By the time you read this, the online polls will be open for the 2014 and 2017 Class Council elections. With four qualified candidates in each presidential race, the competition will likely be close, and we encourage you to peruse the candidacy statements printed in our Opinion section before you cast your vote. But beyond the newsprint, check out our video Q&As with presidential candidates on 

Including this video on the front page of our website marks a change in the Orient’s approach to web-based material. This week, we shuttered the Orient Express, our three-year experiment with blogging. We found that the multimedia pieces we ran on the blog complemented our regular print content, so we have consolidated everything onto our main website with the hopes of cultivating a general forum for news. Print is still the Orient’s primary focus, but we realize that much of the student body is plugged in seven days a week; we hope to reach you beyond the confines of the physical Friday paper. 

But as we post online content more frequently, it is important to note that our web non-removal policy has not changed. Interviewees frequently ask to make their remarks anonymous or to preview quotes before articles are published, even on banal topics. The Orient’s policy states that anonymity will be granted only in situations when the paper would not otherwise be able to include reliable or pertinent information; previewing quotes prior to publication is allowed only in very unusual circumstances. Additionally, we hear regularly from alumni, students and former contributors who would like us to remove comments or quotes from articles online. Our policy is to decline these requests. The Orient is public record, and its content does not change to suit individual needs; this policy was created under the ethical premise that history will not be revised to fit private interests. It also safeguards against editorial staff making highly subjective decisions about which removal requests to grant.

Our archive was once merely a collection of yellowed newspapers in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. Now it is much more easily accessible with a few clicks of the mouse. In the Q&A videos, the 2014 and 2017 presidential candidates laid out their goals for the year. Navigating an expanded digital presence is one of ours, and we hope you will join us. 

The editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, which is comprised of Erica Berry, Nora Biette-Timmons, Sam Miller and Sam Weyrauch.