After a charged three hour debate lasting past midnight Tuesday, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate rejected a bill expressing concern for the welfare of Fadi Quran ‘10, a Stanford alumnus arrested last week and since released in the West Bank, and urging the University to issue a statement on his behalf. Senators cited factual uncertainty, alleged anti-Israeli undercurrents and inadequate grounding for the resolution’s proposed measures as rationales for rejection. Among other issues addressed, the Senate also unanimously approved a bill supporting the continued independence of Chi Theta Chi (XOX).
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.
Last spring’s special fees election results have resulted in budgeting changes for several student groups, including those whose petitions were not approved.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate opened Tuesday night’s meeting with a discussion featuring Jeanette Smith-Laws, director of operations and student unions. After talking about how to better utilize spaces in Old Union and Tresidder, funding bills for various student groups were all passed unanimously, with only a few abstentions due to conflicts of interest with senators.
If you’ve followed our column over the past few months, you’ve probably noticed that we’re somewhat critical of several aspects of Stanford. We’ve tried to weigh in on the most controversial topics on campus, but as the joke goes about the liberal/conservative divide in Synergy being drawn around paper towels, conflicts on campus are on relatively few fringe questions.
Following this year’s elections, most campus publications received their special fees requests with the exception of the Stanford Chaparral and the Claw Magazine. These results have forced the latter groups to re-evaluate their budgets and develop new strategies for funding in the next year.