Women's basketball extends win streak to seven
Women’s basketball is still undefeated after a decisive 68-41 victory over Endicott last night. With a 7-0 record, the team is currently ranked No. 14 by D3hoops.com, No. 11 by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) poll and No. 4 in the NCAA Northeast regional ranking.
The team continued its dominance last week with a 60-38 win over Colby (4-3) last Saturday and a 103-33 annihilation of the University of Maine-Farmington (UMF) (1-6) on Tuesday.
“Colby always gives us a tough game, so Saturday was great in that we got the win,” said captain Rachel Norton ’17. “But we also saw areas we need to focus in on. We had a nice start, but ultimately we’re trying to build on it every day. We can be more consistent and tougher in our rebounding game, and every day we are trying to improve our defensive rotations and pressures.”
The team’s dominating performance over UMF was also a record-breaking one—the Polar Bears’ 58 points in the first half is a Bowdoin record for points in a half and the team’s total of 103 now ranks second in points for in a single game.
Last year’s offense largely focused on Shannon Brady ’16, who led the team with 16.8 points per game—which was 7.8 points ahead of the next highest scorer—but this season has featured much more parity. Kate Kerrigan ’18 leads the team with 10.6 points per game, followed closely by Lauren Petit ’18 with 8.0 points per game and captain Marle Curle ’17 with 7.0 points per game.
“Team chemistry is a huge factor in the success we have had,” Head Coach Adrienne Shibles said. “The team is a close-knit group—very selfless and we are all on the same page with regard to values and what we feel like is important.”
Norton said that the Polar Bears have great team chemistry on and off the court and have fun playing with one another. In addition, the team’s depth has been a key factor in its early success.
“We have a very deep bench which allows fresh legs to get in often without seeing any drop in our play,” she said.
Despite losing the program’s leading rebounder in Brady, this year’s team has dominated the glass on both sides of the ball, grabbing 41 offensive rebounds over its last two games. Still, Shibles sees room for improvement.
“[Rebounding] is something we have to improve on to achieve our potential as a team,” she said.
After their victory over Endicott, the Polar Bears now face one of their toughest opponents with a home game against Bates. Despite its lack of experience, the team is confident that if it sticks to its game plan it will not be phased.
“They have all the pieces but they lack the depth that we have,” said Shibles. “We’re two very different teams. I think it will be whoever plays to the strengths more will end up victorious in the game.”
After the Bates game, the team’s next competition will be in California over winter break where it will play against Claremont McKenna and Pomona-Pitzer.
“We’re playing two strong teams out there, which will only help us going forward. We’re an incredibly close team, so we can’t wait to make the trip together,” Norton said.
Bowdoin hopes to continue its win-streak and improve its performance, and Norton said that there are obvious end goals, like a NESCAC Championship. The team has no doubt it can reach these goals. Still, complacency remains a worry, and the team will continue to make a deliberate push to stay focused on the present and on what it can control.
“We have gotten into a mode where we don’t like opposition. Our biggest opposition is ourselves. We go into every game focusing on how can we get better,” Shibles said.
The Polar Bears look to continue their dominant performance at Morrell Gymnasium on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Field hockey's season ends in disappointing NESCAC quarterfinal game
This past weekend, field hockey fell 2-0 to fourth-seed Middlebury (7-3, 13-3 NESCAC) in the NESCAC quarterfinals, making it the first time the Polar Bears have lost in the first round of the NESCAC playoffs since 2004. In the wake of last year’s undefeated regular season and NESCAC championship win, the early exit is surprising.
The fifth-seeded Polar Bears end the season at 11-5 and are no longer practicing. While an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament is still a possibility, it’s unlikely considering they aren’t ranked in the top five of the New England West region.
“Although the team had aspirations to go deeper into postseason play, the growth of individual players and the improvements we saw as a team since August was impressive,” said Head Coach Nicky Pearson in an email to the Orient. “The captains were terrific in the way they helped transition eight first years into the program and lead the team to some stunning victories along the way.”
Middlebury is a familiar foe for Bowdoin. The teams have faced off in the NESCAC championship for the last five years as well as last year’s NCAA Division III championship. When the teams played each other in late September at Bowdoin, the Polar Bears narrowly lost 3-2.
Last weekend, the Panthers opened the game strong, scoring their first goal a little over 10 minutes into the first half. While Bowdoin looked to clear the ball out of its defensive end, in the 25th minute the Panthers scored again, giving them a 2-0 lead.
Kimmy Ganong ’17 had what seemed to be a promising scoring opportunity in the first 10 minutes of the second half, but the Middlebury goalkeeper blocked both of Ganong’s shots. In the 55th minute, Elizabeth Bennewitz ’19 scored off of a penalty corner, but the goal was called back after the officials ruled that it hit a defender’s stick.
Even though their record doesn’t reflect their dominance, the team ranks second in the league in goals against average, and Bennewitz currently leads the league in assists per game with .62.
“Although the season ended earlier than recent years, our team dominated with regards to possession and achieved noticeable improvements in our team defense,” captain Emily McColgan ’17 said in an email to the Orient. “These successes along with the friendships and memories experienced off of the field made for an overall rewarding season.”
Volleyball dominates with weekend sweep
After a mixed start to the season, the volleyball team swept its three home matches this weekend to secure a NESCAC playoff bid. The team came out of the weekend with a 3-1 win against Colby (5-17 overall, 0-8 NESCAC) and two 3-0 wins against Bates (7-12 overall, 3-5 NESCAC) and Emerson (16-9 overall).
The series of matches featured strong play from Caroline Flaharty ’20, who averaged 4.3 kills per set and had three service aces over the three games. The performance earned her NESCAC Player of the Week honors.
“The big thing with [Flaharty] is her consistency,” said Head Coach Erin Cady. “She’s constantly bringing a very strong offense and able to play all around, so defensively she’s also able to be an offensive threat from the back row. With her consistency and her calmness on the court, that’s definitely earned her the right for NESCAC Player of the Week.”
Besides individual performances, Cady was particularly impressed by the team’s offensive development this weekend.
“There was a lot more flow to it, which was obviously set up by a strong defense,” said Cady. “But I think that was one thing—that we really started to get a flow and really get comfortable with running several different plays.”
The team is now ranked seventh in the NESCAC after winning its last four games, its longest win streak of the season. Last year, the team won the NESCAC tournament and finished the regular season with a record of 20-4, however, the players aren’t letting the difference in record define their prospects.
“We’re a different team this year,” said captain Quincy Leech ’17. “People have been talking about our ‘mixed results,’ but we ignore it because what worked for us last year may not be the same thing that works for us this year.”
This weekend the team will travel to Missouri for the Washington University at St. Louis tournament—one that they have never participated in before. The team tries to take part in an out-of-region tournament every other year in order to face tough opponents it would not normally play.
