Last week, The Daily’s editorial board met with new University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne to discuss his transition to Stanford and his hopes for his tenure, as well as his perspective on current campus issues such as alcohol and sexual assault. During our conversation, Tessier-Lavigne expressed repeatedly his desire to better engage with students and collaborate in developing constructive policies; as a group, we noted that while students and administrators both care about the well-being of the Stanford community, failures in communication have led to controversy and student discontent over the past year.
This has been one of the most eventful Dead Weeks during our time at this university, and the decisions made by the administration in the past few days have left us asking if Stanford cares at all about its students, our well-being or the issues that matter to us.
For the fall 2016 Dead Week issue, each member of the Editorial Board wrote about The Daily’s personal importance to them. The Vol. 250 Editorial Board comprises five members: head copy editor Stephanie Chen ’18, executive editor Will Ferrer ’18, editor-in-chief Kylie Jue ’17, managing editor of Opinions Michael Gioia ’17 and former editor-in-chief Andrew Vogeley ’17.
Today, we have elected a tyrant. This is our fault. This is our burden. We did this, America. The votes have been tallied, the last states declared. There is no denying that this, the election of Donald J. Trump to the nation’s highest office, was what we, the people of the United States, wanted.
After several editorial meetings, however, it became clear that we were discussing the issue of FMOTQ not because of the working group’s resolutions but because we were perturbed by said group’s very existence. We had, in effect, been galvanized into developing an “official opinion” by the simple announcement of a University-led conversation on FMOTQ, a topic on which 88 percent of students had already made up their minds.
On Monday, the University announced that, beginning this fall, hard alcohol will be prohibited at all undergraduate parties and distilled liquor containers will be restricted to those under 750 mL (a “fifth”). In his email to the student body, Vice Provost of Student Affairs Greg Boardman presented the policy as “an opportunity to embrace new cultural norms,” aimed at improving campus drinking culture and reducing alcohol misuse at Stanford.