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April 19, 1988 | LARRY GORDON, Times Education Writer
In a speech that provoked angry rebuttals from administrators and some students, U.S. Secretary of Education William J. Bennett charged Monday that Stanford University's recent change in Western Culture studies was "an unfortunate capitulation to a campaign of pressure politics and intimidation." Bennett told a campus audience that protests by minority students scared the university into dropping a mandatory reading list of 15 classics from the course required for all freshmen.
April 20, 2014 | By Larry Gordon
Throughout the arduous college application process, Brown University was on the top of Madeline Anderson's wish list. So when the Long Beach high school senior received a rejection from the Ivy League campus, she was disappointed but also knew she had tons of company. The Rhode Island campus accepted just 8.6% of the 30,432 students who had applied for freshman admission, a historic low and down from 9.2% last year. Many other elite colleges across the country also reported dips in their acceptance rates, fueled by a rise in applications from overseas, particularly Asia, and by a trend among high school seniors to try their luck at more schools, experts say. "It did make me upset at first.
July 1, 2013 | By Jason Song
A Stanford University alumnus has donated $151 million to the university, the largest gift ever made to the school by a living individual, according to school officials. John Arrillaga enrolled in Stanford on a basketball scholarship in 1955 and worked six part-time jobs, including delivering mail and washing dishes, to pay for living expenses, according to a statement from his daughter. After graduating with a degree in geography, he made his fortune in real estate and is currently worth $1.9 billion, according to Forbes magazine.
April 4, 2014 | By Lily Dayton
Picture potato chips or chocolate - or any food you feel you can't resist. Chances are, your brain associates this food with a promise of happiness, says Kelly McGonigal, psychology instructor at Stanford University. But foods we have little control around act like the elusive carrot on a stick: The more we eat, the more we want. We never feel we have enough because the promise of reward is always in front of us - if only we eat one more, then another, and soon we're left with crumbs at the bottom of the bag. Yet the longing remains.
June 10, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
To protest the ongoing genocide in the Darfur region of Sudan, Stanford University will divest any direct stock investments it holds in four international energy companies with business ties to the government of the African nation, officials announced Thursday. The businesses are the Chinese companies PetroChina and Sinopec, the Russian company Tatneft, and Swiss-based ABB. The university did not disclose how much it had invested in the companies.
February 17, 1991
Arturo Islas, 52, Stanford University professor of English who wrote two novels about the Chicano experience in the American Southwest. His first novel, "The Rain God," was published in 1984 and won the best fiction prize from the Border Regional Library Conference. "Migrant Souls" in 1990 was the second novel in his planned trilogy, and he was working on the third at the time of his death. A native of El Paso, Islas earned three degrees from Stanford and then joined the faculty in 1971.
October 20, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
Stanford University sued Roche Holding over a diagnostic kit that tests how well treatments for AIDS are working. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in San Francisco, alleges that Roche's Amplicor test infringes two patents owned by the university. The suit grew out of a years-long dispute between Roche and Stanford over who owns the technology for polymerase chain reaction assays that test blood to determine the quantity of HIV, the virus the causes AIDS.
January 18, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Stanford University officials proposed to ban alcohol consumption at all Stanford athletic events. The proposal was prompted in part by the 27 alcohol-related arrests at the Stanford-UC Berkeley football game in November. Stanford has been the only school in the Pacific-10 athletic conference to allow spectators to bring alcohol inside a stadium. Three years ago, Stanford banned hard liquor at games and limited each person over 21 to carrying in one six-pack of beer.
October 23, 2002 | Myrna Oliver, Times Staff Writer
Robert W. "Bob" Beyers, veteran spokesman for Stanford University who was both controversial and admired for his candor, has died. He was 71. Beyers, who was director of the Stanford University News Service from 1961 until the end of 1989, died Friday at his Palo Alto home of pancreatic cancer.
November 20, 1997
Stanford University has acquired thousands of pieces of memorabilia and artifacts that chronicle the unique 21-year history of Apple Computer Inc. The donation, which filled about 2,000 boxes, comprises documents, hardware, software and other items, and portrays the culture and history of the Cupertino-based company that Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak started in a garage in 1976. The items range from rare to quirky to cheeky, including items that never made it to the production line.
