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Crackdown hits home for campus Iranians
Stanford’s Iranian population speaks out against the government’s actions
By SCOTT BLAND and NIKHIL JOSHI
SENIOR STAFF WRITERS
Just as spring quarter came to a close, Iran’s recent election and subsequent protests captured the world’s attention. For the weeks after the June 12 vote, coverage of Iranian resistance and the bloody government reprisals that followed saturated the American news. The events also dominated the attention of
Stanford’s relatively sizeable Iranian population. There were 73 Iranian students at Stanford in fall 2008, according to the University’s unofficial count by John Pearson, director of the Bechtel International Center. Professor Abbas Milani, director of Stanford’s Iranian Studies program, has been in high demand since the elections. The Iranian-American scholar has appeared on CNN and PBS’s NewsHour, penned several articles for the news magazine The New Republic and given interviews to dozens of other news outlets. The 2009 campaign broke new ground in the 30-year history of the Islamic Republic, as candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi revived a
moderate reform movement that had previously stayed under the political radar. Amir Ravandoust, a Tehran native and a rising senior, compared the excitement over Mousavi’s candidacy to the enthusiasm for President Barack Obama’s campaign in 2008. “Mousavi did a very good job of mobilizing the younger part of the community,” Ravandoust said. “It was just cool to be wearing anything green [the campaign’s color]. Once it was cool to be a part of the Mousavi campaign, a lot of the younger people went to the streets for him.” Many Iranian voters also held a deep distaste for the incumbent. “This year, there was an unprecedented
desire for change from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s administration,” another Iranian Stanford student said. Like a number of other students the Daily spoke with, he asked not to be identified due to the Iranian government’s crackdown on opposition. Foreign nationals typically vote in their home elections either by sending absentee ballots or by voting in person at their embassy or consulate. Though the United States and Iran have not had formal diplomatic ties since 1980, Iranian students at Stanford were still able to vote at the Hilton Garden Inn in Emeryville, the only polling place in Northern California.
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Police find pot in foothills, search for two suspects
5,500 marijuana plants had a street value of $15 million
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SENIOR STAFF WRITER
For the past week and a half, Palo Alto police have conducted an ongoing investigation to identify the culprits who cultivated a sizable marijuana field in the Palo Alto foothills. On June 19, authorities discovered approximately 5,500 marijuana plants in an area that had been under police scrutiny for the past six months. Palo Alto Police Detective Brian Philip said t h e
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marijuana plants had a street value of $15 million “based on the ongoing sales of marijuana in production and cultivation.” “A mature marijuana plant in its final form — it’s ready to be harvested, if you will — can normally generate about $30,000 in sales,” Philip said of the lucrative marijua-
na cultivation business. During the raid, police also encountered two male suspects who dodged arrest but left behind a loaded shotgun and two air rifles. The police are currently looking to apprehend the suspects, using evidence from the site to identify the men and track down where they live. “We need to do a full investigation based on the stuff that we found,” Philip said, but he declined to divulge how much headway the police have made. Although the exact location of the pot farm remains undisclosed, the police indicated it was situated near Page Mill Road. “We don’t want people going out actively looking for it,” Philip explained. “We don’t know if these suspects have returned to collect some of their things or to see what’s going on.” The June 19 bust was part of a routine investigative process. Authorities looking for water sources discovered hose line as they scoured the hillsides, then came across the farm and the two suspects in an open space, far removed from residential areas. Since the marijuana field was situated on public land, the police were able to take immediate action without waiting for a search warrant. They removed the plants with the assistance of the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Marijuana Eradication team. “We remove anything we feel is something that can be used in an illegal fashion — that could be smoked, that could be sold, that could be distributed,” Philip said.
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“WE ARE ALTERING THE DESTINY OF OUR PLANET”: Secretary of Energy Steven Chu returned to Stanford last week, where he urged an audience at SLAC to work toward curtailing global climate change.
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Chu toys with climate change, hope
By ELLIOTT JIN
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While climate change is not likely to end life as we know it, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu couldn’t provide mankind, or his audience at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory on Friday, with the same assurance. “I’m here to tell you not to worry . . . microbes can adapt pretty quickly,” Chu remarked with tongue in cheek. “People and polar bears, different. So life doesn’t get wiped out, but it will be a very different world.” Chu was a professor at Stanford from 1987 to 2004 — chairing the Physics Department from 1990 to 1993 and from 1999 to 2001 — and a
1997 Nobel laureate in Physics. Returning to the Farm, Chu spoke of energy and climate change, something he labeled a “800 pound gorilla in the room.” During his talk, the Energy Secretary outlined several consequences of proceeding with “business as usual,” an umbrella term describing current energy and resource consumption. He cited drought as a possible outcome. “The whole western part of the United States will be severely waterstressed,” Chu said. “What we’re looking at in this century is going to be a much bigger change than what we saw in the ‘30s.” Chu also cited a dramatic increase in heat-related deaths.
“In the Chicago metropolitan area, you expect roughly an order of magnitude [of 10] increase in the number of heat-related deaths in the high emission scenarios,” Chu said. “In the lower [emission scenarios], it’s only about a factor of three.” Despite his predictions, Chu was optimistic about finding solutions to the climate crisis. “Is there reason for hope?” he asked. “I’m here to tell you: let’s not take the last little bit of champagne on the deck of the Titanic and enjoy the string quartet. I’m saying there is some hope.” After addressing energy topics such as wind power, photovoltaic
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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009
By LIZ STARK
SUNDAY, JUNE 21
This report covers a selection of crimes from June 18 to June 28, as recorded in the Stanford Police Bulletin.
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HERE COMES THE JUSTICE: Stanford President John Hennessy (left) and Provost John Etchemendy (right) walk U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy down the aisle at last month’s 118th Commencement.
At 12:14 a.m., a man was cited and released for possessing less than 28.5 grams of marijuana at Lake Lag. A second man was arrested and taken to the San Jose main jail for an outstanding warrant. I At 1:30 a.m., a man was arrested on El Camino Real for violating his parole and providing false information to a police officer. I At 3:20 a.m., a deer was dispatched after being struck by a vehicle on Junipero Serra. The deer later identified herself as Bambi’s mother. I At 4 a.m., a woman was cited and released for possessing less than 28.5 grams of marijuana at the intersection of Peter Coutts Road and Raimundo Way. Clearly she’s no Nancy Botwin. I From May 29 to June 18, a suspect sent a series of unwanted, annoying emails to Stanford’s Director of Public Safety. Anyone familiar with dorm chat lists can relate to the experience.
Between 4:30 and 6 p.m., an unknown suspect stole items of clothing and a duffle bag from a locker in the men’s locker room at the Avery Aquatic Center, adding to his extensive collection of Speedos and wet towels.
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A letter containing pine bark needles and a message of rambling, incoherent writing was received at the Herbert Hoover Memorial building. The author is unknown, but several squirrels have been detained for further questioning. I Between 9:50 and 10 a.m., an unknown suspect stole an unattended cell phone from the computer cluster at Meyer. I Between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m., an unknown suspect entered a locked room in Munger and stole a credit card.
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Between 8 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. the next day, a locked bike was stolen from inside a lockable bike storage compound at the Lyman Graduate Residences. At 10:09 a.m., one man and two women were found after having smashed the window of a car on Stanford Ave. at Raimundo Way. The three were taken to the San Jose main jail and booked for burglary, conspiracy to commit burglary and resisting arrest. At 6 p.m., a man was taken from the Graduate Community Center to the San Jose main jail and booked for vandalism.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Kennedy defends law, freedom
Graduates receive advice from High Court justice, partake in Wacky Walk
By ALAN GUO
FRIDAY, JUNE 19
In his commencement address to the Class of 2009, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy ‘58 urged graduates to spread freedom and the rule of law as their lifetime mission. “With our own freedom comes the duty to secure it for others,” Kennedy said during the University’s 118th Commencement on June 14 to an audience of about 25,000 in the Stanford Stadium. “When we help others find freedom, we save our own.” Relating that more than half of the world’s population still lives outside of the law, Justice Kennedy centered his speech on the necessity of laws to protect citizens and ensure justice. Kennedy, who completed a B.A. in political science at Stanford in 1958 and studied law at Harvard, was appointed to the Supreme Court in 1988 by President Ronald Reagan. Since his appointment, the justice has often been the swing vote in the court’s many 5-4 decisions involving controversial issues such as abortion, gay rights and gun control. To make the case for freedom, Kennedy cited striking examples of injustice in countries that “lack either the will or the power to embrace law and freedom.” In certain areas of the globe, for example, raped women need to pay a fee to file a case with the police, people are imprisoned for fines less than $1 and nearly a million people each year are subjects of human trafficking. Despite these dire situations, Kennedy assured the graduates that progress can be made, offering the example of China’s first law school, established last fall. To select the new law school’s entering class of about one hundred students, the school interviewed a short list of the candidates. One of the interview questions was, “What inspired you to go to law school?”
