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Undergraduate Senate, live up to the platform you’re afforded

Every Spring election season, bright-eyed freshmen, sponsored by campus coalitions, run for the ASSU Undergraduate Senate on idealistic platforms — with priorities ranging from free printing to Caltrain subsidies to additional community centers and even more drastic institutional reforms. Too often, after getting into office, Senators abandon these campaign initiatives, largely due to the their…

An open letter to Student Affairs: Craft better policy by releasing alcohol data to the campus community

Students entering Resident Assistant (RA) training this year were in for a surprise. Dozens watched as interim ResEd Dean Koren Bakkegard gave the students a first look at the new protocol ResEd was introducing to better enforce its alcohol policy. RAs would be charged with identifying “high-risk behaviors” and reporting them in a manner that…