On Wednesday, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) convened to outline committee goals for the semester, as well as provide updates on projects from the fall semester.
Most notably, BSG President Susu Gharib ’23 and Vice President Francisco Adame Perez ’24 released much-anticipated information about the upcoming winter concert. The concert will take place on February 25 in Farley Field House and will be headlined by R&B duo Social House with opening performances from indie pop singer Maude Latour and student band Teen Dad. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m..
BSG made a related announcement that it has received funding to organize the annual spring concert. This is a departure from previous years, as spring concert responsibilities formerly fell on the Entertainment Board (E-Board).
In addition to assuming a more prominent role in the campus entertainment sphere, BSG hopes to increase its transparency and direct more attention toward student voices. As part of this initiative, the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) intends to create a roster of committee members and descriptions of their roles and begin tabling in Smith Union with suggestion boxes.
Many of BSG’s committees have decided to use student surveys to gauge student opinion on campus issues. The Student Organizations Oversight Committee aims to send a campus-wide survey to assess club leader performance and use the input during the rechartering process later this year. Similarly, the Academic Affairs Committee plans to conduct student surveys to investigate complaints surrounding lab courses ending in late hours of the afternoon.
The Diversity and Inclusion Committee noted its goal to support the Black Student Union in celebrating Black History Month this February and continue plans of photographing affinity groups on campus. The images will be a part of an “affinity group visibility gallery” later this year.
Discussions around the EdGE Platform, a new online diversity and inclusion learning platform used for the Class of 2026 orientation, garnered criticism during the individual committee session and will be included in a series of forums the SAC plans to hold this semester, alongside discussions on amnesty and mental health.
Finally, the meeting included a great deal of discussion surrounding the bolstering of campus amenities. Topics of discussion included new light therapy lamps in Smith Union, the possibility of BSG-subsidized Amtrak and Metro BREEZ tickets for students, and the Facilities and Sustainability Committee’s search for suppliers to provide refillable detergent and soap services in the C-Store.