Econ major becomes more popular in recent years
As the national economy continues to recede, the study of economics at Bowdoin is on the rise. For the past five years, the economics and government departments have occupied the top two spots for the most popular majors among graduating classes. While economics has consistently ranked been No. 2, the number of economics majors, as well as the percentage of each graduating class majoring in the subject, has substantially increased in the past five years.
How does our garden grow?
The Orient looks back at the origins of the Bowdoin Organic Garden and toward its future
After four years at the College, Organic Garden manager Katherine Creswell is headed off to start her own farm in Oregon. During her tenure at Bowdoin, Creswell has helped the garden grow physically as well as in its importance to the College.
Greenstock perpetuates reductionist stereotypes
The Climate Days events of this past week and the "We're committed. Are you?" banners featuring a green "B" in the word Bowdoin are intended to showcase the College's commitment to "educating our community and promoting sustainability on campus." Over the course of the week those students who attended the events learned about important, contemporary, environmental issues like the importance of eating local foods, the environmental work which is happening at the College, the availability of green jobs and...how to tie-dye and make organic granola.
Food pantry sees increased demand in deteriorating economic climate
The early-morning lines that form outside of the the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program's (MCHPP) food pantry in Brunswick an hour and a half before it opens are longer than ever. When the doors open, the clients (as the food pantry staff respectfully refer to the patrons) file in and wait for a consultation that determines whether or not they are eligible for the free provisions. The clients are split between heads of families and individuals, but many are unemployed or have recently been laid off. The food pantry almost always accepts everyone, and rarely are clients turned away because their income is too high.
Professor investigates vasopressin's role in sex and aggression
What do goldfish and 21-year-old male Bowdoin students have in common? They both exhibit sexual and aggressive behaviors, traits that make them ideal subjects for Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Rick Thompson's research. That sex and aggression are "fundamental behaviors in pretty much every species" is fascinating to Thompson, who seeks to understand the relationship between those behaviors and what their role in the brain is. For Thompson, understanding the "complex and powerful" brain mechanisms that cause animals to act in certain ways is "the most interesting thing."
Bowdoin mirrors nation in study abroad trends
Bowdoin students studying abroad are seeking shorter stays, are mostly female, and are increasingly interested in unconventional programs—all trends that are reflected on a national level.
Hung up on hook-ups
The Orient investigates the dating and hook-up culture on campus
If you want to date, don't come to Bowdoin. At a school where hook-ups out number dates more than three to one, students looking for a dating scene may be sorely disappointed. First year Branden Asemah expected to come to Bowdoin and date a lot of people, but so far "it's just not happening." From what he has seen, the drunken hook-up has taken the place of the date.
Trouble at sea
Lobstermen in Maine face increasing hardships as the industry sinks with the economy
John Dennen has a lot of time on his hands. A lobsterman in Harpswell, he is normally busy fishing this time of year. But this fall is different. The price of diesel fuel and bait is much higher than in years past, and the price of lobster is lower than it has ever been. "There comes a time where it's not worth it to go out," he said. For Dennen, that point came a few weeks ago when he pulled his traps and gear out of the water.
For Mormons on a mission, Maine’s a challenge
Elders DeGomez and Gammell stand out from the other patrons of the Brunswick Public Library. Dressed in nearly identical black pants, collared shirts, and plain ties, the two young men sit politely on a bench while the more casually-dressed duck into the library to hide from the rain. Their nametags confirm that they are missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, more commonly known as the Mormon church. Both are from "away," Arizona and Utah respectively, and are making a stop in Brunswick on their two-year mission.
For Hopley, Arabic ?not just a flash in the pan?
As the first professor of a subject that has never been taught at Bowdoin before, Russell Hopley has a lot to live up to.
From chilly to Chile
Rebecca Silva '11 returns to Maine after playing on the Under-20 Chilean Women's National Soccer Team
Though she is not a goalie, Rebecca Silva '11 used her hands to play soccer in Chile. As a member of "Las Rojitas," the Chilean Under-20 Women's National Team, Silva, who did not know Spanish at the time, was forced to write important Spanish words on her hand to call out to teammates.
Final 'Great State of Maine Air Show' takes flight
While many Bowdoin students covered their ears and complained about the fighter jets flying overhead, 16-year-old Tim Landry was standing in line for a flight simulator at his first air show. He had only one word to describe the air show: "Awesome."
The Dining Service finds a creative way to dispose of dining hall waste
Nate Johnson '09 may be the only Bowdoin student to have ever lost his campus job to a pig. Johnson, who was responsible for transporting and composting food waste from the Thorne and Moulton kitchens, was let go after the College's composter broke down over Spring Break. But instead of sending the waste to a landfill, Sustainable Bowdoin and the Dining Service found a new destination for the food: a cow and pig farm minutes away in the town of Bowdoin, Maine.
College one step closer to land grab
The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) has approved Bowdoin's application to acquire 175 developable acres of land at no cost from the Brunswick Naval Air Station (NASB) when the base closes in 2011. With formal support from both town officials and the DOE, the College now awaits final approval from the U.S. Navy, a process that could take three to four years.
Students, Facilities contend with icy paths
Despite a statewide shortage of road salt, Bowdoin has been able to acquire the supplies it needs to tackle icy paths. Still, many students complain of slippery sidewalks around campus. "I've been seriously considering ice skating to class as a statement," said Kaitlin Hammersley '08.