“The other benefit to travelling outside of region [is] representing Bowdoin outside of our New England region,” said Cady. “I think [that] is huge from a school standpoint—building pride and playing tough teams is just going to make us stronger.”
Leech added that it would also provide exposure for players looking to get recruited to a national or professional team.
This year, the Polar Bears will face Millikin and Illinois Wesleyan in addition to Texas-Dallas and Wisconsin-Eau Claire, which are nationally ranked No. 8 and No. 25, respectively.
“There’s really no easy match coming into this weekend, so that’s going to be a challenge, but it’s very very exciting and I know our players are ready,” Cady said. “Just making sure that we’re taking care of our minds and bodies to get ready—I think that would be our biggest challenge.”
In the long run, both Leech and Cady are looking at the weekend as solid preparation for NESCAC and possibly NCAA playoffs.
“We have four matches, which is really tough to do in one weekend,” said Cady. “So physically and mentally, it is going to be taxing on us, but to push through, to make us stronger [will] prepare [us] for the rest of NESCAC and NESCAC Playoffs.”
“Staying humble but realizing that anything is possible will be key going into the postseason,” said Leech. “Everything we have done up until then will have been preparation, but as long as we’re working our butts off and competing with grit we will have found success.”
Volleyball kicks off season with high morale, new coach
The women’s volleyball team began their season with a near-perfect return rate, but one crucial member is different: Head Coach Erin Cady. The team hopes that Cady’s leadership, combined with the expertise of seasoned players will carry them to a league championship win.
Cady was brought on board to replace Karen Corey, who stepped down at the end of the 2014 season.
“Switching to a new head coach is always an adjustment, but the transition to Coach Cady has been great,” said Assistant Coach Kristin Hanczor. “She spent a great deal of time prior to the season listening and learning all she could about the program, our conference and every person on the team, which allowed us to get to work starting day one.”
According to Clare Geyer ’17, who plays middle blocker on the team, the change in leadership combined with the number of returning members means that the team is more stable and steady than last year’s.
Although the team appreciated Corey’s leadership, they are also looking to grow and develop with Cady as a coach.
“I think that Coach Corey was a great coach, but it is so exciting for us to be moving forward with Coach Cady,” said Geyer. “It is incredibly impressive to see how much each player has improved in the few weeks that we’ve been able to work with her so far.”
“Both coaches pushed us really hard and expect a lot from us, but I’d say Coach Cady is especially good at acknowledging the good things that we do to keep us wanting to work harder and harder for our goal,” said team captain Christy Jewett ’16.
Jewett, who also served as captain last year, praised the new leadership that Cady has brought to the team.
“She makes it very easy to be a captain under her,” Jewett said. “She makes sure that you know you’re appreciated and tells you the things that you do right and will ask you for small adjustments but makes sure she acknowledges when you do them.”
The new season under Cady started strong initially with a 3-0 win against the University of New England on September 8. However, the Polar Bears couldn’t continue their winning ways in an invitational at MIT September 11-12. Bowdoin ended that weekend with a 2-3 record for the season so far.
On the first day of the MIT invitational, the Polar Bears split their matches with a 3-0 loss to Springfield and a 3-2 win against Endicott. The team then faced Babson and MIT on the second day, suffering 3-2 and 3-0 losses to both, respectively.
“We had a hard time figuring out what went so wrong at MIT because when we got off the court we all felt pretty good, but the score didn’t reflect that,” said Jewett.
She cited a shifting starting lineup, lack of practice and the fatigue of playing several long and grueling games as possible causes for the defeats.
“This past weekend is not at all reflective of how we play as a team,” said Jewett.Despite the rocky start to the season, Cady and her team remain optimistic.
“When I stepped on to the court to coach for the first time, I was extremely impressed with the determination and hard work the players displayed,” said Cady. “My hope is to continue improving our offensive and defensive systems to build a team that is difficult to beat.”
“I don’t think there’s a single person on our team who doesn’t absolutely love Coach Cady and doesn’t trust in her fully to lead our program,” said Jewett.
The Polar Bears will begin their NESCAC games on Friday and Saturday with matches against Middlebury and Hamilton.
Tennis teams stay strong into final weekend
The women’s tennis team hosted Middlebury College this past Saturday in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Regional Final and beat the Panthers 7-2. The Polar Bears continued their win streak with a dominating win against Tufts (3-5 NESCAC, 6-8 overall).
The No. 8 Polar Bears (5-1 NESCAC, 12-3 overall) took down Middlebury in an impressive sweep of doubles play and four wins in singles action. The loss dropped the No. 9 Panthers to 8-5 (3-2 NESCAC).
Joulia Likhanskaia ’17 and Tiffany Cheng ’16 won their match at No. 1 doubles and Tess Trinka ’18 and Kyra Silitch ’17 defeated their opponents at No. 2 doubles. Chow and Giffenig also got a victory at No. 3 doubles.
Likhanskaia earned the No. 1 singles win with her three-set victory at 6-3, 2-6, and 7-5. Trinka won the No. 3 singles match in straight sets with scores of 6-3, 6-2, along with Silitch at number five with scores of 6-4, 6-3, and Giffening at No. 6 with scores 6-2, 6-4.
In the win against Tufts the team continued its dominance in doubles, wininng all three matches. Trinka and Silitch’s win stretched the pair’s undefeated win streak to 10. In singles, Samantha Stalder ’17 got back on track, winning her match after losing 7-5 in the decisive third set against Middlebury.
The team finishes its regular season at No. 3 ranked undefeated Williams (16-0 overall, 5-0 NESCAC) tomorrow at 10 a.m.
Last week the men’s tennis team split its two matches, suffering an 8-1 loss at home to Middlebury last Saturday but defeating Washington and Lee 6-3 on Tuesday.
The No. 8 Polar Bears (11-4, 4-3 NESCAC) fought in a tough match Saturday against the No. 6 Panthers (16-2, 6-0 NESCAC), resulting in Bowdoin’s third NESCAC loss.
The Polar Bears struggled right out of the gate in doubles matches, losing all three of the matchups. The No. 1 doubles team of Luke Tercek ’18 and Luke Trinka ’16 lost after a tie break. During the singles matches, Noah Bragg ’15, Kyle Wolstencroft ’15, Tercek and Gil Roddy ’18 all lost close three-set matches. At No. 1 singles, Trinka lost 6-2, 6-3. Bragg fought through three sets at No. 2 singles, coming back from opening losses but finally losing 6-2, 7-5, 10-8. Wolfe played at No. 3 singles and lost 6-2, 6-2, followed by a victory by Tercek at fourth singles.
Tercek, at No. 4, won straight sets 6-3, 6-2, securing the only point for the Polar Bears. Wolstencroft and Roddy each played three sets at five and six, finishing with scores of 6-1, 7-5, 10-8 and 6-3, 6-0, 10-7 respectively, both in Middlebury’s favor.
