The 20th Undergraduate Senate narrowly voted to reconsider the funding status of three campus groups that submitted late requests for standard grant funding — The Stanford Daily, MINT Magazine and The Arab Students Association — in a heated and long-running meeting on Tuesday.
On Tuesday night, the Senate condemned Stanford College Republicans (SCR) for inviting Robert Spencer to an ASSU-funded event but did not revoke funding. Spencer, the co-founder of the organizations Stop Islamization of America and the American Freedom Defense Initiative, will be speaking at Stanford on Nov. 14 by invitation from SCR.
In its ninth meeting, the 19th Undergraduate Senate discussed campus policies and resources for students with disabilities, heard proposals for a community town hall on the social and political climate at Stanford and voted on funding requests from student groups.
Though most students know that the bulk of Senate funds go to student groups, fewer are familiar with the funding machinery behind the programming — and the challenges that come with stretching the dollar across the over 700 registered student organizations.
19 student groups submitted 20 applications requesting $100,000 in winter funding.
Senator Ashley Harris ’15 has been absent from both of the Senate’s first on-campus meetings this year. Additionally, President Robbie Zimbroff ’12 and Vice President William Wagstaff ’12 were also absent, and thus unable to give an executive update.
In the end, ASSU self-actualization has to be a two-way exchange.
Former senator and Appropriations Chair Anton Zietsman ’12 blasted the committee’s efforts — insufficient efforts, new chair Rafael Vasquez ’12 admitted — to publicize the period last week when student groups could seek early discretionary funding.