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Taylor Grossman

Symposium focuses on ‘Oscar Wao’ author

The Junot Díaz: A Symposium event held Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19 in Margaret Jacks Hall brought together scholars from around the country and the Caribbean to speak about the significance of the work of Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” and creative writing instructor at MIT.

Faculty, students laud Thiel class

While Peter Thiel ‘89 J.D. ‘92 has frequently courted controversy with his disparaging outlook on the merits of higher education, the famed venture capitalist’s decision to teach a Stanford class -- CS 183: Startup -- this spring has been met with approval from administrators and students alike.

Students prepare for Olympics

Had Stanford competed as its own country in the Beijing Olympics, it would have placed 11th -- tied with Japan -- in total Olympics medals. This summer is shaping up to be no different, as track and field athletes, synchronized swimmers, divers and water polo players, among others, prepare for the impending games in London.

SLE officials downplay SUES effect

Despite concerns about impact from the Faculty Senate’s recent decision to substantially reduce freshman requirements, officials expect little immediate change in Structured Liberal Education (SLE) programming.

Faculty lauds IntroSem delay

While the Faculty Senate declined after contentious debate to begin requiring introductory seminars (IntroSems) for freshmen, as recommended by the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report, both University administrators and SUES members have welcomed this revision to the report’s recommendations.

BOSP unconcerned by fall application numbers

Though the Bing Overseas Studies Program (BOSP) is still accepting late applications for six of its fall quarter programs, BOSP director Bob Sinclair said the extensions are a standard practice and that he is not worried about the health of any of the programs.

GSB grads head into education

Graduates of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) are pursuing a more diverse array of careers of late, according to the GSB’s Career Management Center. Many of these graduates are looking to the education industry rather than business or finance.

Faculty back IHUM successor

Faculty have largely extended a warm welcome to Thinking Matters, the freshman requirement proposed as a replacement to the Introduction to the Humanities (IHUM) program by the recent Study on Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. The shift may occur as early as fall 2012.

New Manzanita dorm in the works

Stanford University plans to begin construction of a new dorm in the Manzanita complex, scheduled to open in 2013, according to the Study of Undergraduate Education at Stanford (SUES) report. The report also suggests that the Manzanita dorm may have a theme, although discussions are ongoing and no final decision has been made.

Tech companies wield influence at Stanford

Public scrutiny over a report confirming that Google Inc. spent $5.4 million on lobbying in Washington D.C. in the first three quarters of 2011 has raised awareness among students and faculty about the influence that Google and other high-tech companies wield at Stanford.

CISAC experts reflect on Iraq withdrawal

Stanford military experts interviewed by The Daily were not surprised by the announcement President Obama delivered on Fri., Oct. 21 that the United States would withdraw all troops from Iraq by the end of the year. The announcement sets a final end date for almost a decade of U.S. occupation in the country.

Universities allowed to defund exclusive groups

Universities’ retention of the right to deny funding to groups that discriminate based on religious freedom, according to a federal appeals court ruling made in August, will have a positive impact on Stanfording, according to Reverend Scotty McLennan, dean of religious life.
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