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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, March 30, 2018 Volume 147, Number 19 bowdoinorient.com

Acceptance rate for class of 2022 is lowest ever

ing a 25 percent increase. to present Bowdoin in places that increased awareness of Bow- makes sense because we travel using an alternative application
by Devin Mckinney Dean of Admissions and Fi- may not be familiar with liber- doin’s elimination of the appli- internationally and travel with form, such as the Questbridge
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nancial Aid Whitney Soule was al arts [colleges] or maybe not cation fee for students who are groups of other colleges where College Match Program and the
The acceptance rate for the surprised by the surge in applica- Bowdoin in particular. We real- applying for financial aid, a poli- we can share our message of lib- Coalition Application, which
Class of 2022 was 10.3 percent, tion volume. ly put a lot of emphasis on that cy that began during the admis- eral arts,” said Soule. also intend to make the college
the lowest ever and a decrease “I mean certainly we do a lot and so we would hope that that sions cycle for the Class of 2021, The College also saw a sig- application process more accessi-
of over three percent from last of purposeful recruiting and a would increase our reach of stu- coupled with the domestic and nificant increase in students uti- ble to students from low-income
year’s rate of 13.6 percent. The lot of trying to think about how dents. But a 25 percent increase international outreach efforts lizing fee waiver options, which backgrounds.
applicant pool consisted of we can present Bowdoin in the was unexpected,” Soule said. from the College itself. it provides for low-income and Just under half of the students
9,081 candidates, up from 7,251 traditional places that already Soule attributes this substan- “We had some growth in in- first-generation college students.
for the Class of 2021, represent- know the College, but also [how] tial increase in applications to ternational applications, which It also saw increases in students Please see 2022, page 5

Roxane Gay talks

#metoo, Black
Panther and
actual consequences, but it’s
by Anna Fauver not enough,” Gay said. “I also
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resent this idea that women or
In the introduction to her anyone who has been a victim
book “Bad Feminist,” Roxane of sexual assault have to share
Gay accepts the moniker be- our stories and that that is a
cause she is “flawed and hu- moral responsibility, and that
man,” but that she feels a re- it’s for the greater good—that
sponsibility to raise her voice we have to cannibalize the
“to show all the ways we have worst things that have hap-
room to want more, to do bet- pened to us to increase aware-
ter.” At Gay’s Monday night ness.”
talk, the Bowdoin community According to several stu-
proved anxious to listen to dents, it was this honesty and
that voice. fearlessness that made Gay’s
Not only did the talk fill talk so accessible.
Pickard Theater, but a large “It’s just so wonderful to ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT DAKOTA GRIFFIN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

COAST TO COAST: Over Spring Break, Bowdoin students took part in the
crowd in Kresge Auditorium hear people who come from
also watched Gay on lives- a background that isn’t privi-
tream as she blended humor
and gravitas discussing a wide
leged and to be able to relate
to experiences they’ve had March for Our Lives protests across the nation. Protesters argued for stricter gun laws
range of topics such as body
image, pop culture, feminism,
and to hear someone speak so
thoughtfully and eloquently following the shooting in Parkland, Fl. which killed 17 high school students earlier this year.
social movements including about their experiences and

BSG constitution passes with 76% of votes, low

#MeToo and her writing pro- just know that you’re not
cess. alone in that,” said Sophie Sa-
Gay, the New York Times dovnikoff ’19.

student participation prompts complaints

bestselling author of books Gay, who wrote “World of
including “Hunger: A Memoir Wakanda” for Marvel Comics,
of (My) Body” and “Bad Fem- also discussed many aspects
inist,” began her talk by read- of pop culture, including in-
ing an excerpt of “Hunger,” a tersectionality and identity
book she said was especially in “Black Panther,” noting over a decade. The updated ver- changed since then, so that’s 10 which focused on the ambiguity
hard to write. the lack of happy endings for by Elizabeth Fosler-Jones sion of the constitution includes years of students at Bowdoin who of the language regarding how a
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“As I was thinking ‘what LGBTQ characters. a new committee on diversity have been affected by that consti- referendum is passed.
do I want to write?’ I thought, “At one point, Erik Kill- The student body approved and inclusion, gender neutral tution and existed through that According to the constitution,
‘the thing I want to write monger kills his girlfriend changes to the Bowdoin Student language and new positions to BSG. So that’s the scope that we there are two ways to amend the
about least is fatness,’” she point blank,” Gay said. “And Government (BSG) constitution allow first years and sophomores are talking about. I want to push constitution: by student body
said during her lecture. “And that’s okay to the Disney view- on March 5, although low turn- to become leaders on BSG. The students to think about how this action or by assembly action.
in that moment I realized, er, but two women loving each out in the vote prompted some constitution now also includes a will affect the broad term.” The assembly refers to voting
‘Oh crap, the thing I need to other is not? So I think we concerns about the validity of clause requiring it to be reviewed However, some students ex- members of BSG. A referendum
write about is fatness.’ I’ve need to think about what our the voting procedure. A total of and updated every two years. pressed concern about the low by student body action requires
found throughout my career, cultural threshold for queer- 461 students, roughly 25 percent “I really want to push people participation rate in the consti- one-third of the student body to
the things that I’m most afraid ness is and that we are more of the student body, participated to think about this macro-change tution vote and BSG’s bylaws. participate in the vote to be valid,
of are the most intellectually comfortable with murder than in the vote. Among voters, 76 [and] talk about the next 10 Sophomores Rodger Heidg- whereas a referendum by assem-
satisfying.” we are with queerness.” percent supported the changes to years,” said BSG President Irfan erken, Alex Banbury and Matt bly action does not.
Gay demonstrated these Gay also pushed back the constitution. Alam ’18. “The constitution that Swiatek attended public com- The changes proposed by BSG
same qualities in her talk— against the refrain that “Black The vote marks the first major we are looking at was written ment time at the March 7 BSG
not shying away from topics Panther” was one of the first constitutional change to BSG in 10 years ago and hasn’t been meeting to voice their concerns, Please see BSG, page 4
such as the sexual assault she movies to provide black he-
experienced as a 12 year-old, roes.
the effect it had on her body “The idea that black people
and the problems with the haven’t had heroes before this
#MeToo movement. movie is horrible, it’s offen- ORIENT NAMED NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR. SEE PAGE 3.
“I think #MeToo is an im- sive,” she said. “It’s offensive
portant moment and I’m glad
to see more attention and Please see GAY, page 4

E-Board announced this year’s Ivies artists Seniors Hailey Beaman and June Lei Sociology students share their research on The women’s basketball team finished second Professor Rael critiques Larry Lindsey’s
last night. Page 3. premiered their new exhibit. Page 6. social segregation at Bowdoin. Pages 8-9. in the NCAA DIII tournament. Page 11. newest book. Page 14.
2 Friday, March 30, 2018

3/19 to 3/29
What’s your most cherished item of clothing?
Rowan Warren ’20
"I had a pair of jeans that I really
liked and then I ripped them. That
was sad."
Caitlin Loi ’20
"My grandpa gave me his ski jacket
from the 70s. It’s bright orange and
I look like a cheeto when I ski. "
Meera Prasad ’19
"My glasses because otherwise I’m

Grace Pettengill ’21

Monday, March 19 After a few hours, it was determined that the alert signal
• An employee at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library was activated accidentally.

"I like my blue clogs. Everyone from

was reported to be choking on an object that was stuck • A contractor’s vehicle backed up and struck an em-
in her throat. A security officer performed the Heimlich ployee’s parked vehicle in the Dayton parking lot, causing
maneuver and dislodged the obstruction. minor property damage.

Tuesday, March 20 Sunday, March 25

high school called me clog girl, but
• A local man was asked to leave campus after he was
observed doing skateboarding tricks on the flagpole me-
• A student requested an escort to the Mid Coast
Walk-In Clinic to evaluate a foot injury.
since lots of people wear them at
morial near Gibson Hall.
Monday, March 26 Bowdoin. I guess I’m ordinary now. "
Thursday, March 22 • A student reported the theft of a bright blue Trek
• An intoxicated local man was asked to leave campus
after he was observed trying to enter Sargent Gym and
Verve 3 bicycle from the Coles Tower bike racks. The
bike had a wicker basket attached to the handle bars.
Leaf Ma ’18
"I wear my knock-off Bean boots
Studzinski Recital Hall at 2 a.m. • A student reported the apparent theft of a hooded
• Fence damage was noted and reported at the Stowe sweatshirt from the Buck Fitness Center. The item was
Inn upper parking lot. taken by mistake and has been returned.

Friday, March 23 Thursday, March 29

all the time. I love them because
• A GPS emergency alert signal was received from an
Outdoor Leadership Club (OLC) group on a wilderness
• A student reported receiving harassing text and
phone messages.
they give me the illusion that I fit
hike in the Monson-Greenville area. An emergency ser-
vices response was initiated to attempt to locate the group.
in but am also slightly unique."

Heads Up!
Upcoming events at Bowdoin
by Samuel Rosario

April April April April



The time to decide next year’s housing is First years have been waiting for this Get your maps ready! There will be a While Ivies kicks off with the AJR con-
fast approaching. The link to enter the lot- day ever since first meeting their atten- bunch of prospective students roaming cert on Thursday night, some students
tery goes live on April 2. Have you made tive and loving college house buddies. around trying to understand what it decide to unofficially begin the festiv-
your sacrifices to the goddess of Lisa Ren- Students will see the results of next means to be a Polar Bear. So make sure ities up to a full week beforehand. On
dall? Have you fed your local estranged year’s college house occupants. Will we to carry some breath mints because Friday, many rise early and head to the
squirrel? Because you are going to need all finally get some house playlists without you are going to be advocating for your Brunswick Apartments Quad, where
the good fortune you can get. There will Mr. Brightside? It is time to see if cut- school to all manner of folk. But seri- the debauchery may reach its zenith.
be four separate lotteries. April 17 will ting off all your friends was worth it. ously, the advice and information you Saturday, D.R.A.M. will perform, and
be quads and quints, April 19 will be the However, don’t be discouraged if your give prospective students can have a those who have taken the oft-repeated
chem free and April 23 will be for triples block gets backhanded by karma—you substantial impact on their futures. You “it’s a marathon, not a sprint” advice to
and singles/time to tell your roommate can still put up tents on front lawn of were in their shoes not too long ago (ex- heart will be in attendance. The photos
their snoring bothers you. Finally, April your house of choice. Just be ready to cept Seniors, y’all are old). So be open of basic Bowdoin students smiling with
25 will be doubles and open rooms (with- scatter when you see Security. and be honest. Help the common good little life left in their eyes next to Randy
out open bars). Students will get a random of prospective students. Nichols will fill your Instagram feed on
lottery number based on year of gradua- Sunday, but it’ll take a truly unique act
tion, which basically decides whether you to live on in Ivies infamy.
can or cannot get a single.
Friday, March 30, 2018 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF D.R.A.M., AJR to headline Ivies


PRESIDENT ROSE SIGNS LETTER sic video has nearly 300 million Given a specified budget, said E-Board chair Isel Fitzger-
by Kodie Garza
views on YouTube. His name is
an abbreviation for “Does Real
E-Board annually chooses two
to three acts to perform at Bow-
ald ’18.
E-Board does not announce
Along with 48 other college presidents, President Clayton Rose Rapper D.R.A.M. and in- Ass Music.” doin during Ivies weekend. The artists until contracts are made
signed a letter to Congress at the beginning of March, calling for die-pop band AJR will headline AJR, which will perform in group attempts to gauge student official. The silent disco was
a repeal or amendment of the recently-passed tax code, which im- this year’s Ivies weekend, the David Saul Smith Union on opinion on artists through a a new announcement mech-
poses a 1.4 percent tax on certain college endowments. The updated Entertainment Board (E-Board) Thursday, April 26, is composed survey distributed each fall. anism. In past years, the an-
code, which passed in December, requires all private colleges and announced last night at a silent of brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Last year, the group brought the nouncement has come via a
universities with endowments greater than $500,000 per student to disco in Jack Magee’s Pub and Met. The band is originally from band Smallpools, DJ Vanic and hype video or email.
pay the tax on new earnings each year. Grill. Manhattan, New York City; its rapper A$AP Ferg. While the professional acts
“Some significant part of the motivation for this tax is generated D.R.A.M., who will be per- music includes elements of pop, “We survey the Board and try have already been named, a
by the animus that some parts of our country have towards selec- forming in Farley Field House electronic and dubstep. In 2017, to come up with a really large student band that has yet to be
tive institutions of higher learning,” Rose said. “There’s no question on Saturday, April 28, is best it released its second studio group of artists from several chosen will open the show on
about that. In this political moment we’re in, [there is] the notion known for the song “Brocco- album, “The Click,” which in- genres—pop, hip pop, EDM and Thursday night. The competi-
that there’s a perceived political agenda on these campuses.” li,” which features Lil Yachty. cluded the songs “Weak,” which alternative. Just like a list of 20 tion for this spot, known as Bat-
The letter, dated March 7 and addressed to eight legislators from The song has over 450 million cracked the top 100 last sum- that we think are up-and-com- tle of the Bands, will be held on
both parties, argues that the endowment tax will hurt the ability of streams on Spotify, and the mu- mer, and “Sober Up.” ing and within our price range,” April 12.
colleges to give financial aid and support students and faculty.

