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CHAMPION! 2009 Bank of the West Classic’s eighth seed, Marion Bartoli, overcame second seed Venus Williams in Sunday’s three-set final.
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THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009
Café finds new home
Thai Café to move two doors down, expected to open by spring quarter
By JARED SERVANTEZ
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SLOWED DOWN: Tesla Motors, despite recent financial success, is embroiled in a legal suit in which former CEO Martin Eberhard is accusing current CEO Elon Musk of, among other things, misrepresenting the nature of his ties to Stanford.
Tesla founders use Stanford in legal battle
By JOYCE LIU AND JARED SERVANTEZ
For an increasingly popular automobile company that has recently delivered more than 500 of its first model, Tesla Motors is becoming established as the premier luxury electric car company in the world. Expected last month to turn a profit by the end of its third quarter, Tesla is rapidly accelerating toward worldwide renown. However, Tesla will have its fair share of bumps along the way. Beneath the surface, Tesla Motors and its CEO, Elon Musk, are dealing with a series of lawsuits, among them a personal suit from co-founder and former CEO Martin Eberhard. While the company and Musk have been embroiled in several legal troubles over the years, Eberhard’s lawsuit has struck a personal nerve. On May 26, Eberhard filed a 146-page lawsuit against Musk and the company for libel, slander, breach of contract and failure to pay due and earned wages. A Stanford Student? At the center of the lawsuit, Eberhard accused Musk of declaring himself an original founder of Tesla, taking credit for many of the achievements of the electric car company. Supporting this statement, Eberhard claimed Musk never officially enrolled at Stanford, citing this claim as an example of the current CEO’s dishonesty and history of misrepresentation. “In several national publications, Musk had allegedly misrepresented his affiliation with Stanford University, claiming to have ‘dropped out’ of a Ph.D. program at that university when in fact he was never enrolled at Stanford,” the lawsuit stated. Yet Musk made little of these accusations and wasn’t pleased with
the timing of the legal difficulties. “Just as we’re emerging from the darkness and things are going really well, you get distracted with this unbelievable lawsuit,” he said. “It’s clearly a distraction for me and some other members of the team.” Furthermore, in a confusing turn of events, he went on to corroborate Eberhard’s accusations, stating that he indeed never enrolled at any Stanford graduate program. Musk claimed to have come to Stanford in 1995 to attend a graduate program in materials science and engineering, but “put his studies on deferment” two days after the quarter had started to begin work on Zip2, his first major Web startup. “I asked if I could defer starting for a quarter or two,” he said. “I pushed it to the very last moment of making a decision, which was just a couple days into the quarter.” Despite deferring his studies, Musk never returned to enroll in the University nor did he attend any classes. “My connection to Stanford ended up being pretty strong, and I still help out on the Stanford Engineering Advisory Council,” he wrote on his blog. “Eberhard’s lawsuit also claims that I misrepresent my affiliation with Stanford, but I would not be on their engineering advisory council if that were true.” The University Registrar’s Office maintained that the only record they have of Musk is in the form of an applicant record. In a letter sent last month to Musk, Director of Graduate Admission Judith Haccou confirmed that Musk was in fact accepted into a graduate program in materials science & engineering in 1995, but did not enroll with the University and therefore never received an official certification document. In spite of this, Eberhard used this premise as well as other “pat-
After weeks of uncertainty, the Thai Cafe now has a place to call home after being forced out of its current fixture in the Jordan Hall basement: a classroom two doors down. The University notified owner Mykhanh Bahlman last month that she would have to find a new location after plans to install an MRI facility would displace the Thai Cafe come Aug. 7. In this past week, Bahlman was able to come to an agreement with University officials from the School of Humanities and Sciences (H&S) Dean’s Office on a new location for the Thai Cafe. After approval from county health officials and the completion of any necessary renovations, Bahlman will be moving into Room 48 of Jordan Hall, literally two doors down from her current location. If all goes as planned, the Thai Cafe will be fully operational by the start of spring quarter, said Shannon Silva, facilities planner for the H&S Dean’s Office. “There are some unknowns — we need to meet not only the Thai Cafe
owner’s requirements but also county health and building code requirements,” Silva said. Bahlman was more optimistic. “I was hoping that everything would be on schedule, so I can open in either February or even earlier,” said the owner. “It’s late, but I’m happy that everything is positive.” During the process of choosing a new location, Bahlman remained adamant that she be placed in a spot still located somewhere around the Main Quad. “We did explore many options with her: catering truck, off-main quad locations but still on Stanford campus, and her direction to us the entire time was that she wanted to stay as close to her current location as possible,” Silva said. Don Intersimone, director of facilities and capital planning in the H&S Dean’s Office, said the University was looking for a space that would work for the eatery while also meeting county codes and regulations. “Also, we were looking for a space that could be traded out with another space, and that’s not always an easy task,” Intersimone said. “We didn’t have a space to put this operation in,
so we had to ask to use another — in this case a classroom space — from the Registrar’s Office, and offer them a trade where that classroom activity could be moved to in order to allow them to let us use this space.” Bahlman doesn’t believe the move will affect her business in any way. She said most of her customers were aware of the situation and will be notified immediately of her new location. In the meantime, Bahlman has no plans other than checking on the progress of the new spot. She will not be operating out of a temporary location before moving in to Room 48. The University will not be compensating Bahlman for any potential business lost in the next several months while her new location is being prepared. “I’m on my own,” she said. Despite this, Bahlman remains happy about the process of changing locations, and she believes her loyal customers will be happy as well. “Everything worked out fine,” she said. “They did a good job.” Contact Jared Servantez at jared03@ stanford.edu.
