New a cappella group Bear Tones promotes gender inclusivity
Former president Mills takes position at UMass Boston
ELECTION 2016 Bowdoin students who support Trump discuss beliefs, experiences on campus
WBOR budget slashed, eBoard to host fall concert
Students raise thousands for Ecuador after earthquake
Former president Mills takes position at UMass Boston
Former Bowdoin President Barry Mills was named the deputy chancellor and chief operating officer of University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass), the university announced yesterday. Mills will oversee the university’s academic and research programs and work alongside UMass Boston Chancellor J. Keith Motley on the university’s long-term strategy.
Mills left Bowdoin after the 2014-15 academic year. While he has spent time consulting and investing and has had opportunities to re-enter the world of education since his departure, his interest in public education drew him to UMass.
“I’ve been very interested in public education and the challenges of public education and the opportunities,” Mills said in a phone interview with the Orient. “[UMass] is a very different opportunity from Bowdoin in terms of scale. Trying to understand how public universities effectively educate large numbers of students so that they can be great citizens, get good jobs and take care of their families was really interesting to me.”
Mills said that access to funding and resources was one of the main challenges for public universities like UMass.
“At Bowdoin we’re really very, very fortunate to have the kind of resource that supports the place, both in terms of our endowment, in terms of the people being willing to support the school,” he said. “It’s a very different story in public education.”
In November, the Boston Globe reported that UMass Boston was facing a budget gap of over $22 million, forcing the university to increase tuition while cutting the number of professors and classes.
In the short term, Mills expressed his desire to connect with the UMass community. Although he has spent time consulting in the UMass system, Mills emphasized that he still had much to learn.
“I really need to go and get educated about the school and how to expand and understand its culture—what it does really, really well, and where it could improve, really get to know the people,” he said.
Mills noted that the university’s size—it enrolls nearly 13,000 undergraduate and over 4,000 graduate students—and its status as a public school make his new job very different from what he did at Bowdoin.
“Someone asked me today, ‘So [are] you going to take what you did at Bowdoin and then try to implement it at UMass Boston?’” Mills said. “They’re very, very different places, so what I’m going to try to do is take the experience and judgement that I gained from working at Bowdoin and try to amplify that to make it work at this public university.”
Mills cited graduation rates as one area of focus. The six-year graduation rate for UMass Boston is 42 percent, according to the university’s Common Data Set, compared to a six-year graduation rate of 93 percent at Bowdoin.
In a statement, UMass President Marty Meehan said he was excited to have Mills as part of UMass.
“Given UMass Boston’s importance to the city, the state and to the many thousands of students who come through its doors, we are very fortunate to have someone with Barry Mills’ experience, expertise and commitment take on this critical role,” Meehan said.
Man barred from campus after Cleaveland Street incident
On Saturday night, the Brunswick Police Department (BPD) issued a criminal trespass warning barring Robert Emmons, a Brunswick resident, from College property. The warning was issued in response to an encounter between Emmons and several Bowdoin students that occurred outside 17 Cleaveland Street, a student off-campus house, shortly before midnight on Saturday.
BPD also issued a disorderly conduct warning to the occupants of 17 Cleaveland in response to a separate noise complaint early Sunday morning.
According to student witnesses, Emmons used derogatory language towards women and pushed a Bowdoin senior male to the ground. The student was not injured.
A Bowdoin shuttle driver who was at the scene called the Office of Safety and Security, according to Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols. Then, Security placed a 911 call to BPD to report a fight in progress, according to BPD Commander of Support Services Mark Waltz.
While BPD officers were en route, they were told that Emmons had left the scene. The officers then encountered him at 85 Federal Street.
According to Nichols, Emmons admitted in an interview with BPD officers to shoving a student when he was directed to leave the party that was taking place.
Waltz is not aware of similar recent incidents in which fights have occurred when non-students are asked to leave parties.
Michael Walsh ’19 had been at the party at 17 Cleaveland for about 20 minutes when the encounter occurred.
“I was a little uncomfortable,” said Walsh. “He just was being very verbally abusive to these women.”
According to Walsh, Emmons asked several Bowdoin women where they lived and followed up by asking where they were from. When Emmons was told to leave the scene, he obliged.
“He didn’t touch anyone else, but when he left, he started punching cars,” said Walsh. “I thought it was going to escalate because he was making threats to come back.”
Walsh said the male student who Emmons pushed did not initiate the physical contact.
“Apparently he’s a really nice guy, so I don’t think he was looking for a fight in any sense of the way,” said Walsh.
Sadie LoGerfo-Olsen ’19 was also at the 17 Cleaveland party. However, she entered the scene as the events was unfolding, only seeing the male Bowdoin senior on the ground and not the build up to the physical encounter.
LoGerfo-Olsen took a video recording of Emmons’ interaction with Bowdoin students, which she emailed to Security when they arrived at the scene. The recording helped the officers identify Emmons.
“I feel like that’s the thing to do now. Like, if you see [potentially harmful] interactions, you should film it,” said LoGerfo-Olsen.
Nichols confirmed that what he had seen on LoGerfo-Olsen’s tape was consistent with the statements he had received about the incident.
LoGerfo-Olsen was rattled by the type of words exchanged during the interaction and Emmons’ parting words.
“I would say that the scariest part of the interaction was a) the language he used—very aggressive. And then b) one of the girls [said], ‘Oh, it’s fine. It’s over. He’s gone. It’s fine.’ And then you can hear him say, ‘Yeah, but I’ll be back.’ And I [thought], ‘Oh. That doesn’t seem good,’” said LoGerfo-Olsen.
Security asked BPD to issue a criminal trespass warning to Emmons, barring him from all campus property for a one-year period, although the incident on Saturday night actually occurred off campus, on public property.
Nichols also released a security alert to the Bowdoin community because of the physical nature of the encounter.
“When we issue a trespass warning for the campus, we’re not alleging that the person was on campus property. In this case, he wasn’t. It’s more of a preventative measure,” said Nichols. “We have a situation here where not only inappropriate language was alleged to have been used with a number of our students, but there was actually some physical contact which constitutes an assault, and that’s completely unacceptable and this person has lost his privileges.”
As of press time, charges have not been filed for assault and the student who was pushed is not likely to press charges, according to Nichols. If the College still does not want Emmons on its property after a year has passed, Security has the opportunity to extend the trespass warning.
“[Bowdoin Security] has done that a number of times with people whom we’ve had real, serious concern about,” said Nichols. “But, generally speaking, as long as there are no problems over the course of the year, we let them expire.”
In the midst of discussion about the encounter between Emmons and Bowdoin students, Security learned that BPD had received a noise complaint about the 17 Cleaveland Street property. Once the officers had dealt with Emmons, BPD issued a disorderly conduct warning because of the noise complaint.
“They were related, but I think when the person called, all they were concerned with was the noise and they didn’t realize what was really happening,” said Nichols. “There were no charges filed and the students were really good at keeping the noise down for the rest of the night.”
On Thursday afternoon, Nichols met with Emmons.
“Emmons was cooperative and apologized for his conduct. I reemphasized with him the constraints of the criminal trespass warning and he fully understands,” wrote Nichols in an email to the Orient.
ELECTION 2016: Bowdoin students who support Trump discuss beliefs, experiences on campus
On Bowdoin’s predominantly liberal campus, supporting GOP candidate Donald Trump is not a popular stance. An Orient poll found that just 125 Bowdoin students favor the candidate.
Westly Garcia ’17 is a registered Republican and a member of the Eisenhower Forum, the conservative discussion group, and as the Bowdoin Republicans group. In the primaries he supported Marco Rubio, but he voted for Trump in his home state of Texas two weeks ago.
“So, I was kind of pushing for [Rubio], because I felt what Trump did was make politics a circus, which it is a circus, but I feel like he kind of—I don’t like what he’s done,” said Garcia.
He voiced concerns over the selection of candidates in this election cycle, but ultimately chose to vote for the most conservative option and support his party in casting his ballot for Trump.
“You have Donald Trump, who’s a great business leader, but has absolutely zero experience in politics, and then you have ‘Crooked Hillary’ who has years in office, but she’s kinda corrupt,” said Garcia. “We’re kind of stuck with them because with Gary Johnson who doesn’t know where Aleppo is and then I went to a Jill Stein rally, but that’s not going to work.”
At Bowdoin, Garcia has been cautious about his status as a Republican and Trump-voter on campus. He has shared his beliefs with his good friends, but remained quiet among the greater community.
“I feel like people are going to see this and they’re going to be like, ‘Oh, he’s just some, you know, dumb Trump supporter,’” he said.
Garcia cited an example of Trump intervening to aid the restoration of a skating rink in New York City and his ideas in past interviews as evidence that the candidate cares about America.
“I do think he has the best intentions of the country,” Garcia said.
He expressed hopes that speaking up about his support for Trump would bring attention to the potential for varied political voices on campus.
“I feel like this will let campus know that, ‘hey, there’s people of color on campus that support Republican ideals,’” Garcia said. “There are Republicans, there are conservatives, [who] have voted for Trump.”
Jordan Moskowitz ’16 is a registered independent and member of Bowdoin Republicans. He’s attended Trump rallies in Lisbon and Bangor and plans on voting for the GOP candidate.
“I really don’t lean one way or the other. I consider myself fiscally conservative, socially liberal,” said Moskowitz. “I definitely say now after getting more involved that I do lean more to the right.”
