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The Stanford Daily

THURSDAY November 17, 2011

An Independent Publication

Volume 240 Issue 40

ResEd hiring policy changes

Spring class required of RAs, co-term students ineligible

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The most common medical services students use at Vaden Health Center include those for physical injuries, STI screening, contraception, skin problems, fatigue, allergies, stomach problems, eating disorders and asthma.

Vaden reports positive reviews

Tepper discusses student view of misdiagnoses
By ILEANA NAJARRO Vaden Health Center administrators said that the majority of its patient satisfaction surveys result in positive feedback; however, student response to the health center remains mixed. In spite of Vadens survey results, where were described by medical director Robyn Tepper, some students who spoke to The Daily said they associate dissatisfaction with, and sometimes a sense of stigma, surrounding the services Vaden offers. Others students felt positively about their experiences at Vaden. For Matt Hoang 14, students negative perceptions of Vaden may be a result of students failing to understand and appreciate the health centers limitations. Theyre what you would expect from student services, Hoang said. Theyre not very personal or engaging theyre just doing their jobs. Students kind of go in with . . . low expectations of Vaden, and thats kind of how I felt freshman year, said Danielle Rossoni 13, a Peer Health Educator (PHE) in Faisan. But for me, going through the PHE experience and being more involved with Vaden and actually knowing the resources and whats available there, I have a different perspective on it now. John Lassere 12 also responded positively when asked about his experiences at Vaden. For people who come from contexts where we have good insurance, some may not realize that Vaden is pretty good medical care that sees you pretty quickly and can really kind of take care of quite a lot for you, Lassere said.


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Residential Education (ResEd) announced changes to the student staff hiring process for the 2012-2013 academic year Monday. According to Jennifer Calvert, associate dean of ResEd, the changes to the new hiring process were in response to feedback from Resident Fellows (RFs), the Resident Assistant (RA) Advisory Board, student staff and the student body. Among the challenges prospective staff members faced last year was the different deadlines for RA, row manager and theme staff applications. The row manager application process had a later start date and an earlier deadline than both RA and theme staff applications.To ensure that prospective staff members are not forced to make a premature decision regarding which staff position to accept, all application and selection dates will coincide this year. We are committed to creating a user-friendly timeline that allows for flexibility in the process, but isnt overly taxing to our RF or student community, Calvert said in an email to The Daily. In addition to creating a consistent timeline across all staff applications,ResEd is also intro-

ducing a new master-match program for prospective staff. Last year, many houses wanted to consider certain prospective candidates for multiple positions.However,due to the different deadlines for each position, matching candidates to specific positions proved unfeasible. In the past, because manager and theme positions were matched with houses at a different time than RA positions, applicants were forced into a false choice, Calvert said. Opening up the ability to apply across positions creates a greater level of flexibility. The introduction of the master-match process has received positive responses from student staff and RFs. I think [the match process] gives staff more freedom to craft the best staff possible for the following year [by] choosing the individual staff members and where they will best fit on staff, said Sara Silberstein 12, an RA in Kairos. According to Christine Min Wotipka, an associate professor in the School of Education and the RF in EAST House, the new master-match process will help prospective staff members who have applied for multiple roles make an informed decision in choosing which position to ac-

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Human rights journalist shares insights

Rosenberg reflects on Guantanamo access

Gaieties takes the stage

Carol Rosenberg, recent recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for outstanding human rights reporting, spoke Wednesday and relayed some of her struggles covering events in Guantanamo Bay, where she has logged more time than any other reporter. Carol has been an important chronicler of the detainment of prisoners at Guantanamo, and she has important lessons to impart about that experience, said Jim Bettinger, director of the Knight Fellowship Program, a yearlong fellowship program that attracts seasoned journalists from around the world. Rosenberg discussed her reporting style, emphasizing that she employs a straightforward, wire service style in her writing, covering the basic facts of what happens on a dayto-day basis. People on the right read my stories, and people on the left read my stories; and they draw very different conclusions, she said. Rosenberg currently writes for The Miami Herald, which she said is the only paper that covers every hearing in Guantanamo. According to Rosenberg, the paper has a very clear reason for wanting to cover the events in Guantanamo. If they were going to make a prison and a court out of reach of the American people,were not going to

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Gaieties opened Wednesday night at Memorial Auditorium. Brendon Martin 13 directed the production titled, Leland Stanford Must Die,which marked Gaieties 100th anniversary. The play will show Thursday and Friday nights at 8:00 p.m., concluding the festivities of Big Game week.

Algorithm predicts cancer patient outcome

By MARSHALL WATKINS Stanford researchers recently developed a computer model capable of both analyzing microscopic breast cancer images and offering patients a prognosis with unprecedented accuracy and consistency. The Computational Pathologist system (CPath) is able to classify the types of cancer cells present in a patient and the level of aggression of the cells. The system also identifies key features in tumor tissue that may indicate chances of survival. The models computer analyses were a significant improvement in statistical accuracy over those carried out by human pathologists using the same data. Stanford researchers trained the computer model using tumor tissue images from 248 breast cancer patients whose survival data for the subsequent five years were known to the researchers. C-Path examined 6,642 features in the cancer image before independently identifying the most critical factors in determining survivability. The researchers then created a scoring system to predict patient outcome. C-Path also identified structural features in the tumor tissue images as more important than previously thought by pathologists in determining patient outcome. We built a model based on features of the stroma the microenvironment between cancer cells that was a stronger predictor of outcome than one built exclusively from features of [cancerous] epithelial cells, said Andrew


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PA judge dismisses union complaint