Univ. to test new sirens
Sirens unveiled as part of AlertSU system; tests to begin 10:30 a.m. Friday
By MELISSA CHAN
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The University will be testing an improved outdoor siren system on Friday, designed to effectively notify the campus and the surrounding communities in the event of an emergency. Beginning with tests on Arboretum Road at 10:30 a.m., each of the seven sirens, located strategically around campus, will be activated for no more than two minutes over a 30 minute interval. A full system test will then take place at 3 p.m. Installation of the new alarm system began over a year ago and is part of the campus-wide AlertSU, a multi-layered approached meant to deal with almost any emergency situation. AlertSU can also alert the community of immediate threats via email, phone and other transmissions. “There is an expectation that the community will be informed, and we are planning to provide alerts as necessary,” said Larry Gibbs, associate vice provost for environmental health and safety. “We hope we don’t have to use it, but if we do need to use it, we will have the capability to really effectively and efficiently reach out to the campus community at Stanford.” AlertSU can be used to notify the community of urgent life-safety situations, including earthquakes, fires, chemical spills or armed assailants. “After the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech, many universities — ourselves included — reviewed our capabilities for being able to reach the Stanford community in a timely fashion,” Gibbs said. One situation the system has been specifically prepared for is earthquakes. Following the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, Stanford
has been taking a proactive approach to maintaining seismic standards. In the case of an earthquake, AlertSU would alert victims of afterGRACE KWAN/ shocks and provide specific The Stanford Daily safety instructions to residents. AlertSU has the ability to function when electricity sources are down. “We basically need to have a working system on both ends — the sending and receiving end,” said Eduardo Miranda, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering. “[AlertSU] will allow you to send messages even when those systems are not working.” The University also prepared by conducting seismic surveys earlier in the week to assess the geological structure of the soil and to model how it would react under the stress of an earthquake. Conducted at as many as 15 locations, these tests were part of a comprehensive study to develop seismic design standards for the current and future safety of the buildings. The AlertSU siren system had been expected to be up and running last year, but according to Gibbs, the system was delayed for a number of reasons. Each individual siren had to be approved by Santa Clara County, and University officials also met and discussed the system with surrounding residents and senior staff living on campus. The operational costs, along with installation and acquisition of the system, cost the University in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, said Gibbs. After the initial test taking place tomorrow, the system will be tested twice annually in April and October. More information can be found at the Stanford University Emergency Information Web site at http://emergency.stanford.edu. Contact Melissa Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Daily reported last year that, in order to accommodate the latest Law
School expansion project, campus fixture Kresge Auditorium would be demolished early this summer. Now, with the auditorium reduced to rubble, fond memories of the classroom and performance space come swirling to mind for alumni, faculty, staff and current students alike. Here are some of those thoughts and memories. I’ll never forget the Counterpoint A Cappella spring show in Kresge my senior year (1997). We had worked so hard that year and had an amazing group. Selling out Kresge was a huge accomplishment and extremely gratifying. We felt like rock stars up there singing to a packed house in our crazy costumes. I can’t pass by Kresge without remembering that experience. It was a highlight of my Stanford career. — Karen Heywood McKinley ‘97, assistant director of admission I happened to be in Kresge for a Bio 41 lecture when I got news that the Challenger shuttle exploded. I remember that I was just about to take my seat and was standing near the front in the center aisle. I just left and went back to my dorm to watch the news. — Andrea Jones ‘87 Kresge was where I had my 9 a.m. IHUM lecture (then called Western Culture). I was
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Escondido. Granted, I’m sure the replacement building will be just as much an obstruction. — Matt Bush ‘10 What my memories of Kresge show is both the academic memories of Stanford, but also the incredible opportunities students have to meet international journalists, authors, leaders, etc. Kresge holds those memories for myself and for the countless other students and alumni that have been fortunate to attend events such as these. — Luz E. Reyes ‘07 I understand the need for expansion of the Law School. It’s a balance, though — maintaining those special buildings and spaces that made it “my university” while allowing for the incredible progress that makes it my daughter’s university. I wonder what in the world will happen when it’s time for my grandchildren to take their first Farm Tour. — Mia Jackson ‘95 I remember walking past Kresge everyday on my way to class or on my way back from getting mail or a quick Bookstore run. I remember attending Church at Kresge and feeling a great sense of community and spiritual acceptance there. I also fondly recall on the same stage listening to a speech by Public Enemy’s Chuck D. And who can forget the cultural presentations, most notably, Stanfunk. Kresge will be sorely missed. — Ron Worthy ‘92
rowing crew that year and had early morning practices, after which I’d replenish my caloric burn with a huge breakfast at Wilbur. On IHUM mornings, I’d sit down, pay attention, and start to write lecture notes with the best of intentions, but food coma and sheer exhaustion would set in by about 9:17. As a result, my notes ended up documenting not the lecture but the fact that I often fell asleep. As you might imagine this resulted in
an abysmal start to my IHUM and Stanford career, but I don’t blame Kresge for it. — Julie Lythcott-Haims ‘89, dean of freshmen While the building itself is wonderful, it always seemed like an obstruction when I was heading from Bowdoin Street to Tresidder, much like Meyer Library is sorely in the way if you’re going along
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FACULTY & STAFF
Former professor of applied physics dies at 94
Conyers Herring remembered for physics breakthroughs
By STEPHANIE GUTIERREZ
Conyers Herring, a retired Stanford professor of applied physics, passed away at his Palo Alto home on July 23 at the age of 94. Herring had experienced a heart attack in the 1980s, and from then on his strength gradually faded until his passing. Herring significantly influenced the field of
modern science during his career. He is most known for the development of the orthogonalized plane wave method in the field of physics. This development was a convenient way to find the measurement of energy levels of electrons within semiconductors, insulators and metals. Herring became a professor of applied physics at Stanford University in 1978, where he spent approximately 20 years teaching. In 1995, he retired at the age of 81, becoming a consultant at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Herring was a man of recognition, receiving various awards. He and Philippe Nozieres were awarded the Wolf Prize in Physics. He also received the 1980 National Academy of Sciences
James Murray Luck Award for Excellence in Scientific Reviewing. In addition, Herring was awarded the Von Hippel Award, the highest honor given by the Materials Research Society, in 1980. He will be remembered most for his humility when sharing his knowledge with others, as well as his for thoroughness and comprehensiveness. In addition to being a leader in the field of solid-state physics, Herring contributed to various religious discussions and had a deep, unconditional faith in Christ. Contact Stephanie Gutierrez at email@example.com.
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terns of misrepresentation” to convey a mask of deception on Musk. The plaintiff went on further to deride the current CEO in his suit, alleging that Musk was falsely claiming he received an undergraduate physics degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1995. Musk denied these allegations. “In Martin’s lawsuit, he cited a number of things which were false, such as saying I don’t have a physics degree, wasn’t admitted to Stanford, that sort of thing,” he said. “Bizarrely, Eberhard’s lawsuit claims I didn’t get those degrees [in physics and business], even though a
casual search of the Web shows I recently gave a talk there about Tesla and SpaceX, where the University listed my degrees on the poster,” he wrote on his blog. Company Strife According to Eberhard’s attorney, Yosef Peretz, Eberhard believes he and long-time business partner Marc Tarpenning are the sole founders of Tesla. Tesla’s senior communications officer, Rachel Konrad, rebuffed these claims. “We believe in the concept of a founding team, and that includes numerous people, including Martin, Marc Tarpenning, Elon, JB Straubel, as well as Ian Wright,” she said. Eberhard also held fast to his position that Musk abused his power
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on Tesla’s board of directors to force him out of the company. But Konrad stated that the board of directors unanimously fired Eberhard after the Roadster, the company’s flagship vehicle, ended up costing over twice his predictions and entering production outside of the anticipated timetable. Peretz declined to comment on why there was a disparity between Eberhard’s estimates and the actual cost of the car. However, he denied that Eberhard was fired from Tesla. “Ultimately, it ended up as a mutual resignation agreement and not a termination of his employment,” Peretz said. For Musk and Tesla, the lawsuit has boiled down to a personal attack. “We believe that the lawsuit was really an unfair personal attack
against [Musk], and that it wasn’t a legitimate lawsuit,” Konrad said. “It was more of a PR move than a lawsuit.” The San Mateo County Superior Court seemed to agree — in part. Last week, the judge presiding over the lawsuit dismissed the notion that Musk was not a founder in the case’s first court hearing. Yet the other sections of the lawsuit dealing with, among other things, libel, slander and wage disagreements still stand. And that’s not all of Tesla’s legal headaches. Former employees, also represented by Peretz, are filing a lawsuit against the company for defaming them in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News. In spite of this, Tesla Motors is relatively undeterred and moving forward. The company plans on opening new locations in Toronto and Washington, D.C. “Tesla’s doing extremely well,” Musk said, “and I think we will continue to do that.” Contact Joyce Liu at jambajoyce@ gmail.com and Jared Servantez at jared firstname.lastname@example.org.
