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February 11, 2010
                     The Stanford Daily                                      An Independent Publication
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Volume 237
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Issue 9

Munger finds money error
              Residence staff troubled by discrepancies with
                                credit union
          By ELLEN HUET                  engineering and medical school grad-     tions before deposit, further compli-
           DESK EDITOR                   uate student.                            cating the process of finding those 90
                                             Nguyen expressed concern that        cents.
    Ninety cents isn’t much money in     the problem could affect other stu-          Nguyen said she received conflict-
the scheme of a Stanford dorm budg-      dent groups who handle finances          ing answers from SFCU when she
et — but when a Munger treasurer         through SFCU, especially if they are     tried to track down the source of the
noticed a discrepancy of that amount     less diligent about their bookkeeping.   error.
during her recent review of the resi-        “Most groups just toss all their         “[SFCU] talked like they knew
dence’s banking records, she began to    receipts into a box,” she claimed.       what they were saying, and then
worry.                                       According to Nguyen, the three       called me back and retracted their
    An Nguyen, a treasurer and com-      checks were each written from            statements,” she said.
munity assistant in the Munger grad-     Munger’s account to reimburse other          Tuohey said the SFCU staff with
uate residence, saw that three checks    Munger community assistants and          whom the Munger staff member
written fall quarter from the Munger     were deposited at banks between          spoke may not have been clear on the
Graduate Residence’s joint account       Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, 2009.                situation.
with the Stanford Federal Credit             Two of the check amounts were            Because the three checks were
Union (SFCU) were deposited in           rounded down to the nearest dollar       deposited at three different banks,
payees’ accounts in slightly lower       upon deposit, and the third was debit-   Nguysen said she considers it unlike-
amounts than those for which the         ed as 10 cents less than the written     ly that the problem stems from the
checks were written — 90 cents short,    amount.                                  depositing banks. Another Munger
in total.                                    SFCU’s chief operating officer,      treasurer, Jeff Peterson, seconded the
    Though the difference is small, it   Sam Tuohey, insisted that the deposit-   difficulty in locating the source of the
has Munger staff worried about           ing banks, not SFCU, were responsi-      discrepancy.
banking with the credit union, where     ble for the transaction discrepancies.       “Without knowing all the steps
173 student-related groups, including    He noted that SFCU is “unable to         that happen between the deposit of a                                                                                                   MASARU OKA/Staff Photographer
50 residences, do business.              tell” which banks received the checks.
    “If you add it up, it can grow           Tuohey also said the checks would                                               Munger treasurers found small discrepancies in transaction values for three checks written in fall quarter from the resi-
quickly,” said Nguyen, a mechanical      have passed through several institu-           Please see SFCU, page 3              dence’s account with Stanford Federal Credit Union (SFCU). SFCU manages accounts for 173 student-related groups.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  STUDENT GOV’T
                                                                           SPEAKERS & EVENTS
                                                                                                                                                                                                  GSC revamps
    Sachs mixes laughs, human rights                                                                                                                                                              special fees,
                     By CAITY MONROE

       After surviving months of solitary confinement, los-
    ing an arm in a car bombing and fighting against one of
                                                                    “A society that takes itself too seriously risks bot-
                                                                tling up its tensions,” he added.
                                                                    Sachs started his involvement in the anti-apartheid
                                                                movement as a 17-year-old in South Africa and spent
                                                                                                                               1994 by Nelson Mandela and retired in October 2009.
                                                                                                                                  Sachs told The Daily that his position as a white
                                                                                                                               male gave him a special role in demonstrating that the
                                                                                                                               anti-apartheid effort was more than just about race.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  group funding
    the most oppressive regimes in recent history, former       much of his life defending those charged under racist             “It was a struggle of principals and values . . . a just
    South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs      statues and discriminatory security laws. He was                                                                                  New internal auditor is hired for
    has sufficient cause for a less-than-optimistic disposi-    appointed to South Africa’s Constitutional Court in                           Please see SACHS, page 3
    tion.                                                                                                                                                                                         student group financial regulation
       Yet in a lecture he gave Wednesday as part of the
    Stanford Center on Democracy, Development and
    Rule of Law’s new Program on Human Rights, he                                                                                                                                                              By ELIZABETH ROSEN

                                                                   “One thing that
    proved that his optimism and sense of humor have                                                                                                                                                           CONTRIBUTING WRITER
    remained intact throughout his lifelong battle against
    apartheid in South Africa.                                                                                                                                                                       Wednesday’s Graduate Student Council (GSC)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  meeting ran the gamut of issues, from special fees
       Although his 15 years as a judge on the
    Constitutional Court of South Africa have been
    marked by socially progressive decisions, his lecture
                                                                   really worries                                                                                                                 policy to campaign spending caps for ASSU exec-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  utive races to the appointment of an internal audi-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  tor for student group finances.
    “Does the Law Have a Sense of Humor?” focused
    mainly on his lifelong advocacy for the power of
       Addressing a crowd of students, faculty and commu-
                                                                   me about the                                                                                                                   Special Fees and Funding Abuse
                                                                                                                                                                                                      In an effort to increase fiscal responsibility in
    nity members in the Bechtel Conference Center, Sachs
    relayed anecdotes on using humor to combat the dark-
    er times in his life.
                                                                   international                                                                                                                  student groups, the council approved $500 to pay a
                                                                                                                                                                                                  new internal auditor, Julia Guo, to investigate pos-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  sible abuse of funds by student groups. She will
       He recounted a moment in 1988 when he awoke in
    a hospital, learned that he had been the target of a car
    bomb and that his arm was in “lamentable condition”
                                                                   human rights                                                                                                                   work at a rate of $100 per investigation, and will be
                                                                                                                                                                                                  hired on a case-by-case basis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Following concern over record numbers of stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  dents requesting special fees refunds, council
    — and reacted by telling himself a joke.
       “Humor was a big part of [the anti-apartheid
    activists’] struggle,” he said. “We needed it to cope.”
                                                                   movement                                                                                                                       members voted unanimously to strike the current
                                                                                                                                                                                                  joint bylaw that says the SUID numbers of stu-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  dents requesting special fee refunds may be
       Sachs’ reliance on and admiration for humor was a
    prevailing theme throughout his lecture. He cited a
    court case in which he supported the “Laugh it Off” T-
                                                                   is that it’s so                                                                                                                released. The council plans to create an alternate
                                                                                                                                                                                                  system, possibly allowing the release of a list of
                                                                                                                                                                                                  students’ names instead.
    shirt company, which sold shirts displaying an altered
    version of a South African Brewery’s logo and criti-
    cized their racist labor policies.
       The former justice defended the use of humor, say-
                                                                   damn serious.”                                                                                                                     Additionally, two bills relating to special fees
                                                                                                                                                                                                  refund rates were approved at the meeting. The
                                                                                                                                                                                                  first, the refund bill, shortens the refund request
    ing, “Laughter was being used to resist ideological                                                                                                                                           period from three to two weeks and could allow
    hegemony and advancing human dignity.”                                 — ALBIE SACHS                                                                                                          the ASSU to respond faster to budget changes.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      The second, the buffer bill, moves to try spend-
       Sachs stressed that his message was pertinent not
    just to South Africa, but to the global community as                                                                                                                                          ing some of the money currently in the refund
    well.                                                                                                                                                 VIVIAN WONG/Staff Photographer          buffer funds in response to some special fees
       “One thing that really worries me about the inter-       Former South African Constitutional Court Justice Albie Sachs emphasizes the importance of humor and                              groups’ nervousness about high refund rates.
    national human rights movement is that it’s so damn         optimism when dealing with issues of human rights. Sachs served as a justice on the court from 1994 to 2009.                          The funding committee also extended the
    serious,” he said. “It’s pretty gloomy.”                                                                                                                                                      deadline for response from a group president or
                                                                                                                                                                                                  CFO suspected of funding misuse from 48 hours to
                                                                                                                                                                                                  one week.

