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FEBRUARY 6, 2015

College creates
Leap of Faith
housing for

also work independently to develop
their ideas.
Students will have 36 hours to design
a product, help bring a product design
to life or market a product. The product does not have to be technologically
based, it must simply be an idea that is
brought to life within the time limit. At
the end of the Hackathon, seven winners across different categories will be
selected by a panel of judges. Categories

The College is launching a new
housing opportunity for upperclassmen called Leap of Faith that imitates
the first year housing experience. Starting this spring, the Office of Residential
Life will pair students who opt into the
program with roommates who share
similar interests and habits using a
questionnaire comparable to the one
distributed to first years before they arrive at Bowdoin.
“[You’re] leaving your housing assignment in the hands of the ResLife
office, which is where it was when you
applied and arrived here as a first year,”
said Associate Director of Housing Operations Lisa Rendall. “[This housing
option is] being willing to take that leap
of faith, as we call it, to try something
new with your housing.”
Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster
said he has been interested in developing a program like this ever since
he first heard a group of upperclassmen students say their core group of
friends are the people they met during their first six months of college.
“I sort of test drove the idea with
groups of first years and sophomores
that I’ve been having lunch with,”
said Foster. “You think of your three
closest friends…inevitability the response almost always includes people from my first year floor or even

Please see HACKATHON, page 4

Please see HOUSING, page 4


Esther Nunoo‘17 recites a slam poem she wrote, entitled“Talking About Talking”, at the Black History Month Art Show in David Saul Smith Union on Tuesday evening. The event kicked off a month of programming put on by the African
American Society ans the Student Activities Office for Black History Month. For more inofrmation, please see the article on page 8.

From ‘Uncle
Bowdoin to host first ever CBB Hackathon
Tom’ to ‘Serial’:
Jill Abramson
on journalism


Jill Abramson, former executive
editor of The New York Times, delivered a talk on Wednesday night
that ran the gamut from discussions of journalism’s transition to
a digital landscape to commentary
on her role as a female executive.
Abramson’s lecture also touched on
gender and racial diversity in the
newsroom and her recent ouster
from The Times, where she served
as the first female executive editor.
Abramson opened the lecture by
detailing her concerns about the
state of the freedom of the press in
the United States. Abramson referenced the recent increase in the
prosecution of whistleblowers for
criminal leaks of classified information. The Obama administration has
prosecuted more people under the
Espionage Act than all other administrations combined.
Abramson took a stance of solidarity with recent government whistleblowers, supporting their efforts
to uphold democratic ideals.
While Abramson acknowledged
the illegality of certain types of reporting, she referenced prior successes of risky investigative jour-

Please see ABRAMSON, page 3

Bowdoin will host the first ever Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) Hackathon,
which will run today through Sunday.
The event, put on by the Bowdoin’s Information Technology Advisory Council (ITAC), aims to bring student entrepreneurs together so they can develop
their ideas. So far, 70 students from over
10 institutions across the east coast have

John Fish ’82 works to bring 2024 Olympics to Boston

The United States Olympic
Committee (USOC) selected Boston to compete globally to host the
2024 Olympic Games on January
8, accepting a proposal put forward by dozens of local businessmen and politicians. John Fish ’82,
chairman and CEO of Suffolk Construction, is chair of Boston 2024,
the group working to bring the
Olympics to Boston.
The announcement has provoked
a great deal of debate. Although the
bid has the backing of dozens of
powerful political leaders, including
Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor
Charlie Baker, a group called No
Boston Olympics has begun organizing against the proposal, and the
community is weary of using public
funds to finance the Olympics.
In a phone call with the Orient, Fish said that debate over the
future of the region, and how the
Olympics might fit into that future,

A group of students performed
staged readings of six short
plays written in response to the
death of Trayvon Martin.
Page 8.

signed up to participate, 40 of whom are
Bowdoin students.
“Hackathons are about getting these
people together and hoping something
cool comes of it,” said ITAC President
Ruben Martinez ’15.
The event will take place in David
Saul Smith Union, beginning at 9 p.m.
tonight and lasting 36 hours. Students
who wish to participate may either arrive with a team or be matched with a
group of people at the event. They may

is itself productive. He realized
the sifnificance of such a debate
wjen the idea of a Boston Olympic
Games was first brought to him a
few years ago.
“At that point in time I was
thinking was this real or not real,
and the more I got into it the more
I realized that there was a lot of
opportunity, even just at the conversation level—whether or not
we were going to host the Olympics,” he said. “Having the conversation about the potential, it
created a lot of the opportunity to
think about where we want to be
in, say, 2030.”
Hosting the Olympics would require major upgrades to Boston’s
transportation infrastructure and
the development of a multi-billion
dollar Olympic Village. Several
op-ed writers, recently published
in The Boston Globe, are excited
about these possible upgrades,
dreaming of a transit ring around
the edges of the city or the potential
of the proposed Olympic Boulevard


BOSTON 2024: John Fish‘82 chairs Boston 2024, the group working to bring the Olympics to Boston.
Above is an artist’s rendering of the planned Olympic Boulevard.
to connect the harbor, the South
End and South Boston. Fish said
he is glad that all of these ideas are
part of the Olympic conversation.
“How do we think about upgrading the rail system to Worcester?
How do we think about high-speed
rail to Springfield? How do we think
about expediting the South Coast

Rail all the way down to Fall River
and beyond?” he said. “You think
about those conversations—that has
noting to do with the Olympics. But
what it all has to do with is where we
want to be in the future.”
Fish has recused his construction

Please see OLYMPICS, page 3




Harry DiPrinzio ‘18 on spending time working in restaurants
in New York and Paris during his gap year.

Yesterday the College named Erin Cady
named the volleyball team’s fourth coach in
the program’s 29-year history .

EDITORIAL: Addressing comments.
Page 14.

KICKING THE CAN: David Steury ’15 on the
anti-vaccination movement.
Page 6.

Page 10.

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Recent storms have left campus buried by feet of snow, and groundskeepers have worked tirelessly to clear paths. The excess snow is taken behind the men’s soccer field to melt.


The shrill beeping of pickup trucks
backing up has been heard frequently
across campus in the past week. Since
Winter Storm Juno struck Brunswick last Tuesday, plows and frontend loaders have been busy trucking
away heaps of snow from Bowdoin
grounds. According to Associate Director of Grounds and Landscape
Planning Phil Labbe, over 3,410 cubic yards of snow have been removed
from campus so far—and that’s only
a third of what the College plans to
The snow removed thus far is
enough to cover the entire floorspace
of Druckenmiller Hall with 14.27
inches of snow, or the surface area of
the Watson Arena with 15.05 inches
of snow.
Tractors are often seen dumping
snow into pickup trucks by Hyde
Hall, but rarely—if ever—do students
see where the mini-mountains are
eventually taken. The answer is less
mystical than expected.
“We have a location that’s just past
the men’s soccer field that’s called the
sod farm,” said Labbe. “That’s where it
gets trucked to.”
And that is where the snow will
stay until the last clumps melt in the
early summer months.
“I think last year it was almost the
end of June when it melted [completely],” said Labbe. “Of course, it
doesn’t look like snow at that time—
there’s a lot of dirt in it—and sand.”

If Facilities Management were
not constantly clearing the massive piles of snow out of students‘ ways, the entire campus
would be six feet under by now.
Here are some snowy statistics.



plows and four other pieces
of equipment, such as tractors
and smaller plows, used during campus snow removal


What are your tips for avoiding the flu?

miles of public roads maintained by Brunswick Public
Works in the winter months

people on the snow removal
crew at Bowdoin

Duncan Finigan ’18
“Drink a lot of water. Two, I would say,
two gallons, a day.”

Maggie Seymour ’16
“We Clorox all of our door handles
and light switches. I’m not even

Jared Littlejohn ’15
“I hug a lot of people, which builds up
my immune system. It allows me to
better withstand colds and viruses.”

Shannon Knight ’18
“Don’t touch the infected.”


hours approximately for the
snow removal crew to clean up
campus after a snow storm

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media to cover it like a news story.”
The focus of the talk then shifted
to her role as a female executive in a
question-and-answer session with
nalism such as Daniel Ellsberg’s leak
Tallman Scholar in Gender and Womof the Pentagon Papers in 1971.
en’s Studies Susan Faludi, and William
“He did it because he saw in those
R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanidocuments that the government had
ties in Gender and Women’s Studies
told massive lies about how well the
Jennifer Scanlon.
Vietnam War was progressing,” she
“I was extremely conscious that the
said. “He felt that it was vitally imporonly reason I was executive editor was
tant for the public to know the truth.
because of all the fighting and hard work
In almost all of these eight leak cases,
of so many women on whose shoulders
that same belief is what motivated the
I stood,” Abramson said, referencsource who leaked the material.”
ing, among others, Betsy Wade, the
Abramson also spoke extensively
first female copy editor for The Times,
about the changing role of qualwho filed a sex-discrimination lawsuit
ity journalism in the modern media
against the paper in the 1970s.
landscape. As executive editor of The
Abramson explained how she
Times, she made the paper’s digital
took deliberate steps to promote
strategy a primary focus, organizing
qualified women to positions of
the newsroom to emphasize digital
power at the paper.
content production and rethinking
“I did not make it a secret at the
the publishing process to increase onTimes that I did not intend to make
line engagement.
it worse than it had been across the
In her speech, Abramson presented
board and I would make an emphasis
a positive attitude about the role of
on promoting qualified women.”
long-form journalism in a digital landThe issue of negotiating pay inequity
scape, citing readers’ enduring appetite
has come up amid speculation about
for quality writher firing last May.
ing and the powMany have noted that
er of platforms
Abramson called at“If you were going to ask
like Facebook
tention to inequities
and Twitter to
between her compendeliver content
person in journalism right now, I’d sation and that of the
to more people
have a hard time saying whether it’s previous
than ever before.
editor shortly before
“If you were the executive editor of The New York she was fired.
going to ask me
Times or the engineer that does comes
who is the most
up as an anthe algorithm for Facebook’s
influential pergry thing as opposed
son in journalto just a business-like
news feed.”
ism right now,
thing—a transaction
I’d have a hard
like any other,” she
whether it’s the
son I think, women
executive editor
typically, just do that
of The New York
due diligence at the
Times or the engineer that does the
front end less frequently than men.”
algorithm for Facebook’s news feed,”
Students generally responded posiAbramson said. “The Times, in many
tively to Abramson’s lecture. With reways, is dependent on that engineer to
gards to women’s issues, June Lei ’18
have that news picked up and amplisuggested that her achievements and
fied and brought to you.”
her personality were more inspiring
Social media has become an importhat the content of the talk.
tant distribution channel for journal“She obviously has thought a lot
ism, but the current of important inabout what it’s like to be a woman in a
formation also flows the opposite way.
place where women are not really welAbramson explained how the first
come,” Lei said. “She’s often described
coverage of the events in Ferguson
as a little intense and she’s aware of that.
this summer came from Twitter users,
Sometimes if you’re a woman you try
not traditional publications.
to do everything. You try to be perfect
“There was a lot of criticism in
and polite and also strong and powthe early days of the Ferguson story
erful, but it doesn’t really work. She
that the mainstream media was slow
doesn’t really give a fuck and I like that.”
to get on it,” she said. “But really it
The talk was held in Pickard Thewas a Twitter story. It was people
ater and sponsored by the Gender and
who saw the images of a dead body
Women’s Studies Department and the
laying in the street that forced the
Charles Weston Pickard Lecture Fund.


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Dartmouth bans hard alcohol from campus

Dartmouth College President Phil
Hanlon announced a campus-wide
ban of hard alcohol in a January 29
speech. The ban is set to take effect
after March 30, when the school’s
spring term begins.
As one of the few peer institutions
in the country with a similar ban on
hard alcohol, the announcement from
Hanlon has particular relevance to
the Bowdoin community. Bowdoin
banned hard alcohol in 1996 when
it was trying to create a safer campus
drinking culture after years of alcoholrelated incidents at its fraternities.
In recent years, Dartmouth has
been wracked by controversies involving binge drinking. The decision
is one part of a new social doctrine for
Dartmouth that largely stems from a
panel on campus life that Hanlon initiated nine months ago.
Dartmouth now joins Bowdoin,
Bates, Colby and several other colleges
who have such a ban. The definition
of hard alcohol can differ between
schools, however. For example, Colby’s ban on hard alcohol only applies
to drinks with over 40 percent alcohol by volume, while Dartmouth will
define hard alcohol as any drink with
over 15 percent alcohol by volume.
Other colleges, including Swarthmore, Colgate and Stanford University, have instead banned hard alcohol
in certain spaces and at certain events.
Over half of the student body at
Dartmouth is involved in Greek life,
and Hanlon has said that he does not
plan to abolish fraternities and sororities. However, in an interview with
The Dartmouth, he did say that the
Greek system “must and will be held
to much higher standards and a far
greater level of accountability.”
Reactions to the hard alcohol ban
from Dartmouth students have been
mixed. Many students do not appreciate the limitations that the ban will
impose on the social scene. Other
students have expressed doubt that
the ban will actually be effective at
cutting down on binge drinking and
fostering safe and responsible drinking on campus.
In an article in The New York
Times, Dartmouth senior Jake

company from bidding on Olympics-related projects.
“I don’t want people thinking
that my pursuit of these Games has
anything to do with any monetary
improvements at my company or
an improvement for me personally,” he said.
No Boston Olympics argues that
the public and private investment
required for hosting the Games
would be better spent in areas like
education or health care. It also
cautions that Massachusetts’ taxpayers would be on the hook for
any costs that exceed the budget.
There are already question marks
in the initial budget, which includes $3.4 billion of funds that
will come from unspecified “public/private partnerships.”
“Unfortunately the connotation with the Olympics is financial risk—high financial risk—and
I think that comes as a backdrop
of Sochi and Montreal and other
Olympic Games,” said Fish about
citizens’ budget concerns.
Fish noted that the last four
Olympic Games hosted on U.S. soil
were cash flow positive, and that

Rascoff expressed his concerns that
the ban could make drinking more
dangerous on campus.
“It will increase the incidence of
surreptitious binge drinking and increase the risk of binge drinking off
campus, which will lead to drunk
driving,” said Rascoff.
“Ultimately, I think many members of the Greek community were
pleased with the thought and care
that went into President Hanlon’s address,” wrote Dartmouth senior Chet
Brown in an email to the Orient.

