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EDITORIAL: Bowdoins Project
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Carolyn Gorajek 13, leading goal
scorer for womens lacrosse, netted
six goals over the weekend, break-
ing Bowdoins all-time scoring record
of 145 career goals and helping her
team to a 1-1 split in the process.
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OP-ED: Parker Towle 13 on what the NAS
report teaches us.
COURSE: Two professors will co-teach a course
that combines the humanities and computation.
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PANEL: Professors from a variety of academic
departments address climate issues.
Page 5.
The International Club hosts its annual
International Week amid budgetary
complications this year.
Remi Kanzi recited a poem in Ladd House last night as part of theSlam Poetry for Justiceevent.
Please see HAZING, page 3
Results from a December survey ad-
ministered to graduates of the Class of
2011 show that 68 percent of respon-
dents are employed part-time or full-
time, 26 percent are attending graduate
school, and 3 percent are still seeking
employment. Over 220 alumni re-
sponded to the survey.
Compiled by the Om ce of Insti-
tutional Research, these statistics are
nearly identical to those from last years
one-year out survey of the Class of
2010, which found that 67 percent of
respondents were employed, 15 percent
were attending graduate school, and 3
percent were seeking employment.
While these statistics suggest wide-
spread success among recent graduates,
Nyle Usmani 12 pointed out that these
surveys include non-career-oriented
jobs and part-time jobs, and therefore
might be artifcially high.
Te statistics dont lie. Most people
leaving Bowdoin will fnd themselves
at a good place. But in my case, Im still
fghting to be at a good place and Im
unemployedits not happening the
way that I imagined.
Usmani is currently an unpaid intern
at a hedge fund and continues to search
for paid work at a consulting frm.
Te survey results show that educa-
tion, business and fnance continue to
be among the most popular frst em-
ployment opportunities for Bowdoin
graduates. However, Director of Career
Planning Tim Diehl described the in-
dustry breakdown for Bowdoin grads
frst job as a pie that has a lot of pieces
in it.
Industries including consulting and
fnance, education and nonproft, gov-
ernment and law, scientifc research,
those are very popular entry-level op-
portunities for Bowdoin students with-
in a year of graduation, he said. Not
Please see ALUMS, page 3
NAS releases
critique of
Please see NAS, page 5
Mens tennis
team punished
for violation of
hazing policy
Valuables stolen in second Crack House burglary
Bowdoin students spend too much
time talking about identity, dont
know enough about the founding fa-
thers, and have way too much sex.
It took the National Association
of Scholars 19 months to reach those
conclusions, which, among others,
are detailed in Te Bowdoin Proj-
ect, the organizations report on the
Totaling 360 pages, the report ap-
plies conservative ideology of the past
three decades to virtually every aspect
of Bowdoin policy, academic afairs,
and student life. Te report assails
Bowdoin on topics as wide-ranging as
sustainability and climate change, gay
marriage, and am rmative action.
In astonishing detail, it lists
quotes, factoids, and perspectives
that claim to indict the College as a
hotbed of the type of liberalism that
the studys authors and fnanciers see
as undesirable.
Te report was independently
commissioned and was not supported
by the College.
Te Bowdoin Project was funded
by Tomas Klingenstein, an inves-
tor and board member of the NAS, a
think tank that has issued several re-
ports on progr conservative organiza-
tion that has published several reports
on the state of higher education in the
The mens tennis team will for-
feit its next four matches and will
be barred from post-season com-
petition as a result of a hazing al-
legation and subsequent investiga-
tion by the Office of the Dean of
Student Affairs and the Athletics
Dean of Student Affairs Tim
Foster and newly appointed Ash-
mead White Director of Athletics
Tim Ryan 98 informed the student
body of the incident in an email
sent Wednesday evening. This is
the first hazing event brought to
the Bowdoin communitys atten-
tion since the mens rugby team
was found to have hazed first years
at its annual Epicuria party in Sep-
This latest incident was brought
to our attention late last week by
a concerned student unaffiliated
with the team, Foster and Ryan
wrote in the email.
The Deans office originally
planned to talk to all members of
the team as part of its investigation
into the incident, but we didnt
have to, Foster said in an inter-
view with the Orient.
It became pretty clear after talk-
ing to a number of the members of
the team that this happened, he
A burglar stole thousands of dollars
worth of property from 83 Harp-
swell Roadcolloquially referred to
as Crack Housewhile its residents
played lacrosse games at Middlebury
and Williams last weekend.
Chelsea Fernandez-Gold 13 dis-
covered the thef when she went to
the house to drop of something for
her boyfriend, Max Rosner 13.
She walked in and the house was
kind of disheveled and things were
all over the place and she noticed that
the TV was missing, said Connor
Handy 13, a Crack House resident.
Handy said Fernandez-Gold called
Rosner to ask if any of the houses
residents had moved the TV. He said
no one had, so she looked around the
rest of the house.
All of our bedroom doors that
had been padlocked were kicked
down, and one of my roommates had
a 40-something-inch fat screen that
was gone, said Handy.
Handy said that in addition to the
two TVs, a 24-inch iMac computer, a
Canon Rebel SLR camera, and three
sports jerseys had disappeared. Te
jerseys bore the names Carlos Boozer,
Christian Laettner and Corey Dillon.
He estimated that the total cost of the
stolen property was over $5,000.
Te houses residents fled a report
with the Brunswick Police Depart-
ment (BPD), who sent over a detec-
tive. Tey reported the serial num-
bers of the missing items, so that if
the burglar attempts to pawn them,
they will be fagged as stolen.
Handy said he does not suspect
that Bowdoin students were involved
in the burglary.
Our next best guess is someone
that lives in the area that keeps watch
on our house or knows we play la-
crosse, he said.
Te presence of countless cigarette
butts suggested to Crack Houses
Please see BURGLARY, page 6
Athletics affect course selection, not GPA
President Barry Mills delivered a
report on athletics at a faculty meeting
on February 4, providing a rare look
at the Colleges eforts to recruit ath-
letes and opening a discussion about
their collective performance in the
According to Professor of Latin and
Greek Barbara Boyd, at one of the fall
faculty meetings earlier in the year,
Professor of Religion Jorunn Buckley
voiced her concern with a number of
students that she said were underpre-
pared for the academic work at Bow-
doin, and noticed that some of them
were athletes.
Several members of the faculty be-
gan actively discussing the issue dur-
ing the meeting, and Mills returned at
the February 4 meeting with informa-
tion to answer some of their concerns,
citing the diference in cumulative
grade point average between athletes
and non-athletes at Bowdoin as the
smallest or next to smallest of any
school in the NESCAC.
Te collective GPA of female ath-
letes is slightly higher than that of the
general female population, while male
athletes are just a shade below the
male average. According to a Bow-
doin Academic Afairs web page, at
the end of the fall 2005 semester the
cumulative GPA of student athletes,
including members of club teams,
was 3.22, almost indentical to the all-
student cumulative GPA of 3.25. Te
College has not updated these statis-
tics since 2005.
Its absolutely a point of pride with-
in our campus community and the
athletic department, said Tim Ryan,
althetic director, about the negligible
GPA diference between athletes and
the student body at large. Its a testa-
ment to the work our coaches do to
bring highly talented students to cam-
pus who are dedicated to their aca-
demic interests.
Multiple professors on campus
pointed out that they were not con-
cerned with athletes in general, but
rather a select few who seemed to be
underperforming academically.
Basically [Mills] message was
that, on average, the GPA of athletes is
on par with the rest of the College. Av-
erages can be misleading, said biology
and biochemistry professor Bruce Ko-
horn. It would be better to look at the
individual GPAs of individual athletes
and perhaps those of specifc teams.
Each admissions cycle, Bowdoin
is limited, like all other NESCAC
schools, to 77 athletic recruitsstu-
dents who gain admission aided by the
fact they play sports. Bowdoin has a
self-imposed, fexible cap of admitting
around 120 student athletes in each
frst-year class. Tis means a total of
43 athletes are admitted solely on the
basis of their academic achievements.
No other NESCAC school has a simi-
lar limitation.
President Mills instituted the cap
of 120 when he came to Bowdoin in
I believed that we could have com-
petitive and excellent teams, and at
the same time, given our small size,
it would leave enough space to admit
people with other interests, he said.
Please see RECRUITING, page 16
Survey nds 68 percent of
2011 graduates employed
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SPORTS: Womens tennis
FEATURES: Lobster rollin
A&E: Geologist Kirkeby exhibits mixed media
Prominent Danish painter and geologist Per
Kirkebys exhibit, featuring paintings, sculptures
and more, opens at the Bowdoin Museum of Art.
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I will have learned nothing as a
liberal arts student if I cannot learn
to appreciate the process of fguring
things out. Afer all, isnt that what
were getting a degree in?

The womens tennis team, which was undefeated until

last Sunday, defeated Conn. College 9-0 before losing
to Amherst 7-2.
Two seniors embark on a quest for the best lobster roll.
Callie Ferguson 15
Please see Best Four Years, Page 8.
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Number of pages in National
Academy of Scholars Te Bowdoin
Project report, released on April 3.
Number of reported hazing incidents
at Bowdoin since 2007.
OPINION: Google doodle
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David Steury 15 says Christian conservatives must accept
that the rising generation is a more secular one.
Recent problems with email and computer
processing speed derive from the Colleges data
storage systems, according to Chief Information
Om cer Mitch Davis.
Davis alerted students and faculty to the prob-
lem by email last Friday and explained that addi-
tional storage would be added to solve the issue.
Te new storage systems have been installed
and the data transfer process began on Wednes-
day night. Te process is expected to be com-
pleted by Monday, though Davis believes that
the alleviation of the problem should begin im-
Te current problems students and faculty
have been having with speed are due to increased
data storage campus-wide.
Over the past few years, data storage has been
increasing almost exponentially according to
Director of Networking and Telecommunica-
tions Jason Lavoie.
Data storage has jumped overall but especially
for individuals.
We noticed some failure in individual ac-
counts rather than just in a general group of
people, Davis said. We found some people that
were using 50 per cent of the processor on a serv-
er to run their email.
Davis recommends that students and faculty
delete emails from their inboxes and trash folders
to help alleviate part of this problem.
While some simple solutions can solve indi-
vidual problems, there are other more complex
issues at work.
I dont feel as though any one thing is the
source of strain, Adam Lord, director of sys-
tems and enterprise architecture said. Were
growing as an organization and with that comes
growing pains.
Technology is more integrated into the cur-
riculum that means we provide more services to
support that, Lord said.
One of those new services is activEcho, a
cloud-based storage system available to anyone
with a Bowdoin email account. activEcho can be
accessed from on and of campus. By storing data
in the cloud, this service helps to relieve the strain
on the Colleges data storage system.
Were trying to test how we can utilize the
cloud better, Davis said.
Te College also plans to implement new
technologies for deleting duplicate fles and com-
pressing existing fles.
A lot of these services exist today but we want
to create an environment which is seamless to the
consumer, Lord said. Teres a great complexity
in some of this stuf that were trying to simplify.
In July, the current data system in the base-
ment of Hubbard will be moved to Oxford Net-
works at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station.
Well have it fxed soon and this fall it wont be
a problem, Davis said.
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Computer system experiences slowdown
Bowdoin Dining is making locavores of us
all with its commitment to promote sustain-
ability by providing food from local vendors.
On Wednesday, Moulton Union and Torne
Hall each featured a menu of local Maine foods
in order to call attention to Bowdoins com-
mitment to environmental sustainability and
the locavore movement, which urges people to
consume food that is produced locallyrather
than transported across long distancesto in-
crease environmental sustainability and reduce
carbon footprints.
Additionally, Bowdoin appointed a Sourcing
and Menu Manager, Jonathan Holmes, whose
position includes outreach to local farmers to
increase the number of locally-grown items
served in the dining halls.
Dinings Feed the Farmer Fridays invite
local farmers to lunch at Thorne to cultivate
a relationship between local producers and
Bowdoins own dining services.
Bowdoin Dining recently started working
with Salt and Sea, a local fourth-generation
community-supported fishery to provide
Acadian Redfish in the dining halls. Redfish,
a Gulf of Maine product, is an underutilized
species, so it is very plentiful on the Maine
coast. Local fisheries like Salt and Sea are try-
ing to create a market for the redfish bicatch,
as it is a local and sustainable species.
However, while Dining has been increasing
its efforts to promote local food, it continues
to import products based on seasonal avail-
ability, price and sustainability. Because quo-
tas have been reduced to maintain fish stock
in Maine thanks to overfishing, Bowdoin has
had to turn elsewhere for certain seafood
Dining Services recently began working
with North Atlantic Seafood, Inc., a seafood
company based in Bali, Indonesia, that buys
fish from local fisherman and processes it in
Indonesia before sending it via ship to the U.S.
Though it may seem ecologically unfriendly, a
shipment from Indonesia via boat has a small-
er carbon footprint that a truckload of goods
from California.
[Students] want sustainable this, sustain-
able that, but the reality is we dont have pine-
apple in Maine. We try to give as many students
as many choices as possible by having a little
bit of everything for everybody said Holmes .
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Bowdoin dining serves up local cuisine
Too busy to read the entirety of the National Association of Scholars report, What Does Bowdoin
Teach? Weve counted up the most common terms in the report. Let the words speak for themselves.
200 Liberal
159 Sustainability
110 Gay
304 Mills
67 Sex
73 Alcohol
49 Fraternities
39 Consent
59 Bias
DONT FRET: Andrew Roseman 14 played at the Bowdoin Music Collectives showcase on Saturday in Chase Barn.
Number of student athletes admitted
to the College each year who are aided
by the fact they play a sport.
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Professor of Natural Studies Na-
thaniel Wheelwright is leading the
charge to add an environmental
studies distribution requirement to
the Colleges academic regulation.
Wheelwright has repeatedly raised
the idea at several faculty meetings
this year.
We arent fully educating our
students, said Wheelwright. Cli-
mate change is primarily driven
by pollution, but there are many
different types of pollution. Thats
missing from the conversation.
Wheelwright noted the large at-
tendance at Tuesdays Reaching
Day Zero: Living Sustainably at
Bowdoin and Beyond discussion
that was led by faculty outside of
the environmental studies and bi-
ology departments. He sees this
as evidence that, were entering a
new phase where the seriousness of
environmental problems is becom-
ing apparent to everyone.
Its going to take a heck of a lot
more than recycling and biking to
workthats what I was told when
I was in college, Wheelwright
said. Its the same conversation
we had.
Were being too cautious, we
need radical, bold thinking he
said. A distribution requirement
makes a statement about the Col-
leges valuesa statement of the
values of higher educational insti-
Were losing the game to Mid-
dlebury, Oberlin, Unity, Wheel-
wright said, referencing their
movements to divest from fossil
fuelsa movement he supports.
Lightheartedly paraphrasing a
colleague, Wheelwright romanced,
Bowdoin has a tradition of being a
hotbed of social rest.
Sometimes you need to shake
things up. Bowdoin isnt known to
have a hard edge, he said.
Wheelwright stressed that the
requirement would be in environ-
mental studies and not environ-
mental science, and the require-
ment would cover population
growth, food development, species
extinction, and other environmen-
tal issues.
The shared learning experience
would create a conversation that
we arent having now, said Wheel-
wright. If all students had expo-
sure, we could make change.
Regarding the informal reac-
tions to the idea, Wheelwright re-
garded them as more positive to-
day than 10 years ago, or even six
months ago.
Dean of Academic Affairs Cris-
tle Collins Judd explained that
the process for revising, altering,
adding, or removing distribution
requirements would first be a pro-
posal to the CEPCurriculum Ed-
ucational Policy Committee.
Judd explained that if the CEP
were to look favorably upon the
proposed requirement, it would
then move on to be voted upon by
the Bowdoin faculty.
The CEP would try to look
holistically at what [the] require-
Enivronment studies requirement proposed
said. The team took responsibil-
ity for their mistakes from the outset.
Tats not always been the case.
To the credit of the team, they
owned this. Tey realized that what had
happened was not okay, Foster said.
We met with the team and had an
open and honest conversation with
them, Ryan said in an interview.
Neither Foster nor Ryan would
discuss the incident in detail.
Te Orient reached out to many
members of both the mens and
womens tennis teams, all of whom
declined to comment.
Te mens team is ranked No. 5
in national D-III tennis, though it
is now ineligible for individual and
team competition in the post-season.
In the email, Foster and Ryan
wrote that Head Coach Conor Smith
supports these sanctions. Smith
could not be reached for comment
before press time.
Te email also stated that there
will be both individual and team
sanctions for those involved. Foster
would not comment on what those
consequences might be, though he
did say that they would be limited to
the upperclassmen on the team.
Upon completing the investiga-
tion, Foster and Ryan wrote that it
was clear that the team engaged in
activities that clearly violate the Bow-
doin Social Code as well as our very-
well articulated and frequently ex-
plained policy that prohibits hazing.
Te Bowdoin Student Handbook
broadly defnes hazing in a fve-para-
graph description, which includes
questions to help determine whether
or not an event can be considered
hazing. Tese include: is a person
or group being singled out because of
status? Is alcohol involved? Was it
demeaning, abusive or dangerous?
It is important to note that none
of the actions taken by team mem-
bers placed any individual in physical
danger, Foster and Ryan wrote in the
email. Tat said, this is clearly a case
of poor judgment by team members
and an unfortunate example of a lack
of leadership by students who should
know better.
We heard from students in this
case that they were simply continu-
ing a long-standing tradition for
which they felt a sense of obligation,
they wrote. We also heard again that
the activities defned as hazing were
optional, and that participants could
simply choose not to participate. Nei-
ther of these explanations stands as a
valid defense.
Teres no place for hazing of
any kind within our campus com-
munity, Ryan said, in response to
a question asking how the incident
qualifed as hazing despite a lack of
harm or force.
I am particularly discouraged that
some of our alumni would continue
to urge our current students to not
let such traditions falter, Foster said.
I know that that happened in this
casethere was some pressure being
put on some of our current students
and I think thats a real shame.
Earlier this year, team members
chose to discontinue another tra-
dition that was not a hazing-related
tradition, but they really decided that
it wasnt who they were as a team,
said Foster. He declined to provide
details of that tradition as well.
Mens tennis alumni support
the mens team and will continue to
support them through this process,
wrote one alumnus of the team in an
email to the Orient. He commented
on the incident on the condition of
anonymity. While we support Bow-
doins aim to provide a nourishing
environment for its student athletes,
we fnd these punishments entirely
excessive, unwarranted, and contrary
to the promotion of team unity.
Foster said he did not know how
the third party learned about the
teams hazing.
Were appreciative that a student
came forward with a report of an in-
cident that caused them a lot of con-
cern, Ryan said.
ments are and how they fit togeth-
er, she said How are we going to
provide courses for them? Whats
the philosophical reason for all
of our students to do this as a re-
Judd explained that there is a
rationale behind the current dis-
tribution requirements, and that
each one has a symbolic relation-
ship to The Offer of the College
by William DeWitt Hyde. For ex-
ample, the Exploring Social Differ-
ences requirment relates to being
at home in all lands and ages, and
the first year seminars are the stu-
dents keys of the worlds library.
Judd further explained that
there are other logistical difficul-
ties that could arise from a change
in the distribution requirements.
If a new proposal does get ap-
proved in the near future, current
Bowdoin students would not be
affected, according to Judd.
You entered under a contract,
she said.
Implementing a new distribu-
tion requirement means develop-
ing and maintaining two sets of
curricula simultaneously.
While in principle, I am be-
hind this, there are real logistical
issues, said Director of Environ-
mental Studies John Lichter.
Lichter explained that the En-
vironmental Studies department
is already working at full capacity
and it would be difficult to take on
this requirement without recieving
more resources.
