Monday, December 19, 2011

Shane Lebow on balancing academics and athletics at Stanford


Sports analysts and other top ranked schools have long commented that it is simply impossible to achieve academic and athletic excellence simultaneously. With now 17 Director’s Cups, and working towards 18 our athletic program has proved this assumption wrong 17 times. I am not writing to brag about accomplishments, rather to share my observations on what I have learned through being part of such an esteemed institution.
            Having completed four quarters here on “The Farm,” I am beginning to figure this place out. Those who are successful at Stanford are able to thrive in the face of challenges. While this applies generally to success in life, Stanford certainly demands this of their student-athletes. It is a reflection of the culture and standard that coaches, teammates, and alumni have developed within the athletic department and individual teams.
            Stanford is able to attract Olympic athletes and national standouts year after year. Not only do athletes turn down easier academic options, they also choose difficult majors while here. Other universities often recruit athletes with the idea that a lesser academic load will help them better integrate into the professional athletic ranks. However, in the last year I have come to the exact opposite conclusion. I believe the ability to handle the bilateral commitment to athletics and academics has been the very reason why Stanford has produced dominant professional athletes like John Elway, Kerri Walsh, John McEnroe, and Tom Watson.
            The balance of academics and athletics forces students to be disciplined in handling their performances. On almost every team there are examples of individuals like Toby Gerhart. As many know Gerhart, now on the Minnesota Vikings, was a two-sport athlete who finished 2nd in Heisman voting in 2009 while taking 21 academic units (6 more than the average of 15 per quarter). Being surrounded by an athletic program comprised of such excellence and determination has had a profound effect on me. It has lead me develop time management skills and maturity that I don’t think I would have developed anywhere else.

            Stanford Golf and more broadly, Stanford University is something that is truly special. It has already given me growth and learning opportunities that I will find valuable long after graduation. Coming off a hard academic week with finals, I can’t wait to get back to a full practice schedule. We have a great group of guys this year and saw improvements throughout practices and workouts during the fall quarter.

Looking forward to Spring Season and finding some W’s!

Go Cardinal!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Article about Marcel Puyat in MyDesert.com

Here's a recent article about freshman Marcel Puyat's exp√©rience in his few weeks at Stanford.  The article is written by mydesert.com, with the local connection that Marcel played his senior year at a high school in La Quinta, CA.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Video interviews of the 3 Stanford freshmen, Patrick Grimes, Patrick Rodgers and Marcel Puyat

Meet the 2011-12 Stanford golf team freshmen in these three video interviews of Patrick Grimes, Patrick Rodgers and Marcel Puyat.  The interviews were conducted at the Seibel Varsity Training Center late in September 2011 during their first week of classes at Stanford.

Larger versions of these interviews can be found at their individual web pages :  Patrick Grimes, Patrick Rodgers and Marcel Puyat.

Patrick Grimes


Patrick Rodgers 


Marcel Puyat

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Patrick Rodgers reflects on his first collegiate win at Olympia Fields


Stanford, Calif. - Freshman Patrick Rodgers won the Olympia Fields/Fighting Illini Invitational last week, carding rounds of 68-70-68 (206, -4). Rodgers met the team in Illinois after returning from Aberdeen, Scotland, where he competed in the Walker Cup. 

He became the first Cardinal golfer to win his first collegiate tournament since Tiger Woods accomplished the feat 17 years ago.

Battling rainy weather on the final day, Rodgers made two birdies and had no bogeys to win the tournament by three strokes. He led Stanford to a 16-stroke victory over an impressive field that included 10 Top-25 teams.

You only had a few days between the Walker Cup and the tournament.  How did you prepare for your first college competition?
"It was pretty hectic.  Chicago isn't too far from my hometown (Avon, Ind.), so I flew home, got my game ready to start college golf and went up and met the team.  In my mind they were two totally different events.  The Walker Cup is one of the highest honors you can receive in amateur golf and to be a part of that team was really special.  It was a long and emotionally draining week because you put so much into the competition; you're playing before 8,000 people and they're all rooting against you.  On the flight home I had time to reflect and re-focus and I was ready to get to school and start college golf.  After the Walker Cup I knew I could compete in college golf and I just focused on playing well at Olympia Fields." 

The last Cardinal golfer to win their first event was Tiger Woods.  What was it like joining that club?
"Any time you're compared with him in golf it's a good thing.  It's a big accomplishment, but I feel that college golf is more of a team event.  The goal is to win as many events as we can as a team so to start off with a 16-shot win as a team is pretty good and I'm just happy that I could help the team do that."
 

