Foster credits students for transport-free stretch, longest during his tenure
It has been over seven weeks since there has been an alcohol-related transport at the College—a streak that Tim Foster, dean of student affairs, has not witnessed in his entire 17-year tenure at Bowdoin. Two months into the school year, there have been only seven reported transports. Three first years, two sophomores, a junior, and a senior have been transported thus far—four male and three female students. According to the Office of Safety and Security, there were 13 transports in the first two months of 2010, and 12 in the first two months of 2011.
Students elect representatives, class councils for 2012-2013
Last Sunday Bowdoin Student Government elections determined the next year's 2014 and 2015 class councils. Positions on the BSG assembly, such as at-large representative and E-Board representative, were also determined. Of the 346 votes cast, roughly 74 percent were cast by first years or sophomores. A number of newly elected students, including John Izzo '15, Ryan Davis '15, Alex Tougas '14, and Sunnie Kuna '14, and Asher Stamell '13, ran unopposed.
Nichols briefs BSG on new Ivies procedures
Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols briefed Bowdoin Student Government on expectations and preparations for Ivies at its Wednesday night meeting. Changes, including a new registration process for guests, are expected to make security arrangements tighter than ever before. During any given Ivies, it is generally the guests of students that pose the majority of security problems, said Nichols.
Bowdoin Brief: Chediak, Greenberg take top seats in BSG elections
Dani Chediak '13, vice president for student organizations, emerged victorious as next year's president of Bowdoin Student Government, garnering approximately 77 percent of the vote, with 562 votes. Among other goals, Chediak aspires to bring LSAT, MCAT, and GRE prep classes to Bowdoin's campus and to create an online queue that will help students gauge when campus shuttles will arrive. President of the first year class John Izzo ran opposite Chediak, garnering 170 votes.
Students protest report on chem-free housing
Students voiced opposition to a possible restructuring of chem-free housing in two open forums this week. The potential changes to chem-free housing—which would reshape how first years are assigned to rooms—could occur as soon as this fall. After surveying approximately 500 individuals including students, faculty and residential life staff members, a committee compiled a list of popular recommendations, which were published in a report in February. Perhaps the most controversial suggestion advanced by the committee was discontinuing Hyde Hall as the designated chem-free first 's status year brick, and adopting a "floating floor model on a two year trial basis" beginning in the 2013-2014 academic year.
BSG discusses NESCAC alcohol survey, printing plan
Tim Foster, dean of student affairs, made an appearance at this week's Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) meeting to address preliminary data from the recent NESCAC-wide alcohol survey administered in early March. The academic affairs committee also proposed providing new funds to students who exceed their printing allocations. Of all nine of the NESCAC institutions that took part in the conference-wide survey—Amherst and Wesleyan did not partake—Bowdoin had the highest participation rate, with 78 percent of students filling out the questionnaire.
BSG delays vote on use of force at student protests, to discuss C/D/F
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) touched upon a number of issues this week, ranging from the assembly's stance on the Northwestern University Associated Student Government's statement against police force during college protests to Bowdoin's credit/D/fail and add-drop systems.
BSG weighs nationwide resolution condemning police brutality
The Northwestern University Associated Student Government approached Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) on February 7, urging it to sign a resolution that aims to condemn the use of unnecessary police force during protests on college campuses. The resolution was drafted in light of the allegedly violent protests occured at U.C. Berkeley and U.C. Davis campuses last November.
Girls and Women in Sports Day to happen this weekend
As part of its annual Girls and Women in Sports Day, female student-athletes from Bowdoin will welcome local girls in grades K-12 to campus this weekend as part of an initiative to expose them to an array of sports.
BSG debates changes to structure of first year Class Council
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) continued deliberations Wednesday regarding a potential change to the first year Class Council system that will come to a vote next week. If approved by the BSG Executive Committee, the change would allow BSG to convene a month earlier than usual, giving the Student Organizations Oversight Committee more time to work with nascent and existing clubs on campus.
College house application process altered
With the application deadline for College House residency just around the corner, interested students will be subject to a new interview process designed to improve the increasingly competitive College House application process. The new method is meant to be more personal and to grant current College House members a larger role in choosing new residents.
On Wednesday, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) president Derek Brooks '12 discussed the faculty's rejection of the proposal to extend Thanksgiving break at the Monday night faculty meeting.
Occupy Bowdoin hosts first campus gathering
Protest signs bearing phrases like "People Before Profits" and "What About Economic Justice?" lined the hallway leading to Smith Auditorium on Tuesday. Over 100 individuals gathered in the auditorium that afternoon to partake in the inaugural Occupy Bowdoin Teach-In, organized by Robbie Benson '14 and Ricardo Zarate '13.
Mitchell ’54 speech launches oral history project
Former Senator George J. Mitchell '54 addressed a sold out Pickard Theater at the launch of the library's George J. Mitchell Oral History Project. The Oral History Project, a three year endeavor, launched on Monday night and can now be viewed online. According to the website, the project has collected approximately 200 transcripts of interviews from Mitchell's friends and family, as well as senators and staff members, public policy officials, foreign policy specialists, and more. Together, the testimonies shed light on Mitchell's life, political career, and numerous accomplishments.
BSG approves Black Friday shuttle service, debates break
With over 10 representatives absent, a scant Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) assembled on Wednesday to discuss the contentious issue of extending Thanksgiving break by two school days. The increasing geographical diversity of the College—over 59 percent of the Class of 2015 is from outside New England—has prompted concerns regarding students' inability to travel home during the holiday. In the past few years, more and more students have been unable to return home and have been forced to remain on campus during Thanksgiving due to the brevity of the three day break.
BSG debates chem-free housing, gives multicultural event $2,000
The Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) meeting on Wednesday featured a discussion of chem-free housing at Bowdoin, and the allotment of $2,000 for multicultural programming.
BSG discusses allocation of funds for the remainder of school year
On behalf of the Office of Multicultural Student Programs, Nylea Bivins '12 submitted a proposal to Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) on Wednesday seeking $12,500 to fund a multicultural event planned for the week after winter break.
BSG passes 3 resolutions: tickets, newspapers, charters
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) members assembled Wednesday for their weekly meeting and voted on a variety of issues ranging from the reinstatement of student organization charters to the purchase of 200 movie tickets from Regal Cinema for student use.
BSG moves toward renewal of funding for yearly initiatives
Members of Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) convened Wednesday for their first meeting of the year, where they discussed Judicial Board (J-Board) policy and renewed funding for several annual BSG initiatives. J-Board Chair RJ Shea '12 and Laura Lee, the assistant dean of student affairs, discussed the most recent annual J-Board report.
Bowdoin Brief: SAFC proposes annual guideline change to BSG
The Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) will propose a number of changes to club funding guidelines to Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) on November 1.
Three male teenagers suspected in bike thefts
A Bowdoin student reported seeing three teenage males stealing a bike outside of Druckenmiller Hall on Monday night at approximately 10:30 p.m. The student reported the incident to the Office of Safety and Security, continuing the ongoing investigation into a series of recent bicycle thefts.
Art Smarts: M&G to host 24-Hour Show next Friday and Saturday
Bowdoin's student-run theater group, Masque and Gown, will be putting on its annual 24-hour show this Saturday.
Renowned Sondheim discusses his music and lyrics
Stephen Sondheim, the world-renowned composer and lyricist who brought to life works such as "West Side Story" and "Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street," walked into Pickard Theater Tuesday night to a sold-out house of approximately six hundred people.