New student group focuses on racial diversity in athletics
A lack of racial diversity on Bowdoin’s athletic teams has prompted the creation of a support and discussion group for student athletes of color.
Hannah Cooke ’18 has been one of the people involved in creating programming surrounding race on teams since last semester. She spearheaded the creation of the group, which hopes to provide a space for athletes to discuss their experiences and the meaning of diversity in sports.
Student athletes of color are underrepresented in the Bowdoin community, which can shape those students’ experiences significantly as well as affect the way teams are viewed on campus.
“I felt like I could make an impact by bringing people of color together to talk about their experiences because I know mine is not the same as everyone’s,” said Cooke. “While I love my team and they’re some of my best friends, there’s still three people of color on the basketball team. My first year I was the only one, then my second year there were two and now there’s three, and every year it’s been a different experience because of that.”
According to Cooke, athletic teams are unique social spaces on campus for several reasons. Athletes do not choose their teammates, yet they are locked into spending hours every week with them due to the large time commitments practices demand. It is also essential for athletes to have positive relationships with their teammates, which can make bringing up sensitive topics like race difficult.
“The relationships between you and your teammates are so precious and mean so much to the success of the team and to your happiness, a lot of the time it does make you act a particular way or let things go,” said Cooke. “It’s just a really interesting space that I thought needed to be explored more than it was, especially because there are some teams that don’t have any people of color—how do we get teams like that thinking about the presence they have on campus?”
Cooke said that because of her background in a mixed family—her father is black and from Jamaica and her mother is white and from Connecticut—she is very used to talking about race. But she realizes that this might not be the case for other people. Cooke also said that a lot of people who quit athletic teams are people of color.
“I have friends that I know specifically left sports teams because of reasons related [to race], and it’s those stories that I want people to hear,” she said. “Not just people who are on the teams but people who left and what it meant to them and why they had to make that decision was something that was really important to me.”
Cooke is also helping to organize a panel on race in athletics for the whole athletic department as part of the “Winning Together: Intersections between Race and Athletics” program that was started last year.
Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan acknowledged the importance of having diverse athletic teams and said that more work needs to be done to make teams more racially diverse. The athletic department declined to share the exact racial makeup of the teams, but it is clear that athletes of color are underrepresented relative to the rest of the student body.
“The more closely our athletic programs mirror the greater student body, that’s only going to be a positive thing,” Ryan said. “And when you think about conversations that take place on our campus and every campus across the country about issues of a potential divide between people who are on teams and people who are not on teams, when teams are reflective of the greater campus community, I think that helps to alleviate some challenges that may develop along those lines.”
Along with supporting efforts by Cooke and others to support student athletes of color, the athletic department is also actively looking to bring more diversity to its teams, according to Ryan.
“We are being very proactive in looking to identify students who may have an interest in Bowdoin, who may have an interest in participating in one of our athletic programs and a student who would also be able to bring additional diversity to our entire campus community but to our athletic programs as well,” said Ryan.
“We have been fortunate with some adjustments to the recruiting guidelines in our conference [that give] greater flexibility to coaches to cast a wider net across the country in terms of areas they’re able to recruit in [and] the financial resources that we have to support coaches in those efforts,” he added.
Masque & Gown's 'Blown Youth' puts women on center stage
The Masque and Gown mainstage welcomed several new members last night as it debuted Dipika Guha’s 2015 play, "Blown Youth." The cast of the production is all women, the majority of whom are women of color and the rest of whom are OutPeers. It is entirely composed of people who have never been in a Masque and Gown show.
Bringing more kinds of people into Bowdoin’s theater community is a focus for director Mackenzie Schafer ’19. This was reflected in her selection of "Blown Youth" when applying to direct the Masque and Gown spring production, as well as the decisions she made casting the production.
“There hasn’t been a single person of color in a Masque and Gown show since I’ve been on campus,” said Schafer. “I could feel the frustration of different friends who feel like they weren’t getting cast because there were no roles for them because the shows that kept getting selected were, like, white family dramas that were very heteronormative.”
While the process of finding the perfect show was neither easy nor quick, Schafer is looking forward to showing "Blown Youth" at Bowdoin.
“It took me so long to find the show, but I was really excited to find it because it offered a lot of roles for different types of people,” she said. “I feel like so many people are so underrepresented in theater, especially people of color and queer people. I also thought that we had a really strong community of actresses on campus and I really wanted to showcase that.”
"Blown Youth" tells the story of seven women living in and around an all-female intentional community. The play is divided into three parts: one with the characters five years out of college, another with them in their 30s and a third section that is a flashback to their time in college. According to Guha’s website, the play asks “what happens to the universe if a woman is at its center.”
At its core, "Blown Youth" is about the experiences of women navigating the world as real, complicated, multidimensional people.
Sophie Sadovnikoff ’19 plays Celia, an aspiring actress who, despite her passion for it, cannot act. She goes to auditions, but never makes it into the casting room, always running out before her name is called.
“The three phrases I use to describe [Celia’s] story are ambition, mental illness and loss,” said Sadovnikoff. “That is a lot of the work I’m doing in the show. It’s telling the story of a person who is overcome by mental illness and wasn’t able to achieve the things she wanted to.”
The show deals with many heavy and timely themes, which the cast has spent a lot of time discussing, but the rehearsal process has remained positive.
“It’s been a tiring experience—there are some really intense moments in the show. I think our cast does a really good job of turning it on when we’re working and turning it off when we don’t need to be,” said Sadovnikoff. “We have a lot of fun together as a cast, we spend a lot of time kind of goofing off and singing and being weird, and I think that lightness and energy to the cast has really helped keep us out of a place where we’re constantly in our heads.”
The cast of "Blown Youth" contains several members who have not acted at Bowdoin—or at all. This has presented challenges but also opportunities for the cast to grow together and learn from each other.
“It’s definitely changed things, but in such an exciting way," said Aziza Janmohamed ’19, who plays Margaret in the show. "It’s really fun to get people who have never done it before because they have these new and different perspectives that you may not have and I think one of the most helpful things for me has been the questions that they ask ... With them especially, it’s been really fun to watch them and help them and have them help me also. There’s an honest connection there.”
Schafer and other members of Masque and Gown worked hard to recruit a diverse group of people for auditions, which ultimately gave them the flexibility to cast the show in the way they did. Having brought new people into Bowdoin’s theater community, and a play to campus unlike many of the other ones that have been produced, the question now is how to keep the momentum going.
“I think it’s really important for the theater community at Bowdoin to continue to keep these really open minds and to continue to look for different stories and unique perspectives that may or may not be told. That doesn’t mean you can’t do what’s been done in the past. There’s something really great about older playwrights and the things they have to say, because those are stories too, but then also looking for new things,” said Janmohamed.
The cast of "Blown Youth" is excited for their run and for what the show means for campus.
“It’s so many firsts in so many ways. It’s all women, written by a woman of color, directed by a woman, we all are sort of going through this new pathway and I hope it’s a trend that continues. Not just for Masque and Gown but for theater at Bowdoin in general,” said Janmohamed. “It’s nice to be able to bring this story to the forefront and be like, this is what’s happening, we’re here, we also live in this world and we’re here to tell our stories.”
"Blown Youth" will be performed tonight and tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater. Tickets are $1 for students and $3 for non-students and are available at the David Saul Smith Union Info Desk.
Elite school, wealthy students
Percentage of students receiving aid remains flat while comprehensive fees and aid packages steadily increase
Despite having a significantly larger endowment and spending more on financial aid, Bowdoin is not admitting significantly more students who receive financial aid. This has been the status quo at Bowdoin for the past 15 years. In 2002, roughly 40 percent of the student body received aid. In 2006, it was still 40 percent. As of the fall of 2016, 44 percent of the student body receives financial aid, meaning that over the past 15 years, the percentage of the student body receiving financial aid has increased by only 4 percentage points.
A study from the Equality of Opportunity Project republished in the New York Times last week laid bare the socioeconomic composition of the Bowdoin student body. The report shows 20 percent of the Bowdoin student body comes from the top 1 percent of the income spectrum (family income greater than aprox $630,000 per year,) which is more students than there are in the bottom three income quintiles combined. 69 percent of students' family incomes fall in the top quintile of the national income distribution, meaing their family made more than aprox. $110,000 per year. Only 3.8 percent of students come from the bottom 20 percent (families who made less than aprox. $20,000 per year).
The study also revealed that the financial composition of the student body did not change significantly over the period it addressed (between 1998 and 2009). According to data from the College’s common data set and Office of Institutional Research and Consulting, the percentage of students receiving financial aid remained at roughly 45 percent of the student body from 2008 to 2015.
Since 2008, Bowdoin’s endowment per student has increased at an average rate of 3.8 percent per year reaching $1.5 million per student in 2015. Its average financial aid grant has increased at an average rate of 3.2 percent per year, but the College’s comprehensive fee increased at a similar average rate of 3.2 percent per year.
These numbers raise significant questions about the effectiveness of the College’s need-blind admissions policy (which has been in place for over 15 years) in actively creating socioeconomically diverse classes. They also indicate that the school’s ever increasing comprehensive fee is at odds with this mission.
Bowdoin regularly talks about diversity as a priority and socioeconomic diversity is a big part of this. The College has made real steps over this period, such as eliminating loans as an aspect of financial aid packages in 2008 under former President Barry Mills and dropping the application fee for first-generation and financial aid-seeking applicants in 2016.
President Clayton Rose confirmed this mission and his desire to build more socioeconomic diversity, but argued that maintaining a roughly steady level of financial aid recipients itself has taken work.
“The steady state of students who are attending elite schools who come from the low economic strata suggests that there’s been some real work that’s kept that number at that level and I think that our experience bears that out. I think we’ve worked really hard to make that happen and a number of our peer schools, perhaps all of them, have as well. And I think the fruit of that is that we’ve been able to keep that steady.”
Both Rose and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Whitney Soule defended the College’s need-blind admissions policy.
“I would say that being need-blind is a huge opportunity for this college,” said Soule. “To put the emphasis on going out to find the students who have the qualities that we’re seeking and look at them as people and to be going through a recruitment and selection process that is separating them from need. And I think it’s an incredibly important value.”
Soule also said that the need-blind process actually does create socioeconomically diverse classes.
“We are not placing investigation or emphasis on [socioeconomic diversity] on a particular application. How much does the student need? But by being need-blind, it naturally is setting our admit decisions across the array of the socioeconomic strata.”
While the College does enroll students from across the socioeconomic spectrum, the newly published data indicate that it enrolls a disproportionate number of students from the high end of the income spectrum.
Rose emphasized the structural factors that prevent Bowdoin from creating socioeconomically diverse classes.
“Our challenge—and we know this is true and the study reinforces it—our challenge and every school’s challenge is that the number of low income students that apply to elite schools is lower than it should be.”
Soule added that often, students lower on the income spectrum are not thinking about and not prepared for elite schools like Bowdoin.
“If you think about the country at large and much of education ... there’s public funding in every state that educates most of our young people,” she said. “And the disparity of the quality of education, across resources—that also plays out in preparation for higher ed and who’s thinking about going to a school like Bowdoin and how we find those students.”
Soule and Rose both emphasized that admissions outreach and recruiting has a big effect on who applies to Bowdoin and is the primary tool the school uses to attract lower income students. The more lower-income students that become aware of Bowdoin, the more that apply and the more the College is able to admit.
Every year, Bowdoin sends its 14 admissions officers across the country to meet with prospective applicants at high schools and college fairs. Last year, they visited 450 schools. Sending them to areas of socioeconomic diversity is a priority.
Admissions employs various methods to attract lower-income students including partnering with community based college-prep organizations so that more lower income students are aware of Bowdoin and traveling with groups of admissions counselors from other peer schools like Pomona and Swarthmore.
Soule said that for the past three years she has abandoned the practice of taking a two-week trip to New York City where she would hold a series of information sessions with students at specific schools, many of them private. Instead, for the past three years, the admissions team has held a few information session nights and invited students from across the city.
She says this gets prospective students who are lower on the income spectrum in the room with a more diverse range of applications and helps them see themselves in the context of a more diverse Bowdoin rather than the more limited applicant pool that might show up to an information session at any given school.
“What it does is it brings a lot of people into a room, often with a lot more kids and their parents from all over the city from different boroughs and from completely different kinds of high schools. And when you sit in that room and look around at the people who are interested in Bowdoin, that’s what our prospect pool is, so that’s been really effective.”
This is a strategy Soule hopes to employ in other cities in the future.
The steady increase in the cost of college is a factor that works against its ability to provide access to lower-income students. As the cost of college goes up, so does the amount of financial aid required to send a student to Bowdoin. If rate of growth of financial aid grants does not exceed the rate of tuition growth, the financial aid dollars available to distribute will only cover roughly the same number of students.
Addressing the increasing cost of college is a priority for Rose.
“We’re going through serious exercises to understand our budget, to take out whatever fat—fat isn’t even the word because there’s no fat in it—but really making tough choices about where we’re going to spend our money,” he said.
Currently, roughly 64 percent of the budget goes to payroll and 36 percent of the budget goes to operations. Rose said touching payroll is not an option and that the focus of his budget review will be on the 34 percent that is dedicated to operations.
According to Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Matt Orlando, the budget office has implemented a new practice this budget season that requires departments to justify every expenditure in their budgets and presumes a 0 percent growth rate rather than the traditional 2-4 percent increase.
Orlando said the practice is aimed at slowing the growth of departmental budgets and identifying areas of spending that may no longer be priorities.
Still, some of the increasing cost is tied to inflation—around 2-3 percent currently—and is likely inevitable.
Bowdoin’s performance in admitting students from lower on the income spectrum does not compare poorly to its peer schools.
Jordan Richmond ’16, who worked on the Equality of Opportunity project as a predoctoral fellow with Stanford economics professor Raj Chetty, said that one of the study’s key findings is that across the board, the percentage of poor students at elite schools has remained the same over the course of the study, from 1998 to 2009.
Despite expressing support for a socioeconomically diverse class, Rose believes that a student body that reflects an equal distribution across the income spectrum of the country is not realistic and is not Bowdoin’s mission.
“The idea that we should look like the country—I think that’s unrealistic in that not every student is prepared for Bowdoin and many students from low-income backgrounds are engaged in educational experiences in junior high and high and grammar school which leave them ill-prepared. Our job is to find all those great students, if we can, that have the ability to do the work here and get them to apply to Bowdoin,” he said.
“The real thing, I think, to take away from all of this is that how you interpret your results totally depends on what you think the goals of a college are and what our model of education should aim to accomplish,” said Richmond.
Gideon Moore contributed to this report.
No new cases of mumps reported
No additional cases of mumps have been confirmed at Bowdoin in the last week. The all-clear date—which is when unvaccinated students can come out of exclusion—remains December 11. Mid Coast Health Services has not confirmed any cases of mumps in the Brunswick area outside of those at the College, according to Director of Health Services Jeffrey Maher. There are still cases of mumps at several other NESCAC schools.
“It seems like it’s sort of smoldering along from campus to campus,” said Maher. “We’ve been lucky here—this is a smaller campus, so it’s been fittingly a smaller outbreak.”
This year, there has been an increase of mumps cases nationwide, particularly on college campuses. As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 3,832 cases in 45 states and Washington D.C. There were 1,329 cases in 2015.
Two new cases of mumps reported
Two new cases of mumps were diagnosed on November 22 and 23, bringing the total number of cases since November 1 to seven, according to Director of Health Services Jeffrey Maher. Both infected students were vaccinated, and both have completed their five days of isolation and are no longer contagious. The new all clear date, through which unvaccinated students are required to remain in exclusion, is December 11.
Editor's note, Thursday, December 8, 9:24: This article has been updated to correct a misspelling in the headline.
No new cases of mumps reported
No new cases of mumps have been diagnosed by Bowdoin Health Services or by Mid Coast Medical Group since November 7. All five students who were diagnosed with mumps are no longer contagious and are out of isolation. Unless another case occurs, students who are not immunized can return from exclusion on November 25, 18 days after the onset of symptoms from the most recent mumps case.