“We remain hopeful that
a reduction in hard alcohol on
campus will ultimately lead to fewer
hospital transports and an overall
decrease in harmful

He added that the hard alcohol
ban will be challenging to implement,
but said, “We remain hopeful that a
reduction in hard alcohol on campus
will ultimately lead to fewer hospital
transports and an overall decrease in
harmful behaviors.”
In the same New York Times article that Rascoff was quoted in, Brown
stressed that an alternative to the hard
alcohol ban may well be the abolition
of the Greek system at Dartmouth—a
possibility which may make students
more willing to adhere to the ban.
Not all Greek organizations at
Dartmouth were willing to speak on
the subject.
Although current Bowdoin students do not have first-hand experience of what it was like before the
College’s ban on hard alcohol, students nonetheless have varying views
on its effectiveness.
Ellie Quenzer ’17 acknowledged that
the consumption of hard alcohol is still
prevalent at Bowdoin, but she did say
that the ban does make a lot of people
think twice about drinking hard alcohol, as opposed to beer or wine.
“I think that it does deter a lot of
the 2002 Winter Games positively
transformed Salt Lake City. However, he said he is happy to hear dissenting opinions.
“Listening to their opinions and
their ideas and their concerns is what
the democratic process is all about,”
Fish said. “That is the opportunity for
us to learn, to listen, to respond.”

“I’m so proud to be a
Polar Bear and nothing would
make me more excited and proud
than to watch Joan [Benoit-Samuelson] carry the Olympic torch
into the Olympic Stadium.”

Not everyone agrees that Boston 2024’s process has been democratic, however. Joan Vennochi
expressed concern in her January
22 Globe column that Fish could
set Massachusetts’ agenda for the
next decade or more without having ever won elected office.
Former gubernatorial candidate
Evan Falchuk recently registered

people,” said Quenzer.
Head proctor of Osher Hall Will
Danforth ’16 said that the policy is
not effective at preventing first years
from drinking in residence halls.
However, Danforth pointed out that
the hard alcohol ban is “a piece of a
bigger puzzle in terms of other stuff
that [the Office of Residential Life]
and Peer Health does with regards
to helping people be more respectful
about drinking in the dorms.”
Both Danforth and Eben Kopp
’17, a member of the Alcohol
Team—a campus group that works
to educate students about the harmful effects of alcohol—cited the
College House system as something
that limits dangerous drinking.
“I definitely think that the College
Houses help limit dangerous drinking,” said Kopp.
Specifically, Kopp noted that, for
first years, College Houses can act as
safer alternatives to pregames that often feature the consumption of hard
alcohol. Officially, College Houses
only offer pre-registered beer or wine
that is checked by the Office of Safety
and Security.
Bowdoin does have significantly
lower numbers of alcohol-related
transports than other NESCAC
schools. During the 2013-2014 academic year Bowdoin ranked lowest in the number of alcohol-related
transports out of NESCAC schools
with 15 incidents. The numbers
ranged from 15 to 95.
In an email to the Orient, Dean of
Student Affairs Tim Foster said that
a variety of factors may contribute to
Bowdoin’s consistently low transport
numbers, including the individual
responsibility of Bowdoin students
and students’ willingness to step in
and help their peers in potentially
dangerous situations.
With regards to the hard alcohol
ban in particular, Foster noted that
since hard alcohol is not used at
registered events, mixed drinks like
jungle juice do not feature prominently in the social scene. Foster
speculated that these sorts of mystery mixed drinks can result in more
transports at other schools because
they can make it hard for students
to know what or how much they are
actually drinking.
the People’s Vote Olympics Committee to promote a 2016 statewide ballot question about funding the Games, and other groups
are considering putting questions
on this fall’s municipal ballots in
Boston and Cambridge. Boston
City Councilor Josh Zakim proposed this week four non-binding
Olympics-related ballot questions
for his city’s ballot.
Fish did not say directly whether
or not he supports a referendum.
He said instead that Boston 2024
needs to continue telling its story
and supporting it with facts.
If Boston wins the International
Olympic Committee’s approval, there
will be another set of questions to answer. One of them is who would light
the torch at the opening ceremony,
and almost a decade in advance,
names are already swirling. Among
them are Joan Benoit-Samuelson
’79, who won gold in the first ever
women’s Olympic marathon in 1984.
Benoit-Samuelson already has the
support of one important individual.
“That’s the person I vote for,”
Fish said. “I’m so proud to be a Polar Bear and nothing would make
me more excited and proud than
to watch Joan [Benoit-Samuelson]
carry the Olympic torch into the
Olympic Stadium.”



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Bowdoin flu Birgit Pols reflects on AIDS as memorial quilt travels to Smith Union
mostly affects



A national look at this year’s flu
season would mark it as particularly
severe, and the outbreak on the Bowdoin campus has been no exception.
However, while the national narrative has pointed to the lack of efficacy
in the flu vaccine as a factor in the
severity of this year’s flu season, Director of Health Services Birgit Pols
said that the Bowdoin Health Center
has not seen flu in those who have
received the vaccine.
Pols said that she has only spoken
to one student sick with the flu who
also received the vaccine, and that
all others were students who had not
been vaccinated.
Pols does not have exact numbers
for either cases of the flu or vaccinations at Bowdoin at the moment, as
both flu season and the vaccination
process are ongoing.
“Flu incidence, I imagine, is going
to parallel flu incidence in the community,” she said. “This season, what
we’re seeing in Maine is more peaks
and valleys, and I suspect that’s what
we’re going to be seeing on campus.”
The flu virus is spread through the
air, and tends to crop up when cold
weather keeps people inside and in
close quarters.
Pols said that she encourages students with flu symptoms to remain
in their rooms, as the flu could increase their chances of catching
other illnesses that may be going
around campus.
Although the Health Center has
only seen one student who has the
flu and also had the vaccine, Pols said
that students with the vaccine may
still be getting some degree of flu.
“It may be that the people who got
the vaccine are getting ill but not as
sick, or have crossover protection
from previous vaccines,” she said.
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), this year’s flu
vaccine only reduced one’s chances
of having to go to the doctor from flu
by 23 percent. By comparison, successful vaccines generally reduce this
chance by 50 to 60 percent.
The flu vaccine usually protects
against two to three of the strains of
the flu virus that the World Health
Organization estimates will be most
widespread in each particular year.
“The problem is, sure you chose
the ones that were the most prevalent,” said Associate Professor of
Biology and Biochemistry Anne
McBride. “But life’s random, and
you can never know if it’s the best
prediction that they have... it’s like
weather prediction.”

include “Hardware Hacks”—ideas that
include the physical building of a product—and “Female Founders”—ideas
created by women.
Other schools that will participate
include Cornell University, Boston University, Williams College, Purdue University, University at Albany, the University of Maryland and the University of
Maine Orono.
The panel of judges will include Visiting Assistant Professor of Computer

On Tuesday night at the Lamarche
Gallery in David Saul Smith Union,
Director of Health Services Dr. Birgit
Pols shared her personal experiences
treating AIDS at work and parenting a
child with AIDS. Pols’ talk introduced
the AIDS Memorial Quilt exhibit,
which will be on display at the gallery
until February 9.
Pols began by talking about being
a medical student in an age when
AIDS was not yet a major problem.
In fact, AIDS was so rare in the late
80s that it was not even discussed in
medical school.
“When I was a senior in college, the
[Center for Disease Control] reported
on AIDS for the first time,” said Pols.
“I started medical school the next year,
and not once through my entire medical school career was AIDS mentioned
in the classroom.”
Disappointed by this hole in the
curriculum, Pols and a few of her classmates gathered every Friday to learn
more about AIDS by talking to those
in the community diagnosed with the
condition. A significant number of
those sick were members of the LGBTIQ community.
Pols also recounted her relationship with Greg, an AIDS patient who
she met while fulfilling her residency
in South Carolina. Greg was openly
gay and as a result suffered from bias
throughout the duration of his treatment at the conservative facility.
“Homophobia prevailed [at the hospital], and gay AIDS patients seemed
to provide permission for bigotry,”
said Pols.
When Greg died some time later,
Pols reshaped her professional and life
goals to focus wholly on working with
HIV/AIDS patients.


PATCHWORK: Dr. Birgit Pols, director of Health Services, speaks about her experiences as both a professional treating AIDS and a parent of a child with AIDS at an
event at Lamarche Gallery on Tuesday evening. The AIDS Memorial Quilt—a nationally travelling quilt that commemorates the lives of HIV/AIDS victims—will be on display
in the gallery until February 9.
“Caring for [Greg] changed not only
my career goals, but my life,” said Pols.
“I became identified as ‘the’ doctor for
taking care of people with AIDS who
couldn’t afford private healthcare.”
While working in this capacity, Pols
also served as Volunteer Director and
Board Member of the Palmetto AIDS
Life Support Services (PALSS) and the
Medical University of South Carolina’s
State Policy Committee.
The fear and discrimination aimed
towards AIDS and the LGBTIQ community, resulted in a certain amount
of discrimination against Pols and her
mission, which often made it difficult
to find employment.
“When I finished residency training, I was one of the most decorated
residents to have ever graduated from
the program, but while my colleagues
had no trouble finding jobs, I was truly

surprised not to receive a single job offer,” she said.
Pols also discussed her experience
caring for an AIDS-stricken child,
Cory, whom she and her partner
adopted when no one else stepped
forward. Despite constant care and
frequent hospital visits, he died of
AIDS-related complications.
Pols wrapped up the talk by pressing the need for constant efforts against
HIV/AIDS. The number of those infected has remained largely stable since
the 1990s, and even advances in medical technology have done little to help.
Bowdoin will showcase a part of the
narrative AIDS Memorial Quilt in the
Lamarche Gallery on the second floor
of Smith Union until February 9. Each
panel of the expansive quilt—a part of
the NAMES Project foundation conceived and established by gay activist

Cleve Jones—tells the story of an HIV/
AIDS victim and his or her family,
friends and loved ones.
Knowledge of the quilt spread
across the country resulting in a huge
public response. Since its conception
in 1985, the quilt has increased to over
48,000 three inch by six inch panels
and raised over $3 million for institutions working to halt the spread of
“There are stories like the ones
I’ve shared about Greg and Cory behind every one of the 24 quilt panels
here, of the more than 48,000 panels
that did not make their way here, and
of the more than 39 million people
around the world who have died of
AIDS,” said Pols. “But no matter how
tired or overworked we are, we can always do something, even if that’s only
to be open.”

my roommates.”
Rendall said that ResLife hopes for
about 40 to 50 participants. In addition
to the potential reward of newfound
friendships, students who register for
the program have another incentive:
housing choices include Coles Tower,
Stowe Hall, Howard Hall, Chamberlain
Hall, Brunswick Apartments, Mayflower Apartments, 52 Harpswell Road and
the fifth floor of Osher Hall.
Students may indicate a preference
for the fifth floor of Osher option or
the apartments, suites or rooms option, depending on whether they want
a floor of new people similar to the first
year experience.
While the Leap of Faith program
will take the place of the housing lottery for students who choose that option, participants may still apply to
College Houses. If they are accepted
to a house, their Leap of Faith registration will be withdrawn. Since College
House spots are competitive, Leap of

Faith could provide another way for
sophomores to live in a community
with a new set of people.
“I think a lot of sophomores who
apply for College Houses aren’t really
sure what to do when they don’t get in,”
Rendall said. “This might be an interesting option for them, so I’m hoping
they will think about this as an option
and apply for it simultaneously.”
Rendall said that juniors whose
friends are abroad may find this program a good option.
“[If] all your friends are studying
abroad in the fall, but you’re going to be
here because you couldn’t sync up your
abroad options, why not try Leap of
Faith housing and live with some new
people for a semester?” Rendall said.
Bowdoin Student Government
Vice President for Student Affairs Justin Pearson ’17 had similarly positive
thoughts on the new option.
“It’s recommitting to the idea of allowing yourself to be a little vulnerable,
then capitalizing on that opportunity,”
Pearson said. “It’s really exciting because you won’t get to do this again.”
No other NESCAC schools offer

a comparable program. Hamilton is
interested in developing one. Amherst and Wesleyan have ways (lists
of names, Facebook pages, mingling
events) in which students searching
for roommates can connect with each
other; however, they provide no questionnaire and do not attempt to draw
students together out of shared connection rather than necessity.
Pearson said he hopes the program
is not seen as one for students without
other options.
“My biggest fear is that people will see
it as ‘Land of Misfit Toys,’ instead of seeing it as an opportunity to really reach
into those ideals of Bowdoin,” he said.
Pearson also emphasized the way
this program is meant to expand one’s
friend group—connections that every
Bowdoin student could use.
“It’s going to take really strong people
to say, ‘I think I have a strong enough
foundation at the College with my
friend group that I’m willing to step out
on faith…and try this,”’ Pearson said.
Many students said ResLife did a
good job pairing them with their first
year roommates.

“If I wasn’t doing ResLife, I’d probably do this Leap of Faith housing because the roommate pairing worked
out really well this year,” Hannah Berman ’18 said.
The program hopes it can create the same depth of friendship
that comes from so many first-year
housing placements.
“You’re trusting in the fact that Bowdoin has admitted...this extraordinary
group of human beings to this campus.
And how can you really go wrong?”
Foster said.
Pearson echoed Foster’s sentiment
of admiration for students at Bowdoin.
“College is about taking a leap of
faith,” Pearson said. “Now it’s how you
can capitalize on [your decision] to
make some new, fun connections.”
The success of this program, according to Foster, ultimately does
not depend on the number of people
who participate.
“It’s not going to depend whether
there’s eight or 80 people,” Foster said.
“If we get a good response and it’s a
positive experience, I don’t see why we
wouldn’t keep doing it.”

