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Stanford undergraduates are well below national averages in all categories of tobacco use, ac- cording to results from the Core Alcohol and Drug Survey, a na- tionwide survey of alcohol and drug habits at colleges across the country. The survey indicated that Stanford was around 50 percent below national averages both in the number of students who had used tobacco in the last year and students who had ever used to- bacco. Chronic smoking, indicated by students who say they smoke three times or more per week, came in more than 83 percent below national averages at only 2.4 percent of survey respondents. “I was pleasantly surprised by the results of the study,” said Ralph Castro, director of the Of- fice of Alcohol Policy and Educa- tion (OAPE). OAPE adminis- tered the Core Survey to assess trends in alcohol use at Stanford. The survey, standardized nation- ally, also gathers data on use of to- bacco and other drugs. Providing a variety of data, the survey illustrated the perceptions of students toward tobacco as well as quantitative information about the frequency and locations of usage. Results of the study showed that 23.1 percent of stu- dents say they have used tobacco over the last year, compared with the national average of 48.3 per- cent. The numbers provided by the

survey may reflect on the culture of tobacco use at Stanford. “I think it is, in part, a reflec- tion of California and the tough restrictions on smoking in the Bay Area,” Castro said. “In many parts of California, there is no smoking in restaurants, bars and public spaces, based on city and country ordinances.From a policy standpoint, taxation on cigarettes that fund educational programs, educational services and public service announcements have made a real impact on smoking statistics in California.” The survey population also demonstrated that gender differ- ences might be a factor related to tobacco usage at Stanford. Over 80 percent of women said they never used tobacco, while only 68 percent of men reported similarly. Many students said that the smoking culture at Stanford is highly social, although not preva- lent. “It’s more of a social thing when I see people smoking,” said Salish Harrison ’13,a Peer Health Educator inArroyo.“Group wise, more men do it than women.Usu- ally when I see smokers, it is at night or at parties smoking out- side, and it’s normally when peo- ple are drunk that they smoke.” The Core Survey supported this perception — the highest cat- egory where people said they used tobacco was at private par- ties, followed closely by the sec- ond highest, in the home. “A lot of times alcohol and cig- arettes go together; there is a social

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Students gathered at Tresidder Union outside the office of Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman Monday morning to protest the lack of student input in deciding the future of Chi Theta Chi’s lease.


Protesters demand input as admins, alumni agree on two-year plan



Proclaiming that “we will not forget and we will not go quietly,” approximately 70 Chi Theta Chi (XOX) residents and members of the Stanford community marched on the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs (VPSA) on Monday morning in protest of the University’s deci- sion to terminate the house’s lease. Led by drums and bearing placards with slogans such as “Home is where the lease is,” pro- testers walked from XOX to the Tresidder Union office of Student Affairs, where they called on Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman to engage in a direct dialogue with residents about the house’s future. “We are distraught by the fail- ure of [University administra- tors] to acknowledge our repeat- ed attempts to demonstrate the value of our student-owned and managed community,” said Kelsey Grousbeck ’12, a XOX kitchen manager, reading from a statement signed by all XOX res-

idents and eating associates. XOX residents have ex- pressed concern in recent weeks at the lack of input they’ve been granted in ongoing negotiations between the University and the XOX Alumni Board, a sentiment echoed in the statement. Stanford officials voted to let XOX’s lease lapse for at least two years, during which time Stanford and XOX will jointly manage the house. “Since the announcement on February 8 to revoke Chi Theta Chi’s lease, the administration has failed to treat Chi Theta Chi’s residents as valued undergradu- ate students,” Grousbeck said. “The administration has demon- strated a lack of consideration for the character, creativity and fam- ily of Chi Theta Chi.” “I think that it’s important for students to have an outlet,” said Abel Allison ’08, president of the Alumni Board, in advance of the march. “Until recently, we hadn’t really been able to communicate the details of what’s being dis- cussed. I trust that they’ll be re- spectful.” Grousbeck argued that the in- troduction of joint oversight —

between the University and the Alumni Board — of the house for an interim period lasting “a minimum of two years” would jeopardize the house’s culture of independent living and the insti- tutional memory of that experi- ence among students. “Without the knowledge of the level of responsibility re- quired to run the house and main- tain our community values, the lease would fall into ineffective hands,” Grousbeck said. Residents also sought more immediate clarification by the University on issues identified as particularly pressing, such as the ability of the Alumni Board to re- tain control of the lease during the interim period, the ability of residents to continue to pay rent to the Alumni Board and the restoration of the lease by the time current sophomore resi- dents are seniors. The statement’s sentiments were echoed by Daniel Mattes ’12, kitchen manager at Enchant- ed Broccoli Forest. Mattes argued that the XOX lease issue has

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For many Stanford student- athletes, following their dreams into professional sports means making sacrifices. In particular, they must juggle a demanding ac- ademic schedule and an accelerat- ing athletic career. Many student-athletes make plans to graduate early or alter their schedules in order to pursue Olympic dreams or a professional sports career. Some athletes have to plan alternative class schedules — within University require- ments — to accommodate their professional sports schedules. These strains are especially prominent this spring, with sever- al Stanford students selected in the late-April NFL draft and par- ticipating in the upcoming sum- mer Olympics, along with other professional sports. Julia Landauer ’14, a hopeful professional racecar driver, fin- ished up her sophomore year early this past week in order to “pursue a racing opportunity” that she declined to disclose to The Daily. Landauer arranged to finish the 10-week spring quarter in less than six weeks by her own initia- tive. “Since about winter break, I

started contacting professors and looking into the curriculum to see if there were any classes I could take where the teachers would also work with me,” Landauer said. “I could only take classes with final papers and presenta- tions so I wouldn’t break the Honor Code by taking finals early.” Kristina Vaculik ’14, who will try out for the Canadian women’s

gymnastics team in June, had to miss time to compete almost im- mediately after arriving at the Farm. Vaculik missed three weeks of the fall quarter of her freshman year to compete in the World Championships.When she arrived back at Stanford, it was just in time for the first round of midterms. The Canadian women’s gym- nastics team qualified for the 2012

