Posts Tagged ‘Bing Concert Hall’

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…)

This Week In Stanford 1/10/12 – 1/16/12

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

This week in Stanford, many students left campus to ski on almost snowless mountains. But now everyone’s back and excited about the news! Right?

  • Need some help getting motivated again after the long weekend? Baba Shiv, behavioral psychologists offers some tips on how to trick our willpower. Or really a  willpower trick. One or the other.
  • The future power of the microchip will be handheld. Koomey’s Law, which states that the power needed to complete a computer task will be cut in half every one and half years is gaining traction as the computer industry invests more in mobile devices.
  • Stanford’s director for the Bing Concert Hall will be Wiley Hausam. Just in case you forgot, Stanford is opening a brand new 844-seat concert hall next year.
  • In spirit of the holiday, Stanford’s Martin Luther King Jr. Research and Education Institute honored photojournalist Bob Fitch with a Call to Consciousness award for his powerful images of King that currently adorn the walls in Tressidor Union.
  • The Thinker is home! After 2 years on loan, Rodin’s “The Thinker” is back at the Cantor Arts Center. For students who haven’t seen the statue in person yet, Cantor will allowing viewing again starting on January 25. It’s Rodin’s most famous work. Check it out.
  • The label on a bag of chips may be more than what it seems. Our very own former blogger-in-chief Josh Freeman, with Linguistics Professor Dan Jurafsky uncovered class distinctions on the packaging of  a much loved snack, the potato chip.
  • Congratulations to Burton Richter for winning the Presidential Enrico Fermi Award for his former and current work as A Nobel-Prize winning physicist. Finding subnuclear particles and advising the government on secret science and technology issues – all in a day’s work.
  • And finally – the computer science department wants to close the gender gap.  That means, with almost half of the 594 students in 106A being female this quarter, they’re hope more women plan to stay and declare.