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This Week in Stanford 3/6/12 – 3/12/12

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

For once, it would be nice if Dead Week was actually dead. This means less (if not zero) classes, and a short break between our last assignments  and our finals. Alas, we work on a quarter system which means the only time we’ll really be able to rest is Spring Break. Just like Stanford students, reality doesn’t stop either and many things are still happening around the Farm.

  • Are you in Computer Science 183: Startup? If you haven’t signed up yet, there is little chance of getting into the oversubscribed class, taught by alum and higher education skeptic Peter Thiel. Either way, this class is definitely worth checking out.
  • Who has spirit? Stanford has spirit! Although this list wasn’t ranked, we were still recognized as one of the top 23 colleges in the nation with the most school spirit by Inside Collge.
  • The Highlight of this year’s South by Southwest Interactive Conference was the mobile app of the same name, created by alum Paul Davidson. The app connects like minded people in the same area using location data – something that would definitely useful on our social entrepreneurship centric campus. Networking, anybody?
  • Anyone else ready for a campaign season? Don’t worry – I’m not either. Regardless, it is worth taking a look at Spring Quarter’s upcoming ASSU executive candidates before their message is obscured by the onslaught of flyering and branding.
  • Let’s celebrate writers! This past week, Stanford’s Humanities Center held its 19th Annual Celebration of Publications. Although most of these publications are a little bit more academic than this valiant blog, it is worth acknowledging writing of all types.
  • Although some may assume that coffee is always helpful when you’re working late, Stanford researchers have found that coffee actually has a negative impact on those that wake up early. If you actually attend your 9 am classes, a cup of joe in the evening may hurt more than it helps.

This Week In Stanford 2/27/12 – 3/5/12

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

It’s petition season! Although many people consider this the season of Lent, or the advent of spring, at Stanford it is a time to blindly sign petitions for groups asking for special fees. Whether it’s for new costumes for a dance team, or a Segway, chances are you will not fully understand what you’ve endorsed. This is especially true since the petitions are open and a good friend can give you a guilt trip when you’re not one of the first people to sign your name. Here’s to the beginning of ASSU election time!

If you want a list of something you will read, check out the news below.

  • Despite how much people mock it, Valley Girl slang is setting the vocal trends for our generation. Rather than a mistake, it’s a tool  with a “stylistic end.” Linguistics Professor Penny Eckert chimed in to say how young women are setting the standards for how people talk. I have no idea whether this is good or bad.
  • The opening of the Bing Concert Hall getting closer and closer. In anticipation of a summer completion,  officials have released a listing of the concert hall’s first performances. Opening with Stanford performances alongside the SF Symphony, this venue will host shows from Yo Yo Ma, Los Lobos, and Glenn Kotche all within the first few months.
  • Scientists have found a new kind of  planet, and we’re not talking about Pluto here. Researchers from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics now predict that there are nomad planets, distinct from stars, floating through our galaxy. This could change our understanding of space and the Big Bang. It also shows that term planet is starting to encompass more and more of those objects scientists are finding in space.
  • Before the upcoming election, Jay Roach ’79 reminded the Stanford  community about our last major political race through the pre-screening of his movie the Game Change. The producer claims that it’s a “factually accurate” account of how Sarah Palin was chosen as John McCain’s running mate. You can determine if that’s true by checking out the real premiere on March 10th on HBO.
  • My next piece of news isn’t actually Stanford-related but I think it merits mentioning. Pinterest is one of my favorite new distractions and I know many other students that have been caught in its web. BUT if you’re a guy and you don’t like wading through the clothes and cupcakes on the original Pinterest, I recently discovered It was E-Week  last week; I think the site is fun example of entrepreneurship.


This Week in Stanford 2/21/12 – 2/27/12

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Winter is coming. That’s completely wrong, but it feels that way since the weather decided to take a nosedive. So bundle up, hunker down and check out what’s been happening on the Farm.

