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News Briefs 2/2 Stanford's Student Conduct Legislative Council hopes to survey students, faculty and possibly teaching assistants in the coming months to see whether changes should be made in the university's Honor Code. The review, announced last fall by Vice Provost for Student Affairs Mary Edmonds, will be the first reexamination of the Honor Code since 1976. Stanford's Judicial Affairs Office handled 40 cases involving alleged Honor Code violations in 1992-93, twice as many as the previous year. However, previous student surveys over the years have shown little long-term variation in the extent of dishonest behavior among Stanford students generally.
Two Stanford employees have been arrested for the alleged embezzlement of $2,300 from the Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association (SIMA). Martha Campbell, a secretary in charge of the association's travel budget, allegedly billed SIMA for student travel and then spent the money on a trip for herself, and her own rent. Jeffrey Aldrich, an operations manager at the Center for Design Research who shares a Redwood City home with Campbell, allegedly deposited university funds into his account at the Stanford Federal Credit Union. Both suspects turned themselves in and were released on bail. Campbell will be charged with grand theft and Aldrich with being an accessory. Their arraignments are scheduled within the next few weeks.
Winds of Freedom, the new conservative Stanford student/alumni organization, has announced plans for its own independent study of undergraduate education. Paralleling the university's Commission on Undergraduate Education, the Winds of Freedom panel has split into seven sub- groups and expects to issue a report in mid-March. Since its creation last fall, Winds of Freedom has attracted approximately 1,400 students and alumni members supporting a return to "traditional liberal arts education," according to junior Adam Ross, one of the organization's directors. Further membership recruitment is planned. The group is run jointly by the Stanford Review and the Interscholastic Studies Institute, a non-profit conservative education group in Bryn Mawr, Pa.
Graduate students concerned over Escondido Village living conditions met with Stanford administrators for more than two hours Jan. 26, to voice concern on issues ranging from bike racks to lead-containing paint. About 50 students attended the meeting, which also addressed the cost of living in the graduate student housing complex and how upcoming university budget cuts will affect life there. Roger Whitney, associate director of Housing and Dining Services, described the university's ongoing $30 million capital improvement program for the village and promised to work more closely with residents in the future.
Stanford sailors and windsurfers may find themselves high and dry this spring if more rain doesn't fall. According to university water superintendent Larry Andrews, Felt Lake, Stanford's foothill reservoir, is currently below normal levels - and that means less chance of having enough runoff to fill Lake Lagunita on the main campus. The lower lake was dry from 1988 to 1991 because of California's seven-year drought. -tmj-
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