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.
The ASSU Senate voted last Tuesday to reconsider a funding request by Kappa Alpha Theta (Theta) for Theta Breakers, giving the sorority two days' notice to prepare their defense. Theta Breakers is Theta’s annual 5k and 10k walk/run, which raises money for Child Advocates of Silicon Valley. On Sept. 30, the Senate approved Theta’s funding for $5,566.74 after inquiring about the nature of the philanthropy event, its fundraising efforts and its Stanford-affiliated attendance. However, the Appropriations Committee, chaired by Jackson Beard ’17, felt that the discussion during the Senate meeting was not “sufficient,” and requested the vote for reconsideration at the Oct. 7 meeting.
As part of The Daily's ASSU coverage, we will be posting highlights from each week’s Senate meeting.
As part of the Daily's coverage of the ASSU, we will be posting highlights from the week's Senate meeting.
For the members of Stanford Jump Rope, jumping rope is not about skipping their feet to the beat of a schoolyard rhyme. Jumping rope is their art, their sport.
Many a Stanford student goes through their time on campus, perceiving the ASSU as some enigmatic, mystical organization doing important things and making important decisions on behalf of the student body.
Some brief anecdotes from students whose Stanford experience has been impacted by Finnegan, the recently deceased Rinconada family cat:
With just one year of development under its belt, the Stanford student-founded group PCTRS (Photography Competing to Raise Support) has reached new heights with its second annual photo contest.
On Thursday evening at CEMEX Auditorium, Glenn Singleton M.A. ‘93, an award-winning author and former admissions director of the University of Pennsylvania, discussed race at Stanford during “Courageous Conversations,” an event hosted by the Stanford National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4,1968 had a ricocheting effect across the world and especially at Stanford. Although tragic, his death created an impetus for Stanford’s Black Student Union (BSU) to create change on campus.
Wood paneling decorates the Center for Inter-Religious Community, Learning and Experiences (CIRCLE)’s sanctuary room, which is flooded with natural sunlight spilling into the room through the sanctuary’s wide windows. While the room has an air of spirituality that is both comforting and respectful, what truly marks the space as a home for inter-religious community, learning…