  • Next year we may be getting a new, improved ASSU. The ASSU Executive has released new governing documents, overhauling the current arrangement of the school’s legislative and executive student branches.
  • We’ve reached a new wave of education. First we had computers in the classroom. Next, we may have iPads for education. Although a new study has found that iPads increase literacy scores in kindergartners, Professor Larry Cuban questions whether this was real learning or a new novelty.
  • City planners in Redwood City are concerned about increased traffic congestion if Stanford builds a new satellite campus. I’m just curious about the new campus that will house 6,000 Stanford employees in a neighboring city. If I hear more, I’ll be sure to post it here.
  • IHUM is dead. Maybe. Although Stanford’s faculty have looked favorably on the new freshman requirement, Thinking Matters, things will truly be decided at the next Faculty Senate meeting on March 8th.
  • The petitions and please have given Chi Theta Chi a small reprieve. The administration will not be taking the house until August. We’ll see if Chi Theta Chi has a chance to change their mind.
  • Jonathan Mayer, graduate student of Computer Science and Law, found that Google, the company that tells other to not be evil, was doing just that. In a study, Mayer discovered that Google was bypassing privacy settings on Apple’s web browser and devices.

Fadi Quran To Be Released, Set on Bail

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Israeli soldiers detained Fadi Quran '10 last Friday during a protest in Hebron against the Israeli-enforced closure of Shuhada Street, a main thoroughfare in Hebron that has been closed to Palestinians since 1994.

Stanford grad and Palestinian nonviolent youth activist Fadi Quran ’10 is scheduled to be released from Israeli prison after he posts bail, according to PolicyMic. Fadi’s sister Semma is reporting on Twitter that she has just returned from Fadi’s hearing at 1:30pm, and that he will be released shortly. His bail was posted at 3,000 NIS (or approximately $790 U.S. dollars).

The two other men who were held with Fadi will appear before court on Thursday.

Stay tuned for more updates.


Monday, February 27th, 2012

Have you ever met someone on campus that you were positive would change the world?

For myself and many others, Fadi Quran, Stanford ’10, is that person. He is an empathetic soul with a passionate and powerful voice and a very real commitment to justice. He’s also got a great sense of humor- he once made me laugh so hard that milk came out of my nose!

Which is why it’s especially hard to watch the following video of Fadi being pepper-sprayed, beaten, and arrested by Israeli police during a non-violent protest in Hebron on Friday:

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The Stanford Daily and The Atlantic have reported that Fadi was being detained in an Israeli prison in Moscowbya awaiting a hearing.  At the hearing Monday morning, the judge decided not to release him; instead, Fadi was moved to a prison in Ofer for another hearing the next day.

At Stanford, Fadi was an active promoter and participant of campus dialogue about Israel and Palestine.  Since graduating, he has been a part of other non-violent activism such as the Freedom Riders (modeled after those of the US Civil Rights movement), in which he and five other Palestinians rode buses to demand the right to travel freely. The protest in Hebron which he took part in called for Shuhadda Street, a street in West Bank closed to Palestinians, to be reopened.

The petition for Fadi’s release currently has over 2100 signatures (including Noam Chomsky’s and several Stanford professors), and the Stanford Daily has had consistent coverage, but we need to do more. Check out, sign the petition, tweet #FreeFadi, share on Facebook and in person— spread the word.

I know that people see the words Israel or Palestine and decide that this is a political debate which will upset people… something so complicated that they shouldn’t even bother. But this is not about politics, it is not an attack, and it is not complicated.  This is about a friend, a member of the Stanford community, an American citizen, a human being peacefully and non-violently standing up for what he believes in and being beaten and detained for it. In the words of one of Fadi’s own heroes and role models, Martin Luther King Jr., “True peace is not merely the absence of tension: it is the presence of justice.” Fadi’s detention is an injustice that stands in the way of true and lasting peace. Do something about it: join the coalition for his release.

This Week in Stanford 2/14/12 – 2/20/12

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Despite Valentine’s Day and the anticipation of a long holiday, Stanford still suffered one of its worse problems – rain. To take your mind off the bane of biker’s existence, here’s the latest news around campus:

