After two years of housing juniors and seniors, Ladd House will again house only sophomores for the 2020-2021 academic year, said Director of Residential and Housing Operations Lisa Rendall. College House decisions were sent to applicants on Monday.
Four Bowdoin students will spend the duration of the spring semester living in the Brunswick Inn following the College’s transition to remote learning. Eileen Hornor, the owner of the Brunswick Inn, is letting students stay at a cost similar to the amount students were refunded for room and board.
President Clayton Rose informed students that the College may not be able to reopen the campus to “everyone” for the fall semester in an email sent on Thursday. “We do not know if it will be possible to bring everyone back to campus for the fall semester, but I want us to carefully examine if it can be done (and if so, how) in a manner that accounts for the presence of the virus and would be safe for our community,” Rose wrote.
The start of the housing lottery, originally scheduled to begin March 31 and then delayed until April 6, has been postponed again until mid-June at the earliest, Director of Residential and Housing Operations Lisa Rendall announced in an email to students Thursday.
As the last students vacated campus on March 18, Laboratory Instructor in Chemistry Ren Bernier was scouring an empty Druckenmiller Hall for gloves, face shields and cotton swabs. The personal protective equipment (PPE) that Bernier and other instructors, technicians and professors gathered from labs across campus will be donated to MaineHealth, a Portland-based medical supplier, to augment depleted supplies of critical protective equipment in hospitals throughout Maine.
Despite drastic changes to Bowdoin’s academic program since the College’s shift to remote learning, students continue to receive national recognition for their academic work. Anneka Williams ’21 and Zoe Dietrich ’21 were awarded the Barry M.
The College has placed a freeze on all new hires as it turns its attention to reexamining the budget in the midst of the financial crisis caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President Clayton Rose announced in an email on March 27.
Despite some opposition from students and faculty, the College adopted a mandatory credit/no-credit grading system this week for all spring classes, sparking a debate among students and faculty about the merits and mechanics of online learning.
In the face of the uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), 15 students have withdrawn from fall semester study away, and more are expected to follow, according to Director of Off-Campus Study (OCS) and International Programs Christine Wintersteen.
The Town of Brunswick declared a civil state of emergency Monday night in response to the growing coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, ordering all businesses to close except those included in the 29 types of sanctioned “essential businesses.” The order is in effect for seven days, after which it is expected to be renewed.
Over the past few weeks, a small group of students has returned to Brunswick to live in off-campus housing and complete the semester of remote learning close to campus. Sarisha Kurup ’21, who is now living on Atwood Street, created a Facebook group for these students and titled it “Study Abroad Brunswick.” In an introductory post, she wrote, “some of us were thinking of establishing a little community in Brunswick.
Since March 18, Shuhao Liu ’22 has been the only student living in Quinby House, a College House that, just two weeks ago, 24 students called home. “It’s kinda spooky, honestly,” Liu said. In one week, Liu will return home to Beijing, China, where he will be placed under a 14-day quarantine.
Bowdoin’s regular decision admittance rate hit an all-time low of 8.3 percent for the Class of 2024, down from 8.9 percent last year (9.05 percent after students were accepted off the waitlist). The College received 9,402 applications, the greatest number ever received.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to roil global financial markets, colleges and universities around the United States are entering uncharted economic waters. In Brunswick, Bowdoin is battening down the hatches. “It is really too soon to know how severe the impact will be or how this compares with economic challenges of the past, but there is no question that this is a very difficult environment for investments,” wrote Matt Orlando, the senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer of the College, in an email to the Orient.
A Bowdoin community member is presumed to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) and three students were in contact with another individual during spring break who tested positive for the virus, according to emails sent by President Clayton Rose.
Laila McCain ’21 is accustomed to working 18 to 20 hours per week. She gives tours and hosts information sessions for the Office of Admissions, works in the Center for Cocurricular Opportunities and is employed by the Office of Residential Life (ResLife) as a Residential Advisor in Chamberlain Hall.
Commencement activities and Reunion Weekend will not happen in May this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. President Clayton Rose announced the decision in an email to seniors Friday morning and in an email to the campus community Friday afternoon.
