An award-winning writer, filmmaker and new media consultant, Andrew Todhunter is the author of three books, including the PEN USA Literary Award-winning A Meal Observed, and dozens of articles for national publications including National Geographic, The Atlantic and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He has worked on numerous film projects, including productions for Lucasfilm and National Geographic Television. Todhunter teaches writing at Stanford University, at writers conferences and at private workshops in Europe and the United States. He did undergraduate work at the American University of Paris, received his BA in Ancient History from UC Berkeley, studied film production at NYU’s Graduate Department of Film and Television, and received an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Antioch University in Los Angeles. He is currently based in Northern California with his wife and three children.
Major: Biology, considering a minor/double major/coterm in Sociology
Hometown: Chino Hills, CA
Interests: hiking, exploring, knitting, singing and making music with friends, COFFEE, avocados, brie, the intersection of art and service, mental health
Favorite work of art: Bare: the Rock Opera
Bio: (an-juh-LEE-na) noun. 1. A cheerful, short lass, whose laugh can frequently be heard from miles away. 2. A junior studying biology and sociology who hopes to become a panda cuddler (yes, this is a real profession) or a sloth caretaker. 3. A hopeless dreamer who loves knitting, reading, and singing and dancing along to Taylor Swift and Broadway musical soundtracks. 4. The RA on the 3rd floor RF side, who would love to get to know each and every one of you!
Hometown: Honolulu, HI
Interests: physics, mathematics, computer science, EDM, jazz, video games
Favorite work of art: Super Smash Bros. Melee
Bio: Hi everyone! My name is Cody and I’ll be one of your RAs in Kimball this year. I’m declared as a physics major, but my interests have slowly shifted towards computer science over the past year. When I’m not busy with my studies, I enjoy listening to music, playing video games, and kickin’ it with friends. I’m not very familiar with the arts, but I’m always eager to learn more about them. Come swing by my room if you’d like to chill, eat snacks, play games, or have a study buddy!
Major: American Studies (Amstud, throw what you know)
Hometown: Carmel, CA (The True Carmel)
Interests: getting tea with a friend, hiking, playing music, floating in the ocean, napping, rapping
Favorite work of art: "Fountain" -Marcel Duchamp
Bio: Kenna Little is not very little nor is she related to Stuart or Chicken. After a quarter of eating fresh crème brûlées in Paris and a month traversing the bush of South Africa, she is happy to be back in Kimball for the third year—a true Kimballer for life. You can find her and her accordion on the first floor RF side.
Things Kenna has been called through the years: K-Lilz, sexy grandma, hippie Christian, koala, Krendi (thanks Dad)
Things to ask Kenna about: Being a Dining Ambassador, Admission Associate, MC, Peer Advisor, below average synchronized swimmer
Major: International Relations
Hometown: Eureka, CA
Interests: Reading, writing, swimming, baking, gym-ing, South Park, music, law, and explaining the boundaries of Northern California to SoCal residents
Favorite work of art: "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" by Betty Smith
Bio: Madeline Musante (Maddy) can most likely be found awaiting friends in her room (all of you!!), searching for actual redwood trees on campus, or bumming around the gym. She is probably the most likely member of the staff to smother you in chocolate chip cookies. She talks about her family A LOT only because they are awesome and has a younger brother named Elliott. Some of Madeline's Stanford highlights include a quarter with BOSP in Santiago, Chile, her work as a peer counselor at the Bridge, and this year as your RA!
Pronouns: She/her, they/them
Major: Urban Studies with a Creative Writing Minor
Interests: hip hop, jazz, creative non-fiction, theater, things that are soft, the intersection of social justice and art, listening
Favorite work of art: *currently* Untitled (2 Necklines) by Lorna Simpson
Bio: Junior. Writer. Connoisseur of fine snacks. If you live on the first floor, elevator side, I’m your RA. Come by my room (115) and tell me your stories. I need the inspiration, seriously. In exchange, I can provide snacks, a soft fuzzy rug, hip hop, and/or mood lighting. I’m all about atmosphere. I spend most of my time obsessing over words. I’m a writing tutor at the Hume Center and the co-editor-in-chief of the Leland quarterly, but it still takes me at least six tries to spell the word “available” correctly. I’m also the Co- President of Students for Education Reform and I’m deeply passionate about the ways in which social justice and art intersect. Any time I have left over, I spend trying to write the first hip-hop musical…oh wait, has that been done already?
