WDCSA Newsletter – April 1996

Calendar of Events

(Clicking on event takes you to that section of newsletter):


April 17 Cooking Class (second notice)
April 20 & 27 Christmas in April
April 27 & 28 Stanford Women’s Lacrosse
May 1 Professor Roger Noll
May 13 Dinner & Dialogue
May 21 Ivy Connection Happy Hour
June 2 Raft Trip
June 23 Orioles Game
July 30 Gypsy Kings
August 15 Verdi’s Falstaff at Wolf Trap

Wednesday, April 17th
L’Academie de Cuisine
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
5021 Wilson Lane
Bethesda, MD 20814; (301) 986-9490

Come cook, sip wine, eat the food you prepared and visit with Stanford friends
$35/person at the Premier L’Academie de Cuisine. Instructor: Francois Dionot

French Cooking Class by the Director of L’Academie. He is a
superb instructor and the food promises to be delicious.

Parking may be difficult — public nearby–allow 10 min. to locate a parking spot.
Arrive 10-15 minutes early if possible to claim the best seat to watch the cooking.

MENU: Grilled eggplant with goat cheese & fresh tomato

Pan fried sweetbreads with mushroom leek custard

Apple charlotte with raspberry coulis

Mail your reservations to: Stacey FitzSimmons, 4711 Langdrum Lane, Chevy
Chase, MD 20815. (h) 301/951-1820; (w) 301/951-4422

For 4/17 class ____persons x $35 = ______.

Payment enclosed must be received by 4/13 to ensure a place. Please make your
check payable to L’Academie de Cuisine. Note: payment is non-refundable after
April 13th, as we must prepay to hold each reservation. If the class fills, checks will be
returned immediately.

Saturday, April 20th & 27th

Once again, WDC Stanford Association is looking for alumni who don’t mind
getting dirty and grungy for a good reason: Christmas in April.

Christmas in April is a community service program dedicated to repairing and
renovating homes for elderly, disabled and/or poor residents throughout the U.S. This
year, WDC Stanford Association is supporting Christmas in April by volunteering to work
on an old DC public school building. The building is occupied by Jobs for Homeless
People, a non-profit program. Since this is a large job, volunteers from the Wilson
High School Honor Society will help us. (Several organizations are teaming with local
high schools this year.)

We already have 17 Stanford volunteers, but more are needed. All are welcome
regardless of experience level. This year we will be putting in dry wall, spackling,
painting, installing door knobs and other safety features, and doing minor electrical
work. A small prep team is needed to work half-day on April 20th, and we’ll be working
for a full day on April 27th.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Robyn Alexander at
301/816-4920. Please sign-up ASAP.

Saturday, April 27th & 28th

Stanford Women’s Lacrosse will be arriving on the East Coast on Thursday,
April 25th, to play Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. On Saturday, April
27th, Stanford plays Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, MD at 4:00 p.m. They
will play their final game against Ohio State on Sunday April 28th, at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. St.
Mary’s College.

From DC take rte. 270 to Frederick. Go north on route 15 to Emmitsburg.
Questions? Contact Marsha Shinkman at 301/229-6106 (h); e-mail is


Wednesday, May 1st
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Avenue, NW
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
$8 in advance, $10 at the door
light dinner served

Morris M. Doyle Professor of Public Policy, Department of Economics,
Stanford. Director, Public Policy Program (undergraduate major in economics and
political science) Courtesy Professor, Graduate School of Business and Department of
Political Science.

In the past year, many cities have agreed to give professional sports teams
massive subsidies to induce them to move (or not to move). Usually the subsidy takes
the form of a highly subsidized facility in which to play, sometimes costing as much
as $400 million. In a few cases, teams have also received up-front cash payments to
go along with a rent-free stadium or arena.

Public officials and sports entrepreneurs justify these subsidies on the
grounds that a sports team generates more than a compensating increase in income in the
local community. But is this the case? This lecture will explore the economics and
politics of stadium and arena subsidies. Are they a good investment? Who wins and who
loses when one is built? Why can sports franchises, which are relatively small
businesses, command such massive subsidies?

Professor Noll is currently a Visiting Fellow, Brookings Institution, and teaching at
SIW. He received his PhD from Harvard and his BS from Caltech. He was Institute
Professor of Social Sciences and Chair, Division of Humanities and Social Sciences at
Caltech prior to coming to Stanford in 1984.

Roger Noll has written extensively on public policies toward business. With
respect to the economics of sports, he has written a book and several articles and has
testified in a variety of proceedings. Among his most recent books are an examination
of U.S. government support of research and development and of constitutional reform
in California. About 3/4 of the latter has been adopted by the California Commission
on Constitutional Reform and is being considered now by the state legislature. He has
also written extensively on government regulation, particularly telecommunications.

Monday, May 13th
6:30 p.m. – dinner

7:30 p.m. – dialogue

The Modern Drama Discussion Group will discuss Marsha Norman’s Pulitzer Prize winning play,
"’night, Mother." Norman’s harrowing drama raises profound and eternal
issues of parental love and the meaning of life. Call 202/484-8303 after April 18th
for information or e-mail

Tuesday, May 21st
at Planet Fred
6:30 – 9:30
1221 Conn., Ave., NW

Come join young alumni in the DC area for happy hour. There will be special drink
specials. $5 at the door

Sunday, June 2nd
RAFT TRIP to benefit Stanford in Government

Details to come (we have plenty of tickets)

Sunday, June 23rd
ORIOLES GAME Tuesday, July, 30th

Thursday, August 15th

We have 30 front orchestra seats for the Gypsy Kings ($30) and the opera
($40). Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and mail to Bill
Pegram, 815 S. 18th, Apt. 400, Arlington, VA 22202. We will mail tickets and a map
showing Stanford’s pre-performance picnic location. You will be notified if we are
out of tickets.


Membership Information: Paul Garrett (703)893-3100; Sherry Dunn-Abel
Stanford Club Hotline: (301) 230 5575
PRESIDENT: Bill Pegram, (703)486-0952
VICE PRESIDENT: Clare Stephens, (302) 571-0550 (Clare has moved to Delaware)