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EDITORIAL: It takes a campus.
Page 13.
KICKING THE CAN: David Steury ’15 on
Bowdoin’s misleading diversity numbers.
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Matt Goodrich ’15 on being an atypical Bowdoin
student; Eliot Taft ’15 on the emotional limits of
digital maps.

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The field hockey team returned to Brunswick as
national champions for the fourth time in seven
years, after defeating Salisbury 1-0 in the NCAA
D-III title game.
APPROVAL: The Registrar received its highest
student approval rating in the past three years.
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HOUSING: 39 students were asked to shuffl e
housing to make room for returning juniors.
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Hallie Schaeffer ’16 and Julia Binswanger ’16 performed “Rules”by Jayme Dee at the Bowdoin Music Collective showcase last night in the Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill.
Brackett to
resign post
as Registrar
next month
Colby cuts rugby funding to student outcry
College Registrar Jan Brackett will
leave her position this January 2014,
afer 14 years at Bowdoin.
Her tenure at the College included
a seven-year stint as Coordinator of
the Women’s Resource Center in the
’90s before her return to Bowdoin in
2006 as the Associate Registrar, which
led to her eventual promotion to Reg-
In the Om ce of the Registrar,
Brackett has guided Bowdoin through
the transition to an online registration
system. Without her, there would be
no Polaris.
“She has been a key player through-
out her time in setting up and estab-
lishing that online system,” said Dean
for Academic Afairs Cristle Collins
Please see BRACKETT, page 5
A recent decision by the Colby ad-
ministration to stop funding its men’s
and women’s club rugby programs
has sparked a controversy on the
Mules’ campus.
In a meeting on November 19, the
teams were told that they would not
be funded afer the Spring 2014 sea-
son. Players said the announcement
came as a surprise.
“We were all expecting an apol-
ogy because they had messed up the
beginning of our season, essentially
forcing us to forfeit our frst games,”
said Kaitlin Fitzgerald, a sophomore
on Colby’s women’s team, in an inter-
view with the Orient via Skype. “In-
stead, they told us they were cutting
both teams afer the conclusion of the
spring season.”
In response, the school’s adminis-
tration has proposed that the teams
raise a $2.5 million endowment
which, theoretically, could perpetu-
ally fund the team of the interest.
Mac Nichols, a senior on the men’s
team, called that proposal “extremely
unreasonable” in an interview via
A larger issue
Te decision comes at a time when
many small schools are grappling
with rising costs associated with
rugby teams, thanks to increasingly
competitive college leagues and in-
creasing awareness of the many safety
risks associated with the sport.
“At all NESCAC schools, rugby
clubs have always been an issue,” said
Nichols. “Tey’re an expensive afair
and they can be especially dangerous
for people who are involved.”
However, there are also new fnan-
cial pressures.
“Historically, club sports were really
regional,” said Allen Delong, director of
Bowdoin’s student life which partially
oversees the funding for the men’s club
rugby team. “Suddenly, we have club
teams that go to nationals. Tis is total-
ly new and has evolved really quickly.”
Colby’s two teams are currently
funded by the school as a single club.
Te administration has argued that
ensuring the safety of players would
require hiring paid coaches and
athletic trainers to be at every game
and practice, which would increase
the cost of the program from about
$18,000 to $115,000 annually.
In a post on Colby’s Facebook
page, Lori Kletzer, vice president for
academic afairs and dean of faculty,
wrote that $115,000 is “an amount
that is dim cult to justify when
weighed against spending levels for
other club sports as well as overall
College priorities.”
Colby’s budget for all student clubs
is currently $295,000.
“As with any collision sport, the
appropriate and responsible over-
sight of club rugby demands high lev-
els of coaching and medical support,
particularly since our understand-
ing of the injury risks has increased
steadily over the past few years,”
Kletzer wrote.
Colby is one of the frst schools to
eliminate its rugby program for “pure-
ly fnancial reasons, and not punitive
ones,” according to Tim Badmington,
another senior on the men’s team.
He said that the administration
sees itself as being “on the cutting
edge—the deans think that every
school will have to make a decision
Please see RUGBY, page 5
‘NARPs’ and athletes: examining campus divisions
At Bowdoin, there are two kinds of
people: varsity athletes, and everyone
else. Colloquially, this second group
is commonly referred to as “NARPs:”
Non-Athletic Regular Persons.
True or not, the idea that a student’s
sport (or lack thereof) defnes his or
her life on campus is so pervasive that
even last year’s National Association of
Scholars’ (NAS) report on the College
discussed the notion of two distinct
spheres on campus: the athletes and
the non-athletes. Tis conclusion was
largely based on information gleaned
from decade-old Orient articles and
the College Prowler book “Bowdoin
College 2012: Of the Record.”
But contrary to the NAS report’s
conclusions, this divide—if it exists—is
not an academic one; the diferences in
athlete and non-athlete GPAs is negli-
gible, according to an April 2013 Orient
More noticeable are the perceived
social consequences of playing (or not
playing) a sport. Te Orient took a
more in-depth look at this issue by in-
terviewing over 20 students, including
varsity athletes, club athletes, non-ath-
letes and former athletes about these
campus divisions.
Te athlete presence
Tere is a prevailing belief that ath-
letes constitute a majority group on
Non-athlete Preston Tomas ’17
said, “when I frst got here, it seemed
like everyone was playing a sport.”
According to the U.S. Department
of Education’s Equity in Athletics data,
638 of 1830 Bowdoin students partici-
pated on at least one varsity team in the
2012-2013 school year.
Of these varsity athletes, 353 were
Please see ATHLETES, page 4
A handful of Alpha Kappa Sigma alums gathered Tuesday, November 26 at
38 Harpswell Road to say a final goodbye to their old fraternity house,
reminiscing on their years there and sharing thoughts on the demolition.
Please see the full story on page 3.
Over half of Colby student body
signs petition in opposition;
Bowdoin rugby secure with
diversified funding sources.
After 14 total years at the College,
Brackett plans to take time off
from work to bike the
Underground Railroad route.
From left to right: David Humphrey ‘61, Neil Martin ‘65, Sandy Schmidt ‘66, Ray Brearey ‘58, George
Eliades ‘64, Roger Tuveson ’64
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Afer requesting that students
disable unauthorized Wi-f access
points in an email to the College
last month, Chief Information Of-
fcer Mitch Davis said that Infor-
mation Technology (IT) has wit-
nessed improved communication
with students about Bowdoin’s
wireless network issues.
Students have been responsive
to both Davis’ November 15 cam-
pus-wide email and the Orient’s
November 22 article that called
attention to the predicament.
Davis and the IT department are
continuing to adjust and improve
the campus network based on
student feedback and have added
over 30 new access points—main-
ly in dorms—since the issue was
brought to light.
“Te students that had [un-
authorized] access points have
called me and we’re working with
them,” said Davis.
In the past few weeks, Davis
has also responded to multiple
calls from the parents of students
who have installed unauthorized
access points and he is work-
ing through the issue with both
parents and students to help de-
termine an appropriate course of
Troughout his exchanges with
these students, Davis has noticed
a recurring trend: many of the ac-
cess points have been installed in
order to support Apple TVs.
Students have found it neces-
sary to install their own personal
access points because Apple’s digi-
tal media player operates through
a Wi-f networking system called
Bonjour, which is not supported
on most enterprise-class networks
like Bowdoin’s, according Davis.
In an attempt to both amelio-
rate the personal access point is-
sue and make Apple TVs compat-
ible with the Bowdoin network,
Davis has initiated a pilot pro-
gram involving the students who
already own and are using Apple
TVs in their dorms.
“Right now, we’re working with
Cisco to provide access to that
protocol and they have solutions
that they’re testing,” said Davis.
“If we can do that, then we can
provide Apple TV to classrooms
and other places where people
want it.”
One of the most salient features
of Apple TV is AirPlay, a sofware
component that provides for wire-
less streaming of audio, video and
photos between devices. AirPlay
allows users to wirelessly project
their computer screen onto a tele-
vision monitor, for example.
Davis continues to urge stu-
dents to notify him or the In-
formation Technology Advisory
Council (ITAC) of any problems
with wireless service so that they
can be addressed and fxed ac-
In response to student-reported
issues with connectivity in West
Hall, IT is working on fxing eight
existing access points in the dorm.
Davis reiterated that despite his
wish for students’ unauthorized
access points to be turned of, he
will not actively shut them down
at this point in time.
“I’m not going afer everybody,
I’m just asking them not to [install
access points] if they can,” he said.
“But afer Christmas I’ll be harder
on them—or we’ll have a better
-Compiled by Meg Robbins
In the men’s hockey home opener against Colby, goalie Steve Messina ’14 and Bowdoin supporters rejoice after Bowdoin scores a goal that was disallowed by referees. The Polar Bears lost to the Mules 4-2.
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Bobby Driscoll ’14
“My biggest regret
this semester was definitely
taking five classes.”
Calvin Park ’17
“Not living in the moment....if I focused
on the ‘power of now’more, I think I
would’ve enjoyed my time a little more.”
What is your biggest regret of this semester?
Meredith Outterson ’17
“I wish I’d gotten to know
my advisor a little bit more.”
Olivia King ’14
“It might be taking two English
classes at the same time.”
A proposal by the Information
Technology Advisory Council (ITAC)
for a web-app that would enable on-
line ordering at Jack Magee’s Pub and
Grill has been proposed to Dining
Services. If Dining deems the project
valuable enough, it may come to frui-
tion by the end of the academic year
or in the fall of 2014.
“It’s not a done deal,” said Chief In-
formation Om cer Mitch Davis. “[Staf
from Dining] are interested, but we
have yet to meet with them to talk
about it.”
If all goes according to plan, Davis
and members of ITAC will meet with
Dining Services to start making prog-
ress on the proposal before winter
“[We have] to talk about what [the
web app] would mean from both sides
of the fence—what the students would
desire and what Dining feels would
work for them,” said Davis. “We’ll do
a little survey from students—Is this
valuable? Do you think it’s interest-
ing—and if we fnd out there’s a lot of
interest in it, then we’ll go ahead and
put some efort behind it.”
Davis shared the idea with Bow-
doin Student Government at a meet-
ing on November 13, where it was well
received by student representatives.
Matt Glatt ’14, founder and co-
chair of ITAC, who also came up with
the idea for the Pub web app, said the
concept came about naturally.
“I thought, why keep calling the
Pub, it’s really annoying—there has to
be a more em cient way of [ordering],”
said Glatt. “Te business process at the
pub isn’t what it could be. Te cashiers
spend most of their time taking calls
rather than cashing people out, so it
would take some stress of of them
and help make things run smoother.”
According to Glatt, the proposed
web app would work similarly to on-
line ordering sites at places like Dom-
ino’s or Papa John’s. Students would
go to a website, select items and top-
pings, submit their order and receive
a wait time. Formatting the program
as a web app instead of a smartphone
app will ensure compatibility across
all devices with access to the Internet,
including computers.
Each year, ITAC proposes 20-30
projects, but only implements three
to fve, according to Davis. In order
for the pub web-app to make its way
onto the devices of Bowdoin students,
it must show potential to beneft both
students and pub workers. So far, it
seems like an advantage for everyone
With the possible addition of the
app, students would no longer have
to wait as long afer ordering on the
phone or in person, even the Pub’s
busiest times.
Tis also means Pub employees
would have fewer phone calls to an-
swer. Plus, Glatt said, the web-app will
not be dim cult for workers to main-
tain or regulate.
“It links directly with the pub’s
back-end ordering network so the ca-
shiers don’t have to input anything—
it’s all done automatically,” said Glatt.
According to Glatt, the imple-
mentation of this new technology
shouldn’t result in any change in the
number of employees at the Pub.
However, Davis pointed out that there
are potential issues that need to be
“You could create a situation where,
say, 100 students call in 15 minutes
and Dining couldn’t respond,” Davis
said. “Tere has to be a way to mea-
sure what’s in the queue.”
Te project is in an early stage of
development right now—the next
steps include design, implementation,
testing and launch.
But, as Davis said, at this point “it’s
just a matter of programming time.”
Student leaders push for
proposed pub web app
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Emotions fowed for members of
Alpha Kappa Sigma when a handful
of alums visited their former fraterni-
ty house on November 26. Te demo-
lition process commenced November
25 on the house, which is located at 38
Harpswell Road and is now referred
to as Lancaster House by the College.
“It was sad walking through the
house as it was being prepped for de-
molition and seeing what it was like
today versus what it was like when we
were there,” said Roger Tuveson ’64
in a phone interview with the Orient.
“Naturally, you get a little bit of mel-
ancholy and a little bit nostalgic when
you think of some of the memories.”
Tuveson was not the only former
member who reminisced on memo-
ries associated with the house. Several
alumni singled out one memory in
particular from their time in the fra-
In the early 1960s, the Bowdoin
chapter of the national fraternity
Kappa Sigma broke from the national
group and became Alpha Kappa Sig-
ma. Te Bowdoin chapter, afer decid-
ing to pledge a non-white student, was
forced by the national organization to
either depledge the student or leave
the national fraternity.
“Unanimously, [the fraternity
members] said, ‘Tell [the national
representative] to leave the property
and never come back. We’re quitting
the national,’” said Richard Black ’64.
“We made a decision to leave Kappa
Sigma as a national fraternity because
of their racial policy.”
David Humphrey ’61 and Tuveson
also noted this moment as one in which
they were most proud of the fraternity
and the community it fostered.
Humphrey brought a copy of the
June 1958 Alpha Rho Crescent, a fra-
ternity newsletter, with him to the
house. One article entitled “Wine,
Women and Song!” recalls fond mem-
ories of winter house parties thrown
by the fraternity.
“Following the frantic frst semes-
ter exam period winter house parties
rolled around,” reads the article. “No-
body, but nobody, was without a date.
Te bar was very popular on Saturday
night and the dancing to the Bowdoin
jazz band was great.”
Te fraternity alumni also held
prominent memories of seasonal
weekends at the house.
“One of the winter weekends, we
had a snow sculpture which won top
prize for the frat,” said Tuveson. “It
was very competitive and the theme
was Bowdoin. We had a very talented
young freshman or sophomore who
took it upon himself to design the
Hockey pep rally canceled
in last minute decision
Students anticipating revelry before
the November 22 Bowdoin-Colby
hockey game were surprised to hear
about the cancellation of the College-
sponsored pep rally a day before the
event was scheduled to happen.
Director of Student Life Allen De-
long and Bowdoin Student Govern-
ment (BSG) President Sarah Nelson
’14 sent the campus-wide email early
Friday morning.
Delong said the sudden cancellation
came afer eforts to salvage the event.
“Students wanted this thing,” said
Delong, “and we wanted to see if we
could make it happen… but there was
a point where we thought, maybe this
isn’t the best game to try something
Te event had been planned for
roughly three weeks in advance, pri-
marily by Polar Bear Nation—a joint
committee of BSG and Athletic Coun-
sel members—in response to student
desire for new pre-sporting event ac-
tivities. Te group has been working to
build campus support for athletics and
increase attendance at games.
Te decision to cancel it did not
come down to any one party but was
the result of a combined decision of
several groups involved in the plan-
ning process, according to Delong. He
worked with the Student Activities Of-
fce to help organize the event from a
policy-adherence standpoint.
At the November 20 BSG, Athletic
Council representative Doug Caplan ‘15
had outlined his hopes for the pep rally,
urging students to show spirit by wear-
ing black and to bring pots, pans and
utensils as noisemakers. A cash bar was
planned for students over 21 years old.
Te Bowdoin-Colby hockey game is
the best-attended sporting event of the
year, and its success already requires a
substantial efort from the Events Of-
fce. Delong said that adding another
big event in tandem didn’t seem like a
good idea afer deliberations.
He added that stam ng was also a
concern, as most students who would
have worked the rally wanted to attend
the game as well.
“We didn’t want our frst go at this to
have mixed results,” said Delong.
Students expressed mixed feelings
about the proposed pep rally.
“I have to say that going to the
hockey game is about all I do in terms
of sports events,” said Meena Dieterich
’15. “I was interested in the fact that
there was a pep rally and interested in
the fact that they then canceled it, but
I don’t really understand the point of
pep rallies. I feel like there’s enough
spirit at the hockey game.”
Delong clarifed that the cancella-
tion does not set a precedent, stating
that he thinks there will be another
attempt at a similar rally in the future.
Nelson and Charlie Rollins ’14, the
chair of Polar Bear Nation, both said
they weren’t worried about the long-
term impacts of the cancellation.
“Te goal of Polar Bear Nation isn’t
just to provide events,” said Rollins.
“Te long-term goal is to change the
tradition around athletic events.”
Approval ratings remain high across the board
“It is ridiculous that the Dean for Academic Afairs refuses to expand the faculty in the
computer science department. With a 45:1 ratio of students to professors, and no plans
of hiring more faculty, they put a serious strain on the development of one of the depart-
ments with more growth at Bowdoin.” -Male ’16
“Why is the Orient interested in knowing the sex of respondents? I can’t imagine you
will show the data with information about how each sex voted, and it is a bit of a bummer
for those whose gender identity may not match their biological sex to have to confront
that question (since it is required to participate). Also, for people who can’t be put in a
box, ‘Other’ is not such a desirable category.” -Male ’14
“I wish the E-Board had opted out of the fall concert in favor of taking that budget and
adding it to the Ivies budget.” -Female ’16
“Te Health Center has very friendly staf and they are very good with simple tests,
such as STD testing, mono, strep, etc., but I would never trust them with anything more
than that.” -Female ’15
“Both BPD and security have become far more strict since I arrived here as a frst year, and
I approve of them less now than I did when I frst got here. Certain security om cers are quite
fair, but many who have been hired since I arrived are too strict. I’ve heard multiple stories
this year about plain-clothes police om cers busting the College Houses for harmless, albeit
underage, drinking.” -Male ’15
Registrar’s approval rating
soars in latest survey
The Faculty Dining Service,
Bowdoin College
Registrar President Mills,
Academic Afairs,
Safety & Security,
Counseling Services CPC,
College House System Health Center E-Board Brunswick Police
Please see BOWDOINORIENT.COM for full results from 2010-2013
This graph represents the five highest and five lowest approval ratings.
Respondent Feedback
12/10 5/11 11/11 4/12 11/12 4/13 11/13
77% 77% 77%
For the seventh consecutive semester, the Orient conducted a campus-wide approval ratings survey. Students evaluated 24 notable campus
figures, departments and organizations. The survey was distributed via email on November 25 and December 2; 345 students responded.
The registrar received its highest ap-
proval rating in the past three years,
exceeding its previous high by 10 per-
centage points. This semester, students
completed course registration online for
the first time using Polaris.
Alums bid farewell to Alpha Kappa house
snow sculpture. He made a small rep-
lica of the Clydesdale wagon with a
polar bear hauling it with a sign that
read ‘Bowdoin Makes Budweiser.’”
