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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, May 4, 2018 Volume 147, Number 24 bowdoinorient.com

Facilities workers
struggle to make
ends meet
Employees in grounds- and housekeeping
sometimes receive below living wages.
The College knows they struggle.


Paycheck to paycheck: In a survey sent to Facilities employees, 22 of 29 respondents said that they struggled to make ends meet within the last year. Twelve said they work another job to supplement their Bowdoin income.
The workers will clean 25 dorm pressive to the important guests ers reveal that many of these Some have difficulty paying nor- it, I’ll eat it,” said Beth Icangelo, a
by Harry DiPrinzio buildings in 10 days. It’s an annu- who will soon arrive. workers live paycheck to pay- mal bills and putting food on the housekeeper who cleans Watson
Orient Staff al ritual, and a grueling one for It’s also a time when employ- check. Their stories illuminate table, while others say they have Arena among other duties.
Beginning at 5 a.m. on the some housekeepers. ees clock overtime wages and a workforce in which some em- just enough to cover that week’s “For what I make, I can just
Sunday after students finish their Each year, it’s a push to get it hopefully put some money aside. ployees lead lives of poverty and expenses but are unable to put barely pay bills. I never have
exams, Bowdoin’s housekeeping done. “It’s mentally and physical- For many facilities and house- financial insecurity at a College money aside to save for the fu- money in my savings account.
staff will work for 11.5 hours a ly stressful,” said one housekeep- keeping employees, the extra that makes the common good a ture, or in case of emergency. Never. Literally right now, I have
day for 10 straight days readying er, who asked to remain anony- savings are crucial. An Orient core element of its mission. “If the kids in the locker rooms $2.50 in my bank account. It’s
the school for graduation and mous. But it’s vital to making the survey and interviews with 18 Interviewees reported finan- leave food behind, that’s our
reunion in the following weeks. school look presentable and im- housekeepers and groundskeep- cial insecurity in various ways. lunch. If they’re not going to eat Please see FACILITIES, page 4

Impeachment College to create more on-campus housing

thwarted at BSG by Emily Cohen
and Kate Lusignan
Orient Staff
decline in student interest to live
off campus.
“It is a short term use. Likely
just the next year we’ll be using
185, after a working group gath-
ered the opinions about housing
from students, faculty, staff and
community members and pro-
Brunswick Apartments, which
took place for the 2017-2018
housing lottery. These changes
have reduced the number of beds
tion of the preamble of the Bowdo- This summer, two properties it to give us more capacity on duced recommendations for a the College has to offer.
by Sarah Drumm in Student Government constitu- on Federal Street will be con- campus. We have less students new off-campus housing policy. Though Rendall said that the
Orient Staff
tion; (2) injurious actions towards verted into chem-free upperclass living off campus next year than However, only 165 students are decision to convert the apart-
After an election marred with other members of the general as- housing for the next academic we anticipated. We want to make expected to live off campus. ments was not impacted by the
misunderstandings and an in- sembly; (3) failure to advocate for year. The properties, 84 and 86 sure we have enough space to Due to this unexpected in- number of students committing
consistent enforcement of rules, the students as per the constitution Federal Street, are owned by accommodate situations as the crease of students living on cam- to the Class of 2022—525, 25
Aneka Kazlyna ’20, multicultural and accountability clause. Bowdoin and currently house need arises over the coming pus, this conversion was neces- more than Admissions anticipates
representative to Bowdoin Student During the final days of voting, employees of the College, who year,” she said. sary in order to grant the Office matriculating—Matt Orlando,
Government (BSG), introduced Kazlyna and Traore were called to will move out before conversion Fewer students are living off of Residential Life (ResLife) more senior vice president for admin-
articles of impeachment against appear before the Election Com- begins. According to Director of campus next year than expected, flexibility. Previous changes to istration and treasurer of the Col-
two members of BSG on Wednes- mission for a potential violation Housing Operations Lisa Ren- said Rendall. A policy introduced on-campus housing will persist lege, said that the large incoming
day night for actions that occurred of campaigning laws. During their dall, the conversion will likely last semester limited the number into next year, including the
during the BSG chairs election. campaign, they emailed about 400 be temporary, in response to a of students living off campus to removal of forced triples from Please see HOUSING, page 3
As this week’s BSG meeting was members of the student body and
the last of the year and students tabled in David Saul Smith Union.
were stepping down from their The pair did so under the im-
positions regardless, the assembly pression that these actions were
voted not to hold an additional legal under BSG bylaws after BSG
meeting, effectively terminating President Irfan Alam ’18 express-
the impeachment process. ly gave them permission to use
Kazlyna claims she and Fanta these campaigning tactics. Last
Traore ’20, who ran together on an week, Alam admitted that he had
unofficial ticket, were intentionally incorrectly explained the rules to
targeted by BSG members during candidates during an information
the election, and she decided to session.
pursue the impeachment. In the election commission
The first member Kazlyna hearing, Kazlyna and Traore were
wished to impeach was held under accused of violating BSG bylaws
three articles: (1) injurious actions by sending mass emails, but were
towards other members of the not charged with any violations
general assembly; (2) violation of because in previous elections,
the Bowdoin Student Government candidates had done the same and
constitution and preamble and had not recieved punishment. The
failure to serve the very students election was held again due to the
it means to serve and represent all confusion, and the second election
with complete fairness; (3) under was presided over by the chair and
the accountability clause, did not vice chair of the Judicial Board.
report the inappropriate behavior “It was clear to me that the hear-
he/she witnessed on April 22, 2018. ing was a blatant attempt by certain
The second member was also
held under three articles: (1) viola- Please see BSG, page 3 BREAKING GROUND: The College plans to begin construction on new apartments on Park Row this summer and hopes finish for the fall 2019 semester.