Moskowitz emphasized how Trump supporters have been homogenized by media outlets.
“In the media it’s sort of, gets portrayed as all Trump supporters are white, middle class males, but that’s really not the case. Like there’s tons of people all over the country who are going to be every demographic who support him,” said Moskowitz.
Regarding Trump’s polarizing comments, Moskowitz believes the candidate’s speech has been contorted at points.
“You could twist and turn his words and view it however you want against like Latinos and Muslims portrayed as negative, even though it’s really not,” said Moskowitz.
Moskowitz does not see Trump’s proposed immigration policy as racist.
“Calling for being able to secure [the] border and stop immigration, that’s not racist in one bit. I think every presidential candidate in the past 20 years has called for that—even Bill Clinton,” said Moskowitz.
Moskowitz has found political tensions on campus have cooled down since the beginning of the fall semester.
“When everybody got back to school, everybody would just basically bash Trump,” said Moskowitz. “But, that being said, they also weren’t really favorable towards Hillary Clinton either.”
Having supported Trump all along, Moskowitz hopes to see the candidate deemed a political outsider in office.
“A lot of people in this country feel like people in Washington haven’t really been looking out for them and need one of the working class, even though he’s a billionaire, he still one of your working-class guys. That really appealed to me,” Moskowitz said.
Editor's note, November 6, 1:11 pm: This story has been updated to correct a misprint implying that that Jordan Moskowitz believed Donald Trump's immigration plan to be racist. Moskowitz does not believe the plan is racist.
NASA and BCA rally against Dakota Access Pipeline, spotlight indigenous and environmental issues
The Native American Student Association (NASA) and Bowdoin Climate Action (BCA) held a rally at the Polar Bear statue on Wednesday October 5 to generate support against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and show solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux community. The event was the culmination of several days of fundraising and education efforts.
DAPL is a 1,172-mile pipeline that runs through North and South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. One mile north of the 8,000-member Standing Rock Sioux community, it runs under the Missouri River, and could contaminate the reservation’s source of water. The $3.8 billion construction project has been nearly completed by Energy Transfer Partners, L.P., according to the Washington Post.
Dylan Goodwill ’17, co-president of NASA, hopes the anti-DAPL events have helped to educate Bowdoin students on the issue. BCA and NASA members worked together to plan the rally, an accompanying photoshoot and several days of tabling in David Saul Smith Union.
In a NASA-BCA joint meeting before the rally, group members crafted signs with the hashtag #NoDAPL, created information cards that were handed out at tabling and decorated a banner that reads “Bowdoin Stands with Standing Rock,” which supporters signed at the rally. The banner now hangs in Smith Union.
At the rally, Goodwill gave a speech about Standing Rock’s “water protectors,” and how advocates encountered guard dogs and riot police at the spirit camp where they were based. NASA and BCA also handed out information cards and asked people to sign their banner in solidarity. Nearly 60 members of the Bowdoin community posed for a picture with the banner.
“It’s just really moving, and especially to be working with NASA and the Multicultural [Coalition] and just to see everybody turn out and to be here myself and to listen to Dylan speak,” said BCA co-leader Emily Ruby ’19.
Sarah Washington ’17, who attended the rally, was also touched by Goodwill’s words. “I think it was very powerful to have Dylan be a part of it,” she said. “[The pipeline] is something that a lot of Bowdoin students don’t know about.”
Arnav Patel ’18, a member of BCA, found the series of DAPL-focused events built upon the work of the Intersections: People, Planet, and Power (IP3) event last fall, which examined the intersectionality of social and environmental justice.
“I think that if you look at the DAPL issue, it’s a climate change issue [and] it’s an indigenous rights issue,” Patel said. “I think that you can’t talk about one without talking about the other. That’s why I think that [protesting] is not something that’s nice to do—it’s something that we have to do.”
Goodwill first talked about DAPL at Bowdoin during her contribution to the first year Orientation program “More Than Meets the Eye,” which aimed to address race and diversity on campus. At the time, she realized that many students did not know about DAPL and its related issues, but she was pleasantly surprised by the turnout at the rally.
“My expectations were, unfortunately, kind of low going in, and then I saw the picture today and was like ‘oh my goodness!’ I was very surprised. I was on the verge of tears when I saw the amount of people,” she said.
The students also used GoFundMe to help raise $6,720 in support of the spirit camp’s Solar Trailer for Standing Rock, which provides power for the protestors.
Goodwill urged people interested in supporting the Standing Rock Sioux community to follow the issue on Native American news outlets, such as Native News Online and Indian Country Today Media Network.
NASA hopes to continue on-campus education by holding a panel on climate change and bringing a speaker to talk about DAPL.
“This is not an issue just for Standing Rock, it’s an issue for everyone in the world,” she said. “Because everyone, indigenous or not, should be allowed access to clean drinking water.”
New a cappella group Bear Tones promotes gender inclusivity
This week, Bowdoin a cappella groups have been busy with auditions, call-backs and inducting new members into the six organizations on campus—including the most recent addition to the a cappella community: Bear Tones, a group for female and treble voices. The group was founded to fill the void left by Bella Mafia, an all-female group which was founded in 2006 and dissolved last fall.
Anna Schwartzberg ’17, a member of Ursus Verses and president of the A Cappella Council, as well as Max Middleton ’16, of the Meddiebempsters and former president of the A Cappella Council, sought to balance out the a cappella groups on campus. The call was answered when Professor of Music Robert Greenlee recommended Rose Etzel ’19 for their strong skills in leadership, conducting and music theory.
On the sign-up sheet for the group, Etzel, who uses they/them/theirs pronouns, listed Bear Tones as “a female/treble a cappella group,” noting that “female/treble means anyone with female or non-binary gender identities, inclusive of all trans people.” Two people had already committed to the group before auditions began on Monday; 23 people auditioned this week, and eight were accepted, according to Etzel.
Seeking to provide a space for greater inclusivity on campus, Etzel founded Bear Tones to counter what they believe is a gendered space in a cappella.
“I never like the idea of how binary the whole gender situation is, especially with a capella groups. It always feels kind of exclusive and restricting,” they said. “If they’re musically qualified, who cares?”
Etzel hopes to form another community for trans people on campus.
“It’s always been kind of a weird situation for people if there’s someone who’s gender nonconforming and wants to be in an a cappella group,” they said. “It’s been like, ‘Will I belong in this group that’s all-male or all-female? Will it be comfortable?’”
Etzel intends to prepare the group for a Family Weekend concert, which has typically been the first concert of the year for all a cappella groups. Beyond creating a new sound and offering another option for female/treble voices at Bowdoin, they have goals beyond simply performing.“My goals—not necessarily musical goals—are just kind of to put it out there that it’s possible to be more inclusive in that kind of stereotypical a cappella environment, which has always been kind of structured and set in stone—so it’s good to bring that new vibe into it,” Etzel said.
Noah Dubay ‘19, a member of the Longfellows who also uses they/them/theirs pronouns, was excited to hear of Etzel’s founding of the gender-inclusive group.
“There’s this whole idea of ‘vocal cohesion’ and the idea that the voices have to mesh, and so you have to wonder, even if someone who identifies as a man and wasn’t assigned male at birth—can the Longfellows, say, like, ‘Well, your voice type isn’t exactly what we’re looking for?’” Dubay said.
“And then that raises the question of, ‘Is that considered discriminatory, or not?’ considering they could say the same thing to someone who is cisgender and identifies as male,” Dubay continued, speaking to the need for vocal cohesion.
With the growing inclusion of gender nonconforming voices, Dubay hopes that Bear Tones has set a precedent for more innovative types of a capella.
“I think [that] moving beyond gender and specific vocal parts can musically diversify an a cappella group. We have a cappella groups that are more interested in specific types of music and specific types of composition, as opposed to, ‘Well, we’re all here because we’re men and we sing like this,’ you know? It’s an invitation for more creative musical thought and I think it’s a challenge, but it’s an optimistic challenge,” Dubay said.
They see Bear Tones as an opportunity to create additional spaces for trans people on campus and greater inclusivity.
“I think it’s exciting that it’s not going to be a duplicate copy of Bella Mafia,” said Dubay. “And I think that this new and different stance that they’re taking on it is just opening a door to all sorts of other opportunities.”
Schwartzberg sees the group as an opportunity to draw upperclassmen to a cappella. Involving upperclassmen may also promote the longevity of the group. Cole Burkhardt ‘18, vice president of the A Cappella Council, said that without upperclassmen, Bear Tones has the potential to fall apart. Schwartzberg suggested that the group may also have spring auditions.
“Obviously they’re filling the same niche of a treble-voice, all-female group on campus and filling out that missing piece. But I think they will develop their own unique identity,” Middleton said.
“That’s the amazing thing about Bowdoin a cappella, that we have six groups on a pretty small campus, which is already absurd, and the fact that all six groups are good, and that each one is able to have their own identity, visually and musically. I have no doubt that the Bear Tones will be able to find their own,” he continued.
In carving out its own niche on campus, Bear Tones joins a conversation with implications beyond Brunswick.
“These days, you hear more and more about organizations, companies branching out in different ways. It’s coming on the national scene, too. College campuses are definitely the fore-front of that,” Etzel said.
WBOR budget slashed, eBoard to host fall concert
On Sunday, the Entertainment Board (eBoard) announced that this year’s Fall Concert will feature Louis the Child, a Chicago-based electronic duo. Last year, WBOR, Bowdoin’s on-campus radio station, sponsored the event, and brought Shabazz Palaces’ alternative hip-hop sound to Smith Union.
