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SEPTEMBER 25, 2015

Endowment valued at $1.393 billion, return beats national average


The Colleges endowment generated an investment return of 14.4

percent in fiscal year 2015 (FY15),
making it the third consecutive year
that the endowment has generated
double digit returns. On June 30
the end of FY15the endowment
was valued at $1.393 billion.
The mean return for all college
and university endowments in FY15
was 1.8 percent according to Cambridge Associates, a firm that tracks
endowment returns nationwide. The
Colleges three-, five-, and ten-year
annualized returns are 16.5 percent,
14.7 percent and 10.5 percent respectively. The Colleges returns are
significantly higher than the mean
annualized three-, five-, and tenyear returns for all college and university endowments, which are 9.9
percent, 9.6 percent and 6.6 percent

The endowment generated an investment return of 19.2 percent in FY14 and

16 percent in FY13. Last year, Bowdoin
was recognized as the Endowment of
the Year by Institutional Investor. The
Colleges endowment is managed by Senior Vice President for Investments Paula
Volent. Since she began managing the endowments in 2000, its value has tripled.
The endowments growth is significant because it is the primary
resource that allows Bowdoin to offer its students financial aid. Of the
total endowment balance, approximately 46 percent is restricted to financial aid spending.
The most important result of
the growth of the endowment is financial aid, period, said President
Clayton Rose. The trustees and the
college and [President Barry Mills]
and others have placed a deep premium on having the best financial
aid capabilities that we can have.
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In her fifteen-year tenure

running the Colleges
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New hire Peterson 07 to focus

on preventing campus sexual
violence as part of Title IX team


READY FOR HILLARY TO SAY NO KXL: Several members of BCA stood up during Clintons speech last Friday at King Middle School in Portland to ask about her position
on the construction of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Clinton responded, Yes, Ive said Im going to be talking about that. Itll be soon. Just sit down. She announced her
opposition to the proposed pipeline this past Tuesday.

BCA interrupts Clintons speech in Portland

to ask her stance on Keystone XL pipeline

Several members of Bowdoin

Climate Action (BCA) disrupted a
campaign speech by Hillary Clinton
in Portland last Friday afternoon,
joining a months-long effort by climate activists across the country to
push her to take a stance on the construction of the proposed Keystone
XL pipeline.
Four days later, at a campaign
event in Iowa, Clinton came out
against the construction of the proposed pipeline.

This is a huge victory for all of

the people who had been organizing
to push her for months and months
and for the movement whos been
pushing on Keystone since 2011. Its
actually proof that taking that kind
of action does work, said BCA President Allyson Gross 16.
Clinton was hosting a Grassroots Organizing Meeting in a
gymnasium at King Middle School
in Portland. After Clinton first mentioned climate change in her speech,
the BCA protesters stood and held
signs calling for her to oppose the
proposed pipeline.

Yes, Ive said Im going to be talking about that. Itll be soon. Just sit
down, Clinton said in response. The
protesters remained standing while
the speech continued until Clinton
again asked them to sit down, at
which point Allyson Gross 16 asked
Clinton her position on the pipeline.
What I have said is you will hear
from me shortly, and you will, Clinton responded. But youre not going to hear from me today, so dont
interfere with other people being
able to participate, okay?

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Lisa Peterson 07 assumed two

new positions in Bowdoins administration on Monday. She will serve
simultaneously as Bowdoins Associate Director of Gender Violence
Prevention and Education and as
the Colleges Director of Accommodations for Students with Disabilitiesboth newly created jobs
on the Title IX team. Peterson will
also hold the title of Deputy Title IX
President Clayton Rose first announced the new positions and Petersons hire in a September 17 email
to the Bowdoin community. In that
email, Rose stressed that the single
employee designated to coordinate
Title IX education and response is
truly just a baseline in our ongoing
efforts to build an inclusive community and to be vigilant about meeting the needs of students, faculty,
and staff.
At this time in the history at
Bowdoin, we realize that [Petersons
job] is a position that could be very
helpful for students, said Director
of Title IX and Compliance Benje
Peterson will focus on sexual violence prevention and education.
The challenge for me in thinking
about programming will be moving
beyond just awareness-raising and
to behavior change because I really

believe that sexual violence is completely preventable, said Peterson.

Ultimately, Peterson hopes that
this programming will eventually
achieve her goal of preventing violence on campus.
Peterson has already met with The
Sex Projecta student group dedicated to providing comprehensive,
practical and medically accurate
sexual health education to the Bowdoin community. She will soon meet
with leaders from student groups
such as Alliance for Sexual Assault
Prevention, Bowdoin Men Against
Sexual Violence, Safe Space, V-Day
and V-Space. In those meetings, Peterson will listen to what students
have to say.
Students know better than I do as
to what appeals to students the most,
about whether students like going to
lectures or film discussions, said
Peterson. I dont feel its appropriate for me to come in with my own
agenda. I think my task is to do a
lot of listening to what the student
groups are already doing and what
students feel would be engaging and
effective in working with students.
As Director of Accommodations
for Students with Disabilities, Peterson will help connect students with
disabilities to the accommodations
they need, such as extra time on tests
or special housing accommodations.
Before this role was created, accom-

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Bowdoins predominantly
female robotics team takes China.

Griffee 17, Jackie Brown develop software

to virtually interact with sculpture.

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Coach Wells taking no-nonsense

approach for first home game
against Williams Saturday at 1 p.m.
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EDITORIAL: Hazard an opinion.

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OUTSIDE THE NORM: First year transition.
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SECURITY REPORT: 9/17 to 9/24

DeRay McKesson 07 Returns to Bowdoin


Thursday, September 17
Security officers assisted Brunswick Police who responded to a trespassing or attempted burglary call
at a private residence on Longfellow
Avenue at 4:40 a.m. The unidentified
white male suspect attempted to enter through a rear door. The suspect
fled when verbally confronted by the
A noise complaint in Maine Hall
resulted in a gathering being dispersed and an alcohol violation for
the room resident.
Friday, September 18
There was a wellness check for an
intoxicated student at Reed House.
A student in Coleman Hall who
fell out of bed and received a bleeding head wound was transported to
Mid Coast Hospital for stitches.
Evidence of an unregistered event
was discovered in the basement of
Reed House.
A student at Osher Hall tried to
manually open the elevator doors
after they had closed, damaging the
mother board and causing the elevator to stop working.
An officer provided first-aid to
a student with a cut finger at Baxter
An officer checked on the wellbeing of a student with a knee injury at
Smith House.
Saturday, September 19
There was a smoke detector activation resulting in a brief evacuation
at 52 Harpswell.
A bus collided with a car in the
Watson parking lot, resulting in minor property damage.
An officer spoke with students
about a noise complaint on the second floor of Chamberlain Hall.
A student was warned for public
urination on Boody Street.
Sunday, September 20
A student was warned for public
urination outside Baxter House.
A student was cited for possession of a fraudulent drivers license.
Officers checked on the wellbeing
of an intoxicated student in Coleman
A granite bollard was knocked
over on College Street near Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
A students unlocked bike was
stolen from the bike rack at Stowe
Hall. The bike was found hours later.
A student reported that a browngray hybrid bike (unknown make)

friday, september 25, 2015




FEATS OF STRENGTH: On Friday, September 18, a student at Osher Hall tried to manually open the elevator
doors after they had closed.
was stolen from an off-campus house
on Maine Street.
A complaint of loud music was
reported at Howard Hall. A student
was asked to lower the volume.
Monday, September 21
A student at Chamberlain Hall
reported that someone was turning
the handle to her room door at 2:30
a.m. Officers responded and found
a student who had been trying to enter the wrong room.
An officer escorted a student
from Counseling Services to Mid
Coast Hospital.
An employee reported that an
unlocked blue Manhattan bicycle
was stolen from a bike rack at Searles Science Building.
A student reported seeing a
prowler on the second floor fire escape looking into windows at Smith
House at 10:15 p.m. The suspect is
a white male wearing a gray hoodie
and dark pants. Security and Brunswick Police responded. The suspect
was not located.
Tuesday, September 22
A fire alarm on the third floor
of Reed House was caused by an apparent faulty detector, which was
Over 125 bikes were registered at two registration tables that

DeRay McKesson 07, a prominent civil rights activist, returned to campus Tuesday to talk about the
intersection between education and justice as well as his experience with Teach for America. Later that
night, McKesson learned via Twitter that Hillary Clinton had agreed to meet with him and other members of
Campaign Zero, a movement dedicated to reducing police violence. With 229,000 followers, McKesson has
found his voice through Twitter. I often joke that Twitter and the classroom remain the last true radical places
in America, he said during his talk.

were set up at Hyde Plaza and South

Campus Circle.
A paper wall poster in the ninth
floor elevator lobby at Coles Tower
was set on fire.
A student having respiratory difficulty was transported to Mid Coast
Hospital by Brunswick Rescue.
Wednesday, September 23
A parent requested a wellness
check for a sick student.
A broken window was reported at the main entrance to Baxter
Another fire alarm occurred on
the third floor of Reed House from
the same detector that was replaced
the previous day. Facilities Management is working on the problem.
The health center requested that
a student with a possible concussion
be escorted to Mid Coast Hospital.
A local man on a bicycle was issued a trespass warning after having
disruptive interactions with a dog
walker at the Pickard athletic fields,
and later with a motorist on Federal
Street. The man is barred from all
College property for one year.
Thursday, September 24
An officer checked on the wellbeing of a student at Howell House.
Extensive fire alarm system testing was conducted at Coles Tower.

Whats your biggest fear at Bowdoin?

Jillian Burk 16

Olivia Bean 17

Jasper Houston 18

Mackenzie Schafer 19

Greg Piccirillo 17

Getting stuck in the Tower elevator

because that happened to my roommate a few weeks ago.

All the squirrels on campus,

everywhere. Theyre like terrifying.
And every year they get braver, and
closer, and eat more food, and get

Baxter basement. Way too many people

there. And there are mice.

I would say setting off a fire

alarm, but I did that yesterday. I
went out a door and negleted to
see that fire escape was written
all over it.

Someone taking my egg order at



friday, september 25, 2015

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Pollitt calls on pro-choice movement to destigmatize abortion


Pro-choice and womens rights

advocate Katha Pollitt made the affirmative case for abortion rights
being good for society in the
kickoff event for Bowdoins NARAL
[formerly known as the National
Abortion and Reproductive Rights
Action League] Chapter last night in
Kresge Auditorium.
Pollitt embraced the discomfort
that comes with talking about abortion as beneficial medical procedure
for society, saying that if youre sorry about your abortion, you can talk
about it all you want while women
who do not regret their abortions, or
had one for a pregnancy that resulted from voluntary sex, are shamed.
In an interview with the Orient,
Pollitt noted that her position may
annoy some people who are prolife and explained that allowing and
vigorously debating opposing and
potentially offensive viewpoints is
essential to understanding an issue.
Maybe at Bowdoin, everything is

modations requests were handled by
former Dean of First-Year Students
Michael Wood and Associate Dean
for Upperclass Students Lesley Levy.
Peterson believes that her dual roles
in gender violence prevention and
accommodations harmonize in their
shared goal to guarantee equity of

just really great, but then there is the

world outside the campus and thats
why I thought what if Bowdoin students started an abortion fund for
poor women in Maine?, said Pollitt.
Theres all kinds of things people
can do, but I think students are naturally focused on their campus, so if
the problem doesnt present itself on
campus in a way that people know
about it then nothing happens.
Uma Blanchard 17 and Rachel
Baron 17, the organizers of the event
and founding members of Bowdoins
NARAL chapterwhich is yet to be
officially chartered by the Student
Organizations Oversight Committeeechoed Pollitts sentiment.
I think Bowdoin is a little bit
weird but there isnt that much political action around the campus
its about consciousness raising and
awareness and not that much about
political action, which is why this is
so important, said Blanchard.
Pollitt added that part of what
may contribute to a lack of activism within a student body is that
lack of exposure to vastly different

viewpoints may lead to a poor understanding of the issue at hand.

Being offended is not the end
of the world, said Pollitt. Maybe
[pro-life advocates] do take offense,
but they tend not to come to my
talks, to my regret.
Distinguished lecturer Susan Faludi, who helped facilitate the event,
noted in an email to the Orient that
she has known Pollitt for over 20
years, starting when they were both
covering womens rights issues as
Baron noted that their decision
to bring Pollitt to campus now was
timely, given Planned Parenthoods
recent media attention after several
sting videos surfaced alleging that
the organization has engaged in the
illegal sale of fetal tissue.
Speaking directly about these incidents, Pollitt claimed that the videos
play into the stereotype that people
have of abortion clinics as money
grubbing, filthy, horrible places full
of awful people. She added that several major vaccinations were created
following research done with volun-

tary fetal tissue donation.