Countries around the world are purchasing their supply of flu-treating drugs, including two that are distinctively favorable, showing promise for use against the prevalent H1N1 epidemic. According to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine, the drugs zanamivir (marketed as Relenza) and oseltamivir (marketed as Tamiflu) show equal effectiveness when treating the common flu symptoms when administered post-infection. By reevaluating data from seven studies published between 1999 and 2007, they recognized that those who received either of the medications were less likely to experience symptomatic flu. However, they were just as likely to become infected as those who did not receive the drugs. Looking at the studies, the researchers have noticed limitations in the information collected on the wider scale. For example, all the participants were Caucasian, excluding one study of Japanese adults. Results of the research studies suggest that the use of the drugs on the uninfected may lessen the chances of symptoms post-infection. Even so, it is still unknown if people who exhibit no symptoms, but are infected, are contagious. With a group of researchers, Khazeni is mathematically modeling a hypothetical flu outbreak in New York City where these medications are used to simulate results for future comprehension. Contact Melissa Chan at email@example.com.
SLAC receives $21.8 million in stimulus funds
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U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Tuesday that the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory will receive $21.8 million in stimulus funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) is set to benefit the most, with an allocation of $20 million for a new experimental end station to study high-end energy density plasmas. The remaining $1.8 million will go to the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource (SSRL). SLAC is one of 10 laboratories nationwide slated to receive a portion of the $327 million announced by the DOE for scientific research, instrumentation and laboratory infrastructure projects. The new initiatives
compose the latest in many rounds of funding intended to create jobs and keep American science competitive. The LCLS and SSRL are synchrotron “light-source” facilities, which investigate atomic matter using intense X-rays. The $1.8 million apportioned to SSRL will be used to construct another experimental station and improve liquid nitrogen cooling systems. The new funding will accelerate development at SLAC, priming it to reach goals previously set far in the future. “The projects provide vital funding and new tools for research aimed at strengthening America’s energy security and tackling some of science’s toughest challenges,” Chu said in an official statement. Contact Grace Kwan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC
Sisters take home doubles title; Bartoli captures singles
By JANE LEPHAM Sunday’s final round of the 2009 Bank of the West Classic drew a record-high 3,852 spectators, who bore the scorching heat to see Marion Bartoli upset second seed Venus Williams, 6-2, 57, 6-4 to win her first major WTA Premier Tour title. The eighth-seeded Bartoli, who appeared in last year’s final against Aleksandra Wozniak, was not about to let another championship slip out of her hands, matching — and eventually surpassing — Williams’ game with strong plays from the baseline. Both players suffered their share of service breaks in a marathon of a three-set match that lasted two hours and 43 minutes. But it was the Frenchwoman’s superior forehands and ability to convert more points into winners that helped her outlast Williams, who defeated third-seed Elena Dementieva in the semifinals the day before. Bartoli began the match with a strong first set, breaking Williams’ serve multiple times to take a commanding 6-2 lead. Two points away from the title in the second set, however, she began to tire and could not close out the match, as Williams, feeding off the crowd’s energy, rallied from 2-4 to win, 7-5. “I couldn’t believe I was winning against Venus, and was getting tighter and tighter,” Bartoli said of the second set. “I needed to regroup, needed to calm down . . . [to have] a chance to win in the third set.” While Williams seemed to regain her confidence on the court with every winner and ace — a total of eight aces in the match — she ultimately could not capitalize on the momentum she had generated and fell behind on her serve, falling 31 in the third set. Although she had home-court advantage and the crowd behind her, the American seemed off her game on Sunday, growing increasingly frustrated with every missed point. She managed to rally to 4-5, but Bartoli held her own serve to win the game, closing out the match with her only ace of the day. The only comic relief in the intense championship match came when one fan incorrectly yelled, “Come on, Bartolis,” to which another retorted, “It’s Bartoli!” — which even drew laughs from the players themselves. “Marion played really well,” Williams said in a post-match interview. “I couldn’t find my
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The Williams sisters, Venus (left) and Serena (right), won Sunday’s doubles final in straight sets. Venus had less luck in the singles championship, however, falling to eighth-seed Marion Bartoli 6-2, 5-7, 6-4. game. I was fighting myself a lot and I couldn’t find the court. I’m not used to that.” While post-match statistics indicated that Williams had more winners on the court that day, she also committed a greater number of errors in a performance highlighted by her number of aces and willingness to go to the net, but was still marred by 12 double faults. Bartoli won the match despite being outhit by Williams, 54 winners to 18. “There were glimpses of my game out there, when I was able to get control,” Williams said. “Unfortunately I would follow that up with some errors.” “I think the last time I played her, I played better,” she added, chuckling and referring to the pair’s only prior meeting at the 2007 Wimbledon final, in which Williams won in a commanding 64, 6-1. Bartoli spoke of her focus during the match and the improvements she has made to her game since their last meeting two years ago. “I’m more experienced since that Wimbledon final,” she said. “I’ve grown a lot and know what to do on big points. I’ve improved my movement a lot. I can run a lot, and I wanted to make Venus play one extra shot on every point.” “I knew that the only way to win was to take charge,” she added. “That was the best effort I ever gave on the tennis court.” Crediting much of her win to her father’s motivation, Bartoli — with the charm of an upand-coming player — said that her father (who is also her coach) had no expectations for her to reach the final in an effort to keep the pressure to a minimum. “[When I got to the final], my dad told me that my goal was not to lose 6-0, 6-1. Our flight was at 6:30 p.m., and he said, ‘OK, the match will be done at 1, 1:15 p.m.’” “I guess we’ll be missing our flight,” Bartoli added with a smile. These thoughts, along with her journey to the final, made her victory on Sunday all the more
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Seniors flock to the Farm for ‘09 Games
By CHRIS FITZGERALD
In a country where people in their 50s, 60s and 70s are growing increasingly active, it often seems as if Silicon Valley is leading the charge. Staying in line with that trend, Palo Alto is currently playing host to the 2009 National Senior Games.
