Columbia Model Congress EBoard:

President: Starlyte Harris

Vice President: Allison Schlissel

Treasurer: James Macksoud


Minor Board:

Pubicity Coordinator: Hannah Dince

External Outreach Coordinator: Anthony Barsamian

Secretary: Jonathan Steinberg

Logistics and Events Coordinator: Becca Arbacher

Webmaster:




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Name, Position: Justin Turetsky, General Body Member



Why did you come to Columbia University? The city, the campus, the people, the professors.

What is your college major and future plans? Political Science. Future plans? I cannot see into the future to read such plans. Maybe a robot.

Why did you join Columbia Model Congress? I was very involved in model Congress competitions through my high school. When I came to Columbia, I saw its table set up at the club fair and knew right away I wanted to be a part of it.

What can others learn from a Columbia Model Congress experience? It never hurts to get involved in campus activities. Columbia Model Congress is made up of a diverse group of interesting people. Time commitments will not be too demanding and you can gain experience and enjoyment from fun events. If you are a high school student, getting involved in academic clubs and meeting intelligent driven people is a great way to grow and learn. You will learn more about current events, politics, and your own political views. High school has many negative influences...pursuing constructive interests is a great way to spend your time. Also the CMC staff is awesome.

Name one/two things about Columbia Model Congress' last Conference that stood out to you. The competitiveness of the sessions was incredible this year. Also the conference was very organized.

Lastly, tell us one interesting detail about yourself that not many people know.

I am on the Columbia University D-III club hockey team. Go Lions!

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Name: Charlene Wang

Official title:

General Body Member

Why did you come to Columbia University and, in particular, your university:It had the most laid back and quirky of campuses that I visited.

Why did you join Columbia Model Congress?I've always been interested in politics, but I never was able to join Model U.N. (there was no Model Congress at my school) because of scheduling conflicts, so I figured that this would be a good opportunity.

What are your interests/accomplishments in relation to skills required to run Columbia Model Congress? I'm just awesome?

What you think people can gain from joining Model Congress? (Columbia Model Congress high school conference in particular)I think it's a great way to learn more about our complex political system through a bipartisan manner. Anything from knowledge to public speaking skills to team working skills can be gained. The CMC high school conference will be a great way for high school students and Columbia students alike. Our members will gain organizational skills in planning this huge event while the high school students will be able to discuss politics while meeting other students all over the New York area.

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Name: Gabrielle Sarpy

Official title: General Body Member

Why did you come to Columbia University? A combination of the great professors, interesting classes and the opportunity to move to New York City.

What is your college major and future plans? I am an English major and as for future plans I will not reveal them for fear of jinxes, but rest assured I have them.

Why did you join Columbia Model Congress? The ability to discuss political and social issues with my peers was intriguing and Maisha (see club president) was a friend and convinced me to come at least once. I came once and just kept coming.

What can others learn from a Columbia Model Congress experience? How to engage in casual yet meaningful political discussions with groups of people who are not all poli-sci majors! We have econ majors, history majors, engineering majors, etc. There is no one "type" of person in CMC which means there is a diversity of interests and information floating about.

Name one/two things about Columbia Model Congress' last Conference that stood out to you. How rewarding it was to sit back and breathe after the controlled chaos was concluded and think to myself, "Wow, I helped put this monster together". Also, watching the high school students give their speeches all dressed up and grownup-like was enjoyable! They were so earnest!

Lastly, tell us one interesting detail about yourself that not many people know.

I have a mild case of OCD when it comes to brushing my teeth. I can literally spend ten minutes brushing my teeth, but I can't brush them in the bathroom. I have to leave the bathroom and go somewhere else. Is that really an interesting detail, or is it just a weird detail?

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Name: Noelle Williams

Why did you come to Columbia University? I decided to come to Columbia because itā€™s a great school in a great city! It was the only school I applied to.

What is your college major and future plans? I am an Economics- Political Science major that lives in the moment!

Why did you join Columbia Model Congress? I joined Columbia Model Congress because I did model congress all four years of high school and I wanted to continue to participate at the collegiate level.

What can others learn from a Columbia Model Congress experience? In addition to the skills of crafting a coherent, compelling argument and public speaking, I also believe that Model Congress instills the value of being an informed American citizen into its participants. As Americans, we are fortunate to have the right to participate in government and with this right, comes the responsibility of staying on top of salient political issues.

Name one/two things about Columbia Model Congress' last Conference that stood out to you. The best moments of the last conference were hearing the speeches of all of the delegates and having the opportunity to preside over the debate. I also enjoyed chatting with and getting to know the delegates in my committee while trying to find an open room for our committee session.

Lastly, tell us one interesting detail about yourself that not many people know.

I dance Flamenco.

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Name: Matthew Rendely

Official title:

General Body Member

Why did you come to Columbia University and, in particular, your university: In order to study engineering and economics as well as take advantage of the core classes to broaden my studies and meet as many of my classmates as possible. Also I look good in light blue.

Why did you join Columbia Model Congress? They needed a webmaster and I needed some web I could master. I also really love politics and encourage as many students as possible to start getting involved.

What are your interests/accomplishments in relation to skills required to run Columbia Model Congress? I grew up and went to high school in Washington, DC and shook Bill Clinton's hand while he was surveying his nephew's art at our school. And when I was very little I went to see Hillary Clinton and Big Bird from Sesame Street at the White House.

What you think people can gain from joining Model Congress? (Columbia Model Congressā€™ high school conference in particular) It's a great way to meet people with a similar interest in politics and exchange ideas, views, and funny stories in a comfortable atmosphere.