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 The boys of the quirky a cappella group                                                                       Track and field athletes hit Austin for NCAA                                                         Showers            Mostly Sunny
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May 27, 2010
                        The Stanford Daily                                         An Independent Publication
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Volume 237
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Issue 66

                                               Kuumba Spring Show
Partial fill
plays out at                                                                                                                                                        program grows
Suites in-                                                                                                                                                                Admission, students reflect on pilot
house draw                                                                                                                                                                interview program in its third year
                                                                                                                                                                           By LAUREN WILSON                      note that the vast majority of appli-
                                                                                                                                                                          CONTRIBUTING WRITER                    cants offered an interview chose to
New assignment policy                                                                                                                                                 As Stanford’s admission rate
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 take it.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Shaw said the admission office
allows single choice                                                                                                                                               dropped to a historically low rate this
                                                                                                                                                                   year — just 7.2 percent — some appli-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 would wait until its third year before
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 any decisions are made on whether or
                                                                                                                                                                   cants added an extra element to the           not to implement the program more
                                                                                                                                                                   usual essays and transcript that com-         broadly.
         By JOSHUA FALK
                                                                                                                                                                   prise the application: an admission in-           “So far we feel pretty strong suc-
                                                                                                                                                                   terview.                                      cess, but there’s no preconceived no-
                                                                                                                                                                      Now, Stanford’s Office of Under-           tion that it will go forward,” he said.
     Tuesday night’s in-house draw for
                                                                                                                                                                   graduate Admission has announced              “We’re still evaluating.”
Suites residences was the first with a
                                                                                                                                                                   the third year of the pilot interview             Stanford received more than
“partial fill” option, which resulted in
                                                                                                                                                                   program that, if expanded, could ex-          32,000 applications for spots in the
confusion for many residents and res-
                                                                                                                                                                   tend interviews to all applicants.            Class of 2014, about a 5.4 percent in-
idential staff during the three-and-a-
                                                                                                                                                                      “Right now it’s a pilot program,”          crease over the 30,348 received the
half hour room assignment process.
                                                                                                                                                                   said Richard Shaw, dean of Under-             previous year.
     Next year’s Suites residents and
                                                                                                                                                                   graduate Admission. “That’s exactly               Because of high application num-
staff gathered at Bollard Dining Soci-
                                                                                                                                                                   what it is.It’s been a pilot and it contin-   bers, Shaw is hesitant to expand the
ety in Governor’s Corner for the in-
                                                                                                                                                                   ues to be one. We’ve not made any             program to cover all applicants in this
house draw, which didn’t go the way
                                                                                                                                                                   final determination as to whether it          nascent stage. Undergraduate Admis-
many residents had expected.
                                                                                                                                                                   would be a larger program.”                   sion is still determining if it has the ca-
     “I came in with a group of six and
                                                                                                                                                                      The pilot program began two                pacity to employ this program world-
you assume you’re all going to live to-
                                                                                                                                                                   years ago and was first available to          wide. The concern affects Stanford’s
gether,” said incoming Suites resident
                                                                                                                                                                   some applicants for the Class of 2013;        home state in particular, where there
Jamie Bruce ‘12.“But we got split up.”
                                                                                                                                                                   it was offered again for the Class of         are currently no interview locations
     “People got the option to partial-
                                                                                                                                                                   2014 and will be available to the in-         due to the sheer volume of applica-
fill,” said Katie Gardner ‘12, who will
                                                                                                                                                                   coming applicant Class of 2015. Stan-         tions Stanford receives from Califor-
be a Resident Assistant (RA) in Suites
                                                                                                                                                                   ford alumni conduct interviews in the         nia each year.
next year. According to Gardner, the
                                                                                                                                                                   applicant’s area, then do a write-up of           Shaw estimated around 2,500 ap-
new partial-fill option allowed stu-
                                                                                                                                                                   the experience and send it to the ad-         plicants received interviews this year.
dents to draw into certain rooms with-
                                                                                                                                                                   mission office.                               This raises the question of whether or
in a suite without filling up the entire
                                                                                                                                                                      While Harvard and Princeton                not those 2,500 people received an un-
suite with a group.
                                                                                                                                                                   have instituted programs that offer           fair advantage over ones who were not
     Last year, students were required
                                                                                                                                                                   interviews to everyone who applies,           interviewed.
to form groups that completely filled a
                                                                                                                                                                   interviews for Stanford are currently             “Really, what it does is it adds tex-
four-, six- or eight-person suite. This
                                                                                                                                                                   offered to applicants in 12 areas: At-        ture to the application, as we get a
year, with partial fill, individuals were
                                                                                                                                                                   lanta, Denver, London, Massachu-              summary of the experience of meeting
given the option of selecting a room
                                                                                                                                                                   setts, Maryland, Minneapolis-St.              the person in the process,” Shaw said.
wherever there was one space, as long
                                                                                                                                                                   Paul, New York City, Philadelphia,            “In general, it isn’t a make-or-break
as it was within the category of suites
                                                                                                                                                                   Portland, Virginia and Washington,            deal. It’s one piece of information
they were assigned to in the Draw.
                                                                                                                                                                   D.C.                                          among all other pieces of information
     Gardner said at Tuesday’s draw
                                                                                                                                                                      Maryland, Virginia and Washing-            that candidates give to us.”
that this change made the in-house
                                                                                                                                                                   ton,D.C.were just added for the appli-            “I think, frankly, interviews can go
draw process “more competitive,” but
                                                                                                                                                                   cants of the Class of 2015.                   either way, but again, it’s just a factor
in the end, only one draw group was
                                                                                                                                                                      “They’re pretty broadly distrib-           among many,” he added. “I think to
                                                                                                                                                                   uted across the nation,” Shaw said of         the extent that it hurts or helps a stu-
     “They ended up with people they
                                                                                                                                                                   the interview locations. “They’re pri-        dent’s chances for Stanford,it’s proba-
knew and people they liked,”Gardner
                                                                                                                                                                   marily metropolitan areas and very            bly more generally neutral than it is
                                                                                                                               JONATHAN POTO/The Stanford Daily    importantly, we have strong alumni            one way or the other.”
     On Wednesday, though, Gardner
                                                                                                                                                                   presence in them.”                                Shaw also asserted that the admis-
acknowledged that the complication             Kuumba African Dance and Drum Ensemble’s spring show was just one of many groups’ year-end events that took            Shaw emphasized that the inter-            sion rate among the interviewees was
of the Draw process came as “kind of           place over the past weekend. Other student groups such as Mariachi Cardenal and Sanskriti also held spring shows.   views are not required components
a shock” to the incoming staff.
                                                                                                                                                                   of the application. However, he did
     “Most of us weren’t really aware of                                                                                                                                                                           Please see INTERVIEWS, page 3
how big a problem [partial fill] would
be until just before in-house draw
started,” Gardner said.                     STUDENT GOV’T
     Zac Sargeant, an assistant director                                                   SPEAKERS & EVENTS
                                            GSC overspent
                                                                                           COMMON SENSE
in Student Housing,was on hand Tues-
day to assist with the in-house draw
     “For the most part it balanced out
okay,” Sargeant said. “It took a little
more work, but that’s all.”
     But some residents were less satis-
                                            by $26,000
fied with the outcome of the in-house       Members consider ways to keep                                                   By JOSHUA FALK
draw. For groups that drew into Suites
with a complete group, partially filled     VSO funding within budget                                                   CONTRIBUTING WRITER
suites could have forced a group to
split if no empty suites were available.                                                      Hip-hop artist Common spoke in Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday
                                                      By BRIANNA PANG                      night, encouraging students to find their own paths and always strive for great-
     “The whole appeal of living in                      STAFF WRITER
Suites was living with a group of girls                                                    ness. The event was sponsored by Stanford Speakers Bureau and cosponsored
we had,”said Amy Decker ‘13,a mem-              Graduate Student Council (GSC)             by Black Student Union.
ber of Bruce’s draw group. “Now             members expressed sharp disapproval of             “Find your path, believe in your path and live it,” Common told students
we’re just taking whatever’s left.”         the council’s overspending on voluntary        after opening the event with a freestyle rap about the Farm.
     Freshman Kirsten Ornelas’ draw         student organization (VSO) funding in
group, which was assigned to a four-                                                          “It’s Common sense y’all/you know I understand words/I came to rock it
                                            Wednesday’s GSC meeting.                       here right at Stanford,” he began.
person suite, was placed in an eight-           With the fiscal year coming to a close,
person suite with another draw group.                                                         In a talk that focused on inspirational advice, Common recalled many form-
                                            the GSC found itself financially in the
     “They didn’t really tell us why it     red. Unaware of the actual budget due to       ative experiences, including his time spent as a ball boy for the Chicago Bulls
happened, but it seemed like they had       “MyGroups confusion,” the 2009-10              while growing up on the city’s South Side. As a ball boy, he met basketball
just run out of four-person suites and      GSC approved $189,282.75 in VSO fund-          greats such as Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
they couldn’t accommodate every-            ing during the year.                              He said his sixth grade teacher had a significant influence on him
one,” Ornelas wrote in an e-mail to             The originally set budget was
The Daily. “The other group almost                                                         and taught him a great deal about literature and writing. As a
                                            $163,000. According to funding commit-         boy, the story of Emmett Till, an African American boy
seemed as lost as us and there was con-     tee chair Krystal St. Julien, a graduate
fusion even among the people who                                                           from Chicago who was murdered while visiting the
                                            student in biochemistry, the GSC may be
were supposed to be in charge.”             unable to approve funding requests until       South in 1955, had a profound impact on him.
     Ornelas did not know that being        July 1, when the new fiscal year begins.
placed in an eight-person suite was a           “I’m not very happy, to say the least,”                      Please see COMMON, page 3
possibility for her group.                  St. Julien said. “Next year, this shit’s not
     “It was pretty chaotic there,” she     happening again.”
said.                                           St. Julien said the GSC would need to                                 QUYNH PHAN/The Stanford Daily
                                            keep a “tighter reign” on which events            Hip-hop artist Common encourages students to
Ellen Huet contributed to this report.      get funded for the upcoming year.               plan ambitiously in a talk in Memorial Auditorium
Contact Joshua Falk at jsfalk@stanford.                                                                                   on Wednesday night.
edu.                                                 Please see GSC, page 3

