ResLife and Safe Space shift confidentiality policy
Beginning next semester, student employees of the Office of Residential Life (ResLife) may no longer serve as confidential members of Safe Space when dealing with issues of sexual misconduct.
Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Residential Life Mary Pat McMahon and Meadow Davis, associate director of student affairs and deputy Title IX coordinator, have been working on this adjustment but were not able to fully discuss the change with all members of Safe Space and Res Life until their meeting on Wednesday evening.
In an interview with the Orient, both McMahon and Davis emphasized that this is a policy “shift” or “clarification,” not a policy change.
Pulitzer-winning Faludi on modern feminism
The New York Times on Susan Faludi’s desk was turned to the Business section, where a headline asked, “To address gender gap, is it enough to lean in?” The article—which featured a few of Faludi’s own annotations—referenced the fall-out from Sheryl Sandberg’s “Lean In,” the book that dominated the feminist news cycle over the summer.
Faludi—Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, celebrated feminist author, and visiting 2013-2014 Tallman Scholar—is not tired of talking about Sandberg’s controversial book.
“I’m of two minds,” she said. “I completely agree…that the absence of women at the top in corporate America is something that needs to be redressed.
Orientation: On the house: the College House affiliate experience
“So are there fraternities at Bowdoin?” Get ready—people are going to ask you this question over and over during the next four years, and probably long after. There is no Greek life at Bowdoin, and the student handbook explicitly prohibits fraternities and sororities. Bowdoin phased out its co-ed fraternities in the 1990s and the College Houses (or, as they’re more commonly called, social houses) were instituted to replace the Greek system.
There are eight social houses on campus—Ladd, Baxter, Reed, Macmillan (“Mac”), Quinby, Helmreich, Burnett and Howell—and they are primarily inhabited by sophomores.
After much discussion and deliberation, the Office of Residential Life has instituted some substantial changes for the College House system this year. In the new system, each floor of a first year brick is affiliated with a different College House; your friends on the floor below you will be affiliates of a different House and your fellow affiliates will all live in different dorms. (Refer to the inset for a full list of floor and House affiliations.)
Summer roundup: professors reflect on NSA secret surveillance
Commentary and analysis from the Bowdoin community
In light of the recent revelations about the National Security Agency's (NSA) extensive and controversial surveillance programs, the Orient turned to our resources at Bowdoin for analysis and comment on the situation. We reached out to members of the Bowdoin community who specialize in related areas of government, media studies, computer science and information technology.
While the focus of these conversations is primarily national, we heard from Mitch Davis, Bowdoin's chief information officer, about the administrative protocol for accessing student email on campus.
King reflects on his first four months in Senate
When I spoke to Senator Angus King on Wednesday morning, he was in Aroostook County in northern Maine, en route to a meeting in Van Buren to discuss border issues. He had just finished a meeting on the potato industry—before 9 a.m.—and had plans to travel to Rockland and coastal Maine the following day.
Since being sworn in on January 3, King’s schedule has been nothing if not hectic. Each month, he spends three or four weeks fulfilling his legislative duties in Washington, and then spends the subsequent week in Maine.
“That’s the Senate’s schedule, they don’t call it vacation,” King said. “I think they call it ‘district work period.’ You come back and travel the state and go to meetings. The first week [back] in February, I had 29 meetings in five days.”
Survey shows financial aid does not affect academic performance
Between the 2001-02 and 2011-12 academic years, the College increased its funding for need-based financial aid grants from roughly $10.4 million to approximately $27.2 million.
Financial aid and grade point average (GPA) have no correlation, according to a nonscientific survey conducted by the Orient, to which 395 students responded.
The survey asked students about their academic success as it related to their financial and work situations.
Men's tennis forfeits four games, post-season after violating the College's hazing policy
The men’s tennis team will forfeit its next four matches and will be barred from post-season competition as a result of a hazing allegation and subsequent investigation by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and the Athletics Department.
Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster and newly appointed Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan ’98 informed the student body of the incident in an email sent Wednesday evening. This is the first hazing event brought to the Bowdoin community’s attention since the men’s rugby team was found to have hazed first years at its annual Epicuria party in September. “This latest incident was brought to our attention late last week by a concerned student unaffiliated with the team,” Foster and Ryan wrote in the email.
