Ron CervantesNumber of articles: 48
First article: September 30, 2011
Latest article: February 20, 2015
Remembering Professor Richard Morgan ’59
Hockey’s Meagher ices the competition after 30 seasons
Benjamin Jealous packs Pickard Theater with speech on student activism
Ex-investment banker Tim Ryan brings unique skills to leading the athletics department
Men’s ice hockey tops Williams to secure first NESCAC championship since vacated 2011 trophy
Burst water pipe floods Howell House basement
On Thursday night at approximately 7 p.m., a water pipe located in the basement of Howell House burst, forcing the temporary evacuation of the building. Despite flooding the basement with half a foot of water, no substantial damage was caused.
In an email to the Orient, Carolina Deifelt Streese ’16, a resident of Howell, said she was in her room when the house’s alarm system activated.
Residents of Howell stayed at Burnett House, which is the nearest College House on Maine Street, while the officers from the Office of Safety and Security and the Brunswick Fire Department responded to the scene.
According to Deifelt Streese, Security informed the residents that a water pipe in a crawl space behind the dance room—where the House is planning to host events this weekend—had burst, flooding the entire basement in roughly five to six inches of water.
Initially, House residents were not allowed into the basement, and were concerned that some of the electronic equipment the House had recently purchased might have been damaged. At approximately 10 p.m., Facilities Management allowed the residents to check their equipment in the basement.
“Fortunately, none of our equipment was damaged, though our floor is pretty wet,” said Deifelt Streese. “There was an inch of water still on the floor after Facilities finished pumping it out.”
The flooding was limited to the basement, and unlike some College Houses, Howell only has student rooms on the above-ground floors.
Facilities deactivated the House’s alarm and sprinkler systems and residents were allowed back in. They were cautioned, however, that they may have needed to find other sleeping arrangements due to the disconnected fire alarm.
The Office of Residential Life then contacted students to inform them that in the event the alarm systems were unable to be restored, the College would post a Security officer in the house overnight and let students sleep in their rooms.
Facilities was able to restore the alarm systems. According to Deifelt Streese, Facilities said it would be having a crew come to clean up the water overnight and put up dehumidifiers to prevent any further damage.
Deifelt Streese said the residents were told they would find out today whether their basement will be cleared in time for their events over the weekend. In preparation for the worst, the residents had started making alternate plans to host their karaoke night and Thriftshop Party upstairs in their common room.
“All in all, this is the best of a worst-case scenario,” Deifelt Streese said.
Remembering Professor Richard Morgan ’59
Last Thursday, William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Constitutional and International Law and Government Richard Ernest Morgan ’59 died of metastatic lung cancer at the age of 77. A distinguished professor who taught at his alma mater for 45 years, Morgan was buried yesterday in Pine Grove Cemetery—where many former faculty members, including Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and several College presidents, are also buried.
According to fellow Bowdoin faculty members, constitutional scholars from around the country and four decades worth of students, Morgan was a caring and dedicated scholar with a range of passions outside the classroom that added to his impressive life.
A Teacher at HeartMany liberal arts colleges do not have a permanent constitutional scholar on campus, and the most famous professors in the field are almost all faculty at prominent law schools—not undergraduate institutions.
“He was primarily interested in teaching to undergraduates,” said Michael Ulhmann, a constitutional law professor at the Claremont Graduate School who knew Morgan for over two decades. “That’s a rare thing in someone who’s marvelously competent at Con Law. I’m sure he was tempted by large schools…but he deliberately decided to return to his own school because he liked the idea of a liberal education in the old sense.”
Morgan was well published, writing numerous scholarly texts and hundreds of essays and articles about constitutional law for various journals and think tanks throughout his career. For professors like Uhlmann, Morgan was a trendsetter in the study of the Supreme Court, despite the relative anonymity that came with working at a small college in Maine.
“[Morgan] made me rethink a lot of things dealing with the First Amendment and the role of courts,” Uhlmann said. “[He] was, you might say, an originalist before that term became popular. That’s a pertinent and interesting point of view that really deserves to be heard and [Morgan] was among the very first in his own quiet way to do that. And his First Amendment views have really become the new orthodoxy, if I can put it that way, among a lot of very smart Con Law scholars. He had a very useful impact on people who follow these things closely, but not in a world of larger fame.”
Professor James Stoner, a constitutional law professor at Louisiana State University who Morgan befriended in the mid 1990s, echoed Uhlmann’s sentiments about Morgan’s role in their field.
“He could see a major case coming well before it was ever picked up in the press,” Stoner said. “He knew constitutional law so well that he had a whole feel for what the Court was doing and, mind you, that’s not because he thought the Court was doing the right things, but he still had a real sense of what direction they were heading in.”
Morgan was as appreciated by his students as he was by his colleagues. Many of his students, like Mitch Zulkie ’91, who studied law after Bowdoin and now works for the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, alluded to Morgan’s unique ability to question their assumptions in a scholarly and thought-provoking manner.
“He’s not the type of guy who gives you clear answers,” Zuklie said. “He forces you to think through probing questions. He trains people to ask those kinds of probing questions. When you ask, ‘Should I do X or Y?’ he never really says X or Y. He leads you to your own conclusion. But undoubtedly you were much the wiser for the questions he asked.”
Another of Morgan's former students, Ed Lee ’74, went on to become the Mayor of San Francisco, Calif. in 2011.
“We mourn the passing of Professor Dick Morgan, whose legacy lives on through the generations of students he had taught at Bowdoin, inspiring many—including myself—in a career of law and government," the mayor said in a statement to the Orient. “As Bowdoin's only constitutional law professor, Professor Morgan taught his students to think critically, thoughtfully and passionately about the law and the pursuit of justice for all. I am proud to have called him a teacher, a mentor and a friend.”
Students also greatly valued his narrative approach to constitutional law—a subject that has the reputation of being dense, repetitive and dry.
“He had this way of taking case law and bringing it to life,” said Steve Robinson ’11. “Every class was like an episode of ‘Law and Order.’ It didn’t matter if this was a murder that happened in 1886—he had a way of narrating it and bringing it to life with his Sean Connery voice. The entire class would be in a trance and wanted to know what happened next.”
Morgan’s reputation as an outstanding constitutional law professor earned him deep respect and admiration from his colleagues.
