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Stanford Report, May 31, 2000

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IMAGINE A TV AUDIENCE TOPPING 20 MILLION. That's how many people are expected to tune in to a documentary series on 10 top American universities that will soon air in four Chinese television markets. "Lots of Chinese students would like to study here," says the film's associate producer, JING ZHAO, who was part of a TV crew on campus last week getting the goods on Stanford. According to Zhao, it's the first time a documentary series on U.S. higher education has ever run in China. When asked about the Farm, cameraman LU WEI flashed a thumbs-up. "Good climate, beautiful campus, helpful people," he gushed. When asked what he didn't like about Stanford, he groaned, "Too big. Easy to get lost."

QUICK. CAN YOU RECITE THE FUNDAMENTAL Standard of student conduct? Turns out most students can't either. When Dean of Students MARC WAIS attends undergraduate functions, he asks if anyone can recite the statement. "I offer them a lunch at the Faculty Club," he said at a recent Faculty Senate meeting. "I have never had to take a student to the Faculty Club to this day." Maybe that's because the statement is a mouthful. For the record (but don't expect a free lunch): "Students are expected to show both within and without the university such respect for order, morality, personal honor and the rights of others as is demanded of good citizens. Failure to do this will be sufficient cause for removal from the university." Phew.

RITA CHALON FROM LABOR RELATIONS AND SOHAILA TOFIG from Human Resources happily munched on their free lunch at the annual Multicultural Springfest on Thursday. Unlike last year, when a heat wave and looooong lines spoiled the fun for staff members, this time better organization paid off. During lunch, Provost JOHN HENNESSY thanked staff for being not just involved but committed to Stanford. And JOHN CAMMIDGE, the university's new director of human resources, introduced himself by explaining that he used to be a geologist but "could find no oil," so he went into personnel. "If any of you dare think about leaving Stanford, call me before you do."

NOTICE TO CAMPUS PARENTS: KIDS HAVE to be good swimmers to use the new training pool on weekends at the Avery Aquatic Center. It's 10- to 11-feet deep -- too deep for parents to hold their children and play in the water, says pool manager TED KNAPP. The old pool, which has a 4-foot-deep shallow end, is being renovated and will not reopen until October. For opening times of the new pool, call 725-0725.

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