The Daily brief: Aug. 27, 2010

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Aug. 27, 2010, 6:31 p.m.

Bloomberg | New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is slated to speak on campus in March 2011 for the invite-only Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research summit. The date is March 11 and Bloomberg is the keynote speaker, said SIEPR’S John Shoven in an e-mail last week. Nobel winner Muhammad Yunus and Bank of England Governor Mervyn King are also on the event’s agenda.

Mayer | Did singer John Mayer compare The Huffington Post to Cristina Warthen J.D. ’01, the Stanford Law graduate who allegedly ran a call service and was convicted of tax evasion last year? Maybe. In a blog entry criticizing The Post for a story about Mayer dating rumors, Mayer wrote: “You’re a stripper wearing reading glasses. Or maybe you’re an insolvent law student willing to dance for a few extra dollars.” (h/t CJR, which discusses Mayer’s point: “The reason I’m calling you out instead of all the other magazines that make stories up out of thin air is that In Touch and Star Magazine aren’t concurrently writing pieces about Pat Tillman or WikiLeaks.”)

The Daily brief: Aug. 27, 2010
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Caltrain | Cuts to weekend Caltrain service likely are off the table for now, according to a late-Friday news release. Caltrain has been considering cutting weekend routes to address a $2.3 million budget deficit. The possibility of weekend cuts will likely return next year, said Director Michael Scanlon. A public hearing on other cuts is set for Sept. 2.

Trustees | Stanford named two new trustees this month: Ruth Porat ’79, chief financial officer of Morgan Stanley, and Penny Pritzker J.D./M.B.A. ’84, chair of TransUnion, a credit-reporting company, and the Pritzker Realty Group. Pritzker also is on President Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. Her family this spring donated $10 million to Stanford for financial aid.

Meanwhile, Goodwin Liu ’91, a UC-Berkeley law professor, remains on a list of trustees on Stanford’s website dated Sept. 1, 2010. Senate Republicans this month blocked a vote on Liu’s confirmation to the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. If Liu is confirmed, precedent apparently would not prevent him from continuing as a trustee: Pamela Rymer L.L.B. ’64 served from 1991 to 2001 while a Ninth Circuit judge.

King and Beck | The Stanford scholar who helped draft Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech wrote this week about the rally Fox News’ Glenn Beck plans at the Lincoln Memorial for Aug. 28, the anniversary of King’s 1963 March on Washington. Clarence Jones, scholar in residence at Stanford’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute, said he takes Beck, who said the date was a coincidence, “at his word.” “Beck, Sarah Palin and others who are summoning people today to join them to restore the honor of America, whether intended or not, are following in the footsteps of Dr. King,” Jones said. “He spoke prophetically about their generation. Yes, he had a ‘Dream’ that young Becks and Palins, when they became adults, would join hands not only with members of their ‘Tea Party,’ but, all Americans of goodwill, regardless of their race, color or ethnicity, to restore the honor and values enshrined in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.” Clayborne Carson, director of the King Institute, spoke about the rally Thursday on NPR.

Schneider | A campus memorial service for professor Stephen Schneider, the climate scientist who died last month, is set for the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 12, two days after autumn finals end. Patricia Mastrandrea, a research assistant to Schneider, announced the date in an e-mail forwarded to Earth Systems students. She said a memorial scientific symposium in summer 2011 also is in the works.

Football | Stanford football players elected their captains, coach Jim Harbaugh tweeted today. Ryan Whalen is “consummate competitor and worker,” Sione Fua a “quiet leader but fiery competitor” and Owen Marecic a “perfect football player and a true throwback,” their coach said.

Golf | Michelle Wie ’11 hit a hole-in-one, the second of her professional career and her eighth overall.

Pakistan floods | ASSU leaders have set up a donation page for Pakistan flood relief efforts. Proceeds go to UNHCR.

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