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Coach Tara VanDerveer Honored

Monday, March 28th, 2011

Coach Tara VanDerveer

Speaking of badasses, Stanford women’s basketball head coach Tara VanDerveer was named the Russell Athletic/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NCAA Division I Head Coach of the Year today. She has been at Stanford for 25 years with a career that includes coaching the 1996 US Olympic team to gold. An inductee to the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, VanDerveer holds numerous accolades. Earlier this year, she was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year for the 11th time. Our women’s team holds an amazing 32-2 record for the season (VanDerveer boasts a career record of 825-197).

Be sure to follow #1 Stanford tonight as they play against #11 Gonzaga, a game that will decide if the Cardinal women will make their 10th appearance in the Final Four. In addition to proving their often unparalleled talent on the court, the Cardinal women are better lyricists and dancers than some actual recording artists:

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USC Fraternity Email goes Viral

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Our Kappa Sigs aren't the only ones who've hit a rough patch

I was sitting at Stern Dining last night in an attempt to keep myself awake to study. That location is a pretty mixed bag when it comes to people working quietly, laughing with their friends, or just grabbing a bite to eat from The Dish. Last night was one of the particularly noisier times and one subject repeatedly surfaced amongst different groups. I first noticed a rather obnoxious animated group of freshmen boys behind me gather around a laptop, laughing about some “hilarious” email that got leaked at USC. A few minutes later, the girls at a table to my left started talking about a link shared on Facebook about USC’s chapter of Kappa Sigma being under investigation. It came full circle when the friend I was sitting with read aloud from one of the most vile and offensive emails I’ve had the displeasure of seeing.

The intent of the email, reportedly sent by an unidentified member of the fraternity, was to start a “Gullet Report” about which girls are most willing to have sex and which brothers are getting the most action. One of the earliest lines in the email reads:

Note: I will refer to females as “targets”. They aren’t actual people like us men. Consequently, giving them a certain name or distinction is pointless.”

And it just gets worse and worse from there. The author runs down a list of key terms, describing different types of “pie” (vaginas) and the various methods to be utilized to “take down” certain targets. One such example is the Loop n’ Doop: (more…)

Happy Monday

Monday, February 14th, 2011

It’s the fourteenth of February.

Otherwise known as Read to Your Child Day, though I imagine most undergrads won’t be in observance. Much more applicable to us is the loved and loathed Valentine’s Day (or Singles Awareness Day, depending on your outlook). I was going to write a post about all the cutesy shit Stanford couples could do on and off campus without breaking the bank (such as making some pottery together a la Ghost, taking some fun photos, having an indoor picnic and the like.). I have since changed my mind. It’s not that I am one of those extremists who begins to gag at the sight of red and pink or couples holding hands. Whatever floats your boat. I am actually working my way to neutrality. And why write about a bunch of adorable activities that I can’t even take part in, anyway?

It's not that bad.

I am simply determined to make it not suck to be alone this Valentine’s Day. It shouldn’t be that hard. I don’t see how it can have much of an effect on a busy college student who lives on campus and has many single friends. I will not be Sad Keanu on a park bench. I’m not going be sitting alone in the dark, watching The Notebook, a pint of Ben and Jerry’s there to catch my tears. Regardless, I give to you some of the tips I’ve come across.

By far the most popular suggestion is to surround yourself with friends and do something fun. Just because it’s a day about love doesn’t mean it has to be romantic love, right? Let’s keep telling ourselves that. Anyway, get together with your best buddies and watch a movie or grab dinner. Bake something to share with the people you care about (people generally like baked goods. I made cookies and now have friends I didn’t know I had before). Something on campus you can do tonight is go to Black Love at 7 in the Toyon lounge. Omarion can sing your troubles away.


Ben Linus is coming to campus.

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

The last few people I told this to gave me blank stares. Naturally, I was incredulous. So maybe I’m geeking out a little too much considering I missed a couple seasons of LOST here and there, but I am pretty excited about actor Michael Emerson’s visit. He is coming as a part of Film and Philosophy II, a two-day event being held on campus this weekend. His interview, entitled “The Philosophy of Lost”, is on Saturday at 6PM in Cubberly. Fans and critics alike should try to see him. Maybe you’ll get a chance to ask any burning questions you still have about the show.

