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Hey Tartans,

Congratulations Carnival Committee on a successful and efficient Move-On on Friday. Good luck to all organizations participating in Booth and Buggy this upcoming weekend.

This week, Pooja and I want to highlight another event that student government is sponsoring. I’ve said before that it is important for Carnegie Mellon students to be involved in local politics, because for the four years that we are living in Pittsburgh, we represent more than just visitors of this city. We use public transit, work for local businesses, and live in off-campus apartments. Pooja and I have made a concentrated effort — which I’ve rarely seen from our student government over the past four years — to work with other Pittsburgh colleges and to talk with local politicians in an effort to become more versed in the issues that affect our students.

Beyond student government’s taking a more active position, I’d really like to see students become more knowledgeable and active about local issues. Recently, we were approached with the chance to sponsor an event that we hope will encourage more students on campus to get involved. On Wednesday, April 29, Pooja and I, with the help of the Student Senate and Graduate Student Assembly, will be co-sponsoring a Pittsburgh mayoral debate on campus for the Democratic primary election in May. The location of the debate is currently Porter Hall 100, with the potential to change. Our hope is that students who attend the debate will not only become knowledgeable about the candidates, but will also have the opportunity to learn about some of the most important local issues impacting students.

Carnegie Mellon is a major source of pride to this city. Each year, approximately 10 percent of graduating seniors decide to make Pittsburgh their permanent home. This influx of highly intelligent, young professionals is invaluable. As such, we students have the influence to really make an impact on the outlook of this city. Politicians want to hear our voice, want to know our concerns, and want to see that we care.

Besides the debate, Megan Larcom, our chief of staff, is organizing a Coffee and Conversations event before the debate at 4:30 p.m., where students can meet with Councilman Bill Peduto and learn about some of the topics that will be discussed at the debate. I want to encourage all of you to attend both events. Carnegie Mellon students should be knowledgeable and deserve to have a say. Until then, enjoy Carnival! And ride the Loop: It will be operational for Carnival weekend!