Kennedy was surprised when he learned that most students’ answer was a popular Hollywood movie — Legally Blonde. After viewing the movie, the story of a frivolous young woman entering the cutthroat, rigorous world of law school, he understood why. “What they were doing was taking a risk,” he said, “and you must prepare to take some risks to make the case [for freedom].” The solemn ceremony contrasted Stanford’s traditional Wacky Walk, when the graduates enter the stadium wearing costumes, holding “thank you” signs to their family or staging acts with their friends. A group of students, for example, wore pig noses in light of the recent outbreak of swine flu. Job-wary graduates jokingly carried signs reading, “Still need a job” or “Eligible to work for McDonalds,” reflecting the squeeze of the economic recession. Social dance enthusiasts waltzed their way into the stadium in a well-established Stanford tradition. A nostalgic student wielded a sign reading, “Today, I graduated. FML” — a parody of the increasingly popular Web site fmylife.com. Students were eager to share reflections about their Stanford experience, as the day marks a major milestone for the graduates. “Stanford is transformative, and I am always amazed by [its students],” said Nina Joshi ‘09, M.S. in mechanical engineering. A total of 1,735 bachelor’s degrees, 2,039 master’s degrees and 925 doctoral degrees were conferred during the ceremony. Within the international student population, 94 undergraduates from 39 countries and 934 graduates from 77 countries received diplomas. “I hope your time here has provided you with a great reservoir of the Stanford spirit, and that you leave this campus inspired to make your own contributions to the world,” University President John Hennessy said in his concluding remarks. Contact Alan Guo at email@example.com.
At 12:29 a.m., a dumpster fire occurred in Quillen Court of the Escondido High Rises. There was no damage. I At 1:15 p.m., an angry bicyclist stole a man’s cell phone from the front seat of his car in Lasuen Mall during an argument about the car’s being in a pedestrian space.
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At 4:40 p.m., a hit and run collision occurred between two cars on Palm Drive.
Contact Liz Stark at estark12 @stanford.edu.
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When the case is finished, authorities will seek the advice of experts on whether the marijuana should be incinerated, shredded or destroyed in another fashion. For now, Palo Alto police are prioritizing the capture of the suspects and the cleanup of the land. They plan to work with open space managers, rangers and environmental organizations to ensure the land is returned to its natural state. Philip said he wouldn’t be surprised to find more pot farms along the foothills, noting there is so much open land available to culprits. He also said Palo Alto police tend to “push harder on the investigations during the summertime because
that’s the peak growing season.” Last June, staff at Stanford’s Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve came across a smaller marijuana farm with about 2,900 plants. Upon obtaining a search warrant, the San Mateo County Narcotics Task Force came in to eradicate the marijuana. Had the crops reached maturity, they would have raked in about $1.5 million in sales. There is little surprise, then, that police are cautioning people to be alert as they roam the foothills. “If you see a person carrying a bunch of gardening hose down a trail and walking it to an open space area, carrying huge garbage cans full of water or fertilizer, or tubs with small green plants in them, we want to know about that,” Philip said. Contact An Le Nguyen at lenguyen @stanford.edu.
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The blog of Stanford’s Persian Student Association detailed an attempt to bring a local ballot station to campus, but it was unsuccessful. Ravandoust, who is doublemajoring in international relations and management science and engineering, spent spring quarter in Washington, D.C. with the Stanford in Washington program. While in Washington, he voted for Mousavi at the Iranian interests section of Pakistan’s embassy. Even before the results were announced and the protests kicked off in outraged response, Ravandoust said he had a sinking feeling about the election. “I was not scared to cast my vote, but I was really afraid of the results of the election,” he said. “I very firmly believed that Mousavi would get the most number of votes. But I was also very afraid of fraud, and I almost knew it was going to happen.” Most independent analysts agree that the election process contained substantial fraud. A number of Iranian cities reported more votes than registered voters, and the official results, which gave almost 63 percent to Ahmadinejad and just under 34 percent to Mousavi, flew in the face of expectations. Iran’s real central power, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, groomed Ahmadinejad for power in 2005 and interfered with the vote on his behalf in 2009, according to Milani. The professor said Khamenei’s intervention severed the tenuous connection between democracy and theocracy in Iran. “He lost almost all credibility since the election,” Milani said. “Until the election, he had successfully played the role that he was above factional feuds. Now, he has become the leader of one faction, and that is why people have challenged his authority.” The gap between the reported results and the expected ones sparked massive protests in Tehran and other Iranian cities. The government cracked down on the protests, sharply limiting electronic communication and arresting, beating and killing many demonstrators. “Their hope is that they will intimidate the masses into silence,” Milani said. “I don’t think it’s going to work. I think people are just too angry.” The regime’s efforts at censorship mean that current events and news details could actually be more accessible to someone in the United States than someone on the ground in Tehran.
“My friends who go to these meetings and protests — most of them used to, they don’t anymore — were saying the same things,” Ravandoust said, noting that he knew a friend of a friend among those who had been arrested. “Since the first day, [the government] shut down the text messaging service. The Internet has been really slow.” “We heard the summary of all the Twitter updates through CNN and a couple Web sites that keep very close track of the things happening right now in Iran,” he added. The pre-election optimism of reform supporters evaporated as the big picture in Iran revealed itself to the students in the U.S. “We were all shocked by the outcome and could hardly come to terms with it for a few days,” the anonymous student, a reformist, said. Bechtel International Center has been keeping an eye on the situation and affected students. Whenever there is a disturbance somewhere in the world, Bechtel reaches out to the Stanford community from the nation. “There isn’t a real lot you can do, but you want to let them know they’re not alone,” Director Pearson said. “For example, if they need help with travel issues, we’re there for that.” That sense of helplessness pervaded the responses of Stanford’s Iranian population as well. But Milani and some students saw silver linings in the events of the past two weeks. While the protests did not achieve democratic change, everyone seems to think they laid important foundations. “The reformist movement is now far ahead of where it was before the election,” the anonymous student said. Milani thinks this movement portends the coming rise of democracy in Iran. “I don’t think we have seen the end of this episode yet,” Milani said. “I don’t know if this is the defining episode in getting rid of Khamenei and Ahmadinejad. I have no doubt that even if they suppress this [movement], there will soon be another.” Ravandoust was less effusive than Milani, but he did admit the protests probably had a permanent effect. “My gut feeling is that this is not the uprising that we see once every ten years,” he said, referring to swiftly crushed student protests in 1999. “I don’t think that this is something the people of Iran will ever forget, and I think that this will end up meaning something.” Contact Scott Bland at firstname.lastname@example.org and Nikhil Joshi at email@example.com.
Hennessy endorses DREAM Act
In a letter to four California congresswomen early last month, Stanford President John Hennessy conveyed his full support for the 2009 Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act — a decision coming on the heels of both Harvard President Drew Faust’s decision to support the act and mounting pressure from various student groups. The DREAM Act has been considered in Congress since 2001, and its latest version was introduced in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year. A monumental decision if passed, it would provide undocumented immigrant children of “good moral character” who graduate from U.S. high schools the opportunity to obtain conditional permanent legal residency as they pursue their undergraduate education. Presently, immigrant children can only obtain permanent residency status if their parents undergo the documentation process. “As you know, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from our nation’s high schools each year,” wrote Hennessy in his letters to Senators Barbara Boxer and Diane Feinstein and Congresswomen Anna Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren. “Unfortunately, many of these young people, who have lived in this country for most of their lives and who have records of academic achievement and community involvement, are unable to attend college because of their immigration status.”
“Many people are dreaming of the day this bill becomes law...”