By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF On Tuesday, Chief Administrative Law Judge for the City of Palo Alto Shawn Cloughesy dismissed a complaint from the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) on behalf of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 1319. Palo Alto firefighters protested a new ballot measure that prevents Palo Alto police and firefighters from using outside arbitrators in the settlement of contractual disputes with the city. The PERB argued that the Palo Alto City Council violated Californias collective bargaining law. Palo Alto voters passed the measure in question, Measure D, with a 67.28 percent majority in the Nov. 8 election. Judge Cloughesy in his ruling stated that he dismissed the complaint because the City of Palo Alto had provided sufficient notice to Local 1319. Cloughesy indicated that the union had enough time to object to the new ballot measure, yet did not object to the ballot measure until the last minute. Local 1319 has 20 days to decide whether or not to appeal the decision and has yet to announce whether it intends to take action. Voters added the provision of binding arbitration to the City Charter in 1978, giving arbitrators the ability to make binding rulings when two parties reach an impasse on pay and benefit disputes. The move was attributed at the time as a method to counterbalance the fact that the citys firefighters and police officers do not have the right to strike. Palo Alto voters followed a statewide trend in passing Measure D early this month. Vallejo voters also repealed binding arbitration in June, while San Luis Obispo voters did so in August.
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than other data transmission devices. The new LED is able to transmit data at 10 billion bits per second. Jelena Vuckovic, an associate professor of electrical engineering, and Gary Shambat, a doctoral candidate in electrical engineering, were the lead researchers in developing the device. The LED functions as a singlemode device.By using a single wavelength, it resembles standard lasers used to transmit data, yet is able to perform similar tasks at a faster rate, using less energy by combining light transmission and modulation. Unlike another device Vuckovic produced earlier this year, this latest device can operate at room temperature, rendering it useful for commercial purposes and in answering the growing energy needs of the computer industry. Also unlike pre-existing devices that combined a laser and external modulator, Vuckovics latest production is a single device completing both tasks.
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cept. A few times we have had to scramble to fill vacant theme staff positions because most applicants accepted offers of RA positions, Wotipka said in an email to The Daily. Although Wotipka said she is excited for the new match process, she also noted that the change will diminish one benefit of the previous hiring process the ability to assemble a staff team with complementing skills and personalities. In addition to the changes to the staff selection process, co-terminal students will no longer be eligible to serve as dorm staff.While in the past co-term RAs were able to staff in upperclassmen dorms or Row houses, ResEd now requires that all applicants have another year of guaranteed housing at the time of application. ResEd cites the growing size of Stanfords incoming classes as the impetus for this new requirement. By limiting staff positions to undergraduates, ResEd hopes to reduce the number of unassigned undergraduate students during the draw process, according to the announcement. While unassigned students from last years draw were eventually given housing, many of these students were assigned to off-campus or graduate housing. This [new policy] will allow us to keep our commitment to the overall undergraduate population by giving students with guaranteed years remaining priority over those who have already taken advantage of this benefit, according to a prepared joint-statement ResEd staff wrote in an email to The Daily. While the new rules for RA eligibility may reduce the number of unassigned students during the draw process, Silberstein described the new policy as an unfortunate consequence of the housing shortage. As a first-year RA, I really feel that all of my fellow Row RAs who are co-terming this year have a lot to contribute to the training process and to the community of Row members, let alone to their houses and staff especially those who have RAed once or even twice before, Silberstein said. In addition to the changes listed above, ResEd will require RAs to enroll in a training class spring quarter. According to Calvert, ResEd

San Mateo imposes building regulations

By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to impose temporary regulations for building homes in the Stanford Weekend Acres Neighborhood.The new regulations will restrict the size of new homes by limiting the height, number of stories and floor space. The new restrictions were established in response to a residents proposal to build two homes on a 12,500 square foot lot. According to the new regulations, the maximum height of the homes will be limited to two stories instead of three. In addition, lots that are fewer than 5,000 square feet will be allowed a maximum of 2,800 square feet for floor space. Floor space for lots that exceed 5,000 square feet will be determined by a formula. According to Lennie Roberts, a representative for the Committee for Green Foothills, the majority of Stanford Weekend Acres residents support the new restrictions. The Board or Supervisors also placed a moratorium on new building permits for new or major remodels of single-family homes in the neighborhood in October.
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staff and RFs have been working for years to establish the RA class and are developing the courses curriculum, which will focus on the complexities of leadership and emotional intelligence. Our current training model allows for just a brief, cursory glance at these skills over an intensive timeline that does not lend itself to capacious learning, Calvert said. The RA class will allow for deep reflective thinking and the ability to practice skills. The spring-quarter course will most likely be two-units, and ResEd is currently working with the Bing Overseas Program (BOSP) to create a class option for RAs studying abroad spring quarter. Some RFs, RAs and prospective RAs appear to be responding positively to the new RA class requirement. I think a great part of being an RA is the RA community you join, said Tiffany Kung 13, who plans to apply this cycle to become an RA. Im definitely down to spend more time with people who love Stanford and am eager to be a part of the staff community. I think [the class is] a good thing

because [training] is not all crammed into such a short period, said Matthaeus Weinhardt 13, a Toyon RA.But on the other hand if people are taking it along with their other courses they might retain a lot less and forget a lot over the summer,he added,raising one concern about the new requirement. Some current staff take issue with the idea of a required transcript component to RA training. I feel strongly that making the two-unit course a requirement for the job is not the best direction to take, said Daniel Scott Smith 12, the RA of EAST House, in an email to The Daily. As I just checked my University bill, tuition is $13,350 per quarter. Does this mean that I am paying approximately $1,335 to be trained for a job? RAs are students primarily, and workers after that. As a prospective RA, I would consider this course potentially undermining my rights as both. Applications for student staff positions for the 2012-13 academic year will be made available on Nov.18 and will be due Jan. 17. Contact Marianne LeVine at

Engineers develop low-energy diode

By THE DAILY NEWS STAFF Researchers in the School of Engineering recently developed a new, ultrafast nanoscale light-emitting diode (LED) with the potential to transmit data using far less energy

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Beck, lead author of the study.The stromal model was as predictive as the model built from both stromal and epithelial features. Daphne Koller, a professor in the School of Engineering and the studys senior author, said in an email to The Daily that the studys results were surprising and significant because todays cancer grading scheme looks only at the cancer cells. This finding supports the emerging view that cancer isnt just a bunch of cells gone awry, but rather an entire ecosystem, she said. Beck, now an assistant professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, originally undertook the study as part of his post-doctoral work at Stanford. His research focused on the concept of prognosis through algorithm, which stemmed from collaboration with Koller. Becks experience in pathology, combined with Kollers expertise in machine learning and image analysis, allowed for the study to develop over a two-year period. The study confirmed its results using a validationset of data from 328 women. The nature of the subject material also complicated efforts to build the model.Among the challenges researchers faced was converting images to quantitative data. Beck noted that there remain several obstacles to deploying the computer model for clinical prognoses, but anticipated broader use of the model within a few years. He indicated the model should be tested with larger images than the microscopic tissue slides used in the study. Beck added that the algo-

rithm has to be able to adapt to the different tissue staining procedures used by different medical institutions. Another challenge remaining is the absence of lab standardization for the C-Path system. At the moment, researchers have to retrain the models epithelial and stromal tissue indicators when changing between data sets from institutions with different staining protocols. In the future, the researchers anticipate the model will be applied not only to other forms of cancer but also to other diseases. The self-teaching algorithm that CPath employs could train itself to respond to different training data and parameters and could thus formulate different predictions accordingly. One particularly exciting application is to train the model on a cohort of patients treated with a particular disease . . . and predict which patients will respond to the drug and which wont, Koller said. This would allow the system to be used directly in helping guide clinical care. By improving the accuracy and consistency of breast cancer prognoses, the model may allow doctors to make more informed decisions and to tailor treatments to the severity of the patients condition. While the model seemingly offers the possibility of advanced prognoses in areas traditionally devoid of expert medical coverage, researchers intend the system to act as a complement for pathologists. This [model] will never replace a pathologist, but will eventually emerge as a decision support tool, Beck said.It will be one that delivers improved information and results for doctors and patients everywhere. Contact Marshall Watkins at

