New OneCard policy arbitrarily restricts dining hall access
After a whole semester of the new OneCard policy at the dining halls, it is clear that the new rules implemented in September 2010 were designed not in the interests of the students—the paying customers of the dining halls—but for the convenience of Dining Service administrators. For those unfamiliar with the new policy, it stipulates that "students are required to present their Bowdoin OneCard for all Polar Point and OneCard Plan purchases at Smith Union Dining operations and for Dining Hall meal access." In previous years, students who misplaced their card could simply provide their Bowdoin ID number in order to access the dining hall.
Alcohol policy and role of college houses hypocritical
College houses were introduced to Bowdoin as a replacement to fraternities, assuming the former fraternity roles both of providing housing to students but also of serving as a space for social gathering?including the social consumption of alcohol. The College's policy on this aspect of the House system is flawed.
In defense of the ?Mansion?
As Programming Director of Ladd House and one of the architects of the party we hosted October 4, I would like to defend our choice of theme. The inspiration for this Saturday's controversial event at Ladd house came from an "Entourage" episode that features a party at the Playboy Mansion, not from a particular interest in the magazine itself.