The council, which has about $180,000 in funds per year according to funding committee member Melanie Malinas, doled out $4,420 during Wednesday’s meeting.
VSOs usually attend GSC meetings each week to request funds for special events. This week however, Melanie Malinas, a fifth year graduate student in biophysics, announced that the GSC was running low on funds for VSOs.
The ASSU Constitutional Council heard arguments from Band, KZSU and ASSU on whether the Senate violated its constitution by denying voluntary student organizations (VSOs) the right to petition for Annual Grants that violate the Senate’s funding guidelines.
Throughout the quarter, Student Activities & Leadership (SAL) has drawn controversy among student groups over its open membership policy, which requires that voluntary student organizations (VSOs) “must be broadly open and welcoming to all Stanford students” and “are expected to develop recruitment and membership practices that ensure open and easy access to membership.
The fourth meeting of the quarter for the 17th ASSU Undergraduate Senate took place Tuesday evening. Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Harry Elam attended the Senate meeting to discuss OpenXChange and respond to activists’ concerns. Associate dean and director of Student Activities and Leadership (SAL) Nanci Howe also came to discuss open membership requirements for Voluntary Student Organisations (VSOs).
With over 650 student groups already formally recognized, students looking to create a new club or organization can do so through Student Activities and Leadership (SAL). However, while SAL accepts applications for new groups at the beginning of each quarter, not all groups have an easy time getting approved. Likewise, the continued survival of a club isn’t always guaranteed.
In this article, The Stanford Daily will take a look into what it takes to create a new student group, what options students have when creating their own organization, and what it takes to retain status as an official group.
The hostility of recent critiques from those who have not chosen to engage with the Zapata community are unproductive and deeply hurtful, as well as neglectful of the unique space that Zapata occupies in our community and on our campus.
Of the 614 active student groups on campus that are formally recognized as voluntary student organizations (VSOs), 66 are exclusive to graduate students. In both graduate-only and mixed undergraduate-and-graduate groups, graduate students often have different experiences than undergraduates when it comes to student organizations.