Last week, The Daily’s editorial board met with new University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne to discuss his transition to Stanford and his hopes for his tenure, as well as his perspective on current campus issues such as alcohol and sexual assault. During our conversation, Tessier-Lavigne expressed repeatedly his desire to better engage with students and collaborate in developing constructive policies; as a group, we noted that while students and administrators both care about the well-being of the Stanford community, failures in communication have led to controversy and student discontent over the past year.
For the fall 2016 Dead Week issue, each member of the Editorial Board wrote about The Daily’s personal importance to them. The Vol. 250 Editorial Board comprises five members: head copy editor Stephanie Chen ’18, executive editor Will Ferrer ’18, editor-in-chief Kylie Jue ’17, managing editor of Opinions Michael Gioia ’17 and former editor-in-chief Andrew Vogeley ’17.
In The Stanford Daily’s Articles of Incorporation, the first general purpose of the organization is “to provide an education opportunity to the Stanford University students to gain journalistic writing, photographic and business experience at Stanford University.” It’s this culture of education and learning that make The Daily such an important institution on Stanford’s campus.
When asked, I’ve provided a number of explanations for my joining The Daily. I was looking for friends; I flirted with journalism pre-college but wanted to double down at Stanford; I was under the impression that engaging in extracurricular activities would make me attractive to employers (here, I was sorely mistaken; during the first job…
At its core, Stanford is both a birthplace of new information and a marketplace of ideas, and The Daily plays a vital role in this academic enterprise.
I never intended to actually write for The Daily; frankly, I never intended to get involved with this paper at all. Coming into Stanford, I was initially drawn to its wide range of academic journals and bloggy lifestyle magazines — all of which I then forgot to apply to, swept up as I was in…
A successful Editorial Board first and foremost engages with the community. In this sense, a good Editorial Board differs from a regular opinions columnist, who often has a specific thematic topic and writes of what is interesting to them. Editorial Boards should write what is interesting to the community they serve.
Today, we have elected a tyrant. This is our fault. This is our burden. We did this, America. The votes have been tallied, the last states declared. There is no denying that this, the election of Donald J. Trump to the nation’s highest office, was what we, the people of the United States, wanted.