When Eduardo Mendoza ’24 tells people his favorite childhood movies include “Chicken Little” and “The Mummy Returns”—and that he was never really interested in cinema until four short years ago—they are understandably shocked. That doesn’t sound like the person who worked on a film in Prague last fall and is spending this semester writing a full-length screenplay.
The Bowdoin College Athletic Hall of Honor, established in 2002, inducts six members into its ranks biannually for significant achievements within the Bowdoin athletic community. This year’s inductees include an All-American volleyball player, prolific men’s ice hockey coach, a three-sport athlete, an All-American lacrosse goaltender and a national championship winning tennis doubles pairing.
The women’s basketball team started off its season 2–0 (0–0 NESCAC) with victories against Springfield College (2–1) and Maine Maritime Academy (2–1) this week. Last Saturday, Bowdoin defeated Springfield 73–46 in its home opener. The Polar Bears went on to win 57–47 against Maine Maritime on Tuesday night.
The women’s soccer team (9–3–4; 5–2–3 NESCAC) defeated Connecticut College (9–6–1; 4–5–1 NESCAC) 1–0 in a rainy NESCAC quarterfinal match last Sunday. With the help of an early goal and strong defensive play, the No. 3 Polar Bears advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the first time since 2015 and will face off against No.
As the Bowdoin community attempts to educate themselves on the ongoing violence in Israel and Palestine, six professors shared their thoughts through the lenses of their areas of expertise. Nasser Abourahme Assistant Professor of Middle Eastern and North African Studies Nasser Abourahme researches migration, race, anticolonialism and Palestine.
Posters for the student-professor teach-in on the recent conflict in Gaza and Israel advertised Ladd Living Room as the venue, but by the time the event was set to start on Wednesday, it was clear that a much bigger space would be needed.
Newly-inaugurated President Safa Zaki flipped the commemorative coin. With the grandstand packed full of alumni, the stage was set for a picture-perfect Homecoming football game. Bowdoin chants rang out across Whittier Field as the Polar Bears scored their fourth touchdown against Bates College.
National Association of Marine Laboratories holds biennial meeting at Schiller Coastal Studies Center
Last week, from October 4-6, the National Association of Marine Laboratories (NAML) held its biennial meeting at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center, drawing 33 in-person representatives and more tuning in virtually from the NAML’s 110 laboratories nationwide.
Last month, Stephanie Chun ’24 led the women’s cross country team to a second place finish in the Maine State Championship. Chun finished the women’s 6k with a time of 22:42.1. Her fourth place finish enabled Bowdoin to finish with 70 points, sneaking past rival Colby College by five points.
Last Saturday, the Bowdoin football team defeated Williams College (1–1) 20–0 to start the year 2–0 for the first time since 2005. The Polar Bear defense was the star of the show, earning its first shutout since 1998 and the most team sacks (6) since 2015.
In June, the College welcomed Julissa Fernandez as its first confidential resource advisor. Fernandez works with the Title IX Office to hold confidential conversations with students, faculty and staff regarding sexual harassment and sexual assault. Her role focuses on discussing available resources and helping determine potential next steps.
At 4:30 a.m. each morning, the Bake Shop above Thorne Hall begins filling muffin tins with homemade batter. 2,000 muffins are baked each week, but the Bake Shop’s operations do not stop there. From homemade breads to pastries to pies and cakes, Bowdoin’s Dining Service relies upon its baking staff for sweets at every meal of the day.
Last month, the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) unveiled a new exhibition, “Metamorphosis and Malice: Pontormo’s Three Monochrome Paintings from Renaissance Florence and Related Works.” The exhibition is the first time that all three known monochromatic paintings of Jacopo Da Pontormo—a leading painter in sixteenth century Florence—have been shown together.
In June, following the retirement of MaryBeth Mathews, Laura Miller was named head coach of the women’s rugby team. As only the second coach in program history, Miller hopes to preserve and build upon the team’s storied culture while also growing Division III rugby as a whole.
Last weekend, the softball team (19–17; 9–7 NESCAC) split its doubleheader against Colby College (20–12; 7–7 NESCAC) in its final home series of the regular season. Bowdoin suffered a 10–5 loss to Colby before rebounding in the second game 4–2.
Last weekend, the men’s (85 points) and women’s (60 points) track and field teams finished fifth and sixth respectively at the NESCAC Championship meet hosted at Connecticut College. Both teams surpassed their projected point totals (56 points for the men, 51 points for the women) heading into the meet, finishing above Maine rivals Colby College and Bates College.
SMOOTH SAILING Last weekend, the sailing team ended its regular season with an eighth place finish in the Open New England Fleet Race Championship at Connecticut College. The Polar Bears competed in 14 races over two days with key performances from Hattie Slayton ’23, Chris Lukens ’23, Timmy Gee ’25 and Tbo Antonietti ’24.