Summer Olympics in London, and Vaculik chose to defer her sopho- more year at Stanford and return home to train full-time. “I’ve always wanted to go to the Olympics,” Vaculik said. “That’s why I planned out my aca- demics and my sport the way I did.” Like Vaculik, many Olympic hopefuls arrange to take time away from Stanford to train or

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Aspiring professional racecar driver Julia Landauer is one of many student-athletes who juggle a budding pro- fessional career with a school schedule. Landauer arranged her coursework to finish this spring quarter early.

compete in addition to altering their schedules. Among them is Maria Korole- va ’12, who will be a member of the U.S. women’s Olympic syn- chronized swim team. Since joining the U.S. national team in 2007, Koroleva has spent her summers living and practicing with the team. This past year, she chose to postpone her graduation date, which would have been this June, to take the year away from classes to train full-time. “For synchro, you have to train with the team,” Koroleva said. “This year, the training location was in Indianapolis, so if you want to be on the team, you have to move.” After the Olympics, Koroleva plans to return to Stanford and graduate with a communication major. As difficult as it may be to han- dle a vigorous academic schedule and life as an athlete, the quarter system helps some athletes. Senior No. 1 tennis player Bradley Klahn used it to his ad- vantage at the onset of his junior year when he began working with his advisers at the Athletic Aca- demic Resource Center (AARC). For his final five quarters,

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The body of the Bing Concert Hall is largely formed. University officials said the concert hall, which will host professional and student perform- ances, is around 75 percent complete and will be finished in October.


BingConcertHallsite begins to take final form



The rising Bing Concert Hall, a project seeking to build a “world class performing arts center” ac- cording to signage near the site, has made significant progress this spring and is beginning to resem- ble its finished form. Located across Palm Drive from Cantor Arts Center, the concert hall is set to open in Fall 2012 with its first performances scheduled for Janu- ary 2013. “Construction is 75 percent complete,” said Maggie Burgett, project manager for the concert hall. “We will have substantial completion at the end of August.” Burgett said that final touches on the project will continue into October. The building consists of a tall, stucco cylinder with a square glass lobby surrounding it. According to Burgett, a metal trim will be added to some parts of the stucco cylinder to complete the building’s façade. The whole facility will ultimate- ly include a lobby, artist suites, a 2,300-square foot rehearsal hall, offices, practice rooms and storage space, in addition to the concert hall. Although construction will fin- ish around October, Burgett said the performances will not begin until January 2013 to allow time to tune the building and for the music department and Lively Arts pro- gram to move in. “The Bing Concert Hall will

feature a wide mix of program- ming in many different genres, in- cluding both visiting artists and student performers,” said Matthew Tiews, executive director of arts programs, in an email to The Daily. Acts scheduled for the 844-seat concert hall’s opening year include percussionist Glenn Kotche, cellist Yo-Yo Ma performing with pianist Kathryn Stott, and pianists Emanuel Ax and Jon Nakamatsu, according to the Stanford Report. “The hall will be high-use,” Bur- gett said, noting that the opening year acts are “typical of what will be presented” at the concert hall. Tiews said that the concert hall will also be available for some stu- dent groups. Performances will in- clude the Stanford Symphony Or- chestra, Symphonic Chorus and computer-based performers from Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). The hall represents part of a University effort to enhance arts programming. The Study of Un- dergraduate Education at Stan- ford (SUES) report even men- tioned the idea of creating an unof- ficial “arts district” on campus, using Cantor and Bing as anchors. Two more buildings planned to help define the arts district,theAn- derson Collection at Stanford and the McMurtry Art and Art History Building, will open in 2014 and 2015, respectively, near Bing Hall.

Contact Matt Bettonville at mbet- tonville@stanford.edu.


California Gov.Jerry Brown proposes $8.3 billion in spending cuts


California Governor Jerry Brown proposed heavy spending cuts Monday to compensate for the state’s $15.7 billion budget deficit. Brown’s proposal, which he presented at a press conference in Los Angeles, would cut $8.3 billion in state spending cuts to public sec- tor employee pay, social programs and prison spending. “I don’t like making additional cuts, and I recognize the impact they have on Californians,” Brown said in discussing the plan, accord- ing to The New York Times. “They are difficult — but necessary — in order to get us back on firm fiscal footing until California fully recov-

ers from the global economic re- cession.” The proposal would help negate the need for proposed cuts to California public schools, a topic of much debate, especially in the Bay Area. In early March, Stan- ford’s Occupy Meyer protest group traveled to UC-Berkeley to present an open letter at Berke- ley’s Occupy Education protest against state public education cuts. Brown has also proposed a quarter-cent sales tax hike and an additional tax on the wealthy known as the Millionaire Tax. On Monday, he said that these meas- ures, combined with his proposed spending cuts, would result in a 16 percent increase in state public school spending. The taxes, however, are hotly contested. Brown said that if the cuts pro- posed today do not pass, the state would have to cut $6 billion from funding for public schools.

