Let’s create an environment in which it is as appropriate to ask for time alone without the need to justify or excuse it. Stanford culture emphasizes the winds of freedom. We need to create more socially acceptable access to this freedom for introspection.
Although not without its faults, the Windhover Contemplative Center’s architectural connection with nature – instead of the sandstone, tile-roofed academic halls – allows us to remove ourselves from the stressful environments we have created on campus, and escape to a lofty, stress-free state where we can finally “unplug” and “breathe.”
The large windows throughout the interior allow visitors to experience both the inside and outdoors simultaneously, echoing ideas of organic architecture and even evokes the feeling of a Frank Lloyd Wright design.
The Windhover Contemplative Center, under construction since June 2013, will open to the campus community on Oct. 9 following an open house from 12 to 2 p.m. Regular hours for the building will be from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., open to any SUID holder.
The construction of the Windhover Contemplative Center, a spiritual refuge that aims to allow visitors to escape from the daily intensity of campus life, will be finished early this summer, according to University administrators.
In a meeting that lasted almost three hours, the 15th Undergraduate Senate passed a funding bill granting the Stanford Speakers Bureau the $20,000 they needed to secure comedian Aziz Ansari for an on-campus performance.