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May 2019

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Why Dance Matters

It’s not just good for your heart. It’s good for your brain. Faculty, students and patients show us the steps.

By

Melinda Sacks

Features

What Should Free Speech Mean in College?

Four faculty members weigh in on why it can be difficult to build a campus culture in which students are comfortable enough to disagree.

By

Jill Patton

What the Law Says About Campus Free Speech

As faculty grapple with how to set a culture that maximizes learning, administrators must also ensure the university follows the law.

By

Mark Storslee

Why Dance Matters

It’s not just good for your heart. It’s good for your brain. Faculty, students and patients show us the steps.

By

Melinda Sacks

Meet Stanford’s Congressional Freshmen

Short profiles of the five Stanford alumni recently elected to Congress

Campus

Serra Houses Renamed

Buildings honor first American woman in space and a founder of the field of Native American mental health.

By

Eliane Mitchell

Essays

Spiked!

Leland Stanford and I have one thing in common: railroad troubles.

By

Chuck Fulkerson

All Right Now

Meet Ann Marie Abraham

Already a stunt pilot, this physics major is setting her sights higher.

By

Jill Patton

Your Wisdom in Five Words

Readers submitted more than 300 life hacks. Here are our favorites.

By

Kathy Zonana

Body Politics

A culture scholar on beauty as currency and the purposes of plastic surgery.

By

Diana Aguilera

What If You Unfriended Facebook?

People are happier, but less informed.

By

Melinda Sacks

What You Don’t Know About the New Law Dean

She stood up to sex slavery, censorship and ethnic cleansing. Now her influence is growing.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Westworld’s Wrangler

Lisa Joy was a lawyer with a high-paying consulting job when she got the phone call that changed her life.

By

Melinda Sacks

Consider the Artichoke

A pair of botanist-bloggers deconstruct the food we eat.

By

Summer Moore Batte

They’re All Greek to Him

Alexis Mantheakis, ’67, says the Parthenon sculptures belong at the Acropolis. And he’s willing to fight for them.

By

Sam Scott

America the Beautiful

Geology students create creative tours for national parks around the country.

By

Deni Ellis Béchard

Columns

Who Moved My Trees?

A field guide to the new STANFORD.

By

Kathy Zonana

Focusing on What Matters

This spring’s admissions fraud scheme poses challenges for higher education.

By

Marc Tessier-Lavigne

Departments

Lending a Hand

Marc Tessier-Lavigne jams with the Band.

Farewells

Safeway Chief Who Saved San Francisco Giants

Peter Magowan, ’64

By

John Roemer

Pioneering Psychology Researcher

Eleanor Emmons Maccoby

By

John Roemer

Olympic Cycling Medalist

Kelly Catlin, Gr. ’20

By

John Roemer

News

‘This Is Nothing Short of Appalling’

Admissions scheme prompts firing of sailing coach, new safeguards.

By

Kevin Cool