Over the summer, when the two groups were informed of their Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) budgets for the 2016-17 school year, they learned that the fall concert had been allocated to eBoard, while WBOR’s concert budget had been cut in half.
According to WBOR station manager Elizabeth Snowdon ’17, WBOR was allocated $22,227 for their 2016-17 operating budget, with $10,000 for the concert series; the budget for the 2015 fall concert alone was $22,048. Last year, the station received $29,706 for its total operating budget, and the year before that, it was given $30,846, Snowden said in an email to the Orient.
The details of the eBoard’s 2016-17 operating budget cannot be disclosed, according to Brendan Civale ’17, co-chair of the eBoard.
The two groups are completely separate, according to Snowdon, but they have considered joining forces to host concerts.
WBOR maintains about 80 members each semester and hosts 10 to 15 community DJs on 91.1 FM, according to Snowdon. EBoard currently has 13 members, all of whom have been elected to serve on the committee.
After learning of their respective operating budgets, Benson reached out to Civale and co-chair of the eBoard Arindam Jurakhan ’17 to discuss what had happened. They also considered potential collaboration for the fall concert.
“I said, ‘Look, I know you have a nice new fall budget, [but] we just happened to get our already shoestring concert budget cut in half,’ to a level where it’s essentially not sustainable,” he said. “It’s really our chance to leave a legacy for the music scene on this campus.”
Civale said eBoard ultimately decided to not collaborate with WBOR for the fall concert because the deadline was fast-approaching and the process became too hectic. Jurakhan said he believes February would be a good time to collaborate with WBOR.
When Snowdon learned of eBoard’s role in planning the Fall Concert, she said she felt that a “pretty clear priority” had been given to eBoard, after what WBOR considered a big compromise in bringing Shabazz Palaces to campus, an event intended to appeal to a wider audience.
“It was our last shebang,” she said. “It felt like we were put on notice with eBoard.”
According to Silvia Serban, associate director of student activities, the decision to delegate the Fall Concert to eBoard was an attempt to try something new in giving eBoard a chance this year.
Irfan Alam ’18, chair of the SAFC, expressed his confidence in eBoard’s ability to accommodate student tastes with the shows they bring to campus.
“We definitely know that the eBoard has historically worked well with Student Activities in communication and trying to build [and] foster that relationship, so anything they do is executed efficiently,” he said.
As an at-large representative last year, Alam did not work directly with operating budgets and had no comment on WBOR and SAFC’s relationship in the past.
Alam said that through a deliberation process, the SAFC allocates about $680,000 to be spread across student organizations during the academic year.
Addressing the controversy that has surrounded the potential crossover between representatives of SAFC and eBoard, Alam cited the guidelines for funding on the Bowdoin Student Government website, which the SAFC is required to adhere to in each buget deliberation.
“It is not a place where you automatically get funding if you’re an SAFC member,” he said. “We always try to remember the fact that the SAFC money comes from students’ actual pockets that they paid for in the Student Activities fee. So when we think of students paying to see events, or speakers, or whatever, we always think about, ‘what do the students want?’”
When asked if SAFC relegated the Fall Concert to eBoard instead of WBOR because of high attendance at eBoard-sponsored events, Alam suggested that eBoard and WBOR serve different purposes on campus.
“I wouldn’t say WBOR is or isn’t bringing anything to campus,” Alam said. “A lot of us on SAFC appreciate the fact that WBOR brings alternative music genres to Bowdoin, because without it, we would have an absence of it.”
SAFC hopes WBOR’s 2016-17 concert series budget will be used to fund three mini-concerts, according to Alam. Serban added that WBOR’s funds could be allocated to sponsor smaller-scale college house programming.
Snowdon said she is satisfied with WBOR’s underground culture, but not with its campus presence, and is actively thinking of ways to improve the station and attract new members.
“It’s something we’ve been chewing on for a couple of months,” said Snowdon.
Benson said the station has been a critical part of his Bowdoin experience. “It’s the only space I feel comfortable on campus…I think the administration is scared of what WBOR can become. Maybe they think of creativity as dangerous, at least in some contexts,” he said. “The space is sort of our own.”
“These are clearly the thoughts of a guy who’s become way too embroiled in a minor campus issue,” Benson added.
Louis the Child will play in Smith Union on Oct. 14 at 11 p.m. EBoard is in the process of determining a student-band opener.
Women’s tennis follows historic win with surprising loss, NESCAC playoffs ahead
The weekend after the Bowdoin women’s tennis team (12-5, 5-3 NESCAC) defeated Williams (16-3, 6-1 NESCAC) for the first time in the program’s history, the Polar Bears lost 7-2 to Tufts (11-6, 5-4 NESCAC) on Saturday. This marked the first loss to the Jumbos in the past four years.
“It’s hard to say exactly what happened, but we came out flat,” said Sam Stalder ’17. “I think we were definitely riding the high of the Williams win, and we may have come out a little bit relaxed, not as focused.”
Captain Tiffany Cheng ’16 attributed the loss to the team not being fully present.
“We were definitely looking into NESCACs and Nationals, and we didn’t really mentally prepare ourselves to play Tufts and grind it out,” said Cheng. “We almost had too much pressure on ourselves from the weekend before. We just weren’t mentally prepared for the match.”
Stalder was one of the singles winners, joining Kyra Silitch ’17 in adding to the Polar Bears’ points. While pleased with her individual win, Stalder was quick to comment that she could have done more to help her team.
“I should have fired up my teammates more—gotten them going,” said Stalder. “I personally was doing well, but I didn’t do a great job spreading that fire.”
Heading into the NESCAC tournament first-round match against Wesleyan (10-4, 6-4 NESCAC) today hosted at Bates, Stalder remains confident despite the loss against Tufts. “I’m not worried, per se, but I also know that we have to play better than we did this past weekend. I know we can do that,” she said.
The Polar Bears beat the Cardinals 5-4 earlier this season in a tough series of matches.
“They’re a good enough team that every single match is pretty evenly matched in terms of talent and skill levels, so every person has to be playing to their capabilities to win,” said Stalder. “No one has an easy match.”
Cheng anticipates a fight from the top of Wesleyan’s ladder.
“They have a tough lineup at the top, and it’s always been a battle,” said Cheng.
“I think we’re definitely kicking ourselves in the butt right now for this past weekend—we’re not happy. We’re pretty pissed. I think that should motivate us going into this weekend,” said Stalder. “I don’t think we’ll let that happen again going into this weekend at NESCACs.”In preparation for the matches, Cheng said the team has been working hard this week to be mentally prepared for the fight against Wesleyan and for the hopes of a match against Williams on Saturday.
“We do something called ‘Doubles Therapy’ where our doubles partners talk together before the matches,” said Cheng. “We do as much as we can, but ultimately, it comes down to each person and how much they really want it.”
The team’s NESCAC tournament draw to play Wesleyan this weekend was unaffected by its loss to Tufts. Looking forward, developing players have also improved over the course of the season, giving the team an additional boost heading into the weekend.
“I think we have the best possible draw that we could for NESCACs,” said Cheng. “We’ve beaten Wesleyan—it was close last time, but we’ve got players who have really upped their game and stepped it up the past couple of weeks...So the sooner we take care of business, we can play Williams, and we know we can beat them as well. We’re really excited and pumped up for this weekend.”
The team is trying to take each match one at a time heading into the weekend.
“We definitely learned from this past weekend how looking too far in advance can hurt us,” said Cheng. “Honestly, we’re just thinking point-by-point.”
Cheng hopes that her team will rally for the weekend, as she remembers how the team fell to Emory (23-5) in out-of-conference play just before coming back to win against Williams.
“We were able to regroup and push forward against Williams, and I’m hopeful that will happen [again]. Unfortunately, it does take some losses to appreciate the wins,” said Cheng. “I think we’ll be ready for this weekend.”
Students raise thousands for Ecuador after earthquake
Following the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador on April 16, Ecuadorian Bowdoin students Cesar Siguencia ’18, Caroline Martinez ’16, Andres Aguaiza ’17, Paola Rios ’18 and Cristina Tamay ’18 immediately began planning fundraising efforts to support their country from afar.
The group has been selling empanadas in Smith Union to raise money for the Red Cross. They raised $805 during their sales on April 20 and April 21. Siguencia explained that the group decided to give to the Red Cross directly because the organization provides the simplest way to distribute funds to the most amount of people in Ecuador.
Hoping to reach $5,000 in donations, their online fundraiser will stay open until May 6 on their GoFundMe page. As of press time, the group has raised a grand total of $2,035 from 43 donors in the past seven days—an average of almost $50 per donation.
Martinez felt driven to do whatever she could despite the distance from her home country. “I had other friends who were there and who were volunteering, so to be here at Bowdoin and to not [be] doing anything just felt wrong,” said Martinez.
Students and professors alike have shown solidarity in their fundraising efforts, noted Siguencia.
“I want to thank the people that have been very supportive, I think as Cesar said, like [Roger Howell, Jr.] Professor [of wHistory] Allen Wells encouraging his students to come and [Associate] Professor [of Romance Languages and Literatures Enrique] Yepes and other people donating online and sending encouraging messages,” said Martinez. “I received a lot of messages from professors and mentors and people in the Career Planning Center and friends just asking me if my family and friends were safe and that meant a lot as well.”
