College operations were disrupted last week as campus authorities enforced a lockout in response to last Wednesday’s mass shootings in Lewiston. While the College canceled classes and most of its operations last Thursday and Friday along with some Family Weekend programming on Saturday, several departments continued to operate while the suspect was still at large.
The Office of Safety and Security released its 2022 Clery Report—covering campus instances of crime, fire, and alcohol and illegal drug infractions—in an email to the campus community yesterday. This year, the Clery Report changed its classification of what counts as a drug law violation to reflect Maine’s decriminalization of marijuana.
In addition to checking their pockets for keys, wallets and phones, students hoping to spend a night at Bolos Kitchen and Bar will now have to carry something else—their College-issued OneCards. In an effort to “safeguard their liquor license and reduce their civil liability,” the Dunlap Street bar is now requiring Bowdoin students to produce two forms of identification (ID) upon entry: their student and government-issued photo IDs.
Harm reduction organization Maine Access Points (MAP) trained over fifty students on how to administer the medication naloxone in the case of an opioid overdose on Tuesday evening. Nearly all students left the event equipped with doses of naloxone, which is also known by the brand name Narcan.
For National Day of Remembrance for Indian Boarding Schools on Friday, September 30, Bowdoin’s Native American Student Alliance (NASA) installed a memorial on steps of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art (BCMA) that was removed by the College.
According to the 2021 Clery Report—the Office of Safety and Security’s annual security report on campus crime, fire, alcohol and illegal drugs—reports of sexual offenses on campus were up in 2021 compared to 2020. There were five reported cases of rape on campus in 2021, higher than the two reported in 2020 and equal to the five reported in 2019.
This past Monday, numerous students reported the smell of smoke on Coe Quad, inside David Saul Smith Union, in Druckenmiller Hall and in other spaces around campus. While the cause remains unknown, Executive Director of the Office of Safety and Security Randy Nichols speculated the smoke came from intentional fires off campus.
At 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, a car that was left unlocked with the keys inside was stolen from the William Farley Field House parking lot. Executive Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols initially announced the theft in an email to the campus community on Saturday.
Last Friday evening, a student’s violin was stolen out of Gibson Hall after the building was burglarized. The instrument was later recovered and returned after the suspect, now identified as Domenic B. Hutchins of Portland, was arrested the next day by the Brunswick Police Department.
By the end of the month, the Office of Safety and Security will have a second former high-ranking state police officer in its senior leadership. Lt. Col. William “Bill” Harwood, a 30-year veteran of the state police force, has been selected to assume the role of Assistant Director of Safety and Security.
Last Friday, Director of Security Randy Nichols announced the rollout of a new app called Bowdoin SAFE in an email sent to the campus community. “Bowdoin SAFE has personal safety features of all sorts, and makes it easier to contact Safety and Security or 9-1-1 in an emergency,” Nichols wrote.
On Monday evening at 11:30 p.m., Stephen McIntire, 61, was arrested on campus for violation of privacy after being caught attempting to look inside dorm windows, his tenth recorded violation of privacy incident on campus since 2015.
After arriving at Bowdoin in 2005, Executive Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols set a goal to get the Office of Safety and Security accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA)—a professional association committed to “excellence” in campus public safety and law enforcement.
A College employee who works in Rhodes Hall tested positive for COVID-19 in Wednesday’s testing, COVID-19 Resource Coordinator Mike Ranen announced in a community-wide email Thursday afternoon. According to Ranen, this case is the second positive reported in Rhodes Hall in seven days.
Among honks and cheers temporarily heard on Maine Street, Brooke Vahos ’21, who is living off campus, stood at the edge of the Brunswick Mall with a “Honk for Biden” sign in celebration of President-elect Joseph R.
President Clayton Rose went before the Brunswick Town Council via Zoom on Tuesday to express concern about racism in the Brunswick area, sharing news of two separate racist incidents that occurred in Brunswick during the last month.
Heavy winds and snow knocked power out on the south campus loop on April 9. The power went out at around 10:30 p.m. that evening and was restored by 8:30 a.m. the following day. Manager of Corporate Communications for Central Maine Power Catharine Hartnett said in a phone interview with the Orient that about 260,000 customers across the state lost power.
Liquor law violations were down in 2017, according to the Annual Security Report on Campus Crime, Fire, Alcohol and Illegal Drugs, but Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols doesn’t expect the numbers to stay low again this year.
Thursday, April 12 An officer provided first-aid for a student who scalded his thigh with hot mashed potato. A man was given a trespass warning barring him from all College property. Officers dispersed an athletic team’s unregistered event at MacMillan House.
Thursday, April 5 Excessively loud music was reported on the fourth floor of Coles Tower. A College neighbor complained about student vehicles parked along Boody Street and impeding the flow of traffic. Friday, April 6 A parent requested a wellness check for a student after being unable to make contact.
Friday, March 30 A hit-and-run driver struck and damaged a student’s parked car on Noble Street. A town resident reported unreasonable noise from students walking on Bowker Street late at night. Saturday, March 31 A student operating a College van in Massachusetts reported being involved in a minor collision.
Monday, March 19 An employee at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library was reported to be choking on an object that was stuck in her throat. A security officer performed the Heimlich maneuver and dislodged the obstruction. Tuesday, March 20 A local man was asked to leave campus after he was observed doing skateboarding tricks on the flagpole memorial near Gibson Hall.
Sometime on the week of March 5, the Office of Safety and Security will hold its first ever on-campus lockdown drill, during which all campus buildings will be locked and inaccessible with OneCards. Although this drill comes shortly after a shooter killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, Associate Director of Safety and Security Dave Profit said that this drill has been planned for months and was not influenced by the event.