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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,…

Controversial Cardinal Conversations speaker Murray sparks peaceful anti-racist rally

Controversial social scientist Charles Murray and Freeman Spogli Institute senior fellow Francis Fukuyama discussed inequality and populism at the Hoover Institute on Thursday night in the second of four Cardinal Conversations, a program that aims to promote open political discourse on campus.

The event had visibly low attendance, with most of the back segment — around 100 seats — of the 400-person auditorium unfilled. Towards the front of the room, multiple reserved seats were left empty, as were several in the first row.

Meanwhile, across the street at the History Corner, “Take Back The Mic” counter-programming protested Murray and statements he has made regarding the relationship between class, race and intelligence.

ASSU hopes to increase civic engagement with new initiatives

This year, the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Elections Commission has made substantial revisions to the elections process, most notably with the introduction of Qualtrics, an online platform that the University uses for administrative surveys. For the first time, individualized links to ballots will be sent to each student’s email. Other additions to the voting process include reminder tables on voting days, hosted debates for the executive slates and dinner discussions between voters and candidates.