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Richard Coca
Richard Coca '22 is Managing Editor of Satire for Volume 257. A dark horse and a workhorse, Richard strives towards bettering himself and having fun on the way. He understands that life is too precious to take seriously all the time. He currently plans to major in human biology and maybe minor in Twitter. Contact him at richcoca 'at' stanford.edu.

Senior passes off Khan Academy video as thesis presentation

With the end of spring quarter in sight, thesis deadlines and presentations loom on the horizon for many seniors hoping to graduate with honors. Senior Sal Khan ’20 decided to play a Khan Academy video on molecular biology to try to defend his honors thesis. “It was really genius,” said Khan. “I realized everyone is…

Stanford to offer ProFros virtual tour of world where it actually pays all of its workers

“We started seeing a notable drop in interest in the university when our peer institutions agreed to pay subcontracted workers through the end of their school years and we didn’t,” said Richard Shaw, dean of admissions and financial aid at Stanford. “We knew we had to do something so we decided to provide a virtual tour of a world where we actually pay all of our workers.”

Nurturing friendships in an age of social distancing

As individual members of larger communities, the most important task any of us can undertake right now is that of social distancing. While I won’t necessarily embrace the term “distant socializing,” I do believe that the idea behind it is crucial to navigating these strange and challenging months. Cut from what, for some of us,…

Looking back on my college application essays

As I begin drafting this article, it is 10:39 p.m. on a night that I should spend working on an organic chemistry problem set. To be quite fair, while it may seem like I’m procrastinating, this is usually when I take time for myself and reflect. Tonight’s exercise: looking back on my college application essays.…

On rediscovering the radio

Since 1892, I doubt that any Stanford student has ever said, “Gotta go. I’m about to go listen to KZSU.” For those of you who don’t know about KZSU, first, shame on you, and second, KZSU is Stanford’s FM radio station broadcasting from near Memorial Auditorium. Prior to having friends involved with the radio station,…

What you Googled this week

Stanford’s 10-week quarters mean that you get to school, the add-drop period begins and ends and then it’s midterm season for the few weeks before finals. Midterms on their own are stressful enough, but given the time crunch that Stanford students face, it’s not easy to avoid a mental breakdown, and nothing defines a breakdown…

How to stop Stanford from stifling your creativity

I hear it all the time: “The last time I was creative was in middle school.” We all chuckle as we admit to one another that creative group projects are not where our strengths lie, yet we don’t really question why. Under the quarter system, without scheduled time for creative expression — whether it be…
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