Tough some members are disap-
pointed with the demolition of the
house, they are understanding of the
College’s reasoning.
“I wasn’t surprised [by the demoli-
tion],” said Bill Springer ’65. “It’s sad,
but I knew it was going to happen. I
was just wondering why it took so
Right now, the College is tenta-
tively planning to build a new arctic
museum with classroom space on
the empty lot. Te College received a
donation for the museum but is still
currently fundraising for the project,
Senior Vice President for Finance and
Administration and Treasurer Katy
Longley said in an email to the Orient.
Other former members are unhap-
py with the College’s decision to tear
down the building.
“Te [fraternity] houses were a very
meaningful part of the college life and
style,” said George Eliades ’64 in a
phone interview with the Orient.
Eliades is also unhappy with the
new plans for 38 Harpswell Road.
“By today’s standards, the house
itself is no longer, shall we say, sym-
pathetic to the College campus itself,”
said Eliades. “I’m not sure that [a new
arctic museum] would be very much
in character with that corner of Harp-
swell and College [Street], but that’s
just my opinion.”
Te house has since been knocked
down and the whole demolition proj-
ect will be completed in the near fu-
ture, depending on the landscaping
“One of the winter weekends, we
had a snow sculpture which won
top prize for the frat...we had a very
talented young freshman or sopho-
more who...made a small replica of
the Clydesdale wagon with a polar
bear hauling it with a sign that read
‘Bowdoin Makes Budweiser.””
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men and 285 were women.
Bowdoin ranks second in the NE-
SCAC in student-athlete population
percentage, though all except Tufs fall
within fve percentage points of each
other, and athletics are a central and
visible part of campus culture.
Last month, the feld hockey team
won the NCAA national champion-
ship, and the football team was features
on ESPN Sports Center’s Top 10.
Although athletes are seen as preva-
lent on campus, there is a notable lack
of school spirit in terms of game atten-
Te NAS report highlighted this,
noting, “perhaps the most important
fnding is how little Bowdoin students
care about their college’s on-feld per-
In an Orient editorial from 2010, as
the men’s soccer team was beginning
their NCAA play and the feld hock-
ey team was closing in on their third
NCAA championship, the Editorial
Board encouraged students to take a
break and attend athletic events.
Before coming to Bowdoin, senior
Brittany Vernon said she hadn’t ex-
pected sports to be so signifcant: “I
thought because it’s a D-III school, ath-
letics wouldn’t be as big of a deal and
that there would be people playing,
but it wouldn’t be that serious. Now it
seems that everyone is super into their
sport...I was surprised.”
Tis seeming ubiquity may contrib-
ute to the sense of social division on
campus, which some say stems from
the perceived uniform appearance of
the College’s athletics teams.
Hayley Nicholas ’17, who doesn’t
play a varsity sport, noted that teams
seem “homogeneous.”
“It’s a little stereotypical, but they all
kind of have the same look,” she said.
Fellow frst year non-athlete Casey
Silvernale agreed: “they run in the
same circles, kind of look the same,
wear the same clothing—headbands
are big with the girls.”
Sophomore non-athlete Kelsey
Freeman observed that many people
on campus used sports as the frst way
of identifying a fellow student. It comes
up in conversation as students intro-
duce themselves to each other. And it
is mapped in the objects students carry
One such identifer is the well-
known “Gatorade bottle” given to ath-
letes at the beginning of a season by the
training staf.
“Te Gatorade bottles are a big
[identifer]...but also the sweatpants
and the track clothes,” said non-athlete
Tomás Donatelli Pitfeld ’16. “I don’t
think it’s intended as hostile segrega-
tion, but I do think it is a marker of
their shared identity and culture.”
Ashmead White Director of Athlet-
ics Tim Ryan ’98 agreed that the vis-
ibility of athletes is tied to their apparel
and routines.
“I think a lot of the members of
our teams are ofen found wearing a
hat, sweatshirt or t-shirt that associ-
ates them with their particular group,
which makes them easily identifed,”
said Ryan. “If you’re sitting at the same
location at the dining hall on a consis-
tent basis, I think its easy for people to
make connections between groups that
may be following particular patterns.”
Many other students recognized,
as well, that specifc teams command
their own tables at the dining halls.
Nicholas noted the existence of the
“hockey table” in Moulton and the spe-
cifc section in Torne that athletes oc-
cupy, but said “it’s not exclusive, it’s just
But stereotypes cut both ways and
non-athletes can fnd themselves
thrown into a catch-all category as well
with the term “NARP.”
Zaima Mazumdar ’17, who isn’t on
a team, was not familiar with the term,
and said she felt it should be “Non-
Athletic Irregular Person” instead, due
to the number of student-athletes she
perceived on campus.
With just two dominant labels for
students:—athlete or “NARP”—some
students fnd their athletic status more
in the gray area.
In a 2011 opinion column “Recon-
sidering the division between athletes
and ‘NARPs’,” Zohran Mamdani ’14,
who plays club soccer but not a varsity
sport, discussed his realization of his
“NARP” status at a party. He wished to
instead be in “a sub-category for those
of us who almost play a sport,” but ulti-
mately concluded that “if you are not a
varsity athlete, you’re a ‘NARP.’”
Senior rower Katie Ross said she
fnds the term “somewhat ofensive,”
and noted that “if you’re not a vis-
ible athlete on campus, somehow that
makes you a ‘NARP’” which she be-
lieves is an issue since “there’s so many
ways to be an athlete and not partici-
pate on a team.”
Senior Kevin Miao—who played
football before tearing his ACL last
year and is a member of the Longfel-
lows—also felt an athlete identity label
did not ft him.
“I don’t associate myself as a football
player, especially because I don’t play
anymore but also because I never re-
ally thought of myself as one of those
‘rah-rah’ football players,” said Miao. “I
mean, I sing so I never could be.”
Team friendships
With all the time that teams spend
together, many student-athletes form
closer bonds with their teammates
than with other students.
Basketball captain Kirsten Prue ’14
said that, as a frst year on the team,
“upperclassmen encourag[ed] us to
have friends outside the team. I felt it
was really hard to do that, because I
spent so much time with the team any-
way that in my free time I was trying to
do work, not make friends. And I felt
like I already had 13 awesome friends.”
Maura Allen ’14, a member of the
women’s rugby and hockey teams, said,
“a lot of times I tend to have to be closer
to my team friends because I just see
them more ofen.”
Tis group bond formed from ath-
letic commitment is also seen on club
teams such as ultimate frisbee.
Zach Morrison ’14 said, “we have
a frisbee house, we eat together at
Moulton afer practice fve times a
week, [and] we obviously travel togeth-
er for diferent tournaments.”
Tis isn’t always appealing to ath-
letes. Caitlin Greenwood ’15 quit vol-
leyball during her frst season because
of its monopolization of her time.
“I didn’t know any of my roommates
until I quit,” she said. “[I] didn’t even
get a meal with them because we’re
not allowed to, except for lunch...Every
dinner afer practice you have to eat to-
gether, even if you don’t want to. Tat’s
one of the things I didn’t like.”
Ryan noted the importance of team
leaders allowing players time to partici-
pate in other areas of campus.
“We’re fortunate that a lot of our
members of teams are involved in Resi-
dential Life or Peer Health—several
diferent areas within campus—which
is able to expose them to students who
may not necessarily be involved on
their team,” he said.
Miao, however, felt that this is not
ofen the case.
“Tere’s a few examples of people
who do athletics and other things, but
for the most part people are athletes
and athletes, or non-athletes and non-
athletes,” he said.
While being an athlete doesn’t
preclude students from doing other
things, one’s frst identifcation is ofen
as an athlete. Being on a team cultivates
strong friendships which lends them-
selves to these group formations we see
as a divide.
Miao sees this evidenced in the trust
that is required between teammates in
order to work as a unit.
“Football specifcally does teach you
how to work as a team which really
translates to your relationships too—
me and my friends are always willing
to do anything for each other,” he said.
Te close bonds between teammates
spill over into closer relationships be-
tween athletes on diferent teams.
She said that “because athletes have
something in common, they want to
hang out with other athletes as well, so
then teams hang out with teams.”
Prue also discussed the lack of ac-
cess to the so-called nonathlete social
sphere she sometimes felt in her role as
an athlete.
“I know a lot of people who aren’t
athletes but are friends with athletes
and they end up going to parties and
hanging out with the athletes,” said
Prue. “But the people who don’t have
friends who aren’t athletic—I don’t
know what they do. And I wish they
did because maybe I’m missing out on
something really cool.”
Tis isn’t a new theme on campus,
and was the subject of an Opinion col-
umn by Ben Kreider in 2003.
“Now, it is not wrong for people with
similar interests to spend time together.
One of the great joys of sports is learn-
ing to work together with others and
building friendships,” Kreider wrote.
“Tat being said, there is such a thing
as spending too much time with a very
narrow group of people.”
Tis is where many students see the
strongest divide. Freeman said, “I don’t
see athletes as much; they’re of in their
own world.”
Tennis player Luke Trinka ’16 be-
lieves it’s important, albeit dim cult, to
establish himself outside his team in
the greater college community.
“I’m living in a College House this
year, that’s great and that’s already pro-
viding me with another community.
Tat’s the important thing: establish
yourself in diferent niches,” said Trin-
ka. “Not necessarily compartmentaliz-
ing [your niches], which would suggest
they’re existing independently of one
another; fnding a way to try to con-
nect them.”
Allen lived in Quinby House and felt
similarly that the system ofered anoth-
er type of community.
“I think I have a number of friends
who are non-athletes, but I think a lot
of that is facilitated by living in Quin-
by...and by staying close to my foor-
mates,” said Allen. “I feel like that’s rare
However, Allen also felt that living
in Quinby was sometimes “frustrating”
during times when “people didn’t un-
derstand the commitments [she] had
made to her team.”
Weekend social life
Tese divisions ofen present them-
selves most in the weekend social
scene. Teams typically go out as groups
on the weekends, although the degree
to which these groups are open to non-
team members varies.
Trinka has found that his social
experiences on weekends were ofen
dictated by his team, though he em-
phasized the inclusiveness.
“In no way do I feel confned to just
go and hang out with my teammates,”
said Trinka. “I even feel very comfort-
able with bringing students who are
not athletes with me to attend a party
the team is hosting.”
Apart from College Houses, larger
parties ofen take place at of-campus
“athlete houses,” which can compound
both stereotypes about athletes and the
perceived divisions between athlete
and non-athlete social life.
Tomas, who doesn’t play a sport,
said he’s never been to any athlete
houses, but “probably would have been
to them if I were an athlete.”
Barajas, a non-athlete who has never
gone to an athletic house, said “I don’t
think the social scene is dominated by
athletes...I hear [the houses] are exclu-
sive, but I don’t care because I’m not
going to be there—that’s not really my
“Teams can be very insular and cult-
like,” said senior Cole Duncan, who has
played football and rugby at Bowdoin.
“I think that is a direct result of the
school not having fraternities. I believe
that our lack of fraternities creates this
atmosphere where the athletic teams
are the source of fraternity.”
Allen agreed with Duncan.
“I do kind of feel like the social scene
really is dominated by athletes, espe-
cially for upperclassmen, outside of
smaller parties it feels like everything
ends up going to a sports house,” she
Te frst-year experience
With the fall season coming to a
close, many frst years are transitioning
into out-of-season life for the frst time.
Trinka describes being out of sea-
son as being “in this limbo, awkward
period of time where you have some
of your day opened up to socialize with
people outside of the ‘athletic sphere.’”
Current senior Evan Gershkovich,
who played soccer as a frst year, com-
mented on the transition.
“You’re kind of behind the bunch
[in friendships] because its like, ‘where
were you this whole time?’ ‘Oh, I was
playing soccer,’” Gershkovich said. “It
was strange because I had met some
people, then was gone from them for
15 weeks, and then I met them again.”
First year football player Steve An-
derson, however, noted that while he
is now meeting people outside of his
team, he still feels as though “the time
you spend with [the team] doesn’t re-
ally drop of from the season.”
Evan Fencik ’17, a member of wom-
en’s soccer, said she spends more time
with her teammates, and that she’s “be-
come closer with them [the frst out-of-
season] week than [she] had the whole
One big contrast between frst year
athletes and non-athletes is the built-in
upperclassmen friends.
“I think it’s easier for [athletes] to get
to know upperclassmen more—since
they’re right there, they’re teaching
you, they’re helping you practice—but
for me, I’ve become friends with upper-
classmen because of my classes and I
haven’t found it dim cult,” said Nicholas.
Growing past the divide
Many feel the social divisions most
acutely in their frst years at Bowdoin,
and report that social barriers come
down as you get older.
Miao feels the divide obstructs de-
veloping initial relationships but has
not hindered him in forming friend-
ships in the long run.
“Now that it’s senior year, I feel like
the divide is almost gone between kids
who play and kids who do not,” said
“But at the same time I only see a
small subgroup of Bowdoin College ev-
ery given weekend and I’m sure [the di-
vide between athletes and nonathletes]
defnitely deters a lot of people from
hanging out right of the bat with each
other,” he added.
Ross felt similarly that the stark-
ness of athletes versus non-athletes has
faded throughout her time at Bowdoin.
“When I was coming in, the athlete
to non-athlete divide was pretty jar-
ring to me. Since then, I’ve just been
exposed to many more kinds of scenes
and groups of people and am liations
that exist on campus,” said Ross. “It’s
less troubling to me now than it’s ever
been before.”
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“If you’re not a visible athlete
on campus, somehow that makes
you a NARP...there’s so many
ways to be an athlete and
not participate on a team.”
“Teams can be very insular and
cult-like...I think that is a direct
result of the school not having
fraternities. I believe that our lack of
fraternities creates this
atmosphere where the athletic
teams are the source of fraternity.”
“In no way do I feel confined
to just go and hang out
with my teammates. I even
feel very comfortable with
bringing students who are not
athletes with me.”
“But the people who don’t have
friends who aren’t athletic—I don’t
know what they do. And I wish they
did because maybe I’m missing out
on something really cool.”
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Tis spring semester, Bowdoin Res-
idential Life will have to consolidate
about 16 rooms to make space for stu-
dents returning from abroad.
On November 19, Lisa Rendall, as-
sociate director of housing operations,
sent an email to 39 Bowdoin students
with vacancies requesting that they at-
tempt to consolidate in order to make
room for returning students. Tis will
require several current students to
move into new rooms next semester.
“Housing numbers are diferent ev-
ery semester and we do our best to ac-
commodate all students who request
to live in on-campus housing,” wrote
Lisa Rendall in an email to the Orient.
Rendall says that the availability of
housing for students returning in the
spring semester varies from year to
“We’ve always had enough beds for
students who want to live on-campus,”
Rendall said.
Returning students will likely live in
Osher, West and Chamberlain Halls,
though om cial assignments will be re-
leased today.
Trevor McDonald ’15 lives in
Brunswick Apartments, and one of his
roommates will go abroad this spring.
He expects to fll this vacancy with
another student who was abroad this
like this to deal with the rising costs
of the sport eventually.”
‘Bowdoin Rugby Forever’
At Bowdoin, several circumstanc-
es give both the men’s and women’s
teams more fnancial security than
Colby’s squads.
Women’s rugby is a varsity sport,
so its funding comes entirely from the
athletic department. Te men’s team,
along with a few other sports such as
crew, functions as “hybrids”—club
sports receiving some funding and
services from the Department of
Athletics—including access to train-
ers, which is not the case at Colby.
“Bowdoin made the decision sever-
al years ago to support men’s rugby in
our training room, given the contact
nature of the sport, so we’re fortunate
that we’re well-positioned to support
the sport,” said Ashmead White Di-
rector of Athletics Tim Ryan.
Te Student Activities Funding
Committee (SAFC) generally pays for
administrative costs like association
dues, tournament fees, equipment, and
coaches, while the athletic department
funds travel and provides trainers.
While the proportion of cost varies
from year to year, Ryan said that the
SAFC and the athletic department
generally support the team “relatively
“Overall, our funding situation has
been great,” wrote David Dietz ’14, a
captain of the men’s rugby team, in an
email to the Orient.
Bowdoin Rugby Forever, an en-
dowment funded by alumni, also
provides fnancial support for the
men’s team, allowing them to cover
costs for things like tournaments or
equipment not covered by the school.
“Currently that money isn’t really
being touched,” wrote Dietz. “It can
be used if we need something right
away, but it is really there as an in-
vestment for the future of the club.”
Colby’s response
While players at Colby acknowl-
edge the safety concerns about the
sport, they are upset about a lack of
transparency and fexibility from the
“Tis was a surprise to the stu-
dents, this was a surprise to alumni,
this was a surprise to our coaches and
our om cers, and to people within the
administration,” Nichols said. He also
noted that Colby has not released a
specifc breakdown of which rugby
costs would rise, if the teams were to
continue functioning.
“A lot of alumni have expressed
that they would have been all up for
it to help raise the funds to continue
the rugby team, but nobody was con-
tacted when the team was cut—it was
just an abrupt cut with no solution-
seeking eforts,” added Fitzgerald.
Dean Kletzer did not respond to
the Orient’s request for comment.
Te response to the announcement
on Colby’s campus was powerful.
Over 1,100 students—more than half
of the school’s student body—signed
a petition protesting the decision the
day afer it was announced. Another
4,000 signatures have been amassed
on an online petition since then.
“We were actually very pleasantly
surprised by the support on campus,”
said Badmington.
“Tere’s been a lot of alumni pres-
sure to the point where Dean Kletzer
has actually had to get automated re-
sponses tailored to rugby inquiries,”
said Nichols. “At least as far as the
Colby community is concerned, it’s
an issue.”
Rugby players at Bowdoin, too, are
“Our team is sad to see Colby’s go,”
wrote Dietz. “Tey’ve been a fun and
competitive rival with us.”
Administrators at Colby agreed to
follow-up meetings with the teams,
where they proposed the fundraising.
Nichols said that the teams have not
started a fundraising efort, hoping
instead for a more tenable solution.
“Nobody thinks it’s fair that they
put all the onus on us,” said Badmin-
gton. “We’re not professional fund-
raisers. We’re a bunch of 22-year-old
rugby players.”
PLAY ON: Funding for Bowdoin rugby is secure for the future, as it is supported in part by the SAFC, the athletic department and an alumni endowment.
Implementation of the Polaris on-
line registration system involved exten-
sive hard work behind the scenes.
“In some ways what you see as a cur-
rent student is the tip of the
much time was spent on taking the data
we had and converting it to be accurate
in the new system,” said Brackett.
“She’s always been prepared to go
the extra mile. And she does it for the
college but she does it especially for the
students,” said Judd. “She really wants
to make sure that things are working as
they’re supposed to so that we get the
very best outcome.”
