We are doctoral students in the humanities and social sciences, and we are writing to express our unwavering support for the continued, renewable funding of Stanford University Press and the establishment of a major endowment such as that of Harvard and Princeton University Presses. We strongly believe that SUP should be a necessary item in Stanford’s budget, just as our Ivy League peer institutions have done with their own academic presses.
In the Thursday’s Faculty Senate, Provost Persis Drell summarized the financial position of the University’s endowment and a controversial recent decision to turn down a request from the campus publishing house, Stanford University Press, for additional funds. The Senate later deliberated over the state of graduate student education and affordability.
Catlin’s death comes less than two weeks after VeloNews published a journal she wrote on continuing her cycling career while pursuing a Stanford education.
An unnamed graduate student died on Thursday night, the University announced on Friday. The deceased master’s student in Computational and Mathematical Engineering was discovered in their dorm by their roommate.
After colliding with a biker near the roundabout colloquially known as the “Circle of Death” on Monday morning, a female graduate student was taken to Stanford Hospital by paramedics to treat a potentially broken or dislocated arm, the Palo Alto police department confirmed to The Daily.
The future of Stanford’s introductory course on disability studies–offered for the first time last fall– remains uncertain, following the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education’s (VPUE) commitment to fund the course for another year on the condition that a single department support it.
Seo-Young Chu M.A. ’01, a survivor of sexual abuse by deceased English professor Jay Fliegelman Ph.D ’77 during her time as a graduate student, returned to campus to meet with General Counsel Debra Zumwalt to request that the University contribute $1 million to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). Stanford denied Chu’s request. However, both Zumwalt and Provost Persis Drell have since offered to make personal donations to RAINN. Chu requested that they donate in honor of “every victim and every survivor.”
Emma Tsurkov J.S.M. ’15 is a XX-year Ph.D. student in the sociology department whose research interests encompass family, gender, race and ethnicity as well as social equality and stratification. For the past year, she has been working to raise awareness of campus domestic violence affecting the partners or spouses of graduate students who are not Stanford students do not receive the same University benefits and services as a result. Her goal is to formulate and implement a coherent and unified campus policy that makes medical and counseling services more accessible to these individuals.
The Daily sat down with Tsurkov to learn more about her initiative and some of the challenges she’s faced along the way.