Stanford Report Online

Stanford Report, November 1, 2000
Cardinal Chronicle weekly campus column

THE VOICE OF ASSISTANT WRESTLING COACH STEVE BUDDIE recently was heard on national television when he became a "lifeline" on the quiz show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" for soccer star and alum JULIE FOUDY. Buddie's wife, HEATHER, is best pals with Foudy, and knew that the coach was into pop culture. "After [I took] much ribbing and teasing from Julie for being such a 'trivia dork,' she found herself singing a different tune when she got the call from New York to be on 'Millionaire,'" says Buddie. "I agreed to be her music/movie lifeline." Buddie stayed near his phone for three hours while the show was being taped and couldn't believe his luck when he got called to answer the following question: "PERRY FARRELL, the lead singer of Jane's Addiction, also founded what musical festival in 1991?" His correct answer, "Lollapalooza," helped Foudy win $125,000 -- the most of any athlete who appeared on the show's Oct. 24 special U.S. Olympic edition. Half of Foudy's winnings go to a charity that helps disabled kids play soccer. She keeps the rest.

THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS BOASTS ALBUS DUMBLEDORE as a donor. For those in the dark, this character is the mysterious headmaster of Hogwarts, the boarding school for wizards in the famous HARRY POTTER children's book series. Copy editor HEIDI BECK (who has a couple of Potter fans in her household) spotted the name in GSB's annual report. She mentioned it to the school's DENISE GAMMAL and received the following reply: "We think someone is having a grand old time with us," wrote Gammal. "Get this: The gift was sent in this year with no return address and on a traveler's international money order with an obscured U.S. postmark. Last year, the same amount came in for the same fund from an AL BUNDY! So we can't wait to see who replaces Albus Dumbledore next year." We'll be waiting.

RAY WANG, A DOCTORAL CANDIDATE IN electrical engineering and a Stanford Graduate Fellow, happens to play a little piano. He does it so well that he won this year's Stanford Concerto Competition, an annual event open to students playing all instruments. The winner performs his or her selected repertoire as a soloist with the Stanford Symphony Orchestra. On Dec. 2 at 8 p.m., Wang will perform Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No. 2 during part of a concert conducted by J. KARLA LEMON in Dinkelspiel. Get your tickets at Tresidder: $8 general; $4 students.

CHANGING SEASONS MEAN GREAT FALL color on campus, says grounds manager HERB FONG. Bowdoin Street between Stanford Avenue and Campus Drive, and Santa Teresa Street near the Alumni Association office have the most vibrant displays of ochre, red and golden leaves right now. "The show is just starting and, with Hoover Tower in the background, it makes for a great photo," Fong says.

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