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Re-evaluating undergrad education
Town hall continues discussion
of non-major requirements
By TROY YANG were enriched by their experiences in Intro-
STAFF WRITER duction to the Humanities (IHUM) and the
Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR).
Some 50 students and faculty met at the Others pushed for making drastic changes to
Bechtel International Center on Wednesday the general education curriculum by either re-
evening to discuss a University effort to re- ducing or completely eliminating IHUM and
shape the undergraduate general education other general education requirements.
curriculum. This meeting, arranged by com- “The balance is between giving a little bit
mittee members of the Study of Undergradu- of guidance and giving students freedom to
ate Education at Stanford (SUES) and mod- move,” said Julie Kennedy, a senior lecturer in
erated by Jim Campbell, a history professor Earth Systems and a member of the SUES
and co-chair of SUES,served as an opportuni- committee. “This is important and this is
ty for faculty to listen to and assess student something we can think about, not just broad-
perspectives regarding general education re- ly for four years, but most pressingly for fresh-
quirements and the greater educational goals man year.”
of the University. There was also lively discussion about
Recognizing the drastic changes that Stan- bridging the perceived social-intellectual di-
ford has undergone in the last decade, the ad- vide between “fuzzies” and “techies.” The 19
ministration is making an effort to reassess the members of the SUES committee, who come
makeup of a Stanford education, something from a variety of departments and intellectual
that has not been done comprehensively since backgrounds, were especially interested in
the 1993-1994 academic year. making Stanford a more interdisciplinary and
Provost John Etchemendy Ph.D. ‘82 and integrated school that trained students who
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education could function as productive citizens.
John Bravman ‘79 M.S.‘81 Ph.D.‘85 rolled out “A lot of the key issues around interdisci-
MASARU OKA/Staff Photographer
the study in February. plinary studies at Stanford and what it means
On Wednesday, study co-chair Harry to be an educated citizen were brought up History professor Jim Campbell moderates a town hall discussion with students, faculty and staff on Wednesday evening to begin discussions
Elam, a drama professor, said general educa- tonight and I’m glad that happened,” said of a projected re-evaluation of Stanford’s undergraduate education requirements, a process that started at the beginning of winter quarter.
tion requirements are a focal point of SUES. Theo Gibbs ‘11 after the meeting had conclud-
“What we’re really trying to do is think ed. “I definitely think it’s time for reform. I when you do your introductory classes, you will be dedicated to more sustained and fo- work.”
about the rationale — what general educa- think there’s still a culture of division [be- get stuck in this rabbit hole, and you forget cused discussions about general education re- “I don’t want to speculate on what we will
tion requirements are there and what general tween techies and fuzzies] and I don’t think why you’re here at Stanford; you forget the quirement details, Campbell said. change or won’t change because I truly don’t
education requirements are supposed to do,” that’s productive.” bigger picture,”said Nishant Jacob ‘13.“I think “We talked to the ASSU last quarter and know,”he added.“If all goes well,we will com-
said Elam in his opening address to the stu- Committee members asked students how it’s refreshing to be reminded again what I’m this quarter we’ve been seeing students every plete our work in the summer of 2011 and
dents. “What is most important to us is your they felt this gap could be bridged.Several stu- truly here for.” Wednesday night at their dorms,” Elam said. bring a report to the Faculty Senate in the fall
perspective on where general education is at dents responded by emphasizing the impor- The discussion last night was one of a series “I’m guessing at the end of this quarter we’ll of 2011, which will most likely include some
Stanford.” tance of the Education for Citizenship re- of talks held by the SUES committee, which have talked to at least 200 students directly . . suggestions for changes.”
Student responses were diverse, with some quirements. has been spending winter and spring quarters . we also have questions on the sophomore
upperclassmen saying, in retrospect, that they “The reason I came here tonight is because in discussion with students. Next year, SUES and senior surveys directly related to our Contact Troy Yang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City looks Berkeley’s
to landfills curriculum
Palo Alto City Council approves new
By CASSANDRA FELICIANO
contract with landfill gas energy firm STAFF WRITER
By ADAM COLE UC-Berkeley’s Haas School of
STAFF WRITER Business launched its newly re-
designed MBA curriculum last
As oil companies search for untapped week. The overhaul, the first since
reservoirs and engineers struggle to develop 2006, has drawn from a number of
cheaper renewable energy, usable natural influences, including peer institu-
gas seeps daily from the world’s landfills. tions such as Stanford.
Now, after a heavily debated decision by the According to Dean Richard
Palo Alto City Council, landfill gas from Lyons, Haas administrators looked
Bay Area facilities could power local homes. at Harvard’s publicized overview of
In a 5-4 vote last Monday, the council ap- similar redevelopments in business
proved two contracts with Ameresco, a school curricula in other institutions
company that plans to generate electricity over the last five years.
using gas produced during the breakdown While examining Stanford’s
of refuse in landfills. Deep wells in the hills MBA program, Lyons was particu-
of waste will literally vacuum up the gas and larly excited by its international ex-
send it to an internal combustion engine. perience requirement, which includ-
“It’s important to use the methane be- MASARU OKA/Staff Photographer ed study-abroad, service learning
cause otherwise it will enter the atmosphere Students, role-playing as sperm cells, race through a sex-ed obstacle course past various contraceptive “traps” to be the first to reach and trips with non-profits and immer-
and contribute to global warming,” said civil fertilize the egg. The race was one of many activities and games at the school’s first Student Wellness Fair on Wednesday afternoon. sion experiences. Haas’ restructur-
and environmental engineering Prof. Craig ing worked to incorporate a similar
Criddle Ph.D.‘89, who studies green energy.
He explained that methane acts as a
HEALTH component in its new curriculum.
“Being good in the global ele-
Student Wellness Fair is first of its kind on campus
greenhouse gas 24 times more powerful ment has sort of become what, in the
than carbon dioxide. jargon, people call a high-speed fac-
“This is a low-hanging fruit of climate tor,” he said. “It’s something you’ve
change mitigation,”he said.“But globally,90 got to do if you want to play.”
percent of landfills do not capture their gas.” Incorporating this international
Landfills in the United States are re- By KABIR SAWHNEY ucation obstacle course set up behind the Sex- course’s creation, Steven Crane ‘11, a SHPRC component is part of Haas’ vision to
quired by law to carefully monitor and limit DESK EDITOR ual Health Peer Resource Center (SHPRC) volunteer, said,“We asked ourselves,‘How are produce “path-bending, innovative
gas emissions, according to Michael Carroll, table. Two participants at a time wearing we going to get people to engage with some- leaders,” through refocusing its core
a senior engineer at a San Joaquin landfill The BeWell program’s student outreach “sperm hats” raced through a kite-shaped thing?’” curriculum on critical and analytical
where Ameresco will harvest some of its gas. campaign took its next steps on Wednesday “vagina” made out of PVC pipe before pop- “It sort of emulates what happens in na- thinking and building it from the
In the San Joaquin Valley, captured gas is with the first Student Wellness Fair, held in ping a condom with oil-based lube and heading ture,” he added. business school’s culture, norms and
currently disposed of through combustion. White Plaza. over small hurdles labeled with the names of “It’s a creative way to let people know the values. Its fruition is based on the
This process, called “flaring,” reduces green- The fair’s activities and games served as the different contraceptives. facts with sexual health,” Cardona said.“There collaborative efforts of faculty, stu-
house gas impact by 90 percent and smog by event’s main draw.A dunk tank was one of the They then had to go through garbage cans can be large differences between students in dents and alumni of the school.
