Washington DC Stanford Association April 2003 Newsletter

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Thur. Apr 17th Third Thursday at Phillips
Thur. May 8 Professor Roger Noll
Sat/Sun June 21-22, Thurs July 17 Kayaking
Sun. July 20 Sound of Music at Wolf Trap
Sat. July 26-Aug. 3 Legg Mason Tennis

Other: Book Club, Modern Drama Discussion Group, Member Directory

Thursday, April 17th, 6-8:30 p.m.
Young Alumni Third Thursday Get-Together

This month we will be meeting at the Phillips Collection to attend one of their weekly "Artful Evenings." The museum is open until 8:30 and a cash bar and refreshments are available in the Music Room on the first floor. We'll be gathering around 6 in the Music Room and then at 7 we will be listening to a 20 minute gallery talk called "From Campbell's to TWA: Margaret Bourke-White and the World of Advertising," coinciding with the Collection's current exhibit on the famous photographer. All alumni are invited to join! 21st and Q St. NW (closest Metro: DuPont Circle, Red Line, exit Q street and walk west). Admission at the door is $7.50 if you want to see the Bourke-White exhibition, $5 otherwise. Discount parking at Embassy Row Hilton (one block away on Massachusetts Ave.); after 5 pm -- present your Artful Evenings ticket stub at the garage. For further information, contact Atiba Pertilla at akpert@journalism.org

Roger Noll Thursday, May 8, 2003
Professor Roger Noll
"Bringing Baseball to DC/VA: Is It Worth the Cost?"
6-7 p.m. Reception, 7-8:30 p.m. Lecture and Q & A

Location: Law Offices of Jones Day
51 Louisiana Ave., NW, 7th Floor
Metro: Judiciary Square or Union Station on Red Line
Parking: Colonial Parking on New Jersey Ave. near the corner of Louisiana Ave.; some street parking
Directions: Essentially near where 1st and C Streets, NW would cross; Jones Day has their own building, look for the two large statues of lions on either side of the steps
Cost: $20 for WDCSA members and their guests; $25 for others; RSVP by April 30

While advocates of baseball in DC/VA are clamoring to bring a team to the area, baseball executives are thinking of eliminating, not adding teams. In the fall of 2001, Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced plans to reduce the number of major league baseball teams by two, with the most likely candidates being Minnesota and Montreal. Litigation by stadium authorities and the players association thwarted the plan, but in the 2002 collective bargaining agreement, the players agreed not to fight contraction after the 2006 season. Meanwhile, the other 29 teams have bought the Montreal Expos, in preparation for eliminating the team. The contraction debate raises four interesting questions. First, is it the case that the financial condition of baseball is too weak to support 30 teams? Second, with hopeful ownership groups seeking franchises in DC/VA, the Jersey suburbs of New York, and several smaller cities, why not just let the weakest teams move rather than contract the sport? Third, if baseball is in such dire financial trouble that it is thinking of contracting, does it even make sense to think about starting teams in DC/VA and these other cities? Four, now that the players have agreed not to block contraction, will it happen, which teams will go, and how many teams will be in the major leagues in 2010?

A favorite teacher of Stanford undergraduates, Professor Noll is the Morris M. Doyle Professor of Public Policy in the Department of Economics, Senior Fellow in the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and Professor by Courtesy of Political Science and Economics. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a member of the California Council on Science and Technology.

Professor Noll's primary areas of teaching and research are economics, law, and the politics of public policies towards business. He is the author or co-author of over a dozen books and more than 250 scholarly articles on a range of topics, including regulatory policy, the economics of sports, technology policy, and the political economy of legal rules and institutions. His current research focuses on the political economy of the judiciary, and the economics and politics of privatization and regulatory reform of infrastructural industries in developing countries. Professor Noll earned an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology and a Ph. D. in economics from Harvard University.


Please make checks payable to "Washington D.C. Stanford Association." No tickets will be mailed; your name will be held at the door. Please let us know who's coming by providing names (and degree and class year, if Stanford) for each person attending.

Please this information and your check to:
Bill Pegram
815 South 18th Street #400
Arlington, VA 22202

For additional information about this event, please contact Charles Hokanson, '93, MA '93, charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org, or Bill Pegram, '73, MBA '77, at dcstanalum@aol.com or 703-486-0952.

Kayaking This Summer!

Calling all who have expressed an interest in learning how to paddle a kayak! We have had an extremely strong response and have set a few dates, with details in May.

Saturday, June 21 8:30 a.m.Whitewater kayaking - half day lesson
Sunday, June 22 8:30 a.m. 'Lite touring' kayaking - half day lesson
Thursday, July 17 4 p.m. Evening follow up for whitewater kayaking

Location: Potomac River, MD side. Specific directions in the May newsletter!

Instruction will be provided. We'll send in May a list of places where you'll need to pick up/rent equipment and bring with you. Questions? Contact Risa Shimoda, Risa@AMwhitewater.org or (301) 585-4677 home, (301) 589-9453 office.

Sunday, July 20, 8PM
The Sound of Music at Wolf Trap

We have 20 front orchestra, center section seats in rows O and P at $41 (which is a $4 discount off the list price and you don't pay a service charge!). Please mail checks, payable to WDCSA, to:

Bill Pegram
815 South 18th, #400
Arlington, VA 22202

We will do an optional, bring your own picnic beginning at 6:30PM. Questions, email Bill at dcstanalum@aol.com or call 703-486-0952.

Saturday, July 26-August 3
Legg Mason Tennis Classic

The WDCSA has 4 box seats (first 10 rows next to the court) to all sessions of the tournament at 16th & Kennedy, NW. We won't know seat locations till early May, but we requested seats on the opposite (west) side of the court this year. The prices shown below (same as last year) are about 25% lower than single box seats and there is no service charge. Additionally, we will get one onsite parking pass per session, which we will allocate by lottery should more than 1 person purchase the 4 tickets for that session.

Per ticket price:

Saturday, July 26, 11 a.m. $15
Sunday, July 27, 11 a.m., $15
Monday, July 28, 4 p.m. $26
Tuesday, July 29, 4 p.m. $30
Wednesday, July 30, 4 p.m. $34
Thursday, July 31, 4 p.m. $38
Friday, August 1, 1 p.m. $41
Friday, August 1, 7 p.m. $41
Saturday, August 2, 1 p.m. $45
Sunday, August 3, 4 p.m. $53

Please email Bill Pegram at dcstanalum@aol.com or call him at (703) 486-0952 indicating the number of tickets desired and the session. Bill will tell you whether we have seats for that day, and ask you to send in a check, payable to WDCSA, to Bill Pegram, 815 South 18th St., #400, Arlington, VA 22202. You may buy as many seats or sessions as you like.

WDCSA Book Club
May 11 - Life of Pi, Yann Martel

For details, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/subscribe/wdcsabooks

Modern Drama Discussion Club

May 5 - Helen Hayes Awards
May 8 - "The Rainmaker" discussion
May 18 - "Buried Child" performance
June 8 - "The Rainmaker"

For details, visit www.footlightsdc.org

Ivy Singles Social Club
Friday, April 25, 6:30-8:30PM
Kiplinger Editors Building
1729 H Street NW, hosted by Cornell

For details, visit www.ivysinglesdc.com

WDCSA Member Directory

You should receive your directory in May.


President: Lisa Dawe, MA '96
Vice President: Quinn McKew, BA '98, qmckew@npca.org
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, DCSTANALUM@aol.com
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington, VA 22219
Website: www.stanfordclub.org/dc