Shortly after being sworn into office on January 3, Senator Angus King had already begun making the political rounds in Washington, meeting with at least 30 of his new colleagues on Capitol Hill and appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” opposite Newt Gingrich. Since winning the Senate seat in November, King and his team have been busy setting up the Senator’s Maine and Washington offices, reviewing hundreds of applications for only 35 positions.
The men’s ice hockey team has been hot since the weather got colder, winning seven out of its eight games, including all its road matches. The Polar Bears have managed to remain undefeated on the road this season.
Last week, Robert Ives ’69 was appointed Bowdoin’s new director of religious and spiritual life, which inspired us to think about the nature of spirituality at Bowdoin. When asked about the College’s religious culture, David Smick ’15 replied, “I think it’s personal, if noticeable at all. The only time I really saw that there was religious interest here was last year at Easter time; half the people I know, including myself, went home to celebrate.” A variety of students we spoke with echoed Smick’s observation. At a secular institution like Bowdoin, it is no surprise that religion is not outwardly prominent on campus. However, this does not imply that students do not contemplate their spirituality.
The Bowdoin Community paid tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a ceremony in the Chapel Monday evening. The Longfellows, Slam Poet Society and the Bowdoin Community Gospel Choir performed in memory of Dr. King, and Brian Purnell, assistant professor of Africana studies, spoke of MLK’s legacy. “It was obvious how much this day meant to people,” said Ben Osher ’15, who performed at the service. “I felt like the lines between the secular and the religious were becoming blurred.”
As a result of Maine’s vote to legalize same-sex marriage in November, the Brunswick Town Clerk’s office has begun the process of issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. The office first opened its doors to same-sex couples on December 29, and has so far issued nine intentions of marriage. Six of these have come back notarized as marriage licenses, according to Town Clerk Fran Smith.