The ASSU Undergraduate Senate voted Tuesday evening against a bill proposed by Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) urging the Board of Trustees to reconsider investments in companies that they said violate human rights and international law.
After five weeks in office, ASSU President Robbie Zimbroff ’12 and Vice President William Wagstaff ’12 have yet to make cabinet staffing decisions. According to Zimbroff, the two have been working on completing administrative tasks and will begin tackling larger initiatives during the summer.
Following a report commissioned earlier this year, the ASSU assembled a working group to review use of student union spaces. The group has since launched several initiatives to repurpose spaces in Old Union and surrounding buildings and has encouraged further use of union spaces.
Recently elected ASSU President Robbie Zimbroff ‘12 said that he believes the 2012-2013 ASSU representatives should adopt an approach that is more cooperative and less politicized than that of previous representatives when interacting with University administrators.
Today in White Plaza, the Stanford Israel Alliance celebrates the founding of the Jewish state of Israel, 64 years ago. We will not be celebrating Israel’s policies or borders, but rather its existence – the visceral manifestation of the Jewish right to a national homeland. May we one day soon be able to celebrate too a Palestinian Day of Independence, one which from that point forward will mark a peaceful future of self-determination and coexistence for all the peoples of the Holy Land.
Stanford is not removed from this debate; rather, our investments are actively serving to perpetuate this conflict, which harms all parties in the region.