Carnegie Mellon University


The 2018 Candidates

Senate: Check out platforms here

Student Body Vice President for Organizations: Read these Tartan articles about Amy Liu and Richard Hoffberg, and watch their debates here!

Student Body Vice President of Finance: Read these Tartan articles about Evan Feder and Elena (Ella) Lazareva, and watch their debates:

Student Body President & Vice President: Read these Tartan articles about Roshni Mehta and her running mate Tyler Davis and David Singh and his running mate Lorraine Zhang, and watch their debates:

Single Transferrable Vote (STV) system

With single transferable voting, candidates are ranked, and your single vote initially goes to your first choice. If no candidate has a clear majority, then the candidate with the least number of votes is eliminated. If that candidate is your first choice, your single vote then is transferred to your second choice, and so on. You are still free to write in a candidate for any position on your ballot.

You can also choose to vote "No Confidence" or to abstain.

A vote for "No Confidence" is not an abstention. "No Confidence" means that you would prefer no one over anyone – for example, say there are three open Senate seats, and you vote for Candidate X in the first rank and "No Confidence" in the second. That would signify that you would want Candidate X to be a Senator, and would prefer that no one else be a Senator.

To abstain, just vote for the candidates you'd like and leave the other slots open. So, from the above example, you can vote for Candidate X in the first rank, and leave the other ranks blank. That would mean that you want Candidate X to win, and have no opinion about who else wins.

The Single Transferrable Voting system thus allows you to vote your conscience and makes as many voters as happy as possible with the outcome.

Our Student Government

The Carnegie Mellon Student Government consists of an Executive Branch and a Legislative Branch.

Executive Branch

The Executive Branch consists of four individuals who serve the entire student body, graduate and undergraduate:

  • Student Body Vice President for Finance (SBVPF)
    • Heads the Joint Funding Committee (JFC), which is a committee of 25-30 students who are responsible for allocating funding to student organizations. The JFC, funded by the Student Activities Fee, allocates approximately $1.5 million annually to the 300+ organizations on campus.

  • Student Body Vice President for Organizations (SBVPO)

    • The SBVPO is part of the Student Government Executive Branch and their primary role is to advocate and support student organizations. The SBVPO is responsibile for facilitating the new recognition process for student organizations seeking Student Government Recognition and the annual re-recognition process for 300+ recognized student organizations.
  • Student Body President (SBP)
  • Student Body Vice President (SBVP)

Legislative Branch

The Legislative Branch has graduate and undergraduate components:

  • Graduate Student Assembly (GSA)
  • Undergraduate Student Senate

These bodies pass legislation, recognize organizations, allocate student activities funding, and otherwise act on behalf of all student interests.