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event with a student group, OAPEasks the group to fill out an assess-ment after the event takes place.More than 95 percent of stu-dent groups surveyed by OAPEreported that their events weresuccessful and that they wouldpartner with Cardinal Nights againin the future.Katie Rovelstad ’14 workedwith Cardinal Nights when plan-ning a March 16 concert withMacklemore and Ryan Lewis. Shesaid her experience with CardinalNights was positive.“They [OAPE] wanted tothrow a concert that would re-mind students that college couldbe fun without drinking,” Rovel-stad wrote in an email to TheDaily. “They aren’t there to be thealcohol police — they wanteverybody to be safe and still havefun.”Baffour Kyerematen ’15worked with OAPE and CardinalNights this year for Frosh Coun-cil’s “Glow Crazy” dance.“All of [Frosh Council’s]events are alcohol-free, so we fig-ured we might as well partner withCardinal Nights to get more fund-ing so our events had more appealand so more people would go tothem,” Kyerematen said.Based on attendance and stu-dent experience, Cardinal Nights’most successful events so far havebeen two trips to Cirque du Soleilperformances, the Macklemoreand Ryan Lewis concert and theFrost Revival Concert, accordingto Cardona.Cardinal Nights measured thestudent energy level at an averageof 3.2 — on a scale from one tofour — at its events, and the totalnumber of attendees at CardinalNights events this year was 11,129.This number counts all attendees,not unique attendees.Although its plans for nextyear are not definite, Cardonasaid OAPE has been discussingways to improve Cardinal Nightsfor the future. One idea is to hostmore consistent events, such as amovie night each Friday.OAPE is also looking to imple-ment more personal and creativemarketing strategies to garnerpublicity for its events with Cardi-nal Nights representatives in eachdorm, according to Cardona.During a presentation on May18 at the Student Affairs PosterFair — where staff in the StudentAffairs division showcase theiron-campus projects — OAPErepresentatives said that theyhope Cardinal Nights will have“greater partnership with high-risk social events,” such as FullMoon on the Quad and Mau-soleum Party, which had eight andseven transports, respectively, thisyear.Kyerematen, rising sophomoreclass president, said that the presi-dents are open-minded aboutworking with OAPE to plan FullMoon on the Quad next year in aneffort to prevent transports.
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that year with Santa Clara Countyunder the University’s GeneralUse Permit, which places a limit onStanford’s expansion. The trail,however, faced a postponementdue to a lawsuit from the Commit-tee for Green Foothills.In 2010, Stanford won the caseand continued its collaborationwith Los Altos Hills, culminating inthe offer’s acceptance on May 17.The University will directly over-see the construction of the trail,which will include a five-foot-wideunpaved pedestrian walkway andtwo full-sized bike lanes.Los Altos Hills Town CouncilMember Ginger Summit told theStanford Report that she is eagerfor Stanford’s renovations in thedesignated area.“Through the years, this stretchof narrow road has become in-creasingly congested with com-muter traffic, bicycles and hikers,creating a very dangerous chal-lenge,” Summit said. “With theStanford involvement, at last wehave been able to find a workablesolution that addresses the safetyconcerns of neighbors, pedestrians,equestrians, bikers and the autotraffic.”
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toral benefit.Brady followed Kennedy andattributed less significance to for-eign policy in an electoral context.He said instead that the health of the economy — or voters’ per-ception thereof — is the criticalfactor in determining the incum-bent’s chance of re-election.He acknowledged, however,that as demonstrated by elec-toral setbacks sustained by De-mocrats in 1952 and 1968 duringthe Korean and Vietnam Wars,foreign policy has historicallybeen the variable most likely todistort the impact of a healthyeconomy.“In both cases, opposition to[ongoing wars] was sufficient togive victory to the Republicans,”Brady noted, despite the relativeeconomic prosperity at the time.According to Brady, the up-coming election may mark a re-versal in the two political par-ties’ mastery of the foreign poli-cy issue, with Obama currentlyenjoying a polling advantageover presumptive Republicannominee Mitt Romney on a sub- ject Republicans have tradition-ally dominated.“Going into this election, for-eign policy is an Obama strength,”Brady said. “Most Americansfavor [the Democrats’] policies, soin the absence of some dramaticevent, as of today, the Democratshave an advantage on foreign pol-icy worth two to three points in theelection.”Armacost cited his own expe-riences as a diplomat in detailingthe impact of the electionprocess on the conduct of for-eign policy.“Domestic considerations al-ways intrude on making foreignpolicy,” Armacost said. “Elec-tions have an increasingly pow-erful effect because they startearlier and last longer.”While acknowledging thatthe time and political require-ments of campaigning haveoften necessitated a relativelydiminished focus on foreign pol-icy by presidents seeking re-election, Armacost said that theincumbent has a unique abilityto implement narrative-chang-ing foreign policy course correc-tions, citing as an exampleObama’s recent “pivot” towardAsia.