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BSG meets with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs

The workings of the Office of the Dean of Students at Bowdoin can be both difficult to keep track of and challenging to navigate, but Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) is hoping to change this. To that end, BSG met with Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs Janet Lohmann and Dean of Students Kristina Odejimi on Wednesday to demystify the office’s roles of supporting and advocating for students.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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BSG to hold executive elections this weekend

Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) is holding its annual executive elections this weekend, including those for president and vice president. A vote on the reformed BSG constitution will be held concurrently. The race for president will be contested by Luke Bartol ’23 and Susu Gharib ’23.

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BSG meeting focuses on Ivies weekend

On Wednesday evening, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) held its weekly meeting with special guests Senior Vice President and Dean of Student Affairs Janet Lohmann, Director of Student Activities Nate Hintze, Dean of Students Kristina Bethea Odejimi, Associate Dean of Students Khoa Khuong and Associate Dean for Student Affairs Katie Toro-Ferrari to help answer student questions regarding changes to Ivies.

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BSG hosts first Mental Health Board meeting

On Wednesday evening, the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) held the first monthly Joint BSG-Student Affairs Staff Mental Health Board meeting and discussed the work it hopes to continue throughout the semester. The Mental Health board held its own meeting on Tuesday evening, which was attended by five students as well as Dean for Student Affairs Janet Lohmann, Dean of Students Kristina Bethea Odejimi and Director of Counseling and Wellness Services Roland Mendiola.

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News in Brief

Bowdoin Technology set to give students laptops in fall 2022

Members of the Bowdoin Information Technology (IT) Department addressed the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) on February 9 to detail plans for expanding the technology distribution program. Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Michael Cato spoke to the group about including MacBook computers in addition to iPads for all existing and incoming students.

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BSG works on mental health

On Wednesday evening, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) held its final meeting of the semester where members reflected on their accomplishments and discussed goals for the spring. BSG is going to continue its work confronting mental health in the coming months in an attempt to address the need for student resources on campus.

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BSG meeting addresses mental health

On Wednesday, mental health took center stage when the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) convened to discuss two proposals. The assembly first considered a proposal endorsing the creation of a Mental Health board jointly administered by the Administration and BSG.

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New publication strives to give voices to marginalized

For Senior Class President Carlos Campos ’22, providing students with a platform to share their stories in a safe, inclusive, creative space is a priority. His new project, “People of the Global Majority,” a student-run publication supported by Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) and its president Ryan Britt ’22, aims to give a voice to historically marginalized students on campus.

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BSG aims to spearhead DEI and mental health efforts

On Wednesday evening, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) held its inaugural meeting of the semester, where it outlined its goals for the coming year. Members of the assembly expressed their desire to launch efforts in addressing the mental health of Bowdoin students and providing support for students of traditionally under-represented backgrounds.

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BSG Candidacy Statements

PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES Ryan Britt ’22 Hello everyone! Throughout my time at Bowdoin, I have had the privilege of serving as the BSG Chair of Student Affairs and as Class President. As a first-generation/low-income student in student government, I focused mainly on supporting our Counseling Center and creating programming for first-generation/low-income students.

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BSG brings fire pits to campus to encourage outdoor socializing

With indoor gatherings limited by low occupancy limits in private residential common rooms, the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) recently partnered with Facilities to purchase outdoor fire pits as a means to give students another option to safely socialize—the most recent initiative to enhance the student social experience in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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BSG plans to release guidelines for student safety on campus

Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) has announced it is releasing its Student-Driven Behavioral Expectations—a document meant to help clarify how students can safely enjoy the spring semester. “We’ve already signed a community agreement form, and the purpose of this is to help explain how to live student life,” said BSG President Marcus Williams ’21 in a Zoom interview with the Orient.

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Class councils connect with students remotely

With the student body scattered across the globe, the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) class councils are working hard to prioritize connecting students and providing them with helpful resources. Each class council has slightly different goals. While first years are focusing on facilitating meetings and building community, upperclassmen are striving to make their final semesters special and enjoy more time together.

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The J-Board responds to election re-structuring

Last week, the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) amended its election procedures, a decision covered by the Orient in the article “BSG Votes to Amend Election Procedures.” While we support this action, we write to clarify the Judicial Board’s relationship to BSG and its role in the student disciplinary process.

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Letter to the Editor

Expand mental health services

To the Editor: Among 38 elite institutions, Bowdoin College is ranked third in the number of students who seek counseling and mental health services. This statistic is not inherently negative—in fact, it demonstrates how, in some ways, Bowdoin is doing something right.

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