— ANNA ESHOO, California Congresswoman
Eshoo — a representative of California’s 14th district, which includes Santa Clara county, and a co-sponsor of the bill — has supported the DREAM Act since its inception. “I think it would not only have a salutary effect on Stanford but on colleges across the country,” Eshoo said. “The idea that young people are being punished due to their immigration status — this present situation is the antithesis of who and what we are as Americans.” Hennessy explained his recent endorsement in an email to The Daily. “We were motivated years ago by the same factor that holds true today: the desire to give outstanding members of our community a chance to succeed, make the most of their time at Stanford and maximize their ability to contribute to our country after graduation,” Hennessy wrote. When asked if the bill would have any influence on the composition of the student body, Hennessy claimed he was unsure and believed that any effect would most likely be limited. However, he maintained that the bill, if passed, would give undocumented students a chance that, until now, has been severely restricted. Prior to composing the letter, Hennessy met with a group of five students, two of whom were undocumented, who believed a public statement in support of the re-introduced act would help energize supporters of the bill. “Only three students of the undergraduate population are undocumented,” said Alexandra Salgado ‘11, one of the students who met with Hennessy. “This number is pretty low — an undocumented student has to be really qualified to get admitted — and even then, it’s hard securing funds for that student.” Salgado mentioned that once Harvard President Drew Faust expressed her support of the DREAM Act in May, she was inspired to approach Hennessy. She hopes other universities will follow Harvard and Stanford’s lead and take action as well. Eshoo cited the importance of the efforts of young people, like Salgado, who have worked to bring the DREAM Act to the spotlight. For Eshoo, this growing influence may soon make the act a reality. “It’s very aptly named,” she said. “Many people are dreaming of the day this bill becomes law so they can move on. I’ve said to them, ‘Hold onto the dream.’” Contact Joanna Xu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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cells and development of smart power grids, Chu presented various ideas for improving efficiency of buildings, including effective use of light sensors and insulation. “You could save about 80 percent of the energy with no compromise in comfort by just having the right sensors and things like that,” he said. Chu also suggested installing white roofs, which can keep buildings cool in the summer by reflecting sunlight and decreasing energy consumption. “So you do a little calculation that physicists love to do — if you retrofit urban roofs in the tropical and tem-
perate zones with white roofs and you turn blacktop roads to cementcolored, you’re reflecting an equivalent of energy back into space as if you took all the billion cars today off the road for 11 years,” Chu said. In addition to energy and climate issues, Chu also emphasized that the Department of Energy (DOE), which has supported the work of more Nobel laureates than any other funding agency in the world, would show continued support for fundamental research. “[The DOE] is the biggest and best supporter of physical sciences in the United States,” Chu said. “Anything that would threaten that, I will work very hard so that it’s not threatened.” Chu’s talk not only a provided a wealth of information but also served
as an intellectual call to arms. “I have to try to enlist — and so do you — some of the very best intellectual horsepower to deal with this,” he said. “There’re lots of really exciting things that people here at SLAC can think about — they have to know there’s a problem, and it’s a solvable problem.” For Chu, this solution lies in the hands of not only scientists but also the common man. “For the first time in human history, science has shown that we are altering the destiny of our planet,” he said. “Wishing this is not happening will not change our destiny. By acting with urgency, we can seize the opportunity.” Contact Elliott Jin at eyjin@stanford. edu.
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How I learned to stop worrying and love hypnotherapy
ike everyone else at Stanford, I’m usually in denial about how stressed out I am. Upon discovering that my last quarter here was to be my busiest to date, I started worrying about being too stressed to enjoy it. During yet another sleepless night last week, I recalled an episode of “Monk” where the main character gets hypnotherapy in order to combat his obsessive-compulsive disorder and regresses into a blissful, angst-free five-yearold. It seemed like a good tradeoff to me. A Google search and a phone call later, I was sitting in a classroom of the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy. Established in 1977, the school offers certificates and Master’s programs, and looks more like a tastefully decorated business office than anything else. The 12 students I met were ethnically diverse professionals in their thirties and forties. Some had backgrounds in psychology while others were former hypnotherapy patients. They were all amicable, and had extremely soothing voices. It’s tempting to dismiss hypnotherapy as the medical equivalent of tarot card reading and Yahoo horoscopes, especially since-as a student pointed out-there are plenty of programs that will give you a hypnotherapy certificate after a single class. Unlike tarot card reading, however, hypnotherapy is practiced at some full- fledged medical institutions, including the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford Hospital.
According to the program’s Web site, hypnotherapy helps patients cope with a variety of maladies, both physiological and psychological, including controlling physical pain, quitting smoking, overcoming phobias and managing stress. Pat Sullivan, who instructed the PASOH class I attended, identified all these benefits as well, adding that the practice can sharpen memory and increase concentration. When I finally got the nerve to ask what being hypnotized feels like, the class offered to let me see for myself. This was what I had been hoping for, but immediately after consenting, I panicked. By agreeing to get your hair cut at beauty school, you risk getting stuck with ugly bangs. By volunteering to get hypnotized at hypnotherapy school, I worried that I was risking getting stuck with irreparable psychological damage. (I later read on the Stanford Web site that this isn’t possible.) Though I never questioned the professionalism and competence of Pat and her students, I was concerned about the prospect of emerging from a trance with no recollection of the past hour. After being assured that I’d remember everything, I felt better. Before beginning the hypnosis, the students asked me to talk about my anxiety-what it felt like psychologically and physically, triggers that made it worse, etc. While these questions allowed them to better understand my chal-
lenges and goals, they also helped build rapport between us. After all, if there’s one thing I enjoy, it’s being asked to talk about myself. While most of the questions I fielded would have been asked by any counselor or physician, every now and then, a more unusual one was posed: “What color do you associate with stress?” After I described a place that made me feel safe and happy, we were ready to begin. I was surprised to learn that in order to hypnotize a patient, the hypnotist must hypnotize him or herself, too. In my case, I was hypnotized by-and with-the entire class at once. To be honest, I still don’t understand how hypnotherapy actually works. According to the literature Pat gave me, it is “the achievement of deep relaxation through the alteration of brain wave patterns.” All anyone technically did, however, was guided meditation. I sat in a chair while the students took turns talking — no one swung a watch in front of my face or massaged my temples. First, Pat described relaxation pulsing through my body. Then the students took turns describing my place of “comfort and safety.” Then we descended 10 imaginary stairs, and that’s when things got crazy. People experience hypnotism differently. For me, it was intensely physical. I felt my body swelling up and then dissolving, so that even though I knew my hands were resting on my
thighs, I couldn’t feel them. I became a little ball of energy, receiving pulses from the air around me. (Yes, I know how this sounds. It was awesome.) At this point, the students recited back to me the goals I had stated earlier-centeredness, the ability to appreciate the present, faith in myselfwhile affirming that I was now in a place where I could achieve them. Then we went back up the stairs, and I’ve felt fantastic ever since. I’m not arguing that hypnotherapy is a quick fix for all of life’s problems. A lot of the reason I’ve been stressed, for instance, is because I’m overcommitted, and no amount of hypnotism is going to change that. But it has helped reorient my thinking in positive ways. I now feel that I can accomplish everything I’ve set out to do, and that I can take every moment as it comes. At this point, cynics, i.e. everyone who smirked at the phrase “little ball of energy,” will say that hypnotherapy only worked for me because I believed it would. Yes, obviously. You can’t get hypnotized if you won’t let yourself. Still unconvinced? That’s okay. No one’s forcing you to be happy. Jenna would like to thank Pat Suillvan and the students at the Palo Alto School of Hypnotherapy for a great start to her week. For more information on PASOH, visit pasoh.com. You can email Jenna at jreback “at” stanford “dot” edu.