We are having trouble meeting
the demand as is, explained Li-
chter. We havent really had this
Despite the logistical difficulties,
Lichter said that the department
will meet and consider the idea and
discuss the ideas feasibility.
to mention the cohort that enrolls in a
graduate program in that time frame.
According to the survey, the bulk of
2011 grads currently enrolled in gradu-
ate programs are pursuing PhDs, mas-
ters degrees, or medical degrees, and
Tufs and Ivy League universities are
among the most common destinations
for graduate study.
Despite employment in a variety of
felds afer graduation, approval ratings
for the CPC are still among the low-
est for organizations at the College. In
both the 2011 and 2012 November ap-
proval ratings surveys conducted by the
Orient, the CPC recieved a 74 percent
approval rating. By comparison, Bow-
doins faculty recieved a 97 percent ap-
proval rating in fall 2012.
A common criticism of the CPC
continues to be its alleged emphasis
on consulting and finance jobs and
Career Planning is a joke, a member
of the Class of 2012 commentedin the
Orients survey last spring. Saying that
they care about felds besides fnance
and consulting doesnt make it true; I
got no signifcant help in my job search.
Its a misperception that only f-
nance and consulting frms come to
campus, countered Diehl, pointing out
that over 350 jobs and internships are
currently posted on eBEAR, a majority
of which are not consulting or fnance
opportunities. Te best thing Bow-
doin students can do is prepare, engage
early, and stay persistently engaged
while theyre in their senior year and
through graduation.
Both Diehl and William Bao Bean
95, managing director at Singtel Innov8
in China, emphasized the importance of
internships for landing jobs afer gradu-
ation. Bean has helped to build a fnance
network of Bowdoin alumni in Asia and
regularly hires Bowdoin students.
We have a network of investment
banks out here, said Bean. Its a lot
easier to fnd a job in Asia once youve
had a job in Asia. Bean refected on hir-
ing a larger number of Bowdoin grads
in 2008 who moved overseas during the
economic downturn.
Graduates such as Adam Marquit
11who started his career in fnance
at a small frm called MF Globalalso
felt the efects of a weak economy.
I was only two months into my
job when my company went bank-
rupt pretty unexpectedly. I think I
can safely say I was the frst person in
my graduating class to get fred, said
Marquit, who now works at a tech
startup called WebFilings.
Although the economy is still re-
covering from the recession, Diehl
asserts that in addition to engage-
ment, continued preparation and per-
sistence in the process yields results.
For some recent grads, however,
the search for full-time employ-
ment continues.
One thing I totally overlooked is that
its ten times harder fnding a job afer
you graduate, said Usmani. A lot of
these companies have hiring space set
aside for members of the graduating
class, but once youve graduated youll
enter into another pile for future gradu-
ates. It looks like a lot of people like me
fell through the cracks.
We arent fully
educating our students.
Climate change is primarily
driven by pollution, but there are
many dierent types of pollution.
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Te College will ofer the frst course
in a new interdisciplinary program of
study, Digital and Computational Stud-
ies, this fall.
Eric Chown, who currently serves as
the chair of the Department of Comput-
er Science, and Associate Professor of
Art History Pamela Fletcher will teach
the course, which will be called Gateway
to Digital Studies. Tough the class will
contain some introductory material,
it will largely be project-based to allow
students to investigate their own specifc
Discussions surrounding the creation
of a digital studies course began last win-
ter. Over the summer, Chown and oth-
ers took part in a workshop for faculty
to examine what the frst course in this
new feld would be.
We wanted to make sure that we had
at least one other faculty member who
was anything but a computer scientist to
emphasize that this isnt a computer sci-
ence initiative, he said.
Fletcher seemed to be the perfect
match. Her recent work utilizes Geo-
graphic Information System (GIS)
mapping to analyze the art market in
nineteenth-century London. She em-
phasizes that computational studies can
and should work in coordination with
the humanities.
One of the reasons we decided to
start with a humanities-focused version
of this computational class was to put
the emphasis on the two-way street be-
tween computation and what we more
traditionally think of as liberal arts skills
right from the beginning, she said.
Both Fletcher and Chown said that
the students who take it will heavily
shape this and future courses in this feld
of study.
We dont want to come at this like
we know the answers, because we dont,
said Chown.
Tey plan to spend most of the sum-
mer planning the syllabus of the course
with the help of two student interns.
Dean of Academic Afairs Cristle
Collins Judd views the new course as an
important step in giving Bowdoin stu-
dents a well-rounded education.
How do you think about what
Google does for you if you havent
had the chance to encounter how
algorithms work and why they work
and why you make certain decisions
about algorithms? she said.
Te Digital and Computational
Studies Steering Committee includes
Professors Chown and Fletcher, as well
as mathematics professors Bill Barker
and Adam Levy, sociology professor
Ingrid Nelson, and biology professor
Jack Bateman.
In a statement outlining this new
discipline, the Steering Committee
wrote, Computational profciency, lit-
eracy, and fuency requires more than
technical expertise; it is built on fun-
damental critical thinking skills that
guide the exploration of data and the
choice of appropriate digital and com-
putational techniques.
Chown and Fletcher both agree that
it is unlikely that a Digital and Compu-
tational Studies major will be ofered
in the future. Chown feels that the
department model is probably not the
right model. Instead, theyre hoping to
combine digital studies with a wide va-
riety of disciplines.
Both professors stress that a famil-
iarity with this kind of technology will
be important in the future as students
move into the working world.
I think any thinking person who
reads the papers and is aware of current
events is aware that technology is going
to reshape higher education in some
pretty fundamental ways, said Fletcher.

Five students have been given
grants from two of the most sought-
afer fellowships ofered to Bowdoin
students, the Tomas J. Watson Fel-
lowship and the Fulbright Fellowship
One such winner is David Bruce 13
who has been granted $25,000 by the
Watson Fellowship to travel outside of
the U.S. for the next 12 months, will
examine the risks that are associated
with living in a seaside city threatened
by climate change.
I plan to investigate and better un-
derstand this issue through a series of
sketches, paintings and other creative
works that will ofer depictions of the
challenges man faces in major coastal
metropolises, Bruce wrote in his
statement on the fellowships website.
My proposal takes me to seven cities
in fve diferent countries, both devel-
oped and developing. I hope to reveal
the many ways these vulnerable cities
and the people in them are learning
to be resilient to great risks posed by
climate change.
Four other seniorsKacey Berry,
Daniel Ertis, RaiNesha Miller and
Emma Cutlerhave won Fulbright
Fellowships and and will live abroad
for the next year, either teaching
English in local schools or conduct-
ing research topic of their choosing.
In addition to teaching pr research,
students are required to undertake a
community engagement project that
aims to further incorporate the stu-
dent into the culture of the country
that he or she will be living in.
Im going to be in Greece, spend-
ing half of my time teaching English
and the other half as an independent
study, Ertis said. My proposal was
to take an in- depth look at Greco-
Roman wrestling and to look into the
archaeological, literary and art his-
tory archive and see if I can put it into
practice with my students.
Miller, who will be teaching Eng-
lish in Indonesia, is taking an entirely
diferent approach to her Community
Engagement Project.
My project involves women and
children and establishing connec-
tions through food, Miller said. Im
from Alabama, so we love good down
home southern cooking and food
with rich favor. So I wanted to in-
corporate my southern style with the
styles of Indonesia and jumpstart a
community project.
Although the students are respon-
sible for the majority of their appli-
cations, Bowdoins Director of Fel-
lowships and Research Cindy Stocks
works with students in order to pre-
pare them for the application process.
One of our missions is to help cur-
rent Bowdoin students and recent
alumni fgure out which national fel-
lowship might be a good ft for them
and help them through the process,
Stocks said. We help with everything
from writing their essays to who the
right people are to ask for letters of rec-
ommendation to helping with mock
interviews. Basically everything they
need to be as competitive as possible.
Stocks also stresses the success that
Bowdoin has had in these national
fellowship pool, with Bowdoin being
consistently named a top Fulbright
producing institution.
Nationwide, 36 percent of stu-
dents who applied [to the Fulbright]
became fnalists, Stocks said. Among
Bowdoins pool, 58 percent did. What
I would say is that it shines a very fa-
vorable light on Bowdoin students.
While the application process can
be discouraging for many hopeful
students, Berry and Ertis encourage
prospective applicants to change the
way that they think about applying.
Rather than being intimidated
and saying these are such competitive
things and I dont have a shot, Berry
said. You can think about it as a fun
thing to imagine how you would de-
sign a project and to see what excites
you. It is defnitely daunting to think
that you might work really hard on it
and barely have a shot, but you should
be hopeful. It helped to reorient my
thinking that way.
I really look forward to encourag-
ing other students to apply for these
fellowships, Ertis said. I grew a lot as
a person from this process. Im thrilled
that it worked out, but even if it hadnt,
I still learned a lot from sitting down
and trying to put all of my experiences
and thoughts down in a convincing
way. I really recommend it.
College to offer course in
computational studies
Five seniors awarded prestigious fellowships
GOOD FELLOWS: From left to right, Daniel Ertis, RaiNesha Miller, Kacey Berry, Emma Cutler and David Bruce.
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United States. NAS President Peter
Wood and Director of Research Proj-
ects Michael Toscano co-authored
the report. Wood said the NAS had
not yet calculated the full cost of the
report, but estimated that it totaled
well over $100,000.
Te project stems from a round of
golf between Klingenstein and Presi-
dent Barry Mills in the summer of
2010. Mills related a conversation he
had with Klingenstein during their
golf outing in his fall 2010 convo-
cation address, in which he anony-
mously references Klingenstein has
having said, I would never support
Bowdoinyou are a ridiculous lib-
eral school that brings all the wrong
students to campus for all the wrong
reasons...And I would never support
Bowdoin or Williams because of all
your misplaced and misguided diver-
sity eforts.
In a letter to Bowdoin alumni that
prefaces the report, Klingenstein as-
serts that Te Bowdoin Project is
not the result of a personal vendetta
against President Mills.
No one likes being portrayed,
in so many words, as a racist. But I
responded at the time and that was
that, Klingenstein wrote.
But when he addressed the crowd
assembled at the University Club to
celebrate the reporters release on
Wednesday, Klingenstein began, it
all started with golf, and went on to
explain how Mills mischaracterized
their conversation in the speech.
He had me interrupting his golf
swing, which for you golfers, this is
a very serious ofense, and something
my good friends know that I would
never do, said Klingenstein. And
he had me saying something that
sounded very much like a racist com-
ment, that I didnt want blacks and
minorities at Bowdoin.
Klingenstein clarifed his views
on diversity, stating, I object to the
current notion of diversity which
celebrates racial identity and separ-
atenessIm much more in favor of
what I call inclusion.
In an interview with the Orient,
Wood stated that Klingenstein was
not involved in the composition of
the report.
I had conversations with him
from time to time about what we
were doing, Wood said, noting
that Klingenstein saw parts of the
report before it was released. Both
Klingenstein and Wood received
their undergraduate degrees from
Bowdoins peer schools; Klingen-
stein attended Williams, Wood at-
tended Haverford.
An audience of more than 100
people gathered at the University
Club, a private social club in New
York City, on Wednesday afernoon
for a luncheon to mark the release of
the report. Te event was sponsored
by the Manhattan Institute for Policy
Research, a conservative think-tank
that has advocated against progres-
sive educational policies, including
am rmative action.
John Leo, a senior fellow at the
Manhattan Institutes Center for the
American University, summarized
the fndings of Te Bowdoin Proj-
ect in his opening remarks.
We now know that the so-called
openness that [Bowdoin] preaches
is not really open, that it stresses
the usual left-wing fare of multi-
culturalism, diversity, travel, poli-
tics and so-forth, Leo said. The
students have steered away from
any concern with our nation, over
toward global citizenship.
Speaking to the audience at the
University Club, Wood explained
the rationale and methodology of
the project.
This is a campus dominated
by a progressive ideology that is
rather hostile to American nation-
hood, and certainly to western
civilization, he said. To illustrate
his points, Wood listed names of
esoteric classes and criticized the
College for issuing an invitation to
sexual revelry among students by
putting large bowls of condoms at
every floor in every dorm.
Former U.S. Secretary of Educa-
tion William Bennett, a conserva-
tive pundit, fellow at the Claremont
Institute, and host of Bill Bennetts
Morning in America, spoke at the
event along with Klingenstein and
Wood. Te NAS invited President
Mills to the event, but Wood said
that Mills declined to attend. Steven
Robinson 11, former president of
the College Republicans who invited
Klingenstein and Wood to speak at
Bowdoin in the spring of 2011, was
in attendence.
Te NAS hired Revere Advisors,
a boutique policy and opinion con-
sulting frm based in Scarsdale, New
York, to handle communications and
promotion for the project. Revere
Advisors purchased advertising in
the Orient, and asked the Orient to
host a video of the Wednesdays lun-
cheon on the Orient website.
Reading the report
Te Bowdoin Project attempts
a comprehensive analysis of all ele-
ments of life at the College. It takes is-
sue with Bowdoins eforts to increase
student and faculty diversity, to pro-
vide sexual education and resources
on campus, and to teach courses with
a non-Western point of view.
Te report concludes with a sum-
mary of its fndings: What does
Bowdoin not teach? Intellectual
modesty. Self-restraint. Hard work.
Virtue. Self-criticism. Moderation. A
broad framework of intellectual his-
tory. Survey courses. English compo-
sition. A course on Edmund Spenser.
A course primarily on the American
Founders. A course on the American
Revolution. Te history of Western
civilization from classical times to
the present. A course on the Chris-
tian philosophical tradition. Public
speaking. Tolerance towards dissent-
ing views. Te predicates of critical
thinking. A coherent body of knowl-
edge. How to distinguish importance
from triviality. Wisdom. Culture.
Readers who may be unwilling
to wade through the 360 pages and
1157 footnotes may glean the mes-
sage of the report from Woods in-
troductory preface.
Te main qualities of character
that Bowdoin emphasizes are matters
of will: students are encouraged to do
what they wish. Not so surprisingly,
what they wish is not necessarily
healthy. Just as they cannot educate
themselves, they cannot entirely reg-
ulate themselves, Wood writes.
Te administration has thus far
declined to comment on the report.
An om cial press release responding
to Te Bowdoin Project issued by
the College on Wednesday states,
We will review the report because
we encourage open discourse on the
efectiveness of American higher ed-
ucation and because we support aca-
demic freedom, which is the essence
of a liberal arts institution.
Tis is a report that is based on a
documentary record of the College,
said Wood. Te College did every-
thing in its power to thwart in-per-
son interviews....we were necessarily
forced to deal with the documentary
record, and I think that turned out
to be an advantage. Te report relies
heavily on articles and surveys from
the Orient, as well as documents
from Special Collections and tran-
scripts of speeches by College admin-
istrators past and present.
Shortly afer Toscano and Wood
began researching the report in Sep-
tember 2011, Mills sent an email to
all faculty members notifying them
that the College was not am liated
with the study.
Te College is not participating
in this project, nor do we endorse
it. As always, you are free to discuss
any matter you deem appropriate
with whomever you choose. I just
wanted you to know that the project
is not connected with the College,
Mills wrote.
It is certainly fair to say that the
College did not endorse, participate
in, or cooperate with their research,
but thats not unusualwe normally
decline to participate in outside stud-
ies of the College, wrote Scott Hood,
vice president of communications, in
an email to the Orient.
Te report contains only three
interviews with Bowdoin students.
Nate Miller 13, co-leader of the Cath-
olic Student Union; Jamilah Gregory
11, student leader of the Bowdoin
Christian Fellowship; and Jennifer
Wenz 12, participant in the Spiritu-
ality Circle. Toscano conducted the
bulk of the research for the report on
campus, contacting about 100 stu-
dents, faculty, and administrators for
comment. In an interview with the
Orient, Toscano said that many com-
munity members he spoke to either
declined to comment or asked that
their remarks remain of the record.
Afer reading the account of his
interview, Nathan Miller requested
to have his name and interview re-
moved from the report.
I dont feel they misrepresented
me, Miller told the Orient. I just
didnt realize that this was appearing
in the context of academics. I was un-
clear as to what the intention of the
interview was, and thats my fault and
I realize that.
Toscano interviewed Miller about
his opinion on Bowdoins diversity
and how Catholicism is regarded on
I am viewed around here as be-
ing a reactionary. I feel silenced,
Miller told Toscano in November
2011. Asked if the Colleges eforts
to increase diversity were successful,
Miller replied, No, real diversity fails
at Bowdoin.
In an interview with the Orient on
Tursday, Miller explained that he
does not stand by the assertions he
made in the interview.
I, as an eighth-semester Bowdoin
student feel much diferentI feel
like I was being unfair, and I trans-
lated religious frustration to what I
defned as intellectual diversity, and it
wasnt right of me to do that, he said.
Bowdoin reacts
As news of the report spread late
this week, students took to a variety
of social media outlets to commen
on the report.
Jae Bradley 13 tweeted, Im glad
my college ofers courses in Poca-
hontashell of a lot more interest-
ing than my traditional high school
curriculum, referring to a frst-year
seminar taught last fall by Assistant
Professor of Anthropology Professor
Kelly Fayard.
Nani Durnan 13 wrote on Face-
book, Feeling pretty sorry for Klin-
genstein and Wood as they so blindly
(and unsuccessfully) fumble for a
way to discredit the progress that
Bowdoin College and academia in
general have made since they gradu-
ated in the dark ages... as far as Im
concerned, this is good press.
Some students, professors and
administrators also refrained from
commenting on the report on the
grounds that they had not yet had a
chance to read the 360-page docu-
ment in full in the 48 hours since
its release.
I have not had the chance to read
the report, so I cant really say, Pro-
fessor of Government Paul Franco
said in an email to the Orient. Given
that the report is funded by a guy
who seems to have some sort of
weird vendetta again President Mills
because of a golf game, and given the
highly ideological nature of the orga-
nization that wrote the report, I have
serious doubts about its objectivity.
But I will reserve fnal judgment until
I have read it,
My worry about the NAS report
is that, for the sake making a predict-
able point in a now stale culture war,
it will render precious institutions
like Bowdoin more vulnerable than
they already are, feeding the anti-
intellectual perception that they do
not provide a practical education and
therefore arent worth the money,
Franco added.
Many believed the NAS painted
an unfair picture of Bowdoin and the
liberal arts experience.
Tess Chakkalakal, associate profes-
sor of Africana Studies and English,
defended Bowdoins curriculum.
Were a place where a lot of col-
laboration happens. Were not look-
ing at things through a single lens.
Te point is to broaden, not narrow,
our lens, she said.
Im fne with people critiquing
institutions and the whole liberal
arts schema, but my problem was
that the report targets only one col-
lege, said Quincy Koster 15. I dont
think [its fair] to evaluate liberal arts
schools as a whole by just looking at
one rich liberal arts school. It feels a
lot like targeting.
Te connotation that I got from
reading it was that there was more
of a personal vendetta against Bow-
doin, said David Needell 15. It
didnt seem like they got many stu-
dent opinions. I thought that was a
huge fault.
Matthew Liptrot 16, however, said
he thinks there is some truth to the
Tey have valid points, there
are faws at Bowdoin, he said. Te
[writers] certainly have a point when
they bring up that this place is en-
tirely one sided and not diverse at all.
I wasnt really ofended by it be-
cause I just thought it was silly, said
Gracie Bensimon 15. It was funny
to read because I dont believe much
of what it said. But I understand why
people are mad.
I condemn the spirit of the report
in the strongest possible terms. It is
a spiteful and partisan attack upon
our very way of life and its assault on
our educational philosophy should
be dismissed as petty and one-sided,
wrote Ryan Holmes 13, a member
of the Meddiebempsters a cappella
group, in an email to the Orient.
