Ian Glasner steps into role as SBVP

Glasner hopes to be an effective liaison between Carnegie Mellon and its students. (credit: Kate Groschner/Photo Editor) Glasner hopes to be an effective liaison between Carnegie Mellon and its students. (credit: Kate Groschner/Photo Editor)

Spurred by a desire to make Carnegie Mellon life more enjoyable, junior electrical and computer engineering major Ian Glasner has filled the role of student body vice president after former vice president and junior philosophy major Peter Masters resigned from the position.

Glasner was nominated to student body vice president by Student Body President Lindsay MacGillivray two weeks ago, and his nomination was approved by Student Senate last Thursday. MacGillivray presented Glasner as her nominee to Senate and faced no objections.

MacGillivray and Glasner already have a history of positive collaboration: Glasner previously served on MacGillivray’s advisory cabinet as residential life adviser. He currently serves as the community advisor for the Residence on Fifth. He is also on the executive committee of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s Pennsylvania Phi chapter and is a founder of CMU in Haiti, an organization that travels to and supports Haiti.

Although already engaged with various campus organizations, Glasner looks forward to the new responsibilities associated with his position as student body vice president.

“I think I can make a difference here and effect positive change on campus. It’s all about representing the student body and helping make campus a better place and making students more happy and successful. I want to make this campus more fun,” he said.

According to the student government website, the student body vice president assists the student body president in all areas of the job and is either elected alongside the SBP or appointed by the SBP after election.

“Lindsay has been my role model because I’ve followed her path, as she was the CA for the Rez while I was an RA, and then I filled her role as CA. She is someone that just has all of her stuff together. She really knows what she’s doing, is very organized and has a ton of different initiatives that she’s determined to achieve,” he said.

“I think I’m similar to her in some of those ways in the sense that I know what I want and will do everything I can do to go and achieve those goals. But in the end, I’m just another person with different ideas,” Glasner continued.

One initiative spearheaded by MacGillivray that Glasner will contribute to is the WTF@CMU website, which stands for “What to Fix at Carnegie Mellon.”
The page is meant to address student concerns about campus issues.

“One of our primary initiatives is WTF@CMU, to figure out what people think is wrong on campus, so that we can address and fix it. Addressing student concerns and fixing them in a timely manner is definitely one of our goals,” Glasner said.

For Glasner, it’s the students and his love for the school that motivate him to be involved with student government and other organizations on campus.
“My favorite thing about Carnegie Mellon is the drive and passion that students have for what they do. When students on campus want to make a change, they then take steps to reach those goals that they want to fulfill.”

In addition to fostering ideas for campus change, the student body vice president is integral to student-administration communication.

“The goal of student government here is to represent the students to the administration. We also have funds and students at our disposal to make change on our own, but a big part of it is being that liaison,” he said.

“If we are involved and get to know as many students on campus, then we can do the best job of representing this school. And I think Lindsay and I are both great people to do that,” Glasner added.
This year, student government has focused on their Enhancing Campus Culture (ECC) initiative, which includes mental health first aid training; a mindfulness room to help students de-stress; the random acts of kindness group, Project Smile; and a transition-to-college course, Thrive@CMU.

Glasner hopes that ECC and other ideas that he and student government have will help alleviate campus stress culture.

He also would like to see a restructured dining plan that could cater towards upperclassmen. “All these ideas are in the works, and nothing is official yet, but we’re only eight or nine weeks into the semester, and things are still in the planning stage. Next semester will really be all about exacting these initiatives.”

Glasner said that students should feel free to reach out to him via email.