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The warm welcome of Bay Area paganism

Remove your shoes out of respect before you pull back the curtain. The piece of cloth was thin, but it seemed soundproof; stepping through created a genuine sense of separation between the two tight-knit hotel rooms, one bustling with levity and conversation, the other a dark and serene meditation den. My ears were no longer…

Opining on opinions: A volume in review

As this academic year comes to a bittersweet end, the writers and editors of the Daily’s opinions section are feeling quite nostalgic. The past two quarters have incited much campus controversy and discourse surrounding everything from freedom of speech to the rights of graduate students. We have witnessed students rallying around, petitioning on, and writing…

Op-Ed: On the abortion debate

Terence Zhao’s recent article (“This House would replace the U.S. government with a military junta,” from The Daily on May 31) bizarrely accuses the Stanford College Republicans of “gaslighting” for advocating a pro-life position in a recent debate with the Stanford Debate Society. I wish Terence had attended the debate, because he would have seen that…

Student-run inaugural conference showcases the need for disability studies on campus

This past Saturday, a small team of dedicated students hosted the first-ever disability studies conference at Stanford, titled “Mediations: Disability, Technology, and the Arts.” Led entirely by students on the Disability Studies Committee founded last year, our conference covered a diverse array of fields across the humanities and social sciences. We were thrilled to have…

The sorry state of Stanford dorms

As Stanford’s ResX task force has — at long last and with no lack of controversy — come to an end with the publication of a report of housing recommendations. Unfortunately, the ResX report didn’t address the fundamental problems facing Stanford housing. I do think that some of the recommendations in the report make sense.…