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February 17, 2012

Volume 241

Issue 13


Menlo Park ‘likes’ Facebook, seeks local benefits from company



Menlo Park has been responding enthusiasti- cally to Facebook’s proposed expansion of its headquarters, with citizens and officials express- ing their support for the development. Support- ers detailed a list of long-term and short-term benefits the city expects to receive from Face- book at a Menlo Park city council meeting last Tuesday. While Menlo Park has largely been receptive to Facebook’s growth, its officials have acknowl- edged that residents and city representatives in neighboring East Palo Alto are worried about the transportation and health implications re- sulting from the expansion. Officials from both cities are set to meet today. Facebook relocated to its current headquar- ters in Menlo Park, which is made up of two ad- jacent sites, in December. The first site, East Campus, is the former Sun Microsystems Cam- pus located at 1601 Willow Road.The second site, West Campus, was formerly part of the Tyco Electronics campus, located at 312 and 313 Con- stitution Drive. According to the Facebook rep- resentatives who attended the council meeting, Facebook is currently only requesting to develop its East Campus.

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In December, Facebook relocated its headquarters from Stanford Research Park in Palo Alto to the former headquarters of Sun Mi- crosystems at 1601 Willow Road in Menlo Park. In the coming year, the social networking company plans to expand its campus and seeks to amend the existing conditional development permit in Menlo Park by increasing the existing employee cap to roughly 6,600 employees, concerning neighbor East Palo Alto.

in Menlo Park by increasing the existing employee cap to roughly 6,600 employees, concerning neighbor East

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East Palo Alto not yet ready to ‘unfriend’ Facebook



Though the city of East Palo Alto has ex- pressed concerns about Facebook’s proposed ex- pansion in neighboring Menlo Park, city officials and some residents said they believe the social networking company’s growth will positively af- fect the area. Other officials and members of the public, however, continue to express sentiments that the city of Menlo Park has not adequately heard or addressed their worries. Menlo Park has drafted an environmental im- pact report for the expansion, but East Palo Alto representatives said they feel the effects on their community have not been adequately addressed. “The draft did not include some mitigation measures that could help,” said East Palo Alto Vice Mayor Ruben Abrica. “Maybe the city can- not solve the entire problem, but there are some areas [in which] it can definitely improve the sit- uation.” The East Palo Alto City Council discussed is- sues with the expansion and brainstormed possi- ble solutions with members of the public at a reg- ular council meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14.

Concerns in EPA Because the commute route of many of the

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the commute route of many of the Please see EPA , page 5 NATASHA WEASER/The Stanford

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U. S. General Stanley McChrystal, former leader of the Joint Special Operations Command, spoke about leadership strategy Thurs- day afternoon. The event was held at the GSB.





Former Iraq, Afghanistan military leader talks strategy



Speaking Thursday afternoon at the Cemex Auditorium in the Graduate School of Business (GSB), four-star General Stanley McChrystal said that the United States has struggled to find answers to global and national issues not because the country has gotten lazy or selfish, but because it has contin- ued to apply an outdated model of leadership instead of adapting to the changing times. McChrystal’s talk was part of the lecture series “View from the Top,” a student-run program that brings prominent figures to cam- pus to share their insights on effec- tive leadership.

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Khan Academy founder talks future of learning


“Nowadays, there is so much emphasis on student-to-teacher

ratio,” said Salman Khan, founder of the online educational site The Khan Academy on Thursday evening at Cemex Auditorium in the Graduate School of Business. “We atThe KhanAcademy do not believe in this multiple — we be- lieve in optimizing student-to- valuable-time-with-teacher ratio, or even more importantly, stu-


other-human-beings ratio. A one- size-fits-all lecture is not the way

to go about education.” Invited to Stanford as part of the Expert Speaker Series by the Mas- tery in Communication Initiative, Khan spoke about how his website,

with more than 3,000 lectures and almost four million unique visitors

a month, has grown to become a

world-renowned leader in the field

of online education.

Khan started his talk with a his- tory of The Khan Academy. “I was a hedge-fund analyst in Boston when my younger cousin, Nadia, came to visit, and I noticed that this brilliant child, who could solve brain-teasers way harder than what would be expected by a

twelve-year old, still had gaps in the most fundamental level math,” Khan said. According to Khan, the prob- lem with the current educational system is that the time spent teaching one subject is fixed, and

only the student’s level of mastery

is variable.What his website is try-

ing to achieve is to make the amount of time spent learning variable in order for a student to attain a certain level of mastery.

“We cannot build a house on an 80 percent sound foundation, and then blame the contractor of the fourth floor when the building collapses,”Khan said.“It would be like expecting a child who can barely break or turn left on a bicy- cle to become a master unicyclist.” After the revelation he had while tutoring his cousin, a friend pitched Khan the idea of upload- ing some of the videos he had filmed of their tutoring sessions to YouTube.

“I had to go home and deal with the idea that I did not come up with that idea myself,” Khan said, adding “this is something very hard for an MBA.” UsingYouTube as a medium to convey knowledge was something that had not crossed his mind. “YouTube is for cats playing the piano!” Khan joked. The videos took off, and the children he had previously tutored told him they preferred seeing him on YouTube than in person.

“They can work at their own pace,repeat,rewind,fast-forward,” Khan explained. “There is no dis- traction, and more importantly, there is no shame.They do not feel like they are wasting my time.” After quitting his job and get- ting several generous donations from, among others, the Gates Foundation and Google, The Khan Academy is now used in more than 700 different schools

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in more than 700 different schools Please see KHAN , page 2 ROGER CHEN/The Stanford Daily

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Salman Khan, founder of the online education site The Khan Academy, spoke to an audience in Cemex Auditorium about the challenges of teaching and learning today. Khan announced plans to expand his site.


University expands support for victims of assault



Halfway through its first academic year, the Office of Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Education & Response has established an initiative to get more male stu- dents involved in issues of sexual assault and relationship abuse, collaborating with other parts of the University to set up workshops and training sessions. In the future, the office plans to establish campus protocols for deal-

ing with sexual assault, according to Angela Exson, assistant dean of SARA. The University founded SARA last June to assist student victims of sexual assault and relationship abuse with subsequent personal and academic difficulties. “The Office has been engaged in many facets of prevention and response from con- tributing to communication to incoming stu- dents, to delivering class lectures on violence against women, to assisting with the revisions to campus policies on sexual assault,” wrote

Exson in an email to The Daily. In recent months, two assaults and four peeping Tom incidents have been reported to campus police. If peeping Tom incidents involve sexual misconduct, the SARA Office can address those cases, according to Exson.The protocol is to respond in a timely manner and help en- sure the confidentiality of the victim. Appro- priate notifications are then made to alert

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Despite minor concerns as The Bay Citizen and the Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) explore the possibility of a merger, edi- torial staff at The Bay Citizen said they are op- timistic about how the merger might affect the Peninsula’s media ecosystem. Stanford and Berkeley-based journalism experts agreed, ar- guing that the larger size of The Bay Citizen- CIR organization will lead to better news cov- erage. According to Jeanne Carstensen, executive managing editor of The Bay Citizen, the merg- er is not yet finalized. The boards of The Bay Citizen and CIR both have 30 days, ending on March 8, to review the proposal and decide whether or not to move forward. “The staff is excited about being a part of a larger newsroom and anxious — as any staff would be — about the merger,” Carstensen said. The Bay Citizen is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, which focuses on local news sto- ries that may not get picked up by larger media outlets such as the San Francisco Chronicle. CIR, which calls itself the “nation’s oldest non- profit investigative reporting organization,” has a much broader focus. “The concern when two organizations be- come one is that the mission of one organiza- tion can get swallowed up by the other,” said Ann Grimes, director of the Stanford Gradu- ate Program in Journalism. Carstensen agreed, stating there are differ- ences between the two organizations’ mission statements that still need to be reconciled. She said that the rules for mergers in the state

allow California Attorney General Kamala Harris to step in if she feels that the two group’s mission statements are too different. Another major issue Carstensen said needs to be resolved is the fact that The Bay Citizen staff is part of a local newsroom union while the CIR staff is nonunionized. It is also unclear how the possible merger would affectThe Bay Citizen’s agreement with The New York Times. Currently, The Times runs pieces by the Bay Citizen twice a week in its San Francisco edition. According to Carstensen, The Bay Citizen does not yet know whether the merger would affect this re- lationship. Stanford and Berkeley-based journalism experts said the merger represents a transfor- mation in the way Bay Area news agencies de- liver information. While newspapers across the Bay Area have been making cuts in their budgets and consequently losing staff and news coverage, small online local news organizations have sprung up to account for the vacuum in cover- age of smaller stories, they said. “We’ve seen a lot of the start up of a lot of news sites based on covering solely local com- munities or certain types of areas,” said Frances Dinkelspiel ’81, a producer and founder of Berkeleyside, an independently owned local news website that focuses its cov- erage on the city of Berkeley. “That is why [hyperlocal media] were cre- ated, when there was such a cutback in local coverage in newspapers,” said Grimes, who is the faculty advisor to the Peninsula Press, an online news organization run by the Universi- ty journalism program that features stories from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

Both Berkelyside and the Peninsula Press are similar to The Bay Citizen in that that they concentrate their coverage on local news. “I think the question is: If the merger oc- curs, will that new organization continue to re- port on local news?” Dinkelspiel said. Both Dinkelspiel and Grimes said they are not looking to expand their respective news organizations because they have established a niche market. “We are local,” Grimes said. “We have a certain tone and character on our site because of where it is, and it would be hard to replicate that somewhere else,” Dinkelspiel added. However, while the small size of these inde- pendent news organizations allows them to cover extremely specific subject areas, it also makes it difficult for them to pay journalists well. “It’s become a lot more difficult to make a living as a freelancer because these online businesses do not pay very well,” Dinkelspiel added. According to both Grimes and Dinkelspiel, the larger organization created by a merger between The Bay Citizen and CIR could lead to fuller coverage of local Bay Area issues. Carstensen agreed, saying that the merger between the two organizations would result in a net gain for The Bay Citizen, CIR and the people of the Bay Area. “I hope it will make for a more robust Bay Citizen and that The Bay Citizen will be able to deliver even more enterprise and accountabil- ity journalism to our readers,” Carstensen said.

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and has delivered more than 121 million lectures to date. “It is amazing what this has be- come,” Khan said. “We receive testimonies from children with learning disabilities, dyslexia, ADHD and autism that are — all for the first time — able to under- stand algebra or physics or eco- nomics.” Khan and his team are cur- rently building a platform that would allow anyone to tutor and teach others, he said. The short- term goal is to help the average student become proficient in sub- jects with which he or she has trouble. “There is an abundance of op- portunity for developing The Khan Academy,” Khan said. “In the long run, we envision being able to offer kids in rural Africa access to an education better than they could ever dream of, and en- abling children with chronic dis- eases, student athletes, actors or prisoners to receive a free equiva- lent to in-person tutoring.” “One couldn’t help but be swept away by the content of his talk,”said student attendeeAaron Sekhri ’ 15. “His sincerity and good nature were obvious, and it was perhaps the best talk I’ve been to this year.”