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  May              27
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Natural Gas, Efficiency, and Renewables—An
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Unconventional Future
                                                                                                                                                                                                              3:30 PM — Building 320, Braun Hall/Geology
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Corner, Room 105

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Symbolic Systems Forum - Tim Roughgarden
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4:15 PM — 380-380C

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Book talk on “Defining Engagement:Japan and
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Global Contexts, 1640-1868”
                                                                                                                                                                                                              4:15 PM — Philippines Conference Room, Encina
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Hall, 3rd floor

                                                                                                                                                                                                              ‘Islamic-ness’ in the life of a commodity:Veiling-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              fashion in Turkey
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5 PM— Encina Hall West, Room #208

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Trust Games in Computer Environments
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5 PM — Mendenhall Library, Building 120

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Baseball vs. Arizona State
                                                                                                                                                                                                              5:30 PM — Stanford, CA

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Into the Fire
                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 PM — Cubberley Auditorium

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Indigenous Film Series:”In Whose Honor?” with
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Professor Stephanie Fryberg, University of Ari-
                                                                                                                                                                                                              6 PM — Clubhouse Ballroom, 524 Lasuen Mall

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Still Life with Decoy, by Ann Carlson
                                                                                                                                                                                                              7 PM — Meet at Roble Gym

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Musical Performance Series:Elegant Gatherings
                                                                                                                                                                                                              7:30 PM — Cantor Arts Center

                                                                                                                                                                                                              The Bronze Age in Xinjiang and Its Transasiatic
                                                                                                                                                                                                              7:30 PM— Building 200-305

                                                                                                                                                                                                              CCRMA Spring Concert 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                              8 PM — CCRMA - The Knoll
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                                                                                                                                                                                                              contact Andrew Martin at advertising@stan-
                                                                                                                                                            chord and a flick of Julian’s hand, a certain
                                                                                                                                                            level of seriousness fills the room.And then,16   For other events, please visit https://newas-
                                                                                                                                                            voices blended into a perfect melody.   
                                                                                                                                                                But the seriousness does not last long. The
                                                                                                                                                            beautiful love ballad quickly devolves into an
                                                                                                                                                            account of a serial killer with herpes, chlamy-
                                                                                                                                                            dia, dementia and schizophrenia. And despite
                                                      Fleet Street wasn’t what I had in mind. How-      by older members in previous years.                 its serious-sounding title, “Golden Rules” is
        By AVANTIKA AGARWAL                                                                                                                                 actually about bathroom etiquette for boys.
                                                      ever,at O Show,Fleet Street’s performance re-         “It’s not very typical, I know,” Kusnadi said