On March 11, the College announced all classes would move online, and all students must move out by March 18 to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Find the Orient’s coverage of the College’s evolving response to the virus here.
When Lily Tedford ’22 received the news Wednesday morning that she would finish the spring semester remotely, taking her classes online to reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on campus, her first instinct was to drive to Bowdoin with a few extra suitcases.
Spring semester classes will be completed via “remote learning” and students will not be allowed to return to campus at the conclusion of spring break due to the “unprecedented health crisis” posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), President Clayton Rose this morning announced in an email to the Bowdoin community.
On Friday, the College sent to a message students with health conditions affecting their immune system informing them that there is a higher risk than the general college population in returning campus due to the nationwide outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
In an “abundance of caution” the College today said it will be sanitizing multiple areas of campus visited during a 24-hour period by a student who returned to Bowdoin after studying abroad in Italy, which now has a travel Warning Level 3 from the Center for Disease Control.
Editor’s Note, 3/7/20, 3:02 p.m.: The college sent out a statement at 1:36 p.m. today regarding the contents of this article. The Orient has since published a story addressing those updates. Despite assurances from the college that students studying in Italy would not immediately return to campus due to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) precautions, several students who were studying in Italy returned to campus earlier this week.
Bowdoin cancelled College-sponsored travel to four countries, five states and the District of Columbia this week as the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues. As of today, the first day of spring break, the College is not planning to extend the break or considering suspending future classes, according to administrators.
Heavy winds knocked over a 100 foot tree in the Bowdoin Pines, damaging a power line and leaving part of campus in the dark Thursday morning. Most buildings on Maine Street were without power from before 9 a.m.
Last Friday, Bowdoin College Dance Marathon hosted its third annual Dance Marathon to raise money for Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Portland. This year’s Dance Marathon had more students registered than ever before and raised a record amount of money, an increase the leaders of the event attributed to improved collaboration with athletic teams and College Houses.
For many Bowdoin students, outdoor trips are opportunities to relax and unwind off campus. When it comes to trips specifically for LGBTQ+ students, this sense of comfort takes on a new meaning. Today, 15 LGBTQ+ Bowdoin students are skiing with Perry Cohen, founder and executive director of the Venture Out Project, on a trip created in partnership with the Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC) and the Sexuality, Women and Gender Center (SWAG).
Though COVID-19, commonly known as coronavirus, hasn’t reached Bowdoin’s campus and only 60 cases have been confirmed in the country compared to the 83,300 cases globally, the virus has affected the lives of several Bowdoin students studying abroad.
Dudley Coe is coming down, along with dozens of pine trees. In its place, HGA—a Minneapolis-based architecture firm—envisions new buildings inspired by arctic landscapes and constructed with sustainable design principles. In presentations on Tuesday and Wednesday, project architect Nat Madson of HGA brought Barry Mills Hall and the new Center for Arctic Studies (CAS) to life, explaining in vivid detail the plans for the two projects.
In response to a spate of work orders from Coles Tower residents over the past few weeks, Director of Residential and Housing Operations Lisa Rendall sent an email on Wednesday to residents, recommending that residents vacuum up the bugs and release them outside.
Geoffrey Canada ’74, founder and president of the Harlem Children Zone, recently became a senior adviser for Mike Bloomberg’s presidential campaign. Canada endorsed the former New York City mayor on January 19. Canada has known Bloomberg for years.
Political journalist Amy Walter joined students, faculty and members of the Brunswick community in Morrell Lounge to discuss the upcoming presidential election in her lecture titled, “The 2020 Election with Amy Walter—The Fundamentals of What You Need to Know.” Tuesday’s talk was sponsored by the Tom Cassidy Lecture Fund, Bowdoin Public Service, Bowdoin Student Government, the Sexuality, Women and Gender Center (SWAG) and Student Activities.
Elizabeth McCormack, the dean for academic affairs and senior vice president of the College, will be stepping down from her position at the end of the academic year, President Clayton Rose announced in an email to campus Tuesday.