“Those are policies that haverather widespread support, andthey represent good positioningfor the election,” Armacost said.Armacost, however, saidthere is currently little chance of a dramatic shift in U.S. policy to-ward contentious issues such asIran or North Korea, citing thepossibility of uncontrolled esca-lation.“Crises can be beneficial be-cause people rally around theflag,” Armacost said. “It will onlybe beneficial [ultimately] if hemanages it well.”Quizzed by Blacker about thepotential impact of Iran’s nu-clear policy program on the up-coming election, all three pan-elists downplayed any advan-tage to be gained by either can-didate in escalating the issue butnoted that an eventual conflictmay become unavoidable.“If the Israelis make the deci-sion to go after what they see asan existential threat, the presi-dent would have to supportthem,” Armacost said.Questioning from the audi-ence focused largely on contem-porary issues facing the presi-dential candidates in the run-upto the election.Responding to a questionposed by Political Science Pro-fessor Mike Tomz on the impactof proposed defense cuts on the2012 election, Armacost notedthat the issue may be politicallysensitive for both parties andwill likely occupy only a second-ary role in the campaign.“They’re going to talk aboutthe economy, and they’re goingto talk about jobs,” Brady added.“It’s going to be a nasty cam-paign.”When asked by Matthew Col-ford ’14 about potential criti-cisms of Obama’s handling of the Arab Spring and the subse-quent geopolitical scene in theMiddle East, Brady argued thatdespite some Republican criti-cism of Obama’s alleged timidityon the movement, the issue willgain little traction with the elec-torate.“The American people arehappy we’re getting out of Iraqand Afghanistan,” Brady said.“Romney can push that view-point, but it’s not where theAmerican people are.”
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In a Tuesday panel, Professor Emeritus David Kennedy, Professor DavidBrady and former Ambassador Michael Armacost analyzed the role for-eign policy may play in the upcoming U.S. presidential campaign.
CEO of Stanford Student Enter-prises (SSE), with his fellow sena-tors.Despite not having a bill to es-tablish the budget as a piece of legislation, the Senate unani-mously approved it as the officialASSU budget for the next fiscalyear.The previous UndergraduateSenate had approved a budget forthe current Association duringthe last meeting of its term afterrevising a few provisions in theGSC section of the budget. How-ever, the GSC rejected the bill be-cause it objected to the Senate’srevisions, according to formerGSC co-chair Addy Satija.As a result, the ASSU was leftwithout a budget for the newterm.The Senate suspended therules of order at Tuesday’s meet-ing to vote on the budget withoutprevious notice.The ASSU Constitution statesthat the Senate must pass a budg-et before the end of this fiscalyear, which will occur during thesummer. According to the consti-tution, if the Senate and GSC donot approve a budget by thisdeadline, the budget for the newfiscal year must be identical to thebudget from the previous fiscalyear. However, last year’s Senatepassed its budget in October 2011and did not abide by this clause.When asked about the statusof the budget after the meeting,neither ASSU ParliamentarianKimberly Bacon ’15 nor Crouchcould provide an explanation re-garding the legitimacy of the vote.“Our budget is now official,”Senator Shahab Fadavi ’15 saidafter the meeting.
The Senate also unanimouslyapproved a bill institutionalizingthe Community Action Board(CAB) as a “service project” of the ASSU, defined by the bylawsas a “semi-autonomous student-run agenc[y], subject to the over-sight of the President of the Asso-ciation and the relevant Associa-tion legislative bodies.”“[CAB] guarantees a way forcommunities to really have thatlobbying and advocacy powerwith the administrators . . . andfacilitates dialogue betweenthose communities,” said AracelyMondragon ’13 of CAB’s activi-ties this past year, initiated by theprevious ASSU Executive.Mondragon listed CAB’s re-sponse to the Study of Under-graduate Education at Stanford(SUES) report and establishmentof contacts in the administrationas the board’s top accomplish-ments this year.While several senators ex-plained that the bill’s intent wasto ensure CAB’s existence inde-pendent of executive discretion,they could not give consistent an-swers about CAB’s role in theASSU or its funding source.“It’s kind of like a new branch— it’s a division,” Crouch saidwhen asked after the meetingabout CAB’s role in the ASSU.“They’ll still go through the Un-dergraduate Senate to get every-thing approved, so they’ll still beaccountable to the legislativebranches.”The legislation did not delin-eate CAB’s expected fundingsource. Bacon was the only sena-tor to ask CAB representativesabout funding and policies.CAB Chair Holly Fetter ’13said she doesn’t feel that CABfunding conflicts with generalfunding in the ASSU, but did notsay explicitly from where themoney for CAB will or shouldcome. Last year, CAB receivedASSU discretionary funding.Because the Senate had onlynine voting members present andwanted a clear two-thirds sup-port, senators called in SenatorJanhavi Vartak ’15, who had pre-viously been absent. Baconguessed that Vartak had been “ather dorm.”The 10 present senators thenapproved the new charter of CAB unanimously, while fundingpolicies and internal reviewmechanisms must still be drafted.
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[CAB is]kind of like anew branch— it’s adivision.
BRANDEN CROUCH ‘14, ASSU UndergraduateSenate Chair