quarter of his senior year, Tubbs said he hasn’t had much time for nostalgia. He’s simply been too busy. In addition to running for city council and completing his bachelor’s degree in CSRE, he is working toward his co-terminal master’s degree in policy, organization and leadership studies, serving as a Resident Assistant (RA) in Ujamaa and running his various programs and initiatives. These include the Phoenix Scholars Program, a program he founded in March 2010 that provides college counseling and mentorship to over-200 low-income, first generation and/or minority high school students. “Today I looked at the Oval, and I [thought] ‘Yo, this is so pretty!’’’ he said. “It was the first time I had stopped to do that . . . I think I’m just going to get really sad in June. [Stanford] has been home.” Although Tubbs regrets the lack of time he has had to reflect on his Stanford experience, he continues to pile his schedule with new activities. Instead of taking time off to relax over spring break or head home to campaign, he led a civil rights-focused Alternative Spring Break (ASB) service trip to Washington D.C. “[Going on the trip] makes no sense in the middle of the campaign, but hey, this is what we do,” he said. Even though he immerses himself in multiple activities, Tubbs still has time for fun. He has even missed classes to coach the Ujamaa basketball team in intramural playoffs and makes sure to find time to go out on the weekends. While he is confident and optimistic about his City Council bid, Tubbs said he is concerned with keeping his energy, identity and commitment to the community admidst
what he sees as the murkiness of politics. “I’m not a politician; I’m a public servant,” he said. “I don’t want to be one of those public servants who sound great on the campaign trail, but then sit there and occupy space.” He hopes to stay focused by setting aside time to interact with members of his community, particularly by taking time out of his schedule to read to Stockton children. “If you’re only talking to political people, you lose sight of the regular people, the people you are doing it for,” he said. “Talking to kids, playing with kids, reading to kids, working with groups, just having tea with someone — that’s what gives me energy.” If elected, Tubbs says his priorities will be threefold: to promote public safety, to stimulate economic development and to jumpstart Stockton’s floundering education system, which Stockton parents call a “dead end.” He believes an important step in combating all three of these problems is to promote civic pride in Stockton. “When you have a city that’s been kicked down almost as the black sheep of California, hope and civic pride is a huge thing that’s lacking,” Tubbs said. “In situations like these, government can’t solve everything. It takes communal sacrifice, communal love and civic pride.” According to Tubbs, citizens of Stockton who have never before been involved in politics are walking, donating and running phone banks to support him. In the first three weeks of the campaign, he collected $8,000 in donations. “I feel like we’re starting to fire up a lot of the home base and other people in Stockton who haven’t been engaged in local government in a long time,” Henry said. When asked who inspires him, Tubbs lists his mother, his aunt, his grandmother and historical figures such as the Freedom Riders. But above all, Tubbs said he is inspired by the children of Stockton. “We did a lesson in our summer program about the Freedom Riders . . . and then a week later there was a shooting and one of the kids posted on Facebook, ‘I don’t care if I get beaten, I don’t care if I get stomped on, I don’t care if I get spit on. Just like the Freedom Riders, I’m going to make a change in my community,’” Tubbs said. Two weeks ago, in the middle of finals week, Tubbs went home to participate in a reading event at two local elementary schools. He was shocked by the familiarity the children had with violence. “I read a book about Martin Luther King . . . towards the end, when he gets shot, it was actually harrowing in a way because almost every kid in that room knew someone that was shot, like it was normal, like ‘Oh, my uncle got shot in the head,’” he said. Yet Tubbs left feeling inspired after having an emotional talk with the children about their dreams. “They said, ‘I dream of a community with no guns, with no violence, with no bad people, with more cops,’” he said. “Even a sixyear-old understands that it’s time to reinvent Stockton and change course.” Contact Austin Block at aeblock@stanford. edu.
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By CARA REICHARD
Originally published April 30, 2012.
at the Farm. According to the Stanford Alumni Association and as reported by The Daily, in fact no more than 15 to 20 percent of Stanford students marry fellow trees. The Daily spoke with Stanford couples of all ages about romance on the Farm. Barbara Beck Garton ’79 was on the swim team with her husband-to-be Dan Garton as an undergraduate at Stanford. The couple met through the team during their freshman year, although they did not know each other very well at the time because, as Barbara put it, “I was in the fast [swimmers’] lane and he was in the slow [swimmers’] lane.” In their senior year, the pair became better acquainted. By chance, they lived in the same house, where Dan was the president. “He was the one who assigned the rooms,” Barbara said. “He remembered me from swimming and put me around the corner from himself.” Their courtship began, but was not an immediate success. During fall quarter their house put on a medieval party, in which Dan’s actions put a strain on their budding relationship. Dan went dressed as Prince Charming while Barbara dressed as the Lady of the Lake from the Arthurian legends. “He had a big crush on me, but unfortunately he overindulged and ended up stripping down to his tights,” Barbara said. “It took a few more months to repair the damage he did at that party.” Eventually, however, Dan managed to win his future wife over. According to Barbara, he impressed her with his ingenious method of stocking the house vending machine with beer, despite it being against the rules. Claiming that her case is not unique, Barbara recalled that there were two mar-
f the many Stanford myths repeated to freshmen, one of the most common is that up to 70 percent of Stanford students meet their life partners
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By AMRITA RAO
Originally published February 29, 2012.
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The color-throwing component of Holi may derive from Krishna and Radha, two lovers from Hindu lore who started the practice when revelling with young villagers on earth.
Hailing spring through
By SHIRLEY YARIN
Originally published April 9, 2012.
aving a fistful of magenta powder thrown at you upon entering a festival might seem threatening at first. But at Holi, a Hindu celebration heralding the coming of spring and a new harvest, it is actually a way of saying “Happy Holi!” This past weekend, on Sat-
urday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stanford’s Asha for Education put on its annual Holi celebration at Sand Hill Fields. The celebration comes from an Indian legend in which the son of a tyrannical king survives a fire through the power of his devotion to the god Vishnu. Typically celebrated on March 8, Asha postponed the celebration festival by a month in hopes of warmer weather.
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he familiar tones of the Westminster Chimes melody float across campus, followed by a short pause. At this time, Stanford students of the early 1900s would have pulled out their pocket watches, ready to set at the imminent stroke of the hour. The tower clock can trace its history back to 1899 when Jane Stanford ordered it from the Seth Thomas Clock Company, the same company that manufactured the famous clock at Grand Central Station in New York City. The clock originally resided on top of Memorial Church, but the 1906 earthquake damaged the tower in which it was installed.The clock was then transferred to a new home, a shingled wooden structure, behind the church — a move that was intended to be temporary but lasted for over 50 years. Over the years, engineering students added a motor to turn the dial so that the clock would continue to keep accurate time, but the chimes fell completely out of sequence. The clock stood as a relic of Stanford University’s earlier days — sentimental but not particularly useful. By the 1960s, the clock and its bells had disappeared into storage and, for a time, into oblivion. Henry Fuchs, professor of mechanical engineering, took on the task of bringing the clock back to life in the 1980s, placing it in the Terman Engineering Building for a few years. He discovered Dorian Clair, an expert in antique clock restoration, who had a shop located in Palo Alto. Clair had restored and maintained the Ferry Building and Ghirardelli Square clocks in San Francisco and the San Jose Museum of Art clock. William Kimball ’41, after whom Kimball Hall is named, donated enough money to build a clock tower to house the old mechanism and chime bells. Clair returned the clock to its original mechanical functions, and in 1983 it took up its current residence at the corner of the quad by the roundabout often called the “Circle of Death.” The clock is the most complete mechanical clock displayed in the Bay Area. “It’s not only one of the best maintained tower clocks,” said Gibson Anderson ’67, a Bonair Siding employee who volunteers to set the clock and helps Clair service it. “It’s also one of the best displayed.” Through the glass walls of the clock tower, one can view most of the mechanisms that make the clock run. The pendulum runs on gravity. Weights pull on cables that turn drums that are attached to gears that turn other gears. Every 15 minutes, a stop releases the chimes. Although complicated in assembly, the individual parts that make up the clock follow simple rules, operating completely through mechanical processes. “There have been no revolutionary changes in clock design in a thousand years,” Anderson said.
Digital wristwatches and smartphones may have replaced pocket watches, but the principles on which the tower clock runs — harnessing the forces of gravity, tension and basic machinery — remain elegantly simple. The clock’s timeless design helps it keep time remarkably well.A few weeks ago, its running six minutes behind caused a minor stir on campus. But this delay had been caused by human neglect in adjusting the clock rather than any fault in its mechanism. The clock itself is subject to the same natural laws on which it runs. In dry weather, the pendulum loses mass in the form of moisture, changing its effective length and causing it to run behind time. The clock, however, was built with gross and fine adjusting mechanisms to compensate for climatic influences. “As long as you keep it wound and set, it’s going to keep on going,” Clair said. “The life expectancy of that clock is several hundred more years if it’s taken care of.” The clock embodies Stanford’s history not only in its
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The Stanford tower clock can trace its history back to 1899 when Jane Stanford ordered it from the Seth Thomas Clock Company. Above, the inner mechanisms of the clock located by the language corner.
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Band reacts to alcohol suspension
By JULIA ENTHOVEN sion — in 2006 after band members vandalized and destroyed the Band Shak. Griffith said that the current alcohol suspension will be reviewed at the end of Spring Quarter. Band Member Reaction Citing directions from LSJUMB staff that discouraged non-staff members from talking to the press, several band members declined to speak to The Daily. Responding to the imposition of the alcohol suspension, however, one member sent out an email to the Band’s email list expressing frustration with the LSJUMB staff’s non-resistance to University regulations. Noting their tradition of irreverence, the student argued that the Band should challenge the University’s judgments rather than comply with them. The email thread received over 100 responses in one night. The imposition of the alcohol suspension has unintentionally coincided with the University terminating the independent lease of Chi Theta Chi, a co-op which one band member said has traditionally housed an unusually high proportion of band participants. With this development — along with separate regulations the University has recently placed upon band operations related to transportation, field show regulations and the Band’s internal disciplinary management — other band members said they felt frustrated with the University in more ways than one. Alleged hijinks The abuse of alcohol was not been the only controversy involving the LSJUMB’s behavior at the Fiesta Bowl. Following Stanford’s defeat in the football game, the former drum major continued to call songs during the presentation of the trophy and the playing of Oklahoma State’s alma mater, disrupting the awards ceremony and riling fans of both teams. Several members of the audience tweeted about the Band’s interference, and many posted complaints online. Although OSU fan Mark Lash acknowledged the joviality of the halftime show’s “trashtalk,” Lash wrote on his blog that the post-game behavior of the LSJUMB was “offensive, disrespectful and way out of line.” Lash posted a letter that he had written to the Stanford Athletic Department, saying that he had heard that members of the band mimed a plane crash during the halftime show, a reference to the crash that killed the coach and assistant coach of OSU’s women’s basketball team this November. However, one LSJUMB member, who wished to remain anonymous, gave an opposing account, saying that a few band members ran onto the field with extended arms, like they do at every halftime show before getting into formation, and that they did not intend any such allusion. “Running onto the fields with your arms out is a lot different than mimicking a plane crash,” the source said. According to the band member, Lash’s complaint about the Band’s conduct at the Fiesta Bowl was one of about 80 received by the University. Griffith, however, said that the exact count is unknown due to the dispersion of complaints among administrative departments and offices.
Originally published March 14, 2012.
The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) was placed on alcohol suspension Feb. 6 by the Office for Student Affairs, following incidents surrounding the abuse of alcohol at the Fiesta Bowl, according to band manager Brian Kooiman ’12. “There were several alcohol-related incidents at the Fiesta Bowl that led to alcohol suspension,” Kooiman said in an email to The Daily. Kooiman denied, however, that the LSJUMB has had an unusual amount of alcohol-related accidents or hospitalizations this year. When asked how the LSJUMB has responded to the incidents in order to prevent similar ones from occurring in the future, Kooiman said, “We are currently following our alcohol suspension.” University policy for alcohol suspension requires that all organization activities and events be alcohol-free, according to Chris Griffith, associate vice provost and dean of student life. “Other than events planned by the organization for its members, it can be difficult for non-housed groups to define what activities constitute an organization event,” Griffith said in an email to The Daily. “We trust that they will abide by expectations and will consult with us if they have questions.” This is not the first time that the Office of Student Affairs has imposed an alcohol suspension on the LSJUMB. Griffith said that the Band was placed on indefinite provisional status — including alcohol suspen-
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“We replied and expressed our apologies for disrupting the award ceremony,” Griffith said of the University’s response. “We are working closely with the Band leadership to develop protocols that will alleviate the possibility of similar occurrences in the future.” A band member also set off small explosives at the Phoenix Zoo preceding the Band’s Fiesta Bowl performance, according to two other band members who also wished to remain anonymous. LSJUMB staff declined to comment about delaying the award ceremony and about the alleged use of small explosives at the Phoenix Zoo. Contact Julia Enthoven at jjejje@stanford. edu.
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Members of Occupy Stanford demonstrated in Berkeley and Oakland in support of Occupy Education, a movement protesting funding cuts to public education and tuition hikes in the University of California system. “An education like one receives at Stanford should not be ‘elite,’ and you should not have to be ‘lucky’ to get an education,” read a statement by the group of 16 Stanford students who attended the protest. The group presented its statement of solidarity to a crowd of about 150 UC-Berkeley students.
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By NEEL THAKKAR statement read. “We won’t accept a future where access to education is a privilege, and not a right.” Students drafted the statement in Meyer Library Wednesday evening. “I know California is in a budget crisis,” said Josh Schott ’14 to The Daily before the event, “but education should always be a No. 1 priority because it’s a key ingredient of democracy.” The hour-long rally featured speakers whose various demands reflected the diversity of the audience. Andrea Barrera, a senior at UC-Berkeley, called for the restoration of affirmative action, while Joshua Clover, an English professor from UC-Davis, said a wholesale restructuring of capitalism is necessary. Others recounted previous protest experiences or asked for
Originally published March 2, 2012.
Members of Occupy Stanford spent Thursday demonstrating in Berkeley and Oakland in support of Occupy Education, a movement protesting funding cuts of public education and tuition hikes in the University of California system. The rallies, which were part of a nationwide Day of Action to support public education, kicked off a five-day march in Northern California to the Capitol building in Sacramento, where demonstrators plan to begin occupying the Capitol on Monday. “This movement won’t stop,” said Laura Wells, the Green Party candidate for governor in 2010, to The Daily. “You can’t deal the next generation a lack of opportunity and expect them to sit there and take it.” After smaller teach-ins and discussions under the rafters of the UC-Berkeley Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union building, Thursday’s main action began at noon in Berkeley’s Sproul Plaza, under drizzling rain. The 16 Stanford demonstrators led off the rally, taking turns reading an enthusiastically received statement of solidarity to a huddled group of about 150 UCBerkeley students and staff and city locals. “An education like one receives at Stanford should not be ‘elite,’ and you should not have to be ‘lucky’ to get an education,” the
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The hour-long rally featured speakers whose various demands reflected the diversity of the audience. Andrea Barrera, a senior at UC-Berkeley, called for the restoration of affirmative action, while Joshua Clover, a UC-Davis professor, called for a wholesale restructuring of capitalism.
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Campus ROTC unlikely
By ALICE PHILLIPS
Originally published Nov. 11, 2011.
A Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) unit on Stanford’s campus is unlikely in the near future, according to University administrators. The Faculty Senate voted 28 to 9 with three abstentions last spring to extend an invitation to the military to bring ROTC back onto campus. However, it remains unlikely that any military branch will take the University up on the offer. The lack of progress is primarily due to low levels of student interest and concerns about financial sustainability, according to Senior Assistant to the President Jeff Wachtel. The University was free to pursue discussions with the military about ROTC returning to campus immediately following the approval vote. However, the Faculty Senate has not formed a subcommittee to advise President John Hennessy on ROTC issues, or to consider granting course credit for ROTC classes, Wachtel said. Obstacles to establishing an ROTC unit For the military to be able to justify the cost of establishing a full-blown unit, approximately 15 to 20 students would need to graduate per year from any participating branches of the military, according to Scott Calvert, Director of Finance & Administration in the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education. Once attrition is accounted for, as many as 100 students would need to participate in whichever ROTC unit was stationed on campus. “That’s a very large number,” Wachtel said. “Once we learned
that, we realized that there has to be another approach to putting a program together.” That alternative will likely take the form of further collaboration with nearby universities that already have ROTC units, such as San Jose State University, Santa Clara University and UCBerkeley, with whom Stanford currently has cross-town agreements to allow for Stanford student participation. This alternative could include anything from allowing other ROTC units to hold events on campus to hosting ROTC courses taught by Stanford faculty for ROTC students from Stanford and the partner universities. Calvert added that such collaboration would compensate for the fact that a relatively large number of students, when compared to the handful of Stanford ROTC participants, is needed to facilitate many of ROTC’s leadership training objectives. “The federal government is going through belt-tightening on their budgets, and the military is not exempt from that,” Wachtel said. “They’re concerned about the cost of any program they put in place, but they’re still enthusiastic about doing something at Stanford.” The Naval ROTC proposal Calvert sent Stanford’s proposal for a Naval ROTC unit to the military more than one month ago, but he expressed doubt that the Navy will establish a unit on campus. “I think we presented a good and viable case, and in different economic times it might look more attractive,” he said. “We have not heard back, but we’re not putting all of our eggs in that basket.” Calvert said Stanford focused its efforts on the Navy because both the Army and Air Force al-
ready have a presence on the peninsula at Santa Clara University and San Jose State, respectively. The number of Stanford ROTC participants in the Naval program was also highest at the time Calvert wrote the proposal, and those students must travel the farthest of ROTC participants, to UC-Berkeley. “It doesn’t make sense for the Army to put two units 10, 12 miles apart from each other,” Calvert said. Course credit for ROTC According to Calvert, it is unlikely that any course credit will be awarded for ROTC classes before the fall of 2012. “We’re not close to actually having details of the program,” Wachtel said. “We’re not really at the point of having a program for the faculty committee to approve.” Both the Army and the Navy expressed interest in having their curricula approved for course credit. Wachtel said he plans to forward the curricula to the yet-to-beformed Faculty Senate subcommittee to determine if the classes merit Stanford credit. “You can get activity credit for a lot of things at Stanford,” Calvert said. “You can get it for yoga. And that has a place in our education, physical fitness and well-being. But it’s hard to imagine that some of the activities and coursework that they do in ROTC can’t meet some kind of threshold where we can see the benefit of giving some transcript credit.” Stanford’s agreements with other universities’ ROTC programs contain the necessary legal framework for Stanford students to receive academic credit for ROTC classes, but for that credit to be awarded, the Committee on University Standards and Policies (C-USP) must first evaluate the
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classes. Hennessy pointed to this possibility in last Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting. “So far, none of our faculty has even started to consider the material that is taught in those courses, the credentials of the people that teach them and so forth,” Calvert said. Each branch of the military has a unique ROTC curriculum that is uniform at the national level. Calvert said that Stanford plans to work with a national ROTC staff member to bring those curricula before C-USP, but that the issue of ROTC course credit is not yet on C-USP’s agenda. “Curricular change certainly takes awhile here,” Calvert said. The military has been receptive to assisting in the process of getting course credit for Stanford ROTC participants, despite its apparent reticence to commit to establishing an ROTC unit on campus, Calvert added.
