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Environmental Studies

Environmental storytelling offers stage for the stories of people of color connected to nature

Sharing personal narratives of their ventures into and passions for the environment, Kellie Navarro ’23, Ebe Figueroa ’24 and Sejal Prachand ’24 captivated students on Thursday night in Lamarche Gallery. Orchestrated by Navarro as part of a three-part environmental storytelling series, the event intended to elevate the voices of students of color, who are often underrepresented in conversations of the outdoors.

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Election

Government department demystifies midterm elections

On Tuesday night, the Department of Government and Legal Studies hosted a public debrief in Kresge Auditorium on last week’s midterm elections. The event, presented by Professor of Government Michael Franz and Assistant Professor of Government Ángel Saavedra Cisneros, was a data-driven overview of election participation and outcomes as well as future implications for potential state and federal policy.

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Homeira Qaderi Describes Experiences With Taliban

Editor’s Note November 18, 2022 at 9:30 a.m.: An earlier version of this article was missing parts of the first paragraph. This has been corrected and is not a problem in the print edition. Author Homeira Qaderi didn’t think she could make it to the Kabul airport in time until she received a call on the final day of U.S.

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Science and Technology

Dr. Isaiah Bolden ’15 explores ancient chemical “clues” to inspire modern coral conservation techniques

Oceanographer, biochemist and professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Isaiah Bolden ’15 studies ancient coral reefs to understand the effects of climate change on modern reef ecosystems. In his research, he uses a unique approach to coral conservation which he calls “forensic biogeochemistry” to track the health of coral reefs and predict trends using clues from fossilized coral caves, which he focused on in his talk on Monday.

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Faculty

Faculty Meeting covers advising, enrollment

On Monday, November 7, Bowdoin faculty members convened in Daggett Lounge for their third meeting of the semester, where they continued discussions about changes to pre-major academic advising and declining enrollment in the humanities. The meeting, moderated by Associate Professor of Government Jeffrey Selinger, also covered potential changes to faculty and department meeting times, the October meeting of the Board of Trustees and the College’s transition to Workday Finance for budgeting and administrative financial planning.

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News in Brief

IT department debuts drop-in hours

This week, Bowdoin Information Technology (IT) launched new drop-in hours as a way to facilitate open communication with students and faculty. The drop-in hours started on Tuesday behind the desk in Smith Union with Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michael Cato.

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BSG

BSG continues working toward expanding SAFC policy

Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) convened on Wednesday to discuss amendments to the Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) guidelines, BSG office hours and a proposed series of mental health forums. Chair of the Treasury Kiley Briand ’25 presented various SAFC legislation changes to the group: a specific clause on funding club-bonding activities, guidelines on sponsoring DJs and increased food budgets for larger clubs.

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McKeen Center

The Bowdoin Friends talk “Bowdoin and the Common Good”

The Association of Bowdoin Friends, which aims to connect the College and Brunswick communities, returned yesterday from a hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to sponsor the community lecture series: “Bowdoin and the Common Good.” Led by Director of the Mckeen Center for the Common Good Sarah Seames, the talk served to inform the greater community about the College’s commitment to the Common Good.

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BSG

BSG announces updates on Good Ideas Fund, No Hate November

On Wednesday, the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) gathered in Daggett Lounge to discuss an upcoming meeting with President Clayton Rose, No Hate November and other future  initiatives. BSG president Susu Gharib ’23 announced an upcoming BSG assembly on December 4 led by President Rose to discuss his professional experience in business and the perspective he’s gained.

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Muslim Life Advisor joins campus

Editor’s Note November 4, 2022: An earlier version of this article referenced the position established by the Rachel Lord Center for Religious and Spiritual Life as the “Muslim Spiritual Advisor.” This was incorrect. The position is actually titled the “Muslim Life Advisor,” and the article and headline have been corrected to reflect this.

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News in Brief

BSG focuses on community building

Soon, Bowdoin students will not be judged on the merits of their academics, but instead on how well they can construct a snowman. During their meeting on Wednesday, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) made plans for the upcoming Winter Carnival, a proposed community-building event to take place sometime this winter.