Te report has become a topic of
national interest, as several writers
for national media outlets, includ-
ing Bloomberg Views, Real Clear
Politics, and the Chronicle of Higher
Education, have commented on the
story in the last few days.
Just how the report will be recieved
on campus willl become more clear
as more people have the opportunity
familarize themselves with the fnd-
ings of this report in the coming days.
Te National Association of
Scholars defnes itself as an inde-
pendent membership association
of academics and others working
to foster intellectual freedom and
to sustain the tradition of reasoned
scholarship and civil debated in
Americas colleges and universities.
Te organization advocates for ex-
cellence by encouraging commit-
ment to high intellectual standards,
individual merit, institutional integ-
rity, good governance, and sound
public policy.
Dr. Stephen Balch founded the
NAS in 1987 and served as its presi-
dent until 2009. He currently serves
as the director for the Institute for
the Study of Western Civilization at
Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Peter W. Wood, who received his
PhD in anthropology from the Uni-
versity of Rochester in 1987, suc-
ceeded Balch as president of the NAS.
Prior to joining the staf of the NAS,
he taught at Boston University in the
anthropology department.
Students in general may have dis-
agreed with his politics, but found
him to be a very inspiring and tough
teacher, said Boston University Pro-
fessor Tom Barfeld, who was chair of
the department during Woods tenure.
Wood lef Boston University to
serve as provost of Te Kings Col-
lege in New York City, a Christian
liberal arts college which Michael
Toscano, the reports co-author, at-
One of the frst major works pub-
lished by NAS was a report titled
Te Dissolution of General Edu-
cation: 1914-1993, which was pub-
lished in 1996. As part of this study,
NAS analyzed the curricula of the
ffy top schools in the country, in-
cluding Bowdoin and many of its
NESCAC peers, noting the decrease
in broad survey courses during that
period. Te 65-page report strikes
the same note as Te Bowdoin
Project, suggesting, in the de-
bates over what students learn and
ought to learn disagreement most
commonly arises over whether the
curriculum should be expanded to
make it more inclusive, diverse,
and multicultural.
In October 2011, the National As-
sociation of Scholars co-signed an
amicus curiae to the Supreme Court
in support of Abigail Fisher in the
case of Fisher v. Texas, which ques-
tions the legality of am rmative ac-
tion in college admissions. On this
matter, the group wrote that it was
dedicated to the principle of indi-
vidual merit and opposes race, sex,
and other group preferences.
Te NAS published Recasting
History: Are Race, Class and Gender
Dominating American History? in
January of this year. Co-authored
by Wood, it examines the chang-
ing scope of history courses within
the University of Texas, Austin
and Texas A&M. Tis study found
that at both institutionsthough
it states that the problem is more
pronounced at UTrace, class, and
gender were over emphasized, to the
detriment of military, diplomatic,
religious [and] intellectual history.
In a March 2013 article titled
National Scholars Group Turns
25, Showing its Age, Peter Schmidt,
writing for the Chronicle of Higher
Education, addressed the declin-
ing relevance of the NAS since its
height in the late 1990s.
Shortly afer the publication of
this article, Peter Wood refuted
many of its claims in an online com-
ment on the Chronicles website. He
argued that the NAS is a thriving
organization that still has a powerful
impact on the academic community.
Wood wrote, Te documenta-
tion we provide on the politicization
of the curriculum and bias in faculty
hiring rightly alarms the public, if
not the faculty members and aca-
demic administrators who ought to
be most concerned.
-Compiled by Marisa McGarry
What is the NAS?
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SECURITY REPORT: 3/28 to 4/4
ursday, March 28
A student reported a safety concern
regarding an out-of-town acquaintance.
An om cer escorted an ill student to
Parkview Medical Center.
A museum security om cer noted
damage to a piece of artwork.
Friday, March 29
Om cers checked on the well-being
of an intoxicated student in a Moore
Hall restroom.
An om cer checked on the welfare of
a student at Harpswell Apartments.
A student in Harpswell Apartments
was found to be keeping a pet cat, in vio-
lation of the Colleges animal policy.
An om cer checked in on an ill stu-
dent at Howell House.
Saturday, March 30
A College telephone was mali-
ciously thrown down a stairwell at Ladd
House and smashed.
A neighbor complained of loud
music coming from Brunswick Apart-
ments S.
Tere was a complaint of loud music
coming from Brunswick Apartments O.
Tree local males attempted to
gain access to Torne Hall during Su-
per Snack. One was able to get by the
checker and later gained access to the
upstairs om ce area. Security responded
and apprehended one suspect in Coles
Tower lobby; two others fed on foot.
Te suspect was given a trespass warn-
ing and escorted from campus.
Excessive noise reported at Bruns-
wick Apartments C.
Brunswick Rescue transported an
intoxicated male student from West Hall
to Mid Coast Hospital.
A student at Osher Hall with fu
symptoms was escorted to Parkview
Medical Center.
A students computer bag contain-
ing an Apple iPad was stolen from the
hallway at Sargent Gymnasium. Secu-
rity investigated and two non-student
suspects were positively identifed. Se-
curity and BPD are continuing their
A security om cer and the counsel-
ing service aided a despondent student.
Sunday, March 31
During an event at Ladd House, a
male student was observed smashing a
wooden College-owned chair on the pa-
tio. Te student fed inside Ladd House.
A second College-owned telephone
was vandalized at Ladd House by being
thrown down a stairwell to the base-
ment foor.
A College neighbor reported exces-
sive noise at 10 Cleaveland Street. A stu-
dent was cited for a hard alcohol policy
An om cer checked on the well-be-
ing of an intoxicated female student in
Coleman Hall.
A female student at Reed House
fainted and struck her head during the
fall. Te student was taken to Mid Coast
Hospital for observation.
A smashed College-owned
chair was found on the south roof
at Ladd House.
A fluorescent ceiling light cov-
er was vandalized in the Quinby
House basement.
An ill student was escorted from
West Hall to Parkview Medical Center.
A student reported that the Stowe
House Inn vacuum cleaner was missing
or stolen.
Students living at an of-campus pri-
vate residence at 83 Harpswell Road
(Crack House) reported that the rented
house was burglarized sometime late
Saturday night while the residents were
away. Tousands of dollars in property
was stolen and several doors and a wall
were kicked in. Stolen property includ-
ed two large fat-screen TVs (including
a Samsung 46-inch LCD), an Apple
iMac Core 2 Duo computer, Canon
and Nikon camera equipment, a Tay-
lor 100-Series acoustic guitar, athletic
clothing (including three jerseys: Carlos
Boozer, Utah Jazz; Christian Laettner,
Minnesota Timberwolves; and Corey
Dillon, New England Patriots), cash and
coins. Te crime was reported to the
Brunswick Police Department.
Monday, April 1
Excessively loud music was report-
ed coming from the Baxter House base-
ment. A small gathering was dispersed.
At the request of counseling ser-
vices, a student was escorted to Mid
Coast Hospital.
A Yellow Bike Club bike was report-
ed stolen from outside Coles Tower. Te
bikes name is Zeus.
An om cer assisted a student who
fainted in Torne Dining Hall.
During routine fre drills (at
Pine Street Apartments and Stowe
House Inn), two students were cited
for failing to evacuate when the fre
alarm sounded.
Tuesday, April 2
A student cut his hand on a broken
test tube in a chemistry lab in Drucken-
miller Hall. Te student was escorted to
Parkview Medical Center.
Wednesday, April 3
A wooden table in the com-
mon living room at Ladd House was
found damaged.
A student accidentally backed a
rented van into a parked student vehicle
on South Campus Drive.
An ill student was escorted to the
Mid Coast Walk-In Clinic.
ursday, April 4
A fre alarm at Stowe House Inn
was caused by an apparent system
residents that Bowdoin students were
not involved, according to Handy.
Teres a not huge percentage of
the Bowdoin community that smokes
regularly, and probably not while
theyre robbing a house, said Handy.
A few decorations were sto-
len from Crack House just before
Tanksgiving, and have not been
Chief Deputy Marc Hagan of the
BPD said there has not been a recent
increase in crime in the area, but
could not comment further on the
case, which is still under investigation.
Anyone who saw suspicious per-
sons around Crack House between
March 29 and 31 should contact BPD
and request to speak with Detectives
Cutlife or Moir.
Mills moderates panel on climate change
CAPTAIN PLANET: Mary Lou Zeeman addresses a packed audience of students, faculty and community residents on the importance of sustainibility.
Professor of English and Gay
and Lesbian Studies David Collin-
gs has a simple suggestion for
members of the Bowdoin commu-
nity who are looking to lower their
own carbon footprint.
Dont have children, he said.
Population is way beyond carry-
ing capacity. He also recommend-
ed that the audience buy as many
carbon offsets as possible.
President Barry Mills and a pan-
el of seven Bowdoin professors and
administrators addressed a packed
Beam Classroom on Tuesday eve-
ning, The panel assembled to dis-
cuss the issue of climate change
and sustainability in the college
The event, Reaching Day Zero:
Living Sustainably at Bowdoin,
was intended to teach members
of the Bowdoin community about
what the College is doing to face
climate change, what can still be
done, and how community mem-
bers can contribute.
Margaret Lindeman 15, Court-
ney Payne 15 and Anna Hall 15
were the main organizers of the
event, which was sponsored by the
Green Bowdoin Alliance.
I was involved in early talks
about divestment with President
Mills, said Payne. It frustrated
me that people on Bowdoins cam-
pus werent as actively involved
and upset about environmental is-
sues. I wanted to figure out a way
to give people an opportunity to
feel like they could get involved.
For me, its really important for
people to know that sustainability
and climate issues arent just for
environmental studies majors,
added Hall. My goal for this is to
get people to talk about how a lot
of different departments and a lot
of different people can contribute
whatever they know how to do to
the conversation about climate
The panel members represented
a wide variety of departments and
disciplines at Bowdoin. In addi-
tion to Collins, Professors Mary
Lou Zeeman, Susan Wegner, Laura
Henry, Casey Meehan, and Em-
ily Peterman, spoke, as did Katy
Longley, senior vice president for
finance and administration and
treasurer. Each gave a brief talk on
the way sustainability affects their
role at Bowdoin, and how all mem-
bers of the community can help
fight the effects of climate change
in different ways.
Day Zero is the day that the
planet becomes part of your com-
munity, said Zeeman, who was
the first panelist to speak. What
we mean by that is its the day that
every single decision you make has
the planet as a factor.
Subsequent talks also called on
the audience to constantly keep the
environment in mind. The talks
advocated for specific changes in
everyones actions and practices,
ranging from the conservation of
art supplies, to the purchase of
carbon offsets, to the education of
climate change skeptics about sus-
When designing the event, Lin-
deman was concerned that some
students felt powerless in the face
climate change at Bowdoin.
One of the most important
things was just to give people
agency, she said. We organized
a screening of Chasing Ice last
month, and we [didnt want] peo-
ple to see Chasing Ice and be like
cool that was great and move on,
and not know what to do next.
Some of the panelists offered
specific suggestions about how an
individual can reduce their con-
tribution to climate change, and
some that were more extreme.
Other panelists gave broader sug-
Make the best, most sustainable
choices you can make with the best
information you have at the time,
said Peterman, whose talk focused
mainly on how each persons spe-
cific strength can be used to fight
climate change.
Longley presented statistics re-
garding Bowdoins commitment to
the environment, as well as a sum-
mary of past, present and future
sustainability initiatives designed
to achieve carbon neutrality by
According to Longley, the Col-
leges carbon dioxide equivalent
emissions have dropped 24 percent
since 2008. Additionally, the solar
panels at Thorne Dining Hall pro-
vide energy to heat about 50 per-
cent of the hot water used by that
Every new capital project we
do, were always looking for more
ways to be sustainable, she said.
Lighting upgrades, fuel cells,
new windows in Coles Tower, more
solar panels and electric cars are
all being considered for implemen-
tation on campus. Longley also
hinted that these initiatives could
provide research opportunities for
students interested in increasing
institutional sustainability.
Once the talks were over, the
panelists and Mills fielded ques-
tions from the audience, which
was composed primarily of Bow-
doin students, with some faculty
and Brunswick residents.
Nat Wheelwright, a biology
professor in attendance, was soon
called on by Mills to offer his in-
sight into the issue of sustainabil-
ity and climate change.
We should be doing a lot more
than [focusing on] Bowdoin be-
ing carbon neutral. We should be
training radical new thinkers, he
said. We need gas and fossil fuel
prices to go up by a factor of ten.
Henry responded to a question
about sustainable policies with a
similar idea.
If we had a carbon tax, that
would have more of an immediate
effect than almost anything I can
think of, she said.
When a student asked whether
the College should adopt a sus-
tainability distribution require-
ment, Peterman polled the audi-
ence. Most students in the room
supported the idea of sustain-
ability becoming one of the core
academic experiences for Bowdoin
students. Mills acknowledged that
it was possible to create such a re-
quirement, but he questioned its
The issue of divestment was only
specifically addressed in one ques-
tion, and neither the panelists nor
Mills explicitly stated their posi-
tion on the topic.
After thirty minutes of audience
questions, Mills ended the event
urging students to remain pas-
sionate and active about climate
change at Bowdoin.
Stay involved, he said. Only
sustained commitment will make a
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International Club hosts week of events despite funding issues
om ce, the Department of Romance
Languages and the Of-Campus Study
Om ce.
I feel like there is a little bit of bias,
Xing said. When certain events be-
come well known, they usually get
approved more quickly, I think, and I
understand why. But at the same time,
there are other events that are aiming
to become traditions and attract a vast
pool of students.
I think there are traditions on cam-
pus that stay strong and if they have in-
creased support, then it is pretty easy to
fund them again. With any new event its
about incremental steps, said Cubeta.
Although the I-Club requested four
times more money than last year, the
SAFC decided to give the I-Club only
twice as much and then re-evaluate
next year.
Cubeta noted that of the amount
they funded, $985 was towards the
talent show, which still represented a
signifcant increase on our part in terms
of funding. Our initial concern with
Ten percent of Bowdoin students
hold an international passport or come
to the College from out of the country.
But Bowdoins international popula-
tion cant be reduced to an admissions
statistic, and many of these students
fnd a vibrant community in Bowdoins
International Club (I-Club).
Most international students be-
long to the I-Club. A large portion of
the Clubs membership is made up of
students from China, but Cambodia,
South Korea, and Brazil are also rep-
resented. American students are also
welcome to join, as the club encourages
a cross-cultural forum in which these
students can engage.
Tis week the I-Club hosted its an-
nual International Week, which contin-
ues through Sunday.
You could say its a tradition, but its
done diferently every year, said Ivy
Xing 15, president of the club.
Budgetary concerns have recently in-
hibited the I-Club. Te club hit a road-
block about a month ago when it peti-
tioned the Student Activities Funding
Committee (SAFC) for $2,500 to fund
the weeks events.
When the clubs leaders went be-
fore the SAFC, they were asked to try
reducing the amount of funding they
requested and seek alternative funding
from Leana Amaez, associate dean of
multicultural student programs.
Charlie Cubeta 13, vice president of
the SAFC, said, Te amount they were
requesting for the talent show was four
times what we gave them last year.
Te club returned to the SAFC with
a request of $1,740 and received $1,255.
Te group proceeded to get funding
from several other campus om ces and
departments, including Dean Amaezs
LANGUAGE AR TS: Marco Li 16 and Yabing Liu 15 practice Chinese calligraphy, one of the many cultural crafts that were available on Monday.
the high cost with this was that a lot of
the money was going towards Dining
charges even though they werent pro-
viding food.
Te I-Club will provide food for the
event from Brunswick restaurants not
only to have a range of cultural cuisines,
but also because catering from Dining
Services is more expensive.
Part of our decision was that we
knew I-Club has access to other pots of
money on campus, Cubeta said. Some
of the deans are interested in funding
their activities because theyre a multi-
cultural group. While its the SAFCs re-
sponsibility to support student activities
and intitiatives, we felt that the cost of
their event was higher than what we felt
comfortable funding, he added.
Although the I-Clubs attempts to
run large-scale events has been inhib-
ited by a challenging funding process,
Xing increased the number of om cers
to 12 to handle the workload.
Te club hosts certain events every
year as part of this series, such as the
International Catering event tomorrow
night in Daggett Lounge. Xing said the
club met before Spring Break to brain-
storm new events.
Tis year, International Week includ-
ed an event titled Cultural Games and
Crafs, which took place on Monday
evening in Smith Union. Club mem-
bers prepared diferent stations to share
cultural experiences. For example,
students from China taught attendees
calligraphy, while others led a multilin-
gual greeting card station and games of
Chinese checkers. Students were invited
to play a French Fish Game, in which
students designed paper fsh to stick on
the backs of unsuspecting friends in the
spirit of April Fools.
Other events this week included the
International Trivia Night in Jack Ma-
gees Pub last night, and a lecture by
Professor Leah Zuo on Chairman Mao.
We try to invite professors from dif-
ferent departments to represent difer-
ent parts of the world and give people
information either about current events,
history, culture or language, said Xing.
Last year it was mostly about East-
ern European culture, she said. Tis
year, we are more focused on the his-
tory of China.
At tomorrow nights International
Catering and Talent Show, eighty
students and professors will sample
international cuisines catered by lo-
cal restaurants. Following the dinner,
students in the I-Club will share music
performances that represent Chinese,
Vietnamese, French and Latin Ameri-
can cultures.
Sunday night, students will share
stories about international experiences.
Tese will discuss various countries and
events: Summer Xia 16 will share about
the Shanghai World Expo and Lucy Luo
16 will discuss the London Olympics.
While International Week ofers a
slew of events in a short period of time,
the I-Club also hosts smaller events
and weekly dinners on Friday nights
attended by 10 to 20 studentsonly a
small fraction of the 500 on their email
list. For many international students,
this gathering is an opportunity to con-
nect with others for whom Bowdoin is
far away from home.
Many international students also
unite at the annual International Pot-
luck Dinner. Tis event invites inter-
national students and faculty to cook
dishes from their home country and
share it with others.
I thought the students really felt the
connection with other countries, Xing
said. It really evokes a kind of nostalgia
for their own culture and hometown
because they are able to cook their own
food as they do at home.
In addition to this years Interna-
tional Week and International Potluck
Dinner, the club is planning on inviting
a former CIA Analyst to speak to stu-
dents in early May.
Complications with a post-
graduation 5-year plan
You might guess that I have spent
some time thinking about job prospects
afer Bowdoin as a second-semester se-
nior. You are right.
Im not talking about immediate job
prospects (though I have done a little of
that, tooCPC shoutout!), Im thinking
long-term. Im not satisfed to simply
answer the question, What will I do
next year? Im jumping ahead, reach-
ing for that fve-year plan, craving a ten-
year plan, daring myself look further.
What will I, as a science major from an
esteemed liberal arts school, make of my
President Obama ofered me some
good news on Tuesday when he of-
fcially announced the BRAIN initia-
tive, a pledge to devote $100 million
in funding to brain research in 2014.
Obama pitched the initiative as a means
to characterize how the brain functions:
how we think, learn, remember. Making
analogies to the Human Genome Project
(which aimed to map the entire human
genome and was om cially complete in
April 2003) Obama spoke of the BRAIN
initiative as an investment for the coun-
try, with real economic and technologi-
cal benefts to be reaped in the future.
Tough Obama has only pledged one
year of funding, it could take a decade
or more to realize the initiatives aims.
Ten, like the Human Genome Project,
the funding fountain could keep fowing
for a number of years.
Im neuroscience majorI can claim
some knowledge of the brain. Id be
down to work in labs that strive toward
these goals. In a feld where grants and
funding can make you (and the absence
of them, break you), Im set!