“They think of the students that participate as their students, too,” he said. “They would love to see transcript credit for the coursework that [ROTC students] are doing.” Fiscal implications If Stanford were to secure a full ROTC unit on campus, the University would share some of the cost by providing furnished offices to the unit, as well as assigning a Stanford administrator to the unit to ensure continuity between the program and Stanford, Calvert said. However, due to ROTC tuition scholarships, he said that the net monetary flow would be into the University. “Right now, without a unit coming, the financial obligation on Stanford is pretty low,” Calvert said. Contact Alice Phillips at alicep1@ stanford.edu.
Anonymous emails spark controversy
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE
Originally published April 13, 2012.
Campus has erupted over the past 36 hours in a firestorm of commentary on the actions and subsequent criticisms-turned-attacks on ASSU Vice President and Executive candidate Stewart MacGregor-Dennis ’13. Following news Wednesday that MacGregor-Dennis spent over $2,000 on various online services, including scraping student email addresses from MyGroups and hiring a social media manager to earn him Facebook likes and Twitter followers, criticism of MacGregor-Dennis began to circulate on Facebook and over email. Students reacted in protest Thursday when the criticisms shifted to attacks against MacGregor-Dennis. The most controversial writing regarding MacGregor-Dennis came in the form of an anonymous, widely circulated email sent late Wednesday night from a person identifying as Senator Palpatine, the name of the “Star Wars” antagonist that has been used in recent ASSU elections as a non-partisan, write-in candidate for the Undergraduate Senate. The long, scathing email began by criticizing MacGregor-Dennis, quoting articles and opinion pieces from The Daily and Stanford Review. As the email progressed, it descended into a vitriolic attack on the personal character and mental health of MacGregor-Dennis, calling him mentally unstable and unfit to run for ASSU Executive by quoting, without attribution, an anonymous comment on The Daily website. Another widely distributed email sent Thursday morning from an anonymous account (email@example.com) claimed to know Palpatine’s identity through means requiring access to Stanford computing reserved for student resident computer consultants (RCCs).The Daily could not confirm this claim. According to an RCC, an administrator sent an email to the campus RCC list asking Justice to step forward, and administrators later reported to RCCs that Justice has come forward. Campus administrators expressed disappointment regarding the email attacks, which likely violate the Fundamental Standard. “I’m writing to the student community regarding the recent distribution of unsolicited bulk emails and campus blogs regarding current ASSU election candidates,” said Nanci Howe, director of Student Activities and Leadership, in an email to The Daily. “Hurtful claims that may not be true diminish all of us and suppress open, respectful and honest dialogue. As a responsible and caring
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“[At Stanford], everyone’s always so focused on the class in front of them that it’s hard to engage,” said Peter McDonald ‘11 of his plan to march 80 miles as part of the “99 Mile March for Education and Social Justice” to Sacramento. “Marching 80 miles is a really important statement.” Continued from page 16
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protection of union rights. Decorating the plaza were murals painted by local high school students for the occasion. “Don’t close the colleges,” one painting read. “We’re coming.” After the rally, with the weather clearing up, about 100 protesters gathered to make the six-mile march to Oakland’s Oscar Grant Plaza, where Occupy Oakland and students from other area colleges were meeting. To chants of “No cuts, no fees, education must be free,” the crowd fanned across the breadth of Telegraph Avenue. The public they met along the way matched their enthusiasm, for the most part. The marchers were met with many honks of appreciation, but also a few obscene gestures. One motorist was so incensed he got out of his car, punched a demonstrator and sped away. Though the rally and march were smaller than previous demonstrations, the atmosphere among the protesters remained hopeful. Edwin Okongo, a lecturer in Swahili at UC-Berkeley, said he was marching for his nine-monthold daughter, whom he used to bring to Occupy Oakland protests. “She’s part of that, the protest,” he said, “and [it’s important] to know that you can’t just sit back and wait for things to be handed to you. You have to fight for them.” It helps that he also lives in Oakland, Okongo added. “If this runs into any trouble or anything, I’ll just say I was walking home,” he laughed. Another marcher, Paul Bloom said he has been a resident of Berkeley for almost 40 years and has been involved in activism for even longer. “You make your path by walking, and this is kind of consciously doing that,” Bloom said. “This is just one day, and a rainy day at that . . . I don’t think you can take a quick measurement and say we’re doing well because we have a thousand people or we’re not doing so well because we have 200 or this or that.” After two hours of walking, during which the number of marchers dwindled to about 80, the crowd arrived at Oscar Grant Plaza, chanting, “Here comes Berkeley.” Joined with the protesters already there, the size of the whole crowd swelled to just under 200, as it prepared to begin the “99 Mile March for Education and Social Justice” to Sacramento. Though about 80 people were committed to walking at least part of the way, organizers said they expect thousands at the protest that on March 5. Here the group from Stanford parted ways with one of its members, Peter McDonald ’11, who is walking the entire distance to the Capitol. Other Occupy Stanford members will join him when he gets there. McDonald explained why he decided to make the “99-mile march,” saying that Stanford students are usually too concerned with academics. “[At Stanford], everyone’s always so focused on the class in front of them that it’s hard to engage,” he said. “Marching 80 miles is a really important statement.” Occupy Stanford expanded the scope of its operations this quarter, participating in Occupy Wall Street West in January and coordinating with Occupy movements around the Bay Area. The group has faced questions on campus about the size and strength of its movement, but Occupy members said they believe their involvement in demonstrations such as Thursday’s proves otherwise. “You can always criticize people for shouting,” said Emma Wilde Botta ’14. “But this is more doing something concrete.” Contact Neel Thakkar firstname.lastname@example.org. at
community, we embrace vigorous debate while respecting our individual members. The recent communications are contrary to these values.” Howe confirmed that the University has opened an investigation of the anonymous emails. Criticism of MacGregor-Dennis took several forms in addition to the campus-wide emails. MemeChu, the Stanford meme group on Facebook, posted an infographic mocking MacGregor-Dennis’ Facebook cover photo and his social media following, as well as applying a “scumbag Steve” hat to the candidate. The post garnered almost 200 likes. Ralph Nguyen, one of the founders of MemeChu, did not respond for comment. “Static,” a blog started last fall quarter that describes itself as a site for Stanford activists to meet and talk, posted a poem titled “The White Man’s Dirty Work” decrying MacGregor-Dennis’ outsourcing of work to people of color, especially women in developing countries.The final line of the poem, which was co-written by Holly Fetter ’13 and Aracely Mondragon ’13,reads“Your slave I will no longer be.” It remains to be seen what effect the shift in campus atmosphere will have on election results. Polls close Friday at 11:59 p.m. and election results will be announced at 5 p.m. on Saturday. Voters may edit their ballots until polls close. “They have negatively impacted the election,” said Elections Commissioner Adam Adler ’12 of the anonymous emails. “I’ve received emails from people who are basically turned off from voting because of those things.” Adler said he believes the “integrity of the election” has not been compromised, but the student body may look less favorably on the election process due to the Palpatine email. “People don’t like it,” he said, referring to the situation as a whole and the use of the Senator Palpatine gimmick for partisan purposes. Robbie Zimbroff ’12 and William Wagstaff ’12, MacGregor-Dennis’ main competitors for ASSU Executive, released a video commenting upon the attacks. “A lot of what we’ve been seeing, to us, goes beyond this scope of this election,” said Zimbroff in the video posted on Facebook early Thursday morning. “For the next few days, and for the rest of the race, we just ask people to be respectful, and to treat people like [they] want to be treated.” MacGregor-Dennis declined to comment for this article. Contact Brendan O’Byrne a email@example.com.
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riages from her freshman dorm alone. Both couples remain married today, including her hallmate — who was also her best friend on the swimming team — and her best friend from freshman year. The marriage trend has continued even in Garton’s family. “A girl from Dan’s freshman dorm became my sister-in-law by marrying Dan’s brother Michael, a Business School student.” Keeping the Cardinal tradition strong, all three of the Garton’s daughters attended Stanford. One, a graduate of the class of 2007, met her husband at Stanford. Some students, however, meet their spouses years after their time at Stanford, as was the case for Hilary Lieberman Link ’91. Link and her friends hosted a Passover Seder in April 1989, which her future husband attended with a group of friends. “We met that one night and never saw each other again,” Link said. But 10 years later in New York, a mutual friend set them up on what was supposed to be a blind date. “I called my friend and asked if Jeff Link was the guy from Hawaii who came to our Passover Seder,” Link said. “She said ‘Yes, it was and he was cute. You should go.’” Although their relationship didn’t start until years after they had both left the Farm, Link said she feels that their shared connection to the school played a large role in the formation of their relationship.
“[The Stanford connection] runs through our relationship,” she said. “I think the fact that we met here had a huge impact. When we re-met, that was sort of it from then on.” While hook-ups and flings are prominent on campus, there are many couples that envision being together for the long-term. Such is the case with Megan O’Brien ’14, who met boyfriend Michael Crayne ’12 through the archery team at the beginning of her freshman year. Between schoolwork and extracurricular activities, many Stanford students feel they are too busy for a relationship. O’Brien said she doesn’t think this is reason not to commit to one. “Ideally, you’ll both be involved in some of the same activities, so you can spend that time with them,” she said. Both O’Brien and Crayne are members of the archery team and share their Catholic faith. “You should be helping each other do what you already do better, not hindering them or taking over their life,” she said. For O’Brien and many other students who find love at Stanford, the connection they make with their partners is more than good chemistry, but something that is deep and profound. “To most, love is a warm, fuzzy feeling that you have when you’re close to a person and want to be with them a lot and enjoy spending time with them,” O’Brien said. “Love is, above all, a choice to be with someone and care for them and give yourself up entirely for them.” Contact Cara Reichard at carar1@ stanford.edu.
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A LOOK BACK
By JACK BLANCHAT
Originally published January 11, 2012.
Two missed field goals in the Fiesta Bowl. A sublime triple-overtime victory against USC. The final season for one of the supreme talents in Stanford and college football history. The 2011 Stanford football season is unlikely to be forgotten by any Stanford fan for a long time, and now that the college football season is over, it’s time to take stock of what exactly fans will remember — and will want to forget — from this season. The Good: 1) Andrew Luck. Of course, the list has to start with the best player in college football. Luck was expected to be spectacular this entire season after bypassing the NFL draft for another shot at the national title and Heisman trophy, and he lived up to all of those expectations. While he won’t be taking home a crystal football or a Heisman, he shattered records, made some truly incredible plays (like his one-handed catch, clutch 4th quarter and overtime performance against USC and his near-flawless game against Oklahoma State) and assured himself the No. 1 pick in the draft once again.While Colts fans are deeply fond of Peyton Manning, Luck should certainly have little trouble finding a warm welcome in Indianapolis next year. 2) 56-48, 3OT. In one of the wildest games in the entirety of college football this season, two of the most talented teams in the nation battled out an instant classic. And of course, the good guys won. 3) Stepfan Taylor. The junior running back became just the third player in Stanford history to have back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons, a testament not only to his skill as a runner but also to his ability to stay healthy despite carrying the ball 242 times this season.
WNBA President Laurel Richie posed with former Stanford forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike ‘12, who was drafted No. 1 overall by the LA Sparks during the 2012 WNBA draft.
Ogwumike goes No. 1 to WNBA
By TOM TAYLOR
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Originally published April 17, 2012.
The LA Sparks selected senior forward Nnemkadi Ogwumike, the face of Stanford women’s basketball, as the No. 1 pick in Monday’s 2012 WNBA draft. Ogwumike becomes the first Cardinal player to be taken first overall in school history and the 10th to be picked in the first round. Five of those first round picks are active WNBA players, including three of her former teammates: forward Jayne Appel ’10 (San Antonio Silver Stars), forward Kayla Pedersen ’11 (Tulsa Shock) and guard Jeanette Pohlen ’11 (Indiana Fever). The other two are guard Candice Wiggins ’08 (Minnesota Lynx) and forward Nicole Powell ’04 (New York Liberty). Ogwumike had a stellar career at Stanford, joining the exclusive 2,000point and 1,000-rebound club, but perhaps stands out most for her senior season. Ogwumike set the single-season scoring record with 809 points and placed second behind Wiggins on the career-scoring list with 2,491 points. She also was named the Pac-12 Player of the Year, the second time she won the conference’s top honor, and was selected to the All-America teams of the WBCA Coaches, Associated Press, USBWA and John R. Wooden Award. She also took home the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. “I think I realized that, as the competition and the challenges in basketball in college got harder, I needed to do more, and I had a lot to learn from,” Ogwumike said. “I learned from Kayla, Jayne and even Candice. I didn’t get to play with her, but every year my coaches and my teammates have really helped me make myself a better player.” Barely a month after the disappointment of losing to Baylor at the NCAA Final Four in Denver, Ogwumike may soon be back in action, as the Sparks are due to take on the Chinese and Japanese national teams in preseason games in early May before launching the 2012 season on the road against the Seattle Storm on May 13. With star forward Candace Parker sidelined for much of the season, the Sparks finished second to last in the Western Conference last year and did not qualify for the playoffs. Although head coach Carol Ross will be starting her first year at the helm, the team, with two stars in Parker and Ogwumike, will be expected to perform. “I know for one that coach Carol Ross is an amazing coach,” Ogwumike said of her new team.“I’ve heard so many good things about her. Obviously you have Candace [Parker], Ebony Hoffman and so many other people on that team, and I just want to come in and contribute. I’m not looking to do too much; I’m just looking to do me.” Back on the Farm, Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer must now plan for a future without this season’s star player. Ogwumike won four straight Pac-12 conference and tournament titles, went to four straight NCAA Final Fours, never lost at Maples Pavilion and dropped just a single game to Pac-12 opponents, a contest against Cal in January of 2009. With the standard set by recent Stanford classes, there will be some big shoes to fill by returning and incoming players. One of those players, Nneka’s younger sister Chiney Ogwumike, will be counted on to handle the scoring and rebounding load after averaging 15.0 points and 11.2 boards in her sophomore season. Fortunately for the Cardinal, Pac-12 opponents will still have to contend with at least half of the sister act. Contact Tom Taylor at tom.taylor@ stanford.edu
Junior running back Stepfan Taylor, who finished with more than 1,000 rushing yards in backto-back seasons, was a bright spot in the Cardinal’s 2011 campaign. With Luck’s departure, he is poised to be the focal point of Stanford’s offense in 2012.
Taylor averaged a solid 5.5 yards a carry and was in the top 25 nationally in rush yards per game. If he weren’t so overshadowed by Andrew Luck, Taylor likely would be hailed as one of the most talented, well-rounded running backs in the country. But he’s likely to finally earn some of that well-deserved praise as the centerpiece of the Cardinal offense in its 2012 campaign. 4) Tree’s Company. The Cardinal’s trio of tight ends was easily one of the best in the entire country this season, as Zach Ertz, Levine Toilolo and Coby Fleener combined to score 20 receiving touchdowns. While each one did miss game time with injuries, the production from these three dynamic players was instrumental in helping the Cardinal offense be so dominant. Other than one underwhelming
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Doubles pair Mallory Burdette (left) and Nicole Gibbs met in the finals of the NCAA singles draw.
By DAVID PEREZ gles draw was followed by a doubles title just hours later. Sophomore Nicole Gibbs defeated junior teammate Mallory Burdette for the individual championship before the two joined forces to take the doubles crown 6-2, 6-4. Gibbs became only the third Stanford player to win both the singles and doubles titles in the same year at the NCAA Championships. Monday’s win at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., made Gibbs the 15th Stanford woman to win the collegiate singles championship and the first since Amber Liu in 2004. Gibbs defeated Burdette, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in a mentally grueling match in which she was once a set and three games behind. Gibbs came back to force a second set tiebreak, where she fell behind 52 and once again found herself
Originally published May 29, 2012.
It was a historic day for Stanford women’s tennis at the NCAA Tennis Championships, as an all-Cardinal final in the sin-
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CHAMPS AT LAST
By JOSEPH BEYDA
Originally published December 7, 2011.
NCAA title number 102 made its way to the Farm this week, but for the undefeated Stanford women’s soccer team, its run at the College Cup meant much more than the trophy it brought home. When defender Camille Levin found midfielder Teresa Noyola waiting at the back post and Noyola headed in the firstever goal in a College Cup final for the Cardinal (25-0-1), the two seniors put a conclusively positive stamp on careers that had been marked by three years of postseason disappointment. Women’s soccer has been one of the few national titles that has seemed to just elude Stanford. Four times — in 1993, 2008, 2009 and 2010 — the Cardinal reached the Final Four only to meet heartbreak. Two years in a row, eventual Hermann Trophy winners were silenced in the College Cup final. And even as the Stanford squad demonstrated its national relevance year-in and year-out under head coach Paul Ratcliffe, it could never attain the dynasty status given to perennial champions North Carolina and Notre Dame. That all changed Sunday.
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Senior midfielder Teresa Noyola scored the biggest goal in Stanford soccer history Sunday, heading in a cross from senior defender Camille Levin for the Card’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Duke.