  • Even though Stanford has now hosted its own Shark Week, maybe it’s time to frown at these fearsome creatures. They’re killing sea otters! Professor and shark expert Barbara Block explained that it’s still unclear which sharks are decimating the adorable population.
  • Saving lives is all in a day’s work here in the Stanford community. Dr. Katsuhide Maeda inserted a pacemaker into Jaya Maharaj, within minutes of her premature birth at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital. Jaya is now one of the youngest people to ever receive a pacemaker.
  • Should progress trump human safety? Scientists are starting to ask this question, after researchers found a way of making bird flu more infectious. The research is currently on a 60 day halt, but many wonder if the results should ever be released to the public.
  • If the love buzz hasn’t worn off since Valentine’s Day, check out this neurological love competition. Filmmaker Brent Hoff joined Stanford’s Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging to create a documentary about couples and how they mentally experience love.
  • If the assaults, and peeping  Toms didn’t already put you on edge, there is now something else you’ll have to keep a closer eye on – your car.  Five cars were robbed at the Dish parking lot, on Alpine Road, suffering a loss of $7,100 in cash and goods.
  • Senior and Master’s student Michael Tubbs will be returning to his hometown, Stockton, California, to run for City Council. He’s giving back and taking community service to a whole new level.
  • Salman Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, spoke at the Graduate School of Business this past week. He discussed the history of his educational website and the problems in our nation’s education system that need to be fixed.

Happy shortened week, Stanford!

Chi Theta Chi Starts Online Petition, Rapidly Gains Signatures

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Chi Theta Chi residents demonstrate their responsibility on work days that occur periodically throughout the year. These days, such as the one shown above, focus on maintenance and long-term projects.

Residents, alumni, and members of the Chi Theta Chi community just created an online petition to Stanford administrators, and it already has over 300 signatures. You can sign the petition here. As the authors write, “In response to the termination of the house’s lease with the university, we express the benefits derived from Chi Theta Chi’s independence and ask that the university be open to identifying a solution that preserves that independence.”

Below is the full text of the letter:

February 14, 2012

Dear President Hennessy, Vice Provost Boardman, Ms. Everett, and members of the Board of Trustees:

In light of the recent decision to by Stanford Residential and Dining Enterprise (R&DE) to terminate the lease signed with Chi Theta Chi, we the alumni, current students, and supporters of the house have come together to express why Chi Theta Chi’s independence is integral to its identity and what the Stanford community stands to lose if that independence is revoked.

Chi Theta Chi fills an important and necessary role at Stanford. As the only independently operated cooperative house on campus, Chi Theta Chi has been operating and providing a home for students through the efforts of its residents and alumni board. Students choose to draw into Chi Theta Chi because they want to take ownership over their space and shape their community. In its current state as an independent house, Chi Theta Chi:

*Teaches practical life skills. From caulking bathroom tiles to planning and executing a complex renovation, Chi Theta Chi’s residents have the opportunity to learn practical skills that they would fail to experience if they only lived in university-operated housing – even other co-ops.

*Instills accountability and respect for space. The condition of the house is entirely dependent on the actions of its residents and alumni; plans for large-scale improvements as well as daily tasks such as cleaning and cooking are internally managed, and thus residents learn to regard the house with the same level of respect that a homeowner feels towards his or her property.

*Fosters sense of community and pride. The residents of Chi Theta Chi join a community of hundreds of alumni that have maintained the house over decades. As stewards of the house, residents gain a sense of pride in their contribution to Chi Theta Chi’s continued existence. (more…)

This Week In Stanford 2/7/12 – 2/13/12

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Love is in the air, and chocolate covered strawberries are invading TAP. Other people may show their love through gifts and over-the-top planning, but I’m going to share my love for Stanford with facts.

  • Happy Birthday Stanford Review! Our only conservative newspaper, founded by Peter Thiel himself, has just celebrated its 25th anniversary.
  • Alumnus Ramon Saldivar was honored with a National Humanities Medal from President Obama this morning.  Just another humanities win for Stanford.
  • The achievement gap is growing. Unlike the uneven representation between races, a Stanford study has found the problem now lies in a disparity between income levels. The rich are out pacing the poor in education.
  • Speaking of being poor, tuition is going up by 3% as of next year.  The only good news is that Stanford managed to raise $253.7 million dollars over the past few years to help students who need it.
  • When I first heard of the Ronald McDonald house, I feared it had something to do with the bringing a Mickey D’s to Stanford’s campus. I might be ok with an In N Out, but never a McDonald’s. And then I learned that it’s actually living quarters for patients and their families at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital!  And lucky for those families, they are once again planning to expand.
  • Another congratulations are in order – Matt Olsen, ’14, represented Stanford in Jeopardy‘s college championship edition. He did an amazing job making it to the semi-finals.
  • If you think your cat is driving you crazy, you may be right – literally.  It seems that bacteria spread from your cat may actually be leading people into doing self-destructive things.

