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Free Admission to many Athletic Events

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Did you see this? I know, it was a while ago, but just thought it’s nice to know…
Stanford Athletics Announces Free Admission Policy to Many Athletic Events
All but seven sports now free to fans, students and public
Oct. 31, 2007
Attending many of Stanford’s regular season athletic events will now be free after a new policy announced today by Bob Bowlsby, the Jaquish and Kenninger Director of Athletics. The new policy, effective immediately, provides for free admission to all previously ticketed athletic events with the exception of football, men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball, baseball, and men’s and women’s soccer.
“We are pleased to make most of our athletic events free to our students, fans and members of the community,” said Bowlsby. “Our belief is that open access would enhance the attendance, allow the Stanford community to experience the excitement and entertainment of intercollegiate athletics and thereby make it a better competitive environment for our teams.”
Along with the seven sports that will continue to charge an admission fee, one other event will also charge admission: the Stanford Invitational Track Meet on April 4-5, 2008. All other previously ticketed athletic events will be free.
Effective immediately, free access will be provided to the following sports: men’s volleyball, men’s and women’s gymnastics, men’s and women’s water polo, lacrosse, men’s and women’s tennis, softball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, synchronized swimming, wrestling and men’s and women’s track and field (with the exception of the Stanford Invitational).
There will also be no admission fees for men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s rowing, field hockey, fencing, squash and sailing, for which there has not been an admission fee in the past.
The new policy includes regular season events only and does not include special events, post-season or NCAA championships .

NSO Nostalgia… and Why I Love NSO!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

This is just a little post about why I love New Student Orientation week, or NSO. I wanted to show the other side of an NSO experience, and why six years later, I still love Stanford and want to thank the NSO coordinators and volunteers for all their hard work and energy.
NSO Volunteers looking exhausted.
Hang in there NSO Volunteers! You are what makes NSO great!
A sea of frosh and parents at Opening Convocation today.


When I was a freshmen, back in 2002 (yeah, I’m getting dated…’06!), I remember vividly driving up University Avenue for the first time with my dad in his big truck. All my things were piled in the back and spilling over into my lap. I anxiously held onto my orientation materials, and just to be sure of things, I quickly reviewed my housing info as we drove closer and closer to Palm Drive. Suddenly I realized — I had forgotten to accept my housing agreement over the summer! An important looking paper stared back at me without a signature and an overdue return date. I started crying. I was so stressed out. I thought, maybe I won’t have a place to live! Maybe my first week at school will just fall to pieces in a logistical nightmare! (I had no idea how anything worked… I was a freshman, for God’s sake!)


What inspires YOU? A tour through the Lively Arts 07-08 Catalog

Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

I just received the new Lively Arts 07-08 season catalog in the mail the other day. I took it carefully out of it’s envelope, and upon feeling the quality of the paper, I knew something was different.
“What does art tell us about ourselves?
When does collaboration lead to innovation?
What fuels creativity?
Can art inspire change?”

These are just some of the questions listed on the outside cover of the catalog.
In an exciting, bold new way, Lively Arts has completely transformed into not only a “presenter,” but an “engager” in the performing arts, and their materials reflect a celebration of the radical questioning and challenging nature inherent in their 07-08 lineup.
After being blown away by the radical cover design (which is also reflected on their website), I slowly opened the catalog to page one.
The first thing that struck me was their vision for the season, captured in the signature phrase, “What inspires you?” used throughout their materials. In their own words:

“Stanford Lively Arts is engaging in the performing arts in bold and exciting ways. Join us and share the powerful experience of live performance as we explore new ideas, pose questions, and contemplate answers.”

Themes of innovation and engagement run through all the performances scheduled for the next year, and are reflected in the marketing strategy. Outlining a new way of thinking about performances, Lively Arts divides their shows into four thought-provoking categories:

If you are captivated by any one topic, they’ve made it easy for you to find shows that will help you to explore and engage with the performaces.
Personally, after reading the short descriptions of all the performances scheduled, there are only maybe one or two out of ALL 36 shows that I’m not that interested in. Suffice to say, I am COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY by this year’s season, and I am going to try to get to as many shows as possible, because this is a revolution in the performing arts hitting campus in the fall.
Please take the time to read through the upcoming season and support the arts at Stanford!


New StanfordWho!

Monday, July 2nd, 2007

FINALLY you can search by first name.
Yes, that’s right. StanfordWho has been re-designed for a more efficient and user-friendly experience.

Palm Trees Flying Through the Air!

Thursday, May 17th, 2007

If you were lucky enough to be hanging out around Tresidder on the Old Union side today around Noon-thirty, you may have noticed several very naked looking palm trees, all trussed up, flying through the air via a HUGE crane, off of a long semi truck bed and into the Old Union courtyard. I guess we are going to get a tropical villa as a student union… maybe we can dress them up in funny outfits for the grand opening in the fall. (who’s with me?!)

New Look for Stanford Homepage

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

As of yesterday:

Arts Facilities: Got something to say?

Monday, April 30th, 2007

As part of Stanford’s Arts Initiative and the Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SICA), the Arts Facilities Task Force is working on Stanford’s physical arts spaces, both current and future. The committee is particularly interested in getting input from students involved in the arts.
We want to know:

  • What kinds of spaces you use, or would like to see more of on campus?
  • What are some ideas for future arts spaces?
  • What kinds of spaces could inspire collaboration and a culture of creativity on campus?
  • How do we tackle decentralization, and how could we improve?
  • What kinds of arts facilities are successful in residences, unions, and other shared spaces?
  • What kinds of departmental spaces do you use often in academic settings?

This is your chance to add input for the arts facilities planning taking place now. Please join us and members of the Arts Facilities Task Force in getting your feedback.
Wednesday, May 9th, 6-7:30 PM in Roble Gym Lounge. Pizza Provided.
RSVP to Megan Miller at

NEW: Stanford Farmers Market on Fridays!

Friday, April 27th, 2007

A message from Cooking Club President Scott Walter:

Dear culinary enthusiasts,
Starting this Friday, as part of the annual Earth Week celebration,
Stanford will be operating a new weekly Farmer’s Market ON CAMPUS!!!
The Stanford Produce Stand, located in front of Tresidder Union, will be
open for business every Friday during the growing season from 12-5pm.
I hope many of you will come out to support community farmers and take
advantage of the convenience and superior quality of locally farmed
produce! There will also be order sheets available if you would like to
pre-order produce for pickup the next week.
This is a very exciting new initiative and I’m hoping Stanford students
will take advantage of community supported agriculture here in the Bay
Area. Come show your support this Friday!
Scott Walter
President of the Stanford Cooking Club
Earth Week events organized by Stanford Dining

Check out Students for a Sustainable Stanford