'This place exists for you': DeRay Mckesson looks back on four years at Bowdoin
DeRay Mckesson's 1,288 Bowdoin Facebook friends might notice something missing from campus next year.
Bowdoin Brief: Spector '09 named Maine chess champ
Maine chess enthusiasts should be on guard. There's a new king in the state, and he's a Bowdoin student.
Willey takes SAFC treasurer post
Nicole Willey '08 was elected as chair of the Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) on Thursday night.
College planning switch to Internet telephoning
The College will soon trade its 1970s-era telephones?which Bowdoin buys for 58 cents a piece off eBay?for a swanky new system that will allow students to stay connected nearly everywhere on campus.
Bowdoin Brief: Allen '67 expected to declare Senate run
Rep. Tom Allen '67, D-Maine, will likely announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate within the next month, The Hill reported Wednesday. The Washington, D.C.-based newspaper attributed the news to Allen's campaign manager.
Missing money in Coles Tower results in firing
A Bowdoin employee was fired this week after allegedly stealing cash from residents of Coles Tower, and a Bowdoin student said it was his own investigation that cracked the case.
City life: Recent grads offer advice
If you're looking for a summer internship or a job for after graduation, chances are you might be thinking about heading to a city. According to the Career Planning Center's surveys, the most popular locations for recent graduates are Massachusetts, New York State, Maine, and Washington, D.C. We checked in with recent Bowdoin graduates in top Bowdoin cities to see what they would recommend to students thinking about making a move.
Faculty discuss budget, dean position creation
The administration is proposing a $111 million budget for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, representing a 5.5 percent increase over the current fiscal year, Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Katy Longley said at Monday's faculty meeting.
Stuff 101: A new club that's all talk
Joe Adu and Szymon Rus want to get people talking?about anything. The two seniors have chartered a club on campus called Stuff 101. While the club's title suggests a basic-level course, its mission is intense: Adu and Rus want Stuff 101 to be a place where students discuss diverse issues, with the ultimate goal of enhancing knowledge.
Campaign begins with $147 million
It was billed as the start of the capital campaign, but it turned out to be a grand celebration. After all, there was much to celebrate?$147 million?at the the unveiling of The Bowdoin Campaign at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum on Friday.
Campaign aims for $250 million
The College is scheduled to formally launch its $250 million capital campaign in Boston on Friday. Officials believe The Bowdoin Campaign will be the largest fundraising drive in Maine history.
Sexual assault and misconduct policy in final stages
Bowdoin is taking measures to adopt a new sexual assault and misconduct policy for students. The policy creates a refined definition of consent, designates procedures for a non-college third-party to investigate allegations, and differentiates between sexual assault and misconduct allegations.
Maine College Dems persist with complaint
Even though the staff of the Maine Ethics Commission has found that there does not appear to be an ethics violation by the Maine College Republicans, the Maine College Democrats are bringing their complaint to the full commission on Tuesday.
Maine College Dems file ethics complaint
The Maine College Democrats asked the state of Maine on Thursday to investigate the Maine College Republicans for alleged violations of campaign finance laws.
Judd wants ?seamless? education
Cristle Collins Judd is serious about the liberal arts. "A liberal arts college education teaches people how to think, how to write, how to communicate, how to deal with knowledge, how to explore new problems," said Judd, Bowdoin's new dean for academic affairs. "Those are the things that prepare people for engaged citizenship and leadership."
Security offers theft deterrent
Your laptop might soon be worthless to a thief cruising campus for a computer. That's because the Department of Safety and Security, Information Technology, and Bowdoin Student Government have teamed up to help students install pairs of theft-prevention plates on their portable computers.
Shain wants friendly admissions
Bill Shain gives out lots of bad news?but that doesn't mean he likes doing it. "We're going to turn down probably fairly quickly more than 80 percent of the people we meet," said Bowdoin's new dean of admissions. "That doesn't mean the journey has to be obnoxious."
