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Counseling Service grapples with increased demand
As reported by the Center for Col- offer weekly therapy across the board,” he ly therapy and you have insurance that difficulties associated with the transition.
By Calder McHugh legiate Mental Health, this uptick is not said. “We started to move to the idea that will cover that, we’ll help you find some- “To be honest, it’s harder,” Fisher said.
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unique to Bowdoin. The rise in college we would offer every-other-week therapy one,” Hershberger added about the over- “So much changes in two weeks at Bow-
The number of students seeking coun- students’ demand for counseling services and that we would give students weekly crowding in the counseling center. doin that I feel like I’m a different person
seling services at Bowdoin has increased has outpaced the rise in enrollment by support when they were going through a Harris Fisher ’17 has had a gener- every time I walk in, and it takes so long
dramatically over the past decade, making five times. crisis or a difficult situation.” ally positive experience with Counseling, just to say what happened since the last
it difficult for Counseling Service to ac- LIMITED RESOURCES This has meant that Counseling often is meeting with former counselor Allie Mc- meeting that I don’t really get to jump into
commodate all students’ needs and driv- According to Dr. Bernie Hershberger, forced to refer students who want to meet Grath and Hershberger for the past three anything. So, yeah, we need more staff …
ing some students to seek help through director of counseling services and well- with a counselor on a more regular basis years. While he used to have weekly meet- It’s ridiculous.”
off-campus providers. Ten years ago, 17.5 ness programs, providing weekly services to off-campus options. ings, he has been moved to once every Much of Counseling’s resources are, at
percent of Bowdoin students utilized has simply become unfeasible. “We would start to have waiting lists if two weeks, as the Counseling Service cur- the moment, focused on treating anxiety.
counseling; now, that number is 26 per- “Probably about three years ago we we didn’t have the option to say to some rently only has 10 staff members to handle
cent—meaning 146 more students. started to [realize] that we just couldn’t students, if you know that you want week- 462 students. Fisher readily admitted the Please see COUNSELING, page 5

By Emily Cohen
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Next year, the Alliance for Sexual
Assault Prevention (ASAP) will no
longer serve as a campus-wide pro-
gramming organization, a change
introduced by the Office of Gender
Violence Prevention and Education.
The decision received pushback from
the leaders of ASAP—who were not
consulted—for several reasons, but
primarily because the change ends
ASAP’s role in sexual assault preven-
tion programming and it is unclear
which groups will sponsor the ongo-
ing events ASAP developed.
When ASAP was founded eight
years ago, it was intended to be a co-
alition of student leaders organized
under the Office of Gender Violence PILLOW TALK: Students in Modern I perform in the Spring Dance Show in Pickard Theater last night. The performance showcases group numbers as well as independent studies. See page 6.
Prevention and Education. Over time,
the organization began planning

Faculty to vote on adding member to J-Board
campus-wide campus programs and

events, such as Date Week, Consent
Week and the Senior Sex Panel.
“Part of [the reason for changing

ASAP] is historical,” said Director
of Gender Violence Prevention and to say, ‘Hey, if you have to bring more riodically think about whether we could
Education Benje Douglas. “It was By Elizabeth Fosler-Jones people on this committee to deal with do better,” Connelly said.
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never constructed to be a student the load, maybe you should be having The increase in plagiarism cases over
group, actually. It was always built At their meeting on Monday, faculty extra people on the committee,’” said the past two years, many of which have
to bring together the student groups will vote on a measure that would in- Rachel Connelly, Bion R. Cram profes- come from the computer science de-
that currently existed.” crease the number of faculty members sor of economics and chair of the Com- partment, have prompted conversations

Results from
Next year, ASAP will become a co- on the Judicial Board (J-Board) from mittee on Governance and Faculty Af- among the faculty. At faculty meetings
alition including students from the four to five for the next two years. This fairs (GFA). on March 6 and March 27, Connelly
five groups—Bowdoin Men Against measure was brought up in response to The GFA runs faculty meetings, heard a wide range of opinions on ways
Sexual Violence (BMASV), V Space,
Safe Space, the Sex Project and V
the increase in cases sent to the J-Board
over the last two years.
assigns faculty members to commit-
tees and handles changes to the facul-
to address academic dishonesty.
“I heard views [at the meetings]
the Spring
Day—that are currently advised by
Lisa Peterson, associate director
Currently, four faculty members
serve on the board and two sit in on
ty handbook.
While the upcoming faculty vote
from, ‘We as faculty need to do better
in teaching our students,’ compared to,
2017 Orient
of gender violence prevention and
education. Douglas and Peterson ex-
each case. During the 2015-2016 aca-
demic year, the J-Board heard 22 aca-
is in response to the specific issue of
workload for faculty members of the
‘They need to grow up. They need to
experience this. They need to pay the
pressed confidence that students will
form new organizations to be part of
demic dishonesty cases, a significant
increase after it heard no more than
J-Board, Connelly expressed broader
concern about the increase in cases of
consequences of their actions’ and, ‘We
need to support the system that creates
Ratings Survey.
the coalition and both plan to reach nine cases per year over the previous plagiarism and academic dishonesty at those consequences,’” Connelly said.
out to student groups from other areas five years. Due to this increase, faculty the College. She hopes to continue fac- Faculty members also discussed the
of campus, such as the Multicultural members who were not on the board ulty discussion on how academic dis- process of the J-Board, including sanc-
Coalition, to join the revised ASAP. but had previously served were asked to honesty is explained and the nature of tions and structure.
The new coalition will meet to sit in on cases. the J-Board process. The GFA introduced the motion to
discuss the programs that each sepa- The J-Board has heard 18 cases so far
this year.
“Even if the [number of academic
dishonesty cases] weren’t changing,
temporarily increase the number of fac- SEE PAGE 11.
Please see ASAP, page 3 “It was sort of obvious at that point even if they were just flat, we should pe- Please see J-BOARD, page 4

ResLife revamps the College House The Museum of Art melds the old and new Students compete to identify species of Softball hosts NESCAC championships Bridget Kranz ’16 argues that American
leadership system. Page 3. in a collection of drawings. Page 6. birds. Page 9. this weekend. Page 15. values leave millions behind. Page 17.
2 news the bowdoin orient friday, may 5, 2017

SECURITY REPORT: 4/27 to 5/3
Make an acrostic poem with your name.
Ethan Bevington ’19
"Ethereal, Theatrical, Harpoon, Asshole,

Lillian Eckstein ’18
"Lucky, Independent, Laughing, Lively,
Interesting, Awesome, Never giving up."

Thursday, April 27
• A student reported a violation
property was recovered.
• Moulton Dining staff report-
• A sick student at West Hall
was given an escort to the hospital.
"Snakes-with-hats, Yikes, Disaster. "
of a no-contact order. ed that someone inadvertently
• Brunswick Rescue transport- left two baggies of marijuana on Monday, May 1
ed an intoxicated first-year stu- a dining tray. The contraband • There was a report that the
dent from Coleman Hall to Mid was seized. elevator at Ladd House had the
Coast Hospital. • A windowpane in the common strong odor of urine. There were
room at Ladd House was broken. indications that several people had
Friday, April 28
• There was a complaint of ex-
• An officer retrieved an ill
student from an off-campus resi-
recently used the elevator as a de
facto urinal.
Sam Shaheen ’18
cessively loud music in Hyde Hall. dence and brought her to her • A man was issued a crimi-
• A visitor from another college
was reported missing. A search
campus room to be monitored by
a roommate.
nal trespass warning after he was
found placing for sale signs on
"Slippery, Ass, Marshmallows."
was conducted and a security of- • An officer checked on the bikes and locking them to cam-
ficer found the intoxicated person wellbeing of an intoxicated stu- pus bike racks. Security took three
lying on the ground near Sills Hall. dent at the Ivies concert at Farley bikes in for safekeeping until own-
A parent arrived and took custody Field House. ership could be established.
of the person. • A student at MacMillan House • The use of a hair dryer acti-
• A town resident reported asked an officer to check on the vated a smoke detector in Win- Olivia Cannon ’17
excessive noise coming from condition of an intoxicated friend. throp Hall.
Reed House. • An intoxicated guest at the • A student reported that there
• Several students attending Ivies concert was directed to leave was a suspicious man behind "Overly immersed in whatever's hap-
the Brunswick quad event were the event. An officer escorted the Quinby House directing obsceni-
warned for urinating in public and guest and his host to the student’s ties toward the College. The man pening, Laughter is a necessity, In tune
directed to readily available por- residence hall. left the area.
table toilets. • A campus visitor was asked to but not necessarily in sync, Voracious if
• Some students on the Bruns- leave the Ivies concert after openly Tuesday, May 2
wick quad were cautioned about smoking a marijuana joint inside • An officer escorted a stu- it has anything to do with books, Irides-
potentially unsafe behavior. the building. dent with an ear infection to Mid
• A transient was issued a crim- • As an officer was securing Coast Hospital. cent is my favorite word, Always ready
inal trespass warning barring him Hubbard Hall, he stumbled upon • The seat in the handicap
from all College property after two naked students a little too shower on the fourth floor of Os- to give an opinion."
being verbally abusive to students caught up in the joy of Ivies. her Hall was broken off the wall.
and making threats to responding • A student’s vehicle, parked
security officers. Sunday, April 30 in the handicap spot near Adams COMPILED BY GWEN DAVIDSON AND ANN BASU
• A student received a minor • Brunswick Rescue trans- Hall, sustained damage to the pas-
laceration above an eye after he ported an intoxicated first-year senger side door and mirror be-
reported that he was struck by student from Maine Hall to Mid tween 10:00 and 11:30 a.m.
a bottle at the Brunswick quad. Coast Hospital. Last week's answers. This was the last
puzzle of the school year.
Later, the student was transported • A student took responsibil- Wednesday, May 3
to Mid Coast Hospital for fur- ity for destroying several wood- • A student in Ladd House re-
ther evaluation. en chairs at an event at Harp- ported a squirrel in a bedroom.
• Brunswick police charged a
student with the theft of a bottle
swell Apartments.
• A concerned citizen reported
The student moved to another
room for the night until Facilities
of alcohol and make-up from the
Hannaford Supermarket.
drunk student driving a motor
vehicle. Investigation determined
could resolve the problem.
• A student with tonsilli-
• An officer escorted a stu- that the incident was unfounded. tis requested an escort to Mid E LME R E Y ED E A S Y
dent with an elbow injury to Mid
Coast Hospital.
• An officer escorted a student
with respiratory difficulties to Mid
Coast Hospital.
• A student with a dislocated
Saturday, April 29
Coast Hospital.
• An officer checked on the
shoulder requested an escort to
the hospital.
• Brunswick Rescue transport- condition of an intoxicated student • A parent received a bogus S E S AVE L EVE E
ed a student to the hospital after he
fell and sustained a nose abrasion.
at Reed House.
• A College neighbor com-
phone call informing her that her
Bowdoin student was kidnapped
• A shuttle driver reported dis- plained of loud music coming from and being held for ransom. (This UT I E L K AGE NE T
respectful behavior from a group the pig roast at Reed House. is a common national scam called
of students on Park Row near • An officer checked on the “virtual kidnapping,” targeting M E D I C E B S E N L IV E
Brunswick Apartments.
• A student was in possession
wellbeing of an intoxicated student
at Reed House who consumed al-
parents of college students. The
calls often come from outside area
of a stolen bicycle. The recovered cohol and edible marijuana. codes, sometimes from Puerto M O T IV E G L U E D
bike was returned to its owner.
• Two students and two guests
• A student reported the theft of
a small blue skateboard with a tie-
Rico, according to the FBI.) Bow-
doin Security quickly located the E E L S P R IV A T E
were found in possession of several
College parking control signs and a
dye pattern on the bottom from the
area of Brunswick Apartment F.
student, determined that it was a
scam, and informed and reassured
traffic cone that they had removed • A student at Smith Union the parent. CAN S P O L O ONAND
from a set-up for an athletic event
at Whittier Field. All misplaced
with abdominal pain asked to be
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NEWS IN BRIEF ResLife restructures College House roles
COMPILED BY JESSICA PIPER AND MEG ROBBINS the communications director … pro- more accountable.”
By Salim Salim gramming director [and] treasurer, into Culnane is excited to be in Baxter,
Orient Staff
two people in the programming chair.” as he is looking forward to making the
The Office of Residential Life (ResLife) The house chairs will be responsible space more welcoming and inviting.

POLICE ISSUES DURING IVIES revamped College House officer posi-
tions for the 2017-2018 academic year in
for managing the overall functionality
of the House. Their duties will include
While the new House officer positions
attract student candidates, some students
response to feedback from students, who facilitating House elections, maintaining expressed interest in holding positions in
During this year’s Ivies Weekend, two first-year students were transported to Mid said that work was distributed unequally relationships with campus partners and a House that require less commitment.
Coast Hospital for overconsumption of alcohol—one on Thursday night and one among the five officer positions. responding to the College’s requests. The ResLife also added five less time-con-
on Saturday night. Two minor injuries and two instances of theft occurred, but only The new House leadership structure programming chairs will be responsible suming roles: house reporter, techie, DJ
one Security-related record was broken: the number of photos taken with Director eliminates the old positions (president, for the engagement of the House mem- and graphic designer/photographer.
of Safety and Security Randy Nichols and other officers on duty. vice president, treasurer, communica- bers and overseeing the House budget. In addition to refining the House of-
“[Students] wanted their pictures taken by the hundreds. We were involved in tions director and programming direc- Marina Henke ’19, who currently ficer structure, ResLife modified the
many, many pictures,” Nichols said. tor) and replaces them with two house serves as the vice president of Reed election process. In the past, students
Brunswick Police Department (BPD) did not issue any warnings or summons chairs and two programming chairs. House, was not upset to see her role were required to submit candidacy state-
and was not involved in any incidents with Bowdoin students this weekend. Houses held internal elections for these eliminated. ments and present at a House meeting,
“Generally, it was a relatively safe weekend despite the fact that, as with all Ivies, positions this week. “My only three requirements [as] the VP after which voting took place. This year,
there is a greater amount of alcohol consumed and a higher level of high-risk be- “The names sound very different than were that I would run the buddy system, ResLife implemented a question and
havior,” Nichols said. what currently exists, but it actually is not that I would run the house advisor system answer process, where members of the
“We had to intercede a number of times at some of the events with regard to very different at all,” said Assistant Direc- and that I would run meetings when our house had the opportunity to infor-
unsafe behavior that was taking place and basically just remind students to cool it tor of ResLife Mariana Centeno. president wasn’t there. And those are really mally question those running for offi-
and be safe,” he added. Centeno explained that the roles of not three huge roles,” she said. cer positions.
Nichols said that the port-a-potties at the Brunswick Quad on Friday greatly re- the president and vice president will now Ian Culnane ’20, who will be living in Henke was pleased with the new
duced the number of instances of public urination, which had been a marked prob- be shared by the House chairs, while the Baxter House next year, was likewise ex- process.
lem at Ivies in years past. programming chairs will be largely re- cited by the new structure. “Sunday night we had our new Reed
“We did not cite any students for it but we did warn a number of students for sponsible for the functions facilitated by “I hope it’ll make the College Houses elections, and I loved the new system.
it, but we all noted that it was far less of a problem than it’s been in recent years,” the programming director, communica- more collaborative environments,” he This time, we had this really cool, kind of,
he said. tions director and treasurer. said. “When you have two people essen- dynamic Q & A session where the new
“[I] heard that the [port-a-potties] actually were quite pleasant. One student said “What we’ve done is we’ve consolidat- tially co-organizing everything, that not participants got to really talk about their
it actually smells like fresh pineapples,” said Nichols. “But regardless, you could put ed the president and vice president roles only distributes the work between those ideas and I felt like we really got a per-
25 porta potties there and someone will still try to pee in the bushes and so that into house chair, and we’ve consolidated two people, but it also makes the House sonality out of them from that,” she said.
did happen so we had to have chats with a number of students, but with far less
frequency than in recent years.”
This year, Security introduced a pedicab manned by officer Allen Daniels. Nich-
ols estimated that Daniels shuttled over 200 students on Friday and Saturday. ASAP
“[Daniels] got quite a workout,” Nichols said. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
Despite the extra time many officers clocked in order to keep students safe, Nich- rate group is planning, but will not
ols attributed the success of the weekend to students’ generally good behavior. be responsible for planning events
“This is my 11th Ivies,” said Nichols. “All of them have been successful and that’s on its own.
because of the work of a lot of people around this campus in various departments, The decision to change ASAP to
but mostly it’s due to the students themselves.” a coalition was made because of its
leaders’ status as student employees,

