Summer roundup: professors reflect on NSA secret surveillance
Seven Bowdoin students arrested at White House during Keystone XL protest
Endowment returns 2.6%, declines to $902.4 million
A community reacts in the aftermath of the March 1 Coles Tower bias incident
Students exploit anonymity, gossip on College ACB site
Talk of the Quad: The lore package
The night after Thanksgiving, I visited a damp beach in Lisbon, Portugal with a huddle of Bowdoin study-abroad students.
If you’re stuck in continental Europe, this sand is just about the closest you can get to American soil. If you’re stuck in America, there’s a candy cane of a lighthouse in Lubec, Maine—West Quoddy Head, first built in 1808 for $5,000, about four hours north of Brunswick—that is just about the closest you can get to Europe.
Another way of thinking about this is: from Portugal, you can often catch Europe’s last sunset. From Maine, you can often catch America’s first sunrise.
I did not visit the Lubec lighthouse during my time at Bowdoin. Like babysitting for a professor, walking through L. L. Bean in the middle of the night, or joining an intramural team, it is something I thought I would do. Bowdoin after all was once the first college in America to see the sunrise, a fact I was reminded of every time I walked across the tired wax of Smith Union’s giant linoleum sun.
But if I once longed for superlatives and hyperboles (being the farthest East! Seeing those first red rays!) I now longed for closeness—a collapse of time or space, a quick reunion with Super Snack. This beach was, literally, the nearest I could get.
You have probably seen Lynchville, Maine’s “international” signpost, a 1940s-era sign displaying directions to—among other local towns—Paris (15 miles, turn right) and Peru (46 miles, left). I’m living in Italy for the year, in rural Sicily, and I sometimes find myself wanting to come upon a sign a like this: a real one though, with a neat list of mileages to my parents in Oregon, my sister in Rhode Island, my friends in Maine, Utah, China, Mexico.
In the weeks after graduation, the first novel I read was “Mating,” by Norman Rush. It was worth the raised eyebrows I got on the airplane. The narrator is a wry female anthropology student working on her thesis in rural Botswana in the early 1980s. To say that I related to her isolation is an understatement.
When I arrived in Sicily—working remotely for a woman I hadn’t met, living in an empty villa without a car, surrounded by hundreds of acres of vineyards and waves of 100-degree heat—I could go days at a time saying only a few sentences.
I didn’t speak Italian, and no one around me spoke English. Terrified of sounding like an idiot, I chose to feel like one instead, and I kept to myself. Before bed, I swatted mosquitos and read Rush in my basement room, which has one small, barred window and a wardrobe quilted in pink, floral satin.
There is a great line in “Mating” where the narrator talks about her “lore package.” As I understand it, this is the narrative shield we carry to make sense of—and make safe of—the world. She chooses to believe that lions are “torpid during the day,” thus buying herself a break from fear.
Since graduation, I’ve been assembling and dissembling my own lore package, trying to decide what myths I will hold onto. Some are easy to keep: things that I recycle will not end up in foreign landfills, my freckles will not become skin cancer, snakes do not come into houses.
Others are harder. I tell myself that with May’s commencement anniversary, I will no longer catch myself imagining a walk across the Quad, or a Coles Tower party. Twelve months, and I’ll be cushioned by the new, raw post-grad state of the Class of 2015. I think of it almost on medical terms. Get through this flu season, and I’ll breathe easy for decades.
And in reality, that Portuguese beach was a rare indulgence. I rarely let myself miss Brunswick these days. I miss friends, sure, but with Facetime and Facebook and facing emails, those ocean-miles can quickly feel insignificant.
At dinner that night in Lisbon—after over-sauced fish, fluorescent lighting and a free round of port—a friend had interrupted the conversation to ask, point blank, if I felt lonely in Sicily.
I surprised myself when I realized that, at the end of the day, I was not.
This is one thing I am removing from my lore package, then: hyper-connection as a means of self-betterment. I hauled this aim through adolescence without questioning it.