Because of the continuing impacts of this earthquake, both the physical and emotional damage will endure beyond the timeframe of the fundraising campaign.
“I am Ecuadorian, and I am very proud of that, but at the same time, it is a third world country, it’s not that big up in the news,” said Siguencia. “So for Ecuadorians at this school, what we have to do, what is just our responsibility, is to tell and inform as many students as possible.”
From here, the group plans on expanding their sales of empanadas to College Houses and on the Quad with the help of a Good Ideas Fund grant, like they did on Thursday afternoon. In addition, they hope to host more fundraising and awareness events, like coffee houses or an Alternative Spring Break trip.
Next Friday, May 6, at 3 p.m. on the Main Quad, there will be a Gelato Fiasco fundraising event: all proceeds will go to their campaign for Ecuador’s Red Cross.
If you’re looking for how to get involved, Martinez suggests checking out their Facebook and GoFundMe pages, as well as just seeking out information from her directly.
After graduation, Martinez will return to Ecuador with hopes to give direct support by volunteering. Over the weekend, she spoke with several Ecuadorian students at Brown University who informed her of their plans to start a reconstruction project in a small town, inspiring her to do so at Bowdoin.
“After giving direct relief to people, making sure they have food, medicine and water, you have to begin to reconstruct their homes that have been completely destroyed,” said Martinez. “So I think Bowdoin students definitely can start a campaign to reconstruct, at least in a small town.” Furthermore, Martinez hopes to see something beyond emotional support from the Bowdoin Community.
“I just want to see that people care. And I have received some emails from people that have just been like ‘What can I do?’ Not just to ask, ‘Are you okay,’ but to see how they can help this campaign,” said Martinez. “That’s been nice, seeing people wanting to take an active role.”
Martinez and Siguencia both said that their families and friends were safe, as they found out via phone calls hours and days after the quake and through Facebook’s “safe” markers.
Soccer teams serve community through Kick Start initiative
Every Saturday morning during April, the Bowdoin men’s and women’s soccer teams participate in Brunswick Parks and Recreation’s Kick Start soccer program, teaching as many as 75 to 100 children aged five to eight. It’s a tradition every April that has run for many years in which college players inspire confidence and love of the game in the youth.
Peter Mills, assistant coach of the men’s soccer team, manages the program, He gives the Bowdoin student instructors tasks for each session when they arrive in the morning such as teaching dribbling or passing.
For Rachel Noone ’19 the program is a mechanism to bring her closer to her teammates.“As a team, being together and serving a purpose greater than your team beyond just winning transcends just soccer,” said Noone. “It builds friendships—on the field you know your teammate that much better because you share that experience and also go the extra mile on the field in that season.”
Rachel Stout ’18 noted the joy in working with the children themselves.
“It’s awesome to see the smile you can put on their face and change their day over such a simple thing as soccer,” said Stout.
She also fondly recalled her group’s love for the game and energy.
“They love the scrimmages and come up with silly cheers and names like the ‘Bowdoin Flames,’” said Stout.
Beyond the fun and games, Kick Start can be challenging at times.
“Sometimes it’s a grind getting up at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, but it’s definitely worth it,” said Noone.
Stout recalled the difficulty at times of working with so many kids at once.
“[There are] typical kid things [like] throwing tantrums, messing around or crying because they miss their parents, but it’s manageable because you can distract them by playing soccer,” said Stout.
“They always want to wrestle with you or something, or they want you to give them a piggyback ride,” said CJ Masterson ’19. “But if you give one kid a piggyback ride, then all of them are wanting a piggyback rides and they’re all just climbing on you.”
Despite the difficulty of marshaling close to 100 kids at 8:30 in the morning, Masterson has found that the relationships he has built with the community are rewarding. He specifically noted a connection with a player named Noah.
“I was at Sears one time getting a tie, and he was there with his dad, and he introduced [us]. He was really excited to see me,” said Masterson. “That was a community experience that was really solidifying.”
Most of all, Masterson enjoys the program because of the joy it brings him.
“It’s a lot of fun. It’s really nostalgic reliving your best soccer days as a kid when you’re six years old,” said Masterson. “It becomes the highlight of your day.”
Pulitzer Prize winner biographer Maraniss and searching for truth
Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Maraniss shared his writing process with students and the greater Brunswick community in his talk on Tuesday, and conveyed his desire to dig for truth and his belief in the power of stories. His talk was entitled “The Art of Biography and the Search for the Truth.”
Maraniss completed his work, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story” in September, which is the culminating book in a trilogy about the 1960s. He currently serves as an associate editor at The Washington Post.
According to Director of Events and Summer Programs Tony Sprague, Maraniss’ experience with politics and particularly with the happenings of the presidential campaign trail made him a particularly appealing invite to campus. Maraniss wrote a 1995 biography of Bill Clinton, and received a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Clinton campaign.
Maurice Asare ’19 was particularly interested in Maraniss’ discussion of the Clinton campaign.“[I was interested in] the nature of Hillary Clinton and how her personality, the defensiveness that she has created in herself as a result of her husband’s mess in his political and personal life, translates into her candidacy in this presidential election.”
In his talk, Maraniss revealed his own writing inspiration and his mentors.
"I was lucky. My father was a newspaperman, and he was my first mentor,” he said. “I’ve had authors ranging from Robert Caro, the author of [“The Years of Lyndon Johnson”] and “The Power Broker”...[to] some people that I’ve never met, like George Orwell, [as inspiration]. Not his novels, but his essays have inspired me too. It is the clarity with which he wrote that made me think, ‘Well that’s obvious! So why hasn’t anybody else written it like that?’ That’s sort of a model that I try to get to.”
He emphasized the writers’ refrain that the obvious only becomes obvious when it’s obvious.“Something that should be apparent just washes over me in a more profound way,” he said. Sprague aimed to bring a speaker to Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige asked Maraniss to speak about his obsessive writing style.
“[Obsession] springs from who I am—it’s a combination of things that I love that also happen to have some larger essence to them,” said Maraniss. “I’m looking for both the dramatic story and for the larger sociological themes.”
Chasing these obsessions has taken Maraniss all over the world.
“My motto is really to go there, wherever there is,” he said. “And that makes all the difference in understanding the culture and the sociology of the place.”
“I was impressed by his sociological imagination,” said Sarah Steffen ’16, who attended the talk. “I try to go to as many different talks and lectures while I’m at Bowdoin because I don’t know when I’ll be in such a vibrant learning community after these four years.”
Steffen was also struck by Maraniss’ description of his emphasis on his subjects’ upbringing, identity and sense of self.
“I was really interested in the idea of how your background shapes everything in your life,” she said. “How he differentiated between physiological analysis and his explanation of what he meant by that was really compelling.”
At age 43, Maraniss had never written a book. But then he went on to write his lauded biography of Clinton and later, one about Obama.
“[I] had some opportunities, but it didn’t feel quite right,” said Maraniss. “And then I covered Clinton in ’92 for the newspaper and woke up the day after election and said, ‘I’m ready.’”
Rose speaks about business skills, to teach first-year seminar on leadership
President Clayton Rose shared his insights on the importance of transparency, risk-taking and diligence in developing effective leadership skills to an audience of about 60 students, faculty and staff during the Business Leadership Principles event on Monday. Next semester, Rose will teach an interdisciplinary first-year seminar called, “The Moral Leader,” which will expand on the same concepts he discussed Monday.
Sponsored by the Bowdoin College Finance Society, Rose spoke about his experiences at J.P. Morgan and his academic career at the Harvard Business School, revealing his stance on “the responsibilities of leadership, managerial values, ethics and the role of business in society.”Ellen Pham ’18, co-leader of Bowdoin Women in Business and co-vice president of the Bowdoin Finance Society, organized the event because of the significance she sees in developing leadership skills.
“I just wanted to start the dialogue about leadership in business at Bowdoin,” said Pham. “I think it is so important for Bowdoin students to be exposed to different styles of leadership because one of the mantras of Bowdoin is to train the next generations of leaders.” Rose spoke briefly, and then opened the floor for questions—the majority of the event was question driven discussion.
Kim Kahnweiler ’16 directed the conversation toward diversity and the value of a liberal arts education in the business world today.
Rose responded by citing the early ’90s as a time that saw a surge in the use of “diversity” as a buzzword among businesses and emphasized its continued significance in business models in 2016. Rose emphasized the value of the communication and critical thinking skills gained through a liberal arts education.
“Do not underestimate it. It is incredibly powerful,” he said.
Pham was pleased with how Rose clearly contextualized business and made the topic accessible for audience members.
“He spoke very generally, which I really appreciated, because finance can be so niche and sometimes turn people off,” said Pham. “I was glad that he was able to talk about how business can relate to a lot of different things like climate change.”
Ben Bristol ’17 asked about climate change directly as he wondered about the corporate social responsibility of businesses to mitigate environmental justice issues.
Rose responded by referencing a Harvard Business School class he co-taught called, “Reimagining Capitalism,” which allowed the class to examine the fragility and importance of the model of the depletion of New England fisheries, a “close to home [issue] for many of us.”
Others from the audience asked for his crucial tips for up and comers in the business world. “You must be willing to take risks,” said Rose. “You’re going to have to get comfortable making informed decisions with incomplete information and ultimately trust your gut—develop informed intuition.”
He then emphasized the importance of staying focused and diligent to prove yourself for the next opportunity.
