Despite having passed over 40 pieces of legislation during its term thus far, the 13th ASSU Undergraduate Senate has struggled to make an impact this year due to bureaucratic gridlock, opposition from University officials and inconsistency in following its own legislation. The Senate’s actions have proven largely internal or ineffectual – a far cry from the representatives’ platforms touting transparency, accountability and student life issues.
Student entrepreneurs from the Stanford StartX accelerator gathered at a panel Wednesday night to share insights from their experiences developing companies. The event was a part of Stanford’s Entrepreneurship Week, which runs from Feb. 27 to March 7 and aims to showcase the best of entrepreneurship in the Stanford community.
Student-group leaders and financial officers have increasingly voiced their frustration concerning Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) banking process, with some students reporting delays of up to four months before receiving compensation for expenses they paid out-of-pocket on behalf of a group.
Against the advice of Neveen Mahmoud ’11, the CEO of Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) and the financial manager for the ASSU, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate passed a bill Tuesday authorizing the allocation of $35,000 from the Undergraduate Special Buffer Fund to the Stanford Concert Network. The Graduate Student Council (GSC) will consider the bill tomorrow.
Technical and organizational challenges have delayed the launch of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate website, limiting access to the Senate’s proceedings, bills and funding decisions, all of which are required by ASSU bylaws to be publicly available.
Public scrutiny over a report confirming that Google Inc. spent $5.4 million on lobbying in Washington D.C. in the first three quarters of 2011 has raised awareness among students and faculty about the influence that Google and other high-tech companies wield at Stanford.
There’s no doubt that the ASSU is a part of every Stanford student’s life—every student is a member, pays fees as a part of tuition and benefits from the activities funded by these fees. But the legal standing of the ASSU relative to the University lies in a gray area.