Science and Fellow in Digital and Computational Studies Mohammad Irfan,
founder and former CEO of Liquid
Wireless (a Maine-based marketing
company) Jason Cianchette, and others from various technology companies
and the College.
Chief Information Officer Mitch Davis said the judges will be looking for
“the one idea that they haven’t heard before that is really well put together.”
The grand prize is a set of tablets for
each team member, as well as a scholarship to an online entrepreneurial course
called “The Top Gun Prep Entrepreneurial Course.” Second place winners

will each receive a $70 gift card to L.L.
Bean, and third place winners will each
receive a $20 gift card to L.L. Bean.
Davis was among the group of students and faculty who brought the
Hackathon to life this year.
New Media and Data Vizualization
Specialist Jen Jack Gieseking, also a
member of that group, said she hopes
the Hackathon will prompt wider campus discussion.
“I hope that students dive into this
space and learn how to work across their
ideas and skills to put together new, exciting apps, websites, maker tech and
other sorts of projects,” she said.

“It’s exceptionally important for students to realize how important their
place is in this conversation,” she added.
Throughout the event, students will
get guidance from other entrepreneurs,
founders of startup companies and representatives from tech companies. In
addition to providing guidance, various
entrepreneurs will give speeches about
their entrepreneurial journeys.
Cianchette will be the keynote speaker, while Jill Schweitzer ’06 will be unveiling a product she recently developed.
First year Fiona Iyer, who plans to
participate in the Hackathon, feels that
the project was long overdue.

“We’re moving towards a world of
entrepreneurs,” said Iyer. “Entrepreneurs
can affect so much change so if we want
to be change agents, then we have to learn
how to become amazing entrepreneurs.”
This weekend, Iyer will be working to
develop a product she will call “Badass
Bread Boys,” because, according to Iyer,
“the next big wave in social entrepreneurship is food.”
Iyer said she is also looking forward
to connecting with fellow entrepreneurs
and hopes that many people will participate in the event.
“Hopefully this is the start to many
more entrepreneurial initiatives,” she said.


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ITAC to launch online petition
system for campus activists

President of the Information
Technology Advisory Council
(ITAC) Ruben Martinez ’15 gave
a presentation on a new online
system that can be used to create
Bowdoin-specific petitions at Bowdoin Student Government’s (BSG)
meeting this week.
Working alongside Vice President for Student Government Affairs Charlotte McLaughry ’15,
Martinez put together a website
that allows for petitions to be uploaded and signed online. The
goal is to have an organized and
centralized platform on which students can create and sign petitions
more easily than they could using
the current paper-based method.
To access the website, an individual must log in using his or her
Bowdoin credentials. Students can
use the link to share a petition outside of the Bowdoin community,
but only those with login credentials can sign a petition. A petition
can be created or deleted at any
time, but can only be modified if
it has not yet been signed. Visitors
may also filter through petitions by
using a keyword search.
Martinez received numerous
suggestions for improvement after
his presentation, including a proposal for a filter that allows people
to see trending petitions and a
feature that gives petition creators
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whether they are students, professors, or staff members. There were
also recommendations to give
signatories an option to remain
anonymous, but most assembly
members ruled it out to add accountability and authenticity to
the petitions.
Afterwards, Vice President for
Student Affairs Justin Pearson ’17
introduced two students requesting funding through BSG’s Good
Ideas Fund.
Morgan Rielly ’18 said he aims
to start a lecture series featuring
Maine businesspeople and entrepreneurs, while Sam Hoegle ’17
wants to initiate a meaningful
conversation about mental health.
Hoegle is hosting a talk about
mental illnesses with Jordan Burnham from Active Minds next Monday in Kresge Auditorium.
The Good Ideas Fund is a pool
of $3,000 that can be used to finance any project independent
of the usual club-funding process. Discussion about Rielly and
Hoegle’s applications will continue
in the upcoming week.
BSG also unanimously voted to
approve the Committee on Facilities and Sustainability’s proposal
for a $300 expenditure that will
provide copies of the Wall Street
Journal in the dining halls.
BSG President Chris Breen ’15
ended the meeting by expressing
gratitude to all who helped organize this year’s Winter Weekend
and encouraging everyone to come
out and participate in the events.


SECURITY REPORT: 1/30 to 2/4
Friday, January 30
• A student’s basketball was reported stolen from Sargent Gymnasium.
• A student who was cooking
hamburgers activated a smoke alarm
at Stowe Inn.
• A student with a bronchial condition was escorted from Chamberlain Hall to Mid Coast Hospital.
• There was an alcohol policy violation involving drinking games at
an event at Reed House.
Saturday, January 31
• An officer checked on the well-being
of an intoxicated student at West Hall.
• A student with flu-like symptoms was taken to Parkview Adventist Medical Center.
• A smoke alarm at Chamberlain
Hall was triggered by the use of a
hair straightener.
• A neighbor reported general
concerns about disturbances coming
from Pine Street Apartments.
• A student with flu-like symptoms was escorted to Mid Coast.

• A student with an earache was
taken to Mid Coast.
• A student was escorted to Mid
Coast with an undisclosed illness.
Sunday, February 1
• An officer checked on the
well-being of a sick student at
Coleman Hall.
• A student was cited for urinating
in public inside Helmreich House.
• Wall damage was reported at
Helmreich House.
• A shower stall in Helmreich
House was vandalized.
• A student left an exterior door
ajar at the Robert H. and Blythe
Bickel Edwards Center for Art and
Dance. Freezing air entering the
building resulted in a burst pipe and
water damage.
• A student was involved in a minor two-car accident on Pine Street.
There were no injuries.
Monday, February 2
• An unregistered event at Baxter
House was dispersed at 1:15 a.m.

• Wall vandalism was reported at
Ladd House.
• A parent requested a well-being
check for a student.
• A student with an ankle sprain
was escorted from Winthrop Hall
to Parkview.
Tuesday, February 3
• A student reported that an
iPhone was stolen from Farley Field
House. An investigation determined
that a juvenile visitor stole the
phone. With the cooperation of the
parent, the phone was recovered and
returned to its owner.
• An athlete with an ankle injury was escorted from Farley Field
House to Mid Coast.
Wednesday, February 4
• Brunswick Rescue transported
an ill faculty member to Mid Coast.
• A student’s car was damaged by
a passing vehicle while it was parked
on Noble Street.
—Compiled by the Office of Safety
and Security.



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friday, february 6, 2015

DiPrinzio ’18 takes gourmet gap year What don’t we talk about?
Undiscussed seeks dialogue

When most people think of enjoyable gap years, they likely do not
picture working 12 hour shifts, six
days a week. That is exactly what
first year Harry DiPrinzio ’18 envisioned, however.
In the year before coming to
Bowdoin, DiPrinzio spent his time
working in restaurants in New
York City and Paris. In September,
he began by working at New York’s
Michelin star-winning Gramercy
Having long been a fan of cooking and gastronomy, DiPrinzio had
always planned to work in a restaurant before college.
“I worked in restaurants in the
two summers during high school
and I think at some point during junior year I realized that I could [take
a gap year] and basically just started
thinking about it,” he said.
At Gramercy he was an extern—
a position often filled by culinary
school students fulfilling their onsite hours.
“I put away produce,” said DiPrinzio. “They get thousands of
pounds of produce a day and it all
has to be put away and sorted, so I
started doing that.”
As time went on, DiPrinzio
worked his way up Gramercy Tavern’s ladder. He started helping out
at lunch service by performing tasks
such as shucking oysters and slicing

these preconceptions and learn the
complexity of each other.”
Last year’s program mainly focused
on risk and comfort in relation to
Undiscussed is a student run organiidentity. This year’s program will shift
zation that seeks to create open spaces
and focus more on choices and idenfor students to discuss questions surtity. The three main questions for this
rounding identity on campus. Its stated
year are: how do the choices we make
mission is “breaking barriers and enaffect our own identity? How are the
abling change through dialogue.”
choices that we make perceived by
“I think opinions on campus are
others? And how do these individual
not as homogenous as people assume
choices affect our community?
they are,” said Quinn Rhi ’15, one of
At the Student Activities Fair last
the leaders of Undiscussed. “I like UnFriday, many students showed interdiscussed because in theory, it has a lot
est in the group—around 90 people,
of potential to bridge gaps. It is valuincluding current and new members,
able to learn to coexist with someone
signed up for the spring term.
who may not have the same opinions
Undisas you do.”
Undiscussed has
“Opinions on campus are not
participate in small
been a student run
group discussions
organization since
as homogenous as people
for four weeks.
2008, when it was
assume they are”
Each group meets
started as a stufor an hour and a
dent’s independent
half every week,
study. Alyssa Chen
when students dis’08 organized the
cuss question. The
group in order to
Steering Committee, a group of seven
examine social norms at Bowdoin. A
student leaders, organizes the 10 small
discussion group was an effective way
discussion groups and chooses 20 fato get students involved in the convercilitators who guide group discussions.
sation for her project.
The facilitators are students who are
“We hold deep assumptions and
chosen to help lead discussions and
stereotypes about one another,” said
maintain a safe and open environment.
Chen in a 2008 Orient op-ed. “If we
“This year to pick out facilitators,
limit our interactions to people like
we emailed a couple administrators
ourselves, these stereotypes and asand people involved on campus and
sumptions will remain unquestioned
and unchallenged. Only through
Please see DIALOGUE, page 7
meaningful discussion can we break


ORDER UP: During his gap year, Harry DiPrinzio ’18 first worked in the famous Gramercy Tavern in
New York City before continuing on to work at a restaurant in Paris for about two and a half months.
bread. Soon after, DiPrinzio was able
to secure a spot on the cold appetizer station during weekend shifts.
“The days were action packed,”
said DiPrinzio. “I was always running around and incredibly tired
and adrenaline filled.”
During his time at Gramercy, DiPrinzio lived at his home. However,

he knew he wanted to gain a more
international experience during his
year. That January, he accepted an
opportunity to work at a Parisian
“There was a chef in Paris who
had worked at Gramercy and the

Please see GAP, page 7

Selling inferior beer a tall Tradition and craft woven into our names
order for macro-breweries

I didn’t watch the Super Bowl,
but less than 24 hours after it was
over several of my friends emailed
me the link to a Budweiser commercial that aired during the game.
The advertisement is a cocky and
desperate attempt to take on the
increasing popularity of craft beer,
wherein Bud seeks to promote its
own mediocre product by way of
hurling childish, immature accusations at the craft beer industry.
Edited to a song that I assume
is called “Macho Song!”, the commercial alternates between shots
of Bud Light and craft beer, while
flashes of bold text help to draw a
comparison between Bud drinkers and craft drinkers—which,
in Bud’s evaluation, is the difference between true beer drinkers
and pompous snobs. “Budweiser:
it’s not brewed to be fussed over,”
the ad proclaims. “It’s brewed for a
crisp, smooth finish.”
Conspicuously absent from the
commercial is a final shot of Budweiser’s top executives pointing at
the camera and yelling, “You need
some ice for that burn?”
Now, excuse me while I “fuss
over” this advertisement.

What is most fascinating to me
about this ad is that it identifies
the culture of craft beer as a major
threat to macro-brewed beer—not
the beer itself.
Notably, the ad mocks and demeans the kinds of ritual and behavior associated with drinking
craft beer: smelling, sipping and
discussing the flavor of the brew—
what Budweiser terms the “dissecting” of a beer.
Aggressively, but not perhaps
not surprisingly, Budweiser points
a finger at hipsters for starting all
the fuss. The ad introduces craft
beer with a shot of a guy with
chunky glasses dipping his bushy
moustache into a foamy stout.
Because, as all know, hipsters
are judgmental snobs who start
pointless fads in order to make you
feel bad about yourself. Hipsters,
and therefore, craft beer drinkers,
are the worst, and certainly nothing like the honest and unaffected
folks who drink Bud.
“The people who drink our beer
are the people who like to drink
beer,” says the ad. Those other losers are drinking the hipster KoolAid.
While the cheap finger-pointing
and macho appeals to the (male)
consumer’s ego are obnoxious and,
frankly, a little bit sad, Budweiser
(and other macro-breweries) is not

Please see BEER, page 7

My parents named me Penelope in
homage to Homer’s classic epic “The
Odyssey.” Penelope is the wife of Odysseus, lauded for her cleverness and
loyalty. While Odysseus went off to
war for a decade and spent another
few years getting into trouble with
beautiful goddesses and many-headed
monsters, Penelope remained at home
in Ithaca, constantly pursued by uncouth men.
Famously faithful, Penelope told
her suitors that she would only
choose a new husband when she
finished weaving a great shroud.
Every night she would unravel her
day’s work.
The meaning of her name embodies her craft: in Ancient Greek,
“pene” means weft (the thread
that is drawn through a loom
to create cloth) and “ops”
means face or eye. Combined, the syllables imply
her cunningness and skill at the loom.
In modern etymology “Penelope” is
translated more directly to “weaver.”
Identifying people by their crafts
or trades is common practice, particularly in English surnames: there
are Bakers, Smiths and Fishers—all
male trades and names passed down
through paternal lineage. Similarly,
Penelope carries her own craft in her
name—the craft that represents her
cleverness, skill and loyalty.
Names are our ultimate and original
identifiers, and women have historically given theirs up to assimilate into

their husband’s family. By wearing her
craft as her name, Penelope is identified
by her own work, not her husband’s,
contradicting the Ancient Greek view
of women as objects. That Penelope
should be named after not only her
craft but also her cleverness is emblematic of her strength as a woman.
Painter or sculptor, knitter, quilter,
baker or writer—the things people
create can act as powerful identifiers.
These days, most people are not
named after their crafts. Not very
many Smiths actually
spend their days
at the fires of
the forge.
I am a Pe-

Outside of the crafting marketplace,
knitting is not a desired skill. Neither
is weaving potholders.
But they bring me a very particular fulfillment. The process of
crafting—knitting, sewing, weaving, dyeing—requires purpose and
concentration from start to finish.
Everything I craft is my idea, my vision. There is a nirvana in counting
stitches, matching fabrics and pondering colors that carries through to
the satisfaction of finishing something—unlike the agony of writing a
paper which leads to the final manic
burst of happiness and relief when it
is handed in.
So I carry my crafts, not in my
name but in my mind and my hands.
I knit through house meetings, paint
for my friends and patch my jeans
when I fall on my knees. The
peaceful process of crafting,
the pleasure at finishing something—even if I don’t particularly
like it—culminates in the sense of
ANNA HALL, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT self that comes with knowing that I
nelope, I have
may not be marketable, but I can still
never woven anything fancier than
create and express myself through
rainbow potholders from those (very
those creations. That’s a way of being
fun) loom kits for kids. But I do make
that I want to hold on to.
other things—mostly peculiar yarn
In the interest of full disclosure, I
creations, invented baked goods and
should mention that the alternative
birthday cards.
etymology of Penelope relates to the
Knitting overlong scarves does not
Greek word “penelops,” which means
define my identity in the same way
“duck.” I like ducks, from afar, and it’s
that other creative outputs do. Writgood to remember that even the most
ing English papers and short stories
gifted of people can still be birdbrains.
or planning activities to do with my
But when people ask me what “Penelomentee at Brunswick high school—
pe” means—I usually stick to “weaver.”
these things appear on my résumés,
-Penelope Lusk is a member of the
building an image of me for the world.
Class of 2017

