Compensation does not act as incentive for tour guide applicants
Two years ago, tour guides began recieving compensation guides for the Office of Admissions tend to cite the fact that they get paid as low on their reasons for guiding. Though the change has affected the program in some ways, it has not changed the basic dynamics of the job.
Co-Head Tour Guide Molly Clements ’13 suggested the change was not requested by the guides themselves.
“Student Employment decided that we needed to be paid,” she said. “We were originally paid only for Special Tours, and Special Tours are arranged outside of the regular daily slots.”She added, “two years ago they decided that we really ought to be paid for all of them.”
Parkview merger delayed until next year
Parkview Adventist Medical Center will not merge with Central Maine Healthcare, a Lewiston-area healthcare conglomerate, in the immediate future. Brunswick’s Mid Coast Hospital has maintained its interest in partnering with Parkview.
Central Maine filed a merger in August 2012, but due to disagreements with the state of Maine, it has asked to delay its request for another year the Bangor Daily News reported.
One of the issues at the that drove the merger was the low occupancy rate at Brunswick-area hospitals.
‘Bowdoin Compliments’ gains immediate campus popularity
A new Facebook page, “Bowdoin Compliments,” hit news feeds campus wide on December 1. The page’s mission is to spread goodwill across campus: a student messages the anonymous moderator a compliment about another student, and the page’s administrator reposts the compliment, guaranteeing the anonymity of the submitter. Compliments range from the pithy—like one addressed to Emma Young ’15 that read “You’re so friendly and adorable, [I] wish we could be better friends”—to paragraphs and poems. The page has already achieved over 800 “friends,” almost half the student body.
CPC offers 12 new funded internship grants
Thanks to a number of new donations, the Career Planning Center (CPC) will offer more grants for summer projects and internships this year than ever before. Dighton Spooner, associate director of career planning, said that the CPC anticipates adding about 12 new grants this year. In previous years, the number of applications has significantly eclipsed the number of available grants; last year, 26 grants were awarded.
College, Brunswick spared from Sandy’s devastation
As Hurricane Sandy made its way up the eastern seaboard on Monday, Bowdoin braced for impact. In the end, the storm brought only heavy rain and high winds, which caused some power outages, but spared the region the devastation felt further south. At 11 a.m. on Monday morning Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster sent a school-wide email announcing early closures of the C-Store, Jack Magee’s Pub and the Café, warning community members that high winds could cause power losses and advising everyone to charge their electronics.
House candidates spar in Studzinski
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Jon Courtney met in the first debate in the race for Maine’s First District seat in the House of Representatives last night in Studzinski Recital Hall. Pingree, who is running for her third term, is heavily favored in the race. The last time a Republican held the seat was 1996. According to a poll conducted between September 24 and 28 by Pan Atlantic SMS, Pingree holds a 33 percentage point lead over Courtney. In an hour-long debate organized by the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (MPBN), the candidates touched on a variety of issues, highlighting their ideological divides.
ResLife asks College Houses not to host reunion parties
The Office of Residential Life (ResLife) has asked College Houses not to host registered reunion events for alumni this Homecoming Weekend.
Yellow Bike Club launches bike maintenance program
The Yellow Bike Club (YBC) launched a new maintenance program this year in a departure from its previous mission. Until this year, the club’s primary function had been renting bikes to students for a fee of $25 annually.
In light of high damage costs in 2011-2012, College increases penalties
The College is cracking down on vandalism this year, implementing stricter disciplinary sanctions for alcohol-related property damage. The change comes after nearly 80 percent of Bowdoin students responded that the College should respond to alcohol-related property damage with stricter disciplinary sanctions in last spring’s alcohol survey.