Reading the results of Stanford’s climate survey on sexual assault last week, you may have been confused. I definitely was. 1.9% of Stanford students experience sexual assault? Unfortunately, that seemed shockingly low. Peer institutions have taken similar surveys in the past year and reported tenfold times that occurrence. Is Stanford really that different? Absolutely not. The results of Stanford’s climate survey are easily misunderstood without a thorough grasp of what our definitions mean.
Higher Ground,” a student-created musical, will debut this Saturday, March 1, at 7 p.m. in Dinkelspiel Auditorium. This musical seeks to establish the legacy of gospel music through a powerful synthesis of student actors, choreographers from Stanford’s dance department, the student a capella group Talisman, a choir from San Jose and deep historical research.
This Valentine’s Day, Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall was graced by the presence of singer Cecile McLorin Salvant, whose unique talent is resurrecting the art of jazz in the 21st century. Announced from the stage, Salvant presented a program that refreshingly broke from the traditional collection of love songs expected on this day. Spanning genres, eras and emotions, Salvant sang jazz standards like “I Only Have Eyes for You”, excerpts from musical productions such as the “Step Sister’s Lament” from Cinderella, the soundtrack from a 1928 silent film “Laugh Clown Laugh.” It quickly became clear that one should not attempt to guess what was coming next.
Last Thursday, the Chocolate Heads Movement Band lifted the edge of the curtain to reveal our creation-in-progress: the second annual UnShow. The standing audience looked down from the stairs and balconies of the Cantor Arts Center lobby as our story unfolded in black light.
Joshua Bell has been described as a “poet of violin,” a title he confirmed with gusto on Saturday night at Bing Concert Hall. Bringing life and drama to a program that featured musicians from disparate eras, from Giuseppe Tartini to Igor Stravinsky, Bell ravished the sold-out audience in a show that lasted almost two hours.
In order for an action to have worth, it must be rooted in good intentions. But does it apply to the realm of social impact and acts of public service?
It’s a fact: Silicon Valley and Stanford University are inextricably connected. In my opinion, the connection is valuable and particularly additive in the field of social impact.
The positive ideology around financing young people with big ideas is spreading, which is great news for those interested specifically in positive social impact. Why? Seed funding supports thinking that is valuable to social impact initiatives.
Regardless of what matters to us, our job placements are not aligning with our stated priorities. Why is there such a drastic disconnect between millennials who want to create positive impact in their careers and the organizations that severely need their talent to successfully create change?
With the enormity of the resources available to us at Stanford, and with the extreme number of choices we have been lucky enough to have received during our time at this institution, is it right for us to move forward in droves towards lucrative but questionably impactful private sector jobs?