“I can remember when I visited campus interviewing, I went out to dinner with him and [Gary M. Pendy Professor of Social Sciences Jean] Yarbrough and enjoyed that conversation greatly—it was one of the highlights of my job interview here,” said Associate Professor of Government Michael Franz, current chair of the department. “To teach his courses the way he did and have students to the very end who admired his approach to teaching—I would love to have anything close to that kind of experience.”
Morgan was also well known at Bowdoin for being one of the few conservatives on a predominantly liberal-minded campus—something he was always aware of in class and in the community.
One of his long-time colleagues in the government department, Professor of Government Paul Franco, remarked that one of the qualities he admired most in Morgan was his ability to balance his own political leanings with a scholarly approach to his studies.
“Shortly after the election of George Bush in 2000—the famous Bush v. Gore contest—he and I and Jean [Yarbrough] were invited to a dinner with students, and...one of them addressed Morgan and said. ‘Professor, what do you think of the Bush v. Gore case?’ And he said, ‘Well, as a Republican, I couldn’t have been more delighted by the decision in Bush v. Gore. But as a constitutional scholar, I say I found the decision highly questionable.’”
An Old-School GentlemanMany of the people who knew Morgan best stressed his unique position on campus, both literally and figuratively. Roosting in his office atop Hubbard Hall, he dressed like the picture of an esteemed college professor, had a well-known love for fine scotch whiskey and exercised a dry wit that so many around him treasured.
“I remember the first time I ever met him,” said Jordan Goldberg ’14, one of many students who grew close to Morgan during his time at the College. “I was waiting outside the honors talks freshman year…and [Morgan] came out first and I had never met him before, and he put his hand on my shoulder and he looked at the offerings of desserts and coffee and said, ‘Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.’”
“I remember the first time that I walked into his ‘man cave’ out in Harpswell,” said Robinson, who occasionally helped Morgan and Yarbrough with tasks at their home. “I was helping him to carry his canoes or something…and after I got done taking care of the canoes, he handed me a $20 bill, and I said, ‘Oh no, I can’t take that,’ and he said, ‘No, you have to do it, otherwise the College will think this is slavery.’”
Morgan also led an active life in the Maine woods. An avid hunter, canoer, fly fisherman and bird watcher, he was never stopped from pursuing his love for the great outdoors.
“His outdoorsmanship is as deep a part of his scholarship in a way,” said Uhlmann. “I don’t know that he was any prouder of what he did intellectually than his work as an outdoorsman and as a Maine Guide.”
Morgan was also known for steering clear of technology like email. Lynne Atkinson ’81, government department coordinator, had the unofficial position of Morgan’s online voice—helping students get in touch with him and pointing them up the spiral staircase to his office.
“When I went to meetings with other coordinators, where we were having training sessions on how to do this or there was some newfangled thing we were going to learn, I was always the one that had to raise my hand and say, ‘But what if you have a faculty member who doesn’t use a computer?’” Atkinson said. “I never really heard anyone else ask that.”
Many described Morgan’s deep love for the College, which he carried with him for all 49 years he spent on this campus. He had been declining in health for the past few years and had begun preparing two final courses to teach before his retirement at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year. After being diagnosed with cancer, Morgan visited one of his former students, President Barry Mills ’72, to discuss his future plans.
“[Morgan] was doing what he liked to do until he wasn’t able to do it anymore,” said Mills. “And when he sat [in my office] five weeks ago, he really thought he could finish the semester and really wanted to plow through the semester with his students despite the fact that he knew he had some therapy to do.”
Morgan brought his constitutional law textbooks to his consultations in Boston, Mass., preparing his lectures as if nothing was wrong. And in his last days, which he spent in a hospital bed, his love for Bowdoin still shone bright.
“I visited [Morgan] at the hospital… within a couple of days of him actually passing away,” said Franco. “He was in his hospital room, and not in great shape... He found it difficult to actually speak very much. I was making conversation, describing how I was very impressed by working on this presidential search committee with the love of Bowdoin that the Bowdoin Trustees have. And I turned to [Morgan] and said, ‘Dick, I think of you as one of these super Polar Bears.’ He was kind of staring and then suddenly, he made a huge growling noise to acknowledge his Polar Bear-ness.”
—Sam Miller and Kate Witteman contributed to this report.
Editor's Note: The article was updated to include a statement from the Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee '74.
Caputi to step down after fall football season
During his 14 and a half seasons as head coach, the football team has a record of 35-81
Head Football Coach Dave Caputi, who has been a mainstay on campus since the start of the millenium, announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his position at the conclusion of this season.
“After a good deal of thought and conversations with (Bowdoin Ashmead White Director of Athletics) Tim Ryan, I have decided that this will be my last season as head football coach at Bowdoin,” said Caputi in his official statement on the Athletics website.
Caputi will finish out the rest of his 15th season with the College, and afterwards a national search will be conducted to find his replacement.
According to Caputi, he approached Ryan with his intentions to leave, and they decided to announce his decision as soon as possible for the sake of any recruits who were looking to come to Bowdoin next year.
“The decision was made [to announce his departure in the middle of the season] in order to make sure that the students who we are in the recruiting process with are able to make informed decisions about the composition of our coaching staff,” said Ryan.
While the team is 2-2 this year, Caputi’s overall record is 35-81 (.301), which is the lowest win percentage of any Bowdoin football coach who led the team for more than one year. However, only four multi-year coaches in Bowdoin’s history achieved records over .500, and the program overall is only 392-498-44 (.419) in 123 years of play.
Over his tenure, Caputi’s squad has taken home four Colby-Bowdoin-Bates championships and technically held the trophy for six years (2006-2011) because of several three-way ties. During the six year span, neither Colby nor Bates posted a single record above .500. 2005 was the only season during Caputi’s tenure that his team went above a 4-4 record.
Unsurprisingly, Caputi has been targeted by members of the community who were disappointed in the football team’s success over his career. Two years ago, the Orient posted an anonymous Letter to the Editor on its online blog that called for Caputi’s removal from the College and many commenters debated the opinion of the letter passionately. The team finished 1-7 that season.
According to Ryan, the Athletics Department does not solely determine the success of its programs based on their overall win percentages.
“We evaluate the success of our programs in many different ways,” Ryan said. “How successful we are against our competition is a component of that, but it’s not near the top. The quality of the students that coaches are able to attract to Bowdoin, the character of those students that they bring to campus, the contributions that our programs make in the campus community and the greater Brunswick community—those types of things, as well as the leadership, technical and organizational skills that our coaches have that will position our students to be successful in terms of wins and losses [are more important].”
