The Office of Student Affairs determined that the men’s rugby team violated Bowdoin’s alcohol and hazing policies in light of events at an off-campus house and at the annual Epicuria party last Saturday, September 15. Tim Foster, dean of student affairs, announced the ruling in an email to all students yesterday evening. On the night of the annual campus-wide party, which is hosted by the men’s rugby team, four underage students were transported to Parkview Adventist Medical Adventist Center due to over-consumption of alcohol. The two first years and two sophomores who were transported to Parkview were all “tied directly or indirectly to Epicuria and the rugby team,” Foster wrote. Two of the students were transported from Ladd House, where the party took place.
Nicholas Kristof spoke to a packed crowd at Pickard Theater last night about his 2009 book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.” The book—co-authored by his wife, Sheryl WuDunn—explores what Kristof refers to as “the central moral challenge of the 21st century,” combatting the oppression and effective enslavement of women and girls around the world.
The results are in from last spring’s alcohol and drug use survey, and they confirm what many of us already know: Bowdoin’s drinking culture encourages responsibility and prioritizes the health of students above all else. Ninety-three percent of students surveyed think the College alcohol policy encourages calling for help, compared to only 77 percent at peer schools. Ninety-five percent of Bowdoin students believe Residential Life staff are supportive during alcohol-related emergencies—ten percent more than at peer schools. Most importantly, the survey showed that Bowdoin students are more likely to trust the administration and to call Security when help is needed. The results indicated that drinking at the College is no more extreme, nor prevalent, than at other NESCAC schools.
The results of last spring’s NESCAC-wide alcohol and drug use survey, which were released to College officials last week, show that the drinking habits of Bowdoin students fall in line with peer schools, though students at the College are noticeably more proactive when it comes to calling for help in alcohol-related emergencies. Nine of the 11 NESCAC schools participated in the survey, which was distributed to about 20,000 students and designed with the intent of better understanding alcohol and drug use on each campus.
The day before this year’s annual back-to-school lobster bake, Michael Rodrigue single-handedly cut and trimmed 440 steaks for the meal. Rodrigue is Bowdoin’s designated meat cutter, responsible for ordering and preparing the pork, beef, chicken breasts, and sausage served at Thorne and Moulton dining halls.