College/ Year: Silliman ’03

Hometown: Trumbull, Conn.

Major: political science and international studies

Treasurer candidate Yael Zeira ’03 has nothing to hide, and she’s willing to prove it.

To increase the YCC’s legitimacy, Zeira wants to make public on the YCC Web site both the council’s budget and its expenditures. She also hopes to lobby the administration to increase funding for undergraduate organizations and to help the student voice not only be heard, but also “listened to.”

Zeira has been on YCC for two years as a representative for Silliman College. She was Freshman Class Council Issues Committee chair and co-chair of the Winter Ball this year. Among her many activities, she is a mentor for Women and Youth Supporting Each Other and a member of Kappa Alpha Theta and the Yale College Democrats.

Zeira’s goals include increasing student awareness of funding available from sources other than the Yale College Dean’s Office and helping student groups find access to that money.

Zeira is also passionate about financial aid reform and said,”It’s a major commitment of mine that I will continue to fight for whether I’m elected or not.”

Zeira’s hopes to get Yale to pay the $95 charge that the federal government will charge international students to study in the United States.

“If we’re really going to let the best and brightest come here, we should be paying that charge as well,” Zeira said.

— Naomi Massave