— Matt Bettonville


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smoking attitude among young adults,” Castro said. “People say they smoke when they drink.” “As a former smoker, I wouldn’t say I often see students smoking throughout the day around campus, but at night there is a higher percent- age of people smoking,” Harrison said. “In terms of consumption, the order of popularity that I notice usu- ally goes cigarettes, hookah and then chewing tobacco. Hookah is definitely a more social activity.” Castro said that different popu- lations of students might have dif- ferent influences leading them to smoke. “A population in which I think smoking rates may be higher is the graduate student body,” Castro said. “My observation stems from the knowledge that there are high- er smoking rates in international countries, and we have large per- centage of international students from Europe, Asia and countries outside of the United States, and these students may be coming here with smoking habits.” Reflecting the low rates of to- bacco usage, there is limited access

to cigarettes on the Stanford cam- pus. “There are not that many places on campus to buy ciga- rettes; the only place close to the center of campus is the Valero gas station on Campus Drive,” said Ikshu Neithalath ’15. The low tobacco consumption results indicated by the Core Sur- vey also reflect a healthy culture among the Stanford population. “I have noticed a stigma about tobacco at Stanford,” Harrison said. “Stanford is a very health- minded campus, and people are very health-conscientious.” Stanford currently does not have a prominent anti-tobacco campaign, but Castro said that the survey, which will be administered every year from now on, will serve as a baseline against which to measure future trends. “We collected the data and are currently doing cursory analysis,” Castro said. “From there, we will develop education- al programs. The results of the February survey will be used as benchmark to move forward, but overall I am glad that students are making good choices as relat- ed to tobacco.”

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been symptomatic of more rigor- ous University oversight of the co-op community, leading to a “sense of constant suspense and fear” for co-op residents. “We stand in full support of Chi Theta Chi, and we find it deeply disturbing how the Uni- versity has handled this,” Mattes said. Boardman acknowledged that there are “a number of issues here which we need to go through” and offered to converse with a smaller number of resi- dents in private. “In the next few days, I will be reviewing and discussing this [statement] with my colleagues in Residential and Dining Enter- prises, which includes Housing, as well as my staff in Residential Education,” Boardman wrote later in an email to The Daily. “And, we’ll continue to meet with the Chi Theta Chi Alumni Board.” When his offer of a smaller

gathering was refused, however, Boardman returned to his office while protesters remained out- side to further express their dis- content with the lease issue. “The response was disap- pointing,” Grousbeck said after the event, noting that XOX resi- dent representatives had met with Boardman last week and had notified him in advance of the march. “We kind of thought he would have some response, even a prepared one.” “These are issues that extend beyond the 37 people in XOX,” said Autumn Burnes ’12, XOX resident assistant (RA), in thanking her fellow protesters for the turnout. “What you’re seeing here is an expression of frustration from students who feel excluded from the situa- tion.” After spending just over half an hour outside the office of Stu- dent Affairs, protesters gradually dispersed or returned to XOX. After the event, Boardman ac- knowledged that the lack of stu- dent input in ongoing negotia- tions was “understandably frus- trating” for XOX residents, but argued that the focus on the lease

— a legal document between the Alumni Board and the Universi- ty — meant student input had been harder to incorporate. “We are indeed making progress,” Boardman wrote. “In retrospect, we wish we had devel- oped a more open process that in- cluded the student voice in a more purposeful manner. Having said that, however, the Alumni Board has served, in my opinion, as strong advocates for the Chi Theta Chi community.” Alex Kindel ’14, a marcher and a former ASSU Senator, ex- pressed optimism about the de- gree of student involvement in the protests, but criticized the re- sponse by administrators. “I thought it was great that so many students from across cam- pus rolled out in support,” Kindel wrote in an email to The Daily. “To their credit, VPSA and Resi- dential Education officials did listen to student statements, but it was disappointing to me that they declined to participate in a con- versation with the gathered stu- dents.”

Contact Marshall Watkins at mt- watkins@stanford.edu.

to participate in a con- versation with the gathered stu- dents.” Contact Marshall Watkins at mt-
to participate in a con- versation with the gathered stu- dents.” Contact Marshall Watkins at mt-

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T he place where the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Vi- sual Arts now stands was once home to the Leland Stanford Jr. Museum. The museum was

founded in 1891, the same year as the Uni- versity,and opened to the public in 1894.It originally housed the artifacts that Leland Stanford Jr., the University’s namesake, collected in Europe before his death at age 15 of typhoid fever. The museum was hit by the 1906 earth- quake and later closed in 1945 following years of disuse, but the next year a com- mittee was established to rejuvenate the museum. Over time, the site branched out to incorporate holdings beyond Stan- ford’s initial collection. Eventually, the museum committee decided to look out- side of Stanford’s campus to receive addi- tional funds and direction. The external contributors recruited to revamp the museum’s direction and fi- nancial backing were Iris and Gerald B. Cantor, prominent art collectors and phi- lanthropists. “Iris and B. ‘Bernie’ Gerald Cantor, a successful financier and philanthropist, became serious collectors of Rodin sculp- tures after Mr. Cantor saw Rodin’s ‘Hand of God’ in a Madison Avenue gallery win- dow in 1947,” Patience Young, curator for education at Cantor, wrote in an email to The Daily. Young added that the Cantors’ collab- oration with Stanford University stemmed from a relationship with Albert Elsen, a professor of art history and ca- reer-long Rodin scholar. With their com- bined passion for the French sculptor, Elsen and the Cantors planned the Rodin Sculpture Garden that opened in 1985. In the late 1980s, the Stanford campus,

including the museum, was hit by the Loma Prieta earthquake, which caused significant damage to the building.

In a 1988 article,The Daily reported on

damage to the Stanford campus as a result of the earthquake. “Stanford and the surrounding area were rocked by an earthquake that meas-


pieces of artwork in the [museum] suf- fered major damage from the quake,”The Daily reported (“7.0 quake rocks Stan- ford,” Oct. 18, 1989).