92 percent, but produces no energy. biggest attractions, featuring several members labeled as Fallopian tubes before throwing knowledge about sexual health.” While the full impact of this tran-
of the football team and ASSU President An- beanbags into a hole to “fertilize the egg” and Other activities included sumo-suit sition remains to be seen, as the cur-
gelina Cardona ‘11. win the race.
Please see GAS, page 5 Another prominent fixture was a sexual ed- Describing the process that led to the Please see FAIR, page 3 Please see GSB, page 5
Index Features/2 • Opinions/4 • Sports/6 • Classifieds/7 Recycle Me
2 N Thursday, May 13, 2010 The Stanford Daily
11:30 AM — Old Union Courtyard
How I Read the Bible
12 PM — CIRCLE Common Room - 3rd Floor,
2010 Academic Council Address:
Part One:John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn
Building auditorium. Walk along Serra
Mall with President Hennessy. Part
Two:Jen-Hsun Huang Engineering Center
3:30 PM —
Honoring Lives, Remembering Losses:An In-
terfaith Grief Memorial
4 PM— The CIRCLE, Sanctuary, Old Union, 3rd
Stanford-USGS Fellowship 25th Anniversary
Symposium and Reception
4 PM — Paul Brest Hall, Munger Graduate Res-
ORC Scholarship Info Session:Graduate Study
in the UK
4 PM — Bechtel International Center
Symbolic Systems Forum - Joshua Knobe
4:15 PM — 380-380C
LISA A. FRASIER /The Orlando Sentinel/MCT Iran-Iraq War on screen
6 PM — Humanities Center, Levinthal Hall
“How I Write” Conversation with Victor L.
6:30 PM — Roble Hall Theater
Reading & Signing with Giovanni Tempesta,
author of “Waters, muddy and clear”
6:30 PM — Stanford Bookstore
Trouble the Water (film)
7 PM — Annenberg Auditorium
Stanford Softball vs. Oregon
7 PM — Smith Family Stadium
Shakespeare’s “Troilus & Cressida”
By STEPHANIE SARA CHONG riculum in computer science, physics and ex- “We don’t place too extensive an emphasis age of 13 or 14, OHS provides pre-teens and 8 PM — Roble Studio Theater
STAFF WRITER pository writing. Among EPGY’s most well on particular definitions or models of gifted- teenagers with the academic resources to live
known programs are its residential summer ness in admissions,” wrote Jeffrey Scarbor- at home until a college-appropriate age. For a posting of your organization’s
program and the OHS. ough ‘99, assistant headmaster of the OHS, in “What we try to do — and largely succeed
event, contact Andrew Martin at advertis-
igh school senior Eugenia The OHS has expanded at great speeds an email to The Daily. “Rather, we attend to at — is making it so that it’s not necessary for email@example.com.
O’Kelly routinely wears her pa- since its founding in 2006.To date, it offers full- demonstrated abilities and potential, as well as our students to go to college before the age of For other events, please visit
jamas to class. Not because no time and part-time courses in a wide scope of factors such as motivation and intellectual cu- 17,” said Jovana Knezevic, EPGY’s writing, https://newassu.stanford.edu/studen-
one cares, but because no one subjects — from “fuzzy” to “techie” — and at riosity.These characteristics can be particular- tevents/index.shtml
can tell. a range of levels — from high school to uni- ly important at the OHS, with respect to both
“As long as you’re wearing a shirt that versity. the online environment and to the intensity of Please see EPGY page 5
looks like it could be a regular t-shirt, then The online component of the OHS de- the program.”
they can’t really tell,” O’Kelly said of partici-
“It’s really hard to balance a
pends on a software program known as Saba EPGY can be seen as something of an out-
pating in an online classroom. “Or, you could Centre. As described on the OHS website, the reach program for precocious students. In
wear a coat over your pajamas, if they really do software “provides space for instructional using the resources of Stanford University, the
look like pajamas.” slides, a whiteboard that both instructor and OHS provides young students a chance to
O’Kelly is one of 220 students currently en-
rolled in Stanford’s Education Program for
Gifted Youth Online High School (EPGY
students use, application sharing capabilities
for group use of subject-appropriate software,
as well as text chat.”
take academically challenging classes that
local high schools do not otherwise offer.
“When they take a course from us, they can
normal social life with an online
OHS). Using real-time video-conferencing,
the high school brings together gifted seventh
through 12th grade students from around the
world into a single, virtual classroom.
Saba Centre also allows students to raise
their hands, say yes or no, laugh and applaud.
To determine whether applicants are “gift-
ed” enough to belong to this selective online
do it in a way that suits their talents,”explained
Rick Sommer, managing director of EPGY.
“A lot of the kids in our program are ones who
learn quickly, who in a traditional math class
EPGY first started as a research project in
the 1980s, when it received a grant to develop
high school, the OHS looks at test scores and
academic records. Admissions officers also
might be bored. In our program, they go at a
pace that suits their abilities.”
— MAYA LEWIS ‘13,
computer-aided instruction in calculus. By the
late 1990s, EPGY had developed a full cur-
consider students’ personal attributes, such as
determination to succeed.
While it is not uncommon for gifted youth
to decide to enroll in college at the adolescent
former student in EPGY’s online high school
THE METTLE OF HONORS
By JENNY THAI which courses honors students must take, in- ily indicate that there is no competition in the Writing a thesis
CONTRIBUTING WRITER terdepartmental honors programs are much application process. Some honors programs, is intensive and ex-
more flexible. One such program is the honors such as CISAC and international relations, are tensive and de-
ith a little more than a month track at the Center for International Security competitive in that they have a set quota on mands over a
left,most students are already and Cooperation (CISAC), which is unique in how many honors students they will accept year-long com-
dreading finals and looking that it is both interdisciplinary and interde- each year. mitment.The tan-
longingly to the end of the partmental, so majors ranging from manage- “We typically take about 12 students,” said gible aspect of 15
school year. But many juniors ment science and engineering to human biolo- Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, deputy director of the months worth of
and seniors have more than just their immedi- gy to public policy are encouraged to apply. Center on Democracy, Development and the effort is a thesis
ate classes and summer plans to consider — “We look for diversity in our honors pro- Rule of Law (CDDRL), which is a relatively that can range from
they are frantically working to start or wrap up gram at CISAC,” said Stephen Stedman, a po- new concentration track within the IR major. 15 pages (for natural sci-
their capstone research projects. litical science professor and a senior fellow at “Although our program is only about four ence programs) to over 100
It’s honors thesis season. CISAC.“We love majors from engineering, bi- years old, the number of spots for honors is pages (for some ambitious humani-
The Stanford Daily
Although the honors programs vary across ology, physics, econ. First of all, what the com- usually full.” ties and social sciences students).To pre-
departments, all share the common aspect of mittee looks for is a real commitment to inter- Other honors programs, like that of the bi- pare for that process many departments offer
being one of the most intellectually rigorous nal security,which we gauge by seeing whether ology department, do not cap the number of an honors seminar class which juniors pursuing
experiences that a Stanford undergraduate or not the student has taken certain prerequi- students accepted into the honors program. honors can take in winter or spring quarter. analy-
can undertake. sites in that particular area.” The competition instead lies elsewhere, specif- “The juniors honors seminar really helps you sis of the labor market for suicide bombers in
The path of honors is not for the indecisive. Planning and pacing is a critical component ically the selection of faculty members that one get oriented with the thesis process,”said Kropp, Palestine.“Spending a whole year on it can be
Significant preparation and time must be in- even in the early stages of the honors process; chooses to work with. who is majoring in economics. His honors thesis kind of scary.”
