Short Takes

IOP Group to Stage Mock Elections

A student group at the Institute of Politics (IOP) will hold mock presidential elections for undergraduates one week before the general election, an organizer said Monday.

The IOP Student Advisory Committee (SAC) will conduct the election to focus political awareness on campus as the institute's undergraduate governing body.

"[The election is] beneficial to Harvard students' understanding of their own political beliefs," said Kathryn L. Keogh '89, who is the election organizer.

More than 4500 undergraduates participated in a similar election the SAC held four years ago, she said. That poll was covered by the New York Times and The Boston Globe, Keogh said.

Balloting will take place throughout the houses and at the freshman dining hall on Tuesday. The SAC will announce results by Friday.

The SAC will break dow results according to gender, class year, house affiliation and possibly home state, but organizers cautioned against interpreting its results as an official study.

Weld Soap Dish Falls, Cutting Student's Foot

Lydia S. Hoff `92 had a bad Monday morning this week.

The Weld South freshman was showering when a heavy porcelain soapdish fell suddenly onto her right foot, gashing her fourth toe and pinky.

"I was putting the soap back into the dish on the wall," Hoff said. "I did not touch the dish and it fell out of the wall onto my foot...I thought it had broken two toes--they were black and blue and swollen."

The dish fell without warning and had not been loose, Hoff said.

Though Hoff said she was not planning to sue, she said her father wants to file a complaint.

Yard Superintendent Catherine Bray called the incident "bizarre" and said it was a rare occurrence.

Meanwhile, Hoff calls her condition "a pain. I can't eat without somebody to get all of my food for me." But she added, "My roommates bought me flowers and Wheat Thins."