Students need more awareness of campus changes
Since this summer, there have been many significant changes to campus that affect the student body. We’ve seen parking meters erected on Margaret Morrison Street, the recently altered noise policy for student organizations, and new campus eateries added — to name just a few.
Regardless of whether or not these developments directly benefit students, there is one complaint that connects all of them: Many students feel that they were not adequately informed of decisions that would affect them, if they were informed at all.
This complaint should be addressed by the university administration as soon as possible.
The administration most likely has its own methods in place for deciding what information to disseminate to the student body, and these methods for deciding are probably well thought out.
However, judging by many students’ negative responses to their finding out about these changes after they’ve already occurred, the current methods of dissemination simply aren’t working.
The student body regularly receives emails about university press releases, usually regarding the retiring of faculty members or the achievements of alumni.
While it’s admittedly important to acknowledge esteemed members of our community, these are pieces of news that might be best kept to the website meant for university press releases, in order to save these emails for changes in the Carnegie Mellon community that directly affect students. This would probably be a better option than emailing about every update, as students are rather inundated with campus-related emails already.
Another method of getting important information to interested parties might be to post everything on the university press releases website, then have members of Student Senate get out the information that’s pertinent to the student body’s livelihood through the use of social media like Facebook, Twitter, and website updates.
Regardless of how this problem is addressed, it should be done before students are surprised by yet another, perhaps unwelcome, change.