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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, April 13, 2018 Volume 147, Number 21 bowdoinorient.com

Sexual assault petition receives over 800 signatures

outdoor tabling accompanied Administration, demands sexual assault programming baseline of knowledge would really old website and find who
by Nina McKay the petition’s release, bringing that “the College recognize during First Year Orientation, both decrease the prevalence to talk to … It’s just an unnec-
Orient Staff awareness of the petition to the its obligations to its students mandatory education for club of sexual assault at Bowdoin essary burden that survivors
A petition calling on Bow- wider Bowdoin community. affected by sexual violence” officers and programming in and create a more streamlined, shouldn’t have to go through.”
doin to reform its sexual as- “It’s been time for a long by changing its sexual assault the College Houses. All of this smoother road to resources The petition also calls for
sault policy has received over time to do something,” said prevention and programming, additional education would and help for survivors after the administration to place the
800 signatures. The petition, Cowen. “This isn’t necessarily changing the process required aim to prevent assault, inform they are assaulted. same emphasis on Social Code
written by Sophie Cowen ’18, related to #MeToo or Harvey to report sexual assault and students of their Title IX rights “It’s a really convoluted pro- violations as it does on Aca-
Julianna Burke ’18, Amber Weinstein—I think we were changing the overall institu- and equip all students with cess right now,” said Rock of demic Code violations.
Rock ’19 and Eleanor Paasche talking about this before that tional response to sexual vio- knowledge of how to navigate the current practices around “If we gave the same weight
’20, was announced last Fri- happened.” lence. reporting and seeking help sexual assault reporting. “Be- to how we perform socially as
day. A poster campaign in The petition, which will The authors outlined a after a sexual assault. The ing passed from person to
David Saul Smith Union and be presented to the College need for more informative authors hope that a common person and trying to go on this Please see PETITION, page 4

College invites 21
students to join
Geoffrey Canada
Scholars Program
For the six weeks before the
by Devin McKinney start of the semester, approx-
Orient Staff
imately 16 students will work
A cohort of Bowdoin stu- on academic enrichment, such
dents from the Class of 2022 as quantitative reasoning and
will arrive on campus six college-level reading skills,
weeks before the start of the while six Bowdoin upperclass-
fall semester as part of the men will act as their resident
recently-announced Geoffrey and teaching assistants.
Canada Scholars Program. This year, the College invit-
The program, named after ed 21 students to join the pro-
the educator and activist, is gram, hoping to yield 16—the
part of the College’s THRIVE same number of students that
initiative, which aims to bet- are in a first-year seminar.
ter support low-income, first Students were selected based
generation and underrepre- on previous academic expe-
sented students. It connects rience, extracurricular inter-
programs such as Bowdoin ests and geographic region,
Advising Program to Support according to Associate Dean
Academic Excellence (BASE), for Academic Affairs Charles
the Bowdoin Science Experi- Dorn. The Office of Academic
ence and the peer academic Affairs and the Office of Ad-
mentoring program. THRIVE missions worked together to
was announced in September pick the students.
after a $5 million donation “This is a program that’s
from Netflix founder and dedicated to four guiding
CEO Reed Hastings ’83. principles: achievement, JENNY IBSEN AND ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Canada ’74 is the founder
of the Harlem Children’s Zone
belonging, mentorship and
transition for primarily WALK IT OUT: Organized by Anu Asaolu ’19 and Amie Sillah ’20, “What is fashion?” transformed
and a member of the THRIVE
advisory board. Please see SCHOLARS, page 3 the Chapel into a catwalk on Thursday night, featuring thrifted threads from a range of wardrobes.

Dept. of Justice investigates Bowdoin’s early admission practices

prospective students have not submit- Sharing ED acceptance lists is one remains unknown, as does the criteria admissions officials at other schools
by Sarah Drumm ted binding applications to multiple way colleges enforce this behavior. If by which the DOJ picked schools to regarding the exchange of admissions
Orient Staff
schools. students are found to have violated investigate. Among NESCAC schools, records of accepted students.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) The College received a letter from this expectation, their acceptances are Amherst, Bates, Colby, Hamilton, Mid- According to the Chronicle of
is investigating Bowdoin and at least the DOJ last Friday, Director of Com- typically revoked. dlebury, Wesleyan, Williams and Tufts Higher Education, the government is
eight other colleges and universities munications Scott Hood confirmed in Whether Bowdoin shares ED in- have all confirmed that they received seeking “records of actions taken or
regarding potential violations of an- an email to the Orient. formation with other schools, receives the letter. Yesterday, Dartmouth’s decisions made based in whole or part
titrust law in their early admissions “We are cooperating fully, but it from other schools or acts on such student newspaper reported that the on information received from another
processes. I cannot comment further,” wrote information is unknown. Whitney school had not been contacted. college or university about the identi-
The investigation concerns the Hood. Soule, director of admissions and The New York Times, which ob- ties of accepted students.”
behind-the-scenes exchange of infor- Students who apply and are ac- financial aid, said she was unable to tained a copy of the letter sent to This year, just under half of the stu-
mation between colleges about their cepted to any college through ED are discuss the investigation. schools under investigation, reported dents expected to matriculate in the
admitted early decision (ED) appli- typically required to withdraw their The total number of institutions that the DOJ requested that the schools Class of 2022 were admitted through
cants, a practice intended to ensure applications from all other schools. that have been contacted by the DOJ preserve all communications with early decision I and II.

Looking for advice, prospective students? Six first-year students reflect on their time so far SEE PAGE 9.

ResLife increases options for upperclass Jonah Watt’18 makes space for queerness Amal Kassir speaks out against apathy and After crushing Colby, softball looks toward Helen Ross ’18 on sexual violence on
students in the housing lottery. Page 4. on a heteronormative campus . Page 9. injustice. Page 6. Trinity. Page 12. campus. Page 15.
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2 Friday, April 13, 2018

4/05 - 4/11
Thursday, April 5 Sunday, April 8
What’s the best package you’ve gotten at the
• Excessively loud music was reported on the fourth
floor of Coles Tower.
• A College neighbor complained about student ve-
• Brunswick police cited a minor student walking on
Maine Street for possession of alcohol by a minor (by
mail center?
hicles parked along Boody Street and impeding the • An officer checked on the well-being of a minor
flow of traffic. student who had been drinking and was ill in the Zoe Wood ’18
Thorne Hall women’s room.
Friday, April 6
• A parent requested a wellness check for a student
• A student at Brunswick Apartments reported
someone banging on a door at 2:00 a.m. An officer
"My dad tapes cat hair to every let-
after being unable to make contact. An officer found
the student to be safe and in good spirits.
located the student who was responsible for the dis-
turbance and resolved the matter.
ter or package he sends me, without
• A faculty member was briefly stuck in a malfunc-
tioning elevator in Druckenmiller Hall.
• Excessive noise reported at Chamberlain Hall.
• Two students engaged in a physical altercation in a
fail. It’s kind of a nice reminder of
• Smoke from a hair straightener
activated a smoke alarm in
residence hall, resulting in injuries to both.
The incident is under investi-
home ."
Chamberlain Hall. gation. Ava Jackson ’20
• A student-driv- • Students smoking
en College van
scraped a parked
outside of Coles
Tower accidentally "A $20 Amazon vibrator. It’s hot
vehicle in Bruns-
ignited leaves in
a drainage grate. pink."
• A student A security offi-
reported a sus- cer put out the
picious acting fire with a fire
vehicle on Park extinguisher.
Row near Long- • An officer Atticus Carnell ’18
fellow Avenue. checked on
No law viola-
tions were not-
the well-being
of a student
"Earlier this year I received a well-
ed, but a report
was filed.
at the request
of a concerned
used copy of ‘The Book of God: The
Saturday, April 7
friend. Bible as a Novel’ by Walter Wan-
• Officers checked
on the well-being of an
Monday, April 9
• A damaged wooden
gerin with no return address and no
intoxicated student at Coleman
EMMA BEZILLA stair rail was noted at the
north entrance to Helmreich House.
explanation whatsoever. "
• A student at an off-campus gathering reported that • Reports were submitted to the dean’s office on
a champagne bottle fell on her head, causing a bleed- three students who have each accumulated multiple Julio Cesar Palencia ’20
ing laceration. The student was treated for a mild parking violations and hundreds of dollars in fines.
concussion at Mid Coast Hospital.
• Brunswick police cited a student at MyTie for al-
• Administrative and academic building fire drills
were conducted.
"Rattle snake powder. It’s for my
legedly failing to pay a bar tab. At the request of man-
agement, the student was issued a trespass warning.
• A student who is on a leave of absence was found to
be living in campus housing without authorization.
arthritis. "
• A minor student was detained at MyTie for pre-
senting a fraudulent identification card in an attempt Tuesday, April 10
to enter the bar. The matter was turned over to secu- • A student tossing a Frisbee accidentally broke a
rity and a report was filed. window pane at Adams Hall. Alex Withers ’21
• A 21-year-old student was removed from My Tie
after he was observed drinking a brand of alcoholic
beverage that was not sold by the establishment. A
Wednesday, April 11
• A mischievous two-year-old boy pulled a fire alarm
"I don’t get packages. I’m not
security report was filed.
• The unauthorized use of a fog machine caused a
at Hubbard Hall, causing a building evacuation.
• An officer assisted a student who fainted after giv-
smoke alarm at Reed House. ing blood at a Red Cross blood drive at Smith Union.


What can you buy with your Bowdoin tuition? by Samuel Rosario
Orient Staff

With one Month of Tuition

With one Year of Tuition—$68,070 —$5,672.50
With a whole year of Bowdoin tuition, suffering
A month of hair pulling and 32 consecutive
through a sweaty Epicuria and a weak Ivies, you can
midlife crises can get you 71 hours of profes-
travel around the entire world, twice, meeting won-
sional cuddling from (cuddlist.com) in order
derful and inspiring people … and you still will have
to reach your Nirvana.
$18,070 left over that can buy you exactly 903 “Snuffles
the Bear” plushies to quite literally bury yourself in
your well-heated dorm room.
With one Week of Tuition
A week worth of tuition can buy 141 people
With one Semester of Tuition Chipotle steak bowls. Let the hunger games be-
With one Night With one Minute of Tuition
—$34,035 gin! #polargames
of Tuition —$0.14
A whole semester of limited sunlight and —$67.52
eternal winter can buy you 20 months rent for a With one Day of Tuition Every minute you sit in class, 14 cents goes
out the window. That can buy you seven Elton
two bedroom apartment near Pomona College in —$202.59 8 hours of sleep costs John cassettes—and seven 1992 Honda Civic
Claremont, CA. Make sure to bring sunscreen for With a whole day of Bowdoin tuition, you you a whopping $67.52. cassette players. Both go for a penny on Am-
your homesick polar bear plushie! can purchase 270 cans of Bud Light. Can you Sleep is for the weak. azon!
barricade HL with that?
Friday, April 13, 2018 NEWS 3



A Bowdoin student was issued a court summons early Sat-
urday morning after failing to pay his bar tab at MyTie Lounge
& Bar, a club about half a mile from campus on Maine Street.
Brunswick Police Department (BPD) received a call from
MyTie reporting a man who had left without paying around
1 a.m. on Saturday, according to BPD Captain Mark Waltz.
Shortly thereafter, officers encountered a man who fit the
description that the caller had provided. Officers initially en-
couraged the student to pay his bar tab but issued him a sum-
mons for theft of services after he was unable to do so.
The student, who is a senior, has a scheduled court date
for June 5. Court summons means that the student could face
charges for theft of services or other charges that the district
attorney’s (DA) office deems appropriate. The DA’s office
could also choose not to pursue charges.
That same night, a minor student was also denied entry
to MyTie after attempting to use a fake ID. Early on Sunday
morning, another minor student was cited by BPD for posses-
sion of alcohol.
The issuance of court summons to Bowdoin students is not
new. In the month of February, three Bowdoin students were
issued summonses for underage possession of alcohol, one was
issued summons for jaywalking and one was issued summons DEBATABLE: The candidates for BSG president, Ben Painter ’19 and Mohamed Nur ’19, shared their platforms and answered questions about current issues
for operating a vehicle with an expired temporary registration. at Bowdoin at Tuesday night’s debate in Jack Magee’ s Pub and Grill. Elections for president and vice president will open on Friday morning.

