Nick Ahamed
Nick Ahamed is the Desk Editor of The Stanford Daily Editorial Board. He was Managing Editor of Opinions for Volume 246 and previously served as a political columnist. He is a senior from Minneapolis, Minn. majoring in Political Science. Contact him at nahamed 'at'

Hillary Clinton: The promise and gamble of a presumptive nominee

So Democrats should be thrilled, right? Well, there’s no such thing as a free lunch and neither is there ever a free election. The solidification of the Party behind Hillary is happening to a dangerous degree. By failing to have a genuinely competitive primary, we risk failing to vet the next generation of Democratic leaders.

Revisiting Deresiewicz, Part II: Toward a productive conversation

This is especially relevant for seniors, many of whom are going through tech, consulting and TFA recruitment this fall. Everyone should have reasons for many any choice, but as we chart our course after Stanford, it is vitally important that we consider what is meaningful to us, as individuals, and pursue the opportunities that will best fulfill that, regardless of any financial returns, prestige or “success” they may – or may not – offer.

Revisiting Deresiewicz, Part I: Addressing criticisms of ‘Excellent Sheep’ author

In July, The New Republic published an essay titled “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League” by former Yale professor and now writer William Deresiewicz. That piece was controversial, needless to say, garnering almost 200,000 shares on Facebook and prompting many students of elite universities to respond. To address some of these criticisms, I sat down with Mr. Deresiewicz last week.

Stating the obvious

Stanford is not perfect. After all, no university is. Some, maybe most, of you don’t want to complain because we do go to one of the best universities in the world. But, that does not mean that Stanford is perfect. There are problems on campus that need to be addressed. By attending this university, you…

Politics aside, please

Like all tragedies associated with war, the recent evidence suggesting mismanagement at Veterans Affairs hospitals has led to veterans’ deaths is appalling. However, what it is not is political. Or, at least it shouldn’t be.

A Republican love affair

This is the story of a Republican love affair: a love affair with Benghazi and a love affair with buzzwords. The release of a new poll last week made Republicans fall in love (again): According to Rasmussen Reports, 72 percent of Americans want “the truth” about what happened in Benghazi (what else they would want remains unclear). But that does not give Republicans the right to make hay – or politics – even when the sun doesn’t shine. Where was the Republican outrage when the Bush administration endangered the life of Valerie Plame, the aforementioned CIA operative? It’s time to move on. Move on to Americans in need.


With all of this money being spent, the fundamental principle of American democracy is ignored. The fact of the matter is that more money does correlate to more votes. Between the $2.1 billion raised by Obama and Romney, Obama raised 51.9 percent; he took 51.1 percent of the popular vote. The Center for Responsive Politics finds that the biggest spender in a House race wins nine times out of 10. This should be frightening if you’re a democrat – a proponent of democracy. But it should be more frightening if you’re a Democrat.

Four minority issues more important than ASSU elections

SAFE Reform did not earn the two-thirds share of the vote needed for a constitutional amendment. However, despite a huge effort by the Students of Color Coalition, more students voted in favor of SAFE Reform than voted against. As a student of color myself, I was sad to see the campus unnecessarily divided along racial and ethnic lines. SAFE Reform is undoubtedly something that should be discussed on campus. But there are more important issues facing our state and nation that students of color should be channeling their energy into solving.

Report Card: Obamacare

Yesterday was the last day to enroll in health care without also having to pay a tax penalty for 2014. That mile marker comes exactly six months after Obamacare was launched. How has it performed? Here, I evaluate Obama’s primary legislative accomplishment’s success for students across communication, functionality and accessibility. Overall, American health care is much better off now than it was in 2013. The uninsured rate has continued to fall and sign-ups are surging. Nevertheless, there is still room for improvement, especially in Obamacare’s online accessibility and messaging.

Team America: World Police?

The world today is rife with conflict. As I write, Russia’s parliament has just voted to allow President Putin to send troops into Ukraine. Less than 2,000 miles away, the Syrian Civil War trudges on, taking 130,000 individuals with it. In our hemisphere, Caracas, Venezuela is experiencing a surge of violent riots. Bangkok, Thailand has…

The Boots of Poverty Are Strapless

If you follow Stanford grad Cory Booker on Twitter, you’ll be well aware that federal unemployment benefits have expired. The bulk of the program expired at the end of 2013, cutting off almost two million people from its support. The current federal program was initiated by President Bush as an emergency response to the 2008…

SOTU in Three Words

Congress: Act Now was the clear message of President Obama’s State of the Union last Tuesday. It came with the corollary: If you don’t, I will. This scorn deviated from Obama’s typical style. Each of the President’s five previous SOTU addresses was in response to a specific event and focused on the associated issue. In…

Kennedy’s torch and popping the “Stanford bubble”

November 22, 1963 was an important day for our generation, even though it was three decades before many of us were born. On that day, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. I say this with no regard for party or policy, but with every regard for hope and inspiration. The youngest president ever elected (but so…

A Culture of (Un)Happiness

We’ve set a standard for each other where the ideal Stanfordian has a 4.0, is president of her club, works out every day and is still leisurely and stress free. Yet, this standard is attainable by no one.

Reclaiming the Primary

There is a better way to reform primaries to encourage more moderate candidates: the jungle primary. In the end, however, the real answer lies with you and me.

Securing Social Security

We can do better and we should do better: We’re no longer in 1935 or 1965; Social Security and Medicare need to be updated. Our entitlement programs should fit the times we live in.
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