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The Nations Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, September 22, 2017 Volume 147, Number 3

New methods to
judicial process
At the request of President
by Sarah Drumm Clayton Rose last year, Meadow
Orient Staff
Davis, director of residential life
The College has begun to and associate dean of student
implement more broadly tools affairs, and Whitney Hogan,
associated with Alternative Dis- associate director of residential
pute Resolution (ADR) in the education, examined how the
Office of Student Affairs. These College might formally imple-
tools will supplement, and in ment these tools and vocabulary
some cases replace, Bowdoins to respond to issues of conflict
official disciplinary process with across campus.
the goal of adding an education- I cant tell you exactly what
al element to a traditionally pe- the genesis wasit may have
nal system. been some of the issues we faced
Methods associated with ADR during my first year herebut
include conflict coaching, facilitat- in having had exposure, having
ed dialogue, mediation, restorative managed and overseen a disci-
practices and shuttle negotiation. plinary process in my last job
The Office of Residential Life before arriving at Bowdoin, this
has already been informally us- seemed like an important pro-
ing these techniques for matters cess to complement the other
such as roommate conflicts and processes we have on a full ba-
alcohol violations. ADR proce- sis, said Rose.
dures are also written into the According to Assistant Dean
Student Sexual Misconduct and
Gender-Based Violence Policy. Please see ADR, page 3 Elizabeth Bennewitz 19 scored in the 20th minute against Williams on Sunday to win 3-2. SEE PAGE 11.

Bowdoin community members respond to Maines opioid crisis

by an opioidbetween Janu- includes Brunswick and Port- more arrests? said Brian Pip- The program tells pre- to better serve patients in pain.
by Elizabeth Fosler-Jones ary and June this year. In 2016, land among other municipal- er, former visiting professor of scribers if a patient is seeing The Diversion Alert Pro-
Orient Staff there were 376 drug overdoses ities, leads the state on a per psychology and neuroscience, multiple doctors as well as if a gram is a critical service thats
As Maine and the country in the state, according to the capita basis in the number of in a phone interview with the patient has been involved in a used in medicine in Maine,
experiences an epidemic that Expanded Maine Drug Death drug arrests and has 31.6 per- Orient. drug-related arrest. but it also provides ethno
is driving down national life Report for 2016 funded by cent of Maines drug overdoses, Piper and Harriet Fisher Maine has gone one step and genealogical information
expectancy, some at Bowdoin the Office of the Maine Attor- according to data presented in 17 contributed to this paper, further [than other states], about the different drugs that
at responding. ney General. a paper published in Pharma- having worked together in the and if a patient gets arrested are being used and misused,
Drug overdoses in the U.S. On Monday, Maine At- cotherapy: The Journal of Hu- summer of 2016, analyzing and the arrest involved either said Piper.
have increased by 533 percent torney General Janet Mills, man Pharmacology and Drug data regarding drug-related a medical drug or a recre- The data he has been analyz-
over the last 14 yearsfrom along with 36 other attorneys Therapy in July 2017. The arrests in Maine. ational drug, this gets con- ing reveals two major changes in
2,089 overdoses in 2002 to general, released a statement paper analyzes the number of Piper has been monitoring veyed by drug enforcement the opioid epidemic within the
13,219 in 2016according to demanding that opioid manu- drug related arrests by county the opioid epidemic in the to a database, and then other state over the last two years. The
data released in the Substance facturers release further doc- in Maine. state since 2014, using data prescribers can look up that first is that the drugs people are
Abuse and Mental Health Ser- umentation on prescriptions One challenge in inter- collected by the Maine Diver- patient, said Piper in a phone getting arrested for are becom-
vices Administrations 2016 opioids. Opioids are a class of preting that finding is, does sion Alert Program, which was interview with the Orient. ing more similar from county to
National Survey on Drug Use drugs ranging from prescrip- Cumberland county have launched in 2013 with funding According to Piper, Maine county: all of the counties drug
and Health. tion drugs, such as codeine and more people that are misus- from the states Office of the is the only state that has such arrests now involve more opioid
Maine itself has seen 185 oxycodone, to illegal drugs like ing medical and recreational Attorney General in response a program on a statewide lev- agents.
deaths connected to drug heroin. drugs, or are the police doing to increasing prescription el. Its goal is to help identify
overdoses84 percent caused Cumberland County, which a better job and theres just drug abuse. more services if necessary and Please see OPIOID, page 3

Does living off campus impact financial aid packages?

dent Aid creates financial aid tuition, room, board and other said Bartini. included in their Bowdoin bill. with the College at all.
by Cooper Dart packages for accepted students fees. Each students available If the price of a particular Another major change to If a student living in an
Staff Writer
and reassesses demonstrated family contribution is then off-campus house is cheaper a students budget that could apartment or off campus
For most students, it doesnt. need for returning students. Ac- compared to the budget, and than what the student would come with electing to live off chooses a meal plan lower than
For some, they save money. cording to the Student Aid web- any difference between the two pay for on-campus housing, campus is a desire to decrease 14 meals per week, the student
Students receiving financial site, just under 52 percent of the is compensated in the form of a the student retains the differ- or drop a college meal plan al- retains the difference between
aid see no change to their pack- Class of 2021 is receiving some financial aid package. ence. For some students living together. For first year students, the chosen plan and the cost of
ages if they opt to live off cam- form of need-based grant from The housing package given off-campus, this difference can the board plan of 19 meals per the 14-meal plan.
pus, regardless of the cost of the the College. This is a substantial reflects the set price of Col- be substantial. week is automatically applied. The resources for the 14-
off-campus house. increase from the approximate- lege housing for the year, and While the choice to live off All upperclass students have meal plan are sufficient for
We do financial aid the ly 45 percent of the student doesnt change with various campus is currently being re-ex- the freedom to change their someone to eat on their own.
same way because irrespective body who received any type of off-campus living circumstanc- amined by the College, many plan to provide 14 or 10 meals And so if they choose not to
of where you live, youre going financial aid in the 2016-2017 es. students decide that off-campus per week, and those who live eat here, great. If they choose
to pay, said Michael Bartini, the academic year, according to the We put in the same amount residence is the best option for off campus or in on-campus to cook on their own, great.
director of student aid. Either Bowdoin Common Data Set. as if you were living on campus, their personal needs. If a stu- apartments can choose to But so that we treat them fairly
you pay Bowdoin or you pay Yearly, the College crafts a irrespective of what youre pay- dent receiving no financial aid change their plan to nine meals in financial aid, [we still give
somebody else. new budget which takes into ing [for off-campus housing], chooses to live off campus, the per week, declining balance or out funds equivalent to the 14-
Each year, the Office of Stu- account changes in the cost of which could be up or down, price of housing would not be choose to not have a meal plan meal plan], said Bartini.

Council votes to recognize Indigenous Eduardo Pazos joins Office of Religious Chris Ritter 21 reviews Tyler, The Creators Crew competed in Englands prestigious Two students discuss the importance of
Peoples Day. Page 3. and Spiritual Life. Page 7. newest album. Page 6. Henley Royal Regatta. Page 10. declaring pronouns. Page 15.

Friday, September 22, 2017

9/14 to 9/21 STUDENT SPEAK:
Thursday, September 14 Sunday, September 17
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Two staff members reported that someone placed There was a second complaint of excessive noise
bias-related yers on the windshields of their parked at Pine Street Apartments.
cars. These occurrences appeared to be related inci- There was a third complaint of excessive noise at Trevor Kenkel 18
dents in Brunswick that were under investigation by Pine Street Apartments.
the Brunswick police. A concerned student asked security to help locate
another student. Ofcers located the student and en-
"The occupation I always wanted was a
Friday, September 15
A power outage, caused by a downed transmis-
sured that all was safe.
There was a report of excessively loud music at
scientist. In fact, I have an essay I wrote
sion line, affected parts of campus at 3:50 a.m. Power Stowe Inn. about it in third grade. I talked about DNA,
was restored within two hours. An athlete suffering from a heat-related illness
Brunswick police informed security that they was transported to Mid Coast Hospital. animals. It was just all over the place."
had identied the individual responsible

Gabrielle Maffezzoli 20
for distributing bias yers in town and Monday, September 18
on campus. At the Colleges request, A student was found in possession

"I either wanted to be on Broadway or a

the suspect, a 49-year-old Bruns- of a stolen bicycle. The bicycle was re-
wick man, was issued a criminal turned to the owner.
trespass order barring him from all
College property.
A student, who briey lost con-
sciousness in the Coles Tower elevator teacher. I would set up a mini classroom
A re alarm at Stowe Inn was
caused by cooking smoke.
lobby, was transported to Mid Coast
Hospital for evaluation. with my little brother and all my dolls, and
A damaged thermostat and
exit sign were reported in the
A student riding a bicycle on the
main quad near Massachusetts Hall teach him long division.
Ladd House basement. collided with a dog that was run-

Enrique Mendia 20
Brunswick Rescue trans- ning off-leash. An ofcer es-
ported an athlete with a corted the student to Mid Coast
dislocated shoulder to Mid Hospital for treatment of a head
Coast Hospital. SARA CAPLAN injury. "My dream job was to be a world class
Saturday, September 16 Tuesday, September 19 chef, but I didnt really like to cook. My dad
A campus trespass order was issued to a local A Longfellow Avenue resident reported seeing a
man who was seen walking on the roof of the Edwards student walking on the street who appeared to be in was a pretty good cook and I like eating,
Center for Art and Dance. emotional distress.
A student reported loud music on the 14th oor so thats how that worked out."
of Coles Tower. Wednesday, September 20
Ofcers checked on the condition of two intoxi- A staff member reported a suspicious person loi-
cated students in West Hall.
A student reported loud music on the fourth oor
tering in Smith Union. An ofcer located the person
and the report was determined to be unfounded.
Juan Magalhaes 21
of Coles Tower.
A bicycle located and returned to the owner after
A student riding a bike struck a curb on Park
Row and was thrown over the handlebars. An of- "A professional soccer player. I wanted to
it was stolen from a bike rack at Winthrop Hall.
A rugby player with a broken foot was taken to
ficer brought the student to the health center for
play for the Brazilian national team. Just
the Mid Coast Walk-In Clinic.
A student with a sport-related head laceration
Two mens soccer players collided on the practice
eld. One player suffered a back injury and was trans-
wanted to make a lot of money. "
was escorted to Mid Coast Hospital. ported to Mid Coast Hospital by Brunswick Rescue.
A Longfellow Avenue resident reported exces-
sive noise from groups of student pedestrians.
An ofcer checked on the wellbeing of a student
Thursday, September 21
A student with an allergic reaction was taken to
Hannah Jorgensen 20
with a minor head injury at Reed House.
A College neighbor reported that a child was
Mid Coast Hospital.
Steam from a teapot activated a room smoke "A singer. I wanted to be Beyonc when
awakened in the night by excessive noise coming
from students walking along the path near the organic
alarm in Coles Tower.
Ofcers aided a student who was in emotional
I was little. I wanted to sing pop music.
garden behind 52 Harpswell Road. Students were also
seen urinating in bushes.
distress and arranged for the appropriate resources.
Hannah Montana. Cheetah Girls? I
There was a neighborhood complaint of exces-
sive noise at Pine Street Apartments. COMPILED BY THE OFFICE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY
wanted to be a Cheetah Girl."