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Johnson ’13 relishes Outing Club roles


BLAZING A TRAIL: Sarah Johnson ’13 is the assistant director at the Bowdoin Outing Club (BOC) where she supervises the training of BOC trip leaders.



got from two to five students who
were recommended to us,” said Rhi.
“We came up with our own list of
people who we would like to see contribute and combined it with people
nominated by an administrator to become a facilitator.”
Since the same group will stay together all four weeks, students will
truly get to know the peers in their
group and will have the time to explore the many aspects of identity, according to Rhi.

participated in SEA Semester, an
off-campus study program at sea.
“I loved being at the helm, especially when there were huge
waves,” said Johnson. “When the
ship dipped down and the waves
were rising it was incredible.”
A lover of heights and adrenaline, Johnson does know her limits.
“I have never tried base jumping
or anything like that. I’m very wary
of pushing human limits beyond
what your body really can do,”
Johnson said. “I think a perception
people have is that people in the
Outing Club are really intense and
can be intimidating, but I too, am
afraid of many outdoor things.”
Her ability to balance exploration with healthy caution is one
of the most essential skills in her
job. She is responsible for instilling this same sense of balance in
future leaders so they can make
smart decisions.
At the conclusion of the Leadership Training program, Johnson
leads groups of students into New
England and sometimes Canada for
their culminating expedition, leaving
them largely to their own devices.
While Johnson devotes much of
her time to planning and going on
outdoor adventures, she has taken up wood burning—scorching
words and images into driftwood
and giving the pieces as gifts. She
has also begun to play the mandolin, hopeful that one day she may
be reunited with the on-campus
band Jesus and The Kid.
Perhaps her favorite pastime,
though, is hanging out with her
friends in the Bowdoin community.
“I haven’t really thought about
my life in quantifiable accomplishments, but I think I’ve made a lot of
friends in a whole bunch of differ-

ent settings,” said Johnson. “I’ve had
a lot of really amazing people in my
life, so I’m pretty proud of that,”.
When asked about her personal
challenges, Johnson cited baking,
cooking and anything that involves
being “a details person.” However,
her ability to ferry across and descend raging whitewater proves
her mastery of precision in motion. Johnson also admits she has
a fear of being elbowed in the face
inside tents, but claims it is her
only phobia.
On the topic of conquering
fears, Johnson mentioned the film
“Pretty Faces,” which was recently
screened on campus. It is a film
about female skiers and the challenges they face as they take on
slopes over 5,000 feet high.
“There’s a scene where there’s
this incredible face and this woman keeps chanting, ‘Conquer the
fear; that’s why you’re here; conquer the fear; that’s why you’re
here.’ And I think that’s a pretty
cool message to take with you into
whatever you’re afraid of,” said
Johnson. “Conquering fear is hard,
but it’s why we’re here—to try.”
Johnson will be assistant director for another year, but beyond
that, she’d prefer to leave things
“I appreciate the people doing
the big picture work [in government and education]; we need
those people, but I’ve discovered in
Brunswick a wonderful community
of people and I think that would be
a wonderful way to spend life,” said
Johnson “Maybe I’ll continue to
walk down this road and try a model that focuses more on education
than recreation, maybe a semester
school. I’d like to keep my efforts
local and within my community.”

“The first day [of discussion] is
about coming up with ground rules
to ensure respect of one another,” said
Rhi. “We will begin to talk about identity. You do not have to talk about one
particular aspect of it. You can think
about how your home or socioeconomic class can play into your identity, for example.”
When the official group discussions
end after four weeks, facilitators and
group members still have the chance
to further share and discuss the topics
they have been focussing on. Students
who were not previously a part of Undiscussed can also become involved.
“After four weeks are over, we are

thinking of putting together an optional presentation for people who
are interested in hearing about what
we were talking about in our smaller
groups” said Rhi.
She added that especially in the
wake of recent events in Ferguson,
MO., and Staten Island, N.Y., Undiscussed is a good platform for students
to talk and listen to one another about
difficult, overlooked or avoided conversation topics.
“Being more conscientious of how
group discussions are facilitated has
helped the way I view other people’s
opinions and my placement in group
settings,” said Rhi.


chef at Gramercy sent me to the Paris
guy and said, ‘He wants to go to Paris,’” he said.
DiPrinzio was able to spend his
whole time in France—about two and
a half months—at the same restaurant after taking the spot of a recently
hired employee who left.
During his time in Paris DiPrinzio
was able to explore, but it was often
difficult. He worked 16 hour days
five days a week while also trying to
figure out his surroundings.
“Just being alone in Paris was
definitely a different scenario,” said
Perhaps one of his biggest struggles
was finding a place to live. After staying with a friend for a few days, he began to search for a place to live more
independently. Eventually, he ended
up renting a room in a couple’s home.
“I messaged all these people and
some of them got back to me. I
went and visited one of them and it
was like the biggest shithole ever,”
he said. “[But] this one seemed


entirely off-base. The Atlantic published an article last November that
attempted to explain the popularity
of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) over
Budweiser. PBR has an enormous
appeal among hipsters, despite the
fact that, like Bud, it is a cheap (and
cheap-tasting) macro-brewed lager.
The article goes on to quote a
Quartz report that discovered the
following: “After observing
[PBR’s] unexpected popularity in Portland, Oregon”
”—hipster mecca—“back
in 2001, the company concluded that people were
buying the beer because it
wasn’t aggressively being
pitched to them.”
“For a brand as
large as Budweiser,”
The Atlantic article
goes on, “not advertising at all probably won’t cut it
as a strategy. But
cynically pandering to Millennials…isn’t going to
cut it, either.”
In the context
of these findings,
that it is “proudly a
macro-beer” is less of
a rallying cry, and more
of a defensive, embittered
whine. But what other options do they have? What’s
going to cut it?
Another way that macrobreweries have attempted to
combat the rise of craft beer
is not by advertising, but
by infiltrating the craft beer
market with actual beer.
The two major examples of this phenomenon are Blue Moon
and ShockTop.
These beers are brewed by macro-breweries—MillerCoors
Anheuser-Busch, respectively. The
idea is to brew a different style of
beer (Blue Moon and ShockTop
are both wheat beers, not lagers)
that is slightly higher quality, and
market it like a craft beer. In this
sense, Blue Moon and ShockTop
are less like breweries and more
like sub-brands of larger companies who are trying to appeal to
diverse markets.
MillerCoors and AnheuserDOIN ORIENT

Some of Sarah Johnson’s most
important work takes place off the
Bowdoin campus, but still among
the pines. Sarah “SJ” Johnson ’13
is one the Bowdoin Outing Club’s
(BOC) two assistant directors and
is responsible for the Leadership
Training program that trains students to lead outdoor trips. While
Johnson jumped straight from being an involved student member of
the BOC to the position of assistant director after graduation, her
path was never set in stone.
“By sophomore spring I had taken 16 classes in 15 departments,”
said Johnson.
She eventually settled on a government and environmental studies coordinate major, but it is her
passion for new experiences that
made her a winning candidate for
the assistant director position.
Johnson grew up in Gloucester,
Mass., in a house that has been in
her family for six generations, and
feels a strong connection to her
heritage. However, Johnson still
loves adventuring far and wide.
Her mother’s family is from Minnesota and she grew up attending a
family camp there. As she got older,
she attended Camp Widjiwagan,
an adventure camp that led her to
the Arctic. Years later as a counselor she led the same expedition
along the Coppermine River. It was
at Camp Widjiwagan that Johnson
developed her affinity for paddling,
although she says she “learned everything else at Bowdoin.”
During her junior year Johnson


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nice. It was in a really nice neighbourhood. They were friendly, but
the kind of dynamic was weird. The
reason I was living in their lives was
because they needed more money.
They kind of resented me.”
After returning from Paris, DiPrinzio was ready for what lay
ahead. Some students may find adjusting back to an academic life difficult after a gap year. DiPrinzio, however, said he has not struggled very
much in his first year at Bowdoin.
“I wasn’t around people last year,
so it’s nice to be with people my age
again and it’s been nice to go back
to school and take classes.”
DiPrinzio’s year between high
school and college was a preview of
life in the real world. While he encountered some challenges—from
being by far the youngest employee
at Gramercy Tavern to navigating
the Parisian apartment market—
he says it was ultimately a valuable
“It was great because I felt like I
was living real life and I basically
had a job,” he said.
Editor’s note: Harry DiPrinzio is a
member of the Orient staff.
Busch have met relative success in
convincing the lay consumer that
their decoys are craft. For one, you
can’t find any obvious sign of their
parent corporations on the packaging. And, I have to admit, they
do taste better—at least enough to
notice a difference over a cheap,
watery lager.
But their plan backfired. While the
idea was to reclaim the market by introducing a better tasting beer, Blue
Moon and ShockTop became gateway beers into the craft market. The
difference consumers detected
in the improved “crafty
beers” (as Blue Moon and
ShockTop are now called)
led consumers to seek out
real craft beer—which, unsurprisingly, tastes even
better. It seems as though
the people who like to
drink beer—because
they like the taste of
beer—are drinking
So while the process of dissecting
craft beer is a little
geeky and a little
goofy—my friend
recently noted that
her Berliner Weisse
had a pleasant “urine
in the effort of seeking
a more challenging relationship with something we love and enjoy.
To use a literary
logic that its beer’s euphemistic “crispness”
is preferable because
it lacks complexity and
goes down easy is equivalent to condemning the
stylistic experimentalism in
Finnegan’s Wake in favor of
the clarity of the prose in
When I first saw Bud’s
Super Bowl ad, I tweeted it
with the caption: “This is the greatest
commercial I have ever seen.” Perhaps it was to fight hyperbole with
hyperbole, or mockery with more
But mostly, it’s because in one
infuriating minute the ad ironically
defies itself by depicting the complex
reality of beer in America today—
the marketing, the production, the
perceptions, the rivalries—proving
that these days, in America, nobody,
not even Budweiser, can help but to
fuss over beer.


friday, february 6, 2015

the bowdoin orient


‘Facing Our Truth’: students perform short plays on race, inequity

Few things can compel a group
of students to walk the sidewalks
of Maine Street on a Thursday
night in February. However “Facing Our Truth,” a show brought to
campus by Bowdoin’s faculty, students and administration, proved
to be an exception.
“Facing Our Truth” is a series
of plays written in response to
Trayvon Martin’s death and the
acquittal of his shooter, George
Zimmerman. Assistant Professor
of Theater Abigail Killeen brought
the show to campus.
“After the series of tragic events
in late 2014, I, like many others, felt compelled to help make a
space where people could talk and
listen to each other,” wrote Killeen
in an email to the Orient.
Under her direction, and with
help from Associate Dean of Multicultural Student Program Leana
Amaez and Associate Professor of
Education Doris Santoro, around
two dozen students acted in and
directed the six short plays that
comprised the show.
Quinby House, Chase Barn,
and the John Brown Russworm
African American Center hosted
two plays each. The walk between
locations provided a silent intermission for actors and audience
members to reflect.
“Each short play offers such a
different, and sometimes unusual,
perspective,” wrote Killeen. “The
audience will need time to digest


AFTER TRAYVON: Rickey Larke ’15 and Olivia Bean ’17 perform in Thursday night’s staged readings of “Facing Our Truth” at Quinby House. The performance began in Quinby and audience members walked in silence to Chase Barn and then to Russworm House to see the rest of the performance.
what they’ve seen and heard.”
“The idea is to be silent walking from place to place as a sign
of commemoration, respect, all of
the above. In that silence, you just
have to keep confronting the emotions,” said Amanda Spiller ’17,
who directed and acted in two different parts.
These moments of introspec-

tion and contemplation were what
Killeen felt was needed following
the racially charged events of the
past year. The format of short plays
was particularly effective in conveying these ideas, she wrote.
“I believe in the theater’s power
to offer alternative perspectives in
a visceral way,” wrote Killeen. “The
theater’s structured storytelling

can aid us in considering the life
experience of others and lead to
important conversations.”
Spiller acted in “Color,” a play in
which each cast member was given
a color and had to work with the
stereotypes associated with it. She
played the color pink.
“It makes you look inside [yourself ],” said Spiller. “You have to

confront these really ugly feelings
that are telling you that you make
implicit stereotypes about people
you see in everyday life because of
the color of their skin.”
For now, Killeen does not have
plans for more projects like “Facing
Our Truth.” However, she is open to
the possibility in the future.
“A theatrical voice isn’t always
appropriate,” she said. “But when
circumstances arise where it is,
then yes, I want to generate theater that can serve as an agent of
change in a positive way.”
The project was funded by The
Bowdoin Student Government’s
Good Ideas Fund, which supports
student ideas that will benefit the
Bowdoin community.
“It’s a pool of funding for students to make whatever visions
they have about making and improving campus culture a reality,”
said Justin Pearson ’17, BSG vice
president for student affairs.
According to Pearson, “Facing
Our Truth” had many appealing
aspects that fit with the fund’s
goal of broadening the scope of
campus culture.
“It’s a show that improves discussion on our campus,” said
Pearson. “It’s something new; it’s
something different.”
“Even at Bowdoin, whether it’s
in our classes or outside of [them],
there’s an aspect of not facing our
truths,” said Spiller. “I care about
these issues, I care about starting
dialogue, and there’s no better
way to facilitate an epiphany than
performing something.”