March 26, 2014 | By Michael D. Sorkin
Murray Weidenbaum taught students at Washington University in St. Louis and presidents in the White House that government should get out of the way and let people and businesses work as hard as they can to achieve as much as they can. He preached deregulation, and his syndicated newspaper columns caught the eye of Ronald Reagan, who in 1980 was running for president. Reagan took Weidenbaum to the White House as his top economic advisor. At first, the administration used tax cuts to fight high unemployment and inflation.
March 15, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
BURLINGAME, Calif. - Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Saturday that the crisis unfolding in the Ukraine was the direct result of Russian control of oil in that region of the world and emphasized that the United States needed to develop its domestic energy resources, maintain a robust military and avoid isolationism. "I know that people are tired. I know that after more than 10 years of war and terrorism and engagement abroad, and sometimes it doesn't look like there's light at the end of the tunnel, we can think, well, we'll let someone else do it," Rice told hundreds of delegates and guests at a California Republican Party luncheon here.
March 12, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
A pilot study failed to show something many people believe - that drinking raw milk reduces the symptoms of lactose intolerance or malabsorption. The condition is common worldwide, and can lead to bloating, abdominal pain and diarrhea. But the specific prevalence of lactose intolerance is not known, the researchers from Stanford University said. Current coping strategies include not drinking milk, drinking lactose-free dairy products, taking lactase enzyme tablets and other behaviors, but none of those eliminate the symptoms, the researchers wrote.
March 4, 2014 | By Evan Halper
WASHINGTON - As international efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions stall, schemes to slow global warming using fantastical technologies once dismissed as a sideshow are getting serious consideration in Washington. Ships that spew salt into the air to block sunlight. Mirrored satellites designed to bounce solar rays back into space. Massive "reverse" power plants that would suck carbon from the atmosphere. These are among the ideas the National Academy of Sciences has charged a panel of some of the nation's top climate thinkers to investigate.
March 1, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Speed hasn't been ruled out as a factor in a highway crash that killed three Minnesota college juniors who were members of a nationally ranked ultimate frisbee team, authorities said Saturday. Five Carleton College students were packed into a 1997 Toyota 4Runner SUV that spun out of control Friday afternoon, sliding into oncoming traffic on the icy and undivided two-lane highway. A semi-truck smashed into the SUV. Dead at the scene  were James P. Adams, 20, of St. Paul; Paxton Harvieux, 21, of Stillwater, Minn.; and Michael D. Goodgame, 20, of Westport, Conn.
February 19, 2014 | By Ryan Faughnder
Stanford University is bringing Warner Music Group's stars from the concert hall to the (online) lecture hall.  The California private school has teamed up with the music company for a free online course that will teach creative problem solving to anyone who wants to sign up. The six-week class will feature appearances from Warner Music's artists, including Josh Groban, Jason Mraz, Tegan and Sara, Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda and Fun.'s Nate...
January 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Joe Ruetz, 86, former athletic director at Stanford University credited with launching Bill Walsh's career as a head football coach, died Jan. 2 at Stanford Hospital of an apparent heart attack. One of seven children, Ruetz was born in Wisconsin but grew up in South Bend, Ind. He attended Notre Dame, where he played guard and one season of quarterback on the football team. During World War II, he was a physical education instructor and pilot in the Navy.
May 28, 2012
Richard W. Lyman Former president of Stanford University Richard W. Lyman, 88, a former president and provost of Stanford University who clamped down on student protests during the Vietnam War era, died Sunday of congestive heart failure in Palo Alto, the university announced. Lyman, a history professor, served as provost before becoming Stanford's seventh president from 1970 to 1980. He opposed the Vietnam War but had little tolerance for antiwar protests on campus.
February 9, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
The gig: Jessica Herrin is founder and chief executive of Stella & Dot, a fast-growing company that sells fashion jewelry, handbags and other accessories online and via direct sales. Stella & Dot salespeople, called stylists, pay a minimum of $199 for a starter kit and sell the company's merchandise at in-home trunk show parties; they also earn money from purchases made on the brand's website and mobile app. The San Bruno, Calif., company has 370 employees and more than 18,000 active stylists in five countries.
January 30, 2014 | By Carla Rivera
Michael V. Drake, chancellor of the UC Irvine since 2005, was introduced Thursday as the new president of Ohio State University. Drake's appointment was announced at a meeting of the Ohio State Board of Trustees, where he was described as the “strongest and consensus candidate.”  Drake, 63, will become the Ohio institution's first African American president and will replace E. Gordon Gee, who retired in July. At the Irvine campus, Drake led efforts to increase representation of minority and low-income students and diversify faculty ranks.
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