A TRE(E)MENDOUS SHOWING Last weekend, the men’s and women’s track and field teams took second and third place, respectively, at the Pine Tree State Classic. On the men’s team, Ajay Olson ’23 placed first in the 100m and Lars Sorom ’26 won the 400m.
On Wednesday night, the women’s lacrosse team (5–8; 2–6 NESCAC) defeated Endicott College (8–7) 23–13 in its final home game of the regular season. The win was a refreshing reset for Bowdoin as it aims to find consistency at the end of a turbulent year.
I WANT REAL LOVE, BABY The women’s tennis team (2–7; 2–3 NESCAC) defeated Bates College (4–10; 0–8 NESCAC) 9–0 on Tuesday afternoon at home. The Polar Bears swept Bates in doubles play with victories from Jamilah Karah ’25 and Cara Hung ’26 (8–3), Kennedi Carter ’23 and Hannah Buckhout ’24 (8–6), and Elizabeth Yu ’24 and Candice Ballarin ’25 (8–2).
Athletic spending in 2021–2022 shows progress in wage gap between coaches of men’s and women’s teams
Each year, collegiate athletic departments that utilize federal financial aid are required by the U.S. Department of Education and the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act (EADA) to submit a report regarding athletic staffing, participation, revenues and expenses for the previous athletic year.
The baseball team (12–6; 2–1 NESCAC) climbed to second place in the NESCAC East Division last weekend by going 2–1 in its three-game series against Trinity College (14–7; 3–3 NESCAC). The Polar Bears won their first two games both by a score of 2–1 and fell to Trinity 2–5 in its last matchup.
GOALS GALORE The women’s lacrosse team (4–6; 2–4 NESCAC) defeated Bates College (4–7; 0–6 NESCAC) 18–8 on Wednesday night in a dominant NESCAC win. Bowdoin scored the first eight goals of the game and held a 12–3 lead at halftime before pushing the game into running time in the fourth quarter.
BRUNSWICK— The women’s lacrosse team (3–5; 1–3 NESCAC) suffered a 14–9 non-conference loss to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Engineers (MIT; 8–1) on Wednesday night at Ryan Field. Despite receiving eight yellow cards, Bowdoin outshot MIT 33–25, and attacker Sophia Sudano ’24 led the Polar Bears with four goals.
DOUBLE O 7 The baseball team (7–4; 0–0 NESCAC) defeated Thomas College (5–8) 14–4 on Wednesday afternoon in South Portland. The Polar Bears took an early lead, with Kevin Murray ’25 and Luke Chessie ’23 both recording RBIs in the first inning and Murray scoring on an error.
Defeating Williams College (9–16–2; 5–11–2 NESCAC) 3–2 in an overtime decision, the men’s hockey team (15–9–3; 6–9–3 NESCAC) won the NESCAC Championship yesterday. Bobby Pearl ’23 scored the game-winner to earn the Polar Bears their third NESCAC title (2013, 2014).
MEN’S LACROSSE 2022 record: 18–3 (9–1 NESCAC) The men’s lacrosse team enters 2023 with high expectations after its most successful season in recent history last year. Bowdoin advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Tournament and fell to the Rochester Institute of Technology, the eventual national champions.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams journeyed to Boston University last weekend to compete in the New England Division III Indoor Championships, their last scoring meet before the Division III National Championships in Birmingham, Ala.
JUST KEEP SWIMMING A school-record 14 Bowdoin swimmers qualified for the NCAA DIII Championship. Alex Grand’Pierre ’25, Penn Lee ’25, Ethan O’Connor ’23, Jack Tran ’26 and Steve Ward ’24 on the men’s team qualified in selections announced last weekend.
AIN’T NO LIE, BYE BYE BYE The men’s squash team (5–8; 2–8 NESCAC), ranked 25th in the nation, is set to compete in the Conroy Division at the College Squash National Championships this weekend. Bowdoin enters the tournament as the top-seed in the D-Division and earned a bye for the first round.
QUALIFYING IN QUANTITIES The indoor track and field teams competed at the non-scoring Valentine’s Invitational at Boston University last weekend and saw several New England DIII Championships qualifying times. Leila Trummel ’23 ran a season-best 4:59.30 mile, and Lauren Traum ’24 finished the same event with a time of 5:11.25 seconds.
BRUNSWICK — The women’s hockey team (7–12–2; 2–11–1 NESCAC) tied Hamilton College (15–3–2; 9–2–1 NESCAC) 0–0 in a tightly contested afternoon game last Saturday. Goaltender Sally Solotaroff-Webber ’25 posted a 32-save shutout to secure Bowdoin’s first NESCAC tie of the season.