International Week focuses on Wilbur’s of Maine satisfies cravings and Miscellania will appear on a televisied The men’s tennis seniors hope for success Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez ’18 implores Bowdoin to
conversation, not food. Page 3. supports the local economy. Page 6. competition this weekend. Page 9. in the post season. Page 11. recruit more African American students. Page 13.
2 Friday, May 4, 2018

If you could Freaky Friday with any
Thursday, April 26 fined basement hallway near the elevator, activating a fire
• An unregistered event at Reed House was dispersed alarm. Chemical fire suppressant covered the area. Chem-
after two 911 hang-up calls from someone inside the build- ical particles filled the air until security officers were able

Bowdoin faculty/staff who would it be?

ing were received by the Brunswick police communica- to ventilate the area and reset the alarm. Housekeeping was
tions center. called in to clean the hallway.
• Officers checked on the wellbeing of an intoxicated • Several students were warned after they either failed
minor student at the Ivies concert at Morrell Lounge. The to evacuate Ladd House or entered the building while the
student was taken to his residence hall and monitored. fire alarm was sounding.

Friday, April 27
• Officers assisted an intoxicated student outside Farley
Field House and escorted the student and her friends to her
Gabrielle Maffezzoli ’20
• A student was spoken to about vaping inside the Mor-
rell Lounge concert. (Smoking of any kind is not permitted
residence hall.
• An officer provided first-aid to student at Farley who "Connie, because I would really like
inside campus buildings.)
• A student in Chamberlain Hall extinguished a candle
fell and scraped both knees.
• A student injured an elbow during the Ivies concert at to see how it feels to be so loved by
and set off a smoke alarm. (Use of candles is not permitted
inside campus buildings.)
Farley Field House. She reported that she was forced into
the steel barrier in front of the stage by some aggressive everyone on this campus."
• Students vaping inside of Maine Hall activated a members of the crowd.
smoke alarm.
• Two students who remained inside Hatch Library
after closing were discovered after they tripped a motion
Sunday, April 29
• An officer admonished a student who deliberately
Ely Spencer ’20
"Phil Camill because he’s chill as
alarm at 1:30 a.m. darted in front of a moving security vehicle on South Street.
• Cooking smoke activated a smoke alarm at Bruns- • Neighbors twice complained of being disturbed by

wick apartment L. loud music coming from an outdoor event at Reed House.
• Wall damage was reported in a second floor hallway • A bicycle that was reported stolen from Reed House
at Helmreich House. was recovered at Stowe Hall.
• A local woman reported that a student referred to her • A gathering at Brunswick apartment R generated two
using a misogynistic slur. The incident is under investiga- excessive noise complaints.
• A student at the Ivies event on the Brunswick Quad
twisted an ankle and was escorted to the Mid Coast Walk-
Monday, April 30
• Excessive noise was reported coming from a small
Emma Adrain ’21
"Salar Mohandesi because I’d love
In Clinic. gathering at Harpswell Apartments.
• An officer checked on the condition of an intoxicated • A student took responsibility for vandalizing ceiling

to see him discuss the nuances of

student on the Brunswick Quad. tiles in the first floor restroom at Helmreich House.
• A student reported the theft of a black Fuji Crosstown • A contractor’s pavement roller collided with a stu-

history with drunk football players."