C-Store emphasizes healthier options
Students looking for a Snickers or a Kit-Kat at the C-Store in Smith Union may now have to look a little harder. A recent decision to move candy from a prominent display in the store to under a counter?where it is shelved in relative obscurity?is part of an ongoing effort to encourage healthier eating, according to Director of Dining & Bookstore Services Mary Lou Kennedy.
East Hall to be renamed for philanthropist Osher
After next week, West Hall will be without its lifelong companion. Two-year-old East Hall will not be torn down, but instead renamed Osher Hall in honor of Bernard Osher '48. The dorm's dedication will take place Friday, May 11.
College drops full-time doctor
The College began a search for a new director of health services this week, one of the first steps towards a new system of health care at Dudley Coe Health Center.
More than 400 attend Step It Up rally
More than 400 members of the Bowdoin and Brunswick community attended Saturday's climate change rally on campus.
Activists prepare for anti-warming rally
Bowdoin students will join student and community groups across the country on Saturday in asking Congress to commit to an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
College finalizes plan for 30 College St.
The renovation plans for 30 College St. were finalized last week after members of student groups chose a design from three proposed blueprints.
D'Souza discusses Iraq, American foreign policy
Dinesh D'Souza, former senior policy analyst during the Reagan administration, addressed terrorism and the war in Iraq in a lecture Wednesday titled "America and Its Enemies."
High-tech, out-of-state sorting keeps landfills recyclable-free
Brunswick increases recycling under new system, Bowdoin sees little growth
AUBURN, Massachusetts?Party-goers should think twice about tossing their Solo cups in the trash. Beginning this semester, Bowdoin students can recycle many more items than before, thanks to the new single-stream recycling system that Brunswick now uses. Prior to this semester, students separated their recyclables into five categories: glass, mixed paper, tin cans, number-two plastic, and cardboard. Under the new system, all recyclable materials, as well as many former non-recyclables, can be mixed together in the same bin.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author relates doctor's quest at Common Hour
Kidder traveled to Haiti, Russia, and Peru while researching his book
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder spoke at Common Hour about his book "Mountains Beyond Mountains," describing the work as "a shameless effort to promote a vision I felt to be true."
First years adjust to remodeled dorms
Settling into a new living space is a challenge that is inherent to the experience of all college first years. But after going through the ordeal twice, the occupants of Moore and Coleman halls may be getting the hang of it.
E-mail system gets poor reviews
Bowdoin's new e-mail system is packed with features. Microsoft Outlook/Entourage includes a scheduling system, a pre-loaded college directory, and a calendar of campus events. There's only one problem: Many students either don't want to use them, or they don't know how. Ted Power '07 said that the new e-mail system did not seem to be designed for students.
Future Everett Street apartments to house Brunswick homeless
Tedford Housing, a Brunswick non-profit that provides housing and services for the homeless, is constructing eight new apartments on Everett Street for homeless adults. The apartments, which are scheduled to be completed this July, are for homeless disabled adults who have visited the Tedford shelter in the past.
IT to introduce new e-mail system
This January, students will no longer have to resort to Gmail to send each other the party pictures they don't want to post on Facebook.
Divestment: Campus considers activism’s impact
Recent efforts to raise awareness about the human rights crisis in Darfur have taken many forms, ranging from divestment to film screenings. Students have succeeded in persuading President Barry Mills and the Board of Trustees to agree not to invest in companies with business interests in Darfur. In addition, the Darfur Coalition organized Darfur Week, a campus-wide educational and fundraising campaign.
Darfur week stresses education, fundraising
After this week, Bowdoin students will no longer be able to claim ignorance about the humanitarian crisis in Darfur. By stuffing mailboxes, putting up posters, and sponsoring lectures and documentaries, the Darfur Coalition is making sure students are informed about the genocide.
Facilities hires consultant on flooding
Storm water run-off attributed to the heavy rains this fall has caused flooding at various locations on campus, and has prompted Facilities Management to hire an independent consultant to redesign storm water management systems in flood-prone areas.
Non-voters cite knowledge, confusion, nihilism
The Orient found 100 students at locations around campus who said they did not vote. In order to gather as many responses as possible and to encourage candor, the Orient granted students anonymity.
Permit troubles douse homecoming bonfire
Around 9 p.m. on Saturday, Ian Yaffe '09 received a call from the Sagadahoc County Communications Center (SCCC), an emergency response center used primarily by fire and police departments. The dispatcher told him that Randy Nichols, director of Bowdoin safety and security, was on the line, though according to Yaffe, the dispatcher was skeptical.
Judd wants office to be more visible
Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd told Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) that her office is currently "invisible" to the student body. She wants to reverse that trend.
Demand strains sports trainers
With approximately half of the student body playing a varsity sport, the three Bowdoin athletic trainers and two interns working out of five different locations on campus often have their hands full. According to Director of Athletic Training Dan Davies, the trainers needed more help.
Kennedy denounces news media
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wasn't meek in his assessment of American politics during during a recent visit to Bowdoin.
Frisbee, rugby teams find field space lacking
It's not uncommon to hear "Heads! Heads!" shouted across the men's ultimate frisbee field, followed by a careening disc and a wave of players ducking and covering their heads with their hands. With anywhere between 30 and 50 men at any given practice, men's ultimate Frisbee is the most popular club sport team at the College.
College reworks parking
Parking report released; Security plans to crack down on scofflaws
Bowdoin students now have reason to think twice before parking in the admissions lot when they're running late for class. Following the recommendations of a private parking consultant, Bowdoin Security is cracking down on parking enforcement this year to help alleviate the parking situation.