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Scam School host Brian Brushwood teaches Stanford Chess Club magic tricks

t 6 p.m. in Tresidder Union on a cold Friday evening, members of the Stanford Chess Club crowded around a board, brows furrowed at the puzzle posed before them. The puzzle was this: place eight queens on a standard eight-by-eight chessboard such that no queen is able to attack another. The puzzle was posed by visiting magician Brian Brushwood, who looked on as eight Stanford students rose to the challenge, moving pieces around the board and drawing on their intellect and chess intuition to find the desired orientation. Their efforts were filmed by cameras and will eventually air as an episode of Brushwoods popular web series, Scam School. The premise of Scam School is to teach you scams to mess with your friends, get the girl and (of course) score a free drink, according to Brushwoods website. The puzzles posed by Brushwood to the chess team are challenging, and in a bar situation, would probably frustrate people enough to buy you a beer, Brushwood said. Halfway through filming the show, Brushwood demonstrated the Chess

ESP trick, announcing that he and a chess club member had been struck by radioactive lightning and gained the miraculous ability to read each others minds. While his co-conspirator looked away with his ears plugged, another chess player selected a piece and placed it into Brushwoods mug. Brushwood slammed the mug onto the chessboard and told his accomplice to turn around and take a guess. White rook! his accomplice said to the stunned disbelief of the other club members. Intellectual pursuits Chess should be encouraged so that students can develop analytical, mathematical and critical thinking skills, wrote chess club president Burjis Godrej 14 in an email to The Daily. Much of the challenge for club member Andrew Rodriguez 15 comes from figuring out what to do or exploring potential moves and their consequences. For Eric Thong 15, another club member, the biggest challenge in chess is coming up with a strategy to recover a losing position. In such a case, ones ability to weigh the risks of every move is compounded by the psychological burden of having to beat the odds. Brushwoods intense interest in chess emerged during his college years. The

heightened sensitivity to the opponents pieces and their position on the board, especially when one is at a disadvantage, is comparable to the situational awareness a magician must adopt when executing a trick, Brushwood said. A magician maps out these probabilities and possible audience reactions in the same way that a chess player maps out moves.According to Brushwood, having a chess players intuition aids him in his performance. It allows Brushwood himself to begin acts without having any idea how [hell] be proceeding, because he has enough tricks up his sleeve for every move and outcome. Unlike many magicians, Brushwood is always eager to explain his craft. For instance, the Chess ESP trick wasnt passed off without an explanation to the chess team. Brushwood even had Rodriguez and Parabal Singh 15 reenact the trick and read each others minds, giving them pointers about showmanship along the way. Brushwood attributed the reasons behind this teaching approach to the difficulties he faced in his early days as a magician. When I first started out with magic, it was hard to find tricks, Brushwood said. The shortage of magic tricks motivated Brushwood to spread his own knowledge. This open-source approach to magic can

capture an audience as much as a well-executed act, Brushwood argued. The last act The heart of Brushwoods final trick was in audience participation. Brushwood explained the classic ploy: a con man walks into a chess club and demands 10 simultaneous matches with the clubs 10 best players, knowing that he will win or draw in at least half of the games. The con mans trick is copying the moves made by one of his opponents playing white in a match against an opponent playing black, and vice versa. This manipulates the conmans opponents to play against each other rather than the con man. Brushwood gave away the trick from the outset, because he was interested to see if it would work in practice to see if a magician possessed enough talent in memory and situational awareness to pull it off. Chess player Elliott Liu 12 rose to the challenge. He managed to win or draw two of his four opponents, coolly meandering between chessboards and trash talking as he made his moves. Lius confidence in the last act came from discovering the best ways to execute the trick, combining his skill as a chess player with a magicians sense of show. Contact Justine Zhang at

ith his tweed jacket and tinted Ray-Ban glasses, Patrick Hunt makes a strong impression. An archaeologist by training, Hunt has traveled to digs around the world to deepen our understanding of the past. Still, his pursuits defy easy categorization when hes not excavating or teaching, Hunt keeps busy as a writer, composer, poet and art historian. At Stanford,Hunt is a lecturer in the Structured Liberal Education (SLE) program. Besides teaching classes in the anthropology and classics departments, Hunt is also the director of the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project,a research program that specializes in high-altitude excavations. Each summer, Hunt takes a group of Stanford students to Europe to retrace Hannibals crossing of the Alps. Even in his early years, Hunt had a strong passion for academia,even if it didnt translate into being a model student. As a boy in San Diego, Hunt had a complicated relationship with school. I was truant a lot, he said. But they always knew where to find me: in the library. A love for the written word inspired Hunt to write poetry and even invent several languages as a teenager. Hunt was introduced to archaeology when a family friend invited him to participate in a dig at the San Diego Museum of Man. That was where I first saw the disjunction between looking at a site today and imagining what it must have looked like 300 years ago, Hunt said. And that contrast really fired up my mind. I had these wild dreams about finding buried stuff, he added. These were literal dreams about a burial of a unit of Roman soldiers in my backyard. It was so real. I would jump out [of bed] in my bathrobe and go get a shovel to check. Music was another major influence in Hunts life, especially since his mother was a concert pianist. My brothers and I ended up being an a cappella singing group, and we did this quite a bit around Southern California, Hunt said. In high school, Hunt fell in love with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. It was like wax plugs fell out of my ears, he said.I would lie for hours in the dark, surrounded by Bach [in] stereo sound, and it was just incredible. Hunt briefly attended a music conservatory, but rebelled against the compositional rules that limited his creative freedom. Hunt recounted a time when one of his professors rejected a manuscript he had composed. He told me, Patrick, this is nothing but melody! Hunt said. And I just said, Thank you. Hunts compositions have been widely performed by professional ensembles in the United States and Europe. Hunt arrived at Stanford by an unconventional path. After finishing his Ph.D. at the

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This past summer, Patrick Hunt took a group of Stanford students to Europe to retrace Hannibals crossing of the Alps. He stands at the top of the Clapier-Savine Coche Pass at 8,500 feet, looking from France into Italy toward Turin.

