Introduction to Red Tape 101, December 1, 2000

Bowdoin's course catalog should be accessible first, diverse second. Although Professor X has been a real martyr this year, as always displaying an amazing cross-disciplinary aptitude, perhaps it's time to relieve some of X's workload by hiring a few more tenure-track professors. Denial doesn't seem an appropriate solution, but then again we haven't been able to take Psychology 101, so we could be mistaken.

College Dishes Out Diplomas and Suck, April 6, 2001

At 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26th, Bowdoin College will hold its 196th Commencement Exercises. This will be a time when students of the class of 2001 celebrate Bowdoin...Who could imagine a better culmination to such a proud day than extended heavy lifting? And what a bonding experience for the family, too; "Grandma, thanks so much for coming, now just grab that sofa right there."

Faculty relieves itself of grading burden, April 5, 2002

Just as it is not unusual for a dog to urinate on the trunk of a tree simply because other dogs have urinated there before him, so is it not unusual for faculty members to vote for a major change to a grading system simply because other schools have done so. And just as the dog does not take the tree into consideration when relieving himself, neither do faculty members seem to take students into account when making major decisions.

Bringing men to the table, November 7, 2003

If you recently checked your mail or purchased something at the C-Store without getting a female vibe, you were probably wearing a blindfold and earplugs...Events and organizations like these have come to be known exclusively as "feminist" or "women's" issues because males typically do not take part. It is common for men at Bowdoin to perceive "women's" issues as politically correct, oversensitive, and irrelevant.

Our pick for president,October 29, 2004

November 2 is four days away. After weeks of intense debate and careful consideration, the Orient is ready to endorse a candidate for President of the United States. We believe this man has the will, wisdom, and winning attitude to lead our great nation for the next four years. We speak, of course, of Red Sox Manager Terry Francona. Over the past month, Francona has proven himself time and time again on the baseball field. Why not give him an opportunity to do the same in the White House?

Toasting a wise ass, February 25, 2005

We never thought we'd say this, but we could learn a thing or two from Colby. Well, maybe just one thing. Our friends in Waterville have garnered national attention for experimenting with alcohol—in the dining hall, that is.

Students of age are invited to purchase a beer or two (or a glass of wine) with dinner on Friday nights. To ensure that laws are not violated, students who imbibe dine in a separate room.

A delayed reaction, September 8, 2006

"News feed is just a little too creepy," states the manifesto of the group to which nearly 1 in 8 of the site's registered users subscribe, "too stalker-esque." It is interesting that it has taken this long for students to grow wary about what information they willingly make accessible on Facebook. In a Wednesday blog entry, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg pointed out that the site's privacy rules have not been altered.

President Brooks, April 20, 2007

Although he is all but assured the student government presidency, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) elections probably have not gone the way Dustin Brooks '08 would have hoped. Brooks is the only candidate for the presidency, voting for which ends at 8:30 p.m. today. But his seemingly smooth road to the office was made rocky by sophomore Ian Yaffe's decision last week to contest a requirement in the BSG constitution.

Thoughts on food, February 8, 2008

February can be tough. With cold weather and slushy footpaths, no vacations, and accumulating schoolwork, the month can be a drag for many students. While spirits may not be at their highest this time of year on campus, the Dining Service puts in extra effort this month to keep things interesting. With themed dinners like "Just Like Home" and "Chinese New Year," the staff makes every effort spice things up when everything else seems bland.

Fighting February, February 6, 2009

February is the toughest month of winter. In past Februaries, we've attempted to convince readers that this dreary month comes with a silver lining. This year, however, we've changed our strategy, instead of trying to pretend that frigid temperatures and icy paths aren't so bad. But let's be honest—winter in Maine is long and hard, and there are at least another four weeks ahead of us before you can expect much improvement.