Mass. College Democrats Congregate, Party at Harvard

Harvard's Stad wins Organization's Presidency

Marc Stad '01, president of the Harvard College Democrats (HCD), won the presidency of the College Democrats of Massachusetts yesterday at the Leadership 2000 Convention hosted by the Kennedy School of Government.

He will succeed Joseph N. Sanberg '01, making this the second year that the president of HCD has been elected to the top position in the statewide group.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy '54-56 was the keynote speaker at the convention, which drew members of College Democrats and Young Democrats from across the state to attend a full day of workshops.

Neil Carpenter, director of membership and outreach of Young Democrats of Massachusetts, called the Leadership 2000 convention the "best and biggest Young Democrats event in the history of the organization."

Carpenter specifically commended the strength of Harvard's Democrats, who had the largest turnout of any delegation.

"I can say definitively that [HCD] is the strongest group of Democrats in the state, and possibly in the country. It has risen beyond its historical tendencies," he said.

He dismissed what he suggested was Harvard's stereotypical reputation of being "a bunch of overcommitters" who are "all talk" and overly concerned about resumes.

"This group [HCD] commits and follows through," Carpenter said.