On Tuesday, the Polar Bears made up for the Middlebury loss with a 6-3 home victory against 32-ranked Washington and Lee (12-7). This victory improves their season record to 11-4.
During the doubles competition, Trinka and Tercek lost 8-5, a rough start for Bowdoin. However, Wolstencroft and Roddy won 8-5 in second doubles, and Wolfe and Bragg cruised to an 8-2 victory in third doubles. Bowdoin sealed a 6-3 victory by taking four out of six singles matches in straight sets.
The team will host Tufts today.
Defending champion Tufts shuts Bowdoin out
After losing two games to the defending national champion Tufts Jumbos last Saturday, the softball team swept a tripleheader at Trinity on Sunday and split a doubleheader against the University of New England on Wednesday. The team is now 19-9 and second in the NESCAC East division with a 6-2 in-conference record after the first game of the Tufts three-game series was postponed due to weather.
After letting up 10 runs in one game against Tufts, but getting two shutouts against Trinity, the team is in search of consistency said Head Coach Ryan Sullivan.
“The game is hard, but we need to stay more consistent in our approach hitting, pitching, and fielding,” he said.
Two-time D-III Pitcher of the Year Allyson Fournier struck out 20 of the 22 Bowdoin batters she faced on the way to the 1-0 Jumbo victory in game one.
In the second game, the Jumbos broke a 0-0 tie in the fourth inning, ultimately beating the Polar Bears 10-0.
“In game two we had some opportunities to score early, but just could not get that next hit to push over the hill. Tufts put a few runs on the board and we had one bad inning late, which led to the six-inning game,” said Sullivan.
In the Trinity series, Emily Griffin ’17 and Julia Geaumont ’16 allowed zero earned runs in a combined 21 innings.
In the first game against the Bantams, Bowdoin was able to get on the board with an RBI double from Cielle Collins ’15 in the third inning and a Geaumont home run in the sixth. Collins and Claire McCarthy ’18 each doubled twice in the 2-0 win.
In game two, the Bears were able to take advantage of six Bantam errors to earn an 11-0 win. Geaumont pitched a five-hit shutout and helped her own cause with an early RBI double. Katie Gately ’16 led the offensive onslaught with three RBIs.
Geaumont allowed only three hits and one unearned run before Griffin finished the third game, securing a 2-1 Bowdoin victory. Gately hustled home on a passed ball to put the Bears on the board early and scored the eventual game-winning run on a fourth-inning solo home run.
“Our team handled a very long and challenging weekend, not to mention five NESCAC games in two days. We really did a great job of adjusting with our at-bats, and stayed focused and tough all day. It was fun to watch,” Sullivan said.
Bowdoin played its first game at home on Wednesday as part of a doubleheader against the University of New England, winning the first 9-1 but losing the second 3-1.
Senior night is this afternoon at 4 p.m. against NESCAC rival Colby. The team will play two more games at Colby tomorrow and three home games on Sunday, one against Tufts, and two against UMaine-Farmington.
“The Colby series is certainly important,” said Sullivan. “With our wins against both Bates and Tufts we have positioned ourselves well to get to the NESCAC playoffs, as only two of the five from the East Division make it.”
Softball wins four out of five in busy week of play
Despite a hectic schedule that included four games in two days, the softball team posted a 4-1 record this week, including a three-game sweep of division rival Bates.
After Bowdoin took down Bates 5-1 in last Friday’s NESCAC opener, the team’s Sunday doubleheader was rescheduled for Tuesday, leaving the Polar Bears with a double doubleheader of sorts: Bates in Lewiston on Tuesday and Southern Maine (USM) on Wednesday at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. Bowdoin completed its sweep of the Bobcats by winning 4-1 and 5-2 and then split the games with USM, losing 9-1 before rebounding for a 12-4 victory.
Senior captain and rightfielder Tory Rusch said the team was well-prepared for such a busy slate of games.
“Considering that in Florida we played 16 games essentially back-to-back, our team was reminded that that is definitely something we need to work on,” she said. “However, given the obstacles that we have already had to deal with up north regarding our opponents and the weather, it appears to me that our team has already begun getting better at remaining ‘in the game’ and being able to push through tough competition in order to win.”
While Bates scored the first run of Friday’s contest in the bottom of the second, the Bears answered in the fifth inning with back-to-back doubles from Marissa O’Toole ’17 and Cielle Collins ’15.
In the top of the sixth, Adriane Krul ’15 launched a solo home run to put the Bears up by two. Katie Gately ’16 and O’Toole each contributed RBI singles that scored Emily Griffin ’17 and Lauren Nguyen ’17.
Julia Geaumont ’16 pitched lights-out for the Bears, allowing only two hits, striking out seven and walking none. O’Toole, who went 2-3 with two RBIs and a run scored, led Bowdoin’s offensive play.
On Tuesday, the Bears again travelled to Lewiston and took two more from Bates, upping their in-conference record to a NESCAC-best 3-0.
In the first game, Geaumont struck out six Bobcats, allowing only seven hits over seven innings and only one earned run to pick up the win for the Bears. She wasted no time offensively, giving Bowdoin a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first with a two-out home run.
The Bears advanced their lead in the bottom of the fifth on a double from Krul that scored Claire McCarthy ’18 and Lauren O’Shea ’18. The Bobcats finally scored in the sixth inning, but Bowdoin successfully closed out a 4-1 victory.
In the next game, Griffin pitched all seven innings for Bowdoin. Her commanding performance included striking out nine Bobcats and giving up only two runs on eight hits.
Bowdoin took another 1-0 first-inning lead on a fielder’s choice, and O’Toole advanced the Bear’s cause with a two-run homer to give Bowdoin a 3-0 advantage in the fourth. After picking up two insurance runs in the fifth, Bowdoin smoothly cruised to a 5-2 win.
“We ended up sweeping all three games against Bates, so it’s safe to say that we started our NESCAC season on a high,” said Rusch. “It’s fueled our fire to make us want to maintain that high level of competition against the rest of our opponents in these coming weeks.”
All was quiet in the first of Wednesday’s two nonconference games against USM until the fourth inning, when the Huskies exploded for six runs. USM pitcher Erika Millett made sure the Polar Bears never sniffed a comeback, and the Huskies won by a final score of 9-1.
Bowdoin rebounded strongly in the second game, leading by eight runs after five innings to invoke the NCAA’s mercy rule and winning 12-4. O’Toole’s three-run home run and Nicole Nelson’s two RBIs led the way for the Bears. Geaumont picked up her eighth win on the mound, the second-most in the NESCAC.
Thursday was a brief respite for the Polar Bears, as they return to action at 4 p.m. today at home against Tufts. They will then play a doubleheader against Tufts tomorrow and a tripleheader at Trinity on Sunday.
“This weekend is most likely going to be our toughest weekend that I have ever encountered on the team,” said Rusch. “Every opponent that we face is tough if we make it that way, but being that Tufts is the defending D-III national champion, they are for sure going to be some of our strongest competition.
