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Stanford Report, January 19, 2000

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EIGHT HOURS IN LINE, AND WE'RE NOT TALKING GAME TICKETS OR SWING DANCE CLASSES: That's how long some students had to wait to buy the textbook for PHIL ZIMBARDO'S introductory Psych 1 course -- a key requirement for getting into the class. The day before classes started this quarter, the books were on sale from 4 to 8 p.m. at Jordan Hall, with students lining early as 7:30 a.m. Rumors Zimbardo was retiring helped cause a run on the class, but students always have flocked to it. Now in his sixth decade of teaching, Zimbardo confirms he had planned to retire, "but the joy I got from teaching last year made me reconsider, so I will delay retirement for a few more years." After buying the book, students still have to plan ahead if they want to be able to get a seat in the 297-capacity lecture hall; those who are merely punctual may have to sit on the floor. The situation "does create some chaos," Zimbardo says, adding that a lottery system will be devised next year. "My goal for the course is a rather modest one -- to make this course the most memorable one students will take in the time they are studying at Stanford."

HE MAY HAVE BEEN OUT FOR THE SEASON BECAUSE OF injuries, but San Francisco 49ers quarterback STEVE YOUNG is scoring points with the Forever Young Zone, a newly opened playroom for patients at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital. Established through the athlete's Forever Young Foundation, the recreational environment that serves children from infancy to adolescence has as its theme "Be Your Own Hero." While there are marvels such as a twinkling fiberoptic constellation on the ceiling in the Teen Zone and a Tech Zone with computers and video game systems, COLLETTE CASE, director of the hospital's Child and Family Life Services department, is most impressed with a domestic appliance. "Finally we've got a dishwasher so we can clean all the toys, especially the infant toys," she said. In display cases, the autographed jerseys of soccer diva BRANDI CHASTAIN (no -- not the notorious sports bra) and former Denver Broncos quarterback JOHN ELWAY, '83, decorate the wall, along with a photograph from actor ROBIN WILLIAMS inscribed with "You are my heroes."

AT AN OPEN HOUSE FOR THE MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. Papers Project Friday, special guests DOROTHY COTTON and JIMMY COLLIER fired up the crowd with freedom songs they led during the civil rights movement. The music had everyone stomping their feet and clapping hands, but when the audience was invited to sing some soulful verses, response was meek. Cotton, King's former director of education for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, teased visitors: "When they get in these high academic settings, they don't think they have any spirit." SR

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