Student Government column

The Carnegie Mellon University Undergraduate Student Senate is seeking representatives. The Undergraduate Student Senate represents student interests in a multitude of issues in everything from interfacing with administration to putting on events to connect students to Pittsburgh and the campus community. We are currently looking for passionate, motivated individuals who are interested in improving the experiences of the undergraduate student body and making positive changes to serve on the body.

There are two types of representative seats available: Member at Large and Senator. Both Members at Large and Senators may sit on one of the standing committees: Academic Affairs, Business Affairs, Campus Life, Communications, Finance, and Internal Development. Members at Large may also sit solely on the Advocacy committee. Senators and Members at Large have the same rights and privileges on Senate, with the exception of voting.

There are no caps on the number of Member at Large seats, but Senator seats are capped at 140 students per representative, by college. The current vacancies for Senator seats are as follows:

CIT: 9
CFA: 4
Dietrich: 1
SCS: 2
MCS: 3
Tepper: 2

Interested students should come to the Vacancy Elections being held on Thursday, Feb. 1 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Danforth Conference Room in the Cohon Center. To run for a Senator seat, candidates must fill out a petition found on our website at with the signatures of 25 students from their home college. Both Senator and Member at Large candidates should come prepared with a brief two-minute speech on their interests and qualifications and should be prepared to answer questions from the body.

More information on Senate, its current initiatives, and the election process may be found at and on our Facebook page at For further inquiries, please message the Facebook page or email