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Meet Andre and Iqraz – CCSC Elections – President/VP Policy

Photo Courtesy of Columbia Political Union/Columbia Elections Board

As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:

  1. What motivated you to run for this position?
  2. If elected, what would your goals be
  3. What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it
  4. Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Below, you can find the candidate(s)’s unfiltered responses to help in deciding who you choose to vote for.  The Lion has yet to endorse any candidate at this time and the views below do not necessarily represent the views of our team. For more information, email submissions@columbialion.com.

N/A Party – Andre Adams (Prez) & Iqraz Nanji (VP Policy)

What motivated you to run for this position?

I decided to run for student body president because I am fed up. I am fed up with a student council does not take into consideration the opinions of the students that they’re meant to represent. I am fed up with the lack of resources that the school dedicates to the debauchery of its students. But most importantly, I am fed up with my empty, empty schedule. I mean seriously, when I’m not filling out student life surveys, I’m just sitting in my room, staring blankly the wall or at some dimly­lit screen, subconsciously counting off the seconds until I become subsumed into the singularity, and can frolic in eternity ­ man and machine existing as one. Beep beep, boop bop.

I just want something to do until then.

If elected, what would your goals be?

I don’t have any in particular. I think the Columbia community fetishizes “achievements” and “accomplishments” and “goals.” If elected, I do hope to fulfill the basic requirements and responsibilities of the position. Anything I do above and beyond that is akin to getting a grade above a B in one of my classes: it’s nice but I’m not particularly concerned about it. You know: it’s okay to just be okay.

In addition, I seek to raise the profile of The Lion, so that they can finally compete with the Spectator, if not Bwog.

What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?

I want to make Columbia great again. I think the most important step that I can accomplish in doing that is removing Barnard College from the University. For too long, they have trespassed upon our campus, taking our classes and soaking up our precious academic resources. Look, these people they think they can just mark across Broadway and take advantage of us. They get to graduate with the name of our university on their diploma. And what for? They didn’t have to sit through gratuitous Fro Sci lectures every Monday morning freshman year. Their discussion sections weren’t impeded by the bludgeoning yawns and shortcomings of student athletes. Hell, they didn’t even send their best applications to Columbia! It’s time to stop shuttling them across our campus in the wee hours of the night. It’s time to bury their zines in the rubble of their library. It’s time to make sure that our professors are capable of writing recommendations for CC students and CC students alone! Now some might say that my positions are “bigoted” or “exclusionary”, to which I would respond that I’m running for CCSC, not the “Student Government” of Barnard College. We must look out for our own. Some might say that this goal is unrealistic, to which I would say that we have already made promising progress towards restoring Columbia to it’s former glory. Barnard students are no longer welcome in our dining halls, and they’re forced out of their housing over winter break inevitably causing some of the displaced “students” there to freeze to death in the bitter New York winter. However, I believe

that this does not go far enough. We need a wall. A mighty wall. All wall running from 114th St. Up to 122nd St. At least 20 feet high made of steel and concrete. My understanding is that the administration played with this idea back in the 80s, although back then it was to separate us from Harlem. However, at this time I think it’s clear which of the two is the far greater threat to our very existence.

Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Haven’t been getting a lot of matches on JSwipe recently, so any tips for beefing up my profile would be greatly appreciated.

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