Director of Health Services Jeffery Maher said that while there is some concern about students who may still be carrying the virus spreading it to other places over Thanksgiving break, the likelihood of the situation escalating is small.
“The reality of all mumps outbreaks is that the vaccinated herd in the world keeps mumps outbreaks from generally spreading to larger populations,” he said. “The world is pretty safe from the mumps in places where there are intact public health services.”
J-Board reports 11 academic honor violations from same course
The 2015-2016 Judicial Board Report to the Community revealed 22 Academic Honor Code violations—a notable increase from previous years—and included the largest number of related cases in over 17 years. Eleven students were accused of academic dishonesty in the same course over two semesters and across multiple sections of the class.
According to a student involved in the cases, the course that brought forward the violations was Introduction to Computer Science. Last year, sections of the course were taught by Professor of Computer Science Eric Chown, Assistant Professor of Computer Science Sean Barker, Visiting Associate Professor of Computer Science Clare Bates Congdon and Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer Science Allen Harper. The Dean’s Office declined to comment on which professor served as the complainant and which department brought the charges forward.
All 11 students in the related computer science cases were charged with “giving, receiving or using unauthorized assistance on quizzes, tests, written assignments, examinations or laboratory assignments.” Some of the students were also charged with “submission of work not a student’s own original effort.” The cases did not all involve the same assignment. According to Associate Dean for Upperclass Students and Judicial Board Advisor Lesley Levy, five students were accused of giving unauthorized assistance and five were accused of receiving unauthorized assistance. Additionally, one student was charged with both.
All but one of the students charged were eventually found responsible. Sanctions from the Judicial Board (J-Board) included combinations of judicial reprimands, community service, reduction of course grades and one and two semester suspensions. Longer suspensions were suggested in cases involving dishonesty or deception in the J-Board process.
Five students involved in the related cases appealed their sanctions with the Student Appeals and Grievances Committee. All appeals were denied. Additionally, one student’s sanctions were changed from a one-year suspension to indefinite suspension without guarantee of readmission after that student was found to have purposely falsified information to the J-Board and the Student Appeals and Grievances Committee.
Assignments are often checked by a software program called MOSS (Measure of Software Similarity). It flags submissions if they appear similar to other entries in the system, and is routinely used in the computer science department, but its results are not treated as absolutes.
“You would never have a process where you would simply rely on a degree of similarity output that would say, ‘Oh there’s an 82 percent or a 96 percent or a 25 percent degree of similarity here,’” Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster said. “You have a process that allows you to carefully examine that, that’s before it would even come to us. The first thing you would hope would happen with [MOSS] or any number of these other products is that a faculty member will put his or her eyes on these work products to then say, ‘OK, what’s the degree of similarity here. Is it appropriate or not?’”
The College does not mandate the use of MOSS or other plagiarism-detection software, instead leaving the decision to use such methods up to individual departments and faculty members.
The computer science department generally considers verbal collaboration acceptable, but does not allow written or electronic work to be shared.
In its annual report, the J-Board also listed two allegations of social code violations, both stemming from a verbal and physical altercation. Both students were found responsible and were issued judicial reprimands.
Additionally, the Sexual Misconduct Board noted five instances of sexual misconduct violations reported to Title IX Coordinator Benje Douglas. In three of these cases, the complainant chose to move forward with an informal resolution. In one, the respondent resigned from the college during the investigation process. In another, the investigator found insufficient evidence to find the respondent responsible for the charges.
J-Board hearings regarding academic violations are heard by a committee of three students and two professors. Cases involving social code violations are heard by five students.
“The board is meant to be a committee of peers of not only students but also of, in academic cases, the professors who bring the cases before the board,” said Judicial Board Chair Mike Pun. “[In] social cases, there isn’t really a professor involved and the students’ perspective is really valued a lot more. The professors don’t know what it’s like to be a student … whereas for an academic case we really want students to be able to serve as peers for the respondent and the possible witnesses involved, but we also want professors to be able to serve as peers to other professors.”
Foster said he is not concerned that the increase in academic honor violations this year represents a larger trend.
“I will be surprised if based on what happens this past year we see some new normal with an increase in the number of cases. I think this will probably lead people to be much more mindful of the work that they’re submitting,” he said.
Editor's note, Friday, October 14, 11:05 am: This article has been updated to correct a misstatement about the original sanction given to the student involved in the computer science case who appealed their suspension and subsequently had their suspension increased. The original sanction was a one year , not one semester.
Over 50 faculty up for leave in ’17-’18
College faces difficult task in supporting sabbatical for record number of professors.
Over 50 professors are eligible to go on leave for the 2017-18 academic year. Although not all faculty eligible for leave will necessarily take it, Bowdoin could face a year with significantly more visiting faculty as many tenure and tenure-track professors go on sabbatical. In the last five years, the number of faculty on leave has never exceeded 34. The jump in eligibility for leave is partially coincidental and partially due to faculty postponing their leave from previous years.
Faculty become eligible for leave for a variety of reasons. Junior faculty are granted leave after they are reappointed and become tenure track. Newly tenured faculty are also eligible for leave.
Additionally, a 2008 Mellon Grant, which is now fully endowed, enabled the College to reduce the time between regular sabbaticals for tenured professors from every seven years to every six years. According to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs James Higginbotham, the College sought this grant in response to a demonstrated need to provide more opportunities for faculty to conduct research and participate in other intellectual development.
“If you do straight math, [the Mellon grant] should only increase the number of faculty [eligible for leave] in any given year by a small amount,” said Higginbotham. “There was the combination of that effect—which would take us probably normally from the mid-30s up to the low 40s which is something that we can manage—[and] faculty members that had decided for various reasons to postpone. That created a configuration where for the year 2017-18 and even 2018-19 we have some clustering.”
Faculty can request postponement of their leave or take their leave earlier if they feel it would better align with their academic pursuits. For instance, 45 faculty were eligible for leave for 2016-17, but 14 opted to postpone, so 31 are currently on leave. The Office of Academic Affairs must approve all postponement requests.
When faculty are approved for leave, the College pays them full salary for one semester, or half salary for a full year. Faculty can apply for other sources of funding, both internal or external.
Faculty leave does create a resource strain, as the College has to pay the faculty members on leave as well as their replacements. Interim Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon said that the Office of the Dean of Academic Affairs may be faced with a situation where it is unable to support all the faculty who wish to take leave, although it hopes to avoid such a scenario.
“Faculty eligibility is one thing, and ideally, all faculty who are eligible would be able to go on leave,” she said. “But we’re facing record numbers of faculty being eligible for leave, so we have to figure out what that means.”
In addition to the strain that faculty leave puts on resources, leave also places a burden on the campus community that is harder to numerically define.
“Even with the best visiting faculty members, they come in and put their courses on the books [and] students don’t know who they are, so the courses are sometimes under enrolled, and it takes any faculty member time to adjust to a new culture,” said Higginbotham. “The way courses are taught at Bowdoin and the way that we need to work with students are different from almost any institution that we compare ourselves to.”
Although the number may change due to faculty deciding to postpone their leave, at the time of publishing, 51 faculty members are eligible for leave next year. The deadline for faculty to apply for leave is October 1.
Higginbotham said he could not reveal the breakdown of faculty eligible for leave by department, but several departments have the potential to lose more faculty than others.
“There are departments that have maybe four members and three of them are eligible for leave,” he said.
Going forward, Higginbotham said he hopes the amount of professors going on leave will stabilize at around 40 per year. He is expecting 44 or 45 faculty on leave for 2018-19, but he said that number could rise if faculty postpone due to this year’s abundance of eligibility.
“The best thing we can do is try to spread things out a little bit, and the next time they come up hopefully we’re not dealing with the same type of bubble,” he said.
BSG Elections: Class council election results
Nunoo '17 and Agarwal '20 win presidencies
In an email to the Orient Sunday night, Vice President for Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) Affairs, Reed Fernandez '17 announced the results of the class council elections for the first year and senior classes. There was a tie for the second Class Representative to the BSG for the Class of 2020. A 24 hour runoff election will be held tomorrow. Three hundred and sixty-six seniors and 399 first years participated in the vote, 73% and 77% of senior and first year classes respectively.2017 Class Council
PresidentEsther Nunoo: 128-WinnerJustin J. Pearson: 108Rebecca Fisher: 81Andrew Cawley: 47
Vice PresidentEllie Quenzer: 260-WinnerDanny Mejia: 99
TreasurerSamantha Hoegle: 243-WinnerHossam Hamdan: 109
Class Representative to the BSGSpencer Shagoury: 276-WinnerAnnie Glenn: 320- Winner2020 Class Council
PresidentShani Agarwal: 120-WinnerRamya Chengalvala: 96Angel Ramirez: 73Brendan Pulsifer: 65Chris Brown: 16Matthew Swiatek: 16
Vice PresidentSalim Salim: 139-WinnerLuis Miguel Guerrero: 88Ian Culnane: 66Julio Palencia: 58Damini Singh: 44
Treasurer Ben Hopkins: 124-WinnerJohn Penek: 89Jouya Mahmoudi: 63Eddie Korando: 62Jhadha King: 46
Class Representatives to the BSGNathanael DeMoranville: 120-WinnerLeah Matari: 106- TieBeatrice Cabrera: 106- TieRuilin Yang: 94Ben Bousquet: 93Lauren Elliott: 80Jeong-yoon Kim: 77
Editor's note September 25, 9:55: This article has been updated to correct an incorrect name. The Class of 2017 Representatives to the BSG are Spencer Shagoury and Annie Glenn.
Bath man sentenced in ‘peeping Tom’ case
Stephen L. McIntire, a 56 year-old Bath resident, was sentenced yesterday to 16 months in state prison. McIntire was arrested last December after taking photos and videos of female Bowdoin students through their windows. The incidents took place in both Bowdoin-owned and off-campus housing during the fall 2015 semester.
In June, McIntire pleaded guilty to two counts of misdemeanor violation of privacy. Five additional counts were dismissed under the terms of a plea agreement, according to the Bangor Daily News. He will serve the sentence on top of a 33 month sentence he is currently serving for a similar incident at Hyde School in Bath.
McIntire was convicted of gross sexual assault in 1997 and was on probation for peeping in the windows of Hyde School when he committed the violations of privacy against Bowdoin students. As a result, his probation was revoked and he will serve a total of 49 months. He will be eligible for release in February 2018.
Thorne ’57, Warren leave legacy of humble generosity
The College lost two valued members of its community and giants in its history when Frederick G. P. Thorne ’57 H ’05, and Harry K. Warren passed away over the summer.
Thorne will be remembered as a kind, perceptive and generous man, who saw the College through many important transitions. He served as an overseer or trustee during the tenures of five Bowdoin presidents, and was chair of the board of trustees from 1996 to 1999. He also led two presidential search committees. While he gave his opinions—and stood by them—he never resisted change when he saw the benefit for the college that he loved.
“He was a really remarkable guy,” said former President Barry Mills. “Some people as they get older can get sort of set in their ways, they don’t understand changing times, but Fred was a leader at Bowdoin through all of the transitions that the college has gone through. He never got locked into the past—he was always thinking about the future. Whether it was fraternity issues or coeducation or gender equity, or access and affordability, when those issues became important at the college, Fred bought [into them] and was a leader.”
“When the hard jobs were required to be done and he was on watch, he stepped up and led the College in a really remarkable way,” said President Clayton Rose.
Senior Vice President for Investments Paula Volent met Thorne when she interviewed for a job at Bowdoin. She recalled Thorne as a generous spirit and said his genuine passion and knack for investing greatly benefited the College. She also remembers him as a deeply personable and influential mentor.
“He was an amazing gentleman—sort of old-school,” said Volent. “I have all these beautiful handwritten notes he wrote to me on beautiful stationery that say thank you for something. He was just an amazing person.”
Thorne’s devotion to the College was unconditional and he never sought public recognition for his gifts. When the College was facing a dire financial situation under former President Robert Edwards and Dayton Arena’s refrigeration system broke, Thorne quietly paid for repairs. Edwards did not learn it was Thorne who had taken care of the hockey rink’s problem until months later.
Warren arrived at the College in 1965 and held a variety of responsibilities: director of Moulton Union, director of career counseling and placement and career services, coordinator of summer programs, secretary of the board of overseers and secretary of the College. Even after his retirement, Warren continued his involvement in the lives of many members of the Bowdoin community.
“[He was] a very gracious person [and] always made people feel comfortable. For many years he was secretary of the College which meant that he acknowledged gifts to the College with a personal handwritten note,” said Secretary of Development and College Relations John Cross ’76. “For a lot of people he was the point of contact once they graduated with what was going on at Bowdoin.”
Warren ran the job placement bureau at the College and liked to say that he got Stanley Druckenmiller ’75 his first “real” job—running the billiards room in Moulton Union.
Warren graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a accomplished football player. Although he did not attend Bowdoin, his dedication to the College is unquestionable. Warren and his wife Judith Dickson were always willing to open their home to students. They hosted international students during vacations and were known to drive students to the airport to make sure they made their flights.
“He’s just quite simply one of the great human beings of this world—a completely selfless person who just has connected with so many people,” said Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster. “As you think about your own life you think about the number of people whose lives he’s touched in different ways.”
“The job that Harry did writing acknowledgement letters was the job that my father had done for 41 years, and then Harry did it, and now I’m doing that same job,” said Cross. “I do remember my father always said that there was only one other person he felt at Bowdoin who could do that job when he retired and it was Harry... He was very much an interpersonal contact person.”
Though they existed in two very different spheres of Bowdoin, both Warren and Thorne will be remembered for their selflessness, graciousness and quiet yet deep devotion to the college.
“All the stuff they did they didn’t do it thumping their chests; they did it because of this devotion and not to seek attention but because they felt it was the right thing to do and because they cared about other people,” said Foster. “In totally different ways, these are two giants of Bowdoin.”
Both of these longstanding pillars in Bowdoin’s community embodied connection to place, one of the College’s key values. Their influence will remain strong, as they leave behind legacies of kindness, humility and devotion to the common good. It is fitting that every day, Bowdoin students pass through places that carry their names: Thorne Hall and the Warren Dining Room in Moulton Union.
Men's tennis claims National Championship with 5-0 win over Middlebury
The Bowdoin Men’s Tennis Team capped off a record-breaking season with a resounding 5-0 victory over Middlebury in the NCAA Division III Championship. Wednesday's win at Kalamazoo College is the first national championship for the program, and the first title for a Bowdoin men’s team. The team took a 3-0 lead coming out of the doubles round and got a win from Co-Captain Luke Trinka ’16 before Middlebury player Hamid Derbani was unable to return the serve of Gil Roddy ’18, giving the Polar Bears the victory.
“It’s surreal. It’s not going to hit me and I don’t think it’s going to hit any of the guys for a while. It was just such an amazing moment, and for us, thinking nine months back in September when we made our goals, we knew we could be a good team, but no one on our team thought that a National Title was a certainty or anything like that,” said Co-Captain Chase Savage ’16. “We knew there was a lot of hard work ahead, but to be holding that trophy on Wednesday and to be surrounded by friends and family and to get all the support we got, it’s surreal.”
The win is especially cherished as Middlebury had defeated the Polar Bears twice before in this season, one of those times in the NESCAC final.
“For us to beat Middlebury in the national championship after they beat us twice this year, to be able to do it on the national stage is so special,” said Savage “They’re an unbelievable program, so for us to beat a team like that is just a little cherry on top of that ice cream sundae.”
Head Coach Conor Smith echoed Savage’s sentiments.
“It’s phenomenal. It makes things that much sweeter. It’s awesome to have won the national championship, and to have done it against Middlebury makes it just that much more epic,” he said. “They’re a team that has had our number for sure, not even just this year but the preceding years, last year they ended our year, so to be able to do it this year on this stage against them makes it that much better.”