A few days later,the museum also“suf-

fered major structural damage,”The Daily reported. The museum administrator at the time, Mary Drickey, added that the building was closed indefinitely (“Quake damage estimate placed at $160 million,” October 23, 1989). After the 1989 earthquake, Stanford and the supporting art community decid- ed to rescue the damaged museum build- ing and revive the institution. Tom Selig- man ’65, the John and Jill Freidenrich Di- rector of the Cantor Arts Center until his retirement in December 2011, was hired as the full-time director of the museum in 1991 and began fundraising to restore and add to the existing building. Young added that the Cantors were major donors to that campaign, and the renovated museum now bears their name.Many other funders were involved, and their names are displayed in the lobby and elsewhere around the galleries. Finally, in January 1999, the museum reopened to the public and showcased its new and more extensive exhibits. “The Stanford Art Museum, now known as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts, will re-open to the Stanford community and public this

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weekend,”The Daily reported.“The Uni- versity spent $36.8 million on the muse- um to undo damage done by the [Loma Prieta] earthquake” (“Museum reopens tomorrow,” Jan. 22, 1999). Young added that the museum prima- rily relies on gifts, bequests and long-term loans to attain works. Past exhibitions in- clude “The Photography of John Gut- mann: Culture Shock” (1999), “Fictional Worlds, Virtual Experiences: Storytelling and Computer Games” (2003) and “Col- lection Highlights from Europe 1500-

1800,Ancient Greece and Rome” (2010). Over the years, the museum itself has received increasingly more visitors due to its collections. Young estimated annual visitors at about 200,000. Anna Koster, Cantor head of commu- nications, added that about 20,000 of those visitors only visit the Rodin Sculp- ture Garden and never go inside. “This is the largest and most compre- hensive art museum between San Fran- cisco and Santa Barbara, so we draw a lot of visitors for many reasons, for formal study and for informal learning and for the simple pleasures of spending time browsing the galleries,”Young said. The museum’s exhibitions are made up of Cantor’s own pieces or are bor- rowed from other institutions. In mid-May, the museum will open its next big exhibition,titled“Central Nigeria Unmasked: Arts of the Benue River Val- ley.” Organized by the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the exhibit is currently traveling across the university art museum circuit. “Our exhibition schedules are usually planned some years into the future to allow each project to mature thoughtfully for our viewers,”Young said.

— Josee Smith

Snapshots of the Stanford Powwow

said. — Josee Smith Snapshots of the Stanford Powwow A couple dressed in Northern tradi- tional

A couple dressed in Northern tradi- tional dress for Stanford’s 41st annual Powwow, which was held for three days last weekend from May 11 to 13. The word powwow translates to “spiritual leader” in Narragansett, the language of the Narragansett tribe. Modern-day powwows generally in-

volve both Native Americans and non- Native Americans gathering together in celebration of Native American cul- ture. According to Layton Lamsam ’14, co-chair of Stanford Powwow, the event is one of “the top two or three major ones in the country and definitely the

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largest in the Bay Area.” “I am originally from Oklahoma, and I know people that come out here just for this event,” he said. “When people hear ‘Stanford Powwow,’ they know it. It has name recognition.”

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T he love story that blossomed between Herbert Hoover, class of 1895, who would become the 31st President of the United States, and Lou Henry, class of 1898, his future wife, while they were un-

dergraduates at Stanford is a classic example of sen- ior boy meets freshman girl — except the two did not meet at Full Moon on the Quad or at a Screw Your Roommate event. In fact,“screw your student” might be a more ac- curate description of their first date, as Herbert and Lou were set up on a date by their geology profes- sor. Herbert was a senior majoring in geology when he first met Lou in the office of John Branner, head of the Geology Department. “There was a sly twinkle in his eye as he [Dr. Branner] said:‘Miss Henry, this is my assistant, Her- bert Hoover. Hoover, this is Lou Henry, our first woman in the Geology Department,” reported the November/December 1904 issue of The Stanford Review magazine. At first, Herbert was not particularly interested in Lou, but it wasn’t long before Branner’s wife arranged for them to have lunch at her house. By the end of the luncheon, Lou had captured Her- bert’s heart. “His college habits began to change,” the maga- zine reported.“He even joined the callers waiting in the conspicuous Roble reception hall for their girls to answer the bells in the upstairs corridors.” Although both Lou and Herbert majored in ge- ology, Lou had a strong interest in natural history, Latin and English, while Herbert loved science and mathematics. In fact, the July 22, 1928 issue of The New York Times Magazine reported that Herbert did not pass his English exam until an hour before graduation. After they both graduated, Herbert and Lou married in 1899 before leaving for China, where Herbert would serve as the head engineer for Be- wick, Mooring & Co, a London mine management firm.The couple traveled the world until 1917, when Herbert was appointed to lead the U.S. Food Ad- ministration during World War I. Before the end of the war, the Hoovers commis- sioned Louis Christian Mullgardt, the architect of the Knoll, to design a home for them near the Stan- ford campus. However, Mullgardt publicized the job before the war was over, which led to the termi- nation of his contract because the Hoovers were worried that the publicity would suggest that Her- bert was not focusing his energies on the war effort but rather on the construction of his new home. After the war ended, the Hoovers returned to Palo Alto and convinced Arthur B. Clark, a Stan- ford art professor, to take on the role of architect. While Clark was the primary designer of the house, Lou also contributed her own ideas to the blue- prints and actively oversaw its construction. In a letter written to her friend Anna H. Rult in the years following World War I, Lou suggested that the Hoovers intended for their house to be built in a style that mirrored that of the rest of the Mission Revival architecture of the campus. “My husband and I had said we wanted this house to be a collection of rooms where we wanted them for living purposes, enclosed by plain wall sur- faces,” Lou wrote. “Of course in visioning the result before it was built, we felt that it was in decided har- mony with the architecture of the University on whose campus it sits.” Although the house, which finished in 1920, was the couple’s only permanent residence throughout their marriage, they only resided there for a short while before Herbert was appointed Secretary of Commerce under President-Elect Warren G. Hard- ing in 1921. Their family eventually moved back in 1932, after Hoover’s term as president ended. In 1944, after the death of his wife, Herbert deed- ed the house to the University as a home for profes- sors. It now serves as the private residence of the University president. Although more than half a century has passed since the Hoovers left the Stanford campus, the legacy of their presence can still be seen from miles away — literally — in the form of Hoover Tower, which was sponsored and founded by Herbert in 1919 to house his collection of war documents. The collection, renamed the Hoover War Library in 1922, eventually became the largest library in the world dealing in World War I memorabilia. The tower itself was completed in 1941, reaching a height of 285 feet, and grew to include documents from the interwar period, World War II and the Cold War. As evidenced by their architectural and institu- tional vestiges on campus, the Hoovers’ legacy — and love story — remain landmarks on the Farm.