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those who may be impacted, and further action is conducted on a case-by-case basis.

Awareness through education Exson said SARA has collabo- rated with students, faculty, staff and other campus partners to as- sess the needs of the community and how the Office can best be of service. “We have been conducting outreach, education and profes- sional trainings to increase aware- ness of sexual and relationship vi- olence,” Exson said. “I have been working with students to create spaces for survivors to engage and

support each other in addition to accessing campus and community resources.” SARA has collaborated with Residential Education, the Grad- uate Life Office, iThrive at Stan- ford and the Office of Judicial Af- fairs, and has participated in their respective training efforts. “We have worked with the Of- fice of Alcohol Policy & Educa- tion (OAPE) on their ‘Say Some- thing’ pilot program for by- stander intervention, and in train- ing the Sober Monitors for cam- pus events,” Exson added in the email. SARA has also established a Male Engagement Initiative, which asks men to assist with efforts to prevent and raise awareness of sex- ual and relationship violence. The first event for this initia-

tive will feature Kevin Powell, an acclaimed author, activist and media figure in the movement to end gender-based violence. Pow- ell will speak at the Black Com- munity Services Center in the Henry and Monique Brandon Family Community Room on Feb. 21. SARA hopes to address the problem of sexual assault and re- lationship abuse by increasing awareness through education and spaces for dialogue. “The best way to empower ourselves and each other is through factual knowledge of the underlying causes of all forms of sexual and relationship violence and in holding those who commit these violations accountable,” Exson said in the email. Nicole Baran ’00 is the founder

Exson said in the email. Nicole Baran ’00 is the founder and director of the Center
Exson said in the email. Nicole Baran ’00 is the founder and director of the Center
Exson said in the email. Nicole Baran ’00 is the founder and director of the Center

and director of the Center for Re-

lationship Abuse Awareness, an- other resource for students. Ac- cording to its website, the organi- zation works, “to educate and train communities and institu- tions to respond effectively to women who are experiencing re- lationship abuse.” “Our goal was to institutional- ize a comprehensive response to these issues on campus,” Baran said. “Since that has been achieved, we are expanding to the broader community and other

Our office is now


located off-campus.” “We will continue to collabo- rate with the SARA office and provide training and education for the campus as needed,” Baran said.“Angela [Exson] will hire the Center to help with training and education initiatives.”

Future plans Exson wrote in her email about SARA’s future plans, which include working toward implementing pro- tocols to centralize the organiza- tion’s response structure and con- ducting outreach to students. In an interview with The Daily on Sept. 30, Exson spoke about establishing protocol during the first year. “There is policy for dealing with sexual assault policy but no protocol, and with relationship abuse, we have protocols but we don’t have policy in place,” Exson said in the interview. “Sexual assault protocols and guidelines for relationship abuse have been drafted and we will

begin the process of consulting with staff to assess and imple- ment them during the spring quarter,” Exson said in this month’s email. One of Exson’s other priorities is to increase SARA’s involve- ment with the graduate student community, “as they often have unique needs and concerns that we also want to support,” she said. SARA will also work with stu- dent groups to participate in their planned initiatives and to organ- ize programming events, includ- ing “a presentation and training on the issue of consent and how we all can be sure that it is effec- tively obtained to prevent sexual assault,” according to Exson. “Since April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, we will be planning and collaborating on a number of events to promote ed- ucation and sensitivity around this issue,” Exson added. “The Office is faced with the challenge of dealing with issues that are often controversial and contested,” Exson said. “The greatest resource that we have and will continually need is the support of the campus and the ex- pertise and assistance from stu- dents, faculty and staff to accom- plish our mission and goals.” “It is important to make a commitment to intervene and let someone know when you see or hear something that may subject yourself or someone else to vul- nerability or danger,” she added.

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“He prefers to be called Stan, although I recommend you call him General McChrystal,” joked Joel Peterson, director of the Cen- ter for Leadership Development and Research at the GSB when he introduced McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and interna- tional forces in Afghanistan, to a capacity-filled audience of more than 600. “He is known for creating a rev- olution in warfare that fused intel- ligence and operations,” Peterson added, referring to McChrystal’s counterinsurgency strategy in Afghanistan and Iraq. McChrystal’s leadership of the Joint Special Operations Com- mand (JSOC), which oversees the military’s most sensitive forces, is credited with the December 2003 capture of Saddam Hussein and the June 2006 locating and killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the for- mer head of Al Qaeda in Iraq. President Obama’s Dec. 2009 order to send an additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan was based on McChrystal’s assessment of the war. McChrystal’s speech focused on leadership strategy rather than solely foreign policy, although he did share anecdotes from his mili- tary career throughout the speech. Citing New York Times colum- nist and bestselling author Thomas Friedman’s book “The World is Flat,” McChrystal warned of in- creasing competition between na- tions worldwide. “You have to lead and learn and adapt or die,” McChrystal said. “At the heart of this is effective communication.” McChrystal also laid out his key leadership intangibles, which in-

cluded managing time and energy, working to form relationships and leading by example. “When you are a leader, people watch everything that you do,”Mc- Chrystal said. “You have to oper- ate with a moral compass that peo- ple believe in.” He concluded with the state- ment that “leadership is not a tal- ent or a gift, it’s a choice.” After McChrystal’s speech, au- dience members posed questions ranging from the welfare of veter- ans to democracy movements in the Middle East to McChrystal’s famed daily routine, which consists of one meal a day and four hours of sleep. In response to a question raised about the nature of the sensitive relationship between the United States and Pakistan, McChrystal responded by highlighting the im- portance and difficulty of building trust between the two nations. “There is a deficit of trust [be- tween the United States and Pak- istan],” McChrystal said,“But I be- lieve Pakistan has strategic inter- ests that I believe the U.S. can help shape.” McChrystal spoke to The Daily after the event, saying, “I am in- credibly honored to be here and I am happy with the great amount of interest shown today.” Stephen Cobbe ’15, who at- tended the speech and whose fa- ther served with McChrystal in Afghanistan, said, “It was so in- credibly inspiring and only reaf- firmed my plans to join the military in the future.” McChrystal retired from the military in August 2010, after mak- ing critical comments of the Obama administration in a Rolling Stone article. He currently teaches a leadership seminar at Yale Uni- versity.

Contact Natasha Weaser at nweas- er@stanford.edu.

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The Stanford Daily Friday, February 17, 2012 ◆ 3 SPEAKERS & EVENTS East to surpass West,


East to surpass West, says historian

3 SPEAKERS & EVENTS East to surpass West, says historian IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily Stanford historian,

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Stanford historian, archaeologist and classics professor Ian Morris addressed perceptions of historical dominance of the West over the East during a presentation Thursday evening. He projected that the East will overcome the West to control global politcs and trade by the beginning of the 22nd century.



The world at the end of the 21st century will differ more from today than how present day is cur- rently compared to the world of cavemen, said Ian Morris, an ar- chaeologist and historian in the Department of Classics, Thursday evening during a lecture in the Sloan Mathematics Corner. The lecture, entitled, “Why the West Rules — For Now: The Silk Road, the Atlantic Economy and the Pacific Century,” was based off his 2010 award-winning book, “Why the West Rules — for Now:

The Patterns of History, and What They Reveal About the Future.” Morris said that geography is more important than culture in explaining patterns of the major power shifts and economic transi- tions throughout history, and ar- gued that these patterns can pre- dict the future direction of the world. He also challenged the idea of Western and European superiori- ty, which he said is a false percep- tion. Arguing that Europe’s rise was

due to geographical factors, Mor- ris said, “Europe had the benefit of the Atlantic slave trade, which incentivized a community of thinkers to ask questions that caused Europe to flourish intel- lectually.” “Europe had access to the Americas before the East Asians did simply because it was easier to get there based on distance, not because they were smarter or more wicked,” Morris added. Morris also drew a parallel be- tween how the Atlantic trade helped to elevate the United States to its current position of prominence in the global econo- my, and how the Pacific trade is in- dicating the same trend with China. Using a social development index he developed — which takes into account factors such as energy captured per person, or- ganization, spread of information and war making — Morris mapped out the history of two civ- ilizations since the last ice age that scored the highest on the index:

East Asia and the West. He pointed out that the shapes of the graphs were similar, which

he said debunks the idea of West- ern superiority. Furthermore, Morris pointed out that from 550 CE to 1750 CE on the graph, the East was actually ahead of the West and produced crucial inven- tions such as ships that could sail the world. Morris also highlighted the role the Silk Road and the peo- ples of the steppe region that lies between Western Europe and East Asia had in connecting the two regions and shaping their his- tory in a way that is not often ac- knowledged. Morris concluded with a graph based on his social development index, which projects a future in which the East will overtake the West in 2103. “Western domination will evaporate,” he said. “This process is driven by geography and cannot be reversed.” “The changes that will happen in the 21st century will be on a scale that will dwarf anything that has ever happened to human his- tory,” Morris said.

Contact Natasha Weaser at nweas- er@stanford.edu.

anything that has ever happened to human his- tory,” Morris said. Contact Natasha Weaser at nweas-

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Envisioning a block quarter

O ne of the most exciting

ideas proposed in the re-

cent Study of Undergrad-

uate Education at Stanford Uni- versity (SUES) Report was the concept of a block quarter. As outlined in the report, a block quarter would give students the option to take three three-week classes in a quarter instead of the conventional 10-week quarter. This structure draws upon the success of Sophomore College and other in-depth September Studies programs in an attempt to allow for focused learning on a single subject. The block quarter would not usurp the current quar- ter system, but would instead be an option for students during one or more quarters of their Stanford careers. The block quarter offers sever- al advantages. The complaint, “I really like the class, I just wish I had more time to focus on it,”is all too commonly heard at Stanford. The block quarter would allow for total focus on one subject, and would also facilitate closer peer networks among students taking the same course. A block quarter would also spread the wealth of opportunities available through September Studies to the remain- der of the school year. Because so many programs occur in Septem- ber — among them Sophomore College, Arts Intensive, Stanford Pre-Orientation Trips (SPOT) and residential staff training — some students must make diffi- cult decisions about which oppor- tunity to pursue. A block quarter could help mitigate this problem. Several intellectually exciting possibilities could emerge from a block quarter. One is the poten- tial for interdepartmental part- nership. A quarter devoted to Latin American liberation theol- ogy, for example, could be taught by professors from the history,po- litical science and religious stud- ies departments, each offering his or her own unique perspective for three weeks.Students would have the chance to work more closely with professors, exploring differ- ent departments and gaining fac- ulty mentors in the process. A block quarter would also allow for more opportunities for off- campus learning, including more opportunities for local partner- ships and studying abroad. Expe-

riential learning, in the form of field trips, simulations and hands- on projects, would be a core part of the curricula. The Board be- lieves that by giving students space to breathe and time to focus,the overall quality of under- graduate education at Stanford would improve. This is a profound vision for in- stitutional change at Stanford, but there are several challenges that must be resolved before the on- paper idea of a block quarter can be translated into practice. The primary drawback is access — what happens, for example, if a

student falls ill for a prolonged pe- riod of time? A block quarter is certainly less forgiving than a tra- ditional quarter structure. The Board believes that the culture of

a block quarter, which promotes

close interaction between stu- dents and faculty, could help re- solve this problem by allowing for greater understanding and com- munication in the event of illness. Stanford could also take lessons from Colorado College, which uses a block system exclusively, in devising equitable and fair poli-

cies for illness,injury,and absence. Another possible drawback is that not all courses could be adapted to a block quarter system — students in certain fields, for example, might not be as well- served by the model. A further challenge is galvanizing the facul- ty and administrative support necessary to pilot a block quarter option. Logistically, several hur- dles must be overcome, primarily with respect to scheduling the block quarter. Should the option be available to everyone, or just upperclassmen? Would investing

in a block quarter option be detri-

mental to the traditional quarter structure? With that in mind, while main- taining the status quo is more ex- pedient, the incredible possibili- ties of a block quarter — close student-faculty interaction, stronger peer networks,experien- tial learning and intense focus —

are too exciting to leave unex- plored.The Board envisions a fu- ture in which the block quarter option is a key part of undergrad- uate education, and encourages students, faculty and administra- tors to come together to make the block quarter a reality.

