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.
A new student identity program titled “Identity Chats Plus Chocolate” was created in the Rinconada frosh dorm this quarter in response to concerns brought up by residents following “Crossing the Line.”
As I walked back to my dorm after Crossing the Line, the classic frosh tradition, I felt angry. I felt my face flush, and I couldn’t stop thinking about this one moment. “Have you said homophobic things?” the woman asked. I crossed the line. I flashed back to all the things I’ve said: to the…
Yanichka Ariunbold discusses reframing conversations around cultural differences on campus, and how Stanford often doesn’t make people come to terms with the existence of these differences around them.
Crossing the Line is intended to bring together freshman dorm communities and engage students on a deeper level to learn more about aspects of their peers that may not necessarily come up in everyday conversation. During Crossing the Line, students aggregate on one side of the room, then “cross the line” to the agreement side if…
This quarter, 17 campus organizations have requested that Beyond the Line (BTL), an interactive activity that engages Stanford students in discussions about controversial issues of race, class, gender and campus culture, be facilitated in their student groups or residential spaces.
The confessions showcased a wide variety of experiences within similar class identities, proving that an identity alone is not enough to understand one’s experience–context is incredibly important.
By adopting cutthroat fiscal policies that make it harder and harder for working-class moms and dads to find the time and money to spend meaningful time with growing kids, conservatives are themselves undermining the family values they profess to promote.