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Sietse K. Goffard '15, Gus A. Mayopoulos '15, and Stephen A. Turban '17 address the UC on Wednesday evening. A measure to increase accountability among members had just been passed.
Sietse K. Goffard '15 and Gus A. Mayopoulos '15 address the UC during the first meeting of the year on Sunday evening. They discussed increasing the UC representatives' accountability, the Q Guide, and grant money procedures.
The meeting marked the first official Council-wide gathering of the fall semester and featured 44 new Council members who were elected just two weeks ago.
Only about one out of every four candidates who ran in this year’s Undergraduate Council election was female—the greatest gender disparity in candidate declarations in five years. And of those elected, only slightly more than one out of three is a woman, according to a Crimson analysis confirmed by the UC Elections Commission.
Of the winners, about 30 percent are women, a sharp decline from last year, when the entire council was nearly evenly split.
For a growing group of UC candidates—fueled by the surprise victory of UC President Gus A. Mayopoulos ’15 last year—humor has become the go-to strategy to separate themselves from this year’s field.
One hundred and five undergraduates have declared candidacies for 44 open spots on the Undergraduate Council, marking a nearly 20 percent increase from the number of candidates in last year’s elections .
The meetings will contribute to a report assessing the state of the Gen Ed Program.
Over the summer, members of the Undergraduate Council negotiated with administrators in an effort to reverse the Faculty Council’s decision on removing course difficulty scores from the Q Guide starting in 2015.
Undergraduate Council President Gus A. Mayopoulos '15 said it is unlikely that the body will secure more funding during his term.
In the days after Harvard announced sweeping, University-wide changes to its sexual assault policies and resolution procedures, student leaders and activists said that while the approve of many of the policy’s changes, they are dismayed that they did not establish a more expansive definition of sexual assault.