The 2016 Class Board Can Walk The WALK


The 2016 Class Board Can Walk The WALK

The 2016 Class Board family.

Many may think that the 2012 presidential election was the first major election that members of the Class of 2016 voted in, but that honor actually belongs to the Class Board election.  From zany campaigns to unprecedented ties, this election certainly was fun!

Our Class Board has already served us doughnuts at the Econ Scream, sold us T-shirts at Homecoming, and treated us to free basketball at Freshman Night at the Palestra.

So before you chow down on pizza and chocolate fondue and pet puppies at CRAM N’ JAM (Sunday 12/9 from 9-12 in Houston Hall) get to know a little more about the members of the 2016 Class Board.


President: Jesús Perez

School: College of Arts and Sciences

The WALK: What are some events that the 2016 Class Board has in store?

Jesús Perez: Everything from Cram ‘n Jam before finals to NSOverAgain in the spring!  We are always looking for fun events to plan where the class can come together as a whole and celebrate our Penn pride.

WALK: Where are you from?

JP: Puerto Rico.

WALK: What three words would you use to describe your personal style? (Side note: we loved the pink striped tie you wore for your DP Election page picture!)

JP: Urban, classic, simple.

WALK: Now that you are the President of the Class Board, has your style changed?

JP: No, it’s still the same.

WALK: Pat’s or Gino’s

JP: I love food, but I can’t choose between them yet!  I still need to try the classic Philly cheesesteak at both of these places. But from what I’ve heard, they’re both amazing.

WALK: Speaking of food, tell us more about your Penn Dining Nutrition Facts plan?

JP: The Nutrition Facts initiative will be introduced to the UA (Undergraduate Assembly) because it is the student government body that deals with these types of mandates.  We hope to keep pushing for it, as it is important that we know the nutritional value of our meals in the dining halls.  In the meantime, students can check daily online for menus and dining options at

WALK: What is your favorite class at Penn so far?  Why?

JP: So far, I’d have to say I enjoy my writing seminar the most. Though the workload is insane, it’s the only class I’m taking this semester that is small enough to get real interaction with the professor and other students. The topic –  the morality of war – is quite interesting itself!

WALK: Mr. President, do see yourself having a future in politics?

JP: Hmm… I did get asked to run for city council one time!  However, I don’t see myself in American politics in the foreseeable future.  Perhaps after I’ve led a successful professional life and have millions of dollars like Mitt Romney, I will.  What is certain is that I’ll do my best to make the Class of 2016 have the best possible freshman experience at Penn.

WALK: Have you ever tried walking on water?

JP: Nope.  I’ll leave that for the real Jesus to do.


Executive Vice President: Allie Cohen

School: College of Arts and Sciences

WALK: Where are you from?

Allie Cohen: I’m from Syosset/Woodbury, Long Island, New York.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

AC: Artsyish, floral, denim.

WALK: What is the best part about living in Hill College House?

AC: My favorite part of living in Hill, besides the convenience of the dining hall, is that everyone who lives at Hill makes up for it “not being the Quad” by being awesome, inclusive, and fun.

WALK: Is the Class of 2016 online store launching anytime soon?

AC: The Class of 2016 online store isn’t initially possible based on some logistical obstacles (we can’t set up a website that can take credit cards), but we’re looking into it happening long term.  In the meantime, Class Board has already started to design and sell Homecoming T-shirts.  Also, be on the lookout for future clothing designs we have in the works!


VP of External Affairs: Tim Mason

School: College of Arts and Sciences

WALK: Where are you from?

Tim Mason: Cranford, New Jersey.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

TM: Confident, outgoing, inspired.

WALK: Do you know what you are going to study?

TM: Either International Relations or PPE (philosophy, politics, and economics).

WALK: What is your favorite movie?

TM: Wall Street (The original 1987 one, not the abomination with Shia LeBeauf made a few years ago).  I’m also a big fan of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

WALK: If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?

TM: Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


VP of Internal Affairs: Alexis Ziebelman

School: College of Arts and Sciences

WALK: Where are you from?

Alexis Ziebelman: I’m from New York City.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

AZ: Chill, cool, comfy.

WALK: Other than Class Board, what activities are you involved in?

AZ:  Club Gymnastics, Hillel, and I write for DP sports.

WALK: What is your biggest pet peeve?

AZ: My biggest pet peeve is when people chew loudly.

WALK: What is the most daring thing you ever did?

AZ: The most daring thing I’ve ever done is sleeping on the street one night, in order to better understand homelessness.


VP of Fiances: Justin Taleisnik

School: College of Arts and Sciences

WALK: Where are you from?

Justin Taleisnik: Tustin, California.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

JT: Preppy, Californian, comfortable.

