Hopefully you voted last week and know that campus elections came and went, and with that, my term as your student body president goes into that lame duck phase. What’s nice is that I don’t have to deal with foreign dignitaries who feel like there’s no more bite to what I say because I’m not going to be in office for that much longer. On the contrary, Adi and my administration and other parties are still very much open to your suggestions as we finish our terms in office.
Hopefully, you were among the 1800 people who voted. We saw a lot of participation, and both the CMUnity and Tartan Pride campaigns, along with Elections Board, should be credited with the fantastic turnout. As a result of the polling activities, my successor is Jared Itkowitz. In my opinion, he is very competent and will make a terrific president. Jared has lots of great ideas, and, due to his three years of experience in Student Senate, he understands how to go about implementing them. His vice president, Pooja Godbole, is equally talented and has demonstrated her leadership by chairing Mayur SASA’s incredibly successful Bhangra in the Burgh event. As with Adi and me, Jared and Pooja will need your help and suggestions to make sure they are on the right track, so keep reading this column and sending e-mails.
In other news, Senator John McCain will be on campus this Tuesday. He will speak about the current state of the economy and outline his plan on how to fix the current doldrums we find ourselves in. As I wrote in an earlier Presidential Perspectives column, I’ve been very inspired by all the conversation surrounding our national elections this year. Certainly, we can credit Senator Obama’s campaign for reaching out to and catalyzing our generation. However, in order to really participate in Senator Obama’s vision of a “post-partisan” politics, we should educate ourselves on what the other candidates have to say without paying much regard to party lines. We must judge each platform with few preconceived notions and decide what we truly believe is best for our country, rather than just listening to what the media, our friends, or other outside influences try to superficially convince us what is best. We all have brains and individual perspectives. We at Carnegie Mellon can prove that to ourselves by keeping an open mind, listening to all the candidates’ points, and engaging in further conversations with our peers, professors, parents, strangers — you name it.