“This team deserves it,” Noyola said. “We’ve worked extremely hard but have also shown great character to not let the heartbreaks of the last two seasons catch up [to us].” Duke (22-4-1) pressured threateningly at times in the final, but solid play from the back line and another perfect performance from sophomore goalkeeper Emily Oliver between the pipes propelled Stanford to victory and the first undefeated season in school history. “We didn’t think about any other game this year,” Levin said. “It was about this game. We knew we had to come out and keep possession and play our game.” The Cardinal was doing just that against the Blue Devils early on and had several close misses in the first half. A header from junior midfielder Mariah Nogueira went just wide right in the third minute; freshman forward Chioma Ubogagu nearly drew a penalty kick with her evasiveness in the 22nd minute, but the referee held on to his whistle. Stemming the tide, Duke countered with chances of its own and nearly snuck one by Oliver late in the half on a misplayed ball by the Stanford defense. For-
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performance from the three against Oregon, the trio continually made big plays at critical moments throughout the season. One can assume that Ertz and Toilolo will be major factors in the Stanford offense next season, and Fleener has been receiving a lot of praise from NFL Draft scouts, as many expect him to be taken in the first three rounds this April. 5) Fresh faces. After some major injuries forced the Cardinal to reshuffle its lineup midway through the season, one can very safely say that those players who were asked to step in did so in impressive fashion. On defense, Jarek Lancaster and AJ Tarpley both played extremely well in the stead of Shayne Skov, with Lancaster leading the team with 70 tackles and Tarpley notching the third-most tackles on the team with 57, despite starting only seven games. On offense, freshman wide receiver Ty Montgomery stepped in for Chris Owusu and made himself a vital part of the offense. Montgomery had 120 yards and a touchdown to lead all Cardinal receivers in the Fiesta Bowl, and the Texas native also had a rushing touchdown against Cal and a kickoff return for a score against Washington State. The early success of Lancaster, Tarpley and Montgomery proves that the Cardinal coaching staff knows what it’s doing when it hits the recruiting trail. 6) Shaw and the coaching staff. In his first season at the helm, Shaw crafted an experienced, professional staff of coaches that kept the Cardinal in the national title hunt for most of the year. Of course, there were moments where Shaw and company fell into the category of “not so good,” but on the whole, the group did a great job of making sure the Cardinal achieved almost all of the goals it was expected to achieve in the preseason.
The Not-so-good: 1) The kicking game. It’s not entirely fair to put Jordan Williamson into this category — he was having a brilliant year before a midseason injury — but unfortunately, you can’t look past the missed kicks in the Fiesta Bowl. Additionally, the team struggled with kicking the ball out of bounds on kickoffs. 2) Injuries. Watching Chris Owusu fall to the turf several times this season after a blow to the head was a terrifying reminder of just how costly the game of football can be — and how thankful Owusu and the Cardinal should be that those injuries were not any worse. Also, the loss of Shayne Skov in the fourth game of the year was obviously a major blow to the Cardinal this season — it’s never a good thing to lose your best defensive player, even though Lancaster and Tarpley filled in well in his spot. 3) The Oregon debacle. At every turn, the Ducks fully dominated the Cardinal’s most-hyped game of the season. The loss ended any hopes Stanford had for a national title, and being blown off the field by more than 20 points in your own house is something that should not happen to any top-ten team. 4) The tragic death of defensive assistant coach Chester McGlockton. A rising star on the Stanford coaching staff, McGlockton was just 42 years old when he passed away on Nov. 30. One only had to look at the outpouring of emotions from fellow coaches and his players on Twitter to see that McGlockton was wellrespected and admired throughout the Stanford family, and that he will be missed. Next week, we’ll take a look ahead to what 2012 will bring for the Cardinal — including a toptier recruiting class and a rebuilt offense and defense — but for now, it’s good to take one last moment and reflect on an unforgettable 2011, for both its good and bad. Contact Jack Blanchat at firstname.lastname@example.org. “You don’t get that many opportunities at this stage,” Noyola said. “Camille played a great ball and that shows how connected we are. I knew exactly what she was going to do.” The squad hadn’t lost a game in six years when scoring a goal, but after Oklahoma State tied up a similar game in the quarterfinals and took the Cardinal to suddendeath overtime, Stanford knew it still had its work cut out for it after Noyola’s tally. An energized Molly Pathman, coming off a two-goal performance in the semifinals, re-entered the game for Duke in the 67th minute and made an instant impact. Taken down in the box just three minutes later, Pathman begged for a penalty but was not given one after Ubogagu had been similarly spurned in the first half. A minute later, Pathman found an open Laura Weinberg in the box but her left-footed deflection sailed high. The barrage continued into the 73rd minute, when Kaitlyn Kerr pounced on a loose ball and forced Oliver to make a leaping save on her roaring shot from outside the box. On the ensuing corner, Weinberg almost found an opening but had her low strike blocked by Nogueira. Hanging by a thread, the Cardinal got the clear it needed. “It was the longest 20 minutes of my life,” Oliver said, referring to the end of the game. “Everyone’s hearts were beating out of their ears.” And they would keep doing so late into the match. Taylor and senior midfielder Kristy Zurmuhlen helped burn the clock with strong plays on the Blue Devils’ side of midfield, yet Duke fed the ball back into the final third time and time again. It looked like they had a shot even into the 89th minute, when the Blue Devils drew two corner kicks. The Cardinal fended them both off, the same way it had fended off the heartbreak that’s been building up since 2008, and just minutes later the team was wearing NCAA Champion hats and Tshirts. “This win caps off four tremendous years at Stanford,” Ratcliffe said. “The last four years, this team has been incredible, and they’ve shown such great character to have all those setbacks and come back and fight through and achieve our goal of winning a national championship.” And when the most accomplished senior class in Stanford soccer history — Taylor, Noyola, Levin and Zurmuhlen — walked off the field wearing cardinal and white for the last time on Sunday, they did so with more than just a 954-4 career record and four trips to the College Cup behind them. This time, they took home a trophy. And so much more. Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda@ stanford.edu.
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ward Molly Lester missed high, however, and the back-and-forth match was scoreless entering the half. Though the Cardinal was controlling the tempo, the match still had the potential of turning into another close loss, like the consecutive 1-0 defeats Stanford had suffered in the two previous finals. In each, the Cardinal’s leading scorer — Kelley O’Hara in 2009 and Christen Press in 2010 — was held to three or fewer shots; on Sunday, 20-goal-scorer senior forward Lindsay Taylor entered the half with just one attempt. But this time around, Ratcliffe wasn’t necessarily expecting the scoring to come from his top offensive players. “[Duke has] a great defense,” he said. “They’re very hard to break down and score on . . . It was a very tight match.” “I thought our outside backs were going to be the difference in the game,” Ratcliffe added later. “Duke’s back four is very solid. Their three in the midfield are hard-working players and we needed to get our outside backs forward to create a numerical advantage outside and try to get in crosses.” Indeed, it was Levin and her fellow outside defender, Rachel Quon, who would define the second half. Quon drew a foul to set up a dangerous Noyola free kick two minutes into the half, although the Cardinal couldn’t capitalize. After a missed Stanford corner just a minute later, Blue Devil freshman sensation Kelley Cobb raced upfield, just one woman — Quon — to beat. But the junior held her own, and Levin swooped in from behind the play to end Cobb’s promising rush. Then Levin made the play that Stanford soccer fans won’t soon forget. Taking a 53rd-minute feed from Ubogagu to the high right side of the box, Levin battled by two defenders as she moved towards the end line. Running out of real estate, she tried to cross to Noyola — who played youth soccer with Levin — but a Blue Devil defender blocked the attempt as Levin slipped to the turf. She scrambled to get to her feet, fed in another ball, and the rest is history. “You’ve got to feel sorry for Duke because that’s unstoppable,” Ratcliffe noted. “They blocked her cross twice and she still got back up and crossed it to the back post.” Noyola had already scored perhaps the biggest goal of the regular season for the Cardinal, an overtime header to beat Washington. And on a strikingly similar play Sunday, she added the biggest goal in Stanford soccer history to her resume.
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after missing the entirety of the 2011-2012 season with a neck injury. I realize you could go crazy trying to just measure yourself to Peyton Manning every day, Luck told the Colts official website. I don’t think that would be a sane way to live . . . I’ll just try and put my best foot forward and work hard every day. One day, if I can be mentioned alongside Peyton Manning as one of the quarterback greats, that would be a football dream come true. The redshirt junior quarterback was the 19th Stanford player to ever be picked in the first round, and the first Cardinal player to be picked in the first round since the 49ers selected offensive tackle Kwame Harris with the 26th pick in 2003. Luck is expected to sign a fouryear, $22 million deal with the Colts later this week, a contract comparable to that of last year’s number one pick, the Carolina Panthers? Cam Newton. After Luck finally put on the Colts? blue and white, he didn’t have to wait long to see one of his Cardinal teammates join him in the NFL, as the Pittsburgh Steelers selected guard David DeCastro with the 24th pick. Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said it was a nobrainer pick that late in the draft, as the tough, physical guard was expected to be picked in the middle of the first round. Really, we didn’t think David would be there at [the 24th pick]. We valued him very high, Colbert told the Steelers’ official website. As we said the other day, there were a few special players in this group that we thought would be easy to evaluate and he was one of them. I went into the thing with no expectations, DeCastro said of his unexpected slide. The draft has so many variables. You don’t know what’s going to happen. I am just thankful that I am on a great team and a great franchise. I am just excited. Luck and DeCastro both going in the first round marks the first time since 1982 that two Stanford players were selected in the first round since 1982, when the Atlanta Falcons picked tackle Bob Whitfield with the eighth pick, and the Browns took fullback Tommy Vardell with the ninth pick. But while Luck and DeCastro now know where they’ll be playing for the next few seasons, fellow Cardinal teammates Coby Fleener and Jonathan Martin must wait until this evening to have their names called, as the two highly rated prospects both slipped out of the trade-filled first round. While both Fleener and Martin should go in the first 10 or 15 picks of the second round, a first round that could have been filled with four Stanford players was instead left curiously devoid of Cardinal, as several teams reached for prospects that were far less highly regarded than either Fleener or Martin. Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat @stanford.edu.
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Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby (above, center) will become the new commissioner of the Big 12 conference after six years at Stanford. Bowlsby, 60, announced the move in early May.
BOWLSBY LEAVES FOR BIG 12 JOB
By JACK BLANCHAT
Originally published May 7, 2012.
On Friday, Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby was introduced as the new commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, officially making his move away from the Farm after six years at Stanford. Bowlsby’s successful tenure at Stanford was marked by 10 national titles as well as the hiring of coaches Jim Harbaugh, David Shaw and Johnny Dawkins, but now the Iowa native takes over a conference that has been in turmoil for the past three years. The Big 12 has lost four of its members in the last two years — Nebraska to the Big Ten, Colorado to the Pac-12 and Texas A&M and Missouri to the SEC — all of which led to the firing of former commissioner Dan Beebe in 2011. But the man hired to replace Beebe told reporters at his introductory press conference that the Big 12 is in a good place for the future, as it added TCU and West Virginia to the conference this year to replace recent departures A&M and Missouri. “I, like many people, had a vision of this conference as unstable,” Bowlsby said Friday in Irving, Tex. “What I found instead was a group of chief executive officers that were very committed to one another and very committed to the best principles of intercollegiate athletics. I was very quickly put at ease relative to the stability of the group and the ongoing commitment to one another.” Bowlsby, who will take over as commissioner on June 15, was seen as the ideal candidate for the Big 12 job because of his exceptionally successful tenures at Stanford and at the University of Iowa, where he worked from 1991-2005. He also contributed significantly to the lucrative media deals of both of those schools’ conferences, particularly the Pac-12’s current $3 billion, 12year television contract with ESPN and Fox. Additionally, Bowlsby was present for the birth of both of those conferences’ television networks — the Big Ten Network, which launched in 2007, and the Pac-12 Network, which will launch in August 2012. Bowlsby’s role in the media network expansion of the Big Ten and Pac-12 was critical to his hiring as Big 12 commissioner because the turbulent conference is currently working on a new television deal of its own. “He’s been very involved in the television aspects of conferences he has served, from the formation of
2012 Pac-12 schedule disappoints
By BILLY GALLAGHER
Originally published Jan. 20, 2012.
Big Game? Oct. 20.Top-5 ranked USC visiting the Farm? Before students are on campus. Once students are back? Arizona, Washington State and Oregon State. That’s it. The 2012 football schedule is an unusual one, due to Pac-12 scheduling complications and a vote that did not go Stanford’s way. Every year, Stanford football plays the entire Pac-12 North (Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State) as well as the California schools in the Pac-12 South (USC and UCLA). The Cardinal also plays two additional Pac12 South teams, on a two-year round robin cycle (Arizona and Colorado last year and this year). Stanford has multi-year obligations with San Jose State, Notre Dame and Duke, which put all three on the schedule this year. There are several factors that complicate the Pac-12’s schedule. Some years, the league has 14 weeks to complete the schedule—determined by the calendar—other years allow 15 weeks. The 2011 and 2012 seasons are both “14 week” years. With a 12-team league and a league championship game, these 14 weeks do not leave much flexibility in the schedule. The Pac-12’s new lucrative television deals, as well as playing occasional Thursday and Friday night games, further complicate the scheduling process. Many of these factors arose from the addition of Colorado and Utah to the league last year, but did not affect Stanford much in the 2011 season. Stanford’s schedule Stanford will open its 2012 campaign with three straight home games: Sept. 1 against San Jose State, Sept. 8 against Duke and Sept. 15 against USC. The USC Trojans, with star quarterback Matt Barkley returning for his senior season, have been predicted to finish as high as No. 2 in the nation for the 2012 season. Classes for the 2012 to 2013 school year begin on Sept. 24 for un-
dergraduates. “As for Stanford starting with USC in week three, that’s not unusual,” wrote Pac-12 Vice President of Public Affairs Kirk Reynolds in an email to The Daily. “Stanford opened the Pac-12 season this past season in week three at Arizona and opened the 2010 schedule in week two at UCLA.” Stanford and USC are the only Pac-12 teams to start conference play in week three. Washington will not start Pac-12 play until Sept. 27, with all other Pac-12 teams beginning on Sept. 22. The Cardinal has a bye week Sept. 22, followed by a Thursday night game on Sept. 27 at Washington to face the Huskies and quarterback Keith Price, whose 477 yard, seven TD performance in the Alamo bowl raised some early Heisman speculation. The 2012 schedule includes four Thursday night games, described as “specialty dates for ESPN and FOX” in a Pac-12 press release. Every school that plays a Thursday night game is required to have a bye week the week before. Stanford will then play its first home game with the student body on campus on Oct. 6 against the Arizona Wildcats and new head coach Rich Rodriguez’s offense — before heading to Notre Dame for the annual battle with the Fighting Irish on Oct. 13. The Cardinal will then travel across the Bay to Cal on Oct. 20 for the Big Game before hosting Washington on Oct. 27, traveling to Colorado on Nov. 3, playing Oregon State on Nov. 10 and finishing its season on the road against three-time defending conference champion Oregon and UCLA, on Nov. 17 and Nov. 24, respectively. The Big Game First played in 1892, the Big Game is older than the Pacific Coast Conference, the earliest predecessor of the Pac-12, which was formed in 1915, and has been played 114 times— with the earliest previous date coming on Nov. 8. Both Stanford and Cal officials expressed their disappointment
with the 2012 Big Game date. “The October 20 date for Big Game is 2012 is certainly not our first choice but the conference is governed by the will of the majority and we have a duty to respect the outcome of the vote,” said Stanford’s Director of Athletics Bob Bowlsby in a press release.“We will work with California and the Pac-12 Office to advocate for the Big Game and all rivalry games to be scheduled toward the end of the season in future years.” This will be only the fifth time that the Big Game has not been played in November. The game has previously been moved to the first week of December, as was the case in 2006 and 2007, to avoid conflicts. However, now that the conference has expanded to 12 teams and includes a championship game— scheduled for Nov. 30—that is no longer possible. “The Pac-12 Conference values the importance of our historic rivalry games and the importance of scheduling them in traditional endof-season dates,” said Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott in a statement. “However, with the addition of our Championship Football Game the last week of the season, and new television agreements commencing in 2012, there will be additional priorities that need to be balanced when making the schedule that will mean occasional date adjustments to rivalry games. “In this case, we made every effort to create a schedule that would allow the Big Game to be played at the end of the season. Cal and Stanford were clear that they did not want to play the Big Game Thanksgiving week so we presented additional options to our member institutions for discussion and a vote. Ultimately the majority vote determined the schedule.” The majority vote According to the Pac-12, the conference considers initial input from every member school on dates they prefer, specific issues, and other requests before drafting initial sched-
the Big Ten network to the Pac-12 network and, of course, the related television agreements,” Burns Hargis, the president of Oklahoma State, told ESPN. “Obviously that’s a very valuable talent that we intend to take full advantage of.” Bowlsby’s other challenge will be determining if the conference needs to expand, as the Big 12’s major quirk is that it currently only has ten member schools, which prevents it from staging a conference championship game. Conference championship games generally require 12 teams, and they serve as major boons to any conference’s pocketbooks; the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12 all have title games. However, Bowlsby said he currently didn’t know where exactly the conference would go with its membership. “I’m not going to presume a direction that we would go,” he said. “There’s nothing magic about 11 or 12. I come in with no preconceived notions of what the right number is . . . I’m pretty excited about the 10 institutions that we have.” And while the move was a nobrainer for Bowlsby, as he will quickly become one of he most powerful and influential people in all of college sports, Stanford is now forced to try and find a successor to replace him as athletic director. For now, the list of candidates whose names have been mentioned includes Yale athletic director Thomas Beckett, Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl executive director Gary Cavalli, UC-Irvine athletic director Mike Izzi, West Coast Conference Commissioner Jamie Zaninovich, Utah athletic director Chris Hill and West Virginia athletic director Oliver Luck, father of former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. All of these candidates have major connections to the Farm, as Beckett, Cavalli, Izzi and Zaninovich have all previously worked for the Stanford athletic department. Additionally, former Secretary of State and Stanford political science professor Condoleeza Rice has been suggested as a potential wild-card candidate to replace Bowlsby, as she is a dedicated Stanford sports fan and has said that her dream job would be commissioner of the NFL. The athletic department has not yet suggested a timetable for finding a new athletic director or intimated whether it would hire an interim commissioner when Bowlsby packs up for the Big 12. Contact Jack Blanchat at blanchat@ stanford.edu.
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Water polo goes back to back
By JOSEPH BEYDA
The high price of just a free throw
By AARON PLOURDE
Originally published March 14, 2012.
