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I Love You Like I Love Pizza

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Whether you’re looking forward to tomorrow or dreading it, you’ll probably have a better Valentine’s Day than these folks.

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TUSB Contest: Stanford Football Fanatic

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Think you’re the Cardinal’s biggest, craziest, most devoted fan? Then bring your camera to the Rose Bowl this Tuesday and take a photo to prove it! Send your best shot to by January 11 for a chance to win a $25 Ike’s gift card and have your photo posted on the Blog. Consider it TUSB’s Fan of the Game competition. Runners up will receive $10 dollar gift cards to Coupa Cafe. This contest is open to current Stanford students. We’re looking for crazy, so (short of harming yourself or others) go as nuts as you possibly can. Go Card!

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Not bad, but you can do better!


Bye-Bye, Barbie

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

You may have noticed a few recent stories in the media about children switching up gender norms. One girl became a YouTube sensation when she proved to be the star of her otherwise male peewee football team. Another successfully challenged Hasbro to create a gender-neutral Susie Bake Oven so that her 4-year-old brother could practice his love of cooking. One awesome little boy insisted that “ninjas can wear pink, too” when he chose pink shoes for his first day of school. Though these examples seem few and far between, I think it’s pretty cool that some parents and children are breaking down gender stereotypes at young ages.

The Susie Bake Oven case shows the prominent role the toy industry has in instilling gender norms. One Stanford engineer hopes to use this to her advantage. As previously discussed on the blog, engineering remains a hugely male dominated field. Sick of the lack of female engineers, Debbie Sterling (Stanford ’05) invented Goldie Blox, a toy designed to expose girls to engineering skills at an early age. Players follow the story of Goldie, a young inventor, and use their toolkits to build simple machines. Given some of the ridiculous differences in gender-specific toys today (A working vacuum for girls? A doll with bodily functions? Really?), Goldie Blox seems like a step in the right direction.

Watch the video below for more on Debbie’s story.

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Your Vote Matters

Friday, October 19th, 2012

So make sure you’re registered! This is my quick and dirty (non-partisan) plea for you to participate in the upcoming election.

The 2008 election featured the energetic participation of youth voters. Four years later, voter apathy is on the rise amongst us millennials. I did a lot of voter registration over the summer and one of the most frustrating things to hear from potential first-time voters was, “I’m not voting.” These individuals didn’t have some strong moral conviction against voting– they just didn’t want to take two minutes of their day to fill out a form. I asked one young man on a skateboard if he was registered and he actually said, “Meh,” and rolled on by. Meh. Like I was offering him leftover potato salad or a club flyer.

With less than three weeks until the election, some voter registration deadlines have already passed and the rest are coming up quickly. California’s deadline is October 22ndand the last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot is October 30th. If you’re voting as a California resident, you can register online! Voters from all states can check their registration status here. Remember that the presidential election isn’t the only thing at stake . Read up on your local races and learn what all those propositions are referring to.

So please don’t be that skater kid and “meh” me on this one. Check your registration status and get ready to cast your ballot.

Look- celebrities want you to do this too! And I’m sure David Cross would just blue himself if he knew you weren’t registered to vote.


Vicious Cycle

Monday, February 27th, 2012


See also:  Why am I always tired?


The Unofficial Stanford…Memes?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

I don’t know who’s responsible for getting the new Stanford Memes Facebook page going, but you’re amazing. My news feed was blowing up with NYU Memes a few days ago, making me hopeful for a Stanford one. Apparently I wasn’t alone– Stanford Memes has been up there for less than a day and already has a pretty big following. Check out Stanford Memes on Tumblr and Twitter, too! Here are a few gems…


Sh*t Silicon Valley Says

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

I’m surprised that this “Sh*t People Say” thing isn’t played out yet. Anyway, this may not be as spot on as Sh*t College Freshmen Say, but I’m fairly certain that I wouldn’t understand 90% of it if I hadn’t come to Stanford.

