Randy Fine: Offered Without Commentary.

We aren’t going to say much about this other than a thought about “leopards’ inability to change spots,” but this is from an opinion piece published in the Harvard Crimson on October 14, 1994.

Scandal Before Service
* Harvard’s student leaders are a laughing stock.

By Stephen E. Frank,
October 14, 1994

Small wonder nobody wants to serve on Harvard’s student government. If these guys constitute our nation’s next generation of political leaders, then our nation is in serious trouble.

That’s what I was left to think Wednesday night, after serving on a panel that questioned the candidates for Undergraduate Council president and vice president. With few exceptions, the candidates comprised a bunch of hooligans. They scoffed at ethical improprieties, they laughed off scandals,

they joked scornfully about their responsibilities as public servants. In short, I was embarrassed to attend the same school they do.

Most egregious of all, perhaps, was Randy Fine ’96, a candidate for vice president. Fine has made campus headlines since his freshman year. He was at one point alleged to have paid the Republican Club membership fees for a few of his friends so they would be able to vote for him in a failed attempt to win a club office. Nothing was ever proven, and the matter faded from discussion. At another point, he used the Undergraduate Council’s name to win a federal grant for himself, without telling the council of his actions.

I asked Fine about the grant Wednesday night. He reacted with contempt, pointing out that I had the amount of the grant wrong (I thought it was for $8,000; it was actually for $24,000). He sought to blame The Crimson for misreporting details of the story. And he refused to acknowledge that he had done something wrong. (What exactly happened to the $24,000 is still not clear. Fine admitted Wednesday that he spent it; he didn’t say how.)


Sure, the night had its entertaining moments. But that’s not the point. It’s clear that, unless a miracle happens, little is going to change about the Undergraduate Council this year, and probably for some time to come. These guys don’t really want to change, and they have no interest in serving their constituents. They’re more interested in having fun and padding their resumes.

If they only realized that we’re not laughing with them. We’re laughing at them.

One Response to “Randy Fine: Offered Without Commentary.”

  1. Renee Felty says:

    Hmmmm, the more things change the more they remain the same I see…..