HOOP! THERE IT IS The women’s basketball team (14–8; 3–5 NESCAC) completed its season sweep of Bates College (11–10; 3–5 NESCAC) last Friday night before falling to Tufts University (16–6; 7–1 NESCAC) on Saturday. In the 71–63 victory against Bates, the Polar Bears started the third quarter with a 10–0 run and held a lead throughout the rest of the game.
STAY THE COURSE The women’s track and field team had two first place finishers, Kianne Benjamin ’24 and Charlotte Hodge ’25, in the non-scoring New England Small College Invite in Boston last weekend. Benjamin broke a school record that was previously set in 2020 in the 200m with a time of 25.21 seconds and also finished second in the 60m.
Editor’s Note January 27, 2023 at 11:15 a.m.: An earlier version of this article identified this meeting of the Colby and Bowdoin men’s hockey teams as the 217th meeting. It will be, in fact, the 218th meeting.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME The men’s hockey team (4–0–0; 2–0–0 NESCAC) defeated Johnson & Wales University and UMass-Boston last weekend in its first games at Sidney J. Watson Arena. Against Johnson & Wales on Saturday, forward Andy Stoneman ’23 put Bowdoin on the board with fewer than four minutes remaining in the first period.
RUNNING UP THAT HILL The cross country programs both took fifth place out of 35 teams in the NCAA Division III East Regional tournament at Pickard Field on Saturday. Individually, Leila Trummel ’23 placed fifth out of 245 runners and Will Goddard ’25 placed sixth out of 242 runners.
Editor’s Note November 12, 2022: A previous version of this article implied that the men’s squash team competed in Division III of the NCAA. This is incorrect. The squash teams are members of the Collegiate Squash Association, which does not have divisions.
NATIONAL TREASURE The men’s soccer team picked up an NCAA at-large tournament bid on Monday and is set to host the First and Second Round Regional at Pickard Field this weekend. The Polar Bears (11–1–4; 6–1–3 NESCAC) will face off against the United States Merchant Marine Academy (11–4–6) tomorrow.
The women’s cross country team finished seventh and the men’s cross country team finished eighth at the NESCAC Championships at Hamilton College last weekend. Bowdoin was led by Leila Trummel ’23, who earned All-NESCAC honors with her individual sixth-place finish.
RAISE THE SAILS Last weekend, the sailing team competed in regattas at Brown University and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. At Brown, Bowdoin finished sixth overall out of fifteen competing teams. Ellie Maus ’22, Meg Gonzalez ’23, Teagan Cunningham ’22, Lizzy Kaplan ’23, Holliss Hirsch ’25, Brooke Asherman ’23 and Sophie Brett ’25 raced for the Polar Bears.
The men’s rugby team’s (0–6) season came to an end on Saturday with a 17–12 loss against Colby College. Under the leadership of new Head Coach Gareth Roberts, who was hired in July, the team hopes to recover from a losing season and continue to grow.
GOLDEN GOAL Field hockey forward Faith Jennings ’23 scored in double-overtime to defeat Tufts University (10–5; 7–3 NESCAC) on Tuesday. Jennings received a pass from midfielder Maya Malenfant ’25 and was able to race past her defender and get off a backhanded shot to secure Bowdoin’s 3–2 victory.
BLANK SPACE The women’s soccer team (9–3–1; 4–3–1 NESCAC) earned its second consecutive shutout with a 1–0 win versus Colby College (4–9–0; 0–9–0 NESCAC) on Wednesday. The first half consisted of close chances from forward Samaya Bernardo ’24 and midfielder Isa Quintana ’23.
Skier Aggie Macy’s ’24 fall break—and the following eight days—were full of just about everything except for relaxation. She was among thirteen cross country skiers from all over the country who were selected for the National Elite Group (NEG) run by the United States Ski Team and spent over a week training in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Last Tuesday, the athletic department and the Bowdoin Student Athlete-Advisory Committee (BSAAC) hosted former Division I volleyball player and TED talk speaker Victoria Garrick Browne, who discussed mental health and athletic performance in front of a packed crowd at Kresge Auditorium.
BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES The sailing team finished first, second and tenth overall out of the 13 teams competing at the Hewitt Trophy on Harpswell Sound last weekend. Bowdoin also competed in the Open Atlantic Coast Dinghy Championship against 18 teams and finished third overall to qualify for the Atlantic Coast Championship at the U.S.
This Sunday, the fields surrounding William Farley Field House are expected to be filled with students, alumni and faculty participating in the “Ultimate Mensches” ultimate tournament, hosted by the ultimate frisbee teams in conjunction with Bowdoin Hillel.
On Wednesday, women’s soccer striker Morgan Smiley ’24 became the first Polar Bear to score a goal in four consecutive games since 2013. Since then, she has scored two more goals, bringing her to a team-high total of six goals this season, and she has served as a vital component of the Polar Bears’ 5–1–0 (1–1-0 NESCAC) start.