I dont think too many people are
going to say Im not going to let my
child have a polio vaccine because
thats how it was developed, said
Pollitt, who is traveling around the
country promoting her new book
Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights,
explained that part of the reason she
wrote her book is that the abortion
debate is often held on their [prolife advocates] turf, and that forces
women to justify their abortions.
Now you find a lot of people saying Im not a feminist but and yet
they say they want equal pay, they
want reproductive rights, they want
to be equalso want the content
of feminism but the word bothers
them, said Pollitt. I think the word
[feminism] bothers them because
the stereotype of feminists put forward in the media is hairy legs, braburning, birkenstock-wearing, man
When asked about an April 22
column she wrote on why samesex marriage advocates were win-

ning legal victories while abortion

advocates were stagnating, Pollitt
was unsure if victories for the LGBT
community helped or hurt womens
abortion and reproductive health
rights. She cited her prediction that
abortion rights were going to be restricted in Ireland due to conservative backlash after the country voted
to legalize same-sex marriage but
then realized that it actually galvanized support for abortion rights
Regarding the 2016 presidential election, Pollitt said that while
she has thrown her support behind
presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, her politics actually align more
closely to presidential candidate
Bernie Sanders.
I do think its a good idea to
think about electability, said Pollitt.
I have the great fortune of living in
New York state where our primary is
a little bit delayedif he [Sanders] is
still in the race [during primary season], that would be amazing--that
would be really astonishing and then
I dont know what Id do.

access to education at Bowdoin.

Peterson comes to Bowdoin with
plenty of experience in gender violence prevention. After graduating
from Bowdoin in 2007 with a major
in psychology and a minor in English, she earned a masters degree
in public health from the Harvard
School of Public Health.
While a student at Harvard, Peterson volunteered at the Boston Area
Rape Crisis Center.

[Working at the center] put me on

a trajectory to think about violence
prevention as my true passion and
true calling, Peterson said. Because
sexual violence is something that affects an entire community, as a member of that community, its part of my
responsibility to make sure that I prevent that from happening.
After earning her masters, Peterson worked for three years at the
Boston Public Health Commission

in the Division of Violence Prevention as a policy analyst. In that

role, Peterson worked on domestic
violence prevention, gang violence
prevention and teen dating violence
At the Boston Public Health Commission, Peterson worked to train
adult staff at child care centers to
help youths affected by violence or
other traumas. That experience reinforced her belief that Bowdoins

programming must be safe and

available for all studentswhether
theyve been affected by trauma or
Douglas strongly supports Petersons goal to end sexual violence on
Our great mandate is our goal
its to eliminate all discrimination on
campus, said Douglas. I wouldnt
do it if I didnt think it was achievable.


the bowdoin orient

friday, september 25, 2015

From conserving paper to making paper: Volent triples endowment


Stanley Druckenmiller 75 called her

work phenomenal and former President
Barry Mills described her as world class.
When it was announced on Tuesday that
Bowdoins endowment returned 14.4
percent last year and is now valued at
$1.393 billion, President Clayton Rose
credited its continued success to Senior
Vice President for Investments Paula Volent and her team.
What Paula has done is unbelievable, Rose said.
Volent has been overseeing the Collegs endowment since 2000, but she
first arrived at the College long before
she even considered a career in finance.
On January 2, 1981, the Lewiston
Journal ran an announcement that
Paula Volenta recent graduate from
the University of New Hampshirehad
been hired as a curatorial assistant at
the Bowdoin College Museum of Art
(BCMA). Shed just finished her undergraduate degree in art history and
chemistry and was planning on working in the art world.
One of the stories of my life is that
theres lots of transitions; lots of opportunities came up, and I was open to taking advantage of some of the serendipity, Volent said.
After working at the BCMA, she

A video of the exchange is available on BCAs Facebook page. Afterward, the protesters left the crowd
and stood in the back of the room.
Gross was joined by Julia Mead 16,
Julia Berkman-Hill 17, Arnav Patel 18, Maya Morduch-Toubman
18, Jonah Watt 18, Maddie LemalBrown 18 and Matt Goodrich 15.
Clinton had long voiced a desire
to wait until the White House made
a decision about its position on the
pipelinewhich would transport oil
from tar sands in Canada across the

went on to graduate school in art conservation at NYU, worked at the New

York Historical Society, the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts and the LA
County Museum of Art and opened her
own paper conservation studio in Venice, California. While running her own
business, she thought that she should
have some financial knowledge.
I realized running my own business...that I didnt really have the skill
set to read a balance sheet or the finance
skills, Volent said. So I started taking
a couple of finance classes at UCLA at
night, and I was very good at it.
Her professor suggested that she go
to business school and become a museum director.
I thought it was crazy, Volent said.
But it sort of stuck in my mind. So I did
At the same time she was accepted to
Yale School of Management, Volent was
also offered a fellowship at the National
Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, to
work on contemporary works of art. She
deferred her admission to Yale and went
to work in D.C., but eventually made her
way back to New Haven.
However, shortly after she arrived at
Yale to start her first semester, her daughter was born. Volent took a semester off
and went knocking on the door of the
Yale Investments Office.
I thought if I was going to work at a

not-for-profit institution like a museum,

I needed to learn about endowments,
Volent said. Chief Investment Officer
David Swensen was on the other side of
that door at Yale, and he gave her a shot.
Swensen is often noted as one of the
top investors in the world; hes mentored
a handful of successful protegesVolent
among them.
She started off in his office as an intern after only one semester of business
I didnt know all of this nomenclature
about finance. It was all mysterious to
me, she said.
Volent ended up working in that office
for a few years.
I fell in love with finance and endowments, Volent said.

Nineteen years after she was originally

hired as a BCMA curatorial assistant,
Volent returned to Bowdoin in July 2000
as the associate treasurer.
I really wanted to come back to
Maine because I love the geography of
Maine and the place, Volent said.
Its been 15 years since Volent arrived
at Bowdoin for the second time. Though
her title changed to Vice President for
Investments in 2002 and Senior Vice
President for Investments in 2006, her
responsibilites have remained largely the

same. Volent is charged with managing

the Colleges endowment with the help of
the entire endowment office and the Colleges investment committee.
Under her watch, the endowment has
grown from about $465 million to $1.393
billion. Volent has seen the endowment
through the dot com bubble and the recession and consistently posted returns
above the national average. In Fiscal Year
2014, the endowment was named Endowment of the Year.
Although the switch from art conservation to endowments may seem like an
about-face, Volent finds the jobs similar.
People always say, what a big switch
you made from doing art history and art
conservation to finance, and I really feel
like the intellectual curiosity and sort of
excitement every day in going into my
job is similar, she said.
Volent lives in Cape Elizabeth and
makes the commute in to Brunswick.
I love Bowdoin. Im very loyal to
Bowdoin. I think its one of the very best
places, Volent said. Working with Barry
Mills has been one of the highlights of
my life, and I think its going to be really
exciting to work for Clayton.
Shes seen the College through three
presidentsBob Edwards, Mills and
now, Rose.
I think Bowdoin keeps getting improved, Volent said. When I first came
to Bowdoin in 2000, especially on the in-

vestments side, people didnt really know

what Bowdoin was, and now were very
well known. Barry did an amazing job. I
think Clayton is going to bring the College to the next step for thinking about
higher education in the future.
Volent is still heavily involved in the
arts. Shes on the advisory committee for
the BCMA and the investment committee for the American Institute for Conservation.
I dont do any art myself, really, because I dont have time, Volent said,
But I would like to slow down and get
back into that. As an art conservator, you
have to be proficient in studio art because
youre actually going to fill in damages on
a work of art. At one point I did a lot of
my own.
But for now, the endowment keeps
Volent busyshe flies back and forth to
Bowdoins satellite investment office in
New York City as well as across the country and around the globe for meetings
with investment managers.
Being in investments is really interesting. One day youre thinking
about whats going on in China and
the next about global politics, and the
next minute youre diving deep into
the balance sheet of a company, Volent said. Im really always looking
for the best investments for Bowdoin
so we can support financial aid and
grow the endowment.

Midwestern United States to refineries on the Gulf Coastbut warned

that she wouldnt be able to wait
much longer last week. Ultimately,
she chose to articulate her position
before the president did.
This action didnt happen in a
vacuum, Gross said after Fridays
disruption. Its been happening
all across New Hampshire and all
across the country this summer.
For many BCA members and other activists, the pipeline has become
a barometer for determining where
candidates stand on the extraction
of fossil fuels.
I feel that to truly combat climate change, we need to fight it at

the root, and the underlying cause

is the fossil fuel industry and fossil fuel dependence, said Patel. A
good indicator on where she stands
on dealing with that issue is her
stance on Keystone XL.
BCA is perhaps best known on
campus for its visible calls for the
College to divest from fossil fuels,
including a controversial petition
presented to President Mills in April
2014 and a sit-in at the presidents
office last April.
However, the group has involved
itself in national issues, as well.
Several members were arrested in
March 2014 at a Keystone XL protest
in Washington, D.C., and the group

organized a trip to the Peoples Climate March last fall.

Members saw this event as another opportunity to connect their work
on campus to the national political
I think something thats really interesting about divestment is that people think you go around the political
arena, said Gross, [but] the point is
that you build power on campus and
shift public discussion on support for
fossil fuel industries, and use that to
pressure presidential candidates and
actual power holders to do their job
by taking action on climate.
Were not really surprised that
she dodged our question with prom-

ises for renewable energy, as Bowdoin has been doing, said Watt.
While we definitely commend
these efforts and we think thats important, were still out here fighting
and we think its important to say
that its only part of the solution.
For now, the group is happy to
have gotten a chance to play a part
in the movement this summer.
It was actually pretty surreal and
wonderful to hear, Gross said. It
had been happening all summer
she had continually said no, or she
wouldnt talk about it until later. For
me to [possibly] be the last person
she said no to was a weird feeling,
but a good one.


best among schools so far this year

a result Rose credits to the work of
Volent and her investment team.
Were the beneficiaries of quite
remarkable investment management, skill and dedication, Rose
Rose is a trustee at one of the largest philanthropic endowments in the
country, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and therefore
has a background in this type of
Ive been around this business
for a long time, and Im deeply involved with a very good investment
management team at HHMI, and
wthat Paula [Volent] has done is unbelievable, Rose said.

Return to Bowdoin


goes to either financial aid or faculty

and staff compensation.
Having a strong endowment
means were able to hire, retain and
provide competitive compensation
for all the folks that work here, he
said. When we start to think about
challenges, or difficult times, [because] we have 85 percent focused
on financial aid or people, thats
the place wed have to start thinking about making changes, and that
would be deeply unpleasant for everyone.
Bowdoins endowments return
is one of the best in the country
Bloomberg Business cites it as the

Friday, September 25, 2015


the bowdoin orient

Female captains lead Bowdoins robotics team to China



Step aside, Transformers, a new

team of American-based robots are
duking it out in China. Bowdoins
RoboCup team, Northern Bites, flew
to Hefei, China to compete in the
RoboCup Standard Platform League
this past July.
RoboCup is an international competition in which competing teams
program 58-cm tall, Aldebaran Robotics humanoid Nao robots to play
soccer autonomously.
Northern Bites has traditionally had a history of strong female
leadership on the team. This year,
Northern Bites is led by Nikki Morin
16 and Megan Maher 16.
This year, we are trying to make
it easier to get involved, said Maher.
Whether or not you have experience coding, youll find your place
on the team.
In fact, neither Maher nor Morin
had any background in computer
science prior to attending Bowdoin.
While the team generally meets
for one or two hours per week during the school year, those hours
quickly enter into the double digits
for members who compete during
the summer.
The Northern Bites left this years
tournament with one win, one draw
and two losses. Unfortunately for
Bowdoin, the robots were not immune to technical difficulties. A WiFi issue caused one of the Northern
Bites robots to score on itself.
The Northern Bites record in
China was a disappointment for the
team, which had previously placed

second in the 2015 Standard Platform League U.S. Open in May.

