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Kofi Annan Urges Students To Help Fight Food Insecurity

Sunday, November 13th, 2011

The air is filled with the buzz of excited students rolling in through the doors of the Memorial Auditorium. I mean it is not everyday you get to hear eminent personas like Kofi Annan give inspirational talks. Well, at Stanford we get to that every other day, which is not so bad, frankly. It was quite amusing to see freshmen, who are not yet used to the awesome-ness of being at such a renowned university, shuffle in with gleeful faces while updating their Facebook status on their cellphones, bragging about such events happening, “Only at Stanford.” I should add I was among these freshmen, except that my exuberance was exponentially vivid through my comical facial expressions; bulging eyes, mouth stretched with a gloating grin as I strutted down the isle to the esteemed press area and took my seat in the second row while the remaining one thousand seven hundred and four people struggled to squeeze themselves in seats behind me. Life is good.

Now I’ll let go off my self-obsession and move to the more important part of the afternoon: Kofi Annan’s speech. This former United Nations Secretary General graced us with his presence at the occasion of the opening of the new Center for Food Security and the Environment at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International studies. Who else could be a better speaker than the very person who has initiated projects in order to aid Africa fight food insecurity?

Annan instantly won the crowd over by commenting on the, “duck hunting season at The Farm,” and how, “Luck was on [our] side.” However, more inspirational was his address regarding food security and global climate change. He draws our attention to the harrowing fact that one in seven of the world’s 7 billion people go to bed hungry. Our time is a time of great contrast. While Globalization has accelerated progress, it has not been shared equally amongst the nations. At “the heart” of the situation that the countries receiving the shorter end of the stick have to deal with, is food and nutrition insecurity. Annan deems the global climate change to be the leading cause for the decline of cultivable land and increasing food insecurity. Furthermore, he believes that African nations can play a central role in combating this dilemma since 80% of the world’s uncultivated land lies in Africa. However, Africa can only step up to face challenge if it receives help. As for now, lack of investment in research, human resource development and infrastructure in Africa has resulted in dire consequences. Africa is the only continent which can not feed itself and the prospects do not seem any better considering that its population growth is on a rise. It is imperative to help them since it is not only our moral obligation as a global community to support the unprivileged, but it is also in our interests since it will help us attain global prosperity and stability.

Annan feels that there needs to be true goodwill and effort on both local and global levels. Amongst the measures he mentioned were preventing price volatility, maintaining global food stock, reshaping global agricultural system, giving financial assistance to African women farmers and applying known techniques and tools specially in assisting African smallholder farms. Furthermore, the crux of the matter NEEDS to be handled by governments. They need to establish a broad umbrella and then, through “effective partnerships and networking” with various local and global institutions, find answers to “end hunger NOW.”

Another strategy to counter lack of food security is to be “climate – smart” and this is where the new Center for Food Security and the Environment has a key role to play. There needs to be a global initiative to deal with climate change that consists of a “fair framework based on shared values.” Annan believes that scientists are to lead the way through their research in order to diminish the negative consequences of climate change and with this Center we are now at the forefront of the scientific arena. By organizing ourselves in such a way that it is sustainable and practicable, we can even directly engage ourselves in the local community to help alleviate food insecurity. We, as students of this university with immense amount of talent should be an active part of this new initiative. As Kofi Annan aptly said, “My young friends, do not just sit on the sidelines. Use your energy, your unbounded enthusiasm to end global food insecurity.”

GameDay Signs

Saturday, November 12th, 2011

Continuing the day of coverage, I thought I’d share some of my favorite signs.  “Oregon-ized Crime Doesn’t Pay.”   “Say No to Quack!”  “I Like My Duck Confit.” “I Had A Smart and Clever Sign But Oregon Fans Wouldn’t Get It.”   There are tons of great ones, so if I didn’t mention yours doesn’t mean it isn’t fantastic.  Share your faves in the comments!

Crash Course: Kofi Annan (visiting next week!)

Saturday, November 5th, 2011

Come see Annan speak in MemAud next Thursday!

Kofi Annan, former UN Secretary General, will be visiting Stanford next Thursday.  MemAud doors open at 11:15 AM for people with tickets, and stand-bys will be admitted at 11:45 AM. The organizers expect to let in a significant number of stand-bys, but students are encouraged to arrive early to ensure themselves a place at the talk.