Andy Brown stood at the free-throw line on Jan. 14, 2012, waiting to take two foul shots. Stanford led Colorado 82-61, and less than a minute remained. These two free throws wouldn’t impact the game. As the 6-foot-7 junior forward stepped to the line and dribbled three times, he didn’t even notice the crowd, the bench or anything else around him. All that Brown focused on were the 15 feet between him and the basket. Brown’s trip to the foul line began well before he snatched an offensive rebound and was fouled by Colorado forward Damiene Cain. In fact, his trip to the line had begun three years before, when Brown was still a senior in high school. In high school, Brown was a two-time state champion while playing for Southern California powerhouse Mater Dei. Mater Dei sustained just 10 losses during Brown’s four years, with a few of them coming against the teams that boasted future NBA stars like Kevin Love and Jeremy Lin. Brown’s high school coach used to refer to him as “The Iceman” for his ability to handle pressure late in games. In January 2009, during Brown’s senior year, Mater Dei was undefeated and the top-ranked high school basketball team in the nation. In the second half of a rivalry game against Servite High School, Mater Dei led by more than 20 points. Brown stole the ball in the open court and sprinted across the hardwood to hammer in a breakaway slam dunk. “When I came down [from the dunk],” Brown said, “I landed awkwardly and my knee just kind of popped.” At first, Brown thought the pop he heard was only a sprain. He later learned that he had torn the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, ending his high school career. Initially upset that he would miss the rest of his senior season, Brown quickly refocused for the next step in his career: playing college basketball for Stanford. After undergoing reconstructive knee surgery in February 2009, Brown underwent an intense regimen of physical therapy designed to help him redevelop his range of motion and strengthen his knee. Eight months later, Brown returned to the court and began practicing with Stanford on Oct. 16. During his first college practice, Brown felt a little slower than normal, but his left knee felt strong. About half an hour into practice, Brown soared into the air to grab a rebound. “I jumped in off one foot,” Brown said. “I landed on one foot, and my knee popped out again.” Right away, Brown knew he had torn his ACL — again his left knee. After being forced to miss the end of his last season of high school basketball, Brown would be forced to miss his entire first season of college basketball. Yet Brown remained positive in the face of his latest setback. The injury forced him to medically redshirt, which allowed him to take a year to figure out college, both on and off the court. In order to improve himself as a player, Brown spent his freshman year getting stronger in the weight room and learning about the college game from his mentor, then-senior Landry Fields. Off the court, Brown’s injury
Originally published May 14, 2012.
The last time that the Stanford and USC women’s water polo teams met at Aztec Aquaplex in San Diego, the Trojans swam away with a 10-9 victory over the top-seeded Cardinal in the 2010 national championship game. But when the two squads met yesterday with another title on the line, No. 1 Stanford wasn’t going to let another title slip away. The defending-champion Cardinal (26-2) got a late goal from senior driver Pallavi Menon and 15 saves from junior goalie Kate Baldoni to edge the Trojans 64 and capture Stanford’s third national championship in women’s water polo and 103rd overall. Baldoni’s 29 saves to just nine goals allowed over the tournament won her MVP honors, while Menon capped her Stanford career with seven goals over the weekend. “We definitely have some bad memories from being here two years ago, but this group, this team has an incredible spirit about them and this amazing attitude,” said head coach John Tanner.“They were relentless today.” Neither squad led by more than a goal before Menon’s bad-angle shot found the back of the cage with just 1:11 left in the game. Menon and sophomore driver Kaley Dodson each had two goals, with Trojan goalie Flora Bolonyai stifling Menon on a late breakaway in the first half. “We were really frustrated with some of our missed opportunities,” Tanner said. “We thought 0we could’ve gotten ourselves a two, three, four-goal cushion, and we just struggled to stay up by one. But Kate was absolutely phenomenal, and finally Pallavi with that last goal to give us some breathing room at a critical time.” Despite the adversity it faced in the finals, the Cardinal’s road to Sunday’s showdown was a relatively smooth one. Stanford opened its weekend with a 17-5 win over No. 8 Pomona-Pitzer on Friday and a 12-3 victory over fourth-seeded UC-Irvine in the semifinals on Saturday.
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Junior goalkeepier Kate Baldoni was named the tournament MVP after she stopped 15 USC shots in the national title game in San Diego. Baldoni and the Cardinal have now captured two consecutive NCAA crowns.
Against the Anteaters, freshman Ashley Grossman had a hat trick while Menon and freshman Cory Dodson each tacked on two goals of their own, and the Cardinal held the Anteaters scoreless over a 12:56 stretch of the first half after they had taken an early 1-0 lead. Trailing for the first time in the tournament, the Cardinal grabbed a 7-2 halftime advantage with a 6-0 run over that same time period, and the squad was perfect on its three penalty shots and went 6-for-10 on the power-play to advance to the final. USC scored 5:12 minutes into the game to take its only lead, but Menon struck back with a power-play goal just 33 seconds later. Freshman Kiley Neushul, the MPSF Newcomer of the Year, added her third tally of the weekend to grab a 21 advantage for Stanford. Each team tallied in the final minute of the first period, but the back-and-forth affair gave way to a scoreless second frame that saw both goalies make key saves and several Trojan shots bounce safely off the goal post. The Trojans drew even a minute into the second half, but Kaley Dodson responded with a goal of her own just 10 seconds later to grab a 4-3 lead for Stanford. A minute into the final period USC tied the game again, and yet again it was Kaley Dodson who came up in the clutch with a power-play goal at the 4:13 mark that would end up being the game-winner. Then it was up to Menon to seal the deal in the final minute and a half. “I had taken that lob earlier from five [meters], and I was pleased with it, so I just fired it in and really just threw it as hard as I could,” she said. “I saw a little opening, and I was so happy. I looked back and the first person I saw was Kate, out to her waist, so excited. It was great to see that energy from everybody.” The Cardinal’s senior class of Menon, driver Alyssa Lo, driver Cassie Churnside and defender Monica Coughlan was instrumental in setting the tone for the repeat champions all season long. “There’s so much vitality,” Tanner said. “Usually the seniors are looking at grad school or their career, and the freshmen add the energy. Our freshmen did have a whole lot of energy, believe me, but our seniors are every bit exuberant, and that really is uncommon in my experience.” And while the seniors’ contributions were certainly remarkable, Stanford will likely the odds-on favorite to win a third straight national championship next season. Along with a strong class of incoming freshmen, the Cardinal will get back junior Annika Dries and senior Melissa Seidemann, who both redshirted this season to in order to train with the U.S. National Team before this summer’s Olympics. After the game, Menon was asked how good this team could be in the graduating seniors’ absence. “Oh my gosh, unstoppable,” she said. “They’re only getting better. I’m so excited to watch this team flourish, there’s so much talent.” Until the 2013 campaign, though, Stanford can rest its laurels on the team’s third national title. “What I’ll remember is just the excitement that these guys created every workout, every chance to be around each other,” Tanner said. “We’re looking forward to the fact that we’re not flying home until tomorrow. We get to spend another evening together.” And what’s even better — they get to spend it with a brand new trophy. Contact Joseph Beyda at email@example.com.
Day in the life: Bradley Klahn
By JACK BLANCHAT
Originally published May 4, 2012.
It’s 9:30 a.m. on a cool Thursday morning, and Bradley Klahn is setting out traffic cones on a tennis court. “My serve’s been such a rollercoaster lately,” he says, placing 10 cones from left to right across the service line, five in each box. Klahn, the 2010 NCAA men’s singles tennis champion and the number one player on the Stanford men’s tennis team, is preparing for the upcoming NCAA championship next week. His third serve smacks the red cone in the left service box, knocking it off the court. “The problem with the big cones is, if I hit the top of them, the serve’s going out,” he says. The senior from Poway, Calif., is used to balancing his prodigious tennis career and school, but now, it’s all tennis, all the time. Six feet tall, dressed from head to toe in red and black dri-fit, the economics major graduated from school in the winter and now spends his days preparing for the final hurrah of his college career — and the beginning of his budding professional career. The lefty pulls a serve and smacks a cone in the wrong service box. “Aw, that doesn’t count.” Now, the only thing on Klahn’s schedule is to play tennis, practice tennis, work out and rehab — sometimes for 12 hours a day. Most days, he rises at 6:30 and goes to bed before 11. “Without any schoolwork, I go to bed a lot earlier. Trying to get on a more professional routine, I guess.” He finds his rhythm when he switches to the other side of the baseline, hitting three cones in rapid succession.
“Target practice,” he says. This year’s NCAA title is in Athens, Ga., the site of Klahn’s 2010 singles win, where he crushed Louisville’s Austin Childs, 6-1, 6-2, in the final to capture a championship ring. Those memories — and his memories after from the 2011 NCAA tournament in front of a rowdy home crowd at Stanford — drive him to wake up and hit ball after ball every morning. “The [2011 quarterfinal] match against Texas A&M was a wild one . . . that was fun. [The semifinal match against] Virginia was fun, too. Virginia was the most absurd thing I’ve ever seen, let alone been a part of.” “And I can’t say I’ve got bad memories [about Athens] after winning there,” he adds. However, if Klahn hopes to add a championship coda to his days at Stanford, he’ll have to overcome his two nemeses this season: USC and a balky back. The Trojans have won three consecutive team titles behind the powerful play of senior Steve Johnson, last year’s NCAA singles champion, who is riding a 60-match winning streak coming into the tournament. “He’s been a lock.They’re always starting 2-0 in every match, or at least 1-0,” Klahn says. The No. 1 Trojans also captured the Pac-12 title this year and blanked the Cardinal 7-0, 7-0 and 4-0 in their three matchups this season. Klahn also still battles the effects of a herniated disc in his back, an injury that forced him out of competition for half the school year and still affects his mobility and strength, he says. He takes the time to stretch his back during every pause in his practice schedule. “I had the same injury that [Orlando Magic forward] Dwight Howard has,” he
says.“It’s just stiff, more than anything else. The surgical site was painful right after, but the hardest thing for a while was just getting in and out of bed.” After finishing his morning session of serves, Klahn gets a necessary back massage, eats lunch and returns to the Taube Tennis Center courts to hit with assistant coach Brandon Coupe. A light drizzle forces the two of them to the underground indoor court the team refers to as “the dungeon,” where Coupe gives Klahn pointers on his backhand and volleys. Coupe’s strokes are short and direct when compared to Klahn’s nimble, smooth backhands — Coupe is leathered from 10 years spent on the professional tennis tour. He gives Klahn tips that will serve him well when he moves along to the professional ranks right after graduation. Klahn will train in Carson, Calif., a suburb of Los Angeles, after his time at Stanford is up and could possibly begin playing in professional events as early as June 2, at the Sacramento USTA Futures tour event — a step below the ATP tour of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. “It kind of depends on how I feel depending on where my fitness is. But really, I haven’t planned it out too far in advance,” he confesses. The bigger question, he says, comes down the road, when he’ll need sponsors to help him jumpstart his pro career. “I haven’t had any agent interest so far. I don’t know if people will sign me or not,” he says. “I’d obviously like to sign with an agent; it’d be cool, and they can help out with deals and money and stuff, but I’m sure any agent is going to have their reservations about signing a guy who had back
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Junior forward Andy Brown lost most of his college career to three ACL tears in his left knee, but the 6-foot-7 forward hit the court for the first time this season.
Baseball: Comeback kids
By JOSEPH BEYDA
Originally published June 7, 2012.
Three up, three down for the Cardinal baseball team. Stanford swept its regional for the second straight year, beating Fresno State once and Pepperdine twice at Sunken Diamond last weekend to stay in contention for its first national title since 1988. It took two come-from-behind wins over the Waves after junior righty Mark Appel shut down the Bulldogs on Friday night, but the Cardinal (4116, 18-12 Pac-12) showed why it deserved to host a regional for the first time in four years with a weekend of solid play. “We battled, and at this stage of the year you have to be able to do that,” said head coach Mark Marquess. Besides Appel, Stanford’s starters hit some rough spots, but the bullpen gave up no earned runs in its 9.1 in-
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Freshman Alex Blandino (above) helped spur the Stanford baseball team to two wins over Pepperdine and one win over Fresno State to sweep through the Stanford regional.
nings of work. The Cardinal did benefit from its opponents’ mistakes — a combined seven errors, 20 walks and eight hit-bypitches over the three games, including a three-run wild pitch that proved crucial in game two — but its best hitters also showed up on a big stage. Junior catcher Eric Smith, sophomore first baseman Brian Ragira, sophomore second baseman Danny Diekroeger and junior shortstop Kenny Diekroeger were all named to the allregional team, with Ragira reaching base 10 times in his 14 plate appearances. “I’m just trying to get on, and we have a bunch of run-producers throughout the lineup,” Ragira said. “I know that the guys behind me . . . are going to come up big for us.” Stanford’s team offense would have been the story of the weekend had it not been for Appel’s stellar Friday night performance. Fresno State came in as the only
team to have beaten Appel (10-1), pounding his fastball and getting two home runs from sophomore centerfielder Aaron Judge when the Bulldogs met the Cardinal in March. That wouldn’t be the case in the regional opener. “We were pretty sure he was going to come out and make an adjustment this week,” said Bulldog head coach Mike Badesole. “The kid is fantastic. He had the answer. He had two great breaking balls to go to. “I’m pretty sure he could’ve won a big-league game today,” Badesole added. Appel, the eventual tournament MVP, tossed his fifth complete game of the season, striking out 11 and allowing only four hits, just three days before his name was called eighth in the MLB Draft. “It’s difficult for the juniors that are draftable, and when they tell you
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early 4-0 lead. Ragira revived Stanford’s hopes with a shot to dead-center, his fifth home run of the year, to lead off the top of the fourth; the Cardinal was the away team on Saturday afternoon, so it came to the plate in the top half and commandeered the dugout on the third-base side. That quirk would come to the forefront in the sixth, when, still down 4-1, Stanford loaded the bases for Gaffney with one out. Sophomore righthander Scott Frazier then bounced a curveball several feet in front of the plate and over the head of catcher Miles Silverstein. Ragira came around to score while freshman third baseman Alex Blandino moved to third and Smith advanced to second. Silverstein then tried to pump-fake to third, but the ball squirted out of his hand and toward the Cardinal dugout. “Next thing I know, the ball is rolling around and the pitcher is around me,” Ragira said. “We were hustling, and the ball rolled our way.” With Ragira and his teammates celebrating in foul territory and Blandino racing down the thirdbase line, Frazier and Silverstein chased after the loose ball, but it rolled through the mass of humanity and into the Stanford dugout. After a quick discussion between the umpires and an argument with Pepperdine head coach Steve Rodriguez, Smith was awarded another base and the game was suddenly tied at four. “My only problem was the crowd control around the dugout,” Rodriguez said. “When their whole team is out there and the pitcher goes out there for the ball that was probably the only thing I could say was an issue.” McArdle would go scoreless into the sixth before Marquess turned the game over to sophomore righty A.J. Vanegas with a runner on third. Freshman centerfielder Matt Gelalich chopped one to second, and Danny Diekroeger nailed Langlois at home to save a run. That run would turn out to be the difference, with Kenny Diekroeger coming through late again on an eighth-inning RBI double that made it 5-4 for Stanford. Then it would be up to Vanegas (4-0), who came up with a career outing at just the right time. In his 3.2 innings he struck out eight batters, including five of the last six he faced and four in a row swinging to end the game. “It was an unbelievable job by A.J.,” Marquess said of the all-regional team selection. “He had great stuff and won big spots all evening.” With Fresno State having knocked out three-seed Michigan State that afternoon, the Cardinal knew it was set for a rematch with either the Bulldogs or Waves in Sunday’s late game, where Pepperdine redshirt senior designated hitter Matt Forgatch kept his career alive with a grand slam to snatch an 8-5 advantage that the Waves would not relinquish. It was a short turnaround for Pepperdine before its 6 p.m. elimination game with Stanford. Bereally excited, but also they feel bad for their teammate,” she said. Gibbs and Burdette gave each other time apart to soak up the emotions from the match, but there was more work to be done. “I knew there was no way I was going to let that singles match get in the way of us performing the way I thought we could in doubles,” Burdette said. Burdette eventually found Gibbs to tell her how proud she was and how excited she was for doubles. “I told her congratulations, and I was like ‘You can come inside. I’m fine. I’m not going to bite. You can come inside and sit and hang out until we go on the doubles court,’” Burdette said. Gibbs certainly appreciated the gesture, and their hard-fought battle in singles only seemed to help their play on the doubles court. “She was such a professional and such a great teammate . . . We were as close as teammates as we have ever been playing for the championship match in doubles,” Gibbs said. Just over an hour later, the two paired up on the same side of the court to win the doubles trophy. Gibbs and Burdette defeated Georgia’s Nadja Gilchrist and Chelsey Gullickson 6-2, 6-4. It was the second NCAA doubles championship in a row for Burdette and the first for Gibbs after entering this year’s doubles draw as the No. 2 seed. Stanford has now won three straight NCAA doubles titles and 15 overall. “We played really well, super solid, and I couldn’t be more proud,” Burdette said. Contact David Perez firstname.lastname@example.org. at cause they had burned their top three starters, the Waves’ chances seemed slim, especially given their unreliable bullpen. But it would be the Cardinal’s starter that was beat up early. Senior rightfielder Tony Cooper slapped a two-out, RBI single off Stephen Piscotty in the first before Pepperdine loaded the bases. Blandino then dropped a tricky flyout in foul territory that would have ended the inning, and the error led to the second 4-0 lead for the Waves over Stanford in as many evenings. “I thought it was going to be a long night,” Marquess said. “The key for us was Piscotty settling down.” “This is probably the biggest game I’ve ever played in my life,” Piscotty said. “And I got knocked down, but I wasn’t going to give up.” He went on to retire 11 straight batters and put up five scoreless innings in a row, giving Stanford more than enough time to mount a response. A leadoff double by junior centerfielder Jake Stewart got things going in the first, before Piscotty got the Cardinal on the board with a single off the glove of sophomore lefty Matt Maurer. A Ragira double with two on in the third made it 4-2, and Wilson nearly tied it on a line drive just foul of the leftfield line. Blandino flew out to the warning track to bring home Stanford’s third run in the same inning, but with two on and two out, third baseman Austin Davidson made an acrobatic catch in foul ground, in the same place that Blandino had dropped one earlier, to end the frame and preserve Pepperdine’s lead. Just an inning later, Stanford would complete the comeback — and on top of that, do some more damage. Wilson singled with the bases loaded to grab a 5-4 lead for his team, bringing Blandino to the plate with two on and two outs. The freshman blasted a 1-0 pitch over the leftfield wall to give the Cardinal a four-run advantage, its first comfortable lead over the Waves all weekend. Pepperdine wasn’t done, however, and four straight hits in the top of the seventh spelled three Waves runs and the end of Piscotty’s night. Junior righty Sahil Bloom cleaned things up and got through an uneventful eighth before leadoff hitter Zach Vincej came to the plate to start the ninth. With the count at 2-2 and the Cardinal’s lead at 8-7, the junior shortstop hit a high fly ball down the leftfield line that cleared the fences, but just a few feet foul. “It started to hook [foul] a little bit, and then it kind of went straight,” said Blandino, who had perhaps the best view of anyone from third base. “I knew it was going to be foul, but I definitely held my breath there for a couple of seconds.” Vincej would eventually ground out to second, and three batters later Stanford was headed to a Super Regional. Contact Joseph Beyda at email@example.com.