Unsigned editorials in the space above represent the views of the editorial board of The Stanford Daily and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Daily staff. The edito- rial board consists of five Stanford students led by a chairman and uninvolved in other sections of the paper. Any signed columns in the editorial space represent the views of their authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the entire editorial board. To contact the editorial board chair, e-mail editorial@stanforddaily.com. To submit an op- ed, limited to 700 words, e-mail opinions@stanforddaily.com.To submit a letter to the editor, limited to 500 words, e-mail eic@stanforddaily.com. All are published at the discretion of the editor.


Fashion or fatality?

T he philosophers I’ve most admired were veterans of war, and they reflected upon

their service in their philosophy. One reason I joined the Marine Corps was to gain a more concrete understanding of existentialist thought. An important aspect of existen- tialism is the idea of authenticity,or presenting yourself as you really are. Being a veteran of the Iraq war,I have worn dog tags for a long time, because I was required to wear them during service. Because of this, I am not quite sure how I feel about nonmilitary civilians wearing dog tags on campus. If they were military personnel, I would know exactly what to say to them: “Put the dog tags back in your shirt and stop being inappro- priate.” I have never seen a service member of theArmed Forces wear their dog tags outside of their shirt and not get in trouble for it. Even then, the only time I’ve ever seen service members have them out is when someone was joking around. Hollywood, I suppose, has created the image that they should be worn for the world to see.But for the rest of us who aren’t in Hollywood, is it appropriate?

Dog tags were first used by the

is it appropriate? Dog tags were first used by the Sebastain Gould United States during the



United States during the Civil War by soldiers concerned about what would happen to their bodies in the event that they were killed in battle. This tradition continued into the First World War, when the United States made the wearing of dog tags mandatory. Dog tags were created for and exist to iden- tify the bodies of the dead. I assume that because civilians are wearing the dog tags outside of their shirts, they are wearing them to look cool, and not to identify their bodies in case of death. I do not have a particular vendetta against fashion; I just wonder if it is appropriate attire. Take, for in- stance, the backpacks and clothes that members of sports teams get when they win a particular champi- onship, or the rings given to Super Bowl champions. They signify something accomplished, actions completed. It seems as though al- lowing anyone to walk around Stanford with memorabilia that

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Facial profiling

W hat’s the first thing you

think of when someone

takes a photo of you?

There is no right answer, although there may be several borderline weird answers. Do you think of somebody fashioning a scrapbook with it, complete with artfully pressed flowers, wrinkled paper and, eventually, the smell of years of accumulated dust? Maybe. But if you’re a typical young adult in the 21st century, your first thought might be more relevant to the short term:Will this picture be wor- thy of a status as my new Facebook profile picture? Sometimes people take pictures with this “profpic status” foremost in their minds. The cry of “I really want a new profile picture!” is not uncommon at parties, in front of fa- mous landmarks and when hud- dled over a MacBook while using the four-screen, rainbow setting on Photo Booth. You want to show everyone that you have friends,

that you go places and that you have a Mac. It makes sense. But sometimes you want to show people that you’re pretty damn good looking. This leads many of us to choose profile pic- tures that show us at our most at- tractive. And hey, given that hun- dreds of our friends have to look at that photo every day, who wants to look anything less than their best? In the search for the perfect pic- ture, we want to look perfect. It might be the lighting, makeup or your friend’s million-pixel Canon camera, but some pictures just make you look better. Still, the perfect picture of you isn’t necessarily the perfect profile picture. At the risk of sounding like a terrible person, I think of these as the “misleadingly” attrac- tive profile pictures. One of your friends took a picture of you, and

you painstakingly edited it — en- hanced the warm colors, cropped out an unsightly limb, and maybe even used an airbrush on some fa- cial blemish. It certainly makes sense that you want the most at- tractive version of yourself to be your profile picture, but this can have its own set of repercussions. For one thing, it throws off those people who are stalking you but haven’t met you yet. I remem- ber the summer of 2007, as the Stanford Class of 2011 received its dormitory assignments for the up- coming year. I was placed in Bran- ner Hall,the then-largest freshman dorm on campus. By August, a Facebook group for its future resi- dents had emerged, and I frantical- ly spent countless hours looking over every single profile in order to pick out my potential new best friends and love interests. Soon enough I was confessing my newest pre-college fear to my high school friends: Everyone in my freshman dorm was too attrac- tive. I would walk into a dorm of gorgeous, tanned Californians (and some other people too), all running around the hallway in de- signer swimwear, playing shirtless Ultimate Frisbee on the Branner lawn and doing other things that I thought were normal outside of Illinois. And then came move-in day. The shock repeated itself every time I met someone who I momen- tarily failed to recognize but even- tually connected to a matching name on Facebook. In retrospect, it was a very obvious epiphany:

More often than not, people just don’t look as good in real life as they do in their carefully selected profile pictures. On one hand, you’re keeping others’ expectations very high. Maybe I’ve never met you and I’ve

very high. Maybe I’ve never met you and I’ve M i r i a m Marks



only seen your senior prom picture online, in which you spent hun- dreds of dollars to look as good as possible. When I see you in week five of winter quarter, chugging a large coffee while huddled in a cu- bicle at Green Library, you’re bound to look far worse. And you risk looking that much worse to someone who doesn’t know you very well — who will do a double take when they realize that the person in the library is that hottie on Facebook. And yet, maybe your Facebook picture is a reminder to your friends that, when they do see you looking exhausted and caffeinat- ed, they should remember your true potential for beauty. They’ll shower your picture with com- ments and likes about how beauti- ful you are, and it’s all just genuine admiration for your appearance. Appreciation by your friends is, ar- guably, the point of Facebook; if you don’t plan your profile picture based upon the assumption that strangers will be stalking you, it may be for the better. This is a phenomenon that translates to any and all headshots, profiles and even ID pictures. We want to look as good as possible, and we want to know we look good. The fact remains that those of our friends, colleagues and fam- ily members who see us on a daily basis know that we typically look a certain level of average.And guess what?They still like us.They like us even though we don’t always look as ideal as our Facebook pictures would suggest.

Do you think Miriam looks like her headshot? You can tell her at mel- loram@stanford.edu

her headshot? You can tell her at mel- loram@stanford.edu says “I won” instead of “I watched”

says “I won” instead of “I watched” would get quite confusing. At this point, you may object because many people wear sports jerseys. I will not deny that, but I think it is different because a jer- sey does not signify a personal ac- complishment. It shows that you are a fan of some particular indi- vidual or sports team. To my knowledge, no one wears dog tag duplicates of their favorite war hero or veteran. What is at stake here is authen- ticity. Are you being authentic when you associate with something to which you do not belong so as to bolster your own image? I would guess the answer to that is no. When I see someone in a sports jer- sey, I think that person is sports fan.

When I see someone in sweatpants and a sweatshirt that says Stanford, I think he or she is an athlete. Like- wise, when I see a person wearing dog tags,I think that person is in the military. Invariably, when I ask the individual wearing the dog tags if they are in the military, they always reply with a resounding “No, why would you think that?” At this point I become resentful; there are very few veterans on campus,so my expectations are let down when I see someone associating them- selves with the military even with- out realizing it. Of course, maybe this isn’t a problem of authenticity and it is just a misunderstanding; maybe, because of my military discipline, I think that things should be a cer-

tain way because I have been trained to do so. Maybe dog tags are, in fact, more important to the fashion world than I would like to believe. That said, it just seems as though something that is meant to identify the dead should be re- spected; after all, if human life isn’t sacred, then what is? At the end of the day, impersonating an athlete by wearing lookalike clothing seems disingenuous. Wearing dog tags to look cool even though they exist to identify dead bodies? Now that just seems sacrilegious.

Sebastain is a philosophy major and creative writing minor. Send him a philosophical, creative email about authenticity or any other topic at sjgould@stanford.edu.

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more than 7,000 new Facebook employees would run through East Palo Alto, most of city’s con- cerns regard transportation — in- cluding automobile, bicycle and pedestrian traffic. Health issues due to toxic emissions are also under consideration. According to Abrica, traffic along University Avenue, the main thoroughfare for approach- ing the Facebook headquarters from the south, will be one of the most impacted areas. Menlo Park’s impact report places more emphasis on Willow Road, which runs parallel to Uni- versity Avenue along the border between East Palo Alto and Menlo Park. “Our concern is that the side

streets around University in our neighborhoods are going to be impacted,” Abrica said. “It’s going to make them more unsafe, there’s going to be more conges- tion and overall it’s going to im- pact the health and safety of our local residents.” Improvements for bicycle transportation were also not ad- dressed to the extent the East Palo Alto community would have liked, Abrica added. Since Face- book is urging its employees to commute by bike, Abrica said he feels that this type of transporta- tion needs to be made safer and smoother.

