Yearbook Execs Forced to Resign

President, Business Manager Dismissed

The president and the business manager of the Harvard-Radcliffe Yearbook were dismissed for spending abuses, a source close to the organization said Monday.

Eight yearbook members interviewed refused to comment on the allegations Monday and yesterday.

"Your source cannot know the full story," Christine M. McElroy '95, the yearbook's co-editor-in-chief, said last night. "Only people on the Executive Board know what is going on."

President Yulia Shapiro '95 and business manager Esther E. Chang '95 were forced to leave the staff, the source said.

Shapiro and Chang are both non-active Crimson editors.


"Do you have any papers, any physical evidence?" McElroy asked. "You can't, because only the people on the executive board do."

McElroy, who had said Monday that a complete statement would be issued last night, said: "The Yearbook has no comment on this, only that the yearbook will come out on time."

When asked Monday why she did not want to comment, she said, "I don't want to hurt anyone."

The Yearbook's Executive Board has roughly 10 people on it, accord-ing to Edwin Lin '97.

Dean of Students Archie C. Epps III declined to comment on the situation Monday, citing privacy issues.

Chang, who answered the door to her Quincy House single Monday night, said "Esther [Chang] is not here. She is out of town interviewing."

"I'll tell [Chang] to call you," Chang said, after slamming the door.

She did not respond to over a dozen calls to her room over the past two days.

Shapiro also did not return a dozen calls and was not in her room yesterday evening.

Last year Chang and Shapiro were involved in an abortive attempt to found the Chameleon, a female final club.

A Crimson business editor said yesterday that Shapiro once misled the Crimson when she was on the staff, claiming that she did not work for the Yearbook when she in fact did.

The editor also said that Chang was unable to fulfill her duties as a circulation manager at the Crimson because she took a year off.

When asked whether the Yearbook considers the track records of its officials at its March elections, McElroy said: "We are concerned with the integrity of the individuals, as an organization."

McElroy said she could not comment on theprocess by which the Yearbook elected Chang asbusiness manager.

All other members of the Yearbook's ExecutiveBoard refused to discuss the allegations.

"I think it's been made clear that no one onthe staff is going to talk about this," MeredithJ. Wolf '95 last year's co-editor-in-chief, saidyesterday.

Meredith Winikoff '94, the formerco-editor-in-chief, also declined to comment,stating only "anything done by the staff and theschool is appropriate."

Winikoff said she could not speak for theYearbook about the affair, which she called"ongoing".

"I have decided to distance myself from thismatter," Winikoff said. "I'll let the staff handleit."

It is not clear who leads the Yearbook withoutShapiro as president and Chang as businessmanager.

Morris and MeElroy said they speak for theorganization.

The Yearbook annualy produces the ClassYearbook and the Freshman Register