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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, April 6, 2018 Volume 147, Number 20 bowdoinorient.com

Honorary degree for Susan Rice spurs alumni backlash

2012, while others have lauded conducts preliminary checks ted all throughout this process. U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, which gence Committee revealed that
by Faria Nasruddin Rice as a worthy recipient. on background and suitability A portion of alumni was criti- killed five Americans in 2012. “it was intelligence analysts, not
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“This year the Board unan- and votes on whether or not cal of granting Rice an honorary Republican Senators John political appointees, who made
Some Bowdoin alumni are imously agreed to provide the to pass these names on to the degree, and were vocal about McCain and Kelly Ayotte then the wrong call,” and did not
upset after former diplomat three honorands with the de- Governance Committee. their opposition on the Bowdo- accused Rice of being part of a conclude that “Ms. Rice or any
Susan E. Rice was announced grees in May,” said President The Governance Committee in website. Of the 38 comments cover-up after the incident. They other government official acted
as one of the three honorary Clayton Rose in a phone inter- then votes on whether or not to currently on the College’s release, claimed Rice’s comments were in bad faith or intentionally
degree recipients for the 213th view with the Orient. pass the names of the honorands 19 of them express clear opposi- intentionally misleading and misled the American people.”
Commencement, which will The process for nominating onto the entire Board for a vote. tion to Rice receiving the honor. that she played down the role George Hillhouse ’88 was
take place in May. Certain honorands lies with the Board The entire board reviews the Criticisms of Rice center on of Al Qaeda in the attack be- among those who commented
alumni expressed concern with of Trustees. First, the Subcom- recommendations and has the her time as U.S. Ambassador to cause it would have hurt Barack on the news release. He felt that
Rice’s diplomatic record, partic- mittee on Honors, which is final vote on whether or not to the United Nations under the Obama’s re-election chances. Rice’s track record in public
ularly her response to an attack comprised of both trustees and grant the degrees to the hon- Obama administration and her However, a two-year inves-
on U.S. assets in Benghazi in faculty, brainstorms names, orands. The candidates are vet- response to the attack on the tigation by the House Intelli- Please see RICE, page 4

New VP Reed aims

to increase diversity
among faculty,
across the College
diversity work. From 2006 to
by Rohini Kurup 2014 he served as vice president
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of Williams College, where he
Last month, Michael Reed as- established the Office of Strategic
sumed the newly created position Planning and Institutional Di-
of senior vice president for inclu- versity. He more recently served
sion and diversity. As part of the as Dickinson College’s chief di-
College’s senior administration, versity officer and Title IX coor-
Reed aims to increase and pro- dinator. In a release announcing
mote diversity among students, his hiring, the College cited his
faculty and staff while working to “impressive record of accom-
create a more inclusive campus plishment in shaping institution-
community. al change.”
The position was created at the Though Bowdoin created
recommendation of an ad-hoc a senior administrator tasked
committee report last fall. The with thinking about diversity HAVING A LAUGH: Sophie de Bruijn ’18 and Collin Litts ’18, members of the Office Hours improv group, joke backstage before opening up for Upright
committee, comprised of students, later than did many peer schools, Citizens Brigade last Saturday. The show drew a full crowd in Pickard Theater and also featured Improvabilities, Bowdoin’s other improv group.
faculty, staff and trustees, spent the Reed does not believe that the

Faculty working group seeks to ensure equal

2016-2017 academic year examin- College falls behind other insti-
ing issues of race, ethnicity and in- tutions in its effort to become
clusion of first-generation students more diverse and inclusive. On

treatment in academic dishonesty cases

and students on financial aid at the student side, Reed believes
Bowdoin. The committee itself was Bowdoin has been successful in
the result of a report of two sociol- creating a diverse student body
ogists who came to study race and but needs to ensure inclusivity.
ethnicity at Bowdoin in the spring “A lot of institutions histor- that, an average of 8.7 cases were feel comfortable.” “[Say] a faculty member de-
of 2016. ically have made the mistake by Kate Lusignan reported to the J-Board each year. A concern that arose from the cides without consultation with
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Reed said he was impressed by of assuming once they have In response to the increase, the report is the inconsistency among us to handle a matter themselves
the ad-hoc committee’s extensive achieved what I call represen- After an uptick in cases of aca- Committee on Governance and faculty on what constitutes a vio- within the class, [and] later in the
report, which convinced him that tational diversity, the work is demic dishonesty brought before Faculty Affairs (GFA) appointed lation—what needs to be brought same class a faculty member takes
Bowdoin was serious about its in- done,” he said. “In actuality, that’s
the Judicial Board (J-Board) in an additional faculty member to before the J-Board, and what does a case and brings it forward to us
tentions to increase diversity and when the work really begins. You recent years, a working group the Judicial Board and created the not. Faculty members currently and we discover through the pro-
inclusion. He was also pleased with know, how do you have them consisting of both faculty and stu- working group. have the right to resolve academic cess of the hearing or in advance
the broad focus of the position at avail themselves and benefit dents has been formed to address According to Rachel Connelly, dishonesty cases independently. of the hearing that the faculty
Bowdoin compared to several peer from all the resources the insti- discrepancies in the application professor of economics and chair However, such faculty discretion member has dealt with a previous
institutions. His role includes “pro- tution has.” of the College’s honor code. Cur- of GFA, the working group is must be balanced with fair treat- case him or herself—that is wildly
moting greater diversity among Students aren’t the only group rently the group is mainly con- mainly concerned with issues of ment of accused students. problematic,” Foster said.
students, faculty and staff by race, of concern—or “stakeholders” cerned with policies which do not faculty autonomy and the faculty’s “We have a prescribed thing The working group is charged
ethnicity, religion, economic back- as Reed calls them—under the obligate faculty members to bring trust in the J-Board process. for what we are supposed to do, with finding explanations for the
ground, first-generation college purview of his new office. He is cases of academic dishonesty “Students should know what but not everybody follows it, so increase in cases over the past few
student status, gender, sexuality, interested in everyone who has before the J-Board. These poli- to expect across the board. We’re I think that is one of the issues years. However, many faculty do
disability and differing political something at stake with Bowdoin’s cies raise questions about equal never going to be able legislate it that concerns us,” said Richard not believe that this is a matter
perspectives, among other mea- diversity: faculty, staff, administra-
treatment of students accused of completely because we have a lot Broene, professor of chemistry of intentional dishonesty but an
sures,” the College wrote in a re- tion, trustees and sometimes even cheating. of autonomy in what we do in and chair of the working group. issue of clarity.
lease. the public. The recent increase in cases general,” Connelly said. “[Faculty] “We would like it if the same ac- “What we need is to articulate
“Chief diversity officer, I think “Part of what my job is is to help
has led some faculty members to need to hear what each other are tivity in a similar class taught by a to students clearly [that] these are
by definition, should have an in- us see where we are on the contin- express concerns about the pro- saying and try to move towards different individual produced the my rules, and if you violate my
stitutional portfolio and should uum of diversity within all of those
cess and workload of the J-Board. a consensus that we’re all going same outcome.” rules that is a violation of academ-
serve all of the institution’s con- stakeholder groups and then to During the 2016-2017 academic to use the system, or we need to In an interview with the Orient ic honesty. Then it would go to the
stituents. This does that,” Reed engage those stakeholder groups year, there were 16 cases of ac- have a consensus that we’re not last fall, Dean of Student Affairs Judicial Board,” Connelly said.
said. in either dialogue or strategic ademic dishonesty reported to comfortable with how the current Tim Foster argued that it is im- The inconsistencies among fac-
Reed has an extensive back- the J-Board; in 2015-16, there system works and that system portant for faculty to report aca-
ground in higher education Please see REED, page 4 were 22. In the 13 years prior to needs to be adjusted, so we can demic dishonesty to the J-Board. Please see HONESTY, page 5

The American Enterprise Institute helps Rachel Zafren ’18 reflects on growing up in Bowdoin hired its first tenure-track Men’s lacrosse beats Bates to continue Concerned students want action in
support two talks on campus. Page 3. Alaska. Page 7. creative nonfiction professor. Page 11. seven-game win streak. Page 12. response to sexual violence. Page 14.
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3/30 - 4/5 If you could only listen to one song for the rest of
your life, what would it be?
Jaden Dixon ’21
"‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’
by Kendrick Lamar."

Aziza Janmohamed ’19

"‘Wait For It’ from Hamilton

is my most played song on
KODIE GARZA iTunes ... so that? "
Friday, March 30 Harpswell Apartments. The male suspect fled with
Annie Rose ’20

"‘I Feel the Earth Move’ by

• A hit-and-run driver struck and damaged a stu- the bike down Harpswell Road. The bike is a wom-
dent’s parked car on Noble Street. en’s blue-gray Bianchi.
• A town resident reported unreasonable noise • A female student reported being followed and
from students walking on Bowker Street late at
then approached by a man driving a white box truck
at 10:45 p.m. while she was walking alone from
campus to an off-campus location. The man asked
Carole King."
Saturday, March 31 the student if she needed “a ride somewhere.” A se-
• A student operating a College van in Massachu- curity officer located the truck and notified Bruns-
setts reported being involved in a minor collision. wick police. The truck was stopped and the man was
• A group of juveniles on bicycles tampered with
a blue light emergency phone at Whittier Field, re-
identified and issued a criminal trespass warning
barring him from all campus property. Investigation
Maria McCarthy ’20
sulting in false emergency call.

Sunday, April 1
determined that the truck had been scoping the cam-
pus for over an hour. A security alert was sent to
the Bowdoin community. All Maine colleges, uni-
"‘One Dance’ by Drake. "
• A car that was parked in the Admissions park- versities, and police agencies were alerted to this
ing lot was wrapped in cellophane; an apparent April incident.
Fool’s Day prank.
• Excessive noise was reported on the second Monday, April 2
floor of Stowe Inn. • Loud noise was reported on the seventh floor of
• After receiving complaints of loud music and
singing, a security officer dispersed a topless dance
Coles Tower.
Rachel Tova Mann ’18

"‘A Thousand Miles’ by

party in Coles Tower. Wednesday, April 4
• Two minor students were cited by security for • Two students with medical ailments were es-
carrying open containers on Harpswell Road. corted to Mid Coast Hospital.
• An officer checked on the well-being of a minor
student who had consumed alcohol and was ill in
Thorne Hall.
Thursday, April 5
• A student with abdominal pain was escorted to
Vanessa Carlton."
• A student reported witnessing a bike theft at Mid Coast Hospital.


The history of Bowdoin

and polar bears creatures that rule the Arctic. Their as much sweat since then,” he said. “The
by Samuel Rosario thunderous paws can clap anyone that outfit was an odd fit. The headpiece didn’t
Orient Staff gives them stank eye. If you are unlucky sit right on my head and I constantly had
Since 1937, a mighty granite bear has enough to encounter this wild creature to re-adjust it. Even the shoe covers were
stood guard valiantly, overwatching all of in either the frigid Arctic or the sweaty impractical.”
Bowdoin’s children. It’s polar bear to be Buck Center, it is strongly recommend- It was clearly a close and difficult
exact–a life-size statue that was crafted by ed to proceed with caution. Unless, of battle that almost proved fatal for our
the hands of Frederick George Richard course, it is handing out Klondike Bars adventurer–on par with the challenges
Roth, the sculptor best known for New (not sponsored). Peary faced. When questioned about
York Central Park’s steel Balto statue, In an effort to show its gratitude for the possibility of a rematch, Calentti
which was donated by the class of 1912. our guardian, Bowdoin eagerly partic- responded, “Would I do it again? More
Our mighty guardian has witnessed Bow- ipates in International Polar Bear Day likely than not.” We pray for the recovery
doin’s best and worst moments, keeping a on February 27. Dining Services beck- of his sweat glands.
straight face, even when it has a front row ons students to don the mantle of the The Bowdoin Bear has deep roots with
seat to the streakers on the quad. polar bear costume and hand out these the College and it is important to know
Our relationship with the polar bear delicious treats to students. Do not be where we come from. There should only
can be traced back to the discovery of mistaken, being inside a polar bear is a be gratitude towards our lord and savior
the North Pole by the snow-loving Ad- dangerous game. The Orient was able to the Bear. We could have gotten a worse
miral Robert E. Peary, class of 1877, in catch up to Manlio Calentti ’20, one of mascot, like say, a mule. So count your-
1909. This was the moment that birthed the brave students that ventured inside selves lucky and give a nod of respect to
Bowdoin’s relationship with the Artic the ferocious guardian. the Bowdoin Bear. No more smiley faces
and the polar bear. Polar bears are strong “My body has never produced quite on its bottom, please. JENNY IBSEN , THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Friday, April 6, 2018 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF AEI funds speakers via unchartered group

as a liaison and a coalition, con- cause of robust intellectual debate, held events and hosted speakers
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necting Bowdoin to AEI and and then trying to connect them to demonstrate interest on cam-
bringing together six student with AEI resources to make sure pus, according to Ruilin Yang ’20,
USE ECAMPUS FOR TEXTBOOKS Peter Skerry’s lecture yesterday leaders of campus groups who are more of those conversations take one of the group’s leaders. She
on immigration is the second interested in utilizing that con- place,” said Jimenez. also said that the national funding
Starting in the fall of 2018, eCampus will replace Chegg as event sponsored by the Eisen- nection to fund speakers. In his position, Jimenez would be useful to help members
the College’s textbook provider. Mary Lou Kennedy, the execu- hower Forum this academic year “It gives us access to speakers manages the connections with attend national conferences or go
tive director of dining and campus services, said the change was that was also in funded in part by in a way that might be more dif- colleges in the Midwest and on trips.
driven by cheaper prices, a longer return period and a stream- the American Enterprise Institute ficult or expensive to do so,” said New England, including Bow- For groups like the Eisenhow-
lined return process. (AEI), a conservative-leaning Thomas-Franz. “It’s more of a doin. He also informs members er Forum, whose focus is bring-
“Through Chegg and other online purchasing, students think tank based in Washington support structure.” of the council of different op- ing underrepresented political
were able to save money on acquiring their learning material. D.C. The first event sponsored by This support does not con- portunities, such as events or voices to campus, their use of
Price comparisons with eCampus lead us to believe that we’ll the Eisenhower Forum was Hen- stitute a sponsorship because conferences, and sometimes rec- resources from external organi-
be able to maintain or reduce costs for students even more,” ry Olsen’s lecture in November external organizations are not ommends speakers, though he zations can have a negative con-
said Kennedy. and was also partially funded by permitted to give funding direct- stressed that the student groups notation.
Unlike Chegg, the eCampus website shows marketplace pric- the government and legal stud- ly to the College or to chartered remain independent of AEI. “I think the problem is, unfor-
ing in addition to the cost of books from its own warehouse, ies department. The process for student groups, said Nate Hintze, “Ultimately they were in the tunately—not that I would like it
which will allow students to compare prices across many differ- receiving support from external director of Student Activities. driving seat of what conversa- to be this way—but when people
ent vendors on its website. organizations is not in violation of For this reason, external organi- tions they thought were essential think of non-school affiliated
Furthermore eCampus offers a longer return period than Student Activities Funding Com- zations are not listed on posters for this campus,” he said. political groups, you get about
Chegg. With Chegg students have to return books within two mittee (SAFC) guidelines, but it for events even though they may Hintze made clear the case of three steps in and then you get
weeks of purchase, while eCampus will allow students to return is also not explicitly addressed in have supported the event or cov- AEI and the Eisenhower Forum straight to, ‘oh we just want to
books up to 21 days after the start of classes. these rules. ered some costs. is not singular. Other national bring Milo [Yiannopoulos] to
The new vendor will also streamline the return process by Bringing Skerry, professor of For the funding to not consti- organizations have the potential campus,’ or inflammatory speak-
setting up a pop-up return station at the end of the semester political science at Boston Col- tute a sponsorship, the speaker to support campus groups, just as ers, which really is the opposite
where students can return their books. eCampus will proceed to lege and a senior fellow at the receives separate payments from other campus groups may reach of what we’re trying to do,” said
ship them back in bulk. Through Chegg, students have to ship Brookings Institution, to campus the College and AEI. out to national organizations to Thomas-Franz. “Essentially the
rental return and buyback books on campus individually. cost $1,500, of which AEI cov- “The bottom line is the fund- request support. idea is that we want to have the
Bowdoin’s eCampus website will go live on July 15, at which ered $500, and the Eisenhower ing doesn’t come to Bowdoin,” “A lot of these national or- resources so that we can bring
point students will be able to begin purchasing books for their Forum requested the remaining he said. “Bowdoin doesn’t accept ganizations do have ways to academics, as in not inflammato-
fall semester classes. $1,000 from SAFC. When Olsen outside sponsorship funds for help with speakers and different ry academics, to campus.”
spoke last fall, AEI covered his speakers, and if a student group events,” he said. Jimenez echoed this idea, say-
travel costs and lodging, amount- wants to bring a speaker, that’s “If the [Bowdoin Democrats] ing that the two speakers spon-
ing to $250, and the remainder the prerogative of the student wanted to bring more speakers, sored by AEI represent moderate

