Glazer, Capp Run on Experience

Tiffany Y. Wu


Matthew J. Glazer ’06 and Clay T. Capp ’06 are sitting down to eat, a rare occurrence during their campaign to lead the next Undergraduate Council, a commitment that often excludes the possibility of lunch or sleeping for more than three hours a night.

But then again, they are being interviewed about their campaign.

Since the campaign’s start, the two rise every morning at 7:30 to meet with campaign manager Andrew H. Golis ’06 over breakfast to get a typed itinerary for the day.

“I wake up in the morning and ask Andrew, ‘Hey, what am I doing today?’” Glazer says with a smile that betrays his enthusiasm for the rigorous campaigning.

“I haven’t been going to class,” says Glazer, a government and pre-med concentrator, of his new schedule, as Capp nods in agreement.

“But I often don’t go to class, so it’s not so special,” Capp adds in his joking manner.

The pair spend their days campaigning outside of the Science Center and their nights canvassing in campus dorms, while fitting in conferences with student groups from which they seek endorsements. So far, the ticket enjoys strong council support and has been endorsed by groups like the Harvard College Democrats, the Harvard Aids Coalition and the Native Americans at Harvard College.

In their campaign, Glazer and Capp—the current chair of the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) and council treasurer, respectively—are billing themselves as the most experienced and capable of the candidates vying for the council leadership. They say their insider status is a strength that will allow them to accomplish campaign promises, and not a weakness, as their opponents have claimed.


Opponents of Glazer and Clapp accuse the campaign and council leadership for being “insular and out of touch,” a criticism launched on the website of presidential and vice presidential candidates Tracy “Ty” Moore ’06 and Ian W. Nichols ’06.

“That is a really bogus assertion,” says Glazer with unusual force. “Clay and I are students, too. We don’t live in a UC bubble. We go to classes, have friends, go to parties.”

Golis, who has been Glazer’s roommate since they were freshmen in Hurlbut, describes Glazer as “kind of a funny combination—he’s really intense and serious, but also hilariously sarcastic.”

In contrast, he characterizes Capp, a Tennessee native, as more of a party guy, known among council members as “the Beer Baron.”

The two runningmates, who forged a friendship freshman year watching an episode of the “Simpsons” on Capp’s computer in a “totally disorganized” government section, present a united front to supporters as well as detractors.

The pair’s top priorities—high on every ticket’s platform—include lobbying to alleviate the “crisis” in student space, organizing a cohesive student voice for the upcoming curricular review and streamlining the council’s grant process for student groups.

Glazer and Capp discuss these issues with an ease honed by going door-to-door for three to four hours each night canvassing students.