On Queens, Colonization, and ResistANTs: The resilience of harvester ant colonies in Aztlán

by Jovel Queirolo, ’14

About a year ago, I wrote a STATIC post about the behavior of desert ants and the behavior of modern scientists. This year, I was back in the field, surrounded by mountains, desert, and my favorite species of ant – Pogonomyrmex Barbatus (affectionately referred to as Pogos) – for 17 days. As Professor Deborah Gordon led our team of 15 ant enthusiasts in making videos and staring at the pebble-covered nest mounds for hours, it felt like I had never left the field site. It felt like being home. There is something sacred about these rock formations, the sweet mesquite, the pitter patter of ant feet in the quiet before a boom of lightning, warning us of an oncoming storm. This year I realized that this is an ancient and sacred home, and the humans who lived here a couple hundred years ago weren’t as fortunate as our Pogos.

One morning after making my first ant film of the day, I trekked across our field site to see how my fellow researchers were doing. Usually a bit lethargic from the heat at this point in the morning, they excitedly explained a close encounter with border patrol. Imagine a small bunch of college students and their professor, with the bottoms of their pants tucked into their socks to prevent ants from climbing up into their pants, decked out in REI-esque hiking gear, bent over video cameras, watching ant nest mounds on a fenced area belonging to Stanford University in rural desert Arizona. Now imagine border patrol agents pulling their truck, with its cage-like attachment, up by the fenceline, yelling across the fence: “Are you all U.S. citizens?” Continue Reading

A Role for Everybody: Loretta Ross Reminds Us of the Power of Intersectionality, Provides Accessible Reproductive Justice 101

by Jovel Queirolo, ’14

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Loretta Ross speaks on reproductive justice.

“I can honestly promise you that there’s so much oppression going around, that there’s a role for everybody in it. There’s no way we’re going to run out of oppression before you figure out what you wanna do.”Loretta Ross.

Last night, over 90 people filled the Black Community Services Center to hear professional feminist Loretta Ross speak about her work and experience with the field of reproductive justice.

After an introduction by Professor Estelle Freedman, Ross gave a talk on the complexities of intersectional social justice work through the lens of reproductive justice.

Every time Ross noticed a late-comer to the event, she stopped mid-sentence and invited them to come sit closer – a sense of inclusion that permeated the event. Ross captured in 90 minutes a way of approaching intersectionality that event organizers as well as campus activists said they strive to bring to their work.

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Introducing STATIC Staff ’13-’14!




Sammie Wills is a sophomore majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She is a queer Hapa, striving to serve the people and crush the patriarchy. She has an uneven, asymmetrical haircut that represents the inequality she fights against. She wants to get you to talk about the intersections of your race, sexuality, gender, and class. She’ll even make you tea or coffee while you tell your story.



Leow Hui Min Annabeth is a sophomore from Singapura, with a major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and a minor in English. She is currently on the board of the Stanford Asian American Theater Project, and has been voted most likely to live in Casa Zapata all four years (#challengeaccepted). (#shealsolikeshashtags)



Elizabeth S. Q. Goodman, who also goes by her middle name “Quirk”, is a mathematics PhD student expecting to graduate in 2014. She admires cities as many admire “Nature”: strange humans and strange art are interdependent, powerful, beautiful. She enjoys living and volunteering in San Francisco, but is also excited to have joined Stanford Students For Queer Liberation.


ErikaErika Lynn is a white, feminine of center organism who likes to frolic in fields, swim in the ocean and cook food like her great-grandma taught her to. She’s interested in how colonialism and imperialism continue today in the food system, environmentalism, conservationism and gay/queer activism, and identifies politically as a radical queer. She hopes to become a writer and a sustainable urban gardener someday.

Hye Jeong

Hye Jeong Yoon is a junior/senior from Seoul and San Diego, but living in Los Angeles, majoring in CSRE with a concentration in intersectionality. Whew. When not singing with Stanford Talisman, she is constantly thinking about Asian American sexuality, transnationalism, and learning about new cultures and peoples, even though she is shy and awkward. She enjoys sleeping in the sun or in her she-cave, hiking, hoarding fruits and veggies from the dining halls, and musing on the aesthetics of beardedness/Asian American hipsters in Los Angeles and beyond!


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Lan Anh Le is a junior from Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. She is passionate about issues related to gender equity and sustainable development. She am obsessed with traveling. She love jam sessions, taking pictures, cooking, reading, coffee and the Beatles.


Lina Schmidt is a junior from the Pacific Northwest. After much exploration, she will major in Feminist Studies and CSRE. She likes to write poetry (to varying degrees of success) and is interested in creating safe spaces on campus.




