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Bowdoin Orient




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MAY 6, 2016


Several students of color candidly discuss the impact of
race on their experiences at Bowdoin and in Brunswick

College shifts
leadership as
Ganong 86
steps down


COMMANDER IN KAYAK: President Clayton Rose kayaked with nine students and five student instructors at the LeRoy Greason Pool on Wednesday night as part of the Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC)s
pool sessions. Shan Nagar 16 and Caroline Martinez 16 taught Rose how to put on gear and get in and out of the kayak, while Connor Phillips 17 taught Rose paddle strokes. Drew Villeneuve 16 and
Nik Bergill 18 were also student instructors for this session.

Student approval of Bowdoin College

in spring of 2015 and spring of 2016.

This week the Orient sent out its biannual approval ratings survey, which asks students about their
opinions on various individuals, departments and organizations on campus. 518 students responded
to this semesters edition of the survey, and while many of the subjects received similar scores as
they did last spring and this fall, a few results stood out. The percentage of students who strongly
approve of Bowdoin dropped by 10 percentage points in the last five months, and the percentage
of students who disapprove and strongly disapprove of Residential Life also increased fairly
dramatically. A slightly smaller percentage of students approve or strongly approve of President
Rose compared to the approval of former President Mills last spring, and while there was a 10
percent bump in students that strongly approve of the town of Brunswick compared to this fall, it is
still 10 percentage points lower than last springs ratings. Also, over two percent of respondents have
no opinion on Bowdoins faculty. For a complete list of results, please see full coverage online.

Rick Ganong 86 P17, senior

vice president for development and
alumni relations, will be leaving
Bowdoin at the end of the Colleges
fundraising year at the end of June.
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn will take
over leadership of that office at the
request of President Clayton Rose,
and Whitney Soule, director of admissions, will succeed Meiklejohn
as dean.
Ganong, who declined to be interviewed for this article, is leaving
to pursue business interests beyond
the College, according to a May 2
email to faculty and staff from Rose.
I think [the changes] represent
that President Rose is thinking really carefully about the staff that
he would like to have in place, said
Soule. With Rick Ganongs decision
to leave, that opened up a chance to
look at the staff who is here and I
think hes taking advantage of skills
that some of the internal people possess and the relationship and commitment that they already have to
Meiklejohn said that though he is
sad to leave admissions, he sees parallels between his current job and
his new one.
I have always thought of these
jobs as being pretty similar and both
offices are doing highly individual work

Please see STAFF, page 4

Mills portrait to be unveiled May 17, will

hang next to Edwards in Hubbard Hall

On the second floor of Hubbard

Hallwhat former President Barry
Mills jokingly refers to as the Dead
Presidents Hall13 of the Colleges
past presidents look down on students
and passersby from framed portraits
on the walls. On May 18, a 14th will
join them, as Mills portrait is hung
next to that of his predecessor, Robert Edwards.
The only people who have seen the
portrait so far are Mills, his wife Karen and the two artists who produced
itphotographer Lucia Prosperi and
painter Warren Prosperi. It will be unveiled to the public at a reception in the
Shannon Room on May 17.
Mills portrait will depart from several traditional features of the Colleges

previous presidential portraits. Unlike

Bowdoins last seven presidents, Mills
is not wearing his presidential robes.
Though almost all of the past portraits
(except Edwards) feature no distinct
background, Mills includes a setting
of particular importance to him during his tenure at the College: the lobby
of the Walker Art Building, home to
the Bowdoin College Museum of Art,
which he helped renovate and expand
from 2005 to 2007.
As president of Bowdoin, the transformation of the Museum was pretty
special, and its a pretty special space,
Mills said. Theres a door in that space
that looks out over the Quad, and the
Quad is probably the most special place
to me on campus. [Having the portrait
set] in that spot with a door that opens
a vista onto the Quad says a lot about

how I thought about the College.

The painting is done in the Prosperis preferred tradition of Optical
Naturalism, which is based on how the
human visual system perceives light.
Mills chose the Prosperis as the artists for his portrait after receiving a recommendation from a friend who was
familiar with the large mural and 20plus portraits they produced for Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Prosperis have painted several
college presidential portraits beforeincluding Adele Simmons of Hampshire
College, Vartan Gregorian of Brown
University and five College of the Holy
Cross presidentsas well as numerous
privately and publicly commissioned

Please see MILLS, page 4


PORTRAIT OF A PRESIDENT: Former President Barry Mills portrait will hang where his predecessor Robert Edwards portrait (right) currently is on the right-side wall of Hubbard Halls second
floor. Making room for Mills portrait will require a shifting of the existing portraits and furniture in
the room. Photographer Lucia Prosperi and painter Warren Prosperi worked on Mills portrait, which
will be unveiled in the Shannon Room on May 17 and hung on May 18.


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Thursday, April 28
A parent requested a wellness check for
her first-year son.
An officer administered first-aid to an
employee with a head injury.
A student reported a stolen backpack
containing a laptop. The bag and contents
were recovered and found to have been
taken by mistake.
At the request of the health center, an
officer checked on the wellbeing of a student at Moore Hall.
An officer assisted a student in emotional distress near Harpswell Apartments.
An officer checked on the wellbeing of
an intoxicated student at Coles Tower.
Friday, April 29
An officer checked on the wellbeing of
an intoxicated student at Super Snacks.
A bathroom door panel was kicked in
at Baxter House.
A student who was not permitted to be
on campus was warned not to return after
he was seen at Reed House.
A student who fainted at the Ivies event
on the Brunswick Apartments Quad was
escorted to her residence and monitored
throughout the day.
A student reported that the same student, who was previously warned not to
be on campus, was seen on the Brunswick
Apartments quad.
Several students at the Brunswick
Apartments Quad event were warned for
urinating in public.
Two students were in deep concentration on the fourth floor of the Hubbard
Stacks. Investigation determined that the
students were not engaged in the prescribed academic pursuits typically associated with the stacks, primarily because they
were naked. The students were reminded
that the stacks have glass floors and ceilings - literally.
Security officers located the previously
prohibited student at Brunswick Apartments. This time he was issued a formal trespass warning and ordered to leave campus.
An officer aided an intoxicated student
at Brunswick Apartments.
A student was cited for public urination on the Brunswick Apartments quad.
A basement window was vandalized at
Brunswick Apartment L.
Door vandalism was reported at
Brunswick Apartment M.
An intoxicated student vomited over a
large area at Thorne Dining Hall. The student will be charged for the housekeeper

call-in and clean-up.

A visiting alumna vomited on a table at
Thorne Dining Hall.
A wooden chair was smashed to pieces
on the Brunswick Apartments quad.
An officer checked on the wellbeing of
an intoxicated student at Jack MaGees Pub.
An alcohol-fueled verbal altercation
between two students at Harpswell Apartments resulted in heads butting and a
bloody nose.
Saturday, April 30
An officer checked on the wellbeing of
a student in Moore Hall.
A portion of a railing broke off as students were gathered on the front porch at
Quinby House.
An officer conducted a wellness check
for an intoxicated student at Reed House.
An officer checked on the wellbeing
of an intoxicated student at Farley Field
House. The officer took the student and a
friend to her residence hall.
An overly exuberant Bowdoin student,
who grabbed and ran with a Wesleyan
banner after the Bowdoin mens lacrosse
victory, was converged upon by a mob of
angry Wesleyan fans and punched in the
face. A security officer monitoring the game
quickly broke up the scuffle and pulled the
student to safety. The Wesleyan fan who
committed the assault was identified and
the matter remains under investigation by
both institutions. The students glasses were
smashed, but he was otherwise uninjured.
A student at the Ivies concert broke a
big toenail completely off. A security officer provided first-aid on site, and later
the student received treatment at the Mid
Coast Primary Care & Walk-In Clinic.
An intoxicated student at the Ivies
concert was escorted to his residence hall
for monitoring.
A student reported the theft of a 40inch plain maple longboard, with neon
green wheels, from the concert at Farley
Field House.
A distraught campus visitor on South
Street near Howard Hall was assisted by
security officers. Arrangements were made
with the visitors parent for pick-up.
Officers checked on the wellbeing of
an intoxicated student who stumbled and
fell into a ditch near the Schwartz Outdoor
Leadership Center. The student was escorted to his residence hall.
An officer checked on the wellbeing
of an intoxicated student outside Brunswick Apartment H. The student was

escorted to his residence hall and monitored by roommates.

Two male students were intercepted
while streaking on the Brunswick Apartments Quad.
A rowdy crew was dispersed at
Brunswick Apartment H.

friday, may 6, 2016

was the highlight of
Q: What
your year?
Julia Maine 16

Sunday, May 1
A student was found in possession of
marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the
Coffin Street parking lot.
A security officer detained a man who
was picking through the dumpster at Pine
Street Apartments. BPD was called to issue
a trespass warning. The man was wanted
on a warrant and arrested.
A security officer investigating a
propped door at the Watson Ice Arena
discovered that someone had defecated
on a hallway floor Saturday night. The investigation identified the nincompoop as
a visiting university student. The students
university has been contacted and he will
be charged $200 for the housekeeper callin and clean-up.

During Ivies I opened my

front door and was asked,
Is the seance happening
here? It was.

Lee Moriarty 18
Rescuing a baby squirrel.
The lowlight was letting
nature take its course.

Monday, May 2
A bicycle stolen from Hyde Hall was
recovered and returned to the owner.
A second bicycle that was stolen from
the area of Hyde Hall was recovered.
A student pedestrian reported that he
was the victim of racial and homophobic
slurs yelled from a passing vehicle on Bath
Road at the intersection of Federal Street
at 9:13 p.m. The vehicle was described as a
late model, white Ford Escape with Maine
chickadee registration plates.

Rachel Zheng 16
Finishing my installation in

Franklin Taylor 19

Tuesday, May 3
Door damage was reported at Brunswick Apartment E.
The YBC yellow bike Alice was reported stolen from Hyde Plaza. A security
officer recovered the bike and returned it
to the owner.
A student reported a bike stolen from
the Hyde Hall bike rack. The bike is described as dark green with yellow fenders;
unknown make.

Getting stickers on my laptop to

fit in with the cool kids.

Will Doak 17

Wednesday, May 4
A bedroom smoke alarm in Chamberlain Hall was caused by a student using a
clothes steamer.
A powder blue Specialized bicycle was
reported stolen from the Chamberlain Hall
bike racks. The bike has a wicker basket on
the back.

21 was the worst. Thank

god Im 22 today.


Ivies by the numbers


Alcohol Transports
BPD Arrests or Citations

Drug Violations
Disorderly Conduct

Student Injuries
Trespass Warnings

5 Thefts
12 Alcohol Violations
22 Warnings for Public Urination
29 Alcohol Wellness Checks
1,240 Student Safe Rides

Indecent Conduct
Neighborhood Noise Complaints

Streakers Intercepted

friday, may 6, 2016

the bowdoin orient



Harriets Writing Room to open next week,

house celebrates historical recognition





In a case that could be brought to court, Bowdoin seems to be pushing

back against the $1.6 million dollar asking price for 28 College Street, the
last remaining non-campus property on College Street. Bowdoin has denied
that the property is the place where Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle
Toms Cabin, despite the owners claims. According to an article in the Bangor Daily News, Arline Pennell Lay, the owner of the property, was notified
by her attorney last week that the College plans to file a lawsuit to make
Lay adhere to a 1996 agreement with the College. The agreement states that
the College can buy the property at 125 percent of its appraised value if the
owner dies or puts it on the market; with the appraised price at $154,300, the
College should only pay $192,875 for the house. However, Lay and her attorney, Sean Joyce, claim that an attorney was not present at the time of this
agreement; Bowdoins attorney claims otherwise, according to Joyce. The
College has said that it will leave the issue up to its lawyers.
Were investigating whether or not [Lay] had representation and [whether] it was, essentially, unequal bargaining, Joyce told the Bangor Daily News.
The high asking price of the house is attributed to Lay and her familys
claim that Stowe rented a room on the second floor between 1850 and 1851
where she wrote much of Uncle Toms Cabin. However, the College has
pushed back against this claim over the years with evidence that Stowe wrote
the novel at 63 Federal Street, her home from 1851 to 1852, and Appleton
Hall, where her husband had a study.
The property is listed on the National Register of Historic places. However, according to Joyce, the College attributes this to the propertys other historical significance. According to the Lay family, Henry Wadsworth
Longfellow penned a poem, The Old Clock on the Stairs, about a grandfather clock in the house. Norman Rockwell also apparently modeled his
painting, Freedom from Want, after members of Lays family, Alice Lay
and Richard Coffin. The real estate listing states that, Other famous people
such as President and Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Frost, Carl Sandburg, Chris
Wallace and William Cohen have stayed at this home.


Bowdoin will no longer have the largest solar project in Maine. In the
coming year, Colby College will install 5,505 solar panels, exceeding Bowdoins 4,420. While Bowdoins solar panels provide about eight percent of the
Colleges electricity (with a capacity of 1.2 megawatts), Colbys panels will
produce 16 percent of the colleges energy, at 1.9 megawatts. Led by NRG
Energy Inc., work will begin on the solar panels now with the estimated
completion date at January 2017. In 2015, Colby was ranked the highest NESCAC college for sustainability and second in North America, compared to
the 260 colleges that participated in STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System), a system that assesses college sustainability efforts.

A ROOM OF ONES OWN: Harriets Writing Room, the space in the Harriet Beecher Stowe House where Stowe wrote Uncle Toms Cabin, will open
to the public on May 9. One of the amazing things about this room is that a lot of people converged hereLongfellow was here, Chamberlain was
here, Stowes sister Catharine Beecher was here and of course John Andrew Jackson was here. In this space, literature happens, said Associate Professor
of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal. This is a place that has inspired historical collaborations.

On May 9, Harriets Writing Room,

the public space in the recently renovated Harriet Beecher Stowe House,
where Uncle Toms Cabin was written in the early 1850s, will be open to
the public for the first time as part of a
celebration of the houses designation
to the National Park Services Network
to Freedom program. The Network to
Freedom program documents locations
on the Underground Railroad.
This open house event is the culmination of a long journey for the house,
which the College purchased in 2001.
For approximately 12 years, the house
stood vacant, falling into disrepair, while
the College searched for a proper use for
Stowes former home. Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess
Chakkalakal, who studies Stowe, has been
invested in the house since she came to
the College eight years ago. Two years ago,
she asked Katie Randall 16, who is interested in historic preservation, if she would
want to do a research project on the house
over the summer.
Randalls work that summer produced a digital timeline that details the
complete history of the house, dating
back all the way to its construction in
1806. Randall described her work that
summer as something akin to activism,
getting people to pay attention to the old
empty house and doing research on the
Stowe family.
In her research, Randall drew primarily
from structure reports completed in 2008
and the work of Professor Susanna Ashton of Clemson University. Ashton is writing a biography on John Andrew Jackson,
the former slave Stowe hid in her home
one night while he was fleeing to Canada
after the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 put his
freedom in jeopardy.
This fall, Randall revisited the house
and completed an application to the National Park Services Network to Freedom. In order for the house to become
part of the Network, Randall submitted
a 37-page application that proved the
house served as a part of the Underground Railroad and recounted the
houses history since then.
In this case, we have Harriet talking
about it in a letter and John Andrew Jackson referring to it in his autobiography.
The two corroborate each other, Randall
said. We have definitive evidence that
this house was, for one night, a stop on the
Underground Railroad and that Harriet

Beecher Stowe helped someone there.