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International

Russian Department virtually hosts Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed in first lecture of Russia-Ukraine war series

Ukrainian scholar Nataliya Shpylova-Saeed gave a virtual lecture to the College community yesterday entitled “Russia’s War On Ukraine: Culture, Memory, Politics” in which she explored the history of shifting Russian and Ukrainian identities. Shpylova-Saaed, a visiting professor in the department of Russian and Eurasian studies at Colgate University, recently gained her Ph.D.

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LASO

Liz Gonzalez addresses immigration law, advocacy

Attorney Liz Gonzalez spoke about her journey to becoming an immigration rights advocate and the legal obstacles and injustices that immigrants face in her talk entitled “Youth, Representation and Immigrant Rights” on Wednesday. As a Spanish major at Reed College, Liz Gonzalez never suspected  that she would become a lawyer representing children in immigration court.

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Peer Health

Plan B day has first b-day

Plan A fall through? Thankfully, Bowdoin’s Health Center has Plan B—and it’s free. This Thursday, Peer Health teamed up with the Health Center and the Office of Gender Violence Prevention and Health Education (OGVPE) to host the College’s first annual Plan B Day, an event dedicated to getting Plan B and other contraceptive measures out to Bowdoin students.

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Brunswick

Butchers & Bakers closes business

The Butchers & Bakers, a gluten-free artisan bakery and butcher shop located in downtown Brunswick’s Tontine Mall, permanently closed its doors on Sunday. Since its grand opening earlier this year, the establishment has garnered praise for its friendly atmosphere, commitment to sustainability and entirely gluten-free product selection.

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lecture

Mónica Guzmán ’05 talks on effective communication across political divides

On Monday, author, journalist and conversational bridge-builder Mónica Guzmán ’05 delivered a talk at Kresge Auditorium about her best-selling book “I Never Thought About It That Way: How to Have Fearlessly Curious Conversations in Dangerously Divided Times.” The “Fireside Chat” was hosted by the Joseph McKeen Center for the Common Good and facilitated by Alondra Romero ’24 and Samuel S.

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Academic

US-Greenland Joint Committee discusses arctic affairs on campus

On Tuesday, the College hosted a meeting of the U.S.-Greenland Joint Committee, an intergovernmental body that meets annually to bolster ties between the United States and Greenland. According to a press release from the U.S. Embassy and Consulate in the Kingdom of Denmark, the Joint Committee strives to improve relations and cooperation between the United States and Greenland in the areas of trade, investment and education, among others.

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BSG

BSG representatives discuss SAFC policy changes and inclusion

Last Wednesday, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) held its weekly meeting, during which members discussed their plans to adjust Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) guidelines, plans for No Hate November programming and more inclusive dining policies. To begin the meeting, Chair of the Treasury Kiley Briand ’25 announced that in November she will propose legislation to change the SAFC guidelines to provide clubs easier access to funding and materials.

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Faculty

Faculty discuss changes to pre-major advising

On Monday, October 3, Bowdoin faculty members gathered in Daggett Lounge for their second meeting of the school year. The meeting, which was led by faculty moderator Associate Professor of Government Jeffrey Selinger, covered faculty concerns about humanities enrollment and changes to course enrollment, among other topics.

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Activism

MSA hosts vigil for Mahsa Amini

Last Wednesday, about 30 students took a break from studying for midterms to gather around the damp museum steps, donning rain jackets and holding flickering candles. The Bowdoin Muslim Students Association (MSA) hosted a candlelight vigil to honor and raise awareness around the tragic killing of Iranian woman Mahsa Amini, who was murdered in police custody after being detained for not wearing her headscarf tightly enough.

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COVID-19

Survey illuminates shifting student opinions on Covid policy

College policy surrounding its Covid-19 pandemic management has shifted dramatically over the past several months. In his August 3 email to the Bowdoin community, President Rose announced the outright discontinuation of many of the College’s previous Covid policies, including masking requirements in classrooms and mandatory, twice-weekly PCR testing.