Now, apart from the handful of people I work with every week, there is nobody to make me wonder if I should be connecting more, or if I’m connecting right. There is nowhere to go after 10 p.m., so there is nothing to FOMO. Sheer physical impossibility means social interaction can’t be my goal. Strangely, it’s a relief. It’s life off the hook.
I’m living a sort of grotesque caricature of the watered down “life per second” that Toph Tucker ’12 wrote about as a post-graduate on this same page last year. It’s glaringly obvious that my life here can’t approximate the density of college. I might be spared something in this.
When I visited home for the holidays—flying both transatlantic and trans-America, across over 6,000 miles of salted water and frozen earth—I happily resumed my social rhythms. But on the days and nights when I stayed home, I let myself feel a flicker of satisfaction.
I felt a thrill of self-sufficiency, a slight shock that I wasn’t trying to distract myself from myself. Bowdoin taught me lots of things—its people taught me lots of things—but I’m not sure I learned how to sit tight with my own heartbeat. I didn’t have to.
On January 30, Brazil celebrated Saudade Day, in honor of the Portuguese word that imbues Lisbon’s blue-tiled alleys and seven hills. Saudade connotes a state of deep nostalgia and, often, a repressed knowledge that the object of longing will never return.
In 1660, Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo described the feeling as “a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy.”
The sentiment seems an inevitable part of growing up, taking stock and looking back. I dare you to stare across the ocean and not feel a tinge of it. But if I sometimes feel this way—a loss of community or childhood or dream—it’s on de Melo’s terms.
After all, there is a quiet pleasure and enjoyment in realizing you have something to miss. And when it feels lonely, you have your lore.
Erica Berry is a member of the Class of 2014.
Seven Bowdoin students arrested at White House during Keystone XL protest
Updated 12:31 p.m.: A previous version of this article did not include the interview with Hugh Ratcliffe ’15.
Seven Bowdoin students stood by or zip-tied their arms to a White House fence and were consequentially arrested for “blockading passage” last Sunday. In the 1200-person, student-led protest opposing the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, 398 students were arrested and 80 colleges represented.
The bill approving the $5.4 billion TransCanada pipeline is currently awaiting President Obama’s signature. It would transport crude oil from the Alberta Tar Sands to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast.
Thirteen Bowdoin students—five first years, two sophomores, and six juniors—traveled to Washington D.C. for the protest. Most were members of the Bowdoin Democrats or Bowdoin Climate Action. Many wished to remain anonymous to the Orient.
According to Matt Goodrich ’15, one of the student organizers of the national XL Dissent protest, the students each posted a $50 fee to be released after a few minutes in jail. They face no court date and were not technically charged or convicted.
“If I was asked if I’d ever been convicted of a crime, the answer would be no,” said Hugh Ratcliffe ’15, another protest participant. “It’s an infraction, so legally speaking, it’d be the same thing as me getting arrested for failing to walk my dog with a leash. But the political statement transcends the charge.”
“I think we sent the message to President Obama that the youth of this nation are going to hold him accountable and we voted for a climate change champion and not for a pipeline president,” said Goodrich.
The protest began with a morning rally at Georgetown University and then moved past John Kerry’s house, where students unfurled a huge mock oil spill tarp urging for the pipeline’s rejection.
Once in front of the White House, students planning to face arrest either tied themselves to the fence or lay on the tarp in biohazard suits splattered with black paint to stage a “die-in” on Pennsylvania Avenue.
“The police gave us a few warnings, saying ‘You’re going to get arrested if you don’t move’ which we knew. There was a lot of chanting, a lot of goodwill,” said Goodrich. “People were clearly dedicated.”
Ratcliffe said that the scope of the protest was inspiring.
“I was surprised by the passion that a lot of people seemed to share on this issue, because until now it’s been mostly a personal feeling that I’ve had, so to gather with over a thousand kids who feel the same way about something that I feel is very important," he said.
Goodrich said the arrests of hundreds of students took a few hours, as the police methodically moved first female participants and then male participants from the scene in police vans.
The protesters were given six warnings to vacate the premises, and after no one moved, the police began arresting about five people every 15 minutes, according to Ratcliffe.
