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.
The Stanford Store, a division of Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE) is on schedule to open at its new location at the former site of the Stanford Ticket Office on Feb. 24. SSE proposed the move last May as a response to lackluster sales at the store’s current location behind Tresidder Union.
Stanford Student Enterprises CEO Raj Bhandari M.S. ’10 encouraged councilmembers to spread the word about his job, which will become vacant when he steps down in June. He took over as CEO in July 2010.