Each and every point made by Senator Palpatine, including the personal attacks, we have made in person. In dining halls, we laugh off “SMD is crazy,” but over email, we trip over ourselves to suspend people for violating the Fundamental Standard.
ASSU Vice President and current Executive candidate Stewart MacGregor-Dennis ‘13, along with a friend whom he declined to name, has paid for over $2,000 of personal and ASSU-related services through an ODesk account, including one task that involved giving access to student names and emails to third-party contractors to aggregate the data.
This year’s ASSU Executive candidates sparred Monday night during a debate at the CoHo co-sponsored by The Daily and The Stanford Review. Slates Zimbroff-Wagstaff, Open Source Candidates and Macgregor-Dennis & Druthi participated, while a fourth and fifth slate, Family Matters and Mwaura-Mbatia, dropped out of the presidential race fewer than 24 hours before the event.
For all that Michael Cruz’s ASSU Executive team aimed to accomplish this year, it has fallen short on at least one expressed goal: “connecting better with students.” Compared to the standard set by last year’s executive team, led by President Angelina Cardona, it is hard to see how this year’s team is “connecting better.”
The ASSU recently approved its budget for the 2011-2012 academic year, with major changes occurring in its appropriations for discretionary funding. Presidential discretionary spending rose by 31 percent and Graduate Student Council (GSC) discretionary spending swelled by 83 percent under the new budget.