vested prior to starting the honors process. For for many departments, applications are due “It takes longer than they want to, to find a will investigate gender trends in a school pro- Yet despite the challenge, students like
most departments, particularly the natural sci- late winter quarter or early spring quarter. lab,”Mason said.“Some students are surprised gram implemented in the 90s that helped allevi- Kropp are feeling the pay-offs.
ences, students must not only clear the neces- “You’ll need an advisor, recommendation by how long it can take, and how many e-mails ate poverty in Bangladesh. “The goal of that “Writing my thesis has been one of the
sary GPA and coursework requirements be- letters, a synthesis of what topic you’re inter- they’ll have to send.A student who wants to do class is to have a prospectus,so by the end of win- most useful things I’ve done here at Stanford,”
fore declaring honors,but have already started ested in researching, a resume, all of these ma- research pretty much can, but the amount of ter quarter of my junior year,I had an intro,a lit- Kropp said. “Reading other people’s research
on research early. terials,” said Shannon Tori Anderson ‘11, who time and effort needed to set it up can be frus- erature review, a tentative methodology and a is helpful but knowing how to write a literature
“Students need to have a 3.0 GPA in the is majoring in political science. Anderson is trating.” pretty good bibliography of sources. That class review and learning how to read a lot of mate-
major so that they qualify numerically,” said part of CISAC’s honors program and her pro- In other situations, finding and establishing really set me on the right course.” rial and condensing it is really helpful . . . these
Jennifer Mason, the undergraduate student posed honors thesis topic will be an evaluation communication with a faculty advisor can be Honors students also agree that passion in skills will be helpful in the long run, whereas
services officer for the biology department. of America’s airline security policies post-9/11. fortuitously effortless. one’s research topic is critical to making the you don’t learn as much from doing problem
“However, they also usually join labs [at the] Stedman and Mason both said that the “I got to know my advisor personally dur- most of the honors experience. sets.
end of sophomore year or early junior year to number of applications for most honors pro- ing my work at Sierra Camp,” said Garner “You have to be in love with your topic,” “It’s definitely worth it,” he added.
work on research projects.” grams has remained fairly constant within the Kropp ‘10.“So I was lucky in that I got to know said Miriam Marks ‘11,who is majoring in pub-
While most departments are fairly rigid in last five years. However, this doesn’t necessar- him mostly in a non-academic setting.” lic policy. Her honors thesis topic will be an Contact Jenny Thai at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Stanford Daily Thursday, May 13, 2010 N 3
Graduate council debriefs post-formal
By BRIANNA PANG but was beaten by someone else in dents representing them?” Chu said. programming co-chairs, Grad For-
STAFF WRITER the same department, they would not “To me, engineering is one big, in- mal this weekend was a success, with
be elected unless they won enough tegrated school,” he added. only one transport to the emergency
Discussion over an election regu- at-large votes. Adam Beberg, a doctoral student room due to “excessive alcohol con-
lation of the Graduate Student Defending his position, Satija pre- in computer science, believed the sumption.” Additionally, the student
Council (GSC) engineering district pared a PowerPoint presentation to rule should remain in effect since it lost his jacket, he said.
spots arose during Wednesday explain his stance, even though the allows for all engineering depart- “There was plenty of puking on
evening’s brief council meeting. rule did not exclude candidates in ments to have a chance at a voice. the bus, but we didn’t get charged for
Council members also elected new this year’s election. Satija argued in “There are a vast number of elec- any of it, so it’s okay,” Satija said.
co-equipment masters. favor of a model similar to the cur- trical engineers,” he said. “[Without ASSU Vice President Kelsei
Coining the regulation “the sepa- rent humanities and sciences district the rule,] they can essentially dwarf Wharton ‘12 reported that the execu-
rate department rule,” GSC member positions, which he said works more the other departments.” tive cabinet members have been an-
Addy Satija, a graduate student in effectively to diversify its representa- “It’s a good rule,so we should leave nounced. The newly chosen chairs
electrical engineering and energy re- tive voice. it alone,” Beberg added. “It’s hard for will be meeting the GSC later this
sources engineering, proposed an “This rule doesn’t actually the rule to actually bump someone off month.
amendment for its repeal. achieve actual better representa- the GSC anyway. We should let the Two co-equipment masters were
The rule, currently in effect, re- tion,” Satija said. “By design, fewer other departments in engineering approved on Wednesday evening: Ze
quires that the two allotted GSC en- engineers can qualify for the coun- have their representation.” Yuan, a graduate student in electrical
gineering spots must be filled by stu- cil,” he added. Satija said the rule had affected engineering, and Di Wang, a gradu-
dents from different engineering dis- Council member Tao Chu, a grad- election results at least once in the ate student in international policy
ciplines. Satija was concerned that in uate student in electrical engineer- past few years. He explained that the studies. Council members also ap-
certain instances, candidates could ing, agreed, questioning whether or rule had prevented two aeronautics proved $535 for the Stanford India
be barred from a council position de- not the average engineering student and astronautics graduate students Association and $410 for the Associ-
spite winning a qualifying number of would even mind having a represen- from being elected in 2006. ation of Chinese Students and Schol-
votes simply because of their depart- tative from another engineering de- Voting on the amendment will be ars at Stanford.
mental affiliation. For example, if a partment. pushed back for later weeks to allow
candidate received enough district “How do we know that people for further debate. Contact Brianna Pang at bkpang@
votes to win an overall GSC position don’t want electrical engineering stu- According to Satija, one of the stanford.edu.
passport is designed to reward those A number of other groups with and wellness fair . . . I used to see
who are already active and incen- ties to wellness — such as SHPRC, small groups in White Plaza. We
tivize other students to become more Stanford Dining, Stanford Peace of thought, why don’t we combine ef-
Continued from front page involved in wellness. Mind and the physical recreation de- forts and do a big thing instead of
The passport program will be fully partment — had set up tables at the small events?”
implemented at the start of fall quar- fair. Bowen said that the goals of the
wrestling, a bean-bag toss and free ter, she said. While Wednesday’s fair was the fair mirror the general goals of Be-
massages next to the Claw. Jamba Donnovan Yisrael ‘89,a health ed- first of its kind, HPS hopes to contin- Well: to “get active, eat well and un-
Juice set up a table to hand out free ucator for Health Promotion Ser- ue holding similar fairs in the future. wind.”
smoothie samples and coupons, and vices (HPS), said the group is looking “We want to make it an annual “We want to celebrate ways in
BeWell also gave away water bottles to promote the idea that “you can thing,” said Jarreau Bowen, the coor- which we are living well,”Bowen said.
and t-shirts. Students who participat- have fun when talking about health.” dinator of the Peer Health Education
ed in two or more activities were eli- “We’re emphasizing balance — (PHE) program. “The PHEs have Kabir Sawhney at ksawhney@stan-
gible to enter a raffle drawing. you can have fun and still take care of been talking for years about a health ford.edu.
