Out with the old, in with the new.
The Undergraduate Council elected Robert M. Hyman '98-'97 as its president last night. Brian R. Blais '97, the outgoing treasurer, was elected vice president last night.
Both new officers have served just two semesters on the council.
In a run-off election, Hyman defeated outgoing Campus Life Committee Co-chair Jonathan P. Feeney '97, 51 to 27.
"I feel exhilarated," Hyman said. "I am thrilled that this is going to be such a great semester. The enthusiasm and talents of Harvard College students and its representatives will be more effective than ever before in addressing student needs."
"I am extremely confident that the current council is ready to take our abilities to address student needs in a new direction," he added.
After being elected president, Hyman quickly fulfilled his campaign promise to not hesitate to step down from the chair of a meeting--this time to call his parents.
Hyman defeated long-time council leaders Feeney and Justin C. Label '97, who served last semester as vice president.
Also defeated were Jenn R. Dean '96, who has served only one semester on the council, and new-comer Jeremy R. Jenkins '97, who ran for the first time this semester under the umbrella of the Progressive Undergraduate Council Coalition (PUCC).
PUCC is a coalition formed last spring whose members want to politicize the council and make it a hub of campus activism.
Defeated vice presidential candidates were outgoing Parliamentarian Elizabeth A. Haynes '98, outgoing Campus Life Committee Co-chair Rudd W. Coffey '97, Bradford E. Miller '97 (who is a Crimson editor), and four-year council veteran Paul K. Kim '96.
Label said he was disappointed not to have been elected president but he did not fault the council's decision.
"Rob will do a good job, and there are so many people working hard," Label said. "I hope we don't lose too many people over the course of the semester."
Feency said that while he was also disappointed, he was glad he had run in the presidential election.
"I knew what I was getting into," Feeney said. "I think PUCC made a big difference in the campaign."
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