“The police were respectful, it took a long time—you don’t really think about how long you’re going to be on the fence when it’s raining," Goodrich said. "On the whole it was simple.”
Bowdoin students each paid $10 for a chartered bus, traveling with over 50 student protestors from Colby, Bates, U-Maine Orono and the College of the Atlantic. The remainder of the $7,000 bus cost was paid for with a $2,000 donation from 350Maine and a $5,000 donation from a source that Goodrich would not identify. They also raised $2,050 in a crowd-sourced fundraising campaign that ended last night, which they will use to pay back some donations.
After the all-night bus ride from Maine, students arrived the morning of Saturday, March 1 and spent the day in breakout training sessions with activists from other colleges.
“We learned the details of the action the next day and agreed to compose ourselves and act with dignity and respect to everyone involved and to not do anything crazy,” said Goodrich.
The chartered bus was committed to a 7 p.m. departure on Sunday evening due to weather forecasts, but arrest proceedings took longer than expected. As a result, Goodrich said that he thinks fewer students sought arrest than might have otherwise. Though 13 Maine students were arrested, he speculated that the number might have been 20 in better conditions.
XL Dissent organizers reached out to Goodrich in January to help play a planning role. He joined their media team, participating in weekly phone conferences about the scope of the protest and relying on the recently formed Maine Students for Climate Justice network to recruit student-activists across the state.
Goodrich said that President Barry Mills was supportive of the students’ plan to travel to D.C., a sentiment echoed by many members of the student body.
“I totally support what they did and I wish that I had known more about it, because I would have been interested,” said Sara Hamilton ’16.
Other students questioned the protest’s effectiveness.
“I’ve heard the counter-argument that people seem upset that they go and do that, spend five minutes in jail, and think they can tweet about it as if they’ve been through some hardship, but I don’t think that’s what their goal was,” said Eduardo Jaramillo ’17. “It was to raise awareness.”
Hamilton agreed that the power of the protest was not necessarily in its potential for immediate change, but rather in in its empowerment for oft-disillusioned American youth.
“I don’t feel like I can do anything, but I know you’re not supposed to have that feeling,” she said. “At least [the protestors] are standing up for what they care about."
After an environmental review by the State Department that estimated the XL Pipeline will not have a “significant” effect on greenhouse gas emissions because the oil would likely reach the market in other ways, the pipeline has undergone a 30-day public comment period, which ends this Friday.
John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government Laura Henry said that at a time when both international and domestic attempts at climate change legislation have floundered, the impetus for change via civil disobedience is large.
“Do I think Obama would walk out of the White House and meet with these people? No, but there’s the chance that he would call someone like the Environmental Defense Fund, some more moderate group, and say, ‘Hey, what can we do here? Do some research for me, brainstorm, give me some policy options,’” she said, citing what political scientists call the “radical flank effect.”
Whether or not this surge of student-focused pressure on Obama will sway him to reject the XL Pipeline will remain unknown for a few months.
“His standing in the environmental community has already been affected by the inability to move ahead with significant climate change policy initiatives,” said Professor of Government Allen Springer.
Though Henry said she is “not entirely optimistic” about Obama rejecting the XL Pipeline, she said that the move would dovetail with his restated commitments to fighting climate change.
“The students are right in thinking about how Obama wants to think about his legacy," she said. "He is the youth president.”
- John Branch and Matthew Gutschenritter contributed to this report.
Student parking in Maine St. College House lots to be eliminated
Student drivers will lose weekday access to 63 parking spaces in lots at the Maine Street College Houses when they are converted into spaces for visitors, faculty and staff this August.
Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Katy Longley announced the pending shift in an all-campus email yesterday afternoon. The changes come as part of the College’s evolving plan to provide more central parking spaces for visitors and staff and to cut down on the long-term storage of student cars close to campus.