The team also finished eighth in
this years drop- in challenge. All
competing teams placed one of their
robots onto a drop-in team, which
then played a standard game. The
purpose of this challenge is to test
the efficacy of robots to play collaboratively without the need for any
specific programming.
At the time of competition, Northern Bites had the highest number of
female programmers in the league,
with a total of four.
Most teams were lucky if they had one
female member, said Corinne Alini 18, a
member of Northern Bites and Bowdoin
Women in Computer Science.
Everyone just cares so much,
said Alini. Last year, our captains
definitely set the mood of the team,
and they gave their heart and soul
into RoboCup. So now everyone
does too. You end up falling in love
with the robots. You work so hard.
You want them to win.
Alongside Bowdoins reputation
for having a large female representation in RoboCup, Bowdoins team is
one of the few composed of entirely
undergraduate students.
The 2016 RoboCup competition
will be held in Leipzig, Germany.
The chance to travel across the
world and the achievements of the
team seem to be persuading more
and more Bowdoin students to join
robotics this year.
We saw a lot of women sign up at
the activities fair, said Morin, who
hopes this trend will continue into
other STEM fields both at Bowdoin
and beyond.


SOCCER BOTS: (Top): Megan Maher 16 (left) and Nikki Morin 16, captains of Bowdoins predominantly female Robotics team. (Bottom): A Northern Bites robot competes.

Associate Professor Crystal Hall explores humanities with digital techniques


From her newly renovated office,

Associate Professor in the Digital
Humanities Crystal Hall has a vantage point over the entire campus.
The Visual Arts Centers former
third floor studio has taken on an
updated role as the home of Bowdoins newest academic program.
Hall is the co-director of Bowdoins Digital and Computational
Studies (DCS) program. Now in its
third academic year, this interdisciplinary initiative allows students to
merge digital technology with the
humanities. So far, this work has

included studying space and social

networks as theyre represented in
literature and plays and merging
these ideas with digital technology
and computer science.
These ideas have since blossomed into a series of courses that
are asking those questions. So Ive
been involved with design and
teaching and Ive been consulting
with faculty who are interested in
doing the same thing, said Hall.
Program development, activities
and extracurriculara little bit of
Originally from Oakland, Maine,
Hall came to Bowdoin three years
ago after studying at Cornell and


GOING DIGITAL: Professor Hall speaks to her Introduction to Digital and Computational Studies class in the VAC.

the University of Pennsylvania and

spending time teaching and researching in Italy.
My field of research is Galileo. I
honestly dont want to spend the rest
of my life reading all of the books
that Galileo may or may not have
read, said Hall. But I would like a
better understanding of what those
books can tell us about libraries as
artifacts, about Galileos intellectual
development, about the ways that
provocative thinkers work with established culture.
So far, students have worked on
analyzing stump speeches, studying
Twitter data as text, exploring representations of urban space in literature compared to actual maps and
surveying the history of diabetes in
medical literature.
Hall views DCS as an important
branch of the liberal arts curriculum
in the 21st century. In her introductory class, she gave students a reading that considers the intersection
of the programming language XML
with philosophy, which was wellreceived by the class.
This is why Im herebecause
XML is worthy of Derrida, and we
should be deconstructing XML to
see what results, Hall said. XML
should be pushing back and seeing
where it might resist Derrida, where
it resists Kant. Thats what were doing. This is the liberal arts.
Sabina Hartnett 18 worked with
Hall this summer, investigating how
social media and technology change
our conception of identity, both

of ourselves and of mass groups.

She used a technique called Twitter scraping, which allowed her to
study social media information as
The Twitter scraping was really
cool. That was probably my favorite
work to do, said Hartnett. Basically, you can run a code on all public
tweets, and itll bring back anything
that you search for. Another student
was studying Black Lives Matter, and
you can see words that come up in
conjunction with one another frequently in the tweets. Time frequencies, geotags. Its really cool stuff.
One of the strengths of the digital
humanities program is its open-ended and interdisciplinary nature. Students from any academic field can
find ways to explore seemingly unrelated intersections between traditional study and digital technology.
Every discipline is using text,
but the questions that theyre asking
about it are different, Hall said. If
we start taking those objects as our
thing in common, we get all these
different perspectives, and we all
learn something.
Outside the digital world, Hall
likes to engage in more tangible
Im a car buff. Im restoring a 34
Dodge pickup truck with my dad as
a hot rod, said Hall. Its a great way
to get out of the life of the mind and
build something, craft something
and see it come to life.
Hartnett recalled an impromptu
lesson Hall gave in tire replacement

over the summer, after another summer researcher had an unfortunate

incident on the highway.
When I heard about this tire experience, I was like, Come to the
house! and I taught them how to
change a tire. Its something I never
really thought Id be teaching students how to do, Hall said.
Over the next few years, Hall
plans to expand the course offerings
and resources of DCS and continue
to explore new applications of digital technology in the humanities.
Although she doesnt know exactly
where the program will be in five
years, both Hall and the whole DCS
faculty of contributing professors
are excited about the opportunity to
Hartnett is equally excited about
Bowdoins new approach to the humanities under Professor Hall.
Scholars have been interpreting
humanities in the same ways for so
long, and this is just such a new perspective on it. Its really cool, said
Although some may doubt the
practical value of a liberal arts education in todays society, Hall is confident that DCS prepares students
for the outside world as critical and
creative thinkers.
If we were just teaching the skills,
you might be able to get a job as soon
as you graduate, but you wouldnt be
able to keep that job, she said. You
need to be able to read whats going
on outside. See trends. See change.
Be adaptive. Be critical. Be creative.


the bowdoin orient

friday, september 25, 2015

Say no to S: Pinot grigio

honeymoon over too soon


After glowing reviews of our last
column from both our mothers (the
only women we are beholden to), we
have decided to push on with the Ss
bold Pinot grigio offering. By bold,
we mean that S boasts the most exotic wine bottle design present in
Hannafords wine
alley. Not wanting
to fall victim to the
sophomore slump,
critics gravitated
towards the most
gimmicky bottle
we could find. The
result is Ss geoduck of a bottle.
While the intention may have
to been to mimic
wine skins of yore,
we find ourselves
with an especially
Freudian take on
wine bottle paradigm. A cobalt
blue sheen augurs
a progressive twist
on the Pinot grigiofitting given
its grapes are oft
belittled as a mutant clone of the
Pinot noir.
Due to its curvilinear
perhaps S stands
as an abstracted
homage to the
shofar blown at
the end of Yom Kippur (Shanah
Tovah!). Regardless of symbolic
significance, S scores points for its
convenient twist-off screw cap that
rendered our preponderance of novelty corkscrews unnecessary.
In an effort to bring an air of authenticity to our tastings, we paired
our wine with its natural partner:
extra sharp Somerdale cheddar. The
cheese packagings explicit recommendations made this pairing an
easy choice.
Who are we to say no to a cheese
that knows what it wants? Of course,
buying cheese necessitated buying
the redeemingly bland and ubiquitous Carrs water table crackers.
While this column remains devoted
to wine, we cant help but praise the
crumbly texture and decidedly dairy
flavor of Somerdale.
Since one reviewer foolishly forgot to chill the wine before drinking,
Martin is forced to wrap a wet paper
towel around the frame of bottle and
place it in the refrigerator to speed
the cooling process. However, Ss
neck presents a daring challenge to
wine-lovers everywhere: its parabolic curvature offers no clear hints
as to proper pouring technique. We
daringly proceed, anxious of spilling this ostensibly divine nectar on
14Bs majestic lion rug.
Will then graciously outlines the
major tasting steps for white wines.
The first exploratory sip introduces an overwhelmingly sour flavor, but one should persevere regardless.
The second sip coats ones mouth
and prepares the taste buds through
thorough swishing.
Lastly, the third sip reveals the

wines true flavor.

Our devoted adherence to these
commandments resulted in a much
more complex flavor. S coquettishly revealed hints of citrus adrift
in a medium body that fully warmed
your esteemed critics on a chilly 52
We were also pleased to notice
that unlike last weeks Merlot, S offered a very visible set of legs. Unfortunately, our satisfaction diminished remarkably after that initial
originally took
to be interesting quirks
of the Pinot
revealed themselves to be
naught but a
shallow veneer.
The medium
body gave way
to a flimsy, almost tedious
feel, leaving us
d i s e n c h a nt e d
with what had
only recently
seemed to be
Ss fantastic
bottle design
and enchanting initial flavors compelled
us to say yes.
Sadly, a longterm sensory
with the wine
left us downDIANA FURUKAWA
disappointed, forcing us to say no
to S.
In order to rectify our gloom, we
have embarked upon an entrepreneurial endeavor. We are excited to
announce the launching our Top
of the Barrel Kickstarter campaign.
We are seeking to crowdsource the
modest sum of $100 in order to fund
the purchase of a truly exceptional
wine. With enticing rewards to our
benefactors, we hope to successfully
regale our readers with a masterful
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We will also graciously accept
physical donations in the form
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cheques, and Spanish doubloons.

SPECIAL GUEST Jay Vaidya 16:

Will, you just ooze


MARTIN I cant smell the

wine tonight because

Im sick, which is a
blessing and a curse.



friday, september 25, 2015

the bowdoin orient


Benedict Arnold your eggs benedict: a meaty twist on an old favorite



Eggs benedict is a theme in my life.

As much as I hate myself for that last
sentence and the assumptions that
can be made about me because of it,
it is a truth that I have learned to embrace.
One summer when I was in high
school, there was a week when I made
eggs benedict for my family every
morning until my mother begged me
to stop for the sake of my fathers cholesterol levels.
This past Ivies, I woke up Saturday morning and decided to power
through the process of making eggs
benedict, knowing the result would
be just what the doctor ordered.
I have spent many mornings experimenting with different combinations,
ranging from a miso beet green base
to a smoked salmon to a thick cut
of Canadian bacon from the winter
farmers market in Brunswick. People
have started to associate the dish with
me so much, in fact, that the other
day I got a text from a friend saying,
I just ate eggs benedict. Thats it.
One of the reasons I love eggs
benedict: you can find farm-fresh
eggs almost anywhere in the world.
And there are a lot of eggs in eggs
benedict. Hollandaise sauce is basically egg yolk and butter beaten into a
frenzy, with some lemon juice thrown
in there (yes, I know, it is quite hard
to find lemons on a Maine farm, so
Ill get back to youmaybewith a
possible local substitute for lemon
juice. This sauce is then poured, you
guessed it, over more eggs. Eggs have
a significantly lower carbon footprint

Makes six eggs benedict



than meat (although this recipe includes meat as well as eggs) and pretty
much every farmers market, food hub
or plain old farm has them. You can
also often find locally sourced eggs
in a regular supermarket, as they are
a pretty reliable product from farms.
I opted for eggs (and most other
ingredients) from The Portland Food
Co-Op, a local food hub located at
290 Congress Street, to which I highly
recommend a pilgrimage. Owned by
Portland residents through a membership system, the co-op houses a
beautiful and well-stocked 96 percent
organic produce section with 115 local items from 20 Maine farms. They
also sell meats, cheeses, pre-made
meals, soups, spices, pickles, snacks
and anything else local they can get
their hands on.
Food hubs, for this reason, are becoming a ray of hope in the otherwise
murky and complex food system of
the United States. They provide both
a reliable market and a marketing service for farmers, as well as a one-stop
shop for all things local for consumers. The Portland Food Co-Op also
offers cooking and nutrition classes,

programs for people living under a

certain income level and SNAP benefit acceptance so as to make local,
healthy food a reality for as many
people as possible.
Choosing ingredients was too easy
it was hard. There were so many beautiful veggies and fruits and greens and
meats to choose from, so immediately
a million ideas for different eggs benedict combinations occurred to me.
However, my friend that I had promised eggs benedict to that morning
had suggested lamb, so I started there.
From then on, this recipe became
an amorphous, ever-changing idea,
from the buying of the ingredients to
the final blistered cherry tomato.
I even broke the cardinal rule of
eggs benedict and decided not to
make hollandaise sauce, which led
to somewhat of an existential crisis. I
had willingly chosen not to smother
my food in eggs and butter, and that
is quite out of character for me, but I
think I am happy with that decision,
For those that would like to make
hollandaise sauce, however, I egg you
on, friends.

6 Eggs (Portland Food Co-Op)

Ciabatta Bread (Forage Bakery, Lewiston)
Roughly 3 cups arugula (Portland Food Co-Op)
1 lemon, juiced (Portland Food Co-Op)
1 lb. ground lamb (Portland Food Co-Op)
1 yellow onion, minced (Portland Food Co-Op)
2 cloves garlic, minced (Portland Food Co-Op)
Cherry tomatoes (Portland Food Co-Op)

Fresh thyme, finely chopped (Portland Food Co-Op)

1 inch peeled and chopped fresh ginger root
2 tsp. turmeric
2 tsp. cumin
Olive Oil
A dash of vinegar

Lamb Hash


1. On medium heat, heat about 2 Tbsp. olive

oil in large cast iron pan. Saut onion until
slightly translucent and soft.
2. Add garlic and ginger to pan and saut
about 2 minutes, until fragrant.
3. Add lamb, and mix well. Cook until lamb
starts to lose its pink color, then add turmeric,
cumin, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 more
4. Once the lamb is cooked and starting
to brown, add the fresh thyme and cook for
about 1 more minute. Remove pan from heat.