was paid for by the Eisenhower organization.” they’re totally at liberty to do so. viewpoints.
Forum and the government and Academic Programs Associate But right now the Eisenhower “Really, the goal is to have very
legal studies department. for AEI and Bowdoin alum David Forum is really ambitious in their in-depth, thoughtful conversa-
In order to receive external Jimenez ’16 helped to forge this programming goals,” he added. tions about policy, as opposed to
Visit bowdoinorient.com/advertise support, a student group must link between the campus and the Smart Women Securities politics. This is not meant to be
or email orientads@bowdoin.edu for details. reach out to an external organi- think tank. Jimenez also founded (SWS) is one such group that partisan,” he said. “So the idea
zation, which may or may not Eisenhower Forum during his se- receives support beyond SAFC. that we’re trying to be an ideolog-
agree to provide funding. In the nior year at Bowdoin. SWS is a Bowdoin chapter of a ical Trojan horse for any agenda
case of AEI, the Bowdoin AEI The department that he works national parent organization of is just not accurate.”
Executive Council was created in is responsible for outreach the same name and has direct ac- Ezra Rice ’19, who is also a
last fall to foster the connection to college campuses that have cess to the parent organization’s member of the AEI Executive
between campus groups and the demonstrated interest in creating resources, unlike Eisenhower Fo- Council and a leader of the
national organization. a group similar to the Executive rum, which must go through the Eisenhower Forum, hopes stu-
The Executive Council is not Council. Jimenez said that AEI AEI Executive Council to gain dents look beyond its relation-
a programming body in the way is active on over 100 campuses access to AEI’s resources. ship to the SAFC, acknowledg-
that other student groups are, ex- across the country. Though SWS has not yet ing how AEI has supported his
plained McKenna Thomas-Franz “The goal is not to really so used funding from its national group’s endeavors.
’19, one of the members of the much start entirely new organi- organization since obtaining its “I hope all groups get all the
council and a leader of the Eisen- zations, but to try to identify what charter last fall, having that possi- necessary funding by whatever
hower Forum. It is unchartered, students, what faculty, what insti- bility was helpful during its “soft- means they can,” he said. “It would
and is more accurately described tutions are already advancing this launch process,” when the group make it easier for everybody.”

Skerry on immigration: ‘It’s not about your grandmother’

immigration policy is one of the the impacts of this historic in-
by Emily Cohen reasons why leaders of the Ei- flux and respond constructively
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senhower Forum, the sponsor of to it,” Skerry said.
Yesterday afternoon, Peter the event, wanted to bring him This “racial minority” frame-
Skerry, a professor of political to campus. work is the legacy of the Civil
science at Boston College and “I think [Skerry] will bring up Rights Movement, Skerry said,
a senior fellow at the Brookings more of the constructive argu- and the methods and rhetoric
Institution, shared his views on ments or desires of restrictions of African American activists
immigration policy in a talk ti- on immigration or critiques has been applied (with varying
tled “It’s Not About Your Grand- of immigration or just general degrees of appropriateness) to
mother! Some Dispassionate qualms that can be discussed in many other groups’ causes in-
Reflections on Immigration.” a way that’s productive, basical- cluding the current immigrant
Drawing on trends and atti- ly,” said McKenna Thomas-Franz debate. However, Skerry finds
tudes towards immigration to ’19, one of the presidents of the the comparison of Hispanics to
the United States the past three Eisenhower Forum. “He might African Americans flawed be-
decades, Skerry aimed to point have an unpopular opinion on cause the groups have different
out flaws in both the left’s and immigration, but it’s not a disre- histories and have had different
right’s dominant narratives on spectful one.” experiences in their movement
immigration. Skerry argued that the Unit- to the United States.
For this reason, Skerry ad- ed States could have avoided the Further, Skerry argued that
mitted that his talk had evolved, current debate about immigra- the primary beneficiaries of im-
and that title was no longer tion, which often devolves into migration are the immigrants
entirely fitting. Instead he pro- one side calling the other racist. themselves and wealthy Amer- ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
posed the title, “It’s All in Our At the crux of his argument is icans who employ immigrants, SKERRY SPEAKING: Political science professor at Boston College and fellow at the Brookings Institution Peter
Heads!” the framing of the Hispanic, whether or not they are docu- Skerry explained his ‘dispassionate’ view on immigration to a crowd in the Pickering Room.
“What I mean, of course, is that and particularly Mexican, im- mented. ing of public resources, among to them, but there is some reason suggest that the reality is a whole
our reaction to this historic wave migrant population as a racial At the same time, he asserted, other effects. for the strains that we’ve had, but lot more complicated than that.”
of immigrants does not, at least in minority group comparable to this group of upper-middle to “These complaints get brand- we don’t want to face up to them While in his talk he did not
my opinion, reflect the reality on African Americans. upper-class Americans is that ed as anti-immigrant, bigoted because we constantly place intend to propose a resolution to
the ground,” he said. “I think both “Treating them and thinking most likely to “point its finger to and racist, as if there’s no ratio- them in this racial category and the immigration debate, he was
the benefits of mass immigration of them as a racial minority the other Americans,” meaning nal basis for them at all. I would denounce those who are voicing unequivocal about the negative
… as well as the costs and the neg- group is part of a racial frame poor unemployed whites and submit to you, that there’s often a them as racist.” nature of the current “racial-mi-
ative impacts of that in migration, in our politics that includes af- label them as bigoted for com- rational basis for them,” he said. “When we react to those peo- nority framing” of Hispanic im-
have been greatly exaggerated and firmative action policies and so plaining about the presence of “Doesn’t mean that they don’t ple, the thinking and the word migrant groups.
misunderstood on all sides of the forth, that I would argue have immigrants and their impact often get exaggerated by people that always comes out is that “In fairness to all parts of
debate.” made it very, very difficult to on communities. He cited over- who are frustrated because they they’re racist,” he added. “And America, I think we need to re-
Skerry’s rational approach to rationally and reasonably assess crowding of schools and strain- don’t feel like anybody’s listening I’ve obviously been trying to think this framing of the issue.”
4 NEWS Friday, April 6, 2018


MAKESHIFT COFFEE HOUSE: (LEFT): Amber Rock ’19 shares her opinion on gun use and ownership at Wednes-
day’s event. (RIGHT): Founder of Makeshift Coffee House Craig Freshley moderated the discussion.

Students, community share different perspectives on guns

Craig Freshley in January. An- with,” said Ancona. are beneficial. conversation. He enjoys en- lenged me to think about the
by Harrison West cona noted that the topic of guns On Wednesday night, the Most people who spoke at gaging with Bowdoin students issue from perspectives I hadn’t
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has not been discussed much on conversation largely consisted the event believed in tighter about controversial topics. fully considered,” said Dubay.
Bowdoin students and Bruns- campus but is very relevant in of sharing personal experiences regulation of the kinds of guns “Most of the time we’re on the Freshley founded Makeshift
wick residents gathered in Mor- Maine. and opinions. There was little dis- that people can buy and the other side of the argument with Coffee House after the 2016
rell Lounge on Wednesday night “We thought this would be a cussion of the role of the NRA in amount of training required each other, but we have great election in hopes to encourage
to share their perspectives on gun good topic where sharing opin- American politics, interpretations to own a gun. A few expressed conversations, and this was ba- people of different political
rights and gun control. The con- ions across the Bowdoin commu- of the Second Amendment or the fear of accidents which can re- sically an enlarged version of views to talk about topics when
versation was part of the What nity and the greater Brunswick particulars of local, state and na- sult from children having easy that,” Foley said. they don’t see eye to eye.
Matters series, organized by the community could be really use- tional gun regulation. access to guns at home. Noah Dubay ’19 also spoke Reflecting on the event he
Joseph McKeen Center for the ful,” said Ancona. A few people talked about the Jay Foley, who lives in during the event, arguing that noted that many Bowdoin stu-
Common Good and Makeshift The event was not planned in important role of hunting in their Brunswick and served in the guns are usually indicative of dents, who come from around
Coffee House, an organization response to the Parkland, Flor- life—as a source of food and a way U.S. Marine Corps, said that broader problems within a so- the country, bring perspectives
that facilitates open conversations ida shooting in February or the to connect with the world around he fears for the freedom of a ciety. Afterwards, they said that that most Mainers wouldn’t usu-
about various topics all around movement that has grown in re- them—while others discussed country with an armed mili- they felt the event accomplished ally hear, while Mainers bring
Maine. sponse to it, although the shoot- times where they believed having tary and police and a disarmed its purpose, which was not de- perspectives, especially related
This event follows a similar ing undoubtedly gave the topic an a gun did—or would have—pro- population. He feels that gun bate or persuasion but rather to guns, that are unfamiliar to
conversation with Makeshift even greater urgency. tected them or their families from ownership is an unfortunate yet for people to listen to each oth- most Bowdoin students.
Coffee House about morality and “This conversation was going a criminal. necessary liberty. er and learn about more where “I learned some new things
politics that took place in the fall. to be timely no matter what, but Other attendees argued that Foley said that his opinions people’s opinions come from. and I think it was pretty well
Tom Ancona, associate director I think it has become more timely, access to guns only causes more on the topic were set and did “My personal stance on the balanced. It was great to have
of the McKeen Center, said that and there’s a lot of people who are violence. Amber Rock ’19 said not change as a result of the topic hasn’t changed—I didn’t young people and older people,
he began planning the event with looking to have a conversation that in her experience, she has event but that he appreciates expect it to, plus it wasn’t the Bowdoin people and communi-
Makeshift Coffee House leader with people who they disagree seen no situation where guns this kind of thought-provoking point of the event—but it chal- ty people,” Freshley said.

REED one of Reed’s primary goals at

Bowdoin. Though he notes that
job weighing that in our deci-
sion to promote them or move
get challenged,” he added.
Faculty diversity is only one
students who aren’t from diverse
backgrounds to better under-
He views diversity as central
it is a difficult job, Reed believes them along toward tenure,” said part of Reed’s larger vision of stand diversity and inclusion. to Bowdoin’s mission of produc-
thinking and planning about how diverse faculty have a lot to offer Reed. raising underrepresented voices “For me a large part of the di- ing effective leaders and respon-
we can move forward,” he said. the College. For one, they often “Their presence also makes inside the classroom. He sug- versity work is work that needs sible citizens.
Reed hopes to move the oth- serve as resources to students a difference sometimes in the gests that faculty members have to be done by the population’s “These are liberal arts ideas,”
er stakeholder groups further from underrepresented back- expansion of the subject matter. to work to create open spaces dominant culture. The diverse Reed said. “If we just hold our-
along on what he has dubbed grounds. Currently, 15 percent You can look at lots of institu- and to encourage engagement. populations and cultures, by selves true to what we say that
the “diversity continuum”—with of full-time faculty are members tions and when they came up “Part of what we can do is to definition, have had to learn to we’re about, that’s natural support
a goal of increasing diversity in of minority groups, according to with programs like Hispanic deliberately create atmospheres navigate these spaces,” he said. for diversity. When I first got here
all parts of the College. the College’s Common Data Set, studies, Africana studies, wom- within the classroom where all “They’ve had to insert them- one of the things that struck me
“We need more faculty of compared to about 36 percent of en and gender studies. You students feel comfortable engag- selves in the existing culture was the Offer of the College. It
color, we need more women in students. know when those studies came ing and sharing their ideas and and figure out how it works. says ‘To be at home in all lands
the STEM fields, we certainly “For a lot of our diverse about? They came about when have faculty trained to create What I advocate is not having and all ages.’ That encompasses
need greater representation on faculty, we call that invisible those people arrived. That’s those kinds of environments.” diverse populations have to as- everything. If we produce stu-
the staff side as well with respect service. Many of them want to when they also began to flour- Reed believes that students similate as much as how do we dents who can do that, who can
to race and ethnicity,” said Reed. do it and in some respects as an ish. That’s also when some of the are a central part of this effort. enrich the culture and expand be at home in all lands and all
Increasing faculty diversity is institution we don’t do a good traditional curriculum began to He hopes that his work will help the mainstream to be more in- ages, we’ve nailed this thing.”

