Happenings this week: Elections and NY Times speaker

Even though Carnival is over and the semester is winding down, Carnegie Mellon students still have one more important activity: voting in student government elections.

Throughout today and tomorrow, undergraduate and graduate students can vote for the executive body: the ticket of student body president and vice-president, and the student body vice-president of finance. Undergraduates also have the responsibility of electing the Senators for their respective colleges.

To vote, log on to before 9 pm tomorrow or stop by Kirr Commons between 10 am–6 pm today or tomorrow.

Also coming this week, New York Times obituary writer Margalit Fox will give a speech titled “Come on Over to the Dark Side: The Obituary as Social History.”
The first Giler Humanities Lecture, the speech will take place on Friday at 4:30 pm in the Adamson Wing of Baker Hall, 136A.

In her career, Fox has memorialized some of today’s leading cultural figures, including Jewish-American feminist and social activist Betty Friedan, American essayist and intellectual Susan Sontag, the literary critic Wayne C. Booth, and the philosopher Paul Ricoeur.

Fox was named a finalist in the obituary category of the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Best Newspaper Writing 2005.

Formerly an editor at The New York Times Book Review, Fox’s work has also appeared in The Times, New York Newsday, Variety, and several other publications.

The Humanities Scholars Program, a four-year interdisciplinary program open by invitation to H&SS applicants, is sponsoring Fox’s speech through a fund set up by Carnegie Mellon alumni Kim and Eric Giler.