Douglas said. Leaders of ASAP are
paid employees of the Office of Gen-
der Violence and Prevention. Doug-
MLK VISIT WITH PLAQUE las said that when ASAP unofficially
assumed the responsibility of a pro-
gramming organization, the job that
In commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s visit to Bowdoin on its paid leaders were hired to do be-
May 6, 1964, the College will unveil a plaque in Main Lounge of Moulton came unclear.
Union this summer. “As [ASAP has] gotten away from EILEEN PALMER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
King was invited to Bowdoin in 1964 by the Bowdoin Political Forum, a the coalition building into the stu- DATE ME: Students mingle at an ASAP-sponsored Date Week event in 2009. ASAP will no
student group. His lecture, originally scheduled to be held in Pickard The- dent programming ... we wanted to longer serve as a campus programming entity beginning next academic year.
ater, was moved to First Parish Church to accommodate a larger crowd. Af- make sure that we were really clear
terwards, King partook in a smaller roundtable with students and faculty in about what [the leaders] were hired heartening to see that it’s not going have enough on their plates,” Nicho-
Main Lounge. to do,” Douglas said. to be put into effect,” said Nicholas. las said. “To expect them to take on
Wayne Burton ’66, now a state representative in New Hampshire, was one Peterson added that student lead- Nicholas and Hall are also con- programs that we created is just ridic-
of the students in attendance that night. ers in organizations that work against cerned about the future of the pro- ulous, because it’s a lot of work, and
“The Civil Rights Movement was foreign to me. At the time, I think Bow- sexual violence have also called for grams that ASAP created, such as they already have enough work.”
doin had maybe three black students total. It was not exactly a hotbed of increased collaboration and commu- Consent Week and Date Week. While Douglas, however, thinks that this
diversity,” he said. “When my roommate said we should go see the speaker, I nication with other groups. Hall is hopeful that other student structure of ASAP will increase ef-
was more interested in getting out of doing my economics studying.” “Students have said that they re- groups will take on the responsibility ficiency and will not decrease the
During the roundtable discussion, King addressed a variety of topics, such ally enjoyed that opportunity to of continuing the programs next year, amount of programming on campus
as interracial marriage and desegregation and emphasized the importance of hear from one another, and to think she is worried by the uncertainty. around sexual violence.
nonviolent protest. about how they can partner or col- “That’s also scary ... just to know that “ASAP [now has] two charges, and
Given the opportunity to ask a question, Burton asked King how racial laborate more effectively,” she said. we’re leaving Bowdoin and to not know now we’re saying it [will have] one,
justice was relevant to him as a white student at a predominantly white “So this will allow us to formalize what is going to be replacing the pro- the coalition building,” he said.
school in a predominantly white state. that for next year and have a really gramming that we’ve been doing,” she He noted that, without the bur-
“That’s when [King] said words to the effect of, ‘If your conscience stops strong, robust coalition.” said. “There’s no platform for anything den of planning events, ASAP could
at the border of Maine, you’re less of a person that you should be. You’re However, the student leaders of anymore, for this programming.” focus its efforts more on build-
as responsible for what happens in Birmingham as you are in Brunswick, ASAP expressed disappointment The changes to ASAP come in ing collaboration.
Maine,’” Burton said. with the decision. the wake of a decision made earlier Peterson added that the coalition
Although it has been 53 years since King spoke, Burton still remembers “The title of ASAP is being disas- this year to merge the Women’s Re- structure of ASAP will be beneficial
his sentiment. sembled from the work that ASAP source Center and the Resource Cen- because it will encourage collabora-
“Once you heard Dr. King, his voice stayed with you,” he said. has done,” said Madeline Hall ’17, ter for Gender and Sexual Diversity, tion between groups that have simi-
one of the co-leaders of the group. a decision that received significant lar purposes.
Hayley Nicholas ’17, the other co- pushback from student employees in “Our major goal, and I think that
WAREHOUSE FIRE CAUSES leader of ASAP, worries that the new
internal coalition will become invis-
both centers.
Abby Motycka ’17, a member of
most organizations have on campus,
is to make sure that we’re approach-

SHORTAGE AT HANNAFORD ible to the campus at large and that
the past contributions of ASAP will
ASAP, was frustrated by both changes.
“This is another shining exam-
ing our work in an intersectional,
inclusive way, and I think coalitions
be forgotten. ple of the administration thinking are the perfect approach to make sure
A fire at a Hannaford warehouse in South Portland left a number of the “What’s frustrating is that we’re they know the students better than that we’re having that focus,” she said.
supermarket chain’s Maine locations—including the store in Brunswick— really proud with having those pro- the students know the students,” Douglas agreed, adding that the
short on refrigerated products this past weekend. grams associated with ASAP, and to she said. combination of forces will generate
The Portland Press Herald reported on April 27 that the fire started in a take that power away from ASAP, we While Douglas and Peterson events that reach further on campus
truck’s refrigerator pump and then spread to the warehouse. The local fire feel that it’s going to do a lot of dam- are confident that current or new and beyond.
department said the cause of the blaze was not suspicious. age,” she said. student organizations will assume “It’s not that individual groups
However, the fire led to a scarcity of refrigerated products—especially The co-leaders are also upset be- ASAP’s programs, Douglas could can’t do really cool programs and
produce—at Hannaford locations across Maine, the Bangor Daily News re- cause they were not consulted by not specify which students or groups projects, but if you bring together
ported on Sunday. The supermarket chain has been shipping food from its staff in the Office as the decision will take on those duties. multiple groups and projects, you
warehouses in Schodack, New York, and Winthrop, Maine, to local fran- was being made. Nicholas is skeptical that existing get something that can truly be cam-
chises in order to make up for the shortages. “We had a vision for ASAP, and groups will take on the tasks. pus wide or community wide in a
The Brunswick Hannaford is located about five minutes walking from we’ve been expressing that to [Peter- “That’s not going to happen, be- different way than if just one group
Bowdoin’s campus. son] this entire year, so it’s just dis- cause these student groups already does it,” he said.
4 news the bowdoin orient friday, may 5, 2017

One Day puts giving campaign on pace for record year J-BOARD

“By the time all the accounting’s done
meet,” he said. ulty members on J-Board on April 3.
By Eduardo Jaramillo Walton believes that part of the “The J-Board is a really interesting
Orient Staff success of this year’s campaign lies we’re actually going to be roughly six community-level body. It is mostly
BowdoinOne Day, an annual fun-
draiser which took place on April
in an expansion in the number of
volunteers. This increase is an on- hundred thousand dollars ahead of a student body, but they don’t get to
make the rules. It’s not a faculty com-
26, received 8,250 contributions for going effort over the past five years, where we were at this point last year ... mittee. [Faculty] sit on it, but they
a monthly total of over $1.9 million and there are now over 830 alumni
We had some great generosity across don’t make the rules. So who makes

the board in terms of all our different
toward the College’s Alumni Fund, volunteering to help solicit dona- the rules and how could you affect
Polar Bear Athletic Fund, Parents tions from other alumni. change in those rules is really a grey
Fund and Friends Fund, with an av-
erage donation of $230.
The College publicizes Bowdoi-
nOne Day through direct emails
constituency groups.” area,” said Connelly.
Connelly cited punishments as one
Although the number of contribu- but also makes use of social media DIRECTOR OF THE ALUMNI FUND ARIC WALTON subject of discussion.
tions was shy of the Office of Alum- to publicize the fundraiser, encour- “Even if our whole J-Board system is
ni and Development’s goal of 8,400 aging students, alumni, faculty and specifically at graduating seniors. to individually.” fine, are the punishment calibrations,
donations, the annual giving cam- staff to post on Facebook, Twitter, These contributions go towards a Norton tries to meet individually right? We’ve haven’t had that conver-
paign is on pace for a record year Instagram and other outlets using scholarship for a member of the with each member of the senior class sation for a long time, and I think we
in terms of dollar amount, accord- the BowdoinOne Day hashtag. class of 2021 and are counted as part assigned to her. should be having it,” she said.
ing to Director of the Alumni Fund “It’s not just a broad-based email of the BowdoinOne Day campaign. “I feel like that’s more effective to If the faculty approve the measure,
Aric Walton. or a letter that we’re hoping people The campaign currently has received kind of explain things or answer any the change will last two years, after
“By the time all the accounting’s will read, they’re hearing it from 260 gifts, putting it at a participation questions,” she said. which the faculty will reevaluate. The
done we’re actually going to be their classmates, they’re seeing it on rate of 55.4 percent. If the campaign Looking to the future, Walton decision of who will be added to the J-
roughly six hundred thousand dol- social media,” said Walton. reaches a 60 percent participation hopes that the BowdoinOne Day Board is up to those on GFA. Every May,
lars ahead of where we were at this Fundraising efforts over the past rate an anonymous donor will con- fundraising campaign can con- the GFA assigns which faculty members
point last year,” said Walton. “We five years have also aimed to balance tribute $10,000. tinue to convey to the Bowdoin will sit on any particular committee.
had some great generosity across the solicitations with messages of grati- Rachel Norton ’17 decided to help community the importance of giv- “All we’re going to do is decide
board in terms of all our different tude and appreciation for donors. run the SCGC after learning about ing to the College, and the value whether to put one more person on for
constituency groups.” “You don’t always want to be in an the personalized ways that volun- that a Bowdoin education holds for two years,” said Connelly. “It gives us
Because it is a participation-based ask mode, you want to be apprecia- teers connect with their classmates each student. time to think more broadly and more
initiative, BowdoinOne Day goals tive of it,” said Walton. “I think in and encourage them to contribute. “I think it has kind of put a spot- deeply. At the same time, [we can] also
are set based on previous years’ the last five years we’ve really kind of “It was this engaging, educa- light on what’s happening here on see if this is going to fix itself.”
donation trends and current year- doubled down on the mindset that tional campaign where each per- campus—to let people know what The 2017-2018 academic year will
to-date donor lists, among other we want to be as good at thanking as son was talked to one-on-one, and students and faculty and staff are also see 16 students on the J-Board,
factors. Walton said that, while the we are at asking.” their questions were answered and up to,” he said. “We’d like to kind of compared to 12 this year, in order to
College aims to meet its goal, it al- The Senior Class Gift Campaign they were told about it,” she said. celebrate all of that, and use it as an diminish the workload for J-Board stu-
ways sets a tough target. (SCGC) is a fundraising drive along- “I really liked that aspect that each opportunity to show people authen- dent members and increase diversity
“Goals should be a challenge to side BowdoinOne Day but aimed person in the class got connected tically why it’s worth supporting.” of thought.
friday, may 5, 2017 the bowdoin orient news 5

BSG approves four measures, ban on first-year vote tallies fails
doin. However, some students ex- Other BSG members believed that turning to the topic in the fall. sue a statement encouraging the Col-
By Artur Kalandarov pressed concern that the vote counts the measure was unnecessary, as A measure to allow non-BSG lege to hire diverse faculty. Evelyn
Orient Staff could still leak if BSG revealed them election vote counts are an expected members to make proposals, pro- Sanchez Gonzalez ’17, who proposed
In its last meeting of the year, to the candidates. part of campaigns for positions in a posed by Representative At-Large Ian the measure, cited the new incoming
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) Beatrice Cabrera ’20, proposed student government organization. Culnane ’20 and Class Representative dean of academic affairs as a reason
failed a bill that would have banned an amendment saying, “When you “If you’re running for election, you Spencer Shagoury ’17, passed with to reaffirm BSG’s desire to see a di-
publicly releasing vote tallies from sign your candidacy statement, [we should be set up for loss,” said Enter- overwhelming support. verse faculty body.
first-year elections, but passed sever- could] add a rule that you can’t say tainment Board Liaison Maggie Rose Representative At-Large Joe Lace Another proposal that passed was
al other bills that had been proposed [the vote count]. When you agree to ’17. ’17 and McKeen Center Liaison Lace and Leech’s measure calling for
earlier in the semester. run, you cannot share the results.” At-Large Representative Kate Quincy Leech ’17 had proposed cre- all BSG members to help continue
Class Representative Henry Bredar Jacob Russell ’17 voiced a similar Berkley ’18 noted that Middlebury ating a team of BSG historians who the tradition of the Bowdoin Hel-
’19 read a proposal that would with- idea. and Williams only released the num- would document major develop- lo—encouraging students and com-
hold vote counts for the first-year “I think we can explain to the six ber of votes winners receive. Other ments on campus. Citing the impor- munity members to enthusiastically
BSG elections to the public, saying [candidates], and say ‘Hey, this is members recommended extending tance of history and the similar posi- acknowledge each other around cam-
that low tallies could be unneces- about the count for first years, please the tally ban for all four years. tions at other colleges, the assembly pus. The measure was prompted by
sarily embarrassing, especially for don’t share this.’ I think we can trust The proposal did not pass, but sev- passed the proposal easily. the fact that many first-year students
students still adjusting to life at Bow- Bowdoin students enough,” he said. eral BSG members recommended re- BSG also passed a proposal to is- were not familiar with the tradition.

COUNSELING Number of Student Counseling Sessions By Year
This also mirrors nationwide trends.
“One of our biggest concerns over the
last decade or more is increasing anxiety,” 3000

Number of Sessions
Hershberger said. “I think it’s kind of a per-
fect storm of high achieving students, very
perfectionistic standards, millennial stan- 2000
dards, just the amount of anxiety students 1500
deal with in terms of information con-
stantly … It’s just ridiculous, the amount of 1000
anxiety on young adults right now is more 500
than I’ve seen in my entire lifetime.”
This particular focus, though, leaves LEAH KRATOCHVIL, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
06-07 07-08 08-09 09-10 10-11 11-12 12-13 13-14 14-15 15-16
Counseling Service with less time to 32 COLLEGE: Counseling Service is facing limited resources and high student demand. Academic Year
spend on other matters. Abby Motycka
’17 believes Counseling as it currently lenging is case management—supporting dents and they would ask about a time- SOURCE: COUNSELING CENTER ANNUAL REPORT
operates is unequipped to treat certain students to find the things that they might frame, and I just wanted to do counsel- Standardized Difference Scores Based on
issues. After trying out one-on-one coun- need off campus. Or to be able to arrange ing consistently without a timeframe of
seling and group therapy offered by Bow- neuro-psych testing for students, for exam- weeks,” he said. National Averages
doin counseling, she moved off-campus. ple that case management function is not as When Gys first went to counseling in Depression
“There’s definitely a threshold of things fully developed as we would like.” the second semester of his first year, he Generalized Anxiety
they can handle, and when I started going If students are considering a move off- filled out a form that asked for an estimate Social Anxiety
I realized that I was [over] that threshold campus, they cannot rely on case manage- of how many sessions he would require. Academic Distress
pretty quickly. I only went for a couple ment from Bowdoin’s counseling staff be- All students are required to answer this
Eating Concerns
months, and then I stopped going because cause of how busy counselors are with their question as part of their intake form.
Family Distress
I didn’t like it and didn’t really feel like it own patients. According to Hershberger, in Kiki Nakamura ’17 is a member of
was going anywhere,” she said. general counselors see 24-26 students per Grief Group, which she joined after her Hostility