Smith Union art show celebrates historical black arts and culture

To commence the celebration of
Black History Month on campus, the
Student Activities Office and the African-American Society hosted an art
exhibition in David Saul Smith Union
featuring slam poetry by Esther Nunoo ’17 Tuesday evening.
The show—on display in the Smith
Union Blue Gallery—features artwork, posters and advertisements that
showcase Bowdoin’s involvement in
Black History Month events dating
back to the 1970s.
The posters highlight Bowdoin’s historical Black Arts Festival, a month-long
celebration of Black History Month that
occurred from the 1970s through early
2000s. Programs include a series of past
events such as film screenings, lectures,
dance, music and theater performances
hosted by the Afro-American Society
and Student Activities.
A 1981 poster advertised “A Day
Against Racism in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,” while one from
1978 promoted an event called “Soul
Experience in Black America.” Other
past events included day-long music
and commentary on WBOR to complement the festival.
The retrospective exhibition also
features a poster revealing this year’s
Black History Month events, although Bowdoin no longer holds the
same Black Arts Festival.
“It’s unfortunate that we don’t have
[the festival] anymore,” said Olivia


SPEAK OUT: Esther Nunoo ‘17 (center) performs a slam poetry piece accompanied by vocalist Eliza Huber-Weiss ’17 (left) on Tuesday night at the Black History Month art show reception in Smith Union.
Paone ’15, one of the chief organizers
of the Smith Union exhibition.
Paone and Kelsey Gallagher ’17 were
both hired by Student Activities as student curators for Smith Union to colead the organization of the art exhibition and the accompanying event.
“For this whole month we want to
dedicate the entire Union to Black History Month,” said Gallagher.
In addition to the Black Arts Festival posters, other exhibitions on
display in Smith include the AIDS
Memorial Quilt in the Lamarche Gallery and the “Hands Up Don’t Shoot”

exposition on the first floor.
According to Paone, the exhibition
was created in the hopes of inspiring
a revival of student involvement in the
celebration of Black History Month.
“We want to showcase that
Bowdoin cares about Black History
Month,” said Gallagher. “We want to
get a lot of students involved because
it’s super important.”
Nunoo’s performance of two original slam-poetry pieces was aimed at
bolstering the discussion of Bowdoin’s
prior and current involvement in Black
History Month.

“Talking About Talking,” Nunoo’s
first piece, illuminated her personal
insights into how race and discussions
around race play out at Bowdoin.
Her poetry resonated deeply with
the audience of students and community members.
“She says things that I would
never be able to say out loud,” said
Kelsey Scarlett ’17. “It’s so nice to
hear somebody feel the same way as
you do even if you can’t say it.”
“The Bowdoin bubble is real,” added
Amanda Spiller ’17. “Even when we talk
about these [issues], we don’t go to the

deep extent that they deserve.”
Nunoo’s second piece, “The Worth of
a King,” a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther
King, Jr., featured live vocal accompaniment by Eliza Huber-Weiss ’17.
With the backdrop of Black History
Month and an examination of its historical place in the Bowdoin community, the exhibition hopes to continue
inspiring dialogue about how race is
perceived and discussed on campus.
“You walk away with feelings and
whether or not you talk about them,
you have to confront them within
yourself,” added Spiller.

friday, february 6, 2015


the bowdoin orient


Viet Cong carries on Ian Curtis’ legacy PORTRAIT OF AN ARTIST
Henry Austin ’16

One of life’s great mysteries, ranking
above the existence of Bigfoot but below Wallace Stevens’ morbid economy
of beauty, remains the fact that two of
the best bands in the world were, in
fact, largely the same band.
On May 18, 1980, after viewing Werner Herzog’s “Stoszek,” Joy Division’s
lead singer Ian Curtis hung himself
while listening to Iggy Pop. His death
marked the demise of the band, whose
despairing lyrics and rhythmic guitar
work defined where music was headed
in the post-punk era of the late 1970s.
From Joy Division’s ashes rose New Order, a pioneer of electronic dance music
whose sound married guitars and synthesizers to create instant club hits.
Stephen Morris, Bernard Sumner,
and Peter Hook of the proto-goth Joy
Division, who sang such dour lines
as “love will tear us apart,” metamorphosed into the euphoric pill poppers whose “Bizarre Love Triangle”
soundtracked Manchester, England
raves. In short, a mere handful of humans is responsible for populating
much of music’s evolutionary tree.
Despite committing suicide a quarter of a century ago, Curtis has survived
like few other musicians who are not
Nick Drake and did not die at 27. Journalists evoke his name every time they
use the phrase “angular guitars,” and
singers of the last decade have channeled his spirit with ubiquitous monotone, baritone deliveries.
Allow me an example. A friend once
described a music writer who brandished a Ouija board at Paul Banks,
frontman of New York City post-punk
revivalists Interpol, as if Banks had some
connection to Curtis’ spirit.
The perfection of Interpol’s 2001 debut, “Turn On the Bright Lights,” indeed
suggests some supernatural soul-swapping. My theory is that when Kanye
West rhymed “séance” with “parents”
in 2010, he was referencing our modern
gothic necromancy. Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, The National—Ian Curtis has
had no shortage of resurrections.
In last month’s debut from Viet
Cong, we have a rightful heir to the
ancestor as well as the descendants.
Their razor-sharp arrangements,
claustrophobic grooves, and yes, angular guitars, are indebted to Interpol


CHIN UP: Videographer, printmaker and photographer Henry Austin ’16 inspects his negatives.

as much as Joy Division. So is it 2001?
Or 1979? Have we reached the era of
post-modern post-punk?
Fortunately, Viet Cong is no mere
copy of a copy of a copy. While the band
revels in DeLillian despair, its angst is
more xenial than Xeroxed. If anything,
its guiding light is Ezra Pound’s maxim,
“make it new.” “This incessant march of
progress,” singer Matt Flegel observes,
“can guarantee our success,” so he relinquishes the ball-and-chain of originality
for the liberation of kaleidoscopic irony.
If My Bloody Valentine—the last innovator of guitar rock—is Gertrude
Stein, then Viet Cong is T.S. Eliot, curator of culture-as-collage.
And what a wasteland this self-titled
debut is! In punishing monochrome,
Viet Cong bend their influences into
labyrinthine melodies with reverence,
not reference. Joy Division, Radiohead,
Interpol, and Wolf Parade are all subsumed into the record’s oblique guitar
licks and charging momentum.
Above the other influences, however,
hangs Women, one of the great underrated rock bands to come out of Calgary,

Canada. Viet Cong formed out of the
dregs of that band’s onstage implosion in
2010 and the subsequent death of frontman Christopher Reimer. Rather than
undergoing a radical surgery to graft
dance beats onto guitars à la New Order, however,Viet Cong has convalesced
with a renewed sense of purpose.
Purpose, of course, is relative. If this
record has a theme, it might be nihilism. With song titles like “Pointless
Experience” and “Death,” Viet Cong
does not seem interested in either
earthly or transcendent redemption.
On the former, Flegel drones, “if we’re
lucky, we’ll get old and die,” at once a
poignant remembrance of a lost bandmate and an ironic gesture towards
that Stevensian economy of beauty.
The white noise intro to “March of
Progress,” a grinding tumble reminiscent of “Kid A,” culminates in the
question, “what is the difference between love and hate?” Flegel intones
it bored, not caring about the answer.
But the question matters, and it always has, whether you’re a modernist
or a musician.


WHAT THE BUCK: Eva Sibinga ’17, Jonah Watt ’18 and Ethan Barkalow ’18 (from left) played in a string trio ensemble and Evan Montilla ’17 (right)
sang and played acoustic guitar at last Friday’s Pop-Up Coffeehouse in the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness. The event was sponsored by the Department of Athletics with help from the Women’s Resource Center, and also included salsa lessons, tours of the weight room, games and refreshments.

Unlike most of today’s youth,
junior Henry Austins has video
skills that extend far beyond
Snapchat and Vine. Austin, a visual arts and economics double
major who hails from Lander,
Wy., has been creating short
films since his senior year of
high school. Although inspired
and assisted by others, Austinmostly taught himself.
Although videography is one
of Austin’s most refined skills, he
said that he is quite adept in multiple artistic areas. He focuses
on printmaking in his academic
studies at Bowdoin.
Austin spent this past fall semester studying at the Studio
Arts Center International in
Florence, Italy. While there, Austin took courses in color photography, High Renaissance art
history, creative writing and of
course printmaking.
“I took a color photography
class in Florence and am taking
photography again this semester,”
he said. “So this academic year
has been an introduction to photography as a fine art as opposed
to something that I just do.”
Austin’s favorite part of creating art is collaboration, which
is why he is drawn especially to
making films.
However, Austin said finding a
common time that works for all
involved parties has proved to be
the most difficult aspect of completing a project. But he enjoys
the challenge.
“Collaboration is the best part
of art, in general,” he said. “Videography in particular requires
working in teams—that’s why
I’m so drawn to it.”
Austin says he approaches the
process of photography and videography in the same way.
“Almost everything depicted in
my pieces is basically just me having
fun with my friends,” said Austin.
The themes of fun and friendship can be seen by watching a
few of Austin’s short films. Austin’s short film created in his
sophomore year, “Burnt Decks,”
depicts his childhood friend

woodburning a design onto a
skateboard. This short film, as
well others, reveal Austin’s ear
for music.
“Music selection is always
a critical decision,” he said. “I
shuffle through my playlist and
pick a song based on what type
of mood I want to convey. Sometimes, though, I will have a song
and make a video for that particular song.”
Although Austin is not focused on videography from an
academic standpoint, he has still
been able to intertwine videography with his life at Bowdoin.
He has entered two campus film
festivals in the past and was recently hired by the Career Planning Center as a video intern.
Clubs and individuals often
contact Austin to shoot footage.
Some of Austin’s photograms
are currently on display in the
Blythe Bickle Edwards Center for
Art and Dance.
Austin said he draws inspiration from both renowned artists
and his peers.
“I like to view others’ work
and try to imitate or capture
what I liked about their method,”
he said.
Austin cited Wes Anderson as
his celebrity filmmaker inspiration, stating that Anderson’s refusal to compromise makes him
a strong example to follow.
As for long term plans, Austin
said he intends to keep his art in
the picture.
“The ultimate goal is to fuse
art and the process of creation
with being active outdoors
and exploration,” he said. “The
dream job would be some sort of
outdoor filmmaking.”
For now, Austin said he seems
content with his focus on friends
and fun.
“Any time you hit the record
button with your friends around,
you have nothing to lose—but
everything to gain,” said Austin.
“Every moment is a special moment that can easily be forgotten.”
To suggest an artist for Portrait of
an Artist, email Arts & Entertainment Editor Emily Weyrauch at



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friday, february 6, 2015

Women’s basketball perfect in senior weekend Track teams prepare for

Saturday’s Maine State Meet


Sa 1/31
Su 2/1

v. Amherst
v. Trinity


W 60-51
W 63-47

Women’s basketball was victorious in both of its games last weekend,
winning 60-51 against Amherst on
Saturday and 63-47 against Trinity
on Sunday.
These senior weekend triumphs
bring Bowdoin’s win streak to 16
games and their overall record to
19-2 (7-0 NESCAC). In Saturday’s
game against then No. 6 Amherst
(17-2 overall, 4-2 NESCAC), the Polar Bears gave the Lady Jeffs their second loss of the year, dropping them
four ranks and improved their own
ranking to No. 21.
“We don’t really focus on those polls,”
said Head Coach Adrienne Shibles.
“They get [fired] up for every opponent,
but there was an added incentive to really perform well against Amherst.”
The crowd at Morrell Gymnasium
was massive, with many fans in attendance to support the team’s three
seniors, Sara Binkhorst, Megan
Phelps, and Siena Mitman. The sizable audience added intensity to the
fast-paced and heated games.
“It just motivated us all,” said Binkhorst. “The underclassmen played
really well and [Shibles] framed it as
honoring your seniors. Me, Megan and
Siena all were really fired up for the
games, and wanted to remember our
senior weekend as getting two wins.”



AIR BEAR: Marle Curle ’17 soars into the lane as Bowdoin crushes Trinity in its final home game.
After Amherst jumped out the
gate to a 4-0 lead, the Polar Bears
quickly recovered with a 10-0 run of
their own, giving them a lead they
would maintain for the remainder of
the game. Lauren Petit ’18 scored a
three-pointer to give the Polar Bears
a 33-22 lead at the half.
Shannon Brady ’16 scored 21 points

and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Phelps
added nine points and 11 rebounds.
The Lady Jeffs never came closer than
eight points to Bowdoin’s lead, and
spent most of the second half 10 points
behind the Polar Bears. The score held
at 51-41 in the last six minutes, and 56-

Please see W. BBALL, page 12

The track and field teams had a
busy Saturday, facing NCAA D-I
competition at the University of
New Hampshire Invite in Durham,
New Hampshire. Bowdoin finished
fourth in a field of four teams, but
proved competitive against its highcaliber opponents.
On the men’s side, the day was
highlighted by standout performances from mid-distance runners Liam
Nicoll ’18 and Jacob Ellis ’16. Nicoll
placed second in the 400m dash with
a time of 52.99, while returning AllAmerican 800m runner Ellis, fresh
off an injury that had prevented him
from running, placed second in his
main event with a time of 1:59.45. Ellis missed first place by just .04 seconds in a photo finish.
“Nicoll has given the team a great
boost in the 400,” said coach Peter Slovenski. “He is training with intelligence,
and racing with a lot of courage.”
On the women’s side, first year
Sarah Kelley matched Ellis’ second
place performance in the 800m run,
running a time of 2:20.58.
In the field, All-American polevaulter Erin Silva ’15 broke the
school record once again, vaulting to
a height of 3.81m for the Polar Bears’
sole win of the day. Randi London ’15
notched two impressive showings in
the throws, finishing second in the

weight throw with a toss of 14.75m
and third in the shot put with a throw
of 11.76m.
Meanwhile, Bowdoin’s long jumpers on the men’s side took three of the
top four spots, led by senior Chris
Genco’s second-place leap of 2111.50. All three of Bowdoin’s jumpers
finished over 21 feet.
“It’s very impressive to have three
jumpers over 21 feet in the long jump,”
said Slovenski. “Those guys have to be
craftsmen to bring it all together on
the runway and takeoff board.”
The Polar Bears found encouragement in their results at the UNH
Invitational, their last meet before
championship season begins with
the Maine State Meet this weekend.
At that meet in Lewiston, the Polar
Bears will face rivals such as Bates
and Colby.
Having faced much of the field already this season, Bowdoin is hungry
for its first victory in the State Meet
since 2012. Thus far this season, the
men have topped Colby, St. Joseph’s,
U-Maine Farmington (UMF) and
Bates, but lost to the University of
Southern Maine (USM) by 12.66
points at the Bowdoin Invitational II.
On the women’s side, The team
has topped Colby, St. Joseph’s, and
UMF, but fell to USM and Bates at
the Bowdoin Invitational II.
Both teams have their next competitions this weekend at the Maine
State Meet at Bates College.

