BRSN Executive Board
Our executive board consists of students from a variety of different majors and academic years. The BRSN leadership team prides itself upon diversity, collaboration, and the pursuit of excellence.
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What is your proudest accomplishment?
My icebreakers at club-wide meetings. Or my most famous one — What is your favorite form of potato? Want to know mine: Come to the next club wide meeting.
List two pet peeves.
Nothing is more disrespectful than when you (the driver) inconvenience yourself and go out of your way to stop and graciously gesture to the pedestrian to cross the street, only for them to not give the classic thank you hand raise, or acknowledge you, or show any appreciation.
Waiters / Waitresses who don’t write down your order and then double check with you / the food comes wrong. You are not better than us! I’d much rather you take the extra 10 seconds to write something down for the off chance it comes wrong, and for me to worry about the order potentially being wrong for the entire time until I get the food.
What's your favorite fast food chain?
Cava. It’s like mediterranean Chipotle although it’s disrespectful to say C******* and Cava in the same sentence. Especially the Ithaca C******* which is probably the most poorly run…I digress, sorry.
What would be the silliest feature of your dream house?
A (BRSN-themed) man cave
Do you believe aliens exist? If so, what are they like?
Yes — 40% Ryan. 30% Michael. 10% Zach. 20% Deva.
What nicknames have people called you throughout your life?
JB, Jayson, Jayson Derulo, Klein, Mayor of Flavortown…
What afterschool activity did you quit as a kid, and why?
I was the kid with such bad allergies (during the spring months) that I was forced to stay in the nurse's office during recess and couldn’t participate in after-school activities
Which Disney character’s story does your life most resemble?
Dash, except for the superhero part.
What do you never leave the house without (can’t be your phone, keys or wallet)?
I never leave my house… I try to avoid most people.
If you had lots of money, what unnecessary thing would you splurge on (i.e. a private plane, concert tickets)?
BRSN Social Budget. Money is a scarce resource over here. Money would help us. I’m not not asking you to maybe venmo me @jklein29 if you’re reading this and kind
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
I would live in London, UK
If money was no object, what would you do all day?
I would travel the world
What’s your favorite type of foreign food?
I love greek food
Did your parents have alternative name options that they were considering when naming you? What were they?
Jáy or Emily
What unwritten rule would you make mandatory if you could?
You have to do all the cheers when at a game at Lynah
What word do you always mispronounce?
What was your first record, tape or CD that you ever owned?
Justin Bieber, My World 2.0
What is your real favorite movie, and what movie do you pretend is your favorite to sound cultured?
Real favorite movie is About Time, one I pretend is La La Land
What interesting skill do you want to learn?
I want to learn how to speak 3+ languages
If you created your own country, what would it be called?
Who is your hero?
Would you rather vacation in Hawaii or Alaska, and why?
Hawaii because if it's good enough for the NFL All Stars and Lilo & Stitch, it's good enough for me
What was the last book you read?
The Midrange Theory
What’s the funniest place you’ve ever fallen asleep?
Not too sure about places, but I've slept through both an earthquake and a hurricane
If your pet could talk, what would be his or her catchphrase?
Can I eat it?
What song will you never forget the lyrics to?
All Star by Smash Mouth
What Disney/cartoon character were you inexplicably afraid of as a kid?
Every single character in The Brave Little Toaster Oven
What’s a weird fact you happen to know?
Koala bears live in a constant state of being under the influence because of the effect eucalyptus has on them
What sport did you try as a child and fail at?
Do you consider having a sky high OBP because I got hit by the pitch every time but didn't know how to swing a bat a failure? Yeah probably baseball
If you could have any celebrity be your best friend, which celebrity would you pick?
Lil Jon- you always need a good yes man- or should I say "yeah! man"
What is your biggest fear?
Takeout food from RPCC *cue 2020-21 flashbacks*
Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life?
If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to?
