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Devin Banerjee
Devin Banerjee was president and editor in chief of Volume 236 of The Stanford Daily, serving from June 2009 to January 2010. He joined The Daily's staff in September 2007. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @devinbanerjee.

Obama lands at Stanford, visits Facebook to discuss budget

President Barack Obama traveled to California on Wednesday to discuss his deficit-reduction plan at Facebook’s Palo Alto headquarters and attend three Democratic fundraisers in San Francisco. The visit marked the middle of a three-day trip to Virginia, California and Nevada for the administration to sell its budget framework and for the president to raise money for his party and re-election campaign.

Stanford’s Hecker provides window into North Korea’s nuclear activity

For six years, management science and engineering professor Siegfried Hecker has offered Stanford, Washington and the U.S. scientific community a window into the secretive world of North Korea’s nuclear program. The 67-year-old former director of Los Alamos National Laboratory travels as a nonofficial diplomat, returning each time with insights, photographs and discussion points for U.S.-North Korea relations.

Campus police sergeant arrested for DUI

Sgt. Chris Cohendet, a 31-year-old member of Stanford’s police force, was arrested last week while off duty in San Mateo County for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. The Stanford Department of Public Safety (DPS) has put him on administrative leave while it conducts an internal investigation into the circumstances of the arrest.

Hitting the pavement in a ‘tuk-tuk’

Navigating city streets with the wind in your hair may come in the form of a Mustang in Los Angeles, a Porsche in Berlin or a Ferrari in Rome. But in India, the convertible is replaced by a half-size, three-wheeled taxi that many say offers a fuller travel experience than any roof-down car: the auto-rickshaw.

Iraq asks Hoover to return records

The Iraqi National Library and Archives has asked Stanford’s Hoover Institution to return Baath Party records acquired in early 2008 on a five-year loan -- a request Hoover is resisting because it doesn't deem security in Baghdad sufficient to ensure the documents' security.

Students gather to discuss Bravman replacement

The search committee for candidates to replace Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education John Bravman met with a small group of students Tuesday evening as it prepares to provide Provost John Etchemendy a shortlist of candidates by Commencement, just over a month from now.

Henry Crumpton discusses U.S. relations with Muslim world

Henry Crumpton, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism from 2005 to 2007, addressed more than 50 students and community members Monday night on the relationship between the United States and the Muslim world, trying to take a unified approach to the topic but eventually acceding to discuss widely varying issues in Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

Military, academia debate selective service

Wednesday evening, Steele joined Law School Dean Larry Kramer, emeritus history Prof. James Sheehan '58 and Hoover senior fellow Martin Anderson, for a roundtable discussion on the history and present feasibility of the military draft. CISAC consulting Prof. Phil Taubman '70 moderated.


A twin-engine Cessna 310 crashed soon after takeoff from Palo Alto Airport early Wednesday, killing three Tesla Motors employees on board, cutting off power to Palo Alto and parts of Stanford for much of the day and giving the residents of a small neighborhood a fiery awakening.

Editor’s Farewell: It’s People

As I hand The Daily’s reins over to an able successor, I implore you to grasp the true weight of people. Do your best to contextualize and understand your environment and those who impact it. Cultivate meaningful relationships whenever and wherever possible. And remember that your voice is only lost among the masses if you choose not to use it.
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