In favor of collaboration In January, East Palo Alto con- sidered suing Facebook over the expansion, but the city has decid- ed not to take this approach. Abrica said that a lawsuit would only be an option if Menlo Park did not address the issues


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As a trade-off for increasing in size and for the social and envi- ronmental impact of the expan- sion, Facebook said it would com- pensate Menlo Park. The city of Menlo Park held a council meet- ing earlier this week on Tuesday, Feb. 14, where officials discussed parameters the city would like to negotiate with Facebook as part of the development agreement. According to a handout from the city’s Community Develop- ment Department, such items in- cluded, “providing a source of on-going revenue for as long as the land use entitlement to ex- ceed 3,600 employees is in place, providing one-time items in the form of public improvements or studies that would benefit the surrounding area, providing a mechanism for funding pro- grams and services that meet on- going community needs, pursu- ing a commitment to fund hous- ing opportunities in the city and surrounding region and pursu- ing a trip cap penalty amount that is severe enough to ensure compliance with the project de- scription.” Menlo Park released a draft Environmental Impact Report for public review in Dec. 2011 to address the effect of Facebook’s expansion on Menlo Park’s sur- rounding natural ecosystems. According to the staff report given during the Feb. 14 meeting, the city’s consultants, “have begun the process of responding to comments and preparing the Final Environmental Report, which is anticipated to be re- leased in mid- to late April


Both councilmembers and Menlo Park residents mentioned that some immediate environ- mental benefits Facebook could provide include providing fund- ing for bike improvements on Bay Road, University Avenue and Willow Road, as well as opening shuttles for the public to travel to local train stations. According to an email from Menlo Park Mayor Kirsten Keith, the city also hopes to re- quest from Facebook a fee in- lieu of revenue from sales tax, the establishment of a communi- ty foundation and trip cap prior- ities. “The discussion is all open and transparent,” Keith contin- ued. Many community members in attendance expressed support for Facebook, mentioning that Face- book has already been an “ex- tremely positive presence.” According to these members, who included students and repre- sentatives from businesses and organizations, Facebook has been active in the community, is considerate of the environment and has been an asset to the city’s economic marketability. “Facebook is that good neigh- bor,” said Maggie Creighton, the creator of the Exploratory Expe- riences Program, during the council meeting. The Explorato- ry Experiences Program is a local mentoring program for Palo Alto and Menlo Park students. Later during a separate inter-

view, Creighton stated that Face-

book not only benefits schools in Menlo Park, but also schools in East Palo Alto. “The philosophy of Facebook

is very different from other com-

panies — more open and more interactive,” she added, mention- ing that Facebook encourages its employees to go into schools and tutor students in different sub- jects. Creighton also mentioned that Facebook is greener than the previous corporation on the same land entitlement. The city councilmembers each expressed their own concerns during the council meeting. Councilmember Andrew Cohen mentioned affordable housing as a priority. “Housing is an important issue for several reasons — one of which is that East Palo Alto is concerned that Facebook coming to town is going to displace a lot of people,” Cohen said. “Apparently there is already some relocation of people from

Bell Haven to East Palo Alto,” he said later in an interview with The Daily. “We should be working as partners to get what new housing we can, not trying to stop this project or any other project that already has received a welcome in the area,” Cohen added. “We all seem to agree that Facebook is

a welcome addition to our local

business community. The idea is to work collaboratively to come up with the best plan to increase our housing stock.” Councilmember Kelly Fer- gusson described Facebook’s ex- pansion as an “opportunity to pull all the threads together.” Fergusson said she is particu- larly interested in levy shoreline restoration work, as well as tran- sit station planning. “We have a long list,” Fergus- son said, referring to the list of potential areas that could be im- proved with the opportunities Facebook intends to open for Menlo Park.“But this is a catalyst for all of this to be brought to- gether.We’re seeking a fair agree- ment. It’s not just about Menlo Park, but also East Palo Alto.” “It’s a great opportunity,” Councilmember Richard Cline said, referring to the expansion of Facebook. “But it’s not going to save everyone’s life. It’s time to put a reality hat on — there’s a lot of pressure on Facebook. We can’t give everyone free housing, but there are programs that Face- book can create, ways that Face- book can benefit the community, and we should enter into negotia- tions like that.” A Facebook spokesperson wrote in an email to The Daily that the company is “hopeful that the city finds the benefit of having Facebook in Menlo Park far out- weighs the impact of our move.” “We care about being a good neighbor to East Palo Alto resi- dents and are meeting with city representatives Friday,” Keith said. “We are excited about hav- ing Facebook in Menlo Park and look forward to a long lasting re- lationship.” The negotiation team plans to return with a draft term sheet on April 17.

Contact Catherine Zaw at czaw13 @stanford.edu.

on April 17. Contact Catherine Zaw at czaw13 @stanford.edu. submitted by East Palo Alto. “Our concerns

submitted by East Palo Alto. “Our concerns are not against Facebook,” Abrica said. “Face- book being there is actually going to have a large positive impact.” The city submitted its con- cerns to Menlo Park in writing. Over the next couple of months, Menlo Park will consider the is- sues before publishing a final im- pact report and deciding to what extent Facebook should be held financially responsible for coun- tering negative effects of its ex- pansion. Facebook officials said the company is looking forward to building a good rapport with East Palo Alto. “We are going to favor a col- laborative approach,” said a Facebook spokesperson to The Daily. “Ultimately, we would like East Palo Alto to see the enor- mous benefits to having a good, responsible neighbor like Face- book. We are in close communi- cation with officials in East Palo Alto, and as a result, we believe we’re in the process of building strong and lasting relationships there.”

City council brainstorms

At Tuesday’s city council meeting, some members of the public spoke on behalf of Face- book while others expressed con- cerns about the expansion. Po- tential traffic solutions discussed

include the use of shuttles by local residents. Housing prices in East Palo Alto could also be affected by the expansion,Abrica said. More Facebook employees, who typi- cally have a higher income level than the average East Palo Alto resident, would move into the area, driving up housing prices, especially for the renting popu- lation. East Palo Alto has appointed

a city council subcommittee to meet with a Menlo Park group by next week in order to negotiate and discuss East Palo Alto’s needs. Councilmembers Carlos Romero and David Woods both serve on the subcommittee.

California law State law requires that during the environmental review process, the city issuing the re- port must release a draft — as Menlo Park did in the middle of December. Members of the pub- lic were free to submit written concerns until Jan. 30. After that point, the state mandates that staff from Menlo Park must re- spond to all the presented con- cerns in writing. Menlo Park does not have to

agree with East Palo Alto or admit

to any other faults in their report,

but the city is required to address

the issues that have arisen.

East Palo Alto officials hope that when these concerns are ana- lyzed, Menlo Park representa- tives will note areas where they feel Facebook should be held fi- nancially responsible for projects — such as the widening of bike lanes — that have been proposed to counter the effects of the com- pany’s expansion. Other project ideas include a pedestrian bridge over Highway 101 that would be a safer com-

mute option compared to dealing with increased traffic on Univer- sity Avenue.

Stanford and Facebook Considering Stanford’s prox- imity to both East Palo Alto and Menlo Park, questions remain about what effect the expansion may have on the University. With the expansion, Facebook has moved out of its location at the Stanford Research Park. Further repercussions for the campus are unlikely. “There is no impact to Stan- ford except for the loss of an excit- ing and growing company and employer, but that impact has al- ready taken place, and we are busy working to lease out their former space,” said Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego.

Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.

Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.
Stanford Re- search Park’s Director of Asset Management Tiffany Griego. Contact Sarah Moore at smoore6 @stanford.edu.

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The Stanford men’s basketball team’s last meeting with Oregon State was filled with drama — a four-overtime thriller in which the Cardinal barely prevailed. The Beavers stuck with Stanford again Thursday night, but a strong second half helped the Cardinal pull away and secure an 87-82 victory.



2/16, Maples Pavilion


The 87 point score was the Cardinal’s third- highest output of the season, only surpassed by its last matchup with Oregon State (15-11, 5-9 Pac-12) and season opener against Central Arkansas. The shooting woes that Stanford (18-8, 8-6) has faced of late seemingly van- ished, as the Cardinal shot 52.9 percent from the field and 54.5 percent from behind the arc. The Cardinal stormed to an early lead be- hind the hot hand of freshman guard Chasson Randle, who hit two three-pointers in the first three minutes as the Cardinal took a 8-2 lead. The Beavers kept themselves in it, however, behind guard Roberto Nelson. The sopho- more scored 15 of his 19 points in the last 12 minutes of the first half, giving Oregon State a 41-40 lead at the break. The teams remained close to start the sec-

ond half, but Stanford began to pull away be- hind the strong play of sophomore guard Aaron Bright. With the teams deadlocked at 45, Bright assisted a three by sophomore for- ward John Gage to give the Cardinal a lead it would not relinquish for the rest of the game. He then added two additional three-pointers and assisted an Anthony Brown jumper to put the Cardinal up 56-47. In his second game coming off the bench, Bright had one of his best games of the sea- son. The sophomore scored 20 points and added seven assists and two steals. The Beavers refused to go away, however, and cut the lead to three before Randle took over again. The freshman hit two threes to halt any momentum the Beavers gained, de- spite being consistently swarmed by the Ore- gon State defense. Randle had a third straight exceptional game, with 24 points and 5 assists. His point total was a career-high, breaking his record of 20, which was set against Oregon State. The freshman is averaging 18.7 points over his last three contests, while shooting 55.6 percent from the field and an unbelievable 76.4 percent from three-point range. He hit six of seven threes against the Beavers, de- spite being contested on almost all of them. “I’m very happy we won and glad the shots went down,” Randle said afterward.“Honest- ly, all that matters is that we won the game.” Oregon State still kept themselves in the game, however, with a combination of tough defense and incredible play on the offensive end. Threes by Nelson and 6-foot-10 junior center Angus Brandt cut the Stanford lead to just three with 15 seconds left. Two subse-

Stanford lead to just three with 15 seconds left. Two subse- IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily Sophomore

IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily

Sophomore guard Aaron Bright (above) scored 20 points to help the Stanford men’s basketball team defeat Oregon State 87-82 at Maples Pavilion and improve to 18-8 overall and 8-6 in Pac-12 play.

quent free throws by Brown managed to ice the game for the Cardinal, giving the sopho- more 11 points for the night. Throughout the game, the Cardinal demonstrated the form that had it cruising to the top of the Pac-12 standings earlier this

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Last time the Stanford women’s basketball team took on Oregon State they scratched out a 67-60 nail-biter at home. Stanford didn’t let OSU hang around in Thursday’s rematch though, scor- ing early and often en route to a 78-45 waxing of the Beavers in Corvallis.



2/16, Corvallis, Ore.