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“Occupy: Something Borrowed or Something New?”

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

As part of Stanford’s 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration, two incredibly renowned professors will be holding a discussion tomorrow comparing and contrasting the Occupy movement and the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968. Stanford’s own Clayborne Carson will be accompanied by Harvard professor Charles Ogletree at the Black Community Services Center at 7:30pm. A civil rights activist, Carson has taught all over the world and is the director of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute . Ogletree, a Stanford grad, is known for his work in court as well as in the classroom. He also fought hard on behalf of the survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot, taking their battle for reparations to the Supreme Court. If you’re currently occupying a library on campus or are otherwise interested in the Occupy movement, the discussion promises to be interesting and provide a much appreciated historical perspective. 

Haiku Contest Winners!

Monday, November 28th, 2011

We had some great entries for this year’s haiku contest, and we’re happy to announce the happily Ike’s-endowed winners and their clever poetry:

That's a grand prize if I ever saw one. Mmmm.

Julia:  Doing Nyquil shots / Popping cough drops, throats on fire / Contagion party!

Lilian:  Could it be, char star, / a seg-fault on function call? / Pray, let this be all.

Chris:  Eww, naked people! / Why did I go to Columbae / right before Full Moon?

Many thanks to all those who participated!  We’ll announce another fun TUSB contest soon.  :)


Struggle City, Population: You

Friday, October 28th, 2011

It’s midterm season on the Farm (then again, when is it not midterm season around here?). I’ve noticed that people are dragging lately, looking more than a little bit pale and sleep deprived. The awkward silence in my history section this week would have been maddening, but I was too exhausted to realize it. Long story short, we’re all on struggle. Whether you boarded the struggle bus a week ago with no end in sight or you haven’t even started your midterms yet, you should take a break this weekend to take part in the great events around campus. Hopefully you’ll regain some of your sanity in the process…

From noon to 1pm tomorrow, White Plaza officially becomes Black Plaza. The Black Community Services Center is co-hosting this annual event. Swing by to get your free Popeyes and t-shirt!

If you haven’t decided what Disney character to ruin forever this Halloween, the Sustainable Fashion Collective and Union Underground are hosting a costume making workshop from 2:15 to 3:30pm on Friday in the Old Union basement. If you’re creative enough, you might just take the grand prize at the Mausoleum 2011 costume contest. Catch the bus from Escondido or Tresidder starting at 9:45PM to get to the annual spooktacular party (see what I did there?).

Film fans will be pleased with a couple of events taking place this Friday. To launch the “7 Days of Cin” student film festival, Stanford Film Society is hosting a screening of Sundance acclaimed movie Like Crazy in Cubberly at 5pm. Secondly, documentarian Michael Moore, known for Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Capitalism: A Love Story, amongst many others, is speaking tomorrow at the business school’s CEMEX Auditorium at 8pm. If there are any tickets left, you’ll find them at noon in White Plaza. (more…)

Bring Your Desktop to Class Day

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Forget iPads. This is sure to become the norm…

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Dorm Sweet Dorm

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

My frosh residence was Rinconada, aka the best freshman dorm ;)

The class of 2015 will soon realize that transitioning into college involves a bunch of emotions– excitement, anxiety, and homesickness, to name a few. Having a dorm room that makes you feel comfortable might ease the process more than you’d expect. While Stanford’s dorms are pretty nice compared to others, a blank space with a bed and a desk can be intimidating (cinderblock walls don’t exactly scream warm and fuzzy). Here are my tips for how to bring warmth to your space while maintaining some organization and cleanliness. Please leave any comments with tips of your own!  I’ll also provide a list of stores in the area where you and your more concerned parents will find just about everything you might need.