Jingyi Zhou ’22 was planning to return home to Beijing over spring break to celebrate her 21st birthday with friends and family. She had booked her ticket during winter break, before the extent of the COVID-19 virus outbreak in China had been revealed.
Question 1: Should Maine allow religious and philosophical exemptions to requiring vaccinations for students? Question 1—the only question on the Maine ballot next week—will ask voters whether they want to keep or repeal a law passed last year that would eliminate “religious and philosophical exemptions” to vaccination requirements.
As Maine voters head to the polls next Tuesday for the presidential primary elections, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is the most favored candidate among Democratic Bowdoin students, according to a poll conducted by the Orient.
Not long after students arrived on campus this semester, posters supporting various political candidates began to appear. The ongoing primary season prompted the Division of Student Affairs to remind students of a longstanding policy regarding political posters and events.
Ryan Britt ’22, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) Chair of Student Affairs, introduced a motion to request increased support for mental health and counseling services on campus at Wednesday’s BSG assembly meeting. The motion proposes an increase in hired counselors, additional funding for mental health services and programs and a new college body to look specifically into issues of mental health and wellness.
Anthony Jack, assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, nearly broke into song as he spoke in front of a packed audience in Kresge Auditorium on Wednesday. With three fingers pressed against his palm and his pointer extended, he painted the air with his outstretched arm while addressing the crowd.
“How many people here think you can buy an election?” asked U.S. Senate candidate Bre Kidman. Every hand in the room went up. “How many people think you should buy an election?” asked Kidman. This time, no one raised a hand.
President Clayton Rose joined a small group of students in the living room of Reed House for an intimate question-and-answer session on Thursday evening. During nearly two hours of discussion, students pressed Rose on an array of hot-button campus issues, ranging from James “Jes” Staley’s ’79 P’11 status on the Board of Trustees to campus mental health services and the fight for a living wage for Bowdoin’s housekeeping staff.
As midterm season approaches, Bowdoin can move at a frighteningly quick pace, and stress can weigh heavy on many students. A new program, STRESS LESS, hopes to combat this issue. Associate Director of Clinical and Emergency Services Shelley Roseboro and Assistant Director of Student Wellness Programs Kate Nicholson implemented the month-long mindfulness and stress reduction program earlier this month.
Teaching a full course load, firing back against Twitter trolls and publishing a book eight years in the making—Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies Chryl Laird is doing it all. On February 25, Laird and Ismail K.
With the number of cases of COVID-19, colloquially known as the coronavirus, surpassing 63,000 globally, the Bowdoin Health Center is carefully monitoring the virus and is in communication with the Maine Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as the health centers of other schools in the area.
An amendment to the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) election bylaws to remove Judicial Board (J-Board) oversight from the assembly’s elections passed by a unanimous vote at the BSG meeting on Wednesday. The Vice President or another non-candidate member of the assembly will now oversee each election.
On Wednesday night, MacMillan House hosted a viewing party for the premiere of “Survivor: Winners at War,” the 40th season of the reality-competition television series. Amongst the attendees was Maine local Bob Crowley, winner of “Survivor: Gabon,” the 17th season of the show.
Underscoring the importance of healing, Associate Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education Lisa Peterson facilitated “Talking about Trauma: Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence,” at Baxter House Tuesday night. The workshop aimed to provide the skills to better prepare students to support friends who are survivors of sexual violence.
From Cuba to Saudi Arabia, Kevin Sullivan has traversed all corners of the globe in his decades as a foreign correspondent at The Washington Post. However, many of his fond memories can be traced back to Pickard Field, which functioned as his backyard while he grew up in nearby Meadowbrook.
This weekend, over 75 students will take the stage to present the fourth annual production of RISE: Untold Stories of Bowdoin Women. With 49 stories, 31 of which are new, the performance will feature a wide range of emotions as the production’s organizers work to highlight joy as well as women’s stories of difficulty and violence.
James “Jes” Staley ’79 P’11, a member of Bowdoin’s Board of Trustees and the CEO of Barclays, is under investigation by British authorities for his relationship with the late sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to a statement released Thursday morning by the bank.
