WDCSA Newsletter – November 2000

Nov 8 Breakfast Briefing
Nov 9 Embassy of Finland Reception
Nov 9 Madwoman discussion
Nov 11 Madwoman of Chaillot
Nov 15 Entrepreneurship Event
Nov 18 Big Game Party
Dec 10 WDCSA Holiday Party; watch for details soon)
  Tutoring at Meyer Elementary School

Breakfast Briefing:  An Overview of the Federal Election Commission
Wednesday, November 8
7:45-9:00 a.m.

The Washington D.C. Stanford Association invites you to a "breakfast
briefing" with:

Darryl Wold (Stanford LL.B. ’66)
Chairman, Federal Election Commission

The federal elections for the year 2000 will be the costliest yet in U.S.
history.  Campaign expenditures and fundraising are at record-high levels. 
During the primaries, Governor Bush declined any federally provided matching
funds, avoiding the limitations that came with them.  Vice President Gore
accepted such funds and the accompanying limitations.  Both major party
candidates, however, are accepting federally provided general election funds. 
Pat Buchanan and his part of the Reform Party have ended up with both federal
matching and general election funds of almost $17 million.  Ralph Nader and
his Green Party have not.  Campaign finance reform has been on the lips of
many of the candidates, such as Senators John McCain, Russ Feingold, former
Senator Bill Bradley, U.S. Representative Tom Campbell from Stanford, as well as
Vice President Gore.  "Soft" money, "hard" money, PAC
money, "independent" expenditures are just some of the concerns being
raised by these officials.

The Federal Election Commission (FEC), which oversees and regulates all
campaigns for and elections to federal office, definitely has been and will be a
busy agency this election year.  Its current chairman, Darryl Wold, a 1966
graduate of Stanford Law School, will offer us his expert and seasoned overview
of the just-completed federal election just one day after the event. 

Chairman Wold was appointed to the six-member FEC by President Clinton in
November 1997 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 1998.  His current
term runs through April of next year.

Please plan on attending this timely, relevant-and off-the-record-briefing.

Place: Old Ebbitt Grill, 675 15th Street, N.W.
Metro: Metro Center (13th and G Streets, NW)
Date: Wednesday, November 8
Time: 7:45 to 9:00 a.m.
Menu: Continental breakfast
Cost: $14.00 per person

Make checks payable to Washington DC Stanford Association and send them by Nov.
7 to:  Terry Adlhock c/o Florida Power Corporation, Suite 250, 801
Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington DC 20004, tel. (202) 783-5560, e-mail: 

An Evening at the Embassy of Finland
Meyer School Benefit
Thursday, November 9
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join us Thursday, November 9, for the Meyer Elementary School Tutoring Program
Annual Fundraising Reception from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Embassy of Finland is
graciously hosting this event thanks to the kindness of His Excellency, Mr.
Jaakko Laajava, Ambassador to the United States.  This will be an
opportunity to meet the Ambassador, as well as some of the Embassy staff, see
the Embassy, learn a little more about Finland from a presentation, and enjoy
light fare and drinks.  Attendance is limited to 125.

Your contribution helps to pay for new instructional and computer resources and
for school operating costs on the Saturdays that the program is in session. The
program is in its eighth year and is a joint project of the Stanford, Princeton
and Harvard Alumni Associations of Washington, DC.

The cost is $35 per person and is tax deductible. The cost for current tutors is
$20 per person.  Send checks, payable to Harvard Club (Meyer School Fund),
to Susan Reynolds, 8510 Capo Ct., Vienna, VA 22182.  All checks should be
received no later than November 1st.  Please include a daytime telephone
number.  In the event that the limit is exceeded, those replying too late
will be notified by telephone.

To further contribute, you can add any amount of money to your reservation
check, which is also tax deductible.  In addition, please bring with you to
the reception a new or "gently used" elementary age children’s book or
school supplies, such as markers, crayons, construction paper, white copier
paper, pencils, or are supplies.

Modern Drama Discussion Group
November 9-The Madwoman of Chaillot (discussion)
November 11-The Madwoman of Chaillot (performance)

In November the Modern Drama Discussion Group’s current theme, Survival of the
Fittest, encounters social Darwinism.  The Madwoman of Chaillot (1947), by
French playwright Jean Giraudoux, pits the eponymous Countess Aurelia against a
cabal of corrupt capitalists determined to exploit Paris’s suspected mineral
resources even if it means the city’s complete destruction.  The drama
group will discuss The Madwoman of Chaillot from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Thurs., Nov.
9 (dinner at 6:30) at Delray Viet Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave., just north of
Bethesda metro.  Our discussion will feature director Jim Petosa.  To
RSVP for the discussion contact Betty Byrne BS’55 (202-483-4048 & BettyByrne@stanfordalumni.org). 
We’ll attend The Madwoman of Chaillot at 2 p.m. on Sat., Nov. 11, at Olney
Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (MD-108), Olney, MD.  Tickets
are $19 and include a post-performance discussion.  For tickets call
301-897-9314 or e-mail Robin.Larkin@erols.com.  For general information
about the drama group visit www.footlightsdc.org.

