Go to content, skip over navigation


More Pages

Go to content, skip over visible header bar
Home News Features Arts & Entertainment Sports OpinionAbout Contact Advertise

Note about Unsupported Devices:

You seem to be browsing on a screen size, browser, or device that this website cannot support. Some things might look and act a little weird.

Bowdoin IT shuts down Better Bowdoin Directory

March 4, 2022

Users of the underground college directory known as the “Better Bowdoin Directory” were greeted by an upsetting message Wednesday when they tried to visit the site. Instead of the usual search bars, they found a screenshot of an email written by Erik Pearson, who works as a team lead of integrations and customization at the College’s Office of Information Technology (IT), to the site’s creator James Little ’19 asking that he remove the site.

“Our Directory takes some care in curating the data it displays and there are questions of privacy when that data is displayed in a way that it was not intended,” Pearson wrote in the email.

Little built the site over three days in 2018 for The Orient’s copy editors because the directory on the College’s new website, which was unveiled that year, was “too tough to use quickly.” However, the Better Bowdoin Directory quickly gained popularity on campus—Little said that, before it was shut down, the website would receive approximately 350 hits per day when students are on campus.

On February 28, Little received an email from Associate Vice President for Inclusion and Diversity and Director of Title IX, Gender Violence Prevention and Education Benje Douglas asking how a student’s information could be removed. Little told Douglas that the College’s IT office controlled the data, and two days later received the email from Pearson asking him to remove the site.

“I hope Bowdoin can make improvements to their directory by securely publishing their data, so that projects like this would be allowed to stay up in the future,” Little said.


Before submitting a comment, please review our comment policy. Some key points from the policy:

  • No hate speech, profanity, disrespectful or threatening comments.
  • No personal attacks on reporters.
  • Comments must be under 200 words.
  • You are strongly encouraged to use a real name or identifier ("Class of '92").
  • Any comments made with an email address that does not belong to you will get removed.

Leave a Reply

Any comments that do not follow the policy will not be published.

0/200 words