For fair organizers and wellness yourself,” Yisrael said. “We need to
proponents on campus, the fair was take away the idea that health is all
also an opportunity to combine the hard work. If you make health fun,
efforts of various wellness organiza-
tions on campus.
“A lot of groups do things on their
people will do it.”
HPS and BeWell primarily fund-
ed the event, with additional support
own; we wanted to bring them to- coming from the Wellness Room,
gether, and support students doing SHPRC and Stanford Dining.
what they already do,” said Jennifer Cardona also discussed the Well-
Sexton, one of the BeWell cam- ness Room’s role in the fair from her
paign’s coordinators.“We’re now at a perspective as one of the room’s
point where we want to include stu- founders.
dents.” “The Wellness Room is a hub and
Sexton said the fair acted as Be- a central point of communication on
Well’s launching point for its student campus,” she said. “The fact that [the
passport wellness program. Similar room] helped sponsor the event is in
to the incentive program already in line with what I envisioned the
place for University employees, the room’s role to be.”
JONATHAN POTO/The Stanford Daily
Students perform outside of Sigma Nu on Wednesday evening as part of Sigma Nu Arts Poetry Slam, an annual event hosted by Sigma Nu fraternity that
features student performers from various styles and genres including spoken word, comedy, music and dance.
4 N Thursday, May 13, 2010 The Stanford Daily
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taken by schools to ensure that graduates are
learning at the appropriate level.Even if such scrutiny in the
data is collected, it is rarely distributed, pre-
venting comparative research between insti-
tutions that might lead to better education
coming years,this country A LTERNATIVE L IVING ...W ITHOUT THE N AKED
Defeating Irrationality For Sustainability
As colleges across the country face in-
creased scrutiny in state budgets and in front
of Congress, it is imperative that we carefully
evaluate proposals designed to increase ac-
countability of academia to ensure that they
damage a system that
do not harm the strengths of our university umans are irrational. This is some- weeks, I have talked to various people impas-
system. thing I have known and even liked sioned by the need for environmental
One of the last major reforms proposed
came from Former Education Secretary
works. about the human condition; our irra-
tionality makes life unpredictable, and there Samantha
change, and who are working to change the
way institutions work. Students for a Sustain-
Margaret Spellings, who proposed a new sys-
tem of accreditation of higher education to
are things about others and even ourselves
that evade logical explanation. This can be
Toh able Stanford, for example, is petitioning to
widen our GER options to include one on
address the student outcomes issue. ate standardized curriculums and nationwide fascinating; irrationality adds an uncertainty sustainability. Stanford Student Enterprises
For those unfamiliar with higher educa- exit examinations. For example, a properly- to our lives that can be charming. It can, how- is trying to collect discarded items at the end
tion governance, accreditation is the primary designed science curriculum allows profes- ever, also lead us to developing destructive of the year, putting them together in a rum-
means of regulating universities in the Unit- sors to bring new research into lecture with- habits, where we become irrationally com- the time of Jesus,Terry’s bear-like look of se- mage sale for next year’s students. The Stan-
ed States, and organizations like the Western out fear of under-preparing students for po- fortable doing things that hurt us - and the riousness would have glowed to the rhythmic ford Farm Project is trying to promote local
Association of Schools and Colleges (Stan- tential standardized tests. Further troubling habit defies the logical need to change these strains of a lute. food growing on the Stanford campus and
ford’s accrediting association) perform re- would be the erosion of unique and com- destructive tendencies. “Something,” Terry continued, “has to raise awareness about food production.
views of campus academics to ensure that pelling interdisciplinary programs like Stan- This phenomenon manifests itself in so give.” What makes me feel even more hopeful is
universities are meeting basic standards to ford’s Human Biology and Symbolic Systems many ways - from people comparing them- And it is true. The existence of environ- the fact that environmental consciousness
offer degrees. majors due to a focus on pure disciplines. selves unhealthily to others to people mental destruction makes me angry about can be mobilized into action outside these
Unfortunately, accreditation often ig- To be fair, learning outcomes tests would dwelling on problems without being able to how we as consumers act irresponsibly. De- environmental-themed organizations. Last
nores student learning outcomes. In re- most likely focus on basic skills like reading approach them positively. While irrational spite all rational indicators than we should weekend, refreshing Facebook in a fit of
sponse, Spellings and her Commission on the and freshman composition. And I under- emotional responses are common all around increase conservation, we cannot. Certainly, rabid procrastination, I received a message
Future of Higher Education wanted to re- stand that not every university in America us,I would like to discuss today a far-reaching so much of the problem is systemic. Look at informing me that Theta Delt was using recy-
place this system with national, unified stan- has the same standards as America’s top irrationality that I believe is overlooked al- the United States, for example: the failure clable cups for their Friday party. In that sec-
dards with a testing component similar to No schools. If these are problems, I would direct beit important - our irrational approach to that is its public transport system, the spread- ond, my heart swelled with pride — not only
Child Left Behind. Such a system would have attention to the primary and secondary the environment.There is so much we do that out nature of cities, the built-in consumer cul- was there going to be a party named after a
provided comparative data from all accredit- schools as the location that needs assistance adds to environmental destruction, from ture. From these discrete pieces of evidence, fake dinosaur on campus, it was going to be a
ed schools in the country, allowing easy com- and not higher education. using red plastic cups to leaving the light on one can understand how environmental ex- party more ecological than most.
parison between peer programs. Government obviously needs to end the when we leave a room.The green movement ploitation becomes a necessity, and how de- The few changes I witness around me
The plan failed spectacularly, and the predatory practices of some institutions still represents a minority viewpoint, and I veloping environmental consciousness be- make me feel motivated to change my own
Obama Administration will almost certainly highlighted in the Frontline documentary. question constantly why it remains that way comes difficult. behavior patterns. I recycle more, eat less
not revive this proposal. However, the de- But government also needs to stay away when the risks are so significant. Personally, I despair at these systemic meat and shop less.This, however, is far from
bate remains: how much independence from implementing rules or laws that stran- I recently spoke with someone named problems. They suggest that a top-down a conclusion; I am just beginning to open a
should universities have in administering gle American higher education under even Terry, a tall, bear-like man whom I shared a change is necessary, and emphasize the pow- can of worms, and learning about shifting in-
their educational programs? more regulation. Universities remain one of house with last year. In a game where we erlessness of individual impact.It causes us to dividual action to a group- or system-level
Complicating this question is the recent the most innovative and dynamic of Ameri- took turns asking one another random ques- think of the short-term, insurmountable dif- change to better the environmental state.