Brackett said she has relished solving
puzzles in her role as Registrar.
“I get a lot of reward out of putting
in all the time it takes to set something
up and...[seeing that] it actually works
the way you expect it to work,” said
She was quick to give credit those
who helped set up the system.
“Everyone has been so dedicated
and committed and hard working
and conscientious that this has been
a rewarding thing. Te staf in my of-
fce has just worked incredibly hard on
this,” she said.
Afer her time in the Women’s Re-
source Center, Brackett got involved in
computing, working in Lewiston pub-
lic schools as a technology coordinator.
“During that time was when Maine
had the Maine Learning Technology
Initiative and all middle school stu-
dents got laptops and teachers didn’t
know what to do with them,” she said.
“It was very exciting to be teaching
people how to make sense of this and
use it in a good educational way with
Now, afer intensive work on Polaris,
Brackett is ready for some time of.
“I’ve been working since I was 14, so
this will be a nice break,” she said.
Brackett is giving herself just a few
months to catch her breath.
“Ten, I am going to ride my bicycle
on the Underground Railroad route
from the Gulf of Mexico to Niagara
Falls—I’m going to be doing that in the
spring. It’s a route that I fell in love with
when they frst developed it about fve
years ago,” she said.
“I always thought that I would have
to do it in sections because I would
never have enough time of in a row to
do the whole thing, so this is a great op-
portunity to be able to go to it with a
small group of people and...get all the
history as well as the joy of doing a long
bike tour,” said Brackett.
Afer that, she plans on completing
a house that she started building three
years ago.
“And afer all that is done,” said
Brackett, laughing, “then I’m going to
look for another job.”
Leaving is bittersweet for Brackett.
“I feel like Bowdoin’s in my heart and
it’s hard to leave. Tere are such good
people here. But I’m also very excited
about what I’m heading of to do, so
that makes it easier to take a step away,”
she said.
Brackett will certainly be missed by
the Bowdoin community.
“Kudos to her,” said Judd, “It’s a huge
legacy to get us to this point.”
Housing shuffle
39 students with vacancies in
their rooms have been asked to
consolidate housing to
accomodate returning juniors.
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SECURITY REPORT: 11/14 to 11/21
Tursday, November 21
• A student reported being dis-
turbed by excessive noise on the sec-
ond foor of Helmreich House.
Friday, November 22
• Brunswick Police (BPD) re-
sponded to a neighborhood noise
complaint on the railroad tracks near
Stowe House Inn. Fourteen students
on the tracks were warned for disor-
derly conduct and were advised to
leave the area. Te police referred
the matter to Security.
• Concerns about a student’s well-
being were communicated to dean’s
om ce for follow-up.
• A student twisted an ankle on a set
of stairs in Moore Hall and was escort-
ed to the Mid Coast Walk-In Clinic.
• A student in Smith Union expe-
riencing an adverse reaction to mari-
juana use was transported to Mid
Coast Hospital by Brunswick Rescue.
• A student was cited for possession
marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
• A student was found in posses-
sion of a false identifcation card.
• A campus visitor backed into a
light pole in the Farley parking lot,
causing minor damage.
• A black Trek Four Series moun-
tain bike was reported stolen from a
bike rack at Osher Hall. Te bike had
been lef unlocked.
• An unauthorized freworks display
was reported at the Pickard Fields.
Saturday, November 23
• A woman found loitering in
Moulton Union was asked to leave
the building.
• A neighbor reported to BPD a
complaint of excessive noise from
students walking late at night on Cof-
fn Street. BPD and a security om cer
warned several students about neigh-
borhood noise and drinking in public.
• An om cer checked on a student
who had slipped and fallen on an icy
walkway near Osher Hall.
Sunday, November 24
• An intoxicated visiting Colby
student was reported walking on
Com n and College Streets. An om cer
checked on the visitor and escorted
him to a friend’s room on campus.
• Two suspicious men reported at
Coles Tower turned out to be guests
of a student.
• Holiday decorations wrapped
around sprinkler pipes in a Baxter
House room resulted in a warning
for a fre code violation.
• Wall and ceiling damage was re-
ported at Baxter House.
• A student was escorted to Mid
Coast Hospital with concussion
symptoms afer a fall.
Monday, November 25
• A student reported the thef of
a yellow Specialized Pitch mountain
bike from a bike rack at Coles Tower.
Te bike had been lef unlocked.
• A student reported the thef of a
teal Mongoose Alta bicycle from the
area of Brunswick Apartments R.
• An intoxicated frst-year male
student was found responsible for
vandalizing a chandelier with a feld
hockey stick at Ladd House. Te stu-
dent will pay restitution for a new
chandelier and clean-up costs, which
will total between $400 and $500. A
security report on the incident was
forwarded to the Dean of Student Af-
Tuesday, November 26
• A student was escorted from the
Counseling Center to the Mid Coast
Walk-In Clinic.
Wednesday, November 27
• A ping-pong table was vandal-
ized in the Sargent Gym rec room.
Te damage was likely done on No-
vember 20.
Sunday, December 1
• Wallboard was found damaged in
the basement of Quinby House.
• A faculty member’s Yellow Bike
Club bike was reported stolen from
in front of 84 Federal Street.
• A rainwater leak caused damage
on the 15th and 16th foors of Coles
Monday, December 2
• A faculty member injured a knee
in a fall on icy steps at Cleaveland Hall.
• Bikes in a hallway at Howard Hall
were blocking a fre exit.
Tuesday, December 3
• A staf member with an injured
back was transported to Mid Coast
• A bike that was reported stolen
from Baxter House was recovered.
Wednesday, December 4
• Yard debris was illegally dumped
in the parking lot at 85 Federal Street.
• A shower stall door was vandal-
ized in a visitors’ locker room at Wat-
son Arena.
• An unlocked blue mountain bike
with bright blue grips was stolen
from a bike rack at Moulton Union.
Tursday, December 5
• A student with stomach pain
was escorted from Brunswick Apart-
ments to Parkview Adventist Medical
-Compiled by the Of ce of Safety
and Security.
Bowdoin’s Student Activities
Funding Committee (SAFC) has
spent just under half of its funds for
the year, according to a report given
at the last Bowdoin Student Govern-
ment (BSG) meeting of the semester
this week.
BSG Vice President for the Trea-
sury Megan Massa ’14 reported
that, after accounting for the
SAFC’s seasonal operating budget,
the organization has $134,000 to
spend on funding student activities
this academic year.
As of the end of the first semester,
the organization has spent $58,000
of that amount, leaving $76,000
available for the spring semester.
The SAFC is spending at a simi-
lar rate as it did last year. With a
budget of $154,000, the SAFC
spent $61,000 in the first semester
and $70,000 in the second.
Massa said she believes that, giv-
en the previous spending trends,
SAFC is on track to stay within its
goals for the year.
According to Massa, the dif-
ferential in the SAFC’s outlays be-
tween the two semesters is a result
of an increase in club programming
during the second half of the year.
In the only other substantive
business of the day, Vice President
for Student Organizations Danny
Mejia-Cruz ’16 announced the re-
chartering of the Bowdoin branch
of the national Society of Physics
According to Mejia-Cruz’s de-
scription, the society seeks to “pro-
vide a greater feeling of community
within the physics department and
increase interest in the physics de-
partment across campus.”
$76,000 remains in SAFC
budget for spring semester
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Postgraduate fellows reflect on their global experiences
alongside professors in classrooms
teaching English to college students.
Esonu and other teaching assistants
split the lecture section of about 220
students into three groups and work
with them every Tuesday, Wednes-
day and Tursday. In these sections,
Esonu leads activities and comes up
with exercises.
“It is not like Bowdoin everywhere.
I have 220 students spread out over
three days, so you have to try to ad-
just,” she said.
Adam Rasgon ’13 also had to be
highly adaptable. Rasgon received a
Fulbright Study/Research Grant to
continue his study of Arabic at the
Center for Arabic Study Abroad in
Cairo, Egypt. However on June 30,
shortly afer he arrived, massive pro-
tests erupted in the city, contesting
President Mohammed Morsi’s rule.
“Most people didn’t think there
would be any major changes com-
ing out of this movement, but they
organized a big protest.” Rasgon said.
“Tis movement was pretty liberal
and secular and called for Morsi to
step down.”
Originally, Rasgon was supposed
to be in Egypt until May 2014, but he
and other students were evacuated
in the end of June and early July. He
went to Amsterdam to wait for a few
days and see if the situation would
calm down, but it continued to esca-
late and the U.S. embassy raised the
travel warning for Egypt instead of
lifing it.
In the middle of July, Rasgon was
notifed by Fulbright that the pro-
gram in Egypt would not resume
until December, so he decided to
relocate to Jordan temporarily. He
tried to transfer his Fulbright funds
to study Arabic in Jordan in a similar
program, but the Fulbright program
told him he would have to wait until
the fellowship resumed in December.
“I had to forfeit the grant in this
somewhat compulsory way, but I got
funding from the program in Jordan,”
Rasgon said. “Te news that I lost my
Fulbright grant was pretty devastat-
ing, because I was ecstatic when I
received it.”
Te program in Jordan has waived
Rasgon’s tuition, paid for his travel,
and provides him with a monthly sti-
pend, though less than what the Ful-
bright fellowship ofered.
Despite his disappointment and
relocation, Rasgon has continued
Who wouldn’t want $28,000 to
travel the world for a year? Or spend
nine months teaching English in Cro-
atia? Now that the applications have
been sent in, seniors are awaiting the
results of their applications for many
national, postgraduate fellowships.
Last year 27 students applied for Ful-
bright funding and 11 won the presti-
gious grant. Te College was ranked
a Top Producing Institution for the
U.S. Student Fulbright award by Te
Chronicle for Higher Education last
October. Cindy Stocks, director of stu-
dent fellowships and research, spoke
highly of Bowdoin’s record competing
for these fellowships.
“Bowdoin can go toe to toe with just
about any other school,” Stocks said.
Fulbright ofers fellowships for both
research and teaching English. Uche-
chi Esonu ’13 is in Croatia on a Ful-
bright English Teaching Assistantship.
“Right now I’m really focused on
making connections with people
and getting to know people,” Esonu
told the Orient in a Skype interview.
“From there, you have diferent ac-
cess points to diferent groups of
people. Truthfully, I spent the frst
couple of months getting to know
where I am and getting to know the
city’s history.”
In the spring, Esonu plans to look
either at turbo-folk music, a popular
type of music in the Balkans, or rock
music, which has close ties to activ-
ism there. For now, though, she works
MD 20/20: an adult wine
made of Kool-Aid & soap
With the holiday season upon us, we
wish to remind you all of the importance
of family and friends—those who sup-
port, cherish, and most of all love you.
MD 20/20 will love you. It will greet you
with a gentle kiss, a splash of color. It will
whisper sweet nothings into your ear,
grab you by the hair, and smash your
nose into the sink. You will wake up in
a bathtub full of ice, your kidney gone,
and the empty bottle of Mad Dog Blue
Raspberry faithfully by your side.
MD 20/20 is produced by Mogen
“Shield of David” David in Westfeld,
N.Y. It’s made from Concord grapes,
sugar, favor and, we suspect, Scrubbing
Bubbles toilet bowl cleaner for the color.
We can only assume that it’s the terrify-
ing love-child of the Kool-Aid man and
a demonic bottle of Welch’s.
We sampled both the dragonfruit
and blue raspberry favors. We’ve never
heard of wine pressed from Concord
grapes, but the blue raspberry bottle
was wearing a necklace that said “bling
bling,” so we assumed it was a winner.
Both pour vibrant neons: a highlighter
lef to soak in a glass of water. Light
moves through the liquids lazily, the
opacity hiding smudges on the glass,
broken dreams or our dignity.
Te next thing we recognized about
Mad Dog was its unique bouquet. A
little bit like fresh fruit and a lot like iso-
propyl alcohol, Motrin and nightmares.
For once, the bouquet, or fumes (this
reeks), seemed like it was enough. We
both felt totally sated with just one whif
of MD 20/20. Drinking it seemed un-
necessary. But as we are two dedicated
columnists committed to our readers,
we ventured forth and dove head frst
into the gastronomical gutter.
In your mouth, it adheres to every
surface, a syrupy tar that begs to be spit
out but refuses to let go of your taste-
buds. When your wine feels like Ro-
bitussin, you know you’re doing some-
thing right. To be completely honest,
characteristics of this drink are masked
by all fve senses’ total rejection of it.
Tis “wine” hits you like a brick to the
face. Te taste has strong overtones of
death with light accents of sugar. Rasp-
berry and dragonfruit were not detect-
able. Blue and red Sharpie dominate the
palette, quickly superseded by a semi-
tannic fnish. Te taste lingers as the
burning metastasizes down the esopha-
gus into the stomach.
Blue raspberry was unanimously de-
termined to be the worse of the two fa-
vors. Does this make dragonfruit (red)
the winner? Neither of us got past three
sips. We actually got nauseous drinking
this stuf. We would not it buy again,
but MD 20/20 could certainly be a great
stocking stufer for that aunt of yours.
Serve with: Moulton ambrosia salad.
$5.25 at Uncle Tom’s.
to engage with the Arabic language
while in Jordan. He lives with three
American roommates who he speaks
Arabic with. Tey travel into the city
during the day to practice the lan-
guage and met new friends.
In addition to Fulbright fellowships,
Bowdoin students are also abroad on
fellowships through the Princeton in
Africa and Asia, the Japan Exchange
and Teaching Program and the Wat-
son Fellowship, to name a few.
David Bruce ’13 won a Watson Fel-
lowship to travel around the world for
one year and study how cities are han-
dling the efects of climate change on
water supplies.
Te Watson Fellowship rewards
40 students from 40 select universi-
ties with $28,000 to travel around the
world for a year to explore indepen-
dently designed projects.
Bruce was unavailable for an inter-
view due to his travel plans.
Stocks noted that though it is easy
to focus on the winners of these priz-
es, it is also important to consider
what all applicants gain from partici-
pating in the process.
Te applications for these fellow-
ships begin early in the year, requir-
ing students to consider what they
have done, what they want to do, why
they want to do it, and how they will
get there.
Esonu said, “For me, it really forced
me to think about why I was apply-
ing and why I wanted to go where I
wanted to go. You really have to take
a second and think about why you
think it would be useful.”
Tis year’s Black Friday seemed
relatively normal. Nothing too out of
the ordinary. It still had the compul-
sive shoppers who were barbarically
fghting over that last cofeemaker on
sale for ten dollars, and the cruel par-
ents who dragged their poor children
with them to Walmart to save on that
outdated television that’s hardly worth
the sale. All the tell tale signs of an av-
erage American Black Friday were
there. However, Amazon founder
and CEO Jef Bezos made an an-
nouncement this past weekend
that may change the way Amer-
icans shop in the near future.
Bezos introduced Amazon
Prime Air, a drone delivery
system for the online mega-
retailer, in an interview with Charlie
Rose on 60 Minutes. Te autonomous
drones will be able to deliver packages
to customers within 30 minutes of or-
dering. Tey will be fown from Ama-
zon’s various fulfllment centers, mas-
sive warehouses that resemble Santa’s
workshop and will be able to deliver
almost 90 percent of goods purchased
through Amazon.
It hopes to send out its frst feet of
drones four or fve years from now,
though Amazon is focusing on deliv-
ery to urbanized areas. So for all of you
who uncontrollably order new boots
during orgo lecture or three pounds
of exotic tea before a snowy weekend,
you may have to wait a bit longer until
Drones to expedite shopping, medical relief
you see a 30 minute delivery to Smith
Union come to fruition.
To some, the idea of an army of au-
tonomous drones delivering seeming-
ly unnecessary material goods in re-
sponse to consumers’ need for instant
gratifcation seems almost dystopian.
However, the benefcial implications
of drone-based delivery are beginning
to take form.
Andreas Raptopoulos, an inventor
and entrepreneur from San Fransisco,
recently gave a TED talk
unveiling his vision
for a drone-
based delivery system
of critical supplies to
developing countries. He notes that
there are one billion people who do
not have access to all-season roads.
Tis fact alone severely impedes eco-
nomic development and prevents ac-
cess to many critical goods for health-
care services.
He gives the example of a sick child
in a Mali maternity ward who is in
need of a particular vaccine. Current
telecommunication advancements al-
low the ward to notify health om cials
almost immediately. However, it may
take days or even weeks until the medi-
cine arrives. Raptopoulos and his team
at Matternet think they have found a
solution: a network of delivery drones.
Matternet has been running trials
in Haiti to deliver supplies to a medi-
cal camp and hopes to one day extend
the delivery reach to an entire net-
work across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Tough a drone delivery network
across Africa can sound like the
science fction fantasy of a Peace
Corps volunteer, the imple-
mentation of such a network
is much more em cient and re-
alistic than one might think. Te
drones are incredibly sturdy in
various weather conditions and
cost less than a dollar to fy over
vast distances.
Popular culture imagines drones
as malevolent Terminator-like war
machines, but they carry an enormous
potential to change the world for the
better. A few decades from now we will
be able to provide victims of natural di-
sasters almost immediately with criti-
cal supplies necessary for their survival.
On the other side of the spectrum,
imagine what could be done with
drone delivery in highly congested cit-
ies such as Manhattan. Te em ciency
of transportation via fying devices
versus the carbon footprint of trucks
may lead to a revolution in transporta-
tion over the next few decades. In the
next century, we may even see the frst
prototypes of the long awaited trans-
portation from the Jetsons.
BEARS ABROAD: Uchechi Esonu ’13 (left) is teaching English in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship. Adam Rasgon ’13 (right) had to forfeit his
Fulbright after protests erupted in Egypt. However, he is currently studying Arabic in Jordan through a similar program.
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make it bigger, more grandiose than
other spaces.
In an anthro class I took last semester,
for instance, every student had to draw
their own version of Bowdoin’s campus.
Students who ate at Torne everyday
made the Tower central in their respec-
tive map, many of my peers made their
dorms bigger than the other dorms, etc.
As human beings, we divide, we catego-
rize and we separate phenomena. Be it
through language, symbols, mapmak-
ing. Whatever. Te reality we experi-
ence, even as Bowdoin students walk-
ing along the Quad, is infused with
our beliefs about and our interaction
with that “reality.”
But let’s get a little less theoreti-
cal. As a kid, I used to fsh for
rock bass at that beach that
I drew so incorrectly
large and sideways.
I would dig up
worms and
s n a t c h
f r o m
a n d
hook them onto the rusty trout hooks
that my father had used years earlier.
As I got older, I would take girls down
Te other day, I drew a map of my
hometown. I sketched the houses and
the om ce buildings into tight, symmet-
rical rectangles that contrasted sharply
against the scribbles of forest and farm-
land that abut the village. I penciled the
sports felds, demarcated the roads. And
then I drew the river—the long, curvi-
linear body that swings in and out of the
town line.
