Stanford foiled me once again, Class of 2015. I was really pumped to be teaching you all the in’s and out’s of Stanford’s quirky language but I sadly did my research and realized that our dear university beat me to it:
AD – Academic Director. Professor advisor with an office in your residence who is a key resource for you during your pre-major years.
All Nighter (to pull an…) – A common phenomenon, especially when it’s time for final exams.
ASSU – Associated Students of Stanford University – the student government.
The Axe – The symbol of rivalry between Stanford University and our traditional rival, U.C. Berkeley (Cal). The Axe is awarded each year to the school winning the Big Game.
Axess – The student information system for registering, reviewing grades, changing addresses and other administrative tasks.
BART – Bay Area Rapid Transit. A subway system which carries passengers throughout the San Francisco area.
Big Game – The annual football matchup against rival Berkeley. Traditionally it’s the last, most highly anticipated football game of the season.
Bollards – The metal and wooden posts strategically placed on campus to: 1) keep cars out; and 2) impale hapless bikers.
Caltrain – A commuter rail system running between San Francisco and San Jose. Don’t have a car? This is your best bet to get to “the City”.
Cardinal – Stanford’s mascot: The color, not the bird!
The City – Known as San Francisco to non-Bay Area residents, it’s the cultural center of the Bay Area and popular with students when they want to get off campus.
The Claw – Nickname for the fountain in White Plaza, between the Bookstore and Old Union.
The Co Ho – The Coffee House (or CoHo) in Tresidder Union is a popular student hangout for studying, socializing, and sipping java.
The Daily – Stanford students’ independent newspaper.
Dead Week – The week immediately preceding finals week. It is intended that students study feverishly during this week.
Dink – Dinkelspiel Auditorium. Located between Tresidder Union and the Braun Music Center, this is a popular venue for musical events and other performances.
The Dish – The 150′ radio telescope in the hills behind Lake Lagunita. Also short-hand for the popular open space area in which this radio telescope is located.
Dollies – The five spirited women who accompany the Stanford Band with dance routines.
The Draw – The ultimate in Spring Quarter stress. This hair-raising process decides students’ housing fate for the coming year.
EANABs – Equally attractive non-alcoholic beverages. Required at campus parties serving alcohol.
The Farm – Campus nickname, derived from the days when horses rather than students roamed in what previously was the farm of university founders Leland and Jane Stanford.
Flicks – A stress-relieving movie screening on Sunday evenings.
Flo Mo – Florence Moore Hall, a dormitory complex.
Fountain Hopping – A common activity after football games.
Fro So Co – Freshman-Sophomore College, a housing option for freshman and sophomores.
Gaieties – The student-written, student-produced musical performed the weekend before Big Game.
Hoo Tow – Hoover Tower, erected in honor of Herbert Hoover. An elevator ride to the top provides an outstanding view of campus and the Bay Area.
IHUM – Introduction to the Humanities. A program of introductory humanities courses which all freshmen must take in order to satisfy a graduation requirement.
IMs – Intramurals. Sports tournaments ranging from football to inner-tube water polo that are expressly for dorm teams. A source of good-natured dorm rivalries.
Lake Lag – A wide basin at the corner of campus. Don’t expect to actually find water here, however, as it remains dry for a good portion of the year. The trail surrounding it is popular with joggers.
LSJUMB – Those merry masters of madcap melody, the truly incomparable Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band!
Marguerite – Stanford’s free shuttle system.
Mem Aud – Memorial Auditorium, the largest on campus.
Mem Chu – Memorial Church, located prominently in the Quad.
Oski – The Berkeley Golden Bear — and the nemesis of Stanford’s Tree.
The Oval – The large grassy elliptical area at the end of Palm Drive that’s perfect for an afternoon of Frisbee or volleyball.
PAA – Peer Advising Associate. An upperclass mentor who, in tandem with a PMA (see below), advises freshmen on course selection and other academic interests.
PMA – Pre-Major Advisor. A faculty, staff, or alumni advisor who takes a small group of freshmen under his or her wing until they declare a major and helps them select courses, choose a major and navigate academic life at Stanford.
Primal Scream – Tradition of stress alleviation for students. Listen for it at midnight the Sunday night of Dead Week.
The Quad – An enclosure of buildings housing some of the classroom space on campus and many departmental offices.
RA – Resident Assistant. The truly dedicated upperclass student who lives in dorms and serves roles ranging from dorm activity coordinator to advisor, confidant and friend.
RCC – Resident Computer Coordinator. A human guide to computers that comes with every dorm.
The Row – Mayfield Avenue, location of numerous upperclass houses and fraternities.
Tres Ex – Tresidder Express. Stanford’s rendition of a 7-Eleven, located in Tresidder Union.
The Tree – The Stanford Band’s mascot.
White Plaza – The large plaza surrounded by Old Union, the Bookstore, the post office, and Tresidder Union. It is a central hub of student activity on campus, especially during the spring.
The Zoo – KZSU, 90.1 FM, Stanford’s student radio station.
The list was surprisingly exhaustive. Although a bit of the facts were out-of-date (like fountain hopping after football games…..people fountain hop but I have never seen anyone do that after a game, when its cold. And dark. Also, I have never met a PAA.) it’s actually a good fact sheet. But there are a few key ones I would have liked to see:
RF– This is a resident fellow. Although you should have been given a brief introduction to them in your housing letter, an RF is a member of the staff or faculty living in an apartment in your dorm. Although they won’t watch over you every second of every day, they are there as an added live-in campus resource and to help your residential staff handle bigger issues.
TAP – Also known as the Axe and Palm, this is one of Stanford’s many campus eateries. This particular one will be your best friend if you find yourself staying up late to study in Old Union.
PA – For all you fellow East Coast kids, the second you hit campus this abbreviation no longer stands for the proud state of Pennsylvania but the tech-infused town of Palo Alto.
EastFlo– Also referred to as East FloMo, this is the home of Stanford’s SLE students. Consisting of one freshman dorm and two four class dorms, this part of FloMo is not to be mistaken for the following:
WestFlo– These four dorms in FloMo Hall are consistently consistently lumped together with the SLE dorms. As SLE is a unique freshmen experience, upper class who draw into these dorms and freshmen who are placed there do not necessarily know anything about the program.
SLE – This is the Structured Liberal Education program. Although you can find out more information here the main thing you need to know is that these students fulfill their IHUM and PWR requirements in one year due to this program.
So in order to still be an effective instructor I’ve decided to create a quiz to both expand upon your newly gained knowledge and help you remember a few things!
Are there any other acronyms that the class of 2015 should familiarize themselves with? Are any of my questions (or answers…..) wrong? Let me and next’s year freshman class know!
(Answers:1-1,2; 2-4; 3-True; 4-1)