Though no team expects to win a championship—doing so can all but guarantee a letdown—Bowdoin has had faith in their abilities the entire season.
“You really trust the process and everything that has taken us here,” said Smith. “We weren’t really on anybody’s radar screens, which is fine, but the nine guys on the team, myself included, the ten of us, have known what we are capable of for a long time. It’s not a ridiculous shot to us.”
The team ended the year with a school record 20 wins and three losses. Smith attributes much of their success to the influence of the captains Savage and Trinka.
“Chase and Luke have been absolutely phenomenal leaders in so many ways, both on and off the court, doing a lot of the things that are not easy to do as leaders. You have to be so consistent every single day, showing up to practice and being that example, being that guy that everyone is kind of holding up on a pedestal,” he said. “[There are] things that are not always pleasant, not always fun, not easy, but if you want to be elite you have to do them. It’s one thing to have these things done and said by me and it’s a whole other to have their peers see [Savage and Trinka]. When the younger guys see that these guys are not just talking the talk but walking the walk, it goes way further than anything I could say or do.”
The respect and admiration flows both ways between the coach and players. Savage spoke highly of Smith, who was awarded the Wilson/ITA Division III Coach of the Year.
“He’s changed this program so much,” said Savage. “He’s recruited the right kids, and he’s recruited kids who love this program more than anything because he loves this program more than anything. He’s a special person, he’s one of the most influential people in my life and I know that all the other guys on the team would say the same thing, just in terms of how he conducts himself on and off the court, the type of role model he is. He’s a one of a kind person. I couldn’t imagine playing for another coach.”
Outside of the coach of the year award for Coach Smith, several other players received individual recognition. Savage was named the Northeast Region recipient of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award, Trinka received the ITA Division III Most Improved Player and Luke Tercek ’18 was named the ITA Division Division III Player to Watch.
Both Savage and Smith played down the importance of their awards.
“The team stuff is so much more important to me quite honestly,” he said. “If the guys don’t do their job then none of that stuff comes. It’s way more about the guys and the team than any personal accolades, that doesn’t mean that much to me. It’s about the guys and their growth not only just as tennis players but as people, as men, that’s what I’m all about,” said Smith.
“It’s humbling. I think it’s more of a reflection of our team than on me. This is a really easy team to have been a co-captain on and we’ve had so many other contributors that have played an integral role,” said Savage. “I look at [the award] as further validation of the type of character that all nine guys on the team have.”
College shifts leadership as Ganong ’86 steps down
Rick Ganong ’86 P’17, senior vice president for development and alumni relations, will be leaving Bowdoin at the end of the College’s fundraising year at the end of June. Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn will take over leadership of that office at the request of President Clayton Rose, and Whitney Soule, director of admissions, will succeed Meiklejohn as dean.
Ganong, who declined to be interviewed for this article, is leaving to pursue “business interests beyond the College,” according to a May 2 email to faculty and staff from Rose. “I think [the changes] represent that President Rose is thinking really carefully about the staff that he would like to have in place,” said Soule. “With Rick Ganong’s decision to leave, that opened up a chance to look at the staff who is here and I think he’s taking advantage of skills that some of the internal people possess and the relationship and commitment that they already have to Bowdoin.”
Meiklejohn said that though he is sad to leave admissions, he sees parallels between his current job and his new one.
“I have always thought of these jobs as being pretty similar and both offices are doing highly individual work with huge numbers of people,” he said. “This office involves telling a lot of Bowdoin stories—so does that office.”
Meiklejohn has worked in several capacities for the College over the past twenty years and began his career at Bowdoin working in development and alumni relations. He became dean of admissions in 2009. During his time in admissions, Bowdoin saw its highest-ever applicant totals and levels of selectivity.
Despite the response of some alumni to campus events such as the “tequila” party this year, Meiklejohn said he thinks the relationship of the College to its alumni remains strong.
“I’m not worried about that for Bowdoin’s future. We’ve had other decisions that the College has made over time that not everyone agreed with,” he said. “The depth of [alumni] four-year experiences here and their classmates, professors and friends—those are the things that dominate their feeling about what Bowdoin means and what it is in the landscape of higher education more than is there something in this week’s headline that isn’t right or isn’t going well.”
Soule said that she hopes to continue the work that Meiklejohn has done in terms of increasing the overall diversity of the student body.
“The trend of increasing diversity is really an institutional principal, and it’s really fundamentally important for education,” she said. “While it may look like a trend it’s really an absolute as part of our work. I think that as the complexity of our population continues to grow and change that will continue to be represented in our prospect and applicant pool and in the class we enroll.”
Soule also said that while she does not plan on making any major changes in admissions, the admissions office is always working to make decisions to strengthen their applicant pool.
“I think that we are really attentive to the demographic shifting that’s happening in the United States, the decline in the high school population and thinking about adapting our recruitment methods and our selection methods to continue to find the very best students for Bowdoin while understanding that the population is changing and shrinking,” she said.
Nicole Wetsman and Emily Weyrauch contributed to this report.
BSG election results: Fisher '17 wins presidency
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) general election results were released tonight by BSG President Danny Mejia-Cruz '16 and Vice President for BSG Affairs Michelle Kruk '16 in an email to the Orient.
PresidentHarriet Fisher ’17: 668—WINNERJustin J. Pearson ’17: 575
Vice President for Student Government AffairsReed Fernandez ’17: 663—WINNERJacob Russell ’17: 578
Vice President for Student AffairsMaurice Asare ’19: 284Jodi Kraushar ’17: 461Benjamin Painter ’19: 496—WINNER
Vice President for Academic AffairsJack Arnholz ’19: 565Evelyn Sanchez Gonzalez ’17: 676—WINNER
Vice President for Student OrganizationsArindam Jurakhan ’17: 474Kelsey Scarlett ’17: 767—WINNER
Vice President for the TreasuryIrfan Alam ’18: 843—WINNERDave Berlin ’19: 398
Vice President for Facilities and SustainabilityCarlie Rutan ’19: 1,241—WINNER
News in brief: Baauer to replace MØ as Saturday Ivies headliner
Baauer will be the headlining performer for Ivies, the Bowdoin Entertainment Board (eBoard) announced this morning. Baauer, DJ and producer best known for “Harlem Shake,” is replacing eBoard’s original selection, MØ, who cancelled her Bowdoin performance and several other concerts in the Northeast at the end of March.
The concert will take place on Saturday, April 30.
In addition to "Harlem Shake," which went double platinum in the U.S., finishing at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013 and inspiring a series of viral videos that garnered millions of views, Baauer has worked with popular artists such as Jay-Z, M.I.A., AlunaGeorge, Diplo and Just Blaze, who he toured with in 2013. He has also produced remixes for Nero, Flosstradamus and Disclosure, among others.
Waka Flocka Flame remains booked for Ivies and will perform on Thurday, April 28.
College takes steps to protect employee info following data breach
Two hundred seventy-five former and current employees had their W-2 and 1095-C information stolen last week when their accounts on Ceridian—the payroll tax management service with which Bowdoin contracts to provide tax reports to employees were accessed illegally.
The College has contracted with the credit protection company AllClear ID to provide an identity theft insurance policy, theft monitoring services and other services to affected employees. The College will cover the cost for families that choose to accept the service for two years. Bowdoin will soon be extending AllClear credit monitoring benefits to all employees and their dependents.
According to a secure resource page published on the Bowdoin Controller’s Office’s website, while the College became aware of the hack on March 30, 2016, there are indications that illegal access to employee accounts may have occurred over the course of several weeks beginning in early February.
Employees who had their tax returns diverted will eventually be able to get them back, but it may take some time.
“Everybody is working with the IRS. We’re told it takes between nine and 12 weeks to get this all resolved,” said Katy Longley, senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer.
Longley said that the College believes whoever accessed W-2 information has had the Social Security numbers of employees for some time, and was waiting for tax season to use them. “From what we understand about the criminal behavior is that people buy these books of Social Security numbers and they hold them for a couple years, then they use them,” said Longley. “They do it during tax season when it’s so busy that they think people won’t notice, and they try to get refunds.”
According to Longley, the College will explore other options for payroll tax reporting and has retained legal counsel.
For those affected, this data breach serves as a reminder that, though there are steps one can take towards protecting personal data, total security is impossible.
“Many aspects of my financial life have been compromised and, like those I know who have been similarly affected, I have spent hours trying to protect myself from the possible consequences of that,” Associate Professor of Computer Science Stephen Majercik wrote in an email to the Orient. “An incident like this really drives home how vulnerable we all are online. It makes you want to take yourself completely offline, but, of course, you can’t.”
Employee information was accessed when an unknown criminal entity used illegally obtained Social Security numbers coupled with employee ZIP codes to access the portal. Once inside, they reset account passwords, changed the email associated with the account and diverted W-2s and 1095-Cs to that new email. The perpetrators would have had access to Social Security numbers, addresses, taxable federal and state wages and taxes withheld via the W-2 forms. 1095-Cs include the names and last four Social Security number digits of any dependents claimed by employees on their health insurance. The College has no idea how employee Social Security numbers were obtained.
No student information was compromised.
275 faculty and staff have personal info stolen in security breach
The College notified 275 current and former employees on Thursday that their personal information, including W-2 forms and social security numbers, had been compromised. According to an email to all college employees, this data was illegally accessed through the self-service “See my W-2” portal operated by Ceridian HCM Inc., a third party company that manages payroll tax filings. Ceridian had problems with security breaches in the past, including one that prompted the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to file a lawsuit against the company in 2011.
The College was contacted Tuesday by Maine Revenue Services who notified them that they had received a suspicious tax return filed with a valid W-2 from Bowdoin. The link to the portal has since been removed from the Bowdoin website. Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Catherine Longley followed up with all employees shortly after, outlining steps employees could take to further protect their personal information.Senior Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Scott Hood said in an email to the Orient that the College had no reason to believe that any student information had been accessed. He also said that the college would not continue to use the portal that was compromised.
Laboratory Instructor in Physics and Astronomy Kenneth Dennison was one of those whose information was illegally obtained. He found out when he received a tax account transcript that he did not request. Once he verified its authenticity it was clear that something had gone wrong.
Associate Professor of Physics Mark Battle was also targeted.
“A colleague told me on Tuesday of his experience and I commiserated, and then I went home and found on my table a letter from the IRS saying, ‘someone tried to file a tax return in your name is this really you?’ At which point I knew I had been bitten the same way he had,” he said. Though the breach only came to light this week, there is some evidence that whatever criminal entity accessed the data has had it for some time.
“They’ve had it for a while. The IRS told me that a tax return was first filed in my name on February 23,” said Battle. “There was one on February 23, another one on February 25, and one on March 23.”
The FTC’s lawsuit against Ceridian—which included a lawsuit against Lookout Services, a I-9 software company—was prompted after data was breached for over 65,000 consumers, 28,000 of which were Ceridian customers. Deeming Ceridian’s security procedures “unfair and deceptive,” the FTC required Ceridian to submit to independent security audits for the next 20 years every other year as part of the final settlement.
Amid terrorist attacks abroad, OCS programs look out for students’ safety
Recent terror attacks abroad have shocked the global community, including bombings in Brussels, Istanbul and Ankara that took place over Spring Break and the November 2015 attacks in Paris. Several Bowdoin students were abroad in Paris when the attacks took place, and there are students studying in Paris and Istanbul this semester as well.
Director of Off-Campus Study (OCS) and International Programs Christine Wintersteen said that despite the frightening nature of the attacks, OCS is not planning on canceling programs in those countries. She added that all of the abroad programs that Bowdoin has accredited have strong processes for keeping students safe and communicating with them in case of an emergency.
Maggie Rose ’17 studied abroad with the Vassar-Wesleyan program in Paris, and was with friends in a restaurant in Paris during the attacks. A shooting took place next door to her, and she was two blocks away from the Bataclan theater where 89 concert goers were killed.
Rose said that when the attacks took place, she immediately received communication from her program checking that she was safe, and helping her to get out of the area.
“They locked us down for about an hour and then they evacuated us and told us in French to run as far as possible to the left, which was terrifying.”
After getting out of the area of the attacks, Rose said that the central part of the city was still locked down, so she and her friends slept at her program director’s house. She said that she knew the program would confirm her safety with Bowdoin.
“Vassar and Wesleyan made sure that Bowdoin knew I was safe and sound and accounted for, but I had no interest in being further in touch,” she said. “Being in my situation I didn’t want to have to tell [Bowdoin] the details.”
One of the more difficult aspects of recent attacks is that they have taken place in areas that are not typically considered dangerous, and Wintersteen said that despite the processes in place for identifying areas of risk, it is impossible to predict these types of attacks.
“The U.S. State Department is a great resource because they issue travel warnings for certain countries. That being said, the places where recent attacks have taken place have not always been in these countries, so it is a resource but it is certainly not a predictor for places where everyone, students and citizens, should exercise caution.”
However, some areas come with more safety concerns than others. Turkey, for example, has seen several attacks take place over the last few months, including deadly bombings in Ankara and Istanbul. OCS sends students to a program in Istanbul, and Wintersteen said that it is the nature of the program (run by Duke University) there that allows this to continue.
“We’ve received a lot of communication from Duke about their guidelines. They’re advising students to stay close to campus, the campus is not in the downtown area,” she said. “There are certain places where it is certainly advisable to study abroad with a program rather than as a direct exchange student. That provides a little more of a safety net.”
Wintersteen also said that despite the seeming increase in frequency of terrorist attacks, students are vulnerable to other, potentially more dangerous situations, while abroad. “I still think the majority of risk abroad is really around alcohol use and vehicle and transportation issues,” she said. “Of course terrorist attacks are the ones that are newsworthy and frightening and ones that are very difficult to control, so I think that it’s a personal decision on what types of travel and opportunities you want to take advantage of or not.
Kayla Kaufman ’18 is studying abroad in Paris next year, and said that the attacks have not changed her mind about her desire to go.
“Obviously it’s a little concerning, but it’s something I’ve wanted to do for so long and I feel like the goal of these terrorists is to inspire fear in people to not do things that they were planning on doing,” she said. “I feel like it can happen anywhere, it happened in California, you’re more likely to be hit by a bus or a car. It’s very random, you can’t control these types of things unfortunately.”
Rose echoed both Wintersteen and Kaufman’s sentiments.
“If you don’t feel you can rely on yourself and that you feel safe in your own knowledge and capability, then maybe don’t go to Paris, maybe don’t go to Brussels,” she said. “But if you feel you’re a community oriented person, and someone who is strong enough to get through something that is going to affect everyone around you, [going abroad] is not an experience that can be missed out on. It also only made me love Paris more.”
Call and Response
Evaluating the progress of the Meeting in the Union one year later
One year since the Meeting in the Union, the College has adopted and addressed many policies and practices in response to student concerns. However, an overarching sentiment exists among administrators and students that while progress is being made, it will be made slowly and there is still work to be done.
The meeting was a student-organized demonstration that took place February 13, 2015. It brought to the forefront several social justice issues that impact members of the Bowdoin community, as well as the intersectionality between those issues. After the meeting, an Open Letter to the Community was delivered to former president Barry Mills, outlining 19 calls to action regarding race and diversity on campus.
Race and diversity issues continue to permeate the lives of Bowdoin community members. “Race is a dividing line in our society, on campuses across our country, and at Bowdoin. Those of color in our community experience Bowdoin differently than those who are white; the difference can be profound and occurs in every aspect of our lives here,” wrote President Clayton Rose in a December 3, 2015 campus-wide email.
“It can be daunting—it’s a lot to take on,” said Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion Leana Amaez. “We’re asking institutions that were built 200 years ago for a very different population to reimagine themselves, and that takes a lot of intentionality and examination of where are our traditions, where are our policies, where are our practices not meeting the needs of students today, where are they not reflecting the diversity of our world, where are they creating barriers to inclusion and equity.”
