The ASSU Governing Documents Commission (GDC) concluded a series of public feedback sessions on a new draft of the ASSU Constitution Monday evening. Although no non-ASSU-affiliated students attended the final feedback session, the GDC’s co-chairs — ASSU President Michael Cruz ’12 and ASSU Parliamentarian and Senator Alex Kindel ’14 — said they are happy with the constitution’s direction and are optimistic about its chances of being passed by the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council (GSC). If approved by these bodies, the new constitution will require two-thirds approval by students on the spring campus-wide ballot.
With eight weeks remaining in their term, the ASSU Undergraduate Senators debated at their Tuesday night meeting how to allocate the $5,800 remaining in their discretionary fund. Since only eight of the 15 Senators attended the meeting, a lack of quorum at moments during the meeting prevented the Senate from voting on several of its action items.
The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is moving forward with plans to double the size of its facilities following rezoning approval from the Palo Alto City Council on Feb. 13. The proposed three-story building will add around 46,000 square feet of floor area and enough rooms for 68 additional families every night. The House currently accommodates 47 families and operates at capacity nearly every night.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate passed a bill during its Tuesday meeting exempting The Stanford Daily from the ASSU constitutional mandate requiring student groups to bank through Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE). Following a debate that spanned three Senate meetings, although most agreed with the preservation of The Daily’s current banking system, senators disagreed about the bill’s provisions.
Student-group leaders and financial officers have increasingly voiced their frustration concerning Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) banking process, with some students reporting delays of up to four months before receiving compensation for expenses they paid out-of-pocket on behalf of a group.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate unanimously passed the Calling for Action to Restore Decency and Equality in Non-accessible Language Courses (CARDINAL) Act Tuesday. The bill urges the Language Center to take immediate action in revising its attendance policy, which deducts two percentage points from a student’s final grade for every absence, regardless of the justification for missing class.
Against the advice of Neveen Mahmoud ’11, the CEO of Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) and the financial manager for the ASSU, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate passed a bill Tuesday authorizing the allocation of $35,000 from the Undergraduate Special Buffer Fund to the Stanford Concert Network. The Graduate Student Council (GSC) will consider the bill tomorrow.