The Diversity and Advocacy Committee plans to advocate for affordability and accessibility using data collected by the University.
Now effectively forced to enter the graduate housing draw following the last-minute change, some coterms are unsure of whether they will be able to afford the higher cost of Stanford graduate housing, while others worry that they may not even receive on-campus housing at all.
R&DE representatives said that they are preparing for a seamless transition between the current system and the third-party vendor. However, each additional day that the mail situation remains unresolved acutely impacts the graduate student community.
Jason Anderson, a second-year aeronautics and astronautics Ph.D. student, and Chloe Glikbarg ’21 M.S. ’22 will fill the council's remaining open seats.
The controversy stems from a satirical flyer Nicholas Wallace J.D. ’21 sent to a law school mailing list on Jan. 25, advertising a fictitious event that lampooned the Stanford Federalist Society. Despite lifting the hold, Stanford continues to face intensifying questions over the bounds of free speech on campus and its enforcement of policies.
Former ASSU vice president Cricket Bidleman ’21 M.A. ’22, Ph.D. student Jason Anderson and Chloe Glikbarg ’21 M.S. ’22 are running for the two open seats, but a failure to reach quorum meant the vote was postponed until later this month.
The council’s support of the resolution comes weeks after it was passed in the Undergraduate Senate, solidifying student government’s call for change to the University’s standardized testing policies.
In the 2020-21 academic year, salaried graduate students working as teaching assistants or research assistants shelled out approximately 40% of their salary to Stanford to cover on-campus housing costs each quarter.
Although Stanford will hold a university-wide in-person commencement, the decision to allow the GSB its own in-person ceremony has drawn the consternation of students in other schools, who have called the exception “a slap in the face” to excluded graduate student communities.
The induction ceremony, where 13 new and returning councilors were sworn in, came approximately one week after the results of this year’s general election were announced.
The certification comes in the wake of historically low voter turnout across the board, and especially within the graduate student body. The record-low turnout within the graduate student voting population fell between five and seven percent for amendments on the ballot.
The GSC, which has struggled to gain visibility within the graduate student community during the COVID-19 pandemic, faced low turnout and several unexpected elections. Only 8.74% of the graduate community voted in the election, a figure considerably lower than last year’s 23.02% turnout, and one-third of the elected officials were written in.
The resolution is the latest in student activism against the University’s decision to cut its only salaried Cantonese language lectureship last December.
The decentralization of different graduate programs, coupled with a communication bottleneck, has resulted in a perennial struggle to gain awareness and active participation within the GSC — a problem that has been exacerbated by the pandemic, according to former and current councilors.
Thursday night might have been the end of the road for the Stanford men’s volleyball program as the Cardinal (3-13, 3-13 MPSF) dropped a quarterfinal elimination match to No. 5 Pepperdine (12-5, 11-5 MPSF) in a 3-1 loss.
Graduate students will vote in a new council starting on April 29 as part of the Associated Students of Stanford University general election. The results will be announced on May 3.
Stanford's Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) pushed back on the GSC's petition to freeze EVGR rent, saying that the rent hikes are necessary to meet the University’s funding needs for housing.
Graduate student workers, who make up a large proportion of the graduate student population and are considered University employees, have turned to Stanford administration in search of clearer guidance, but many are dissatisfied with how vague the University’s advice has been.
Stanford administration and legislative bodies alike have responded to the alarming uptick in hate crimes against Asian communities with condemnations of anti-Asian racism and statements of solidarity. At Wednesday’s meeting, the GSC committed to building on those efforts and talked through ways to move toward immediate actionable change.
Stanford men’s volleyball returned to Palo Alto empty-handed after a road trip that saw the Cardinal (1-13, 1-13 MPSF) drop three matches in quick succession to USC (5-8, 5-8 MPSF).