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Michaela Elias

To shave or not to shave

To shave or not to shave? That is oh-so-rarely the question. For women, running blades across the vast majority of our bodies on almost a daily basis is as much a common practice as brushing your teeth before bed. And this isn’t a new phenomenon. Women have a long and hairy relationship with shaving. During…

Considering clothing

Before I came to Stanford I was a carnivore. I would gladly eat steak for breakfast and I looked forward to barbeques like an eight-year-old counting down to a Disneyland trip. When I returned home and people were shocked by my strange new eating restrictions, I told them it was peer pressure that made me…

An environmentalist plug for marijuana legalization

In addition to all the other exciting and mildly controversial aspects of this year’s election, one of 17 measures that have qualified for California’s state ballot is, surprise surprise, the issue of marijuana legalization. If Proposition 64 is passed, which it most likely will be, marijuana will be legalized for adult recreational use, meaning people…

The season of pumpkin

Do you miss having seasons? It’s a question I get fairly often when people ask me about the move from New Jersey to California. While I do miss certain aspects of winter and think that a 75-degree and sunny Christmas is criminal, when it comes down to it, I would trade a few snow days…

Remembering “Stanford’s Bohemian Quarter”

Some words that come to mind when depicting Palo Alto: Neat, upscale and maybe even, dare I say, relatively uneventful. Some descriptions that are not normally associated with Palo Alto: bohemian, outlandish, and remarkably experimental. Yet sixty years ago those were all words used to describe the area that borders Menlo Park on two sides…

High fashion descends upon Stanford: Part 2

Jay Fielden: In contrast to Zac Posen’s jovial, animated demeanor, Jay Fielden, in his sleek black suit and wavy burnt orange hair, stylishly unstyled, manages to strike that elusive balance of being simultaneously wild and controlled, authoritative yet casual. I was immediately struck by his extremely distinct and very arresting presence. He has that look…

High fashion descends upon Stanford: Part 1

A quick glimpse at my daily attire would tell you that I don’t know anything about fashion. But as I sat there waiting for the arrival of Zac Posen, fashion designer phenomenon, and Jay Fielden, editor and chief of Town and Country, the oldest continually published general interest magazine in the United States, I was…

A sweet new club

I sat down with Davis Wertheimer, a junior majoring in Symbolic Systems and the founder of Stanford’s new beekeeping club. We talked about his interest in beekeeping, groggy bees and the best kinds of honey. Thus far, the club has had a sum total of three meetings, and there are 18 members on the mailing…

How the other half lives

Many Stanford students embark on a study abroad program to encounter new cultures or gain a fresh perspective. But students living in Sigma Chi and Columbae have found that cultural immersion and eye opening experiences do not always require an intensive application or a plane ticket. The Sigma Chi-Columbae house swap was initiated last year…

Considering the longboard.

To long board or not to long board? Transportation is a big deal at Stanford. Considering the vastness of the campus and demanding schedule it is no surprise that the majority of students rely on some more accelerated form of transportation than their ligaments. But to say that it is just a matter of efficiency…

The Coffee Controversy

There are many impressive individuals at Stanford but some of the most remarkable people I have met here are the ones who have managed to go through even one year of college without any sort of reliance on coffee. I used to be a caffeine holdout, insisting that I would never want to be reliant…

My Saturday night was probably weirder than yours.

At Stanford there’s a sentiment that you have to apply for competitive grants to travel to exotic countries in order to have new experiences and become more culturally knowledgeable. Nope. Last Saturday night I discovered that an opportunity for genuine cultural immersion was only a brief 45-minute car ride away. And when I say cultural immersion,…

Documentaries to watch

Watching documentaries is a great way to relax while still doing something productive and educational, or at least that’s how I justify spending so many hours on Netflix. I’ve compiled a list of some great ones out there. Man on a Wire The movie centers on Philippe Petit, an astonishingly spirited and reckless tightrope walker in his…

Halloween for the lazy folks.

As the pervasiveness of pumpkin flavoring might suggest, Halloween is right around the corner — TOMORROW. And since Halloween falls on a Friday night this year there is very little excuse to sit this one out. While celebrating may sound easy enough, when it comes to Halloween there lurks the ever daunting question: What to…

One weekend, no cell service, and a revelation

Stanford likes to call itself a farm. Yes, the campus is vast and green and littered with fruit trees. But windmills, plows and tractors power farms, while Stanford is propelled by ambition, caffeine, textbooks, computer code and some more ambition. While it is reasonable to desire to take full advantage of the innumerable opportunities at…

Read this book: Cutting for Stone

Interdisciplinary is a term that gets tossed around a lot these days, a sought after label whose true meaning sometimes gets lost in the academic rhetoric. Not so with Abraham Verghese, a professor and vice chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the School of Medicine at Stanford University.
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