The kids are alright: students babysit for professors
New Orientation program addresses race and diversity
Pope '67 criticizes militarization, argues for alliances and diplomacy
Notary publics offer students a hidden resource on campus
Students provide input for future land use at former naval air station
Campus bathrooms stocked with free feminine hygiene products
The gender-neutral bathroom on the second floor of David Saul Smith Union has been stocked with free pads and tampons as part of a pilot project created by several female students who received funding for the products from Bowdoin Student Government (BSG)’s Good Ideas Fund. After receiving positive student feedback, the College plans to add feminine hygiene product dispensers in more bathrooms across campus.
Last semester, Annie Glenn ’17 and Sophie Binenfeld ’17 brought their idea of free feminine hygiene products available in campus bathrooms to Director of Housing Operations Lisa Rendall. Rendall connected them with other students who had expressed similar concerns through the Women’s Resource Center.
“This issue was raised three times by different people in the same week,” Glenn said. “[It] shows how important it is on this campus.”
The students decided to call their project “Free Flow.” They sought funding from BSG’s Good Idea Fund in order to facilitate a pilot project. The project was approved—they received $500, which allowed them to purchase 20 baskets of pads and tampons to place around campus.
To determine the logistics of placing the products in bathrooms, the students met with Facilities Management.
“Facilities was really helpful,” Binenfeld said. “But we met in a room of literally all men, and it’s something that they know literally nothing about. They were really forthcoming about that. They said, ‘we know nothing about tampons or pads.’ They understood that they didn’t know what they were doing, but they asked us for help.”
After the conversation, Facilities decided that housekeeping would stock the products in its closets and refill baskets and dispensaries while making rounds.
As a test run, a basket of tampons and pads was placed in the bathroom on the second floor of Smith Union. Binenfeld said that she has already heard good responses from students.
“We’ve gotten really positive feedback. It’s really exciting to hear girls say, ‘Oh my gosh! I really need a tampon right now! This is awesome!’ It’s been really cool,” she said.
Project Free Flow plans on putting baskets in most bathrooms around campus over the next several weeks, including male and gender inclusive facilities in order to ensure that products are available to trans men. Binenfeld said this part of the initiative poses some logistical challenges, since male bathrooms do not have counter space, and were not built to house dispensers.
Given the success of the pilot project, the College will be providing feminine hygiene products in bathrooms across campus in the future. The College bought four tampon dispensaries that can be attached directly to bathroom walls and stock significantly more products than the baskets. The dispensaries, which will dispense products for free, will be placed in central bathrooms on campus, including bathrooms in Moulton Union, Thorne Hall, Smith Union and the basement of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
Pope '67 criticizes militarization, argues for alliances and diplomacy
Laurence Pope ’67, a former U.S. ambassador and 31-year veteran of the United States Foreign Service, spoke about the “revenge of globalization” and the continued importance of diplomatic ties in a talk in Kresge Auditorium on Monday evening.
Pope said that the Trump administration’s abandonment of century-old American alliances, such as ties to Australia, would prove threatening to global order. He argued that this strategy would inevitably lead to armed conflict, noting that many of Trump’s advisors, such as Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, and Mike Flynn, his national security advisor, who have demonstrated their inclination to use force, especially in the Middle East.
Pope used the term “revenge of globalization” to describe recent world events. He cited the struggles of the European Union, the potential breakup of the United Kingdom and the rise of nationalist politics in states such as France and Poland as examples of anti-globalization.
The most obvious example of the revenge of globalization, Pope said, is Donald Trump’s recent rise to power.
“A skillful demagogue exploited the fears generated by globalization and promised to reverse the process,” he said.
President Trump did so with false information, Pope said. He cited the president’s questioning of former President Barack Obama’s birth certificate and his allegation that millions of illegal immigrants voted in the election.
Pope served as ambassador to Chad from 1993-1996, where he worked to organize the country’s first presidential election. From 1997-2000, he was a political advisor to General Anthony C. Zinni, Commander and Chief of the United States Central Command. He retired in 2000 but was called back into service by Obama in 2012 to become the top United States diplomat in Libya after an attack on the American embassy in Benghazi.
Pope began his talk by reflecting on his own service, as well as on the experiences of many of his friends, colleagues and Marines who had graduated from Bowdoin.
