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Unlike some peer institutions, Stanford plans to charge undergraduates the normal rate to stay on campus this summer: a total of $6,155 for both housing and dining. But students say that the cost is financially prohibitive for those on campus who have no other housing options.
More than 750 students have signed a petition calling for the University to provide additional financial aid for students with demonstrated need and increase flexibility with housing deadlines and contracts. The Undergraduate Senate passed a resolution on Tuesday calling on Residential & Dining Enterprises (R&DE) and the Financial Aid Office to take similar measures.
University administrators have told students that Stanford is “working to identify financial resources to help students who need to live on campus this summer and can’t afford the housing fee.” In the meantime, administrators are directing them to existing aid sources. Financial aid will only be given to students enrolled in classes, and it will count for one of their 12 quarters of aid, though students have the option to apply for additional quarters.
A record number of incumbents and upperclassmen were elected to the Undergraduate Senate after a 31-candidate election season marked with tension. One incumbent senator who successfully ran for reelection apologized for past anti-Israel tweets before the election, after the Stanford College Republicans posted the tweets on its Facebook page. A slate of candidates of color was also “Zoom-bombed” during a town hall last weekend by unknown individuals who hurled anti-Black hate speech and broadcast violent and anti-Semitic images. All 10 slate members were elected to next year’s 15-member Senate, which will include six returning senators and only six frosh.
For the Graduate Student Council (GSC), voters elected 15 out of 18 candidates, including four of the five incumbents who ran.
The only contested class president campaign was that for the 2020-21 sophomore class presidency. Voters elected the Tree Huggers slate. The Stanford LorAXE and 21 for Everyone were elected to the junior and senior class presidency, respectively, after running unopposed.
All 94 annual grant applications on the ballot were also approved. There were no amendments on the ballot.
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