“Do not worry about the next job. Worry about the job you have now,” said Rose. “When people are looking at that job, they won’t do the job they’re doing well. And that’ll kill you.”
Kahnweiler reflected on the intersection of Rose’s business background and his work so far at Bowdoin.
“It’s definitely too early to tell,” said Kahnweiler when asked if Rose’s business strategies have positively influenced his presidency. “It’s comforting to know that that’s something he takes very seriously.”
“I hope he continues to be outspoken. I hope he continues to support student that participate in all different activities across campus,” she said.
Quinby recieves most college house apps, new question considers diversity
275 college house applications were submitted this year, an increase from last year but still below the record-setting year for 2011-2012, which had 341 applicants. Quinby House received the most college house applications according to Mariana Centeno, assistant director of Residential Life (Res Life). With 200 beds available in the college house system, 73 percent of applicants will be accepted.
This year, a new question on the college house application caused students to reconsider the role of college houses on campus.
“The Residential Life office is committed to building college house communities that respect and are eager to learn about and have a willingness to accept the many ways of viewing the world. ‘Please give an example of how you would work to promote diversity of experiences within your house,’” said Centeno, quoting the the 2015-2016 college house application.Centeno said that this question provoked thoughtful responses from applicants.
“Almost all of them had to do with conversations about diversity, religion, race, sexuality, in a shift that I have never seen,” said Centeno. “I think a huge part of that is last semester.”
First-year Alys Fromson-Ho found the question a bit tricky at first but ultimately helpful in understanding her potential role as a college house member.
“The questions were not easy. If you wanted to answer them seriously, it took a lot of thinking like, ‘Hey, how can I actually contribute?’” Fromson-Ho said. “It got me really excited about how to be an active member [of a house] and how [I could] be a part of a smaller community within the whole entire Bowdoin [campus]”
The applicant pool for college houses is typically dominated by first years. Although ResLife extended the deadline a week for upperclassmen to apply, the vast majority of applicants were still first years.
A new feature to the college house application, the “any house” option, was created last year to ensure that if an applicant hasn’t been placed in his or her top-three choice houses, he or she is still eligible for consideration to be a part of the college house system.
Since the advent of the “any house” option on the college house application last year, Centeno saw a significant increase in applicants selecting the “any house” placement. According to Centero, about 150 students selected “any house” this year, up from around 100 last year.Centeno also noted that this year, more students applied to Howell as their third choice and more individuals applied outside of blocks.
Fromson-Ho noted her trepidation about the process of applying to a college house but acknowledged how her application experience was informative.
“I think I was afraid of not fitting into these pre-conceived notions about each house, but I realized that by not applying, I was just reinforcing those stereotypes in my mind and upholding them” said Fromson-Ho.
First year Avery Wolfe ’19 was motivated to apply to the college house system because of the unique opportunity to expand her social horizons.
“I really wanted to meet people that I might not run into because we have different academic and extracurricular interests,” said Wolfe. “And I wanted to form relationships with first years.”
Coles Tower renovation to create ADA-accessible living spaces, relocate IT
The current Coles Tower second floor renovation is part of a four-year makeover of the building. The revamp will create new ADA-accessible living spaces for students in Fall 2016 and relocate the IT offices in the process.
The changes to the second floor were not originally part of the plans for the ongoing building renovation. However, it was incorporated early in the process because of high demand for housing in the Tower, said Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Katy Longley.
The renovation of the second floor is still in its early stages. Longley said the bulk of that renovation will happen this summer; however, the rooms will be a part of the housing lottery this spring, and students will move in next fall.
“It’s a really good use of space, taking down those walls and adding more beds,” said Longley. “It’ll be a nice floor, they’ll be brand new rooms, I think it will be popular in the lottery.”
While the common room size may vary from the rest of Coles Tower, all bedrooms on the second floor will be ADA accessible, Senior Project Manager John Simoneau explained. Depending on ResLife’s need for beds, these bedrooms could serve as doubles as well.
To make room for the big changes, Bowdoin’s IT department has moved to the Tower basement where the Textbook Center used to be.
Tom Ezquerro ’18, an IT student employee, weighed in on the big move.
“There are certain things to miss, but there are also a lot of pros to the basement,” said Ezquerro. “I think one of the big pros is that a large majority of the IT department is now together in one space, so you’re kind of pooling all of this knowledge together.”
The space has been completely renovated for IT and features brand-new cubicles in its spacious setting. Since all of IT student services are now under the same roof, there will be no more running around campus for AV and student help desk inquiries.
One casualty of the renovation is the Tower’s computer lab, which has been permanently removed. Longley said she knew of no plans for the lab to be reopened in a new location.
Ezquerro thinks the IT move will better the accessibility and unity of the staff.
“It’s supposed to encourage interaction between the different sections of IT and hopefully to get some cross training between our different departments so we can be a little more flexible and responsive,” said Ezquerro.
For the department’s new late hours—open until 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays—the renovated basement space’s layout opens up directly into the office space, allowing students to seek assistance even more easily.
Ezquerro cites the maze of a floorplan in their former second floor office space as a deterrent. “Before we’d have to get up and it was kind of a hassle and some people would just walk away,” he said.
Ezquerro did remark that the news of IT’s new location does not seem to have gotten around campus yet and might take an adjustment period.
“I think most people are actually pretty happy about it,” Ezquerro said. “Personally, I was a little sad about the windowless-ness of the basement, but now, it’s just really nice to have everybody down there and it’s just a really nice space to be able to work and welcome people in.”
Women’s lacrosse edges Colby in NESCAC quarterfinals
The third-seeded Polar Bears (14-2, 8-2 NESCAC) advanced to the NESCAC semifinals after beating sixth-seeded Colby (10-6, 5-5 NESCAC) 12-11 on Saturday. Tomorrow, the team will compete against second-seeded Middlebury (13-2, 8-2 NESCAC) in its first trip to the NESCAC semifinals since 2011 and its fifth appearance in the program’s history. Every NESCAC quarterfinal match this past weekend was decided by a single goal; every Bowdoin-Colby matchup since 2011 has ended in a one-goal difference.
Lindsay Picard ’16 led the charge, contributing to half of Bowdoin’s points with a hat trick and three assists. She also won five draw controls, all of which helped earn her NESCAC Player of the Week honors.
The team suffered from several turnovers and stolen passes in the beginning of the match. However, the team’s 4-0 run during the final minutes of the first half boosted the Polar Bears from a two-goal deficit to a two-goal lead at the half, which they built throughout the second period to fend off the Mules.
“It was a huge team effort. Everyone came out with a lot of fire from the start. What really helped us was coming into the second half and knowing we had to give everything again,” said Picard.
Sarah Freeman ’15, who caused two turnovers and two ground balls, noted her team’s renewed energy in the second half after a tough first period.
“Although we played really well, it wasn’t the cleanest game that we’ve had—especially the first half,” she said. “But I think in the second half, we really rallied and came back from being down.”
Freeman emphasized what the team needs to do to win against Middlebury on Saturday.
“We definitely have the skills to beat [Middlebury] if we play together, and [are] calm and everyone gets really motivated,” said Freeman.
Clare McLaughlin ’15, who also scored three goals against Colby, referred to the numerous turnovers and stolen passes in the matchup—a weak spot the team has tried to amend in practice this week in preparation for Saturday.
“We just want to use this week to get better every day at practice to make sure that we go in with our grit—our intensity,” said McLaughlin. “[We’ll try to] minimize turnovers so we can play to our potential.”
The Polar Bears lost to Middlebury 14-8 earlier in the season.
“I think we’re really excited because we want that redemption,” said McLaughlin. “I haven’t beaten Middlebury in my four years, and I’d love to beat them.”
Despite the wide margin of goals by which the Panthers beat the Polar Bears in their early season matchup, McLaughlin believes her team can pull off an upset.
“Although we lost by a bunch, those games never felt far apart—it never felt out of reach,” said McLaughlin.
The team will draw on its deep lineup in the semifinal match.
“If you look at our goals, they’re scored by tons of different people, and each game it is undecided who will have the best game and who will be the standout,” said Freeman. “What’s made our team so good this year and made it really cohesive on and off the field is that we have a ton of people that contribute.”
The Polar Bears hope to advance from the semifinals to Sunday’s championship match, aiming for the program’s first ever NESCAC Championship title.
“That’s something that everyone looks for, but I think that’s going to have to come after we win on Saturday, and you can’t think too far in advance,” said Picard.
As the Polar Bears battle it out against the Panthers on Saturday, first-seeded Trinity will play fifth-seeded Tufts in the other semifinal. If they win tomorrow, the Polar Bears will advance to the title match on Sunday—a feat which would break a nine-year hiatus since their last Championship game appearance in 2006.
Women’s Lacrosse to host NESCAC Quarterfinal game
Last week, the women’s lacrosse team added two more victories to their winning streak, which now stands at seven games. The Polar Bears (8-2 NESCAC, 13-2 overall) beat Wesleyan (1-9 NESCAC, 5-10 overall) 17-5 and then Tufts (6-4 NESCAC, 10-5 overall) 11-9 to secure the third seed in the NESCAC tournament.
The Polar Bears now rank behind first-place Trinity and second-ranked Middlebury. The Polar Bears lost to Trinity earlier this season 11-6 and fell to Middlebury 14-8. The team looks to continue their strong performance in the upcoming NESCAC Championship and earn a shot at the NCAA D-III Tournament.