Akin to the Dalai Lama’s visit last fall, I think it’s helpful to have background on our VIP speakers before they arrive.  Here’s a crash course on Kofi Annan so you can make the most of his visit and various talks next week.

What’s in a name?

The post of “Secretary General” was established in 1946 with the selection of Trygve Lie of Norway.  FDR initially hoped that the Secretary-General could serve as a “world moderator,” though the UN Charter less excitingly specified the post as the organization’s “chief administrative officer.”  Since that date, the position has been afforded varying levels of authority and controversy.  Secretaries General tend to be diplomats with “little prior fame,” selected from relatively neutral nations around the world.  Perhaps the most effective and famous Secretary General was Dag Hammarskjöld, a Swedish diplomat whose policy of “quiet diplomacy” resolved crises amid the height of the Cold War during his tenure from 1953 to 1961.  Including Ban Ki-Moon, there have been 8 Secretaries General to date.

Annan’s Ascent

Kofi Annan (Annan rhymes with “cannon” in English) was born in Ghana in 1938, the grandson of a tribal chief of his region.  His secondary education spanned locations as diverse as Ghana, Minnesota, Switzerland, and Cambridge, where he studied at the prestigious Sloan School of Management at MIT.  Annan is fluent in English and French, as well as a variety of African languages and dialects.

Prior to his role as Secretary General, Annan began his international career as a budget officer for the World Health Organization.  He began work for the UN in the 1980s, serving in various roles until his appointment to the Secretariat in 1996.  He directed UN Peacekeeping Operations from 1993 through 1996.  In this role, Annan has been accused of a failure to prevent and react appropriately to the 1994 Rwandan genocide which resulted in the death of an estimated 800,000 people.  Annan has since admitted that he “could have and should have done more to sound the alarm and rally support.”

According to his own Facebook page, “Kofi Annan seeks to provide inspirational and catalytic leadership on critical global issues, particularly preserving and building peace and facilitating more equitable sharing of the benefits of globalisation, by promoting poverty alleviation, good governance, human rights and the rule of law.”

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In Defense of USC

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

I grew up in a house divided. My mom and I went/go to Stanford, my father and older brother to USC. That family dynamic, along with my upbringing in Newport Beach, California (where at least a third of the baby-boom generation of USC alums decided to settle down and raise families) left me a rare outsider on the inside of the infamous, very tight-knit Trojan family. And, up until very recently, that family drove me crazy.

The Fight Song on repeat. The peace-sign/victory wave. The ocean of red and yellow (ahem… “Cardinal and Gold” as my father would chastise me through childhood). The football obsession. The Tommy Trojan references. The endless parade of license plates, stickers, and flags adorning the cars in my hometown. The ridiculously perky “Fight On” attitude. For the longest time, I found the culture so nauseating that the only way I could take refuge from their inexhaustible pride was to adopt the outsider attitude and disregard all of it. I would make jabs about whether being platinum blonde was still a requirement for admission. I would assume that all USC students were vapid, superificial, and unfocused on anything but getting wasted. I made the U$C jokes and took pleasure in the puns: “You can’t spell ‘suck’ without USC”, and the classic “University of Spoiled Children”. With a school like Stanford in my sights, I wanted to make it clear how much above their shallow antics I was. I wanted my attitude to demonstrate how much better Stanford was than USC: how much smarter, less conservative, more diverse, and more successful we are.

"Because Stanford doesn't like me"

But one weekend changed my perspective. With little to do and an itching for a bit of fun, I swallowed my pride, dropped my preconceived notions, and asked my brother if I could tag along for a couple days and get an insider peek at his life as a Trojan. The experience that followed was anything other than what I might have expected. The classes were incredibly engaging and dynamic; the campus was extremely welcoming and filled to the brim with excited students advertising their interests in every culture and activity, and a night on the infamous 28th street left me wanting more.

Admittedly – any college brochure will give you that. But what really caught me off my guard was how authentically friendly and kind everyone was. When I told people that I go to Stanford, every single person I spoke with was genuinely excited to hear about it, showered me with compliments about the Farm, offered references to friends of theirs’ who go here and rave about it, and were noticeably reverent of our fair university – usually tossing in some form of, “I applied there but didn’t get in. But I would have loved to go there”. Not one person had anything rude or snarky to say about Stanford, nor did anyone seem to be withholding any such comments.