                                                      ally stood out to me.”                            with a laugh. “But then again, we’re not very       Go figure — that’s typical Fleet Street.
       t is 9 p.m. on a Sunday night inside a tiny,                                                                                                             Fleet Street’s new album will be released
       deserted Braun classroom. A group of               But Fleet Street is not merely about tom-     concerned about being typical!”
                                                      foolery and laughs. The members, in addition          The editing and mixing process has been         on May 30, during the group’s spring show,
       boys with concerned looks on their faces                                                                                                             “Fleet Street Makes History.”
       sits in a circle. The surrounding boys         to being complete goof balls who happen to be     grueling, taking up large portions of the mem-
       watch in anticipation. There’s a pause,        strong vocalists, are also accomplished song-     bers’ time and sometimes leaving them with
                                                      writers. The group prides itself on having a      only 20 hours of sleep a week, members say.         Contact Avantika Agarwal at avantika@stan-
and suddenly a voice emerges.                                                                                                                     
    “I feel like I have trouble connecting with       large repertoire of original songs — an aspect    The group recorded, edited and mixed its own
people since all my skin secretions are acidic        that they feel distinguishes them from other a    tracks at Stanford’s Center for Computer Re-
and I can’t touch anyone without giving them          cappella groups.                                  search in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) be-
first degree burns,” one boy says, followed by            “As a performing group, Fleet Street isn’t    fore sending them to an industry specialist,
raucous laughter from everyone else in the
    “Come on guys, let’s be serious!” Sam Ju-
                                                      just a group of singers,” Kusnadi said. “We re-
                                                      ally concentrate on making our group a cre-
                                                      ative vehicle for all talents. We write our own
                                                                                                        Bill Hare.
                                                                                                            Despite the huge time commitment, being
                                                                                                        in Fleet Street does come with its share of fun
                                                                                                                                                            “We’re not very
lian ‘10 interjects.But even he can’t help crack-     songs, spend hours designing and building         stories.
ing up as the group tries to read through the
skit about a super-hero support group.
    The Stanford Fleet Street Singers are not
                                                      elaborate sets, design really cool posters.”
                                                          “The writing process is very organic,” he
                                                      added.“All members are highly encouraged to
                                                      contribute and collaborate. No song belongs
                                                                                                            “Well, there was that one time in a hotel
                                                                                                        room . . . .” Kusnadi laughed, reflecting on his
                                                                                                        most memorable moments with the group. He
                                                                                                        continued with tales of performing on cruise
your run-of-the-mill all-male a cappella group.
Anyone who has been to a Fleet Street con-
cert is familiar with the ridiculous skits and
videos that accompany their songs, as well as
their elaborate sets. From all of the boys burst-
                                                      to any one member.”
                                                          Fleet Street’s talents have not gone unno-
                                                      ticed beyond the Farm.Their most recent self-
                                                      titled album, released in 2004, was hailed,“The
                                                                                                        ships to Mexico and being invited back to the
                                                                                                        second round of America’s Got Talent with an
                                                                                                        all-expense-paid trip to New York.
                                                                                                            For Andrew Nelson ‘12, highlights have in-
                                                                                                                                                             about being
ing out of a massive dinosaur egg to a mechan-        most important collegiate a cappella album to     cluded serenading the new dollies and Pi Phi
ic salamander crossing the Dinkelspiel stage,         be released in a decade” by Deke Sharon, the      “littles.” He also reported that some men have
Fleet Street is characterized by its creativity       head of Contemporary A Cappella Society of        called them to serenade their girlfriends while
and off-the-wall silliness.                           America (CASA).                                   proposing. But due to logistical reasons, this
    “Our humor is definitely one of our biggest           This year, Fleet Street has been hard at      has never actually happened.
selling points,” said Julian Kusnadi ‘11, this        work to finish a new album. Six years in the          Back in the classroom at Braun, the room is
year’s director. “Before coming to Stanford, I        making, “Through the Roof” features differ-       filled with laughter and jesting. But with a
knew I wanted to join an a cappella group, but        ent iterations of the group and tracks written    quick rap on the blackboard, a single piano             — JULIAN KUSNADI ‘11
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COMMON                                    Ike’s move-in date nears
Continued from front page

    “I knew that to achieve greatness             By BRIANNA PANG                          The San Francisco shop says it at-
in whatever I wanted to do, I had to                  STAFF WRITER                     tracts up to 1,200 customers on week-
work hard,” he said.                                                                   end days, and its sandwiches range in
    Common said he took to basket-             Watch out, Subway. A new sand-          price from $8 to $15.According to She-
ball as a young boy and wrote his         wich shop is coming to campus.               hadeh,the wait time for a sandwich can
first rap with his cousins.                    Ike’s Place, currently a popular,       range from anywhere from 20 minutes
    “When I wrote this rap,” he said,     small eatery started in San Francisco’s      to two hours.
“I found something . . . I found my       Castro district, plans to open up shop           “The only time we’re not busy is
voice.When you find your voice, you       in Stanford’s Science and Engineering        when we’re closed,” he said.
know what your voice is, and that’s       Quad II in mid-August.                           A Bay Area native, Shehadeh had
your path.”                                    Ike’s Place was chosen along a          always wanted to own a business.
    “That voice allowed me to be able     “high number of bidders,” according          However, the process to achieving his
to speak to you all,” he continued.       to Marina Morilla, a contract special-       goal was initially a difficult one.
“And that voice is something that I       ist in University procurement.A com-             He got his first taste of the business
cherish.”                                 mittee of students and administrators        world after dropping out of UC-Davis
    Common said when he dropped           ran a competitive selection process          to run a supermarket in San Francisco
out of college after a year and a half,   over the course of the past year, eval-      in 1998. Leaving his college career as a
his mother urged him to go back.          uating proposals and conducting fol-         computer science and engineering
    “When I left, she said, ‘You need     low-up interviews with potential busi-       major, he made “a lot of money” by
to hurry up and get back in school,’”     nesses.                                      working instead of going to school.
he recalled.“A couple years later she          According to Jackie Charonis, ad-           Unfortunately, the supermarket
told me, ‘You need to hurry up and        ministrative services manager for the        went out of business in 2004. She-
write a new rap.’”                        new quad, the targeted date for the          hadeh’s finances took a toll, but he re-
    Common said he didn’t begin to        eatery’s opening is Aug.13,but it is still   mained committed to his plans of own-
believe in himself until his sixth        flexible until an official contract has      ing a business.
album,“Be,” came out.                     been signed. Most eatery leases at               “I was homeless and jobless for
    “I think I was scared of my great-    Stanford last three to five years.           awhile,” he said. “When I got back to
ness,” he said.“Why would you want             The sandwich shop’s original loca-      work at the end of 2005, I had to work
to be small when you are created to       tion in San Francisco and second loca-       in different places.”
be great?”                                tion in Redwood City are known for               According to Shehadeh, he had no
    At a reception before the event,      lines that wrap around the corner, and       desire to work for others since he                                                                                                            MASARU OKA/Staff Photographer
Common mentioned that he grew up          for its giant-sized sandwiches.              wanted to save his talents for himself       Ike’s Place, a popular sandwich shop based in San Francisco’s Castro district, is opening a branch in mid-August in Stanford’s
listening to KRS-One and NWA,                  “This ain’t your momma’s sand-          rather than “making a bunch of money         new Science and Engineering Quad, a construction project that will house the new headquarters of the School of Engineering.
and that Kanye West, Radiohead, Lil       wich shop,” Ike’s website claims. The        for someone else.”
Wayne and Bilal were among his in-        eatery’s owner, Ike Shehadeh, says               “I didn’t think the companies I
fluences.                                 every sandwich is uniquely made.             worked for had cared about their em-         he wanted to make the startup himself       well” as he experimented with various        ga and Hewlett and Packard. It began
    Audience members appreciated               “We don’t finish baking the bread       ployees, so I didn’t want to help them       without worrying about hiring em-           foods during his college years, and set      as an estimated $375-million to $420-
Common’s demeanor and his mes-            until they order it,” he said. “It’s 10 to   make money,” he said.                        ployees.                                    out to open the shop now heading to          million project in 2006 and will house,
sage.                                     15 minutes old, rather than a day old.”          Shehadeh worked for a variety of            “I didn’t have much cash,” She-          campus.                                      among other spaces, the new head-
    “He’s one of the true hip-hop              There are 183 different sandwich        companies, including Trader Joe’s,Vic-       hadeh said. “I was taking a risk and I           “I love to cook,” Shehadeh said. “I     quarters of the School of Engineering.
artists,” said Sarah Adams ‘09 before     choices, with creative names ranging         toria’s Secret and Bebe.                     didn’t want to spend a lot of money. I      love to mix new flavors and make
the event. “Common is about social-       from the “Lizzy’s Lips” to “Do You               His decision to open Ike’s Place         wanted it to be minimal.”                   something tasty.”                            Ellen Huet contributed to this report.
ly conscious music, which is some-        Smell What Barack Is Cooking?”Each           was a result of wanting a small business        With his goal in mind, he sum-                The Science and Engineering Quad
thing you really don’t see anymore.”      sandwich is smothered with a choice of       that required less capital, he said. Self-   moned his knowledge of flavors and          is nearing completion on west campus;        Contact Brianna Pang at bkpang@stan-
    “I thought he was pretty inspira-     a special “dirty sauce.”                     sufficiency was an important goal, as        combinations that “really worked            it sits on 8.2 acres adjacent to Via Orte-
tional,” said attendee Joseph
Fezadeh. “He dispelled a lot of

