Jasmine Kerber

Senior Column: When senior year ghosts you

We thought undergrad would end with a bang: senior formal, dinner on the quad, graduation pictures by Memorial Church and commencement in the football stadium. Instead, senior spring slipped away, transitioning from “maybe classes will be online” to “maybe we’ll be back for the end of the quarter” to “maybe my diploma will arrive in time for virtual commencement.”

Donations: From bribery to benevolence

Last year was a tough one for philanthropy. The Guggenheim turned down a donation from the Sackler family of Purdue Pharma fame. The MIT Media Lab’s director resigned after accepting donations from Jeffrey Epstein. And the FBI’s “Operation Varsity Blues” landed Stanford and USC, among other schools, in national headlines for bribery charges against their employees.

The stealthy reinvention of youth nicotine addiction by Juul proves hard to combat

Chris ’20 started “hitting” a close friend’s Juul two years ago. By the time his friend left to study abroad six months later, Chris realized he’d become addicted to nicotine. So he bought a pack of cigarettes. San Francisco is banning e-cigarette sales entirely this year, following the defeat of Proposition C, a ballot measure that would have restricted sales rather than impose an outright ban, in the November 2019 city elections. The city is taking the lead in what seems to be a nationwide legislative shift aimed at reducing youth vaping. The FDA recently announced a partial ban on flavored vape products, and this week California legislators introduced a bill that would prohibit flavored tobacco sales throughout the state.

The paradox of Stanford student choice

For students like Josh Cobler ’20, the world of academic and career possibilities that Stanford offers can be difficult to navigate. When becoming a doctor or a lawyer or a software engineer doesn’t feel quite right, simply knowing there are other jobs out there isn’t completely reassuring.

Creating community

Editor’s note: The following article contains references to self harm and suicide as a result of homophobia that may be troubling for some readers. In 1970, Maud Hanson Nerman ’71 published an anonymous op-ed in The Stanford Daily titled, “Adjusting to Gay Life.” After trying and failing repeatedly to convince herself she was straight, Nerman…

‘Rethinking National Security’ report asks U.S. citizens to consider global security

Martin Hellman, electrical engineering professor and adjunct senior fellow for nuclear risk analysis with the Federation of American Scientists, released a report this week in collaboration with the federation calling on U.S. citizens and policymakers to take a wider view of global issues. Hellman argues that, in an era of weapons of mass destruction, terrorism and climate change, American national interests are closely connected to “global security.”

Tempo startup aims to create a leak-free tampon

Amanda Calabrese ’19, Greta Meyer ’19 and Elijah Zenger ’19 are on a mission to create a more comfortable, more sustainable, leak-free tampon. Their idea, which originated in the “Technology Entrepreneurship” class last fall, quickly gained attention from professors and funders, and will, they hope, turn into a marketable product soon.
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