This election cycle, undergraduate Senate candidates numbered just over half of what they did last year; while 40 students ran for Senate in 2016, only 24 ran in 2017, with only two senators running for reelection.
The problem now is that the reputation given by activists to the collective “administration” has stuck, even though the “Stanford” that activists fought against in 2014 is in many ways not the “Stanford” that we turn our sights to today.
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.
Stanford administration and faculty are working with the 18th Undergraduate Senate to build stronger communication with the student body through administrative office hours.
Stanford can sometimes seem more like a carefully constructed political system than an institution for higher learning. Its choice of leadership is only indirectly guided by student preferences. There’s a constant balancing act between guaranteeing the financial health of the institution and reflecting the beliefs and interests of its people. And indirect communication has fostered…
Residential Fellows (RFs) are expected to meet with Stanford’s administration on Tuesday to discuss the University’s alcohol policy.
Dear Editor: We wish to update the Stanford community on the discussion of the demands issued recently by the Who’s Teaching Us coalition. We want to emphasize that underlying these demands are important issues to which the university administration has been and will be devoting serious attention. Stanford is deeply committed to further strengthening diversity…