stereotypes one might have about a                                                        The council plans to draw funds           “They only do co-sponsorships to            convenient viewing.                          don’t have a website,” Beberg said.
hip-hop artist.”                                                                       from a “rainy day” reserve ac-               help other groups have more fund-              “[The website] will be like an            “The issue is that no groups use it.”
    “He was on our level,” added                                                       count. Members unanimously ap-               ing, but they’re not doing anything         information center, with all the in-            Peacock, a doctoral student in
Abel Teklai ‘12.                          Continued from front page                    proved a transfer of $26,283.                besides co-sponsorship. This pre-           formation like events and descrip-           chemical engineering, is the only
    “I was happy to see that there was                                                    GSC member Crystal Yin, a                 vents active groups from being reg-         tions of groups,” he said.                   graduate student in next year’s cab-
a full house,” said H. Samy Alim, an                                                   graduate student in management               istered, since they have to differenti-        Adam Beberg, a doctoral stu-              inet.
education professor who teaches a            VSOs “shouldn’t just get the              science and engineering, also                ate themselves from existing groups         dent in computer science, said the
course on hip-hop.“He’s been a hip-       money just because they’re within            brought up the issue of regulating           that may not be doing anything.”            idea had already been piloted.               Contact Brianna Pang at bkpang@
hop legend for more than a decade.”       the rules of the Appropriations              the number of VSOs on campus.                    “‘Inactivity’ would be deter-              “The weak link isn’t that we    
    Common is known for his work as       Committee,” she said. “The GSC               Yin claimed that many groups                 mined by the SAL [Student Activ-
a rapper, actor and activist.             needs to figure out if yes, this is a        were formed only for the sake of             ities and Leadership],” Yin added.

                                          worthwhile way to spend our                  sponsoring other groups.                         Other members agreed with                                                            dent who underwent an interview
Contact Joshua Falk at jsfalk@stan-       money or no, this is not a worth-               “We need to get inactive groups           Yin’s proposal. Ryan Peacock, the                                                        last year.                                 while way to spend our money.”               to deactivate themselves,” Yin said.         former GSC financial officer, ex-                                                           “I met with a recent graduate, I
                                                                                                                                    plained the importance of “weed-                                                         think, because she was really young,”
                                                                                                                                    ing out the groups.”                        Continued from front page
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Chung said. “We met at Borders and
                                                                                                                                        “[These inactive groups’] only                                                       grabbed some coffee. It was really
                                                                                                                                    purpose is to support these large           in line with the overall admission rate.     chill. It wasn’t formal at all.”
                                                                                                                                    events on campus,” Peacock said.                Alumni who conduct the inter-               Chung discussed her interests
                                                                                                                                    “It’s like on their description, it         views undergo training programs,             with her interviewer, who recom-
                                                                                                                                    says ‘a group used to suck out              which include meetings and manu-             mended on-campus activities and
                                                                                                                                    more funding.’ It’s unbelievable.           als to ensure that interviews are as         groups to her should she be accepted.
                                                                                                                                    It’s like you have no shame!”               comprehensive and consistent as              However, she did not find the inter-
                                                                                                                                        ASSU President Angelina Cor-            possible.                                    view all that important.
                                                                                                                                    dona ‘11 said she plans to work on the          “Most don’t see more than three             “I didn’t think it was a big deal,”
                                                                                                                                    issue with the executive chair for social   interviews in an area a year,” Shaw          she said.
                                                                                                                                    life, Warner Sallman ‘11. The council       said. “Then they actually do a write            “I don’t know how much colleges
                                                                                                                                    met Sallman and other cabinet mem-          up of the interview process and get          in general benefit from the inter-
                                                                                                                                    bers on Wednesday; it is set to vote on     that information to us so we get a           views or if they mean anything . . . I
                                                                                                                                    their confirmation next week.               sense [of the applicant].” Shaw also         guess it doesn’t hurt to have more in-
                                                                                                                                        GSC members grilled the                 sees the interview process as a way          formation on the application,”
                                                                                                                                    chairs as they discussed ideas for          to introduce Stanford programs to            Chung added.
                                                                                                                                    the upcoming year.                          individuals who may not be as fa-
                                                                                                                                        Taylor Savage ‘13 described his         miliar with the University.                  Contact Lauren Wilson at lhwilson@
                                                                                                                                    idea for centralizing VSO infor-                Christine Chung ‘13 was one stu-
                                                                                                                                    mation onto one website for more
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                                       EDITORIAL                                                                                                                                   The Stanford Daily
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graduating members of the Class of 2010                    are able to help contribute something back to
consider what they can do to give back to                  the University.
the University now that their time as under-                   More formally, The Stanford Fund                                                      A LTERNATIVE L IVING ...W ITHOUT                                                THE        N AKED
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                                                                                                                       On Finding Direction
   After leaving campus, most members of                   ing senior to give a meaningful financial do-
the Class of 2010 will experience few occa-                nation to Stanford. The Stanford Fund itself
sions outside of reunions and alumni events                is an annual fund that is spent down every
when they will be able to spend time on                    year on financial aid, academic programming                                                                                                                                                                  Samantha
campus and enjoy the atmosphere of the                     and student life.All seniors have benefited in                                                                                                                                                               Toh
University. One of the ways Stanford tries to              some way from one, if not all, of these focus                     his summer marks the end of one year              ter is the idea of growing up. I think about this
remind our alumni of their time here is                    areas, and it makes sense for those who are                       and eight months away from home. On               question frequently. More than collegiate
through events like this past weekend’s Bay                able to give something back to go ahead and                       the brink of returning, I think a lot             partying and moments of feral independence,
Area Leading Matters. Leading Matters is a                 contribute.                                                about what could possibly have changed, and              I worry about how I can go about fulfilling a
series of 19 events throughout the world                       The Editorial Board also thinks that                   I am excited to see what has evolved and                 grander societal purpose, post-Stanford. Un-                   At the same time, I have come to realize
that help alumni to reconnect.As a capstone                adopting a wider view of “giving back” or                  what has not. The streets will probably feel             like my friends at home, most of who are on                the normalcy of my situation. The end of
to most of the events, the Main Quad is sim-               philanthropy would be best for graduating                  more crowded and I know of a few new malls               track to completing professional degrees that              Stanford does not necessarily mark the end
ulated in some form and attendees are al-                  seniors who are able to contribute in this way.            that have gone up, big and brassy. In contrast,          will set them into 40- or 50-year-long law or              of myriad options and the indecision that
most literally brought back to campus.                     Many seniors,for example,can serve on a col-               the street stalls and night markets will still           accounting careers, my future is an unwritten              comes with these options. Instead, Stanford,
These events, like so many of the opportuni-               lege panel in their city after graduation or               reek of home, with the smell of barbecuing               book.I cannot envision,even nearing the con-               while helping some to find one path, opened
ties provided to alumni, are funded largely                can work to strengthen their local alumni                  meats, pandan leaves and herbal soups boil-              clusion of my third year at Stanford, what I               up for me even more avenues of passion than
out of what alumni themselves give back to                 chapter, just to name two of the opportuni-                ing.The food, of course, will taste the same —           want to do with the rest of my life.                       existed before. The idea that I can love so
the University. So as soon-to-be-alumni                    ties available to recent alumni. Remember-                 excellent. Of this I am sure.                                For one, I do not think I have any long-               many things and still have time to choose be-
themselves, the Class of 2010 should consid-               ing all that Stanford has contributed to our                   More than the physical change of my                  term direction in life. My dreams of volcanol-             tween them is exciting. Life is just beginning.
er how giving back to the University —                     individual lives and futures, it makes sense               hometown, however, I think a lot about peo-              ogy, romantic sea-faring and squid-studying                    I have also come to realize that profes-
even in small amounts — can be of benefit                  for the newest alumni of Stanford to start                 ple, and the fact that many of my friends will           appeared in bursts of passions and then                    sional direction is hardly the only direction
to their post-undergraduate lives.                         thinking early about giving back to their                  embody the disparate tensions of change and              faded, some at the age of five, some at the age            one needs to figure out. Becoming certain of
   The benefits of alumni giving, however,                 alma mater.                                                continuity. A year into college, I remember              of 15.While a number of interests have stuck               the traits I want to embody and who I am as
                                                                                                                      going home and being regaled with stories of             with me through the years, glimmers of what                a social being is just as valid a concern. In this
                                                                                                                      three of them drinking beer and cocktails at             they are, are only just beginning to surface.              respect, I believe I have progressed farther
Unsigned editorials in the space above represent the views of The Stanford Daily's editorial board and do not         a seedy club and dancing wildly to Madon-                The idea of a professional marriage is, at best,           than I thought I would. I manage emotions a
necessarily reflect the opinions of the Daily staff. The editorial board is comprised of six Stanford students, led   na’s “Like a Virgin.” Hearing these stories              frightening, and at worst, suffocatingly claus-            lot better, I have become more sensible and,
 by a chair. To contact the editorial board for an issue to be considered, or to submit an op-ed, please e-mail       felt like a listening to an unfamiliar scandal,          trophobic.                                                 most importantly, I have begun to really
                                                                                all at once shocking and delightful. After all,              There are some amazing human beings                    enjoy focusing on others, which provides me
                                                                                                                      most of us originally became friends in a con-           who have a fairly developed sense of direc-                with a solid sense of emotional direction.
                                                                                                                      servative environment of button-down uni-                tion, and I will continue to have overwhelm-                   Almost a year ago, I realized that an un-
                                                                                                                      forms, pleated skirts and trousers cuffed at             ing amounts of respect for them.At Stanford,               fettered trust in people creates experiences
                      A DVENTURES                         IN     A CADEMIA                                            the heel. It was academic, not to mention bor-
                                                                                                                      ing.An increasingly liberating adult life, from
                                                                                                                                                                               someone I know wants to improve the state
                                                                                                                                                                               of public transportation in the United States
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          so valuable that even getting hurt in the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          process is nothing in comparison. Suck it up
                                                                                                                      crazy college parties to tax forms,was becom-            by studying trains in other countries, while               and focus on the good and the beautiful. If in

