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Nov. 17, 2009 Stanford Daily


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Bike sharing implemented in Santa Clara


Veterans on the Farm
Small, tight-knit veterans community discuss military experience and future

Santa Clara County’s Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is speeding past the city of San Francisco in implementing the first public bike share program in the Bay Area. One push of the pedal — or rather, two pushes — away from joining the host of European cities that already have such a program, the VTA has already completed a third of the planning process for a projected pilot date in 2010. Research for the pilot program, which connects the cities of Mountain View, Palo Alto and San Jose via their respective Caltrain stations, began early last April with a market research plan to conduct over 1,200 surveys at target areas. An initial $75,000 was devoted to hiring market and financial consulting groups for this portion of planning the program. Completion of the project’s business model and release of its final analysis report remain. The VTA has applied for a $500,000 Safe Rotes to Transit grant to execute the pilot program, which will feature ‘pods’ at the three stations and at destinations points around those areas, such as Stanford and San Jose State Universities as well as job centers. Though the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the committee that will fund the grant, will not release decisions until the end of this year, Aiko Cuenco, project manager for the Bike Share Pilot Program, says the VTA “has the highest ranked project” and is confident that they will get the necessary financial resources. “We researched all the existing programs to see what people are doing and how it’s working for them and what things can be improved upon,” Cuenco said. “We do think that we can address some of the problems that are present in Santa Clara County.” One of the main hindrances to commuting

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The Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB), dressed in funereal black, held the first Big Game rally in White Plaza yesterday.


Medical School joins ResearchMatch

Stanford researchers will now benefit from a unique Internet matchmaking service, which will connect them with volunteers for their often hard-to-fill studies. is a secure online tool that brings together two groups of people: volunteers who are interested in research studies and researchers who are looking for volunteers

to participate in their studies. As a member of the Clinical and Translational Science Awards Consortium (CTSA), Stanford University School of Medicine is one of 46 medical research institutions participating in the service. Led by the National Center for Research Resources of the National Institutes of Health, the consortium’s new program is the first of its kind in the United States. At Stanford, ResearchMatch is being coordinated by

Spectrum, an interdisciplinary group formed to bridge the gap between medical research and patient care that has been expanding since its foundation in 2005. “More studies in pediatrics fail because of inadequate enrollment than because of any other reason,” said pediatric nephrology Prof. Steven Alexander, Spectrum’s medical director.

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Stanford students have a range of unique experiences, and campus veterans are no exception. According to Assistant University Registrar Celeste Fowles, 36 students, either veterans or their dependents, are receiving veterans’ benefits, including 26 on the Chapter 33 Post 9/11 G.I. Bill and, among those, 19 on the Yellow Ribbon Program. The majority of veteran students are in Stanford’s graduate programs, with the highest concentration in the Graduate School of Business (GSB). Only seven undergraduates are veterans. Most students who are veterans cite the military as a defining experience in their life that, in some form, has shaped their career aspirations and academic goals at Stanford. “I had multiple reasons for joining the army, aside from wanting to do my part,” said Jeffrey Arnold ‘10, who may be taking an extra year at Stanford. “I wanted to go back to school, and the educational benefits of the military are pretty good.” Arnold graduated from high school in 1995 and joined the military when he was 25 years old. He attributes his current education to his time in the military, saying,“If it were not for the time I spent in the army, I wouldn’t be at Stanford.” Considering the unique experience that is enlisting and being deployed with the military, student veterans are a tight-knit group. “As far as the undergraduates go, we [veterans] pretty much all know each other,” Arnold said. While they don’t cite major difficulties adjusting back to student life, they have made a clear distinction between skills needed and developed in the military versus those used at school. “The skill sets that are in the military are completely different from what I use in academics for the most part,” Arnold said. “But there are times when it’s come in handy,” Arnold added. “I’m a physics major, so some of the work I’ve been doing research on requires knowledge about machines and knowing how to build and repair things. I was a mechanic in the army, so I’ve got hands-on experience.” William Treseder ‘10, a Marine who is currently majoring in Science, Technology and Society, agrees that the skills learned in the military are not easily adaptable to

the academy. However, he has found one skill from his military background useful at school. “You learn in the military to think one or two echelons above where you are,” Treseder said. “So a lot of the time when I’m in class, I’m often thinking about how the professor is thinking about the material — what are they really trying to teach us?” A veteran and current student at the Graduate School of Business (GSB) who spoke on the condition of anonymity also looks back fondly on his experience in the military. “Military guys tend to be really humble about their service and their leadership,” the veteran said. “In school, there’s more of this sense of entitlement, sometimes even disrespect toward professors.” “Being in the military has shaped the way I see my future career,” the veteran added. “I’ll never be able to do a job that doesn’t serve my country. Right now, I’m looking into energy, biotech or infrastructure.” With positive reflections on their military experience, most veteran students lament the lack of Reserve Officers’ Training Corp. (ROTC) and knowledge about career options in the military on campus. “It’s disgraceful that Stanford doesn’t have ROTC,” the anonymous veteran said. “All military service has Enlisted Commission Programs, which give students the opportunity to go to college.” The veteran pointed out three specific ways Stanford could improve its support of the veteran community: lending greater support to the Yellow Ribbon Program, letting ROTC back on campus and granting admission to more veteran applicants. Treseder agrees that Stanford could do more to admit veterans. “I hear from people in admission, professors; they all tend to say, transfer veteran students are so interesting, they have very interesting perspectives,” said Treseder, who is forming a group for admitted veterans.“I think each additional person that comes from a nontraditional background will add a lot to the diversity of the University, just like I think the international students add a lot.” Gabriel Zamora ‘11, who finished his third tour in Iraq in 2005 and transferred to Stanford this quarter from community college, also believes Stanford could bene-

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Athletics cuts may endanger teams
Budgets down $8 million means tight financial belt

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Stanford Athletics Director Bob Bowlsby (middle) receives the Director’s Cup. Amid a fall in Athletics’ and Stanford’s endowment, some athletics teams may have to be cut as a last resort.

As a Pac-10 powerhouse, Stanford athletics has been able to boast that it has both quantity and quality in its athletics department. But with the economy in a nosedive, Athletics Director Bob Bowlsby isn’t ruling out the possibility that that might have to change. “We’ve made reductions in all kinds of different areas, from the way we travel to the number of people who travel, to the frequency of mowing and marking the fields, turning down thermostats to reducing water consumption,” Bowlsby said. “We have reduced squad sizes through management attrition. It’s been a hundred small things that have added

up.” According to Bowlsby, Stanford’s athletic department sustained $8 million in reductions last year and has had to absorb five to six million dollars in cuts this fiscal year. To trim costs, the Athletics department implemented a broad series of layoffs last March and has restructured the agreements for 35 of its employees, said Deputy Athletic Director Ray Purpur in an e-mail to The Daily. The department is doing everything it can to tighten its financial belt, but Bowlsby says all options are on the table, including the possibility of pulling the plug on some of Stanford’s 35 athletic teams. “Cutting teams is the absolute course of last resort,” Bowlsby said. “We’re doing all the trimming we can in order to avoid that.” Stanford’s annual operating budget — $75 million for 35 athletics teams — is

the second largest in the NCAA’s Division 1 grouping. It is surpassed only by Ohio State, which fields 36 sports teams and has a budget north of $100 million dollars. Cardinal athletes and teams have raked in 409 individual titles, the most of any program in the country, and 97 NCAA team championships. Bowlsby declined to comment on which teams would get the axe if the economy does not pick up, but said the department will not eliminate any sports that make money for the University. Currently, Stanford spends the most money on football, women’s and men’s basketball, baseball and volleyball. The athletic department’s endowment was valued at $410 million in December of 2008, down $100 million from 2007. The department’s $8 million cut is part of the 15 percent reduction each department was asked to sustain as a result of

