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Josee Smith
Josee Smith is a senior this year, majoring in anthropology with a minor in Spanish. She is the desk editor for the student groups beat and has spent her last 3 years at The Daily as both a staff writer and contributing writer. Originally from Washington State, Josee came to California for the warm weather and stayed for the awesome reporting. To contact her, please email jsmith11 'a' stanford.edu.

Quad Yearbook canceled due to lack of interest

According to John Nguyen ’15, the editor-in-chief of the Stanford Quad Yearbook, an independent student-run group which normally releases a four-class yearbook every year, the Quad will not produce a yearbook this year. “I was the editor-in-chief last year [as well], and staff retention was not great, and I wasn’t really able to recruit anyone…

GSB launches first UK-based teaching program

The Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) is launching its first UK-based teaching program in London. According to the GSB, the Stanford Ignite program is a 10-week course aimed at innovative individuals with an interest in science and technology. It is also offered in Bangalore, India, Beijing, New York City, Santiago, Chile, and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Stanford asks Santa Clara for GUP amendment

Stanford has asked the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors to amend the University’s General Use Permit (GUP) and Community Plan from 2000 to provide more flexibility in planning future campus housing construction, according to the Stanford Report.

Board of Trustees elects two new members

The Stanford University Board of Trustees recently elected two new members: Angela S. Filo, founder of the Yellow Chair Foundation, and Bret E. Comolli, executive chairman of Asurion Corp., a mobile technology services company. They will begin their five-year terms on April 1. The Board now has 36 members.

Students find many ways to engage with activism on campus

As a result of recent national events, including the shooting of Michael Brown, the increase in police brutality and the continued occupation of Palestine, more and more Stanford students find themselves surrounded by different ways of getting involved in voicing their opinions about national and campus events. While students are engaged with these topics in myriad ways, including showing up at protests, posting on Facebook or attending a talk or panel about a current event, these types of events have come together to create a more active campus.

Friends remember Xavier Leyva-Quintana

On June 15 this year, Xavier Leyva-Quintana ’14 passed away in his room in Xanadu. A senior at the time, Leyva-Quintana was known for his “goofy” smile, love of football and passion for bringing people together. “He always tried to get people together and he was never too busy to hang out,” said Nick Breitweiser ’14, a friend of Leyva-Quintana. “He helped me to connect with other people and be more social.”

Friends remember Bryant Tan

On June 29 this year, Stanford co-terminal student Bryant Tan passed away after a mountaineering accident in Triglav National Park in Slovenia while hiking alone. Friends remember Tan as a quiet, hard-working “British kid” who strived for perfection in all that he did. “If he saw something wrong, he would do something about it,” said friend Max Praglin ’14, M.S. ’15. “He was a really clever guy.”

Alliance’s close-knit community attracts dancers

For co-director Jonathan Leung ’17, what most attracted him to Alliance Streetdance when he first joined as a freshman was the camaraderie of the group. “They were like a family of sorts,” he said in reference to watching them in performances and at their auditions. “I really liked Alliance’s style…People sold it well, it really seemed like they had a good time dancing.”

Graduate student soars to tech policy stardom

From serving as a consultant to law enforcement to collaborating with Firefox on a cookie-blocking feature, Jonathan Mayer J.D. '12 Ph.D. '16 has made a name for himself in recent years with regards to technology policy and online privacy issues.
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