National Player of the Year candidate Nnemkadi Ogwumike led the Cardinal brigade with 27 points. The senior forward kept pace with Oregon State by her- self in the first half, matching OSU’s 16 total points with 16 of her own. Nneka was joined in double digits by her sister Chiney, who compiled 10 points. Junior for- ward Joslyn Tinkle commanded the glass, collecting 14 rebounds. With the win, the No. 3 Cardi- nal (23-1, 14-0 Pac-12) remained perfect in conference play and clinched at least a tie for the inau- gural Pac-12 championship. It would be Stanford’s 12th confer- ence title in a row. Oregon State (17-8, 8-6) had its six-game winning streak snapped by the loss. The previous victories all came against conference foes, and had vaulted them into third place in the Pac-12. Alyssa Martin was the only Oregon State player in double fig- ures with 11 points. The Beavers leading scorer, freshman Ali Gib- son, was held to just four points in the contest. Points in the paint were key for Stanford. The Cardinal outscored the Beavers 36-24 in the lane as it won its 25th straight against OSU. The Cardinal also played stout defense, especially in the first half. The Beavers entered the game

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The Beavers entered the game Please see WBBALL , page 7 MEHMET INONU/The Stanford Daily Junior

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Junior forward Joslyn Tinkle (above) grabbed 14 rebounds in the Stanford women’s basketball team’s 78- 45 blowout of Oregon State in Corvallis, helping the Cardinal to grab at least a share of the Pac-12 title.


Cardinal ready for road to Omaha



Eight months after making an early exit from its Super Regional in North Carolina, the Stanford baseball team will be back in action tonight, hosting No. 10 Vanderbilt in the first contest of a three-game series. The No. 2 Cardinal faces its highest expec- tations in a decade, with a trio of junior presea- son All-Americans set to lead the Pac-12 fa- vorite on another deep postseason run. Pro- jected first overall MLB draft pick Mark Appel will start on Friday nights for the sec- ond straight year, while third baseman Stephen Piscotty and shortstop Kenny Diekroeger headline a lineup that returns

seven of eight position players. The man behind it all is Mark Marquess, and 25 years after the illustrious head coach took home the first of back-to-back national championships — the only titles in Stanford baseball history — Marquess is excited to get back on the top step of the Sunken Diamond dugout against a visiting opponent. “We’re tired of playing our own guys,” he joked. “If the pitching does well you go, ‘Oh my god, we don’t have any hitting.’ And if the hitting does well you go, ‘What’s wrong with our pitching?’ I can’t win as a coach.” Luckily for Marquess, the Cardinal doesn’t have all that much to be concerned about in ei- ther category. Despite the loss of starters Jordan Pries and

Danny Sandbrink, as well as closer Chris Reed, to the draft, Stanford boasts one of the most powerful one-two punches in college baseball. Appel and Saturday starter Brett Mooneyham, who missed all of last year with a finger injury,are a dynamic pitching duo.Orig- inally slated as the Cardinal’s 2011 Friday starter after leading the team with 99 strike- outs as a sophomore, Mooneyham is ready to reestablish himself in the rotation. “Any time you get something you love to do taken away from you and there’s nothing you can do about it, it’s difficult,” he said.“I’m pretty excited to get out there on the mound this Saturday and get that year-and-a-half hia-

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Joseph Beyda

Prosports andsmarts do mix

A t Stanford, we’re more than used to world-class athletes who are also world-class students. We take classes with

them, we bike around with them and we stand with them in line at Tresid- der. On the other hand, we all know that most professional athletes don’t exactly fit into the same category, es- pecially not NBA players.They leave

school early or skip it altogether, and oftentimes an abundance of idiocy en- sues:drug use,gun charges and sexual harassment allegations. Entering the fray is Jeremy Lin,an (until recently) unknown Harvard graduate who has taken the NBA by storm by scoring a record 136 points in his first five starts and adding 15 assists in his sixth one onWednesday. And, of course, he’s made the New York Knicks possibly the smartest team in the league along- side recent Stanford star Landry Fields. The only other team in the NBA with two players in the Ivy League/Stanford category is the Phoenix Suns, which boasts former Cardinal standouts Josh Childress and Robin Lopez.Together,Lin and Fields are easily the top student-ath- letes of their basketball graduating class,which says quite a lot. But even given the NBA’s repu- tation for hosting some degree of hooliganism, it amazes me how sur- prised the sporting world is that Lin was a Harvard product.There might not be an overwhelming track record of NBA stars who come from the Ivy League, but when Duke and Georgetown are two of the sport’s perennial college powers, you have to acknowledge that a basketball player can be a world-class talent and do well in school, too. What’s more, the three other main American sports — baseball, hockey and football — all have more players from the Ivies or Stan- ford than the NBA does, though, of



ly make up a significant chunk of the

elite schools’ MLB representation, with 11 former Stanford players in the big leagues to go along with six Ivy Leaguers. But believe it or not, it’s the two pro sports that we hold so near and dear to our hearts for their bone- crunchingtoughness — footballand hockey — that have the most im- pressive contingents of academic athletes. The NFL has 21 Stanford players on active rosters and 10 former Ivy League athletes. If you’re willing to bite the bullet and add Cal, with 37 more players, to the list, you have an entire team’s worth of world-class cerebral talent playing at the highest level of pro football. That might not match Ohio State or Miami, who re- spectively had 70 and 65 players taken in the draft from 1999 to 2009, but the elite academic schools still have a notable group of players in the NFL. The same is true in hockey, even without the representation of Stan- ford and Cal, for obvious reasons. Believe it or not,the Ivy League con- tingent of 26 NHL players is actually

a tougher bunch than the rest of the league, including scrappy enforcers such as the Sharks’ Douglas Murray and the Ducks’ George Parros from Cornell and Princeton, respectively. Parros and Kings winger Kevin Westgarth (a Princeton grad) both cracked the top 40 in penalty min- utes last season, with Parros leading

the league in fighting majors (27) and Westgarth in 10th place. Those two actually fought each other two nights in a row last April. Not exactly the kind of guys most people would expect to run into with-

in those hallowed halls of ivy.But with

Stanford remaining relevant in foot- ball and Harvard floating around the edge of rankings for much of the bas- ketball season,I don’t see why not. You better believe that we nerds are only going to keep rising to the top in the next few years. Andrew Luck and Aaron Rodgers will be dominat- ing the NFL for the foreseeable fu- ture, Mark Appel is the early favorite to snag baseball’s No. 1 pick this sum- mer and, until further notice, the Lin- sanity is going to continue in Madison Square Garden. Smarts and athletic talent: looks like you can have it all.

Joseph Beyda often starts hockey fights with Harvard grads who ask him for some insight into the market economy of the Southern Colonies. Send him your best nerd trash talk at jbeyda@stanford.edu.

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The Stanford men’s tennis team switches its focus this weekend to tournament play at the annual National Team Indoor Championships in Charlottesville, Va. Stanford is coming off a hard loss against Fresno State, in which the Cardinal could not close out the win at home at the Taube Family Tennis Center. It has been a challenging month in general for Stan- ford (6-3), which suffered its worst loss in recent years by getting blown out 7-0 against USC two weeks ago. The squad then followed that performance up with a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of UCLA. And with the most re- cent loss against Fresno State, the Cardinal dropped to an uncharacteristic 2-3 so far in the month. The stakes change this weekend at the National Team Indoor Championships. Stanford qualified for the presti- gious event by defeating Saint Mary’s and Santa Clara at the end of January to advance to the third round of the championship and secure its trip to Charlottesville. Sixteen of the top teams in the country will be in Charlottesville this weekend to participate in one of the most important tournaments before May’s NCAA Championships. The entire top five teams of the current college tennis rankings will be in Virginia: No. 1 USC, No. 2 Virginia, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Georgia and No. 5 Florida. Stanford is the ninth seed in the 16-team tournament and will start off by facing a tough opponent in No. 7 Bay- lor. If Stanford wins its first match it will face No. 2 Vir- ginia, a rematch of Stanford’s final match last season — where the Cardinal suffered a heartbreaking Sweet Six- teen loss in the NCAA tournament. If the rematch is to happen, it will surely be an emotional one for the Cardi- nal players, who were so close to upsetting the nation’s No. 1 team last year. All eyes this week will be on Stanford’s senior captain Bradley Klahn, who may or may not be returning from injury. Klahn made his season debut on Tuesday against Fresno State, playing in the doubles matches with his tra- ditional partner Ryan Thacher. Klahn and Thacher won their doubles match handily, but Klahn sat out the singles matches and was a spectator for his team’s tough loss. Perhaps this weekend head coach John Whitlinger will elect to reunite his team and let Klahn reclaim his old spot at the top of the Cardinal rotation. After Stanford pulled out a tough win against BYU last week and prepared to face Fresno State on Tuesday, senior Walker Kehrer said, “Winning matches when you are not at your best is always key and I think we did that Friday. What I also think was important about this win is that our best tennis is definitely yet to come. What is im- portant is that we keep working towards our best tennis, and hopefully that will come in May.” Kehrer has the right attitude if the Cardinal is going to overcome these early season struggles and have a shot at accomplishing their perennial preseason goal of win- ning the Pac-12 and NCAA Championships. A major litmus test will occur this weekend against the best teams in the country. Stanford will hit the courts at 3:30 p.m. PST against Baylor on Friday in Char- lottesville, Va.

Contact Dash Davidson at dashd@stanford.edu

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Freshman John Morrissey (above) and the Stanford men’s tennis squad hope to bounce back from a loss to Fresno State on Tuesday in this weekend’s ITA Indoor National Team Championships, where the field includes the nation’s top five teams.



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year. Stanford again dominated the boards, with 33 rebounds to Oregon State’s 24. The offensive rebound differential was just as striking, with a 10-4 Cardinal ad- vantage. The quality win wasn’t per- fect, however, as the Cardinal struggled taking care of the ball,

committing 18 turnovers. While the program definitely has a bright future with all its young talent, the inexperience of the squad was evident at times. The team made up for it with tremen- dous play on the offensive end and its typical strong defense. Currently two and a half games back from conference leaders California and Washing- ton, Stanford hopes to continue its strong play on Saturday against Oregon.The Ducks sit right above the Cardinal in the standings, and

a victory over Oregon is crucial in Stanford’s quest to finish the reg- ular season in the top four of the conference. The top four teams in the Pac-12 earn a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament, mean- ing the Cardinal would be one step closer to earning a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford and Oregon tip off Sunday at Maples Pavilion at 4:30 p.m.

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second in the conference in field- goal percentage, sporting an im- pressive 41 percent against Pac-12 opponents. However, Stanford’s high-energy defense held OSU to just six of 25 (24 percent) shooting in the first half, and two of 16 (12.5 percent) shooting from behind the arc in the game. Both teams’ offenses were sluggish to start the game, and five minutes into the half the score was just 4-0 Stanford. However, the Cardinal picked up the pace and

started finding the bottom of the net at a torrid pace. After trading baskets, a three- pointer from freshman sharp- shooter Bonnie Samuelson sparked a 13-2 Cardinal run that put the team up 23-7. Senior Lindy La Rocque, who had nine points against the Beavers, capped the run with her own three-ball on an assist from Samuelson, who also had nine points. Stanford stretched its lead throughout the rest of the first half and went into the locker room with a 20-point advantage, 36-16. Nneka Ogwumike continued to dominate in the second half, scoring 11 of Stanford’s first 13 points in the period. Oregon State

hung with the Cardinal through the first eight minutes though, not allowing the lead to grow any larg-

er. Samuelson again ignited Stan- ford with a deep three, and the Cardinal outscored the Beavers 17-6 over the next six minutes to secure the win. The Cardinal travel down the road to Eugene to grapple with University of Oregon on Satur- day. The Ducks are 6-8 in confer- ence play and coming off an 83-71 loss to Cal. Stanford and Oregon tip off in Eugene,Ore.on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Contact Dean McArdle at dmcar- dle@stanford.edu.