Jeff Ward, the former Athletics Director who brought Caputi to the College in 2000, said that the coach has received an unfair reputation among many members of the community.
“I think what people fail to realize is where the program was at when he took over,” Ward said. “There were a lot of good guys on some of those early teams, but there was not a whole lot of talent. I don’t think that Bill Parcells could have won a game [with that talent]. It was such an incredible challenge, and the fact that he maintained his work ethic and his philosophy while digging out of that hole is really a tribute to who he is.”
Ward oversaw the transition to Caputi from the previous head coach, Howard Vandersea—who went 1-7 in his last season with the team. The Polar Bears did not find a win until Caputi’s second year. In his first four seasons as head coach, Bowdoin was victorious on only two Saturdays.
“There’s a bit of a luck in coaching,” Ward added. “Both by his ability and his work ethic, [Caputi] should have been rewarded with a lot more wins than he saw. The biggest thing I feel is that people don’t understand really how good of a coach he was.”
For Caputi, the decision to leave his position was one of timing within his own life. His son, starting quarterback Mac Caputi ’15, is graduating this year. He also has a daughter who is a first year at the college and another daughter who will be attending college soon.
Caputi said that his job has caused him to make many sacrifices in his personal life and that after 15 years of long nights and busy weekends, he is ready to take a break. Caputi said he often stays past midnight in his office at the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, making calls to recruits on the West Coast and analyzing game tapes.
Furthermore, Caputi added that his almost non-stop work over the past 15 years has often come at a cost. For example, Caputi remarked that he was in his office for all but nine days last summer, and that for around six of those days, he was attending camps to watch potential recruits for next season.
“My family has had to make sacrifices in order for me to live this life,” he said. Ward—who still remembers the reasons he hired Caputi—said he understood how the grind of being the head of the football program was one of the reasons why Caputi decided to step down."
“The qualities I saw in him then are the same things that I saw throughout his career,” said Ward. “He is an exceptional person and I think that he is incredibly dedicated to the young men that he coaches, and that his values are exactly in line with those of Bowdoin and the NESCAC. I was in college athletics for three decades and he was probably the hardest-working person I ever saw.”
Considering that the announcement came just days ago, Caputi admitted that he has not given any thought to what he wants to do after leaving Bowdoin.
As the athletics director, Ryan has a unique personal connection to Caputi. A former Bowdoin football player, Caputi hired Ryan as an assistant coach when he decided to return to collegiate athletics in 2005.
“Dave’s been an important part of our community for a long time. He’s a valued mentor and a friend,” Ryan said. “I look forward to continuing our relationship after he moves on to new opportunities after this season.”
Ward, who has maintained close contact with the Bowdoin community since leaving in 2012, made it clear what he thought of Caputi’s announcement.
“It’s a loss for the College,” Ward said. “Bowdoin’s a great place. Tim Ryan will run a great search. They’ll get a very good coach, I’m sure. There just aren’t a whole lot of Dave Caputis though.”
Tennis teams excel in fall season’s biggest tournament
As a team that has reached the third round of the NCAA Championships each of the last three years, women’s tennis is already off to a strong start this season.
After winning four grueling matches at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s (ITA) Regional Championship last weekend, the doubles squad of Emma Chow ’15 and Teresa Trinka ’18 finished in second place out of 32 competitors. The duo, who were ranked No. 2 in the region heading into the weekend, fell to Maria Pylypiv and Rebecca Curran of Williams in an 8-4 decision in the championship match.
Bowdoin’s other women’s doubles team, comprised of Corinne Alini ’18 and Samantha Stalder ’17, won a closely contested opening match against a team from Wellesley—requiring tiebreaking sets for Alini and Stalder to move on. In the second round of the tournament they were knocked out by the first-seeded MIT team.
Chow and Trinka, after dominating their first matchup 8-1, faced tough competition from one of Williams’ squads, which they eventually overcame in a tiebreaker, 7-5. They then ousted teams from Wesleyan and Amherst in the next two rounds, with set scores of 8-6 and 8-3, respectively. In the final round, they faced Curran and Pylypiv, who were not even the highest-seeded team from Williams at the tournament.
Curran, a senior, was ranked No. 3 in the nation in doubles last year with a different partner, and Pylypiv was a member of the No. 10 team. Losing 8-4, Chow and Trinka tied for the highest number of games won against the Williams pair at the tournament. In their four games before the final, the Williams duo won their matches 8-3, 8-4, 8-3 and 8-2.
Men’s tennis also had a noteworthy weekend in its ITA Regional Championship, hosted by Middlebury.
In the singles competition, Chase Savage ’16 made it all the way to the quarterfinals before falling to the No. 2 seeded player in New England, Amherst’s Michael Solimano, who would go on to take home the trophy for the weekend.
Savage had a relatively dominant score against his first three opponents, from Trinity, Tufts and Gordon College, respectivley.
Savage beat Brandeis College’s Brian Granoff 6-2, 6-2 in his first match and then followed up that performance with a 6-4, 6-0 win. He reached his top form in his third round match when he dominated Gordon’s Zach Hall 6-0, 6-1.
Hugh Mo ’17 was the only other Polar Bear to win a singles match at the tournament, beating his first opponent 6-1 in two sets before being knocked out by Solimano 6-2, 6-1.In doubles play, the team had a much less inspiring weekend, even though its two squads both won their opening matches.
Although Savage was predicted to perform better in the doubles draw, he and partner Luke Tercek ’18 were seeded No. 6 in the region, the team only made it to the second round before falling to a squad from Wesleyan.
The team finishes its fall season next week at the Wallach Invitational at Bates.
Coby Horowitz '14 breaks 17-year old D-III mile record at BU
On Saturday at the New England Open Meet held at Boston University, senior Coby Horowitz broke the NCAA D-III Indoor Track and Field mile record, which stood for 17 years. Horowitz ran the event at 4:00.41, 54 hundredths of a second faster than Haverford’s Karl Paranya achieved at the Commonwealth Invitational in 1997. Later that year Paranya became the first D-III runner to break the 4-minute mark, albeit on Haverford’s outdoor track and while being paced by Olympic gold-medalist Marcus O’Sullivan.
According to Horowitz, he knew ahead of time the potential this race had for him.
“I went in knowing this would be one of the meets where I’d try and go as close to 4:00 as possible,” said Horowitz. “Some of the other guys out there were willing to try as well, which was really nice; I didn’t have to lead the whole thing. [Wesley Gallagher] from Northeastern said that he would take out the first 400, which made my life easier.”