The email also announced that nine spaces on North Campus Drive will be transferred to the Dayton Lot behind David Saul Smith Union as part of this summer’s construction at North Campus Drive and Hyde Plaza. In her email, Longley said that the North Campus Drive construction is “designed to improve pedestrian safety; to create new ADA-compliant parking spaces and a sidewalk; to slow traffic; and to increase green space in this area adjacent to the Bowdoin Quad.”
Mat Kearney to open Saturday Ivies, according to manager
Singer-songwriter Mat Kearney will open the annual Ivies concert on Saturday, April 26, according to Kearney’s manager.
“The show is confirmed. Everything is done,” said Josh Terry, Kearney’s manager, in a phone interview with the Orient on Thursday.
According to Terry, Kearney will open at 3 p.m., followed by the duo Timeflies. Timeflies’ management team did not respond to requests for confirmation before press time.
NAS protests Bowdoin's ‘global citizenship’ at Brunswick conference
Ten months after the publication of their 360-page “What does Bowdoin Teach? How a Contemporary Liberal Arts College Shapes Students,” the National Association of Scholars (NAS) returned to Brunswick to address the “global citizenship” promoted by the College.
In his response to last April’s report, President Barry Mills stated that one of the College’s goals was to “prepare our students to become global citizens in a global economy.” Yesterday’s conference, entitled “Global Illusions: Bowdoin’s Post-Citizens and the Future of American Higher Education,” included talks from scholars who critiqued global citizenship, attributing it to the decline of American citizenship.
Sponsored by the Maine Heritage Policy Center, a right-wing think tank whose mission is to “formulate and promote conservative public policies based on the principles of free enterprise; limited, constitutional government; individual freedom; and traditional American values,” the event drew a crowd of approximately 50 people to the Inn at Brunswick Station, fewer than six of whom were Bowdoin students.
Inaugural poet Richard Blanco visits campus, speaks on nostalgia & poetry's role in America
When President Obama cold-called Richard Blanco and asked him to be the 2013 inaugural poet, he gave the poet three weeks to write three potential poems. Working from his home in Bethel, Maine, Blanco said he circled and circled until he landed on the first line of “One Today,” the poem he read to over one million people at Obama’s inauguration last January in Washington, D.C.
“I kind of compare it to tuning an instrument, where you hear that right chord and something amazing happens—and, for me it was that first line, ‘When the sun rose on us today,’ which was when I was watching the sun rise over Bethel and the mountains, or the pines actually,” he said. “From there, the poem sort of started writing itself.”
Blanco visited campus last Friday, October 25, headlining Family Weekend with a day that included a student poetry workshop, public book signing, and an evening reading that filled the seats of Pickard Theater. His visit was funded by the Office of Student Life, Office of Multicultural Student Programs, the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, and the Latin American Studies Program.
College proposes state’s largest solar power farm
At the time of its founding, Bowdoin was the easternmost college in the country and the first to see the sunrise. Now, in a pending collaboration between the College and California’s SolarCity Corp., Bowdoin stands to power the majority of its athletic facilities with these same rays.
The proposed solar complex would be the largest in Maine, offsetting about 8 percent of the College’s annual electricity usage and generating 1.6 million kilowatt- hours (kWh) of power, according to President Barry Mills. The system would be sited on land the College acquired from the former Brunswick Naval Air Base as well as on the roofs of Farley Field House and Watson Arena.
The Board of Trustees signed off on the proposal last Friday, though it now awaits approval from local, state and federal governments including the U.S. Department of Education, which was furloughed for much of the past few weeks.
Funding shutdown spares Bowdoin campus, hits alums
Despite the termination of nonessential government funding after Tuesday’s budget deadlock, Bowdoin expects no direct financial impacts.
“The College has drawn down the funds it needs for student loans and grants so we don’t expect any financial issues in the near term,” wrote Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration & Treasurer Katy Longley in an email to the Orient.
Though the National Science Foundation is currently closed to funding requests, campus research on grants already procured will continue, according to Longley. For these grants, the College pays research expenses up front and seeks reimbursement later.
Jen's world: local breakfast joint primed for reality television stage
When Robi Hutchinson left his job as a producer in Hollywood and moved home to Brunswick two years ago, he knew he had to find a good breakfast haunt.
