Club offers resources, advice from entrepreneurs
Thanks to the efforts of alumni, student leadership, and the Career Planning Center (CPC), more opportunities are opening up for aspiring entrepreneurs at Bowdoin. Romeo Ibanez ’15 and Alden Drake ’15 started the Bowdoin Entrepreneurship Club this fall, organizing students interested in starting businesses into a cohesive unit that can benefit from successful Bowdoin entrepreneurs from around the business world.
BOC trip spends night lost in Allagash
A Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC) trip returned to campus Wednesday night after spending an extra night in the Allagash woods. The group, led by Karl Koehler ’14 and Stephen Ligtenberg ’15, had been unable to return its car in time. The group had no ability to contact the College or officials at the BOC who were left wondering why the students had failed to return their car in time.
Obituary: Remembering Leslie Shaw, professor of anthropology
Visiting Assistant Professor Leslie Shaw, who taught anthropology at the College since 1998, died unexpectedly on the evening of August 29 following complications from surgery. She was 57 years old.Shaw will be remembered for her tremendous spirit, influential work, and role as a mentor, colleague, and friend.
“Leslie quietly set a high bar for service, excellence and collegiality, qualities that we each hope to achieve with some measure of grace but which she embraced with seeming ease,” Christle Collins Judd, dean for academic affairs, wrote in an email to the Orient.
Shaw demonstrated a clear passion for her work that was evident to students and colleagues alike. Professor Susan Kaplan, chair of the sociology and anthropology departments, said Shaw brought quiet, but palpable energy to the departments.“She’d come into a room and she’d be a powerful presence,” Kaplan said. “Very quietly, not grandstanding.”
Pay for seniors slightly above national average, survey shows
According to a recent Orient survey, the average starting salary for graduating seniors who have found employment was $42,339. This figure is slightly above the national average for recent graduates of $41,701, as reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. College graduates' difficulties finding employment were highlighted by an Associated Press report last week that said that about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 were jobless or underemployed last year. The survey was emailed to all seniors, 214 of whom replied. Of those, 84 percent are currently seeking or have successfully found paid post-graduate employment; the other 16 percent are pursuing other opportunities, such as graduate school. Of those entering the labor market, 57 percent have found employment, while 43 percent are still looking.
Rain threatens to move Ivies Concert indoors
A questionable weather forecast for the weekend may change the location of the Saturday Ivies Concert. In an email to the student body, Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols stated that inclement weather would relocate the concert to Farley Field House. According to Ruiqi Li '13, E-Board co-chair, the decision to move the concert inside will not depend on the weekend's weather alone, as last night's rain will be a factor too.
Russian department loses longtime professor, seeks new faculty, funding
After 36 years at the College, Professor Jane Knox-Voina's retirement this semester is a blow to the Russian department, but it is far from fatal. Knox-Voina and Associate Professor of Russian Raymond Miller have vigorously campaigned over the years to sustain the department despite concerns over low enrollment numbers. "There was always the realization that we were one of the smallest departments and if we didn't have our numbers up, that the future might not be as optimistic as we would like to have it," said Knox-Voina in a phone interview with the Orient.
Volent College’s highest compensated employee
Paula Volent, senior vice president for investments, was Bowdoin's highest paid employee in the 2009 calendar year with total compensation of $772,873, according to federal tax documents. The 2010 Form 990, a tax document filed by all nonprofit organizations, places Volent's total compensation above all other chief investment officers in the NESCAC. Collette Chilton, the chief investment officer at Williams College, was the second-highest paid, receiving $600,410 in total compensation in 2009. Volent was paid a base salary of $416,600, bonus and incentive compensation of $300,000, retirement and other deferred compensation of $35,034, and other reportable compensation of $2,883. Since 2002 she has been the College's highest compensated employee.
Pre-Orientation trips to become mandatory
In a break from tradition, all incoming first years will spend their first night at the College together in Farley Field House. In an email sent to the student body on Wednesday, Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster announced that Pre-Orientation trips will be mandatory for the Class of 2016. The decision is part of an experimental change to the Bowdoin first year Orientation process. In past years, approximately a quarter of students did not participate in a Pre-O trip. "Our goal with this initiative is to create a common introduction for all entering students, rather than having participants and non-participants," wrote Foster in an email to the Orient.
Benchwarmers closes doors, Frosty’s reopens
Two Brunswick businesses faced diverging fates last Saturday; while the sports bar Benchwarmers closed its doors indefinitely, Frosty's Donuts reopened under new ownership.
OneCard accepted by Brunswick businesses
Domino's Pizza, Aki Sushi, and Big Top Deli first to sign on
After many years of false starts, OneCards will be accepted as payment at select businesses in downtown Brunswick. Domino's Pizza, Aki Sushi, and Big Top Deli are currently set up to accept student identification cards as payment, with more businesses soon to join.
Karen Mills becomes cabinet member as SBA is elevated
Entering the final year of his term, President Barack Obama appointed Karen Mills, wife of President Barry Mills, to his cabinet.
Bowdoin Brief: 45 Maine St. owner pleads guilty to civil violation in court
Orville Ranger, the owner of the 45 Maine St. property that was destroyed in last April's fire, pleaded guilty in court two weeks ago to a civil violation of the Uniform Fire Code and Life Safety Code. He will pay a $500 fine for failure to provide more than one means of egress from the second floor of the building.
Occupy movement evolves at Bowdoin, other nearby schools
A month after Occupy Bowdoin's posters first appeared, the group will host a "teach-in" on Tuesday, November 29 at 4 p.m. in Smith Auditorium. The event will feature brief addresses by various professors, and a local representative from Occupy Brunswick. A representative from the American Civil Liberties Union may also speak, but has yet to be confirmed. The floor will then be opened to general discussion.
Bowdoin Brief: BPD, Security continue the investigations into bike thefts
The Office of Safety and Security is continuing to work with the Brunswick Police Department (BPD) to investigate the spate of recent bike thefts.
Longfellow transaction on brink of completion
In as little as two weeks, Bowdoin and the Town of Brunswick may reach an agreement on the proposed exchange of the McLellan Building for the now-vacant Longfellow School property.
Strong singles showing leads men’s tennis at Stony Brook
The men's tennis team had a mixed showing last weekend at the third annual Stony Brook Invitational. Bowdoin net two singles flight championships, though it failed to put any doubles teams into the finals. Captain Oscar Peña '12 battled hard through the A bracket to win all four of his singles matches, while Sam King '14 cruised to victory through Flight B without losing a set. Peña's matches all lasted three sets, a testament to his endurance over the weekend.
Smith takes helm as men’s tennis coach
After a successful season in which the men's double team of Stephen Sullivan '11 and Oscar Pena '12 won the D-III title, the men's tennis team is bringing into its ranks a new coach. The athletic department hired Conor Smith this summer following the departure of Colin Joyner '03, who left Bowdoin to pursue an MBA. Joyner left behind a six-season legacy consisting of 73 victories and the team's first NESCAC championship, which it won in 2008.