The Film and Philosophy II conference will have a number of interesting talks, including “Countering the Ballad of Co-Dependency: The Realistic Spirit of David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” and “Comics and the Critique of Chrono-Photography”. See the event’s site for the full schedule.

Here’s a quick list of other film events this week on campus:

David Wojnarowicz

  • Listening to Film Sound: Screening, Lecture, and Q&A with Mark Berger. Cubberly 7pm. Late notice, I know.
  • Art Censorship Issues: A Screening of David Wojnarowicz‘s “Fire in My Belly” and Panel Discussion. Wednesday 5pm in Annenberg Auditorium
  • Winter 2011 Turkish Film Series: The Bandit (Eskiya). Wednesday 7pm in the Bechtel International Assembly Room
  • “Freedom Riders” Documentary Film by Stanley Nelson. Thursday 7pm in Annenberg Auditorium

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You are Too Intoxicated to Post Right Now

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

So you had a drink or several on Saturday night. They not only made you a remarkably better dancer, but also gave you a whole slew of ingenious ideas. Your girlfriend dumped you last week? Now is a fantastic time to send her an email. Have a crappy boss? Update your Facebook status to let the world know about it.

Hindsight’s twenty-twenty, and the next day these great ideas may come back to bite you in the ass. Thinking along this line, Webroot, a web security company, just came out with “The Social Media Sobriety Test”. According to them, “Nothing good happens online after 1AM”.

The plug-in would require you to pass a series of sobriety tests before gaining access to certain sites. The tests mimic those administered by the police: spelling the alphabet backwards and following a finger as it moves around on the screen. The plug-in can be customized to run for social media sites and email during your likeliest times of intoxication. If you’d rather not end up on Failbook, you can set it up for Facebook login. If you fail the test, the site will make a post for you (e.g. “John Doe is too intoxicated to post right now”). It doesn’t work on phones, so you’re on your own when it comes to drunk dialing/texting. (more…)

What is CCARE???

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

CCAREI was also among the crowd that gathered at Maples Pavilion this morning to hear the Dalai Lama speak about “The Centrality of Compassion and Human Life in Society”. It was mentioned that His Holiness had previously donated to Stanford’s “Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education” (CCARE) . His generous donation ($150,000 generated from book sales) was one of the largest he’s ever made to a non-Tibetan cause. Dr. James Doty, director of CCARE, comically told the audience that his first thought at the time was “Who am I to take the Dalai Lama’s money?”.

Not knowing anything about CCARE, I was curious about that same thing. (more…)


Thursday, September 30th, 2010

I know I’ve personally had a long week 2 of the quarter. Here’s a short list of things to get into around campus on Friday:

11Am-1PM The Fall Into Health launch party is going down tomorrow in White Plaza. Brought to you by Be Well Stanford, activities include free Jamba Juice, healthy snacks, and giveaways for the first 300 students.

Tony Foster

4PM Tony Foster, an artist who has experienced many extremes to create some beautiful work, will be at the bookstore tomorrow. He’s doing a reading/signing session for his book Painting at the Edge of the World: The Watercolours of Tony Foster.

The Art of Dislocation

5-7PM A reception is being held for Faisal Abdu’Allah’s exhibition “The Art of Dislocation” tomorrow evening at the Thomas Welton Stanford Art Gallery. His works will be on display at the gallery until November 14th. This is Abdu’Allah’s first major exhibition in the United States.

7-8pM You can learn some Indian recipes at “The Science of Ayurvedic Cooking”, a class that will run every Friday until December 3rd in the Bogota Room of the Graduate Community Center (750 Escondido Road). Explore “the connection between food, consciousness and happiness”. Don’t let the location deceive you; it’s free and open to everyone.

10PM-1AM After these wholesome activities, you can do all kinds of unhealthy things at Phi Psi’s Pajama Party, or merely observe the various ways PJs can be skankified. If I make an appearance, I’ll be in some nice footy pajamas.

Free Ice Cream at Cold Stone

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Cold Stone Creamery has been working with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that supports children with life-threatening medical issues. Today from 5-8pm, Cold Stone will be giving away 3 ounce servings of a mix of caramel apple ice cream, chocolate shavings, graham cracker crust and apple pie filling called “Kate’s Creation”. Kate is an eleven year old girl whose wish came true when she got to create an ice cream flavor for the 9th annual World’s Largest Ice Cream Social. The ice cream is free, but donations are encouraged. Go get some ice cream for a great cause!

