Washington DC Stanford Association April 1996 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

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


April 17Cooking Class (second notice)
April 20 & 27 Christmas in April
April 27 & 28 Stanford Womenís 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 Verdiís Falstaff at Wolf Trap

Wednesday, April 17th
LíAcademie 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 LíAcademie de Cuisine. Instructor: Francois Dionot

French Cooking Class by the Director of LíAcademie. 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 LíAcademie 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 donít 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 weíll 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 Womenís 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 marsha.shinkman@forsythe.stanford.edu

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 Normanís 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 dsobelso@counsel.com.

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 (202)244-4568
Stanford Club Hotline: (301) 230 5575
PRESIDENT: Bill Pegram, (703)486-0952
VICE PRESIDENT: Clare Stephens, (302) 571-0550 (Clare has moved to Delaware)