Pacing for part of the race is a practice common amongst teammates, but having an opponent agree to pace for another team is unusual. Gallagher, a sophomore, finished the race in third place with his own personal record of 4:02.57.
“Five minutes before the race—I had raced [Gallagher] this summer, so we knew each other—he came over and was like ‘What are you doing today?’” said Horowitz. “And I was like ‘Tryna see how fast I can go.’ He said he was doing the same, so he offered to take out the first 400.”
On February 10, Horowitz was named the D-III National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for breaking the school record and running the fastest D-III mile in a decade with a time of 4:02.12. His time was the fourth fastest indoor time ever recorded in D-III.
A 10-time All American, Horowitz has been named the Orient’s Athlete of the Season twice and Athlete of the Week four times, and has also shattered seven school records for indoor and outdoor track over the past four years. In addition to a mile record that could stand for a long, long time, Horowitz has school marks in the two mile, 1000-meter, 1000 flat-track, distance medley, 1500-meter and 5000-meter. With so many records under his belt, Horowitz said he was fully aware of where he needed to be to secure one in the mile.
“I knew the national record and the NESCAC record and the New England record,” he said. “[My goal was] to get as close to 4:01 as possible. I knew if I was in that range I’d be able to get underneath [the record].”
Horowitz has three official meets left in his indoor collegiate career before the outdoor season begins in early April. His mile time from three weeks ago qualified him to run at the D-III Nationals in Lincoln, Nebraska on March 14. According to Horowitz, it’s harder to run as fast a time at a highly-competitive tournament like Nationals, because the racers are running to win--not to secure the best times.
“This was one of the meets where, at least for us, it wasn’t about scoring points, but on getting a fast time,” he said. “There’s a different mindset that makes this a different type of race.”
Less than half a second shy of breaking the coveted four-minute mark, Horowitz said it’s still his goal to improve his time.
“Everyone’s dream is to go sub-four,” Horowitz said. “So once you can tell that you’re gonna be close, you try to put it all out there. I came up a little bit short today, but hopefully I’ll get another chance or two.”
Benjamin Jealous packs Pickard Theater with speech on student activism
The former NAACP president on why you don't have to be famous to incite change, the problem with easy assumptions, and why the National Association of Scholars' report on Bowdoin is wrong
Benjamin Jealous, former president of the NAACP, opened his Common Hour speech last Friday by calling out Governor Paul LePage, who in 2011—while Jealous was still in charge of the NAACP—told the civil rights organization that they could “Kiss my butt.”
“You can look at his own family and see that he’s benefited from the work of the NAACP: the Governor descends from French Catholics, who were lynched viciously in the state in the early part of the twentieth century,” Jealous said. “He would not be governor of this state if it was not for our work, and he needs to show us more respect.”
Jealous’ speech, which concluded with a standing ovation by the roughly 450 community members in attendance at Pickard Theater, was titled “That One Big Thing,” and focused primarily on how Bowdoin students can motivate themselves to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing the world today.
“It’s ultimately those acts of solidarity with our fellow citizens, our fellow Americans—no matter where they live or what status they have—that defines us as great to ourselves,” said Jealous in an interview with the Orient after his speech. “If I really was talking about anything today, I was trying to get people to focus on how to be a hero to themselves.”
A committee of faculty, staff, and students brought Jealous to campus to speak in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy. Jealous’ speech came a month after spoken-word group Climbing PoeTree performed on campus for MLK day.
Jealous, a born-and-raised Californian with relatives who attended Bowdoin, first visited campus when he was 17 and touring colleges. However, he ended up attending Columbia University, where he began working with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
Jealous told a number of anecdotes to illustrate his path from young college student to head of one of the largest civil rights groups in the country.
He spoke about his time in Mississippi, when he organized statewide protests against a decision that would close multiple historically black colleges in the state and convert one of them to a prison. Jealous recounted the story of meeting in a Waffle House at 2 a.m. with a group of his colleagues who had just been chased out of a rally by white supremacists in Starksville County. When an old white man approached them and asked if they were the men he had seen on the television, they responded yes, then grew uncomfortable as he set down his bag as if hiding a gun in his waistband.
“I just said, so now everyone in the restaurant could hear, ‘Hold up, let’s hear what he has to say,’ and they eased back, everybody watching his hand. He turns around and says ‘I just want to shake your hand, ’cause if I’d been born a nigger in this crazy state, I’d be mad as hell too! I’m so proud of you boys.’”
The man later joined Jealous and the others in helping to protest the school closures.
Jealous warned against easy assumptions of who your friends are and aren’t in activist circles. He recounted the story of a young woman named Jotaka Eaddy who he met while trying to repeal child capital punishment laws across the country. Eaddy—a former high school cheerleader and McDonald’s employee—convinced three state legislatures to outlaw death sentences for minors. One of her favorite tactics was to approach local pro-life organizations, which many people didn’t expect to cooperate with groups like the NAACP.
“You can’t afford to do that in a democracy, when you ultimately will need the will of the majority to secure the rights of the minority,” Jealous said in his speech. “You've got to be willing to extend the hand of friendship—or at least of partnership for that moment—to anybody who will receive it.”
After his talk, Jealous attended a luncheon with many campus leaders and activists, offering words of advice for how Bowdoin students can get out and make an impact.
“Einstein talked about his guilt of being at Princeton during World War II,” Jealous said. “It’s important when we’re in places of privilege to stay focused and engage in the world’s fight. I was inspired by students here who are on their way to D.C. to get locked up next week in a Keystone XL pipeline protest and other students who are really engaged in trying to ensure that Bowdoin stays on the path of being an increasingly inclusive campus.”
In his speech, Jealous talked about the myth that to change the world a person needs to be a famous leader. As the first president of the NAACP to be born after the Civil Rights Movement—for which the organization is so well known—Jealous worked hard during his tenure to make the group more than just a piece of history.
“In all these months—Black History Month, Women’s History Month—we put the great heroes on such high pedestals, often by omitting what was absolutely ordinary about them, like the fact that Martin Luther King’s classmates at seminary thought him so quiet they worried he might be an Episcopalian,” Jealous said. “We make their example seem unattainable, and in doing so, we sell ourselves short.”
Student reaction to Jealous’ speech emphasized the speaker's charisma, even though some felt the talk fell short of how-to advice.
