Based partly on its poll of the student body last week, the Harvard College Open Data Project has predicted Sruthi Palaniappan ’20 and Julia M. Huesa ’20 will win the 2018 Undergraduate Council presidential election.
The UC voted to place two referenda challenging Harvard's investment decisions on the ballot for its presidential election this week. The questions ask whether Harvard should divest from fossil fuels and the prison industry.
Five years after two non-UC members claimed the student body’s highest elected offices for the first time in its history, more outsiders have tossed their hats in the ring than in any Council election in over a decade.
A recent update to the way the College funds student groups has left the Undergraduate Council with more money than ever before. But it has also sparked disagreements within the body over when it should fund student events.
The first program proposed providing 40 groups of six students each — four sophomores considering a concentration and two upperclassmen already enrolled in that concentration — with money to eat at a restaurant of their choice in Harvard Square.
UC member Abby T. Scholer ’21, who sponsored the legislation, said the program is targeted to students who do not feel comfortable at large social events and would rather meet peers in a more intimate setting.
UC President Catherine L. Zhang ’19 and VP Nicholas D. Boucher ’19 said the Council does not plan to take a public stance on the ongoing lawsuit alleging Harvard discriminates against Asian-American applicants.
Eliminating shopping week would ultimately require a vote of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and that vote will not happen until FAS conducts further research on possible alternatives, Claybaugh said.
A roll-call vote entails that each UC representative must state out loud whether they support or oppose a piece of legislation, with their individual votes recorded on the publicly accessible UC website.
Harvard's Undergraduate Council voted Sunday night to demand the University investigate allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh sexually assaulted several women before allowing the judge to return to lecture at the Law School this winter.