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New Student Orientation's baby boom, boom, boom

by Elaine Ray on September 16, 2009 12:00 am
New Student Orientation (NSO) is pregnant with possibility

Walk this way

by Elaine Ray on September 14, 2009 12:00 am
Stanford is wacky for its walks.  In addition to the nontraditional Commencement processional, there is the more reflective  “Walk the Farm” event, led by history professors DAVID KENNEDY and RICHARD WHITE, and based on the Midwestern practice of walking the perimeter of one’s property to stay in touch with the land. There also is the… Read more Walk this way

A classics professor's brush with rock stardom

by Elaine Ray on September 14, 2009 12:00 am
Professor IAN MORRIS, may be a specialist in ancient history, but it was his own past that caught up with him more recently. Morris, professor in classics and history, was the subject of an item published in Time Out Chicago magazine last week. Question: “There’s a rumor floating around the University of Chicago that a professor… Read more A classics professor's brush with rock stardom

Memories of the Farm: Valerie Jarrett; other teachable moments

by Elaine Ray on September 9, 2009 12:00 am
A Stanford Quad photograph of First-Friend-to-be Valerie Jarrett as an undergraduate student with her dormmates from Olivo-Magnolia, now known as Ujamaa. Gracing the cover of the September/October issue of Stanford magazine is alum VALERIE JARRETT. In a profile written by alum ROY JOHNSON, Jarrett, White House adviser and assistant to the president for intergovernmental relations… Read more Memories of the Farm: Valerie Jarrett; other teachable moments

Alum primed to be Japan's next premier . . .

by Elaine Ray on August 31, 2009 12:00 am
Redesigning Japan’s government and economy probably wasn’t what YUKIO HATOYAMA had in mind when he studied engineering at Stanford. But more than three decades after leaving the Farm, a promise to shrink his country’s bureaucracy and shore up its economy helped Hatoyama lead his Democratic Party to a landslide victory in Sunday’s election, and secure… Read more Alum primed to be Japan's next premier . . .

Kresge Auditorium becomes history

by Elaine Ray on August 24, 2009 12:00 am
In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s a gaping expanse where Kresge Auditorium used to be. The building was razed earlier this summer to make way for a new Law School building that is expected to be completed in December 2010. Kresge was built in the early ’70s and dedicated along with the Law School’s Crown… Read more Kresge Auditorium becomes history

Greetings, Mr. President

by Elaine Ray on August 17, 2009 12:00 am
Another Stanford grad, CARLOS PASCUAL, who was named U.S. ambassador to Mexico earlier this summer, was in the news last week when he greeted President Obama when he arrived in Guadalajara for a mini-summit with Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. Pascual, who earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from… Read more Greetings, Mr. President

Stanford's global reach . . .

by Elaine Ray on August 12, 2009 12:00 am
Stanford’s reach has always been global, and last week it really flexed its international muscle. On Aug. 4, just after American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee were pardoned by the North Korean government with the help of former President (and former Stanford dad) Bill Clinton, the Korean Central News Agency released this photo via… Read more Stanford's global reach . . .

On the road again . . .

by Elaine Ray on August 3, 2009 12:00 am
When your cell phone lights up and it’s Stanford Police Chief LAURA WILSON, there’s a good chance it won’t be good news, but a few weeks ago, she called to relay just that. Her scoop? On June 28, HEATHER PERRY, an environmental engineer in Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S), had completed the 100-mile Western States… Read more On the road again . . .

On the move

by Elaine Ray on August 3, 2009 12:00 am
…It won’t be just a jog around the block for KEITH HUMPHREYS, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, who is taking leave from the Medical School after accepting an appointment in D.C. as senior policy adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. And last month, President Barack Obama announced his intention… Read more On the move