Pope argued that the United States is currently its own biggest threat. He asserted that, although America created a system of international norms built on alliances and diplomacy, the country is currently straying away from these norms and moving towards a world dominated by force and nuclear weapons.
He stated that current American foreign policy focuses too heavily on national security with not enough emphasis on diplomacy.
“The Foreign Service remains a reservoir of talent available to the president and the secretary of state; the opposition in its ranks to the administration’s ill-considered ban on immigration from some Muslim countries, revoking visas already granted, shows that its basic reflexes remain sound,” he said. “But its role in today’s militarized national security process is much diminished.”
Pope argued that this shift has derived as a reactionary force to globalization and that to counterbalance the strong forces of globalization, the world has begun to resort to old orders and alliances.
“The world is not flattening out into a homogeneous liberal economic and political order. On the contrary, tectonic forces of globalization are generating new mountains and valleys along old stress fractures,” he said.
Student reactions to the talk were largely positive.
“I thought that his discussion of the revenge of globalization was especially interesting and relevant, and his call for the U.S. to renew their focus on the international institution that we’ve built up for the last seventy years was especially important,” said Aidan French ’18.
“It was interesting to hear a more historically informed perspective on the implications of Trump’s foreign policy and military intentions,” said Emilie Montgomery ’18.
Pope closed by offering Bowdoin students a piece of advice.
“The choices you make will define you, just as they defined my father’s generation and my own,” he said. “So let me make one suggestion: no matter where your studies take you, take a moment to reflect on the right uses of American power in the world. It will not be a theoretical proposition for your generation.”
Students provide input for future land use at former naval air station
Several groups of Bowdoin students are investigating uses for land that the College acquired in 2013 at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick. Ideas for how to use the land include running and skiing trails, expanding the Bowdoin Organic Garden and creating space for art installations. The Bowdoin Consulting Club sent out a survey last week to gather more opinions from the student body.
The College currently owns about 275 total acres and is working to acquire 143 additional acres, according to Government Relations and Land Use Specialist Catherine Ferdinand. The plot of land is located between the campus and the former naval air station, south of Pine Street apartments and parallel to Harpswell Road. Plans to develop it are still relatively far away from fruition.
“In terms of starting to have our plans implemented, I think that we’ll start development in 2020, and that’s a requirement with our agreement with the [U.S. Department of Education] at this time. Those plans are somewhat fluid,” Ferdinand said.
Bowdoin acquired the land as part of a process known as public benefit conveyance, by which the federal government transfers land to localities or nonprofits for public benefit use. Because of the public benefit use requirement, the College’s ultimate plans with the land are subject to approval by the Department of Education, according to Ferdinand.
The Bowdoin Consulting Club asked to assist with the project last fall.
“Knowledge is power, and any information that we get about this property is going to be helpful down the road. Particularly from the user base, faculty members and students,” Ferdinand said.
To assess interest in the land, one team, headed by Phillip Wang ’18, focused on qualitative data, gathering interviews from students, professors and coaches who might be interested in using the land.
“Based off of our interviews, it seems like everyone is interested in the land and everyone is interested kind of in their own respective right,” he said.
Suggested uses have varied widely. Wang said an art history professor that he interviewed is interested in introducing sculpture installations on the land, while a nordic ski coach saw potential for future ski trails.
The Consulting Club also sought to collect quantitative data, in the form of a survey sent to students last week. Wendy Dong ’18, who led the team, said they received hundreds of responses and many suggestions as to how the land should be used.
“Hopefully our results will prove to be significant and the administrators will actually take into consideration our data, I think they definitely will because we’ve collected some important data,” Dong said.
A group of students from Assistant Professor of Biology Vladimir Douhovnikoff’s Forest Ecology and Conservation class have also been studying the land.
“It’s a really weird and interesting piece of property. All semester we’ve been taking an inventory of the natural things that are there,” said Lenior Kelley ’19, one of the students working on the land for Douhovnikoff’s class. “The different kinds of groups of trees, vernal pools, wetlands, stuff like that. We’ve also been thinking about different buildings and trails that would be appropriate for the site. There’s so many different things that we proposed … It’s exciting that it’s real world stuff.”
The group’s presentation suggested an extension of the Bowdoin Organic Garden, a greenhouse, an orchard, a public park and trails for both nordic skiing and jogging.
