The academic year is coming to an end, which means that this column is wrapping up today. I have new respect for the students at The Daily who pump out publishable material day after day, because it is hard enough to make something worth reading once a week, as I have tried to do. Thank you to everyone who has read any of my columns!
When a requirement has a patronizing name, it is asking to be disliked, regardless of the value of the course material.
The residents and visitors of Stanford, Calif. enjoy a range of dining options within the grounds of the world’s second-largest contiguous university campus. It is therefore with the utmost humility that I attempt to contribute to your understanding of this culinary landscape, as I talk about the burgers at Stanford.
In test-taking, there is a difference between an answer being right and an answer being true, and I think this idea is important for the real-world analogues to multiple-choice tests: the dozens of surveys Stanford inundates us with.
My concern is when PowerPoint threatens to switch roles with the professor; that is, when instead of the slides being a supplement to the professor’s teaching, the professor’s teaching becomes a supplement to the words on the slides.
May is National Water Safety Month. In preparation for this cultural milestone, I thought I would share my own story about why it is a good idea to be careful around large bodies of water.
But as media consumption becomes increasingly electronic, what will the bookstore do to flourish?
One of the things that I noticed last fall, when I was lucky enough to be studying in Florence, Italy with the Bing program, was the incredible regionalism of Italian food.
There is a culture of acceptance here at Stanford that prevents alcohol abuse from being taken seriously.
The reality is that Special Fees allows dozens of student groups to pursue large amounts of funding without much oversight, and the natural result is overfunding.
Last week I wrote about how we often don’t know the names of the people sitting next to us in section, and that getting to know our classmates would surely strengthen both our learning and our community. Upon reflection, I have realized that I actually know a lot more names than I do faces at Stanford, thanks to the advent of the dorm chat list.
There are probably many ways to strengthen our community, but I have thought of one in particular that would be extremely easy to pull off. It would encourage social interaction, and I bet it would have the added bonus of improving academic performance.
It turned out that I wasn’t going to play any baseball in Florence. Somewhere along the line, the Italian coach had somehow gotten the mistaken impression that I was going to be in the country for three years, not three months. But before we discovered the misunderstanding, his first question for me upon our meeting was, in Italian, “How many championships have you won?” The question has haunted me ever since.
One could argue that an informal tone is natural for such a blog host. But 10 years ago -- before the word blog entered our vocabulary -- we might have called WordPress.com a web publishing service, in which case its business would have sounded a lot fancier. It seems the Internet is casual because we have made it that way.