Laffey presents views in 1980s columns
Newspaper columns that Stephen Laffey '84 wrote during his studies at Bowdoin could play a role in his highly contested Republican primary Senate race against incumbent Lincoln Chaffee in Rhode Island. In one op-ed published during his senior year, he described Social Security, foreign aid, and gun control laws as ?immoral.?
Dean Foster: Collaboration is key
CHANGING FACES: 3 DEANS, 3 WEEKS
Though he may be taking over the reins of the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Tim Foster is ready to reach out beyond his department.
J-Board case highlights free speech, bias issues
Student disciplined for placing religious pamphlets in library books
A Bowdoin student's allegations of anti-Christian hostility sparked investigations into the conduct of two faculty members and one administrator. Though college officials have cleared all three staff members of any wrongdoing, the cases shed new light on the discussion about intellectual freedom and the role of religion on campus. The story of Ryan Helminiak '05 encompasses his student disciplinary case for placing more than 1,000 religious pamphlets in library books, along with what he perceived as religious discrimination during classes taken in the fall of 2001 and spring of 2003.
Two BSG races won by thin margins
Four of the seven Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) officer positions were unopposed, but nearly a thousand students still chose to vote in this week's balloting.
College seeks new student affairs dean
Approximately 60 people have applied to be the College's next dean of student affairs, but officials are not yet ready to predict when the search committee will make its final decision. "The end of the search is when we've found the right person," Assistant to the President Scott Meiklejohn said in a phone interview.
Bowdoin Briefs: Mitchell '54 to lead MLB steroid use investigation
News from beneath the pines
George Mitchell '54 has been selected to lead an investigation into alleged steroid use by Major League Baseball (MLB) players, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig announced Thursday.
Emails can send wrong message
With faculty surprised by student mail, manners expert advises respect
After regularly receiving overly informal emails in their inboxes?and even the occasional inappropriate message?some faculty members are wondering if students might want to slow down before they click the "send" button. Faculty members point to messages they have received that make unfair demands or turn out to be downright embarrassing for students.
Tenure decisions finalized
The Board of Trustees voted last weekend to grant tenure to nine professors recommended by the administration. These professors will now hold the title "associate professor with tenure." The trustees did not take up the tenure bids for two professors who were originally under consideration. One professor's tenure candidacy is still "in process," according to Dean for Academic Affairs Craig McEwen.
Bowdoin junior dies while abroad
CORRECTION: A subsequent article contains a more complete report of events. Taryn King died at the hospital, not in the ambulance.
A Bowdoin student died of unknown causes while studying in Ireland, the College announced Thursday. Taryn King '07 was studying abroad through a Butler University program at the National University of Ireland in Galway.
Dean of Student Affairs Craig Bradley said that a Butler official told him that King mentioned to a roommate before bed that she was feeling ill. She reportedly woke up at approximately 11 a.m. local time Thursday and asked a roommate to call for emergency assistance. She died on the way to the hospital.
Presidential pay matches Colby, Bates
Bowdoin's top administrators earn pay on par with Maine's other top private colleges, according to public tax documents obtained by the Orient. President Barry Mills received $255,850 in compensation in the 2003-2004 fiscal year, along with $42,752 in contributions to employee benefit plans. This sum of $298,602 in total presidential compensation mirrors that of nearby Bates and Colby Colleges.
NBC to feature Marine?s story
Bowdoin Magazine cuts own Cornell du Houx, Schuberth profiles amid controversy
Millions of Americans will learn about Alex Cornell du Houx '06 on national television soon?though they won't read about him in Bowdoin Magazine, which recently pulled a piece on Cornell du Houx and his political opponent Dan Schuberth '06 amid controversy. A crew from NBC's flagship news broadcast, "Nightly News with Brian Williams," will be on campus Monday and Tuesday to report on the political activist's upcoming deployment to Iraq in the U.S. Marine Corps, Cornell du Houx said.
Cornell du Houx '06 called to serve in Iraq
Alex Cornell du Houx '06 will have something more pressing than finals to worry about come December: war.
Professor mugged on Park Row
The Department of Safety and Security and Brunswick police are on the lookout for a man who assaulted and robbed a Bowdoin professor in an apparently random nighttime attack.