"I got on the Internet and the only place that had any kind of ratings was Jen’s Place," he said. "This was the spot."
Jen’s Place is tucked inside a low one-level corrugated metal building on Brunswick’s Stanwood Street. It is neighbored by the Northern Chi Martial Arts Center, sidelined by the railroad tracks, and across the street from a fleet of lawnmowers parked on the grass outside of the Brunswick Home and Garden Shop. The restaurant serves breakfast seven days a week and opened its doors four years ago this month. It is frequented by Bowdoin students, but tucked just far enough from campus that most of them come via car or bike.
Orientation: Eat this up: A food primer for Bowdoin and Brunswick
BOWDOIN EXPRESS: Colloquially known as the “C-Store,” this convenience store on the lower floor of Smith Union is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. during the week and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the weekends. Swipe your OneCard for late night pita chips and hummus or ice cream (try Maine’s own Dolcelino cookie sandwiches), stay to replenish your stock of basic medications, or get another package of just-add-water pad thai or brownie mix.
THE CAFÉ: Upstairs in Smith Union. Check the board for daily specials and seasonal drinks, and try the Sunrise Smoothie with a shot of espresso for an afternoon pick-me-up. Opens at 7:30 a.m. on weekdays, closes during the dinner hours, then continues to caffeinate most nights until midnight. Accepts Polar Points, OneCards and cash.
JACK MAGEE’S EXPRESS: Cash in on a OneCard meal credit between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. (weekdays) to select items for a quick bag lunch. Rotating entrees include veggie Caesar salad wraps, pepperoni focaccia pizza, and burritos; all lunches include chips, fruit, cookie and a cup of soda.
Summer roundup: professors reflect on NSA secret surveillance
Commentary and analysis from the Bowdoin community
In light of the recent revelations about the National Security Agency's (NSA) extensive and controversial surveillance programs, the Orient turned to our resources at Bowdoin for analysis and comment on the situation. We reached out to members of the Bowdoin community who specialize in related areas of government, media studies, computer science and information technology.
While the focus of these conversations is primarily national, we heard from Mitch Davis, Bowdoin's chief information officer, about the administrative protocol for accessing student email on campus.
College emissions decline 24% since 2008, report finds
Bowdoin has decreased its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions ahead of schedule, putting the College on track to pass the benchmarks of its 2009 Carbon Neutrality Implementation Plan, according to a Sustainable Bowdoin report released by last week. The 14,467 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent that the College released in fiscal year (FY) 2012 was 17 percent below the predicted level of 17,437 metric tons. Since FY 2008—when 19,153 metric tons were released—the College has decreased its emissions by 24 percent, and has surpassed expectations for emissions reductions since 2010.
Divestment: Initiatives seek to hold students, College accountable on sustainability
New student-run environmental initiatives on campus aim to give students the chance to stand behind more than just their ballot votes next week.
Endowment returns 2.6%, declines to $902.4 million
Bowdoin’s endowment performed comparatively well in fiscal year (FY) 2012, with a 2.6 percent return on investments as of June 30, 2012. The endowment stands at $902.4 million, down from $904.2 million in FY 2011, when Bowdoin reported returns of 22.3 percent. Though 2.6 percent is significantly lower than the College’s projected return of 7 percent, Bowdoin fared much better than most peer institutions; Cambridge Associates, a firm that tracks endowment performance in the U.S., found that the mean for college and university endowment returns nationally was -1.0 percent in FY 2012, according to the Bowdoin Daily Sun.
Thorne’s basement meat shop provides hand-cut chow
The day before this year’s annual back-to-school lobster bake, Michael Rodrigue single-handedly cut and trimmed 440 steaks for the meal. Rodrigue is Bowdoin’s designated meat cutter, responsible for ordering and preparing the pork, beef, chicken breasts, and sausage served at Thorne and Moulton dining halls.
Talk of the Quad: Bike thieves and summer trees
The talk of the Quad is different in the summer, when the lines that separate Bowdoin and Brunswick, tourist and town resident, student and visiting scholar, become even more blurred.