The Dean’s office originally planned to talk to all members of the team as part of its investigation into the incident, but “we didn’t have to,” Foster said in an interview with the Orient.“It became pretty clear after talking to a number of the members of the team that this happened,” he said. “The team took responsibility for their mistakes from the outset. That’s not always been the case.
319 students apply to live in College Houses
Three hundred and nineteen students have applied to live in College Houses for the 2013-2014 school year.
Rising sophomores submitted the bulk of the applications, though 10 of the applicants are upperclassmen, according to Director of Residential Life Mary Pat McMahon.
There are 200 available spots in social houses, not including eight beds reserved for proctors. College House applications allow students to apply to multiple Houses, so total numbers of applications can be calculated in two ways: how many students rank a House as their first choice, and how many students applied to a House in total (regardless of rank).
Ben Farrell leaves position on ResLife staff
Ben Farrell, former associate director of residential education, left the College at the end of January. “Ben Farrell is no longer working at the College,” Director of Residential Life Mary Pat McMahon wrote in an email to ResLife staff members on January 25. “He is currently pursuing some interesting creative and professional opportunities.”
Brunswick restaurant Pedro O’Hara’s floods
The management of Pedro O’Hara’s called the Brunswick Fire Department last Sunday morning to respond to a flood at the restaurant, according to the Bangor Daily News. A sprinkler pipe burst and flooded the restaurant with three to four feet of water. The BDN reports that the fire department had to temporarily shut off electricity, gas and water to safely drain the restaurant.
Independent Senator King aims to change Senate culture with new bills
Shortly after being sworn into office on January 3, Senator Angus King had already begun making the political rounds in Washington, meeting with at least 30 of his new colleagues on Capitol Hill and appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” opposite Newt Gingrich. Since winning the Senate seat in November, King and his team have been busy setting up the Senator’s Maine and Washington offices, reviewing hundreds of applications for only 35 positions.
Talk of the Quad: Asked about home, across the pond
“Do you really use those big red cups in America?” Of all the questions about the U.S. that I thought I would get asked regularly being abroad in London, ones about the ubiquity of red Solo cups never occurred to me. From a European perspective, red cups, apparently, are what American partying life is all about—well, red cups and not being legally able to drink until 21, a concept I’ve stopped attempting to explain (mostly because I barely understand it myself).
Talk of the Quad: Once upon a summer on Capitol Hill
The annual pilgrimage of summer interns to D.C. was in full swing by the time I began my first full-time internship at the end of May. There were scores of college-aged kids on the Metro with me every morning, doing their best to look like young professionals in their suits and ties, pencil skirts and heels—because even in the heat and humidity of July, Washington is a very formal city.
On days when I took the blue Metro line into work, most of the people who boarded the train at Foggy Bottom/George Washington University were student-types, living in George Washington University dorms and interning around town, like Simon Bordwin ’13, who was the public policy intern at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) this summer.
Last summer, Bordwin lived at home and commuted into New York for work; this summer he came to work for GLSEN in D.C., because their headquarters in New York “weren’t sure early on enough.” Washington also offered him a new social scene to explore.
Orientation: Under one roof
First Year Bricks and the College House system
“So are there fraternities at Bowdoin?” Get ready—people are going to ask you this question over and over in the next four years, and probably long after. There is no Greek life at Bowdoin, and the student handbook explicitly prohibits fraternities and sororities. Bowdoin phased out its co-ed fraternities in the 1990’s and the College Houses (or, as they’re more commonly called: social houses) were instituted to replace the Greek system.
Women’s water polo wins division for first time, nationals’ No. 14 seed
The women's water polo team won its first division championship last Saturday, qualifying it as the No. 14 seed for nationals. After beating Bates 14-7 in the semifinals earlier in the day, Bowdoin scored the final goal in overtime to win 7-6 over top-ranked Wellesley. "Previously our best finish was third place two years ago," said captain Sarah Hirschfeld '13.