Students critique Lindsey’s views,

“[T]his tax will not address the cost of college or student indebt-
edness, as some have tried to suggest,” the letter reads. “Instead, it
will constrain the resources available to the very institutions that
lead the nation in reducing, if not eliminating, the costs for low- and

appreciate engagement at lecture

middle-income students, and will impede the efforts of other insti-
tutions striving to grow their endowments for this very purpose.”
The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universi-
ties estimated in December that 30 colleges and universities, includ-
ing Bowdoin, would currently be affected by the tax, although that
number would grow if endowments continue to perform well. Roberts criticized Lindsey’s
Supporters of the endowment tax, such as Representative Tom by Nina McKay failure to provide evidence in the
Reed (R-NY), argue that the tax is important as a form of trans- Orient Staff book, referring to a passage in
parency. Among Maine’s senators, Susan Collins voted in favor of Students and faculty came which Lindsey asserts that global
the bill that included the endowment tax, while Angus King voted prepared with questions to a warming and racism are “man-
against it. talk by Larry Lindsey ’73, H’93 ufactured issues” that have been
Rose noted that Bowdoin will do its best to provide financial aid on Wednesday night, challeng- “made up as a fig leaf to cover up
in spite of the tax. ing him on issues ranging from a power grab by those experts.”
“We’re going to continue to raise money for financial aid,” Rose climate change to racism while “It seems to me like there
said. “It’s a central piece of who we are.” President Clayton Rose mod- is, in fact, an extraordinary
erated. Lindsey is an economist burden of proof that should go
who served in the White House into making a claim like that,”
ORIENT NAMED BEST COLLEGE as director of the National Eco- said Roberts. “And yet [the


nomic Council under President paragraph containing these as-
George W. Bush. sertions] does not have a single
The Orient was named the 2018 College Newspaper of the Year “Larry is an amazingly ac- footnote.”
by the New England Society of News Editors (NESNE) and the New complished public servant, gov- During the audience Q&A
England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA) in an announce- ernment figure, economist and period of the talk, Roberts quot-
ment on Wednesday. someone who has not only a ed from this passage and asked
In an email to the Orient, Sydney Conway of NENPA, wrote “It is Bowdoin degree but an honorary Lindsey to further elaborate on
clear that in the past year you have produced great material, and that degree, so having someone come his claim that racism and global
lots of hard work has been put in by the newspaper’s staff.” back and share his experiences warming are “manufactured is-
The editors of the Orient will travel to a reception at the Boston in government and insights into sues.”
Globe on April 19 where all NENPA AND NESNE honors will be the economic and political world Lindsey initially responded
presented, joining editors and reporters from news outlets across New that we’re in today, given how that “in the real world out there,
England. thoughtful he is, how experi- most people spend their lives not
In last year’s awards, the Orient placed second to the Harvard enced he is and how plugged-in thinking about the particular
Crimson. he is [is a great opportunity],” traits of the other person,” an
Rose said in an interview with answer which received pushback
the Orient prior to the talk. from Rose, who pressed him to
COUNCIL APPROVES SECOND At the event, Rose also noted answer how this meant racism
PHASE OF WHITTIER FIELD PLAN that Lindsey’s talk was an op- was a “manufactured issue.”
portunity for students to hear In response, Lindsey dis-
The Brunswick Town Council formally approved the second from “someone who may have a cussed the Black Lives Matter CAROLINE FLAHERTY, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
phase of Bowdoin’s plans to renovate Whittier Field, the Forecast- different point of view or a dif- movement, saying that people PRESIDENTIAL CHAT: Larry Lindsey (right) talks with President Rose in a
er reported yesterday. The project includes building a new road ferent perspective.” were quick to jump to conclu- lecture entitled: “A Washington Insider’s View of Issues Facing America.”
to connect Pine Street and Bath Road. The decision this Tuesday However, many students and sions on issues like police brutal-
followed a vote in December to allow the College to discontin- faculty expressed frustration ity rather than waiting for facts. atic,” said Alexa Gray ’19. “[He] speakers is that I think they can
ue Pine Street in order to build new athletic facilities alongside with some of Lindsey’s ideology “We both agree that we want thinks that programs helping explain things in a way that a lot
Whittier Field. and scholarly work. a colorblind society, the ques- people who are systematically of the media I consume doesn’t
Council members discussed adding a two-way left turn lane “I think it is very important tion is how to achieve it,” he said. disadvantaged and who our explain to me,” Knox said. “It
from Bath Road onto the newly constructed street, citing the that we bring serious conserva- “I mean, here we’re going to get institutions are leaving behind was frustrating to me that he
possibility that cars could be rear-ended while waiting to make tive thinkers to campus,” said into real politically incorrect is not a good thing which…is didn’t take advantage of that op-
the turn. The measure was rejected after concern that it would Associate Professor of Classics territory … if you look, for ex- highly problematic.” portunity to explain [his point
encourage cut-through traffic on the connector and Pine Street. Robert Sobak. “What we want ample, at the Black Lives Matter Nina Alvarado-Silverman ’19 of view] to people who probably
Instead, the Town Council voted to add road signs saying “No to be doing here is to be gen- [movement]. I think, actually, I was troubled by Lindsey’s usage don’t read the newspapers he
Thru Traffic” on the connector street and conduct traffic studies erative of new ideas through believe all lives matter. [There of the phrase “all lives matter,” writes in or don’t engage with
six months and one year after the connector road opens to decide the tension between arguments are] particular cases that, when but was encouraged by the way the sources he uses.”
if adding a left-turn lane is necessary. of due weight. Unfortunately, they were litigated, there were a in which President Rose re- Sobak shared Knox’s view
The second phase of the Whittier Field renovation plans in- I think that what we saw last lot of politicians out there who sponded to Lindsey during the that the event was a missed op-
cludes the addition of a 9,000-square foot facility as well as night was someone … who has a were prejudging cases and often portion of the talk in which race portunity for Bowdoin students
house training, locker and equipment rooms. The first phase of very narrowed domain of exper- turned out to be wrong. Why was discussed. to engage with Lindsey’s opin-
the project, which was completed last September, upgraded the tise—that is in economics and would a politician be prejudging “I think that as a moderator ion on economic issues.
field to turf, resurfaced Magee-Samuelson Track and restored the tax policy—step well outside his cases? There’s a lot of posturing [President Rose] really had [an op- “I think we actually could
grandstand. lane such that he revealed more going on.” portunity to] cop-out … and could have learned something had
breadth of ignorance than any “I thought that the commu- have not said anything when race we been able to be treated to
depth of knowledge.” nity members and students were came up,” said Alvarado-Silver- Dr. Lindsey’s thinking about
Assistant Professor of History really awesome because I felt like man. “That he did [respond] and [President Trump’s tax bill], in
Meghan Roberts read Lindsey’s Larry Lindsey was not always an- [that] he did it in a respectful way the context of being really seri-
most recent book, “Conspira- swering the questions adequate- … he did show that we don’t accept ously engaged with two to three
cies of the Ruling Class: How to ly, and they kept pushing back on racism on campus.” faculty from the department of
Break Their Grip Forever.” Rob- him and asking for more,” said Emlyn Knox ’19 was frustrat- economics here,” Sobak said.
erts found that the main targets Aliya Jessa ’19. “I thought that his ed because she felt Lindsey was “That shows not only that we’re
of the book are educated bu- assertion that racism and global using unnecessarily complicated taking these ideas seriously, but
reaucrats, who Lindsey believes warming are manufactured was language during the portion of also that the students, who have
constitute our society’s ruling reactionary and false.” the discussion that dealt with a relationship with these faculty,
class and use issues like climate “I thought that his assump- economics. are given a chance to see how
change and global warming to tion that everybody wants a “One of the reasons I do their faculty interact with out-
exercise their control. colorblind society was problem- sometimes go see conservative side experts.”
4 NEWS Friday, March 30, 2018

Safe Space introduces hotline for victims of sexual assault

’18 highlighted data from the advocates, who have been spe- seeking support,” said Peterson. crucial that Safe Space advocates
“The Safe Space advocate will
by Mollie Eisner 2016 Bowdoin Experiences and cially trained to support and assist “It’s not up to us to decide what are fellow students. According to
keep the information confiden-
Orient Staff
Attitudes about Relationships and survivors of sexual harassment or the best way for folks to get that the B.E.A.R.S. survey data, after
tial, but [the caller’s] identity
Safe Space launched a sup- Sex (B.E.A.R.S.) Survey as a cata- assault. support is, but just to make sure being sexually assaulted students
won’t necessarily be anonymous
port line for students who have lyst for the creation of the support “Our hope is that having a that the avenues to that are really are more likely to confide in a to whomever is answering the
experienced sexual harassment line. According to the survey, only central support line will make transparent and easy for folks to friend than an administrator or phone,” said Peterson.
or sexual assault on Wednesday. 16 percent of people who have ex- it that much more accessible to access.” counselor. However the only instance
Student representatives of Safe perienced sexual assault have told folks—that they know there’s one in which a Safe Space advocate
Space, previously accessible via a member of Safe Space. number they can call, that they’ll “We recognize there is a huge would ever break confidentiality
their mailboxes, emails or social
media, will now be on-call every
“We recognize there is a huge
disconnect between students who
be able to connect with an advo-
cate ... at any point,” said Peterson. disconnect between students who is if they have reason to believe
that the caller was at risk to harm
night of the week, including later have experienced gender violence According to Necheles, “The have experienced gender violence themselves or others.
hours on weekends, to provide on campus and students who are hope of the support line isn’t to on campus and students who are The support line operates
confidential assistance and sup-
port. The support line is one of
receiving support,” said Necheles.
She hopes the support line will
provide all the support you need
on one phone call. It is meant to receiving support.” Sundays through Thursdays
from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Fri-
the group’s many efforts to make help to diminish this gap. connect people to other services,” –Safe Space co-leader Shea Necheles ’18 days through Saturdays from
resources more available to sexual Associate Director of Gender such as the Counseling Center, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. Students can
harassment and assault survivors. Violence Prevention and Educa- the Health Center or another Safe also call after hours and leave
Discussion about the support tion Lisa Peterson explained that Space advocate. Even though the support line Though the phone calls are a message. Call this number to
line began this past fall. Safe the support line simplifies the “We take a very empower- may refer callers to other ser- confidential, they are not anony- speak to a Safe Space advocate:
Space co-leader Shea Necheles process of contacting Safe Space ment-based model to survivors vices, Peterson believes that it is mous due to caller identification. 207-208-0642.

that people think that we are
desperate. We aren’t desperate
for heroes, we’re desperate for
Leana Amaez, associate
dean of students for diver-
sity and inclusion and the
co-director of the Sexuality,
Women and Gender Center,
believes that Gay’s wide range
references to pop culture and
other novels and writings
demonstrates the empirical
value of knowledge.
“[Gay’s] ability to pull from
popular culture—to pull from
literature and then to create
arguments and shed light on
things that are right in front
of us, about our own soci-
ety, about our own selves but
that we aren’t seeing yet in a
particular way, or to get us
to see them in any way, that
comes from a certain degree
of knowledge,” Amaez said.
“That doesn’t just come from
being an opinionated person,
it’s based in some real knowl- COURTESY OF MICHELE STAPLETON
Gay used another pop cul- SHE’S GOT SWAG: (ABOVE): Author, professor and cultural critic Roxane
ture reference, ABC’s “The
Gay poses for a photo with the staff of the Sexuality, Women and Gender
Center. (RIGHT): Gay reads aloud from her bestselling novel, “Hunger,” to a
Bachelor,” to describe her
packed crowd in Pickard Theatre on Monday night. Gay mixed humor with
views on imperfection, a personal reflection and searing social criticism.
theme that Amaez believes is
another important takeaway. entertaining?” Amaez said. “And I don’t mean
“ABC has decided to get This contradiction is sim- that—I’m not talking about
rid of morality and ethics and ilar to what Gay talks about just getting good grades—I’m
there I was watching and be- when she discusses being a talking about wanting to do
ing implicated in their lack of “bad feminist.” Amaez be- good, by their peers, by their
ethics,” Gay said. “I thought lieves that this ability to be families, by their commu-
[the most recent season fina- imperfect but still be a good nities and they want to do
le] was a new low in reality person is an important mes- it right. It’s one of the great
television … I felt like it was sage for students to remem- things about Bowdoin stu-
such an intimate and painful ber. dents right?”
moment and I watched it. I “I think we live in a world “But I think her message is
watched it because it was voy- and maybe a culture partic- that you can do it right and
euristic and it was interesting. ularly in higher ed, particu- still sometimes get it a little
But I think we have to ask our- larly at Bowdoin where our wrong,” she continued. “That
selves, how much pain do we students are so high achieving you can be a complicated per-
have to consume because it’s and really want to get it right,” son.”

BSG essary for the vote to be valid.

The concerned students at
is a good amount. Is one-third
a good minimum, is one-fourth
students who did vote.
“If people know it was hap-

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 the BSG meeting accepted this a good minimum? Even having pening and you really just don’t
to the constitution this spring fell explanation for the validity of the a quorum of any [amount]. If a care enough to vote, then of the
under assembly action and thus election, but still took issue with vote passes and only five people 400 people who actually cared
only required that the assembly this model. vote, that’s not valid.” enough to learn about and vote
“take appropriate measures to “Why isn’t there a one-third Alam agreed that greater stu- on it, yes or no, those are the peo- Want to advertise your event, service or local
educate the student body about quorum on both executive and dent participation would have ple who should be able to deter-
changes proposed,” according student action? That’s confusing been beneficial. mine how the vote goes,” he said. business to thousands of Bowdoin students and
to the constitution. There is no to me,” said Heidgerken. “I’m not “There’s like 1,400 people who “It would be unconstitutional community members? The Bowdoin Orient
minimum participation rate nec- saying that a one-third quorum didn’t even want to click the link of us to not listen to the people
and it’s a one question survey. So, who voted,” added BSG Vice
wants to help you out.
“It would be unconstitutional yeah, as the president of BSG, I’m President for Student Govern-

of us to not listen to the people frustrated because I obviously

think that it’s really important,”
ment Affairs Benny Painter ’19.
“We can’t redo it because that’s
Visit bowdoinorient.com/advertise or email
who voted.” Alam said. not OK to do—because people orientads@bowdoin.edu for details.
Still, he noted that the mea- did vote and we got four-fifths of
–Vice President for Student Affairs Benny Painter ’19 sure had firm support from the the assembly.”
Friday, March 30, 2018 NEWS 5

‘Psychos, assholes, perverts and trolls’: Brooklyn-

based lawyer fights sexual abuse on the internet
stalking. Goldberg uses law as “So I think raising people’s
by Surya Milner a tool of creative resistance, awareness of that and hav-
Orient Staff
straddling the line between ing really hard conversations
Brooklyn-based lawyer Car- victims’ rights and internet about [that is important but it
rie Goldberg knew nothing privacy. is also] responsibility of these
about revenge porn—until she She described her clients as tech companies to be more
became the victim of it. The victims of “psychos, assholes, proactively protecting users,”
pawn of an ex-boyfriend’s on- perverts and trolls.” Tech companies are pro-
line and offline sexual extor- Social media companies tected in the Communica-
tion, Goldberg says she started like Snapchat, Facebook, In- tion Decency Act of 1996,
her own law firm to become stagram, Grindr and even but Goldberg was hopeful
the lawyer she needed when Google can be the most harm- that recent events regarding
she was under attack. ful perpetrators of online sex- Cambridge Analytica’s fraud-
Two months after receiv- ual abuse, Goldberg said. ulently obtained Facebook
ing a restraining order, she “In the last four years, data might convince users to
opened C.A. Goldberg, where there’s been such a pivot— hold social media companies
she worked as a one-woman kind of a groundswell of rec- responsible for the abuse that
show until the outfit gained ognition—that tech is really occurs on their platforms.
traction. Since its inception, something that can destroy “The firm stands for the
C.A. Goldberg has removed lives,” she said. “It’s not that fact that every single one of us
over 18,000 revenge porn tech is the problem, but the is a moment away from cross-
images from the internet, ob- people who are using it are.” ing paths with somebody hell-
tained 88 orders of protection Goldberg’s practice is bent on our downfall,” Gold-
and is currently litigating five gaining traction at a crucial berg said. “We believe that
cases against Harvey Wein- moment with the #MeToo nobody should intentionally
stein. movement and the rapid digi- violate another person—not
Goldberg shared her story tization of our social lives. physically, not emotionally,
and several others to a largely “With the internet we can’t not financially, not sexually,
female audience in Kresge Au- really escape our pasts,” she not online, not offline, not the
ditorium last night. Contem- said. “And we lose control person sitting next to you, not
plating the notion of privacy, over parts of our future.” the president of the United
she asked her audience to Goldberg was invited to States.”
close their eyes and envision Bowdoin by Associate Di- Monica Xing ’19 took away
their biggest secrets—things rector of Gender Violence valuable lessons from the lec-
Googled, buried lies, hidden Prevention and Education ture.
curiosities. Lisa Peterson, who was struck “In the modern age of tech-
“I want you to imagine if by Goldberg’s grasp on both nology we’re all so vulnera-
your name was typed into a technology and the law. Peter- ble,” she said. “What Carrie
search engine and the first five son noted that many students said about how we’re all one
pages of results were dom- are unaware of the challenges step away from being victims
inated by things about you that their peers can face. of online abuse—it’s so rele-
and that secret of yours—how “On campus there’s more vant to our lives. I’ll be more
would you feel?” she asked. going on than students re- alert of what I post but also
This is the crux of Gold- alize—students experienc- the platforms that I choose to
berg’s practice, which de- ing stalking or monitoring use in the future.” PJ SEELERT, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
mands justice for targets of through their social media Mollie Eisner contributed to SPEAK OUT: Lawyer Carrie Goldberg speaks in Kresge Auditorium last night. Golberg is a New York lawyer who
blackmail, sexual assault and accounts” Peterson said. this report. advocates for victims of revenge porn, blackmail and other internet- and sex-related crimes.