STUDENT LIFE                                                                                                                                                                                      ASSU Executive Update
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ASSU President David Gobaud, a co-terminal

Students weigh in on Google’s newest “Buzz”
                                                                                                                                                                                                  student in computer science, called Tuesday’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                  changes to Cardinal Care by the University “phe-
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Starting Sept. 1, Cardinal Care, an optional
                                                                                                                                                                                                  health insurance plan for Stanford students, will
                                                                                                                                                                                                  decrease four percent in cost and require that
Opinions remain mixed on newly                      engine giant founded by two Stanford stu-
                                                    dents, on Tuesday fixed its eyes on breaking
                                                                                                            “Increasingly, it’s becoming hard-
                                                                                                         er and harder to make sense and find                                                     summer months be included in a buyer’s plan; it
released social networking tool                     into the social networking scene with its
                                                    newest feature: Buzz, which the company bills
                                                                                                         the signal in the noise,” said Bradley
                                                                                                         Horowitz, Google’s vice president of prod-
                                                                                                                                                                                                  will also cover transgender surgery. The University
                                                                                                                                                                                                  also offered a dependent health care plan on
                                                    as “a new way to start conversations” in Gmail       uct management, at a press conference                                                    Tuesday, the first of its kind since 2006.
              By KATE ABBOTT                        by sharing status updates, photos, videos and        Tuesday announcing the new application.                                                     “[It’s] the best news of the year,” Gobaud said.
                 DESK EDITOR                        content from other Web sites like Twitter and           At Stanford, RJ Walsh ‘11, a resident                                                    Gobaud also announced a goal of capping
                                                    Flickr.                                              computer consultant (RCC) in Cedro, said he                                              spending in races for ASSU executive positions.
   For Stanford users of the ubiquitous Gmail,         Buzz, which now appears in Gmail users’           was “a little disappointed” with Google’s                                                The ASSU have developed two options: a limit of
there’s a new buzzword in town.                     left-hand menu, was made accessible to all                                                                            BECCA DEL MONTE/
   Google, the Mountain View-based search           users this week.                                                Please see BUZZ, page 3                                  The Stanford Daily                 Please see GSC, page 3

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                  SO                    THIS IS THE
             By FEDERICO DE LA BALZE                                    all kiss and hug at midnight.’ There are also fireworks
                                                                        and parties.”
                                                                            Whereas celebrations on Dec. 31 are homogenous

           ireworks, dinners and parties. That’s essentially            with the rest of the global world, Puerto Rico has anoth-
           New Year’s Eve for most Stanford students                    er unique holiday in the summer to mark the passage of
           and for most of the globalized world.                        time.
                                                                            “We do crazier stuff for other occasions,” she added.
                                                                        “On San Juan Day, people throw themselves backward
    Ushering in the New Year with a bang isn’t just an                  in a body of water seven times to have good luck for the
American tradition. In major cities around the world                    rest of the year.”
from Hong Kong to Dubai, the New Year consists of                           Nishant Parekh ‘13, a native of Mumbai, declaimed
extensive displays of fireworks and classy partying.                    some of the realities of life in India and the dangers of
Many international students at the Farm celebrated the                  Mumbai during the New Year.
New Year overseas.                                                          “It’s so easy to get away from the cops in India that
    “In Hong Kong, you have a huge skyline that just                    there is much drunk driving,” Parekh said.“People pret-                                                                                                                Photo courtesy of Julie Saffarian
lights on fire,” said Masato Kuok ‘13. “You have fire-                  ty much pay the cops a few dollars and get away with it.
works on the harbor and on buildings,” he said. “The                    When they ask for your license, you slip a bill under the                    Tara Hasan ‘13 (left) and Julie Saffarian ‘13 spent the New Year in Dubai. A significant portion of Stanford
most popular is the IFC building where the fireworks go                 license and you can go.”                                                     students celebrated the New Year in different spots around the globe, from Mumbai to Hong Kong. This
from bottom to top in the countdown. I watched the                          Puerto Rico also has some New Year’s troublemakers.                      weekend, the Farm is recreating the cultural activities of Chinese New Year for its on-campus celebration.
countdown on the 31st and partied [on] the rooftop of a                     “A negative thing about New Year’s in Puerto Rico
building next to IFC.”                                                  is that some idiots shoot into the air and bullets come                      celebrated sometime between January and February,            what Chinese culture is about,” said Yuankai Ge, a grad-
    Dubai, despite having experienced a tough year                      down crashing from the sky,” Rodriguez said.                                 depending on the year.                                       uate student in electrical engineering and co-president
financially, welcomed the New Year in style.                                “In the metropolitan areas, we tend to stay indoors                         “Since the Lunar Chinese New Year is in February,         of the Association of Chinese Students and Scholars at
    “New Year in Dubai was amazing!” said Julie                         because we don’t want bullets crashing on our heads,”                        celebrating New Year on New Year’s Eve is more of a          Stanford (ACSSS), one of the student groups organiz-
Saffarian ‘13. “Dubai is pretty intense. They try and                   she added in a joking manner. “It really isn’t that bad                      thing for young people,” said Vincent Chen ‘10, who          ing the event. “This year, we have 12 different perform-
make it really big. Everything is big there.The fireworks               though.”                                                                     spent Dec. 31 in Taipei. “Most of the Taiwanese still con-   ances, including drama, dancing and wushu.”
were really amazing.”                                                       In Bangladesh, according to Rajendra Kumar ‘10,                          sider the Lunar New Year to be the official New Year.”           Celebrations matter. They reflect a sense of identity
    However, not everyone celebrates New Year’s Eve                     Dec. 31 has little relevance and is not widely celebrated.                      The Stanford community is not insulated from the          and remind us that the struggle to compromise the glob-
in the same way or even at the same time. Cultural dif-                     “Most people in Bangladesh really don’t care about                       local cultures of its students and faculty. This coming      al and the local is at our doorstep even here at Stanford.
ferences, quirky traditions and national realities color                the 31st of December,” Kumar said. “New Year is a very                       Sunday, several groups on campus are co-hosting the              “Last week I attended a meeting with all the student
the celebration and reinforce national identities around                western thing. Our New Year is on April 14. Bangladesh                       “Stanford Chinese New Year Party.”                           association leaders,” Ge added. “There are about 40
the world.                                                              in that way is insulated from the global culture.”                              No, it’s not your usual New Year party — there will       countries or regions represented and they were all plan-
    Puerto Rico offers a rich example of how traditional                    Now, a little more than a month after we’ve kissed                       be no fireworks, no drinks, no frenzied parties. It is,      ning their own holidays. It’s great, people can then
celebration can coexist with the western ritual of party                away 2009, a different New Year is upon us: Chinese                          instead, a popular cultural event that year after year       explore other cultures and see [Stanford] as a global vil-
and fireworks.                                                          New Year, meaning a whole series of cultural celebra-                        attracts over 700 people from Stanford and the Bay           lage. This is what we hope.”
    “We’ve been Americanized in many ways,” said Sara                   tions.                                                                       Area.
Rodriguez ‘13. “For example, with the whole, ‘Oh let’s                      In Taiwan, as in China, the New Year is traditionally                       “It’s our chance to show the Stanford community           Contact Federico de la Balze at

