Presidential Perspectives

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Last week, we gave a short presentation to all Introduction to World History classes outlining the structure and purpose of student government. The presentation updated each section as to what projects we’re currently working on, how students can get in contact with us, and how we come up with our ideas. However, we think it’s important that more than just first-years know the answers to these questions.

We get our ideas from one place: you. Students have suggested ideas, recommended changes, or forwarded us information that has led student government to start new initiatives.

Getting your ideas to us is simple: Talk to us in person, give us a call, or send us an e-mail.

The “Contact Us” page on our website is another way to contact us quickly. You can forward us a website, send us an outline, or arrange a meeting to discuss what change you’d like to see happen. You set the agenda, so don’t be afraid of putting yourself on it.

We’re at a large institution, and change isn’t necessarily easy to achieve. We believe trying to effect the most amount of comprehensive change is the key to being successful. It’s a game of numbers. If the chance of initiatives being successful is only 15 percent, the only way to ensure broad results is to make sure we’re trying to improve as many sections of campus life as possible. So please send us your ideas and add to the number of projects we’re currently working on. This is what we work for.

Some of the purposes for the projects we’ve taken on this semester:

Rental Car Program: To host a small number of rental cars on campus so that students may access them for personal use on their own time — at a fair hourly rate.

Rental Bike Program: To revive the bicycle rental program so that students may borrow a bike to ride on errands, between classes, for exercise, or for other purposes.

Sustainability Task Force: To establish a student task force that would act as “consultants” to the university’s departments — evaluating their business practices to ensure that they’re as green as possible.

Gender-Neutral Housing: To pilot test a gender-neutral housing policy for certain campus housing arrangements.

CarnegieWiki: To establish a wiki for the Carnegie Mellon community.