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Amara McCune

On education, equality and diversity

Having already gone through the various paths of primary and secondary education, either as a private school attendee or a public school student, we all converge at Stanford with a long list of prior accumulated knowledge, opinions, and a laundry list of biases. We’ve come here to pursue a degree, but we’ve also come here…

Time to reformulate study abroad at Stanford

When I think of the quintessential college experience, a few things come to mind: late nights spent studying, piping hot coffee in hand; impromptu conversations with classmates and dorm-mates probing the philosophical and mysterious; study groups working out difficult problem sets together. And maybe most of all, a semester spent abroad, spent discovering new cultures…

A modern censorship

It is clear that free speech is neither free nor infinite in its extent. On the stage of college campuses, it enters an environment where boundaries are blurred and opinions are stagnant. Somehow, despite the constant calls for dialogue and open minds, campus discussion pits groups against each other instead of engaging them in one…

The pressure cooker society

In a campus culture permeated by Duck Syndrome — the idea that we are stressed out or struggling but not showing it, much like a duck furiously paddling underneath the water’s surface — let’s not forget that it comes with a mortality rate. College campuses are not unfamiliar with instances of suicide, and there is…

The case for more humanities requirements

Immersed in the heart of Silicon Valley, our university is especially centered around technological innovation as our world becomes increasingly driven by data. As the tech industry grows, people are flocking toward technical majors, and it seems that the humanities are being left in the dust. When brainstorming Daily pieces, I tend to come up…

Let’s talk about sex (and race and politics), baby

Apparently I’m going to hell, but at least I’ll have company. As I scrolled through news articles on a sunny Sunday afternoon, I found myself suddenly confronted with this new fate — issued to me, along with a subset of America’s young women, specifically from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. She asserted her famous…

Syrian refugees, climate change and why we care about things

In this instant, we as a human race are once again failing to realize that funneled hatred onto one particular group of humans is precipitating all sorts of byproduct-problems in yet another screwy chemistry experiment. It’s a commonly taught fact that history doubles back on itself. Over four million Syrians are classified as refugees by the UNHCR, and this number is swelling in tandem with fears of fellow humans — it’s a pattern we have continually seen throughout our time. So why isn’t anyone doing anything?

Why Stanford should divest from fossil fuels

As the weeks bore on, the messages accumulated. Some solicited sign-ups, others informed me of mandatory meetings, and the latest one instructed me to pick a time slot to get legal training so that I may be ready to become one with the civilly disobedient. Yet as each one arrived, I kept putting off action. The pledge sat in the back of my mind, flaring up and dying off again like an incessant ocean swell. Would divestment even have any impact on the climate change conundrum?

A storm of words

Stanford has always been a place that engenders discussion on a general smorgasbord of topics. This is one of the things I love most about the place — the diversity that begets awareness. Yet as I peruse comments and listen to perspectives throughout campus, I can’t help but feel overwhelmed by the specifics — the terminology and nuances of the everyday going-ons that are targeted.
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