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Editing by Chelsea Ma

Despite production nights that extend well into the a.m., editors, writers find community at The Daily
how much fun we have, I’m always surprised by how well things run and how good the end product looks.” Messinger joked that The Daily office is a world of its own. “It’s a strange environment at The Daily,” he said. “Everyone here really cares about what they’re doing . . . We’re probably sort of strange people, but we enjoy it a lot.” Trotter describes how The Daily culture has changed from previous years. “When I first started working as a news desk editor, people didn’t talk to each other as much,” Trotter said. “Some people hung out outside of the office, but it definitely wasn’t as inclusive as it is now.” Trotter added that there are moments of tension, but humor overrides it. “There are times when people snipe at each other, people get on each other’s nerves,” she said. “But in general, there’s a lot of camaraderie and inside jokes and essentially laughter that happens every night.” Banerjee explained that although The Daily is fun, it still is a professional organization at its core. “It’s fun, but at the same time we understand that we are professional, and we are doing really important work,” Banerjee said. “It takes a lot for me to always keep that in mind so that I don’t lose track of our real mission every night. “If it weren’t fun, I think it would really negatively affect the work that we do,” he added. Staff members have found The Daily to be an excellent way to become deeply immersed in both the


t’s 10:46 p.m. at the Lorry I. Lokey Stanford Daily building. Editors are seated around a common table with laptops, reviewing content, editing for mechanics and form, and preparing tomorrow’s issue for print. The Stanford Daily is bustling with conversations about stories that need to come in “ASAP” and the sound of ringing phones. But there’s also a surprising amount of laughter. Every once in a while, an editor will take a break from her or his work to contribute to the quote board, a quirky white board that gives humorous glimpses into the random conversations of sleep-deprived and highly caffeinated college students who have been stuck in the same room for far too long. It’s easy to take for granted that our student body has its very own sophisticated, central news source. But behind the scenes, writers and editors are up until as late as 3:30 a.m. to produce the paper each day. Working at The Daily often means accepting an alternative, admittedly bizarre lifestyle that implies sacrifice in all aspects of what it means to be a Stanford student. Eric Messinger ‘10, managing editor of news, described one of the ways The Daily has changed his everyday life as a student. “I really appreciate and love the times when I see my roommate,” Messinger said. “But they are very rare. The Daily is not really totally compatible with my friends’ schedules or my roommate’s schedule.”

Working at The Daily can also make it more difficult to have a normal social life. “My nights are pretty much owned by The Daily, except for Friday and Saturday,” Messinger added. Devin Banerjee ‘11, editor in chief and president of The Daily, similarly has anything but a typical dorm experience — late nights of putting out the paper often mean crashing in the office.

“It’s a comfortable couch, it really is.”
— DEVIN BANERJEE, Daily editor in chief
“If I have schoolwork to do after a production, I’ll often sleep there,” Banerjee admitted. “It’s a comfortable couch, it really is. And if you close the windows, it’s not cold at all. We have pillows there and we have a blanket . . . It’s actually a really great place to sleep.” For Banerjee, involvement in The Daily has also impacted his academic options. As a student in the management science and engineering department who also has had significant nightly responsibilities at The Daily for about a year, Banerjee has had to construct a very

rigid course schedule. “I have a very strict four-year plan,” Banerjee said. “It’s a big tradeoff, deciding to take on the editor position. I had to think about what I was giving up at the time . . . I have to take fewer classes while editor in chief, and I also did when I was deputy editor and managing editor.” Emma Trotter ‘10, managing editor of features, described the day-to-day life of being an editor. “Figure out what came in from the previous night and, if what I was counting on coming in came in, e-mail the people who dropped the ball, try to confirm that photos have been taken, check in with the editors about whether the stories are good or not — that’s all in the morning or afternoon,”Trotter said.“Once I come in, it’s just a quick matter of editing stories, hanging out with people and then leaving.” Editors also often connect their day-to-day experiences to ideas for new stories. “I’ll just be in the shower, or biking around campus, or somebody mentions something,” Trotter explained. “You can turn almost anything into a feature . . . Features consumes my life. Whatever I do, wherever I go, is a potential story idea.” Zach Zimmerman ‘12, managing editor of sports, summed up how all of the editors seem to feel about their commitment. “All in all, the benefits completely outweigh the costs in this situation,” he said. Editors describe The Daily environment as a dynamic place to work. “Everyone’s pretty close because we’re here so much,” Zimmerman said. “We laugh together and we fight together, so it’s kind of like a family in a way. For

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Graduate students volunteer at local garden to support food banks



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ike many Americans taking part in food drives this month, 13 Stanford graduate students set out to support local peninsula food banks. But they had more than ramen noodles and canned corn in mind. Instead, they helped provide underprivileged residents with something they don’t often get — fresh, organic produce. On Saturday, Nov. 7, the students volunteered to harvest 51 pounds of peppers, Swiss chard and tomatoes grown at the Almost Eden volunteer-run garden in Palo Alto. Garden Co-Manager Shellie Sanchez then drove the vegetables straight to St. Anthony’s, a soup kitchen in Menlo Park that serves 600 hot meals per week. It is one of four Palo Alto area food banks Almost Eden provides with organic produce. “Going to the food banks is the best part,” Sanchez said. “Families see the fresh food as we bring it in, and they start grabbing each other’s arms and pointing. They’re pretty excited about what we grew. It’s not the kind of stuff [food banks] usually get donated.” When Almost Eden staff asked Kate Church, director of the Palo Alto Food Closet, whether they could donate their produce, her response was, “Can we give you a hug?” The Food Closet offers needy families and seniors food baskets that they can take home and prepare for themselves. Church estimates they serve 55 families each week, up 35 percent from this time last year. “Sometimes a few people donate fruit from their backyard fruit trees, but we never get very much in the way of vegetables,” Church said. “Almost Eden [volunteers] are very nice people, and their work is very important to us.” Joanna Lankester, a fourth year graduate student in electrical engineering, organized the volunteer outing at Almost Eden for fellow residents of the Rains housing complex and other grad students. “I was looking for an opportunity that would let students volunteer together,” she said.“I stumbled upon this garden last year, and the event was a big hit. It’s amazing that [Almost Eden] serves such a need in the community depending entirely on volunteers.” Founded in 1998, Almost Eden didn’t always rely completely on donations of time and money. It began with grant funding from Palo Alto’s Urban Ministries and hired homeless and low-income employees to maintain the garden and deliver the produce to food banks. Budget constraints forced Urban

Ministries to cut funding a few years after the program began, turning Almost Eden into a true labor of love. The Central Coast Baptist Association was still willing to donate the land for Almost Eden, but garden managers suddenly had to find creative ways to maintain the garden without paid staff or supplies. “This year, we started leasing onethird of the garden plots to community members who wanted their own gardens,” said Co-Manager Pam Chesavage ‘92. “Combined with donations, it’s enough to buy seedlings, tools and supplies and pay our water bill each month. Plus, it gives the community some pride in the garden.” Chesavage started co-managing Almost Eden in 2003, shortly after she got married and moved into the garden’s neighborhood. She was interested in helping for many of the same reasons today’s Stanford graduate students are. “I was a Stanford student and needed something to do other than homework,” she said. “I used to garden with my dad and always lived in houses where I started gardens. I studied human biology with a focus on community environmental health. This seemed like a natural fit. It’s a great way to spend a Saturday morning.” Today, Chesavage admits, she spends a lot more time at the garden than merely Saturday mornings. During peak gardening times — the fall and spring — the mother of four is there up to 20 hours per week, organizing volunteers and coordinating planting, harvesting and composting. “It’s like small-scale farming,” she said. “We grow and donate about 2,000 pounds of produce per year.” Ashish Goel, a first year graduate student working on his master’s in aeronautics and astronautics, was one of the grad students who donated a portion of his weekend to Almost Eden. A first-time volunteer, he helped plant beds of broccoli and collard greens and prepared outof-season plants for composting. “I’m a vegetarian, and I appreciated the idea of growing vegetables,” Goel said. “I remember, when I was little, there used to be guava and tamarind trees at my elementary school. We used to throw sticks at the trees to get the fruit to fall off.” Goel added that he frequents the Palo Alto farmers markets for his vegetables today and was happy to volunteer to help others who can’t afford the same fresh produce, especially produce that’s been harvested the same day. “Whenever you pluck stuff right off the trees, it always tastes better,” he said. Contact Kathryn Roethel at

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Students harvest 51 pounds of vegetables at Almost Eden, a volunteer-run garden in Palo Alto. Almost Eden provides food for four food banks in the area.