But, theres bad news, too: the se-
quester that took efect last month
resulted in billions of dollars in spend-
ing cuts to science research. People es-
timate drastic reductions in the number
of people who will be able to get grants.
Without adequate funding, fellowships
for undergraduates might dip, jobs for
postgrads and postdocs may evaporate,
tenure could become harder for associ-
ate professors to achieve and progress in
already established labs could stagnate.
As one NPR Newshour article put it,
Scientists nationwide are bracing for
the impacts of the sequestration cuts,
which are poised to strike a ferce blow
to research.
On the other hand, why should I
Please see PLAN, page 8 Please see LIBERAL, page 8
Understanding liberal arts benets
In the three days that I was
home over Spring Break, I made
the rounds. Besides spending qual-
ity time with the parents (dinner,
Argo), there was my grandma,
sister, niece, nephew, and fi-
nally, my grandpa.
My grandpa is not
always an easy
man to spend
time with. He
runs a dog
sitting busi-
ness and, at
any given mo-
ment, has up to
thirteen drool-
ing guests chasing
him around
his house.
Visiting grandpa means that you
will leave with a second coat: one
made of dog hair. Grandpa tends
to be very opinionated, and lec-
tures without much patience for
disagreement. As sweet and well-
meaning as he is, his company is of-
ten barbed with frequent criticisms.
When I was younger, I often dis-
missed what I considered to be an
unceasing spew of convictions. But
recently, Ive realized that most of
what he says is pretty intelligent,
or at least well argued and well ar-
ticulated. And although I may not
always agree with him, Ive come
to appreciate his provocations. And
at our lunch
together over
break, Grandpa
proposed an idea that I spent quite
a deal of time mulling over as I
made the trip back up to school.
To summarize, my grandpa be-
lieves that young men and women
are incapable of making mature
decisions regarding their futures at
the age of eighteenat that point in
their lives, they simply havent lived
enough in the world to decide how
they want to live in it. Ideally, he
says (did I mention that my grandpa
is an idealist?) college age students
would receive a liberal arts degree
and then serve in the military or the
Peace Corps for three or four
years. Both forms of service
would give students a pe-
riod of self-sufficiency,
independence, and
exposure that would
make us, well, adults.
The experience would
have us examine the
terms of the
world and
the terms
of living
b e f o r e
we com-
mit to a
career. He
insists that the
combination of
attending a liberal
arts collegewhere we
learn how to learnand a
stint in the servicewhere we learn
how to livegive us perspectives
necessary to navigate our futures.
Heavy stuff for Spring Break.
But particularly heavy for someone
who sits unsteadily on the cusp of
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be griping about this in the frst place,
rather than considering the pros and
cons for our national economic, intel-
lectual and technological growth? I
wonder whether many science majors
feel entitled to a job immediately out of
college in a way that other majors may
not. Many other majors cant fnd a job
that directly corresponds to what theyve
been studying at school, whereas science
people can move right on to a lab at a
university, using the same techniques
and concepts we mastered by the end of
senior year. Already, I know I could get
paid to go to graduate school in the sci-
ences, whereas many PhD hopefuls in
the humanities are far less lucky. So who
am I to complain that it may get harder
to make money pursuing science?
If anything, I now take comfort in
the fact that I am a science major at a
liberal arts school rather than some-
where else. Tis is where those distri-
bution requirements work their magic,
right? I would like to think that my
time at Bowdoin has strengthened my
fexibility and creativity, and my abil-
ity to engage in a number of felds. I
would certainly be stretching it to say
that I hope that a career in the sciences
becomes monetarily riskier. Yet the fact
that it may become so (and I get the
sense that many research scientists and
professors would argue that their jobs
arent particularly plush as it is) dares
me to think creatively about my career
path, to think realistically about what
that path may look like, and to under-
stand more deeply why I choose to pur-
sue whatever I choose to pursue.
As lovers of lobster, we have en-
joyed spending our last four years at
Bowdoin. Living in Maine, the Mecca
of lobster, it is easy to fnd signifcantly
cheaper and fresher specimens than
virtually anywhere else you may go.
So, during our last spring in this great
state, we have decided to determine
who serves Maines best lobster roll. We
will journey to the shacks, bars and res-
taurants boasting critically-acclaimed
lobster rolls in order to see who truly
has the best. We have compiled a list
of perennial picks to try to narrow our
search and hit all the favorites.
We began our search for lobster
roll supremacy a few exits down 295
South in Falmouth. As many of south-
ern Maines more famous and promi-
nent lobster shacks are still closed for
their winter of-seasonnamely Reds
Eats of Wiscasset or Te Clam Shack
in KennebunkportTown Landing
Market in Falmouth provided us with
the perfect starting point for our quest.
Set on a hill a short walk from Fal-
mouths Town Landing (the markets
namesake) this traditional New Eng-
land market with an ocean backdrop
is exactly where youd expect to fnd a
great lobster roll.
Town Landing Market is very much
a market or small grocery, selling vari-
ous snack foods, produce and drinks,
with a small sandwich counter posi-
tioned in the back of the store. As we
made our way toward the counter, our
The ultimate lobster roll challenge starts at Town Landing Market
for $13.99, Town Landing Market ofers
one of the cheaper options youll fnd
at well-known lobster roll destinations,
and the atmosphere and scenery make
it well worth the trip. It ofers a slice of
traditional New England without the
lines and hysteria that come with many
of Maines seasonal lobster shacks.
Jam of the week: In order to properly
garnish your lobster roll, it is impera-
tive you have a catchy tune or a night-
club banger to help bring out the favor.
Tis weeks song is a heater out of Swe-
den from DJ Adrian Lux, titled Teen-
age Crime. Te song was featured on
Swedish House Mafas debut album
in 2010. Just as Swedish House Mafa
planned to disband, Teenage Crime
resurfaced as one of 2013s hot tracks.
Tis is a perfect song for driving along
the Maine coast searching for a fresh
lobster roll. confdence in fnding a great lobster
roll began to grow. A handwritten sign
reading, Lobster Rolls $13.99, and
an elderly gentleman breaking down
a substantial pile of lobster meat into
generous sandwich-sized portions
were encouraging signs to say the least.
One of the benefts of venturing away
from the tourist-flled seasonal lobster
shacks is avoiding long wait times. We
both ordered our rolls with lettuce, salt,
pepper and light mayo. Te chance to
watch the construction of our lobster
rolls only added to the experience, and
they were ready within minutes.
Lobster rolls in hand, we headed to
the water in order to take in the full ex-
perience. Even afer our frst bites, the
freshness of the lobster came through,
complemented nicely by the creami-
ness of the mayo and the light season-
ing. Tose ingredients, coupled with the
doughy hot dog roll and the crunchy let-
tuce, provided the perfect texture.
Te bun was small given the gen-
erous lobster portion. We were both
anxious about the portion size, but as
we fnished eating our rolls, we found
ourselves satisfed. Although the roll
was delicious, it lacked the fresh Maine
taste in some respects. Town Land-
ing Market did not ofer a butter-only
lobster roll (which many great lobster
spots do) or a fresh bread optionthe
bun was simply an out-of-the-bag hot
dog roll.
Te area around the market is gor-
geous and it is a great place to grab a
bite, but it doesnt appear Town Landing
Market will take home the gold for best
lobster roll in Maine. Tat being said,
Town Landing Market
Price: $$$/5
Roll: ***/5
Criticisms: A little heavy on the
mayo. Bun lacked creativity and
Overall: B
GOBS OF LOBSTER: Town Landing Market in Falmouth heavily advertises their lobster eats.
her future. As of right now, I dont
entertain any plans of going into the
servicebut, all the same, I think
his proposal is a good thought ex-
perimentmaybe even a good life
experiment. Do we really need a
Thoreau-ean trial in self-reliance
to consider ourselves mature in-
dividuals? And more importantly,
should we change our dreams and
interests based on the difficulties
of living in the world? Would that
change be a function of knowing
ourselves better, or just losing faith
in ourselves in the face of harsh re-
And is liberal arts just expen-
sive procrastination? His proposal
implies that our education fails to
provide us with trustworthy aspi-
rations. And perhaps more fer-
vently, it suggests that college is
not, as some would have it, a test
in self-sufficiency.
I know that we are all doing our
laundry now, and there are some
of us out there who support them-
selves to significant degrees, but
how protective is the Bowdoin
Bubble? We are certainly more
independent than we were before
we matriculated, but is our inde-
pendence conditioned to such an
extent that it distorts our goals? I
would hope not.
But my biggest question for
Grandpaand at this point, you
all should realize that Im not talk-
ing to Grandpa anymorewould
be this: at what point do you just
have to take the plunge? When will
we ever be totally certain of some-
thing before were actually im-
mersed in it, actually in pursuit of
it? There are all sorts of merits to
preparation, (and all sorts of mer-
its to maturity), but sitting there
in front of my grandpa, sharp and
persuasive as he was, I had to ask
the question: isnt there only one
way to find out if you like some-
I left my grandpas house curi-
ous, but ultimately unconvinced.
I distrust any plan that claims to
maximize efficiency in our lives. I
will have learned nothing as a lib-
eral arts student if I cannot learn to
appreciate the process of figuring
things out.
After all, isnt that what were
getting a degree in?
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The most common bike (actually,
the correct term is cycle; when I
say bike, people assume I mean
motorbike, the operation of which,
incidentally, my study abroad pro-
gram prohibits) is a black, single-
gear set-up made by Hero with
handlebars that curve in toward
you; American hipsters would pay
through the nose for these bikes,
though here in India, they sell for a
few hundred rupeesno more than
$30 maximum.
I spent my first few weeks here
going around in auto-rickshaws,
perpetually frustrated by the lan-
guage barrier that prevented me
from communicating with drivers.
My unfamiliarity by the new city,
compounded with the fact that only
the major roads have names, made
it very hard to figure out where I
was in relation to where I needed to
go, particularly because rickshaw
awnings substantially limit
your field of vision.
I started walking
and began to get
a better lay of the
land on foot, but
there were some
serious draw-
backs there, too.
First, walking takes
a while, especially
sinceagaingiven the lack of
street signs, I was initially hesitant
to stray from the routes I knew
would take me where I needed to
go, even if they werent the most
direct. Sidewalks, like street signs,
are rare, so being a pedestrian in
most places means being the slow-
est-moving stream of traffic on the
road. Not to mention the fact that
its summer, and temperatures get
up to the 90s.
The cycle has changed all of that.
Merging into traffic for the first
time was one of the more terrify-
ing experiences: traffic here isto
the untrained observertotal an-
archy. Buses, cars, trucks,
rickshaws and bicycles
weave and swerve in
My primary mode of transpor-
tation around the chaotic, traffic-
choked Indian metropolis I am
calling home this semester is a
retro-looking yellow fixed-gear bi-
cycle with a big basket in the front,
the kind of upright job the kids ride
around in Stand By Me or Now
and Then.
I almost look like Ive made a
wrong turn out of my 1960s subur-
ban cul-de-sac, except for the decid-
edly not-nostalgic helmet I bought
the frst day I took the thing out on
the roads. Tis was not entirely my
own decisionwhen I told my moth-
er I was going to be biking, she asked
if I had a helmet. When I said I didnt,
and that athough bikes are ubiqui-
tous here, protective headgear is not,
she wondered whether I wouldnt feel
very stupid if I ever sustained an in-
jury I could have prevented but didnt
because I was worried about standing
out. (Her point was well taken, since
in Pune, as a white woman wearing
jeans and standing a good few inches
above at least half the people I pass
by, Ive already pretty much lost the
battle of not standing out. So I wear
the helmet and endure feeling like a
complete dork, and repeat the man-
tra, better to be uncool and sentient,
than cool and vegetative, while Im
en route.)
Along with Vespa-type scooters
and motorcycles, bicycles are def-
nitely one of the popular ways to get
around in Pune. On a bicycle you
can cut through the gaps between
cars and trucks to the front of a line
of tram c, or successfully run red
lightsas long as no cars are coming
perpendicularly to you.
As the college application pro-
cess concludes for high school se-
niors, newly admitted students are
faced with the decision to enroll
or notat Bowdoin next fall. As a
current first year, this seems like
a distant memory, though it re-
minds me of what convinced me
that Bowdoin was for me.
Comparable to many other NE-
SCAC schools, Bowdoin offers a
multitude of resources, rigorous
academics and a picturesque cam-
pus. While I heavily considered
these factors, what ultimately drew
me to Bowdoin was how I instantly
felt at home; after all, the first line
of the Offer of the College is To
be at home in all lands and ages.
Perhaps Im still in the honeymoon
phase of my time here, but Bowdoin
has definitely become a home for
me in the last seven months. This
became far clearer upon return
from an Alternative Spring Break
trip to Pontotoc Valley, Miss.
and out of each others paths, ca-
reening through the very potholed
streets at breakneck speeds. Ev-
eryone seems to be on a collision
course for their final destination
and other vehicles just have to get
out of the way.
Being on wheels of my own in
this chaos puts it all in a diferent
light, and Ive come to appreciate
the emergence of order out of this
chaos that only comes when youre
moving within it. Tere are very few
tram c signs or stop lights except at
major intersections, so merging and
turning is a big game of chicken and
Frogger rolled into one. Te key to
making right turns (they drive Brit-
ish-style here) is to
use bigger
walking, I assumed the honking was
for my beneft, and found it totally
unnecessary, because obviously I
could see them coming and they
could see me. I saw it as a bizarre,
infuriating assertion of their pres-
ence bearing down on me.
But what Ive realized is that
honking is an essential organiza-
tional tool when youre on wheels.
You cant look behind youand you
cant really even look to the side for
very longso honking when you
come around corners, or come up
behind someone, is really impor-
tant; drivers in Pune have developed
urban echolocation.
Having the bike has also
meant Ive had to develop
a rapport with one of the
local bike
me c h a n -
ics in my
hood. (Its
also really
mi t i gated
the language
barrier issueits much eas-
ier to convey what you want when
you just point to the wheels on your
bicycle than it is to, say, explain via
charades to my host mothers cook
that Im not going to eat lunch until
later in the afernoon.) Te guy who
works in the storefront around the
corner from my house is fantastic
not that I have lots of experience
dealing with mechanics. But this guy
really knows his way around bicycles
and hes fun to watch.
Te other day, my back tire was
completely defated for the second
time in a week
and I though
the tube might have a puncture. I
told him that and he smiled at me
very kindly and shook his head
no punctureand just infated it.
I wasnt convinced, and shook my
head vigorously. He obliged me and
turned the bike on its sideno mess-
ing around with removing the wheel
frstand in about 30 seconds he had
the tube out of the tire. To check for
punctures, he pulled over this tub
of water and submerged the tube in
sections to check for bubbles of air.
I thought this was terrifcmy dad
taught me that you had to go around
with your fngers and feel for air es-
caping. Tis way was so much more
em cient; the whole job was done in a
fash and he only charged me 10 ru-
pees (approxi-
matel y
20 cents).
Since I moved off
the Quad after my first
year Ive biked around Bowdoin,
but biking on campus is always
more of a minor convenienceit
cuts a 5-minute walk down to two
minutes. My bike was something
I used a lot but didnt think very
much about. It was a very utilitar-
ian thing that got me from point
A to point B and that was about
it. But now, halfway around the
world, I get on a bike everyday to
travel four kilometers to school,
and its not just about getting to
class quickly. Biking in India hasnt
just made my commute easier (ar-
guably, given the regularity of
traffic accidents here, Im taking
a somewhat significant risk), its
been the focal point of
a whole set of experi-
ences that have made
me feel at home here.
- Eliza Novick-Smith
Prior to the trip, the stu-
dent leaders assigned
the reading, Have faith
in understanding, an
Orient article writ-
ten by Steve Kolo-
wich in 2006 about
his experiences on
the trip. Kolowich ac-
knowledged the pre-
conceptions he had
prior to his arrival
in the South, which
were comparable to
my groups collec-
tive thoughts about
red states, religious
yahoos, values vot-
ers, country bump-
kins ca-
r ou s i ng
around in
pickup flatbeds
with their shot-
guns and hounds,
stopping periodically to partici-
pate in a hootenanny and/or elect
Collectively, everyone on the
trip had little experience in the
cultural South; we were taken
aback upon arrival in Pontotoc, a
town in northern Mississippi filled
with a litany of Baptist
churcheswe spent
the week in By Faith
Baptist Churchand
vacated shops.
I really didnt
know any of the stu-
dents I was about
to spend the next
week with work-
ing for Habitat for
Humanity. I was
wary of how we
would come to-
gether as a group
and I feared
a wk wa r dne s s
with the other
s t u -
d e n t s
o n
the tripwe were
thrown into this situation far out-
side of the comfortable Bowdoin
bubble. However, the group posi-
tively adapted to the different life-
style where, for example, prayer
was obligatory before and after
most activities.
I recall that my initial reasons
for participating in ASB were to
fulfill the mission of the Com-
mon Good outside of the Bruns-
wick community, while having an
opportunity to explore the South
by enjoying the cuisine, walk-
ing through Memphis, and con-
versing with locals. While I did
learn how to install blinds, caulk
a bathroom, and prepare a house
for flooring installation, I came
away with much more than just
construction tips.
I intended to help make a home
in Mississippi for an unknown
family (the trip was aptly named
Making Mississippi Home);
however, I inadvertently made
Bowdoin feel more like home. This
is due in part to forging a connec-
tion with 11 random classmates
and coming to understand that
many others at the College share
my goals, interests and beliefs. I
came away from ASB with a re-
kindled passion to be an involved
member not only of the Bowdoin
community, but also of whatever
community I may find myself in.
- Carolyn Veilleux
vehicles as shields to get next to a
car or a few motorcycles who have
enough bulk to really stop oncom-
ing tram c, and turn with them. I
keep to the far-lef side of the road
and let the faster vehicles zip past
me. I fall into this mindset thats a
strange mix of hyper vigilance and
tunnel vision, focusing only on
whats immediately in front of me.
Ive developed an appreciation
for the honking that as a pedestrian
I fnd intolerably grating
and horrible. When
10 1ui vowuoi ovii1 iviu.v, .vvii ,, io1
Danish artist Per Kirkeby is a
world-renowned renaissance man,
known primarily for his geologi-
cally inspired paintings. He also,
however, identifies as a sculptor,
filmmaker, architect and writer.
Per Kirkeby: Paintings and
Sculpture opened at the Bowdoin
Museum of Art on March 26 and
currently dominates the entire sec-
ond floor of the museum. The ex-
hibit showcases approximately 45
of Kirkebys works in a variety of
Klaus Ottman, curator at large
for the Phillips Collection in
Washington, D.C. and co-curator
of the Kirkeby exhibit, introduced
the Bowdoin community to this
contemporary artists work with
his lecture titled Per Kirkeby:
Subjective Thinker, Anti-Artist,
Historical Painter yesterday after-
In his lecture, Ottman detailed
Kirkebys artistic trajectory. The
artist was born in 1938 and edu-
cated at the University of Copen-
hagen, where he studied Arctic
Geology while simultaneously
enrolled at the Experimental Art
School in Copenhagen.
Geology is a key theme in the
work of Kirkeby, who travelled
extensively to Iceland, Green-
land and the northern peninsula
of Greenland called Pearyland
(named after Bowdoin alum Ad-
miral Robert Peary) for both geo-
logic and artistic pursuits.
I have known about Per Kirkeby
for a very long time, said museum
curator Joachim Homann.
I loved his work for a long time
and when I came to Maine as a cu-
rator, I thought this would be some-
thing that I could ofer to the Maine
audiences because it resonates with
the Northern landscapes that sur-
round us.
The exhibition made its Ameri-
can debut at the Phillips Collec-
tion, and Bowdoin has the distinc-
tion of being the only other venue
to host this show.
Its a fantastic opportunity for
the museum; its a major European
painter who has not yet been seen
here in the States, said Homann.