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Dr. Carissa Veliz lectures on the ethics of data sharing, cites privacy concerns through history

On Monday, the Department of Philosophy hosted Dr. Carissa Veliz, associate professor at the Faculty of Philosophy and the Institute of Ethics in AI and a fellow at Hertford College at the University of Oxford. Her talk, titled “Why Privacy is Power,” used a mix of historical and modern examples to discuss the dangers of personal data collection and exploitation.

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Administration

Dean’s Office restructuring aims to better meet student needs for long-term academic support

Over the summer, the Office of the Dean of Students underwent a structural change following an examination of its interactions with students. In the new structure, there is a new assistant dean for case management, and conduct issues are handled primarily by the director of community standards, rather than being distributed between class deans as they were previously.

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diversity

GHC inspires underrepresented genders in tech

From September 20 to 23, faculty and students from Bowdoin Women in Computer Science (BWiCS) attended the Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) in Orlando, Fla.. GHC is an annual conference celebrating women and non-binary individuals in technology with a specific focus on early career support and exploration for college students from around the world.

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Brunswick

Community panel confronts public mural art and Indigenous representation in Brunswick history

On Wednesday evening at the Curtis Memorial Library, the Midcoast Indigenous Awareness Group (MIAG) hosted a panel discussion entitled “Many Voices: Who Gets to Tell the Story?” The panelists discussed the often erased history of the Wabanaki people and how to acknowledge their continued role in the Brunswick community.

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BSG

BSG unveils plans for the year ahead

Editor’s note 10/03/2022 at 2:42 p.m. EDT: A previous version of this article mistakenly reported that Gharib included prescription drugs as a potential offering through Health Services. The article has been updated to reflect that this was not the case. 

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News in Brief

Little Dog Coffee Shop workers form a union

Amid a change in ownership and organization, a group claiming to represent the workers of Little Dog Coffee Shop in Brunswick is rallying for unionization. In an open letter posted to Instagram, the group addressed owner Larry Flaherty directly and detailed their reasons for forming a union.

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Rachel Lord Center hosts first “Belong at Bowdoin” workshop

The Rachel Lord Center for Religious and Spiritual Life hosted its first installment of the “Belong at Bowdoin” workshop series on Wednesday. Led by Director of the Rachel Lord Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Oliver Goodrich, the series intends to help Bowdoin students build new relationships and nurture established ones.

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Covid policy marks endemic approach to pandemic

Four weeks into the semester, campus is adjusting to an endemic approach to Covid-19. In a shift from the last two years, the College now has a decentralized model in which there is no longer one point person for Covid-related information, but instead a task force of several individuals throughout the College.

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History Department hosts discussion on abortion rights

The history department hosted an event entitled “How did we get here? Historians on Roe v. Wade” last night. The event, which was widely attended by students, filling Adams 208, consisted of a panel of five professors: Associate Professor of History and Chair of the History Department David Hecht, Professor of History Patrick Rael, Associate Professor of History Meghan Roberts, Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies Rachel Sturman and Associate Professor of History and Asian Studies Sakura Christmas.

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Dr. Bettina Love delivers lecture on abolitionist, restorative teaching

Last night, Dr. Bettina Love, the William F. Russel Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University, gave the education department’s annual Brodie Family Lecture. Her talk, entitled “We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Right: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Education Freedom,” focused on committing to educational freedom by taking an abolitionist approach to education, moving beyond reform to create an educational system that allows all students to thrive.

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BSG

Pres. Gharib ’23 outlines new plans for upcoming year

The Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) has major plans for this semester, as it works to focus on student priorities and rebuild the sense of community on campus after more than two years of pandemic-related restrictions. BSG President Susu Gharib ’23 said that she hopes her administration can create a more welcoming and inclusive campus culture this year.

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Community host program holds indoor reception

On Monday, the Office of Student Activities hosted an initial meet-up event for first years and their host families who have been matched through the Community Host Program. The event, which took place in the Lamarche Gallery in Smith Union, marks the first time since 2019 that the initial reception for the program has taken place indoors.