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GSC                                                                                                                        BUZZ
                                           recycling and trash bins at the Axe     Nominations Committee will go live                                                to separate itself from current               Although disappointed, Walsh
                                           and Palm, Russo Cafe at Munger          in the next few days.                                                             social networking sites.                   said to take initial feelings “with a
                                           and Union Square at Tresidder,              The GSC also announced that                                                      “It figures out your social net-        grain of salt.” Both he and Balian
Continued from front page                  Gobaud reported, and is trying to       Stanford will not be renewing its       Continued from front page                 work for you,” he said. “This com-         agreed that new features would
                                           expand to Treehouse, CoHo and           membership with the National                                                      bats the initial ‘building a social net-   probably help better define Buzz
                                           Ray’s.                                  Association        of     Graduate-                                               work’ issue by adding people in —          and establish its long-term presence
$2,000 where the candidate can still          The State of the Association is      Professional Students (NAGPS).          newest product.                           you don’t frustrate users who don’t        in social networking.
use $750 from public financing, or         slated for Feb. 18.                         “This group has a bad reputation        “It’s still kind of early to tell,    want to go through the process of
an expansion of public financing to           The executives have also been        in [Washington] D.C.,” said GSC         but at this point, it’s really just       finding friends over and over              Contact Kate Abbott at kmabbott
$1,000 for each candidate with a           interviewing applicants for the Haiti   financial officer Ryan Peacock. The     adding a social network to the list       again.”                          
total cap of $2,500, combined with         relief “czar” position, which they      council decided the $500 member-        of networks I’m already on,” he
an increase of required petition sig-      said would pay $500 for the year and    ship costs would be better spent        said. “We’ll have to wait and see if
natures from 200 to 400.                   be responsible for coordination of      sending individual Stanford repre-      it adds any real value for me in the
   Partially in response to a lack of      Stanford fundraising for future dis-    sentatives to lobby in the capital.     future. As of right now, it’s one
precedent, the council established         asters, too.                                The GSC also approved funding       more thing to add to the equa-
and unanimously approved a                                                         at Wednesday’s meeting for events       tion.”
process for the replacement of the         Other Business                          sponsored by the Hindu Students             Conspicuously missing are
ASSU vice president in the event              The Board of Judicial Affairs has    Association, the Persian Students       updates from Facebook, Google’s
that the current vice president            a new opening in spring quarter, for    Association, Atheists, Humanists,       top competitor in the social net-
vacates for any reason, allowing the       which Tommy Tobin ‘10 has been          and Agnostics and the Organization      working field, thus calling into
president to make an appointment           nominated. Interviews for the           of International Health.                question how successful the Gmail
subject to legislative approval.           Stanford Student Enterprises board                                              feed will be, as Facebook boasts 400
   The zero-percent waste program          of directors will take place over the   Contact Elizabeth Rosen at ejrosen@     million members worldwide.
has seen the installation of compost,      next few weeks, and applications for                               “As far as offering you features,
                                                                                                                           they didn’t really do anything that
                                                                                                                           Facebook and Twitter haven’t

SFCU                                                                               SACHS
                                                                                                                           already done,” Walsh said.
                                                                                                                               Rob Balian ‘11, the RCC in

Continued from front page
                                            “If you add [the                       Continued from front page
                                                                                                                           Jerry, began using Buzz on
                                                                                                                           Wednesday. He said he finds Buzz
                                                                                                                           different because Web sites such as
                                                                                                                           Facebook and Twitter require the
check and the transfer of funds, it’s
really difficult to nail down what
                                            error] up, it can                      struggle to transform the society,”
                                                                                   he said.
                                                                                                                           “incremental work” of finding
could have gone wrong,” Peterson                                                       Those in attendance reacted to          “On Facebook, there are the 10
wrote in an e-mail to The Daily.                                                   the message — and to Sachs him-         to 20 percent of friends that you
   Because of the accounting prob-
lems, Munger has switched to PayPal
                                              grow quickly.”                       self — very favorably.
                                                                                       “I just wanted to see him,” said
                                                                                                                           actually talk to, and the rest are ran-
                                                                                                                           dom people that you don’t really
to route reimbursements electroni-                                                 international policy masters stu-       care what they post,” Balian said.
                                                                                                                               Buzz sends posts directly to the
cally. Peterson hopes an electronic
payment system will “reduce the risk
                                                 — AN NGUYEN,                      dent Sandile Hlatshwayo, who
                                                                                   came to hear about Sachs and his        user’s inbox and recommends posts
of bank errors in the future.”                   Munger treasurer                  life story. “It’s a once in lifetime    from people outside of one’s
   According to Tuohey, SFCU is set                                                experience to be around great-          Internet social circle. A mobile ver-
to meet Thursday with Munger staff                                                 ness.”                                  sion is also available.
and other involved parties to address      sonable issue, and it happened close        Shadi Bushra ‘12, attended out          Balian said that Buzz is easy
the problem.                               to home.”                               of interest for South Africa and        because it sends posts directly to
   Laurette Beeson, assistant dean            Despite the discrepancy and its      Africa in general.                      one’s inbox, and that Google has
for graduate life, wrote in an e-mail to   implications for other groups,              “I had heard he was part of the     done “a pretty good job” knowing
The Daily that she does not have           Peterson doesn’t think much will        anti-apartheid movement and             who he will care about.
“any reason to believe there is a sys-     change overall in future student        wanted to see him,” he said. “I was         “All my friends are already on
tematic problem that affects other         group-SFCU relations. He said           not disappointed — he’s quite a         [Buzz],” he said. “I follow people
residences.”                               Munger staff on their own have          character.”                             that I care about and chat with the
   Michael Albada ‘11, Haus                begun limiting their use of SFCU            Mia Newman ‘12, agreed that it      most, and they’re already posting
Mitteleuropa’s financial manager,          checks and are considering switching    was an inspirational talk, and one      stuff.”
also handles his residence’s finances      to a different bank.                    that carried a very necessary, yet          He said he anticipates that Buzz
through an account at SFCU. He                “A good treasurer should be bal-     often overlooked, message.              will play a large role for users look-
explained that he keeps his own            ancing the budget and accounting for        “It’s easy for [the human rights    ing to use a social network solely
records and only checks the amounts        credits and debits anyway,” Peterson    community] to take ourselves too        for tightly-knit groups.
with SFCU at the beginning and end         said. “As long as the treasurers do     seriously and forget that we’re             “It’s a nice thing for your very
of each quarter.                           their jobs, I don’t foresee any major   fighting for humanity,” she said.       close social network, when you’re
   “If there were a small deviation, I     changes.”                               “And the best part of humanity is       not really looking to expand your
would probably find it, but it might          “However, if SFCU continues to       joy and laughter . . . it’s important   social network, but looking to keep
be tricky,” Albada said.                   be a source of problems, then we may    to keep that in perspective.”           in touch with what you’ve already
   “Even though it’s a small amount,       push harder for change,” he added.                                              got,” Balian added.
I think it’s important that people                                                 Contact Caity Monroe at cmonroe@            Walsh agreed that the auto-fol-
remain careful,” he added.“It’s a rea-     Contact Ellen Huet at ehuet@stan-                           low feature is the best way for Buzz
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       USA!,” Sarah Palin trumpeted Ameri-                 the Tea Party movement, and even main-                       Glenn Frankel                               Amy Julia Harris                                                                    Masaru Oka
       ca’s position as “that shining city on a            stream conservatism,is driven by nostalgia for                                                           Managing Editor of Features              Nikhil Joshi
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hill” to the National Tea Party Convention,                the nostalgia of the Reagan era. As Palin told                                                                                                    Strategy Director
while repeatedly wishing the late Ronald Rea-              her supporters, Reagan’s “spirit lives on” in                                                            Annika Heinle                                                                       Jane LePham
                                                                                                                        Michael Londgren
gan — the man behind this famous quote — a                 the political consciousness of the present. To                                                           Managing Editor of Intermission          Wyndam Makowsky                            Copy Editor
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happy birthday. One of the saddest aspects of              many conservatives today, Reagan represents                                                              Masaru Oka                                                                          Becca del Monte
Palin’s speech was the feeling that, for her and           the ultimate vindication of their ideologies —               Bob Michitarian                             Managing Editor of Photography           Kamil Dada                                 Graphics Editor
her supporters, America today is the same                  he cut taxes, boosted the economy and made                                                               Andrew Valencia                          Web Developer
America as when Reagan was elected almost                  government smaller.That is his legacy, accord-                                                           Editorial Board Chair
30 years ago.                                              ing to his nostalgic, sentimental disciples.
    This sort of rhetoric from Palin is not new.               But unfortunately, the conservative vener-                Contacting The Daily: Section editors can be reached at (650) 723-2555 from 3 to 10 p.m. The Advertising Department can be reached at (650) 721-5803, and the
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York Times noting Palin’s constant proclama-               based more on a glamorized vision of the past        and photos or videos to
tions of American exceptionalism and derid-                than on straight statistical facts. Contrary to
ing her beliefs as “the angry refuge of the                popular belief, the 1980s saw the slowest eco-
America that wants to deny the real state of               nomic growth in America of any decade since
the world.” In the Tea Party movement, and                 World War II, while middle-class wages stag-
the “shining city” rhetoric of Palin, the Edito-           nated and poverty rates rose. Furthermore,                                             A LTERNATIVE L IVING ...W ITHOUT                                                     THE        N AKED
rial Board sees the epitome of what Cohen de-              Reagan did not pay for his tax cuts because he