“He was a great speaker, a great orator, storyteller,” said Jun Choi ’15. “I don't really know what I was expecting, but I thought it was going to be more instructional. It seemed more of a descriptive piece of his certain experiences...rather than this is how I did it.”
Others found more value in the anecdotal approach to his speech.
“I’d say I felt very motivated,” said Sam Shapiro ’14. “He made it seem as though there’s a lot of power in the voices of young people in that his stories involved him [as an] undergrad and then involved a young woman when she was high school age. He also talked about rallying college students and getting out student voices, so for me, as someone who’s 22, to have him put the center of power in the voices of young people and college students, was a pretty empowering experience.”
Jealous also commented on some of the topics raised in “What Does Bowdoin Teach,” a 360 page report by the National Association of Scholars (NAS) that among other things, questioned the College’s commitment to diversity and its lack of promoting American exceptionalism and citizenship.
“The role of the university ultimately is to train leaders for our country…and the world,” Jealous told the Orient. “Quite frankly, increasing training of people of all colors who can work effectively with people of all colors and cultures is critical. Groups such as the [NAS] are ultimately victims of their own nostalgia, and they should—rather than mourning the end of the past—be preparing for a more prosperous future. That’s what Bowdoin’s doing.”
Nicole Wetsman and Joe Sherlock contributed to this report.
College enters legal battle against power rate increase
In coordination with nine other Maine colleges, Bowdoin is taking organized legal action against a recent rate increase proposed by the Central Maine Power Company (CMP), which provides the College with 17 million kilowatt hours (kwh) of electricity per year. If the Maine Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) approves the rate increase—which is essentially a surcharge for any entity producing its own electricity within the state—the College estimates its electricity costs will rise $283,149 per year.
“We took a calculated risk that hopefully the rate case, when it gets through all the regulatory proceedings… is not the rate case that it is today and doesn’t have as big a financial impact on the College,” said Senior Vice President for Finance and Administration and Treasurer Katy Longley.
Bowdoin and the Maine Independent College Association (MICA) are hoping that the MPUC sides with educational institutions across the state. The rate increase targets so-called “behind the meter” power generation, which Longley said is a collective interest for all of the member-colleges of MICA, as well as many businesses and homeowners across the state.
Nine safety violations in Dining since 2010
No violations represented extreme safety risks; Dining reports that they see inspections as a learning tool.
Since 2010, food safety inspectors from the Maine Department of Health and Human Services have issued nine Risk Factor/Intervention Violations to Dining Service’s four food service locations at Bowdoin: four in Thorne, three in Moulton, two in Jack Magee’s Pub & Grill, and none in the Café. None of these violations represented extreme risks to the quality or safety of the food served to Bowdoin students.
According to Ken Cardone, the associate director and executive chef of dining services who has been at Bowdoin for 25 years, Dining sees these inspections as learning tools rather than punishment.
“When you have an inspection report, [the inspector will] call attention to certain areas,” Cardone said. “We make those adjustments quickly, and that helps as a training tool.”
Pieces of metal found in brownies at Thorne
On Monday in Thorne Dining Hall, a vigilant student approached a Dining Services employee after noticing small metallic flecks in the brownies he had been eating. The discovery of the flakes, which turned out to be small pieces of aluminum from the brownie pan, led to a rapid investigation by the Dining Services staff, who promptly removed the remaining brownies from the dessert display before dispatching two employees into the dining hall to remove brownies from students’ plates.
“Of course we investigated immediately, and as a precautionary measure, we pulled all the brownies,” said Ken Cardone, the Associate Director and Executive Chef of Dining Services. The reason for the incident was two-fold, according to Cardone.
“It was a couple of things: It was using a little too much pressure [when cutting the brownies]—because [they’re in] an aluminum sheet pan—and using a serrated knife.”
Video: Behind the Scenes: Campus Food Trucks
Fly on the wall: confessions of a Chapel-wedding technician
“I now pronounce you husband and wife."
If you’ve ever walked past the chapel on a Saturday afternoon and seen a gaggle of people clad in suits and dresses streaming out of its old wooden doors, it’s likely that moments earlier I was upstairs, listening to someone utter those seven words to a newlywed couple.
Over the past two years, I’ve had the opportunity to see roughly a dozen teary-eyed fathers walk their daughters down the blue-carpeted aisle of the campus chapel. As a member of the College’s audio-visual department, I often set up for events around campus that require technology—including the surprisingly frequent weddings in the chapel.
Crosley ’13 chosen as finalist for NCAA Woman of the Year
Field hockey’s Elena Crosley ’13 has been selected as one of the top-nine finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. The winner will be announced October 20 at a ceremony in Indianapolis.
The Woman of the Year Award was created in 1991, and this year the nine finalists—three from each division—were selected from 455 candidates nationwide.
“It’s an award that acknowledges the accomplishments of some terrific women student athletes,” said Field Hockey Head Coach Nicky Pearson. “There are three components to it—there’s the academic component, the athletic component, and the leadership and community service component.“
Spring season kicks off with international travel and undefeated recordsWomen's Rugby
The women’s rugby squad completed a tour of Europe over spring break, stopping in Barcelona, Spain and Perpignan and Toulouse, France to play friendly matches against local squads. According to a post on the team’s athletics website from Aviva Mattingly ’15, the team met tough competition in their travels, facing opponents with much more experience. The team scrimmaged against a local French team in Toulouse, playing 15-on-15 with a mixture of French- and English-speaking players on each team.Baseball
Led by reigning NESCAC Pitcher of the Year captain Oliver Van Zant ’13, the baseball team got off to a hot start in the warm Florida climate, where the team plays during Spring Break each year. Despite winning its first four games, including two 7-0 shutouts of Husson, the team lost to Keene State, 4-3 after four extra innings. In the next nine games, the Polar Bears won just four games and suffered three losses in a row, to finish 8-6 overall. Chief among the team’s early concerns are its hitting and defense—Bowdoin has allowed 109 hits from its opponents across 14 games, while only totalling 108 of its own.Softball
The softball team cruised to a 4-game win streak in Florida before losing two straight, the first to Keene State 8-4, and the second to Ripon College 13-5. The team rebounded from the defeats, winning seven of its next 10 games to finish the break play 11-5. Of all the teams Bowdoin played over spring break, it compiled the same number of wins as Wesleyan, Salve Regina and Amherst. Despite outscoring its opponents 78-68 over 16 games, the team allowed slightly more hits it had, 120 to 118. The team is averaging just over two errors per game so far.
