Save Full Moon on the Quad
As an ASSU Senator, I am proud to stand with the Stanford Review as we battle for a university that fosters individuality, nonconformity, and safety. When running for Senate last April, I emphasized the importance of the Senate’s duty to act as a representative body. However, given the Senate’s parliamentary rules and the fact that ballot petitions must collect the requisite signatures by March 9th, the Stanford Review and I have no choice but to bring this issue directly to the student body. A statement in support of Full Moon on the Quad from the entire student body would encourage the Administration to rethink its decision.
Stanford Vice Provost Greg Boardman did not consult the ASSU Senate – undergraduates’ elected representatives – before making the decision. Such unilateral action is another example of Stanford’s increasing paternalism towards its students. We are mature enough to weigh the costs and benefits of an event and make our own decision as to whether it should continue. Students who dislike the event are under no obligation to go.
Unsurprisingly, however, students have debated FMOTQ several times before, and still express resounding support. Our article breaking the news on its demise has been read by thousands in under an hour.
Stanford is right to point out that there are legitimate issues surrounding sexual assault and alcohol abuse at FMOTQ. Such incidents are unacceptable. However, the university should not close off the event as a whole, but rather make it as safe as possible given students wish to see it continue. In this case, the university can take clear steps to reduce both issues substantially by encouraging EANABS, remaining vigilant, and enforcing affirmative consent. If there is some overwhelming reason the university believes FMOTQ should end, it has a duty to share more information with students.In fact, a Stanford without a university-supported FMOTQ is more dangerous. Whether Boardman likes it or not, students will continue to celebrate one of Stanford’s oldest traditions. But without University assistance, it will have fewer resources to keep students safe.
The Senate deliberately delayed passing judgement on FMOTQ’s fate, because with elections coming up soon it has no time to make a decision. The only way FMOTQ remains safe is if you, students, sign a petition in support of the event’s continuation. As my time as your representative draws to a close, I urge you to sign to preserve your university’s identity.
John Luttig, ASSU Senator
The Stanford Review Team