Wednesday 18th October 2017

About Us


The Columbia Lion Mission Statement

The Columbia Lion’s mission is to widen the circle of accepted discourse within the Columbia community. We strive to create a more intellectually-inclusive and stimulating environment by allowing all respectful discussion and debate to be heard, whether it be in line with the beliefs of the majority of community members or not. The Columbia Lion provides an environment for regulated yet unrestricted social interaction, a multiplicity of multimedia sources to encourage discourse, and a stable platform for discussion. The Lion strives to enhance the Columbia community by building on the spirit of open discourse that is that at the heart of every Columbian.

The Team


The Lion

Managing Board

Managing Board

The Lion's Managing Board is tasked with overseeing the daily operations of the publication and working to ensure the site's long term success. To contact the team, email operations@columbialion.com

Arlena McClenton

Editor in Chief

Arlena McClenton (BC ’19) is the Editor in Chief for the Lion. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, she is studying Comparative Literature. On campus, she’s a Writing Fellow and a mentor for the Columbia Mentoring Institute. She enjoys reading, drinking tea, and exploring the city.

Veronica Roach

Managing Editor

Veronica Roach (CC’20) is the Managing Editor for the Lion. A resident of South Florida, she loves to take advantage of all New York has to offer–from food, to museums, to theater–and hopes to memorize the entire subway system so she can call herself a New Yorker without reservation.

Remington Free

Director of Business Operations

Remington Free (CC’20) studies astronomy, math, and statistics. She is from Corpus Christi, Texas, but has also lived in Toronto, Canada. On campus, she is a soprano in the Columbia New Opera Workshop and a member of Columbia Blueshift.

Malik Drabla

Director of Technology

Malik (SEAS ’20) is a rising sophomore in Columbia Engineering studying Computer Science and minoring in History and Applied Math. Originally from Chicago, he enjoys exploring nightlife in New York City and taking classes outside his intended fields of interest.

Laura Elizabeth Hand

Creative Director

Laura Elizabeth Hand (CC’19) is majoring in Applied Mathematics, Comparative Literature, and English. In her spare time she makes art, advises high schoolers on the college process, and makes frankly awful dad jokes. She loves journalism and designs with a consuming, fiery passion (re: Raiders of the Lost Ark).