RICE honorary degree in 1984. Four of

Rice’s uncles and two cousins are
Hillhouse similarly reflected
that he did not have the visceral
concern and sadness that many
alumni feel about the direction
interview with the Orient.
“I applaud Bowdoin for
the Board decided that would
be something to honor.”
also Bowdoin alumni. reaction that many did to her of the College,” said Martin Gray hopefully having recognized The honorary degrees are sub-
service disqualified her from Vincent DiCara ’72, who nomination. ’59 in a phone interview with that this was going to gener- divided into fields, with Ngozi
the degree. also commented online, felt “When you look at the other Orient. ate some reaction and saying, Adichie receiving the Honorary
“I didn’t think it was out- that the backlash against Rice recipients from the honorary However, others were ‘we’re aware of it and we’re go- Degree Doctor of Letters, Cech
rageous or a disgrace—I just went too far. While he admits degrees at Bowdoin, for ex- pleased in the perceived direc- ing head on into it,’” said Liu. the Honorary Degree Doctor of
thought it was a mistake,” said she is not a perfect candidate, ample Ambassador Rice’s own tion that the College is taking “Because, again, I do think she Science, and Rice the Honorary
Hillhouse in a phone interview he feels that she has become a mother: super choice. She was a with her nomination. is very worthy.” Degree Doctor of Laws.
with the Orient. scapegoat in foreign policy. hero in the field of education— Jared Liu ’99 worked on John The College announced the Cech, too, has a strong famil-
Honorands are typically “This is an honorary degree absolutely worthy recipient,” Kerry’s presidential campaign honorary degree recipients in ial tie with the college. In 2003,
selected based on two themes: for somebody, who in my view said Hillhouse. “But, as it goes at the same time as Rice. While late March. In addition to Rice, Cech delivered the James Stacy
significant contributions to the when I look at her career, is a to Ambassador Rice, I found it he says that his interactions Nigerian-born author Chim- Coles Lecture, as well as a pub-
field in which they operate and Stanford University graduate, a questionable.” with her were brief, Liu thinks amanda Ngozi Adichie and lic lecture on his research. Rose
a connection either to Bowdoin Rhodes Scholar, somebody who Some alumni expressed that she is a worthy candidate. Nobel laureate Thomas R. Cech emphasized the shared values
or to Maine. However, the latter has worked in public service Rice’s nomination was emblem- “I just think she represen- will receive honorary degrees. between Cech and Bowdoin as
is not true for all honorands most of her life,” said DiCara in a atic of what they perceived to tative of the best that we have “Chimamanda Adichie is a one of the reasons for the degree.
this year; Ngozi Adichie is a phone interview with the Orient. be a larger disconnect between in this country, and I’m proud remarkable author, public in- “He is deeply committed to
notable exception. “I think what we do when we are the current administration and to have known her. I’m proud tellectual, and her engagement undergraduate education and I
Rice’s connection to the Col- so critical of people like her is, the alumni. that Bowdoin would recognize with the great issues of our day believe still teaches a freshman
lege runs deep, as her late mother, among other things, we are really “I think the very choice of this kind of service and back- has been quite remarkable,” chemistry course at the University
Dr. Lois Dickson Rice, received an speaking ill of public service.” Dr. Rice reveals that really great ground,” said Liu in a phone said Rose. “The Committee and of Colorado–Boulder,” said Rose.
Friday, April 6, 2018 NEWS 5

Asian Heritage Month spreads cultural awareness

by Lowell Ruck tage Month, an opportunity to spired by the nationwide ob- such as the first arrivals of Students Association (SASA), of color and that we do have a
Orient Staff reflect on and discuss the im- servance of Asian American Japanese immigrants and the Chinese Language and Cul- voice in sharing our own cul-
This month, Bowdoin’s portance of Asian and Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage completion of the Transcon- ture Club (CLCC), Japanese ture and our heritage.
Asian Students Alliance American identities and to Month in May, which com- tinental Railroad, Bowdoin’s Students Association (JSA), For my three years here,
(ASA) will host Asian Heri- celebrate their diversity. In- memorates important dates Asian Heritage Month will in- Korean American Students the big thing I’ve learned is
clude discussions with artists, Association (KASA) and the to have open dialogue and
media icons and other prom- International Students Associ- create spaces and opportuni-
inent figures in the Asian ation (ISA). ties for it. I think the biggest
American and wider Asian Rustanavibul noted in par- thing is trying to understand
community. ticular that ASA has in recent that people are from different
According to Chareeda years encouraged activism backgrounds and different
Rustanavibul ’18, co-presi- and has provided a means for exposure levels, and some are
dent of ASA, the organiza- those who identify as Asian to from homogenous areas and
tion’s original celebrations tell their own story. some are not,” she said.
have grown to include a much “Since my first year, I would In light of its goal to ex-
broader selection of events say ASA has taken more of a plore and promote diverse
and a much more inclusive, stance especially here on our viewpoints within the Asian
campus-wide focus. campus. There’s always this community, ASA has invited a
“Last year was the first year conception of the model mi- host of speakers for Asian Her-
that we decided to extend nority, that Asians aren’t peo- itage Month, including Clara
[Asian Heritage Month] of- ple of color, that Asians are C, a prominent musician and
ficially to a month. This year basically white … and with YouTuber, and Jenny Yang, a
we’re just keeping the tradi- the rise of the ‘tequila’ party comedian best known for her
tion going … to celebrate and and the ‘gangster’ party, all this work with Buzzfeed and Com-
generate more cultural aware- stuff that has created more ten- edy Central. Other events will
ness here on campus, specifi- sion. We’ve had more events, include a discussion of social
cally within Asian American more activism, more discus- justice in education led by Dr.
identities [and] Asian Pacific sion. And I feel like since my Kevin Kumashiro, a workshop
Islanders. And so a lot of the freshman year, we’ve had a big on art and perceptions of race,
events that we are putting on transition to becoming more as well as discussions of Asian
are to get more of that across prominent in this activist cul- American masculinity and a
our campus. So we’re trying ture and highlighting these screening of a documentary on
to address it from a different important issues that are over- the Chinese Exclusion Act.
variety of perspectives, a dif- looked by the community and Both Rustanavibul and
ferent variety of identities,” society,” Rustanavibul said. Kang look forward to sharing
she said. ASA co-president Arah these events with the Bowdoin
ASA’s mission has also Kang ’19 affirmed the group’s community.
grown with its programming. commitment to this dialogue. “Our mission statement is
While its focus was initially “I think the biggest thing to build solidarity based on
much smaller, the group has that we push for is that you these common experiences of
expanded to include more don’t have to be Asian to be Asians and Asian Americans.
Asian identities and is closely involved with ASA. We want And so we feel that with these
associated with both the Stu- to be as inclusive as possible. It events we’re able to highlight
dent Center for Multicultural would be nice to spread aware- that more and showcase a
EZRA SUNSHINE, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT Life and other related groups, ness and to gain recognition broad variety of different ex-
‘BUILDING A MOVEMENT:’ Dr. Kevin Kumashiro spoke yesterday about new ways to frame educational reform. including the South Asian that Asian people are people periences,” Rustanavibul said.

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6 FEATURES Friday, April 6, 2018

Untested complicity, A+ potential:
Curricular reform can relieve students of color from burden of teaching race
by Sydney Avitia-Jacques,
cultural appropriation said, they sensed
their peers’ expectation to be experts on
How many classes shaped students’ thinking about diversity?
Sophie Cowen and Joyce Kim
Orient Contributers
race: “My friend who is white […] kind For most subjects, courses did not shape their thinking about diversity
of made me feel dumb that I didn’t un-
This article is the second installment derstand what was going on.” Another
in the Diversity Matters series where stu- expressed feeling “outed as being a per-
dents in the Diversity in Higher Education son of color,” and therefore presumed to More than
One or two None
seminar present research based on inter- be able to talk about race intelligently. a couple
views with 58 seniors. The expectation of students of color to 34% 53%
be actively-participating experts on cam-
Students can easily go through Bow- pus racial issues allows white students
doin with color-blind understandings to either ignore the fact of race or defer
0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100%
of race unchallenged and undisrupted. to their peers of color instead of being
People who have this color-blind view pushed to address the issues themselves. COMPILED BY DREW MACDONALD. SOURCE: “UNDERSTANDING DIVERSITY.”
tend to believe that the best way to solve ••• are completely bereft of meaningful dis- take the same foundational ESD course apply their understanding of inequity to
racial inequity is by ignoring racial dif- Studying diversity and racial inequity course on inequity at all. providing them with a shared structural their academic pursuits, as well as their
ferences. Ironically, not “seeing” race ex- is a qualitatively and numerically limited This educational void creates serious understanding of race (not to mention personal and political lives.
acerbates racial inequity by overlooking part of the Bowdoin academic experi- consequences, specifically, charging stu- class, gender, etc.) that helps their racial These proposed changes to the ESD
the structures and institutions that have ence; furthermore when taken, classes dents with marginalized identities with discussions be more productive. ESD requirement were presented to the Cur-
been built to benefit white people at the that address these issues often do so the unpaid labor of sharing personal ex- course could also be tailored within spe- riculum Implementation Committee
expense of people of color. Similarly, the insufficiently. For one, not all professors periences and explaining basic concepts cific majors, so that students in all disci- and the Curriculum and Educational
College does little to rise above multicul- address current events and concerns in to their peers. One student of color felt plines would be familiar with how race Policy Committee in late February. They
turalism that encourages learning from their classrooms. One student described this sort of sharing in the classroom was affects their specific area of focus. were received well and we hope to see the
others with different racial backgrounds struggling as some professors “just kept actually “a way for white people to hear We believe it is the duty of faculty committee include the campus in further
without acknowledging the power im- going on with their day” in the midst of ... more sides ... for their benefit.” While committees to parse out the specific im- discussion about future changes as their
balance between “multicultural” stu- racially-charged controversies on cam- white students sometimes described plementation of this new requirement work progresses. By expanding effective
dents and the white students who learn pus. Also, few majors require classes being in class with students of color as and the institution’s responsibility to education on inequity for the entire
from them. that investigate inequity: within the top personally enriching, “really helpful” implement these changes, as it is essen- student body, Bowdoin strengthens its
As course selection approaches, we eight majors for students in the classes of and “valuable” as sources of informa- tial that students graduate with a robust long-term commitment to social justice
turn to investigate how classes have 2017 and 2018, there are only five ESD tion to “enhance ... academic thinking,” understanding of inequity. and its core value of the Common Good.
helped students understand difference, classes listed for this academic year. This many students of color struggled with It is beyond the scope of this research It helps students develop habits of critical
how most coursework falls short of ad- distribution suggests that the majority of the weighty obligation of representa- to design a new curriculum about race thinking and encourages involvement in
dressing inequity and what curricular Bowdoin students opt into coursework tion. Some students of color expressed and inequity; however, based on re- issues of inequity which influences indi-
changes Bowdoin needs. that rarely confronts social difference. feeling like they need to speak on be- search into other colleges’ curriculums viduals’ political and social practices for
Our research finds that: However, classrooms have the pow- half of a whole group of people of their and building on recommendations pro- the rest of their lives.
1. Bowdoin has next-to-no required er to draw all students into critical demographic. One expressed feeling posed by sociologists Camille Charles Next week, we will turn to an analysis
instruction or programming about race thinking about inequity by provid- tokenized: “There’s always a moment in and Rory Kramer in their study of ineq- of the racially-charged controversies that
and its existing programing is limited in ing spaces for students to partake in which you notice that, like, ‘Oh my God, uity at Bowdoin, we propose the princi- consumed campus between fall 2014
effect. professor-facilitated discussions. Of I’m the only black person in this class’ ... ples essential to a new ESD requirement. and spring 2016. Our work will address
2. Courses (which are the most pos- the students who mentioned positive and you just feel like you have to repre- Most importantly, the ESD coursework the differences in response among stu-
itively-viewed sites for conversations experiences with race-related conver- sent the black people.” must be: centered on language of power dents and by the College, as well as the
about race) largely and often fail to ad- sation, 36 percent had experiences that The students who take on this bur- and inequity, made relevant to the con- variation in the way students remember
dress inequity—racial or otherwise. The occurred in a classroom setting. Class- den, in addition to all of their other ac- temporary period, personal, representa- these moments.
Exploring Social Differences (ESD) dis- es, particularly those in the humanities ademic and extracurricular responsibili- tive, intersectional and prerequisite. This This article also draws from analyses
tribution requirement does not current- and social sciences, were the only form ties on campus, are not only taxed by the will ensure students have the tools to by Julia Conley and Diana Furukawa.
ly appear to fulfill its purpose, but has of involvement in campus racial issues emotional labor of educating their peers,

Suggestions for strengthening

potential to establish students’ baseline that students interviewed unanimous- but also discouraged by the limited suc-
comprehension of inequity. ly said improved their understanding cesses of their earnest efforts. This stress
3. The lack of race-related program- of race. Our research found that class is only compounded by the discomfort

the ESD requirement

ming and the failings of most academic discussions can encourage students and pressure women and students of
spaces to generate meaningful discus- to critically examine their own ra- color especially already report feeling in
sions about race burdens students of cial identity and provide a positive the classroom. One man of color, for ex-
color to teach their white peers. space for students to process campus ample, said, “people here think that I’m
Apart from the recently-developed controversies. One student said their breaking the stereotype of being a Latino The suggestions below build upon Camille Z. Charles and Rory
“More than Meets the Eye” first-year involvement in the Africana Studies male for being here on campus” because Kramer’s proposed changes in their “Report on Diversity and Inclu-
Orientation programming, Bowdoin Program “has been really integral to “people think that Latino males are not sion” and are supported by our findings. Most importantly, the ESD
requires no race-related education for its my interactions with diversity on this as successful academically.” As a result, coursework must be:
students. Furthermore, our data suggest campus,” describing how learning hard he said, “it just puts me on an unlivable 1. Centered on language of power and inequity. Acknowl-
that the impacts of programs like Inter- facts and deepening their understand- standard.” edgement of societal inequities must undergird the coursework and
group Dialogue and community discus- ing of racism’s “historical context” Without an institutionally supported readings of the course, such that students address the structural roots
sions—designed to critically delve into have made it easier for them to discuss emphasis on engaging with racial pol- and repercussions of oppression. The course must be taught, in other
broadly defined issues of race—are lim- diversity. Another student expressed itics and other issues of difference and words, with a power-analysis frame. Pomona College’s “Analyzing
ited and participation is self-selecting. As gratitude for an anthropology profes- inequity, Bowdoin places the responsi- Difference” requirement may serve as an example.
one student of color reflected: “If there is sor who, after a campus controversy bility of educating students about these 2. Contemporary. While a historical basis is important, students
... a talk about diversity, it’s always attend- during their sophomore year, led a important topics on the shoulders of need to make connections between past and present, gaining the tools
ed by the same exact people and never class discussion without “assum[ing] marginalized students. Unlike profes- to engage with contemporary controversies on campus and beyond.
by the people that actually need to hear that everyone knows about cultural sors and trained staff, students of color 3. Personal. The course must prompt meaningful student reflection
it the most—white people.” Additionally, appropriation.” The professor helped are uncompensated for teaching other and challenge them to consider where they fit into modern structures
of the students who discussed partaking clarify the situation for students who students. No school should expect its of power. The course must, as described in Williams College’s “Explor-
in these conversations at Bowdoin, 83 were confused about cultural appro- students to educate their peers in such ing Diversity Initiative Requirement,” be “self-conscious.”
percent mentioned instances when neg- priation and “didn’t know where the a grossly imbalanced manner, which 4. Representative. The course must go beyond topical accuracy; it
ative experiences with or perceptions of line was.” These few mentions of class permits students graduate with unin- also matters which voices are telling the story, historically and present-
these campus programs led them to feel as a meaningful space for discussions terrupted color-blind ideas of race, un- ly. While the College slowly chips away at its faculty diversity goals, it
discouraged from entering future struc- on race and difference demonstrate derprepared for the changing world and is important that in the meantime students are engaging with tradi-
tured conversations. Students confused the utility of classrooms for racial ed- geared to reproduce social inequities. tionally marginalized perspectives in the classroom. Professors must be
by racial issues felt these programs were ucation, but also suggest that its reach ••• intentional about featuring a body of readings from non-white, male
not good platforms to ask honest ques- must be expanded. Since most courses at Bowdoin do authors who have historically dominated most academic fields.
tions and gain a better understanding Every student is required to take an not explicitly tackle inequity, the ESD 5. Intersectional. Class, race, ability, gender and sexuality do not
of race, and ultimately increased racial ESD that purportedly fulfills the goal distribution requirement shoulders a operate in isolation in our society. Coursework should reflect the
divides because of their self-selecting of “develop[ing] awareness and critical heavy task and fails. In the next few complex intersections of privileges and oppressions, rather than focus
nature. understanding of differences.” However, years, the Curriculum Implementation on a unidimensional narrative.
The College fails at educating all stu- more than half of interviewees asked Committee and the Curriculum and 6. Prerequisite. Issues of inequity are foundational and transferable
dents about race despite an overwhelm- about diversity and academic experience Educational Policy Committee will re- to all areas of study. For this reason, students must take their ESD
ing need for this education. This is a said that none of their classes had shaped evaluate the ESD and IP distribution course sometime during in their first three semesters at Bowdoin,
need that has been acknowledged at the their thinking about diversity. While requirements and potential changes. before declaring their major. This way, students who (by virtue of their
institutional level with the creation of the some of this may be explained by the We see this as an opportunity to rethink major) typically take just one ESD course during their Bowdoin career
Senior Vice President for Diversity and durability of color-blind understandings how Bowdoin educates students about will have the tools to apply their understanding of inequity to their
Inclusion and a need that is not partic- of race among students, it also points to inequity—racial and otherwise. Changes academic pursuits, as well as their personal and political lives.
ular to white students. As one student the fact that many classes—including to the curriculum could take on various
of color unfamiliar with the concept of some meeting the ESD requirement— shapes, for example, students could all

Friday, April 6, 2018



LOOKING FOR ALASKA: Rachel Zafren ’18 grew up in Anchorage,

Alaska. Zafren is currently a member of Bowdoin’s nordic ski team and
spent much of her free time growing up in the state’s outdoors, training
to ski in the same parks as olympic athletes.

