The ASSU Undergraduate Senate will continue debate Tuesday on a much-anticipated campaign finance bill authored by Executives Angelina Cardona ’11 and Kelsei Wharton ’12. The bill, with the potential to reform the entire executive campaign process, would set executive-campaign spending caps and decrease the amount of funds offered through public financing if it can overcome concerns about enforcement and constitutionality.
It’s not unbelievable that the average Stanford student will have no clue what the Constitutional Council is, let alone who’s on it. The judicial body of the ASSU has a considerable influence: the right to interpret the ASSU constitution. Yet a case almost never arrives to the council’s docket.
In June, Brianna Pang ’13, Oz Hasbún ’13 and Alex Katz ’12 received an e-mail from ASSU president Angelina Cardona ’11 informing them of her intent to nominate them as members of the Constitutional Council, the judicial ruling body of the ASSU. Four months later, Pang, Hasbún and Katz each received another e-mail from Cardona, but this time with a different message: they had been replaced. Three new nominees, David Hoyt ’12, J’vona Ivory ’11 and Samir Siddhanti ’12 had been offered the three available council positions.
The 12th ASSU Undergraduate Senate confirmed on Tuesday three ASSU executive nominees, David Hoyt ’12, J’vona Ivory ’11 and Samir Siddhanti ’12, to the Constitutional Council.
On Wednesday, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) prepared for upcoming holidays, discussed recent nominations to the ASSU Constitutional Council and clarified policies about religious and political events.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) grappled with a reduced budget and new ideas for fall and winter programming at its Wednesday meeting. This year, the council has more closely scrutinized student groups coming before the council to ask for event programming funds.
Legislating ASSU campaign spending caps is not in the best interest of the student body.