Posts Tagged ‘Rodin’

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…)

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.

A Festive Day for the Burghers of Calais

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

Somebody decided that Rodin’s brooding Burghers needed a little bit of springtime cheer.

The Cool Cafe Beyond The Gates of Hell

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The Cool Cafe patio by the Cantor Arts Center, located off Palm Drive.

Getting a good meal on campus can require a bit of creativity, particularly on weekends. Midway through last year I was getting pretty tired of greasy dining hall food, long waits at the CoHo, bland Tex-Mex from Treehouse, and even the panini offerings at Coupa. Despite the welcome addition of Ike’s, I still longed for a nice spot without a big line where I could just sit down, soak in the ambiance, and enjoy some quality California organic fare.

The Cool Cafe at the Cantor Arts Center has filled the void. Accessible by a quick stroll through the world’s second largest collection of Rodin sculptures, including his monumental Gates of Hell, this delightful lunch locale is one of Stanford’s best places to eat on campus.

Here you will find tasty sandwiches, fresh salads, rich soups, a great selection of sodas and juices, and delicious deserts. My typical order is a grilled chicken sandwich with bacon, avocado, lettuce, and chipotle aioli on a baguette, a Martinelli’s sparkling apple juice (we all want to act like we’re six), and one of their chocolate brownies. All of the food is delivered to you outside or inside by waiters. The menu is displayed above in good ol’ handwritten chalk, so you make up your mind pretty quickly as you stand behind the counter.

Try the strawberry lemonade on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

The biggest cons from a student’s perspective are the prices, but you can easily get a solid meal there for under $12, especially if you bring your own drink in a water bottle. In addition, the cafe is just a great place to hang out and get some work done. The patio is gorgeous in sunny weather, which this winter has occurred with remarkable regularity, and there is just the right amount of background noise to make you feel like you’re somewhere lively but peaceful. Children often amuse themselves in the field that extends from the cafe steps, and old couples will crane over the tables discussing the ways in which they are trying to enjoy their remaining years. The whole experience is a wonderful reminder that there is a world outside Stanford, but without shoving it in your face or forcing you to go through the hassle of driving and parking. Stanford’s WiFi is also easily available, so you can work the way you would anywhere else on campus.

The cafe is open Wednesday–Sunday from 11:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m.. Its hours on Thursdays extend to 8:00 p.m., and it is not open on Mondays or Tuesdays. It can get crowded from 12 noon – 1:00 p.m., but otherwise you should have no trouble acquiring a table outside.

Trees and Cacti and Sculptures, Oh My!

Monday, January 10th, 2011

There comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy’s life when… he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.”

Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

From the foothills to the bay....

Stanford consists of 8180 acres.  That’s mildly ridiculous.  Let me put that into perspective: if you count just Disneyland Park itself, that’s roughly 96 Disneylands.  So Stanford waaay outranks Disneyland as the happiest place on earth!  Q.E.D., right?!  But seriously, folks: we students rarely encounter the vast majority of this immense, beautiful campus with which we have been blessed.  And I think a change would do us good.

Just like Twain’s rightly-constructed boy, I implore you, the rightly-constructed Stanford student, to explore the hidden treasure concealed before your very eyes in Stanford’s beautiful outdoors.  Channel your inner Tom Sawyer and ready your treasure map, because this post is all about ‘sploring the outdoor wonders that Stanford has to offer.

Bring me a shrubbery! Ahem, tree….

No, not that kind of Tree.

We have over 27,000 trees growing on central campus.  Whaaaat?  We have so many trees that we have an online encyclopedia of them, with precise bookkeeping identifying essentially every tree on central campus.  In case you’ve ever wondered, you can check out these freakishly thorough tree maps to plan your own adventure.  Rare, old, and historically important trees can be found here, and an assortment of special gardens and alluringly flowering courtyards can be found here.  In the springtime, check out the seasonal blooms along this route of hidden treasure.   In the fall, you can see Stanford’s best fiery autumn leaves by following these instructions.  There’s even a Stanford flora and fauna podcast!

Don’t consider yourself an arboreal connoisseur?  Well, have you ever gazed longingly at the tippy-top oranges on the trees by the Post Office and wondered where to find more?  Halt your awkward fruit-gazing and check this out: a listing of all edible fruit trees on campusKumquats, tangerines, and peaches are just a few of the tasty treats you’ll be able to find around campus.  For additional help, here’s an earlier TUSB post with a partial map.  Please be courteous and leave a fair share of fruit behind for your fellow scavengers!

Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve

The elusive checkerspot butterfly.

Jasper Ridge has been the site of scientific research since Stanford was opened in 1891, and to this day its researchers work “to contribute to the understanding of the Earth’s natural systems through research, education, and protection of the Preserve’s resources.”  There are approximately 60 projects going on at any given time, focusing on the four major areas of environmental and biotic change, structure of ecological communities, geology and geophysics, and direct human influences.  Current projects range from long-term studies of the checkerspot butterfly to testing of camera-trap mammal monitoring to earthquake prediction from electromagnetic anomalies.  Cool stuff!