True north: reflecting on life in Alaska

mountainside on our butts. I healthy lifestyles and fitness. middle school or “sending” a putting in some hard work,” skiers competed for the Unit-
by Mitchel Jurasek grew up having a lot of fun, Zafren—a Nordic skier who cliff on skis in the 9th grade, Zafren said. ed States. That means that
Orient Staff hiking, biking, skiing, being trained in Alaska and now Alaskan children push them- Recently on a trek back Alaskan Nordic skiers took up
Scuffed Carhartts, funky encouraged to get outside and skis for Bowdoin—explained selves to their limits. to my hometown of Talkeet- half of the U.S. Nordic team.
mountain art and red walls spend time with people in the that many of the races and The state is known for be- na, my father told me that “The ski community here
keep the warmth inside Kala- outdoors.” events put on in the city are ing rugged, with some of the Zafren’s grandfather was his is so supportive, helpful and
di Brothers Coffee during the “A lot of that is my family, fully supported by some its most temperamental, harsh pediatrician. Talkeetna is a vibrant. You train with and
dark winter months, when a but it’s also due to the town,” most famous businesses. climates on Earth and healthy small climbing community see Olympians often, like
cup of coffee is about 130 de- she said. Although Anchorage “So many businesses in circulation of the bush plane. about a two and a half hour Kikkan Randall. This is her
grees hotter than the tempera- has over 400,000 residents, Alaska give back and support These small but sturdy planes drive from Anchorage, but the fifth Olympics and she is out
ture outside. Although Rachel when locals refer to Anchor- things not for commercial are equipped with one or two small town feel of Anchorage there skiing right along with
Zafren ’18 spends most of her age, they often call it “the reasons, but because we have propellers and act as the only is extrapolated and can be felt us and advocating for healthy
year away from Anchorage, town.” such a tight-knit community method of transportation across the state. Zafren’s fam- futures,” Zafren said.
every other customer is com- “The town” is full of and the people who run these for people in 80 percent of ily happens to have a cabin Kikkan Randall is an icon
ing up to talk to her. quirks. Flannels, Carhartt businesses genuinely care the state. All Alaska’s public in Talkeetna. Last summer, I in Alaska community. This
Zafren makes a bold claim: overalls, Swix ski pants and about the community. Places roads total little over 12,823 ran—or rather, roller-skied— year, along with being one
you can’t find a place more clogs are common fashion like Moose’s Tooth Pizza (fa- miles. Vermont, sixty-two into Zafren on a bike path of the only mothers at the
beautiful, more unique or a choices among its citizens. mously rated the third best times smaller than Alaska, there. games, she became (along
better community to grow up The XtraTuf rubber mud pizzeria in the United States has more. With all of that raw Sporting ski gear and with Jessie Diggins) part of
in than Anchorage, Alaska. boot, which approximate- by TripAdvisor) and Kaladi land and wild weather, people eavesdropping on other pa- the first gold medal podium
Anchorage offers more ly 40 percent of the coffee Brothers Coffee support so need to know how to get grit- trons discussing the wax of in U.S. Nordic history at the
than just tall snowy peaks shop’s customers are wearing, many things I care about, like ty and work hard. the day, Zafren and I talked Olympics.
with glaciers flowing from have recently released ocean- ski teams and running races Nordic skiing, and the
their crevices into the sea—
yes, even more than views of
themed prints in their liners.
This way, after using them
and community events,” Zaf-
ren said. When I travel I can tell community it fosters, is eu-
phoric and wild to Zafren.
the ominous Denali, the tall-
est mountain in North Amer-
on a fishing vessel (where the
brand originated), you can
The hard work of these
businesses is seen not only
how far away from Alaska She tries to enjoy the sport
in every season, whether that
ica, and the glistening purple roll down the top and show as a result of the owners and I am by the mannerisims be in the blistering -30 degree

and clothing styles that are

and green northern lights off an octopus or sea star as their workers, but also as an December weather, roller-ski-
dancing like silk in sky. The you strut around the town. effect of the community’s ef- ing in the sun or crust skiing

inhabitants of this northern “When I travel I can tell fort to shop local and boost in the spring on wind-blown
paradise know this, and so how far away from Alaska I the economy. The tight-knit mountain sides (her personal
you won’t usually catch a local am by the mannerisms and culture of this state means favorite).
gawking at the landscape. The clothing styles that are dif- that locals want to support –Rachel Zafren ’18 Zafren seemed hesitant
people who live in this wild ferent. In Anchorage, people their neighbors and are hesi- when I asked her whether
heaven continuously find famously don’t care what you tant to big box stores. “Everyone is all so hard- local celebrity and Kincaid she would live anywhere else.
ways to take advantage of all are wearing. I can go to the “We still didn’t get Target core. My grandpa was the snow conditions. Kincaid She knows that she probably
it has to offer. grocery store in pajamas or until I was in high school,” first pediatrician in Alas- Park is a 1,400-acre area filled won’t be able to come back to
“The access to the out- ski wear and no one cares,” Zafren said. ka—back when it was more with old-growth forest and ski her home directly after col-
doors in Alaska is really un- Zafren said. “But also in what Kids in Alaska aren’t used rugged than it is now—so trail. In January, it looks like a lege, but eventually hopes to
paralleled by anywhere I have we do. Like I know a lot of to hanging out at the mall anyone who is my parent’s Narnia winter wonderland. settle in the same town her
been, and any place I can people who are like, ‘I’m gon- or lounging around the lo- age probably had him as their The same park that Zafren grandparents did. The oppor-
think of,” Zafren said. “I love na go fishing or hiking and cal multinational retail con- doctor. My grandmother flew and I have trained in for years tunities Alaska naturally pro-
that my friends and I hang biking and that’s how I’m go- glomerate. From a young age a bush plane and had a clinic is used by some of the most vides would be hard to find
out by hiking a mountain or ing to spend my social time,’’’ the residents of the state are for prostitutes. So I think it is elite athletes in America. Out elsewhere.
skiing. I have vivid memo- she continued. given opportunities in the interesting, because everyone of the eighteen Alaska sent “I’m from such a cool place
ries of hiking up a mountain Although it may appear outdoors that some deem ex- is connected here and also to the 2018 Winter Olympics and I try to take advantage of
called O’Malley in the spring laid back, Anchorage fos- treme. Whether it be running everyone sets a real example in Pyeongchang, twelve were all it has to offer. And Alaska
and sliding down the snowy ters a community that values up a mountain with friends in of what you can do by just Nordic skiers and ten of those offers a lot,” she said.
8 FEATURES Friday, April 6, 2018


HOME AWAY FROM HOME: The exhibit currently on display in the David Saul Smith Union seeks to highlight the
experience of Bowdoin students for whom home is outside the United States.

International students seek visibility, resources

College can now find a way to fied as non-resident aliens, in example of a resource that the sions or even make fun of me, group that hopes to cooperate
by Jessica Piper better support international the current first year class, an CPC could offer. but now they see where I’m with the administration and
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students. increase of about 25 percent Socially, many internation- coming from.” improve resources across var-
Thirteen portraits on a “Especially when you have from past years. In total, just al students say that domestic The exhibit initially de- ious branches of campus.
slanting wall in David Saul new opportunities coming up five percent of Bowdoin stu- students do not realize the buted in the Lamarche Gallery “My primary goal is to cre-
Smith Union show students’ like the THRIVE program that dents meet this definition, the difficulties they face as they before spring break. President ate an international student
faces superposed over images they have started for next year, least of any NESCAC school. grapple with a new language Clayton Rose and Dean of community on campus…
that remind them of home. the new house that they have Of the 111 internation- and culture. In the photo ex- Student Affairs Tim Foster overcoming the differenc-
The art is striking, as is the bought in the College Street al students who enrolled at hibit, Yu and Kang hoped to were among the attendees at es that we have focusing on
message behind it. Cheng- collective, the president send- Bowdoin as full-time first capture students’ struggles to its opening reception. our common difficulties and
Chun (Kevin) Yu ’19 and Shin- ing out emails to us looking at year students between 2014 maintain identity and fit in so Yu also saw the creation of shared experiences as interna-
hee Kang ’18, who created the funding opportunities, I felt and 2017—the last four class- far away from home. Yu was the exhibit as a way to bring tional students,” he said. “It’s
exhibit together, hope to shed like this is a critical moment in es—just 89, or 80 percent, are pleased with the effect of the together international stu- hard knowing that we come
light on the presence of inter- time where we could jump in currently enrolled, according exhibit on his peers. dents, who come from a wide from very different countries
national students at Bowdoin to start that change,” Yu said. to the College’s Common Data “A lot of people have come variety of backgrounds. When and very different institutional
and the unique challenges they “We felt like the student body’s Set. Bowdoin’s overall four- up to me after they attended the Orient spoke with inter- backgrounds, but the common
face as they try to fit in and ac- attitude toward international year retention rate is 88 per- the exhibit [and said] that national students last spring, experiences [we have] here
cess the same opportunities as students hasn’t really changed, cent, implying that interna- they have realized how they several students cited the also are a really good bond
domestic students. so we felt like it was the mo- tional students are less likely really haven’t been thinking difficulty of creating alliances that we could utilize to create
For Yu, the exhibit stemmed ment to do something.” to stay at Bowdoin than their about international students because students typically do a coalition or group within the
from frustration regarding the Defining an international domestic counterparts. on campus and how this ex- not share cultural practices or international community.”
frequent exclusion of interna- student remains a tricky issue. Yu said that both insti- hibit really changed their experiences with one another. At the same time, he hopes
tional students on campus. The The College often uses the tutional barriers and social attitude toward diversity on For example, Yu grew up in that the work of integrating in-
curators’ note accompanying term to refer to students with concerns are challenges for campus,” Yu said. “One of my China and Korea. Other stu- ternational students into Bow-
the exhibition cites an Orient dual citizenships or those who international students. An in- closest friends came up to me, dents featured in the exhibit doin’s community is some-
article from last spring, which are U.S. citizens but grew up fographic accompanying the and she said how now she re- call places as varied as Den- thing that the whole campus
found that many international abroad, in addition to stu- exhibit calls for programming alizes the trouble that I have mark, El Salvador and Cana- can undertake together.
students were unhappy with dents like Yu and Kang, who geared toward international to go through to assimilate. da home. Nonetheless, these “The domestic students
the resources offered by the need an F-1 visa to attend students outside of Orientation Now she understands where I students face many of the could definitely do better in
Career Planning Center (CPC) Bowdoin and will eventually and for the Career Planning come from when I ask simple same institutional barriers, embracing or welcoming our
and Counseling Services, have to apply for a work visa if Center to offer better services. things like ‘Who is this per- such as visa and work restric- existence as international stu-
among other departments. Yu he hopes to stay in the United Yu cited the job site “Goin- son?’ or ‘What do you mean tions, which Yu hopes can be a dents. It shouldn’t be our job
said he was disheartened to see States after graduation. Global”—a subscription-based by this term?’ In the past, they uniting force. He is currently as the minority of the minori-
a lack of change in response to There are 34 of these F-1 service which lists employers would just give me these real- bringing together interna- ty to be fighting for recogni-
the article and hopes that the visa students, officially classi- that offer H-1B visas—as an ly surprising, shocked expres- tional students for a working tion,” he said.