— Stephanie Wang

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Who should feed the hungry?

C ourse syllabi do not often in-

clude the assignment to give

away $100,000, but when I

walked into Bruce Sievers’Theories of Civil Society, Philanthropy, and the Nonprofit Sector seven weeks ago, there it was. My classmates and I were thrilled,enthusiastic and a lit- tle nervous. We accepted the chal- lenge. We have since spent the quarter reviewing hundreds of nonprofits in the Bay Area. Our class has broken into four teams focusing on separate issue areas (not surprisingly,I ended up on the “Health and Environ- ment” team), each one crafting pseudo-mission statements, re- searching potential recipients and soliciting grant proposals. My team is beginning our first round of site visits and interviews today. It has been an eye-opening process.Simply scrolling through all 25 Bay Area organizations listed under “Food” on GreatNonprof- its.org gives one confidence in the power of civil society. When com- bined with the 68 nonprofits under “Environment” and the 67 organi- zations under “Health,” it’s clear that there are a lot of individuals in the Bay Area working for positive change.

The class has not focused solely on grants,however.Under the excit- ing announcement of our $100,000 assignment, the syllabus detailed a list of readings that would ground us in the theories and practices of civil society. Coming from Earth Sys- tems and walking into PoliSci 236, I was a little confused about what ex- actly“civil society”meant.The term has many rough synonyms, includ- ing “the independent sector,”“non- governmental organizations” and “the nonprofit world,” all of which served as labelers that I don’t find very fitting. The terms “charitable realm” and “voluntary service or- ganizations” impute a bit more meaning and value,but are still a bit confusing. The term “civil society” is inher- ently amorphous, but to me — and probably Professor Sievers, to whom this definition should really be credited — civil society embod- ies the realm of nonprofits, founda- tions and philanthropy,as well as the set of institutions and normative values that enable these entities’ ex- istences, namely protection of indi- vidual rights,freedom of expression, the rule of law, commitment to the common good and tolerance. The term is still up for debate, particularly as the lines between the government sector, the for-profit sector and the “third sector” (civil society) blur in America. The pur- poses and goals of civil society shim- mer in a mirage-like state, whereby many different actors can see differ- ent goals for a sector that operates at the confluence of private and public interests. One goal that is common-

of private and public interests. One goal that is common- Jenny Rempel ly mentioned, though not



ly mentioned, though not necessari-

ly agreed upon, is the concept that civil society organizations exist for the provision of public goods that would otherwise be unsupplied by the other two sectors. Judging from the sheer number of organizations working to ensure that individuals in the Bay Area are being fed, I’d say civil society has adopted food as an otherwise un- derprovided public good. Given that most of the 25 organizations under “Food” are food banks, this doesn’t seem too far-fetched.In fact, there are many neat civil society or- ganizations operating in the food sphere,although their size and fund- ing often limit their power to achieve change and guarantee food access. The very existence of this array of food and hunger-based nonprof- its reveals a sad fact: The U.S. gov- ernment does not view access to

food as a fundamental right. If it did, nonprofits wouldn’t be stumbling over each other to enter into the food sphere and ensure this basic public good. Further evidence that the gov- ernment does not view food access as a fundamental right came from the House Budget Committee last week.The GOP proposed reversing planned cuts to the Pentagon de- fense budget in favor of pushing 1.8 million people off of food stamps and removing school lunch subsi- dies for 280,000 children. Since the U.S. government does not view guaranteed food access as

a task that falls under its purview,

and since food is privatized in a for- profit sector that is complicated by government commodity payments, civil society organizations are left with the daunting task of ensuring that all Americans are fed. That’s a monumental undertaking. It is especially difficult because there is no oversight ensuring that nonprofits are pursuing this task equally and in all locations, and there are no guarantees that existing civil society organizations will oper- ate indefinitely into the future. If we view access to food as a fun- damental right, we cannot continue

to use civil society as a crutch for its

provision. The government must play a larger role. Until then, I will work hard to convince my classmates that food organizations are worthy of our funding money.

Have suggestions for that $100,000? Let Jenny know by emailing her at jrempel@stanford.edu.

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Let this be the end. Let all be forgiven.

L ast Wednesday, on the same

day President Obama gave

his personal endorsement of

same-sex marriage, an equally shocking tremor ran rampant through the punk music scene. Rolling Stone released a teaser story in which Tom Gabel, lead singer, guitarist and writer of the 15-year-strong Florida punk band Against Me! announced he was transgender. He has dealt with gender dysphoria and intends to begin living as a woman — Laura Jane Grace — by taking hor- mones and undergoing electroly- sis treatment and full sexual-reas- signment surgery. Imagine how this announce-

ment was received in the punk community, known for angry out- bursts and middle-finger respons- es — a community Gabel helped create. Many people have been very supportive, but the responses have run the spectrum. Many are confused, some betrayed, others malicious. Masked by the anonymity of the Internet, people have cast their judgment upon Gabel with every profanity and vulgarity possible. I’ll be honest: I was very con- fused when I read the preview ar- ticle. I haven’t had any close con- versations or relationships with

someone who is transgender (at least that I know of).I didn’t know about the controversy surround- ing gender identity disorder, de- bating how normative gender identities and roles actually are and whether cross-gender feel- ings and behaviors should be con- sidered a disorder. But most im- portantly, I didn’t understand the severity of the issue on a very per-