2.0 bicycle from the Hyde Hall north bike rack. dent’s parked car at the Farley parking lot.
• Several students at the Brunswick Quad event were • A student with an injured ankle was taken to the Mid
cautioned about potentially unsafe behavior. Coast Walk-In Clinic.
• An intoxicated 21-year-old student attending the the • A student with an arm injury requested a ride to the
Brunswick Quad event was transported to Mid Coast Hos- Mid Coast Walk-In Clinic.
• An officer provided first-aid for a student on the
• A student reported a suspicious person talking to him-
self near Druckenmiller Hall. An officer located the indi-
Shannon Deveney ’18
Brunswick Quad who twisted an ankle; the student was
escorted to her residence hall.
vidual and determined that there was no cause for concern.
• A student dislocated a shoulder while lifting weights
"Emily Peterman because I want to
• Two students on the Brunswick Quad broke a Col-
lege-owned folding table in half by jumping and stomping
at the fitness center. The student was escorted to Mid Coast
know what it would be like to live a
on it. The students will be assessed $200 in restitution and
a report was filed with the dean’s office. Tuesday, May 1
day in the shoes of a queen."
• An officer provided first-aid for a student who • Patio door damage occurred during a Reed House event.
jammed his finger in a closing door at Coleman Hall. • Three basement smoke detectors at Ladd House were
• A town resident complained that “rude” students were found covered, thereby disabling them. Amir Parker ’19
littering on Maine Street. • A student reported that a longboard was stolen during

"Coach Slovenski because I want to

• An officer checked on the wellbeing of a sick student the concert at the Farley Field House. The board is a gray
in a Thorne Hall restroom. Sector 9 with teal and orange on the bottom, 2.5 feet long,

eat ice cream for dinner ."

and possibly with yellow wheels.
Saturday, April 28 • The electric shop reported that an emergency light
• A security officer observed two students walking on was missing from the north wall of the Baxter House base-
College Street carrying two green plastic turtle-shaped ment. The missing unit is a white ELM-2 LED. A new unit
child safety signs. It turned out that the students stole the has been installed.
signs from the front yard of a private neighborhood home. • Brunswick Rescue transported an ill student from the
The signs, which cautioned drivers to drive “slow,” had health center to Mid Coast Hospital. COMPILED BY HAVANA CASO-DOSEMBET
been put in place to protect toddlers. The signs were re- • A student was escorted to Mid Coast Hospital for
turned to the owners, a report was filed with the dean’s treatment of a head injury caused by being hit by an open-

Sink Sensor Manifesto

office and heartfelt apologies are forthcoming. ing door.
• Officers responded to a disturbance call involving
two students having an oral altercation in Moore Hall. Wednesday, May 2
• A basement door at Baxter House was forced open. • A student using a hair straightener in Maine Hall acti-
• A student was cited for a drug policy violation at vated a smoke alarm. “Every morning, it’s as if I’m
Harpswell Apartments. • A student reported the theft of a navy blue Mongoose by Samuel Rosario forced to play patty cake with some
• Cooking smoke activated a fire alarm at 30 College bicycle from the bike rack at 24 College. Orient Staff ghost of a permanent super senior.”
Street. Thursday, May 3 College should be the years that The one word that persisted
• Several students at an outdoor event at Ladd House • A student reported the theft of a black Surly Long never fade from memory. The years through all discussions of these
were cautioned about potentially unsafe behavior. Haul Trucker bicycle–most likely from the area by Mac- where we are thrown into responsi- bathroom devices was “annoying,”
• At 4:08 p.m., during a large outdoor Ivies event, Millan House. bility. Yet, Bowdoin does not trust its a word to denote the restriction of
someone maliciously sprayed a fire extinguisher in a con- students to know how much water our very freedom. A word that bands
COMPILED BY THE OFFICE OF SAFETY AND SECURITY they need to wash the crust from together all teenagers that have ever
their eyes. lived since the generations of side-
We are talking about the sensors kicks to the present-day iPhone.
on the sinks, the cursed contraptions “I tried everything I could. I
that force their masters to play peek- am not a wizard like Harry. I go to
a-boo with their red eyes. In an ef- Bowdoin, not Hogwarts. I was never
fort to assist in the College’s efforts trained for this in high school,” said
to reduce its effect on the environ- Bryan Vargas ’21.
ment, specifically water usage (save This epidemic of glorified ba-
the Harbor seals!), many campus by-proof contraptions needs to be
residencies’ sinks operate with auto- stopped. Students need to be trusted
matic sensors. to not keep the water running as they
But these high-tech sinks have go bang out a quick five-page essay.
a habit of running with no prompt- We need our agency back, Bowdoin.
ing or cutting off in the middle of We deserve it.
my bed hair purification ritual. Max We will stay quiet about the nev-
Wiegand ’21, a down-trodden first er ending flushing toilets for now.
year, tells his sink trials. But we will be back…
Friday, May 4, 2018 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF International students seek

