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<p>Mr and Mrs. LELAND STANFORD</p> <p> Seorang Ibu yang memakai gaun yang sudah kusam warnanya berjalan bergandengan dengan suaminya yang juga berpakaian sederhana dan usang, mereka turun dari kereta api di Boston, dan berjalan dengan malu-malu menuju kantor Pimpinan Harvard University. Mereka membuat janji untuk bertemu. Sang sekretaris Universitas berfikir bahwa mereka ini adalah orang kampung, udik, sehingga tidak mungkin ada urusan yang penting di Harvard University dan bahkan mungkin tidak pantas berada di Cambridge.<br /> “Kami ingin bertemu Pimpinan Harvard”, kata Bapak Tua itu lembut kepada Sekretaris Universitas.<br /> “Bapak Pimpinan hari ini sibuk,” jawab sang Sekretaris tegas.<br /> “Kami akan menunggunya ,” jawab si Ibu.</p> <p> Selama 4 jam sekretaris itu mengabaikan pasangan suami istri itu, dengan harapan bahwa pasangan tersebut akhirnya akan kecewa dan pergi. Tetapi nyatanya tidak. Sang sekretaris mulai frustrasi, dan selanjutnya dia memutuskan untuk melaporkan kepada pemimpin universitas.<br /> “Mungkin jika Anda menemui mereka selama beberapa menit, mereka akan pergi Pak,” ujar sekretaris kepada sang Pimpinan Harvard. Si pimpinan menghela nafas dengan geram dan menyetujui untuk bertemu dengan sepasang suami istri itu. Orang sepenting dia pasti tidak punya waktu untuk mereka. Dan ketika dia melihat dua orang yang mengenakan baju kusam dan pakaian usang di luar kantornya, rasa tidak senangnya mulai muncul.<br /> Sang Pemimpin Harvard, dengan wajah emosi menuju pasangan tersebut.<br /> “ Ada perlu apa Bapak dan Ibu ?!”<br /> “ Ibu itu menjawabnya, “Kami memiliki seorang putra yang kuliah tahun pertama di Harvard. Dia sangat menyukai Harvard dan bahagia di sini. Tetapi setahun yang lalu, putra kami itu meninggal karena kecelakaan. Kami ingin mendirikan peringatan untuknya, di suatu tempat di kampus ini, Mohon Bapak Pimpinan mengijinkan ?” pinta ibu itu, dengan tatapan mata yang sangat berharap.</p> <p> Sang Pemimpin Harvard tidak juga tersentuh hatinya, wajahnya bahkan memerah. Dia tampak terkejut.<br /> “Nyonya,”!!! katanya dengan kasar, “Kita tidak bisa mendirikan tugu untuk setiap orang yang masuk Harvard dan meninggal. Kalau kita lakukan itu, tempat ini sudah akan penuh seperti kuburan.”</p> <p> “Oh, bukan,” Si Ibu menjelaskan dengan cepat, “Kami tidak ingin mendirikan tugu peringatan. Kami ingin memberikan sebuah gedung untuk Universitas Harvard ini.”<br /> Sang Pemimpin Harvard memutar matanya. Dia menatap sekilas pada baju pudar dan pakaian usang yang mereka kenakan dan berteriak, “Sebuah gedung?! Apakah kalian tahu berapa harga sebuah gedung ?! Kami mengeluarkan dana lebih dari 7,5 juta dolar hanya untuk bangunan fisik di universitas Harvard.” Untuk beberapa saat si Ibu terdiam, Sang Pemimpin Harvard terlihat senang karena merasa berhasil memarahi pasangan suami istri itu dan selanjutnya dia berfikir bahwa pasangan itu aka segera keluar dari ruangannya. Si Ibu menoleh pada suaminya dan berkata pelan, “Kalau hanya sebesar itu biaya untuk membuka sebuah universitas, mengapa tidak kita buat universitas sendiri saja?” Suaminya mengangguk. Raut muka sang Pemimpin Harvard menampakkan kebingungan.</p> <p> Mr. dan Mrs. Leland Stanford bangkit dan berjalan pergi, melakukan perjalanan ke Palo Alto, California, di sana mereka mendirikan sebuah Universitas yang menyandang nama mereka, sebuah peringatan untuk seorang anak yang tidak lagi diperdulikan oleh Harvard. Universitas tersebut adalah Stanford University, salah satu universitas favorit kelas atas di Amerika Serikat.</p> <p> Kita, seperti pimpinan Harvard itu, selalu terlalu gampang menilai orang lain dari penampilannya, padahal kita tidak tau pasti hal apa yang terdapat di dalamnya. Don’t Judge a book by the cover adalah istilah yang menganjurkan kita untuk tidak menilai buku dari melihat sampulnya atau dengan kata lain tidak gampang menghakimi orang lain dengan melihat sekilas.</p> <p> Firman TUHAN Sore Hari Ini terdapat dalam Roma 14:13 Karena itu janganlah kita saling menghakimi lagi! Tetapi lebih baik kamu menganut pandangan ini: Jangan kita membuat saudara kita jatuh atau tersandung!</p> <p> Yang suka dengan cerita ini dan berbahagia atas Kasih Karunia TUHAN katakan AMIN saudara.<br /> Cerita ini disadur dari Kisah Mr dan Mrs Leland Stanford dan sudah banyak versi terjemahan dan fersi cerita. Di edit ulang oleh Pakpahan Herman untu di bagikan.