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From the desk: Student government always seeks to respond to you

You may have seen posters around campus this week promoting the concerns@andrew.cmu.edu e-mail address. Student Government established this address as way for you to express your suggestions or complaints.
Messages sent to concerns@andrew.cmu.edu will be read by me or Student Body Vice President Julie Beckenstein. After we receive your message, we will take immediate action ourselves or forward it to the most appropriate branch of student government ? the Undergraduate Student Senate, the Graduate Student Assembly, or the Student Dormitory Council ? to address your concern.
Student Government is perpetually working to improve broad campus issues, but we sometimes fail to notice smaller things that need improvement. During the course of your day, you undoubtedly encounter annoyances that Student Government can address, but we cannot address them unless we hear from you. We hope this line of communication will allow Student Government to be more responsive to you and ultimately improve the Carnegie Mellon student experience. It is our belief that we can only be effective when we know what problems students encounter every day. Please help us do our jobs to fight for the issues that concern you the most by letting us know what deserves our attention.
You may have also noticed free newspapers being distributed on campus. Last week was the first in a four-week trial of the Collegiate Readership Program. Student Government decided to pilot the program during the month leading up to the general election so that students could be more informed about political issues. These papers are available to all members of the campus community and it is our hope that a better-informed student body will lead to better decisions on Election Day.
This is just one aspect of Student Government?s Get Out The Vote effort. Over the next few weeks, there will be a number of great events, including visits to campus from major political speakers, candidates, and politicians. These events and others have been coordinated by a working-group of student leaders from across the political spectrum. From John Kerry to Condoleezza Rice, this week alone will bring a number of major speakers to campus. Furthermore, when Student Government says it is committed to getting out the vote, we mean it. We have acquired the use of University shuttle buses to take students to and from polling places during the day of the election.
On the evening of November 2, Student Government is sponsoring an election returns party in Rangos Ballroom, where you can watch as the results come in live on different television networks. There will also be food and performances by bands and student organizations. I hope to see you there.
As you can see, Student Government is working hard to make sure students are well-informed leading up to the election, have the ability to cast votes as individuals see fit, and have the ability to watch the results together. A number of students and organizations are working hard on this effort because we all want to make sure students have every opportunity to have their voice heard this election.
I will have no column next week, as it is mid-semester break. I wish you all a safe and relaxing long weekend.

Please do not hesitate to e-mail concerns@andrew.cmu.edu with your feedback about the Collegiate Readership Program or anything else that is on your mind. I will make sure that all legitimate concerns are addressed.