T HE WANDERER (M AY 8, 2009)
Springtime for Condi
h, spring quarter and the living is easy. The sun is finally coming out for good, the normal scourge of caterpillars has not (yet) become terrible and, as usual, Stanford housing still has heating on full blast in most dorms. Even better, the smell of protest is in the air. With former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice’s return, there has been quite a buzz on campus — a mixture of protests, condemnations, interview requests and invitations to dorm dinners. In a visit to Roble last week, Rice even managed to cover all of these at the same time. Protesters had already organized a pizza protest to run parallel to Rice’s private dinner with a small group of students. Then an open session with all of Roble quickly became a YouTube sensation when resident Reyna Garcia ‘11 recorded Rice answering questions about her involvement in the approval of waterboarding early in the Bush administration. Bloggers and cable news pundits seized on the interview. Some alleged that it took college students to ask Rice what the media had been unable to do (a questionable assertion, and one repeated when a 4th grader in D.C. asked the same question a week later). Others, like prominent Atlantic blogger Andrew Sullivan, labeled the tape Rice’s “Nixon moment” because of her declaration at the end of the tape that waterboarding did not violate domestic or international law “by definition” because it had been
cleared by the President. Though in full context Rice’s remark is slightly less scandalous, and she went out of her way to backtrack later in the week, the publicity from the video renewed outrage across campus about Rice’s presence at Stanford. In perhaps the most visible display, a group of students staged “Condival,” a mock celebration of torture with the tag line: “so much fun it’s a war crime.” Some students, like Samuel Larson ‘11, found the event offensive, even though he was told by organizers that it was designed to provoke an uncomfortable reaction. “I believe that we as students need to conduct this discussion with more civility,” he wrote in a letter to The Daily. “We should not stand for crass displays that make conservatives feel attacked and that make students like myself embarrassed to be a liberal at Stanford.” As Larson notes, all of the hoopla raises two questions worth thinking about beyond just kneejerk reactions. One: should Condoleezza Rice be welcome on Stanford campus? Two: how should students who are unhappy with her presence manifest that? As I have written before in this column, I am fervently in favor of giving Condoleezza Rice institutional space and support at Stanford. And, like Larson, I disagree politically with many of the actions taken by the administration Rice served. Even if Rice were to have explicit-
ly authorized waterboarding herself, having her on campus creates an enormous educational opportunity. What better way to learn how personalities, bureaucracies and immense pressure lead to controversial (and, in my opinion, regrettable) decisions? Consider Rice’s description in the same Roble video of the environment in which waterboarding arose as an option in 2002: “And I’ll tell you something. Unless you were there in a position of responsibility after September 11, you cannot possibly imagine the dilemmas that you faced in trying to protect Americans.” This does not mean the decision was right or that the dilemmas were dealt with properly. But this firsthand insight into what happened and why is invaluable for students who may one day find themselves making similarly tough decisions. Another reason to be skeptical of the “Kick out Condi!” sentiments is the precedent it sets for other Stanford affiliates thinking of serving in the government. Again, even though the case is being made that Rice’s collaboration in approving torture is so far beyond the pale that she taints Stanford by being here, there has been no conviction, and there are massive political undertones. If a tenured professor and former provost is unable to resume academic activities because of political condemnation, other professors may hesitate to leave, serve in government and come back — depriving the campus of the unique perspectives someone returning from inside the government can bring to the classroom. All of this said, I was actually a fan of the
Condival, with one exception. I thought mocking the conservative groups on campus by using thinly veiled manipulations of their names as cosponsors (“Campus Review,” “College Republicans”) was a little cheap and does more to intensify partisanship than improve discussion. Still, “waterboarding for apples” is brilliant. Is it important to have a tone of civility? Absolutely. If Rice were to teach a class or continue to make dorm appearances (I am hoping the Roble incident won’t halt her outreach to students), it would be a shame if anyone were to go Operation Pink, yelling and screaming or throwing paint. But the right of students to express themselves and do so creatively should be maintained, and I applaud the organizers for doing just that. I cannot say for sure, but when the critiques are substantive, not personal, my guess is that Dr. Rice welcomes the discussion. The opportunity to see her take it on in person is a powerful reason for students to accept her presence on campus. Michael is still hoping to land a dorm talk for Burbank. Email him to set up concurrent protests at wilkerson “at” stanford “dot” edu.
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There’s pride in their stride
California’s passage of Prop. 8 certainly stung revelers at Sunday’s Pride Parade, but festivities remained colorfully passionate
By CHELSEA MA
he Palo Alto Caltrain station is rather still this Sunday morning. A few Stanford undergraduates lock up their bikes in a corner, moving slowly against the summer heat. High School Summer College students sit in groups on the platform, toting brown boxed lunches and squinting against the sun. “Is the 9:30 train here yet?” a student asks mindlessly. “No,” is his friend’s dull reply. Trains make noises. It’s just too hot. At this point, being animated will generate more body heat. ✦✦✦ About an hour later, the train stops at the San Francisco station and passengers scatter. The mood changes. Everywhere is the sound of the city — car engines, shop doors and fast footsteps that, today, seem to hurry in one direction. And it’s a bit chilly. There’s even a breeze. Down Market Street, rainbow flags do a little jig. Teenagers with dyed hair and rainbow knee high socks sip on Sprites and drop f-bombs. Kids shuffle next to their parents, munching on churros longer than their torsos. Same-sex couples hold hands and don’t hold back on PDA. Both sides of the road — empty, with the exception of a few policemen — are lined with spectators. Their heads tilt toward the end of the street — the end away from City Hall — searching for signs of the parade.
✦✦✦ The crowd cranks up its volume as a few ripped men, clad in nothing but police caps, sunglasses and speedos, skip onto the road. “Are those real policemen?” a girl ogles, not really joking. “I want! Come closer!” a man screams amid more whoops and whistles. And so begins the San Francisco Pride Parade, an annual celebration of queer and allied communities. Cheerleading teams from the Bay Area march out to rev up the crowd. “San Fran!” “Cisco!” “San Fran!” “Cisco!” reverberates from one side of the street to the other. But this year’s parade somehow seems less bizarre than in past years. There are fewer pink feather boas, fewer naked people. The first groups to appear are somber, political. Marchers bear signs to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots — the violent demonstration that sparked the Gay Rights Movement — and introduce this year’s parade theme, “In Order to Form a More Perfect Union.” “Remember Stonewall, Fight H8” “Gay-Straight, Black-White, Marriage is a Civil Right” It’s an opening statement that highlights the paradoxes within the event. This is a protest and a party, a march that radiates both anger toward discrimination and optimism. This is a funky parade, but the issues it addresses are serious and real to the core.
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Although notably more somber due to the recent passage of Prop. 8, this year’s parade stayed funky, true to tradition. Marchers carried signs that reflected the parade’s theme: “In Order to Form a More Perfect Union.”
Stanford undergrads create National Marriage Boycott in response to Prop. 8
By MARISA LANDICHO
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
rained and disheartened, the members of the Emma Goldman Society for Queer Liberation were understandably discouraged at their first meeting post-November election day. The conventional campaign tactics — phone calls, rallies and even purple T-shirts — had ultimately proven insufficient at stopping the passage of Proposition 8. LGBT advocates were grasping Courtesy of Sarah Masimore at straws for their next step. What emerged from these meetings was a Members recruit participants for the National plan far more radical and ambitious than camMarriage Boycott. Founded by Stanford under- pus rallies and candlelight vigils. graduates, new NMB chapters are expected to be Led by the efforts of Laura Wadden ‘09 and launched at multiple universities across the U.S. Amanda Gelender ‘10, the 10 or so members
have dreamed up the National Marriage Boycott (NMB) with the ultimate goal of legalizing same-sex marriage on the national level. With a homemade promotional video, a Web site geared for networking and a store of black ‘equality rings’ ready for shipment, these students are certainly prepared to build a movement. “We’re just trying to demand action sooner, rather than pushing [same-sex marriage] off,” said NMB Business Staff Sarah Masimore ‘11. “We’re hoping that through the nationwide support that we’ve already been receiving, we’ll present a united front for student voice.” Wadden, Gelender and company hoped to create an outlet for students frustrated with the inaction of lawmakers, particularly now that much of national focus has moved away from
gay rights. “LGBT issues have been often pushed under the bus, and I think it’s time we hold our leaders and elected officials accountable,” said Alexis Ortega ‘09, one of NMB’s founding members. Identified by a black marriage equality ring in the place of a wedding band, NMB participants pledge to forgo marriage until the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is repealed. As an inclusive movement, NMB encourages married couples to join by wearing the black equality ring in solidarity. Both Masimore and Ortega specifically targeted President Obama for his wavering stance on DOMA. During his campaign, Obama included the repeal of DOMA as a platform point on his Web site. After being elected, all
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Cardinal captures Cup for 15th year in a row
By DANNY BELCH
SENIOR STAFF WRITER
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Sophomore closer Drew Storen will be moving on to a career in the pros after he was drafted 10th by the Washington Natioals during the June 9 MLB Draft. The righthander plans to eventually finish his degree in Product Design.
