Club volleyball to lose co-ed status
Three female first years are being forced off the co-ed clubvolleyball team after the league decided to comply with gender requirements from its national parent organization.
Starting in the spring of 2014, Bowdoin’s club volleyball team will no longer be co-ed. As a result of the change, current team members Erin McKissick ’16, Sophie Sawyers ’16 and Maggie Seymour ’16 will have to start their own female team next year.
According to McKissick, the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation (NCVF) has traditionally had separate teams for men and women.
The New England region is the only one that has allowed co-ed teams. However, Rule 3.1.4 of the NCVF’s Governance Rules states that, “A women’s team roster may not include men and a men’s roster may not include women. No women players are allowed to compete as a player on a men’s team, and no men are allowed to compete as a player on a women’s team.”
Wiercinski returns home as new men’s soccer coach
A local kid is coming home. Born in Brunswick—just down the road from the College, the new head coach of men’s soccer, Scott Wiercinski, is returning to a campus he knows quite well. After graduating from Brunswick High School in 1995, Wiercinski faced a commonly shared problem by many graduating seniors. Should he, or should he not, go to the hometown school?
“I think when I faced my options at the time, I wanted to do something a little different,” Wiercinski said in a phone interview with the Orient. “The idea of getting a little farther away from home was enticing at that point. Maybe that was my rebellious phase.”
Wiercinski chose Middlebury, where he was a star goalkeeper for the Panthers. When he graduated in 1999, he held records for the fifth-most saves and fourth-most shutouts in team history while helping the Panthers to the NCAA tournament all four years he played.
Alums create online content for Mass. Senate campaign
When Frank Chi ’07 called William Donahoe ’08 late in 2008 about helping him create a website, neither would have expected that four years later, they would be producing online content for a U.S. Senate campaign. The two had previously collaborated as students at Bowdoin for the College Democrats of America, and quickly began working together in the evenings after their day jobs. Together, they created The Antebellum Project: a self-funded website that tells stories about Civil War era Bowdoin alumni. Chi and Donahoe became fascinated with the stories and the ways they were connected. What started as a simple outlet for their creative instincts became the start of their business.
Athletics: education keeps concussion numbers steady
The number of concussions sustained by athletes at the College have remained steady this year.
SOOC charters eight clubs, campus total rises to 107
The Student Organizations Oversight Committee (SOOC) handed down charters for new clubs this week. Eight new clubs joined the existing 99 clubs that were chartered last May, making for a grand total of 107 on campus. Only a few more clubs were approved this year than last year. “We only lost two clubs over the course of the previous year,” said SOOC Chair Brian Kim ’13. Among the newly chartered clubs are Students for Justice in Palestine, Polar Bear Nation, Model United Nations, and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Alliance. According to Kim, at least one more club is expected to be chartered next week.
Men’s soccer racks up three straight shutouts
With their first fully healthy side in over a year, the men have scored 15 goals in four games while allowing only two. After a sluggish opening loss to Wesleyan, the Polar Bears are now on a three game win streak.
Women’s ice hockey coach will also helm women’s golf
During ice hockey’s off-season, Head Coach Marissa O’Neil will help lead women’s golf
Head Coach of the women’s ice hockey team, Marissa O’Neil is taking the reins from the former Head Coach, Gerry Caron who ismoving to the position of assistant coach due to personal reasons.
Athlete of the Season: Oliver Van Zant ’13 and Gen Barlow ’13
Oliver Van Zant '13 is having one of the most dominating seasons ever for a Bowdoin pitcher. His statistics speak for themselves: 1.75 ERA, a 5-1 record and a .164 batting average against.
Faculty salaries increase for 2nd year, ranked 11th of liberal arts colleges
Professors' salaries have increased for the second year in a row. The increases come despite a sluggish economy, which led to across-the-board decreases in 2010. The Chronicle of Higher Education places Bowdoin 11th among liberal arts colleges in terms of the salaries paid to full professors. This is a departure from past years in which Bowdoin often "fell fourth or fifth," according to a Chronicle report.
Athlete of the Week: Oliver Van Zant '13
With a league-leading 2.28 ERA, the baseball team boasts the most dominant pitching staff in the NESCAC. Leading the way is Oliver Van Zant '13, who is first in the NESCAC in innings pitched, ERA and strikeouts. In two starts last week, Van Zant pitched 13 innings—including one complete game—and allowed no earned runs, striking out 19 batters and letting up only a single walk.
Athlete of the Season: Jill Henrikson ’12 and Will Hanley ’12
In the winter of 1999, a second grade girl was dribbling down the court at the local rec center. Her small hands had trouble handling the ball, but she made her way across halfcourt nonetheless. Fast forward 13 years. Jill Henrikson '12 was driving hard to the basket, her sneakers burning into the floor of Morrell Gymnasium. Just as the swarms of red-jersey defenders closed in around her, she put the ball up with the lightest touch.