Over the course of the 16-day event — beginning this past Saturday and running through Aug. 15 — a projected field of more than 12,000 competitors will ply their trade in one of the 24 different sports the Senior Games accommodate. To qualify, athletes must have turned 50 during or before the 2008 calendar year, and they must also have competed in
their member state’s games to earn a spot in Palo Alto. Since 1987, the Games have taken place every two years, and now for the first time are held on the West Coast. And as the event’s longevity increases, so too does the size of the field. Conservative numbers estimated 12,000 athletes in attendance in Palo Alto — the host site for 17 of the 24 events in this
year’s Games. Stanford’s chokedup parking scene, however, confirms that family, friends and spectators who have come out to show their support outnumber the athletes. Participants can partake in a wide range of events, from softball to shuffleboard and water polo to
y brother learned that he wasn’t perfect when he was 4 years old. He was out on the playground on one sunny Florida day in preschool, when one of his classmates decided to throw a kickball over the fence. Naturally, this would elicit some type of normal 4-year-old response such as a tantrum or a very innocent form of profanity. But we all learned quickly that Noah didn’t react like the typical 4-year-old. That is because my brother decided to skip the crying and the “butthead,” and instead opt for the more traditional, yet more emphatic right hook to the grill. We all have experienced moments like Noah did — some more or less violent than others. I personally know of not a single soul that hasn’t experienced a temporary lapse in judgment, a mistake if you will. I guess for this reason, I have always believed that “nobody is perfect” is more than just an excuse for Michael Phelps’ affair with the ganja. But since last year’s BCS National Championship game, our cohorts at the major sports networks have done their absolute best to sway my opinion. They claim they have found the perfect human, a person that rivals the purity of Mother Theresa. Ladies and gentlemen, I guess Tim Tebow is perfect. As a foreword, I truly apologize for filling The Daily with a second consecutive column about the twotime championship quarterback. I hate it just as much as you do, especially since I am writing merely an hour and a half from The Swamp. I guess I’ve reached my breaking point when it comes to dealing with his brainwashed disciples. I really do appreciate what he brings to college athletics. Seriously. The NCAA football offseason, filled in the past with stories of freshman surprises and coaching changes, has now been replaced by DUIs, mug shots and recruiting violations. Tebow (apparently) manages to avoid most (if not all) university shenanigans. Amazingly, he recently admitted to being a virgin despite undoubtedly being the prime target of 99 percent of the University of Florida’s female population. Now, I’m not one to advocate sex as a sin, but this is a hell of an accomplishment for such a coveted icon.
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But regardless of his personal decisions to stay true to his faith and to avoid (supposedly) partaking in any illegal activities, the dude has been dealt some pretty outrageous praise — the kind that would make Muhammad Ali blush. The one that really triggered me occurred during FOX’s telecast of the aforementioned title game. After his taunting of an Oklahoma player, one of the announcers stated that the incident might have been the first mistake that Tebow has ever made in his life. Honestly? Now I understand hyperbole for the sake of enhanced entertainment, but there has to be a crossable line, right? If so, then Jim Rome, the (in)famous ESPN personality and host of the show Rome is Burning, loves pushing boundaries. Rome, who typically chooses to use his words to burn deep into members of the sports world, has taken an extraordinarily atypical approach when discussing Tebow. Regardless of the issue surrounding the Gators’ leader, Rome repeats the line that his audience lives will be changed for the better if they spend just five minutes with Tebow. In addition, Rome viciously tore into University of Miami quarterback Jacory Harris after Harris publicly stated that he believed Tebow was lying about his virginity. A fellow college student that simply had trouble believing that a college quarterback with the fame of Tebow could abstain from sex. Should this be looked at as an attack on Tebow’s character? Absolutely not. Harris was simply stating what all of us were thinking. Once again, I’m not trying to make the point that Tebow is secretly a hoodlum. I believe he is a great guy and I understand why he has attracted so much attention from the public. He’s extraordinarily marketable and is a living version of the ideal all-American athlete. What I am troubled by is the fact that we are so quick to latch on to athletes and label them as perfect. The sports media has always been undeniably guilty of jumping the gun and placing specific figures on a pedestal. Time and time again our favorite competitors break our hearts amidst lies and scandals. At the Sydney Olympics, we fell in love with sprinter Marion Jones, only to be crushed by her admittance to taking steroids. Michael Jordan, a role model for any child that grew up in my generation, has lost millions of dollars gambling. Tebow has proven himself thus far an admirable figure in his brief career in the limelight. As of now, he has no skeletons in his closet. As far as we know, he hasn’t taken drugs, he hasn’t mistreated a woman and he hasn’t taken illegal bribes. However, as deserving of praise as he is, he does not warrant these claims of flawlessness. After all, like my brother Noah, Marion Jones and Tim Tebow, nobody is perfect. Zach Zimmerman has not yet confirmed himself at the Church of Tebow. Try to convert him at email@example.com.
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special. Bartoli defeated American teenager Melanie Oudin and fourth-seed Jelena Jankovic en route to the final, and has risen to No. 12 in the WTA rankings as a result of her win. One hour after falling short in her match against Bartoli, Venus walked back onto center court, taking to the net with her sister Serena. Although neither Williams sister took home the championship trophy in singles, the pair teamed up for a victorious run in the doubles tournament, beating Yung-Jan Chan and Monica Niculescu 6-4, 61. While the sisters were seeded No. 2 in the tournament, beating Chan/Niculescu was no easy task, as the latter pair took out top seeds Cara Black/Liezel Huber in the quarterfinals. Relying on great teamwork and communication, as well as strong volleys at net, the Williams sisters were able to repeatedly break their opponents’ serve in the second set to take the championship in convincing fashion. “Considering all the errors I made in singles, I needed her [Serena] out here with me to cut my mistakes in half,” Venus joked. Contact Jane LePham at jlepham@ stanford.edu.
Ogwumike takes gold, top honors for Team USA
Following the lead of rising juniors Kayla Pedersen and Jeanette Pohlen, sophomore-to-be Nnemkadi Ogwumike made her mark in the international basketball world by helping Team USA to another gold medal. Ogwumike was the star in the United States’ 87-71 victory over Spain in the finals of the U19 World Championship in Bangkok, posting a monstrous 22 points and 20 rebounds last Sunday. If anything, she surpassed the example set by her Cardinal teammates, as she was the only American player to be named to the All-Tournament team after averaging 13.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. The U.S.’s victory on Sunday was not a foregone conclusion, however, as the team had lost to Spain earlier in its first game of the tournament by a score of 90-86. The team went on to win its next five games en route to capturing the championship. Dave Nakama decided to leave for a spot as the associate head coach for Washington on Monday. The position is an upgrade of sorts for Nakama, who will be the Huskies’ top assistant under head coach Lindsay Meggs.