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Early oceans cooler than originally thought

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Two graduates from the School of Earth Sciences have discovered information about early oceans that may affect the understanding of early life on earth. Michael Hren Ph.D. ‘07 and Mike Tice Ph.D. ‘06 found that 3.4 billion years ago, the oceans had been cooler than previously thought. Their findings show the temperature of early oceans to be at most 40 degrees Celsius, contrary to the popular belief that the ocean temperatures were in the 70-85-degree Celsius range. “We’re really putting an upper limit on the temperature,” Hren said.“What we’re saying is that the temperature was significantly lower than what other scientists thought, allowing us to reexamine early life.” According to Hren, the team examined 3.4-billion-year-old rocks from the ocean floor. While forming, the rocks collected hydrogen and oxygen isotopes from the ocean floor, and the amounts varied depending on the temperature. “Using this idea, we can measure the rocks compositions now to constrain the range of the ocean’s temperature,” Hren said. “By measuring the distribution of isotopes in these 3.4-billion-years-old rocks, you can determine the composition and temperature of the ocean.” The proportion of hydrogen with the element deuterium, for instance, can provide significant information. This study’s conclusion suggests that early life was more diverse than originally thought, because, according to Tice, microorganisms are often more comfortable at lower temperatures than the originally hypothesized higher temperatures. Tice and Hren both brought up the example of the Yellowstone hot springs and the organisms that live there. The

temperatures at the Yellowstone hot springs are similar to the previously hypothesized ocean temperatures. “The bottoms of the hot springs are pretty bare,” Tice said. “Microorganisms can grow at this temperature but not happily or comfortably. It takes some adapting before it can become productive.” “There’s life there but they have to be uniquely adapted,” Hren added. “Only certain specialized organisms can live.” This research will change some assumptions about what happened in the early formation of the earth, the researchers say. “We’re saying that early in the earth’s history, the ocean was cool enough to support all types of organisms, even though it’s been argued that all life was evolved and radiated from the similar types of creatures we get in hot springs,” Hren said. “It opens up new possibilities of organisms we think of when we think of early life,”Tice added. Tice’s and Hren’s research took approximately nine years. The rocks used in the study were collected from 2000 to 2004, and analysis began in 2005. “It definitely has me thinking very differently from when I first started the project,” Tice said. “But this might not be the last word on the question — someone may even come up with something different; but for now, this is what we have found.” Hren plans to continue investigating more geological formations over time. “This is a topic that will be debated for scientists for years to come,”he said. “So we will need to find similar patterns from other really old rocks from different locations on the globe to see if we get the same answer.” Contact Brianna Pang at Jennifer Brown, Spectrum’s manager of regulatory services and education. Both coordinators are excited about prospects for this program, which they believe will facilitate clinical research in a groundbreaking way. “Finding patients to participate in studies is typically a very difficult process,” Brown said. “Any tool like this that will help our researchers at Stanford have access to more potential participants is very important.” In the future, connecting clinical researchers to volunteers may not be the only function of ResearchMatch; according to Alexander, it may also serve as a way for researchers nationwide to collaborate. Brown also said other departments, such as sociology and psychology, and any researchers who require human volunteers may eventually take advantage of the service. “[ResearchMatch] will bring the opportunity to participate in research to more people,” said Alexander, who believes volunteers gain more than a small sum of money from participating in research. “I think there are many willing volunteers out there who just don’t know how to get involved.” Contact Troy Yang at ask us for feedback on how to make it better and improve the information that veterans can receive if they’re looking to apply to Stanford,” Zamora said. Arnold said the Stanford administration “goes out of its way” to accommodate the veteran community. “William [Treseder]’s efforts with the students veterans group, getting guest speakers, having events and holding talks — we’ve never met any sort of resistance from the University at all,”Arnold said.“Everyone — registrar’s office, admission — will do everything they can to help or accommodate us.” One such veteran’s group event, called “Military 101,” was held Thursday, Nov. 12. The 90-minute presentation was conducted by the Truman National Security Project, a national leadership institute aiming to inform a new generation of students Obama marked his first trip to Asia since his election by highlighting the 50-year alliance between the two nations while acknowledging the calls for a more “equal partnership.” “Each country brings specific assets and strengths to the relationship, but we proceed based on mutual interest and mutual respect and that will continue,” Obama said, according to the press briefing transcript by the Los Angeles Times. Preceding the visit, Hatoyama’s government had pushed for more independence from Washington and the review of the continued U.S. mil-

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that has emerged in the past year, according to Cuenco, stems from overcrowding of cyclists on the Caltrains. Since only one car is reserved for commuters who plan to bring a bicycle onto the train, limited space means some bikers often get “bumped” and have to wait for the next train. “I’m sure it’s discouraged some people . . . because they would have to show up really early or push through to make their way on board and make sure that their bike is on board with them,” Cuenco said. Additionally, bike sharing can also alleviate the parking difficulties. According to Cuenco, many bikers usually take their bikes with them in order to prevent stealing, vandalism and damage, as well as out of commuting necessity. However, Caltrain stations also have an inadequate number of bike lockers and bike stations, the safest places to park bikes. “[With bike sharing], there’s no need to think about parking or bringing a bike on board or how to complete that trip on the other end — ‘the first and last mile problem’ people have with commuting,” Cuenco said. To further assure bike security, the VTA headed a technology review of existing programs’ tracking software and systems to employ the most advanced locking and tracking systems for the program’s bicycles, which will be tied to the customers’ credit card information. Costs to residents partaking in this “rent-a-bike” program will folabout national security issues. “We’re basically trying to get folks at schools to understand the military,” said Paul Clarke, the regional Bay Area director for Truman Fellows. “We’re not trying to recruit and we’re not a military group per se, though the people who teach the ‘class’ are veterans.” The Truman project staff is composed of members of the military, aid workers and human rights activists, among others. Truman project organizers decided to come to Stanford to talk about “Military 101” because, according to Clarke, “very few students at elite universities go on to have experience with the military,” and because Stanford’s connection with the military has decreased over time. “There used to be a time when almost every male student would be in ROTC and could have gone off to itary presence on the island of Okinawa. But talks between the two leaders were amicable, and Hatoyama said the two heads of state were on a first name basis. Topics discussed included Afghanistan, nuclear proliferation, climate change and the economy. “Naturally, we have to cooperate in proliferation deterrence, on information protection, missile defense and the use of other states [among] others,” Hatoyama said at the briefing. “We need to consider these new systems for issuing security.”

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Under this program, people interested in volunteering in studies will no longer have to dig through the Internet to find specific studies to participate in. Instead, by signing up as a member on ResearchMatch, volunteers will be matched with both local and nationwide research studies that they are interested in and qualified for. At Stanford, anywhere from 800 to 1,000 active clinical studies on diverse subjects ranging from pancreatic cancer in adults to obesity in adolescents are going on at any one time. About 250 to 300 new clinical studies begin each year. In order to reach a statistically significant conclusion, volunteers are needed for each of these studies. “Personally, you’re fortunate if you can reach 50 percent of your enrollment targets in a study involving children,” Alexander said. “Recently Spectrum looked at Stanford, and 50 percent enrollment was a successful study. Enrollment targets are very hard to meet.” At the University, the chief liaisons for this program are Alexander and

low precedents set by pre-existing bike share programs in Europe, which offer customers a range of different options from daily passes with prices between $1 and $5, to annual ones between $70 and $120. The first half hour of use will be free, a timeframe that was determined by studies to be the average length of a typical commute by bike. While Stanford is part of the project consulting group that the VTA established last April, the impact that this bike share program will have on the University is still uncertain. “At this point, we need to wait and see what VTA is proposing,” said Brodie Hamilton, Director of Parking & Transportation Services. “Stanford is in an interesting position where we already have so many bikes and many people already commute by bike.” A number of similar bike share programs are already available at the campus bike shop, alumni center and certain academic departments for students, visiting alumni and faculty, respectively. Despite complications presented by the campus’ bike-heavy character, Cuenco still believes the bike share program can provide some benefits to students “who wanted to venture out.” “If they want to go shopping or eat out or go to the movies or someplace outside of campus and don’t really know where they could place their bike, then bike share can open up the city of Palo Alto and a little bit beyond,” Cuenco said. “That could open up the world that they travel in because I know they’re kind of enclosed and limited on campus.” Contact Cassandra Feliciano at war,” Clarke said. “We’re trying to make up for some of that. A lot of people don’t understand the military anymore.” Contact Joanna Xu at

