Recreational drug use among Bowdoin students tends to increase as graduation approaches, with current juniors and seniors reporting significantly higher incidences of drug use than they did in the fall of 2010, according to Orient surveys from 2010 and 2013.
The survey results showed that the number of seniors who have smoked marijuana at least once at Bowdoin increased to 60 percent up from 46 percent during the fall semester of their sophomore year.
Seventy-three percent of respondents from the Class of 2014 have smoked marijuana at least once, a large increase from 32 percent in their first semester at the College in 2010.
When Bowdoin hockey standout Jon Landry graduated in 2006, he knew he was embarking on a very different career path than many of his classmates; he was not ready to hang up his skates just yet. Since then, Landry has played hockey for professional teams in five U.S. states and three different countries. He is now one step—either an injury or a cut—away from making the NHL roster of the New York Islanders. “I always knew, even before my graduation from Bowdoin, that I wanted to play professional hockey after I finished school,” Landry wrote in an email to the Orient. “I wanted to give pro hockey a shot for at least a year or two, whether it was in the U.S. or Europe. I also had aspirations to use my degree in economics to work for an investment firm or start my own business.” The Montreal, Quebec native was one of the best two-way players to skate in the old Dayton Arena. He finished among the team’s top three scorers each year, and recorded a total of 121 points (51 goals, 70 assists) in 98 games. As a senior he was named First Team All-NESCAC, and First Team All-American, and he graduated with a degree in economics and French.
The College is working with the Brunswick Town Council, Planning Board and town residents to negotiate the zoning of the former Stevens Retirement Home on Harpswell Road for use as a dormitory next year. Situated directly across from the Brunswick Variety and Deli, the building would be used in its present layout after some cosmetic renovations. Twenty-five to thirty students would live in doubles and singles in the converted dorm.
On February 8, the Board of Trustees voted to advance four Bowdoin faculty members to the rank of tenured professor, effective July 1. The four appointees are Sarah Conly of the philosophy department, Mark Foster of the English department, Doris Santoro of the education department and Jill Smith of the German department.
Forty-eight percent of Bowdoin’s faculty is tenured. These individuals have been promoted from “assistant professor”—the title that comes precedes tenure—to “associate professor,” or have attained full professorships.
Every member of the philosophy, German and education departments is tenured now that Professors Conly, Smith and Santoro have received the promotion.
The administration’s response to the fossil fuel divestment proposal ("1.4% of College's endowment invested in fossil fuels") raised far more questions than it answered. Unfortunately, it also publically confirmed that Bowdoin’s official strategy is to maintain investment policies with no regard for environmental issues, while promoting its environmental achievements to alumni, students and grant agencies. Why do I care? During the recession I began speaking with the Development Office about the possibility of coordinating a family gift to the endowment to support the College’s environmental programs. My wife and I both went to Bowdoin, and as members of her family have attended Bowdoin for at least five continuous generations, I felt there was significant support for such a family gift. However, I also wanted at least some confirmation, however modest, that our funds would be invested in keeping with the College’s Environmental Mission Statement. After several months of waiting, I received only the short reply that “the Bowdoin College Endowment is Invested Responsibly.” I asked for examples, policies or data to support this assertion and none were provided. At that point, we discontinued our discussion of a family gift. So what’s wrong with the statement from President Mills and Paula Volent, senior vice president for investments, provided to the Orient?