 Rebuilding Political Consensus
                                                                                                                      ing newly relevant for all of us.As somebody             another wants to work with reforming educa-                10 years I still don’t know where I am going
                                                                                                                      transitioning into adulthood away from                   tion policy through minority grassroots cam-               with my career, at least I can hold onto a blos-
                                                                                                                      home, however, I was taking a very different             paigning. These goals boggle my mind with                  soming sense of self.
                                                                                                                      path from many people I knew.                            their specificity and ambition. In contrast, I

     — and America too                                                                                                    Putting Madonna and cocktails aside for a
                                                                                                                      moment, what strikes at the heart of the mat-
                                                                                                                                                                               plod along, fudging through questions of
                                                                                                                                                                               what I like and want to achieve.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Want to share some lessons learned? E-mail
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Sam at

        he incredible jubilation felt by the stu-
        dents sitting in the CoHo on Election
        Night 2008 was almost overpowering
                                                                                                                                                                            L ETTER              TO THE               E DITOR
for those of us warily watching from the
chocolate-colored sofas. There was a palpa-                                                Danny                      Dear Editor,                                             wage — for example, the custodians, cooks,                 the midst of a rental agreement, but when
                                                                                                                                                                               and groundskeepers who enable the Univer-                  agreements expire or are renegotiated, we
ble sense in the air, unwarranted, as it would                                             Crichton                      On May 13th, Stanford’s Vice President of             sity to function.                                          see no reason, other than a lack of will, that
turn out, that the world had suddenly be-
come brighter, that America was going to rid                                                                          Human Resources, Diane Peck, wrote a letter                  Second, Peck and Jones have insisted that              the policy cannot be included. Stanford
itself of the damage of the Bush era and bring                                                                        to the editor concerning the current Living              imposing a living wage would contradict the                makes money from hundreds to thousands of
back liberalism into politics.                                                                                        Wage Campaign, a worker-student initiative               right of employees to bargain collectively.We              businesses, but has no qualms about workers
    Fast-forward to today, and those halcyon               ence. There is debate about just how inde-                 to ensure all Stanford workers are covered by            agree that the right to collective bargaining is           possibly making poverty-level wages at these
images seem only fleeting against the back-                pendent America can be in energy, and there                Stanford’s Living Wage policy. Peck sought to            of prime importance, but we do not see how a               businesses.
drop of the current political environment.                 is continuing debate about the timing of peak              correct what she considered to be “factual er-           living wage contradicts this. Indeed, the major                Finally, Peck discloses that Stanford’s cur-
President Obama’s approval rating has                      oil. Nonetheless, it is clear that America’s en-           rors.” Shortly after this publication, several           unions on campus SEIU Local 2007 and 1877                  rent policy “applies to contracts that have an
plummeted across the country (and among                    ergy portfolio needs to be re-envisioned for               students from the Campaign met with Peck                 support the Living Wage Campaign. But                      aggregate value of $100,000 or more.” There
students here as well), and it appears that the            the energy mix arriving in the next few                    and David Jones, the Associate Vice President            should a union decide, for some reason, that a             are many contracts that fall below this dollar
upcoming midterm elections, regardless of                  decades. In these very pages,Teryn Norris ar-              of Employee & Management Services.                       Living Wage Policy interferes with its best in-            amount, meaning that many Stanford work-
their outcome, will undermine the mandate                  gued for students to help develop a new con-               Throughout the meeting, it was clear that                terest, we suggest that unions be given an op-             ers are not guaranteed a living wage. Surely,
he has used to push his agenda.                            sensus on our future energy sources. Unfor-                Stanford takes its role as a “just employer”             tion: they do not have to adopt the Living                 monitoring all such contracts is not an easy,
    That is unfortunate, for while Obama’s                 tunately, a consensus has not developed, hin-              very seriously. Indeed, Stanford boasts one of           Wage Policy, but if they do, the University                but we must assume these are not cash deal-
plans are certainly variable in their quality,all          dering our ability to invest in the future.                the most progressive living wage policies in             should ensure that they are paid accordingly.              ings made behind the dumpsters of Stern.The
of them are part of a needed big vision for                    Infrastructure development, especially                 the Bay Area,but if Stanford is to truly consid-             Third, Peck claims, “It would be unprece-              University is not exempt from ethical busi-
this country.As someone in the middle of the               Internet access, will prove crucial for the eco-           er itself a “just employer,” the Living Wage             dented and legally unsupportable for the                   ness practices. Having a comprehensive Liv-
spectrum, it pains me to see a country like                nomic vitality of our nation.The stimulus bill             Campaign, which is supported by 15 endors-               University to . . . impose its Living Wage Pol-            ing Wage Policy for all is a standard to which
America with such a grand view of our mis-                 passed last year was an important first step,              ing groups, over 500 individuals who have                icy on separate legal entities that have a land-           the University’s monitoring must rise.
sion on Earth to be thwarted repeatedly by                 but what remains to be seen is whether a                   signed its petition, and a significant number of         lord tenant relationship with the university.”                 While the Living Wage Campaign appreci-
special interest groups and intense partisan               long-term commitment can be sustained to                   workers, believes that a living wage for all             In the meeting, Peck made clear that she is                ates that the administration has taken the time
politics.                                                  fund these important initiatives.                          Stanford workers is necessary. Let us examine            not an attorney and thus unable to confident-              to respond to our demands and to meet with us
    Thinking big is what made America the                      Finally, America needs to begin conceiv-               Peck’s claims in turn.                                   ly speak to the legality of such a policy, but             in person,we want more than face time.We de-
country it is today. Franklin Delano Roo-                  ing a new plan for urban development that                     First, Peck asserts, “ALL of the more than            that she would inquire with legal counsel.                 mand that Stanford lives up to its claims to jus-
sevelt built the modern social safety net from             places new urbanism at the center of our city              12,000 employees paid directly by Stanford               Stanford has many stipulations to which                    tice and its place as a leader in every respect.
scratch, despite intense opposition in Con-                planning. America’s cities are designed with               plus thousands of temporary and casual em-               renters must abide if they want to do business
gress, while also defeating some of the most               the car firmly at the center of transportation.            ployees earn more than the living wage.”This             with the University;we are merely asking that                                             DANIEL MURRAY
fearsome regimes in human history. Truman                  We now know that those choices have led to                 may be true, but she fails to mention the thou-          the Living Wage Policy be added to that list. It               Ph.D. candidate in Modern Thought and Literature