Before Traveling, Check for Manifestação

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

This quarter, I am studying abroad in Madrid.  We only have class Mon-Thurs, so the majority of us use our time over the weekends to travel, myself included.  This past weekend, I decided to travel to Lisbon with some friends.  It is a beautiful city with great food (I highly recommend it), and its friendly people and low prices, at least in comparison to Madrid, quickly won our group over.  We had a jam-packed schedule, as we were only in Lisbon from Thursday afternoon to Saturday afternoon.  As Saturday winded to a close and we were walking to our hostel to get our bags and head to the airport, our group gave ourselves a solid pat on the back.  In a mere 3 days, we had seen all that we set out to see, ate some fantastic food, and met some incredible people.  We had planned so well…. or so we thought.

As we were walking to our hostel, we noticed a fair amount of people in the streets, a pleasant contrast to the relative emptiness of Madrid’s streets on the weekend, and in particular, a small group of protesters in Terreiro do Paço square.  We figured this was normal, especially since the Portuguese economy is not doing any better than the Spanish economy (to learn about that, go read some of George’s old posts).  In fact, Lisbon’s walls and streets are filled with graffiti and posters, proclaiming things like, “Money is taken from the poor and given to the bankers.  More hours.  Less pay.  Less life!”

As we exited the hostel and got ready to head to Terreiro do Paço square, a hub for buses and the nearest bus stop for the bus to the airport, we realized that there were an increasing number of people in the street…and an increased police presence.  In fact, Terreiro do Paço square had been blocked off by the police and streets were being closed for the incoming masses of protesters.

What we expected to see (image from Wikipedia)

What we actually saw (image from Reuters)








We were in the middle of a manifestação, or protest. Not prepared for the chaos about to ensue, we figured we would head to the closest square, where we hopefully could catch a bus or take the train or metro to the airport.

Image from the International Business Times

Rolling suitcases in hand, we ran through the crowded streets in the opposite direction of the march of protesters that was headed from the outskirts to Terreiro do Paço square.  All ages of people were in the streets, shouting, holding signs.  Some wore masks, impersonating Guy Fawkes, who has become a symbol of anti-greed.

The manifestação had been called by the CGPT, or Confederação Geral dos Trabalhadores Portugueses, to protest the austerity measures that had been taken on by the Portuguese government last May in exchange for a 78 billion dollar loan from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.  These austerity measures included an increase in sales taxes and increase in public transportation fares, and salary reductions.  More controversially, the government has lengthened workday hours without additional compensation, cut holidays,  and reduced compensations for fired workers.  Since these measures, the economy has only worsened, with employment hitting around 13%.  (more…)

Chi Theta Chi Releases Official Statement

Friday, February 10th, 2012

The residents of Chi Theta Chi, 2010-2011.

The following message is attributed to the Chi Theta Chi residents, student staff, and alumni board:

Early Wednesday evening, Stanford Residential Dining and Enterprises (RD&E) and Stanford Student Affairs informed Chi Theta Chi staff of their plans to revoke the house’s lease, beginning today, February 9, 2012.   By doing so, the University would evict from campus one of the last remaining independent student houses and transfer ownership of Chi Theta Chi to RD&E.

We are confused and saddened by the University’s attempt to remove ownership of the property from the house’s alumni board, which has controlled the property for decades.  This transfer of ownership would directly undermine the diversity of the living options available to to undergraduates – counter to the university’s stated goal.  In his message on diversity, President Hennessy wrote, “We realize that a variety of approaches are necessary to foster diversity throughout the university, and we will continue to give careful attention to these important efforts.”  Chi Theta Chi, in its current state of private ownership, is one of those necessary approaches.  The removal of Chi Theta Chi’s independence would be a detriment not only to its residents, but also to the entire student body, which benefits from the diversity the house had supported for over thirty years.

