Sammy Roth is a Columbia College senior from Los Angeles. He is majoring in sustainable development and concentrating in American studies, and he serves as the editor in chief of the Columbia Daily Spectator. Away from Columbia, he's reported for the Los Angeles Daily News and worked on energy policy for the Sierra Club. In his free time, he blogs about water, cheers for his hometown Dodgers, and tries not to get too worked up about the sequester.
Finn Vigeland is a Columbia College senior from Tuckahoe, N.Y. He is majoring in urban studies and concentrating in sustainable development, two fields which inform his passion for city planning and transportation policy. On campus, he is the managing editor of the Columbia Daily Spectator, a tour guide and an Advisory Board member of the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee, and a river canoeing leader for the Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program (COÖP). A subway fanatic and mozzarella aficionado, Finn teaches piano to two sixth graders and constructs crossword puzzles for the New York Times.
Yasmin Gagne is a Columbia College junior from London majoring in comparative literature and society. She is the editorial page editor of Spectator and previously served as a deputy news editor covering student life. She is a resident adviser. Yasmin is a Francophile, a running enthusiast and a big fan of Paul Simon and chocolate cake.
Daniel Garisto is a Columbia College sophomore from Bellport, N.Y. He plans to major in physics and concentrate in international relations. He is a deputy editor for the editorial section of Spectator, an orientation leader for the New Student Orientation Program, and he is involved in particle physics research at Nevis Laboratories. Dan is fond of nighttime bike rides, opinions, and board games of every type.
Peter Andrews is a Columbia College senior from Wilmington, Delaware—the greatest of the 50 states. He is majoring in history and concentrating in political science. Around campus he is the head manager of the Columbia University Marching Band, a sports columnist for the Columbia Daily Spectator, and a member of the Undergraduate History Council. He is fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Arsenal FC, constitutional law, and National Treasure.
Nathalie Barton is a Columbia College senior majoring in American studies and concentrating in history. She was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia and she previously worked with Columbia Daily Spectator as an opinion blogger for Spectrum. On campus, she is an advisory board member for the Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. She spent the spring semester and summer in Paris, working on a research project when not on foodie missions. A fan of scenic train rides and a goat cheese connoisseur, Nathalie enjoys perusing the New York Times real estate section and doing crosswords.
Nicole Bleuel is a School of Engineering and Applied Sciences senior from Connecticut majoring in engineering management systems, and minoring in economics and entrepreneurship & innovation. Her true passion is marketing and business strategy. As such, Nicole is the founder and president of the Columbia Undergraduate Consulting Club, as well as the president of the Scholars Alliance and an RA. In her free time, Nicole likes writing and reciting poetry, and spending time with her family and friends.
Nelson Castaño is a Columbia College senior from Woodside, N.Y. He is double majoring in American studies and history, with a specialization in 20th century United States history. For his senior thesis, Nelson is researching the history of U.S. policy related to international conventions and human rights law on education. On campus, he is the president of Columbia PorColombia, a member of Sigma Lambda Beta, and a mentor through the Double Discovery Center. Nelson enjoys running, reading autobiographies and fictional works, and trying new foods.
Gabriel Falk is a Columbia College senior from Riverdale, New York. After dabbling in every field of study which Columbia offers, Gabe finally settled on economics and history as his two majors. On campus, he is involved with Columbia/Barnard's Hilllel and Orthodox student groups in a number of capacities, and this semester is teaching a weekly class on Jewish Law to fellow students. A New Jersey Devils fan, avid xkcd reader, and Into the Wild enthusiast, Gabe spends his breaks looking for ways to leave New York City by foot, car, plane or kayak and is open to other suggestions.
Margaret Mattes is a Columbia College junior from Princeton, New Jersey, majoring in political science and sociology. In between classes, homework, and editorial board meetings, Margaret participates in Columbia/Barnard Hillel's Ask Big Questions Fellowship, represents Columbia College on the Education Policy and Planning Committee, and serves as a researcher for a project focused on social opportunity and equity at the Social Science Research Council. Margaret is also a major foodie and enjoys cooking creative meals for anyone who is willing to sit down and eat.
Rachel Smith is a Barnard College junior from Seattle, Washington. She is majoring in economics and minoring in sociology. On campus, she's involved in Alpha Chi Omega and Design for America, and outside of Columbia, she's worked in municipal human services policy. Rachel particularly enjoys long subway rides, esoteric blogs, and chocolate chip cookies.