Mens basketball sinks into Erin Cady announced as next volleyball coach

fourth place in NESCAC

Fri 1/30
Sa 1/31
Tu 2/3

at Trinity
at Amherst
v. Plymouth State W


Last Friday, men’s basketball travelled to Hartford, Connecticut to
take on Trinity for first place in the
NESCAC standings. Despite another phenomenal performance from
guard Lucas Hausman ’16, the Polar
Bears came up short in a nail biting,
67-66 in overtime loss.
After a closely contested first half,
the Polar Bears were able to jump out
to a quick eight-point lead with 15
minutes remaining in the game.
However, the Bantams rapidly
regained their footing with a 13-0
run which gave them a comfortable
five-point lead. The tides shifted
again after Bowdoin put up 11
points in a row to regain control of
the match. In the final minutes, the
score bounced back and forth until
both teams had 62 points at the end
of regulation.
It was Trinity who was able to get
on the board first in overtime, scoring two quick buckets in the first
minutes back on the court. Bowdoin
was unable to recover. Despite a
last-second half-court attempt from
Bryan Hurley ’15, the Polar Bears
fell 67-66.
Three pointers proved to be the

difference maker in the contest—
Trinity was able to sink 11 from
beyond the arc while Bowdoin only
made four.
The highlight of the Polar Bears’
lineup was Hausman, who scored a
career-high 30 points. In addition,
John Swords ’15 added 13 points
and nine rebounds.
After the disappointing loss, the
team travelled to Amherst to take
on the Lord Jeffs. Hausman and
Swords led the team again, but
the determined Amherst squad
proved to be too much to handle
as the Polar Bears lost 81-66, dropping their second NESCAC game
in a row. Though Bowdoin only
trailed by three after the first half,
Amherst dominated the second,
maintaining a large lead for the
majority of play ending the game
with a 17-point lead.
Without the presence of captain
Keegan Pieri ’15, who is out for the
season with a concussion, his teammates have had to step up.
“It’s been tough, because he is
so instrumental” said Swords. “We
have a short bench this year, but
pretty good depth.”
As injuries have occurred
throughout the season, younger
players have been stepping up to fill
the the gaps in the lineup.
After two days to recoup from the
weekend events, Bowdoin hosted
Plymouth State on Tuesday night.

Please see M. BBALL, page 12



ONE FOOT FORWARD: After leaving Holy
Cross, Erin Cady is set to lead the Polar Bears’
volleyball team next season.
Yesterday, Bowdoin named Erin
Cady as the school’s next women’s
volleyball coach. The position was
left vacant after Karen Corey stepped
down immediately following the end
of the team’s 2014 season.
For the past four seasons, Cady
served as the head coach of the College of Holy Cross volleyball team.
Before her time at Holy Cross, she
played D-I volleyball at the University of New Hampshire and then
professionally for the SWE-Volley
team in Erfurt, Germany.
Cady will be the Polar Bears’
fourth coach in the 29 years of the
volleyball program. After having
only four winning seasons in its
first 20 years, the team thrived under Corey’s leadership.
In her nine seasons as Head

Coach, the team never had a sub.500 record, and from 2007-2012
the team boasted a home win
streak of 40 matches. She led the
Polar Bears to a NESCAC championship in 2011 and three appearances in the D-III NCAA tournament—including two trips to the
regional finals.
Cady inherited a Holy Cross
team that had eight total Patriot
League wins in the four years before her arrival. In her first year as
coach of the Crusaders, she tied
the program’s single-season conference win total with six, but only
earned three, seven and seven total
wins in her last three years at the
helm, respectively.
Despite Cady’s relative lack of
success, the team and school are
encouraged by the hire.
“[Holy Cross’ record] was definitely something that we thought
about,” said captain and one of the
members of the search committee,
Hailey Wahl ’16. “But there are a
lot of factors that go into having a
winning season and often times it
doesn’t necessarily speak to your
qualities as a coach. Holy Cross is
a lot more focused on other sports
and does not pay as much attention to volleyball as they may to
say hockey.”
“We are excited to welcome Erin
to the Bowdoin community as the
leader of our volleyball program,”
said Ashmead White Director of
Athletics Tim Ryan in yesterday’s
official press release. “It is evident that she cares deeply for the
student-athlete experience and her

track record of developing athletes
on the court, supporting them
in their academic endeavors and
leading them in the community
make her the ideal person to lead
our volleyball program.”
While her record as a head coach
may not have been her strongest attribute as a candidate, Cady’s passion for the sport and her commitment to her team’s players helped
separate her from her competing
“We clicked very easily with her,”
said Wahl. “She was very willing to
be honest with us about her techniques and theories as a coach and it
fit a lot with some of the qualities we
wanted—open mindedness and a lot
of emphasis on playing, as opposed
to talking about things, [which is]
different in a way [from Corey].”
Although the coach may be
changing, the rest of the program
should be in familiar hands. Next
year’s team expects to return all 12
members of this year’s squad that
made it to the NCAA regional finals—three wins away from the
national championship game.
“We’re excited for her to work
with and analyze the skills we already have and help support us in
a lot of the things we are already
successful with,” said Wahl.
“Any change is really helpful because we are all working with the
same basic skills and a new energy
would be helpful.”
“Hopefully the respect that I’ve
gained last year [as captain] will
be helpful if there are certain challenges we face,” she added.

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ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Squash teams all set for NESCAC tourney
Jackson Bloch ’15

• Top Bowdoin finisher in two
of the team’s three 20K meets
• Led the Polar Bear men
in both meets at the UVM

“With a 10K, everyone is
very capable of doing it, so I’m
always finding places on the
Jackson Bloch ’15 has been
course where I can make up
one of nordic skiing’s most
time on other people,” Bloch
competitive skiers this season,
said. “[The 20K is more] grit
with two top-25 finishes and
and determination. After 15K,
an additional top-30 finish in
after you’ve been racing for 45
five races so far this season.
minutes, everyone’s tired. A lot
His lowest finish was 44th
of it is a mental game, espein races that
cially in the last
“A lot of it is sort of natural
as many as 90
athleticism, and he has a very credits Head
skiers. Bloch
also helped a thoughtful approach to the sport. Coach Nathan
relay team inAlsobrook for
cluding Han- His brain is a finely tuned instru- exposing him
nah Miller ’17, ment that helps him calibrate how to new training
Tyler DeAnand
much effort he needs for each routines
gelis ’15 and
additional ways
Shelby Aselto improve his
tine ’15 take
22nd place.
ing him the
Bloch, a Fallargest
mouth, Maine, native started
behind his improvement. Alskiing in fifth grade and skied
sobrook developed a 550-hour
for a club team in high school.
per year training regiment that
Bloch walked on to Bowdoin’s
Bloch starts each May.
team as a firstyear with low
Training lasts through the
expectations and earned a spot
summer. Bloch runs and roller
on the carnival team, comprisd
skis when there is not snow
of the six fastes skiers. He has
on the ground. In addition
held one of those spots for his
to building up his strength,
entire Bowdoin career.
Bloch has worked on maintainNordic skiing has two differing forward body position and
ent styles that are tested in carstarting races faster.
nivals: classical and freestyle.
One of Bloch’s favorite offClassical requires more upper
season activities is skiing a
body strength and involves
marathon. He enjoys these 50K
races because
calls “double
they are often
polling,” which
raced in groups
d e s c r i b e s powerful so I had to learn efficien- of around 15
how the skicy of technique and endurance. It people, who will
ers move their
travel together
with gave me an area to excel in that I until the comtheir
petition neceswasn’t exposed to before.”
Freestyle uses
sitates trying to
the legs to
pass each other.
move as if
“He’s really
skating. Bloch
good at finding
had performed significantly
efficiency in his skis,” Alsobrook
better in freestyle races until
said. “It’s almost unnatural how
this season.
he is able to squeeze every last bit
Bloch’s adjustment to college
of energy out of his efforts. “
distance—high school races
Alsobrook also praised Bloch’s
are only 5K while collegiate
natural ability.
races are between 10 and 20
“A lot of it is sort of natukilometers—was all the more
ral athleticism, and he has a
unusual given his small frame.
very thoughtful approach to
However, he believes that raththe sport. His brain is a finely
er than hindering him, the intuned instrument that helps
crease in distance has contribhim calibrate how much effort
uted to his improvement.
he needs for each movement,”
“I’m a small guy,” he said. “I’m
he said.
not as powerful so I had to learn
Bloch will look to finish the
efficiency of technique and ensecond half of his season strong.
durance. It gave me an area to
He hopes to finish no lower
excel in that I wasn’t exposed to
than 30th and will attempt to
earn a top-20 finish against
Shorter races allow bigger,
Dartmouth College and Universtronger, skiers to essentially
sity of Vermont skiers who rank
sprint. Longer races equalamong the best in the country.
ize that natural advantage by
The sports editor of the Orient
changing the skills necessary for
chooses the Athlete of the Week
based on exemplary performance.


BALL TO THE WALL: Katherine Gracey ’16 helps solidify a win against Wellesley. The womens team’s 6-9 record earned it the seventh NESCAC seed while the men are eighth.

The women’s squash team (6-9)
surged to a decisive 5-4 win against
Colby (6-5) on Sunday, January 25,
after falling to Brown (5-5) the day
before. On Friday the team narrowly
lost 6-3 to Bates (8-8). The women
rounded out their regular season winning 8-1 against Wellesley (9-8).
The men suffered a string of losses
to Brown, Colby and Bates, yet eased
to a 9-0 a victory in their final home
match of the season against MIT (78) on Saturday.
The women are seeded seventh
heading into NESCAC Championship. They will play tenth seeded
Tufts today at 4 p.m. at Williams
College. The winner of this match
will go on to face second seeded
Williams at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.
The men are seeded eighth and will
play ninth seeded Hamilton tonight
at 6:30 p.m. The winner will face topseeded Trinity at noon on Saturday.
Williams College is hosting the
championship for both the men
and women.
“Our seasons are always measured, in competitive terms, by the
quality of our play at the postseason
events,” wrote Head Coach Tomas
Fortson in an email to the Orient.
“The men are working hard and
trying to improve. They play a very
difficult schedule and have lost
four very close matches,” Fortson

wrote. She added that the women
are on the right side of their play’s
progrssion and are in good shape
for nationals.
However, Fortson worries about the
team’s health and hopes it will be in top
form as it enters the post season.
“We honestly can’t afford to lose
another player, regardless of where
they play on the ladder,” wrote
captain Sara Wlodarczyk ’15 in an
email to the Orient. Wlodarczyk
will likely miss the championship
this weekend due to illness.
Fortson praised the women’s
rebound win against Colby, highlighting Wlodarczyk’s play, which
earned her NESCAC Player of the
Week honors.
“Sara’s honor was well earned as
she came through in the clutch when
Colby was poised for the upset win,
said Forston. “All of our women have
stepped up at different times to get
valuable wins.”
According to Wlodarczyk, the loss
against Bates a week later was one of
the closest matches that the two teams
have had in the last few years.
He also revealed how despite illness, the women’s team remains in
high spirits. She praised the team’s
performance against Wellesley last
“I think if we’re all healthy come
this weekend, then we stand a good
chance of doing well and potentially
winning the C division at championships,” said Wlodarczyk.

The men’s performance at Colby
was crucial in their progress toward a
breakout performance at NESCACs
and nationals.
Captain Andrew Ward ’15 said that
he knew that the match would be a
close one, noting that matches against
Colby almost always end 5-4.
“It was four-all, and we had our
number one playing, Matt Cooper ’16,
and [about] 50 people [were] watching,
but unfortunately, the Colby guy won
in the fifth game,” Ward said.
The men’s win against MIT this
Saturday was particularly exciting,
since it ended the team’s losing streak.
“The seniors, [it was our] last
home match. We weren’t going to
lose that one. And so [the team]
came out with a lot of energy. A lot
of our friends were watching and we
really stepped it up,” he said.
Ward attributed the team’s success to
its relentless style of play.
“Other players in long games or
stressful situations start hitting the
tin. They start making mistakes.
But we don’t shoot for winners a lot,
we try to rally it out and burn them
down, make them tired, so that’s
how we usually win,” said Ward.
Both squads are looking forward
to this weekend’s NESCAC Championship at Williams and at the College Squash Association nationals
ithe following week.
“We always perform our best at Nationals and that’s how we’ll hopefully
end the season this year,” says Ward.

