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A taste of Portugal

I knew next to nothing about Portugal when I decided to travel to Lisbon. My knowledge of the country only went up to about the 16th century and the period of exploration. Even my mom’s insistence on the usefulness of Spanish for basic conversations with Romance language speakers did not help me and I was…

Q&A: Art After Dark

The second annual Art After Dark festival, held in Old Union and White Plaza from May 17to 19, featured over 250 pieces of artistic work from over 100 artists, ranging from spoken word to paintings to sculptures. The event was a collaborative effort between the Student Organizing Committee for the Arts (SOCA) and Students for a Sustainable Stanford (SSS), seeking to showcase Stanford’s artistic talent while presenting an underlying theme of sustainability. The Daily discussed the festival with SOCA director Jennifer Schaffer ’14.

Stanford’s social recluse

Grosso, who lived in the Stanford-owned Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve in Portola Valley, Calif., was the area’s unofficial guide. Especially after the University opened in 1891, Grosso enjoyed the company of many visitors. Hiking through maze of foot trails he maintained throughout the hills was a popular Sunday afternoon community pastime. Stanford students hiked the trails often, and even Jane Stanford is reported to have dropped in on occasion. Hospitable to the extreme, Grosso would sight visitors from afar and raise some combination of his American, Italian, French and Chilean flags.

Making of a museum

The place where the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Center for Visual Arts now stands was once home to the Leland Stanford Jr. Museum. The museum was founded in 1891, the same year as the University, and opened to the public in 1894. It originally housed the artifacts that Leland Stanford Jr., the University’s namesake,…