BSG candidates run on institutional

reform, sexual violence, mental health
community forums. He also formed of their Title IX rights asked the student body to vote
by Eliana Miller hopes to make the admissions and of the available resources on its new constitution earlier
Orient Staff
process need-blind for inter- for survivors. They will work this semester, just 25 percent of
Candidates for the 2017- national students who qualify to hold students accountable students participated in the vote.
18 president and vice pres- for aid and improve pre-major for sexual assault just as they Throughout Tuesday’s de-
ident of Bowdoin Student advising and training for fac- would for plagiarism. bate, candidates answered
Government (BSG) faced off ulty members. “We have to institutional- questions about bringing con-
at a debate on Tuesday night Nur focuses more on spe- ize the campus resources and servative speakers to campus,
in preparation for this week- cific programs and resources prevention education so that the divide between athletes
end’s election. Mohamed Nur rather than larger cultural we can give students the tools and non-athletes, forseen dif-

’19 and Ben Painter ’19 are trends, promising to “create to counter sexual assault,” said ficulties on BSG and previous
running for president, while programs and events to en- Rock. “We need to reinforce experience as leaders on cam-
Amber Rock ’19 and Nate gage across difference,” by, how students view our social pus. Most candidates shared
DeMoranville ’20 are running for example, connecting class code and [take] responsibili- similar views on these topics.

for vice president. Candidates’ councils with the Brunswick ty for how students view our Both Painter and Nur ad-
platforms vary from broad Police Department “to foster campus culture.” vocated for mandatory events
goals to shift campus culture better relations between us For his platform, DeMor- for students around chal-

to demands for more specific and them. And to recreate anville discussed BSG acces- lenging issues such as race
institutional reforms. events like the Teach In to sibility, election reform and relations, sexual assault and
Though Painter and Rock build community.” programming. He hopes to differences of identity, so as
are running on a joint plat- In Painter and Rock’s joint bring back Food for Thought to ensure that all students
form—their faces appear platform, Painter focuses on discussions, host more student engage in these discussions.
together on posters across mental health awareness and panels and encourage more Rock and DeMoranville

campus—students are not Rock takes the lead on sexual students to participate in BSG, agreed that the administra-
required to vote for both of assault prevention. both by running for positions tion should take caution when

them. DeMoranville critiqued At the debate on Tuesday, and by attending meetings. inviting conservative speakers
joint campaigns at Tuesday’s Painter proposed establishing “I have a simple goal of in- on campus and should focus

debate, saying that it was a a working group to “consider creasing student engagement on allowing student opinions
way to effectively double their institutional reform around and satisfaction in student across the political spectrum

campaign spending money. how to handle issues such as government,” said DeMoran- to be heard.
Nur centered his platform medical leave, demand for ville. “BSG will come to you. Voting opens online at 8
around creating comprehen- counseling and other services We will hold meetings where a.m. today and closes on Sun-
sive financial aid, re-eval- for students.” students are naturally—places day, April 15 at 8 p.m. Cam-

uating curricular policies Rock seeks to establish like 24 College and Kanbar— paigning for the chairs of the
SUBMIT A such as the Exploring Social
Differences (ESD) and In-
specific orientation program-
ming around sexual assault
not always Daggett Lounge.”
A lack of student participa-
BSG Executive Team begins
next Monday and Class Coun-
LETTER TO ternational Perspectives (IP)
requirements and increasing
awareness and prevention and
ensure that all students are in-
tion in BSG affairs has been
previously noted. When BSG
cil campaign will commence
the week of April 30.
200 WORDS SCHOLARS the seminar] was: ‘I want to
do it.’ I was excited because
Dorn noted that the pro-
gram’s directors may decide
to expand it to accommodate
it is something I believe in. I gram will work in conjunc- more students.
low-income, first generation was a first-generation student tion with other THRIVE ini- “Bowdoin has been trying
students and students histor- myself, and as a person of col- tiatives. to diversify the student body
Send all submissions to ically underrepresented in
higher education,” said Dorn.
or, I understand the struggles
of being in an environment
“One of the things we’ll be
able to do is essentially con-
for a few years and also to
increase financial support for
orientopinion@bowdoin.edu The students who are part
of the program will also enroll
where you may feel underpre-
pared or you just want more
vene meetings of the directors
of the various programs that
low-income students, so I feel
like this is yet another piece
by 7 p.m. on the Tuesday of in a firstyear seminar together resources, so I see that as part comprise THRIVE and to of the puzzle,” Kong said. “It’s

the week of publication. in the fall. The seminar will

be taught by Belinda Kong,
of my mandated mission in
this college,” said Kong.
leverage the benefits of each of
those programs,” he said. “The
no longer simply about access
but also about inclusion and
John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Kong hopes to have a sense faculty and staff who are in- support, and that’s been a very
associate professor of Asian of the students and their in- volved in the various programs challenging piece not only to
Include your full name and Studies and English, who has
also worked as a BASE advisor
terests before she finalizes the
reading list for the seminar.
could come together and gen-
erate new ideas around how to
get the students here but to
hear from them and have a
phone number. twice in recent years. However she does want to best serve students.” sense of the things that would
“I think my first thought incorporate dystopian fiction If the program’s first year be helpful. We are trying to
[when I was asked to teach that draws from multicultural proves successful the pro- respond to that need.”
4 NEWS Friday, April 13, 2018

Housing lottery reopens,West 5th to house upperclass students

open rooms on April 25. All fifth floor of West are occu- tact ResLife. College House for fall 2019. not expect to totally dissolve
by Jaret Skonieczy lotteries will take place at 6 pied by upperclass students Citing a shift in the campus These two new additions to off-campus housing,” said
Orient Staff
p.m. in Daggett Lounge in and the other half by first social life away from campus, the campus housing options Rendall.
After a low turnout in the Thorne Hall. years. Before the lottery last the College has instituted a will house approximately 110 Last year, ResLife convert-
off-campus housing lottery, In November 2017, the year, ResLife had planned to number of changes to reduce students in total. ed the one-bedroom triples
this year’s on-campus hous- Office of Residential Life convert West into exclusive- the number of students living Bowdoin is not the only in Brunswick Apartments
ing lottery will open the fifth (ResLife) capped the number ly first-year housing, but the off campus. A working group institution attempting to re- into doubles. Rendall cited a
floor of West Hall to upper- of students allowed to live off College needed more beds for formed in February 2017 fine its off-campus housing preference for opening up the
class students. According to campus at 185 for the follow- upperclass students. recommended the current policies. Colby will open new fifth floor of West Hall rath-
Lisa Rendall, director of hous- ing academic year, but only In the 2016-2017 academ- off-campus housing caps. In apartments in downtown Wa- er than creating additional
ing operations, the change 167 students have been re- ic year, 217 students lived off addition, Ladd House will be terville this fall, adding ap- forced triples in Brunswick
was made to ensure that all leased to live off campus for campus. In January 2017, the populated with only seniors proximately 200 beds. It will Apartments.
students who enter the lottery the next school year. College capped off-campus next year, after being a ma- also ban students from living However, the changes may
will secure a room. The fifth floor of West housing at 200 students. In an jority sophomore space since off-campus, according to the create forced quints in certain
The quints and quads lot- Hall, which consists of sev- email to students on Wednes- becoming a College House. Colby Echo. first-year bricks.
tery will take place on April en two-room doubles and a day, Rendall said that students The College also plans to “I think we will eventu- “The goal is for that not to
17, the chem-free on April proctor room, will be open in who have not currently been construct new upperclass ally get to a point where the happen, [but] it all depends
19, the triples and singles on the doubles lottery. This year, released to live off campus but apartments and convert Boo- cap is lower than 185 as we on the size of the first-year
April 23 and the doubles and about half of the rooms on the would like to be should con- dy-Johnson House into a new build new housing, but I do class,” said Rendall.

PETITION stitutes a concrete example of

a community putting voice to
more and better,” said Foster.
“I’m hopeful that—I haven’t
groups that do things around
sexual violence,” Cowen said.
Shea Necheles ’18, a
co-leader of Safe Space, ex-
edged that the posters would
cause some degree of pain.
wanting to end violence, and seen the petition—but that “But because sexual violence plained both her support of the “The terrible reality with
students as how we do aca- he agrees with its emphasis on there’ll be some really good is something that exists on ev- petitioners and her concern sexual violence is that when
demically, I feel like that would prevention. He also pointed ideas we can consider.” ery part of this campus … we around the poster campaign, you talk about it, it will hurt,”
help students understand the out the longstanding efforts by Burke said that the intent need the education to be part especially one poster that says, Cowen said. “This is not a
gravity of this issue and how students and staff to fight the of making the petition public of every club, every organiza- “Only 11 percent of survivors painless process for most peo-
seriously we take it here at this presence of sexual violence at was not to exclude the Title tion on this campus—not just choose to formally report their ple who have signed, most peo-
institution,” said Rock. Bowdoin. IX Office and explained that Safe Space, not just BMASV assailant” and “Rapists are on ple who have created the peti-
Some of the ideas in the pe- “I do think it’s difficult to the meetings she and the other [Bowdoin Men Against Sexual our campus.” Necheles stressed tion, and so my heart goes out
tition were presented to mem- feel like a lot of people have authors had with Peterson and to the people who were affect-
bers of the administration in worked hard on this issue and Douglas were positive. ed by this and [were shocked].
the last couple of months, be- that has been somehow flat- “They were super receptive Sexual violence is a huge, multi- My hope is that they did have
fore the petition was released,
when the authors met with
tened to mean that because
sexual violence has not ended,
and thought [the prevention
programming] was a good
faceted problem–I think it takes a a moment of empowerment in
knowing that we’re working,
Associate Director of Gender there is something wrong with idea,” Burke said. “This pe- really big concerted effort and lots because that emotional labor is

of different variables.
Violence Prevention and Ed- what has been done,” Douglas tition is by no means an at- so real. People shouldn’t have
ucation Lisa Peterson and Di- said. “Sexual violence is a huge, tempt to circumvent that, or to go through that in order for
rector of Gender Violence Pre- multifaceted problem—I think minimize that, but it’s the idea –Benje Douglas things to change.”
vention and Education Benje it takes a really big concerted that we didn’t want this to be The authors explained that,
Douglas, who oversees the Ti- effort and lots of different vari- a private conversation that was while this process has been
tle IX program at the College. ables and lots of different sta- occurring between me, Sophie, difficult for many people in-
“I was not aware that they ples are involved and invested.” Amber, Eleanor and a couple Violence]. It needs to be every- the importance of remember- volved with the petition, the
were releasing a petition, but Dean of Students Affairs other people.” where.” ing that different avenues are response of the Bowdoin com-
I met with them earlier in Tim Foster explained that The decision to write and Some students expressed empowering for different sur- munity has been encouraging,
the semester,” Peterson said. he was initially surprised to release the petition stems not concern that some of the post- vivors and that formal report- with many students, faculty,
“They had reached out to me hear about the petition, as he from a feeling that Bowdoin ers, which referenced vaginal ing is not the right avenue for staff and alumni reaching out
with some ideas for potential feels there’s a lot of activity at is facilitating an unhealthy and anal penetration in large everyone. to express support.
programming, and so we had Bowdoin already happening culture that is specific to this font sizes, could be triggering “I’m worried that this post- “People really care, they
a couple really robust meet- around sexual assault preven- institution, but rather from the to some survivors of sexual as- er makes it seem that if you really do,” Cowen said. “And
ings to discuss different gaps tion. However, he explained idea that Bowdoin exists with- sault. In an email to the Orient aren’t formally reporting your people have come to us with
that they saw in programming that he understands the con- in a wider society that instills Thursday night, the petition assault, that’s why there are concerns and questions about
… I was really excited about cern that people have that certain norms about gender authors apologized for the po- still assailants on this campus,” parts of the petition, and we’ve
some of the ideas they brought there is not enough mandato- relations in students before tentially triggering content. Necheles said. “It’s no one’s ob- had important conversations
forward. Some of them over- ry programming, and he ex- they come to campus. “We would like to extend a ligation to formally report an with those people, and we defi-
lapped with plans, with hopes pressed that the College could “We live in a rape culture, so sincere apology to those who assault—if you choose not to nitely encourage them to come
this isn’t Bowdoin’s fault,” said were hurt by our posters,” they formally report an assault, you to us if they have any more

