Bowdoin student, past and present, has signed the Academic Honor
Code. As stated in the College Catalogue, "The Academic Honor Code
plays a central role in the intellectual life at Bowdoin College.
Students and faculty are obligated to ensure its success. Uncomprimised
intellectual inquiry lies at the heart of a liberal arts education."
In signing the Honor Code, students agree to make every effort to
ensure the practice of "uncompromised intellectual inquiry."
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were disappointed and frustrated to read the editorial in the last
issue of the Orient regarding the upcoming Junior/Senior Ball. The
author argued that by making the dance a "swing" event, it aimed
to exclude those members of the Junior and Senior classes who cannot
dance swing or who do not enjoy this style of music.
The reality is that those who selected the music
were aware of this sentiment, and they worked to find a band that
departed from the swing genre, but which would still maintain an
atmosphere of panache. The organizers of the Junior/Senior Ball
who chose this band did so after listening to dozens of tapes of
performers and elected this band because they felt that their sound
was unique from the typical "swing" style.
dealing with the issue of diversity at Bowdoin, it seems to be very
much a black/white issue. I don't want to be misunderstood as saying
that diversity at Bowdoin pertains solely to one minority group.
I would merely like to point out that this college's commitment
to ethnic cultivation and diversity is not evenly distributed. Although
there is a significant Asian constituency in the student body, the
Administration does not heed the economic, academic, and psychological
needs of its Asian students. Perhaps Asians do not provide the "diversity"
to raise Bowdoin's standings in the U.S. News & World Report.