2022 Bowdoin Acceptance Rate by Year

expected to matriculate were
admitted through early decision
I and II, which are binding. In
addition, the College admitted 30.0
12 students through the Quest-
bridge Match Program, com-
pared to 11 students in the Class
of 2021. Aside from the Com- 25.0
mon Application, the Quest-
bridge Application was the next
Acceptance Rate

most popular application plat-

form, followed by the Coalition 20.0
Application. The diverse pool of
admitted students represents all
50 states along with D.C., Puerto 15.0
Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands
and 40 countries.
The Bowdoin application also
included a new supplemental es- 10.0
say this year. The essay presented 10.3%
the Offer of the College to the
applicants and prompted them
to pick their favorite line in the 5.0
offer and explain why it was their
favorite. For the counselors at the
Office of Admissions reading the
essays, this prompt presented a 0.0
different perspective on the ap- 1990 1995 2000 2005 2010 2015
plicants than those of previous
application seasons.
to read about them that was new, GETTING IN: Bowdoin’s acceptance rate has declined steadily over the last two decades, hitting an all-time low of 10.3% for the class of 2022. Decisions were sent to high school seniors on March 16.
that was really interesting and
really fun to see students take in to 13.6 percent after the College ed 12.2 percent of applicants, cent of applicants this application Admissions’ excitement about year for us in Admissions. It was
the Offer and think about it and accepted some students from the down from 14.6 percent the season, but accepted 19.9 percent the admitted students and the a lot of application reading, but
write about it,” said Soule. waitlist over the summer. previous year. Colby accepted last year. incoming class. it was really affirming that stu-
The acceptance rate for the Several other NESCAC 13 percent of applicants for the Soule emphasized the tough “We really hope that students dents who understand Bowdoin
Class of 2021, the previous record schools also saw declines in their Class of 2022 compared to 16 decisions made in the large ap- we’ve admitted see the fit that we are applying, and it was a really
low, was reported as 13.4 percent acceptance rates compared to percent for the Class of 2021. plicant pool this year; however, see between them and Bowdoin,” amazing group of students to
in March of last year, but rose previous years. Williams accept- Middlebury accepted 18.4 per- she highlighted the Office of she said. “It was a really exciting read about.”
6 Friday, March 30, 2018

‘Celebrating Women’ champions choice through photos

receptive to what your vision was,” was a way for women to take
by Nicole Tjin A Djie said Julianna Burke ’18, who par- ownership of themselves and their
Orient Staff
ticipated in the shoot. experience,” said Tesfamariam.
Over the next two weeks, “I think doing this was an exer- “Similarly, I think that this pho-
the Lamarche Gallery in David cise in how far I’ve come with my toshoot is making conversations
Saul Smith Union will showcase own relationship with my body,” about women taking ownership of
photos of Bowdoin women as said Burke. “It also made me real- their own bodies.”
part of photoshoot and exhibit ize how far I need to come in the Women often face challenges
“Celebrating Bodies, Celebrating way I think about my body.” in controlling the representation
Women,” coordinated by the Sex- This amount of freedom made of their bodies online and through
uality, Women and Gender Center the event a rewarding experience social media. Organizers took
(SWAG). The project—holding for Louisa Izydorczak ’20, another extra precautions to protect the
a different significance for each participant. privacy of all participants.
participant—was designed to give “To have these photos of your- “This was done completely
women choice in self-expression. self to save and show other people, without using the internet. Every-
“This is by women for wom- I think is really special and really thing was password-protected to
en,” said Anu Asaolu ’19, one of empowering,” said Izydorczak. keep people’s images really secure
the project’s four organizers. “It In planning the event, the orga- and safe,” said Schutzer.
is something for themselves as nizers made an effort to acknowl- Directors also made an effort to
opposed to, again, producing edge the diversity of participants’ ensure that the project remained
something that’s for the rest of the relationships with their bodies. as inclusive as possible despite the ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
campus to see.” They recognized that the title gendered title of the event.
This focus on agency—where “Celebrating Women, Celebrat- “We were also really thoughtful
participants were given say in all ing Bodies,” which dates from the about language and how we can TATION: ‘Celebrating Women,
aspects of the shoot—was a par- first iteration of the event in 2010, make it inclusive to all women
Celebrating Bodies,’ a photoshoot and
exhibit coordinated by the Sexuality,
amount consideration for SWAG might not reflect the experiences including trans women [and] also Women and Gender Center, aims to
student directors Kendall Schutzer of all participants. For the women enable nonbinary folks who have give Bowdoin women agency in how
’18, Scout Gregerson ’18, Rebkah who participated, the shoot was a a relationship to womanhood to their bodies are represented.
Tesfamariam ’18 and Asaolu. medium for self-representation, participate,” said Schutzer. “I hope
“The whole point of the project which, the directors noted, does we did, but it is always a challenge.” of all identities. Both Schutzer
was about choice. Giving women not necessarily translate into an As evidenced by the written and Tesfamariam urge visitors to
the choice in how they want to act of embracing or celebrating for responses of participants on dis- be mindful of their assumptions
represent their bodies and if they everyone. play outside the exhibit, the event while viewing the photographs.
even want to participate at all,” “For some people it can be elicited a range of reactions. “I hope that they can see the best ways that … we can ask the minder that bodies are just bod-
said Gregerson. really difficult and it can not be “Every woman came to this joy that is in so many of the Bowdoin community to wake ies, but all bodies are beautiful,”
From how much of their a celebration at all, and we just photoshoot and participated in photos, particularly the photos up and really consider how they added Schutzer. “I hope people
bodies they wanted to expose to wanted to be mindful of that,” said it for their own reasons, and I of friendship,” said Schutzer. see women both as their peers go away thinking that.”
the option to have their pictures Gregerson. hope that people ask questions,” “I hope that they catch them- and in public culture.” Jill Tian contributed to this
shown in the exhibit, participants In light of the #MeToo move- said Tesfamariam. “I hope that selves in their initial thoughts “[The photographs are a] re- report.
determined every step of the pro- ment, student directors believe people consider why this is and where they come from, and
cess. that the exhibit provides a chance important, that it’s not about whether they are being judg- SEE IT YOURSELF
“People could choose a pho- to continue an important con- sexualizing ourselves. I think it’s mental or not.”
tographer that they prefer[red] to versation about the way women’s more about making a statement “Respect us,” said Tesfamari- “Celebrating Women, Celebrating Bodies” will be on display in
work with. They could do it alone bodies are looked at and talked that we are people who are your am. “Be our allies in all spaces, Lamarche Gallery select hours through April 9.
or do it with a group of friends. about. friends and allies.” not just when it’s convenient to
The photographers were really “I see the #MeToo movement The exhibit is open to people you. I think this is one of the

Please touch: interactive ‘Reading Room’ opens in museum

and June Lei ’18 hope to cre- in service of community, poli- acted the communal goals of day,” which featured his work. of the exhibit, the viewer-ob-
by Eliana Miller ate a communal space within cy or representation.” the exhibition. Every week, 16 Since then, Lei and Beaman ject dichotomy and museum
Orient Staff
the museum, spark public dis- “We wanted to play with books will be on display, each have explored myriad topics hierarchies.
The newest exhibit at the course and challenge visitors the idea of visualizing political with a placard inside explain- with Kim, ultimately deciding “We thought a lot about the
Bowdoin College Museum of to rethink the role of museums and social change and com- ing its importance to a Bowdo- to create a space focused on museum space and the muse-
Art (BCMA) consists of one in society. munity discourse formation in community member. community and social dynam- um as an institution and what
room with couches, chairs, “We want to open up the over time,” said Beaman. “We “The books are everywhere. ics. kinds of power dynamics and
bookshelves, two iPads and a museum space and make it wanted to find something that Professors tended to choose “A lot of our conversations traditions are coded within
chalkboard. “Reading Room: more of a communal, social would allow for an opportuni- books that were relevant to were in reaction to some of the space of the ‘white cube,’
Experiments in Collaborative space on campus,” said Lei. ty of collaboration within the their fields of study ... stu- the polarizing social events as it’s often called,” said Bea-
Dialogue and Archival Prac- “We took inspiration from Bowdoin community, [for] dents picked novels, classics, that were happening two years man. “We wanted to challenge
tice in the Arts” is a social people sitting in Smith, for ex- people to be able to contribute children’s books, theoretical ago [such as the gangster par- those traditions of exhibitions
practice art exhibit, part of an ample, where people are com- and have a part in this.” books. It’s really across the ty],” said Lei. “That sort of and create a very comfortable,
art discipline that views the fortable, but that’s not neces- The books in “Reading board,” said Lei. “The plural- discourse around difficult, seemingly democratic space.”
creation of a social situation as sarily the case in the museum.” Room” were chosen by Bowdo- ism of Bowdoin really comes controversial issues was some- “How can we personalize
art in its own right. The exhib- Each week, a new ques- in students, faculty and staff. out in something like this.” thing that really fueled the the museum space?” added
it encourages visitors to make tion will be posted on the Beaman and Lei emailed the Though the exhibit itself need for a space like ‘Reading Beaman. “How can museums
the space their own and engage chalkboard and visitors will Bowdoin community asking, has a neutral tone, some of the Room.’” function in that role of bringing
with the exhibit’s material and be encouraged to share their “What is a book or text that books have a political bent. The pair aims to keep people together as opposed to
immaterial artifacts, such as an responses on the board. The has been foundational in the “These come from people’s discussions alive inside and perhaps reinstating or reifying
online archive of texts, books first question, and the central formation of your ‘practice,’ personal experiences, so nat- outside of the museum. The certain hierarchies that exist
and writings. theme of the exhibit, is “How however you might define urally some of the books have exhibit’s website contains outside of the world, recontex-
Functioning as both a can art act as a mechanism for that?” perhaps an explicitly political process documents from the tualizing them in the space.”
community space and an ex- social action?” Beaman thinks of practice charge, but that’s based on creation of the exhibit, weekly Lei lamented that many se-
hibit, “Reading Room,” which “Social change is open to as “an intellectual practice, the individual, and that was snapshots of the chalkboard, niors have never been to the
opened March 29, explores interpretation,” wrote Lei in an defined either by your major something that we wanted to documents from related pro- BCMA, and yet every student
the interaction between mu- email to the Orient. “We are or, if you’re a professor, then encourage,” said Beaman. gramming and the evolving matriculates and graduates on
seum space, text, technology, hoping that people can consid- by what you research and The exhibition is a product personal reflections from the the museum steps.
perception and the individual. er what art can do to improve/ study. Or just as your personal of two years of conversations curators. Visitors are encour- “I think that everyone
Curators Hailey Beaman ’18 change society, whether this be practice … something that has between Lei, Beaman and By- aged to browse the site on should feel comfortable [in
been formational.” ron Kim, a renowned abstract museum iPads and their own the museum]. We really want
SEE IT YOURSELF The curators received over artist and senior critic at the devices, and to comment and student representation and for
“Reading Room” will be on display in the Bowdoin College Museum 50 responses and were able to Yale School of Art. In 2016 the suggest prompts for the chalk- ‘Reading Room’ to be a student
acquire nearly every book sub- curators met Kim at an event board. space inside the museum,” said
of Art through June 3, with weekly office hours with the curators on mitted. They did not vet the for the museum’s exhibit “This The curators were especially Lei. “But at the same time, once
Thursdays from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. reading list, a process which Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity interested in using “Reading it’s in the museum, all these
they felt would have counter- in American Art, 1912 to To- Room” to combat the concept questions about art are raised.”
Friday, March 30, 2018 7



DEEP IN THE HEART: Irfan Alam’ 18 ruminates on his connection to his hometown of Austin, Texas and the role of family in creating a sense of place. Alam plans on moving to Boston this summer after graduation.