Last fall, 16 students of varying backgrounds and racial identities met at 30 College for seven Monday nights to engage in a dialogue about race and racism. Beginning this Monday, a group of only white-identifying students will congregate for the College’s pilot Intragroup Dialogue on race, specifically designed for white students.
On Wednesday, a group of students, faculty and housekeepers, along with local union organizers, delivered a letter to members of the administration critiquing working conditions. The letter was delivered to the Office of the President, the Office of the Treasurer and the Office of Facilities Operations and Maintenance.
This spring, Olivia Groell ’22 and Ridhika Tripathee ’22 are re-starting a Bowdoin chapter of Active Minds, a national nonprofit organization that aims to increase mental health awareness on college campuses. “The goal of our club is to spread awareness of mental health and to destigmatize talking about it.
A conversation between Associate Professor of English Guy Mark Foster and Assistant Professor of Government Chryl Laird kicked off this year’s Black History Month and Beyond programming Wednesday evening, covering topics ranging from politics to the Oscars.
On Thursday evening, the College launched the public phase of the largest comprehensive fundraising campaign in Bowdoin’s history. The College hopes to raise $500 million by June 2024 and achieve 85 percent participation from its alumni network.
As a Senate staffer in the 1970s, U.S. Sen. Angus King (I-ME) witnessed the impeachment proceedings against President Richard Nixon. This week, over four decades later, King voted in the impeachment trial of another president—Donald Trump.
Before the members of the Board of Trustees convened in Beverley, Mass., this Thursday, they read a 60-page packet about Gen Z. Among the materials trustees were required to read prior to the meeting was an article by Jeffrey Selingo, a journalist who covers higher education, titled “The New Generation of Students: How colleges can recruit, teach, and serve Gen Z.” “Today’s students are attentive to inclusion across race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and they want colleges to live up to those ideals as well,” writes Selingo.
Students and community members packed into the Pickering Room on February 1 for coffee, cookies and a chance to ask questions of Democratic Senate candidate and Speaker of the Maine State House Sara Gideon. Of all the candidates running in the Democratic primary, Gideon is probably the most connected to Bowdoin: she lives in Freeport and is the aunt of two current Bowdoin students.
An equipment failure near the Androscoggin hydroelectric plant caused a power outage that left roughly 2,500 customers in Brunswick and parts of Bowdoin’s north campus in the dark last Saturday morning. The outage occurred when a heedless squirrel damaged circuit equipment near Sea Dog Brewing in Topsham, according to Manager of Corporate Communications for Central Maine Power (CMP) Catharine Hartnett.
After two years as an all-senior College House, Ladd House will accept applications from all class years for the 2020-21 academic year, the Office of Residential Life (ResLife) announced this week. The change comes after ResLife struggled to fill the house with seniors for the 2019-2020 academic year, according to Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Director of Residential & Student Life Mike Ranen.
As the number of reported cases of coronavirus continues to rise around the globe, CET Academic Programs (CET), the study abroad program that Bowdoin partners with to send students to East Asia, has suspended its programs in mainland China for the remainder of the Spring 2020 term.
A new hazing prevention survey was emailed to students on Sunday in order to gather data on campus hazing practices and improve the College’s prevention efforts. The last survey of this kind was conducted seven years ago.
An eight-hour standoff Monday morning between Brunswick police and an armed man ended with the suspect surrendering after officers deployed tear gas to force him out of his residence, according to police. Nick Christensen, 39, was arrested and charged with felony weapons possession, domestic violence assault, obstruction and creating a police standoff after the impasse ended around 8:20 a.m..
On Monday night, students gathered in Quinby House for “Real Talk on HIV” to discuss medical activism with HIV/AIDS experts in Maine. The panel offered insights from Executive Director of the Frannie Peabody Center Katie Rutherford and Co-Chair of the Maine HIV Advisory Committee Stash Bayley and was moderated by Assistant Professor of Sociology Theo Greene.
Posters displaying lists of students who have participated in OutPeer or OutAlly training through the Center for Sexuality, Women and Gender (SWAG) have long been a staple in bathroom stalls throughout Bowdoin’s campus. Now, in addition to the existing posters, students will see similar lists with students’ names sorted by sports team.
