BRUNSWICK, MAINE THE NATION’S OLDEST CONTINUOUSLY PUBLISHED COLLEGE WEEKLY VOLUME 142, NUMBER 3 SEPTEMBER 21, 2012
1 s t C L A S S U . S . M A I L P o s t a g e P A I D B o w d o i n C o l l e g e
INSIDE THORNE’S MEAT SHOP
GELATO FIASCO;ALCOHOL SURVEY RESULTS RELEASED
GELATO: The store’s founders will be honored atthe White House for their entrepreneurship.
EDITORIAL: By the numbers.
FIELD HOCKEY EASES BY COMPETITION
Field hockey swept its matches overthe weekend, beating Wellesley2-0 and trouncing the University of Southern Maine 7-0.
Page 10.Page 5.Page 3.
HALF-ASSED: Judah Issero
’13 on balancingliberal arts and the common good.Michael Rodrigue works in theThorne Dining Hall basement,hand-cutting pork, beef, chickenbreasts, and sausage. Mostcolleges have done away withsuch meat shops.ALCOHOL: Last spring’s NESCAC survey suggeststhat College drinking habits are not unusual.
BY GARRETT CASEY
JAY PRIYADARSHAN, THE BOWDOIN ORIIENT
A SIGN OF THE TIMES:
Nicholas Kristof spoke about the importance of empowering and educating women last night in Pickard Theater.
Kristof discusses global oppression of women
BY NICOLE WETSMAN
Nicholas Kristof spoke to apacked crowd at Pickard
eaterlast night about his 2009 book, “Half the Sky: Turning Oppression intoOpportunity for Women World-wide.”
e book—co-authored by his wife, Sheryl WuDunn—exploreswhat Kristof refers to as “the centralmoral challenge of the 21st century,”combatting the oppression and ef-fective enslavement of women andgirls around the world.Kristof, a columnist for
e New York Times, has won two PulitzerPrizes, one for his coverage of thegenocide in Sudan, the other for abook he wrote with WuDunn on thepro-democracy movement in China.Kristof relied heavily on an-ecdotes to illustrate the book’sthemes. He described the youngChinese girl who inspired thebook and was the centerpiece of afrontpage article in The New York Times. The girl’s parents decidedthat the cost of her education—a mere $13—was not worth theinvestment. In response, an out-raged reader sent Kristof a check for $10,000.Kristof used the funds to guaran-tee the young girl—and many othersin her village—a spot in their localschool, and when he discovered thata bank error had misrepresented thesize of the check—actually intendedto be only $100—he convinced thebank to make up the di
e girl completed school andbecame an accountant, and Kristof says her story is representative of thetransformative power of educationfor women.“It was an experiment in what hap-pens when you invest in girls’ educa-tion in one area and not in others.
is village has been transformed,”Kristof said, noting that nearby vil-lages without coeducation did notundergo the same transformation.Kristof characterized sex tra
ck-ing as a modern form of slavery inhis lecture, using another anecdoteto illustrate the point. He recalledpurchasing two young Cambodianprostitutes, and freeing them fromthe brothel where they worked.Kristof was shocked to receive a re-ceipt for his purchase.“When you get a written receiptfor buying a human in the 21st
Students ﬁght FDA stipulation with petition, ‘sponsor’ blood drive
At the blood drive on Wednes-day afternoon, students were in- vited to sign a petition in protestof an FDA ban prohibiting sexu-ally active gay men from donatingblood. The event was Bowdoin’sfirst-ever “sponsor” blood drive,in which students had the optionof donating in honor of some-one who is prevented from givingblood under the ban.The student organizers of theblood drive—seniors Jimena Escu-dero, Kerry Townsend and SarahHirschfeld—have been workingin conjunction with the BowdoinQueer Straight Alliance (BQSA)to raise awareness and speak outagainst the ban.“There is a sheet that you wouldsign saying that my friend is notable to donate blood today, so I amdonating for them,” said Townsend.Only three people filled out theslips saying that they were giv-ing blood in someone’s honor, butTownsend expects wider participa-tion at future blood drives.“I think part of the reason wedon’t have more is just that peopledon’t know about it,” said Townsend.The organizers also distributed apetition, authored by BQSA Presi-dent Simon Bordwin ’13, imploringthe FDA to overturn the ban.Although not many studentsparticipated in the sponsor aspectof the drive, the petition did re-ceive support.“It’s important to have people un-derstand that this is an FDA ban, nota Red Cross ban,” said Hirschfeld.According to Townsend, themembers of the Red Cross atWednesday’s drive encouraged boththe petition and the sponsor drive.
