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Female night custodians demand safer work conditions, greater University accountability

The meeting, co-hosted by the Stanford Solidarity Network (SSN), took place in the Women’s Community Center. Rebecca Armendariz, political representative for SEIU-SSW, acted as a translator between the Spanish-speaking custodians and the audience. Armendariz clarified that the custodians are not managed directly by the University. Rather, Stanford has subcontracted the work to a company called UG2, which provides janitorial services on campus. Because these women are prohibited by their UG2 supervisors from interacting with Stanford students, they requested anonymity in this article.

Problems with persistent DNA databases

Curiosity about where one comes from is a natural, human instinct. Everyone wonders who their ancestors were, where they came from, and what they looked like. Companies like 23andMe and ancestry.com have risen in response to these longings, allowing people to learn about the ancestors by taking DNA tests. Although they have found some success in quenching this need, they have also been dogged by privacy concerns.