Cardinal Chronicle

Mark your calendars—here are the dates for Stanford's Big 5 events for the 2005-06 academic year. New Student Orientation takes place Sept. 20-25; Reunion Homecoming, Oct. 20-23; Parents' Weekend, Feb. 24-25; Admit Weekend, April 20-22; and Commencement, June 17-18. The events together attract about 40,000 people to campus every year. New Student Orientation is headed by JARED SCHERER, Reunion Homecoming by LESLIE WINICK, Parents' Weekend by RYAN FOLEY, Admit Weekend by MATT SARGENT and Commencement by ELAINE ENOS. These individuals make up a committee chaired by KATE CHESLEY, associate director of University Communications.

Congratulations to MARGARITA IBARRA, who was named staff member of the year by La Raza Staff Association at its annual community banquet on May 13. Ibarra, who has been with Stanford since 1971, was honored for her commitment to the university and its Chicano and Latino students, staff and faculty. Ibarra has provided administrative support to the Chicano Fellows Program and Chicano Library, and over the years, she has served in the Physics Department, Anthropology Department, School of Education and Lively Arts at Stanford. She is currently the student services administrator at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. In that role, she assists students across the cultural spectrum. "I just enjoy being part of the student services program," said Ibarra, who also helped establish Las Comadres, an informal support and social network for Latina staff members, in 1989. "I do like being involved in the La Raza community."

On Monday morning, Grounds Services Supervisor HERB FONG was doing a little CSI work along Interstate 280, just west of campus. Over the past few months, giant circular symbols have mysteriously appeared on the hills along the freeway—first, a happy face near the Page Mill Road exit, and more recently, a peace sign near the Alpine Road off-ramp. The hills are university lands leased out to various parties, but Fong wondered whether someone else has been sneaking onto the properties with large equipment and carving the friendly forms into the dry grass. Whether or not it curbs any incidents of road rage, the peace sign likely will remain visible until autumn, when the next rainy season brings back a fresh carpet of grass. "It will all be uniformly green next fall," said Fong, whose department maintains fire breaks in the hills. "They're just mowing the tall grass, which is fine as far as I'm concerned."