It'd be cool to see the Miracle Mets win the World Series (1969), but I'd really like to go back to like 1770 with some really high tech stuff and see what happens. Honorable mention to 2017 so I could prevent the NY Giants boat picture
If your hometown was a food, what food would it be?
I feel like I'm legally required to say an apple, but I'll throw in an everything bagel with lox as a second choice (and a New York slice for good measure)
If you had to make a house out of food, what kind of food would it be?
It’d be cool to live like a gingerbread man for a while (people tell me I’m a ginger so I might as well take it in stride)
What popular trend bothers you?
15-year-olds on sports Twitter
What were words you couldn’t pronounce as a child, so you made up your own?
I don't think there were any (Lundqvist was at the top of my favorite words list so it was pretty smooth sailing from there)
What’s your strangest talent?
Naming random athletes from like 20 years ago and knowing way too much about them
What’s the most random thing in your purse/wallet?
A piece of leather from a hockey goalie blocker (it's not weird it's just what the wallet is made of)
If all your clothes had to be one color forever, what color would you pick?
You'd have to pry my Rangers and Mets jerseys out of my cold, dead hands, so I'll say blue
What is your favorite family vacation?
My favorite vacation would probably be when my family and I took an impromptu trip to San Diego. We decided to take the drive the day of and drove down to the city. It’s about two hours from where I live in Los Angeles and it ended up being a ton of fun!
How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
It usually takes me about 20 minutes to get ready in the morning. If I decide to gel my hair, maybe 25 minutes. I usually blast music while getting ready. I know on Tuesdays and Thursdays (when I had my 9:30 AM class) my neighbors probably woke up to Taylor Swift.
What is the worst gift you have received?
The worst gift I've received has probably been something generic like a gift card.
Tell a story about a time you felt super old. What happened?
This is probably recency bias since Kendrick just dropped his album the night prior to when I am typing this but my friend and I were talking about the album and he mentioned how Damn came out five years ago. I still remember seeing Kendrick on tour in the summer of 2017 and it just made me feel super old to think about how that was already five years ago.
What board game are you absolutely amazing at and why?
Growing up my mom and I used to always stay up playing board games, so I am pretty good at a few of them. I’m probably best at checkers though and it’s because my mom taught me to never move my back line unless it’s an absolute necessity.
If you had to be Siamese twins with one person, which person would you pick to be stuck with?
I was going to choose a famous athlete like Canelo but he probably wouldn’t be good at boxing because he’d be stuck with me. So I would probably go with Ryan Gosling. I feel like since we have the same name we would be a great tandem in the film industry.
Have you ever gotten super lost? What happened?
My first time driving alone from school I got incredibly lost and started freaking out. I was driving in Downtown LA, parallel to the Metro, so there was nowhere to pull over and start my GPS. Since I was a new driver, I wasn’t comfortable driving on freeways yet, but once I finally got to a red light, I didn’t know how to get my GPS to show me directions without freeways. After about 30 minutes of driving, I finally pulled over and started the GPS. To make matters worse, I was going to hang with my friend after school, but I couldn’t drive him to my house because I had just gotten my license. He ended up sitting on my porch for 50 minutes waiting for me to get home! Needless to say, we took an Uber to play basketball at the park.
What’s your funniest talent? Or un-talent?
One summer I was so bored at home that I decided to teach myself to play Billy Joel’s Piano Man on the harmonica. That is the one and only song I can play on the harmonica.
What invention do you think will be popular in 20 years?
I have been binging Shark Tank videos recently and I saw this episode where these two guys started a company called Muff Waders. They create clothing items that allow you to hold and cool your beer within the article of clothing. I couldn’t believe none of the sharks invested. That company is going to be bigger than Nike in 20 years.
If you had to be an animal, which animal would you be?
I would definitely be a cat. I would be able to sleep for 12-16 hours a day? Sign me up
What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?
Kiss 108 (my brother’s choice) and 93.7 WEEI (the Boston sports station)
What's the longest you've gone without sleep (and why)?
