THE FOUNTAIN HOPPER

november 3, 2019
eighty-seventh edition  |  weather: 🔥🎃 |  read time: 5 minutes

IN THIS EXTRA-SPOOKY EDITION:

ANONYMOUS ACTIVIST INSTALLS CHANEL MILLER PLAQUE: "YOUR MOVE, STANFORD"

FACSEN UNANIMOUSLY VOTES IN FAVOR OF INSTALLING PLAQUE

STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR SUPER-SCARY DATE-RAPE DRUG GHB


& MORE NEWS YOU CAN USE

TW: THIS ISSUE CONTAINS REFERENCES TO SEXUAL ASSAULT, DATE RAPE DRUGGINGS, INCOMPETENT ADMINS

CHANEL MILLER PLAQUE INSTALLED—BUT NOT BY STANFORD
~~A FOHO EXCLUSIVE~~

A quote chosen by Chanel Miller has been installed at the site of her sexual assault by ex-Stanford swimmer Brock Turner, almost 2 years after we first reported that Stanford had walked back on its promise to do so. The quote was not, however, put there by the university. It was instead installed by an anonymous tipster, who sent FoHo the following statement:

By refusing to place Chanel Miller’s quote on the memorial site, Stanford’s administration has shown a stark lack of empathy and respect for survivors of sexual assault. We support the recent resolutions by the ASSU, Graduate Student Council, and Undergraduate Senate calling for the installation of the plaque, and have gone a step further—installing it ourselves.

Stanford’s disregard clearly shows in their refusal to put Miller’s quote on the bench; will they disrespect survivors even further by removing it now that it’s there? If they remove this plaque, it will underscore Stanford’s consistent choice to pay lip service over genuinely prioritizing the well-being of our community. And we will replace it.

We’re watching. Your move, Stanford.


We reached out to the university, and a spokesman confirmed that

  • The university was not previously aware that the plaque was installed
     
  • The university did not install the plaque
     
  • The plaque will remain in place while Provost Persis Drell reviews the issue

PERSIS DRELL TAKES AN L
~~A FOHO EXCLUSIVE~~

On October 24th, the Faculty Senate unanimously voted in favor of installing Chanel Miller's chosen quote at the site of her assault, shocking the activists who orchestrated it. (They had expected the measure to fail.) Though the Faculty Senate has no hard power here, their vote means it’s now pretty much everyone vs. Provost Persis Drell on this. We attended the meeting, and watching Drell get repeatedly dunked on was almost enough to make us feel bad for her. Almost.

Here’s what we saw:

  1. The room was packed with activists carrying signs (Daily pic here)
     
  2. ASSU President Erica Scott gave a very moving and impressive speech. (We think it’s well worth reading in full, so we obtained a copy and made it available here.) She disputed the university's repeated arguments that the quote is triggering, calling it “anodyne.” “What is triggering is the deep betrayal of all survivors associated with the fact that Stanford did the unthinkable and ​violated a written settlement agreement​ with Miller—betraying and retraumatizing her,” she said. She received a standing ovation. 👏
     
  3. Professor David Palumbo-Liu called the university’s argument that the quote is triggering “logically absurd” and “the flimsiest of reasons.” (He compared the refusal to install the quote to Holocaust erasure, which we at FoHo thought was a bit...uh...heavy-handed.) He received a standing ovation. 👏
     
  4. Drell reiterated her (unsubstantiated) claim that psychologists told her the quote could be triggering to survivors and repeated that she would not support the plaque's installation except as an Augmented Reality project. (We think that is complete and utter BS, given that the AR project was a protest of Drell and, as Scott pointed out, “not intended to serve as a replacement for a physical plaque.”) She received...silence. 🦗
     
  5. During the questioning period, some (older) faculty senators were confused on what AR is, which we found oddly refreshing.
     
  6. Also during the questioning period, Med School Prof. David Spiegel, who literally helped write the PTSD guidelines for the DSM, got up and dunked on Drell. He said such reasonable things as:
     
    1. The plaque is not triggering
    2. Trauma is often a result of your community refusing to acknowledge you
    3. Drell did not consult him on whether the quote was triggering, meaning that, as a foremost expert on trauma in the US, he’s more qualified than literally any of the (alleged) psychologists Drell might have talked to
    4. Stanford should install the plaque
       
  7. After FacSen voted unanimously to support of installing the quote, they received a standing ovation. 👏

Since then, the university has remained silent. Our request for comment, as well as emails from activist tipsters, went unanswered. We only were told that the “provost is fully considering input provided by the university community” after we reached out for comment on a tipster's installation of the plaque.

