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Georgina Grant

Modern landmarks: The triumph of the aesthetically pleasing

On a typical sunny day in Los Angeles, you might notice an abnormally large group of people flocking to an otherwise average parking lot just off Melrose Avenue, a popular shopping destination. Tourists and locals alike line up along the side wall of a Paul Smith retail store, iPhones in hand and faces photo-ready. A…

How to spice up the Caltrain experience

While a trip on the Caltrain is generally an agreeable endeavor, I can’t help but think that just a few adjustments could make each ride a little zestier. My undergraduate years here on The Farm have been heavily influenced by my voyages through the Bay Area without a car, and I hope that the Caltrain will continue…

Laundry for lazies

I’m currently writing to you from the desk of a madwoman. While rarely in pristine condition, my little work space always seems to start off the week in decent shape. But as the days continue, it inevitably acquires a fun amount of souvenirs. As of 11:21 p.m. on Tuesday night, this collection includes a Post-It-ridden copy…

Leland Land: A Stanford musical inspired by “La La Land”

The film opens with the sound of honking. The camera expertly maneuvers between 50 bikes at a standstill around the Circle of Death – the one between the Clock Tower and the Language Corner. Bikes don’t have horns, making this scene’s sound effects unnecessary, but honking just adds to the general air of frustration. Anyways, the…

Why all this rain isn’t all that bad

Gloomy skies and wet bike seats can instantly put a damper on an otherwise pleasant day. While we tend to feel guilty for complaining about heavy showers after years of drought in California, those of us used to a consistently sunny climate start looking for the nearest tsunami shelter whenever our weather apps predict rain.…

Your totally non-partisan preparation guide to Inauguration Day

After a turbulent election season and a rocky post-election period, America is celebrating the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States – a situation that many wouldn’t have predicted just a few short months ago. But despite several civil protests and well-publicized controversies surrounding his victory, his inauguration ceremony will still occur…

Eight classes Stanford needs to offer

With a new quarter just begun, Stanford students from every major are still exploring their options through the university’s shopping period. Due to the ability to add and drop classes without penalty, undergraduates still have two more weeks before their choices start to feel binding. But throughout my own careful perusing of ExploreCourses, I have…

Low-tech holiday travel tips

In addition to heavy traffic, constricted leg space and painfully long lines, holiday travel inevitably leaves us with long chunks of unstructured time. And while the youths of America have been primed to fill this space with endless Facebook scrolling and internet surfing, it is time to try a few new methods of filling up…

We’re all in this together and all that

There’s a special group of songs, clothes and movies that take me right back to middle school. From Flo Rida’s 2008 pop hit “Low” to overpriced Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirts that say only “Abercrombie & Fitch,” these little triggers will undoubtedly transport me back to simpler, more awkward days. But nothing can quite top the…

How to work up a sweat without hitting the gym

In the land of bountiful kale, Dish hikes and red backpack-clad Division 1 athletes, Stanford students can feel an understandable pressure to stay in shape. But if I’ve learned anything in the year and eight weeks that I’ve spent on the Farm, it’s that there are plenty of ways to get your heart pounding and…

Below rock bottom: Novice voting in 2016

“Do me a favor: Look up into the sky right now. Higher. No, higher still. Do you see that? Way up there? Way up above the clouds? That’s rock bottom. And we are currently way down here.” That was how John Oliver addressed his audience on “Last Week Tonight” after learning of just one of the…

Picking a side: Sports advice from an uneducated fan

In a country that has more people watching the Super Bowl each year than the presidential debates, admitting that you “don’t follow sports” can be a bit damning in certain contexts. But when the time finally comes to pick a team, the anxiety of making the right selection can seem overwhelming. The obvious choice might…

How to turn a dorm room into a home

Walking into a bare dorm room in September makes some overjoyed with the decorating possibilities, while others sink under the overwhelming question of what to do with all that blank white space. Whether you start the year off with a Tumblr-worthy decorating scheme, or you continue to add as the year progresses, here are some…

Why it’s important to have a boring summer job

Grab a pair of jeans from the middle of the pile. Shake them out. Fold the back pockets together. Slap them down on the table. Smooth out the legs. Flip up the bottom half. Grab another. Shake. Fold together. Slap down. Smooth out. Flip up. Grab. Shake. Fold. Slap. Smooth. Flip. I’ve been straightening up…
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