The Task Force’s achievement of pushing through the inertia and presenting a comprehensive proposal is no small feat, but it’s also far from the end of the road. The next step is implementation, and, more importantly, research to understand how we can design the policies to reflect the standards we expect as members of the Stanford community.
The five challengers and two incumbents that follow merit The Daily’s endorsement because they all demonstrate a strong understanding of the Senate, its function and its role in student life: Matthew Cohen '18, Hattie Gawande '18, Gabriel Knight '17, Malcolm Lizzappi '17, Pablo Lozano '18, Justice Tention '18, David Wintermeyer '17.
The Stanford Daily Editorial Board endorses the slate with the most detailed policy goals and deepest understanding of the mental health crisis on campus for ASSU Executive: Nikos Liodakis and Dottie Jones.
Our criticism of the University’s inability to keep up with mental health resource demand is not meant to be a criticism of the integral role that CAPS currently plays on campus: it remains an accessible, 24-hour resource that has helped thousands of Stanford students. The existing demand for CAPS is a testament to how important of a role CAPS plays in the Stanford community. At the same time, it remains true that Stanford’s mental health infrastructure can no longer fully meet demand.
Finding answers about our role in society and searching for the sense of fulfillment Singer writes of should be a central goal of an undergraduate education. Fostering a campus culture where more students are excited to serve others, in our view, is an essential aspect of that. We, as members of the Stanford community, have the responsibility to make this happen.
Sudden intervention from above, with no accountability and no answers, is antithetical to Residential Education’s mission. ResEd must see from the ensuing chaos – both in Cedro and elsewhere – that they made the wrong choice.