What I am most excited about is
that we have beautiful, large can-
vases and sculptures by an artist
who is investigating a lot of things
that cannot be expressed in words
or illustrated in digital illustra-
tions of any quality.
Its amazing that our museum
presents the architectural envi-
ronment for these works to truly
shine, he added.
According to Homann, the show
brings together rocks and images
of the geological formations to
help people understand the con-
nection between Per Kirkebys art-
work and his perspective on the
world as a trained geologist.
The show is comprised of very
large canvases and bronze sculp-
tures of various sizes that span the
entire career of Per Kirkeby as an
artist, along with some of his other
pieces that cant be described by
words but, according to Homann,
simply must be seen.
One of the works in the exhibit
is a 1996 film showing Kirkeby
in his studio. Standing in front
of a large, blank canvas, the artist
paints a colorful piece, interrupt-
ing his work only to say, I hate
it like the plague, before tossing
his hand-towel into a corner and
walking off screen.
I think people will get it and
have a really good time at the ex-
hibition, said Homann.
The exhibit is shown alongside
Sense of Scale, Measure by Color:
Art, Science, and Mathematics of
Planet Earth put together by Col-
lin Roesler and Emily Peterman
of the Department of Earth and
Oceanographic Science as well as
by professor of mathematics Mary
Lou Zeeman.
Per Kirkeby: Paintings and Sculp-
ture be on view through July 14.
Per Kirkeby exhibit fuses geology and art through mixed media
Sophomore men try their talents in quest for Mr. Polar Bear crown
Sophomores Ian Kline, Jared Lit-
tlejohn, Jun Choi, Matt Goodrich,
Ollie Klingenstein and Omar So-
hail have all been selected to com-
pete in the third-annual Polar Bear
Pageant, Bowdoins premier male
talent contest, in Kresge Audito-
rium on Saturday. The winner will
be crowned Mr. Polar Bear.
The event started three years ago
when Melody Hahm 13 promised
to produce the pageant as part of
her successful bid for sophomore
class president. The sophomore
class council has planned the event
ever since.
Current sophomore class president
John Izzo 15 said he believes the pag-
eant is a fun way to foster class unity.
Its one of the few big events thats
really class-specifc, he explained.
The format takes after tradi-
tional beauty pageants. The night
will begin with the contestants
introducing themselves with a fe-
male escort of their choosing by
their side. A group dance, choreo-
graphed by Jacqueline Sullivan 15
and Danae Hirsch 14, will follow.
Next, contestants will showcase
various talents.
Anything goes, said Izzo, as long
as its appropriate. Past years have
seen everything from musical perfor-
mances to stripteases.
I still havent decided which of my
talents to display, said Littlejohn.
Choi kept mum on which talent he
had chosen, but expressed confdence
that it would, wow and dazzle.
Contestants will be asked a series of
personalized questions by a panel of
four judges, some of whom have yet to
be selected. Izzo suggested that Nor-
ma, a dining service celebrity, could be
one of them. Aferwards, the contes-
tants will step of stage and allow the
judges several minutes to deliberate.
Tere are really no set criteria for
judging, said Izzo. Te judges pick
whoever most appeals to them, for
whatever reason.
When a winner has been decided,
the contestants will return and Mr. Po-
lar Bear will be crowned.
Te candidates were chosen
through an open nomination pro-
cess where all sophomores had the
chance to nominate their male class-
mates. Since the number of nomi-
nees greatly exceeded the established
set of six, the sophomore class coun-
cil decided based on number of votes
cast per candidate, the candidates
expressed interests, and the students
social background.
We really tried to ensure that a
wide spread of cliques and social cir-
cles were represented, said Izzo.
Te selection of female escorts is
apparently a source of comedy, and
possibly drama.
I have a person in mind, and she
BLUE STEEL: The six contestants prepare for their on-stage debuts this Saturday. Each will exhibit their special talent at the event. Each candidate is condent that he will emerge victorious.
expects me to ask her publically, with
fowers and everything, confded Jun
Choi 15.
Te week before the pageant has
been flled with a healthy dose of
friendly competition.
My favorite part so far has been the
trash talking, explained Jared Little-
john 15.
Choi returned the fre.
Jared Littlejohn has no chance, he
said. People think hes a frontrunner,
but he has no chance. Te others arent
even worth talking about.
Sohail agreed with Choi.
So far, Jared Littlejohn is bring-
ing the heat, letting us know that he
has two watches on: one for the time
and one to count down till his vic-
tory, he said.
I dont know if Matt Goodrich is
focused; it seems hes too focused on
divestment instead, Sohail added.
Asher Stamell 13, who won the
inaugural competition in 2010 and
served as judge last year, said the
event is always an interesting time.
Anytime you throw eight per-
sonalities in the same room, youre
in for a good time. But when you
add choreography, things get real
weird real fast, he said.
Im still great friends with all of
the guys, he added.
ART ROCKS: Danish artist Per Kirkebys paintings are inspired largely by his research as a geologist in the Arctic.
1ui vowuoi ovii1 iviu.v, .vvii ,, io1 .i 13
AIDS activist Peter Staley graced
campus Monday night for a screen-
ing of Academy Award nominated
documentary How to Survive a
Plague, in which he stars.
How To Survive a Plague is
a compilation of archival foot-
age from the 80s and 90s during
the AIDS epidemic in the United
States. It focuses on the efforts of
activist groups ACT UP and TAG,
which fought for increased re-
search efforts to find a cure.
Te documentary centers on ACT
UP and TAGs rise to political impor-
tance, but also explores the stigma of
HIV and the social reality of homo-
sexuality during those decades.
Students had the opportunity to
receive an even more personal per-
spective of the documentary in a
Q&A with Staley, whose brother and
niece both graduated from Bowdoin.
Director David France, who had
never made a flm before, began the
project four years ago. France cov-
ered the AIDS crisis as a freelance
journalist and approached Staley and
others about his idea for a documen-
tary. Much of the footage came from
the stars personal archives.
Camcorders had just come out,
so this was the frst social movement
that tried to flm itself, said Staley.
In total, there were more than 800
hours of footage, so France was able
to rely on the archives to tell the story
with limited present day footage. In
Staleys opinion, the original video al-
lowed the audience to experience the
raw emotion of the crisis.
You see it the way we did, not
knowing who was going to be alive
at the end, he said.
Staley spoke about his transi-
tion from Wall Street stockbroker
to AIDS activist. After being diag-
nosed with HIV, Staley incidentally
witnessed an ACT UP demonstra-
tion and attended the next meeting.
I had no prior experience as an
activist, but I was always very po-
litical, he said. At the time there
was no street activism that matched
the anger that we felt.
Although Staley received some sup-
port from a disability pension, all the
activists were volunteers and could
not make a career out of the years they
dedicated to the fght against AIDS.
Teir struggle came strictly from their
passion for the cause.
It was a real struggle and a sac-
rifice. The transition into the real
world was hard, especially for the
younger members, said Staley.
As for the next step in AIDS activ-
ism, Staley believes the primary con-
cern today is the prevention of HIV
transmission. Antiretroviral therapy
is in itself a method of prevention.
Treatment is prevention. It is al-
most impossible for me to give HIV
to someone else if it is undetectable
in my body, he said.
However, he stressed that com-
placency is detrimental to the long-
term goal of eliminating HIV. This
is becoming a bigger issue amongst
the younger generation of gay men.
We got the treatment, but we
never got the prevention right, he
said. Condom code is breaking
down, because people think theyre
entering a trusting relationship. We
need to refocus on that.
Distribution of AIDS medication
is also an issue that Staley is currently
working on. He founded the website to make treatment
information widely available, and he
is working continuously toward mak-
ing AIDS medications more available
Drugs can be produced in India
and sold for less than $100 in Af-
rica, said Staley.
Staley emphasized that the mes-
sage of the documentary does not
only apply to AIDS activism, but can
be applied to other causes as well. He
encouraged the students to change
the world through causes they are
passionate about.
It doesnt take huge numbers of
people to create change, he said.
There is a lot in the world to make
you pessimistic. Things seem un-
solvable. Just stick to it, do your
homework, and take a long-term
view of your goal.
Many students said the film in-
spired them to do just that.
What I take away from this is
the focus and drive, said Devin
Hardy 13. I hope to find a way to
channel this kind of energy into a
cause, even if its not personal.
Many students said that seeing Pe-
ter Staley in person drove the impact
of the documentary home.
Staley represents a manifestation
of what the flm portrayed and the
success of their fght, said Jefrey
Chung 16.
While he views this generations
activism as more diffuse and scat-
tered than the street activism of his
generation, Staley ended the ses-
sion by advising students to have
trust in themselves.
Just do it, Staley said. Have
faith that youll figure it out.
AIDS activist Staley speaks at lm screening
Panel discusses important
themes of Hunger Games
Hunger Games is the kind of flm
everyone should watch precisely be-
cause everyone is watching it, said Pro-
fessor Kristen Ghodsee of the gender
and womens studies program. It is a
cultural phenomenon that fuels itself.
On Tursday evening, a screening
of Te Hunger Games was shown in
Smith Auditorium. Te showing pre-
ceded a panel discussing its importance
in popular culture and flm gendering.
Ghodsee was joined by English and
Film Studies Professor Aviva Briefel
and Falmouth Memorial librarian
Jeanne Madden to discuss themes of
gender, viewer engagement and dysto-
pian societies.
Ghodsee said that her program de-
cided to screen Te Hunger Games
because it is the frst commercially suc-
cessful, young adult blockbuster with a
female lead. Te flm out-grossed the
Twilight saga by a substantial amount
on its opening night.
Its a real diferencein Twilight, 80
percent of audiences were female, said
Ghodsee said that by desexualizing
Katniss the female protagonistand
literally putting men and women on an
equal playing feld, Hunger Games has
become a cultural phenomenon.
What happened among young
adults that made it more acceptable for
young men to go see this? asked Ghod-
see, suggesting that it might have to do
with the authors avoidance of sketching
a needy femme fatale as her heroine.
For those unfamiliar with Te Hun-
ger Gamesa popular book trilogy
recently adapted for the screentells
the story of 12 to 18 year olds who must
fght to the death all while it is televised
to the nation of Panem.
According to Madden, the books
were of the shelves for young men at
Falmouth Memorial due to their popu-
larity. However, it seems to her that there
is more behind this than fght scenes
and action sequences.
Madden, a self-proclaimed dystopian
fction buf, proposed that the reason
young adults are drawn to this genre is
becauseas adolescentsthey exist in
a kind of dystopia themselves. She said
she believes this feeling of understand-
ing carries over to mature audiences be-
cause everyone can identify with that
feeling of having to fend for yourself in a
world that does not appear to have your
best interests at heart.
Professor Briefel spoke about the f-
delity to the print version and the flms
play with voyeurism. Briefel drew on the
idea that in the books, the tributes are
constantly flmed during the games, and
argued that by adapting the books to
flm, a new lens of viewership is added.
Audiences watching the movie may fnd
the incessant recording of the tributes by
government om cials disturbing, and yet
they too are looking on.
How does it not make us feel com-
plicit, guilty almost, of buying a ticket?
asked Briefel. Te flm works hard to
do this by making us forget our position
as viewing subjects. It may just be the
case that the flm invites its audience to
self-refection in ways the book cannot.
Briefel also touched on the feminiza-
tion of Katniss during the games and
the elaborate dress worn by the citizens
of Panems Capitol, the richest and most
opulent district. She saw this transforma-
tion not as a conformance to gender roles
but as a critique of the dissipation and
disillusionment of Panems elite society.
Kevonte Anderson 15 performs at last nights Slam Poetry for Justice event in Ladd House.
FIGHTING FOR A CAUSE: A scene from David Frances How to Survive a Plague.
12 .i iviu.v, .vvii ,, io1 1ui vowuoi ovii1
Poet Linda Aldrich works
with intuition, not formula
I cant seem to wrap my head
around the idea of our campus en-
capsulated by a bubblerefective
and self-important in the mid-coast
light, bearing the threat of an im-
minent pop the moment a student
stretches a toe past the barrier.
Bowdoin is the most permeable
of all the places Ive called home. We
departhome for Spring Break, to
a foreign country for a semester, to
Katahdin for a weekend hikeand
re-enter with such excitement and
frequency that one could classify it
as restlessness. If such a proverbial
bubble were to exist, weve surely al-
ready punctured its soapy flm.
Portland poet Linda Aldrich has a
thing or two to say about place and
metaphorical models that may reso-
nate with Bowdoin students.
Our lives are a series of concentric
circles, she started to tell me. We
have so many from which to draw.
Tey expand out from the body, to
homes of childhood, to schools.
I took a second and mentally plot-
ted my own life in Aldrichs terms, as
circles on a graph. It already seemed
more plausible than the bubble
Ten, of course, as you grow up
you move into new spaces: college,
places of relationship, job places,
travel places, Aldrich said. You
might travel the globe, increasing
your terrain.
I visited Aldrich in Portland, to
speak with her about her frst full
collection of poems, March and
Mad Women, which was published
in 2012. Previously Aldrichs poems
had appeared in several journals
and anthologies. She published a
chapbook of poetry in 2008 entitled
According to Aldrich, the poems
in March and Mad Women are
connected by emotional currents
and by the idea of liberating the self
from past places.
Its about coming into ones own,
free of ones DNA, she said. [Its
about] fnding that place where you
feel that you are actually transcend-
ing emotional shadows that once
held you back.
Aldrich grew up in Manches-
ter, N.H., in a working class family,
and attended the University of New
Hampshire. She spent her junior
year living in France.
Tat experience of transitioning
from living in a mill town to living
in Dijon, France is something I still
write poems about today, she said.
Afer obtaining her B.A. in English
and French, Aldrich went on to Flor-
ida State University, earning a mas-
ters degree in theater arts. She then
worked as an actress and director
at the Performing Arts Foundation
Playhouse in Huntington, N.Y., and
the American Conservatory Teater
in San Francisco.
Moving to Colorado and taking
poetry classes at a local community
college marked a crossroad in Al-
drichs career.
Te theater part of my life fazed
out and the writing part of my life
started up, she said. I think the les-
son to be learned is that as a creative
person you never know what your
life is going to evolve into.
March and Mad Women is, in
one sense, about evolution and mov-
ing between.
I work out of past places where I
have lived, said Aldrich. But when
youre writing about any place in par-
ticular, its colored by imagination.
Te moments that inspire Al-
drichs poems are spontaneous and
ofen elude logic.
I was out walking and got the
phrase tree of no rhapsody, she
said. What does that mean? I dont
know. I just like the sound of it.
Some of Aldrichs other spontane-
ously formed phrases include, Wa-
ter, Tree, Rock, great bruise of you,
rusted pin hinge, and particles
grabbed by gravity.
Te same intuitive sense that
drives her images also informs the
rhythm and shape of her poems. Al-
though she occasionally writes in a
more structured form, Aldrich said
that she generally works in free verse.
I have an internal sense of
rhythm that is working, and Im not
sure why, she said. When Im revis-
ing I revise aloud and listen for the
right rhythms and the sounds.
Free verse allows Aldrich to ex-
periment with the visual arrange-
ment of her poems.
Im conscious of white space
and of diferent ways the poem ap-
pears on the page, she said. I have
to think of both how it appears and
how its going to sound when I read
it aloud.
Reading her poems aloud is es-
sential to Aldrich, and having been
an actress, she is hyper-aware of her
Its so important to hear your
work aloud; theres such a wonder-
ful give and take between performer
and the people watching, she said.
Poetry audiences are particularly
good listeners. Te room can be-
come dense with listening.
Aldrich sees her interactions with
listeners, with other artists, and with
marketers as separate from what she
calls her introspective, writerly self.
Networking is crucial, she said.
Tere are times when you need to
go out walking and meeting people
and talking about what you are do-
ing, and then there are times when
you need to be a hermit.
Its hard to be an artist in todays
society, Aldrich added. All good
art requires standing back and see-
ing. If were caught up in the minutia
of our Facebooks and phones, thats
time that could be spent making art.
iviu.v, .vvii ,, io1 svov1s 13
Schleicher again came through
for Bowdoin, scoring her second
unassisted goal of the day to reduce
the Panthers lead to just two. The
rest of the first half went much the
same, with Middleburys scoring
coming mostly in two-goal bursts,
Gorajek sets goal mark as womens lacrosse reaches 6-1 record
After winning the first five
games of its season, the womens
lacrosse team split two matchups
last weekend, losing to Middlebury
15-10 before beating Williams 9-6.
After returning only three start-
ers from last years squad, the
team is fourth in NESCAC stand-
ings, behind three still-undefeated
teams: Middlebury, Colby and
Trinity. The Polar Bears (6-1, 5-1
NESCAC) will play three games at
home this week, facing Trinity (7-
0, 4-0 NESCAC), Endicott and the
University of Southern Maine.
The womens first loss of the
season came in a back-and-forth
loss to an undefeated Middlebury
team last Saturday.
The Panthers swung out to an
early 2-0 lead just three minutes
into the match, but attacker Mack-
enzie Schleicher 14 brought the
Polar Bears their first goal short-
ly thereafter. Middlebury again
poured on the offensive pressure,
piling on two more goals to make
the game 4-1.
Mens tennis handily wins 17
of 18 matches over weekend
Tis past weekend the mens tennis
team faced of against Connecticut
College and the University of South-
ern Maine at home, winning 17 of its
18 total matches.
In its frst match, Bowdoin swept sin-
gles play while winning two of its three
doubles matches against Connecticut.
Luke Trinka 16 and Chase Savage 16,
and captain Casey Grindon 13 and
Chris Lord 14, won the No. 2 and No. 3
doubles matches, respectively.
Noah Bragg 15 (No. 1), Grindon
(No. 2), Sam King 14 (No. 3), Lord
(No. 4), Kyle Wolstencrof 15 (No. 5)
and Savage (No. 6) all won their singles
matches against Connecticut.
In the Polar Bears second match
of the day, the University of Southern
Maine won just 11 total games en route
to losing every match.
As of the most recent D-III rank-
ings, Bowdoin (9-2, 2-0 NESCAC) was
ranked No. 6 in the country.
Due to last seasons successful run all
the way to the NCAA D-III Quarterf-
nals, expectations were high that this
season should be just as good; perhaps
even better.
However, a recent hazing policy vio-
lation severely afected Bowdoins out-
look, forcing it to forfeit its next four
matches and disqualifying the team
and all individuals from postseason
play. For more coverage of this incident,
please see Mens tennis team punished
for violation of hazing policy on page
1 of this issue.
Sa 3/30 v. Conn. College
v. Southern Me.
separated by scores from Lindsay
Picard 16, Jordan Smith 14, and
with under two minutes, captain
and leading goal scorer, Carolyn
Gorajek 13. The high-scoring half
ended 9-5 in favor of the Panthers,
who outshot Bowdoin 19-10. In
the first, the Polar Bears struggled
with finishing on their many op-
portunitiesthe team forced 10
Middlebury turnovers while only
giving up four of their own.
Bowdoin returned from the in-
termission with new determination,
and the second period proved to be
a much more even battle than the
first. Despite losing a goal to Mid-
dlebury in the first five minutes,
Betsy Sachs 14 scored less than 30
seconds later to stifle Middleburys
Back-to-back goals by Schleich-
er and Gorajek brought Bowdoin
to within three goals of tying the
game, but the Panthers played some
of their stoutest defense of the
match, limiting Bowdoin to just one
shot even though they gave up two
turnovers to the Polar Bears.
The Panthers brought the goal-
differential back to five after the
nearly 10-minute drought, putting
the game largely out of reach with
just 10 minutes left. Smith scored
twice in the remaining time but
two Middlebury goals brought the
final mark to a rather dissapoint-
ing 15-10.
