For me, though, this start of the new quarter represents the dawn of year six, and brings to my mind the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
Following a yearlong legal battle in which a coalition of students accused Stanford’s leave of absence policies of discriminating against those with mental health disabilities, the University has agreed to treat mandatory leaves as a last resort and provide access to one quarter of on-campus housing for some students on leave.
David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University, was one of the most prominent eugenicists of the early twentieth century. In the name of eugenic progress, Jordan promoted the sterilization of unwanted populations, led and founded eugenic advocacy groups, and fought against the immigration of “inferior” populations to the United States.
At 824,000 square feet with a three-level atrium capped by a 120-ft diameter glass dome, the facility will replace the existing Stanford hospital, which is not compliant with Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) earthquake code.
The midnight purple walls were a stark contrast to the white marble hall leading up to “The Melancholy Museum: Love, Death, and Mourning at Stanford,” creating an immediate and immersive change in mood. I was struck by the sheer scale of the black Victorian mourning cabinet before me, packed with hundreds of weathered artifacts from the Stanford Family Collections. This exhibition of over 700 objects was curated by Mark Dion to tell the story of the Stanford family and their museum.
Stanford students, alongside their colleagues at peer institutions, have too readily surrendered ownership over forging our lives in the mold of excellence, whatever that may mean for each individual.
Much of Stanford’s planned expansion over the next 16 years is hanging in the balance as the University’s 2018 General Use Permit (GUP) application awaits a decision from the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors.
Even if it survives likely incoming court challenges, the Fair Pay to Play Act would not come into effect until Jan. 1, 2023, when the current Stanford freshmen are expected to be seniors.