?Breach? investigation continues
Three weeks after Bowdoin acknowledged a "possible breach of data security" in which student Social Security numbers, health insurance information, and internal employee reviews were left accessible to anyone with a Bowdoin username, the College remains mum on what happened. "The lawyers are advising us that until we know everything, the information we give out isn't necessarily the truth and so, what we're going to do is?and we promise we'll release everything?to finish the investigation, because it's not done yet," Chief Information Officer (CIO) Mitch Davis said.
Bowdoin Brief: Ashby charged with possession of Klonopin
Brandon Ashby, the subject of a December 2007 Bowdoin Security alert, was arrested on Saturday by the Brunswick Police Department (BPD) on drug charges. He was charged with possession of Klonopin and paraphernalia. It was not his first encounter with the police. Lt. Shawn O'Leary said the BPD was "familiar with Mr. Ashby."
Firm looks into data breach
The College's investigation into the "potential breach" of student data is ongoing, Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs Scott Hood said. An investigative firm, brought in by the College to examine how a former administrator's personal files were left open and accessible to anyone with a Bowdoin username, will release a preliminary report on April 29. A folder in the name of Caitlin Gutheil, the former student health program administrator who departed Bowdoin last month, was left open, exposing files that included student health insurance information and student Social Security numbers.
Possible information 'breach' exposes student files
Due to what Information Technology (IT) is calling a "possible breach," confidential information was accessible to anyone with a Bowdoin username and password for an unknown length of time. The data included student Social Security numbers, insurance information, lists of students on medical and disciplinary leave, internal health center contracts and employee reviews, yearly budgets, and e-mails.
Bowdoin mulls new logo for athletic department
The expansive lobby of Bowdoin's new hockey rink will be centered around a large granite oval engraved with the mascot of the College, the polar bear. The only question is: Which one? Since its adoption as the official school mascot in 1913, Bowdoin has seen dozens of polar bear logos adopted by campus groups, the College, and different athletic teams.
Pacelli heads to UMaine Law, will pursue her J.D. after serving as Director of Residential Life
Director of Residential Life Kimberly A. Pacelli, known for her competence, intelligence, sense of humor, and penchant for impromptu Boggle games, will leave Bowdoin at the end of this academic year to enroll at the University of Maine Law School.
Bowdoin Brief: Wal-Mart bomb scare forces store evacuation
A bomb scare forced the evacuation and closure of Brunswick's 24-hour Wal-Mart for hours on Sunday morning. The Brunswick Police Department (BPD) received a report at 7:15 a.m. that "a bomb threat had been discovered," according to a BPD press release.
Trustees meet for retreat, examine Bowdoin?s future
The Board of Trustees met last weekend off-campus where it discussed the business of the College and then spent a day on a retreat, looking at questions relevant to the future of Bowdoin in a small-group setting. The College declared the retreat?the first time the Trustees have engaged in such a forum in at least the last decade?a success. "It was very, very useful and very productive," President Barry Mills said.
Trespass warnings issued to three
Four Brunswick males started their evening using the public computers in Smith Union; an hour and a half later they had been ejected from campus by Security and were lying in slush on South Street on the wrong side of a Brunswick Police officer's Taser. Three of the four men have been issued criminal trespass warnings by the Brunswick Police Department (BPD) and will be arrested if they set foot on campus again; the fourth has yet to be issued a warning.
Student hospitalized after fight
A drunken fight between two students outside Brunswick Apartments early on the morning of Saturday, January 26, left a student hospitalized for 12 hours. The assault victim, a male member of the Class of 2009, suffered some cuts and bruises and a lump on the back of his head, but has made a full recovery.
Healthcare Check-up: Some former staffers question management
Lori Chadbourne sat crying in the parking lot of the Dudley Coe Health Center in late September. After six years sitting at the front desk working as the administrative coordinator for the Dudley Coe Health Center?a job she loved so much she hoped to work at Bowdoin for decades, until her retirement?she had decided to quit.
