UC Insider George and Outsider Granath Call for Reform

Undergraduate Council presidential candidate Michael C. George ’14 is not shy about comparing himself to another successful presidential hopeful.

According to the biography section of his campaign website, “As a biracial Hawaiian who has lived in a Muslim country, and whose father works in Kenya, Michael will provide a copy of his birth certificate upon request.”

Like his U.S. presidential counterpart in the weeks leading up to Election Day, George and running mate Nicole E. Granath ’15 say they have come to eat, sleep, and breathe this election.

Both say they have devoted their lives to this campaign in the last few weeks, although George concedes that he sleeps about 4 hours per night, and “sometimes you still have to eat and write essays.”

Despite the grind, George says he has enjoyed the process of campaigning in the last week.

“Living it has been a thrilling experience,” he says.

George and Granath, who are campaigning under the name G&G for UC, are running on a platform of bringing students together around campus-wide issues.

The duo says their diverse backgrounds lend their campaign both the know-how and the vision to effectively lead the council. While George has served as UC secretary and the chair of the Student Life Committee, Granath—a sophomore and the co-coordinator of the Responsible Investment at Harvard Coalition—is not a UC member.

“This ticket is out of the ordinary,” George says. “Usually it’s two UC insiders on the Executive Board and two juniors.”

THE COUNCIL VETERAN

George, a government concentrator in Quincy House and a Crimson news writer, was elected to the Undergraduate Council Executive Board as a freshman.

He says his long-term experience—he is the only current committee chairperson running—has allowed him to “see the inner workings of the Council” and taught him what does and does not work.

As a freshman, George worked on then-president Senan Ebrahim’s proposal for a Forum for Change, an initiative to bring together students, faculty, and administrators to discuss campus issues that never got off the ground.

“As the only chairperson running, I’ve had to deal with these issues on the ground level,” he says.

Since then, George has successfully pushed several initiatives through the council.

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