“Old Bowdoin” Spring Gala ends semester
Tomorrow at 10 p.m., Bowdoin students will have the chance to dress up in their nicest clothes and attend the annual Spring Gala, which will be themed in the style of “Old Bowdoin.”
Organized by Bowdoin Student Government (BSG), the gala will feature a live DJ, free food and a photo booth, as well as a bar that will serve beer and wine to students over the age of 21.
“Students don’t really have many chances to get dressed up and feel like they’re going to an event that maybe is a little more formal,” said recently-inaugurated BSG President Sarah Nelson, who serves on the committee that plans the gala. “People look forward to this, and it’s a great way to finish up spring semester before we head into reading period and finals.”
Women’s track beats seven at Aloha Relays
The women’s track and field team finished first out of seven teams at this Saturday’s 25th-annual Aloha Relays at Bowdoin. Like the men’s team, the women were coming off a third-place finish at the UNH invitational the previous week. The team will compete at the NESCAC Championship at Tufts this weekend.
Bowdoin won 11 of the meet’s events and sealed the competition with 184 total points, beating out second-place Bates who earned 158 points. Katherine Harmon ’14, who won the hammer throw at the Relays, is currently ranked No. 13 in all of D-III in the event. Head Coach Peter Slovenski said he is pleased with her recent results.
“Katherine has gotten more explosive with her throwing this month,” Slovenski said. “She’s always been a great technician, and now she’s adding a lot of speed to her second and third turns.”
Men’s track nabs second at Maine Champs
The men’s track and field team finished second out of five teams at the Maine State Championship this weekend at Bates. The tournament hosts finished first with 263 points, followed by Bowdoin with 177, the University of Southern Maine with 96, Colby with 69 and St. Joseph’s with five. One particularly impressive performance came from Chris Genco ’15, who won both the long and high jump.
“Chris had a terrific day,” said Head Coach Peter Slovenski. “He’s got a lot of poise in competition and put together some impressive jumps.”
One other winner was Sam Seekins ’14, who ran the fastest 5K of the field by outpacing 15 other runners from the four other Maine schools that competed.
Athletics combats hunger in midcoast Maine
Each month, members of Bowdoin’s athletic teams volunteer at the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program (MCHPP), a non-profit organization located in Brunswick, to help provide food for people in the area who cannot do so for themselves. For the last few years, coaches have called upon student-athletes to aid the MCHPP in unloading large shipments of food that are made available to over 1,200 families in eight different towns around midcoast Maine.
“Usually what will happen is that we’ll receive information from Midcoast Hunger about a large food delivery that is coming into Brunswick,” said Ashmead White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan. “Our coaches will then talk to their teams asking if they would like to help out, and that’s where we are able to lend a helping hand.”
“Our connection really began with [former trainer] Jeanne Mayo, who has been heavily involved with Midcoast Hunger Prevention,” Ryan said. “Her relationship with the athletic department started to foster interest in seeing what we could do to help. Our coaches and students have accepted that opportunity as a great way to provide service to our community.”
Five seniors awarded prestigious fellowships
Five students have been given grants from two of the most sought-after fellowships offered to Bowdoin students, the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship and the Fulbright Fellowship Program. One such winner is David Bruce ’13 who has been granted $25,000 by the Watson Fellowship to travel outside of the U.S. for the next 12 months, will examine the risks that are associated with living in a seaside city threatened by climate change.
“I plan to investigate and better understand this issue through a series of sketches, paintings and other creative works that will offer depictions of the challenges man faces in major coastal metropolises,” Bruce wrote in his statement on the fellowship’s website. “My proposal takes me to seven cities in five different countries, both developed and developing. I hope to reveal the many ways these vulnerable cities and the people in them are learning to be resilient to great risks posed by climate change.”
Four other seniors—Kacey Berry, Daniel Ertis, RaiNesha Miller and Emma Cutler—have won Fulbright Fellowships and and will live abroad for the next year, either teaching English in local schools or conducting research topic of their choosing. In addition to teaching or research, students are required to undertake a community engagement project that aims to further incorporate the student into the culture of the country that he or she will be living in.
BSG, E-Board to revive Winter Weekend; SOOC change its bylaws
On February 15, Bowdoin will celebrate the season with the revival of Winter Weekend, an old tradition of the College. Dani Chediak ’13, president of the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG), and Michael Hannaman ’13, co-chair of the Entertainment Board (E-Board) have been working together to organize an event to bring the campus together during the drab winter season. “This is actually a tradition from back when frats were at Bowdoin,” Hannaman said. “And what we’re trying to do is revive, but also redefine, what it is. We’re trying to make it about sports at Bowdoin, and College Houses and being outside during the winter.”
Safe Ride to enforce old policy, will not drive to off-campus parties
Safe Ride will no longer bring students to parties at off-campus houses, said Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols. Although Safe Ride has had a policy of not bringing students to parties for several years, only recently has it begun enforcing it.
Coles Tower wins energy competition, saves 29.8%
The residents of Coles Tower “did it in the dark” best during the month of November, winning the 11th Annual Energy Savings Competition by reducing their energy use by 29.8 percent. Twenty residences competed in the competition, including every first year brick and College House. The percent decrease in total energy use, based on electricity and heating, was measured in every residence hall against a previously recorded consumption standard.
Living off campus, students face increased risk of legal penalties
On campus, underage possession of alcohol can lead to a write-up from Security and a meeting with a Dean; off campus, it can lead to a court date, as eight Bowdoin students have learned this academic year. In addition to the two students who received summons on September 15 on Union Street—one for underage consumption of alcohol, the other for furnishing it—six students received summons on September 8 at 6 Summer Street.
Drinking habits not unusual, survey shows
The results of last spring’s NESCAC-wide alcohol and drug use survey, which were released to College officials last week, show that the drinking habits of Bowdoin students fall in line with peer schools, though students at the College are noticeably more proactive when it comes to calling for help in alcohol-related emergencies. Nine of the 11 NESCAC schools participated in the survey, which was distributed to about 20,000 students and designed with the intent of better understanding alcohol and drug use on each campus.
Redesigned website caters to viewers outside the College
Yesterday morning, the College launched the redesigned version of Bowdoin.edu, the first overhaul of the site in nine years. The homepage now has a completely different appearance, featuring “The Offer of the College” superimposed over the image of a tree on the Quad. Associate Vice President of Interactive Marketing Robert Kerr has been working to improve the interface and user-friendliness of the site, which was developed internally.