15 dining hall hacks: How to make good food great

by Nickie Mitch 1. To craft a makeshift apple crisp, combine apple- 9. Combine equal parts crispy rice cereal and
Orient Staff sauce, granola and cinnamon in a bowl. Microwave marshmallows from the tea station. Microwave in
for 35 seconds, or until pleasantly warm. Add soft 30-second intervals until marshmallows are fully
serve to enjoy it a la mode. melted. Stir ingredients together. Enjoy your DIY
Many prospective students are drawn to
crispy rice treats.
Bowdoin by its impressive campus dining. 2. Bring your water bottle and fill it with cream of
The Princeton Review, a prominent college wheat for a tasty on-the-go snack. 10. Put soft serve in a cup with slightly chilled
admissions services company, ranks the Col- coffee for a caffeine sugar boost at night.
lege second in the nation for Best Campus 3. When ordering eggs made-to-order at Saturday
Food in this years rankings. Even critics of and Sunday brunch, you can ask for whole raw eggs 11. When you are sick, combine 1-2 tablespoons
the College acknowledge its excellent din- to use in your omelet making endeavors. of apple cider vinegar from the condiment station
ing. Author and pseudo-scholar Malcolm with a generous amount of honey and squeezed
Gladwell, for example, famously blamed our 4. Put soft serve between cookies to make an ice lemon wedges from the tea station and add hot
high-quality dining as the root of all social cream sandwich. water. Its a wonder tonic.
problems. To be sure, students are both lucky 5. Always microwave the pie. It will taste 100 times 12. Combine hot sauces with ketchup, mayonnaise
and grateful for the wholesome and delicious better. or other standard condiments for a fun kick.
meals served by talented, hardworking din-
ing staff. Yet, perhaps even more exciting 6. Cut muffins in half and put them through the toast- 13. When available, add rice to soups to make them
than the glazed beets and cheese sculptures er oven. Top with nut butter, butter or jam as desired. heartier.
they provide is the innovation occurring ev-
ery day within the hallowed walls of Moulton 7. Fill a bowl with fruity pebbles. Dip your soft serve 14. At Saturday and Sunday brunch, make a panini.
Union and Thorne Hall. Combining simple cone in it, and you will have a colorful ice cream treat! Order eggs made-to-order in your favorite style.
ingredients to achieve big results, students 8. On stir-fry nights, make a ginger peanut sauce Add them to your panini for an incredible break-
enhance the standard dining offerings with for your vegetables by combining the stir-fry ginger, fast sandwich.
clever tricks. The Orient staff shares a few of peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar and sesame oil. Mix 15. Add juice or squeeze lemon or grapefruit into
its favorites. AN
CAPL together and adjust ratios to taste. seltzer for a refreshing boost.
Friday, September 22, 2017 NEWS 3



On Monday, the Brunswick Town Council voted 8-1 in favor of
adopting A Resolution to Acknowledge Maines Indigenous Cul-
tures. In the Town of Brunswick, the second Monday of October
will be recognized as both Columbus Day and, as of result of the
vote, Indigenous Peoples Day.
Residents filled Brunswicks Town Hall to comment on and wit-
ness this decision. Following the public hearing, the first order of
business was to address whether to adopt the resolution or not. Be-
fore the vote, attendees were given the opportunity to speak their
mind about the resolution. Many attendees, including a local high
school student, chose to stand up and speak.
In her public statement, Penobscot Nation tribal ambassador
Maulian Dana Smith, vocalized her support for the resolution,
saying that Columbus Day was a painful reminder that we were
supposed to be exterminated.
While most speakers chose to vocalize their support for the res-
olution, a few voiced their reservations about it.
Smith was among a majority of speakers who chose to vo-
calize their support for the resolution while few voiced their
reservations about it. In her public statement, Jennifer Johnson,
a Brunswick resident, said, [I]t appears to me that everybody
across the United States, Maine included, wants to rewrite what- ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

ever they want. Country in crisis: From January-June 2017, 185 people in Maine died from drug overdoses. In response, Maine Attorney General Janet Mills, along with 36
Ultimately, the resolution passed with an 8-1 vote in favor. other attorneys general, released a statement on Monday demanding drug manufacturers release information regarding prescription opioids.
Similar resolutions have been passed from Berkeley, California to
Portland, Maine.
OPIOID present geographic data. Good is not engaged in any Calder McHugh 19 spent three
BRUNSWICK TOWN REZONING CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Fisher mapped where the programming related to opi- months working on an article
drug arrests were occurring oid abuse in Maine. about Arise Addiction Recovery
The Town of Brunswick recently concluded a three-and-a-half Then the second change, in the state and then analyzed Our office develops pro- Center in Machias, Maine, and
year project to renovate the towns zoning ordinance to reflect which fits a larger nationwide which county had the most ar- gramming in response to student more broadly Maines experience
changes in local policy over the past 22 years. The ordinance fo- pattern, is that the proportion rests, corrected for population. interest and initiative around with the opioid crisis.
cused on reducing the number of total districts, catching up with of arrests involving the pre- [Graphing] took a lot of emerging areas of public con- It interested me particularly
Maine laws regarding signage and shorelands and rectifying the scription agents, like hydroco- time because of the way its re- cern. I expect that we will see because at Bowdoin we often
issues brought about by the 21-year-old ordinances failure to ac- done and oxycodone, have ported by police officers who growing interest in this topic dont feel the problems that affect
count for technological advances. become a smaller portion of dont have a standardized way among students as the situation, a lot of the state, said McHugh
Catherine Ferdinand, Bowdoins land use and government the total, and more arrests have of reporting information. Like, and responses to it, continue to in an email to the Orient.
relations specialist, saw the project as a means for the town to involved heroin and fentanyl, they may use a street name for develop, said Sarah Seames, di- The state population is
streamline Brunswicks zoning limitations. For instance, the old said Piper. a drug, said Fisher in a phone rector of the McKeen Center, in small enough that if we do
ordinance had no provision for solar panel farms, which forced the Fisher received a Gibbons interview with the Orient. So an email to the Orient. choose to look beyond the
college to appeal directly to the town council. Fellowship in the summer of it took a really long time to Although the College has not boundaries of campus, Bow-
With regard to how this impacts the Colleges current projects, 2016 and spent time working comb through the data and set yet directed significant resources doin students can make a real
Ferdinand said, Currently we have the Roux Science Center, which with Piper on graphing the data it up and figure out a way to toward responding to the crisis, impact, he said.
was permitted under the old ordinance, which wont be impacted. he found using a geographic map it. a Bowdoin student has taken in- Editors Note: Calder McHugh is
Whittier Field phase 1 was permitted under the old standard, while information system, which is Currently, Bowdoins McK- terest in the epidemic. This sum- an Orient staff-member and is cur-
phase 2 will come under the new ordinance, but there probably a system used to capture and een Center for the Common mer while interning at VICE, rently studying abroad in Berlin.
[wont be] a significant difference.
The updated zoning ordinance will simplify the Colleges future
construction projects, it will not significantly impact any current
ADR said. They are going to be giving academic dishonesty cases for a first-time offense are un-
some thought to itwhen we go in the computer science de- productive.
back and look at the history, the partment, who spoke with the I dont deny the fact that our
of Students for Community Stan- precedent of J-Board cases, where Orient on the condition of mistakes are really serious, he
TRESPASSER TERRY ELWELL dards and Advisor to the Judicial do we feel like it could be a good anonymity, said that Bowdo- said. However, consider the fact
Board Kate OGrady, who is over- fit? ins disciplinary system is in that we are just freshmen who
On Monday, Randy Nichols, director of safety security, sent out seeing the implementation of this Dean of Student Affairs need of change. have never had an experience like
a campus alert warning people of Terry Elwells return to Bruns- process, the College is still in the Tim Foster cited the Colleges I know that we need to reflect this before and the punish-
wick. Elwell has a long history of convictions in Brunswick and process of establishing formal response to Cracksgiving on our mistakes, and since we ments received can basically ruin
has been involved with multiple incidents at Bowdoin. He is not procedures for the use of ADR in and the gangster party as were given some time off from our entire lives.
allowed on Bowdoin property at any time. disciplinary settings. When and examples of the types of sit- school, its only natural that we And I think 90 percent of peo-
Elwell was first arrested in 1999 for burglary and theft at Bruns- how ADR is used will be at the uations in which ADR tools use this time to really reflect on ple who made their first mistake
wick Apartments and has since been convicted of trespassing on discretion of the Deans Office. have been productive. our actions so that we wont make will not do it again, if they had a
various campus buildings including Stowe Inn, Helmreich House Instead of solely disciplining When we had the gang- the same mistake in the future, chance to make corrections.
and Quinby House. students for their mistakes, the ster party two years ago and he said in an email to the Orient. According to Rose, the addi-
Elwell is described as being 510 and 160 pounds and having goal of ADR technique is to ed- we had Cracksgiving before But honestly, at the same time, tion of these alternative and com-
brown hair and blue eyes. ucate students about how their that, weve used whats called a I believe that how punishments plementary methods of conflict
He is currently out on bail and has been seen on Harpswell Road actions impact and harm other circle process, where people get are decided needs to be more resolution are vital to Bowdoin
near campus. members of the community. together in a circle and various thought out The punishment as a community of learners and
If you see Elwell near or on campus, dial 9-1-1 or contact cam- If we can educate somebody groups have the opportunity to was pretty harsh in that there educators.
pus safety and security at (207) 725-3500. and not just discipline them so talk about what happened and were a lot of things that could Were an educational institu-
that then theyre digging their what the sort of harm was that have been prevented and changed tion and we ought to try to ensure
heels in, and theyre mad that they was caused, said Foster. for the better, both from our side that in as many of the things we
have been sent away from Bow- The J-Boards past disci- and the schools side. do around hereeven painful
doin for a semesterwe really plinary recommendations for Foster expressed the impor- and difficult thingsthat were

Subscribe your parents to havent achieved anything other Academic Honor Code and tance of giving students the op- trying to learn, he said.
than making the party who has Social Code violations have in- portunity to learn through their Bowdoin is not alone in im-

our email newsletter.

been harmed, or the parties who cluded periods of suspension, mistakes and hopes that the im- plementing these changes. Both
have been harmed, upset, said counseling sessions, course plementation of ADR tools will Bates College and Middlebury
OGrady. failure and judicial reprimands, enable this. College use ADR techniques in
I think we will eventually but ADR can be used in con- The sort of finger wagging, or their disciplinary approaches.
have an ADR policy that encom- junction with these responses. thou shalt not is not necessarily Over the summer, the College
passes all components of it. So I think the thing that the kind of response that changes invited the University of Mich-
ResLife, athletics, disciplineso maybe not everybody fully hearts and minds I think what igan Office of Student Conflict
the timeline is really to look very understands is that you can actually changes behavior is when Resolution, pioneers in the use
carefully and sort of formalize use [ADR] in tandem with the people are able to participate fully of alternative dispute resolution
where we are already doing this. Colleges conduct response. and better understand how their in higher education, to train over
OGrady has begun to work So it could be something that actions have affected others, he 100 staff in the division of stu-
with the Judicial Board (J-Board) you do in addition to [the said. dent affairs in alternative dispute
to discuss how the College will Colleges conduct response] Another student involved in resolution techniques. This in-
incorporate these techniques. or you could do instead, said this case of academic dishonesty cluded staff in Athletics, Career The J-Board will be spending Foster.
time on it this year, [but] theyre
in the computer science depart- Planning, ResLife, Diversity and
A student who was impli- ment contacted via email, said Inclusion, the McKeen Center
not going to be executing, she cated in last years string of that such serious punishments and Student Activities.
4 NEWS Friday, September 22, 2017

BSG leaders discuss future plans, campus issues

President Irfan Alam 18 and VP for BSG Affairs Ben Painter 19 sit down with the Orient
things that we thought were invited other schools here is more attractive. Do you think times throughout the event. did not all see eye to eye on
by Harry DiPrinzio and
Sarah Drumm really important coming into other student governments this is a realistic goal? Have you How do we discern between this working group committee.
Orient Staff this year were addressing the from NESCAC schools and made any steps towards it? whats a party and whats not a People came from very differ-
social and alcohol policies we Colgateto exchange ideas IA: I think that trying to party? Is it loudness? Is it level ent perspectives, and that was
The Bowdoin Orient Edi- have at Bowdoin, thinking and everything. And we real- address the social and alcohol of alcohol? All these things the a really important question that
tors-in-Chief, Sarah Drumm 18 about how we can renovate ized that we all had different policies is absolutely a realistic administration realizes: that as we wanted to address from the
and Harry DiPrinzio 18, spoke and create new facilities to structures and maybe ours was goal. And now we have an entire campus has evolved, they hav- beginning: does the adminis-
with Bowdoin Student Govern- accommodate student inter- not the most effective. So we working group of students and ent really changed and evolved tration have a role in deciding
ment President Irfan Alam 18 ests and lastly thinking about did a pretty hefty restructuring faculty to discern how best to those rules as well, which is why this? Some of the students
and Vice President for Student how we can improve the stu- within our constitutional lim- move forward with that. Thats they have agreed to create this perspectives [were] I am pay-
Government Affairs Ben Painter dent multicultural voice on its (because we couldnt make going to provide a recommen- working committee because ing to come to Bowdoin and I
18 about plans for the upcom- the BSG assembly. In all three a constitutional change) and dation to the administration they are taking it seriously. dont want to live on-campus. I
ing year, off-campus housing, of those ways, we have already thats what weve been working that Ben is directly involved in. shouldnt have to.
the Committee for Diversity and taken steps to address those on right now. The positions And I think the administration SD: What are both of your But then Bowdoin also has
Inclusion and more. The follow- issues and make sure that we are more focused, we have a knows there are things that are opinions on the fact that the an interest in preserving resi-
ing interview has been edited for have a path forward for each of better relationship with more antiquated with our social and College maintains this right to dential community. We had lots
length and clarity. those different avenues. areas of the administration alcohol policies. First of all, we determine who can and cannot of data talking aboutand what
Ben Painter (BP) 19: An- Id say weve made awesome need to make this online. Does live off-campus? That was in we evaluated waswhat was
Harry DiPrinzio (HD) 18: other thing thats taking up progress on that. it make sense that people are Dean [of Student Affairs Tim] the effect on the community?
You guys have a big platform most of our headspace at this going in and doing it on paper? Fosters emailit was very un- What were students perspec-
this year and you have a lot of current moment is the restruc- Sarah Drumm (SD) 18: Part It needs to be more flexible so clear. tives on the effect on the com-
power. What are the plans? turing of the BSG. We had this of your platform was that you upperclassmen who are usually IA: Yeah, thats a great ques- munity from more people living
What are you going to do with NESGOV [NESCAC Student wanted to loosen some of the above the drinking age can just tion. We debated that question off campus than they ever had?
it? Government] conference at social and alcohol policy re- throw their event together and a lot [in] the working group.
Irfan Alam (IA) 18: The the end of last year where we strictions so on-campus living not have security check three I want to really stress that we CONTINUED BELOW


Leaders and friends: Alam (RIGHT), Bowdoin student government president, and Painter, vice president for student government affairs (LEFT), have big plans for the year, including reorganizing the structure of BSG.

