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Homeless at Stanford: the graduate student affordability crisis in two stories

The Daily is interested in hearing about graduate students’ experiences with affordability at Stanford. If you’d like to share your story, please contact Charlie Curnin at ccurnin ‘at’ stanford.edu. Complaints about the steep costs of living at Stanford are a common refrain among graduate students, aired from Graduate Student Council meetings to the demonstrations staged…

The student who slept on rooftops

The Daily is interested in hearing about graduate students’ experiences with affordability at Stanford. If you’d like to share your story, please contact Charlie Curnin at ccurnin ‘at’ stanford.edu. The story of John, a second-year international engineering student, illustrates a worst-case scenario of the squeeze some graduate students face. For just over two months, John…

CS in Crisis: Is Stanford doing enough to respond to capacity and inclusion challenges?

“STANFORD THREATENS LIMITS ON NUMBER OF CS MAJORS,” the sensationalist all-campus email newsletter The Fountain Hopper (better known as The FoHo) alerted readers in fall 2016, during my freshman year. There wasn’t a lot of substantiating evidence beyond the fear mongering title, and the information was later revealed to be false. Nevertheless, a panic ensued in my freshman dorm, although most of my friends were a ways away from even thinking about declaring.

Ode to MatLab

In the introductory Mechanical Engineering class, ME 1, students have to grasp the rudiments of an engineering software known as MATLAB (short form for “matrix laboratory”).  While some might enjoy the coding (which at first is significantly easier than that of its Java counterpart), MATLAB is most certainly the bane of others’ existence. On that…