A home of one’s own: forging a Lone Star inheritance

by Surya Milner community”—a group of Pakistani, where in the brown community. South by Southwest and all that the of aesthetic ideal, one that’s teth- to Boston to start his job at a
Orient Staff Sunni Muslim families who reside Mom says it, grandma says it: what city does to “Keep Austin Weird,” ered to an ever-rotating spectacle healthcare consulting firm. When
primarily in South-Central Austin. will the community think.” Irfan Austin captivates the modern of kite festivals, live music shows, asked what he will miss the most
Irfan Alam ’18 isn’t sure how to This world existed entirely apart says it as a statement, though the urban imagination in the way it barbecue and seasonable weather. about his hometown, Irfan allows
pronounce his first name. The con- from that of his school, a K-12 oasis phrase operates as a question in evades classification; neither the Instead of hanging around the question to hang in the air.
fusion stems from the varied into- whose iconographic coat of arms and of itself. “’You’re going to deep South nor the wild West, it is after basketball games in middle “Austin? Ah, I don’t know. I don’t
nations of his friends at Bowdoin accompanies its mascot, the cru- Bowdoin, no one will know Bow- part rancher, part genteel. But it is school like most of his friends and think I’ll ever really have an answer
(air-fawn), his family (air-fawn) sader. Irfan remembers one other doin’—that’s a classic example. My also heavily entrepreneurial, inno- their families did, Irfan remem- … I do love being here. When I
and his friends from his largely Muslim peer. decisions I make are always com- vative in a way that has precipitat- bers spending time at home with come back from Bowdoin on va-
white private high school in Aus- The common denominator was pared to the community.” ed a boom of immigrant commu- Nanoo, talking in the kitchen, lis- cation, I get this sick pleasure from
tin, Texas (urr-fawn). his Nanoo, who drove Irfan and It’s a story that feels familiar. nities like that of Irfan’s family. tening to her stories about life in just driving on 360 bridge. And I’m
Austin, Texas: a city blanket- his brother to and from school I think about my mom and her The Asian Pacific Islander com- Pakistan and blasting Bollywood just like—I’m home. But it’s not
ed by rolling juniper hills and and packed their boxed lunch- journey from Mumbai to Austin munity, which the state census uses music on the way to school. South Congress or Sixth Street or
limestone balconies. For many, es—always filled with some “super and the insularity of our home life: as an umbrella category to include “Her whole life story is all about Zilker Park. I don’t know what it is.”
it’s a political and cultural oasis, a cultured” South Asian cuisine, not, idli in the skillet, no phone calls South Asians, is Austin’s fastest sacrifice. She sacrificed everything. Finally, almost defeatedly, he
blue iconoclast whose liberal core as Irfan wished at the time, a fruit after 9:30 in the evening and my growing demographic, compris- All of her interests, everything, al- arrives at the answer he’s known
finds respite within a largely red rollup and turkey sandwich. mother’s fondness for old Bolly- ing eight percent of the current ways for my grandfather, my mom all along. “My relationship to
state. Despite its relative tolerance, When I meet Irfan in Austin, wood flicks that remind her of my population. Within that, Indian and her siblings, basically raising Austin is directly impacted by my
Austin is a city divided—by the he tells me to meet him by “the grandfather, a sound recordist and Americans comprise the largest me and my brother. That level of relationship to home—my rela-
snaking Colorado river, a popular cows”—a grouping of marble cows freedom fighter for Indian inde- Asian-ethnic group in the city. It’s sacrifice—that kind of keeping it tionship to my family,” he says. “It
destination of the city’s nearly one in a wooded cove overlooking pendence. a demographic that will likely ex- in—I could never emulate that. I’ve is only because of that sacrifice that
million residents, and the goliath highway 360, on which Irfan will Sitting on the cows, I tell Irfan ceed the city’s African American been raised to fight for what I want I was able to become the person I
Interstate Highway 35, which has travel home after we speak. Adja- about my first ‘not-a-date’ date in population in coming years, ac- and to go after what I want. And am, and I will forever be grateful
served as the city’s unspoken racial cent to an Amy’s Ice Cream and this same place; the way I told my cording to the City of Austin. she just put everything behind her, for that.”
boundary since 1928. the city’s largest Barnes & Noble mom I was just browsing books “I don’t actually feel like I ex- getting and education and all those Speaking with Irfan, I can’t
Like Austin, Irfan resists easy Booksellers, the cows are a popular and how the boy who I had snuck perienced the city of Austin until things—that was never in her life help but think about Bowdoin’s
categorization. Raised by his weekend destination for families away to see had similarly fibbed to after I left for Bowdoin,” Irfan said. plan.” core value of connection to place.
grandma—who he calls Nanoo— and the stuff of elementary school his father, the patriarch of a strict “[Growing up] I was always con- “It’s hard for her to rationalize I wonder about how those connec-
in an affluent Pakistani, Sunni suburban dreams. Hindu home. Irfan can relate, and fused about why that was the case— why I left to Bowdoin, it’s hard for tions change within an immigrant
Muslim, immigrant family, he is “My Nanoo used to take me together we tie together the simi- why classmates of mine were always her to rationalize why I’m leaving family, when the place you call
both Pakistani and Indian, a comi- here as a kid,” he says. Then he larities between our upbringings: into new ‘Austin’ places and did fun to Boston. Because part of the im- home is worlds apart from your
cal cultural schism that he says has tells me that he’s currently wor- the inextricable bond between ‘Austin’ things while I didn’t.” migrant mentality is to stay with cultural home—Irfan’s and my
always collapsed into one unitary ried that a member of the brown home and family, the longing As Irfan lists all of the ‘Austin’ yourt family and to stay united mom’s shared homelands across
“brown” identity when immersed community might happen to see to resurrect a homeland that is events that he’s found in college, as a family. For Pakistani people the ocean. Driving home from the
in predominantly white popula- us; upon his departure his mom oceans away and the pressure: to the city that he splutters to de- in our community, I was the only cows, I experience Irfan’s sick joy:
tions, such as Bowdoin or his Epis- questioned him, ‘what if one of make sure that this life, removed scribe crystallizes. As an adjective, person ever, I feel, to actually have the thrill of a body moving across
copal high school. my Desi friends sees you guys?’ He from that of our heritage, is worth the idea of ‘Austin’ is recognizable left Austin for college. Everyone a landscape that our families, in
Caught between many worlds, references the Hindi phrase “log the costs of assimilation. to anyone from the city or the else went to UT Austin or tried to their own particular ways, have
Irfan remembers growing up kya kahenge,” which translates to Irfan pauses. This is not an surrounding area. Not marked by ultimately get to UT Austin.” made our own. For the first time
with Nanoo and his parents, who the rhetorical question, ‘what will emblematic portrait of American the city’s museums, geographic lo- In May, Irfan will graduate as since leaving, it feels enough to
worked often and were active mem- people think?’ adolescence, nor of growing up in cation or even world-class institu- Bowdoin Student Government call these rolling hills and soaring
bers of what he calls the “brown “It’s a classic phrase that’s every- Austin. Known for Texas football, tions, it’s a lifestyle, as well as a type President. In August, he will move highways home.

End of the line: journeys on the Downeaster

sit if I want to be facing forward laptops, getting to work on theses summer I spent on campus. two months of goodbyes and only have four-and-a-half two-
Space, Place and once the train turns around in or graduate school applications Across the aisle sat a group see-you-laters leading up to a life week periods before I am gone.
Sucking Face Portland. before the train even pulled out of of excited first years. Looking of uncertainty, my friends and I By that time, all the snow will be
by Jonah Watt I see many familiar faces as I the station. for distractions from our work, couldn’t have felt more distanced melted and the artificially green
pace the aisles on my way to the As we left the Boston skyline my friends and I casually eaves- from these peers. seed that Facilities lays down for
I love my Amtrak Downeaster dining cart, fantasizing about behind us, the train attendant ap- dropped on their conversation. As we disembarked, I zipped graduation will have begun to as-
six-trip college pass. For 86 dol- taking advantage of my legality to proached our seats and I scram- One of them was nervous about up my jacket and braced myself similate into its surroundings.
lars, I can take three round trips buy orange juice and a mini bottle bled to pull up my Amtrak app College House decisions—“I for a blast of cold Maine air and My house is a three-minute
from the doorstep of campus of champagne to make a mimosa on my phone. He scanned my think Burn would be really several feet of snow. Instead, I walk from the train station. I hear
to Woburn, the gateway to JOB (my looming deadlines urge me electronic barcode and informed quirky and fun,” she said. A few was met with bright sunshine and the Amtrak arriving at 11 p.m. or
(Just Outside of Boston) land. My otherwise). Some are classmates me that this was my last ride. “I minutes later, the conversation could discern patches of grass sometimes at 2 a.m. on those rare
three—or four or five, depending and fellow JOBs that I frequent- know,” I replied. It’s fitting that my turned to study abroad, and they beneath piles of dirty snow. Dead occasions when I am still awake.
on weather and track repair— ly see on these trips—my travel pass ran out on this trip, my last all agreed that Spain or New Zea- grass, but still an improvement. Gone is my chapel bell alarm
hour rides have punctuated my companions, if you will. And train back to campus. land would be so cool, or maybe Just two weeks earlier as my clock that would wake me at 8
seven semesters on campus, others are bleary-eyed, fresh off a I took periodic breaks from my England because they already housemate and I departed for a.m. when I lived in Hyde Hall.
bookending Thanksgiving and redeye from the west coast, mak- work, glancing out at the bleak knew the language. As jaded Spring break, our suitcases ac- Further removed from the nu-
spring breaks. My six-trip pass ing the sacred pilgrimage back to New England landscape that I’ve College House alumni and study creted sludge as we trekked down cleus of campus, I do not hear its
ticks down the train rides until campus. come to know through these trips. abroad veterans, we listened in Union Street. We muttered curse familiar toll every 15 minutes. In-
the end of each year. Last Sunday, three friends and March is ugly. Everything is na- on their conversation and silently words at Maine’s weather and stead, I hear the Amtrak and am
The Amtrak has been an exten- I boarded at North Station and ked and gray and Maine’s spring remarked via text message how breathed a sigh of relief, excited reminded of the world beyond
sion of my life at Bowdoin, bring- scouted out a four-seater. (Two of is still weeks away. I remembered old we felt. to escape for two weeks. I was campus, of Freeport and Portland
ing me to and from the College. us are semi-proud JOBs; the other the brilliant oranges and yellows Bright-eyed and excited, these reminded of how long two weeks and Saco and Wells and “last stop,
Its familiar seats have become as two flew in and spent the previ- over Fall Break and the bareness first years returned to campus is, of how much the weather can North Station!” and everything
comfortable as my regular perch ous night at my house, a refuge and dark skies of Thanksgiving awaiting College House decisions change in a short period of time. else beyond this sleepy town and
in the Moulton Light Room, al- for Logan arrivals.) We settled in break and even the lush green and and internship offers. Dreading a But I also remembered how its train whistles that sometimes
though I still don’t know where to and immediately pulled out our inviting tidal inlets from that one full Sunday evening of work and quickly two weeks pass, that I wake me up at night.
8 FEATURES Friday, March 30, 2018 Friday, March 30, 2018 FEATURES 9

Students from the Diversity in Higher Eduction seminar share their research
by Sophie Cowen, Sydney Avitia-Jacques KAWA

and Hannah Berman

Orient Contributors

When we applied to Bowdoin, we checked and raise questions about what “diversity” re- in more detail, higher response rates among
boxes on the Common App designating our ally looks like on this campus, beyond admis- women and people of color point to a general
“official” identities, which suggest to Admis- sions numbers. disparity in who takes on the work of discuss-
sions how we might add to “diversity” on cam- We share these snapshots of our research ing issues of diversity and inclusion.
pus. But what happened next, after arriving findings, based on the real and personal ex- Our interviews confirmed current sociolog-
on campus? Once we began taking classes and periences of our peers, in hopes of starting ical literature: the burden of this work is large-
found friends, how did we come to understand meaningful conversations about difference at ly carried by the students who actively feel the
our identities here, if at all? How did we reckon Bowdoin without burdening the students con- effects of elite higher education’s white, up-
with difference? stantly facing inquiry. per-class history. Bowdoin has become more
Last October, a group of seniors and juniors We gave considerable thought to the de- racially diverse since its beginnings as an in-
in Diversity in Higher Education, a sociology mographics of our respondents, intentionally stitution for white men of elite backgrounds—
seminar taught by Professor Ingrid Nelson, over-representing students of color to gain campus is now 15 percent less white than in the
interviewed 57 Bowdoin seniors in search of insight into the experiences of the huge mul- 2001-2002 academic year—but it still remains
answers as part of our research project, Un- titude of identities within that category, and a predominantly white institution in the whit-
derstanding Diversity. In interviews that lasted because we were interested in their experienc- est state in the United States. More important-
from one to three hours, respondents shared es at this predominantly white institution. We ly, the effects of that history remain prominent
their stories from childhood through high sent email solicitations to 111 randomly-se- for students in their academic, extracurricular,
school, brought us through each year of their lected seniors, with a response rate of 51 per- and social lives; our interviews show a dispar-
Bowdoin experience, reflected on social class, cent. Women of color had the highest response ity in the ways students define and experience
race, gender, and sexuality, and explained their rate (78 percent) and white men had the low- diversity at Bowdoin. Many students of color,
understandings of campus diversity, contro- est response rate (41 percent). The sample is first-generation students, low-income students
versies surrounding racial bias and incidents about 50 percent men, 50 percent women, and and people of other historically marginalized
of gender violence. includes one person who identifies as non-bi- identities tend to think about diversity more
Unsurprisingly, diversity matters for all nary. This is representative of the senior class. frequently and more personally than do most
of us at this school—but with this comes the The sample is about 50 percent white students white students of wealthy backgrounds.
challenge of defining what we mean by “di- and 50 percent students of color, compared As we assess the situation facing us at this
versity.” We have brought together analyses of to the senior class which is 69 percent white moment, we encourage you to challenge what
48 student interviews to explore the state of students and 31 percent students of color. Al- has become habitual and what feels ordinary
diversity at Bowdoin and to start answering though the latter is using an oversimplified at Bowdoin. We ask that you consider where
important questions. This week’s piece will category, we will refrain from more specificity you fit in this conversation, where you stand
focus on housing and self-segregation. Over to protect confidentiality. While 57 interviews and what brings you to feel that way. More
the coming three weeks, we will share data on were conducted, due to time constraints, 48 importantly, we implore you to act on those
academics, campus climate and student con- total respondents are included in this anal- thoughts; paired with your action, our data
ceptions of diversity. We will direct attention ysis. Throughout the interview and analysis can facilitate the shift from conversations and
to campus structures, explore how student processes, student identities and data have thoughts to concrete change that contributes
actions and inactions shape this community, been kept confidential. As we will discuss later to the greater task of dismantling racism.

Dorm(ant) divergence: unequal understandings of housing, self-segregation and inequity

In February, Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster year] floor as much ‘cause I felt like I was forcing and understanding as factors that drive students student viewed such white spaces as the least inclu- can both avoid their white peers’ racisms and in- uates inequity—with little consequence to the stu- to understand race. While the College’s structure work will explore the failures and promises of dis-
emailed students, urging them to take advantage of it.” She continued, “race became a bigger factor in to divide by race. At Bowdoin, students reflected, sive. Another student implicitly acknowledged the habit spaces of solidarity. dents who are (color)blind to it. fails to seriously challenge its whiteness, integration tribution requirements to provide students with
the diversity on campus when picking housing for my social relationships [after my first year].” While these needs often remain unmet. predominantly white demographics of extracurric- ••• The question, therefore, is not, “Why do stu- is no perfect solution. tools to understand race.
next year. Dean Foster’s plea to “Mix it up!” points mandating housing situations after the first year Students mentioned how specific campus spaces ular groups, claiming athletic teams, similar to the Bowdoin and its student culture do little to ad- dents self-segregate?” but rather, “What are the Next week, we will exit dorm rooms and enter This article also draws from analyses by Sophie
to a reality at Bowdoin: call it cliquey, exclusive, or seems restrictive, our autonomy to select room- are unwelcoming to students of color. One student Outing Club, contribute to a campus divided by dress the social segregation by race on campus. The structural obstacles to true integration?” In reality, classrooms in an investigation of academics. Our Sadovnikoff and Parker Lemal-Brown.
segregated, students tend to share social spaces with mates leaves no mechanism in place to combat of color said, “there are so many areas of Bowdoin race. Additionally, two students of color suggested Office of Residential Life’s hands-off approach in and as students shared, friendships at Bowdoin are
people “like them.” self-segregation by race in housing. that are just like practically completely white.” This that, by virtue of sticking together, students of color housing beyond the first year and the persistent ra- often built on the need for racial acceptance on a How do Bowdoin Seniors Understand Racial Self-Segregation?
To seniors—several years out from being placed Most students in our sample expressed a keen cial homogeneity of extracurricular groups, among campus that does not provide enough of it. Percentages are for the 70.83 of students surveyed who believe self-segregation is present at Bowdoin
on intentionally diverse floors—Dean Foster’s rec- awareness of racial segregation on campus. The Where do Students at Bowdoin Perceive Self-Segregation? other forces, indicate that students’ social segrega- Social segregation is a matter of group patterns
ognition that students spend more time with peers reasons students provided for this, however, varied. Percentages are for the 70.83% of students surveyed who believe self-segregation is present at Bowdoin tion by race is neither interrupted nor prevented by sustained by larger forces, and the power dynamics
like them than different from them is no shock. Over half (53 percent) of the students who felt the College or its social culture. at this institution, historically and presently, favor
40% 53%

