Queer at Bowdoin
Student activism has changed what it means to be queer at Bowdoin, but some students say it’s not enough.
When New York City's drag queen sensation Manila Luzon arrives on campus next Friday as the star host of the drag ball, what kind of campus will greet her? The ball will be one of the most high-profile Bowdoin Queer-Straight Alliance (BQSA)-organized parties on campus in recent memory. With its celebrated cross-dressing host and conspicuous location in Jack Magee's Pub, the ball might not have taken place even a few years ago.
Talk of the Quad: A meal from home
On a cursory glance, The Three One Cafe could pass as a greasy spoon on any main street in small town America. The walls are a shabby pastel yellow, the booths linoleum, and the tableware is all plastic. A TV tuned to "Cops" plays in the background, and a sign that says "Mom's Diner" hangs beneath the cash register. But the Three One Cafe in Lewiston is not a middle-American diner: it is the town's only Somali restaurant, a cultural oasis where some of the area's 3,000 Somali immigrants can congregate and see their countrymen over the food that reminds them of home.
Talk of the Quad: The far side of the strait
Elena Keamy '12 was halfway across the Strait of Gibraltar when the supervisor of her group of students from Granada, Spain, noticed that one of the girls was wearing a miniskirt.
Michael Bartini hired as new head of financial aid
The College announced Tuesday that Michael Bartini will replace Stephen Joyce as the director of student aid. Bartini will begin working at the College this week, but will not officially replace Joyce until July.
Government professor departs unexpectedly mid-year
For professors like former Assistant Professor of Government Shelley Deane, teaching at Bowdoin might be just the beginning of their careers.
The Bowdoin Project: NAS research now occuring on campus
Michael Toscano, the primary researcher of the Klingenstein-funded study on Bowoin's intellectual diversity, will be on campus until Monday, speaking to professors and students at the College in an effort to answer the essential question of the survey: what does Bowdoin teach? The study was launched by the National Association of Scholars in September at the behest of Thomas Klingenstein, who criticized Bowdoin last year for its lack of intellectual diversity. Klingenstein had a bone to pick with President Barry Mills last year when he claimed that Mills misquoted him in his 2010 Convocation address.
Talk of the Quad: On finding monument E
Take a walk. It's an autumn day. A Sunday in November, say. Go to the woods on the southeast corner of the Farley Fields, and follow the path with the sign that says "Commons Trail." Do you see the gaggle of ducks flying noisily off the pond? The spindly trees shedding their last brown leaves into the turgid water? Keep walking across Baxter Lane, and then take a left down Hovey Road. You may see a pensive Irish Setter watching you quietly from a yard, turn onto the trail here. There will be mud by the pines, and an opaque pool with planks running over it. Is one of them broken inward? Do you see a cumbersome rock lying on the trail like a giant's nickel? The forest you're standing in is part of the 1,000-acre Town Commons, a great big nook of public land that has been part of Brunswick's heritage for nearly 300 years.
The Bowdoin Project: Study to track intellectual diversity at College
A study that will examine intellectual diversity at Bowdoin began three weeks ago under the direction of the National Association of Scholars (NAS). Funded by Thomas Klingenstein, the study is the latest demonstration of the investment manager's personal interest in Bowdoin's academic climate.
Talk of the Quad: Squirrelus Librarius
There is a large Tupperware on Pat Myshrall's desk by the Hubbard-side window of H-L Library, full of doggie treats that have an unrivaled crunch and smack of steak tartar. Professor Paul Franco's black lab, Reggie, bounds up to Pat's window every morning for his snack, as do Mr. Jones, Bean, Sam and Charlie, the other Bowdoin dogs who know her like true Pavlovian disciples, conditioned by her legendary doggie treats and her crooning affection.
Talk of the Quad: Our Big Apple
On July 4th, 2011, at around 9 o'clock, a crowd gathered on the balcony of Professor Steve Cerf's penthouse apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The sun had already set over the Hudson River, and the buzzing flock of old and new friends, neighbors and relatives, teachers and professors, spry young Bowdoin students and wiser ex-Polar Bears were eagerly anticipating the imminent fireworks display, scheduled to blow, well, any minute now.