Cynthia Inéz de la Rosa is a Kansas Citian STEP grad student.  She is aspiring to be a high school English teacher.  She majored in English at the University of Chicago and for her thesis explored social change and the power of rhetoric in mission statements.  At the UofC, she was heavily involved in immigrant rights and co-founded the Socioeconomic Diversity Alliance.  She’s all about creating new words, close reading, reflection, espresso macchiatos, and Chance the Rapper.


Emma Budiansky is a sophomore interested in the science of extremely old things. She’s also a German minor and enjoys DJing, baking, sleeping, knitting, crocheting, tea, blankets, and friendship.



Jae-Young Son is a sophomore who is interested in social neuroscience and is currently studying how social interactions mediate affective states, the psychology of prosocial behavior, how personal ethics influence behavior, and the role of persuasion in decision-making. He believes that ordinary people are capable of catalyzing tremendous social change and sees psychology as a tool for generating progress. In his free time, he can often be found playing piano, singing obnoxiously, or watching re-runs of Joss Whedon’s TV shows.


Molly Gerrity is a sophomore from Bellevue, Washington, looking to major in English or Psychology. She is interested in the intersections between class, race, and gender, as well as the role of activism in everyday life. She is fond of long conversations, coffee, books, and the rain.

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Mona Matsumoto-Ryan is junior studying Psychology. Since she is half-Japanese and half-Irish, she loves learning about culture and people. Currently, she is interested in how children learn emotion through culture. In her spare time, she loves to cook, eat, read, and talk with friends.


Tracy Yang is currently a sophomore from Sacramento, CA interested in Science, Technology, and Society. Tracy is really interested in dynamics, organizations, and the art of rhetoric in marketing, advertising, media, and life. She loves art….she loves it. She also enjoys meditating, cinematography, sandals, morning dish runs, guitar, and mexican candy.




Althea Solis is a fledgling activist/artist and currently a junior at Stanford double-majoring in Psychology and Art Practice. She cares a lot about treating health holistically, seeking mindfulness about the experiences of others, and achieving a balance between self-actualization and interdependence. She loves comics, baking, video games, and cute animals of all kinds.




Raven Jiang is a junior from Singapore majoring in Computer Science. He is a socialist at heart because he believes that jobs won’t exist in the future. He spends his free time coding up useless widgets and browsing Reddit.



http://stnfrdstatic.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/kekj.jpgJoel Kek is very interested the intersection between technology and social change. Along these lines, he is also involved with Stanford in Government and Code the Change.



Jovel Queirolo is a senior from the San Francisco Bay Area majoring in Biology with a focus on Ecology and Evolution. Upon graduation, she will complete a teacher preparation program and hopefully be in the classroom teaching high school biology in a couple years. She is interested patterns of community ecology within human societies and among harvester ant colonies. She hopes to draw on these connections to teach, learn and work with the next generation of social and environmental activists.




Want to get involved with this awesome crew? Email StanfordSTATIC@gmail.com. Frosh can apply to be frosh interns with this form, due October 18th at 11:59pm (PST). We’d also love to have YOU as a staff writer or staff reporter–apply here

The Earth is Not a Commodity: How Capitalism Perpetuates Global Warming

by Jovel Queirolo, ’14

Capitalism is designed to promote competition and social inequality (Parjis, 1995) which cannot accommodate a climate change movement meant to benefit the entire earth and its inhabitants with an even distribution. As an international leader, the United States government along with its citizens must shift from a mindset of social and economic capitalism toward a political framework that encourages collective equality. In the U.S., capitalism privileges wealthy, upper-class, white individuals who hold positions of power (Keister and Moller, 2000) over the rest of the country’s diverse constituency. This constituency must be invited into the climate change movement, and granted equal access to technology and research geared towards addressing dangerous levels of human-induced climate change.

Capitalism as an economic and social theory, as popularized by the United Sates, will not work as a tool for organizing the climate change movement because the environment is not a commodity, nor is the environment a human construct. Continue Reading

Introducing STATIC Staff ’12-’13

This year, we’re excited to announce that our staff has expanded from 2 to 20! Here are the folks who make STATIC happen:


Holly Fetter is a Texafornian majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity while pursuing her M.A. in Sociology. She’s also writing an honors thesis about civil society in China. She’s been involved with a lot of student groups, from FLIP to Las Hermanas to Stanford Students For Queer Liberation. She’s trying to figure out how to get people with privilege to talk about it. She wears a lot of blazers. She is the Managing Editor of STATIC online.

Jovel Queirolo is a junior from the San Francisco Bay Area majoring in Biology. She is interested in the intersections of the sciences and the humanities, particularly the patterns and themes that emerge in both. She’s really into ants. And Star Wars. She is the Managing Editor of Static in print.


