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Cardinal Conversations : February, 2010

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    Senior class president


    Commencement speakers. Full Moon on the Quad. "Pub" Night. Aria Florant, one of four senior class presidents this year, talks about all of the above--and more. Excerpts:


    You and the other senior class presidents polled your classmates about potential Commencement speakers. How many names did you suggest, and was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, '86, at the top of your list?

    The class presidents have a lot less influence over Commencement speakers than most people think! We polled our class and cabinet, and actually didn't come up with Susan Rice. Not that she wouldn't have made the list, but just nobody suggested it or thought of it. We're super excited to have her. We were really jazzed about Cory Booker ['91, MBA '92, the mayor of Newark, N.J.].


    Why Cory Bo...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Feb 23 2010 2:05PM | 0 comments

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    Women's gymnastics coach Kristen Smyth

    Stanford students literally flip for Kristen Smyth--and not just because is the women's gymnastics coach. She knows how to create team spirit and scholar-athletes. Of the women's gymnastics team's 81 All-America honors, 60 have come during her tenure. In her nine years on the Farm, she has led the team to its best-ever record. Stanford finished the 2004 and 2008 seasons in third place nationally. Currently the team--which competes from January through April-- stands eighth out of 64 Division I gymnastics programs nationwide. Smyth, a three-time All-American at UC-Berkeley who graduated in 1993 with a degree in mass communication, talks about her gymnasts, her family, her coaching philosophy--and Shawn Johnson.

    Gotta ask--how tall are you?

    I'm 5-2. Most of them are taller! Blair [Ryland], our senior leader on the...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Feb 12 2010 5:16PM | 0 comments

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    Teacher of the Year

    Dan Klein, ’90, is the People’s Choice. Last year the Associated Students of Stanford University (better known as the ASSU) named him “teacher of the year.” His course, Drama 103: Beginning Improvising, is always oversubscribed. Klein also coaches the Stanford Improvisers (aka the SImps), a 19-year-old improv troupe that performs on campus and in the community. In his spare time, he teaches performance skills to employees of companies like Cisco and Visa. Klein talks about how to connect with an audience, how to wing it, and why people should just say yes! Excerpts:


    I saw the SImps in action, and they bragged that you were teacher of the year. How did that feel?


    It was a grea...

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    Posted by Ms. Karen Springen on Feb 3 2010 6:09AM | 3 comments