The house is now one of three places
in Maine that are part of the Network to
Freedom. The Abyssinian Church in Portland and the Heuston Burying Ground in
Brunswick are the other two sites.
The long term goal is to connect the
Portland Network to Freedom with the
Boston Network to Freedom to create a
New England Freedom Trail and to make
Bowdoin College part of the Freedom
Trail, Chakkalakal said.
The other really important thing
about getting this house on the Network
is that it links Uncle Toms Cabin with
Harriet Beecher Stowe not only writing
a novel, a work of fiction, but also breaking the law, practicing what she preaches,
Chakkalakal said. Thats an important
link because it kind of changes the story
of Uncle Toms Cabin. It makes the work
not only a work of fiction, but also something that shes doing in her everyday life
in Brunswick.
After Randall completed the timeline
in 2014, the Stowe Committee, which
was assembled by former President Barry
Mills and former Dean of Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd, managed to
secure the necessary funds to renovate
the house. The committee, which included members of the administration,
representatives from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, representatives from
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library and Assistant Professor of Art History Dana
Byrd as well as Chakkalakal, still had two
problems to solvewhat the renovations
should entail and how the house should
memorialize Stowe and her work.
In the 165 years since Stowe lived
there, the house had been renovated
many times, from aesthetic renovations
in 1855 to more major changes when
the building was turned into an inn in
the latter half of the 20th century. By the
time the College bought it, the only similarities between the house and the house
Stowe had lived in were the physical location and the layout of the rooms.
The committee determined that the
most cost effective and historically accurate way to renovate the home would be
to restore it to its 1855 appearance. Since
there is no comprehensive description of
what the house looked like then, some
aspects of the house, like the color of the
shutters, are more representations of what
was popular at the time than exact replicas
of Stowes home. These renovations were
completed in 2015.
As far as remembering Stowes life and
work there, the committee had to take a

less conventional approach. A traditional

museum, full of objects from the past,
was not an option since so little of what
had once belonged to Stowe remained
in the house. The committee decided to
create Harriets Writing Room, which
Randall thinks of as a space where people
can think about what Harriet did in that
The room, which is accessible off the
porch, features a large wooden table with
benches, a stand-up writing desk, an antique chair and a gorgeous hearth. Pictures of Stowe and information about her
life and the house adorn the walls.
People can be in this house, where
she wrote Uncle Toms Cabin, and
think about the written word, what that
book did, what words they might have,
what issues they might care about,
Randall said. They can be inspired by
her story and the thing that she did in
that house to maybe write something
of their own.
Chakkalakal sees the room as both a
historical destination and a bridge connecting Brunswick and Bowdoin. The
town gives a lot to Bowdoin and Bowdoin
gives a lot to the town. [This room is] a
kind of symbolic reciprocity between the
town and Bowdoin.
Groups from the local schools will be
able to visit the room, and Chakkalakal
hopes the room becomes a center for collaboration where writing groups could
meet, conversation could be held and
classes could occasionally be taught.
One of the amazing things about this
room is that a lot of people converged
hereLongfellow was here, Chamberlain was here, Stowes sister Catharine
Beecher was here and of course John
Andrew Jackson was here. In this space,
literature happens. I think we too often forget that Bowdoin College is the
birthplace, in my opinion, of American
literature, Chakkalakal said. This is a
place that has inspired historical collaborations. I would like to see students collaborating with professors the way Katie
and I did; thats what made the house
happena series of collaborations.
The open house will run from 2 to 4
p.m. on Monday, with remarks by President Clayton Rose, Chakkalakal and Randall at 3 p.m.
Harriets Writing Room will be
open to the public from noon to 3
p.m., Thursday to Saturday, following
the open house. During these hours,
a student will be onsite to talk about
Stowe, her book and the house and to
answer any questions.


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pieces. Their work has been shown
in a number of museums across the
country, including the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Their
painting Epiphany III is part of the
permanent collection at the Museum
of Fine Arts in Boston.
I looked at their work, and I was
particularly impressed because I was
looking for someone who was going to
do this in a rather traditional, classical
style, said Mills. Warren paints sort
of in the style of Sargent and Zorn and
that attracted me, so I met with them
out in their studio outside Boston, and
we hit it off.
Mills said that although he felt comfortable with the Prosperis, the process of having his portrait painted was
somewhat difficult for him.
Im a pretty out-there person, but I
was very self-conscious about this idea
of someone painting me, he said. I
wouldnt say I didnt enjoy it, and it certainly was easier to do than I expected it
would be, but I was pretty self-conscious.
Before the Prosperis painted Mills
portrait, they visited campus with him
in the fall to get a sense of his relationship with the College. Throughout
this trip, Lucia Prosperi photographed
Mills and various settings of the Col-

lege to serve as references for Warren

Prosperis painting. The photographs
Lucia Prosperi took served as sources
for Warren Prosperi as he went to the
easel, but the portrait is by no means a
copy of any of them.
By the time you get halfway through
the painting, often, the photograph is
set aside and I continue to alter and develop the likeness from my feeling for
the person, Warren Prosperi added.
We want to keep it as much as we can
based on the persons experience of the
other person, not on any interim image
between the painting and the person.
While visiting the College with
Mills, the Prosperis were particularly
struck by the way Mills interacted
with students.
I would say eight out of 10 students
that we passed on the Quad came running up to him, and he knew their
name, he knew their cousins name or
if their mother was ill or has she gotten back from Brazil, Warren Prosperi said. For every one of those eight
people, he seemed to know them like
a friend, and he did that consistently.
It was completely unplanned. I dont
know how many presidents of universities get treated that way and who respond that way to the students in the
school, but it was certainly marked.
As the Prosperis planned the portrait together, they decided to focus on

the idea of Mills as a listener.

It just seemed like the right thing,
Warren Prosperi said. His concern for
the students and his attention to them
seemed to be the center of how he related to the school, so the particular
gesture that often resulted while he was
listening seemed to be the right gesture
and expression to put in the painting.
In the portrait, Mills looks as though
he is listening to somebody speaking to
him in the lobby of the Museum, according to the Prosperis.
The expression is subtle and hard
to characterize, said Warren Prosperi.
Its not a big smile, its not a very serious face, its a very subtle combination
of things which struck us about Barry.
Despite feeling self-conscious
throughout the portraits production,
Mills is pleased with the final product.
It will be interesting to see what
peoples reactions are, he said. I think
it reflects who I am, and given the limitations they had because of the subject
they were dealing withnamely, meI
think he did a good job. And I hope
people will think it reflects who I am.
The College would not comment on
for the cost of commissioning the portrait. The funds for the painting came
from last years presidential transition
budget, according to Senior Vice President for Communications and Public
Affairs Scott Hood.

Checking in with former President Mills


Ten months after leaving Bowdoin,

former President Barry Mills is adjusting
to a world away from Maine.
I miss the students, I miss the faculty,
I miss the staff, I miss the alumsI miss
the people, he said.
Mills and his wife Karen now live
in Boston where both are involved in
higher educationhe is a visiting practitioner in education at the Harvard
Graduate School of Education while she

teaches at the Harvard Business School.

In addition to teaching, Mills keeps
busy by serving on the boards of several
nonprofits, including Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital as well as a nonprofit
that funds housing for battered women
and single mothers.
He has done free consulting for a
number of colleges and given speeches
at a variety of education programs.
He has also found plenty of time to
stay in shape.
Ive been working out a lot. So I see
lots of Bowdoin alums at the gym I go

to in Boston. It feels like being on the

Bowdoin Quad, he said.
Mills noted that he and Karen are
looking forward to returning to Maine
this summer to their house at Cundys
Harbor in Harpswell.
We miss living in Maine, he noted.
But as for big future life plans? Mills
remains pretty uncertain.
Im trying to figure out what I want
to do when I grow up. Im still trying to
figure it out, he said.
Meg Robbins contributed to
this report.

friday, may 6, 2016

BowdoinOne Day finishes

short of goal, but remains
second-best year of campaign


This year, BowdoinOne Day, the

culminating day of a month-long
fundraising campaign, finished with
a total of 2,994 gifts, or $770,000,
from alumni, parents and students.
32 percent of these gifts came in on
One Day itself, which took place on
April 28.
While this years One Day campaign finished about 1,500 donations short of its goal of 4,500, it was
still the second best year of the campaigns history, according to Director of the Alumni Fund Aric Walton.
We set the goal that we did in
hopes of matching last years accomplishment which was an incredibly
audacious goal given that last year
was extraordinary, said Associate
Vice President for Annual and Leadership Giving Brannon Fisher.
Last year, the campaign reached
an all-time high of 4,314 gifts by
the end of the month. Anonymous
donors gave $2 million to be used
for student financial aid after the
campaign surpassed its goal of
4,300 gifts.
In explaining the anomalous success of the previous year, Walton
called it a perfect storm.
President Mills was nearing the
end of his term We just had Clayton Rose announced, so there was a
lot of energy...in the Bowdoin community, said Walton. [This year]
we had more dialogue going, or just
as much, it just didnt translate into
the same number of gifts.
The Alumni Fund recruits over
700 alumni to help fundraise yearround. The contributions received
through the BowdoinOne Day campaign were among the 6,891 received
this fiscal year thus far, which ends
on June 30.
In addition to the help of alumni
volunteers, BowdoinOne Day also
relies on social media to publicize
the campaign and connect Bowdoin
alumni from across the globe.
The students were pretty instru-



with huge numbers of people, he said.
This office involves telling a lot of Bowdoin storiesso does that office.
Meiklejohn has worked in several
capacities for the College over the past
twenty years and began his career at
Bowdoin working in development and
alumni relations. He became dean of admissions in 2009. During his time in admissions, Bowdoin saw its highest-ever
applicant totals and levels of selectivity.
Despite the response of some alumni
to campus events such as the tequila
party this year, Meiklejohn said he
thinks the relationship of the College to
its alumni remains strong.
Im not worried about that for Bowdoins future. Weve had other decisions
that the College has made over time that
not everyone agreed with, he said. The
depth of [alumni] four-year experiences
here and their classmates, professors
and friendsthose are the things that
dominate their feeling about what Bowdoin means and what it is in the landscape of higher education more than is
there something in this weeks headline
that isnt right or isnt going well.

mental in helping get that hashtag

out there and raising the awareness
of the day, said Walton. The social
aspect is really important. Its a window back into Brunswick for one day
to see whats going on.
Though BowdoinOne Day this
year received no matching donations, the overall alumni participation rate of 39.6 percent is still similar to that of other years.
[A matching donation] just didnt
materialize this year, and looking
back, thats going to be a good thing.
We want people to authentically
think about supporting Bowdoin.
Its a great place to support, said
Walton. We dont take alumni support for grantedwe know that we
have to earn it every year.
In addition to BowdoinOne Day,
the Senior Class Gift Campaign
(SCGC) is another major ongoing
fundraising effort of the College.
The campaign just reached 58 percent participation this week, a mere
two percent away from unlocking a
$10,000 match donation.
[The SCGC] is an effort to educate people on how to be alumni,
said Kiefer Solarte 16, one of five
SCGC directors. Its a big switch
going from senior year to not having
the same relationship that you had
with Bowdoin[the SCGC] is about
getting people to engage, not only
this year but for the future as well.
With a goal of 85 percent participation,
the campaign will continue until June 30.
We really dont look at a monetary
goal at all, said Margaret Webster 16,
another director on the SCGC team.
When we get a gift, theres always
been a conversation about what that
means. Were very fortunate that the
amount of that gift doesnt matter and
that participation is so important.
This year, the money raised by the
SCGC will support a scholarship for a
student in the Class of 2020. While the
Class of 2016s SCGC is the fifth to donate its efforts toward a scholarship, it
is the first to graduate a member of its
own class who was supported by the
SCGC fund of another class.
Soule said that she hopes to continue
the work that Meiklejohn has done in
terms of increasing the overall diversity
of the student body.
The trend of increasing diversity is
really an institutional principal, and its
really fundamentally important for education, she said. While it may look like
a trend its really an absolute as part of
our work. I think that as the complexity of our population continues to grow
and change that will continue to be represented in our prospect and applicant
pool and in the class we enroll.
Soule also said that while she does
not plan on making any major changes
in admissions, the admissions office is
always working to make decisions to
strengthen their applicant pool.
I think that we are really attentive to
the demographic shifting thats happening in the United States, the decline in the high school population
and thinking about adapting our
recruitment methods and our selection methods to continue to find the
very best students for Bowdoin while
understanding that the population is
changing and shrinking, she said.
Nicole Wetsman and Emily Weyrauch contributed to this report.

friday, may 6, 2016

the bowdoin orient


Spring Dance Concert showcases individuality through modern dance


In a synthesis of modern dance

disciplines, the Colleges Department of Theater and Dance presents
their annual Spring Dance Concert
this weekend. Featuring a blend of
introductory, intermediate and advanced level classes, the concert explores student individuality through
the lens of repertory, choreography
and improvisation.
Dancing is always personal in the
sense that were dealing with an essentially abstract art form, said Paul
Sarvis, chair of the theater and dance
department. But the forms are human beings, who obviously have biographies. When we work with the
students, were building the dances
around that particular collection of
people in that moment of time.
The production includes a variety of performance, including a
student-produced screendance and
an advanced-level repertory piece
directed by Visiting Artist Laura Peterson.
[Peterson] has a singular voice in
the modern dance scene, said Sarvis.
Shes working in a way thats very
rigorous and linear and demanding.
You can sense a kind of polish and
aesthetic sensibility thats really distinct from the other courses and what
typically goes on in the department.
According to Sarvis, another
unique facet of the show is simply
the diversity of student performance
background. Because Bowdoin does
not currently offer a dance major, the
department attracts a distinct blend
of both experienced and inexperienced dancers.
Were not attracting people who
want to pursue careers in dance,
said Sarvis. The program is a balance between giving [the students]
a novel experience and having some
idea of audience in mind so that
what serves the students is also interesting to watch Its delightful
teaching the range of students who
come to us, partly because Bowdoin
attracts smart people and people
who are curious.


BUST A MOVE: Students practice in a run-through for the Spring Dance Concert, which features dancers from both beginner and advanced modern dance classes and also showcases student choreography and improvisation. The concert will take place tonight and tomorrow evening at 8 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall.
For several students, their preparation for the Spring Concert has provided an unlikely avenue to explore
movement and art in both an academic and recreational light. Maddie
Lemal-Brown 18, a student in the
introductory class Making Dances,
noted that as a rugby player, her involvement in dance at Bowdoin has
challenged the ways she views herself.
It was an interesting transition
into exploring my body in new ways,
and it not just being a tool to go
faster or be stronger, Lemal-Brown
said. Its really about what your body
is, how many combinations can you
use it for and not just using it for the
same combination over and over.

[Sarvis] said at
the beginning of the
course that this is
serious play, Lemal-Brown added.
That resonated with
me. Getting to run
around and act like
a kid but also allow
your own creativity
to come back and tying it into academicsit makes you
think in a lot of different ways. You have
the freedom to think
the way you want to Its not just
dance, its reflection on arton what

See the Spring Dance

Concert tonight and
tomorrow at 8 p.m.
Pickard Theater,
Memorial Hall.

Free tickets are

avaliable at the Smith
Union Information Desk.

Beyond global art activism



On Wednesday, the artist and activist Atena Farghadani was released from
prison in Iran. She was incarcerated
about a year ago for creating a political cartoon advocating for reproductive rights and against members of the
government. It was her second release.
After her first one, the 29-year-old
Farghadani made an online video that
detailed her experience in prisonincluding solitary confinement and brutal violencewhich landed her in jail
once more. In addition to these two
convictions, Farghadani has also been
charged with threatening national security, insulting the Iranian government and even partaking in indecent
contact upon shaking her lawyers
hand after trial. Although international art unions and activist groups alike
have stood behind Farghadani through

the duration of her ordeal, she plans to

remain in Iran. Despite past persecution, Iran is her home. Her attorney,
in a statement, wrote that Farghadanis
lifelong dedication to art and activism
comes at a great price; yet, a vital one
in the face of humanity and peace.
Activism often comes from a place
of love: one cannot hope for improvement without deep and shining optimism. Perhaps this care relates to
Farghadanis decision to remain in
Iran. Concerning her practice, her art
exists most poignantly within its initial state: in interaction with contemporary Iranian politics. Placing the
workand her physical selfoutside
of Irans political system impacts its
significance, as well as her own identity. Art, as a mediation between the
activist self and its authors society,
strikes several complex balances. This
is not a new liminality to artist/activists, who straddle multiple boundaries
simultaneously. Perhaps the most famous character of this specific duality

is art, what is movement and what is the

For Morgan Mills
16, who choreographed and is performing in a piece
called Dreamscape,
the concert is both a
presentation of her
semesters work as
well as space to return
to an art form she
practiced throughout
her childhood.
I never thought
I would be able to choreograph my
own dance, she said. The dance

program here gives students the opportunity to learn and pick it up so

quickly. I used to have a very set
definition of what dance consists of,
but that has been expanded so much
since coming here.
What we aspire to, in the department and the College and I would
even say in society as a whole, is the
embrace of diversity within a common goal, Sarvis said. Its really a
matter of the personalities and establishing a feeling of fluidity and
openness. I hope that the audience
leaves with an empathetic energy
from the dance, but also that they
see the articulation of bodies in a
way they havent before.

Macbeth on the steps: Trevor

Murray 16 independent study


Trevor Murrays 16 independent senior project culminates this weekend with

two performances of Macbeth that will
take place on the steps of the Bowdoin
College Museum of Art. No stranger to
the theater, Murray serves as director and
costume designer for the show.


is Chinas Ai Weiwei, who has become

somewhat of a posterboy of contemporary art as a reaction to the imposing
Chinese government.