                                                                                                                                                            Dorks Are Awesome
scribes as an inertial unwillingness to accept             did not decrease spending.As a result, the na-
the challenges facing continued American su-               tional debt nearly tripled under his watch.
premacy, as well as a nostalgia for an Ameri-                  Yet, with Reagan occupying a high
can past that did not ever really exist.                   pedestal in many hearts and minds,it comes as
    The idea that America is the greatest na-              no surprise that there is a long line of politi-

tion on Earth arose out of the post-World War              cians trying to copy his ideas. In some cases,                    he weekend after my first column, I                                                                          outdoor market outing.We traversed rows of
II reality that America alone had escaped the              living up to Reagan’s legacy even trumps fiscal                   woke up to a flurry of e-mails from                                                                          men and women, their foodstuffs displayed
war without suffering massive social devasta-              responsibility — Tea Party hero Jim DeMint’s                      friends and a couple of strangers. Com-                                                                      beneath colorful tents. We looked at piles of
tion. The 1950s saw America further its pros-              (R-SC) tax cut proposal would cost $3.5 tril-              ments, as all narcissistic writers will tell you,                                       Samantha                    breads and pastries,some still warm.And sud-
perity through unprecedented economic and                  lion, more than three times the stimulus bill.
consumer growth. Truthfully, America never                 Meanwhile, Palin and the Tea Party move-
                                                                                                                      cause great excitement, and I, being particu-
                                                                                                                      larly narcissistic, was abuzz with glee.
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Toh                         denly, before a fishmonger, giant salmon fil-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          lets lain out pink and moist on ice, she said,“I
had it so good.Yet despite the challenges that             ment appear to remain firm in their belief that                “Hooray!” I said to myself, clicking                                                                            really like dead fish.”
America faces today — and the continued                    America fundamentally excels above all other               through my e-mails.                                                                                                     “What?” I said.
success of economic rivals abroad — a great                nations, despite United Nations rankings that                  Tragically, my glee began to diminish rap-                                                                          “I really like looking at dead fish. Their
many Americans today have turned nostalgia                 show America ranks 33rd in the world in                    idly. While comments ranged from strong, in-                                                                        eyes are so cool.”
for the past into a certified ideological world-           terms of infant mortality rates and 37th in                telligent opinions to the glorification of my                                                                           I stared at the tuna she was ogling at — it
view founded on a yearning to return to, in the            health care.                                               awesomeness, most of them at least men-                                                                             eyeballed me back. I imagined it feebly
words of “Mad Men” character Don Draper,
“a place where we ache to go again,” namely
                                                               The longer Americans continue to remain
                                                           fixed on the past, especially the idealized past,
                                                                                                                      tioned the bizarre nature of my profile pic-
                                                                                                                      ture.To quote one,“You look angsty with rolls
                                                                                                                                                                                 While there is nothing                                   twitching with the last pulses of life.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Cool?” I said, hesitantly.
the idealized America of a time long ago.                  the more difficult it will be to address the               of fat coming out of your face.”                                                                                        That moment, however, has stuck with me,
    In the 1980s, President Reagan capitalized
on nostalgia by proclaiming that it was “morn-
                                                           major challenges of the present in ways that
                                                           do not make things worse. History cannot
                                                                                                                          Thank you, Michael, for destroying into
                                                                                                                      small pieces what was once my ego. However,
                                                                                                                                                                                 wrong with aspiring to                                   and I think of it frequently when I meet up
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          with her. It is a hilarious personality brand,
ing in America” once again, that America had               move backward; it can only stagnate or                     despite many days of mulling over the prob-                                                                         something to remember fondly. Likewise for
shrugged off the problems of the ‘60s and ‘70s             progress.                                                  lem, one will probably notice that I (a) still
                                                                                                                      look angsty (unfortunate photography) and                  standards of beauty or                                   other people I have met, I remember their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          disastrous moments of hilarity more than I do
Unsigned editorials in the space above represent the views of The Stanford Daily's editorial board and do not         (b) still have rolls of fat coming out of my face                                                                   their moments of dignity or sophistication.
necessarily reflect the opinions of the Daily staff. The editorial board is comprised of six Stanford students, led
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                                                                                                                      (an unfortunate scarf). While the lack of
                                                                                                                      change was due more to laziness than to a                 perfection,I feel that the                                Walking around unintentionally with a milk
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          moustache, talking to me for an hour with a
                                                                                sudden decline in vanity, all that mulling                                                                          booger in their nose, running to greet me and
                                                                                                                      caused me to wonder if my very laziness is
                                                                                                                      what helps me embrace and occasionally em-                 awkward and the lame                                     then hitting a glass door . . . or even more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          simply, all those moments where people have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          said something ridiculous, unbelievable or
                      A DVENTURES                         IN     A CADEMIA                                            body the undignified, the weird and the en-
                                                                                                                      dearingly stupid.                                                                                                   just plain stupid.
                                                                                                                          There is something to say for that. While             have been overlooked for                                      I sometimes wonder if I am the only one
                                                                                                                      there is nothing wrong with aspiring to stan-                                                                       who receives a text message with bad gram-

       Learning to Think and                                                                                          dards of beauty or perfection, I feel that the
                                                                                                                      awkward and the lame have been overlooked
                                                                                                                      for far too long. Why not welcome a bit of
                                                                                                                                                                                      far too long.                                       mar and thinks it is sexy. I love people in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sweatpants, wearing their sloppy weekend
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          sleepy looks, and I love people yodeling on

          Learning to Do
                                                                                                                      dorkiness?                                                                                                          about their favorite 18th-century English
                                                                                                                          While standards change depending on the                                                                         novel. I love mismatched socks, and some-
                                                                                                                      city, I feel this particularly strongly in Paris.                                                                   times — very occasionally and God forbid —
                                                                                                                      Here, even my friends, long comfortable with                 At the root of this fiasco, however, is real-          I find people wearing Crocs slightly endear-
                                                                                                                      my crazy socks and giant T-shirts, tell me off           ly the question, why not? Why not embrace,                 ing.And I sincerely hope that I’m not the only

