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Stanford Report, November 12, 2003

Cardinal Chronicle / weekly campus column


A ROUGH DRAFT OF HISTORY" IS HOW book editor and alumnus KEN FENYO describes the pages of 100 Years of Headlines: Stanford University 1892-2003 as Presented in The Stanford Daily, a newly published collection of 200 front pages culled from the student newspaper's first 111 years. The stories reproduced in the book address many of the university's most notable successes and disasters (natural and otherwise) and also paint a compelling picture of the evolution of student activism. In the 1940s, students agitating for the rescheduling of a "Pajamarino" pajama party made front-page news. By the 1960s and 1970s, students were agitating for civil rights ("Student Jailed in Mississippi," Sept. 28, 1964) and the end to the war in Vietnam ("Violent Fights Erupt After Sit-In; Students Battle Police for 4 Hours," April 30, 1970). Students demonstrated against apartheid in the 1980s, and the book's final entry, from June 4, 2003, carries a story about six students who fasted for seven days last spring to bring about changes in university policies for workers. Myriad other topics are visited along the way: Among the 21 front-page stories printed on Feb. 27, 1929, was the announcement of a new 18-hole golf course that would be built "near the old stockyards and along [a] country road." A Dec. 5, 1975, headline about the university mascot read: "Voters axe Indian mascot; Robber Barons selected." ("Cardinals" came in fourth, behind "Sequoias" and "Trees.") "I guess I would be surprised if there were no university displeasure with Robber Barons," ROBERT ROSENZWEIG, then vice president for public affairs, said in the story. The book, published by Ladera Publishing Corp., is available at the campus bookstore and from the Daily's website at

ALL ARE WELCOME AT A POTLUCK/Music Night on Saturday at the International Center, sponsored by the Community Committee for International Students (CCIS) for international students and scholars, their spouses and families, and members of the community. The event will begin at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. and music (provided by volunteers) at 7:30 p.m. Participants should bring a dish to share that will serve eight to 10 people; drinks and table service will be provided. Dress is casual, children are welcome and there's no need to RSVP. For more information, contact DEE GUSTAVSON at or 961-3539. CCIS, a volunteer group established to welcome and serve international students and scholars, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Write to Barbara Palmer at or mail code 2245 or call her at 724-6184.

Barbara Palmer