Bowdoin’s annual Ivies party—a tradition spanning nearly 150 years—is anticipated to look dramatically different form this year according to multiple sources present at a planning meeting that took place Thursday with members of Bowdoin Student Government (BSG), The Entertainment Board, Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs Janet Lohmann and Director of Student Activities Nate Hintze.
While Lohmann stressed in an email Friday morning that plans were not yet finalized and would not comment on any details of the College’s plans, several attendees of Thursday’s meeting confirmed that several of the weekend’s signature events would not take place, including the annual “Quad Day” barbeque on the Brunswick Apartments quad and the Ivies concert. Instead, a spring concert will take place on April 8, although the Entertainment Board has yet to confirm the performing artist. Student bands will be recruited to perform during the Ivies weekend, which will occur the final weekend of April.
Lohmann reportedly highlighted the increased number of bias incidents and Title IX cases that had occurred during the last several Ivies weekends (Ivies last took place under “normal” conditions in April 2019), noise disturbances to students and community members living in the vicinity, and high cleanup costs as part of the motivation behind the changes.
The decision to hold a spring concert on a separate weekend stemmed from the fact that the Ivies concert has garnered a small audience in recent years, despite eating up a majority of the six-figure budget allocated to the event in the past.
Although students have not been allowed to hold registered events over the Ivies weekend in recent years, they will likely be allowed to do so this year in a light of the changes. The College is also expected to hold events similar to those that occurred during this year’s Fall Festival, although the details remain unknown.