A Renaissance mans wayward path

University College London Institute of Archaeology,Hunt moved to Berkeley,where he was involved in Near Eastern studies research. On a whim,Hunt wrote a letter to Stanford asking about open positions.Religious studies professor Lee Yearley forwarded the letter to the head of the Classics Department. Hunt was then invited to be a visiting lecturer, and he has been here ever since. That was complete luck, that somebody didnt put [my letter] in the trash pile,he said. These people [were] very open,kindhearted, really formidable scholars. Hunts enthusiasm for the humanities has also attracted attention outside academia: PBS and The History Channel have featured Hunt as an expert in their television documentaries. Recently, Hunt was filmed in Italy for a National Geographic special, Iceman Murder Mystery, which aired on Oct. 26. Hunt also maintains an active presence online. A few years ago, venture capitalists encouraged him to found Electrum Magazine, an online publication guided by the slogan Why the Past Matters. Now, his Silicon Valley patrons are seeking to expand the magazine. To Hunt, new technologies like the Internet enhance the humanities, rather than threatening them. [The Internet is] paperless, and it doesnt provide instant gratification, but it does provide instant dissemination, he said. Throughout his life, Hunt has never been afraid to defy convention. There have to be people willing to take the boundaries out and do something independent, he said. They have to be fearless or at least less fearful. Contact Chris Frederick at


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Stanford ROTCs future and the civil-military divide

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ne of the main justifications given by proponents of ROTCs return to Stanford was that an ROTC presence on campus would help to bridge the perceived divide between civilians and the military. Notwithstanding this aspiration, or last years decision by the Faculty Senate to invite ROTC back to campus, University officials now consider an ROTC return unlikely in the near future.The reasons for this are understandable and valid; military branches simply do not expect enough student participation in the ROTC program to justify its cost. Fiscal responsibility by the Pentagon, even though expenditure on a Stanford ROTC program would be vanishingly small in the context of U.S. military spending, is something all Americans can welcome and encourage. Nevertheless, the Universitys original goal of bolstering civil-military engagement can and should push forward through other means for the time being. Greater participation in ROTC, if it is to come, will have to follow other measures. Several alternatives to a full ROTC branch have already been floated, including Stanford-hosted ROTC events and Stanford-located ROTC courses conducted in partnership with other nearby universities.The University is also considering offering course credit for ROTC classes.These ideas could be complemented by courses open to all students dealing with present issues facing the U.S. military. The 2011 iteration of Stanfords Three Books program, which provides three books free of charge to incoming freshmen with opportunities for discussion and access to a panel featuring the authors,focused this year on the theme of war

ethics.Selection of this theme,chosen by political science professor Scott Sagan, represents a good first step in helping all students to consider the issue of war from many varying perspectives. The U.S. military, for its part, could do more to convince students at top universities that service through the ROTC is an option worthy of consideration. Otherwise, there will never be enough cadets at places like Stanford to make the time and energy necessary to build a strong presence worthwhile. There are likely many students who reject or do not consider an ROTC option simply because its offerings are not a salient or well known. This is not to endorse a military career above others,but merely to note that students may be unaware of their options. The debate over ROTCs return last year at Stanford proved to be one of the most divisive campus issues in recent memory. Some opposed engagement with the military as a matter of principle, while others objected on the basis of transgender equality. With news that the ROTC likely wont be coming to Stanford any time soon,some will likely ask whether last years seemingly endless melodrama was worth it.Whether or not one feels it was, and whether or not one is happy with the result, it was inarguably a good opportunity for all parties to air their opinions and participate in a rare dialogue about the role of the military in American society and on the Stanford campus. With nearly 3 million Americans serving in the military, Stanford would do well to make sure that this dialogue and the good that can come of it move forward in the future.

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How to be in a movie

recently experienced the uncomfortable situation of being forced to watch a below-average romantic comedy with a girl who had an above-average love and enthusiasm for below-average romantic comedies. (I stress, it was not a date.) As the credits rolled,she shouted,Ah! I wish my life were like a movie! Maybe it was because Im slowly turning into an elitist movie snob, or maybe its because I had just been subjected to watching the art of cinema be viciously tortured onscreen for the last 96 minutes, but my first thought was, No, you absolutely do not. That brings me to todays advice . . . DO: Live life like a movie. DOO-DOO: Live life like a Lifetime movie . . . Everyone wants the happy movie ending, but everyone seems to selectively forget the hour or two of hard

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work and pain and failure that the character endures leading up to the resolution.For the girl to get to make out with Ryan Gosling in the rain (or whatever actor doing whatever action in whatever manifestation of weather is hot stuff right now), she has to go through the pain of being left at the altar or cheated on by her fianc with her mother (I swear, I could write 50 romantic comedies in a week). We want the success without the

ave you ever tried to sneak up on a wild animal? Picture it: youre hiking in the forest and, all of a sudden, come across a deer.You stand stock still, trying not to scare it off, then take a tentative step forward. Its ears prick up, its head lifts, somehow sensing your presence. You pause, then inch closer. Closer. Then, bam! That deer practically flies off into the trees. Thats evolution for you. In order to survive, animals live in a constant state of watchful apprehensiveness. Their default state of scanning the environment and looking out for trouble is what kept them alive all these years.And for a gazelle, that underlying sense of fear is still a pretty great adaptation to avoid being gobbled up by a lion while grazing in the savannah. Fortunately, most of us no longer have to worry about impending doom on a daily basis unless youre biking through the Circle of Death. Unfortunately, that default survival mentality is still ingrained. Though we arent confronting fight or flight on a daily basis, our wired-to-worry human brain either creates imaginary problems or exaggerates the ones that actually do exist. Its a pretty exhausting way to live. No matter how good or bad a given situation, our minds tend to blow things out of proportion. But when we really stop and examine the actual present moment, virtually all of us are okay, even though it may not feel like it. Its only by projecting into the future (i.e. worrying) or ruminating on the past (i.e. regret) that we start to think were not. Of course, life isnt always rainbows and sunshine, but moment-tomoment, our core needs are met. Look around. Theres no civil war (unless you count Big Game), no bombs going off; youre not drowning. Right here, right now, you are okay. So what can we do to fight against a constant state of worry, negativity and self-doubt?

As trite as it sounds, it all comes back to the power of positive thinking. Our brain is like a sponge for negative thoughts. No matter how many things go right, all of our mental energy fixates on one that went wrong or could have gone better. When I was younger, Id judge my entire piano recital on the one passage that tripped me up. When my mom told me to think about all the notes I hit right, I would absolutely fume at her. Honestly, I thought it was a pile of coddling bullshit. But Im beginning to see the logic. We all have ownership of our lives. That includes problems we imagine, over-dramatize or that actually exist! There are ways that we can re-train our neural pathways to guard against the mental wear and tear that we too often put ourselves through. When you feel like the world is conspiring against you,take a step back into the present moment and acknowledge that you are still actually okay. And allow yourself to take in what positivity you can: maybe youre really down about not having a boyfriend or girlfriend, but dont just dismiss a friendly hug simply because you see the situation as black or white. Blanket statement: this is much easier said than done. How many of us want to pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and be glad the sun is shining when we just bombed a problem set, or the guy we like just asked out another girl? In the short run, playing the martyr may seem like the more appealing option. But in the long run, its like quicksand; it only leaves you more mired in negativity and depression. Too often, we wait for other people to save us when were the only ones who can choose to change our own mindset. Thats not to say that venting is wrong. Having emotions and needing to express them is part of what makes us human. But after a certain point, venting is only productive when you take charge of your abili-

I had to learn to rescue myself from well me.

ty to change a given situation. And that doesnt necessarily mean changing a given outcome. Sometimes, there is really nothing you can do to change things. But what you can always change is your perspective, the lens through which you perceive life. I had to learn to rescue myself from well me. Ive spent far too much time pretending everything is fine and then running off to cry in the corner, hoping that someone would miraculously swoop in and find me. I had to learn and am still learning! to reach out to people and let them know I needed help. We all face a similar choice. Chances are, there are things you know will make you feel better, if you allow yourself to feel better. Give yourself the medicine you need for positive thought: if you struggle with insecurity or rejection, reach out for friendship and love. Or, if youve never felt like you could stand on your own, fight for independence. Its one of the hardest things to do because it hits at our deepest psychological wounds, but it is within our power. And its something that we all can do in order to take ownership of the moment and feel a little better. Right here. Right now. Is this too much Pollyanna for you? Tell Leslie at


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According to Tepper, the most commonly used medical services among students are services for respiratory illnesses, physical injuries, STI screening, contraception, skin problems, fatigue, allergies, stomach problems, eating disorders and asthma.

