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WE’RE FUCKING FURIOUS


ONE WEEK, TWO SCANDALS:

 

1) STANFORD BRIBES SURVIVORS TO SHUT THE FUCK UP ABOUT TITLE IX, TELLS PROF TO STOP VICTIM ADVOCACY
  • Leah Francis and others offered $60,000 to withdraw complaints against Stanford.
  • Stanford tells victim’s rights pioneer Michelle Dauber to keep her mouth shut.
  • Stanford against any institutional changes to protect victims.
  • Lawsuit alleges Stanford let a rapist walk free and assault four more women.
  • Lapin: This is fine.
  • TL;DR: Stanford wants this to go away. We won’t let it go away.
 
2) LEAKED BAND DOCS CONFIRM BAND BAN INDEFINITE, BASED ON EVER-MOVING GOALPOSTS
  • It’s not enough to let people opt in to drinking alcohol, they’ve got to ban it altogether.
  • It’s not enough to remove some funny memorabilia, they’ve got to get rid of all memorabilia.
  • It’s not enough to give Band special consent training, they also can’t use the word ex” or “sex” in anything.
  • Stanford thought police deem Smutline” too offensive of an email list name.
  • Everything needs a written report and approval or they can’t travel – ever.
  • The same people who don’t give a shit about sexual assault are spending dozens of hours making Band fill out forms.
  
Hope your double-length dead week is treating you well. FoHo’s tryna keep your inbox clear in this stressful time but two scandals was two too many for us to resist silence anymore. 😉 Good luck in finals and look after yourself xoxo 

STANFORD BRIBES SURVIVORS TO STOP CRITICIZING THEIR RAPE EPIDEMIC  



Props here to BuzzFeed, who broke the story. Go read it here.

It’s safe to say FoHo has never been a fan of the way Stanford has treated survivors and rape culture on campus. Way back in 2014, Stanford let Leah Francis’ rapist walk at graduation and finish his classes, then come back to campus as a grad. It then became clear that the process Stanford uses behind closed doors to adjudicate sexual assault is a sham trial by a bunch of administrators who wouldn’t let you use a lawyer, threw evidence out at their own discretion and launched witch-hunts on Band and Greek life.

Then we broke the Brock Turner story. Campus rightly read and shared the heartbreaking letter his survivor read in court. We reported on the case, assuming that a court case would reveal the overwhelming evidence against him. Instead, Brock used his family’s wealth to push every last piece of evidence in his direction, and is sitting at home after a two-month stint in a cell.

What did Stanford do in response? They tried to ban hard alcohol. Then, they tried to pay money to victims to get them to withdraw the federal complaints that might have achieved something.

The university has had thousands of chances to prove that it cares about stamping out rape culture. It could light up Scary Path. It still hasn’t. It could mandate expulsion for people found responsible for sexual assault. It hasn’t. It could start using sexual assault statistics that don’t peddle the laughable claim that less than 2% of Stanford students have been raped. It refused.

And now we’ve learned Stanford has been handing tens of thousands of dollars to people who were raped to try to get them to stop protesting that the university doesn’t care about them.

Leah Francis – who was assaulted two years ago – was offered $60,000 to cover the costs of her therapy, but only if she withdrew her complaint against Title IX. The same happened to another anonymous woman.

Worse, Michelle Dauber – who spoke out against Brock’s sentence – has been told to keep her mouth shut unless both sides of a Title IX case tell her she can speak. (In the most twisted argument we’ve heard in a while, it seems we now need Brock’s permission before we can talk about him.)

What did Lisa Lapin say in response? No denial that Stanford did this. Apparently, it would be “unethical” to discuss the settlement offers they’ve made.

Well, here’s what we think is unethical. It’s unethical to tell survivors the only way they’ll get the money they need to recover is if they are banned from telling Stanford to stop others suffering the same fate. It’s unethical to ignore a litany of students actively suing the Farm, and a groundswell of student outrage.

And it’s unethical to the extreme to fuck up Title IX so badly that the guy you let walk free ends up assaulting four more women – the accusation of a suit filed just this week. (Mercury News)

We’ve had enough. Campus has had enough. And Stanford – after being hit with yet another lawsuit about letting rapists walk free, and accusations they’re trying to silence survivors – should get its fucking act together.

