In its eighth meeting, the 19th Undergraduate Senate approved funding requests from student groups, deliberated general guidelines for funding and heard project updates from individual senators.
In its Wednesday meeting, the Graduate Student Council (GSC) brainstormed ideas for Stanford’s long-range planning process and saw updates from housing and an Undergraduate Senate bill to review Constitutional Council guidelines. Meanwhile, the GSC must consider what they must allocate parts of their budget to for the coming academic year.
The Senate shortened a discussion with Counseling and Psychiatric Services (CAPS) director Ron Albucher from 25 minutes to eight minutes in a move that several senators and other ASSU leaders questioned.
At Tuesday’s Senate meeting, ASSU Executive Vicki Niu ’18 confirmed that a dining hall will be open during spring break of the 2017-2018 school year. Many students pushed for the change to combat food insecurity among lower-income students.
The Constitutional Council decided unanimously that Lizzie Ford ’20 will remain on Senate, despite another candidate’s assertions he should replace her per an ASSU bylaw on upperclassmen representation among senators.
In the 19th Undergraduate Senate’s first meeting, Lizzie Ford ’20 was sworn in to replace Matthew Cohen ’18 following his resignation. Senators also elected Kojoh Atta ’20 as Chair and passed a bill to alter the Senate’s policy revision process.
This election cycle, undergraduate Senate candidates numbered just over half of what they did last year; while 40 students ran for Senate in 2016, only 24 ran in 2017, with only two senators running for reelection.