Swimmers shine at U.S. Open
Rising senior Elaine Breeden continued a strong summer for the Cardinal on Tuesday when she won the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Open in Federal Way, Wash. Breeden was a winner in the preliminary event as well, before improving her time by two seconds in the finals with a mark of 2:08.47. Her efforts were not unaccompanied, however, as several other Stanford swimmers have made their presence known at the five-day event that runs through Saturday. Rising junior Liz Smith set a personal best in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:27.60, earning bronze in the event. Rising sophomore Sam Woodward followed Smith’s lead on Wednesday, setting a personal best and also taking home a bronze medal in the 100-meter freestyle after scoring a time of 55.37. — By Jack Salisbury
Nakama heads north
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lawn bowling. Individuals spaced as far as five decades apart in age will compete within their respective groups. Age divisions break up the events, from the 50-55-year-olds’ division on up to the 90-plus age group. This year, several competitors have eclipsed the century mark, and most of them are a legacy at the games. Some competitors are in it to win it, others merely to compete and some enjoy the thrill of perhaps doing both. Dr. Randy Stafford touched on his interest in this year’s games. “This is my first time competing,” said Stafford, a doctor at the Medical School. “I’ve just now become old enough to compete, although it’s a little strange to call myself a senior.” A cyclist, Stafford will compete in the five- and 10-kilometer time trials, as well as the 20- and 50-kilometer road races. He is new to the Senior Games, but not competitive cycling. “I’ve been involved and competing in the Transplant Games since
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the 1980s,” he said. “Those games come up every other year and are held internationally.” Stafford’s last Transplant Games were in Thailand, and the event will be in Brisbane, Australia later this year. Stafford saw multiple benefits in competing in the National Senior Games. “I’m focused more on the fivekilometer time trial and the 20-kilometer road race, because those are the exact events I will be competing in for the Transplant Games,” he said. Competitors from across the country have converged on Palo Alto, representing each corner of the United States. Nevertheless, expenses have been held to a minimum. The National Senior Games have multiple sponsors, with an inexpensive food court and an “Olympic Village”-style lodging on campus. Extensive staffing was added to ensure a professional feel, while line scores rolled across the scoreboard in Maples Pavilion, broadcasting scores such as “Golden Oldies 7; The Floridians 3.” Stanford’s extensive facilities and a prototypically warm summer have contributed to a successful first week of the Senior Games, though there is still more to come. Dr. Stafford reflected the ideal of open competitiveness that the Games wish to promote to prospective competitors. “Since it’s graded by age, I will always have a cohort around the same age that I will be competing against,” Stafford explained. “I’m trying to set this in action so that it can continue to motivate me down the road.” Contact Chris Fitzgerald at email@example.com.
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A CADEME ’ S VANGUARD
Living in a Captain’s Height world
tanford University is a bastion of achievers. From athletes smashing world records, scientists winning Nobel Prizes and politicians converging on the centers of power, our students will define some part of humanity’s journey. Even our dropouts do just fine — and sometimes better. Bringing this legacy to a new generation, Stanford’s undergraduate admission Web site screams, “Freedom: It’s in the mission, the people, the place.” We can achieve anything we set our minds to with the help of the network of people that make up this fantastic place. There is no obstacle we cannot pass, no height we cannot reach! That is, until now. The higher-ups have chimed in, and there is now a height past which no Stanford student may pass. Instead, it is about four feet and 11-3/4 inches off the floor (I eyeballed it). The new peak of our lives is Captain’s Height, and it is about to redefine the meaning of our lives and the legacies we leave behind in this world. Stanford Housing will no longer allow lofting in many of the dorm rooms on campus, instead limiting students to the previously-mentioned height limit. We are thus limited to three heights: Captain’s Height, the highest option at the top of the bed posts; Ensign’s Height, which is located above the floor in the first set of holes; and Stowaway’s Height, which is removing the bed from its posts and resting it on the floor. To fully grasp this change, I researched more about being a captain. There are 11 ranks in the United States Navy, and Captain is straight in the middle at rank No. 6; if my (hypothetical) son or daughter finished sixth out of eleven in a competition, I would not drive them home.
“The new peak of our lives is Captain’s Height, and it is about to redefine the meaning of our lives and the legacies we leave behind...”
Even worse, being captain is just high enough to command a Star Destroyer in the Imperial Starfleet, yet too high to avoid the wrath of Vader — remember Captain Needa? So what meaning does this change have for our lives? Many of us have lofty goals. Unfortunately, “lofty” can no longer be used to describe our own mattresses. From here on out, the adjective “middling” will have to be used. I never thought I would see the day when Stanford’s viewbook splashed the phrase “reach your middling goals” across its cover. Yet here we are. Perhaps it was apathy that led us to this point. As they say, “Freedom isn’t free.” We fought against the RIAA and the Olsen Twins, but we have grown so soft from our vinylwrapped mattresses that we no longer go down on our now non-existent ladders and protest. As Jean-Luc Picard of the Enterprise (a captain in his own right) once said, “With the first link the chain is forged. The first speech censored, the first thought forbidden, the first freedom denied, chains us all irrevocably.” The new restriction is not just a burden of space, but also a burden on the environment. As we learned from physics class, heat rises. Therefore, to maintain the same room temperature at the lower height, a greater amount of heat will need to be pumped into dorm rooms to move the temperature gradient to the new location. If you are on the Green Living Council, please bring this up at the next meeting. (And please cancel the two-to-a-shower idea that was floating around a couple of months ago as well.) If the administration is willing to go so far as to control our heights, will they go so far as to control our widths? This has many possibilities. Windows will have new child safety locks that restrict their opening (coming back to that temperature gradient problem). Or maybe there will be new controls on depth. Our desks will only be a couple of inches from stomach to wall, preventing the loss of shoes amongst the coils of cords that reside there. To be sure, living in a Captain’s Height world will take some adjusting. Things will have to be moved, ambitions will need to be squashed and egos will have to be checked. But beneath this oppression lies a glimmer of hope: Home Depot. A few plywood beams and some duct tape should undo the new shackles on our lives. Benjamin Franklin was once asked (so I hear), “Well Doctor, what have we got, Admiral’s Height or Captain’s Height?” He responded (equally freely), “Admiral’s Height, if you can keep it.” If you have a comment for Danny, you can either visit him at Home Depot or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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his summer, a small tidal wave of ambitious Stanford graduates will roll into our nation’s capital. These fresh-faced alumni will cram their belongings into expensive Georgetown basements, stock up on dark business attire, dutifully map out their morning bus routes and proudly take their seats in a Capitol Hill or Foggy Bottom cubicle. Soon these Stanford alums will make up the underbelly of the United States’ policy-making machine. As the months and years progress, they will weave themselves into the fabric of our nation’s policy elite. Eventually, these alums will sport professional titles littered with
adjectives like “Assistant” and “Deputy,” words that carve out their narrow niche in our national bureaucracy. They will be responsible, in short, for our nation’s policy. It is this rarified world of policymaking that is lampooned to a T by the excellent new British satire, “In the Loop.” The slightly absurd, uproariously witty comedy (what other kind of British comedy is there?) examines the grossly imperfect build-up to the inva-
sion of Iraq in early 2003. The BBC-produced film follows British and American bureaucrats (perhaps some of which were once Stanford students) as they reel from one misadventure to another in London, D.C. and New York — all the while attempting to craft an AngloAmerican consensus on war plans. The film is not, however, about the particulars of Iraq; it is instead about the messy process of crafting policy. Even as the film’s main characters decide the fate of trillions of dollars, hundreds of thousands of lives and years of geopolitical strategy, they inhabit a hermetically sealed world of petty grievances, professional rivalries and random chance. They hold lofty matters hostage to lowly distractions. To these characters — and to many Stanford alums who set up shop in Washington — life is all about getting a bit more power, a bit more influence. Soon, policy concerns are secondary to personal ambitions. These Washington insiders lose sight of the bigger picture. They forget that their decisions and actions — often hammered out in boring meetings or informal coffee breaks —
reverberate throughout the United States and the wider world, creating tangible differences in people’s lives for the better or for the worse. “In the Loop” puts on display characters who have lost sight of this fact — if they ever even knew it to begin with. Their committee meetings and coffee breaks revolve not around the details of the war they are tasked with making happen, but instead, about who did what to whom, why and when. The British and American bureaucrats support the war because they want a promotion, or they oppose the war because their boss does. They leak confidential information to the media as revenge; they strong arm opponents into supporting their particular committee. It is a shortsighted free-for-all for power that has farreaching, long-term implications on countless numbers of people. It is a world that is hard to watch, but true to life. Hopefully some ambitious Stanford alum can work to change it. Paul can barely contain his Anglophilia. To discuss anything involving England, please contact him at email@example.com.
