With issues of anti-Semitism and racism on the minds of many, Ilan Stavans, professor of Latin American and Latino culture at Amherst College, told the story of Crypto-Jews on Wednesday night. The term refers to Jews who secretly adhere to Judaism while publicly professing another faith.
Update Friday, November 9 at 5:28 p.m.: Today at 4:59 p.m., Michael Reed, senior vice president for diversity and inclusion, sent an email to the Bowdoin community on behalf of the Bias Incident Group (BIG) regarding “an anonymous act of defacement and transphobia” that took place in a women’s restroom in David Saul Smith Union.
At its weekly meeting, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) voted to release its own operating budget but declined for the second week in a row to vote on regulations on club dues for student groups that get their money from the Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC).
After modifications to the course schedule increasing the time between classes debuted this fall, class times for the spring will see a few small changes in response to student and faculty feedback. The opening of Round I of registration on Monday marked the end of a process that occurs behind the scenes in the months leading up to each semester.
The new Bowdoin website, bowdoin.edu, launched on Tuesday night after undergoing its first major revamp in 13 years. The complete overhaul of the website, which has been in the works for the last three years, went extremely smoothly, said Janie Porche, the director of content for Bowdoin’s Office of Communications and Public Affairs.
A sign advertising free menstrual products in the bathroom on the first floor of David Saul Smith Union was defaced with trans-exclusionary language this week. In an email to the Orient, Director of Gender Violence Prevention and Education Benje Douglas said that the Bias Incident Group (BIG) would be convening next week to discuss the incident but declined to comment further.
The Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) introduced three changes to the SAFC Club Funding Guidelines to the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) during Wednesday night’s meeting, but BSG delayed the vote on these regulations until next week.
Bowdoin Healthy Relationships’ (BHeRe) Sexual Respect Week is getting more intimate this year. Yesterday, BHeRe kicked off a week of concentrated programming dedicated to creating discussion and awareness around sexual respect, boundaries and healthy relationships. “The goal of the week is really to get these ideas of sexual respect out there in the open because sometimes it’s a very taboo topic or it’s talked about only in a very restricted context, so hopefully having this week will make sexual respect something more prominent that students think about in their day-to-day lives,” said Monica Xing ’19, a co-leader of BHeRe.
Last night, a day before the holiday, students gathered at Baxter House to honor Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, the first time in current students’ memory that the holiday had been celebrated at Bowdoin.
It is only 12:30 p.m. on October 29, but Maine State Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Janet Mills has already had a long day. After receiving an endorsement from Alan Caron, an independent challenger who dropped out of the race, at the Portland Public Library, Mills dotted around to various gatherings in Southern Maine.