Chi Theta Chi’s unique independence has made it a home for all of us as students, and in the past the university has respected our rich diversity of interests and living preferences.  We are disheartened by the university’s announcement, which came with minimal forewarning and which we believe disregards the exceptional efforts and improvements the staff of Chi Theta Chi have made to keep the house a safe and supportive environment for all of its residents.  We call upon the university to uphold their agreement in the terms of the lease to meet with the house to discuss less drastic alternatives.  We trust that the University will not allow short-sighted technicalities destroy our house’s independence.

Stanford Challenge Accepted

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Unbeknownst to most students, yesterday was a day of celebration. Our school’s officials, faculty, alum, donors and more had an event to honor the end of the incredibly successful Stanford Challenge. By raising $6.2 billion dollars, exceeding the University’s goal of $4.3 billion dollars, the campus has not only maintained its grandeur during tough economic times, but has been rejuvenated in front of our very eyes.

This was one of my favorite statistics.

Even though President Hennessy sent out an email yesterday sharing the story, I don’t know if the average student checking their email understood the magnitude of what was accomplished. We may have a healthy endowment, but this was still the most money raised in a university campaign, ever. Be proud, Stanford.

But it’s not enough to just talk about the Stanford Challenge. I think it helps to see the results. This campaign has shaped the Stanford experience current students are all living, right now. If you were curious about current or past construction sites you’ve seen around campus, I’ve listed  an explanation and snapshot of a few of the projects below. If you want more details, make sure to check out the Challenge’s website. (more…)

Are the French Better Parents Than Americans?

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

According to a 2009 study by economists at Princeton, American moms considered it more than twice as unpleasant to deal with their kids as French moms.

Few things about the French are more irksome than their national superiority complex. Although I met a number of amicable Frenchmen and women while studying in Spain, their favorite topic was unfailingly how much they missed their native land, and they made no bones about telling me so.

However, in an essay published in the WSJ on Saturday, an American mom shows that the French may have some bragging rights when it comes to effective parenting, complete with an ex-Stanford professor to back up her claims.

The author, Pamela Druckerman, claims that French parents have figured out some parenting tricks that make their children much more peaceful and obedient than Americans, specifically by teaching their kids how to wait. One of her sources is Walter Mischel, who as a professor at Stanford in 1972 devised the famous “marshmallow test” to examine a child’s capacity for deferred gratification. According to Mischel, in the U.S., “certainly the impression one has is that self-control has gotten increasingly difficult for kids.”

Mischel would know. His marshmallow test offered 4- and 5-year-olds a marshmallow and said that they could have another if they waited for the experimenter to come back before eating the first. Only one in three resisted for the full 15 minutes that the experimenter was gone. The key, the researchers found, was that the good delayers were able to distract themselves. What is more, Mischel found in a follow-up study that these good delayers as adolescents were better at concentrating and reasoning, and they did not “tend to go to pieces under stress.”

So how do French parents make their kids more patient? One method is enforcing a tight eating schedule, instead of providing snacks all day. Another is teaching children to play by themselves so that they require less supervision and maintenance. These observations sound like cultural generalizations, but they are backed up by data. For example, as part of her supporting evidence, Druckerman cites a 2004 study on the parenting beliefs of college-educated mothers in the U.S. and France. The American moms said that encouraging one’s child to play alone was of average importance, whereas the French moms said it was very important.

As a Stanford student, parenting is not the first thing on my mind (or the second, or the third!). However, this article inevitably invited me to compare how I was raised with the French parenting model. I found that I was unwittingly raised in a rather French style, with a bit of American disciplining. Even though my brother and I fought almost non-stop as kids, my mom has told me that she loved being with us and valued raising us herself very highly. My brother and I also ate on a consistent schedule, and we spent a lot of time playing outside by ourselves. However, if I misbehaved, privileges or prized possessions were taken away. The worst part about being punished was that it was often in front of other people, which made it humiliating and more memorable. As a result, the fear of being disciplined became as powerful a motivator to behave well as the forces of habit.

Granted, French society provides some big advantages to which this article only pays lip service, including significantly better social services and child care than in the U.S. Also, Druckerman probably did not get a very big sample size for her observations on France, meaning that her conclusions would only apply to a set of well-educated, well-to-do families that do not explain the behavior of the entire French population. She may want to look into a movie called The 400 Blows, which is about a French boy who becomes a juvenile delinquent thanks to bad parenting, before calling it a day.

