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 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.

Each post received more than 1,000 hits

  1. A Guide to Hipster Anti-Racism by Janani Balasubramanian, ‘12
  2. On Behalf of All White People, I’m Sorry by Holly Fetter, ‘13
  3. Activists List by STATIC staff
  4. Why Transgender Awareness Week Matters by Leanna Keyes, ‘14
  5. White Guys, and Other Things I Hate to Love by Imani Franklin, ‘13
  6. It’s Time for Us to Grow Up, Collectively Organize, and Fight Back by Luke Wigren, ‘11
  7. A Few Thoughts on Activism and Stanford Culture by Lizzie Quinlan, ‘13
  8. Nicki Minaj: The Flyest Feminist by April Gregory, ‘13
  9. Harry Potter: Social Justice Theory Absorbed by a Generation by Sarah Quartey, ‘14
  10. Contemplating the Contemplation Center by Holly Fetter, ‘13

Our favorite pieces of the year

Most readers come to us from these places

  1. United States
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Canada
  4. India
  5. France
  6. Italy
  7. Germany
  8. Australia
  9. Saudi Arabia
  10. Japan

What most of our posts are about

  1. Inequality
  2. Revolutionary Art
  3. Queer Rights
  4. Racial Justice
  5. Poetry
  6. Labor
  7. Feminism
  8. #Occupy
  9. Immigrant Rights
  10. Food Justice

What people Googled to find us

  • Jiz Lee
  • Nicki Minaj booty shake
  • top view of people of different races holding each others hands at one point
  • Stanford undocumented students
  • Stanford University financial aid for undocumented students
  • Stanford Duck Syndrome
  • I hate White men
  • hipster and whiteness
  • lesbian wonder woman
  • is raising one eyebrow a sign of intellect
  • White men
  • boring White men
  • vagina art
  • Lord Voldemort leadership qualities
  • hipster colonialism
  • ants and anarchists
  • My uncle is a president will I get into Stanford?

Please continue to write for us, make art for us, and read our stuff! Over a third of all viewers are referred to our site via Facebook, so keep sharing our posts. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for STATIC, and we can’t wait to see where we’ll be a year from now.

In solidarity and with love,

Holly Fetter, Jovel Queirolo, and the entire STATIC staff


Holly is a Senior majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity while pursuing an M.A. in Sociology. Jovel is a Junior majoring in Biology with an emphasis on Ecology and Evolution. To read more about how STATIC started, visit the Story page.

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