 

WHAT CAN YOU DO?


We tried petitions, protests, letters, and the massive and sustained public outrage over Brock and hard alc. Instead of listening, they’re bribing victims to STFU and telling professors to stop talking about the issues that matter. For a University whose motto is “the winds of freedom blow”, that’s full-on pathetic. Stanford’s office of general counsel expect that money will make this all go away, like the countless other lawsuits against Stanford in years past.

Well, this time they’re fucking wrong. We give a shit, you give a shit, and they should give a shit about us too. For years now, all Stanford has cared about is its press image, and, well, fuck that. 

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LEAKED DOCS: BAND STRAITJACKETED UNDER A BILLION RULES

 

A FOHO EXCLUSIVE


TL;DR: Give a bunch of admins an institution and, in no time at all, they’ll wring the life out of it.

This story isn’t new, either. We’ve known Band has been under investigation for some time. Stanford told the world that – because of some infractions that happened while we were all in diapers – Band was under permanent vigilance. Since then, it’s become apparent that they’re never going away.
 

WE GOT HOLD OF TWO DOCS:


1) The original, long list of everything Title IX doesn’t like about Band [download].

2) A letter from November 7 – sent to all of Band yesterday – explaining why they couldn’t travel to the Big Game. At 11 pages, this is one of the longest administrator communiqués FoHo’s ever seen [download]. 


Feel free to read through them if you have a particular desire to drown in fifty thousand words of legalese. Otherwise, here’s the scoop:
 


1) TITLE IX WANTS SEX AND ALCOHOL – AND FUN – GONE FROM BAND

  • “Sex” now a dirty word
  • Alcohol banned, even if it’s optional
  • Road signs that make “69” jokes are too much for Title IX to handle

The whole (claimed) reason for suspending Band was that they were pressuring drinking and sex on their members. But Band is filled with traditions. It’s the hippy-dippy crazy bit of student like that makes Stanford different from every other generic east-coast Ivy. And, yeah, drinking is sometimes a part of that culture. Which is why we don’t make frat parties ban alcohol, but instead give them consent training and EANABs.

The same is true of sex. Section 1 of this FoHo should suggest that we care about ending assault 20,000,000x more than Stanford ever did. But sex-positivity is fun and rude and what Band does to piss off Notre Dame. Using the word “ExSexNexSex” doesn’t create rape. Not prosecuting rapists and bribing survivors to stfu, on the other hand, does.

They don’t get to decide how we run these things, students do. It’s our fucking business, not yours. 

For Band, though, even making these traditions optional apparently isn’t enough. Chris Griffith, lead inquisitor in the Band case, expressed concern that ‘the tradition will include a “voluntary aspect”’ (i.e. alcohol) – which might be ‘unhealthy.’

Title IX has taken the view that all alcohol consumption and use of the word ‘sex’ – even if it’s voluntary and consensual – is too much for Ralph Castro to bear. “Alcohol-based awards” are apparently a big no-no, but picking an alcoholic drink or an EANAB at a party is apparently just fine.

It’s gotten so ridiculous that FoHo sometimes thinks Band is living in a parallel universe where everyone's still afraid even to run down the corridors. Title IX last week confiscated a bunch of road signs that Band has stolen over the last decade (lmao), with no rhyme or reason to which they picked. “Beaver Creek” and “Mile 69” are apparently too risqué to avoid putting the wrong ideas into Band members’ heads.

Now might be a good time to remind Title IX that Stanford students are, in fact, adults.

 

+ 2) THEY WON’T STOP TILL THEY HAVE IT ALL IN WRITING


What’s more amazing is that Band has taken serious steps to jump through Title IX’s hoops. But unless they hand in a beautiful report, with two thousand words of perfect 12pt Calbri explaining WHO did WHAT and HOW, with CONCRETE PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENT, they may as well not have done anything.

One example: Band gave their members consent and alcohol training, but were then asked for FIVE separate follow-ups (!): how others were trained, who was trained at the OAPE event, which trainings occurred, when they occurred, and how many were trained. Title IX then wanted more follow-up answers on frosh training.