“Trinity has also always given us some close games and beating them is going to be really important in order for our team to seal our spot in the NESCAC tournament at the end of the season,” she said.
Softball swings out to 11-5 record in Florida
The softball team concluded its Spring Break trip to Clermont, Florida with an overall record of 11-5.
According to Head Coach Ryan Sullivan, the team’s success can be credited to depth in its batting order.
“This is really helpful as you never know where the production for each game will come from,” he said. “And it allows all the hitters to do their job without feeling like they have to produce.” The Bears headed into their final week in Florida with seven wins and only three losses, and looked to improve their record on Tuesday of the second week in a doubleheader against Anderson University and Gallaudet University.
Cielle Collins ’15 led the way offensively in both the 8-2 loss against Anderson and 11-0 win over Gallaudet.
The Bears’ offensive scoring against Anderson allowed them to jump to a 2-0 lead in the opening inning. Krul opened the bottom of the first with a single followed by a walk by Emily Griffin ’17, and a shot by Collins scored both the runners on first and second.
Anderson answered with a pair in the top of the second inning, adding one each in the third through fifth innings and three more in the sixth, serving the Bears their first loss in a three game win streak.
Bowdoin rebounded with their five-inning rout against Gallaudet, scoring runs in all but one inning. Griffin pitched to the opposing team facing 29 total batters and allowed only one hit, while tallying six strikeouts and two walks. The win advanced the team’s season to 8-4.
“Our hitting was a bit inconsistent at times, but everyone was always supportive and positive,” said captain Adriane Krul ’15. “Sometimes it is difficult to get out of a slump when you are playing sixteen games in ten days, but hitters were able to move on and compete with each new at bat. Also, our pitchers really came through for us in some tight games, and as a senior it’s awesome to see the team have the fight and drive to come out on top against good opponents.”
Bowdoin returned to action with another doubleheader on Thursday against Ripon College and Smith College, where they outscored both opponents in back-to-backwins.
The Bears jumped to a 1-0 lead immediately from a single from Gately against Ripon and added three more in the following inning. Marisa O’Toole ’17 startedthe second inning scoring, followed by a single off the bat of Alana Luzzio ’17 that scored Lauren O’Shea ’18. Luzzio scored on a wild pitch and the Bears led Ripon 4-0 after two innings.
Ripon cut the Bears lead in half with a two-run fourth, but Bowdoin responded with three in the next inning. Ali Miller ’18 scored and put Bowdoin ahead 7-2. Krul, Griffin, Victoria Rusch ’18, and O’Shea all scored, concluding the game with a 9-2 win.
Then, in the first inning against Smith, the Bears jumped to another early lead with a run by Geaumont. Jordan Gowdy ’18 opened the bottom of the third with a triple, but Smith quickly responded and cut the Bears lead in half in the fourth inning.
The Bears fired back with three straight singles followed by a Gowdy RBI line drive, allowing the Bears to advance to a 7-1 lead. Gately closed the inning with a two-run blast. Smith once again cut the lead with a two-run shot, but the Bears held onto their win, 11-3.
The Bears headed into their final day of spring break with a 10-4 record and concluded their season with a doubleheader against Fredonia State, where they won 6-5, and Keene State, where they lost 2-1.
“Julia Geaumont had a great trip for us,” said Sullivan. “She was awesome as a pitcher and really performed well. She also led us in hitting in the third spot and is a really key piece to our batting lineup. Marisa O’Toole has had a really good start to the season with a Week 1 NESCAC Player of the Week award last week.”
The team travels to Hartford, CT next weekend where they play Trinity College.“I feel really good about our upcoming series against Trinity,” said Krul.
Men’s hockey wins back-to-back in NESCAC
The men’s ice hockey team dominated this weekend with two back-to-back home wins against NESCAC rivals Hamilton (8-9-3 overall, 5-6-3 NESCAC) and Amherst (14-4-2 overall, 10-4-0 NESCAC), bringing its record to 12-5-3 (6-5-3 NESCAC).
“[We were] expecting them both to be tough games; every game close to the start of playoffs is,” said Brendan Conroy ’17. “Hamilton plays a gritty, physical game and Amherst brings a lot of skill to the table.”
After going 5-1-1 in their last seven games, the Polar Bears now sit at fifth in the NESCAC.“This year the NESCAC is a very good league, and for a period of time here we’ve been an average team in a good league,” said Tim Coffey ’15. “Especially down the stretch run, when the playoff race is shaping up, every game is tough.”
On Friday night, the Polar Bears beat Hamilton 2-1 at Watson Arena with a huge student crowd cheering them on.
“I prefer to play in front of large, raucous crowds,” said Coffey. “Personally, there’s nothing like scoring a big goal and scooping ice before jumping into the glass with your 500 closest friends right behind it. So we really appreciate the support the student body has given us, and we hope to see the student body at the games for Senior Weekend.”
“I think the rowdiness adds another dimension to the game. We try not to pay much attention to it during the game, but it definitely helps us,” said Conroy.
After a scoreless first period, the Polar Bears were not discouraged.
“We’re a team that prides itself on not panicking. So when we’re tied going into the second period, we try to pretend that we’re down a goal. That way we play with a sense of urgency and work harder to win the second and third periods,” said Coffey.
The Bears came back ready to fight in the second period, scoring twice and taking the lead. Kendall Culbertson ’17 fed a cross-ice path to Zach Kokosa ’17, who scored the first goal with only a minute left in the period. Culbertson scored next, giving Bowdoin a 2-0 lead.
Early in the third period Hamilton responded by getting a shot past Max Fenkell ’15 and into the left post, bringing the game within one. However, Fenkell had seven third period saves to hold onto Bowdoin’s lead.
On Saturday afternoon, the Bears played Amherst in Watson Arena and served ninth-ranked Amherst its first loss in five games, defeating them 4-3.
John McGinnis ’15 opened up the scoring on a backhander on a breakaway 4:37 into the game.The Polar Bears were able to double their lead later in the period when Stevie Van Siclen ’18 won a faceoff and passed the puck to John-Alexander Kourkoulis ’17, who took a slapshot that slipped right past Amherst’s goalie.
The Bears were able to increase their lead to 3-0 when Connor Quinn ’15 scored off of a rebound.
Despite the Bears impressive lead, Amherst stunningly responded with three goals in just over five minutes. However, Bowdoin was able to bounce back before intermission as Danny Palumbo ’15 scored the game-winner with 7.6 seconds remaining in the game.
Bowdoin hopes to continue its win streak tonight at Trinity, ranked first in the NESCAC.
Nordic ski stumbles through its opening meets
Nordic skiing opened its season at the Bates Carnival, hosted at Black Mountain in Rumford, Maine, finishing 11th out of the 14 invited teams. The team then travelled to Stowe, Vermont to participate in the University of Vermont Carnival, where it finished tenth out of 13 teams.“Race-day energy varies from person to person,” Head Coach Nathan Alsobrook said. “Some are super relaxed, while others let the nerves show a bit.
