Stanford CRs fire back in battle to host Dinesh DaposSouza

Stanford CRs fire back in battle to host Dinesh DaposSouza

Stanford University's College Republicans chapter (SCR) has filed a Constitutional Council complaint against the school’s student senate after it declined to appropriate the group funding for a speaking event featuring conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. 

SCR filed the complaint against the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU) Undergraduate Senate, alleging that the senate didn’t follow its own constitution in making the decision to decline funding for the D’Souza event, according to the Stanford Daily.

In an early December meeting by the ASSU Undergraduate Senate, students voted to uphold a previous decision to reject funding for the SCR event featuring Dinesh D’Souza.

SCR's decision to host D’Souza received backlash from the campus community, and some even called for the group to be investigated by the Office of Community Standards for inviting someone who promotes the “hatred of Jewish people.”

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One member of the Senate Appropriations Committee proposed that the senate give SCR $16.60, which is the amount of a train ticket from the San Francisco International Airport to Stanford and back.

SCR claims that the undergraduate senate engaged in a form of “viewpoint discrimination” by denying the funding. 

The group is also alleging that the undergraduate senate did not follow its own constitutional rules by voting to override a recommendation by LeMo Phillips, ASSU financial manager, to approve SCR for $3,617 in funding. SCR alleges that the senate did not have the two-thirds vote necessary to override the recommendation, thereby violating its constitution by turning it down.

Additionally, SCR alleges that the ASSU violated a portion of its constitution, which states “the Association shall enact no legislation...abridging the freedom of speech.”

According to the complaint, one senator, Faa Diallo, claims that not one senator on the Appropriations Committee even read through the initial documentation of SCR’s funding request. Diallo also said that multiple senators were “opposed to funding bigotry,” but did not explain th

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