Percent of Seniors Who Believe Self-Segregation is Present

More than 70 percent of the seniors we interviewed that students self-segregate discussed it as “natural.” The structures of this predominantly and whiteness. What would make an historically-white
felt that students self-segregate by race. Of these students, two-thirds were white. Explain- historically white campus shape patterns in college campus more conducive to racial integra-
35.29% 35.29%
How do student groups separate? Why? And, ing this thought, students said things like, “[people] students’ choices, particularly, as our research tion?
why does it matter? are gonna flock together over time” and “[students] shows, of friends and housing. Still, we all have Many students described racial integration as a
Many students make their first friends at Bow- tend to gravitate towards people that look like agency to pick where we live, who we spend our laudable goal, but one that’s difficult to reach. Some 45% Students of Color
doin in shared spaces—roommates or floormates. themselves” and just “happen to be of your race.” 30% time with, and what we do. Understanding di- raised concerns that given Bowdoin’s majority 33.33%
Housing arrangements are the primary structure One student interpreted this behavior as “natural versity in housing matters to individuals and the white student body, integration means putting the 38%
shaping friendship circles during respondents’ first humanistic instinct.” Reflecting on his housing situ- Bowdoin community. onus on students of color to join white spaces. As
year. While first-year floors are not proportionally ation, one white student said “It just happened that The most dangerous, common misconception one student of color stated: “If we had more [di-
representative of our racial breakdown on campus almost all the guys I live with are white.” Students among students about social segregation by race versity], we wouldn’t have the problem of so many
because more students of color elect to live in chem- who described self-segregation as natural did not 20% is that this division is harmless, unchangeable, and students who feel like they didn’t fit in or can’t find 30%
free housing (in our data, 31 percent of students of address bigger structural factors that explain the “natural.” The illusion of equity combined with the their place on campus, or hesitating joining groups
Students of Color
color elected chem-free floors versus 13 percent of homogeneity of social groups. These students feel reality of racial segregation suggests the dangerous that aren’t diverse.”
white students), first-year floors foster relationships like they “just happen.” However, as over one third idea of inherent, “natural” difference between races. If students of color are asked to sacrifice their
among students that are more racially diverse. of students explained, racial separation is informed Naturalizing division is not too different from nat- comfort for integration’s sake, the benefactors seem White Students
With time, however, extracurricular activi- by Bowdoin’s structures and social culture. 10% uralizing inequity. Acknowledging social segrega- to be primarily white students. As one student of 66.67%
ties become more salient. Athletics, for example, Thirty-eight percent adopted a view of segre- tion by race without considering the “how” and the color expressed, “I feel like diversity is for the insti- 15%
are a dominant force in the social scene and, due gation on campus that linked it to Bowdoin’s en- “why,” reinforces this colorblind view of race. While tution and it’s for white people.” She was not alone:
to the whiteness of athletic teams, often solidify during legacy as a historically white and wealthy color-blindness is often deemed benevolent, it fuels often in our interviews, students of color expressed
friendships solely among white students. Of the institution. Most of these respondents (69 percent) the inexcusable inequities that generate separation frustration and feeling pressure to be a source of White Students
respondents who said students self-segregate, 35 were students of color. To these students (all 38 per- 0% in the first place. White students made up the ma- learning for white students in a minimally racial- 30.77%
percent mentioned athletic teams and 29 percent cent), self-segregation was an important strategy Athletic Teams Dining Halls Outing Club Minoritized Racial jority of the students who naturalized racial divides ly-diverse community. Students’ divergence in
and Affinity 0%
mentioned specific non-white racial and affinity for navigating the predominantly white campus. and did not consider the oppressive forces pulling racial awareness means the students with the most
Groups View Racial Self-Segrega- View Racial Self-Segregation as
groups. Some students of color discussed how One student suggested the campus, generally, is some students in and pushing others out of social institutionally-backed power to change our racial a Response to Bowdoin’s White
they interacted more with white peers their first not welcoming to students of color: “I think a lot COMPILED BY DREW MACDONALD. SOURCE: “UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY.” spaces. inequalities are less aware of their power, and there- tion as “Natural”
Institutional Context
year, then began to develop friendships with other of it is on the community to make everyone feel Seventy percent of students surveyed perceived self-segregation at Bowdoin. These students noted a variety of On our majority-white campus, students sep- fore less likely to use it to further equity. If we want COMPILED BY DREW MACDONALD. SOURCE: “UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY.”
students of color. One student of color said, “There comfortable. And I don’t know if that’s necessarily spaces in which self-segregation occurs, including, athletic teams, dining halls, The Outing Club and minoritized arate by race. This separation facilitates (mostly) to pursue integration, we need to address the fact Of the 70.83 percent of the class’ research participants that believed racial self-segregation is present at Bowdoin,
came a point where I didn’t hang out with my [first- what’s happening.” Students cited needs for support racial affinity groups. white students’ ignorance about race and perpet- that the majority of students do not have the tools 53 percent view it as “natural” and 38 percent view it as a response to Bowdoin’s institutional context.
10 FEATURES Friday, March 30, 2018

Talk of the Quad

my close friends, and he asked I am grateful to have grown
TOWARD A BETTER my plans for the weekend. I up around a strong, caring
MASCULINITY told him I would be spend- mom and older sister along
In high school, I spent ing both Friday and Saturday with a dad who valued me as
countless hours babysit- night babysitting Zach and a complete person. Everyday
ting younger kids. It was my Vincent. This was a common life with my family challenged
primary source of spend- weekend activity for me, so toxic gender stereotypes, par-
ing-money and more im- he reacted not with surprise ticularly related to masculini-
portantly an experience that but with exasperation. He ty. My family encouraged me
helped me grow immensely said something to the extent to express my emotions and
as a person. Kids are full of of “come on, you need to get a view them not as personal
contagious enthusiasm that man’s job” and offered that he faults but as assets. I’m only
makes it hard to be any- could probably get his uncle beginning to realize how in-
thing but happy when you’re to hire me as part of his lawn credibly impactful, and sub-
around them. I cherished the mowing business. I politely versive of the patriarchy that
chance to be a part of helping declined, but left the conver- was.
the next generation grow up sation confused. I figured he I do not think that mascu-
as confident, caring people knew something about being linity is inherently toxic, but
who knew they were loved. a man that I didn’t. But I didn’t a quick look at recent head-
The two boys I babysat most understand why I would want lines reveals how much pain words and
regularly— Zach and Vin- to mow lawns instead of care mainstream conceptions of actions—
cent—are two of the people I for kids I knew well. More masculinity create in our in a variety
miss the most now that I’m at importantly, I didn’t under- world. At alarming rates, of contexts
college and my parents have stand that the conversation men shoot crowds of people, from hook-ups
moved to a new city six hours my friend and I had just had rape their dates, abuse their to career goals to
away from my hometown. was incredibly political. partners, attack LGBTQ peo- class discussions and
Because babysitting was Our society does not view ple and stand in the way of PHOEBE ZIPPER more—foster or hinder
such a positive experience childcare as a man’s respon- meaningful progress toward a culture of sensitive men.
for me, I always found the sibility because our society racial, gender and economic who put community before job of valuing sensitive men. In the end, I realize that
pushback I sometimes got does not value emotional equity. These issues are all self. Sensitive men, working This is seen most especially this piece doesn’t offer many
about it odd. In short, peo- intelligence, vulnerability complex, but emotionally il- collaboratively alongside in the emotionally close male answers. I don’t have them.
ple felt free to offer negative and sensitivity as masculine literate men who build toxic people of all genders, will friendships on Bowdoin’s But my nearly four years at
comments grounded in the traits. Caring for a child— relationships with the people help build the equitable and campus. As silly as the way we Bowdoin have challenged me
pervasive idea that men are keeping them safe and hap- around them are a recurring inclusive communities we talk about them may seem, the to think deeply about how I
not supposed to care for chil- py—requires an abundance theme. Our world is hurting, desire. As men, we need to “bromances” that are so com- can help reduce the amount of
dren. These comments were of emotional attention. The and men are to blame for a lot think about how we can uti- mon at Bowdoin defy broader suffering in our shared world.
usually easy to brush off, like pushback to my babysitting of it. lize our own capacity for car- societal expectations that tell I believe that raising, foster-
when the instructor in the I encountered was actually To fix these issues, we ing and nurturing to disrupt men they aren’t supposed to ing and valuing sensitive men
Red Cross babysitter training reflective of a broader socie- must shift societal concep- the very system that privileg- express platonic love for each is a critical part of that. So,
I took in 7th grade repeatedly tal discomfort with sensitive tions of masculinity. We es us. As people of all gen- other. Late night conversa- I’ll keep hugging my friends
noted with unease that I was men who respect their own need men who know how to ders, we owe it to ourselves tions with my roommates and telling them I love them.
the only male in the class. feelings and the feelings of express emotions in non-vio- and each other to consider have driven this point home And I’ll challenge them when
But sometimes the push- others. lent ways. We need men who what masculinity means to for me as we make ourselves I think they’re promoting a
back was harder to forget. The idea of sensitive men are comfortable expressing us and whether our concep- vulnerable talking openly toxic masculinity. I’m grateful
I remember a time during has been in the media a lot emotions beyond anger. We tion of it is in line with the about our evolving values they do it back.
my sophomore year of high lately, perhaps mostly thanks need men who know how to broader values we hold. and the trials and triumphs Nicholas Mitch is a member
school that stands out in to a great article in TIME ti- interact with people of all For what it’s worth, I actu- of college life. But we can of the Class of 2018.
particular. I was leaving AP tled “How to Raise a Sweet genders professionally and ally think the Bowdoin com- still do better. We all need to
European History with one of Son in an Era of Angry Men.” platonically. We need men munity does a pretty good think critically about how our

have those normal nightmares of the doctor’s appointments what happened in dreamland fictional stories on my com- or prescribed remedies to aid
CONSCIOUS ABOUT MY where everyone I love dies in I was behind on. It was during and what it means. puter and in little notebooks. I in sleeping, to quiet my sub-
SUBCONSCIOUS a plane crash. I run away from my annual checkup that I On my report cards in mid- was happy with my books and conscious and have a break
“So, you’re a vivid dreamer. someone and my legs start was asked about my dreams. dle school, my teachers would my writing and playing the pi- from my overactive REM se-
You really need to get those kicking me awake. I have re- I thought she was going to always say that they appreciat- ano and had lots of time to live quences, and yes, I sleep well.
dreams analyzed,” my doctor curring dreams where I am reprimand me for eating too ed my “quiet, thoughtful pres- and explore my own thought My doctor highly recommend-
told me with the authority of trying to take care of a scream- much pasta and not working ence in the classroom,” but that bubbles. ed I take more sleep aids and
her white coat and the distance ing baby while attending class out enough, but instead I was I needed to stop with the day- By the time I reached high have my dreams analyzed to
of a wide desk. I discussed the and being a normal college told that my dreams were un- dreaming. My dreaming was school, I was told that I had to track them. But I worry that
recurring themes and charac- student. I remember every healthy. I have been dreaming constant back then. I could be more extroverted and social if I stop dreaming I will lose a
ters in my dreams: my middle moment of my dreams. They like this for as long as I can control it and enter and leave and focused. I trained myself to part of myself— my connection
school volleyball coach, my can be so intensely jarring that remember. I used to not share my fantasy world as I pleased. focus in class and to structure to the subconscious world. I
first boyfriend, my second I am left upset all day. them with anybody; they were I felt safe from the mean girls my time so that I had less time already feel less creative than
boyfriend, my family friends, I should probably write part of my own secret fantasy and the pressure to be good to write and read and dream. I I used to be. I no longer play
my parents. There tend to be them down and get them an- world that I lived in for most at sports or dance (I was atro- joined the Frisbee team, which the piano or write fiction or
celebrity guests—last week alyzed. of my childhood. I wake up cious at both) and I felt like was accepting of my lack of paint landscapes. I find myself
Meryl Streep showed up in a Over spring break I had enveloped in a hazy mixture of I fit in. I still secretly played athletic ability; I did theatre too often seeking the rational.
silver gown. “It is extremely two days at home in New York reality and fantasy. As I brush with my historical paper dolls and I wrote for the newspaper. Aside from my obsession with
rare to dream in movie-like City where I crammed in all my teeth, I begin to decipher in my room and I wrote lots of My free thinking time was full horoscopes and The Bachelor
color and action, your subcon- of anxiety over grades, the col- franchise, I spend most of my
scious has a lot to figure out.” lege process, the ACT, being time being analytical and crit-
This all came about because liked by boys, how to dress and ical and focused on whatever
my doctor asked me how I was behave “normally.” I began to task is at hand. When I let my-
sleeping. have stress dreams and to lie self dream freely while I was
“Fine,” I said, “but I am al- awake at night worrying. more introverted and I was not
ways tired because I have lots Happy, purely fantastical always living in the present, I
of anxiety dreams.” I discussed dreams are a rare treat for me was creative and original.
them with friends and with my these days. Those are the kind I analyze my own dreams
mother and sisters. I am ter- of dreams that feel like being internally. They make sense
rified of conflict and I replay spooned, where you wake up to me, the people and places
scenarios where I confront to gentle sunlight streaming in that appear in vivid detail.
people who have hurt me, and all you can do is squint and Whenever I share my most
but they don’t listen to me or smile. But all too frequently, intense dreams with friends
there are a series of obstacles I wake up in the wee hours of or family or medical profes-
preventing me from getting the morning, sweating, heart sionals, I feel exposed. If I
the words out. I fall down a pounding and sometimes cry- stop dreaming, I lose access
flight of stairs, a car whooshes ing. Those are the kinds of to a really wacky part of my-
past, he walks away, the phone dreams where I remember ev- self. As I learned from read-
rings. If I actually admit what ery searing detail and it haunts ing Hermann Hesse in my
happened, someone goes to jail me for days, where all of my German seminar, the magical
for life, or I go to jail for life. insecurities and anxieties theatre of the mind is as en-
I hate not feeling in control; manifest themselves into one tertaining as it is fucked up.
I forget a series of important Leviathan of a fantasy. Eleanor Paasche is a member
plans or assignments; I fail. I Occasionally, I take natural of the class of 2020.

Friday, March 30, 2018


WHAT A POWER PLAY: The women’s basketball team fell to Amherst 65-45 in the finals of the NCAA DIII Tournament. This is only the second time in program history the team has competed in the Final Four of the tournament.

