Letter to the Editor

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I am writing to request that you print a correction to Akshay Dave’s article, “All Senate positions filled,” which appeared in the News section of the Dec. 3 issue of The Tartan. The article claimed, “For the first time in seven years, Carnegie Mellon’s Student Senate is full.” This is simply false, as can been seen by reviewing the minutes of the Student Senate meetings, which are publicly available at At a Student Senate meeting on Feb. 24, 2005 — fewer than three years ago — a motion was made to fill the last remaining vacancy. In fact, that seat — and all others — remained filled through the end of the spring 2005 Senate session.

The source of this error appears to be junior Tepper School of Business Senator Jared Itkowitz. I commend Senator Itkowitz and his colleagues for their efforts in filling vacancies. A full Student Senate is a sign that students recognize the legislative body as a vehicle for positive change on campus. However, I was disappointed to see that the web page that links to Student Senate minutes has not been updated since January 2007.

Itkowitz was also quoted as saying that he is working to “increase transparency in the Senate” through the newly formed Student Government Visibility Committee. Might I suggest that this committee take on the initiative of publishing the minutes of all Student Senate meetings on the web, as was done during my tenure as chair of the Student Senate Communications Committee.

Erik Michaels-Ober
H&SS 2005
Student Body President 2004–2005
Student Senate Communications Committee Chair 2003–2004