We live in a rape culture, so

Rock. “But I feel like Bowdoin wrote. “Our attempt to direct are not the reason why there concerns or questions.”
definitely has a role and can attention to sexual violence at are assailants on this campus.” Burke affirmed a commit-
this isn’t Bowdoin’s fault. But … really do a lot of prevention
work and help make sure stu-
Bowdoin occurred at the ex-
pense of some survivors’ heal-
The posters were taken
down on Tuesday, not because
ment to Bowdoin as an insti-
tution, calling protest “an act
I feel like Bowdoin definitely dents feel as safe as they can so ing processes. While we know of their content, but because of love.”

has a role.
they can just focus on being a some students were empow- posters that are hung in Smith “We love Bowdoin; we care
student.” ered, we also recognize that Union must be associated with about Bowdoin. If we didn’t
–Amber Rock ’19 While acknowledging the
important work done by exist-
other students were upset and
triggered by this information
a sponsoring organization, ac-
cording to Director of Student
care, if we just thought this
was the way it was and this
ing student groups whose mis- and we failed to fully account Activities Nate Hintze. was how it has to be, then we
sions are specifically related to for their individual wellbeing.” Previously, the petition wouldn’t be doing this,” Burke
that I had for future program- always be doing more with this sexual assault prevention and Another concern that was authors had hoped that the said. “We recognize the power
ming as well, and so provided a issue. supporting survivors, the au- raised was the idea that, while accompanying opportunity that Bowdoin students, Bow-
very nice opportunity to part- “I look forward to actual- thors said that the amount of the petition may be empower- to sign a petition would pro- doin staff, Bowdoin faculty
ner with students in getting ly hearing constructive ideas programming around sexual ing for some survivors, it may vide an avenue for people to have … we’ve seen a lot of
those implemented.” people have because this is a assault that is mandatory for also stir up difficult psycho- channel their emotions into a positive changes happen, and
Douglas feels that the peti- classic place where there are all students is insufficient. logical and emotional reac- contribution toward positive we can just continue and do so
tion is positive in that it con- so many opportunities to do “There are a ton of great tions for other survivors. change. Even so, they acknowl- much more.”


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Friday, April 13, 2018 NEWS 5

Chemistry fund honors former professor Dana W. Mayo

by Jill Tian
colleagues and friends.
Last Friday, Sarah Luppino
search in chemistry and re-
lated fields with fellowships,
colleague of Mayo’s.
Stemmler recalled Mayo’s
Our chemistry department
Orient Staff
’10 took the stage in Druck- supplies and travel. commitment to the Bowdoin would not be the department it
When Professor of Chem-
istry Emeritus Dana W. Mayo
enmiller Hall to give the in-
augural lecture supported by
“[Professor Mayo] would
look out and find students in
chemistry department and
credits him for helping make is without all of the things tht
passed away in November
2016, former students sought
the fund. A student of Mayo’s,
Luppino earned her PhD in
his class who often weren’t
the very best students. But
it research-intensive. The
fund emphasizes interdisci-
Professor Mayo did.
a fitting way to honor the de-
fining role that “Doc Mayo”
chemistry at MIT. Her talk was
titled “Synthetic Approaches
he would grab them and give
them confidence that they
plinary research, which is ap-
propriate considering Mayo’s
–Professor Elizabeth Stemmler
played in their lives. After Employed to Access Two Dif- could be successful. He would contributions to the environ-
reaching out to Mayo’s wife, ferent Sets of Linearly-Conju- help them see what [they] mental studies and chemistry
Odile Jeanne d’Arc Mayo, they gated Ladder Compounds.” could do through research,” departments. The story of his search out of his own pocket would not be the department
decided to establish the Dana In addition to hosting lec- said Elizabeth Stemmler, the arrival at Bowdoin exempli- when he was getting started,” it is without all of the things
Walker Mayo Fund with help turers, the fund financially James Stacy Coles professor of fied this dedication. Stemmler said. that Professor Mayo did,” she
from family, former students, supports undergraduate re- natural sciences and a former “He paid students to do re- “Our chemistry department added.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Amal Kassir
activist, empathist, poet
speaks out against injustice


agency of her own. window holding our kids, drip- what language you laugh in? The happiness and sadness mean. “I think her perspective on
by Sabrina Lin “Not knowing how to con- ping with blood, praying you’ll human reactions, the smiles and The fact that my family lost their humanity and her discussion of
Orient Staff vince someone [of] the sanctity at least point your cameras at us. cries. What language are the tears families—you know what that her personal turmoil and jour-
There are activists, there are of human life, it renders me very, You lock your doors at night, but when they’re falling from your meant? They didn’t have to live in ney, in both faith and in her own
storytellers and there’s Amal Kas- very powerless. And the reason we’re all afraid of this world … eyes?’” added Kassir. that hell on earth.” role in portraying these issues
sir. Unapologetic in her poignant why I get up on these stages is be- we’re afraid like all mothers … Her work is also deeply rooted Realizing the labels easily in society, was really illuminat-
dissections of humanity, the cause it gives me power, it gives We will never forget the lives we in her history and first-hand sto- ascribed to her because of her ing,” said Emma Greenberg ’18.
Denver-born, Syrian-American me ownership to my voice,” said lost, we will teach our children to ries from members of her family. appearance, Kassir challenges “She talks about devastating and
spoken-word poet calls herself Kassir. “I get to speak and claim pray for your children. We will Outspoken about the tragedies of connotations of Islamophobia horrific things with a very inter-
an “empathist.” Her Thursday my territory.” teach them to say, may we bury war in Syria and frustration with and speaks about her religion esting lens of both her role as an
night performance in Kresge Kassir speaks about individ- the guns like we bury the chil- the refugee crisis, Kassir seeks to with pride and appreciation. American, her role as an activist
Auditorium, sponsored by the uals deeply affected by human dren, say Amen.” communicate the unimaginable “If you want to know where and her role as a human being.”
Muslim Students Association, injustice and systematic abuses With this depiction of grief, weight of human tragedy. Islamic feminism begins, it is this Indeed, what makes Kassir
presented personal recounts on of power. Her poems are made Kassir draws a parallel between “At the end of the day, my verse right here: ‘Heaven is under stand apart is her understanding
war, race and religion. particularly powerful through the footage of Syrian mothers dad lost his sister and we lost your mother’s feet’ ... It’s believed of love and empathy.
Kassir’s name stands for their palpable depictions of pain hugging their kids in tears and 11 members of our family … at the epicenter of our faith, of “I strongly believe that the
“hope” in Arabic, her Syrian and loss, often centered on the the almost identical ones seen When you’re from a war zone our upbringing, of our values.” opposite of peace is not war. The
father’s native tongue. Exposed relationship between mother from Parkland, Florida. The vic- you become a professional at Students appreciated her dis- opposite of love is not hate—it’s
to the strife of war and poverty and child. She opened with a tory of life, according to Kassir, is saying goodbye,” she said. “This tinct perspective and remarked apathy,” said Kassir. “It’s like the
from a young age, Kassir has al- heart-wrenching portrayal of a the most moving universal motif. is the case not just for a place like on the ways in which Kassir ex- heart has its own cognition.”
ways had a strong impulse to ex- mass school shooting. “There’s a verse by Brother Ali Syria … We’re put in a position plored the enduring strength of
press her indignation and assert “We are standing before your … and he says, ‘Can you tell me where we have to redefine what humanity.

Hite ’20 presents ‘... And She’s a Black Woman’

ences with perspectives that
by Mishal Kazmi don’t often have a platform.
Orient Staff “The significance is to ex-
Every piece on display in a pose this campus to—and I say
new exhibit by Amani Hite ’20, expose because I’m literally like
opening this Friday, fulfills the putting myself and a lot of other
promise of the show’s title: “... black women on this campus out
And She’s a Black Woman.” there [who] are very silenced
“[The] ellipsis in the begin- most of the time—expose this
ning [represents] that there is campus to black art in its raw,
something else before that,” said organic form,” said Hite.
Hite. “The theory is just like on “[The artists are] giving a
top of all of this that she does, piece of themselves, and I want
she’s also a black woman.” people to take a piece of that
Last year, Hite participated and let it sink in and soak in and
in Reed House’s annual Art nurture it and care about it,” Hite
& Color show. This year, with added. “I just want people to see
the encouragement of Visiting that art in the black female form
Assistant Professor of Art Erin is something different than what
Johnson, Hite decided to curate we usually see here.”
an art show of her own for the Lauryn Dove ’21 is displaying
first time. According to Hite, photographs of her sisters in
this is the first exhibit at Bow- Hite’s exhibit. In one of the pic- COURTESY OF AMA GYAMERAH
doin displaying work entirely tures, her older sister is laugh- A SEAT AT THE TABLE: “...And She’s a Black Woman” was curated by Amani Hite ’20. The exhibit features “Hair Studies,” a collection of digital photographs
by black women. The exhibition ing. by Ama Gyamerah (above), and will be on display in Edwards Center for Art and Dance until April 23.
features 11 artists, including “I use that to demonstrate
Bowdoin students, artists from what a lot black women have don’t know the difference,” said why can’t people understand Seat at the Table.” don’t want us to do that, so it’s
Hite’s high school and one to go through when they get Dove. “That progression of her that it’s not appropriate to take “I’m pretty much just talking [us] being ourselves in spite of
alumna. really stupid questions about just laughing was like how black my time and demand energy of about how we’re done asking for others wanting us to tone our-
Through the show, Hite [their] hair, about random women cope with having to me for [their] curiosity?” a seat at the table and how the selves down.”
strives to foster community black people that we don’t even constantly have these questions Another photograph is an table is ours,” said Dove. “We’re The exhibit will remain on
among black art enthusiasts at know and [are] constantly get- asked and then also just laugh- image of Dove’s other sister, trying to reclaim agency and ... display in Edwards Center for
Bowdoin and to present audi- ting compared because people ing out of frustration because which is a nod to Solange’s “A autonomy when a lot of people Art and Dance until April 23.
Friday, April 13, 2018 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 7

Activist turned comic: Yang subverts the status quo

whose work is shaped by her who are having these conversa-
by Surya Milner experience immigrating from tions,” she said. “With humor,
Orient Staff
Taiwan at the age of five. you’re going in and you’re like,
Award-winning comic Jenny “I realized that there’s so ‘OK, this will be funny.’ I think
Yang was an organizer for over much about my experience that sometimes these issues,
85,000 labor union members growing up in southern Cali- because they’re uncomfortable,
when she decided to try her fornia with a mother who was are funny. We’re just trying to
hand at professional joke-mak- a garment worker, and what have more conversations about
ing. The Los Angeles-based co- it means to be an immigrant it, as opposed to telling you, ‘ok
median had made a career out growing up—even in southern this is why this is wrong.’”
of political activism when she California—that affected how I After seeing her perform at
took a risk and devoted herself saw the world and shaped who the East Coast Asian Amer-
to what she had always been I was,” she said. ican Student Union (ECAA-
good at: making people laugh. Alongside stand-up, Yang SU) conference two years ago,
This evening, she will per- creates viral digital videos that Rustanavibul said she was
form stand-up to kick off have been featured on Buzz- taken in by Yang’s relatability
Asian Heritage Month. Though feed, Comedy Central, Fusion, and wanted a platform to share
hailed for her biting com- Funny or Die, Cracked.com those common experiences in
mentary on issues of race and and her own site, JennyYang. a comedic light.
identity, Yang doesn’t plan to tv. In 2016, President Obama “Increasingly from my
deliver a politically-charged honored her as a White House freshman year to senior year,
performance—at least, not ex- Champion of Change for her there was this rhetoric [that] COURTESY OF JENNY YANG
plicitly. work in Asian American and Asians aren’t people of color, IN IT FOR THE LAUGHS: Jenny Yang, who is performing in Kresge Auditorium tonight at 7 p.m., does not consider
“I actually don’t even say Pacific Islander Art and Story- or Asians are basically white,” herself a political comedian. “If my existence feels political to you, then that’s your problem,” said Yang.
I’m a political comedian,” Yang telling. she said. “It completely under- collegiate career. To students uncomfortable and agitate and say, ‘Hey, I’m gonna put
said in a phone interview with Asian Student Association mines so many things—the at Bowdoin for whom issues them so they also agree that in my four years and then I’m
the Orient. “In the end, if you (ASA) co-president Chareeda entire social and historical of race and identity might feel the status quo is unacceptable,” gone,’ but honestly, this is the
just do your work and you’re Rustanavibul ’18 invited Yang context that has come to be.” isolated to affinity groups, she she said. “So the admissions time to flex your skills, flex
just being yourself, that’s all to headline Asian Heritage A graduate of Swarthmore exhorts action—despite how office and the administration is your capabilities and be willing
that really matters. If my ex- Month because of the come- College, Yang is familiar with uncomfortable it may make able to put much more money to make people there uncom-
istence feels political to you, dian’s clever way of tackling the liberal arts college atmo- people feel. where their mouth is when it fortable and say this is not ac-
then that’s your problem.” tough issues, such as microag- sphere and credits her involve- “If you’re a person of color comes to recruiting students of ceptable.”
The line between personal gressions or bias incidents. ment in student groups and ac- at Bowdoin and it’s too small, color.” Yang will perform tonight at
and political is dodgy for Yang, “It’s always the same people tivism for shaping much of her be willing to make people feel “You could just ride it out 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.