Men's hockey season ended by NCAA quarterfinal loss to No. 7 Utica
Despite scoring two goals in the first period, Bowdoin fell flat against the Pioneers and gave up three uncontested goals in the third period.
The men’s ice hockey team lost 4-2 to No. 7 Utica in a late Saturday night game at Utica Memorial Auditorium in Utica, NY.
The Polar Bears came out skating hard in the first period, but a penalty by Tim Coffey ’15 gave Utica an early power play, which the Polar Bears were able to kill by winning two straight faceoffs and controlling the puck movement for most of two minutes.
Five minutes later, Bowdoin earned a man-up of their own, but after pummeling Pioneer goalkeeper Nick Therrien with two close shots, the Polar Bears were unable to score. After the penalty expired, goalie Max Fenkell ’15 stopped a flurry of Utica shots to shift the puck back to Bowdoin. Harry Matheson ’14 was able to pass to Ollie Koo ’14, who flicked the puck past Therrien for the opening score.
Tim Ryan '98 appointed director of athletics after months in interim post
President Barry Mills and Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster announced Tuesday afternoon that after a nationwide search, Tim Ryan ’98, who has been serving as interim director this academic year, is the College’s new Ashmead White Director of Athletics.
In an email to the Bowdoin community, Mills wrote, “this is a complex job with many constituencies. In the last nine months, Tim has demonstrated his deep knowledge of the program, his commitment to maintaining the proper balance between academics and athletics, and his skill as a manager and leader.”
Ryan assumes the post formerly held by Jeff Ward, who retired to start his own sports consultation firm last year.
Men’s ice hockey uses late scoring to topple UMDM 5-2 in first round of NCAA tournament
Tied with 30 seconds left in second period, John McGinnis ’15 scored shorthanded goal; Polar Bears added two more to win
Despite a frustrating and effective defensive effort from UMass Dartmouth (UMDM) on Wednesday in Watson Arena, the men’s ice hockey team broke away in the late second period to evenutally beat the Corsairs 5-2 and will advance to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA tournament this Saturday.
The match began with two one-on-one breakaways by UMDM's front, but they failed to pressure the Polar Bear goalkeeper, Steve Messina '14, who started for Bowdoin for the first time since their win against Hamilton in the NESCAC quarterfinals two weeks earlier. According to head coach Terry Meagher after the game, a commmittee of team leaders and coaches decided to go with Messina even though Max Fenkell '15 had two strong performances in a row against Middlebury and Williams in the NESCAC semifinals and championship rounds.
"It was a really tough decision," Meagher said. "Max had his run and did really well. We have a young man [Messina] who we’ve been splitting with all season, who is as important a member of this team as anybody. We got the home ice bid by some spectacular play on Steven’s part on the road. If you look at his history, you look at what he did on a Wednesday night two or three years ago against Newman that was a spectacular performance, his work ethic, and how he handled himself when Max got the nod for the championship game—all those things entered into [the decision].
Men’s ice hockey tops Williams to secure first NESCAC championship since vacated 2011 trophy
For the first time since the vacated NESCAC championship of 2011, the men’s ice hockey team has been crowned NESCAC champions after defeating Williams in a 2-1 battle on Sunday afternoon.
The game began with early back and forth between the two teams, but the puck began to find a home on Williams’ side of the ice, with the NESCAC's goals-against-average leader Sean Dougherty blocking shot after shot from the Polar Bears.
Colin Downey ’14 broke the first period scoring drought during a power play with an untouched laser beam after John McGinnis ’15 and Ollie Koo ’14 feigned a shot on Dougherty’s left but instead passed the puck in front of the net, where Downey struck it past the goalie's reach into the opposite corner of the net.
Men's ice hockey headed to first NESCAC championship since 2011
The men's hockey team never fell behind against NESCAC rival Middlebury on Saturday, swinging out to a 3-0 lead before surviving a late Panther rebuttal to win 4-2. This marks the first NESCAC championship berth since the 2010-2011 season, when the Polar Bears beat Williams, 5-2, but later vacated the trophy due to the uncovering of the team's involvement in a hazing incident.
In front of a rowdy crowd at Watson Arena, the Polar Bears controlled the puck during the first period, pressuring Middlebury's sophomore goalie Mike Peters for 11 shots, two of which slipped in. Both first period goals came at the hands of Danny Palumbo '15.
The second period began much the same way, with back and forth between the two teams before captain Daniel Weineger '13 scored to give the Polar Bears a commanding 3-0 lead. Midd responded near the end of the second with their first goal.
Women's ice hockey suffocates Amherst for 55 minutes to win NESCAC semifinal
The women's ice hockey team shut out Amherst for 55 minutes and 33 seconds at Middlebury on Saturday, winning 3-1 and earning their first berth to the NESCAC championship game in eight years.
Defender Madeline Lane '14 opened up the Polar Bears' scoring with only her third goal of the season six minutes into the first frame.
The Polar Bears did not score again until halfway through the final period, when captain Stephanie Ludy '13 jammed the puck home on an assist from Kenzie Novak '13 and Lane. With less than a minute left in the game (and while down a player after Maura Allen '14 was penalized), NESCAC Rookie of the Year Rachel Kennedy '16 brought her season goal-count to 16 by slipping away from an onslaught of Lady Jeffs for a shorthanded, unassisted score to move the game to a comfortable 3-0 lead. 20 second later Amherst finally pushed a puck past Bowdoin's Kayla Lessard '13 who stopped 27 shots during the match.
Hockey’s Meagher ices the competition after 30 seasons
Sitting at 495 career wins, Coach Terry Meagher has ended only three seasons with a losing record.
There are very few people who need no introduction, but Men’s Hockey Coach Terry Meagher is certainly of them, at least on this campus. In his 30th season, Meagher has won an astounding 495 games, 22nd all time among coaches in the history of men’s collegiate ice hockey. Over the course of his tenure, he has consistently attracted talent to Brunswick and deployed innovative strategies for sealing wins. This year is no different for Meagher, as men’s ice hockey now has the most wins since the 1988-1989 season, and was ranked as high as second in the nation. The team is currently the No. 1 seed in the NESCAC championship, and will face Middlebury this Saturday.
But Meagher is more than just a coach, and his 30 years at Bowdoin add up to more than just a successful career. Students cite his easy-going attitude and intense pride for anything Bowdoin-related as reasons behind his significant influence in the lives of generations of students, even those outside of the hockey program.Hockey in his blood
Born and raised in the blue-collar town of Belleville, Ontario, Meagher is one of nine children. Like many of his siblings, Meagher grew up on the pond.
