IM badminton serves up a good time
Intramural badminton has been offering a casual, somewhat competitive atmosphere since the start of the winter. It has brought together students of diverse backgrounds to de-stress and have fun in Sargent Gymnasium.
The season will run until Spring Break, though it had its playoff tournament last week.
Similar to most intramural programs, there are two leagues—A and B—to offer players different levels of competition. There are 13 teams between the two leagues, each with two to four members on average, and they play two games a week.
Ethan Bevington ’19 fell into the sport this year because his friends needed an extra player. He competes for the second best team in the B league, “A Shifted Few,” which cruised into the playoffs on a three-game win streak.
In addition to team lifts and warm-up rallying before each game, wikiHow significantly contributed to Bevington’s development as a badminton player.
“WikiHow was surprisingly helpful and I definitely got considerably better,” said Bevington. “That was the most rewarding thing about it.”
Intramural badminton maintains a more relaxed and laidback culture in comparison to other intramural sports, according to Aidan Coyle ’17.
Coyle has competed in intramural hockey and soccer for the past three years, but just joined intramural badminton this year as a member of “The Flaming Birdies.”
“In badminton you are more focused on having fun. You don’t play to win but to have fun,” said Coyle.
According to Emma Laprise ’17, who plays on the same team as Coyle, rarely do people grow up playing badminton, especially relative to sports like soccer and basketball. Therefore most players in the league are beginners, which creates an environment focused on improvement and having fun rather than winning.
Laprise had never played an intramural sport before joining badminton and attributes her badminton skills to playing the game in her yard as a kid.
“I don’t think I will continue badminton anywhere outside of Bowdoin, but it’s a good time to hang out with people you normally don’t see and get a little bit competitive,” said Laprise.
The players hope that more interest in the sport will prompt the College to help replace the worn-out equipment, such as the many bent rackets and old birdies, as well as lengthen the season.
“If more people signed up for it, the duration can be longer and I’d be in favor of that,” said Bevington.
Women's basketball to open postseason on eight-game win streak
The Bowdoin women’s basketball team (20-3, 8-2 NESCAC) hopes to carry the momentum of its eight-game win streak into the first round of the NESCAC tournament this weekend. The third-seeded Polar Bears will face off against sixth-seeded Connecticut College (16-8, 4-6 NESCAC) at home in a rematch of last weekend’s game.
While Bowdoin is the favorite in the face-off as the upper seed and has averaged 74.9 points per game to Conn College’s 68.1, Conn has won eight of its 12 away games this season and will be looking for revenge after losing to Bowdoin 68-49 last weekend.
In the Polar Bears’ dominant performance last Saturday, Lauren Petit ’18 played particularly well, scoring nine points in addition to having two rebounds and two steals.
“I thought [Petit] had a really solid weekend,” Head Coach Adrienne Shibles said. “She’s really stepping up for us as a leader and someone we can count on.”
Despite the win, however, Shibles believes that the team didn’t perform its best due to the emotions surrounding the senior weekend game. She believes the team has room to improve on Saturday.
“We have five phenomenal senior leaders so whenever you have a strong group like that there is a sort of propensity towards everyone wanting to do their best for the seniors,” said Shibles. “There were times when our offense didn’t flow just quite the way it normally does.”
The team seeks to constantly improve and not remain complacent. The Camels’ leading scorer Mairead Hynes ’18 did not play last weekend yet will return in time for the first playoff game and the Polar Bears will restrategize to counter the center’s big presence.
“Now we begin a whole new chapter in our season,” Shibles said. “We can’t just rest on our laurels on what we did before. The importance of this week is staying focused on what we can do to improve.”
This year is the eighth time in the past nine seasons the team reached 20 wins under Shibles, a clear mark of her contributions to the team’s work ethic and chemistry.
“We look for selflessness and hard work,” Shibles said. “We look for overall character in our recruits we bring to Bowdoin, so that’s the first step—getting the right people. And from there we are pretty intentional about what we do. We talk a lot about our team values, try to emphasize them during practice and we do a lot of team bonding exercises. Those things are really responsible for our team chemistry.”
The players echo the same sentiment and stress the importance of supporting each other.
“We always have each other’s backs on and off the court and I think that’s what really unites us. When we are on the court, we can go through anything together,” captain Marle Curle ’17 said. “Moving forward, that becomes even more important as the season gets longer and the games get more important, it is important to have one another’s best interests at heart.”