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they’re not thinking about it, they’re not being honest with you,” Marquess said. “You can’t help but think about it. Everybody comes at you, every which way . . . it’s just crazy. But he’s handled it well.” The Cardinal nearly got on the board in the first frame when Ragira was robbed of an RBI double by a diving Jordan Luplow in right. The freshman appeared to drop the ball, but the umpires ruled it a catch, quickly evoking memories of Tyler Gaffney’s controversial snag in last year’s Fullerton Regional in a 1-0 Stanford win. Cardinal runners advanced to third in each of the next three innings, but the squad was unable to bring one home. After pitching twice on short rest in the WAC Tournament, righthander Justin Haley held Stanford off the scoreboard and got two-out strikeouts with runners on third in the third and fourth. The spark finally came for the Cardinal with two outs in the fifth. Junior leftfielder and pitcher Stephen Piscotty started the rally with a double before sophomore rightfielder Austin Wilson singled with the count full to put Stanford ahead 2-0. “We left a lot of runners on base and had a lot of opportunities to score,” Marquess said. “But I thought Wilson’s hit, getting two runs on the board, was big.” Haley had struck out five Cardinal batters at that point, but his luck ran out in a three-run sixth. Only one Stanford hit left the infield, but three walks, a hit-bypitch and an infield hit extended the Cardinal cushion to five. The Bulldogs got to Appel for the first time in the next frame, as an RBI double by redshirt junior first baseman Trent Garrison ended the shutout. The seventh inning was the first one in which Appel did not record a strikeout. The Diekroeger brothers then turned a 6-4-3 double-play to help Appel get out of an eighth-inning jam, before two straight hit-bypitches in the eighth scored Stanford’s sixth run and a Kenny Diekroeger single followed by an error made it 9-1. With the win, Appel became the first Cardinal pitcher to win 10 games in a season since Jeff Gilmore in 2005. Unfortunately, Stanford didn’t get the same starting performance on Saturday from lefthander Brett Mooneyham, who departed after just 2.1 innings. Pepperdine — which had beaten Michigan State 6-2 on Friday to enter the winner’s bracket — scored two runs to start the third and then loaded the bases to force the redshirt junior from the game. “He got himself into trouble,” Marquess said. “He really hadn’t pitched that poorly, but to their credit, they followed it with a couple of hits.” After junior righty Dean McArdle replaced Mooneyham, redshirt freshman Bryan Langlois blasted a double off the leftfield wall to give the Waves an
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surgery. I hope not, though, because I feel healthy; I feel good. It’s definitely better than it was.” For now, though, Klahn’s first concern is ending his college career on the right note. He feels the pressure of being a senior team captain in his last NCAA tournament. That’s the real reason he gets up in the morning to hit serves, hits with Coupe after lunch, goes to the regularly scheduled practice with the rest of them team, then works out, then rehabs. He’ll do the same thing again on Friday, and Monday, and Tuesday, and Wednesday. All tennis, all the time. Just a normal day in the life of Bradley Klahn: not quite studentathlete, not quite a professional. Contact Jack Blanchat firstname.lastname@example.org. at
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Senior Bradley Klahn (above) was fully devoting his time to preparing for the upcoming NCAA championship, after having graduated at the end of winter quarter.
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not only gave him more time to focus on his studies; it assisted him socially as well. Brown met other students via physical therapy, as well as by virtue of his golf cart, as students repeatedly asked him for rides. While Brown looked at his second ACL tear as a blessing in disguise, he still itched to get back on the court. He underwent the same regimen of physical therapy as before, and it took him 10 months to return to the court. In August 2010, Brown was back on the court playing a series of pick-up games with his teammates. It was the most basketball he had played since high school. During the games, Brown felt like his old self again, draining six three-pointers. Toward the end of the open-court session, Brown and his teammates were playing a short game to five when Brown went down yet again. “I caught the ball on the left wing and I dribbled baseline,” Brown said. “I got cut off and I went to spin. I planted with my left foot and my knee gave out again.” The all-too-familiar pop and shooting pain let Brown know immediately that he had torn the ACL in his left knee for the third time. According to Dr. Marc Safran, who conducted Brown’s second and third ACL surgeries, there is about a 4- to 15-percent chance that a patient with an ACL tear will tear the ACL a second time. According to Safran, Brown tearing his ACL three times was “definitely out of the norm.” “That killed me,” Brown said. “It was tough because it wasn’t about my passion for the game anymore but if my body and my knee would actually allow me to play.” For the third time, Brown underwent reconstructive knee surgery. This time, however, Safran used a different, older procedure
on Brown’s knee. The surgery involved tightening Brown’s lateral collateral ligament to provide more support for his ACL. This older procedure was the same procedure that Brown’s college coach, Johnny Dawkins, underwent while he played in the NBA. After nearly two years of rehab and physical therapy, Brown was back to square one. He would only get one more shot to play college basketball: a fourth knee injury wouldn’t heal before Brown graduated. Brown went back to his old regimen, but this time he had to rehab for more than a year. Having endured three surgeries and nearly three years of rehab, Brown finally suited up for the Cardinal on Nov. 23, 2011. He logged his first minute of action that night against Oklahoma State in Madison Square Garden. Brown’s knee still hurt at that point, though, so he just stood near half court and waited for the clock to run out. As the season progressed, Brown’s knee continued to heal. On Jan. 14, he entered his first-ever home game at Maples Pavilion. After being fouled while grabbing an offensive rebound, Brown went to the foul line, where he’d have the chance to score his first college point. Once called The Iceman, a nervous Brown stepped to the line. He took three dribbles, bent his rehabilitated knee, rose up and fired his first in-game shot in years. As the ball swished through the hoop, the Maples Pavilion crowd and Stanford bench lost control, cheering wildly as they witnessed Brown’s three-year struggle finally pay off. “It was an awesome feeling,” Brown said. “I honestly couldn’t care less about the second one.” Brown missed the second free throw, but it didn’t matter. After three years at Stanford, Brown had three surgeries, a knee littered with dark surgery scars and discolorations from cortisone shots, and, finally, one point. Contact Aaron Plourde at aplourde @stanford.edu.
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on the brink of elimination. In the first set, Burdette was the more assertive player, as she came to net successfully and took control of the match. Ahead 4-1 in the second set, she looked poised to run away with the trophy. Burdette had not lost more than three games in a set in the entire tournament, and she appeared set on continuing that dominant streak. “I had kind of resigned myself to losing to someone who was playing by far the best tennis in all of college tennis,” Gibbs said. “At that point, I was just trying anything possible to stay in points.” Gibbs’ persistence paid off. She won three straight games as Burdette began making unforced errors and double faulted on a crucial point. The set evened out at 4-4, and after trading breaks they went into a tiebreak. Burdette again looked poised to win the match, needing just two points to clinch after jumping out to a 5-2 lead. But Gibbs hung on to win five straight points and take the set. At that point, all of the momentum and confidence belonged to the sophomore, and she got an early break on her way to a 6-3 third-set win. The teammates would later share the joy of winning a championship together, but that would have to wait. As Gibbs stood on her side looking at the sky with a smile, Burdette sat down on her side of the court and stared off in disbelief. Head coach Lele Forood summed up how it must have felt for her top two players. “It’s difficult. It’s even difficult for the winner because they are
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ules. Several possible schedules are then put out for discussion before they are narrowed to three finalists. The member schools then vote on the three final proposals. The three final proposals slotted the Big Game for Oct. 20, Nov. 17 and the Friday after Thanksgiving. Both Cal and Stanford favored the Nov. 17 date and lobbied for its acceptance. “While this version kept the Big Game on a more traditional Saturday late in the season, other dates for conference games were significantly impacted,” said a Cal press release. “In line with conference policy, the schedules were put to a vote among the 12 athletic directors, and the majority vote favored schedule A— which slots the Stanford-Cal game on Oct. 20.” The Pac-12 would not elaborate further on the voting process. Officials from the athletic departments at Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington declined to comment on the voting process. Officials from the athletic departments at Arizona, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State could not be reached for comment by the time of publication. A Stanford Athletics Department source confirmed that the other Pac-12 presidents voted in favor of the Oct. 20 date. Officials from Stanford and Cal repeatedly pointed to the many Big Game week traditions held by both schools and their alumni to reasons why the Friday after Thanksgiving date would not work. “There are dozens, if not hundreds, of events on both campuses that are tied to the Big Game,” Bowlsby said in an interview with
the Mercury News. “With both schools on break, Thanksgiving week won’t work.” However, the 2012 schedule will still impact many Stanford traditions. Farm effects Richard Muschell, Stanford assistant athletic director and director of ticket sales, said his office has received calls from alumni and season ticket holders about the Big Game date. “People aren’t happy about the break in tradition for Big Game,” Muschell said. “And that’s to be expected. Hell, we weren’t happy. We weren’t happy about it either. But you kind of play with the cards you’re dealt.” Muschell said the student section, which was about 5,000 seats this past season, will be smaller for the first three home games when students are not on campus. Muschell noted that there will be room for all students who wish to sit in the Red Zone. “If we had our druthers, I’d have the entire [home] schedule after the students got back,” Muschell said. “The students add so much electricity to it. That’s enormous.” The early home games, lack of an obvious “road trip” date and early Big Game could also affect the Band, according to LSJUMB Public Relations officer Brian Flamm ’13. Flamm noted that the Band typically uses the NSO football game followed by a mid-October road trip to recruit freshmen and new members. However, there will be no game during NSO this year, and the away games between the start of classes and Thanksgiving Break are in Colorado and Washington—too far for an effective road trip, according to Flamm. “The big disadvantage of the schedule is having Big Game so early,” Flamm wrote in an email to
The Daily. “For band, Big Game is not just a game, but there is an entire week of events preceding the game. . . Big Game week is probably the most important week of the fall for band, and this earlier date could affect some of our traditional events.” The early Big Game will also present unique challenges to the production of Gaieties. Gaieties usually casts during the first week of school in the fall, which allows for six to seven full weeks of rehearsal and set-building before three nights of performances leading up to the Big Game. In 2012, Gaieties will have a little over three weeks between the first day of class and the traditional first night of performances. “Because of the earlier date of Big Game the staff and cast will have much less time during the fall quarter to produce the show,” wrote 2011 Gaieties producer Nora Martin ’12 in an email to The Daily. “Because of the scale and length of the production, our timeline for hiring the staff, writing the script, casting the show, rehearsing all the material and building the set will have to be adjusted. While no concrete decisions have been made, the show is called Big Game Gaieties and it is our priority to stay true to the 100+ year old tradition. I will be working with next year’s producer, Ram’s Head and the University administration to create an abbreviated schedule that will still allow the show to be performed during the week leading up to our game against Cal.” The Band and Gaieties are not the only student groups affected by the 2012 football schedule. Students, alumni, season ticket holders and, most importantly, the players will all have to adjust to a different schedule this year. How will the team adjust? Tune in Sept. 1. Contact Billy Gallagher email@example.com. at
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Timeline for Alternate Review Process
Before 1997 Stanford used a “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard for cases of sexual assault and relationship abuse. 1997Students and administrators agreed to the most recent Judicial Charter; this included the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard. February 5, 2010 The Daily reported that there is a “growing consensus . . . the process ‘does not benefit the victim, nor help the accused to clear his name, nor does it protect the Stanford community from predators.’” April 14, 2010President Hennessy signed the Alternate Misconduct Review Process, a plan developed by the Board on Judicial Affairs, which eliminated the requirement that victims and suspects attend the same hearings during a case. April 3, 2011The Office for Civil Rights urged universities to lower the standard of proof in sexual assault and relationship abuse cases from “beyond a reasonable doubt” to “preponderance of the evidence” or risk losing federal funding. April 12, 2011President Hennessy released an executive order to lower Stanford’s standard of proof from “beyond a reasonable doubt” to “preponderance of the evidence.” June 30, 2011The University hired Angela Exson as its first assistant dean for sexual assault and relationship abuse shortly after forming the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse Education & Response (SARA). March 19, 201234 ASSU alumni signed a letter to student representatives urging them to delay placing the proposed ASSU Constitution, which would include the lowered standard of evidence, on the April ballot. The representatives agreed. April 19, 2012The Board of Judicial Affairs proposed to student representatives a reduction in the size of the panel’s juries, from six to four, as well as continuing to require a simple majority for convictions. Several student representatives advocate for a unanimous vote. May 1, 2012The Undergraduate Senate will meet to vote on the proposed Judicial Charter. May 2, 2012The Graduate Student Council will meet to vote on the proposed Judicial Charter.
Leaders weigh Alternative Review Process
By JULIA ENTHOVEN
Originally published May 1, 2012.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate will debate whether to approve the Office of Judicial Affairs Alternative Review Process (ARP) for cases of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking at tonight’s meeting. The ARP, instituted in 2010, is facing its two-year review and requires approval from the Undergraduate Senate and the Graduate Student Council (GSC) to continue. The ARP includes two significant changes: shifting the standard of proof from “beyond a reasonable doubt” to “preponderance of evidence,” meaning jury members must be 51 percent certain of guilt to convict, and shrinking review panel juries from six members to four. These changes have raised concerns that the current system of convicting based on a majority is not sufficient, and both student representatives and alumni have recommended moving to requiring unanimous agreement on review panels. The Office of Judicial Affairs (OJA) initiated the ARP as a pilot program in 2010 with the objective of making the judicial process more accessible and less intimidating for victims of sexual assault. Its development was partially in response to OJA data indicating that in the 13 years preceding 2010, there were 104 reports of sexual assault at Stanford, yet only 16 of those cases were reported to the Judicial Office and only three went to hearing. In comparison, statistics from a two-year study from the National Institute of Justice, cited in the 2011 Dear Colleague Letter from the Office for Civil Rights, predicted that over 650 female and 200 male students at Stanford have been sexually assaulted, a number far higher than report and trial rates. “There was concern that the Judicial Process was a deterrent to victims of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence and stalking,” Jamie PontiusHogan, assistant dean of the Office of Judicial Affairs, said in an email to The Daily. “It surprises me that Stanford students would want to consent to a change in the rules that gives them less rights in a University disciplinary hearing,” said David Barton, who has been a criminal law attorney for 23 years and has defended Stanford students in judicial proceed-
ings. “People . . . have confidence that the University will use that power wisely and that they’ll never be on the wrong side of it. And that’s a delusion.” Since the establishment of the ARP, there have been 21 cases of sexual assault reported on campus, 13 transferred to ARP and 12 tried. Of the 12 hearings in the past two years, 10 plaintiffs were found responsible, though one verdict was reversed in appeal. Pontius-Hogan said that the OJA has not found a higher proportion of students responsible since the burden of proof was lowered to a preponderance of evidence standard; she attributed the increase to the success of the ARP. The burden of proof was lowered midway through the ARP trial period. “Of course they are going to get more cases if they don’t have to have the same level of certainty,” Barton said, “but people do get falsely accused. If there is a preponderance of evidence test, people will be falsely convicted, falsely suspended, falsely expelled. That’s the cost of a system that appears more efficient.” The Dear Colleague Letter On April 12, 2011, six days after he received a letter from the Office of Civil Rights, President Hennessy employed his authority to override the existing Judicial Affairs charter and ASSU Constitution — both of which protect the rights of the accused to face their accusers, be free from double jeopardy and remain innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt — to revise the ARP and accord it with the federal guidelines. According to the Office of Judicial Affairs, Stanford was one of only two or three universities to still use a burden of “beyond a reasonable doubt” in cases involving sexual assault. Even so, concerns remain over the ARP guidelines. “Many of the Stanford sexual assault cases are cases that are very ambiguous and involve confusion and alcohol, and are cases that are very hard to prove beyond a reasonable doubt standard,” Barton said. “Most of the cases that are charged with sexual assault on campus end up being rejected by the police and the district attorney, but they are properly rejected . . . because you shouldn’t be imposing either a criminal sanction or an exclusion from the University unless there is a reliable way of determining what occurred.”
ASSU Senator Dan Ashton ’14 also voiced opposition at the Senate’s April 24 meeting to the ARP’s protections for the accused. He noted that only six of the twelve rights of the accused currently guaranteed in the ASSU Constitution are protected by the ARP. “I feel that you have a right to call witnesses and have your witnesses heard,” Ashton said. “I don’t understand why they would say you are not obligated to meet with witnesses they want to call. That doesn’t make sense for our legal system.” Proposed changes to the ARP Recent Senate meetings have been dominated by extensive debate about the Alternative Review Process (ARP) and its approval. Since the ARP has only been operating as a pilot program, it must be approved by both the Senate and GSC in order to continue. The first proposed change voiced by undergraduate senators concerns increasing the number of reviewers on a panel from four back to six. While all other OJA proceedings have six sitting reviewers, the ARP has only four. “If you’re going to decrease the panelist number from six to four, I think . . . because of that reduction, there should be an increased level of requirements,” Senator Ben Laufer ’12 said in support of a larger panel. “I don’t know if having two more people would really dissuade people from taking action. I think there is, at least in my mind, a big difference between having 3-1 and 4-0.” “[We chose four] out of concern for the comfort of both parties, and extreme concern for [their] privacy and confidentiality,” Pontius-Hogan said. “Also, most people on the board felt strongly that it should be student centered and having four we were able to have three students and one faculty or staff member, which felt like a good balance.” Disagreement exists within the Board on Judicial Affairs as to the proper size of the review panels. “Because we’re all presumed to be innocent, I don’t think you should force any responding student to have to overcome that burden on a 3-1 vote, to force him on the first round to convince two out of four people, I don’t think that’s fair,” said Timothy Lau J.D. ’12, member
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Stanford memes a hit on Facebook
By BRENDAN O’BYRNE
Originally published February 9, 2012.