Storen wants to help save struggling Nationals
By JACK SALISBURY
Stanford closer Drew Storen was widely expected to be the first member of the Cardinal baseball team chosen in the 2009 MLB Draft, and that prediction rang true on June 9. Not many, however, saw him going as early as the 10th pick in the draft to the Washington Nationals. Storen was unsure of his future status as a Stanford athlete going into the draft, but the sophomore — who will ultimately come back to the Farm to finish his degree in Product Design — is now ready to take his shot at the pros. The Daily recently sat down for a question-and-answer session with the intense righthander. Storen was just a few weeks removed from signing a $1.6 million bonus with the Nationals when he spoke with The Daily. The Daily (TD): Were you surprised by how early you were chosen in the draft? What was your initial reaction when you heard the news?
Drew Storen (DS): I didn’t expect anything going into it. Everyone said you’re supposed to be a second or first-round pick and I approached it as a win-win situation regardless of where I was taken. If I was taken in the 15th round, I still would have had the opportunity to play pro baseball and I would have had the opportunity to return to Stanford. I wasn’t really banking on anything so going 10th overall was a pleasant surprise, I guess. TD: Describe how your draft day went. DS: I was the first guy of the [whole] draft to sign — I flew out the very next morning. I was signed within 24 hours of being picked. TD: How do you feel about being selected by the Nationals? They have the worst record in baseball, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing for an upand-coming player like yourself. DS: I was just blown away. It’s the
perfect situation for me. They need the bullpen help — they told me that they want help with the bullpen and I’m a bullpen guy. Also, the fact that I’m out in Hagerstown with Jack McGeary [Storen’s roommate at Stanford who also drafted by Washington] is great. There are so many things that fall into place. Granted, I’m fortunate to get so much money, but the opportunity they presented for me is the most important thing. TD: You were exclusively a closer in college, and pressure is something you seem to thrive on more than the most pitchers. What role do you think you will find yourself in as a member of the Nationals? DS: I was very open to whatever they wanted me to do. The Nationals told me they want to be a closer, [though]. I love that. It’s what I loved to do at Stanford. I love the pressure and I love the high intensity of it and I’m
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Stanford won this year’s Learfield Sports Director’s Cup, honoring the top collegiate athletic program in the nation. Stanford earned 1,455 points over the 20082009 NCAA season — more than enough points to claim the Director’s Cup for the 15th year in a row. By now the award has become a staple for Stanford athletics, and now the Hall of Fame room must clear out a 15th spot for Stanford’s newest trophy. The school, athletes and fans should be excited about winning this year’s cup, but after so many years of winning, the exact level of excitement is sure to vary or even possibly wane. Stanford had clinched the cup before the final standings were published. It was again a dominating performance by the Card, as it beat second-place North Carolina by 270.75 points. Florida, USC and Michigan rounded out the top five. The Director’s Cup awards points to institutions based on their finish in 20 sports — 10 each for men and women. A school may not count more than 10 sports for each gender and may not transfer between gender — meaning if women scored in 12 sports while only seven men’s sports scored, the two extra women’s scores cannot transfer over to the men’s side. Unlike some past years, Stanford maxed out on both sides this year, scoring in both 10 men’s and 10 women’s sports. The Card was led this year by the men’s gymnastics team and women’s rowing team, who both won national championships, good for 100 points each. Other men’s sports that added to Stanford’s point total were: water polo (second/70 points), cross country (third/85 points), swimming (third/85 points), outdoor track and field (seventh/72 points), tennis (10th/64 points), indoor track and field (11th/66 points), golf (20th/54 points) and wrestling (51st/ 23 points). Fencing was considered Stanford’s 10th men’s sport with their ninth place overall finish for 63 points. The women followed the rowing team with top finishes by volleyball (second/90 points), water polo (third/72.5 points), basketball (third/83 points), soccer (third/83 points), swimming (fourth/80 points), gymnastics (eighth/70.5 points), cross country (eighth/66 points), softball (ninth/64 points), tennis (ninth/64 points) and indoor track and field (12th/60.75 points). As nice as it is to say that
2008-2009 DIRECTOR’S CUP STANDINGS
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Stanford University North Carolina Florida USC Michigan
OVERALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
SCHOOL UCLA STANFORD USC CHAMPIONSHIPS 104 95 85
Stanford is the best collegiate athletic program in the nation 15 years running, the pundits will surely have something to talk about this year: for the first time in the history of the Director’s Cup, Stanford football, men’s basketball and baseball scored a combined zero points. With a seventh-straight losing record for football, and basketball and baseball missing out on their respective tournaments, 20082009 was a down year for three of Stanford’s biggest (if not the biggest) revenue sports. This is certainly not to take away from the 20 Stanford teams that did exceptionally well this season and every season. The “second-tier” sports (or should we start calling them first-tier?) are what have carried the Cardinal to so much success over the years. Stanford is not the only school in the country to have a Director’s Cup winning streak. The trophy is also given to Division II, III and the NAIA. This year, Division II’s winner, Grand Valley State (Mich.), captured its sixth in a row without winning any National Championships. In Division III, Williams College (Mass.) won its 11th in a row; in NAIA, Azusa Pacific (Calif.) won its fifth in a row. Contact Danny Belch at dbelch1 @stanford.edu.
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SOFTBALL Duo plays FOR U.S.
By DANIEL BOHM
On My Mind
The Essential Ones
ay those initials to Stanford’s opponents in the Pac-10 and you’ll likely see fear in their eyes. Now, that fear will extend internationally as both Alissa Haber and Ashley Hansen, the dynamic duo at the top of the Stanford batting order, were named to the United States National Team on June 15. Haber and Hansen join 2006 Stanford graduate Lauren Lappin on the 18-women squad. Both players are extremely excited at the opportunity to represent their country internationally. “Being part of the national team makes you feel like an ambassador to the game — like you are a part of making it a world sport,” Haber said. “It makes you feel like you are actually doing something important.” Hansen is also looking forward to the opportunity to play with and against the best in the world. “[International competition] opens my eyes to see how the sport brings together so many people and countries. The game is played slightly differently in different places, but ultimately it’s still the same.” “It’s a real once-in-a-lifetime experience,” she added. All three Stanford athletes are scheduled to compete in the Canada Cup from July 4-12 in Surrey, British Columbia. They will then take part in the KFC World Cup of Softball, presented by Six Flags, running from July 1620 in Oklahoma City. After that, Haber and Lappin will head to Sendai, Japan to take part in the Japan Cup from July 31 to Aug. 2, while Hansen goes to Maracay, Venezuela to compete in the Pan American Qualifier from July 31 to Aug. 9. Because the two tournaments overlap, the national team will be split in half with both teams being filled by other outstanding softball players that narrowly missed making the national team. This is both Haber’s and Hansen’s first appearances with the women’s national team. They were teammates on the junior national team in the summer of 2007, but are now making their first appearance on America’s top squad. Haber, an outfielder who just finished her junior year Stanford, has been an All-American all three
years at Stanford; she was named a first-team All-American this year. Hitting out of the leadoff spot, Haber led Stanford in most offensive categories, hitting .443 with eight homeruns, 26 doubles and 61 runs scored. Despite being a star at Stanford, Haber is unsure of where and how much she will play for the national team — but this doesn’t bother her. “I’m completely 100 percent elated to be a part of the team, whether it’s as an outfielder, a first baseman or left bench. I really never thought I’d be invited in the first place,” Haber said. While she concedes that she wants to be a team player, Haber is also excited to try to make an impact and not just go along for the ride.
“I know I have to prove myself more than most, and I’m excited to do that.”