Counseling Service’s overcrowding also week and lead one or two group sessions. younger sister passed away the summer Substance Abuse
contributed to her problems with its care. This issue is broadly acknowledged before her sophomore year, but she has Distress Index
“You kind of feel like cattle in there, by students who had experience with not seen counseling on a consistent ba- -0.28 -0.14 0 0.14
[there’s] people shuffling in and out and it’s Counseling Service, six of whom spoke to sis. Grief Group meets once a month; a
Bowdoin Counseling Center Standardized Difference Scores
not really personal,” Motycka continued. the Orient. member of Counseling Service attends
Hershberger agreed that Counseling Chris Gys ’17 moved his coverage off these meetings, but they are organized SOURCE: CAPS NATIONAL COMPARISON
has resources too limited for the scope of campus after coming back to Brunswick by students. BY THE NUMBERS: (TOP:)The number of counseling sessions offered by Counseling
services it would like to provide. from being abroad. “I have gone to counseling, but it’s been Service each year. (BOTTOM:) Comparisons between Bowdoin students and national average
“We’re kind of in a bit of a dilemma be- “I just think the tone was ‘yeah this is OK really sporadic, and it’s hard because I
measures across several indices of mental health.
cause we would like to offer more services,” [to go to counseling],’ but they would also don’t have consistent appointments,” Na-
he noted. “One of the things that’s chal- acknowledge that they have a lot of stu- kamura said. “At the same time when I would hope. ahead with this with the last president and
do need counseling, it will take a week for “I think I was just drawn to the free ser- then we got slowed … I think everything is
me to get a spot, and that’s really difficult vice, and knew that I wasn’t going to get a kind of slowing down on campus in terms
because you can’t really plan grief, when it lot back necessarily, but it was just a place of building and funding. I think we’ll be
happens it happens at that moment, not a to go and hash things out,” Hediger said. on our own for another waiting period for
week later. So, that’s been my frustration. “Hopefully after Bowdoin I’ll find a much a while,” Hershberger continued.
FINANCIAL ACCESS more comprehensive form of therapy.” Fisher believes that to get the ball roll-
To see someone more regularly, stu- Of course, this costs money, too. ing again, counseling has to, counterintui-
dents often choose to move off campus “I’d like to [continue seeing someone tively, create more demand.
for counseling services. This adds an ad- after I graduate], but people were telling “Right now it seems like [counseling
ditional, and often significant, expense. me it’s $100 an hour, and I just can’t imag- is] just at capacity, but if there were a huge
Motycka went from using the free services ine being able to afford that after Bow- uptick in students coming in and request-
provided at Bowdoin to paying $110 per doin,” said Nakamura. ing counseling, then they can go to the
hour-long session in town. STUNTED GROWTH administration and say, ‘look we can’t do
According to Hershberger, the Of- Counseling Service consistently at- anything with these kids,’ and then the
fice of the Dean of Student Affairs offers tempts to innovate to respond to both administration has more pressure to act,”
financial aid to students who need it to students’ concerns and difficulties it rec- Fisher continued.
see off-campus counselors, but this is not ognizes itself; at the moment, most coun- Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster
transparently advertised. seling staff work at 32 College Street while declined to comment on overcrowding at
Anastasia Hediger ’17 considered others are in satellite offices in the Gus- the Counseling Service, referring the Ori-
moan off-campus provider after a difficult tafson House at 261 Maine Street. Her- ent back to Hershberger.
relationship with a psychiatrist connected shberger believes that a redesigned center Many students, though, feel under-
to Counseling Service but instead decid- that could hold all of the counseling staff served precisely because the Dean’s Office
ed to change Bowdoin psychiatrists and under one roof would improve commu- has not provided more financial support
remain on campus because the services nication in his department. This space is for a very full counseling center.
Bowdoin provides are easily accessible also mentioned in the College’s self-study “I haven’t really even fully been able
and free. draft, published in March 2017. to deal with my grief yet, which has been
“I think in general it’s been a helpful “There’s a designated place and we’ve really hard,” Nakamura concluded. “Be-
supplement to my experience here. Given done the exploration for zoning, and it’s a cause there will be times when I’ll go for
the fact that I haven’t paid anything ex- building the College already owned,” Her- months without crying, and then all of a
tra to use these services, I’m overall very shberger said. “We’re really far down the sudden one day will just be a really tough
grateful that they’re here. It’s of course a road on this. We could build just as soon day and almost replicate the day that my
flawed system, but they’re trying to meet as we get funding.” sister actually passed away, and I think
the demand in the best way that they can,” The plans have been on hold, though, that’s just a manifestation of my never be-
Hediger said. since President Clayton Rose began his ing able to deal with grief directly while I
TIME’S UP : Counseling Service’s intake form asks students to estimate how long they will Nevertheless, the experience for her tenure last fall. was at Bowdoin.”
require regular sessions. has not always been as fulfilling as she “I think we had the green light to move Meg Robbins contributed to this report.
6 the bowdoin orient friday, may 5, 2017

Spring Dance Concert showcases original works by faculty, students
By Brendan Pulsifer
Orient Staff
Pillows and sleep, improvisation,
site-specific choreography and be-
ing yourself—this year’s annual
Spring Dance Concert will show-
case a broad range of contemporary
styles, themes and techniques from
dancers enrolled in student soloists,
special guest Rakiya Orange ’11 and
Modern classes.
Both group performances—Mod-
ern I and Modern III—will explore
contemporary styles of dance.
Students in Modern I, an in-
troductory class taught by Senior
Lecturer in Dance Performance
Gwyneth Jones, are preparing a fun
and energetic piece centered on the
theme of sleep. It will feature props,
like pillows and sheets, a moving
storyline and complex movements
and patterning.
“Gwyneth is a fantastic professor,”
said Elizabeth Givens ’17, a student
in Modern I. “She has so much en-
ergy, trust and creativity in getting
everyone to work together.”
The piece for Modern III students
does not have a planned theme and
is improvisational. Taught by As-
sistant Professor of Dance Aretha
Aoki, Modern III is a class with only
eight advanced dancers. Though
Aoki is the chief choreographer, she
let students have significant creative
SHUT UP AND DANCE: The department of theater and dance’s Modern I class rehearses its group piece on Monday evening. The performance centers on themes of sleep through a moving
“We did a lot of improvisation—I’d
sometimes have dancers make move-
storyline and dream sequences. The concert also features performances by Modern III, independent student artists and Bowdoin alumna Rakiya Orange ’11.
ment based on those improvisations Fickera will take center stage as and Macmillan used in their voyage and be yourself. Orange has been kindergarten at an all-boys school
or I would craft movements,” said well with Joy Huang ’19 and Me- to the Arctic and created a dance choreographing the piece since Feb- and dance at an all-girls school in
Aoki. “This piece really reflects all of lissa Miura ’19 to perform a piece that brought that to life.” ruary, but much of her work on the Baltimore.
our creative minds, not just mine. It’s the three dancers choreographed This video of the dance will be piece has actually taken place out- According to Givens, the student
very much a collaboration.” themselves. The piece is a continu- played on a screen at the concert in side the studio. performers who have prepared for
In addition to the group numbers, ation of Fickera’s independent study conjunction with a new, live dance “The work has mostly been read- this concert all semester are thrilled
two students, Ben Eisenberg ’17 last semester, in which she explored from Fickera, Huang and Miura. ing, writing, and having conver- to showcase their final product
and Gina Fickera ’18, will showcase the avant-garde technique of site- Most notably, Bowdoin alumna sations with family members and this weekend.
their own independent projects. specific choreography. The trio Rakiya Orange ’11 will return to the friends around those salient ideas of “Over the semester, I’ve gotten so
Eisenberg, a Visual Arts major who improvisationally danced in public Bowdoin stage where her dance ca- relationships and love, respect, com- much more confident making spe-
has taken numerous classes in the areas around campus and ultimately reer began to perform a 10-minute munity,” said Orange. “I take those cific movements, even if they seem
dance and theatre department, will filmed a performance in the Peary- solo piece, “Nina.” Orange drew in- ideas and play with them in the stu- ridiculous,” said Givens.
dance to a short piece by the band MacMillian Arctic Museum. spiration for her performance from dio through improvisation.” The Spring Dance Concert will
Mum. His choreography showcases “The dance was based off of the iconic black films that she grew up Since graduating from Bowdoin, run Thursday, Friday and Saturday
his skills as a graceful mover as he frameworks of the space: the archi- with in the 1990s. Themes of matu- Orange received a Masters in Fine evening at 7:30 p.m. in Pickard The-
works with the floor, his weight and tecture, the ambient noise, the light- ration, coming of age and relation- Arts from Hollins University in Ro- ater’s Memorial Hall. Tickets are free
momentum to explore a nuanced re- ing, things like that,” said Fickera. ships brought her to question what anoke, VA and has performed solo at the David Saul Smith Union In-
lationship with the music. “We focused on the sled that Peary it means to be in love, be present work in New York. She also teaches formation Desk and at the door.

New Museum of Art exhibition celebrates 500 years of drawing, watercolor and collage
tutes a drawing.
By Isabelle Hallé “We believe that each drawing that’s on view here
Orient Staff
gives a slightly different and interesting answer to
The first image visitors see when they enter the the question, ‘Why draw?’ That’s the idea,” added
Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s newest exhibi- Museum Curator Joachim Homann.
tion, “Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Wa- According to Goodyear and Homann, framing
tercolor,” is a seven-foot-tall portrait of pop culture the exhibit in terms of the question ‘Why Draw?’
icon Pharrell Williams, created with techniques allows more freedom for individual interpretation.
that date back to the Renaissance-era drawings “It’s just an opportunity to reexamine our own
that are displayed alongside it. assumptions and maybe even to think about why
This pairing is just one example of how the new we ourselves might choose to draw, what we might
exhibition juxtaposes old and new in order to choose to draw, what we might find important
bring a contemporary perspective to the Museum’s about drawing itself,” said Goodyear.
oldest works of art. Unlike many of the Museum’s summer shows,
According to Museum Co-Director Anne ‘Why Draw?’ is entirely comprised of works from
Goodyear, the portrait of Williams—created the Museum’s own collection, including recent ac-
by figurative artist Alex Katz—sets the tone for quisitions and promised gifts. It features many of
the entire exhibition, which opened on Tues- the master drawings that James Bowdoin III do-
day afternoon. nated to the College upon his death in 1811—a
The exhibition consists of a selection of 150 donation that represents both the start of the Col-
drawings arranged in chronological order and en- lege’s art collection and the first public collection of
compassing a variety of media including crayon, drawings in the United States. MEGHAN PARSONS, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
charcoal, pastel, graphite, ink, watercolor and col- “There’s a way in which drawing has been at the BETWEEN THE LINES: Members of the Bowdoin community gathered in the Museum of Art on Tuesday evening
lage. Goodyear said the exhibition poses the ques-
for the opening reception of “Why Draw? 500 Years of Drawings and Watercolor.” The exhibition will be on display until
tion ‘‘Why Draw?’’ but also questions what consti- Please see DRAWINGS, page 8
September 3rd, 2017.
friday, may 5, 2017 the bowdoin orient a&e 7

First-year band 20/20 kicks off Ivies, brings jazz, R&B-inspired sounds to campus
that that’s something,” she added.
By Claudia Pou Band members enjoyed performing
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for a large crowd at Smallpools and
Comprised of all first-years, stu- hope it encourages more people to
dent band 20/20 arrived with a bang come to future performances.
when they became one of the young- The group described having such
est bands ever to win Battle of the a large crowd as their favorite part of
Bands, winning a $500 cash prize and opening for Smallpools, and hopes
the chance to open for the Smallpools the show will encourage more peo-
Ivies kick-off concert. When the band ple to come to their performances in
opened for Smallpools last Thursday, the future.
it performed to a full crowd with a “I think playing at Ivies kind of
diverse set ranging from Kanye West’s opened us up to a new crowd that
“Ultralight Beam” to Vulfpeck’s “Wait hasn’t been going to our concerts
for the Moment.” It includes singer beforehand. Before that we played
Hannah Jorgensen ’20, guitarist and at Reed and Ladd, and both of them
singer Parke Aiken ’20, drummer Josh were kind of attended by the same
Brooks ’20, bassist Nathan Blum ’20 crowd—so hopefully some new peo-
and saxophonist Dylan Hayton-Ruff- ple got a chance to hear us,” said Hay-
ner ’20. The band fuses jazz, reggae, ton-Ruffner.
hip-hop, R&B and pop genres to culti- While the group hopes to see larger
vate their eclectic sound. turnout at their future performances,
“Dylan and I both have jazz back- they have been happy with the recep-
grounds, and so that’s definitely our tion they have received thus far.
niche, and in the same way, Parke and “I’ve been really pleasantly sur-
Josh and Hannah are into rap and pop prised by how Bowdoin is to hearing
and reggae. So we are from different new music. There was the Yonatan
areas, but we all intersect,” said Blum. Gat show, which we opened for, and ELIZA GRAUMLICH, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
For Jorgenson, the only woman Bowdoin people were listening to this THEY’VE GOT THE BEAT: 20/20, comprised of all first-years: saxophonist Dylan Hayton-Ruffner, drummer Josh Brooks, guitarist and singer
in the group, the band’s ability to crazy Israeli metal jazz guy and enjoy- Parke Aiken, singer Hannah Jorgenson and Nate Blum. Following its recent acclaim at Battle of the Bands and the Smallpools concert, the band
play across genres in a cohesive way ing it and getting into it,” said Blum. plans to debut original songs in the future.
is due in part to their desire to ven- “It’s easy to just go to parties and not
ture past traditionally played music listen to music and be there and drink specting the music has been cultivated did more to support student bands on campus parties that people really
at Bowdoin. and hang out with friends, but to get a lot by them I think,” said Blum. by providing better equipment, they enjoy, and I think live music is one of
“There are a lot of really amazing engaged with the music is also I think a In the future, the band’s focus will would not only help the bands but many solutions to that.”
bands but they’re all representative really cool thing for a body to do. Bow- be on performing original music and strengthen the social scene of the Col- Though 2020 has performed cov-
of one type of music, and one type of doin, I think, is very happy to be part of taking advantage of better equipment lege as a whole. ers in previous shows, the band has
sound,” she said. “I think that every- a new music culture,” he added. and practice spaces from the college. “If student band performances were begun to write original songs that,
one in my group is very open to allow- The group credits the Bowdoin “The gear situation needs to be im- a bigger part of Bowdoin’s social scene according to Jorgensen, it hopes to
ing different chords and styles to come Music Collective and WBOR for proved because we’re a college with it would be more diverse and fun and debut soon.
out … I think a lot of groups do a lot helping to cultivate a strong student such a large endowment—we should complex social scene,” said Blum. “Down the line our goal is to kind
of mainstream white pop music.” music scene. be able to afford some high-quality “The College has been having a lot of have our own set and move away
“I’m not only a female singer but I’m “I think we just hit this nice sweet gear,” said Aiken. of trouble with the number of people from just doing covers of songs,” she
also a black female singer, and I think stride luckily, but this culture of re- The band thinks that if the College going to College Houses, or getting said. “I think we’re fully capable.”