Even this past weekend, when the university played host to what one USC student called “one of the most epic games and biggest letdowns I’ve seen in my college career” – Trojans were still surprisingly respectful of the Cardinal win. Especially under circumstances that most Trojan fans identified as “the closest thing to a bowl game we’ll come to this year” – my in-person interactions with students were generally tame. Understandably, most students were disappointed, felt they got gypped, and said they won in spirit, but I didn’t run into anyone who was out to seriously bash Stanford. The harshest comment I heard came in the form of Facebook status: “Whatever Stanford, your helmets are still ugly”.

Which begs the question – why do so many Stanford students seem to harbor such resentment – whether legitimate or in jest – toward our private Pac-12 peer? Why do we feel the need to put down USC at every possible opportunity? (more…)

Panel on Digital Dilemmas

Friday, October 28th, 2011

From left to right: Richard Holeton, Christine Alfano, and Matt Ivester discuss reputation management in today's digital landscape.

This past Wednesday evening, the director of Academic Computing Services, Richard Holeton moderated a discussion between  lecturer Christine Alfano, who specializes in digital rhetoric, and Juicy Campus creator Matt Ivester concerning the digital dilemma of reclaiming our online identities.

The evening was split into two sections. In the first part, the panel discussed strategies to control your how you’re portray in mediated environments. This means, they discussed how to take control of your online identity instead of letting it control you. The speakers first introduced the subject by making the audience realize how many first impressions are made through online profiles rather than face-to-face interactions. This was a wake up call for a group of people (young and old) who admittedly Facebook stalked people before they met them. As part of her PWR course, Alfano actually has students pull up their Facebook pages and hand it to their neighbors as way of introduction. They basically warned the audience that they be more careful with what they simply post on Facebook. As Ivester said, nobody wants to “fight something negative before you [even] meet someone.”

What’s more, they also used the example of Alexandra Wallace’s Asian Rant at UCLAto describe the unintended consequences of posting things online. More surprising than the video was the after story that I never heard –  Wallace apparently dropped out of school after receiving death threats and has not returned since. Alfano says her video was most likely filmed in a “collapsed context,” which occurs when people forget the invisible audience online after they create content for their friends. It seems that the single light of your webcam can be misleading. Either way, the video was created and her name is now tied to racism all over the Internet. (more…)

Struggle City, Population: You

Friday, October 28th, 2011

It’s midterm season on the Farm (then again, when is it not midterm season around here?). I’ve noticed that people are dragging lately, looking more than a little bit pale and sleep deprived. The awkward silence in my history section this week would have been maddening, but I was too exhausted to realize it. Long story short, we’re all on struggle. Whether you boarded the struggle bus a week ago with no end in sight or you haven’t even started your midterms yet, you should take a break this weekend to take part in the great events around campus. Hopefully you’ll regain some of your sanity in the process…

From noon to 1pm tomorrow, White Plaza officially becomes Black Plaza. The Black Community Services Center is co-hosting this annual event. Swing by to get your free Popeyes and t-shirt!

If you haven’t decided what Disney character to ruin forever this Halloween, the Sustainable Fashion Collective and Union Underground are hosting a costume making workshop from 2:15 to 3:30pm on Friday in the Old Union basement. If you’re creative enough, you might just take the grand prize at the Mausoleum 2011 costume contest. Catch the bus from Escondido or Tresidder starting at 9:45PM to get to the annual spooktacular party (see what I did there?).

Film fans will be pleased with a couple of events taking place this Friday. To launch the “7 Days of Cin” student film festival, Stanford Film Society is hosting a screening of Sundance acclaimed movie Like Crazy in Cubberly at 5pm. Secondly, documentarian Michael Moore, known for Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Capitalism: A Love Story, amongst many others, is speaking tomorrow at the business school’s CEMEX Auditorium at 8pm. If there are any tickets left, you’ll find them at noon in White Plaza. (more…)

Pillow Fight on the Quad?

Monday, June 6th, 2011

PILLOW FIGHT! – If you haven’t heard yet, what may be the most wonderfully stress-relieving of all study breaks is taking place this Tuesday on the quad. Starting at 12PM a few hundred students will be  there smacking the stress out of each other for an hour or so. Whether you are celebrating the end of your finals or taking a little break before the last stretch, grab a pillow, throw on some PJs and head to the quad tomorrow afternoon!

