At their last meeting before the ASSU’s spring elections, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate debated the possibility of altering the body’s bylaws to allow future senators to study abroad during their term.
The 50 undergraduate and five joint VSOs seeking special fees on April 11 and 12 have all put forward budgets exceeding the $6,000 limit granted by the general fees process.
As the number of students seeking elected office in the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) continues to decline, current ASSU officers have expressed concern about the trend’s significance for the future of Stanford’s student government.
At a meeting that lasted over two and a half hours, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate approved 46 special fees funding bills, gave feedback to representatives of the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) and put a bill on previous notice that, if passed, will urge the Board of Trustees to reevaluate Stanford’s endowment investments.
During a time of funding shortfalls for universities and student groups across the country, the ASSU has not only avoided running a deficit, but has continued to add to its $1.2 million general fees reserves and buffer funds – in large part because it seldom fully spends the money it receives from student fees.