Amaez and the rest of the office of student affairs have been heavily involved in several efforts that directly address concerns raised in the open letter. Notably, additional programming during first-year orientation will specifically address race and bias; Bowdoin’s intergroup dialogue programming is expanding; and divisions of the College are adopting hiring and retention best practices in order to increase diversity among faculty and staff.
Residential Life (ResLife) has also taken steps towards educating their staff on how to facilitate conversations on difficult subjects by doubling the amount of training on race, gender and sexuality, as well as working with College House officers to improve the inclusivity and accessibility of College House programming. Additionally, ResLife has added a question specific to diversity to the College House application.
A year after the Meeting in the Union, the event continues to have a profound impact at the College, both on an institutional level and for many people individually.
“I think that was the first time I’ve really seen the activist boundaries being crossed in everyone working towards general betterment and getting many pieces together at once which I thought was really, really, cool,” said Maddie Lemal-Brown ’18. “I really liked the Meeting in the Union part; [it was] electrifying.”
One of the meeting organizers, Claudia Villar-Leeman ’15, had several negative racial experiences during her time at Bowdoin.
“For pretty much my entire Bowdoin career,” said Villar-Leeman, it felt [like the majority of campus] was either ignoring or kind of willfully oblivious to a lot of these issues because a lot of these issues are painful to talk about or uncomfortable to talk about.”
Participating in the event has allowed Villar-Leeman to now look back at her time at Bowdoin with positivity.
“I was very encouraged that students were giving voice to their concerns in a really clear and powerful way, and that the message for me is that our students were really hurting as a result of the institution and its failures in certain places to live up to the Offer of the College,” said Amaez.
“That’s an important message, and an important check that can be hard to hear and sometimes painful, because I think my colleagues across the board are well-intentioned, they really care, so to hear that they might be might be missing the mark and that people might be in pain as a result is really hard, but really important for us as a community.”
Director of Residential Life Meadow Davis said that she has seen a shift in campus conversations towards topics of diversity.
“A couple years ago it was all about alcohol, it was all about the hookup scene,” she said. “Now I’d say three quarters, a huge percentage, of people who are applying to ResLife are saying, ‘We need more conversations about diversity. We’ve had great conversations and we appreciate it—here’s how we want to do more.”
Emily Jacques ’17, one of the organizers of the meeting, agreed, saying that she has seen a substantive change in campus discussions on race in the time since the meeting, both as a result of the meeting and other incidents.
“My first year you could avoid these sorts of conversations if you wanted to, but now it’s more present,” she said. “The stuff that’s been happening with locals in cars or the stuff on Yik Yak—I feel like the campus community is definitely more aware of various issues of injustice.”
Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster echoed Davis and Jacques’ sentiments.
“[The meeting] was really about the notion of inclusion and what that means,” he said. “Do all members of our community feel that this place is theirs? And the answer to me was no, they don’t. That’s what we should aspire for. That means a ton of work, not work that we can do in a day or a week or a month, or a year, but over many years.”
But for students who only spend four years of their life at Bowdoin, this long-term institutional approach can be frustrating. Michelle Kruk ’16, one of the organizers of the meeting and an author of the letter spoke to these concerns.
“I know that the College wants to be very thoughtful about the way that it’s handling certain issues, especially with race,” she said. “But I think that we’re capable of working on both a short-term solution and a long-term solution at the same time. I think that we have enough energy.”
Another organizer, Lemal-Brown, still believes that many discussions fail to reach the larger community in both academic and social settings.
“Last semester I know I was a little disappointed that my professors were not talking about race,” she said. “My [sociology and philosophy] classes were places where it should have been brought up.”
“I know that I was very frustrated with the aftermath of the sailing party—meaning that Bowdoin still [falls back on] discussing things which tend to become conversations in closed rooms by separate groups,” Lemal-Brown said.
Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan acknowledged the role athletics play in the racial climate on campus, both in its hiring and recruitment, and how the department addresses incidents such as the recent bias incidents involving the sailing and lacrosse teams.
“We certainly look at the events that have taken place and try to balance the learning opportunity,” he said. “Thinking about it along the lines of apologizing, educating and trying to leverage the learning opportunities associated with people making mistakes, then thinking about the ways in which we are able to positively impact the community. I think that approach was consistent in both the lacrosse and sailing incidents.”
Ryan also said that athletics is placing an increased emphasis on diversity in recruiting both students and coaching staff.
While the majority of the calls to action in the letter were accepted and acknowledged by College officials, some feel that there are certain demands that have not or should not be met.
For instance, following the meeting, members of Bowdoin Climate Action (BCA)—who played a large role in organizing the meeting—made a demand to former President Barry Mills to appoint a liaison to the Board of Trustees to communicate about the potential for divestment from fossil fuels. BCA does not feel their demand was adequately met, as Mills appointed himself the liaison, knowing he would be stepping down at the end of the year.
“When we asked [the trustees] who to follow up with, as one does in official meetings, they shut us down and didn’t respond. Attempts after that to figure out how to move forward were similarly not moved forward,” said BCA member Allyson Gross ’16.
From an administrative standpoint, Foster disagreed with the necessity of a call to action that asked the college to “consider a student’s racial and socioeconomic background when making decisions about disciplinary action,” and “uphold consistent disciplinary policy for all students, regardless of parental interaction with the institution.”
“We try to consistently and thoughtfully uphold [community standards],” he said. “I think we do that, whether we’re dealing with the son or daughter of a trustee or whether we’re dealing with a first generation college student. I would say [we do] a very good job of being clear about our community standards and expectations and being thoughtful. I’ll stand behind the good work of the Judicial Board.”
The work of campus activists has not gone unnoticed by the administration, and the calls to action presented in the open letter have led to a real effort to shape the College into a place that is both diverse and inclusive. A year after the meeting, its message has not been forgotten.“Powerful,” said Davis. “That’s how I would sum it up.”
MØ to headline Ivies, BØRNS February concert tickets sell out within four hours
The Entertainment Board (eBoard) announced Tuesday morning on their Facebook page on their Facebook page and in an email to campus that the Danish singer songwriter MØ will be headlining the 151st Ivies weekend.
She will be performing on Saturday, April 30. The Thursday performer has yet to be announced.
MØ has gained recognition in the last year through her collaboration with the DJ and producer Major Lazer in his song “Lean On.” “Lean On” is currently the most streamed song of all time on Spotify, with over 600 million plays. MØ has also worked with Iggy Azalea and Avicii, among others.
This will be the third major concert to take place at Bowdoin this year—Guster visited the campus in October, and Børns will be performing a sold-out show in Pickard theater on February 5.
“We talked a lot this year on the board about bringing someone up and coming, that was one of our goals,” said Emily Serwer ’16, the co-head of eBoard. “Because our budget is so limiting I know it’s difficult for people to understand the type of artist that we can bring based on our budget, but we thought it would be exciting to bring someone that has been recently coming out with music that’s been doing well, who’s been doing collaborations, that there’s been a lot of buzz around.”
The Ivies news came a day after the tickets for the February 5th BØRNS concert were completely sold out in around four hours. Students lined up around Smith Union to buy tickets starting at 9 a.m., and though the line had dissipated within an hour, the tickets were gone by the end of the day.
Serwer said the eBoard did not expect the show to sell out so quickly, though it did need to fill all the seats in Pickard Theater to break even on the concert.
“It was really incredible,” said Serwer. “We were anticipating selling tickets up until the day of the show, really pushing and advertising, and they sold out within, I believe, four hours.”
There has been some frustration among the student body that the concert is being held in Pickard and not all students who wanted tickets were able to get them.
“I was frustrated because I had class in the morning and didn’t realize they would run out that fast,” said Dana Williams ’18, who did not get a ticket. “It would have been really great if they put it in the Union.”
In the past, musical acts such as Murs and Racer X have performed in Smith Union, but Serwer said that due to the necessity of ticketing, Pickard and Kresge were the only possible venues. Pickard Theater holds 600 people while Kresge Auditorium only seats 300.
The decision to bring BØRNS to campus came after feedback from students and the College asking for more exciting programming around winter weekend.
“We came to up with the idea that if we pooled together all our funds from winter weekend, if we move our budget around a little from other items, we’d be able to afford a pretty cool act, as long as we did ticketing,” said Serwer. “BØRNS was really up and coming, had a lot of buzz on iTunes and Spotify, on music websites, and music press was talking a lot about him and his band, so when that name came up, he was the first choice unanimously on the board.”
There is no truth to the rumor that the seats will be removed for the concert. The Pickard seats are currently out due to construction, but will be returned for the show.
The theater department has requested extra security in anticipation of intoxicated students dirtying the theater and standing on seats during the concert.
MØ to headline Ivies
The Entertainment Board announced Tuesday morning on their Facebook page and in an email to campus that the Danish singer songwriter MØ will be headlining the 151st Ivies weekend.
She will be performing on Saturday, April 30. The Thursday performer has yet to be announced.
MØ has gained recognition in the last year through her collaboration with the DJ and producer Major Lazer in his song “Lean On.” “Lean On” is currently the most streamed song of all time on Spotify, with over 600 million plays. MØ has also worked with Iggy Azalea and Avicii, among others.
This will be the third major concert to take place at Bowdoin this year—Guster visited the campus in October, and Børns will be performing a sold-out show in Pickard theater on February 5.
You are what you eat: investigating food sourcing at Bowdoin
Bowdoin Dining Services purchases and receives a startling amount of food every week. According to Associate Director of Dining Kenneth Cardone, Bowdoin serves 23-24 thousand meals per week, consuming a quantity of meat, fish, produce, fruit and dry goods that weighs thousands of pounds.
To provide such a huge quantity of food, Bowdoin relies on a range of suppliers. Sourcing and Menu Manager Matt Caiazzo said that approximately 80 percent of the total food purchases are from the Performance Food Group (PFG) NorthCenter distribution facility in Augusta, Maine.
PFG supplies Bowdoin with an enormous range of products. Almost all meat that is not ground beef comes from PFG, as do eggs, non-milk dairy products, dry pantry goods, fruit besides apples and many paper products and supplies. PFG is a satellite location of a national distribution company that contracts with some of the biggest players in the food industry including Tyson, Kraft and ConAgra among others.
The other 20 percent of the food budget is spent at a variety of mid-sized sources. Bubier Meats, in Greene, Maine supplies primal cuts of locally raised beef that Bowdoin grinds in a meat cutting room in Thorne Dining Hall. All of Bowdoin’s ground beef is local and ground in-house. Bowdoin sometimes buys processed meat from GoodSource Solutions, a California based company that purchases discounted surplus product from industrial processers immediately after a client discontinues an item or changes its production specifications.
PJ Merril Seafood and Harbor Fish, both based in Portland, Maine, as well as Maine Shellfish Company from Kennebunk, Maine provide Bowdoin with seafood, much of which is caught off the Maine coast. Each company is a small distributor with national connections.
Similarly, Bowdoin’s farm produce comes from multiple sources. In addition to a small amount of produce from the Bowdoin Organic Garden, Dining also purchases from the Crown O’ Maine Organic Cooperative and Farm Fresh Connection, both aggregators and distributors of produce from small to midsize producers in Maine.
While Cardone and Caiazzo identified these businesses as suppliers to Bowdoin, they were unable to provide any information about the respective quantity of food purchased from each. Bowdoin’s Controller’s Office was also unable to provide any information about payments to each vendor.
In recent years, awareness about the provenance of food has increased significantly, as has awareness of the steep external cost that many methods of food production carry. The cost is manifested in harsh conditions for migrant farm workers, as well as in the outsized environmental impact of the industrial livestock industry, which accounts for 15 percent of global carbon emissions.
This cost also appears in the ecosystem-damaging runoff of chemical fertilizer and pesticides from croplands not to mention the public heath threat posed by widespread antibiotic and hormone use in animal feed.
Others have taken issue with cruel and inhumane treatment of animals, including confining pregnant and nursing sows in gestation crates and confining laying hens in battery cages. The widespread use of genetically modified organisms (G.M.O.s) in the food system has also become a target for activist consumers, though there is not yet a definitive consensus that they pose any risk to consumers.
The food system is so complex and opaque that it is nearly impossible to understand and account for all of its externalities. For instance, an Associated Press investigation recently found that slavery is widespread the Thai fishing industry, which supplies fish to many large retailers and distributors in the U.S. and Europe.
Some of the food Bowdoin serves avoids the external costs of the industrial food system but Bowdoin may be guilty of complicity with many of these practices. PFG supplies antibiotic and hormone free meat but it is unclear how much of it Bowdoin buys.
“I think a lot of the products we purchase are antibiotic free,” said Caiazzo.
Caiazzo was unable to provide the Orient with any data about which and how many products are free of the drugs.
With respect to chicken, Bowdoin may soon benefit from shifts by some of the market’s biggest players. McDonalds recently announced that it will begin to limit antibiotics in its chicken over the next two years.
“[McDonalds] is changing the industry, because they have such tremendous buying power and that’s good for us,” said Cardone.
One of the most difficult aspects of sourcing is deciding which factors are important and balancing costs. Almost any alternative to the industrial food system comes at a higher cost. A primary benefit of organic farming is that for crops, organic certification places limits on the use of potentially harmful synthetic fertilizer and pesticides. However, many chemicals can still be used, as long as they’ve been deemed ‘essential,’ by the USDA. According to Cardone, Bowdoin occasionally buys organic foods, but they are not a priority. The PFG order guide shows an availability of some organic produce but not a significant amount.
“Organic isn’t on top of the list—local’s on top of the list,” said Cardone. “Some products that we buy are organic but that’s not what we’re focusing on, we’re focusing on local.”
Buying locally produced food has become one of the most well-known and effective ways to avoid the external costs of the industrial food system. According to the Bowdoin Dining Services website, “Bowdoin sources approximately 34 percent of food purchases from local vendors.” Caiazzo said this percentage is calculated as a percentage of the dining services budget. The primary items included in this calculation are ground beef, milk, some seafood, apples, tomatoes and some produce.
However, buying locally in Maine is not easy.
“You always want to be able to plan to use more local food as it becomes available,” said Cardone. “The issue in Maine is that it’s very seasonal, so you need the ability to process and store [food].”
The local food economy in Maine is not large or diverse enough to support Bowdoin entirely. Many farms are simply too small. Even if a farmer is able to produce enough livestock to satisfy Bowdoin’s high demand, all of that meat has to be processed. While meat production in Maine has increased, a lack of meat processing facilities in the region has hindered significant growth of the market. According to Cardone, some producers in Maine have shipped their cattle out of state to be processed then shipped back. At that point, its financial and environmental costs rise dramatically.
“Think about the volume,” said Cardone. “We used 30,000 chicken breasts from March to the end of April. Think about the state of Maine and these small farms that produce poultry and pork. They’re raising 15 hogs—it’s just not there yet.”
Farm size, the short growing season and greater cost are the three biggest obstacles to local sourcing in Maine.
“A lot of it depends on the season, a lot if it is market driven,” Cardone said. “If we get an opportunity to jump on something, we watch it closely; we’re going to do that. You have to.”
Caiazzo said that in the future, he hopes to work with local farms before the growing season so that farms can match their production to Bowdoin’s needs and specifications.
“[We hope to] look at ways we can work with local growers and farmers to help grow their businesses,” he said. “Because they need to scale up to be able to provide to us at a reasonable cost and if we don’t do anything about it, they’ll never hit that next scale.”
Bowdoin currently freezes some local produce at its peak availability and lowest cost in the summertime, but Caiazzo hopes to do more of this in the future. This could significantly increase the amount of local produce and even seafood that Bowdoin uses, however Dining is limited by a lack of freezer space.
“There isn’t a food service that I know that food storage isn’t an issue,” said Cardone.
Dining is also faced with the difficulty of what to do when student tastes and ethics collide. For example, bananas are Bowdoin’s most popular fruit, with Dining bringing in around 51,000 pounds every year. However, Bowdoin Amnesty has recently been bringing discussion of the problems surrounding the harvesting of bananas in South and Central America to campus. Caiazzo confirmed that Bowdoin’s bananas are from that area. Cardone said it would be very difficult to stop offering the fruit because of its popularity.