“Nobody really has any idea about what’s going on about the property besides us, so I think that they really care about what we have to say,” Kelley said.
While the College’s plans for the land are still undecided, student input can help provide inspiration.
“All of the student initiatives have merit and add to the ideas and information we have gathered to date as to the opportunities and constraints associated with the future development of this property,” Ferdinand wrote in an email to the Orient.
Provocative student art brings menstrual blood, Trump's face in view
Controversial art exhibits have been installed around campus as part of Professor of Art Michael Kolster’s Large Format Photography class. One of these installations—which prompted a response from the administration—involved photos of Donald Trump taped over photos of students in David Saul Smith Union.
In order for students to explore the concept of installation, Professor Kolster asked students to curate an installation anywhere on Bowdoin’s campus. Throughout the assignment, Kolster emphasized nontraditional space, encouraging his students to place photographs in areas where members of the community don’t normally encounter artwork.
Large Format Photography is a 2000-level class in which students harness the large format camera to continue developing skills and themes explored in Photo 1. The camera’s bulk, heft and myriad adjustments result in a totally different photographic experience than that of smaller cameras. Students shoot one negative at a time, slowing down the photographic process.
Students could choose to use their own photographs or the photographs of others for their installations. According to Professor Koster, the goal of the project was for the message and themes of the photographs to take precedence over authorship. He encouraged students to think about the interaction between the space, the audience and the installation.
This assignment resulted in nine different installments around campus. Victoria Pitaktong ’17 attempted to reduce the stigma around women’s periods by hanging images of her friends’ bloody pads in the stalls of the men’s bathroom in David Saul Smith Union.
“I think there’s a lot of taboo around the period—that it’s nasty, people just don’t want to talk about it,” she said. “I find it difficult to hear when men say that women are just whining about their periods when they’re going through pain. You can’t even look at these things directly, how can you say women are weak?”
Nick Benson ’17 produced an equally provocative installment, in which he covered the pictures of students in the hallway of Smith Union with large pictures of Donald Trump’s face.
“I hate looking at his face; it really grosses me out. I think I dislike looking at his face so much because I associate it with his voice and I associate his voice with idiocy,” said Benson. “I was trying to set up an installation for people like me who hate looking at his face but woke up on Wednesday morning knowing that we have to get used to the realization of seeing it.”
According to Benson, the installment was met with mixed reviews: only twenty minutes after he installed it, college administrators moved the pictures to the other side of the hallway. After Benson repositioned them in their original spot, a student ripped up the pictures and threw them in the recycling bin in a matter of minutes. However, this strong reaction didn’t discourage Benson.
“I think the visceral reaction of the viewer is something I was really going for, because we’re going to have to get used to it,” said Benson, “I mean, seeing his pictures in the Union for five minutes is way less painful than having him as our president for four years.”
Despite the varied reactions to the installments across campus, Kolster said he was proud of how the projects turned out.
“There were varying degrees of provocation and varying degrees of things that they were trying to say, varying degrees of social or aesthetic engagement that the installations worked with,” he added. “All of us as image makers seek on some level to have them be seen, to make a contribution to the larger conversation.”
New Orientation program addresses race and diversity
Yesterday evening, all 504 members of the class of 2020 gathered in Pickard Theater for the second part of a program entitled “More Than Meets the Eye.” An addition to Orientation, the program was created to address issues of race and diversity on campus.
Reverend Dr. Jamie Washington, president and founder of multicultural organizational development firm Washington Consulting Group, addressed first years and asked them to continue to maintain an openness toward new perspectives even as they form their own social groups. Part of the program gave students time to converse with other first years they hadn’t met before. Washington also asked students to stand up and participate in self-identification based on race, class and other consequential identifiers.
Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion Leana Amaez planned “More Than Meets the Eye.” She said the decision to address race and diversity during Orientation was something the administration had considered for a while, rather than a direct reaction to the “gangster” and “tequila” parties at Bowdoin last year.
“It would be disingenuous to say that last year didn’t have an impact on us,” Amaez said. “But I also think it would be unfair to the classes that came before to locate it all in last year’s events. It’s been a much longer process.”
“More Than Meets the Eye” aimed to model how students can address issues of diversity and inclusion.
“There are some challenges that will come with engaging with difference,” she said. “But [the program explains] here’s what’s at stake, and here’s how we can do it better.”
