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Stanford Report, April 12, 2000

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IT WAS A COMMEMORATION FOR FARM worker leader CESAR CHAVEZ in sold-out Kresge Auditorium last Thursday, but the late JOSE ANTONIO BURCIAGA, a former resident fellow of Casa Zapata, shared the billing. Throughout the second half of the program, when the comedy troupe Culture Clash owned the spotlight, tributes to Burciaga, a muralist/ poet/author who died of cancer in 1996, were invoked. At one point, RICHARD MONTOYA, one of the three Culture Clash members, noted the show was being performed in memory "of Tony y César." Burciaga, who shared Casa Zapata duties with wife CECILIA, a former Stanford administrator, was a charter member of Culture Clash, which was founded 15 years ago. Visits to Stanford and Casa Zapata are special to the stage and television artists because "we cut our teeth here" trying out new routines, Montoya said. You'll even find a link on their website,, where Caza Zapata is listed under the heading of Known Associates & Guilty Parties.

YELL LEADER JOE CAVANAUGH, A JUNIOR WHO has performed his rowdy sideline duties from his wheelchair, is on leave this spring, devoting his considerable energy to his Internet startup. offers products and services for the disabled. As of last month, Cavanaugh had received $2 million in venture capital funding. Cavanaugh, who played football for his high school in Colorado, lost the use of his legs after contracting Epstein-Barr syndrome in 1995.

SLAC PHYSICIST AND TAI CHI MASTER MARTIN LEE has been honored with a one-month extension -- through April 30 -- for his "Expressions of the Tao" exhibit at the Bechtel International Center. Lee has been translating the Tao Te Ching, a 2,500-year-old Chinese classic, for the past two years. You can see examples of what he's come up with in the visual abstract exhibit that opened March 10. The eight panels on display include Lee's English translations and the Chinese brush stroke calligraphy of his wife, Emily Lee, also a Tai Chi master, who co-teaches Health Improvement Program and other classes with Martin. Daughter Joyce Lee, a Stanford alumna, illustrates her uncluttered impressions of the sparse text with acrylic paintings. Martin Lee, a veteran scholar of the Tao, a philosophy that promotes simplicity and selflessness, considers the collaborative project a culmination of his studies. "It's a lifelong work," he proclaims. "I like to keep it simple because Tao is a pretty complicated thing." He's translating Chapter 62 of the 81-chapter tome. Lee's latest chapter interpretation reads: "Tao is imbedded in 10,000 things. Not only good persons value it as priceless treasure. Bad persons also keep it in their heart. Some people have honored it by using well-chosen works. Others have paid respect to it by performing good deeds. Even a bad person will not be forsaken by the Tao."

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