Please see ACTIVISM, page 6

See Macbeth today

and tomorrow on the steps
of the Bowdoin College
Museum of Art at 7:30 p.m.
Murray, who has worked with the theater and dance department throughout
his time at Bowdoin and studied Shakespeare while he was abroad, decided to
revive a forgotten Bowdoin tradition of

Shakespeare on the Steps after seeing

old pictures of the performances dating
back to the early 1900s.
While the production has received
funding from Masque and Gown and
support from Beyond the Proscenium, a
student theater group on campus, most of
the work has been within the production.
The cast began rehearsals after Spring
Break, and so far, weather has been one of
the biggest challenges.
We couldnt be on the steps Monday,
and its supposed to rain on Saturday
as well, so we have some rain locations
which would still be disappointing because its really cool to use the steps, said
Murray. Its definitely a lot of work to try
and pull a show together without a full
production team.
Despite difficulties with the weather,
the director and cast have enjoyed the

Please see MACBETH, page 7


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friday, may 6, 2016

Art exhibit celebrates graduating visual arts majors studio work


An exhibit of work created by 17

seniors opens today in the Edwards
Center for Art and Dance until today.
There will be a reception tonight from
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Students worked on their pieces as
part of Senior Studio, a course, which
is designed to provide seniors with an
opportunity to create their own individual body of work.
All of a sudden, theyve gone from
having set structure and set assignments to really having to be their own
driving force behind what theyre doing and why theyre doing it, said Assistant Professor of Art Jackie Brown,
who is leading the studio.
Throughout the semester, students
developed their own works with the
media of their choice. Students frequently critiqued each others work, and
faculty were asked to give commentary
on several pieces before their completion.
[Each student], at the beginning of
the semester, had a definite interest, and
they had kind of honed in on that, said
Henry Austin 16. Then through the
semester with critical feedback and
conversations, they were able to open
up and expound on some of those ideas
that were very important to them.
Students used a variety of media in
the creation of their works, including projectors, suspended strings and old cars.
All my work right now is surrounded by these objects that I found in a
dump site in the woods nearby, said
Anna Reyes 16. [I was interested in]
the strange role of me being kind of a
rescuer for them but then also taking
them out of their final resting place and
that weird kind of tension.
Not all students worked individually.
Cody Stack 16 and Hector Magana 16
worked together on a series of works
investigating experiences and concepts
in nostalgia.
I dont think the challenge was me
and Hector collaborating; it was actu-

The visual language of activism, understood as a reaction to injustice or
violations to human rights, is powerful
and constantly in flux. Its associated
artworks thus shift dramatically regarding national context. In developing
rigid, authoritarian governments, artists are first are foremost and heavily
oppressed: art is an unknown fear that
is emblematic of free speech, of anticensorship. Art represents each power,
voice and vehicle. This perhaps explains the shared persecution of Atena
Farghadani and Ai Weiwei, who differ
by their countries of origin and their
respective attributes. There is a distinct
and inadmissible difference regarding
their international position in relation
to the world, but also, in relation to us.
We read global art activism from a
Western perspective, and specifically an American one: our enormous
and diversely complicated nation often considers itself a form of mediation upon the entire world. This is
not quite true, as mediation implies
a certain equality and peace. Americas contemporary identity arises out
of both idealized values and great
oppression, and it is historically,
socially and economically distinct.
This being said, our country is in
interactiona past, present and future interactionwith every other
nation in the world, and it maintains an immense amount of capital.

ally taking the best of the two things

that you do and making them work
together, said Stack. I think we struck
a really nice balance between Hectors
linguistic, photographic and pop culture knowledge and skills and how we
relate that to the world around him and
then some of the things I kind of aesthetically obsess about and the materials I like to play with.
Many of the artists are excited about
being able to display their own culminating work and to see the final projects of
their peers.
Its been an incredible semester because the variety and breadth of the artwork thats represented in this show is astounding, said Austin. Its so much more
valuable and so much more interesting if
the people around you are approaching it
and making work that is completely different, [work] you would never dream of
making yourself. Thats been one of my
favorite parts about this.

An example of this took place last

month when the United States Senate bi-partisanly and unanimously
voted to ban the import of Syrian
art objects and artifacts trafficked to
likely finance terror groups. Americas global and economic power
is enormous, and thus, we have an
enormous responsibility to respect
the national identities of both ourselves and others.

In some ways, I tried to prove

something I already knew: human
nature is contingent upon the arts,
which remind us of the
interconnectedness of all things.
This can be done through the immeasurably powerful weapon of
the arts, necessary now more than
ever. Art is an imperative force in
our changing world. In this column
throughout the semester, I have
sought to explore the intersections
between art and society: particularly
within the insular places of Bowdoin
and America. I wanted to argue a fundamental importance of arts, but I
found that arts courses are all important things by default. In some ways,
I tried to prove something I already
knew: human nature is contingent
upon the arts, which remind us of the
interconnectedness of all things.



STUDIO TIME: Seniors Hector Magana (above) and Anna Reyes(below) display their work from the Senior Studio class, which provides senior visual
arts majors with the opportunity to explore their own artistic interests. The exhibit will open this evening at 5 p.m. in Edwards Art Center.

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Curtain Callers presents Into the Woods, utilizes unique venue


ARE WE OUT OF THE WOODS: Anna Schwartzberg 17(above) and Amber Barksdale 18 (right) perform in Curtain Callers Into the Woods.

With finals approaching and the days

flying by until Bowdoin students will return to their respective homes, stress is
descending on the College. If you want to
escape these stressful times for a few moments, allow Curtain Callers to take you
Into the Woods.
Into the Woods is a musical directed
by Cordelia Zars 16 and Max Middleton
16, with music by Stephen Sondheim.
The two worked together on Sweeney
Todd last semester and paired up this semester for another production.
Unlike most student-produced theater,
the musical will be performed in the Bowdoin Chapel.
Actor Railey Zantop-Zimlinghaus 19
said, Im really interested to see how it
ends up looking in the chapel because its
not a very typical space.
She went on to explain that because of
the tall ceilings the chapel acoustics are
different than those in more common
spaces like Pickard Theater, which should
make for a unique musical experience.
In order to account for issues with
acoustics, some of the shows blocking

goes off the stage and onto the carpeted

area bringing it closer to the audience, explained Zars.
In addition to the unique acoustics, the
chapel provides for another unexpected obstacle.
Zantop-Zimlinghaus explained that
there is no backstage in the chapel, so the
actors will be in the pews next to the audience when not on stage.
While the chapel is not typically
used for theater, the cast has learned to
work with these new challenges.
We really had to work around [the different space], which has both been a really
frustrating process and a cool one because
weve gotten to be more creative with our
show, said Zars.
The staging is minimal, weve made
everything ourselves with scissors and
tape, she said. Were not pretending
that its a huge production with elaborate sets and elaborate sound systems,
its just us on stage.
When asked what her biggest challenge has been as a co-director, Zars
said that the show has been a huge time
Its kind of like the best and the hardest that it takes a lot of energy, but when

youre so immersed in something like that

it gives a lot of energy back, she said.
She said that the biggest challenge the
group faced as a whole was finding a rehearsal schedule that could work for everyone. As Bowdoin students often tend
to be overcommitted, having a cast of 19
busy actors provided for a special challenge.
The challenge seemed to be worth it,
however, for the additions that each member brings to the stage.
We have a really talented group of cast
members that we are very lucky to [have]
and theyve just put so much time into it,
said Zars.
For Zars, the musical was a rewarding
project in more ways than one.
Devoting that much time and energy
to understanding somebody elses emotions, somebody who doesnt even exist...
getting your imagination and your levels
of empathy to that point is just the most
beautiful thing about the show and art in
general, she said.
Zars added, I think we have made a
pretty cohesive and beautiful project and
every member of the cast has committed
a lot of their emotional and mental energy
into making this show really come to life.




DOUBLE, DOUBLE TOIL AND TROUBLE: Trevor Murray 16 directs Shakespeares Macbeth.
perks an outdoor stage adds to the play.
Nick Funnell 17, who is playing Macduff,
expressed his excitement about the setting.
Itll be really cool because theres a
long tradition of Shakespeare being outside with Shakespeare in the Park, or even
Globe Theater originally, he said.
I think having it on the Museum steps
does give it a very different vibe, somewhat more gothic, added Jenna Scott 19,
who plays one of the witches.
With the help of his friend and fellow
Shakespeare enthusiast Jamie Weisbach
16, Murray was able to produce a shortened cut of the play tailored for the Bowdoin audience.
I think Shakespeares really done best
when its an hour and a half or under, said
Murray. Youre going to get Shakespeare
nerds who will sit down for a three-hour
performance and love it, but I think its
hard for Shakespeare to be that accessible
for that long.
With the cut script, Murray focused
on bringing out the theme of time within
his rendition.
So Macbeth is the shortest of the tragedies, and time is mentioned very extensively in the script, said Murray. You
have mentions of whennow, tonight,
tomorrow, yesterdayand its about Mac-

beth trying to seize the future [and] put it

in the present, so I wanted to capture that
aspect of the cut and really try to make it
this relentless hour and 15 minutes.
Some members of cast feel they have
benefited greatly from the production being entirely student-run.
I feel like Ive become a better actor
learning from other actors who will do
a production and direct a production,
said Sydney Benjamin 19. Its a lot
easier to connect with the director and
the other people working on the production because theyve all been where
I am right now.
Others who have worked with Murray
before had equal appreciation for his work
and dedication to the production.
[Murrays] an awesome director for an
actor, said Funnell. Hes way more about
focusing on individual acting, how you
see your character and your impulses and
what your attitude is behind it.
As a director, I think about what
story I want to help these actors tell,
said Murray. I have my own ideas
about how certain characters are
thinking, so I can try and give that
to the actors, and they do with that
what they will and tell their own story
based on that.

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friday, may 6, 2016

Maine Streets new king: Adrian Reyes thrives with new hair studio


I had to wait for my interview with

Adrian Reyes, barber and owner of
Kings and Queens Hair Studio on
Maine Street. My wait was more comfortable than inconvenienthis lobby
is warm, adorned by well-stuffed black
leather couches and new issues of Allure. His business, known as the only
barbershop in Brunswick with the
skills to cut ethnic hair, is booming.
Reyes embraces the busyness and his
energy was tangible, translated into
upbeat engagement with each person
who walked through his doors.
He fit in the interview while
working with a new customer, who
hadnt gotten a haircut since arriving months ago to work at Bath Iron
Works. He was referred to Kings and
Queens by a friend.
I used to be a chef at Bowdoin
College, and the students were asking
me who was cutting my hair, Reyes
explained. At the time, I cut my own
hair. I knew there was a niche, I knew
there was something up here that was
special because no barbers here could
do what I do.
I was the first one cutting Bowdoin Colleges hair, African-Americans, HispanicsIm Puerto Rican,
Reyes said. Hailing from Florida,
Reyes found Maine to be a culture
shock when he moved here with
his family as a teenager. Upon moving, he, like many Bowdoin students,
could not find a hairstylist.
A lot of seniors are like, Oh man,


TAKE ME TO THE BARBER SHOP: Adrian Reyes, barber and owner of Kings and Queens Hair Studio on Maine Street used to be a chef at Bowdoin before opening his
hair studio earlier this year. He has filled a gap in the market for hair-cutting services for many students.
the freshmen are so lucky that they
have you here now! They used to
have to wait to go home [to get their
hair cut]. The only time they actually looked good was actually right
after breaks. Now, they can maintain
their style.
Yet, he refuses to be pigeonholed.
If you look on my page, at Facebook,
I can do black, white, Puerto Rican,

Chineseany hair, I can cut it. While

I was in the shop, a white man in camouflaged uniform gave a big thumbs
up, saying I would drive anywhere to
get my hair cut by Adrian.
Although there are few other hairstylists with the skills to cut ethnic
hair, Reyes also stands out with his
individual attention to clients. As a
barber, man, we get a lot of clients

who really feel with us. Were their

shrink, were their best friend, he
said. Reyes is as close with his clients
as he is his family, who were visiting
him in the shop at the time.
His grandmother (who calls Reyes
sugarplum and hugged me before
leaving) was present throughout the
interview, along with his mother.
[My mom] is my manager, shes the

one that takes care of all the boring

stuff, Reyes said, smiling. I learned
humility from my mother.
His mother, who had been listening to our interview while she swept,
interjected here: Hes been humble
since he was born, she said. He was
a sweet, calm child.
I was a punk, Reyes countered.
He had a son at 18 and has since
separated from his sons biological
mother. She took a different path,
he said, Im a family man.
Adrian immediately brightened
upon mention of his son. He loves
reading. We read to him at nighttime, we have to. Do I want to, no,
Im tired, but I have to, to get him
where he needs to be. As his parent,
its my responsibility. Adrian lives in
Yarmouth, now, because it is a better
place to raise kids than the Portland
suburb in which he grew up.
My favorite part about being a
dad is to guide my kids, give them
things I didnt have, guide them
where I didnt have guidance when
I was younger. When I said I was a
punk, I was a punk. I had to land in
jail to get where I am, it was a complete 180, Reyes declared.
He tries to relate this guidance
to some of his younger customers.
They see the success, but they dont
see the struggle I went through.
Reyes works long days, and coaches baseball Wednesday nights. Each
day is packed with work and preparation for his new daughter, Julianna,
who is due in two weeks. Potential
surrounds Reyes, and hes meeting it.
My dream was to be ready by the
time she was here, and I am, he said.

Freshman fifteen to SWUG: a look back at four years of Bowdoin



I dont know if youve ever seen the
movie Tangled, but when my parents
left me all by my lonesome on the prestigious Bowdoin campus two weeks ago,
I felt pretty much how I imagine Princess
Rapunzel did when she left her tower:
struck by a mix of horror and absolute
At the beginning of my freshman year
at Bowdoin, I wrote these words for my
first article in The Orient. It was the start
of The Freshman Fifteen, a column
where I talked about my experience as a
first year at Bowdoin. In many ways, this
column was empowering because in a
new environment, where I was totally unknown, I had an outlet to make a name for
who I was going to be on campus.
The column four years ago was very
light humored. I wanted my voice to be
quirky and satiric because that is who I
was and it is who I still am. To me, my
column was wonderfully silly and dorky
(take for instance the controversial to
Bean boots or not to Bean boots debate
of 2012). Still, I cannot help but realize
that a lot of my column was trying to embody some sort of college stereotype of
what I was supposed to be going through
instead of speaking to what I was really
going through.
I never mentioned that month-long
period when I felt borderline depressed.
I was ten pounds underweight due to
health issues. My grades second semester

werent quite matching up to the ones

I had made my first. My roommates,
who once had been good friends, now
were barely speaking with me. Bowdoin is awesome, but not always. I
definitely think one of the most difficult parts of my first-year here was that
I was afraid to admit to people when
I was unhappy. Somehow that felt like
admitting some sort of defeat.
Luckily, those hard times were
equaled by happy ones. Like when
I decided to join the crew team and
found a niche of people who I really clicked with, or getting a solo in
BOKA and singing Little Talks by Of
Monsters and Men with Nick Walker,
or finding an eclectic German study
group and forming the JJJ/three musketeers club. Also, just the German
department in general. Seriously, its
the best department at this school.
Reading the column, I am reminded of the ways in which campus has
changed. Four years ago, the biggest
scandals at Bowdoin were related to
hazing and goldfish instead of race and
cultural appropriation. Yik Yak did not
existnor did President Clayton Rose.
I am also reminded of the ways in
which I have changed. When I was a first
year, I made sure to start any paper a week
in advance. I was that kid that got ahead
on homework every Friday and Saturday and did every single reading. I wore
a lot of cute 50s style dresses with tights
even when it was the middle of winter. I
bought a coat because it was the same one
that Zooey Deschanel had and not actually because it was warm. I wrote an article

about how stressful Ivies seemed, because

I didnt understand how to get all of my
work done and party at the same time.
Now, Ive realized that skipping readings to enjoy a weekend hike or even
just a late night conversation with roommates is completely okay. I remember the
first paper I wrote without actually reading the book. I got an A even though
my previous paper, in which I had read
the book was graded a B. I garnered the
power to write papers at the last minute
and noticed the outcome was sometimes
better because I didnt overthink things.
All of a sudden what being a good student meant was really confusing.
At this point in my Bowdoin career,

Ive embraced SWUG culture and love

to wear oversized sweatshirts and all
that. I can eat alone in the dining hall
for dinner and feel like a boss. Going
to a party completely sober and dancing like a weirdo is better than those
parties where I spent a lot of time on
my outfit and tried to act chill. Reaching the point of not caring is both
an extremely freeing and somewhat
frightening moment. When I try to
offer these insights to the current
first-years here, I notice a lot of them
already know these things and are already way cooler than I am.
As I speak about senior year, I realize
Im brushing over a lot of the hard mo-

ments I have had this year. But, Im also
not quite ready to talk about them in this
column, so perhaps you will have to wait
another four years for the real scoop.
Now the end is nigh and I feel all the
clich mixed feelings about being ready
to leave, and yet also not wanting to say
goodbye. I am excited by the idea of
gaining my financial independence, but
have no idea how to pay taxes. Seriously,
can someone teach me? What is more, I
cant help but notice that as much as Ive
changed, my prospects looking forward
may not actually be so different from
where I started. I ironically find myself
once again struck by a mix of horror and
absolute freedom.