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Start ‘em Up
Cell Phone App: Loopt
By KANWALROOP SINGH
here are more mobiles phones in the world than PCs. The average American teenager sends almost 2,000 text messages per month. And the most frequent text message in the world is: “Where r u?” To answer that question, former Stanford undergraduate Sam Altman founded Loopt in 2005. Loopt is a social compass — an application that shows mobile phone users where their friends are — that allows users to share photos, tag a location or share reviews about local eateries. Altman left Stanford as a sophomore in order to pursue the concept behind Loopt. “[Students] are at the best school in the world to start a company from,” he said. After leaving, Altman carved his own way through the bramble of information technology to find himself on the brink of the next big idea. He discovered that the gadget that will revolutionize the way we live has already been around for years — the mobile phone. Altman went on a four-year-long whirlwind journey and ended up with Loopt. He went from a being a sophomore at Stanford with a passion for navigation to being holed up in a room writing code for days to thinking that his whole venture was going to fail. But now, with 55 employees and over 1 million users, Loopt may be dubbed another startup succes. Unfortunately, Loopt has occasionally been used by obsessed girlfriends or boyfriends for purposes more evil than the reunion of long lost friends or the discovery of a new favorite restaurant. Like most other technologies of this age, Loopt
has had to adapt in order to be safe. For example, an abusive husband or wife could force his or her spouse to keep Loopt on at all times. After consulting with the National Network to End Domestic Violence, Altman installed a new feature by which it’s possible to set a location different from where the user actually is. But people have also used Loopt for good — like the woman who uses Loopt to keep track of an elderly father with Alzheimer’s, or the engaged couple that met on Loopt as they were sitting in an airport waiting for a delayed flight. “I really love that we’re able to so profoundly affect our users’ experience in this world,” Altman said. The company is scheduled to release a new feature in the next several weeks, though the company was unable to disclose any information on the subject. Last year, Loopt saw an explosive growth as it has entered into deals with every major carrier in the U.S. — including Sprint, AT&T and Verizon — thus expanding its user base. There are even some commercials along the way. Perhaps a future Verizon and Loopt commercial will go something like this: “Can you hear me now?” “Nope, but I can definitely see you on my detailed, interactive Loopt map.” “Good.” Contact Kanwalroop Singh at kannieks@ gmail.com.
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JobNob hosted a Happy Hour in July for job searchers and start-ups to meet. Their next such event has already garnered 400 RSVPs.
Job Search: JobNob
By STACIE CHAN
ith the current state of the economy resulting in a paucity of jobs, it’s no wonder many ‘09 grads can be heard fretting about their futures. But that’s where Julie Greenberg ‘01 steps in with her start-up, JobNob, to quell some of the graduating seniors’ anxieties about job searching. Greenberg’s similar post-college angst in 1993 was the impetus for the company, the Graduate School of Business
(GSB) grad said. Individuals can browse the Web site to find the salary they’re looking for within a certain company, as well as other useful information. “I remember as a college student feeling a little lost, like, ‘What are we supposed to do now?’” Greenberg said. “Colleges didn’t talk about career options and you’re just thrust out there. It’s really traumatic for us to figure out what’s available.” Though job searching these days may resemble a wild goose chase, Greenberg promises that JobNob provides a little more direction, with accurate figures
acquired directly from HR departments and employers. “We are not disclosing our precise methodology because it’s a bit of a ‘secret sauce,’” said cofounder Alan Shusterman. “But what I will say is it’s legal and it’s accurate from various sources.” Beyond serving as a database for salary numbers, JobNob is a liaison between job seekers and start-ups that fosters connections from which both parties benefit. “I know [the economy] now is really depressing for a lot of col-
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By NICOLA PARK
Former Stanford students get tech-savvy and launch
their own companies. Here are four.
Money Management: BudgeX
By HENRY GENS
lif Khalfan ‘08 is just one of those people who never has trouble staying within a budget. It may be due in part to his instinctive thrift, but most likely it is due to his new budgeting software, BudgeX. Khalfan created BudgeX, an Excel-based money management program, in February to help him keep track of his expenses. “I first thought of the idea of cre-
ating my own personalized budgeting spreadsheet as graduation was coming up,” Khalfan explained. “I realized that I would need some way of monitoring my debt and finances as I went out into the real world.” Khalfan experimented with other budgeting software available for download on the Internet, but found that such programs either did not show the depth of his spending, or were too expensive or difficult to use. So, naturally, Khalfan started working on his own budgeting software.
Development of the software started in Khalfan’s Financial Literacy class at Stanford. The final for the class, which involved creating an individual budget spreadsheet for the year, provided the launching point for his program. “Alif essentially took the assignment in my class and improved upon the design, creating a very useful piece of software,” said Financial Literacy instructor Mary Morrison. Khalfan continued work on his program outside of the class, elaborating upon the original design fur-
ther. Word of his software spread initially among his roommates and friends when they noticed Khalfan returning from his regular job every night to work on the program. “Pretty soon they were asking to use my budgeting program and offering suggestions for improving it,” Khalfan said. “Even though I had originally only intended to use it for myself, I started to make it into a product that other people could use and personalize.”
hat’s iTunes, Pandora Radio and YouTube combined? The founders call it the “soundtrack of your social network.” Its companion, friendradio, has attracted about 3,000 users in its first week and counting. The name? DropPlay. It all started with a casual project by Stanford graduates Chris Turitzin ‘06, Eric Park ‘03, Chris Pedregal ‘07 and Mathew Cowan ‘08 in July 2008. “We were all tired of paying for music and realized that YouTube was the largest source of music in the world,” Turitzin said. A hybrid of a radio and music search, DropPlay lets users listen and share music with friends as they’re watching a video — all while clicking and typing away on Facebook. It blends music with social networking to create a mechanism similar to a free ver-
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New Exhibitions Restaurant Review
Bronze Age at Cantor
East Asian artwork on display through Oct.