Women's basketball heads to NESCAC semifinals
In the women's basketball team's home NESCAC quarterfinal game against Wesleyan last Saturday, the Polar Bears held the Cardinals to just 37 points—the fewest an opponent has scored since Bowdoin's first game of the season. Bowdoin's defense clamped down from the start, holding Wesleyan to 20 points or fewer in each half for a 53-37 victory.
Women’s basketball primed for playoffs after emotional season finale
In a year of ups and downs, the women's basketball team finished its season the right way. After a comfortable 70-56 win over Wesleyan on Friday, the Polar Bears (18-6, 7-3 NESCAC) had their senior day ceremony prior to their final game against Connecticut College on Saturday.
Weekly Roundup: Women ballers fighting for seeding in final two games
The women's basketball team began February with mixed results, splitting its two away games against Middlebury and Williams last weekend.
Weekly Roundup: Henrikson just misses triple-double in fourth-straight win
Despite missing a rare triple-double—just the fourth in school history—by a single rebound and steal, women's basketball captain Jill Henrikson '12 was nearly unstoppable in Bowdoin's 65-45 win over Eastern Connecticut State on Tuesday.
Henrikson paces women’s basketball during break to 13-5 record
While much of Polar Bear Nation was at home hibernating over break, the women's basketball team was sprinting up and down the court in Thousand Oaks, Calif., at the Posada Royale Holiday Classic. A winter of games and training has put the team in a solid position for the stretch leading up to the NESCAC tournament.
Weekly Roundup: Women’s basketball comes back from loss with victories
The women's basketball team had an up and down week, losing by 15 points to Colby before beating Husson by 35 and Bates by six. Bowdoin's offense stagnated against Colby last Saturday, as every shot seemed to miss and the team made less than 30 percent of its attempts from the floor in a 56-41 loss.
Women’s basketball off to 3-1 start
Sprinting down the court, guard Jill Henrikson '12 collected the outlet pass from forward Alexa Barry '12 and dribbled hard to the basket. Plymouth State's defender simply could not keep up, and Henrikson beat her to the basket for an easy two points. By the end of the game, the run-and-gun offense of the women's basketball team was simply too much for Plymouth State, as the Polar Bears handled the Panthers 80-27.
Weekly Roundup: Football finishes with .500 record, holds on to CBB cup
The football team ended its season on a high note last weekend with a 20-10 victory over Colby. Even though the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Championship technically ended in a tie, in which each team had one win and one loss, the Polar Bears will retain the CBB trophy because they won the title last year.
Andrew Cohen: The man behind football’s defensive turnaround
Early in the fourth quarter two weeks ago, Wesleyan's football team was threatening to score. While the Polar Bears held a 12-0 advantage, the Cardinals were gaining some steam as they pushed from the Bowdoin 38-yard line. From the advantageous field position, the Cardinals marched to the 14-yard line, but went no further.
Weekly Roundup: Football falls to Bobcats, CBB tie now best-case scenario
The football team's chances at winning a Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title disappeared last Saturday with a 24-2 loss to Bates. After averaging nearly 18 points per game in the first half of the season, the Polar Bears' offense has scored only 14 total points in the three games since then.
Weekly Roundup: Undefeated Trinity holds football scoreless in blowout
The football team expected a tough game from the Trinity Bantams last weekend, but ended up on the wrong side of a blowout and lost 31-0.
Football loses QB in 20-7 win over Hamilton
After a 0-2 start to the season, the Polar Bears rolled past Hamilton to get their second consecutive victory on Saturday. However, in the process of doing so, starting quarterback Grant White '14 broke his collarbone, sidelining him for the remainder of the season. Against the top defense in the league, the Polar Bears only threw the ball 12 times, opting instead for 46 rushing attempts.
Football falls short against Ephs 21-24 in season opener
Quarterback Grant White '14 snapped the ball and stepped back into the pocket. From the edges, he could see the Williams pass rushers coming off his offensive line. As the clock was winding down, White looked downfield to his wide receivers—captain Pat Noone '12 and Nick Goldin '13—and running back Zach Donnarumma '14 sprinting towards the end zone.
Finally injury-free, football team harbors great expectations for 2011
After finishing 3-5 for the second consecutive season in 2010, the football team is determined to set things right this year.
Athlete of the Week: Bobby Kaminski '14
Peering over a bunker and onto the green, golfer Bobby Kaminski '14 took a step back to scan from a better angle. Confident in his decision, he addressed the ball again and with a short, compact swing, punched the ball over the hill in a spray of white sand. After a short flight, the ball dropped slightly above the pin and with a slight backspin, rolled gently until it stopped near the hole.