sonal level. “The cliche is that you’re a woman trapped in a man’s body, but it’s not that simple,” Gabel says of gender dysphoria in the ar- ticle. “It’s a feeling of detachment

from your body and from your- self.And it’s shitty, man. It’s really [freakin] shitty.” What may be more telling of the struggle is the final song “Full Clarity” on the band’s album “Searching for a Former Clarity,” in which Gabel sings, “Confess- ing childhood secrets of dressing up in women’s clothes/ compul- sions you never knew the reasons to/ Will everyone you ever meet or love/ be just a relationship based on a false presumption?” That album was released in 2005. It is now 2012.That’s seven whole years to live in torment and an- guish while the secrets that keep others from truly knowing you tear you up inside. Gabel reveals in the interview that the fear and misery of the situation caused him to develop an addiction to al- cohol and hard drugs at the age of 13. That sounds like hell.

I think, given how political the

conversation has become in the last couple years, it’s easy for those disconnected from the LGBT community to drown in the stats and figures and forget how truly personal and individual the difficulties are.And given that everyone I’ve met who has identi- fied with LGBT has, to some de-

gree, begun addressing the inter- nal tension and pain of secrecy, it’s easy to forget how severe that pain can be.

I have a friend I’ve known for

years and spent a great deal of time



with who recently revealed some se- crets relevant to this topic.And after hearing everything they went through over the last few years to get to a point where they could admit it to themselves and to others — the denial and disbelief, the fear and frustration — my only wish is that I could have been there with them through it all.That they would- n’t have had to go through it alone. I know that, for many, this issue

is a moral issue, and I don’t expect

anything I write here to be able to change your moral views, as I un- derstand they are grounded in a very personal part of your life. I’m not asking that you change these views but that you hold them in perspective. Because the opinions you casually throw out without a second thought can have lasting ef- fects on another person in a very deep way. Those words can be the keys that lock a person into self- isolation and the belief that he or she can never be his or herself be- cause it is wrong. You may believe a person’s

lifestyle is wrong according to your God, and there’s nothing I can do to change that. But what else do your choice of words and actions say about your god? That he wants to lock people in their silent de- spair? That his hatred justifies their outcast and mistreatment from so- ciety? I am a Christian, and that is not my God. My God desires free- dom and restoration for all, inde- pendent of “right” and “wrong.” My God is love.

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Klahn shouldered a heavy aca- demic schedule and stored up enough units to graduate with an economics major this past winter quarter and focus on tennis this spring. “There’s no shortcut for ath- letes,” Klahn said. “It’s difficult

for us, no question. Every student- athlete is intelligent and capable of handling the rigors of balanc- ing both [school and sports]. “ Klahn is looking to become a professional tennis player after he completes his final season with the Stanford tennis team. Many athletes said they find it

difficult to work with professors to find courses that both count toward

a degree and fit into a professional athlete’s schedule, which can vary widely depending on the sport.

Landauer said she had to start planning early to find a plausible schedule with her professors. “They appreciated the respon- sibility I was taking with my activ- ities, and I found three [classes] that worked for me and counted towards my major,” she said.“So I got pretty lucky with that one.” Landauer said she has found her sport and academic pursuits

complementary. Majoring in Sci- ence, Technology and Society (STS), Landauer plans to apply

her degree toward racing. “I’ll be able to tell by the time I’m 25 or 26 if it looks like I’ll make it or not,” Landauer contin- ued.“If so, fantastic! If not, I’ll uti- lize the skills I’ve learned at Stan- ford and from my Julia Landauer Racing brand development to go into the racing industry.” Many athletes agreed that the scheduling conflicts made their passion for their athletics even more apparent. Molly Kinsella ’12, who is

athletics even more apparent. Molly Kinsella ’12, who is IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily Maria Koroleva, above,

IAN GARCIA-DOTY/The Stanford Daily

Maria Koroleva, above, is one student-athlete balancing her professional commitments with her schoolwork. Koroleva postponed her graduation by a year in order to spend the year in Indianapolis, Ind., training for the 2012 Summer Olympics as a synchronized swimmer.

training for the U.S. women’s rugby team following the Stanford team’s national championship loss this weekend, is well aware of this reality.After her sophomore year, she made the switch from being a varsity track and field thrower to play lock on the Stanford women’s rugby team. “I think the culture is nice,” Kinsella said in reference to rugby. “The people who want to

be there are there, and I think that makes those few hours a lot more valuable.” Kinsella said that USA Rugby expects its players to take respon- sibility and commence the train- ing for the program on their own. “They [USA Rugby] are trying to do something new,” Kinsella said. “It’s called Eagle 365, and the idea is that you live every day

of your life with this goal of going

to the World Cup in 2014. They give you strength and condition- ing workouts, nutritionist access, mental imagery and a whole binder of information. The idea is really trying to make it workable for athletes.” The USA Rugby team and the Eagle 365 program are more in- dependent than many programs, but most professional sports pro- grams present huge time manage- ment difficulties to students. “It’s challenging, but definitely well worth it,” Klahn said of bal- ancing school and tennis. Likewise, Landauer said she is willing to make accommodations in the future to continue with racing. “The goal is to be able to make

a living from driving a race car,

whether it be in stock cars, formu- la cars, sports cars, production cars [or] sprint cars,” Landauer said. “Even school buses,”she added, jokingly.

Contact Antonio Ramirez at ajram


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Tom Taylor

Can’t we all justget along?