Major: Human Biology concentrating in Education
Hometown: San Diego, CA
Interests: Theater, visual art, a cappella, jazz, soul, Steinbeck, design, race and representation in art
Favorite work of art: Who's Loving You by the Jackson 5
Bio: Hi friends! I am a senior and SO EXCITED to be an RA this year in Kimball. I've been drawing and painting since I can remember, and I love working with colored pencil. On campus, I am very involved in theater with a focus in primarily set design, and I am a part of Asian American Theater Project's Leadership Board. I am also embarking upon my fourth year as a member of Talisman, an a cappella group on campus. I'm super interested in the intersection between race, society, and art and would love to talk about art with you! I also of course am totally down to just chill and chat over some tea and peanut butter/nutella/chocolate.
Major: Human Biology
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Interests: neuroscience, psychology, poetry, journaling, tea, weightlifting, Sherlock, mental health, compassion for self and others, rock music, GIF keyboards, cilantro, and you!
Favorite work of art: Much Ado About Nothing by Shakespeare
Bio: Hi there! I am absolutely elated to be the PHE in Kimball this year! As a PHE, I am passionate about (and trained in) all things health and wellness related. I am particularly interested in the role that art can play in promoting mental health. Personally, I like to write poetry as a means of mindfulness and self-care. Outside of PHE duties, you can find me volunteering at The Bridge Peer Counseling Center, doing research, and dancing to Carly Rae Jepsen with my friends. Please stop by my room if you need a band-aid, a hug, or just want to hang out. I'll always be here for you! :)
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Interests: running, rock climbing, piano, news, EMT, social dance, patterned shirts
Favorite work of art: Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings
Bio: Brian is a junior with strong interests in chemistry, medicine, and Kanye. He is a TA for Chem 31X, and worries that the students know more than he does. He also helps lead Flu Crew, which offers free flu shots around campus so people stop getting sick all the time. He didn't really listen to music until he got to college and got a Spotify account. That's when he discovered music existed outside Top 40. At home, Brian lives near a beach but has never been more than ankle deep because it's really cold and has sharks and riptides. At Stanford, he lives in room 367 and hopes people visit because he can't eat all the lychee jellies.
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Interests: Drumming, DJ-ing, Music Production, Bio-Art
Favorite work of art: Holocene by Bon Iver
Bio: I'm a super chill dude from another planet and I hope to exude good vibes 24/7 as your ATA this year. I've been drummin' since I was hatched, and I've played in the Stanford Jazz Orchestra, LSJUMB, and more. I also love making electronic music and DJ-ing, both of which I hope to get better at and share with you all as much as possible. I like looking at the stars, dreaming, and finding beauty in the minutiae of everything around us. Mixing science with art has become an additional passion of mine, and I've created works such as Shrooms, a full-sized man grown with fungi, and Midnight and Mold, a recreation of Josef Albers' most famous paintings made with mold grown on bread. I'm always down to listen to music, jam, talk about life, and enjoy nature together, so don't hesitate to come hang out at any time!
Hometown: Seattle, WA
Interests: advocating for Deaf or Hard of Hearing people, medicine, public health, disparities in health care, watercoloring, photography, playing the piano/listening to music, intersection of art and science/medicine, learning about other people's interests
Favorite work of art: Doctor and the Doll by Norman Rockwell or Giselle (the ballet)
Bio: Welcome to Kimball! I'm a senior, and I'm so happy to be ATAing this year. I have wanted to be a doctor from a very young age, and have always considered myself strictly a science person, but I am slowly realizing and recognizing the beauty of combining multiple disciplines. I love the fact that art can be combined with every subject and that it can be interpreted in so many different ways. Increasingly, I am looking for ways to combine art and medicine and I am very interested in using art to brighten up hospital rooms and as a form of therapy. I'm still learning, but I love to draw and paint and do photography (come join me)! I also like to play the piano. If you have any ideas for events or would just like to chat about your day, please come find me for tea and good times. :) Looking forward to meeting you all and having a great year!