1. Put a pot of water on to boil. You

want it to be rather large in diameter and
fit at least 5 inches of water.
2. Once water has boiled, reduce the
heat to keep the water at a steady simmer
before placing your eggs in the water.
3. Add about 1 Tbsp. vinegar to help the
eggs keep their shape.
4. Carefully break the eggs into the water. Do this in batches, depending on the
size of your pot. I would not recommend
trying to poach 6 eggs at once.
5. Cook eggs for about three minutes
each, until whites have hardened and
yolks are still pretty runny.

Arugala and Ciabatta

1. While lamb is cooking, take care of
the little stuff. Toss the arugula with about
1 Tbsp. olive oil and the juice from the
lemon. Slice ciabatta and toast slightly.
These steps can be done really whenever in
the process, but the more everything can
be finished at the same time, the better.

Blistered Cherry Tomatoes

1. Heat a pan pretty hot with olive oil.
Throw tomatoes in there, rolling them
around sometimes until they blister with
a golden brown color.

Good times and family ties: Michauds Market draws generations of locals
large markets. I disagree with
his characterization; I firmly
believe that Jims specialty is
not fast food, but a good time.
The first time I heard the
This is our hole in the
concept sense of place was
wall, says local character
at convocation my freshman
Paul Reymond.
year. Former President Mills
The crown jewel of Misaid in his speech, Here, we
chauds is its counter, which
recognize that place matters.
is framed by wooden panels
Maine is an essential part of
filled with evidence of Jims
Bowdoin, and Bowdoin is a
devotion to his community.
part of Maine.
There are pictures of the anThis resonated with me
nual Memorial Day parade
the importance of the rela(Michauds is an unofficial
tionship between the college
stop because the crowd gets
and its surrounding area.
so large there) and the old
Throughout my first year, I
high school IDs of a few lotook advantage of Outing Club
cal boys who used to eat
trips and nighttime excursions
lunch there regularly. When
to Portland, but I still felt like
the boys went off to college,
I had yet to burst the infamous
they wanted to leave a piece
Bowdoin bubble. In this colof themselves there.
umn, I attempt to remedy this
A poster board covered
situation. Every other week,
with photos from a disposIll explore different places
able camera jumped out at
outside of the immediate
me. Its headlined HALBowdoin community and talk
LOWEEN 1999 in big letters
to those who truly understand
on the top.
what it means to be connected
Thats my brother, who
to this place: Mainers.
died of cancer, he took these
Fresh off a bike ride across
Every year he
the bridge to Topsham, I walk FAMILY TRADITION: Jim Michaud of Michauds Market stands behind the counter of his familys market in Topsham. This local hole in the wall is a favorite food destination for many locals. would take pictures at Halinto Michauds Market, and almembering Jim saying something here with Jim.
works: people gather here day after
loween. He took pictures of all
ready this place feels so far from the about inviting more people over
Cause hes a wise-ass, his sec- day, lured by the powerful draw of the kids and wed put em up. A week
student-heavy crowd on Brunswicks during our scheduled interview. ond-cousin, Jim Thibeault, says with good company. They joke around later, theyd all come and see their
Maine Street. I am immediately They have no idea what Im talking a sideways grin. You walk in, and with Jim and his fathera sweet picture, Jim tells me. This was his
greeted by a posse of four grizzled, about, and I realize that this crowd everyones in a good mood, he adds. man, who winked and surreptitious- last Halloween, and thats why we
smiling men sitting in a straight row is normal, part of a long-standing
We talk for a while. The group ly passed me a piece of cellophane- left them up.
behind the bar. Its perpendicular to routine.
shares everything from their memo- wrapped candyover a couple of
To this day, people still come back
the counter where Jim Michaud and
Jim enters and everyone perks ries riding around town on bikes as beers and some fast food.
to see the pictures of themselves as
his father work, and the bar faces the up. When he warmly greets me, the kids to recent moose sightings. Brags
Jim thinks fast food is his niche. children, to share the photos with
entrance directly. This is the perfect rest of the crowd follows suit and about past sports victories punctuate He was forced to specialize in fast their own kids and to soak up some
spot to greet passers-by and chitchat. welcomes me. I ask his friends why the conversation.
food, in order to stay in business and of the good company that can always
Are you my panel? I joke, re- they like spending their evenings
This is how Michauds Market compete with Hannaford and other be found at Michauds.


friday, september 25, 2015

the bowdoin orient


Experiencing sculpture in virtual world


Over the past century, technological advances have allowed for

the progression of virtual gaming
systems, from the GameCube to
Xbox Kinect to full-on virtual reality
such as the Oculus Rift. Now, Laura
Griffee 17 and Assistant Professor of
Art Jackie Brown are uniquely integrating sculpture art into the virtual
Griffee and Brown spent the summer creating an online, interactive
interface that allows users to view
Browns sculptures in a completely
new way.
As an artist, the documentation of
my work is really critical, Brown said.
Brown explained that documenting 3D sculptures is more difficult
than documenting 2D drawings or
paintings, due to the inability to capture the experience of viewing the
work from all angles.
Before this summer, Brown was
awarded the 2015 Gibbons Fellowship, which gave her the opportunity
to work on the project.
The next step was to find a student
who could help her.
After asking around the department, Brown was put in touch with
Griffee, whose self-designed major
in computer science and visual arts
made her the best fit for the project.
I came into the project knowing
nothing, said Griffee. I had no idea
what Id be doing and Jackie just said
I would love it if you could create a
3D version of my installation work so
that people can experience it online.
Though she did not have prior
experience with this technology,


SCULPTING A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE: (ABOVE) Laura Griffee 17 (LEFT) and Assistant Professor of Art Jackie
Brown (RIGHT) spent the summer developing an interactive software that allows viewers to experience sculpture in a virtual world.
Griffee did extensive research before
beginning the project.
Griffees first task was to design a way
to transform Browns sculpture from
real life to a virtual, 3D representation.
To do this, she took 250 photos of
the sculpture from all angles and sent
them into a program called Autodesk
Memento, which uses algorithms to
stitch photos together.
Griffee explained that the project
was not easy at first.
It was exciting and terrifying at the
same time to have such freedom and
to really not know anything about the
process, she said.
Once they had a virtual representation, the two proceeded to explore ways
in which they could make the representation interactive for the viewer.
I was really interested in thinking
about new ways for people who cant

experience my works first hand to be

able to experience the works in different ways virtually that somehow parallels the act of being in a physical space
with the work, said Brown.
Brown and Griffee then met with a
member of Information Technology,
Kevin Travers, who encouraged them to
use a video game software called Unity.
There was a little bit of coding involved, so I had to figure out how to
get a menu to pop-up so that users
could see controls or to have other user
friendly things, said Griffee.
She explained that once she worked
out the small bugs, they achieved the
virtual representation they had been
striving for using Unity.
ln the future, Griffee wants to continue exploring the intersection between technology and art.
Im slowly piecing together a path,


SCULPTURE TO PIXELS: Brown poses with her sculpture featured online. Griffee and Brown took 250 photos of
the sculpture from multiple angles to create an online interpretation of her 3D sculpture.
said Griffee, Right now, that path has
definitely led me down the 3D rabbit
hole, so to speak.
Both Griffee and Brown said that

they would like to continue the research next summer.

We are just scratching the surface of
what we can do, said Brown.

Arctic Museum acquires 193 photos from Cold War era Greenland


Bath resident Harold Grundy donated 193 photos to the Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum, which chronicle his
time at the United States Air Force Base
in Thule, Greenland during the 1960s.
Last Saturday, the collection Cold War
in a Cold Climate opened, which depicts Grundys tenure overseas where he
supervised the construction and maintenance of a massive radar installation during the Cold War.
Whenever we accept something for
the Museum, we make sure it matches our
mission, Assistant Curator Anne Witty
said. In this case, we really didnt have
anything much that represented this time
in Greenland, the American presence,
the military presence and particularly the
Cold War defense system that was such a
big deal there.
We were interested in this because
this is the same area where Peary and
MacMillan worked. It ties in extremely
well to our collection, Curator Genevieve LeMoine said.
According to Witty, the establishment
of the American air base in Thule was a
valuable resource to the United States defense plan as the northernmost outpost.
At the height of the Cold War, Grundy
worked for the RCA Service Corporation,
which contributed to the building of the
Ballistic Missile Early System, which was
designed to give advanced warning of
missile launches from the Soviet Union.
During his tenure in Greenland, Grundy
photographed workings of the United


CAPTURING THE COLD WAR: The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum opened its new exhibit Cold War in a Cold Climate,which features photography by Harold Grundy of Bath. Grundy supervised radar installation in Greenland during the 1960s.
States military during a time when there
were great strains in relations with the
Soviet Union.
His photographs include depictions of
the radar installations, as well as the indigenous Inuit people and their relationships
with the airbase.
[In] this picture of the parabolic antennae, he would have been in charge of

the crew that was actually constructing

that, engineering it and putting it together, Witty said. I think he said that he
had 800 or 850 men that he was directly
responsible for their work.
The Thule Air Base, however, also
caused the forced relocation of a community of indigenous Inuit people to
more than 60 miles north. Grundys

photographs of the Inuits supplement

the Museums current collection of Inuit
photos taken by Robert Peary, Donald
MacMillan and LeMoine, who all studied
in northwest Greenland.
LeMoine plans to send the portraits of
the Inuit people taken by Grundy to the
Inuit community still in Greenland to
identify the subjects.

Witty has already selected a favorite

photo in the collection: a photo of an Inuit
man with his sled dogs.
Hes just standing by watching these
big air transports, Witty said. It seems
like a really interesting contrast that hes
looking on and then there are these massive military airlift command planes, and
everyones got their backs turned to him.

friday, september 25, 2015

the bowdoin orient


Table for one: challenging the stigma of eating alone

Its the question weve all wanted
that well-spoken upperclassman with
a bold taste in sweaters to ask us as
we depart our Sociology 1101 class:
Want to get a meal sometime?
Its not a precisely romantic thing,
but perhaps more indicative of the
elusive friend crush turned real
friend. Maybe its our nationally acclaimed dining service (live the legend), or that we require an hour to
decompress from our overcommitted
Meal time is sacred. Its a time to get
to know someone new or to catch up
with an old friend. Its a social time.
But what if it isnt?
Many of us feel anxious when five
oclock is nearing and we have yet to
solidify a dinner plan. Some of us will
even skip a meal if it means avoiding
walking into Thorne by ourselves.
So we had to do it.
The plan was simple. Breakfast and
lunch were too easy. We would enter
the Sunday evening dinner rush with
nothing but a OneCard. We didnt allow ourselves any armor: no laptop,
no notebook, no phone. Carly ventured into the Moulton dark room,
while Tessa, having drawn the short
straw, went to Thorne.
Carlys experience was more pleasant than she anticipated. She found
a seat easily and was only minorly
interrupted from her solitude when
her friends gave her confused looks
as to why she had chosen an empty
table over their company. While she
wasnt necessarily stressed, Carly
wasnt luxuriating, either. She kept her
head down and ate quickly, save for
the lavish sundae she made herself to
celebrate the end of her solo night on
the town.
Tessa thought she would be fine,
though upon confrontation with a line
out the door of Thorne, she panicked.
She nervously paced the catwalk,
searching for an inconspicuous end
seat, which she found only after passing the same friend for what felt like
an uncomfortable amount of times.
Her potentially reassuring sense of
anonymity had dissolved under ceilings that felt a little bit higher than
What she initially thought was a

secluded corner was immediately overrun by a

throng of burly men with
Gatorade water bottles.
As Carly sat quietly and
contemplated her recent
reading of Michel Foucault, Tessa tried her hand
at talkin sports.
Hows the season going? Sports.
Our first game is
on Saturday. Everyone
should come. You heard
that, Arts & Entertainment readers. Everyone.
Tessas pal came over
with a concerned expression and asked if everything was okay. Tessa
responded that she had
just wanted to be alone
but was enjoying the
time spent with her new
friends. Things seemed
As more teammates
came back with their
trays, the conversation
halted. Through their discussion of Maine winter, it
quickly became clear that
the brave soul who had
spoken to Tessa was a first
The older ones seemed
to be making a conscious
effort to avoid eye contact.
It was a very distilled moment of that phenomenon
were all familiar with: after freshman fall, talking
freely to people outside of
ones social circle becomes
less comfortable and accepted. Tessa felt a selfish
pang of disappointment
that the strangers at the
table would remain unknown to her.
We wonder what factors made
our experiences so different. Carly
left her dinner satisfied with the new
knowledge that she could, in fact, sit
alone among people and feel safe.
Tessa could not exit the situation fast
enough. Is it the Moulton love that
runs deep in Tessas veins that makes
solo Thorne so terrifying to her? Is
there a difference between sitting at
an empty table by yourself and a full
table surrounded by people who wont
talk to you? Or is it that Carly is a


self-proclaimed introvert, while Tessa

scored 100 percent extraverted on the
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator?
At a college like Bowdoin, with its
sense of community, there is little division between school and home. All
aspects of life blend together in a way
that is wonderful, and, at times, draining. Arranging our weekly dinners
can become yet another extracurricular. Scheduling the social, though, is
more fraught than balancing labs and
readings. That being said, mealtime is
special at Bowdoin. Growing into that

mutual understanding of lets get a

meal is an important part of feeling
like you belong here.
Its also important to feel like you
can be alone here. It comes down to
the fear of being too visible, or too invisible. Eating alone feels like a statement. We did it as part of our performance art column. But shouldnt we
be comfortable unabashedly taking
up space, sitting on our own? On the
other hand, is it really so bad to go
unseen for half an hour, eating among
our peers?

