Once a week, early enough that the sun has barely risen, a small group gathers outside Green Library for an hour or so and chats. Seated around a table at Coupa Cafe, they discuss typical Stanford things: what classes to avoid, what grad schools to apply for, what articles they’ve been reading.
After confirming that they will in fact lose their space in Old Union, The Free Store’s future remains uncertain. Unless The Free Store finds a new home by the end of the quarter, the heavily valued resource will be dissolved.
The University has recently launched a series of focus groups with students to gain feedback about the state of Stanford’s student unions.
Decadence, a sweet shop managed by Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE), is under construction at Tresidder next to Fraiche Yogurt and will fill the space formerly occupied by Peet’s Coffee
During spring quarter finals week, Old Union hosted a technology camp for high schoolers, rather than accommodating Stanford students studying for exams.
The ASSU and the Office of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs (VPSA) are forming a working group to review use of the Old Union complex following a preliminary report that stated Old Union is not serving the Stanford community to its full potential.
Union Underground – a combination of a free used-clothing store and a student art gallery, located in the basement of Old Union – reopened last Friday after a four-week trial period at the end of last spring quarter.
The ASSU Undergraduate Senate opened Tuesday night’s meeting with a discussion featuring Jeanette Smith-Laws, director of operations and student unions. After talking about how to better utilize spaces in Old Union and Tresidder, funding bills for various student groups were all passed unanimously, with only a few abstentions due to conflicts of interest with senators.