“As a group, this crew does a great job of staying positive and bringing the enthusiasm every weekend,” he added. “It’s a young team, though, and one thing we’re working on is staying focused and nailing down the details on race morning—course inspection, warmups, time management, etc.”
At the Bates Carnival, the Polar Bears finished eigth in both the men’s 20K classic and the women’s 5K freestyle.
“The boys team had a particularly exciting performance at the Bates Carnival, beating both our Maine rivals, Colby and Bates,” said Hannah Miller ’17.
Miller recorded the top individual finish for Bowdoin, recording a personal best with her ninth-place finish in the 5K race and placing as Bowdoin’s top skier in the 15K classic. “Hannah Miller is our top skier, and she had a fantastic race in the Bates 5K freestyle,” Alsobook said. “She had been sick earlier in the week and was feeling pretty drained, but she really dug deep to put up a fantastic finish.”
For the men, Jackson Bloch ’15 was Bowdoin’s top finisher in the 20K race, placing 22nd with Tyler DeAngelis ’15 following closely behind in 29th place. Malcom Groves ’17 was the top finisher in the 10K freestyle, placing 35th.
“Jackson Bloch and Tyler DeAngelis were both outstanding in the Bates 20K classic,” Alsobrook said. ”They’re both seniors and this race was years of hard work paying off. Malcolm Groves has made a big jump forward this year—he’s come a long way in the past few months.”During the UVM Carnival, Bloch was once again the Bowdoin men’s top finisher, placing 22nd in the 10K freestyle and 33rd in the 15K classic race. DeAngelis finished closely behind Bloch once more in the 15K race, finishing 42nd while Groves finished 42nd in the 10K race.
The Polar Bear women also performed well, with Miller once again finishing first for Bowdoin by placing 23rd in the 5K freestyle and finishing 28th in the 10K classic. Ellen Hands ’18 was Bowdoin’s second-best finisher in the 5K, finishing 50th, while Shelby Aseltine ’15 served as the next-best Bowdoin performer in the 10K finishing 45th.
“The carnival season is always nice because it provides a lot of bonding time between all the racing, long van rides and morning practices,” said Miller. “The nordic team is small and a tight group of people and I’m definitely thoroughly enjoying spending nearly every waking hour, for at least the next five weeks, with them.”
“We’ve had some fantastic individual efforts in these first couple weeks,” Alsobrook added. “At the same time, I don’t think we’ve skied up to our potential yet.”
“We’ll be working on the little things to get better, such as skiing transitions aggressively, staying calm and relaxed before races, and bringing a little extra focus to our preparation all week long.”
The Polar Bears return to action next weekend at the St. Michael’s Carnival hosted at Sleepy Hollow in Huntington, Vt.
Women’s hoops high on thirteen game win streak
The women’s basketball team dominated its competition over Winter Break, posting double digit victories over seven of eight opponents and extending its win streak to 13 games. Tuesday’s win at Husson brought the Polar Bears’ overall record to 16-2 (4-0 NESCAC).
The team opened up with a dominating 90-29 win against Clark University (3-12). All 12 Polar Bears on the roster logged double digit minutes and scored at least one basket.
The Polar Bears then coasted through their final three non-conference games, crushing the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (7-10) 63-45, Rhode Island College (4-11) 75-56 and Emmanuel College (8-9) 70-49.
The team opened up its NESCAC play with a decisive 87-53 win over Connecticut College on January 9 (12-2 overall, 2-1 NESCAC), which pushed its win streak to nine games.
Shannon Brady ’15, Sara Binkhorst ’15, Marle Curle ’17, and Kate Kerrigan ’18 all had double-digit performances, helping the team rout the Camels.
After eight minutes of play, Bowdoin already held a 19-6 lead and continued to dominate in the opening half, entering halftime with a comfortable 41-23 advantage. The Camels narrowed the gap to six points in the second half, but the Polar Bears quickly responded and jumped ahead to a final score of 87-53.
Bowdoin continued its impressive play when they welcomed Wesleyan on January 10 (7-8 overall, 0-3 NESCAC) with a 75-52 stomp.
The team then traveled to Williamstown, MA where they dealt 18th-ranked Williams their first home loss of the season 59-50.
The team was “very proud of the win at Williams,” said Head Coach Adrienne Shibles. “They are a great team and they always play well at home, so we were excited to get the victory on the road.”
Binkhorst, Brady, and Curle all reached double digit figures, a feat no Williams player matched.The Polar Bears headed into halftime with Williams holding a slight edge 31-29, but soon after the second period began the Polar Bears gained a six point lead, rounding out the score to 35-29.
With less than 14 minutes left in the game, Bowdoin never trailed again. Despite tying the game at 46-46 with just 7:13 remaining, the Polar Bears defense kept Williams scoreless for the remaining 4:18 of the game.
In their most recent conference game, the team traveled to New York to play Hamilton College, dominating the Continentals 75-48.
Brady and Binkhorst each posted double-digit figures while Curle, Kerrigan, and Siena Mitman ’15 all added key figures, helping the Polar Bears secure the win.
The Polar Bears then traveled to Husson University (8-6), winning their final non-conference game 81-51.
Although the starting lineup has stuffed the stat sheet as of late, Shibles credits the team’s recent success to the depth throughout its roster.
“While we have some players who have been putting up big numbers and who have garnered some nice recognition we have a deep and balanced team,” said Shibles. “On any given night, someone else could be the leading scorer or rebounder. Our balance, depth and team chemistry are our greatest strengths.”
Shibles hopes to keep the team focused despite its recent success.
“Rather, we talk about treating each game with the same intensity, focus and preparation. Our goal is to get at least 1 percent better each day.”
The Polar Bears look to extend their win streak tomorrow at 3 p.m. when they welcome Colby to Morrell Gymnasium.
Cross country sends two to nationals
Strong performances from the men’s and women’s cross-country teams at the New England D-III regionals earned 7th and 14th place finishes, respectively, with seniors Avery Wentworth and Kevin Hoose qualifying for nationals. The tournament, hosted by Williams last Saturday, included 54 men’s teams and 57 women’s teams.
“The DIII regional is a huge race and there was a lot of intense energy,” said Brenna Fischer ’15. “I think the women’s team did a great job channeling that energy into excitement for the race.”
The women’s team entered the tournament seeded 16th.
“We were quite pleased to beat Wesleyan—who we had lost to at NESCACs—and we finished just behind a strong Brandeis squad,” Fischer added.
The women’s team ran a 6K led by Lucy Skinner ’16, who placed 48th. Caroline Corban ’17 then placed 89th, Sarah Kelley ’18 90th, Allyson Fulton ’16 96th and Fischer 112th.
