Last Thursday, a week after the Faculty Senate’s controversial decision to support the reinstatement of ROTC at Stanford, Provost John Etchemendy issued an op-ed directed at students who felt the decision condoned prejudice against transgender people. While reaching out to the student body was a commendable action in itself, Etchemendy’s taking sides with the pro-return camp, then undemocratically calling for an end to the anger of the anti-return camp without addressing their additional frustrations, sends a message that Stanford’s administration does not respect the rights of the students to oppose decisions made by the administration.
Last Thursday, the Faculty Senate passed a motion recommending that President Hennessy initiate discussions with the U.S. military about reinstating ROTC at Stanford. This was the most difficult issue to come before the Senate in many years.
At Thursday’s Faculty Senate Meeting, speaker Tom Wasow called for more attention to athletics in order to maintain Stanford’s role model status.
Provost John Etchemendy and University Librarian Michael Keller expressed support for the project, which has scanned more than 1.7 million Stanford-owned books in the past five years, according to The Stanford Report.
Jonathan R. Cole described the motivating goal of his new book “The Great American University: Its Rise to Preeminence, Its Indispensable National Role, Why It Must Be Protected” last night to a large audience at the Arrillaga Alumni Center.