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New group supports minority STEM students

Ann BasuA NEW LEAF Pursuing Our Purpose (P.O.P.) hosted its first meeting on Wednesday night at 30 College Street with 20 students in attendence. Led by co-leaders Eskedar Girmash ’20 and Rebeca Perez ’20, the group met to introduce themselves, discuss future programming and establish the goals of the club.

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Admissions

Netflix CEO funds student success program

Courtesy of Hy KhongEDUCATION ENTHUSIAST: Reed Hastings ’83 donates $5 million for creation of THRIVE, a program aimed at supporting underrepresented students. In an email on Monday to the campus community, President Clayton Rose announced a $5 million donation from Reed Hastings ’83, co-founder and CEO of Netflix, towards a new program that will support low-income students, first-generation students and students traditionally underrepresented on college campuses.

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Student Government

2021 class council election results

In an email to the Orient Sunday night, Vice President for Bowdoin Student Government Affairs, Ben Painter ’19 announced the results of the class council elections for the first year class. Three hundred and eighteen first years participated in the vote—approximately 63 percent of the class.

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Financial Aid

Does living off campus impact financial aid packages?

For most students, it doesn’t. For some, they save money. Students receiving financial aid see no change to their packages if they opt to live off campus, regardless of the cost of the off-campus house. “We do financial aid the same way because irrespective of where you live, you’re going to pay,” said Michael Bartini, the director of student aid.

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Judicial Board

New methods to supplement judicial process

The College has begun to implement more broadly tools associated with Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in the Office of Student Affairs. These tools will supplement, and in some cases replace, Bowdoin’s official disciplinary process with the goal of adding an educational element to a traditionally penal system.

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Bowdoin community members respond to Maine’s opioid crisis

As Maine and the country experiences an epidemic that is driving down national life expectancy, some at Bowdoin are responding. Drug overdoses in the U.S. have increased by 533 percent over the last 14 years—from 2,089 overdoses in 2002 to 13,219 in 2016—according to data released in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

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News in Brief

Brunswick town rezoning

The Town of Brunswick recently concluded a three-and-a-half year project to renovate the town’s zoning ordinance to reflect changes in local policy over the past 22 years. The ordinance focused on reducing the number of total districts, catching up with Maine laws regarding signage and shorelands and rectifying the issues brought about by the 21-year-old ordinance’s failure to account for technological advances.

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