The 2018-19 fiscal year marks the first time that colleges will be subject to a tax on endowment returns as a result of a provision in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. This provision applies a 1.4 percent excise tax on the net investment income of college endowments greater than $500,000 per student.
Bowdoin’s endowment posted a 10.9 percent return on the fiscal year that ended on June 30—a performance second nationally only to that of Brown University’s endowment, which delivered a 12.4 percent return. The return was lower than last year’s of 15.7 percent return.
Last weekend, College Houses hosted their annual house crawl. This time, however, something was noticeably different: there was less alcohol. Though the College’s policy regarding parties has not changed since last year, the volume of alcohol allowed at College House events has been reduced.
In a talk aptly named “Inequality and the Injustice of Poverty” on Tuesday night, President and CEO of Oxfam America Abigail Maxman challenged her audience of around three dozen students and professors in Kresge Auditorium to consider the challenge that these two forces pose today.
Last night, Bowdoin students, faculty and community members huddled together in Kresge Auditorium to listen to Professor of English Brock Clarke’s inaugural lecture as the A. Leroy Greason Professor of English. Clarke’s talk, titled “What the Cold Can Teach Us,” focused less on inclement weather itself but instead on Clarke’s own experiences and obsessions and their influence on him as a writer.
As the government shutdown drags on for more than a month, it has begun to affect scientific research on campus, already forcing some faculty and students to adjust their plans. “The shutdown has definitely affected my ability to do collaborative projects,” said Patsy Dickinson, Josiah Little professor of natural sciences.
When I was looking at colleges, I placed a very particular (almost unreasonable) emphasis on the weather. I wasn’t looking for anything perfect; rather I wanted something different. The weather in Los Angeles always seemed too sunny and perfect—in fact the weather in California is so perfect that we have a perpetual problem with droughts.
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named Kate Kerrigan ’18 the WBCA Division III Player of the Year after an exceptional season. Kerrigan joins Eileen Flaherty ’07 as only the second Bowdoin player to receive this award.
Sometime on the week of March 5, the Office of Safety and Security will hold its first ever on-campus lockdown drill, during which all campus buildings will be locked and inaccessible with OneCards. Although this drill comes shortly after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Associate Director of Safety and Security Dave Profit said that this drill has been planned for months and was not influenced by the event.
The women’s hockey team (10-8-3, NESCAC 4-7-3) scored a 5-4 victory against Connecticut College (14-4-4, NESCAC 9-2-3) last weekend. Prior to facing the Polar Bears, the Camels were ranked No. 2 in the league and had only suffered one conference loss against No.
Former Bowdoin Nordic skier Kaitlynn Miller ’14 has been named to the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team and is set to participate in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea. Upon completion, she joins only seven other Bowdoin alumni who have participated in the Olympics.
Last week, the Career Planning Center (CPC) and Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) announced a new initiative called “Just the Facts,” an attempt by both groups to better inform students of the career resources and opportunities available to them on campus, while also demystifying and debunking common misconceptions about the role of the CPC and its priorities.
After keeping a low profile for many years, the Bowdoin equestrian team has decided to use this time to rebuild and refocus the team’s effort on increasing its organization, skills, and accessibility. The equestrian team has kept a relatively low profile in previous years—preferring to remain a smaller group of students that worked closely together.
Men’s tennis doubles team Luke Tercek ’18 and Grant Urken ’19 performed spectacularly well at the ITA-Oracle Cup in Rome, Georgia last Saturday. Tercek and Urken soundly defeated duos from Emory and Skidmore before falling to Tyler Raclin and Jeremy Yuan of Chicago in the finals.
The College has joined the American Talent Initiative (ATI), a group of 68 elite colleges and institutions that have agreed to work together and share resources, in an effort to create opportunities for low and moderate-income students.
The Bowdoin volleyball team opened its season with a hard-fought 3-2 win over the University of Southern Maine (3-1) on Wednesday. The exciting five-set matchup put an end to the Huskies’ three-game win streak, and the team hopes to capitalize on this victory as it heads into a three-game weekend.
After an incredible performance at Regionals at Dartmouth last weekend, the Bowdoin equestrian team had its first rider in at least four years qualify for the next level of competition. Captain Carly Lappas ’17 took second place in intermediate jumping and qualified to advance to the larger and more competitive Zone 1 championships, which will be held at Mount Holyoke tomorrow.
After suffering an incredibly close 49-44 loss to Tufts last Saturday, the women’s basketball team secured an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III tournament to keep its season alive. This will be Bowdoin’s 17th NCAA tournament appearance, and despite the team’s shortcomings in NESCAC playoffs, the team is hopeful about its prospects against SUNY New Paltz this weekend.