<br />  <br /> Above story is spread out in various article and internet but Stanfor University Official story is<br />  <br /><strong>The Birth of the University</strong><br />  <br /> In 1876, former California Governor Leland Stanford purchased 650 acres of Rancho San Francisquito for a country home and began the development of his famous Palo Alto Stock Farm. He later bought adjoining properties totaling more than 8,000 acres. The little town that was beginning to emerge near the land took the name Palo Alto (tall tree) after a giant California redwood on the bank of San Francisquito Creek. The tree itself is still there and would later become the university's symbol and centerpiece of its official seal<br />  <br /> Leland Stanford, who grew up and studied law in New York, moved West after the gold rush and, like many of his wealthy contemporaries, made his fortune in the railroads. He was a leader of the Republican Party, governor of California and later a U.S. senator. He and Jane had one son, who died of typhoid fever in 1884 when the family was traveling in Italy. Leland Jr. was just 15. Within weeks of his death, the Stanfords decided that, because they no longer could do anything for their own child, "the children of California shall be our children." They quickly set about to find a lasting way to memorialize their beloved son.<br />  <br /> The Stanfords considered several possibilities – a university, a technical school, a museum. While on the East Coast, they visited Harvard, MIT, Cornell and Johns Hopkins to seek advice on starting a new university in California. (<a href="http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/uarch/faq.html">See note regarding accounts of the Stanfords visit with Harvard President Charles W. Eliot</a>.) Ultimately, they decided to establish two institutions in Leland Junior's name - the University and a museum. From the outset they made some untraditional choices: the university would be coeducational, in a time when most were all-male; non-denominational, when most were associated with a religious organization; and avowedly practical, producing "cultured and useful citizens."<br /> On October 1, 1891, Stanford University opened its doors after six years of planning and building. The prediction of a New York newspaper that Stanford professors would "lecture in marble halls to empty benches" was quickly disproved. The first student body consisted of 555 men and women, and the original faculty of 15 was expanded to 49 for the second year. The university’s first president was David Starr Jordan, a graduate of Cornell, who left his post as president of Indiana University to join the adventure out West.<br />  <br /> The Stanfords engaged Frederick Law Olmsted, the famed landscape architect who created New York’s Central Park, to design the physical plan for the university. The collaboration was contentious, but finally resulted in an organization of quadrangles on an east-west axis. Today, as Stanford continues to expand, the university’s architects attempt to respect those original university plans.<br /><a href="http://www.stanford.edu/about/history/">http://www.stanford.edu/about/history/</a></p> <p> Were Leland and Jane Stanford snubbed by the president of Harvard University? Did Leland Jr. attend Harvard before his death in an accident?<br />  <br /> A widely-circulated tale describes Leland and Jane Stanford's supposed visit to Harvard University's president, dressed in a suit of homespun cloth and a faded gingham dress. Harvard's president, the story goes, rebuffed their offer of money for the University (to be given in memory of their son, Leland Jr.), and so the couple went west and founded Leland Stanford Junior University.<br />  <br /> Leland Stanford Junior was just short of his 16th birthday when he died of typhoid fever in Florence, Italy on March 13, 1884. He had not spent a year at Harvard before his death, nor was he "accidentally killed." Following Leland Junior's death, Leland and Jane Stanford determined to found an institution in his name that would serve the "children of California."<br />  <br /> Detained on the East Coast following their return from Europe, the Stanfords visited a number of universities and consulted with the presidents of each. The account of their visit with Charles W. Eliot at Harvard is actually recounted by Eliot himself in a letter sent to David Starr Jordan (Stanford's first president) in 1919. At the point the Stanfords met with Eliot they had not yet decided whether to establish a university, a technical school or a museum. Eliot recommended a university and told them the endowment should be $5 million. Accepted accounts indicate that Jane and Leland looked at each other and agreed they could manage that amount.<br />  <br /> The thought of Leland and Jane Stanford, by this time quite wealthy, arriving at Harvard in a homespun threadbare suit and faded gingham dress is amusing, but highly inaccurate. It also is unlikely that Leland Stanford, a former governor of California and well-known railroad baron, and his wife Jane were knowingly kept waiting outside Eliot's office. The Stanfords also visited Cornell, MIT, and Johns Hopkins.<br />  <br /> Leland and Jane Stanford established two institutions in Leland Junior's name - the University and the Museum, which was originally planned for San Francisco, but moved to adjoin the university.<br />  <br /><a href="http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/uarch/faq.html">http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/spc/uarch/faq.html</a><br />  <br />  </p>
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