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Samantha Wong
Samantha Wong '18 is the former Executive Editor of vol. 252 and former Managing Editor of The Grind. She is majoring in Human Biology with a minor in History. To reach her, please contact slwong 'at' stanford.edu.

Wong: Sincerely, me

My favorite story to tell anxious underclassmen who are facing challenging midterms, summer internship hunts and Other Life Obstacles is how I was rejected from The Daily.

Despite logistical challenges, Clusterfest brings gut-busting laughs to San Francisco

Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, a three-day comedy and music festival, returned to San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza for the second year in a row, bringing headlining big names including Trevor Noah, The Lonely Island, Tiffany Haddish, John Mulaney, Amy Schumer and Jon Stewart. The popular event also featured talkbacks with comedians and entertainment artists, musical acts…

The crew of Cru, part 2

Day of Cru dinner Jerry, 11 a.m. The kitchen is bustling and the work has invaded the dining area. I find Andrew, still slicing vegetables (it’s cucumbers this time). In front of him, “Big Boy,” a contraption of two sous vide machines in tandem, slow cooks pork. Andrew said he went grocery shopping from 9…

The crew of Cru: part 1

Three days before Cru dinner Nitery 206, 7:30 p.m. Anthony Nguyen ’17 MS ’18 is marking up a whiteboard in red — there’s an ambitious list of about 7 dishes splashed up already, from banh mi to buns to spiced pork ribs, a menu heavily inspired by David Chang’s Momofuku cookbook. Roving around the table,…

Horton: Planetary health is worth fighting for

On Thursday evening, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet, one of the world’s most prestigious medical journals, spoke to an audience at Berg Hall as the capstone to a symposium sponsored by Stanford Medicine and the Rambam Health Care Campus. The talk, while open to the public, was mostly attended by attendees of the symposium, a handful of graduate…

Coffee Countdown: The best coffee on campus

The Grind presents a totally biased, very subjective list of the worst-to-best coffee on campus. Fuel up for that week 10 struggle bus!   Dining hall coffee Yes, it’s supposedly made from Starbucks beans, but often lukewarm and dilute, dining hall coffee rests solidly at the bottom of the list. The nifty coffee vending machine…

Five YouTube videos about Stanford that you need to watch

It’s Week 9 and your body is 70% Coupa, 30% Late Night. The only thing that eases the pain of sleep deprivation is procrastinating by watching stupid YouTube videos. Luckily, we at The Grind have curated the top five YouTube videos about Stanford that you absolutely have to watch. We guarantee that it’ll make you…

Fresh off the Woke

Last Thursday, the cast and crew of “Fresh Off the Boat” spoke at Stanford about the representation of Asian Americans in entertainment and media. “Fresh Off the Boat” is the first sitcom with an Asian cast on a major network in 20 years. Following an early screening of an upcoming episode of the show (which was hilarious…

On the front lines of the Syrian refugee crisis

The last time I talked to Emma Mathers ’18 in person was fall quarter 2015. We were both stressing over our organic chemistry problem set. On the other side of the world, the Syrian refugee crisis had exploded into an international issue — the pictures of wet, desperate Syrians in life jackets cycled through CNN.…

Revisiting FACES

When I heard about the initiative to begin a FACES-like event for each class at Stanford, I was both hesitant and elated. Campus politics have been turbulent lately, and if not done right, I worried that “FACES of Our Year” would be another callous attempt to “start campus conversations.” Freshman year FACES had been breathtaking…

Behind the Scenes of Stanford Splash

Twice a year, Building 110 becomes mission control for the nation’s second-largest Splash event. Splash programs are held on campuses across the country and even on one campus in the U.K., and they are all independently run and funded. The idea is simple but ingenious: College students teach what they love to students who want…

Which Late Night food are you?

It’s 12:43 a.m. You’ve run out of your stash of Trader Joe’s chocolate peanut butter cups, but this PWR essay isn’t going to write itself, and Arrillaga Dining won’t be open for another seven hours. Thank goodness for Late Night.

Valentine’s Day Gifts for Every Major

That special time of year is coming up again…no, not Big Game. Not Midnight Breakfast. Nope, not FMOTQ. (Wow, we sure have a lot of annual traditions). I’m talking about Valentine’s Day, the one day in a year where you are socially obligated to buy into corporate America and purchase the perfect gift for your…

Grieving at Stanford

Stanford seems like bliss–there’s the eternal sunshine, the palm trees, the smiling students… In fact, Stanford students are so loath to admit to any kind of misery whatsoever that when asked “How are you?” the standard response is “Great!” We’re the university that talks about climate change and social justice issues, but the one thing…

Sending history home one letter at a time

A treasure trove of student experiences is being turned into a book, “Letters Home,” through a collaboration between the University Archives and Alison Davis ‘79. The Stanford Alumni Legacy Project has been carefully collecting original and scans of materials made by students and alumni during their time at Stanford — scrapbooks, photographs, posters, flyers and…

Things to do over Thanksgiving Break

Whether you’re on campus because you didn’t feel like spending a fortune on plane tickets home or if you just want to avoid the inevitable Thanksgiving family drama, you’ll never have to worry about being bored during your week off. Below is a list of 10 fun and affordable things to do and places to visit…

Crushin’ on Stanford Crushes

The Grind chats with the famous page’s new successor about sexy anonymous messages, Facebook analytics and relationships. On Sept. 19, the anonymous creator of the popular Facebook page Stanford Crushes finally revealed his identity. Charlie Rosas ’15 posted a picture of his Wacky Walk garb, complete with a large heart-shaped “Stanford Crushes” sign, and captioned…

Ultimate list of birthday freebies

Celebrating your birthday at Stanford notoriously includes getting showered at midnight. But did you know that there are tons of perks to celebrating your birthday on The Farm? We investigated some of the best birthday deals around so that the next time your special day rolls around, you can look forward to a lot more…

I’ll have my fish porridge (and eat it too)

A couple weeks ago, I was waiting in line at Wilbur brunch when an acquaintance in front of me loudly commented to his friend, “Did you see that fish porridge?” He didn’t need to say specifics for me to hear the unspoken, “Ew, who would eat something like that?” He glanced back at me and…
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