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House Description

566 Governor's Ave, Stanford, CA 94305
West Campus
Governor's Corner (GovCo)

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Named after Augustus Taber Murray, Murray House is considered an independent house (along with EAST and Yost).

Murray originally opened its' doors in 1982 and was recently renovated during the summer of 2011. Residents have access to a private chef that serves up daily specials with a salad bar and deli always available. The dorm kitchen is open for residents to use on the weekend.  The food for weekend preparation is stocked by the Murray Kitchen Managers. Residents are expected to help with kitchen maintenance (hashing) one weekend each quarter.  Located on the Westside of campus, Murray House is surrounded by the natural beauty of Governor's Corner with access to a number of hiking/running trails. Additionally, the house is in walking distance to the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center at Roble Field.

Resident Fellows

Resident Fellow Names: 
Matthew Snipp

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Matt is a professor of sociology and has been at Stanford since 1996. He is also the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity.  Before moving to Stanford, he was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison.  He has been a Research Fellow at the U.S. Bureau of the Census and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  Professor Snipp has published 3 books and over 70 articles and book chapters on demography, economic development, poverty and unemployment.  His current research and writing deals with the methodology of racial measurement, changes in the social and economic well-being of American ethnic minorities, and American Indian education.  For nearly ten years, he served as an appointed member of the Census Bureau’s Racial and Ethnic Advisory Committee.  He also has been involved with several advisory working groups evaluating the 2000 census, three National Academy of Science panels focused on the 2010 and 2020 censuses.  He also has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics as well as an elected member of the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research’s Council.  He holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison

Matt has 2 children:  Charlie is 15 and he enjoys video games, attends Gunn High School and runs on the cross-country and track teams.  Josie is 12 and attends Terman Middle school.  She is an avid reader and loves musical theatre and art. She is also a devoted cat lover and belongs to Cutie, the Murray dorm cat.  Cutie can be found in the RF apartment at all hours of the day and night.

Community Information

Residence Type: 
Upper Class

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What’s the coolest thing about your house and community?

The coolest thing about Murray is that there are so many different people there. Murray doesn’t have a “reputation” so it doesn’t attract just one type of person. There are people of all classes (except freshmen), all social groups, from all over the country and world and it really makes Murray a special place.

What qualities make a successful Murray staff team member? 

A successful staff member (RA in particular) at Murray has to be creative in putting on programming that appeals to all these diverse interests. In addition, I think it’s really important that a staff member should want to get to know all of these different types of people, because that sets the tone for the house and brings people together. Additionally, a successful Murray staff team member is someone who is relaible and wants to build  the sense of community in the House. 

What’s your favorite event or tradition in your house? 

My favorite event that Murray does is (Un)Special D. Murray’s chef, Raj, is amazing and cooks incredible food for Special D. It’s great to see almost the entire dorm in the dining room eating, talking, and enjoying each other’s company.


Information Regarding the In-House Draw in Murray House

Murray House will be asking draw mates pairs to choose rooms on different floors/wings from their other pair during the In House Draw in May/June 2018.  This is to promote an inclusive Murray community where residents are encouraged to engage with the broad and diverse range of students living in the house.

Kitchen/Dining responsibilities

Murray residents are required to sign-up for and complete hashing assignments as determined by the DKMs (Dining Kitchen Managers).  Normally this will be once per quarter.  Residents can invite five guests for a meal per quarter in the house dining room.


House Staff

Community Resident Assistant (RA)
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