       he liberal arts have not had a strong few                                                                      for wearing a sweatshirt on a Saturday after-            with enthusiasm and great delight, the am-                 one who embraces the dork, because I’m one
       decades considering the steep decline of                                                                       noon. My stripy, wool-stuffed hand-warmers               biguously stupid and the vaguely bizarre?                  of the biggest ones — woolly hand-warmers
       the humanities major and the concomi-                                                                          are even less of an acceptable phenomenon.               Sometimes, the most awkward admissions                     and all.This dork wants some love in Paris, or
tant rise of business degrees. However, recent                                             Danny                          “You look like you’re wearing boxing                 can shape a personality, and even more so, the             perhaps just some company. Make my day
and thought-provoking discussions on the
value of the liberal arts in business curriculums
                                                                                           Crichton                   gloves,” one friend told me.                             weird and unsophisticated.                                 and join me. Be a dork. Be an awesome dork.
                                                                                                                          “They keep me warm,” I said.                             Some of my favorite engagements with
have rekindled an age-old debate on the value                                                                             “You’re in Paris,” was the reply.                    people have been defined by such cases. I                  Like dead fish, dorking out or Sam’s angsty
of education: is it about learning to think or                                                                            Well, Paris needed a fistwich, I said to my-         began getting to know one of the girls from                rolls of chin fat? E-mail comments to her at
learning to do?                                                                                                       self through gritted teeth.                              my Bing program a few weeks ago, at a lovely     
    This divide in education is at the heart of the            However,that incompatibility has led to the
so-called ‘techie’ versus ‘fuzzy’ divide here at           meltdown of the economy,as those in quantita-
Stanford. Engineers build bridges, write soft-             tive fields failed to consider other traditions
ware programs and design processors.They are               among dozens of other examples. For this rea-
doers,not thinkers.Those in the humanities and             son,business schools are starting to add the lib-
social science ponder deep thoughts, write pa-             eral arts to their curriculums (most notably at
pers elucidating these thoughts and then go to             Stanford’s GSB).Why graduate someone with
lunch to talk about Keats or Hume. They are                only one type of skills? Instead, use both
thinkers, not doers.                                       sources to create students with a strong and di-
    For such sophisticated consumers of infor-             verse fountain of knowledge on which to build
mation, Stanford students appear to have                   a career.
bought into this stereotype and have agreed to                 With all the discussion of changes to the
this core divide. That is unfortunate, because I           freshman year, now is an excellent time to con-
fervently believe that this divide does not exist          sider the necessary skills and background that
at all.Having spent time on both sides (I consid-          should be taught to all graduates of our school.
er myself a ‘tezzy,’ which is fortunate because            IHUM,for all of its controversy,meets its objec-
the alternative combination is unprintable), I             tives well. The problem is that its goals are in-
can state that both the social science and hu-             consistent with the broad background needed
manities students and the engineers are                    for an introductory course in the freshman year.
thinkers and doers.                                            Instead, I would like to see a freshman year
    The social sciences focus on devising a sci-           course focused on trade-offs in a broad range of
ence of humanity, with the ability to predict ac-          disciplines. Trade-offs are at the heart of living
tions and explain phenomenon. They generate                in a democratic society and any discipline
hypotheses,collect data and determine theories             where resources are not infinite. Imagine a
that provide predictive power. In this way, they           class that focused on questions of ethics (asking
devise solutions to problems,such as how to dis-           which of multiple options is most ethical), so-
tribute resources fairly.The same action mental-           cial sciences (asking which policy is best) and
ity exists in the humanities. History pieces to-           engineering/sciences (considering resource al-
gether evidence from the past to explain our               location and choices between multiple techni-
world and to provide better information about              cal options). The integrated and interdiscipli-
our current environment.Philosophy can deter-              nary sequence could create a consilience of the
mine the best course of action given a set of cir-         humanities and sciences — a critical asset in
cumstances.                                                the world we now find ourselves.
    Those in the humanities and social sciences                From there, we need to better integrate lit-
are doers, just as engineers are thinkers. Few             eracy in both technical and humanities disci-
computer programs are mere duplications of                 plines for all students, regardless of major. It is
past work. Even similar requirements for a                 still unbelievable to me that engineers and sci-
piece of software will require different choices           entists can graduate without a grounding in
due to context. A slightly higher number of                ethics, and that humanities students can gradu-
users or a change in the speed of the processor            ate without a basic understanding of statistics.
can have repercussions, and such trade-offs re-            Opening the minds to the entire intellectual
quire experience and indeed,thinking,to deter-             legacy of humanity is a worthy and necessary
mine the best outcomes. Such trade-offs and                goal.
changes are similar in all the engineering sci-                The divide between doing and thinking in
ences.Without engineers thinking, much of our              education has endured since the time of the
technology would simply be inoperable (or                  Greeks, and it seems almost impregnable. On
nonexistent).                                              the micro-level though, we can create the out-
    Why, then, are the fuzzy and techie stereo-            reach and the bridges necessary to fill in the di-
types so ingrained? For that matter, why is the            vide.We are all tezzys now,or,if you prefer,that
central division between doers and thinkers still          other label.
prevalent? I believe that their source is an issue
of culture. The two supposed sides have differ-            Danny Crichton likes to think about what to do.
ent means of solving problems, and to a certain            Want to do something that will help him think? E-
degree, they are incompatible with each other.             mail him at
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Dishing the Rock

            By JACK SALISBURY

    If there was ever a time for the Cardinal to
                                                      MEN’S BASKETBALL
                                                      2/6 at USC L 54-49
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Landry is
come home, it is definitely right about now.
    Stanford (10-13, 4-7 Pac-10) returns to the
friendly confines of Maples Pavilion tonight
when it faces Washington State (15-8, 5-6) at 7
                                                      UP NEXT                                                                                                                                                                           the Fields of
                                                      WASHINGTON STATE
p.m. The game — and this weekend’s homes-
tand,for that matter — will be extra important
as Stanford is looking to recover from a 0-4          (15-8, 5-6 Pac-10)                                                                                                                                                                  Dreams
stretch over the last two weeks on the road.          2/11       Maples Pavilion 7 P.M.
    Despite the close losses the Cardinal suf-        COVERAGE:                                                                                                                                                                                         fter my column last week
fered down in Southern California this past                                                                                                                                                                                                             regarding the value of
weekend, head coach Johnny Dawkins re-                RADIO KZSU 90.1 FM (                                                                                                                                                            seniors in college basket-
mained optimistic about the course of his                                                                                                                                                                                                               ball, I thought it would
team’s season.                                        GAME NOTES: Stanford looks to extend its homecourt dom-                                                                                                                                           only be fitting to discuss
                                                      inance after its road woes continued last weekend. The                                                                                                                            one of our own.
    “They were tough games for us,” he said of
                                                      Cardinal lost its fourth straight game (and 10th straight                                                                                                                              Ladies and gentlemen, Landry
the Cardinal’s close losses to UCLA and USC.
                                                      road game) Saturday against USC, dropping the team to                                                                                                                             Fields is the future.
“But I think we grew.We had opportunities to
                                                      last place in the conference. Stanford will try to rebound                                                                                                                             After a junior season in which he
win each game at the end, and I think we just
                                                      against Washington State, which is coming off a 78-60                                                                                                                             quietly led the Card in rebounding and
have to learn to minimize our mistakes. If we
                                                      win over the then-conference leader Arizona on Saturday.                                                                                                                          shot nearly 50 percent from the floor,
can cut down on mistakes, I think the rest will
kind of take care of itself.”                                                                                                                                                                                                           Fields has now emerged from the shad-
    Things seem to take much better care of          been known for their stifling defense and me-                                                                                                                                      ow of last year’s seniors,and has turned
themselves at Maples Pavilion for the Cardi-         thodical half-court sets in recent years. The                                                                                                                                      his final campaign into one of the best
nal. Dawkins’ squad is just as good at home as       team has picked up the pace on the offensive                                                                                                                                       in Stanford history.
it is poor on the road: Stanford has won every       side of the ball, however, averaging more than                                                                                                                                          With the loss of guards Mitch John-
conference home game it has played this sea-         75 points a game this season.                                                                                                                                                      son,Anthony Goods and “Downtown”
son, while losing every one it has played on the         The outcome of Thursday’s game will like-                                                                                                                                      Kenny Brown, as well as forward
road. Tonight’s game will be all the more cru-       ly be determined by the play of the respective                                                                                                                                     Lawrence Hill, we Stanford fans were
cial considering that, while only three games        backcourts. Fields, likely on his way to Player                                                                                                                                    less than optimistic regarding the for-
behind first-place Cal, the Cardinal currently       of the Year in the conference, is bound to get                                                                                                                                     tunes of this year’s squad.By now,all of
stands alone at last place in the conference (al-    his points and rebounds. What will be truly                                                                                                                                        you have heard that Stanford was
beit by a half game) with a record of 4-7.           crucial for Stanford will be whether or not the                                                                                                                                    “picked to finish last in the Pac-10”and
    “We have a chance to make up some                backcourt trio of senior Drew Shiller and                                                                                                                                          that this is simply a “rebuilding year”
ground,” Dawkins said. “We have five out of          sophomores Jeremy Green and Jarrett Mann                                                                                                                                           for a team “deprived of talent.”
our last seven games at home. It would have          will be able to neutralize the threat posed by                                                                                                                                          Landry couldn’t have cared less.
been nice to win some games on the road, but         Moore and Thompson. In particular, the                                                                                                                                                  The six-foot-seven star forward has
we can still take care of business and we’ll have    matchup between two up-and-coming shoot-                                                                                                                                           emerged as the frontrunner for Pac-10
a chance to be in this conference race.”             ing guards — Green and Thompson — will be                                                                                                                                          Player of the Year and is having as
    The Cougars are coming into Thursday’s           one to watch.                                                                                                                                                                      good of a year as anyone in the nation.
game fresh off an impressive win over then-              A win tonight would help keep the Cardi-                                                                                                                                       He may not look or act like the proto-
first-place Arizona by the score of 78-60. Dick      nal afloat in the Pac-10, but a loss would be                                                                                                                                      typical superstar, but for the relatively
Bennett’s team is led by one of the best, if not     devastating to its hopes of finishing the regular                                                                                                                                  little hype that he receives, Fields has a
the youngest, backcourt duos in the confer-          season with a decent seed for the conference                                                                                                                                       very good shot at being a solid NBA
ence — sophomore shooting guard Klay                 tournament. Saturday’s opponent Washington                                                                                                                                         player.
Thompson and freshman point guard Reggie             presents an even greater threat than its state                                                                                                                                          This season, Fields is leading the
Moore. Thompson is the second-leading scor-          counterpart, so a victory tonight is basically a                                                                                                                                   Cardinal in virtually every statistical
er in the conference — behind Stanford’s own         must for Dawkins and his team going into Sat-                                                                                                                                      category except for assists, where he
senior forward Landry Fields — at 21.2 points        urday’s game.                                                                                                                                                                      ranks a measly second. He’s tied for
a game, while Moore has made a solid case for            “It’s a big weekend,” the second-year coach                                                                                                                                    fourth in the nation in points per game
Pac-10 Freshman of the Year with an average          said. “[We’re facing] two good teams with ter-                                                                                                                                     with 23, and accounts for more than a
of 14.1 points and 4.3 assists a game.               rific players. For us, we look forward to the                                                                                                                                      third of the Cardinal’s offensive output
    “We have to be good defensively. They’re         matchups . . . we’re excited about the oppor-                                                                                                                                      on any given night.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  MICHAEL LIU/Staff Photographer
an explosive offensive team,” Dawkins said.          tunity we see in front of us.”                                                                                                                                                          Right now you’re saying, “That’s
    This year’s Washington State squad marks                                                                          Sophomore forward Matei Daian shoots a layup over Duck defenders in Stanford’s last win, a                        tight and all,but he plays in the dregs of
a break from the past, as the Cougars have           Contact Jack Salisbury at                   15-point victory over Oregon. Unfortunately for the Cardinal, Stanford has lost four games since.                 the NCAA, for a team starting several
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        mediocre-at-best players, for a school