R eading Internet com- ments feels a little like watching a tabloid talk show. At first it seems that there might be a

valid point to the proceedings, that as adults we can maybe come to- gether and have a reasonable dis- cussion. But soon it descends into a battle of bigoted crazy talk. With the unaccountability of anonymity, and egged on by the general tone of other comments, people don’t hold anything back.Initially this can be a little amusing, until your mind starts to ache from the pure stupidi- ty of it all. Last week,after reading an inter- esting online column about the re- cent boom in television exposure of soccer in the United States, I kept reading and plowed headlong into the comments section below. Pretty soon a war had evolved; soccer fans making outlandishly ill-informed declarations about football, and very much vice-versa, too. A small band of peacemakers had bravely tried to bridge the ideological chasm, but their balanced and rea- sonable observations were lost under a flood of abuse. When I first set foot in Cardinal territory, I didn’t just have zero in- terest in American sports — I was stubbornly opposed to it. Even after turning my hand to writing about sports for The Daily, where I was surrounded by passionate Ameri- can sports fans, it took time to both like and understand these foreign games. Meeting my fellow beat writer for the 2009-10 women’s bas- ketball season for the first time, he asked me how familiar I already was with the team. I think he was at least a little taken aback by my admission that I wasn’t even that sure about most of the rules. I know I’ve written some pretty critical articles over the years about

Please see TAYLOR, page 6





On the heels of a dominant sweep over Washington a week ago, the Cardinal softball squad closed out the regular season this past weekend with an impressive series win over Utah on the road. The Cardinal (38-17, 11-13 Pac-12) was blanked by the Utes (28-28, 2-22) by a score of 6-0 in game one, but bounced back with a 9-1 blowout in the second game and a 12-9 victory in the series finale.With the road wins, Stanford wound up sixth in the highly com- petitive Pac-12 standings. Junior pitcher Teagan Gerhart was un- characteristically shaky on the mound early in Thursday’s game, as she allowed five earned runs despite a six-strikeout perform- ance. The Utah offense managed to inflict most of its damage in the bottom of the sec- ond inning by scoring five quick runs. The Stanford bats did not help Gerhart much either. Utah senior pitcher Generra Nielson dished out eight strikeouts and held the Cardinal to just four hits over seven complete innings. Senior catcher Maya Burns was the leader of an otherwise quiet offensive showing, going 2-for-3 at the plate. But the Utes could only hold off the Car- dinal for so long. In game two, the Cardinal’s bats exploded. Senior shortstop Ashley Hansen stole the show in the batters box, going 4-for-4 and matching her career-high for hits in a game. Just as impressive was the fact that Hansen hit her 18th career triple in the process, breaking a school record. The senior currently leads the Pac-12 in triples, with eight so far this season. Joining Hansen in the offensive showcase was freshman leftfielder Leah White, who hit a three-run homer in the top of the sixth that allowed Stanford to put away Utah for good. The dinger added to White’s already impressive rookie campaign by giving her a total of five home runs on the season. Fresh- man third baseman Hanna Winter also hit well at the leadoff spot, going 2-for-4. And the hitters behind her in the lineup certainly did their jobs, as five Cardinal hitters drove in one run or more. Freshman pitcher Nyree White’s domi- nant performance on the mound also proved to be critical in Stanford’s victory in game

also proved to be critical in Stanford’s victory in game MADELINE SIDES/The Stanford Daily Senior Ashley

MADELINE SIDES/The Stanford Daily

Senior Ashley Hansen (above) was her usual self in Stanford’s series victory over Utah. The dominant shortstop was electric at the plate, going a perfect 4-for-4 in game two against the Utes.

two.White, who played on the U.S. Junior Na-

tional Team this past summer, did not give up

a single walk or an earned run. The only run that the Utes scored came from a Cardinal

defensive error in the bottom of the first in- ning. The win improved White’s season record to 7-6 and set up the rubber match. In the decisive game three, the Stanford offense once again showed up in full force, and Utah’s Nielson could not limit the scor- ing the second time around. Hansen contin- ued her hot streak by hitting a home run and

a double along with scoring three runs and

driving in another pair. Matching Hansen, both White and junior second baseman Jenna Rich accounted for three RBI in the game. The Utes didn’t go down without putting up a tough fight, however. Utah put the pres- sure on Stanford right away by scoring in the first inning. On the mound, Gerhart pitched

4.2 innings in which she gave up six runs, but only one was earned. Nyree White came in to relieve Gerhart in the fifth despite pitch- ing six full innings the day before, but Ger- hart showed her toughness once again by re- entering the game in the sixth to pick up her second save of the season. With the regular season officially wrapped up, Stanford has set its eyes on the postseason after receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament two days ago. Post- season play is nothing new for the Cardinal, which is making its 15th consecutive appear- ance in the national tournament. The Cardi- nal will square off against Baylor (33-20) in Lafayette, La., in the opening round of the tournament on Friday.

Contact George Chen at gchen15@stanford. edu.

on Friday. Contact George Chen at gchen15@stanford. edu. Mosbacher Minute Uncovering Stanford baseball’s hiddengem

Mosbacher Minute

Uncovering Stanford baseball’s hiddengem



Jack Mosbacher was a member of the Stanford baseball team from 2008-2011. Each week, he’ll take a look at the Cardinal’s ups and downs on its road to the College World Series.

Historically, one of the things that has made Stanford unique has been its role as a temporary home for some of the world’s finest ath- letes. Indeed, it is through its schol- ar-athlete tradition that Stanford conclusively separates itself from Ivy League institutions, finding a way to sew the world’s greatest athletic department into the fabric of one of the great research univer- sities on the globe. It is, in my opin- ion, one of the main reasons why Stanford is such a special place. Every so often, a special Cardi- nal athlete distinguishes himself or herself from the rest.I would argue that we currently have one of those once-a-decade student-athletes in our midst — and most of us don’t even know it. If you were at Sunken Dia- mond this past weekend to watch No.17 Stanford cruise to an 8-3 vic- tory in the second leg of an eventu- al three-game sweep of unranked Washington State, you can proba- bly guess that I’m talking about Stanford’s do-it-all extraordinaire, junior Stephen Piscotty. Raised in the idyllic and aptly named Northern California town of Pleasanton (ranked No. 63 on CNN’s 2011 “Best Places to Live in America” list), Piscotty attended Amador Valley High School, where he excelled both as a pitch- er and a shortstop. Following his senior year, the Los Angeles Dodgers selected Piscotty in the 45th round of the 2009 draft but could not lure the intriguing prospect away from his commit- ment to Stanford. When he arrived at the Farm in September of 2010, he was just one of many exciting pieces of a star- studded group of newcomers, ranked by several publications as the top baseball recruiting class in the country.Though he had a good swing, a rifle for an arm and occa-