Justin Weathers ’18 was one of the students who collaborated with Dean Amaez to create the program and served as a panelist during the first part of the program during Orientation in August. He said he and other students had talked with Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster and President Clayton Rose last year and requested more focus on issues of race and diversity during orientation to help prepare minority students.
“I think there’s a concern that a lot of minority students are brought here and they get this romanticized view of Bowdoin,” he said. “But when stuff hits the fan, it’s like, ‘this is not what I thought it was.’”
During the first segment of “More than Meets the Eye,” nine Bowdoin students told stories of their experiences with race on campus. Afterwards, first years divided into groups where they shared their personal perceptions and expectations about race on campus as well as their reaction to the panelists.
James Wang ’20 said, after nearly a month at Bowdoin, he thought “More Than Meets the Eye” gave him an accurate perception of the College’s diversity.
“I think that the panel did a pretty spotless job of reflecting the experiences that I’ve had so far on campus with diversity,” he said.
Fiona Carey ’20 felt the program successfully ignited conversations about race among first-year students.
“I think what was really great is that it really broke the ice,” she said. “A week later my roommate and my R.A. and I had a really meaningful conversation about race on campus during lunch, and that’s what I’ve looked forward to doing at Bowdoin.”
Still, several first years expressed confusion about the relation of “More Than Meets the Eye” to past events at Bowdoin and wished that the events like the “tequila” and “gangster” parties had been addressed more directly.
“I think that there are a lot of students like me who have heard little tidbits about what happened last year but still don’t know a lot of background,” Carey said. “It’s obvious that programs like this are important, but I think that having that background, especially a story that was so specific to Bowdoin, might show why it’s important to have these conversations.”
Amaez and Weathers both stated that the program wasn’t intended to explain events from last year, but to help first-year students start a dialogue about diversity and inclusion.
Weathers added that he thought including specifics about some of the events last year would have been fruitless.
“I’m a proctor and first years ask me about it, and there’s no way for me to explain it really,” he said. “I can’t cite all the Yik Yaks that were dropped, I can’t communicate how frustrating that was or how divisive the issues were or how torn the campus was when you’re seeing something really ignorant with 115 upvotes, because until first years experience it for themselves, there’s no way [they] can fully understand it.”
Weathers was glad first years had the chance to learn about these issues through Orientation, but he emphasized that the conversation must continue outside of structured meeting times.
“I’m really excited to see [it] because it’s cool to hear a story here and there, but I think that stories are more powerful when you see that they’re not just individual stories,” he said.
15 percent of Peer Health applicants accepted for ’16-’17
This year, the Peer Health program on campus was as selective as the Admissions Office, with an acceptance rate of about 15 percent. Though Peer Health has always been selective, the number of applications this year was higher than ever.
Both Joe Lace ’17 and Erin Houlihan ’17, members of Peer Health’s leadership team, specifically cited the peer-to-peer program as one of Peer Health’s most successful initiatives that also may have led to the recent increase in applicants. This program runs in the fall and assigns each first year student to a member of Peer Health whom they meet with several times throughout the year to discuss their transition to Bowdoin.
“It’s a program that every single first year has interacted with, so I think that it’s a program that has a high visibility,” said Houlihan.
This year, over half of the members of Peer Health will graduate, so the selection committee attempted to bring in younger members to avoid graduating the majority of their class again next year. The selection committee is composed of five Peer Health leaders—Lace, Houlihan, Jillian Burk ’16, Harrison Carmichael ’17 and Tim Coston ’17—as well as Residential Life staff members—Associate Dean of Student Affairs Meadow Davis, Associate Director of Health Promotion Whitney Hogan, Associate Director Michael Pulju and Administrative Coordinator Danielle Miller.
Besides class year, study abroad plans also factored into choosing applicants. Students were not able to apply if they were rising juniors who would be abroad next fall, as they would miss the majority of training, orientation and the peer-to-peer program. However, juniors who plan on going abroad in the spring were welcome to apply.
With such a large applicant pool, Lace said that narrowing down the candidates will be difficult. After applicants submit initial paper applications, the selection committee chooses which students will progress to a round of interviews.