Its cool to be excited about people

at Bowdoin and want to spend your
time with them, but its also healthy
to want to spend time with yourself.
Our communal spaces dont have to
be shared all the time. As hard as it
might be to admit it to ourselves, no
one really gives a shit about whether
were eating with friends or alone. Its
all in our heads.
So we challenge you to practice eating dinner alone. Build yourself into
your schedule. Extra points for eating
at Thorne.

NYC company to perform minimalist revival of Twelfth Night



Dont expect to see a typical Shakespearean production when Bedlam

Theatre Company comes to Bowdoin
on Monday, September 28. Avant
garde in its approach and unpredictable in its delivery, Bedlam will perform a critically-acclaimed reprisal
of Twelfth Night that promises to
engage all members of the audience in
the story.
In the way that we approach performing a play in front of an audience, we make no attempt to pretend
that the audience is not in the room
with us, Producing Director Andrus
Nichols said. We make eye contact
with them, we talk to them Youre
not sitting and watching something,
youre in the center of it.
Founded in 2012 by Nichols and
Artistic Director Eric Tucker, Bedlam uses few to no props and only
five actors in its performances. In a
single performance, each actor plays

In the way that we approach performing a play in front of an audience, we make no attempt to pretend
that the audience is not in the room with us. . .We make eye contact with them, we talk to them Youre
not sitting and watching something, youre in the center of it.
multiple roles.
The cast members take such a minimalistic approach in order to fully focus on the text of the play and their
multitude of roles. They aim to break
down the barrier between the actors
and audience.
We have no idea what theyre doing that makes them so great. We have
to go to the theater to find out, and
thats thrilling, Assistant Professor of
Theater Abigail Killeen said. When
the plays over well know what it is
but we wont be able to repeat it. Itll
just be what happened in that moment, together the magic of the live
Called winningly playful by Terry
Teachout of the Wall Street Journal,

the performance is expected to revive

Shakespeares classic by establishing a
direct connection with the audience
to create an authentic theatrical experience.
To get someone like Terry
Teachout, the major critic from the
Wall Street Journal, to attend a show
and love it the way they have tells
us there is something profound that
theyre finding in the performance
event that is absolutely compelling,
Killeen said. We wont know what
it is until we see the play. I suspect
its their relationship to the audience
and their acting valuesbecause they
dont use anything else.
Killeen also notes that part of the
appeal of bringing Bedlam to Bowdoin

is the opportunity to have a highly acclaimed and unusual group share such
an exclusive experience with the Bowdoin community.
Based in New York City and accustomed to performing in small rooms
accommodating approximately fifty
people, Bedlams visit to Bowdoin will
mark the groups first performance at
a college campus, and will provide an
opportunity for students to experience theater in a way they otherwise
might not have the means to.
Im hoping that people who
wouldnt be exposed to this work are
now going to be exposed to this work,
Killeen said. I hope that they will be
delighted by new ways of storytelling and how this play is being done

in this space, that they are exposed to

this play in a way that delights and invigorates them, and that Shakespeares
words still resonate with them today.
Fully funded by the Alice Cooper
Morse Fund for the Performing Arts,
the show will also allow Bowdoin
studentstheatre and non-theatre
inclined aliketo experience the theatre and performance industry.
Theres something about finding
a theatre company at this moment,
Killeen said. This is the moment
when theyre excited about the work
theyre doing, theyre getting recognition in the theatre world and yet they
arent so huge that they dont have
time to connect with students. Because we also really want people who
are willing and interested in connecting with students.
Bedlam will perform Twelfth Night
on Monday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are
available for free of charge at the
Smith Union information desk and
immediately before the show at the
Memorial Hall box office.


the bowdoin orient


friday, september 25, 2015

Football working to break nine-year losing trend


Invest and improve every day.

That motto has been at the core of
new Head Coach JB Wells philosophy
since the beginning. As the long offseason comes to a close, it is clear Wells
ideology extends beyond the practice
field. From arriving 30 minutes early to
team meetings, to a no red lights policy that has thus far prevented players
from going out on the weekends, it is
clear that Wells has demanded respect
from the team.
We dont look at football, academics and social [life] being separate,
Wells said. Getting up and going to
class helps the team win because youre
disciplined and youre making yourself
a better student, which makes you a
better football player. I think one hand
always washes the other.
The team has embraced his mindset from the start. From both first year
players and seniors, there is respect for
the man committed to reversing a disappointing trendnine seasons without a winning record.
Its been this widespread program
mentality shift, captain Dan Barone
16 said. Theres a noticeable difference in the way were playing and carrying ourselves.
Captain Brendan Lawler 16 notes
that Wells has created a sense of accountability from the bottom up. By
making every player compete for
their spot in the lineup, Wells has
reaffirmed the notion that the team

comes before the individual, and that

nothing is guaranteed.
In previous years, you knew who
the starters were coming in. This
year, it doesnt matter if youre a
four-year starter, a captain, freshman. Whoever plays well is going to
get that job, Lawler said.
Wells wants to redefine what it
means for the team to be successful. He hopes to improve the team
by shifting focus away from the
overall record and each weeks opponent. If the teams goals revolve
more around a focus on consistent
hard work and discipline rather than
just a games outcome, Wells believes
that the program can build a strong
foundation for winning.
In his previous head coaching job,
a 12-year tenure at Endicott College,
Wells learned a valuable coaching lesson. Although talented, some of his
first teams often underachieved. Wells
admits that at first he didnt focus
enough on teaching patience and managing emotions throughout the turbulence of a college football game. For the
first game this Saturday, Wells stresses
the need for this mindset of stability.
[The key is] playing through adverse
situations and getting them to play on
an even keel, said Wells. There are a
lot of highs and lows in the course of a
football game. The team that tends to
play the most consistent tends to have
a better chance at winning.
In past seasons, fans of the team
havent had much to cheer for. Last
year in the NESCAC, the team


CLEAR EYES, FULL HEARTS: Offensive lineman Tevin Montgomery 18 (left) holds a dummy and braces for a hit during practice. Montgomery, a transfer from
Boston College, should help create lots of space this season for running back Tyler Grant17, who had the most rushing yards in the NESCAC last year.
ranked last in scoring offense, and
towards the bottom in points allowed on defense. This year, the
team will be seeking only its second
winning season since 1998.
While Coach Wells doesnt expect
a complete turnaround, he wants to
create change that will help, as Lawler
says, develop a culture of winning.

Barone also believes that in the grand

scheme of Bowdoin Footballs future,
this years team is in a unique position.
We want to be the team that starts
this new wave of Bowdoin football,
Barone said. We want to be that year
where you can look back at it and say,
Thats where it started.
Wells thinks the team has gained

real cohesion as a unit, and is ready

to play in a game situation after a full
month of practices.
I think right now theyre believing
in each other, theyre believing in the
coaching staff, and I think were just
anxious to play.
Bowdoin plays Williams on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Whittier Field.

Sophomores Conley, Kirk

launch IM field hockey


HOME SWEET HOME: Assistant Coach Peter Mills 09 grew up in Brunswick, attended Bowdoin, and has coached the mens soccer team since 2010.

Mills 09 applies love of teaching to the field


Someone once said to me: coaching

is just teaching in shorts, and it really is,
Mens Soccer Assistant Coach Peter Mills
09 said.
Its Mills sixth year coaching at Bowdoin, but hes been a Polar Bear for much
longer than that. He graduated Bowdoin
in 2009 with a history major and an education minor.
As an alum, when players are going
through midterms, I know what they are
going through, said Mills.
In addition, Mills said he appreci-

ates the smaller rewards that come from

coaching, such as watching a player have
a really great practice, or seeing somebody
unexpectedly step up in a game.
Its really about the relationships you
form with players and seeing them grow,
said Mills.
Finding that harmony with players
will allow your team to achieve their highest potential.
Mills Bowdoin soccer connections
had a lasting influence. Fran OLeary, the
mens soccer head coach until 2013 (and
Mills own coach from his Bowdoin career), was a large part of his decision to
return to coach Bowdoin.

[Coach OLeary] was an adult that I

could trust who was really influential in
my life, said Mills. The opportunity to
come back and work for him at Bowdoin
was something that was very difficult to
say no to.
A Brunswick native, Mills looked for
teaching jobs in Maine upon graduation,
wanting to stay close to home. He taught
seventh grade social studies at Memorial
Middle School in South Portland and later
started coaching soccer at Portland High
School, which sparked his passion for

Please see MILLS, page 11

Here are some reasons to join

intramural field hockey, according
to Katherine Kirk 18: its fun, it's
good exercise, it's creative, you'll
find friends, fall nights are beautiful, there will be music, there will be
laughter, there will be some healthy
competition and its open to everyone.
"I could go on for hours," said
Kirk, who started the new program
with Julia Conley 18. Kirk spearheaded the creation of the program
after playing in high school and
missing the sport last year.
"It's such a fun sport because you
can be really creative," said Kirk.
"There are so many different types
of passes, so many different types
of shots you can take, different ways
to carry the ball down the field, you
can do an aerial, you can dribble it
in the air, there are so many different
As with most intramural sports,
the program gives people the option to continue playing or pick-up
the sport with a lot of flexibility in
previous experience and time commitment. The program hosts pick
up games every Thursday night at
7 p.m. on Ryan Field behind Farley
Field House.
"The first time it wasn't a game,
we just kind of passed a little bit, got
to know each other, took some shots

and stuff. It's really casual," said Kirk.

"We're hoping more people will come
because it's so beautiful at night with
the lights."
Even though the group is small,
Kirk was surprised to see that many
people there in the first place. She
stresses the importance of getting the
word out when trying to start a new
program. Many people who showed
up the first night came because
they'd see a poster or flyer about the
game around campus.
Although starting a new intramural sport from scratch can seem
daunting, Kirk explained that the
process was much easier due to the
help of Ryan Sullivan, who organizes
and directs intramurals.
"[Sullivan] was like she wants to
do this and she's going to do it," said
Kirk. "He didn't say she's just some
silly girl, she doesn't know what she's
doing. It wasn't that at all."
"He was really helpful," said Kirk.
"The biggest hurdle was where are
we going to find sticks, but then he
found a closet full of sticks, randomly
on campus. And I think that's really
great because it makes it more accessible to anyone who wants to play."
Kirk hopes more people take advantage of the intramural opportunities as an extracurricular option.
"It's something active, anything
active, even being in a play, just some
sort of extracurricular thing or going
on an Outing Club trip," said Kirk.
"I think [that's] an important part of
the liberal arts education."

friday, september 25, 2015

the bowdoin orient






5 Bowdoin
0 Williams




Kimmy Ganong
Rachel Kennedy
Rachel Kennedy
Sarah Jane Weill
Rachel Kennedy


6 Bowdoin
0 Wesleyan

2 Williams
1 Bowdoin

2:37 #5 Matt Dias Costa

26:05 #8 Nabil Odulate

Kimmy Ganong
Rachel Kennedy
Rachel Kennedy
Kimmy Ganong
Rachel Kennedy
Mettler Growney





SEPTEMBER 20, 2015


SEPTEMBER 1920, 2015



Thomas Spagnola
Martin Bernard
Kevin Perron
Jay Vaidya
Tyler Chonoles

He began coaching here in the summer of 2010. One of his most memorable
experiences was during his first year back
at Bowdoin, when the team went to the
final four of the NCAA tournament in
San Antonio, Texas. That season, he had
the unique opportunity to coach some
of the players he had played with side by
side when he was a student.
Mills also noted the excitement of last
season, when Bowdoin won the NESCAC Championship for the first time
in the mens soccer programs history.


