Tracy Chung: “I’m a complainer who gets things done.”

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chungBwog presents the first in a three-part series of interviews with CCSC Presidential candidates, Rebel CC’s Tracy Chung ’08.

How have you been doing?

I’m tired but good – I’ve been up late revamping our website,

How has campaigning been going?

It’s going well. We dorm-stormed John Jay and Carman; freshmen are so open to new ideas. I love meeting new people. We also did the CPU endorsement meeting, which went well. We have been having some trouble with student endorsements – SEEJ endorsed One Columbia without hearing from Rebel. And many groups do not endorse at all, which is really indicative of how CCSC is viewed by the student body. It’s a difficult thing when something that can be a vehicle for change and is not met with a positive reaction.

What made you decide, as a CCSC outsider, to run?

I was going to run for CCSC, actually, as a freshman, but I wanted to take advantage of internships. I’ve done those every semester, but I also sat back and observed how Student Council works, and I noticed problems. The website hasn’t been updated in a year – there are certainly ways that CCSC could be more responsive. People call us “outsiders,” but if you’re accepted to Columbia College, you have shown leadership, you are intellectually capable, you are probably socially capable.

Seth Flaxman had been a CCSC outsider before being elected. How do you think he has done?

He has done an amazing job. It’s funny – students involved with CCSC, when they’re talking to you, give you policy and rhetoric, but they don’t give you specifics. Last semester, I wanted to Pass-Fail a class, but thought I could still keep the grade, so I did. At the end of the semester, I had an A, and tried to keep the grade, but I found out that the policy had only been approved by CCSC, not enacted by the administration.

So you think you can do an effective job?

I know I have the passion and the dedication for it. I think my platform speaks for itself. Having “experience” is always an easy card to play. I understand, from observing, the shortcomings of Student Council. I’m not a complainer who just complains. I’m a complainer who gets things done.

What made you decide to run, and how did you assemble your ticket?

Katrina [Ciraldo ’08] and Paul [Soto ’08] are two of my running mates – I was in Los Angeles with them this summer. And you have to understand, this is something I’ve been talking about for years. My time here has gone by fast, and my friends at other schools have had a lot of events – like Spring Fling at Penn. They come to visit, and I take them downtown. I like exploring the city, but I didn’t want to leave here without trying to change it for the better. Paul encouraged me to run, I got encouragement from friends – one of my friends is on the E-Board right now, and she and the other E-Board members gave me a crash course.


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  1. tinsley mortimer  

    she just bends over backwards for selby, nothing special

  2. ugh  

    Awful interview. She doesn't offer any reasons why we should elect her other than:

    1. "I have the passion and the dedication for it."
    2. "I'm a complainer who gets things done."
    3. "I didn't want to leave here without trying to change it for the better."

    Otherwise, it just goes something like... I been pursuing internships my whole time at Columbia. Now I want to add CCSC to my resume.

    • it's a shame  

      the michelle diamond wheel is in rotation again, as the bwog hounds are sent to patrol all elections related articles, and send the comments in michelle's favor.

      tracy seems incredibly thoughtful and a welcome departure from what we've grown accustomed to on ccsc.

    • yikes

      awful interview. are you kidding??? someone finally says that they want to change things and not encourage this massive repeat of ccsc being in their own little sphere. that's great!

  3. DoubleNegation  

    her face is so shiny!

  4. super student  

    But c'mon - she got the "A", right?

  5. omg  

    why are bwog commenters such assholes?

    that was a really good interview. i don't know the girl and i'm senior who won't be affected by the election, but i think tracy sounds very articulate and capable. she sounds like someone who's worth supporting-- or least respecting, something that annonymous commenters seem to have trouble doing.

  6. re: shame

    "bwog hounds"? it'd work better in the other order:

    you ain't nothing but a houndbwog... cryin all the time

  7. questionable logic  

    "And many groups do not endorse at all, which is really indicative of how CCSC is viewed by the student body"

    More commonly, boards that don't endorse do so because they want to stay nonpartisan for the stake of staying nonpartisan. She really tries as hard as possible and grasps at any chance to malign the organization she wants to run.

  8. well  

    she looks possibly hot. i'll vote

  9. in response to #11  

    To call CCSC an "organization" is to reveal the root of its troubles--that certain so-called "leaders" on campus have chosen to select the student council as their "student group" of choice for their years in college. Yet, it is supposed function is to represent and advocate for what the individual student wants, rather than a sequestered group of students who are not representative of any demographic at all at this school.

    What it sounds like she is offering is a genuine alternative.

  10. who is selby?  

    what the hell? where did this selby thing come from? are we reading the same interview?

  11. Columbia 08  

    I know Tracy and while she's a nice girl I can't possibly accept that this campaign is anything other than a result of vanity. She may have some ideas for campus community building but how are we to know that she would actually do any of these things?

    • CC 08  

      She has some pretty specific plans of action...
      also michelle's track record shows that she hasn't been able to get anything done so why should we trust that she will this upcoming year?
      either way its a leap of faith but when you weigh the factors and read their respective platforms, Tracy comes out on top

  12. truth  

    you obviously don't know tracy well if you use the words "nice" and "vanity" to describe her...she has more substance and integrity than anyone i know, doesn't do anything without the right reasons, and has sacrificed a lot for this election.

  13. ---  

    same with negative comments
    also think about who these peoples' friends are...

  14. hmm  

    can we consider that all the candidates have given up a lot for this election they all belong to other student groups and are students besides campaigning.

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