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Stanford Report, September 27, 2000
Cardinal Chronicle

BY LISA TREI

STANFORD REPORT ONLINE HAS A NEW LOOK and a new URL, reports university Web Managing Editor ANDY KRACKOV. Check it out at http://news.stanford.edu . Although Stanford Report, the paper version, has not undergone a complete facelift, we've redesigned Page One to feature bolder photographs and the occasional use of four-color printing.

AFTER MORE THAN TWO YEARS ON THE ROAD, The Thinker has returned to campus. People smiled and clapped as it was reinstalled outside Meyer Library on Sept. 5, says NOREEN ONG from the Cantor Arts Center. "The students are happy to have it back," she says. The pensive bronze sculpture, cast in 1880 by Auguste Rodin, traveled to Rockefeller Center in New York, the White House and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh before returning to the Farm. For the next year, it will soak in academe before heading off again next fall for a tour of the Pacific Rim, says BERNARD BARRYTE, Cantor's associate director.

WITH THE FLICK OF A SWITCH, THE NEW fountain on Serra Mall gurgled into action last Thursday as dozens of folks behind the project chomped on a celebratory lunch of ribs and coleslaw outside the SEQ. "It's all part of a greater picture of restoring campus to the vision of 100 years ago," says JUDY CHAN, associate director of planning. "It's a major step and a major monument for the campus." Designed by SCOTT SEBASTIAN of Laguna Beach, whose firm is responsible for the transformation of Serra Mall, the fountain "recalls" but does not mirror Tanner Fountain outside MemAud. Project planner CATHY BLAKE says the project was fraught with difficulties because major utilities cross beneath it. Compromises included designing a smaller fountain and forgoing a surrounding pool of water. Instead, smooth, small boulders picked up from a beach in Baja form the base.

AN IMPORTED PREDATORY WASP THE SIZE OF A pinhead soon will be buzzing around a Red Gum tree on Searsville Road to save it from the lerp psyllid, a pest that's been killing eucalyptus trees on campus. This month, Psyllaphagus bliteus quadricyclus was released to establish colonies on infested trees, says grounds manager HERB FONG. The adult female wasps lay their eggs on immature psyllids that are then eaten by the wasp larvae after they hatch. "The wasps should not disturb anyone or even be seen by most people," says Fong. The Australian wasps won't eliminate the problem entirely, he adds, but they should reduce the pest's numbers so that eucs can be saved and the sticky gunk the psyllid secretes (and drips onto cars) will be minimized. For more psyllid control news, log on to http://nature.berkeley.edu/biocon/dahlsten/rglp/ .

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