I drew this map because, the other
day, I bought a new Samsung Gal-
axy phone. It is my frst phone with
Internet, apps and all the good stuf.
Because I am currently traveling and
because I want to “make my life richer,
simpler, more fun” (as its advertise-
ment suggests), I thought I’d get one
of these phones to have easy GPS ac-
cess and instant maps of any location I
might end up in during my movements
in unfamiliar landscapes.
I thought it would be fun to sketch
out my hometown—and then see how
one of my fancy new apps would map
the place, objectively, of course.
And then something weird hap-
pened. As it turns out, I made the river
in my town way too big. I made a certain
beach of that river swing enormously
and erroneously eastward. Compared
to the map on my phone, that beach’s
shape looked grotesque and bulbous,
like a wart.
It’s no mystery that the value we at-
tribute to certain places can, in our
minds, enhance the magnitude of that
area’s spatial cataloging. Obviously, if
someone frequents or has fond memo-
ries of a certain place, they will most
likely, and probably subconsciously,
I decided to leave Bowdoin some-
time during winter break last year.
By itself, that isn’t unusual—many
Bowdoin students (more than half
of the Class of 2015 according to the
Orient) choose to study abroad their
junior year. A semester abroad is a
break from the rigors and routine of
the liberal arts life, a chance to es-
cape from Bowdoin’s smallness to
the planet’s vastness. And if we tick
of the “expanded horizons” box on
our list of life experiences (or is that
our resume?) in a country where
we can legally purchase alcohol, it’s
happy accident!
Tese benefts of going abroad were
certainly on my mind last January, but
I admit that my main reason for leaving
Bowdoin was just that: leaving Bowdoin.
It’s no secret that I feel out of place
on campus. Te kid who spent his
entire sophomore year haranguing
against lax investment policies and
getting into scum es with the adminis-
tration doesn’t exactly scream “typical
Polar Bear.” Don’t rock the boat, dude.
But then I wonder—who is the
typical Polar Bear? I asked a group
of friends this question
last spring. We found it
hard to distinguish be-
tween the typical and
the ideal. Our stan-
dard Bowdoin stu-
dent was impos-
sibly perfect: the
leader of multiple
clubs, burning
with life-of-the-
party charisma,
talented at play-
ing an instru-
ment, working
hard, but not too
hard, to maintain
his high grade
point average
(and he was in-
evitably male—
maybe a vestige of
the time when we
sang “Rise, Sons
of Bowdoin” and
not “Raise Songs
to Bowdoin”).
Tis is the myth of
the well-adjusted
Bowdoin student.
Most of all, the
typical Polar Bear
is happy. Te
answer to the
question that has
plagued philosophers for centuries—
what is the good life?—seems
to be found on our tiny
Maine campus, where
shots of picturesque Polar Bears
smiling line our student union.
Te Bowdoin that the
admissions om ce sells to
high schoolers in pam-
phlets and smiling tour
guides continues to be
sold during our four
years through beau-
tiful Instagram pic-
tures, the leg-
end of the
B o wd o i n
hello, and
the news of
the latest na-
tional fellow-
ship winner.
Tis has, I
think, led to the
of discontent on
campus. Maine is
the way life should be.
Anything else is how it
shouldn’t be. We don’t
want anything infring-
ing upon our utopia,
dispelling the myth
we desperately want to
be true. Maybe this is
another form of “Mil-
lennial anxiety,” the
subject of another won-
derful Talk of the Quad:
we set an impossibly high standard
for ourselves if we expect our lives
to be like the liter-
ally picture-perfect
photos that line the hallways of Smith
Union. We don’t ofen talk about un-
happiness because admitting we are
unhappy is tantamount to admitting
we don’t belong.
We all recognize the falseness of
parts of Bowdoin life. Tat’s why we
call it the Bowdoin bubble—campus
shields us from the real world. It’s pure
simulacrum, a self-perpetuating and
constructed reality. While we may buy
into the bubble as a means of survival,
of ftting in, we’re still distanced by the
knowledge that a world exists past the
statue of Joshua Chamberlain.
We tend to imbue our actions, then,
with a bizarre sense of removal, as if ev-
erything we do has a hashtag in front
of it. It’s not always cool to care, to be
genuine, because Bowdoin isn’t the real
world. Sincerity is vulnerability. Life at
Bowdoin, then, might just be the ul-
timate expression of the ironic life, a
mediated and self-defensive existence.
Tis collegiate (indeed, generation-
al) irony combined with the marginal-
ization of discontent adds up to a cam-
pus culture that does not take well to
self-refection. Consider the wholesale
refutation of the admittedly problemat-
ic—but hardly meritless—NAS report
last spring, or the joke that Bowdoin
is a hotbed of social rest. Tere seems
to be a circumscribed set of issues that
Bowdoin students feel comfortable
being passionate about: their stud-
ies, music and the outdoors, to name
a few. In general,
it’s hard to stick
your neck out for a cause, let alone dis-
cuss the problems of our alcohol-fueled
hookup culture, the importance of di-
versity on campus, or Bowdoin’s com-
plicity in climate change.
And if those discussions are hap-
pening, we need to take them out of
the proctor’s room or the Torne din-
ner table and put them on a college-
wide platform. One fabulous example
is the upcoming Undiscussed, a series
of small groups that give students
a chance to voice concerns about
Bowdoin with their peers. It’s a space
for unqualifed sincerity to combat
our culture’s veneer of apathy and iro-
ny, which is not an easy thing to do in
the age of the hipster.
So instead of feeing Bowdoin for
the entire year as was my original
plan, I am returning to Maine this
spring. Although I still feel lonely in
the place that supposedly ofers me a
home in all lands and ages, I’ve made
some incredible friends who are ready
to talk about taboo subjects, from
lengthy conversations about campus
discontent with social house parties
to fery debates about Baudrillard over
mashed potatoes.
Tere are more people here
who wish things were diferent at
Bowdoin than we realize.
It’s just a matter of breach-
ing the silence.
-Matthew Goodrich,
Class of 2015.
there on one of those awkward, middle
school, is-this-a-date kind of things.
Tat beach means everything to my
perception of my hometown.
But now, let’s get a little less
Afer using my new, techno-pimped-
out-wif-Google-Map-wielding poly-
carbonate device for a few days, I
started to use it for directions pretty
much everywhere. I started to look
at the street names within the beige
And then I started to feel bored—
bored and sad.
It shouldn’t take a lot of cerebral som-
ersaults to realize that the act of trans-
lating experience into digital imagery
doesn’t usually amount to a whole lot of
meaning or personal fulfllment. But it’s
not just that, I’ve known that. I started
to feel sad because I began to put less
signifcance into the spaces around me.
So much of how we move, how we
project distance and create space
in our mind relies on the
memories we
h a v e
of the places
through which we
have traveled. Place,
all too ofen, gets inter-
twined with emotion, sensation
and reaction. When I think of places,
I think of the people I have been with at
those locations.
And here’s the problem with having
the world perfectly mapped by satellite
in a tiny touch screen that sits in your
pocket. Spaces become dully objective.
You can always see exactly how far, how
big or how steep a place is before you get
there. Tere’s no more surprise. Tere’s
no more interaction and curiosity about
that space with the people around you.
With an app one touch away that
perfectly delineates the edgings and
markings of the world, we will, less and
less, match spaces with mistakes, thrill,
elation, heartbreak. As I have recently
done, we will direct ourselves through
pixelated territory and remember those
locations as the satellite maps we frst
used to fnd them: perfectly and sterilely
and horribly correct and accurate.
If I had grown up constantly check-
ing a phone to reassure the cartography
of my hometown, I’m not sure I would
have built up that beach as such a big
and stunning and magical spot.
I’m trying, now, to use GPS map-
ping as little as possible. I prefer to fnd
a place on my own. I prefer to map the
world in my head, connect spaces and
size places based on the phenomena
that afect and distress and interest
me. In the map I drew of my home-
town, the inaccurate beach had little
V markings of sand that looked like
the scales of a rock bass.
And I remember that beach so well,
despite my current location so far
from home. So big and resplendent
with stones as round and smooth as
eggs. I remember walking over them,
clenching my leg and shoulder mus-
cles against the lopsided and incorrect
feeling against my feet. I was younger
then. I’m trying to walk out into some
deep and unknown pool—all to im-
press a girl. She is at the shore, dipping
her toes in the water and throwing
rocks at my back.
-Eliot Taf, Class of 2015.
blocks of roads on the screen, rather
than on the green street signs right in
front of me.
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Radel’s Skymall tweets were perfect.
They were self-deprecating, funny and
full of cultural references. The man even
mentioned “Snakes on a Plane.” He is
clearly in the know—of and for
the people, and all that.
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cocaine and crazy tweets
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“They said they didn’t feel
like someone had cared for
them this much in a long time.
They were laughing too because
our songs are sprinkled
with a lot of jokes.”
Meddiebempsters participate in recording for dementia research
Last Saturday, the Meddiebemp-
sters, Bowdoin’s oldest all-male a
cappella group, performed at the
2nd Annual Smith College concert
to beneft the Neil McManus Fund
and the Beverley Pickering Al-
zheimer’s and Music Program.
Te concert was a beneft for de-
mentia caregivers. While the concert
provided audience members with
music and laughs, the songs per-
formed were recorded and will be
used for another purpose: a music
therapy study conducted by Johns
Hopkins and Harvard University.
Te Meddies shared the stage
with Smith College’s Smifenpoofs,
Mount Holyoke’s Victory Eights and
Connecticut College’s CoCoBeaux.
Recordings of the concert will be
sold and proceeds will go towards
the Neil McManus Memorial Fund
created by Heather S. Craig, a for-
mer dementia caregiver, in memory
of her late husband.
“Tere was a guy there—he had
apparently won 17 Grammys—who
was mixing and recording the whole
thing as we were performing,” said
Meddies senior Michael Yang. “He’s
going to master everything and
they’re going to put all the songs
into a CD.”
Te performance was not only a
fundraiser, but also the basis for a
scientifc study on dementia.
“Te order of the songs sung by
the four groups is supposed to pseu-
do-scientifcally support the music
therapy idea for people with demen-
tia,” said Yang.
Te CD will be given to dementia
patient’s caregivers along with a survey,
which will ask questions like, “How did
you feel listening to this music?” and
“How did you use this music with the
dementia patient?”
Te caregivers will answer the
questions and send the forms back
to Harvard and Johns Hopkins, so
they can study the efects of music
on dementia patients. Past studies
have shown that there is some link
between music and the ability to
calm or rouse dementia patients by
triggering memories.
According the Yang, the concert
idea was created afer Craig went to
a concert with her ailing husband.
“She had this memory of going
to some music performance [with
him] and they were sitting together,”
he said. “Her husband, who at that
point couldn’t even really speak, at
some point was hitting her and say-
ing ‘that...that...that.’ [Te message
in the song] was what he wanted to
tell her. Tat’s why music therapy is
really important and really great.”
Te Meddies sang 11 songs ranging
from 1930s to present day hits, includ-
ing “Lydia,” “Te Tattooed Lady,” “Mir-
rors, Give Me Love,” and “Mood In-
digo” and “We Are Never Ever Getting
Back Together.”
Te community service aspect
meant a lot to the group.
“[Te study] gave the music more
meaning,” said Filipi Camarotti ’14.
Craig approached Yang shortly af-
ter the Meddies performed and told
him a couple of the caregivers were
crying while the group sang.
Chorus debuts gospel style ‘Black Nativity’
Tis Saturday and Sunday, the
Bowdoin Chorus will showcase an
entirely new side at its frst ever gos-
pel concert. Senior Lecturer of Mu-
sic Anthony Antolini will direct the
choir in “Black Nativity,” the story of
the birth of Jesus through gospel mu-
sic and narration written by Langston
Antolini saw the original produc-
tion of Black Nativity of-Broadway
in 1961 and fell in love with the mu-
sic. Although the play only ran for
50 performances, Antolini bought a
vinyl record of the music so he could
relive the music every Christmas
Te Bowdoin Chorus, which typi-
cally performs classical music, will
perform accompianist Aaron Robin-
son’s arrangement this weekend as a
passion project. Antolini’s specializa-
tion is in Russian music, but he has
been a fan of gospel music since he
was in New York City.
For the students and community
members who will be performing,
the rehearsal process leading up to
this weekend has been a new expe-
rience. Te biggest change will be
that the singers will perform with-
out sheet music, leaving them free to
move with the melody.
“Eventually we memorized it and
got rid of our music so we could just
sing as a group,” said soloist Kelsey
Berger ’15. “I think that helped us
transition to a kind of more easy-
going, meaningful, more soulful per-
For many of the singers, this is
their frst exposure to gospel, al-
though some have had some expe-
rience through the gospel choir, a
student-run organization.
“We’ve been playing with a lot of
diferent types of energies for the
songs in terms of tempo, dynamics,
musicality choices,” said Berger. “It’s
been really fun to experiment with
because it’s something we haven’t re-
ally done before.”
diference has been getting them out
of the books and getting the spirit of
it rather than the details they see on
the page.”
Te singers have noted that gospel
music brings out a diferent side to
“He’s familiar with it and holds
it very close to his heart, so I think
that helps him encourage us to be our
best,” said Berger.
In addition to new singing styles,
Antolini is bringing in new accompa-
niment. Te music department pur-
chased a Hammond organ to play the
music like it would have been played
in the original production.
“In order to sound really good, you
have to have the real thing,” said An-
tolini. “You can’t really make gospel
music sound right without it.”
Tere are a few changes from the
original score in order to make it ft
the current production.
“We made a few changes to make it
easier to sing, but it’s not like Mozart,”
said Antolini. “You know what the fa-
mous jazz musician said. ‘If it sounds
good, it is good.’”
Te Bowdoin Chorus’ homage to
African American culture has been
a new experience for everyone in-
volved—from the director trained in
Russian music to the students used to
singing classical music. In Antolini’s
opinion, this is part of what makes
Bowdoin what it is.
“I have had people from practi-
cally every country imaginable. Tat’s
what Bowdoin is about. Everybody
trying everything,” he said. “It’s like
we have this big feast, and we all try
each other’s food.”
Congressman Trey Radel of Flori-
da is my newfound hero—not for his
can-do attitude, opposition to Obam-
acare, or cocaine habit—but for his
live-tweeting. Te congressman is a
Twitter king.
I frst stumbled upon Congressman
Radel when reading reviews of Jay-
Z’s album, “Magna Carta Holy Grail.”
Radel loved the album so much he
live-tweeted the entire thing, track by
track, as he sat on a plane.
Tey were self-deprecating, funny and
full of cultural references. Te man
even mentioned “Snakes on a Plane.”
He is clearly in the know—of and for
the people, and all that.
But Radel’s Jay-Z tweets con-
cerned me. At frst Radel shared
some brilliant insights while prov-
ing his command of the hip-hopping
lingo of the commoner. “Only Jay-Z
can pull of a hip hop ode to Kurt
Cobain and REM,” he tweeted. “Not
just an ode...But lyrical references!
Pretty sick.” Congressman Radel
then showcased his competitive na-
ture: “Only Hova can pull of refer-
ences to the Concord, Paris, n Rome
and still sound real. Not Kanye West.
No one.”
It was this tweet that caused me
to worry over Congressman Radel’s
judgment. First, Jay-Z’s album is pret-
ty bad. Second, and perhaps more im-
portantly, insulting Kanye West leads
to only terrible things (see Kanye’s
twitter war with Jimmy Kimmel).
Tird, it’s rude to attack a man when
he’s down.
And Kanye’s really been struggling
lately. He’s waging a hard-fought war
to get fancé Kim Kardashian on the
cover of Vogue. Tragically, it’s to no
avail. According to Kanye, Vogue is
classist (Kardashian, as a reality tele-
vision star is, deemed unworthy to
grace its cover).
“Tere’s no way Kim Kardashian
shouldn’t be on the cover of Vogue,”
Saturday, December 7 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 8 2 p.m.
Studzinski Recital Hall
MUSIC NOTES: Meddiebempsters used their playful style in a performance for dementia caregivers. The recording will be used for dementia research.
“Tey said they didn’t feel like
someone had cared for them this
much in a long time,” said Yang.
“Tey were laughing too because
our songs are sprinkled with a lot
of jokes. When I started speaking in
Korean, people went crazy.
“We sang for people with demen-
tia and they laughed and had a lot
of fun,” said Yang. “I’m glad we got
that recording opportunity as well as
a chance to sing. If [people] cried...I
mean I can’t really ask for much
more. It was really rewarding.”
“We made a few changes to make
it easier to sing, but it’s not like
Mozart,”said Antolini. “You know
what the famous jazz musician said,
‘If it sounds good, it is good.’”
Te soloists have had to draw
from their own creativity, since gos-
pel music relies on decoration rather
than simply singing directly from the
“Tere’s a whole lot of freedom
when you’re a soloist. He said, ‘You
sing what feels right,’” said Donatelli-
Pitfeld ’16.
Just as the singers have changed
the way they perform, Antolini has
had to change the way he directs the
“It’s folk music. You don’t hold that
in a score like you do Bach or Mo-
zart,” he said. “For me, the biggest
A recording of the Meddies’
performance will be used as
the basis for a study conducted
by Harvard and Johns Hopkins
University about the effects of
music on dementia patients.
Tis was not Radel’s only experience
with live-tweeting. Te congressman
went on to live-tweet his time spent
reading a Sky Mall catalogue. Radel
was fascinated by a product called
‘Halo,’ designed to reduce anxiety for
dogs and cats.
“Every member of congress should
have one,” he tweeted. “#Treyonplane.”
Radel’s Skymall tweets were perfect.
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Tim Sowa ’14
Tim Sowa ’14 does not just write
poetry, he lives it. For Sowa—an
economics major and music mi-
nor from Connecticut—written
and performance poetry is more
than just a creative outlet, it is a
lens through which he interacts
with the world.
Although Sowa did not be-
come involved in Bowdoin Slam
Poets’ Society until midway
through his sophomore year, he
began writing before college. He
said that in his senior year of
high school, he was somewhat of
an “American cliché of suburban
three sport athlete.”
Sowa described himself as
a “closet poet” and mentioned
that, “I didn’t attach myself to
my creative side.” However, that
all changed once he arrived at
“Whether [students] want
it or not, [Bowdoin] is a clean
slate. You don’t really know who
you are until you meet all these
people who aren’t like you,” he
said. “My poetry has come as a
result of…having such a range
of topics to study and meeting
so many people.”
At Bowdoin, “the personal ca-
thartic side [of poetry] became
more of an organizational tool,”
he said. “My poetry is sneaking
its way into every paper I write.”
