In June 2017, following the departure of Associate Vice Provost for Community Engagement and Diversity Nicole Taylor ’90, what was previously a unified unit of seven campus community centers under her lead was disassociated and replaced with an interim structure grouping some, but not all community centers. For community center advocates, that structural shift added to ongoing challenges in obtaining funds to meet centers’ needs 10 years after recession-era budget cuts.
Community centers’ push for increased resources – a perennial issue raised by student groups and representatives – has a long history. Challenges over the years range from a lack of professional staff and space for student groups to the threat of budget cuts affecting hours of operation and programming. This has led to a cycle of activism among students who hope to maintain and grow the community centers.
In its 25th meeting, the 19th Undergraduate Senate focused on the forthcoming transition to the new class of Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) representatives. Discussion covered a change to election rules that would allow campaigning to continue up through the voting period, a bill to institute Rosenberg’s Rules of Order in Senate meetings and a bill to allocate funding for the new Senate.
In a Monday afternoon presentation on his new book, “Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet,” Varun Sivaram ’11 stressed current constraints on solar power and three types of innovation — financial innovation, technological innovation and systemic innovation — that he believes are key to sustaining solar energy’s rise to dominance.
The decision not to adopt a certain idea or to cut it back to a smaller scale becomes a moral position. The Stanford public should scrutinize the process of selection and implementation as not just a medley of initiatives but an action-backed expression of who and what matters to the University.
The future of Stanford’s introductory course on disability studies–offered for the first time last fall– remains uncertain, following the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education’s (VPUE) commitment to fund the course for another year on the condition that a single department support it.
The resolution further stated that subsidy allocations would depend, in part, on the age of the children. Barclay said he would revise the resolution so that it would be clearer that the subsidies depend on this distinction.
In its weekly meeting on Wednesday night, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) addressed issues surrounding the Campus Climate Survey, KZSU’s complaint over its funding and graduate students’ healthcare issues.