The team began the season with a record of 8-0 before losing a nail-biting 46-43 game against Tufts (23-1, 9-1 NESCAC) in January. The game was not only the closest matchup the Polar Bears have had all season, but was the smallest margin the Jumbos—No. 3 in the nation—have won by this year.
According to Curle, it was strong senior leadership that pushed the team to get back on their feet and keep moving forward after the loss. Shibles agrees that the seniors’ presence on the team has been indispensable.
“I think the only reason we are here is the five seniors we have on the team,” Shibles said. “They have just exemplified the values of our program and contributed to the larger Bowdoin community in amazing ways.”
Besides strong team chemistry and leadership, the team, at 16 players, has the numbers to outlast its opponents.
“That’s a huge strength because the depth allows us to run on teams the whole game, to pressure teams the whole game,” said captain Rachel Norton ’17. “Most teams don’t play as many players as we do so at the point in the game when they get tired we have another layer of players to throw at them.”
While the team’s strong performance this season bodes well for this weekend, the players enter the playoffs taking it one game at a time.
“At this point nothing is guaranteed,” said Norton. “You have the game in front of you and you have to win to move on, so we are definitely not looking past Connecticut College coming here Saturday. Especially as a senior, this is my last go around and I’m super excited and don’t want this to end. I just want to keep playing as long as possible.”
Women's swimming and diving opens postseason with NESCAC championships at home
The women’s NESCAC swimming and diving championship splashes into the Leroy Greason Pool this weekend, and the Polar Bear women look to build upon a strong season and break personal records at home.
“I’m really excited for the team to come together and really bring extra energy and excitement at home,” said captain Erin Houlihan ’17.
The team, which won three of its four NESCAC dual meets this season, is anchored by captains Houlihan and Isabel Schwartz ’17. The team also features Mariah Rawding ’18, Sterling Dixon ’19 and Sophia Walker ’17, who all qualified for NCAA Championships within the past two years.
Earlier this season, Dixon was named a NESCAC Performer of the Week for her three first-place finishes in the meet against MIT and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. While her season has featured current best times of 25.46 seconds in 50-yard freestyle and 1:53.33 in 200-yard freestyle, Dixon is still looking to improve this weekend.
“[Dixon] had very strong season in a number of races,” said Head Coach Brad Burnham. “For her, she still wants to drop a quite of bit of time.”
Looking at its results over the course of the season, this year’s team is very similar to last year’s, which placed sixth at NESCACs. However, the makeup of the squad has shifted with more middle and long distance and stroke swimmers.
“We try really hard to treat it as a team, like this is the 2016-17 team,” Burnham said. “Expectations are always there to really see how much you can improve and race every race you can but not compare too much to what we have done in the past.”
Even though the team graduated five swimmers last year, the Polar Bears continue to find success through strong performances by first-year swimmers.
“We gained many important first years who are integral to the team,” Houlihan said. “A lot of people stepped up and took leadership roles and really have been working hard in practice every day.”
Two of the team’s top swimmers, Dixon and Walker, have been dealing with injuries throughout the season but hope they will be ready to go this weekend.
“We have a few nagging injuries, but [our swimmers] have done a fantastic job of working around it,” Burnham said. “We are not going to lower our expectations because of that.”
Two weeks ago, the team started tapering in preparation for the upcoming championship, meaning they are gradually swimming less and resting more. On Wednesday, the team plans to bring in Dr. Tiff Jones, a sport and psychology consultant hired by the College, in order to boost team chemistry and mentally prepare before the meet.
The three-day, trials and finals meet is taxing physically and mentally, and the team is honing in on getting the most out of this weekend.
“We teach them to figure out what gets them ready to race, give every race 100 percent effort and try to recover as quickly from each one as you can and spend the rest of the time supporting teammates,” Burnham said.
Holdsclaw pushes mental health activism
Women’s basketball legend, Chamique Holdsclaw—decorated with three consecutive NCAA championship titles and an Olympic gold medal—visited campus on February 1 to share with students her decades-long struggle and journey with mental illness in Kresge Auditorium.
Part of the Bowdoin Athletics’ Leadership and Empowerment through Athletics Principles (LEAP) Initiative, the event screened her documentary “Mind | Game: The Unquiet Journey of Chamique Holdsclaw” and was followed by a panel discussion that included the Director of Counseling Services and Wellness Programs Bernie Hershberger, Director of the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity Kate Stern and the Executive Director for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Maine Jenna Mehnert.
