My name is Stuart Baimel and I am pleased to be running for Senate this year. I recognize that the ASSU cannot do everything, and promising policies that will never happen (despite student-government promises every year, Dead Week remains alive) is not the best way to go about this campaign. Instead, I want to focus on policy issues that have a significant and attainable impact on student life.
One of my primary objectives for next year’s Senate is to promote the arts. I’ve spoken to the members of many arts groups, large and small, and the two complaints I hear over and over again are a lack of funding, and partially as a result of that, difficulty with publicity. I believe that the ASSU next year can do a far better job of funding the arts, a sphere of campus life that should not have the funding problems that it currently does. The ASSU, in addition, has a formidable publicity apparatus that could easily be used to promote arts events such as performances, SOCA’s Art Affair, and ongoing exhibits.
A second issue that forms a component of my campaign is the state of the Band. I am not, or have ever been, a member of the Band, but I appreciate its prominence and importance in the Stanford culture. I believe that the Band was handled roughly by the Administration and although the matter seems to have now passed, it could very well come up again the in future. The controversy over the band seems to have receded in the collective memory once the football season ended. It was simply unacceptable for the ASSU to let the Daily take a stand on the issue while doing nothing itself. This cannot happen again for the Band, or any other student group.
For the Daily’s coverage of the Band issue in the fall, see here, here, and here.
I’ll be posting again on this blog before the election, but you can follow my campaign at my blog.
Stuart for Senate.
It is time for a change.
End social restrictions.
Defend the Band.
Promote the arts.
Improve student services.