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When to compromise

As defined by Merriam-Webster, a compromise is a “settlement of differences by consent reached by mutual concessions.” Compromising is an ever-present buzzword that floats around everywhere from politics to our daily lives. It requires relinquishing at least a portion of your beliefs for the greater good, with the intent of finding common ground within disagreement.…

In ASSU executive debate, slates disagree on undergraduate representation on Title IX panels, methods of enacting change

On Sunday, Apr. 8, two of the three executive slates running for the 2018-2019 ASSU presidency and vice presidency participated in a debate co-hosted by The Stanford Daily and KZSU. Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Ph.D. candidate Rosie Nelson (the Shanta-Rosie slate) debated Khaled Aounallah ’19 and Michael Ocon ’20 (the Khaled-Ocon slate) for approximately an hour while KZSU’s Caleb Smith ’17 M.A. ’18 and The Daily’s Yasmin Samrai ’21 moderated.

Embracing the contradictions of change from within

I headed into the keynote address at the Graduate School of Education’s SWAYWO conference this past weekend fully expecting a non-controversial, vaguely inspirational talk on the importance of education and educators. So I was surprised to see Uma Jayakumar, an associate professor at the University of San Francisco, speak candidly and incisively on affirmative action,…

Let’s stop treating compromise as the saving grace of democracy

Forest ecosystems, like American politics, are at their essence, interacting compromises. Whether it is the fact that many forest systems have two tree species that dominate (as we have two political parties), or the vines that grow up those trees, using the massive wooded weight to support themselves (as more radical politicians select a party to advance their interests), it is all political. And when a large tree falls (a key individual, or a party faction), new species jump at the opportunity to fill the void; in politics and forests alike, experts coin this “succession.”