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According to Tepper, Vaden follows the average schedule for most student health centers, which is three students per hour. Routine appointments typically last 20 minutes with five minutes for medical assistants to situate patients and perform standard procedures, like taking blood pressure or temperature. There are also 40-minute appointments for womens health exams and some physicals. These time frames, however, are not set in stone. If a student is particularly ill, we can keep them at Vaden for the entire day if we need to give them intravenous fluids or other supportive treatments, Tepper said. We try our best to see students the same day if possible. While some students have expressed concerns about misdiagnoses, Tepper said that Vaden has a way of handling such concerns when they occur. True misdiagnoses are not very common, but perceived misdiagnoses happen more frequently, Tepper said. Tepper stated that a common perceived misdiagnosis occurs when students come to Vaden with a sore throat or fever. In response, Vaden will initially screen for strep throat, as it is a treatable illness. If the test is negative and symptoms persist, students will return to Vaden and be tested for another illness like mononucleosis. If the test for mononucleosis returns positive, Tepper indicated that the situation may appear as a misdiagnosis. If the strep screen is negative

and the student continues to be ill, we will screen for mono, not because we can cure it, but because they may be sick for a long time and need support, Tepper said. So some may see this as a misdiagnosis . . . but it is routine medical practice. Lassere said he felt student perspectives on Vaden as a whole are fairly positive, but students seem to consider Vaden as formed by two entities: Vaden as a medical service and Vaden as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Lassere said he believes that students recognize Vaden medical services as essential, but that some students associate some stigma with CAPS. There is still kind of that stigma about therapy, Lassere said. Something Ive been seeing with my friends . . . is kind of a view of therapy as indicative as something wrong with you which is totally not true. Despite some student dissatisfaction with Vaden, Tepper indicated she and the director of CAPS are constantly and closely working on a quality program that includes digital appointment monitoring and oversees numerous details, including reviews by students treated in the Stanford emergency department. We work hard to insure that our delivery of care meets and exceeds accepted clinical guidelines, Tepper said. Contact Ileana Najarro at inajarro

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failures, the excitement without heartbreak, results without time or effort, self-awareness without honesty, redemption without humility, adventure without commitment,discovery without having to forget what we know, glory without being the underdog, intimacy without vulnerability and fundamental change without admitting our failure or relinquishing control. But how many movies do you know of in which the protagonist is always happy and behaves well and never gets in above his or her head? Or where the team that wins the championship doesnt have to work hard or overcome any obstacles? Or the guy gets the girl and the movie is just watching them live happily ever after? None. (Because those movies would suck and never get made.)

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And thats because the value of the resolution is wrapped up in the failures. Its the passion and perseverance that we admire, and that ultimately leads to fulfillment. Its when the stakes get raised from mere comfort to ultimate survival that we truly invest in the character; when their reward becomes our reward; when it becomes worthwhile. I believe our life would be more exciting and fulfilling if it were lived more like a movie. But it requires us to be willing to risk everything. Theres a scene at the beginning of the iconic 80s movie Say Anything (its the guy-in-a-trenchcoatholding-up-a-boombox movie) when John Cusacks lovable character responds to a friend deterring him from chasing after a girl for fear hell get hurt by shouting,I want to get hurt! Theres Inception, in which Leonardo DiCaprios character is willing to risk everything for what he values as most worthy reunion with his children. He is willing to enter into an adventure knowing he is fully committed and

can never opt out. There are huge lessons we can learn from the silver screen. We need to embrace vulnerability, take bold risks and be brutally honest with ourselves and others. Its a strange paradox that fictional characters can be more real and honest with other fictional characters than we can be with each other. This is not just a Stanford thing or a college thing; its an everyone thing. I think if we understood the value in failure, we wouldnt kill ourselves so much to avoid it. Not to mention, theres a value in true perseverance that would never be learned without failure. (What do we do when we fall off the horse? We get back on!Sorry, Maury. Im not a gymnast. Name the Movie!) Movie characters are able to undergo fundamental changes when they are willing to admit their failure and humbly start anew.They find adventure when they dont just accept, but

embrace their situation. They find forgiveness and redemption when they are willing to admit their faults, and they find glory when they acknowledge their faults, yet continue fighting. The best characters dont make decisions based on what is safe.They become so enamored by a person or goal or ideal that they are willing to let go of everything they have to pursue it. Nothing worth loving is safe to love. A truly captivating, influential and worthwhile life story requires risks and failures in careers, in relationships and in conception of the self and the higher the stakes, the better the story. Have you seen the romantic comedy in which the newspaper columnist gets a date with a beautiful girl when she responds to a piece he wrote? Chase hasnt either.You can change that with an email to for the costs of maintaining Guantanamo. There are a total of seven camps at the base, with 171 prisoners and 1,850 federal guards, and the base costs $149 million a year, according to Rosenberg. Eighty percent of the prisoners live in a communal setting, where they eat, pray and play sports together. In response to a question from the audience, Rosenberg described her emotional stance on reporting at the base. Its not the most fun job, she said.There is something very satisfying knowing the place as well as I do, but there is something very frustrating about going down there. Rosenberg also asserted that Guantanamo Bay is vastly misunderstood and that it is not the Guantanamo that people remember. The event, sponsored by the Bowen H. McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society series on Ethics and War, attracted around 50 people. I was expecting a more emotionally charged perspective, but we really saw how she covered the story as a journalist and was really impartial, said Taz George 12. I was also really impressed by her knowledge of the details of everyday life . . . she spent the last 10 years of her life there, so you could say shes the number one civilian expert for that area. Contact Armine Pilikian at arminep

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allow it to be out of the reach of American journalism, she said. Rosenberg described the conditions in Guantanamo for both prisoners and reporters. She indicated that although the conditions for the prisoners have been getting better, the conditions for reporters are still relatively the same. The problem with being a reporter there is you can only show the portion they allow you to show, she said. Rosenberg also complained of soldiers constantly listening over her shoulder, dictating the content of her stories and accessibility of her sources. Furthermore, Rosenberg stated that one of the greatest challenges of reporting in Guantanamo comes from the prisons ever-changing restrictions. You never know what youre allowed to see, she said. Rosenberg indicated that one result of the changing restrictions is that there are always new escorts for reporters. Still, Rosenberg said she did not have very much difficulty communicating with the guards and the prisoners about their experiences, which she found illuminating. Rosenberg expressed frustration that her team was unable to account

