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Munger finds money error
Residence staff troubled by discrepancies with
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.
SPEAKERS & EVENTS
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.
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
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
Index Features/2 • Opinions/4 • Sports/5 • Classifieds/6 Recycle Me
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SO THIS IS THE
WITH CHINESE NEW YEAR RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER,
STUDENTS REFLECT ON FOREIGN NEW YEAR EXPERIENCES
By FEDERICO DE LA BALZE all kiss and hug at midnight.’ There are also fireworks
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.” @stanford.edu.
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 stanford.edu. “As far as offering you features,
they didn’t really do anything that
Facebook and Twitter haven’t
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,”
“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- stanford.edu. low feature is the best way for Buzz
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ast week, amid fervent chants of “USA! and was back on the up and up.Today,much of Vice President of Advertising Managing Editor of Sports Features Editor
Head Graphics Editor
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
Theodore L. Glasser Photo Editor
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
gan — the man behind this famous quote — a the political consciousness of the present. To Managing Editor of Intermission Wyndam Makowsky Copy Editor
Wyndam Makowsky Multimedia Editor
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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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
by a chair. To contact the editorial board for an issue to be considered, or to submit an op-ed, please e-mail
(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
firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stanford Daily Thursday, February 11, 2010 N 5
BACK ON THE FARM
Dishing the Rock
By JACK SALISBURY
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
If there was ever a time for the Cardinal to
2/6 at USC L 54-49
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
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 (kzsu.stanford.edu) 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 email@example.com. 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-
(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
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- ESPN.com 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
6 N Thursday, February 11, 2010 The Stanford Daily
Continued from page 5
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 ford.edu.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. is a little optimistic, I wouldn’t be sur- every team that passes on him will be Magic at email@example.com.
WTENNIS WOMEN’S TENNIS
2/6 at Texas W 5-2
Continued from page 5
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 p.m.today
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: kzsulive.stanford.edu
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- whatwouldyourmothersay.com
said. “It’s pretty special because I feel trina Zheltova, last week’s Big Sky peat as Big Sky Champions for the ford.edu.
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