Liam O'Connell

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  • What has the Undergraduate Student Senate been working on this year?

    As the outgoing Senate Chair, I want to end the year by providing all of our undergraduate constituents with a summary of the work we have done throughout this academic year. This is the end of my fourth year as a member of Senate, and my second year as its Chair. In these years, I have talked to a lot of students about Senate, and get two questions most frequently. Firstly: what is Senate? As col...

    Forum | May 2, 2022
  • CMU map reinforces prejudice

    Last Monday night, a post on the Facebook group Overlooked At Carnegie Mellon drew attention to something most students probably don’t think about after orientation: the guides to Pittsburgh distributed by our school. Although they might look perfectly innocent, they are actually far from it, perfectly highlighting the power of maps and of instit...

    Forum | February 3, 2020
  • Many GA voters impacted by voter suppression

    Last week’s midterm elections showed us what can happen when people bother to vote. Control of the House of Representatives will change hands in January, and many races that are normally written off as safe for one party ended up either very close or delivering upsets. The one-party rule of the federal government will come to end. These are things to celebrate, and they hopefully point to a genera...

    Forum | November 12, 2018
  • Voter suppression in midterms

    It's easy to think that the fight for voting rights ended with the passage of the 15th and 19th Amendments, giving voting rights to African-Americans and women, respectively. Although these rights have been secured on paper for over a century, the fight to allow all Americans the right to vote has never ended. Politicians in many states have enacted laws undermining this right by making it more d...

    Forum | October 29, 2018
  • IPCC Report Article

    Earlier this week, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN IPCC) published their report Global Warming of 1.5°C. In short, the report tells us that we have twelve years to enact planet-saving measures that keep global warming below the critical mark of 1.5 degrees. That might not sound like much, but the earth has already warmed by one degree since the beginning of the i...

    Forum | October 15, 2018