On PolarFlix: ‘I, Tonya’ cast brings the heat to the ice

In the run-up to the 1994 in “I, Tonya” bears little re- Bowdoin remotely similar to
by Calder McHugh Winter Olympics, Harding was semblance to the “Wolf of Wall any of these characters. I’m not
Orient Staff
accused of being aware of a Street” version, in which she’ssure if this has made my life
Welcome to the second week plot to injure fellow U.S. figure spitting lines opposite Leo Di-safer, but it has certainly made
of On PolarFlix, a column skater Nancy Kerrigan. The Caprio like, “we’re not going to
it more boring. I think the film
meant to do exactly what it film traces Harding’s life up to be friends.” Robbie’s Harding is
would appeal to most students,
sounds like—review films on the ’94 Olympics and includes battered and misunderstood. but will have particular value
Bowdoin Student Government killer performances from not The movie careens between if you are interested in, in no
(BSG)’s movie streaming ser- only Robbie but also Allison really funny and very sad, so if
particular order: non-“Blades
vice, PolarFlix. This week, we Janney, who plays Harding’s you feel like that kind of ride,
of Glory” ice-skating movies,
are going with Oscar contend- mother (LaVona Golden), queue that baby up. an old and very mean C.J.
er “I, Tonya,” a biopic about Sebastian Stan as Harding’s Cregg, director Craig Gilles-
the American ice skater Tonya husband Jeff and Paul Walter Greatest One-Liner: pie, depictions of truly unbe-
Harding. Hauser as Jeff ’s close friend. After hearing that her lievable stupidity or parrots.
daughter is getting married,
Plot Summary (minor Best Mood for Watching: Golden, always the doting Watch/Don’t Watch:
spoilers about Tonya Hard- This is a film that translates mother, quips, “You fuck Another week, another
ing’s life): really well to the big screen, dumb. You don’t marry dumb.” wonderful PolarFlix-watching
Yeah, so it turns out it’s kind but of course can be enjoyed It’s prescient. experience. Run to the nearest
of difficult to write a review of on a laptop whilst connect- laptop and watch while you
this film without mentioning ed to Bowdoin wifi as well. Intended Bowdoin Audi- have the chance (everyone
SARA CAPLAN what Harding (Margot Rob- BEWARE, LOVERS OF FI- ence: knows BSG giveth and they
bie) refers to as “the incident.” NANCE: the Margot Robbie Honestly, I know no one at taketh away).

Kim leads nonvisual workshop


SENSORY EXPERIENCE: (RIGHT): Acclaimed artist Byron Kim visited campus yesterday to host a participatory art workshop, which focused on the nonvisual senses and coincided with an exhibit currently on display in the Bowdoin
College Museum of Art, “Second Sight: The Paradox of Vision in Contemporary Art.” (LEFT): Students took part in a workshop consisting of a guided exercise inspired by the artist’s personal meditation practice.
8 FEATURES Friday, April 13, 2018

Duke it out: Gingersnap

wins battle to open Ivies
Ten bands performed to a packed Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill for the chance
to open for D.R.A.M. at Ivies on Saturday, April 28. The event included
beautiful voices, loud horns, a crowdsurfing incident and of course cheap
beer for those of age. The group Gingersnap, new on campus this year, took
home first prize. They are made up of Isabel Udell ’19 (below), Jon Luke
Tittman ’19. Zakir Bulmer ’19 and Milo Richards ’21.
by Ann Basu

Friday, April 13, 2018 9

he N
Next Four Years
We asked six first years to tell us what they wish
they knew before starting at Bowdoin. These are

their responses.
compiled by Alyce McFadden and the Orient Staff
I thought
hought I’d just feel really I thought it would be re- Honestly I expected it would At the beginning of the I think when I got to I’ve had a lot more fun this
ated up here, because
becaus I a
ally difficult transitioning, be tough transitioning from year I felt like a lot of people college first I was kind of year than I was expecting to
greww up in a really suburban/
suburba but more of the sense that
b West Coast to East Coast, were close to their room- self-conscious about what my have. I think there’s some-
an area. I thought that th
the nneither of my parents went to but just in terms of diversity, mates, and I just didn’t have reputation was going to be thing really unique about col-
ne environment wou would ccollege, so they had no idea the campus community has that. I felt weird about that— or what other people would lege in that it’s separate from
make me feel closed off what to tell me. I was com- provided a versatile student like, was that a me problem? think about me, but then re- the rest of the world. We’re
from the rest of the world or ing here really confused and body. It is diverse enough to Is this a thing I should be alized that I don’t really think these quasi-adults with these
something. Which is kind of scared about how I would be make it feel like I have not working towards? But, I’ve that much about [it]—I don’t quasi-adult responsibilities.
an exaggerated feeling, but able to ... behave myself in really changed surroundings found that I settled into really spend that much time - Aida Muratoglu ’21
when I came here I really felt a way that would allow me but rather travelled to a more friend groups that aren’t nec- thinking about anybody else,
the sense of community on to get through school but varied community, filled with essarily within my living situ- so no one’s thinking about me
campus and it made it feel also to make a lot of friends a variety of perspectives. The ation, which I love, because I that much.
really big. and establish myself here. hardest thing has been the love my friends. - Nick Purchase ’21
Oh, god, I just feel like a But Bowdoin really made an personality of East Coast peo- - Ayana Harscoet ’21
brochure every time I talk. effort to make everyone feel ple—they’re a little bit ruder.
They’ve brainwashed me. welcomed. - Ben Zevallos ’21
- Dylan Bess ’21
- Dan Mayer ’21


Queer faces, straight spaces: inclusivity at Bowdoin

Space, Place, pus. And though the center is tainly understand the value of
and Sucking an essential space for many, female living spaces, all-male
by no means does it meet the spaces, particularly when tied
Face diverse needs of all queer stu- to sports teams, breed exclu-
by Jonah Watt dents on campus. In calling for sivity and toxic masculinity,
queerer spaces on campus, I am exacerbated by the drinking
Last Thursday night, I attend- not asking the College to buy culture and party scenes that
ed my first “underground queer up the remaining properties on these houses promote. I do
party.” Inspired by Wesleyan’s College Street and create more recognize, however, that gen-
biweekly “secret gay keg parties,” centers for gender and sexual der-segregated spaces do not
this was intended to bring to- diversity. I am asking us, how- preclude queer membership
gether and revitalize Bowdoin’s ever, to critically examine how and that, furthermore, queer
lackluster queer community. Bowdoin’s physical and social students living in these envi-
This party wasn’t the local gay structures reproduce heteronor- ronments may not feel com-
club I frequented abroad, re- mativity and marginalize queer fortable being “out.”
plete with handsome men in identity. Calling for more queer Sports teams are also gen-
their mid-twenties, strobe lights, space and visibility necessitates dered spaces and breeding
drag queens and complimentary deconstructing, figuratively and grounds for heteronormativ-
drinks. Nor was it the drug-in- perhaps literally, heteronorma- ity. Even before orientation,
duced, queer utopia that I imag- tive space on campus. many first years form close
ine my Wesleyan counterparts Bowdoin’s campus is regulat- friend groups based on gen-
might enjoy. But it was an im- ed by heteronormativity as “nor- der and often maintain these
portant alternative queer space mative” gender identities and tight circles throughout their JENNY IBSEN
for the night. relationships are put on public four years. This is not to say
My night (and slight hang- display. For the most part, we that sports teams are not inclu- at Saturday morning brunch, steps towards creating more in- ical of how gender and sexual
over the next morning) prompt- eat, study, recreate and cohab- sive (many teams have queer and it means that they rolled out of clusive spaces, such as the gender orientation structure our friend
ed me to meditate on what an itate with friends of the same trans students and are welcom- bed together. Female friends neutral bathrooms on the sec- groups. But in the meantime, I
“underground queer party” does gender, creating gendered spaces ing groups), but rather to suggest have expressed fear of this as- ond floor of Smith Union. At the am going to revel in ephemeral
for Bowdoin’s queer community that reproduce heteronorma- that a central pillar of Bowdoin sumption when eating with same time, these changes high- queer spaces. Last week, as I
and campus more broadly. As a tive norms. As first years, we operates along a rigid gender male companions in their ear- light the difficulty in breaking chatted and danced and sipped
cis-gendered white male, I do are placed into living situations binary. We also reproduce and lier Bowdoin years. Perhaps as down binaries and restructuring cheap wine, I felt carefree and
not claim to speak on behalf of based on our gender identity. elevate heteronormativity off the a man, I was not attuned to this space. I have been conditioned comfortable in the physical
the queer community at Bowdo- We live with people of the same fields. Art and theatre publicly anxiety. Or perhaps, more likely, to enter the bathroom closest space provided by that living
in; there are a multitude of expe- gender and use gender-segregat- display largely heterosexual re- this assumption does not exist to the stairs—the one that was room. Queer couples sitting in
riences and identities that nav- ed bathrooms, though Bowdoin lationships through plays and for queer folk. The few times previously “male.” Perhaps new the corner of the living room
igate campus in different ways has taken steps to become more public galleries across campus, that I have had meals with a students don’t have preferences or making out in the middle of
and who face greater discomfort inclusive in first year rooming catering to a straight audience. romantic or sexual interest, do and routines, and perhaps gen- the improvised dance floor were
and marginalization than I do. assignments. Dining halls are also innoc- others interpret this as such? der neutral bathrooms may not not a spectacle as they might be
While 24 College provides a Even as upperclassmen, we uously coded spaces. When we Or is it just assumed that we are even be novel concepts for them. under the cis-gendered, hetero-
physical queer space for people reproduce this gender segrega- see a man and a woman eating two male friends chatting over a Bowdoin should continue sexual gaze of a College House
of all genders and sexualities, it tion with binary living spaces together, we often assume that meal? to create gender inclusive bath- basement. Instead, this queer-
is the only such space on cam- on and off campus. While I cer- it is a date. Or if we see them Across campus, we are taking rooms, and we should be crit- ness was the norm.
10 FEATURES Friday, April 13, 2018

