East Campus or West Campus? Which side is better? This is a long-contested debate on Stanford’s campus. As a freshman, I lived on West Campus, and now, as a sophomore, I live on East Campus. So, if I may say so myself, I believe I have the knowledge and credibility to give a proper assessment…
In its first meeting of fall quarter, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) discussed the reduction in graduate students’ access to various campus dining halls, as Residential and Dining Enterprises (R&DE) Executive Director of Stanford Dining Eric Montell and R&DE spokesperson Jocelyn Breeland.
This report covers a selection of incidents from May 28 to June 4 as recorded in the Stanford Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) bulletin.
The Residential & Dining Enterprises-sponsored High Performance and Education (HPE) dinner, offered to all students at Ricker, Branner and Lagunita dining halls, but originally known as “athlete dinner,” has been the subject of much campus discourse this year.
Early Thursday morning, a gas odor coming from the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons parking lot prompted an investigation by PG&E. The odor was confirmed to be a small gas leak.
But there is a simple solution to this problem: maintain the PHE program exactly as it is, but have contracts through ResEd that are at parity with RAs. Arguably, PHEs might even deserve a greater salary than RAs, given that they essentially perform the duties of an RA, but with a more extensive training and added health responsibilities. But for the time being, multiplying the salary by 10, putting it on the same level as an RA, would be a good first step.
Many of the buildings springing up around campus hit this target—the Bing Concert Hall, for example, and the Windhover Contemplation Center. But these are buildings dedicated to the arts. When a building has an artistic or academic purpose, Stanford’s administration has consistently made an effort to make that building architecturally distinctive. But when a building’s purpose is to provide students with a place to eat or work out or sleep, this effort falters.
A new late night dining option is the talk of the town, with freshly made grilled cheese sandwiches being handed out—preceded only by announcements from the Twitter handle @gcGrillaz—every Thursday evening this quarter in a series of dorms.