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Emma Johanningsmeier

From fields to Farm: El Centro associate director tells story of struggle, healing and familia

Listening to the way Elvira Prieto ’96 laughs, easily and fully, you’d never guess the things she’s been through. You’d never guess that Prieto, now a Casa Naranja Resident Fellow and Associate Director of El Centro Chicano y Latino at Stanford, grew up picking grapes in the San Joaquin Valley from the age of 6, toiling in the fields and packing sheds to provide essential income for her Mexican-American family of six. Or that she still suffers physical pain from the hard labor she did back then. Or that she, her siblings and her mother lived for years under the tyranny of a violent alcoholic father who abused them physically and emotionally.

It takes a village to raise a Tree: Sarah Young talks finding community, fighting stereotypes

This past February, Sarah Young '17 found herself wearing high heels, rhinestones and leotards to class for two weeks (a homage to Beyonce), organizing a Nerf gun fight in the Main Quad, being carried around on a surfboard, and being approached by people wondering why she was sleeping outdoors every night in a see-through tent. It wasn’t the best strategy for blending in. But when Young decided she wanted to try out for Tree, the wild Stanford mascot that appears at sporting events and other events with the band, she knew she would have to get crazy.

OpenXChange seeks to ’empower’ students; some activists stay away

In the eyes of student activist Erika Lynn Kreeger ’16, Stanford’s new OpenXChange initiative isn’t to be trusted. OpenXChange, an initiative that aims to facilitate campus-wide conversations about various topics, particularly the hot-button social issues spotlighted by last year’s student activism, was launched by the University administration just before the start of this quarter. And Kreeger’s list of grievances against it is already long.

Poetry Out Loud competition offers spoken poetry

“It is English, I promise,” English Ph.D. student Jon Quick joked before beginning to recite at Stanford’s Poetry Out Loud competition Tuesday evening. Then, for the next four minutes, an audience of about 60 sat in rapt silence as Quick, a first-year Ph.D. candidate, recited the first 52 lines of the epic poem Beowulf in the original Old English, complete with gestures and dramatic intonation. Although many listeners had probably read the famous poem at some point, most had probably never heard it performed out loud. But a return to poetry’s origins as an oral tradition was the focus at the Poetry Out Loud competition on Tuesday, held at Levinthal Hall, home of the Stanford Humanities Center.

TEDxStanford tickets sell out in less than 10 minutes

The fourth annual TEDx Stanford event, which will take place on Sunday, May 17, sold out within ten minutes of the tickets becoming available last Wednesday. The CEMEX auditorium, where the event will be held, has a capacity of just under 600 people, and owing to the high demand for tickets, Executive Producer Melinda Sacks, who is also the director of media initiatives for the Stanford University Office of Public Affairs, said she will be looking at possibly moving the event to a bigger venue next year.

Q&A with Troderman and Kulkarni

Joe Troderman ’16, a chemical engineering major, and Nitish Kulkarni ’16, who’s the co-managing editor of the The Daily’s technology blog and a mechanical engineer, are hoping to offer more transparency in student government and to encourage more members of the student body to participate in elections. According to Troderman, the main reason they ran was to get students involved in thinking about issues on campus and how to make campus a better place. They are also looking at mental health, sexual assault and international student problems in their slate. The Daily sat down with them to discuss their lives at Stanford and their most memorable moments.

ASSU releases Release.Restart.Review anthology

The ASSU Emotional Wellbeing Team’s forthcoming literary-arts publication, “Release.Restart.Review,” is a collection of stories about the common experience of having emotions, facing them and trying to live with them. The journal is the first of its kind, and the ASSU plans to begin distribution to students as soon as possible. The journal is the first part of the Emotional Wellbeing Team’s three-part Release.Restart programming for the year, a new initiative that aims to focus attention on mental health and well-being outside of diagnosis.
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