Washington DC Stanford Association
February 2001 Newsletter

Calendar of Events

Feb. 3, 17          Stanford Basketball at Grand Hyatt
Feb. 10              Ivy Tennis Party
Feb. 17              Baltimore Aquarium
Feb. 21              Drama Discussion: Taking Sides
Feb. 22              Entrepreneurship Networking
Mar. 3, 8, 10      Stanford Basketball at Grand Hyatt
Mar. 10              Drama Performance: Major Barbara
Mar. 19              Opera: Don Carlo
Mar. 27              Opera: Turandot

Stanford Basketball!

Come join other alums to cheer on the Cardinal at the Grand Slam Sports Bar in the Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H St. NW, Washington, DC!!!

The Stanford basketball team now has 16 wins with no losses and is ranked #1 in the land.  The Cardinal appear headed for the first "Perfect" College Hoops Season in men's Division I Basketball since the Indiana Hoosiers last turned the trick in 1976 (a 32-0 season).  And as a special treat for us in the DC area, the Stanford Basketball games may be viewed LIVE at the Grand Slam Sports Bar in the Grand Hyatt Hotel.

Saturday, February 3rd-vs. UCLA at Stanford
3 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Saturday, February 17th-vs. Cal at Cal
6 PM EST

Saturday, March 3rd-vs. UCLA at UCLA
4 PM EST

Thursday, March 8th-vs. Arizona at Stanford
10:30PM EST

(Yes, we know this is a late game on a "school" night but Arizona was the consensus #1 basketball team before the season started and is still ranked in the top 25.)

Saturday, March 10th-Vs. Arizona State at Stanford; 4 PM EST

And then it is on to the NCAA Tournament - for which the schedule has not yet been determined.  Stay tuned!

The following additional games are being carried by various Fox Sports channels and thus might be picked up on Home Team Sports which is available on local cable:

Thursday, February 8th-Stanford at Oregon
10:30PM EST

Saturday, Feb. 24th-Washington at Stanford
8 PM EST

Thursday, March 1st-Stanford at USC
10:30PM EST

DIRECTIONS BY METRO:  Exit at Metro Center and go through the Washington Center Exit.  In the Washington Center follow directions to the Grand Hyatt and head for the Grand Slam Bar.

IVY TENNIS PARTY 
ORGANIZED BY THE YALE AND HARVARD CLUBS OF D.C.

DATE:       Saturday, February 10th, 2001
TIME:        7:45 PM to 12:00 midnight
PRICE:      $22 per person to cover court rental,snacks, tennis balls
PLACE:    Arlington Y Tennis & Squash Club
                 3400 North 13th Street
                 Arlington, VA. 22201
                 (703) 522-1700

For more information, call David Federbush (Yale) at (301) 883-4550 (w) and (301)657-4691 (h), or Kuni Matsuda (Harvard) at (301) 953-9870 (w) and (703)765-1653 (h).

TENNIS PARTY POLICIES:

1.  Sign-up -Reservations are made only by sending your check, which must be received by 2/9/01. No telephone reservations
2. Responsibility - Each attendee is responsible for any injuries or accidents in connection with this function.
3. Cancellation - Requests for refunds must be received by 2 PM on 2/9/01.
4. Door admission - If space is available, the admission fee will be $27.
5. Non-tennis player - $10 - only guests of players are permitted.

RESERVATION FORM
Please reserve ________ player place(s) @ $22/person, and ___ guest spaces @ $10/person.   Total $________

NAME______________________________  (M,F)    SCHOOL __________________
PHONE_____________________(w)  ________________________  (h)
Level:  Advanced / High Intermediate / Low Intermediate / Beginner

Please list name(s) of guests and their level of play:

Please make checks payable to the Yale Club of Washington, D.C. and mail to Terry Watson, Recording Secretary, the Yale Club of Washington, D.C., 4323 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington DC 20016.

National Aquarium in Baltimore
Saturday, February 17, 2001
3:15 PM

The WDCSA visits the National Aquarium in Baltimore on Saturday, February 17, at 3:15 PM.

Admission is $13.50 for adults, $10.75 for seniors, $9.75 for children ages 12-18, $7.75 for little monsters ages 3-11, and little sweethearts under 3 are admitted free.  Ticket prices reflect a 10% discount off regular admission prices.

The National Aquarium features a 265,000 gallon skate and ray exhibit; a 225,000 gallon shark tank (tiger, sand, lemon, etc.); plus a dolphin performance; colorful free-flying, tropical birds; dwarf caimans (crocodiles); harbor seals; electric eels; and much more.  Our official visit will end at 6:00 PM.

After our aquarium visit, we have scheduled two additional optional activities.  Stanford basketball fans can walk to ESPNZone and watch the Stanford-California game at 6:00 PM.

For music lovers, we will have 12 free tickets to a performance by the Peabody Camerata, which takes place at 7:30 PM at the Peabody Conservatory, about 1 mile from the Aquarium.  We will give all attendees maps with directions to the Peabody along with their tickets.

