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Stanford administrators announced on Tuesday that the University is unlikely to bring all undergraduates back to campus this fall or to delay the start of the 2020-21 school year to winter quarter.
Such “extreme” options are “the least likely of the many scenarios we are considering,” they wrote in an email to students and families. A fully remote fall quarter is possible, and hybrid options — such as allowing only two class years on campus each quarter and continuing instruction through summer — remain under consideration.
A final decision on the state of the 2020-21 school year is expected in mid-June. But administrators are already laying out a bleak portrait of a socially distanced fall, even if some or all students are allowed to return.
After a week of virtual campaigning, students can cast their votes for next year’s Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) representatives on Monday and Tuesday. On the ballot are 31 candidates for Undergraduate Senate, 16 candidates for Graduate Student Council and just one slate for ASSU executive. Senators Martin Altenburg ’21 and Jennalei Louie ’21 dropped out of the executive race on Monday, leaving Senate Chair Munira Alimire ’22 and ASSU Executive Cabinet Co-Director of Mental Health and Wellness Vianna Vo ’21 virtually certain to clinch the top spot in Stanford’s student government.
In class-level races, the only contested campaign is for sophomore class president, where five slates are vying for the position. One of them, ’23andTree, violated ASSU campaign finance regulations by offering students a chance at winning a $100 grant if the slate was elected, according to Elections Commissioner Christian Giadolor ’21. The commission is also investigating ’23andTree for a second potential violation related to an Instagram post on the Frosh Council account.
In Arts & Life, Christine Delianne took a critical look at the light-skinned casting in Netflix’s “#BlackAF.” Roberta Gonzalez Marquez drew parallels between the Netflix miniseries “Unorthodox” and Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening.” And Omar Rafik El-Sabrout told the story of Galal’s parlor to kick off the Reads beat’s fiction series.
Here are some (virtual) events to put on your calendar this week:
Associate Vice Provost for Environmental Health and Safety Russell Furr will join Stanford Health Care Chief of Staff Megan Mahoney, San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools Nancy Magee and Stanford Law School professor David Studdert for a town hall on the “new normal” on Thursday.
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