Drell’s outlook is pretty bad right now: she’s up against 2,000 petition signatories, the Undergraduate Senate, the Graduate Student Council, Faculty Senate, a zillion op-eds, and the Daily. Oh, and the Fountain Hopper, in case we haven't made that abundantly clear.

A well-placed tipster told us that even Senior Associate Vice Provost for Institutional Equity & Access Lauren Schoelenthaler, whom Miller pseudonymously flamed in her memoir for causing this whole mess and who was responsible for the retaliatory firing of a beloved Title IX lawyer in 2017, has reportedly told Drell to install the plaque. (Schoelenthaler did not respond to a request for comment.)

Drell has a couple of choices:

  1. Finally install the plaque, looking completely ridiculous for waiting this long. Finally follow through on the university’s promise.
  2. Not install the plaque. Let the protests continue. Look even worse. Fully prove to the student body that admins don't give a single fuck about sexual violence.

We hope Drell makes the right choice. (To any admins who may be slow on the uptake: that’s the first one. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. 🙃)

THREE STUDENTS REPORT DRUGGINGS; ONE TESTS POSITIVE FOR GHB

On October 10, a student lost consciousness after drinking at a Row party, later testing positive for GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate), according to a Stanford Community Alert. Neither the alert nor the subsequent Daily story really underscored how terrifying GBH is—it's a party, chemsex, and date rape drug that is odorless, colorless, and can be overdosed on by a margin of a milliliter. [Guardian] It's a super caustic substance that shouldn't be on campus at all, let alone in an unsuspecting partygoer's drink. (For more info on the impact of GHB in the UK's queer community, this excellent, four-part BuzzFeed series is well worth the read.)

About a week later, two other students reported suspected druggings at an Ujamaa party, though a drug test administered to one of the students came back negative.

In 2017's FoHo #53, we reported that seven students were allegedly drugged at Sigma Chi by a Dartmouth rower, two of which tested positive for benzodiazepines, making these new cases the latest in a string of alleged aggravated assaults by drugging on campus.

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CAMPUS NEWS YOU CAN USE
 
  • The NCAA board has voted to allow student-athletes to profit off the use of their names, images, and likenesses. This follows the passage of a recent California law, which mandated that universities allow student-athletes to monetize their brands. (Stanford opposed the bill, arguing that reform should happen at the national level.)
     
  • Once again, California is on fire. [Daily] [NYT] [SF Chronicle] In last year's FoHo #70, we reported that Vaden was allegedly denying N-95 masks to campus workers, who were instead told to contact their supervisors. We reached out to the university to ask whether policy had changed this year, and a spokesman told us that campus workers were able to obtain N-95 masks at various locations around the campus. 🎉
     
  • The Daily traced the path of a stomach illness outbreak in Burbank from the 'Patient 0' who puked on the bathroom floor to 20 other students in the dorm, seven other dorms, and 25 students across campus. 😵🤮😷An RA interviewed for the piece advised that prospective patients 26-7000 “wash your hands, don’t touch your eyes, don’t eat food with your hands, avoid touching doorknobs and stay hydrated."


Title IX Coordinator Jill Thomas has left Stanford, and Stanford has pulled its application to Santa Clara County for a General Use Permit. You can expect updates in FoHo #88, which will go out within the next few days.

WHAT WE'RE READING

Flipside: Carta Rolls Out New “Likelihood Your Professor Will Get MeToo’d” StatisticAndrew Yang Warns That AI Will Soon Automate All Your Time-Wasting BSDear RA: My Roommate’s Mom Still Comes to Enforce His Curfew, and I Don’t Know What to Do

Daily Satire: New Arrillaga Fellowship requires each recipient to name firstborn child ArrillagaUnread copies of The Daily cited as fire hazard by Fire MarshalStanford seeking permit to stage overnight coup of Santa Clara County
 
  • Stanford Politics did a really cool data project studying how Stanford faculty and staff have donated to 2020's presidential candidates.
     
  • Inspired by the Theranos scandal, the Stanford Sphere uncovered faculty members' ties to the biotech industry, finding "an alarming lack of accountability when it comes to keeping research and financial interests separate."
     
  • The Daily published this great piece on the history of eugenics at Stanford. (Stanford's first president was a famous eugenicist—wiki here.)
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