The Polar Bears suffered from
poor defensive play outside the
creasegoalkeeper Tara Con-
nolly 13 was bombarded with 28
shots and stopped 13. On the other
hand, the Panthers goalkeeper was
pressured with just 14 total shots.
Bowdoin had a much different
game on Sunday against Williams.
This time the Polar Bears got out
to the early offensive start, with
CHASING GOALS: Bowdoin bested Williams 9-6 on Sunday as Carolyn Gorajek 13, pictured above, broke the Colleges career goal record, which hadstood for 27 years.
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DOUBLE UP: The No. 2 doubles pair of rst years Luke Trinka (left) and Chase Savage (right) competed
over the weekend against Connecticut College, beating their opponents 8-1.
Mens lax survives undefeated Midd and 4 OTs
Despite a bumpy opening to its
seasonin the form of a pair of
NESCAC losses to Connecticut
College and Amherstthe mens
lacrosse team has finally found its
stride. The team is in the midst of
a 5-game win streak after locking
up two important 7-6 victories last
weekend against conference rivals
Middlebury and Williams. The
wins helped push Bowdoin (6-2,
3-2 NESCAC) from No. 20 to No.
14 in the D-III rankings and third
in the latest regional rankings.
Saturdays game proved to be
especially important for the Polar
Bears, who dealt Middlebury its
first loss of the season. Billy Bergn-
er 13 netted a hat trick to pace the
offense, and Peter Reuter 16 and
Will Wise 14 each scored once.
In the first quarter against the
Panthers, a 1-1 tie was broken by
junior Franklin Reis wrap-around
goal with only three seconds re-
maining. Middlebury tied the
score again just 30 seconds into
the second quarter. The Bowdoin
attackers maintained their compo-
sure, answering with three uncon-
tested tallies to bring the score to
5-2 heading into halftime.
Following the half, Middlebury
was able to net an early point and
narrowed the scoring gap to just
two points. Bowdoin retaliated
with two more goals to close out
the third 7-3. The fourth quarter
saw Middlebury gain substantial
momentum, as they were able to
put three goals past goalkeeper
Chris Williamson 12 to close the
gap to just one goal. Despite Mid-
dlebury being on the offensive in
the final seconds of the match,
Bowdoin was able to secure the
win after Williamson made an im-
pressive point-blank stop as time
expired with a final score of 7-6.
The following day, the Polar
Bears travelled to Williams to face
the Ephs in a nail-biting confer-
ence matchup. With the score tied
6-6 at the end of regulation, the
teams ended up having to play four
high-energy overtime periods in
order to determine a winner.
Te Polar Bears came out strong
in the frst quarter, netting three
goals from Reis, Conor OToole 14
and Reuter in less than four minutes.
Early in the second quarter, Wil-
liams was able to narrow the scoring
gap, tallying two points to bring the
score to 3-2. Reuter answered with
one of his own, giving the Bears a
4-2 lead before the half. In the third
quarter, Bowdoin was able to net
two more to the Ephs one. Despite
Bowdoins 6-3 lead heading into the
fourth, Williams refused to give up,
scoring three goals and forcing the
game into overtime.
Te 4-minute overtime peri-
odswhich in lacrosse are played
sudden-death styleexhibited very
few shots on goal as both teams re-
fused to take risks on defense. Wil-
liamson stopped just one on-target
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ball in three of the four periods. But
afer neither team managed to score
afer 12 minutes of extra play, de-
fenseman Mac Caputi 15 ended the
contest early in the fourth overtime,
tearing through the middle of the
Williams defense and sending the
ball to the back of the net to score
his frst goal as a Polar Bear and give
Bowdoin the win.
Reis, last weeks NESCAC Player
of the Week, said that the team has
high hopes for the coming season,
and hopes to return to the NES-
CAC championship to avenge its
double overtime loss to Tufts in
the 2012 playoffs.
It would be great to have an op-
portunity to play them again in the
championship, said Reis.
According to Reis, Tufts will be
the Polar Bears toughest competi-
tor in the 2013 season.
They returned two very strong
offensive players, and have con-
sistently made it far in the NCAA
tournament, he said.
Reis said he was optimistic
about the teams current momen-
tum, which is a stark contrast to
the teams shaky spring break play.
As a team, we must maintain
our focus, he said. We have
reached the halfway point of our
season, and we cannot underesti-
mate any opponent we play.
The NESCAC Player of the
Week distinction was again award-
ed to a Bowdoin player this week.
Williamson, who racked up a .703
save percentage and 5.95 goals
against average over the weekend,
achieved the second consecutive
honor for the Bowdoin squad.
The Polar Bears will return to
action tomorrow when they travel
to Hartford to face Trinity. The
team will then face non-conference
Keene State at home on Tuesday.
With consecutive NESCAC
Player of the Weeks and
a 5-game win streak,
mens lacrosse is third in the
conference after starting the
season 1-2
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In a sport where goals scored
tend to outpace saves, lacrosse goal-
keeper Chris Williamson 12 came
up with a season-high 18 saves in
a 7-6 victory against Middlebury
last Saturday and 14 saves in a
quadruple-overtime battle the next
day against Williams. He saved over
70 percent of shots he faced on the
weekend, including a critical stop as
time expired at the end of regula-
tion against Middlebury.
Te Polar Bears have grown to
rely on Williamsons steadiness in
net, but his lacrosse career started
on a whim and his goalie career
on even less. Te Winnetka, Ill.,
native did not grow up in a re-
gion of the country known for
its lacrosse pedigree. In fact, Wil-
liamson played hockey until the
sixth grade, when he decided he
needed a change.
I got hit in the head a few too
many times and I had to quit, he
said. It was a happy accident.
According to Williamson, his
career as a goalie began similarly.
Its the position nobody wants
to play at that age, Williamson
said. So everyone would have to
throw their sticks into a pile [to
choose who would have to mind
the net], and my stick got picked
once or twice. I realized pretty
quickly I found my calling.
His calling, incidentally, in-
volves getting pelted by dense rub-
ber balls fung at nearly 100 miles
per hour. But those who know him
best say he has the personality for
the position.
Lets be honest here, captain
and defenseman Max Rosner 13
said. No goalie is ever really nor-
mal. As a group, theyre a few fries
short of a happy meal. You can see
that with Chris.
Williamson said he has heard
that before.
My father always says were a
few cards short of a deck, he said.
Williamson said he agrees, that
you cant be very smart if you
play goalie.
Described by friends and family
as quirky or eccentric, or both, Wil-
liamson, known as Mitch to his
teammates, is the kind of teammate
players and coaches alike want in
the locker room.
Hes a confdent athlete but not
in an arrogant way, Head Coach
Jason Archbell said. Its a quiet
confdence; he doesnt take himself
too seriously.
He goes around the locker
room with this extra oomph, Ros-
ner explained. A lot of guys look up
to him for the hardworking indi-
vidual he is and his high lacrosse IQ.
Hes come into his role as a leader,
regardless of grade or age.
Chris Williamson 12
By age, Rosner meant William-
sons status as a ffh year senior. He
delayed his junior year because he
did not like how his grades were
turning out. Afer some consider-
ation, he decided to pull an aca-
demic 180, changing his major from
neuroscience to philosophy.
Neuroscience was a lot more
number crunching than I expect-
ed it to be, he said. I was just
getting more out of my philoso-
phy classes.
He spent his gap year taking phi-
losophy classes at Northwestern and
working at an Apple Store.
Im a huge closet nerd, he said.
I built computers as a kid. I toyed
with the [Computer Science] major
but the labs were a bit of a turn-of.
Now, Im just the resident IT for the
lacrosse team.
Te year of worked to every-
ones beneft. Williamson got his
frst chance in front of the net his
sophomore year when the team lost
starter Jake McCampbell 11 to inju-
ry. Tough Williamson would have
likely challenged McCampbell for
his job the next season, the gap year
allowed McCampbell to fnish his
career and Williamson to preserve a
year of eligibility.
It did have an impact on his
mother, though; he said she still calls
him to make sure he is planning on
Shes not what I would call opti-
mistic, he joked.
Despite his reputation for odd
humor and playing dub-step, Wil-
liamson is as serious as can be be-
tween the pipes. Slightly smaller
than the average goalie at 61 and
a lean 160 pounds, he has mastered
the nuances of goaltending. He is
known for adjusting his position-
ing in an attempt to goad opposing
attackers into taking poor shots.
Despite his role as a leader on and
of the feld, his crease is a private
world where he focuses on nothing
but his job.
Yeah, Im directing tram c a bit,
but at the end of the day, my job is to
stop the ball, he said. Tere are six
other guys who can direct tram c.
Stopping the ball is much more
easily said than done, given the size
of the net. Knowing that a shut-out
is an impossible hope afects a goal-
keepers mindset.
Your goals are relative, Wil-
liamson said. I try to save at least 50
percent of the shots coming at me. If
a team shoots 15 times, thats about
seven goals. I know we can win if we
only have to score more than seven.
Tough I guess that can back-
fre, he joked. If you only see one
shot in a quarter and it goes in
well, you havent met your expecta-
tions then, have you?
e sports editor of the Orient
chooses the Athlete of the Week based
on exemplary performance.
Endured four overtime
periods against Williams,
stopping three crucial shots
Leads NESCAC goalies in
saves and ranks third in save
Baseball has 1-3 weekend, dips to .500
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Mens baseball got of to a rough start
against NESCAC rival Trinity last week-
end, losing the frst two of three games
to open conference play.
Te Polar Bears then hosted the Uni-
versity of Southern Maine (USM) in
Bowdoins opener, a dissapointing 7-2
defeat that dropped the team to 9-9.
USM came out swinging in the top
of the frst and took a two-run lead of
of a double. Bowdoin worked its way
back and tied the game in the bottom
of the third inning when Aaron Rosen
15 scored on a error by the shortstop.
But when the Huskies found them-
selves with runners on frst and third
with no outs in the top of the fourth,
they capitalized to take a two run lead.
Tree more runs in the seventh inning
sealed the deal for USM and consigned
Bowdoin to a home defeat. Te Polar
Softball wins two of three, takes Trinity series
In the sofball teams frst confer-
ence series of the yearits frst three
games back in the Northeast afer
a spring training trip to Florida
Bowdoin went 2-1, outscoring Trin-
ity 15-7 last weekend.
Bowdoin lost a 1-0 pitchers duel
on Friday despite letting up just one
hit. Melissa DellaTorre 14 pitched a
one-hitter and surrendered a single
unearned runcaused by an error on
Dimitria Spathakis 16while striking
out two and walking none on the day.
On Saturday Bowdoins ofense
fnally asserted itself, as the Polar
Bears swept the doubleheader by
scores of 6-5 and 9-1.
Captain Gen Barlow 13who
broke Bowdoin all-time record
for runs scored earlier this year
opened the scoring in the top of the
frst inning with a two-run home
run. Two innings later, captain Toni
DaCampo 13 hit a solo shot and Ka-
tie Gately 16 hit a two-run homer
of her own. Starter Julia Geaumont
16 pitched a strong game with six
innings of one-run ball, earning her
ffh win of the year in the process.
Te second Saturday matchup
featured a complete game four-hit-
ter by DellaTorre, and 14 total hits
by the Polar Bears. DaCampo and
Geaumont led the way with three
hits apiece, while Gately added her
second home run of the day.
A game against Tomas College
scheduled for Monday was post-
poned, and will be rescheduled for
some point later in the season.
Bowdoin (13-6, 2-1 NESCAC)
now sits at second place in the NE-
SCAC East Division behind Tufts
(17-2, 3-0 NESCAC). The Polar
Bears will play three home games
against the Jumbos this weekend
before heading to the University of
Southern Maine on Wednesday for
a doubleheader.
Bears used nine diferent pitchers in
the outing, but ultimately the loss fell
to Drew LoRusso 13, who gave up the
two runs in the fourth inning.
Bowdoin should have opened at
home last weekend against Trinity, but
unplayable feld conditions in Bruns-
wick necessitated moving the three-
game series to Connecticut.
Trinity scored early and ofen last
Friday, and by the bottom of the fourth
inning, the Bantams had amassed a 7-0
lead. Bowdoin found some life with
RBIs from Cole DiRoberto 15 and
Mike McQuillan 15 in the bottom of
the fourth. Dave Bernstein 13 relieved
captain Oliver Van Zant 13 on the
mound afer the ffh inning and gave
up only one run in the next two innings,
but the Polar Bear bats stayed silent and
Bowdoin dropped its frst game in the
NESCAC East 8-2.
Trinity came out strong again on
Saturday in the frst game of the double-
header and had a 6-1 lead going into
the bottom of the sixth inning, when
Bowdoin scored two runsone on an
RBI single from Van Zant and the oth-
ers when Erik Jacobson 15 scored on
a wild pitch. Kevin McDonough 14
blanked the Bantams in the top of sev-
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enth in relief of starter Henry Van Zant
15 and with RBIs from Sam Canales 15,
Taylor and Jacobsen in the bottom of the
inning, the Polar Bears tied the game 6-6
to force it into extra innings. However,
Trinity scored twice in the top of the
eighth with no response from Bowdoin
and the Bantams took an 8-6 victory to
clinch the series win.
Te Polar Bears started hot in the
second game of the day. Captain Tim
McGarry 13 knocked in two runs with
a double and then stole both third base
and home to give Bowdoin a 3-0 lead.
Bowdoin added a fourth run in the
bottom of the sixth inning when cap-
tain Dan Findley 13 scored on a RBI
groundout from Jacobsen. Tat would
be all Christian Martin 14 would need
to fnish the gamehe gave up only one
run in a complete game. Te Polar Bears
were able to score four runs despite hav-
ing only one hit, while the Bantams were
only able to produce one run of of their
eight hits.
Te team will host a three-game
series against rival Bates this week-
end. Te frst game of the series will
be played on this afernoon at 3 p.m.,
and the teams will face of in a double-
header on Saturday.
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Gorajek slamming away two free po-
sition goals to get Bowdoins attack-
ers rolling. Sachs and Olivia Raisner
15 added goals of their own to give
their team a dominating 4-0 lead with
17 minutes lef in the frst half. Wil-
liams showed great poise despite the
Bowdoin onslaught, capitalizing on a
shif in momentum to add three goals,
sending the teams into intermission
with a closer 4-3 contest.
Reminiscient of the start of the
game, Picard opened up the scoring
four minutes into the final period.
Gorajek, who had tied Bowdoins
scoring record with her previous
goal, broke the record with her
146th career score
seven minutes
into the second
Sachs and Me-
gan OConnor
16 helped pound
the Ephs defense,
bringing the game
to 8-3 in the frst
ten minutes.
Te Ephs pressed
on in the latter part
of the second half,
scoring three goals
before Gorajek
added her fourth
of the match to bring the fnal mark
to 9-6.
Te Polar Bears ramped up their
ofensive efort on Sunday, shooting
at the Ephs goal 29 times while only
allowing 16 shots against Connolly.
Gorajek has led the Polar Bears in
scoring this season. She recorded 24
goals in the squads frst seven games
and has eight regular season matches
to add to Bowdoins career scoring re-
cord, which now stands at 147 goals
and counting. She now lies only 16
assists away from breaking the assists
record and fve points away from top-
ping the overall points mark. Gorajek
is averaging 4.42 points per game this
year, which makes it altogether pos-
sible that she could hold two of three
scoring records afer this weekend.
Yet Gorajek maintains her humility,
and said that the whole team contrib-
utes to its success this season.
What has been really great is that
a lot of younger players have had the
opportunity to step up since we lost a
handful of valuable seniors last year,
Gorajek explained. Tese players are
providing higher energy during prac-
tices, [which] defnitely forces me to
keep up the intensity and hustle. And
I know the harder we work the bet-
ter our attacking unit will be able to
collaborate during games to produce
Our biggest strength is that we
have 24 players that have the ability to
make an impact in every game, she
Two of the more consistent
Bowdoin players thus far have been
Picard, with seven goals and three
assists, and OConnor, with two
goals and three assists. OConnor
noted that she is glad the competi-
tive atmosphere among the athletes
has allowed her to keep feeding of
her teammates.
There is no division between
the freshman and older girls,
OConnor said. Lindsay and I col-
laborate well with
the older players
and it has allowed
us to achieve some
success on the
Te Polar Bears
prolifc attack this
season has proven
to be diverse and
consistent. Smith,
the second highest-
scoring Polar Bear
with 11 goals and
four assists, was
quick to note that
the defense has also
carried the team.
We have one of the best defenses
in the NESCAC and playing against
them every day at practice has pre-
pared our attack for the strong oppo-
nents we are going to face this year,
she said.
Tree vital home games await the
Polar Bears this weekthey will face
stern opposition in an unbeaten Trin-
ity team tomorrow before playing
non-conference Endicott on Sunday
and Southern Maine on Wednesday.
Trinity will be a very tough game
against a tough opponent, Gorajek
said. Endicott on Sunday is also very
important for us; given that they are
an out of conference opponent, the
win will be very important towards
our regional ranking.
Gorajek said the team has toned
down its expectations in order to fo-
cus on playing better lacrosse.
Tis year we have been looking at
one game at a time, whereas in years
before we were focusing on the larger
picture, she said. Lower expecta-
tions from last years team have really
worked in our advantage as we contin-
ue to progress throughout the season.
Earlier this semester, Bowdoin
hired Neil Willey as its new head
coach of strength and conditioning
coach. A student of the Colleges
most recent coach, Jim St. Pierre
while at the University of Maine, he
comes from the University of Arizo-
na to replace his former mentor.
Its been kind of a whirl-wind,
Willey said. My whole career was in
one spot, Arizona. I started a family
and we had our house and every-
thing. Right now there are a lot of
things Im just trying to wrap my
head around and trying to get the
teams going and prepared.
Willey comes to Bowdoin afer
working at Arizona for 15 years. He
most recently served as the Direc-
tor of Olympic Sports Strength and
Conditioning, training fve teams:
baseball, sofball, swimming, diving
and gymnastics.
Its defnitely diferent from what
Im used to since there are a lot more
teams to take care of than Ive had in
the past, said Willey.
Willey is not new to Maine,
however. He grew up in the state
and even competed in high school
track meets at Bowdoin. While
studying at the University of
Maine, Willey was captain of the
track team and a decathalete.
Willey became interested in the
profession of strength and condi-
tioning from St. Pierre, who was the
strength and conditioning coach at
the University of Maine at the time.
I would go in and talk to him on
my own to get advice, see what he
was doing; that really sparked my in-
terest in it, he said.
Willey frst ventured to Arizona
for a semester internship to complete
his undergraduate degree. He vividly
remembers the drive out to Tucson.
It was in August and 110 degrees.
I had an old Volkswagen with no air
conditioning, said Willey. Over-
heating, I wanted to turn around and
come home.
Willey has been looking for an op-
portunity to return home to Maine
ever since.
Tere are only so many positions
in terms of strength and condition-
ing and therefore not that many op-
tions of doing what I love to do in
the state that I would want to do it
in, said Willey.
Coming from a much larger uni-
versity, Willey was attracted to Bow-
doins smaller environment.
I love a smaller school, smaller
campus and community, he said. I
feel you can get to know everyone
and communicate well.
Ashmead White Director of Ath-
letics Tim Ryan views Willeys com-
munication skills as an important
asset for his new position.
He can serve as a conduit for
the athletic department to the
greater Bowdoin community. Ryan
said. In this position you work not
only with students who participate
on teams but also faculty and staff
from across campus.
The University of Arizona is a
D-I institution, but Ryan said he
believes Willey was a great fit for
Bowdoin due to his appreciation for
the NESCAC philosophy for ath-
letic programs.
Neil has a frm understanding of
the balance between a student hav-
ing a successful academic experience
[...and] an interest in being a com-
petitive athlete, said Ryan.