Healthcare Check-up: As facility ages, care gets more complex
At the core of many of the issues facing Dudley Coe Health Center lies the tension between the educational mission of the College and the necessity of providing healthcare to students. "Obviously Bowdoin in not a medical facility, it's a college," Student Health Program Administrator Caitlin Gutheil said. "What we excel in is educational practices, not medical practices."
College Republicans take unauthorized SAFC funds
Accused of taking money without proper authorization, the Bowdoin College Republicans have been punished by the Student Organizations Oversight Committee (SOOC) of the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG). The College Republicans ability to request money from the $625,000 fund for student activities has been revoked for the remainder of the 2007-2008 academic year.
Investigation into hazing nearing end
Bowdoin officials say they will release a report of their findings by next week
The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs continues to look into alleged incidents of hazing that may have taken place at a squash team party in 2005 and a sailing team party in 2004. "We're still doing our investigation at this point," Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs Margaret Hazlett said.
Hazing article prompts administrative response
A recent article in the Portland Press Herald about an alleged incident of "mild hazing" involving the Bowdoin Women's Squash Team has prompted a flurry of activity by College officials. The October 26 story was driven by a tip to the Press Herald leading them to photographs of the squash team from 2005 on the Internet, according to Sports Editor Don Coulter.
A decade after frats, College Houses evolve
The Orient takes a hard look at how the transition from fraternities to College Houses has played out
In March of 1997, the Board of Trustees approved the recommendations of the Trustee Commission on Residential Life (CRL). Fraternities at Bowdoin were phased out and a new system of inclusive "College Houses" was implemented. After more than a century and a half of fraternities at Bowdoin, their abolition was a historic shift for the College.
"I think it was the most profound change to happen at the College since coeducation," Senior Vice President for Planning and Administration Bill Torrey, a member of the CRL, said.
Ten years after Bowdoin significantly revamped its program of residential life, the College House system is still in a state of change and growth.
Taking a look back at the Commission on Residential Life
In the early morning hours of March 15, 1996, Cameron Brett, a 20-year-old University of Maine-Orono student, fell from the roof of Bowdoin's Chi Delta Phi fraternity house to his death.
Two weeks later, Bowdoin shut down two campus fraternities because of "blatant disregard for College policies," according to local newspaper accounts.
A significant debate arose among students about the fairness for the College's actions, and, more importantly, the place of fraternities on campus, according to an Orient article published in April of that year.
Seniors plan Puerto Rican alternative to ASB
For several years, Bowdoin has been offering Alternative Spring Break service trips for students. Last Thursday, 40 students gathered to listen to Jordan Browning '08 and David Wagoner-Edwards '08 talk about their plans for spring vacation?an alternative Alternative Spring Break service trip.
Students, officials discuss inclusiveness
Approximately 20 students and several College officials met Tuesday to discuss safety and inclusiveness on campus in a BSG-sponsored town meeting. For some, however, the meeting raised more questions than it answered.
Incident prompts campus concerns
An incident that took place outside of Smith House has prompted the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) to send out a campus-wide e-mail condemning "exclusionary actions" and inviting the school to an open forum about "safety and inclusiveness" at the College.
Off-campus house concerns neighbors
A continuing legal dispute over 11 Bowdoin students moving into a house at 17 Cleaveland St. has sparked outrage among neighbors, left students camping out in friends' apartments, and raised questions about the perks and pitfalls of off-campus housing.
How to pull an all-nighter--if you must (and why you shouldn't)
If you plan your time well, you should never have to pull an all-nighter. However, if you are a college student, chances are you have suffered through at least one.
Spots coveted at kids' center
There are few waiting lists at Bowdoin as long as the one for the College's Children's Center. There are 53 children currently enrolled in the center and more than 60 on the waiting list, turned away because of space limitations
The Man Behind The Curtain: Part Two
Dick Mersereau has tried to ask the right questions during his decades at the College. Part two of a feature profile.
Decades ago, Richard A. Mersereau sat in a classroom, slightly incredulous, as Professor Daniel Levine began a survey course of American history by asking him, "What is history?"