— Alissa Haber ‘09
hen Lucas Glover won the U.S. open two Sundays ago, some of us had to Google him to find out exactly who he was. Watching him near or holding the U.S. Open lead all weekend, we still didn’t know who he was. But we did know that Phil Mickelson was the unfortunate runner-up and Tiger Woods was tied for sixth, wondering what could have been if he would have removed four holes from the tournament. It’s funny how that works — we know almost everything about the big names and nearly nothing about the small ones. There will be a time when neither Tiger nor Phil will be in the field. Can you even fathom the thought? What would we do? We know who the big stars are in the sports world. They are the athletes who are the best, the ones who make the sport worth watching. They sell tickets and bring in the fans. Even non-fans may be drawn into the sport simply because of that big name. This prompted me to create a list of the athletes today who will be missed most by their sport when they move on. For the following athletes, their sport will probably miss them more than they will miss the sport. Note that these are only my personal beliefs. 1. Tiger Woods (golf). The biggest no-brainer on the board. He is golf today, yesterday and as far into the future as he can go. He elevates the game to a completely different level. 2. Venus Williams (tennis). The Williams sisters have been a blessing to tennis and they are a main reason why I watch the sport. Venus is a true champion and plays with as much passion as anyone, except for maybe her sister. The women’s tennis game does not have anyone like the Williams sisters and may not ever again. 3. Serena Williams (tennis). The only reason she is below her sister is that some say she is a less-gracious loser. But she is one of the fiercest competitors in any sport and I admire that. Tennis will miss her. 4. Kobe Bryant (basketball). Love him or hate him, he is great and has been quite successful so far. When all is said and done, he will have a Jordan-esque career and sendoff. He will become that big. 5. Roger Federer (tennis). He could become the male tennis player with the most Grand Slam titles in less than a week. Like Tiger, he has been the face of tennis since he burst onto
“I’m a competitor. I’m going to compete for a spot,” she said. “[As a new team-member], I know I have to prove myself more than most, and I’m excited to do that.” Like her teammate’s, Hansen’s role with the national team is yet to be determined. Despite being Stanford’s shortstop, she is listed as a utility for the national team. Hansen was quick to point out that she played catcher for the junior national team, played outfield when she tried out for the national team before the 2008 Beijing Olympics and played shortstop for Stanford. “I think I’ll be wherever the team needs me,” Hansen said. “Coach Miller is confident with me at eight positions — anything but pitcher.” Batting behind Haber this year, Hansen was just as dangerous. She hit .400 with a team- high 55 runs batted en route to being named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and a
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HABER AND HANSEN: The Cardinal duo of rising senior Alissa Haber and rising sophomore Ashley Hansen will have the chance to represent their country on the U.S. National 18-women squad.
second-team All-American. Regardless of where Haber and Hansen end up on the field, both are looking forward to the opportunity to play with and learn from some of the best softball players in the world like Jennie Finch, Cat Osterman and Natasha Watley. Hansen admitted to feeling a wide range of emotions. “The nerves came mostly at the tryouts. Seeing Jennie Finch, I was a bit star-struck at first, but she was nice and supportive, and it really made me feel like I belong,” Hansen said. Haber displayed a similar sentiment. “With all these big names, I really just have to treat them as teammates and not higher entities,” Haber said. “I’m so privileged to be on the same team with them.” Both Haber and Hansen hope to take this unique opportunity to become better players and bring back invaluable lessons to their teammates next season. If Stanford is lucky, the A.H. combination will get even better this summer — a terrifying thought for Pac-10 opponents. Contact Daniel Bohm at bohmd@ stanford.edu.
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THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009
Cardinal baseball holds camp for local high schoolers
By CHRIS FITZGERALD
For 20 years, Stanford has hosted a showcase for high school baseball players who have aspirations to play Division I baseball in college. The camp, which accommodated 390 players this weekend, gave the kids a taste of dorm life and what it feels like to take the field at Sunken Diamond. The players split into 24 teams, all under the guidance of college coaches. Out to observe play on the scorching hot weekend were dozens of Division I coaches looking for talented young athletes. Stanford associate head coach Dean Stotz, who observed a dozen games at Sunken Diamond over the three day session, reflected on what he looks for in a recruit. “It’s more of an instinctive feel — what my instincts tell me the person is going to be at the age of 19 or 20,” Stotz said. While the camp was open to coaches from all over the country to observe, the kids effectively bought into an infomercial plugging Stanford University when they paid to attend
the camp. All-inclusive admission meant food, board in a dorm and three games in the Stanford area, including one at Sunken Diamond, in which to expose their talent. Score was kept, but no official reward was given to the winning team of a particular game. The camp was for individuals to market themselves. Pitchers were held to a 70-pitch limit, and completed those 70 tosses no matter what kind of trouble they got themselves into. Notable hurlers topped out on the gun at just above 90 miles per hour. More than anything else, though, the camp was about the players. Also included in the price of admission was a Cardinal baseball jersey with the players’ names on the back. That — and the kids’ names up on Stanford’s electronic scoreboard when they came up to hit — made the games feel like Division I baseball. DVDs of the games went on sale within hours of each contest’s conclusion, complete with play-by-play. On the effect of having a prospects camp at Stanford, Stotz viewed things with perspective. “I think Stanford gains a lot,” he said. “There are a number of kids who come to camp who ultimately aren’t good enough to
play for us, but still get admitted to school here — it spurred their interest.” When the attendees arrived in Palo Alto on Thursday evening, Stotz stood atop Stanford’s home dugout and set ground rules for the dorms, instructed kids on how to approach the coaches in attendance, then handed off his microphone to Human Biology professor Bill Abrams for further words of wisdom. The majority of camp attendees were in the summer before their senior year, the time just before college applications are filled out. The session served to teach kids about putting together a strong baseball resume and working through paperwork from the NCAA that is necessary for prospective athletes. Players from Florida to Hawaii, and everywhere in between, attended the camp. Of the 50 coaches out to observe, no one state seemed to have more representation than another. Amid coaches, identified by their radar guns and jerseys, as many as 350 spectators — a mix of parents and intrigued onlookers — were out to watch at any given time. No admission charge meant the crowd would
endlessly circulate throughout the games, which lasted two hours and 20 minutes, regardless of how many innings had been completed. But most games went at least nine innings, as batters would start with a 1-1 count to “instigate some action,” as Stotz put it. Overall, Stanford’s reputation ballooned in the minds of the attendees. Past years of the camp seem to suggest the same mindset. Stotz touched on the makeup of the 2008 recruiting class. “Going around the diamond: Zach Jones, Ben Clowe, Jonathan Kaskow, Colin Walsh . . . about 60 percent of my [freshman] team went through this camp,” he said. “It’s been a great feeder for us.” A dozen games at Sunken Diamond over three days presented no shortage of fabulous plays and stellar hitting, leaving the campers and coaches satisfied and well-informed — the precise goal of the camp — when all was said and done. Contact Chris Fitzgerald at chrishfitz@gmail. com.
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the scene. A no-buts kind of guy who plays with emotions on his sleeve. 6. Tom Brady (football). We all knew he would come back after his knee surgery. Things would be different if we knew he was never coming back. A great player on the field. A class act off the field. 7. Phil Mickelson (golf). He is golf when Tiger is not around (and sometimes even when he is). The fans love him, probably because he can really connect with the average Joe. 8. Peyton Manning (football). Ditto everything about Tom Brady. The guy is consistent, and goes out and does his job without any complaints.
He has been a one-man highlight reel for the past several seasons. I also hope he continues to do commercials — they are great. 9. Sidney Crosby (hockey). Hockey fans will understand me here. Though it hopefully will be a long time until the Kid hangs up the skates, when that time comes, I bet it will be tough for fans to handle. 10. Rafael Nadal (tennis). He will mainly be missed for his part in the Federer-Nadal rivalry, which Nadal has gotten the best of. He also is the King of Clay — his first four French Opens were truly spectacular. I hope his knee injury is not too serious. 11. Terrell Owens (football). You may disagree if you wish. But there are millions out there who are going to miss his antics. What will there be to talk about? He also is an amazing athlete, if you forgot.
12. LeBron James (basketball). His career is only in its beginning stages, and he is already a star. I hope he isn’t going to be remembered as the best player never to win an NBA Championship. 13. Kelly Slater (surfing). Oh, you forgot that surfing is considered a sport. Well this guy is to surfing as Kobe is to basketball.
the track community, he is the man. He broke two world records in Beijing in awe-inspiring fashion. Could he get better? If he does, move over, Michael Johnson — even though you’ve moved a bit already. 2. Brett Favre (football). He had his moment a short while ago and easily could have made this list. But after everything in the past two years, many out there really could care less if he plays again. Even the people in Green Bay boo him, and that says a lot.
