WDCSA Newsletter – October 2012

October 2012 Newsletter

Stanford Football Game Watches
Saturday, October 6 3 pm kick-off
Saturday, October 13 3:30 pm kick-off
1823 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20038

WDCSA is hosting two Stanford football game watches this month at Mackey’s Pub. On October 6th, Stanford will play Arizona and on October 13th, Stanford takes on Notre Dame.

Mackey’s is close to both the Farragut North and Farragut West metro stops. No RSVPs required, just come wearing your Cardinal garb and be ready to cheer
our team on to victory!

DC Book Club Discussion
Sunday, October 14 5-8 pm
Washington, D.C.

The DC book group will meet at the home of Alison Westfall on Capitol Hill to discuss the novel Every Man Dies Alone by Hans Fallada. The November and December books are The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand and The Movie Goer by Walker Percy.
For information about the group, email alisoncolew@hotmail.com.

American Electoral Politics
with Stanford Professor Simon Jackman
Wednesday, October 17 6:30-8:30 pm
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C.

Three themes have dominated the campaign for the 2012 presidential election. First, who is to blame for a stubbornly sluggish U.S. economy? What role does Obama’s race (and voter attitudes about race) play in shaping voting intentions? And to what extent are so-called "social issues" (e.g., abortion, gay marriage) at work? These questions help us understand the current election campaign, as well as the shape of American politics and policy-making for years to come.

As a Principal Investigator of two large studies of the American electorate, Professor Simon Jackman is uniquely positioned to address these questions. In this talk, he will show why Obama is faring better than he should, given the state of the economy; how race remains a powerful force in American politics; and the way that social issues do (or do not) drive citizens to make political choices inconsistent with their economic interests.

Professor Jackman is a Professor of Political Science and (by courtesy) Statistics. His research focuses on American electoral politics, public opinion, democratic representation, and the art and science of survey research. In 2007-2008 he was one of the principal investigators of the Cooperative Campaign Analysis Project, an Internet-based, six-wave, longitudinal study of the American electorate leading up to the 2008 presidential election.

Professor Jackman co-directs the Stanford Center for American Democracy and is one of the principal investigators of the American National Election Studies,

Stanford vs Cal Big Game Party
Saturday, October 20 Kick-off 3pm Eastern
Doors open 30 minutes prior to kick-off
Spider Kelly’s
3181 Wilson Blvd,
Arlington, Va.

It’s time to put on your Cardinal red and cheer on the Stanford football team in the 115th Big Game! The Washington DC Stanford Association and Cal Alumni Association are organizing the annual Big Game viewing party. Come out and support the Cardinal as we crush those Bears!

This year’s Big Game will feature a new Big Game "Party Plus" area. The "Party Plus" package will get you entry into a VIP area including a buffet, dedicated service, and exclusive access to the Spider Kelly’s bar. The "Party Plus" tickets are limited. We will have the entire restaurant to ourselves, but general admission will still be limited. We strongly encourage
alumni to pre-register to ensure entry and to minimize entry time.

"Party Plus" package (RSVP at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event10497) $35 (register by October 18); $45 at the door (if still available)

General Admission (RSVP at http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event10400) Non-WDCSA members and their guests: $15 (by October 18); $20 at the door WDCSA members, young alumni (’08-’12), and their guests: $10 (by October 18); $15 at the door,
Kids 12 and under: $5

***Prices include appetizer and drink specials ($10 buckets of Corona, Corona Light, Bud Light, Coors Light, and Miller Lite; $12 for all pitchers; $3.50 Bloody Marys and Mimosas; $7 cardinal and blue cocktails; and exclusive viewing of the Big Game***

We regret that no refunds will be given after October 17, 2012. Please contact John Smithson at jsmithson@gmail.com on or before this date to request a refund.

Check your WDCSA Membership – www.stanfordclubs.org/dc/listmembers.asp Questions? Email John Smithson, ’05,
at jsmithson@gmail.com

Annual Cardinal Young Alumni End of Summer/Welcome to DC Bash
Thursday, October 25 5:30-8 pm
Cafe Citron,
1343 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington, D.C.

Join your fellow young alumni for an extended happy hour at one of the most popular venues in Dupont Circle: Cafe Citron. Come celebrate the end of summer and welcome the most recent Stanford grads to DC. We have reserved the entire VIP Access Area for Stanford only – just mention at the door that you are with the "Stanford VIP Party" and you will be led to a secret door.

This event is free. Happy hour food and drink specials will be available. First drink is on us. Live DJ music will also be playing. RSVP at http://alumni.stanford.edu/get/page/events/details?event_id=10396.
Questions? Contact Nina Rodriguez, MS ’05, at ninamariarodriguez@gmail.com. Cafe Citron is only one block away from the Dupont
Circle metro station, south exit.

Boomers to Busters: Ghosts of Georgetown Private Walking Tour
Friday, October 26 7-8:30 pm
Meet at 3051 M St NW
Washington, D.C.

Cost is $20 for ages 18 and older, $10 for ages 7-17, free for ages 6 and younger.

Are you old enough to remember Rosemary’s Baby,
The Omen or The Exorcist – but had to sneak into R Rated movies to see them?