resources through discourse


With a few exceptions, students celebrated this year’s Ivies Week-
end responsibly, according to the Director of Safety and Security
Randy Nichols. There were multiple incidences throughout the campus. heard enough. I would say [that Yu believes it is Bowdoin’s duty
weekend that required Bowdoin Security to intervene, but none in- by Mitchel Jurasek “I wanted to move away from is] because it is a small fragment- to offer all students an equal op-
volved the Brunswick Police Department (BPD). Orient Staff using international students as a ed minority group on this cam- portunity to succeed.
One student, who is not a minor, was transported to a hospital On Tuesday, surrounded by food provider for the rest of the pus. While international students “In setting up that environ-
late Friday afternoon. Security initially thought a wellness check and oil paintings of Maine’s coast, a campus and wanted, instead, to are seen as collectively one body, ment for us to succeed, it might
some monitoring would suffice, but after the student’s state wors- small group of students gathered help other students learn more sometimes on a cultural level it’s require you to set up these re-
ened, medical assistance was called and the student was transported. for an intimate conversation about our experiences here and hard to connect. The unifying sources. But if you aren’t interested
“One of the things of note is that there was no incident involving in Lancaster Lounge about the the general fact that we exist,” Yu experience is that we are not from in that whole process, you should
Brunswick Police at all with students during the entire weekend, presence of international voices said. the states,” Mishra said. not have recruited students from
which really is a great thing and it shows that students were being at Bowdoin and the neglect in- When asked about his partici- The small size of the com- around the world,” Yu said.
cognizant of their behavior in the neighborhoods and keeping cer- ternational students feel on cam- pation in the Tuesday event, Ural munity, Mishra noted, can be While Yu wants specific re-
tain behaviors off the street,” Nichols said. “We are fortunate that pus. The event was inspired by Mishra ’20, who serves on the attributed to the College’s low in- sources for international students,
there were no arrests or summons issued.” the experiences of international board for ISA, expressed a need ternational student representation the events this week were for ev-
Prior to Ivies Weekend, students had expressed concern about the students at Bowdoin, some of for campus awareness of other across class years. Bowdoin has eryone. He hopes that students
recent uptick in BPD activity on campus, which has resulted in sev- whom feel underappreciated or student’s perspectives. the lowest percentage of interna- walked away from Tuesday’s con-
eral students receiving court summons earlier this semester. unsupported at the College. Other students expressed tional students out of all NESCAC versation with more knowledge
While no students faced legal issues, Security noted several in- Titled “International Stu- similar reasoning for attending schools. Last spring, many inter- about the visibility of internation-
cidents, including a theft of two “Kid Alert Signs,” vandalism of dents: Why Should We Care?” the talk. Neoma Daniel ’20, a national students told the Orient al students and that Thursday’s
College property, an accidental fire alarm trigger at Ladd House and Tuesday’s event was advertised domestic student, chose to come that they felt support from the event taught attendees about the
complaints by town residents of disrespectful student behavior. as a space for both international because of an interest in under- College was lacking—particularly struggles of working in the US as
According to Nichols, one interaction with town residents was and domestic students to have an standing other students’ experi- with respect to the Career Plan- a foreigner, which he thinks is im-
particularly bad because it involved very disrespectful language. The open discussion about the sig- ences. ning Center and other aspects of portant in the current American
incident, which is in the realm of disorderly conduct, is still under nificance of having international “There are some people that the administration. political climate.
investigation. perspectives represented across love Bowdoin, and there are “As much as Dean Khoa Khu- Yu said he has been working
Nichols reminded students to be on their best behavior when in- campus. This discussion, along parts of their identity that in- ong [assistant dean of first-year with Michael Reed, Bowdoin’s
teracting with town residents. with an accompanying event fluence that and help them feel students and advisor to inter- new senior vice president for in-
“We get complaints of rudeness, we get complaints of littering yesterday called “Working in comfortable here,” Daniel said. national students] is helpful, his clusion and diversity, on changes
on street from town folks, we get students stealing their property the United States as a Foreigner,” “And there are other people who role as a member of the dean’s in the works that could benefit
as they are walking through the neighborhood. This is not a good was part of International Week, have different identities or iden- office as ‘the person who inter- international students. But to
thing. And it’s not helpful to our college-neighborhood relations,” a larger programming series tities that intersect and don’t feel national students can go to’ is some, the changes can’t come