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Beers from home and away:

Long Trail and Oskar Blues


ROBOT REF: Dan Navarro16, a computer science major, has taken his love for robot soccer to the world stage where he has become a sought after referee.

Navarro 16 a world-famous Robocup referee


Little do most Bowdoin students

know, a world famous celebrity is in their
midstin the world of RoboCup, that is.
Dan Navarro 16 has earned a spot as a
referee for the Robot Soccer World Cup.
The event is exactly what it sounds
likeautonomous humanoid robot soccer players made by computer scientists
compete in international competitions.
The RoboCup tournament was founded in 1997 with the hope that by 2050,
someone will have assembled a team of
robot athletes that could beat the human
FIFA World Cup champions of that year.
However, Navarro sees this as an overly
ambitious goal.
Maybe one day in a hundred years
itll happen, but were not even close,
said Navarro.
Still, the event has generated a lot of
hype globally. Navarro lists Iran, Australia
and Germany as some of the worlds biggest RoboCup fanatics. In Germany, its
broadcast on national television.
Navarro only found the sport during
his sophomore year at Bowdoin.
My [first] year, I came in thinking I
was going to be a physics major, but I was
undeclared, Navarro said. My roommate was a computer science major, and
he badgered me over and over again to
take [Introduction to Computer Science].

I think I took it my sophomore fall.

At the end of that year, Navarro was unable to find a physics research position, so
he asked to do research with Professor of
Computer Science Eric Chown. Chown
invited Navarro to work with Bowdoins
RoboCup team for the summer.
Although Navarro enjoys the work of
programming the robots, he said that he
prefers to referee RoboCup tournaments.
He started by reffing games within his
own pool. Navarro and his referee partner,
Daniel Zeller 15, practiced in those early
games and came up with techniques that
not only worked but also stood out. There
are three types of referees in RoboCup:
game controller, head ref and assistant
ref. Navarro typically works as the game
The game controller and the head
ref have to be in really good communication, said Navarro. If [Zeller]
who was the head refsaid anything, I
would always announce it back to him
to confirm that I did it. A lot of teams
dont do that, and they have a lot of miscommunication.
Miscommunication draws a frightening amount of anger from the diehard
fans. According to him, the tournaments
crowds noticed and appreciated Navarros
efficient and audible communication
skills. Their high approval ratings granted
him the position of the assistant referee at
the semifinals in Germany during his first

year reffing and head referee in the final

game in China his second year.
Navarro finds the high pressure environment of the Robot Soccer World
Cup to be thrilling. He said that many
programmers at the event are writing
their Ph.Ds on robotics and have a lot
on the line.
Its really competitive, he said. Imagine a kids Little League game where the
dads are shouting on the sideline times a
million. These robots are peoples babies.
Navarro noted an instance when the
pressures from the crowd felt intense. A
fellow referee had made an incorrect call;
the rules on how to proceed were unclear. The correct call would have allowed
Chiles team to win the game and qualify
for playoffs.
Instead, they didnt leave their pool.
Thad a huge fit. They were screaming and
shouting at [Zeller.] I swear, they wanted
to kill him, Navarro said. His shot at reffing in the finals was lost, so he was really
sad. He was really scared of what theyd do
to him.
Despite the intense pressure and
ceaseless shouting, Navarro said he enjoys reffing.
Recently, Navarro has stopped participating in RoboCup due to his busy schedule, but he hopes to return to it some day.
Ive always said that my ideal job
would be to get a fellowship to be a professional ref for the league, said Navarro.

As we reach the final installment of

our beer-reviewing saga, the time has
come to pay homage both to the temporary home state that has treated us so well
and to the states that made us each who
we are today. This week we decided to
celebrate our favorite Maine beer, sample
brews from Williams Green Mountain
State of Vermont and try to show that
Shans home state of North Carolina is
known for good beer and not just bigotry. #WeAreNotThis.
Shan: I will start with a disclaimer: I
am aware that Oskar Blues was originally
founded in Lyons, Colorado. However,
in 2012, Oskar Blues opened a branch
in Brevard, N.C. and quickly established
themselves as a brewery that made itself at home in the fast-growing N.C.
beer scene.
Over the summer, while working parttime in a restaurant in my hometown in
Durham, one of the highlights of the
night was sitting down at the bar after a
long shift and enjoying a freshly-poured
glass of Oskar Blues Pinner Throwback
IPA. The name throwback is somewhat
misleading, as its more along the lines
of a session American Pale Ale, but any
downsides of the beer end there. It packs
an incredible amount of hop flavor and
aroma, but has an amazing citrusy tartness that more than makes up for its relatively-low 35 IBUs. Pinner is truly a beer
that makes me think of warm Bull Durham summer nights whenever I taste it.
William: Brewed in the rural town
of Bridgewater, Vt., Long Trail stands as
one of the Green Mountain States most
popular beers. This brewery is about
as local as it gets for me, as I live in the
bordering town of Woodstock, exactly
8.6 miles from Long Trail headquarters.
Long Trails Limbo IPA is one of their
better beers, a double IPA that brings 80
IBUs and 7.6 percent ABV. Those of you
who are true IPA gurus will know of the
legendary Vermont double IPA, Heady
Topper. Limbo is Long Trails response.
When we cracked open the Limbo
and poured it into our special glasses, we

were perplexed by its aroma. Shan and I

discussed long and hard about what we
thought the smell reminded us of until
we agreed upon caramelized peaches.
Compared to the Pinner, the Limbo had
little of the tart, grapefruit taste. Instead,
we found that the caramelized peach
smell also imbedded itself in the flavor.
Although Shan and I have enjoyed Limbo in the past, it did not shine in comparison to the Pinner. It physically pains
me to admit it, but Vermont didnt hold
its own in our tasting.
Shan & William: It was with misty
eyes and nostalgia in our hearts that we
set about deciding on a beer that could
signify the love we feel for the state that
has treated us so well over the past four
years. But when push came to shove, we
knew that there was only one beer that
captured both of our hearts: Lunch.
Maine Beer Company opened up in
Freeport in 2009 but has quickly become
a common name in circles of beer aficionados across the country. Lunch, a 7.0
percent ABV IPA, was the first beer that
put them in the big leagues. First brewed
in 2011, the first two batches sold out so
quickly that Lunch soon gained national
recognition as one of the countrys most
sought-after craft beers.
Five years later, while Maine Beer Co.
has increased their production of Lunch
so that it is more frequently available, it
still hasnt lost its reputation as one of
the best IPAs out there. We first became
acquainted with Lunch in the Beer Tent
over Homecoming Weekend. Once we
had enjoyed our third or fourth glass of
the free Lunch that was served on tap,
it was clear that we had found a special
place in our hearts for this delicious IPA.
We opened our Lunch as the final
beer in our tasting. The full-bodied
taste held the perfect blend of pine, bitterness and citrus, and has a substantial
mouthfeel that lives up to the gravitas
of Lunchs street cred. Compared to our
two hometown heroes, Lunch struck
the perfect balance of the full-bodied
bitterness of Limbo combined with the
pleasant drinkability and refreshing citrus of Pinner
In their unique and distinctive ways,
each of these beers tasted like home, and
we thank our lucky stars to able to feel a
connection with each brew and its birthplace. And they were all better than wine.

Cry in the car and reminisce; a step-by-step on graduating

5. Drink beers with friends instead

KATHERINE CHURCHILL of reading. Drink too many beers. Fall

KATHERINE GIVES ADVICE asleep in your friends bed by accident
Dear Precious Readers,
There comes a time in every young
advice columnists life when she, herself,
is in need of some wise thoughts. When
she finds herself at a loss for how to
proceed. When she needs advice. What
does she do?
Advice to myself on how to graduate:
1. In the fall, dont think about it.
Ever. Have lobster bakes, and go hiking
and lay in bed. You have so much time.
You have all the time in the world.
2. Go to the mandatory Career Planning meeting. Bring a matcha latte.
Laugh when they make you do the handshakes. The handshakes are ridiculous.
3. Fill out your Intent-to-Graduate
form in November. Think perhaps you
should panic. Go to brunch instead. You
have so much time.
4. Find a job in a foreign place. Drink
cheap champagne. Picture yourself in
Europe. The picture is a little bit lonely.

because you dont want to leave, because

you cant stand to be alone. Wake up at
five in the morning. Walk home.
6. Cry in the car listening to Adele.
You feel ridiculous. You are ridiculous.
You arent sure if you are sad, or if you
just want to be.
7. Go on spring break with your
friends. Sit on the deck of a beach house
in California and drink wine and eat
goat cheese. Laugh. Laugh harder.
8. Come back. Fight with a friend
about relatively nothing, preferably at
a party, preferably while you are drunk.
Say, Why are you so anxious! Hear,
Youre projecting. The next day, buy
each other boxes of raspberries and
never speak of it again.
10. Order your cap and gown. Panic. You thought you had so much time.
11. Picture yourself next year, eating pastries sitting on a dock by the
sea unable to eavesdrop on strangers
speaking a language you dont understand. Look around the Moulton

Light Room. Wonder if you are tired
of eavesdropping anyway. Wonder if
you are tired of a lot of things.
12. Finish your last essays. Suddenly
feel that Matthew Arnold and James
Joyce and Charles Dickens arent really
that important anymore. Why did you
used to believe they were so important?
Hand in the essay. Receive a B-.
13. Cling to your books. Reorganize

them ten times in your room, which

you will pack up in only a few weeks.
Reread passages from Hawthorne and
Whitman and Gawain and Virginia
Woolf. Pour over the timestamps of
the ones from the library. Wonder who
checked out The Bostonians in 1986.
Wonder if they ever kissed anyone on
the museum steps.
14. Sit in your car as youre about to

drive away from a party. Look in at the

lights of the house spilling through the
windows. See people inside. They laugh,
they talk, but you cannot hear them.
You love these people. But you cant go
back in now and its getting late, and
youre already going, and so youre gone.
15. Graduate.



the bowdoin orient

friday, may 6, 2016

Students of color candidly
discuss the impact of race on
their Bowdoin experience.

nder the tenure of former president Barry Mills, Bowdoin saw a substantial increase in the racial diversity of its student body. For the 20012002 school year, just 21 percent of Bowdoin students identified as a
race other than white; this year, according to the Colleges Common
Data Set, that number was 37 percent.
The experiences of students of color at Bowdoin are varied and diverse, and cannot be explained by any statistic. At the same time, many
students believe that recent conflictsthe tequila and gangster parties, Cracksgiving, racially-charged verbal attacks on students in townhighlight the Colleges
continued struggle to make Bowdoin a welcoming place for people of all racial and
ethnic backgrounds.
When all these things happened and people refused to understand why this
hurts a lot, thats when it got to me, said Cesar Siguencia 18, who identifies as Latino. Thats when I realized my race started to become a problem on this campus.
Skyler Lewis 16, who identifies as black, said he is no longer surprised by racial
issues on campus.
Ive dealt with a whole bunch of stuff, he said. At first it used to really
BY CAMERON DEWET, bother me, being called the n-word or someone saying some really stupid
JESSICA PIPER racist stuff, and eventually I just got to the point where Ive come to expect
Ryan Strange 17, who identifies as black and biORIENT STAFF
racial, noted that students of color have been more
vocal about racial issues this year than in the past.
There are a lot more students of color who are speaking out. And I guess thats uncomfortable for some people,
he said.
But whether students of color speak out or stay quiet, their
race nonetheless can impact their experiences throughout
their time at Bowdoin.
Many students of color first saw the College through
Explore Bowdoin or Bowdoin Experience, admissions programs that encourage low-income and first-generation students to apply and matriculate to Bowdoin. These programs
have a greater representation of students of color than the
actual student body.
The Experience and the Explore programs that I did,
which I loved helped me so much and Im very appreciative because it got me to where I am now, said Dylan Goodwill 17, who identifies as Native American. [But] it seemed
so diverse when I came and then I was very surprised when I
came and I was like, Its not as diverse as I thought.
Lewis voiced a similar sentiment.
Both of the weekends that I came up seem like theyre
more for minority students so you walk around campus and
there are a whole bunch of minorities, especially during Experience weekend, he said. And you leave and you show up [for college] and youre
like, whered everybody go?
As students of color arrive on a campus that is less racially diverse than they had
anticipated, many gravitate towards peers of similar racial and ethnic backgrounds.
Affinity groups, such as the Asian Student Association (ASA), the Native American
Student Organization (NASA), the Latin American Student Organization (LASO)
and the African American Student Organization (Af-Am) provide one mechanism
for students to connect with others who feel the same way.
I think its natural to kind of gravitate towards people who are similar to you,
especially culturally, Lewis said. And that doesn't have to be based on race but often
times it is. I live in Coles Tower with three other black males....we have similar cultural backgrounds, we listen to the same stuff, we came from similar areas.
Michelle Hong 16, who was born in Texas to Korean parents and identifies as
Asian-American, is the current co-president of ASA. She joined the group her sophomore year after realizing that she did not know many Asian students at Bowdoin.
I joined ASA my sophomore year because I think I started wondering why I
didnt have any Asian-American friends at Bowdoin, she said. [I realized] there
were parts of my identity that I was missing by doing what the majority of Bowdoin
students do.
Like Hong, many students of color struggled to find and maintain their racial and
cultural identities as they adjusted to Bowdoin.

Goodwill, who is Sioux and Navajo, has found it difficult to preserve her cultural
practices at the College. She also notices herself adjusting her language and behavior
to fit in.
I always knew I did code switching, she said. [But] I now notice it a lot more. I
dont talk in my normal slang or in my normal accent at all.
Jeffrey Chung 16, who identifies as Chinese-American and is also co-president
of ASA, noted that affinity groups can help create community among students with
similar racial experiences.
Michelle and I have been working a lot to change the identity of the club... to
reflect more on the community and identity of the students within the club rather
than promoting an image of Asian culture to the rest of campus, he said.
While affinity groups are a supportive environment for some students, options
are more limited for students whose racial or ethnic identification is not shared by
as many Bowdoin students.
Irfan Alam 18, who identifies as South Asian and Muslim, wants to create a formal group for South Asian students to connect.
We have a reasonable South Asian student population. I think like probably
twenty-five, he said. Were hoping to try to make an organization sort of like LASO,
sort of like ASA, Af-Am, things like that, but for South Asian students, he said.
NASA currently has six members and no faculty adviser. Goodwill, one of its co-

presidents, said such small numbers made it difficult for Native American students
to respond to racial incidents on campus.
Cracksgiving happened my first year here and I was so surprised that nothing
was being done about it because I was really offended, but there was only me and
two other girls on campus who were Native, she said. And they were like, well, this
has been happening and like theres only three of us, what can we do?
Although some students find kinship befriending others of their same race or
ethnicity, many students of color voiced concerns about racial segregation on campus.
Maybe because its such a predominantly white institution, that people of color
tend to stay together because theyre a part of the minority, said Strange. Maybe its
on both sides...I guess people of color and also white people need to push ourselves
to try to get to know people outside their own comfort zone.
This division along racial lines has reached most aspects of Bowdoin social life.
Several students of color said that race impacted their dating and hookup experiences on campus.
Gay men of color most of the time are separate from gay white men, said
Strange. I dont know why that is.
Chung, who grew up in New York City, found that the trope of Asian-Americans
as perpetual foreigners created separation for him in Bowdoins relationship scene.
It dawned upon me as I approached the hookup culture and as I approached

