Welcome to Week 10. Here are some highlights from The Daily’s coverage over the past week, as well as a look ahead.
Coronavirus hits Stanford
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Stanford is canceling all in-person class meetings for the rest of the quarter and administering all finals as take-home exams, the University announced on Friday. The announcement came less than three hours after a medical school faculty member was publicly confirmed as the first Stanford affiliate diagnosed with coronavirus, and after the University announced that two students were in self-isolation following possible coronavirus exposure
Though the coronavirus diagnostic test developed by a Stanford lab is expected to provide results within 24 hours, the University has not shared whether the students have tested positive for the virus as of 6:15 a.m. Sunday.
Stanford is also suspending all spring quarter international programs, canceling Admit Weekend, restricting all University-sponsored international travel and “strongly encouraging” against organization of events with more than 150 people, leaving some students to reconsider their travel and internship plans.
The decisions come in the wake of a petition calling on the “Stanford administration to take action against on-campus spread of COVID-19.” Started by a group of 15 students on Monday, the petition garnered 1,000 signatures within hours and has been signed by over 3,700 people as of 6:15 a.m. Sunday.
Meanwhile, as coronavirus cases in Santa Clara County have climbed to 32 and surpassed 100,000 worldwide, Stanford faculty experts are weighing in on the outbreak: A sociology professor said that China’s top-down bureaucracy made it difficult for local-level governments to address the crisis, while the director of the Stanford Asia Health Policy Program predicted that coronavirus was en route to becoming a global pandemic.
Students cast Super Tuesday ballots
This week’s other big story was the Democratic primaries. As eligible voters
cast their ballots right at Tresidder Union, Super Tuesday cut the field of Democratic presidential candidates down to three, resulting in a bittersweet end for the Cardinal for Warren campaign. Still in the race are front-runners former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), along with Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii). (“I have no idea what Tulsi Gabbard is doing,” said Colby College professor L. Sandy Maisel at a Stanford-hosted panel on the results.)
Elsewhere on campus, students and speakers took stock of the political landscape. After coming under fire for giving the Stanford College Republicans a platform for their right-wing views on immigration, Stanford in Government is considering moving away from structured debates in favor of a discussion-based format. Reporters from electoral swing states looked ahead to upcoming primaries, and key impeachment witness William Taylor defended the role of diplomacy in the wake of the Ukraine scandal. Former National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster took the stage at Hoover for a debate on the Trump administration’s Iran policy: “I don’t really care what international law said,” McMaster said in defense of the killing of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
County launches historic survey of faculty housing, broader affordability concerns persist
An effort to catalogue historical assets in Stanford’s San Juan Residential District is raising questions over whether the University should prioritize history or affordability. On one side of the debate is a group of faculty members and their family members who want to preserve the historic character of their neighborhood. They oppose Stanford’s plan to tear down two houses and build seven new ones in their place. But other faculty worry that a historical designation would interfere with the University’s ability to build more sustainable, high-volume faculty and staff housing.
Housing dilemmas aren’t limited to the San Juan Residential District. As median incomes in Silicon Valley continue to rise, affording a place to live is becoming increasingly difficult, as discussed in this Daily deep dive on affordable housing in Santa Clara County.
On campus, grad students are worried about rent, too, raising concerns over raised prices in the newly developed Escondido Village Graduate Residences.
Women’s basketball makes Pac-12 finals
Powering through the Pac-12 women’s basketball tournament, the Cardinal
picked up their third win of the season over Oregon State in a 68-57 quarterfinal victory. They then routed UCLA 67-51 in a semifinal win that doubled as revenge for a regular-season loss. Men’s swimming also competed in a Pac-12 championship this week. With the help of senior Grant Shoults, Stanford broke into the lead after the first two days of competition but finished third after Cal and Arizona in the end.
Men’s basketball fell 68-65 to Oregon State in the final seconds on Thursday, and then lost 80-67 to Oregon on Saturday in the final regular conference game of the season. Both men’s and women’s tennis picked up wins this week, highlighted by senior Emily Arbuthnott’s 100th career singles win in a dual match shutout over Saint Mary’s on Tuesday afternoon.
Softball has been dominant in preseason conference play and is on a nine-game win streak. Baseball, which has struggled this season, is currently competing in a four-game Friday-through-Sunday series against Kansas State. The Cardinal lost the first game on Friday and split Saturday’s doubleheader.
No. 25 Women’s lacrosse and No. 13 men’s volleyball both suffered narrow defeats against highly ranked opponents, with lacrosse falling 13-12 at No. 8 USC and volleyball suffering two close home losses to No. 5 Lewis University.
If you have five minutes this weekend, check out one of our editors’ picks:
In Sports, Inyoung Choi and Mikaela Brewer
profile Stanford alum Jessica Mendoza, a two-time Olympian and groundbreaking baseball and softball analyst. The Grind’s Lauren Grove describes her grandfather’s first movie and reminds readers it’s never too late to create something remarkable. In Opinions, Sean Casey makes the case for the 2020 election as a battle for the American judicial system, and Daniel Chen offers an RA’s perspective on the noise complaints behind potential changes to workers’ schedules. Arts and Life’s Kaylee Beam explores animated movie “Weathering with You” and the burgeoning genre of climate fiction. And in Satire, Benjamin Midler reports on an off-campus study program in jeopardy: the Hopkins Marine Station, besieged by pirates.
As a result of the University’s recommendation against large public gatherings, The Daily is not providing an events calendar this week.
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