Lea Gee-Tong is a senior studying Human Biology who is involved in queer student activism, education programming and outreach, and cultural competency health research and advocacy.


Joel Kek is very interested the intersection between technology and social change. Along these lines, he is also involved with Stanford in Government and Code the Change.

Leah Thomas is a senior majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in education. She is active in the queer community and seeks to create safe spaces on campus.


Elizabeth S. Q. Goodman, who also goes by her middle name “Quirk”, is a mathematics PhD student expecting to graduate in 2014. She admires cities as many admire “Nature”: strange humans and strange art are interdependent, powerful, beautiful. She enjoys living and volunteering in San Francisco, but is also excited to have joined Stanford Students For Queer Liberation.

Alex Nana-Sinkam is a Senior studying International Relations, minoring in African Studies and (fingers crossed) Art Studio Photography. She currently feels strongly about: using art and other unconventional methods to address and articulate issues in international social health. She is currently into: honest words, pop chips, Frank Ocean. She is currently trying to: write more, eat breakfast, look forward to (rather than panic about) the future.


Angela Cenzon is a senior majoring in Human Biology with a minor in Political Science and is excitedto support activism on campus after spending her junior year abroad.

Edward Ngai is a news and politics junkie who loves running, the Canucks, and oxfordcommas.


Dania Marinshaw is a junior from North Carolina majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Design for Human Performance and Wellness.


Raymond Luong is currently a sophomore majoring in Management Science & Engineering. Aside from his major and STATIC, he’s interested in sociology, pop culture, digital media, and laughing.

Gabriella “Gaby” Moreno is currently a sophomore considering studying Anthropology and or CSRE with a concentration in community development. While at Stanford she’s worked for the College Board in improving student access to higher education. She has also worked with Street Yoga, a Portland Oregon non profit facilitating healing for youth and families at risk through meditation and yoga.

Thanh D. Nguyen likes making art and owning pillow pets…for justice! He is primarily interested in refugee issues and international human rights.

Lina Schmidt is a sophomore interested in writing and playing music. She is also a member of SSQL and is excited to be on the STATIC team!

Caitlin Wraith is a junior from New Jersey in Stanford’s Urban Studies program, concentrating in Education. In her free time not spent as the WestFlo PHE, Caitlin engages in queer and feminist activism on campus, reads biographies, watches documentaries, and spends time with friends.


Kristian Davis Bailey is a junior from New York studying Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity. He’s interested in how to use media to discuss identity, privilege and power. He’s also interested in building a coalition of justice-minded students on campus.


Annie Graham is a junior from Phoenix, Arizona majoring in English, and is a founding member of the group Stanford Athletes and Allies Together- ensuring that a safe space exists for queer and allied athletes, on and off the field of competition.

Abaho Katabarwa is still doing this journey thing, but so far he was born in Uganda and has lived in Atlanta. As a member of EPASA, FLIP, and EJHS, he hopes to make his first step to increasing opportunity in underrepresented student populations.

Lewis Marshall is a Ph.D. student in Chemical Engineering. He is the former president of Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics @ Stanford.


Ingrid Heller, aka ABCrane, is the founder of Gungho Publishing company and has just released two nonfiction books on her economic philosophy and green franchising vision. She is currently collaborating with local musicians and theater professionals to launch her musical stage play, Kangaroo Fu, which reveals her economic model through song, dance, martial arts and an incredibly fascinating story line.

If you’re interested in getting involved with our crew, please email StanfordSTATIC@gmail.com. Frosh can apply to be interns using this form, and the deadline is October 10th at 10 PM (PST). We’re always looking for new Staff Writers as well, and you can find that application here.

STATIC’s First Birthday

by Jovel Queirolo, ‘14, + Holly Fetter, ‘13
STATIC Co-Founders

One year ago today, STATIC was born. What started out as an idea and a WordPress page is now a real publication with 140 posts and over 60,000 views. We’re officially a Stanford student organization, we have a stanford.edu URL, and now we have an incredible staff of 20 students committed to expanding the progressive voice on campus. (Look out for an upcoming post introducing the new crew!) We’re also expanding to print form this year – we will be publishing our first print journal in January, after our merger with The Stanford Progressive. Our pieces have been cross-posted at sites like Racialicious and PolicyMic, and other universities have reached out to ask how they can start similar sites at their schools. Basically, we’re really stoked about how STATIC has grown over the past year. And this couldn’t have happened without each of you.

We thought we’d celebrate the site’s 1st birthday by sharing some highlights of the year with you. Continue Reading