 

You met a lot of your teammates for the first time at the tournament.  How did they welcome you into the group? 
"I met a few of the guys on my visits and we had a great experience at the tournament.  Everybody's happy that we won and that lightens the mood a lot.  The freshmen are going through the normal stuff, having to carry the bags and all that.  Maybe my performance puts a little target on my back for some of the upperclassmen that didn't like me beating them but I'm sure they'll use that as motivation.  I know that they'll get their fair share of wins this season later in the year, we have a lot of great players on our team."

You shot a final-round 68 in the rain.  How were you able to accomplish that?
"It was a good steady round.  I made a lot of pars and I missed a few birdie opportunities early but I made a few coming in.  Something I took from that round and the tournament was that I could win without playing my best golf.  Coming off the Walker Cup I didn't have my `A' game and I didn't have much time to prepare.  I was really proud of the way I was able to scrap it around and score my golf ball without hitting it great.  I struggled off the tee all week and I was able to manufacture some shots and score and play consistently.  I only hit about 35 percent of the fairways and I had four bogeys for the week so I can take a lot of positives from that.  I realized that I can compete and win at this level without having my best stuff."

Why did you choose Stanford?
"Why not?  It's an awesome place, perfect weather, great academics, great coaches and first-class facilities.  It was a win-win situation for me. I'm excited to be here."

Friday, May 6, 2011

Team answers the last question on surprises at Stanford outside of golf


This is the last of 7 questions asked each of the Stanford men's golf team a few months ago.

7.  Outside of golf, any surprises for you this year at Stanford?

Living in an apartment and having to supply yourself food is rough. Especially if your only cooking skill is scrambling eggs. 
David Chung

Surprised that Stanford football did as well as they did this year
Sihwan Kim

Looking back, freshman year was a breeze compared to this year. Surprised by just how important time management really is, and making every minute count with regard to being productive.
Andre De Decker

Surprised how quickly the time at Stanford goes by.
Wilson David Bowen

Everything's pretty close to what I expected. But I can't believe how well players are treated at the tournaments!
Cameron Andrew Wilson

Football! It shouldn't be a surprise because we know we were capable of doing this, but to actually pull it off and end the regular season at #4 was on nobody's radar. It is awesome to see Stanford playing in a BCS bowl for the first time in awhile.
Andrew Yun

I have been surprised at how fast the year has seemed to progress.  Everybody always talks about how fast the time in college seems to go by, but I guess it is hard to understand until you actually experience it yourself.  With one quarter of my senior year completed, my classmates and I have just two quarters left before graduation.  I expect it to be bitter-sweet.  It will be sweet in the sense that all of our hard work the past four years will pay off.  However, it will be bitter to leave a place as great as Stanford.
Graham Brockington

A somewhat suspected but nonetheless awesome surprise this year has been our team being closer off the course than I’ve seen it before.  This may just be a feeling of senior nostalgia setting in, though I’m pretty sure there is a noteworthy trend that has begun similar to the two previous national championship teams.  We communicate differently this year, in a better was; I think nothing but awesome thoughts when picturing what our program will do this spring and in years to come.
Steve Ziegler

Everyone is so happy to be here, it is amazing the energy around campus. 
Shane Lebow

The football team's success was awesome to watch this year. I actually got introduced to Andrew Luck by one of my fraternity brothers at a party this year. It was pretty cool and he seems like a really nice guy.
Steven Jeffrey Kearney



Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Team answers question 6 of 7 about swing keys



6.  Is there a main swing thought, or swing key that you've been relying on over the past few months?

Just to try and get a full shoulder turn. Once I get full rotation, my arms and body become more connected and allow for a more consistent swing.
Steven Jeffrey Kearney

I have been trying to quiet my legs through impact. My main thought right now is keeping my head taller, with my head up my legs are much more stable. 
Shane Lebow

What I’m most interested about at the beginning of every swing is having a specific plan for how I want my swing to look and feel like beforehand.  If I have a solid feel for what the rhythm, orientation, and swing path of my next shot will be then my control of the golf ball is unsurprisingly better.  Besides this, I am working on keeping my arms, specifically where the biceps and triceps meet, connected to the sides of my chest throughout the swing.  Doing this keeps the club in a place where I can feel it throughout the swing which is super important.
Steve Ziegler