“It’s a matter of educating your customer base,” he said. “Eat an apple, eat a pear. They’re local. It’s a juggle and it’s a balancing act.”
Despite the difficulty and complexity, Cardone said that Dining works hard to stay responsive to student’s requests and current food trends.
“It’s a changing landscape,” he said. “What we did last year doesn’t work this year and what we’re doing this year won’t work next year. You can’t sit on your laurels.”
Student opinion and conviction about sourcing ranges, but many seem to be aware of local and organic foods in Bowdoin’s dining halls. However, at the end of the day, everyone has to eat. “I always pay close attention to when it is local or organic,” said Alice Jones ’17. “But it doesn’t necessarily mean I’m more inclined to eat it.”“[I] wish we knew more about where we get meat and things like that,” said Kayla Kaufman ’18.
“What could be cool is a little bit more transparency or a little bit more knowledge of sneaky things that have huge carbon footprints,” said Clare McLaughlin ’15. “For example, things like almonds are just not good for the environment but we don’t think about that and no one talks about that and it’s not advertised.”
McLaughlin added that she thinks sourcing could be more sustainable if Dining used its resources more effectively.
“I think you could decrease the extravagance on some things to make other things more sustainable,” she said.
Bowdoin Dining’s massive operation is one of the most well-known aspects of the College, and making food on such a large scale is no easy task.
Mind the Gap: There and back again: Aborn ’17 takes international, local gap year
For Mariette Aborn ’17, studying abroad runs in the family. Aborn’s mother, uncle, older sister and younger brother all spent time overseas during high school. Though Aborn was unable to take time off to go away during high school, she knew that studying abroad was an experience she wanted before she started college.
That being the case, Aborn spent the fall semester after her high school graduation in Porrentruy, Switzerland, where she lived with a host family and attended Collège St Charles, a small, private Catholic school with only 18 students in each grade.
“I didn’t hesitate to take another year to figure out where I was going,” she said about choosing her destination.
Going to a new school, Aborn noted that while her new school in Switzerland was very strong in math and science, and had many foreign language programs, it differed from U.S. schools in that there was little emphasis on literary analysis.
“When I was there, [students] wrote their first essay analyzing literature which was a big deal to them, and that to me was very surprising,” said Aborn. “I did it all wrong, I guess, because I [titled the paper] ‘Stairway,’ and I had this metaphor that went all throughout it and they laughed at me and said that was completely wrong—that’s not how you’re supposed to do it.”Aborn also said schools in Switzerland differed from schools in the U.S. because all of the students she attended school with were already on a direct track college.
“In Switzerland they sort of weed out before you get to high school who’s actually going to college, so that decision is already made very early on. All of the students in the high school that I was at were destined for college,” she said. “In the U.S. it’s different because you’re still all together. They have different schools: trade schools, vocational schools, and it’s figured out by grade six whether or not you’re on that track.”
Thus, unlike her peers in Switzerland, for Aborn, going to school in another country during her gap year was an opportunity to let go of some of her earlier focus on academics and spend time getting to know her peers and speaking to them in French.
“When I was in Switzerland, I saw it as an opportunity to not be the goody two-shoes I was in high school,” she said. “So I wasn’t a model student.”
Along the way, Aborn also experienced some cultural misunderstandings—often in the classroom.
“I got in trouble with the teachers because I always had a water bottle in class and they always were telling me that ‘this was not a room of picnic,’” she said.
After her fall semester, Aborn returned home to Manchester, Vt. to finish out her gap year, where she worked in a shoe store to earn money for college and had a social media internship at a nonprofit. Aborn said it was strange being back at home after graduating from high school and going abroad.
“Everyone in my town thought I had dropped out of college,” she said. “I definitely was interacted with in a different way because I was this person who had graduated high school and was back in town. I very much suffered some odd questions and dirty looks.”
Though she was nervous about returning to rigorous academics after her year was over, Aborn said she was glad she decided to take the year off.
“I was very much nervous about writing papers again because I hadn’t written a real paper for a long time,” she said. “I was very grateful for my first-year seminar opportunity to write again and really focus on those skills.”
She said the biggest difference she noticed upon arriving at Bowdoin after a gap year was that she had already adjusted to life after high school. She had been away from her high school friends for a year, and grown apart from them more compared to some of her friends who were still more connected.
“A year out, you talk to the people you want to talk to. But when you go home it’s like you never left,” said Aborn. “I was already at that point, [but] all of my friends here were still very much connected to their high school friends and talking to them throughout their first couple months of college.”
Now a sophomore, Alborn is settled into Bowdoin but has plans to go abroad again next year, this time to France. She will continue her language studies and hopefully become fluent in French.
Q&A with DeRay McKesson '07
On April 2, DeRay McKesson ’07 came to campus to discuss activism, his role in protests throughout the country and social media. Following his talk in Kresge, McKesson sat down for a Q&A with members of the Orient. The following has been lightly edited for clarity.
What’s been your path to activism?
I went on August 16 [to Ferguson] for the first time. I got in the car and drove nine hours and went there. I put on Facebook that I was going and hoped that someone would find me somewhere to crash and they did. The person I stayed with after the first few days was a Bowdoin alum—a Bowdoin classmate—which was really important. You know, at the beginning I had no friends in Missouri, I did not know anyone well but I started protesting and I tweeted as a way to process. I needed to make sense of it to myself and Twitter was a way for me to tell other people, but also really tell myself.
Marginalized people always face this issue of erasure, and erasure comes in two ways—one is that the story is never told, and the second is that it’s told by everyone but you, the marginalized person. And Twitter allowed us to tell a counter-narrative about what was happening in protest in real time, which was powerful. Over the last 200-plus days we’ve been able to both talk about protests nationally and also tell those local stories. We’ve been able to keep the narrative even when the mainstream media may not be focused on the work. We can maintain the story and we’ve found that to be powerful.
How has your time at Bowdoin influenced your current work, and your understanding of the common good?
The common good is this understanding that you are to use your privilege and your gifts for causes greater than you are. I understood that at Bowdoin, the privilege of that education and that experience. The question becomes, common for who? Who is this common for, what does that look like, how do you push that? I think that’s important. I believe the Offer of the College implies that it has to be received, and there’s a reciprocity to what an offer is. I juxtapose that to the American dream, which is forced on people. I appreciate the offer being situated as such; I think the content of the offer is powerful, but I think that the message that an offer itself serves is important.
What do you think effective activism should look like at a place like Bowdoin?
Good question. One thing that I talk about is this idea of the story. It’s important to tell the story of whatever it is that you’re fighting for, especially in the context of a world where you are just always bombarded with messages. How you tell a narrative of why this issue actually matters to people is important. I think at a place like Bowdoin, it is particularly difficult because there is a general level of comfort that can create distance from actionable issues, because it’s generally a good place. So to your question about what productive social activism looks like, I think that protest is always disruption, it’s always confrontation. The question is, how does that live in a place like this? I think that some of it can be physical, like with the die-ins and stuff. Because the student body here is so small, 40 students coming together here to do anything is a sizable part of campus. So it can be creating new community around issues and sort of forcing conversations about things. Because this is a college, it could also be bringing speakers who talk about certain things to educate people. It could be exhibits. I think about those body image things that I’m sure still happen—using art, using culture as a way to push people to think deeper and think differently about work can happen.
It is interesting to protest with privilege, because even the marginalized people here have a relative privilege. It is easy to be comfortable here no matter what; it’s a place where you need for nothing. That creates a different relationship with the issues that people really care about.
How did you turn something you were passionate about at Bowdoin into a career?
My career was fighting for kids—either as a teacher, in after-school, or as a district administrator—and those things were really important to me. I think that if anything my advice to people leaving college who want to do social justice work is to be really clear about who you’re fighting for, right? For me it was kids. Those are the people that I’m fighting for every day. One can become so addicted to the fight that they forget the cause. One can just be so excited about the sort of confrontation phase that they forget the issue, and I’d say to remember to be rooted in the issue. Be as close—and this is the proximity thing—be as close to the work that you want to do as possible. And know who you’re fighting for. So that was my thing. And now I’m fighting for them differently. I’m fighting for them to be alive, whereas before I was fighting for them to have this phenomenal education.
Can you talk a little bit about the Mapping Police Violence project? How did that idea come into being?
Our focus has been on telling the truth, figuring out different ways of telling the truth, and then making sure that the truth we tell always empowers people, and this is that. So it’s like, we’re going to build a map that shows what truly happened, we’re gonna cut the data for people in as many ways as we can, and this is the first compilation of those two databases—the killed by police and then the other one—that we mashed into one. And we’re trying to make sure that we continue to tell the truth and empower people, which is why it has that piece by police department. You can look at gender, age, race—those sort of things are really important.
We rolled out a couple things. Wetheprotesters.org rolled out the database for chants and pictures of signs and those sorts of things. We stopped doing the policy stuff—we put it on hiatus—but that was there, those policy papers. I think we’ll probably do some sort of reading club soon, with protesters from around the country.
It’s interesting. When we released it, one of the first criticisms we got was, why are there not white people? It’s interesting, this idea that white supremacy always centers whiteness.
You’ve talked about receiving a lot of abuse on Twitter and other platforms. Have you experimented with other platforms trying to find a way to avoid some of that? Do you think there are things that the people who develop these kinds of networks could do to stop that kind of thing from happening?
I’m committed to Twitter. I love Twitter. So no to other platforms, and the movement’s not really on Facebook. I do get trolls on Facebook, but really, people troll my mentions on Twitter. If you look at anything I’ve written, there are probably all these people who are fighting in my mentions who I never see, because I’ve blocked like 12,000 people. I think it comes with the territory a little bit. The death threats don’t—I think that’s a whole different ballgame—but I think Twitter has acknowledged that they need to be more aggressive dealing with harassment and abuse, and I think they are making the right strides, they’re just not there yet.
Somebody made a game, I don’t know if you guys saw it, but there’s a target practice game, and my face is one of the faces on it, so you click and shoot me. And when I reported it, Twitter was like, well, the link is somewhere else, so they won’t take it down. So that’s not helpful. So I think they’re working on it. It’s slow, but I’m committed to Twitter as a platform.
We’ll continue to figure out ways to tell the story. I think that there are all these things around community building that we can do. How do we bring together people in the digital space in a way that is still authentic? Because you often see the digital space as being inauthentic, and I think that we’ve seen the digital space be powerfully authentic. How do we find or create the tools that protesters around the country can use to support themselves? You can start a movement, you don’t need an organization. How do we make that easier for you? How do we continue to create those resource banks for people? This goes back to the idea that everyone has a role to play. We’ve been in a place where we have been focused on how do we tell the story, how do we tell the truth, and how do we use this truth to empower people.
Nicole Wetsman contributed to this report.
Snow problem: Admissions shows it can handle the cold
Making a good impression on prospective students in the midst of one of the coldest winters in recent memory may be a daunting task, but Bowdoin’s Office of Admissions is up to the challenge.
While some schools may be able to provide friendlier climates, Bowdoin has come up with a unique offering of its own—a sense of humor.For the last few weeks, Admissions has adopted a Hawaiian theme. Snow-covered tiki torches and beach chairs grace what is left of the front lawn, and tour guides have been donning Hawaiian shirts from Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn’s personal collection.
Admissions has also installed a hot chocolate bar, over which a banner reads, “It’s Snow Big Deal.”
“Admissions was concerned that visitors coming to Brunswick would be a little bit scared away by our harsh weather conditions,” said Head Tour Guide Adrienne Chistolini ’15. “They wanted to do some sort of visually pleasing campaign to make jokes out of it and show that we’re really lighthearted and optimistic people at Bowdoin.”
The “Hawaiian Shirt Campaign,” has garnered a fair amount of attention, with WMTW, the local ABC affiliate, picking up the story last week.
Michelle Johnson ’15, was interviewed by an WMTW news crew.
“That was kind of an accident. The news was coming during my tour slot and [the other tour guides] picked me because last semester I was the assistant head tour guide,” she said. “They gave me about an hour warning and were like, ‘Be camera ready!’ and I was very unshowered and had just come from volunteering at a preschool, and I was like, ‘Whatever, I can work with this!’”
Chistolini and Johnson feel the program has been a success. Both said that prospective students and their families have been, at the very least, amused by Admissions’ latest antics, and anything that helps Bowdoin stand out must be considered a positive.
“[The campaign shows that] we can make light of a potentially very dismal and depressing situation,” said Chistolini. “Hopefully it makes us stand out on their long college tours as a school that’s a little bit different, a little bit kooky but in a funny way.”
Even in late February, Bowdoin has many more weeks of snow to look forward to, and as it continues to trudge through the winter, one thing can be certain: Admissions will not allow a little snow to become a big deal.
Administration falls silent on “Cracksgiving” appropriation incident
Bowdoin officials have no comment on several students being disciplined for dressing at Native Americans at an off-campus party
The administration has fallen silent on the incident of cultural appropriation that took place shortly before Winter Break at an off-campus party and developed into an embarrassing news story for the College, with dozens of news outlets reporting on it.
Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster and Jason Archbell, head coach of men’s lacrosse, both declined to comment for this story.
Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan wrote in an email to the Orient that “the message conveyed by Dean Foster has been received across our campus community and we are all moving forward” before declining to comment further.
Ryan was referring to an email Foster sent to the student body on December 9 expressing his “frustration and disapproval of harmful behavior by students who should know better.” The full text of the email can be found on the Orient’s website.
The email was written in response to “Cracksgiving,” a party thrown at 83 1/2 Harpswell Road—a house rented by members of the men’s lacrosse team commonly known as Crack House. In spite of recent programs to educate the student body about the harmful nature of cultural appropriation, 14 members of the team dressed up as Native Americans at the party.
In the email. Foster wrote that “Bowdoin will not condone or tolerate behavior that divides our community and denigrates others, nor will we accept a plea of ignorance as license to avoid accountability.”
The College plans on taking disciplinary action against those who dressed up as Native Americans, according to Foster, who has not indicated what form this punishment will take.
Several members of the lacrosse team have recently decided not to return for the spring season, but there is no evidence linking their departure to this incident. The captains of the team refused to comment on both the party and the departure of their teammates.
Investigating student employment and wages at Bowdoin
Whether they are reshelving books at the library, serving their peers in the dining halls or setting up for sporting events, student workers are a visible and essential part of campus life. Upwards of 70 percent of the student body is employed on campus, and this fall, the College filled 1,835 job openings spread across 80 departments and offices. The largest student employers are, in order, the Department of Athletics, Dining Services, the Center for Learning and Teaching, Admissions and the Library.
Students apply for most on-campus jobs online through the Student Employment Office (SEO) website. However, some departments, including Athletics, do most of their hiring internally.
“The majority of students that work at our games are connected with the coaches that oversee our game management operations for each sport,” wrote Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan in an email to the Orient. “For example, our men’s basketball assistant coach oversees our men’s soccer game management, and the students that chase balls at the games are members of our men’s basketball team. This isn’t always the case, but it is our most consistent approach.”
Ryan added that he also reaches out to College House leaders in the beginning of the year to request student workers and has accepted students who contact him directly with an interest in working at various athletic events.
First Year Job PlacementWhen first years arrive on campus, they have two options for finding a job: applying directly to job postings on the SEO website, or using the First Year Job Placement Program.
While an individual search could yield more flexibility, many job openings are already filled by the time first years are ready to start looking for employment. The First Year Job Placement Program offers less control but more stability. Incoming students answer survey questions about their skills and experience and agree to accept whatever position the SEO assigns them. Most of these jobs are in Dining Services.
The SEO tries to match students’ skills to potential jobs, but placements are mainly determined by the order in which students submit their applications and whether or not they receive financial aid.
Not every student who enters the placement program receives a job.
“This year we were able to offer positions to everybody who participated in the process,” said Assistant Director of Financial Aid and Student Employment Sarah Paul. “That doesn’t happen every year. Typically we run out of openings and there are certain students on the list that don’t get a placement.”