Talk of the Quad

had more than enough room remember conversations with
LOOKING FORWARD for a family of five. I am for- my dad that could only exist
ever grateful for the hours of in dreams yet left me feeling
Two figures stand under a car rides we spent together, the shadow of his pres-
tree near the Bowdoin Chap- listening to the Talking Heads ence—a presence that was
el. It is a birch tree or maybe in silence. I am grateful for fading ever further into
an oak—I am not sure, and it the way in which my parents the past.
doesn’t even matter. The tree looped me into the conversa- Imagine my confusion,
is just beginning to bloom. tion. “What do you think?” then, when the end of the
Its silvery green leaves shud- they would ask, “What do you semester arrived and
der in the cool May breeze, want?” I didn’t know. I want- that tree next to the
and its rosy buds are filled to ed things to go back to the chapel was begin-
burst with flowers that reach way they had been. I wanted ning to bud. I had for-
to meet the morning sun and a future where I would stand gotten that trees could
cast stippled shadows across under a blossoming tree next hold color, that the
the grass. Families surround to the Chapel, wrapped in earth around me was
me. Parents, siblings and my dad’s arms. 2016 saw my still ablaze and brim-
grandparents jostle about to hopes for that future run their ming with life. I can’t
find their children—all grown course with a final breath and say that I enjoyed it,
up and ready to take on the the scattering of sunflower but I forced myself to
world. There is excited chat- petals onto a freshly turned recognize and remem-
tering, whooping and shout- earth. ber warm days and freez- CAROLINE CARTER
ing. There’s the occasional When I returned from ing cold days alike. And the
flash of a camera. winter break in 2016, the tree weight that had paralyzed me
In a whirl of excitement and next to the chapel was bare. It persisted, but it was different.
pride, the figures under the was highlighted by a dusting It grounded me, keeping me
tree embrace. My dad wraps of soft snow, and it glowed in company even in my solitude.
his arms around my sister and the pale winter sunlight—a Every day, I walk past the
kisses her on the cheek. She grotesque, mocking skele- tree on my way to class. My
is the first of his daughters to ton of warm days long gone. chest ripples and tightens.
graduate from college and the Where two figures had once A chaotic rush of thoughts
only one that he will see do so. embraced under its branches winds its way down my spine,
I, too, am beaming. I am also and radiated warmth, all I leaving my mind either curi-
holding back tears. I commit saw was frozen earth and the ously numb or surprisingly
this scene to my memory and emptiness of a moment that I clear. Sometimes I avert my
hold it close. would never have. gaze and quicken my step,
At the time, I did not know Bowdoin continued. I went hoping to shake away the
that our family of five would to class. I went to practice. I feeling. Other times I stop to
only have a few months left lost my sadness in bouts of revel in the feeling. I allow the
together and that most of laughter with my friends, and tide of sadness to curl over
those months would be spent I found it again during those me, then begin to traverse
apart. That summer, weekly nights when I woke up in the peaks and valleys of calm- tree. I am ready to remember,
trips to the hospital were a tears. In the quiet of my bed- ness that are carved within wards me, though age of those two figures under to quietly revel in another
staple. Even as my dad’s own room I found comfort in the me, searching for that same I know it will never reach that particular tree close. I moment captured and anoth-
body attacked itself, he looked low buzz of my housemates warmth that filled me on me—a cruel joke, certainly, am ready for that day in May, er moment shared.
to a future that we all hoped going about their days, even that May morning. I let that but such things happen. where I get to hug my moth- Steph Sun is a member of
would continue—a future that as I sat at my desk trying to warmth move ever closer to- I continue to hold the im- er and my sisters under that the Class of 2018.

Angeles always seemed too Bowdoin didn’t disappoint. green, and then the next day an adventure! It was either Yet, despite all the difficul-
sunny and perfect—in fact I remember looking around in “Bam!” The trees are dead, take the long way through the ties, I see this entire experi-
the weather in California is so the fall and snapchatting how and now it’s cold. Yay! muddy paths that Bowdoin ence as a cathartic one. Win-
When I was looking at col- perfect that we have a perpet- the leaves were various shades Maybe that’s why I was so cleared, trudge through the ter and fall weren’t necessarily
leges, I placed a very particu- ual problem with droughts. I of red, orange and yellow. It enchanted by the idea of fall deep snow or (my personal horrible—they also had their
lar (almost unreasonable) em- was tired of this, and so I ap- was the wonderful, pictur- and winter—I’ve never lived favorite!) slip and crawl my positives. And although I hat-
phasis on the weather. I wasn’t plied to schools like Bowdoin esque image that I expected. I in an environment like this way across the sheets of ice ed some aspects of it, I learned
looking for anything perfect; where I believed I could expe- didn’t have any of this grow- before. Fall at Bowdoin was that Facilities and the town how to adapt to a harsh envi-
rather I wanted something rience the seasons of which I ing up; the trees at home were incredible—and I believed of Brunswick never seemed ronment. Bowdoin’s environ-
different. The weather in Los was deprived. boring. One minute they’re that winter would be the to clear. Awesome choices, ment made it much easier to
same. Winter conjured right?! adapt to any potential prob-
up the idyllic images But this wasn’t the main lems I might encounter. If I
from the Christmas thing that bothered me. It had issues, I could just use
movies that I watched was the fact that the weather one of the many resources
growing up. When the actually had an impact on my on campus. Surviving winter
first snowflakes fell, I mood. Before I came to Bow- also felt like a group effort—it
was thrilled. doin, I didn’t even know what brought me closer to people.
“Aww! It’s baby’s Seasonal Affective Disorder It allowed me to forge new
first snow!” I remem- was. But after experiencing relationships with the people
ber my roommate my first winter here, I realized with whom I was stuck inside.
saying, as I looked that it was very real—winter I’m now more confident that
around the Quad try- just drains you. It worsens I can actually be “at home at
ing to take pictures of the stress of schoolwork and all lands”—I might not be a
all the snow. I remem- becomes downright depress- true “Mainer,” but I survived
ber saying, “I need to ing. I spent my days doing didn’t I?
take a picture of all homework and excessively Depriving myself of
this before it’s gone!” napping—staying inside be- warmth and sunshine also al-
I was wrong. Within cause the weather was nasty lowed me to better appreciate
a week, a snowstorm outside. After a while I felt the “perfect weather” I took
brought in a few more like I just couldn’t breathe— for granted. I’m not as intense
inches of soft snow. I both literally and figuratively. as those people who pull out
didn’t realize that it The weather made my asthma their shorts and Birkenstocks
would stick around act up and made everything in sunny 39-degree weath-
until April. worse. I felt miserable. er, but I try to study outside
Winter was not as At this point I just wanted whenever it gets to 50.
pleasant as I naively winter to end. I wanted to see Spring is here. And I’m
thought. The beauti- the sun and hang out on the hopeful—but I honestly think
ful white snow that I Quad again. I wanted to cut I’ll still find a way to com-
was so excited about across the Quad. I wanted to plain about it too, especially
turned into this nasty use the diagonal path between since I’m the type of person
mess. It always seemed the Chapel and Gibson again. who sits in the quad for five
to be dark, and I Unfortunately, winter lasts for minutes and comes home
couldn’t go outside a while—especially at Bowdo- with 30 bug bites.
like I used to at home. in where it can snow up until Roither Gonzales is a mem-
Going to class became April. ber of the Class of 2020.
Friday, April 13, 2018 FEATURES 11

Long division: polarizing parties, formulaic
discussions and their confusing remainders
by Sydney Avitia-Jacques, Sophie Cowen, Hannah Berman & Kayli Weiss
Orient Contributors

This article is the third installment in the Diversity Matters series, in which students from the Diversity in Higher Education
seminar present research based on interviews with 48 seniors.

ur analyses of self-segregation These events catalyzed discourse on areas of their lives. To many students, DIANA FURIKAWA
and insufficient race education race, cultural appropriation and campus classrooms were crucial sites of these
at Bowdoin suggest that many structures, and the campus climate grew conversations. To others, talking infor-
students do not understand the impact turbulent and divided as the College mally with friends and peers who were
of racial inequity in their own lives. responded to these issues. For many more engaged in the issues helped alle-
What happens when this manifests in current seniors, this tone defined their viate confusion and illuminate others’
controversy? second year at Bowdoin and has had perspectives. For example, one student the controversies said, “It felt like there and healing to all parties? The frustra-
At the beginning of the Class of 2018’s lasting effects. explained not knowing what cultural were targets on all our backs and every- tion evident in our interviewees’ stories
college careers, three racially charged Our research shows that individu- appropriation was—apart from being one was watching out to see what we more than two years after the “tequila”
controversies occurred on campus over als’ responses to these racially-charged “bad”—until an upperclassman heavily did next … Nobody wanted to say the party is a testament to the controversies’
the course of 15 months. In their first se- controversies cannot fit into simple cat- involved in the discourse explained it. wrong thing.” Similarly, another student enduring sting. What does it mean for
mester at Bowdoin, just before Thanks- egories—they cannot be understood, as Even students implicated in these mentioned fearing their inquiry would so many seniors to graduate with the
giving, the men’s lacrosse team hosted one student said, as “an us-versus-them controversies described experiences that infuriate their peers: “We were all too memories of division still intact? As the
their “Cracksgiving” party, an annual binary.” We found that some students encouraged them to opt into discussions scared to ask people why they were up- class of 2018 prepares to leave Bowdoin,
event at the time where teammates and report learning from the aftermath of about race. One student described their set about it, because all we had seen was so too may the memories of these racial-
their guests dressed up as Pilgrims and these parties and many report feeling team’s conversations with an affinity angry Facebook posts and yelling at the ly charged controversies. Pamela Zabala
Native Americans. The following Octo- discouraged by this series of events. group as “the most productive conver- [BSG] meeting.” One student of color, ’17 explored this issue in her honors
ber, members of the sailing team dressed Students felt pressured to talk about sation we had” because the group was who was in disagreement with members thesis, which we encourage you to read.
up in baggy clothing, one member wear- the parties and were often unsatisfied understanding and did not assume bad of their affinity group, said, “I felt like I Her research revealed incidents of racial
ing cornrows, for their “gangster” party. by their peers’ and administrators’ re- intentions. However, encouraging learn- couldn’t speak my piece without being bias have occurred on average every
Four months later, a group of students actions. We explore how students have ing experiences were not universal. attacked.” 3.5 years since 1964—just about every
threw a tequila-themed birthday party tried to reconcile their lingering frus- A central pattern among students Confusion about the racially-charged time the student body is regenerated.
in an upperclassmen dorm in which trations and find common ground with who mentioned feeling discouraged (63 events was common, but questions were It should not take another “gangster”
some students wore mini sombreros. those whom they perceive to be on “the percent) was the lack of platforms to rarely asked—much less answered—in or ‘“tequila” party for future Bowdoin
While less than half (40 percent) of our other side.” ask questions without feeling punished these structured conversations. Inter- students to care and learn about racial
interviewees mentioned “Cracksgiving,” ••• by their peers. Twenty-three percent viewees felt restricted to specific ways of justice.
almost everyone (92 percent) men- In this climate, many of our inter- of discouraged interviewees expressed talking about the controversies at public How, then, can students learn—as
tioned one or both of the sophomore viewees expressed a desire to resolve unresolved confusion. Students of color discussions and few felt comfortable ex- many said they wanted to—from these
year controversies. their confusion. More than half (58 in particular commonly felt they were pressing their opinions or acting upon moments?
The unique, rapid succession of percent) mentioned encouraging expected to know, care and teach more their confusion. Together, polarization Some of this work starts with the
racially-charged controversies—espe- learning experiences that helped them about cultural appropriation than their and confusion hindered efforts to learn. teams implicated in the controversies.
cially during the 2015-2016 academic understand the controversies. They of- white peers—yet did not always feel pre- Each party was quickly “universally As one sailing team captain shared,
year—engaged students across campus ten noted the value of being able to ask pared to do so. One student explained “I condemned” in BSG resolutions that post-“gangster” party, they met with
in issues of diversity, including many questions openly and form new conclu- still don’t feel like I can do the best job defined cultural appropriation and as- sociology professors and participated
who had before not done so before. sions and ideas they could apply to other explaining to someone why [cultural serted that it was “unacceptable.” Disci- in a facilitated Inter-Group Dialogue
appropriation is] not a good thing.” plinary sanctions by the administration (IGD) with members of the African
Which racially-charged controversies stood out to students? Another student said, “I remember that after the “tequila” party described the American Society. This year, they held
year really realizing that I could say that behavior as “unbecoming of a Bowdoin an IGD program in addition to a team
100% I fit in, in terms of being a person of col- student” and specified punishments for conversation about the “gangster” par-
90% 87.50% or, but, culturally, I’m very white,” indi- implicated students. In this way, Bow- ty to give underclassmen the context
cating that they still felt ignorant about doin officially presented a unified front that prompted the team’s conversations
80% cultural appropriation. maintaining that the incidents were about race. A member of the team said
70% 66.67% Following the “tequila” party, the unacceptable—but as many seniors re- these events “try and emphasize that
60% campus felt polarized, much as it does call, students’ interpretations remained the conversations about race extend be-
to some students today. Fifty-seven per- divided. The administration expected yond the ‘gangster’ party.” In contrast, a
cent of discouraged students mentioned students to understand where to draw member of the men’s lacrosse team said
40% 39.58%
polarization and felt divisiveness. One the line with respect to cultural appro- that he participated in “very productive”
30% student said, “I realized how divided our priation and ethnic stereotyping but stu- discussions after “Cracksgiving,” but the
campus could be in so many ways, but dents did not feel that they knew where team has not participated in any formal-
[after the ‘tequila’ party], I really felt it.” this line was. ly organized discussion about the event
10% Another student explained how the con- This formal denouncement of cul- since. These students were drawn into
0% troversy made Bowdoin feel divided and tural appropriation on a campus where discussions about racial justice because
“Cracksgiving” 2014 “Gangster” Party 2015 “Tequila” Party 2016 felt forced to choose a side. “It was really students generally lack racial education they had to be. Their learning matters,
hard because I could totally see both generated resentment. Attempts by the but the rest of campus must work, too.
sides, so it was almost impossible—I College to respond appropriately to Classes of 2019, 2020, 2021 and
What factors made students opt out felt so divided,” they said. Similarly, one the controversies were often met with 2022, recognize your power and duty
of conversations about race? recalled walking into an open Bowdoin bitterness. First, students in general to learn during your time here. Our re-
Almost all students answered with multiple factors Student Government (BSG) meeting were confused about the nature of and search shows that coursework and class
following the “tequila” party: “I’ll never reasoning for the punishments. Second, discussion on racial inequity can effec-
90% forget this: literally all the minorities some students felt they were disciplined tively teach students about race without
80.00% were on one side of the room and it was without enough explanation of the line burdening students of color. There is no
73.33% all white people on the other side of the they crossed, nor sufficient opportunity reason a Bowdoin student should grad-
70% room,” they said. “I feel like everyone to talk with the group on the other “side” uate without a grasp of institutionalized
60% 56.67% was waiting for me to choose a side.” of the conflict. Some complained of a racism. Consider this as you register for
••• lack of transparency and a focus on as- fall classes. Professors, make teaching
50% Why do students still feel confused signing blame. As one student said, “The these controversies part of the education
40% and divided, despite their desire to find way it was handled seemed like really you provide your students.
a resolution? After the “tequila” party, kind of inflammatory, and [the admin- Seniors, ignorance is no acceptable
30% a number of community forums were istration was] not helping settle disputes excuse. Carry the lessons from these
22.33% 23.33%
20% held on campus by BSG and other of- or create meaningful apologies.” One controversies with you—if you have lin-
13.33% ficial groups, in an attempt to help stu- student described the punishments as gering unresolved confusion, ask your-
10% dents process the controversy. Despite arbitrary. Students talked about pun- self why, and if there is anything you can
0% the purpose of prompting open conver- ishments, polarization and conflict that do to learn. Listen to what your peers
Some other Exhaustion Confusion Perceived Seeing Bowdoin sations and learning, these reactive dis- led to resentment, which ultimately have to say, and consider discussing over
reason from talking divisiveness conversation as structures cussions felt to some students like “echo discouraged them from engaging in and brunch and beyond.
about race meaningless or
ineffective chambers” where the same strong opin- learning from racial dicussions after the Next time, we will close our series
ions were validated and others silenced. events. by looking at what seniors think about
Students who felt constrained in ••• diversity. We will consider the personal
(BOTTOM): Percentages add up to more than 100 percent because some students structured conversations felt obligated If divisiveness is the one thing stu- meaning of diversity for students and
mentioned more than one factor. “Bowdoin Structures” refers to things such as administrative to maintain “political correctness.” For dents agree on, how can they come to seek to answer why diversity matters at
actions and policies; organized events such as BSG forums, among others. example, one student involved in one of a solution that brings understanding Bowdoin.
12 Friday, April 13, 2018