SHUTOUT SPECTACULAR The field hockey team (4-1; 1-1 NESCAC) earned a 3-0 victory over Wellesley College (3-4) on Wednesday. The game was the third consecutive win and the second consecutive shutout for the Polar Bears. Bowdoin did not allow Wellesley a single shot on goal and took 16 of their own.
Last weekend, the 2-2 (0-0 NESCAC) women’s volleyball team went 1-2 in a string of competitive matches. The Polar Bears fell to Endicott College (5-0) on Friday before splitting two matches on Saturday: defeating Keene State (1-4) and suffering a setback to Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT; 7-1).
TIP YOUR HATS The men’s soccer team defeated the University of New England (UNE) 6-0 on Tuesday, beginning its season with a 1-0-0 record. The Polar Bears outshot the Nor’easters 30-4. Harry Cooper ’22 led the Polar Bears with his first collegiate hat trick, and Charlie Ward ’22, Carlton Steinberg ’24 and Ronaldo Cabral ’25 all chipped in offensively with one goal each.
BRUNSWICK—Women’s soccer opened its season with a 5-0 victory against Saint Joseph’s College (0-3-0) at home on Wednesday. The result was an improvement from last year’s match, which saw the Polar Bears take a 4-2 victory.
Despite being born in Montreal, Canada, much of new men’s hockey Head Coach Ben Guite’s career has been in Maine hockey. After playing and winning a national championship with the University of Maine in 1999, Guite played for the Boston Bruins, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators during his 13 years in the American Hockey League (AHL) and the National Hockey League (NHL).
Center for Multicultural Life hosts year-end celebration for first-generation students at 30 College Street
On Monday, the Center for Multicultural Life hosted an end-of-year celebration for first-generation (first-gen) college students in the backyard of 30 College Street. The students were greeted with Beach Betti’s ice cream whoopie pies, a bubble blowing machine and a sense of community.
GO AHEAD AND JUMP The men’s and women’s track teams put forth impressive performances last weekend in the New England Division III Championship at Williams College. The women’s team ranked fifth of 33 teams, and the men’s team placed 11th out of 31 teams thanks to standout individual efforts from Lydia Pitts ’22, Serena Jonas ’22 and Cheng Xing ’23.
After finishing second in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament and setting a new program record with 16 wins in a single season, the men’s lacrosse team will start its NCAA Division III tournament run this Saturday against Colorado College at Whittier Field.
BRING OUT THE BROOMS Following an impressive 14-1 season, the men’s lacrosse team swept the NESCAC yearly awards for the first time in program and league history. Head Coach Bill Mason won Coach of the Year in his first season with the program, with attacker Donal Mullane ’21 winning Player of the Year and first-year phenom Will Byrne ’24 winning Rookie of the Year to round out the sweep.
Last Thursday and Friday, as the Class of 2026 toured campus and attended information sessions for Bowdoin Bearings Admitted Students Days, athletic recruits were offered an additional glimpse of their first-year experience by meeting their future teammates.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Sexuality, Women and Gender Center (SWAG) hosted a talk with author and activist Alex Myers in honor of Trans Day of Visibility, which was March 31. In the garage of 24 College Street, Myers discussed what it means to be seen as a transgender person, LGBTQ+ representation and his experiences teaching students about gender identity during a casual, intimate conversation with students and faculty.
In a March 3 email, Covid-19 Resource Coordinator Mike Ranen instructed students to pick up an antigen test and take it within twelve hours of traveling back to campus after spring break. However, many students found that the expiration date printed on their test box had already passed.
Six members of the Bowdoin curling team will begin their spring breaks by traveling to Fargo, ND to compete in the USA College Curling Championship from March 11 to 13. Bowdoin enters the tournament ranked 14th out of the 16 teams that qualified.
This past weekend, the women’s hockey team improved their record to 10-8-1 (6-7-1 NESCAC) after splitting their series against the number 7 ranked Trinity College Bantams. Despite taking an early lead, Bowdoin lost 3-1 to Trinity on Friday, February 11th.
While some students spent winter break hitting the ski slopes or catching up on much-needed sleep, Kate McKee ’22 explored Bologna, Italy to learn about spiritual breadmaking. McKee was one of many students who immersed themselves in research or volunteer work thanks to Bowdoin fellowships and grants provided by Bowdoin’s Center for Cocurricular Opportunities.
As the leaves change and the air cools, another fall tradition is returning to campus: “OUTouber.” The month-long celebration, hosted by the Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance (BQSA) and the Sexuality, Women and Gender Center (SWAG), consists of a series of events throughout the month of October honoring National Coming Out Day and LGBTQIA+ acceptance.