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Spelling out our shot at redemption

Fresh off last weekends disappointing loss to Washington, the Stanford womens volleyball team heads home for a pair of must-win matches against Oregon and Oregon State. The Cardinal currently sits three games back of conference-leading USC with just three games to play and needs to win out to have any hope of competing for the Pac-12 title. First up, No. 5 Stanford (20-5, 14-5 Pac12) faces a tough test in No. 15 Oregon (188, 11-7). The Ducks are currently tied with Washington for fifth in the conference, just two-and-a-half games back from fourthplace Stanford. A victory this Friday over the Card would make a huge statement and

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GAME NOTES: After a loss at Washington last weekend, Stanford needs to win out if it would like to capture the conference title for the first time since 2009, which came at the tail end of a four-year Pac10 championship streak.

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Its desperation time for sophomore defensive specialist Mary Ellen Luck and Stanford if they want to secure a Pac-12 title. The Cardinal will need to win out to even have a shot at tying first-place USC.

ell,that stunk.It turns out that the West Coast version of the Game of the Centurydidnt turn out exactly the way we planned it,either. On the whole,there just arent many good things to reflect on after the Cardinal football team fell flat on its face on Saturday. But now that Im past the shock/denial/pain/guilt/bargaining/depression phase of that game, its worth mulling over a few things before we fully move on to Big Game and those loathsome Cal Bears. This week,Ive given you a random smattering of things that stuck out to me this weekend,one for every letter of STANFORD. Just as my colleague Jacob Jaffe takes on the numerical side of things in his Stat on the Back column,Ill take on the alphabetical side of things.Lets get started,shall we? S is for Sky is falling.As in,it is not. Yes, I know that loss was brutal. But with two victories over Cal and Notre Dame,Stanford is pretty much assured of going to a BCS bowl. And even though the Fiesta Bowl and Phoenix are less fun than the National Championship and New Orleans, remember that two BCS bowls in two years is about all a fan could ask for. (That fact was the only thing that kept me out of the bottom of a big, noxious bottle this past Saturday night.) T is for The Heisman Trust.Andrew Luck, Superstar struggled to keep the offense in a groove this weekend, and theres reason to believe that his flat performance on the biggest stage of the year may have cost him his chance at the trophy. His performance wasnt exactly what Cardinal fans hoped for,but I dont

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Predicting postseason scenarios

tanford fans: weve had our four days to mope, weep,cry,scream,whatever.Now its time to take a realistic look at where Stanford is going to be headed this postseason.

highly likely (No. 6 Arkansas loses to LSU), two of them somewhat likely (No. 7 Clemson loses to No. 12 South Carolina, Oklahoma State loses to No. 5 Oklahoma), three of them somewhat unlikely (Oklahoma loses to No.22 Baylor, No.4 Oregon loses to USC or in the Pac-12 title game,No.3 Alabama loses to No.24 Auburn) and one of them basically impossible (Oklahoma State loses to 5-4 Iowa State). Gulp. Bowl: Rose Bowl,Jan.2,Pasadena,Calif. Chance of a Stanford bid: 9.9% How: Have faith, Stanford fans. The Cardinals easiest route to Pasadena finishing undefeated in conference play may be gone,but there are two highly plausible scenarios that would land Stanford in The Granddaddy of Them All, both of which require just one major upset. If Oregon loses to USC which is unranked due to sanctions but has been playing like a top-15 team and then falls to Oregon State in a rivalry game (which is always unpredictable),then the Cardinal would regain its North Division bid to the Pac-12 Championship Game and would be one win away from the Rose Bowl.Alternately, if Oregon wins out, Oklahoma State loses to Oklahoma and Alabama falls to Auburn, Oregon would be vaulted to the national title game and the Rose Bowl would,in all likelihood,replace the Ducks with Stanford. In other words,if Oregon wins out or loses twice,the Cardinal has a fighting chance. But if the Ducks only lose once, Stanford is out of luck.

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Above all,try and think back to just three years ago,when the Cardinal faithful was thrilled to be headed anywhere in late December or early January.But believe it or not,an elite bowl bid is much more likely than your gut might have told you on Saturday night.Lets start at the top,then:

Bowl: BCS National Championship Game, Jan. 9, New Orleans Chance of a Stanford bid: 0.1% How: First of all,whatever anyone in the media is saying, Stanford doeshave a chance of ending up in the national title game.There are three undefeated teams (No. 1 LSU, No. 2 Oklahoma State and No.11 Houston) left in the country,and eight one-loss schools in the top 10 that have a shot at threatening No. 9 Stanford in the standings.Assuming LSU by overwhelming consensus the best team in the country wins out, the seven other teams ahead of the Cardinal will have to end the season with two losses to guarantee Stanford a spot. With a win against overrated Notre Dame, Stanford would pass No. 8 Virginia Tech by the end of the season.As for the rest of the top-10 schools,the most likely scenario requires seven games to go in Stanfords favor: one of them

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Bowl: Fiesta Bowl,Jan.2,Glendale, Ariz. Chance of a Stanford bid: 60% How: Dont book your flights yet, but I hear Arizona is pretty nice in early January. This is where things get confusing,all champion Oklahoma State with Oklahoma. In other words, Stanford will be the top at-large team available when all the traditional conference roles have been filled. This year, the Fiesta Bowl gets to choose from the at-large teams before the Sugar or Orange, which is why Stanford is almost certainly going to end up in Glendale if it doesnt make it to the title game or Rose Bowl. This would set up a rematch of the 2009 Sun Bowl,which the Sooners won 31-27. Bowl: Sugar Bowl, Jan. 3, New Orleans Chance of a Stanford bid: 10% How: If the Fiesta Bowl decides to pass on the Card. Bowl: Orange Bowl,Jan.4,Miami Chance of a Stanford bid: 5% How: If the Sugar Bowl decides to pass on the Card. Virginia Tech can knock off Clemson in the ACC title game to set up a rematch of Stanfords 40-12 win in Miami last season. Bowl: Alamo Bowl, Dec. 29, San Antonio Chance of a Stanford bid: 15% How: There is one other scenario that weve been carefully trying to push aside. All the above bowl possibilities assume the Cardinal wins out, but if Stanford loses against either Cal or Notre Dame or, God forbid, both then an at-large BCS bid is pretty much out of the question. Even if the Cardinal ends the season with three straight losses, it would still finish with more wins than any Pac12 team besides Oregon or USC which, remember, is excluded from postseason play this year due to NCAA sanctions. Thus, Stanford would be dropped into the best available bowl associated with the Pac-12: the Alamo Bowl. And, those, my friends, are the six possible destinations for Stanford this winter. The Oregon loss put a big damper on the top of this list, but its not too shabby nonetheless. Joseph Beyda hasnt slept since Sunday after spending the last 72 hours deleting videos of The Playon his Facebook wall posted by his Cal friendsin anticipation of Big Game. Cheer him up with videos of Stanfords 56 wins in the series at