According to Sadie LoGerfo-Olsen ’19, who was one of 15 students chosen this year for next year’s Peer Health program, her interview lasted over an hour and consisted of several rounds of questions, including what issues she believes should be addressed on campus and what specific programs she would bring to the College.
According to Lace, student involvement and enthusiasm are deciding factors in narrowing down applicants during these two rounds.
“It has to do with what each particular applicant brings to the table, in terms of experiences they’ve had on campus, the groups that they’re a part of and their interests on campus on top of being a student,” said Lace.
Houlihan also said that interest in one specific mental health issue was a factor that made some candidates more attractive than others. She explained that interest in specific mental health issues is helpful to Peer Health because of the nature of the program.
“I think Peer Health is really cool because it gives people the platform to have the resources to launch into whatever programs they want in the specific topic that they’re interested in, or that they think that Bowdoin really needs,” said Houlihan.
Houlihan, for example, is interested in body image and is currently working on an initiative called “Bowdoin Athletic Body Satisfaction Facilitation,” which meets with sports teams and discusses body image and the role it plays in that team’s specific sport.
LoGerfo-Olsen cited the amount of initiative granted to each member of the program as an attractive aspect of Peer Health and one of the reasons that she initially applied for the program.“I have a lot of friends and family that have gone through eating disorders, alcoholism and depression, so I’ve been very close to a lot of those issues, so they’ve been pertinent in my life and shaped my beliefs,” said LoGerfo-Olsen, who applied for Peer Health because she believes it will give her the ability to directly address these issues on campus.
Both Houlihan and Lace attributed the progress of Peer Health to Coordinator of Health Education Whitney Hogan.
Notary publics offer students a hidden resource on campus
Many students, faculty and professors find themselves lost when having to deal with hefty legal documents, especially students who would usually request the help of parents at home. Many students find themselves in need of a notary, or a public official that serves as an impartial witness, whose signature is often necessary for the authorization of official documents. Little to the knowledge of most students, there are many notaries dispersed throughout the Bowdoin campus.
The majority of notaries are staff members who work in the Treasurer’s Office such as Legal Compliance Officer Meg Hart.
Because of the frequency with which the Treasurer’s Office deals with official documents, the College recommends that staff within the Office become notaries.
Hart came to Bowdoin straight from law school, and upon receiving the job, the College requested that she take the notary test. Under Maine law, Hart’s status as an attorney meant that she could notarize documents. However, to become an official notary or to gain the ability to notarize documents in other states, Hart was required to take a test, which she did upon arrival to Bowdoin.
Next door, Sharon King, office supervisor of facilities management, took a different path to becoming a notary.
“I became a notary because a friend of mine was one, and I thought it was interesting to watch her do what she does,” she said.
King explained that the process of becoming a notary is relatively easy. For the state of Maine, anyone interested must take an open book exam, pay a $50 fee and be sworn in by a Dedimus Justice.
All the way across campus, in the basement of Gibson Hall, Concert, Budget and Equipment Manager Delmar Small is unique in that he is a notary within the music department. Small became notarized during his time working for a bank before coming to work at Bowdoin. Small explained that this bank paid for him to become a notary as a service to its customers.
After Small started at Bowdoin, however, he found that he needed notary services one day, and it seemed like all of the notaries were in the Treasurer's Office or the Controller's Office. Because of his office’s close vicinity to campus, Small believed it would be convenient for students and faculty if he added his name to the list of notaries here at Bowdoin and to make himself available.
The variety in the way that these three members of Bowdoin faculty became notaries is also reflected in how they apply their position on campus.
“I am a notary for college business, first and foremost,” Hart said. “I’ve used it for official documents, whether it’s banking documents or things to do with real estate if we’ve had a real estate closing.”
In contrast, King’s work as a notary is usually off of campus, such as performing wedding ceremonies. The majority of requests are favors for Bowdoin staff members as opposed to official Bowdoin College business.
King believes that she has helped more faculty and staff than students because of her location off campus in Rhodes Hall which is generally only visited by students for security concerns. Small’s location has had the opposite effect, as he often works with students who have legal business that they would normally take to City Hall or the Department of Motor Vehicles but are unable to because they are away from home. Small said he often helps with driver’s license renewals or helping students get out of jury duty.
Both Small and Hart have also worked extensively with the study abroad programs. Hart explains that notarization is helpful, as many students request to work with countries or programs that don’t necessarily know Maine law or even U.S. law.
