FLiCKS, a student group that offers free movies on campus, received $91,000—including $9,900 for officer salaries—in special fees funding last month, after the ASSU Undergraduate Senate had rejected the group’s fee request based in part on those salaries.
At its April 16 meeting, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate debated issues surrounding the policies and structure of the Senate, including the organization of committees, whether senators should be allowed to study abroad and how many Senate seats should be reserved for upperclassmen.
According to current and former senators, the current Senate’s lack of progress is merely symptomatic of broader issues — including almost-complete annual turnover, a lack of upperclassmen representation and structural limitations — that have annually hamstrung the Senate’s initiatives and blocked senators’ efforts to significantly improve student life.
At a meeting that lasted over two and a half hours, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate approved 46 special fees funding bills, gave feedback to representatives of the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) and put a bill on previous notice that, if passed, will urge the Board of Trustees to reevaluate Stanford’s endowment investments.
At its Feb. 12 meeting, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate approved a bill to lower the percent increase in funding that special fees groups can request without having to petition the student body.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate allocated grants to 12 student groups hosting winter quarter events this week, disbursing just under $50,000 as part of the Senate’s new initiative to reduce its buffer fund.