increased scrutiny of for-profit colleges. In a can enterprises, and it is the free market and tions, I happened to ask, “Terry, what is your ficulties of confronting the environmental How can one fix global myopia when it
Frontline documentary entitled “College, competition of higher education that ensures favorite kind of pizza and do you feel respon- problem. In the short-run, these difficulties comes to environmental action? How can we
Inc.” released last week, the reporter targets that these schools continually strive for the sible for the environment?” are high while the costs are low. What we make people act more rationally and respon-
for-profit colleges for predatory admissions best standards - not the lowest common de- Non-sequiturs aside,Terry said something lack, however, is the ability to look rationally sibly? These are questions that I am just be-
practices and for failing to provide adequate nominator. of infinite wisdom. into the long-run, where net outcomes are ginning to muddle through, and wondering if
training to graduates. As noted on the pro- Schools must do their part though to “The way the world is, things will not keep bound to be terrible for most of the world if you could answer.
gram, the University of Phoenix - the largest prove to their students and to the taxpayers working for long,” Terry said, ignoring my we do not change our current habits.
for-profit college - receives more than 80% that fund them (either directly or through question about the pizza. He furrowed his Individuals bonding together, however, Basically, Sam would love to hear your opin-
of its funding from the federal government in federal research grants) that they are provid- brow. Had this been a film about old sages in can begin to change a system. In the past few ion. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
the form of loans and grants from the GI Bill. ing the services they are claiming. More com-
Many of these organizations are also accred- parative student learning outcomes data is
ited like traditional universities such as Stan- not controversial, and such data should be re-
ford and the University of Michigan. leased as a commitment to accountability.
This heightened scrutiny leads back to the As higher education receives another
Bush-era proposal of nationwide testing, and round of scrutiny in the coming years, this
there is presumably a strong argument to be country must resist attempts to damage a sys-
made for it. But just as NCLB straight-jack- tem that works at a fundamental level. Most
eted primary and secondary schools, a similar schools get it - let’s not punish them with a
program for higher education would dimin- one-size-fits-all policy aimed at solving vari-
ish innovation, lower standards due to the in- ations in learning outcomes.
tense pressure to graduate students and en-
danger the quality of undergraduate pro- Danny Crichton is an accredited Lag Late Nite
grams in America. eater. Have something to say? Send him a Tri-
Higher education is the last place to cre- Combo to email@example.com.
L ETTER TO THE E DITOR
Dear Editor, tions where a contractor’s employees are
represented under a collective bargaining
The Editorial Board’s piece on May 6, agreement. It would be inappropriate for
2010 about Stanford’s living wage policy con- Stanford to interfere with the rights of union-
tained factual errors and misrepresents how ized employees to negotiate a contract with
the living wage policy is applied. another employer. Imposing the living wage
Perhaps the most egregious error is the policy on a previously negotiated agreement
lack of understanding about who is actually would be inconsistent with our respect for
making a living wage here on campus. Your the collective bargaining process.
editorial says that “the living wage should be These are reasonable and necessary ex-
granted to all university workers for whom a ceptions to the living wage policy. More de-
living wage was promised”. This has hap- tails on the policy can be found at
pened — ALL of the more than 12,000 em- http://fingate.stanford.edu/staff/buypaying/p
ployees paid directly by Stanford plus thou- olicy_notes/living_wage_benefit_guide.html
sands of temporary and casual employees The editorial also criticized the Universi-
earn more than the living wage. You also ref- ty for not imposing its living wage policy on
erence the need for an enforcement mecha- other companies such as the Stanford Hospi-
nism. We have this in place as well. The Inter- tal, tenants like Hewlett Packard that lease
nal Audit department regularly audits con- space at the research park, or companies like
tractors covered by the living wage policy to Subway who are vendors on campus. These
ensure compliance. When we are informed of are separate corporations from Stanford. It
a failure to pay the living wage, we promptly would be unprecedented and legally unsup-
investigate and take corrective action. portable for the University to unilaterally
The living wage policy applies to regular impose its living wage policy on separate
employees of contractors who provide serv- legal entities that have a landlord tenant re-
ices to the university, including services at lationship with the university.
SLAC. There are only two exceptions to this To my knowledge, we continue to be the
Write to us.
coverage: only large private employer in the bay area
1.The living wage applies to contracts that that has a living wage policy. Stanford has
have an aggregate value of $100,000 or more.
There are hundreds of contracts put in place
taken a leadership position in instituting this
policy,which is consistent with our long histo-
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be done,” he said. willing to pay for it, Carroll said.
Carroll said the electricity pro-
duction does release slightly more
According to Schmid, landfill gas
energy is currently the cheapest op-
Execs name 12 cabinet
Continued from front page nitrous oxides than flaring. Nitrous tion for expanding Palo Alto’s alter-
oxides are important components of native energy portfolio.
smog. “As a leading city we want to be members
“With the landfill-gas-to-energy Mayor Pat Burt and council out there grabbing the best deals,”
project, we’re using a fuel that is al- member Karen Holman had other Schmid said. By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF
ready being collected, and we’re glad trepidations. With the contribution of landfill
it can be used as energy,” Carroll “Environmentally, I was con- gas, Palo Alto is expected to receive The ASSU executives have named
said. cerned that the particular landfills 28 percent of its energy from “green” the members of their cabinet, a group
Based on the amount collected involved do not have the best prac- sources. The city hopes to reach 33 of students tasked next year with car-
each day, he predicted the wasted gas tices,” Burt said. percent by 2015. But Burt says there rying out the campaign promises of
could consistently power around San Joaquin Valley landfills still are better ways to reach this goal. student body President Angelina Car-
4,000 homes. accept some recyclable and com- “I want to see us put a greater dona ‘11 and Vice President Kelsei
Several council members said the postable materials. Carroll said most portion of our effort into reducing Wharton ‘12.
newly approved commitment posed of these items are removed before the purchase of polluting energy as The executives on Wednesday
a financial and environmental risk to they even reach the landfill, but opposed to buying more green ener- named 12 cabinet members, a smaller
the city. Council member Greg more rigorous sorting is not econom- gy,” Burt said. “We will always use a group than the 21-person team of for-
Schmid worried that the council em- ically feasible. combination of increased renew- mer President David Gobaud, a
braced this opportunity without fully “San Joaquin Valley waste man- ables and increased efficiency. The coterminal student in computer sci-
investigating the potential indirect agement is funded almost entirely by question is how best to strike that ence.
environmental impacts of the our clients, so every decision is an balance.” John Haskell ‘12, chosen last
process. economic decision,” Carroll said. month, is set to lead the group as chief
“It appeared to me as a non-sci- The landfill gas project is only possi- Contact Adam Cole at of staff.
entist that more research needed to ble because towns like Palo Alto are firstname.lastname@example.org. Several ASSU insiders are among
the cabinet members, including Ryan
Peacock, a doctoral student in chemi-
cal engineering who ran for executive
the changes made at their fellow Mike Hochleutner, executive direc- with Jonathan Bakke last month and
universities is not at all uncommon, tor of the GSB’s Center for Leader- came in second to Cardona and
said officials at Stanford’s GSB. ship Development and Research, Wharton. A former member of the
“Universities are primarily inter- because many students felt that the Graduate Student Council, Peacock
Continued from front page was named the chair of graduate stu-
ested in creating the most effective first MBA year had a disproportion-
learning experience possible, and ate amount of requirements com- dent issues.
riculum has yet to be completely often share ideas to build upon and pared to the second year, the total Elise Geithner ‘13, who ran on a
rolled out, the redirection of Haas’ improve curricula,” wrote GSB graduation requirements were in- four-person slate for sophomore class
cultural aspirations was already Dean Garth Saloner MA ‘81 MS ‘82 creased and students were afforded president that also came in second,
manifested in the admission process Ph.D. ‘82 in an e-mail to The Daily. more choice in their coursework. was nominated as chair of campus or-
before the May 3 curriculum an- Stanford’s GSB launched its This factor, along with smaller class ganizing.
nouncement. most recent curriculum update in sizes, meant that more instructors Viviana Arcia ‘13 was an ASSU
“The hope, of course, is that it im- 2007, and while its development were needed. Undergraduate Senate associate this
proves the match,” Lyons said. process did consider some of the But these challenges were will- year;she is set to join next year’s exec-
“People for whom Berkeley Haas is same elements in place at other in- ingly accepted by GSB officials. utive cabinet as the chair of women’s
not the right fit will learn much stitutions, curriculum developers at “The demands on the schools’ in- issues.