Women’s basketball places second in NCAA DIII Champs

time in program history that the don’t think we had a keen focus on refusing to overlook commonly approximately 45 fans, parents Recently, Kerrigan was award-
by Kathryn McGinnis Polar Bears have made it into the that at that point. They went on a ignored calls during the season. and staff. ed D3Hoops.com Northeast Play-
Orient Staff
Final Four of the NCAA tourna- big run and it hurt our defense.” This can have a negative impact “After spring break, I think er of the Year and WBCA’s DIII
In a packed stadium in Roch- ment and the team completed the A struggle to make shots was on a team. that’s when for me I realized how Player of the Year in a field of 6,000
ester, Minn., the women’s bas- season with the second-most wins another factor that contributed “We had some unfortunate much support we had throughout athletes, among other awards.
ketball team (29-3, NESCAC on record. to the team’s defeat. Bowdoin things that didn’t go our way,” the tournament,” captain Lydia Shibles recognized the team’s work
9-1) faced defending champion Captain Kate Kerrigan ’18 said connected just 27 percent of its she said. “[Abby Kelly ’19] made Caputi ’18 said. “A lot of people behind her success.
Amherst (33-0, NESCAC 10-0) that in the final game, Amherst shots compared to Amherst’s 48 a key three and the [referees] have come up to everyone on “Player awards like the one
in the NCAA Division III cham- tested the Polar Bears’ defense. percent. called three seconds in the paint, our team and different people to she received are really a credit to
pionship. While the first three In the fourth quarter, Bowdoin’s “We missed shots,” said Head a seldom used call. Not to blame different players have shown a ton the team as a whole,” said Shibles.
quarters remained close, the defense broke down completely, Coach Adrienne Shibles said. the officials, but I’m saying of support after the fact. There was “[Kerrigan] wouldn’t even have
Mammoths pulled away from the thwarting any potential offensive “It happens.” things didn’t quite go our way in no way we would know in the mo- had the opportunity of being rec-
Polar Bears in the final quarter, momentum, when the Mam- “We could have tried to force certain moments.” ment [because we were in Minne- ognized if she hadn’t led and if her
winning 65-45. moths went on a 17-point run. the issue more of getting into the Despite the loss, the team has sota], but a lot of people have been teammates hadn’t performed on
This is the second year in a “We lost a little bit of our de- paint [and] getting better ball been getting an immense amount giving us some really kind words.” the national level.”
row NESCAC teams have met fensive edge,” said Kerrigan. “We movement,” said Kerrigan. of support from the Bowdoin Leading up to the final, Bowdo- After an upsetting 60-48 loss
in the championship game, with have a rule where we try not to let Shibles believes that in a cham- community. On Wednesday, Steve in beat undefeated Wartburg Col- in the NESCAC tournament to
Amherst beating Tufts last year a team score more than six points pionship game, referees expect Loebs ’60 organized a reception lege in the Final Four with strong Tufts, the Polar Bears had to
to win the title. This is the second in a row without us scoring, and I higher standards from the players, for the team that was attended by defensive play. rely on an at-large bid to partic-
“They hadn’t seen NESCAC ipate in the NCAA tournament.

Kate Kerrigan ’18 receives WBCA Player of the Year

level defense prior to that [game],” Bowdoin was not expected to be
said Shibles. “I’m a very defensive a national contender as it had to
minded coach so it’s always an em- face teams it had lost to in the
well for a guard and averages seven re- phasis and always something we’re regular season.
by Roither Gonzales bounds in a game. As a guard that’s incred- working on every day at practice.” Despite the predicted brack-
Orient Staff
ible. She is the biggest assist leader in the According to captain Lauren ets, the women’s basketball team
The Women’s Basketball Coaches Asso- conference, and she leads the conference in Petit ’18, the commitment of fought hard for its spot among
ciation (WBCA) named Kate Kerrigan ’18 steals.” said Shibles. returning players to improving the elite.
the WBCA Division III Player of the Year Shibles emphasizes Kerrigan’s attitude upon last year’s performance gave “Once you’re in the tourna-
after an exceptional season. Kerrigan joins as well. “She’s unselfish. She involves her the team a competitive edge going ment, anything can happen,”
Eileen Flaherty ’07 as only the second Bow- teammates. She’s just a really special player, into this season. said Kerrigan. “When it’s game
doin player to receive this award. who will be missed,” said Shibles. “We always have good chemis- time [we] perform the best we
Kerrigan was a frequent standout on Kerrigan’s recent awards help illustrate try amongst our team,” said Petit. can. We all had confidence in
the team. She was also named the 2018 the impact that she has had on the Bow- “But after an early loss in the tour- each other and the team, that
NESCAC Player of the Year, NESCAC doin women’s basketball program as both nament last year, we worked really we could make a good run, and
Defensive Player of the Year, NEWBA a player and a captain. Kerrigan is the first hard in the off season and really that’s what we did.”
Player of the Year, D3hoops.com North- player in the program to accumulate over tried to do the little things during The Polar Bears will use this
east Region Player of the Year and First 900 points, 600 rebounds, 300 assists and pick up [games] in the fall [to] year’s tournament experience to
Team All-NESCAC. 200 steals throughout her career. come in more prepared.” its advantage next season.
Head Coach Adrienne Shibles believes Yet, despite receiving these honors, Ker- Between tournament games “We still have so much pride
that Kerrigan’s strength comes from her rigan has always focused on improving her COURTESY OF BOWDOIN ATHLETICS the team continued to improve, and joy in our journey,” said
dependability and versatility on the court. team as a whole. a goal of mine. It’s all about how we can get focusing on a mix of offensive and Shibles. “If there’s one good
“[Kerrigan] is special because she’s in- “For me it’s always been about the team, to the national championship and how [we defensive skills. thing that could come out of los-
credibly consistent and she does it all,” said what the team can achieve together and can] make a deep run in the tournament.” “Coach talked a lot about trav- ing the national championship
Shibles. “She doesn’t average a ton of points how can I best get the team to where we Kerrigan intends to remain involved in elling with our defense and re- game, [the loss] will certainly
in comparison to other players in the na- want to be,” said Kerrigan. “There’s a ton basketball after her graduation as an as- bounding,” said Kerrigan. “Those keep the returners hungry to get
tion—she averages around ten points a of great players in DIII and to receive that sistant coach for Smith College’s women’s were two common themes that back there again and to achieve
game—but she also rebounds incredibly award is a great honor, but it’s never really basketball team. got drilled into us during those that highest level of success: a
weeks and the weeks prior as well.” national championship.”
12 SPORTS Friday, March 30, 2018

Men’s tennis stays perfect in California
TRACK: The wom-
en’s distance medley
relay team won by four
seconds with a time of
11:37.18 at the NCAA
DIII Indoor Track and
Field Championships.
The team, consisting
of Caroline Shipley ’20,
Sara Ory ’19, Claire
Traum ’21 and Sarah
Kelley ’18, beat the
school record by six
seconds, becoming the
first Bowdoin compet-
itors to win a crown
since 2014. The men’s
distance medley relay
came in tenth, while
Brian Greenburg ’18
finished in ninth in the
triple jump.

JOB: Jake Adicoff
’18 earned his first
Paralympic medal
after earning silver
PERFECT SHOT: (LEFT): Kyle Wolfe ’18 competes in California. (TOP RIGHT): Grant Urken ’19 and Luke Tercek ’18 celebrate. (BOTTOM RIGHT): Wolfe, Tercek, and Gil Roddy ’18 pose after winning the tournament.
in the 10-kilometer
cross-country ski races tournament finals last year, It’s a little different because the May. the most important pieces to
at the Pyeongchang by Kate Lusignan but also various others top-ten first couple of matches will be “A long-term goal is to our success in terms of being
Orient Staff
Paralympic Games. He teams, including No. 5 Univer- inside [rather than outside like keep improving and playing loud, making noise, being real-
also finished fourth in The men’s tennis team (8- sity of Chicago. over spring break], but it sets our best tennis and peaking in ly invested in the matches and
the 1.5k sprint classic 0) is ranked second in the In order to succeed, the us up well for the rest of the May. Our goal is stay around making us feel like we have 50
nordic race and fifth in nation after an undefeated team went into the tourna- season,” captain Kyle Wolfe ’18 there [in the rankings] and guys on our team when we re-
the 20k freestyle event. run in California over Spring ment well-prepared and with said. not be one of those teams who ally have 14,” Roddy said.
This was Adicoff ’s Break, including a 7-2 victo- high expectations after three Despite this, the team is not fall out after their first month The Polar Bears will face
second appearance in ry against then-No. 2 Clare- weeks of focused practice and overly concerned with the rank- or two of the season,” Roddy MIT this weekend. The team
the Paralympic Games mont-Mudd-Scripps (CMS) intense off-season training. ings this early in the season. said. is focused on No. 21 MIT due
after going to Sochi (7-2) during the Stag-Hen “We wanted to feel like we “It’s definitely nice [to be The first years have also to their historical strength.
four years ago. Invitational. were confident and ... ready ranked second], but as we see played a key role in motivating “MIT is a team that we’ve
The team’s success comes to compete and have fun out a lot of years, there are some and improving the team. The played every year that I’ve
after ending its 2017 season in there. I think we definitely teams that are really tough in team has 14 members, which been at Bowdoin, and they are
a disappointing 5-2 loss in the succeeded in doing that,” said March and April who peak is the largest it has been in one of the most talented teams
NCAA Division III semifinals captain Luke Tercek ’18. “We during that time, and that’s not the last four years. The size in the country, so we consider
LAX TO THE MAX: to eventual champions Emory played a ton of good teams a team we want to be,” Roddy increase has had a positive that a very dangerous match,”
The men’s lacrosse University. out there. We were focused said. “It’s nice to be high in the effect. Roddy said. “They could come
team (5-2, NESCAC “Sometimes the best thing on things we can control like rankings, and that is a reflec- “A huge impact [first years out and beat us any given day.
2-2) is on a five-game that can happen to a team is to good energy and good body tion of the hard work we put have had on the team] is the For this weekend, our focus
winning streak after lose a match like that. We lost language, good competition.” in in California.” energy they bring during the is just trying to keep our la-
beating Middlebury a heartbreaking match against Looking towards the sea- The team is primarily fo- matches. It helps a lot to have ser-like focus we had in Cali-
(3-4, NESCAC 1-3) Emory,” captain Gill Roddy ’18 son, the Polar Bears are look- cused on short-term goals individual guys watching fornia and come out with two
said. “It definitely gave us se- ing to use the confidence built such as doing well throughout each of the courts,” Tercek wins.”
17-8 on Saturday and
rious motivation to work with in California to propel them the regular season and NES- said. “They push all of us to The Polar Bears will travel
Clark University (4-3)
this off-season.” forwards. CAC matches instead of con- get better every single day in to face off against MIT on Fri-
18-9 on Tuesday. Brett
The motivation paid off, as “Coming back [from Cali- centrating on larger goals. practice.” day at 3 p.m., followed by their
Kujala ’18 led the Polar
the Polar Bears not only beat fornia], it gives us confidence One of the team’s long term “Some of the guys who first NESCAC game against
Bears in goals against
CMS, who they lost to in the to play the NESCAC matches. goals, however, is to peak in weren’t playing were some of Connecticut College at 2 p.m.
Middlebury with four,
while Matthew Crowell

Softball looks to continue six-game winning streak against Tufts

’18 led against Clark.
The team looks to
continue their streak
against Trinity on Sat- depth of our team [that con- sit out a game since our team made it to the postseason for “NCAAs are a big [goal],”
urday at 1 p.m. by Ella Chaffin tributed to our success in is so deep—supporting each the fourth time in five years Rice said. “Of course we all
Orient Staff
Florida], up and down the other and competing together and hosted the NESCAC think it is really important
The softball team is on a order, all different class years. instead of competing against Championship for the first to take it one game at a time.
six-game winning streak after Everyone really showed up each other.” time in program history. Al- Taking it step by step is a
going 13-3 over Spring Break and was producing a lot,” Caroline Rice ’19 said that though it has not begun NES- big thing for us. Our goal is
CHICKS WITH STICKS: in Florida. The team is look- said McCarthy. “We had a lot the preseason plays a vital CAC play, this year’s team is to win NESCACs and get to
The women’s lacrosse ing to continue this success of different line-ups going role in the outcome of the already exceeding Rice’s ex- NCAAS this year.”
team (6-2, NESCAC going into its first NESCAC on in Florida, and no matter team’s season as a whole. pectations. The team will face Tufts
2-2) ended a four- series against Tufts, who beat who was out there, we had a “It all starts in preseason “Our team last year was ab- this weekend and has high
game win streak after the Polar Bears in the series chance to win.” for us,” said Rice. “The fact solutely incredible,” said Rice. expectations.
a 14-4 loss to No. 2 last year. The team’s supportive na- that we get along so well, “We did things probably no “[Our goal against Tufts] is
Middlebury (6-0, NES- However, according to ture also allows each team- [like] a smaller team, it is a one thought we could, which to beat them, but more spe-
CAC 4-0) on Saturday. Claire McCarthy ’18, compet- mate to perform her best on family unit. We start in pre- was amazing. I think this year cifically to sweep them,” Rice
The Panthers scored ing in Florida is very different the field and will be import- season making sure that ev- is going to exceed that. We said. “We want to continue
the first six goals of than competing at home. ant for the team’s perfor- eryone is communicating and have five new first years and to focus on the details and
the game, getting off “The NESCAC competi- mance moving forward. everyone is comfortable with they are all incredible. We take it each at-bat at a time.
to an early lead. The tion is super tough especial- “[We will continue this each other, and that really also have six seniors that are Our lineup is very strong up
Polar Bears will try to ly this year,” McCarthy said. success by] just continuing translates itself onto the field leading us, and I think this and down; everyone has been
get back into the win “The competition in Florida to be the best that we can be when we play because every- season is going to go even contributing, so [we want to]
column on Saturday is tough, but it is a different when we are out there,” said one trusts each other. We all better than last year.” continue that.”
against Trinity at 12 game here in the NESCAC.” McCarthy. “It’s hard when play well and play as a unit, Moving forward, the team’s The Polar Bears will begin
p.m. McCarthy believes that the you don’t have a set line-up because everyone knows that long-term goals are winning conference play at Tufts on
distinct makeup of the team that you can fall into, so just everyone else has their back.” the NESCAC championship Friday at 3 p.m. and will con-
has contributed the most to being really open-minded Last year the Polar Bears and advancing to the NCAAs, tinue the series with a dou-
its early success. and confident in ourselves had one of their most suc- but members do not want to ble-header on Saturday at 12
“I think it is mainly the and not being concerned if we cessful seasons to date—they get too ahead of themselves. p.m. and 2 p.m.
13 Friday, March 30, 2018

Not-so-scary Larry
On Wednesday, conservative economist Larry Lindsey ’76 H’93 gave a talk
moderated by President Rose in Pickard Theater. The event with Lindsey, an
outspoken right-wing pundit, and the discussion that has followed provid-
ed a model for the sort of productive and respectful discourse that can and
should arise from events that challenge our campus’ political consensus.
In Pickard, Lindsey faced tough, substantive questions from both the
audience and President Rose. The questions addressed Lindsey’s views on
this winter’s tax bill, President Trump’s new tariffs, the role of the political
elite and racism in America. Assistant Professor of History Meghan Roberts,
reading from a section of Lindsey’s most recent book, asked Lindsey to give
evidence for his claim that a number of societal ills, including racism, are in
part manufactured by the political elite. After Lindsey offered an equivocal
answer both to Roberts’ initial question and to a follow-up question, Rose

