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Make economics ethical

By the end of winter quarter, I will have completed the economics core. Completing this six-course sequence has taught me a great deal about concepts such as optimization, efficiency and cost analysis. What I have not been taught, however, is how to analyze the moral questions that economics raises. To what extent is inequality acceptable in an economy? Is it necessary to interfere in an economy to aid individuals who are deprived of sufficient resources? To fill this vital gap in economic student’s education, the economics department should not only design ethics electives but also make an ethics of economics course mandatory for all undergraduate economics majors.

Let’s talk about grades, baby

Grades. My relationship with them is always changing. We’ve been best friends, worst enemies and everything in between. In high school, I used grades as a symbol of success. Unfortunately, the pressure of applying to college resulted in my almost unhealthy determination to maintain good grades. On the bright side, this same pressure also kept…

Tessier-Lavigne addresses Faculty Senate

The Faculty Senate came together for the second time this year on Feb.. 4, during which future president Marc Tessier-Lavigne gave a brief address and Vice Provost of Teaching & Learning (VPTL) John Mitchell gave a report on VPTL services and current actions.

Tessier-Lavigne, who will assume the presidency on Sept. 1, told the Faculty Senate that he aims to keep true to Stanford’s founding principles but also lead the University to even grander heights. More specifically, he stressed that he wants to meet with the entire Stanford community to hear their opinions and formulate Stanford’s new direction.

Anita Richard: Pilot

Anita here, and I’m going deep into what we all think about, what some (and the list is shorter than you think) of us do and what not enough of us talk about. Let’s go all the way down and get our hands (and maybe more) dirty. After all, we are on the Farm. Maybe you’re…