Dozens of students gathered in the Women’s Community Center (WCC) on Thursday afternoon to hear from Professor Robert Jensen of the University of Texas at Austin, the first talk of four in the True Gentleman Speaker Series.
On Saturday, the Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS) had to move its scheduled event to a different location on campus after students and faculty expressed concern about the subject of the event, according to the Campus Reform, an online college news site.
At Tuesday’s Undergraduate Senate meeting, Stanford Concert Network was told that they would need to collect 1,200 signatures this week to be on the spring ballot. The Senate also approved a nomination for a graduate student to fill an opening on Constitutional Council.
But if we are to honor the legacy of Charlie Hebdo on campus, let us do so by discussing the state of free speech at Stanford, and by welcoming those with whom we disagree to campus with open arms and discerning minds. The value of this approach was made clear when the Westboro Baptist Church came to Stanford to preach its message of intolerance and Stanford responded by coming together to peacefully oppose the group. Only if we resolve to continue and improve Stanford’s commitment to free speech can we rightfully tweet, “je suis Charlie.”
The University has agreed to subsidize security fees for an allegedly anti-LGBT conference, after the spring quarter event was initially denied funding by the Graduate Student Council (GSC) and the Undergraduate Senate amidst community protests and subsequently assessed a $5,600 security fee.
Last Wednesday evening, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) denied funding for an event hosted by the Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS) following community outcry over alleged “anti-LGBT” content.