Types of workStudent work varies greatly from department to department, which suits the different interests of student workers, according to Paul.
“[Some] students want to have professional development opportunities, to be able to work in positions that allow them to move forward professionally after Bowdoin, and some students want to have positions where they can just kind of come, be in a job for a period of time and move on,” she said.
Sam Canales ’15 works for athletics as a ball boy for women’s soccer in the fall, and in the winter he runs the game clock and scoreboard for men’s hockey. Canales said that the jobs rarely feel like a burden to him.
“It doesn’t really feel like I’m at work,” he said. “Because a lot of times I would have gone to the games anyway and I’m working with a lot of my friends, so it makes it easier.”
In the dining halls, shifts are busy and students are almost always hard at work.
“You have to admit that dining jobs are very different than being the [card swiper] at [The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness],” said Dining Services Associate Director of Operations Michele Gaillard. “I see them and they have their studying or their reading or whatever, and that’s not the dining jobs. For some kids that’s absolutely a deal breaker because they have to study or they don’t want to work the way our students work.”
Dining hall managers like Carolina Deifelt Streese ’16 said that even as students move up in rank in Dining Services, the workload and the length of shifts do not decrease. Not only do managers supervise other student employees, they also monitor the dining area and constantly evaluate what needs to be replaced and restocked. Manager shifts also include a lot of clean-up, and run longer than many other shifts.
“My brunch shift has run to six and a half hours during the week that Thorne was closed and we had to serve brunch to everybody,” said Deifelt Streese. “Other jobs you can negotiate your shift a little bit but these—you need to be here for the entire [shift].”
Other campus jobs require a certain level of training or background experience.
Students must apply to become writing assistant’s at the Center for Learning and Teaching (CLT), for instance, and enroll in an education course that teaches them the skills necessary for being a successful tutor.
Noorissa Khoja ’15 works as a quantitative reasoning tutor at the CLT, helping students to understand concepts or complete problem sets for economics and math courses. Each night presents a different set of challenges for Khoja based on what students need help with, but she said that her work is very rewarding.
“I really enjoy teaching others,” Khoja said. “I think it’s cool because I learn a lot of things too and figure out what I know and don’t know about my [economics] major, which is kind of interesting.”
How pay is determinedIn Maine, the hourly minimum wage is $7.50 per hour, but student workers at Bowdoin are paid no less than $7.75 per hour. Two main factors determine how much a student gets paid. The first is how long they have worked in their department. Students who stay with the same employer are typically rewarded with small pay increases at the end of each semester or year.
The second factor is the level of technical skill and knowledge required for the jobs.
The SEO has developed five pay bands—A, B, C, D and E—for starting salaries based on student skill level, level of independence necessary and task complexity. The breakdowns for these levels can be found on the SEO website.
The SEO supports supervisors in determining pay grades for the jobs they post.
“Student positions that require more technical skills, like having specific video editing skills or information technology or specific research knowledge, that’s where you see the pay scale increasing,” said Paul. “The other piece is level of independence in terms of [supervision required] to accomplish the job duties.”
According Ryan, all jobs in the athletics department fall into pay grade A—the lowest paying category. Not many students with jobs in the department are upset by their low hourly wages.
“It’s very mindless labor and I don’t mind doing it so I think I’m fairly compensated for it,” said Canales.
For others, pay rates can be frustrating. Students who are employed with Dining Services and have very busy shifts sometimes feel shortchanged. Line servers fall into the B pay grade and are paid $8.25 an hour.
“When you’re just starting out as a line server, I think it’s a little bit unfair because you’re getting paid the same as somebody who’s swiping cards at the gym, so that can be kind of crummy,” said Deifelt Streese. “But [with the raises] for managers I think it’s fair.”Braedon Kohler ’18, a current line server, agreed.
“It’s not that I don’t like this [job], but with college being such a work-heavy time, having some sort of job where I could sit behind a desk and do work or just goof off and get paid the same amount would be cool,” he said. “I’d rather do less and get paid the same.”
Performance evaluationThe evaluation process for student workers is highly dependent on supervisors taking initiative.
The SEO’s online evaluation form is not widely used, and the office hopes to initiate further conversation about student performance evaluation in the future.
For Paul and the rest of the SEO, the main purpose of evaluation is to determining how to make students more comfortable in their jobs, even in cases where a student might not be doing their job well, or not showing up for his or her shift.
“This is a learning environment for students. It may be a student’s first job, so supervisors in general are very thoughtful with checking in with students if they’re having challenges,” said Paul. “We have very few terminations that happen. All of the termination conversations that I’ve had have been very positive with supervisors and they have resulted in most cases with students staying in their jobs.”
Paul said her goal is to set up Bowdoin as a training ground for students’ future job experiences.
“Down the road students are going to have to negotiate salaries, they’re going to have to understand their benefits, so anything we can do here as an educational tool for students is my aim in particular,” she said. “If students are coming back to me and saying, ‘This is a challenge,’ that is always positive feedback. Where we run into trouble as a society, as a work community, as an educational institution, is when feedback is not happening.”
For many students, on-campus jobs offer opportunities to learn skills and gain experiences they would not otherwise have acquired.
“I like my job—I’ve met some cool people and getting to know how the food industry works is also kind of cool. The chefs have actually had me bread tofu nuggets and I’ve done stuff that I never thought I’d do in my life,” said Kohler. “I’ve also met some people randomly at College House parties—they’ll be like ‘You’re the guy who gave me a couple extra nuggets. I like you.’”
Mind the Gap: Yoo ’18 finds fulfillment through service
Jae-Yeon Yoo ’18 understands better than most what it means to care for someone. During her gap year she worked in a residential community for people with special needs located in Gorey, Ireland—about two hours south of Dublin.
Yoo worked with an international organization named Camphill Communities to assist 25 members of the residential community, which is divided into small houses. She lived in a house with a host mother and four people with special needs.
Each day, Yoo would wake up and either milk the community’s farm animals, or shower one of the members. Her house family would then cook, eat and clean up breakfast together. After breakfast, everyone would go off to workshops—including pottery, weaving and other activities designed to have the community create something together.
In the morning, Yoo would work in the weavery, and in the afternoon, she would clean with the help of some special needs members of the community.
“Because it’s an entirely self-functioning community, you don’t have people from the outside, like our housekeepers, that come in and do it,” said Yoo. “I got to be really good friends with our vacuum and toilet cleaner.”
Yoo took valuable lessons away from her gap year, but the transition to Bowdoin, and back to living only for herself, has presented challenges.
“I think the main thing [the gap year] helped me to realize is how valuable it is to care for another person and to be fully responsible for someone else,” she said. “I had four people who were getting me up in the morning, and now I only have to be responsible for myself. That’s really relieving in the beginning but at the same time you feel a little bit empty. I’m still dealing with that.”
Yoo’s experience was also meaningful as it gave her a chance to get to know socially marginalized people.
“I think people should realize that special needs people really aren’t very different from us,” she said. “People, when they hear about my gap year, always say, ‘oh my god, you’re such a good person, that’s amazing,’ but I think I gained more from the experience than what I was able to give them. I discovered a lot about myself.”
Yoo found through working with the other residents of the community that the similarities between everyone living there outweighed the differences. She said that recontextualizing what seems like odd behavior in terms of ones own life can help that understanding.
Yoo pointed out that we all desire a certain order in our lives, and while the reaction of a severely autistic person to a change in routine might be different from others, the root cause, a need for stability, is shared.
“If you think about it in those terms it’s really important that they’re not that different,” she said. “I think a lot of people forget that when they hear about my experience. I am far from being an angel.”
Yoo said she has enjoyed returning to her studies after taking a year off from academics. However, she did learn to drink beer with the correct Irish technique.
“I didn’t do any studying unless you count learning how to drink Guinness,” she said. “That was a serious lesson.”
Registration improves with Polaris
Polaris’ fourth registration period went without any major hiccups. The Office of the Registrar, however, continues to make minor tweaks and changes to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the system. The biggest change that has been made is allowing instructors to enroll students in oversubscribed classes.
During Round One of registration for the spring semester, 84 percent of students got into three or more of the classes they registered for. Interim Registrar James Higginbotham said this percentage is an increase from previous years. Higginbotham said that the increased success of Round One is because Polaris makes it easier for students to make more informed choices when choosing classes.
“Polaris is great in some ways because you can actually look and see if a class is oversubscribed or not,” he said. “There are classes that you have to take so you might pile up the numbers, but if you’re sitting there thinking about some other parts of the curriculum, you can actually anticipate where there might be a buildup of pressure.”
When a course is oversubscribed, the spots are determined by priorities set by the faculty. All students with higher priority are registered first before any students with lower priority. Some courses are set so that students previously shut out during registration are bumped up on the priority list.
In situations where priority is equal and there are not enough spots to accommodate all students, the system randomly selects which students to register.
Though Polaris has made the process easier on registrar staff, they still have their work cut out for them when registration time rolls around. A program with as many moving parts as Polaris requires extensive checking for errors both before and after running the algorithm. Due to this double-checking process, it takes longer to complete a registration round than it takes for the computer to spit out results.
“With any complex computer program you have to check for errors and make sure the data is in place,” said Higginbotham. “Polaris is new for us so we want to make doubly sure that things are right.”
This year, Round Three has changed to allow students to add and drop classes with instructor permission as opposed to the first-come-first-serve system of years past. Higginbotham hopes that this change will allow for more flexibility for faculty in accepting additional students into over-registered classes and give students more of a chance to know all of their classes well before the semester starts, instead of having to wait until the first day of classes to see if they get off of waitlists.
The changes made to Polaris since its creation, including the recent change to Round Three, were not unexpected.
“Polaris will never be static,” said Higginbotham. “It will always be changing and we will always be making sure that what we have works well and adding new capabilities and functions that make registration and advising easier.”
The dynamic nature of Polaris is one of the reasons that the extensive double-checking of results is so necessary and despite the program’s success so far, the Office of the Registrar is not prone to overconfidence.
“[Each time] we’re doing registration there are new capabilities or things that we’ve changed and adjusted to run more smoothly,” said Associate Registrar Martina Duncan. “We don’t want to take for granted that it’s just going to go.”
But changes within Polaris are not the only ones the Office of the Registrar has faced over the last few years. The implementation of the Polaris system has changed the makeup of the office itself.
Along with Duncan and Higginbotham, the office employs Cassaundra Harris, another assistant registrar, whose primary duty is to report Polaris data to departments and the larger campus community. Brett Bisesti, who has an IT background, has also joined the team as a systems specialist.
Talk of the Quad: Dance, dance
For as long as I can remember, dance has been a part of my life. My parents are both musically inclined, so naturally there was always music playing in my house. Even when I was very small, I was always moving to that music—or maybe it was moving me.
When I was five and a half, my parents decided it was time to find me some different, better-equipped walls to bounce off—maybe in a place where my exuberance wouldn’t lead to broken glass—and signed me up for dance classes at a local studio. So began my now 14 year-old love affair with dance.
At the studio, it became clear to my instructors very quickly that I was not going to tolerate any horseplay. After a brief stint in some kind of “dance for five-year-olds” class, I moved into a class of all boys. Though I loved (and still love) moving fast and big—something that we did a lot of in this class—I wanted no part in any of the goofing-off that my fellow seven-year-old boy dancer friends were so fond of. My instructors moved me out of that class, and into a more traditional ballet class, comprised of mostly girls. I never looked back.
Through high school, I was a ballet dancer. As I grew up, those elementary school kids in that first ballet class became some of my better friends. We spent hundreds of hours together, during rehearsals and classes that ranged from feeling excruciatingly long to blink-and-you’ve-missed-it short, I’m pretty sure that in my junior and senior years of high school I spent more time with these people than anyone else (including my family). Together we learned to trust each other, take risks together and perform together. Our relationships extended beyond the studio, so when it came time to leave after graduation, it’s no wonder we were all crying.
After I graduated, I couldn’t really imagine dancing with different people. I knew so much about the dancers I grew up with. I knew how they moved, their tendencies, where they needed support in partnering, where they were strong, which way they usually fell while turning. Knowing this information helped us to work together as a team, and helped me to improve as an individual.
I was so used to this intimate level of knowledge that finding a new group of people to dance with seemed intensely daunting. I knew it could never be the same.
My graduating class’s final performance together, our individual farewell solos and our subsequent goodbyes to the teachers who had played such a huge part in our lives, had a note of beautiful, bittersweet finality, and I didn’t quite feel comfortable messing with that. To be entirely honest, I wasn’t sure if I would dance again.
I didn’t dance the summer after high school. When I arrived at Bowdoin, I explored the idea of joining a dance club but never actually got involved. They weren’t really doing what I was interested in, and I honestly wasn’t committed enough to dance to invest the time.
I tried other things, kept somewhat active and thought I was doing fine. So imagine my surprise when I discovered I had a space in my schedule spring semester and the thought of taking dance again filled me with overwhelming joy—so began the next phase of my life as a dancer.
My dance experience at Bowdoin has been very different from my time in high school. Back then, the work I was doing focused mostly on performance. I did very little choreography, and though I found creative expression through the steps that others choreographed for me, I had little influence over what I did. Here, I am beginning to explore my ability to create.
Even in the intense academic environment that Bowdoin fosters, the hardest thing I do here is choreography. The amount of insecurity and self-questioning that goes into making performance art is ridiculous—sometimes I wonder why I even bother. I want to make things that look good, but I don’t want to pander to my audience. I want to make things that I like to do, but I want to reach people as well.
But what do I struggle with the most? Believing that the work I do deserves to exist. The dance world is filled with incredible work, and to believe that I have a shot at making something that has a place there is not easy. It takes a kind of arrogance to honestly think that your art is meaningful and important, yet it takes intense self-criticism and reflection to make anything good.
Artists of other mediums understand, I’m sure, but my dance is made even more vulnerable by the fact that right now I am choreographing for myself. I have to literally stand and answer for my work every time it is shown. There is no hiding.
I don’t know how dance fits into my future, but I know that I am not satisfied. The thought that I may have walked away from dance after high school is now horrifying. There is something deeply meaningful in movement, and I do not feel I have come close enough to figuring out what that is for me to stop.
As the end of college approaches, I, like any artist, am encountering more and more pressure to set myself up for a career—something I always assumed would not involve dance. But now I’m not so sure. When I first walked into a dance studio, something happened, and it’s still happening today. I don’t know if I will ever really be able to stop.
Athletes participate in concussion discussion
In an effort to improve the College’s concussion education program, Associate Director of Health Promotion Whitney Hogan and Director of Athletic Training Dan Davies met with a group of student athletes yesterday. The meetin gave Hogan and Davies an opportunity to hear students’ thoughts on the effectiveness of the College’s current concussion education programs and to hear their suggestions for the future of the program.
A group of upperclassmen were selected to participate in the meeting from sports teams that may be more susceptible to concussions. Though all student athletes participate in a concussion education program every fall, the athletic department is always looking for ways to keep the material fresh and relevant.
“My hope for the meeting is that if we decide to do any additional education it can be student-driven and student-directed,” said Hogan. “It will depend on what the students want.”
Evan Fencik ’17, a member of the women’s soccer team, attended the meeting. Prior to the meeting, she discussed suggestions for improvement in the way the College educates athletes in the treatment and prevention of concussions.
In high school, Fencik worked closely with Chris Nowinski, the founder of Sports Legacy Institute—a non-profit focusing on treatment and prevention of head trauma in athletes—and a former professional wrestler. She would like to apply some of the things she learned working with Nowinski to improving concussion education at Bowdoin. Fencik would also like the College to work on bringing Nowinski to Bowdoin as a speaker and to screen the documentary “Head Games.”
All Bowdoin athletes undergo baseline impact testing before being cleared to play. These tests are used as reference points when determining when it is safe for athletes to return to full activity. Students are required to return to full academic activity before returning to athletics.