Presidential endorsement: on the merits of J.D. Vance’s ‘Hillbilly Elegy’
York Times nonfiction bestseller list pecially those at Yale Law School. realize, at an interviewing event, that downward spirals that marked his fam-
Penelope Lusk for over 26 weeks. It’s best described as When Vance arrived at Yale Law, he doesn’t know which of his three ily. But at Bowdoin, we still need to
BOOK CLUB a sociologically-informed memoir by he was a young man who had barely spoons he should use first. One of his do better.
a man who grew up in poverty in the graduated high school, gone to Iraq professors doesn’t understand why stu- I didn’t agree with all of Vance’s
Ohio Rustbelt, a self-identified hillbilly with the Marines and attended Ohio dents from state colleges are accepted conclusions, but I was drawn by the
This past week I read a book recom- who both suffered abuse and experi- State University. He realized that ev- to the law school (Vance goes on to complexity and genuineness of his nar-
mended by a person who I know more enced the deepest love from his family eryone who surrounded him was ace the class). He hides the truth of his rative. Thank you to President Rose
intimately through social media than members before joining the Marines, rich. Vance is the first in his immedi- upbringing and his challenging family for the recommendation. Bowdoin
through conversation. He’s someone I attending Yale Law School and getting ate family to attend college—the only background from his classmates. He is is lucky to have a president who does
view with a mixture of admiration, cu- a job in Silicon Valley. Of course, that’s one in his extended family to receive a a hillbilly in a strange land. as much as he does—and who is also
riosity and deep respect. I was nervous a radical oversimplification. second degree. In a bitter reminder of Amidst all the pain, power and well-read.
that he would recommend a book Reading “Hillbilly Elegy,” I winced Bowdoin’s ongoing discussions politics in “Hillbilly Elegy”—which
that was more statistics or Latin at Vance’s overt conservatism, es- about class, Vance remembers is most compelling in its honest,
phrases than regular English sen- pecially surrounding his discus- meeting friends who were straightforward autobiography—
tences, but nonetheless eager to sions of race. When he described the children of surgeons and Vance shows how elite institutions
read anything that influences the the effects that growing up in corporate lawyers who self- are shutting out poor students and
man who so profoundly influ- poverty can have on a child, I identified as ‘middle class.’ not supporting the ones who
ences us at Bowdoin. My rec- thought of my dad. I reflected Among all of the ad- make it in. As I prepare to gradu-
ommender’s name is Clayton on the narratives of Trump’s versities that he over- ate, I am intrigued by the role
Rose (he has a terrific Insta- election while unpacking came, the struggle our administration will con-
gram). Vance’s simultaneous of ‘migrating’ tinue to play in the growing
President Rose plea for and critique from poverty to conversation about class
recommended me a of the poor white the upper-class at Bowdoin.
book that is not only community in which world of Yale goes Vance himself notes that
full of regular English he grew up. And I notably without he thinks college admission
sentences, but is vo- considered the positive discussion. Vance is not the most important
raciously readable. It’s implications of having quickly learns issue for poor students—he
also incredibly popular: a college president who the importance sees problems as beginning
“Hillbilly Elegy,” by J.D. has been influenced by of building a net- far earlier, with the ‘hill-
Vance, was on the New Vance’s experiences, es- work—only to billy culture’ of violence and

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8 a&e the bowdoin orient friday, may 5, 2017

‘One Book, One Community’ bridges College
and Brunswick through discussions on race
willingness to participate and ask “The part of the conversation
By Alyce McFadden questions and share things that that was personally really moving
Orient Staff they hadn’t fully worked through,” as a person of this community was
Brunswick residents trickled into Amaez said. hearing how willing people are to
the Curtis Memorial Library’s Mor- Director of the Curtis Memorial intervene if they can see it,” she said.
rell Meeting Room on Tuesday eve- Library Elisabeth Doucett said she “Our community is full of good peo-
ning, taking their seats in a circle hopes that the discussions will help ple—I really do believe that—and I
of chairs for a facilitated discussion generate further conversations and hope that they’re aware so that they
about racism and bias as part of the awareness within the town commu- can help to safeguard the values of
library’s “One Book, One Communi- nity. In addition to being part of the the community.”
ty” program. Led by Associate Dean library’s “One Book, One Communi- Amaez also emphasized the
of Students for Diversity and Inclu- ty” program, the event was also part awkwardness of talking about
sion Leana Amaez and Director of of a series of “Dig Deeper” conversa- race in Brunswick’s mostly
the Student Center for Multicultural tions hosted by the library. white community.
Life Benjamin Harris, the event “It’s always important to remem- “We are in Brunswick, and I wish
aimed to help to make Brunswick a ber that when bad things happen, there had been more diversity rep-
more inclusive and welcoming com- the more that we talk about it, the resented outside of Bowdoin,” she
munity for Bowdoin students and better,” Doucett said. “When you put said. “Only one person didn’t iden-
Brunswick residents alike. things in the sun, bad things shriv- tify as white, and he came late. And
The discussion used the book el up and go away, but if you stick clearly that’s not his fault. That cre-
“Writings on the Wall” by Kareem them in the shadows they grow and ates a funny dynamic.”
Abdul Jabbar as a starting point for get worse.” Harris hopes that the awareness
discussions about topics that people Doucett said the library invited these discussions seek to foster will
in the community might find un- Amaez and Harris to host the discus- make Brunswick a more welcoming
comfortable or unfamiliar. The book sion in order to engage the Bowdoin and comfortable place for students
addresses many of the most pressing and Brunswick communities in a of color.
social issues in today’s America, in- conversation about topics that deeply “The people you talk with in the
cluding homophobia, sexism, socio- affect Bowdoin students. Harris be- town are part of the community,”
economic disparity and racism. lieves his co-facilitation of the event he said. “Our students may interact “The Maiden Without Hands,” 2011 14, gouache and chalk pastel, by Natalie Frank, American, born 1980. Private Collection
“I think it’s important when you’re served another important purpose. with these people in restaurants, as
PRETTY IN PASTEL: New York-based artist Natalie Frank’s collection of feminist renderings
having a discussion around a diffi- “I think we need to have these patrons of different stores around
cult topic that many people have had conversations around race, and I campus, even in passing.”
of Borthers Grimm fairytales are featured in the Museum’s latest exhibition.

personal experience with to have think it’s important for folks of col- Doucett expressed a similar sen-
something that grounds your con- or, like me and Leana, to be a part timent and hopes that these events loud because of controls of the church
versation and gives you a common of this conversation,” he said. “If you will demonstrate that the town and the state,” said Frank.
language from which to start,” said have us in the room, you definitely is enthusiastic about welcoming CONTINUED FROM PAGE 6 To the museum’s co-directors, Frank’s
Amaez. “The book really does that.” have a different perspective than Bowdoin students of all identities heart of this institution for well over art provides a framework through
Amaez and Harris began the dis- what the majority of people in this and backgrounds. 200 years,” said Goodyear. “What we re- which to think about the history of the
cussion by asking attendees to share state probably have.” “I think that Bowdoin students ally hope is that this exhibition will help practice of drawing and contributes to
their definitions of racism. The con- Amaez said that one of the most need to know that Brunswick cares people to understand what an excep- the interplay of past and present that
versation then progressed as people rewarding parts of the discussion about them,” she said. “They care tional collection we do have and will in- they hope to lay bare in the exhibition.
shared their own experiences with was hearing the steps Brunswick about their role in the community, spire them to become even more deeply “Feminism, while it may seem to be a
both overt and implicit racism with- community members had taken and this is just one example.” involved with the Museum and inspired political discourse, also profoundly affects
in the Brunswick community. when confronted with displays of Sadie LoGerfo-Olsen contributed to take advantage of our holdings more how we understand the art world itself,
“I really appreciated people’s racism. to this report. broadly.” and you’ll find many fewer women earlier
The opening of the show was cel- in the show,” said Goodyear. “So, we actu-
ebrated with a reception at the Museum ally begin to even watch this arc by which
on Tuesday evening, following a lecture women and other sorts of artists begin to
by acclaimed artist Natalie Frank, whose come into the larger discourse.”
feminist recreation of the Brothers Will Schweller ’17, who assisted
Grimm fairy tale “The Maiden Without Homann in curating the exhibit, said
Hands” is featured in the exhibition. that he gained a new appreciation for
Frank was inspired by the origin of the the richness of the Museum’s collection.
Grimm tales as women’s oral tales, which “I’ve been coming here for four
were collected by the Grimm brothers years now, and I had no idea the ma-
from women throughout Germany. jority of these pieces were in the col-
“Fundamentally, these were women’s lection,” said Schweller. “So that’s been
tales that were passed down through really exciting to be able to work with,
the generations. So they represented and I’m really looking forward to pre-
women’s anxieties, fears, desires, things senting it to fellow students and the
that they couldn’t necessarily speak out community at large.”
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For the birds: Professor organizes annual birdathon
Bowdoin students, faculty and staff observe Maine birds for sport.
Observations are restricted to the
By Rohini Kurup state of Maine, and competitors are
Orient Staff
allowed to use any mode of transpor-
This afternoon, students will tation that does not use fossil fuels.
venture outside—binoculars in “If you want to whitewater kayak,
hand—for Bowdoin’s third annual be my guest. You’ve got two hours,”
Birdathon. The rules of the event are said Wheelwright.
simple: Teams of five work to iden- Prizes are awarded to the top
tify—either by sight or sound—as three teams with the longest lists of
many bird species as possible over approved species.
the course two hours. Last year, two teams tied for first
The event is organized by Anne place with 28 species on their lists.
T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Liam Taylor ’17 participated in
Natural Sciences and Chair of the the Birdathon last year and will do
Biology Department Nat Wheel- so again this year. He explained
wright to continue Bowdoin’s tra- that the Birdathon is an experience
dition of scholarship and research most enjoyed for fun rather than
in ornithology by getting students, for competition.
faculty and staff involved in birding. “It’s not fun to compete even
According to Wheelwright, birda- when you feel like you want to when
thons are traditional practice among you’re out there meeting new people
ornithologists, who participate in and seeing new things,” said Taylor.
“big days” in which they see how “[I]t’s fun to have a sport where it
many species of birds they can spot in can be competitive and that can all
a day. Wheelwright wanted to bring a be good natured.”
variation of this practice to Bowdoin. The Birdathon is open to every-
The event grew out of Wheel- one, regardless of prior experience
wright’s Bird Song course and was ex- with birding.
panded to include more participants. “It’s come one, come all,” said
“Knowing how busy Bowdoin stu- Wheelwright. “If you know some-
dents, faculty and staff are, I knew body who knows somebody who
we wouldn’t have time for a big day. is in the Huntington Club—which
So, I thought, how about a big two is the undergraduate bird club—or
hours?” said Wheelwright. someone who took Bird Song, or
Teams make lists of the species someone who has taken Ornithol-
they identify. Each species listed ogy, tag along. It could be the start
must have been observed or heard by of a lifelong interest.”
at least three members of the team. Cordelia Orbach ’17 echoed COURTESY OF NAT WHEELWRIGHT
For rare or improbable species, par- Wheelwright’s sentiments, explain- BIRD IS THE WORD: Members of the Bowdoin birding community take a break from the competition of the second annual birdathon (2016).
ticipants must submit photographs, ing how she developed an interest in
audio recordings or a carcass. birding after taking Bird Song and participating in the Birdathon. Wheelwright hopes that the event where they are, and better stewards
“Before Bird Song, I had a fear of will inspire participants to better of the earth, and to see if we can
[I]t’s fun to have a sport where it can be birds and hated them. I took the class understand and protect their natu- kind of turn the tide a little bit in
competitive and that can all be good natured. because I had to for my INS, and I
loved it,” said Orbach. “Now that I’ve
ral environment.
“The broader idea behind it is to
a period of doom and gloom, and
make people more optimistic and
done the Birdathon, I do my own no- turn people into naturalists and to more engaged in protecting their
NAT WHEELWRIGHT ticing of when birds come back.” make them a little more mindful of natural heritage,” he said.

A new day dawns for Tapped Out as we say goodbye to Nick
ism (read: Nick), the design is im- undertones present as the fruitiness mouth; the finish itself is not nota- Coming in at around $12 for a six,
pressive. Craft breweries, for all that fades, and once it’s all done, you are bly long or short. The most impres- you get a pretty good bang for your
TAPPED OUT they do well, are often wont to attract left with a pleasant sweetness in your sive characteristic of this beer is its buck. It is far from a rip-off, and you
with their brightly-colored hideous beautiful carbonation: bubbles are will regularly find inferior beers go-
Nick Benson and Jae-Yeon Yoo designs; Aslan Brewing takes a re- in abundance, but they are devil- ing for significantly more (looking
spectable step back and lets its beer ishly fine—producing a delicate at you, Funky Bow – no amount of
Dear Reader, do the talking. mouthfeel and a beer that, even influencer marketing can make me
With Nick’s Bowdoin departure Upon pouring, the can reveals a at 7.1 percent, is for the ses- buy into your $4/can trash). We both
looming, we decided this week to gorgeous, semi-opaque, lion-colored sion. This beer is delicious and liked this beer and recommend giv-
review a beer just because the pack- brew. The head is slight but present, smashable, perfect for a malt- ing it a try, especially if, as mentioned
aging looked pretty. As Nick’s house- and the aroma reveals very strong head looking to ease into the previously, you are a wimpy, wannabe
mate quite rightly put it: “such a notes of both pineapple and wheat— hops game. hop-head (like Nick).
sexy can; love the matte.” Indeed, old it’s weird, but it works (don’t ask us
friend. But this beer packs a punch, why). This beer is fruity, malty and ADDITIONAL NOTES:
and a nice one at that. Courtesy of toasty but without being overly sweet.
Washington State’s Aslan Brewing The American hops come in early and
Tonight’s Soundtrack: ’75 chevy by big
Co., we bought the lovely Dawn Pa- fade fast, giving way to a citrus
trol APA (American Pale Ale—a le- and mango finish. Wheat wave + carter—because faux jazz is all the
gitimately retro, pre-IPA brew). rage right now.
In answer to everyone’s first ques-
tion, whoever founded this brewery Tonight’s Toast: To Jae-Yeon, for giving
was indeed a fan of C. S. Lewis. I Nick a semi-legitimate excuse to drink nice
didn’t even have to search for a bio— beer once every other week.
the evidence is on the can. The text
is clearly contained within a silhou-
Conclusions on Dawn Patrol APA:
etted lion’s head in homage to the
fictional beast for which the brew-
ery is named. And let me tell you, Smell:
never has such a simple can brought Mouthfeel:
us so much aesthetic joy. Granted, Taste:
Jae-Yeon is a Narnia fanatic, but Smashability:
even for those who actively dislike DIANA FURUKAWA Overall:
child wonder and mythical surreal-
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As students write papers in the wee hours of the morning, snooze their alarms for an 8 a.m. class, labor
over crossword puzzles at lunch, go for an afternoon run or dance the night away in a dimly lit basement,
the Bowdoin Heating Plant’s six engineers work tirelessly to keep the College running.
“Nobody really knows we exist. Until something’s shutting down—then everybody is talking to us,” said
Fourth Class Steam Engineer Dan Morton (top).
By Hannah Rafkin

See the full photo essay online at
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DISAPPROVAL APPROVAL The Orient Approval Ratings Survey (OARS) is a biannual
survey of student approval of many key campus groups,
BOWDOIN COLLEGE leaders and institutions. This continued data collection
allows us to monitor changes in student opinion over time.
Blow are the results from this semester’s survey, as well as
several comparisons to past years.




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Talk of the Quad
to why his living room is a male-domi-
HAVEN’T WE ALL nated space. He uses the word ally lightly,
ENCOUNTERED THE borderline ironically. He wields his “Free
SOFTBOY? Flow” and “Consent is Key” stickers
like badges.
“The Fuckboy, in his current form, Just as you are over him, he resurfaces
aims for the night, aims for the break, by insisting you study with him. By in-
goals to ghost. The Softboy strings you sisting you get a meal. By insisting you
along under loftier auspices. He is Nice play beer pong with him at a party. By
yet Complicated; this isn’t just a hookup. insisting you go home with him.
It’s a series of such,” wrote Alan Hanson Though these examples seem specif-
in his article “Have You Encountered ic, any resemblances to specific people
the Softboy?” are a coincidence. Instead, the Bowdoin
Lillian Eckstein ’18 read this piece Softboy fits no specific mold nor demo-
aloud to me a couple of months ago graphic; rather, he permeates all spaces.
with the premise, “HOW HAVE YOU The BS is a result of second-wave Fuck-
NOT READ THIS?” I cannot help but boys. Those who think they are “one-of-
assume she was implicitly commenting the-good-guys,” those who hold them-
on my softboy past. Rewrite: my ongo- selves to a “higher standard.” Softboys
ing experience with softboys. So here manage to generate power from their
I am, writing in the Orient, aiming to sensitivity and self-conscious nature.
put something out there that is original, Though it may seem like there also
something that hopefully goes slightly exists a softgirl, this is a falsehood. Any
beyond a white girl complaining about behavior women exhibit that resembles
white girl problems. I wrote this because that of a BS is a response to living in
I think boys suck and they cannot be told DIANAFURUKAWA
FURUKAWA a hookup culture determined by the
enough that they suck. institutionalization of male entitle-
First, please read Hanson’s original You get the meal, but his friends sit “The Fuckboy is perplexed that you evening in a College House basement. ment. This culture allows the BS to get
piece. All of my ideas are directly inspired nearby, and he finds a way to participate were upset when he forgot to text you The Senior BS insists you come over excused time and time again for his
by what he wrote, though, sure, I will give in their conversation certainly too many for three days then sent ‘what are you and cook with him sometime. When actions. This culture rewards men for
myself a little credit considering Hanson times. Then he gets up to get silverware, up to’ at last call. The Softboy knows this you do, he shows you souvenirs from moments of kindness and punishes
is probably a softboy himself, because then seconds, then toast, then tea, then behavior is selfish and cruel, though his abroad. He later Venmo charges you women for misinterpreting the inten-
softboys are so very introspective! another cup of tea and then has to run. desire to get laid can trump this. He feels $12 for “insert pasta and wine emoji.” tion of men’s kindness.
Let me introduce the “Bowdoin Soft- The BS forgot to clear his used napkin. shame. He does it again,” Hanson wrote. The wine had already been opened, and Fuckboys, Softboys and all of you in
boy,” which, through a delightful coinci- The BS often wears Patagonia, but as- The first-year BS opens up to you the meal was vegetarian. between, please recognize the power you
dence, can be shortened to the BS: serts he got it on clearance in Freeport; about his high school ex. He holds no The BS stops and asks you about the have in a society so deeply rooted in pa-
The BS barely managed to say hi to were the Bean Boots, too? He reminds resentment, though he is sad and caught paper you are writing for your sociology triarchal norms. Please take a moment to
you across the salad bar in Moulton, but you that his new turtleneck is from Salva- in nostalgia. He says that he does not class in HL. It just so happens that he recognize the impact of your actions.
sends you a Snapchat later “we should get tion Army. He has really been thinking think he will be emotionally available for took Sociology 1101. He bemoans all of Julia Conley is a member of the Class
a meal sometime!” hard about class implications at Bowdoin. a long time. He makes out with you that the “isms.” Though, he is still confused as of 2018.

