dergraduate Senate Deputy ChairDan Ashton ’14 authored a letteron Nov.29 to be distributed en-couraging the SUDPS to avoid vi-olence when dispersing protestorson University grounds and to re-main respectful of student dia-logue.“Regardless of the causes of the violence at those schools,pro-tection of student safety is cer-tainly something about which stu-dent government should be pas-sionate,”Ashton wrote in anemail to The Daily.“I have no rea-son to believe that Stanford po-lice will react violently to studentprotests.Laura Wilson,Chief of Police,has done a wonderful jobthus far of enabling free assembly,and I see no reason why thatwon’t continue.”Wilson confirmed that theSUDPS has met internally andwith other University officials todiscuss potential responses to situ-ations involving the Occupymovements.She added thatSUDPS officers were trained touse—if necessary—a level of force just enough to overcome thelevel of resistance,and she notedthat the use of pepper spray onnonviolent protesters would notbe authorized.Wilson played down concernsabout the Occupy movement atStanford,writing in an email toThe Daily that,“so far,the indi-viduals involved with this move-ment have been respectful of oth-ers and have not interfered withthe academic mission of the insti-tution.My hope is that this com-munity will continue to engage inintellectual,respectful andpeaceful means of dialogue sothat police intervention is not re-quired.”While acknowledging thatthere is currently no consistentand ongoing dialogue betweenSUDPS and students involved inOccupy Stanford,Wilson notedthat SUDPS and students success-fully communicated in advance of the anti-police brutality rally thattook place before Big Game.“Should the need arise,we willcertainly meet with students.If students want to speak with usabout their plans,we are happy tomeet with them as well,”Wilsonwrote.
Occupy Stanford has continuedto protest on campus,most recent-ly establishing a permanent pres-ence in the lobby of Meyer Li-brary.Occupy Meyer,where themovement has also held GeneralAssembly meetings,was devel-oped—according to participants—as a means of emphasizingStanford’s ongoing relevance tothe Occupy movement.The move-ment currently mans a table in thelibrary lobby around the clock.“The symbolism of occupyingan academic place is important,”said Zach O’Keeffe ’13.“We wantto open up a space for intellectualdialogue,to discuss problems andsolutions in a very academic way.[At Occupy Meyer] there’s the fis-sion of the intellectual and aca-demic with the activist and pro-gressive nature of the Occupymovement.”O’Keeffe added that the groupchose Meyer instead of Green Li-brary in order to minimize disrup-tion to students.Joshua Schott ’14noted that occupying Meyer alsogave the movement the ability toreach more students in an areawhich is heavily trafficked.Students involved with OccupyStanford highlighted other effortsbeing undertaken by the move-ment.Current initiatives includeinvestigating the disbursement of Stanford’s endowment to ensurethat all expenditure is conductedin a socially responsible manner,protesting recruitment events forfirms deemed to have acted in asocially irresponsible manner andsupporting anti-inequality groupson campus.Schott said that Occupy Stan-ford is currently in the process of forming a working group to devel-op more long-term initiatives,suchas creating a major or even a thinktank to advance the cause of re-ducing inequalities in the politicaland economic arenas.“Occupy Stanford is a lastingmovement,”Schott said.“What’shappening now is just the begin-ning.”Occupy Stanford participantsacknowledged that the movementhas received mixed feedback fromthe Stanford community.“I think we haven’t been able toreach out to the Stanford commu-nity,”Schott said.He claimed that the movementhas suffered from both skepticismthat Stanford students could iden-tify with the issues of “the 99 per-cent”and from negative portray-als of Occupy protests by themedia.Schott added that themovement needs to demonstratethat Stanford is both affected byissues affecting the broader worldand will be part of the solution tothose issues.“I think the people voicing op-position have done so morestrongly,”O’Keeffe said.“Butmost people recognize that thereare legitimate grievances.Therehas been a surprising amount of backing from the ASSU and thefaculty.”Members were largely opti-mistic about Occupy Stanford’ssuccess thus far.“I’m prouder to be here afterseeing all the progress we’vemade,”O’Keeffe said.“I’m hope-ful for the future and sure that [themovement] will continue to grow.”