Use as many or as few of these tips as you desire. Don’t worry about making your room “perfect” or getting everything done at the start of the year. If anything, I advise you to get out of your room and meet people; you will be able to add a personal touch to your room as the year progresses. Keeping your door open and getting to know your neighbors trumps decorating every time. If you don’t want any tips, just skip down to the list of stores. I won’t be offended. Remember: don’t hesitate to express yourself in the room but be considerate of your new roommate. If you plan on doing anything that affects the whole space, ask him or her first. Unless you like sleeping with one eye open. (more…)

Pillow Fight on the Quad?

Monday, June 6th, 2011

PILLOW FIGHT! – If you haven’t heard yet, what may be the most wonderfully stress-relieving of all study breaks is taking place this Tuesday on the quad. Starting at 12PM a few hundred students will be  there smacking the stress out of each other for an hour or so. Whether you are celebrating the end of your finals or taking a little break before the last stretch, grab a pillow, throw on some PJs and head to the quad tomorrow afternoon!

Pillow Fight

It's kind of hard to find a tasteful picture of a pillow fight.

If you are looking for a break right now, you have come to the right place. The main sources of my procrastination this time around have been Stumble Upon,, and Tastefully Offensive. You know you need to stop procrastinating when you come across the same video on all three of those sites…which I have done thrice now. Some things are just adorable and touchingSome videos leave me wondering, “was that funny or sad?” Other stuff has me questioning my sanity (should I really have watched even a couple minutes of the Real Life Nyan Cat video and laughed for most of that time? Probably not). Speaking of procrastinating, I should probably get back to work. Best of luck on finals and don’t forget to bring a pillow on Tuesday!

Can I Dibs Joseph Gordon-Levitt?

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks. Sorry for the meh pics. Dude likes to move around.

When I told my sister that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was coming to speak at Stanford, her exact response was “Whwhwhferdolikftgrol8tgkjiurfikrfik!n!! I AM SO F*CKING JEALOUS! WHAT WHAT WHAT WHAT????” I’m not sure how to pronounce the new word(s?) she invented at the start of her text, but it somehow expressed exactly how I felt as the actor/director walked onto the stage yesterday evening at Cubberly.

It’s probably obvious by now that I, like a good 80% of the audience, felt I was no doubt attending a talk by the future father of my children. Somehow Gordon-Levitt is even more charming and likable in person than he is on the screen. He was also incredibly down to earth. My neighbor and I just about lost it when he brought someone up on stage and said, “Hi, I’m Joe.” He was funny, passionate, and grounded, which really allowed me to (kinda) put my star-struck state aside and pay attention to his presentation about

The site was started back in ’05 in order to work collaboratively with people across the world on a wide range of creative projects. People upload their work to hitRECord and it gets “remixed” multiple times until it is released in its final, collectively achieved form. Throughout the night, Gordon-Levitt and his producers showed several recently completed films, including “Morgan M. Morgansen’s Date with Destiny”. (more…)

Broken Social Scene to Perform at Stanford

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

BSS. Free. 'Nuff said.

And you would be doing yourself an incredible disservice to miss them. Hailing from Canada, the band includes members Brendan Canning and Kevin Drew, along with up to twenty other artists. There are numerous associated musicians that often perform with BSS, such as Leslie Feist and Stars member Evan Cranley. I was lucky enough to catch their amazing performance at the Treasure Island Music Festival back in October. The number of people onstage, the variety of instruments and vocalists, and their connection with the audience all add up to create a beyond satisfying indie rock experience. The only drawback for me is that this FREE concert coincides with the Railroad Revival Tour‘s (featuring Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Mumford and Sons, and Old Crow Medicine Show) stop in Oakland. #mylifeissohard.

BSS is coming  as part of Vision eARTh 2011, a three-day festival focused on sustainability and the arts. Other events include a sustainability short film competition, a sustainable fashion show, and speaker Vinod Khosla. Click here to view the full schedule.

You will not regret going to see Broken Social Scene. In fact, you’d be crazy not to go. White Plaza – Thursday, April 21st from 9:30 to 11 PM. Did I mention it was FREE?