Grote praised her team’s continued momentum in the match-up against Wesleyan, proving again the strength of her players’ collaborative style.
“[The Wesleyan game] was a great team effort overall. We didn’t expect going in to leave with that kind of score. It was played with such great team chemistry,” said Grote.
The women were precise and focused on details against Wesleyan (4-10, 0-9 NESCAC), working together well.
“We were shooting well,” said Grote. “There were a lot of good connections. It wasn’t just one person scoring—it was everybody scoring. It was nice to see that sort of balance going on on the field for us.”
The team’s defensive squad proved to be the difference.
“Defense was really stepping up and causing great turnovers at just the right time,” added Grote.
In preparation for the final conference game and the last match-up before the postseason, the Polar Bears have been working hard in practice to hone their skills and remain focused on their own style of game play.
“Our main focus is us—making sure that we’re getting better every day. [We’re practicing] going in and starting off playing strong right from that first whistle and continuing to play together as a team,” said Grote.
Despite the extra intensity in practice, the Polar Bears went down 5-2 to the Jumbos midway through the first half. Clare McLaughlin ’15, Lindsay Picard ’16 and Brooke Bullington ’17 scored back-to-back-to-back goals to tie the game at six going into the intermission.
The Polar Bears took the lead early in the second half on a Mettler Growney ’17 free position goal and never gave it up.
The team finished with a solid record last year (8-7, 4-6 NESCAC), yet was beaten by Amherst in the quarterfinal of the NESCAC tournament. The Polar Bears did not receive a NCAA D-III tournament bid.
The team’s strong performance this season could lead to a different outcome in this year’s NESCAC tournament and even a bid to the NCAA tournament.
Despite their exciting prospects, the Polar Bears have refrained from thinking about postseason play.
“We’re really just taking things one step at a time,” said Grote.
No. 4 women’s lacrosse on five-game win streak
The women’s lacrosse team (11-2, 6-2 NESCAC) charged to a 14-10 win over Connecticut College (4-9, 1-7 NESCAC) last weekend. This vaulted the Polar Bears to a fourth place national ranking in the most recent Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association D-III poll. The team beat the University of Southern Maine yesterday at home 18-4 and will travel on Saturday to Middletown, Conn. to face Wesleyan (4-9, 0-8 NESCAC).
The win against Connecticut College this past weekend marked the team’s fourth straight win. However, the team was cautious going into the matchup, despite its strong record.
“We wanted to stress that even though Conn. has not had the best record this season, it was still going to be a really big game and that we couldn’t just go in thinking that we could take the win,” said Emma Beecher ’16, who scored a hat-trick for her team.
Captain Taylor Wilson ’15, named NESCAC Women’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for her high-scoring performance, also remarked on the team’s deliberate approach to the game.
“This was the best [Connecticut College] team that we’ve ever played,” said Wilson. “We both knew how important this game was for NESCAC standings.”
In a tough push-and-pull for goals in the middle of the game, the Polar Bears rallied at halftime to execute to earn them the win.
“Something’s that special about our team is that we didn’t really realize that we went down. We kept our composure and just kept going,” said Beecher. “We tried to do the basic things—get the draw controls, make the right passes, make the right decisions.”
Wilson praised the team’s poise in the second half and found that their energy propelled the team to fight harder for points.
“Our team in general, the confidence and intensity that we all had for the second half, fired all of us up and inspired us to say ‘We’re going to look at the scoreboard and we’re going to be winning at the end of this game,’” said Wilson.
Beecher cited Wilson’s grit and ability to find the back of the net, which triggered a six to one goal run.
“[Wilson] got a free position shot and from there, it just sparked our energy and we just kept going. We started finding the right drives and the right feeds…We just started to click more,” said Beecher.
Wilson also referenced her teammates’ contributions, strategically taking advantage of Connecticut’s weaknesses to build the six-goal margin.
“As far as the performances from myself, [Lindsay Picard ’16] and [Beecher], as midfielders, it was definitely a chance for us because Conn. was weak in their defense at the top of the eight-meter,” said Wilson. “We knew that if we were going full-speed to goal, we’d be able to capitalize, and that was exactly what happened.”
The team’s defense was dominant in the game, another asset that contributed to the Polar Bears’ success.
“We have one of the best defense [lineups] in the NESCAC and all of our defenders are super quick and super fast, which isn’t very typical,” said Wilson. “Yes, [Conn. College’s offensive players] were coming in hard to goal, but we were able to step up and stop them and were good about bringing the ball out of our defensive end.”
Yesterday, the team faced University of Southern Maine (USM) on Ryan Field.
In a pre-game interview, Beecher said that she saw the game as a good opportunity for her team to be creative in their game play and to get looks at new combinations of players.
“[The USM game] will allow us to work on new things, without the necessary pressure of a NESCAC game, which is important for us to do—we are always a little more innovative in those games,” said Beecher.
Indeed the game did provide an opportunity to explore strategy outside the NESCAC, as the Polar Bears dominated the Siberian Huskies 18-4.
Tomorrow, the Polar Bears travel to play the Cardinals of Wesleyan University. Wesleyan is currently trailing in NESCAC standings, but will offer solid competition.
Beecher said, “Wesleyan is typically not that strong, but the scores we’ve seen show that they’re a different team than they typically are, which is good news for us in that we typically play better when we’re playing more competitive teams.”
Beyond Wesleyan, the Polar Bears will face Tufts University (9-4, 5-3 NESCAC) next week to round out their regular season competition before the NESCAC championships and the NCAA D-III Tournament.
“It’s kind of crazy how the rest of the season just flies by once we get into NESCACs—we’re really excited for post-season,” said Beecher.
O’Connor edges lacrosse past Colby
The women’s lacrosse team (9-2, 5-2 NESCAC) beat out Endicott (7-4) last Saturday and pulled off a decisive win against rival Colby (9-3, 4-3 NESCAC) on Tuesday. Tuesday was also Bowdoin’s Senior Day. The Polar Bears hope to continue their winning streak this weekend against Connecticut College (3-8, 1-6 NESCAC).
The 13-8 win against Endicott marked a shift in the team’s morale, coming off of a dog fight win against fellow Maine school, Bates (6-7, 2-6 NESCAC) and back-to-back losses against top-seeded teams Trinity (11-1, 7-1 NESCAC) and Middlebury (9-1, 5-1 NESCAC).
“We’d obviously hit a bit of a lull and it’s hard to go through a season and come off of two big games in a row,” said Lindsay Picard ’16, “Trinity and Middlebury are great, but [the Endicott game] has been really great for us to refocus on how we choose to play and the standard we choose to set for ourselves.”
Mettler Growney ’17 emphasized how the team came together to pull off the win.
“Our attack worked really well together,” she said. “[Endicott’s] goalie was really good, so they made a couple saves on us—we were a bit startled. But then we just got moving on attack with good combinations and feeds inside the 8-meter, and one-on-ones worked a lot.”
The Polar Bears went into the second half hot, leading Endicott 8-2. Growney and Picard added a combined 7 goals and 3 assists. The team pulled away to for the win by a 5 goal margin in the end, fighting back a three-goal final push by the Gulls.
“I would never remember that they scored,” Growney said. “That’s not something I would take away from the whole game. I think we played a really hard, full game.”
Picard echoed how impressed she was by her teammates’ performance.
“When you’re up by that much you sometimes don’t push yourself until the end. But overall, I think the second half was huge for us regardless,” said Picard. “What was hard was that Endicott really pushed themselves until the very end and that was something that they did really well, but I don’t think it takes away from how we played.”
Growney stressed the importance of the win against Endicott with a potentially tough matchup against Colby, then the second ranked team in the nation, on the horizon.
“It’s really great that we had this result against Endicott this weekend because we’re coming away with a lot of confidence—much needed against the number two,” said Growney.Last year the Polar Bears lost by one goal after Colby scored in the final minutes of the game.“We want to get revenge,” said Growney. “The stakes are high. The [Trinity] and [Middlebury] games—we could have won those games too, but what really counts is doing the little things right.”
The team got pumped up for the game, knowing they needed to work together to realize their potential and earn the win on the Polar Bears’ Senior Day.
“The energy in the locker room beforehand and on the field and in the huddle during the game was confident, but not too confident,” said Growney. “We knew that we had the ability to win; we had a lot of enthusiasm and self-belief.”
Carrying this energy throughout the game enabled the team to play with finesse and to successfully execute the small details that proved crucial to their success.
“[Our] energy allowed us to win 50-50 battles during the game that, in the end, added up and decided the game,” said Growney. “Overall the game was a very competitive, fun battle and we pulled off the win together as a team.”
Picard praised her team’s desire to win and its style of play, which she credited to the seniors’ leadership.
“Overall we’ve had an amazing season. It’s the best team that I’ve seen in my three years playing here,” said Picard. “Everybody wants it, starting from a really strong group of seniors.”
Growney echoed that sentiment.
“I don’t know Bowdoin Lacrosse without [the seniors],” said Growney. “It’s going to be a really big change because they have all been incredible mentors.”
Picard identified senior leadership as a key to the team’s success so far this season, and said this leadership will continue to positively impact their season beyond the conference championship into the national tournament.
“Because it’s their last year, they really want it, and they’re leading the team in an amazing way—everything generates and sparks from them,” said Picard. “We’re looking to take it really far this season and so far we’ve proven that we have the ability to do that.”