This report covers a selection of incidents from Feb.9 through Feb.13 as recorded in the Stanford Depart- ment of Public Safety bulletin.


A cable-locked bike was stolen from a bike rack outside of the Center for Turbulence Research between 11 a.m. on Feb. 8 and 10 a.m. on Feb. 9.

A cable-locked bike was stolen from a bike rack near the intersec- tion of Lasuen Mall and Escondi- do Mall between 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.

A man was cited and released on a warrant out of the Santa Clara Po- lice Department at 6:05 p.m. near the intersection of Welch Road and Oak Road.


A female was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for being publicly intoxicated on Mayfield Avenue at 1:55 a.m.

Someone stole molding from the

rear bumper of a vehicle parked at 295 Galvez Street between 8:30 a.m.on Feb.9 and 5:15 p.m.on Feb.


A cable-locked bike was stolen from a rack outside of 212 Pine Hill Court between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.

A male was cited and released for driving unlicensed near the inter- section of Mayfield Avenue and Campus Drive at 11:20 p.m.


Somebody broke into the Biology Greenhouse yard and stole a cart holding a metal inert gas welder between 6:40 a.m.and 7:15 a.m.


A male was cited and released for being a minor in possession of al- cohol in the 600 block of Lomita Drive at 12:10 a.m.

An unknown suspect broke the window of a locked vehicle and stole a purse containing an iPhone, credit cards and cash be- tween 6:45 a.m. and 7:50 a.m.The

car was parked near the intersec- tion of Stanford Avenue and Ju- nipero Serra Road.

A cable-locked bike was stolen from a rack outside of Maples Pavilion between 3 p.m. on Feb. 9 and 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 12.

Someone was transported to the San Jose Main Jail and booked for domestic violence battery. The battery occurred in Angell Court between 3 p.m. and 3:10 p.m.

A juvenile was cited and released for shoplifting from the Stanford Bookstore at 3:15 p.m.

A male was booked for domestic violence battery after he was in- volved in an altercation with his girlfriend and stole her keys.The incident occurred near the inter- section of Campus Drive and Palm Drive at 5:30 p.m.


A bike that was U-locked to itself was stolen from outside of Meyer Library between 11 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

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BASEBALL |High expectations after No. 2 preseason ranking

tus out of the way.” Filling in for Mooneyham last year was Appel, who went 6-7 but posted a stellar 3.02 ERA in 17 starts. “Everything you read about

[Appel] is true: He’s a great player, he’s got a great fastball and he’s a great competitor, but he’s also a great person and a great team- mate,” Diekroeger said. “We’re

being able to

face a guy like that in these inter- squads makes the entire team bet- ter.” After his breakout sophomore season, Appel has had to deal with the attention of being considered one of top college prospects in baseball. He cites Andrew Luck as a role model in handling the na- tional hype. But Diekroeger and Piscotty have also received their fair share of hype, as they are also projected to go in the first few rounds of the MLB draft. “I think it’s been great that we have other guys that are projected

lucky to have him

high in the draft, because we all keep each other really down to earth and focused on the season,” Appel said. “We don’t let our minds drift on the draft, because we can’t control that.” Marquess will be looking to de- cide on a closer in the coming weeks, but he isn’t concerned that the spot hasn’t been solidified be- fore opening day. Reed — an eventual first-round pick by the Dodgers — began as the squad’s Saturday starter last year before giving up seven runs in 4.2 innings in his first outing against Rice. Reed was converted to a closer, and went on to post 52 strikeouts and allow only 39 hits to go along with his nine saves. “That became the difference in our season,” Marquess said. Stanford’s hitting wasn’t all too shabby either, and with all seven of the squad’s top sluggers returning to the lineup, opponents are going to have a hard time keeping the Cardinal off the board. Standouts include Piscotty, who led the team

with a .364 average last season,and 2011 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Brian Ragira. Even though their lineup is made up entirely of sophomores and juniors, the Cardinal has good chemistry after playing together all of last season. “It’s hard to really explain, but just being part of that lineup, there’s just something about it; we just have a confidence to it,” Diekroeger said. “It’s a swagger you can’t measure. It’s a great feeling.” The squad lost a leader in catch- er Zach Jones, a four-year starter who spent his last three years be- hind the plate, and the fight to fill his spot is a still a four-horse race. Favorites include redshirt junior Christian Griffiths and freshman WayneTaylor,aTexas player of the year in high school. Marquess indi- cated he was open to rotating at the catcher spot for a good chunk of the season. If the Cardinal can pick up where it left off it has a good shot of winning the Pac-12 and hosting a

off it has a good shot of winning the Pac-12 and hosting a IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford

IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily

Junior third baseman Stephen Piscotty (above), last season’s team leader in batting average, will lead the Stanford baseball team as it opens its season against No. 10 Vanderbilt tonight at Sunken Diamond.

season against No. 10 Vanderbilt tonight at Sunken Diamond. NCAA Regional, a focal point after its

NCAA Regional, a focal point after its postseason run was cut short last year. “We realized how hard it is to go on the road in Regionals, and then go on the road in Super Re- gionals and still make it to Omaha,” Appel said. “[Associate Head Coach Dean] Stotz is our statistics guy, and I forgot what he said but it’s less than five percent that something like that would happen.” Finishing first in the conference is going to be no easy task, with No. 5 Arizona and three other ranked Pac-12 foes standing in Stanford’s way. But first comes a stretch of tough nonconference series at home, including three-game sets against No. 10 Vanderbilt, No. 13 Texas and No. 6 Rice before the Pac-12 opener against USC on March 24. “We’re No. 2 now, but we won’t be ranked No. 2 in four weeks be-

cause somebody’s going to be un- defeated,” Marquess said.“I’d love to be wrong, but we’re not going to be undefeated after four weeks with the teams that we’re playing, which is good because it shows us that we need to improve and put guys in the right spots.” And with the daunting task of living up to top-five expectations ahead, Marquess knows exactly who he’s looking to. “When you have your most suc- cessful season it’s your older guys,” he said. “Is Piscotty going to have his best year? Is Kenny Diekroeger going to have is best year? Is Jake Stewart going to have his best year? And more impor- tantly, is Mark Appel going to have his best year, and is Brett Mooney- ham going to have the best year of his career? Then we’re good.”

Contact Joseph Beyda at jbeyda @stanford.edu.

Mooney- ham going to have the best year of his career? Then we’re good.” Contact Joseph
Mooney- ham going to have the best year of his career? Then we’re good.” Contact Joseph
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vol. 241 i. 3 fri. 02.17.12 inside: the best of WHITNEY HOUSTON
vol. 241 i. 3 fri. 02.17.12
the best of
T OP 5 W HITNEY H OUSTON SONGS With the sudden, tragic death of Whitney
T OP 5 W HITNEY H OUSTON SONGS With the sudden, tragic death of Whitney


With the sudden, tragic death of Whitney Houston this past week, here at Intermission we would like to celebrate her career by highlighting her five best songs. A cornerstone of ’80s and early ’90s pop, Whitney’s incredible voice carried everything from lighthearted pop songs to powerful ballads. Here are some of our favorites.


“I Will Always Love You”

Although this classic ballad was originally sung by Dolly Parton, it will forever be remem- bered as Whitney’s signature tune. Made famous when it was featured in the soundtrack of “The Bodyguard,” one of Whitney’s best movies, the song features an unforgettable chorus that shows off Whitney’s pristine vocals. Now a favorite of drunk people and karaoke singers alike — two groups that frequently overlap — this song is a testament to the fact that we will always love Whitney.


“I Wanna Dance with Somebody”

This ’80s pop track shot to the top of the charts when it debuted on Whitney’s second

studio album, “Whitney.” Featuring a classic ’80s pop sound, it’s addictive and — natural-

ly — very danceable. The accompanying video is even better, featuring Whitney dancing her heart out in neon clothes and eyeliner. Definitely use this for inspiration for your next ’80s theme party!


“So Emotional”

Another hit from “Whitney,” “So Emotional” has the same upbeat tempo as “I Wanna

Dance with Somebody,” but a little more romantic angst. Whitney shows off her vocal

range with a powerful chorus that’s bound to get lodged in your head.


“The Greatest Love of All“

Many regard this song as Whitney’s signature ballad. It’s vocally challenging, but she pulls

off the highs and lows with ease, making it a powerful and uplifting song. It’s also a nice

break from pop songs that focus on romantic troubles, instead highlighting self-worth and family loyalty.


The Star Spangled Banner

Leave it to Whitney Houston to take a difficult-to-sing anthem and turn it into a chart-top-

ping hit. She reinvented the classic during the 1991 Super Bowl with flourishes and runs

that forever changed how soloists sing the national anthem. Unfortunately, no one can do it quite as well as Whitney; we will always be in awe of her unique interpretation.



SWL 2 Intermission loves Jacob Clifton, the recap master MUSIC 3 Jeremih drops by Stanford


Intermission loves Jacob Clifton, the recap master


Jeremih drops by Stanford to perform at Black Love


Holes-in-the-wall prove to be the best bets around Stanford


Check out our review for “The Secret World of Arrietty”


Our television expert takes a closer look at “Misfits”


Our Mind Games guru breaks down Mass Effect 3


“Higher” fails to deliver a successful show


Roxy takes a study break to find her



of class


STUFF WE LOVE CLIFTON O n Monday and Tuesday mornings, you can reliably find me on
STUFF WE LOVE CLIFTON O n Monday and Tuesday mornings, you can reliably find me on


O n Monday and Tuesday mornings, you can reliably find me on “Television Without Pity,” fre-

quently clicking refresh in anticipation of Jacob Clifton’s latest “Gossip Girl” or “The Good Wife” recap. I’m not alone. The “recap” is a relatively new genre of writing, popularized by the website “Television Without Pity,” in which the writer gives a detailed description of a television episode

whilst editorializing, sometimes satirizing and providing critical commentary. The master of the recap is indubitably Jacob Clifton. When he was recapping “American Idol,” he had a whole slew of followers who watched the show for the sole purpose of being able to read and fully appreciate his recaps. The same is now true for “Gossip Girl,” though at least this show does have some of its own merits. Clifton’s recaps render anything remotely stupid or preposterous instantly awesome once you

start seeing the show through his eyes. Clifton’s trademark is his impressive, acerbic satire of “Gossip Girl,” some of the cleverest I’ve seen in recent years: brilliant and laugh-out-loud funny. The satire hit its zenith last season at about the halfway point when the show was also at its best. A classic example is his recap of an exchange between best friends Chuck and the gor- geous but hopelessly stupid Nate. Chuck confronts Nate about having stolen his girlfriend. Chuck’s line on the show: “I guess the Archibald charm wasn’t as rusty as you thought. Unlike the knife in my back!” Clifton’s brilliant satirical addition was inventing Nate’s response: “Ten-four. Now explain that thing before. Am I the knife? Why is the knife not rusty? Where did the knife come from? Is the knife my charm? Are we friends now?” Clifton also has an uncanny knack for

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ished, he launched into a twenty-minute set with similar themes. By the time Avery said his thank-yous and went offstage, the crowd had grown rest- less. They had, after all, come primarily to see Jeremih. After his DJ and hype man warmed up the crowd with some common club songs, the singer came out onstage and delivered exactly what those fans wanted. Perhaps the most interesting revelation of the night, though, was that Jeremih actually can, in fact, sing. His set ended, predictably, with “Birthday Sex” and “Down on Me,” though his DJ remained, along with a sizable crowd, ready to dance for the rest of their Tuesday night. In the end, though Jeremih’s set offered an undoubtedly different perspective on love than the Stanford students’ did, the night as a whole stood as a testament to black culture, love and the intersection between the two.


