By a margin of less than 0.5 percent — 19 votes — in the final count, Erica Scott ’20 and Isaiah Drummond ’20 were elected Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) executives over Kimiko Hirota ’20 and Bryce Tuttle ’20.
At only 34.3 percent total voter turnout, the election saw only half of undergraduates participating, and only 21.9 percent of the graduate student population — numbers lower than last year’s 57.4 percent and 34.1 percent, respectively.
Four out of the five Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Executive slates gathered in the Black Community Services Center on Sunday afternoon to debate some of the University’s most pressing issues, from mental health services to campus social life.
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.
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.
On Wednesday night, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) passed a resolution to support professional development opportunities for University service workers. The resolution passed in the Undergraduate Senate on Tuesday night.
In their Tuesday night meeting meeting, the 18th Undergraduate Senate tabled the “Full House” Bill and discussed a bill to set up a joint committee on sexual violence with the Graduate Student Council.
The 17th Undergraduate Senate met on Tuesday night to discuss retroactive non-funding, the Fair Trade resolution, and Senators’ ex-officio status.