“We are used to running on the relatively flat roads of Brunswick, but we adapted surprisingly well to a hilly course in the middle of the Berkshires,” said Fischer.
Runners on the men’s team benefitted from the tournament’s competitive environment.“The Division III New England XC Regionals was the most exciting race of the year,” said Matthew Jacobson ’17. “With National Championship bids on the line and 58 teams competing the atmosphere on the course was electric.”
The men’s team ran an 8K race led by captain Avery Wentworth ’15 who finished 28th overall, followed by co-captain Kevin Hoose ’15 in 31st. Matt Jacobson ’17 in 40th place, Bridger Tomlin ’17 in 42nd and Will Ossoff ’15 in 54th rounded out the top five Polar Bear finishers.With regard to how the men’s team performed, Jacobson said that the men’s team had their best showings of the year when it mattered most.
“Our top five runners all finished within 31 seconds of each other, which is quite impressive considering we had two individuals qualify for nationals,” said Jacobson.
“While it was disappointing to miss out on an at-large team bid for the NCAA Championships this weekend, it will be exciting to see two of our senior captains compete at NCAAs.”
For the NCAA championships, 64 men’s and women’s cross country teams will meet in Mason, Ohio, this Saturday. Leading up to it, all eight regions hold a regional championship the Saturday before. The top two teams from each region automatically qualify for the championship race in Ohio, and the remaining 16 teams are selected by a national committee. Lastly, the top 7 finishers from each regional who are not members of the selected teams qualify to compete at the NCAA championships—where Wentworth and Hoose will compete this weekend.
Women’s rugby powers through opening round
The women’s rugby team defeated Colorado College 51-5 in the opening round of the American Collegiate Rugby Association/USA Rugby D-II Tournament on Sunday at Pickard Field.
“This was the first game [this season] where we had to fight for every point we scored,” said Addison Carvajal ’16. “Colorado finally gave us a game where we could really test our abilities.”In the first half of the match, Bowdoin quickly took the lead by scoring six half tries—two tries apiece from Randi London ’15, Pamela Zabala ’17, and Vianney Gomezgil Yaspik ’18. Hayleigh Kein ’15 scored the final try, while London converted three kicks to put the team up 36-0 at the half.
In the second half, Samantha Hoegle ’17, Carvajal, and Emily Athanas-Linden ’15 each added a try apiece to the score. Colorado finally got on the scoreboard with less than five minutes remaining, closing the game with a final score of 51-5.
Head Coach MaryBeth Mathews said that this was the best match of the season for the team. “The team executed and supported very well,” she said. “The forward pack did a great job winning possession in scrums and lineouts, supporting the ball carrier and putting Colorado under pressure. The back line connected very well on several smart running plays, piercing holes in the defense and finding space in which to run.”
“It was the perfect balance of teamwork,” Carvajal ’16. “Everyone took responsibility for themselves and we truly played 15 as one.”
The win allows the Bears (9-0) to advance to regionals this coming weekend, which we be held at Dartmouth College. Bowdoin will play against Rutgers in the second round of the tournament.
Looking ahead at their upcoming match against Rutgers, Mathews said the team looks forward to playing their best defense against a squad with good kicking tactics.
“Everything we’ve heard about Rutgers is that they’re a well-coached team that plays the game well,” said Mathews.
Carvajal said that Rutgers will prove to be a tough match for the team.
“The only thing in our control is how we play our game,” she said. “Rutgers could score on us—we have never had that happen.”
Mathews said she has the utmost faith in the Bears.
“I feel very confident in the team and in each of their abilities,” she said. “I know what they are capable of if challenged, and they step it up when they met the competition. We’re looking forward to playing the match.”
Cross Country takes top honors in regional meets
Men and women’s cross country competed at the NEICAAA New England Championship on October 11 at Franklin Park in Boston. The competition featured most of the New England teams, including several D-I programs.
The men’s team placed 22nd out of 39 teams, while the women placed 32nd out of 38 teams.Captain Kevin Hoose ’15 was the team’s top Bowdoin finisher for the men’s team in the 8K, completing the course in 25:33.9 and placing 76th overall. He was followed by fellow captains Will Ossoff ’15 (83rd, 25:38.5) and Avery Wentworth ’15 (90th, 25:42.5).
For the Polar Bear women, captain Lucy Skinner ’16 was the top performer, completing the 5K course in 18:48.7 and finishing 78th overall. Caroline Corban ’17 was the next best finisher on the team (174th place, 19:53.9), followed by captain Brenna Fischer ’15 (194th, 20.11.8).
The Polar Bears then traveled to the University of Maine-Farmington on October 18 for the Maine State Championship, where the men finished second, and the women’s team finished fourth.
Although the men’s team had three of the top-five finishers—finishing the meet with 38 points—it was beat by first-place Bates, who finished with a total of 26 points.
The women’s team finished the meet with 112 points, behind Colby (34 points), the University of New England (60 points) and Bates (61 points).
Top finishers for the Polar Bears included Skinner, who placed in seventh with a time of 19:53, Corban (20th, 20:40) and Meghan Bellerose ’17 (28th, 21:02). Skinner’s seventh place finish was good enough to earn her All-State Honors.
Three runners on the men’s team won All-Maine recognition, including Wentworth (2nd, 26:31), Bridger Tomlin ’17 (4th, 26:42) and Matt Jacobson ’17 (5th, 26:45). Other top-20 finishers in the men’s 8K were Ossoff (11th, 27:02), Hoose (16th, 27:21), and Calvin Henry ’16 (19th, 27:26).
Both the men’s and women’s teams will travel to Middlebury next weekend for the NESCAC Championships.
Women’s doubles pair given All-American honor
The women’s tennis doubles team consisting of Emma Chow ’15 and first-year Tess Trinka finished fourth at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Small College National Championship last weekend, automatically earning 2014-2015 ITA All American recognition and becoming the first women’s doubles team in College history to do so.The pair received a bid after a doubles pair from Williams declined an invitation to the tournament.
“It was exciting to be the first Bowdoin women’s doubles team to be at the tournament and have the opportunity to play other top doubles teams from across the country,” said Chow.“I definitely never expected that I would compete at the championships,” added Trinka.
The Polar Bear duo traveled to Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter, South Carolina and played on October 9 and 10, earning their All American status after defeating Emory’s first seeded doubles pair. The Bears lost to a team from Claremont Mudd Scripps in the semifinals, and in the third-place match lost to a duo from the University of Chicago.
“While we wish we had played better and had won those last two matches, it’s encouraging for the team to know that all these top teams are very beatable. This will give us confidence that we can beat these teams when we face them in the spring,” said Chow.
“This weekend was a really great opportunity to play some of the top doubles teams across the country and we got to see how we match up with them,” said Trinka.
However, Chow and Trinka will not remain a duo for the remainder of the fall season as the team tries out different double pairings.