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        that has quickly abandoned whatever
                                                                                                                                                                         WOMEN’S SWIMMING                                               basketball culture it once had and in an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        era where players in their 20s are con-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        sidered old on draft day.”
                                                                                                                                                                         1/30 at USC W 179-119                                               And you’d be partially right. Fields,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        with productive but streaky help from
                                                                                                                                                                         UP NEXT CAL                                                    sophomore guard Jeremy Green,is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        only reason that Stanford, who cur-

                                                                                           LOOKS TO
                                                                                                                                                                         (5-1, 3-1 Pac-10)                                              rently sits at the bottom of the Pac-10,
                                                                                                                                                                         2/13       Avery Aquatics Center                               is just three games back of first place in
                                                                                                                                                                                    1P.M.                                               the conference. He’s relied on more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        than any one player in recent Cardinal
                                                                                                                                                                         GAME NOTES: No. 4 Stanford closes out its regular season       history and his numbers have un-

                                                                                                                                                                         against its rival, No. 5 Cal, in the Big Meet this Saturday.   doubtedly been inflated as a result. It
                                                                                                                                                                         The Cardinal is looking to finish the regular season un-       also may help that the Pac-10 is having
                                                                                                                                                                         defeated for the third time in four years. Despite beating     its worst collective season of all time
                                                                                                                                                                         Cal in last year’s Big Meet, the Cardinal fell to Cal in       and will be extremely fortunate if they
                                                                                                                                                                         Pac-10s and nationals, so Stanford is out for redemption.      put two teams in the Big Dance.Lastly,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        his numbers became relevant just last
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        year, and NBA teams will be highly

                                                                                                                                                                           Big Meet for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        skeptical over whether this year’s sta-
                                                                                                                      By DANIEL BOHM                                                                                                    tistics are a legitimate reflection of his
                                                                                                                    SENIOR STAFF WRITER                                                                                                 talent, or a one-year fluke as a product

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        of situation.
                                                                                           The No. 10 Stanford softball team opens its season today                                                                                          However, Fields is doing serious
                                                                                        when it takes on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in the first game of                                                                                  work with alarming efficiency.Those
                                                                                        a tournament at the University of Hawaii.                                                                                                       23 points don’t come from jacking

                                                                                           The Cardinal will play four more games this weekend, one                                                                                     up O.J. Mayo 35-footers — Fields is
                                                                                        each against McNeese State and the University of Hawaii be-                                                                                     shooting an insane 48 percent from
                                                                                        fore the teams conclude with a mini four-team, single elimina-                                                                                  the floor. However, when need be,
                                                                                        tion tournament on Saturday.                                                                                                                    he can also step back and hit the
                                                                                           The trip to Hawaii is the beginning of a highly anticipated                                  By KABIR SAWHNEY
                                                                                                                                                                                              DESK EDITOR                               three, with 23 makes from deep on
                                                                                        season for the Cardinal, as it tries to achieve its goals of winning                                                                            the year. With limited assistance
                                                                                        the Pac-10 Conference title and reaching the College World Se-                                                                                  from teammates, Landry has devel-
                                                                                        ries.                                                                               The Stanford women’s swimming and diving
                                                                                                                                                                        team has established itself as the team to beat in              oped a superb one-on-one game and
                                                                                           Last season ended on a sour note for Stanford, losing a three-                                                                               an ability to handle a double team,
                                                                                        game series to the University of Arizona in the Super Regionals                 the Pac-10, with big wins over No. 9 Southern Cal-
                                                                                                                                                                        ifornia and No. 2 Arizona. Only one obstacle re-                and uses his athleticism to get to the
                                                                                        and thus missing out on a chance to go to the College World Se-                                                                                 rim at ease. (Questioning his athleti-
                                                                                        ries.                                                                           mains for the No. 4 Cardinal (8-0, 4-0 Pac-10) to
                                                                                                                                                                        earn a second consecutive undefeated season: its                cism? YouTube his dunk over NBA
                                                                                           Stanford, picked to finish fourth in the conference, returns                                                                                 center Adonal Foyle during an off-
                                                                                        eight starters from last year’s team, though it will be difficult to            meet this weekend on the Farm against No. 5 Cali-
                                                                                                                                                                        fornia (5-1, 3-1).                                              season game and then come talk to
                                                          Stanford Daily File Photo     replace the two seniors that did graduate — Missy Penna and                                                                                     me).Yes, his jump shot is undeniably
                                                                                        Maddy Coon.                                                                         While the swimmers’ current focus is on the
Senior third baseman Shannon Koplitz and the No. 10 Cardinal look to sur-                                                                                               dual meet, these results will have little bearing on            flat, but you can’t complain about a
                                                                                           Penna was Stanford’s No. 1 pitcher for all four of her years on                                                                              guy that is nailing nearly half of his
pass last year’s Super Regional team in 2010. Stanford will have to replace                                                                                             the postseason. Last year, Stanford defeated Cal
                                                                                                                                                                        169-129 in Berkeley,but the Golden Bears went on                attempts. Think his shot won’t work
All-American pitcher Missy Penna and second baseman Maddy Coon.                                               Please see SOFTBALL, page 6                                                                                               at the next level? Meet my friend
                                                                                                                                                                        to claim the Pac-10 and NCAA championships
                                                                                                                                                                        while the Cardinal finished in third and fourth                 Shawn Marion.