I have been working really hard on my alignment by using an intermediate point just in front of the ball that is on line with my target.  Once I get my clubface set up squarely I align the rest of my body and then just focus on relaxing my arms and shoulders. 
Graham Brockington

There has been two swing thoughts that I've been relying on. One of them has been 'precision.' I want to be precise with my shots, and the way I achieve that is by being conscious of my tempo of my golf swing. The other swing thought is to smile. I occasionally lose track of how fun and lucky I am to play this game.
Andrew Yun

My main thought lately has been to keep my head still when putting.
Cameron Andrew Wiilson

Grip it and rip it.
Wilson David Bowen

Out 'n Up on the takeaway. I was getting too flat and stuck behind in the past few months, and this is helping me to correct it.
Andre De Decker

Staying more over the ball
Sihwan Kim

Smoother slower backswing.
David Chung

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Straight down the middle with freshman Cameron Wilson

This interview was posted on gostanford.com 
Feb 25, 2011:


STANFORD, Calif. - Cameron Wilson's favorite golfer is not who you think it is. As a left-hander, one would assume the first year player from Rowayton, Conn. might answer Phil Mickelson, or Bubba Watson or for you historians of the game, the classy New Zealander, Bob Charles. Wilson's going with Seve Ballesteros, the swash-buckling Spaniard whose shot making skills and ability to escape from trouble were second to none when he was atop of his game.

Wilson's shot-making skills has made him a regular fixture in Conrad Ray's lineup this season, as he has played in all five events to date, carding a stroke average of 72.8, which ranks third on the team behind Andrew Yun and David Chung. He has recorded two top 10 finishes in five events, placing fifth at The Prestige at PGA West and tying for ninth at the Gifford Intercollegiate.

The ambidextrous Wilson advanced to the second round of match play at the 2009 U.S. Amateur and was named the 2009 Metropolitan Golf Association Player of the Year, becoming the youngest recipient in the history of the award.
He also excelled in another sport in high school in addition to golf - squash. And if you want to know he capital of Zimbabwe, Kazakhstan or the location of the Eastern Ghats mountain range, ask Cameron.

GoStanford.com recently caught up with Stanford's left-hander to discuss his transition to college life, his passion for soccer and his encyclopedic geographical knowledge.


Home course?
Shorehaven GC, East Norwalk, CT.


Favorite course you have played?
Friars Head, Long Island NY.


Course you would most like to play?
Augusta National.
 
 
Favorite golfer?
Seve Ballesteros.

Your dream golf getaway package?
Scotland, all the great links courses.


One swing thought you are always trying to remember?
Always complete my shoulder turn.


Best advice you can give a recreational golfer?
Work on your short game!


Favorite practice drill?
I love to hit balls at the telephone pole on our facility.


Favorite major championship to watch?
The British Open.


Earliest memories of playing golf?
I remember chipping/putting with my dad until it was dark. I was probably 3-4 at the time.


What's your most memorable round?
When I first broke 100, I was eight at the time.


What's your most memorable shot?
I was playing Andrew Yun in the US Junior Amateur back in 2008, and I was down three or four holes by the par 5 sixth hole. After hooking my drive into the trees, I hit a punch three iron around the trees, over/around a water hazard, and it rolled from 20 yards short of the green to about five feet.


Toughest hole at Stanford Golf Course and the key to playing it?
The third, you can't go left! But right is usually a tough par as well.


Best hole at Stanford Golf Course?
Number two, you must hit two good shots to have a birdie putt.


Longest hitter on the team?
Steven Kearney, mostly because his biceps are so big.


Who is the last guy on the team who want to face in a putting contest?
Andrew Yun.


Favorite ball mark?
It just has to be big enough to see.


Favorite club in your bag?
I like them all, can't play favorites.


Your dream foursome?
Myself, Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods.


One thing you are constantly working on to improve as a player?
I'm always thinking about my putting.


Why did you decide to come to Stanford?
It is the ideal blend of golf and academics, not to mention the awesome campus, people, and weather.


Tell us about your introduction to French cheese at Isleworth?
Coach Rowe had some French friends that were in Orlando to see Disneyworld. They came and watched us, bringing along some wheels of cheese. Coach Rowe then put the cheese in our van before our round started...that van still reeks.


Tell us about your IHUM course taught by Tobias Wolf?
It was called "Journeys." We read and discussed books in which someone goes through a transformation. He gave some pretty intense lectures.


Funniest guy on the team?
Sihwan is always laughing about something.


Favorite Conrad Ray saying?
Too many to list...most common is "lipstick on a pig."

