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Stanford Report, December 13, 2000
Cardinal Chronicle weekly campus column

DON'T FORGET TO HEAD OVER TO MEMORIAL Church on Friday at 8 p.m. and sing your heart out at the annual Messiah Sing and Play-Along. Conducted by Associate Professor STEVE SANO, director of choral studies, the concert is a hit with campus and community members, says BETH YOUNGDOFF from the Music Department. Singers can bring their own scores or buy one at the door for about $9. Orchestra players should bring their own instruments; scores will be provided for them. General admission is $10; students, $5.

STAFF MEMBERS ARE INVITED TO JOIN Staffers at an annual "holiday cheer" gathering at Capriccio Ristorante Italiano in Sharon Heights shopping center off Sand Hill Road on Dec. 21. CRISTY OSBORNE and JANET RUTHERFORD, co-chairs of Staffers, say the group will provide hors d'oeuvres from 5 to 7 p.m. A no-host bar will be available and participants are invited to stay for dinner. RSVP to Osborne at or Rutherford at before 5 p.m. Dec. 20.

SINGLES CAN PROLONG THE SEASON OF GIVING by donating blood at a special News Year's drive on Jan. 3. "What better gift can you give than that of yourself?" asks GRACE JOHNSON from Stanford Blood Center. The event takes place from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the center on 800 Welch Road. Call (888) 723-7831 to make an appointment and don't forget to mention that you're signing up for the singles drive, she says. There will be food, games and music.

AS KEEPERS OF THE UNIVERSITY'S HOME PAGE, LIBUSHA KELLY and ANDY KRACKOV get their share of serious and silly e-mails from the public. A student named Justin recently wrote asking for the definitive number of pilgrims in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. "In the Prologue, it states 29 pilgrims set out on the pilgrimage, but when we as a class counted, there were 30," Justin wrote. "Could you help us out?" According to English Professor GEORGE BROWN, no single answer exists because Chaucer left the work incomplete. "It is best to recognize that, like many masterpieces, the work is neither totally consistent nor finished," he says. And a Stanford wannabe named Elizabeth wrote that she was a direct descendent of LELAND STANFORD. "He was my great-great-grandfather," she stated. "I understand that direct descendants can attend Stanford University at no charge. Are my facts correct?" Since the Stanfords had only one child, LELAND JR., who died when he was 15 years old, it's improbable that direct descendants are to be found anywhere.

Write to Lisa Trei at lisatrei@ leland or mail code 2245.