The 13th Undergraduate Senate held its last meeting Tuesday night, followed immediately by a meeting of the newly confirmed 14th Undergraduate Senate. After electing a new chair and deputy chair, the newly elected Senate’s first order of business was to unanimously approve $1,000 in discretionary spending for the legislative body’s retreat.
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.
The ASSU has offered to subsidize residence-financed trips to Saturday’s football game at the University of Southern California (USC) last weekend. Students’ whose trips, which were individually organized, or not officially financed by residences, are not eligible for ASSU sponsorship.
Stanford’s biannual Splash! Program attracted more than 1,500 middle and high schoolers to campus this weekend to attend a range of about 300 Stanford student-taught classes, from “The Philosophy of Star Wars” to “How to Curl Your Hair with a Straightener” to even “Getting Free Money from Safeway Using Coupons.”
The Division of Internal Review (DIR) faced a major setback at the Undergraduate Senate meeting Tuesday night; a bill to establish the group also failed after more than an hour of debate.