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I t’s a wonder that students living in Toyon

Hall ever get any work done.

Performance groups of all types looking

for a small venue with good acoustics gravi- tate to the all-sophomore dorm’s main lounge to host their events. The most recent group to throw their hat in the fray is the Black Student Union, whose event, “Let’s Stay Together: Black Love 2012,” packed that main lounge to capacity on Tuesday night. Though a select few couples were seated at front-row tables through a pre-event raf- fle, the vast majority of students who attend- ed stood at stand-up cocktail tables littered with candy. Sparkling cider poured by the organizers took the place of champagne, and the ambient lighting created an inviting mood. After about fifteen minutes, the

event’s organizers, Maya Humes ’14 and Bana Hatzey ’14, took the

stage to start the show. They introduced Kevin Avery, a San Francisco-based stand up comedian sponsored by the Stanford Chapparal who served as


of the show. After a


opening remarks, he

kicked off the first half of the show, which con- sisted of performances by Stanford students.

The first of these was a

touching solo perform- ance of a piano ballad

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one point, the audience even broke into spontaneous snapping and clapping during a particularly rousing chorus. Rounding out this half of the show was a short set by a cap- pella group Everyday People, who opted to forgo their traditional all-vocal setup to fea- ture a piano in addition to the vocal har- monies. The atmosphere of the first half of the event was most like a coffeehouse, albeit one more focused on performance than conver- sation. Another factor that separated the event from a traditional café performance were Avery’s various comedic interludes between acts. Though he began the night with few words, by midway through the Stanford student performances, he was doing extended bits and riffing off of audi- ence members. His first routine consisted of a back- and-forth with several of the seated couples in which he riffed on various aspects of their relationships. Later, he invited a girl in a long-distance relationship onstage to tell her story in a hilarious, extended bit that ended with a sweet proclamation of long-distance love. Then, after the student acts were fin-

about appreciating our time with loved ones, written by the student in the wake of her father’s death. This first act set the tone for the stu- dent performances. From a duet between Lady Renaissance (Mia Shaw ’12) and Tyler Brooks ’14 reminis- cent of a collabora- tion between Drake and Nicki Minaj — in sound if not the- atricality — to a lovely poem called “Adoration” offering an unabashedly sen- timental portrait of its theme, the Stanford students offered reflections on the nature of love and its triumph. At



A perfect world would be full of deli- cious hole-in-the-wall restaurants, each tucked away on
A perfect world would be full of deli-
cious hole-in-the-wall restaurants,
each tucked away on some unas-
suming side street, waiting to be
discovered. In a place as pris-
tine (and often preten-
tious) as Palo Alto, find-
ing such an establishment
often seems impossible — many
places that, at first glance, appear to meet
the qualifications are priced in a way that
immediately disqualifies them.
Lotus Thai Bistro, a small, under-
stated eatery on California Ave., is the
exception to the rule.
Lotus Thai is every-
thing you could ever
want in a hole-in-the-
wall. Upon entering
the bistro, diners are
greeted from behind
the counter by the
restaurant’s chefs, who
are busy concocting
creative and awe-
inspiring curries. The
servers are consistently
welcoming and will
gladly accommodate special requests.
As a starter, I am always tempted
to order the fresh rolls. While fresh rolls
often linger on menus as the “healthy”
(read: boring) alternative to their fried
counterparts, Lotus Thai’s fresh rolls are as
delicious as they are nutritious. Filled with
an array of fresh and colorful ingredients,
it is as if each bite surprises you with a
new and exciting flavor. The rolls are
packed with tofu, mango, cilantro
and assorted crunchy vegeta-
bles and are topped with
seaweed salad. The sweet
and savory combination is
intriguing and pairs excellently
with the accompanying creamy,
wasabi-topped peanut sauce. My
fellow diner enjoyed the chicken satay
skewers, which were served with a delight-
ful sweet coconut peanut sauce. Another
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the vital stats
The Secret
World of
form an unlikely friendship founded upon a
shared sense of uncertainty toward the future;
she because her family may be among the last
remaining Borrowers and he because of his
poor health. When the vindictive housekeeper
“T he Secret World of
Arrietty,” the long-awaited
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winner is the refreshing “som tum” (green
papaya) salad.
My favorite entrée by far is the
pumpkin curry, a beautifully carved
squash filled with an assortment of veg-
etables, chicken or meat, according to the
diner’s own tastes. The curry sauce, which
pairs well with brown rice, is fiery and
addictive, begging diners to have just one
more bite.
At the end of the meal, a dish of
complimentary ice cream almost always
makes an appearance (and a welcome
appearance at that). In a college town that
often fails to bring students options that
are cheap yet tasty, Lotus Thai Bistro
serves as a reminder that although this
may not be a perfect world, there are still a
few hidden gems waiting to be found.
— rachel ZARROW
adaptation of Mary Norton’s popular chil-
dren’s story “The Borrowers” from Studio
Ghibli (“Spirited Away,”“Ponyo”), finally
received its North American release. Directed
by newcomer Hiromasa Yonebayashi from a
screenplay by legendary animator Hayao
Miyazaki, the film is a beautifully hand-drawn
and touchingly crafted coming-of-age story.
The 14-year-old Arrietty (Bridgit
Mendler) lives with her parents Pod and
Homily (voiced by real-life couple Will Arnett
and Amy Poehler) beneath the floorboards of
an old country house. As members of the
miniature Borrower race, they subsist on
items gleaned from their larger human coun-
terparts. But despite living right under the
humans’ noses, the Borrowers manage to
maintain a low profile; that is, until Shawn
(David Henrie), a sickly young man, comes to
rest up at the house before he must receive a
life-threatening operation.
Shawn spots Arrietty one night while she
is out on a borrowing mission, simultaneously
breaking the cardinal rule of her kind and
sparking a mutual curiosity between the two.
Against her parents’ will, Arrietty and Shawn
Hara (Carol Burnett) finds evidence of the
Borrowers’ secret existence, it is up to Shawn
and Arrietty to save her family.
As is always the case with Studio Ghibli
films, attention to detail is paramount. Each
painstakingly hand-illustrated frame is like its
own exquisite painting, creating a refreshing
contrast with the majority of contemporary,
digitized animation. From the Borrowers’
miniscule home to the country house’s lus-
cious garden, the sheer artistry is consistently
The dialogue seems to falter at times,
although whether this is merely a function of
the translation into English or an inherent
problem with the script is unclear. And
although the relationships between characters,
particularly Shawn and Arrietty, are fully
fleshed out, certain elements of the story
seemed forced — such as Hara’s sudden shift
toward villainy. The conclusion verges on
overly sentimental territory, but since this is a
trend within Ghibli films, perhaps some
things are merely lost in translation or across
cultural boundaries.
Despite the fact that Miyazaki wrote the
screenplay, “The Secret World of Arrietty” is
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argue that switching out Nathan, the manic character who had a tendency to overshadow everyone else in the first two seasons, for Rudy (whose really just a Nathan-lite to be honest) was actually a good idea for the show since it gave us another character whose growth we can hope for. But the original mis- fits are dropping like flies, and it’s going to get old fast seeing them replaced by almost iden- tical characters. When a show swaps out their entire cast, it’s a bold move. But phasing them out one by one makes “Misfits” feel more like a show that’s fizzling out — yet another case

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ous storm while doing community service, as well as the surprisingly unfortunate luck they have after the storm. But the comparisons are more than skin-deep; looking at “Misfits’” structure over the years reveals a lot of other parallels between the two shows.

Let’s start from the top: The first season of “Misfits” was a tightly-constructed, well- written character drama. The superpowers served the plot, not vice versa; they were tools to draw out each character’s strengths and insecurities and to drive them forward. At the beginning of the show, the characters were bad people; at the end of the first season well, let’s be honest, they were still bad people, but they had grown in measurable and believ- able ways. Then came the second season, and with it, the downward spiral that ended up defin- ing every season of “Heroes” after the first. The plots became incoherent; random recur- ring characters appeared from nowhere serv- ing no real purpose; and I don’t even want to talk about the nonsensical Christmas episode. To its credit, there was an excellent subplot about the mysterious “Superhoodie” that delved into the characters of Simon and Alisha, but even that become its own kind of problem as the forgone conclusion was dragged out all the way through season 3. The new season, which just recently fin- ished airing on Hulu, is somewhere in the middle of those two. It lacks the strong defi- nition that the first season had, but it’s defi- nitely a move in the right direction. I’d even

I f you imagined “Heroes,” but British and

“edgy,” then you’d end up with “Misfits,

a show that’s been made popular in

America thanks to Hulu bringing it across the pond last year. It’s about a group of young criminals who gain superpowers in a mysteri-

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seamlessly inserting pop culture references into his writing to add an extra level to the analysis and description. When describing a case of mistaken identity last season — one of the characters, Colin, was mistaken for his cousin, Ben — Clifton wrote, “Some people know that Colin is dating Serena, some peo-

ple don’t, but they’re not dating and Juliet is involved with Colin in a way that makes even less sense than before, and Ben is Glory

and/or Colin, and I

missed, but “Buffy” fans will recognize the reference from another case of mistaken identities, which was the subject of an entire

give up.” It’s easily

hilarious episode, when Spike had to con- stantly remind the others that “Ben is Glory”. And here on “Gossip Girl”, there was even a character named Ben. It’s just — perfect. While Clifton is unmatched in his abili- ty to cleverly call out stupidity, he is equally able to recognize when a show does some- thing right. He always rightly praises the crackling dialogue and fantastic on-screen chemistry between unlikely friends (and now lovers?) Dan and Blair. And his critical commentary is both incisive and insightful. In season three, he wrote an extended mini- essay about the complications of Jenny’s decision to lose her virginity, which delved into the complexities of the characters’ expe-

riences through the lens of Clifton’s own personal experiences. His fascination with the show’s themes of surveillance and public identity have led him to write some of the best commentary on what it is to be Serena, to have your beauty as your primary charac- teristic. This season, he started recapping CBS’s “The Good Wife,” a show that nobody in their right mind would call a guilty pleasure, and he still manages to provide hilarious satire and very thoughtful analysis of the show’s characters, themes, and direction. To read Clifton’s writing is to engage in a thought-provoking dialogue about televi- sion. It’s proof positive that, as Woody Allen

wrote in “Sleeper,” “Everything bad [i.e. tele- vision] is good for you.” Even if you’re con- vinced that you could never watch “Gossip Girl” in earnest, if you watch just one episode of season four supplemented with Clifton’s commentary, you could easily be convinced to watch it simply for the reward- ing recaps.

