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Stanford Report, October 4, 2000
Cardinal Chronicle

BY LISA TREI

WHAT AN OLYMPICS IT WAS! ATHLETES associated with Stanford swept four gold, three silver and two bronze medals at the 2000 Games. Head women's swim coach RICHARD QUICK trained 16 medalists on the U.S. Women's Swim Team, four of whom come from the Farm. MISTY HYMAN, who won gold in the 200-meter butterfly, returns to campus as a senior. Classmates SIOBHAN CROPPER, a swimmer, water polo player ELLEN ESTES, and distance runners MICHAEL STEMBER and GABE JENNINGS will join her. Fencing sisters FELICIA and IRIS ZIMMERMAN, respectively a senior and a sophomore, will return too. Other Cardinal Olympians include sophomores BRENDA VILLA, a water polo player, and volleyball player LOGAN TOM, and incoming freshman TONY AZEVEDO, a water polo player whom head coach DANTE DETTAMANTI calls "the top under-18 player in the world."

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE STANFORD CHANNEL! Celebrating its sixth year this week, TSC is one of just a few cable broadcast entities in this country owned and operated by a private research university, says executive producer RANDY BEAN. TSC broadcasts to neighboring communities coverage of everything from lectures to sports, from original interviews to musical performances. On Oct. 20, don't miss JOHN HENNESSY's inauguration as Stanford's 10th president. TSC will broadcast the event live on television and on the web.

FOOTBALL FANS CAN AVOID TRAFFIC headaches and parking hassles by riding their bikes to campus football games on Oct. 21 and 28, and Nov. 11, reports ELLEN FLETCHER of the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. The not-for-profit group will provide free guarded bike parking from 90 minutes before each game to half an hour afterward. Bike corrals are located across from Gate 2 at Nelson Road and McDonald Mall, and outside gates 5, 9 and 13. "We park hundreds and sometimes thousands of bikes at football games," says Fletcher. "It's a great service."

FROM THE ARCHIVES: BACK IN 1980, THEN Provost DON KENNEDY discovered that Stanford's first president, DAVID STARR JORDAN, had made a mathematical mistake of historic proportions. Strolling around the Inner Quad, Kennedy calculated that it would take 512 years for the bronze class plaques embedded into the walkways to circle the entire area. Jordan's calculation had been 114 years higher; a figure repeatedly cited after it was first published in 1897. Kennedy told the Class of 1980 that the new knowledge provided "an appropriate statement about the life and work of the university. On the one hand, we get from the stately progress of these bronze footsteps a sense of the stabilizing influence of this great institution on human culture. And, through the sudden discovery that it is not quite so stately as we thought, we gain a renewed sense of the dynamism of knowledge and the ephemerality of conviction."

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