Roughly 60 hours. I pulled an all-nighter just from insomnia and gaming with some friends, then the next night pulled another one for a huge pset and a paper, then had to stay up another 12 hours for classes that day
What was your favorite subject in high school?
Favorite subject was English because at least I could just read a book when I didn’t want to pay attention
What is the weirdest snack you like to eat?
A slice of cheese melted onto a pop tart is a personal invention
If you could create a new invention, what would you create?
See above. Also spray on clothes, like from Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten for breakfast that is not a breakfast food?
Grass. Literally. Don’t ask why.
What totally rad expression did you overuse in high school?
That’s just inherently wrong.”
What’s the best knock-knock joke you know?
Knock knock.” “Who’s there?” slowly backs away with a scared expression, then runs
If you had a boat, what would you name it?
If you were a vegetable, what would you be?
What law do you think needs to be made?
I would pass a law that bans high schools from starting earlier than 9am. My high school started at 7:30 every morning and I absolutely hated it.
What was your favorite breakfast cereal as a kid and what is it now?
I gotta go with Honey Nut Cheerios, and still Honey Nut Cheerios. Just a classic cereal.
You have an unlimited supply of one thing, what would it be?
Probably gas. I don’t know why, but for some reason I hate stopping to fill up my car with gas even though it takes like five minutes.
What’s your favorite meme or viral video?
I think that my favorite meme has to be the photo of Lebron and Dwayne Wade in Miami where Lebron is dunking the ball and Wade is in the foreground. There have been so many good memes made from that photo.
If you had to swap your legs with the legs of any other animal, which animal would you choose?
I’d probably have to say a cheetah. It would be cool to be able to be that fast for a day.
Why did your parents give you your name?
They didn’t have any specific reason besides the fact that they liked the name. However, they chose to spell my name with one ’n’ because it is the Irish spelling of the name.
Decidedly, you must choose a fictional world that’ll become the new reality. Which one would you pick?
Definitely Harry Potter’s world. I loved to read Harry Potter as a kid, and I will re-read the books every so often. It would be so cool to be able to go to Hogwarts.
If you could make water smell like anything, what would it smell like? (Remember, you have to shower in it!)
I would definitely keep water non-smelling, but if I had to change it I would make it smell like lemons or something else pretty neutral. One of the reasons I like water is because it doesn’t taste like anything.
If you had to be transformed into one household item, what would it be and why?
Tough question. I think I would choose to be a television because they have long lives, don’t have to go through a dishwasher or laundry machine, and I’d be able to watch the shows my family watch (I think).
What’s the worst idea you’ve ever had?
There are a bunch to choose from but one time in middle school before leaving for a track meet at Six Flags I decided to try and box jump onto a stone wall. I didn’t jump high enough and ended up gashing my legs pretty badly and didn’t get to enjoy Six Flags.
Would you rather ride a bike, ride a horse, or drive a car?
I love my car so I’ll always choose to drive it.
If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be?
John Harbaugh, Eric DeCosta, Brandon Hyde, and Mike Elias. (See a theme?)
What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
Phone so I could call for help, Gabe Zolot’s jug of water, and some matches to start a campfire
What one superpower would you give to everyone in the world?
Wouldn’t it be cool if everyone could fly?
If you had to work at an amusement park or a famous landmark for the rest of your life, which place would you choose?
Working at a historical landmark close to home like Fort McHenry would be a cool career
What part of elementary school do you wish you could incorporate into your adult life?
As a kid, what did you do wrong that you managed to pin on your siblings?
Sometimes I would claim that my younger brother started a fight when it was really me... (Sorry Ira)
What’s something about you that people would be surprised to know?
I’m one of the few members of BRSN in Cornell’s engineering school!
If you had to wear a hat every day for the rest of your life, what type of hat would it be?
Not a specific type of hat but I’d wear my Ravens hat
Who is your favorite author?