The event attempted to inform students who suffer from mental illnesses about the support-systems on campus and encourage students with friends suffering from mental illnesses to continue to speak up about the available resources. Holdsclaw stressed in her film and panel that it is easy to forget that suffering is universal and accepting yourself for your flaws, beauty and your struggles takes an incredible level of courage, but it will feel like a world of burden is taken off you.
“People ask about my experience winning championships and Olympics but I can’t probably remember because I was chasing the next thing,” Holdsclaw said. “Honestly life after basketball has been pretty darn amazing. I guess I’m not using basketball to hide it now. I’ve accepted it. I’m finally living in my truth. I’m not changing or anything. I know life is not perfect but I’m finally living. Now I’m appreciating the people, appreciating the situation.”
Holdsclaw discussed how depression can take many insidious forms—obvious as well as subtle—which emphasizes how important it is for people to be more aware and conscious of what others may experience.
“Imagine it this way: to go to bed every night and wake up in cold sweats. The guilt was killing me. It was on my mind 24/7,” Holdsclaw said. “When I went to see therapists I was on the edge of my seat with my mind racing 100 miles per hour.”
The panel traced one of the causes of depression to the unrealistic expectations that society constantly feeds people through various forms, such as social media, and the fact that we tend to unconsciously accept societal norms.
“It was really great to have one of the best female athletes in history come and tell her story that I’m sure most people didn’t even know,” Moctar Niang ’19, a member of the men’s soccer team, said. “It just goes to show that often people are not educated on the matter and my personal takeaway from this is the question of what more things can be done to raise awareness on the severity of mental illness.”
The panel also discussed treating depression and other forms of mental illness, which are tricky to treat, according to Hershberger.
“When you look at depression you also have to look at a whole lot of practices like therapy, prescriptions, acupuncture, yoga, massage, nutrition and exercise,” he said. “Really you have to look at the whole person and see how we can recover from this. You don’t know which one is going to actually make the difference so you have to keep trying.”
The panel agreed that having solid and dependable friends and family who are willing to listen and really care is the single most important factor in counteracting and relieving this pain.
“There are girls on my team who have similar experiences and looking at it from a little bit of distant perspective I feel like I should’ve done something, which is the important part,” said Paula Petit-Molina ’20, a member of the field hockey team.
“You are never alone. I used to think I’m the only one who is going through this but you are never alone,” said Holdsclaw. “Even at your weakest moments there will be someone who will return your call.”
Siwady '19 swims at short course world championships for Honduras national team
Last month, Gabriel Siwady ’19 represented Honduras in the 13th International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Swimming Championships in Windsor, Canada and recorded the fifth best time among college students in the 1500-meter freestyle.
The international short-course (25 meters) championship is held every two years and hosts some of the world’s best swimmers from more than 150 countries, including Olympians Lilly King and Tom Shields of the United States, as well as Katinka Hosszu of Hungary and Chad Le Clos of South Africa.
Siwady has competed at junior international championships as a part of the Honduras national team since he was 15. This was his first time competing at the senior level.
Eight swimmers represented Honduras in different events, all of whom Siwady previously met back home or at other international championships.
“Honduras is a very weak country in athletics, we don’t have the best swimmers in the world,” he said. “We don’t excel that much, but I was able to still perform well, despite that.”
He participated in two events: the 1500-meter freestyle and the 200-meter butterfly. In his stronger event, the 1500, he beat his personal record with a time of 16:32.62.
“If you train hard and you prepare well, in the moment you can accomplish your goals if you think about them everyday,” Siwady said.
Though Siwady has been swimming competitively since he was five, the international stage can still be daunting. However, he embraced the high stakes and elite competition.
“I like that [the meet] has all the elaborate introductions,” Siwady said. “They play music when you are about to step on the starting blocks. I just liked seeing people from other countries, seeing fast Olympic swimmers who broke world records.”
Siwady believes his experience competing at the junior international level mentally prepared him to feel comfortable and succeed when competing at the senior level.
“My first time [was in 2013], so I wasn’t used to competing at a global stage so I was little more nervous,” he said. “I had prepared well and performed well in that one too, but the whole experience was very new to me. This time around I really knew what I was doing, where I had to go and who I needed to talk to before my race.”
