Provost John Etchemendy Ph. D ’82 and President John Hennessy have both expressed concern for Stanford’s campus culture in the last day.
Sexual assault and mental health are just two of the issues student’s face that are not going away overnight. They require vast amounts of energy, time, and effort. As we continue to push for solutions, we need to include as many perspectives as possible; the inclusion of a strong, female perspective will be critical.
The Daily’s coverage of the 2015 ASSU Executive and Senate elections.
Stanford needs to know that the mental health of the student body is in crisis, and this crisis needs to be addressed. The ASSU is a limited body, but it isn’t a powerless one. Let’s use the resources we do have to tirelessly advocate for these issues, and actually get something done.
While we appreciate the commitment to reform and support the proposed amendment, we question the decision to set the special election for Dec. 4 and Dec. 5 because it leaves unsatisfactory time for meaningful debate about the bill. Furthermore, holding the election during Dead Week — as students are focusing on exams and finishing the quarter — may limit voter turnout and thereby threaten the bill’s chance of passing.
Stanford African Students Association (SASA) was one of only two student organizations not granted special fees by Stanford’s student body in the ASSU Elections last week. As leaders of SASA, we were heartbroken to find that we fell only 0.76 percent short of the required 15 percent of student support in order to receive special fees. Our annual flagship event, the African Cultural Show, happens to be this Friday, April 18 at 6 P.M. in CEMEX Auditorium. If you think SASA deserved special fees, or if you’re unsure or don’t know enough, come check it out.
The greatest obstacles our nation faces today are its uninformed electorate and its tendency to allow others to do our research and thinking for us. After witnessing the ASSU Elections last week, I realized campus politics were the perfect case study for these same problems. If we truly want to see change in our country, we need to care enough to do our own research, verify the facts with multiple sources and vote intelligently.
Last week’s ASSU election was the loudest I’ve seen in a while. I’ve heard accusations of racism, ad hominem attacks and cute marketing campaigns. My dorm email list was shut down because of the political flame wars, and from what I’ve seen of other chats, mine was one of the quieter ones. But let me try to put the ASSU election in perspective.