While Fencik believes that the Bowdoin Athletic Department does a good job treating students with concussions and helping them recover, she believes they could improve on their prevention programing.
“I think it’s great that we have the education, and it’s pretty informative,” said Fencik. “But it’s just not presented in a way that really shakes athletes and lets them know that concussions are a very serious issue.”
This meeting also comes on the heels of a larger NCAA initiative, which has made several grants available to colleges for the purpose of promoting concussion education on their campuses. Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan said that while determining ways to expand concussion education with the help of an NCAA grant is one of the goals of the meeting, the discussion will be very much driven by what students want to see from the education.
“We’re not going into this with any preconceived thoughts,” said Ryan. “It’s more an opportunity for us to meet and talk with students and gather their feedback with the hope of being able to enhance our educational programming.”
The number of concussions on athletic teams have been relatively consistent for the last three years, going from 62 in 2011-12 to 69 in 2012-13 and 60 in 2013-14. Concussions are an issue for all athletic teams, not just the ones typically associated with concussions. The 60 concussions in 2014 were spread over 17 different athletic teams.
Ryan also said that he recognizes that concussions are a challenge for all students on campus, not only student athletes.
“A lot of our education has been focused on student athletes,” said Ryan. “[But] it’s an issue that impacts everyone on campus. The more education we can do in the community, the better off we’re going to be.”
A Bowdoin groundskeeper finds support in his fight with ALS
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)—a disease that gained worldwide attention this summer thanks to a viral fundraising campaign—has garnered particular attention in Brunswick and at Bowdoin. Grounds Coordinator Kirk Favreau is living with the disease.
In recent months, ALS has received attention thanks to the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” which has raised over $100 million for the ALS Association. ALS is characterized by the degeneration of motor neurons which can cause difficulty moving, speaking, breathing and swallowing.
Thirty-thousand Americans have ALS, including Favreau, who was diagnosed with ALS in April of last year. The first symptom he experienced was foot drop (difficulty lifting the front part of his foot), and it eventually progressed to the point where ha could no longer heel walk. He visited the emergency room where they checked for a tumor on his spine—results were negative. It was after a visit to a neurologist that ALS was considered a possibility.
Favreau said of his conversation with the neurologist, “Without knowing anything about it, I was like, ‘Oh, Ok, how do we take care of it?’ And she just started shaking her head.”
After multiple second opinions, blood tests, a spinal tap and treatment for another possible disease, the diagnosis was confirmed. It was definitely ALS. Favreau’s legs are now very weak, and he must walk with the aid of crutches or by holding onto things around him—“furniture walking,” he calls it. Favreau is working on outfitting his home with bars and other features to help him. He says Bowdoin has been very helpful by remodeling bathrooms so that he can access them, and moving his office downstairs for easier access.
Friends of Favreau’s have also stepped up to help him. It was during one of their poker nights that Brenda Hale, her brother George, who works with Favreau, Kimberly Garlick and other friends first discussed fundraising options.
“Brenda was going to do it to help me out—being a friend,”
Favreau’s supporters have now planned multiple projects to raise money for his healthcare expenses, most notably a partnership with Buck’s Naked Barbecue’s bike night charity events and a wristband campaign.
In early September at the Walk to Defeat ALS, in Portland, Hale and Garlick approached Todd Sanders, a bike night organizer and an old friend of Hale’s, about doing an event for Favreau. It is now scheduled for October 15.
Hale expects significant proceeds from the raffles and auctions at Buck’s Naked Barbeque, and says the wristbands have also been popular.
They initially ordered 800 of the bracelets and Hale said that if they run out, they are ready to buy more. The blue and white tie-dyed wristbands read, “Kirk Favreau’s Fight Against ALS.” They cost three dollars and many customers have paid more than asking price to support Favreau.
Donations to big organizations often go toward helping fund operational costs instead of toward research. While some are hesitant to donate at first, once they realize all proceeds are going directly to Favreau, they are more inclined to help.
Various vendors in the area are already selling wristbands, including Libby’s Market, a favorite among Bowdoin students and Brunswick residents.
Dan and Tina Libby, the owners of the deli, have been close friends with Favreau, whom they inexplicably call “Belvedere,” for over two years. He comes in every morning at 5:40a.m. for what the Libbys call his “daily shot of oatmeal,” and has since become a beloved fixture of the market—he even has his own table there.
“He’s got one of those sincere belly laughs that’s contagious,” said Tina Libby.
Libby’s started selling the wristbands in early September. Their sales raised over $800 in a matter of days.
The Libbys have been able to personally observe the rapid progression of Favreau’s ALS. According to the couple, it is now evident that he has trouble walking and must plan out each step he takes.
Dan Libby feels as though he has known Favreau since they were children. Witnessing his friend’s illness has changed his perspective on many things.
Recently, when Favreau asked Libby to help him fix his roof, Libby took care of it. However, in hindsight Libby wishes he would have handled the situation differently.
“Looking down, I knew I had made a mistake,” he said, “[I] should have helped him onto the roof. It would have been the last time he could have done it.”
Along with raising money for Favreau, the Libbys aim to use their presence in Brunswick to increase awareness for ALS.
“It’s not until something strikes someone you know that your awareness goes up,” said Tina Libby. “[Kirk] just has such a way of touching people to their core, and he really makes you think.”
Dan and Tina Libby are cherishing the opportunity to make more memories with their friend. Due to this summer’s activism, Favreau’s diagnosis comes at a significant moment in the history of the ALS community.
“It’s very strange for it to be so public right now, now that they diagnosed me with it,” said Favreau. “But I think it’s great—there’s people who go to bed trying to work on a solution every day, and they wake up thinking about it. At one o'clock today someone could say, ‘Oh wow, there’s a cure!’”
Favreau, for his part, is continuing to work and enjoying and the energy of the students around him.
“I’ve been here nineteen years and the students never get any older,” he said, “I think I’ve discovered the fountain of youth.”
College welcomes three new staff, one in newly created position
In a September 1 email to faculty and staff, Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster announced the hiring of three key additions to Bowdoin’s staff.
Christopher Dennis was hired as assistant dean of student affairs. He replaces Jarrett Young ’05, who was at the College for four years. Dennis will primarily support upperclassmen with last names A-L.
The College also hired Benje Douglas as the director of gender violence prevention and education—a new role created by the administration. Douglass will advise on matters relating to the sexual misconduct policy on campus, working with both complainants and respondents who are going through the disciplinary process. Additionally, he will advise student groups on campus that make up the Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention (ASAP).
The groups with representatives in ASAP include Peer Health, the Athletic Council, Safe Space, Bowdoin Queer-Straight Alliance, Bowdoin Student Government, the African American Society, the Women’s Resource Center and the Inter-House Council, among others.
Dr. Birgit Pols will take over the position of director of health services. She will be responsible for the operation and oversight of medical staff and services at the College’s Health Center (see page 6 for a full profile of Pols).
Both Dennis and Douglas are looking forward to the connections with the campus community that their positions will bring. In the past, Dennis has held jobs that required a large amount of travel. He has worked in admissions for Concordia University St. Paul (his alma mater) and as a recruiter at the University of California, Riverside. Most recently he was a program manager for A Better Chance, a program that helps academically talented students of color gain admission to prep schools across the country.
“It was time for me to come off the road, and still be able to invest in a student population,” said Dennis. “Higher education is where my heart is.”
Dennis, a father of five, was drawn to Maine when his oldest son was admitted to Lincoln Academy, a Maine prep school. Dennis and his family made the decision to move in order to support his son and the position at Bowdoin ended up being a fortuitous opportunity.
Douglas comes to Bowdoin with extensive experience in the area of sexual violence and domestic violence prevention and response. He has worked at the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, where he provided training and technical assistance to colleges, law enforcement agencies, advocates, prosecutors, health care professionals and others. He also worked as a director of prevention at a domestic violence shelter and as a community educator in a crisis center.
“Prevention works best when it’s locational—when it’s local and when it has a really clear sense of the community moving forward,” said Douglas.
Douglass is also excited to work in a community that has a track record of success, and has some core concepts already in place. For instance, he believes most Bowdoin students have a good sense of what consent is.
He is very interested in getting input from the many different perspectives on campus and collaborating with the many constituencies on prevention programing.
“I want to make sure that students feel comfortable in the environment—period,” said Douglas.
Dennis is also looking forward to collaborating and has appreciated how much students are willing to work with the dean’s office.
“Students really come to this office looking for solutions, and it’s been a pleasant surprise to see that most of the students have an answer in mind,” said Dennis. “Our job is really to guide them through the process of talking through their own solutions.”
Unity for support staff comes without unions
The College employs around 380 support staff, who receive comprehensive benefits and assistance and have little desire for official unions.
Several years ago, housekeeper Karen Brownlee received a call: someone had accidentally sprayed a fire extinguisher in Helmreich House.
“We walked in and it was just covered—the entire building,” she said, “and the weekend people had to go in and clean it up.”
The difficulty of the work the support staff does is not always recognized. From fire extinguisher rampages, to defecation in mop buckets, to students moving into laundry rooms, Bowdoin support staff truly has the College’s back. Cleaning chemical guides must be followed precisely; bleachers are not easy to move.
Brownlee, who has worked at the College for five years, said the difficulty can take new hires by surprise.
“I think people see it as ‘Oh, it’s just housekeeping,’ and then they’re like, ‘Shit, it’s pretty hardcore,”’ she said.
The College employs around 380 support staff working in areas like housekeeping, security, dining, facilities, grounds and academic support. These employees are essential, and many say the College provides excellent compensation and benefits.
Despite Bowdoin’s attractive working environment, as with any workplace, it is not entirely conflict free.
Employees can bring concerns to Human Resources (HR), or to a variety of other programs. Though Director of Human Resources Tama Spoerri said that the first person an employee should talk to is their supervisor, HR knows other outlets are necessary.Benefits
All budgeted full time equivalent (FTE) employees of the College who work at least 20 hours a week during the academic year on a set schedule are eligible for the benefits package.Workers who are not full time employees of the College—like those who are brought in to replace a person on sick leave or extra security guards hired for busy weekends with large events—are not eligible for the benefits package.
The standard benefits package for employees includes medical coverage, dental coverage, vacation time, sick time, and a retirement plan that kicks in after one year of employment as long as the employee is over the age of 26. The Human Resources department added vision coverage to the benefits package a few years ago.
The disability plan for hourly workers used to be different than that of salary workers, but the HR department changed the program this year to make it standard among all employees.
In the past, hourly workers had to choose between either paying for a disability plan that would kick in after 15 days of missing work or having a disability plan that was free, but pay only kicked in after 60 days of missing work. That system was eliminated earlier this year. Now the disability plan is free and pay kicks in after 15 days of missing work due to a disability.
The College also changed the long-term disability program earlier this year.
Long-term disability payments kick in after 25 weeks of being unable to work. Employees used to receive payments equal to 60 percent of their base pay, but this amount was taxed. Employees received lower payments than they expected so the HR department decided to make the payment equal to 60 percent of the employee’s base pay without tax reductions.
The HR department has made changes to benefit plans in response to legitimate concerns raised by employees, situations that highlight flaws in the plans, or recommendations from the Benefits Advisory Committee.Lack of union organizations
Presently, Bowdoin does not have any independent labor organizations. Security officers were unionized until the 1990s, when they voted to decertify. Spoerri said she hasn’t recently heard desire for unionization from any staff at the College.
“When I first got here, there was a little bit of chatter about [unionization],” said grounds crew worker Mike Grim, who has worked at the College for eight years. He said the consensus was that organizing was not a very realistic idea.
“We do have a couple of people on our crew who are really gung-ho about it,” said Daniel Kimmick, another housekeeper. “I wouldn’t personally do a union, because I think we would lose a lot of benefits that Bowdoin gives us.”
Despite the fact that Maine is an at-will employment state—employees can be fired without cause or advance notice—Spoerri said that the issues leading to the last unionization discussion were resolved through internal communication and without any disciplinary action.
“People feel they have pretty good working conditions—they’re fairly paid and have good benefits,” said Spoerri.
Kimmick said, “I’ve learned not to mess with something that’s good.”Support Staff Advocacy Committee
The Support Staff Advocacy Committee (SSAC) is one organization on campus that helps represent Bowdoin staff both within their workplace and to the administration. The SSAC works with HR and other on-campus resources to be a representative voice for support staff. The SSAC also puts on events and works on community building. The overall goal of the SSAC is to make sure support staff are able to take advantage of everything Bowdoin has to offer.
In some regards, the SSAC comes close to filling the role of a union, but as an organization heavily intertwined with the HR department, it is distinct from an independent labor union advocating on behalf of workers at the College. However, Grim, member of the committee, said that when there is conflict, the SSAC is able to work in a way similar to that of a theoretical union in that it advocates for workers.
“I look at the SSAC the same as a union organization,” Grim said. “Ideas are presented that could help the workers, it’s taken up the chain, and we work with management to see if it can fly.”
“I call it a quality-of-life program for our workers,” he added.
Rosie Armstrong, program coordinator for the Environmental Studies department and co-chair of the SSAC, said that the SSAC was founded to ensure staff could address their concerns.
“It was a way to give support staff voice so that problems didn’t fester,” said Armstrong. “If people were frustrated, there was an avenue of communication with administration.”
One of the most popular events that the SSAC puts on is the annual lunch with President Barry Mills in which he addresses the support staff and then opens up the floor for questions.
The SSAC also surveys Bowdoin support staff and uses that information to help decide what programs to work on putting together. Recently, after hearing that staff were interested in skill building, especially surrounding computer programming and software use, the SSAC worked to install a Lynda.com kiosk in H-L Library. Lynda.com is a website which provides tutorials that improve users’ computer skills. Staff members have access to this kiosk and can use it to browse and view a large variety of these tutorials.
The SSAC also worked to set up a sick bank, where employees can donate up to 100 hours of sick time per year, provided they keep 500 hours in their own bank. Support staff who must miss work for extended time periods due to illness or injury, yet don’t qualify for disability, can use hours from the bank.
The SSAC meets with HR to discuss trends and desires of the staff, but does not discuss individuals. Spoerri also sits on the SSAC.Workplace advisors
The job of dealing with day-to-day concerns of employees falls less to the SSAC, which focuses on longer-term improvements, and more on the Workplace Advisors Program (WAP).
There are currently eight workplace advisors on campus and the group includes both faculty and support staff. According to their brochure, the WAP “provides a confidential, neutral and informal process that facilitates fair and equitable resolutions to concerns that arise in the workplace.”
The function of the WAP is primarily to provide a listening ear to the concerns of employees. There is no formal procedure that is associated with contacting a Workplace Advisor, conversations are not on the record, and the only time they are required to disclose information brought to them is if it involves imminent harm or sexual harassment.
Talking to a Workplace Advisor does not involve a notice being sent to HR. Mostly, Workplace Advisors aid in conflict resolution by giving advice or connecting staff to other resources that could help them. Donna Trout, the coordinator of the psychology department and the coordinator of WAP, says the experience is like talking to a friend.
“You’re never really sure if they’re asking you something because you’re a Workplace Advisor or because you know them,” said Trout.
Trout said that most problems that get brought up with her are surrounding issues with co-workers or supervisors, and often concern inequity—when an employee feels they are being treated differently than someone else.
Workplace Advisors are nominated by their peers, then selected by the current Workplace Advisors. They then receive HR training. The Workplace Advisors also meet with the College’s President to discuss trends that they have encountered, though due to their anonymity policy, no specifics are brought up.
Correction, May 2: An earlier version of this article stated that the disability plan for support staff kicks in after 25 days of missing work due to a disability; it has been corrected to show that the disability plan kicks in after 15 days.
2013 sees increase in drug law violations
Following recent amendments to the Clery Report, the College will be required to report additional statistics for the current year.
The College saw an increase in drug law violations and decreases in burglaries and liquor law violations in 2013, according to numbers from the Annual Clery Campus Crime Report released early to the Orient.
