While Jane Stanford was instrumental in founding Stanford as a coeducational university, her commitment to gender equality had a clear limit.
Given the urgency of this matter and the university’s continued silence, it’s now up to students to hold them accountable for protecting our futures and doing what’s right. We must add to Fossil Free’s growing momentum and bring the issue of divestment to the forefront to make it as difficult as possible for Stanford to ignore our demands.
During contract negotiations this summer between Stanford University and SEIU Local 2007, Stanford’s service workers union, SEIU explicitly asked Stanford to address its members lack of access to affordable housing during an undeniable crisis. Yet Stanford has done next to nothing to address this crisis.
A week ago in Halle, Germany, a gunman killed two people outside of a synagogue after attempting and failing to gain access to the building, where the congregation inside was just beginning Yom Kippur services. I had left Germany 24 hours before this shooting.
For most of my life, I’ve felt empowered by rap music. Growing up just outside of Detroit, I was motivated by Michigan rappers like Eminem, Big Sean, and NF, all hard-hitting lyricists. I idolized these people, aspiring to their work ethic. But after one last stretch, I’ve come to seriously doubt what they’re saying.
For me, though, this start of the new quarter represents the dawn of year six, and brings to my mind the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
Stanford said that she could use language from the Statement, but not the words she wanted. It proposed other words. What’s wrong with that? What is wrong is that the “uplifting” words Stanford prefers are wrenched out of their context in order to make them say something they do not say at all.
Each of these bills had the potential to provide some benefit to society – some corrected historical wrongs while others aimed to improve government functioning or enhance the lifestyle of certain subgroups. But are they important enough, impactful enough to make the 115th Congress’ top 400 enacted laws? Would you want your representative or party spending their political capital to pass them?