Warner Sallman ‘11 was a class ADAM COLE/The Stanford Daily
early on. We wanted to make sure Stanford ultimately decided to go a frastructure [have] increased,”
that we got that fit correctly, that different route. Kumar said. “[But] we believe we president as a sophomore; he was MFA student Jeremiah Barber rolls his way to the Thomas Welton Gallery as part
people that should be selecting to- “We always keep an eye on can actually pull this off. We believe nominated as the executives’ social of a performance art piece on Wednesday evening. His bubble was
ward us were [doing so] and if oth- what’s happening at other schools,” that this is a cost worth bearing be- chair. constructed of branches and clear plastic, and his journey took almost two
ers should select toward some other said Sunil Kumar, a professor and cause it provides a much better edu- Among the other nominees is hours.
school, that they do that as well.” the senior associate dean for aca- cational experience for our stu- Theo Gibbs ‘11, the outgoing presi-
He added that this change could demic affairs at the GSB. “[But] in dents.” dent of Students for a Sustainable
be responsible for the 10 percent in- the end, the task force, while it was Although there are aspects of Stanford, who was named the sustain-
crease in the number of students cognizant of what happened at the new curriculum that still need to net chat during her first two years. In
who accepted their offer of admis- other schools, more or less went be settled, students and faculty are, Tenzin Seldon ‘12 was named chair
of diversity, tolerance and equality; her senior year, she decided to regain
sion. their own way. [Curricula] come out by and large, satisfied with the a “normal social life”and reach out to
Although top-tier business different because they are trying to change. Taylor Winfield ‘13, chair of health
and wellness; Amanda Mener ‘12, Continued from page 2 her extracurricular music groups.
schools such as Haas and Stanford’s achieve different goals and are “While I wouldn’t go so far as to “It’s really hard to balance a nor-
Graduate School of Business being done by organizations with say that we’ve achieved what we in- chair of student life, academics and
cost of living; Demetric Sanders ‘10, mal social life with an online social
(GSB) are often in competition by different capabilities.” tended to, we are definitely in the development and marketing commu- life,” Lewis said, matter-of-factly. “I
nature of their high ranking, busi- Implementing the larger host of direction going there,” Kumar said. chair of marketing and design;
Neveen Mahmoud ‘11, chair of serv- nications associate. “In our curricu- don’t think I know anybody who was
ness schools have a history of draw- moving parts in the current curricu- lum,they have university-level courses able to successfully be active both on-
ing from each others’ curriculum lum continues to be a struggle for Contact Cassandra Feliciano at ccfeli- ice; Taylor Savage ‘13, chair of tech-
nology; and Vivian Wong ‘12, chair of in a variety of subjects, so it’s unlikely line and locally — people either
changes. Haas’ decision to review the GSB. For example, according to email@example.com. that they’re going to exhaust their ed- chose one or the other.”
disabilities and accessible education.
The cabinet members are subject ucational resources before it is time O’Kelly took advantage of the
to legislative confirmation. for them age-wise to go to college.” OHS’s intrinsic flexibility in the on-
The OHS’s system worked for line format. Although the school
— Elizabeth Titus
O’Kelly, who chose to enroll in the boasts a number of rigid require-
program after exhausting her high ments — including a core sequence
school’s most advanced English class- based on Stanford’s Introduction to
es.Looking for a challenge,she imme- the Humanities (IHUM) program —
American Heart Association Tributes
diately jumped into the OHS’s AP O’Kelly was able to design her own
English course. O’Kelly looks back curriculum.When she submitted a 70-
Celebrate on the experience as both frightening
page proposal to develop an educa-
tional software program, the OHS
“For the first three months, I provided her with class credit and fac-
thought I was either going to die or ulty advisors.
drop out,” O’Kelly recalled. “It was Of course, not all OHS students
very intense. There were a lot of follow the path of O’Kelly,who won a
nights when I was crying myself to national competition for her project
sleep. I thought I was going to be a and now has a patent pending. But
complete failure. [But] after a couple the opportunities are undoubtedly
of months, you just kind of get into there.
the swing of things, and suddenly “All that the school offers you isn’t
Mark special events in things start making sense.” going to be handed to you,” O’Kelly
“The thought of 15-page papers admitted. “I think you can get a lot
the life of a friend, relative or isn’t daunting anymore,” she added. out of the school, but you actually
Similar to O’Kelly, Maya Lewis’s have to go look for it.”
colleague—and continue ‘13 transition to the OHS’s online for- O’Kelly will graduate from the
the ﬁght against heart mat was a difficult one. It took her OHS in June — the school holds a
about a year before she felt complete- formal ceremony on Stanford’s cam-
disease—with an American ly acclimated. A native of Texas, pus — and matriculate into Stanford
Lewis had only ever attended local in the fall. She will join the five stu-
Heart Association Tribute. schools. She learned about the OHS dents from the OHS’s first graduating
from her dad, who, according to class who currently attend Stanford.
Lewis, “read about it in a local news- As one of those five students,
For more information please paper while waiting for my grandma Lewis has no regrets about attending
call 1-800-AHA-USA-1 or visit us in a beauty salon.” OHS. It certainly helped prepare her
online at americanheart.org Lewis eventually thrived in the for Stanford’s academic rigor.But she
program, procuring the positions of is nonetheless happy to be back in a
student body president and editor of social atmosphere, where she has ac-
the newspaper — all of which took cess to friends and fun.
place over the Internet. “It’s nice being around people
Still the lack of in-person interac- again.”
tion was the main disadvantage of the
program, Lewis said. She made Contact Stephanie Sara Chong at ss-
©2008, American Heart Association. 1/08CB0243 friends almost exclusively via Inter- firstname.lastname@example.org.
6 N Thursday, May 13, 2010 The Stanford Daily
BACK IN NCAAs
Dishing the Rock
Women’s lacrosse to compete in NCAA Tournament for second time in school history and first since 2006
Don’t close By CHRIS JUHNKE Last year, after a win against No. 3 Penn in its urday at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, the Cardinal round. With an NCAA Tournament berth on
DESK EDITOR regular season finale, the team had its hopes has made it to the NCAA Tournament. In the the line, both teams came out swinging, and
dashed by being left out of the tournament, first round, it will face No. 5 seed James Madi- UMass was able to jump out to an early 4-2
Redemption was sweet for the Stanford but this year the Cardinal was able to play its son, champions of the Colonial Athletic Asso- lead in the first NCAA women’s lacrosse play-
women’s lacrosse team as it advanced to the way into the tournament. ciation and one of the top teams in the nation. off game ever played in California.
