Campus News in Brief

University prepares for disruption

Director of Campus Services Ryan Wolfe has several strategies prepared should public avenues of transportation become disrupted on Dec. 1 due to a possible strike.

The Port Authority of Allegheny County (PAT) has threatened a strike of its workers in protest for a new contract.

A carpool website ( has already been established for the Carnegie Mellon community. This site is designed to help members identify drivers and passengers that can commute together in the event of a disruption in public transportation.

The Shuttle and Escort service is being revamped by University Police to extend operating hours in the event of need. Expansion should include longer running hours and adding new routes for more off-campus coverage.

The SafeWalk program is also getting help from University Police; two security guards will be available during SafeWalk hours, between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., to escort people should a disruption in PAT service occur.

For drivers on campus, additional parking will become available in the Morewood Gardens parking lot with a valet service provided for $5 per day.

Wolfe recognizes that while the university cannot totally compensate for the lack of public transportation, the Carnegie Mellon community can work together to help ease the burden. He asks that “community members be patient and flexible should a disruption of service occur.”

Mudge House hosts free dinner

The Student Dormitory Council and Student Development Office will sponsor a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for students, faculty, and staff who are staying on campus over the break.

The University will officially begin Thanksgiving Break on Wednesday, Nov. 26 and resume classes on Monday, Dec. 1.

The food being served at the dinner includes a turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn bread, and dessert.

The meal will be free for everyone in the Carnegie Mellon community, and will be held on Thursday, Nov. 28 in the Mudge Reading Room at 5 p.m.

Students who would like to attend the dinner should reserve a spot by calling the Student Development Office or by visiting the office, located on the first floor of Morewood Gardens.

Along with dinner, attendees are encouraged to stay afterward to play games or watch one of the three football games that night.

Students, faculty, and staff who sign up for the dinner are not obligated to stay for the entire event, and are free to come and go as they please. Guests are also encouraged to arrive early to relax in the mansion and mingle with colleagues.