Archive for the ‘Summer’ Category

Caitlin Colgrove: I Know What You Did This Summer

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

It’s hard to believe we’re already half way through the summer, but even so, this series certainly isn’t done checking in with students about what they’ve been doing at “I Know What You Did This Summer.” Today is my shiftmate, Caitlin.

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Caitlin Colgrove

Foreshadowing for question 5

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Ryan Mac: I Know What You Did This Summer

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

“I Know What You Did This Summer” continues onward. In keeping with the theme, the next interviewee is my wallmate from freshman year. Enjoy.

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Ryan Mac

Ryan Mac

Ryan's own caption: "it's sideways CUZ IM ALTERNATIVE."


Jenni Ockelmann: I Know What You Did This Summer

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

A reader recently pointed out the gender bias of “I Know What You Did This Summer” so far, and although I think that simply reflects my personal network of friends, there’s no reason not to give the fairer gender a fair shake. This week is my wallmate from my dorm last year.

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Jenni Ockelmann

Jenni Ockelmann

She insisted on me not taking a picture at the interview, where she looked "gross".


Hidden Treasures: Arizona Cactus Garden

Friday, July 16th, 2010

While Andrea is busy doing nothing in her cubicle this summer, I’ll be taking over her Hidden Treasures posts with a few of my personal favorites. And now that we’re almost halfway through the quarter (!), it’s the perfect time to explore the Arizona Cactus Garden. Yes, on campus. Not in Arizona.

"That's not a cactus, that's my-"

A panoramic view from the northeastern side of the garden.

The garden was first planted in the early 1880s by architect Rudolf Ulrich and was originally part of a much larger design (including, ironically, an artificial lake) that never came to be. In it’s heyday (i.e. such a long time ago that there was still such a thing as dating at Stanford) the garden was considered to be quite the place for “courting”: an old song goes, “Down by the cactus so silent and still/The Junior has come to the question at last/And love him? The maiden has promised she will/Until the long fever called living is past.” Awwww.

Pretty flower!

Sweet-lookin' flower.

Being a tour guide has its advantages, among them the ability to (get paid to) go on tours of places like MemChu and the Cactus Garden to ‘enhance our knowledge of campus.’ Our tour guide was Christy Smith, who coordinates and helps maintain the garden with a staff of volunteers. She took us around the garden and explained how it had evolved over the years, especially its relatively recent restoration after being effectively abandoned during WWII. She showed us a pretty stunning variety of cacti, from plants that are used to derive itching powder to a cluster of flowers covered in self-manufactured white powder to protect them from the sun. I’m no bio major, but plants that make their own sunscreen is pretty freakin’ cool.

and Megan Moroney!

Arizona Garden Coordinator Christy Smith

The moral of the story is that if you haven’t been to the Cactus Garden, go. Seriously. Right now. There’s no reason not to. Unless it’s nighttime and you’re scared (pansy…). It’s a truly beautiful place that looks unlike almost anything else I’ve seen. You can find a map of the garden here, as well as a campus map highlighting its location here. I’ve uploaded all of the photos I took to a Flickr page here.

If you’re interested in checking out other cool nature resources on campus, try these links:  treesbirdsgroundskeeping , Jasper Ridge, and other horticultural points of interest (see also the TUSB post about fruit and nut trees on campus, though it’s somewhat inaccurate).  If you’d like to volunteer at the Cactus Garden, contact Christy Smith.

Double rainbow, all the way...

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Mike Liu: I Know What You Did This Summer

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

“I Know What You Did This Summer” take 3.  As usual, we’re looking for people to interview, so find us at if you’re interested. This round, we actually have one of our TUSB staffers on the hot seat.

Mike Liu

Mike Liu

Mike's real job is just to soak up the sunlight.


RJ Walsh: I Know What You Did This Summer

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

We’re back for our 2nd installment of “I Know What You Did This Summer.” Email us at if you’re interested in being interviewed. Until then, let’s hear what our next interviewee has to say:

RJ Walsh

Great Foreign Film Series on Campus This Summer

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

If you’re around and into good movies, the Division of International Comparative and Area Studies (ICA; yeah, I haven’t heard of it before either) is putting on a film series featuring a slate of well-renowned recent foreign films. The film series, “Global Intimacies: Six Films Portraying How Global Changes Transform Kinship, Passion, and Friendship” will run every Wednesday starting tomorrow (July 7).

Departures showcases some pretty stellar cello-based filmmaking.

It also includes two films I highly recommend: The Lives of Others and Departures, and it gives me an excuse to promote these movies to you:

The Lives of Others (Das Leben der Anderen, Germany, 2006; showing July 7) won the 2007 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. This is not normally the most astounding accomplishment, but it beat out another great movie, Pan’s Labyrinth. Written and directed by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck (who is lucky to not be an athlete, because that name is not fitting on the back of any jersey), it is an enthralling account of a writer’s life in East Germany.

Departures (Okuribito, Japan, 2008; showing August 18) won the 2009 Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. The acting in Departures is pretty bad (the lead role is played by a former boy band star), but the clever storyline and cello pieces make the movie thoroughly enjoyable.

The series also includes Sin Nombre (Rotten Tomatoes score 88%) and Tulpan (RT 97%). If that’s not recommendation enough, my mother saw Tulpan and thought it was good.

The details of the series:


And if you haven’t seen Toy Story 3 yet, you should probably do that first.

Clayton Mellina: I Know What You Did This Summer

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It’s summer break for Stanford students, and although campus news might slow down, we haven’t slowed down one bit. As such, TUSB brings you a series of interviews where we get a look at what Stanford students are doing with their summer. We’ll begin with my officemate, a very talented student with a pretty good story about his time. (more…)