The Man Behind the Curtain: Part One
Dick Mersereau has helped drive Bowdoin's evolution over four decades. Part one of a feature profile.
Secretary of the College Richard "Mers" Mersereau '69 has been at Bowdoin for a long time. Starting as a student and continuing as an administrator, career counselor, and coach, he has been here, with the exception of four months in the military and a year at graduate school at Wesleyan, for more than 40 years.
Divestment: Trustee vote expected on Darfur divestment
When the Board of Trustees meets this weekend in Boston, they will discuss The Bowdoin Campaign, get updates on the new hockey rink, hear from administrators about Bowdoin's possible purchase of land at Brunsick Naval Air Station, and discuss the College's reaccreditation among other topics, according to Secretary of the College Richard Mersereau '69.
Blog ruminates on Bowdoin food
At the beginning of this school year Mark McGranaghan '09 started a web log (blog) devoted to Bowdoin's culinary excellence. McGranaghan writes entries on everything from Thursday afternoon's "Baked Ziti and Chicken Florentine" to "How to eat a grapefruit."
Super Snack woes continue
An incident at Super Snack on Friday, October 6, the most recent in a series of conflicts initiated by students at the late-night meal, resulted in a card-checker quitting and the director of dining services reminding students to be respectful of Thorne Hall's staff.
Ranking based on 'super-enthusiastic' comments
Since the Princeton Review started publishing its influential book, "Best 361 Colleges," Bowdoin College Dining Service has landed the College in one the top six places on the "Best Food" list, garnering the number one spot in the 2003, 2005, and (the most recent) 2007 editions.
Health agency gives Bowdoin dining halls highest marks
According to records obtained from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Bowdoin College Dining Service has an almost-perfect record for sanitation and cleanliness.
College, police troubled by OUIs
One student measured with BAC of .22, say Brunswick police
In the first month of school this year, at least three Bowdoin students were arrested for drunk driving in Brunswick. During all of last year, only two Bowdoin students were arrested for that offense.
Students, cops clash at Quinby
A series of incidents on Saturday night at Quinby House's 1980s-themed party left a police officer injured, one student in jail until he could post bail, and another facing a court appearance.
According to Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols, the party at Quinby, which began at 9:30 p.m., was going "very well." In an interview with the Orient, Nichols explained that prior to the start of the event, a security officer had completed a pre-party check that involved inspecting and recording keg numbers, ensuring that the event hosts and alcohol host were aware of their responsibilities, and verifying that all regulations were being followed.
"We were monitoring the event here at Security," Nichols said. "We had an officer assigned to that general area and he had checked on the party about three times over the course of the evening."
The College adjusts to make campus more handicap-accessible
The first days of college, exciting as they may be, are filled with challenges for every first-year student. Being a student in a wheelchair adds a unique complication to one's first few weeks at Bowdoin.
Brunswick PD plans underage sting operations
Police department will hire students to solicit outside stores
Next time an innocent-looking teen standing by a supermarket entrance asks you to buy them a six-pack of beer, think before you answer. They might be on the payroll of the Brunswick Police Department (BPD) and, if you answer yes, you might be going to jail.
? Security to step up alcohol enforcement
? AG's office combats drinking 'crisis'
From Tears to Beers: A History of Ivies Weekend
A history of the housing crunch
While unlikely to provide solace for the college students who have faired poorly in the housing lottery, the history of the last few decades shows that housing crunches are nothing new.
Site lets you send letter to future self
A novel website, FutureMe.org, allows anyone with an email account and an internet connection to send an email to the future?specifically, to their future selves.
OCS office garners mixed reviews
The Off-Campus Studies Office (OCSO) has informed only 10 students that they may not study away in the semester of their choosing, leaving about 22 more juniors on campus in the fall than in the spring.
How It Feels...: To face death; to embrace coincidence; to go polar bearing
How it feels to face death during a high-speed pursuit of a drunk driver, to embrace an odd coincedence, and to go polar bearing in Maine.
