Required Orientation trips considered success by College
The arrival of the 492 students in the Class of 2016 on August 21 marked the first time in recent memory when new students were allowed a simple privilege—they got to unpack. All members of the first year class were expected to participate in Orientation Trips this year. As such, administrators saw no harm in letting them move into their new rooms before leaving campus.
Student trio to bring late-night food truck to campus
If grilled cheese sandwiches stuffed with bacon and chicken fingers sound like a perfect addition to your Saturday night, take heart in the news that exactly this sort of fare will soon grace the Smith Union parking lot. A weekend food truck, run by Steve Borukhin '14, Isaac Brower '13, and Eric Edelman '13 will cater to late-night carb cravings long after Super Snacks closes its doors.
Bowdoin Brief: New England Small College Queer Summit draws crowd
Though more than 140 students from eight different colleges attended the New England Small College Queer Summit last weekend, it was an intimate affair: The theme of this year's conference was "The 'Sex' in Sexuality."
BCF will not seek funding for Sunday chapel services
In the wake of a controversial sermon and the suspension of funding from the Office of Multicultural Student Programs, Bowdoin Christian Fellowship (BCF) will not seek further financial support from the College, according to BCF adviser Rob Gregory.
The decision to withdraw funds followed a September 18 sermon that prompted two students to walk out of the service in response to what they considered homophobic remarks. Without College funding to pay for speakers' honoraria, BCF's visiting speakers will appear at chapel services on a volunteer basis.
"We encouraged them to handle their funds however they saw best," said Gregory, of the Office of Multicultural Student Programs.
Bowdoin Brief: Renowned concussion expert to visit campus on May 13
Concussion expert Chris Nowinski of the Sports Legacy Institute (SLI) will speak on the treatment, prevention and subject of head injuries on Friday, May 13 in Pickard Theater. Nowinski, author of "Head Games: Football's Concussion Crisis," is co-director of the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy at the Boston University School of Medicine and was an All-Ivy football player during his time at Harvard.
All students secure beds in open housing lottery
Although the results of the fourth and final housing lottery were met with varying degrees of satisfaction, every student on campus found a bed for the upcoming school year in the end.
Professors react to charges levied in Claremont Review
The scathing critique of President Barry Mills and the College's perceived lack of intellectual diversity, which appeared in the latest issue of the conservative Claremont Review of Books, triggered several responses from members of the College's faculty this week.
Bowdoin Brief: Demolition of Bowker House receives final town clearance
After receiving approval from the Town of Brunswick yesterday, the plan to demolish the J.H. Bowker Double House in order to build a parking lot will proceed, according to Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Catherine Longley.
Bowdoin Brief: Klingle awarded fellowship from the Mellon Foundation
Associate Professor of History and Environmental Science Matthew Klingle was recently awarded the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's prestigious New Directions Fellowship, which was presented to only 15 scholars nationwide.
Middlebury student detained in Syria
Middlebury junior Tik Root, who has been missing since March 18, is currently being detained by Syrian authorities, according to his father Tom Root. Although the U.S. State Department has issued no official statement concerning Root's location or the conditions of his detention, his family received word from the Syrian Embassy on March 26 confirming that he is safe and in the hands of the Syrian government.
‘Meatless Monday’ continues to spur student controversy
Bowdoin's first ever "Meatless Monday" produced a wide range of reactions among students this week, some laudatory and others severely critical. In the eyes of some, the meal was a success that demonstrated the health and environmental benefits of reducing meat consumption; for others, however, the event was a heavy-handed attempt to curtail dietary choice.
MDOT begins construction of passenger rails to Brunswick
The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently began construction on the 26 miles of railway between Portland and Brunswick, which will begin to accommodate Amtrak passenger trains as early as the first quarter of 2012. In addition to the renovation of the rail beds, the MDOT also plans to construct two 400-foot passenger platforms in Brunswick and Freeport, the two new stops being added to Amtrak's expanded Downeaster route.
Bowdoin Brief: Hazing incident ends season for swimmers at Middlebury
The season is over for the majority of the Middlebury women's swim team after school officials discovered recent violations of Middlebury hazing policies.
After Tucson, exploring how guns are handled on campus
In the wake of the Tucson shootings, the national debate over gun control has reignited and the question of whether firearms ought to be allowed on college campuses, a question that first gained national attention in 2007 following the tragedy at Virginia Tech, holds renewed interest and significance.
New printing system covers 94 percent of student need
Many cost-saving aspects of new printing system continue to go unnoticed by student body
Though the new printing system has been the subject of controversy this year, Information Technology's (IT) mid-year results prove that it has lived up to its promise. The printing system decreased the amount of paper consumed while accommodating 94 percent of student demand.
Nordic skiing struggles ahead of Colby Carnival
The men's and women's Nordic ski teams will travel to Colby this weekend to compete for the second time this year. The Colby Carnival follows a somewhat lackluster debut performance at the St. Lawrence Carnival in Lake Placid, New York this past Saturday.
Swimming teams struggle at MIT Invitational Tourney
The women's swimming and diving team finished sixth of the seven teams at the MIT invitational last week while the men's side came in fifth of six. Head coach Brad Burnham was hoping for more from his teams' performances.
Kwiatkowski recognized for neuroscience research
Senior Molly Kwiatkowski won first prize for her research poster at the 40th annual Society for Neuroscience conference in San Diego this November. Of 120 posters displayed, 14 were nominated for the award, which is funded by the German Graduate Schools of Neuroscience and consists of a fully funded weeklong trip to Germany to explore various neuroscience graduate programs.
Swimming beats Babson, falls to strong MIT squad
The swimming and diving teams will return to Cambridge today, where they will compete in the two-day MIT Invitational against Tufts, Colby, NYU, MIT and Wheaton.
Forum considers role of College ACB
College Anonymous Confession Board (ACB), the gossip website, was the main topic of conversation last night at the first of what is to be an ongoing series of open student discussions facilitated by Bowdoin Student Government (BSG). "There has been a discussion on campus that there is no place where students can talk about certain issues and so, this year, the Student Affairs Committee decided to hold a discussion series," said BSG Vice President of Student Affairs Chanwoong Baek '12. "We thought that Bowdoin as a community talking about anonymous conversation would gain interest among students."
Town Council revokes vote for BPD station land buy
In a unanimous vote, the Brunswick Town Council rescinded an ordinance passed last September to purchase land for a new Brunswick Police Department (BPD) station. At a public hearing on Monday, residents voiced their dissatisfaction with the proposed purchase of a property at the corner of Stanwood and Pleasant Streets, identified as a potential location for a new BPD station. Upwards of 40 town residents attended the hearing.
Lack of resources keeps early voting from campus
The town of Brunswick will not provide early voting in Smith Union this year despite the success of last year's Early Vote Day. Town Clerk Fran Smith called the change the result of a "resource issue." "The reason that we're not doing it is that we're reconsolidating our polling locations," Smith said. "We're opening [early voting] up to the entire public and that will be at the Recreation Center this weekend."
New ASB application adds element of chance
For the first time, chance will partly determine which students are selected for Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trips this year. Though in past years the selection process was based solely on the evaluation of applications, this year, the application—which includes five short essays—will be just one component of the "weighted lottery" process that the McKeen Center will use to choose participants
Todd Herrmann ’85 to join CPC as new Asst. Director
The Career Planning Center's (CPC) search for a new Associate Director of Employer Relations ended last Friday when Todd Herrmann '85 accepted the position. Herrmann will start the job on October 1. Currently the Assistant Director of Employer Relations at Colby College, he expressed enthusiasm about his new position.