Is it true you have the biggest sweet tooth on the team?
It's pretty close between myself and Coach Ray.


Favorite spot on campus?
Apart from the Siebel Center, I would say the Oval.


Your most difficult challenge your freshman year?
Sleep! Also working on the road can be tough. Last trip I had to write a paper on the plane.

Tell is about your interest in squash?
I played for my high school team, and a bit in middle school. It was a great way to stay active in the winter and I enjoyed the chance to take a break from golf. Most of my peers played golf all year.

What are some of your interests other than sports?
I enjoy watching soccer a lot. I'm also I'm a big fan of Monty Python movies and shows. I played soccer growing up until high school. I would've loved to keep playing but golf became my main focus. When I was little I liked Man United because my British cousins brainwashed me. Then I realized that liking Man U was similar to liking the Yankees, so now I root against the big teams (Chelsea, Utd, Arsenal, Madrid...) But my favorite player is still a guy on Man U. named Paul Scholes.

Do you have any superstitions?
I already have enough to worry about!

Hidden talents?
I know a lot of obscure geographical knowledge. I guess I've always been good with maps, plus I took a geography course this fall and I still remember a lot of the countries/capitals.

Favorite movie?
Local Hero, a Scottish comedy from the 80's.

What's on your IPOD?
U2, Dire Straits, and a lot of the Beatles. Only a few dozen newer songs.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Question 5 of 7: Team members share a favorite practice drill



5.  Is there a favorite practice drill to pass onto the Stanford golf community? 

"Ten Chance" - You get 10 drives to hit between a 25 yard wide target. Once you make 7/10 you advance to the next stage which is 20 yards wide.
Steven Jeffrey Kearney

10 Chance- you have to hit 7 of 10 drives in a fairway of 25 yards, if you do that then you go to 20 yards and do 7 of 10, and finally you move to a 15 yard fairway and you are a graduate from 10 chance if you can get 7 of 10 for the third time. 
Shane Lebow

Around the practice green I take five balls and toss them randomly in a general spot, then pick a hole and try to get them in the hole in ten strokes or less.  The idea is to pick spots that are feasible as to build confidence and not to leave a spot until you’ve successfully gotten the five balls in the hole in ten strokes or less.
Steve Ziegler

Our new assistant coach, Coach Rowe, has introduced us to a great driving drill that we have used extensively this fall called “10 chance.”  We set two flags 25 yards apart from each other, 260 yards from the tee.  Then we get 10 shots to land 7 balls in between the flags.  If you make 7 or more, you set the flags at 20 yards apart and then 15 yards apart after that.  You only get 1 chance at the drill per day.  It’s great at improving your driving and at building up pressure. 
Graham Brockington

We have been doing this drill that Coach Rowe taught us called 'Ten Chance.' So you place flags or something of the sort out in the distance 25 yards apart, 20 yards apart, and 15 yards apart. You get ten balls and a tee box facing towards the flags. Go through your routine for each ball and try to hit it inside the 25 yard flags. If you make at least 7 out of 10, you 'graduate' to the 20 yard flags. Same rule applies to that. We only do this once a day because it makes it more realistic to actual tournament conditions. This drill has increased my confidence on the golf course. 
Andrew Yun

My favorite way to practice is to hit balls at the telephone pole over by the wedge tee.
Cameron Andrew Wilson

I like to throw kettle bells.
Wilson David Bowen

I own a training aid called the PowerStrap. Excellent for practicing one's pivot!
Andre De Decker

I like to use a string in putting to correct and enhance my putting stroke.
Sihwan Kim

Chipping golf balls into baskets or onto towels
David Chung

Friday, February 11, 2011

Can you share a funny story about a teammate or coach?


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Question 4 of 7 is answered by Cardinal players:

4.  Can you share a funny story about a teammate or coach that happened this fall?

I think the funniest thing is watching Lebow and Andre wrestle on the mats before yoga on Fridays. Lebow is still yet to win...
Steven Jeffrey Kearney

When we played at California Club this Fall, the whole team came wearing shorts. The club only allowed pants, so we were left to scavenge through the locker room looking to borrow pants for the day. It ended up that we only found waist size 36. The whole team was drowning in their pants the whole day. It provided for a funny twist in qualifying.  
Shane Lebow