Sports Analysis: Men's hockey Q&A with Middlebury Campus correspondent Owen Teach
The following is a question and answer between Orient sports editor Ron Cervantes and Owen Teach, the men’s ice hockey correspondent for the Middlebury Campus.
RC: Middlebury has a record of 39-27-5 against Bowdoin. Will this history have any influence on the outcome of Saturday’s game?
OT: I think that you have to take the historical record into account somewhat when looking at this match-up. Certainly, Bowdoin has been the strongest team in the conference this year, but as head coach Bill Beaney told me on Monday, the two teams have a long history of playing competitive games against one another regardless of either one's record—potentially adding more significance to the head-to-head match-up. Middlebury knew that to win the NESCAC championship the road would likely lead through Bowdoin, and I think we should all be excited for a competitive game.
RC: Previously this season, the Panthers gave Bowdoin their first tie in a 4-4 OT battle, and then lost 3-0 midway through the season. What were the differences between the games?
Sports Analysis: Women's hockey vs. Amherst
On Saturday, the women’s ice hockey team will face Amherst, who knocked the Polar Bears out of the NESCAC playoffs in two of the team’s last three semifinal appearances. Despite this recent history of season-ending losses at the hands of the Lady Jeffs, the Polar Bears stand a good chance of reaching the final this year.
Bowdoin’s offense was ranked third in the NESCAC in each of the last three years, while Amherst was ranked first in 2010 and 2011 and second last season. The Polar Bears were fourth in overall defense in 2012, fifth in 2011, and fourth in 2010, while Amherst was first in all years except 2011, when they were third. The difference this year is monumental, with Bowdoin ranked first in both offense and defense.
The last time a NESCAC team was ranked first in offense and defense was in 2010, when Amherst won the NESCAC Championship and eventually won the D-III National Championship over Norwich, 7-2. Two weekends ago, Bowdoin played a series away at Amherst, sweeping the Lady Jeffs with scores of 4-0 and 3-1. It was the first time in five years the Polar Bears had managed a sweep of Amherst in the regular season. The Polar Bears racked up three goals in the first period during the Saturday game.
Men's ice hockey splits weekend against No. 10 Amherst and Hamilton
The men’s ice hockey team, hot off its highest D-III ranking in team history (No. 2), lost to Amherst at home last Friday for the first time since the Sidney J. Watson Arena was built. The team split the weekend, beating Hamilton the next day. In the team’s first game after its bye week, the Lord Jeffs got off to a quick start by scoring four goals in the first period against Steve Messina ’14. That was enough for Head Coach Terry Meagher, who switched netminders at the beginning of the second period to Max Fenkell ’15. The Polar Bears were only able to score one goal from senior captain Dan Weiniger in the period. “Goal sports are tough—the bottom line is that sometimes they go in and sometimes they don’t,” said Meagher. “I thought we played as strong a game for most of it as we’ve played all year. But if we brought close to our best game and played well, then you’ve got to tip your hat to your opponent and respect what they did.”
Men's ice hockey falls 6-3 to Amherst
The No. 11 nationally ranked Lord Jeffs upset No. 2 Bowdoin for the first time in Watson Arena.
The men's ice hockey team (16-2-1, 10-2-1 NESCAC) lost at home on Friday night to Amherst (12-5-2, 8-4-1 NESCAC) in an upset that will certainly have impacts on the team's national ranking. Heading into the game, the Polar Bears, with a two game lead in the NESCAC and only one loss and a tie on the season, were the nationally ranked No. 2 team in D-III. The Lord Jeffs entered Watson Arena ready for action, scoring the first goal of the match just under four minutes into the first period. Just three minutes later, Amherst added another goal on a converted power play to make the score 2-0. Bowdoin looked poised to rally after Daniel Weineger '13 was able to convert on an Amherst penalty, bringing the score to 2-1, but nine shot attempts by the Polar Bears were unable to level the score. Amherst first year Conor Brown stuffed any chance for Bowdoin's momentum, scoring on his team's first shot-on-goal after nearly ten unsuccessful minutes of Polar Bear offense. Two minutes later, Amherst made the game 4-1, marking the worst defensive performance by Bowdoin in any period all year.
Rowing team earns gold at Head of the Charles
In a performance of “historic proportions,” the rowing team earned two medals last weekend at the annual Head of the Charles regatta, the largest two-day rowing competition in the world. The varsity women’s four finished their race as the leader of a 38-boat field, while the men’s placed fifth against 45 other teams. This is the first time that Bowdoin has every come away with a gold medal from the Head of the Charles, and the first time they have had two teams medal in the same race. On the second day, the men’s and women’s eights, in a far more competitive field, placed 33rd and 25th respectively. “It was a row of historic proportions,” said Head Coach Gil Birney. “I couldn’t be more pleased.”
Ex-investment banker Tim Ryan brings unique skills to leading the athletics department
When Jeff Ward stepped down this summer after 14 years as director of athletics, it fell to Tim Ryan ’98 to assume the position of interim athletics director.
A talented baseball and football player who went to Wells High School in Maine, Ryan says he chose Bowdoin because it was “the best academic school that [he] could get into and continue to play one or both sports.”
After sweeping two-time champ Tufts, baseball headed to playoffs
The baseball team swept the defending champion Tufts last weekend to clinch a spot in this year's NESCAC tournament. After previously dropping games to other NESCAC East opponents, the Polar Bears entered last weekend in a must-win scenario with a postseason tournament berth on the line.
Baseball commits 18 errors in 6 games, clings to 5-4 NESCAC record
The men's baseball team finished 3-3 after playing against NESCAC East rival Colby and non-conference Roger Williams and Brandeis over the last week. Over the six games, the team raised its in-game record for defensive errors from four to seven, compiling 18 defensive miscues in total. Before last weekend, the Polar Bears had been averaging around one and a half errors per game; that average has doubled in the past seven days.
Ultimate Frisbee teams both win sectionals, stay undefeated
Following commanding first-place finishes at their sectional tournament last weekend, the ultimate Frisbee teams will head to the New England regional tournament next week. Stoned Clown, the men's team, went 3-0 in Saturday's round robin play—never winning by fewer than 11 points—before beating Bates 11-5 in the finals. The women, Chaos Theory, shut out Bates 15-0 before beating Colby 15-1 to claim first.
