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Terence Zhao
Terence Zhao '19 originally hails from Beijing, China, before immigrating to the US and settling in Arcadia, CA, a suburb of Los Angeles. He is majoring in Urban Studies, and promotes the major with cult-like zeal. In his spare time, he likes to explore cities and make pointless maps.

Zhao: The last one

One of the things that has never ceased to amaze me about Stanford is just how elite it is. From the famous people we get to randomly meet at events to the let's-change-the-world outlook to the sheer weight of the Stanford name as a byword for excellence, the elite status of this school is constantly being reinforced, both in us the students, and in the outside world, intensely to the point of obnoxiousness.

The Millennial Mystique

I’ve had enough experience with speaker events about mental health to know that they proceed in predictable ways — the speaker’s story will strike a chord with the audience, who will then crowd the speaker to tell them about how much they related to their story. I was one of these speakers once, at the…

The college admissions crisis is structural

On May 1st, news finally broke regarding the identity of the former Stanford student who was expelled as part of the fall out surrounding the college admissions scandal. It is certainly good gossip material, because some of the details are truly breathtaking.


It is a strange feeling as a senior trying to give advice to incoming frosh. The expectation is simple: that I am to share certain aspects of my experience and my story in the hopes that someone else, looking forward as I am looking behind, could learn from that experience. And I suppose that this…

Hoover must re-evaluate the academic merit of its fellows

Stanford is renowned for being the home of some of the world’s most brilliant minds, and these minds are undoubtedly one of this university’s greatest assets. As students here, we often witness firsthand the unrivaled intellectual caliber of our professors, and, less often but still occasionally, the difficulty of obtaining and keeping those professorial positions here. We also hear of cases where top-notch scholars don’t receive tenure, a fate shared by half of all the assistant professors here.

Xenophobia is back

This morning, I was sent an innocuous-looking op-ed in the Stanford Review from more than a week ago, entitled “How China Leverages Stanford’s Expertise in Artificial Intelligence.” With a title like that, I expected the piece to be about some specific, concrete incidents of tech transfers or even thefts (like this Daily piece on Huawei,…

Just come out and say it, admin

If you haven’t heard by now, the University reversed its decision to take away TDX’s house just eight days after first announcing it. To say this is an unexpected turn of events is an understatement. After the initial revocation of TDX’s housing, I had written a piece defending TDX and Greek life in general (not…

Reviewing the Review

If someone had told me during my freshman year that I would end up writing an article in partial support of The Stanford Review, I would be surprised — and probably somewhat angry. Let me explain. I came into Stanford during a politically quiet year, sandwiched between the height of the Black Lives Matter movement…

What happened with Donohue?

Around three weeks ago, the Fountain Hopper reported that Stanford Law School Professor John Donohue shouted the racial slur “chink” during an altercation arising from a basketball game. The Daily quickly followed suit, reporting an account that differed significantly from that of the FoHo which, most notably, did not include the usage of any racial…

The silent crisis

I had the privilege of being a speaker at Faces during this year’s NSO. My speech was on mental health issues and, more specifically, my own stories of dealing with them. A few days later, I was approached by Susie Brubaker-Cole, the Vice Provost for Student Affairs. She was effusive with her praise and gushed…

Serra renaming is too little, too late

We arrived at Stanford to the news that the administration has finally saw fit to rename some of Stanford’s landmarks currently named after Junipero Serra, noted colonizer and perpetrator of genocide. Many are undoubtedly thrilled by this outcome. I am not. Don’t get me wrong. I do think it is good that Serra (the dorm)…

Notes from the battleground

The title of my last column was “Stanford is not your battleground.” Given the revelations since then — which culminated in a series of leaked emails in which the president of Stanford College Republicans (SCR) proclaimed: “slowly, we will continue to crush the Left’s will to resist, as they will crack under pressure,” while Professor…

Stanford is not your battleground

A few months back, during ASSU campaign season, a curious email circulated, with a slate of candidates declaring that they “think that Stanford hasn’t exactly been the best in representing low-income, first generation students, and has misappropriated its funds towards places its students doesn’t want them to go.” They also said that “[the] ASSU seems…

Mirai Nagasu and home

Growing up in China when I was younger, there was this one news story that would show up every time there was a major athletic event like the Olympics. The motif is always exactly the same: a tiny, remote village in the middle of nowhere is holding a glorious homecoming celebration for a native son or…

Fear and silence

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article stated that The Stanford Review provided Robert Spencer with their article on Professor Palumbo-Liu for publication on his blog, however the Review and Mr. Spencer have denied this and the Daily could not confirm the columnist’s claim. In addition, Mr. Spencer was banned from entering the UK…

A message to immigrant parents

The words that follow are not mine, but I thought they would be relevant to share in light of the issues and struggles Chinese Americans - and, more broadly, most Asian Americans - including those of us at Stanford - face.

The problem with debates

It’s a noble goal to have, and I genuinely admire the SPU’s efforts. However, their first production, a debate about whether or not to repeal the Affordable Care Act, leaves much to be desired
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