Entrepreneurship Networking Event
Wednesday, November 15
7:00-9:00 p.m.

ATTENTION Silicon Valley Refugees, BioTech Corridor Compatriots, and Other
Independent-Minded folk!

The WDCSA is planning an informal networking event for those in or interested in
entrepreneurship in software, IT, Biotech, or any other field.  Stop by and
have a beer with fellow alumni with similar interests or experiences.  No
speaker or other organized event is planned at this time, but all input on
formats for future events is welcome.

When: Wednesday, Nov 15, 7-9 p.m.

Location: Rock Bottom Brewery in the Ballston Commons Mall

What to look for: Either Balloons or a Stanford sweatshirt near where we are

Contact: Eric Sword, BS ’94, MS ’95, at 703-508-9668 or ericsword@grouplogic.com

Driving Directions: Exit I-66 West or East at Glebe road in Ballston.  Head
south until you see the mall on your left.  Drive past Hechts on Glebe and
you will see both Rock Bottom and the parking structure.

Metro Directions: Ballston stop on the Orange line.  Walk south 2 blocks
and you will run into the mall.  Rock Bottom can be reached from the inside
or outside the mall.

103rd Big Game
Saturday, November 18
3:00 P.M. until victory

Join us on Saturday, November 18, for the 103rd Big Game (party), hosted by the
WDCSA and the local Cal Alumni Association.  The 2000 Big Game Party will
be held at Capitol City Brewing Company-Shirlington in Arlington, VA.  Come
root for Cardinal, hiss at the Bears, and enjoy all-you-can-eat chicken wings,
bbq chicken sandwiches, roast beef, pasta salad, and vegetables.

Micro-brewed beer will be sold at reduced prices, and sodas will be sold with
free refills.  The DC Big Game Party is open to all ages; please bring a
valid ID if you plan to drink.

Please see below for more details on the free shuttle bus service to the party.

Please check the WDCSA Hotline, (301) 230-5575, or website the week before Big
Game to confirm the information listed below.  Good seats will fill up
quickly, so come early.  Doors open at 3:00 p.m.

Come out and help us cheer on the Cardinal!

Big Game Party Details:
Date:    Saturday, November 18
Place:    Capitol City Brewing Company-Shirlington, 2700 South
Quincy Street, Arlington, VA, (703) 578-3888
Time:    3:00 p.m. until 7 p.m.; game time is 3:30 P.M.
Cost:    $16.00 per person in advance; $20.00 at the door,
includes buffet, satellite downlink and shuttle service.  Beverages are
extra.  Children under 12 will be admitted free with their parents.

RSVP:    Send checks (payable to Washington DC Stanford
Association) by November 14 to Quinn McKew, 2821 29th Place, NW, Washington, DC,
20008 or pay at the door.  If you prepay for two or more people please list
their names.  For information, contact qmckew@npca.org, (202) 669-3142, or
call the WDCSA hotline.

Metro:    Free shuttle service to the party will be provided from
the Pentagon City Metro stop (Blue and Yellow lines).  Take the Hayes
Street exit (the one on the right).  When you exit the station, you will be
in front of Borders and Starbucks.  Look for the Stanford vs. Cal meeting
sign.  A 25-seat bus with Stanford and Cal banner will be waiting. 
Shuttle buses will make round trips to Shirlington from 2:30-4:30 P.M. and
return trips to the Pentagon City Metro from 6:30-8:30 P.M.  ***Note:
Shuttle bus information is subject to change, please check the WDCSA hotline or
website the week before the party.

Directions:    From I-395 South, take the SHIRLINGTON/GLEBE RD.
exit, number 7, towards Shirlington.  Stay on the Shirlington off-ramp all
the way to the first intersection.  Go straight through the intersection
and Capitol City Brewing Co. will be about one block ahead of you on the left. 
Free parking is available behind the restaurant in a parking garage and in an
outdoor lot.

Tutoring at Meyer School
Saturday Mornings
10-11:30 a.m.

As the weather turns (slightly) cooler and the back-to-school sales fill the
papers, you may be fondly remembering the days when a new set of
pencils and notebooks signaled the end of summer.  Well, you CAN go back to
school! Come join the Meyer Adopt-A-School program and help fellow Stanford,
Princeton, and Harvard grads tutor elementary school students on Saturday
mornings.  This year we will work primarily with 1st-3rd graders who have
scored poorly on the District’s standardized tests. 

Tutors spend from 10-11:30 on Saturday mornings working with students on
reading, writing, math, and computer skills.  No previous experience or
training is necessary.  The Meyer School is in the Shaw neighborhood of
Washington, D.C., a few blocks from the U St. Metro station. The program starts
in mid-October and goes through May.  Regular attendance by tutors is
appreciated by both the students and the program. 

For more information contact Andrea Hirsch at (202) 331-7522 (w); (202) 244-4589
(h) or AHirsch@ksflaw.com.