initiated the Marshall Plan to rebuild an en-              a transit culture that increases stress and pol-           sands of workers who are NOT paid a living               may not be possible to impose such a policy in                                      The Living Wage Campaign
tire continent — a plan that is still paying               lution and hinders community development.
dividends today. At home, Eisenhower built                 Building green cities is necessary for our
the interstate highway system, which remains               long-term economic performance, even
the bedrock of transportation in America.                  though no consensus seems to have been
    Today, we need that kind of big thinking if            formed.
America is going to position itself well for the               The common theme between these four
21st century. In “The Post American World,”                examples and, indeed, all the grand visions
Fareed Zakaria notes that America’s decline                needed today is the lack of consensus on
will not be caused by the rise of China or                 long-term initiatives that will greatly influ-
India but rather by ourselves. It is our inabil-           ence America’s standing in the coming cen-
ity to take leadership on our own country’s                tury. The lack of immediate rewards allows
needs that endangers our position in the                   these issues to be easily pushed to the side in
world. Simply, our lack of consensus on the                favor of more immediate — and, I would
big issues is hurting us deeply.                           argue, more partisan — policies.
    Just what are these big issues? First, there               During that Election Night, I watched
needs to be more consensus on the intense                  warily because I did not believe that political
value of knowledge in our future economy.                  consensus had been formed (the election was
We see this issue in the large budget cuts to              53 percent to 46 percent). Instead, I am left
higher education that state governments                    with the hope that a new third party may rise
have handed down over the past year, and we                up in the coming years and develop the mod-
see it in the high levels of inequality in Amer-           erate middle into a powerful political force.
ican public schools.This situation fundamen-               America has only a finite time to lay the
tally undermines the long-term economic                    groundwork for the maintenance of our in-
growth of this country, yet budget decisions               ternational position.The time to act has to be
remain decidedly focused on the short term.                now.
America needs better-educated citizens
across the board, and a consensus has to de-               Danny Crichton believes that America’s best
velop to make this a reality.                              days are ahead. Do you agree? Share your
    Another example is energy independ-                    thoughts at
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            FIELD NARROWS
        By ANARGHYA VARDHANA                          in the 46th position. Hendricks will need a                  Karynn Dunn (43rd). King and Liehr will also
            SENIOR STAFF WRITER                       breakthrough performance to move into the                    compete in the triple jump, seeded at 14th and
                                                      qualifying range,but her runs this year show that            15th,respectively.
    The Stanford track and field team finds itself    she has the potential to do so. Despite battling                 Two women who are most likely to make it to
in Austin,Texas this week,competing to advance        several injuries throughout her time on the                  the next level of competition are sophomore Ka-
its athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Champi-              Farm, Hedricks’performance has been improv-                  terina Stefanidi and redshirt senior Jaynie
onships on June 9-12.Only the top 12 finishers in     ing over the season.                                         Goodbody. Stefanidi, ranked ninth in the pole
each event at this week’s preliminary round will          The women will also have a 4x100 relay team,             vault,has consistently improved and dominated
earn a place at nationals in Eugene,Ore.              seeded 11th.                                                 the event all season, finishing fourth at NCAA
    Prior to this year,after Pac-10s,the Stanford         In the 1,500 meters,the two Stanford athletes            Indoors.Goodbody,ranked eighth,was the Pac-
track and field team would generally send a           will face stiff competition to make it into the top          10 champion in the hammer throw,and will look
contingent of athletes to the Regional Cham-          12. Junior Madeline Duhon sits at 17th, while                to qualify for her third consecutive NCAA
pionships, a meet that boasts the best in the re-     sophomore Victoria Pennings is 42nd. If Duhon                Championship meet.
gion, before select athletes would head off to        qualifies, it will be her first appearance at the                Also competing in the throws is junior Liz
the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This                  NCAA Championship meet.                                      Minoofar, ranked 40th in the javelin. Minoofar
year, however, the regional meet has been                 Also sitting at 17th place is redshirt senior            will need a personal best to advance to nationals.
eliminated and replaced with an NCAA pre-             Madeleine O’Meara in the 3,000-meter steeple-                    On the men’s side, the distance runners are
liminary.                                             chase. O’Meara has proven to be relentless in                expected to dominate the competition. Seeded
    For the rest of the week,the Card will be com-    this event, tackling each steeple as if it were the          fourth in the 1,500 meters, sophomore Dylan                                                                                  RALPH NGUYEN/The Stanford Daily
peting for the top 12 spots out of a field of 48 in   first. If she can continue to improve and have a             Ferris is poised to easily earn a ticket to nation-   Stanford’s long distance runners are some of the 32 Cardinal track and field athletes looking
each event. Stanford has a relatively large team      personal best in the event, she has a chance of              als.Also competing in the event is freshman An-
at the meet, with 17 women competing in 20 in-        qualifying.                                                  drew Berberick,ranked 29th.                           to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships by finishing in the top 12 this weekend.
dividual events and one relay, and 15 men com-            In the 5,000 meters, sole running power-                     In the 5,000 meters, Stanford boasts three
peting in 16 individual events and two relays.        house, freshman Kathy Kroeger, represents the                runners in the top 12: junior Elliott Heath           more Amaechi Morton. Morton is ranked and               ters.
    Some events will have prelims and finals,         Cardinal in the ninth seed.                                  (third), sophomore Chris Derrick (fourth) and         seeded second in the nation.                                In the relays,the men are ranked 20th in both
while others, mainly the longer events, will have         Finally, the female distance runners boast               junior Jake Riley (10th). Riley will also be com-        “My plan for regionals is to make it through         the 4x100 and the 4x400.
just one round.The other preliminary round will       three runners in the 10,000 meters. Sophomore                peting in the 10,000 meters, ranked 13th, along       the rounds and advance to NCAAs,” Morton                    Three Cardinal men will compete in the field
take place in North Carolina.                         Georgia Griffin, junior Stephanie Marcy and                  with junior Brendan Gregg,ranked 16th.                said.“My goal is to take control of my races from       events: freshman Jules Sharpe in the high jump
    In the sprints, the women have strong repre-      senior Kate Niehaus sit in ninth, 10th and 13th,                 In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior JT        the start,and maintain that.People will show up         (42nd), junior Casey Roche in the pole vault
sentation in the 100-meter dash. Senior Griffin       respectively.                                                Sullivan has a good chance to qualify for nation-     ready to run,and I will be ready as well,because        (21st) and redshirt junior Carter Wells in the
Matthew leads the way with her ninth seed in the          The women also boast excellent athletes in               als, sitting at ninth seed. Also competing in the     only 12 advance.”                                       hammer throw (16th).
event, closely followed by freshman Carissa           the field events, most notably in the long jump.             event is sophomore Ben Johnson,ranked 34th.              Also competing in the hurdles is senior                  These Stanford athletes will begin competi-
Levingston at 11th seed. Both Matthew and             Led by Matthew in the fifth seed, five women                     Representing Stanford in the 800 meters is        Durell Coleman,ranked 20th after a spectacular          tion today and conclude on Saturday.
Levingston have a strong possibility of being on      will compete in the long jump: junior Arantxa                senior Justin Reed,ranked 18th.                       personal record at Pac-10s.
the national team.The final Cardinal in the event     King (10th), junior Brittni Dixon-Smith (14th),                  In the shorter distances,the Cardinal features       Lastly,competing in the sprints for the men is       Contact Anarghya Vardhana at vardhana@stan-
is redshirt sophomore Shataya Hendricks,sitting       junior Whitney Liehr (29th) and freshman                     one of the best runners in the country, sopho-        senior Danny Belch, ranked 44th in the 100 me-

