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Erika Alvero Koski

Cat tales

Community members who had already been feeding the animals independently banded together in support of the cats. The Stanford Cat Network, as they called themselves, negotiated an agreement with the administrators, who allowed them to provide “population management” of the homeless cats on campus. Population management entails spaying, neutering and caring for the creatures, in a process often called “Trap, Neuter, Return.” This program had a dramatic effect on the campus feline population.

The Irish jig

Though the steps may be the same as the ones used for more formal Irish step dancing, ceili is the social “people’s dance.” Stanford Ceili tries to keep with this tradition.

Spinning Stanford’s stories

Though the KZSU show is perhaps the most well-known component of the Stanford Storytelling Project, it is only one segment. Founded in 2007, the Stanford Storytelling Project was created by Willinhganz, who was a fellow with the Stanford Humanities Fund at the time. Realizing the public impact of programs such as NPR’s “This American Life,” Willihnganz received funding through the Hume Writing Center and the Continuing Studies Program and began to teach classes. In these classes, students focused on writing their own memoirs and on collecting stories from around campus. Soon however, the “story collecting” expanded beyond the courses.

Remembering the UCA massacre

Beyond the gift shop, however, was an ugly history that quietly reverberated in the walls of the building. The introductory screens themselves were pasted with sheets of paper commemorating Salvadorans who were killed in the conflict between government and guerilla forces that ravaged the country in the '80s.

Cycling toward safety

While helmet usage is far from becoming the norm, the accounts provided by students such as Lindsay and the efforts of P&TS and the SUDPS may be beginning to take effect. “I've been on campus on and off since 1985, and I've never seen this much attention being paid to promoting helmet wearing,” Yisrael said. “I'm hoping that we are reaching a ‘critical mass.’”

Speaking out

While the general realization of the need for more communication at Stanford had been growing in discussions among Lyla Johnston ’11, member of The Spoken Word Collective, and her circle of friends, the actual idea for ‘Free Speech Fridays’ hit Johnston spontaneously.

High fliers

Brown belongs to a small but passionate population on campus: the Stanford pilots. Other students who are part of this specialized society include Nate Stockham ‘11 and Devin Banerjee ‘11. Despite their different backgrounds, these three share the same seemingly innate call to fly.

Strike a pose

Charity Fashion Show (CFS) has not always been such a mega event. Just three years ago, CFS took place in the Oak Room at Tresidder with only a small group of Stanford-affiliated models and designers.

Woods Institute builds green bridges

Weekly energy seminars are but one of myriad functions the Woods Institute serves. The institute, founded in 2004, focuses on interdisciplinary research with the idea that only by reaching across multiple disciplines can environmental challenges be solved.

Prize Citizen

The 1960s were a time of tempestuous turmoil and stormy conflict, of racial tensions and assassinations, of sit-ins and war protests. It also provided the backdrop for Stanford sociology Professor Doug McAdam to investigate social movements.

Hoops, heart and hustle

Pablo Aguilera ’07 nestled a basketball in his hands, which he planned to bounce as he ran the 26.2-mile course through Napa Valley’s scenic vineyards and hills. And he intended to break a world record.
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