MacGillivray and Masters win election

Lindsay MacGillivray and Peter Masters won the election for student body president and vice president, taking 72.64 percent of the vote. (credit: Courtesy of Alex Webster) Lindsay MacGillivray and Peter Masters won the election for student body president and vice president, taking 72.64 percent of the vote. (credit: Courtesy of Alex Webster)

Junior biology and psychology double major Lindsay MacGillivray and sophomore international relations and politics and environmental policy double major Peter Masters will succeed senior economics and statistics and decision science double major Will Weiner and senior professional and creative writing double major Meela Dudley as student body president and student body vice president, respectively, for the next academic year.

MacGillivray and Masters won by a landslide, taking 72.64 percent of the vote over their opponents, junior mechanical engineering and engineering and public policy double major Thomas Healy and junior business administration major Caitlin Jones, who garnered 24.39 percent of the vote according to the student government elections website.

Jalen Poteat, a sophomore statistics major, was elected student body vice president for finance and junior psychology major Corinne Rockoff was elected student body vice president for organizations.

17.5 percent of the student body population participated in the student government elections; 29.85 percent of the undergraduate student body and 3.34 percent of the graduate student body voted.

MacGillivray and Masters hope to achieve their platform initiatives through their “ABC” program.

“A” stands for aided access, which includes extending communication between current and future leadership.

“B” stands for bridging The Bridge, by focusing on organizations and creating a centralized events calendar. “C” stands for “CMU loves”; Macgillivray and Masters hope to implement initiatives that can improve student happiness and alleviate stress culture.

They also plan on implementing more vegetarian options on campus, as that was one of the most requested suggestions from the student body.

“We’re looking to make CMU more fun, and in general, making sure more things are available on campus,” MacGillivray said.

MacGillivray and Masters hope to create an overall sense of school pride by connecting organizations.

“There are also a lot of organizations that are proud of what they do, not necessarily CMU pride but like ‘Buggy pride’ or this pride or that pride. But we think that by connecting these organizations you can create this overall sense of CMU pride,” MacGillivray said.

Masters addressed the concern over a lack of campus unification, especially among separate schools, by proposing ways to continue the sense of bonding that first-years experience on campus.

“One of the biggest exceptions to the separation between schools is through freshman housing. But that sense of community disappears after your first year because everyone gets scattered the way the housing system is set up. So we want to establish more roots by trying to extend the network that emerges from freshman dorms,” he said.

When asked what he likes the most about Carnegie Mellon, Masters replied that the people are what he finds are the most inspiring.

“The CMU student that’s geeky and proud — in my book, that means passionate about something. CMU is filled with people who are driven about one thing or another,” he said.

MacGillivray agreed. “You can’t go a day here without engaging in a conversation with someone that’s incredibly inspiring. From the first-years that I work with to upperclassmen, everybody is doing something cool or has a crazy idea — something that they’re so invested in. That pushes me to also be driven and invested in this campus,” she said.