Facebook mass deactivation experiment hits College
College students propelled Facebook to popularity, and at Bowdoin, they are now experimenting with deactivation en masse. Last Monday, Tyler Patton '12 and Ruiqi Tang '13 launched massdeactivation.blogspot.com, the site of their self-proclaimed "social experiment" that urges Bowdoin students to disable their Facebook profiles from February 8 to March 8. During this time, profiles will not be deleted but dormant, allowing students the option to resume their presence on the social network after the trial period.
Ed Lee ’74 wins mayoral election in San Francisco
Bowdoin students may recognize newly-elected San Francisco mayor Ed Lee '74 from his flashy web campaign ad, which featured rappers M.C. Hammer and Will.i.am, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone, and Giants closer Brian Wilson, among others. Lee's November 9 victory made history: he is the city's first mayor of Chinese descent. A third of San Francisco's population identifies as Asian American.
Occupy Bowdoin kicks off; direction to be determined
The international Occupy Wall Street movement hit the College Tuesday night when posters advertising "Occupy Bowdoin" appeared in Smith Union. Robbie Benson '15 is the self-proclaimed "kid behind the posters," the driving force for a group that he hopes will heighten discussion about social class and socioeconomic inequality at the College.
Talk of the Quad: Letterpress roadtripping
In the Independent Film Channel show "Portlandia," Fred Armisen of Saturday Night Live fame said anything can be art if you just "put a bird on it." He was referring to art in that other Portland, my hometown, that "alternative universe" somewhere north of California where "young people go to retire" (thank you again, "Portlandia").
Remembering A. Leroy Greason, former president of the College
For many in the current Bowdoin community, the name Greason may only evoke the image of the glossy tile of the College's swimming pool. Yet the man behind the name—A. Leroy Greason, former Bowdoin professor, dean and president—died in Brunswick on August 28, leaving a legacy that continues to influence the lives of many individuals and the College itself.
IT and SWAT launch the ‘Orbit’ to mixed reviews from students
After a year of work, Information Technology (IT) and the Student Web Advisory Team (SWAT) have officially launched the redesigned student digest, the Bowdoin Orbit. Although still in its trial period, the Bowdoin Orbit will eventually phase out the Student Digest. It will be married with a gateway that boasts discussion boards and a newsfeed compilation from student blogs and websites.
‘I Am Bowdoin’ continues work to put an end to bias on campus
Since the birth of the "I Am Bowdoin" effort six weeks ago, student leader Nylea Bivins '12 says the campus is in "a place that I've never seen it in before." Following the Sunday night community meeting on March 6 and the "I Am Bowdoin" rally on March 10—both in response to the March 1 Coles Tower bias incident—students and the administration have aggressively worked to raise awareness about issues of bias.
‘Proud of My Whole Self’ Day connects identity, expression
The arrival of the weekend and warm spring weather will not be the only thing celebrated on campus today, as the second annual "Proud of My Whole Self" Day will honor connections between identity and expression.
Community reacts to new NYT online paywall
Under the recently instituted New York Times (NYT) website paywall, news comes at a price. Yet for members of the Bowdoin community, access will be subsidized. As of March 28, the NYT capped free online access at 20 articles per month and began charging $15 a month for unlimited computer and smart phone access. However, through the NYT Campus Newspaper Readership Program and Bowdoin Student Government (BSG), anyone with a Bowdoin email address is eligible for unlimited access at a discounted price of $11.28 a month.
A community reacts in the aftermath of the March 1 Coles Tower bias incident
On March 6, approximately 200 students, faculty, and staff attended an open discussion in Daggett Lounge about acts of racial and sexual intolerance both at Bowdoin and in the broader Maine community. Triggered by the March 1 bias incident in Coles Tower, the meeting was organized to shed light on these events and provide a productive forum to generate ideas.