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Stanford community and world affairs. Ellie Titus ‘11, the Tuesday night news desk editor, described her experience. “I feel more engaged with Stanford as a student than before,” Titus said. “And I feel more aware of what’s going on around me . . . I’m paying closer attention to our community, and that enhances my life as a student.” However, some aspects of producing the paper are less appealing than others. “There’s a lot of technical nittygritty for editing that can get really tedious, but it’s just part of the job,” Messinger said. “And when you see stories the next day and you’re proud of how they read and look, you realize it’s worth it.” Sometimes, a frustrating aspect of being an editor is keeping everyone in the section organized and on track. “There is one thing that I like and hate at the same time, which is sending nasty e-mails,” Trotter said. “Sometimes, I have to e-mail [writers] five times before they respond.” Trotter described the art of sending reminder e-mails: start out polite and crescendo to hostility as writers go MIA. “The desk editors appreciate my nasty e-mail sending skill,” she said. “It’s not something that I necessarily enjoy, but I have cultivated it and I’m good at it at this point. I feel like I’m doing it correctly.” Leaders in each of the editorial sections all have their own vision of how to improve the quality of the paper and maintain its high standards. The Features section, for example, started out as ‘Page 2,’ only running once a week. After Trotter became managing editor, the section expanded to four days a week, focusing on trends, profiles and narratives. “I took it and made it Features and started the desk editors system and just tried to make it more legitimate,” Trotter said. “I want to leave something in place that will not just collapse when I’m gone.” Messinger also has specific goals for News. “One thing I was setting out to do was make student government coverage a little less focused on contention and bickering and more about the substance of what student government does,” Messinger said. “Another thing I’ve been trying to do is connect more

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fit from more veterans on campus. “One of the things that Stanford preaches and talks about is diversity on campus,” Zamora said. “A veteran group should definitely be a part of that; veterans are exposed to different experiences. “A veteran is like a student from another culture,” Zamora added. “The military is another culture.” Still, veterans give credit to Stanford for being supportive toward the existing veteran student community. “During NSO, the University comes to the veterans and asks what they can do to help improve what they’re trying to do for veterans. They

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the 27 percent decrease in the University’s endowment last year. Despite the significant drop-off, however, Stanford Athletics’ endowment is still the most affluent in the country. But Bowlsby is looking at every alternative option, from revenue enhancements to increased fundraising, before pulling the plug on any of Stanford’s teams. “Fundraising was down $2.3 million last year, and if it rebounds, that will help,” he said. “But we have to look at all eventualities and, as I say, reduction of sports offerings is one of those options. I can’t completely rule that out.” Bowlsby and Assistant Associate Director of Budget Brian Talbott was in Chicago this past weekend to discuss athletic number-crunching with other private schools also weathering budget shortfalls. Contact Amy Julia Harris at

Hatoyama greets Obama
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF President Barack Obama began his multi-stop Asia tour in Japan, arriving last Friday to the welcome of recently installed Japanese Prime Minister and Stanford alumnus Yukio Hatoyama M.S. ‘72, Ph.D. ‘76.

campus stories to national issues.” Zimmerman has been working to broaden possibilities for writers to develop their voices in sports writing by increasing opportunities for student columns. Annika Heinle ‘12, managing editor of Intermission, wants to make the arts and entertainment insert something that people look forward to reading on Fridays. “A lot of people complain about always being in the Stanford bubble,” she said. “I think it’s cool that Stanford has the opportunity to make sure everyone knows what’s going on in the entertainment scene outside of Stanford.” When Banerjee ran to be editor in chief, he wrote a 32-page platform outlining his plans for specific areas of the paper which he continues to translate into action. One of his main goals is to nurture the connection between The Daily and its readers. “A huge thematic change that I wanted to implement was being much more open with our readers and our community,” Banerjee said. “The Daily was becoming independent in a bad sense, in that we were becoming more isolated from the readers. That’s why I’m open to op-eds, letters to the editor, just a lot of discussion.” This connection is in part being developed through multimedia tools such as Facebook, Twitter, iPhone applications, online polls and surveys, and also more traditional methods such as lunch discussions with the community. “All of this is getting our content out in new ways, which is sort of what the entire industry is trying to do,” Banerjee added. Trotter pointed out that effective journalism is critical to building community. “The point of a long story is that it really takes you in-depth into an issue or a person so that you feel more connected with people around you,” Trotter said. “We are trying to publish stories that unite Stanford as a community and bring people closer to each other.” Titus described the personal satisfaction she gets from working with The Daily community. “You get to see these writers go from being brand new to taking stories, sometimes having trouble with them, but bouncing back,” Titus explained. “I just really like watching them do that. It’s all of the good things about The Daily multiplied through all these new people.” Contact Kathleen Chaykowski at

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Closeted Conservatism


et’s get one thing straight: I’m a liberal. Or,as my father likes to introduce me to his poker buddies (affectionately, I like to think), “This is my daughter. She’s a libtard.” For those of you who are unfamiliar with that phrase (as was I), it is derived from its original version, Paultard, as a word describing a strange, nebulotic fantasy land in which everything Ron Paul says is true, correct and can even balance the federal budget! A libtard is very similar to a Paultard, although replace libertarian with liberal and Ron Paul with Dennis Kucinich. Or, as Urban Dictionary so eloquently defines it, “The result when a tree hugger successfully mates with a tree and the offspring is born with an extra chromosome.” Alas, all social stratifications set aside, one of my inherent duties as a libtard is championing first-amendment rights and the importance of being open-minded to anyone and everyone who will hear it.After high school, I found myself snuggled quite comfortably among fellow libtards at Stanford University, where we could all merrily engage in vigorous debate about politics, the economy, abortion and gay rights. Oh, right. I guess I had forgotten that little detail. That is, when you all agree with each other,it isn’t really debate so much as congratulating yourselves on your own intellectual superiority for being able to outwit and outthink those dirty Republicans. Nonetheless, I enjoyed the political landscape of Stanford even more after Jonny Dorsey and Fagan Harris endorsed the No on 8 campaign and the ASSU set up a calling bank for the cause. When Gavin Newsom came to campus to support No on 8, I remember biking through White Plaza with an overwhelming sense of pride at my university, as purple shirts and rainbow flags abounded. “Look at how open, accepting and loving we are!” I thought.“If only everyone in the world could be as tolerant as us, the world would be a better place.” But as I biked about 20 feet further, I saw something that I hadn’t seen publicly or prominently displayed on campus since the “No on 8” campaign had begun. There they were, the 20 or so brave souls who had taken to the middle of White Plaza, clad in yellow shirts while silently clutching their yellow and blue “Yes on 8!” signs for dear life. I stopped and stared. And initially, I became quite upset. There were people at STANFORD who supported the Yes on 8 campaign? There were students at one of the most liberal, openminded institutions in the world, promoting political propaganda for one of the grossest human rights violations of our generation?! Didn’t they KNOW how close-minded they were being?! As I biked past these close-minded reactionaries, the smooth and steady pedaling of my pink-and-green bike, Giselle, gave my brain some space to evaluate the situation

Let’s try not to keep the conservatives locked in the closet, Stanford.
from a more even perspective. I recognized that, just by sheer probability, there had to have been some gay marriage opponents on campus. But in the flurry and excitement of the political activity of the previous few weeks, I realized that I hadn’t encountered a single Stanford student who had openly voiced their support for the ballot measure. The more I thought about it, I realized that perhaps the greater injustice was not that these 20 people supported Proposition 8, but the fact that for the past few weeks, I hadn’t seen, heard or even contributed to any sort of student debate on the issue at Stanford.Just as we were campaigning to make gay marriages more accepted in California, these “Yes-on-8” protestors were campaigning to make heterosexual-only marriages more accepted at Stanford. These brave souls exercised that day their freedom of speech, a fundamental human right, to campaign against the adoption of what I believed should be a fundamental human right: gay marriage. And although I didn’t agree with them, I found myself respecting their courage to voice their beliefs on a campus that, as a whole, was and still is vehemently opposed to anything and everything “Yes on 8.” Let’s try not to keep the conservatives locked in the closet, Stanford. Although you may not agree with their ideas or principles, it wouldn’t hurt any of us to stop congratulating ourselves on how open-minded we are, and start actually being open-minded. Aside from the fact that understanding and accepting contrasting political opinions is probably essential for that far-off land known as Life After Stanford, it will probably be more fun, too. What kind of self-respecting libtard is going to turn down a healthy political debate with a Paultard at Kairos’ Wine and Cheese night every other Wednesday?! And that, ladies and gentleman, is why we love democracy. If you were one of those ?Yes on 8?advocates that fateful day in White Plaza and want to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of gay marriage, holla at

