Over the past four months, the campus conversation has touched on issues of deep importance to each of us. We debated a heated student government election and changes to the Judicial Affairs process. We examined what law and order mean, home and abroad, with the arrests of a top student-athlete and an alumnus in the West Bank. We considered what makes a Stanford education as the Faculty Senate voted on landmark curriculum changes. We discussed what kind of living environment we cherish as the University moved to revoke Chi Theta Chi's lease despite student and alumni protest.
What troubles me the most about the past 36 hours is the marked absence of kindness. I am shocked by the extremes reached on campus this week, and I know most Stanford students are, as well.
Bill Gates brought a different message to campus than many visiting CEOs and speakers during a presentation to a packed Cubberley Auditorium Wednesday afternoon. The private sector can’t do it all, the Microsoft founder said, emphasizing the importance of foreign aid and philanthropy to tackle the most pressing global challenges.
Julie Lythcott-Haims ‘89, associate vice provost for undergraduate education and dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising, will step down from her role in June to pursue a master of fine arts in writing, with an emphasis in poetry, from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco.
Dear Readers, I would like to clarify and comment on our recent and continuing coverage of the arrest of Fadi Quran '10 in Hebron, West Bank.
Stanford moved to revoke the lease of Chi Theta Chi, one of two non-University operated houses on campus, Wednesday citing lease violations, liability concerns and "pressing life safety issues."
The Faculty Senate heard the culmination of two years of work by the Study on Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) Thursday, a report of more than 100 pages that examines the methods and goals of a Stanford education.
The University Board of Trustees approved sites for two significant arts buildings, took action on seven other construction projects, approved a $438 million plan to shrink the school’s carbon footprint and discussed Occupy Stanford at its second meeting of the academic year.
More than 250 students, faculty and community members gathered at teach-ins across campus and a rally in White Plaza for “Breakthrough: Occupy the Future,” part of a series of events organized by faculty and students to foster discussion of the Occupy movement and inequality in America.
Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Eric Schmitt spoke Monday evening about the U.S. campaign against terrorism, as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies. Schmitt discussed his recent book, “Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al Qaeda,” co-authored with his New York Times colleague Thom Shanker.
Approximately 200 Stanford and University of California-Berkeley students gathered on Sat., Nov. 19 at the Arrillaga Alumni Center to march in opposition to police action against Occupy Cal student protesters.
The Stanford and University of California, Berkeley Quiz Bowl teams matched wits Thursday evening against each other and a formidable opponent--the IBM Watson “supercomputer,” capable of answering questions posed in natural language.
The Faculty Senate heard reports on graduate education and undergraduate advising Thursday, as well as some surprising news from University President John Hennessy
e Faculty Senate passed several changes to dissertation requirements proposed by the Committee on Graduate Studies and discussed residential education at its second meeting of the year Thursday.
University President John Hennessy and electrical engineering professor Bernd Girod updated the Faculty Senate on the proposal for a New York City campus at Thursday’s Faculty Senate meeting. “I never thought the city of New York would move faster than an academic institution,” Hennessy said as he began his talk, commenting on the fast pace of the proposal process, which he said may be in part due to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s limited term.
Yosemite National Park has seen an increase in visitor deaths this year, prompting rangers and park visitors to reconsider the risks and safety precautions inherent in a park visit. As of late September, the annual count stood at 18 deaths inside park grounds.
After a week of orientation activities, Stanford freshmen took on this year’s topic, “ethics of war,” Sunday afternoon at the annual Three Books panel discussion. This year’s books focused on issues of national security. Scott Sagan, political science professor and co-director of the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), who also moderated the discussion…
After a postponed start due to the Judicial Affairs town hall Tuesday, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate passed legislation defining the role of the ASSU solicitors general and discussed elections progress.
A significant proportion of ASSU officials, both elected and unelected, receive stipends, with the largest peaking just under $10,000.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate passed three bills Tuesday and discussed special fees.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) unanimously confirmed former Senate Chair Michael Cruz ’12 as the new ASSU Vice President Wednesday and passed most components of a special fees reform bill authored by Cruz.
The ASSU Senate passed four bills Tuesday. The bills amended the rules of order of the Constitutional Council, instituted a Senate transition, reformed the special fees process and confirmed Senate Chair Michael Cruz ’12 as ASSU Vice President.
While most student groups receive funding from ASSU Senate and GSC general fees collected from students, Volunteer Student Organizations (VSOs) must rely on special fees for their larger budgets. As stipulated by the 11th Undergraduate Senate, groups must petition for signatures from 10 to 15 percent of the student body to be on the special fees portion of the spring ballot if they wish to grow their budgets by more than inflation, which is approximately 1.5 percent. The bill under discussion would return the joint by-laws to the way they were before, allowing student groups to grow their budgets up to 10 percent plus inflation without petitioning.
The ASSU Senate passed three bills Tuesday evening: one to add an advisory question on ROTC to the April ASSU general elections ballot, a second involving significant special fees reform and a third to fund Green Events Consulting.