Weekly Roundup: Baseball hands Trinity first defeat before losing 3 games
After dealing rival Trinity its only loss in 12 games on Friday, the baseball team lost both games in Saturday's doubleheader and Tuesday's non-conference game against Husson. Bowdoin (15-11, 3-3 NESCAC) maintained second place in the NESCAC East division while allowing Trinity to clinch a spot in next month's playoffs.
Powerful pitching leads baseball to three wins after Bates loss
The baseball team recovered from a late loss to Bates on Friday by winning three straight games—two against the Bobcats—to stay in second place in the heated NESCAC East standings. The team now boasts records of 14-8 overall and 2-1 in the NESCAC. Although Bowdoin took a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning on Friday behind pitcher Christian Martin '14, Bates scored in the fifth and eighth innings, pushing them ahead by one run.
Weekly Roundup: Baseball splits 2 v. Wesleyan, Van Zants shine on mound
The baseball team split a doubleheader against Wesleyan last Saturday to bring its season record to 11-7. With a total of four runs scored overall between the two games, the pitchers battled to control the tempo and keep the opposing offenses off the board.
Welch, Van Zant star on mound for 10-6 baseball
The men's baseball team kicked off its season in Florida over spring break, winning its first five games and finishing with an overall 10-6 record. Bowdoin outscored its opponents 72-61, while holding them to just 19 runs in their 10 wins. "It is harder to grind through physically and mentally pitch to pitch when you've played that many games in a short amount of time," Head Coach Mike Connolly said. "But it doesn't mean it can't be done."
Messina propels men’s hockey into NESCAC championship weekend
After outlasting Trinity 2-1 on Saturday, the second-seeded men's ice hockey team will take on third-ranked Middlebury tomorrow in the NESCAC semifinals. Trinity scored the first goal of the match 1:54 into the first period, but goaltender Steve Messina '14 stopped the next 31 shots to keep the Polar Bears in contention.
Weekly Roundup: Men’s hockey beats Trinity, Conn. College before playoffs
After winning the last two games of its regular season on the road, the men's ice hockey team will play in the NESCAC Quarterfinals tomorrow against No. 7 seeded Trinity. The Polar Bears (15-5-3, 12-3-3 NESCAC) handled No. 4 Tufts on Friday 9-2, and then held on to beat Connecticut College 6-4 the following day. Bowdoin is now 12-2-2 in its last 16 games.
Thanks to balanced barrage, men’s hockey secures home ice
After beating Wesleyan and Trinity last weekend at home, the men's ice hockey team clinched a first-round home playoff game. With two matches left to play, Bowdoin is second in the NESCAC standings behind Amherst.
Travel-heavy weekend ends in loss, OT draw for men’s hockey
After stunning Amherst 7-4 four weeks ago to start an undefeated streak throughout the month of January, the men's ice hockey team fell to the Lord Jeffs in a 3-1 loss last Friday.
Weekly Roundup: Men’s track squad sweeps 5-team Bowdoin Invitational
Taking off at a sprinter's pace, the men's track team dominated its final home meet of the indoor season last Saturday, raising its streak of first-place finishes to three. The Bowdoin Invitational was comprised of Bowdoin, Springfield, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Tufts, and Colby. With a final score of 218.5, Bowdoin more than doubled the points of second-place Springfield, who earned only 99.
Weekly Roundup: Women’s track victorious in 11 events at Bowdoin Invite
The women's track team had a strong showing at the Bowdoin Invitational last Saturday, beating Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (109 points) and Colby (128 points) with 276 points.
Athlete of the Week: Will Hanley '12
Men's basketball captain Will Hanley '12 is on pace to break multiple school records. Equally adept at offense and defense, he has high hopes for his post-college career—he's already sent game tapes to professional basketball teams in Europe. In Monday's game against Maine Maritime Academy, Hanley posted 20 points, seven rebounds, one assist, and one block, but ended his 5-game streak of double-doubles. In his final game of the streak, against Maine-Presque Isle, he scored 14 points, with 16 rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
Weekly Roundup: Middlebury eliminates field hockey in national semifinals
The field hockey team's quest to make history by winning four national championships in five years quickly evaporated when Bowdoin lost to Middlebury in the D-III semifinals on November 19. Though the Polar Bears beat the Panthers just two weeks before in the NESCAC championship, Bowdoin was dealt its first and only loss of the season with a score of 3-0.
Business as usual: Field hockey advances to D-III semifinals
Like a veteran surgeon performing open-heart surgery, the field hockey team dissected its first two opponents in the NCAA D-III tournament last weekend to once again earn a spot in the Final Four. After No. 1 Bowdoin defeated the Keene State Owls in a 4-0 victory, the team trounced the talented MIT Engineers in a 3-0 regional final shutout.
Field hockey beats Middlebury, 6th conference title in 7 years
Undefeated regular season? Check. NESCAC championship? Check. National championship? They are just a few games away.
Weekly Roundup: Quarterfinal victory leads field hockey into semifinals
The women's field hockey team continued its undefeated season with a 2-0 shutout over Hamilton last Saturday in the NESCAC quarterfinals. With seniors McKenna Teague and Elizabeth Clegg finding the net in the first half, the team held onto its lead for 50 minutes. It was the team's eighth shutout in 15 games.
Weekly Roundup: Field hockey finishes regular season undefeated at 14-0
With a late 1-0 victory over No. 16 Trinity last Saturday, the undefeated field hockey team (14-0) clinched its first NESCAC tournament No. 1 seed since 2007. The team outscored its opponents 48-9 over the course of the season. The winning goal was scored by captain Ella Curren '12 late in the second half, and earned her NESCAC Player of the Week honors.
Three more victories for field hockey, win streak at 19 games
Even though her field hockey team is currently in the midst of an undefeated season, has had six shutout victories over opponents, and is ranked No. 2 in the country, Head Coach Nicky Pearson is as focused as ever. "We've always got things to work on," she said.
First water polo tourney goes swimmingly
With a 4-0 record, the men's water polo team has high hopes for a season that started two weeks ago at home with its first conference tournament of the year. The club team, led by captains Spencer Vespole '13 and Noah Perwin '12, beat its competition handily.
Men's ultimate breaks out new strategy at sectionals
At the USA Ultimate East New England Sectional Tournament last weekend, the men's ultimate Frisbee team, Stoned Clown, intentionally sacrificed prospective wins in order to let first year players get a chance to learn the ropes in a real game setting. The team's strategic decision to develop its new talent instead of going for wins indicates that the team is investing in its future.