Bowdoin Slam Poets’ Society
has helped provide Sowa with
an outlet through which he can
share and experience poetry and
language. Sowa said that, “the
club has been so supportive, it is
like a mini-family to me at this
point.” He described the club as
a nurturing environment. “We
want you to say things to a crowd
that you wouldn’t normally say
out loud,” he said.
Sowa’s written work also plays
an important, albeit different,
role in his life. “My slam po-
etry and writing poetry are so
similar and so different,” said
Sowa. “The medium through
which you experience both of
those is the ultimate factor that
determines the way you write a
poem…so much of slam is the
narrator.” He believes that the
difference between slam and
written poetry is “a presentation
of self versus a presentation of
This is a huge theme in his
book “Mirror Staged,” which
was published this past summer
by the Maine Authors Publish-
ing Student Project. He wrote
the book under pen name Casey
Hayes to separate the work from
a connection to his identity. The
book addresses “history and
identity and memory, and how
all three of those are so interwo-
ven already, and how language is
the common ground.”
Sowa said the title is, “both as if
I’m posing in a mirror staged, and
also as I’m trying evoke [Jacques’
Lacan’s] essay and his works but
also the transparent recognition
that I’m in an identity crisis now.”
The book is influenced heavily
by philosophical thought, and
relates to “our endless search
for self,” according to Sowa. His
work has also been impacted by
his mentor, Bowdoin professor
Anthony Walton, who impressed
upon him that, “good readers
make good writers.”
For Sowa, poetry does not end
at slam performances and book
publications. “I’ll always be try-
ing to live, and therefore I’ll al-
ways be trying to understand,” he
said. “Making poetry is…a life-
style.” However, he stresses that,
“I’ve benefited from poetry…but
it’s taken a lot of hard work.”
Sowa hopes to continue his
writing after graduation.
Kanye recently said on Ryan Seacrest’s
radio show. “She’s like the most in-
triguing woman right now…And
collectively, we’re the most infuential
with clothing…Michelle Obama can-
not Instagram a pic like what my girl
Instagrammed the other day.”
If Kanye’s referring to the bathing
suit selfe Kim tweeted showcasing
her post-baby body, to which he re-
sponded, “HEADED HOME NOW,”
I understand. I doubt many of our
nation’s allies (other than like France)
would appreciate our frst lady’s derri-
er online. Still, Kanye is hurting. And
so is Radel.
Te TV personality-turned-Re-
publican-congressman has some
problems: he boozes and sometimes
buys cocaine. To be honest, I don’t
think the cocaine issue is particularly
serious. Te man was busted buying
3.5 grams on October 29. It’s not as
if he’s smoking crack with Toronto
Mayor Rob Ford, who, according
to a Business Insider article titled,
“Congressman Trey Radel Shouldn’t
Apologize For Using Cocaine,” “has
been videotaped stumbling drunk
around downtown Toronto...allegedly
grabbed a political opponent’s ass
while drunk at a party, and attributed
his crack use to being ‘in one of my
drunken stupors.’”
Comparatively, Radel is an angel—
Radel’s social media exposure puts
him in line with the voices of celeb-
rities and music stars, but somehow
this makes me like him more as a per-
son. He had an incorrect opinion on
‘Holy Grail’, live-tweeted a Sky Mall
catalogue and bought a bit of coke
(I think reading Sky Mall was by far
his worst ofense). So maybe what we
take from all this is relativity. Vogue is
classist if you’re a reality star and not
Gwyneth, and smoking crack is worse
than buying coke.
Good luck in rehab, Trey. Please,
please tweet about it.
“My poetry is sneaking its way
into every paper I write.”
Students learned to contra dance at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center on November 22. The dancing was accompanied by live music.
Student musicians performed in the Bowdoin Music Collective’s end of semester concert in Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill on Thursday night.
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Treefarm members meld individual experience in first year
“Treefarm is a band that is not sup-
posed to exist,” joked Greg Stasiw ’15.
Indeed, the band name was origi-
nally the invention of a friend, who
used it as a litmus test to see how
willing people at parties were willing
to lie in order to sound in the know.
Now a real band, Treefarm is com-
prised of Stasiw, Ryan Fowler ’15, Evan
Montilla ’17 and Sky Monaco ’16.
Since their debut performance
last spring, Treefarm has been
snatching up every opportunity
to perform. Just this week, they
played at Jamnesty on Wednesday
and the Bowdoin Music Collective
Showcase at Jack Magee’s Pub and
Grill last night.
Treefarm was formed almost
on accident. Monaco and Stasiw
began playing together in a Smith
practice room after their Japanese
literature class last fall. The two
also sometimes played with Sam
Seda ’15 and Sam Roberts ’14, but
neither of the two wanted a full-
time band commitment. That’s
when they found Fowler.
“Greg found me alone in a room and
started bothering me,” recalled Fowler.
“I don’t see it as bothering,” said
Stasiw. “Ryan looked sad and alone.”
Montilla joined the band in a
similarly happenstance fashion,
running into Monaco and Stasiw
one night on campus. The two
liked his sound and asked him to
come sing with them.
Each band member brings his
own unique experience with music
to the stage.
“My mom studied music in Lon-
don and my dad had a really good
ear for music,” said Montilla. “My
mom was the one who trained me
on classical guitar, piano and viola.
I played in a country band and a
punk band and I picked up banjo.”
He also sings in Ursus Versus.
Most of Treefarm’s members
learned music with their parents,
but are now looking to play in a
new group atmosphere.
“It’s great to have friends to play
music with. I just fell into it and it’s
great to play with other people,”
said Monaco.
“And you guys are actually good,”
said Fowler.
Te group spends at least fve
hours a week practicing together and
performs a mixture of covers and
original songs, lately emphasizing
their own work.
“We all write our songs on the side,
bring it in as a skeleton and fesh it
out together,” said Fowler.
“I never played in a band before
so Treefarm is teaching me how
to use drums as not just a rhythm
thing but as a texture thing,” said
Stasiw. “I’m learning what it takes
to make a song.”
“We’ve all really improved,” said
Monaco. “We’re learning together.”
Te band has a fuidity that makes
them sound just a little diferent
each time they play. Tough Mo-
naco is usually on guitar, Fowler on
bass, Stasiw on drums and Montilla
on lead vocals, Monaco and Fowler
each take turns leading the band
musically. Tese fexible roles—
combined with the variety of songs
they play—give the band a sound
that can be hard to describe.
“We’re bluesy, not too poppy, and
a little bit ambient,” said Stasiw. “[As-
sistant Professor of Music] Tracy Mc-
Mullen compared us to Cream.”
“We kind of sound like The
Kooks and The Black Keys some-
times,” said Montilla.
Treefarm says they are influ-
enced by a number of artists and
bands. On campus, the group
looks up to bands Phar\os and the
“I’m glad the music scene at
Bowdoin is coming together,” said
“And I’m glad we’re in it,” added
Treefarm’s most memorable per-
formances so far include making it
to the final round of Battle of the
Bands, as well as performing at
Quinby’s ’80s Party this fall.
“At the ’80s party, seeing people
dance to our stuff for the first time
was awesome,” said Fowler.
Treefarm hopes to continue
drawing in new audiences that will
keep coming back to hear their
original songs, and plans to par-
ticipate in the Battle of the Bands
again next semester.
“Our goal is having as much fun
as possible,” said Monaco.
WOODWINDS: Treefarm performed at the opening of Bowdoin Art Society’s Student Show on October 24.
The Department of Theater and Dance showcases the work of various classes this semester in “December Dance,”today and tomorrow at 8 p.m. in the Edwards Center for Art and Dance. The dances will include a wide variety of levels and styles.
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Men’s hockey dominates after Colby loss
The men’s hockey team has won
four of its past five games, includ-
ing Head Coach Terry Meagher’s
500th career victory, to build mo-
mentum for its two home games
Fr 11/22
Sa 11/23
Tu 11/26
Sa 11/30
Su 12/1
at Colby
v. Colby
at UNE
v. Sufolk (inWaterville)
v. UMass-Dartmouth
Field hockey wins fourth
D-III title in seven years
Te feld hockey team brought home
its fourth NCAA Division III title in
seven years on November 24, topping
Salisbury in a 1-0 win and ending its
season with an 18-3 record. Te Polar
Bears claimed their last national cham-
pionship in 2010 and also earned the
title in 2007 and 2008.
Captain Katie Riley ’14, Rachel Ken-
nedy ’16 and Mettler Growney ’17
earned All-Tournament honors for
their performances in the Final Four,
with captain Liv King ’14 winning
Tournament MVP.
Te frst half of the championship
match produced a 0-0 stalemate Bow-
doin’s frst scoring opportunity came
10 minutes into the game, when Emily
Simonton ’15 collected a cross on the
right post, defecting the ball just wide
of the Sea Gull net. Minutes later, Salis-
bury retaliated with a shot of its own,
which was defected by goalkeeper
Hannah Gartner ’15. Bowdoin charged
back down the feld, with Adrienne
O’Donnell ’15 slipping a reverse stick
sweep wide of the cage.
With 10 minutes remaining in the
frst half, Bowdoin earned its frst cor-
ner of the game, and Colleen Finnerty
’15 collected the insert, sending a hard
shot that narrowly missed the lef post.
Bowdoin received another corner soon
afer, but Salisbury mustered a defen-
sive save on the right side to keep the
game scoreless heading into halfime.
Bowdoin fnally found its footing in
the second half of the game as Finnerty
carried the ball down the lef sideline
and sent a shot just inside the circle.
Despite Salisbury stopping the shot, the
rebound was lef loose in front of the
Gulls’ cage, where Kennedy stepped up
and connected to sink a shot in the right
corner of the net, bringing the score to
1-0 lead for the Polar Bears.
Salisbury responded with consider-
able pressure on the Bowdoin defense,
earning a corner and rattling of a
shot from the top of the circle, which
bounced of a Salisbury player and
across the Bowdoin goal line before
Finnerty managed to knock the ball out.
Although the shot was initially ruled a
goal, the referees later retracted the call,
awarding the Gulls another corner on
which they failed to capitalize.
Despite considerable pressure from
the Gulls in the fnal minutes of the
game, Bowdoin managed to hold on to
their 1-0 victory and lock in the Cham-
pionship title.
“With three seconds on the clock
and the ball in our ofensive circle,
as one of the last defensemen back I
turned around and started running
Horowitz, Skinner earn
All-American at XC D-IIIs
At the NCAA Cross Country D-
III Championship in Hanover, Ind.
two weeks ago, Lucy Skinner ’16
and Coby Horowitz ’14 both placed
in the top 35 nationally, earning
them All-American honors. In the
women’s race, Skinner fnished 30th
overall with a time of 21:11.7, while
Horowitz ran a 25:02.4 to take home
a 12th-place fnish for the men’s race.
Both Polar Bears ran races that
Head Coach Peter Slovenski de-
scribed as “courageous,” starting of
conservatively and accelerating near
the fnish line to move into the top
35 runners.
Skinner, who fnished ninth at
the New England regionals, began
the 6K race around 100th place for
the frst 1000 meters.
“I didn’t want to start out too
fast,” Skinner said. “Tere was one
race where I went out really far and
didn’t feel very good.”
With this experience in mind,
she chose to conserve her energy
for the frst part of the race. In the
next 2000 meters, however, Skinner
slowly pushed past 10 other run-
ners, beginning a surge that saw her
in 60th place at the halfway mark,
40th place at the 4000 meter mark
and, in the fnal 1000 meters before
the fnish line, she moved from 36th
to 30th despite facing wind and her
own exhaustion.
“Lucy’s best races have been
against Connecticut College and
Tufts this weekend.
Te Polar Bears most recently
came away with a 5-1 victory over
UMass-Dartmouth on December 1,
a team that Meagher described as
“traditionally one of the strongest
teams in Division III.”
Matt Rubinof ’16 contributed
two goals and an assist to the victory.
“It was the most cohesive 60 min-
utes I think we’ve played as a team,”
said Rubinof. “And I think that
shows our depth.”
Bowdoin outshot UMass-Dart-
Women’s basketball stays in win column
Te women’s basketball team is of
to a 6-0 start afer beating the Uni-
versity of Southern Maine (USM) on
Tuesday, the best beginning to a sea-
son since Bowdoin won 10 straight
games to start the 2009-10 season.
Te team narrowly edged out USM
with a 62-56 win. It was another bal-
anced attack for the Polar Bears with
Brady, Phelps, and Prue all scoring in
double digits. Marle Curle ’17 added
a team-high four assists and initiated
an 11-5 Polar Bear run to close out
the game.
“Tey’re always a very strong
program. Tey’re very similar to
us in that they have a very strong
inside-out game,” said Head Coach
Adrienne Shibles. “Ofensively we
worked a lot on execution this week
[in preparation for Southern Maine]
really trying to move forward and
learn from the UNE game.”
A 64-59 win over the University
of New England (4-1) on November
26 has been the women’s narrowest
margin of victory to date. Te home
win was a signifcant improvement
over last year, when the Polar Bears
lost to the Nor’easters by 40 points.
Captain Sara Binkhorst ’15 shined in
the revenge match, scoring a career-
high 23 points.
Te two teams were evenly
matched throughout the game. Al-
though the Polar Bears shot much
better from the feld than the
Nor’easters, UNE had 18 steals and
forced an additional 10 turnovers in
the contest to keep the game close.
Afer taking a 31-23 lead into half-
time, sophomore Shannon Brady’s
domination in the paint allowed the
Polar Bears to stretch their lead af-
ter the intermission. Te Nor’easters
would not let up, however, and
erased a 12-point defcit to take
the lead with 4:36 remaining in the
game. But Binkhorst, capping of a
10-5 run, iced the game with a pair Please see XC, page 17
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Su 11/24
v. Christopher Newport
v. Salisbury
Sa 11/23
Tu 11/26
Tu 12/3
v. Bates
v. UNE
at Southern Maine
of free throws.
“Tey’re a perennial NCAA tour-
nament team,” said Shibles. “We
knew it was going to be a battle so to
see that kind of progress in a year is
really rewarding as a coach.”
“Tey’re a good program and a
well-coached team so we’ve been
looking forward to this game since
this time last year,” said Binkhorst.
“We just have to do a better job of
looking weak side, fnding the open
person, and moving the ball around.”
Although she says the team needs
where she’s very patient in the open-
ing mile, and then she really gets
warmed up and confdent and brings
a lot of speed into her last mile,” said
Slovenski. “Starting of moderately
and fnishing fast is probably our
favorite strategy. It was great that
Lucy could make this strategy work
for her.”
In the men’s 8K race, Horowitz
took a slightly more aggressive ap-
proach, hovering between places 40-
60 afer the gun went of.
“This year we were playing for
a top 20 finish,” said Slovenski.
“Trying for top 20, you don’t want
to be quite as far back. You some-
times will be running against the
people around you, and if you’re
too far back, you’ll run out of time
to move forward.”
Horowitz’s strategy paid off,
placing him in 25th place at the
4-mile marker and allowing him to
push past other runners in the last
800 meters.
“I knew then that there were
about 10 people within striking dis-
tance, and maybe three more I could
catch,” said Horowitz. “I knew I had
800 meters to make up a 100 meter
gap to get up into the top 12 or so.
Te last 400 were really where three
seconds is like four places so that
was just kind of an all-out sprint.”
In the last 400 meters, Horowitz
faced an uphill sprint in which he
pulled from 19th place to 12th.
mouth 47-11, with John McGinnis
’15, Connor Quinn ’15 and Colin
Downey ’14 also contributing goals.
Tis game concluded the Bow-
doin-Colby Faceof tournament,
and with the win, Bowdoin won the
title. Rubinof was named MVP of
the Faceof.
On November 30, Bowdoin faced
Sufolk University at Colby’s rink.
Te Polar Bears won with a decisive
5-0 score.
“We knew it was a team that
GET TO THE PAINT: Kirsten Prue ’14 drives against Bates as Shannon Brady ’16 rolls to the basket.
GRUDGE MATCH: Ryan Collier ’15 (9) and his teammates look to stall the Colby offense in Bowdoin’s annual home game against the Mules.
Please see M. HOCKEY, page 17
Please see W. BBALL, page 16
Please see F. HOCKEY, page 17
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Win over USM marks Gilbride’s 400th
The men’s basketball team dom-
inated its games against Babson
and Southern Maine last week to
cement a 5-0 record, the strongest
start in program history.
The team’s win against Southern
Maine was Head Coach Tim Gil-
bride’s 400th career win in 29 sea-
sons with Bowdoin. Gilbride is the
37th active D-III coach to reach
400 victories and the second active
coach in the NESCAC to do so.
“I have been fortunate to coach
Bowdoin for the past twenty-nine
years, and my 400th win is really
a tribute to all the outstanding
coaches and players that I have had
the privilege to work with over the
years,” Gilbride wrote in an email
to the Orient.
Bowdoin handed Babson its frst
loss last Sunday with a 66-54 home
win in Morrell Gymnasium. Matt
Mathias ’14 led Bowdoin with 15
points. Grant White ’14 had three
rebounds and two assists for the
Polar Bears, and John Swords ’15 re-
corded a team-high seven rebounds.
“I think that we sustained a fo-
cus and an intensity for all forty
minutes, which is one of the hard-
est things to do against a strong
team like Babson,” said Swords.
When asked about the biggest
contributing factors to the win,
Swords said, “The lead we earned
in the first half was crucial, since
the second half became a consistent
back and forth up until the end. We
won this game by controlling its
pace with a composed offense. The
second half was about burning the
clock and trying our best not to let
them close on our lead.”
Bowdoin beat Southern Maine
on Wednesday 67-56 to move to
5-0. With 25 points and 16 re-
bounds, Swords led Bowdoin to the
win. He also hauled down nine of-
fensive rebounds and connected on
12-of-13 shots. His 10.6 rebounds
per game puts him at second in the
conference and he is ranked 10th in
the NESCAC in points per game.
Andrew Madlinger ’14 and Keegan
Pieri ’15 each scored ten points.
With 17 minutes remaining,
Bowdoin countered a Huskies 9-0
run with seven straight points.
Shortly after, Southern Maine ral-
lied their way back to within a
possession with a 6-0 run, making
the score 47-44. Bowdoin regained
control with a 10-2 run, closing the
fourth minute at 57-46. Bowdoin
made six of eight free throws dur-
ing the last two minutes of the
game, finishing at 67-56.
“Last night’s win was an awesome
win for us to lock down because it
was a good test of our team’s ability
to adjust to different things a team
may try against us,” said Swords,
the only play in the NESCAC aver-
aging a double-double.
“USM fought hard and played
some excellent defense throughout
the game,” he added. “We kept them
at bay when we broke their pres-
sure. Though it’s not an immensely
profound statement, I’d say 5-0 is a
great way to start the season.”