Siwady plans to continue representing Honduras during his time at Bowdoin and hopes to compete on an even more competitive stage.
“I’m thinking about participating at the Olympics,” he said. “It depends on how I am with jobs after college, but it is a good objective to have.”
Strong goalkeeping powers women's ice hockey to unbeaten start
The undefeated women’s ice hockey team (2-0-1, 1-0-1 NESCAC) hopes to continue its hot start against Saint Anselm this Saturday.
Goalies Kerri St. Denis ’19 and Sophia Lattanzio ’19 have played key roles in the team’s success, conceding only three goals in the first three games.
This week, St. Denis was named NESCAC Player of the Week are averaging 1.44 goals against and a .946 save percentage in her first two games. She is the first Bowdoin goalie to earn the honor since 2014. After making her program debut in the team’s season opener at Colby, St. Denis held the Holy Cross offense to one goal last Saturday with 33 saves.
Lattanzio made her season debut in a shutout victory against Colby in the team’s home-opener. According to Head Coach Marissa O’Neil, the dynamic duo of St. Denis and Lattanzio will provide the team with a key advantage of flexibility and depth in goal throughout the season.
“If we were to keep that one goal against average, we’d be pretty happy and definitely win some games this year,” O’Neil said. “It’ll be great if we continue to have two goalies. I think it makes it more challenging for our opponents—especially when we have back-to-back NESCAC games—if we can alternate goalies. Two different styles of play can throw an opponent off.”
The team has found early success through avoiding injuries and focusing on a key offensive tactic that involves strategic positioning in front of the opponent’s goal to create scoring opportunities.
“It is a big change from last year that people are getting themselves in those positions,” O’Neil said. “It may not be a pretty goal, hit off a shinpad and you may not even see it, but you are creating traffic, getting to rebounds, screening the goalie, and all those things can make a difference when you are trying to put a goal in.”
In addition to change in strategy, the roster has shifted. The young team features only eight upperclassmen. However, the developments have not hurt the team’s performance.
“We have three seniors, five juniors and the rest are underclassmen, which is hard in terms of experience but it’s worked shockingly well because everyone has just stepped up,” captain Jess Bowen ’17 said. “It’s going surprisingly well to have a such young team playing like they have the experience in games that are really hard to play.”
Strong chemistry and communication have contributed to the team’s early success. Despite the team’s youth, the team has communicated exceptionally well both on and off the ice.
“We’ve done a lot more of that this year and a lot more as a team meeting up and talking about what we want out of this season,” Bowen said. “We want a culture that’s competitive but not cut-throat and we talk about not being comfortable and holding each other accountable.”
O’Neil added that team culture can boost confidence, which translates to strength on the ice.
“I think as we began to develop more chemistry, confidence is going to pick up and no matter the sport and no matter the level, confidence can make or break you,” she added.
The team will use its growing chemistry to build on its early success.
“We are not looking to peak in November,” O’Neil said. “This year we just want to get better week to week. I’m really proud of the team culture off the ice right now and I think it translates to success on the ice. We have momentum.”
News in brief: BSG kicks off No Hate November
This week, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) kicked off the fourth annual No Hate November, an initiative aimed at removing bias and raising mindfulness on and off campus. Unlike in past years, the month does not have a focus on one particular issue.
“The mission is to have a month full of events on campus that will create dialogue about issues surrounding inclusivity, respect, bias and hate,” said BSG Vice President for Student Affairs Ben Painter ’19.
There are a dozen events planned this year. Each event focuses on a specific issue, such as microaggressions, transphobia, mental health or police brutality.
“We didn’t want to focus on one topic too much,” Painter said. “For example, if we focused on race, which was brought up to have one big focus, issues of sexuality wouldn’t be part of No Hate November. Issues surrounding disability wouldn’t be part of No Hate November. And so we didn’t want to exclude any group that wants to have an event.”
Aasif Mandvi, an actor and comedian known for his work on the Daily Show, will be coming to campus next Thursday to address issues of tolerance and discrimination through comedy.
“Comedy is a way to access really uncomfortable and sometimes difficult issues,” Mandvi said in a phone interview to the Orient. “Comedy can also point out the truth sometimes with things. There’s a famous quote, that art lays bare the truth that are hidden by facts. So comedy is an art form. And all art lays bare certain truth that are hidden by the kind of conversation we have. Comedy is a different type of conversation that can expose some kinds of that stuff.”
