While graduate student voter turnout increased slightly this year compared to 2012, fourteen graduate students were elected to Graduate Student Council (GSC) seats in this year’s ASSU elections, with the Graduate School of Business (GSB)’s seat still pending because of a five-way tie — with one write-in vote each — for first place.
As voting in the 2013 ASSU elections nears an end, the Executive slate of Dan Ashton ’14 and Billy Gallagher ’14 have distanced themselves from an endorsement by The Stanford Review, after the publication of a controversial opinions piece critical of the Students of Color Coalition (SOCC).
With the buzz on campus about the amount of money that voluntary student organizations (VSOs) receive from students through the special fees process, Paul Benigeri ’15 has a simple solution—a computer script allowing students to opt out of the special fees process.
In an engaged and occasionally bizarre debate on Monday night at the CoHo, this year’s three ASSU Executive candidate slates discussed and sparred over supporting mental health initiatives on campus, increasing student feedback in administrative decisions and improving the reputation of the ASSU.
With ASSU elections set to take place at the end of this week, many campus groups have already issued endorsements for candidates who best share their values. In recent years, no such group has been as influential or successful as the Students of Color Coalition (SOCC).
While prospective undergraduate senators lobby for votes and student groups flyer for special fees, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) is struggling to do something much more elementary: finding enough candidates to fill elected positions and looking to turn around an institutional history of low interest and accomplishment.