Winter break did not put a freeze on #BlackLivesMatter protests for Stanford students who returned home for the holidays.
With special elections a day away, Senators and ASSU executives stressed the need for sustained advocacy for the funding reform bill on the ballot at Tuesday night’s meeting of the Undergraduate Senate.
With the Undergraduate Senate preparing for the December Special Elections, funding reform was the main topic of discussion at the Senate meeting Tuesday night.
After successfully overriding the ASSU executives’ veto over the weekend, the Undergraduate Senate met Tuesday night to discuss, among other things, the possibility of holding a special election to address funding issues.
Despite ratifying the bill allowing the Senate to use up to $150,000 from Special Fees reserves to supplement the General Fee, a few of the senators felt the need to loosen the belt on their tight budget.
Within a campus culture that emphasizes physical fitness and activity, one subset of the campus population faces added pressures to maintain a physical form at a higher level: student-athletes.
With demands to perform for the most successful athletic program in the country, some Stanford student-athletes find themselves concerned with body image issues. And some of these student athletes raise concerns about the culture of eating disorders and the resources and support provided by the University and athletic department to deal with them.
The discussion question posed to the attendees were the following: How should Senate prioritize events to fund? Is it fair for groups to be able to build up reserves? Should Stanford try to lower activities fees?
The Senate discussed rules about going abroad, funding for students groups and updates to myGroups during its Oct. 21 meeting.
ASSU Financial Manager Frederik Groce ’14 reported that there has been an increase in the number of students requesting of waivers to opt-out of student activities fees, with 8.4 percent of undergraduates opting out compared to the 6.2 percent who opted out last year. Groce attributed this increase to the growing awareness of this option on campus.