ming, the bone-deep value it has for bod-
FROM CITY TO SEA ies like mine, which can’t run any distanc-
es or play contact sports but find lightness
New Yorkers like to brag about how when submerged.
good our drinking water is, straight from When I left the waters of New York for
the tap. And, okay, New Yorkers like to the waters of Maine, I was thinking (wor-
brag about a lot of things—but the drink- rying) a lot about my parents, my health
ing water really is excellent. When I left and all the things I would have to learn to
the city for Maine, though, I went straight deal with at college. But I was eager for
to the salt water. the ways in which moving to Maine felt
The closest thing I’ve ever had to a like coming home. When I was small, I
spiritual experience was my sophomore watched the ashes of my beloved great-
year when I jumped naked off the banks grandparents—and their siblings, and
of Merritt Island and my body was illumi- my great-uncle—fall into the choppy
nated by a brightness more radiant than waves of the Merepoint Bay. My roots are
any starlight or sunlight or moonlight. As in the water.
I scissor-kicked and then dove underwa- One other thing my parents have in
ter to watch ribbons of tiny biolumines- common is that they both went to Bow-
cent organisms dance in my trail, I found doin. As I prepared my collegiate life and
myself connected to the wholeness of the they planned their lives post-impending
natural world. divorce, I was unconsciously, but desper-
My mom and dad both love to swim, ately, searching for ways to reconcile that
which is one of the few things they have which was breaking and that which was
in common. My mother has a strong side- beginning—the end of a family unit and dips at so many places we shouldn’t have like swimming, just go wave your hand in But also, they probably won’t. I’ll
stroke and never gets into the water with- the creation of new adult lives. Some- been skinny-dipping. And I look at my the water.) probably find something to do with
out shrieking joy. My father is impervious where between Smith Union, the beauty friends now—we can talk about anything, As I prepare to graduate, I objectively my time and I’ll probably move home,
to cold and is always determined to be the of Reid State Park and the comfort of that they have given me everything and all the have nothing figured out. I’m not one of where the drinking water really is deli-
last one out. I inherited all of these traits, Merepoint Bay, I found the lines of fam- while the tide rolls in and the tide rolls out. the seniors who has landed their dream cious. In the end, I’m maybe more afraid
to the combined chagrin and amusement ily that stretch far beyond the four walls of As for spiritual experiences—that was job, despite the Career Planning Cen- of leaving the coastal pockets that have
of my friends waiting in the Merritt Is- one single house. a type of learning I wasn’t so worried I’d ter’s valiant efforts. I don’t know where I been my havens than I am of anything
land shallows. My friendships solidified through face at college (the concern leant more to- want to be in four weeks (yes, graduation else. But they’ve been there, and they’ll
There is something special about wa- bike rides to Simpsons’ Point, sunrises wards drinking game rules and talking to is only four weeks away), much less four be there—and if the ocean has taught
ter—especially salt water, which has the at Morse Mountain and the rope swing strangers). But ever since Merritt Island, years. My parents are still divorced and I me anything, it’s that you can always rely
added bonus of tasting and smelling deli- at Sewell Pond. Old relationships are re- I see the vastness of the ocean in a new, still struggle with chronic illness and I’m on the tide.
cious—because it holds you and supports vitalized, energized with laughter and complexly joyful, light. (Everyone should gripped by a terror my best friends will Penelope Lusk is a member of the Class
you. I wrote my college essay about swim- whispered confessions during skinny- swim in the bioluminescence. If you don’t immediately forget me after graduation. of 2017.
friday, may 5, 2017 the bowdoin orient 13

Softball hosts NESCAC playoffs for first time HIGHLIGHT
By Anna Fauver
keep them in the low-scoring games.
We know we’re going to be in close
Orient Staff
games so that it gives us some time.”
After a disappointing loss to Tufts To cement the Polar Bears’ spot at
(22-14, 8-4 NESCAC), the softball the top of NESCAC East, No. 4 Colby Tournament time. The women’s
team (27-8, 9-3 NESCAC) rebounded (11-19, 4-8 NESCAC) beat No. 2 tennis team (13-4, 5-3 NESCAC)
by sweeping its series against Bates Trinity (19-13, 8-4 NESCAC) 2-1 to is seeded fifth heading into the
(10-18, 1-11 NESCAC) 3-0, 8-1, 5-1, knock the Bantams off the top. first round of NESCAC playoffs
to clinch the No. 1 spot in NESCAC “I’ve never loved Colby so much,” this weekend where it will face No.
East, which allows Bowdoin to host Sullivan said. “I think that’s a great 2 Wesleyan (11-3, 5-3 NESCAC).
the NESCAC Playoffs this weekend. example of how you never know
The Polar Bears hope to build
The team’s first opponent will be the what’s going to happen. We certainly,
off their recent success—an 8-1
NESCAC West No. 2 seed, Amherst in years past, have had moments
(26-8, 10-2 NESCAC). This marks where we kind of drop a game here win over Babson (10-8) and a
the first time Bowdoin will host the or there and the big picture becomes 9-0 shutout over MIT (12-8) last
tournament since its creation. an issue as well. But we have never weekend—as they go up against a
Captain Marisa O’Toole ’17 said rooted for Colby as much as we did strong Cardinal squad. The team
the coaching staff was crucial to the probably this past weekend.” will face Wesleyan today at 1 p.m.
team’s ability to put the Tufts series O’Toole agrees that Colby’s win at Williams.
behind it and get the wins needed for against Trinity was important,
this weekend. but believes that it was even more
“I have to hand it to our coaches important for the team not to worry
for basically saying that that doesn’t about the Colby-Trinity game while
define us and that’s not who we were, playing its own. Track stars. Both the women’s and
“ O’Toole said. “We knew that, but it “Those are the types of things men’s outdoor track and field teams
was really great to get that reaffirmed that you can’t really predict,” she earned multiple All-NESCAC
from our coaches. They knew that said. “But I think it was important honors for outstanding perfor-
we were a really good team and that for us to not even worry about what mances throughout the season.
sometimes you’re going to have those was going on in the other series and Head Coach Peter Slovenski and
days. It’s really important for us not really focus on us. Each inning, each
assistant coaches Damon Hall, Jasia
to get shaken up by that and start to at-bat, just trying our best to play
doubt ourselves.” our game and then when we did Richardson and Lynn Ruddy were
Another key component to the win our job, other things just fell for us recognized as the men’s track and
against Bates was the pitching. Over the as well and that’s how we ended up field Coaching Staff of the Year
course of the weekend, Bowdoin gave where we are right now.” ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT for the first time ever after leading
up only two runs and 12 hits compared Going into the NESCAC POWER HITTER: Sam Valdivia ’19 steps up to the plate as Bowdoin edges out a key 4-3 win the team to a third-place finish at
to its own 16 runs and 28 hits. tournament this weekend, the team is over rival Tufts (22-14, 8-4 NESCAC) on April 22 that helped secure the team’s No. 1 seed. NESCAC championships. Thirteen
“The pitchers, all four of them, looking forward to hosting, especially Polar Bears earned accolades this
ended up pitching at some point after only having five home games yield a different result than the 9-8 them really doesn’t matter or mean spring, including Yaw Sekyere ’20,
this weekend, and all four of them this season. Playing at home will loss Bowdoin suffered in March. anything because there’s very little you
who was named NESCAC Rookie
were outstanding,” Head Coach Ryan give the Polar Bears a distinct edge “We were coming off a bus trip can kind of pull from it and say, ‘Oh,
Sullivan said. “That’s a nice relief when they face Amherst tomorrow, to Florida with two hours of sleep we knew a lot about Amherst because of the Year.
certainly for the hitters to know that compared to when the teams first met and it was a very windy day, kind of that game.’”
there’s not a lot of pressure because in Florida after a 36-hour bus ride of a crazy day,” Sullivan said. “So in
they know their pitchers are going to from campus—and hopefully will a lot of respects, that game against Please see SOFTBALL, page 15

Spagnuolo ’96 aids women’s hockey fight for equality
Terrific trio. The women’s
lacrosse team (10-6, 5-5
NESCAC) fell to No. 2 Hamilton
(12-4, 8-2 NESCAC) 12-9 in
the NESCAC quarterfinals
bodies are responsible for growing their where they were supposed to host and there’s still plenty of work to be done, in
By Anjulee Bhalla last weekend to end its season.
sports equitably. defend their gold medal. Putting so much and outside of ice hockey.”
Orient Staff The players had three main goals for on the line, what followed was a few A major victory for the team and While it was a disappointing
During her time at Bowdoin, Dee their contract negotiations: to increase very intense weeks of negotiations and women’s athletics, the deal was signed end to the season, the team put
Spagnuolo ’96 was a three-sport athlete compensation, as most players needed ultimately an agreement that Spagnuolo 48 hours before their first game of the forward many strong team and
who played field hockey, ice hockey and second or third jobs outside of hockey, believes met all three goals through a World Championships in Plymouth, individual performances, as Kara
softball all four years. A dominant force on to increase playing opportunities since variety of provisions. Michigan. However, missing all of the pre- Finnerty ’20, Hannah Hirschfeld
the field, ice and diamond, Spagnuolo still the team currently only plays nine “It really elevated the profile of ice tournament training did not hinder the ’18 and Caroline Maxwell ’20
holds the Bowdoin women’s ice hockey games in non-Olympic years and to hockey in this country—everyone was team as the U.S. went on to defend its gold were all named to the All-
record for most career penalty minutes raise the profile of the U.S. women’s ice talking about it ... and I think it really medal in an overtime win over Canada.
NESCAC Second Team for their
and most penalty minutes in a season. hockey team. brought to life some of the issues female “It was so emotional, knowing what
outstanding play this season.
Spagnuolo now works as a partner at The team approached Ballard Spahr athletes continue to face in our country,” they’d been through, knowing what they’d
Ballard Spahr law firm, with a particular in late 2015 and after establishing these said Spagnuolo. “These sort of issues put on the line, knowing that we had
focus in the white collar sector and goals, reached out to USA Hockey in of equality are a marathon and not a helped them meet their goals off the ice,”
internal investigations. However, when an February of 2016. After 15 months of sprint, and I think that through this said Spagnuolo. “And then to see them
opportunity to represent the U.S. women’s negotiations, the players decided to representation and really through these really have a storybook ending, meeting
ice hockey team came through the pro boycott the World Championships, players we have advanced the ball but their goal on the ice under less than ideal Fearsome foursome. Men’s la-
bono department of the firm, Spagnuolo circumstances ... to see all of that come crosse closes out the season with
was offered a chance to explore an area together, if you were to watch it in a movie a 10-6 record—7-3 in league
outside of her particular niche as well as you wouldn’t believe that it was true.” matchups—after a tough 12-11
reconnect with ice hockey. Spagnuolo found that in many ways loss to No. 5 Tufts (12-4, 6-4
“This opportunity presented for me this opportunity brought her back to her NESCAC) in the first round of
a chance to really focus my professional Bowdoin days, not only through revisiting NESCAC playoffs last Saturday.
skills in an area that I’m really passionate her passion of ice hockey, but because
The team will look to improve
about—gender, gender equality—and she believes her liberal arts education
then you layer on top of that ice hockey, allowed her to take full advantage of the on this season’s results next year,
which was certainly a big part of my life opportunity when it arose. led by a strong core of juniors
many, many years ago,” said Spagnuolo. “It’s been interesting to see— that received All-NESCAC hon-
“[Ice hockey] was a passion of mine that I sometimes when I least expect it—when ors this week. Matthew Crow-
really hadn’t been engaged with on a day- these opportunities and these skills that ell ’18 was named to the First
to-day level since I was at Bowdoin, but I I developed resurface,” said Spagnuolo. Team, accompanied by Daniel
was back in it in a heartbeat.” “The more interests that you develop Buckman ’18, Brett Kujala ’18
The team believed USA Hockey— and the more well-rounded that you are, and Parker Sessions ’18 on the
the national governing body for ice the more you engage in a wide variety of
Second Team.
hockey in the U.S.—was not living up activities, the better equipped you are to
to the requirements of the Ted Stevens seize an opportunity when it comes your
Olympic and Amateur Sports Act, GETTING GOLD: Dee Spagnuolo ’96 (center) and her daughter (center right) pose on the ice way and the more comfortable you are in
which states that national governing with the U.S. women’s ice hockey team after their overtime win in the World Championship finals. doing that.” COMPILED BY ANJULEE BHALLA
14 sports the bowdoin orient friday, may 5, 2017

‘Winning Together’ confronts issues of race in athletics
panel, hear personal anecdotes from absorb this [discussion’s content], teams in order to continue promoting themselves in the shoes of their non-
By Jane Chang several of Bowdoin’s athletes of color engage with it, discuss it, be shocked, be conversations about race on campus. white peers.
Orient Staff
and break into small groups to cultivate surprised and be moved to have these Track and field member Amani Hite “I definitely got some perspectives
On Monday, the Athletic more personal dialogues. conversations more.” ’20 was encouraged to speak at the that I haven’t heard. Just talking about
Department held an event called “I think the biggest goal [of the Topics examined at “Winning event after sharing her story with her how you stick out and what a white
“Winning Together: Intersections event] was to have this conversation Together” ranged from white fragility fellow members of Bowdoin’s Athletes person takes for granted, it’s really hard
between Race and Athletics” that and really expose people to the issues and white spaces to what it means Of Color group. Although most of to put yourself in that person’s shoes as
invited students and professors, that students of color on campus face,” to be an ally. Associate Professor of the other stories shared at the event the only person of color on the team,”
athletes and non-athletes, to engage in said event organizer and softball captain Africana Studies Judith Casselberry were anonymous, Hite shared her said Edwards-Kuhn. “I think that just
conversations about the role that race Marisa O’Toole ’17. “[Since] our athletic and Assistant Professor of Sociology story herself. the general sense of being able to talk
plays on Bowdoin’s athletic teams. community is so big on campus and so Theo Greene touched on these subjects “I decided to not go anonymous to friends who are going through these
The event was divided into three many students are involved in sports and many more, including how to take because I thought it would make it issues, increasing your ability to talk
sections, where attendees had the ... we really wanted to [invite] people the information and lessons learned more original and raw if you heard about guilt—not even that just being
opportunity to participate in a Q&A from every team … who could really from the discussion back to Bowdoin my story and where I come from, just able to connect with them more and
the challenges that I faced myself,” being able to understand it’s not your
said Hite. own understanding, it’s theirs.”
When asked about her plans for O’Toole agreed that these narratives
facilitating conversations about race after allow other students and athletes
sharing her story at Winning Together, to recognize the unique challenges
Hite said that she plans on being more that face certain members of
open to answering her teammates’ Bowdoin’s community.
questions about race to make sure they “I think that it was really important
are educated on the issue. to have those stories unearthed … The
“We all have some [ignorance] idea is that once they’re unearthed
in us, but it’s not until you actually you… really take [them] to heart and
open yourself up and ask questions think critically about what happens
and attempt to educate yourself every day here, and what we do in
about things that you don’t know that small ways that could contribute to
you are actually able to see change [someone’s] struggle,” said O’Toole.
happen,” said Hite. Although she will be graduating
Hite also said that she hopes to use this spring, O’Toole is hopeful about
these discussions to improve team Bowdoin students continuing this
dynamics and strengthen the bonds discussion.
among her teammates. “We really just wanted to make
Hite’s story made an impact on sure that this event didn’t just happen
Sam Edwards-Kuhn ’20, who said one time last year and then not be
that he found her story incredibly continued,” she said. “It’s just way too
powerful and thought-provoking. important to only happen one time.
Although Edwards-Kuhn is neither And even one time a year, I’d like to
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT a Bowdoin athlete nor a student of see it more frequently than one big
color, he emphasized the need for event, so hopefully in the future that
WORKING AS ONE: Associate Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry participates in a Q&A panel at the Athletic Department’s “Win- white students to attempt to place can happen.”
ning Together: Intersections between Race and Athletics” event that looked to shed light on the unique experiences of athletes of color.