My favorite author is Michael Crichton.
What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
The most daring thing I’ve done so far was ride Six Flags’ El Toro wooden roller coaster without knowing its intensity until I actually rode it––I got no warning from my friends.
If you could invent a new dish, what ingredients would it have?
My new dish would feature fried flounder or cod, Russian dressing, spinach, and onion.
What’s a common saying that you don’t understand or that you think is odd?
“Excuse my French” is definitely an odd common saying––what did the French do to you?
What funny story is your hometown famous for?
This is not really a particular story, but my Brooklyn neighborhood is known for its densely ex-Soviet (mostly Russian and Ukrainian) population. In fact, the 2005 Lord of War movie sees Nicolas Cage’s character grow up in Brighton Beach.
What band would you be embarrassed to admit you listen to?
I’m not embarrassed to admit what I listen to-–excluding salsa artists, I really like Muse.
What dance move are you secretly awesome at?
It’s no secret that I love to dance and have a bag of tricks for that. I would say I’m pretty good at doing the Fortnite default dance (Turk’s “Poison” dance on the show, Scrubs).
If you could only eat at one restaurant forever, what restaurant would it be?
Excluding a local Italian restaurant I frequently went to as a kid, Five Guys is always amazing.
If you could turn the ocean into a liquid other than water, which one would you pick?
I would probably turn the ocean into Gatorade Cool Blue.
If you could hang out with an entourage of three athletes, who would they be?
My entourage would have Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Peyton Manning, and Thierry Henry.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Pizza even though I used to hate it when I was little
What's your favorite holiday?
If one of your parents was the president, what would be their first law?
No outside clothes on the bed
What’s a pet peeve that you would make illegal if you could?
What was your favorite item of clothing as a kid?
My mom used to dress me up so whatever hers is, is also mine
Who is your craziest/most interesting relative?
My adorable 6 year old cousin who has the mind of a 30 year old
What food could you not live without?
Pizza … again? or fruit
If your best friend picked a tattoo for you to get, what would he/she pick?
Super basic capricorn astrological sign
If you were the president, what would you change about the decorations in the White House?
Super basic capricorn astrological sign
What makes you laugh the most?
Zane and heath: unfiltered podcast
If you were a super-hero, what powers would you have?
Invisibility- definitely would like to be a fly on the wall sometimes
Do you love or hate rollercoasters?
What’s the worst fashion or hair decision you’ve made?
I wore an infinity scarf to school 3/5 days each week of middle school
What game show would you be an amazing host of and why?
Jeopardy - i probably won’t know the answers but i think it’s be fun to read all the questions
What’s your most embarrassing moment from your childhood years?
Falling and hitting my knee at while having blood all over but not saying anything (until we went in) bc i didn’t want to bother the teacher (i still have the scar)
What’s the funniest animal you’ve ever owned as a pet?
Sad to say i haven’t fed my DS Nintendogs since like ‘09 but they were pretty great
What are two truths and a lie about you?
I’m the oldest sibling
I got bit by a dog when i was little
I have a fear of swings
What’s your real favorite book, and what book do you pretend is your favorite to sound smart?
The Summer I Turned Pretty- Jenny Han
The Great Gatsby- who doesn’t love Leo DiCaprio?
If you wrote a book, what would it be called?
Platonic Soulmates - a book about the best people i’ve met in life
What would you sing at Karaoke night?
Ideally nothing, but if I got enough drinks in me then probably Take Care by Drake and Rihanna
How many pillows do you sleep with?
Three/depends on the size of the bed and the pillows- I used to be staunchly a one pillow person but now I’m seeing the value of having many pillows
How old were you when you learned Santa wasn’t real? How did you find out?
Around 6, when I realized that it was probably wasn’t physically possible for someone to travel around the entire world in one night
What fictional character would you be best friends with in real life?
Brock from Pokémon
What Is one weird fact or tidbit that you still remember from school?
