Margaux Giles ’19 might be the CEO of an up-and-coming startup with the potential to vastly improve natural disaster relief efforts, but she and her co-founders are used to not being taken seriously.
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.
Stanford students might not be accustomed to rainy weather, but that didn’t stop them from coming out by the thousands to Full Moon on the Quad.
For most people, their first instinct upon seeing a giant black swarm of bees is to get as far away as possible. But not for Davis Wertheimer ’16.
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.
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.
In previous years, the educational Zero-Waste Lunch designed to introduce freshmen to on-campus sustainability during NSO did not always live up to its name. Confused students sometimes threw lunch packaging into landfill receptacles, and some threw away food they were given but didn’t want.