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Chelsey Sveinsson

Senate denies bill to hold funding election

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.

The body issue: Why athletes feel the squeeze

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.

Oct. 14 ASSU Senate Recap

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.

ASSU Senate awards Theta Breakers funding after further discussion

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.

Award-winning author Singleton talks race on campus

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).

Religious spaces provide sanctuary for students

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…
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