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Meet Jacob Case – GSSC Elections – VP of Finance

Photo Courtesy Jacob Case/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

What motivated you to run for this position? 
First, I would like to describe myself briefly: I am 25 years old, I served in the Marine Corps from 2008-2015 and began studying at Columbia a month after separating from the military. I am a first generation student. I believe myself to be organized, driven and honest candidate for the position of Vice President of Finance. I believe my experience in the military and my current work-study position at The School at Columbia have provided the experience necessary to transition to the Vice President of Finance. I have experience in budgeting and allocating funds, as well as tracking purchases and maintaining ledgers. Additionally I have experience outside of the military in organizing events, communicating with various offices or businesses, and project planning to meet deadlines.
If elected, what would your goals be?
I decided I wanted to run for the GSSC when arriving in the Fall of 2015. Through speaking with involved students throughout Columbia and seeing their enjoyment in making their own mark, I decided this would be my chance to make mine. The Vice President (VP) of Finance is an arduous task, which requires work outside of the general GSSC meetings and requirements, and more involvement with the four schools and clubs across campus. In my opinion, this position is crucial in ensuring GS meets the needs of the students involved, GS students’ voices and concerns are heard, and the clubs/organizations on campus are inclusive and not exclusive.
What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
Additionally, one of my goals would be to create a smooth transition from VP of Finance this year to next year and years following by implementing a ledger/binder that would outline responsibilities and usual timelines, points of contact, forms used and mistakes to avoid. Additionally, I would like to limit the time constraints of the position through appointed positions or constitutional amendments, with board approval and through the proper channels of attaining this, in order to maximize responsibility and time for the position. I find it concerning that any VP of Finance would spend 20+ hours a week on the responsibilities, and in a school like Columbia where time management is key, those hours would create a stressful environment in which mistakes could occur both in the position and in the classroom; I would like to mitigate this.
Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?
Lastly, I would like to address all GS students in saying that our time here might seem long, but in reality is short and that we should make the most of our opportunities. Students should be involved, meet students from other schools, and really attempt to broaden their horizons. The Columbia experience is to learn from our professors and friends, evolve into the people we wish to be, and create new friendships: those that last. I want my prospective voters to know that I am the candidate that doesn’t half-ass anything and I would love to forge my path here at Columbia, beginning with VP of Finance.
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