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GDC abandons push to place ASSU Constitution on ballot

Amidst mounting criticism and concerns, the ASSU Governing Documents Commission (GDC) decided to cease attempts to ratify a proposed new ASSU Constitution this election season. The decision was made shortly after a March 19 Joint Legislative Meeting, in which the Undergraduate Senate and the Graduate Student Council (GSC) did not provide the two-thirds majority in each legislative body required to place the Constitution on the spring ballot.

New ASSU Constitution faces review

The ASSU Governing Documents Commission (GDC) concluded a series of public feedback sessions on a new draft of the ASSU Constitution Monday evening. Although no non-ASSU-affiliated students attended the final feedback session, the GDC’s co-chairs — ASSU President Michael Cruz ’12 and ASSU Parliamentarian and Senator Alex Kindel ’14 — said they are happy with the constitution’s direction and are optimistic about its chances of being passed by the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council (GSC). If approved by these bodies, the new constitution will require two-thirds approval by students on the spring campus-wide ballot.

McDonald House receives zoning approval

The Ronald McDonald House at Stanford is moving forward with plans to double the size of its facilities following rezoning approval from the Palo Alto City Council on Feb. 13. The proposed three-story building will add around 46,000 square feet of floor area and enough rooms for 68 additional families every night. The House currently accommodates 47 families and operates at capacity nearly every night.

ASSU Senate concludes debate on banking waiver

The ASSU Undergraduate Senate passed a bill during its Tuesday meeting exempting The Stanford Daily from the ASSU constitutional mandate requiring student groups to bank through Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE). Following a debate that spanned three Senate meetings, although most agreed with the preservation of The Daily’s current banking system, senators disagreed about the bill’s provisions.