     Test your knowledge:                                                                                                Zach
                                                                                                                                                   SAVING BEST FOR LAST
      The College Game                                                                                                   Dishing the Rock
                                                                                                                                                                      By DANIEL BOHM
                                                                                                                                                                    SENIOR STAFF WRITER

                                                                                                                                                      The Stanford baseball team (30-21, 13-11 Pac-10)
           porcle is a destructive force.    handful of teams to be named the No. 1                                                               closes out its regular season this weekend with perhaps
           For those of you very unlucky     team in the AP Preseason Poll?                      McNabb                                           its toughest opponent of the season: No. 3 Arizona State
           souls that are unfamiliar,            And I’m not one for unconvention-            2.Atlanta Hawks G Joe Johnson                       (45-7, 18-6).
           Sporcle is a website filled       al columns, but to hell with it, I wanted        3. New England Patriots WR Randy                        The Cardinal and Sun Devils will play a three-game
           with trivia games that test you   to challenge you,the reader,to a Sporc-             Moss                                             home series beginning today and running through Satur-
on knowledge of things from the U.S.         lesque challenge.                                4. Charlotte Bobcats F Gerald Wallace               day.
Presidents to words that end in “ta.”            Welcome to “The College Game.”               5.Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson                     Although Stanford has all but secured its spot in the
    Unfortunately, Sporcle is also satu-     One of my current suitemates and I                                                                   NCAA Tournament field, which will be announced
rated with sports trivia games that con-     play this game on at least a tri-weekly          A little harder . . .                               Monday, a sweep at the hands of Arizona State this
sume sports nerds like myself for hours      basis, and it doesn’t get any less enter-        6. Oakland Raiders QB Bruce Grad-
                                                                                                 kowski                                           weekend could make Cardinal players nervous during
on end, depriving us of basic necessities    taining.The rules are simple: I give you                                                             the selection show. Conversely, if Stanford is able to
— like productivity. There is very little    the name of a fairly significant NFL or          7. Utah Jazz G/F Kyle Korver
                                                                                              8. Seattle Seahawks WR T.J. Housh-                  sweep the Sun Devils and get some help elsewhere, it
point in writing an essay when I have the    NBA player, and you tell me what                                                                     could potentially host a regional.
option of quizzing myself on NBA play-       school he went to. Sounds simple                    mandzadeh
                                                                                              9. Phoenix Suns G Steve Nash                            The Card is also in position to spoil Arizona State ‘s
ers that have averaged 30 or more points     enough, right? Give it your best shot.                                                               chance of winning the Pac-10 Conference. If Stanford
per game over the course of a season.                                                         10. Denver Broncos QB Kyle Orton
                                                                                                                                                  sweeps the Sun Devils and UCLA sweeps Washington
Why go to the gym when I can find out        Getting Started                                                                                      State, the Bruins would be the conference champions.
that Loyola Chicago was one of just a        1.Washington Redskins QB Donovan                   Please see ZIMMERMAN, page 6                          Stanford comes into the weekend fresh off of a huge
                                                                                                                                                  series win at Arizona (32-20, 11-13) last weekend. The
                                                                                                                                                  Cardinal got a great start from sophomore lefty Brett

                                                 Test your knowledge:                                                                             Mooneyham on Friday, as he went 7.2 innings while al-
                                                                                                                                                  lowing just one run. Mooneyham will start today in a
                                                                                                                                                  showdown with the Sun Devils’ ace, junior Seth Blair.
                                                                                                                                                  While Mooneyham is 3-5 with a 4.82 ERA on the year,
                     Fields of Failure            Name the mascots                                                                                his stats are not indicative of his pitching the last month
                                                                                                                                                  and a half.
                                                                                                                                                      On Friday, Stanford will send sophomore Jordan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      BRYAN LIN/The Stanford Daily
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Freshman pitcher Dean McArdle will likely start Stanford’s
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   last regular season game of the season on Saturday to