e FDA has prevented sexually active gay men from donating bloodsince 1983, when HIV was widely believed to be a disease unique tothat demographic. At the time, therewas no test that accurately screenedblood for HIV. To compensate, theFDA introduced a screening ques-tion asking potential male donors if they had ever had sex with men.“Most people in general don’t know that this ban exists, which I think isreally problematic,” said Bordwin.Hirschfeld said that she startedthinking about the ban over thesummer, and decided that shewanted to do something to changeit without impeding the RedCross’s initiatives.“I found that a lot of schools weredoing boycotts of blood drives,”she said, “and I knew that was defi-nitely not something I wanted todo. I wanted to have some sort of positive activism.”Hirschfeld spoke to Kate Stern,
ce of Student A
airs deter-mined that the men’s rugby team violat-ed Bowdoin’s alcohol and hazing poli-cies in light of events at an o
-campushouse and at the annual Epicuria party last Saturday, September 15. Tim Foster,dean of student a
airs, announced theruling in an email to all students yester-day evening.On the night of the annual campus-wide party, which is hosted by the men’srugby team, four underage studentswere transported to Parkview AdventistMedical Adventist Center due to over-consumption of alcohol.
rstyears and two sophomores who weretransported to Parkview were all “tieddirectly or indirectly to Epicuria and therugby team,” Foster wrote. Two of thestudents were transported from LaddHouse, where the party took place.As a result of the hazing charge, Fos-ter wrote that the men’s rugby teammust forfeit both this Saturday’s away game against the University of Maine atOrono and a September 29 home matchagainst Colby College.Foster stated that various individualsinvolved with the campus-wide party and pre-game events are still being in- vestigated by “multiple people fromResLife, from Student Life, and fromSecurity.”In an email to the Orient Directorof Residential Life Mary Pat McMa-hon added that “Ladd House also fac-es disciplinary consequences relatedto these events.”Residents of Ladd House declined tocomment for this story.“We are still working to determinecertain aspects of their sanction,” Mc-
Deans rule men’s rugbyviolated hazing policy
BY SAM MILLER
Mahon wrote.Chris Rossi, assistant director of resi-dential life, commented on the College’sin-depth review of the event and thoseinvolved.“It’s a multilayered process.
ere’sa lot of follow-up, both collectively and individually, and everyone’s tak-ing the time to come up with a proper,thorough, and appropriate response,”said Rossi.In a letter to the editors of the Orient,the leadership of the men’s rugby teamapologized for their actions and took re-sponsibility for the transports involvingrugby players , but took issue with Fos-ter’s language in the campus-wide email.“We are incensed and embarrassedthat Dean Foster labeled our entire teamas hazers who intended to humiliate ourrecruits,” the letter states. “We are a teamthat values long-lasting relationshipsgrounded in mutual respect derivedfrom our commitment on the
eld andshared social experiences.”In addition to the College’s disciplin-ary response, two students receivedsummonses by the Brunswick PoliceDepartment (BPD) in connection withan o
-campus event on Union StreetSaturday evening.One underage student was sum-monsed for possession by consumption,and a 21 year-old student was sum-monsed for furnishing a place for mi-nors to consume alcohol, according toDeputy Chief Marc Hagan.“Our greatest concern in the BPD isfor the security and safety of all personswithin the town’s boundaries,” Hagansaid. “With that being said, we’re not do-ing our job e
ectively if we don’t at leastconduct an initial investigation for an
director of the Resource Center forSexual and Gender Diversity, andStern sent her information about asimilar sponsor drive held at Mid-dlebury College. When Hirschfeldpresented the idea to Townsendand Escudero, they decided toadopt the practice at Bowdoin.Jeff Manassero of U.C. Berkeley,organized the first such sponsorblood drive in April 2007. Middle-bury’s first sponsor blood drive fol-lowed in March 2008.The FDA ban has been a con-troversial topic at Bowdoin in thepast. Bordwin recalled an on-cam-pus forum on the issue two yearsago, at which Red Cross repre-sentatives spoke to an audience of mostly gay men.The discussion impressed onBordwin the “fact that the rationalebehind the ban is very dated.”Although the panel did help todemystify the prohibition, Bord-win said that some attendees werenot happy with the way the forumwas handled.“There were a lot of people wholeft feeling angry,” he said, “becausethe meeting didn’t really provideany way to move forward. It was justkind of like, this sucks.”In response, two frustrated in-dividuals put up posters protest-ing the FDA ban in Smith Union.Townsend was running the blooddrive when that occurred.“There were some posters put upsaying ‘donate heterosexual blood,’”she said. “Obviously, that upset a lotof the people from the Red Crossworking here.”In response to those posters,Townsend said that she and Escu-dero met with members of BQSA.Although the students who put upthe posters did not do so through