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Why I Left Science


ast week, I had the pleasure of hearing from Bruce Alberts, former head of the National Academy of Sciences and the current editor of the journal Science, discuss science education and his own path in graduate school. After years of arduous work, he became the first person in the history of his department at Harvard to fail a dissertation defense. For most, their careers would be finished. Over the course of the next year, however, he found new mentors and new meaning in his work, and Alberts managed to earn his doctorate and eventually discover many of the proteins behind DNA replication. Today, his textbook is the “Bible” of the field. It is a wonderful success story, but few students manage to fail at the dissertation stage. They abandon science far earlier, when they are in grade school or when they take their first introductory university class. They leave before anyone knew they were there in the first place. How many students abandon the sciences like Alberts, but never had a mentor to bring them back? Allow me to speak from experience. I came to Stanford with two potential majors checked on the new student adviser sheet: biology and political science. I have managed to cover those areas well, but something changed over the past two years. I started taking political science classes when I arrived at Stanford, but by winter quarter, I had rekindled my interests in the life sciences. I had no idea that it was already too late — chemistry is only offered once a year. While it did not help that my adviser was a political science professor, I had no one to blame but myself. Chemistry is simply not a subject I will be exposed to during my time at Stanford. I decided to change my academic plans, enrolling in the Human Biology core.

Danny Crichton

HumBio was the first exposure to science I had at Stanford. In previous courses, I had an average class size of 16; now I was taking a class with more than 300 other students. Simultaneously that year, I talked with several faculty members in different science fields, asking questions about science and how I could be a part of it. Some were enthusiastic, but none ever encouraged me to continue my studies. I looked at the equation before me: large lecture classes with memorization-intensive coursework plus little support, plus little opportunity to be involved in science, equals bad Stanford education. So, I left. I grew up watching Star Trek, the last bastion of philosophical television before the reality revolution. I grew up with the passion to explore new frontiers, to discover the unknown, to boldly go where no one has gone before. I would never have thought that such a background would be so incompatible with my undergraduate science experience, nor would I have guessed that the professor who has taught me more about evidence and data would be a member of the History Department and not one of biology. Open inquiry is the very value that seems most lacking in Stanford’s science classes. Everything is so certain, the answers known, the work predictable. Kudos to the Biology Department for experimenting with its lab sequence this year. However, one course se-

quence among many just does not change the underlying dogma. As someone who wanted to know the laws of the world, I have come up just a little bit short. President Barack Obama has called for thousands of more students to enter STEM fields and become the innovative vanguard in the 21st century. He is up against enormous obstacles, but perhaps Stanford and other schools can start to make the process just a little easier. Here are some suggestions: First, create science classes for non-science majors. Berkeley has “Physics for Presidents,” a popular class that was recently published in book format. Stanford offers physics at different levels, but the value of mechanics equations is lost on most other majors. Focus instead on the big questions and the process of science. Second, increase support for students by increasing faculty interaction early on, reducing freshman year requirements and increasing the frequency of the courses offered. Having a little more flexibility coupled with the courses described above may actually attract new students to science fields. Finally, courses should build the scientific method into the curriculum and deemphasize rote memorization.There have been too many Academy reports about the quality of science education in this country. The problem is obvious; the solutions are known. There are no excuses now. I commend Bruce Alberts and other scientists who are trying to bring back the primacy of science education to our nation’s universities. Perhaps we will do right by the next generation. For me, I will boldly go in a different direction. Have your own science experience at Stanford (or elsewhere)? Send an e-mail to Danny Crichton at


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Men win home opener


Fields of Failure

11/15 vs. Cal Poly W 70-53

Routes to the Roses

Last Thursday, Stanford men’s basketball found something worth hanging onto: news that sophomore guard Jeremy Green would be reinstated in time for the team’s opener against San Diego. The guard averaged 6.4 points per game in 2008-09 and was Stanford’s secondleading shooter from long range, shooting 45.6 percent from behind the arc. In short, his return offered a much-needed offensive sidekick to Fields before Stanford took on San Diego away on Friday and Cal Poly at home on Sunday. But Green’s 13 points and senior Fields’ career-high 25 weren’t enough to lift the Card (1-1) over the Toreros (2-0), and Stanford fell, 77-64. The game stayed close throughout the first half, but with 2:28 to go, San Diego had earned the biggest advantage of the night at eight points. The Cardinal responded quickly, though, and a three-pointer by senior guard Emmanuel Igbinosa,followed by free throws,a block, and a jumper — all made by Fields — cut the margin to 35-32 before the break. Stanford shot 47.8 percent in the opening period, including four of eight threes, but scoring was far from shared, as Fields put up 14 of his own, followed next by senior guard Drew Shiller with six and Green with five. The Cardinal jumped to a 6-0 run to start the second half, taking a 38-35 lead at 17:19. San Diego then found a run of its own, silencing Stanford for the next three minutes of play and going ahead once again at 40-38. Although Stanford managed to hang on until the five-minute mark, defensive struggles plagued the Card and finally caused a collapse during the final minutes of play.Torero seniors De’Jon Jackson and Brandon Johnson each put up 18 points, and guard Chris Lewis added another 15. They helped San Diego shoot 52.6 percent on the game, while Stanford’s own shooting fell to 30.3 percent in the half and 37.5 for the game. Stanford failed to capitalize on other offensive opportunities as well — the Toreros earned 13 points to Stanford’s six off turnovers, and while Fields pulled down nine boards, the Card was outrebounded 40-33, contributing to an 11-6 disadvantage in second-chance scoring. Though the team struggled overall, Fields hopes that his continued production will soon offer a spark to the rest of the team. “Obviously, [my biggest adjustment this season has been] leadership,” Fields said. “We have a lot of inexperienced guys on the team, and I feel like if they can feed off me, it’s going to bring their games to a higher level. So, you know,it’s all about bringing them in each day in practice, every day of a game.” After the disappointing loss to start the season, the Cardinal came home looking to earn

11/18 Maples Pavilion 7:00 P .M. GAME NOTES: While few fans have high hopes for the
Cardinal men this season, Landry Fields led his squad to a convincing win at Stanford’s home opener, scoring 22 points. Next up for Stanford is the Cancun Challenge tournament, which it will begin at home tomorrow against the Golden Eagles of Oral Roberts University.


its first win for the season against the Mustangs (0-2). Improve it did, and Coach Johnny Dawkins was especially happy that the team found the defensive stride that it had lacked in San Diego. “I thought we played really well defensively,” Dawkins said. “That’s something we tried to work after we played at San Diego was our overall defense, rotations and on-ball defense, and our guys did a good job . . . I think our guys are coming together. Communication’s getting better and our defense is getting better.” The defensive effort for Stanford seemed to be the difference-maker against Cal Poly, which was held to 53 points in the Card’s 70-53 victory. Fields kicked things off by drawing a charge roughly a minute into the game, and then nailed a three to start the Cardinal offense. From there, Stanford jumped to an early 10point lead that lingered throughout the first half, thanks to scoring by Fields, Shiller and Green, with seven, eight and five points, respectively. But the rest of the team chipped in other ways, especially sophomore forward Andrew Zimmerman, who had two points and five rebounds before the break. Stanford tore open its lead halfway through the second period with a three by Jarrett Mann, a jumper by Elliott Bullock and free throws by Fields, which made the lead 18.With that, Stanford put the game out of reach for the Mustangs and never looked back. By the end of the contest, nine Cardinal players had the chance to play 10 minutes or more, and all of them added to Stanford’s offensive production. But it was Fields (per usual) out front for the Card again with 22 points and seven boards, and in doing so, the senior again hoped to raise the play of his teammates. “I want to go out there and help everybody out as well as myself,” Fields said. “It’s about

