Author Archive - Kevin Xu

About Kevin Xu:

Stanford freshman, web enthusiast, and all around funny guy

BREAKING: Bravman leaves Stanford for Bucknell

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Our beloved Vice Provost of Undergraduate Education, Dr. John Bravman has been reported to be leaving Stanford after 35 years to take the President position at Bucknell University. What will happen to Friday night BBQ’s? What will happen to our ‘well-rounded’ undergraduate education? WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO FroSoCo? Did anyone even see this coming? If you know something, please comment! Otherwise I feel a need to visit his house and give him a goodbye hug.

Full article here and here

Fountainhop.com Your One Stop Destination for Stanford Events

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


I think everyone on campus needs to know about this site. Fountainhop is the simplest, most intuitive events aggregator I have ever seen. It is really useful for small-scale events produced by student organizations especially on campus. It easily beats the official Stanford events page which displays a lot of things students aren’t interested in and I’m not a big fan of the ASSU’s alternative either.
Student organizations have been constantly trying to market their events using mailing lists, in your face marketing, and the whole “fliers in the bathroom while you poop” method. But what about people that are trying to find what events are going on? Fountainhop is a perfect director for that and has the potential to spread across different campuses. Props to whoever created it.
Side note: Fountainhop was created a week ago according to a whois.net search that shows the domain bought on 2/10/2010

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Nap Awareness Day: Battling Sleep Debt 1 Hour at a Time

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010


About 69% of all Stanford students suffer from severe sleep debt. Also about 73% of all statistics are made up.
This Facebook group is trying to help the cause. Tomorrow Thursday 2/18 from 4:15pm to 5:45pm in White Plaza there will be mattresses, eye masks, and ear plugs for tired students to use to fight sleep debt. I assume it’s created by Sleep and Dream students with the outcry of “Drowsiness is red alert” and a funny BYOP (Bring your own pillow).
I don’t know about you guys, but this sounds hilarious if the number of people that say are attending on the facebook group actually attend. It might turn into a gian Stanford orgy… or maybe it’ll just turn into a huge pillow fight :)
Again, the facebook group: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=335163898012

Stanford Finds Computer Science Students are Biggest Cheaters

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010


That’s right folks, a recent study by the San Jose Mercury News shows that computer science students contribute to 22% of all honor code violations. The study goes on to say that plagiarized code is just as easy or easer to catch then a traditional essay. It’s also interesting to note that most violations are found in beginner or intro level CS classes where non-CS majors are just trying the class rather than higher-level CS classes where the students take it seriously.
Read the original report here and DailyTech’s report here

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Tree Candidates Go Wild

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Seriously, how often has this image appeared?
The race to become the next Stanford Tree is on in full force this week aka Tree Week. Fiat Lux has done an awesome job covering the Tree Stunts yesterday so go on over there for the full post. Below are some highlights:

  • Tree Stunts are supposed to be random and unannounced bursts of Cardinal pride. Lately the trend has been a contest of pain but now the rules state “No lighting oneself on fire and no ending up in the hospital. Getting arrested, however, is fine.”
  • Some strange psychotic dude showed up claiming to be from Cal. Emphasis on psychotic
  • Andrew Luck came out to officially endorse Robbie Zimbroff ’12 for Tree
  • Kirk Erickson ’10 sat in a tree for 3.5 hours waiting for his moment

Pretty lively turnout I’d say. I wonder what else is in store.

Stanford Presents Real World Parody: Dorm World

Monday, February 15th, 2010


Looks like some Cedro peeps have been busy creating a “documentary” of Stanford student life. If you have ever watched MTV’s Real World then you gotta check this out.
Classy characters like Jake “The Heartbreak”, the RA, Willow “The Environmentalist” and many more stereotypical Stanford students appear in a very funny over-exaggerated fashion. There are only two episodes out right now but definitely go watch the videos, subscribe to their channel, and leave comments to show your support.
As Allen “The Science Tech” puts it, E=MC^2 mothafucka

Every Day Stanford- A perspective from an alumnus

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

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It is amazing the story that a photo can tell. I have been following these photos everyday and you should too. From the blog:

Cindy Shorney Pearson, ’80, MA ’82, approaches her 30-year Stanford reunion with a project: Take a photo a day on campus for one year. Her pictures show what has changed on the Farm–and what never will.

Stanford Mail has a hidden message

Monday, January 25th, 2010

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Found in all the computer clusters around campus, the small Stanford Mail icon has a small message only visible when enlarged. Pretty neat.

Map of all edible fruit trees on campus

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Pretty useful map. Leave some for the rest of us :) Click image for higher resolution.
[Update] It has been brought to my attention that this is incomplete and does not have all possible fruit tress on campus. So please do help! Tell us about any trees the map is missin in the comments :)
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Power Outage at Stanford, A Procrastinator’s Tale

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

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This is my account of today’s power outage. Working into the morning, I had just had a breakthrough on what to write my paper about around 5:00am. At 5:14am all power in my dorm room was effectively gone and instantly the fire alarm went off. Scrambling in darkness, the heavy raindrops on my window gave me a chill as I rushed to grab an umbrella to wait outside for the fire alarm to stop.
Everyone in pajamas, one of my RAs didn’t even have a shirt on, we stood outside huddled together struggling for warmth under umbrellas like penguins. Someone shouted we should crash Roble! Little did we know the spread of this power outage. Yet this whole time all I could think of was how much time I had left to write my paper.
Around 6:00am the fire alarm stopped and lights in the hallways turned back on. Everyone rushed back inside to catch whatever sleep they could but I still have 5 pages to write. Power was not back inside the dorms yet and knowing my laptop did not have enough battery to last the time needed for this paper, I scrambled off to Roble.
Calling a friend to open the door for me, it seemed the problem was the same here. No power in the dorms, only in the hallways. Both of us with work that still needed to be done, we went off in search of a computer cluster.
Trekking out of Roble had never been so creepy. It was like a scene out of a zombie apocalypse movie, dark as can be (very few street lamps), raining and windy. And deserted. We were just two lads looking for survivers. We headed to Terman but the ID card scanner didn’t even have power! We circled back to Tressider to see if the Lair had power and White Plaza was a ghost town.
Checking Twitter and Facebook statuses reports power outages on the Row and in East Campus. Meyer and Green are both down and Old Union just looks dead. The human in me worried for survival but the student in me worried about the paper due in 2 hours.
I miraculously found a working computer cluster right here back in Eucalipto and ironically have written about 2 pages worth of text on this blog entry rather than my actual paper. Goes to show what our parents always said, “Finish your work early, you never know what might happen last minute!”
[Update] I just found out the paper isn’t even due until Thursday T_T