The Curriculum and Educational Policy Committee (CEP) introduced a motion to change the Exploring Social Differences (ESD) distribution requirement at a faculty meeting on Monday. It would instead be called “Difference, Power, Inequity” and a new definition of the requirement aims to address vagueness of the current requirement.
After an extended debate, the faculty voted at Monday’s faculty meeting to change the parameters for First Year Seminars requirement. The proposal, introduced by Director of Writing and Rhetoric Meredith McCarroll, aims to refocus the seminars on teaching college-level writing and composition.
David Roux P ’14, a member of Bowdoin Board of Trustees, has donated $100 million to Northeastern University to build a technology-focused graduate school and research center in Portland. The center, which will be called the Roux Institute, is slated to open this fall in a temporary location.
Like many visual art students, Maddie Squibb ’20 went into the semester choosing between a couple of courses. “Printmaking II or an advanced painting independent study?” she wondered. “And then I got the email about the Kaempfer Fund running out and it made me think, ‘Oh, I guess I won’t pursue an independent study,’” said Squibb, who is a visual arts minor.
President Clayton Rose attended a meeting of the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) on Wednesday to field questions from student activists and members of the student government. During the public comment session of the meeting, Rose responded to questions about the College’s relationship with James “Jes” Staley ’79, a member of the Board of Trustees and a known associate of the late discredited financier Jeffrey Epstein, Rose’s role as a member of the Board of Directors of Bank of America and the College’s choice of Arthur Brooks as the inaugural Joseph McKeen Fellow.
With the sun dipping below the skyline in downtown Portland, temperatures fell below freezing as 13 Bowdoin students and Southern Maine community members shifted uneasily, half trying to stay warm, half nervous for the political action they were about to undertake.
As students filled out their Enrollment Form upon their return to Bowdoin, they likely spotted a new question asking them to select what pronouns they wish to share with the Bowdoin community. This was the second phase of the Lived Name Initiative, sponsored by Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Information Technology and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity.
The College received 9,379 applications for the Class of 2024, representing a slight increase from the 9,332 received last year. Early decision II (ED II) applications, however, decreased by 20 percent. The Office of Admissions received 309 ED II applications this year, compared to 383 for the Class of 2023.
Two men have been jailed in connection with a string of burglaries last week that targeted four businesses and two churches in Brunswick, police say. Jonathan West, 25, and Jarrod Sennstrom, 18, who live together at 71 Hennessy Avenue, were arrested on Thursday and charged with theft and burglary.
It didn’t take long for the audience in a packed Pickard Theater to give Michelle Alexander a standing ovation. As soon as she walked on stage, everyone stood up. Alexander, a renowned legal scholar, New York Times columnist and author of the best-selling book “The New Jim Crow,” visited Bowdoin on Thursday to participate in a moderated discussion, entitled “Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” this year’s annual Martin Luther King Jr.
In an effort to kickstart students’ success in career planning, Career Exploration and Development (CXD) welcomed sophomores back to campus during the final week of winter break for a career development bootcamp. CXD provided programming to students for the week, inviting alumni back to campus to share their post-graduation experiences.
A Brunswick man was found dead in his sleeping bag by the train tracks on Federal Street on November 23. Russell Williams, 64, was reported missing on November 5. The death is not considered suspicious, according to Brunswick Police Department (BPD) Commander Mark Waltz, though the official cause of death is not yet available.
The College celebrated International Day for Persons with Disabilities this week with programming that included the DisAbled Students Association (DASA) tabling in David Saul Smith Union, a “lunch and learn” with the Accessibility Task Force and a student panel on disability at Bowdoin.
Following the overhaul of the Bowdoin Outing Club’s (BOC) Leadership Training (LT) program this fall, participants may have to finish their certification next fall due to lack of space on a trip taking place over spring break.
Jill Lepore H’15 is worried about the nation, and she thinks that you should be too. “It has often been said, in the 21st century and in earlier centuries, too, that Americans lack a shared past and that, built on cracked foundations, the Republic is crumbling,” writes Lepore in the introduction to “These Truths,” her 930-page single-volume history of the United States, published in September 2018.