fter impressive victories over powerhouses Oregon and USC, Stanford football can still make the Rose Bowl — if things fall into place correctly. You’d have to be more clueless than Titans owner Bud Adams to not have heard this at some point in the post-USC mayhem. Most people, though, don’t know what has to happen for Stanford to make the Rose Bowl,or who would make it if Stanford does not. Currently, four Pac-10 teams are still alive for the coveted spot in The Granddaddy of Them All, and all have a reasonable chance at representing the Pac-10 against Ohio State on New Year’s Day. Surprisingly, for those on the East Coast who think the Pac-10 is USC and the Pac-9,Southern Cal is not among the aforementioned contenders.With the loss to Stanford — or should I say the embarrassing blowout to Stanford — the Trojans have been mathematically eliminated from contention for the Rose Bowl, so they will be hoping for the Sun Bowl this year. Instead, I’ll focus on those four teams with plans for Pasadena over the holidays. Let’s start with the Pac-10’s hottest team, a team that jumped from unranked to 17th in the BCS Standings. Despite its recent surge, Stanford still needs the most help of the four contenders to get to the Rose Bowl. First and foremost,though,the Cardinal must beat Cal this Saturday, or everything else becomes meaningless. This cannot be stressed enough, because for the first time this season, Stanford is gaining media attention and Cal is far too good a team to overlook. And in case there’s someone in Antarctica that doesn’t know, it’s a rivalry game, so anything can happen. Big Game always means a lot to both teams, but the Rose Bowl implications will only make the atmosphere that much more heated. Stanford is at home and favored by eight points and Cal is missing its Best player. Shane Vereen has been a very effective replacement for Jahvid Best, though, so Stanford will still be playing against a legitimate top-25 team.If Stanford can keep its momentum from winning three straight games and continue its home dominance (10 wins in its last 11 home games), the Cardinal should be able to put away the Golden Bears. Assuming Stanford regains the Axe, which again is not a trivial assumption, Stanford will finish 7-2 in Pac-10 play. After Big Game, the Cardinal will need to do its best “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” impression and root, root, root for the home team.That’s because Stanford needs three other teams to win in order to clinch a Rose Bowl berth and all three will be playing at home. First of all, the top two teams in the Pac-10 at the moment, Oregon and Arizona, will face off in Tucson with ESPN’s College Gameday on hand. Stanford’s only realistic shot at going to the Rose Bowl is for Arizona to beat Oregon at home. This result seemed a lot more likely before Arizona lost at Cal, but Arizona has a high-powered offense and should have a great homefield advantage. Currently, Oregon is


DYLAN PLOFKER/Staff Photographer

While many are skeptical that the Cardinal will be a competitive force this season, the team certainly gave fans something to cheer for in their first game at Maples Pavilion. Behind a 22-point effort from Landry Fields, the Card earned a solid victory over Cal Poly.
leading them in the right direction and in the right ways.” In reply, Shiller and sophomores Jack Trotter and Mann offered another 11, 10 and 10 points, respectively, and Dawkins commended their efforts after the game. “Drew played with a lot of poise,” Dawkins said. “He had opportunities to run our team, and he did a good job when he was in there. Jack played strong for us. [He] finished around the basket, he made his open looks and he got a few rebounds for us, so I thought both of the guys gave us good contributions.” But a win against Cal Poly is by no means the end of the road for Stanford. In fact, Dawkins already sees room for progress. “I didn’t think we executed as well offensively as I would like to have seen us do,” he said. “Our spacing wasn’t where I wanted it. I didn’t think we hit guys on time offensively; things that we have to do to become a very good basketball team . . . I thought we left points on the table from the standpoint of how we can run our offense more efficiently.” This early in the season, the Card has plenty of chances to improve this efficiency. The first one arrives on Wednesday as Stanford looks to make this a streak of home wins against Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. Contact Haley Murphy at


11/14 vs. USC L 13-12

Card takes tough OT loss to Trojans

It’s only one loss, but this one hurts. The No. 3 Stanford men’s water polo team (19-1, 6-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) fell in overtime to No. 1 USC 13-12 Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles,failing to wash away the sour taste left in its mouth after losing to the Trojans last year in the national title game. “Overall we played a solid game; nothing great,” said senior goalkeeper Jimmie Sandman. Against the defending national champions, anything less than great doesn’t cut it. “We had too many defensive breakdowns,”

said sophomore driver Travis Noll.“We let them score way too many goals.” For one of the few times all season, the Cardinal had to play from behind. USC scored before and after a goal from Stanford senior Janson Wigo to take a 2-1 lead at the end of the first period. Janson Wigo scored once again to momentarily tie the game, but the Trojans quickly tacked on two more goals to reclaim the lead. “It was kind of getting out the jitters early on,” Sandman said. “We made a few mistakes early in the first quarter and ended up getting down big. It’s definitely a testament to our toughness getting back into the game.” The Cardinal fought back to close the gap to

5-4 at halftime thanks to goals from senior Drac Wigo and freshman Paul Rudolph. In the third period, Sandman gave Stanford the opportunity it needed to knot up the game as the All-American goalie made seven of his 12 total saves in the period. Two more goals from Rudolph and one from redshirt freshman Travis Noll evened things up at seven heading into the final period. Neither team would budge in the fourth. The Trojans scored the first two goals of the period, and with the Cardinal defense looking tired and overworked, the game seemed to be slipping away. But Stanford came roaring back with three unanswered goals from Janson Wigo and Rudolph.

UP NEXT CAL (20-4)
11/21 Avery Aquatics Center 2:00 P .M.
Within the final four minutes of regulation, Stanford blew two separate one-goal leads, only to find itself down one with 10 seconds left to play. That’s when sophomore Jacob Smith was able to find the back of the net to send the game into overtime. In the two three-minute overtime periods, the Cardinal could not capitalize. “In overtime, you basically get six possessions and you have to make the most of them,”

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Card edged by Cal, looks to NCAAs

11/14 vs. CAL L 1-0

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The Cardinal’s solid season - a big turnaround from last year - concluded with a frustrating loss to rival Cal last weekend. Spirits remain high, however, as Stanford is set to play in its first NCAA Tournament game since 2002 on Thursday.

A positive regular season for the Stanford Cardinal (10-5-2,4-4-2 Pac-10) came to a bittersweet ending when the team dropped a hard-fought loss to the California Golden Bears on Saturday night by a final score of 1-0. With a physical style of play befitting any Stanford/Cal game, blows were given and received by both sides.Thirtytwo fouls were called and five yellow cards were passed out as players on both sides of the field fought for possession. “I think it was more than normal,but it wasn’t out of control, said Stanford Head Coach Brett Simon.“It was a very competitive game, although Stanford and Cal are typically on the low end of yellow cards during the season.”

11/19 Laird T. Cagan Stadium 7:00 P .M.
Cal (9-8-1, 3-6-1 Pac-10) exerted pressure early with high, deep balls into the Stanford end that forced defenders to make frequent clears.When they settled down, the game ended up being a fight for possession between the two teams.

“Both Cal and Stanford are typically possession-oriented teams,”Simon said. “They made it difficult for us to keep the ball. I think we had more possession, a few more shots, especially in the second half,but the game was very even.” The lone goal of the game came when Cal senior defender Jacob Wilson received a pass from Cal junior forward Andrew Wiedeman.Wilson then beat a Stanford defender and shot past senior goalkeeper John Moore for the score at the 21st minute.It was Wilson’s first goal of the season. “Our game plan changed a little bit after the goal,” said senior Captain Michael Strickland. “We man-marked everyone across the field because we felt like we were better than them man-toman and just pressured them everywhere. If everyone beats their player,

then we can create chances.” The strategy seemed to work. Stanford managed several strong opportunities on goal,especially in the second half. Stanford forward Adam Jahn had an early chance at a header,but Cal keeper David Bingham was there for the save. Stanford outshot Cal 7-3 in the second half, but Bingham played too well. He had five saves for the day to record his fourth shutout of the season. In a final push toward the end of regulation, Strickland passed across the goal to find Stanford midfielder/forward Dersu Abolfathi. His shot was deflected right at Bingham, who was able to make the save. “Losing to Cal is always rough,”says

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Field hockey’s dream season ends