“Tess and I aren’t playing together at this weekend’s tournament and likely won’t in the spring. The tournament made us each more aware of the specific areas we need to further develop during our upcoming matches and the off season,” said Chow.
Next up for the team is this weekend’s Bowdoin Invitational at which the Polar Bears will host Tufts University, Wellesley College and Bates College.
“As a senior, I started out the season with the attitude that I need to enjoy every match because this is the last time I will play tennis at this level,” said Chow. “This is my last opportunity to compete at this caliber and play for a national championship. I view it as my responsibility to do everything I can to get this team the championship trophy. That would be the ultimate way to round out my Bowdoin and tennis career.”
That same weekend, the men’s tennis team sent several players to the Wallach Invitational at Bates College.
First-year Kyle Wolfe went undefeated against players from Tufts, Middlebury, Skidmore and Trinity, winning the B-Flight Singles at the tournament.
Other players who competed in the tournament included Noah Bragg ’15, Hugh Mo ’17, and Kyle Wolstencroft ’15.
Women’s rugby continues shutout streak
After shutting out Tufts and the University of Maine, Orono (UMO) in the past two weeks, the women’s rugby team improved its record to 3-0.
The team has made a few strategic changes that have help them secure the strong start. Head Coach MaryBeth Mathews said the team has introduced a new attack pattern, reinforced understanding of the laws of the game, and moved a few players into new positions to fill gaps and take advantage of strengths.
“We are trying a new style of play which we call flow, which allows us to switch the field quickly, and allows people to catch and run with the ball at pace while attacking the other team’s weak side,” said Randi London ’15, “This helps to take our opponent off-guard and allows us to break the line.”
The new strategy truly took shape on September 20, when the team beat Tufts 54-0 in a rematch of last year’s New England Small College Rugby Conference final. Bowdoin’s B team beat Tufts 27-5 in that game.
Last Saturday the team earned its third consecutive victory by thrashing UMO 70-0. Bowdoin’s B team defeated UMO 17-10 the same day.
The team attributes some of its early season success to its mastery of the sport’s cerebral aspects.
“We teach that rugby is a tactical game that requires experience, anticipation and good decision-making in order to utilize individual and collective skill sets,” said Mathews. “When a player has the ball, we tell her to run hard and with confidence and attack the gaps, with support coming from behind her.”
What has really worked well for the team, however, has been its pace on the wings.“We’re able to get the ball out wide quickly and cleanly due to some great passing, and from there it is a simple two-on-one,” said London.
“Our forward pack has been doing a great job at getting low and driving the other team off the ball in both rucks and scrums, as well as supporting the back line.”
According to London, the team is currently working on aspects of their game they need to tighten up, such as catching, passing and tackling.
“When we start playing more skilled and bigger teams, having more solid fundamentals will allow us to focus on other aspects of the game such as strategy,” said London.The team looks to continue its undefeated streak at Bates on Sunday.
Dehumidifier installed to combat mold in Burnett
After battling mold growth in the basement of Burnett House last spring, Facilities Management is taking steps to ensure that the mold will not return. After sealing the room and repainting the walls did not stop the mold from regrowing, Facilities is installing a dehumidifier system to keep moisture at bay.
The commercial grade dehumidifier arrived on campus September 23 and will be installed before the end of the week, according to Associate Director of Facilities Operations Jeff Tuttle.
Mold grows in moist conditions and in addition to its bad smell, it can be hazardous to living conditions.
“Some people can have a reaction to mold,” Tuttle said. “[But] the issue [in Burnett] is very, very minor and the amount of mold in the basement is very minimal.”
When Facilities was informed of the issue, several employees went to Burnett House, cleaned and sealed the area and painted over the wall they thought was the source of the moisture.
“When [Facilities] is made aware of areas where mold, or anything that may be of harm to students is present, we always respond very quickly and do what is needed for the safety of the students,” said Tuttle.
Tuttle said he went to Burnett last week and saw no further evidence of mold. As a precaution, though, Facilities decided to install the dehumidifier and to pipe air into the space to keep moisture levels to a minimum.
Initially, there were rumors that a boarded-up section of Burnett’s basement was linked to the mold, but that is not the case.
Facilities had blocked off a section of the basement for the safety of the residents. In the section behind the boards there is a mechanical area that includes sprinkler systems and other tools that, according to Tuttle, are unsafe for students to access.
Burnett’s laundry room is located right next to the boarded-up area. Facilities changed the entrance to the laundry room and put up a wall to keep students out of the mechanical area.
“The building of the boards to restrict mechanical supplies and the minimal problem of the mold are completely different issues,” said Tuttle.
Rapper MURS to perform in tomorrow’s WBOR concert
West Coast rapper MURS will perform in a concert sponsored by WBOR in Smith Union on Saturday at 9 p.m. There will be two opening student acts, The DFP which features seniors David Phipps, Andrew Roseman, Sam Roberts and Tom Keefe, and rap artist KiLiK MkfLy & Tha 5 PiLLarZ.
MURS has been making music since the late ’90s as part of the underground scene in California. WBOR Hip-Hop Director Rachel Sege ’14 says that MURS has “a funky and fun sound.”
MURS will be “the biggest hip-hop name that we have brought to campus during my time here,” said Sege.
She added that featuring a hip-hop performer is a bit of a novelty, since WBOR has brought mostly indie rock or electronic groups in recent years.
Ryan Strange ’17 said that he will be attending the concert.
“You don’t need a big, well-known person to come here to have a good time,” said Strange. “You can have a really good smaller act who will know how to perform and will hype up everyone.”
However, some students are uninterested in these smaller name acts.
“I don’t know who MURS is; I’ve never heard of him,” said Eben Kopp ’17.
WBOR has a much smaller budget than the Entertainment Board has for Ivies. According to Bowdoin Student Government’s club funding website, WBOR received $32,511 in total budget for the 2013-2014 year, a number which fluctuates annually and goes towards the radio station’s various projects throughout the year.
“Our goal is to bring acts that will be popular on campus and popular for people who listen to different music than what Ivies brings,” said Sege.
Student band The DFP aims to 'wreak havoc'
The DFP, named after lyriscist and main singer David Franco Phipps ’14, formed in February of last year. Other members include drummer Andrew Roseman ’14, composer/guitarist Sam Roberts ’14 and keyboardist Tom Keefe ’14. Senior Ruxton Dellecese manages the group.
How did you guys get started?Keefe: At Build-A-Band Workshop at Quinby, it was the Bowdoin Music Collective (BMC) event. [Keefe and Roberts are co-presidents of the BMC.] Roberts: The band actually started with David, Tom, myself and Nate Joseph ’13 who lived in Quinby and who graduated last spring. Nate was the original drummer. After Nate graduated, Roseman joined the group after seeing them perform at Quadzilla and becoming excited to play with them. Roseman: I saw them perform, and immediately was like...I want to play with these guys.Roberts: Ruxton [also known as RJ] is a founding member.Dellecese: [Being manager] was originally a joke position because I didn’t play an instrument, but I was good friends with all the members. The only thing I did for them last year was getting them access to practice rooms. This year, I’ve been looking to help out a little more with logistics. I communicated with Mac before and after the show about logistics. I also get them paid and get them new suits. I’m just excited to see them all succeed.