If Oregon wins out or loses twice, Stanford has a fighting chance [to go to the Rose Bowl].
you BCS newcomers. The four BCS bowls besides the title game Rose,Fiesta, Orange and Sugar will always include the conference champions of the one (or, in the Rose Bowls case, two) conference(s) traditionally associated with that bowl,unlessthat team is in the title game, in which case the nextbest team in the conference is usually selected (with some exceptions) if,and only if,that team has enough wins and a strong enough ranking to be eligible for an at-large bid.In other words,after all is said and done,there will be at least three at-large bids available after the dust settles: one each in the Fiesta, Orange and Sugar. Assuming everyone holds serve in the top 10 and no upsets benefit Stanford, the Cardinal will finish No. 6 overall, since Oklahoma State-Oklahoma, LSU-Arkansas and ClemsonVirginia Tech will all play each other in either regular-season or conference-championship settings. Four of five teams ahead of Stanford will each receive automatic bids, Alabama is bound to replace SEC-champion LSU in the Sugar Bowl, and the Fiesta Bowl will likely replace Big-12-

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Redshirt senior driver Ryan Kent has seen three Stanford wins in the Big Splash over his career. This years showdown with Cal is as important as ever and will put the winner in a good position for an at-large NCAA bid.



The No. 4 Stanford mens water polo team will take on rival California in the annual Big Splash this Saturday at 5:15 p.m. Both teams are looking to improve on their

Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Tournament seeding and bolster their chances of receiving the NCAA Championships atlarge bid. Saturdays game is the regular season finale for both teams, and there are postseason implications

galore. No. 3 Cal (19-3, 6-1 MPSF) is currently second in the conference while Stanford (18-4, 5-2) is fourth, with the final regular season standings determining the seeding for the MPSF Tournament.

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Missed chances define campaign


After an action-packed couple of weeks that saw the Stanford mens soccer team dismantle and blow out a ranked opponent, lose heavily to the conference champions on Senior Day and shut out and dominate its fiercest rivals on the road in the last game of the season all before its coach of 11 years resigned the Cardinal now goes into hibernation for the winter. Thats not to say that the players will be slacking off; but after an intense (albeit shortened) season, its time to take a little break, eat some turkey and ace those finals. The Cardinal got off to a slow start in the opening stages of the season back in late August and early September. After dropping the season opener to Santa Clara, the team lost back-to-back road games on the East Coast against current No. 5 Maryland and Georgetown.The subsequent five games were played at home in Laird Q. Cagan Stadium, where the Cardinal notched convincing wins against then-No. 15 Kentucky and Vermont as well as a savory shutout of Harvard,which came in front of an elated sell-out crowd of nearly 2,000 during New Student Orientation week. These triumphs were, however, disrupted by a surprising loss to Lehigh and a close match against San Francisco that ended in a draw. Sitting with a mediocre 3-4-1 record at the halfway point of the season, having trouble finding the back of the net on the road and performing below the lofty standard fans have come to expect of Stanfords athletic teams, the Cardinal was certainly not looking like the contender for an NCAA Tournament berth that it hoped to be.Junior defender Hunter Gorskie admits that the team had mixed feelings going into the second half of the season. Thinking back, youre 3-4-1 out of the conference, which isnt ideal; you want to have a winning record going into conference play, Gorskie said. But we were coming off two great wins against Vermont and Har-

vard, teams we had gone down to away last year. Those are matches that feel really good to win for redemption reasons, and they boost morale, so we were pretty confident going into the SoCal games. So the Card traveled south riding a high wave of confidence and momentum that naturally ensues from back-to-back victories at home. Ranked opponents UCLA and San Diego State proved tough competition,though,as the Cardinal was shut out in both games and blanked on the road yet again. Gorskie underlines that the team wasnt wasting too much energy on the goal drought, however. We didnt really think about it, he said. We were just going out and trying to play well, and it just wasnt working for us for a while. We were playing well, though, and knew that the goals would come. Broken and beaten, the team returned to Stanford for games against Cal,Washington and Oregon State.A stellar free kick from junior forward Adam Jahn was enough to seal a close 1-1 draw against the arch-rival Bears, and the Cardinal picked up a split while hosting teams from the Northwest the Huskies proved too fierce while the Beavers got their teeth kicked in. A road trip up the Pacific Coast for rematches the subsequent weekend would yield little in terms of points, as the Cardinal was swept and any postseason aspirations were shattered. But a small light at the end of the tunnel could be found in Taylor Ammans goal against the Huskies the Cards first away goal of the season which set up an interesting backdrop for the seasons last away game at Berkeley. The Cardinal then turned its attention to seeking revenge against the Southern California teams in Stanfords last few home games of the season. An outpouring of Cardinal goals saw San Diego State come down hard to an uncharacteristically well-playing Stanford outfit in a 4-1 blowout win at Cagan Stadium perhaps the Cardinals biggest upset of the season.A tough loss to Pac-12 champion UCLA on Senior Day put a dent in the pride of some of the seniors, yet they would soon redeem themselves.

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Although the top four teams have beaten each other all year long, current conference leader USC (19-2, 7-0) has emerged as the clear favorite to repeat as MPSF and NCAA champion.The Trojans have a crucial season finale as well, against co-No. 1 UCLA (19-3, 5-1), which is currently tied with Cal for second in the MPSF. If USC wins that game and Stanford beats Cal, there will be a three-way tie for second place in the MPSF, with goal differential being the tiebreaker. The three second-place teams would also be the frontrunners for the at-large bid to the four-team NCAA Tournament, should none of them win the MPSF Tournament and take the automatic bid that accompanies the trophy. USC is the favorite, said senior utility Peter Sefton, but if they win the MPSF tournament, the atlarge bid is up for grabs. A Stanford win in the Big Splash and a trip to the MPSF Fi-

nals would make the Cardinal the most logical choice for the at-large bid to NCAAs, but that is much easier said than done. Senior driver Alex Avery knows from experience how hard it is to win the eightteam MPSF Tournament, where last year Stanford fell short in the finals against the Trojans. You are pretty much guaranteed to have three tough games because all eight teams are good this year, Avery said. In fact, the nine teams in the MPSF are currently ranked No. 1 to No. 9 nationally. Winning the Big Splash will be no easy task, either. Stanfords Avery Aquatic Center will surely be sold out, as fans from both teams are eager to see this seasons rubber match. Stanford and Cal have already met twice this season, both times in early non-conference tournaments. California took the first meeting 8-7 in the third-place game of the NorCal Invitational. Stanford avenged that loss two weeks later in a 10-9 overtime battle to win the SoCal Tournament championship. With both earlier meetings being so close, neither team seems to have a real edge going into this

weekend. Stanford hopes that recent history does not repeat itself, however; the Cardinal had also split its first two meetings of the season with USC at those same tournaments, but the Trojans easily handled Stanford 8-4 in their conference meeting last month. The Big Splash looks to be a battle of strengths, with the Bears potent offense going up against the stingy Stanford defense. California sits atop the MPSF in offense, averaging 12.5 goals a game, while Stanfords defense in second in the league, allowing only 5.41 goals per game. Saturdays contest may well come down to which teams go-to scorer can have the bigger impact. Cal senior driver Ivan Rackov is the MPSFs leading scorer with 2.95 goals per game (62 overall). Stanford true freshman Alex Bowen is not far behind him, averaging 2.52 goals per game (53 total) and ranking third in the league. Stanford hosts the Bears at Avery Aquatic Center at 5:15 p.m. Saturday night. Contact David Perez at davidp3@