What was facultys perspective? when the BSG structure was sentative was not able to do as with doing anything because The executive team has to talk versation, keeping students
What was the administrations formed. I think it makes sense much as she wanted because we want to make sure we do it about it. So thats step one. safety and interests in mind,
perspective? What was [the that this conversation wasnt she didnt have a team of peo- right. Step two: I think that one im- at the forefront, but then con-
neighborhood] perspective? even included [then]. ple dedicated to helping her do portant thing that this assembly sidering all the different re-
So the community changes But now thats at the fore- those tasks. So having a com- SD: So we started off the and the executive team really percussions of each potential
and warps dramatically when front of all of our mindsetsto mittee of people that you can year with a bias incident on believes in is that students on option at the forefront.
people leave this residential make sure that that voice is delegate work tothat you campus. How do you two see this campus have to feel safe
environment and thats what representedis something that can work as a team to collabo- your role in combating bias in- have to feel included. So if HD: With the DACA re-
makes this different from a we have to think about. So what rate on will be a really great cidents in our community? students who identify as being sponse, you were really fast
big public school in a major weve done already is weve in- way to more effectively bring IA: There are a lot of steps LGBTQI do not feel safe on this and took a definitive stance
city. People come here for a creased the responsibility of issues of diversity and inclu- that are involved in this deci- campus, that is something that and I think, uniquely, orga-
different experience. People the Multicultural Represen- sion to the assembly. sion. First, if a bias incident, or BSG has to consider. That is nized activism which I dont
come here for a tight-knit tativewhos going to be Osa BP: Right now its not ele- something of that nature, were important to us as people. And think Ive ever seen before on
community. [In] ensuring [Omoregie] this year. So hes vated to a vice president po- to happensomething already we were elected to this position the part of the BSG.
that Bowdoin can provide that going to be a Director of Di- to care about the students on SD: Is this something you
see yourselves continuing to
People come here for a different
experienceto me, it makes versity and Inclusion on the as- this campus, so if there are stu-
sense that Bowdoin has the sembly, which means that hes dents on this campus who feel do going forward?
ability to say, given all these leading his own committee of experience. People come here unsafe because their identities IA: I think encouraging
different conditions about
how we need to keep relations
liaisons, who will be non-vot-
ing members on his committee for a tight-knit community. are being attacked, we are not
going to overlook that. Period.
political activism in all spec-
trums is so important In
with the community, how we that meets every week. So that Irfan Alam 18 How we are going to move whatever way students feel
need to ensure the values of a has liaisons like Gender and forward and respond to each like they can [be politically ac-
residential communitythat Sexual Violence that meets specific instance is a collective tive] with whatever opinions
they can discuss ways to con- with Lisa Peterson [Associate sition yet. Even if we wanted didfirst, we convene to talk conversation. I am really really and beliefs they have. Our fu-
trol how people live on and Director of Gender Violence to, we couldnt have done that about the different ways that proud of the executive team tures are at stakewe have to
off-campusbut not without Prevention and Education] yet, because it needs a vote of we would respond and whether and the way that we handled take ownership of that100
taking students interests into and has liaisons like Sexuality the whole school to amend we should respond. When the this situation. We talked to percent. But in a very short
account. and Gender ... that meets with our constitution. What weve bias incident happened, we got different student leaders, reli- amount of time we had to get
Kate Stern [Associate Dean of done doesnt require any con- together and had an emergency gious group leaders, different together and be likeIs this
HD: You wanted to create an Students for Diversity & Inclu- stitutional change. But were executive team meeting, be- Af-Am leaders. We spoke with political? And we decided,
executive committee for diver- sion and Co-Director of the not just going to slap it on cause thats all that was assem- Kate Stern. We sent an email no. There are students on this
sity and inclusion.... Center for Sexuality, Women & the table for everyone to vote bled of the BSG, and said: Do to like eight different admin- campus who are going to feel
IA: I think whats really in- Gender]. And so these differ- on because this is going to be we respond? What does it mean istrators outlining different [its effects]. This is a commu-
teresting is that President Rose, ent liaisons are going to work a whole process of evaluating to respond? How would we re- options. We did this in like nity where we have each oth-
after this huge year-long review, together and [the internation- this structure, really working spond? What would it mean to 48 hours and then executed ers backsIve had first years,
decided that there should be a al rep], who meets with Dean with Benjamin Harris [direc- respond in each of these differ- something. I think when these as a ResLife [proctor], who I
Senior Vice President for Diver- Khuong [assistant dean of first tor of the Student Center for ent options? Ben and I are go- things happenand they know are going to be affected
sity and Inclusion on his execu- year students]. Multicultural Life] and Mo ing to have two completely dif- hopefully wont, but we can as- by this, and they need to hear
tive committee. And I think that One of the things we heard [Nur, vice president for aca- ferent views in what we should sume that this is just not going from our student body leaders
speaks to the fact that Bowdoin as feedback from last year was demic affairs on BSG]. Were do, so we have to talk about [it], to be the end of ithaving a that we are here for you and
has evolved dramatically [since] that the multicultural repre- not going to be too speedy the assembly has to talk about it. precedent of creating a con- you are here to stay.


Friday, September 22, 2017

One-day play
returns to stage
by Mollie Eisner See it yourself
Staff Writer
Come to Memorial 108 on Saturday
Most theater productions to see what 24 hours worth of
take weeks, or even months, creativity can produce.
to rehearse before the curtain
rises on opening night. The playwriting workshops and
same is typically true on the one-act plays. Participants
Bowdoin stage. But not this signed up to be in the show at
Saturday night. the student activities fair and
At 7 p.m. tomorrow, at the annual Masque & Gown
Masque & Gown actors will ice cream social.
perform original plays that We like doing stuff like
were written, directed and re- [The Show Formerly Known
hearsed in only 24 hours. as the] 24 Hour Show because
At 7 p.m. on Saturday, it gets anyone from any level of
the show goes up, Masque & theater experience to be able
Gown President Miriam Fra- to participate, Fraga said.
ga 18 said. In whatever state Maggie Burke 21 and K.
its in, it goes up. Irving 21 are two of the four
The process starts Friday. actors in the show. They have
VICTORIA YU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT The playwrights gather and both participated in theater
Stories in motion: Matt Bollinger speaks about his artwork in Kresge Auditorium last Monday. Bollinger creates fictionalized accounts of his life experiences begin writing in groups before, but have never been
through multimedia animations, featuring original paintings and music. The strongest artists are ever more themselves in the work, the artist said.

Bollinger animates with paint

or individually, aiming to a part of a show produced in
create plays that last 15 to 20 such a short time frame.
minutes. Although theater Ive never gone into a
space is reserved for them, play not knowing what my
they are also allowed to go character is going to be, what
back to their rooms to work. the plot is going to be, what
The only guideline is that the Im going to be asked to be.
scripts must be completed So thats stressful, Irving
by Alyce McFadden by Saturday morning, when said. But also more exciting
Orient Staff
the director and actors meet because I dont have to sec-
For painter and animator for the first time and select ond-guess it either.
Matt Bollinger, art is all about the play or plays they wish to I dont know if there is a
self-expression. Even the piec- produce. They have 12 hours way to prepare, Burke said. I
es that seem outside the realm with the scripts until the think just be there and ready
of possibility are in some way audience arrives. to go with whatever they
reflective of his experiences. Fraga is excited to bring throw at you. It will definitely
This is especially true of the Masque & Gown annual be a challenge.
Apartment 6F, the animation tradition back after its hiatus Fraga believes theater
Bollinger showed at his talk last year. brings people together.
on campus last Monday, which Unfortunately, last year we Its a good way to meet
portrays an alternate reality; a werent able to do it because new and different people.
neighbor invites the artist to a of lack of interest, Fraga said. My experience in theater, es-
housewarming party where he Its a tradition to [consistent- pecially in Masque & Gown,
is drugged for use as a sacrifice ly] have this show go up. We [has been] meeting people
in a satanic ritual. [the Masque & Gown Board] that I would not have met
Despite some fictionaliza- made the decision that we re- otherwise. We all do a bunch
tion, the story was inspired ally wanted to try and make of different things. Its a wide
originally by Bollingers anxi- that happen. range of people from all sorts
ety about interacting with the The production, now of different academic and
other residents of his apart- called The Show Former- region backgrounds, and the-
ment building while his wife ly Known as the 24 Hour ater brings us all together,
was out of town teaching. Dynamic drawings: A projection of a flip book by painter and animator Matt Bollinger during his talk in the Visual Show because of copyright she said.
I actually had neighbors Arts Center on Monday. Bollinger relates personal narratives in multimedia works, combining painting and animation. issues, is strategically placed According to Fraga, the
slide a note under my door in- some narrative component, within a sculpture and de- er artists, I think thats import- at the beginning of the year sleep deprivation is worth it.
viting me to a housewarming, Bollinger said. Even the works scribed a story Bollinger grew ant. Theres a danger in feeling to give participants a taste Its exciting to see the
and I was totally creeped out, that seem like Im just staring at up hearing. Understood in that were all isolated, separate of what they could continue creative things people come
Bollinger said. the ground were, to me, reflec- its entirety, the work tells the and so distinct. We dont come to do with Masque & Gown up with in the set number of
Bollinger started crafting tive of a narrative continuum. story of his fathers stabbing out of a vacuum. throughout the year, such as hours that they have, she said.
hand-painted stop motion Important to Bollingers on Christmas Eve, 1970 in an Filmmakers David Lynch
animated films in 2015. He narrative is telling the story of incident of apparent road rage. and Agns Varda, and novel-
first experimented with ani- his family. I think the strongest art- ists Elena Ferrante and Karl
mation as an undergraduate For example, the work en- ists are ever more themselves Ove Knausgrd are among the
student at the Kansas City Art titled about midnight, Sat- in the work, Bollinger said. inspirations Bollinger men-
Institute where he double ma- urday, features two cars po- The strongest artists are al- tioned on Monday evening.
jored in painting and creative sitioned perpendicularly. The ways finding ways to better I dont think I mentioned
writing. The impetus to return drivers side door on one of express what it is that is there a single painter, which is kind
to the discipline came from the cars hangs ajar and snow within them. of indicative of how I think,
Bollingers frustration with the blankets the house and trees At the same time, Bollinger Bollinger said with a chuckle
restrictions imposed by static in the background. acknowledged the extent to after the talk.
media on his ability to convey In the works original instal- which other artists shape him As such, it makes sense
a story. lation, the voice of Bollingers and his work. that combining his interests
All of my work has father, Chip, emanated from I think all art is a kind of in creative writing, music and
synthesis of influence, wheth- painting is a natural synthesis
er it is who you are speaking for Bollinger.
to, who your friends are, what Bollinger believes that art
you see or the whole depth should be inspired by personal
and breadth of art history, passion and joy. For this rea-
not to mention the history of son, he often finds his projects
film, literature and pulp novels to be all-consuming.
for me, said Bollinger. The I work every day, he said.
particular things that Im in- It gets into all the crevices of
terested in, the assemblage of free time. COURTESY OF AZIZA JANMOHAMED

all that stuff seems to be what Bollingers work is avail- Rock around the clock: Aziza Janmohamed 19 performs in the last showing
makes me, me. I like that my able on his Vimeo account of Masque and Gowns 24-hour production in the fall of 2015. After a year-
work has a relationship to oth- and website. long hiatus, the group will once again present the student-produced show.
6 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, September 22, 2017

