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Pragada: I’m allergic to horses

I’m gonna be straight with you guys, until very recently, I legitimately did not believe that polo was a real sport. I had only ever seen it in movies and TV shows, and always thought to myself, “there’s no way that this is an actual competition.” I mean, obviously people ride horses, but hitting a tiny ball with a preposterously long mallet just seems fundamentally implausible. Obviously it’s way more likely for the entire sport to be a conspiracy propagated by British elites to reinforce their posh lifestyles in popular culture. Yet last Saturday I found myself in the British countryside about 20 miles outside of Oxford watching students on horseback do the impossible: actually play polo.

Q&A with Meghan Shea, 2017 Rhodes Scholar-Elect

Meghan Shea ’17 was named a Rhodes Scholar-elect on Nov. 19, making her one of 32 American students to win a fully-funded scholarship to further her studies at Oxford this year. Shea, an environmental systems engineering major at Stanford and prospective nature, society, and environmental governance student at Oxford, is an active member of several on-campus programs, such as Students for a Sustainable Stanford, and an independent researcher working through such programs as [email protected] and Mentoring Undergraduates in Interdisciplinary Research (MUIR). The Daily recently sat down with Shea to shed more light on her journey as a scholar.

English professor, Milton scholar Martin Evans dies Sunday at campus home

English professor and former department chair Martin Evans died at his campus home Sunday night after a long battle with illness, according to an email sent to English majors by Department Chair Gavin Jones Wednesday morning. Professor Evans specialized in Renaissance literature, especially the poetry of John Milton, in addition to his interest in travel…