Bowdoin will play Bates tonight
in Morrell Gymnasium at 7 p.m. and
will play archrival Colby in Waterville
at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Te Bobcats and
Mules are 6-1 and 4-2, respectively.
Sa 11/23
Su 12/1
Tu 12/3
v. St. Joseph’s
v. Babson
at Southern Maine
Swimming opens behind
MIT, over Babson at home
Last Saturday, the men’s and
women’s swimming and diving
teams opened their seasons at
home against MIT and Babson Col-
lege. MIT swept both the men and
women in swimming, defeating the
women 194-93 and the men 215-82.
Bowdoin, however, bested both the
Babson men and women with head-
to-head scores of 205-90 and 216-
81, respectively.
“MIT has more talent on paper,”
said Head Coach Brad Burnham.
“They are a top 10 school on the
women’s side, and a top-two-or-
three school on the men’s side. And
they’ve been training longer. We
got touched out in a lot of races—
points were lopsided in that way.”
One bright spot for the Polar
Bears was the performance of first
year Tim Long, who finished first
in the 1,000 meter free-style with
a time of 9:58:36. Long became the
second Bowdoin swimmer to finish
the event in under ten minutes, and
was two seconds away from beating
the school record of 9:56:94 set by
Conrad Stuntz ’94. Long finished
11 seconds ahead of the second
place swimmer.
“He came close to setting the re-
cord in his debut, which is pretty
sweet,” said butterfly swimmer
Chris Granata ’17.
As a team, the Polar Bears swam
faster than they anticipated.
“We ran some in-house trials
a week before the meet, and we
clocked in much better at the meet
then in the trials before it across the
board. Everyone improved in one
week,” Burnham said.
Bowdoin’s strongest event was
the breaststroke, in which Helen
Newton ’14 and Maeve O’Leary
’14 finished first and second in
the 100-meter, respectively. So-
phia Walker ’17 finished first in the
On the men’s team, JR Chansakul
’16 fnished second in the 200-meter
breaststroke, and Nathan Garner ’17
fnished third.
“Breaststroke was strong on both
the men’s and women’s side,” Burn-
ham said. “On the men’s team we
are well balanced all around. On
the women’s side we are missing
some swimmers who are abroad, so
when they come back it will make
us stronger there.”
Bowdoin won all four diving
events. Josh Ellis ’17 and Tommy
Kramer ’15 finished first and sec-
ond, respectively, in the three-me-
ter dive. Kramer also finished first
and Ellis second in the one-meter
On the women’s side, Sage Mika-
mi ’15 took home first place in both
the one and three meter dives.
“They are each going to have
fantastic seasons,” Burnham said
of the divers.
Bowdoin travels to MIT this
weekend for their next meet, which
will feature six teams instead of the
usual three.
“It’s more of a training meet—we
get to know how we all swim best
and what events we are best suited
for going forward,” Burnham said.
WORKING THE PERIMETER: Keegan Pieri ’15 makes an outside move on a St. Joseph’s defender.
Women’s hockey wins 3 straight, but is still 0-2 in NESCAC
Fr 11/22
Sa 11/23
Tu 11/26
Sa 11/30
Tu 12/3
v. Colby
at Colby
at UMass-Boston
at Holy Cross
v. NewEngland Col.
Te women’s hockey team won its
last three games, bringing its record
to 3-2. Tey are 0-2-0 in the NES-
CAC, with two losses to Colby.
On Tuesday, the Polar Bears bested
New England College with a 5-0 vic-
tory. Afer letting up two early scores,
the Polar Bears dominated the re-
mainder of the game, outshooting
the Pilgrims 59-16. Rachel Kennedy
’16, Maddy Hall ’17, Colleen Finner-
ty ’15, captain Madeline Lane ’14 and
Schyler Nardelli ’15 each had one
goal. First year Lan Crofon saved 14
shots in the win.
“[Our comeback] showed resiliency
and the character of the program,” said
Head Coach Marissa O’Neil. “Our re-
turners were able to step up and fll the
shoes of the graduating class, which
helped us get the last three wins.”
Te Polar Bears defeated Holy Cross
and UMass-Boston over Tanksgiving
Break, despite being outshot 29-13 by
Holy Cross. On November 30, Lane
scored both goals in the 2-1 victory
over Holy Cross. Goalie Beth Findley
’16 made 28 stops in the net.
Bowdoin beat UMass-Boston on
November 26 with a score of 2-1.
Crofon made 26 stops in her frst ap-
pearance on the ice. Ariana Bourque
’16 scored twice in the third period,
posting the game-winning goal with
11 seconds lef in the game. Bourque
was also named the NESCAC wom-
en’s hockey Player of the Week.
Te previous weekend had not been
as fruitful for the Bears. Te team
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Sa 11/23
Men v. Babson
Men v. MIT
Women v. Babson
Women v. MIT
opened their season with two losses
to Colby. On Saturday November 23,
the Polar Bears fell to the Mules 4-3.
Colby answered an early frst period
goal by Jessica Bowen ’17 and took a
3-1 lead early in the second period.
Bourque capitalized on a Colby pen-
alty and cut the lead to one in the
second period. In the sixth minute,
Colby went up 4-2. Captain Chelsea
MacNeil ’15 scored in the third period
to spark a late game comeback, but the
Mules held on to the win.
Bowdoin lost in their home opener
in overtime, 3-2 against Colby. Colby
took a 2-0 lead in the second pe-
riod, but on a power play two min-
utes into the third quarter, MacNeil
cut the Mules’ lead in half. Te Polar
Bears tied the game up when Nardelli
scored with an assist by frst year
Aliya Feroe. Colby capitalized on a
Bowdoin turnover and scored with
20 seconds lef in overtime. Findley
made 17 saves and Bowdoin outshot
Colby 48-20.
“Our kids fought for 60 minutes
straight, but couldn’t pull it out,”
said O’Neil.
Te women’s team was playing
with a short bench against Colby,
as they were waiting for three feld
hockey players—Kennedy, Finnerty
and frst year Kimmy Ganong—to re-
turn from their NCAA Field Hockey
Championship victory.
“All our three feld hockey kids
are impact players and will get am-
ple minutes,” said O’Neil. “Before
they returned, our top players were
logging over 35 minutes per game.
Tat’s insane.”
The Polar Bears will travel to
Norwich University tomorrow to
play at 7 p.m.
BREAKAWAY: Ariana Bourque ’16 breaks past the Colby defense to set up a one-on-one scoring opportunity against the Mules’ goalie.
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Bowdoin senior linebacker
Joey Cleary capped of a fantastic
career this fall, earning titles of
NESCAC Defensive Player of the
Year—the frst Polar Bear to do so
since the conference was formed
in 2000—and First Team All-NE-
SCAC. Cleary was also named to
the 2013 New England Football
Writers Division II/III All-New
England team.
Cleary led the league with 99
tackles, the highest number since
2009. He also amassed two fum-
ble recoveries, two interceptions
and 8.5 tackles for losses.
Afer three years as a starter,
Cleary was named a captain this
year, a position of responsibility
initially foreign to him.
“I’ve always been a looser, jok-
ing around kind of guy, so that’s a
diferent role I had to take on this
year,” he said.
“He’s been a leader since
he came here,” ofensive line-
man and fellow captain Bobby
Driscoll ’14 said. “He’s just one
of those natural leaders—when
he enters the room, people look
up to him.”
Cleary became a leader on
and off the field for the Polar
Bears, taking an even bigger
leadership role when line-
backer Griffin Cardew ’14
Te Orient chooses the male
and female Athletes of the Season
based on exemplary performance
and commitment to their pro-
grams. Te winners are selected by
the sports editor.
Katie Riley ’14 fnishes her ca-
reer with 46 goals and 35 assists,
placing her ffh and fourth all
time in each category, respective-
ly. With 127 points, Riley ranks
just behind Lindsay McNamara
’09. Tis season alone Riley tal-
lied 59 points, making her the
third highest single season scorer
in Bowdoin history.
Te capstone of Riley’s career
was this year’s national cham-
pionship. But the road to the
championship was a bumpy one.
Bowdoin had disappointing loss-
es to Tufs and Middlebury. Nei-
ther Riley nor the team, however,
lost hope afer those losses. Teir
perseverance paid of just three
days later with a win against Trin-
ity, which included Riley making
history with four goals, tying the
record for most goals scored in
a NESCAC tournament game.
From there, the Polar Bears went
on to beat Tufs the following
week, with Riley contributing
one of Bowdoin’s four goals.
“I thought it was really cool
that we could bounce back as a
team, [especially] with the close
Katie Riley ’14
“Winning the national
championship my freshman
year really set the bar to where I
wanted to end my career.”
Joey Cleary ’14
loss during the NESCAC game,” Ri-
ley said.
Riley got an assist on sophomore
Rachel Kennedy’s game-winning
goal during the championship
match. Riley and Kennedy were the
top-scoring duo in the NESCAC this
season, ending with 21 goals apiece.
Combined, the pairing earned nine
of Bowdoin’s ten goals in the NCAA
Tournament. In the process, they
became Bowdoin’s all-time highest
scoring teammates with 109 points,
surpassing McNamara and Ingrid
Oelschlager ’11, who had tallied 96
Riley says of the championship
game, “It was unbelievable. It was
the best overall defense we played
all year, it was cool how it can
culminate like that at the end
of the season. I am very proud
of how our team played that
entire game.”
Riley, who was a member of
the 2010 championship team as
a frst year, sees diferences and
similarities both personally and
within the team culture from her
frst season to this year.
“We were on a mission to win
a national championship and I
knew that since the frst time I
stepped on the feld. Although
only getting into six games my
freshman year, I really wanted to
be a contributor—and I ended up
starting both my senior and ju-
nior years. Winning the national
championship my freshman year
really set the bar to where I want-
ed to end my career,” Riley said.
“She’s a player that you watch
and you know that she is giving
it everything,” says Kim Kahn-
weiler ’16. “She makes everyone
want to work harder because you
see how hard she is working and
how hard she wants it.”
Riley’s teammates look up to
her as a captain as well.
“She was always someone I
looked up to,” said Kahnweiler.
“She has this natural leading abil-
ity, and she leads by example.”
Riley fnishes her career sec-
ond on Bowdoin’s all-time ca-
reer points list and assists list,
and third on the College’s career
goals list.
sustained a season-ending knee
injury. Cleary pointed to the col-
lective effort of the defense after
Cardew’s injury as the reason be-
hind the maintained success.
“As a defense and as a team we
had to respond,” he said. “I was tak-
ing on a few more blocks and it was
tougher, but we had guys step up be-
hind him and it all worked out”.
“Joey was able to make it seem like
not much changed,” Driscoll said.
Driscoll also pointed to Cleary’s
leadership both in games and in
practice as one of his defning
“You know with Joey on the feld
you can always trust the defense,” he
said. “He always keeps those guys in
line. It’s fun going up against him in
practice. It causes a lot of competi-
tion. It makes a bunch of guys better
on the ofensive side of the ball.”
Cleary said that the fact that the
coaches vote for the Player of the
Year awards makes receiving them
all the more special.
“Te coaches vote for it—those
are the guys that watch and study
the flm—you hope they recognize
you as a good player,” Cleary said.
“It really is a team award. It’s the
guys in front of me letting me make
tackles, and it’s everyone else in the
feld covering their guys.”
Cleary has accumulated 255 ca-
reer tackles, six interceptions, and
fve and a half sacks. His 255 career
tackles are the second highest in
Bowdoin history. He also has the
second longest interception return
for his 99-yard pick-six against
Tufs in 2011.
Without Cleary, the Polar Bear
defense will look much diferent
next year, though he believes the
program is in good shape.
“We leave the program in a good
position,” he said. “Te younger
guys are going to be a really good
group. Te program is defnitely in
a better place, and I think the senior
class did a really good job through
their four years.”
“He’s just one of those natural
leaders—when he enters the
room, people look up to him.”
Coach of the Season: Nicky
Pearson leads team to title
Three years after winning her
third NCAA Division III Champi-
onship, Field Hockey Head Coach
Nicky Pearson led the Polar Bears
to yet another championship vic-
tory. The run to the national title
occurred in spite of a tough over-
time loss to Middlebury in the
NESCAC cham-
pionship, with
the team ending
the season with
an 18-3 record.
Over the last de-
cade, the team
has been domi-
nant in Division
III Field Hockey,
contending for
a national title
every year. This
season, Pearson had to overcome
early growing pains, as all but two
starters were new to their respec-
tive positions.
“I feel like I start a new job every
August,” Pearson said. “Tis team
will only be together for one year.
Each year is unique and each team
is unique.”
In addition, the team graduated
most of its defensive core last year,
including a dominant goalkeeper
and center midfelder.
“Everybody knew we graduated a
very signifcant class,” Pearson said.
“We knew we had a lot of rebuilding
to do defensively.”
Despite those concerns, the team
stumbled only momentarily, los-
ing to a perennially competitive
Amherst team before running of a
10-game winning streak. Pearson
adjusted for the team’s inexperience
by reducing time spent on skill de-
velopment in favor of group work,
hoping to get the new players com-
fortable with each other.
“We have so many freshmen,”
Molly Paduda ’14 said. “Right of
the bat, the clock is ticking on when
they are going to buy in, but they
also have to click on the feld. I think
that was the biggest obstacle, but
honestly that wasn’t even that hard.”
Pearson believes that the team’s
late September victory over rival
Middlebury was “a signifcant win
for the program” and that it gave the
win “a greater sense of achievement.”
Te win against Middlebury was
their frst and only win against a
NESCAC team with a winning con-
ference record. Tey did, however,
avenge a regular-season loss to Tufs
in the NESCAC semifnals.
A Pearson-coached team has a
number of unique characteristics.
First, the team’s focus is entirely
inward; Pearson does not want her
teams to mentally judge the diffi-
culty of their opponents before they
play. Her teams also believe in her
one-game-at-a-time approach.
“We take it one day at a time,
captain Katie Riley ’14 said. “She’s
always saying ‘a win’s a win; a point’s
a point.’”
“Of course she knows that some
teams are going to be harder to beat
than others,” Paduda said. But she’s
very clear that every win over a NE-
SCAC opponent gets you one point.”
Pearson places incredible empha-
sis to her teams on practicing fun-
damentals and making smart plays.
“She wants us to be students of
the game,” captain Olivia King ’14
said. “Freshman year I didn’t really
know what that meant. I tried to ab-
sorb everything I could. She breaks
it down to the point where you can
look at one specifc play and see
there’s a simple formula of how to
execute it.”
Large portions of practices are de-
voted to single skills that need im-
provement or controlled scrimmag-
es that she will stop and reproduce
until the team corrects its mistakes.
“Practices are pretty fluid week-
to-week,” Rachel
Kennedy ’16
said. “She picks
out the things we
need to work on.
But once we cor-
rect something
at practice, it be-
comes the stan-
Pearson’s game
plans are also de-
signed to focus
on the strengths of her own squad
as opposed to the weaknesses of
others. They watch film primar-
ily of themselves, with the under-
standing that they are good enough
to beat any team if they can play to
their own strengths.
Kennedy and Riley are both ex-
amples of Pearson’s ability to pass
on her vast knowledge of the game.
Both started playing field hockey in
high school and have subsequently
led the NESCAC in goals, with 21
each. Riley finished with 59 points,
the most in the conference, and
Kennedy finished with 50, third in
the conference and 12 more than
the next player.
“People who come to this pro-
gram are obviously very talented
to begin with but she takes play-
ers and over the four years com-
pletely transforms them,” King
said, counting herself among those
who have benefited from Pearson’s
Pearson said she had a detailed
game plan for the fnal afer realizing
that Salisbury played a similar style
to her own team—athletic and skill-
ful, with a lot of speed in transition
and a stout defense.
“Defensively, it was one of the
best games we played all year, and
it needed to be,” she said. “Every-
body did their job, angles were on
and there was good communication.
Our frst priority was not to give
them time or space.”
She notes that this is how teams
might have planned to face her own
speedy transition attack.
Even afer four titles, Pearson still
appreciates the dedication and efort
that go into a championship season.
“It’s only people who are on the
team who know where we started
and the performance we put in at
the end,” she said. “I’m in awe, to be
honest, of how committed they are
to their own individual growth and
to the growth of the team.”
As for the experience of playing
in a championship game?
“It’s a day you’ll never forget—
rather overwhelming and a little
surreal, but afer time it sort of sinks
in,” she said.
“She breaks it down to the point
where you can look at one spe-
cific play and see there’s a simple
formula of how to execute it.”
Liv King ’14
Field Hockey Captain
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Are recent coaching antics fair play,
or has gamesmanship gone too far?
Matt Glatt: Tere’s been a recurring
theme to this week’s news.
Wiley Spears: Instantaneous deliv-
ery of online purchases via remote-
controlled miniature aircrafs?
MG: No, sports news. I assume
everybody saw what Jason Kidd and
Mike Tomlin did last week.
Mikey Jarrell: Why don’t you bring
our listeners up to speed?
MG: OK. Jason Kidd, head coach of
the New York Nets—
MJ: —You mean point guard of the
MG: Nope. Not since Dontrelle
Willis lef the Marlins.
WS: Why are we talking about
Dontrelle Willis?
MJ: Hey! Don’t hate on D-Train!
MG: Anyway, the Nets were out of
timeouts late in a close game. Kidd
said “Hit me” to one of his players,
who then bumped into him, causing
Kidd to drop his cup of soda on the
foor, buying the Nets some time to
draw up a play as the spill was cleaned
MJ: Genius.
MG: Te next day, Pittsburgh Steel-
ers’ head coach Mike Tomlin was
standing unusually close to the side-
line as the Ravens’ Jacoby Jones re-
turned a kickof. It looked like Tomlin
might have slowed Jones down just
enough to prevent a Ravens touch-
down. Kidd was fned $50,000, while
Tomlin’s antics cost him a whopping
$100,000 and could potentially cost
the team a draf pick. Fair?
WS: Absolutely. Tey clearly did
it on purpose. Tey were both pretty
sarcastic in their postgame press con-
ferences, and you should have seen
the grin Tomlin had on his face as he
jumped out of Jacoby’s way.
MJ: But a draf pick, though? Tat
seems harsh.
WS: Te commissioners have to
lay down the law. You want to nip this
crap in the bud.
MJ: Do you? I think it’s fun. Kevin
McHale got in Tim Duncan’s way the
other day during an in-bounds pass; it
was hilarious. Tat’s just good games-
MG: So where do you draw the
line? How is what McHale diferent
from what Tomlin did?
MG: Tat you hate Dontrelle Willis.
WS: I never said that. I said that we
have to curb cheating in sports.
MJ: I’ve always been a big fan of
the little things in sports. You know,
stealing signs in baseball, throwing
pickofs to give the guy in the bullpen
more time to warm up, sticking your
foot out underneath a jump shooter,
WS: Yeah, it’s called cheating. Just
like steroids. You a big fan of those,
too, Mikey?
