Matthew Turk
Matthew Turk is a writer for The Stanford Daily.

Merely a writer

Now as a frosh at a Division I school, all I can do is sit in the stands (or this year on the couch) and stare in awe at my classmates who have achieved superior athletic prowess. But for the decade or so between second grade and my graduation from high school, sports played an integral part in my life.

Locked in

When we are toddlers, everything in the world, it seems, is full of novelty. There had to be a first time when I saw a butterfly break free from its cocoon and take flight, or a first time when I saw something as mundane as an apple.

Tomorrow’s mind: The case for boredom

Someone’s boredom does not make them boring, nor does it suggest a lack of tasks at hand. Rather, it suggests a lack of stimulation and perhaps inclination that can feel relentlessly dissatisfying. There is an irritable restlessness that most find different ways to avoid. But in this oft-avoided discomfort, there exists a potential to get to know yourself a lot better, to learn what you really want.

The words we missed

Our relationship with permanence is shifting much more rapidly. Dusty VHS tapes, DVDs, vinyl records and other forms of outdated media are being replaced by ones and zeros in the cloud services offered by tech giants.

Powerless in pandemic

I think there is something powerful in labeling our experience of this pandemic as a kind of grief. Even if no one in your circle has died from the virus, there is no shortage of material to fuel a sense of loss. When everything’s tallied up, dining out, daily routines, concerts, the gym and hugs have all been suspended.

Despite remote enrollment, incoming frosh seek roommates in Bay Area and other locations

In an attempt to simulate a portion of the college experience while taking remote classes, many incoming frosh have been in communication with classmates through group chats dedicated to searching for a place to stay in the Bay Area. Some members of the student body have opposed this choice, decrying this behavior as problematic and citing a long history of local gentrification and displacement.

Professor Norman Naimark wins Norris and Carol Hundley Award for book on Stalin’s postwar foreign policies

The award, granted by the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association (PCB-AHA), recognizes the “most distinguished book on any historical subject” written by a scholar who lives within the 22 states or four Canadian provinces of the Pacific Coast. This is the second award that he has won for the book, following a recognition on the “Financial Times” Best History Books of 2019 list.
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