Stanford University Stanford students are typically progressive-minded and not afraid to stand up for their beliefs. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke on campus in 1964 (Timeline, 2010) and Stanford became the home of the esteemed Civil Rights Movement leader‘s papers in 1985 (History of Stanford, 2010). The year 1965 saw the formation of the first student organization for the rights of gays and lesbians. Stanford changed their mascot from the “Indians” to the “Cardinals” and worked to make the number of Native American applicants to Stanford higher. Faculty and students participated in the Civil Rights Movement and Vietnam protests throughout the sixties and seventies (History of Stanford, 2010). Stanford lifted all gender requirements for enrollment in 1973 (Timeline, 2010). Stanford guarantees housing to all undergraduates. All freshmen must live on-campus, but a surprising 91% of all undergraduates live on-campus. Undergrads have many options when choosing college housing, such as coed or women’s dorms, apartments for single or married students, fraternity or sorority houses, co-op housing, or special needs dorms (College Board, 2010). The incoming freshmen typically have no idea who their roommates will be until they arrive on move-in day. Stanford assigns roommates this way to preserve the fun and exciting feeling, similar to meeting bunkmates at summer camp. Freshmen are placed in buildings electronically. Roommates are then paired up by the housing coordinators based on cleaning and sleeping habits, a few similarities, and a few differences to keep them learning about one another. The housing coordinators also take personality into account when assigning rooms to newly paired roommates, taking advantage of socialites by putting them in places where they have to walk longer to get to the bathroom or laundry room (Julian, 2010). Stanford also has a prestigious drama department that manages six theatre spaces. The largest is Memorial Auditorium, which features a proscenium stage, seats 1705 people, and is home to the drama department offices, the scene shop, the light lab, and the costume shop. They also manage two fully equipped blackbox theaters that can seat 60-90 people, a smaller proscenium theatre that seats 194, an adjustable proscenium stage with a turntable that seats 135, and a building of dance and acting studios and rehearsal spaces (Stanford Drama, 2010). The applicant can then submit a resume of their past theatrical experiences and a headshot to the Department of Drama. In addition to a resume and headshot, they must perform a live audition by November 20, or mail in an audition tape. For the audition the student must choose two monologues that are age-appropriate and highlight their skills as an actor/actress. It is recommended that one monologue be classical, such as Shakespeare or Aeschylus, and one monologue be modern. It is also helpful for the monologues to contrast one another, for example, a piece from A Midsummer Night’s Dream and another from A Streetcar Named Desire, to show a range in the auditioner’s abilities. They will find out whether they have been accepted or not by April 1, 2010, and have until May 1, 2010 to notify Stanford of their decision (Undergraduate, 2010). Once accepted into the program, they can choose to receive their Minor, Bachelor’s Degree, or Ph. D. in Drama. Theatre teaching degrees are also available to undergraduate students (Stanford Drama, 2010). Wikipedia. Stanford University. (2010). Retrieved December 7, 2010, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanford_University.