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Jasmine Sun
Jasmine Sun '21 is a sociology major from the greater Seattle area. She's fascinated by the future of cities, education and digital media. When not trying and failing to catch up on her Goodreads Reading Challenge, she nurtures her caffeine addiction and hosts a podcast on civic innovation.

Hate can’t be hacked

A hackathon cannot solve hatred. Llamas won’t fix our mental health crisis. An AR plaque does not give voice to Chanel Miller. And countless apologetic emails are no substitute for institutional change. Until the administration steps up to the urgency of the moment — and no, that doesn’t mean waiting for January — its attempts to hack together institutional trust are doomed to fall apart.

Against swag

For some students, getting quality company merch is more of a reason to attend a fair than the jobs themselves. This used to feel like an innocuous game, a fun way to relieve the stress of recruiting season. But when I zoom out, I can’t help but feel deep discomfort.

‘Love’ reacts only

Jasmine Sun argues that it's become easier to convey tone and emotion on social media through things like Facebook's reactions, but that more emotivity doesn't necessarily mean a better experience.

Can you hack your way out of death?

Since the birth of humankind, people have found innovative ways to cope with their fear of death. Some civilizations have Heaven and Hell. Some believe in karma and cycles of rebirth. Silicon Valley, of course, has technology. For a culture that places such a high premium on youth, Silicon Valley has had a long history…

Silicon valley’s saviorism problem

Let’s begin with a hypothetical. Imagine that you are a college student in Kampala, Uganda. You have just read the tragic news that 17 Americans were killed in a school shooting in Florida. You aren’t very familiar with U.S. culture or politics (except for what you’ve seen in movies and social media), but the solution…

All that glitters is not Gold(man)

All that glisters is not gold — Often have you heard that told. Many a man his life hath sold But my outside to behold. Gilded tombs do worms enfold. (“The Merchant of Venice,” 2.7.69–72) *** I learned about the prestige of landing a job at Goldman Sachs before I had any idea what investment…

I won’t pledge allegiance to Big Data

From the Stanford Marriage Pact to micro-targeted political ads on your Facebook feed, a world governed by information and algorithms has become the new normal. However, the rise of data-driven decision-making has been accompanied by a dangerous ruse of objectivity — the false assumption that numbers must be neutral. As a disclaimer, computer and data…

The lost art of saying ‘no’

I don’t consider myself much of a moviegoer, but long flights, with their lack of legroom and characteristically bland food offerings, tend to be an exception. So when I found myself on a grueling 12-hour flight from Seattle to Shanghai, I selected “The Devil Wears Prada” from the A-Z movie listings to occupy a couple hours…

Science: The home of the new McCarthyism

It was the break of dawn at Xiaoxing Xi’s home in the suburbs of Philadelphia when FBI agents began pounding on the front door: at first with clenched fists, but with a battering ram at the ready in case of resistance. Startled awake by the noise, Dr. Xi, a Chinese-born physics professor at Temple University and…

Debunking the myth of the ‘productive immigrant’

“Sudanese student at Stanford detained, handcuffed at JFK airport.” “An Iranian MIT student home from winter break is barred from returning to the U.S.” “Trump’s New Immigration Restrictions Will Slow Scientific Advancement in the U.S.” In the wake of Trump’s “Muslim ban” (or, more accurately, Executive Order 13769, which restricted immigration from seven Muslim-majority nations), headlines…
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