Bowdoin has seen a lot of change recently.

Despite talk about tough times and scaling back, we?ve seen large-scale projects involving first year bricks, the Museum of Art, Studzinski Recital Hall, Watson and Dayton Arena, and, most recently, the Peter Buck Center for Health and Wellness.

Unfortunately, the Buck stops here.

At this point, projects are wrapped up, plans are being tucked away, and it?s actually time to start tightening those proverbial belts. While campus discussion has centered on the impact of faculty and staff budgets or salaries, it?s now time for students to lower expectations alongside the endowment. It?s time to appreciate the campus for what if offers us today?not what it will offer future students in years to come, or could offer if it had a few million dollars more and a world-class architect. It?s time to remember what we sought in coming to Bowdoin, focusing less on academic facilities and more on our academic missions.

It?s time to get back to the Offer of the College, which, believe it or not, does not guarantee an all-glass campus by 2012.

The editorial represents the majority view of The Bowdoin Orient's editorial board, which comprises Piper Grosswendt, Will Jacob, Gemma Leghorn and Seth Walder.