Angus King opens campaign headquarters in Brunswick
Angus King's Senate campaign opened headquarters in Brunswick on Monday with a celebration at its 135 Maine St. office. King's kickoff address echoed the announcement of his run as an independent candidate, which he made on campus in early March. In a speech that focused on the problems created by political gridlock in Washington "No one will tell me how to vote, except the people of Maine," the former governor said. "The way the system works now, the party label means they're locked in. This is what Olympia Snowe told us in her parting remarks." King told the crowd of roughly 100 supporters that he was unsure if he could "do anything" in a divided Senate, making his decision to enter the race "very difficult."
Talk of the Quad: Portland sea dogs trample the GOP
Last Saturday, the Maine Republican nominating caucuses drew a whopping two percent of registered Republicans. Americans are known for their lackluster voter turnout, but this is a paltry showing even for us.
Bowdoin’s chapter of The Globalist releases first issue of the year
Today marks the publication of the Bowdoin Globalist's inaugural issue. The content was initially published online this Wednesday, though hard copies of the magazine are now available on campus. This issue of the Globalist, an international affairs magazine with chapters based at other colleges and universities, focuses on "youth in revolt." The magazine's executive staff includes Lauren Speigel '12, Aaron Wolf '12, Gus Vergara '13, Stanton Cambridge '13, and Max Staiger '13.
TV Land: ‘Up All Night’ brings new angle to old sitcom format
When it comes to Hollywood, Brad and Angelina just don't do it for me. Give me hilarious and adorable instead of untouchable and elegant any day—my "couple crush," if you will, is on comic geniuses (and married couple) Amy Poehler (former "Saturday Night Live" darling) and Will Arnett, best known for his role as Gob in "Arrested Development."
Blogging provides humorous, creative outlet for students
College blogs are nothing new There's CollegeCandy, HerCampus, Barstool U, and a seemingly infinite number of Gossip Girl-type sites. Many students at Bowdoin participate in the collegiate blogosphere, and within the past year a few students in particular have created blogs dedicated to documenting life at the College in a variety of ways. The Orient looked into three Bowdoin blogs: The 'Cac, Empowered in Howard, and Making a Mess.
Participation in SafeSpace, OutPeer, OutAlly on the rise
The lists of allies and advocates are all across campus—anyone who's used a bathroom at Bowdoin has seen an OutPeer, OutAlly or SafeSpace "bathroom list."
Admissions welcomes 2015: smallest class in three years
Unlike the Class of 2014, whose unusually high yield rate led to a record-breaking class size of 510, the Class of 2015 is "the right size—485," said Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn, who also noted that "everyone's much happier" with a smaller number of first year students.
Bowdoin Brief: 2011-2012 BSG assembly, class councils announced
With the final polls for Bowdoin Student Government's (BSG) spring elections closing this past Sunday, the final BSG positions for the 2011-2012 academic year have been determined.
Athlete of the Week: Katie Stewart
After leading the women's lacrosse team to victory over Bates and Williams last week, Katie Stewart '12 was named NESCAC Player of the Week on Monday.
Brooks elected BSG president for 2011-2012 academic year
Kim (treasurer), Chediak (VP of student organizations) and Taylor (VP of facilities) win elections
After polls closed for the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) elections last Sunday, the results were almost immediately sent to students via email. Derek Brooks '12 will serve as BSG president for the 2011-2012 academic year. Brian Kim '13 was elected treasurer, Dani Chediak '13 won the race for vice president of student organizations, and Chase Taylor '12 was successful in his bid to become vice president of facilities.
Harkavy places second in 400-meter hurdles
In its third meet of the season, the women's track team posted strong individual results at the New Hampshire Invitational last Saturday.
BSG candidates for 2011-2012 meet for debate ahead of weekend elections
The candidates running for positions in Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) for the next academic year participated in the fourth annual BSG debates on Monday evening in Jack Magee's Pub. Students running for the positions of vice president of student organizations, vice president of facilities, BSG treasurer and BSG president all debated on the pub's stage in a question-and-answer format moderated by Seth Walder '11, editor in chief of the Bowdoin Orient, and Amanda Nguyen '11, current vice president of student organizations.
Athlete of the Week: Carolyn Gorajek
Though Carolyn Gorajek '13 scored half of the women's lacrosse team's goals in a 10-9 victory over Connecticut College last weekend, she was not aiming for a personal record.
