September 2013

Several Bowdoin students had run-ins with the Brunswick Police Department (BPD), which intervened at College Houses on September 6 and 7 due to issues of disorderly conduct and underage drinking. Two students were also arrested for DUIs in a period of 24 hours on September 22, which Director of Security Randall Nichols called “very unusual.”

The College also introduced a new, revamped hazing policy prompted by several incidents during the 2012-2013 school year. The new policy was designed to help students fully understand what constitutes hazing, giving specific examples and case studies in order to increase awareness.

October 2013

Bowdoin announced its plans to build the largest solar power complex in Maine, which would offset approximately 8 percent of the College’s annual energy usage. The proposed energy farm would be built on land purchased from the former naval base, and would be used to power most of the College’s athletic facilities.

Three separate bias incidents were reported in one week, including one in which a Brunswick resident called a student a homophobic slur and punched him in the face. The rash of incidents prompted a campus-wide response that included a photo exhibition by Daniel Eloy ’15.

November 2013

On November 25, the College demolished a vacant former fraternity house that had belonged to Alpha Kappa Sigma. There are currently no plans for the vacant lot, but Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Katy Longley said the College hoped to develop one within the next few years.

December 2013

Registrar Jan Brackett announced plans to leave her position in January 2014 after 14 years at Bowdoin. Brackett was instrumental in implementing Polaris, the online course registration system; Dean of Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd called her a “key player” in the creation of Polaris.

January 2014

Several sprinkler heads burst in Memorial Hall, causing $20,000 worth of damage on January 4 and 5. The sprinkler heads burst due to the extremely cold weather over winter break. Associate Director of Facilities Operation and Management Jeff Tuttle said that they are “looking into options [to] prevent that in the future.”

Rick Ganong ’86 was hired as the new senior vice president for development and alumni relations on January 6, effective immediately. According to President Barry Mills and Ganong, the responsibilities of the job largely concern fundraising and maintaining stable financial aid for students.

February 2014

Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Jarrett Young ’05 announced that he would be leaving at the end of the 2013-2014 school year. Young will be taking a position as Upper School Grade Dean at the the Blake School in Minneapolis, Minn.

Mary Pat McMahon, associate dean of student affairs and director of Residential Life, announced that she would be leaving her position over Spring Break to become the dean of student affairs at Tufts.

Bowdoin Christian Fellowship advisors Rob and Sim Gregory failed to sign the College’s Volunteer Agreement and will no longer be permitted to volunteer at the College. In particular, the Gregorys objected to the Freedom from Discrimination and Harassment policy, stating that signing the agreement would violate their faith’s views regarding sexuality.

March 2014

An intruder broke into a first-floor residence at Brunswick Apartments at 3:30 a.m. on Sunday March 23. Upon realizing that a female student was asleep in bed in the apartment, the intruder fled across the hall into an adjacent residence, which he soon exited.

April 2014

After an investigation into possible reforms for the Health Center, the College decided to maintain the current structure of the Health Center and hire a new director of health services to replace Sandra Hayes.

Twelve students were cited before Spring Break for misusing Adderall. Of these twelve, two were cited for trafficking the prescription drug, and were given the option of appearing before the Judicial Board or “resigning” from the College.

President Barry Mills announced that he would be resigning from his position at the end of the 2014-2015 academic year. His departure comes a year earlier than expected, as Mills told the Orient in 2011 that he planned on remaining in his position for at least five more years. Mills has served as president of the College since 2001.