That mansion is Cantor Arts Center, decked out with all the trimmings: marble staircases, near-deserted wings crammed full of antique artifacts, the occasional catered dinner party and, of course, some pretty nice art stuck up on the walls.
It is Friday, the first night of Rush, and I have no idea what to expect. The doors swing open and the half-sung, half-shouted chorus of a song whose lyrics are peppered with Greek letters overpowers us. I step tentatively into the room, where a walkway has been formed between two lines of dancing, rally-clad girls. During my split second of hesitation, a hand blindsides me and grabs my elbow. Before I can fully process what is happening, one of the singing girls is escorting me down the walkway. Not knowing what else to do, I smile like a debutante.
It may be true that all you need is love. Still, your typical elite university would probably argue that you need a little (or a lot) of math, chemistry and philosophy thrown in as well. Dominique Youkhehpaz ’11 learned this lesson the hard way when she applied to major in love through the Individually Designed Major program.
Music can have a powerful effect on our brains, recent research has shown, and it doesn’t take a professor to prove it. But, as the “HyperTonics”–a rock band composed entirely of members of the School of Medicine’s neurology department–know, sometimes even researchers have to set down their lab notebooks, shed the white coats, pick up guitars and learn from experience.
As an international student from Nigeria, Ude initially experienced significant culture shock coming to Stanford. She spent her first three years of college coming to terms with both her preconceived notions about the United States–California in particular–and the United States’ assumptions about her.
There seems to be a good chance that Stewart Macgregor-Dennis ’13 attended Hogwarts. Even though he spent his first five years in England, he’s from Edinburgh, where J.K. Rowling wrote the best-selling Harry Potter series. And this year, he’s bringing the sport of Quidditch to Stanford.