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Miguel Samano
Miguel Samano is an opinions editor majoring in Comparative Literature and Chicanx-Latinx Studies. He loves sleeping, drinking night coffee, seeking out new books to read, and eating tacos with friends.

Nuestras murales: Comunidad and the value of dialogue

“The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes” (1988) by José Burciaga is one of Stanford’s most controversial murals. Its critics have raised a fuss over Burciaga’s choice to have socialist revolutionary Che Guevara depicted as a hero despite the atrocities he committed against Cubans during Fidel Castro’s rise to power. Residents of the Chicano/Latino theme dorm…

Who is ethnic studies for?

I’m taking an introductory science course right now. Much to my chagrin, I am reaffirming that I have no interest in studying science for a living. And I have been able to learn this because the class brings in speakers from across the sciences who are each modeling how people frame questions and communicate answers…

When will we start teaching ethnic texts as ‘great books’?

The debate over Western culture at Stanford did not start in the 1980s. It began in 1968 with the call for two curricula, Structured Liberal Education (SLE) and the program in African and African-American Studies (AAAS). Students have criticized SLE because it purports to study universal human questions while focusing primarily on European thinkers. Conversely,…

GSC approves special fees

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) approved special fees at its last meetings. GSC members also discussed developing a housing affordability survey and set Mar. 1 as the date for their elections information session.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg is optimistic on equality: “Will it happen? Yes. inevitably.”

Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has served on the Supreme Court for over two decades, where she has been an advocate for women’s rights and equality under the law. On her most recent visit to Stanford, Justice Ginsburg delivered the “Rathbun Lecture on a Meaningful Life” as the 2017 Rathbun Visiting Fellow, a yearly program coordinated by the Office for Religious Life. The Stanford Daily sat down with Justice Ginsburg for her thoughts on gender equality, the justice system, and societal progress shortly before her lecture.

GSC plans housing info session, approves NomCom

The Graduate Student Council (GSC) announced dates for upcoming information sessions on finding off-campus graduate housing and approved the appointment of a new Nominations Commission (NomCom) at its first meeting of the quarter. The council also discussed if the NomCom had the authority to nominate graduate students’ spouses to the Graduate Housing Advisory Committee (GHAC).

VPGE to fund projects promoting diversity

The Vice Provost of Graduate Education ‘s (VPGE) Diversity Innovation Funds (DIF) program is accepting applications until Thursday from graduate students interested in planning projects that advance the goal of increasing diversity in the graduate community.

Art classes and exhibitions face limited space, resources

Despite the relocation of Stanford’s Art and Art History Department to the McMurtry Building in 2015, access to popular art courses and exhibition spaces remains limited for students. In response, the department plans to increase course offerings, but must continue to prioritize exhibition spaces for students within the department.
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