Looking back, paying it foward: Isaac Kabuika ’20 starts IT Learning Program
high school requirements. the College, I realized it is the about programs such as Excel in the kinds of technological This teacher gave him a
by Mollie Eisner “The plan was for me to go toughest to get into in Maine. I and Word. skills required by today’s job “flame to start learning.”
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to some kind of special pro- said, ‘You know, let’s try it. I’m “I said that’s not really market, such as proficiency in “That’s what I’m trying to
Isaac Kabuika ’20 doesn’t gram for adults. College was already writing this anyway.’” what computer science is Word and Excel. do,” Kabuika explained, re-
get much sleep, but you would not something I was think- In his second year at the about. I wished them good Kabuika does not see him- garding his IT Learning Pro-
never be able to tell. The neu- ing about. The only thing I College, Kabuika embodies luck,” Kabuika said. “After self as a teacher. Instead, he gram. “I’m not trying to give
roscience and computer sci- thought really deeply about what it means to be a liberal hanging up, I realized, wait believes his role is to introduce them [participants] fire or the
ence double major just started was trying to catch up,” he said. arts student. His studies are a minute; you did the exact the program’s participants to sun. I’m just trying to ignite a
an IT Learning Program to The first time someone shaped by his academic curi- same thing people did to you the field of information tech- flame.”
help underprivileged popula- asked Kabuika about college, osity and a never-ending quest before coming here. I called nology. In his fourth week running
tions in Lewiston, Maine, in he was surprised. to understand. back and I said, ‘Friends, you “I’m not attempting to the program, there are sixteen
addition to taking five classes “I started thinking about In particular, Kabuika is know what? Give me a few teach people to code, but I’m participants, which is four over
this semester. community college. Then, interested in investigating the days, and I’m going to figure attempting to let people know his projected attendance.
“My friends have not seen more people came to me and drastic difference between the something out.’” what coding is and to give “I was not expecting that,”
me much this semester,” Ka- suggested I should apply to U.S. and the Democratic Re- This conversation prompt- them directions about what Kabuika said. “I thought I
buika joked. other types of colleges and public of Congo. ed him to start the IT Learning they may want to do if they’re would have five people, or two
In 2014 and at age 18, Ka- universities.” “That, I don’t think, can be Program, which Kabuika de- interested,” he said. people.”
buika moved to Lewiston from Kabuika knew he wanted to grasped by one discipline,” he scribed as “essentially, trying Kabuika believes the field To solve the problems posed
the Democratic Republic of stay in Maine in order to avoid said. “My interest is essentially to talk to the old me.” of IT could provide stability by over-enrollment, Kabuika
Congo to live with family another difficult transition. to learn as much as I can about He continued, “In Lewiston, to the individuals with whom is considering shortening the
members. He enrolled at Lew- He started by looking at Bates different things and integrate I noticed one of the things that he works. In high school, a duration the program to teach
iston High School as a junior. College, but was discouraged them to make sense of what I was really difficult for me was chance encounter with an in- more students.
“The only thing I really after a meeting with an admis- see. Essentially, that’s just cu- accessing information and spirational computer science Kabuika has one quandary
thought about at that time was sions officer. riosity.” having opportunities to do teacher inspired Kabuika to that many Bowdoin students
learning English, doing well, “I didn’t go and read about After Kabuika arrived at things with what I learned.” take computer science classes can relate to: an obsession with
and taking classes that would Bowdoin right away. I started Bowdoin, some of his friends The learning program and enter into competitions. the Netflix show Black Mirror.
allow me to graduate,” Kabuika to work on the application be- from Lewiston expressed in- reaches out to first-generation “I quickly started to learn “The show is so good that
said. cause people I trusted told me terest in learning about his immigrants and other un- a lot from him. He helped me I want to keep watching, but I
He had two years to com- it was a very good school,” he computer science studies. der-privileged Lewiston resi- with cybersecurity and net- don’t have time. I’m suffering
plete all eight semesters of said. “By the time I read about They said they wanted to learn dents who lack formal training working,” Kabuika said. from that,” Kabuika said.
Friday, April 6, 2018 9

Portrait of an Artist: Choi ’18 on digital art

first year. I realized I liked creating Like the fact that you’re so far
by Mishal Kazmi stuff so I thought I would minor in away from home?
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it but ended up getting really in- JC: Yeah, when I mention that
Jeonguk Choi ’18 is a visual volved with art. One major change it comes from within me, I think
arts and computer science double that Bowdoin made for me was the of these things in the context of my
major from South Korea, who medium I’m interested in. Before personal experiences in compari-
primarily works with “time-based coming here, in my head, art was son to other people’s experiences.
media.” His installation, “the gaps always about two-dimensional I often think of the surprises that
were filled with water that soon media: drawings, prints, painting come from the differences be-
evaporated,” is currently on display and graphic art. I’m now more in- tween me and the people here, and
in the Blue Gallery. “The project terested in time-based media such that is definitely always in the back
looks at a few pieces of who I am, as video, sounds and installation. of my mind whenever I make art.
re-enacts them from the perspec- I feel like by putting my identity in
tive of water that fails to reach me, MK: What would you say is the work, it becomes relevant in
and attempts to become water your inspiration for the artwork society, like it functions as a piece
that, again, struggles to penetrate,” you produce? of me—who is a different person
wrote Choi in an email to the Ori- JC: I think that for everything than you.
ent. I make, I start by looking at my-
The following interview has been self—looking into myself. I ask MK: Can you tell me a bit
edited for length and clarity. myself what I’ve been thinking, about the process of creating
what I’ve gone through last week, the artwork that you have on
Mishal Kazmi: You’re a com- last month, last year and through display in the Blue Room? What
puter science and visual arts this, I often end up looking at the does it mean to you, and then
major. How do you combine the world in comparison to the people what do you want other people
two? who are surrounding me in this to see in it? SAM HONEGGER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Jeonguk Choi: Well, I think space and time. JC: Whenever I make stuff, FILLING IN THE GAPS: Jeonguk Choi ’18 creates “time-based media” that explore various aspects of his identity.
that those two go together in the I consciously try to make it less His latest installation, “The gaps were filled with water that soon evaporated,” is now on display in the Blue Gallery.
sense that you take on a project. MK: Why do you create art? accessible than, say, narrative
You do the research. You find the JC: I always think I know but I videos, just because I want peo- whether the work I have is feed- Sometimes I look at it and I don’t proud of?
resources. You have a plan and end up not knowing. ple to realize that wall between ing a story rather than allowing know what to make of it because I JC: One work? Honestly, not
you execute it. You make changes what I’m trying to say and what viewers to realize the boundary. feel like that distance applies to me yet. I think of myself as a beginner.
as the project begins to take shape, MK: Does it make you happy? you will eventually get out of it. I think about those things and I too. But yeah, there are always go-
and the final product is always Does it feel good? So that is a big part of the pro- keep going back to look at what ing to be these gaps in the meaning MK: Are you going to con-
something that people either use JC: There is definitely a sense cess. I gather all this footage—I I have and to change things up. and that is the point of the video. tinue producing art after grad-
or react to. of self-fulfillment, just in terms of shoot these things over extended uation?
the joy that comes from creating periods of time, like some of this MK: So are you saying that MK: Are other pieces you JC: I really am trying to push
MK: How has your art educa- and seeing a finished product I footage is from the summer, some there’s always going to be a dif- produce similar? myself to do that. I don’t know if
tion at Bowdoin influenced the made being put on display. But are from last semester, some of ference between what you want JC: Rhythm-wise, yeah, very it’ll be video because I don’t have
artwork you produce? even though my art is based in this those are from this semester. I your art to portray and what similar. Like cuts and then elon- a camera myself—I always rent it
JC: I guess I made some art be- kind of self-expression, I still try to just keep shooting, recording people will take away from it? gated shots of absurd things yeah. from Media Commons. If I have
fore coming to Bowdoin because make it relevant. I make conscious and gathering footage and when Like there’s always room for in- access to a camera, I will be shoot-
I was interested in designs, but attempts to make it have a mean- I’m in the process, I look at them terpretation? MK: Is there one piece of ing but if I don’t, I don’t know what
that was mostly for the purpose of ing for other people as well and I and edit them by putting them JC: Exactly. I wouldn’t say work that you’re particularly medium I would use.
making a portfolio to apply to col- think that is one of the reasons I next to each other. I look for two room for interpretation—I would
leges for an art major. I wasn’t do- make art—to initiate this relation- things, I guess. One is for for- say it’s more like reading—it’s go- SEE IT YOURSELF
ing it for myself or actually study- ship between me and other people mal similarities and disparities ing to happen in any work. What
ing it. So I wasn’t actively making through my work. so that the video keeps evolving I’m trying to achieve with this Jeonguk Choi’s installation video, “The gaps were filled with water
art before I came to Bowdoin. And through these associations and work is the realization that there that soon evaporated,” is on display in the Blue Gallery through
then I got here and took a draw- MK: Would you say that your dissociations. The second thing is always going to be a distance April 7th, and can be viewed online at bowdoinorient.com.
ing class second semester of my identity influences your work? I think about when editing is between me, this work and you.


COLORFUL COLLAB: Tonight, the second annual “Art & Color,” a collaboration by Reed House and African-American Society, will showcase art by students of color. The show will feature both visual works of art, including drawings,
paintings, prints and photos, and live performances by student artists, including Slam Poets Society, Saturday Cypher and Alana Morrison. The event was organized by Ural Mishra ’20 and Senay Yibrah ’19. “I’ve always seen this show as giving
students who haven’t always had a platform [a] platform to showcase their talents and abilities,” said Mishra. The show will open in Reed House at 8 p.m. with live performances beginning at 9:30 p.m.
10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, April 6, 2018

Author Michael Paterniti talks process, travel and journalism

hometown newspaper and I
by Elizabeth Fosler-Jones just did everything—basical-
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ly just like Wizard of Oz stuff,
Michael Paterniti’s work like ignore that man behind
combines storytelling in its the curtain,” said Paterniti.
multiplicity of forms, blur- Eventually, he decided he
ring the lines between cre- wanted to create more per-
ative writing, journalism manent work.
and creative nonfiction. On “The paper would appear
Wednesday evening Pater- and then it would disappear,
niti visited campus to speak and I would just keep pour-
about his writing experience ing a lot into each week and
and to read from his recent it just felt so disposable”
collection of longform essays, said Paterniti. “There [was]
“Love and Other Ways of Dy- a point where I just thought
ing.” there should be more to the
Paterniti doesn’t see his words and more heft and
work as strictly falling into weight to the stories.”
any one category. Paterniti went on to get
“With genre and form, I a Master of Fine Arts at the
think in a very fluid way. I University of Michigan in
don’t like the demarcation,” fiction and after editing for a
said Paterniti during his fiction journal and magazine,
reading. started working on his own
“It should be that poetry pieces for GQ, the New York ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
seeps into nonfiction,” he Times Magazine, National FACT AND FICTION: (LEFT): Author Michael Paterniti visited campus on Wednesday evening to read from his book “Love and Other Ways of Dying,” a
said in an interview with the Geographic and other publi- collection of essays that walk the line between creative writing and narrative nonfiction. (RIGHT): Paterniti talks with Ayana Harscoet ’21.
Orient. “Some of the best cations.
nonfiction I’ve read is in po- “I was just so desperate not ings to sales. People would love, loss and grief. village in Ukraine to meet an very tightly woven, and it has
etry. And some of the best to be fixing stories but mak- come looking for those same “I know that this collection eight-foot-tall man. Another, to be satisfying on a number
reporting I’ve read is in po- ing them,” said Paterniti. weapons [used in the shoot- could seem much funnier or “City of Dust,” follows Frantz of different levels, both emo-
etry. It has a different feeling Paterniti is a versatile writ- ings] and there’s something much lighter. It could have Termilus, the chief of the Na- tional, intellectual, sensual
and it’s of course delivered in er who has written profiles very perverse to me about been that, but these are the tional Judicial Police, in the and metaphysical.”
these truncated lines and in of Hollywood celebrities like that and I wanted to be able essays that felt like they be- aftermath of the 2010 earth- Currently Paterniti is
an idiom that’s different than Brad Pitt and Jimmy Kimmel to put in there,” said Pater- long together,” said Paterniti. quake in Haiti. working on an article about
you would expect, but to me, as well as long-form pieces niti. “I don’t have some stri- “They are narrative stories, “What I love about travel former president Jimmy Car-
that’s what is thrilling about delving into the issues sur- dent message. My work is but they are all stories being is everything becomes defa- ter, who he calls the “poster
narrative nonfiction—I feel rounding gun violence. He just to bear witness and tell unfolded but with an essay- miliarized; the signs are not child for post-presidency.”
like there’s room to bring in reported on Columbine and the story.” istic heft or meditation that the same. I begin to see into Carter teaches Sunday School
all of this device and voice spent 10 days traveling across that world what, sometimes, at a church in his hometown

“My work is just to bear

and storytelling illusion at the United States to report on I can’t see into my own, be- of Plains, GA, where Paterni-
the same time that you’re mass shootings. cause I am so used to the rou- ti has been travelling to get

witness and tell the story.”

completely adhering to some He recently published an tines of my life,” he said. “Of- more of a glimpse into Car-
sort of fact set.” article in GQ called “Drag- ten, it’s easier to be triggered ter’s life.
Now a contributing writer onman, the Man Who Sells in these faraway places.” “It’s been really, really fun
for the New York Times and ‘People-Hunting Guns’” –Michael Paterniti Paterniti understands that to do it, especially during
a GQ Correspondent, Pater- about Mel Bernstein, also even with the most personal this time when a lot of peo-
niti grew up in Darien, CT. known as Dragonman, who essays he is still creating a ple seem to be questioning
Although he always knew he owns Dragonland, one of the “Love and Other Ways of goes along with it.” character. where we are going as coun-
wanted to be a writer, Pa- largest firearms stores in the Dying,” which was longlisted Many of the stories are “It’s you, but the voice on try and some people seem to
terniti didn’t seriously start United States and is located for the 2016 National Book set in locations across the the page is by necessity, a have lost hope in our current
writing until after college. in Colorado Springs, CO. Award, features essays that world; one story Paterniti more performative voice. It president,” said Paterniti.
“I got a job on Cape Cod “Dragonman really con- are saturated with unique read called “The Giant” re- has to be,” he said. “The lan- “It’s just been really inspir-
working at this basically nected some of these shoot- characters and themes such as counts his journey to a tiny guage ends up having to be ing to do it.”

On PolarFlix: ‘Almost Famous’

rest of a party while I was in
by Calder McHugh Best mood for watching: high school, I decided it was
Orient Staff Before this week in prepa- high time that I shouted this
ration for this column, the line myself. Unfortunately, as
Plot summary (no spoilers!): last place I watched “Almost I was 16 and not even “almost”
“Almost Famous” is a con- Famous” was on a long bus famous, my faithful rendition
tained movie about colossal ride during which the driver was greeted not with cheers
subjects: coming of age, the stopped every hour or so to but mostly with “Shut up,
changing nature of rock ’n’ take a cigarette break. This Calder” and “Please get down
roll, first love and the ultimate is not the ideal viewing expe- from there.”
disappointment of meeting rience for any movie, and as
one’s heroes. The film fol- such I would not recommend Intended Bowdoin audience:
lows William Miller (Patrick attempting to recreate these The movie, which is based
Fugit), a 15-year-old aspiring conditions. I would, how- on director/writer Camer-
rock journalist who has got- ever, recommend watching on Crowe’s own experience
ten the chance to write a story the movie if you’re missing writing for Rolling Stone as
for Rolling Stone Magazine the work of the great Phillip a teenager, finds Miller at-
on a fictional touring band, Seymour Hoffman (he has tempting to escape a boring,
Stillwater. While on tour, out- a bit part as a rock journal- white, American suburb. All
side of receiving a series of ist whom Fugit looks up to), of us chose to attend college
increasingly incensed phone interested in exploring a film in one of those, albeit across
calls from his mother (Frances with a truly well-considered the country from the setting
McDormand), William meets soundtrack or in one of those of “Almost Famous.” People
Penny Lane (Kate Hudson), a moods where you want to feel interested in precocious kids,
groupie who prefers to refer nostalgic for a time before writing stories, young love or
to herself as a “Band-Aid.” He you were born. rock music should also get a
promptly falls for her, despite kick out of it.
her relationship with lead gui- Greatest one-liner:
tarist Russell Hammond (Billy It has to be, “I am a Gold- Watch/don’t watch:
Crudup). Difficulty ensues, en God!” Crudup shouts this Watch! A self-contained,
as Miller attempts to write a while on the roof of a high smart movie that’s also a light
story while getting wrapped school party he stumbles watch—get to it before it is
up in his own emotional state upon while in Topeka, KS. gone from the PolarFlix net-
and the broader excitement of Finding myself on an elevat- work forever.
the tour. ed surface fairly far above the
Friday, April 6, 2018 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 11