MJ: Chicks dig the long ball, Wiley.
WS: Tere’s a big diference be-
tween a pickof and deliberate inter-
ference. Te only way to control these
coaches is to fne their pants of. Oth-
erwise Jason Kidd is going to spill his
apple juice on the court every time he
doesn’t want to burn a timeout.
MJ: Obviously these guys crossed
the line a little bit, but if you come
down on them too hard I think you
lose some of the more intriguing nu-
ances of the game. Tere’s a lot of
gray area here. And as Ty Cobb so
eloquently put it, “If you ain’t cheatin’,
you ain’t tryin.”
WS: Your accent is horrible. Look,
the NFL isn’t going to fne Tomlin for
every little thing he does to try to give
his team an advantage. What he did
transcends gamesmanship. Tat’s the
distinction I am trying to make. Let
kickers try to take a practice feld goal
afer a late timeout. Let batters call a
timeout right before the pitch. But this
is a completely diferent level.
MG: Well, I think this debate has
run its course. Do you have your No-
Fail Predictions prepared?
MJ: Yessir. Marcus Smart will have
the best NBA career of anyone in next
year’s draf class.
WS: I’ll put my money on Jabari
MG: Josh Gordon and the rest of
Mikey’s bench will outscore the start-
ers on his fantasy team for the third
week in a row.
& &
to be more careful with the ball in
future, Shibles is thrilled with how
it handled the pressure and fnished
the game.
“We certainly have some things to
work on in regard to taking care of
the ball and making more efective
passes but to see us, down the stretch,
make our free throws and do all the
little things, I think that’s a great sign
for things to come,” she said.
Te week before, the Polar Bears
handily defeated Bates 76-40 in an
out-of-conference game, avenging
two losses to the Bobcats last season.
Binkhorst, Brady, Megan Phelps
’15 and Kirsten Prue ’14 all put up
double-digit points in the win. Bow-
doin’s balanced attack confounded
the Bobcats defensively and the
game was all but over afer Bowdoin
opened up the second half with a
21-2 run.
“It felt great to play that well, espe-
cially against Bates,” said Binkhorst.
“I think we played 40 minutes of
Bowdoin basketball and it showed.”
“We carried out our defensive
plan perfectly,” added Shibles. “Te
communication and intelligence on
defense was really solid. Bates is a
team that really likes to run so we
worked a lot on our transition de-
fense, and that made a huge difer-
ence in that game.”
Te team plays Colby tomorrow
and Worcester State on Monday as it
looks to continue its winning streak.
“The only way to control
these coaches is to fine their
pants off. Otherwise Jason Kidd
is going to spill his apple juice
on the court every time he
doesn’t want to burn a timeout.”
WS: It’s not, in principle. McHale
didn’t actually afect the outcome of
the play, but the intent to interfere was
there, so you have to fne him just the
same. Gamesmanship is trying to ice
the kicker, not wandering onto the
feld or court.
MJ: I don’t know, it didn’t seem like
a big deal to me.
WS: If you let this stuf go, next
thing you know you’ve got another
Spygate on your hands.
MG: Speaking of the Patriots, An-
tonio Smith essentially accused them
of cheating following their “miracu-
lous” second half comeback against
the Texans last week.
MJ: He sounds like a sore loser to
WS: It sounds like this is getting out
of hand. What did I tell you?
BUCKETS DOWN LOW: Shannon Brady ’16 rises up for an easy lay in at Morrell Gymnasium.
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Compiled by Joe Seibert
Sources: Bowdoin Athletics, NESCAC
Standings & Schedules
*Bold line denotes NESCACTournament cut-of
F 12/6
Sa 12/7
T 12/10
v. Conn. College
v. Tufts
at Southern Me.
7 P.M.
4 P.M.
7 P.M.
Sa 12/ 7
M 12/9
W 12/11
at Colby
v. Worcester State
v. Me.-Farmington
2 P.M.
7 P.M.
7 P.M.
F 12/6
Sa 12/7
Tu 12/10
F 12/13
v. Bates
at Colby
at Maine Maritime
v. Maine-Farmington
5 P.M.
4 P.M.
7 P.M.
7 P.M.
Amherst 0 0 6 0
Bates 0 0 5 3
BOWDOIN 0 0 6 0
Colby 0 0 3 5
Conn. College 0 0 4 3
Hamilton 0 0 3 4
Middlebury 0 0 2 3
Trinity 0 0 2 4
Tufts 0 0 7 0
Wesleyan 0 0 7 1
Williams 0 0 7 0
Amherst 0 0 5 0
Bates 0 0 5 1
BOWDOIN 0 0 5 0
Colby 0 0 4 1
Conn. College 0 0 2 3
Hamilton 0 0 4 2
Middlebury 0 0 5 2
Trinity 0 0 4 3
Tufts 0 0 5 2
Wesleyan 0 0 5 3
Williams 0 0 6 1
Amherst 4 0 0 5 1 0
Middlebury 3 0 1 3 1 2
Williams 3 0 1 4 0 1
Trinity 3 1 0 5 1 0
Wesleyan 2 2 0 4 2 1
BOWDOIN 1 2 1 4 2 1
Colby 1 2 1 3 2 2
Hamilton 1 3 0 2 3 0
Conn. Coll. 0 4 0 0 7 0
Tufts 0 4 0 1 6 0
Sa 12/7 at Norwich 7 P.M.
Middlebury 4 0 0 5 1 0
Amherst 3 0 1 4 1 2
Colby 2 2 0 3 3 0
Conn. Coll. 1 1 2 2 2 2
Williams 1 1 0 2 4 0
Trinity 1 2 1 2 2 2
Wesleyan 1 2 1 1 4 2
Hamilton 0 3 1 2 3 1
BOWDOIN 0 2 0 3 2 0
F 12/6
F 12/13
at MIT Invitational
Bowdoin Open
6:30 P.M.
F 12/6
Sa 12/7
Su 12/8
v. Bates
at Middlebury
v. St. Lawrence at Middlebury
5 P.M.
6 P.M.
9 A.M.
F 12/6
Sa 12/7
Su 12/8
v. Bates
at Middlebury
v. St. Lawrence at Middlebury
5 P.M.
6 P.M.
9 A.M.
Sa 12/7 v. USM, St. Joseph’s 1 P.M.
we needed to get on early, and we
thought if we could get a couple
in early they would sort of defate,
and that’s what we did,” said Ru-
binof. “[We had a] solid all-around
forecheck, our defense played very
strongly, and Steve Messina [’14] was
playing great in net.”
Messina made 22 saves in the
Gabriel Renaud ’16, Rubinof
and Quinn each contributed a goal.
Downey tallied two goals.
On November 26, the team faced
the University of New England, com-
ing away with a 9-3 victory.
Te win was a milestone for Mea-
gher, as it was his 500th win with the
Polar Bears. He is the winningest
coach in Bowdoin’s history, boasting
a .675 winning percentage in his 31
seasons with the College.
“It’s great for the program, and
it’s wonderful to be a part of. To be
honest…these things are about good
players or even better people, and a
little bit of luck,” said Meagher.
“We’ve been pretty fortunate here
that we’ve had that. Te most re-
warding part for me though is to be
part of a program that’s been tradi-
tionally respected and strong, and to
be a part of that at this college has
been wonderful,” he added.
Te players praised Meagher’s
“Coach Meagher is great,” said
Downey. “Just compared to other
coaches I’ve had, he’s not a real X’s
and O’s type guy, he gives us a ba-
sic game plan and lets you go out
there and play your game. If he puts
you out there it means he has confi-
dence in you. It’s nice playing for a
guy like that.”
Te victory against the Nor’easters
was an exciting one. Heading into
the third period, Bowdoin was up
4-3. A dominant third period in
which the team scored fve power-
play goals helped Bowdoin secure
the victory.
Several players contributed to the
strong ofense. Tim Cofey ’15 had
a hat trick, netting two goals on the
power-play and one while shorthand-
ed. Chris Fenwick ’16, Alex Root ’15,
Harry Matheson ’14, Downey and
McGinnis all also scored.
Currently, Downey leads the
team in points with 12. He credits
much of his success to his coach
and teammates, as well as simplify-
ing his own game.
“We always like to play hot and
spicy hockey,” said Downey.
On November 23, the team had
their frst home game against storied
rival, Colby.
Colby’s Nick Lanza led the Mules
to a 4-2 win with a hat trick.
Te game was scoreless for almost
30 minutes until Colby took the lead.
Bowdoin had several chances, but
solid goaltending from Colby’s Sam
Parker kept the score at 3-0 Colby
until early in the third when Kendall
Culbertson ’17 scored.
Colby responded with another
goal, making the score 4-1. Brendan
Conroy ’17 forced a turnover, assist-
ing Rubinof’s goal, which brought
the score to 4-2, which remained the
games fnal score.
“It was a tale of two cities,” said
Meagher. “As well as we played at
their place on Friday, they played as
well at our place on Saturday. Tey’re
a very disciplined, very structured,
well-coached team. Tey got some
big-time saves and big-time goals.”
Despite the loss, the Watson Are-
na was packed with enthusiastic stu-
dents and other spectators.
“I thought Saturday rivaled in a
really good way some of the best
student engagement I’ve seen in ice
hockey arenas…and we’re really
thankful for that,” said Meagher.
On November 22, Bowdoin defeated
Colby with a score of 3-1 in Waterville.
Ollie Koo ’14, Jay Livermore
’14 and Matheson all contribut-
ed goals. Max Fenkell ’15 played
strongly in net, stopping 30 of 31
shots from Colby.
Te team will face Connecticut
College (0-7-0) at 7 p.m. tonight and
Tufs (1-6-0) at 4 p.m. tomorrow in
Watson Arena.
turned around and started running
back at our goalie with my hands up
in the air,” Finnerty said of the game’s
fnal moments. “When that fnal buzz-
er went of and our bench stormed
the feld to meet up with the rest of
the players screaming and jumping
around, it was incredible.”
“Tis championship is unique be-
cause as a senior on the team, winning
a national title was in the back of our
minds the entire season,” said King. “Af-
ter we won, it seemed like a perfect way
to cap of our careers.”
Early Monday morning, the team
returned to campus and was wel-
comed by a crowd of peers, family,
friends and faculty.
“Pulling into the Watson parking lot
with the police escorting us towards a
mob of screaming students was very
humbling,” said Finnerty. “It just goes to
show how the students at Bowdoin care
about each other and wish to celebrate
the successes of other students.”
Kennedy echoed Finnerty’s senti-
ments. “I think most of us were anxious
to get back, and seeing all our friends
and peers waiting for us is something I
will never forget.”
Leading up to the championship
match, the team faced Christopher
Newport in the Final Four, earning a
4-1 victory to seal their place in the
title game. Despite the Captains tak-
ing an early lead with a goal only four
minutes into play, Bowdoin retaliated
quickly, with Riley propelling the ball
over the Captains’ goalkeeper only
15 seconds later to tie the game. Tis
frst goal opened the foodgates for
three more Bowdoin points through-
out the rest of the game.
Although the team will be graduating
four key seniors, the Polar Bears have
high hopes for next season. Finnerty
summed up the team’s sentiments: “We
will be returning to Brunswick at the
end of next August with a stacked roster
of eighteen defending National Cham-
pions. I have no doubt in my mind that
we are going to pick up right where we
fnished this season.”
“Once you get into the last 200, it’s
pretty hard to pass anyone,” he said.
“Tat’s kind of how you fnish.”
Horowitz’s fnish was enough to
earn him his third-time All-Ameri-
can in cross country and ninth All-
American overall.
“To have a top 12 fnish at nationals
on his last race as a senior was great to
see,” said Slovenski. “Coby has had a
lot of great races in his career, but this
was a masterpiece.”
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which is comprised of Claire Aasen, Erica Berry, Nora Biette-Timmons, Marisa
McGarry, Eliza Novick-Smith, Sam Miller and Sam Weyrauch.
It takes a campus
esults from the Orient’s latest approval ratings survey indicate an 84 per-
cent approval rating for Bowdoin Student Government (BSG), the highest
frst semester ratings in four years. BSG President Sarah Nelson ’14 also ranked
highly this term, with 86 percent of respondents favoring her performance
thus far.
Tis fall, BSG introduced two new programs: TurboVote, a service that helps
students apply for absentee ballots, and PolarFlix, a free online flm-streaming
program. Some of the Executive Committee’s most ambitious campaign pro-
posals from last spring have yet to be realized, and are pending administra-
tive approval. Currently, BSG carries a proposal that would extend the deadline
for Credit/D/Fail, and waits for the Recording Committee to take action. We
applaud BSG for taking steps towards actualizing this key campaign issue and
hope it will doggedly pursue the policy change. BSG has also continued the
popular Food For Tought lecture series it began last spring, ofering a plat-
form for students to nominate their friends for short, informal talks on topics of
their choice. Te lectures have been well-attended and wide-ranging, from “Life
Without Brakes: BMX and Extreme Sports Culture in Brooklyn” to “Story of My
Life: An Inside Look at the One Direction Fangirl Phenomenon” this Monday.
Te success of these lectures depends on student engagement, both from
speakers and audience. Tis is true of most BSG initiatives—when they fall
short, lukewarm student participation is ofen partly responsible. Its course
review website, for example, is a valuable resource for selecting classes. BSG
runs the website, but the utility of the database depends on students submit-
ting up-to-date class reviews. Right now, only one member of the class of 2017
has written a review; just 83 reviews have been contributed from members of
the sophomore class. We will all be flling out paper course evaluations for the
Om ce of Academic Afairs during our fnal classes next week, and we encour-
age everyone to take a few extra minutes to submit their thoughts on the BSG
site as well.
A few years ago, BSG briefy made syllabi for classes in some departments
available online. Tis was a popular and much utilized service: when a selec-
tion of government course syllabi were released in November 2010, the BSG
website drew over 300 views in less than a week. Te scope of this program was
contingent upon faculty agreeing to provide syllabi to BSG, and was impeded
by the fact that few departments provided current information. BSG has let
this program lapse, and we hope to see it reinvigorated in the future.
We applaud BSG for the work it has done so far this semester and we hope
it will not back down from the more complex and long-term proposals that
constituted its members’ campaign platforms.
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Toeing the line between criticism, hypocrisy
Why is it that we Opinion columnists
fnd it necessary to share our thoughts
with you every so ofen? I don’t remem-
ber anyone asking me to do it, except
for my editor of course, who has to re-
mind me every two weeks.
In the process of writing columns,
I’ve given advice, suggested changes
at Bowdoin and, in my frst article,
accused the members of the Judicial
Board of breaching the honor and so-
cial codes.
Was this presumptuous? To think
that my opinions were worth the paper
that they were printed on, or to think
that writing about them would even do
anything? I don’t know.
We columnists have a tendency to
criticize things. To my knowledge, al-
most every one of my past articles has
included a critique of something or
Constructive feedback is healthy and
even vital for self and community. Be-
ing critiqued afer writing shitty articles
quickly teaches you that if you are going
to ofer your opinion to a wide audi-
ence, you need to make sure that your
argument is watertight.
More worrying than the possibil-
ity of poor writing, however, is the risk
of sounding sanctimonious. It can be
frighteningly easy to pass judgment on
others without being made to face all
of the contradictions, crimes and cares
that contribute to one’s self.
I can condemn George Zimmerman,
we should try not to attack people. One
wise professor once told me that when
we critique, we want to do is hold up
the shit for everyone to see. We want to
show that it looks like shit, and it smells
like shit. But what we don’t want to do is
fnd the person who made it and wipe
their face in all that shit.
Te Lebanese mystic and writer
Khalil Gibran asked, “Was the love of
Judas’ mother for her son less than the
love of Mary for Jesus?” He asked it rhe-
torically. You wouldn’t want any mother
to fnd out if you smeared shit in her
child’s face, whether that child was Ju-
das or Jesus. It isn’t worth it because if
you know anyone well enough, you
might simply no longer feel any anger
towards them—just sadness and love.
I don’t want to make any moral judg-
ment on the Universe. I don’t really
want to make moral judgments of any-
one else either.
I do want to be able to critically look
at manifestations of power structures,
know who benefts from them, and in-
terrogate what those people do to main-
tain those power structures. Because
when we work together we can create
wonderful systems of support for each
other, but we can also commit genocide
and be incredibly racist, sexist, and all
that shit.
Why have I taken the time to share
my thoughts with you every so ofen?
Who knows, maybe I just like to hold
shit up so you can see it. Maybe that is
what the advertisement for potential
Orient columnists should be: “look-
ing for amateur shit-holders. No shit-
throwers, please.”
Any takers? I’m abroad next semes-
ter so here is one free spot.
Tank you for reading.
the man who fatally shot Trayvon Mar-
tin, for example, then proceed to check
my messages on my iPhone (created in
a factory in China by a worker I have
never met) and eat a bowl of Kelloggs
cereal (with genetically modifed sugar)
without ever having to acknowledge my
complicity in preserving the racist and
violent system he is only a pawn in. Can
there be an opinionated person who is
not hypocritical in some way?
It has been written that white privi-
lege makes its appearances in the pages
of the Orient. Tis is undoubtedly true:
the Orient will typically be drenched
with one kind of privilege or another.
We are liberal arts college students. We
are privileged as shit.
So when we write critical editorials,
how can we know where the line is be-
tween critical analysis and hypocrisy,
judgment and abuse of privilege?
If we want to avoid hypocrisy by un-
derstanding our privilege and using it
responsibly, there are questions that we
have to ask here, at Bowdoin, amongst
ourselves. We should discuss internal
contradictions, challenge the status quo,
and deconstruct the sexist, racist, envi-
ronmentally destructive institutions of
power we are inheriting with this world.
But we should not make our attacks
personal. Even when discussing and
critiquing individual people’s actions

A perfect storm: Haiyan raises fears of “hypercanes”
In the weeks following the landfall
of Typhoon Haiyan, the role of climate
change has dominated public discourse.
Is a changing climate to blame for the
devastation? Tis is a weighty accusa-
tion, and one that forces us to re-exam-
ine our positions on climate action and
related debates.
On November 8, Typhoon Haiyan hit
the Philippines claiming 5,598 lives and
displacing another 3.8 million. With
winds of up to 195 mph, it was one of
the strongest tropical cyclones ever re-
corded and, according to USAID, the
US government has sent nearly $60 mil-
lion in relief funds.
“Tropical cyclone,” “hurricane” and
“typhoon” refer to the same type of
storm. Tese systems generally form
in waters warmer than 80 degrees,
through a combination of warm sur-
face water and air, low pressure and
the force of the Earth’s rotation. Ad-
ditionally, tropical cyclones are gener-
ally “triggered” by a thunderstorm or
similar event—most of the Atlantic
hurricanes that hit our east coast, for
example, start out as thunderstorms on
the west coast of Africa.