Bidding farewell to The Relegation Zone
future. To start, I hope Ronaldo never find peace. Enjoy the product for what
stops scoring goals. Let me preface that it is, support your club, wear the scarves
Eric Zelina by saying I loath Ronaldo. I loath his and help MLS reach that next level.
THE RELEGATION ZONE stupid posed celebrations after scoring Moving on, I hope that the end of
big goals, the fact that he’s stolen spot- St. Totteringham’s Day, that hallowed
I’m sitting in an airport bar at O’Hare light and accolades from Messi, that he day in the red part of North London
International Airport in Chicago, sleep- won a major international tournament where Arsenal is guaranteed to fin-
deprived, avoiding the crushing amount at Euro 2016 despite being largely in- ish above Tottenham in the table,
of work I have to do when I get back to visible. Despite all that, I hope he plays brings about real change at Arse-
campus and taking advantage of my 30 until he’s 40 and immobile à la Frances- nal. With Spurs’ 2-0 thrashing of
minutes of free airport WiFi to watch co Totti at Roma. In my mind, he’s the listless Arsenal in last weekend’s
the Madrid derby in the first leg of the ultimate antagonist and football needs North London Derby, Tottenham
Champions League semifinals. more villains. La Liga and “El Clasicos” officially called off the celebrations
I’ve always had a casual interest in are infinitely more fun when Barca and for the first time in 22 years. Regu-
Atletico Madrid, Spain’s snarling, hard- Madrid are in full flight, and Ronaldo lar Relegation Zone readers will
tackling, perpetual third team behind is still a huge piece of that. Plus it’ll know that Arsene Wenger and Ar-
crosstown rivals Real Madrid and Bar- be that much sweeter when Atletico senal have looked lost for quite some
celona. Diego Simeone, its manager, Madrid vanquishes a Real side in the time now, and, as an unabashed Arse-
looks more like a “Reservoir Dogs” Champions League with Cristiano in nal supporter, hopefully a capitulation
understudy than a football coach, and the team. to the hated rivals is the impetus for him
no one’s ever mistaken his teams for ex- Next, I hope Major League Soccer to end his reign after the season. Know-
citing—a more apt comparison would and its fans can get over their inferiority ing Arsene’s stubbornness, it won’t
be a boa constrictor, capable of striking complexes. Many MLS fans act offended change a thing, but here’s to hoping.
with lethal efficiency on the counter, when American “Eurosnob” soccer fans Finally, I hope that in 2022, Chris-
then strangling the life out of a match belittle MLS, or when important figures tian Pulisic picks up his second or third
with compact blocks of four in midfield like Jurgen Klinsmann say that young consecutive Ballon d’Or trophy as the
and defense. American players should go to Europe world’s best player and then wills the
The two sides have met each of the to develop. At the same time, it’s true U.S. Men’s National Team to a World
three previous seasons in the Champi- that the soccer on the pitch isn’t at as Cup title. I realize the Soccer Gods
ons League with Real winning all three high a level (yet) as the Premier League, are fickle, so 2018 might be too big
meetings en route to two European ti- Bundesliga and so on—I say that as of an ask, but 2022 seems reasonable.
tles. Perhaps solely to spite my delusions someone who loves MLS. I love watch- Like Sunderland always manag-
that this would finally be the year for ing a boring DC United side grind out ing to escape the actual relegation
Atletico Madrid to get over the hump results, then underperform in the play- trapdoor—except this year, enjoy the
(and conveniently, just as my free WiFi offs. I love watching Sebastian Giovinco Championship next season, Sunder-
runs out), Cristiano Ronaldo bangs in score transcendent goals. Hell, I even land fans—the Relegation Zone has
the first of his three goals in a 3-0 Real love it when teams and supporters been the 800 words that you wonder
romp. I shut my computer and curse mimic European traditions and conven- how they continue to get published
Ronaldo once again. tions. It’s true though, that MLS still lags every other week. Mercifully for read-
For this final iteration of probably behind major European leagues. Does ers, I’m graduating and metaphori-
the least-read biweekly column in Ori- that make it any less entertaining? If cally relegating this column from the
ent history, I thought it would be fitting you’re an MLS supporter, probably not. Orient pages. So regardless of who
to put down some of my hopes, both So, I hope that MLS fans who still har- you support, go enjoy some football BROOKE GODDARD
serious and not-so, for soccer’s near bor insecurities about their fandom can this weekend.
friday, may 5, 2017 the bowdoin orient sports 15

hosting feels good, it feels successful
in and of itself so I think that gives you
a little bit of extra confidence going
already and we know that we can hit
the ball. We scored eight runs, and for
the majority of the game we were very Thomas ’17 studies impact of
mindfulness on injured athletes
into the weekend.” much in control. We know that we can
In addition to minimal travel time, In addition to having home-field beat them. Now we just got to go out
hosting also offers the benefit of a advantage all weekend, O’Toole is and do it.”
large home crowd. confident in her team’s ability to play Weather permitting, the
“Playing on your home field, you well and win. tournament’s first round will take
can get more fans, more of your “We’re most successful when we are place at home today as Williams (28- improve overall mood and possibly
friends can come, it’s easy for your just playing our game and focusing 10, 11-1 NESCAC) faces Trinity at By Julius Long even improve athletic performance.
family to get there,” O’Toole said. on us and trying to set the tempo,” noon, followed by Bowdoin against Orient Staff “Obviously playing sports, all your
“Also, I think just knowing that you’re she said. “We have seen [Amherst] Amherst at 2 p.m. For the past three semesters, Garrett attention needs to be going to the
Thomas ’17 has been conducting current play rather than thinking about
an independent study examining what happened earlier in the game or
NESCAC Softball Championship Bracket the effects of mindfulness on stress the future or something like that,” said
reduction and athletic performance, Thomas. “You’re going to be able to
Bowdoin specifically for injured or previously be completely invested in the present
BREAKING DOWN THE BRACKET: injured athletes at Bowdoin. moment, which theoretically should
Winner (1) For both softball and baseball, the NESCAC is In the past few years, injuries, help improve athletic performance.”
(1) divided into two five-team divisions—East and especially concussions, have come to Thomas’ study looks at two groups of
West—and the top two teams in each division the forefront of athletic discussions. eight Bowdoin athletes across a range of
Amherst Winner (4) qualify for playoffs. This year, Bowdoin is the In an Orient article published last sports. Each group is subject to a four
(4) No. 1 seed in the East and will therefore play spring—“Concussed at Bowdoin”—
students discussed how concussions
week mindfulness program, similar to
the one Thomas did, in which they are
Amherst—the No. 2 seed in the West—while
Trinity have significantly altered their taught several mindfulness techniques
Winner (2) Williams will face off against Trinity as the No.
(2) Champion 1 West and No. 2 East teams, respectively. From
Bowdoin experiences and even forced
some students to take time away
including seated and lying meditation,
mindful yoga and mindful walking.
Williams Loser (4) there, the playoff tournament is formatted as from campus, further prompting a The mindfulness program is run with
a double elimination bracket. Unlike NESCAC discussion about proper care as well as the assistance of Bernie Hershberger,
championships for other sports, in softball, a preventative action. director of counseling services and
Loser (1) team must lose twice to be knocked out of the
(5) Winner (5)
competition. Bowdoin will be hosting the entire
Injuries are still commonplace for
athletes and it was Thomas’ own experience
wellness programs at Bowdoin.
“I probably provide sports psychology
tournament, which will start today as long as that inspired him to take action. consultations to approximately 10-12
Winner (3)
(3) the weather permits. “I was just coming off a knee injury
so I missed all of my [junior football
individual athletes a semester and then
meet with 2-3 teams a semester for group
season],” said Thomas. “I actually went visualization/hypnosis sessions,” wrote
through an eight-week program of Hershberger in an email to the Orient.
mindfulness-based stress reduction. This was the last week of data
During that time I was training and collection for the study. As data
working out for the football season. collection from the second group

Men’s tennis hopes to rally in playoffs
Doing the mindfulness stuff and going comes to a close, over the course of
through the workouts, I thought that it the next week, Thomas will begin
really helped me and helped improve to analyze and form conclusions
my athletic performance, but I also just about his data. If the results of
felt better in general.” Thomas’ study indicates a connection
Mindfulness has become an between athletic performance and
By Roither Gonzales increasingly prevalent technique in mindfulness, he foresees it playing a
Orient Staff
professional practice, especially in greater role in our sports programs
The Bowdoin men’s tennis team (15-4, treating depression and reducing stress. even after he has graduated.
6-3 NESCAC) heads into the first round But it has also gained traction in the “I think that whatever we do
of the NESCAC tournament this weekend realm of sports. find, if we do get positive results,
as the No. 4 seed and in better form after “There’s a study of soccer players in then [mindfulness] can definitely be
recovering from an illness that affected a Sweden that showed that mindfulness implemented in the future seasons
significant amount of the team. The team helped reduce injuries with them, so I and the future years,” said Thomas.
had mixed results last weekend—beating wanted to kind of emulate that study and “Having those ties with Dr. Hershberger
Tufts (9-7, 4-5 NESCAC) in a razor-thin apply it to Bowdoin athletes—see if we and being that I’m on the football and
5-4 match and losing 3-6 to Wesleyan can reduce injuries here,” said Thomas. track team, being able to talk to those
(13-2, 8-1 NESCAC) on Saturday. The He expects to see similar results in coaches and making those connections
team is looking to bounce back from the his study. Thomas hypothesizes that will definitely help to implement
Wesleyan loss as well as its recent losses to mindfulness will reduce injuries, stress, [mindfulness] in future seasons.”
Bates (6-10, 5-4 NESCAC) in a rematch
against the Bobcats in the first round of
NESCAC playoffs this weekend.
Despite their loss, the Polar Bears
scored some significant wins against
Wesleyan with Luke Tercek ’18 and
Grant Urken ’19 scoring a major
victory in No. 1 doubles. The team also
performed relatively well in singles, with
Luke Carstens ’19 and Urken winning
No. 2 and No. 6 singles respectively.
However, the team still fell short as
Wesleyan dominated the singles and
took No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.
“Wesleyan has some really good
spots that are kind of like the best in the
country; their best player’s probably
within the top five in the country,” said
Gil Roddy ’18. “And so when the team ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
has such strong spots, the doubles are
super important, and we went down GETTING AIR: Justin Patel ’20 leaps to return a strong shot in the No. 3 doubles matchup dur-
2-1 against them in doubles. But on ing the team’s 9-0 shutout win over Connecticut College (6-10, 1-6 NESCAC) on April 9.
the bright side, those were all three
matches that were really doable.” here back in Maine. That’s definitely He was throwing up during the match,”
The team’s performance in doubles something that we’ll focus on—kind said Roddy.
has consistently been a cornerstone of thinking about what’s something Despite these recent setbacks, the
of its success in the past. In fact, the we can work on to make our doubles team is confident about its position and
team’s lackluster doubles showing stronger and focused.” hopes to bounce back from its previous
against Bates and Wesleyan played a These past two weeks, the tennis losses and score a victory over Bates.
pivotal role in those losses. team has been fighting another “We’re looking forward to this
“It’s really interesting because it’s enemy: the flu. Three to four people match against Bates and to potentially
really one of our strong spots. It’s on the team had the flu, and it has win against them,” said Roddy. “We
something that we really emphasize had an impact, especially in the match haven’t really looked beyond that,
in the off-season and we really against Bates last week. but I think our mindset is really good
work hard on in the beginning of “I mean Kyle Wolfe [’18] who was right now. We’re not just trying to win
the season,” said Roddy. “We had playing No. 3 [singles], he was probably one match and be happy with that.
really successful doubles results in in a position to win that match, but once We’re trying to go further.”
California, and in the beginning of the match was decided he pulled out The team heads to Williams to face
our regular season, and so we did well because he was suffering with the flu. Bates today at 8 a.m.
16 the bowdoin orient friday, may 5, 2017

Increase counseling resources
One in four Bowdoin students uses the College’s Counseling Service. However, Bow-
doin cannot adequately meet the needs of these 462 students. Counseling Service can’t pro-
vide weekly one-on-one sessions, instead offering bi-weekly meetings and group sessions
to most students. This week, the Orient published an article revealing the adverse impacts
of this overcrowding. Students aren’t able to receive the support they need and are forced to
seek care from off-campus providers, which costs more and is less convenient.
This has been a problem since 2013, when the Orient reported that 27 percent of the stu-
dent body utilized Counseling Service and the office stopped weekly one-on-one meetings.
Students’ mental health needs must be met. Discussions of mental health frequently
appear in the pages of the Orient and on our campus. Students’ happiness, well-being and
academic performance suffer when they don’t get the help they need. If the College wants
to maintain a diverse and healthy student body, it has to meet these mental health needs.
Untreated or inadequately treated mental health issues can seriously harm students. This
lack of coverage is irresponsible and cannot persist.
The lack of resources allocated towards counseling reflects a disregard for mental health
issues, characteristic of a previous generation. Historically, mental illness was treated as
something shameful that successful people did not suffer from. This attitude has im-
peded the growth of mental health services. In recent years, we’ve come to acknowledge
that mental health problems affect many people and shouldn’t be stigmatized. Mirroring
this acknowledgment, more Bowdoin students have sought counseling. Over the past 10
years, demand for counseling has increased by approximately 146 students. Allocation of
resources towards counseling should reflect this increase.
In an interview with the Orient, Bernie Hershberger, director of counseling services
and wellness programs, explained that under President Barry Mills the College had been
planning a new counseling building to improve functionality and student experience. This
project has been stunted. President Rose should show he understands the importance of
strong mental health care and pick up where Mills left off.
To meet student demand, the College should allocate financial resources so Counsel-
ing Service can increase its staff. Many students who can’t see Bowdoin counselors every
week transition to off-campus providers instead. Though this works for some, it presents
a financial burden for others. With more counseling staff, more students would be able to
have consistent appointments on campus.
Additionally, to support students confronting issues of gender identity, as discussed in
the Orient’s article on a transgender athlete two weeks ago, one of these new counselors
should specialize in gender therapy. Often, trans people cannot get hormones or surgery CAROLINE CARTER

To justify and defend pursuit of the
until they have received therapy. Thus, the support the College demonstrated by covering
hormones and gender confirmation surgery in its health insurance plan means little if the
College does not also provide access to productive gender identity therapy.
The College should consult Counseling Service and seek input from students to chart

humanities, take to the classroom
a more specific path forward. It is vital that the College’s actions reflect students’ needs.
Colleges across the country are improving their mental health services. It is imperative that
Bowdoin follow suit. Students’ mental health needs to be prioritized.

