Is the idiosyncratic character of Stanford gone?

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    • #6217

      I have not spent much time strolling around the campus in at least 10 years.  The only times I have been on campus during that time have been visits to attend sports events or concerts.  I certainly had absolutely no idea that the core “crazy” had so severely faded from the experience.


      I’d appreciate any thoughts that occur to those of you who have a more current sense of the Stanford student experience in today’s world.  This article, if it accurately describes the environment, makes me very sad.  The description focuses more on the culture of fraternities than anything with which my personal experience resonates.  I’m not big on obsessing about my time as a student at Stanford, but I do have a very strong feeling about what differentiated the school from all others.  If this article is to be believed, that difference is being eradicated.


    • #6218

      Good article.

      The author is young, and it shows. This has been a prevailing current on campus since what? The 70’s?

      The sanitizing of community life into spiritless “identities” is part and parcel of the authoritarian existence. It used to be “man, I can’t stand those clowns in EBF but I might drop by their party.”  Now it’s “I hope those clowns lose their house like we did.”

      We’re just so much more of a loser culture.  And don’t lecture me on how special Stanford students used to be vs now.  Stanford students were interesting and fun because Stanford was interesting and fun. Now, I get the sense that it’s all management by the numbers and legal guidelines. What fun is that?  Students are robots being groomed to find the next tech monopoly to exploit and donate funds back to the university.

      Never thought I would say it, because I had an absolutely amazing time there, but I’m growing tired of Stanford.

      Sic transit gloria mundi (so shut up and get back to work)

    • #6219

      A growing problem in our society is the fevered goal of zero risk in most activities.  It enables and sustains a nanny state.

    • #6220

      Was on campus for the first time in years, well at least the academic areas. Opulence beyond comprehension. Lost a lot, there too, I think. One of my favorite memories from Stanford was dragging a keg out to the softball fields at Wilbur Friday afternoons freshman year. One of the guys in our dorm was a fullback, and occasionally would show up with Elway and company. Fun times. Doubt that’d be allowed these days. Lady mud wrestling and tossing burning couches off roofs is probably frowned upon, too.

    • #6224

      Not 100% the same thing, but the year before I matriculated at SCU, a famous men’s magazine ranked the Jesuit school the 8th best party school in the nation — because they had Wednesdays off, ostensibly to have quietly reflective hangovers — the next year, they eliminated kegs from dorms.  Year after that, no alcohol in common areas.  Year after that, your door had to be closed, no alcohol anywhere else.  So, the enterprising students moved the partying off campus.  SCU turned dry, sober and very unhappy.  Football, gone.  Frats, gone.  Fun, gone.

      My sophomore  year, we had a party in two conjoined rooms, cleared out the furniture, and invite 1/2 dozen Jesuits, 100 girls, and about five guys,  If you wanted your party to be a success, you invited Jesuits — because they’d always bring a bottle of something really, really interesting.  At any rate, that was done for by my senior year.  Santa Clara continued to climb the academic rankings, I think they’re around Ohio State now in the USN&WR list. And it’s so boring, I want to weep


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