REEL Softball crushes the Mules, faces Trinity
FIRST ONE by Jason Cahoon
AROUND: The men’s Orient Staff
and women’s track and This past weekend the soft-
field teams opened their ball team climbed the NESCAC
spring season at the standings with an in-conference
Smith Pioneer Invita- sweep against Colby. The Po-
tional with a dominating lar Bears then split both out of
performance, winning 15 conference series against Hus-
individual events and all son University on Sunday and
four relays. Anne McK- University of Southern Maine
ee ’20 won the 5000M on Wednesday, leaving the team
by over 10 seconds with 19-7 (4-2 NESCAC).
a time of 19:19.03, while Bowdoin dominated the Col-
Ben Torda ’18 won the by series, outscoring the Mules
27-1 across the three games. The ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
3000M steeplechase by
over 30 seconds with a first two games were played in
Brunswick, where Bowdoin beat SWEEPING UP: (LEFT):
time of 10:03.86. The Jordan Gowdy ’18 steps
Polar Bears will continue Colby 12-0 in both the first and
up to bat against Colby on
their season today with second games.
Saturday. (RIGHT TOP):
the Bowdoin Spring Kate Hoadley ’20 pitched in Maddie Rouhana ’21 hit two
Invitational at 4 p.m. all seven innings while only al- home runs and four RBI’s
lowing three hits and zero walks against the Mules. (RIGHT
and striking out three batters. In BOTTOM): Natalie
SMASHIN’ IT: The the second game, Sam Valdivia Edwards ’18 congratulates
’19 went 2-for-2 with two runs her teammates.
men’s tennis team
batted in (RBIs). Allison Rutz
improved its record to
’20 pitched five innings while week with a grand total of four After these losses, Bowdoin ing that sweeping the series focuses greatly on time man-
11-0, NESCAC 3-0 after
only allowing five hits and one homeruns, 10 RBIs and hitting looks to come back against Trin- would help them climb to first agement in order to handle this
winning its first home
walk. for extra bases for five of her six ity in a three-game series. place in the NESCAC East. schedule.
match against Amherst
“[Our pitchers] have been at bats. “I think coming off a loss it is “Trinity is always a really “We make sure that they
8-1 this weekend. The very solid all year,” said Head “In years past, we have played very important that we bounce solid team. There is always a re- know their schedules and when
team swept the dou- Coach Ryan Sullivan. “It is nice down to competition, so it was back,” Natalie Edwards ’18 said. ally competitive rivalry because they’re going to have to free time
bles, giving it a lead going into a game and knowing good to see us come out hot and “We have to be hungry, but we both teams are looking to make to get their work done,” he said.
early on in the match. that our pitchers are going to put score in almost every inning,” can’t be anxious and on our the playoffs later in the season,” “We work hard to make sure
The team faces off us in a position where we are go- said Claire McCarthy ’18. heels. We have to relax but we said McCarthy. “We know that that our players have the chance
against Brandeis today ing to have a chance to win that The team followed the Colby also have to want it. So, I think they are going to come at us to be successful in whatever they
at 3 p.m., followed by game.” series by splitting a two-game the message is that the only team full steam ahead, so we have want to accomplish here. Some-
a match against No. 3 Both teams traveled back series with both Husson and that has ever beat is ourselves.” to match that intensity while times that means we make sac-
Middlebury on Saturday to Waterville to play the third University of Southern Maine. This will be an important staying relaxed and trusting our rifices; sometimes that means
at 2 p.m. game the following day, where On Sunday, Bowdoin lost to weekend for the team because it team, without getting in our they make sacrifices.”
Bowdoin defeated Colby again Husson 7-4 but then came back is currently tied with Tufts (4-2) own way.” Bowdoin will play one Friday
13-1. Infielder Maddie Rouhana later in the day to beat the Ea- for second place in the NESCAC One of the largest challenges afternoon game at 4 p.m. On
WORKING HARD: ’21 hit two home runs and four gles 10-1. The Polar Bears did East Division. Meanwhile, Trin- the team faces is fatigue. Cur- Saturday the team will play the
The women’s rugby RBIs. Rouhana’s performance the opposite on Wednesday, first ity (3-0) stands undefeated in rently, the team is playing up- second game at noon, followed
team started its season contributed to her being named beating University of Southern first place. The Polar Bears look wards of five games per week. by the final game of the weekend
at the Brown University the NESCAC player of the Maine 5-2 and then losing 10-4. forward to the challenge, know- According to Sullivan, the team at 2 p.m.
Sorenson 7’s Tour-
nament on Sunday,

Women’s lacrosse hits three-game win streak

winning two games
and losing one. The
team kicked off the
tournament with a 17-0
win against Norwich,
followed by a 19-7 win for 90 seconds, which discour-
against University of by Kathryn McGinnis ages teams from intentionally
Orient Staff
New England. The team stalling the game.
ultimately fell, however, The women’s lacrosse team “Because of the new rules,
to undefeated Dart- (9-3, NESCAC 4-3) is on a NESCAC teams have really
mouth 17-0. The team three-game winning streak changed the way they play de-
will begin home play after beating Bates, Wheaton fense,” said captain Hannah
against Long Island Uni- and, most recently, Colby in an Hirschfeld ’18. “Lacrosse is a
versity-Post on Saturday extremely tight 12-11 game on game of possession, so if a play-
at noon. Wednesday. er has ball on her stick, unless
The Polar Bears, who were there’s an unforced error or a
not ranked at the beginning of caused turnover, it’s difficult ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
BREEZIN’ the season, have had to quickly to get the ball. There’s a lot NO TIME TO RELAX: Paige Brown ’19 runs down the field in the game against Wheaton on Sunday. The team won
THROUGH: The prove themselves among the more pressure this year be- 16-5 and dedicated the game to the One Love Foundation, a nonprofit that works to combat abusive relationships.
sailing team competed NESCAC’s elite teams. Alex Lo- cause of the possession clock,
in two regattas this gan ’18, team captain, believes [and] it increases the pace of
weekend, the Southern that the recent success has the game, which is good for the other teams. The NESCAC’s what we can do well, I hope we powerful message.
Series at the University changed the team’s mindset. overall sport.” fierce competition makes this can maintain that level of con- “In any situation, relation-
of Rhode Island and “In the beginning of the sea- Head Coach Liz Grote sup- pledge essential. fidence.” ship violence is unacceptable
the New England Team son we weren’t ranked, so that ports the new rule and likes The team looks to maintain The team’s win was special and really tough, and I think
Champs at Connecticut kind of put a little bit of a chip how it creates a more compet- this commitment when playing as the game was dedicated to as women we have to stand
College. At the South- on our shoulder,” said Logan. itive defense. out of conference opponents the One Love Foundation, a with one another.” said Logan.
ern Series, the Polar “But now we’re moving up, “The NESCAC level is so and was most recently met with nonprofit that works to com- “It’s not completely heteronor-
Bears competed in 16 [and] we don’t look at a team high one player can’t win a success in its game with Whea- bat relationship violence. The mative; it can really happen to
because they’re number one or game; the defenses are going to ton, which increased its confer- nonprofit was founded in anyone, and it’s important to
races and finished in
number two. We don’t get ner- be too good for that,” she said. ence record to 5-0. honor of Yeardley Love, a la- recognize relationship violence
fourth in the B-division.
vous because of that. We just “You have to have that team “Whenever you head into a crosse player at the University happens in all kinds of rela-
At Connecticut Col-
try to play our game.” play, and for a lot of teams in NESCAC game you know it’s of Virginia who was killed by tionships, no matter if you’re
lege, the team qualified
Logan said the team has also the NESCAC, different players going to be intense,” said Grote. her abusive boyfriend in 2010. an athlete or a non-athlete, or
for the top eight, but
spent a lot of time watching step up every game. You might “But when you’re playing out of The Bears collected donations a man or a woman ... Having
ultimately finished two
game videos of themselves to shut off one player, but another conference games, one of the for One Love at the game something like that happen in
wins away from qualify-
learn from its mistakes. one shines.” things I’ve done to make sure against Wheaton. the community is something
ing for nationals. This year DII and DIII added The team holds itself to what we stay intense is to focus on us Erin Morrissey ’19 and we need to continue to raise
new rules to the lacrosse hand- it calls the “Bowdoin standard,” and what we’re getting better at Maggie Savage ’19 took the awareness about.”
book, including the impactful which is a commitment for ev- every day, as opposed to focus- lead in dedicating the game Bowdoin will look to con-
addition of a shot clock. Players ery player to perform her best ing too much on the opponent. to One Love, but the team tinue its streak on Saturday
can now only possess the ball in the face of pressures from If we go in focusing on us and quickly rallied behind the against Wesleyan at 12 p.m.
13 Friday, April 13, 2018

