On Sunday, Apr. 8, two of the three executive slates running for the 2018-2019 ASSU presidency and vice presidency participated in a debate co-hosted by The Stanford Daily and KZSU. Shanta Katipamula ’19 and Ph.D. candidate Rosie Nelson (the Shanta-Rosie slate) debated Khaled Aounallah ’19 and Michael Ocon ’20 (the Khaled-Ocon slate) for approximately an hour while KZSU’s Caleb Smith ’17 M.A. ’18 and The Daily’s Yasmin Samrai ’21 moderated.
The 528-foot-long “scary path” is a dark dirt path that extends from the paved road between the Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Enchanted Broccoli Forest to the back of 680 Lomita. The shortcut has become notorious among students as a place where the threat of sexual assault looms more strongly than ever. Although no reports of incidents of sexual assault on the path itself are currently available, former Stanford athlete Brock Turner was found sexually assaulting an unconscious woman in the woods surrounding the path last January.
The Task Force’s achievement of pushing through the inertia and presenting a comprehensive proposal is no small feat, but it’s also far from the end of the road. The next step is implementation, and, more importantly, research to understand how we can design the policies to reflect the standards we expect as members of the Stanford community.
Though this has been, at times, a tumultuous year for the Stanford community, according to the current ASSU Executives Elizabeth Woodson ’15 and Logan Richard ’15, they will leave office confident that the work they did to address mental health issues, sexual assault and funding reform will have a lasting impact.
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.
ASSU President Elizabeth Woodson ’15 and Vice President Logan Richard ’15 delivered the annual State of the Union Address in White Plaza on Friday. In their speech, they summarized the projects the ASSU has worked on this year and focused their talk on sexual assault and mental health issues.
The ASSU Emotional Wellbeing Team’s forthcoming literary-arts publication, “Release.Restart.Review,” is a collection of stories about the common experience of having emotions, facing them and trying to live with them. The journal is the first of its kind, and the ASSU plans to begin distribution to students as soon as possible.
The journal is the first part of the Emotional Wellbeing Team’s three-part Release.Restart programming for the year, a new initiative that aims to focus attention on mental health and well-being outside of diagnosis.
As the executives enter the home stretch of their one-year term, we interviewed Woodson, Richard and their chief of staff, Jordan Shapiro ‘15, as well as members of the ASSU Senate and Executive Cabinet, to evaluate the executives’ work so far.