Bowdoin’s 13 most highly paid employees saw salary increases in the fiscal year ending in 2011, according to the Form 990 tax document filed by the College for the 2010-2011 calendar year. As a non-profit organization, the College is required to disclose the compensation packages of its highest-paid employees. The 2011 Form 990 is the most recent statement available. Senior Vice President for Investments Paula Volent was the highest-paid administrator, earning a total compensation package of $781,166. This figure includes a base salary of $416,456, plus retirement and deferred compensation ($42,890), nontaxable benefits ($19,615), other reportable compensation ($2,205) and a bonus and incentive package of $300,000.
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.”