College mulls keycard changes
Don't know how many Polar Points you have left? Soon you will be able to go online and find out. Want to get into your dorm? Soon you may have to swipe as opposed to wave your ID card to enter. Want to buy a snack at a store in Brunswick? In a few years, a Bowdoin ID may be accepted as payment.
Waiting to workout: fitness facilities at Bowdoin
There appears to be widespread dissatisfaction among Bowdoin's students with the College's fitness facilities and a general understanding that the cardiovascular and strength equipment here is not sufficient for the population it serves.
How It Feels...: How it feels: Student stories as told to the Orient
How it feels to grow up in a war zone, to backflip onto a diving board, to get KO'd, and to be a soldier in Israel.
Visit to Denny?s in Portland at 3 a.m. offers the unusual
There are times in life when you arrive at a place and know?in some inexplicable yet unimpeachable way?that you have come to exactly where you are meant to be at that moment. Denny's restaurant was not one of those places. Portland, Maine, at 3:00 a.m. one Sunday morning last November was not one of those times.
How It Feels...: ...to run a marathon, ...to find a man murdered, ...to be eaten by a grouper fish (almost)
My mind was just blank at the time?I was 17. I was like, wow, that guy's dead.
Student thwarts armed robbery
Bowdoin Security and Brunswick Police hunt for suspect
For Josh Cippel '08, doing laundry on a Thursday night has taken on a whole new meaning. A man in a ski mask wielding a knife attempted to rob Cippel in the laundry room at a College-leased School Street apartment on Thursday, November 3. His muffled voice demanded, "Gimme all your money, kid."
A Day in Maine: Freeport
Freeport is a town that would likely make Vladimir Lenin's head explode, were he alive to see it.
Teenager with record crashes party
Tyler J. Morin, 19, danced the night away at Quinby House on Saturday, September 17, impressing many with his moves. A week later, sitting with his mother watching the Polar Bears play football, the Brunswick Police Department issued him a criminal trespass warning.
The suspect is Erik D. Tillotson. He is not a ninja; he is a criminal.
A Day in Maine: Popham Beach
Popham Beach State Park is 529 acres of natural beauty, including about three miles of sandy beach on the Atlantic Ocean.
Closure on air station?s radar
As Maine awaits DoD announcement, town contemplates fallout
Naval Air Station Brunswick (NASB), the enormous military base next to the College, may be facing closure.
Dean Jim Kim to leave College
Jim Kim, Assistant Dean of First Year Students and Freeman Grant Coordinator since July 2003, has decided to leave the College at the end of this academic year.
Construction bulldozes sleep
College says it?s doing its best to minimize building projects? noise
Students living near Coffin Street have little need for alarm clocks. Recent construction work has been waking them up early and leaving them feeling weary.
A Day in Maine: A Day in Maine: Interstate 95
It runs from Florida to the Canadian border, but the best scenes are in Maine
Sitting in traffic on the highway, rushing to reach one's destination but moving nowhere, driving on Interstate 95 is perhaps the worst way to start a day in Maine?and yet, thousands begin their workday just like that. Three hundred miles from beginning to end, Interstate 95 in the state of Maine provides, for millions of people, an essential route of transportation?and exquisite beauty, for those who care to look.
Executive Committee to meet today
The Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees of Bowdoin College will meet today.
A Day in Maine: Day in Maine: Parkview Medical
Bad hairdos and poor attempts at foreign accents salvage a day spent at the hospital
"Parkview Adventist Medical Center, this is Dorothy, may I help you?" the receptionist asks into a telephone for the fifth time in one minute. Despite the endless repetition, her voice remains jovial and sing-songy. In the reception area, every time Dorothy speaks, something seems amiss. Her joyous tone does not fit in with its decidedly morose and mirthless surroundings. All of one's senses perceive the happy sound of her voice as violently clashing with the vibe of Parkview's main reception area.
A Day in Maine: Hurricane Island with Outward Bound
This Bowdoin student reflects on two weeks spent with a unique cast of tweens in the untamed Maine wilderness
"The Solo can be one of the most rewarding parts of the Outward Bound experience," Shane, one of the instructors, tells me and the nine other people in my group. "After we dock and clean the boat at Hurricane Island and go through a bunch of safety briefings, you all will be dropped off at different isolated locations on the island for 48 hours," he said.