Flower Boy: a testament to Tyler, The Creators growth

hard to recognize, alter-ego More momentous than some of Flower Boys most the track an irony-charged most of Flower Boy sees
by Chris Ritter or not. Except for a few songs the car talk is Garden Shed, powerful. Tyler takes direct banger, as Tyler spits bar after Tyler carving out unfamiliar
Columnist on 2013s Wolf, the more which reads like Tylers narra- aim at his former self in the self-doubting bar while ad libs instrumental elements while
Earlier this week, Tyler, sinister side of Tylers ego has tive on coming out: Garden latter half of 911 / Mr. Lone- and exclamations echo from staying true to the mood of
The Creator tweeted that he muddled, if not completely shed for the garden, thats ly, where he raps, They say the back, sounding less like the album.
originally wrote his single, overshadowed, the other. where I was hiding / That was the loudest one in the room cheers than detached gasps. That isnt to say that Flow-
See You Again, for Zayn Ma- But critics will not be real love I was in Garden is weak / Thats what they The lonely-themed album er Boy was entirely a solo ef-
lik. At first, it seems odd that able to claim the same here. shed for the garons / Them assume but I disagree / I say has aptly scarce production fort, though. Features on the
the rapper who broke onto the On Flower Boy, Tyler, The feelings I was hiding. Tyler is the loudest one in the room credits, as Tyler, The Creator album are carefully selected
scene talking about having Creator lets a more sensitive, keenly aware of the growing is probably the loneliest one produced nearly the entire and fitting for each track. Kali
threesomes with a triceratops openly struggling persona discussion surrounding his in the room (thats me), then record himself. But just as he Uchis and Rex Orange Coun-
would be penning lyrics for shine through, penning sin- sexuality, but he chooses to takes an inward jab, Atten- has improved lyrically, Tyler ty contribute smooth cho-
the former One-D playboy. cere lyrics on social inad- be vague here over the blurry tion seeker, public speaker, has shown a clearer direc- ruses, the ever-reliable Frank
That revelation comes nearly equacy that encompass all slow jam. oh my god that boy there is tion instrumentally as well. Ocean lends a soulful addi-
two months after the release facets of Tyler: the frustrat- Tracks like Garden Shed so fucking lonely The bass Beats are jazzy and colorful tion to Where This Flower
of Tylers latest album, Flow- ed, the confused, the brash, show Tylers ability to break heavy instrumental makes with oddly shifting chords, Blooms, A$AP Rocky rolls
er Boy. If See You Again the overemotional. This time the confines of a typical rap giving a dream-like aura to through to trade brag bars
is any indication of Tylers around, Tyler seems more album, but Tyler still nearly the whole album. on Who Dat Boy. Even Lil
versatility as a songwriter comfortable grappling with flaunts his rhyming Complicated, off-kil- Wayne makes an appearance
(theres no trace of Yonkers the insecurities in his head skills here, adopt- ter arrangements to spit unequivocally Weezy
here), we should also com- rather than yelling over them. ing a more highlight the al- lines like Never played golf,
mend the Odd Future leader So much of the album feels sincere tone bum as well. The but got a driver and a caddy.
for how well the dreamy love related to Tylers turbulent for tracks battle-ready Tyler often refers to the
song fits in with the rest of his past that its hard not to see like No- strings and album by its alternate title,
persona on Flower Boy. Flower Boy as an attempt to vember. A handclaps of Scum Fuck Flower Boy,
Since the LA rap collective make amends, but Tyler opts late-album I Aint Got a more fitting epithet to
Odd Future first skateboard- to show growth through sub- gem, No- Time! capture every aspect of his
ed onto the scene in 2011, Ty- tlety on the albums first half, vember and character. Even though Co-
ler earned a reputation as one narrating his internal strug- finds Tyler breezy lumbia Records cut that ti-
of musics most electrifying gles through meditations and wishing for elec- tle, fortunately, Tyler didnt
personalities. Tylers career metaphor. While Tyler has a simpler tron- completely shed his Scum
accomplishments include often glorified materialism time in his ics of Fuck side (Who Dat Boy,
winning a VMA and getting by flaunting expensive cars, life, question- Garden I Aint Got Time!). How-
banned from the United on Flower Boy, he uses cars ing his musical Shed show ever, the album shows mat-
Kingdom. But since his early as a subject for reflection direction as well Tyler exper- uration above all else. The
days of violent, alter-ego- from the albums very first as his controversial imenting at fourth album from Tyler,
based lyricism on Bastard and lines, How many cars can I personality, What if my his best. While the Creator is a testament
Goblin, Tyler has adopted a buy till I run out of drive? / music is too weird for the 2015s CHERRY of growth in every sense;
unique duality in music: one How much drive can I have masses? / And Im only BOMB faltered Tyler displays maturity in
confident and immature, but till I run out of road? That known for tweets more with chaotic beats producing, songwriting and
with the reservations of lone- metaphor takes center stage than beats. and erratic tinkering, emotion without sacrificing
liness and unrequited love. on the sixth track, Pothole, Moments like No- Tyler rarely gets in his own his signature flare. As he
But homophobic slurs and which sees Tyler navigating vember, where Tyler way on Flower Boy. The raps on Where This Flow-
sometimes outright misogyny the balance between fame directly acknowledg- KAYLA SNYDER albums final two tracks can er Blooms: I rock, I roll, I
have made Tylers complexity and friendship. es his loneliness, are become overbearing, but bloom, I grow.

Summer music festival draws international talent

20, who participated in the they were trying to express,
by Faria Nasruddin festival two summers ago, I said Mezzofanti. Theres so
Orient Staff never really felt that I was much energy that goes into
Over the summer, over 250 the worst in the room at vi- music that needs to translate
music students fill the Col- olin being from Maine and and captivate the audience.
leges dorms for six weeks to having not that many people The festival has a strong con-
learn, practice and play music playing violin, but all of sud- nection to the Brunswick area.
at a top-tier level. den I definitely pegged my- Our primary audience
The Bowdoin Interna- self in the lower 10 percent base would be folks who live
tional Music Festival attracts of all the people there. That in Brunswick that appreciate
students from 23 different was definitely an experience classical music, said Daniel
countries and from the top where the humbling part was Nitsch, executive director of
conservatories in the country, really real for me. the Bowdoin International
including Juilliard and the Outside the master and Music Festival.
Berkeley School of Music. studio classes, students would The festival hosts a con-
We are a combination of typically spend their time im- cert series, called communi-
a summer music institute and mersed in music. ty concerts, that takes place
a concert series, said Casey Every other moment in at various locations, such
Oakes, the director of mar- the day was spent practicing as assisted living homes,
keting and communications or listening to other people breweries, public library and
for the festival. practice, said McKee. There churches, typically within
The festival encompasses was just one time when I went an half an hour radius of the
ensemble and solo perfor- into a random studio class of College. These concerts are COURTESY OF ACADIA MEZZOFANTI
mances in seven different a different teacher. I was just aimed to bring classical mu- Museum music: A quartet performs for the public in the College Museum of Art as part of the Bowdoin International
concert series and education- walking in slightly late and sic to those who would not Music Festival. More than 250 students assemble on campus each year to participate in the prestigious program.
al experiences through master all of a sudden I heard my otherwise be able to afford or
classes. Students apply to the favorite violin concerto being attend concerts. having everybody cooperate ever, according to Oakes, the classical music industry of
program to be under the men- played and wafting through That community support with one another and having program has remained a close pairing art and music. Both
torship of a specific teacher, Kanbar auditorium. It was this is so needed for the festival to the support from the commu- partner of the College. us and the College wanted to
who works with them for the incredible girl, who you can keep going, said McKee. nity has been so cool. One way that program has get involved, and so it was a
entire session. In master and just see the hours of practice What differentiates the The Bowdoin International remained connected to the natural partnership to make,
studio classes, students per- paying off as shes playing. Bowdoin International Music Music Festival began as the College is through the Mu- said Nitsch.
form in an ensemble of four Acadia Mezzofanti 19, the Festival from other festivals Bowdoin Summer Music Fes- sic in the Museum concert According to Nitsch, the
to five people for a teacher to official photographer and vid- across the country for many tival in 1964 when a faculty series. Started three years ago, festival is looking for ad-
then break down and evaluate eographer for the festival, said is the sense of community. member of the College, Robert this concert series takes place ditional partnerships with
their performance. there is a lot of artistry in clas- It seems like at some Beckwith, the chair of the mu- in the Bowdoin College Mu- the college in the future, in-
[Sergei Schwartz] would sical music that goes unnoticed. music festivals around the sic department, wanted a sum- seum of Art (BCMA), where cluding another program in
basically critique us in front The professional perform- country there is an elite mu- mer concert series to take place various performers, such as BCMA where composition
of everyone, which was ers would evaluate not only sic crowd and then theres on the campus. The festival was Beckwith Artist-in-Residence students will base music to be
simultaneously the most how their musicianship was, the rest of the surrounding associated with the College George Lopez, perform on a performed in the museum off
terrifying and inspiring ex- but also how their movements area and neither of them re- until 1997, when it became a grand piano. specific pieces of art.
perience, said Anne McKee achieved the emotion that ally match, said McKee. But, nonprofit organization. How- Its a growing trend in the
Friday, September 22, 2017 7

Pazos shines bright, new light on old ideas

by Ellice Lueders
Orient Staff
Eduardo Pazos just moved
into his office in 30 College.
The walls are mostly bare. The
furniture has yet to be worn in.
Yet, when he sits down to get
interviewed, the standard accou-
terments lose their stiffness. He
speaks slowly, choosing his words
with deliberation and reverence.
His tongue can make a home out
of the word prayer.
He uses a lot of other words,
too, like reflection, mean-
ing-making and peace, vulner-
ability and hope.
Pazos is the new director of
religious and spiritual life on cam-
pus, and he introduces his job with
a negative statement: My job is
not to represent any one religious
community on campus, he said.
He is here to support students
to practice their faith authentically,
and for students who grapple with
what faith means to them. He is
here to educate and to learn and
to listen.
I think that the work that I do
is not just religion and faith, but it
is also a work of meaning-making
and addressing questions of ulti-
mate purpose.
Pazos was raised in the Baptist
tradition, a rarity in the majority
Catholic Chihuahua, Mexico. For
him, meaning comes out of the SAM HONEGGER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Hebrew Bible and its concept of Meeting on sacred ground: Pazos joined the Office of Religious and Spirital Life in August. He hopes to engage in dialogue with both students of faith and those who are questioning.
shalom, or peace.
I find God to be a God of spire dialogue, to make room just the time space that were oc- they mattered. There is a segment of stu- two suitcases and 300 dollars.
peace, a God whose predisposi- on campus for vulnerability cupying right now. Thats not just talking about dents that is interested in these Now 32, he has not gone home
tion, whose first and only innate and tough conversations. The office of religious and spiri- dialogue, but it is actually engaging big, philosophical, ethical ques- sincenot for his sisters wed-
predisposition is to be of peace, I am keenly aware that things tual life on campus opened the se- in dialogue. I think every person at tions, that just takes joy into ding or his parents divorce, not
he said. are never going to be made well mester with an interfaith barbecue that table left that table more rich, diving into these problems of for the birth of his niece or a
When Im talking to peo- unless we listen. on the lawn behind 30 College. more diverse and probably more suffering and evil and goodness number of funerals.
ple and when Im engaging Well never get to have a fruit- This year, as dusk settled above the grounded in their own tradition as and purpose, he said. The person sitting across
with someone I am hoping ful or productive conversation if pines, six or seven people stayed at a consequence of that dialogue, of But I think, when thats not from me might not be interested
that the space that were cre- Im listening to talk over you or if the table into the night. that conversation. the case, Im keenly aware of the in talking big questions about
ating is a space of peace, of Im listening to outsmart you. Muslims and Jews and Cath- Not everyone at Bowdoin place that pain and suffering has the reality of God, but they
protection, of vulnerability, But, if Im listening to con- olics got to have a very beautiful, comes equipped to speak about played in my journey, and that might be interested in sharing
of honesty and authenticity. nect with you, with your human- honest conversation where they existential questions. Although it could very well be playing in a little bit about the pain that
Because thats what I think of ity, to connect with your per- were sharing their faith practic- Pazos smiles at the thought of the journey of the person who is theyre feeling right now, the
when I think of God. sonality, then were actually two es, recalled Pazos. What these students ready to engage with sitting across from me. emotional pain, the physical
Pazos engages completely people engaging in something practices meant to them and how big-ticket questions, he is ea- Pazos is an immigrant. He pain, the spiritual pain.
with the person in front of that I find to be more important important they were to themselves ger to engage with anyone who came to the U.S. at the age of 18, When that happens, thats
him. His prerogative is to in- and more transcendental than and to their community, and why might need him. in possession of a student visa, sacred ground.


Ranging from lighthearted moments to serious reflections about life at and
beyond Bowdoin, talks of the quad feature the Bowdoin communitys best short-
form writing. They are published every other week and can be written by any
member of the Bowdoin community. Generally 700-1,100 words.