Pillow Fight

It's kind of hard to find a tasteful picture of a pillow fight.

If you are looking for a break right now, you have come to the right place. The main sources of my procrastination this time around have been Stumble Upon, Wimp.com, and Tastefully Offensive. You know you need to stop procrastinating when you come across the same video on all three of those sites…which I have done thrice now. Some things are just adorable and touchingSome videos leave me wondering, “was that funny or sad?” Other stuff has me questioning my sanity (should I really have watched even a couple minutes of the Real Life Nyan Cat video and laughed for most of that time? Probably not). Speaking of procrastinating, I should probably get back to work. Best of luck on finals and don’t forget to bring a pillow on Tuesday!

Stanford Startup Accelerator Program and Demo Day

Friday, June 3rd, 2011


Image Credit: My Apple iPhone 4 (apologies for the image quality)

On Wednesday, StartX, formerly known as Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) Labs, a non-profit startup accelerator designed to accelerate the development of Stanford’s top entrepreneurs, held their Demo Day event where startups who participated in the StartX program got to pitch their startups to investors and the general public. StartX began as an incubator-like program out of Stanford and was cofounded by Dan Ha and Cameron Teitelman. Since then, the program has branched out to operate out of AOL’s headquarter in Palo Alto, CA.

The program provides a vast number of mentors and help as well as office space via AOL’s office spaces for startups to work out of. Unlike other incubator programs such as Y-Combinator, TechStars, and others, StartX does not take equity in the companies that are approved for the program. The only requirement is that at least one team member applying must be a Stanford student or alum. I was thoroughly impressed by the set up they had and all of the participants greatly attribute any success they had in participation of the program.

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Verizon (and kind of Stanford) presents: Third Eye Blind

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

On May 26th, for the first time in my undergraduate career, I think Stanford finally hosted a legitimate alternative rock band! Unfortunately, it wasn’t really Stanford’s gig – this time the student body owes thanks to Verizon. As part of their Coffee Shop Series, Verizon Wireless invites local bands to have free events for the coffee shop cultures around the West Coast. For some reason that I haven’t quite picked up on, they chose the CoHo!

And unfortunately for the CoHo (and fortunately for the rest of the student body) the event was moved to Memorial Auditorium. Lead singer Stephan Jenkins explained on stage that the fire marshal had a few problems with Third Eye Blind playing in such a small coffee shop. I’m glad he did, especially since the student population came out in droves. MemAud was packed with students who stood swaying to the music who eventually crowded the aisles to be closer to one of their favorite bands. Fans sang along to songs from the band’s new album Ursa Major, and to old favorites including Jumper.

Third Eye Blind performs at the Stanford Memorial Auditorium as part of Verizon Wireless’ Coffee Shop Series. PHOTO CREDIT: Colson Griffith for Verizon Wireless

But the night started out a little bit earlier for the some of Verizon’s VIP winners. These lucky students arrived around 6:00 pm to meet and take a picture with the band. Students excitedly waited in line to have their picture taken, which they received when the show was over. I got a few minutes with the band as well. Jenkins and drummer Brad Hargreaves were kind enough to answer a few questions for me before the show:

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In Defense of Our Cultural Communities

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

This past Saturday, for the first time in my years here (only 2), gun shots were fired on the Stanford campus. This occurred in Lagunita Parking Lot near Roble Field where Blackfest was being held.

Our campus, other than shock at this occurrence, was virtually silent on the affair. Most people publicly complained about the lack of information about the gun shots and gunman and how, compared to other violent crimes that occurred this year, the police department gave out the least information while this seems the most potentially fatal. Yet, I think most people on campus couldn’t help but make a connection between the shootings and the “black” event at Stanford.

More than anything, Blackfest was a way for our communities to celebrate hip hop with other people from Stanford and the surrounding areas.

Other than mentions of proximity, only one person really brought up the issue that most people felt too polite to bring up: the reflection the shootings would have on Stanford’s black community. Autumn Carter wrote a compelling article in the Stanford Review  about the fact that being black in itself has nothing to do with violence. People are familiar with the black community here – this idea should be self-evident. Yet, even though no one made a big fuss over the connection, she felt the need to defend the community. And I can’t help but wonder why.

