Few Surprises at Council Debate

Candidates for the Undergraduate Council presidency outlined their plans for 24-hour Quad shuttles, cable television and student group space to a small audience at last night’s mild-mannered presidential debates.

Presidential candidate Matthew H. Espy ’02 and running mate Daryk A. Pengelly ’03 announced that if they do win the council race, they will decline the spots.

“A vote for my ticket is not a vote for me, it is a vote for cable TV and a student center,” Espy said.

Espy said that even if he is not elected president, he will still attend University President Lawrence H. Summers’ next scheduled office hours to request cable television and a student center.

Although he said he will go to office hours regardless of election results, he said it would help him to have “a lot of votes.”


When asked by an audience member what his greatest contribution to student life at Harvard had been, Espy described his “open-door” policy as a first-year.

Espy said he hopes his candidacy will increase voter turnout.

The candidate speeches began with Sujean S. Lee ’03, presidential candidate and current council vice president.

Lee and running mate Anne M. Fernandez ’03 outlined their platform for a “smarter, safer, livelier and later Harvard.”

Lee and Fernandez emphasized their past experience on the council. Lee noted efforts to “bridge the gap between the administrators and students” by inviting administrators to the council’s general meetings.

She emphasized her desire to bring “great bands” to Harvard and book them at larger venues like the football stadium.

Lee also outlined plans to improve the availability of study-abroad programs and increase the number of mandatory training sessions for teaching fellows.

She said she would continue to push for a trial period for Universal Keycard Access and would request that an impartial adviser be assigned to every alleged victim of sexual assault.

Presidential candidate Lauren E. Bonner ’04 and running mate Luke R. Long ’03 outlined their plan to “make life easier at Harvard” by calling for better TFs and more convenient Quad shuttles that run five minutes before the hour.

Bonner said she was disappointed that students were not aware of “who [their] representatives are and what they are doing.”