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Cardinal Conversations : October, 2009

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    LSJUMB adviser Seth Snyder


    Seth Snyder, MA '08, is "special assistant to the dean of student life." But students know the 31-year-old as the good-natured drummer who is the adult adviser to the 150 or so members of The One, The Only, The Truly Incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band. The group, which started its famous "scatter" style in 1963, plays at about 160 events a year. It's still irreverent, but now tries hard not to be too offensive. (This is the group that once spoofed Patty Hearst's kidnapping by forming a "Hearst Burger"--two buns and no patty.) I talked with the Band's guardian angel about the Dollies, clothes, Cal and "All Right Now." (Note: The multi-talented Seth Snyder shot all the photos below.) Excerpts:


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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Oct 29 2009 11:55AM | 1 comments

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    Athletics director Bob Bowlsby

    Three years ago, athletics director Bob Bowlsby moved from an area with many farms (the University of Iowa) to The Farm. Now 57, the soft-spoken former wrestler is going to the mat to preserve the quality and quantity of sports at Stanford. In June, Stanford nabbed its 15th consecutive NCAA Learfield Sports Directors' Cup, given to the nation's top college athletic program. And this fall, the Cardinal football team is off to a 4-1 start, its best since 2001. But Bowlsby must grapple with millions of dollars in budget cuts; earlier this year, Athletics laid off nearly two dozen staff members. I talked with the AD about money, football and the future. Excerpts: 
     
    WHAT'S BEEN YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE? 
     
    Well, I've had to replace two major coaching positions, and I guess other than that, it's just been the general difficulty with finances. The whole university is struggling, especially with the downturn in the endo...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Oct 14 2009 8:55AM | 1 comments