We are no longer indifferent
Many people may have noticed the newly erected mausoleum on the quad. Dedicated to the former grading system, it is more importantly an example of the expression of Bowdoin students. Two years ago there was a high level of criticism against the perceived indifference of the campus body. This can no longer be claimed.
Over the past three semesters, students have frequently expressed their opinions on local, national and global issues. The mausoleum is the latest manifestation of an ongoing protest against the new grading system, while paying respects to the old one. Last year, a forum discussing the change was instituted and utilized to give a voice to those that opposed a departure from the five-point standard. Students also wore buttons and ribbons to visually show their feelings.
Criticism of American foreign policy has been especially highlighted on crosswalks and in the Smith Union. The White House comment line has been provided (M-F, 9-5. 202-456-1111) so that you can "Let George know what you think." W. has also been called out consistently in regards to the drive for an attack on Iraq. Bob Dylan's words have been seen chalked colorfully on campus blacktop and pavement.
Alongside the frequent displays of opinion on public spaces are the (re)establishment of three new publications.
Started in the 1980s before folding, The Patriot has been resumed and remains dedicated to espousing conservative views. Giving voice to the large left is disorient; basing its name on the nation's oldest continuously published paper, the double-sided publication deals with issues outside the Bowdoin bubble. According to its staff box, "there is no control over the content of the writings contained herein by the college of its cute little administrators."
Falling between the politically and socially minded Patriot and disorient is the eight month old, Ritalin magazine. Having printed two issues this year, it is, "a reaction against self-righteousness." From criticism of the Bowdoin social scene to personal in-depth pieces, Ritalin offers readers a diverse body of work.
The importance of free dialogue across a variety of mediums should not be overlooked. While an in-class education is central to liberal arts education, a manifestation of opinions in discussion is vital to the growth of diverse awareness. The more angles of expression that are taken will infinitely increase the dynamics of social and individual thought.