Billed as "a family- and kid-friendly, creepy, cosmic, and sometimes comic crawl through paranormal Georgetown — DC’s most historic and absurdly haunted neighborhood!" Rated Best Tour by Washingtonian Magazine. Tour begins at the spooky Old Stone House at 3051 M Street NW and ends at the Exorcist Steps (near the Key Bridge, around 36th& Prospect Streets NW) and is about 1.5 miles. Tours take place rain or shine.

Closest Metro is Foggy Bottom. From there take the Circulator or 30s buses. Parking is tight in Georgetown. For more information, and to register on-line (last year’s tour sold out): http://www.uchicagodc.org/events.html

Boomers to Busters is targeted for alumni of Stanford and similar schools who were undergraduates from the mid 1970s to mid 1990s, and their spouses, partners and guests. Schools advertising Boomers to Busters events include Amherst, Brown, Bryn Mawr, Carleton, Carnegie-Mellon, Chicago, Haverford, MIT, Mount Holyoke, Northwestern, Pennsylvania, Pomona, Smith, Stanford, Swarthmore, Yulane, Vassar, Wellesley and
Williams. Others are welcome.

Pre-Election Briefing & Reception
Thursday, November 1
Reception: 6:30-7:00 pm
Briefing/Q&A: 7:00-8:00 pm
Stanford in Washington
2661 Connecticut Ave. NW,
Washington, D.C.

Please come to a special briefing with Doyle McManus, LA Times Washington columnist, and Nancy Tate, Executive Director, League of Women Voters. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear from two exceptional leaders — both Stanford graduates — as they offer insights into the 2012 elections and the next administration.

Doyle has reported on national and international issues from Washington for more than 25 years and appears frequently on PBS’s "Washington Week." He is a former White House correspondent and fourtime recipient of the National Press Club’s Edwin Hood award.

Nancy leads the nation’s premier nonpartisan political organization that encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and works to increase understanding of major public policy issues.

Refreshments will be provided. Space is limited, so please RSVP and provide $15 payment by October 26: http://alumni.stanford.edu/goto/event10200.

For questions/additional information, please contact
Barbara Tyran at bbaumantyran@aol.com

Ivy Indoor Tennis
Saturday, November 3 6:45-11:45 pm
Four Seasons Tennis Club,
3010 Williams Dr,
Merrifield, Va.

Join local alums for one of the most popular IVY alumni tennis parties for players of all levels and ages.
It is an enjoyable way to socialize, meet potential partners, and network with IVY alumni members and
their guests. Admission for players is $25 in advance and $30 at the door. The cost is $10 for non-players.

All payments must be received by November 2nd to qualify for the advance registration price. Mail your check, payable to Yale Club of Washington D.C., to Yale Club of Washington DC, #106-270, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Washington, D. C. 20016. There is no registration by fax, email or telephone. Requests for refunds must be received by 3 pm on November 2nd. Door admission available at the higher price noted above by cash or check only. Each attendee is responsible for any damage to the facility, injuries or accidents in connection with this function.

For Information, contact Kuni Matsuda (Harvard), 240 294 5736 (w), 703-765-1653 (h), Stardust@smart.net or David Federbush (Yale), 301-657-4691 (h), 301-657-4680 (w),

Stanford Alumni Potluck Dinner
Saturday, November 3

Do you want to connect with fellow Stanford alums in the DC area who work in the same field as you do, in a small, casual setting? We have just the venue! Alums Mark Kogan (’09) and Tom Kohn (’83) have
created a fun series of potluck dinners, hosted at alum’s homes, for small gatherings of 10-15 people, with a great mix of both young and "seasoned" alums. No pressure. No business cards. Great food and drink. Interesting people. Join us!
This next potluck is "Legal" themed. Please e-mail Mark (markskogan@gmail.com) or Tom (kohntom@gmail.com) if you are interested in
attending. We look forward to seeing you!

Baltimore Book Club Discussion
Monday, November 12 7:30 pm
921 East Fort Ave,
Baltimore, Md.

The Baltimore book club will meet at the The Wine Market Bistro to discuss Life of Pi, a fantasy adventure novel by Yann Martel published in 2001. The UK edition won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction in 2002. It was also chosen for CBC Radio’s Canada Reads 2003. The French translation was chosen in the French version of the contest, Le combat des livres.

The novel won the 2003 Boeke Prize, a South African novel award. In 2004, it won the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Best Adult Fiction for years 2001-2003. An upcoming 3D adventure film based on the novel, directed by Ang Lee, is scheduled to be released on November 21st.

RSVP to Helene Myers P’14 at
cedarhouse@comcast.net, 301-655-5871

The November book is The Master by Colm Toibin.

Stanford In the News

  • In a study of high-ranking government and military officials, Stanford psychologist James Gross and a Harvard team found that a higher rank was associated with less anxiety and lower levels of a stress hormone.
  • The MasterCard Foundation has announced an education initiative that, at Stanford, will provide comprehensive support to 20 talented but economically disadvantaged students from Africa over the next eight years.

Get Involved

  • Play Stanford Flag Football! Still dreaming of being the hero of Big Game? Then join the Stanford team in the CAN flag football league. Along with DC’s own "Little Big Game" against Cal, we will play a schedule of games on Saturdays and Sundays for ten weeks, with a season-ending tournament in early December. If you’re interested, contact Steven Kelts at kelts@gwu.edu. We’d love to add you to the squad – it really is a blast!

This month’s newsletter is available for download in PDF format.