Ralph Nguyen ’12 started the Stanford Meme Facebook page at 2 a.m. Wednesday. A few hours later, the page had one hundred “likes.” By 5 p.m., 15 hours after it began, the page had over 1,000 likes and most Stanford students’ Facebook pages were littered with friend’s reposting and liking the images. The memes poke fun at various stereotypes and aspects of Stanford life, often referencing popular inside jokes or Stanford-specific phenomena. Originally popular primarily on Internet message boards such as Reddit and 4chan, memes have increasingly leaked into mainstream social sites, and in recent months have become more commonplace on Facebook. While Nguyen has been receiving calls from friends congratulating him, he said he is more surprised by calls from potential investors. “It’s kinda like a fucked-up version of a start-up,” Nguyen said. “Kids are showing their parents, parents do the whole investment thing, and now they’re giving me calls.” University meme pages mark a significant shift to a hyper-local form of this type of comedy and satire, narrowing the memes’ audience and often playing on issues much more personal or unique. This is by no means a Stanford-specific phenomenon-many students at other universities have started pages in recent days and weeks. Discussions on Reddit serve as forums for the more sophisticated to complain about people misusing memes on Facebook pages. The response to the Stanford meme page has been overwhelmingly positive and enthusiastic. Near the end of Wednesday, dozens of new memes were being posted every hour with topics ranging from head football coach David Shaw (“Has best QB in country: field goal”) to University President John Hennessy (“Raises $4.3 billion: announces 3% tuition hike same day.”) Many of the memes sport hundreds of likes and dozens of shares, the type of social engagement any corporation would drool over. “I’ve used the Internet for these types of purposes for several years now and worked this summer as a viral consultant, but to take initiative and have your own stuff blow-up is really liberating,” Nguyen said. Several of the memes play off of potentially offensive stereotypes, such as an always-disappointed Asian father who has trouble understanding English (“CS106B teach you C++? Why CS106A no teach you A++?”). While several complaints have been voiced on the Facebook page, so far responses have mostly been complimentary. Many of the memes serve as interesting and unique insights into aspects of life at Stanford not always vocalized by students. One student suggested Nguyen make an account on the popular micro-blogging site Tumblr to gather all the pictures in the same place (which they later did), and Nguyen has been contacted about putting all the pictures on Pinterest, a popular photo-blogging site. Nguyen has reached out to several of his internetsavvy friends to help him handle the page. Shane Savitsky ’12 (a Daily staffer) and Kazuma Gunning ’12 are helping create memes and set up the Twitter and Tumblr accounts. It’s been a good year for Nguyen so far. His “Shit College Freshmen Say” video garnered over one mil-
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SENIOR REFLECTIONS FROM DAILY EDITORS
DEPUTY EDITOR, VOL. 239
he world is changing every day, a fact easy to overlook as we buried our heads in the library, studying literature, theorems and ancient history. My four years spent at The Daily provided an education outside of the classroom that I could never have imagined. I entered college wanting to be a journalist, and found myself sitting in The Daily’s office on weeknights, meekly asking senior staff writers for advice on anything but AP Style. The changes at The Daily reflect greater campus changes in the last four years: we moved buildings, we thought about website improvement. We fundraised through special fees, and communicated more and more via email. But much like the rest of Stanford, we also watched countless hours of SportsCenter, drank way too much coffee and had dance parties until 2 a.m. I learned how to write better, but I also learned how to lighten up. Newspapers may not physically exist for much longer, but the skills they teach us can be applied anywhere. If you want to know how your community is changing, look at what’s happening to your newspaper, not just what’s in it. Most memorable were the people I encountered while reporting: through interviews or editing with young writers at the office. These are the people who are creating today’s headlines — don’t overlook them. The Daily is a great place to learn about journalism, but it’s an even better place to learn about life.
And damn it if it wasn’t the best time of my life. When I started as a scared freshman who hated writing, The Daily was simply a way for me to appear busy. As time went on, it became a way to keep up with Stanford sports, and then a way to channel my hatred of USC (my first ever column), and then a place to work on something important, and then a place to have a good time while working and finally, the most memorable and meaningful part of my four years at Stanford. From forcing the office to watch Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and tons of sports to winning three straight Ink Bowls to stalling on homework with quiz bowl questions to actually managing to churn out five papers a week, The Daily gave me everything I could have hoped for and more. Most of all, The Daily gave me a bunch of awesomely weird people that could tolerate my weirdness. And for that, I thank each and every person that I’ve worked with over the past four years. In particular, thanks to Zach for convincing me to join and sticking with it all four years as a friend, coworker and ridiculous nickname generator. Special thanks also to Wyndam for helping me get started, Duran for being hands-down the coolest person on the Stanford campus (and the main reason The Daily functions), Ellie for trusting me with more than just sports scores and everyone involved with the sports section for helping it remain far and away the best section in the paper. Lastly, thanks to my family and Karl for being so supportive and loyally reading despite not caring about the majority of my article topics. Thanks for being so awesome, Daily. I’ll miss you.
ost people will tell you that I’m a pretty weird guy. They’ll probably tell you that I’m funny, too. (Or at least I hope so.) Naturally, I always thought that having a column in The Daily would be a great way to show off my weirdness and humor. It took me two years to even work up the courage to apply, but when I finally did, I was gifted with 750 weekly words of my own in The Daily for the whole of my junior year. I managed to produce 26 pieces of writing that I remain incredibly proud of, but the job was even more than that. Somewhere in between making fun of sororities and telling the whole campus about my love for Taylor Swift, I realized that The Daily was a great community filled with even greater people. Since that first writing experience, my work has become a little more diversified. Over the past year, I’ve been a copy editor and managing editor of opinions. I even gave last summer to The Daily, trying to convince businesses to buy some ads. I’ve had a range of experiences that I wouldn’t have thought possible a few years ago. So while my activities at the Daily lately have drifted away from humor writing and more toward wondering whether “startup” requires a hyphen, I wouldn’t change a thing. In addition, I have to thank my parents, my family and my friends for their support over these past four years. Stanford has been a dream come true, and I couldn’t have done it by myself. It’s been a great ride.
a source of income: I’ve improved skills varying from writing to personnel management, learned a ton about journalism and gained a deep respect for the work that goes into putting out a paper, and for the people that put in that work. But apart from those official titles that I held, what I’ll really remember are the unofficial ones. Daily Churro Chef (on the nights that I — along with our layout manager, Duran — would make churros for the office while blasting soul music). Crash Crew Survivor (long story). One half of an off-key but energetic office singing duo. The list goes on and on, and as much as I’d like to fill this space with inside jokes and references, I’ll stop there for brevity’s sake. None of these “positions” will go on my resume, but they’ve been the things that have defined my experience at the Daily. Being a part of the Daily community has easily been one of the best and most rewarding parts of my longer-than-usual time at Stanford. And — even though I’m about to leave the actual office behind — with the amount of friends the Daily community has given me, I know it will continue to be a large part of my life well into the future.
EDITOR IN CHIEF, VOL. 239
DEPUTY EDITOR, VOL. 240
s a starry-eyed 17-year-old, The Daily was a means to an end: an all-access pass to the sports and the school I grew up loving. With equal parts caution and confidence, I made the brave descent into our dingy old office on my very first day of school and submitted my inaugural women’s soccer recap before turning in my first Stanford problem set. I looked forward to seeing that first article in the paper more than almost anything else about college. But I could never have guessed that, eight volumes later, The Daily would also be the one thing I’m most reluctant to leave behind. As I once told my parents, it sometimes felt that the main reason I was located here in zip code 94305 was not to attend school — oh no — but to put out a damn newspaper every night. Like my friends whose names you see across this page, I poured myself into The Daily because it gave so much back. I flew across the country for women’s basketball. I pontificated, perhaps too much, about Zelda and Mass Effect. I scrubbed out the static from an interview with Jack Dorsey. I stumbled and soared through half a dozen roles at The Daily, but across all of them, I made tough decisions and lived with the consequences. No class, at any school, can give you quite that kind of experience. But what would that be without those friends I mentioned? I laughed, sang and danced on tables with plenty of fine people at The Daily. I survived a car crash — CRASH CREW! — and had cheap bottles of champagne duct-taped to my hands. It’s been hard work, harder parties and no regrets. Thanks, Daily.
DEPUTY EDITOR, VOL. 238
uring my four years at The Daily, I pulled all-nighters waiting for editing software to work, got tackled during flag football, won awards for having no friends and criticizing people, got mercilessly teased for being lactose intolerant and even got in a car accident that brought five of us (Crash Crew!) within feet of serious injury or death.
athematically, it seems impossible that the whole can ever be greater than the sum of its parts. But, as I have learned over the past four years, if anything can actually defy the odds and do the impossible, it is The Stanford Daily. Four years ago, when I stepped foot into this very building to edit my first article, I had no idea that The Daily would ever come to mean more to me than just another student-run publication or college newspaper. But all it took was one copy editing stint, one night for me to enter The Stanford Daily family — and the rest, as they say, is history. I fell in love. I spent countless late nights scrambling to finish last-minute stories before production, fretting over Oxford commas and praying that a misspelling of something like President Hennessy’s name (don’t worry, it’s two e’s, two n’s, and two s’s) hadn’t somehow slipped through the cracks under my watch. But truth be told, The Daily was the place where I grew up at Stanford. Beyond the deadlines, projects and extracurricular activities, the one area of my Stanford experience that has consistently stuck out at me is the friendships I have made over the past four years and the ones that have made me a better person. Through those late nights, I met an amazing group of individuals who have become my best friends. I traded countless hours of sleep (and, to my mother’s chagrin, a couple of GPA percentage points) for invaluable life experiences at The Daily — and I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I learned the value of dedication to the common cause and what it means to be a part of something larger than the individual. And as an added bonus (because we often forget to take ourselves seriously here), I honed my a cappella skills, committed way too many SNL digital shorts to memory, learned how to shoot boba balls at my friends through a straw with deadly accuracy and refined the art of working under pressure and on deadline down to a science. I danced, I cried, I laughed and had a really, really, really good time. Words can’t express how thankful I am for my four years at this incredible institution — or how much I’ll miss this place. What an honor, what a ride.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, 2011-12
s this year’s business manager and a former writer for The Daily with an especially brief career, I’m aware that a reflection on my time at The Daily has to be less of a careful consideration of the many memories I’ve had here, and more of a rumination on taking the yearlong dive into an organization I remained blissfully ignorant of for much of my undergraduate career. Despite my status as an outsider to this organization a year ago, I’ve found it very difficult to resist a full submersion into the ebbs and flows of the witty, quirky bunch that fills The Daily’s offices every day and night. These are the individuals who are capable of ruffling feathers with their writing. They are responsible for closing deals with advertising clients who use our paper as a means for near-perfect offspring. They are also the students, account executives, editors and friends who make the production of a daily newspaper possible. In my experience, these are pre-professionals who take their jobs more seriously than many professionals do. So much so that several professionals take The Daily seriously in return, pouring hours into the daily distribution, layout, accounting and guidance for a community that provides a service much bigger than any individual. I can safely say I was unaware of 99 percent of this when I started as business manager last summer. But lifting the lid of this pot to find a messy, colorful, ambitious and amazingly dedicated concoction has been more than rewarding.
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES, 2011-12
joined the Daily way back in the fall of 2007, writing my first sports column just a few weeks after NSO. It was the first student group that I joined at Stanford, and now, nearly five years later, it will be the final student group that I participate in. I’ve held a variety of jobs in that timeframe, from sports writer/editor to staff development to my current position as advertising manager. These jobs have been much more than just
f all the deadlines I’ve faced in four years on the Farm, this one has been the hardest to meet. Articulating my appreciation for The Daily is impossible. I joined initially as a way to rationalize my love for sports. The fact of the matter was that I didn’t know what I wanted from this school. There seemed to be so much to offer, but the breadth of choices only complicated matters. Consequentially, I thought finding myself would be a complex process full of dead ends and dramatic turns. It was, but The Daily was the one constant along the way. I knew from the beginning that I wanted to use my words to further myself academically and professionally. I learned quickly that this was easier said than done. Here in Silicon Valley, it’s often hard to recognize brilliance as an entity that exists outside of engineering. The art of written communication in this landscape is underappreciated, with the vast majority of the attention being focused on tremendous technological achievement. This harsh realization was tough to swallow. There were times during my undergraduate career when I felt unskilled for the rapidly evolving workforce, my abilities as a writer overshadowed by my shortcomings as a programmer. But I kept doing what I loved, even though I needed all the support I received to stay grounded. I’m humbled to be graduating with this group of seniors, as they have been and will forever be a refreshing reminder that all is not hopeless. This collection of diverse students are among the most intelligent, funny and thoughtful people I have ever met, and I cannot begin to count the ways I have learned from each and every one of them. Developing as writers, reporters and editors has been a fantastic journey, and I can only hope that it means as much to them as it does to me. I’m also grateful for everyone I have worked with, especially the amazing crew that was assembled during my volume as editor in chief. The obstacles we were able to overcome as a group of young adults showcased the power of motivated youth. And although I now understand that listening to mashups and subpar jokes for six hours each night is probably not the average person’s paradise, they put up with me long enough to make Volume 239 a priceless six-month period. I came into the world of newspapers naive, anxious and inexperienced. I’m leaving as a proud journalist, still naive and anxious, but with an immeasurable amount of positive experience that will make the real world a little less daunting. The Stanford Daily has been my home away from home during the most important time of my life. My days spent here will never be forgotten.
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supporting Quran. Imran Akbar ’07, a SPER cofounder, wrote to the group late Saturday morning that he alerted the American consulate of Quran’s detainment. “I’ve spoken to the American consulate in Jerusalem,” Akbar wrote. “I gave them Fadi’s information, told them what happened and asked for a consular officer to visit him in prison and ensure that he’s safe and has access to his lawyer. The duty officer said he’d pass the information along to the consular tomorrow and get back to me.” Akbar said in an email to The Daily that the consulate cannot give him more information about the case because he is not a family member. The American consulate was closed and unavailable for comment at the time of publication. Assaf Sharon Ph.D ’09, an organizer of the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity Movement — a “grassroots organization working towards civil equality within Israel and an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine,” according to the group’s site — encouraged the group in an email to mobilize the Stanford community to spread the story of Fadi’s arrest and of the larger conflict in Palestine. The Israeli Defense Force and Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs did not answer requests for comment. Video footage Journalists and activists participating in Friday’s demonstrations uploaded photos, videos and tweets of Quran’s arrest to Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. There are currently two videos online — one posted on Friday that shows the protesters’ interactions with Israeli forces before and after Quran’s arrest and a second, released on Sunday, that concentrates solely on Quran’s encounter from a new camera angle. The first video demonstrates a visibly and audibly upset Quran gesticulating and speaking to Israeli soldiers before being grabbed by multiple soldiers and pushed toward a police van. The clip then shows an officer pepper spraying Quran’s face, followed by Quran’s head and abdomen hitting the rear bumper of the van as soldiers attempt to arrest him. Quran is then briefly shown lying in the street behind the van as journalists and soldiers stand around him. The videographer of the original video then retreats from the scene with his camera, as his footage shows soldiers shooing the press away. The last footage of Quran shows him still lying in the street. The second video was shot from behind Quran, showing him yelling and motioning at officers, being grabbed and pepper sprayed. Members of the press block footage of Quran’s body hitting the vehicle, and the video culminates with Quran lying in the street, surrounded by soldiers and journalists. Stanford support In addition to posting and sharing links to the photos, tweets and videos, members of the Stanford community initiated a petition to the Israeli government demanding Quran’s release. Stanford graduate Lila Kalaf ’10 created the petition Saturday afternoon. “Fadi should not be detained for an indefinite period of time on false charges,” the petition reads. “It is imperative that the Israeli government release Fadi so that he may continue to speak for his people and PEACEFULLY push for basic human rights.” Members of SPER, the Muslim Student Awareness Network (MSAN) and other community members forwarded the petition to campus mailing lists and to specific members of the faculty and administration. “We emailed [professors] who had previously signed SPER’s petition, as well as those in the physics department,” wrote Mohammed Ali ’10 M.A. ’10 in an email to The Daily. “I also emailed Provost Etchemendy and Professor [Allen] Weiner, whose class Fadi took as an undergrad. Others emailed other professors that he may have known.” Ali was an ASSU Undergraduate Senator during the 2009 to 2010 school year and also served as president of MSAN. He worked with Quran on Campaign Restore Hope. Among the signatories on Kalaf’s petition are Clayborne Carson, director of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute; Weiner, co-director of the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation; Joel Beinin, professor of history; Khalil Barhoum, lecturer in Arabic; Eva Silverstein, professor of physics; Rega Wood, professor emerita of philosophy; Shamit Kachru, professor of physics; and Franco Moretti, professor of comparative literature. Carson wrote in an email to The Daily that Quran was one of his stu-
dents during a 2008 Overseas Seminar trip to India, co-taught with Linda Hess, senior lecturer in religious studies. “I had many opportunities to talk with him about Gandhian concepts of nonviolent resistance and about how Martin Luther King, Jr., and other African-American activists adapted these ideas for use in the southern civil rights campaigns of the 1960s,” Carson wrote. “I was impressed by his seriousness and his interest in talking with contemporary social justice activists in India who were seeking to address the explosive issue of Hindi-Muslim relations in India.” Carson wrote that he then traveled to Quran’s hometown in Ramallah, West Bank, in March 2010, met Quran’s family and witnessed Quran participate in a hunger strike and demonstration. Moretti, who said in an email to The Daily that he had never interacted with Quran personally, wrote, “I have never met Fadi; but I have watched a video, and I believe what I see with my own eyes.” At the time of publication, the petition had over 1,400 signatories. Akbar and Bek Baymuradov, a graduate student in civil and environmental engineering, created freefadi.org on Sunday, which features the names of Stanford faculty who signed the petition, an embedded copy of the video documenting Quran’s arrest, links to past media coverage about Quran, current articles on his arrest and a link to the petition. Current ASSU Undergraduate Senators are working on legislation to mobilize community support for Quran. Senators SamarAlqatari ’14,Alon Elhanan’14 and Janani Ramachandran ’14 and ASSU Executive President Michael Cruz ’12 met Sunday evening in Old Union to draft a bill in support of Quran. [see , page ] Quran in the Middle East Quran was arrested Friday during a protest against the Israeli-enforced closure of Shuhada Street, the main thoroughfare in Hebron that has been closed to Palestinians since the 1994 Ibrahimi Mosque Massacre, in which an Israeli gunman killed 29 Palestinian Muslims and injured 125. According to the website of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) — a Palestinian-led movement committed to “resisting the Israeli apartheid in Palestine by using nonviolent, direct-action methods and principles” — Quran was protesting along with the “Youth Against Settlements” movement, though he is not a member. Six demonstrators were arrested Friday, including Quran, according to ISM. Youth Against Settlements is a Hebron-based movement that is “a national Palestinian non-partisan activist group which seeks to end Israeli colonization activities in Palestine (building and expanding settlements) through non-violent popular struggle and civil disobedience,” according to its website. Upon graduating from Stanford, Quran became part of a loosely associated group of activists. He identified the group as a collection of “bubbles” waiting to congeal in a March 2010 Time Magazine feature on him. Time Magazine called Quran “the face of the new Middle East,” describing his allegiance to broader movements organized around social-networking sites, rather than to the two largest Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Quran has been interviewed b Al-Jazeera, The Guardian and The New York Times for his work. Quran at Stanford Quran was an active participant in campus dialogue and action surrounding the Israel-Palestine conflict during his undergraduate career. He was an organizer for Campaign Restore Hope (CRH), a coalition of students who worked to raise awareness about perceived human rights violations in Israel and Palestine and encourage divestment from four specific companies: Elbit Systems Ltd., Hadiklaim Ltd., Tarifi Cement Ltd. and Dar Alnashr Lilhaya’a Masria Iilijaz AlIlmi. With CRH, Quran distributed petitions across campus to encourage the ASSU Undergraduate Senate to pass legislation urging the University to divest from the four companies. CRH eventually dropped its campaign for student legislation, with Quran saying in an interview with The Daily,“Going through the Senate led to too much emotional backlash, so we changed direction.” Quran encouraged collaborative efforts and person-to-person dialogue to address issues of injustice, which he expressed in an op-ed to The Daily. “One of the things I learned at Stanford, an intrinsic American value, is that we should never turn our backs to an issue because it’s too complex, difficult or divisive,” he wrote. Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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History of the liberal arts core
A look at the many incarnations of freshman liberal arts core programs at Stanford, from Problems of Citizenship to IHUM and the new 2012-13 course, Thinking Matters.
