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Stanford Report, May 24, 2000

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WHAT'S A POOR STUDENT INTERESTED IN public service to do when private industry beckons with jobs offering wealth and glamour? CODY HARRIS, a senior in international relations, raised this dilemma at a luncheon held last week for members of the advisory council of the Institute for International Studies. ROSEANNE RIDGEWAY, a U.S. Foreign Service veteran, sympathized that liberal arts and social science majors have a harder time today choosing between jobs in the public and private sectors. "When I graduated with a history degree," she said, "[my other job choices] were teaching or being a customer service representative for the local phone company." Harris recently turned down an offer from the Carnegie Foundation to work for a private consulting firm. "These companies make it very difficult to leave," Harris said. "Once you are there they give you bonuses right and left." Former British Foreign Minister GEOFFREY HOWE helped resolve Harris' quandary by urging students to develop "financial independence and creditability first" before jumping into the maelstrom of public life.

HERE'S A CHANCE TO WIN A $25 GIFT Certificate to the Stanford Bookstore. JANE WILLIAMS from Total Compensation wants your opinion on how the university and SLAC deliver benefits services. "We really want to know so we can get a handle on how we're doing," she says. To do that, staff and faculty are asked to spend 10 minutes to fill out a questionnaire found at Type in the password STANFORD. The survey can be done anonymously, but those hoping to win one of the 20 gift certificates should include their names and e-mail addresses. Deadline for the drawing is Friday, May 26.

IT'S SOFTBALL TIME AGAIN AND CO-ED TEAMS in the campus league are battering up for a summer of hot competition and cool camaraderie. With team names like the Myoclonic Jerks, the Traumatizers and the Great Bauds, the league anticipates serious action from veterans and rookies alike. "I'm sure they're pushing first base a little farther away each year," says KATE CHESLEY, a typically gung-ho player for FacOps' Hit&Run. For an irreverent description of the teams and the season's schedule, go to

CAN PHYSICS BE FUN? LIBRARIAN MOLLY MOSS at SLAC thinks so and has created an exhibit of cartoons called "The Lighter Side of Physics" that's on display in the center's library for a month. SLAC's P.A. MOORE says, "While libraries normally call for silence, laughter is encouraged in this case."

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