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Letter to the community from the Board of Judicial Affairs

In light of current events and ongoing conversations on campus, we, the student members of the Board on Judicial Affairs (BJA), would like to offer some clarification around why the BJA has pushed for and supported the formation of the 2019 Judicial Charter Committee of Ten (C-10).

What Heidegger knew about driving and good design

The goal of thoughtlessness in design stems from understanding how we interact with the world. This observation was discussed extensively by Heidegger. He noted how, when using a hammer, we treat it as a nail-hitting thing. We don’t consider its function as a lever, nor how the weighted end has the advantage of accelerating the hammer’s descent, and that on contact it can propel its target forward. Instead, we need to hit nails, and immediately, without thought, we use the nail-hitting thing.

Letter to the Editor: Studies in Chile amid political upheaval

The recent political upheavals in Chile noted in the Jan. 7 article in The Stanford Daily have led the government to rethink decades of policy and call for a Constituent Assembly to replace Chile’s current controversial Constitution imposed by the Pinochet dictatorship. Perhaps this period of great reform in Chile should be accompanied by a reciprocal…

Undergraduate Senate’s statement on the 16th Senate meeting

At the 16th meeting of the Undergraduate Senate on Tuesday, a bill to impeach Senator Sam Schimmel ’22 was introduced by a concerned fellow Senator based on three private testimonies from undergraduate women of the Stanford community. These testimonies contained extremely sensitive reports of several sexual harassment allegations against Senator Schimmel. As such, it is…

Freedom in Florence: Studying abroad while chronically ill

“What if I end up in the ER?” “What if I need surgery?” “What if I catch a terrible infection?” These were the questions rushing through my mind as I filled out my application to study in Florence in winter quarter in 2018-2019. They helped me find a living situation that fit my needs, my OAE accommodations were applied and honored without a hitch, and—in a country where food is king but my diet is limited—they ensured that I could eat at every single Stanford event, from drop-in lunches to the formal Bing dinners.

Indigenous Student Voices: Shared Indigenous values cross oceans and continents

In Aotearoa we have a proverb (or whakataukī) that goes, “He aha te mea nui o te Ao? He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata” which translates to, “What is the most important thing in the world? The people, the people, the people." During my short stay at Stanford I have met so many wonderful people, and that proverb has certainly rung true for me. A large number of these people that have I been lucky enough to meet and get to know have been those within the Native American community here on campus, both staff and students.

I interview Stanford applicants, but I can’t overlook the ways the University has failed its students

I truly didn’t think that I was going to have anything to do with Stanford after I graduated. Due to a mix of personal burnout and disillusionment with the place I’d called home for years, I was more than happy never to set foot on the campus ever again once I’d left it for good. Still, when I was asked to consider joining Stanford’s Outreach Volunteer Alumni Link, I accepted the invitation.

Sexual violence on campus: Just the tip of the iceberg

Stanford, time is up. It’s far past time to reckon with the prevalence of sexual violence and harassment at every level of our institutional hierarchy. We are graduate students appalled by the prevalence of sexual violence on our campus. Watching the recent reports of druggings across campus roll into our emails is alarming each time. We have seen not only an uptick in the number of reported druggings of students (nine, recently) but disturbing results in the recent AAU campus survey regarding sexual violence. Even more disconcerting is the knowledge of what is not publicly known.

Indigenous Student Voices: Colonization is not my burden

All that I had heard about the study abroad experience was how great it is and how it changes the lives of those who have the resources and desire to participate. But no one ever really talks about how these colonizer countries and their respective environments can be extremely difficult to adjust to, especially as a Native person internalizing an environment that once deemed Indigenous people uncivilized savages in need of salvation. This was Spain’s mission upon contact with my people and many other nations. The Spanish attempted to colonize Diné people through Christianizing, enslaving and committing violence and murder.

Strawmen and false equivalences: Why Stanford conservatives don’t seem to understand other people’s arguments

Broadly, Sills is writing to share his experience as a Marxist-turned-conservative, and arguing that his family heritage is consonant with conservative values. He builds on this to argue that the left is afraid that other people in his position may be exposed to conservative ideas that they happen to agree with, and switch positions just like he did. In this response, I take each of his arguments on, showing that he has simply misunderstood the ideologies he is now strongly opposed to, and is unfairly mischaracterizing the positions of the Left.

SCR: Your hate speech is not welcome here

The very fact that as FLI Latinx students we are even able to exist in this type of space is incredible, a testament not just to our capabilities, but also to those of the countless people in our communities who have supported us on this journey. This is why targeted attacks such as those conducted by SCR are so hurtful. At an institution that’s supposed to represent the best of the best, we find more of the same thing we have found all of our lives: racist and ignorant people. The only difference is that those at Stanford hide behind “free speech” as an excuse to promote their hate speech.

Stanford, support your students with dependents through affordable healthcare plans

As medical students at Stanford, we feel deeply concerned about the University’s health insurance policies towards the spouses and children of its graduate students. Over the past six years, dependent health care coverage costs increased by 80 percent. As a result, Stanford graduate students with dependents face a catch-22: pay $893.69 per month for their dependents’ coverage or risk the consequences of no coverage at all.

Divest from fossil fuels

As a Stanford graduate of the sixties and the appreciative father of two recently graduated Cardinal students 2015 and 2017, I find the unwillingness of the University to respond to the sober requests from students and faculty to divest its ownership of fossil fuel holdings appalling.

Response to provost’s update on Chanel Miller’s plaque

We are deeply concerned that Stanford — which has spent years falsely claiming that Miller’s words are dangerous and triggering — now intends to place a second plaque interpreting Miller’s words. We believe that Stanford should let Miller speak for herself as the University originally agreed three years ago.

Open letter to President and Provost on Chanel Miller’s plaque

We, as representatives of our communities, insist that you explain in full why you find it acceptable to, in the name of our university, renege on Stanford’s promise to Chanel Miller and ignore three elected bodies plus 2,200 members of the Stanford community who have made a reasoned and informed request that you honor that agreement.

Israeli Supreme Court denies Omar Shakir’s appeal, paving the way for Stanford alum’s deportation

On November 5, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled its government could expel the Human Rights Watch (HRW) Israel and Palestine Director, Omar Shakir, under the nation’s anti-Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) legislation. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel upholds the District Court of Jerusalem’s April opinion and is likely to end legal proceedings that have drawn out for more than a year. Should Israel’s caretaker government decide to enforce the deportation order, Mr. Shakir would have until November 25 to leave the country.

Indigenous Student Voices: Pacific rising: Oceania voices at Stanford

The following article is a collection of student Pacific Islander voices on campus. We stand strong as representatives of our Pacific nations and communities. Together we rise in strength, unity and resistance to capitalist and colonial forces that threaten the health, safety and wellbeing of our people. Most recently we have rallied around the issue of ignorant destruction of our sacred lands, particularly around the Thirty Meter Telescope on Maunakea.

Coalition of Concerned Students: Statement on Ben Shapiro

Another year of white supremacy, xenophobia, and bigotry on Stanford’s campus. Another year of student outrage and disapproval. Another year of Stanford’s administration refusing to listen to its marginalized students as we beg the institution to stop providing a platform for fascist talking heads to stand upon.

Introducing Indigenous Student Voices, a series for Native American Heritage Month

At Stanford, indigenous students account for less than 2% of the overall undergraduate and graduate student body (Data USA). Because of this, we remain invisible. But indigenous environmental movements such as Standing Rock Sioux’s opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and current efforts to protect Mauna Kea from the Thirty Meter Telescope Observatory have spotlighted indigenous…
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