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Little Dog Coffee Shop changes ownership

Little Dog Coffee Shop, an integral part of Maine Street’s restaurant and café circuit, was acquired by new owners Larry and Diana Flaherty in July 2022. The Flahertys are the proprietors of the Metropolitan Coffee Houses (“the Met”) of North Conway, N.H., Settlers Green, N.H.

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Students launch email campaign following THRIVE students not receiving new laptops

Following news that THRIVE students who had already received College-issued laptops were not being included in the Digital Excellence Commitment (DExC), students and administrators addressed their dissatisfaction with the decision through an email campaign. THRIVE students were informed that those who had previously received MacBooks from Bowdoin would not receive new ones through the DExC program this year with the rest of the student body.

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Economics and Government professors attack partisan animosity in Strengthening Democracy Challenge

In early August, Associate Professor of Economics Daniel Stone, Professor of Government Michael Franz and Senior Interactive Developer David Francis won the Strengthening Democracy Challenge. The challenge, presented by political sociologists at Stanford University, invited academics and other professionals to submit intervention models for bolstering democratic practices in political discourse.

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Blackboard

Canvas replaces Blackboard as College’s learning management system

This summer, the College began a year-long learning management system transition from Blackboard to Canvas. The transition comes after a years-long process of evaluating and comparing various interfaces for college use. Product piloting of both Canvas and Blackboard began during the 2018-2019 school year, with the College ultimately deciding to pursue a three-year contract with Blackboard.

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News in Brief

College adopts “endemic” approach to Covid-19, provides air purifiers to students

This week, students returned to a campus with significantly reduced pandemic-related protocols. Under the new guidelines, the College neither requires masks on campus nor mandates PCR testing. As the College moves to an endemic approach to Covid-19, management of positive cases and questions about the virus are being integrated into the returning pre-pandemic structures of Bowdoin.

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News in Brief

Search Committee publishes presidential position specification

Last Friday, the Presidential Search Committee published a position specification document for Bowdoin’s 16th president. In an email to the campus community, committee co-chairs Sydney Asbury ’03 and Bertrand Garcia-Moreno ’81 P’17 wrote that the committee has met with faculty, staff, students, parents, trustees and alumni since its formation in May, and the document it has produced will introduce both the College and the position of president to prospective candidates.

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Schiller Center

Schiller Center dedicated

On Thursday, the Schiller Coastal Studies Center (SCSC) was officially dedicated fifteen months after construction was completed. The Board of Trustees attended the ceremony and reception as part of its first in-person meeting in over two years.

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Lecture discusses trigger warnings on college campuses

Editor’s note 05/18/2022 at 12:28 p.m. EDT: A previous version of this article included the lecturer’s photograph and name in its headline. The article has been updated to remove both inclusions at the lecturer’s request. Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at Bates College Rebecca Herzig addressed the increasing conversation about and presence of trigger warnings in higher educational spaces in a lecture on Monday in the Moulton Union Main Lounge.

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SWAG

SWAG hosts discussion to process leaked Roe v. Wade draft

In response to recent news about the potential reversal of Roe v. Wade, the Sexuality, Women and Gender (SWAG) center hosted a discussion entitled “Processing the Leaked Roe v. Wade Draft.” The discussion hosted at 24 College served as a space for students to find community, share their thoughts on the leaked draft and become energized for more advocacy work.

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Faculty

Faculty gather to discuss Rose’s departure, new policies

Bowdoin faculty convened on Monday to discuss additions to half-credit course options, recommendations for pre-major advising and policy changes in Academic Affairs. Associate Professor of English Emma Maggie Solberg moderated the meeting in Daggett Lounge. After approving the minutes from the previous meeting, President Clayton Rose addressed the faculty for the first time since announcing his June 2023 departure from the College.

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Faculty

College alters policy on shared faculty appointments

In a memorandum to the faculty dated April 21, Senior Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs Jennifer Scanlon announced that her office had revised the College’s Shared Appointments policy. The policy had previously allowed candidates for tenure-line positions to request that they share the position with another applicant, typically their spouse or partner.

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