The room was eerie. Shadows loomed over the pastel green walls, the glass display cases and the ceramic urn. At one end of the room was a blue silk robe trimmed with goat hair, and at the other end, a drunken Chinese poet painted on a screen door. A 3,000-year-old cauldron engraved with animal mask motifs squatted in front, and Yoshitoshi’s print of a samurai fighting off a spider demon hung in back. Acquired over a period of 10 years, the 50 or so objects in this room had been painstakingly selected from hundreds to be featured in Cantor Arts Center’s last Decade of Collecting show this year. With hanging scrolls, handscrolls, screens, woodblock prints, ceramic jugs, porcelain pots, shoes, clothes and stone sculptures, the historical and cultural variety of the exhibit bridges China, Japan, the Bronze Age and the Floating World — transporting the viewer through centuries of time as they view contemporary and ancient art in the same room, only a few feet away from each other. Clearly, the exhibit’s title, “From the Bronze Age of China to Japan’s Floating World,” is fitting. Xiaoneng Yang, the curator of the exhibit, along with eight students, decided which pieces would be on display, designed the exhibit and wrote the information plaques. The students arranged and re-arranged pots and plates in the cases, as Yang gave them plenty of advice. “You don’t want to display it like a department store,” Yang said. According to Yang, the best way to learn about art (besides reading books) is by organizing an exhibit. The students are required to interpret themes and forge connections between different works, whether political, Please see CANTOR, page 12 THURSDAY, AUGUST 6, 2009
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Wipeout. . .
“OVER MY HEAD”: The Fray took on Shoreline Amphitheatre this past Saturday, combining energy, color and wonder with two stunning opening bands.
Fray, Jack’s, Vedara deliver
Bands connect with poignant yet intense blend of sound
Energy. Color. Wonder. A wave of sound and song that rises in an eager rush, only to crash down on over a thousand eager ears. A vibe impossible to capture with words. Whatever high expectations fans may have held for the concert featuring Vedara, Jack’s Mannequin and The Fray in balmy Mountain View — they were met and then some. As early attendees streamed in at 7 p.m., the flag-topped spires of Shoreline Amphitheatre bore witness to the fresh enthusiasm of opening band Vedara. With a pop-punk approach reminiscent of Paramore, the clear trill and steady beat of pieces such as “Forgive You” and “Satisfy” made a powerful appeal to the crowd. While hardly groundbreaking in terms of style, fluid switches between keys and guitar infused vocalist Kristen May’s performance with an artsy charm that made a strong presentation from beginning to end. Next up: Piano-rock sensation Jack’s Mannequin. Come 8:30 p.m., the theatre was swept by the sudden smiling presence of Andrew McMahon at center stage. To his right, guitarist Bobby “Raw” Anderson made quite the impression in a bold Batman tee, as he strummed out the first notes of “The Mixed Tape.” A true “symphony of sound,” this melodic opening song shattered any last lethargy in the crowd, and even prompted a few fans to stand and dance along to the beat. The face of the band, McMahon struck the piano keys with his usual selfassured attitude, backed by a fantastic rainbow of lights and a daring streak. In “La La Lie,” slight lack of vocal strength could easily be forgiven for the lovably quirky harmonica. Most remarkable was crowd favorite “Dark Blue,” which was made all the more memorable by the presence of dazzling azure lights. As the last notes faded, a standing round of applause and cheers attested to a thoroughly successful set. Intermission stretched on and the crowd began to grow edgy with anticipation. Disappointment, however, was not on the program. When The Fray finally took the stage, they immediately broke into an unforgettable performance of “Over My Head (Cable Car).” Spot-on vocals from lead singer Isaac Slade were complemented by a captivated lights show featuring four screens, each displaying a band member in striking black-and-silver detail. Directly below, the pulsating background illuminated the stage with a whirlwind of colors that left the crowd awestruck. Slade’s mature, effortless stage presence had the crowd on its feet in moments — a stark contrast to the youthful but unrefined vibrancy of Jack’s Mannequin. “She Is” rang with the band’s classic emotion, while the last few words of fan favorite “How to Save a Life,” coaxed in a chorus from the enthralled crowd, brought the performance to a worthy climax. After a rousing finale featuring favorite “You Found Me,” Slade gave meaning to the encore by telling a heartfelt story that revealed the true milestone of the day — the fourth anniversary of drummer Ben Wysocki and wife Michele. Long since lost to Slade’s strength of personality, the Please see FRAY, page 12
magine the scene: You and your friends out on the town in San Francisco. With the whipping wind in your hair, you walk down Fisherman’s Wharf and Pier 39 to see the sea lions and the spectacular views of the Bay. Then you get hungry. You’re in luck that there is a multitude of great restaurants nearby — but diners beware; there will be many restaurants in the area vying for your attention and dollars. Don’t be fooled into falling into the sight gags and facade of fun at some of the places on the Pier — I did and I’m still paying for it. The witty signs and varied menu of Wipeout Bar & Grill lured me and my dining partners in on a sunny Saturday evening. Little did we know that we were about to pay too much for a meal that I could best describe as hauntingly awful. Sure, some members of our dining party had decent food such as the Beach Club or a burger, but these “Surfin’ Sandwiches” were certainly not worth their price at over $10 each. While this may be par for the course amongst tourist-trap restaurants, I was sorely disappointed with the both the service and the food at Wipeout, especially with so many better-quality restaurants, including (but not limited to) Bubba Gump, Hard Rock and Boudin — located a short walk away. The trouble started early when the unfriendly server came around and took our order without any discernable care — probably because he understood that the 18 percent gratuity of meal was his no matter what. About 30 minutes later, our food arrived and somehow — likely due more to the astrological alignment of the planets than the effort of our server — each of our orders was right. Well, sort of. In ordering a plate of calamari, fried coconut shrimp and fish and chips, I girded my taste buds for a hearty meal that would satisfy my ravenous appetite. The greasy piece of cod (that passed for edible only after a degreasing by napkin), tiny pieces of shrimp and over-cooked, rubbery and gummy calamari left me not only disappointed and $20 poorer, but also pretty gosh darn nauseous. Next door to Wipeout is an eatery named Chowder’s, a place with a similar amount of flair (with free postcards that read “Wham bam, thank you Clam!”) but faster, cheaper service and higher quality food. Get a sourdough bread clam chowder bowl — it’s delicious and you saved yourself both a brick of indigestible food swimming around in your stomach and $15. Do yourself, your wallet and your friends a favor. Stay far away from this overly-commercial attempt to recreate the legendary surfin’ days of California sun and fun. If you’re really craving this feeling, you’ll have better luck going to Pizza My Heart in downtown Palo Alto or taking a day trip to Santa Cruz. In sum, the name of the eatery should have been some indication. Wipeout was a true disappointment.