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the party scene here that Ihowever much as I could identify as an AmericanI
still couldnt completely fit in or I still couldnt completely be seen as strictly the
same, he said.
Simone Rumph 19, who primarily identifies as African-American but also
Greek and Brazilian, added that Bowdoins dating and hookup scene made her
worry about being exoticized because of her race.
You can see it in the way people approach you. They dont approach you in a
way that other girls will be approached, she said.
Many students notice that the parties hosted by College Houses and by affinity
groupsboth of which are open to the entire student bodytend to have different attendees.
Af-Am, whenever they have parties, its usually people of color that go,
said Strange.
I didnt really process immediately that [when I] went into a College House
party as a freshman I might be the only Asian person that I could see, Chung said.
Racial divides at College Houses and other campus events lead some students
of color to question whether Bowdoins campus is self-segregated. Strange noticed
this phenomenon at some of the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) hearings
following the tequila party.
After the meeting at BSG, I noticed how segregated it was, he said. People of
color stood on one side and then there were all white people on the outside and
it was just so interesting to me. I dont know how or why that happened. And it
happens in the classroom too, I notice. And I dont know why.
The impact of race is not limited to social groups or student government meetings. Instead, students of color say that race sometimes influences their academic
experiences and their relationships with professors.
Many students expressed that the scarcity of students of color at Bowdoin places a burden on individuals to represent everyone of their racial background.
Sometimes you feel like the class looks to you to act as a spokesperson for black
students, Lewis said.
Some students also worry that their personal behaviors might unintentionally
reinforce or inscribe racial stereotypes at Bowdoin and beyond.
I find that I do very well at academics here at Bowdoin, which is fine, Chung
said. But I think that at the same time theres this sort of lingering thought in my
mind: Am I sort of just perpetuating the stereotype of the model minority? Like
do my peers only think Im doing well because Im Asian or do they actually recognize all the work that Im putting into academics?
In addition to peer-to-peer interactions, race sometimes informs students interactions with faculty. While 37percent of Bowdoin students identify as minorities, only 14 percent of faculty members do, according to the Colleges Common
Data Set.
I try not to put race as a factor [but] the professor that inspired me the
most to date on this campus was a professor who identified herself as Latina, Siguencia said. Although she helped me so much in the field of study
that I was in the class of, we talked so much about our experiences because
it just correlated so much, saying that we understand the struggles that were
facing because no one else here on this campus does.
Student experiences with race and faculty are not always positive, however. Goodwill said she has encountered several instances of overt racism
from professors.
It was comments, she said. And one of them was last semester but then
one of them was my freshman year. And being a freshman in your first-year
seminar, and its your first time on campus its like how do you deal with that?
Other students expressed that their families backgroundsespecially
financial oneshas added pressure to succeed academically at Bowdoin.
Siguencia said he feels he cannot become too involved in Bowdoins party or
drinking scene because he fears his academics will suffer.
What ifworst-case scenariowhat if I were to fail? What do I have to
fall back on? he said.
Despite the importance of academics, several students commented that
the burden of dealing with racial issues can be overwhelming and distracts
them from their studies.
Its like you come to a place where youre supposed to be safe and youre supposed to be able to focus on your studies and youre experiencing all of this other
stuff as well, all this extra emotional baggage, Hong said.
For many students, racially-charged campus events only added to this emo-

tional labor. Several students expressed that they wished their professors would
give greater acknowledgement to events like the tequila and gangster parties.
You know that there are students on this campus who dont even want to go to
class because theyre so hurt by this, said Hong.
I am a student in your class [who] is clearly being affected by everything thats
going on, added Raquel Santizo 19, who identifies as Latin American, more specifically Peruvian.
While students did not expect their professors to coddle them, several said that
they wished their professors would acknowledge the difficulty of the situations or
facilitate discussions around them.
My professors are fully capable of giving us not information, but facilitating
thoughtful conversation the way they do in a normal class, Alam said.
Even with the absence of faculty attention, Alam added that he felt campus discussions about race were worthwhile.
Although [the tequila party] has caused a lot of tension and all these different things, I do wholeheartedly believe that it created a lot of important dialogue, he said. I think that we should be able to do that without having it be
prompted by incidents
where people become
upset or offended. So proactive engagement with
these issues is important.
Hong added that campus conversations make
her more aware of racial
issues in the outside world.
I identify being a person of color more than I
used to and I used to not
group Asian-Americans in
with people of color. And
so now that I do I think I
care more deeply about
national issues that are going on, like the Black Lives
Matter movement, she
said. I think it would be
easier to ignore if I didnt
identify as a student of
color Im more present
I guess for conversations
about race than I was when
I first got to Bowdoin.
Racial issues still exist when students of color
leave Bowdoins immediate campus. According
to 2010 census data, the
population of Brunswick is
93 percent white, a fact that
can be jarring for students
who grew up in racially diverse environments.
Santizo, who grew up in Los Angeles, noticed these demographics as she prepared to move in last fall.
My mom said: Raquel, I think youre the only Hispanic girl in this whole
state, she said.
Alam noted that, while he had not personally encountered racism off campus,
several female Muslim students had.
Off campus interactions serve as a reminder that, while the outside world may
not discuss race as often as Bowdoin students do, racial issues nonetheless continue to play a role in the lives of students of color.
When I graduate, part of it will be easier because I wont be constantly faced everyday where we are so engaged and Ill probably be able to just go about my daily
life, Hong said. But I think once youre conscious about race and youre conscious
about the implications of race you cant really ever forget that.




the bowdoin orient

friday, may 6, 2016


A fun fact about me is that I spent
my middle school and high school
summers at musical theater camp.
I wasnt very gooddirectors and
teachers and my mom liked to tell
me that I had a really great stage
presence! which means that I could
fake it pretty well, even though my
voice was closer to the bottom end
of average.
My tenure as a thespian left me
with a dusty box of stage makeup, a
rather awful pirouette and an onlyslightly-secret love for musicals. My
favorite parts of musicals are their
finales. I like the way that theyre
joyous, even when theyre sad. Finales feel like endingssolid, witha-bang, close-up-the-story endings.
I like endings. I read the last five
pages of a book when Im only halfway through. I like end-of-the-year
banquets. I liked the view out the
back of the car driving up the road
on the way home from camp. Endings are romantic and solid, simple
and comforting.
Its May of senior year, and Ive
been thinking about endings a lot. I
picture the way the Quad will look
at graduation, my cap and gown and
white dress on the museum steps.
Ive thought about the places that I
will want to go on campus and the
things that I will want to say to peo-

Throughout my childhood, he was a
functioning alcoholic. Sometimes he
held a job in music, and sometimes he
was available as a father. I saw his addiction as a thing of the past; my father
used to be an addict, but now hes better. Whenever addiction was brought
up in grade school, I felt proud to say
my dad used to be an alcoholic, but
dont worry because it happened before
I was born. I was the kid who had addiction in the family.
It is so incredibly draining to be let
down time and time again. I believed
every excuse he told me. I trusted
him and helped him keep it up. First
alcohol, then pills. I now understand
why he shuttled me around to various
doctors for his back problems. I was a
moving piece in his game, an innocent
target. Now I know addiction does not
endit is a daily battle.
Today, my father is homeless. He
lives in a warehouse where his failed
motorcycle business used to be. He sits
in an office chair fixing guitars from
the Internet that he hopes to sell for
big bucks. His companion is a pit
bull. They sleep on the couch together
and eat the same foodsI am thankful
he has company.
I do not know what his day looks
like or whom he interacts with in the
real world. I pray he is not drinking or
playing poker with his friends or spend-

ple before I drive across the bridge

out of Maine. I want those moments
to feel a certain way. Take a bow,
curtain falls, resolution.
I was talking with a friend a few
weeks ago about what the end of Bowdoin will be like. It will be frenetic, he
said. You graduate, and then youre
torn between parents and friends on
the Quad, and you cant find all the
people you want to see, and theres
lunch and dinner and last-minute
packing, and then you just sort of
leave. Bowdoin fades offan ellipsis,
not an exclamation point.
Thats weird and scary. Four years
of snow and exams and College
House parties and housing lotteries
should not just fizzle out and fade to
gray; they must deserve more. But
to deserve a romantic ending, Bowdoin would need to be finished. The
plotlines would be tied up and the
questions would be answered and
the reprise would be swelling in the
background. And thats not the case.
Its easy to forget in the midst of
the nostalgia induced by impending
graduation, but I was really unhappy
for my first two years here. It wasnt
Bowdoin, not reallymy unhappiness was temporal, not spatial. But
panic attacks in the back row of
chemistry arent fun, regardless of
why they happened.
I took my first antidepressant in
the back corner of Smith Union in

April of my sophomore year. It was

one of the scarier things Ive ever
donesuddenly, the messed up
stuff in my brain materialized as a
real thing that I couldnt get rid of
on my own. Meds were not going to
fix me, but they could clear the fog
enough to pinpoint what I needed
to wrestle with. Its been two years
of that. I was going to stop my prescription this month. I was going to
be done by the time I got my diploma. But Im not ready, not yet. Im
not quite done.
Here are other things I left undone
after four years: I never quite got back
in shape after a knee injury; I didnt
master statistics. Ive told a lot of
stories in the Orient, but I didnt tell
them all, and I didnt tell some as well
as I should have. There are a few first
drafts of essays on my computer that
needed second drafts. There are people I should yell at; there are people I
should thank.
There are a few weeks left until
graduation, and theres no way that Im
going to tie up all of those loose ends.
I can see them flapping behind me,
a strange checklist of consequences
and failures and unanswered emails.
They feel comfortable, though, like old
friends. Thats what Ive learned best in
four yearsto let things go unfinished.
Here is what Bowdoin has taught
me: I can be happy without being okay,
and I can be proud of something with-

out it being perfect. Maybe it wasnt

Bowdoin that taught me those things;
maybe it was just four years away and
four years of getting older. Regardless,
those are the lessons Im leaving with,

and I think theyre the ones I needed.

Even without a final trumpet blast, I
feel good about walking away.
Nicole Wetsman is a member of the
Class of 2016.

ing time with his old mistress. He turned 54 a few

weeks ago, marking the 11th
month since I have seen him.
Parents are expected
to be there for you, love
you and teach you. They
brought you into this world
and are responsible for helping you navigate it. For me,
its different. At Bowdoin, I
put on the faade of a normal student, one who worries about her next paper or
dinner plans. Yet I carry this
unbearable weight on my
shoulders. And I know others do the same. We try to
hide our anxieties, our fears,
our past, our present, but its
important to be open about
them and to speak about
them, because this faade is
not healthy. It is not real.
Last semester, I read
an article titled, 9 Signs
You Have a Toxic Parent. Number five hit me
hard. They refuse to let
you grow up. It is impossible for me to be a
woman in my dads mind
because that means I have
become an adult worthy
and willing to fight back.
Saying this feels right but neglects
to take into account his sickness. I
can scream and yell at the top of my
lungs how sad I am, how depressed I
am mourning the loss of my parent
to addiction, but it wont make a

is incapable of being rational. I think back to the

time he called me from
jail when I was at a Baxter affiliate night during
my first year or the time I
got a text in the Pub when
he told me he was thinking about killing the pit
bull puppy. Every time I
would tell my friends and
laugh it off. I was oblivious to the unhealthy extent at which he confided
in me as a teenager and
then young adult. No kid
knows the protocol when
a parent wants to kill a pet
or be picked up from jail.
Another element is the
constant struggle of sharing or not sharing. I often wonder, Do I want
this person to know this
part of my life? How
will their perception of
me change? Am I scaring them by sharing my
fathers story? I thought
about these questions for
a long time before writing
this article. I ultimately
decided that knowing
such an intimate part
of my life is essential to
difference until he decides to change knowing me.
the course of his life. I constantly
We do not know a persons jourask myself, Why am I or why is my ney prior to Bowdoin or what they
brother not a good enough reason for are currently experiencing. I behim to get healthy? I cannot apply lieve that many are often quick to
reason to these questions because he judge and categorize others based

on appearance and secondhand stories. We see the girl with the Canada
Goose jacket and may think, Thats
an expensive jacket. I bet she also
has a beach house. We see the boy
not going to Cabo for Spring Break
and wonder, Why? Isnt he rich? He
hangs out with all the other kids who
are going. We do not always have the
whole picture, only bits and pieces.
Why make the rest up?
I strongly believe we do not deserve to know just because we ask.
Our stories are ours, and we get to decide what to do with them. I am sharing my story with all of you because
without it, you cannot fully grasp
my identity and my perspective. My
reality is that I have a toxic parent,
and silence wont change thatbeing
open is my preferred mode of coping.
As Bowdoin students, we are encouraged to share our opinions, but it is
also important to just listen.
No matter what age, gender, sexuality or class you identify with, it is our
duty as kind peers to be there. I urge
whoever is reading this to just sit and
listen to your friends. Personally, having someone simply sit with me and
physically be present is more than
enough if I cant quite sort my emotions yet. I hope they will do their best
to be there for you too. Life is full of
surprises, and its a missed opportunity
if you write someone off based on superficiality or something
you heard over brunch.
Abby Motycka is a
member of the Class
of 2017.



the bowdoin orient


friday, may 6, 2015

Mens rugby Head Coach

Rick Scala ends 30-year
career on a high note


ON TO MIDDLEBURY: The Bowdoin mens lacrosse team celebrates a goal against Wesleyan in the NESCAC quarterfinal matchup this past weekend. The Polar Bears
defeated the Cardinals in a tense 10-8 game. The team will next face Middlebury tomorrow at 3 p.m. in the NESCAC semifinals.

Mens lacrosse edges Wesleyan

to enter NESCAC semifinals
for first time in four seasons

After a nail-biting loss in overtime

against Wesleyan during the regular season, the third-seeded Polar Bears avenged
themselves against the sixth-seeded Cardinals this past Saturday on their own turf.
The win over the Cardinals vaulted Bowdoin into the semifinal round of the NESCAC playoffs for the first time since 2012.
Going into the postseason, Bowdoin
had racked up six NESCAC winswith
narrow wins over tough opponents such

as Williams, Middlebury, Trinity and

Batesmaking the team a frontrunner
entering the NESCAC tournament.
We had some good wins and started
playing very well and carried that momentum through, said Head Coach Jason
Archbell about regular season play. The
overtime win against Middlebury was big,
as well as the win against Bates. These two
wins against two particularly good teams,
who were in the top 10, were key. We just
started clicking and connecting, and thats
The Polar Bears came in strong in the

This October, mens club rugby

Head Coach Rick Scala announced
that he would step down at the close
of the 2015-2016 season, after thirty
years at the helm of the program.
Scalas coaching position has not
yet been filled for the fall season.
Scala hopes to continue to work
with the team in the fall in a reduced
role. Still, it marks the end of a longstanding and successful era for the
Scala is known for his effective
blend of coaching players and teaching the game of rugby. He has had
great success in bringing in players
who have never played before and
teaching them the game. According
to current players, Scala focuses on
getting players to love and enjoy the
sport, which breeds a sense of devotion among players.
Scala reflected on his time at
Bowdoin and his favorite parts of
coaching over the years, emphasizing that the relationships he created
with players and coaches have been

highlights, providing him with many

lifelong friends.
More than I can count, said
One of the most important elements to the rugby team is its network of dedicated alumni. Under
Scala, the program has created an atmosphere of team camaraderie from
the first week of practice well into
each players life after Bowdoin.
Coach Scala went out on a high
note with an outstanding team performance at the Beast of the East
tournament on April 23-24. The
team fought hard all weekend, earning a runner up finish in the event.
The semi-final victory against Colby, a major rival, was a highlight of
the weekend.
The Polar Bears started the tournament strong with a commanding
victory over Massachusetts Maritime. In game two, the team jumped
to an early lead against Babson and
had to withstand a late surge by the
Beavers to hold on to the win. The
two wins on the first day earned the

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first quarter by starting the game with a

goal by Daniel Buckman 18 just 50 seconds in. The Cardinals quickly answered
with a goal less than a minute later, evening the score.
The first quarter continued with multiple shots on goal by Sam Carlin 19, Buckman, Clayton Wright 19, Alex Osgood
17, Matthew Crowell 18 and Sean Offner
16. Success came for Bowdoin when Brett
Kujala 17 scored off an assist from Shawn
Daly 18, putting the Bears once again in

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Womens tennis follows historic win with

surprising loss, NESCAC playoffs ahead


END OF AN ERA: Mens rugby Head Coach Rick Scala paces the sidelines during a match against the University
of New England. Scala spent his last games as Head Coach of the team at the Beast of the East tournament on
April 23-24, where the team finished second. Scala plans to continue coaching the team in future seasons,
though he will take on a less intensive role. Scala has amassed a win percentage of over 70 percent during his
time as Head Coach.