Marzano-Lesnevich joins creative writing community

Within the English depart- fiction workshop. ture and the practice of creative
by Mitchel Jurasek and ment, students can pursue a “I am so grateful for every writing.
Eliana Miller creative writing concentration workshop experience and “By taking both creative
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by taking three creative writing I only wish there had been writing courses and a wide
This coming fall, Bowdoin courses, two of which count more of them to enroll in,” range of literature and theory
will add Alexandria Marza- for the English major. Students Savannah Horton ’17, who courses, students learn about
no-Lesnevich to its roster of must take two classes in one graduated with a creative writ- creative writing as a craft—and
creative writing professors. genre (poetry, fiction or cre- ing concentration, wrote in an as an engagement with a long,
Marzano-Lesnevich will be the ative nonfiction), and one addi- email to the Orient. “One of diverse tradition of writers and
first tenure track creative non- tional course in another genre the reasons I chose to pursue scholars,” reads Bowdoin’s cre-
fiction professor in the English (which can include the occa- an honors project in fiction ative writing web page. “The
department. A former lawyer sionally offered screenwriting writing was because I ran out creative writing classes and
and the author of “The Fact of course). As a permanent and of courses to take and knew I readings by visiting creative
a Body: A Murder and a Mem- full-time professor, Marza- still badly needed some help! writers act in harmony with the
oir,” she brings an interdisci- no-Lesnevich can act as a stable The thesis was a way to con- literature classes.”
plinary approach to creative voice for nonfiction within the tinue developing even though Most creative writing cours-
writing. creative writing program. I couldn’t enroll in another es meet once a week for three
For the past few years, there “This concentration is go- class.” hours. Professors start by lead-
has been a host of visiting pro- ing to be better if we can have Horton is currently choosing ing discussion of an assigned
fessors specializing in creative not just poetry, screenwriting between a few different MFA reading and then students cri-
nonfiction, such as Russ Rymer, and fiction, but also nonfiction programs in fiction that begin tique each other’s writing in a
Susan Faludi and Jane Brox. courses to rely on,” said Clarke. in the fall. workshop setting. These types
While these professors have “We need a [tenure track] non- Despite how popular these of classes create a valuable
typically taught only one course fiction writer. The administra- courses are, a creative writ- community for students who
per semester, Marzano-Lesnev- tion, to [its] credit, recognized ing major is not in the works. hope to polish their work while
ich will teach two courses per that, and our department rec- While Colby College has a cre- looking to peers for support.
semester, including a first year ognized it, too. This is some- ative writing minor, many of “The environment was un-
seminar next fall. thing really important to our Bowdoin’s peer institutions do like anything else at Bowdoin—
“She’s gonna be a great curriculum.” not. Clarke, however, is open similar to graduate programs COURTESY OF NINA SUBIN

teacher,” said Brock Clarke, Students are especially ex- to the idea of a creative writing really—because it not only de- YOU’RE HIRED: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich will join the College’s
minor. manded a certain vulnerability, faculty this fall as the first tenure track creative nonfiction professor in the
“We’re not our own depart- but it also encouraged, at least English department.
“Bowdoin recognizes the pervasive- ment. We’re part of the English in me, a love of literature from
ness of story in life, and encourages department and I think that’s the sentence level,” wrote Hor- You get to know each other as In an email to the Orient
an interdisciplinary perspective.” a good thing. Creative writing
should always be yoked to the
Courses within the concen-
not just people, but as writers.
Writing is the kind of thing that
Marzano-Lesnevich wrote,
“I’m particularly excited that
–Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich larger study of literature,” said tration are typically comprised having people help you is vital Bowdoin recognizes the per-
Clarke. “I’m not that crazy of 12 to 16 students. For some, to your work.” vasiveness of story in life, and
about [creative writing] being the quality of these classes is Marzano-Lesnevich will add encourages an interdisciplinary
chair of the English department cited for Marzano-Lesnevich’s its absolute own thing … Once determined by the intimate to this community both with perspective. That’s something
who teaches courses in fiction arrival given that creative [Marzano-Lesnevich] gets here conversations between writers. her expertise in nonfiction my legal training taught me to
writing. “Alexandria knows a writing classes are almost and has been here for a couple Nathan Blum ’20, who is also writing and her unique back- see, too, and I’m eager to build
lot more about nonfiction than always at maximum capaci- of years, we’ll revisit [the idea of pursuing a concentration in ground as a lawyer. on that at Bowdoin, where stu-
I do, and that’s a whole vast ty. Many students expressed a creative writing minor].” creative writing, added, “[There “Her brand of nonfiction dents and faculty are working
range of texts that I know noth- frustration with the difficulty In general, the philosophy of is] a small creative writing com- and her experience with law on so many interesting collab-
ing about. That will be great for of getting into these courses, the English department resists munity I would say on campus has a very liberal arts tone to orations and inquiries across
students.” especially the introductory separating the study of litera- that is fostered by these classes. it,” said Blum ’20. departments.”


Sylvan Esso: a duo of unlikely grace and brilliant balance

mont folk trio Mountain Man, where Meath’s folky charisma with exhilarating confidence. me to write to those [drum hits] tures the story of Sylvan Esso,
The Aux Cord and Nick Sanborn, a glitchy and Sanborn’s jaggedy EDM The itching refrain of “Just for a year and I thought they with Meath’s endearing melo-
by Chris Ritter synthpop producer who has can exist on the same wave- Dancing” urges us, “Let’s nev- were total bulls—. And then dies as the bell ringing through
performed solo as Made of length. They worked in that er stop, never stop, never stop I wrote that song and pasted Sanborn’s explosive electronica.
Oak. space for the first time on their starting,” while “The Glow” those drums over it, and they But the final product is more
Amelia Meath opened Syl- Most heard this collabo- 2014 eponymous album; the contains all the luster its title worked.” The duo has a way of harmonious than that meta-
van Esso’s set at the Portland ration for the first time with swelling synths of “Uncatena” suggests, with Sanborn’s synths allowing their respective styles phor suggests, as Sylvan Esso is
State Theater with a song about the single “Hey Mami,” a wry and the gentle roll of “Coffee” shimmering alongside a rush of to fall in with each other. Sylvan a rare duo that takes two ends
songs. “Sound,” the stripped- backhanded slap to catcall- provide fitting backdrops for acoustic guitars. Esso’s paradoxical charm gives of the sonic spectrum and lays
back opener of the duo’s 2017 ers that shows the poten- Meath’s tales of endings, be- While “What Now” seems their music intrigue, but the them side by side, balancing
album “What Now,” hears tial of Meath and Sanborn’s ginnings and rolling with the to fit into the boundaries of two are at their best when they genre more than blending it.
Meath at a near whisper, “All combined talents. Meath punches. synthpop more so than “Sylvan take that paradox and make it The unique chemistry of Sylvan
you’ll hear is sound, and / All showcases her versatility as a Meath focuses in on those Esso,” the duo thankfully hasn’t look easy. Esso shines on record, and it
you’ll feel is sound, and / All songwriter, combining folk-in- moments on the duo’s 2017 al- lost their interest in oddities. It isn’t simply ear candy, but dazzles onstage.
you’ll be is sound.” The lines flected chants with swooping bum “What Now,” a sunnier al- Meath weaves through a maze the two are experts at showing Meath and Sanborn ended
aim to unify the natural and the harmonies. She even flexes a bum that sees the musical back- of synth hits on “Kick Jump how one sound bite can make a their set in Portland with “Play
artificial, as Meath sings note rap-like cadence to deliver the grounds of Meath and Sanborn Twist” before the song erupts song blossom from the ground It Right,” another song about
for note beside a lone synthe- glaring lines, “Sooner or later inching closer together. Their into hecticity. up. “It’s a signal in the noise / songs that casts aside their dif-
sizer. the dudes at bodegas will hold sophomore release doesn’t stray The album finale, “Rewind,” It’s a bell in a mine,” Meath airs ferences and celebrates what
It’s a fitting intro for a group their lips and own their shit.” far from the quirky blueprint sounds just as infectious but out on the chorus of “Signal,” matters: seismic bass drops,
so deeply indebted to two vastly But when Sanborn enters, the of their debut. But after three stays more grounded, employ- capturing the beauty of the textured production and soar-
different styles of music. Sylvan sound of Sylvan Esso is com- years, “What Now” sounds like ing a decidedly anti-pop rum- song’s grainy vocal sample as it ing harmonies. As messy as
Esso began as the odd couple pleted, turning the handclaps a new beginning for a band ble of drums. In a telling quote, bursts into technicolor. finding middle ground can be,
project of Meath, a woodsy and harmonies into some- with new opportunities, not Meath told the Washington In its simplest sense, one Sylvan Esso has achieved it with
singer-songwriter of the Ver- thing more jarring: a sound sinking into comfort but rising Post of the song, “Nick wanted might say the same line cap- unlikely grace.
12 Friday, April 6, 2018

REEL Lacrosse continues seven-game win streak
sailing team competed in
both the Lynn Marchiando
Team Race at MIT and
their only home regatta,
the Harpswell Sound Team
Race, this weekend. The
team competed in five
round robins at Harpswell
Sound, finishing first and
second with records of
10-5 and 9-6. At MIT, the
team qualified for the gold
fleet after the first round
robin and went on to finish
third overall. This weekend,
the team will head to the
Team Race New England
Champs at Connecticut
College and the Southern
Series at University of
Rhode Island.

The women’s lacrosse
team (7-3, NESCAC
3-3) returned to the win
column after a midweek
15-13 win against Bates
(6-5, NESCAC 1-2) on
Wednesday. After the
Bobcats took a 6-1 lead
in the first half, the Polar COURTESY OF BOWDOIN ATHLETICS
Bears stormed back to FULL SPEED AHEAD: (LEFT): Nick Conway ’20 runs down the field in the
end the half ahead 7-6. game against Middlebury on March 24. (RIGHT): James Desisto ’19 congrat-
Katherine Miller ’21 and ulates a teammate in the Middlebury game. The team beat the Panthers 17-8.
Hannah Hirschfeld ’18 led
the team with four goals the team lost 16-15. “It just field turf ” said captain Dan- “It was a good game. It said Buckman ’18.
each. The team looks to by Owen Silitch seemed like we are attacking iel Buckman ’18. “It feels like was a little sloppy, a little bit Despite this, the team
stay in the win column Orient Staff
more, we are more aggressive. grass. It’s what all the other of a chippy game towards the played well, beating the Bob-
against Connecticut After two tough losses to Defensively ... I just felt like NESCAC teams have been us- end, but it’s good,” Buckman cats with 1.4 seconds left on
College on Saturday at Connecticut College and Am- we had a little bit more of a ing, and you feel a little faster, said. “At the end of the day, the clock thanks to a game
noon. herst to start the season, the sense of urgency, a little bit and it’s also just more a more we got the win, which is all winning goal scored by Sam
men’s lacrosse team has won more of an edge, we were try- fun game, especially because that matters, so I thought it Carlin ’19.
seven games in a row, advanc- ing to dictate pace, we were you’re less banged up.” went well, and it’s really awe- “I think we’re playing re-
HITTIN’ HARD: The ing its overall record to 7-2. trying to be the aggressor, and Archbell also emphasized some to see our team—even ally good lacrosse right now,
baseball team (8-7, The team is 4-2 in the NES- I think that’s kind of how you the overall atmosphere that when things aren’t going our so is Bates,” said Archbell.
NESCAC 2-1) won its CAC after beating Trinity 10-7 have to play this game to be the new stadium provides. way—to just pull it together “They’ve got the number one
weekend series against on Saturday and Bates 14-13 really good at it.” “It’s been awesome,” he and just get a win.” and number two lead scor-
Bates (4-9, NESCAC this past Wednesday night. The new addition of field said. “It’s a really unique set- The weekday game against ers in the league playing for
1-2) 2-1. On Friday, the One of the key elements to turf to Whittier Field also pos- ting for a game, which I think Bates proved to be another them, so defensively we’ve got
team won 3-1 and then the team’s recent success seems itively affected the team dy- is positive … it’s nice having a challenge. to play really well and take
split Saturday with a 4-3 to be the team’s ability to be namic this year. Turf is much facility like that.” “Preparation for the week- some of the things that they
win followed by a 5-3 loss. more aggressive on offense. more of a forgiving and grass- The Polar Bears took ad- day games like almost starts on do well off their plate.”
Austin Zakow ’21 wowed “I thought that we had a like surface to play on than vantage of the new field the weekend: figuring out how This weekend the Polar
with a home run and lot more chemistry and a lot the AstroTurf which the field against Trinity on Saturday. you can get your work done so Bears will take advantage of
three RBI on Saturday. more potency,” said Head originally consisted of prior to Although members of the you can get sleep during the their NESCAC bye-weekend
The team will continue Coach Jason Archbell about the recent renovations. team were happy with the week, [preparing] your body to travel and play a non-con-
NESCAC play with Bowdoin’s close game against “I think it’s a lot more nat- win they felt they could have physically, hydrating and also ference match at Montclair on
the Trinity series, which Amherst on March 16, which ural of a game on the new played better. just like mentally being ready,” Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Bowdoin to host Special Olympics Swim Meet

begins today at 4 p.m.

COURT: The No. 2
men’s tennis team (10-0,
very into it and are very tal- and anyone to be able to partic- Ultimately, Morrissey sees hosts, it has also allowed Bow-
NESCAC 2-0) continued by Conrad Li ented and who take it very se- ipate in,” she said. the main objective of the event doin, the Special Olympics and
its win streak against No. Orient Staff
riously,” said Morrissey. “There In order to put on a suc- as a way to bring the southern the local community to extend
26 MIT and Connecticut
Today, Bowdoin will host are also events for athletes who cessful meet, the organizers Maine community together to their partnership through oth-
College this weekend. A
the annual Southern Maine just love being a part of it and ask Bowdoin students to help celebrate the wide array of ath- er activities. There will also be a
9-7 win by Gil Roddy ’18
Special Olympics Swim Meet at are less intense about it but run the event and around 60 letes and achievements. track and field clinic for Maine
and Justin Patel ’20 put LeRoy Greason Pool. Athletes still very celebrated for their to 100 students volunteer “I think it is a great way to Special Olympics athletes on
Bowdoin in the lead after from all over Southern Maine accomplishments, whether it’s each year to support the meet. be able to connect to the com- April 12.
doubles and the team will compete in classic swim- floating or a very intense re- Morrissey believes this is an munity and show that we ap- “Generally this is the big
finished the match 7-2 ming events, such as freestyle, lay that are trying to compete opportunity for Bowdoin stu- preciate everyone and people event that we do partner with
against MIT. The next breaststroke, backstroke, but- against one another.” dent athletes to give back to of all abilities and to celebrate them,” Morrissey said. “Beyond
day, the team swept all six terfly and relays, as well as less The event stresses inclusivity the community. people in a positive and uplift- that, there’s also snowshoeing
singles matches to beat traditional events like assisted for athletes of different levels. “At any time, there are about ing environment,” Morrissey and other fun events that are
Connecticut College 8-1. races and floating races. Some of the athletes are on 10 to 15 Bowdoin volunteers said. “It’s just another way not actually associated with
The Polar Bears will face Toby LaConte, an active teams, such as one run by the and they work in half hour to celebrate all athletes, all Bowdoin but the relationship
off against Amherst on member of the Special Olym- Bath YMCA, and their train- shifts,” she said. “The student achievements, people from the definitely stems from the swim
Sunday at 8 p.m. in their pics Community for the south- ing culminates with this swim athletes know how lucky we Bowdoin community, Bruns- meet and the volunteers that
first home match. ern Maine area, organized the meet. are to participate in all of our wick community and people get involved in that.”
event along with Erin Mor- “If you’ve been to any swim sporting events. This is an from the southern Maine The swim meet will take
rissey ’19, the main student meets, it’s very similar to that amazing opportunity to give community as well.” place from 9 a.m. to noon with
COMPILED BY ANNA FAUVER organizer at Bowdoin. but they also make sure they back to the community and Although this event is the a ribbon ceremony from noon
“There are athletes who get include an event for everyone support fellow athletes.” biggest one that Bowdoin to 1 p.m.
Friday, April 6, 2018 SPORTS 13