The Polar Bears return to action against Connecticut College (3-8, 1-6 NESCAC) this Saturday at noon.
Women’s lax falls to top-ranked Trinity
This past Saturday, the women’s lacrosse team (7-2, 4-2 NESCAC) fell to No. 1 Trinity (9-1, 5-1 NESCAC) in an 11-6 loss. After much preparation and talk of the matchup against the top ranked Bantams, the Polar Bears could not complete a second half comeback, ultimately conceding the final four goals of the game after chipping the Trinity lead down to one. The loss marked the team’s second straight defeat to a top-five team.
The Polar Bears returned to action on Wednesday with an 8-7 victory over Bates (5-7, 1-6 NESCAC) and will play Endicott College (6-3, 2-1 TCCC), on Howard F. Ryan Field tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Clare McLaughlin ’15, who scored two goals against the Bantams, described the team’s approach to the match-up last Saturday.
“We went into the game really excited to improve from our loss against Middlebury. It was a low scoring game; we were [behind] 4-2 at halftime,” said McLaughlin.
The Polar Bears continued to fight at the beginning of the second half, but the pace of the game shifted.
“We had a lot of confidence that we were in it and we held it 7-6 for a while,” McLaughlin said. “For us it felt like in the blink of an eye, [the game] went from a 7-6 battle to all of a sudden they’re winning by four.”
Goalie Isabel Sippel ’15 turned away eight shots in the first half to keep her team in the game.“The game was much closer than the score made it seem… We worked really hard throughout the game to get it to where we were, especially with defense,” Sippel said.
Sippel also said that the Bantams’ momentum allowed them to control the final result.“[Momentum is] a big part of the game, unfortunately. People are hot at certain moments throughout the game. It’s not concerning, but it’s a lot better when the momentum is going in your direction,” said Sippel.
McLaughlin also remarked on how momentum is a defining characteristic of the sport, which proved on Saturday to be key in Trinity’s win.
“In lacrosse you can still come back from that, but we didn’t respond at the times that we needed to,” said McLaughlin. “We were down by four and the time was ticking.”
McLaughlin also mentioned how lost draw controls and 50/50 balls swung the pendulum in Trinity’s favor.
“Against top-ranked teams, a draw control can mean a game,” McLaughlin said. “When it was our chance to answer those goals, we didn’t capitalize. Passes went out, or we missed shots, or things didn’t quite get executed right. It was kind of tough to see, because it wasn’t like we weren’t getting the opportunities. It was just that we couldn’t quite finish them off.”
The loss against Trinity marked the second game in a row that the Polar Bears fell to an in-conference rival. However, McLaughlin argued that the pattern doesn’t define her team.“I think it’s okay that we lost two in a row. Our captains said to us in practice today, ‘This is a roadblock—we’ve lost to teams before and still had amazing seasons,’” she said. “It’s almost like this bump is a time to refocus for Bates on Wednesday.”
The Polar Bears worked hard in practice between the Trinity loss and the Bates matchup to attack draw control and 50/50 balls—it paid off.
McLaughlin said how the team’s morale and togetherness continue to boost its spirit and performance.
“A theme has been, ‘We don’t really have superstars, so we’re going to do this together and for each other. This is fun,’” said McLaughlin. “And that attitude going forward will lead to good things.”
Bowdoin has historically had great success against Endicott, yet the Polar Bears approach this contest with deliberate care.
“I wouldn’t say that [Endicott] is a [Trinity] or a Middlebury…. Rankings don’t really tell the whole story,” McLaughlin said. “A team could just play a style that’s really hard for us to go against. I’m confident that we can go against any style, but it is important that a team that might not have as many wins can still beat a team with a lot more wins.”
Women’s lacrosse nets six wins, ranked fifth in nation
The women’s lacrosse team (6-1 overall, 3-1 NESCAC) started off hot this season with a six-game win streak, propelling it to a No. 3 national ranking. After losing to Middlebury (5-1 overall, 3-1 NESCAC) last weekend and dropping to No. 5 in the nation, the team will host Trinity on Saturday, looking to further assert its prowess in the highly competitive NESCAC.
“I’ve been impressed by how our team started from the beginning and by the level they’ve been playing at,” said Head Coach Liz Grote. “We’re always looking to grow every day from there.”Of the six early-season wins, captain Taylor Wilson ’15 thought the team’s victory over Amherst stood out as a highlight.
“For us, coming off of last season, we lost to them during the NESCAC tournament, which kind of sealed our fate,” said Wilson. “We didn’t get a bid for the NCAA tournament.”
The Polar Bears came back with a vengeance this year, beating the then-No. 1 Lady Jeffs 10-6 on March 7.
“It gave us reassurance that we could hold our own, too, because from that point on, we just had more confidence with every team we played,” said captain Natalie Moore ’15. “It sent a message to the whole NESCAC that we weren’t going to let our season last year happen again.”
The game against Middlebury this past weekend ended the team’s win streak. Middlebury was boosted by a first-half run during which they scored four consecutive goals.
According to Wilson, the PolarBears did not feel that the game was an accurate reflection of their team.
“We didn’t come out of that game feeling like Middlebury walked all over us,” she said. “We made mistakes on our own thathurt us. It was more likewe beat ourselves more than Middlebury beat us...The way we played in the Middlebury game is not the way we play and not the standard that we hold ourselves to and have reached in our other games.”
Grote said she felt similarly.
“I do think we played very well as a team,” she said. “Statistically we beat them in categories, but it’s the goals at the end of the game that matter.
“We don’t let one loss define who we are,” she added. “If anything, it will give them more fuel. Just a little more added incentive to say, ‘Let’s get that groundball next time.’”
Wilson agreed that the loss could be used as motivation.
“I think it’s a blessing in disguise that we did have a bump in the road this early in the season, because how we react to it is going to say a lot about our team,” said Wilson.
The Polar Bears now turn their attention to Trinity (7-1 overall, 3-1 NESCAC), whom they will host tomorrow at noon.
“Every team in the NESCAC is technically a big game,” said Moore. “Trinity, Middlebury, Amherst—those top three teams mean a lot tous and we want to go out and defeat them. This is the last of those three and we are really excited to play.”
Two of Trinity’s coaches are former Bowdoin players: Katy Dissinger ’11 is the Bantams’ head coach, and Betsy Sachs ’14, a Polar Bear captain last season, is an assistant coach.
“To me, it’s awesome to see former players in the coaching ranks,” said Grote. “I’m very proud of them. I’m hoping our team doesn’t look at it as, ‘Oh, we’re playing [Dissinger] and Betsy [Sachs] today,’ but rather that we’re playing Trinity and we have to go get our win.”
Moore mentioned that Trinity was the D-III national runner-up last year, meaning this weekend’s game is good practice for the competitionBowdoin may face in the postseason. Grote said she will look to her seniors in a game of this magnitude.
“[Moore and Wilson’s] leadership has been great,” she said. “The drive that they have and all eight seniors in that senior class—it’s a pretty special class. hey all have a great desire to win. I think that’s something that’s going to help carry us through the season.”
Women’s hockey splits weekend, will travel to Conn. College
The women’s hockey team (10-9-5, 6-7-3 NESCAC) slid into fifth place in the NESCAC last weekend after splitting games against Amherst (16-4-4, 10-3-3 NESCAC) and will to travel to Connecticut College (12-9-3 overall, 7-7-2 NESCAC) for the NESCAC quarterfinal tomorrow at 7 p.m.
The team looked strong at the outset on Saturday, leading the game 2-0 early in the second period. But after three straight second period goals and a fourth in the third by Amherst, the Polar Bears found themselves in a hole they could not climb out of and ultimately fell 4-3.
“The third period, it was just a grind,” said Head Coach Marissa O’Neil. “We made a serious attempt to push in the last two and a half minutes to put one in and just fell short.”On Sunday, Amherst’s Senior Day, Bowdoin returned to the ice with a renewed focus and came away with a 3-2 victory. First year Miranda Bell led the attack with two goals and one assist, while goalie Lan Crofton ’17 was a brick wall in net, tallying 39 saves on the night.
“[Crofton] definitely stood on her head [on Sunday]. She saved about 40 shots,” said O’Neil.In an email to the Orient, captain olleen Finnerty ’15 wrote that Crofton and Bell’s crucial plays built the team’s momentum.
“[Crofton’s] incredible saves in the net definitely gave us momentum and kept us in the game,” wrote Finnerty. “As for Bell, she has a knack for the net. Her ability to finish plays in clutch moments of the game has been very important for our team this season.”
Sunday’s game was a nail-biter, coming down to the final minute of play.
“There was a faceoff in our offensive zone with 30 seconds left, and they had pulled their goalie already, so it was a six on five from their zone,” said O’Neil. “They came down and one of the best players in the league got by our defense and had a breakaway chance at 20 seconds. That’s when Lan, making that save, was the exclamation point on the weekend.”
O’Neil said that a positive attitude is crucial for success in the NESCAC tournament.
“We’re the underdog going into the playoffs, [but] we have wins now against the second, third, and fourth seeded teams, so in that way, we’re going into it with the right mindset, so I’m really happy about that,” said O’Neil.
The Polar Bears split their two games during the regular season. O’Neil said that her players will need to play with heart to pull out a win.
“It’s definitely a matter of who’ll show up. And it may take more than 60 minutes to figure out. It’s going to take our entire team.,” said O’Neil.
