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Stanford Report, September 6, 2000

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BULGARIAN PRESIDENT PETAR STOYANOV stopped by the Hoover Institution last Thursday to meet former Secretary of State GEORGE SHULTZ and about a dozen students from his country. MICHELE HORANEY, Hoover's public affairs manager, says the meetings were private but added the students talked about how they'd like to see more high-tech development in their homeland. "It was an exchange of hopes and dreams for the future," she says. Stoyanov agrees. Before coming to campus, he spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco about the prospects for peace and security in the Balkans following the war in neighboring Kosovo. He also stressed the importance of Bulgaria and its neighbors not being left behind developed countries by a widening digital divide.

CALLING ALL PHI BETA KAPPA MEMBERS. The national honor society needs your help. PBK secretary CLAIRE RAVI seeks volunteers with access to campus e-mail to assist the university chapter during the upcoming academic year. People are needed in February and March to help prepare for the election of new members. Ravi also will need help in May and June to prepare for the PBK initiation ceremony on June 15. Contact her at cravi@stanford.edu for more information.

IT'S WELL KNOWN ON CAMPUS THAT FORMER President GERHARD CASPER has been critical of U.S. News and World Report's annual ranking of U.S. colleges and universities. But how about Stanford being recognized as a school that is "hot or trendy"? Recently, the Office of Communications received a form letter from Kaplan/Newsweek announcing this special distinction. "I encourage you to celebrate your selection," the letter states. So break out a SoBe Elixir, hop on a Razor scooter and kick back.

DON'T MISS THE FINAL GAME OF THE 2000 SUMC Co-Ed Softball League Championship tomorrow at 6:45 p.m. on one of the Sand Hill Road IM fields, says LEANDER ROBINSON, AKA "the Commish" in the softball world. It's been a good season, one that also saw Stanford Hospital team No. 1 win the prestigious 20th Annual Hospital Softball Tournament in Sacramento Aug. 26 and 27. Robinson, a hospital electrician who managed the team, says it's the fifth time in nine years that Stanford has won. The team won six straight games to walk away with the trophy. "For many of us at Stanford Hospital, this statewide tournament is the culmination of our own SUMC softball league efforts," he says. "We take pride in taking staff that play in our league to compete [against people at] other hospitals who share the same jobs, same work-related issues and the same love for the game." The trophy is on display in the human resources department at the hospital.

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