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8 FEATURES Friday, September 22, 2017

Community welcomes women STEM professors

in scientific, technological and mostly because they were really ematicians can be of any help, that
by Anjulee Bhalla mathematical fields. For example, happy, said Jones. They loved definitely sounds like a great thing
Orient Staff
revelations in the early months being biologists, they had really to do.
Three new female STEM pro- of this year regarding a culture happy families and personal lives While some studied at liberal
fessors, Assistant Professor of of discrimination, sexism and and hobbies and they were just arts institutions themselves, all are
Computer Science Sarah Harmon, sexual harassment at tech-giant really good role models of this is looking forward to the role they
Assistant Professor of Biology Uber sparked national outrage a person whos doing something will serve in both students lives
Patricia Jones and Assistant Pro- and renewed debate about what they love and in a balanced way and learning.
fessor of Mathematics Naomi Ta- it means to be a woman in tech. so theyre able to have a life and do While many new hires are
nabe, have joined Bowdoin faculty According to Jones, one of the other stuff. still adjusting to life at Bowdoin,
this year and are eager to engage biggest developments for women Not only can the influence Harmon, a Colby graduate, and
with the liberal arts community. in STEM is the increasing number of specific mentors have a large Jones are returning to the liberal
While all three professors are of role models, especially as wom- impact, but also an encouraging arts environment that had a strong
still early in their transition to en are being seen in more senior community also plays a big role positive impact on their graduate
Bowdoin, theyve already had a roles. She notes the large impact in motivating and keeping wom- school experiences and careers.
large impact just by increasing her mentors had on motivating en in STEM. Jones, who majored in biology
Sowing new roots: Jones returns to liberal arts environment.
the number of women faculty in her to continue to pursue biology. Ive had a very supportive and art history, appreciated the
STEM departments. As an undergraduate there community, and it should be my breadth of study she was able applied to many other disciplines. get to know students better and
The addition of these profes- were at least two mentors for me turn to support the community to attain within the liberal arts I do think that having that lib- get more involved with them, said
sors to the faculty comes at a time professors at Cornell that I did back, said Tanabe. Thats always framework of Cornells College of eral arts background, and being at Tanabe. This setup helps me get
of heightened national discourse research with in the summer something Ive had in my mind, Arts and Sciences, as well as the a place that lets you essentially find to know students quicker, so that
about the experiences of women who really just were encouraging, so if the presence of female math- flexibility to change her course of your own purpose and explore part Im definitely enjoying.
study. ideas from all these different plac- While the three professors
Within academia theres re- es and find your own way to tie look forward to joining the
ally opportunity to switch and those together, is hugely import- Bowdoin community, they still
change your mind, even after ant, said Harmon. Its important must confront the challenges
youve graduated from under- because you can now apply what familiar to women in STEM
grad, said Jones. There were youre learning from all these fields, from limited representa-
quite a few people in my program different fields and then you can tion to high expectations.
for my Ph.D and my postdoc who solve problems, whatever kind of Regardless of where you go, I
were graduate students who had problems you encounter. think theres a culture of we need
been music majors or something For Tanabe, who attended to understand everything other-
and then decided that this was Rikkyo University-Tokyo, Bow- wise were not smart or we need
what they wanted to do. doin is her first exposure to liber- to never make a mistake other-
Harmon also enjoyed the inter- al arts, but to the American high- wise were not smart and that
disciplinary exploration that was er education system. In Japan, she definitely leads to a lot of people
a large part of her undergraduate taught in K-12 classrooms before to think that theyre not good
experience. While she initially pursuing her graduate degree. enough, said Harmon. So what
intended to major in neurosci- While there are many different I try to emphasize in my classes
ence, after having many different components to Tanabes transi- is that making mistakes is real-
research experiences that investi- tion to Bowdoin, ultimately shes ly an important part of solving
gated the intersections of neuro- excited about the way Bowdoins problems anyway and thats what
science with other areas of study, classroom dynamics and com- youre going to be encountering
Harmon settled on majoring in munity enable closer connections wherever you go. Its especially
math and computer science be- with students. important in research because re-
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT cause of their strong foundation in As a liberal arts school setting, search is solving problems that no
A new addition: Tanabe teaches mathematics while learning about liberal arts and the Bowdoin community. problem solving and ability to be I was excited about being able to one else has solved before.

Mentoring programs offer support to local youth

mentors on a college campus. to mentor nine students from
by Kathryn McGinnis Its interesting because around the world, including
Staff Writer you would think two hours China, Germany, India, Por-
Consistency is easy to find every other week is not a lot tugal and Thailand.
at Bowdoin: in the chimes of of time, but kids have this One challenge Caplan fore-
the bells, the dinners served at crazy ability to be utterly sees is the stark differences
5 p.m. and parties every week- hopeful and optimistic about between the backgrounds and
end. But for some children in everything, so its really easy experiences of Bowdoin stu-
the Brunswick area, a Bow- to build trust quickly, said dents and their mentees.
doin mentors presence each Sara Caplan 20, a Bears and One of the things that I
week is their only constant. Cubs mentor. That little time found is that people look for
When faced with parents in you have really means a lot in similarities in their mentors
jail, a strange language in a terms of getting to know them and if they dont see how who
foreign land, or shyness on the and whats happening in their you are now can translate into
playground, kids depend on lives. Often they reveal a lot what they could be then
Bowdoin mentors support. of terrifying things. its really hard to make that a
We ask for a one school In addition to volunteering tangible connection, Caplan
year commitment to give the with Bears and Cubs this year, said.
[child] time to develop, said Caplan branched away from Students also have the op-
Lindsey Walton, a program campus and began the Bow- portunity to mentor off cam-
manager at Big Brothers Big doin Students Working with pus with the program Falcon
Sisters, one of 18 mentoring English Language Learners Friends. It caters to fifth grad-
programs offered through the program (BSWELL) to work ers at Bowdoinham Commu-
Bowdoin Volunteer Corps, at with local students who have nity School, providing each
the McKeen Center for the been identified as eligible for child with a Bowdoin mentor
Common Good. Like any the program by both their to spend time with during COURTESY LINDSEY WALTON, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF BATH/BRUNSWICK

other relationship, it takes teachers and sub-proficiency lunch and recess. Polar bears and cubs: Bowdoin students engage with local elementary students as mentors through McKeen
time to develop trust, and the scores on an English language The general goal is to Center. The Bears and Cubs Program is one of eighteen mentoring groups on campus.
best way to do that is to keep exam. come in and serve as positive
showing up and having con- The programs 12 Bowdoin role models, said Lili Ramos who can talk to them and ment, said Assistant Director of is quality rather than quantity.
versations with them. students will enter Brunswick 18, the clubs leader. We give them advice about social The McKeen Center for Com- [Were] focusing on trying
Walton coordinates the classrooms for the first time come in as college students issues and school. mon Good Matt Gee. Working to deepen the relationships,
Bears and Cubs program on In addition to providing with kids is a lot of fun and a having leaders provide more
campus for children not yet mentees with stable relation- lot of students use this as a way educational and reflection
matched with a Big Brother That little time that you have ships and student role mod- to destress and get off campus. opportunities for the mentors

really means a lot in terms of

or Big Sister. Every other Sun- els, mentor programs both on It also gives students a chance in the program [and] helping
day, Bowdoin students spend campus and in local schools to be leaders and role models, the mentors be able to form
two hours playing games and
socializing with their little.
getting to know them and whats offer Bowdoin students a
great chance to explore vol-
[giving] them a sense of duty
and responsibility, an important
deeper relationships and
[have] a stronger impact on
The experience is meant to
provide a safe environment
happening in their lives. unteer opportunities.
Its a more comfortable way
empowering role for Bowdoin
students to be in.
their students, said Gee.
Editors Note: Sara Caplan
where kids can share their prob- Sara Caplan 20 for [students] to explore this For next years mentors and 20 is a member of the Orient
lems and interact with student idea of community engage- mentees, the name of the game staff.
Friday, September 22, 2017 FEATURES 9


Common good, common ground

Bowdoins 19th Common Good Day sent 528 students into local communities on Saturday. The
day began in Farley Field House with a picnic lunch and a performance by percussion dance
group Taiko. Participants dispersed to 47 organizations in the midcoast Maine communities
including the Ronald McDonald House Portland, Wolfes Neck Woods State Park and the
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick.
By Natasha Belsky and Chris Ritter
10 Friday, September 22, 2017

HIGHLIGHT Football focuses on offseason body weight
REEL by Artur Kalandarov
Orient Staff
Out for revenge: The womens For Sydney Guerrier 20,
soccer team (1-2-1, NESCAC weigh-ins at the gym have be-
0-2-1) began its weekend last come part of his daily ritual.
Guerrier is a linebacker on
Saturday with a 1-1 tie against
the football team, and is one
Wesleyan (3-1-1, NESCAC
of many players who are given
0-1-1) after goalie Rachel personal weight goals to achieve
Stout 18 made 10 saves com- during offseason.
pared to Wesleyans two. The Im already at a disadvan-
next day, the team lost 0-3 to tage because linebackers are
undefeated Williams (5-0-0, usually 6 2 to 6 7 280lbs
NESCAC 4-0-0). The team to like 320lbs, said Guerrier.
will face Middlebury (3-1-1, Coming out as a freshman, I
was only 6, 185 lbs. Putting on
NESCAC 1-1-1) at home
weight would make it easier for
on Saturday. Middlebury
me to take on blocks, people
knocked the Polar Bears out coming at me. Even if theyre
of NESCAC quarterfinals last coming at me slower, their
season, beating the team 2-1. weight overpowers me, so put-
ting on weight helps me com-
pensate for that.
While the weight gains are
not mandatory, a players weight
Heading for goal: Mens soccer is a strategic advantage that can
(4-2, NESCAC 2-1) had a influence their performance and
successful weekend, with two therefore whether a player starts.
1-0 wins against Wesleyan Depending on how much DANIEL JANG, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
(4-1, NESCAC 0-1) and weight you put on and how that Never stop grinding: In the off season, the football coaches give players individual weight goals that they are expected to work towards, whether that be to
Williams (3-1, NESCAC 2-1). affects your playing style, could gain weight or maintain their weight. Players work hard in order to meet these goals by working out and eating more so that they are ready for season.
During the Wesleyan game, affect how much you play in the
future. said Guerrier. son starts and energy needs to while youre doing it so its the eat more and lift more in order before we step on the scale we
Ethan Ellsworth 18 made
Players have to think about be saved for games. right kind of weight. I mean you to get that size and that mass. usually drink half a gallon or
an early goal at 2:13 with an their weight as often as they exer- Although some players po- could sit on the couch and eat The same goes if they think you the whole gallon just to quickly
assist from Levi Morant 19. cise. Each calorie burned is a cal- sitions do not require them to cheese doodles, but thats not should lose weight, he said. add a few pounds so were listed
Drake Byrd 21 scored his first orie that needs to be consumed. gain as much weight, they are going to help you when you get That being said, I think the as a higher weight on the roster.
collegiate goal in order to win For a lineman, losing too still expected to stay in shape on the field. coaches do a good job of rec- For players like Stern and
the Williams game. After a much weight in a season due to during offseason. Stern believes that many ognizing ability, so even if you Guerrier, these expectations
midweek loss to St. Josephs excessive conditioning that you Austin Stern 18 is a safety this times the weight goals set by the are a little undersized, or if you have become normalized. Guer-
(5-0-1), the Polar Bears are might do, isnt good for you in the season, but was recruited as an coaches are unrealistically high, havent shaved your weight, rier is much closer to his goal
hoping to rebound with a gains that youre trying to com- outside linebacker. As safety, Stern but are only intended to encour- there are no immediate reper- weight now than as a first year
pensate for, Guerrier said. Eat- relies more on speed than weight, age athletes to do their best. For cussions. Its just them seeing his old clothes hardly fityet he
win against Middlebury (5-1,
ing more in the dining hall, tak- but he still puts in effort to keep up example, the heaviest Stern has in their ideal world what you calls weigh-ins a habit.
NESCAC 2-1) this Saturday. ing tupperware so you can eat a his weight during the summer. ever weighed was 200 pounds would look like. There is a lot of emphasis
quick meal before you go to sleep, Over the past three sum- at the beginning of junior fall, Ideal worlds are often di- on weight in football, whether
so you can maintain your weight, mers I would go home and then while his expected weight was vorced from reality. Players that be the weight you lift or the
rather than lose it completely. try to put on maybe 10 pounds 210-215 pounds. learn how to game the system. weight you are, said Stern.
Weight-gain strategy chang- of muscle, which is hard be- You have a defensive line- If you were to go down to The Orient reached out to
Starting off strong: Kicking es in offseason. According to cause you have to eat very clean, man who the coaches feel is Farley and see us all weighing Coach J.B. Wells for a comment,
off its 15th season the right Guerrier, summer is the time and you have to eat a lot of it, very underweight. They will be in youll see a lot of the upper- but did not receive a reply.
way, the womens rugby team for football players to bulk up he said. You have to make sure very vocal in stating the fact classmen have gallons of water Ellice Lueders contributed to
(1-0) beat U-Maine Orono on muscle before the next sea- that you lift and run constantly that he should pick up weight, in their hands, said Stern. Just this report.
29-15 in their first home