Show Me Your Papers!

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

If you’ve been keeping up with current events, you’ve probably heard about the new immigration bill passed in Arizona. It’s being referred to as the toughest measure against illegal immigration yet. The law allows police offers to ask a person for their documents if they have “reasonable suspicion” that that person is an illegal alien. Racial profiling much?  Jon Stewart has put his two cents in on the law. Immigration is obviously a much debated issue throughout the rest of the country as well. Tim James, a gubernatorial candidate in the state of Alabama, has made it a significant part of his platform, too:

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Note the heartfelt musical accompaniment, his reflective glance toward the ground before asking if it makes sense to you, and his declaration that “This is Alabama. We speak English”. I thought that it was a parody of some kind.

As for the Arizona issue, it will continue to be the subject of heated debate. A number of rights groups have criticized the law. Police Officer Martin H. Escobar of Tucson is pursuing a lawsuit, citing that there are no means of identifying the immigration status of individuals without using race-based criteria. In any event, it’s a hot issue that we should definitely keep up with.

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

Last quarter, members of Dr. William C. Dement’s famous Sleep and Dreams class put a lot of work into a new website chock full of information about sleep. Getting a full, restful night’s sleep can be a lot to ask for on a college campus. The site offers information about the consequences of sleep deprivation and how to be healthier. There’s some cool information about sleep disorders and dreaming too. Some informative Outreach Projects are on there as well. Take a look, dispel some sleep myths, and learn how to be happier, healthier and less sleep deprived. Drowsiness is Red Alert!

Happy April Fools’ Day

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

I’m not sure who Salik is, but it looks like he’s found a new home in the Wilbur dining hall. April Fools

Free Ride to Free Food

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Sick of “studying” (i.e. procrastinating at Late Night)? Looking for something to liven up dead week? You’re not alone. Luckily for us, the ASSU Executive and Chevy have partnered up to give Stanford students a study break during one of the most stressful times of the quarter. chevy.jpg
Tonight and tomorrow from 8PM to 12AM, you can line up at the Escondido turnaround to get chauffeured to Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, or McDonalds in a new Chevy vehicle. Each student is treated to eight dollars worth of food, which goes a long way at such fine dining establishments. Plus, everyone knows that free food inherently tastes better. To sweeten the deal, they’ve thrown in goody bags (which include a power bar and some earplugs) to help you survive the upcoming week. To top it off, Chevy provides each group of students with a Flip Camcorder to capture their thoughts on dead week and how to get through finals (or use it as a chance to get discovered). The best videos will be posted online where your friends and family can check up on your sanity.
You still have an hour tonight and between 8PM and 12AM on Wednesday to participate. Your text books aren’t going anywhere and as far as finals are concerned… oh well. So get over there, sign that waiver we neglected to read, and get some grub.
-Megan and Camira

Starbucks @ TAP

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Thumbnail image for starbucks-coffee.jpgFor those of you who have grumbled over being unable to get your Starbucks candy-coffee cravings satisfied on campus, grumble no more. As for those who take issue with rampant consumerism and what have you, don’t shoot the messenger.
The Axe and Palm added the Starbucks chain’s selection of beverages to its menu last week. Now you can order your favorite caffeinated confection right at the counter. The sizes available are tall and grande (small and medium, in layman’s terms) and all drinks are available except for the cold teas and frozen drinks. Yes, that means no frappuccinos now, but the manager is looking into a getting a blender. If a certain favorite drink of yours is missing, let the managerial staff know and they’ll try to hook you up. The prices reflect all Starbucks prices, so “Fivebucks” still applies. If you’re looking to get a cup of Komodo Dragon Blend (it exists), look somewhere else: TAP brews two kinds of whole bean coffees, preferring Fair Trade and organic blends. You can have it your way–but don’t get crazy. I would avoid any “I’ll have a Venti-quad-non-fat-peppermint-mocha served at 273 degrees” jargon.
The Starbucks addition is one of a few changes taking place at Axe and Palm (have you noticed the new compost/recycle bins?). Based on the mixed reviews the restaurant has received, this is likely a good thing. Like I said before, the managers are really open to suggestions and appreciate whatever feedback you may have for them. Complain as I might about the prices, etc., I will likely be purchasing a mocha in the not too distant future.