The weekend after the Bowdoin

womens tennis team (12-5, 5-3 NESCAC) defeated Williams (16-3, 6-1
NESCAC) for the first time in the
programs history, the Polar Bears lost
7-2 to Tufts (11-6, 5-4 NESCAC) on
Saturday. This marked the first loss to
the Jumbos in the past four years.
Its hard to say exactly what happened, but we came out flat, said Sam
Stalder 17. I think we were definitely
riding the high of the Williams win,
and we may have come out a little bit
relaxed, not as focused.
Captain Tiffany Cheng 16 attributed the loss to the team not being
fully present.
We were definitely looking into
NESCACs and Nationals, and we
didnt really mentally prepare ourselves to play Tufts and grind it out,
said Cheng. We almost had too
much pressure on ourselves from the
weekend before. We just werent men-

Mens tennis confident

heading into NESCACs


WAKE-UP CALL: Joulia Likhanskaia 17 positions herself to rip a backhand during Bowdoins victory over
Williams two weeks ago. The Polar Bears were upset by Tufts in the teams final regular season match last
weekend and will look to rebound against Wesleyan today at 9:00 A.M. in the first round of NESCACs.
tally prepared for the match.
Stalder was one of the singles winners, joining Kyra Silitch 17 in adding to the Polar Bears points. While
pleased with her individual win,
Stalder was quick to comment that

she could have done more to help

her team.
I should have fired up my teammates moregotten them going,

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The mens tennis team closed out the

season with a close-fought loss to Tufts
as it heads into the NESCAC playoffs this
weekend. The Polar Bears enter the tournament as the second seed, which earns
them a first-round bye as they wait to play
the winner of the third-seeded Williams
and sixth-seeded Amherst match.
While the Polar Bears started off leading 2-1 after the doubles matches, they ultimately fell to the Jumbos 5-4, with the final match decided by a two-point margin.
We competed to the best of our ability and were as focused as possible given

the conditions. Its hard to be proud of any

loss, but I think its really healthy to encounter adversity, said captain Luke Trinka 16. This is a match that we walk away
from not feeling like there are a bunch of
things we couldve done to win the match,
but like we did everything we possibly
could that was in our control to try and
achieve the best possible result, and it just
didnt go our way.
While ending the season with one of
the only two losses for the program this
spring is disappointing, the team looks to
use this loss as motivation to work hard
and stay focused going into the postsea-

Please see M TENNIS, page 15



the bowdoin orient

friday, may 6, 2015

Softball falls short of NESCAC playoffs after third place divisional finish

Despite a 21-15-2 overall record,

the Bowdoin softball team missed the
NESCAC playoffs after finishing 6-6 in
conference play. Both the players and
the head coach pointed to inconsistency as a main reason for missing the
We were inconsistent at the wrong
times, Head Coach Ryan Sullivan said.
We had some average weekends, and
some of those average weekends came
against conference teams.
We werent able to string all the
parts of the game together at one time.
That was our biggest downfall this season, said Emily Griffin 17.
According to Sullivan, in addition to
general inconsistency, the team struggled with communication, especially
during the first part of the season.
In Florida, we werent communicating well on defense, and as
hitters, our pitch selection wasnt
great, Sullivan said.
Griffin agreed that communication
was the Achilles heel of the team.
Communication killed us at the
beginning of the season, Griffin said.
Teams got a few more infield hits than
they normally would.
However, after a rough start to the

season in Florida, the team began to

improve, especially offensively. According to Sullivan, the teams batting
average went up 40 points after Florida,
ironically against better pitching. Despite these improvements and a promising lineup, the team wasnt to make
the postseason.
We have such an enormous amount
of talent and more depth and talent
in the lineup than in past years. We
thought we had it, Griffin said.
Despite a disappointing season, the
team ended on a high note. Last Saturday, after losing the first game of a
double header to Trinity at home, 3-2,
Bowdoin won in extra innings on a
walk-off home run by power-hitting
infielder Marisa OToole 17.
That was an amazing moment,
Griffin said. There were several people, including myself, crying and hugging her after the game.
The team will lose three impact seniors in Julia Geaumont, Katie Gately
and Nicole Nelson. Geaumont leaves
Bowdoin with her name firmly etched
in the school record books. As a hitter, she graduates as the single-season
home run leader, with eight in 2015,
and in the circle, she finishes second
all-time in career wins with 46 and
third in career winning percentage at
0.767. She also won the most games in

Baseball misses playoffs

for third straight season

Despite fighting its way to a 20-13

record with a slate of weekend games
left before the end of the season, the
Bowdoin baseball team could not
overcome its NESCAC East foes and
missed the playoffs.
The Polar Bears came out of the gate
strong during their annual trip to Florida in March, winning their first seven
games and heading back north with
an 8-3 record. Things began to unravel from there, however. In their first
NESCAC matchup against Trinity, the
Polar Bears gave up three unearned
runs in the first inning and lost to the
Bantams 4-3 despite holding Trinity to
only two hits.
For shortstop Sean Mullaney 17,
this loss was a negative turning point
in the teams season.
Its a game we should have won,
said Mullaney. Defensively, we didnt
make all of the plays. We blew that
game, and since then, weve struggled
in the NESCAC weekend series.
Bowdoin lost the next day 4-0 but
finished out the series with a 5-2 win
in Hartford. This became a pattern
for the Polar Bears, as they took one
of three games in all four NESCAC
weekend matchups they played. While
Bates and Colby went 12-20 and 11-22
respectively, Bowdoin could not muster a series win against either team.
One bright spot for the team appeared against the top of the conference. Playing within earshot of Waka
Flocka Flame and Baauer during
Ivies last Saturday, Bowdoin dropped
the first game of its doubleheader
against Tufts 16-0. The Polar Bears
nevertheless managed to rebound in
the second game, taking it 5-2 behind
seven strong innings from senior Michael Staes.
The Polar Bears win, which came
during their final game of conference
play for the season, spoiled the Jumbos perfect NESCAC East record and

dropped them to 25-6 (10-1). The

Jumbos finished out their NESCAC
season with a win against Bates in a rescheduled game, so the Bowdoin loss
remains their lone blemish in conference play.
In their final game against Tufts, the
Polar Bears managed to solve offensive
woes that plagued them throughout
the season in conference play. While
Mullaney noted that their pitching
and defensive play generally kept them
in games, he believes that the offense
held back the team at points.
Bowdoin worked its way to a .263
team batting average and a .342 onbase percentage. However, there was a
significant gap in runs scored between
conference play and non-conference
play. During non-conference play, the
Polar Bears exploded for 6.05 runs
per game. The numbers tell a different
story when they were playing against
the tough competition of the NESCAC
East, though. Bowdoin scored 2.83
runs per game while allowing 5.92.
Its just been frustrating because we
have a really good overall record, and
we couldnt put it together the weekends that we needed to, Mullaney
said. As coach would always say, we
were always one pitch short or one hit
While the season may have not
ended on the note the team hoped
after its impressive Florida trip, there
is hope for the future. Due to injuries,
most notably to catcher and captain
Chris Nadeau 16, and the graduation
of some big contributors in 2015, first
years and sophomores were forced into
important roles on the team. Brandon
Lopez 19 shined on both sides of the
ball, hitting .282 and pitching a 4.21
ERA. Luke Cappellano 19 smacked
the second most RBIs on the team at
16, and outfielder Joe Gentile 18 led
the team in batting average at .379.
With all of this talent coming up the
ranks, the team looks to improve in
conference play and make a deep run
into the playoffs in the 2017 season.

a single season for a Polar Bear pitcher

with 16 wins last year. In 2016, she led
the conference in innings pitched with
125 and was third in earned run average at 2.35.
Gately will graduate as one of Bowdoins top all-time home run hitters.
Sullivan emphasized that the team
will miss the seniors.
They were great captains for us.
They were incredibly committed to
themselves, to the program and to their
teammates, Sullivan said. They were
all in about what were trying to do as
a program. It was really a gift to the
coaching staff.
Looking to next season, infielder
Natalie Edwards 18 and catcher Claire
McCarthy 18 will play key roles on
the team next year in replacing the offensive production of Geaumont and
Gately. The Polar Bears also hope
that Caroline Rice 19 can repeat her
impressive performance as a first year
this season. She finished second in the
NESCAC in batting average, hitting an
even 0.500.
[Rice has] hit unbelievably this season, Griffin said. We have a joke with
her that shes the queen of doubles. She
only hits doubles.
The NESCAC playoffs will start today at Williams, with Trinity facing
Williams and Amherst facing Tufts.


the lead.
Following Kujalas goal, Daly scored
back-to-back goals giving Bowdoin a 4-1
edge over Wesleyan. The Cardinals would
not, however, go quietly. In the last four
minutes of the quarter, they scored two
goals to end the first quarter with a tight
score of 4-3.
The second quarter started off with
a back-and-forth as the ball seesawed
between the Cardinals and Polar Bears.
Bowdoin struck first when Crowell found
the back of the net three minutes in. After
a goal by the Cardinals, the Polar Bears
went on a three-goal surge, with a pair of
goals from Kujala and one from Wright.
Despite continued attempts on goal from
both sides, Wesleyan was able to find the
back of net twicecutting the Bowdoin


STILL SWINGING: Natalie Edwards 18 zones in on a pitch during Bowdoins doubleheader

against Brandeis on April 23. The Polar Bears won both games handily. Despite missing the
playoffs the team won seven of its last nine games.
lead to 8-6 going into halftime.
The second half was tight, with both
teams taking many shots on net.
The second half was more of a defensive battle, Archbell said. Both teams
were adjusting, and we had some shots on
goal but just didnt sink them.
Peter Mumford 17 made a number of
outstanding saves in the second half, making the difference and allowing the Bears
to maintain their lead.
Mumford has been playing really well
and played well the entire game. He really
stepped it up, said Archbell.
The game remained tight when Wesleyan scored a pair of goals, while Osgood
added another goal, leaving Bowdoin
with a one-point lead at the end of the
third quarter.
The last quarter was a battle, but the Polar Bears proved resilient with a strong defensive line and an aggressive offense that

produced many tough shots on goal. With

only 2:56 left in the game, Kujala snuck
another one in the net, leaving the score
at 10-8 and giving the Polar Bears an insurance goal and a ticket to the NESCAC
Bowdoin will face off against Middlebury this weekend. Earlier in their regular
season matchup, the Polar Bears shut out
the Panthers in overtime.
Middlebury is very fundamental
there is nothing particularly flashy
about them, said Daly. However, there
are also no big strengths or big weaknesses. We have to go out strong and be
very aggressive.
After a successful season, the Polar
Bears are looking forward to nothing less
than a NESCAC title.
Bowdoin will play against Middlebury
tomorrow in the NESCAC semifinals at
Tufts at 3 p.m.


WINNERS IN THE WATER: TOP: Womens rowing varsity four: (from left) Eliza Goodpasture 18, Cirkine Sherry 18, Max Larson 18 and
Audrey DeFusco 16. BOTTOM: Mens rowing second varsity four: (from left) Will Brockett 18, Jesse Newton 18, Brendan Mallery 18 and
Davis Unruh 16. This past weekend, the Bowdoin mens and womens rowing teams had their penultimate meet this season in Worcester, MA. The men placed ninth out of 24 schools, the women placed eighth out of 29 schools and both teams combined placed ninth out
of 34 schools. Six Polar Bear boats raced on a 2000-meter course, and all six of them made it to the Grand Finals.

friday, may 6, 2015

the bowdoin orient


Kyle Wolf 18 swings through a
backhand during Bowdoins victory over Williams two weeks ago.
The team currently stands at 14-2
overall and earned the second
seed in the NESCAC. The high seed
earned the team a first-round
buy, and it will face the winner of
the Amherst vs. Williams match.
Bowdoin is scheduled to play its
second-round match at 4:30 p.m.


Polar Bears a spot in the quarterfinals the following day.
The next day the team managed a
convincing win versus Western Connecticut for the third straight win of
the tournament.
Next up was Colby. After a hardfought match the contest remained
tied at the final whistle and went to
sudden death overtime. In the second five-minute period, Zeph Williams 19 found space on the outside
and, about to score the winning try,
was taken down when a Colby player tackled him illegally around the
neck. The Polar Bears were awarded
a penalty try and won the match 1712.
The weekend was a real capstone
for Scalas tenure as head coach.
This spring we had a relatively
inexperienced squad that really rose
to the occasion, said Scala. Usually
it takes some time before the players get to the level where they can
compete on the championship level,
and they ended up being runner up
in the largest collegiate tournament
in the world.
Of the final four teams in the
tournament, three are from Maine.
I think that the Maine league is
better top to bottom than most of
the other leagues, said Scala. A lot
of the other leagues may have one or
two really good teams, but it drops
off quickly. There is not much of a
falloff in Maine.
Scala noted that the strength of
the competition in Maine is great
for the team because it fosters an excellent environment for team-wide
improvement. Every game forces the
team to work hard to meet the high
bar of competition and, with Scala at
the helm, the team enjoyed remarkable success this past year.




son this weekend.
If we needed any further validation
that no team is good enough to simply
show up and win, thats it, said captain
Chase Savage 16. Its probably the best
dose of reality from the standpoint of just
knowing that we have to bring it every
single match, both in terms of energy and
also finding a way to play our best.
Tufts, ranked fifth in the NESCAC and
13th nationally, is only one of the formidable opponents in the NESCAC tournament this weekend. All six competing
teams are ranked in the top 15 nationally. While decisive 8-1 and 9-0 victories
against Williams and Amherst respectively during the regular season bode well
for the teams success, the players refuse to
take their position for granted.
Its really easy to look at box scores and
say were going to walk in and waltz our
way through Saturday. Were not going to,
said Savage. Its going to be a grind. If we
play Williams, I guarantee theyre going to
come at us and come at us hard. If its Amherst, they have to win NESCACs in order
to make NCAAs this year, so all their guys
are going to come out and swing from the
hip. So we cant by any stretch look past
This year, the team enters the tourna-

ment as the second seed, matching the

highest seeding in program history, and
closes out the season with a record of 142, the strongest regular season record in
recent team history. Head Coach Conor
Smith noted that one critical difference
with this years team is much stronger
doubles play.
With previous teams, we had been
playing pretty consistent top-10, maybe
even top-five, singles, but you couldnt say
that about our doubles, said Smith. If we
evaluated our fall results, we had a good
fall singles-wise, but we really didnt doubles-wise. We still had a long way to go,
and the guys did a great job of committing
themselves in the off season to improving
that and getting prepared for the season.
From the off season to playoffs, hard
work and commitment have enabled
the players to continue improving in all
aspects of their play and progress to the
dominant force they are today.
This teams work ethic is pretty unparalleled to any former Bowdoin tennis
team that Ive been on, said Trinka. Its
not just the hours that the guys spend on
the court or that people spend in the gym.
Theres a lot of mental preparation that
goes into the sport as well, and that has
been one of the major reasons why weve
done so well so far.
Bowdoin plays its first match at 4:30
p.m. tomorrow at Bates.




said Stalder. I personally was doing well, but I didnt do a great job
spreading that fire.
Heading into the NESCAC tournament first-round match against
Wesleyan (10-4, 6-4 NESCAC) today
hosted at Bates, Stalder remains confident despite the loss against Tufts.
Im not worried, per se, but I also
know that we have to play better than
we did this past weekend. I know we
can do that, she said.
The Polar Bears beat the Cardinals
5-4 earlier this season in a tough series of matches.
Theyre a good enough team that
every single match is pretty evenly
matched in terms of talent and skill
levels, so every person has to be playing to their capabilities to win, said
Stalder. No one has an easy match.
Cheng anticipates a fight from the
top of Wesleyans ladder.
They have a tough lineup at the
top, and its always been a battle,
said Cheng.
I think were definitely kicking
ourselves in the butt right now for
this past weekendwere not happy. Were pretty pissed. I think that
should motivate us going into this
weekend, said Stalder. I dont think
well let that happen again going into
this weekend at NESCACs.
In preparation for the matches,
Cheng said the team has been working hard this week to be mentally prepared for the fight against Wesleyan
and for the hopes of a match against
Williams on Saturday.
We do something called Doubles
Therapy where our doubles partners
talk together before the matches,
said Cheng. We do as much as we
can, but ultimately, it comes down to
each person and how much they really want it.


The teams NESCAC tournament

draw to play Wesleyan this weekend
was unaffected by its loss to Tufts.
Looking forward, developing players have also improved over the
course of the season, giving the team
an additional boost heading into the
I think we have the best possible
draw that we could for NESCACs,
said Cheng. Weve beaten Wesleyanit was close last time, but weve
got players who have really upped
their game and stepped it up the
past couple of weeks...So the sooner
we take care of business, we can play
Williams, and we know we can beat

We learned from this past weekend how loooking too far in advance can hurt us. Honestly, were
just thinking point-by-point

them as well. Were really excited and

pumped up for this weekend.
The team is trying to take each
match one at a time heading into the
We definitely learned from this
past weekend how looking too far
in advance can hurt us, said Cheng.
Honestly, were just thinking pointby-point.
Cheng hopes that her team will rally for the weekend, as she remembers
how the team fell to Emory (23-5)
in out-of-conference play just before
coming back to win against Williams.
We were able to regroup and push
forward against Williams, and Im
hopeful that will happen [again]. Unfortunately, it does take some losses
to appreciate the wins, said Cheng. I
think well be ready for this weekend.


HOW FAR CAN YOU THROW: Pamela Zabala 17 prepares to release the discus during NESCACs this past weekend. Zabala won the event decisively with a distance of 41.58 meters, almost four meters longer than the runnerup. The womens track team finished sixth out of 11 teams at the meet, which was the same spot that they placed
last year at the NESCAC meet. The other first-place win for Bowdoin at the meet was a school-record 4x800 relay
time of 9:11.94 from the team of Allyson Fulton 16, Meghan Bellerose 17, Demi Feder 17 and Sarah Kelley 18.
The team had a more successful meet the weekend before, when it took first place out of eight teams at the Aloha
Relays. Bowdoin (171 points) took first place in seven events and performed well enough at the rest of the meet
to narrowly push the teams score past Southern Maine (165 points).