Where do you all draw your inspiration?Roseman: [Our music comes from] the collective life and experience that is representative of all of us.Roberts: We just try to optimize the life and times of The DFP. That’s really what it’s about. [David Phipps] is a guy known across campus as someone who rages harder than anyone at the social houses and racks up story after story. He wreaks havoc and that’s what we try to do on stage.Phipps: There are elements of truth in every song that represent all of the members of The DFP.
Trustees promote five to rank of associate professor with tenure
Nadia Celis of the romance languages department, Danielle Dube of the chemistry and biochemistry departments, Brian Purnell of the Africana studies and history departments, Vyjayanthi Ratnam Selinger of the Asian studies department and Robert Sobak of the classics department will officially be tenured faculty on July 1, after the Board of Trustees voted to promote them to the rank of associate professor with tenure in their annual February meeting last weekend.
Cristle Collins Judd, dean of academic affairs, noted that there was no one who did not receive tenure who was in consideration this year to receive it.
Professors on the tenure track typically stand for tenure in their sixth year, or in their seventh if they have taken a year’s leave from the College, according to Judd. However, if professors arrive having already been on the tenure track at another institution—like Brian Purnell, who was an assistant professor at Fordham University for four years before he came to Bowdoin—they may stand earlier.
Event kicks off senior class gift campaign
Last night, over 160 members of the Bowdoin Class of 2014 convened in Druckenmiller Hall to support the annual Senior Class Gift Campaign.
The event is a classy affair—complete with hors d’oeuvres, champagne and semi-formal attire—geared toward raising donations from the senior class for a gift to the College that will aid future students in the years to come.
This year, the campaign is spearheaded by seniors Filipe Camarotti, Emily McNeil, Neli Vazquez and Wiley Spears.
The four directors were selected through an application and interview process in the fall and hired in early October by Alumni Fund Associate Alain Mathieu.
In addition, there are 32 senior class agents who volunteer to help run the campaign and educate the rest of the class about its objectives.
Modeled after last year’s project, this year’s class gift will be a scholarship to a future member of the Class of 2018, a gesture that many students see as a great way to give back to the College.
Vazquez noted that she has received so much from Bowdoin that it is “really significant to have the opportunity to give back in a meaningful and impactful way.”
She also stressed to potential donors that it is really the thought that counts, and that students giving smaller donations to the fund should not see their contribution as insignificant.
“You may not believe that you can give enough to create a meaningful impact,” said Vazquez in her opening speech at last night’s event. “Participation matters just as much, if not more, than the amount of money you give.”
The ultimate goal is an 85 percent class participation rate, a feat that would surpass last year’s class by five percent and seems entirely possible considering the large student turnout.
“I think it’s really exciting to have a big part of our grade be here tonight and to see the work that we’re about to do,” said class agent Katie Ross. “I think we can break the record for best participation.”
Students also commented on the event as a good way to bring the class together in a relaxed and fun setting.
“It’s a blast,” said class agent Jordan Goldberg. “It’s cool for the whole senior class to come together, all for a good cause: supporting Bowdoin.”
“The class doesn’t get to see each other enough, so it’s great that we can all come together in this environment,” added Marie Centano ’14.
This year also marks the first time that members of the faculty and staff have been invited to participate in the event.
“It’s really great that Security can be involved in something like this,” said Campus Security Officer Allen Daniels, one of many Bowdoin employees present in Druckenmiller Thursday evening.
The campaign does not end with 2014 either; the Class of 2014 Gift Campaign operates with the hope that class members will continue to give to the College after receiving their diplomas.
“There is a donor for every year that we reach 60 percent [participation] that will give $10,000,” said Vazquez. “So on top of what we raise as a class, there will be $10,000 for the next five years for every year that we reach 60 percent.”
President Barry Mills was unable to attend Thursday’s event, but instead appeared onscreen before an idyllic faux snowscape background to encourage students to donate.
“Once people start to give to the College, it becomes something that becomes part of their life,” he said.
No major issues with Polaris rollout
Eight percent more students received their first choice classes with Polaris compared to the old paper system.
This week marked the first time the entire student body used Polaris, the new online course registration website, rather than course cards. First years used Polaris for course selection this fall.
Registrar Jan Brackett evaluated Polaris’ success from two angles: what the results were for students signing up for classes and what feedback she received from the faculty and advisors.
“I compared how many people were in four classes after round one versus how many people were in four classes after the top of the card was processed last spring,” when registration was still done on paper, Brackett said. By this metric, all four grade levels did better this spring using Polaris than last spring with paper registration cards, so she “consider[s] that a success.”
ITAC proposes online Pub ordering system
At its meeting on Wednesday evening, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) hosted Chief Information Officer for IT Services Mitch Davis for a summary of IT’s role in the Bowdoin community.
Davis announced that what most students would probably find as exciting news, that the Internet Technology Advisory Council (ITAC) has come up with a new proposal: an online order form for the pub that would alert students when their food was ready.
Davis’ talk focused on Polaris and “the iffy Wi-Fi.” With regard to Polaris, Davis mentioned that this was “the first time [IT has] done a full student launch. Our goal was to get through this without any major problems.”
E-Board’s ‘Halloweenfest’ to feature LA Riots November 2
The Bowdoin Entertainment Board (E-Board) announced today via their Facebook page that this year’s fall concert headliner will be LA Riots, a DJ out of Los Angeles. The concert will take place next Saturday night, November 2, in Smith Union.
“In the past, overall, the concert has been pretty big,” said E-Board member David Vasquez ’14. “One of the biggest turnouts we had was when White Panda came and performed. The Union was packed, the stage almost fell apart...the atmosphere was really fun.”
With regard to this year’s concert, Vasquez said that he thinks there will definitely be a large turnout, especially since it is on Halloween weekend.
Portrait of an artist: Mollie Friedlander '14
Mollie Friedlander ’14 has been dancing since she was nine years old. What she describes as “terrible feet and an imperfect sense of balance” has helped her find a creative outlet within an ambitious Bowdoin career.
Actively involved in her high school dance teams—including lyrical, jazz, and hip hop—dance was her most important extracurricular activity before Bowdoin. She performed in multiple competitions, took ballet to keep up the basic techniques of dance, and practiced in a local studio. Friedlander said that when she made the high school teams she “felt accomplished...I soon found I was really passionate about it and wanted to continue.
“Coming to Bowdoin I made a conscious decision to prioritize academics, but I knew I wanted to dance. I loved it so much that I knew it wasn’t something I could just drop after high school,” she explained.