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Stanford Report, October 2, 2002
Cardinal Chronicle / weekly campus column


THE ST. LAWRENCE STRING QUARTET AND MARK APPLEBAUM, jazz pianist and assistant professor of music composition and theory, will present a concert in memory of journalist DANIEL PEARL on Thursday, Oct. 10, the day that would have been Pearl's 39th birthday. Pearl, who was South Asia bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal when he was kidnapped and killed in Pakistan in January, graduated from Stanford with a bachelor's degree in communication in 1985. The Stanford concert, at 8 p.m. in Memorial Church, will be one of more than two dozen musical tributes worldwide to Pearl, who was a violinist, fiddler and mandolin player. Musical events across the United States, Canada, Europe and South Asia will range from a performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra to a Radio France broadcast of Pakistani, Cuban and American music and a fiddle party hosted by the Walnut Valley Festive Fiddlers in Hill City, Kan. Pearl's family and friends organized the birthday tribute through the Daniel Pearl Foundation. "We are inviting orchestras and bands to use this opportunity to play for humanity and friendship, and to recognize the hope that is still plentiful even in the aftermath of terror," said his parents, RUTH and JUDEA PEARL, in a press release. Pearl's sister, MICHELLE PEARL, of San Francisco, will speak at the Stanford concert, which is free and open to the public. The musicians will perform works by Mozart, R. Murray Shafer and Applebaum.

THE PACE WAS SLOW LAST SATURDAY AS campus drivers lumbered into second place at an annual competition for drivers and mechanics of recycling and garbage trucks at the Pleasanton Fairgrounds. Speed isn't really the point, said JULIE MUIR of Peninsula Sanitary Service Inc. (PSSI), which conducts campus waste and recycling operations and participated in the competition, the California Refuse Removal Council Truck and Mechanics Road-e-o. "In fact, speed is discouraged. It stirs up a lot of dust." It's accuracy and mechanical knowledge that counts, she said. PSSI drivers placed in front-loader, rear-loader and team competitions, besting competitors in feats such as navigating a traffic cone obstacle course. "It would be easy in a car, but just try it in a garbage truck," said Muir. In another arena, PSSI was named the top school recycling program by the National Recycling Coalition.

SPOTTED WHILE BROWSING THE BULLETIN board outside Pigott Hall: an official-looking flier announcing the "Multi-Faceted Support Society for the Spontaneously Impaired Speaker." The society demands little of its members. "Meetings are regretfully not held Monday to Thursday from 1:13 to 1:37 GMT. Neither are they held from 12:01 to 12:03 a.m. EST," the flier continued.

Write to Barbara Palmer at [email protected] or mail code 2245 or call her at 724-6184.

Barbara Palmer