WALK: As the VP of Finance, do you have any tips on saving money?

JT: Set budgets and try your best to adhere to limits.  Realistically know what you should spend in any given category.

WALK: Who is your favorite musical artist? Justin Timberlake?

JT: At the moment I’m listening to a ton of Mumford and Sons.  Nothing wrong with a little JT every now and then.  Sexyback gets me every time.

WALK: If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

JT: I’d love to fly.  I think flying would be an exhilarating experience.  But I think it would also be really convenient.  I’d be able to travel the world as well, which would be great.


SAS Chair: Nikki Moorer

School: College of Arts and Sciences

WALK: Where are you from?

Nikki Moorer: Daphne, Alabama.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

NM: Obsessed with earrings.

WALK: Who is your hero?

NM: Beyoncé/Oprah.  It’s a close tie.

WALK: If you could be any fictional character, who would you be?

NM: Dora the Explorer.

WALK: What do you miss most from home?

NM: Eating dinner as a family and hearing mom’s juicy gossip about her job.


SAS Chair: Cat Peirce

School: College of Arts and Sciences

WALK: Where are you from?

Cat Peirce: I’m from Springfield Township, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  It’s roughly 25 minutes outside of Philly.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?  Is it “fierce”?

CP: (Hahahahahah no – not fierce, I save that for campaigning!)  My style in three words: Depends…what’s clean?

WALK: What is your favorite class that you have taken so far?

CP: So far, my favorite class is American Contemporary Poetry with Al Filreis – it’s engaging and incredibly therapeutic.  Gender & Society with Shannon Lundeen comes in a close second.

WALK: What is your favorite book?

CP: That would have to be The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand. The other top five include White Oleander, Pride & Prejudice, Jane Eyre, and any of the Harry Potter books.

WALK: Cat, what is your favorite animal?

CP: I hate cats (ironic, I know).  Favorite animal would probably be a Siberian husky.


Wharton Chair: Samina Hydery

School: Wharton

WALK: Where are you from?

Samina Hydery: I’m originally from the capital of New York, Albany, but I spend my time off from school living in Manhattan.  I love New York City with its rich and diverse culture!

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

SH: Classy, comfortable, sophisticated.

WALK: What is the craziest Wharton stereotype you’ve heard?

SH: The most ridiculous thing I’ve heard is that Whartonites are so competitive, we rip out answer keys from the backs of textbooks— it’s not true, I promise!

WALK: What is your favorite type of food?

SH: I am always up for fresh sushi and all kinds of dessert.

WALK: If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring and why?

SH: I would bring my friends and electronic dance music.  I would turn the deserted island into one big party.  But after the party was over, I would convert the land into a private resort…and this is why I’m in Wharton.


SEAS Chair: Chloé le Comte

School: Engineering and Applied Science

WALK: Where are you from?

Chloé le Comte: I am from Bedford, New York.  It’s a small town about an hour outside of New York City, and I’ve lived there all of my life.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

CC: I would describe my personal style as clean, simple, & vibrant (I love colored pants).

WALK: Chloé is the name of a French fashion brand.  What is your favorite brand?

CC: I always joke with my parents that they made a mistake naming me after a fashion brand because I love shopping for new clothes.  As for my favorite brand, I like J. Crew because they always have versatile pieces that never go out of style, and I also like Hudson Jeans.

WALK: What is your favorite place on campus?

CC: My favorite place on campus is the rooftop of my college house, Kings Court English.  We have a little café called Mirage where they have hot chocolate and sandwiches on Sunday-Thursday nights.  It has a great view of the city, and it’s always nice to take a study break with some hot chocolate and friends late at night.

WALK: What is the best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?

CC: The best piece of advice anyone ever gave me would probably be the advice my high school physics teacher, Mr. Ludwig, gave me as I was graduating this past June.  He said, “Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.”


Nursing Chair: Cathy Han

School: Nursing

WALK: Where are you from?

Cathy Han: Plainsboro, New Jersey, right outside of Princeton.

WALK: How would you describe your personal style in three words?

CH: Clean, cool, and casual.

WALK: What inspired you to want to become a nurse?

CH: I’ve always wanted to go into healthcare and I love helping others.  I also fell in love with Penn and Penn happens to have the best nursing school.

WALK: What is your favorite TV show?  ScrubsER?

CH: Master Chef! Surprisingly, I’m not into hospital shows.

WALK: If you could meet anyone from history, who would you meet and why?

CH: Walt Disney – I’d be the first one to admit that I’m still a child at heart. Walt Disney was responsible for much of my happiness as a child—Toy Story was my favorite movie and I watched it constantly.

– Augusta Greenbaum

Images courtesy of  Jeremy Jick  

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