Dear Mr. Stone: Council Members Voice Opinions on Presidential Search

As the nation awaits the results of one presidential race, and Faculty turn towards Harvard's search for a president, students are beginning to focus on their own race--the Undergraduate Council's race for president.

The Crimson recently asked the current Undergraduate Council president and the five candidates what they thought about Harvard's presidential prospects--and what they had done to voice those thoughts to the University's notoriously clandestine searchers.

Two of the five candidates--Paul A. Gusmorino III '02 and Stephen N. Smith '02--have been in contact with search officials to voice their opinions.

Two others--Matthew P. Zanotelli '02 and Justin A. Barkley '02--have not contacted the search committee.

The fifth candidate, jokester B.J. Averell '02, declined to answer the question, saying he is "one of their top five candidates, but they are waiting to see if I can first win the UC election."

"Once they see that I have the backing of the student body, it will be only a matter of time before I am named the President of Harvard University," Averell says.

Why--or Why Not?

Zanotelli said he has not been in contact with the committee "because the president is equally involved in every Harvard college [sic]--FAS being only one of them."