3. Michael Phelps (swimming). Swimming just happens on a big stage too seldom for Phelps to move up to the top list. What he did in Beijing will never be forgotten, and will be talked about and remembered forever. There may not be another dominating force like Phelps in the pool for a long while. Danny Belch is clearly from San Diego, evidenced by the No. 12 athlete on his list. Feel free to contact him at email@example.com.
Just Missed the Cut
1. Usain Bolt (track and field). To
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happy that that’s something they want me to do . . . I’m excited to start doing that. TD: You were very successful in your career from the start at Stanford, becoming the team’s closer as a freshman and leading the team in saves and wins this past year (seven on both accounts). Though you certainly came to the Farm with talent, how would you say you developed under Coach Marquess’ program the past two seasons? DS: I learned a lot. Obviously I became a different kind of pitcher coming from [being] a starter to a reliever. I learned a lot about pitching in general from our pitching coach Jeff Austin. I learned how to take care of my arm and body through a long season. You come to college and you’re playing 60 games,
so you learn how to maintain your body for a long season. There’s a lot — all those little pieces and just the overall work ethic we have as a baseball program and doing something to get better, something to make you one step closer to being a better baseball player. All those pieces coming together really helped my development. TD: With your two-year playing career coming to an end, reflect on what life on the Farm has been like for you. DS: It wasn’t that I didn’t want to come back — the two years I had at Stanford were the best two years of my life. Having the opportunity to play in Omaha was an amazing experience. I met some of my best friends there. It’s great that I get to come back and be a regular student, but I’m going to miss being a part of the team. Contact Jack Salisbury at jack24@ stanford.edu.
Don’t Forget the CoHo is open July 4th
Come by for a pick-nick
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Stimulus funds arrive at Medical School
By JARED SERVANTEZ
Several School of Medicine projects recently received a total of $6.9 million in federal economic stimulus funding as a result of the massive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The act was signed into law by President Obama on Feb. 17 in an effort to stimulate the American economy in the midst of a severe economic downturn. Many of these projects had previously been put on hold due to budget deficits at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the federal government’s primary agency for medical and health-related research. However, with the NIH receiving nearly $10 billion in federal funding, 18 of these projects received the necessary funding to move forward. School of Medicine Dean Philip Pizzo stressed the necessity of the stimulus funding for realistic reform of American healthcare. “It is reassuring to note that the Obama administration recognizes the importance of science and technology,” Pizzo told the Stanford Report. “Many of the advances in modern medicine are the result of investments made over the past six decades by the NIH in biomedical research.” The largest grant received by any project was awarded to Amar Das, assistant professor of medicine and of psychiatry and behav-
ioral sciences, for his work with extracting information from large databases to help scientists communicate and understand various disease patterns. Another grant was awarded to Francis Blankenberg, associate professor of radiology and of pediatrics, for his research on a new radiotherapy treatment for cancerous tumors. Due to heavy competition for NIH money, Blankenberg’s project was stalled after he and his colleagues initially applied for a grant in 2007. Research and development will continue on his project as a result of the recent stimulus funding. The NIH grants will allow Stanford to continue groundbreaking scientific research while also preserving jobs which otherwise may have been cut, said Ann Arvin, vice provost and dean of research, in a School of Medicine press release. Contact Jared Servantez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medical School receives millions in grants
By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Last month, the School of Medicine received a pair of sizeable contributions to develop two unique research centers. The Canary Foundation, a Palo Alto nonprofit, donated $15 million in early June toward the Canary Center at Stanford for Cancer Early Detection. The school’s
Department of Radiology donated $5 million of its own to the center, which is focused on improving the means of detecting cancer early on. According to the University, the new center in Palo Alto “will have strong ties to Stanford’s Cancer Center, with a view toward translating the early detection research into clinical practice.” The National Institute of Mental Health also announced that it would give a $10 million, five-year grant to the Medical School to establish the Silvio O. Conte Center for Neuroscience Research. The Conte Center will specifically study neuroplasticity, or the study of the brain’s physiological changes through stages of development and age. Research done at the center may help scientists understand everything from the chemical pathways behind learning to schizophrenia and other mental illnesses. “This plasticity is critical for the normal function of the brain,” said Dr. Robert Malenka, professor in psychiatry and behavioral science, in a statement. “And when plasticity mechanisms go awry, devastating mental illness can result.”
Packard Hospital cofounder is dead at 87
By GRACE KWAN
and chair emeritus of pediatrics at the School of Medicine, died last month at age 87. A pioneer in the medical field, Schulman died of complications from pneumonia, according to University officials. Schulman was a pioneer in many areas of medicine, especially pediatric blood diseases. With a Ph.D. from New York University, Schulman, renowned for his expertise with pediatric blood diseases, was the first to propose the now-routine steroid treatment for acute leukemia. At Stanford, he is remembered for his vast contribution to LPCH. Under his guidance, the University witnessed the construction of a new state-of-the-art children’s hospital — now considered one of the top-10 pediatric wards in the nation. Schulman became the hospital’s first chief of staff when it opened in 1991. His dedication and care served as an inspiration to those around him, sparking high praise from his coworkers and students. “I remember him most as being a very astute diagnostician,” said Bert Glader, a professor in pediatrics who worked closely with Schulman. “He was one of the best physicians that I’d ever encountered, able to diagnose the problem and devise a diagnostic plan. “He loved children as well,” Glader added. A celebration of Dr. Schulman’s life and achievements will be held at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center at noon on Aug. 7. Contact Grace Kwan at gckwan@stanford. edu.
Dr. Irving Schulman, co-founder of the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (LPCH)
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Razan’s Organic Kitchen
By TOMMY TOBIN
WITWICKY AND PRIME: Shia LeBeouf’s character once again meets Optimus Prime and his band of Autobots, who this time regroup on Earth to defend the planet from the Decepticons. Expect entertainment, but not too much character or plot development.
AT THE MOVIES
REVIEW: TRANSFORMERS 2
White knuckles come standard; plot lacks in quality
By TOMMY TOBIN
Primed: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen “Fate rarely calls upon us at a time of our choosing.” 4/5 Rating Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is a global adventure that is sure to unleash mechanical mania across the nation this summer. Picking up two years after the first movie, Transformers 2 follows Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) on his way to college. Sam exhibits several of the problems facing most freshmen: the trials of a long-distance relationship, the frustration of not having a car, overly doting parents, awkward roommate interactions and, of course, an alien robot invasion set to destroy the planet. Within his first two days of college, Sam challenges Einstein’s theorems regarding the universe and is pursued by a potentially fatal femme fatale. Since the first film, Optimus
‘Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen’
Prime and his band of Autobots has paired up with the U.S. military to protect the planet from the nefarious Decepticons, who are hell-bent on the eradication of the human race. New robots have appeared as Mr. Prime sent out an open call for all Autobots in the galaxy to regroup on Earth. New recruits borrow from the roster of the 1986 animated feature, The Transformers, including some of my favorites — Wheelie, Devastator and Arcee, a female Autobot. Two twin robots, known simply as “The Twins,” appear to serve only to annoy the viewer and, at some points, as comic relief. The Transformers’ 2007 journey
to our world was not their first encounter with humans, but the “Fallen” and the other original visitors to Earth have mysteriously disappeared since their arrival in 17,000 BCE. Now, it is up to the Autobots to save Sam Witwicky and the planet. A white-knuckle, two-and-ahalf-hour journey going hard from the first moments, Transformers 2 features a virtual smorgasbord of GM cars. Even so, the film doesn’t seem to fit together as well as the Transformers’ first adventure. While some incongruence is small, with 22:14 hours shown as daylight and some characters seemingly walking off a ledge, many plot elements seem forced, including a trip to the Smithsonian. A subplot involving the National Security Advisor was annoying and seemed to detract from the main story arc. And while the film is ostensibly the quintessential summer action film, there is more than meets the eye. The film follows an arc that has strong Christian allusions, especial-
ly to Milton’s Paradise Lost. One of the soldiers even goes so far to ask, “If God created us in His image, it makes you wonder who created [the Transformers]?” Balancing action and comedy is a real strength of the film, with many points of laugh-out-loud humor. But at times the actions onscreen can get too fast to make out the distinctions between the different Transformers and ascertain exactly who is fighting whom. As an avid fan of the Transformers, the film was immensely enjoyable, but not perfect. While the movie is definitely aimed at the 18 to 24 demographic, I’d recommend it for anyone interested in some PG-13 summer action fun. A few of the scenes are a bit gross and the action is intense, but if you’re ready for some riotous robotic exploits, look no further than Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Contact Tommy Tobin at ttobin@ stanford.edu.