FLYING HIGH: Brian Greenberg 18 leaps ahead of the competition at NESCACs this past weekend. Greenberg
won the triple jump at the meet with a distance of 14.51 meters, which was a half-foot ahead of the runner-up.
The mens track team finished fifth out of 11 at the meet, which was the same exact spot they placed at last years
NESCAC meet. In addition to Greenbergs first place finish at the event, the relay team of John Kennealy 18, Conor
Donahue 18, James Sullivan 16 and Jacob Ellis 16 won the 4x800 meter relay with a time of 7:41.74. The two
first-place finishes were the only events that the men won at the meet. However, the weekend before, the mens
team took second place out of six schools at the Maine State meet with 200 points. Bates finished first with 222
points. Bowdoin took five first place finishes at that meet.


the bowdoin orient


Modeling discourse

ednesday night, an overflowing audience watched as five professors on

stage in Kresge talked about their views on freedom of expressionhow it
comes into play nationally, on campus and in the classroom at Bowdoin.
The conversation consisted of nuanced ideas from professors speaking clearly and
argumentatively about the types of discourse allowed on campus and various forms
of marginalizationhere and in America overall. After each professor spoke, snaps
and claps echoed from different parts of the audience.
It was a diverse crowd of attendees and a diverse group of faculty modeling a conversation for them. The conversation was heatedit got tense and even angry at points.
Ultimately, it was messy and left the audience with many more questions than it answered. But, as challenging and inconclusive as it was, it was a space on campus for a
public conversation about restrictions to expression.
Self-censorship happens in the world and on this campus in particular, not that it is
a good or a bad thing. And, especially this year, absent or silent voices have even further impacted the course of dialogue. Claims have become defensive and the campus
is more divided than we have seen it in our time at Bowdoin. Letting down our guard
and allowing for some messy interpersonal engagement is not easy to do, but taking
the risk of being imperfect and wrong is exactly what members of the Bowdoin community need to do more.
Classes end on Wednesday, and a week and a half after that we will leave Bowdoin,
the majority of us coming back, at the soonest, three months later. Well say goodbye
for now, and many of us will have the luxury of stepping away from the debates that
have occupied Bowdoin this year. A controversial Facebook post will pop up here and
there, but, otherwise, most of our communications will stop.
For all of us, including seniors preparing for their journey into the so-called real
world, we are presented with a challenge and an opportunity in each moment we
confront the world: how do we defend our beliefs while being open to the fact that
others think differently? Its not easy to critically examine personal beliefs, but it
is only through being challenged and pushing others that we grow as thinkers, as
learners and as generous enthusiasts. Wednesdays talk was beautifully chaotic. Each
person was respected but their views were nevertheless debated unforgivingly. Lets
do more of that.
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orients editorial board, which is
comprised of Julian Andrews, Jono Gruber, Meg Robbins and Emily Weyrauch.


To President Rose, Dean Scanlon, the Bowdoin Board of Trustees and the Campus Planning Committee,
The Campus Master Plan is an opportunity to dream big about the Bowdoin that we bequeath to
future generations. As Campus Planning Committee member Grace Butler 16 summarized, this is an
opportunity in which we consider our values as a community and how [they] translate into the built
environment. Knowing that continued reliance on fossil fuels will cause enormous economic disruption, social destabilization and ecological catastrophes, we should place sustainability at the heart of all
building decisions.
We urge you, the leaders of campus development, to make deeper investments in sustainable infrastructure. The College has committed to carbon neutrality by 2020. This commitment is beyond debate,
but reaching that goal is very challenging. The surest way to avoid failure is by requiring that every addition to the campus adds no carbon. Such net-zero buildings are increasingly common and represent
a minimum standard for Bowdoin to adopt in ground-up construction.
Bowdoin exists to educate its extraordinary students and serve the Common Good. Bowdoin is
much more than a collection of buildings, but net-zero buildings can be superb educational tools. Simply by existing and being overtly carbon-free, these buildings will raise awareness and instruct. If Bowdoin chooses a less sustainable path forward, were also educating our students, but with lessons inconsistent with the Offer of the College.
We applaud the new Roux Center for the Environment as a site of interdisciplinary collaboration and,
in President Roses words, new and enhanced engagement with stewardship of the environment.
The Roux Center itself is part of that engagement and must reflect the highest standards of energy efficiency and low carbon. LEED Standards do not meet this need. Instead, the Roux Center should be
built as the first net-zero facility at Bowdoin and one of the first in New England.
We live in a crucial time for both the College and society as a whole. We look to you for leadership.
David Vail, Adams-Catlin Professor of Economics, Emeritus
Nathaniel Wheelwright,
Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences /Chair of the Department of Biology
Tricia Welsch, Professor of Cinema Studies
Madeleine Msall, Professor of Physics
Bruce Kohorn,
Linnean Professor of Biology and Biochemistry /Director of Biochemistry Program
Mary Hunter, A. LeRoy Greason Professor of Music
Hadley Horch,
Associate Professor of Biology and Neuroscience and Director of Neuroscience Program
Laura Henry,
John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government/Acting Chair of Russian Department
Nadia Celis, Associate Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures
Mark Battle, Associate Professor of Physics

friday, may 6, 2016

Bias incidents revisited

By taking punitive measures, the College
hinders genuine progress


Its been eight months since this column began. Needless to say, a lot has happened since then. Most of my commentary has centered around the minority
experiencetopics have ranged from the
first year transition to natural hair.
Though I have enjoyed writing this
column, it has made life a bit more complicated. My thoughts have been both
time-stamped and documented; thus,
while most people are free to change and
reshape their opinions at will, I feel tied to
mine. My opinions have naturally shifted
over the past year, but I have been hesitant
to express any variance. This week, Ive
decided to push through that hesitation.
I want to make one thing clear: I stand
by the cruxes of each article that I have
written. I still find the gangster party
and the tequila party problematicthis
will never change. However, I have grown
increasingly concerned about the way our
campus handled these incidents. When
the first incident occurred, I was more
than willing to participate in dialogue.
I considered it a learning experience for
all. When the second event occurred, I
agreed with those who called for punitive
measures. Fed up, I called for swift and
harsh justice. Though I still believe that
action must be taken in these instances,
I fear that these actions have decimated conversation.
There are two major problems with
Bowdoins course of action. By simply
condemning and punishing those involved, the College alienates a large section of the student body. Those involved
are not inclined to listen if they feel
that they are being unjustly disciplined.
Though the persistent lack of understanding is both perplexing and aggravating, I
do not believe that punishment without
sufficient education benefits either side.
Many would argue that the campus
has already provided ample educational
opportunities of this sortin fact, this
was the central argument in favor of punitive action. On this note, I agree. Any
student who wishes to learn about racial
and cultural issues can easily do so. Unfortunately, many do not. Almost every
campus event regarding race is attended
by the same crowd of people. A significant
proportion of the student body has little
to no incentive to attend, so they dont.
We all know this. Though their absence at
those events is aggravating, it is no longer
surprising. Simply hoping that these students educate themselves is fruitlesswe
know that current action is failing, yet we
stand by.
Because white students can easily evade
the topic of race, many first grapple with
racial issues only after they have been accused of offensive behavior. Because some
lack a basic understanding of the subject,
they cannot comprehend the problematic
nature of their behavior. If one is operating within this mindset, they are understandably miffed by punitive responses.
Frustrated, they tune out completely,
impeding any further attempt to engage

them. The punishment may decrease the

likelihood of future occurrences, but it
does so at the expense of potential conversation. If the College desires legitimate
inclusivity and understanding, forcibly
educating these currently disengaged students should be the Colleges first priority.
The havoc wreaked by an emphasis on
punishmentand a lack of effective and
formal educationalso impacts many
students of color. Currently, the burden
of educating wrongdoers continuously
falls on the shoulders of minority students. To say that this is unfair would be
an understatement. Like everyone else, we
are here to get an educationenlightening our white peers was not a part of the
admissions contract. The aim of affinity
and multicultural organizations centers
around community building and supportaddressing incidents of bias and
discrimination is neither their goal nor
their responsibility. Yet, each time
a racially
charge d
controv e r s y
t hes e
act. During
times of crisis, friends
of mine have
spent more time
in administrative
meetings than in the
classroom or library.
Many involved have
fact, Im done has
become a common
sentiment. Thus, both
sides of the debate are
beginning to abandon the possibility of
discussion and understanding. It has
been both alarming and disheartening to watch
this divide grow.
By punishing
the offending side and
the burden
o f
education on minority students, the College
is hindering genuine progress. Though punitive measures may slow the occurrence of illthemed parties, this course of action merely
produces surface-level progress and heightened animosity. A lesson on cultural sensitivity and inclusion should be a part of each
students Bowdoin experiencewe cannot
expect penalties to lead to understanding and
growth. Bowdoin put effort into diversifying
the student body. Now, the Collegenot its
minority studentsneeds to grapple with
that newfound diversity. The Collegenot its
minority studentsneeds to address the inherent biases present in the student body. As
of now, it is simply veiling them. If the College
continues down this track, the chasm currently splitting the student body will continue
to grow.

Being on (the) edge on this campus can be taxing. Fortunately, because of this column, this
year was fairly exhilarating. I have grown immensely since this work beganI end it both
wiser and more self-assured. I guess I have Yik Yak to thank for the latter. AP out.

friday, may 6, 2016

the bowdoin orient



Running from racism: black youth and their relationship with the police


A couple of weeks ago, by coincidence, I had the pleasure of meeting

Deputy Commissioner Robert Turner
II of the NYPD. I explained to him
that I was writing an article about the
police and black youth for my school,
and he was intrigued.
For the brief time we talked, he was
kind enough to give me some of his
thoughts on the matter. He said to
me that young black men and women always walk with a chip on their
shoulder. I told him that growing up,
it took me some time to understand
why my mother told me to be extra
careful around police or why she lectured me before I went out with my
friends. One thing that radiated in
my mind was when he told me that
he, the deputy commissioner, feels
nervous at some points around police. We talked about other aspects of
the issue, but when he said that to me,
I was almost oblivious to everything
else he said.
I thought on it for a while, and I
guess the funny part was that it wasnt
that surprising after all. When I think
back to all the times Ive heard of

black men getting pulled over or harassed by the police, why should the
deputy commissioner be an exception
if they dont recognize him? Just the
other day, a car rolled up to me, yelled
niggerfaggot and then sped away. At
the time I didnt realize it, but I felt
just like I did whenever a police car
drives past me and slows down. I was
angry, nervous, but most of all, calculating. I had to think about whether
or not I was going to have to fight or
even if I should because self-defense
against an officer doesnt play out well
if you are black.
It was disturbing to think that I
even felt the same way in both instances. The topic of police brutality
and harassment against black youth
has been debated on for some time,
but I think what gives me a unique
perspective on it is being in college.
One of the most socially conscious
people in regards to racism and police
brutality in the world is a black college student on a predominately white
campus. My mother always taught me
about black history because she didnt
think I learned enough about it in
school. I remember rolling my eyes
when she would make me read about
Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks

or the Civil Rights Movement. But

through high school and up to now,
it is something I cherish.
After taking courses from Associate Professor of Africana Studies and
History Brian Purnell and Assistant
Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry and learning in
depth the details and struggles
in black history, I find that its
part of what makes me angry
when I hear about police harassment of my people. After
everything so many leaders
and movements have accomplished, black youth
still have to second guess
all their movements when
we go out or when we are
around illegal activity.
After some thought, I find
myself not only angry at corrupt police or the people in
the car that shouted at me but
at something bigger. Im not sure
whether to call it institutional racism or simply say thats just how the
world works.


Chaz Phillips is a member of the Class

of 2018.


Expression, debate and the importance of free discourse at Bowdoin



Freedom of speech has clearly

been a defining issue on campus this
year. I think for many years we have
all been complicit in creating a campus culture that discourages open
discourse. Specifically, students have
felt uncomfortable sharing dissenting
views around issues of race and class.
This has caused a very one-sided discussion. At all of the multicultural
discussions I have attended on campus, socially liberal students have
dominated the discussion. However,
there are clearly other voices on campus, which are not present at these
discussions. I am the first to admit
that Bowdoin is a vocally liberal
campus, one which is often unfairly
suppressive of conservative voices.
I hope that in the future liberal students like myself can work on creating spaces that are more inclusive to
differing opinions. However, I would
also say that the concern that other
students will disagree with you is
not an excuse to completely remove
yourself from the campus dialogue.
I recognize that it is difficult to
open yourself up to a conversation
in which you are the minority and

most people will disagree with you.

As a privileged straight white male
I felt uncomfortable attending conversations in which I would have to
question my own privilege, so I completely understand the hesitation.
However, I think that this fear of
disagreement has caused students to
only engage in discussions with likeminded individuals. It is my opinion
that liberal students on campus tend
to meet together and support each
others liberalism and conservative
students tend to meet with other
conservative students and support
each others conservatism. I completely admit that I am guilty of this,
but I would still implore all of us to
push ourselves to go out of our comfort zone. If you feel like you tend to
only engage with white students, go
to a dinner at Russworm. If you feel
that you tend to only engage with liberal students take a class with Professor Yarbrough.
With all this said, I think it is important to remember that freedom
of speech does not mean freedom
from criticism. Ideally, we would all
be able to speak our minds freely
without fear of administrative punishment, but that does not mean that
our peers may not criticize us. More-

over, criticism can be a good thing.

I would hope that disagreement happens respectfully, but criticism is a
crucial part of free speech. As Justice
Holmes famously wrote in his dissent
in Abrams v. United States, persecution for the expression of opinions
seems to me perfectly logical. Our
community is improved by a free
trade in ideas. For example, I think
it is great that Jesse Ortiz published
a controversial article about athletics and Bowdoin and I think its
fantastic that Seamus Powers wrote
such a measured, well thought-out
response. This discourse represents
Bowdoin students at our best. It is
not a problem when members of our
community speak out in opposition
to one another; it is a problem when
members of our community turn
their backs to the views and needs of
other students.
Lastly, I want to clarify that the
Articles of Impeachment submitted against two members of the BSG
were not, in my opinion, an attempt
to suppress free expression. The two
members of the BSG in question voted in favor of and expressed no opposition to a statement that defined
cultural appropriation as a power
dynamic in which members of a

dominant culture take elements from

a culture of people who have been
systemically oppressed by that dominant group, perpetuate racist stereotypes, and/or misrepresent peoples
culture, and which states that such
behavior will not and should not be
tolerated. I feel as though the tequila party and the conduct that
occurred there fell within this definition and therefore it would be hypocritical not to do something about it.
Conduct and speech are not interchangeable concepts and members of
the BSG general assembly engaged in
conduct that they had voted to condemn. As elected representatives, we
have a duty to follow the standards
we attempt to set for campus. I do not
believe that the individuals involved
are bad people, nor do I believe either of them are racists. Many people,
including myself and the Bowdoin
college administration for that matter, have supported things that look
much like cultural appropriation.
However, on October 28 we voted
not to tolerate these acts and it would
be hypocritical not to hold our own
members to the same standards we
hold the rest of campus to.
This does not mean the debate is
over. There is room at Bowdoin to

argue that the tequila party was acceptable. I standby what I did and I
welcome the heavy criticism I have
received. Recently a student said
over Yik Yak that they would transfer if I was elected to BSG. This is a
valid comment and it is important to
have voters hear how strongly some
students feel about opposing my candidacy. Additionally, it is fine if you
feel that the impeachment was an
attempt to censor free expression. I
disagree, but, as I have said, disagreement is OK.
There is no question that this has
been a difficult year for campus. Many
students of color I have spoken to plan
to transfer or wish that they could due
to racially hurtful incidents, and other
students have felt antagonized by PC
culture. As I have been reflecting on
this year, all I can say is that a lot of really important issues have been raised
and I believe the only way we can address these issues as a campus is both
to freely talk and disagree with one another and to actively listen to all members of our community.
Jacob Russell is a member of the Class
of 2017 and the Interhouse Council
Representative to the Bowdoin Student Government.




the bowdoin orient

friday, may 6, 2016

On decolonizing Bowdoin, welcoming people of color and women



In the past week Ive had several

people ask me if it was worth coming
to Bowdoin. Do you regret it? Did it
become your home?
Four years ago I chose to come to
Bowdoin because I wanted it to be my
new home. I wondered if it could be
my home. Where is home? isnt an
emotional or existential question. It is
a political question. As a bisexual, immigrant Latina woman with no money,
I wondered if this country, if this state,
if this college, was a place for me.
As soon as I got to Bowdoin, my existence here felt odd. I didnt want mas-

sages during finals, chocolate-covered

strawberries for special events and
talks about self-care. I wanted to see
myself and what I cared about here.
I didnt want men to grab me at college house parties without asking me.
I wanted to feel like a respected individual in my own Latina woman skin.
The majority of buildings, named after white men, with the exceptions of
Russwurm and a few women, did not
seem welcoming with their elegance.
They seemed imposing. As I walked
through the second floor of Hubbard
Hall and saw paintings of all the important white men at Bowdoin and pictures of soldiers who had fought in the
Middle East, I wondered what it would
be like to see something else. What if
there were paintings of radical women
of color all across Hubbard Hall? What

if there were pictures commemorat- Asian studies and Gender, Sexuality,

ing non-U.S. citizens who had died at and Womens Studies. I dont just want
the hands of U.S. soldiers? It would representationa text or picture of one
seem out of place
person of color
at Bowdoin. And
who managed
that is a problem.
to become powWe need to ...but to say this place is my
erful and rich. I
recreate Bowdoin home now would have a strong
want to hear and
as if we were enfeel the struggles
gaging in a deep and positive political meaning
of people of cold e c ol on i z at i on that Bowdoin doesnt match up
or and women
project. We need
across the world.
to embrace the to. Bowdoin is not there yet, but
Only then will
people of color it can get there.
we be able to say
who came here
and their wisdom
is a home for
and contributions
people of color
to the world. We need to include the and women, but right now these walls at
voices of people of color and women Bowdoin are silencing with their overin all our departments, not only in Af- whelming whiteness.
ricana studies, Latin American studies,
Next year many first years will be

coming here and they will be asking the

same question: can this be my home?
What will be Bowdoins answer?
It doesnt matter that we say welcome with words if in action, we
are saying that this is not the place
for people of color and for women.
No fancy food or destressing event
is going to calm this hunger down
and answer the home question in a
satisfying way.
I dont regret coming to Bowdoin,
but I dont feel like it is my home.
Like many people of color and
women on this campus, Ive carved
out spaces, had fun times, and made
demands, but to say this place is my
home now would have a strong and
positive political meaning that Bowdoin doesnt match up to. Bowdoin
is not there yet, but it can get there.

