The Daily staff put together the top 10 stories of 2015 for each section:
Top 10 news stories
Despite voting not to pass a resolution supporting divestment from corporations identified as complicit in human rights abuses in Israel and Palestine, the 16th Undergraduate Senate reversed their vote in favor of the bill the following week. Groups on both sides of the divestment issue have been active on campus over the past year.
After the student-run email newsletter Fountain Hopper (FoHo) sent its subscribers a message in January detailing how to access one’s admissions records using the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), students began to flood Stanford Office of Undergraduate Admission with requests. Students began viewing their records in late February.
After investigations that began over a year ago, Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity lost their housing indefinitely in May for creating a “sexually hostile environment” at their 2014 Roman Bath Party and subsequently breaking their probation and retaliating. The Daily released a full account about what happened in December.
In April, the Task Force on Sexual Assault Policies and Practices recommended making expulsion the expected sanction for students who have violated University policy on sexual assault. Its 30-page report also provided other suggestions, such as removing undergraduates from panels adjudicating those cases. Sexual assault has been highlighted as a major issue on college campuses across the nation, and Stanford, along with several other universities, is currently under federal investigation for its handling of sexual assault cases.
On Jan. 18, former freshman swimmer Brock Turner was arrested and charged with five felony counts after allegedly raping an intoxicated, unconscious woman. Turner has now undergone a preliminary hearing, and two of the five counts against him have been dropped. He has pleaded not guilty, and the trial is still underway.
After more than 15 years as University president, John Hennessy announced that he will be stepping down in summer 2016. Hennessy has held leadership positions at Stanford for over two decades and is the University’s 10th president.
Activism in several areas has shaped Stanford’s campus climate over the past year. One of the most memorable incidences of student activism came in January when 68 students and community members were arrested for shutting down the San Mateo/Hayward bridge in support of the Ferguson Action national demands.
With Stanford’s location in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the University has had a large influence in the growing tech sector. Diversity in the industry has been a widely debated topic, so in October when computer science (CS) became the most popular major at Stanford for women, it marked a major milestone for the CS department.
The topic of fossil fuel divestment has been heavily debated on campus. With the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December and a class of Stanford students set to attend the conference, the issue was brought to the forefront of administrators’ attention when Fossil Free Stanford held a sit-in outside President John Hennessy’s office for five days leading up to Thanksgiving Break.
Probably the biggest event at Stanford this year, the White House Summit on Cyber Security and Consumer Protection included a visit from President Barack Obama himself. From the ticket lottery leading up to the conference to the president’s keynote address, The Daily provided full coverage of the event.
Top 10 sports stories
It’s been one hell of a ride for Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan. Vihan Lakshman takes a look at his journey.
Josh Garnett and Kyle Murphy are known for their contributions on the offensive line, this year’s being one of the best Stanford has seen in awhile. Yet the Bash Bros are not just linemen: They are kindred spirits.
Being a club sport that sees regionally-based popularity, the men’s lacrosse team hasn’t gotten a lot of attention. But the squad’s Cinderella story from the 2015 season and playoff-run is one for the ages.
Stanford football’s 2015 recruiting class was among one of the most talented in program history, bringing in such immediate impact players as Bryce Love, Quenton Meeks, Trenton Irwin and others that will be the faces of the Cardinal far into the future. Take an interactive look at why this class’s athletes were so highly-recruited and why coaches are so excited about this team’s future.
Austin Meyer went from a bench-player to the scorer of the game-winning goal that earned Stanford its first Pac-12 Championship since 2001. But behind his journey on the soccer field is that of himself as a storyteller.
Mark Marquess is best-known for his 39 seasons staring down opposing coaches from the Stanford baseball dugout, but what many don’t know is that he acts as a mentor and father-figure at times to those very coaches as well. Cal head coach Dave Esquer played under Marquess at Stanford all those years ago, and even now, decades into the future, the duo’s relationship holds strong.
Do-Hyoung Park shares an ode on the eve of the 102nd Rose Bowl Game.
Ronnie Harris is a huge Batman fan. But on the field, his leadership and energy have made him the hero Stanford deserves — the team’s own Batman.
Stanford softball had one of its worst seasons in program history on the diamond last year, but unbeknownst to many outside the program, the struggle in the dugout was just as great as the struggle on the field, as infighting and controversy divided the team and turned teammates on each other, eventually resulting in the departure of several seniors from the team.
The Daily takes a look at one of the most colorful coaches on campus, men’s rowing’s Craig Amerkhanian, the “Mayor of Saw Wood City.”
Top 10 stories in arts and life
Following the cancellation of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” due to concerns voiced by the Stanford Native American community, Theater Desk Editor Steve Rathje sat down with playwright Michael Friedman to discuss his work and the ensuing controversy. The resulting conversation is frank and fascinating.
Visual Arts Desk Editor Eric Huang’s breakdown of Cantor’s “Arboreal Architecture” is well-observed and well-articulated. A concise analysis of both art and gallery space, Huang’s take on everything from pencil sketches to photographic prints is rich with insight.
A smash hit, Ken Savage’s “Hairspray” was the most-talked-about show of 2015. Equally worthy of note? Theater critic Madelaine Bixler’s discussion of the musical’s technical merit and its timely engagement with issues of race and class.
In his first article for The Stanford Daily, budding music critic Joshua Seawell takes on Halsey’s flag-burning debut “Badlands.” An exercise in concision and insight, the resulting review skillfully walks the line between praise and criticism.
After a string of critical and commercial juggernauts, David O. Russell’s “Joy” was, for many, a disappointment. For staff critic Carlo Valladares, on the other hand, it was one of this year’s finest. With references to Leo McCarey and Howard Hawks, Valladares’ cinephilic review draws upon a love for Russell’s filmmaking and for screwball comedies, making all-too-convincing case for “Joy” and all it represents.
Short, sweet and to-the-point, TV critic Ryan Holmdahl’s take on Demetri Martin’s Netflix special “Live (At the Time)” is an ode to great stand-up and a welcome deconstruction of shock comics like Louis C.K., who find success merely in “saying what we’re all thinking.”
Re-directing their attention to the oft-overlooked campus scene, Music Desk Editors Ben Sorenson and Clare Flanagan shed some light on a number of student acts this year — including rising star, The Outsiders. Profiled by Sorenson last spring, the hip-hop collective has only continued to expand and diversify since, meriting further coverage. Yet, Sorenson’s profile retains a certain “before-they-were-big” charm. Passionate and intimate, Sorenson’s profile is a music lover’s ode to music.
Making the rounds for his then-upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” writer-director Tommy Wiseau (best known for his cosmic misfire “The Room”) sat down with The Stanford Daily to talk about education and influences, process and product. The resulting conversation is… informative, to say the least.
Perhaps the most anticipated film of 2015 for many a Stanford student, “Steve Jobs” met and exceeded expectations. Managing Editor Will Ferrer evaluates the merits of Aaron Sorkin’s portrait of the eponymous Apple co-founder and CEO.
As much a prose piece as it is a concert review, Music Desk Editor Clare Flanagan’s account of the 2015 Frost Music Festival effortlessly captures the energy, atmosphere and beats of one of Stanford’s most memorable raves.
Top 10 opinions columns from fall 2015
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