Hometown: Riverside, CA
Interests: Dungeons and Dragons, Board/Table top games, Video games, Running, Musicals/Generally anything with theatre, Chemistry, Interesting Music/Books
Favorite work of art: Wanderer above the Sea of Fog by Casper David Friedrich
Bio: Hi everyone! My name, as you can tell by the bold lettering above all this word jumble, is Sam and I am one of your Academic Theme Associates this year. I am a senior studying Chemistry with the hopes of teaching/working in the field one day. I currently work in a medicinal chemistry lab in the School of Medicine where I hope to discover drugs that can potentially help others in the future. Although I love my field with a passion, chemistry is not the only thing on my mind. I absolutely love alternative rock/pop music, table top games, video games, theater, and running. Feel free to stop by my room if you want someone to jam with, play Portal 2 or even watch an episode of Full Metal Alchemist. Also, if you have any ideas about events you would like to make a reality talk to me or any other of the ATAs on staff and we can make that dream a reality (we watched Wicked last year so this is totally a thing).
Hometown: Calgary, AB by way of San Diego, CA
Interests: Composing music, social dance, viola, a cappella, cooking, origami, languages, poetry, cats, tea, theoretical and mathematical physics
Favorite work of art: Chaconne from J.S. Bach's Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Bio: I'm a senior and a returning Kimball resident, endlessly fascinated by the natural world. I spent a year singing bass with the Stanford Mendicants, another as a violist for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra, and most recently I've been composing a new musical tentatively titled Disrupt! I spend a lot of time thinking about the dynamics of race, ethnicity, and gender in popular culture (film, TV, cosplay) and how narrative, performance, and identity are interconnected. I also studied abroad in Kyoto, Japan during spring quarter 2016, and returned with memories, experiences, and a nice Japanese tea set, so please come ask me about any or all of those things.
Major: Human Biology and/or global studies (??)
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
Interests: Jazz, R&B, soul, science, filmmaking, writing, traveling, hiking, dark chocolate, elephants
Favorite work of art: Beatles LOVE (Cirque de Soleil)
Bio: As Kimball’s youngest staff member, Maddie uses her youthful vigor to take naps at the oval and avoid doing laundry. She’s a fan of all things jazz and thinks Spotify is the greatest manmade creation, right after portable hammocks. In her free time, she can be caught adjusting her tapestries and exploring San Francisco at questionable hours. Her favorite things in life are dark chocolate and old couples holding hands. Above all, she likes meeting new people and is eager to share her San Pellegrino and tea with anyone who wanders in.
Hometown: Carmel, IN
Interests: Singing, golf, basketball, soccer, chess, artificial intelligence F
Favorite work of art: Sunday Candy by Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment Ft. Chance the Rapper
Bio: Born and raised in the exotic cornfields of Indiana, Yushi is commonly mistaken for his dinosaur twin Yoshi because they both have great bone structure. He enjoys singing bass for Everyday People while perpetually tired from doing his late night math psets and playing sports that constantly remind him of his lack of vertical reach. His door is almost always open, so hit him up for R&B music, dad jokes and shenanigans.
Majors: Computer Science (HCI Track), Japanese
Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Interests: Human-computer interaction, UX/Design, Rhythm video games, J-pop, Apple products :P
Favorite work of art: PONPONPON by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Bio: Hi everyone, I'm one of your friendly neighborhood RCCs! This will be my third (😱) year in Kimball, and though I might be a bit artistically challenged, I'll be happy to assist with any tech-related issues you might have—including stuff like working with Photoshop and video-editing software. Feel free to stop by and talk about anything, computer-related or not.