Berkeley, CA 3.5/5 Palo Alto has some excellent eats near campus, but during the summer, Stanford students spread out and have more time to explore the Bay Area. Some adventurous students even journey out to “enemy” territory: Berkeley. Notwithstanding any animosity between Stanford and Cal, the towns surrounding the campuses are incredibly dissimilar. Palo Alto feels as if it were not made for the college crowd, reflected in the clientele and prices of the nearby restaurants. On the other hand, Berkeley has a multitude of bookshops and cafes in what feels like a more urban environment. Razan’s Organic Kitchen is symbolic of a quintessential Berkeley eatery. Featuring an eclectic 100 percent organic menu with hormonefree meats, Razan’s is a great place to grab a meal near Berkeley’s happening Shattuck Avenue, just a short walk from three movie theatres and a few clubs. The offerings here range from wraps, fajitas and burritos to shish kabob, shawarma, smoothies and salad. Razan’s makes good use of its small space and casual atmosphere, but seating can be limited, especially around the busy lunch period. While everything here is fresh, the organic quality comes with a price — about $2-3 more than a similar meal from the nearby Baja Fresh or Chipotle. Now is the time for the critical question: Is the food worth the price? Yes! While I’d not recommend this for an everyday culinary adventure, as plates hover around $7-10, the quality of the food is quite high. For those seeking salvation from their hunger, try the Super Combo Burrito, which lives up to its name. The burrito is about the same size as one would expect from Chipotle but more flavorful and fresh. While Razan’s might be a bit far from campus, it’s a great call for a casual lunch or dinner if you find yourself in Berkeley. This certified green business is located at 2119 Kittredge Street in downtown Berkeley. You can find their menu online at http://razanorganickitchen.com/. Don’t be fooled by the formal photos on the Web site, though; this eatery is casual. Contact Tommy Tobin at ttobin@ stanford.edu.
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mentions of LGBT issues were removed from his Web site and he publicly spoke in favor of DOMA in June, said Masimore. “Frankly, it was student grass roots support that gave Obama momentum and put him into office, and we want to say that he’s turning his back on the promises he made,” she said. While skeptics may jeer at a bunch of college students swearing off marriage, the recent media attention and growing list of partner schools reveal that the boycott cannot so easily be dismissed. “When I first contacted [journalist Patrick Sauer], my thoughts weren’t even extending that far,” Ortega said of her interview and feature in The Huffington Post. “I just thought this was one more person we were reaching out to. When he brought up the Q&A, I realized this was big.” There hasn’t yet been a meteoric rise to fame for NMB, but they have been steadily garnering press coverage. In May, NMB was featured in a radio spot for the Angie Coiro show, along with receiving mentions in the Palo Alto Daily and even England’s The Guardian. Summer activities for NMB members include more networking, preparing the chapter start-up kits and formalizing the NMB organization as an official nonprofit. NMB members have also been actively recruiting at various LGBT events, including Meet in the Middle for Equality in Fresno and San Francisco’s Gay Pride Parade. Though the NMB is still in the planning and recruitment stages, responses from LGBT leaders and other activists have been promising. According to NMB Recruitment Manager Ronny Hamed ‘10, the NMB has been endorsed by ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ activist Lt. Dan Choi and former California congresswoman Sally Lieber. Even the vendor supplying the rings was eager to help, offering donations and his unwavering support, Masimore said. “By fall quarter of this coming year, we aim to have at least one col-
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The Pride Parade, which moved through Market Street, by City Hall and to the Civic Center on Sunday, featured colorful floats, dancers and singers. The sting of November’s vote to uphold Prop. 8 was felt only slightly.
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Then a large man in a blue and red tulle dress walks out, followed by a man on stilts, and the expected wackiness carries on. Colorfully decorated floats carry scantily-clad dancers and princessgowned singers. Men in heavy makeup and Victorian wigs strut in four-inch heels and vibrant dresses. A group fitted in leather straps and boots rides motorcycles and swings whips. There’s a metal snail float that spews out fire. Every queer and allied group is here. A man dressed as Jesus sings before a rainbow cross. Jews dance underneath a rainbow chuppah. Toddlers waddle with signs that say, “I love both my moms,” and parents wave banners that proclaim, “I support all my lesbian daughters!” Onlookers recognize friends marching in the parade. “It’s you!” a girl shouts, wideeyed. Her friend waves back frantically. “I’ll meet up with you later!” Grand Marshals drive out in vintage automobiles. “Is Newsom sitting in there?” someone asks as the mayor’s vehicle passes by. Gasps and ‘OMGs’ circulate as the stars of Wicked appear in their green and black rides. For the most part, no one recognizes the names stickered onto the cars, nor does anyone care. But as long as there’s music, the crowd dances anyway. “Hmm, I guess this is a sort of everything-goes parade, isn’t it?” a spectator observes as a Lady Parts
Automobile Services float appears. Animal rights groups with donation jars walk dogs wearing rainbow bandanas. Participants wearing penis costumes protest against circumcision. And businesses clearly recognized the parade as a perfect marketing opportunity — Chipotle drives by with a giant inflatable burrito. The parade continues in this fashion toward City Hall. Along the sidewalks, vendors push around carts of ice cream and soda. Fruit stands and tables are overflowing. Festival attendees strolling down Market Street to the pace of the parade stop occasionally at jewelry stands to try on rings and bracelets. At the end of the parade route, the cheers crescendo, and marchers high-five members in the crowd and blow kisses. Celebrations continue at the Civic Center, where people dance, snap pictures and pucker up in designated tents. Live music blares and attendees snack on funnel cake, snow cones and chicken on a stick. And at the right angle, the pride flag and American flag can be seen waving side-by-side, majestic against the backdrop of City Hall.
✦✦✦ On the train ride back to Palo Alto, it’s quiet again. Two girls flip idly through a magazine, one student is nodding off and another is zonked out, mouth wide open. Standing alone in the corner of the train is a man dressed in a maid costume. His outfit now contrasts sharply with the shorts and tees of the other passengers, and occasionally someone stares. But that’s OK. Today was his day. For several hours, there was no hiding, pretending or shame. Today, he was the center of attention, and his sexuality was, for once, applauded. He smiles. Contact Chelsea Ma at chelseama @stanford.edu.
lege and one high school in each state,” Hamed said. Steadfast in his commitment to NMB, he targeted 20 percent membership from the Stanford student body by summer of next year. If the pace of recruitment remains the same, NMB may very well meet these targets. Already the partner institutions span across the country, and thus far 20 colleges and high schools have indicated interest. Provided all goes well, in September NMB chapters will be launching at the University of California at Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and San Diego; California State University, Long Beach; San Diego State University; Santa Monica College; University of Colorado at Boulder; Florida State University; University of Idaho; Williams College; Columbia University; and High Point University in North Carolina. Individual pledges total 227 so far, according to Hamed. The chapters, however, will retain significant autonomy of operations, as no two regions will necessitate the same tactics. Jack Wadden ‘11, NMB chapter organizer for Williams College in Massachusetts and Laura Wadden’s younger brother, illustrated the differences in the gay rights movement across state boundaries. “People are a little in the dark out here because New England is the most progressive part of the country when it comes to same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws,” Wadden wrote in an email to The Daily. “Prop. 8 isn’t on the tip of everyone’s tongues, let alone DOMA, so that’s the main challenge: educating everyone.” The success of NMB won’t be seen until the national launch in the fall, and it will largely depend on how willing students will be to boycott marriage for an indefinite amount of time. “People are much more interested in reading about politics than actually participating in [it],” Wadden said. “It’s like a fishbowl — everyone loves to stare at the fish and talk about how noble and righteous they are, but no one wants to get in the bowl.” Contact Marisa Landicho at email@example.com.
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They came, they saw, but did they conquer? History will tell. At least they can do the Wacky Walk right.
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