Once again, it’s that special time of year when those registered to vote in San Francisco will have the opportunity to play a part in electing local government and changing laws.

In the first recent Democratic debate, Presidential candidate and Senator from Vermont reminded us that "Eighty percent of young people didn’t vote [in the last election].

Aerial view of UCSF parnassus campus in 1980.
Today, we have grown accustomed to fees increasing on an annual basis, to perpetual meetings with UC officials, and to student groups protesting against the outrageous cost of public education, a commodity that was once free to all Californians.
The recent 5000% price increase of a lifesaving off-patent drug ignited a firestorm but is far from an isolated incident. How can we control costs and focus more on value without stifling investment in drug discovery?

Walking across the Stanford University campus on Saturday, September 26th, the feeling was one of peacefulness and quiet repose. School not yet in session, people were few and far between.

As students return to campus and this year’s Synapse staff expands, I am struck by the diversity in our student population.

What do I do if I have a friend who I feel is often taking me for granted? I don’t want to confront her because I don’t want to hurt her feelings, and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it or risk losing the friendship. Maybe I am wrong for feeling this way, but it does make me feel bad much of the time, and I don’t really know what to do. Any advice?
There’s all this talk about how the biomedical workforce is shifting, and there are not enough academic jobs to accommodate all the PhD students currently being trained. PIs, however, are not traditionally supportive of students who want “alternative careers,” partly because they don’t know how to support our career development in these directions, and they don’t want these pursuits to take time away from lab. I don’t even want to do research after I graduate, but I’m afraid to tell my thesis committee. On the one hand, I want to tell them because I don’t want to waste my time in pursuit of high-profile publications that I don’t need. But what if this changes how they view me, and they don’t want to waste their time guiding a student who doesn’t want to do research?

There has been a fair amount of attention paid to UCSF’s new policy that a staff or faculty member must be present at campus events that will be serving alcohol.

As I have navigated through medical school, I have witnessed that some know the “unspoken secrets” of excelling in medical school more than others.As a first-generation college—and now medical—student, I sometimes find that I do not know the hidden curriculum behind professional schools. What is your advice on how to excel during professional school as someone who might not come from the pomp and glamour of an educated family and the breeding for academia that it seems to provide?