Mandvi said that today’s poisonous social and political climate make engaging in difficult conversations about intolerance “more important now than ... ever.”
“[Mandvi’s] a big name,” Painter said. “Hopefully it’ll draw people out of the cracks, people who usually wouldn’t go to events. I’m looking forward to that because hopefully that’ll start conversations in corners of the campus where they usually don’t have these conversations.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters creates lasting friendships
For over 12 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick and the McKeen Center for the Common Good have partnered to run “Bears and Cubs,” a one-on-one peer mentor program for local children that works to create lasting friendships through Bowdoin activities such as swimming at the LeRoy Greason Pool and trick-or-treating at the college houses.
Twenty-five kids from ages six to 15 are partnered with Bowdoin students, known as cubs and bears, respectively.
“Our job is just to be a friend. You bring good attitude ... you are not a babysitter, you are just there to listen and be a guiding figure,” said Jack Weiss ’17.
The program, led by Weiss and Julie Randolph ’17, meets every other Sunday for two hours. The McKeen Center also runs other school and non-school based mentoring programs such as Falcon Friends and Bear Buddies.
“The goal of this program is to build a relationship with the child and get involved in the community and give back,” said Randolph. “It’s important for the kids to have a bigger mentor to look upward to.”
Lindsey Reed, the program manager, said that Big Brothers Big Sisters has had a strong partnership with the McKeen Center.
“This program was originally created to provide children who were on waitlist for the community programs to get involved with our agency and have an experience of having a positive role model,” she said.
Recently, the program had to turn away kids because there were not enough volunteer mentors.
In response, the group is recruiting volunteers by introducing activities that appeal to both college students and the younger mentees.
“We are trying to come up with new games to make the local kids have more fun but also to make students more excited to sign up,” Weiss said.
This year, the group plans to participate in new events such as bowling and an ice cream party.
Because the program takes place on campus, students make use of spaces like Smith Union and the College Houses.
“We are so grateful for our connection with the college,” Reed said. “I think it’s a good experience for our littles to come on campus and get exposed to the culture and the experience of the students there—it’s very unique.”
The experience means as much to the mentors as it does to the mentees according to Weiss. Some students have been paired with the same mentee for four years and have developed true friendships.
“I think lot of bears will say that this program makes you remember what it was like to just run around in a gym in a game that has no rules,” Weiss said. “We have a ball; [the kids run] around and somehow it morphs into a game and you realize you are having as much fun because this is what you did as a kid. It’s really a stress relief for me as it is to them.”
Polar eyes: Dogs of the quad
Katie BacallApollo and Argos10 ½ and 13 years oldBeaglesApollo and Argos have been convincing their owner, Allen Moss, to walk them around the campus for more than a decade. They love to walk on the fields behind Farley Field House and solicit pats from the practicing players.
Katie BacallGordie2 years old“He’s named after the hockey player, Gordie Howe.”“What does he like to do?”“He loves to chase tennis balls. If he was off leash he would love to chase squirrels”“What does he like to eat?”“Pretty much any dog chow. Biscuits. He loves biscuits.”“Any favorite flavor?”“Beef”“What’s his hobby?”“Swimming.”
Katie BacallJulietteGolden doodle1 ½ years old“Walks and squirrels!” are what make Juliette happy. To keep her happy, her owner brings her to campus almost every day. While her owner’s favorite spot is the main Quad, Juliette will go wherever the squirrels are.
Katie BacallBetBorder CollieBet was first spotted running next to her bike-riding owner as they sped past a tour group. “One of her jobs is to steal the show from the people who are being taken around and introduced to Bowdoin, and so like we go by and they are all looking at her because of how boring can it be when you are being told about the buildings or something,” her owner said. When she is not distracting visitors, Bet enjoys chasing after squirrels. “She has caught a couple squirrels and it’s unclear as to whether she killed them or not… but her job is more herding and not killing.”
Harry JungHannah3 ½ years old“Do you come here often?”“Everyday!”“What does she like to eat?”“Everything!”The best part about Hannah? “She’s always smiling!”
Katie BacallRaffi3 years oldPortuguese water dogRaffi’s owner commented on the numerous dog that often walk on campus. “There’s really a dog community. I don’t think there are exceptions to all of us being so grateful we can use this space and I think we are pretty respectful of it ... It’s really a great thing, we know the dogs’ names better than the people’s!”One of the best parts about the dog community is that the dogs can play with each other. For example, Raffi has a best friend, Mandy. “He plays with her almost everyday and has since he was 6 months old and they’re a little bit like Mr. and Mrs., they just are so glad to see each other everyday and race around and wrestle and carry on and then they get tired and go lie in the shade and then... off they go again!”
