They’re here for you! The sun was out today so it was a perfect opportunity for the new 2011-2012 CCSC Executive Board to say hi to the student body. Check out the new short intro video, and scroll down to read their bios.
You may contact the entire CCSC executive board at email@example.com.
Video and photos by Wilfred Chan.
Aki Terasaki – President
Aki is a senior majoring in Economics and concentrating in Linguistics. After serving on CCSC for the past three years with the 2012 Class Council, he is thrilled, as Student Body President, to be able to lead the entire council forward in fulfilling its responsibilities to its constituents. Aki has also been on the board of the Columbia Japan Society during his time here. This year, he is especially interested in reaching out to students for education and input, changing the internal workings of the council, and making sure that CCSC is doing everything possible to better the overall student experience.
Ryan Cho – VP Policy
Ryan is a junior from Los Angeles, majoring in Political Science. Before serving as Vice President Policy on CCSC, Ryan served as the Student Services Representative and worked with various groups, including KSA, the kendo team, WCC, and ABC. He’s really excited to be working with both the Class of 2015 and returning students to make Columbia a school that better serves its students. He’s looking forward to meeting freshman and listening to what ideas they bring from their respective backgrounds and can bring to the table. He can always be reached by email and encourages anyone who would like to be involved to shoot him a message.
Jasmine Senior – VP Campus Life
Jasmine is a senior majoring in Political Science and concentrating in French and Francophone Studies. During her time at Columbia she has been involved in groups such as the Proxy Magazine, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, the Black History Month Committee and the 2012 Class Council. Jasmine is excited to have the opportunity to serve as your VP Campus Life this academic year. For those of you who don’t know, the Campus Life Committee holds large scale events that help bring the students of Columbia College together. If you ever have any interesting event ideas or suggestions on how to improve some of the more traditional events held by the Campus Life Committee, Jasmine encourages you to please join the committee or send your ideas to any of the council members. First-year students are especially welcomed to participate; their new perspectives are always appreciated! Jasmine hopes that CCSC will be able to foster community on campus while also solving many of the problems that students are facing this year.
Kevin Zhai – VP Funding
Kevin is a senior in Columbia College studying philosophy and physics. He spent this past summer trying to articulate a transhistorical, transcultural normative ideal in Marx’s critique of capitalism in light of Marx’s polemical views of ideology. Needless to say, he hopes to pursue a scholarly career upon graduation. On campus, Kevin is involved in the Asian American Alliance (AAA), the Activities Board at Columbia (ABC), the Men’s Varsity Swimming & Diving team, Sigma Nu, and the Scholars Program. Kevin became involved in student government through the ABC and is interested in working as the CCSC VP Funding in order to carefully examine and restructure Columbia’s funding infrastructures and policies so as to be fair, transparent, and democratic. Kevin strongly encourages new students to participate in CCSC — sitting on a committee can take less than an hour per week and provide an important venue for voices (read: passionate arguments) to get heard! It’s your council, so own it.
Virat Gupta – VP Communications
Virat Gupta is a senior in Columbia College, majoring in Political Science. Virat spent the first year of his college career at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he served as a representative on the Michigan Student Assembly and sang with the prestigious Michigan Men’s Glee Club. Since his first days on campus here at Columbia, Virat has tried to get a feel for ways to really build community and use the student council and our resources to reach out to students, gain their feedback, and translate their voices into real, concerted, and tangible action. He has served on the CCSC Communications committee the previous two years, and on the 2012 Class Council last year as a representative. Virat is very excited to serve as the Vice President of Communications this year and is ready to get going on moving this council forward. Specifically, he is hoping to revolutionize the way that CCSC stays in touch with CC students and student groups. First years- Virat hopes that you will reach out to the council if you have any questions or concerns about this school or about student government on campus. We have a responsibility to spread information, tackle relevant issues, and communicate regularly with the student body. Come join us and we’ll get going!