Women’s hockey stumbles to .500 in conference

Fri 1/30
Sa 1/31

at Williams
at Williams



The women’s hockey team was
stymied last weekend at Williams,
with a 3-3 tie on Friday and a 5-1
loss on Saturday. The Polar Bears
fell to 8-6-4 (4-4-2 NESCAC) on
the year, while Williams improved
to 8-7-2 (5-3-2 NESCAC) and
third in the NESCAC.
On Friday night, the Ephs took
the early lead with a Kearan Burke
goal on a power play just 1:13 into
the first period. By the midway
point of the opening period, Michaela Levine had doubled Williams’ lead to make it 2-0. Sara
Lehman a third goal for the Ephs
in the second period.
“We gave up an early goal,” said
Head Coach Marissa O’Neil. “We

didn’t take care of our defensive responsibilities and found ourselves
down quickly.”
Bowdoin faced a daunting 3-0
deficit until the second half of the
period when Ariana Bourque ’16
netted her first goal of the night at
10:06. After Bourque scored again
on a power play four minutes later,
and Bowdoin trailed Williams 3-2
at the second intermission.
“We lacked a sense of urgency
until the third period,” said O’Neil.
“We had better chances the second
half of the game and in overtime.
We played okay—I don’t think either team played its best. There
wasn’t a lot of momentum or transitional play for either team.”
Rachel Kennedy ’16 tied the
game five minutes in the final period, assisted by Maddie Baird ’15.
In the overtime period Bowdoin
was unable to convert a power play
opportunity in to the final minutes, and the match ended 3-3.
Goalie Beth Findley ’16 made 24

stops in the net, including one save
in overtime.
The next night, the Ephs’ Gwen
Shultz scored 35 seconds into the
opening frame. Polar Bear Jessica
Bowen ’17 responded 10 minutes
later by scoring a shorthanded
But, Emily Kreuger of Williams
scored off a power play seconds
later, giving the Ephs the edge.Williams added a third goal before the
end of the period. “Emotionally,
Williams was really high on that
point.” said O’Neil. “They put two
more in in the first period and after we tied it up we were complacent again. For the rest of the game
we didn’t play well until the last
five or ten minutes. There’s no way
you can do that with Williams or
any team in our league.”
With 4:31 left in the middle
frame, Williams continued to
dominate. Chelsea Stevens made a

Please see W. HOCKEY, page 13


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The Giovinco gamble and the future of MLS
As Europe’s top leagues enter
the second halves of their respective seasons, Major League Soccer
(MLS) opened preseason training
camps last week, uncertain if they
will even make it to the season. The
collective bargaining agreement expired last Saturday and negotiations
between the league and players’
union are seemingly at an impasse.
The specter of a work stoppage
looms large.
Despite this, the biggest stories
going into camp have been the massive transfers of European stars to
the U.S. Recent months have seen
Frank Lampard, David Villa, Kaka,
and Steven Gerrard all announce
moves to the MLS. All are international superstars that bring exceptional talent to a league looking to
fill a star power void left by Thierry
Henry and Landon Donovan.
Toronto FC (TFC) stole the
headlines though, landing the outof-favor US Men’s National Team
star Jozy Altidore from Sunderland
and, even more shockingly, the diminutive Sebastian Giovinco from
Italian champion Juventus. The
Jozy deal was damn smart business
and impressive in its own right.
TFC shipped the unhappy Jermain
Defoe back to England in exchange
for Altidore, getting younger in
the process and, by most reports,
gaining a nice chunk of cash in
the swap. Despite his struggles in
England, Jozy had already excelled
in the MLS and is one of the most
recognizable faces for US Soccer,
which is a great marketing opportunity when he hits the pitch next
to his US national teammate Michael Bradley.

The real big fish though, somewhat ironically, is Seba Giovinco.
At just 5’4,” but full of energy and
with an incredible work rate, Gio
lives up to the nickname “La Formica Atomica”—the Atomic Ant.
He’s an incredibly creative talent
with tremendous pace and versatility. That versatility will allow him
to play anywhere from a second
striker position behind Jozy to outside on the wing, to an attacking
midfield position, all while creating
space for Michael Bradley with his
pace, dribbling and ability to take
on defenders.
The Giovinco move is massive not
just for the quality of player that he
is, but also for how and when he decided to make the switch. While Gerrard, Lampard, and Kaka are all fantastic players in their own right, they
are all on the wrong side of 30 and are
well past their prime. Gio just turned
28 and still has his best years of football ahead of him. The MLS has improved by leaps and bounds over the
past decade, but still needs to buck
the “retirement league” moniker that,
true or not, has dogged it in recent
years. Snagging a player of Giovinco’s
caliber at his age should help change
that perception.
Perhaps just as importantly, he
reportedly turned down offers from
Arsenal, Tottenham, Liverpool, and
numerous other flashy-name European clubs. Other players of his
caliber have moved to MLS in the
past, but none have done so in their
prime and turned down the top
clubs in the world simultaneously.
The Giovinco move could be
the start of a seismic shift that
puts the league at least in the same
neighborhood as the top European
leagues. Seba’s Italian National
Team manager Antonio Conte certainly thinks so, stating about the
move, “In a few years players will
elbow each other to go there. [The
MLS] will grow so much”.

Let’s not pretend that Giovinco is
doing the MLS a favor, though. He’s
still getting paid. A lot. His new deal
will make him the highest-paid player in the MLS, and the highest-paid
Italian player in the world by most
accounts. Despite all the inroads
made toward developing into a major
league, the MLS still has to overpay
its stars, as every large name recently
has received a deal well above their
market value, highlighting some of
MLS’s major issues. The wage discrepancy in the MLS is stunning,
with the big-name designated players making upwards of $6 million
per year, while the MLS median salary hovers around $90,000. Younger
players are forced into semi-guaranteed contracts, where they can be
terminated without compensation by
the clubs at almost any time, leaving
many without safety net.
All of these issues are ever more
salient as the league and players
union try to hash out a new collective bargaining agreement to prevent a work stoppage. Free agency
remains the sticking point for the
union, as the MLS still bizarrely
operates without a free agency system, but issues like increased league
minimum salary and salary cap, and
guaranteed contracts remain at the
forefront of their disagreements.
It’s hard to believe the owners
when they cry poor after doling
out massive contracts like so many
of them did this offseason, and it
seems the players agree. With no
real progress made in the negotiations, all signs point to a work stoppage, which would cripple the postWorld Cup wave of momentum the
MLS garnered at the end of last
season. World soccer is a competitive marketplace for attention and
money, and it remains to be seen if
the MLS can afford to lose ground
while mired in a labor dispute. In
the players’ minds though, they
might not be able to afford not to.



but we were playing slow defensively and soft on offense. Coach did
a good job of settling us down and
getting us ready to make a comeThis time, Bowdoin came ready to
back. We clamped down on defense
play, winning 79-66. However, it was
to start the second half and had a
Plymouth State who commanded
big run. [Swords] was anchoring
the first half with 47 points, and held
us down low and had some big moa 15-point lead going into the break.
mentum plays to get us back into it.”
When Bowdoin
returned from the
career“Its been tough because he (Pieri) high performance
locker room for the
is so instrumental. We have a
second half, it was
with 32 points and
a completely differshort bench this year, but pretty Swords tallied a
ent game. The Polar
double-double with
good depth.”
Bears quickly elimi19 points and 11 renated the lead and
bounds in the win.
tied the game at 60
The Polar Bears
with five minutes recurrently sit tied
maining. The team didn’t stop there,
for fourth place in the NESCAC tarallying for a 13-2 run that capped off
ble with a conference record of 4-3.
the contest. Bowdoin’s defense held
The team will host the sixth place
Plymouth State to only 19 points in
Middlebury Panthers (15-4 overthe half and its offense shot a staggerall, 3-3 NESCAC) on Sunday as the
ing 68 percent from the field.
players look to bounce back from
“In the locker room at halftime,
last weekend’s disappointments
we all knew that we shouldn’t have
and win its first conference game
been down to them,” said Hausman.
since Pieri was diagnosed with his
“They were hot shooting in the first,
season-ending concussion.


Winter Weekend 2015 Schedule
12:30 p.m.
12:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
5 - 7 p.m.
7 p.m.


11 am - 4 p.m.
11 am - 6 p.m.
11 am - 2 p.m.
2 - 3 p.m.
2 - 3:30 p.m.
3:30 p.m.
4 p.m.
6 - 8 p.m.
10 p.m.



46 in the last three.
The Polar Bears shot better from
the field, sinking 42.9 percent to the
Jeffs’ 31 percent. They finished the
game strong defensively, ending with
a final score of 60-51.
Inclement weather forced Trinity
and Bowdoin to play on Sunday instead of Friday, and Bowdoin came
out on top for its second consecutive
win of the weekend.
The Polar Bears opened the first
half slower than they had hoped, allowing Trinity to gain a seven-point
lead of 28-21 during the first half.
“We weren’t playing up to our potential for the first bit of the game,”
said Binkhorst. “On Sunday, our defensive intensity was not near where it
was the day before.”
But Bowdoin fought back with
nine points following a three-point
er from Ally Silfen ’17. By halftime,
the Polar Bears had finally bounced
back to a 32-30 lead. Brady led the
team once again, this time with 18
points. She was followed by eight
points from each Phelps, Binkhorst,
and Marle Curle ’17.
“Credit Trinity,” said Shibles.
“They played really well in the first
half and they finished a lot of their
shots. We were better defensively in
the second half. And I think the players were more intelligent in taking
away what they wanted to get out of
their offense.”

12 - 2 p.m.
1 p.m.


OUT IN FRONT: Kate Kerrigan ’18 positions herself for an easy basket in the Polar Bears’ 16th straight.
Bowdoin triumphed over the Bantams in the second half with a powerful surge of defense and strong
shooting on offense. With Brady
scoring 14 of her points in the second half, the Polar Bears outshot
the Bantams with 37.5 percent
shooting from the field compared

to their opponent’s 31.1 percent.
They also outperformed Trinity
on the glass, with a 51-36 lead in
rebounds. Bowdoin finished the
game with a 13-2 run, winning by a
final score of 63-47.
Bowdoin will play at Middlebury on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Sled Dog Presentation (Beam Classroom)
Meet & Greet with the Dogs (The Quad)
Polar Bear Dip (Higgins Beach)—sign up at SU Info Desk
Blizzard Bash with Pedro O’Haras (Ladd)
Men’s Ice Hockey v. Hamilton (Watson)

S’mores, Hot Cider & Hot Chocolate (Coe Quad)
Horse-drawn Carriage Rides (Moulton Circle)
Ice Sculptor (Coe Quad)
Learn to Curl (Main Quad)
College House Olympics Catered by Dining (Main Quad)
Polar Bear Run with Pedro O’Haras (Baxter)
Men’s Ice Hockey v. Amherst (Watson)
Night Time Ice Skating (Main Quad)
Cold War Party (Mac/Quinby)

Broomball (Reed)
Men’s Basketball v. Middlebury (Morrell)

friday, february 6, 2015


run down the ice to score, bringing the score up once again for the
Ephs to make it 4-1.
Shultz scored again in the final
minutes of the last period, cementing the 5-1 win.
Findley played for most of the


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game and made 21 saves, while
Lan Crofton ’17—the previously
injured goalie who had suffered a
sprained ankle—joined the game
toward the end and made six saves.
“It was a really frustrating weekend. Unfortunately there’s not a lot
of positive things to come out of
it except not showing up like that
again—instead being able to show
up and be ready to play 60 minutes,

“said O’Neil. “I don’t want to take
anything away from Williams—
they were emotionally charged and
they won the one-on-one battle.
They worked for everything.”
“We have to be better defensively,” said O’Neil. “That’s it.”
Bowdoin visits Trinity (4-5-1,
11-5-1 NESCAC) this weekend
and play tonight at 7:30 p.m. and
tomorrow at 4 p.m.

NESCAC Standings

Conn. Coll.
Middlebury 4



15 2 1
13 3 2
12 4 2
7 2
7 4
10 5 3
8 3
7 10 1
5 11 2
2 16 0

v. Hamilton
v. Amherst

7 P.M.
4 P.M.





Fri 2/6
Sa 2/7

at Trinity
at Trinity




7:30 P.M.
4 P.M.




Su 2/8

at Middlebury

3 P.M.

v. Hamilton at Williams
v. TBD at Williams
v. TBD at Williams

Conn. College





Su 2/8

v. Middlebury

1 P.M.




Fri 2/6
Sa 2/7
Su 2/8



Conn. Coll.

Conn. College



Fri 2/6
Sa 2/7

BEAR OUT OF WATER: The men’s and women’s swim and dive teams both won their third consecutive meets last weekend when they hosted Colby at Greason Pool. For
the men Ryan Kulesza ’15 won three races, the 200 freestyle, 200 backstroke and 200 IM. Andrew Park ’15, John Lagase ’16, JR Chansakul ’16 and Tom Kramer‘15 all won two
events for the Polar Bears as well. For the women, Caroline Watt and Sophia Walker both won races to help the Polar Bears coast to a 193-118 win. Both teams move on to the
postseason this weekend and will compete in the Maine State Event at Bates tomorrow and the NESCAC championships at Wesleyan the next weekend.


6:30 P.M

Sa 2/7

at Maine Event (Bates)

10 A.M.



Fri 2/6
Sa 2/7

Fri 2/6
Sa 2/7
Su 2/8

v. Tufts at Williams
v. TBA at Williams
v. TBA at Williams

4 P.M.

at Maine State Meet (Bates)
at Maine State Meet (Bates)

6 P.M.
6 P.M.

*Bold line denotes NESCAC Tournament cut-off

Compiled by Sarah Bonanno
Sources: Bowdoin Athletics, NESCAC



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Thank you
To the Editors:
On behalf of our family, I would
like to express our heartfelt gratitude to Bowdoin College: our president, Barry Mills, and Dean for
Academic Affairs, Cristle Collins
Judd, my esteemed colleagues, and
all of our dedicated staff, who labored so lovingly at my husband’s

funeral, interment and reception.
We are especially grateful to
Dining Services, who, faced with
the challenge of producing the
annual Thanksgiving dinner that
evening, provided refreshments at
the reception following William
Nelson Cromwell Professor of
Constitutional Law Richard Morgan’s burial.
It has been a painful time for us,

and speaking personally, I would
like to thank Bowdoin’s administration, Trustees, and my colleagues
across campus, but especially in the
government department, as well as
students past and present for their
outpouring of support.
Jean M. Yarbrough
Gary M. Pendy, Sr., Professor of
Social Sciences

Girls should fight for their right to party
For better or worse, college parties are not only a source of social
interaction, but also of social currency. They set a dynamic of power
and of expectation. The people who
throw the parties have control.
In fraternities, for instance,
the guest-lists, themes (with costumes), drinks, and even the space
itself is all monitored and governed by the resident brothers, not
by their guests. Members of that
house will often control who can
and cannot enter the house, using
standards such as physical attractiveness or sorority affiliation.

In college, parties
are a source not only of social
interaction, but also of
social currency.
Now, this is not to demonize
the Greek system; indeed, being a
Bowdoin student, I cannot claim to
know exactly what Greek life is like.
However, recent studies and media attention do suggest that some
of the less flattering depictions of
campus life in fraternities or sororities are not always fictitious.
Currently, sororities are not allowed to host parties in their houses.