Meredith Sullivan
Haley Friesch
Diya Chopra
Maddy Fulton
Rachel Kaye
Karen Chan

He said that the seniors on the team last

season had worked extremely hard since
their first year in 2011, when the team
had one of its poorer seasons score-wise.
The ability to see them grow and
watch their effort pay off was extremely
rewarding for Mills as a coach, and he
believes the team leaders in the Class
of 2015 played a key role in shaping the
teams culture today.
So far this season, the team has a record of 2-2-1 after a 0-0 draw at home
against Bates on Wednesday. Mills acknowledged the challenging schedule
ahead of them, and expects the team to
play at the high level that he knows they
are capable of.





80 Bowdoin
5 Wesleyan
#7 Julia Patterson
#3 Jamie Hofstetter


105 Bowdoin
103 Hamilton








St. Josephs
Univ. of Southern Maine





3 Williams
1 Bowdoin
#7 Julia Patterson



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Hazard an opinion

Wesleyans student newspaper, the Argus, published an op-ed headlined Why

Black Lives Matter Isnt What You Think on September 14. The article questions the
motives of Black Lives Matter and goes so far as to suggest the movement was to blame
for the deaths of police officers. The article was ill-conceived, poorly-written and, by
the papers own admission, insufficiently fact-checked. After the campus weighed in
with deserved criticism, the paper scrambled to atone. In an unprecedented frontpage editorial, the Argus apologized profusely, even suggesting they were at fault for
not accompanying the controversial op-ed with an opposing viewpoint directly next
to it.
Despite the Arguss over-the-top backpedaling, activists in the Wesleyan community are not satisfied. This week, a petition demanding that Wesleyans student government defund the paper until a list of other conditions are met gained over 170
signatures. In exchange for continued funding, the petition calls for specific measures
such as diversity training for the publications staff each semester and an open space
on the papers front page for marginalized voices. It also calls for vague measures such
as active recruitment and advertisement.
It is apparent that the petitions signatories believe that the Argus has not sufficiently addressed issues regarding the voices of students of color. A few of the petitions
specific demands, such as staff diversity training, are both worthwhile and attainable.
Nonetheless, attempting to withhold the student newspapers funding is misguided.
Though their frustration with the paper extends beyond this one column, in trying
to censor an opposing idea, these signatories contradict their own goal of promoting
diversity of opinion.
We do not pretend to know everything about the controversy taking place on another campus. But we find several elements of the situation concerning journalistically. For instance, the Argus editorial implies that opinion columns should be coupled
with counter arguments, but this is neither a standard journalistic practice nor a wise
one. All newspapers strive to publish opinion articles with a range of perspectives, but
not necessarily side by side.
In terms of the petitions demands, the mandated creation of a space on the front
page of the newspaper reserved for the perspectives of minority students, however
well-intentioned, would set a disturbing precedent: it would make continued funding
for the paper contingent on the publication of certain content. Such a policy would
infringe upon editorial independence, which is vital to the integrity of any publication.
While it is not specifically mentioned in the petition, the op-ed appears to have
been the catalyst for the documents creation. We find it further troubling that members of the Wesleyan student body are conflating the opinions of an op-ed contributor
with those of the paper at large. Publishing an article is not the same as endorsing
its assertions, and we worry about the implications of missing this distinction moving forward. A newspaper that serves a small community like Wesleyan or Bowdoin
should strive to represent the perspectives of its diverse constituents, and that includes
publishing unpopular opinions.
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orients editorial
board, which is comprised of John Branch, Sam Chase, Matthew Gutschenritter,
Emma Peters and Nicole Wetsman.

friday, september 25, 2015


Students of Bowdoin,
In the past few weeks, we received over 1,300 orders from
Bowdoin students. With an average of more than four books per
order, we were the first choice for
most of you. Last week, this newspaper published a story critical of
Cheggs pricing and service and
has given us 200 words to reply:
We take student feedback seriously. If your experience did not
meet our standards for perfection,

To the Editor:
Re: Mice in the house: Bowdoins animals in lab research (9/18)
Its unfortunate that Bowdoin College is again imprisoning and tormenting mice in cruel classroom psychology experiments at a time when
many professors are replacing the use
of animals with interactive computer
simulators and other modern nonanimal teaching methods that studies
show are more effective.
Mice used in psychology teaching laboratories are often drilled
into or injected with drugs before
being forced to swim until the point

we will make it right. Soon, all

Bowdoin customers will receive a
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your input will shape how we serve
you next semester.
Like Amazon, our prices will
fluctuate based on inventory levels. We ensure that we have ample
inventory and competitive pricing during back-to-school season
because you decide from where
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would not have chosen Chegg if
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of exhaustion or forced to complete

confusing and stressful tasks after
which, theyre typically killed.
Even though they feel pain and suffer just like cats and dogsthey even
wince when theyre hurting mice
are excluded from even the minimal
federal protections afforded to some
animals in laboratories and the biased
university committees that review
and approve these experiments are
made up almost entirely of animal experimenters.
Half of Americansand even
more college-aged onesnow oppose
experiments on animals and there are
more humane and effective ways to

It is a privilege to serve you and

an honor that so many Bowdoin
students choose Chegg. We are
working overtime, every day, to
create a delightful experience for
all of youand millions of students like you across the country.
John Fillmore
Vice President of Required Materials

do science without hurting animals.

Rather than reviving retrograde
classroom exercises on animals,
Bowdoin should get with the times
and embrace superior twenty-first
century non-animal teaching methods. To learn more about experiments on animals visit www.peta.
Mitch Goldsmith, M.A.
Research Associate, Laboratory Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

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Think before you watch: considering racist depictions in porn


If you think Americans are no
longer racist, you must have never
watched porn. Even the most mainstream, vanilla porn sites are full
of racist representations. A search
on (in the name of
investigative journalism, of course)
yields the following video titles:
Interracial cuckold slave is humiliated and dominated, Dirty Latina
whore swallows cum after hot anal
sex, Asian housewife serves her two
guests, Mocha.
Feminists often discuss how pornography implicates gender. This
is important, but prejudice in porn
goes beyond gender. Porn produces
pleasure by capitalizing on all kinds
of power relationships: gender, age,
class, occupation and race. Despite
priding itself on filling every niche
of desire, most porn reenacts racist tropes that build and represent a
racist mentality. Black men threaten
white men by having sex with white
women. Asian women are docile and
subservient. Latina women are fierce
and exotic. Black women are ebony.
Porn is obscenea word derived
from the Latin obscaena, meaning
offstage. Literally, it is a network of
media that exists underground, outside of more publicly-acknowledged
media outlets. And yet the Internet


has made it easier than ever for us

to access pornography. If you want,
you can watch porn in a car, in a
bathroom stall or during class. Such
ubiquity deserves serious attention.
When some adolescents spend
hours every day consuming porn,
what are they learning about the
world? As backstage media, porn
masquerades as a glimpse into adult
reality. Of course, the bodies are exaggerated, the plots contrived and

the acting often banal. But the irony

is that, by fulfilling consumer desires, porn plays out racial tensions
that exist in our collective mind.
And racist images shape how media
consumers see the world. Im sure
youve heard young men claim Im
just not into black girls or I have an
Asian fetish. Porn trains an entire
generation of people to associate sex
with race and to objectify and compartmentalize their sexual partners.

A few semesters ago, Professor of

English Peter Coviello (who is unfortunately no longer at Bowdoin) gave
a talk where he argued that feminists shouldnt see porn as a problem
to be solved but as a positive space
where people can acknowledge their
desires. But should porn recognize
and satisfy all desires equally? Porn
is regulated enough to keep images
of children out of the pornographic
mainstream. Children cannot con-

sent to depicting their own naked

bodies. But what about race? Do we
not care if black men consent to be
depicted as savages, Asian women as
slaves and Latina women as whores?
The racist depictions in porn suggest a world where the white man
is a viewer whose desires must be
fulfilled at just about any cost. For
pornography, people arent people as
much as they are symbols. In The
Sadeian Woman and the Ideology of
Pornography, Angela Carter says,
Pornography involves an abstraction
of human intercourse in which the
self is reduced to its formal elements.
Porn is form. Carter suggests that a
moral pornographer could combat
the injustices of porn by using pornographic forms to empower degraded
people. But would the process of
empowerment and humanization be
truly pornographic? Should morality
ever be obscene?
Im not telling you to stop watching porn. Puritanical censorship and
regulation is exactly what allows
pornography to get away with rampant prejudice. By labeling sexual
content as obscene, mainstream
media can claim their moral superiority while engendering a space
that permits the reenactment of all
kinds of injustice. Sex is not bad,
and pictures of sex are not bad. But
a mindless pursuit of pleasure will
only perpetuate longstanding relationships of power.

friday, september 25, 2015

the bowdoin orient



Franklin Pierces unsavory legacy deserves more frequent discussion


Bowdoin has a long history of impressive and impactful alumni, and
we flaunt that history, with good
reason. I felt a glimmer of pride at
George Mitchell 45s speech last
week, and I find it a beautiful coincidence that I developed a love for
poetry at Longfellows alma mater.
Its important to recognize the rich
history of the College and to honor
those alumni who have made a positive influence. But what do we do
with the history we dont wish to
I learned Franklin Pierce was an
alumnus of the College sometime
during my first year. Since then,
all Ive heard about him is that he
wasnt particularly impressive or
well-liked. However, I didnt really
take this to mean much since I dont
usually assume the greatest things
about our nations politicians. Not
until a few days ago did I learn about
the reason he wasnt well-liked.
Did you know Franklin Pierce
was an anti-abolitionist? asked my
housemate, Anthony, as we sat in the
Pierce Reading room, on the second
floor of the main library.
I really didnt have a clue about it.
And a major reason for that is my
own lack of research, but part of it
is that no one really talks about it.
Franklin Pierce was not just someone

who had a problematic ideology; he

was our nations president for four
years and that problematic ideology
guided his actions and the course of
U.S. history. Although he claimed to
be against slavery, he vehemently opposed the abolitionist movement and
enforced the Fugitive Slave Act. Its
not pretty. While of course we have to
understand any politicians actions in
the context of the society they lived
in, there are certain policies that I
cant excuse in any context. Prolonging slavery and mandating the return
of escaped slaves is beyond the logic
of compassion, in any time period.
So maybe thats why we dont talk
about Franklin Pierce. Its very obvious that his influence isnt one
most contemporary institutions would
be proud of, particularly one that
holds ideals like the Common Good
so close to its heart. But whom is
Bowdoin helping when it chooses
to ignore Franklin Pierces harmful
legacy? Who benefits from the illusion of a spotless history? If we dont
honestly address our past, progress
becomes an illusion, too.
Bowdoin College was founded as
an elite institution that catered to
the most privileged segment of New
England society. Therefore, it is implicated in all of the inequality and
ideology that elite institutions perpetuated for a very long time. Admitting women into the College in
1971 does not mean Bowdoin didnt
help institutionalize sexism; admitting John Russwurm in 1824 doesnt


mean Bowdoin didnt help institutionalize racism in the decades prior.

Let us never forget who this College
was founded for. Let us never assume
that progress will come to the College
without us working towards it.

I want more conversations about

Franklin Pierces legacy. I want more
conversations about the actions and
products of Bowdoin that we arent so
proud of. I want Bowdoin to recognize its complicity in the perpetuation

of social attitudes that arent always

healthy. If Bowdoin is to be an agent
of progress, we have to be open with
what we want to change about ourselves rather than working to create
the illusion of a faultless institution.