sionally showed flashes of bril- liance, few of us anticipated just how good Piscotty would become. After hitting .350 over nearly three seasons of brilliant baseball, he has proven himself to be one of the best offensive players on the Farm in the past decade. People outside of the Bay Area are taking notice as well: after winning the batting title in the prestigious Cape Cod Collegiate Baseball League last summer, Piscotty is projected to go in the first round of next month’s MLB draft. In a career of countless high- lights, however, I wouldn’t be sur- prised if this weekend’s perform- ance proves to be the most memo- rable performance of Piscotty’s al- ready-unforgettable career. On Saturday, in the second game of a must-win series, Piscotty went 3-for-3 and reached base in all five of his plate appearances, all the while pitching into the seventh in- ning and giving up only one run to collect the win in his first career start on the mound. Simply put, it was a performance unmatched by any in recent memory. In Little League and high school baseball,it is not uncommon for the best player on the team to be both the best pitcher and hitter on the team. That doesn’t happen in college, particularly not in the uber-competitive Pac-12 confer- ence. It appears that someone for- got to remind Piscotty that he is not in Little League anymore. At this level, one player isn’t supposed to win games single-handedly. Any great competitor wants to do whatever he or she can to help their team win a game.With Piscot- ty, the difference is that he can do whatever is needed to win a game. That’s what makes Piscotty so spe- cial: He matches a peerless com- petitiveness with unparalleled ability and does things that simply shouldn’t be done on a baseball field. Furthermore, in his time at Stanford, Piscotty has also devel- oped into the type of leader that every team needs. Quiet and re- served by nature, it’s not as though Stephen has turned into General

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Junior Stephen Piscotty has been a do-it-all player for the Card this season. The leftfielder and projected first- round MLB draft pick has shown off his full repertoire, most notably in several strong pitching performances.


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George Patton, but no one in the clubhouse or dugout speaks with more gravity and weight. More often than not, Piscotty lets his play do the talking, exhibiting the relentless effort, hustle and desire that has come to characterize Stanford baseball. Finally, the best part of Piscot- ty’s success is the man he is off of the field. Although no one is per- fect, he is about as close as it gets to a model human being. In every sense, he is a great reflection on our fine University — we are in- describably fortunate to have him in the Stanford family. Let this be your warning, folks:

Stephen Piscotty won’t be on the Farm much longer. Come June 4, Piscotty will undoubtedly hear his name called early in the 2012 MLB Draft. Do not miss out on watching, and maybe even meet- ing, one of Stanford’s hidden gems; I promise you won’t be dis- appointed.

Contact Jack Mosbacher at jack- mos@stanford.edu.

appointed. Contact Jack Mosbacher at jack- mos@stanford.edu. TAYLOR Continued from page 5 U.S. sports — and

appointed. Contact Jack Mosbacher at jack- mos@stanford.edu. TAYLOR Continued from page 5 U.S. sports — and
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U.S. sports — and received my fair share of abuse from readers — but over time my opinions have mel- lowed, and I even might have be- come a little Americanized. Last week a friend accused me of devel- oping a bit of a U.S. twang in my voice, and when I recently went out to buy a soccer ball, I came back with a football, too. Don’t get me wrong. However cool it may feel to hold a football in my hand, my fingers spread out, gripping the laces, getting ready to attempt a spiraling throw, it’ll never quite match the feeling of having a soccer ball at my feet. And standing shoulder-to-shoulder with fellow soccer supporters easily beats doing the same with football fans. My cul- tural connections to British sports will always run deeper than those to American ones. From the family ri- valry when my soccer team plays my brother’s to teasing my Welsh friend when England beats his home coun- try — though Wales somehow won the most recent encounter — to sit- ting down with my dad to watch some international cricket,those ex- periences can’t be beat. But I can still enjoy a dazzling play in football or basketball, and I am still willing to give baseball and hockey a chance. In fact, call it a sport and you’ve already got my at- tention. Maybe this is what it’s like to be a real sports fan. The complaints that both sides have are often real; neither sport achieves athletic perfection.During the four hours it takes to play a foot- ball game,there is relatively little ac-

tion on the field, and I can’t imagine many fans in the stadium would complain if a few seconds were shaved off each pause. Likewise, soccer games are generally low scoring affairs, and few supporters would be against their club playing a more attacking style. But both football and soccer are products of these characteristics. The breaks in action allow football players to recover and the plays to be far more explosive than they would otherwise be, and the fact that goals are difficult to score in soccer is not a negative thing. Sim- ply scoring more points doesn’t make a sport more worthy, or all baseball fans would be flocking to watch cricket. Cheating, the area in which soc- cer usually draws the most critics, is relative, too. Yes, soccer players do dive, and even the most hardened fan feels some embarrassment when they do. But, as the New Orleans Saints showed, football teams break the rules as well. And what is worse, pretending you got injured or delib- erately attempting to hurt someone? Neither strikes me as particularly courageous or honorable. There is a lot to get worked up about in the world of sports, from the highs of great games and cham- pionship finals to the lows of cheat- ing and corruption, but we should- n’t be fighting each other tooth and nail in some sort of xenophobic de- fense of our national pastimes. A great pass, be it from a quarter- back’s hand or a midfielder’s foot, should impress us all, no matter our backgrounds.

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