This past week, the ASSU debated a bill authored by the Director of Academic Freedom, Zintis Inde, that would force every student club to include a mandatory 120-word statement on all advertisements for their event. A paragraph-long statement may have to be included in every email, flyer and Facebook post regarding a speaker your club brings in the future, if this bill passes. If a club forgets to include the statement just four times over the span of two years, it could receive a “one year ban on funding,” according to an early draft of the bill. The statement itself is pretty basic: it notes that the ASSU does not necessarily endorse the speakers it funds, while simultaneously supports the value of free speech in campus dialogue. Even if we set aside for the moment the ethics of compelling groups to include this lengthy statement, one must question the necessity of the requirement itself.
This week we are confronting once again the issues raised when controversial speakers are invited to campus by student groups.
Four student groups — Stanford College Republicans (SCR), Stanford Democrats, Stanford Youth Democratic Socialists of America (YDSA) and The Stanford Review — debated issues surrounding the Affordable Care Act, Medicare for All and state legislation.
The new student group, officially established last quarter, seeks to give a voice to the immigrant community at and around Stanford.
In its weekly Wednesday meeting, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) saw an impassioned presentation on failings in the training program for leaders of student organizations.
The University has delayed releasing the draft student leadership structure of the revitalized Cardinal Conversations program to January despite initial plans to hold a public comment period immediately after Thanksgiving break.
On Tuesday, in its final meeting of fall quarter, the 20th Undergraduate Senate voted on 97 Standard Grant applications submitted by 95 student groups. Among the applications was one submitted by the Stanford College Republicans (SCR) for $6,000 to fund a visit to campus by controversial right-wing author Dinesh D’Souza, which was rejected on the grounds that some of the funding was designated for purchasing alcohol.
Among others, the GSC discussed an initiative to rebrand Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) and Stanford Student Enterprises (SSE).