My thought and hope is that
at a D-III school kids are doing
sports because they love it, said
Willey. It is not mandatory to be
in the weight room, so if kids show
up to be in here, my hope is that
they want it. Thats what Ive seen
across the board.
Unsurprisingly, Willey has ob-
served a different level of athletic
ability between his old position
and Bowdoin.
In terms of strengths its a difer-
ent ball game, said Willey. But at
the same time its a human body, and
my job is to make it a little bit bet-
terhopefully a lot betterwhether
youre at the highest or lowest level.
A main focus for Willey is hav-
ing athletes bring intensity into the
weight room.
I think that intensity is always
going to win whether were on
the field playing or in the weight
room, Willey said. I always say if
were just going through the mo-
tions you might as well have stayed
home and sat on the couch. I like to
see kids always moving. I dont like
to see kids sitting around between
sets and just talking, I think thats
something we can do our other 23
hours of the day.
One major challenge for Willey is
adjusting to a much smaller weight
room than the 24,00 square foot fa-
cility at the University of Arizona.
Ive had to rewrite my programs
to ft the room, he said.
Willey does not foresee the new
programs he implements to be a ma-
jor change from St. Pierres regimine.
One new thing Willey is currently
experimenting with is group work-
outs, in which he combines athletes
from diferent sports teams.
Ryan said he was very excited to have
Willey join the athletic department.
Hes a thoughtful and caring
person who has the best interest of
students in mind, said Ryan. Ive
received overwhelmingly positive
feedback and were excited to have
him here.
Dan Davies, Bowdoins director
of athletic training, echoed Ryans
praise for Willey.
Hes very professional, in-depth
with his workouts, Davies said. He
has foresight in how to stabilize the
body and put it through motion.
Willey continues to lif weights
and remain active.
I like to try out what Im having
the athletes do before they do it, so
I can see if it works and feel what
theyre going through, he said.
Willey also keeps in shape by
mountain biking. He competes in
observed trialsa type of competi-
tive mountain biking that involves
riders racing on obstacle courses
with rocks and ledges without touch-
ing the ground with their feet.
I started in junior high and
got away from it when I was doing
track, said Willey. Afer I moved to
Arizona I got back into itIve got-
ten to compete in the mountain bik-
ing world championships for the past
two years. It gives me a goal, some-
thing to train for.
College hires new conditioning coach
We have one of the best
defenses in the NESCAC and
playing against them every
day at practice has prepared
our attack for the strong
opponents we are going
to face this year.
Jordan Smith 14
Womens Lacrosse Attacker
In terms of strengths [D-III is]
a dierent ball game [than D-I].
But at the same time its a human
body, and my job is to make it a
little bit betterhopefully a lot
betterwhether youre at the
highest or lowest level.
Neil Willey
Head Coach of Strength and Conditioning
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Ryan echoed Mills interest in
bringing a diverse student body to
Bowdoin each year.
One of our goals at Bowdoin is to
have a community thats comprised
of people with many diferent inter-
ests, said Ryan. We work with the
parameters that are in place for us
regarding athletes and were pleased
with the success that weve been able
to have both in the classroom and
on the playing feld.
Afer Mills February faculty
meeting remarks, faculty members
launched into a larger discussion
about the relationship between col-
lege athletics and academics.
One of the issues that came up
was students missing classes on Fri-
days due to away games, said Boyd.
Te administration talked about
how that had all been worked out
and there wasnt supposed to be any
missing of classes. But then some
faculty members said Actually, no,
there had been incidents of it.
While unanimously agreeing that
there is value in participating in
athletics, some professors said they
felt that athletes at Bowdoin are
pressured to dedicate an inordinate
amount of time to their sports.
Tere are some very bright peo-
ple who dont have the time or en-
ergy to reach their potential in the
classroom, said Kohorn.
If teammates are saying Oh,
dont take that class because of prac-
tice, then thats really detrimental to
the academic program of the institu-
tion, said Boyd.
Student-athletes, too, acknowl-
edged the strain that practices,
games and other team functions can
put on their studies.
Every single time between classes
in-season, even if its just 45 min-
utes, I have to be doing something,
said Kelsey Mullaney 16, a member
of the feld hockey team, in an in-
terview with the Orient. If I
dont, then Im going to be
up late. Procrastination
isnt an option.
Two hours a
day at practice
translates to a
2-hour practice,
a half-hour din-
ner with the team,
minimum, and a
half-hour of cleaning
up and getting ready to do work,
said Ezra Duplissie-Cyr 15, a
member of the mens club rugby
team. Before you know it, its
eight oclock and half of your day
is gone.
Duplissie-Cyr opted not to play a
varsity sport at Bowdoin because of
the additional time commitment.
Ive heard [varsity athletes]
complain about getting back from
a game at 11 oclock on a Tuesday
night, he said.
Despite this, many athletes re-
ported athletics having a positive ef-
fect on their academics.
It creates a schedule for me, said
Spencer Vespole 13, who plays wa-
ter polo in the fall and coaches the
womens water polo team in the
spring. Outside of the season I dont
really know what to do between 4:30
and 6:30. Ill fall asleep.
As a junior, Ive gotten used to the
fact that Im pretty much always in
season, said Grim n Cardew 14, a
member of both the football and
lacrosse teams. I feel like I work
best when Im in season because
I tend to procrastinate [other-
wise]. It forces
me to be
organized and
have a schedule.
When I have an
hour or 45 minutes
to get work done, thats
when I have to do it.
According to Mullaney, be-
ing a member of a sports team has
improved her academic experi-
ence as a frst year in multiple
ways. Because feld hockey is
a fall sport, she said she de-
veloped her study habits
during her busiest time of
the year.
It would be much
harder starting with
lots of free time
and then going
into a sport,
she said.
several ath-
letes con- firmed
the con- c e r n
t h a t B o y d
h a d that stu-
d e n t a t h l e t e s
o f - ten choose
classes around
their sports
commitments, as
a way to more pru-
dently manage their
future schedules.
Tere were class-
es in the afernoon that
I couldnt take [because
of practice], which sucks
because they arent ofered
in the spring, added Mullaney.
Tats really frustrating.
Tere have been a couple of night
classes in the past that I wouldve
been interested in taking, but I didnt
just because I wouldve missed prac-
tice, said Cardew. So to a certain
extent its afected it, but I wouldnt
make any complaints about it.
According to Professor of
Economics Jonathan Goldstein,
athletes at Bowdoin have little
incentive to dedicate time to
schoolwork at the expense of their
athletic careers.
At Bowdoin, 85 percent of grades
are As and Bs, he said. What that
says is that the opportunity cost of
shirking academic responsibilities
to pursue extracurricular activities is
very small.
However, not all professors on
campus said they agree that stu-
dent-athletes should always have
to be students first.
Te people who disparage
spending a lot of time
on athletics are
thinking from a
perspective that
its a wasted
endeavor, said
Assistant Profes-
sor of Econom-
ics Erik Nelson.
Presumabl y,
you would
think youre
a better
person for
d e v o t i n g
more time
to your
mind than
your body,
but I dont
ily agree
with that.
P e o p l e
who are
worri ed
a b o u t
a t h -
l e t e s
a n d
t he
of time they
spend with the sport think
that theres some kind of wrong-
ful imbalance. I dont know why,
Students are adults by the time
theyre in college, added Nelson.
Its up to them to decide how they
want to allocate their time and the
risk they run by dedicating a lot of
time to a particular activity.
Even though the Colleges student
athletes have limited time to spare for
schoolwork, academics are a major
concern for the Athletic Department.
When we go through the hiring
process of coaches, we talk about the
importance of the academic perfor-
mance of our students, said Ryan.
We hope to attract people who are
philosophically aligned with the
idea that students are here to be stu-
dents frst.
Whether they like it or not, coach-
es at Bowdoin must look to recruit
players who will meet the approval
of the Om ce of Admissions.
Regardless of how good a player
someone is, the schools not going
to accept them if they dont think
theyre qualifed, said Tim Gilbride,
the head coach of mens basketball.
As for non-recruits, the defnition
of qualifed at Bowdoin is fuid when
compared to other peer institutions.
Teres nothing formulaic [for
us], said Head Football Coach Dave
Caputi. Ivy League schools have
something called the Academic In-
dex. Te highest score you can get
is 240 points. Good essay, bad essay,
glowing teacher recommendations,
lukewarm teacher recommenda-
tions: none of that factors into it in
the Ivy League formula. Bowdoins
is not a quantitative evaluation; its a
qualitative evaluation.
Standards have changed over
time as the school looks for diferent
things, students from diferent areas,
or whatever the case may be, said
Gilbride. Every year someone from
admissions will talk to Tim Ryan
and say Here are the parameters.
Sometimes theyll ac-
tually sit down with us coaches
as a group and say, Here are cases
of kids whove been admitted or not
admitted, and heres why.
Once given a clear picture of what
to look for in recruits academic pro-
fles, coaches work hard to project
which of their target players stand a
good chance of admittance.
As a result of the non-formulaic
approach in admissions, Bowdoin
coaches must pay particular atten-
tion to their athletes non-athletic
performance. Dean of Admissions
and Financial Aid, Scott Miekle-
john, declined to comment for this
We save all the information of
kids weve admitted in the past and
say to ourselves How did Admis-
sions read this kid? So well do some
pretty lengthy analysis for future ref-
erence, said Caputi.
Some guys are borderline, aca-
demically, said Gilbride. Your
initial information might be test-
ing scores and GPA in a recruit-
ing sheet. Then well ask for more
information: Whats he taking for
courses? Is he taking AP classes?
What courses are on the schedule
next year? If that stuff s very strong,
then we can think that it might
work out.
Like all Bowdoin students, ath-
letes have the opportunity to utilize
many academic resources. Coaches
make sure to let their players know
what is available on campus.
I talk to my players pretty regu-
larly, especially the frst years, said
Gilbride. Sometimes people arent
aware of the resources available to
them. Occasionally, if they come in
and struggle academically theyll be
embarrassed, because theyve always
been so successful as a student [prior
to college]. I tell them to meet with
the professor or join a study group.
Its advice Id give to any frst-year
Coaches are also con-
cerned about keeping
close tabs on their
players grades.
All freshmen
and anyone who
got below a 3.0
in the previous semester go to a
study hall once a week for an hour,
Cardew said of the lacrosse team.
Most recruits succeed in the
classroom once at Bowdoin, and
many excel. Eighty-four Polar
Bears were named to the NESCAC
All-Academic Team this past fall,
and 77 were named for the winter
I think thats a measure of the
job the admissions om ce does, said
Coach Caputi. Its a measure of the
standards we have and us trying to
fnd kids who are a good match.
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Compiled by Carolyn Veilleux
Sources: Bowdoin Athletics, NESCAC
NESCAC Standings
*Bold line denotes NESCAC tournament cut-o
Conn. Coll. 5 1 6 2
Middlebury 4 1 7 1
BOWDOIN 3 2 6 2
Wesleyan 3 2 7 2
Bates 3 3 5 4
Tufts 2 2 6 2
Williams 2 2 3 4
Amherst 2 3 3 5
Hamilton 2 4 4 4
Colby 1 3 4 4
Trinity 0 4 2 7
Sa 3/30
Su 3/31
at Middlebury
at Williams
1 P.M.
1 P.M.
Middlebury 5 0 8 0
Colby 4 0 7 0
Trinity 4 0 7 0
BOWDOIN 5 1 6 1
Amherst 3 2 6 2
Williams 2 3 7 3
Bates 2 4 4 5
Hamilton 2 4 4 5
Tufts 1 3 4 3
Wesleyan 0 5 3 6
Conn. Coll. 0 6 2 7
Bates 2 1 7 5
Trinity 2 1 11 8
BOWDOIN 1 2 9 9
Tufts 1 2 9 7
Colby 0 0 7 4
Tufts 3 0 17 2
BOWDOIN 2 1 13 6
Trinity 1 2 8 7
Colby 0 0 5 5
Bates 0 3 4 7
F 4/5
Sa 4/6
M 4/8
at Bates
v. Bates
v. Bates
v. Saint Josephs (ME)
3 P.M.
1 P.M.
4 P.M.
3:30 P.M.
F 4/5
Sa 4/6
W 4/10
v. Tufts
v. Tufts
v. Tufts
at Southern Maine
at Southern Maine
4 P.M.
2:30 P.M.
3:30 P.M.
5:30 P.M.
F 4/5
Sa 4/6
W 4/10
at Williams
v. Emory at Williams
v. Colby
4 P.M.
1 P.M.
4 P.M.
Sa 4/6 Womens President Trophy (BU)
Central Series Three (Harvard)
10 A.M.
9 A.M.
Sa 4/6 at Springeld Invitational 11 A.M.
Sa 4/6 at Springeld Invitational 11 A.M.
Sa 4/6
Su 4/7
W 4/10
v. Trinity
v. Endicott
v. Southern Maine
2 P.M.
7 P.M.
Womens tennis suffers rst spring loss, now 8-1
Sa 3/30
Su 3/31
v. Conn. College
at Amherst
The womens tennis team, which
opened its spring season play-
ing seven games over the break in
California, had its first home game
this weekend, beating Connecticut
College 9-0, before losing at Am-
herst 7-2.
Bowdoin swept all nine matches
against Connecticut. The No. 2 dou-
bles team of Emma Lewis 14 and
captain Kellen Alberstone 13 had
an 8-0 shutout to clinch the victory.
The No. 1 doubles team of Emma
Chow 15 and Chantalle Levartu 13
only dropped one game to its oppo-
nents, winning the set 8-1. Tiffany
Cheng 16 and Kate Winningham
14 had an equally dominant per-
formance at No. 3, only losing two
games to their counterparts to seal
the doubles sweep.
In singles, neither Susanna How-
ard 14 (No. 5) nor Chow (No. 6) lost
a game to their opponents, and no
Polar Bear dropped more than three
games to a Conn. College player.
Te team was undefeated until it
faced Amherst, who spoiled its sev-
en-game win streak with a 7-2 fnal
score. Bowdoin lost all of its doubles
sets, although the No. 1 and No. 3
squads fought to closely-contested
losses of 8-5 and 8-6, respectively.
In the singles matches, Cheng won
a tiebreaker at No. 3 to earn a point
for the team. Winingham earned the
other point at No. 4, just barely win-
ning the frst set 7-6 before sealing
the deal with a dominant 6-2 second
set score.
Tis weekend, the 8-1 Polar Bears
travel to Williamstown, Mass., to face
D-IIIs No. 5-ranked Williams to-
morrow and No. 3 Emory on Sunday.
Bowdoin was ranked No. 8 in the lat-
est Intercollegiate Tennis Association
poll on March 28.
-Ron Cervantes contributed to this
DOUBLE OR NOTHING: Bowdoins No. 2 doubles squad of Kellen Alberstone 13 (front) and Emma Lewis 14 (back) won eight straight sets against Conn. College.
Sa 4/6 v. American International 1 P.M.
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Bowdoins Project
here are many ways that the College could respond to Te Bowdoin
Project, a report published by the National Association of Scholars
(NAS) that attacks the Colleges educational mission and waxes nostalgic
for the Bowdoin of the pastbefore co-education, am rmative action and
the elimination of fraternities made this place what it is today.
Te report claims that the Colleges liberal arts curriculum educates stu-
dents in progressivism, but is itself deeply infused with conservative ide-
ology. It at once criticizes Bowdoin students for refusing to engage with
viewpoints that diverge from their own, while expressing disdain for a cur-
riculum that teaches us to look beyond our community and our borders.
Despite the authors claims to the contrary, Te Bowdoin Project in-
sults the intelligence of Bowdoin students, and misrepresents the nature of
a liberal arts education. Te best response to the report is to regard it with
the critical acuity that Bowdoin has taught us.
In that spirit, we admit that there is truth to a number of the reports
arguments. Intellectual diversity is a real issue on campus, as it is at many
like institutions. Te vast majority of students and professors identify as
liberal, which understandably limits the audience for conservative ideas
both in and out of the classroom. Some departments have very few survey
courses, and many classes focus on esoteric and narrow topics. But that
doesnt mean the College doesnt teach us anything of worth, as the NAS
One of the reports most objectionable claims is that the College is wrong
to educate students about sexual assault and wrong to make contraception
widely available on campus. Equally disturbing is its denunciation of Bow-
dons eforts to increase racial and ethnic diversity. While Mr. Klingenstein
has said he is in favor of a meritocratic approach to diversity that fosters
inclusion, any college that adopted his philosophy in its admissions poli-
cies would likely resemble the homogenous Bowdoin of decades past.
Klingenstein and Wood maintain that they chose to focus on Bowdoin
in particular because the College ofers a quintessential liberal arts experi-
ence. We agree, but seriously question the methodology by which their
research was conducted. Te reports political agenda precludes it from of-
fering an accurate portrait of our College.
Te Bowdoin Project is an opportunity for the our community to address
the very real problems that do exist on campus and engage in a discussion
of how the College can improve. Te conclusions of the NAS should not
dictate how Bowdoin addresses its academic shortcomings in the future.
We are lucky that the College has taught us what it has, for its our Bow-
doin educations that have taught us to approach dissenting views with an
open mind. Te studys authors implicitly portray us as apathetic, unin-
formed students who dont care about our country or our place in its histo-
ry. Tats not who we are, and already students reactions to Te Bowdoin
Project have demonstrated precisely that.
An exchange with
President Mills
To the Editors,
I write to tell you about my commu-
nication with President Mills regarding
the NAS study.
I sent the following letter to President
Mills the morning afer Mondays facul-
ty meeting. He was kind enough to call
me upon receiving it. During our phone
conversation I voiced my agreement
with parts of the piecemeal reports that
the NAS has already released; with the
gist of Tomas Klingensteins arguments
in his Claremont Review of Books essay
and in the Bowdoin Orient; and with
Millss own argument, in his September
2010 convocation address, which I ex-
cerpted in the letter.
I asked President Mills to look to the
fnal NAS report when it is released and
point out in public those parts that echo
what he said in his convocation address.
I hoped that his doing so would cause
people who would otherwise dismiss
the central message of his address
which I understand to be more concor-
dant with the thrust of the NAS than he
doesto take it seriously. He said that I
should rather have the guts to stand up
and say it. Herewith.
Assistant Professor of Economics Ste-
phen Meardon
Monday April 1, 2013
Dear President Mills,
I was sorry to hear my colleagues
chuckle at the mere mention of the NAS
study at todays faculty meeting. I am sor-
rier to say that, to my ear, you encouraged
I was present at your convocation ad-
dress in September 2010 and admired
your aim. We must guard against politi-
cal correctness and a culture where every- supposed to feel comfortable, you
said, and rightly.
e chuckles were the sound of people
resting comfortably with the conviction
that the ideas in the study, probably a
good deal dierent from those that domi-
nate around here, need not be seriously
entertained. Its a dierent sound entirely
from your admirable convocation ad-
With highest regard,
Steve Meardon
NAS report is not as
in-depth as it suggests
To the Editors,
What I fnd most troubling about
the NAS report is not the veiled racism
and homophobia of its suggestion that
critical thinking can be learned better
from the study of Plato than from the
study of how heterosexual whiteness
maintains hegemony in much (though
not all) of everyday public discourse.
Nor is it the fact that this purported
"full-fedged ethnography" lacks any
clear methodology and appears not to
have involved the element of participa-
tionhanging out, you might say
that I take to be fundamental to the
trustworthiness of any ethnographic
Indeed, had the author actually visit-
ed my own freshman seminar on queer
theory, he might have found that the
social constructedness of gender was
very much up for debate!
