The humanities are highly relevant to all of us because they foster a community of engaged citizenship and thoughtful reflection—values at the core of Stanford’s mission in providing us with a “liberal education.”
Though stigmatized, time off is a chance for personal reflection, emotional well-being, academic exploration, or employment experience.
The social and cultural consequences of housed Greek life far outweigh the benefits of insular camaraderie amongst members. Etchemendy’s policy changes may attempt to reform the ideology and social environment of the Greek system, but that’s not enough. Only by breaking down the underlying structure – the housed status of fraternities and sororities – can we enact meaningful change and foster inclusivity in the larger Greek community.
I’ve got some damn good blood. I don’t mean genetically — but hey, shout-out to the ‘rents. I mean physically: That succulent red goo pulsing through my healthy, bulging veins is top-shelf: high in iron, low in cholesterol, disease-free. But I still can’t donate blood. I can’t donate blood simply and matter-of-factly because (drumroll please)…
Finding an identity for oneself is nothing to scoff at, and is indeed wonderful and commendable. However, when that identity comes not from within, but from a superimposed idea of what one’s identity should be according to a societal projection, problems begin to arise. People become “sheeple” and the house begins to assume a unified identity.