As part of our elections coverage, The Lion is sharing responses from candidates about the following questions:
- What motivated you to run for this position?
- If elected, what would your goals be?
- What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
- 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.
SEAS the Moment Party Candidates:
President- Cindy Soifer
Vice President- Jonathan Schleien
Class Representatives- Meghna Gorrela, Jakub Ostrowski
What motivated you to run for this position?
We are running so that we can help our class literally seize the moment here at Columbia. We are all freshman in this class, which can be a little intimidating and daunting. But we believe that with our leadership, we can help our class transition to college life and grab hold of every opportunity that freshmen are presented.
If elected, what would your goals be?
SEAS the Moment has a very comprehensive platform. We plan on starting a donation fund to support new engineering projects, give free access to tools such as iClickers, and increase financial opportunities for SEAS. Furthermore, we want to film the first class of large intro courses, like Chemistry, for waitlisted and potential students to determine whether or not they want to take the class. We always want to hear our class’s ideas and will constantly advocate for their benefit. These are just some of our many goals, and if elected, we plan on following through with all of them.
What is something you want to fix at Columbia? How would you plan to address it?
While we have been here only a few weeks, we would like to bring some changes to Columbia. We would like SEAS to be more involved in NSOP to further encourage bonding among new engineering classes. Furthermore, we understand that Columbia can be quite stressful and we hope to develop more school-wide events that fundamentally “de-stress,” such as the barbecue that was put on by Columbia dining and Res Life.
Any additional comments you would like to share with voters?
SEAS the Moment is diverse. We are experienced. We have great ideas. We want to hear from you – what you think needs fixing and what needs to be better. Check out our Facebook page: at SEAS the Moment – Engineering. We believe that our slogan sums up why you should vote for us: “We’re engineers. We’ll solve your problems.”