Another example: Band was asked to change its Dollie Day because Title IX was worried. Band did that. Student Affairs staff literally went to the event. But apparently, without a written “evaluation of Dollie Day and its compliance,” it was all for nothing.

Basically, Title IX wants a complete running written record of everything that any Band member has said, thought or done for the last year. In fact, they literally want that. SAL has this thing called CardinalSync that student groups are meant to use to communicate with each other. Nobody ever uses it because it sucks and human beings in 2016 use Facebook. But Title IX wants a perfect written record of everything that’s ever happened, so CardinalSync it is!

Quite frankly, this shit is straight from an Orwell novel. Stanford students are some of the busiest in the country, and Band is an enormous commitment as is. Administrators who have nothing better to do than complain and demand paperwork are drowning Band in legalistic requirements where they have to explain every fucking road sign or they’re banned again.

 

+ 3) ANY TINY SLIP-UP IS ENOUGH TO WARRANT A BAN


It doesn’t matter that Band has started consent training, made alcohol voluntary, ended its ‘controversial’ events, and taken down road signs about Beaver Creek. When Band was accused of getting drunk at Tree roll-outs last year, Title IX immediately pulled back on their travel rights again. And – as road-sign-gate demonstrated – if they can’t find a reason to complain, they’ll storm through Band’s shit till they find something they don’t like.

That’s why Band doesn’t want to join CardinalSync (even if it wasn’t shit and broken half the time) and why meeting Title IX every two minutes would be a disaster. Every time Band sends over new info, a billion questions and a warning come back. 

 

+ 4) THEY NEED WEEKS OF NOTICE, ALWAYS


Title IX claim to be unhappy with Band's response time. But what happens when Band wants to get back to them quickly? Last week, after Thanksgiving break ended, Band emailed Title IX asking for a meeting a few days later to discuss going to the Sun Bowl. Title IX – note, a group of people paid exclusively to do this shit – said they wouldn’t be “able to find time” to look. They also claimed that they didn’t have enough “feedback” from Band. So Band wasn't allowed to travel. Again.

 

IN CONCLUSION, IT’S A SHITSHOW


There’s no other way to put this: Band is under inquisition from a bunch of fascists with nothing better to do than destroy a group they don’t like. Band is responsible for funny news headlines, and Stanford doesn’t like them, so they’ve used Title IX as a façade to grind them down from the inside. 

And knowing that Stanford is using Title IX to crush Band, while it also doesn’t bother to fix Title IX’s (very glaring) problems as a way to adjudicate sexual assault, makes FoHo really pretty sad.

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WHAT WE’RE READING


 In brighter news, California voted to legalize weed on Election Day. Unfortunately, Greg Boardman says we still can’t smoke it (har har) because (apparently) he doesn’t want to be sued by the federal government. This is despite the fact the federal government has repeatedly said it isn’t interested. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

In less bright news, Trump won and now people don’t want to do Stanford in Washington (Daily). Which sucks, because SiW is fun and special. Also, remember the grad students whose housing was getting torn apart with little recourse? They filed an appeal against Stanford. Surprise! – it got rejected. 😭😭😭 

Throwback Wednesday: about a year ago, Stanford’s Student Activity and Life banned groups from saying no to any member for any reason under ‘open attendance.’ (Which, if they applied it to the football team, would be pretty hilarious). Frosh don’t remember the era of Stanford Finance and Consulting, which took a couple dozen people but had to say no to everyone else to be able to function. Check out the good semi-long-form pieces from a year back in opposition (1, 2) and in favor (Review).

A couple weeks on from sanctuary-campus-gate, MTL and co have indicated their support for undocumented students at Stanford, as well as signing a letter backing DACA, DREAM and other policies to help the undocumented (Daily). That didn’t stop the writers of the sanctuary petition issuing a list of DEMANDS, which include getting Stanford – an apolitical educational institution – to start funding “social justice organizations” throughout the state. 

Stanford got two Rhodes Scholars (1, 2). Last but not least, Stats 60 tried replacing grad students with a robot TA. Sadly, we have no idea whether it was better or worse than the TA who still hasn’t responded to a Math 51 question FoHo sent in freshman winter (Daily).

~~ procrastination ends here ~~ 

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