Regular decision yields 15.6% acceptance rate
After almost three months of consideration, the Office of Admissions sent out regular decision letters for the Class of 2015 last Friday, March 25. This year's acceptance rate—15.6 percent—is notably lower than last year's, which was 19.7 percent. Admissions had initially targeted March 25 as the final date to mail decision letters, though letters were mailed out a day early last year.
Students react to Ivies concert lineup
Following the announcement of performers for the 2011 Ivies concert last Friday, student praise and criticism for the Entertainment Board (E-Board) selections began flowing immediately. Janelle Monáe, Mac Miller and Local Natives are the three acts who will perform at the April 30 concert.
More students apply to study abroad in fall
The deadline for off-campus study applications for the 2011-2012 academic year has come and gone. On Monday, approximately 46 percent of the Class of 2013 submitted an application to study away to the Off-Campus Study Office (OCS). OCS received a total of 229 applications, 19 of which were applications to study away for the entire year. 116 students elected to study away in the fall semester, while 94 opted to study away in the spring of 2012.
Bowdoin Brief: Colby professor resigns over allegations of voyeurism
Associate Professor of Economics at Colby Philip H. Brown resigned from his position after he was informed that the college intended to fire him, after allegations of taking pictures of female students in a bathroom during a college-sponsored trip.
Swimming and diving teams beat three of four at weekend meet
After a joint meet against Trinity and Wesleyan last Saturday, the swimming and diving teams will take on Colby tomorrow in the Polar Bears' only home meet of the season.
Eating and sleeping: Winter Break staples
Walking into a quad in Moore, the door is ajar, the lights are off and three first year students holding laptops sit on the couch facing the TV. "You're looking at the way we've spent the past two weeks—except 'Dexter' was on the screen," said first year squash player Stephan Danyluk, who, along with his three teammates (and temporary roommates), has been on campus since January 2. "We watched the first three and a half seasons of 'Dexter' in two and a half weeks."
Men’s basketball streaks, wins eight games in a row
The men's basketball team will put its eight-game winning streak on the line this weekend as it faces Tufts this evening, and Bates tomorrow. Both games will be played at home.
Swimming posts mixed results at Bates
After an up-and-down meet at Bates last weekend, the men's and women's swimming and diving teams will compete at the University of Maine-Orono tomorrow. Next Saturday, they will swim against Wesleyan and Trinity at Colby.
ED I pool yields more diverse applicants
The Early Decision (ED) committee will convene today to begin the admission process for the first members of the Class of 2015. "We are pleased about the 11 percent increase in ED I applications," wrote Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Scott Meiklejohn in an e-mail to the Orient.
Bowdoin Brief: Bowdoin-Colby hockey tickets available today
Because of the popularity of the Bowdoin vs. Colby ice hockey last season, tickets will be required for entrance into both the men and women's games.
ED I apps rise by over 10 percent
An unprecedented number of Early Decision I (ED I) applications is flooding the Office of Admissions. As of Wednesday afternoon, the College had received 561 ED I applications—over 10 percent more than last year's total—and there are more still to come.
Health survey shows drink and sleep binging
The results of last spring's Health and Wellness Survey were reviewed and released by Bowdoin's Senior Officers this week, though the data will not be officially published by the College. The survey was voluntary and anonymous. It was administered to all students in the spring semester, elicited 934 respondents. Of that number, 42.8 percent were men and 56.9 percent were women.
Rugby coach celebrates 25 years as a Polar Bear
This fall marks Rick Scala's 25th year as men's rugby coach.
Bowdoin Brief: Flipside brings fresh pizza slices to 111 Maine
This Tuesday, Brunswick will welcome Flipside, a new, by-the-slice pizza restaurant at 111 Maine Street. Before its official opening, Flipside will host an open house today from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., allowing Brunswick residents to sample free slices of pizza.
Campus gears up for Common Good
This Saturday, more than 550 Bowdoin students, faculty and friends will travel to 60 different service sites in midcoast Maine, celebrating the 12th annual Common Good Day. "One thing I love about Common Good Day is that it is such a tradition," said this year's Common Good Day Fellow Caitlin Callahan '11. "At this point it's something people want to do, well before registration even starts."