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Western Civ, along with many other liberal arts program requirements at other American universities, succumbed to the pressure of protesting students and faculty who condemned the antiquated rigidity of a structured liberal arts program. The dominating rationale was that students could only flourish if they were free from the constraints of specific requirements. “The reigning idea among Stanford students was that everything was equal and students should determine what they needed to know,” Reider said. “The world was their oyster. The faculty was very happy with that because they could teach what they wanted to teach.” Beginning in 1969, there was no liberal arts requirement to bind Stanford students. Where course selection outside their majors of study was concerned, students were given only a loose set of requirements and mostly left to their own devices on how to complete them. A return to structure: To a different CIV In the middle of the ’70s, it became clear to Stanford faculty that the courses students chose outside of their major disciplines were more than often haphazard and collectively lacked unity. In an attempt to remedy the situation by establishing a new set of liberal arts requirements, a new Western Culture requirement was introduced. Western Culture was a course that aimed to renew the University’s commitment to Western intellectual thought and tradition. While the material in Western Culture shared many similarities with Western Civ, what set Western Culture apart from its predecessor was its multiple-emphases structure, a compromise between the single-track nature of Western Civ and the total absence of tracks in the ’70s. Western Culture included eight different tracks created by different departments to cater to a diversity of student intellectual interests. While tracks such as Literature and Arts stuck more closely to European intellectual tradition, other tracks such as Values, Technology, Science and Society offered reading material that emphasized the role of technology and science, which appealed to the engineering-inclined. Given the choice to select from a set of academic tracks, Western Culture initially showed promise for success. Yet the course was crippled by the program’s lack of a coherent reading list. Although each individual track had its own tailored reading list, in an effort to maintain the semblance of a common reading experience, the Western Culture program required all tracks to also follow a list of core texts. The imposition of a core reading list proved difficult as many tracks, particularly the Values, Technology, and Science track, could not coherently incorporate the core texts into the lessons. At the same time, the student population experienced a demographic shift resulting in an increased presence of minority groups, including African-American, Asian and Latino students. Disturbed by the Euro-centric nature of the tracks, the Black Student Union, later joined by campus feminists and other minority groups, spoke out against racism and sexism in the Western Culture curriculum. “The Western culture program as it is presently structured around a core list and an outdated philosophy of the West being Greece, Europe, and EuroAmerica is wrong,” said Bill King, chairman of the Black Student Union in his 1988 address to the Faculty Senate. “And worse, it hurts people mentally and emotionally in ways that are not even recognized.” Western Culture was replaced by Culture, Ideas and Values (CIV). While retaining the multi-track structure of Western Culture, the CIV track reading lists were diversified to include representative works from women and ethnic minorities alongside some traditional readings. More importantly, the core reading list binding all tracks together was dropped. The birth of IHUM Surprisingly, CIV, in comparison to its predecessors, was a relatively short-lived program. The Commission on Undergraduate Education study in 1994 revealed that many students found that the tracks were too diverse — not only in content, but also in workload and grading policy. Professors also felt that there were too many books to cover in a single year. Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) gradually replaced CIV in the late 1990s, the University’s tonic to clarify the CIV curriculum. The number of books designated for each track was reduced and tracks were modified to center around the universality of ideas. According to the IHUM website, IHUM courses dealt with the “issues, themes, ideas and values of human identity and existence,” rather than following a traditional canon. SLE, the “Great Books” haven While the main freshman liberal arts sequences have cycled through several incarnations, one residentially based program for freshmen has endured the test of time. Unlike IHUM and its predecessors, the Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program has remained largely unchanged since its founding. SLE developed from an evening seminar series titled “Social Thoughts and Institutions,” in which professors and students from various departments, as equals, read and discussed Great Books. SLE became a fully-fledged residential program in 1974. With only minor modifications to its Great
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have a chance for the future, they knew that the future would be just as miserable as the present,” he said. “There was not hope that they could have an impact on their children’s lives, and now they have the opportunity. So I would hope that if things start to slide back, the Iraqi people would stand up and not let that happen.” The possibility for a better future for Iraqis is what many veterans at Stanford consider the legacy of U.S. troops in Iraq. “The memories of those we have lost echoes with every vote that is cast, every decision made by political deliberation and every child who grows up freer than their parents,” wrote Sergeant William Treseder ’12, a U.S. Marine Corps Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, in an email to The Daily. Ledeen described how on his second deployment from 2007 to 2008, his unit worked with Iraqis who led a project that reopened the market center of a town called Al-Karmah. “All of a sudden, this was an area that was functioning again,” Ledeen said. “They knew how to live, how to do their stuff — they just needed a place to do it and the security . . . [so] they could bring in crops from the field without being shot at or without someone from al-Qaeda in Iraq cutting off their hands because they were selling cucumbers and
Problems of Citizenship becomes Stanford’s first freshman liberal arts core requirement, according to the 2011 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. Western Civilization, modeled after Columbia University and the University of Chicago’s Great Books courses, replaces Problems of Citizenship. In an era of student protests and radical politics, Western Civilization is dropped as a requirement and students are free to choose their own courses. The Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program is introduced as an alternative for students seeking a Great Books program. Western Culture is introduced, bringing back the freshman liberal arts requirement. 500 Stanford students rally with Reverend Jesse Jackson on Jan. 15 to protest the patriarchal Euro-centric thinking of Western Culture, according to The Daily. “No one can be truly educated in the world, limited to one language and obsessed with one language,” Jackson said. Cultures, Ideas and Values (CIV) replaces Western Culture. The Commission on Undergraduate Education study recommends revision of CIV. Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) replaces CIV. Provost John Etchemendy and Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education John Bravman appoint the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) to review the curriculum and make suggestions for revisions. The Faculty Senate votes in favor of replacing the IHUM program with a one-quarter Thinking Matters course.
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tomatoes.” Iraq also has resources that may provide an economic lifeline. “Iraqis are going to have sufficient revenue from their oil [fields] . . . as they develop those and the infrastructure to better extract [oil] and export [it],” Miller said. “They are going to have plenty of money to pour into their public services and people.” This independence could come at a cost for the United States, as Colonel Joe Felter Ph.D. ’05, a senior research fellow at CISAC who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan, argued. “Prime Minster al-Maliki has domestic constituent interests that are not perfectly aligned with ours,” he said. “As we leave, you are going to see they are going to make decisions based on their national interests and domestic politics.” Yet Marine Corps Captain Sam Jacobson J.D. ’14, called the focus on the withdrawal itself “misguided.” “The military troops are leaving, but it is not the end by any means,” he said. “It is important for us to remember that on Jan. 1, Iraqis will be dying . . . We especially need to remember [that] the war continues, not for us but for somebody.” “The war goes on in other ways, and we need to be aware of this,” he added. “That is what it means to be engaged citizens in a participatory democracy.” Contact Adrienne von Schulthess at email@example.com.
Books reading list, SLE’s Great Books approach has been rated consistently high in student evaluations. The self-selecting nature of SLE, which freshmen opt into in place of IHUM, is one of the main contributors to the program’s enduring success. “It’s very simple — they were voluntary,” Reider said. “They wanted to be there.” Thinking Matters and the future of the humanities Although the findings of the 2011 Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) on the lukewarm student enthusiasm toward the IHUM program may be a recent development, the student voices speaking out against the constraint of requirements echo the spirit of the ’60s, when pressure from students to direct their own liberal arts experiences was the strongest. Thinking Matters, a one-quarter course slated to replace the three-quarter IHUM program starting in the academic year 2012-2013, came from a SUES recommendation to increase the freedom freshmen, particularly those enrolled in major programs with high unit requirements, will have to explore courses outside their major fields of study. Thinking Matters will also break from the traditional mold of humanities instruction with its development of innovative course themes. Proposed topics include Brain, Behavior and Evolution; Energy; Evil; and The Physics of One. Many of these courses will draw upon a diverse variety of disciplines, including those not traditionally studied alongside the humanities. As reported by The Daily in March, the Faculty Senate approved the Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policy (C-USP) report supporting the SUES recommendation on March 8. Given the speed with which the Faculty Senate approved Thinking Matters — only two months after the SUES recommendation — some faculty are skeptical of the success of the proposed course, or view the amorphous, multi-disciplinary suggested course topics as a sign of the atrophying presence of the humanities at Stanford. “It wasn’t really that broken,” said Greg Watkins, assistant director of SLE. “The evaluations of IHUM from students were quite favorable, more favorable than student reputation. What the University has caved into is the demand for choice.” “Not that there’s something wrong with that but students were feeling the yoke of that requirement,” Watkins added. “I feel that it’s like giving up on taking responsibility for teaching in the humanities and requiring our students a certain level of education.” Other faculty members however are more optimistic, seeing Thinking Matters as a means of reviving declining student interest in the humanities. “I think it’s plausible for us to speculate that the humanities in the future will no longer be a burdensome requirement that everyone has to go through but it will be one among many different opportunities,” said Russell Berman, director of the IHUM and Introductory Seminars programs. “I say that if we are concerned that students will no longer take humanities, we should just be more imaginative in the kind of humanities courses that we offer.” Contact Jenny Thai at firstname.lastname@example.org. an unidentified student put Mickey Mouse hands on the clock face. When it started at midnight, Mickey’s minute hand bent over and grasped the other hand, stopping the clock. Clair had to go to the top of the tower and pull them off before it could run again. Today, Clair, Anderson and a number of graduate students and Stanford affiliates maintain the clock, winding it up every four days, checking its accuracy, recalibrating it when necessary and occasionally cleaning its bells. Having invested in the clock’s fate for over 25 years, Clair hopes it will have a long future. “Don’t let it run down,” he entreated. “It’s capable of keeping pretty good time, and you can tell just looking through the window if it needs anything.” The clock occupies its stately spot today and runs on time through the efforts of students, faculty and alumni over dozens of years. Passing by, visitors can behold a living — and ticking — record of Stanford’s illustrious past. Contact Amrita Rao at email@example.com.
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helmet, bringing on boos. At the end of the show, he predicted the winner by putting on a tree hat and dancing with the Tree, thrusting a fake musket in the air and saying he “was going duck hunting.” I walked back to my dorm in desperate need of a nap before the game. Although the team lost the game and, most likely, its shot at a national championship, GameDay
went so smoothly that producers of the show suggested returning again in two weeks. “They had called me before the end of the show, saying they were so impressed that if we won, they were considering coming back for the Notre Dame game,” Lapin said. Although now that scenario is very unlikely, perhaps the turnout on Saturday — estimated at around 3,000 — might change the perception that Stanford does not care about football. Contact Pepito Escarce at pescarce @stanford.edu.
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This weekend, the 5,500 pounds of blue, red, yellow, green and orange powder at Holi represented the ashes from this myth. The tradition of throwing colors is also attributed to the blossoming colors of spring, from a past in which India was predominantly an agrarian society following the seasonal crop table. “Holi is now seen as a Hindu cultural tradition that transcends religious boundaries,” said Asha projects coordinator Arvind Krishna, a fifth year Ph.D. candidate. Not only does Holi transcend religious boundaries, but it also focuses on breaching class and social structures. “Holi is an event open to people from different races, religions and classes who are able to come together and let go of social inhibitions,” said Amruta Hardikar, Holi media coordinator. The experience of attendees echoed these remarks. “It was my first time attending Holi, and I was surprised by how freely old and young people lost themselves in the powder,” said Rebekah Oragwu ’15. Stanford’s Asha chapter, founded in 1992, started hosting Holi in 1999. Asha, meaning ‘hope,’ is a non-profit organization founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 1991. Since then, it has expanded to include more than 50 chapters throughout the United States, Europe and India. Correspondingly, Asha’s Holi at Sand Hill Fields has grown from a small event with around 200 participating students to a widely anticipated event with more than 7,500 attendees. As the biggest Holi party in the Bay Area, Stanford Holi attracts a mix of students and families from miles around. Along with water and color fights, participants can enjoy Bollywood and pop music from DJ Tanveer, performances by dance groups such as Dance Identity and Stanford Dil Se, and fresh Indian food. Asha for Education’s mission is to fundraise for the education of underprivileged children in India. “Each year, we feature a particular project to put a face on the kind of work we do,” Krishna said. Specifically, Asha has funded the creation of eco-friendly schools in rural India in coopera-
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classic appearance, but also in the efforts that Stanford students and community affiliates have put into it over the years. After its installment in 1983, Professor Dave Beach’s mechanical engineering students made some modifications to compensate for the effects of weather, including a new temperature-compensating pendulum. Clair rearranged the weight assembly so that in the event of an earthquake, the weights would land in the pit below the tower rather than potentially destroying the clock by crashing into it. This improvement proved itself useful in the earthquake of 1989, and bash marks from the weights can still be seen on the tower’s walls. Anderson came up with an external adjustment mechanism, adding and removing small weights to the pendulum weight in order to compensate for temperature-related weight fluctuations. Bill Boller ’68 redesigned the bell
hammer mounting mechanism, which had been improperly striking and damaging the bells. For all of these individuals, the clock played a touching role in their Stanford experiences. “The clock and I followed each other across the campus,” Boller said. “When I was in graduate school, the clock bells were visibly sitting under a tree next door to the Fire Station . . . it seemed natural to respond to the request to help ensure their future.” In 1994, Rob Bernier M.S. ’96 Ph.D. ’01 began maintaining the clock, winding it up and checking its accuracy weekly. In an interview with The Stanford Report, he described the clock as “a mechanical thing in a computerized world.” The tower clock’s history is not only mechanical. During its restoration in 1982, Clair would put together some of the parts on the stairway of the engineering building for show. To teach students not to touch the clockwork on display, Fuchs applied a layer of Moly Coat, a black substance used on metal that stains hands and clothes. The night before the new tower’s opening ceremony in 1983,
tion with Steve Blank, a lecturer in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E). The project seeks to combine education, energy and economics to improve the quality of government schools. Using energy-efficient building designs that run on low-cost solar power systems, the project leaders plan to educate villagers on energy-efficient agricultural practices. “This is done to help the economy and to help villagers by giving them access to technical knowledge,” Krishna said. Asha has also raised funds for a school for handicapped children in India. This school focuses on addressing problems that physically handicapped children face on a daily basis by offering features such as accessible ramps and concentrated teacher attention. According to Krishna, even 100 dollars can make a huge difference in the life of a blind student through the purchase of a text-to-speech converter. By addressing problems that are endemic to certain regions in India, both rural and urban, Asha is able to provide opportunities to children who do not have educational options or privileges. “At the end of the day, my efforts make it possible for Asha to put a few thousand kids in school,” Hardikar said. “I think in the long run this will probably lead to the emergence of a better India.” In addition to providing financial support, Asha also aids schools by putting them in touch with officials to inform them of the progress of their government funds, a right guaranteed by India’s Right to Information Act. “Raising money, of course, is one thing that we do, but our goal is not just to raise money but also help [disadvantaged students] in any way we can,” Krishna said. While Holi at Stanford allows students to let loose by tossing colored powder at friends and strangers alike, dancing freely to music blasting over Sand Hill Fields, it also presents an opportunity to help students thousands of miles away receive a good education. “I felt carefree and able to let go of inhibitions and just enjoy spring while having fun with my friends,” said Guadalupe Ramirez ’15. “You could throw powder at people you didn’t even know, like the water fight my friends and I had with little kids. It was also nice knowing it went to a good cause.” Contact Shirley Yarin at syarin@ stanford.edu.
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immediate clarification by the University on issues identified as particularly pressing, such as the ability of the Alumni Board to retain control of the lease during the interim period, the ability of residents to continue to pay rent to the Alumni Board and the restoration of the lease by the time current sophomore residents are seniors. The statement’s sentiments were echoed by Daniel Mattes ’12, kitchen manager at Enchanted Broccoli Forest. Mattes argued that the XOX lease issue has been symptomatic of more rigorous University oversight of the co-op community, leading to a “sense of constant suspense and fear” for co-op residents. “We stand in full support of Chi Theta Chi, and we find it deeply disturbing how the University has handled this,” Mattes said. Boardman acknowledged that there are “a number of issues here which we need to go through” and offered to converse with a smaller number of residents in private. “In the next few days, I will be reviewing and discussing this [statement] with my colleagues in Residential and Dining Enterprises, which includes Housing, as well as my staff in Residential Education,” Boardman wrote later in an email to The Daily. “And, we’ll continue to meet with the Chi Theta Chi Alumni Board.” When his offer of a smaller gathering was refused, however, Boardman returned to his office while protesters remained outside to further express their discontent with the lease issue. “The response was disappointing,” Grousbeck said after the event, noting that XOX resident representatives had met with Boardman last week and had notified him in advance of the march. “We kind of thought he would have some response, even a prepared one.” “These are issues that extend beyond the 37 people in XOX,” said Autumn Burnes ’12, XOX resident assistant (RA), in thanking her fellow protesters for the turnout. “What you’re seeing here is an expression of frustration from students who feel excluded from the situation.”
After spending just over half an hour outside the office of Student Affairs, protesters gradually dispersed or returned to XOX. After the event, Boardman acknowledged that the lack of student input in ongoing negotiations was “understandably frustrating” for XOX residents, but argued that the focus on the lease — a legal document between the Alumni Board and the University — meant student input had been harder to incorporate. “We are indeed making progress,” Boardman wrote. “In retrospect, we wish we had developed a more open process that included the student voice in a more purposeful manner. Having said that, however, the Alumni Board has served, in my opinion, as strong advocates for the Chi Theta Chi community.” Alex Kindel ’14, a marcher and a former ASSU Senator, expressed optimism about the degree of student involvement in the protests, but criticized the response by administrators. “I thought it was great that so many students from across campus rolled out in support,” Kindel wrote in an email to The Daily. “To their credit, VPSA and Residential Education officials did listen to student statements, but it was disappointing to me that they declined to participate in a conversation with the gathered students.” Contact Marshall Watkins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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lion views on YouTube, and his comedy channel “JustCallMeMrRight” is the No. 1 viewed channel in the “Comedians” category. While making money from this endeavor might be difficult, Nguyen has other concerns, as well. When asked whether the popularity has changed his life, Nguyen shrugged and smiled. “Love life is still terrible,” he said. As one of the Stanford memes that twists Boromir’s famous quote in Lord of the Rings pointed out, “One does not simply date at Stanford.” Contact Brendan O’Byrne and email@example.com.
