To the Editors:

In "Brunswick community intolerant of students" (November 5), Samir Sheth '12 calls for Bowdoin students to shut Brunswick residents out of their lives because they are "ruining our good time." In short, Mr. Sheth's letter is ludicrous. I can understand that an abbreviated Pinefest might be disappointing, but I am embarrassed to be part of a student body defined by mere revelry. I am also mortified for Mr. Sheth knowing that the greater Brunswick community will read his letter.

"You know what's awesome about Brunswick?" It provides us with a home base for four years. Yes, Bowdoin boasts "good concerts, famous guest speakers and a vibrant intellectual community," but it is not an oasis in a cultural desert. Our professors are Brunswick residents. So are the staff members that ceaselessly spoil us in the dorms and dining halls. For students who participate in more than partying, working in the Brunswick community provides eye-opening experiences through community service and service learning courses. How arrogant to suggest that Brunswick residents stand outside some golden gate of academia, begging for our key.

Indeed, it is time to open our eyes. We cannot depersonalize the meaningful relationships that closely knit Brunswick and Bowdoin together with an us-versus-them mentality. To suggest that we cement the "Bowdoin Bubble" into an impenetrable wall between campus and the greater community is absurd. Brunswick residents are our neighbors, and it is our privilege to live in their town and share their resources. Let's take a moment to listen to our spoiled selves and consider the greater context in which we live and learn. There are more important things in life to whine about than having to turn down the music.


Julia Littlefield '11