Fifth class restricted
New rule removes ability to beat the system by registering extra classes
Beginning in the Fall 2005 semester, students will not be allowed to sign up for a fifth full-credit class until after Phase I and Phase II registrations.
College admits next class
After receiving the largest number of applications in the history of the College?5,026?and making some tough decisions, Bowdoin has sent out acceptance letters to prospective members of the class of 2009. They are expected to arrive on Monday.
Violence erupts at party
Students attacked at Saturday’s villain-themed Ladd party, Super Snack
A series of four violent confrontations at campus events Saturday night has left three Bowdoin students and a visiting University of Maine student injured and many in the community concerned by the unexpected outbreak of aggression.
Plan could create special co-op dorm
Interest high among some, but administration?s support is non-committal
A group of students could create drastic changes in the College's residential life system as it proposes to create Bowdoin's first cooperative residence within the next few years.
A Day in Maine: This Maine attraction entices both nature enthusiasts and insomniacs
The 22-foot high boot which sits outside the L.L. Bean flagship store in Freeport, Maine?seen by the 3.5 million people a year who visit the store?is an interesting creation to most, but a fascinating temptation to an inebriated person.
Medical coverage revamped
Bowdoin's student health insurance program faces drastic changes in the near future. Students who do not have the required coverage will have to buy one of the two policies Bowdoin will offer. The first has a coverage cap of $50,000, while the other has a coverage cap of $250,000.
South Street dorm details revealed
The construction of two first-year dormitories featuring new architecture and facilities, part of Bowdoin's master plan, is progressing on schedule despite the adverse weather conditions characteristic of Maine winter.
A Day in Maine: Mainers off all shapes and sizes convene at the Superior Court
The Superior Court in Portland, Maine is housed in an intimidating building of stone that remains a foreboding gray even on the sunniest of days. At first glance, its color somehow seems out of sync with its purpose of delivering clear, unambiguous justice. One wonders where the shining white marble and statue of blind justice are.
Four iPods disappear in locker room larceny
Four students' portable music players proved a little too portable Saturday as their iPods were stolen out of the visitor's locker room near Morrell Gymnasium. The digital devices were snatched from the bags of visiting students from Trinity College. Bowdoin Security and the Brunswick Police Department are investigating.
Cops: Tillotson back in Brunswick
Erik Tillotson, the Brunswick resident who was arrested for trespassing on the Bowdoin campus in late November, is back in town.
Thefts still unsolved; video shows suspects
Two thefts that occurred on the Bowdoin campus last year remain unsolved, despite the detailed available information on them.
A Day in Maine: Rescuing your missing car from Sanford's Towing isn't as easy as it should be
Last Friday afternoon my car was not where I had left it. I thought it had been towed?a fact that security affirmed?and to retrieve it, I had to find a ride to Sanford's Auto Center and Towing in Bath, about three miles past Wal-Mart on Bath Road. I also had to come up with $50.00, the fee necessary to free one's car from its forced bondage.
A Day in Maine: Vibrant fall colors and lobstermen make it worth the trip
One of two views of Vinalhaven
To attract more tourists, the state of Maine adopted the slogan, "The way life should be." Visiting Vinalhaven Island for a day trip lends credence to the catchphrase.
Students spend fall break at Camp Sunshine
Bowdoin volunteers become camp counselors for children with cancer and their families
Led by six Bowdoin students, along with volunteers from around the country, 30 children with life-threatening cancer and their families substituted natural light for the fluorescent bulbs of oncology wards this past Columbus Day in Casco, Maine at Camp Sunshine.
A Day in Maine: Peaks Island
Casco Bay community offers respite from campus stress
On a clear evening, Portland Harbor at dusk is exquisite. Gulls swoop overhead, riding the breeze; their gray and white bodies stand out against the luminous magenta sky. The sun drops silently below the western horizon, silhouetting, then sinking behind, Maine's largest city.