Final thoughts for Bowdoin: a word of thanksand a plea


Ronald Reagan, Dwight D. Eisenhower, George Kennan, Henry Kissingerthese men are regarded as
the architects of the American Century. In popular memory, we understand them to be the great defenders of the world against totalitarian
threats. They are credited with ensuring peace, freedom and prosperity at home and abroad. Their leadership is offered as proof of American
exceptionalism. Such assertions are
not without merit and I must confess my own deep sympathies to this
narrative, born of my patriotic fervor and my emotional over-reliance
on nostalgia as a history buff and
conservative. After all, I did start
an organization this year called the
Eisenhower Forum.
Thanks to my history courses
with Roger Howell, Jr. Professor
of History Allen Wells, however, I
would soon discover the limits of
my approach to such men. Having a
class with Wells is an experience impossible to forget. You can observe
visible, though not alarming, mood
swings based on the recent performance of his New York Mets. Even
now, after many years here in the
whispering pines of Brunswick, his
thick Brooklyn accent will resurface
on rare occasions. His passion for
Latin American history is absolutely contagious, born out of his own
family history of a Jewish father
who escaped Nazism as an immigrant to the Dominican Republic.
To observe his lectures is to witness
a dramatic theatrical performance,
an actor bringing alive the story of
Latin America.
In classes, Wells brought up without reservation the United States
less than exemplary treatment of our
Latin American neighbors. While
he avoided self-righteous, ideological interpretations of history, Wells
forced his students to ask uncomfortable questions about the abuses
of American power. We looked at
the role of Americas 1954 CIAbacked coup in Guatemala in contributing to the violence and poverty
that still cripples the country. We
confronted the mixture of tacit acceptance and silence of the State Department towards the Dirty War of
the Argentine military dictatorship.
Our classes wrestled with the dangerous misjudgments of the Reagan
administration in Central America.
I did not cease to hold respect for

many of the figures I previously mentioned or the real

accomplishments of our nation during the Cold War,
but Wells forced me to truly
consider the darker, ambiguous side of Americans role in
the world.
My studies with Wells will
stand out for me as one of
the most exemplary parts of
my time at Bowdoin. It was a
moment when I was required
to confront informed beliefs
very different from my own.
When I was asked to revisit
settled orthodoxies and established opinions. When
I had to put aside my own
prior ideological or emotional commitments in the service of Truth with a capital
T. Whatever our political or
philosophical orientations,
all Bowdoin students have at
least one professor who, in
the spirit of Socrates exemplifying the Western tradition in its finest moments,
invited us into a place of
rigorous intellectual debate
where cherished loyalties
and assumptions needed to
be set aside.
Alexis de Tocqueville once
remarked that he knew of
no country in which there
is so little independence of mind
and real freedom of discussion as
in America. Whatever the merits of
his observation, it is increasingly the
case in American, if not Western,
university life. The spirit of Wells
classroom, of critical engagement in
pursuit of truths, is becoming ever
dimmer at too many colleges. Its decline is often accelerated not so much
by aged progressive faculty, who still
remember the repulsiveness of censorship and speech codes from their
glorious days as activists in Students
for a Democratic Society and various groups, but by supposedly openminded millennials. Only a few anecdotes here would suffice. Speakers
like Charles Murray, Jason Riley,
George Will, Condoleezza Rice and
Ayaan Hirsi Ali have been disinvited
by colleges. Instead of taking the opportunity to respectfully protest and
ask legitimate questions about New
York Citys policing tactics, Brown
University students heckling forced
the end of a lecture by former police
commissioner Ray Kelly. Professors
like Marquette Universitys John
McAdams have lost positions at universities for simply public stating
socially conservative views. It is now


a microaggression in the University of California system to say that

America is a melting pot or land
of opportunity. Threats by students
shut down a debate on abortion at
Oxford University. In one of the
most surreal moments of this new
campus Jacobinism, a University
of Missouri journalism professor
called for more muscle to silence a
student journalist.
Perhaps these are the most extreme examples. But they point to
a large problem that many students
frequently do not fully wrestle with
opposing viewpoints, particularly
those from conservative, libertarian
and center-right perspectives. This
was brought to life by two conservative professors Jon A. Shields and
Joshua M. Dunn Sr. in their new
book Passing on the Right: Conservative Professors in the Progressive University. Their systematic
study avoids the apocalyptic tone
of much conservative punditry on
the topic and showed an unexpected
degree of satisfaction and wellbeing among conservative intellectuals
in the academy (prompting rightwing critics of the book to call the
authors victims of Stockholm syn-

drome). Nevertheless, their work

raises alarming questions about the
loss of campus intellectual diversity.
In their research into Ivy League social sciences and humanities departments, they identified no conservatives at Columbia and Cornell, one
at Dartmouth and Brown and two
at Yale (any guesses for Bowdoin?).
In interviews with over 150 selfidentifying conservative and libertarian professors, they found that
a third remained quiet about their
political views until they received
tenure. About a fifth apparently discourage conservative students they
work with from entering the academy. Most memorably, a professor
was denied tenure after a colleague
denounced him as an appalling Eurocentric conservative for calling
North Korea the aggressor in the
Korean War. The cause of marginal
conservative or libertarian representation in the academy is complex and
cannot be entirely blamed on bias or
discrimination. However, as Dunn
and Shields point out, schools like
Emory, Notre Dame, Harvard, Baylor, Boston College and Claremont
McKenna have done an exceptional
job at fostering exceptional spaces

for thought through a vibrant presence of conservative and libertarian

academics. In other words, colleges
and universities might have more
agency than they might recognize
or acknowledge in creating a more
intellectually open culture.
What path will Bowdoin take? Will
it participate in the twilight of reason
and the triumph of group think and
progressive pieties? Will it stand by the
spirit of teaching exemplified by Wells
and countless other scholars here? I
have not personally found Bowdoin
to be an Orwellian nightmare. As both
a conservative and Christian, it was
a joy sparing with progressive, atheist, agnostic and even the occasional
Marxist classmates and professors, and
I would not trade my four years here
for any other. But enormous work lies
before us in creating a rich, substantial
campus discourse we can be proud of,
one worthy of students following in
the path of Longfellow, Hawthorne,
Chamberlain, Canada and countless
others. I hope my column this year
played a small part in that project.
Thanks for putting up with my mindless pontificating this year. It, like all
my time at Bowdoin, was an unmerited
grace and blessing.

friday, may 6, 2016

the bowdoin orient



So bye, Bowdoin: reflecting on my columns and takes on campus events


Yesterday I went to Fat Boy with my
coven of SWUGs. Five of us piled in my
car after class. It was chilly. My toes were
damp from rain that had seeped in the
crack of my boots. As we dipped our
fries in our milkshakes, it occurred to
methis is the best thing in the world.
This is my last column, and Im sad
about it. I doubt Ill ever have a platform
with this leniency again. Ive been able
to write about Marxism and Miller High
Life, pubic hair and gun control and etiquette and Plan B.
There have been some public growing pains. That one time when my
column was quoted out of context in
Cosmo (OK, I actually got off on that).
When I was asked if I had ever heard of
sex positivity after I condemned dance
floor make outs (DFMO) as symptoms


of the patriarchy. Somehow, the DFMO

piece is still my most widely read column. For the record, its my least favorite too.
But on the whole, Im proud of my
takes. Trader Joes and the minimum
wage and crisis pregnancy centers.
they matter. Writing my thoughts has
helped me develop my politics. Ive been
touched when peoplefriends, professors, the two sophomore women at my
Snow Pants or No Pants party, Linda in
the recital hall, an alum who added me
on LinkedIn the other dayhave mentioned my columns. It is heartening to
know that the things Ive written havent
entered the void.
So thanks, yall, for reading (or skimming or whatever).
Thanks to my dad for being my first
and best reader and to my brother for
not tuning me out when I talk about the
patriarchy and capitalism. Thanks to my
SWUGs. Thanks to the faculty and staff
of the Gender, Sexuality, and Womens

Studies Program. Thanks to my radical

brain trust. Thanks to my mom, who
never got to read my column but shaped
it more than anyone else.
Fuck you to whoever stole my denim
jacket at Ivies.
Since my first year, the Orient opinion section has gone from the boring
domain of a few white guys (sorryits
true) to a vibrant space where all kinds
of Bowdoin students discuss ideas. Im
proud to have been a part of that, and I
know it will continue.
I hope the College continues to become an institution that Im proud to
have attended. Divesting from fossil
fuels would help, as would increasing
wages for staff. But I think were headed
in the right direction.
So bye, Bowdoin. There are a few
weeks left before you recede in my rear
view mirror. I think theyll be good
weeks. Lots of champagne. Maybe a few
tears. Lets try not to miss each other
too much.

Solarize Bowdoin: moving our campus toward carbon neutrality



That Bowdoin College has found

the resources and the conviction to
defray the cost of college for students
brings our country closer to a more
equitable society and a broadly represented campus. Those who do accept
the concept of social responsibility
should not stop short when it comes
to burning fossil fuels. What greater
social responsibility do we have than
stopping global warminga predicted
and now documented event that will
affect all aspects of society and welfare
of our planet? So it is a contradiction
to me when even the less conservative
leaders everywhere are asked to make
a significant shift in the economics and
daily practice of fossil fuel extraction
and burningthey do far too little
and then challenge requests by saying that a solution is too expensive. It
makes little sense in the long term to
ignore the warning signs, as doing too
little now will cause a loss of what we
do choose to invest in now.
So how should we proceed? It seems
generally accepted that investment in
solar and wind infrastructure at the
local level can have a dramatic impact upon CO2 emissions. Approximately 80 percent of our consumption
at Bowdoin is for heating, provided
mostly now by natural gas burned on
campus. Natural gas by some estimates
generates as much greenhouse gas as
does oil due to the release of methane,
and so is not a solution. Electric-based
heat pumps do, however, work, and
an installation of these in buildings,
along with support from solar, would
make a significant impact. Bowdoin
College could increase its solar capac-

ity by tenfold and drastically reduce

its consumption of fossil fuel. We have
the space on the Brunswick Landing
property. Are there other barriers?
Yes, but these can also be addressed
with enough effort, imagination and
attention at the state level. Students,
faculty and administrators can make
this change happen IF we feel strongly
enough. Part of this paradigm shift
includes a financial plan that extends
not five years, but 10 or 15 years. It also
includes support from alumni and our
endowment. With this extended outlook, solar becomes cost effective, if
not a saving enterprise.
What else can we do? Lead by example. Build net-zero carbon buildings. Ban cars on campus. Reduce
travel to far-away sports games. Be active in changing legislation at the state
and federal levels. Take a bus or train
home rather than flying. This shift
does not necessarily mean a wholesale
ban on fossil fuels, but rather a severe
reduction. We have a choice. Some on
this campus have made great efforts to
reduce our carbon footprint, but they
have now reached a barrier where the
next steps are harder. Business as usual, recycling and only changing lightbulbs will force us to make dramatic
changes within decades because of
the inevitability of an induced climate
change. A wholesale change in how we
generate energy NOW will permit us
to continue the way of life we have become accustomed to with indeed little
real sacrifice. We cant leave it to others
to solve this problem, as the problem
is ours.


Bruce Kohorn is the Linnaean Professor of Biology and the Chair of the Biochemistry Program.

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friday, may 6, 2016


Kinsey Centennial Symposium:

Panel Presentations

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Dr. Alfred C. Kinseys graduation from Bowdoin, a symposium will examine
his legacy as a sexual scientist. There will be three panel
presentations as part of the event.
Panel 1 - Kinsey Institute and the Archive at 9:30 a.m.
Panel 2 - Kinsey and the Politics of Sexuality at 1 p.m.
Panel 3 - "Sexology and Freud" at 3 p.m.
Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union. 9:30 a.m.


PROFESSOR PERSPECTIVES: On Wednesday night, faculty members (from left) Patrick Rael, Tess Chakkalakal, Jean Yarbrough, Judith Casselberry and Samuel Putnam discussed freedom of expression and its relations to recent campus events, issues of diversity and campus policy.


Gelato Fiasco for Ecuador



3v3 Grassroot Soccer Tournament


There will be an art show and reception to celebrate the

work of graduating visual arts majors.
Edwards Center for Art and Dance. 5 p.m.

Teams can sign up to play in a soccer tournament that will

benefit Grassroot Soccer, an organization that uses soccer
to educate children in sub-Saharan
Africa about HIV/AIDS.
Pickard Field. 1 p.m.



Senior Studio Final Show



2016 Honors Day Celebration

Gianna and Clara: A Service Dog

and her Story

Gianna Barnhart, a local high school student, will speak

about her experience with her service dog as well as
demonstrate some tricks and skills. There will be
refreshments and snacks.
MacMillan House. 2:30 p.m.

BOKA Final Concert

Co-ed a cappella group BOKA will perform its final concert of

the year, featuring senior soloists.
Chapel. 2:30 p.m.


Masque & Gown and Beyond the Proscenium will present a

free performance of Macbeth.
Walker Art Museum Steps. 7:30 p.m.



Office Hours Final Show

Office Hours will perform their final improv show of the year.
Chase Barn. 8:00 p.m.


Harriets Writing Room Dedication


Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Toms Cabin in the

house at 63 Federal Street, which has recently been
restored to its 1855 appearance. A new public space called
Harriets Writing Room will be dedicated to her. Brief
remarks will begin at 3 p.m.
63 Federal Street. 2 p.m.

"Into The Woods"

Curtain Callers will present a performance of Stephen

Sondheim and James Lapine's award-winning musical "Into
the Woods."
Chapel. 8 p.m.

Student A Cappella

Assistant Professor of Earth and Oceanographic Science

Emily Peterman will deliver an address for the annual Honors
Day ceremony. A reception will be held for scholars and faculty before the program at 6 p.m. The event will be streamed
online as well.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7 p.m.




Student dance clubs will perform for the community.

Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 8 p.m.


All students are welcome to attend the starry

night-themed semiformal to celebrate the end of the
spring semester.
David Saul Smith Union. 9 p.m.



Student Dance Club Show

Spring Gala

The Bowdoin Music Collective will sponsor a series of performances by student music groups.
Brunswick Quad. 5:30 p.m.




Bowdoin students will be selling gelato to fundraise for

Ecuador's Red Cross as the country recovers from
a 7.8-magnitude earthquake.
Main Quad. 3 p.m.



Piano Students of
George Lopez

Exams Begin



Barry Mills


Ursus Verses Final Concert

Ursus Verses, a student a cappella group, will perform its

final concert of the year and will feature senior soloists.
Chapel. 7:30 p.m.

Improvabilities Show

The student improv comedy group will perform their final

show of the year.
Kresge Auditorium,
Visual Arts Center. 9 p.m.