WOMEN’S TENNIS                                                                                                                                                          place at those meets,respectively.Indeed,Stanford                    Stanford’s lack of size has called for
                                                                                                                                                                        has been unable to win the Pac-10 Tournament de-                him to play the role of an undersized

Looking to stay perfect on the Farm
                                                                                                                                                                        spite defeating the Golden Bears in the Big Meet                power forward. Although this has put
                                                                                                                                                                        the last three years in a row.                                  him at a defensive disadvantage sever-
                                                                                                                                                                            “I think we’re really looking toward Pac-10s                al times this season,it has only expand-
                                                                                                                                                                        and NCAAs,” said head coach Lea Maurer. “[The                   ed his skill set. He averages 8.8 re-
                                                                                                                                                                        meet] will give me a lot of insight that I need to do           bounds per game as a natural small for-
              By WILL SEATON                        on its side.The Cardinal’s streak of 153 home                  Stanford legacy in general is more — I don’t         a lot in the next week and a half to get ready.”                ward.In addition,Fields leads Stanford
          CONTRIBUTING WRITER                       wins in a row,the longest active home winning                  want to say pressure, but it’s definitely in the         This year, the Cardinal appears to be stronger              in both blocks and steals, which speaks
                                                    streak in NCAA Division I athletics, means it                  back of your mind. I just really want to contin-     and poised to make a run at both titles. It has                 wonders about his improvements as
    Coming home after a successful weekend in       has not seen a loss here since Feb. 27, 1999.                  ue that. It motivates you.”                          cruised past its conference competition — its sig-              both a help and post defender. His
Texas, the No. 14 Stanford women’s tennis              “That’s the way we look at it,” said senior                     What has really helped the team rush out to      nature win came on Jan. 22 against Arizona, when                prowess on offense and his dramatic
team (4-0) hopes to keep this year’s undefeat-      captain Lindsay Burdette.“If we play at home,                  a 4-0 start this year has been the doubles action.   it defeated the Wildcats 173-125. By contrast, Cal              improvements on the defensive end
ed streak going as it takes on No.59 Sacramen-      we win.We obviously expect to win every time                   Stanford had not lost a doubles match, nor re-       has struggled against these teams. It defeated Ari-             have allowed him to expand his versa-
to State (3-1).                                     we step on the court no matter where we are.                   ally been challenged, until this weekend at          zona 165-134, but fell to USC 147-153.                          tility and play nearly every position on
    The Cardinal was faced with two challeng-       However, if [the streak] ends, we as a team are                Texas when freshmen Stacey Tan and Mallory               In the meet, the Cardinal will look to the trio of          the floor.
ing Texas teams that proved to play above           strong enough this year that we can have some-                 Burdette lost at the No. 2 spot, 9-8 (5). Even in    senior Julia Smit, senior Elaine Breeden and jun-           still lists him as a late sec-
their rankings — and against a home crowd           thing catastrophic happen and still recover.”                  that match, they were ahead until a spirited         ior Kate Dwelley to provide the firepower neces-                ond-round to undrafted prospect, but
that was out for blood. Successfully rising to         Does a streak like that add to the pressure                 comeback by the Texas duo brought it to a            sary to overcome Cal. Smit is the world record                  come April, don’t be surprised if his
the task, Stanford defeated TCU, 6-1 and            faced by some of the newer players on the                      tiebreak.                                            holder in both the 200- and 400-meter individual                name is called well before this current
Texas, 5-2 to come home with the wins. Now,         team?                                                              “Stacey and I pretty much lost the doubles                                                                       projection.When Stanford was playing
the Cardinal faces a team back at Taube Fam-           “Not so much the winning streak,” said
ily Tennis Stadium with all the force of history    freshman Mallory Burdette. “I feel like the                             Please see WTENNIS, page 6                            Please see SWIMMING, page 6                               Please see COLUMN, page 6
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SWIMMING|Cardinal ends season vs. Cal SOFTBALL
                                                                                                                                                                                          SOFTBALL UP NEXT                                 play for Team USA this summer. She
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           is a five-tool player who will again be
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           looked at to lead the Stanford of-
                                                                                                                                           Continued from page 5                          TEXAS A&M-                                       fense. She also understands that this
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           is her last shot at making a College
                                                                                                                                                                                          CORPUS CHRISTI                                   World Series.
                                                                                                                                           the Farm, compiling 119 wins and                                                                    “I’m just trying to get better every
                                                                                                                                           1,267 strikeouts.                              2/11 Honolulu,                                   day — I understand that the end
                                                                                                                                               Head coach John Rittman admit-                  Hawaii 6 P.M.                               point is drawing near,” Haber said.
                                                                                                                                           ted the difficulty in losing Penna and                                                          “I’m trying not to put too much pres-
                                                                                                                                           Coon.                                          GAME NOTES: No. 10 Stanford kicks off its        sure on myself because I know this
                                                                                                                                               “To replace two kids that started          2010 season in Honolulu this weekend. The        team has a lot of talent and depth.”
                                                                                                                                           pretty much every game in their ca-            Cardinal looks to build off its Super Regional       Haber has been remarkably con-
                                                                                                                                           reers is difficult,” Rittman said.             run last year to make the College World Se-      sistent for three years and, along with
                                                                                                                                           “Maddy and Missy meant so much to              ries this season. One of the toughest chal-      Hansen, is expected to get on base
                                                                                                                                                                                          lenges for the Cardinal will be replacing All-
                                                                                                                                           this program.”                                                                                  and make sure that the team scores
                                                                                                                                                                                          American pitcher Missy Penna, who gradu-
                                                                                                                                               Rittman, however, brought in one           ated last year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           enough runs to offset the loss of
                                                                                                                                           of the nation’s top recruiting classes                                                          Penna.
                                                                                                                                           this year to help ease the losses.                                                                  Rounding out the projected start-
                                                                                                                                               Charged with replacing the All-           year, she will take her leadership                ing lineup is senior catcher Rosey
                                                                                                                                           American Penna in the circle will be          skills and rocket arm to the right side           Neill, who is a two-time Pac-10 De-
                                                                                                                                           a combination of highly-touted                of the infield.                                   fensive Player of the Year and the
                                                                                                                                           freshman Teagan Gerhart — sister of               Although it is a move she may not             team’s biggest power threat; senior
                                                                                                                                           Stanford football running back Toby           be completely thrilled about, Hansen              third baseman Shannon Koplitz, who
                                                                                                                                           Gerhart and freshman catcher                  — who was one of two Stanford play-               is expected to occupy one of the slots
                                                                                                                                           Kelsey Gerhart — and junior Ashley            ers to play for the U.S. National Team            in the middle of the Cardinal lineup;
                                                                                                                                           Chinn.                                        this summer — says she is prepared                sophomore centerfielder and speed-
                                                                                                                                               Although Rittman doesn’t expect           to do what is best for the team. If that          ster Sarah Hassman; and sophomore
                                                                                                                                           either pitcher to be Penna immedi-            is for her to play second base, then              rightfielder Maya Burns.
                                                                                                                                           ately and admits that he doesn’t have         that is what she will do.                             There will be a tight position battle
                                                                                                                                           a No. 1 yet, he does have faith in both           “I’m comfortable at wherever                  at first base between junior Melisa
                                                                                                                                           of their abilities.                           coach puts me on the field,” Hansen               Koutz and sophomore Jenna Becerra,
                                                                                                                                               “Ashley has a lot of experience,          said.“Obviously I love playing short-             with the loser likely to occupy the des-
                                                                                                                                           and I believe she is ready to step up         stop, but I’ll do what I need to do to            ignated player spot in the lineup. (Al-
                                                                                                                                           and be a go-to pitcher,” Rittman said.        make the team better. It’s a new chal-            though when Teagan Gerhart pitches,
                                                                                                           AUDRIE LIN/Staff Photographer   “Teagan was highly recruited and we           lenge,and I can still be a leader at sec-         she will probably hit for herself).
The No. 4 Stanford women’s swimming team could need a strong showing from its relay teams when it takes on No. 5 Cal                       are looking for her to pitch big in-          ond base.”                                            This Cardinal team should be very
at the Big Meet on Saturday. The Cardinal looks to complete an undefeated regular season for the third time in four years.                 nings for us.”                                    Replacing Hansen at shortstop is              different from the ones over the past
                                                                                                                                               Teagan Gerhart understands that           one of the headliners of Stanford’s               few years, as offense will likely be
medley, and she will try to claim victo-    1:44.95.                                            ahead of us both last year and at          there may be some bumps in the road           seven-woman freshman class, Jenna                 abundant. One thing has not
ry in both events for the Cardinal. She        Indeed, the short freestyle dis-                 NCAAs. I think we are underdogs,           early on, but she appears to be ready         Rich.                                             changed, however, and that is the ulti-
also currently holds the top times in       tances (50, 100 and 200 yards) are all              but we’re hungry.”                         to play whatever role Rittman asks of             Rich will also serve as the team’s            mate goal of winning a national title.
the nation at both distances.               expected to be very closely contested.                 With a win on Saturday, Stanford        her.                                          third pitcher and No. 3 hitter in the                 Hansen put it best, saying, “The
    After outdueling USC’s Katinka          In addition to Dwelley, sophomores                  would build momentum for the post-             “I know it’s going to be hard,” she       lineup. How she fares this season                 goal is to win the last game of the sea-
Hosszu, a Hungarian Olympian, in            Betsy Webb and Sam Woodward will                    season,as well as cement a third unde-     said. “But I’m up for the challenge           could be a strong indicator of Stan-              son. Everything else is a disappoint-
the 200-yard butterfly, Breeden will        lead the Cardinal.                                  feated dual meet season in the past        and I can’t wait for the season to            ford’s success. She will also have the            ment.”
face another stiff challenge this              “There’s obviously going to be                   four years. Current Cardinal seniors       start.”                                       task of hitting behind two All-Amer-                  That goal starts today in Hawaii,
weekend from Cal’s Amanda Sims.             heightened tension because they’re                  have only lost one dual meet in their          Taking over for Coon at second            icans in the lineup: senior leftfielder           and if all goes well,ends in Oklahoma
Breeden is the defending NCAA               our rival,” Woodward said. “It’ll be a              entire careers on the Farm.                base will be sophomore Ashley                 and leadoff hitter Alissa Haber and               City in June.
champion in the 200 fly while Sims          really good warm-up meet for the                       “It’s definitely a linear progres-      Hansen. Hansen was a Second-Team              Hansen.
won last year’s 100 fly championship;       postseason.”                                        sion, from Cal to Pac-10s to NCAAs,”       All-American a year ago, playing                  Haber is a three-time All-Ameri-              Contact Dan Bohm at bohmd@stan-
they will clash in both events this            “Cal’s always a tough competitor,”               Woodward said. “I’m looking to see         shortstop for the Cardinal. But this          can and the other Stanford player to    
weekend.                                    Maurer said. “On paper, I think it’s                where I’m at and then make adjust-
    This weekend, it will be Dwelley’s      going to come down to four points                   ments from there.”