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Midfielder Clayton Holz and his fellow seniors had a strong final season, but the Cardinal still posted a losing record and a fourth-place finish in the Pac12. Also leaving the team is head coach Bret Simon, who resigned Tuesday.

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Last weekend, on the last day of the season, the Cardinal rolled over Cal in a match that saw freshman forward Zach Batteer, senior midfielder Garrett Gunther and Jahn each grab a goal in the decisive victory. After the game, Gunther and Jahn respectively won All-Pac-12 first team and second team honors. Gunther finished the season as the teams top scorer with five goals and two assists for 12 points, two ahead of Jahns 10.When asked to summarize the season, which ended with the Cardinal (6-10-2, 3-6-1 Pac-12) placed fourth in the Pac-12, co-cap-

tain Gorskie seemed disappointed but optimistic. Result-wise, I think it wasnt good enough for a Stanford team, he said.Were always talking about getting results, winning games and representing the program as one of the top ones in the Pac-12. In that sense it was a tough year. We came up way short of our goals, and that is unacceptable. That being said, I think there were definitely times in the season where if the ball had bounced our way things could have turned out very differently, Gorskie added. I have a good feeling about next season; well keep plowing forward. Which way the ball bounces next year remains to be seen. Contact Torstein Hoset at thoset91@

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ers? I bet Phil Knight has a hand in the Ducks near-perfect traction . . . N is for No more field goals, please. Eric Whitakers 48-yard field goal attempt in the third quarter was easily 25 yards wide of the target you could hear everyone in the stadium thinking to themselves,Juuust a bit outside which gave an otherwise awful kick a little sense of levity. F is for Field goals, again. All jokes aside, what was head coach David Shaw thinking when he decided to kick that field goal? Earlier in the week, Shaw said that time of possession plus touchdowns is what you needed to beat Oregon.And then he elects to attempt a low-percentage kick after Oregon got a touchdown on a fourth down earlier in the game? Something aint right with that. O is for Offensive records.With just four more touchdown passes,Andrew Luck (74) will pass John Elway (77) for the most touchdown tosses in Stanford history and set a new single-season record for most touchdown passes.Just something to consider these next two weeks will the Cardinal throw more often in the red zone in order to etch Lucks name a little deeper into the record book and bolster his Heisman campaign? Stay tuned. R is for Rebound. This weekend against Cal,Andrew Luck will be trying to rebound from a loss for just the sixth time in his career. In his time on the Farm, Luck is 4-1 when coming off a loss. If this pattern holds true, it looks like the Bears might be in for a long night on Saturday. D is for Defensive showdown. In years past, Cal has always had a major offensive threat Aaron Rodgers, DeSean Jackson, Jahvid Best but this year, the Bears have a no-name defense that has put up the best stats in the conference.Cal is first in the Pac-12 in total defense and pass defense,allowing fewer than 200 yards per game through the air. Does this spell trouble for the Cardinal again this weekend? I sure hope not I dont think I can take another weekend like the last one. Jack Blanchat is thrilled to be your Official Resident Educator on Games Of Note (OREGON) for Stanford football this season. Help him think of other unfortunate titles at or follow him on Twitter @jmblanchat.

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think his chances are up in smoke yet. His main competitor, Oklahoma State senior quarterback Brandon Weeden, still has a major test against Oklahoma coming up in two weeks, which means its far too early to count the neck-beard out.(As an interesting side-note,Lucks completion percentage, QB rating and passing yards per attempt are all down slightly this year. Seems crazy to think that his stats were better last year,right?) A is for Aquatic misadventures.For some reason,the slick turf was a gamechanger for the Cardinal,which had serious trouble staying upright on Saturday. This particularly seemed to afflict Levine Toilolo, whose legs mysteriously flipped out from under him every time the football touched his fingertips, much like the famous fainting goats that fall over whenever they are startled. Did they forget to turn the sprinklers off the night before the game? More importantly, why did the water seem to only affect the Stanford play-


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help propel Oregon into the Pac-12 elite. The last meeting between the two teams resulted in a 3-1 Stanford victory at Oregon, and Stanford would like to replicate the feat in front of its home crowd. The key to victory for the Cardinal will be containing the powerful Duck offense. The Ducks rank behind just conference-leading USC in both kills and assists, riding one of the strongest outsider hitter-setter combos in the league. Redshirt junior outside hitter Alaina Bergsma is second in the conference with 4.61 kills per set, while sophomore setter Lauren Plum ranks second in the Pac-12 with 11.77 assists per set. In the last meeting between the two teams, Bergsma lit up the Cardinal defense for a match-high 26 kills, while Plum posted a double-double with 47 assists and 17 digs. Keeping this dynamic duo in check will instrumental for a Stanford victory. On Sunday, Stanford will face Oregon State (14-14, 6-12). In the last meeting between the two teams, Oregon State managed to take a set from the Cardinal before falling 3-1. The Beavers enter the rematch on a four-match losing streak and currently sit in eighth place in the conference, but a victo-


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ry over Stanford would help build confidence for a young team that could be carried into next year.The Beavers have eight freshmen on the roster, including two-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week middle blocker Arica Nassar, and expect to compete on a higher level as they gain more experience. The Beaver offense is led by junior outside hitter Camille Saxton, who ranks in the top-10 in the Pac12 in kills, points and aces per set. In the last meeting between the two teams, Saxton posted a double-double of 22 kills and 12 digs, as well as two service aces. On defense, Oregon State is anchored by sophomore libero Becky Defoe, who ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.65 digs per set. If either Oregon or Oregon State is going to make a statement, they would have to get past the terrific Stanford trio of sophomore outside hitter Rachel Williams, junior setter Karissa Cook and sophomore middle blocker Carly Wopat. Williams and Cook are currently tied for the Pac-12 lead in doubledoubles, while Wopat leads the conference in blocks per set, with 1.57. The series kicks off at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Thursday against Oregon, and then continues at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon against Oregon State. Contact Anders Mikkelsen at



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