Despite variations in the path to becoming a notary, all three staff members agree that it is an easy status to obtain that has proven extremely useful here on campus.
“I just make my services available for free for Bowdoin faculty staff and students. I see it as a public service,” said King.
A full list of notaries can be found on the Bowdoin Administrative Services website.
The kids are alright: students babysit for professors
While many Bowdoin students work with professors in laboratories or as teaching assistants, some find themselves doing a different kind of work: babysitting for a professor’s children. Babysitting isn’t listed on the student employment website, but students and professors nonetheless find various ways to connect.
Genevieve de Kervor ’18 found a babysitting opportunity with Chair of English Department Aaron Kitch and Assistant Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Cinema Studies Allison Cooper.
“During my first year I was having a hard time and needed to be part of a family,” she said. “So [Dean of First Year Students] Janet Lohmann said ‘I have a perfect idea,’ so she contacted Allison Cooper.”
Recommendations from faculty members are one way that Bowdoin students begin babysitting.
“It’s a pretty small world, a pretty small campus,” Kitch said. “Colleagues have had students they recommend to us, and we try to get a hold of them. Good babysitters are a valuable commodity.”
Laura Henry, John F. and Dorothy H. Magee associate professor of government, says she occasionally picks babysitters from her crop of former students.
“If I’ve had a student who seems really sympathetic and energetic in a class, then the next semester I might just send a note and say, ‘Are you ever interested in babysitting?’” she said.Henry has also found babysitters through the Bowdoin Children’s Center, where some psychology students work.
“Sometimes it would be clear that my children were really happily engaging with a particular student, and then we might follow up to see if the student was interested in babysitting,” she said.
Aviva Briefel, professor of English and cinema studies, said she doesn’t worry about mixing academic and personal relationships with her student babysitters.
“Whereas I initially made it a personal rule not to ask someone whom I was currently teaching, I don’t worry about that as much now,” she said in an email to the Orient. “I feel that both I and the student are able to keep our classroom and babysitting relationship separate.”
Sarah Frankl ’16, a biology major and an English minor, sometimes babysits for Briefel’s kids. Although she took several classes with Briefel, who was her pre-major advisor, she likewise finds it easy to keep academics and babysitting independent of one another.
“I have her phone number, but I’m not going to text her and be like, ‘Are you late to office hours?’” she said.
A pre-established academic relationship also means that professors understand their students’ workloads.
“I would never ask a student to babysit if they had a paper due in my class the next day,” Briefel said.
The academic relationship also makes it easy for professors to trust student babysitters with their children.
“I have never had a bad experience with a Bowdoin babysitter,” said Briefel. “I feel that the time that my kids have spent with their sitters will be some of their best childhood memories. They are always thrilled to hang out with Bowdoin students.”
In addition, the opportunity to connect with a professor’s family is a welcome break for Bowdoin babysitters. Frankl said she enjoys the opportunity to spend time with people who aren’t college students.
“It’s really frustrating to only be with one age group all the time,” she said. “It’s nice to have a conversation that’s completely off-the-wall random because kids will say the cutest things.” For some students, babysitting can create a bond that extends beyond childcare duties.
“I feel like they’re my second family,” de Kervor said. “I walk their dog when I have the chance... I always go to their birthday parties and family events, and whenever I need anything I go to Allison and Aaron.”
This connection isn’t limited to a student’s time at Bowdoin.
“We had a student—she must have graduated in either 2010 or 2011—who babysat for us when my younger son was an infant and a toddler,” Henry said. “I didn’t have any academic relationship with her, but she was just amazing and we keep up with her and see her if she comes to Maine.”
While graduation poses one obstacle for professors using student babysitters, another problem is that Bowdoin students aren’t on campus year round.
“The one problem with Bowdoin babysitters is they go away,” Henry said. “Not only do they graduate, they’re not here during the holidays, they’re not here during Spring Break, they’re not here over the summer.”
Even during the school year, scheduling can be difficult for many students and professors.“[Students] are busy,” said Henry. “So you might have someone babysit once and they’re lovely, but if just turns out scheduling-wise it’s challenging to ever have them again.”
But when babysitting does work out, both students and faculty enjoy the benefits.
“It’s a great perk of living so close to Bowdoin,” Kitch said.