The No. 14 Stanford women’s field hockey team ended its season this past weekend with a loss to Princeton in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The loss, however, does not take away from what has proven to be the Cardinal’s best season in school history (17-5, 5-1 NorPac). The club’s 17 wins on the season was a school record. The Cardinal also captured its third straight NorPac Conference crown and was a mainstay in the national rankings for over two months. After a thrilling overtime victory against Boston University in a play-in game last Tuesday, Stanford had plenty of momentum going into the first round of the tournament as it met up with Princeton over the weekend. However, the Cardinal’s luck ran out against the Tigers — the tournament’s No. 4 overall seed — as they shut out Stanford 4-0, marking the first time the Cardinal had been shut out the entire season. Stanford is now 0-9 in the NCAA tournament. This record is independent of the Cardinal’s 2-1 record in play-in games. Stanford’s normally high-powered offense, a major contribution to the Cardinal’s success the entire season, was stifled by the Tigers’ tough defense. Stanford was held to only four shots for the entire match, and the Princeton defense was able to neutralize two of Stanford’s largest offense threats, as junior Xanthe Travlos and freshman Becky Dru — the NorPac Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year, respectively — did not record a shot attempt during the entire match. Along with the 25-4 shot advantage on the match, the Tigers also edged the Cardinal 5-2 in penalty corners. The teams were locked in a scoreless tie for the majority of the first half. Princeton finally scored its first goal in the 30th minute when sophomore Katie Reinprecht found the back of the cage. Se-

nior Christina Bortz would score a quick goal with 17 seconds left in the first half to give the Tigers a commanding 2-0 lead after the first 35 minutes. The Tigers would add on two more goals in the second half, while the Cardinal would only record one shot attempt in the final 35 minutes. Stanford was lead by senior Midori Uehara, who recorded two shot attempts. Juniors Jaimee Erickson and Camille Ghandi each recorded a shot as well. Sophomore goalkeeper Alessandra Moss also had an impressive last outing, despite allowing the four Tiger goals. In the first half, Moss recorded 10 saves to keep the Cardinal in the game. She also denied Princeton’s shot on a penalty stroke in the second half, making her five for nine in penalty stroke chances in her first two years, one of the best marks in the nation. Despite the loss, the Cardinal has a lot of positives to consider at season’s end. Head Coach Lesley Irvine, the NorPac Coach of the Year for the second time in three years, noted her team’s accomplishments this season. “I am very proud of the way the team performed this season,” Irvine said. “The level of focus, hard work, talent and leadership was the key.” Stanford’s nationally ranked offense set singleseason school records in goals (87), assists (60), points (234) and shots (410). The Cardinal outscored its opponents 87-36 on the season and out shot them 410-220. Travlos, the NorPac offensive player of the year, led the Cardinal offense with 17 goals on the year, the most goals scored by a Stanford player since Sara Hallock’s 25 goals in 1993. Becky Dru also had an impressive season with 13 goals, 7 assists and 67 shots, numbers that garnered NorPac Rookie of the Year honors. Senior Nora Soza and Erickson both ended the season among the nation’s leaders in assists with 17 and 14 respectively. Saturday’s contest was the final game in Cardinal red for seniors Soza, Uehara, Rachel Bush,

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Harbaugh, Stanford close to deal
After mutually agreeing to postpone contract extension negotiations at the end of the last season due to the economy, Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby and Jim Harbaugh appear close to a deal that would keep the third-year football coach on the Farm through the 2014 season. Harbaugh is currently in the third season of a five-year deal,but his early success and rapid turn-around of the No. 14 Stanford football program has, in the eyes of Bowlsby if not the Cardinal community at large,deemed him worthy of a new contract. The terms agreed to last winter would give Harbaugh the most lucrative per-annum contract in Stanford history. If those specifics hold, then he would make $1.25 million per year. While Harbaugh shrugged off questions about contract negotiations immediately after the Cardinal’s 55-21 win over USC, he was more candid at Monday’s Big Game press conference. “I believe Mr. Bowlsby and I will have an announcement about [a new contract] in the not-too-distant future,” said Harbaugh. Harbaugh has also been the source of rumors since last winter, as both NFL franchises and traditional collegiate powerhouses have reportedly been interested in him; a new contract would theoretically improve Stanford’s chances of retaining his services. However, Harbaugh has expressed nothing but affection for the University,often reiterating his commitment to his players and the school’s academic mission, all while keeping his primary goal — to build a national title contender — in mind. “I love Stanford. I love Stanford football. I love the stadium, our tradition, our players, our coaches,” Harbaugh said Monday.“I hope I have the honor of coaching at Stanford for a very long time.”

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Despite a disappointing loss in the first round of national playoffs, Stanford’s field hockey season was packed with postives. The team broke the school record for wins and earned many individual recognitions, including a Rookie of the Year award for freshman Becky Dru (above).

Jennifer Luther, Marlana Shile and Rachel Mozenter. But their efforts, and the success of the 2009 campaign as a whole, will not be soon forgotten by the Cardinal as it looks to 2010. “They have helped to raise the bar for future teams,” Irvine said. Contact Alissa Haber at

McBride and James McGillicuddy often come in for the seven-man diesel packages. “It’s hard to give them too much love or too much respect,” Harbaugh said. “They’re playing physically and with confidence. Everyone benefits from the way they’re playing.” One of those benefactors is Luck, who rushed for 61 yards on seven carries: one went for a touchdown, four went for first downs.Only one,a zoneread on the scoring scamper, was designed. The rest were the result of good blocking and heads up play by the young signal caller. Luck’s internal clock is almost visible. His recognition of the defensive schemes and ability to step up in the pocket puts both run and pass on the table and is a talent generally unforeseen in freshman quarterbacks.Though certainly a drop-back passer, Luck is conscious enough to see when he has an opportunity to make a play with his feet — simply put, he’s opportunistic. This, combined with his mobility and speed, makes him remarkably tough to bring down. Luck seems to take sacks only when the pocket collapses from the snap and there is little else he can do, but given how the offensive line has played this year, such instances are rare.

Gerhart named Pac-10 Player of the Week
Senior running back Toby Gerhart was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for his performance against USC. It was the second week in a row that he won the award’s offensive honors. Gerhart added to his impressive season resume by running wild over the team that tried to recruit him solely as a fullback — he scored three touchdowns on 178 yards rushing and picked up nine yards on one reception. Senior cornerback Richard Sherman was nominated for defensive Pac-10 Player of the Week. He returned an interception for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to give Stanford a three-touchdown advantage.

Both squads running strong MWPOLO
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Men take West Regionals, women place third
BY JULIA BROWNELL and ANARGHYA VARDHANA The Stanford cross country teams came out with strong performances at the NCAA West Regionals on Saturday, with the men and women taking first and third,respectively. The men continued their seasonlong dominance with a huge win. The Cardinal claimed the top three finishing spots as Chris Derrick and Elliott Heath crossed the line with near identical times of 30 minutes, 38 seconds, followed closely by Justin Maripole-Bird at 30:42. Brendan Gregg in 10th and Miles Unterriener in 13th rounded out the scoring for Stanford. The Cardinal recorded a stunning 27 points to University of Portland’s 84 and Oregon’s 109, completely blowing out the competition. The team didn’t attribute this dominance to an outlandish run on its part, but rather attributed the extent of the victory to the lackluster performance of its competitors. “I don’t feel like we ran out of our minds, or something we couldn’t replicate,” Derrick said. “Some people just faded down the stretch.” The men ran with apparent ease, with Derrick and Heath breaking away from the pack down the stretch and Maripole-Bird edging out UCSB and University of Portland’s top runners near the finish line. The runners took this as a fun 10,000 meters in preparation for their national championship run in Indiana on Monday. “[It was] pretty relaxed,” Derrick said.“It’s not often you get to enjoy the 10K in cross country.Most of the time it hurts too much,but this time we did.” Even in the win,the men were down one runner as season-long scorer Jake Riley sat the race out due to injury in order to prepare for nationals. However, the team still performed in top form due to the incredible depth of scorers. “We’re confident with the depth of our team this year,” Heath said. “We weren’t worried.” The men’s team clinched an automatic bid to nationals with this win and look to be riding a smooth record of wins this season into the championships. Stanford, ranked No. 1 in the nation, will be the outright co-favorite for a national title alongside Oklahoma State. “We’re riding a really good momentum train thus far,”Derrick said. The women had a successful meet as well, placing third with 94 points, right behind No. 1 Washington and No. 5 Oregon.With two of their top runners, freshman Kathy Kroeger and senior Kate Niehaus, back and healthy, the women were able to show their prowess as a top running program. The Cardinal women were led by sophomore Stephanie Marcy, who has been enjoying a consistently great season.Marcy is currently the team’s No.1 runner, a first time for the Washington native. Marcy completed the course with a time of 21:09.67. Freshman Alex Dunne was the next runner to earn points for the team, finishing in 15th place with a time of 21:21.08. Dunne was followed by Niehaus in 17th with a time of 21:24.65, and Kroeger in 19th with a time of 21:27.74. The last person to score for