Call-out culture vs. call-in culture:

pressed him for a more concrete response, which Lindsey ultimately gave.
Rose has, for the better part of his tenure as president, championed the
virtue which he calls intellectual fearlessness. He has argued in a number of
venues, including TIME Magazine, that liberal arts students must be capa-

the tug of war to end sexual assault

ble of engaging with and challenging a diverse range of viewpoints. Rose’s
actions as moderator, even more than his decision to bring Lindsey to cam-
pus, gave form to his creed. In essence, Rose asked our predominantly liberal
student body to hear Lindsey’s understanding of the world while marshalling
his own sociological and economic expertise to model serious engagement.
Rose showed that intellectual fearlessness entails more that extending invi- male sexual aggressor, and among these ment should be educational.
tations to controversial speakers. To be truly intellectually fearless, we must Polar Views men are those with the subconscious fear While sexual assailants may simulta-
join knowledge to conviction to publicly and honestly defend the truth. We by Osa Fasehun that they, too, could be accused in the fu- neously proceed through Title IX, this
have to enter the ring. ture. It may be anxiety-inducing to trust resource is designed to hold students
In the Orient this week, Professor of History Patrick Rael continued this Rape culture exists at Bowdoin, too. fellow students to judge fairly, but I think accountable to the student body, which
work in an op-ed demonstrating the historical inaccuracy of Lindsey’s book, The pervasiveness of sexual assault and that one of the reasons for this fear is that may be even more compelling an incen-
“Conspiracies of the Ruling Class.” In his piece, Rael does what professors sexual harassment in Hollywood is a mi- deep down, we are aware that sexism is tive for some to rethink their actions. I
urge us to do every day: to use evidence and hard facts to support our claims. crocosm of rape culture that plagues the deeply entrenched in American life. would advise that there be a diverse pool
Instead of directly challenging the morality or ethics of Lindsey’s arguments, country. Still, one can feel far removed From childhood, women are force-fed of students based on sex, race, sexual ori-
Rael examines the basic historical premises of Lindsey’s book, showing them from the high-profile cases of sexual as- notions of propriety like the banning of entation, socioeconomic class, to name a
to be erroneous or at least incomplete. sault among entertainers without a local leggings from some school dress codes few characteristics. I even wonder if Safe
As students, we should work to become capable of challenging each oth- perspective. I myself didn’t recognize the because they are “distracting” to men (an Space might be interested in forming
er and our intellectual opponents in the way that Rose, Roberts and Rael pervasiveness of rape culture at Bowdoin actual justification that my high school such a group—which I’ve dubbed “the
modeled this week: by reading speakers’ published work, researching their until my sophomore year, after hearing gave for a no-leggings policy). America is call-in system.” The proposed student
methodology, knowing the facts and finally, tactfully holding speakers to multiple reports of sexual assault against constantly policing girls’ behavior and at- resource would deliberate on accounts
account when they make spurious claims based on historical distortion or female students. In November 2015, tire so boys don’t “lose control” over their from whoever reported an assault before
pseudoscience. Armed with these skills, we can truly fulfill our obligations as Zachary Duperry ’18 created Bowdoin hormonal urges. Men, however, can go they confront the alleged aggressor in
students, leaders and citizens. Safe Walk, a Facebook group in which through their adolescent years without private. Reminders about our pledges to
students could sign up to walk or drive understanding social cues, micro-aggres- Bowdoin’s social code and basic human
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, others home and ask to be accompanied sions or any obvious signs that they may decency could instill in accused aggres-
which is comprised of Harry DiPrinzio, Dakota Griffin, Calder McHugh and Ian Ward. by students from the list of students who be offensive to women. The rising gener- sors a serious commitment to the com-
signed up to volunteer. Some of the stu- ations must unlearn this mis-education munity. Some students would appreciate
dents I walked home told me they were for the dream of gender equality to ever this tactic if they were behaving poorly
sexual assault survivors, so their appre- be realized. out of ignorance.
ciation of the Safe Walks deeply affected Still, some students might be ambiv- I trust the professionalism of Bowdo-
me. Those experiences defogged a lens alent about a call-out culture because in’s Title IX process, but think it could be
through which I could see sexism and there are potential dangers if the retri- helpful to provide survivors with another
misogyny at play. It would be a disservice bution becomes excessive. A student resource, one with a stronger pulse on
to all the activists in the #MeToo and might be considering a younger brother, the student body’s social expectations.
Time’s Up movements if we didn’t look wishing for him to be given the benefit This call-in system may seem, to some,
for the sexual impropriety in our own of the doubt before being condemned just as excessive as a call-out culture.
bowdoinorient.com orient@bowdoin.edu 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 communities. as a sexual aggressor. These concerns are Others could argue that the Bowdoin ad-
As with most social justice debates at legitimate, but who exactly are we trying ministration should do the brunt of the
Bowdoin, thoughtful conversations about to protect? Calling-out is a last resort, a educational work by programming and
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and information the #MeToo movement are happening in sign of urgency. instilling a clearer stance against sexual
relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, silos. I wish to share such thoughts and in- Hideyoshi Akai ’19 had a compelling violence. Ultimately, various possibilities
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in vite others to participate in the dialogue. solution that could not only protect sex- should be considered no matter how un-
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse Some Bowdoin women have expressed ual assault victims, but also attempt to conventional.
discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community. interest in a “call-out culture.” Call-out correct sexual transgressions. Akai sug- From my vantage point, none of these
culture refers to the practice of publicly gested that there be a panel of students proposed initiatives would be necessary
naming and shaming those who violate a who nominate themselves to handle if men were holding their male friends
Sarah Drumm Harry DiPrinzio recognized moral code—in this case, the sexual misconduct reports from named accountable. To the men reading, don’t
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief violation is sexual assault. Several of the or anonymous students. Like Safe Space simply be a lip-service feminist. If you
reactions by men to call-out culture that members, these students would be in- don’t have that stern talk with your
I have heard so far were cautious of the vested enough in the cause to handle cas- friend, roommate or relative about their
Creative Director Managing Editor News Editor idea. “What if the accused person didn’t es judiciously, offering a resource that is disturbing sexual interactions with wom-
Jenny Ibsen Ellice Lueders Emily Cohen do anything? You don’t want to ruin his both hands-on and hopefully preventive en, you’re part of the problem. Be part of
Calder McHugh reputation over a lie.” Well-intentioned in the long run. Given that Bowdoin is an the solution.
Photo Editor Surya Milner Sports Editor men might choose to defend an accused institution of higher learning, the punish- Be part of the solution.
Ann Basu Jessica Piper Anna Fauver
Ezra Sunshine
Associate Editor

Letter to the Editor

Layout Editor Features Editor
Rachael Allen
Emma Bezilla Sarah Bonanno Alyce McFadden
Ian Stewart Roither Gonzales
Dakota Griffin A&E Editor
Copy Editor Nicholas Mitch Editor’s note: this letter is in response to the recent which I read as a threat to publish something similar
Isabelle Hallé
Nell Fitzgerald Louisa Moore exhibition “Texts,” held in the Blue Gallery from Feb- at Bowdoin, within the same 8x8 blue room as texts
Shinhee Kang Allison Wei ruary 27 through Spring Break. inviting someone out to drinks, I am concerned that
Opinion Editor
Thanks Steph and Lillian for thinking of this idea sexual harassment, sexual assault and unwanted
Digital Strategist Business Manager Rohini Kurup and to the women who submitted their texts. I left invitations were conflated. An exhibit that aims to
Sophie Washington Edward Korando the exhibit confused about the range of texts that examine sexual harassment in the digital age and
Ned Wang Calendar Editor made it onto the wall. I’m sure that in the context of includes references and allusions to sexual assault
Social Media Editor Avery Wolfe Kate Lusignan larger conversations or relationships these texts war- without greater explanation or attempt to explore
Gwen Davidson ranted the title of sexual harassment. However, read- the connection between these two terms is danger-
Uriel Lopez-Serrano Data Desk Page Two Editor ing through these, I saw texts ranging from repulsive ous. Many viewers may have, as I did, walked into
Faria Nasruddin Hannah Donovan Samuel Rosario solicitations to seemingly innocent invitations to this exhibit lacking clarity in definitions and ways of
drinks and finally a list of blurred out names allud- thinking about harassment and assault. I worry that
The material contained herein is the property of The Bowdoin Orient and appears at the sole discretion of the ing to the list of 33 sexual assailants at Middlebury this exhibit further confused its audience.
editors. The editors reserve the right to edit all material. Other than in regard to the above editorial, the opinions that circulated last December. In including “the list,” Isabel Udell is a member of the Class of 2019.
expressed in the Orient do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors.
14 OPINION Friday, March 30, 2018

Rael on Lawrence Lindsey’s problematic history

but are the dupes of pretended the standard playbook of modern
by Patrick Rael patriots... They are daily misled corporate conservatism in calling
Op-Ed Contributor
into the most baneful measures for a weak state. After all, weak
In his book, “Conspiracies of and opinions by the false reports states are notoriously bad at rein-
the Ruling Class,” Lawrence B. circulated by designing men, and ing in the excesses of large corpo-
Lindsey ’76 distorts history to which no one on the spot can rations and their champions.
make an elite argument for pri- refute.” As a literal member of a true
vatizing government look like By Lindsey’s logic, modern ruling class, Lindsey makes for
economic populism. Lindsey, creasing liberals alone are the big-state a very non-credible populist. In-
a supply-side economist who amounts heirs of the Progressives (even stead, he demonstrates how liber-
served as an economic advisor of power.” government though both parties embraced tarian rhetoric can be hijacked to
to President George H.W. Bush, Progres- in innumer- Progressivism back in the day). serve the interests of the corporate
argues that over the last century a sivism did able ways, Employing words like “liberal” order. Ultimately, he and his sup-
“ruling class” of ill-defined “elites,” mark the from grant- and “conservative” as trans-his- ply-side colleagues are no differ-
convinced of its own superiority rise of a new ing small torical constants as Lindsey does ent from any of the other interests
and contemptuous of the Con- era of gov- states dispro- is inaccurate and misleading. For he has identified in American
stitution, has taken control of ernment, as portionate example, the antislavery reform- history, seeking to subvert gov-
government, converting it into state capacity power in ers of the antebellum era look ernment to their own purposes
a “nanny state” that gives things expanded to the House like modern progressives for their when they can and weakening it
away to stay in power. To this match the needs of Repre- racial tolerance, but they look like when they cannot. “Conspiracies”
we can attribute wealth inequal- of regulating a sentatives modern conservatives in embrac- reveals Lindsey not as an elite
ity, the government’s inability to large, modern, indus- and Electoral ing evangelical Christianity. As convert to populism, but as one
control its own spending and the trial, capitalist economy. College, to the for the Progressives, they brought of Elbridge Gerry’s demagogues,
failure to deliver public goods like “Conspiracies,” which Tenth Amend- us necessary exercises of state frantically manipulating the le-
infrastructure and health care. cites no scholarship on ment which explicitly authority, like trust-busting, food vers of popular opinion in the
Properly addressing all of the period, completely reserves to the states regulation and the referendum hope of fleecing the misguided.
Lindsey’s claims is impossible in ignores this context, the powers not held and recall; but they also brought Ultimately, “Conspiracies of
this space, but his use of history claiming instead that by the national govern- us segregation of the civil service, the Ruling Class” is not a se-
calls for special attention. If his a cabal of academic ment. racial disenfranchisement, eugen- rious book. Lindsey produces
argument fails here, after all, any elites and self-appointed SARA CAPLAN But the Framers were ics and imperialism. Historical no evidence of a conspiracy of
claims built on it must be shaky “experts” effectively staged a more immediately motivated by legacies are always mixed like this. left-leaning “elites” who have
as well. coup d’état, the consequences of Law, the most sweeping assertion problems of national weakness. Connections between contempo- taken control of government
The first thing to note is that which we have been living under of federal authority over the lives They met in 1787 precisely to rary and past political traditions and reduced it to an unconstitu-
all of Lindsey’s opponents are ever since. of individual Americans in ante- expand state power in the wake cannot be simply asserted; they tional tyranny. He’s wrong about
straw men he has made himself. This is silly. The claim that cen- bellum history. Long championed of the failed Articles of Confed- must be demonstrated. Lindsey the origins of Progressivism,
His amorphous Ruling Class tralization did not happen until by conservatives, the modern eration. Key principles of our never even makes the attempt. he’s wrong to posit the modern
appears whenever he needs it to Woodrow Wilson’s presidency is global security order rests square- government, such as bicameral For him, history seems to offer left as the uncritical heirs of
and is comprised of whomever quickly falsified by even cursory ly on large and powerful states. legislatures and separate and enu- little more than propaganda fod- their tradition and he’s wrong
he needs it to be comprised of at consideration of the long century So, too, do all the mechanisms re- merated powers, emerged from der. He claims to have undergone to lay the modern problems
the moment. The only thing that preceding him, which Lindsey quired to enforce property rights, that experience, creating a consti- a conversion from Washington he identifies at their feet alone.
allegedly unites his “progressives” ignores. The Constitution has regulate trade and provide the tution with much more authority Insider to Man of the People, but The very crimes he attributes to
across time—“a belief that, with always been a living document, critical infrastructure upon which than the one preceding it. The readers may decide for themselves Progressivism—wealth inequal-
enough power, they could make and the expansion of national any healthy free market econo- new government had the power whether he saw Jesus on the road ity, uncontrolled government
the United States a better place”— power has been its legacy—from my depends. Even conservative to raise revenues to maintain its to Damascus or Milton Friedman. spending and crumbling infra-
is a simplistic formulation that Thomas Jefferson’s questionable Christians remain hopeful this own existence and the strength to In 1995, he lauded a federal rev- structure—are problems more
excludes obvious non-progressive acquisition of the Louisiana Ter- nation will become a theocracy. regulate affairs between the states, enue windfall, asking, “Wouldn’t easily laid at the feet of Repub-
statists, from Reconstruction-era ritory in 1803, through Andrew Lindsey’s claim that only “pro- as well as between the states and you think that the rich would be lican administrations since the
Klansmen to Cold War militarists Jackson’s showdowns with the gressives” like the state cannot foreign powers. Whereas the pa- at least entitled to a small thank- 1980s than of an amorphous
to Christian theocrats. national bank and state nullifiers bear even cursory scrutiny. triots of 1776 railed against gov- you from the guys in Washing- group of progressive conspira-
Lindsey’s central historical in 1833, to the Civil War’s de- Lindsey cannot even return 0ernment centralization, those of ton?” Two decades and an alleged tors who lived a century ago. His
argument asserts that the Pro- mand for conscription, national to the Constitution in search of 1787 sought to constrain demo- conversion later, he claims that simplistic and erroneous past
gressive movement of the late currency, an income tax and slave an idealized past of weak central cratic impulses lest the public fall “the main driving force behind fails, then, to offer anything oth-
nineteenth and early twentieth emancipation. power. It is of course true that prey to demagogues. Consider why we’re spending so much” is er than simplistic and erroneous
centuries transformed the Amer- Nor can Lindsey claim that the Framers thought that, hav- the words of Elbridge Gerry in the that politicians say “vote for me in policy proscriptions. Readers
ican government “from one with centralization has always been the ing thrown off a king, “power midst of the debates: return for free goods.” (Remem- should approach his conclusions
self-government that was limited reserve of historical reformers. It should be decentralized” in the “The evils we experience flow ber the racist dog whistle around with great skepticism.
in its scope to one where an expert was slaveholders, after all, who new American state. They lim- from the excess of democracy. “Obamaphones?”) Both pre- and Patrick Rael is a professor of
government required ever-in- championed the Fugitive Slave ited the authority of the national The people do not want virtue, post-conversion Lindsey follow history.