I can still name all 50 state capitals on command
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Kendrick Lamar, TDE Tour after DAMN dropped in Saratoga Springs, NY. Still heartbroken he didn’t keep his promise to come back on his next tour
What’s the worst job you’ve ever had?
What is your favorite smell and why?
Fresh Coffee, because it’s objectively the best smell and also because it means that I’ll be drinking coffee soon
If you were famous, what would you be famous for?
I think I’m actively trying not to be famous, but if I ever got so successful at photography that it made me a ~D list celebrity then I probably wouldn’t complain
If you could create one holiday, what would you create?
Super Bowl Monday. I could’ve used a day to grieve after 28-3
What was the last movie you went to? What did you think?
I saw Spiderman: No Way Home. I really liked it.
What would you do if you won the lottery?
I would move to Los Angeles and fund the start of my YouTube channel.
What’s your favorite family tradition?
Every year, my family and I go to Williamsport, PA to see the Little League World Series.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
At the Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor at Disney World, Mike Wazowski made fun of my height.
What fictional television family is your real-life family most similar to?
The family from Fresh Off the Boat.
What’s the grossest food you ever had to eat to be polite?
Shrimp dumplings. I know people love dumplings, I'm just not a fan.
What’s the worst haircut you ever had?
I had a mullet for a year or so. Most controversial cut I've every had.
What’s your favorite part of a county fair?
The Zipper (it's a ride)
What do you pretend to hate but actually love?
Even though I'm a Yankee fan, I love watching the Dodgers play.
If you had to use a fake name, what fake name would you make up?
If you had magical powers, name something that you’d change?
With magical powers, I would rid all food of gluten (I am gluten-free).
What was the first thing you thought about when you woke up this morning?
Whether or not I would find Honey Nut Cheerios in the kitchen.
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
I would live in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
If aliens landed on Earth, who would you recommend they talk to?
The first person aliens should talk to is Bill Gates. He’s proven that he wants to help the world and is incredibly intelligent. His perspectives on technology and human innovation could pair well with a potentially more intelligent species.
Which two animals would you have swap sounds?
Swap laughing hyenas with squirrels. Freakish laughter would fill the air, but I think we’d get used to it.
Would you rather be a giant that everyone always can see, or a microscopic size that no one can see, and why?
I’d rather be microscopic. Being a giant makes you a public spectacle; everyone can see your success but also your failure. I’d rather exist on the micro level and make unrecognized differences in my environment.
Your new name is your dad’s middle name followed by your favorite childhood food, what is it?
Charles Banana Bread.
What record in the Guinness Book of World Records would you be most likely to achieve, if you have not yet already?
Most grocery bags carried from the car into my house—I’m called the one-trip master for a reason.
How would you escape from prison?
I’d recruit people to dig a secret tunnel under my cell, have the life-sentenced convict serve as a decoy on the other side, and then book it.
What is something your mother or father often does that you find yourself doing?
My dad always opens his window at night when he drives, no matter how cold it is. I find myself doing it too pretty often.
What is your favorite book to read?
The Bad Guys Won, I've read it 86 times
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
One for each day of the week
What’s your favorite family recipe?
Game day wings -- I started the family recipe
What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever heard a child say?
If you were a state, which state would you be and why?
According to "legitimate" research I'm 51% Washington. Apparently I'm "edgy, artsy and cool, like Washington... love exercising outdoors, taking care of my health, and going out to a nice live-music venue."
What’s the weirdest thing in your parents’ or your grandparents’ home?
My grandmother has a collection of canes that sit on top of the landing of the steps. Never seen her use them, they kinda just chill there.
What’s the funniest thing that ever happened on your family vacation?
My family went to Disney World a long time ago when my youngest sister was around 4 years old. For whatever reason she snuck play-doh into the park and brought it to It's a Small World. Unfortunately she dropped the play-doh into the water. I've never seen someone more upset by losing play-doh in my life.