“I’m excited for it … I’m free!” said Dan Bouthot, owner of Uncle Tom’s Market, as a sizeable grin emerged from underneath his unruly white beard. After 62 years and seven months, the market, located on the corner of Pleasant Street and Westminster Avenue, has closed its doors.
In the lead up to today’s climate rally, Bowdoin Climate Action (BCA) co-leaders Perrin Milliken ’22 and Leif Maynard ’23 stressed the importance of acknowledging the urgency of the climate crisis at Monday night’s Brunswick Town Council meeting.
Members of the housekeeping staff have begun the process of unionization with the help of organizers from the Maine State Employees Association (MSEA). Union representatives declined to comment on the number of housekeepers supporting the initiative, but efforts to collect enough signed union authorization cards appear to have come to a standstill.
Posters on a Moulton Union bulletin board detailing the calorie counts of standard Thanksgiving foods were taken down after students anonymously pinned angry comments to the board. The posters, which included “strategies to decrease intake and manage weight,” were posted on the Thursday before Thanksgiving—the day of Bowdoin Dining’s annual Thanksgiving dinner.
Last month, 820 high school students submitted early decision I (ED I) applications, a 12.5 percent increase from last year and the most ED I applications Bowdoin has ever received. Bowdoin provided accommodations for early decision applicants affected by the extended teacher strikes in Chicago as well as natural disasters in California and Texas.
This week, the Orient sent out its biannual approval rating survey, known as the Bowdoin Orient Student Survey, to gauge student opinion on campus institutions. The survey was sent to all 1,973 students and yielded 504 responses (25.5 percent).
The Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority (NNERPA) is currently exploring three projects to expand access to trains in midcoast and southern Maine. An open house at the Brunswick Hotel on Monday evening aimed to gauge community interest in the proposals.
Everyone loves to celebrate the holidays with festive decorations. The challenge is to decorate in a safe manner. These are our Fire Prevention Measures based on guidelines provided by the Brunswick Fire Department and the National Fire Prevention Association.
The first round of course registration for the spring semester closed on Monday. Computer Science filled the most classes of any department, with 66.7 percent of classes at full capacity or higher. Next were Visual Arts (58.3 percent), Neuroscience (42.9 percent) and Dance (33.3 percent).
Keisha Payson from the Office of Sustainability joined the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) meeting Wednesday night to hear feedback and suggestions for what BSG and other students would like to see included in the College’s next climate action plan.
In her 50 years living on Belmont Street, Bobbi Tucker has never had an issue with Bowdoin students. But this fall, when more students began parking on her street, it became difficult to back out of her driveway and she had to swerve more frequently around parked cars so as to avoid hitting pedestrians and bicyclists.
After waiting for three hours, seven members of Bowdoin Climate Action (BCA) spoke at the Brunswick Town Council meeting on Monday night. They urged the council to declare a climate emergency. “We were here to start the conversation,” Perrin Milliken ’22, a leader of BCA, said during the meeting.
The College received $34.9 million in donations during the 2018-2019 year, a $700,000 decrease from the $35.6 million received in 2017-2018, according to the Annual Giving Report. The report, prepared by the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, also shows alumni and friends, faculty and staff gave less this year than last.
A skirmish late Saturday night at an event sponsored by the Black Student Union (BSU) in Ladd House resulted in the arrest of a 19-year-old party-crasher, according to police who said attendees were in a state of “pandemonium” when officers arrived.
One man is dead following a shooting in a Federal Street apartment on Monday night. Another man was shot and injured at the scene. The first man, Ali Fisher of Lisbon, broke into the apartment carrying a handgun, according to a release from the Maine State Police, and entered into an altercation with an occupant of the apartment, a 22-year-old woman.
Sitting on the floor and squeezing into the back, faculty, staff and students packed Main Lounge in for the panel, “Land and Waters Around Us: A Discussion on Indigenous Land and Acknowledgements.” The event, organized by the Native American Students Association (NASA) as a part of both Native American Heritage Month and No Hate November, discussed the importance and complexity of land acknowledgements.