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Alizeh Ahmad

Toxic politics: How EPA cuts can literally poison you

Even a cursory examination of the many roles of the EPA reveals its extensive reach and influence on innumerable aspects of a citizen’s life. For the same reasons, it should pique the interest of the common citizen that the current administration has changed the rhetoric surrounding the purpose of the EPA.

Lights out

Last Tuesday evening, just hours before International Women’s Day and the “A Day Without a Woman” protests, the Statue of Liberty’s lights flickered out. Lady Liberty stood in the dark for several hours, a striking, poetic image of what would come the next day.

Stanford’s exemplary strides in sustainability

Last month the university publicly revealed the Stanford Solar Generating Station in southern California. According to a university press release, the station aims to provide electricity for 53% of campus. This equates to a 65% reduction in fossil fuel consumption on campus and a 68% decrease in release of greenhouse gases.

Discrimination without representation

It goes without saying that this election is among the most comprehensively divisive and ire-stoking exchanges of power to take place in recent history.  I find that it also ranks among the most telling, exposing the false sense of ownership that those sympathetic to — or, as they often appear, quietly unopposed to — the…

To uplift a nation

A smarting handful of months have gone by since the passing of Abdul Sattar Edhi in July. Ironically, heightened xenophobia, dwindling empathy for those with unfamiliar lives, and the first world’s convulsive turn inward and away from the needs of the “other” have all recently compounded our necessity for the late humanitarian and his other-centric paradigm.

Intellectual liberation

Stanford air crackles. The crisp bite of new beginnings comes not from the buildings bathed in morning gold, nor from the names, vestiges of the greatness of eras past, plastered across stone walls. For the electricity to arise from anything other than Stanford’s moving parts would be counterintuitive – whirring bikes that set the mind abuzz, fervent ideation in a smattering of different tongues, and the ringing of music performed with gusto cause the heart to palpitate with the breathless campus rhythm.

To shatter the ceiling: On women in STEM

It is 2016, and the gender disparity in STEM fields gapes pitifully. Industry giants often publish employee demographics on their company websites for the purpose of increasing diversity; examples include the Google Diversity site, which is an admirable effort by Google to shed light on and actively address lack of diversity in the workplace. The…

We applaud you

To the newly committed Stanford Class of 2020, First and foremost, my most heartfelt congratulations. Undoubtedly you are reveling in the joy of diligence acknowledged and the anticipation of what is to come. I am pleased to tell you that, in my opinion, there is more positivity and possibility here than one can grapple with.…

Customized CRISPR kids: Editing genetic makeup

An incisive social commentary masquerading as innocuous entertainment, the 1997 science fiction movie “GATTACA” is alarming in the strength of its rhetoric and in the prescience of its message. It predicts and grapples with bioethical questions that have since surfaced with the invention of new gene-editing and gene-selecting technologies. The film depicts a dystopian society in…

On GMOs and transparency

The omnipresence of genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, is so significant as to make them, for all practical purposes, unavoidable. The pervasiveness of GMOs is astonishing. Even more incredible is the frightening combination of popular unawareness and apathy with respect to the regulation of information about such new biotechnologies. As it is inadequately restrained and…

A case for conscientious artistic remediation and interpretation

Deliberate conscientiousness in our experience with works of art is a crucial paradigm adjustment, as Algee-Hewitt emphasizes that remediation is “an ongoing process that is unavoidable” if the relevance of a work is to survive the test of time. It is vital, therefore, to consider the influence of the medium and the era when approaching a work of art. Creative works are ephemeral and beautiful in their temporality, and the fluidity of meaning is what makes art ageless and universally applicable.

Perceive responsibly

As I peck at my keyboard on the uppermost floor of Green Library, my lenses are smudged with fingerprints. Through the window I see the tops of the palm trees against a background of generous blue and sun-dappled stone; I see students, ponder their stories, and rejoice in the motley splendor of difference. I wipe my glasses clean.
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