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V-Week: Speak out Againt Violence Against Women and Girls

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Stanford’s annual V-Day tradition continues this year during February 14-18. V-Day is a global activist movement to stop violence against women and girls. V-Day groups all over the world host events, most commonly Eve Engler’s acclaimed play, The Vagina Monologues. Stanford, in conjunction with the international V-Day organization, hosts V-Week, a week-long series of events shedding light on violence against women and girls.

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    A Winning Combination

    Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

    Everyone loves chocolate, and everyone loves vaginas. This year, the organizers of Stanford V-Week are doing feminism proud by selling tasty treats in the shape of women’s genitalia Friday Feb. 4th from 2-4 pm at the Women’s Community Center.

    V-Week, held every year in February, is a week-long series of programs that bring attention to the issue of violence against women. The highlight is an annual performance of Eve Ensler’s play, The Vagina Monologues.

    Look out for V-Week and chocolate vaginas coming your way soon.

    Finding Jupiter Recorded and Photographed

    Monday, August 16th, 2010

    Luke, drums

    Dean, guitar and vocals

    Finding Jupiter has reached a milestone in its career. With full-length album Racing Against the Sun now complete, they’re on their way out of the Stanford bubble and onto the worldwide scene. Like most other successful bands, however, it takes some clever PR maneuvers to cultivate an image and get your name out there. SF Weekly is tired of seeing bands publish cliché photos posed on the side of the road, on the beach, the playground, or in bathrooms, but for some reason, I find it endearing that Finding Jupiter members Sarah, Dean, Peter, and Luke posed innocently in stalls on XOX crappers. It’s one thing to pick a random bathroom as a site for a photo shoot, like Rilo Kiley and Tilly and the Wall did.

    Tilly and the Wall

    But when that bathroom is in the house that nurtured an artist’s creative juices and allowed them to rehearse uninterrupted, it’s forgiveable. Here’s to you, Finding Jupiter!

    Finding Jupiter playing on the XOX Roof (from L to R: Peter, Sarah, Luke, Dean)

    Eugenia Maluf: I Know What you Did this Summer

    Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

    You don’t get to dress up in semi-authentic CaliforniaMex historical costumes for your summer internship, but Eugenia Maluf does. (That’s right. Be jealous.) She also teaches children about the history and ecology of the Presidio in San Francisco.

    Eugenia Maluf '11 (center) and her co-workers dress up for a program

    1. Who are you?

    Who am I? I’m Eugenia motherfuckin’ Maluf, that’s who. Don’t ever forget it. I’m also a rising senior studying History and Spanish.

    2. What are you doing this summer?

    I am working for the National Park Service in San Francisco. I work with Group Programs and Community Outreach in the Presidio.

    3. So what do you actually do?

    I do many things. Three or four times a week, I lead or assist in education programs for youth groups who visit the Presidio and Crissy Field. So far, I’ve done programs about the Buffalo Soldiers, native plants of the Presidio, bugs, and the Spanish colonial period of San Francisco. I’ve also compiled lesson plans for many of the educational programs as well as improve learning materials for these programs. Sometimes, I even dress up in nineteenth century Mexican clothing and try to convince eight year olds that I am over 200 years old (they do not believe me).

    4. Other than work, what are you doing?

    I live in the Presidio, so I spend a lot of time getting bitchin’ views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the ocean. I also go to a lot of concerts, eat expensive sandwiches, judge people in the Mission, and do other things that some people would label, “pretentious” or “bougie.”

    5. Cream cheese or Dinosaurs?

    Dinosaurs. All day. Everyday.

    “How to tell your parents Lots of Boys will see you Naked” or “Stanford Theme Houses”

    Thursday, August 5th, 2010

    Hammarskjold: Did you know it is the International Co-op?

    Stanford students are obsessed with themes. Every year, freshmen arrive on campus at the steps of “Larkindergarten,” “Serra Palin,” or “FroSoCommunication,” eager to meet their new housemates. It’s so much more exciting to arrive at an otherwise theme-less freshmen dorm, thanks to a clever pun that has instant personality. (“Hakuna Zapata” is clearly cooler than plain “Zapata.”) RA’s spend three weeks of RA training before school learning necessary First Aid, mental health support skills and, of course, bonding with the other staff. The main way that’s accomplished? Theme. Brainstorming. When the rest of the student body gets to campus on move-in day, RA’s are judged to see if they’ve lived up to the challenge: will Slav staff outdo “Slavocado?” Can they do better than “X Mars the Spot” or “Notorious Z.A.P.?”

    Some theme row houses and dorms, like the Community Service theme dorm in Branner or Italian theme house La Casa Italiana, make community building that much easier. Who doesn’t like cooking breakfast for underserved Palo Alto residents or eating homemade pizza with friends? Stanford students also like house themes, both formal or informal, because it’s another reason to drink in the name of community, like Wine and Cheese on Wednesdays at “the snobby co-op” Kairos (that’s not really snobby), vodka shots during a screening of Anna Karenina at Slavic-themed Slavianskii Dom, or Wine Tasting Class at French-themed La Maison Francaise. Non-themed Xanadu house residents drink, well, everything, because…it’s Kappa house?

    Perhaps most importantly, house themes are also an excuse for Stanford students to act like crazy college kids in the name of house unity. Vegetarian co-op Synergy house and “Social Change Through Non-Violent Action” Columbae house residents get naked and paint each other like their hippie forefathers (and foremothers!), Durand residents host the yearly “Durandom Hookup” party, and 680 throws Exotic Erotic because when you live on frat hill you have to throw down like a frat. My house next year, non-themed co-op Chi Theta Chi, starts the year off with a residents-only “Special Party” that’s so special I can’t even tell you about it. And yes, we take communal showers.

    But truth be told, as much as Stanford students like to consider ourselves clever, outrageous, or revolutionary for embracing theme dorm culture, the houses profiled in this slide show show us the true meaning of a theme dorm. Civil-War-Reenactment House anyone?