UC Presidential Candidates Seek Endorsements

With support from groups ranging from the Harvard Republicans to the Harvard Vegetarian Society, Undergraduate Council candidates Michael C. George ’14 and Nicole E. Granath ’15 have lined up the early endorsements of several campus organizations, which they hope will give them a crucial leg up when students begin voting Tuesday.

Fifteen student groups­—many of which have personal ties to one or both candidates—have already thrown their support behind the ticket, far more groups than are backing any of their rivals.

But opponents warned against reading too much into the endorsements, saying many campus organizations had yet to choose a candidate, and that they were hoping they would soon receive backing as well.

“We’re going to continue to solicit endorsements,” said candidate Spenser Goodman ’14, who has yet to receive any student group backing. “We’re not going to change our platform. Hopefully people are receptive. We’re just being who we are.”

Yesterday George and Granath secured the endorsements of Latinas Unidas de Harvard College, the Harvard Parliamentary Debate Society, the Chess Club, and Harvard National Model United Nations.

George is the undersecrtary general of the group’s general assembly. The ticket also picked up the backing of International Relations on Campus, the Harvard Program in International Education, and the LowKeys, an a capella group.

But it remains to be seen whether such endorsements will actually swing any votes.

George said he was picking up student-group support because of his platform, which calls for structural changes to the UC and improved communications.

“The reason an organization endorses is because they believe in our platform,” George said.

“It most directly impacts life for student groups, which is why we want to try to represent a broad range of student groups.”

One early-endorsing group that didn’t go George’s way is the Harvard College Law Society, a group for pre-laws whose more than 100 members make it one of the largest student organizations on campus.

After an extensive process of five meetings and a club-wide vote, the team of Tara Raghuveer ’14 and Jen Q. Y. Zhu ’14 won the unanimous backing of the society’s board.

“We sent in votes by email. It worked out for me because Jen is my little penguin in Quincy House. But no one in the Law Society knew that,” said Marygabrielle Prezioso ’13, the co-president of the group.

As Raghuveer continues to meet with clubs and organizations, she said she finds the process of working with clubs to be a helpful step in preparing to hold a UC office.

“The best part is meeting face to face with the leaders of student groups in the context of their board and what concerns them the most,” Raghuveer said.

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