Vaasavi is a third year studying Economics at Carnegie Mellon
University. She has been involved in the Student Senate, Student Life,
Moneythink, and Counterpoint.
Aaron is a junior computer science major with a minor in music. On
campus, Aaron is a four-time teaching assistant for 15-122, president of
Delta Tau Delta, and has served in various student government and senate
Why we care
In her time at Carnegie Mellon, Vaasavi has always wanted to make
student's lives better. After working with administration on the
University Strategic Plan, she realized that students were missing a
vital part of their Carnegie Mellon Experience: the infrastructure to
be innovators and leaders outside of the classroom. Since then, she
has worked to create environments encouraging students to think of
ways to change campus for the better. In her work as CA of E Tower,
she created a thinly-veiled incentive structure for students to engage
with the outside community. She wants to bring this to the overall CMU
community to make permanent improvements to campus.
When Aaron first came to Carnegie Mellon, he took up as many
opportunities to try new things and engage with the campus as
possible. He felt that he grew and learned far more outside the
classroom. Not everyone takes that same path. More than anything else,
students are forced to prioritize at Carnegie Mellon, and that is the
cause of a lot of stress. But students should not have to make that
choice. Engaging and exploration with the campus outside the classroom
should be an integral part of the Carnegie Mellon experience.
How we will help
As students, we deserve to know where our tuition is going, how our
administrators are getting paid and about the university's spending.
Aaron and Vaasavi have read CMU's tax forms, so you don't have to.
Additionally, we are constantly asked for donations, yet it's not
always clear where that money is used. Look out for infographics on
our Facebook page! #financefridays
The Model for Social Change
If we're going to change the world, we might as well get started. We
call it the President's Initiative--the common thread of the CMU
experience that we have the power to change. Vaasavi and Aaron
propose to mobilize club presidents around a common issue, and reward
the clubs and organizations that provide innovative cultural
solutions on our campus.
Student Government Transparency
It shouldn't be normal that no one knows what Student Government
Executives do. The Student Body President should make an effort to be
present and available to all students, and regularly inform the
student body on what they're up to. Vaasavi and Aaron propose making
all student organization transactions public, a weekly column in the
Tartan, and going beyond the constitutionally required SBP office
hours in highly trafficked areas of campus, so there are no barriers
to being informed.
Olivia Roy - Chief of Staff
I've known Aaron since we were freshmen in E-Tower. We and our
friends would sit on the floor of his room and talk about how we had
grown since high school. As introspective as those
conversations are, I don't want to just talk anymore, I want to do
something. Vaasavi has a compelling call to action, and the
leadership qualities that we need in a Student Body President. I'm
proud to support Vaas and Aaron because they don't just want to talk
about how CMU has changed us, but how we can change CMU.
Zach Newman - Recruitment
I support Vaasavi because from our first meeting, I knew how much
passion she has for this school and how much she is able to make
positive change. After conversations with her about deep rooted
issues we face as students, I realized the importance to have a leader
who understands so many different cultures within the student body to
make our four years at Carnegie Mellon more meaningful, impactful,
and positive. Despite her humility, I fully believe Vaasavi fits that
role and I am proud to be a part of her campaign.
Srishti Jain - Public Relations
I'm tired of merely talking about social change, and am ready for
students at Carnegie Mellon to actually make change. I believe Vaasavi
and Aaron are the best candidates to facilitate these changes. With
their experience, ambition, and thoughtfulness, I know they have the
ability to improve the lives of the CMU student body. After witnessing
Vaasavi and Aaron in Student Senate for the past few years, I can
confidently say Vaasavi and Aaron will be meaningful and transparent
with their initiatives.
Bettina Chou - Designer
The CMU design curriculum has instilled upon me a habit of looking at
problems as systems on various scales and looking for entry points to
resolve certain problem spaces. So, hearing Vaasavi's approach, I was
pleasantly surprised to learn the methods in econ/finance tackled
issues in a similar, yet more empirical way. Combined with her
intrinsic compassion and empathy, I am confident in her
solution-oriented mindset. I support her and Aaron because I believe
they will create effective solutions with a purpose as opposed to
temporary band-aid solutions.
Have questions? Let's chat
Please feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to talk over
coffee or tea.