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Meet John Bender – ESC Elections – Class of 2017 Representative

Photo Courtesy 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.

What motivated you to run for this position?

I had no interest in running for the position until recently. Such things like the lack of communication with Bacchanal, the statue in front of Butler, and some unaddressed issues have illustrated that I need to spark some change, instead of hoping others will. For example, did you know Neil deGrasse Tyson was on campus? I figured out the morning of, and was not able to make it as such. The lack of communication there is unacceptable.

If elected, what would your goals be?

Cosmas, Akul, Natan, and I have 4 overarching goals: Improving social Senior events, increasing undergraduate lounge space, increasing programming for underrepresented majors, and building alumni connections. For example, ESC partnered with AIChE and BMES to host a Biotech Industry Showcase. We will work towards having more of those events next year, which are important for establishing connections. Bringing alumni towards the students will greatly improve the ability to attain internship and co­op positions. The plan that I will bring forward for this goal is called “Engineer­Me” Network, with the attainable goal of connecting one alumni from the same department with a current student at an one to one ratio.

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

One of the biggest things that I want to right is the lack of a booze cruise for the Seniors. It seems that every year, there is an aspect of social life that is diminished at Columbia, and I will do everything in my power to regain this. Out of the four running in my ticket, this was established as my area of strength. I believe and feel that Cosmas, Akul, Natan, and I have great cohesion and balance amongst ourselves.

Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?

Vote.

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