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Caity Monroe

Palo Alto regulates fire alarm usage, Stanford waits for more information

Palo Alto’s city council voted to restrict the use of ionization smoke alarms on Nov. 8 in an effort to improve fire safety. This decision makes Palo Alto the second California city to favor photoelectric technology in detecting fires, following a similar decision in Albany in July. Yet this move has faced significant opposition and debate remains about whether or not the move actually constitutes better fire safety practices.

University emphasizes resources that accompany major declaration

Axess has been open for winter course enrollment since Oct. 24, but currently undeclared juniors are unable to register due to the hold placed on their accounts preventing winter quarter enrollment. Though technically required to choose a major by the end of sophomore year, a handful of juniors delay this deadline until the end of fall quarter of junior year.

Groups fight ‘geek factor’ to promote bike helmets

Students now have an extra incentive to practice better bicycle-safety habits while biking around campus. Parking & Transportation Services (P&TS) launched its first bike safety dorm challenge on Oct. 26 in an effort to encourage students to pledge to follow the rules of the road and wear a helmet. The dorm with the highest percentage of participants in the challenge will win a bus charter to Tahoe.

Stanford medical school offers flu vaccines at polling places

Thanks to a new effort to bring politics and public health together in an accessible way, voters on Tuesday will now be able to receive influenza vaccines and cast their votes in one convenient trip. School of Medicine faculty and students have been working with local government officials to provide free or low-cost vaccines at two polling stations in Palo Alto and San Jose.

Pac-10 fitness challenge promotes physical activity

The fourth annual Pac-10 Fitness Challenge kicks off this week in an effort to encourage students, faculty and staff to maintain healthy levels of physical activity. The conference-wide initiative promotes an active lifestyle by having participants record the time they spend working out and then comparing every school’s total at the end of the week.

Seniors prepare for another round of school after graduation

For a certain subset of Stanford seniors, this fall’s workload and stress levels derive only partially from their course loads. With the pressure of LSATs, GREs, GMATs, medical school applications and interviews, some seniors are busy planning for the next stage of their education--while still wrapping up their current one.

Dining commits to trayless program

The trayless dining program implemented at two dorms this past academic year has made it to the summer showing signs of promise, but uncertainty still lingers about the program’s feasibility and relative effectiveness.

Digging up WWII

World War II evokes images of Hitler, Hiroshima and Auschwitz - thousands of German prisoners of war (POWs) working in a Canadian logging camp figure less prominently in the popular imagination.

English major to get ‘historic’ changes

One of the most notable features of student responses contributed to the creation of a new team-taught, three-quarter-long course that is expected to provide students with a historical narrative of English literature since the middle ages. It is the biggest requirement change to the major.

Case makes case for entrepreneurship

Steve Case, the co-founder of AOL, gave an Entrepreneurship Week (E-Week) lecture Wednesday afternoon, where he discussed the ups and downs of entrepreneurship and the essential principles for success of any initiative -- business or otherwise.

Sachs mixes laughter, human rights

Although former justice Albie Sachs' 15 years as a judge on the Constitutional Court of South Africa have been marked by socially progressive decisions, his lecture “Does the Law Have a Sense of Humor?” focused mainly on his lifelong advocacy for the power of humor.

Students teaching students

Ever wonder what the deal was with that one-unit class on Disney films being taught by the guy down the hall last spring? This is just one example of a Student Initiated Course (SIC), a laid-back, discussion-based class option worthy of consideration.
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