Remy Gordon (Undergraduate Senate candidate)
- Candidate statement
Hello! My name is Remy Gordon and I’m a frosh running for Undergraduate Senate. I want to serve as your Senator because I believe in the power and influence of the ASSU. There are some issues with meaningful and effective representation as well as a few issues around campus in general that I want to tackle. Here are some viable action items that I’d like to address:
1. More than just funding.
I understand the importance of funding and pledge to continue and even increase ASSU funding for student organizations so that they can further the positive communities and impacts that these groups foster. However, while funding from ASSU is crucial for the missions of Volunteer Student Organizations (VSOs) and other clubs/organizations that benefit, ASSU has the power and responsibility to represent the student body in more than just money. Many students don’t have the time to attend Senate meetings and voice their concerns directly and their voices are often not heard at all. ASSU should make an active effort to communicate more closely with student groups to better understand their sentiments and needs. I believe that all students and student groups on campus could benefit from closer relationships with ASSU.
How I plan to make strides in the right direction:
- Monthly meetings between various ASSU Senators and VSOs to remain up-to-date on what these groups are focused on at the time.
- During these meetings, there will be focused brainstorming on how exactly the Senate can help to put pressure on the administration to meet the needs of these communities.
- During this meeting, VSOs will have the opportunity to express any ways in which they’ve noticed students feeling uncomfortable on campus due to race, sexuality, religion, socioeconomic status, etc. so that ASSU can take a stand and address this problem with the administration.
- Requirements for ASSU Senators to attend major events on campus hosted by various student groups on campus so that we can stay more in-tune with the needs of the student body as well as gain a more well-rounded perspective of campus atmosphere.
2. Class/Lab Fee Overhaul
One of the greatest parts about attending Stanford University is the ability to take amazing classes with amazing professors or instructors. Course fees can limit the ability to take these classes, especially for low-income students. There are engineering classes with $100 lab fees that are required to graduate and group music lessons that cost $200. Students who pay $47,331 in tuition per year should not need to pay extra fees to take advantage of the opportunities this school offers.
How I plan to make a change:
- Lessen the course fees overall, preferably cutting the costs in half or more.
- Provide course fee assistance for students from low-income backgrounds.
3. Improved Sustainability Through Waterless Urinal Installation
Many of the male and gender neutral bathrooms on campus, especially in dorms, do not have urinals. Instead, they strictly have standard toilets. Even if a building does have urinals, they often use water. Low-volume urinals can save between 0.5 and 1 gallon of water per flush over standard toilets. However, waterless urinals can save from hundreds of thousands to millions of gallons of water per year.
How I plan to implement waterless urinal installation:
- All new buildings should feature waterless urinals in the male and gender neutral bathrooms.
- Waterless urinals should be added to all buildings that currently have no urinals.
- Buildings with urinals that use water should gradually be updated to feature waterless urinals.
Thank you for reading and I hope I have your vote! Please feel free to email me at email@example.com if you have any questions about my platform or suggestions you may have. There's no place in the world like Stanford when we stand united and work to build a better community together.
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