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Emma Smith
Emma Smith '22 is a desk editor for the Academics beat of news. She is originally from Oak Park, IL and is studying International Relations with a focus on the intersection between international security and human rights. Contact her at esmith11 'at'

GSC talks logo rebranding, food bank updates

As Councilors enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner in their last meeting before the break, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) discussed the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) and Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) rebranding project and the most recent food pantry pop-up.

GSC discusses food insecurity, food bank efforts, voting registration

After months of debate over potential solutions to combat graduate food insecurity, the first Graduate Student Council (GSC) meeting of the academic year included reflection on recent developments the Council has supported. From a pilot program for a popup food bank to changes to Stanford dining policies, the Council discussed progress made and plans to…

College Board backtracks on ‘adversity score’ after criticism

The College Board announced its plans to drop the much-criticized “adversity score” — a single number representing high school and neighborhood information — on August 27. The change was one of several updates to the Board’s “Landscape” dashboard, which seeks to provide consistent data about students’ environments to contextualize outcomes and opportunities.

University criticizes impending Andrew Klavan event; SCR stands by invitation

Stanford administrators criticized the Stanford College Republicans (SCR) upcoming event “Yes, America is a Judeo-Christian Nation” — featuring conservative author Andrew Klavan — in a Monday night Notes from The Quad blog post, citing concern over Klavan’s fostering of anti-Muslim sentiments, as well as SCR’s “publicity tactics that have targeted Muslim students.”

Ambassador William Burns talks challenges, rewards of American diplomacy

Conducting secret talks to convince leaders to “get out of the business of terrorism,” enduring nine-hour meetings with foreign dignitaries as a symbol of bladder and policy persistence, 2 a.m. meetings with world leaders wearing shirts printed with pictures of dead African leaders — these are the highs and lows of American diplomacy, Ambassador William…

Former Obama advisor discusses college life and career at BCSC

Valerie Jarrett ‘78, former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, spoke about her college life and her career — from practicing law, to working in nonprofits, to working in federal government — during a visit to the Black Community Services Center on Friday. Stanford students and alums alike gathered to hear Jarrett answer questions from Henry Washington, Jr., a second-year Ph.D. student in the interdisciplinary program in Modern Thought and Language.
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