Bowdoin Brief: ResLife announces decisions on 2011-2012 student staff
The 145 students who applied for a position on next year's Residental Life (ResLife) staff received final decisions yesterday afternoon in their mailboxes. With only 71 spots available—33 first year proctors, eight house proctors and 30 residential advisers—this year's application process was the most competitive in the history of the College.
Recent alums find success in diverse career tracks
The Orient checked in with some recent alumni to see what they have been up to since leaving Bowdoin. For Nathan Chaffetz '08, the Bowdoin Cable Network segments he sent in with his resume landed him his first job post-college. "I primarily rant[ed] about things I didn't like at the school," he said, but it "definitely got me my first job, and I'm very thankful for it." This first job was in Los Angeles, where he booked people and organized shoots for Showtime's "Penn and Teller Bullsh*t!" a libertarian-leaning documentary television series that aimed to debunk misconceptions, popular fads and pseudoscientific ideas.
Bowdoin Brief: Class of 2012 selects Jules and Pinette in special election
For the first time in Bowdoin history, an entirely new class council will lead the junior class through the spring semester. In a special election for Bowdoin Student Government (BSG), Jenessa Jules and Melanie Pinette were elected President and Treasurer, respectively, of the Class of 2012.
College rents apartments on School St. for next year
The School Street apartments will live up to their name beginning next fall, when the College will absorb the property as campus housing. The School Street building is a freestanding house that is currently organized into four apartments and rented by Bowdoin students as off-campus housing, but the change will allow the College to offer the units in the Residential Life housing lottery.
Edwin Lee ’74 elected mayor of San Francisco
The first Asian-American mayor of San Francisco discusses his life as a student at the College
In a city where one-third of the population is of Asian descent, Edwin M. Lee '74 made history when he was sworn in as San Francisco's first Asian-American mayor. Elected by the city's Board of Supervisors, Lee will serve out the remaining 11 months of former mayor Gavin Newsom's term. Newsom left office after being elected as Lieutenant Governor of California.
Student flu shot demands decrease
Flu immunization is not high on the to-do list of most Bowdoin students. The Health Center reported that an uncommonly low number of students sought vaccinations this semester. Typically, by Thanksgiving Break, 500 to 600 students request the shot; only 200 students have been vaccinated so far this year.
COACHE ranks Bowdoin's faculty development
At Bowdoin, it is not just the students who are happy. On Monday, Harvard University's Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) released its ranking of colleges and universities with the highest levels of pre-tenure faculty job satisfaction. In the baccalaureate category, Bowdoin qualified as "exemplar" in three out of eight categories: Nature of Work (Overall), Nature of Work (Research) and Nature of Work (Teaching).
Students exploit anonymity, gossip on College ACB site
With the creation of anonymous online gossip forums, old-fashioned bathroom wall graffiti—joking, well intentioned, or derogatory—is effectively transmitted to virtual stall doors worldwide. College ACB is the newest college gossip site, which came to the formal attention of the Office of Residential Life and the Office of Student Affairs late last week when a student who was discussed on the site reported it. The increase in student posts over the past two months has triggered student backlash.
Bowdoin science featured at D.C. festival
Eight Bowdoin students and three faculty contibuted to Larry Bock's effort to "[bring] science back to center stage," with the College's delegation manning both robotics and neuroscience booths at the festival in Washington D.C. last weekend. Executive Director Larry Bock '81 founded the first-annual US Science and Engineering Festival with the firm belief that "society gets what it celebrates."
Mock interviews prepare seniors for job applications
When employers recruit at Bowdoin, they are consistently impressed by students' striking accomplishments on paper, but according to Career Advisor Meg Springer, "we have heard repeatedly...that during the interview, [students] are basically blowing it because they haven't practiced and aren't presenting themselves well." As a result, "jobs are being left on the table."
Racer X headlines Taryn King Memorial Benefit at Fenway
This Saturday, 430 people will pay homage to Taryn L. King '07 at the third annual "Go Big or Go Home for TLK" benefit for the Taryn L. King Memorial Scholarship Fund. At this $75 per ticket celebration, guests will consume 1980s hits and "Fenway Franks" at Boston's famous stadium.