— alexandra HEENEY

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I t’s not often that I mark a

game’s release date on my

Google calendar. Besides

ames ind

chatting with my crew in the mess hall of the SSV Normandy.

That’s because Mass Effect

the fact that I tend to remem- ber them off-hand, they look a little silly next to all of my oh-so-important classes and appointments. But with Mass Effect 3, I can’t help it. There’s a little red bubble on March 6 that simply reads “THE BEGINNING OF THE END.” After playing the demo that came out earlier this week, I’m still more excited for Mass Effect 3 than any game this year. But that anticipation is tempered by an unexpect- ed realization. Before I get into that, I should back up a bit. When I say I’m obsessed with Mass Effect 3, I’m not just buying into the hype. Even if I put on blinders to the game’s massive mar- keting campaign, I’d still have to wake myself up from the occasional daydream where I’m

lends a powerful sense of personal ownership to each player’s story and, like no franchise before it, stretches that saga out from year to year and game to game. Like millions of other players, I’ve seen decisions from back in 2007, when the first game released, come back to haunt and reward me. I’ve lost good friends, made worse enemies and, of course, had romantic encounters with sexy aliens. And even if other players have walked a simi- lar path through the first two games, Mass Effect still makes my story feel like it’s all mine. After all that, I need to finish my story. Period. (If you can’t relate, imagine that it’s early 1983, you’re a massive sci-fi nerd and you’re waiting for Return of the Jedi to hit theaters. Then imagine that you actually had some

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control over how the final movie played out. It’s an agonizing wait, isn’t it?) Good thing, then, that BioWare & Electronic Arts threw me a bone last Tuesday. When the Mass Effect 3 demo went live, it was understandably something of an event for me. I immediately fired up my 360, downloaded the demo and shook out the

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tingles running down my spine when I boot- ed it up. Forty-five minutes later, I had finally gotten my first taste of “the beginning of the end.” With the demo over, I put the controller down and gathered my thoughts. My first reaction wasn’t what I would’ve predicted. Immediately, I wanted to play the demo again, but not just because it was an enter- taining appetizer for the full game. I wanted to see how it looked on my PC, and then on my PS3. I wondered how the new dodge and melee mechanics would feel with a keyboard or a DualShock, and I even played through the whole thing again with voice controls on Kinect. I checked which platforms I had old, saved Mass Effect files on, and I refreshed myself on methods for transferring saves between platforms. I even called up one of my best friends to see which platform he’d be playing the game on — after all, I wouldn’t want to miss out on co-op with him. By the end of the day, I had played the demo five times. Why all the fuss? With my eyes glazed over and an energy bar in hand, I wondered the same thing. I’d been waiting for this moment for such a long time, and even though I couldn’t stop playing, I wasn’t really enjoying it. The answer, I’ve realized, isn’t that the demo didn’t meet my expectations. In fact, I’m almost blindly assuming the final game will be excellent. But that belies a more subtle conflict, one I’ve never had before and that illuminates something about the way I play games. The game isn’t what worries me; it’s the way I experience it. After five years of waiting, I’m so caught up with the idea of a perfect ending to this trilogy — my trilogy — that I’m deathly afraid of playing through it in anything less than ideal conditions. It has to look as good as possible; I have to be playing with the controller most suited to the game-

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C arey Perloff’s

new play,

Higher”, is at

lacks flourish

its best when its leading lady, Elena Constantine (René Augesen) is the focus of attention. Elena is a successful archi- tect dealing realistically with the vicissitudes of being a successful career woman. She is middle-aged, childless, unmarried and in a relationship with another successful but ego- tistical architect, Michael (Andrew Polk). This, of course, makes Elena insecure, constantly seeking his approval without being able to admit it. They find themselves in competition for the same job to build a memorial, unaware that they are each other’s opposition. It’s gender politics at its best, even though Michael is such a scumbag and thus a some- what unfair example of a man. Perloff has also crafted some great scenes, emotionally, between father and son Michael and Isaac (Ben Kahre). They have the kind of tension that can only be built up through a lifetime of disappointments, when Michael chose his work and his ego over his family and Isaac. Isaac isn’t meek or weak; he’s an independent, grown man. Kahre beautifully bares the scars that Isaac carries from this relationship, which tend to surface through sarcasm. When Isaac and Elena are together onstage, both having been hurt by the same man, their shared damage makes them dyna-

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mite together. As Elena, René Augesen is a revelation. Like British actress Kristin Scott Thomas, her movements and her stillness always seem per- fectly natural, despite the almost complete lack of a set to ground her. She delivers all of her lines, even the very bad ones, with the conviction that makes us believe what she says unquestioningly. Unfortunately, there are too many clumsy, unnatural elements to the

script, the stage and the blocking. Augesen is caught in a play that can never live up to her own talent. For a play that relies so much on setting — on contrasting the cut-throat hustle and bustle of New York life with the meditative atmosphere of the land where the memorial is to be built in Israel — it’s a bold but bad

choice to leave the stage so devoid of setting. There is almost no furniture — no more than

a bed or a table and chairs — and no back-

drops of any kind: just the cold modern architecture of the blank set. Perhaps the attempt was to hint that Israel and America are not so different, but instead it left the play floating aimlessly. The stage also seems too big for the space, especially when it’s empty. When we see Concetta Tomei as Valerie, the chairwoman of the competition, gesticulating madly across

the stage, it looks like stilted over-acting. In a bigger or better-filled space, it might have seemed authentic, or at least less obtrusive. “Higher” tries too hard to be clever. Many lines are intended as epigrams, deliv- ered with the self-assurance that it will receive

a laugh, that you can find yourself accidental-

ly slipping into one; you feel gross afterward, when you realize it wasn’t actually funny.

Sometimes the jokes are stale, like poking at the bleakness of Israel. Some make no sense:

chocking up a character’s opacity to being Canadian. Some just don’t work. Worse, “Higher” fails in its attempt at philosophical depth: interrogating the pur- pose of memorials. The memorial in question

is for a bus of Jews that was bombed in Israel;

as a Greek, is Augesen inauthentic for tres- passing on their tragedy, memorializing their pain that is not her own? These questions do not unfold naturally; they feel as though they were inserted with little effort, almost as an afterthought to give the play depth. René Augesen may be an entrancing star, but she’s not enough to save this play from mediocrity.

— alexandra HEENEY

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ADVICE hours” or even “I like your curves on the midterms, I mean.” Roxy advises that
ADVICE hours” or even “I like your curves on the midterms, I mean.” Roxy advises that

hours” or even “I like your curves on the midterms, I mean.” Roxy advises that you remem- ber that grad students are a dif- ferent breed (unless they’re coterms, in which case they prob- ably wish they were still under- grads. Offer them the promise of an undergrad-like experience, and Roxy promises you’ll get an experi- ence of your own). For other grad students, bear in mind that they haven’t had fun in at least two years. It’s probably for the best that you don’t overwhelm them or you’ll never end up under them. As with other old people, things will probably have to move slower than you’re used to. Roxy wishes you the best on midterms and your, ahem, extracurricular pursuits. Good luck — this is one time you won’t be graded on a curve.

K now any TAs with underat-

tended office hours? Roxy

always comes. Invite her at




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R oxy would like to apologize

for her absence last week —

with midterms in full

swing, sometimes even Roxy runs out of stamina (only outside of the bedroom, of course). She knows many of you face the same prob- lem by mid-quarter: how to bal- ance work and play. Well, Roxy’s found a way to get the best of both worlds — TAs. Since you’re going to be spending all of your time at office hours and review sessions in the next few weeks, Roxy thinks you at least deserve a little extra credit. There may be plenty of grade infla-

tion at Stanford, but if you’re look- ing to get anything else inflated in the classroom, Roxy advises you study up. TAs at Stanford are a diverse group: undergrads, grad students, the ones who are so nerdy you wonder if they’ve ever been outside

a library or lecture hall, the ones who are only kind of nerdy

Undergrad TAs are an easier target,

if only because you’re more likely

to run into them at parties (if you

run into your grad TA at a frat party, Roxy suggests you set your

sights on someone else stat). But, as you might expect, Roxy prefers

it hard


After class or at office hours, Roxy likes to drop subtle (or not so subtle) hints. “This assignment is

so long and hard

really use some one-on-one office

so she goes after grad

” or “I could




much more in line with the stu- dio’s most recent works, contin- uing the trend of straightfor- ward children’s movies. Although the animator’s earlier projects, such as “Totoro” and “Princess Mononoke,” also tend to be categorized as chil- dren’s films, they possessed darker undertones that lent a certain complexity, which allowed for older and younger viewers to interpret different meanings. Perhaps this shift is indicative of Miyazaki’s perpet- ual promise to retire, but in the event that he finally does, we can rest assured that Studio Ghibli is in good hands with new talent like Yonebayashi to take the helm.

— misa SHIKUMA

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where the “Heroes” comparison holds strong. Despite its flaws, though, “Misfits” is a much stronger show throughout than “Heroes” ever was. It’s more grounded; even though it has flights of fancy (like that Christmas episode, or the third season episode where history is altered so the Nazis won WWII), they never last as long as “Heroes’” did. Alisha put it best in the third finale; the misfits aren’t superheroes. “All we’ve ever done is try to defend ourselves from every [person] who’s tried to kill us. We’ve done our best, and if you’ve got a problem with that, then fuck you!”

— aaron BRODER

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play; I need to import a character that made all the best decisions and kept all of his (or her) crewmates alive and loyal. God forbid my first play-through is anything less, or I won’t be getting the most out of this game I’ve waited so long for. You can’t make a first impression a second time, after all. It’s a bit ironic, perhaps, that I’m realizing all of this three weeks ahead of the game’s release. Like many self-insights, my very aware- ness of it is pushing me away from the attitude that generated it in the first place; I’m just going to sit down, play through the damn

place; I’m just going to sit down, play through the damn game and see what happens.

game and see what happens. But at the end of the day, that’s probably the best way to experience any game, isn’t it?

— nate ADAMS

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Pina in 3-D (Three
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