This editorial represents the majority view of The Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board,
which is comprised of Julian Andrews, Harry DiPrinzio, Dakota Griffin, Jenny Ibsen posit that we study the humanities not professors would make much progress.
and Meg Robbins. Ian Ward because of any consequentialist calcula- A better option, being the only op-
tion but rather because they are inher- tion that genuinely realizes the spirit of
ON SECOND ently pleasant and valuable for their the intrinsic defense, would be for those
THOUGHT own sake. The precise reasoning behind who truly wish to see any sort of renais-
these defenses vary, being immaterial sance in American humanities educa-
It is no secret that the humanities and difficult to articulate persuasively, tion to return as teachers to primary
are fighting to survive in the 21st cen- but all seem to agree that the humani- and secondary schools. If the humani-
ESTABLISHED 1871 tury. Seeking to justify their existence to ties provide us with something that is ties hope to retain any cultural authority
federal or state financiers, college presi- wholly necessary to our existence qua in the United States, more kids need to 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011
dents and skeptical parents, defenders human being. realize their intrinsic worth—and ear-
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news
of the humanities are producing page Talbot argues—and I agree with lier in their lives. And that means more
and information relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the upon page, book upon book seeking to him— that the first two classes of de- exposure to the humanities at a young-
College and its administrators, the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, explain why they do what they do. If fense, while not strictly speaking wrong, er age.
following professional journalistic standards in writing and reporting. The Orient is bookstores still exist in 10 years—which fail to do justice to the actual experience Like the third type of defense itself, hu-
committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse discussion and is no guarantee—I wouldn’t be surprised of those who fall in love with philosophy, manities education relies on the power of
debate on issues of interest to the College community.
to find a whole section devoted to “In or literature or art history. Any accurate passionate and capable teachers to expose
Defense of the Humanities” pop up defense of the humanities, insofar as it students to the innate pleasure of study. I
Julian Andrews Meg Robbins somewhere next to “Young Adult Vam- encapsulates the authentic motivation of suspect that at the root of any prolonged
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief pire Romances.” (And yes, that’s a real the defenders, must be of the third sort. intellectual interest, be it in the humanities
section at Barnes and Noble.) Unfortunately for the humanities, or otherwise, lies in “that teacher,” the one
As Talbot Brewer, a professor of phi- this third class has the least traction who first opened your eyes to the subtle
Layout Editor Managing Editor News Editor losophy at the University of Virginia, ob- in our cultural milieu. Unlike the first joys of his or her field. If there were more
Emma Bezilla Sarah Bonanno Jessica Piper serves in a 2014 article in the “Hedgehog class, which can appeal to wage sta- of “those teachers,” the humanities might
Ian Stewart Harry DiPrinzio Review,” these defenses tend to take one tistics or admissions figures, or the just be a little better off.
Joe Seibert Sports Editor of three approaches. Appealing to the second class, which relies on the long- That being said, I do not claim to
Sr. Photo Editor Sarah Drumm Anjulee Bhalla persistent demand for more “practical” entrenched marriage between liberal understand all of the systemic and
Eliza Graumlich Emily Weyrauch and “relevant” fields of study, the first pluralism and an educated populace structural flaws that continue to keep
Features Editor
Associate Editor Amanda Newman line of defense highlights the relatively advocated for by the founders of our qualified teachers out of America’s pub-
Photo Editor hopeful long-term earning prospects of nation, the third class of defense re- lic schools, nor could I present a work-
Jenny Ibsen Olivia Atwood
Ellice Lueders A&E Editor humanities majors, or the importance lies solely on the persuasive power of able solution even if I did. Nonetheless,
Hannah Rafkin Surya Milner of “self-skilled” labor in an increasingly its practitioners. And with both the we should not take the continued and
Ezra Sunshine Eli Lustbader
Calder McHugh technologically-driven economy or that, National Endowment for the Arts and widespread study of the humanities for
Opinion Editor of all undergraduate majors, philosophy the National Endowment for the Hu- granted. While classics and poetry and
Web Editor Copy Editor Julia O’Rourke majors consistently score the highest on manities temporarily on the budgetary philosophy will likely always have a
James Little Marina Affo the GRE. chopping block, it’s clear that the book- home on the campus of Bowdoin and
Dakota Griffin Page 2 Editor
Next are the civically minded defens- shelves full of these intrinsic defenses other liberal arts colleges, their pres-
Data Desk Lucia Ryan Gwen Davidson es, which argue that the study of the hu- are failing to persuade the powers that ence has already begun to recede in the
Lexi Gray Liza Tarbell
Gideon Moore Calendar Editor manities equips students with both the be of the humanities’ vital importance country as a whole; their study will not
Sr. News Reporter Rohini Kurup moral and intellectual skills necessary to anything. survive on its own.
Business Manager James Callahan to become exemplary and productive What, then, to do? Following the re- The humanities need passionate de-
Maggie Coster Steff Chavez Social Media Editor citizens. In short, democracy needs the cent lead of scientists, humanists every- fenders on the front lines of American
Vivien Lee Cameron de Wet Jono Gruber humanities despite, or perhaps because, where could take to the streets demand- education. In this case, primary and
democracy seems to be the very power ing the preservation and restoration of secondary schools represent those front
The material contained herein is the property of The Bowdoin Orient and appears at the sole discretion of the with its hands around the humani- free inquiry. Despite the probable elo- lines. So while the pen might be mightier
editors. The editors reserve the right to edit all material. Other than in regard to the above editorial, the opinions ties’ throat. quence of the picket signs, I doubt that than the sword, right now, we just need
expressed in the Orient do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors.
Last are the intrinsic defenses, which such a coalition of English and classics more chalk.
friday, may 5, 2017 the bowdoin orient opinion 17

The failed state of the union: a stable American
system still reinforces top-down inequalityto our democracy, which we over- omy to show that our nation is do-
By Bridget Kranz came. But our government didn’t en- ing well: “At 4.7 percent, the unem-
Op-Ed Contributor
ter the Second World War to protect ployment rate falls well below our
This column is a response to the democracy from the ideological and 70-year average of 5.81 percent…
piece “The state of the union remains moral threat posed by Adolf Hitler- new home sales double the 2013
strong through Trump’s first months.” not when Poland was overtaken or numbers.” The unemployment rate
In their column, Ezra Rice and Fran- even in response to Pearl Harbor. has returned to what it was pre-re-
cisco Navarro write hopefully about We unofficially entered the war cession; it doesn’t take into account
our ability to preserve the American when we placed an embargo on Ja- underemployment or the prison
system through Donald Trump’s four pan after they threatened American population. The authors mention an
years as president: “Though millions economic interests. During the war, increase in homeownership without
of Americans remain worried for the we interned our own people. mentioning the average mortgage
future, we can be reassured by the The civil rights movement was not debt. A good economy is important
power of our American system and a response to a “threat to American for stability, but not with such un-
be certain that the state of our union democracy” but a response to Ameri- equal distribution of wealth. ALEX WESTFALL
remains strong.” can democracy itself. The movement’s It is unclear in the article if the
To me, this positive regard for momentum was then channeled by authors are lauding our government
our system ignores the ways our that democracy into concessions that or our people. In places, Rice and brutality, foreclosures, dying fac-
status quo was failing the major- hardly changed the de facto situa- Navarro write about a gridlocked tory towns. These are the threats
ity of Americans before Trump; it tion of many. In the late 1960s, the Congress empowering local activ- at the local level, the threats inher-
also conflates the prosperity of the FBI assassinated Fred Hampton. The ism. At other points, they maintain ent in our system. These are the
American people with the stability Nixon administration admitted to that although millions are worried, forces eroding the stability that we
of our government. starting the War on Drugs as a way the American system remains strong. never had. America wasn’t built on
An important premise for their of disrupting black communities. We These two statements contradict each a strong foundation of equality for
argument is outlined in their second continued to criminalize blacks, and other. The American system is strong cline, crises in our urban centers all. America was built on misrep-
paragraph: “Much of Bowdoin, along the prison industry grew. in its gridlock and in its ability to re- and an “enlarging gulf between rich resented government motives and
with the national media, characterized The values of the American gov- duce and redirect the strength of the and poor along with attrition of the tensions fostered between different
the election as an ultimate threat to ernment led us into the Great De- people. What makes the government middle class.” races and between immigrants and
American democracy. They overlook pression and both world wars and strong may temporarily stabilize the Rice and Navarro say: “our sys- non-immigrants.
the Civil War, world wars, Great De- have kept us in a permanent state of American system, but it doesn’t en- tem has so far overcome any per- We need community and local
pression, presidents’ assassinations, conflict since 1941. Corporate gain, sure the welfare of the people. ceived threat,” speaking only of change, as the authors suggest. We
struggles for civil rights… Incredibly, the benefit of the wealthy, shaped The top-down policies of the fed- the fact that “the Affordable Care need local government at the fore-
after each difficult, tragic, discourag- each of these actions. Our economy eral government have led to urban, Act held, the ‘Muslim ban’ remains front. Not to defend what we had be-
ing affair, we emerged stronger.” emerged stronger from World War II cultural and political decline. We are blocked and the media… is empow- fore Trump was elected, but to cre-
Rice and Navarro characterize the most markedly in terms of corporate exhibiting what author Jane Jacobs ered.” They neglect discussion of the ate what we have never had: a truly
world wars, the Great Depression, profit, and still today 20% of Ameri- describes as signs of an impend- threats we haven’t overcome: failing strong country from the bottom up.
and the systemic racism leading to cans control 85% of the wealth. ing Dark Age: distrust of politics schools, segregated neighborhoods, Bridget Kranz is a member of the
the civil rights movement as threats Rice and Navarro use this econ- and politicians, environmental de- the privatization of prisons, police Class of 2016

Checking millennial privilege: remembering the contributions of our ancestors
was America’s richest man [John untold benefits on all millennials. culture not only fetishes youth but ing the elderly and deceased reduces
SONS OF D. Rockefeller] a mere 100 years
ago.” Yet all Rockefeller’s money
Though acknowledgement of white,
male and cisgender privilege grows
shames aging. Our privilege reach-
es beyond those living to those
their potential and historic contribu-
tions. Fourth, “You don’t need to feel
LIBERTY could not secure the conveniences daily, ageism largely remains unex- deceased as well. The “unearned guilty or defensive when discussing
of our modern lives; microwaves, amined and not recognized. benefits” we cherish today occur privilege.” Instead, “change the sys-
Francisco Navarro and Ezra Rice credit cards, penicillin, TVs and Ageism remains the last socially because someone else earned them tem of discrimination through direct
the internet. sanctioned prejudice with few se- for us. To discredit contributions to discussion.” As millennials this could
Fortune favors us: the Ameri- There was a time when being an rious attempts to “check it.” Our our privilege from prior generations entail taking more history classes,
can millennial. We were born in American bestowed little privilege; because these actors were “old dead visiting museums and reflecting on
the luckiest place, at the luckiest prior generations faced white men” is an exploit of the youth-centric nature of society.
time in history. Our generation, drafts, depression, inva- privilege. Finally “Consider ways in which to
both the largest and best educated sion, civil war, slavery, Ebbitt outlines equalize power.” As millennials we
in history, is provided and expects disenfranchisement five tactics for view the past through the lens of
welfare programs, a developed and and untamed discussing and modern society. Yet many of the stan-
robust economy, public transporta- wilderness. Past thinking about dards and conventions of our era did
tion, emergency health care, rule of generations man- our privileges; a not exist in the past. For instance, we
law, accountability of our leaders, aged these and useful resource might patiently teach our parents or
economic mobility, constitution- other adversi- to examine our grandparents the hidden features of
ally guaranteed individual rights ties, establishing millennial privi- their new smartphone.
and on average eight decades of life. in the process the lege. First: “Lead As millennials we must appreci-
Foreign invasion, famine, epidemic, American privilege with empathy. Get an ate the benefits conferred on each of
property seizure, coup d’états and we live today, while contempo- understanding of individual us by past Americans. The percent-
child labor pose little threat. Yet rary generations in other countries experience.” For millennials age of millennials willing to say that
millennials struggle to recognize, let often did not face these challenges. this includes learning the in- they are “extremely proud” of being
alone appreciate, our privileges and One common aphorism holds true creased challenges of living in an American fell from 60% in 2003
advantages compared to citizens of for the American model: “the the past. Second, “Understand to 34% in 2016. This must not stand.
the past. harder you work the luckier you the relativity of privilege.” In his address to the Young Men’s Ly-
Out of the 545 million Ameri- get.” But without the work of our Ebbitt elaborates “just because ceum Abraham Lincoln proclaimed,
cans who have lived, approximately forebearers there would be no mod- we don’t have certain kinds of “If destruction be our lot, we must
75 million are millennials. At less ern “luck.” Recent immigrants and privileges, it doesn’t mean that ourselves be its author and finisher.
than one seventh of all Americans, Mayflower descendents alike share we don’t benefit from other As a nation of freemen, we must live
the odds of being born a millen- the collective benefits of America kinds of privileges.” Many mil- through all time, or die by suicide.”
nial approximate the odds the class wrought by those before us. lennials have difficult lives, but We have inherited an immense and
of 2021 faced for spots at Bowdoin. In “Why it’s important to think this does not negate our core unique cultural and historical patri-
Millennials enjoy a quality of life far about privilege - and why it’s hard” millennial privilege. Three: “Sys- mony that cannot preserve itself. We
higher than the approximately six Kathleen Ebbitt defines privilege as tematic injustice is good for no are all the sons and daughters of lib-
Americans who preceded each of “having an unearned benefit or ad- one.” The assumptions we hold erty. If we forget who we are and can-
us. Economist David J. Boudreaux vantage one receives in society by about youth and maturity, and not appreciate the contributions of
concludes, “nearly every middle- nature of their identity.” The iden- the past and present hinder so- the past, can we expect the future to
class American today is richer than tities of age and generation confer PHOEBE ZIPPER ciety’s progression. Stereotyp- respect our accomplishments?

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Wealthy students: put aside jargon, listen in discussions of class
matter. Although I have struggled with wildly unique ways, infusing their own about class need to occur between stu- own experiences.
By Ryan Herman this digression, I recently experienced individuality and creativity. dents of different socioeconomic sta- So what happens when you have
Op-Ed Contributor
some conversations that granted me a The personal ownership of pot- tuses, recognizing that a discussion be- more eloquent, big-worded, upperclass
Class has occupied a larger space in greater appreciation of what the Col- smoking, however, has been challenged tween students of similar backgrounds students dominating conversations of
conversation at Bowdoin this year, or lege is attempting to achieve with this by attempts to better understand how serve more as a sounding board than class on campus? It’s similar to when
at least people want it to. Symbols and drawn-out prologue. Below, I attempt marijuana comes to affect our bodies. as a move towards understanding. So, scientists diagnose all weed users with
experiences of class, wealth and inter- to tease out some of my observations There’s a growing concern that the medi- in acknowledging that wealthy stu- amotivational syndrome. You end up
generational mobility have been built about these conversations by bringing cal field’s ability to interpret, define and dents deserve and need an invitation to having wealthy students labeling, defin-
up, broken down and disseminated in perspectives from a growing social label bodily experiences eliminates any these conversations, we must address ing, interpreting and categorizing both
to the campus through efforts from issue in our nation: pot. chance of individual interpretation. This how students should participate and wealthy and less wealthy class experi-
the McKeen Center for the Common Being stoned is, in itself, situational, regimenting of the body and mind has contribute to campus efforts in under- ences. Big words learned at private high
Good, the Orient, Inter-Group Dia- relative and a personal experience that been seen time and time again, in exam- standing wealth. schools and internships through that
logue, The Office of Residential Life most individuals experience differ- ples such as the arbitrary requirements There are many factors that work family friend’s corporate network begin
and other organizations. However, ently. Yes, there are the quintessen- needed to diagnose ADD, the medical- to silence lower-class students in con- to control the expression, perception
there is a disproportionate empha- tial stereotypes of existential thought ization and de-medicalization of homo- versations about class. First, there is a and experience of the lower-class. Real
sis placed not on class itself, but on processes, deep-throated chuckles, sexuality as a mental illness and now the general correlation between class and people with real histories are masked
the action of talking about class and a greater appreciation for music and reclaiming of weed and the high experi- education. Although the statement behind labels others put on top of them:
how we choose to engage in this munchies, of course. However, ence as a symptom of intoxication, not a cannot be made broadly, one can assert a diagnosis without patient input.
partakers of such activities unique physical phenomena. that when wealthy students participate I really want upperclass students
experience and frame The most recent move in this vein is in conversation, generally with greater to continue to attend and participate
these trips in the terming of amotivational syndrome: vocabulary and eloquence, students in conversations about class, but I
a “psychological condition associated that have needed to work harder, and moreso want these students to listen.
with diminished inspiration to partici- continue to work, to achieve a similar Regardless of whether you’re driven
pate in social situations and activities” level of language, rhetoric and/or Eng- by curiosity, guilt, shame or your
brought on by excessive marijuana use. lish are silenced. Secondly, it is much friends, I urge you to show up, shut
As a historical institution, the medical easier to engage in conversations about up and listen. No, this does not mean
field has inserted amotivational syn- class when your personal relationship remain quiet, this means engaging in
drome into our understanding of mari- with money and wealth is not com- conversation, asking questions when
juana use and reconfigured the experi- plex, as it is for many students from appropriate and most importantly, al-
ence of the user and the perceptions of lower-class backgrounds. This power lowing, absorbing and respecting the
non-users. No more are the feelings of dynamic is especially amplified when words of others. Wealthy Bowdoin
relaxation, seclusion, wonder, empti- conversations frequently switch be- students have learned to understand
ness, withdrawal, independence, re- tween theoretical and personal view- class through explaining, filling the
flection, awe or content. There is only points, and the pace of conversation voids of confusion in conversation
amotivational syndrome to explain does not allow for elaboration. Lastly, with their own thoughts and con-
our experiences, backed up by a engaging in conversation is inherently clusions. I encourage you to learn
doctor’s note and scientific terms more difficult for students whose ex- through listening. I encourage you to
we can’t pronounce. periences are plagued with vulner- realize the power your words bring
How does this critique of ability, stigmatization and/or mental, to a conversation. My high doesn’t
current understandings of physical and emotional trauma. Al- need someone else’s labels neither do
weed relate to issues of class at though these aspects may not ring true my experiences.
Bowdoin? There is a general for every lower-class student, I can at Ryan Herman is a member of the
SOPHIE WASHINGTON agreement that conversations least attest to their prevalence in my Class of 2017.