Track begins new season after winning first at NCAAs

even to make All-American, the spring. The Polar Bears
by Jason Cahoon which is top eight. It was really are excited to embrace these
Orient Staff
an amazing feeling.” changes because the transition
Ten track and field athletes The men’s side of the track allows the athletes to reset
spent the beginning of their and field team was also well both mentally and physically
spring break in Birmingham, represented at the Indoor after a long indoor season.
Alabama to compete in the Nationals. The men’s distance “We try to really differen-
NCAA Division III Indoor medley team—composed of tiate between the seasons and
Track and Field Champion- Ben Torda ’18, captain John put a period on one season,
ships last month, where the Kennealy ’18, Conor Dona- then start talking about the
team received a first place hue ’18 and Sean MacDonald next one with a different out-
finish in the women’s distance ’19—finished in 10th place. look. One of the things we do
medley relay. Additionally, Brian Greenberg is have everyone take a break
Caroline Shipley ’20, Sara ’18 finished in seventh place in their training between in-
Ory ’19, Claire Traum ’21 and out of 15 competitors in the door and outdoor,” Kennealy
Sarah Kelley ’18 won the first triple jump competition. said. “We try to avoid thinking
place crown by 20 meters. This “We were hoping to send a of it as one really long season
is the first crown that the Polar lot of people to Nationals, and because that can drain people.”
Bears have won at Indoor Na- we sent even more people than “I think that there is an ex-
tionals since 2014. we thought we would,” said citing vibe and energy on the
“Going into it, we knew Kennealy. team around the events chang-
that it was going to have to The track and field teams ing and getting to compete
be a ‘leave everything on the seek to carry their success outside again,” said Ory.
track’ kind of race and to have from the indoor season into Both Slovenski and the ath-
everything click in place and their outdoor spring season. COURTESY OF BOWDOIN ATHLETICS letes on the teams have high
have everyone give it their all They were supposed to open SLIDING INTO THE DMR’S: Claire Traum ’21, Sara Ory ’19, Sarah Kelley ’18 and Caroline Shipley ’20 won the expectations for their upcom-
was an amazing feeling,” said their spring season by host- distance medley relay at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships last month. ing performances this spring.
Kelley, who is a captain for the ing the Bowdoin Track In- “We have a lot of motivated
team. vite at the Magee-Samuelson course. but considering that it is still compared between meets to and talented athletes who are
“Everyone had the mindset Track; however, the meet was “Spring weather is very er- so cold up here, it is actually determine qualifications for working to make it to the NCAA
that they could keep doing canceled due to the amount ratic. We know that the early nice to go down south,” said Nationals later in the season. Spring Track Championship on
better every time,” said Ory. of snow still on the track. In- April home meets can be can- Kelley. “I think it will be a But it is not the only major the last weekend in May,” wrote
“We put in a lot of effort, but stead, Bowdoin will travel to celed by ice on the track. We’ll good experience to compete difference between the winter Slovenski. “The outdoor season
it was a very rewarding expe- Northampton, Massachusetts be ready to switch directions against different people.” and spring seasons. has a lot of emphasis on sprint
rience. As we geared up go- to compete in the Smith Invi- and compete well at Smith,” Inconsistent weather con- Additionally, the team events, and we’re lucky to have
ing into NCAAs we actually tational. said Head Coach Peter Slov- ditions are inherent to the switches from a 200-meter such fast sprinters.”
dropped to seventh on the list, The teams are determined enski in an email to the Orient. outdoor competition in the track to a 400-meter track, The Polar Bears will begin
so we knew that it was going to to prevent the change in “Having a meet on your spring. Stormy weather can with many of the events their season at Smith College
take all that we had to win and plans from throwing them off track is always an advantage, influence the scores that are changing from the winter to on Saturday at 11 a.m.

Women’s tennis beats Conn in first NESCAC game

fuel people to work harder to try to put those all to-
by Ella Chaffin and to get better. I’d rather gether,” Trinka said. “When
Orient Staff
have those losses come at the there [are] six of us out on
The women’s tennis team beginning of the season and the courts, it doesn’t mean
(7-5-2) kicked off NESCAC learn from them, so we can anything if only one person is
play with a 8-1 win against improve for later.” playing really well.”
Connecticut College on Sat- Despite the losses, the out- Currently, there are only
urday, and a 7-2 win against comes of the matches in Cal- two upperclassmen on the
Babson College on the same ifornia increased the team’s roster, as three out of eight
day. overall confidence. players from last year’s team
According to Tasha Christ “We played a lot of really graduated.
’20, the team was pleased with good teams and had some “Last year, our team was
its performance this weekend. really close matches,” Christ mostly juniors and seniors
“Against Conn we were said. “It didn’t turn out the playing,” Christ said. “So
really strong in doubles, so way that we wanted it to, but there was a lot of wisdom and
that was great,” Christ said. we came home really driven. experience, which is some-
“Everyone was really fired up. It was a wake-up call. I think thing we don’t have this year.
Against Babson, we played our confidence has really in- Even as a sophomore, I’m one
better. It was a crazy day. We creased since then, and that of the oldest people playing
were traveling a bunch and is going to be the biggest dif- on the court and that’s pretty
were really happy with the ference moving forward. We crazy.”
results.” were right in there with the As a result, first years have NETTING A WIN: (ABOVE): Tasha
Returning to Maine after top teams, so we know we can had to step up and fill the Christ ’20 hits a backhand in the Bowdo-
a 4-5 run in California over do it.” gaps. in Invitational, which took place in Oc-
spring break, the team had One of the main tactics the “I think there were big shoes tober during their fall season. (RIGHT):
to make some adjustments team is looking to improve is to fill,” Jovanoic added. “We Rachel Bercovitch ’21 competes in the
to get back into its routine, its ability to maintain energy lost three seniors last year. They
Bowdoin Invitational. The team recently
beat Connecticut College 8-1.
according to captain Tess on the court, according to were all huge people on our
Trinka ’18. Sasa Jovanoic ’20. team that it is definitely a big pect that everybody is going
“It was a good weekend,” “I think a lot of the times role for freshmen to play and to be fighting for every single
she said. “These were the first we are all very focused on I think they have done a great point. Last year, we had a tight
matches we played since being our matches and sometimes job of doing that. They really match against Amherst—we
back from our spring break we lose track of the fact that stepped up on and off the court lost 5-4. We are hungry for
trip to California. It is always we are also playing alongside and really doing their part to a win against both teams. I
an adjustment to come back each other,” Jovanoic said. make the team function.” think we are really ready and
and be back in the academic “We are a very small team so “They really had to jump excited to confront the chal-
routine but also be traveling sustaining the same energy, in there and have respond- lenge and do our best.”
on the weekends and playing not only for ourselves but for ed well to us pushing them,” The team will be playing at
matches. We also got to play other people at the same time Christ continued. “They have home this weekend, with an-
outside again in our Babson is something we can definitely definitely made the biggest ticipation of its fans coming
match.” work on and it’s getting better difference. Without them we out to support them.
Trinka believes the team’s every time we are out there.” wouldn’t be doing well.” “I think we have home field
defeats in California will al- The team hopes to have The team will take its advantage and hopefully we
low it to enhance its perfor- strong play across the board, strengths into another busy will have a lot of supporters,”
mance in the future. as opposed to individual weekend against Amherst and Christ said. “It’s nice that we
“We had some really close stand-out performances. Emery. According to Jovano- are home.”
matches that didn’t go our “Looking forward to the ic, both teams are going to put The Polar Bears will con-
way, and I’m hoping that we rest of the season, the coaches up a fight. tinue their conference match-
can use that as fuel,” Trinka have talked a lot about how “Going into this weekend is es against Amherst on Friday
said. “I’m hoping those are we have had great moments going to be a battle,” she said. and Emery on Sunday at Pick-
early season losses that will from everyone, but we need “Every match is a battle. I ex- ard Tennis Courts.
14 Friday, April 6, 2018

International and ignored Is this okay? An ask for change

to sexual violence education
Last spring, the Orient’s editorial board argued that institutionally supporting
international students should be a top priority for the college. Since then, we have
welcomed to campus a class with a seven percent international student population,
the largest percentage of any class currently enrolled at Bowdoin. But international
students’ pleas for specific resources, articulated again this week, have largely gone
unanswered. trauma in order for others to care, to lis- asking it to fully commit to the eradica-
Bowdoin prides itself on the diversity of its student body, and the College has by Julianna Burke, Sophie Cowen, ten, to believe. As Roxane Gay said, “We tion of sexual assault and gender violence
made clear that it is making a concerted effort to open its tent and provide the Eleanor Paasche and Amber Rock have to cannibalize the worst things that on our campus. Students who are enrolled
resources necessary to students from new backgrounds with new perspectives. Op-Ed Contributor have happened to us to increase aware- at Bowdoin College have the right to pur-
International students, though there are only 89 on campus, obviously constitute No one should be forced to go to school ness.” Is this okay? sue their education and take advantage
a vital element of this diversity and deserve to have their needs recognized and with their rapist, said Roxane Gay in front The prevalence of sexual assault on of all of the incredible opportunities that
addressed. Yet the College’s explicit focus on increasing campus diversity, includingof a packed audience in Pickard Theater our campus clearly demonstrates the utter the College has to offer without fear of
accommodating needs of an increasingly diverse study body, often overlooks this last Monday. At Bowdoin, like many oth- ineffectiveness of our current program- violence. Title IX compliance is only the
small but important group. er institutions of higher education and in ming: a lack of comprehensive educa- bare minimum, and we ask that the Ad-
We reiterate the needs expressed last year. The Career Planning Center should ad- work places around the world, survivors tion, inaccessible resources and a failure ministration do everything in its power
dress international students’ needs, which include straightforward but consequential of sexual violence are forced to face their to hold perpetrators accountable allows to protect its students. Sexual violence is
changes like subscribing to online services, like GoinGlobal, that allow international
own perpetrators each and every day. these crimes to continue. According to a pervasive issue impacting our lives at
students to navigate the post-grad job market with more ease, connecting them with On this campus, 15.8 percent of student B.E.A.R.S., less than half of students have all levels. Bowdoin must recognize the
opportunities and providing a search engine for finding H-1B visa-friendly employ- respondents reported non-consensual participated in education about sexual prevalence of violence on this campus
ers. penetration of the vagina or anus or oral assault beyond orientation programming; as the crucial public health issue that it is
The Office of Residential Life should address the ways that international students’
sex in the 2016 Bowdoin Experiences and the sole mandatory program is Speak and create strong, substantive programs
needs differ from domestic students in RA and proctor training and residential pro- Attitudes about Relationships and Sex About It, a 90-minute comedic play that and messaging that support survivors,
gramming. For example, outside of the U.S., attitudes towards alcohol and work-life (B.E.A.R.S.) Survey. That’s close to 300 prioritizes entertainment over compre- provide education and hold perpetrators
balance, among other things, are often substantially different. Moreover, current events
students, the equivalent of every College hensive information. Is this okay? accountable.
that seem distant and theoretical for many American students can hit all too close toHouse occupant—plus about 85 more No. For this reason, we call on you, our
home for international students. In their transition to Bowdoin, international students
students—who survived what Bowdoin Preventing sexual assault from occur- fellow students, to sign our petition. We
should have adequate support and resources for navigating these differences. defines as sexual assault. For many stu- ring on our campus must be our first pri- want the Bowdoin community to realize
As students, this onus falls partly on us as well. Institutional support is important,
dents, an assault becomes central to their ority. We must break the cycle of violence that assailants exist in every social and
but not the be-all-end-all. As we navigate our daily lives—and especially during first
“Bowdoin experience.” Is this okay? and create a campus where all members academic space on campus and that many
year orientation, the first days of new classes and at social gatherings on weekends— Every student is affected by sexual of the Bowdoin community are respected of them carry on their Bowdoin careers
we should be cognizant that students’ backgrounds extend past the borders of our 50 violence. Every student knows survivors as human beings of equal worth. Sexu- without repercussions. We want our ad-
states. This can give rise to distinct social and academic challenges. and perpetrators. Many of us are aware of al violence is traumatizing; it is wrong ministration to provide all students the
In an interview with the Orient this week, Cheng-Chun (Kevin) Yu ’19 says, “I this—so why has sexual violence become and, ultimately, it is illegal. Members of necessary education to prevent sexual
cannot list out any events that [The Student Center for Multicultural Life] has spon-normal on our campus? Why do we accept the Title IX office and other members of violence. Bowdoin is Bowdoin because of
sored or has done that is geared towards international students.” our current reality as unfortunate but un- Bowdoin staff have been responsive to our the students who inhabit this campus, and
Given the far-ranging nature of the Center’s work, that the center has not recently
changeable? And most importantly, why proposed initiatives and our frustrations it is on us to hold ourselves and our peers
hosted an event geared explicitly towards international students is both surprising has our administration failed to address with the campus climate surrounding accountable for their actions to create a
and indicative of the problem. Bowdoin should be commended for seeking out and this issue seriously and openly among sexual violence. However, these conver- safe and prosperous community. We can,
admitting more international students. Now, they need to provide the resources that all students, faculty and staff ? Too often, sations have occurred in private thus far. and we must, do better.
will make them comfortable in their new home. We hope we will not have to write sexual violence is only addressed behind We believe that students have a right to Julianna Burke and Sophie Cowen
this editorial again next year. closed office doors in order to protect our know about these conversations and that are members of the Class of 2018, Amber
institutional reputation. As a response, the administration must understand that Rock is a member of the Class of 2019 and
many survivors turn to public spaces to their accountability transcends this small Eleanor Paasche is a member of the Class
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, express their hurt and frustration and to group of concerned students. of 2020. They write on behalf of a group of
which is comprised of Harry DiPrinzio, Dakota Griffin, Calder McHugh and Ian Ward. share their stories. Too often, the burden We are presenting a list of demands concerned students impacted by sexual vio-
is on survivors to lay bare their personal to the Bowdoin College Administration, lence on Bowdoin’s campus.