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prior announcement of an academic advising event held for Suites residents to assess their options for finishing winter quarter coursework while dealing with Wopat’s hospitalization. “We weren’t even notified about that,” O’Rourke said. All four Suites RAs said they received emails from administrators commending them for their work during such a difficult time. Foust said the messages felt more reactive than prescriptive. Frazier said he felt the University response to the RAs was both supportive and appropriate. “Because ResEd stepped in to support [us] and the University [did] overall — I think there was a lot of support,” Frazier said. “It seemed that they were very busy but also highly supportive,” Foust said. “The University said it wasn’t a measure of keeping the situation quiet as much as it was up to the family on what they chose to disclose or not,” Frazier said. O’Rourke said she understood privacy concerns but got a different sense from the University. “It seemed to me like they didn’t want us to tell people,” she said. Dean of Residential Education Deborah Golder said she received feedback from Suites residents about a lack of University presence in the dorm, but stressed that action by RAs is more meaningful than administrator presence and that ResEd coordinated with the Suites RAs. “We got some feedback from folks who live in Suites, saying ‘the University’s not doing anything for us,’” Golder said. “All of the things that RAs were doing, etc. were our involvement. It feels like ‘the University is not involved,’ but of course we are. What’s more helpful to a student? Me? I think a student who you know is more accessible to you than I am. Maybe those don’t look public enough. That’s not the intention.” University communication With the exception of an email ResEd sent to the Suites residential community following Wopat’s death, the University has not sent any direct messages to the student body announcing the deaths of Wopat or Hine, memorial services for the deceased students or existing resources for grieving or stressed students. On April 2, Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman published an op-ed in The Daily announcing Wopat’s death to those who may not have known, stating that the University would likely not offer additional information in deference to family privacy and communicating the availability of campus mental health resources. On April 17, The Daily ran an op-ed by Rabbi Patricia KarlinNeumann, senior associate dean of the Office for Religious Life; Alejandro Martinez, senior associate director of CAPS; and Jim Cadena, director of the Arts in Residential Education program, about their work with Hine. Still, several students have expressed frustration with a lack of communication about the student deaths, while the University continues to stress the importance of maintaining the privacy of families during times of loss. Stanford was not the only top university to experience student death in recent weeks. In comparison, the Dean of Harvard College and the Dean of Yale College each sent messages to their entire student populations announcing student deaths that that occurred on their respective campuses in the past two weeks. Each University relayed information about the deaths, the availability of mental health resources on campus and details for vigils via campus-wide emails on the same day the students had died, though neither included suicide as the cause of death in communication to students. “Harvard never acknowledged any cause of death,” Harvard sophomore Nicholas Rinehart wrote in a Facebook message to The Daily. “People here are actually pretty upset that Harvard is not taking this opportunity to talk about suicide and mental health in any real way, instead pretending like [suicide] doesn’t happen,” Rinehart wrote. Stanford Dean of Student Affairs Chris Griffith responded to The Daily about how the University communicates news of student deaths, saying that Stanford defers to the privacy concerns of family members and does not have a specific policy on broader disemmination of the news. “Our immediate response when one of our students dies is to support the student’s family, friends, and others who are impacted and to ensure that they have access to University resources that provide help and comfort,” Griffith wrote in an email to The Daily. “Our response does not require a specific notification to the community; but rather we evaluate the circumstances and consider the need for privacy of family members and of students and others who are impacted at Stanford as well as regulations that may prevent us from releasing information.” Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman wrote to The Daily that he thinks the University can balance the privacy needs of families while having an open dialogue about suicide. “We always work hard to respect the privacy of individuals,” Boardman said. “Each situation poses its unique circumstances, and, often there is much that the University is unable to disclose. Yet, we always engage with open dialogue on the associated topics on mental health and suicide, broadly.” This policy has upset some students, and Ron Albucher, director of CAPS, said he understands where that frustration originates. “I totally get why students feel frustrated about this — because there seems to be a lack of communication from the University to the student body about it,” Albucher said. “The University struggles with balancing the needs of the students with the privacy issues of the families involved. And that’s where the University has sided more.” Silence on Cady Hine The silence surrounding Wopat’s death wasn’t the only cause of frustration for some students. Stanford lost another student on April 1, when Cady Hine, a junior with a history of bipolar disorder who worked to address the stigma surrounding mental health and mental illness on campus, died while on spring break at the age of 24. No additional news of the circumstances of Hine’s death has been reported. The Stanford Report announced Cady Hine’s death on April 6, and The Daily printed an obituary on April 17, along with the previously mentioned op-ed. No official University communication was sent. Helena Bonde, a fifth year senior who befriended Hine when they met in 2008, expressed frustration with how long and through what channels news about Hine’s death and memorial services traveled, especially at the late response of both the University and The Daily. “I was pissed that there wasn’t more news about [Cady’s] death,” Bonde said. “ I mean, Cady was a really wonderful member of our community and there wasn’t even a Daily article until after her memorial service — which was two weeks after her death.” Bonde said she did not find out about Hine’s death through either the Report or The Daily. “I found out about it from a friend emailing me because she’d seen someone link to the Stanford News update website-thing — that I’d never even looked at before in my life,” she said. “There are probably quite a few people who didn’t even know about Cady’s death until after the memorial.” Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Berman said. Noting the continued growth in the number of units demanded by majors, Chris Edwards, professor of mechanical engineering, emphasized the significance of ensuring that reduced requirements translates into greater freedom for freshmen to explore, rather than allowing departments to stipulate course requirements earlier in students’ academics careers. Jeremy Weinstein, professor of political science, also spoke out against the amendment. Contrasting the amendment’s “wait-andsee” attitude toward seminars with the original recommendation’s mandate for requiring it, he expressed doubt that faculty would engage with the initiative at the level required. “The amendment is set up to fail, as departments don’t have a strong incentive to offer more courses,” Weinstein said. “Just at the start” Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education Harry Elam noted that his office, department chairs and the Office of the Provost will commence a discussion next week concerning compensation for faculty participation in seminars. Elam said that thirty more seminars would be required to accommodate the entirety of the freshman class. “I actually think we can [accommodate the added seminars],” said Provost and Acting President John Etchemendy Ph.D. ’82. “I don’t think it’s a forgone conclusion that it’ll be hard to do.” Expressing concern that requiring freshman seminars might result in Thinking Matters becoming a “dumping ground” for students unable to find a seminar of interest, James Campbell, co-chair of the SUES committee, endorsed the amendment. “We’re just at the start of a really long conversation,” Campbell said. “I hope people will remember that as we implement a whole series of innovations.” The Senate voted by a margin of 27 to eight votes to accept Berman’s amendments, and by 27 to six votes — with two abstentions — in favor of the amended motion. Contact Marshall Watkins at email@example.com. McGregor said he understands being a housed organization is a privilege from the University. “With that devotion [from the University], there is an obligation to contribute back to campus,” McGregor said. “This is something we hadn’t really considered in the past and something the entire Greek community can take to heart a little more.” ResEd will be working with Kappa Sigma over the coming months to identify benchmarks to reflect on how the fraternity is attempting to meet these standards. Golder said ResEd will develop a supplemental process in coming weeks to hire student residential staff to live in the house next year. Contact Kristian Davis Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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added. “You don’t want to act as an RA without the University backing you up. You feel very lost when you don’t have an explicit direction [about what information to reveal].” Wylie and fellow RA JuanCarlos Foust ’13 agreed they would have appreciated having more information about what they could and could not say to students. “I didn’t know what face I was supposed to be wearing,” Foust said. The Suites RAs announced a vigil held for Wopat two days after her hospitalization, mentioning neither her name or what had occurred. “Saturday was a hard night for many members of our community,” the RAs wrote to the Suites mailing list. “If you would like to send love/support for those involved, take a trip to Maples Pavilion. At the entrance is a tree from which we are hanging messages, notes, drawings, etc. Materials should be in a brown bag near the tree.” Some Suites residents attended the vigil and left, without ever knowing Wopat’s name. “They should have been going around that night” O’Rourke was uncomfortable with an apparent hands-off approach following Wopat’s death, especially when she was asked by the Suites ResEd supervisor to check up on the residences of Griffin, Wopat’s house within Suites. “We got an email one or two days later saying, ‘You have to go around Griffin again and talk to each room,’” O’Rourke said. “And I was like ‘Why am I going around Griffin? I think a [Counseling and Pschological Services] counselor should go around Griffin — they should have been going around that night.’” “I think CAPS counselors should have been here the day after [Wopat attempted suicide] going around Griffin,” O’Rourke said. Wylie agreed. Communication between RAs and the University also appeared to be a problem. Both RAs expressed frustration with limited
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proposed that the Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education work to expand seminar availability and encourage student participation in seminars. The Senate would reconsider the requirement of freshmen seminars after the 2015-16 academic year. “I’m making these amendments in the spirit of endorsing the SUES report,” Berman said. Maintaining that increased seminar participation remains a principal objective, Berman emphasized that he wants to make sure that available seminars offer sufficient breadth and depth before any such requirement is implemented. “We’re asking for several years in which we can pursue this strategy aggressively,” Berman said. “It could be the case that there are good reasons for students not to do it . . . Let’s leave open the possibility that some students are making wise choices.” Faculty discussion of the amendment focused on the adequacy of requiring only one course alongside PWR, citing IHUM as providing a common experience for all Stanford freshman that might not be adequately replaced. Dissenting opinions Carolyn Lougee Chappell, professor of history, argued that a freshman requirement should aim to bridge the gap for students between high school and university education. “IHUM, in the course of a year, builds the skills that students will need for their whole university education,” Lougee Chappell said. “I’m skeptical that one quarter is sufficient.” Berman acknowledged that any freshman requirement should ease the transition to university classes, but said that he’d encountered a majority of faculty that felt three quarters was excessive. He also expressed doubt that an extended freshman requirement would resonate academically with students. “I don’t think the way to solve the learning issues is by compelling students into courses they wouldn’t take otherwise,”
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‘No babysitting’ Golder warned Kappa Sigma members that they should not take her decision lightly. “I explained to them that on the one hand, it feels great to be the guys who got the house back, but that it is with very clear expectations and zero tolerance for any of the behaviors that got them removed from the house in the first place,” Golder said. “We are not planning on babysitting Kappa Sigma — [they] have to take responsibility for themselves as an organization,” Golder said. “If they don’t do those things we will get involved.”
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Originally published May 21, 2012. Modest Mouse headlined the Frost Revival Music and Arts Festival on Saturday afternoon at the Laurence Frost Amphitheater, marking the first time the venue had been used for this large of an event since the 1980s. The festival was planned by the Stanford Concert Network (SCN) and featured musical performances by Modest Mouse, Eyes Lips Eyes and Benjamin Francis Leftwich. In addition to the musical performers, Frost Amphitheater also housed numerous large-scale student art projects. According to SCN co-director Alberto Aroeste ’13, organizers sold 4,500 tickets in presale. The amphitheater has a capacity of 5,400. Katie Chabolla, SCN’s financial officer, confirmed there was a profit from ticket sales. “All profits will go into a fund for next year’s festival,” she said. Frost was open not only to Stanford students and affiliates, but also the general public. “The crowd that the musical artists drew is really fun,” Elizabeth Matus ’14 said at the show. “Lots of people from the city showed up, and I really don’t feel like I’m at school at all.” Attendees came not just for the music, but the atmosphere, as well. Frost is a renowned venue that has had an illustrious history
of visiting artists, and its revival was long anticipated. “I had never heard of the first two artists but I was still really excited to come enjoy them,” said Emily Kizzia, ’12. “I would have come for any artist. I really came for the incredible vibes.” For most students, Frost had been mostly forgotten, as very few events are held there and none come close to filling its huge capacity. “The biggest event I’ve been to at Frost before this was senior wine tasting,” Kizzia said. “That’s how I realized how incredible this event was going to be. I didn’t really know it was there before. And the fact that you can’t see any part of campus from inside makes me really feel like I’m not on campus.” During the past two New Student Orientations (NSO), Grammy Award-winning bassist Victor Wooten has entertained new students in concerts at Frost. “I feel like I got introduced to Frost right away because of the Victor Wooten concert during NSO,” Matus said. “It was so secluded yet open at the same time, and I thought, ‘What is this place? It’s absolutely beautiful.’ I was also excited because I had heard they were giving out these art grants so that students could showcase their art.” Attendees were greeted at the gate by a 15-foot high octopus made entirely of bamboo that protruded from the ground. As guests made their way around the outer perimeter of Frost, they en-
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Frost Revival, sponsored by the Stanford Concert Network, aimed to bring large-scale concerts back to Frost Amphitheater. The event, with nearly 5,000 attendees, was the first of its size for Frost since the 1980s.
countered forests of head-high mushrooms, tie-dye banners filled with poetry and a wall of clocks called “the Wishing Wall.” “Every five minutes, one of the clocks on the Wishing Wall strikes 11:11, and you are supposed to make a wish,” said Tina Miller ’14, the student who spearheaded the Wishing Wall project. “The idea behind the wishing wall started with Japanese Omamori prayer lines, but instead of praying to a god, the Frost wishing wall was just a way to share your wish with the community. Guests are meant to make a wish and take a wish.” As attendees exited, 18-foot high neon Truffula Trees with mechanically rotating feather palm heads stood along the pathway, accompanied by a sign that explained they were a tribute to Dr. Seuss’ story “The Lorax,” whose protagonist speaks for trees affected by pollution at a nearby factory. At the base of the trees in Frost there was a basket of seeds with a sign instructing guests to plant the seed on their way out. The student art projects were funded through grants distributed by Aroeste. Beginning three weeks before spring break, SCN began distributing flyers around campus for art project proposals. Soon after spring break, the group had narrowed their choices. “For a while, a lot of the art projects seemed impossibly daunting, but we were able to pull them all together with a lot of help from our volunteers, and they all turned out great,” Aroeste said. SCN is already planning the next Frost Festival. “We are working to make Frost even bigger and better for next year,” Chabolla said. Contact Lucas Oswald at loookas@ stanford.edu.
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of the Board on Judicial Affairs. The second proposed change, which the OJA decided not to endorse after extensive discussion, is requiring a unanimous rather than majority vote to find a student responsible. According to the OJA, no other disciplinary process at Stanford requires a more-than-majority vote, but, as The Daily previ-
ously reported, more than twice as many states require unanimous agreement for civil cases than require three-quarters agreement. Law Professor Michele Dauber said that she thought the language of those supporting unanimity seemed to run contrary to the intent of the Office of Civil Rights. “It’s been said with a high degree of explicitness . . . that it looks like Stanford is trying . . . to evade what the Department of Justice is trying to accomplish,” she said at an April 18 gathering of student legislators.
Dauber and members of the Office of Judicial Affairs, who said that the ARP is “data driven,” also oppose the change because they believe that, coupled with the recent changes to accord with the Dear Colleague Letter, the effects of policy change cannot be distinguished if the variables are not changed incrementally. “It’s not like a typical civil suit where you are just paying damages, or just like refrained from seeing someone,” Lau said. “When you get suspended for two/three years from Stanford . . . and you
are labeled . . . a perpetrator of sexual assault by Stanford, it is something that goes with you for life. The punishment itself, while not entirely civil, has a criminal dimension to it. I think Stanford ought to be very careful before putting something like this on someone, that we do this process fairly.” GSC representative Sjoerd de Ridder emailed the GSC list early Tuesday morning urging UGS and GSC members to take more time to weigh the ARP before approving it. “Agreeing with the ARP as is basically states it is perfect,” de Rid-
der wrote. “Amending it, on the fly, when approving it, is nonconstructive, because many bodies need to agree on the ARP. Providing a set of opinions is the responsible thing to do, as it would give the BJA resources and incentives to carefully review the document . . . There is time to raise issues, because the Faculty Senate will not take this up till fall, and the pilot study has been extended till then.” Contact Julia Enthoven email@example.com. at
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with the opportunity to host parties with less stringent supervision than in non-Row houses.” “This is particularly insulting because I think it expresses a desire to do away with self-ops/coops in favor of a much more centralized program under tight control of ResEd,” Trusheim wrote. Bagchi, who lived in the self-op Xanadu last year, said the report was not recommending any significant changes to the Row program, but recognizing a possible cultural issue to address. “The recommendations don’t involve suddenly inserting faculty members in Row houses — that’s not going to happen,” she said. Instead, one solution that the committee proposed was giving seniors more housing options such as a “residential research college,” which would provide mentoring for students completing a honors theses or capstone project. Summit said this idea was inspired by the September Honors College. What’s next? “The SUES report is a radical document, less because it proposes to redesign undergraduate education than because it tries to get at the root of teaching and learning,” wrote James J. Sheehan, chair of the Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE) from 1993 to 1994, in the document’s preface. “The report is also a conservative document because it is tightly connected to Stanford’s distinctive character and traditions.” The Committee on Undergraduate Standards and Policies (CUSP) will make recommendations in response to the report at a Feb. 23 Faculty Senate meeting. The Senate will then vote on the final recommendations at its next meeting on March 8.
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advises organizing these new residential programs around a variety of themes, so they would attract a diverse body of students. According to the report, one possibility is to organize these programs around the five themes of the Stanford Challenge Initiative: human health, the environment, international studies, education and the arts. The report adds, however, that it is important that these themes grow “organically” out of student and faculty interest. The report also notes the difficulty of recruiting faculty members to serve as Residential Fellows (RFs), tasked with living in undergraduate dormitories and engaging with student residents. According to the report, only 14 of the 62 RFs on campus are members of the Academic Council. While the report did not conclude that this was significant problem, it did recommend finding new ways to encourage faculty members to take on the post. The committee recommended that the University also explore how faculty members could engage in residential life in other, less time-intensive ways. One suggestion was for professors to give talks, participate in discussions and teach seminars in undergraduate residences. Focusing on residential living after freshman year, the report expressed some concerns about the trend of seniors choosing to live in Row houses, a collection of student-run houses, noting that these students “largely pass out of the orbit of the Office of Residential Education.” In his email to the public ASSU Senate list-serve, Trusheim took offense to the report’s conclusion that “for many seniors, the appeal of the Row clearly has less to do with self-government than
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