For those outside the mainstream, the transition to college is complicated

For most of us, the beginning of
the year has come and gone. Add/
Drop period is over. Exams have
started. The warmth of summer is
beginning to pass and the cold creeps
in at night. The excitement of a new
year has faded, but for first years, the
transition has just begun.
Any Bowdoin student, no matter
his or her background or connection
to the school, must go through a period of transition upon arriving as a
first year. All of us awkwardly made
small talk while uncomfortably lying
on the floor of Farley Field House.
Many of us sat nervously through
class on that first Thursday in anticipation of our first Pub Night. Many
more of us returned to our first year
bricks confused about the nightmare
we had just witnessed. Some students
find their place on campus immediately; others feel lost for the entirety
of their first year. The transition into

college is rarely a completely smooth

ride. However, the transition is often
harder and more prolonged for those
who do not fit the norm.
Though Bowdoin strives to be an
accepting and inclusive environment
for its students, the availability of resources does not always equal a comfortable environment. At Bowdoin,
students of color can easily find safe
spaces, whether at 30 College Street
(our multicultural house), at the John
Brown Russwurm African American
Center or within a number of student
organizations. These are indeed fantastic spaces where students of color
can gather, but a first year student
of color cannot stay inside the four
walls of his or her safe space 24 hours
a day. The existence of the African
American Society will not protect a
new black student from being called
the n-word in the safety of his or
her dorm. The deans of multicultural
life are a few of my favorite people on
campus, but they are not standing in
Baxters basement on Saturday nights
to stop entitled white boys from telling first year black girls that they
have never hooked up with a black

girl before, disgustingly insinuating that tonight might finally be the

night. Yes, Bowdoin funds the Latin
American Student Organization,
but that does not keep people from
fetishizing girls with words such as
spicy or hurling Wait, so, what are
you? towards a student after hearing them speak Spanish while on the
phone with their parents.
This experience is often shared by
first year students who are marginalized for reasons besides skin color.
The Resource Center for Sexual and
Gender Diversity provides an extremely welcoming and affirming
place for students who identify as
non-straight or non-cisgender, as
well as allies. The Center actually has
special programming specifically for
first year students to ensure that they
are supported as they adjust to this
new place. Kate Stern, the director of
the Center, is an on-campus mother
figure to a tremendous number of
Bowdoin studentsmyself included.
Though these wonderful places and
people exist, students cannot live in
that safety bubble at all hours. The
existence of the Center will certainly

soothebut can never squashthe

fear of coming out to your first year
floor. The Bowdoin Queer Straight
Alliance can (and, I hope, does)
make first years feel as if Bowdoin is
where they belong, but that feeling
might quickly flee as they experience
the heteronormativity of Bowdoins
hookup culture.
In no way do I mean to undermine the transition experiences
of all Bowdoin students. Let me
be clear: I do not believe that the
transition is automatically easier
for white, straight students. White,
straight students are not a homogenous group. We all come from different places, experienced different
upbringings and harbor different
stories. However, for students whose
differences are as visible as skin color, or as painful to hide as sexuality
or gender identity, there are negative
experiences that have been shared
again and again, year after year, that
complicate the transition exponentially.
To the first years whose transitions have been rocky due to differences (whether it be a difference in

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in good company. Do not feel that
you shouldnt feel this way simply
because Bowdoin is left-leaning or
because safe spaces exist. Your feelings are valid and your experience is
real. Furthermore, your current feelings of anxiety are normal and will
likely fade as you find your place
here. Most importantly, there are a
number of upperclass students who
have been where you are and are using their experiences to educate the
community and shift the campus
culture. This is me extending my
hand in solidarity. We are with you.
To all students: I encourage you
to explore the resources available to
you. Check out different multicultural groups regardless of your own race
and make the effort to understand
the issues plaguing different people.
Visit our Resource Center and listen
to students experiences. You could
be negatively impacting the experience of another student without
knowing it. Luckily, the information
on how not to do so is about a five
minute walk from your bed.

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friday, september 25, 2015

Standing up to Hillary and standing for divestment come from the same roots


Hillary Clinton has, in my lifetime,

been many things. From First Lady to
Senator to Secretary of State (and email
aficionado), she has been a constant
presence in the public eye, and though
perhaps more tangentially, my life overall. Several Christmases ago, my conservative grandfather ironically bought me
a Ready for Hillary t-shirt, and I once
mused as a naive first year in the Bowdoin Democrats that I would work for
whatever campaign Hillary was running upon my 2016 graduation. In all
of that time, I never really imagined Id
ever meet hermuch less personally
confront her.
One week ago today, that scenario
became reality, as I and seven other
members of Bowdoin Climate Action
disrupted Clintons campaign stop in
Portland over her wavering and unclear
position on the Keystone XL pipeline.
When her speech mentioned climate
change, we rose from our seats and held
our folded signs, calling on Clinton to
say no to KXL. As she exasperatedly
asked us to sit down, I interrupted her
to ask her position on the pipeline. The
rest of the scene is well-documented,

both in video and print.

There are myriad reasons why we interrupted her, and why students and organizers around the country have been
confronting her about the pipeline for
months. Because her climate plan doesnt
address fossil fuel extraction as the root
of the crisis. Because in a demonstrated
lack of leadership, she was the only presidential candidate not to make her stance
on the pipeline clear. Because Keystone, a
shoddily-made tar sands export pipeline,
comes to an end only a short drive away
from my familys home on the southeast
side of Houston. That home is what has
spurred me into action, both on campus
and off, for climate justice in the campaign for fossil fuel divestment. Keystone
does not directly relate to Bowdoins endowment, and Clinton has no say on the
removal of our investments from the fossil fuel industry. However, the intentions
behind the political pressure leveraged
on both the pipeline and the candidate
also correspond with the very point of
divestment. To target the fossil fuel industry on all levels is to build a powerful
movement contesting its longevity.
Though many may get caught up in
the specifics of the tactic itself, divestment is just thata tacticand its
meaning stretches far beyond the actual

movement of money. The goal behind it

is to build popular support against the
fossil fuel industry. That means challenging extraction projects on the ground,
pushing our institutions to cease monetary support and even, on occasion,
directly interfering in the speeches of
politicians with less than stellar climate
policy. Our work on campus is one subset of a much larger push to shift public
opinion on what it means to take climate
action. From the President of the College, to the potential POTUS, I expect
those who hold power to wield it in favor
of a just and stable future. We must do
more than just convincing them of our
position. In the end, we must put social
pressure on them.
This Tuesday, it was announced
that endowments representing $2.6
trillion have been divested from the
fossil fuel industry since 2011. Later
that afternoon, Clinton announced
in Iowa that she was, in fact, in opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline. The fight may not be over, but
theres proof that this movement is
powerful. Thanks to thousands of
organizers across the country, Clinton may still be many things, but
after this week, a supporter of Keystone XL she is no longer.


Living in the Bowdoin bubble during my countrys time of crisis



Af-Ams Rep Yo City party was

in full swing last Saturday night, and
I was still in the library working on
my Japanese politics paper, or so I
claimed. The reality could not have
been further from this. But I have a
paper due was the easiest explanation for why I was spending Saturday
night by myself in my carrel. The answer is long and complicated and full
of details of my life, my country and
my feelings. But the question is, how
acceptable would it have been for me
to begin an elaborate description of

Nepalese politics as a response to an

invitation to a pre-game?
I was in the library all night tuned
to live updates from Nepal, reading
articles and following tweets to understand and soak up as much as I
could of the promulgation of a new
constitution. After ten years of war,
a revolution that overthrew the long
entrenched monarchical rule and
seven years of political limbo, we finally have a new constitution written
by the representatives of the people. It
is one that radically alters the political makeup of the country, making a
secular, federal republic from what
used to be a Hindu monarchy. How-

ever, the constitution fails to address

some of the major concerns of marginalized groups. Hence, the country
has seen weeks of protests, curfews
and clashes with over 40 people dead.
Even with the hastened promulgation
of the constitution, political uncertainty continues.
As my country struggles to recover from the devastation of the April
earthquake and attempts to cope with
this major political shift, I find myself
in Brunswick, Maine, torn between
two parts of myself. One part is longing to be in my country in such a historic moment, angry at the shortcomings of the new constitution, skeptical

of what tomorrow may bring and disheartened by the violence and turmoil
that the country has witnessed in the
past weeks. The other part is at Bowdoin and has been repeatedly reminded of the need to enjoy the last year of
college, figure out my life, find a job,
look ahead and keep moving forward.
But how do you reduce your concerns to you, yourself and your life
when your nation is at such an essential crossroads? How do you wrap
your head around the fact that you are
at Bowdoin, so far away from the realities of the world? How do you justify that waking up and going to class
to figure out the probability of getting

heads when tossing a coin are the priorities of your life?

The answer is you cannot. And no
matter how much you try, sometimes
you need to pause and acknowledge
that there is a world beyond the Bowdoin bubble. That there are things that
are more important than your readings and your problem sets. That it is
okay to question the relevance of your
time and existence at Bowdoin in
light of larger things in life, and that
it is okay to feel what you feel and not
put up a brave face and walk around
campus like everything is under control when there is a storm unleashing
within you.


Fall Elections for the Classes of 2016, 2017 and 2018

Class Council elections for the classes of 2016 and 2019 and a special election for the class of 2017 representatives will take place
this weekend. Polls will be open from Friday, September 25 at 9:00 a.m. until Sunday, September 27 at 9:00 p.m. Students may
vote online at
Candidacy statements for contested races can be viewed on page 15. All candidacy statements, including those for
uncontested races, may be viewed online at

Visit to see exclusive

video interviews with the candidates for
president of the 2016 class council.

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CLASSES OF 2016 and 2019

2016 President

Deion Desir
My name is presumably above this
statement, and if you are concerned
about my credentials, please reach out
to me. I try my hardest to be open for
communication, a skill that comes in
handy for a year as important as this one.
I love to have fun, and Ive learned that
having a lot of fun requires a lot of work.
Im fearful that people havent seen my
work ethic when it comes to responsibilities like this position. I leave you with
a simple question that should impact the
way you use your liberty of voting. How
memorable could this year be? Ones
opinion carries a lot of weight, even if
the scale may seem too large. Id rather
you vote for any of these other fantastic candidates than to abstain an action
that would take less that 2 minutes. As
the great P. Diddy once said, VOTE OR
Anhar Farag
The senior class presidents duties are
as follows: set direction for the class
council, help plan events that promote
class unity. Plan the kind of events that
every senior will remember for a lifetime, the kind of events that this campus
buzzes about for weeks on end. This year
is about us, and I can promise you that
I will try my hardest to make this year
memorable for us all!w
I dont think I can do this; I know that
I can do this. Ive been doing it for years.
Ive organized everything from casual
group dinners to parties, and have loved
every second of it. My only regret is that
I havent always had the opportunity to
share those moments with every senior.
As president, I will have access to organizing class events so that we all never
forget this year and no one ever forgets
the Class of 2016.
Lets cause a scene, 2016!
Robo Tavel
Hi, Im RoboI think weve met before. Its our senior fall. Were past ideas
of being cool or not cool, friends or not
friends. At this point, were family. Weve
got one more year together in this amazing place, and theres not a week to waste.
With three years of class council experience, I am ready to get things up and
running on day one. That means Senior
Nights starting the first Thursday after
the election. That means an early-year
pub crawl in Portland. That means awesome events like brewery tours, Frostys
Fridays and a Senior Restaurant Week
involving discounts at local eateries. And
that obviously means a ridiculously fun,
well-planned Senior Week to remind
Bowdoin that no one does it quite like
the Class of 2016. Since freshman year,
Ive worked with the class council to save
funds for a senior year splurge. With
more than $30,000 accumulated, its time
to cash in. So, Class of 2016, lets do it big.

2016 Vice President

David Sperber
Hi everyone, its pretty crazy to think
this is our last year on campus, and Im
running for vice president because I
want to make sure it is incredible and
memorable for everyone. Ive had the
privilege of serving as class president or
VP for the past three years. For our senior year, Im looking to outdo freshman,
sophomore and junior year combined!
You can expect a lot more class-wide
events tied to food, drinks and Maine
as a whole throughout the school year,
and, of course, during senior week. I also
welcome your input and suggestions as
to what youd like to see from the class
council. Itll all be over by the end of May,
so lets do it right and make the year the
best it can be. I hope I can count on your

vote, and Im looking forward to an awesome final year! Thanks, David

Peter Yanson
Hi. Have we met before? No? Ok, hey,
my name is Peter Yanson and Im running for vice president of the Class of
2016. Vice President is all about keeping the plebian masses entertained/
subdued and I plan on bringing a fresh
perspective and subjectively better taste
to eBoard, guaranteeing better acts and
more fun for YOU! I have big plans for
the senior class: push the Pub to serve alcohol on nights other than nights where
there are better things to do, improve Senior Nights at local bars and work on getting more local Maine beers in the Pub.
Also, courtside seats for the Portland
Red Claws are like $25 and I dont really follow basketball but thats a deal and
imagine how fun itd be with a squad of
seniors. Further, I feel prepared to take
over the presidency role after an inevitable scandal leads to the impeachment
of whoever wins. Vote for Peter Yanson:
Make Bowdoin great again!