                                                                                                                                                  Pries, who was the Cardinal’s best pitcher early in the
                s someone with little-to-    bilities for sports quizzes. I could go          2. Kansas State University                          season but has struggled as of late, to the mound against        close out a three-game set with No. 3 Arizona State.
                no life in many ways and,    with questions like “Who has won the             3. University of Kentucky                           Arizona State junior Merrill Kelly. Kelly is 4-1 on the
                therefore, far too much      most Directors’ Cups?” or “Where did                                                                 year with a 3.47 ERA — more impressive given that he              freshman third baseman Kenny Diekroeger. A highly
                time to spend on Sporcle,    John Elway,Ryan Garko,Tiger Woods,               Creativity is our policy                            pitches most of his games in the thin, dry Arizona air.           touted recruit out of high school, Diekroeger has quick-
                I can (all too easily) re-   Mike Mussina and John McEnroe go                 4.Texas A&M University                                  In Saturday’s game, freshman Dean McArdle will                ly adjusted to the college game. Diekroeger leads the
late to Zach’s quiz column. I might          to school?”I could ask who has won the           5. Utah State University                            likely get his third weekend start against Arizona State          team with a .366 batting average and is tied for the team
have even had a part in coming up            most women’s tennis titles or the most           6. New Mexico State University                      sophomore Jake Borup in Stanford’s final game of the              lead in RBIs with 39.
with some choices. In any case, trivia is    women’s titles in all sports. I could ask        7. University of California-Davis                   regular season.                                                       Other factors to watch in this series are the catching
a very big part of my life (195 flags of     who is going to win this year’s Direc-                                                                   The Sun Devils last visited the Farm in 2008,when the         situation and the return of freshman outfielder Tyler
the world in under eight minutes —           tors’ Cup or the all-time award for best                                                             Cardinal took two of three games from the then-No. 1              Gaffney to the Stanford lineup. Gaffney missed last Sun-
beat that).                                                                                   Oh my! This isn’t as hard as it looks . . .         Arizona State. At that point, Pat Murphy was still Ari-           day’s game for personal reasons, but is expected to take
                                             tennis tackle. But wouldn’t it just get a        8. Loyola Marymount University
   In the quiz spirit, I decided to in-      little repetitive when every answer is                                                               zona State’s coach. Murphy has since resigned under               his normal spot in right field today and hit in the lead
clude one of my own. I am an active                                                           9. Princeton University                             cloudy circumstances, although first-year coach Tim               spot.
                                             Stanford?                                        10. Missouri State University
participant in “The College Game,”but             Instead, let’s go for something even                                                            Esmay seems to have picked up right where Murphy left                 At catcher, junior Ben Clowe, who started the final
that’s been covered. I also think there      more trivial than titles and wins, and                                                               off.                                                              two games of the Arizona series last weekend, may once
will be little interest in a sports column   even more trivial than the names of col-         What IS that?                                           The Sun Devils as always have absolutely mashed the           again replace regular starter junior Zach Jones, who has
about the periodic table, seven-letter       leges.Yep,you guessed it.Here’s a mas-           11. Georgetown University                           baseball.                                                         faltered in recent games.
country names or words that begin and        cot quiz:                                        12. Ohio State University                               Leading that potent offense is sophomore infielder                Stanford begins its last series of the season against
end with “g,” so I’ll spare you some of                                                                                                           Zack MacPhee. MacPhee is hitting .388 with eight home             Arizona State at 5:30 p.m. today at Sunken Diamond.
my other Sporcling hobbies.                  Hey, I know mascots!                                                                                 runs and 56 runs batted in, not to mention 17 steals.
   Now, there are fairly limitless possi-    1. University of Arizona                                 Please see JAFFE, page 6                        Stanford, on the other hand, is led offensively by            Contact Daniel Bohm at

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ZIMMERMAN                                              My personal favorites
                                                                                        JAFFE                                             Harder, but not yet ridiculous     29.University of Tennessee-Chat-          guide, feel free to use the same one as
                                             26. San Antonio Spurs G George Hill                                                    20. University of Massachusetts              tanooga                               Zach’s column. And if you manage to
                                             27.Cleveland Browns WR Mohamed                                                         21. University of Pennsylvania           30.Austin Peay State University           get more than 30,let’s just say I’m sorry.
Continued from page 5                            Massaquoi                              Continued from page 5                       22.University of Alabama-Birming-        31. University of Evansville              You’re in the rare company of people
                                             28.Los Angeles Lakers F Lamar Odom                                                         ham                                                                            who fill their mind with as many useless
                                             29.Washington Redskins LB London                                                       23.Western Kentucky University                Don’t you have more important        sports facts as I do.
                                                 Fletcher                                                                                                                               things to know?                    For everyone else, take notes.
Go time                                      30. Detroit Pistons G Rodney Stuckey
                                                                                        13.Virginia Tech University                               Getting there              32.University of Wisconsin-Green Bay      Someday Stanford will have a mascot
11. Free agent WR Terrell Owens                                                         14. Indiana University                      24.Massachusetts Institute of Technol-   33. Sam Houston State University          name as awesome (or terrible) as some
12. Detroit Pistons C Ben Wallace                There you have it.If you can get the                                                   ogy                                  34.California State University-Bak-       of these.
13.Arizona Cardinals CB Dominique
                                                                                           Let’s make this a little more colorful                                                ersfield
                                             majority of them, you can legitimately     15. University of Tulsa                     25. Southern Illinois University
    Rodgers-Cromartie                        hang. Feel free to cheat if you need to,                                               26. Indiana State University             35. Northern Arizona University           Jacob Jaffe has announced his tree can-
                                                                                        16. University of North Texas
14.Washington Wizards G Earl                 I’m sure it will be necessary. For those                                               27. University of Louisiana-Lafayette                                              didacy for next year. Support his
                                                                                        17.Tulane University
    Boykins                                  of you who want an honest test, here’s                                                                                             That should keep you busy/frustrat-    sapling run and suggest possible names
                                                                                        18. DePaul University                               Some of my go-to moves
15. Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo              a scoring guide:                                                                                                                ed/questioning my sanity. For a scoring   at
                                                                                        19. University of Delaware                  28. Central Michigan University
Old School                                   0-4: Emmitt Smith
16. Former WR Jerry Rice                     5-9:Tedy Bruschi
17. Former G John Stockton                   10-14: Jeff Van Gundy
18. Former QB Kurt Warner                    15-19:Tom Jackson
19. Former F Larry Bird                      20-24: Chris Mortensen
20. Former RB Marshall Faulk                 25-29: John Hollinger
                                             30: Howie Schwab
Suggestions from friends
21.Atlanta Falcons RB Michael Turner            In parting, I’ll leave you with one
22. Utah Jazz F Paul Millsap                 hint: London Fletcher played for the
23.New Orleans Saints WR Marques             Blue Streaks.
24. New Jersey Nets G Courtney Lee           Zach Zimmerman knew all these with-
25.Cleveland Browns QB Jake Del-             out cheating. Try to stump him at zachz

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