Political theory concentration’s male-dominated culture stifles female voices
By Helen Ross not preclude the other and equally questions they did ask never admit- two men, certainly. But friendship your major department matter this
Op-Ed Contributor necessary truth that role models ted a lack of understanding; they between two women has been seen deeply? Discussions of philosophy
are essential. were always “opening this up to the as unfit for philosophical treat- as a way of life I’ll leave to Profes-
My advice ought to reflect this These aforementioned male friends group.” Women, 30 percent of the ment. This last statement rings false sors Franco and Yarbrough. Instead,
world as it really is, not a utopian of mine were themselves pulled into class, spoke roughly 15 percent of the to every woman who has ever had I’d prefer to focus on another, more
ideal of what it could or should be. the department by the allure of being time. When to be silent or silenced is a friend. Setting aside, finally, the pointed truth: you’re not doing po-
I am drawing the parameters of “this the ‘Man Who Does Political Theory.’ the default state, a woman no longer men in my life: I am sustained by litical theory correctly if you’re not
world” to encompass Hubbard Hall, These inspirations were four or five speaks as an individual but as a rep- my female friendships. I believe this allowing it to infuse the way you
the sixth floor of the stacks, the grades above me—big names which resentative of women. Incidentally, is to be a relatively universal expe- think, the way you have relation-
Moulton Light Room and the occa- I refuse to spell out. They projected the only time women and men split rience, even among men, who often ships and the way you sort out the
sional class in Sills Hall, Adams Hall the image that seduces every semi- speaking time equally was during use their friendships with women whole shifting mess of your tenuous
or on the 16th floor of Coles Tower. intelligent guy who misread Palahn- discussion of Hannah Arendt, the as their only venue for emotional connection with reality. Not simply
This is the terrain into which the iuk in high school. They began to one woman on the syllabi of the sev- support, validation and advice. It is that—although, very much that—
world collapses a few semesters into think that they, too, might say to hell en political theory courses I’ve taken. unsurprising that Bowdoin’s politi- but you are not learning political
your time as a political theory major. with society. Never mind that society Gary M. Pendy Professor of So- cal theory department has specifi- theory if you’re not, for example, ar-
This is a male-dominated world. I has been structured with all of their cial Sciences Jean Yarbrough has cally failed to encourage women’s guing late at night with your friend
wish I had a more girl-powered sen- white male interests in mind. Why pointed out that female friendship entrance and women’s networks. It who seems more concerningly Raw-
tence to offer here. But this is not an is this kind of man drawn to politi- is never discussed in the canon would be hypocritical to do so while lsian every time you look at him.
advertising campaign for the political cal theory? It should surprise none of Western political philosophy. teaching Aristotle. Politics is a public act, and phi-
theory department, and it would be of you that I have several Theories Friendship and love between Why does the culture of losophy is a private one, so perhaps
wrong to lie to you in the very first Of: the theory of personal assertion, it makes sense that the learning of
paragraph of something that I hope the theory of Kerouac’s Pernicious political philosophy is best carried
will serve you well. Influence, the theory of the allure out in semi-private sociality.
So we’ll begin with the truth. of the objective truth. It is probably Helen Ross is a mem-
There are no female political theory some combination thereof. These ber of the Class
majors in the Class of 2017. This Big Names and those who proceed of 2017.
makes me angry in the kind of el- them tend to be men who resent, or
ementary school way that rears up at the very least, do not anticipate
in the face of horrid unfairness, but female intellectual superiority. They
how can I excuse myself ? I want a certainly love to explain Kant to me,
role model. I am very close with as though I’ve never cracked a book.
two senior political theory men this An individual woman is interesting
year; they are the people I spend the insofar as she can make this man
most time with. Being friends with more self-fulfilled, ease his pain
them has made me more thought- or prop up his self-image.
ful about both the work I do and the I have empirical data. I am
feelings I have. They are good, kind also a math major, and I am at
men. They do me proud. However, heart a visualizer of data, which
the political theory department qua is knowledge-of-self so devas-
community has denied me a rich tatingly boring that it can only
network of intellectually inspiring be true. I kept careful records
women. Let me be clear: I should not of the discussions in Politics and CAROLINE CARTER
be lumped in with the other women Culture last fall. Men were far more
in this department solely by virtue likely to make grand sweeping state-
of our shared gender. This fact does ments than to ask questions. The
friday, may 5, 2017 the bowdoin orient opinion 19

Criticisms of government department curriculum miss the mark
sociate Professor of Government Mi- a much more diverse group of indi- “Contemporary Political Philosophy,” courses requires cutting others—an in-
By Nicole Anthony, Samuel Lewis, chael Franz’s courses, which integrate viduals writing closer to today.” Even offered last semester, includes readings evitable tradeoff (despite Baron’s claim
and Ben Ratner state-of-the art data analytics, are also if the “vast majority” of texts taught in from John Rawls (1971), Michael San- to the contrary). Considering the po-
Op-Ed Contributors
good examples. These approaches political theory courses were written in del (1984) and Pierre Manent (2007). litical theory concentration has only 32
Rachel Baron ’17’s op-ed in last are common in the department and the early twentieth century or earlier, Even if we grant that the “vast ma- majors right now, our two professors of-
week’s edition of the Orient criticized hardly outdated; studying the many it’s a trivial point: that’s most of human jority” of assigned texts are older than fer a rich selection of courses spanning
the Department of Government and forces interacting within the political history, a fairly broad “era.” the early twentieth century, we believe 2,500 years of political thought.
Legal Studies as “stuck in the past” arena—including race and gender—is But many theory courses do in- that foundational works such as Aris- Finally, Baron claims that offering
and in need of changes that will bring vital to our education. Topics relat- clude texts written closer to today. The totle’s “Politics,” Thomas Hobbes’s “Le- “classes that focused more on gender
it “into the modern era.” We believe ing more directly to race and gender last third of Gary M. Pendy Professor viathan” and John Locke’s “Two Trea- in the political theory department
this article is misguided and reflects a are well-suited for courses in depart- of Social Sciences Jean Yarbrough’s tises on Government” are essential for might attract more women to a con-
misunderstanding of the Government ments that specialize in studying “American Political Thought,” which understanding the history of political centration that is overwhelmingly
and Legal Studies curriculum. identity. Government majors would is offered every spring, covers the rise thought that grounds the contemporary dominated by men.” This statement
Baron argues that Bowdoin’s gov- be well-served taking them. of progressivism and modern con- debates. Baron is correct: our political implies that women actively seek out
ernment department “woefully un- Baron writes, “Our political theory servatism; readings include Richard theory courses do focus on Western courses centered around gender, a
dercovers issues of contemporary department only teaches Western po- Rorty (1998), James Ceaser (2010) thinkers. But the tradition is in no way sweeping generalization suggesting
political importance.” She sees a lack litical philosophy, the vast majority of and Barack Obama (2012). Profes- uniform: Western writers come from that a woman’s intellectual curiosity is
of course offerings that focus specifi- which is from the 19th and early 20th sor of Government Paul Franco’s various cultures and languages, and confined to the study of her own iden-
cally on gender and race as evidence centuries (or earlier). This seems to their ideas are in perpetual contention. tity. To assume that most women con-
of an “outmoded” department (but ac- imply that the only political theory We would welcome courses on East- sider this topic pivotal in their course
knowledges, as we do, that the hiring worth teaching is from a specific ern political philosophy as well selection is dogmatic and wrong. Al-
of Professor Chryl Laird—a specialist part of the world and a spe- as medieval philosophy though it is true that most authors in
in race and ethnic politics—fills this cific era, while ignoring from Islamic, Jewish, the political theory concentration are
gap). Her assessment concludes that a contributions from and Christian writ- male, students of their ideas need not
more specialized curriculum will bring ers. Nevertheless, be: the subjects of political theory—
a supposedly antiquated department teaching these e.g., justice, freedom, and equality—
up to speed. are essential to the study of govern-
Race and gender are important top- ment and affect everyone.
ics in understanding contemporary We agree with Baron that the Col-
politics, but they are only pieces of lege’s departments should always be
the puzzle. The American and global subject to review, but her criticism
political climates are complex and of the government department is
therefore require a holistic approach off the mark. The department is not
of study. For example, Laura Henry, “stuck in the past.” Government stu-
John F. and Dorothy H. Magee associ- dents in all four concentrations learn
ate professor of government, teaches to think critically about all aspects
“Post-Communist Russian Politics of political thought, both historical
and Society,” which surveys Rus- and contemporary.
sian politics and examines present- Nicole Anthony, Samuel Lewis and
day Russian ethnicity, the media, the Ben Ratner are members of the Class
economy and political parties. As- of 2019.

Learning from failure: remembering high school cross country lessons post-grad
nothing to the team—rarely optimism, Our team found the nickname hilari- learned to stop taking myself too serious- covers, screaming “I don’t know what
Savannah Horton sometimes snacks. Sheerdog told us to ous. We finished at the back of the pack, ly. Yes, it turns out dads are right: failures to do!” I will probably have my Blankey
BACKGROUND look forward to our next race. no surprises. can be educational even when they don’t wrapped around my shoulders. But I
“This is a good course for you two,” he I used to be someone who was easily result in triumph. I found humor in my think that’s OK. The first time doing any-
said. “You’re Muscle Runners.” embarrassed. I worried at cross-country embarrassments, memories in my mis- thing will be hard. The first time I coxed
My friend and I nodded and pretend- races. I worried when I wore a bold shirt. takes. I found humility and courage. for my high school’s crew team, I crashed
I will end with a story because it’s an ed to know what Muscle Runners were. I I worried when my mom rode the saddle It’s a scary time to be graduating. I’m into a bridge. The second and third time
easy way to say goodbye. In ninth grade, assumed it was some official racing term. at Clyde’s Roadhouse Bar & Grille. I spent not exactly happy about it. I like the cozy will be hard, too. Computer science and
I joined the cross-country team because The possibility of success thrilled me. I’d my childhood avoiding unfamiliar ac- haven of my Tower bedroom, the slow jogging will always be hard. But that
my best friend joined the cross-country always longed for one of those movie sce- tivities so as to evade humiliation. I cared elevator to Thorne. I know this campus, doesn’t mean we should back away.
team. This is how high school works. I’d narios where I’d try out a hobby and dis- deeply about what others thought of me. so I’m comfortable. It’s easy to feel confi- I hope you will give yourselves permis-
spent the summer portraying an elephant cover I was a prodigy (like the opposite of My dad always told me to embrace em- dent when I’m safe. Next year, however, is sion to fail, permission to find humor in
in a play about a killer elephant (based on “Elf”). It wasn’t my fault I’d been slow be- barrassment, to enjoy failure—it was the a mystery. The rest of our lives are mys- darkness, and empathy in mistakes. I hope
true events) and, thus, all traces of athleti- fore—I just hadn’t found the right course. only way to improve. I resented this ad- teries. I miss childhood. I miss sunsets on you will let yourselves be silly and scared
cism had vanished. Cross-country made We were only able to understand our vice because my dad was good at every- swing sets, the invisible monsters under and bold. We are lucky our concerns are
no cuts. nickname after racing. Muscle Runners: thing. It seemed easy for him to say. But my bed. I miss Bowdoin already, but I so small. I hope you each embrace your
My friend and I spent the majority basically a nice way to say we were slow. he said it anyway, often. can’t stay here. Muscle Runner. Metaphors are easy to live
of the season plotting feigned injuries or Like, so slow that in a hill-situation we I came to Bowdoin hopeful. Hope- Next month, I will be teaching children in. Real life is messy and rewarding.
envying lazy dogs on the sidelines. We might actually have an advantage because ful I would find friends and hobbies and fractions and grammar. Next month! Last It’s too early for me to understand how
weren’t the type of friends who pushed we were already going slow enough that myself. Hopeful I would find them easily. month, I watched my mother set up my much Bowdoin has given me. I am very
each other. We possessed a shared and se- it was physically impossible to slow down, Instead, I signed up for a lot of activities bank account. I will make mistakes, many grateful for those who have made me
rious apathy. We were also slow. To put our and maybe by that warped logic we would and stuck with none of them. I auditioned mistakes. I will probably spend some laugh, for those who have reminded me
pace in context: my father once walked beat someone. Sheerdog had conned us. for—and was rejected from—multiple weekends eating cheesy bread under the what is really important. I urge everyone
along the course—patiently cheering— musicals. I quit an a capella group. But I to prioritize your hopes, not your fears.
as I ran beside him. At the same speed. I I urge you to remind me of this next
remind you that I was racing and he was fall when I question myself. Thank
wearing jeans. you to anyone who has read
Our optimism peaked mid-season my tangential non-opinions
when our coach, Sheerdog, approached every other week. I am
us unexpectedly. Approaches from so lucky for you and for
Sheerdog were generally unex- the memories.
pected because we contrib-
uted less than

20 the bowdoin orient friday, may 5, 2017

A Midsummer Night's Dream
Students will perform Shakespeare's play for the 2nd Annual
Shakespeare on the Steps production. There will be an
additional performance on Saturday on the Bowdoin College
Museum of Art steps. If it rains, the performance will be held
in Kresge Auditorium.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 4:30 p.m.

The Bowdoin Music Collective will sponsor performances by
student bands.
Brunswick Quad. 6 p.m.

Office Hours Improv Show
Office Hours, Bowdoin's long-form improv group, will perform. ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Chase Barn. 8:30 p.m. STAND-UP GUY: Stand-up comedian, activist and writer Sampson performed in Kresge Auditorium on Thursday in an event hosted by Purity Pact,
Bowdoin’s all-women comedy troupe. His performance addressed themes of race, sexuality and social justice.

Directing Class Projects The Longfellows Final Concert
BOKA Senior Concert Students in the Department of Theater and Dance’s directing The a capella group will bid its seniors farewell in its final
The a cappella group will celebrate its graduating seniors in concert of the year.
course will present scenes from plays they casted and directed.
self-selected solo performances. The Chapel. 9 p.m.
Wish Theater, Memorial Hall. 7 p.m.
The Chapel. 7 p.m.
Dogs in the Library! Honors Day 2017
Purity Pact Premiere Show The Hawthorne-Longfellow Library will invite students to pet The event will celebrate student recipients of departmental
Purity Pact, Bowdoin’s all-women comedy troupe, will host its and program prizes.
and cuddle therapy dogs to relieve stress.
first show. Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7 p.m.
Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. 7 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 8:30 p.m.

Spring Gala

Students will celebrate the end of the year with a Mad
Hatter-themed formal. ORIENT
David Saul Smith Union. 10 p.m. PICK OF THE WEEK

Jazz Night Meddiebempsters Senior Solo Concert
The Bowdoin jazz ensembles, led by Titus Abbott and Senior The Meddiebempsters, Bowdoin’s oldest a cappella group, will

SUNDAY 7 Lecturer in Music Frank Mauceri, will perform. perform, featuring senior soloists.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. The Chapel. 3 p.m.

Ursus Verses Concert Spring Club Dance Show Bear Tones Final Concert
Ursus Verses, one of Bowdoin’s six a cappella groups, will Student dance clubs will perform their annual end of the Bowdoin’s newest a cappella group, Bear Tones, will perform
perform its final concert of the semester. semester show. ORIENT
its final concert of the year.
The Chapel. 8:30 p.m. Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 8 p.m. PICK OF THE WEEK The Chapel. 8 p.m.

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