In a recent op-ed in The New
York Times, “Sororities Should
Throw Parties,” Juliet Lapidos
wrote that allowing sororities
to throw parties—and thus to
have some agency over the social
scene—could decrease the number of sexual assaults committed
against women. She posits that
parties at sororities would prevent
“the worst excesses” of fraternity
parties, including spiked punch,
and would give female partygoers
a kind of home court advantage, so
to speak.
However, this idea has proved
both contentious and apparently
unrealistic. Julie Johnson, of the
National Panhellenic Conference
(which represents 25 national sororities and women’s fraternities),
noted publicly that the social standards—i.e. that women do not host
parties with alcohol—are old and
deeply rooted.
Johnson said that many sorority members are underage, which
makes serving alcohol at parties
a legal risk. She added that there
would be new responsibility if girls
threw parties: they would subject
themselves to the associated costs,
risks and cleanup. It is true that
with power comes responsibility
and perhaps, with a little increased
responsibility, there might emerge
a little more power for sorority
When asked why sororities generally remain alcohol free, Johnson
replied, “it is what it is.” There
doesn’t seem to be much compel-

ling evidence that sororities should
not be able to throw parties—it’s
just tradition.
There are a lot of old standards
that are not ideal. Part of making
progress is not adhering to every
old rule—we must acknowledge
traditions, but we must also allow
them elasticity over time.

Giving women increased
control over the social scene might
be an important step. But it should
not be the only step.
I do think sororities should be
able to have their own social life
and throw their own parties. It
would probably not be plausible to
have sororities take all the social responsibility, and I’m not convinced
that they necessarily should.
The way the system might work
best is if both fraternities and sororities had the ability to host
events, and could alternate monthly. This adjustment would also
take some of the pressure off of
fraternities, who now bear all the
responsibility for social life in the
Greek system.
With regard to sexual assault, it
remains to be seen whether or not
a new system would be effective.
Giving women increased control
over the social scene might be an
important step. But it should not
be the only step.

friday, february 6, 2015


the bowdoin orient


A personal take: why I believe the College should divest from the fossil fuel industry

Growing up just outside of
Houston, in a suburb containing
the sixth-largest refinery in the
United States, the fossil fuel industry was omnipresent in
my childhood.
From confusing the
refineries’ smoke stacks
for “cloud makers,” to
knowing far too many
family members—beside

over $117 million.
Living within two miles of the
refineries down my own street increased my chances of developing
leukemia by 56 percent.
What had for so long been
merely background scenery for me—cloud

my life continues to invest in and
profit from the industry that is polluting my home is more than antithetical to my own personal val-

pollution disproportionately affects low-income neighborhoods
and communities of color. The disastrous impacts of climate change
will only exacerbate already existing inequalities. This is

Since the movement’s
inception, 25 colleges and hundreds
of institutions, whose endowments
total over $50 billion, have
divested worldwide.

[L]iving within two miles
of the refineries down my
own street increased my
chances of developing
leukemia by 56 percent.
myself—who developed
asthma, I was always peripherally aware of the
fossil fuel industry, without considering what it
meant to be raised in the
center of an extractive
economy. Fish, as they
say, do not know they are
in water, and growing up
less than a mile from seven different major oil refineries, I was too
close to really think critically of
their effects.
As a first year I became sick and
found it hard to breathe every time
I returned to Houston. I realized
that I was safer away from home
than in it.
In the process, I learned how my
hometown of Deer Park, Texas, is in
the first percentile of worst air toxicity in America. The Shell refinery
that employs so many of my family
friends had recently settled a lawsuit with the Environmental Protection Agency for years of Clean
Air Act violations to the tune of

many more that I joined BCA’s divestment campaign this time last
year. While the College has had the
opportunity to lead, it is quickly
falling behind our peer institutions
and ignoring the calls of student
and faculty voices to disentangle
ourselves from our ties to the fossil
fuel industry.
Since the movement’s inception,


makers and perpetual copper
skies—now sharpened viscerally
into a menacing industrial reality.
While I’ve enjoyed the comforts of
my new life in Maine, I felt guilty
and helpless that my family remained exposed, and my community remained unaware.
Overnight, my ideological support for the Bowdoin Climate Action’s (BCA) fossil fuel divestment
campaign transformed into active
participation. The dangerous realities of the fossil fuel industry lived
too close to home—literally.
To remain silent was no longer an
option. That the College to which I
had chosen to dedicate four years of

ues—it is antithetical to Bowdoin’s
own. An extractive economy does
not aid the common good.
By investing in the fossil fuel industry, Bowdoin is consenting to the
practices of the fossil fuel industry
and tacitly approving of communities like mine remaining financially
dependent upon an industry that is
polluting our air and poisoning our
health. That my Bowdoin tuition is
indirectly funding the industry that
is destroying my home is about more
than carbon budgets, two degrees
Celsius or investment portfolios—
it’s about my family.
Divestment is the tactic, and climate justice is the goal. Fossil fuel

a justice issue harming real people
in America in 2015.
Climate justice isn’t just about
climate change, however. It’s about
what we value—life, land, resources
and people. The same systems that
perpetuate other social injustices
fuel the climate crisis. In believing
we can somehow recycle ourselves
out of a climate catastrophe, Bowdoin is turning a blind eye to larger
systems of oppression.
Lessening the influence of the fossil fuel industry and seeking justice
for those harmed by its violent business model are at the very heart of the
movement for fossil fuel divestment.
It’s for all of these reasons and

25 colleges and hundreds of institutions, whose endowments total over
$50 billion, have divested worldwide. From Stanford, which divested from coal companies last May, to
the New School and the University
of Maine system last week, divestment is winning and reaching far
beyond the Bowdoin bubble.
After two years of building support on campus, myself and three
other members of BCA met with
the Board of Trustees last October
to formally propose divestment at
the College.
Since our meeting, there have
been 112 days of silence from the
Board of Trustees. We have proceeded through the proper channels of engagement and have been
repeatedly ignored. We petitioned.
We rallied. We presented our case.
As the Trustees meet this weekend, I want them to keep in mind
what the fossil fuel industry is doing to my hometown. Academic institutions are endowed for the common good, and the Trustees have a
choice to make. Do they stand with
me and my hometown, or the fossil
fuel industry? Bowdoin, whose side
are you on?
Allyson Gross is a member of the
Class of 2016.

Law is not on the side of parents who refuse to vaccinate their eligible children
For a large part of my (albeit
short) life, I was blissfully unaware
of the anti-vaccination movement.
I knew that some people dismissed
medicine out of hand—generally on
religious grounds—but I had no idea
that a growing number of otherwise
reasonable and educated people
believed that vaccinating their children was somehow unhealthy.
My parents and their friends belong to community where due deference was given to the opinions of
doctors and scientists, and wholesale rejection of scientific findings
was considered irrational. How
lucky I was. While my ignorance
was bliss, the ignorance of antivaccination parents constitutes a
grave public health risk—one that
was recently thrust into the public
consciousness by an outbreak of
measles at Disneyland.
Measles is a disease that spreads
easily through the air—much like
the common cold—but is much
more dangerous. In developed
countries like the U.S., death only
occurs in about 0.2 percent of measles cases, according to the Center
for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC). However, in less developed

countries, the mortality rate can be
as high as 10 percent.
But, there’s another difference
between measles here and in the
sort of place only National Geographic and the Navy SEALs venture: the infection rate is on the
rise here. According to the CDC,
between 2002 and 2007 there were
well under 100 cases of measles in
the U.S. each year. In 2014, there
were more than 600. And just 37
days into 2015, there have already
been 102 cases. Not surprisingly,
nearly all of those who contracted
measles were unvaccinated.

Parents have all sorts of
reasons for refusing to vaccinate
their kids, but none of them
are valid.
Parents have all sorts of reasons
for refusing to vaccinate their kids,
but none of them are valid. From
religious objections to a rejection
of anything unnatural, and from
the demonstrably false belief that
vaccines give kids autism to some
really hilarious conspiracy theories,
parents latch on to ignorant justifications that can hurt their own kids
or others.
Of course, certain individuals
have medical conditions that pre-

vent them from being vaccinated,
and they instead rely on the herd
protection of a healthy populace to
avoid contracting dangerous infectious diseases. The greater the percentage of people in a country that
are immunized, the harder it is for a
disease to gain a foothold. And because vaccines are not 100 percent
effective, it is important for everyone who is able to get vaccinated.
Some parents of vaccine-ineligible children have threatened to sue
the parents of unvaccinated children for endangering their kids.
More power to them. It’s certainly
not inconceivable that they win.
One parent who deserves such a
lawsuit is Dina Check, a Staten Island
mother who filed suit against the
City of New York for its refusal to let
her unvaccinated child attend school
during a chickenpox outbreak.
“The devil is germs and disease,
which is cancer and any of those
things that can take you down. But
if you trust in the Lord, these things
cannot come near you,” said Check,
who did not vaccinate her child on
religious grounds.
I’d urge her to tell that to children
in the third world—many of whom,
I’m sure, place a great deal of trust
in God—who cannot obtain the
measles vaccine, and are susceptible
to contracting the disease and dying.
Check’s lawsuit, Phillips v. City of
New York (2015), was dismissed in

federal court. The U.S. Court of Appeals Second Circuit said that New
York City’s refusal to allow unvaccinated students to attend school
during an outbreak was constitutional, citing a century-old decision that stated the police power of
the state extended to vaccination
requirements, and that New York’s
rule could have been much stricter
and remained Constitutional.
Phillips and the previous case,
Jacobson v. Massachusetts (1905),

Barring the efficacy of lawsuits
to force parents to vaccinate their
children, states should move quickly
to require vaccination for all those
eligible and energetically pursue the
goal of a healthy populace.
demonstrate that states’ interests
in keeping their citizens safe are so
important that they supersede even
religious objections, which are usually protected by our constitution.
With the growing wave of antipathy towards vaccination, we
should not forget that smallpox,
one of the most horrific diseases
known to mankind, was eradicated
thanks to vaccines.
Barring the efficacy of lawsuits to

force parents to vaccinate their children, states should move quickly to
require vaccination for all those eligible and energetically pursue the
goal of a healthy populace.
Perhaps the best argument that a
court has laid forth that could support vaccine mandates comes from
Prince v. Massachusetts (1945),
which dealt primarily with child
labor laws, but briefly delved into
the issue of vaccination.
Justice Rutledge, writing for the
majority argued that: “the family itself is not beyond regulation
in the public interest, as against a
claim of religious liberty…[a]nd
neither rights of religion nor rights
of parenthood are beyond limitation…[The state’s] authority is not
nullified merely because the parent grounds his claim to control
the child’s course of conduct on
religion or conscience. Thus, he
cannot claim freedom from compulsory vaccination for the child
more than for himself on religious
grounds. The right to practice religion freely does not include liberty
to expose the community or the
child to communicable disease or
the latter to ill health or death.”
It may be true that we give parents ample opportunity to fuck up
their kids. But this is a question
of them fucking up other people’s
kids, and we should absolutely
prohibit the possibility.


the bowdoin orient

friday, february 6, 2015




Bake Sale

The College's housekeepers will host a bake sale. All proceeds
will be donated to Relay for Life. OneCards will be accepted.
Smith Union. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stop the Stigma. Start the Conversation:
Mental Health at Bowdoin.

Jordan Burnham, a mental health advocate, will talk about his
experience with depression and substance abuse and his work
to eliminate the stigmas associated with mental illness.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 4:15 p.m.

WHAT THE PUCK: Connor Quinn '15 rushes the goal on January 20 during the Polar Bears' 4-2 win against the University of New England. This weekend, during Winter
Weekend festivities, the men's hockey team will host Hamilton on Friday and Amherst on Saturday.














Sled Dog Presentation

S'mores, Hot Cider and Hot Chocolate

The owners of Blockhouse Pursuits Dogsled Adventures.
will give a presentation on dog sledding, to be followed
by a meet and greet with the dogs on the Main Quad.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 12:30 p.m.

Bowdoin Student Government will offer warm beverages
and snacks as part of the Winter Weekend festivities.
Dudley Coe Quad. 11 a.m.


Dinnertime Film and Discussion

The Environmental Studies Program, Sustainable
Bowdoin and Dining Services will screen the series
"Growing Local," which seeks to better represent the
local food movement. Following the film, there will be a
discussion with local farmers.
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall. 6 p.m.

Horsedrawn Carriage Rides

Polar Bear Dip

Moulton Circle. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Bowdoin Outing Club will shuttle students to
Higgins Beach to participate in a polar plunge. Sign-up
at the Smith Union Information Desk.
Higgins Beach. 2:30 p.m.



Polar Bear Run

The InterHouse Council will host this year's annual one-mile
costumed run around campus. There will be a raffle at
Baxter House at the end of the run and food from Pedro
O'Haras will be served.
Polar Bear Statue. 3:20 p.m.



The IT Advisory Council will host Bowdoin's first annual
Hackathon, which will pit students from Bowdoin,
Bates, Colby, and other colleges across the country
against each other in a challenge to create new apps
and entrepreneurial ventures.
Smith Union. 9 p.m. to Sunday at Noon.


Night Time Ice Skating
Main Quad. 6 p.m.



"Le Dernier Cri: Cupid & Psyche in Paris"

Visiting Associate Professor of Romance Languages Abby
Zanger and Curator of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Joachim Homann will discuss the role of mythology in 17thcentury French literature and the museum's current exhibit,
"Weaving the Myth of Psyche."
Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Noon.


"The Time that Remains"


Students for Justice in Palestine will screen the semiautobiographical film that follows a family living in
Palestine from 1948 to the present day.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m.


Men's Hockey

The men's hockey team, currently in sixth in the
NESCAC, will take on the fifth-place Hamilton College
Watson Arena. 7 p.m.






Reed House will host this year's broomball competition.
Broomball is played liked hockey, except with sneakers and
brooms instead of skates and hockey sticks. Winning teams
will continue to play throughout the afternoon.
Reed House. Noon.

Professor of Composition and Theory at Cornish College of
the Arts Emily Doolittle will speak about her research on
zoomusicology and the use of animal song in human cultures.
Her recent research looks at hermit thrushes.
Room 016, Druckenmiller Hall. 4 p.m.





Broomball Tournament






World Cinema


"Animal Songs, Animal Music"





"Dead Man's
Cell Phone"