NCAA Tournament with a win over the Uni- A rule change that gave the MPSF Tourna- The Cardinal looked liked it belonged in However, Stanford wasn’t going to let its
versity of Massachusetts at home in the ment champion a berth to the NCAA play-in just its second NCAA Tournament appear- chance at the NCAA Tournament slip away so
NCAA play-in game just one year after being game allowed Stanford to control its own fate ance all-time, the first coming in 2006 when
snubbed by the selection committee. and now, after a 15-12 win over UMass on Sat- Stanford lost to Northwestern in the first Please see WLAX, page 8
ith three of the four
by a sweep, all eyes
were on the Celtics-
Cavaliers series on Tuesday night,
where the two elite clubs were set for
battle in Cleveland to break a 2-2 series
tie. At the time, the series was marred
by a collection of blowouts and under-
achieving team performances. When
one side looked dominant and poised
to take a commanding lead, it would
immediately falter in the next game.
From a team basketball perspective,
the series was pretty dreadful.
However, the matchup still brought
all the intrigue and excitement as ex-
pected,thanks to monster performanc-
es by Cavs forward LeBron James (21
points in the first quarter of Game 3)
and Boston guard Rajon Rondo (a 29-
point, 18-rebound and 13-assist triple-
double in Game 4).Hype was still pres-
ent,and I knew that it was just a matter
of time before two juggernauts began
to play like two juggernauts.
With the series knotted, there was
no way that the reigning MVP and the
2008 NBA Champions would allow the
game to get out of hand in either direc-
tion. Neither team was accustomed to
blowouts, and neither was known for
throwing in the towel before the final
buzzer sounded.As Game 5 — the cru-
cial tiebreaker — rolled around Tues-
day night, I was thinking the game
would come down to the final posses-
sion.What did I get?
One of the worst performances of
James’ career, leading to the worst
home loss in Cleveland history by a
score of 120-88.
Talk on Wednesday morning sur-
rounded LeBron. James finished the
game hitting just three of his 14 at-
tempts from the field while turning the
ball over three times along the way.
Shaquille O’Neal — his 38-year-old MASARU OKA/Staff Photographer
Redshirt junior Lauren Schmidt, the two-time MPSF Player of the Year, led the Stanford women’s lacrosse team with three goals and an assist in the Cardinal’s 15-12 victory over Massachusetts in
Please see ZIMMERMAN, page 7 the NCAA play-in game. With the win, Stanford advanced to the NCAA Tournament for only the second time in school history. The Cardinal’s first test will be against No. 5 seed James Madison.
FINISHING STRONG Bigger influence:
HEAD TO HEAD:
Softball looks to end skid
in season’s final series passion or money?
By KABIR SAWHNEY
Justin Marpole-Bird Tom Taylor
Money drives Sports are about fans
With the regular season coming to a close,
the Stanford softball team will try to use its re-
maining games to build momentum for the
modern sports and their passion
postseason. The No. 17 Cardinal (33-17, 5-13
Pac-10) has one conference series left — a
three-game showdown at home against Ore-
After a strong start to the season, Stanford
orty years ago,athletes were con- irst and foremost, sport is about
has played poorly, going 3-12 in its last 15
sidered amateurs. For the most passion. It’s about standing side-
games, with two of those wins coming against
part, they eschewed endorse- by-side with your fellow fans,
weaker, nonconference opponents. Arizona,
ment contracts from major shoe about singing and chanting until
UCLA and Washington have all swept the
manufacturers and other sport- your voice gives out, about living
ing companies. The Amateur Athletic and dying on the outcome of the game being
The No. 1 Huskies (43-5, 15-3 Pac-10) dealt
Union in the United States, the Amateur played out in front of you.
Stanford a couple of tough losses last week-
Athletic Association in Great Britain and It’s about wearing your team’s colors as
end, with two of the three games decided by
similar organizations in other countries you walk out to defend the honor of those
slim, one-run margins.
watched every penny that changed hands in cheering you on, about how deep those col-
The series victory secured the conference
a hawkish manner that would put the ors run, coursing through your veins.
title for Washington.
NCAA’s auditors to shame. Many a talent- In the capitalist society where we live,
“We have to bounce back,” said head coach
ed and capable athlete went without mak- money seems all-powerful, but as the old
John Rittman. “We could have won two of
ing any reasonable amount of money in adage goes, “money can’t buy happiness.”
sport for the dream of competing in events And it cannot buy passion.
Stanford’s last chance to improve its for-
that required retention of one’s amateur Since the advent of truly professional
tunes will come this weekend against the No.
status, such as the Olympic Games, the sports,many teams have been bewitched by
20 Ducks (33-16, 8-10). Like Stanford, Oregon
World Cup and Grand Slam Tennis Cham- the lure of untold riches,but you do not need
had a hot start to its conference season but has
pionships. to look far to find parables of the danger of
fizzled out somewhat since. It has lost its last
Now,more and more leagues and sports this attraction.The recent financial collapse
four series, against Washington,Arizona State,
have made the move toward professional- has again shown us that the greedy goal of
UCLA and Arizona. However, the Ducks
ism.Sports management emerged as a pro- simply amassing money for the sake of
managed to salvage a win in each one of those
fession in the late 1970s and early 1980s, money can be an incredibly destructive
series, except against the Bruins.
and major amateur championships began human trait.
Oregon currently sits in fifth place in the
to admit more and more professionals to Bankers became entirely divested from
Pac-10, a game behind the Sun Devils. Stan-
compete.As might be anticipated,a greater those they were borrowing money from,
ford is seventh in the standings, out of the cel-
number of sportsmen and women began to and those they were lending money to. In-
lar by just a game over Oregon State.
leave the amateur ranks in an attempt to stead of helping nurture growing businesses
“Oregon is a much improved team,”
keep up with focused, single-minded pro- and providing financial help to consumers
Rittman said. “They have four good pitchers
fessionals. With the exception of student- while taking a modest cut, they began to
they can go to,so it’s going to be a challenge for
athletes in the collegiate leagues such as chase nothing but their own personal ambi-
us. We have to bring our ‘A’ game to win this
the NCAA and NAIA, most serious ath- tions. It was clear that making quick gains
BRYAN LIN/The Stanford Daily letes are of the professional nature (receiv- and paying themselves ungodly bonuses
The Ducks’ pitching staff is one of the
The No. 17 Stanford softball team has struggled recently, losing 12 of its past 15 games.
The Cardinal will look to break that streak this weekend when it takes on No. 20 Oregon. Please see SOFTBALL, page 8 Please see MONEY, page 7 Please see PASSION, page 7
The Stanford Daily Thursday, May 13, 2010 N 7
say, “I spoil a lot of people with my My friend echoed these state-
play.When you have three bad games ments yesterday morning by asking,
in seven years, it’s easy to point them “is it just me, or doesn’t it feel like
Continued from page 6 out.” Good lord. There’s no denying there is a 25-percent chance that Fri-
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http://s4u.stanford.edu. Kid’s Items, Tools, Electronics, & Much Continued from page 6 out in the cold as the grandiose plans ing their fans to relocate to a new city,
1-800-264-8828 More! crumble to nothing. the Oakland/LA Raiders being one.
