Columbia College first-years elected Jared Odessky and Erin Bilir their class president and vice president Wednesday night. (Odessky is a Spectator opinion columnist.)
Odessky and Bilir, who ran as the Crown Party, beat out seven other parties for the seats. They will serve with Loxley Bennett, Liam Bland, and Katie Angulo, who were elected 2015 class representatives.
This round of elections also included three seats on the junior and senior class councils following two summer resignations.
Ryan Mandelbaum, CC ’13, was elected 2013 class council president—getting the second chance he said he wanted after deciding not to run in the spring.
He earned 260 votes to Richard Sun’s 222 votes in the race to replace Mario Rosser, CC ’13, who was elected class president last spring but did not return to Columbia this fall.
On Wednesday night, Mandelbaum said that he was excited to work with CCSC in a new role after serving as a class representative last year. He said his first priorities will be ordering class gear—which he wants to be mesh tank tops—and throwing a class event in Lerner Party Space.
He said he wants to attract more juniors to class-wide events. “I want to have incentives other than free food, whether that’s a fun night or an interesting speaker,” he said.
Alex Jasiulek won the race for 2013 class representative with 175 votes. Jasiulek—who served as 2013 class president last academic year—beat out Justin Yang, with 145 votes, and Eugene Wu, with 119 votes.
Wesley Yip was elected 2012 class representative in an uncontested race, replacing Hannah Wilentz, who also resigned before the start of the semester.