Justice Tention ’18 and Vicki Niu ’18 were elected as the 2017-2018 ASSU Executives with 1,374 votes. Voter turnout rates for undergraduate and graduate students were 55.49 percent and 29.80 percent, respectively.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) approved special fees at its last meetings. GSC members also discussed developing a housing affordability survey and set Mar. 1 as the date for their elections information session.
The Graduate Student Council (GSC) approved a joint resolution against the Trump administration’s travel restrictions and discussed changes to the special fees application process. Director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) Ron Albucher also presented on expanded after-hours mental health coverage.
As a result of Club Sports filing solely a special fees request with the Undergraduate Senate and not a joint-fees request, the Senate lacks sufficient funds to accommodate many other student groups’ special fees requests for next year.
On Tuesday night, the ASSU 17th Undergraduate Senate met in its twelfth meeting as a senate, discussing the involvement of pre-professional groups with the open membership bill as well as a bill to require Volunteer Student Organizations (VSOs) custom products purchasing through Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE). The Senate continued discussion regarding a sustainable food themed dining hall.
After not receiving special fees funding during the the ASSU election last spring, club sports and Stanford Speakers Bureau have adopted alternative funding strategies – such as using reserves and seeking outside funding through volunteering and fundraisers – to continue uninterrupted with their plans.
This year’s Blackfest featured various groups around campus performing music, dance and spoken word. The annual event was held put together by the Black Family Gathering Committee and focused on both celebrating black art and addressing recent social justice issues.
In this year’s elections allocating funding, seven groups, out of a total of 70, did not receive the resources they requested. Several of the student groups in question were shocked at the outcome of the election, having fully expected to be funded.