The real team is not the suits in the Over here,this concept seems an ac-
was more important than anything boardroom, or the players out on the cepted business model, but back home
else. Not the economy, not the compa- field,it is the fans.The people who show it drives fear into the heart of every real
nies they worked for, and certainly not up come rain or shine, who don’t come fan.The thought of Americans owning
the honest, hard-working folk who for the prawn sandwiches and hospital- English teams is one of our greatest
turned to them for loans and to respon- ity, who don’t come because they are fears, not because of latent xenopho-
sibly invest their savings. paid to,and who will be there long after bia, but because of the concern that
The same is true in sport. When the glory days are gone. they know nothing about, and care
money men spend big and risk every- That owners often do not under- nothing for, the teams they invest in.
Manchester United, one of the
biggest soccer teams in the world, has
for several years been owned by the
Glazer family. Somehow they were
able to buy the club by leveraging its
worth against a loan,and then this loan
was moved onto the team itself. Now
the Glazers owe nothing while the club
is in the red with phenomenal debts of
over 700 million pounds (1 billion dol-
It is unthinkable that such a big club
could go bankrupt,but it is not unheard
of. Smaller teams have been relegated
for financial irregularities, and others
have closed their gates for the last time,
destroying whole communities of fans.
On the other side of the scale is FC
Barcelona. This team could also put
forward a case for being the biggest
club in the world,but unlike others,it is
owned and run by the fans. It is a rich
and successful team, but it is this with-
out needing to be all consumed by the
quest for money. Instead of cashing in
on lucrative shirt sponsorships,it sports
the UNICEF logo,and donates 1.5 mil-
lion euros (1.9 million dollars) a year to
While it is indisputable that money
is an integral part of a large, modern
sports team, what this highlights is that
spending huge is neither a secret to suc-
cess nor a requirement.Teams need to
be run responsibly and need to know
that their greatest asset is not the mil-
lions in the bank, nor the size of their
stadiums or the overhyped,overvalued
and overpaid “stars” who take the
It is the passion and devotion of the
Contact Tom Taylor at tom.taylor@
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Continued from page 6
SOFTBALL|Card faces Oregon in last series WLAX Continued from page 6 With the win, the Cardinal
advanced to the NCAA
easily. The Cardinal came roaring
team’s strengths.Unlike many teams,
which rely on a single, dominant SOFTBALL no definite timetable for her return.
She did enter the Washington series back to take an 11-8 lead into half-
pitcher, Oregon uses two starters in as a pinch runner, indicating that her time and never relinquished it. In the
tandem — Jessica Moore and Sam 5/9 at Washington L 1-0 (8) return to the circle may be immi- second half, the teams traded goals,
Tournament and merely
Skillingstad. Moore has an ERA of nent. with each scoring four, resulting in a
final score of 15-12 in favor of the
1.64 and a 14-10 record, while
Skillingstad has posted a 2.60 ERA
UP NEXT Rittman, though, will continue to
exercise caution. Cardinal.
UMass’s Merritt Cosgrove had a
and an 11-5 record.
OREGON “We’d like to have her back as
had to wait until the next
Overall, the Oregon staff has a healthy as possible for the postsea- hat trick in the first half for the Min-
team ERA of 2.22, slightly better son,” he said. utewomen, which contributed to
(33-16, 8-10 Pac-10) their early lead. However, she re-
than Stanford’s combined ERA of On the offensive side, Stanford
2.57. 5/13 Smith Family Stadium will have to improve on its perform- ceived two yellow cards, forcing her
7P.M. to leave the game early.
day to find out who its
Neither Duck starter should pro- ance from last weekend in order to
Junior Sarah Flynn led Stanford
vide a similar challenge to last week- COVERAGE: have a shot at taking down Oregon.
in the match, scoring five goals on
end, when the Card faced off against The Cardinal lineup has performed
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Offensively, Oregon is led by against the Huskies, and it scored Fellow junior and MPSF Player of
right fielder Sam Pappas, who is hit- GAME NOTES: No. 17 Stanford looks to finish only two runs in the team’s two loss- the Year Lauren Schmidt also had an
ting .407 with 46 RBIs and 11 home the season strong as it takes on No. 20 Ore- es to the Sun Devils. impressive outing, scoring three
runs on the year. Left fielder Allie gon. The Cardinal has gone 3-12 in its last While senior left fielder Alissa goals and an assist in the winning ef-
Burger, the leadoff hitter, should 15 games after going 16-2 in its previous Haber has been performing well, fort. In goal,Annie Read played well
also pose a challenge to Stanford — 18. This series with the Ducks marks the last maintaining a .437 batting average, for the Card, turning in a six-save
she is hitting .400 for the season with three games of the regular season, as the the rest of the lineup has not fol- performance that supported the im- in 2007 and 2008, with James Madi- season. Monica Zabel has 31 assists
24 RBIs. NCAA Regionals begin next week. lowed suit. Collectively, the Cardinal pressive offensive effort by Stan- son taking both of the hard-fought on the year for James Madison, while
Stanford’s pitching staff has been is hitting just .292. ford. contests by one goal. In the midst of goalie Kelly Morgan has a 6.78 goals-
the team’s strength over the past few “We’re getting ourselves oppor- With the win, the Cardinal ad- a great year for the program, James against average and has recorded
weeks, and the Cardinal will look to two starts against the Huskies and tunities, but we’re not getting timely vanced to the NCAA Tournament Madison only has two losses all sea- 115 saves this year.
continue that success against the combined with freshman Jenna Rich hits,” Rittman said. “We need to and merely had to wait until the next son,road games to No.13 Loyola and The match begins at 10 a.m. PST
Ducks. Junior pitcher Ashley Chinn, to hold Arizona State to just six runs work on continuing to hit pitches in day to find out who its opponent No. 1 Maryland. Stanford will have on Saturday at James Madison in
Stanford’s likely starter for all three in three games two weeks ago. the zone.” would be. That opponent turned out to overcome even more history, as Harrisonburg, Va. The winner of the
games this weekend, does not have Also notable for Stanford’s pitch- Stanford will play Oregon at Smith to be No. 7 James Madison, who James Madison is 5-0 in NCAA first- game faces the winner of the match
flattering stats — she owns an 8-8 ing is the return of freshman Teagan Family Stadium today through Satur- earned the fifth seed in the tourna- round games at home. between Georgetown and Syracuse
record and a 2.97 ERA for the sea- Gerhart, who emerged as the Card’s day.Today’s game starts at 7 p.m. ment and drew the unseeded Cardi- Leading the Dukes on offense are in the NCAA quarterfinals.
son. However, she has shown flashes ace prior to an injury a month ago. nal in the first round. Kim Griffin, who leads the team with
of brilliance in her last two series. According to Rittman, Gerhart’s Contact Kabir Sawhney at ksawhney The Cardinal has faced the Dukes 60 points, and Mary Kate Lomady, Contact Chris Juhnke at cjuhnke@
Chinn gave up just three runs in her status is currently up in the air, with @stanford.edu. on two previous occasions recently, who has a team-high 44 goals on the stanford.edu.