The report is released publicly each October, when colleges must report statistics on a set of federally specified crimes that take place on or adjacent to college property. In 2013, Bowdoin reported 157 alcohol law violations, three alcohol related arrests, 51 drug law violations, two burglaries and six sexual assaults. These statistics will be officially submitted in October.
In 2012, Bowdoin was third-highest in the NESCAC for alcohol-related violations in 2012, behind Wesleyan (604) and Trinity (206). During that calendar year, there were 171 alcohol related disciplinary actions, six alcohol related arrests, 34 drug law violations and four forcible sex offenses on campus.
Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols said that he does not believe the drop in liquor law violations from 2012 to 2013 is significant.
Nichols also said that the large majority of 2013 drug law violations were for possession of small amounts of marijuana. According to the Orient’s spring 2013 survey on drug use, 58 percent of students have smoked marijuana at least “once to a few times” at the College. This is an 8 percent increase from the Orient’s 2010 survey, a rise that Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster credited to an uptick in marijuana use on college campuses nationwide, according to a February 2013 Orient article.
Nichols said that drug law violations are also already trending upwards for 2014, in large part due to last month’s incident where 12 students were disciplined for buying and selling Adderall.There are very specific crimes that must be reported under Clery, and Nichols keeps an up-to-date count at all times. However, some crimes that affect the campus community are not included in the report, like drunk driving.
“Drunk driving is a heck of a lot more serious than walking around in illegal possession of a can of beer, but that counts, the drunk driving doesn’t,” said Nichols. “I don’t know why, that’s just clearly defined in Clery that it does not count. It doesn’t even matter if it happens on campus.”Starting in October of this year, colleges will be required to report additional statistics regarding domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. These changes come as a result of the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE).
Also included in the SaVE Act are criteria for developing procedures for the reporting and investigating of these additional statistics, as well as the development of education and awareness programs. However, exactly how these new policies will affect Bowdoin has yet to be determined.“There have been a lot of things happening on a federal level related to gender violence and sexual violence,” said Director of Residential Life Meadow Davis. “They are still working on what that actually looks like and how the law is to be interpreted.”
In 2011, Bowdoin had the third highest number of reported forcible sexual assaults in the NESCAC, though it had the second lowest number in 2012, according to prior Clery reports. Nichols noted in an October 2013 Orient article that these numbers do not always accurately reflect levels of sexual assault, as it is “notoriously underreported.”
Davis is in the process of becoming Director of ResLife, moving from her previous position as Associate Director of Student Affairs and Deputy Title IX Coordinator, and will be working with other members of the College during the spring and summer to figure out exactly what SaVE means for Bowdoin.
What is certain is that the additional Clery statistics will have to be reported in October 2014, and Nichols foresees no difficulty in complying with the new regulations.
25 campus email accounts hacked in phishing attack on Monday night
Cause of breach unknown; students with compromised accounts locked out of network
Bowdoin email servers experienced an attack in which hackers used several student accounts to send spam on Monday evening between the hours of 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. When the breach was detected, Bowdoin Internet Technology (IT) temporarily shut down the accounts involved. The initial cause of the breach is not known at this time, but the accounts have since been restored.
Monday night’s incident was a phishing attack similar, but unrelated to the one reported by the Orient in late September. Information and Technology Security Officer Steve Blanc said that no personal or sensitive information was compromised and that the purpose of such attacks is merely to use Bowdoin servers to send spam to other locations on the Internet.
Most phishing attacks are discovered very quickly, as they tend to send a massive amount of messages—usually up to 10,000—in the first few minutes of the attack. This massive outflow of messages triggers alerts and security systems. According to Blanc, in this attack hackers took control of 20 accounts and sent five to 10 messages—every few minutes—allowing them to stay under the radar for longer.
For students whose accounts were disabled, it was a frustrating night. Megan Massa ’14, said that she received no warning that her account would be disabled, but was suddenly unable to access her email, wireless or computer account from anywhere on the Bowdoin campus. In her communications with IT, she requested that the department develop a way of notifying students, possibly through their phones, when their accounts are at risk. Blanc said that this is something IT is working on.
“It left us metaphorically and literally in the dark,” said Massa. “I couldn’t get on any place on campus in terms of my account, it was just gone.”
IT discovered the breach when a spam detection service, SpamCop, alerted them to the inordinate amount of spam they had been sent from Bowdoin accounts.
The danger of these attacks does not necessarily lie in the leaking of confidential information, but rather in the possibility that Bowdoin servers could be blocked in other places on the Internet if they send too much spam. Blanc said that this is the most common type of attack the College sees. In spite of the incident, IT remains confident in their security systems.
“People don’t always understand that when they get the dozen or so spam messages a day in their mailbox that we’re actually blocking a thousand for that person that aren’t getting through,” said Blanc.
Tina Finneran, director of academic technology and consulting, said that having someone in Blanc’s position gives the College information security that not all institutions have.
“Bowdoin is way ahead of the game in having Steve already,” Finneran said. “He went through serious training and recertifications keep his skills up to date.”
Full professor salaries up 2.9% in third straight year with increase
Professors’ salaries increased for the third straight year in 2013-2014. From 2009-2010 to 2010-2011, the College froze salaries in response to a 17 percent loss in the endowment during the recession.
Additionally, the College has reinstated the 4-5-6 policy for salary increases, which was suspended during the freeze. This policy makes the percentage increase in the amount of money for salary increases at each level of professorship equal to the three-year lagging average of percentage salary increases at the colleges ranked fourth, fifth and sixth in Bowdoin’s 18-school peer group (selected by the Board of Trustees).
Despite the recovery of the endowment, the College had to wait until this year to reinstate its 4-5-6 policy because so many of its peer colleges reduced or froze professor salaries during the recession, which rendered the calculations inapplicable. According to Dean of Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd, the policy ensures that Bowdoin can offer competitive salaries.
“It’s important to recognize where our aspirations are in terms of the placement of our faculty compensation relative to our peers,” Judd said.Bowdoin is 11th among liberal arts colleges in terms of salaries paid to full professors, according to data from the Chronicle of Higher Education.Full professors at Bowdoin now make, on average, $135,067 per year, up from $131,300 last year, according to notes from the faculty meeting on April 7.
The average pay raise for full professors was 2.9 percent, according to the Chronicle.
“We’ve been fortunate because we’ve been able to give reasonable increases but I think for everyone faculty salary increases in the 2 to 3.5 percent range are smaller than the rate of increases of faculty salaries prior to 2008,” said Judd.
Last year, average salaries for associate professors salaries were raised from $94,900 to $96,858, and for assistant professors, from $74,300 to $76,081. Associate professors are tenured, while assistant professors are typically, although not always, on the tenure track.
Bowdoin is ranked 9th and 16th among liberal arts schools for salaries of associate and assistant professors, respectively, according to data from the Chronicle.
A ton a day: talking with pig farmer Mike Brooks, the man who recycles our waste
Dining Service has one of the toughest jobs on campus. Producing enough food to feed the campus comes with many challenges, one of which is what to do with all the food waste that inevitably piles up when cooking on such a large scale.
This is where Mike Brooks, a local farmer, comes into the picture. Every day, he drives to Bowdoin in his truck and picks up somewhere between 10 and 15 50-gallon buckets of food scraps which he feeds to his cows and pigs. Brooks estimated that he removes about one ton of food waste each day.
In taking away food waste for free, Brooks saves the College around $400-$560 per week in waste removal costs and tipping fees. Aside from being advantageous for Bowdoin, Brooks himself reaps the benefit of a significant reduction in his grain bill, which would amount to hundreds of dollars per day without alternate food sources.
Lester Prue, the unit manager at Moulton, explained how significant that benefit is for the College.
“The waste removal costs... are astronomical, and whatever we can do to reduce this is helpful,” Prue said. It “helps out the College and helps out the farmer, so it’s a win-win hopefully.”However, Brooks still feels the College could do more composting. He especially feels that Thorne is not giving him as much as they could be.
“Whoever is in charge [at Thorne] does not try,” said Brooks. “Over here [at Moulton] they try real hard. If they would start recycling to where they should be, I have a bigger truck I’d love to use.”
However, Mark Dickey, unit manager at Thorne, said that with the number of people Thorne feeds, he doesn’t think Brooks would be able to handle the increase.
“I’m feeding a thousand people [at dinner], if Mike is picking up fourteen bags right now and I’m giving him three more a day, I’m not sure he’d be able to use all that food,” Dickey said.
Brooks consistently picks up seven to ten barrels a day from Moulton and around four from Thorne, according to Brooks and the Moulton and Thorne unit managers.
One explanation for this discrepancy are the different methods used in the two dishrooms, according to sources in the Dining Service. At Moulton, employees carefully sort through the plates that come from students and sort items left on the plate (post-consumer waste) into organic and inorganic waste buckets. The organic waste goes to Brooks. Prue said the amount of waste Moulton is able to collect is a testament to the dedication of their staff.
“It’s very difficult for our staff, they do their best to separate it, but it’s a hard job. A toothpick could kill a pig,” said Prue.
Christine Ridley, a dining service employee, reiterated the commitment to composting at Moulton.
“We do the dishroom itself I’m gonna say four [food scrap barrels] a day at least,” said Ridley. “And the salad room, they do not throw away anything. Anything those pigs can eat goes in.”
Thorne uses a different system entirely. In the dishroom there, food waste, along with the occasional napkin, is flushed into a pulping machine, which compresses it, removing 80 percent of the water, before grinding it into small, rice-like pellets, which are then thrown away.
Brooks says he does not take these pellets because he can’t count on them being clean.
“I’ve taken it before and pulled chunks of glass out of it,” said Brooks. “That happened a couple times that I took it and I lost a couple pigs...They get the scent of that food, that glass, and they just chomp into it...It shreds their innards and they bleed to death.”
Dickey and Associate Director of Dining Ken Cardone and Dickey both said that the glass likely had not come out of the pulper but rather as a result of a staff member putting inorganic waste in a barrel that they shouldn’t have. With waste going to both the pigs and the dumpster in similar-looking 30 gallon buckets, the mistake can have unfortunate consequences.
“We immediately stopped giving him the pulping material at that time,” said Dickey. “We don’t want to hurt these pigs, we want to feed them.”
There is no official contract between the College and Brooks, but Brooks claims that in initial discussions in March 2008, the College told him that it was planning on buying two to four pigs per year from him. As of now, Bowdoin has only purchased two. The College has no obligation to buy Brooks’ pigs, but Brooks still feels he is not getting everything he signed up for.
“If Mike has any questions about that he needs to talk to us about it,” said Cardone. “We’ve been doing this since 2008.”
“Six years and that’s the first I’ve heard about that,” Dickey added.
Brooks also wishes the College would contribute to the fuel costs he incurs driving to and from his farm 12 miles away, pointing to the money he saves the College in waste removal.
Though the arrangement may not be perfect, Cardone said he feels the agreement is fair and mutually beneficial.
“It’s a trade-off: we supply the barrels and the back and forth. We wash and sanitize them and put them back in use and he hauls them away every day, which is great because we don’t have to store them,” Cardone said. “It’s been a successful arrangement with Mike, and it’s been a good one; it’s being put to use.”
313 apply to College Houses, MacMillan most popular
Three hundred and thirteen students have applied to live in College Houses for the 2014-2015 school year. There are 200 spots, not including eight house proctor positions.
“We expected to have more upperclassmen applicants due to the change in the blocking system,” said Assistant Director of Residential Life (ResLife) Madelaine Eulich, “but the ones we do have are strong, and that’s really what we were looking for.”
Unlike last year, when some rooms in Howell went to the lottery, this year there are enough applications to fill all the beds in every house.
ResLife redesigns College House blocking system
ResLife is hoping to increase the number of upperclassmen living in College Houses.
Beginning this year, the Office of Residential Life has instituted a new set of rules for blocking into College Houses in an attempt to make the Houses a more attractive option for juniors and seniors. Blocks that are half upperclassmen are now allowed to include up to six, and blocks comprised entirely of upperclassmen can include up to eight members.
Director of ResLife Mary Pat McMahon says the change was made to help College Houses reach a broader audience. Houses are, according to McMahon, intended to serve as resources for the entire campus, and including more juniors and seniors in Houses may help to achieve that end.
In the 2011-2012 academic year, Helmreich House had a number of upperclassmen residents along with the typical sophomore population. Initially, some sophomore residents of the house were unsure what to expect with upperclassmen being included in the house.
OneCard Office stores data on students' movements
Every time students swipe their OneCards, they leave a trail of data that the College could—yet almost never does—use to reconstruct their movements over a certain span of time.
The Office of Safety and Security occasionally uses this data to help with its investigations.
To access it, Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols personally requests a specific set of data, which is sent from the OneCard office.
Petition to add computer science faculty circulated by Pierce ’16
Before winter break, Caroline Pierce ’16 created a petition asking the College to consider hiring a new computer science professor.
After visiting multiple levels of classes and collecting around 80 signatures, Pierce presented the petition to President Barry Mills.
As the Orient reported in November 1, interest in the department has been growing at Bowdoin over the last few years, and Pierce said the goal of the petition was to make sure the administration understood that the continued support and growth of the department is something that many students care about.
Hockey pep rally canceled in last minute decision
Students anticipating revelry before the November 22 Bowdoin-Colby hockey game were surprised to hear about the cancellation of the College-sponsored pep rally a day before the event was scheduled to happen.
Director of Student Life Allen Delong and Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) President Sarah Nelson ’14 sent the campus-wide email early Friday morning.
Delong said the sudden cancellation came after efforts to salvage the event.
Sixty minutes: investigating the Common Hour tradition
Six Fridays a semester, Bowdoin students, faculty and staff gather in order “to rejoice in our collegiate purpose, to interact with each other, and to deepen our common understanding, concern and delight.” Common Hour—set aside for the entire community—brings speakers on a wide range of topics to address the Bowdoin community.
Students, faculty and staff choose five out of the six Common Hour speakers for each semester through an open nomination process. The remaining speaker is chosen from the faculty via student nominations only. The annual number of nominations varies, ranging from as few as 10 to as many as 100.
Once the nominations are submitted, the Office of Events and Summer Programs, under the guidance of Associate Director of Events and Summer Programs Brenna Hensley, reviews them all individually and check for speakers that have multiple nominations or that people have shown high degrees of interest in. Hensley and her team research potential speakers, check their availability, and if everything falls into place, invite them to speak.
BSG Update: BSG hashes out J-Board report, bias incidents
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) discussed proposed changes for club sport funding but did not hold any votes in their meeting on Wednesday.
The meeting began with Meadow Davis, the associate director of student affairs and advisor to the student sexual misconduct board, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs Lesley Levy and Judicial Board Chair Chelsea Shaffer ’14, answering questions from BSG about the yearly report by the Judicial Board.
This part of the meeting was held in executive session; all nonvoting members of BSG and the Orient were asked to leave for the duration of the session.
Alcohol-related disciplinary action increases in 2012
According to the Annual Clery Campus Crime Report, there were 171 alcohol related disciplinary actions, six alcohol related arrests, 34 drug related referrals and four forcible sex offenses on campus during the 2012 calendar year.
The majority of violations were for underage use or possession of alcohol.
The College ranked third highest amoung NESCAC schools in reported number of alcohol violations this past year. Wesleyan and Trinity reported 604 and 266 violations, respectively.
Lighthouse Variety & Deli takes Harpswell Road by storm
Yesterday was a big day for Becky Marcos and Wayne Bartlett. The pair opened the Lighthouse Variety & Deli at 51 Harpswell Road, formerly the site of the Brunswick Variety Deli. Within blocks of Harpswell Apartments and the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, the deli is one of the few commercial enterprises bordering campus.
Since purchasing the deli this summer, Marcos and Bartlett have cleaned the place up—Marcos said she swears you could eat off the floors.
The duo said that they envision the Lighthouse Deli as a fun and convenient place for Bowdoin students. The Deli is merely minutes from campus and Marcos and Bartlett’s home, and is the realization of a 30-year dream.