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Op-Ed: The ASSU tries to chill free speech

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.

Senate rejects D’Souza funding request over alcohol costs

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.