Rob Grube is a well-known former teammate and filled in as the temporary coach at Olympia Fields while Coach Ray was playing stork and Coach Rowe was making a get-a-way from Europe Jason Bourne style.  I came to the tee box on the par three 16th during the second round and found Rob chilling, staring off into space and talking about random things with our temporary assistant coach, Graham Brockington.  I asked what he was thinking about, and he told me he was thinking of the range session he had just finished before arriving at the tee box.  I thought that was pretty funny.  When Mike Small, the head coach of Illinois, heard of Grube’s day he enthusiastically replied, “Oh that’s the best thing to do, I do it all the time.”
Steve Ziegler

Steve Ziegler and I were on the putting green having a putting contest one afternoon when Freshmen Cameron Wilson and Shane Lebow walked up to the green.  Steve and I had just finished up our contest when Cameron throws a couple of balls onto the ground and begins to putt.  Forgetting that Cameron is left handed and thinking he was putting the other direction, I accidentally step directly in his line and stand there.  Cameron politely asks me to step aside and I do.  Apparently unaware of what had just happened, Steve steps directly where I had been standing, right in Cameron’s line.  Steve drops a couple of balls down and putts to the hole.  Cameron chuckles and asks Steve to move.  Steve doesn’t, so Cameron proceeds to putt anyway.  As the ball is rolling towards Steve’s feet, he winds up with his putter and smacks Cameron’s ball about 40 yards off the green.  Steve smiles, and says, “Okay, I’ll move,” and walks off the green.  Shane, Steve, and I had a good laugh about that for about five minutes and Cameron eventually joined in as well. 
Graham Brockington

I remember laughing at this story when Sihwan told it to me. So the team was supposed to meet at the clubhouse and Sihwan was going to take Cameron up with him because they live in the same dorm. Sihwan gets in his car and was about to call Cameron to see where he was. But he sees Cameron already sitting in the passenger seat. Sihwan was obviously a little surprised at seeing him in his car and Cameron promptly said, "You should be more careful about locking your car."
Andrew Yun

At Isleworth, some French friends of Coach Rowe were in town to see Disneyworld. They came by and watched us for a day, bringing some horrible French cheese with them. Coach Rowe then put the cheese in the 100 deg van for a whole day. I guess he didn't have his thinking cap on. The van still probably smells awful.
Cameron Andrew Wilson

I think most of this fall's funny stories involve Steven Kearney and his undying love of the bicep curl. He's all about the beach body workout. Curls for the girls.
Wilson David Bowen

Whilst Steven Kearney's unique workout regime comes to mind immediately, it's his appetite that I find really incredible. Every time we run late whilst traveling off campus to play and end up eating at In-n-Out, he puts away a meal the size of a small child. I suppose that's how his biceps are so large.  Andre De Decker


I don't have funny story this year but last year, we left Steven Kearney at the airport on our Arizona trip.
Sihwan Kim

Sihwan Kim walked into workouts with a mohawk. The look on coach's face was pretty funny.
David Chung

Monday, January 31, 2011

Question 3 of 7 - Share something about a teammate that we wouldn't know



3.  Share something about a teammate that we wouldn't know?
One of the guys on the team had never heard of the band, Nirvana. Steven Jeffrey Kearney

Sihwan Kim can out eat any other collegiate golfer. 
Shane Lebow

Living with Graham Brockington sophomore year enlightened me to what the most interesting man in the Universe does regularly.  Most mornings, he shaves with a straight edge spatula before making omelettes.
Steve Ziegler

Freshman Cameron Wilson can break dance. Not only can he do it, but also he is really good.  The first time I saw him break dance, I was in shock.  We were about to start yoga as we always do on Friday mornings, when Cameron suddenly busted out a head spin, the signature break dance move.  He just spun round and round at an incredible rate of speed until he broke out into other moves.  I keep trying to get him to do it at a party, but he hasn’t pulled the moves out yet.  I can’t wait until he finally flashes his moves on the dance floor!
Graham Brockington

Cameron Wilson can crush desserts like no other. 
Andrew Yun

I don't think a lot of people know that Lebow used to play the violin pretty well.
Cameron Andrew Wilson

Steve Ziegler talks in his sleep.
Wilson David Bowen

Shane Lebow has a way with women that can only be described as a gift from the heavens. He is truly blessed. Sihwan Kim also has a Kill:Death ratio in Call of Duty that is higher than my GPA.
Andre De Decker

David Chung has the loudest snore that I've ever heard.
Sihwan Kim

Stephen Kearney has been attacked by bats on campus.
David Chung

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Golf team members respond to question 2 of 7 about their families



This is the 2nd in a series of responses by Stanford golf team members to recent questions.  


