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A defense of small talk

Everybody hates small talk. There’s no denying it. Google defines “small talk” as, “polite conversation about unimportant or uncontroversial matters, especially as engaged in on social occasions.” Now, the English major in me automatically performed a close-read on this definition. Here’s how I unpacked it: This definition of small talk literally contains the word “unimportant,”…

Tolerance for idiots

Stanford’s dedication to tolerance is admirable, and the progress being made is worth celebrating. However, there is one group that has been left at the sidelines: the idiots. I am a proudly foolish individual. I do not know how to read sheet music. I cannot play any instruments. I do not know how to pronounce…

Are you serious about Big Game?

Me too.

I take the Big Game seriously.

I know Stanford gets a lot of commentary (or perhaps not – perhaps it’s just us that likes to think that we get that much attention) about how we’re so extra when it comes to the Big Game, but I think that’s just an example of how we take school spirit seriously. I appreciate the students who camp out in White Plaza days leading up to the game. I appreciate the fountains turning red. I appreciate our Band – I appreciate them more if they don’t walk on the field before the game is over (but they only did this once (I think?), so let us forgive them).