Crew travels to London to compete in Henley Royal Regatta

game. The team had a strong
start, going into the second
half up 17-0 with the help
of captain Kendall Schutzer
18, who completed the game ing than they were used to in regatta took five days, and ed equipment. That was the competition we do.
with three tries. The Polar by Harry Jung the states. each crew raced 2,100 meters course from the 2012 Olym- Captain Jessica Webber
Orient Staff
Bears hope to carry their mo- I remember walking as opposed to a more standard pics and that was spectacular, 18 observed that because the
mentum to their next game Last summer, two mens around and seeing bunch of 2,000 meters. said Welling. rowing program at Bowdoin is
as they travel to play Sacred boats from the Bowdoins row- Olympians from like New In the regatta, there is The co-ed team boasts 58 a club sport, there cannot be
ing program competed in the Zealand and they would have a total of 16 entrees in the rowers and coxswains this any coaching or official train-
Heart on Saturday.
worlds most prestigious regat- their Rio 2016 jackets or in knockout stage. Eight of the season. Many of them joined ing outside of the season. With
ta, Henley Royal Regatta, on the boat tent you would see entrees get into the knockout the program with no prior ex- that in mind, most of the team
the River Thames in England. boats with Rio 2016 stickers stage automatically, meaning perience. Despite the relative- works out on the rowing ma-
The two mens boats, each and it was cool because you they qualify without having to ly small size of the program, chines frequently by choice, so
with four rowers and a cox- were standing next to them, compete in the initial time tri- which does not recruit mem- that they can improve.
Racing past the competition: The swain, finished 10th and 14th and you were not just a spec- al, based on their resumes or, bers and whose members on I think our athletes re-
cross country teams swept during the time trial in June. tator, Wang said. You are the in some, cases luck. Colgate average have less experience, ally thrive under the under-
the Bowdoin Invitational They narrowly missed out on same river as them doing the University and Boston Uni- the team finds a way to com- dog mentality, said Webber.
I this weekend, with both a top eight standing, so they same things and interacting versity were accepted into the pete against much bigger Being kind of scrappy, there
teams beating the second did not advance to the side- with them. knockout stage automatically rowing programs around the are lots of sophomores with
place teams by 20 or more by-side single elimination The program began com- this year. American crews, country through what they only one year of rowing ex-
knockout rounds. peting in Henley Royal Re- Williams College, Deerfield say is simply work ethic. perience thrown into top
points. Womens captain Sar-
The regatta itself was abso- gatta in 2000. This year was Academy, Kent School and We have some really mo- boats. You get to really size
ah Kelley 18 won the 5K race lutely spectacular, wild, said the fourth time the team has University of Virginia qual- tivated athletes and because up against these recruited
with a time of 19:12.9, and Assistant Coach Doug Welling. competed in the regatta, with ified for the knockout stage most of our team did not six foot athletes from oth-
four other team members Captain Phillip Wang 18, the other times being in 2003 after the time trial. have rowing experience be- er schools, sometimes D1
finished in the top eight. On a coxswain for one of the two and 2013. In 2003, Bowdoins Two weeks before the re- fore coming to college, we can schools, and you just try to
the mens side, Ben Torda 18 boats, said that training and mens boat advanced to the gatta, the team also compet- to teach them a sort of our go out and beat them. I think
ran the 8K in 25.57.0, placing interacting with top row- quarterfinals and was knocked ed in the Marlow Regatta at method, said Head Coach Gil this is something everyone
him in first with four other ers around the world in the out from the regatta by Goldie Dorney Lake, England. Both Birney. Our sort of vision of has learned to enjoy and
teammates also coming in Henley Royal Regatta pushed Boat Club of the University of mens fours finished fifth how boats ought to move. I strive for.
the crews to take rowing to a Cambridge, who eventually in different divisions out of think the student themselves This fall, the team will
the top nine.
whole new level. For exam- went on to win the event that more than 30 crews. are highly motivated and am- compete in a total of three
COMPILED BY ANNA FAUVER ple, his crew trained to start year. This year there were a to- We really used that as the bitious. It is really unusual for regattas, including the Head
off a race at a stroke rate of tal of 577 entrees, 144 of whom ability to get settled and to a program this size to be able of the Charles on October
52, a much faster rate of row- were from overseas. The whole get people used to new rent- to complete with the level of 21-22.
Friday, September 22, 2017 SPORTS 11

Field Hockey looks to carry momentum to Middlebury game

Although both teams had
by Eliana Miller played the day before, Bowdo-
Staff Writer
in entered each round of over-
Polar Bears 6 After two time with tenacity.
Wesleyan 0 crucial wins With double overtime its
this past seven versus seven, so theres
Polar Bears 3 weekend, less players on the field and
Williams 2 the Bowdoin its exhausting, but the team
field hockey thats going to win is the team
team is prepared to take on that works harder and works
its longstanding rival, Middle- smarter, said Bumgardner. In
bury, this weekend. the first overtime we had a lot
Last Saturday, the Polar Bears of opportunities to finish and
swept Wesleyan for a 6-0 win. score, and so thats something
Five separate players scored, as- we can learn [from] to not
sisted by an array of teammates. have to go into double over-
It was great to see different time in the future. But I think
people score goals; it wasnt the biggest thing we took away
the same person scoring a is that it showed off the char-
bunch. I think that shows the acter of our team and that we
depth of our team, said cap- dont give up.
tain Kelsey Bumgardner 18. The Polar Bears plan to car-
The teams depth spans across ry their momentum and char-
all grades, with seven first years acter into the upcoming game
and eight sophomores. On against Middlebury. The team
defense, both goalies are first has faced Middlebury for six
years, while on offense, the straight years in the NESCAC
sophomores have scored more championships, nudging the
than half of the teams goals this Panthers out of the bracket
year. Sophomore Kara Finnerty twice since 2011. Last year,
was also named NESCAC play- however, was the first of those
er of the week. postseason games that was On cloud nine: Elizabeth Growney 20 competes against Williams on Sunday after beating Wesleyan 6-0 on Saturday. Sundays game went into double over-
On Sunday, Bowdoin not the NESCAC final. Bow- time, with the Polar Bears closely beating out the Ephs 3-2. The team is looking to continue its three-game winning streak against rival Middlebury on Saturday.
played a hard-fought game doin ended its 2016 season in underclassmen and stand at I think theres something game, the Polar Bears are pre- not looking at the name on the
against Williams, winning 3-2 the quarterfinals, losing 2-0 3-1 overall. Though Middle- special, especially as a senior, paring by working on their own jersey of our opponent, but re-
in double overtime. Finnerty to Middlebury. bury has scored more goals so about playing on Ryan Field game, fixating on their opponent. ally looking at our own name
scored the winning goal after There [is] definitely that far this season20 compared and the traditions and being Were not going to put on our own jersey and playing
87 minutes of play. intensity of wanting to come to Bowdoins 11the Polar in your own locker room. more emphasis on this game for us.
The whole team showed a back after having lost to [Mid- Bear defense is strong, with Theres nothing like that, said than we are on any other game Having learned from their
lot of character, a lot of resil- dlebury] last year, Finnerty a low goals against average of Bumgardner. But I think the The only thing we have con- mistakes and looking to con-
ience. And we dug really deep said. We know that we have 0.92 as compared to the Pan- intensity level is still there re- trol over is how were going to tinue increasing their level of
when it mattered the most. It the ability to be a great team. thers 1.50. gardless of where we are. play, said Head Coach Nicky play, the Polar Bears are ready
was incredible; it was super The game looks to be well The team is excited to play Mid- Despite the rivalry and the Pearson. And weve sort of to take on Middlebury this
exciting, said Finnerty. matched. Both teams have 15 dlebury on its home turf again. added intensity of the home made a point this year of really Saturday at 11 a.m.

Sailing struggles with bad weather after strong opening weekend

pleased with that, and hoping completed three races on Sun- a slight advantage over their tionals, but that competition is members according to Cullen.
by Kate Lusignan for a good season. day. The team placed 15th of 20 opponents because they will during the spring season. The My classmates who are
Orient Staff
Th is week, the sailing team teams. The team racing in the be familiar with the boats, team focuses on learning and walk-ons their freshman year
Despite the lack of wind competed in the Hatch Brown Central Series at Boston Col- venue and current. While growing in the fall. have come leaps and bounds
this weekend, the sailing team Trophy at Massachusetts Insti- lege raced eight races over the traveling, the teams focus is I think we have a broad and are crucial members of
had a strong start to its season tute of Technology, the Central span of Saturday and Sunday. split between preparing for the range of experience on the the team. Walk-ons do con-
over the last two weeks after Series 2 at Boston College and It fi nished 8th of 17 teams. race and becoming acquainted team, and I think that is a tribute in a big way, mens
competing in numerous events the Ross Trophy at University Those are sometimes the with the weather conditions great opportunity to spread captain Harrison Hawk 18
across New England. of Vermont. toughest regattas [races with- and the venue. knowledge, and to have ev- said.
The womens regatta was at Due to the lack of wind, out wind], because youre wait- The team is focused on eryone get more competitive, The team is hoping to build
MIT and that was a really tough the sailors at UVM were only ing all weekend and still have building off of its previous captain Nora Cullen 18 said. on the last two weekends as they
event. A lot of people that were able to complete two races on to be mentally in it, and then weekends and applying what it Sharing knowledge about travel to five different events
at nationals last spring were Saturday. At the end of the two the races that you do do really learns at practice to competi- sailing is vital for the team this weekend including the
there, Womens captain Ellis races the Polar Bears were in count, Price said. tions. The teams members are due to its wide array of sailing Loder Trophy at University of
Price 18 said. I think it was the lead, but were unable to of- On Wednesday, the team more focused on the process backgrounds. Some sailors are New Hampshire, Hood Trophy
a good event because we had ficially win the event, because cancelled a midweek invita- than the results, except when recruited, while some have no at Tufts, New England Singles
two new female skippers that there must be three races for an tional, which was supposed they are trying to qualify for prior experience. Regardless at Roger Williams University
are fi rst years, they both did official winner to be declared. to be one of the two home ACCs or Nationals. of prior experience, the sail- (RWU), Womens Invitation-
really well for their fi rst college At MIT, the team was un- events in the sailing season. The major goal for the sail- ing team strives to create an al at RWU and New England
event, so I think were pretty able to compete Saturday, but Home events give the team ing team is qualifying for na- inclusive environment for all Womens Single at RWU.

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Make the Orient your platform

Comfort versus courage: Bowdoins
culture promotes lazy activism
We assume that every student has, at least once during their time at their efforts. ing, thus belittling the significance
Bowdoin, rolled their eyes at something they read in the pages of the Polar Views On the day of Trumps announce- of the movements demands. Her
Orient. Some students, we suspect, have even felt alienated by the content by Osa Omoregie ment to eliminate DACA, President intentions may have been pure but
of this paper. Rose sent an email out to Bowdoins Kendall Jenner engaged in an act of
And this is not without reason. We do not and cannot cover everyone Last week, the Bowdo- campus, encouraging students to self-flattery by agreeing to an ad that
equally. Our staff is comprised of 36 students on a campus of 1,800 stu- in community was in shock upon reach out to senators and other pol- portrayed her as the one who could
dents. The editorial board is only five, all of whom are white and wealthy. learning that President Trump icymakers to ask them to fight for end police brutality in America by
As a paper we strive to cover all perspectives on campus equally in our own would terminate Deferred Action DACAs preservation. I may sound offering a policeman a can of Pepsi.
editorial content. We come up short. for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). pessimistic, but I doubt that most I am not asking for all Bowdoin
But the op-eds, letters to the editor, columns, and Talks of the Quad are As usual, Bowdoin students rallied students took the presidents advice. students to be fearless activists. I just
not ours: theyre yours. Aside from minor edits for clarity and concision, together in solidarity for a week to During my time at Bowdoin, there have one request: stay woke. Bowdo-
we publish these pieces as we receive them from their authors. support those who would be affect- have been a handful of student ac- in students should pursue knowledge
Most importantly, the opinion pages provide a forum outside of the ed, yet somehow ignored the gravity tivists losing sleep and emotional about challenging issues and engage in
institution of the College for students to frankly and genuinely represent of the situation the following week. energy in an effort to seek justice for the current debates of our time. Most
their own views, to question and criticize policies, systems and ideas, and I understand that posters and rallies marginalized students on campus. I importantly, students should engage
to challenge our community to improve. serve as important reminders that have watched far more lazy activ- with empathy in mind. One should not
Each issue of this paper presents the opportunity to share your story or those affected by DACAs termina- ists sacrifice nothing more than a think so much about the elimination
defend your argument to an unmediated audience of your peers. Without tion are not alone. Still, while watch- few seconds of their day signing a of intangible, abstract programs like
your contributions, the Orient wouldnt be your student newspaper. ing swarms of students get in line to poster or posting a brief status on DACA but instead imagine thousands
If you are scandalized, shocked, or baffled by an article, take the op- sign the big We Do Not Tolerate Facebook. Much of these acts can of studentsincluding Bowdoin stu-
portunity to respond. If discourse within College-organized spaces leaves Hate poster in Smith Union, I felt start to look like a means of acquir- dentshaving to leave the homes they
you unsatisfied, let the Orient be your soapbox. If you feel that the policies uneasy about their focus on signing ing social capital in a millennial have known, despite being some of the
of the College are insufficient, suggest a change. If you dont see your own rather than on the real issue at hand. world where internet activism is the most productive, law-abiding members
story represented in our pages, share it in print. If intellectual fearless- One of my friends voiced similar new trend of the 21st century. Only of our society. At the very least, raising
ness doesnt suit you, model your preferred style of intellectual engage- concerns, wondering if students sign five months ago, there was major awareness about social or political is-
ment in a column. these posters because its the trendy outcry over the Pepsi commercial sues in ones classrooms, student clubs
Publish an article once in your four years, or publish an article every thing to do. that featured Kendall Jenner because and sports teams is productive work
week. All are equally valuable. Use op-eds not just to advocate for an in- Bowdoins political climate has she seemed to be appropriat- that does not require much time. These
crease in awareness, but to organize events and turn dialogue into action. typically given students license to ing the Black Lives Mat- conversations should not only happen
Despite our faults we honestly believe that the Orient has the ability to engage in what I call apathet- ter movement for during the week of devastating news,
shape campus discourse. Our online content reached 5,000 viewers last ic activism. I have watched personal brand- but also weeks or months afterward.
weekviews from you, your friends, your parents, and your professors and many Bowdoin students Being an activist is not a requirement
your neighbors. This is your paper. display hollow acts of to fit in at Bowdoin, but if one truly
activism in light of wants to promote progressive change,
The editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orients editorial board, a social or politi- integrity is a necessity. For every stu-
which is comprised of Harry DiPrinzio, Sarah Drumm, Alyce McFadden, Ian cal tragedy, let dent I see putting his or her name or
Stewart and Ian Ward. the tremor face on a poster for a cause, I hope
of anxiety that just as many students are do-
die down ing personal research to educate
and spon- themselves about whatever cause
taneously they wish to support.
forget how
to advocate
for others until
the next devas-
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To me, many Bowdoin students
appear to be complacent about
their political views, believing that
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is enough to get by. This attitude is
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Friday, September 22, 2017 OPINION 13