Rather, it is the simple fact that
its core argument against Bowdoin's
liberal bias seems to imply that 'true'
critical education would need to give
equal time and attention to all ideas
no matter how anachronistic, mor-
ally baseless, or already entrenched as
normative. Such a vision precludes the
possibility of transgressive or progres-
sive thinkingbut then again, I sup-
pose that's the point! Nonetheless, I
hope Bowdoin enjoys the opportunity
for dialogue and refection.
Willy Oppenheim 09
Colleges reaction
to hazing is troubling
To the Editors,
First of, Id simply like to say that I
was deeply disturbed by the Bowdoin
administrations reaction to the mens
tennis teams so-called hazing inci-
dent. However, before I start, there are a
few things that bear mention.
1) No one was hurt, and at no point
was there any risk of anyone being hurt.
2) No one was at all forced or coerced
into doing anything they didnt want to
In fact, it is my impression that a good
time was had by all. Yes, all. With these
points in mind, it seems to me that there
is no conceivable reason why the ad-
ministration (let alone another student,
unprovoked) should feel compelled to
interfere at all in this matter, let alone
strip these athletes of what amounts to
more or less their entire seasonpracti-
cally one-fourth of their college careers.
Tese athletes have worked for years
for this opportunity, and to see it taken
away by administrators tipped of by a
third party is, frankly, heartbreaking. Let
me tell you a dirty little secret: almost ev-
ery team on campus has such rituals,
and such events serve to strengthen our
ties as teammates and friends, not to os-
tracize or belittle certain members.
James Denison 14
To the Editors,
Despite its girth, the National Asso-
ciation of Scholars report What Does
Bowdoin Teach? fails to answer its
eponymous question.
Te report focuses on Bowdoins tep-
id embrace of identity studies, claim-
ing that these felds lend themselves to
conclusions in search of evidence and
thus undermine scholarship on campus.
However, this focus fails to grapple
with Bowdoins curriculum as experi-
enced by most students. Many of the
studies departments are not even large
Report says more about
authors than Bowdoin
To the Editors,
Te NAS report wonders why we
talk about sexual assault so ofenwith
Sexual assault a College
issue, despite NAS claim
messages right from the start of Orienta-
tionwhen we only have a few formal
reports of sexual assault on our campus
each year.
In a society where teenage boys can
assault someone and then tweet about it,
and where survivors are forced to leave
their college because staf made them
feel as though the assault was their fault,
sexual assault is clearly something that
needs to be a part of more conversations.
Addressing the issue of sexual assault
at Bowdoin, the authors of the report
state, Tere appears to be a collective
will at Bowdoin to believe something
about the Bowdoin community that
is manifestly false. As the co-leader of
both Safe Space and the Alliance for
Sexual Assault Prevention, I certainly
am a person urging the campus to be-
lieve something about the Bowdoin
I wish, so badly, that the NAS were
right. Tat I was perpetuating a myth.
Unfortunately, I know through my years
of supporting survivors at Bowdoin that
there are more instances of sexual as-
sault than the numbers show. And until
the prevalence of sexual assault really is
where the NAS wants readers to believe,
I will continue to make sure we keep
talking about it.
Matt Frongillo 13
enough to warrant a major and the rest
parasitize other departments oferings
to provide sum cient courses. Mean-
while, science, technology, engineering,
and technology feldswhich educate
almost a quarter of Bowdoin students
receive little mention beyond criticism
of their (necessarily) onerous major re-
Tis blinkered approach leads the
report to a number of unsubstantiated
conclusions. For instance, it asserts that
Bowdoin students cannot receive in-
struction on American intellectual, po-
litical or military history, even though
Bowdoin annually ofers courses titled
American Political Tought, Ameri-
can Political Development, and War
and Society, albeit not solely from the
History department. Elsewhere, the
report proclaims that the politicized
nature of the interdisciplinary depart-
ments precludes debate on global
warming and innate gender diferences,
yet I encountered free and frank discus-
sion of both in biology classes.
In the end, the reports omissions
reveal far more about its authors (and
its funders) biases than they do Bow-
doins. In that, the NAS is of a piece with
its identity studies foes: the narrative
trumps the facts.
Chris Adams 09
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Google Doodles speak to secularism
Sunday, March 31, 2013 will go down
in history as the day a multinational cor-
poration viciously attacked the moral
sensibilities of a third of the world.
Google intentionally and maliciously
insulted billions of peopleincluding
millions of its usersthrowing them
under the bus in its pursuit of its aggres-
sively liberal politics.
At least thats what the religious right
likes to think.
Last Sunday, Google commemo-
rated labor organizer Cesar Chavezs
birthday with a Google Doodle in his
honor. Of course, last Sunday marked
another important day: Easter. Te
way right-wing pundits such as Erick
Erickson and Glenn Beck see it, Sun-
days Doodle was a slap in the face to
billions of Christians worldwide. Te
simple act of commemorating some-
thing other than Easter on Easter was
described as everything from a poke
in the eye to a clearly intended mes-
sage that Google doesnt deign to wish
[Christians] well on their sacred day.
In short, it was something that the
righteous stewards of American mo-
rality could not abide.
Google does not make a habit of
commemorating religious holidays,
Christian or otherwise. It recognized
Easter with a Doodle back in 2000, with
nothing more than a pair of eggs to re-
place the Os in its name. One is hard-
pressed to fnd Doodles celebrating Jew-
ish or Muslim holidays. Instead, Google
chooses to recognize secular holidays
like Tanksgiving and Mothers Day, na-
tions independence and election days,
and the birthdays of important people.
As a corporation without a particu-
lar religious am liation but with a huge
client base, Google honors historical
events, not specifc religious events
like Easterwhich many take as an af-
front to that holiday and its associated
beliefs. But if failure to publicly cel-
ebrate a religious holiday is indicative
of a disdain for the relevant religion,
then Google must be considered anti-
Semitic since it has never celebrated
Yom Kippur with a Doodle.
Tis reaction is a symptom of a
larger problemthe belief that even
a failure to acknowledge Christian
holidays indicates an intolerance of the
religion. Caterwauling about the War
on Christmas is another example
Christian conservatives take it as a per-
sonal and religious ofense that govern-
ments and businesses might decline to
celebrate Christmas and instead wish
people a more inclusive happy holi-
days. As everyday life becomes more
secular, religious conservatives claim
that their rights are being trampled and
that public morality is disappearing as
others seek to nurture a culture domi-
nated by human values and celebra-
tions that can be had by all.
Te fact is that in the mainstream
view, religion is becoming an ever-
more-private afair. Te young and the
educated in general eschew religious
arguments for societal issues such as
marriage equality, and incredulously
wonder how something as individual
and private as religion can justify cur-
tailing the rights of entire classes of peo-
ple who do not share the same socially
conservative religious views. Googles
failure to publicly celebrate Easter is not
a vile ofense against every Christian in
America but an acknowledgement of
the idea that religion should stay in the
private realm.
Here at Bowdoin, Easter celebrations
seem to have followed that general trend.
Dining pulls out a few stops on Easter
Sunday and students have Easter egg
hunts, ofen substituting beer in place
of the pastel eggs of their childhoods.
We no longer have an Easter break, but
students who wish to celebrate Easter in
a religious capacity may do so. We ac-
commodate but neither encourage nor
discourage the religious celebration. Re-
ligious observance of Easter is treated,
rightly, as a private afair.
Of course, at this point it seems to be
a vocal minority that laments the passing
of religion from mainstream culture. For
most of the 18-40 set, this change is wel-
come. We prefer our culture and our laws
to focus on human needs, not religious
beliefs. Te cohort of old, religious white
men is shrinking in size and are being
replaced by a secular younger generation.
We recognize that the United States is not
a Christian nation, but an inclusive one
that seeks to expand human ideals rather
than religious ones. Our culture certainly
draws from Christianity, but it also draws
upon Jewish, African and Latino tradi-
tions, and countless others. But no one
would describe the United States as a
Jewish, African or Latino nation.
To symbolize their anger towards
Google, disgruntled Christian conser-
vatives on Twitter declared that they
would switch to Bing. Unfortunately for
them, moving to an inferior search en-
gine will not win their culture war. Tat
battle will ultimately be lost with the dis-
appearance of the close-minded belief
that religion should govern the daily life
and the continued rise of secular, hu-
manistic ideas that seek to better all of
humanitynot just those of whom the
strictly religious approve.
David Steury is a member of the Class
of 2015.
What does the NAS report teach?
In many respects, the NAS report
What Does Bowdoin Teach? is not
news. Few, if any, would dispute that
there is a liberal bias on campus and
that our community celebrates and
privileges certain views over others. Pe-
ter Wood and Michael Toscano explore
the Colleges politics in part by labeling
concepts such as sustainability, mul-
ticulturalism, and global citizenship
as dirty words and phrases, ideas that
do injustice to what the report calls
the American miracle. Clearly, there
are fundamental diferences of opinion
between the writers of the report and
Bowdoins educational mission, but to
ignore the report because it is predict-
able or contrary to our own beliefs is
to confrm the reports central fnding:
that Bowdoin is a close-minded, parti-
san place.
Te report reads like a plea to the
good old sons of Bowdoin, whom
perhaps the writers hope will keep Presi-
dent Mills phone ringing of the hook
for the foreseeable future. Yet it is true
that both alumni and students have the
responsibility to consider howand
whatBowdoin is teaching.
I doubt anyone would argue that
nothing about Bowdoin should be
changed. Te report should be consid-
ered not only to test the very critical
thinking skills brought into question,
but also because, frankly, it contains
some useful ideas. For one, I have ofen
been disappointed by the lack of survey
courses in the curriculum, and in some
way, Bowdoin has limited my ability to
explore new disciplines by not ofering
easier access.
Further, the report is right to question
where a college draws the line regarding
core requirements. Should all English
majors study Shakespeare? Should all
students? Should we all read Latin? As
is ofen the case, it is a matter of com-
promise. Te report simply disagrees
with the Colleges decision over where
the compromise should be made, and to
think this idea is ridiculous in principle
would be a mistake.
As a digression, I wonder what the
writers make of the sof drink situation
in New York City. Should an institution
protect us from taking Queer Gardens
or from having consensual sex because
we dont know better, but not from buy-
ing a Pepsi over a certain size?
As students who have invested our-
selvesto varying degreesin Bow-
doins educational mission, some of us
might feel attacked, and perhaps we have
the right to feel this way, especially as the
report makes the conscious decision to
name names. But if we liberalsand I
will self-identify here as a liberal, what-
ever that may mean to youclose ranks
and continue, however unwittingly, to
stife minority voices on campus, we are
missing a great opportunity.
While the writers do not seem to
acknowledge their own capacity for
close-mindedness, the report is correct
to warn us that replacing one set of dog-
mas with another does not constitute
open-mindedness. It is both unfair and
untrue to label liberals as open-minded
and conservatives as close-minded. Be-
ing open-minded does not necessarily
mean being traditional or progressive,
religious or atheist, capitalist or Marxist,
or anything in between.
It means being unbiased in our con-
sideration of new ideas and the opinions
of others, and even if many of us, in the
end, do not change our mind about
whether Bowdoin is educating its stu-
dents in the correct fashion, dismiss-
ing the NAS report out-of-hand is only
proving its point.
Parker Towle is a member of the Class
of 2013.
Reading the NAS report, I found
that Toscano and Wood had a very de-
liberate agenda with two main points.
Firstly, they wanted to portray Presi-
dent Mills as a villain. Secondly, they
expressed dissatisfaction with changes
to Bowdoins curriculum and culture
that favor multiculturalism over Euro-
centrism and American history. While
the article was extremely well written
and attentive, parts were deliberately
misleading, especially the sections on
sex and tolerance.
President Mills is portrayed as a
leader with numerous faults. Te report
cites his plea to Bowdoin and Maine to
vote Yes on 1 to legalize gay marriage
as the administration dictating political
policy. Tough Mills made this plea as
a private citizen, Wood and Toscano
see this as an abuse of power and as evi-
dence that President Mills is instruct-
ing students how to vote. Any reader
of Mills letter would see that President
Mills presents a simple, polite argument
that acknowledges the opposite point of
view numerous times while still hold-
ing fast to his belief.
Te authors ridiculously criticize
President Mills comments afer Sep-
tember 11 arguing the fact that he did
not mention the efects of the attack on
America as a whole and instead focused
on the Bowdoin community is prob-
lematic. Tis characterization is banal,
meaningless and insulting. Tat Presi-
dent Mills chose to focus on supporting
the College does not put him at fault in
any way. Deigning to mention this vi-
gnette only detracts from this work as a
Te authors have a very diferent
philosophy on what a liberal arts edu-
cation should be than that of the Col-
lege. Common themes are the need
for American history and an emphasis
on the West. Te distribution require-
ments are described as vestigial excuses
for a core curriculum, and the special-
ization of courses is seen as inferior to
survey courses.
As a student who was required to
fulfll distribution requirements, I ar-
gue they are far from vestigial. Not only
were some of the courses surprisingly
challenging, but also the expanse of
knowledge covered to merely fll these
requirements was quite vast. I was ex-
posed to Venetian art, Japanese em-
perors, supply and demand, and much
more. I grumbled about fnding VPAs,
complained about social sciences, but I
took the classes and gained something
from each experience.
I am a biology major and an English
minor, yet I have also taken history,
Asian studies, classics, physics, chem-
istry, and gender and womens studies
classes. Were I forced to relearn about
the Constitutional Convention or how
many old white men signed the Dec-
laration of Independence, I may have
been unable to take some of these class-
es. Instead, I can now converse about
Titians development as an artist, the
fall of the Tokugawa emperors, Platos
theory of the cave, and the mating hab-
its of Anseriformes.
Rather than looking around a cam-
pus and fnding only people who take
the same classes and learn about the
same topics, students are exposed to
nearly 2,000 other minds with difer-
ent experiences. Our specialization and
choices help defne us as students and
as people. Increasing the number of
survey courses would be detrimental to
our educational growth.
In the section on sex, the authors
garbled their report to the point of
intentionally providing misinforma-
tion. Wood and Toscano spend a few
pages mentioning Speak About Ita
performance about issues of sexual-
ity written by Bowdoin studentsand
summarize that the overarching mes-
sage of the performance is have sex
freely, in the form you deem desirable,
but make sure that your sexual partner
or partners agree that this form of sex
is agreeable.
Ignoring the reports other snarky
comments on the performance, this
account is wrong. Consent was the
most important part of the play, not
that everyone is required to have sex.
Te performers depict abstinence as a
perfectly viable option. Describing this
performance as deliberately promoting
sex is simply incorrect.
Even more problems arise with the
discussion of rape. Te authors criti-
cize Bowdoin for telling students the
national averages rather than only the
Bowdoin statistics. Tey claim this is
equivalent to some form of collec-
tive hysteria. Tis is insulting to ev-
ery member of the community and
especially to every person at Bowdoin
involved in trying to prevent sexual vi-
olence. Imbuing healthy caution is not
the same as creating hysteria. All this is
done in a pioneering efort to support
victims of sexual violence and prevent
future incidents. Bowdoin is head and
shoulders above many peer institutions
in this regard and fnd these arguments
particularly hard to swallow. Te Col-
lege does not encourage student sexual
activity and facilitate it, as the authors
write. Bowdoin understands that there
will be sexual activity and attempts to
ensure that it occurs safely.
Wood and Toscano also jump to a
number of conclusions without any ev-
idence. Just because Bowdoin does not
preach abstinence, it is not fair to say
that the campus has an abundance of
visual and verbal sexual vulgarity and
pornographic expression.
However, I admit that there are some
merits to Te Bowdoin Project as
well. Firstly, the mention of Bowdoins
attempts at gaming the US World
and News Report rankings is quite in-
teresting and worth reading. Secondly,
the problem of students being under-
prepared for college is a problem many
students deal with. I certainly had
trouble adjusting, and maybe having a
more rigorously-dictated frst semester
would have ensured I got the necessary
skills to succeed.
Te report is full of Bowdoin his-
tory. Reading it will teach a massive
amount about Bowdoin College and
how things have changed over the last
50 years. I respect the authors for the
time and efort they put into this work
and, while I disagree with their conclu-
sions, I do not want to take away from
their achievement. If this report sparks
a healthy discussion on education as a
whole then it is a gif to our school.
I think the main confict that I and
many other readers have with this re-
port is based on a diference in phi-
losophy. I believe that a liberal arts
education should be very much stu-
dent-driven, and that having only a few
set requirements encourages personal
growth and a passion for endeavors
Wood, Toscano and Klingenstein,
have a diferent philosophy on what
a liberal arts education should consist
of. Tats fne; they do not need to send
their children to NESCAC schools.
Bowdoin is my home and I love it here.
Te school may not be perfect, but its
still pretty damn good.
Toby Zitsman is a member of the
Class of 2013.
Bowdoin Project: the good,
the bad and the misleading
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Edge of America
Director Chris Eyre, a Cheyenne and Arapaho, will screen
his 2003 lm about an educators experience on reserva-
tions as part of the Native American Film Series.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m.
Womens Rugby D-II First Round Game
The conference-winning Bowdoin team will host American
International College to begin the national tournament.
Pickard Field. 1 p.m.
Catering and Talent Show
The International Club will showcase student talent
performances while providing international food from
Brunswick restaurants.
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall. 5:30 p.m.
Ursus Verses Invitational
The co-ed a cappella group will host an invitational
performance featuring Bates ensemble TakeNote.
The Chapel. 7 p.m.
Colby-Bates-Bowdoin One-Acts Festival
Masque & Gown will host a festival featuring theater
troupes from each campus in a friendly rival showcase.
Wish Theater, Memorial Hall. 7 p.m.
Battle of the Bands
Student bands will compete for the chance to open at Ivies.
Attendees will vote for their favorite band after the event.
Jack Magees Pub. 7 p.m.
Mr. Polar Bear 2013
Six sophomore men will compete for the title by putting
their talents on display in front of a panel of judges.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.
Consent is Sexy Kick-O
The Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention promotes healthy
sexual relationships during the annual week. Information,
merchandise and candy will be available.
Morrell Lounge, Smith Union. 2 p.m.
Gerald Chertavian 87
The CEO and founder of Year Up, a nonprot committed to
providing educational opportunities for low-income youths,
will discuss his career path and the opportunity divide.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 12:30 p.m.
Mao: One and Too Many
History Professor Leah Zuo will share her analysis of the
former party chairmans communist regime in China.
Room 218, Adams Hall. 4:30 p.m.
Portland Sea Dogs College Night
Student Activities will sponsor a trip to the minor league
baseball game versus the Yankees-a liated Trenton Thunder.
Hadlock Field, Portland. 6 p.m.
Django Unchained
The Bowdoin Film Society will screen the 2012 drama set in
the antebellum South about a slaves quest to rescue his wife.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. 7 p.m.
Bowdoin One-Acts Competition
Four student plays will compete for the chance to perform
at the One-Acts Festival the next day.
Wish Theater, Memorial Hall. 7 p.m.
Reed House Presents Lucas ONeil 12
Former Improvabilities member ONeil will perform stand
up comedy with comedian Kate Ghiloni.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 8 p.m.
Stories from Around the World
Students will share stories from their international adventures.
30 College Street. 7 p.m.
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How Inuit Artists Create Meaning
Curator Norman Vorano will deliver a lecture about Inuit art to
mark the opening of the newest exhibit in the Arctic Museum.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m.
Becoming a Jewish Writer
Renowned Author Allegra Goodman will discuss her recently
published works and her experiences as a novelist.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.
Senior Sex Panel
Senior students will discuss experiences, give advice and
answer questions about healthy sexual relationships.
Room 315, Searles Science Building. 7:30 p.m.
Student Night
at the
Museum of Art
First Year
Portland Prowl
Modern Money
and the Financial
Songs for
a New World
FRIENDLY FIRE: Students strategize against their opponents during laser tag sponsored by Bowdoin Student Activities last Saturday night in Morrell Gym.