Refocus, Restructure, Reform
Who are We and Why are we running?
vote at uc.fas.harvard.edu between noon on Tuesday, November 13th and noon on Friday, November 16th
Spenser is a junior living in Eliot House. Originally from Orange County, California, he's concentrating in government with a secondary in Economics. Spenser has been an active member of the UC since his freshman year when he was elected as an Oak Yard rep for Thayer and Canaday. Spenser is also a member of the varsity swimming and diving team. When he's not in the pool or studying, Spenser likes to relax with friends, play a couple games of FIFA, and catch-up on sleep.
Spenser is running for UC president because he thinks the UC needs to change. For the past two elections, Spenser has listened to candidates propose their ideas and promote social life improvements. Unfortunately, nothing significant has been done to have a lasting impact on social life at Harvard.
For the past two years, Spenser has planned and organized every large event hosted by the College or the UC. He's chaired Yardfest twice, implemented weekly movie screenings in the science center, hosted two all-school dances with over 1000 students in attendance, and brought the Buried Life (MTV Show) to campus, just to name a few.
Spenser firmly believes that the UC should be about actually doing things to tangibly improve the lives of students at Harvard. Being a voice for students is great, but it doesn't mean anything when that voice is never heard. If elected, Spenser will reorganize the UC around two committees: the Financial Committee and the Social Programs Committee. The UC will serve two clear functions: allocating money to student groups effectively and efficiently and providing medium-to-large scale programming open to the entire student body. When UC members want to work on special projects, such as including the Charlie Card technology on our ID cards, they can do so on their own or in small groups. These projects should not consume the time of everyone on the UC. The UC will concern itself with financing student groups so that they can host fun and inclusive events and planning our own UC sponsored events open to everyone. As you can see, the theme here is creating a campus environment where you no longer roam the streets on Friday and Saturday nights looking for something to do; where you can find programming that will appeal to your fun side, intellectual side, chill side, etc. Vote for Spenser and Darren and they will Refocus, Restructure, and Reform the UC.
Darren is a junior living in Lowell House. Coming to us from Glen Allen, Virginia, Darren has spent his time at Harvard getting involved and making a difference. Darren is concentrating in Government and when he's not studying, you can find him being a Peer Advising Fellow for the freshmen of Thayer 3, mentoring under-privileged kids in Allston, or giving tours with Crimson Key. Darren was heavily involved with the UC as a freshman, and helped to organize super-bowl watch parties for every yard and NCAA March Madness watch parties as well. Darren has gotten involved with many different groups on campus, doing his best to give back to the community whenever he can. He shares Spenser's love for FIFA and plays it whenever his schedule allows.
Darren is running for UC Vice President because he shares Spenser's views on many things about UC and student life. Darren has been a strong advocate for student life improvement here at Harvard. Through serving on the Social Programs Task Force his freshman and sophomore years, participating in student groups such as BMF and BPLA, and even as a PAF for his group of freshman, Darren has done a lot to help improve the Harvard experience for so many other students. Like Spenser, he thinks the UC needs change.
Darren wants to see the Social Programs Committee re-instated, after his and Spenser's competitors in the current Presidential race voted to disband the committee last spring. He'd like to see the committee work on a wide range of programming and student life issues. For example, Darren envisions a campus wide cause that students and student groups can work together to support throughout the semester. He wants to see undergraduates come together to have fun, but also to do something meaningful for others, as he has done during his time here so far.