Sandman said.“We didn’t.” USC scored the lone goal in overtime, securing its 13-12 victory. The silver lining in the defeat is that Stanford knows it can play with the top-ranked Trojans. It’s simply a matter of eliminating unnecessary errors. “We didn’t execute well,” Noll said. “We have to work on getting back and just play fundamental water polo.” While the loss obviously does not help Stanford’s chances at winning a national championship, it does not hurt them too badly, either. Stanford will finish its regular season this Saturday against Cal and then head into the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament the following weekend. If the Cardinal loses to Berkeley,it will have to win the MPSF tournament to advance into the championship tournament. If Stanford wins, a loss in the tournament may not be deadly. The Stanford players are not thinking of the different playoff scenarios, though. “All we can do is control how we play,” Sandman said. “We’ve got six games left and we want to go on a sixgame winning streak.” The Cardinal will do its best to forget this game and prepare for Berkeley, but with local and national media in a frenzy over Stanford football’s performance in the Coliseum, it will be tough to totally move on. Even with the constant reminders on the game that could have been, Stanford must focus on the season that can still be. It begins this Saturday at 2 p.m. at Avery Aquatic Center.
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Offensive line, instincts keep Luck on his feet
Among the Cardinal’s many impressive offensive statistics, few are more buried than sacks allowed per game. Currently, Stanford ranks second in the nation in that category, giving up just 0.6 sacks per contest. The two main reasons:stellar offensive line play and the football intelligence of quarterback Andrew Luck. There is no better example than the recent victory over then-No. 11 USC. Against an aggressive offensive front, the relatively young Cardinal line, which counts two redshirt freshmen among its starters, persevered for the entire 60 minutes. From Jonathan Martin pulling from his left tackle slot to Andrew Phillips mauling defenders at left guard, Stanford’s blockers kept Luck on his feet. Though not highly touted at the beginning of the year,the line has embodied Harbaugh’s bluecollar work ethic — they dubbed themselves the TWU, or the Tunnel Workers Union — and has emerged as clearly the best unit in the conference. It’s deep, too, as reserves Bert

Woods selected as honorary captain for Big Game
All-world golfer and former Stanford student Tiger Woods has been named the honorary captain for this Saturday’s Big Game.Woods will also be inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame. He attended Stanford from 1994-1996, but did not graduate, as he instead elected to move on to the professional circuit. He has since excelled: Woods is the current No. 1 player in the world and 14-time major champion, and he heads back to the Farm after winning the Australian Masters last weekend. He will participate in the coin toss and speak to the team before the game. Harbaugh has placed an emphasis on honorary captains this season, as they have done everything from giving motivational speeches to leading the Cardinal in cheers. Contact Wyndam Makowsky at

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favored by about five on the road, but the Ducks were also favored by five against Stanford on the road and we all remember how that turned out. If Stanford and Arizona take care of business this week, the Cardinal will have to wait nearly two weeks to find out its Rose Bowl chances (Stanford’s only other regular season game is against Notre Dame, which does not count in the Pac-10 standings). On Dec. 3, a Thursday night, Oregon and Oregon State will battle in the Civil War at Autzen Stadium in Eugene. Stanford needs Oregon to beat Oregon State to stay alive in the Rose Bowl race. Then, Stanford needs USC to beat Arizona on the fifth, unless Arizona State pulls the upset over Arizona the week beforehand. The Cardinal needs all these results to clinch a Rose Bowl bid, unless Washington State pulls the new biggest upset ever and defeats Oregon State this Saturday. Seeing as how the Cougars have not led in regulation this entire year (their only win was in triple overtime over SMU), I’m not counting on help from them. In summary,Stanford needs to beat Cal and have Arizona beat Oregon, Oregon beat Oregon State, and either USC or Arizona State beat Arizona. That is a lot that needs to go right for Stanford, but each matchup is reasonable, and again, every team Stanford needs to win is a home team. If Stanford beats Cal and everything else doesn’t quite work out, the Cardinal is likely looking at the Holiday Bowl, where it would likely take on Nebraska or Oklahoma State. The other teams have much simpler scenarios to make the Rose Bowl.

Oregon is in first place in the Pac10 and controls its own destiny. The Ducks simply need to win their final two games, at Arizona and vs. Oregon State, and they will head to Pasadena. Oregon could also win in a tiebreaker if it loses to Arizona or Oregon State, but those scenarios involve Arizona and Stanford losing or Washington State beating Oregon State, which are both unlikely.

As the season draws to a close, both cross country squads are looking in fine form. The men continued their dominant season by taking first place in the West Regional Championships, while the women finished third.

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Strickland.“We were asleep for the first 20 minutes and they rushed the game. Of course it hurts.” The disappointment of the loss doesn’t take away any of the credit that is due to this year’s team.The Cardinal reached a double-digit win total for the first time since 2002.The team leads the conference in shutout percentage (0.44) and achieved a season-high ranking of 17 in the NSCAA poll. Saturday was Senior Night for four important players on the team.Michael Strickland, John Moore, Evan Morgan and T.J. Novak all played their last regular season game and will be graduating after this season. “I think the guys have fought so hard every game, and every game has been so challenging,”Simon said. “I don’t want to look back yet,” Strickland said.“We still have the most important part of the season coming up. So far,it’s been a great ride.In the middle of the stretch, when we went on a five-game winning streak,it really set us up for a tough Pac-10 schedule. Hopefully all that preparation will show in the postseason.” Stanford was chosen to play Saint Mary’s this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Cagan Stadium in the first round of NCAA play. Contact Will Seaton at

Arizona also has a clear run at the Rose Bowl. The Wildcats need to win their final three games, vs. Oregon, at Arizona State and at USC, and they will make their first ever Rose Bowl appearance.

MEN’S 11/14 West Regional Championship 1st 27 points
GAME NOTES: The Cardinal men, currently No. 1 in the nation, continued their dominant season by taking the top spot in the West Regional Championships last weekend. Chris Derrick and Elliott Heath finished in first and second place, respectively. The Card now look toward winning Stanford’s fifth NCAA title in the upcoming Championships.

Oregon State
Oregon State, despite starting out slowly again,has a very good chance at sneaking to the top of the Rose Bowl standings. Oregon State needs to win its final two games, at Washington State and at Oregon, and have Arizona lose one of its final three games. This result is very possible, and due to Oregon State’s tiebreaker over Stanford, the Beavers would represent the Pac-10. My personal feeling is that this race could really go any of the four ways. Stanford definitely has a lot to be excited about, but its come-from-ahead loss against Arizona exactly one month ago might prevent the Cardinal from reaching its first Rose Bowl in a decade. First things first, though, Stanford needs to regain the Axe before it can dream of roses. Jacob Jaffe will be cheering for USC for the first time in his life on Dec. 5. Send him Benedict Arnold messages at

WOMEN’S 11/14 West Regional Championship 3rd 94 points
GAME NOTES: While their male counterparts have been at the top the nation for most of the season, the women’s cross country squad is just hitting its stride. After earning a No. 14 ranking with their solid performance last weekend, the Cardinal women should be in fine form for the upcoming NCAA Championships.
Stanford was sophomore Georgia Griffin, who placed 34th with a time of 21:55.18. Alex Gits,a season-longer scorer on the team, was a last minute scratch and did not run. Kristin Reese ran in her place and finished 102nd. The meet was successful because the Stanford women were able to utilize each other for support throughout the race. “Many of us were able to run together in pairs and help motivate one another as the race progressed,”Dunne said.“Not only is this form of pack running intimidating, but it also demoralizes other runners when they are passed by two girls in the same uniform.” Next up for the team will be the final competition of the season, the NCAA Cross Country Championships in Terra Haute, Ind., on Nov. 23. Currently ranked No.14 in the nation,the women have a lot to prove at the championships. However, Dunne asserts, “an arbitrary number determined by a group of cross country ‘experts’ will never define the team,” and “only the team knows how talented we truly are.” Contact Julia Brownell at and Anarghya Vardhana at

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