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Editorial Board: Students deserve more definitive response from renaming committee

In March of last year, the ASSU Undergraduate Senate and Graduate Student Council passed a resolution requesting that the University rename all places on campus that bear the name of Junipero Serra, the Spanish missionary who created and led the California mission system. At a Faculty Senate meeting that same month, former President John Hennessy…

On Serra and controversy

A student at a Catholic high school once asked me, if a cure were found years later for a miracle attributed to a saint, would the Catholic Church strip him or her of the title? The fact that we know something today does not change the fact that it was a very real miracle for those who experienced it at the time — miracles are tested against the natural or scientific laws of the day. This example, I believe, gets to the heart of the ASSU Undergraduate Senate’s request to cleanse Stanford of the name Junípero Serra. A slippery slope is created when the past is judged based on current values. A brief history lesson may be useful for those interested in what the ASSU Undergraduate Senate is attempting to do.