Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) met this Wednesday, primarily to review the progress of previously approved mandates before departure for Thanksgiving break next week. 

Vice President for Academic Affairs Jordan Goldberg ’14 discussed an event occurring on campus last night called “Difference at Bowdoin.” 

The event featured two guest speakers, Jeff Cuartas ’14 and H. Roy Partridge, a visiting professor of sociology, and examined difference and diversity on Bowdoin’s campus. Goldberg also noted the success of the ‘Food for Thought’ talks held this past Monday in the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. 

Next, Vice President for Student Affairs, Robo Tavel ’16, discussed the upcoming Men’s Summit to be held today. 

“It’s going to be a really interesting discussion. There’s a professor from Colby coming to give a presentation which will be followed by a dialogue—a conversation of masculinity—and what it means to be a man, both on Bowdoin’s campus and more broadly in society,” said Tavel. 

At-Large Representative Andrew Millar ’16 and Vice-President for Facilities David Levine ’16, both reported general satisfaction with the new course registration system, Polaris, yet mentioned complaints, such as add/drop, or pre-requisite issues. However, Vice President for the Treasury Megan Massa ‘14 was able to explain these difficulties.

“So, what this is right now is not Phase II; this would be the second row on the course card. [On the old course cards] you were never allowed to drop courses between the first row and the second row. What we’re doing now isn’t any different than what we’ve done before,” said Massa. 

Doug Caplan ’15, the Athletic Council representative, discussed the pep rally for this coming Saturday’s home hockey games against Colby. The rally will begin at 5 p.m. at Farley Field House. There will be food available and a bar for those over 21. 

Caplan also mentioned that, for those who were not able to secure tickets last week, some tickets will be available at the door. 

“People should wear all black [at the pep rally]. We’re starting a new tradition of bringing pots, pans and utensils to just make a ton of noise,” said Caplan. “We’re also working on blocking off student sections at both ends to intimidate Colby.”

BSG President Sarah Nelson ’14 finished off the meeting by recommending that BSG members attend the two Active Bystander trainings; the second will take place Friday afternoon from 1:15 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

“It will be geared towards discussion concerning potential incidents. A lot of great things have happened in the past, it’s really well attended, and was really fabulous. These events are quite serious, and are incredibly valuable in that you’ll learn how to step up as a leader in such situations,” said Nelson. 

Class of 2016 representative Michael Colbert also mentioned positive reviews of the “We Stand with You” photo display in Smith Union.