Dear Future Polar Bears

The Offer of the College (a document whose sanctity on campus falls somewhere
Vote Mohamed Nur for president
between the Constitution and this newspaper) offers you these next four years as the The editorial board formally endorses Mohamed Nur for BSG president. The board feels that Nur’s platform
best ones of your life. We’ve helpfully annotated it for you, so you can understand offers comprehensive solutions to a more varied set of campus problems than his opponent. He has set attainable
what it really says. goals and has proposed creative actions. Nur’s platform has chosen to take on overlooked but simple steps to
increase socio-economic diversity at Bowdoin including lowering work-study requirements and abolishing need
To be at home in all lands1 and all ages;2 aware-admissions for international students. Nur’s proposal to recreate the fall 2015 teach-in could provide a re-
To count Nature3 a familiar acquaintance,4 sponse to calls for mandatory programming addressing topics including sexual violence and systemic racism. His
And Art5 an intimate friend;6 focus on reforming the ESD and IP requirements echoes calls published previously in these pages. Our BSG
To gain a standard for the appreciation of others’ work7 leaders should present platforms that are creative and idea-driven, qualities that Nur’s proposals have in spades.
And the criticism of your own;8 Nur is a leader of the Multicultural Coalition and a man who listens and speaks eloquently on behalf of students of
To carry the keys of the world’s9 library in your pocket,10 all kinds at Bowdoin; anyone who has spent time with Nur knows him to be equal parts empathetic and driven. We
And feel its resources11 behind you in whatever task you undertake; believe these qualities prepare him to capably lead the student body through the coming year. We acknowledge
To make hosts12 of friends13… that both candidates would likely prove capable stewards of BSG and urge students to vote this weekend.
Who are to be leaders14 in all walks of life;15
To lose yourself16 in generous enthusiasms17
And cooperate18 with others for common ends19 –
This is the offer of the college for the best four20 years of your life.21

Except Baxter Basement. You will never—you ought never—feel at home there.
Like your mom always says—nothing good happens before 3 a.m.
Join the Outing Club. Otherwise, you will only ever see pine trees and overly socia-
ble squirrels. (Watch out—they will steal your muffins.)
Never as good an acquaintance as the Moulton card-swipers, though.
The Art Museum is a great place to do homework. We’re not sure if there’s actually
any art in there, though.
Was your Baxter Basement hook-up named “Art”?
Some of your classmates are going to be super smart.
Which will in turn make you feel kind of dumb.
Next to your OneCard, your spare dining hall mints and the crushing burden of all
of your work.
If you get your hands on the keys to HL, please, please let us know. Nothing screams
“academically seriously student body” like a library that doesn’t open until 10:00 am
on weekends.
Funded intern$hips, baby.
A host or E host? (Hint: they’re in charge of parties and beverage distribution)
And not only the people on your first-year floor. We promise.
I mean, probably leaders in ResLife eventually. Or a sports captain. Maybe even
editor-in-chief of this very paper. Now that’s real power.
From H-L to Thorne (3 minutes); from Moulton to H-L (2 minutes); from Mass
Hall to Thorne (eternity).
In the music? In the moment?

Performative nationalism
Over mozzarella sticks from the Pub, mostly. KAYLA SNYDER
That one day we have a sick darty? Bowdoin-Colby Hockey Game?
Five? Three? Depends.
Bring your A-game to Bowdoin, sure, but please don’t be one of those people who

on the U.S.-Mexico border

peaks in college.
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board,
which is comprised of Harry DiPrinzio, Dakota Griffin, Calder McHugh and Ian Ward.

border is by no means unprecedented— country’s most vulnerable and exploited

Relevant Politics Obama and Bush oversaw similar oper- people. It’s not a rational campaign. It’s
by Brendan Murtha ations (both of which deserve critique). visceral and combative, an effort to rally
Yet this movement is especially worri- the disenfranchised American working
ESTABLISHED 1871 some. The current rhetoric of the Repub- class against a common enemy—shifting
I wrote about the U.S.-Mexico bor- lican Party, which has fired up dangerous anger away from where it should be—on
bowdoinorient.com orient@bowdoin.edu 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011
der in this column a few weeks ago, anti-immigrant sentiment, is an especial- the political and economic elites who pose
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and information discussing the potential environmental ly toxic backdrop for border militariza- the real threat. It’s a classic and viciously
relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, consequences of a border wall. In the tion. It’s aggressive and hyper-nationalist. toxic political tactic. The “immigrants
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in time since my writing, the situation has Furthermore, many community leaders are taking our jobs” approach was clearly
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse developed. Santa Ana National Wild- along the Rio Grande see the move as a not enough, so now they’ve ratcheted it
discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community. life Refuge, the focus of my article, has ridiculous overreaction. This past week, up to “immigrants are taking our lives.”
been spared from construction due to The New York Times interviewed Texas This is indicative of the tactics’ more
Sarah Drumm Harry DiPrinzio immense public outcry and organizing State Representative Vicente Gonzalez, nefarious underbelly, an underbelly the
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief from local activists. Of course, this is who represents one of the most populous Trump administration has flaunted with
meager consolation—one protected border districts. “McAllen [Texas] is at a unusual brazenness. The resurgence of
refuge in a wildlife corridor still under 32-year low in crime. We’re at a 46-year white nationalism across the West has not
Creative Director Managing Editor News Editor assault is not enough to curb environ- low in illegal entries. It’s the wildest thing spared America—it is barely even veiled
Jenny Ibsen Ellice Lueders Emily Cohen mental ruin. Many parks and preserves, in the world for us to hear that they want in this administration and in some of its
Calder McHugh many of which I birded in this past Jan- to bring National Guard troops to the supporters. In Europe, white nationalists
Photo Editor Surya Milner Sports Editor uary, are still at risk. However, knowing border region,” he said, echoing a com- lambaste African and Middle Eastern
Ann Basu Jessica Piper Anna Fauver the community that rallied around San- mon local sentiment. migrants for their violence and lawless-
Ezra Sunshine
ta Ana, I have hope that more victories This “overreaction” is consistent with ness and advocate for closed, militarized
Layout Editor Associate Editor Features Editor can be won as this local coalition of our current political landscape and is no borders across Europe. In America, we’re
Emma Bezilla Rachael Allen Alyce McFadden environmentalists, birders, lawmakers coincidence. After all, you are more likely doing exactly the same thing, with the fire
Ian Stewart Roither Gonzales and community members fight back to be killed by an armed toddler than an and fury turned towards Latinx migrants
Dakota Griffin to save such incredibly unique places undocumented migrant in the U.S., and and communities. This administration’s
Nicholas Mitch A&E Editor
Copy Editor from destruction and quarantine. Fur- undocumented persons are significantly hardline stance on immigration is fueled
Louisa Moore Isabelle Hallé
Nell Fitzgerald thermore, the fate of the wall itself is in less likely to commit crimes than natu- by the same sentiments that have walled
Shinhee Kang Allison Wei
Opinion Editor limbo—the bureaucratic and legal ob- ralized citizens. Yet a quick glance at any off Hungary and bolstered far-right ex-
stacles to its construction may prove to conservative news-outlet today would tremists across Europe. They see the bor-
Digital Strategist Business Manager Rohini Kurup be insurmountable in four years (fingers give you the perception of a vastly differ- derlands as an inherent danger to the soul
Sophie Washington Edward Korando crossed). ent reality. For example, last week on Fox of this country because they look like what
Ned Wang Calendar Editor Of course, there have been other, less and Friends, Trump campaign advisor they fear America might all look like one
Social Media Editor Avery Wolfe Kate Lusignan encouraging developments in the border- Katrina Pierson said that “most parents day, with a white minority and a rich cul-
Gwen Davidson lands. As I said in my earlier article, “the really don’t care about what the President ture not found on your typical main street.
Uriel Lopez-Serrano Data Desk Page Two Editor wall is just a physical manifestation of a tweets. People care when their children Thus, this new militarization of the
Faria Nasruddin Hannah Donovan Samuel Rosario conflict that has been ripping local com- are shot and killed by illegal aliens.” Such border is an especially aggressive maneu-
munities apart for years,” and this past an outrageous and hypocritical deflec- ver—it’s a warning to non-white Ameri-
The material contained herein is the property of The Bowdoin Orient and appears at the sole discretion of the week we’ve seen that underlying conflict tion is only one example of many in this ca, meant to intimidate and frighten. It’s
editors. The editors reserve the right to edit all material. Other than in regard to the above editorial, the opinions flare up in really distressing ways. The administrations’ meticulous fear-mon- performative. Let’s not paint it as any-
expressed in the Orient do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors. deployment of the National Guard to the gering campaign against some of our thing else.
14 OPINION Friday, April 13, 2018



Mohamed Nur
Hi friends. My name is Mohamed Nur, and I’m running for Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) president. I have met incredible people at Bowdoin
who inspire me every day to make the communities I enter better off than when I first found them. I believe that there is much work to be done in order to
make Bowdoin more inclusive and dynamic and better for all students.

I am currently the vice president of academic affairs for BSG; I’m a student director for the Center for Multicultural Life and serve as the co-chair of the
Multicultural Coalition. I’m a head residential advisor for ResLife. I’m an active member of the Muslim Student Association and the African American
Society (Af-Am) and served on Af-Am’s leadership board for two years. I have been the student representative on three committees for the College: the
Trustee Committee for Multicultural Affairs, President Rose’s Ad Hoc Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and the Reaccreditation Committee.

As BSG president, I will:

1. Create greater comprehensive financial aid for Bowdoin students, from lowering the expected work contributions of first year students on financial aid to
making the admissions/application process need-blind for international students with demonstrated need.
2. Work with campus partners to create programs and events to engage across differences, from engaging Brunswick Town Council and Bow-
doin Police Department to foster better relations to recreating the teach-in event to build community.
3. Pursue curricular policy changes to enrich academic life, from evaluating ESD and IP requirements to institutionalizing pre-major
advising trainings for faculty members.

It will take all of us to make Bowdoin a better place. This is our moment. I want to ensure that we all can call Bowdoin home. I
want to hear your concerns, and am ready to work alongside you to continue to improve our campus. I hope to gain not just your
vote, but your trust. Thank you for considering my candidacy!

Ben Painter
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Nate DeMoranville
Hello, friends! My name is Nate, and I am running to be the vice president of Bowdoin Student Government. I’ve outlined my platform below, and
I truly hope I can count on your vote.
Goal: To increase student engagement and satisfaction in student government.

Game Plan:
• Better programming: signature events like No Hate November will go on without a hitch. At the very least, they will be advertised effectively.
• Increased accessibility: BSG will come to you! On occasion, the Assembly will meet where students are naturally, places like 24 and 30 College, not
Daggett Lounge. I will also fully support the Disabled Students Association (DASA) and its ongoing activism.
• Election reform: no more popularity contests. I will introduce measures to equalize campaigning and encourage more students to run.

Relevant Experience:
• Current president of the sophomore class: This year, my team and I have put together a wonderful semi-formal, a wildly popular spoon
game—elimination—and purchased quarter-zips for our class.
• Former class rep to the BSG: In my first year, I sat on the General Assembly and learned the ins and outs of student government. We
oversaw the Free Flow Campaign and put picnic tables outside of Moulton.

Please reach out if you have any questions or concerns!

Amber Rock
I’m Amber Rock, and I’m super excited to be running for vice president of BSG with Ben Painter.

