Need a 1,200-foot-long tunnel? At one point, the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) did. Just up the Peninsula, in Brisbane, is an old railroad tunnel that a group of engineers and physicists from SLAC once used for alignment tests. If those walls could talk, they might say whether those researchers stretched wires or used other methods. "This all happened almost 40 years ago," said GREGORY LOEW, deputy director emeritus at SLAC and a professor of applied research. Now the tunnel is being pitched as an ideal space to store wine or classic cars. For just under $2 million, you can purchase a 6-acre parcel that includes the tunnel, an acre of flat land and unobstructed hillside views of the bay. Where? On eBay, of course!
The group Katrina Relief @ Stanford has launched a three-week gift card drive to benefit Native American communities in rural Louisiana that were affected by the hurricanes. Floodwaters are abating slowly, and most residents still need boats to get in and out of their communities, according to the group. The gift cards will help people buy fuel and other desperately needed supplies. Alumna PATTY FERGUSON, a lawyer for her tribe—the Pointe-au-Chien in Montegut, La.—is the group's Gulf Coast contact and will distribute the gift cards to tribes in the area. Coordinating the drive is longtime staffer DEAN EYRE, associate programs manager in Undergraduate Research Programs. The drive began Monday and ends on Friday, Nov. 18. Collection sites and a list of the gift cards that are most needed are posted at http://katrinahelp.stanford.edu.
Back when he used to roam the campus grounds during his 16 years on staff, DANIEL DEYOUNG became attached to an unassuming birdbath behind Memorial Church. Clearly inscribed on its base: "Dedicated to the memory of BARBARA JORDAN, who knew and loved the birds, by the Western Out-Door Clubs, 1930." Barbara, the daughter of Stanford's first president, DAVID STARR JORDAN, died in 1901 of scarlet fever when she was just 9, according to University Archivist MAGGIE KIMBALL. The birdbath was carved from a solid block of echaillon stone from Grenoble, France. DeYoung and a professor who taught next to the church tended to the birdbath until DeYoung retired in 1979 as director of service operations. And while the inscription is barely legible, the birdbath itself remains. "Nobody seems to know about it now," said DeYoung, who lives on campus. "I check it out all the time."