Players were asked - "tell us something about you or your family that your teammates don't know."


1. Steven Kearney - "I love eating a huge bowl of ice cream right before going to sleep."


2. Shane Lebow - "I played the violin for 10 years, finally my parents let me quit at 16 and I started playing the drums."


3. Steve Ziegler - "On the day of the summer solstice in 2001, my Dad, brother and I took a road trip to Northern Wyoming with the intention of breaking the Ziegler family record for greatest number of holes played in one day.   The number to beat was 72.  And so, well-equipped with large Ziplocs full of less than average quality golf balls (you lose many when 15 seconds is the maximum time allowed for a ball search) we set out for a very long day.  I have plenty of sweet memories from that day, where after playing from sun up until sun down we completed 77 holes.  Records are good, very good.



Also, I have never paid for a hair-cut."

4. Graham Brockington - "I have been playing the guitar since the beginning of high school and my little brother, Mike, plays the drums.  We jam together when we go back home, which is a lot of fun. Most of the time we end up playing ACDC or Red Hot Chili Peppers.  I also have an older brother, Tyler.  If you were to ask him what instrument he plays, he’d say, “I play the stereo.”  

5. Andrew Yun - "There is not much about me that my teammates do not already know, so I guess one thing that they don't know yet is that I will be going to India for a mission trip this upcoming summer."

6. Cameron Andrew Wilson - "My third cousin is the lead singer for Vampire Weekend. I don't really know him, think we've met at a few weddings/funerals."

7. Andre De Decker - "
I'm half-Belgian, from my dad's side of the family. I could theoretically play in the Ryder Cup!"

8. Sihwan Kim - "My first golf coach told me to quit."

9. Wilson David Bowen - "I have a black lab named Lily."

10. David Chung - "My dad is a black belt in karate."








Monday, January 10, 2011

Players write about an interesting course or assignment from the fall

We asked team members recently to respond to 7 questions while they were on break.  We'll be posting their responses over the next month to these questions so let's start with an academic one.


Question --- Tell us about an interesting course or assignment you had this past fall.


1. Steven KearneyI got to go to the San Francisco Exploratorium on a field trip for my psychology class. There were a bunch of interesting illusion displays including a machine that could sense your emotions just by measuring the pulse in your finger.


2.  Shane Lebow - I took an Intro to Nutrition class this fall quarter which I found to be very interesting. We learned how important food is to your everyday life. It was amazing to hear that many diseases and illnesses can be avoided through the use of specific food groups. The class really opened my eyes to the effects of my diet.


3.  Steve Ziegler - I took a course titled “The Economics of Education” which was very interesting because I not only learned about how the United States finances its education system but how the financial strategies of other nations differ.


4.  Graham Brockington - I took a class called “Organizations,” in the Management Science and Engineering department.  We talked a lot about leadership and motivation and it was interesting drawing parallels between the material in the class and our team.  It is essential to have good leadership and for the players to be motivated.   After going through the class I feel like our team has both leadership and strong motivation, and it was exciting to see how the concepts I learned can be applied to our team. 

5.  Andrew Yun - An interesting course I took this fall was Psychology 1. Although it was just an intro course, it was extremely informative and had loads of ideas and content that really interested me. I am considering pursuing Psychology as a major, so this class was both fun and important. On a side note, the lecturer for the class was Professor James Gross, who happened to be Coach Rowe's mentor! 

6.  Cameron Wilson - My IHUM course was taught by the famous author Tobias Wolff. (This Boy's Life)

7. Wilson Bowen - Had to sit next to Graham Brockington in class one day. That was interesting.

8.  Andrew De Decker - I took an introsem on Human Experimentation. Really cool stuff, best class I've taken at Stanford to date. -- editor's note introsem stands for introductory seminar (see below for a description of this class).

9.  Sihwan Kim - Slept 3 hours in two days during finals.

10.  David Chung - Had to research the 2010 Delaware Primary featuring the infamous Christine O'Donnell.


HUMBIO 90Q: Contemporary Issues in Human Experimentation
Preference to sophomores. The guiding principles currently used to protect human subjects in terms of informed consent and protection of privacy; ethical issues relating to compensatory mechanisms for inherent risks; historical perspective and the development of the current mechanisms to safeguard the privacy and integrity of the individual; examples of use/abuse of human experimentation during medieval, Nazi, and modern times. Guest speakers currently performing human experiments or involved in approving such experimentation.

Next question is "Tell us something about you or your family that your teammates don't know."