Golf's Dunleavy '20 named to First Team All-NESCAC
Though the men’s golf team’s sixth-place finish in the NESCAC Championship Qualifiers was not strong enough to put them through to the championship this spring, first year Thomas Dunleavy’s fourth place overall finish earned him a spot on the All-NESCAC First Team.
Dunleavy is the first Bowdoin student to make the team since Jeff Cutter ’09 in 2008. With such success in only his first year, Dunleavy said he looks forward to what he and the team can accomplish in the future.
“We had a good weekend,” said Dunleavy. “We wanted to crack the top four, which would mean we would move on to the NESCAC championship, but it was a fun weekend for all of us and for me personally successful.”
At the end of the first day of the qualifier, Dunleavy was tied for second, just one stroke behind the leader. Another strong performance the following day helped him finish with a score of 144, with only five strokes separating him and first place.
“I look forward to making the NESCAC and National Championship in the years ahead,” Dunleavy said. “It’s going to be tough, but I think it’s doable.”
The men’s golf team has shown a lot of potential this season. On October 8, the team won its first Colby Bates Bowdoin Championship since 2013. The team outshot both Bates and Colby by a margin of 21 strokes, a decisive victory as last year only 12 strokes separated all three teams.
Captain Thomas Spagnola ’17 led the team with a score of 75, followed by Dunleavy with 77 and captain Martin Bernard ’17 with 78 to put together a solid outing for the Polar Bears.
While the individual accomplishments are important, the players are just as focused on their cohesive performance. Dunleavy credits the captains for creating the supportive team chemistry on and off the course.
“At times golf feels like an individual sport because at the base of it that’s what it is,” Dunleavy said. “There can be no communication or guidance between the two players on the course … but we get around this by supporting each other when things go good or bad.”
The Polar Bears closed out their season with a sixth place finish at the Southern Maine Invitational on October 9-10. Spagnola was the top performer for the Polar Bears, tying for 13th overall. After the first day of play, Bowdoin was in third, but dropped to sixth overall by the end of the tournament as only nine strokes separated the third through eighth-place teams in a highly competitive pool.
Maine journalist writes biography on Senator George J. Mitchell ’54
For over a year, acclaimed Maine journalist Douglas Rooks spent every day in Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives researching the life of Senator George Mitchell ’54. On Wednesday, he returned to the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library to celebrate and share “Statesman: George Mitchell and the Art of the Possible,” a detailed and comprehensive biography of the public figure and Bowdoin alumnus.
In 1985, Rooks met Mitchell, a politician and lawyer who had been elected to the United States Senator from Maine just a few years prior. Rooks was working as editorial page editor for the Kennebec Journal in Augusta, Maine when he realized Mitchell was no ordinary politician.Rooks said he was impressed by the soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader’s critical role in stabilizing regional politics when Mitchell served as United States Special Envoy for both Northern Ireland and Middle East Peace.
“I was impressed not just with his obviously keen intelligence, but his willingness to go out of his way to spend time with young journalists and help them,” Rooks said.The project drew from hundreds of manuscripts and oral recordings from Bowdoin’s Special Collections.
During the launch, Rooks said that working in Special Collections and Archives taught him how to separate interesting anecdotes from facts. This skill helped him build a narrative about Mitchell’s time in the Senate. He also worked to balance his research with interviews with Mitchell and people who know him. He said that as a journalist, a willingness to be curious and ask questions is crucial.
“I think the department is named after [Mitchell] because of his longtime connection to the College and because he is such a fine representation of what the College hopes its students will go out and do—[it’s a] sort of civic purpose for the common good,” Bowdoin Processing Archivist Caroline Moseley said.
A recipient of the Common Good Award and Bowdoin Prize, Mitchell has dedicated more than three decades to public service. During the late 1980s and early 90s, he was heavily involved in the passage of immigration reform, the Clean Air Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
“People forget how much good can be accomplished through legislation,” Rooks said. “It’s something people don’t even really think about anymore. But it’s important that at least we consider it’s possible. In Mitchell’s time we got a lot done, and I don’t see the reason why we can’t go back to that.”