Recently some scientists have start-
ed investigating the possible efects of
climate-warmed oceans on cyclones.
One of these researchers is world-
renowned atmospheric scientist Dr.
Kerry Emanuel of MIT, who, inciden-
tally, is currently on sabbatical here at
According to Emanuel, contrived
warming of tropical oceans will have
two likely outcomes, neither of which
should come as a comfort to us as East
Coast dwellers. First, the average hur-
ricane or typhoon will be more intense;
and second, the “ceiling” on storm in-
tensity will itself be raised.
Taken to extremes, Emanuel’s re-
search indicates that, should ocean
temperatures rise another 15 degrees
Celsius, resultant instabilities in ocean-
atmosphere processes could generate
any time soon. Additionally, though
climate models indicate that warmer
ocean surface waters will likely in-
crease the severity of future storms,
the same studies have shown that the
number of storms per year may either
decrease or remain unchanged. How-
ever, some meteorologists (such as Dr.
Jef Masters, founder of the forecast
website Weather Underground) have
suggested that warming oceans may
lengthen the hurricane season into
late fall or early winter.
Given the emerging connection
between intense storms and a warm-
ing planet, many environmental
groups have used the situation in
the Philippines as a rallying point
for climate activism. Te devastation
caused by Typhoon Haiyan has in-
spired worldwide calls to action and
hunger strikes, and even a candle-
light vigil held by Green Bowdoin a
few weeks ago to show solidarity with
those afected by the storm.
Tough warming oceans may in-
deed cause increases in tropical cy-
clone intensity, a direct causal link re-
mains near impossible to conclusively
prove. If If a defnitive link could be
found, it would hopefully mean a
time of reckoning for governmental
energy policies worldwide. Te only
appropriate response to such a dis-
covery would be a two-pronged efort
to reduce known drivers of climate
change and protect vulnerable areas
from damage. I can only hope that
these types of fndings continue to ex-
pose the not-so-hypothetical dangers
of climate change denial.
We columnists have a
tendency to criticize things. To my
knowledge, most every one of my
past articles has included a critique
of something or other.
A candlelight vigil held by
Green Bowdoin a few weeks ago
showed solidarity with those
affected by the storm.
runaway hurricanes the size of entire
continents. Emanuel has proposed that
these hypothetical systems (which he
calls “hypercanes,”) may once have,
caused the sort of global mass extinc-
tion events that wiped out the dinosaurs.
It should be noted that greenhouse
gas-driven climate warming is not
the primary suggested trigger of hy-
percanes in Dr. Emanuel’s research.
Rather, he and his colleagues suggest
that underwater volcanoes or mete-
orite impact could generate the nec-
essary heat to bring on a superstorm
of that magnitude.
Te good news? It’s unlikely that
a biblical-scale hypercane will occur
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Bowdoin diversity does not reflect nation’s
Caffeine and creatine: legalizing drug use could even baseball’s playing field
Mitchell Report documented the ex-
tensive use of PEDs in the game and the
list of secret clinics that were supplying
them. Te public reaction was swif
and strong and the integrity of Ameri-
ca’s pastime fell to its lowest point.
In the last several years, Bud Selig, the
Commissioner of Major League Base-
ball, has suspended multiple players
without pay, hoping to set an example
and enshrine his own legacy before he
retires in 2014. But these measures have
done little to reduce the high number
of players breaking the rules, and have
done nothing to cure the perception of
most fans that if a player is having a very
good season, it is because he’s doping.
David Ortiz rebounded this year from a
stretch of disappointing seasons to lead
the Red Sox to a World Series champi-
onship, while the once unknown Chris
Davis of the Orioles had a breakout of-
fensive year and was a frontrunner for
the 2013 American League MVP award.
Even though they passed every drug
test, suspicion lingers.Te taint of PED
use not only clings to superstars, but also
to average players simply trying to bring
their stats up.
So what to do? Here’s a thought—le-
galize the use of performance enhanc-
ing drugs and treatments in the MLB.
It’s efectively guaranteed that the quali-
ty of overall play would rise signifcant-
ly. More home runs, longer home runs,
faster runners, more stolen bases, more
impressive felding performances,
faster pitches—what’s not to love? Fur-
thermore, the legal use of PEDs could
prolong the careers of these players.
Te underpinnings of such a pro-
posal have a footing in today’s subjec-
tively applied use of approved drugs.
Peoria, Illinois, is sometimes referred
to as the most average city in America. It
is home to Caterpillar Corporation, one
of the largest manufacturers of heavy
equipment in the world, which employs
over 15,000 of the city’s 120,000 resi-
dents. A test for new products and ser-
vices used to be, “will it play in Peoria?”
Peoria is nearly 70 percent white, with
African-Americans accounting for al-
most all the rest of the city’s population.
According to the 2010 census, the
median income for a household in
Peoria was $36,397, and incomes there
have undoubtedly been hit hard by the
2008 fnancial crisis. In 2012, 51 percent
of voters cast their ballots for Barack
Obama, and 47 percent voted for Mitt
Romney, closely mirroring the nation’s
margin. Peoria is heartland America, in-
credibly average by most standards.
Here at Bowdoin, we ofen speak
of our commitment to diversity and
how we want to be representative of
America. In October, the chairwoman
of our Board of Trustees went so far as
to say that Bowdoin now looks a lot like
America. While that may be true com-
pared to Bowdoin 20 or 30 years ago,
it is dangerous to foster the idea that
Bowdoin is a particularly diverse place
or that Bowdoin is a cross-section of
Seventy-six percent of respondents
to an Orient poll last year reported
voting for Barack Obama. Bowdoin is
actually slightly more racially diverse
than America—32 percent of the class
of 2016 identifed as a racial minority,
while only about 28 percent of America
should just work harder. But I have
seen enough to be able to catch myself
and to remind myself of the down-
and-out communities no more than
20 miles from my front door back in
Idaho that have no tax base, bad edu-
cation systems and little opportunity.
For them, there are few resources that
facilitate advancement.
All too ofen, we associate poverty
and lack of opportunity with third-
world countries. “Not in America,” we
think. Here, people can get by. Afer all,
that’s why people leave desperate situ-
ations in Mexico, for the land of milk
and honey north of the border. But we
cannot forget that acute poverty exists in
America, not just in inner cities but in
small towns and rural areas. Each of us
should go to a place where there is no
opportunity, not necessarily on a quix-
otic quest but to understand another
part of America. Don’t go to Africa,
South America, or Southeast Asia look-
ing for problems. Go to rural Idaho. Go
to the mountains of West Virginia. Go
to agricultural California, where farm
workers toil for almost nothing. Go see
the other side of America.
Average America does not look quite
like down-and-out Appalachia, but nor
does average America look like Bow-
doin. Te student population of Bruns-
wick, Maine does not look like a cross-
section of Peoria, Illinois or of America
as a whole. Te more we understand
that, the more conscientious citizens we
will be and the more we will understand
ourselves and our nation. Poverty and
lack of opportunity are not confned
to instantaneous tragedies. Tese phe-
nomena are everywhere and account for
a signifcant part of our generally well-
of nation. As kind as America is to us,
the winners, it is equally unkind to the
losers. As Bowdoin students and future
leaders, we should not forget that.
Te Bowdoin community does a
fantastic job celebrating the successes
of our own. I remember as a student
feeling that the Bowdoin homep-
age was flled with a never ending
stream of content featuring students
receiving awards, professors produc-
ing groundbreaking scholarship, and
alums making a diference outside of
the Bowdoin Bubble.
Now as an alum, I visit bowdoin.
edu less frequently, but the Bowdoin
Magazine and Facebook fll the void
in my life with profles of people like
Edwin Lee, San Francisco’s mayor,
and proud commentary from friends
on our ascension up both prestigeous
and inane rankings like the U.S. News
& World Report’s Best Colleges and
Glamour’s 25 Horniest Colleges in
the Country. When you throw Bow-
doin’s Twitter feed and the Orient’s
coverage into the mix, it seems that
just about every major and minor
accomplishment related to the Bow-
doin community gets documented.
Tat’s awesome and I’m proud to be a
part of such an incredibly supportive
Every once in a while, however,
something slips through the cracks. Sto-
ries can get lost in the shum e because of
bad timing with the calendar or because
they contain a streak of controversial-
ity—falling out of step with the lowest-
common-denominator values of the
Bowdoin community. Whatever the
reason, I’m writing to make sure that
we stop and take a moment to recognize
and appreciate Director of Student Life
Allen Delong’s excellent article on the
Hum ngton Post on November 25.
In the article, titled “Lucky-Dad
parking,” Delong describes raising his
two adopted sons as a single, gay dad
in Maine. In the article, Delong chal-
lenges the conventional narratives
of what it means to be the parent of
adopted children. He rejects society’s
inclination to label adoptive parents
as saviors. Instead, he frames himself
as a proud parent like any other, lucky
to watch their kids succeed, fail, and
do eccentric “kid things” on their way
to adulthood.
By criticizing the traditional vo-
cabulary society uses to talk about
unconventional families, Delong
takes an important step in calling
bullshit on the idealization of the
heterosexual, homogenous nuclear
family. Te fact of the matter is that
American families increasingly look
nothing like the unrealistic standard
upon which everyone is evaluated. As
the New York Times recently report-
ed in an article titled “Te Changing
American Family,” families are more
racially, ethnically, religiously, and
stylistically diverse than a half gen-
eration and even a half year ago.
Whether because of its Tanks-
giving-week publication date or be-
cause it felt less relevant to a com-
munity that’s been notably heavy on
the straight, upper-class, and con-
ventionally married demographic,
a great article by a valued member
of Bowdoin’s community didn’t get
the recognition it deserved from us.
So a belated “hear, hear” is in order
for speaking out on behalf of the
modern family which is becoming
increasingly present in Bowdoin’s
Eric Edelman is a member of the
Class of 2013.
In support of Allen Delong and
the “changing American family”
Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yan-
kees’ superstar third baseman, is cur-
rently engulfed in a highly publicized
trial against Major League Baseball
(MLB). Rodriguez admitted in 2009 to
using steroids when he played for the
Texas Rangers. He has been suspended
for 211 games because of his use of
performance enhancing drugs (PEDs).
He claims that the current suspension
is unjustifed and that MLB has a ven-
detta against him.
In spite of Rodriguez’s high-pow-
ered legal team and his pleas to the
media and Latino community, there
is no denying that these cheating al-
legations have destroyed his legacy. As
a player, Rodriguez is undeniably tal-
ented and has enjoyed extraordinary
success throughout his career, and it
is questionable how much doping has
infated his stats. He still had to hit the
ball. A-Rod is one of many prominent
players whose drug use has tarnished
their reputation in the Steroid Era.
Beginning in the late 1990s, the MLB
looked the other way as the achieve-
ments of these superstars mounted.
Business was booming. Stadium at-
tendance was through the roof. Te top
players’ salaries were unprecedented. It
wasn’t until Congress launched an in-
vestigation, chaired by former Senator
and Bowdoin alum George Mitchell
’54, that MLB admitted it had a sig-
nifcant drug problem. In late 2007, the
Stimulants like ephedrine, Adder-
all, human growth horomone, and
methamphetamine are verboten,
but using of cafeine and mus-
cle-building creatine, despite
their widely known side ef-
fects, is deemed accept-
able. Making all these
stimulants legal
would simplify
the policies
a b o u t
w h i c h
drugs are
unf ai r l y
a dvant a -
Critics are vehe-
mently opposed to this
idea. What kind of ex-
ample would sanctioned
doping set for young
athletes who aspire to be-
come professional base-
ball players one day?
Tey argue that by
continuing to pun-
ish dopers, eventu-
ally the risks will
outweigh the ben-
efts and drug use
among players
will signifcantly
Tis is all fair
criticism for a le-
gitimate problem,
but it’s important
to keep in mind
that baseball
is a con-
s t a n t l y
sport, and the changing condi-
tions of its players and the game
require adjustments. Baseball
statistics are ofen infated based
on the era they’ve been achieved in.
Changes to the game’s rules have had
a signifcant efect on the performance
of the game following the “dead-ball
era.” Hitters received a huge ad-
vantage when the pitcher’s mound
was lowered by fve inches in 1969.
Te overall talent pool of the
players on team rosters also
greatly improved when
the League became ra-
cially integrated in 1947.
Comparing the ofensive
statistics of modern super-
stars to those of old-time
greats such as Babe Ruth,
Roger Maris, and Ted
Williams is far-fetched
to begin with. Play-
ers in today’s game
are bigger, faster and
stronger than before.
Baseball parks are
bigger, and bat con-
struction is more
sophisticated to-
day. “Bending the
rules” has always
been a part of
the game—
whether it’s
spitting on
the ball,
b a t s
o r
s l i d -
ing into a
felder with
spikes—and with this has always come
adjustments to questionably advanta-
geous trends.
Legalizing the usage of PEDs would
go a long way in helping settle the dust
around the Hall of Fame candidacies
of players like Barry Bonds and Roger
Clemens, whose once storied legacies
have been ruined by alleged steroid us-
age. It’s worth noting that the natural
talent of these players was recognized
at an early age—long before their use
of PEDs.
It would take considerable thought
to devise a system to allow athletes to
use PEDs in a fair and safe manner,
but I think it’s possible, and certainly
worth exploring. No matter how much
League om cials try to increase punish-
ments, players will always turn to PEDs
to give them a competitive edge.
By doing this, MLB would set a
precedent for other major sports or-
ganizations to deal with the problems
of steroid usage. Te NBA, NHL, and
the NFL all have the same anti-doping
issues. Just because a commissioner
punishes one violator for abusing
league drug policies doesn’t necessarily
mean that justice and fairness has been
served. World famous cylcist Lance
Armstrong might have been stripped
his seven Tour de France medals from
1999-2005, but (according to Dead-
spin), all the second-place fnishers
during those years also were found to
have doped that same year or at other
times during their careers.
It’s time for Major League Baseball
to have a reality check and address the
hypocritical application of their drug
policies. Commissioner Selig, do the
right thing and stop the madness.
does (disclaimer: the makeup of that
32 percent is absolutely not the same as
America’s 28 percent). Forty-six percent
of the class of 2017 receives some fnan-
cial aid, which means the median mem-
ber of the class of 2017 did not receive
any fnancial aid and ponied up all of
Bowdoin’s $59,900 sticker price, nearly
double the median annual household
income in Peoria. In a nutshell, Bow-
doin is a very urbane place.
I will diverge from most liberal crit-
ics by refraining from saying that Bow-
doin’s relative lack of ideological or so-
cioeconomic diversity necessarily needs
to change. However, we should recog-
nize that we do not look like America,
and must never lose sight of the fact that
we, as a collective, have more education,
money, connections, and opportunities
than most of the nation.
As soon as we start to believe that
America is refected in Bowdoin Col-
lege, we disregard the immense privi-
lege aforded to us and the fact that most
people in America right now are on a
much lower rung of society than any of
us are, by virtue of being here. Tis will
in turn lead to ignorance of the inequali-
ties of opportunity present in our coun-
try and the fact that for many people, it
is nearly impossible to get ahead.
My hometown in Idaho is fairly well-
of and is home to a university, agricul-
tural businesses, and an environmental
engineering frm, among others. Ven-
turing outside my town, however, there
is poverty in most directions. To the
east, there are communities of loggers,
many of whom are out of work. To the
north, there are Native American com-
munities that are long on issues and
short on resources.
I cannot pretend that I walk around
with my eyes wide open or that I do
not have the knee-jerk thought that if
someone is lacking something, they
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MacMillan House last nght. The event raised over $1,400 for Oxfam.
Residential Life 2014-2015
The Of ce of Residential Life will host a Q&A session for
students interested in being proctors or RAs next year.
Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union. 4 p.m.
“Edward Scissorhands”
Bowdoin Film Society will screen Tim Burton’s 1990 ro-
mantic fantasy, starring Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. 7 p.m.
Yule Ball
The Bowdoin Outing Club will host its second annual
Yule Ball, featuring music by the Tricky Britches. Dress
code is “BOC semi-formal” with an outdoors-y twist.
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center. 7 p.m.
Allen Wong Yu ’14
Allen Wong Yu ’14 will perform piano works by Bach,
Mozart and Mendelssohn. The event will be free and
open to the public.
The Chapel. 7:30 p.m.
December Dance
This annual student show will showcase works choreo-
graphed by dance professors Nyama McCarthy Brown,
Gwyneth Jones and Paul Sarvis. The performance will run
again on Saturday.
Room 210, Edwards Center for Art and Dance. 8 p.m.
Pub Movie Night: ”Elf”
The A-Team and Student Activities will screen “Elf” for
the frst-ever pub movie night.
Jack Magee’s. 9:30 p.m.
Jazz Night
The Department of Music’s Jazz Ensemble and Jazz
Combo will perform in an end-of-semester concert.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m.
Bowdoin Chamber Choir
The Chamber Choir will perform Scottish-themed music
under the direction of Professor of Music Robert K. Green-
lee. The performance will feature award-winning Bonnie
Rideout on fddle and Beckwith Artist-in-Residence
George Lopez on piano.
The Chapel. 4 p.m.
“The Nightmare Before Christmas”
Bowdoin Film Society will screen Tim Burton’s 1993
musical fantasy flm about Jack Skellington.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. 7 p.m.
Bowdoin Chorus: Black Nativity
The Bowdoin Chorus will perform the “Black Nativity”by
Langston Hughes, a retelling of the Christmas story with
carols sung in gospel style.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m.
Junior Senior Ball
The 2014 and 2015 Class Councils will host a formal dance
featuring Bowdoin band Aggie and the Senior Balls.
Thorne Hall. 10 p.m.
Cookie Decorating
Members of MacMillan House will decorate holiday
cookies. RSVP to by December 7
if you would like to attend.
MacMillan House. 4:30 p.m.
Residential Life 2014-2015
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall. 7 p.m.
Food for Thought
The semester’s last installment of BSG’s student lecture
series will feature talks by Oriana Farnham ’15 and Alexi
Robbins ’14. Snacks will be provided.
Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. 9 p.m.
Bowdoin Chorus: Black Nativity
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 2 p.m.
Bowdoin Chamber Choir
The Chapel. 4 p.m.
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Piano Students of George Lopez
Students of Beckwith Artist-in-Residence George Lopez
will perform works by Chopin, Bach, Rachmaninof,
Walker and Mendelssohn.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m.
Reading Period Starts
Across campus.
A Cappella Concert
All six of Bowdoin’s a cappella groups—BOKA, Ursus
Verses, the Meddiebempsters, the Longfellows, Bel-
lamafa and Miscellania—will perform in the end-of-
semester concert.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 8 p.m.
Music Sampler
(Student Recital)
Craft Fair
Finals begin