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Can I Dibs Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks. Sorry for the meh pics. Dude likes to move around.

When I told my sister that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was coming to speak at Stanford, her exact response was “Whwhwhferdolikftgrol8tgkjiurfikrfik!n!! I AM SO F*CKING JEALOUS! WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT????” I’m not sure how to pronounce the new word(s?) she invented at the start of her text, but it somehow expressed exactly how I felt as the actor/director walked onto the stage yesterday evening at Cubberly.

It’s probably obvious by now that I, like a good 80% of the audience, felt I was no doubt attending a talk by the future father of my children. Somehow Gordon-Levitt is even more charming and likable in person than he is on the screen. He was also incredibly down to earth. My neighbor and I just about lost it when he brought someone up on stage and said, “Hi, I’m Joe.” He was funny, passionate, and grounded, which really allowed me to (kinda) put my star-struck state aside and pay attention to his presentation about hitRECord.org.

The site was started back in ’05 in order to work collaboratively with people across the world on a wide range of creative projects. People upload their work to hitRECord and it gets “remixed” multiple times until it is released in its final, collectively achieved form. Throughout the night, Gordon-Levitt and his producers showed several recently completed films, including “Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date with Destiny”. (more…)

Why Stanford: Admit Weekend 2011

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

The best place to spend the next four years of your life. (Photo cred: Molly MacKenzie)

The sun is shining brightly.  The track and fielders are thwarting gravity right outside my window, and Stanford’s very own Wind of Freedom is lilting happily through the trees.

As I write this post, gazing happily from the relative calm of the Visitor Information Center, it is easy to forget that we are about to be invaded.  Swarmed.  Rendered under siege.  But actually.  Starting this Thursday, good luck biking anywhere, ’cause we’ll all be wading waist deep through ProFros and their parents.  Oh, baby, it’s Admit Weekend season.

Welcome, ProFros, to the TUSB “Why Stanford” list.  The all-inclusive, ever-so-persuasive, quantitative canon of why you really should just click “yes” already and spend Admit Weekend living it up with your future classmates.  Using the latest and greatest metrics Stanford has to offer, I am about to blow your inquisitive minds as only a tour guide can.  Drumroll please….

5.  We Got Game:  #1 Division I Athletics Program

Come watch our BCS Bowl football team, #1 men's swimming team, women's basketball Final Four team, etc., etc.

  • Every year, the Director’s Cup is given to the #1 Div. I athletics program in the nation.  We’ve won it for the last 16 years.
  • If Stanford had been its own nation in the 20048 Beijing Olympics, we would have placed 19th in the world.
  • We have 35 Varsity sports.
  • We have extensive club and intramural sports programs, including sports as diverse as Ultimate Frisbee, inner-tube water polo, sand volleyball, and basketball.
  • All Stanford sports games (besides playoffs) are FREE to all Stanford students.
  • 83% of Stanford students participate in some sort of athletic activity.  This is because we have amazing activity and athletic course offerings.  After Stanford’s classes in sailing, fencing, and archery, you, too, can kick it like Captain Jack Sparrow.  Word.

Stanford alumna Sigourney Weaver rocks the Cardinal

4.  So Hot Right Now:  the Value of the Stanford Brand

In case you missed my earlier article on How Stanford is Redefining Cool, let me break it down for you.  Stanford has been the #1 dream school according to Princeton Review surveys for the past three years.  We have over a dozen career fairs on campus every year, because international employers respect the value of a Stanford education and swarm our campus on a regular basis to recruit our talent.  Not convinced?  How about Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck giving up a probable #1 NFL draft pick and multimillion dollar starting salary to finish out his senior year?

If you’re reading this as a ProFro, major props – you conquered a 7% admissions rate to be where you are today.  Consider, for a moment, the flip side of the coin.  32,022 students applied this year.  That’s approximately the population of Monaco.  You’re in a tremendously desirable position.  You were one of the chosen few, and you have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the best four years of your life here at Stanford.

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Broken Social Scene to Perform at Stanford

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

BSS. Free. 'Nuff said.