Dear seniors: will you condemn us to repeat history?

push me and my friends aside continues, then it seems we’re due there to facilitate discussions once foot-in-mouth moments myself. these parties and actively sup-
by Safiya Osei as they squeal and embrace each for another racially charged inci- we graduate, so we must learn to With mistakes comes learning; pressed the voices of their peers?
Op-Ed Contributor
other. At Bowdoin parties, the set- dent in the next two semesters. communicate amongst each other understanding cannot occur un- Why are they refusing to speak
After reading the recent ting is still quite homogenous and I refuse to stand by and let this now. less questions are asked. even now after there has been time
opinion pieces by three seniors there seems to be a white flight trend continue. For students who I am not offended for the So now I have some questions for reflection and reconciliation?
of color on the racially themed whenever the music changes to a don’t have to care, I get it. You get sake of being offended. I am and I hope they will be taken seri- How can I, as a black woman,
parties that were held on this very beat you can actually dance to. to coast through life with your concerned and I want to work to- ously and thought through care- come to terms with an institution
campus two and three years ago, I write this piece not as anoth- tunnel vision and exist blissfully wards a future where students of fully: where are the students who that is drenched in “white culture”
I am struck by the lack of a white er “angry student of color,” but with a clear conscience. But tun- all backgrounds can coexist and saw no problem with the theme of and normalizes silence? How can
opinion on these events. As a first as a student who is disappointed nel vision can lead to a devastating accept—not simply tolerate— we ensure that your experiences
year, I am still coming to terms by people who were obviously collision; a collision you will not each other’s presence. In order to are not repeated, and we first years
with this new environment and aware of their privilege that used be prepared for because you re- do so, there must be a willingness get the best four years of our lives
the demographics of my class it to forcibly suppress those whose fused to take notice of the people to be uncomfortable. I’ve had that Bowdoin presented to us?
and the College as a whole, yet I views opposed their own. As a who are hurting right next to you. Safiya Osei is a member of the
am keenly aware of a racial divide class of ’21 representative and We first years as your peers, as Class of 2021.
that underlies many social and the first year liaison to Bowdoin your teammates, as your mentees
academic interactions on campus. Student Government, I feel it is and as your friends, deserve a hell
Although we were in the crux my duty to seek out information of a lot better. We came here ready
of midterms, I felt I needed to that will affect not only my future, for the best four years of our lives
read Pamela Zabala’s ’17 honors but also the future of my class and and instead are witnessing how
project per the advice of a few the classes to come. It simply is the College is not what we were
senior acquaintances in order to not fair to us as first years to have hoping for. Both sides of the inci-
supplement the thoughts I’ve had these events be whispered about dent may have believed that it is
since the College House Crawl. behind closed doors and never up to the administration to create
The term “hypercultural white publicly addressed and explained. policies (or remove policies) in
spaces” jumped off the pages of These events are so embedded in order to appease their needs, but
Zabala’s thesis and immediately this campus. I feel myself having I believe as adults we need to have
brought to mind nights at College to wade through the muck of re- the conversations ourselves and
House parties: the floor is slippery pressed emotions and unspoken stop trying to prevent our peers SARA CAPLAN
with cheap beer, “Mr. Brightside” opinions on my way to Druck. If who are trying to heal from doing
is blasting and white students the trend documented by Zabala so. The administration won’t be
Friday, March 30, 2018 OPINION 15

Fifteen years after the invasion of Iraq, what have we learned?

of privilege. The war was not wrote an Op-Ed in the New Sea, yet we cheer on our mili-
Relevant Politics a mistake; it was a crime and York Times this past week tary bases in over 70 countries
by Brendan Murtha an operation deeply revealing entitled: “Fifteen Years Ago, worldwide and shrug off the
about America’s unsettling role America Destroyed my Coun- fact that US soldiers are cur-
on the world stage. try.” How can we move on rently deployed in more than
I do not remember the inva- We sit snug in our homes, from such destruction—thou- 150 countries, fighting shad-
sion of Iraq. I was three years still applauding George W. sands of civilians killed, entire ow wars across Africa and
old at the time, and although Bush’s occasional speech generations scarred—and call still killing civilians in drone
snippets of news broadcasts (“What a reasonable leader!”) it a simple mistake? We clearly strikes across the Middle
may have alerted me to the and cringing over news foot- haven’t learned our lesson if East.
presence of conflict, I was un- age of Ghouta’s ruins (“so sad”) trauma of that magnitude is In our criticism of Rus-
derstandably oblivious to the and emaciated children in Ye- excusable. We have yet to apol- sia and China, maybe we
gravity of the situation. men (“poor babies”) all while ogize for our actions, so clearly have learned from the Iraq
Only relatively recently has U.S. bombs continue to fall on our regret is minimal. War. Imperialist shows

the real horror of the Iraq War seven countries (give-or-take a The problem is that we of military prowess are

become known to me. Many few, Yemen and Syria includ- shrug off the horrors of Iraq reckless and danger-

of today’s great conflicts have ed). We are outraged when because we still refuse to see ous. We proved
roots in the Iraq War and its the Assad regime uses chem- ourselves as the villain. No- that in 2003.
resulting instability. As I strug- ical weapons against its own tions of American exception- Yet we clear-
gle to understand what I see people or when Saudi-backed alism have been so instilled ly do not
happening around me, many forces bomb a Yemeni wed- in us that we will defend our apply the
roads lead back to the events ding, yet conveniently forget righteousness above all else, same stan-
of 2003 and the years follow- our own use of white phospho- insisting on our noble inten- dards to our-
ing. From continuing political rus in Fallujah (responsible for tions and expecting forgive- selves—after
and extremist violence across continuing birth defects in the ness despite continuing bad all, America
the Middle East to the refugee region) and comparable tactics behavior. If any other country has done a phe-
crises and their nationalist in Mukaradeeb. Iraqis have circumvented the UN Securi- nomenal job convinc-
pushbacks, our war in Iraq had to live with horrors while ty Council and led a ground ing itself of its superiority.
played a major role in shaping we watch from a comfortable invasion of a foreign entity, We can simply do things oth-
the chaotic world we live in distance, many of which we racking up a body count that ers cannot, for values of “free-
today. Fifteen years after the brought about. They do not included countless civilians dom” and “democracy” are ap-
invasion, have we learned our have the luxury of selective and essentially destabiliz- parently only ours to safeguard was be-
lesson? memory nor the ability to ing an entire region, the U.S. and export at will. fore Trump).
A large majority of Amer- move on. Their country has would be calling for their It is no wonder that, across In some ways, we
icans now view the Iraq War not recovered from a war that blood and labeling them an the world, the U.S. is viewed are a rogue state.
as a mistake and in retrospect lasted nearly a decade—a war enemy to world peace. We as the greatest threat to world Our invasion of Iraq, the 21st selves.
agree that military interven- that arguably left Iraq (and berate Russia for merciless peace. The results of an in- Century’s “Original Sin” (as Fifteen years later, it doesn’t
tion may not have been the the entire Middle East) much military involvement in Syria ternational 2013 Gallup poll put by Al-Jazeera’s Tallha Ab- look like we’ve learned from
best course of action. Such an worse off than before America and cry foul when China ag- found this to be an over- dulrazaq), remains the most our self-proclaimed “mis-
admittance may be a step in the put boots on the ground. Poet gressively expands its military whelming consensus across potent example of the danger takes.”
right direction but it still reeks and novelist Sinan Antoon presence in the South China 65 foreign countries (and that we pose the world … and our- That, in itself, is a crime.

Seeing structural oppression in shades of grey

treat any action, utterance or “the problematic” to what I’ll atic to the violent, they might like this constitutes a defense woke-ness.” Twitter-shaming
by Atticus Carnell cultural artifact that reflects call “the violent.” The former instead mean to equate the of the problematic (of the Al celebrities and using only the
Op-Ed Contributor
or perpetuates structural op- includes offensive language, problematic to the violent. If Frankens for example) would most up-to-date, ostensibly
Morality has a number of pression as just as bad as all TV shows, paintings, and equating is what people mean be to miss, if not prove, the oppression-free language has
purposes. There’s a social the others—as if everything other cultural artifacts, and to do—if, in other words, underlying point. Because to become just as important as
purpose; it makes people’s that perpetuates oppressive so forth. The latter includes they mean to say that all is- conflate distinguishing the fighting the repeal of DACA,
behavior predictable and structures does so equally and police brutality, rape, the sues that reflect or perpetuate problematic from the violent demanding policing and sen-
helps us to resolve conflicts as if all the effects of these prison-industrial complex, structural oppression deserve with defending the problem- tencing reforms, supporting
peacefully. There’s also a crit- structures are equally bad and employment and housing our attention equally, that we atic would evidence a failure the people who are suffering
ical purpose, which is often therefore equally deserving of discrimination, etc. Insofar as can’t possibly address the vi- to see these issues in shades of the worst harms of climate
at odds with the social pur- our energy and attention. We both the problematic and the olent without addressing the grey, which is just what I am change, pressuring U.S. lead-
pose; morality provides the seem, in other words, to have oppressive reflect and perpet- problematic, or that the Dana arguing that we need to do. ers to do more to prevent
basis for us to criticize soci- lost our ability to weigh. uate the oppressive structure Schutzs and the Al Frankens Of course I don’t believe genocide in Myanmar, etc.
ety, government, culture and “It’s all part of the same as a whole, to link the two is of the world are just as bad as that anyone actually thinks all (On that note, I think some-
even morality itself. Finally, oppressive system” is a com- not incorrect. the George Zimmermans and issues that can be traced back thing is wrong when the term
there’s a weighing purpose; mon phrase at Bowdoin. It is But people who say the the Harvey Weinsteins—then to structural oppression are the “micro-aggression” is used far
in situations in which our at- intended, I take it, to mean phrase above might mean it the claim is wrongheaded same—very few people actually more frequently at Bowdoin
tention, energy and resources one of two things. It might in a stronger sense. Instead of and counterproductive. To mean to equate the non equiv- than the word “Rohingya.”)
are limited or divided, moral- be meant to link what I’ll call merely linking the problem- reply that saying something alent. But many people seem to I say this all somewhat ret-
ity helps us to see where they see no point in acknowledging icently, because I recognize
should go. If we are unwilling the differences between the that many of the debates that
or unable to draw moral dis- problematic and the violent occur at Bowdoin and on oth-
tinctions, we lose this ability or even seem to think that er college campuses are about
to weigh—in fact, to see. doing so contributes to struc- creating an environment that
Structural oppression is an tural oppression. Accordingly, is safe for and welcoming to
increasingly common topic in the problematic instances of marginalized students. That
political discourse, especial- structural oppression get just is a worthy goal, it should not
ly on college campuses. This as much airtime, just as much get as much resistance as it
is obviously a good thing. energy and attention, as the vi- does. And I certainly do not
Oppression will continue as olent do. intend this piece to contribute
long as oppressive structures This has real consequenc- to any effort to undermine it.
remain intact. In order to dis- es. When everything is judged But it can’t be our only goal,
mantle these structures, we solely based on whether it re- and sometimes it feels like it
should understand how our flects or perpetuates oppres- is. Despite what many would
actions (and inaction) repro- sive structures, and not by have us think, Bowdoin is
duce them. Along these lines, SARA CAPLAN any other criteria whatsoever, part of the real world—struc-
I should emphasize that what small changes in our behav- tural oppression plays out
I say here shouldn’t be taken ior and speech become just here, as it does everywhere.
as criticism of our focus on as important as real action to But changing Bowdoin will
structural oppression but dismantle oppressive struc- not change the world. To see
rather as a word of caution tures—action, that requires this requires us to see struc-
about how it is discussed. us to look beyond Bowdoin. tural oppression in shades of
I fear that our discussions Along these lines, I see this grey. Otherwise, we cannot
of structural oppression are unwillingness to weigh as see it at all.
dangerously over-simplified, the root cause of what many Atticus Carnell is a member
morally speaking. We seem to have called “performative of the Class of 2018.
16 Friday, March 30, 2018

The Sex Project: Consensual Kink
Bowdoin Healthy Relationships will host an interactive
presentation about expanding the definition of healthy and
“kinky” sex.
24 College. 4 p.m.

Purity Pact Stand Up Show
Purity Pact, Bowdoin’s all female comedy group, will perform
stand-up comedy.
Chase Barn. 8:30 p.m.


TUNED IN: Acclaimed science reporter Robert Krulwich P ’11 talks to Drew Scheve ’20. Krulwich, the current co-host of WNYC’s Radiolab, met with
students after his talk Thursday on framing the quantitative work of science through metaphor.
“Forward”- TEDxBowdoinCollege
Students, faculty and guest speakers will give TEDx talks that

embody this year’s theme of “forward.” The theme allows
speakers to explore progress and paths to a better future.
Speakers this year include Renita Shivnauth ’21, Patrick
O’Connell ’21, Mamadou Diaw ’20, Professor of Theater and
Dance Sarah Bay-Cheng, Assistant Professor of Sociology LECTURE EVENT
Theo Greene and founder of Pareto Design Forrest T. Heath III. “Martin Luther King Jr.’s Defeat at the A Reading with Author Michael Paterniti
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 1 p.m. Supreme Court: Walker vs City Award-winning journalist Michael Paterniti will read from
of Birmingham” his most recent book “Love and Other Ways of Dying.” The
PERFORMANCE Randall Kennedy, Michael R. Klein Professor of Law at book is a collection of essays that ponder happiness, grief,
“Monk Dreams, Hallucinations Harvard University, will discuss the United States Supreme memory and the human connection.
and Nightmares” Court’s holding of Martin Luther King Jr.’s conviction for Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall. 4:15 p.m.
Pianist and composer Frank Carlberg’s large ensemble will contempt of court. The case originated when King ignored
perform pieces that draws inspiration from the splinters, a local order court that rejected a march for civil rights on
verbal utterances and feelings found in Thelonious Good Friday and Easter in 1963 and led the march.

Monk’s music. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 5 p.m.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m.

Upright Citizens Brigade
The Upright Citizens Brigade, founded by Amy Poehler,
“It’s Not About Your Grandmother”
The Eisenhower Forum will host Peter Skerry, professor of
will perform sketch comedy and improv. Bowdoin’s improv
political science at Boston College. Skerry will reflect on
groups Office Hours and Improvabilities will open
current immigration policy.
the show. LECTURE
Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall. 4:30 p.m.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 8 p.m. Gallery Conversations: Reading Room
Hailey Beaman ’18 and June Lei ’18, student curators of the LECTURE
exhibition “Reading Room,” will discuss the conversations
that inspired the exhibition.
We’re All in this Together: An
Intergenerational Discussion on
Museum of Art. 4 p.m.
Environmental Concern
LECTURE Brunswick community members and Bowdoin students will

“Writing Non-Fiction in the 21st discuss their views and hopes surrounding action on climate
change and other environmental issues.
A Fantastic Woman Century: From Iraq War to Room 315, Searles Science Building. 7 p.m.
Frontier will screen a movie that follows the life of fictitious Trump’s America”
character Marina as she navigates the aftermath of her part- Tom Ricks, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner from his days at EVENT
the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post will discuss
ner’s death. The film explores the love between two people
writing in America, specifically focusing on military and
“The Moth: Story Hour”
that is complicated by Marina coming out as a trans woman Faculty, staff and students will discuss romantic relationships,
and their families’ reception. national security issues.
friendships and other stories regarding relationships.
Frontier. 3 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.
Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill, Smith Union. 8 p.m.

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Bone Marrow Drive Maine Inside and Admitted Students

Out Weekend