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Stanford Report, December 6, 2000
Cardinal Chronicle weekly campus column


ATTENTION CAMPUS BIKERS: SPOKE-N-Friends, a campus motorcycle group, is organizing a toy run to Lucile Packard Children's Hospital this Saturday. Student, staff and faculty motorcycle enthusiasts are invited. The year-old group gets together once a month for road trips. Around 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, they will meet at the corner of Via Palou and Via Pueblo, outside the W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Lab (HEPL), to take new, unwrapped gifts for children to the hospital. "This is just something we want to do," says MIKE KILLIAN, a facilities manager at HEPL. "The more the merrier." Bikers are asked to bring a gift. Early birds also are welcome to join the group at 9:30 a.m. outside the lab to ride to Duarte's Tavern in Pescadero for breakfast. For more information, contact Killian at 723-0269 or .

ARCHIVIST MAGGIE KIMBALL GETS TO COLLECT some pretty unusual stuff. Recently, she did a survey of casts, molds and masks in the university's collection. Here's what she found: death masks for the university's first president, DAVID STARR JORDAN; LELAND STANFORD, his wife, JANE, and LELAND JR.; and an unidentified female. There are molds for the antique glass light fixtures in Building 30, which has been restored to its original look, and for the large handmade globes hanging from the walkway ceilings around the Main Quad. The collection also includes a plaster cast for the left arm of the "Angel of Grief," which Jane Stanford dedicated in 1900 to her brother, HENRY CLAY LATHROP. MICHAEL FOX from Facilities Operations says that vandals damaged the monument near the Mausoleum several years ago, and that it is being restored as part of a general spruce-up of the area. Sculptor MARCEL MACHLER did several plaster casts of the arm because he had no original drawings. After four tries he got the arm just right and used that to sculpt a replacement from white Carrara marble. Kimball says her staff liken their plaster replica to the hand in the "Addams Family" television series. "A staff member even asked if we could have 'the arm' get the mail," she says.

SEE HOW RUSSIANS PORTRAYED THIS COUNTRY in films from the 1920s to the 1950s at a screening of "America Made in Russia" at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 in Building 260, Room 007. The 67-minute film collage by Visiting Professor Oksana Bulgakowa, a Russian film expert, features movie clips with intriguing titles such as The Extraordinary Adventures of Mr. West in the Land of Bolsheviks by Lev Kuleshov (1924), The Kiss of Mary Pickford by Sergei Komarov (1927) and The Conspiracy of the Condemned by Mikhail Kalatsov (1950). The Slavic Department is sponsoring the event.

JOHN CAMMIDGE, HEAD OF HUMAN Resources, will speak at a noontime lunch hosted by the Asian Staff Forum on Dec. 14 in the Old Union Clubhouse Ballroom. His talk is titled, "I only hire human resources people who know how to play cricket: a question of inclusion." LINDA TAOKA of the Asian Staff Forum says the lunch is open to all members of the campus community. "[Cammidge] has certainly picked an interesting title, so I hope a lot of people come," she says.

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