And you would be doing yourself an incredible disservice to miss them. Hailing from Canada, the band includes members Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew, along with up to twenty other artists. There are numerous associated musicians that often perform with BSS, such as Leslie Feist and Stars member Evan Cranley. I was lucky enough to catch their amazing performance at the Treasure Island Music Festival back in October. The number of people onstage, the variety of instruments and vocalists, and their connection with the audience all add up to create a beyond satisfying indie rock experience. The only drawback for me is that this FREE concert coincides with the Railroad Revival Tour‘s (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford and Sons, and Old Crow Medicine Show) stop in Oakland. #mylifeissohard.

BSS is coming  as part of Vision eARTh 2011, a three-day festival focused on sustainability and the arts. Other events include a sustainability short film competition, a sustainable fashion show, and speaker Vinod Khosla. Click here to view the full schedule.

You will not regret going to see Broken Social Scene. In fact, you’d be crazy not to go. White Plaza – Thursday, April 21st from 9:30 to 11 PM. Did I mention it was FREE?

The Jazz Concert Stanford Didn’t Want You Attending

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Mingus Big Band performed at Dinkelspiel Auditorium on Wednesday night to a sold-out crowd of jazz patrons, few of whom were students.

On Wednesday night, one of America’s greatest jazz ensembles took campus by storm, resurrecting before a packed audience in Dinkelspiel Auditorium the legendary work of Charles Mingus. The performance by Mingus Big Band was a triumph for Stanford Lively Arts, with one caveat: hardly any students showed up.

Although the concert was sold out, I saw fewer than twenty students in the whole auditorium. This was not chiefly due to lack of interest. I mentioned the concert to several musicians and jazz aficionados in the days that followed, and they told me with considerable consternation that they had never even heard about it. It also explains why the ushers in the auditorium were giving me and my roommate funny looks as we made our way to our seats. One of them actually asked me if we were attending the concert while we waited outside for the doors to open, even though I was holding onto a ticket. There was a distinctive vibe in the air that we were not supposed to be there. Scheduled on Greek bid night without any Facebook event, promotional posters, or e-flyer campaign, this event in the middle of campus was a closed affair, available to students only if they could find out about it.

The absence of students was a real shame because this concert was special. Despite its edginess, the music appealed to a wide spectrum of music-lovers. Each musician was a virtuoso and a team-player simultaneously. The solos dazzled. The collective pulse of sound, rapid tempo changes, nimble finger-work, and sultry melodies transported me to another realm of consciousness. No beat was left un-stretched, no chord abandoned to complacency. One of the trombonists even stood up to sing, floating above the beat with a lusty baritone.

Such exceptional jazz in a big-band setting does not often find its way to the Farm. A pity that more students were not able to witness it.

Andre Nickatina’s Identity Crisis

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Bay Area rapper Andre Nickatina performed on Friday night in a Yankees hat.

I come from the East Coast. Bay Area rap does not reach us much, and when it does, it comes in the form of E-40, Top 40, or entertaining hyphy YouTube videos. Thus, I came to Friday night’s Hilltop festival expecting to hear the Bay Area represent through the voice of Andre Nickatina, supposedly one of its favorite rappers. Instead, I heard a lot about weed, booty calls, and getting drunk, little of it particular to San Francisco, and I left feeling a bit confused by Dre Dog’s heavy reliance on Mac Dre‘s repertoire and his decision to wear a Yankees hat for the occasion.

Let’s examine the latter for a second. The SF Giants won their first World Series ever last year, and Nickatina decides to wear a Yankees hat?? Who does he think he is, Jay-Z? Sure, a hat is principally a fashion accessory, and I am probably reading into it way more than I should. But for me, this one little act summed up the overall lack of authenticity and substance of the entire experience.

Furthermore, though Mac Dre and Nickatina once collaborated closely together, Nickatina has a career that spans almost 20 years. He had the entire audience chanting “Mac Dre, Mac Dre!” with cheesy hand waves, and at times it seemed he was trying to embody his counterpart instead of channeling his own vision. His reverence for Mac Dre may be well deserved, but it came off as more theatrical than genuine.

Granted, Nickatina managed to put on a pretty dynamic performance. People who like him left satisfied, though I have yet to find a girl who truly enjoyed his performance. I appreciated the way he provided a break from the typical Stanford concert scene, which is virtually nonexistent thanks to Stanford’s sclerotic bureaucracy and lack of funding for concerts. However, for all the hype, he did not deliver much about which to write home. At least NYC rappers mean it when they wear Yankees hats.