Damn the discourse: a liberal dose of mush

ies process over policy; what and of those of his intellectual versation has already begun) of people. We must reject a itus of the University of Chica-
by Ethan Winter matters to its champions is not ilk more broadlyso worry- that we look for a new stan- conversation of aerial abstrac- go, who advised the graduating
Op-Ed Contributor
what is being said but, instead, ing, is not that it is wrong, but dard for substantive intellec- tions that devolves into a wild class to care more deeply for
President Clayton Rose how its being said, feel free to that it suggests the speaker is tual engagement: how about goose chase in search of some wisdom than for expertise.
published an op-ed in TIME gut whats left of our countrys simply, terrifyingly removed intellectual courage? Roses nebulous common language. Skill, like technical proficien-
Magazine arguing for the im- social safety net, they imply, from our politics. The Repub- formulation of intellectual Because encoded in appeals for cy, allows one to succeed with-
portance of the liberal arts. just make sure you use your lican party in the Reagan era fearlessness seems to have a common language, which in a system; wisdom, however,
Roughly, his argument is that indoor voice. When you pri- (an era in which we still live) been the offspring of several seems so neutral, lies an ideo- allows one to question a sys-
today intellectual engagement oritize discourse, no idea is rides in a hermetically sealed focus group and engineered to logically-charged position: one tem. President Roses miscon-
is too often mocked, leaving us too bad or too cruel as long coalition that is unmoved by be so vague and agreeable that that prioritizes tone above all ception of the liberal arts is be-
in a distressing place... where as it can be concealed in some facts or any modern concep- it is drained of any meaning at else, which been disastrous for trayed here by his unconscious
facts are willfully ignored or convenient opaque phrase: tion of science, turning it into all. That hardly seems fearless. our nation. It has allowed Far- alteration of his friends words.
conveniently dismissed and means-testing, block a veritable breeding ground of This may seem like splitting Right extremists to undermine We must ask ourselves now,
where Hypocrisy runs ram- grants, self-deportation. conspiracy theories. Certainly, hairs, but there is a crucial dif- the academy, poisoning the de- at what seems to be a critical
pant and character appears to The emptiness of this posi- fanatical voices on the Left do ference between courage and bate Rose claims to value. juncture, if all the liberal arts
no longer be a requirement tion is evidenced in Roses al- exist, but wed be mistaken to fearlessness. Courage means Most distressing of all is a technical education aug-
for leadership. His proposed most reflexive equivocation of see them as equals to those on facing the truth in all its ugli- though, it has lead many to mented by an English course
solution is one weve heard the two partiesthis is decid- the Right: there are, first, im- ness, in spite of our fears. This lose faith in democratic poli- or two or something more. I,
from him before: intellectual edly a nonpartisan problem portant ideological differences is far different than merely tics altogether, believing it can for one, certainly hope it is the
fearlessness, the notion that that follows his description of between the two, but also, just being uncomfortable or, as no longer yield solutions that latter. I hope the liberal arts
one can consider ideas and our current politics. This claim consider that the latter runs the word fearlessness implies, will actually better their lives. can be an education that both
material that challenge their is demonstrably false. But what our country while the former ignoring what should, rightly, Calls for intellectual fear- promotes human freedom in
points of view, which may run makes this political obfus- is relegated to the fringe. be terrifying. Because to be lessness which consist of all its manifold possibilities
counter to deeply held beliefs, cation on the part of Rose I propose (and this con- fearless now is to be hopeless- nothing more than dressed while allowing us the chance to
unsettles them or may make ly naive: quietly, up both sidesisms has connect with those around us,
them uncomfortable. insidiously; laid bare the danger of these to build communities andin
I take issue with much of Republicans politics of politeness. It has the long runto build a better
Roses argument, and what continue to hollowed out our politics world.
I find most troubling is his pass restric- and so it should come as no As a first step, let us com-
seeming inability to articu- tive voter ID surprise that, faced with this mit to asking questions more
late, with substance, a goal, laws, block- vacuity, many young people substantive than how do we
mission and role for the lib- ing any are flocking to the Far-Right. talk face to face when we dont
eral arts that extends beyond chance at People are driven, and politics see eye to eye. Intellectual
banalities. There is a crisis in democratic are fueled, by a shared vision courage means that during
higher educationand in our recourse; white for the future, no matter how Arthur Brooks upcoming visit
politics more generallyand, supremacists are noxious. All over the Western to campus, we should be pre-
indicative of this crisis, is the marching unmasked in world, social democratic par- pared to challenge him on the
pablum that Rose again serves the streets; and Repub- ties have faded. Id argue this is AEIs support of the Saudi air
us. Action is in order, and to licans continue to deny owed in part, to the fact they war in Yemen, tax cuts for our
begin we must find something the scientific consensus have become parties of process nations wealthiest or a repeal
stronger than mere platitudes on climate change, con- or technocratic liberalism. of the Affordable Care Act that
couched in instrumentalism. demning maybe mil- Theyve forgotten that the goal would leave millions unin-
President Rose and I agree, we lions to death. of politics is not simply to pass sured. Lets not provide Brooks
have found ourselves in a dis- In critiquing this idea legislation or to balance the another platform to bemoan,
tressing place, but I am unable, of the discourse, I do budget, but to build a more unquestioned, how a bunch
at this challenging moment in not mean to suggest the decent, more just world. of 20-somethings are harshing
our society and world, to mus- need to advance a certain The task at hand nowa task his Koch-funded Conserva-
ter Roses optimism. partisan agenda. Truly, in which the liberal arts will no tive mellow. Rather, why not
An underlying focus of this is not some question doubt play a crucial roleis strive towards radical political
Roses piece is the discourse, of Right or Left, indeed in creating a politics which awarenessthat is, awareness
a sacred cow of centrists what we need now more transcends the boundaries con- of the actual stakes of our pol-
and of a cadre of than ever is a politics structed to protect centrists itics. We need to understand
elites. The dis- built upon a vigorous and tonal sensibilities. Doing so will the implications and motives
course substantive exchange of require diversity of thought that of contemporary political lan-
priv- ideas, rooted in is truly far-ranging because, guage, as well as, and crucially,
the lived make no mistake, behind so the consequences of todays
reali- many of the bland calls we hear political debates: whats at
ties from the administration for di- stake, what are we losing and
alogue and inclusion lies not what are we doing morally, by
the inclusion of marginalized giving into the sanctification
people or the Far-Left, but a of the discourse.
tacit an insidious political Intellectual courage and a
commitment to the reinvigoration of the liberal arts
right donors. is more crucial nowespecially
The moral hol- with the rise of the Far-Right
lowness of the idea than ever. Let us join together
of the discourse to create an idea of the liberal
has seeped into arts that doesnt feed into the
our understand- soulless hyper-individualism
ing of the lib- of American capitalism, but
eral arts as an instead transcends it. Let us de-
institution and mand and create an idea of the
idea. Take, for common good (an idea which
instance, Roses walks hand-in-hand with the
use of the word liberal arts) that consists of
skill in his op- more than merely corporate
edhe makes scraps. Maybe, just maybe,
the point, three reading all that Plato while
times, that a concurrently learning physics
liberal arts will give us the wisdom to draft
education a blueprint of a better future: a
will give you future that is altogether more
skills. Con- compassionate than the present
trast this, to we have. Instead of focusing
last years on tone, lets fight for a better
speaker at worldbecause thats the only
Baccalaure- way well ever get one. Damn
ate, Hannah the discourse.
Holbert Gray, Ethan Winter is a member of
president emer- the class of 2019.

14 OPINION Friday, September 22, 2017

Past progress distracts from ongoing struggles

nings is exponentially larger But this isnt the entire of tampons because the very so. Articles were published, when peoples rhetoric serves
Out Loud than it had been a decade ago, picture. Its possible to forget idea that someone who iden- emails were sent, changes to separate themselves from
by Ari Mehrberg and yes, I feel safer being out when you run in primarily tifies as a man might need to were made to the Free Flow the bigots they condemn, they
in the majority of situations queer or liberal circles, that use them is as fundamentally Initiative and signs were post- often neglect to consider the
at Bowdoin than Im sure my there still exist those other repulsive to them as these ac- ed in mens bathrooms. Words nuances of oppression and ex-
Dont you think things are predecessors felt. Even the circles who hate, or at the tions are to us. of support and solidarity were amine the way in which they
better now? fact that I can write this arti- very least dont understand, But hate isnt the only thing spoken and loose, ambiguous themselves are contributing to
This is not an uncommon cle so publicly, my full name your existence: circles of that Bowdoins LGBT commu- promises were made. And the problem.
question Ive heard, from peo- plastered front and center on people who let slurs rest on nity faces. There are many oth- then, two or three weeks lat- Homophobia and trans-
ple both inside and outside the printed page and shining their tongues and spill from ers here on campus who also er, everyone fell silent once phobia, and any other form
the LGBT community, but its bright and blue from the top their mouths, who make no forget the privilege, the ease more. The culprit was not of discrimination, are not
always a difficult one for me of the Google search results effort to correct their own ig- and the choice to forget the found and punished, or at built solely on slurs, delib-
to answer. Yes, the crowd in screenwell, that has to mean norance or speak out against hate. These people talk about least not publicly. The conver- erate violence and explicit
24 College on Thursday eve- something, right? others, who defecate in a box progress, about sations died down and in the bias. Oppression forms a
equality for all, grand scheme of things, very fundamental building block
about all the victo- little changed. The anger, the of our society; every per-
ries weve experi- fear, the distress that had set- son breathes a little of it in
enced. These peo- tled within each of the mem- each day, and every person
ple may claim to be bers of the trans community contributes to and perpet-
allies. All of these seemed to pass right over the uates it, whether they are
things are good rest of campuss head. And consciously choosing to do
things, though, were still in the same position so or not. By virtue of their
right? The problem we were before, still unsure as socialization, all cisgender
arises when prog- to who our permanent allies people are shaped in part by
ress becomes deni- are among the sea of tempo- the transphobia theyve been
al, when equality rary ones. taught and all straight peo-
for all becomes a I am not trying to be un- ple by homophobia, and only
tool to shut down necessarily pessimistic. I know with conscious awareness
marginalized voic- that the majority of people, and effort can they hope to
es under the ratio- especially those who call eradicate it, both in them-
nale of heteropho- themselves allies, have the best selves and in the world.
bia, cisphobia, or possible intentions and that I am not asking you to
all lives matter, mean no harm by preaching abandon all hope for the fu-
when talk of past the gospel of progress. But the ture or to deliberately ignore
victories becomes light of optimism is as blinding all the progress that has been
refusal to address as it is illuminating. By focus- made in the present. To do so
present suffering ing on all the positive things would be unproductive and
and when allyship that we, the LGBT community, exhausting. Rather, I ask that
becomes performa- have, people tend to miss the you approach these issues
tive and selective. negatives when good inten- from a broader perspective,
After the tam- tions and privilege converge always challenge the status
pon box incident in this way. In a similar vein, quo and always, always, look
last spring, the liberal and activist methods of within yourself to identify the
campus was in out- denouncing hatred can some- ways in which you may be a
JENNY IBSEN rage, and rightfully times be equally detrimental; part of the problem.

