Although Stanford’s undergraduate population tends towards the Democratic party, the University is not without its conservative tendencies. The Stanford Review was co-founded over 30 years ago by venture capitalist and conservative philanthropist Peter Thiel; resident think tank the Hoover Institution once included Secretary of Defense James Mattis and National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster among its fellows. The Stanford College Republicans (SCR), meanwhile, has traditionally kept a low profile, but the last several months have seen the group put more effort into engaging the student body.
It is early evening on Nov. 17. In Room 120 of Stanford’s Old Union, a handful of students sit around a table, calling voters across the states of Iowa and Nevada. Scattered around the room are hand-painted rally signs made by students and bearing various slogans — “GET $ OUT OF POLITICS,” “STOP CLIMATE CHANGE,” “DEMILITARIZE THE POLICE.” One student hunches over his computer, saying into his phone, “Good evening, I’m a volunteer for Bernie Sanders’s campaign…”
Thinking there was a lack of independent and moderate voices in political conversations on campus, Charles Foster ’18 decided to start a No Labels chapter at Stanford this year. No Labels is a national organization that dedicates itself to promoting open-mindedness regarding political beliefs and finding solutions to issues in America.
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.
Nearing the final week of the campaign, both the Stanford College Republicans and Stanford Democrats have sent students on canvassing trips in Nevada and are seeing increased enthusiasm as the Nov. 6 election draws nearer.
While the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continues to be a contentious issue in the run-up to the 2012 election, the legislation’s eventual impact on the Stanford community could present a trade-off between expanded coverage and higher premium costs, according to University health administrators.
Now that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is focusing his campaign on the November general election, Stanford’s Students for Romney, a chapter of the national campaign organization Students for Mitt, is launching its on-campus organization.
President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of his support for gay marriage was a natural step for his presidential campaign, according to Stanford community observers. Several Hoover fellows and students weighed in on the announcement, its timing and its implications for the upcoming election.