Patience is one of the six principal virtues of Tibetan Buddhism, and on Tuesday, it came in handy for SONAM LAMA. Born in Tibet, near the border of Nepal, Lama was one of the first people to buy pre-sale tickets to see the Dalai Lama (no relation) in November. The ticket office had asked that lines form no earlier than 7 a.m., but Lama showed up a full hour earlier. A financial management analyst at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, Lama has been on staff for five years. He also teaches Tibetan as a lecturer at the Language Center, and he calls the Dalai Lama his spiritual leader. "Whenever I get a chance to see his face or be close to him, it gives me an immense feeling of peace and satisfaction," said Lama, who has traveled much farther than to Tresidder Union to see the exiled spiritual leader. Last year, he flew to India.
When LAURA GOLDSTEIN in the Department of Project Management signed her name last week, it wasn't on some work order. She did some ceremonial scribbling at the base of a 12-foot-tall fiberglass chimney at the Knoll. While thousands of staffers gathered across campus for Multicultural Springfest last Thursday, a smaller group had their own picnic near the mansion that now houses the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics overlooking Florence Moore Hall. The group celebrated the replacement of eight concrete chimneys that were removed in the 1980s because they were at risk of being damaged in an earthquake. Originally the official residence for the university president, the building was designed by famed San Francisco architect LOUIS CHRISTIAN MULLGARDT. Renovations should be finished in mid-July.
Spread the word: MICHAEL YOUNG, Stanford Bookstore's trade bookseller, is the son of California's top bard, AL YOUNG, who was appointed the state's new poet laureate by Gov. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER on May 12. Al Young, who raised his family in Palo Alto, turned 66 yesterday; he was an Edward B. Jones Lecturer in creative writing at Stanford from 1969 to 1976 and has received numerous awards and fellowships. He also has written novels, screenplays and anthologies—exploring the richness of the American experience—and he has lectured on African American literature and culture in Kuwait, Bahrain and India under programs run by the U.S. Department of State. The bookstore has invited him to drop by for a reading this summer. "We grew up with all kinds of writer friends," his son said. "I was born into books."