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Friday, February 17, 2006

UC special election

The results are in. You may not have known it, but the UC just held a round of special elections to fill 6 seats in 5 houses. The three victories of note: a Haddock campaign worker, an ex-VP candidate and a former UC member. Erik Kouslkalis won John Haddock's seat in Currier and, seeing as how he was an active member of Haddock's campaign team, he will likely be a close ally of the President. Tom Hadfield, who ran for Eliot UC Rep in the fall and then for UC VP with Magnus Grimeland in December, finally managed to get himself onto the Council but appears to have given up on his brief effort to convince the Council to hold a campus vote on student confidence in President Summers. If he ran for VP as a sophomore from off the Council, one can imagine what he'll be looking to do as a Junior on the Council if he can stay on until next December. Finally, Eddie Lee won the seat in Leverett and previously served last year as a first-year. Lee was best known as an outspoken supporter of funding Christian groups whose constitutions explicitly prohibit non-Christian leaders, a practice deemed by many to violate the UC's anti-discrimination policies.

Are any of the other races of particular note? The rest of the results are below the fold. (more in expanded post)

Adams: 1 Seat

Elected: James Sietstra
2nd: Jacob Mays
3rd: Tom Hamnett
4th: Kyle A. Krahel
5th: Erin Frey
6th: Jill Sylvester

Currier: 1 seat

Elected: Eric Kouslkalis
2nd: Joe Cooper

Eliot: 1 seat

Elected: Tom Hadfield
2nd: Greg Schmidt
3rd: Brian Aldrich
4th: Harrison Greenbaum

Leverett: 1 seat

Elected: Eddie Lee
2nd: Ben Decker
3rd: Matthew S. Fasman

Winthrop: 2 seats

Elected: Raymond Palmer
Elected: Jenny Skelton
3rd: Dan Koh
4th: Tom Jackson


At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Certainly, Harvard administrative politics are not terribly interesting to most students, and there are a lot of good discussions going on here, but I'm surprised that there has been zero talk on this blog of Dean Kirby's resignation and the new faculty uproar over President Summers.

At 2:06 PM, Blogger andrew golis said...

I honestly don't know enough about it to try to start an informed conversation. If any of the other CC writers do, I would love to hear their thoughts.

At 9:26 PM, Blogger Jamal Sprucewood said...

I wouldn't say that Eddie Lee was "best known" as an "outspoken supporter" of funding Christian groups, although he did support funding them.

Eddie Lee was best known for being a cool dude.

At 9:47 PM, Blogger andrew golis said...

Fair point, he's definitely a good guy. I just know that he spoke out last year and this fall forcefully on that controversial topic.

At 12:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Golis, write about the committee elections, which are more significant than these special elections. Some fascinating results for a number of reasons, not least of which is the positioning for next December's race (which is already shaping up to be more fun than last time).

Chair: Ryan Petersen
CUE Vice Chair: Matt Greenfield
CCL Vice Chair: Amadi Anene
CHL Vice Chair: Ben Milder

Chair: Lori Adelman
Vice Chair: Randall Sarafa

Chair: Sopen Shah
Social Vice Chair: Jacki Chou
Services Vice Chair: Raul Campillo

At 2:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two other prominent Haddock campaigners, Chrix Finne (the horn of Gondor guy) and JT Keeley (immortalized in the website banner carrying signs in the rain) won special elections in December.

Does it matter too much if, say, a new FiCommer supported Haddock? Perhaps only to the extent that every vote will count when Haddock unveils his final social programming proposal and related constitutional changes.

At 4:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Interesting that only 3 people running appear to be female (if I'm allowed to say that!).

At 12:27 PM, Blogger wannatakethisoutside said...

What do you mean by allowed to say that?

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Jersey Slugger said...

Hey first Anonymous, I just put up a little something about the Summers situation. Please contribute opinions of you have some.

As for this UC stuff and non-diversity, I feel that there are many reasons why women aren't involved in the UC to a greater degree than we currently see and it is the same for racial minorities here at Harvard: options. Me being a Nigerian male gives me, automatically, four cultural organizations vying for my attention and involvement (the Black Students Association, the Nigerian Students Association, the Harvard African Students Association, and the Black Men's Forum). Similar options exist for people of other racial backgrounds. Many "active" Blacks enter these organizations where community building on the basis of race, gender, or nationality is lauded as crucial and therefore do not end up getting involved in more "mainstream" campus organizations such as The Crimson, The IOP, HSA, or what have you. Now I've either been involved, been recruited for, or tried to be involved in each of these organizations (including other "mainstream" ones like WHRB or PBHA) while still being very involved in the Black community but this is rare. I can name you only about...three or four people that are truly involved in the Black community AND mainstream organizations on campus. For women, options such as the Radcliffe Union of Students, The Seneca, and Strong Women Strong Girls draw a lot of the "active" women on campus. In the end, this leaves few active campus racial minorities or women available for mainstream organizations. Many of the mainstream campus organizations are overwhelmingly made up of White males (as the college itself is) and the comfort with which the average campus racial minority or woman enters these organizations is low.

When I say "active" I mean that these people are conscious of their individual race or gender and the issues they face as a collective to the point where they feel membership and community discussion/activities in an organization based around that race or gender is important.

At 6:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard from not one but two reputable sources that Kouskalis is running a shadow government in the UC. No wonder cohabitation issues have suddenly taken center stage in UC and CHL. What can he do? (esp with Chrix and JT as close allies and a virtual voting block?)


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