O’Neil is confident that if the team comes into the weekend playing to it potential, it will be a tough team to beat.
“This will be the first time we’ll be on the road for our quarterfinal matchup. Seed placement really doesn’t make a difference—that’s the best part about NESCAC hockey,” she said.
Finnerty also touched on the nature of play-off hockey.
“The most important thing for our teamto remember right now is that our seeding in the tournament is not indicative of our capabilities, just as our record this season is not indicative of our talent and potential,” wrote Finnerty.
Eager to see what her team can do, Finnerty expressed confidence in her teammates’ ability to put up a fight under pressure.“In the past couple of years, we have made good runs in the NESCAC tournament, so I don’t think that this year will be any different. Our team has a tendency to rise to the occasion and play great when a lot is on the line,” she wrote.
Finnerty listed a string of clutch performances from this season, including scrappy play against first seeded Middlebury and a four-goal surge against Trinity to overcome a 3-2 deficit.
“With the threat of the end of the season, I don’t foresee us coming home from New London this weekend with anything but a win,” said Finnerty.
BSAAC welcomes Special Olympians in month-long series of clinics
For the first time in the College’s history, the Bowdoin Student Athlete Advisory Committee (BSAAC) is organizing and hosting a month-long series of sports clinics in collaboration with the Special Olympics. During the Special Olympics’ annual day of awareness on March 4, Bowdoin will launch the campaign, “Spread the Word to End the Word,” to eliminate use of the word “retard."
The program stemmed from Bowdoin’s annual track clinic with the Special Olympics, which began four years ago. Siena Mitman ’15, head of BSAAC’s Community Engagement Committee, has been working with the organization to design the programming.
A volleyball clinic, doubling as the first event of the series took place last Thursday. There will be a basketball clinic on Sunday and a bowling outing next Friday.
“[We had] no idea what to expect, [but I] had some drills in mind, what would be fun, what everybody could do,” said Hailey Wahl ’16, captain of the women’s volleyball team.
At Thursday’s clinic, the volleyball team paired up with the athletes for one-on-one technical skills training—passing, hitting and serving. The clinic closed with a six-on-six scrimmage.
“[The Athletes would] make five mistakes in a row and never get discouraged,” said Wahl. “You realize most of the time we strive to be perfect, but really it’s the attitude that makes you a good teammate…I imagine the [Bowdoin volleyball] girls will want to be involved with the Special Olympics in the future.”
Beyond the clinic series, planning is currently underway for the “Spread the Word to End the Word” campaign at the end of the month.
“We’re still working on what we’re doing that week, but we’re thinking of selling T-shirts to raise money for a local chapter of Special Olympics of the Bath/Brunswick area and Topsham,” said Mitman.
A potential event involves creating posters of harmful words that campus groups will commit to avoiding.
“[Working with Special Olympics] seemed like a great opportunity to take that beyond just a poster, and make it something that shows our commitment in a different and stronger way—to remind people to be aware of the language they use,” said Mitman.
Women’s basketball Head Coach Adrienne Shibles, the faculty liaison for BSAAC, was instrumental in certifying Bowdoin as a Special Olympics College, which she feels is an important characteristic of a Division III school.
“[The] perfectionist Bowdoin student can get really focused on winning and performing at your best, and I think sometimes the joy of the game gets lost. So it’s a reminder of what’s important. We absolutely love it,” she said.
In addition to the clinics this week, the men’s and women’s track and field teams will host their fourth annual Special Olympics track clinic in the spring, and Sarah Freeman ’15 is also organizing a swimming clinic that will take place later this semester.
In addition to focusing on athletics, BSAAC hopes that the partnership and these events will create a stronger sense of community between the College and the town of Brunswick.
“It’s mutually beneficial, in that I do believe that the girls on the team enjoyed themselves immensely and learned so much from the experience,” said Wahl.
“It makes you realize you are part of a larger community than just Bowdoin.”
Squash teams all set for NESCAC tourney
The women’s squash team (6-9) surged to a decisive 5-4 win against Colby (6-5) on Sunday, January 25, after falling to Brown (5-5) the day before. On Friday the team narrowly lost 6-3 to Bates (8-8). The women rounded out their regular season winning 8-1 against Wellesley (9-8). The men suffered a string of losses to Brown, Colby and Bates, yet eased to a 9-0 a victory in their final home match of the season against MIT (7-8) on Saturday.
The women are seeded seventh heading into NESCAC Championship. They will play tenth seeded Tufts today at 4 p.m. at Williams College. The winner of this match will go on to face second seeded Williams at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The men are seeded eighth and will play ninth seeded Hamilton tonight at 6:30 p.m. The winner will face top-seeded Trinity at noon on Saturday.
Williams College is hosting the championship for both the men and women.
“Our seasons are always measured, in competitive terms, by the quality of our play at the postseason events,” wrote Head Coach Tomas Fortson in an email to the Orient.
“The men are working hard and trying to improve. They play a very difficult schedule and have lost four very close matches,” Fortson wrote. She added that the women are on the right side of their play’s progrssion and are in good shape for nationals.
However, Fortson worries about the team’s health and hopes it will be in top form as it enters the post season.
“We honestly can’t afford to lose another player, regardless of where they play on the ladder,” wrote captain Sara Wlodarczyk ’15 in an email to the Orient. Wlodarczyk will likely miss the championship this weekend due to illness.
Fortson praised the women’s rebound win against Colby, highlighting Wlodarczyk’s play, which earned her NESCAC Player of the Week honors.
“Sara’s honor was well earned as she came through in the clutch when Colby was poised for the upset win, said Forston. “All of our women have stepped up at different times to get valuable wins.”
According to Wlodarczyk, the loss against Bates a week later was one of the closest matches that the two teams have had in the last few years.
He also revealed how despite illness, the women’s team remains in high spirits. She praised the team’s performance against Wellesley last Saturday.
“I think if we’re all healthy come this weekend, then we stand a good chance of doing well and potentially winning the C division at championships,” said Wlodarczyk.
The men’s performance at Colby was crucial in their progress toward a breakout performance at NESCACs and nationals.
Captain Andrew Ward ’15 said that he knew that the match would be a close one, noting that matches against Colby almost always end 5-4.
“It was four-all, and we had our number one playing, Matt Cooper ’16, and [about] 50 people [were] watching, but unfortunately, the Colby guy won in the fifth game,” Ward said.The men’s win against MIT this Saturday was particularly exciting, since it ended the team’s losing streak.
“The seniors, [it was our] last home match. We weren’t going to lose that one. And so [the team] came out with a lot of energy. A lot of our friends were watching and we really stepped it up,” he said.
Ward attributed the team’s success to its relentless style of play.
“Other players in long games or stressful situations start hitting the tin. They start making mistakes. But we don’t shoot for winners a lot, we try to rally it out and burn them down, make them tired, so that’s how we usually win,” said Ward.
Both squads are looking forward to this weekend’s NESCAC Championship at Williams and at the College Squash Association nationals ithe following week.“We always perform our best at Nationals and that’s how we’ll hopefully end the season this year,” says Ward.
Squash teams serve up slow start to seasons
The women’s squash team (4-7) rebounded with a 9-0 win over Mount Holyoke (10-12) last Saturday after a 0-9 loss to Drexel (4-6) earlier that afternoon. The Polar Bears went on to defeat Wesleyan (4-7) and Smith (0-11) by scores of 5-4 and 8-1, respectively, at the Pioneer Valley Invitational on Sunday, while the still winless men’s team suffered three tough losses to Drexel, Hobart, and Wesleyan.
Head Coach Tomas Fortson praised his athletes and their performances this past weekend, remarking that he was impressed by many moments throughout the string of matches. “All of our players are on a committed road to improve and most have competed very well,” he said.
Co-captain of the men’s team Max Bearse ’15 attributed the scrappy 5-4 losses against Hobart (7-5) and Wesleyan (4-4) to its thinned lineup, with “a couple key players” injured after the teams’ intensive winter training.
“5-4 losses…are obviously as close as it can possibly get, and I think if we had healthy lineups for all of those, [if] everyone was 100 percent physically ready to go, a couple of those would have gone our way. But it’s very tough to say that. I think we competed very well despite such difficult matches,” he said.
On Saturday, the women’s team lost to Drexel 0-9 before turning the tables on Mount Holyoke, crushing the Lyons 9-0. The dramatic shift in the team’s performance may have resulted from what Emily Simonton ’15 said are long-standing traditions that have helped facilitate team bonding in preparation for crucial matches at the start of a new semester.
The match later in the day against Smith was easier for the women, who handily beat a pioneer team that Bowdoin has dominated historically, winning 8-1.
“The competition was different—we only played one NESCAC [school]. The previous weekend, we played Williams, Amherst, and Middlebury, who are all extremely talented, as are we, but in the NESCAC…it’s really competitive,” said Simonton.
In preparation for these recent matches, the men’s and women’s squash teams logged grueling workouts and competed frequently during Winter Break. Fortson mentioned the significance of winter training as a springboard for success later in the season.
“Winter training is the most important segment of our season, in terms of athletic growth and team dynamics. We only had two weeks this year [versus three in past seasons] but much was accomplished in both areas. We have a solid foundation to face the final month of the season,” said Fortson.
Both Bowdoin squads will travel to Brown Saturday before facing Colby this Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Lubin Squash Center.
“The key to this weekend’s matches will be how we practice this week. One day at a time,” said Fortson.