That said, rightly or wrongly, American children are notorious amongst foreigners for being spoiled and lazy. With big budget cuts going into effect in areas like education, the U.S. government is unlikely to improve the situation in the short term. That leaves the bulk of the job with American parents.

Perhaps they could take a few cues from the French, even if the advice comes with a big dose of hauteur.

This Week in Stanford 1/31/2012 – 2/6/2012

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

It’s cold outside, but things are heating up on campus. Or really buckling down. Despite dances, and tests, people have still found time to teach us a few, new interesting facts.

  • Stop reading this blog. Get off the Internet. Or at least tell this to your little siblings. The predictions that spending to much time online is bad for you seem to be valid.  New studies conducted at Stanford have found that multitasking online is harming the emotional and social health of preteens.
  • Those grossly exaggerated rumors about how many Stanford students find their spouses here may finally be in decline. Unfortunately, the death of marriage will probably more of an influence than any truths.  Michael Rosenfeld, a sociologist here at Stanford, chimed in on why more singles than ever are disinclined or uncertain of whether they want to get married.
  • If you needed another reason to stay for Commencement, the Senior Class Presidents just announced this year’s speaker. The Class of 2012 will be  given a farewell speech by alum Cory Booker, current Mayor of Newark, NJ  and forever a Stanford football player and Rhodes Scholar. Do you have any thoughts on who the speaker  should be?
  • Despite its close proximity to our university, and our campus’s love of all things involving start ups, Stanford students believe Facebook will forever be a Harvard company. This is our  town. Why would we let the East invade? I think this topic should be up for debate.
  • Are you thinking of consulting or investment banking for your summer internship? Or are you going to Stop the Brain Drain happening at top universities? Alum Teryn Norris has started a campaign to highlight the fact that there are other options than the financial industry post-graduation for job-seeking students.
I’m sure more things happened around campus, but alas I have papers to write. If you have notable news, make sure to share it in the comments below!

This Week In Stanford 1/24/12 – 1/30/12

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

App is a buzz word on this campus. In most cases, you hear the term used by a social entrepreneur trying to foist their wares on you. In January, it is just the first syllable of a more harrowing venture.  Apps refer to applications. The long, I-desperately-need-a-real-or-summer-job application. The abroad application. The new leadership position application. And one of the most dreaded and dire ones – the co-term application. If you need a break from the nasty a-p-p, here’s what’s been happening on the Farm.

  • Stanford had a sizable representation on President Obama’s guest list at last week’s State of the Union. Julian Castro, Mike Krieger, and Laurene Powell Jobs made us proud.
  • You heard it folks – IHUM may be coming to an end.  But the shape of the Stanford’s new Freshman Humanities program is not set in stone – it’s up to today’s students to assist our faculty in changing the system.
  • Helen Gurley Brown, former editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan magazine, has given $30 million dollars to Stanford School of Engineering and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism to start a new Institute of Media Innovation. It’s an honor that the original Cosmo Girl thinks our engineers can help revamp the media.
  • All we do is win. I feel like I say that a lot. After topping the charts in the humanities, Stanford’s GSB has claimed it own top spot on the international stage.
  • 1035 Campus Drive. Also, formerly formerly known as Kappa Sig. That’s right Stanford – the boys of Kappa Sig have redeemed themselves. They are getting their house back next year.  Hopefully celebrating this occasion won’t land them back in the hot seat.
  • And for the strangest campus news yet, NBC tried to invade Crothers after a recent peeping tom incident. The police arrived and had the reporters leave. But it is curious – how come we were only notified about the peeping tom on his fourth attempt?
Break time is over. Good luck with the job hunt and impending midterms!


The Original Tebow Returns to Stanford

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

We really should call it "Rodin-ing"

How do you transport a pricelesss piece of art weighing more than a ton? Very carefully.

For those of you who haven’t heard, the crown jewel of Stanford’s Rodin collection has returned to its rightful home after a 2 year loan to the North Carolina Museum of Art. One of twenty-two original casts, our version of Rodin’s “The Thinker” was presented as a gift to the Cantor Arts Foundation in 1988. Since then, it has spent time in front of Meyer Library and in the Cantor Arts Center’s Diekman Gallery. (more…)