The restaurants of Little Italy, Inner Harbor, and the ESPN Zone are all walking distance from the Aquarium, and there should be time for dinner either before the Peabody performance or during the game. At the time of this writing, we don't have a guarantee that ESPN Zone will show the Stanford game, but due to Stanford's #1 ranking and the unusual time of the game (6 PM. EST), it will almost certainly be shown.

Please send your check made out to WDCSA to Tom Hwang, 5647-304 Columbia Rd., Columbia, MD 21044, ph: 410-884-3533, e-mail: rewinding@aol.com.  In your RSVP, please indicate whether you are interested in the optional activities as we will try to make reservations for dinner at ESPN Zone, McCormick and Schmick (seafood restaurant 100 yards from the aquarium), or Germano's (Little Italy) for the appropriate numbers depending on the interest expressed.

For more information about the National Aquarium, visit www.aqua.org.  For more information about the Peabody Conservatory, visit www.peabody.jhu.edu.

From D.C. and points south via I-95:

1. Take I-95 North to Baltimore. Take Exit 53, marked Downtown I-395 N.

2. Take the left fork (downtown) and stay in the center lane (becomes Howard Street).  Keep straight. You will pass PSINet Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards on your left.

3. Make right onto Pratt Street (third traffic light). The Aquarium is eight blocks on right.

4. Park at a convenient facility, and we will meet by the flag poles at the aquarium entrance where a representative of the aquarium will meet us.

During the day of our visit, WDCSA members can call Tom Hwang's cell phone at 800-264-5552 if you have questions.

Modern Drama Discussion Group
Wednesday, February 21, 2001 -Taking Sides (discussion)
Saturday, March 10, 2001- Major Barbara (performance)

In February the Modern Drama Discussion Group continues its discussion of "survival of the fittest" with Ronald Harwood's Taking Sides (1995), a "brave, wise, and deeply moving play" (London Sunday Times) about the American military's postwar investigation of Hitler's favorite orchestral conductor, Wilhelm Furtwangler.  The drama group will discuss Taking Sides 7:30-9:30 PM Wednesday February 21 (dinner at 6:30) at Delray Vietnamese Garden, 4918 Del Ray Ave. (a few blocks north on Old Georgetown Rd. from the Bethesda metro).

Our discussion will feature Holocaust scholar Rebecca Boehling and music critic Richard Freed.  To RSVP, contact Betty Byrne BS '55 (202-483-4048 & BettyByrne@stanfordalumni.org).

At its very first meeting this year, the drama group discussed George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara (1905), a play that pits the Salvation Army against the military-industrial complex, social conscience against conscienceless social reform. 

We will attend Major Barbara on Saturday, March 10, 2:30 p.m., Source Theatre, 1835 14th St., NW (U St.-Cardozo metro). Tickets are $12 and include a post-performance discussion.  The deadline is March 1.  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
Thursday, February 22, 2001
7:00-9:00p.m.

The 4th monthly informal networking event for those in or interested in entrepreneurship in software, IT, Biotech, or any other field will be held on February 22.  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: Thursday, February 22, 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 gathering.  This is normally near the bar closest to the mall-side entrance, not the outside entrance.

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.

Notes: Please feel free to reply with any questions, comments, or ideas for future events.  The group is very open to location, time, or day-of-week change suggestions for future events.  Also, you are welcome to bring friends from outside of Stanford.

The WDCSA Goes to the Opera For the Last Times this Season

Don Carlo, Monday, March 19, 7:00 PM, Prime orchestra $118, The Kennedy Center Opera House Turandot, Tuesday, March 27, 8:00PM, First tier $86, The Kennedy Center Opera House

For first-timers and longstanding opera buffs alike, the WDCSA has secured 20 tickets for two beloved masterpieces: Verdi's Don Carlo on March 19 and Puccini's Turandot on March 27.  Both are in Italian with English surtitles.  The sweeping historical epic Don Carlo features five outstanding singing roles and some of the most memorable melodies in all of opera.  Set in an Imperial Spain engulfed in the flames of the Inquisition, it tells a compelling story of love, loyalty and treason.  The extraordinary young tenor Ramon Vargasmakes makes his debut as Don Carlo.

We close out the season with Turandot, a glittering fairy tale of violence and romance set in ancient China.  Soprano Sun Xiu Wei sings the title role of the ice princess who will marry only the hero who can answer her three seemingly impossible riddles.  Join fellow Stanford alums for one or both of these sure-to-sell-out operas by sending a check made out to WDCSA to Julie Campbell, 2601 Klingle Road NW, Washington, DC 20008.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come-first serve basis upon receipt of payment.  If you have questions, call Julie at 202-244-0206 or email her at juliecampbell@aol.com.

KEY CONTACT INFORMATION

Hotline: (301) 230-5575   
President: Callista Chen, BA '97, (202)319-1841, callista@stanfordalumni.org
Vice President: Charles Hokanson, BA '93,MA '93, (703) 351-1091; charles_hokanson@stanfordalumni.org
Webmaster/Membership: Bill Pegram, BA '73, MBA '77, (703)486-0952, dcstanalum@aol.com
Newsletter/Listserv: Martha Delaney, BS '73, (703) 548-9668, delaney.martha@pbgc.gov
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 12179, Arlington,VA 22219
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