Reflections from a blush pink millennial

in the wake of March for Our Lives
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relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, Anu’s Corner peoples. Although we may be obsessed ety far too early in their lives. While the
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in with blush pink and memes, we recog- blush pink generation reminisces about
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse by Anu Asaolu nize that silence is complicit. Our digital our childhood filled with ’90s cartoons
discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community. world has created a culture of acknowl- and T.V. shows, children born into this
My first days in America held a edgement and accountability to create a generation create their memories while
unique experience. I attended an “ur- global community across identities and fighting inequality. I can’t deny how ba-
Sarah Drumm Harry DiPrinzio ban” middle school in St. Paul, Minne- groups. These digital platforms have dass these children are, but I want them
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief sota. On the second day, school police made activism and protests more salient live their childhood a little longer. Most
announced during lunch that there within our society including the most of us have had the privilege to enjoy the
would be a lockdown drill. At 1:45 p.m., recent nationwide protest: March for Our wholesomeness of childhood and the
Creative Director Managing Editor News Editor our teacher locked the door and every- Lives. The efforts of the protest’s organiz- time to navigate our identities.
Jenny Ibsen Ellice Lueders Emily Cohen one knew the routine. I followed the rest ers were amplified through social media. In a conversation I had with Shan-
Calder McHugh of the students under our desks and I sat Videos and photos of young children non Knight ’18, she adopted a tweet by
Photo Editor Surya Milner Sports Editor struggling to keep my legs crossed in my marching in protest against gun policies singer Mikel Jollett: “When your lead-
Ann Basu Jessica Piper Anna Fauver khaki uniform pants. I remember being in light of recent school shootings circu- ers act like children and your children
Ezra Sunshine so excited because this was what I had lated the web and news platforms, follow- act like leaders, you know that change
Associate Editor
Layout Editor Features Editor dreamed of—me sitting in an American ing the patterns of movements such as is coming.” This quote perfectly cap-
Rachael Allen school reenacting a James Bond movie. Black Lives Matter. Young black children tures the current social climate we live
Emma Bezilla Sarah Bonanno Alyce McFadden
Ian Stewart After realizing what a lockdown drill are also fighting gun and police violence in. Oppression and power is written
Roither Gonzales was intended for, my elation shriveled using the same social media platforms. into narratives of societies. Howev-
Dakota Griffin A&E Editor
Copy Editor Nicholas Mitch into fear. I asked my father when I got However, it is important to recognize the er, if we are lucky, our leaders work
Isabelle Hallé
Nell Fitzgerald Louisa Moore home, “It will never happen, right?” He voices that get elevated and supported to combat the systems that reinforce
Shinhee Kang Allison Wei responded, “Just do what they tell you.” nationwide, even within the context of power imbalance. Millennials have a
Opinion Editor
To my immigrant father, that was the protesting for the same values and rights. crucial role in social culture—we have
Digital Strategist Business Manager Rohini Kurup safest thing to do in a foreign land, and Elementary school children rally created a streamline of information
Sophie Washington Edward Korando he was right because we had different across the nation learning from our and global community. Our actions
Ned Wang Calendar Editor stakes. For a long time, I did not un- mistakes and taking a page from our and presence shape the tempo in our
Social Media Editor Avery Wolfe Kate Lusignan derstand the implications and benefits books. From a young age, they have shifting global sphere. Therefore, as a
Gwen Davidson of conforming; I just did what they told learned to fight—to fight for their safety, collective, we are leaders. We need to
Uriel Lopez-Serrano Data Desk Page Two Editor me. their right to live, their right to not be be filled with urgency to amplify our
Faria Nasruddin Hannah Donovan Samuel Rosario As I draw further away from my par- traumatized because a lockdown drill is voices so the new millennials can live
ents’ ideologies, there is a craving to cor- not safe enough. They have learned that their childhood. As we inspire the
The material contained herein is the property of The Bowdoin Orient and appears at the sole discretion of the rect their mistakes. My generation acts age is not a prerequisite to fight for insti- growing generation, our blush pink
editors. The editors reserve the right to edit all material. Other than in regard to the above editorial, the opinions differently; we are inspired by the older tutional change. Children are standing generation needs to take a page from
expressed in the Orient do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors. eras’ shortcomings to push back against on the forefront of protests bearing a their books.
Friday, April 6, 2018 OPINION 15

Fighting Islamophobia: a call for action

and marginalizes a group of and traverse continents hun- do not make America great
by Mohamed Nur innocent people who struggle dreds of years ago draw peo- but are antithetical to the
Op-Ed Contributor
to live in faith. ple like my mother to America very fabric of our coun-
Earlier this week, Mus- Religious freedom is one today. For my family, when try. Equality and religious
lim communities across the of America’s most fundamen- almost everything in our lives freedom are the bedrock
U.K. and the U.S. prepared tal liberties; it is one of the was not within our control, of democracy. They are
themselves for an escalation central pillars upon which Islam was the only thing we enshrined in our Consti-
of violent threats inspired our nation was founded. had the power and the agency tution and are not mere
by “Punish a Muslim Day.” However, from generation to control. I have had a com- formalities to be discard-
Anonymous letters arrived to generation, almost every plicated relationship with my ed in difficult times. We
to the homes of Muslims religious group has faced faith. Islam brought stability all have a responsibility
in England and circulated discrimination, hate and vi- and comfort to my family and to ensure that we push,
throughout social media in- olence. Respect and equality grounded us in an unfamil- challenge and fight
tended to strike fear among have, more often than not, iar place. But because of my to uphold these val-
Muslim communities. The prevailed throughout histo- faith, I was a target. My body ues.
letter, which boasted horrific ry but only after principled is covered in scars from fights I ask that we do
“rewards” on a point system, voices transcended preju- with people who deemed me not capitulate to the
encouraged people to attack dice and hatred. However, as other, who deemed me as hate embodied
and harass Muslims on April American Muslims have had inferior, who deemed me as by “Punish
3, from ripping hijabs from to endure a disturbing wave a terrorist. To these people, a Muslim
Muslim women to throwing of bigotry, outright hostility I represented “Black Hawk Day.” Hate
acid on Muslims. While the and unrelenting animosity. Down” and 9/11. So, I have swallows
origin of this heinous letter From attacks on mosques to always struggled to reconcile us whole,
is still unknown and there scathing rhetoric from public the love and stability my faith envelopes
were no major incidents that officials, namely President gave me and the violence of us in its
day, the letter successfully Trump, American Muslims others I had to endure because shroud
achieved its intended goal: have been demonized, berat- of it. and takes
to strike fear in the hearts ed and attacked for exercis- The dangers of Islamopho- our bodies and
of Muslims and inspire hate ing their basic constitutional bia are real. The apathy of my minds hostage. Ha- JENNY IBSE
from others. right to religious liberty. peers towards Islamophobia tred brings out the worst in Islam
“Punish a Muslim Day” I am the proud son of a is not only frustrating, but humanity. It is during these taught me
is not an isolated event; it is Somali Muslim immigrant. disappointing. We, as a cam- times that we are tested, and to forgive those
not an obscure moment of My family escaped a brutal pus, a country and a culture, we must reach out to one an- who hurt to me, Islam
ugliness from hateful, de- civil war in Somalia in search must have the courage and other and provide comfort. In taught me to practice com- beautiful. I have lived through
praved people. It reflects the for a better life. Millions of humanity to have an honest times where it appears we are passion in the face of cruelty the darkest times of my life,
structural Islamophobic real- Americans, from our nation’s conversation about the impli- lost to shadows, that is when and Islam taught me to love only to see the most beautiful
ity that Muslims in the U.K. inception to the modern day, cations of Islamophobia. We our eyes can pick up even the myself. To love yourself is the things spark through.
and the U.S. must live and dreamed of a nation where need leaders who will lead most subtle glimpses of light. greatest tool of the marginal-
navigate through every day. equality, tolerance and free- by example and make clear We cannot define ourselves ized, of the oppressed, of those
Islamophobia has become em- dom would shape our lives. that structural and interper- and others by hate. subjugated to live beneath the Peace be upon you
bedded in our culture and our The same dreams of freedom sonal barriers—charged with For all that my family had heels of others. My faith gave
politics; it defines and shapes and opportunity that galva- xenophobic, discriminatory to endure, I realize that my me the skills I need to trans- Mohamed Nur is a member
public discourse and obscures nized people to cross oceans ideologies—against Muslims faith was my greatest strength. form my pain into something of the Class of 2019.

Call-in culture and the landscape of sexual assault

only have previous writers portant that we do not dismiss to bring together those from both within Bowdoin and with an issue as fraught and
by Emma Newbery espoused the same position any idea outright, as lasting different backgrounds and in society at large, places his sensitive as sexual violence
Op-Ed Contributor
the author sets out in his reform will come only with experiences in order to begin article in its own kind of silo. and assault, particularly on a
The latest article of Polar most recent article, but these a solidarity that transcends to unpack the issue of sexual Both of us want to open up campus many of us call home,
Views attempted to acquaint same voices—namely, those of boundaries of race, class and violence on this campus. Ad- the conversation, but doing does not come easily to any of
its audience with phenomena women—are glaringly miss- gender, among other potential ditionally, the conversation so means remaining aware of us. However, I do not need an
that are already readily appar- ing from this call to examine divisions. This piece may be between call-out and what the the ways in which even allies alternative solution in order
ent. Given previous responses and eventually “end sexual construed as a critique of the author dubs “call-in culture” can close themselves off from to respectfully take issue with
to this column and the bevy assault.” author and those mentioned should include all members of important aspects of that the solution that stands before
of articles written by women Efforts to repair gender in his article, and while that our community who are eager conversation and perhaps in- me.
in the past year, it is worry- inequality and the violence much is true, I do not want to help. advertently dominate it, even While I am in full support
ing that these phenomena that often comes with it are to silence the voices of al- It is crucial to note the with the best of intentions. of restorative justice, I fear
were addressed as if they were critical and complex. It is im- lies—male or otherwise. I am larger currents of misogyny The male voice, moreover, that the form of the article
novel to the author adamant in this view, and sexism that guide us, ex- is elevated to a detrimental de- discourages many from en-
and to his audi- and commend the plaining as the author does gree in this article. Advocat- gaging with its content in a
ence. Not author for his how “women [being] force- ing for male students to hold meaningful way. And to the
suggestion fed notions of propriety” “their male friends account- extent I feel able to unpack
contributes to larger issues of able” ultimately perpetuates and analyze the solutions the
gender inequality and control. the idea that the only voices article puts forth, it seems
However, it seems negligent with any validity and power that the suggestions posed
not to place these words in to affect any real change are, ultimately seem to ignore the
the mouth of a woman herself. well, male. Without ground- climate in which we currently
There are no female voices in ing his article with the voices operate. We have seen what
the article, and the only stu- of the women he is trying to little consequence shame
dent cited indirectly is male. help, the author is left with has within a culture that, as
Consequently, the author’s promising content packaged the author himself notes, is
construction of a “local per- in a patriarchal form. This plagued by gender-based vio-
spective” is overshadowed by does a disservice to a reader lence, misogyny and sexism.
the male lens he places on of any gender, with any degree We see alleged assailants in
the female experience. The of background in this issue. the media win awards and
gender of the author is not While the author bemoans lead entire nations, and we
the point of my critique. Au- the fact that “Men ... can go have seen the lukewarm
thors of any gender have the through their adolescent forms of justice that are
responsibility to engage with years without understanding served to those in a place of
the communities they are social cues, micro-aggressions privilege and power. Ulti-
exploring to avoid reframing or any obvious signs that they mately, while I commend and
and taking charge of the nar- may be offensive to women,” I respect the author’s inten-
rative. Having our stories told would, politely, consider this tions and eagerness to change
indirectly through a man— article to be an instance of the way we converse, I worry
with the intended effect that very tragedy at play. I do that the solutions put forth
that people really listen this not have a magical alternative are simplistic, and while
time—is a misguided attempt to the solutions proposed in well-intentioned, create more
at allyship. The author’s lack his article. I consider aspects loopholes than they close.
PHOEBE NICHOLS of direct engagement with of his argument compelling Emma Newbery is a mem-
conversations around him, and inspiring. Contending ber of the Class of 2019.
16 Friday, April 6, 2018

“The Smoke of London: Energy and
Environment in the Early Modern City”
William Cavert, assistant professor of history at University
of St. Thomas, will look at London in 1600 as a fossil-fuel
city and, will use Special Collections to search for the origins
of urban air pollution, two centuries before the industrial
Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne Longfellow Library. 10 a.m.

Testimony: Displacement and Migration
Artist-activist Shaun Leonard ’01 will facilitate a town hall on
the topic of migration and displacement. The event will be
based on student narratives, and challenge participants to
situation current events within their own bodies. There will
be a reception at Quinby House following the event. JACK BURNETT, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Smith Union. 12:30 p.m. LIFE IMITATES ART': Students and Brunswick residents participated in a kinetic workshop in the museum. Students used theater-based movements
to interpret works of art. The workshop was led and organized by Juliana Burke ’18 and Sebastian Gilligan-Kim ’19.


A Concert with Singer and Songwriter “Notes on Blindness” The Brainstem Hub: Central Neural
Clara C
Notes on Blindness (2016) profiles writer and theologian Control of Brain-Body Coordination
John M. Hull, who documented the process of his Helen Xun Hou, neuroscience postdoctoral scientist at
Clara C, a Korean American YouTube singer and songwriter, deteriorating vision on audio cassette. The tapes evolved Columbia University, will discuss the central neural circuits
will perform original songs from her three albums. This event into his memoir “Touching the Rock: An Experience of that coordinate the complete communication between
is part of this year’s Asian Heritage Month celebration. Blindness”. The screening will be followed by a discussion our brain and body. She will also discuss ongoing work on
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 8 p.m. with Jason Middleton, visiting associate professor of cinema how the brain predicts the sensory consequence of our
studies, and Ellen Tani, Andrew W. Mellon postdoctoral body’s actions. Hou will address these questions using
curatorial fellow. electrophysiology, imaging, opto- and pharmacogenetics,

Bowdoin College Museum of Art. 7 p.m. neuroanatomical and behavioral analyses.
Room 20, Druckenmiller Hall. 4 pm.

PERFORMANCE “Color and Visual Cognition”
Bowdoin College Concert Band Byron Kim, artist and senior critic at Yale University, will
The band will perform classic suites of William Byrd Suite, lead an interactive workshop challenging visual perception
Carmen Suite and Carmen Burana EVENT as it relates to color and identity.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 2 p.m. Maine Inside Out Museum of Art. 4:30 p.m.
Formerly incarcerated youth will reflect on their experiences
through poetry and practice. The goal of Maine Inside PERFORMANCE
The Spoken Word
Out is to dismantle oppression and build a movement
for transformative justice. This event includes both a Amal Kassir, a Syrian-American international spoken word
performance and a workshop with the performers. poet, will perform. Kassir will speak about Islamophobia
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m. and empowering the marginalized through writing
LECTURE and speaking.
The Writing and Editing Process with EVENT Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m.
Michael Cannell Cheesefacts Cheese Tasting with Cabot
Michael Cannell, author of three non-fiction books and former Farmer Jenni Tilton-Flood PERFORMANCE
editor of “New York Times House and Home” and other major Bowdoin Cheesefacts, in partnership with the Cabot Battle of the Bands
publications, will draw on his professional experience. The Creamery Cooperative and the Bowdoin Office of The Bowdoin Music Collective will host a competition for
discussion will be facilitated by student writing assistants with Sustainability, will serve cheese and discuss the process of student bands to perform for the chance to open for AJR
Meredith McCarroll, director of writing and rhetoric. getting it from farms to plates. on Thursday during Ivies.
Room 107, Kanbar Hall. 4:15 p.m. Helmreich House. 7:30 p.m. Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill. 8:30 p.m.

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Admitted Students Office Hours feat.

Weekend Clayton Rose Seeing Language