Occupy the Future
Partially in response to and in-spired by Occupy Stanford,acoalition of students,staff and fac-ulty developed the Occupy the Fu-ture movement.The initiative,which will put on a teach-in,rallyand public forum on Friday,Dec.9,was developed independently of Occupy Stanford,but the twomovements share many commonpersonnel and objectives.“We see Occupy Stanford aspart of a broader movement,”saidDouglas McAdam,professor of sociology.“We’re very sympathet-ic,but we wanted to pursue thesame goals by different means.”Some Occupy Stanford mem-bers expressed concern about Oc-cupy the Future,viewing it as driv-en primarily by the ASSU,facultyand the University administration,although most still praised the ini-tiative’s concept and willingness toaddress real issues.“I’d like to see them work morewith the students,”O’Keeffe said.“I worry that it’s a top-down ap-proach as opposed to the grass-roots approach the rest of the [Oc-cupy] movement has thrived on.”“The University has beenbroadly supportive,”McAdamsaid.“You have to work with awhole lot of University offices togain various permissions,andeverybody’s really committed toensuring we can put the events wewant on.”Vice Provost for Student Af-fairs Greg Boardman describedOccupy the Future as an exclu-sively student-driven initiative.Occupy the Future organizerscredited Occupy Stanford withproviding the impetus for the Uni-versity community to develop Oc-cupy the Future.However,theydescribed Occupy the Future as amore enduring means of advanc-ing the cause of the Occupy move-ment and a potentially more ap-pealing method to the Stanfordcommunity.“Most of the people within theStanford community who I havetalked with have been incrediblysupportive of the Occupy the Fu-ture idea,”wrote Haas Center forPublic Service Executive DirectorThomas Schnaubelt in an email toThe Daily.“I wouldn’t have gotteninvolved in Occupy the Future if Ididn’t believe that there is a goodchance for something long-lastingto come from it.”
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quirements for various majors andshows the names of advisors andthe career pathways of alumni fromeach major,said Tenzin Seldon ’12.Seldon is a member of the VPUEStudent Advisory Group and TheStanford Daily Board of Directors.“We want to find the means tobe sure that some of the resourcesthat the [Career Development Cen-ter] offers,for example,are usedand employed,”Seldon said.“Cur-rently,a lot of students are not ableto really outreach to the CDC oronly do it later on.Sometimes it’s alittle too late.”In order to better accommodatean interactive,visual displaythroughout the UAL site and on theundergraduate majors site,Brad-ford said VPUE plans to develop asimpler,more streamlined back-ground in contrast to the currentUAL site’s very red template.One of the main goals of theUAL site renovation,along withcreating a new hub for undergradu-ate majors,is to restructure the in-formation architecture of the sitefrom the most recent 2007 renova-tion,Bradford said.She added thatanalytics have shown that users areavoiding the site’s navigationalstructure by Googling what theyare looking for.“One of the goals at that timewas to make it accessible for a view-er coming to the site who wasn’t fa-miliar with our programs,”she said.“Instead of calling things by pro-gram names—Introductory Semi-nars,Introduction to the Humani-ties or Bing Overseas Studies—they rounded them into largergroupings.”Bradford said she would like thenew design of the UAL site to cutdown on the levels users must clickthrough to find relevant informa-tion and reorganize page groupingsin an attempt to be more user-friendly.“We would like to unpack someof that navigation a little bit and callsome of our programs out by nameto allow students to find them easi-er,”Bradford said.“That was onething that was a goal in the 2007 ver-sion that I think,with the benefit of hindsight,might have been a bit of amiss.”In addition to reorganizing thesite’s navigation,VPUE is going tobe able to pull more informationfrom disparate sources across theUniversity because the Registrar’soffice is now providing departmen-tal information in the form of Dru-pal feeds,Bradford said.Because students have needsthat span many University divisionsincluding the CDC,the ViceProvost for Student Affairs and theacademic departments,the feedswill allow the UAL site to serve as ahub for feeds from across depart-ments and offices.“The more we can collect thingsfor [our students],provide thingsfor them,that would be the goal,”Bradford said.“We’ll see how wedo.”Lance Choy,director of the Ca-reer Development Center,wroteabout the relation of choice of major to potential careers in anemail to The Daily.“Many students are concernedabout their career plans,and theyoften believe that there is a strongcorrelation between the major anda job,”Choy said.“Perhaps for jobs that empha-size technical skills and knowledgelike engineering,the major isstrongly tied to the career field,”Choy continued.“[But] most busi-ness and public service jobs reallydo not focus on the major.Employ-ers tend to think of individuals interms of skills,experience and moti-vation.”“We may not be able,because of time and technical constraints,toimplement all of our ideas in thefirst version,but that way we can getfeedback from students after theinitial launch about what works andwhat doesn’t,and what additionalfeatures they might find useful,”Palmer said.
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