Everyone has those recurring bad dreams … what is your nightmare?
September 4th, 2019, Mets vs Nats. Just look it up. I am haunted by that and Jeurys Familia pointing up to the sky.
Who is your celebrity look-alike?
I have been told I look like Tommy Smokes. Not sure he counts as a celebrity but we'll role with it
If you could switch places with anyone in your family for a day, who would it be?
Wouldn't it be cool to switch places with your dog?
What are your biggest phobias?
I have a phobia of people who don’t wear fun socks.
If you could add a word to the dictionary what would you add and what would it mean?
I’d re-write the definition of cheers. My version could mean anything: hello, please, thank you, goodbye. Your emphasis on the word changes the meaning.
What is the most outdated piece of technology that you own and actually use?
The best gaming system in the world: Wii.
Which task or chore is your favorite?
I love to make my bed. It’s the only way to start a great day.
Do you believe in ghosts?
I wish I believed. It would make life so much more interesting.
What would you have a personal assistant do if you could have someone follow you around all the time?
A baseball coach to throw me batting practice at my desire.
What thing would you hate keeping if you were a refrigerator?
Blue cheese. Just imagine having that inside of you…
What is a song for which you thought you knew the words but later found out that you had them wrong?
Pepas by Farruko.
What is your favorite “thing” that is green?
The 360 million dollars that the Yankees are giving to Aaron Judge.
In your opinion, what is the most mind-numbingly dull movie ever made?
Cars 3 (Cars and Cars 2 are some of the best movies ever made)
Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
Sofchurch was always the most popular. My dad and brother were always called “church” because of our last name (chierchio) and my friends put their own spin on it.
What was the last thing you recorded on TV?
Jersey shore, of course
If you could completely get rid of one month out of the year, which month would it be and why?
February! It’s the shortest
If you could interview a celebrity and ask them one question, who would you ask and what would you say?
Britney Spears! I’d ask her if she harbors any resentment towards people who went to her concerts/ spent money during her conservatorship.
If you could change the ending of any famous movie, which movie would it be? What would your new ending be?
Instead of changing the ending, I would get rid of a part in the Godfather. When Apollonia dies, it hurt way too much.
What did you name your first car?
Technically it was my dad’s subaru, so we all called it “subs”
What’s the craziest thing on your bucket list?
Craziest because it’s very unlikely- meet harry styles.
If you could only wear one type of shoes for the rest of your life, what type of shoes would it be?
If you could be one superhero, which superhero would you be?
Wonder woman! Girl power always.
What commercial jingle gets stuck in your head all the time?
Kars for Kids!
What is your favorite game or sport to watch and play?
Soccer (or fútbol)! The beauty of the game is underrated at all levels.
If you could go back in time to change one thing, what would it be?
Assuming no butterfly effect, I would bet my life savings on Leicester City winning the 2015/16 Premier League.
What’s your favorite movie?
Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (’tis a beauty)
If you could start a club for something silly, what would your club be about?
Speed-eating food club: beating records to see who can eat any given food in the shortest amount of time
What’s the best prank you’ve ever pulled on someone?
I once made a friend believe chipmunks live in trees, so he spent 5 minutes arguing with a museum guide about the dwellings of chipmunks.
What’s your silliest memory with your best friend?
Farting as I went down for a heavy squat and he was spotting me
What’s the most ridiculous thing your parents ever did to embarrass you?
They left me at the check-out aisle alone at Costco with over $250 worth of items when I was 6.
Which celebrity do you shamelessly follow in the news?
Daniel Craig: big fan of him since Casino Royale and would love to meet him in person one day
If you could pick your nickname, what would people call you?
My name is already short enough, but I’d have to go with eGuo just because it sounds like an online shopping service.
If you could eliminate one food so that no one would eat it ever again, what would you pick to destroy?
Walnuts — just an inferior form of nut (and totally not because I’m allergic to them)