I am a current member of BSG’s executive team, the VP of the Class of 2019 and the proud proctor of Moore first floor. Thanks to these experi-
ences, I have a deep understanding of how Bowdoin functions as an institution and would love to continue working with dedicated students, staff
and faculty to improve our community. It was this sense of community and belonging that drew me to Bowdoin three years ago.

I love Bowdoin. I love all the opportunities that it offers its students and want to make certain that students can spend their time and
energy pursuing the activities that are most important to us. Students should be provided with resources by the College to make their lives
as positive as possible, so they can focus on the great things Bowdoin has to offer, rather than problems that can be prevented. Two of the
most significant detriments to the student experience here are problems with mental health and sexual assault.

Nearly every student is affected directly or indirectly by sexual assault. This does not have to be our reality. We have the power to
end sexual assault on our campus. We need to institutionalize resources and prevention education so we can give students the tools to
counter sexual assault. We need to reinforce how we view our social code and take responsibility for shaping campus culture. Students
deserve better, and it is about time we focus on this pertinent issue as a community.

See my running mate and friend Ben Painter’s statement for our plans on mental health. Thank you for your consideration and
remember to vote by this Sunday!
Friday, April 13, 2018 OPINION 15

The monster we know: the

need for call-out culture
taken about the prevalence of a rapist down after the fact
by Helen Ross false reports and that he gen- and giving them a talking-to
Op-Ed Contributor
uinely views false accusations is an inefficient basis for a
I spent the majority of my to be a threat that exists at a functional system, but I do
freshman year at the center of rate far more threatening than understand the worldview
a complex and painful Title IX the rate of sexual violence. that would suggest it. Rap-
case. What is important about Otherwise, he would see that ists do not rape because they
this case is not any salacious creating yet another extraju- forget that rape is bad. The
detail, but rather the immer- dicial “solution” will neither acts perpetrators commit are
sive introduction it allowed lower the incidence of sexual inexcusable, but the face they
me to the brutality many violence on campus nor lead wear is familiar. This is the
members of the Bowdoin to effective punishment of as- tension we must learn to live
community exhibit when their sailants. with in order to achieve actu-
friend or teammate is accused I would instead prefer to al sexual justice on campuses
of and found responsible for address Osa’s inherent as- and in society. We must han-
sexual violence. Through the sumption that “the pulse” of dle, too, the tension between
intervening years, I have had Bowdoin’s social culture is in individual agency—since
to work through not only the any way opposed to sexual vi- rapists and predators choose
trauma itself, but the second- olence—that our “recognized what they do—and structural
ary trauma caused by a cam- moral code” resists it. This injustice, as cultural moves court of
paign of disbelief, retribution would be exciting news—to and power imbalances pro- public opin-
and general misogyny. I will hear that Bowdoin’s social mote and tacitly endorse cer- ion, even with-
never forget what it felt like to values have changed so sig- tain behaviors. I cannot offer out appearance
realize how quickly Bowdoin nificantly in the three years any concrete solutions to in front of
students will excuse violence since my own experience. It these problems in this space any board, the
and hate survivors, as long as seems likely, however, that or, perhaps, at all. What I can problem is not
they know the accused. After things have largely stayed the offer, however, is a frame- that an innocent
the fallout of my Title IX case, same: everyone is opposed to work in which to better un- accused may
the day that the perpetrator sexual violence on principle, derstand these tensions. end up without
was moved out of his first- but when faced with accu- Humans are particular recourse. This
year dorm, one of his friends sations against a peer, they creatures. We resist the pun- hypothetical sce-
said to me that I had “only abandon principle without ishment of those we know nario exists pri-
seen one side” of that man. even realizing what they’ve and those we love because we marily in the fever
Maybe, this guy said, had I left behind. It’s not that they understand, upon knowing dreams of those who KAYLA SNYDER
known him as the charming think rape is okay in this them, their complexity. It is distrust survivors.
friend that he was to some, situation or that, in learning far more difficult to see people Indeed, reliance on Bowdoin aware that sexism is deeply been unable to productively
I would have let what he did that their friend assaults oth- we know as truly good or truly public opinion makes it all too entrenched in American life.” prevent sexual violence on
slide. I did know that version ers, they begin to endorse it. evil. This is, I think, at the root easy to allow fellow-feeling I hope, then, he can see why campus because of the ease
of him. His charm was what Rather, they become willing of our legal system. Trial by a for the accused to overwhelm it is not only anxiety-inducing with which perpetrators are
convinced so many people to admit complexity when jury of one’s peers introduces any sympathy one might feel to trust fellow students, but able to distance “genuine bad
that he could never have done horrible acts are committed mercy to the judicial system. towards the victim. The mo- that it would be deeply stupid guys” from their own nuanced
what he did. by someone they know. Their It is easy to draft and enforce ment of violence exists in to base a legal system on that selves. Only an evil person
So, then, you can imagine friend is not a monster, but a draconian legal system when painful privacy; the moment trust, which I have no reason would rape someone, says
the interest with which I read that act is monstrous. The there is no face attached to of accusation occurs with to offer. a Bowdoin student just like
Osa Fasehun’s most recent col- conclusion follows logically: those it punishes. But when glaring publicity. The vague To understand our resis- you and me, who can easily
umn, in which he suggested if committing rape implies one is tried by one’s peers, the type of harm that accusation tance to the punishment of withstand the cognitive dis-
instituting “a panel of students that someone is a monster, ruling comes down from those imitates—the potential for those for whom we have even sonance then caused when he
who nominate themselves to then someone not being a who can see themselves easily punishment it entails—over- a bit of fellow-feeling is then takes someone home who is
handle sexual misconduct monster means that they sitting at the defendant’s table. whelms its viewers, obscuring to arrive immediately and too drunk to consent. I worry,
reports from named or anon- could not have raped. This is not to say, of course, the original and fundamental without enormous difficulty however, that this cognitive
ymous students” in place of Osa writes, in perhaps the that every case currently tried act committed by the perpe- at the need for call-out cul- dissonance extends beyond
“call-out culture,” a troubling most galling part of this en- in the American court system trator. If our mechanism for ture. Osa is again right when the perpetrators themselves
trend that he sees afoot. I will tire column, that “reminders places defendants in front of a resolving cases of sexual vi- he says that “calling-out is a and renders Bowdoin’s com-
not devote extensive space about our pledges to Bowdo- jury of their peers, nor that all olence is this proposed jury last resort, a sign of urgency.” munity unable to legitimately
to refuting the particulars in’s social code and basic hu- juries are appropriately merci- of our peers, then very few We’re there. We are in crisis. respond to the sexual violence
of Osa’s suggestion. To do so man decency could instill in ful. The role that juries serve survivors will find justice, I appreciate and respect Osa’s that occurs here. It is only by
would imply it has particulars, accused aggressors a serious in an idealized court system, since very few students will final call for men to speak to seeing the sweeping extent of
as opposed to simply being commitment to the commu- however, is to place human distrust their peers enough to their friends; it is admirable the problem of sexual violence
what, I must admit, I suspect nity. Some students would mercy and grace on one side of deliver it. Osa is right that “it that he recognizes the role at Bowdoin that we can begin
it to be: another attempt to appreciate this tactic if they justice’s scale, counterbalanced may be anxiety-inducing to that such discussion can play, to reckon with our own com-
shield perpetrators of sexual were behaving poorly out of by the force of inflexible law. trust fellow students to judge although, of course, not every plicity in it. This is why call-
violence from publicity and ignorance.” I don’t seem to What I fear is that every- fairly,” and he is also right that act of sexual violence on Bow- out culture works.
consequences. I can only hope understand the mechanism one is particular at Bowdoin. “one of the reasons for this doin’s campus is committed by Helen Ross is a member of
that Osa is legitimately mis- at work here, since sitting When a case is tried in the fear is that deep down, we are men against women. We have the Class of 2018.

Letter to the Editor HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY?

To the editor,
I must make two points in response to the article in

Send all submissions to
the most recent issue of the Orient concerning Susan

Rice as an Honorary Degree recipient at graduation.
First, the number of communications to the College
disagreeing with the above action hardly constitutes a
“backlash” of alums. Second, this action has certainly 500-700 words orientopinion@
not divided the alums on this issue. This is a gross ex-
aggeration to say the least. Some alums, probably of a
bowdoin.edu by 7pm
conservative political persuasion, certainly oppose this
action. I can certainly understand how this occurred,
on the Tuesday of the
week of publication.
but, absent a serious and professional poll, that opinion
is way over the top. Lastly, let me affirm the decision to SUBMIT A LETTER
give this honor to Susan Rice in the strongest possible
way. Ms. Rice has the academic credentials. She has giv- TO THE EDITOR Include your full name
en our country outstanding service, and she is a highly
intelligent and highly successful woman of great stature.
200 words or fewer and phone number.
I know that President Rose and the Board of Trustees
have made an excellent and important choice.
Robert Morrison is a member of the Class of 1952.
16 Friday, April 13, 2018

Screening Adultery: Anna Karenina
in Film
Alexander Burry, associate professor of Slavic and East
European languages and cultures at Ohio State University,
will discuss how four different directors portray the theme
of adultery in their adaptations of “Anna Karenina.” His talk
will examine the role of adultery both in the novel and as a
cultural phenomenon.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 1:30 p.m.

An Evening with Comedian Jenny Yang
Jenny Yang, a comedian, writer and actor, will perform
stand-up. This event is a part of Asian Heritage Month pro-
gramming. Yang has made appearances on Comedy Central,
Funny or Die and Whitney Rice. ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m. JUST FOR KICKS: Maine Inside Out, a group of formerly incarcerted youth committed to dismantling oppression, shared their experiences through
poetry and movement. The group held a workshop in Reed House and then performed in Kresge Auditorium on Wednesday.
A Cappella Performance

Bowdoin’s six a cappella groups will perform.
Bowdoin Chapel. 7 p.m.

Dance Show and Workshop “Loving Vincent”
Six groups on campus will perform different styles of dance “Being Green: Mindfulness, Activism
ranging from hip-hop to swing dance. The event will be
“Loving Vincent” tells the story of the mystery surrounding and the Environment”
Vincent van Gogh’s death. The showing is part of Frontier’s Dennis Kiley ’03 will examine the intersection between en-
followed by a workshop. Independent Film Series. Tickets are $7.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 8 p.m. gaged living, sustainability and mindful practice and discuss
Frontier. 3 p.m. how people can collectively impact the environment.
PERFORMANCE Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union. 4 p.m.
Office Hours presents “Clayton Rose: A
Life in a Day”

President Clayton Rose will join Office Hours for its
improv performance.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 9 p.m.


Longfellows Concert with “Conservatism and the Liberal Arts: Visions of Home
Bates Merimanders How Bowdoin Made Me Conservative” Darius Riley ’19 will discuss gentrification in East Palo Alto,
Steve Robinson ’11, executive producer of “The Howie California in conjunction with his exhibit which documents
The Longfellows, one of two all-male a cappella groups on
Carr Show,” will talk about his personal journey as a young and celebrates the life of one of the last low-income,
campus, will perform with Bates Merimanders, an all-female
conservative at Bowdoin and beyond. Carr will also address minority communities in the Bay Area.
group from Bates.
the role of conservative thought in a liberal arts education. Media Commons, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. 4:30 p.m.
Bowdoin Chapel. 9 p.m.
Main Lounge, Moulton Union. 7:30 p.m.
“Fleece and Beer: Using Economic and
Social Capital for the Common Good”

Kate Williams, CEO of 1% for the Planet, will explain how
her organization promotes environmental philanthropic
engagement and how students can get involved.
EVENT Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall. 7:30 p.m.
Rep Your Culture Kicking the Stigma LECTURE
Af-Am, SOCA and Africa Alliance will host an event where
students can represent their culture through clothing and
A student panel will discuss aspects of mental health and its Bursurka A Cappella Concert
impact on their performance both in the classroom and Ursus Verses and Boka will come together to sing in a
other items. athletics.
Russwarm African American Center. 10 p.m. biannual a cappella concert.
Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall. 7 p.m. Bowdoin Chapel. 8:30 p.m.

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Earth Day Middle Eastern For the Love of

Celebration Ensemble Color