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sion of iTunes. In fact, users can share music directly over Facebook’s newsfeed with the mere click of a button. There are currently two areas of DropPlay: the independent Web site and the Facebook application. On the Web site, users access Facebook through FacebookConnect. Drop players can drag and drop songs into their library, create playlists, browse through friends’ music and send their own tunes to other users via Facebook. Songs are accompanied by a streaming YouTube video. Sarah Kleinman ‘08 heard about DropPlay from Pedegral and uses it daily. “I feel like it’s the perfect music player,” she said. “It has a great combination of things like iTunes and other music players combined. The fact that it’s free tops it off.” Turitzin and cofounders won a Facebook fund (fb Fund 2.0) in May and received money to work over the summer at the Facebook offices and build up startups on its platform. “We decided to focus DropPlay nearly 100 percent on the social side of music,” Turitzin said, noting that Facebook turned out to be the ideal spot to develop DropPlay because the social networking basis and connections were already set in place. Jaireh Tecarro ‘06 regularly uses the application and has watched it evolve since its developing stages. “It makes [listening to friends’ songs] a very automatic experience,” she said. “It cuts through the process of going around and asking your friends what kind of music they like.” Tecarro did have a few suggestions. “I think improving the different avenues of connecting with friends, allowing people to create more playlists, allowing them to comment on their friends’ songs and building on what they already have [can make it better].” The service also provides an easy way to avoid illegal downloading, according to Turitzin. “Pirating is still very common, and we wanted to make a legal, fun, easy way to access music,” he said. The first line that pops up on the DropPlay site reads in bold red letters, “Friends don’t let friends pay for music.” As for the future? “The music industry right now is a difficult one to build a business in,” Turitzin said. “Our short term goal is building a sustainable business. “We also have dreams of DropPlay [being] a place where fans and artists can share music and interact with each other,” he added. Contact Nicola Park at npark917@ yahoo.com.
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FROM CHINA TO JAPAN: East Asian art on display July - October at Cantor.
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lege graduates,” Greenberg said. “Some are even calling it a ‘Black Hole.’ But with JobNob, you’re going to be able to post your skills, employers can look for you and startups can find you.” On July 16, JobNob teamed up with the Stanford Club of San Francisco to host a “Happy Hour” that catered specifically to Stanford students. Drinks were relegated to the background and dialogue between job seekers and start-ups stole the spotlight. Over 150 Stanford alumni attended and even more companies were present, providing a virtual one-toone ratio that opened the door to networking and connecting, said Janice Lee ‘98, the head of the Career Advancement Committee for the Stanford Club. “Just having the initiative to put on this event is impressive,” Lee said. “Sure there are plenty of job companies out there, but they were the only ones to step up and put it on.” Greenberg’s zeal for start-ups dates back to her days at the GSB, which, she said, prepared her for the roller coaster of beginning her own start-up. After meeting through Shusterman’s wife, Greenberg and Shusterman were ready to battle these ups and downs and go public with JobNob. “With a start-up, there are millions of challenges,” Shusterman admitted. “There are always five issues that can sink us, and you have to overcome them, but Julie’s just tenacious about facing them.” The launching of online profiles this month, for both jobseekers and companies, will allow a unique, online exchange between parties. With another Happy Hour planned with already 400 RSVPs, an “online” Happy Hour and a possible event with Stanford’s BASES, Greenberg’s tenacity will undoubtedly be a driving force behind these events. Greenberg has also ventured into sectors of the company she had never before been professionally trained in. “She can sort of move between worlds,” said Shusterman. “Creative thinking, analytical, business, pitching, thinking, to sweeping the floors — really, she does it all.” Another cloudy area Greenberg hopes to clarify is the disparity between men’s and women’s salaries. “Men are four times more likely to negotiate and ask for promotions,” Greenberg said. “Maybe if [women] have tangible proof of what people are getting paid, they’ll be more apt to negotiate.” This willingness to wear hats of all shapes and sizes stems from her belief in JobNob to do something other Web sites like Salary.com just don’t quite achieve — improve the job search with transparency and the establishment of deeper connections. And with the delicate state of the economy, it’s reassuring to know that someone like Greenberg is fighting to help current job seekers. Contact Stacie Chan at email@example.com.
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Dani Minkoff was one of the first to use the BudgeX software as a beta tester. “It really helped me to monitor my income,” Minkoff said. “I could track my income effectively and compare it against expenses, like taking a vacation, to see if I could actually afford to make them.” Khalfan, however, did not simply stop tweaking the program once he was finished with the budgeting aspects. As it turns out, the software can also help users budget their time more efficiently. “Even though the program is based in Excel, the interface is very smooth with no lag time,” Minkoff explained. “I don’t know about other people, but I don’t like waiting 10 or 12 seconds for entries to load. It updates immediately and saves a lot of time and hassle.” Before long, Khalfan had a fully realized commercial product on his hands. Seeing a chance to expand his own budget, Khalfan immediately made the product available over the Internet for a small fee — about the price, as he puts it, of “eating a quick meal at a restaurant.” The specificity of the product and user-friendly interface has attracted many customers. So far, the most popular customers of Khalfan’s software have been friends, couples, families and recent college graduates like himself. The BudgeX software can be downloaded at www.budgex.net. Contact Henry Gens at henrygens@ yahoo.com.
Continued from page 11 religious, festive, foreign or contemporary. One of the most interesting aspects was a section devoted to the tradition and style of Chinese women. Near the blue silk robe trimmed with goat hair, standing in a glass box, were two sets of shoes about three inches long. Having inconveniently small feet had long been a symbol of beauty in China, so Chinese women wore these minuscule shoes from childhood to adulthood — effectively binding their feet so they were no more than three inches long. Another highlight was a set of two hand-painted scrolls. One was 31.5 feet long and depicted a
Japanese imperial ceremony, while the other was a black and white landscape depicting man as a tiny creature in comparison to the natural world that towered over him. The handscroll was made up of a series of frames that stood alone and yet joined each other in perfect harmony to make one long complete panoramic piece of art. This shrouded microcosm of Asia, with its sparse lighting and ancient artifacts, forced the viewer to sample the traditions of a different time. Upon exiting, it left a lingering taste of cultural curiosity that could only be satisfied by another look at the 3,000-year-old cauldron squatting in the front.
— kanwalroop SINGH Contact kanwalroop: kannieks@gmail. com
Continued from page 11 crowd was only too happy to complete the celebration by singing along. Casting aside their reputation of a mellow and subdued sound, the band was ready to deliver this chilly August evening. With a set that ranged from poignant to
intense, The Fray proved themselves more than capable of delivering energy and dynamism. In the last few words of the finale, Slade croons, “Why’d you have to wait to find me?” With memories of this concert in tow, fans will find themselves wondering the same of themselves and The Fray.
— grace KWAN Contact grace: firstname.lastname@example.org
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