2019 President

Jack Jia
Greetings Class of 2019! My name is
Jack Jia and I am running for president
for Class of 2019.
Despite what background we come
from, we all face one challengethe
transition to college. Everyone will experience obstacles while entering this
new environment. If elected as class
president, I will dedicate to promoting a
smooth and successful transition to college for everyone by the idea of finding
BALANCE. My principle is focusing on
three major aspects: Academics, Social
and Interests. I believe a smooth transition should include equal amount of attention to all three aspects.
I have two campaign promises:
First, planning a social event known
as the first year & sophomore ball. This
semi-formal event will help us know
each other better and promote class
unity. In addition, this also connects us
with the sophomore class, which we will
spend the majority time during our years
at Bowdoin.
Second, I plan on asking President
Rose for him to deliver an exclusive
speech to our class regarding transition
to this new environment along with his
personal stories and advice.
I hope I can earn your vote and
support. Do it with Balance!
Anna MacLean
Hello! My name is Anna MacLean
and I am running for president of the
Class of 2019.
I love event planning. As student
government president in high school,
I gained extensive event planning and
leadership experience, skills that would
serve me well as your president, though
I look forward to planning more interesting (and larger budgeted) events! I
hope to plan events that promote class
unity without being ice-breakers that try
to force people to bond. With your enthusiastic support, I know we could accomplish this and much more. Student
government has always been lots of fun,
and seeing everyones enthusiasm during
successfully planned events is the best
Ill be campaigning door-to-door this
week and cant wait to meet more of you
and to hear your ideas. I will always listen
to you and am ready to advocate for you
on our class council. Id be honored to
have your vote.
Danny Miro
From the moment I stepped on campus as a prospective student last year,
I knew that Bowdoin was home. Now,

after being here for several weeks, the

passion, dedication and love I have for
our school, as well as our class, is unlike
no other, which is why I am running for
class president.
As president I will strive to be a voice
for your ideas, a mediator between students to faculty and an active listener that
will adapt to any situation, with the end
goal of bringing our class together in an
enjoyable and memorable way.
Besides the suggestions that I will
bring to life throughout the year, the
following are some of my objectives:
Afternoons on the Quad a monthly
event with unique themes and activities; elect a representative from each first
year brick that will help ease communication between the council and student
body; work with the Resource Center
for Sexual and Gender Diversity and
multicultural life programming to plan
events that will foster unity through our
diverse backgrounds and personalities;
and boost student support for all activities from athletics to the performing arts.
Vote Danny Miro to truly make Bowdoin, the best four years of your life.
Paloma Tisaire
Hi 2019! To some of you Im the girl
from Spain, to others Im the girl whose
name you cant pronounce (Im not a
small liberal arts college in California!),
but for today lets just keep it at Paloma.
I am honored to be a part of this class,
and to be running for class president.
In the few weeks that Ive been here, I
have been astounded by our class level
of intellectual curiosity, athletic rigor and
friendliness in general. I want to be a forward thinking, approachable resource
for all of us, whether you have a speaker
in mind for an event or want bubble soccer on the quad. As president I want to
be your direction, the voice of maturity
that will communicate with the administration on your behalf, but most of all,
someone you can have fun with. I would
be so humbled to be the class president of
a class like ours!

2019 Vice President

Samuel Kenney
My name is Sam Kenney and I am
running for vice president of the Class
of 2019. I want to be vice president because I have never been involved in student government in the past. I want this
new challenge. I want to push my comfort zone and meet new people, while at
the same time having a positive impact
on the Bowdoin community. I want to
be your representative on the eBoard
not because of Ivies. I will not declare
a vague, meaningless platform for my
campaign. I will be honest. I will listen to
the opinions of my peers and represent
those opinions on the eBoard to the best
of my abilities. I am not a politician. I am
an active student, and I respectfully ask
that you consider me for vice president.
Megan Retana
Hey, everyone! We might be good
friends, have just briefly met or dont
know each other at all (we should change
that. Really, I need friends). Anyway,
my name is Megan Retana, and I am
running to be your vice president!
The role of the vice president reads
as follows, The Vice President sits as a
member of the Entertainment Board
(eBoard). The eBoard will select bands,
comedians, and hypnotists for campus
wide events. Members also help with the
planning of Ivies. (BSG informational
email). However, I would like to make
one addition. The vice president should
not only be responsible for planning
community events and activities, but
also make sure that these events reflect
the wants and interests of our diverse

class. As an experienced event planner

and your vice president, Ill make sure to
make all of your valuable voices heard.
Jenna Scott
Hey, fellow Polar Bears! My name
is Jenna Scott and Im running for vice
president of the Class of 2019! Im really
organized to the point that it annoys my
roomies, was class VP and class secretary
in high school, and I have a really adorable dog named Kylie. But the cuteness of
my dog is not the only reason you should
vote for me. Vote for me if youre a dog
person, a cat person, a purple porcupine
person or you like alliteration. If you prefer Thorne over Moulton, or vice versa.
Vote for me because I will try to listen to
every one of you. As VP, I will sit on the
Entertainment Board, and if you think
there is a cool indie band that would be
great for Ivies (and theyre affordable),
I would work my hardest to make that
happen! Lets work together to make our
Bowdoin experiences the best they can
possibly be! Vote Jenna Scott for VP!

2019 Treasurer

David Berlin
Hey Everyone! I hope by now youve
seen my campaign posters hanging up
around campusyes, the one where Im
marrying a 100 dollar bill. Jokes aside,
I truly am dedicated to being elected
the Class of 2019 treasurer. For me, the
best part about the treasurers position is
how active a role I will be able to have in
helping student organizations. As treasurer, I will be a member of the Student
Activities Funding Committee, which
hears proposals from student clubs, and
determines the allocation of $680,000
to those clubs throughout the year. Im
personally excited about all of the clubs
that I joined during the student activities
fair last week, and want to ensure that all
the clubs on campus (and the ones you
may be hoping to start, as well) are able
to continue offering all the opportunities
that they do for Bowdoin students! I cant
wait to meet all of you, and hope that this
weekend, youll vote David Berlin for
treasurer of the Class of 2019!
Michael Walsh
Hello fellow classmates! My name is
Michael Walsh and I am running for the
Class of 2019 treasurer position. Before
coming to Bowdoin, I served as class
treasurer for four years in my high school
back in New Jersey. I worked diligently
with a team of students, learned the value
of creative collaboration and dealt with
financial responsibilities for my class.
This job quickly became a passion, which
is why I wish to continue representing
my classmates as treasurer here in Brunswick! If elected, I promise to advocate for
any suggestions you have. Part of what
attracts me to this important position is
that it will allow me to get to know each
and every one of you. I will always be approachable and available. I want to hear
your opinions and concerns, so I ask
each of you to vote for who you know
will get the job done! Thank you.

2019 Class Representative

Jack Arnholz
My fellow First Years! My name is Jack
Arnholz and it would humble me to be
your class representative. You may say
to yourself, Who is this Jack Arnholz?
He rubs off the wrong way and he smells
like lettuce. Well, my friend that isnt lettuce you smell, its a desire to do good (or
possibly cabbage). Lets make Bowdoin
a place where all students get equal representation and attention in the pursuits
they chase. Some systems need changing. Course registration needs reform.
The current system allows for those who
understand the strategy of picking

classes to benefit. Lets replace the current structure with ranked choices. Then,
at worst, a student can end up in their
fourth choice class, not their fourteenth.
If you vote for me, Ill reward you with
progress, a firm handshake and a smile
that says everythings going to be alright.
Mathieu Bialosky
To the Class of 2019,
My name is Matt Bialosky and I am
running for the position of class representative. For those of you who do not
know me, I am a resident of Coleman
204 and a member of the mens rugby
team. I participated in student government at my high school for three years,
spending time as class and school-wide
president. The role of class representative
is focused on serving as the mouthpiece
for the class and voicing the many opinions of our diverse community to the administration. With my past experience
in student government, I feel confident I
can adequately reflect the beliefs of our
class in BSG assembly meetings to other
grades and the administration, starting
with biweekly check-ins throughout the
first year dorms. These check-ins would
allow me to better meet the grade and
learn of thoughts that are wanted to be
addressed. Please consider me as representative. I will be a friendly and confident voice for our class!
Khelsea Gordon
Hi Everyone,
My name is Khelsea Gordon and I am
running to be the 2019 class representative to the BSG. As your student representative my plan of action is made up of
three elements: outreach, as seen in the
fact that I will ensure my accessibility to
anyone who wishes to be heard. Openmindedness, because an idea or suggestion from any individual is an idea that
should be considered with the utmost
receptiveness. Lastly, knowing whom
I serve, in that I am willing to put aside
personal biases for the good of the class.
I know that my qualifications will
serve to help me in implementing this
plan. As a native of Jacksonville, Florida
in my junior and senior years of high
school I managed to raise over $80,000
for homeless students in my county
amongst other volunteer efforts which
ultimately resulted in me being recognized by the Clinton Foundation for volunteerism.
I look forward to meeting and speaking with all of you and making Bowdoin
great these next four years and beyond.
Mohammed Nur
My name is Mohamed Mo Nur and
I would be honored to be your class representative to the BSG.
I would love the opportunity to serve
our class and make an impact on campus. It has only been a couple of weeks,
but I can already see the energy and love
that we have for each other. I know that
I have already made bonds here that will
last a lifetime, and I hope that in my position, I can help you all form those connections with professors, staff and each
other. I hope that as class representative,
I can reach out and get to meet all of the
incredible people in our class and advocate and fight for you.
While Bowdoin is an amazing school, we still face problems.
Whether those issues are academic,
social or something in between, I
want to make sure that everyone in
the Class of 2019 knows that I will
try my best to address them.
I want to advocate for you all and
bring your specific concerns to people on campus that can help make a
difference. In essence, I will make
sure that your voices will be heard.
Vote for Mo!


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Intersections: Making

Connections, Moving Forward

Open Class: Earth Care: Public Health,
Disease, and Environmental Inequalities
in the Anthropocene
8:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Open Class: Forced Migration and Interdependence: A Climate Dance Event


GETTING CRAFTY: Evan Stevens '17 instructs students on how to make a sugar scrub using olive oil, sugar, lavender and eucalyptus essential oils at the Fall Craft Center
Open House on Thursday night. Students can become members of the Craft Center for $10 per semester, granting 24/7 access and one free class.




Student Night at the Museum

Lunch with President Rose

Students can explore the current exhibition "Night

Vision" at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. There
will be a photo booth, hors d'oeuvres and the
Meddiebempsters will perform at 8 p.m.
Art Museum. 7 p.m.

Students will have a chance to get to know President Rose

in the first of many upcoming lunch gatherings. Students
can sign up with Caitlin Visscher, Executive Assistant to the
President's Office.
President's Dining Room, Thorne Hall. 11:45 a.m.



"Worldmaking: The Art and Science of

American Diplomacy"

"Finding Sir John Franklin: Inuit Oral

Traditions and Modern Technology"


"Africana Womanism: A Global

Paradigm for Women of African

Join Professors Mark Battle, Susan Kaplan and Brian

Purnell for an official welcome.

Open Classes
11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Seventeen classes will be open for the Bowdoin

community to attend. Most classes require online preregistration.

Campus Information Expo

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Campus groups concerned with racism, climate change

and social justice will be in Morrell Lounge to provide
information about their organizations.

Arts Stage


2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Performances of theater, poetry and music will take place

in Smith Auditorium.

Ways Forward
4 p.m.

"Visualizing Holocaust Geographies"

In this lecture, Anne Knowles, a 2015 Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellow and professor at the University of
Maine, will discuss her work with the Holocaust
Geographies Collaborative to develop new ways to
understand the spatial aspects of the Holocaust.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 4:30 p.m.

10 a.m.

Twelve panel discussions will be open for the Bowdoin

community to attend.


Clenora Hudson-Weems, an accomplished professor,

theorist, writer and movie producer, will be discussing
Africana Womanism. By her definition, Africana
Womanism is not a subset of feminism, but rather an
ideology for African women.
Kresge Auditorium. 7 p.m.

Framing the Questions

11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Russell A. Potter will be discussing the recent discovery

of one of the lost ships featured in the upcoming movie
"Franklin's Lost Ships," for which he was the content
expert. He is an expert on the 1845-1848 British Arctic
Expedition and is a professor at Rhode Island College.
Main Lounge, Moulton Union. 7 p.m.

David Milne, a senior lecturer in modern history at the

University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, will discuss
his new book "Worldmaking: The Art and Science of
American Diplomacy." The book is a panoramic history of
American foreign policy driven by ideas and by the lives
and times of their creators.
Thomas F. Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall. 7 p.m.

Dance students will support, push and pull one another

across the quad in a twenty minute collective effort.

Panel Discussions



9:35 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.


The Amish


Open House

Join Leana Amaez, Sabina Hartnett, Katy Longley, Roy

Partridge and Madeleine Msall for a conclusion to the day.

Registration and more schedule information

can be found at