Willoughby J. Winograd
Willoughby is the former author of an op-ed column at, and former member of the Editorial Board of, "The Stanford Daily."

Dissent to Editorial Board: We are not activists. We are journalists.

This article is a dissent to the Editorial Board’s article “Ethical journalism for a new age.” Read the article here. Yesterday, the Editorial Board suggested abandoning the mission of The Daily, “to serve the Stanford community with relevant, unbiased journalism.” Instead, it has opened the door to self-censorship, proposing that college publications across the country…

It Crossed the Line

In their first quarter at Stanford, freshmen are required to come together in dorm lounges across campus to participate in a group event, unaware that they are about to be asked to reveal the most intimate details of their lives — deeply private things, embarrassing things, unfortunate things, regretted things and things they may not have shared with even their closest friends or family — to a room full of strangers. Freshmen have not been warned that they will have to do this. They have not been given a choice to participate. And they have not been provided a compelling reason why they should be required to make these details of their personal lives public to people they do not know nor trust. The event is called Crossing the Line (CTL) — a name that is appropriate because it crosses a line no university ever should.

Banning Dissection: Where California Goes, So Goes the Nation

In 1987, Jennifer Graham, a 15-year old California high school student, refused to dissect a frog because she believed doing so would be immoral. She asked her teacher for an alternative assignment, but her request was denied and her grade suffered. Jennifer sued the school district, claiming that requiring dissection violated her First Amendment right to her deeply held religious and moral beliefs. A year later, California’s education code was amended, giving all California K-12 public school students the right to refrain from dissection and to be given an alternative assignment without penalty.

The Myth of Humane Meat

Last week, Californians overwhelmingly voted in favor of Proposition 12, which will increase minimum cage sizes for chickens raised for eggs and calves and breeding pigs raised for meat. Despite warnings by the animal agricultural industry and newspapers that such regulation would increase prices, Californians nonetheless voted in favor of the animals, as they consistently…

For the Love of Trees

The tree that adorns the seal of Stanford University has become the school’s unofficial mascot. It dances at rallies and games, marches in the band and is, at any given moment, emblazoned on the clothes of thousands of admission hopefuls, students (themselves called “trees”), proud parents and alumni. Its fame began when, in 1769, Spanish…

Education in a Post-Truth Era

As an incoming freshman excited to be joining the Stanford community, I have been frequently reading The Stanford Daily. Earlier this summer, I came across a piece by the Editorial Board reaffirming the newspaper’s “commitment to First Amendment principles” in the face of increasing criticism of the media by Donald Trump. The Daily argues that…
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