Lets demand online accountabilty from celebrities

influential people to speak where she proudly posted able to command the pub- Dismissing these realms of months into the Trump pres-
@mycolumn out on or be knowledgeable about being a Republican. lics attention online by slyly public life ignores the inextri- idency, and it has already
by Kinaya about social issues to their Swifts politics since then promoting her personal life. cability of politics, celebrity proved to have devastating
Hassane massive online followings? have been remarkably elusive. Swifts answer to whether art- and the Internet. Were it not consequences for immigrants,
A prerequisite for fame has She stated her support for ists should be activists would for the Obama campaigns the trans community and oth-
For better or for now become at least a slight Barack Obamas 2008 cam- be a clear and resounding mastery of social media and er marginalized groups. While
worse, the powerful combi- awareness of social justice paign after his inauguration no. But when the stakes mobilization of celebrity sup- it is unlikely that Swift en-
nation of pop culture and the movements so as not to of- and has not voiced who she are so high, it is irresponsi- port, the 2008 and 2012 elec- couraging her fans to vote for
Internet has long been a large fend ones audience, but is it supported in any presidential ble for someone like Swift, tions could have gone quite Hillary Clinton would have
presence in my life. Where- reasonable to ask entertainers election since. Despite Don- who has mastered the art of differently. swayed the outcome of the
as my parents have distinct to be activists as well? ald Trumps unabashed bias attention-grabbing and cher- Excusing celebrities from election, her silence, and our
memories of a time before These questions have be- against women and her recent ry-picking liberal ideology, to speaking on political issues authorization of that silence,
computers, my earliest mem- come increasingly salient appropriation of fourth wave remain silent. also downplays the impor- encourages complacency and
ories consist of afternoons in todays fraught political feminism, Swifts only com- Swift and other like-mind- tance of those issues. We are allows us to hide behind the
taking turns playing games times when the combination ment on last years election ed celebrities usually manage just a comfort of our privilege.
on the Disney Channel web- of nonstop discourse and un- was a cryptic Instagram pho- to be excused by the court of few
site with my younger sister. precedented online engage- to of her at a polling station public opinion, which often
And while older generations ment poses the opportunity encouraging her fans to vote. deems all matters related to
can spend entire articles and for a large payoff for celeb- A cynical take on Swifts the Internet, entertain-
news segments pontificating rities. Flashpoints like the online presence with regard ment and Holly-
over how millennials brains 2016 election and violence in to her politics is that it is wood friv-
are fried as a result of our Charlottesville, Va. have be- admirably clever marketing. olous.
digital childhoods, there is no come tests for celebrities who Her noncommittal, inoffen-
denying the societal impact of now have a chance to high- sive take on addressing na-
Internet pop culture. light their compassion. tional issues is particularly
Our generations greater Taylor Swift is a striking expedient for someone
demand for accountability and polarizing figure in dis- aiming to bridge
from public figures comes cussions surrounding celebri- traditional,
as a result of the merging of ty responses to popular social country
pop culture and the Internet, movements. Swift, like most music
which makes news about cur- millennials, came of age on audi-
rent affairs and Hollywood the Internet, but unlike most ences
equally ubiquitous and con- millennials, her online histo- with
sumable. The elevated stan- ry is laid bare for the entire more
dard to which we hold public world to scrutinize. Vestiges diverse
figures begs the question: to of her old self live on screen- ones. She
what extent should we expect shots of her Myspace page is knowingly
Friday, September 22, 2017 OPINION 15

Proper introductions: sharing pronouns in every class

commonly held opinion that them, but simply didnt want to one we can talk to. Not men- pronouns are requested from trips, first year floors and some
by Sadie Morris pronouns are synonymous with call attention to their trans or tioning pronouns reproduces each student, my identity feels sports teams, clubs and classes,
Op-Ed Contributor
the supposed excess of political gender non-conforming identi- the marginalization of trans normalized and publicly un- but it needs to happen in every
Here at Bowdoin, we have correctness. With the way that ty. When the manner in which people in society at-large and derstood, which lets me move environment for Bowdoin to
a practice of introducing our- the media has treated Bow- pronouns are solicited impacts puts trans students in a posi- past my gender and focus on become a more fully trans-in-
selves with our pronouns along doin, we as a community are the pronouns students share, tion where we have to expend class. On the other hand, when clusive campus.
with our names. Its sometimes tired of being misrepresented this negatively impacts the class emotional labor to be gendered my classmates dont know my Classes are the ideal place to
an awkward and hesitant prac- as a school that polices speech or group experience. correctly in the classroom. pronouns, my perceived gen- continue this transformation
tice. I first noticed this as soon and coddles minorities. Partly The most common expe- The point that I am trying der becomes a lingering dis- of transgender acceptance be-
as I arrived at Bowdoin. On because of this and the inter- rience Ive had in class is that to illustrate by discussing these traction. Studies show that a cause they are the core of the
my orientation trip, my leader nal tensions in our communi- the professor doesnt mention different approaches is that lack of gender affirmation in Bowdoin experience and they
asked my pronouns, and then ty, many of us are resistant to pronouns at all, so students there is no neutral action when the classroom leads trans stu- set the tone for the values and
quickly said never mind, be- moving farther to what might have to bring up their pre- it comes to how pronouns are dents to systematically under- norms we practice elsewhere.
cause he assumed I used he/ be seen as the left. ferred pronouns if they diverge discussed and introduced in perform in schools. Bowdoin faculty members
him/his. On my first year floor, Another reason is a simple from the norm. This situation a classroom or any group set- The process of stating pro- are in a position to determine
no one seemed to understand lack of communication about makes me unsure of how to ting. The way that pronouns nouns is an adjustment that whether these norms include
why we used pronouns, and af- the needs of individuals within approach pronouns. If I dont are discussed affects the day- for some is difficult and un- trans students. In the same way
terwards, my floormates talked our community. People dont state my pronouns, people to-day life of the trans com- comfortable. But Bowdoin is that every orientation trip this
about how pointless it was to ask. always know if pronouns are make assumptions about my munity at Bowdoin. This is up for the challenge. One of year introduced themselves
Since then, the trans com- genuinely important to trans gender in and outside of class. my first semester introducing Bowdoins greatest strengths is with pronouns, every class at
munity at Bowdoin has grown people, or if there are enough If I do state my pronouns, Im myself in class by my new pro- that we push ourselves to talk Bowdoin should do the same.
and pronouns are taken much trans students at Bowdoin who not sure how the professor will nouns, and the first few days about difficult topics and dont And if your professor forgets
more seriously than they were care about pronouns. When respond. When a professor presented contrasts that con- let our discomfort stop us from to ask for pronouns, it never
three years ago. I feel grate- pronouns become synonymous doesnt mention pronouns, it firmed that the way pronouns doing what is right for mar- hurts to volunteer them when-
ful that much is changing for with PC-culture, even the most sends an unclear message to are discussed is very important ginalized communities. This ever you remember and feel
transgender people at Bowdoin well-intentioned people can trans students about whether for trans students to feel wel- is already happening when it comfortable doing so.
just as I have come into my own miss the importance of pro- we are welcome in a class and come and to function effec- comes to pronouns in certain Sadie Morris is a member of
identity as a transgender wom- nouns to the trans community. whether the professor is some- tively in the classroom. When environments, like orientation the class of 2018.
an. But Im writing this piece That is part of why Im writing
to reflect on one change that this: to say that I am here, that
hasnt happened yet, something a trans community is here and
essential in fostering a more we do care about pronouns.
trans-inclusive environment. Part of the reason pronouns
When classes start each se- are critical during introduc-
mester, we often do introduc- tions is that the alternatives
tions: name, year, hometown, are so ineffective. A common
why youre in this classsome- alternative to everyone stating
thing like that. In some classes their pronouns is a professor
professors ask students to share or leader asking for pronouns
their pronouns, but most dont. only from students whose
Surprisingly, this is even true pronoun preference may be
in the Department of Gender, unexpected. This is better than
Sexuality and Womens Studies. not mentioning pronouns, but
I think that stating pronouns it still makes it difficult and
should be part of every stu- even scary for trans students
dents introduction in all classes to state our pronouns. When
at Bowdoin. I will explain why this happens, I cant help but
but first I will consider why we wonder if some people might
dont do this already. have shared their authentic
One major reason is the pronouns if everyone had said

Theres no such
thing as female

ask for my pronoun? What an article. In this case she is might use they pronouns. It might not be presenting my- gender applies to them) may
by Claire Day even is a pronoun? the pronoun. makes people feel welcome. self as feminine as I felt inside. use she, her, hers but then
Op-Ed Contributor
As Bowdoin moves to- Asking for pronouns in a So back to the initial sce- Of course thats the point the pronouns arent female
Recently you sat in a circle ward being more under- group introduction is a great nario. When it is your turn that what you see on the out- but rather agender.
with a bunch of other stu- standing and accepting of and simple way to make spac- to speak, what do you say? I side doesnt always match the Having to declare you gen-
dents. You recognized some gender and sexual diversity, es more inclusive of gender remember the first couple inside. But I squirmed under der pronouns can be scary,
of them, but others were new this scene is becoming more diversity. It gives people an times I was asked to declare the question. I wanted to say but it is a simple way to make
faces. This group might have and more familiar, but dont easy way to tell you what they my pronouns. I felt uncom- the pronouns you would ex- Bowdoin spaces more inclu-
been a class or a club or a worry if you dont quite get like to be called, so you dont fortable, almost offended. As pect or female pronouns. sive. So, next time someone
team. Whatever it was, the itIve you covered. accidentally misgender them a cisgender woman (I identify But neither of those answers asks you for your pronouns,
leader asked everyone to in- To start, a pronoun is a part (call them the wrong gender). with the gender I was assigned are accurate. What if someone please use the words you want
troduce themselves by name, of speech that substitutes for a It gives everyone space to seri- at birth), I had never had to doesnt expect that I use she, to hear, be they she, he, they,
class year and pronoun. Wait, noun. For instance, instead of ously consider their gender. It think about my gender pre- her, hers pronouns? What is xie, ze or just your name.
what? Maybe youre confused saying Claire wrote an arti- can teach people about gender sentation. I felt offended that a female pronoun? Someone Claire Day is a member of
and wondering Why did they cle, you could say, She wrote diversity, like how someone the question implied that I who identifies as agender (no the class of 2018.



16 Friday, September 22, 2017

Zotero Workshop
Learn how to create a bibliography with Zotero, a citation
management software.
Electronic Classroom, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
11 a.m.

Timbalero Eric German and His
As a part of this years Latinx Heritage Month celebration,
Eric German and his orchestra will play high-energy salsa
Morrell Lounge, David Saul Smith Union. 8 p.m.


FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Students celebrated Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, with a dinner in Moulton Main Lounge Wednesday night, an event
organized by Hillel. The meal began with apples and honey, signifying the wish for a sweet year to come.

Discussion and Book Signing:
AuthorJane Mayer and Columnist, Bill
The Department of Government and Legal Studies presents LECTURE LECTURE
Jane Mayer, author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of Politics Below the Asphalt: Black What is the Work of the Dead?
the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right with Women and the Struggle for Land in Thomas Lequeur, the Fawcett distinguished professor of
the 2017 Frances Perkins Center Intelligence & Courage Brazil history at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss
Award. There will be an interview conducted by columnist Keisha-Khan Y. Perry, associate professor of Africana studies why humans look after the bodies of the deceased.
Bill Nemitz and a book signing after. The event is free, but a at Brown University, will talk about the ethnographic study Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 4:30 p.m.
ticket is required. Tickets can be obtained at Smith Union. of black womens activism in Brazilian cities. She will also
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 4 p.m. discuss the influence of gender and race in urban spaces.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 4:15 p.m.

Exhibition Tour and Reception: PERFORMANCE
Constructing Revolution BEAR and The Unreliable Bestiary
Kristina Toland, guest curator of Constructing Revolution: Playwright/media-artist Deke Weaver will present his lifelong
Soviet Propaganda Posters from between the World project: a live performance for every letter of the alphabet. LECTURE
Wars will lead a tour of the new exhibition. There will be a
reception after the event. The event is free of charge.
Each letter will represent an endangered animal or habitat. RNA decay in Borrelia burgdorferi, the
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 5 p.m. causative agent of Lyme disease
Paula Schlax, professor of chemistry and biochemistry at
Bates College, will be discussing her study on RNA turnover
and its connection to lyme disease.
Room 020, Druckenmiller Hall. 4 p.m.


A Community Conversation
Members of the Brunswick community will discuss the
EVENT FILM question: what would it mean for Brunswick to become a
A Revolution in Images: Poster Art and California Typewriter welcoming community offering sanctuary to immigrants,
the Socialist Imagination in Early Soviet This film will document the struggle of one of the last repair asylum seekers and refugees? Representatives from
Russia shops for typewriters in America. The film also follows Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project, American Civil Liberties
Page Herrlinger, associate professor of history, will present cultural historians and collectors (including Tom Hanks, John Union, Brunswick Town Council, the Lewiston High School
the opening lecture for Constructing Revolution: Soviet Mayer, David McCullough and the late Sam Shepard) and International Club and religious communities will engage in
Propaganda Posters from between the World Wars. look at the impact of typewriters through history. discussion.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 2 p.m. Frontier Cafe Cinema & Gallery, Brunswick. 7 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick. 7 p.m.

29 30 EVENT 1 2 LECTURE 3 EVENT 4 5

Talking Face to
Build-a-Band Face When We Graduate School
Workshop Dont See Eye to Fair