BSG to hold re-election
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) President DeRay Mckesson '07 says he will not run for the Class of 2007 presidency in the upcoming re-election. Mckesson was disqualified in last week's election by the BSG Elections Committee because of his role as student government president. Mckesson originally planned on running again, but after discussions with the BSG officer team, he decided to end his candidacy.
Yellow-clad protesters unite for rights
Lydia Hawkins '07 was half focused on an interview, half focused on the enormous stream of yellow shirts entering the Visual Arts Center. "I only printed 100 flyers. I thought that would be enough!" she yelled to a friend.
Mckesson disqualified as presidential candidate
Wong contests student body president?s endoresement of candidate in recent elections
DeRay Mckesson '07 has been disqualified as a candidate for the presidency of the Class of 2007 in this week's completed elections, the Orient learned late Thursday. At issue is Mckesson's role as president of Bowdoin Student Government (BSG).
Air station marked for closure
Although the sounds of military planes buzzing overhead are familiar to today's students, the skies over Bowdoin will be silent in the future.
Bremer, students spar
Ambassador L. Paul Bremer spent more than 13 months under heavy fire as the most powerful administrator in an occupied Iraq. Standing behind a podium in Morrell Gymnasium last week, he became the target of an entirely different kind of bombardment.
Community reflects on pope?s passing
For today's Bowdoin students, Pope John Paul II is synonymous with Catholicism?he was the pope who had held the papacy from before their birth until only six days ago.
Reporter brings poverty home
Prize-winning journalist shares stories from her seven month investigation
Barbara Walsh sat in the bathtub as she interviewed Brittany, a 12-year-old girl who lived with her mom and sister in a Portland motel room.
Supreme Court expels J-Board suit
The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear the case of a Bowdoin graduate who sued in federal court over a 1999 Judicial Board decision, the court said in an order issued earlier this month.
Energized students flock to Maine polls
As pundits argue over the impact of youth voters in the 2004 election, one thing is clear: Bowdoin students of all political persuasions voted in force on Election Day.
Students could face confusion at polls
Multiple campus voting districts and misconceptions about student voting could create confusion on Election Day for many students planning to vote in their first presidential election. Town officials, college administrators, and student organizations are working to ensure that voting goes smoothly, but in the event that students have difficulties, the major political parties have attorneys in place to provide assistance.
Republicans rally at Dems convention
College Republicans gathered around Maine Governor John Baldacci's vehicle on Saturday and chased it down the street as he left the Maine College Democrats of America College Convention Saturday.
Governor and Congressmen cite youth vote
Maine's top three Democrats emphasized the importance of the youth vote in interviews with the Orient at the Maine College Democrats of America College Convention. Keynote speaker Governor John Baldacci spoke in Moulton Union on Saturday to a packed house.
Top Maine Dems will lead convention
College Democrats are preparing for their first-ever state college convention to be held at Bowdoin next Friday and Saturday.
College steps away from first Walker plan
$18 million renovation announced in May; College now reconsidering art museum plans
Changes to the Walker Art Building entrance created a public backlash over the summer and have forced the College to rework its plans for the future of the building. The Walker Art Building is home to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Security revamps shuttle service
The Department of Safety and Security announced a new name, focus, and phone number for its student shuttle service.
Year in Review: 2003-2004: Champs, challenges, and choices
The following is the Orient's compilation of the most important stories that have appeared in this publication during the last nine months. We feel these are the stories that have had the greatest impact on our college lives since September 2003.
Pro-life speaker advocates abortion alternatives
It felt like there was a storm coming to Kresge Auditorium, in the form of anti-abortion activist Olivia Gans. Pro-choice students hung coat hangers around school in opposition to her message.
Holes found in IT security policies
Inside the office of the student technical support group REACH sits an unlocked filing cabinet containing hundreds of customer support forms. On many of these documents, students have written their passwords when bringing their computer to REACH for help-the same passwords that could be used to access email accounts, student records, and enough personal information to reap identity havoc.