In their first meeting of the semester, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) authorized funding for Winter Weekend and announced plans to sponsor viewings of the Olympic Games. 

The Winter Weekend motion—proposed by the Executive Committee—included approximately $200 for advertising, $1,325 for Campus Food Truck to be provided both at the Ladd House Blizzard Bash and prior to basketball games, and $354.25 for cups that will be given away at the Blizzard Bash. The proposal passed unanimously.

A revival of a tradition dating back to the 1920s, Winter Weekend 2014 started with the Entertainment Board’s hypnotist on Thursday night and will continue through Saturday night, culminating with the Cold War Party, hosted by MacMillan House and Quinby House. The BSG, E-Board, Inter-House Council (IHC), Alcohol Team (A-Team), Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC), and Class Councils are all sponsoring various events for the weekend 

BSG President Sarah Nelson ’14 noted that the BSG will be sponsoring numerous showings of the Olympic Games in Jack McGee’s Pub & Grill. Originally, BSG was only responsible for paying for posters to advertise the showings, but this year it will also be funding a small food giveaway at the pub. 

According to Nelson, funding the pub food giveaway may involve “dipping into some or all of the food budget for debate.”

BSG expressed concern regarding the underutilization of the BSG-sponsored Brunswick Taxi service. This service operates Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays after 10 p.m. and offers to take students within one mile of campus, free of charge.

“This is the same as calling your SafeRide,” said Nelson. “It’s being underutilized to the point where we may lose money.”

Nelson speculated that students may be under the impression that they are required to tip the taxi drivers which is untrue. BSG plans on sending out a personalized email to students who reside farther from campus to remind them about the availability of the taxi service.