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A Day in the Life

Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

Please watch this remarkable audio/video presentation of New York Times reporter Michael Kamber. He went out with his division before sunrise to try and document their search for missing soldiers, and the results are absolutely devastating.


12 Students, Staff, and Alumni Currently Fasting: An Update From SLAC

Monday, April 16th, 2007

As you’ve no doubt noticed, the SLAC fasters are no longer occupying the Main Quad. At around 5:30 p.m. yesterday, after at least 3 uniformed and 2 undercover police surrounded the fasters’ tent encampment, negotiations regarding the occupation of the Main Quad began between various administrators and SLAC. The administrators, including Nanci Howe and Maureen Powers, told the fasters that they would be able meet with President Hennessy on Monday but did not give a specific meeting time. As SLAC members caucused about holding the Main Quad and increasing pressure on Hennessy, Maureen Powers made a phone call to the President and secured a 5 p.m. meeting time.


Stanford Beyond Bars Program April 10th

Monday, April 9th, 2007

picture of hands on bars
On April 10, American Studies will be a leading co-sponsor of an event organized by Stanford Beyond Bars, an organization dedicated to sparking dialogue and consciousness of the issues surrounding incarceration. The event will be organized by American Studies major Jacqueline Gauthier, who is the coordinator of Stanford Beyond Bars. Since SBB’s official inception in the fall of 2004, they have started a tutoring program with the San Francisco County Jails in association with the Northern California Service League and volunteered with prison activist organizations such as the Prison Activist Resource Center in Oakland.


Wondering How New Orleans Flooded?

Monday, April 2nd, 2007

Use this interactive graphic from the Times-Picayune (the New Orleans area newspaper) to see.
Although New Orleans is below sea level, the city proper would not have flooded during a Category 5 hurricane had the levees held.
The breaches at the London Avenue, 17th St, and Industrial Canals were what caused most of the damage. These breaches were due to poor planning, execution, and construction materials. At the London Avenue Canal, for example, concrete floodwalls were put only 17′ into the soil despite the fact that the canal…


Questions for Jack Kamm

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

Like Ingrid Newkirk, but not as scary: Stanford’s loudest animal rights activist talks about Stanford’s animal research facility, famous vegans in history, and why he frequently foregoes footwear.
[Blog for Stanford]: Can you tell me what ARF is about and what your goals are as an organization?
[Jack]: ARF stands for Animal Rights on the Farm, and we exist to promote animal rights. Interestingly, we’re also Stanford’s only undergraduate and graduate student group that focuses on animal rights. Our main goal is to extend compassion to all sentient beings because we think that any being that has interests or can feel pain deserves respect. Just because they happen to belong to a different species doesn’t mean we shouldn’t respect their interests. That’s bigoted, I think.
[BFS]: I’ve heard the speciesist argument before. Is that sort of what you guys are getting at?
[Jack]: Yeah, it is. The most widespread form of disregarding members of other species is eating them, and so we’d like to promote vegetarianism and veganism among all people, but especially students on campus, since we’re a Stanford group. Another activity that uses animals in painful ways is research, and there’s an animal research facility on campus. They don’t release any information to the public about what animal research is going on. We’d like to find out more about what’s happening at the animal research facility and be able to hold a public debate about what types of animal research people might feel are acceptable or unacceptable. Because we feel that when you’re doing research on an animal, you’re harming him or her, and you need to ask whether the benefits outweigh the harms. And if you don’t have any information, you can’t ask those questions. We are doing a disservice to the animals and to ourselves as ethical people.
[BFS]: Is it a medical research facility?
[Jack]: The research facility is in the medical school; it’s in the basement of the medical school.
[BFS]: Oh, so you know where it’s located. Very key.


Questions for Sara Sisun

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

One of Stanford’s boldest artists shares her thoughts on the Stanford Arts Initiative, the work of Jenny Saville, and transferring from the East Coast.

Blog for Stanford: So, you live in Twain. Are you a transfer?
Sara: Yes I am.
BFS: Where are you a transfer from?
Sara: Vassar College, in upstate New York.
BFS: What was it about Vassar that pushed you towards Stanford?
Sara: Well, Vassar only allowed water-based paints. And water-based oils are really trash.
BFS: For health reasons?
Sara: Yes, and environmental reasons. So, I knew that wasn’t going to work, because I want to be an oil painter. So I just looked around; I wanted to come closer to home – I’m from Colorado – and Stanford is a good school in the West. Vassar was a little emo.
BFS: Can you talk about your early experiences with painting?
Sara: I started oil painting when I was about 8 years old, but I’ve been taking art classes since I was about six. I went to the Art Students’ League of Denver starting when I was very young, and I had one teacher up until I was about 13, and then I switched into the adult classes, and my teacher Kevin Weckbach has been sort of a mentor since then.
BFS: And how did you know that painting was it? What about it captured you?


Support Your Stanford FORGE Team!

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

MwangeKids1_sm.jpgThis summer, 8 Stanford students will travel to the Mwange refugee camp in northern Zambia to implement community development projects in collaboration with the community. Undergrads Rhianon Liu, Emily Allegrotti, Elizabeth Kersten, Daniel Gonzalez, Annie Kalt, Katrice Williams, Liz Brody and Alison Root, are the eight Project Facilitators on the 2007 Mwange FORGE team.
A nonprofit organization founded in 2003 by Stanford student Kjerstin Erikson, FORGE, an NGO committed to empowering and enriching the lives of refugees, stands for “Facilitating Opportunities for Refugee Growth and Empowerment” and works to engage U.S. students and African refugee communities in collaborative projects.
The 8-member Stanford team will work in the Mwange Refugee camp near Melu’s Village, a rural area near Mporokoso, Zambia. Mwange is home to about 20,500 refugees, all fleeing violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Stanford team will spend seven months in an intensive training and planning phase, in which members will learn about international law and refugee rights, the history of the region, and the problems facing refugees in Mwange.