turn to take on an Olympic medalist.        and we lose both relays.”                              “We are totally committed to the                                                      prised to hear David Stern mention                missing out. Who knows, maybe he’ll
Cal’s Sara Isakovic took home a sil-           After the Big Meet, Stanford will                good of the group, and individual                                                        Fields as one of the first 25 names on            even stay in the area and join a strug-
ver medal from the Olympics in the          only have its two postseason meets re-              goals are only relevant in terms of                                                      draft night.                                      gling Golden State team.
200-meter freestyle while competing         maining. While the Card may appear                  how many points we can put on the          Continued from page 5                            I’m not making the case that                      I’d be more than happy to rock a
for Slovenia. She currently holds the       to be the favorite,especially if it is able         board,” Maurer added.                                                                    Landry Fields will be a superstar in              No. 2 Warriors jersey.
second-best time in the nation in the       to defeat Cal, Maurer does not share                   Stanford will take on the Golden                                                      the Association, but I am very confi-
200-yard free. Dwelley currently            that view.                                          Bears this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Avery     at USC last weekend,the Trojans’ com-         dent in his abilities as a productive             Zach Zimmerman had to include a
leads the Cardinal in the 100 and 200          “Cal is the NCAA champion, Ari-                  Aquatics Center.                           mentators dubbed Fields as a guaran-          starting 3-guard. The scouts will ab-             reference to a Magic player,even if he’s
free, although her season best of 1         zona was third last year and we were                                                           teed first-round talent and a possible        solutely knock the poor level of com-             35 and hasn’t played all year. Try to e-
minute, 45.32 seconds in the 200 lags       fourth,” she said. “They are the de-                Contact Kabir Sawhney at ksawh-            lottery pick.While the latter prediction      petition faced by Fields this year, but           mail him without mentioning the
behind Isakovic’s season best of            fending champion and they were                                      is a little optimistic, I wouldn’t be sur-    every team that passes on him will be             Magic at

WTENNIS                                      WOMEN’S TENNIS
                                             2/6 at Texas W 5-2
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because we got heckled a lot,”Mallory        UP NEXT
said. “We were up match point when
[the Texas men’s team] came over and         SACRAMENTO
started talking to us between points.
We ended up losing in a tiebreaker,          STATE
which was frustrating.”                      2/11 Taube Family Tennis
    Junior Hilary Barte and Lindsay               Stadium 1:30 P.M.
Burdette lead the Cardinal as the No.2                                                                                                                                                                 Candid Talk about Campus Life
team nationally. They have won 16            GAME NOTES: No. 14 Stanford won two tough road
consecutive matches, including tour-         matches over the weekend against No. 24 TCU
                                             and No. 27 Texas. The Cardinal has won all four
nament play, and are 17-1 overall and
5-0 in dual play. Their closest dual
                                             of its matches this season. Stanford now returns
                                             home, where it has won 153 matches in a row, to
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match win was 8-3 against Texas, and
their one loss came at the beginning of
                                             take on No. 59 Sacramento State.                                                                                                                          Time for A Reality Check!
the year against Tennessee, when they
dropped an 8-4 decision.                    like we’re at that point where if I
    “Doubles is really great,” Lindsay      closed my eyes, I’d still know exactly
said. “We still have that confidence        where she’s staying and how she’d hit
that if we stick to our bread and butter,   the ball.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                          author Lori Gottlieb
we’re going to be competitive no mat-           Stanford’s opponent this week is                                                                                                                              “Marry Him:
ter who we play.”                           Sacramento State. Despite dropping a                                                                                                               The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough”
    The two have been partners for          dual match to Cal, the team has
three years and amassed an overall          toughed out several wins, including a                                                                            Stanford Daily File Photo
record of 61-21. They have achieved         4-3 decision over the Oregon Ducks.                 Junior Hilary Barte hopes to continue her doubles success with her partner, sen-
their highest national ranking this year    When the Hornets have won the dou-
at No. 2, and they went all the way to      bles point, they have gone on to win
                                                                                                ior Lindsay Burdette. The pair has won 16 consecutive matches and is ranked
the NCAA Doubles Championships              the day every match this year.Against               No. 2 in the nation. The No. 14 Stanford women’s tennis team will face off                          Thursday, February 11, 2010
last year before losing to Cal’s Mari       Cal, the No. 1 team of Clarisse Baca                against No. 59 Sacramento State today at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium.
Andersson and Jana Juricova, 6-3, 6-4.      and Katrina Zheltova was actually                                                                                                                             4 to 5 p.m. PT
The pair has come together and con-         fairly close behind Cal’s team of Juri-             Tennis Player of the Week. She took        eighth consecutive time.
stantly improved with each match they       cova and Andersson when play was                    No. 2-ranked Juricova to three sets be-       The match begins at 1:30
play.                                       halted at 6-4.                                      fore succumbing,and has a ranking for      against Sacramento State.                                             On the Radio: 90.1 FM, KZSU
    “It’s been a long road, but I love          In singles play, Sacramento State               herself at No.26.Under her leadership,                                                                      On the Internet:
playing doubles with Lindsay,” Barte        boasts a powerful player in senior Ka-              the Hornets have been picked to re-        Contact Will Seaton at wseaton@stan-                      
said. “It’s pretty special because I feel   trina Zheltova, last week’s Big Sky                 peat as Big Sky Champions for the

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