Pi Delta Psi student balances USF Asian community with work as DJ, photographer

Casper Yen is a communications student at USF, but there is more to him than meets the eye.

Yen gets involved in the USF Asian community by joining clubs like the Taiwanese Student Association, the Chinese Culture and Language Club and the Asian interest fraternity Pi Delta Psi.

“Coming into college, I didn’t expect to get into Greek life,” Yen said. “If you saw me before college, I didn’t look like the kind of person that would join a fraternity.”

Yen has been a brother of Pi Delta Psi since spring 2013, when he rushed with the rest of his Kappa Class brothers. One of his brothers, Timothy Garcia, says he’s seen growth in Yen since they met.

“He’s definitely a character,” Garcia said. “But seeing him now, he’s changed a lot. He’s become more of a leader and takes more initiative.”

Now Yen isn’t just involved with the Asian community at USF, he’s also the head professional disc jockey for Bulls Radio.

“I officially became a hired DJ for Bulls Radio last summer,” Yen said. “So after two years as a freshman and sophomore, I’m finally doing this as a job.”

Yen works many events for Bulls Radio, such as the Bull Market every Wednesday and the USF student tailgate for every home football game.

Yen also takes photographs professionally.

“I did a lot for the Oracle in my freshman year,” Yen said. “But up until now, I mostly do a lot of freelance, whether it is for weddings, photoshoots, grad photos and things like that.”

If you want to see some of Yen’s photographs, check out his Facebook page and Flickr profile.

Local business owner brings Nepal to Bull Market

Bull Market takes place every Wednesday on the campus of USF from October through May during the fall and spring semesters.  Student organizations, USF departments and even local business owners can have a booth outside the Marshall Student Center.

Like many other local business owners, Alex Gopali of Gopali Himalayan Imports tries as much as he can to come to Bull Market and sell his products to the USF community.

“I came to USF in early 2014 — it’s been little over a year now — and I come here every Wednesday as long as Bull Market is here,” Gopali said.

However, what separates Gopali from his competition is that he sells unique products — 95 percent of which are directly from Nepal, Gopali said.

“I have direct connection with the people who make these handmade, hand-crafted products: jewelry to singing bowls, to any kind of meditation, to rituals, to traditional cultural products,” he said.

Gopali doesn’t sell his products just to the USF community, but also goes to other markets around Tampa Bay, such as Dunedin, Shops at Wiregrass, Carrollwood, Hyde Park, Ybor City and St. Petersburg.

But the reason he said he comes to Bull Market is the younger generation.

“They’re always looking for some different ways to do meditation, how to find peace in their lives, which is going to help them to focus on their studies,” Gopali said. “The more we are peaceful, the more we can accomplish.”

If you want to bring your business to USF’s Bull Market like Gopali did, visit the Marshall Student Center website.