When Joachim Homann was hired to be the Bowdoin Art Museum’s curator in 2010, he immediately set one goal for himself: to promote student participation. “I want to bring together the energetic campus body and the amazing work here,” Homann told the Orient in 2010. “The Museum is not just a place for art historians. It is a place for everyone on campus.”
Tuesday night may not have ended with the song-filled tiki-torch rally of 2008, but there was still a palpable sense of elation on campus as the results rolled in. Each victory was marked by celebratory shrieks emanating from first-year bricks and from a packed Jack Magee’s Pub. The revelry continued through Wednesday morning, culminating when over a hundred community members gathered in Smith Union to commemorate Maine’s newly-minted status as the first state to legalize same-sex marriage by popular vote. Three years ago, Maine voted “Yes” on 1 as well, but to an opposite end: the 2009 referendum rejected the legalization of same-sex marriage 53 to 47 percent, the exact margin by which the 2012 ballot measure passed. This year, in place of the dejected and disappointed sentiment of 2009, there was wedding cake to be had.
Last Friday, the football team welcomed the newest member of their roster, Romil Peck-Moad, before its final home game of the season against Bates. Shortly before the Polar Bears ended practice, Peck-Moad gathered the team in a huddle, leading a “Go U Bears” chant wearing new Bowdoin apparel, a present from the team.
Tuesday’s presidential election was the first time many students were eligible to vote, and there was no shortage of political activism in the weeks leading up to election day. The Bowdoin College Democrats and Mainers United for Marriage coordinated shuttles between campus and the polling station at Brunswick High School from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. The two groups drove at least 274 students to go to the polls on Tuesday, and 363 students took these shuttles to vote early.
“I’m somewhat of an environmentalist,” said Blier. “We didn’t expect oil to go through the roof like it did. We recouped the costs of conversion in three months because of all the money we didn’t spend on oil.”