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Editorial Board: A murky future for the Undergraduate Senate

This spring, The Daily interviewed and reviewed the platforms of 17 candidates running for the position of ASSU Undergraduate Senator. Of them, we ultimately decided to endorse six — roughly a third of our applicant pool. However, our vetting process revealed a concerning level of dissonance between many candidates’ perception of the Senate, as well as institutional processes, and the realities of how student government functions and interfaces with the University at-large. We suspect this dissonance is precisely what feeds into what is widely considered to be an inefficient and uninformed elected Senate.

Senate sets goals for 2018-2019

In its second meeting, the 20th Undergraduate Senate discussed individual and committee goals for their upcoming term. The group approved all quick grant requests for several student organizations, including Stanford Women in Design, Arab Students Association and Society of Black Scientists and Engineers. The Senate first heard a report from ASSU Executive Shanta Katipamula ’19,…

KZSU to file Constitutional Council suit against Senate, Smith announces in Senate meeting

In the 21st meeting of the 19th Undergraduate Senate on Tuesday evening, KZSU general manager Caleb Smith ’17 M.A. ’18 announced that he will file a Constitutional Council suit against the Senate on behalf of the Stanford radio station. Smith, who is also a Daily staffer, alleges that the Senate violated a section of the Constitution that requires the location, time and agenda for ASSU meetings to be made publicly available.

Smith says that he should have been able to attend a meeting that determined the apportionment of funds recommended for KZSU between the undergraduate and graduate ballots.