Nichols said. sponsored by the International as comfortable or feel like they too much. He is doing too many soon enough.
Students Association (ISA). can’t call Bowdoin home.” things,” said Yu. “Along with be- “There is an entire world of
Cheng-Chun (Kevin) Yu ’19, Mishra thinks it is important to ing a first-year dean, he is also students that could exceed ex-
OVER 500 COMMIT TO CLASS OF ’22 a leader of ISA, was prompted to have spaces like the Tuesday talk in charge of 150 other interna- pectations and be phenomenal
As of the May 1 commitment date, 525 students have submitted a create more educational events, for all international students—de- tional students. When you look students here that contribute
deposit to Bowdoin for the Class of 2022. Following the College’s most as opposed to more food-orient- spite their disparate cultures and at other colleges of the same tier to discussion on the campus,”
selective admissions season yet, this number is greater than the class of ed events last year, for this semes- backgrounds—to express collec- or size, they have at least one Mirsha said. “Progress is being
500 students that Bowdoin planned would matriculate in August 2018, ter’s International Week because tive concerns. faculty on staff that is dedicated made. We’re just ambitious and
according to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Whitney Soule. of a lack of discourse he saw on “International students are not to international students.” want to see more.”
In an email to the Orient, Soule wrote that though the number of de-
posits is greater than the anticipated number matriculants, the College
is in “a good spot.”
“[T]he class usually shrinks a bit between now and August due to
HOUSING four apartments and will house
twelve students in two doubles
to students who it believes may
be interested, but is encouraging
ments and 88 single bedrooms
total. The College hopes to make
students electing to take a gap year or accepting an offer at another and two quads. Each apartment students to reach out if they are the apartments 100 percent ac-
school that is using the waitlist … Our class usually shrinks by about 25 class did influence the decision. will have its own living space, interested in the accommodation. cessible as well as more heat and
students between now and August,” she wrote. “We’re converting it to be- kitchen area and bathroom. The The College also hopes to energy efficient.
The acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 was just 10.3 percent, down come a chem-free apartment apartments will not go through break ground this summer on the The Board of Trustees will
from 13.6 percent for the Class of 2021. The Class of 2021 saw 501 ma- suite … just as a precautionary renovations as they are already new apartments for upperclass vote on the project during its
triculants, which represented a 50.7-percent yield of accepted students. measure, as we look at the num- livable spaces, but they may be students on Park Row, which May 11 meeting. Following the
The Class of 2020, whose acceptance rate was 14.8 percent, had 503 ma- ber of students depositing [for updated to adhere to safety codes. are planned to open for the fall trustee vote, the Brunswick Plan-
triculants and a yield rate of 49.9 percent. The College will not officially the Class of 2022], the number The spaces were not available of 2019. The plans for the apart- ning Board must also approve the
have matriculation data for the Class of 2022 until August. of students choosing to live off in the lottery this spring due ments are another result of the project. If approved, Gustafson
Though the composition of the class will shift between now and Au- campus. There was a little bit of to pending approval from the working group’s recommenda- House, which is currently on
gust, Soule noted that the current Class of 2022 consists of 35 percent tightness,” said Orlando. “So we Brunswick Planning Board. The tions, accompanying the cap on the site of the new apartments,
students of color, 15 percent first-generation students and nine percent took that as sort of a risk-mitiga- conversion will be voted on at the students living off campus. will be demolished in mid-June
international students. In addition, 51 percent of students will receive tion option.” board’s May 8 meeting. Rendall The $15 million project in- and the College hopes to break
financial aid. The properties will consist of said that ResLife will reach out cludes four buildings, 16 apart- ground on the project in August.

BSG session. During an executive ses-

sion, only voting members of the
whether to hold an additional
meeting next Wednesday, May 9,
BSG may be present in the room; when impeachment procedures
members of the BSG executive a two-thirds vote of the assembly would continue. The assembly vot-
team to abuse their power and dis- is required to enter such a session. ed to not convene another meeting
qualify us. By their actions, those Kazlyna motioned to allow the with just one vote in favor and
certain members failed to follow Orient, her running mate Traore one abstention, effectively keeping
the very preamble and constitution and Jenna Scott ’19, current head any impeachment process from
they were elected to uphold. They of programming and operations proceeding. As the meeting was
tainted the trust and reputation of (a non-voting position) and newly the last of the year, members were
the BSG by targeting us,” said Ka- elected chair of student activities, stepping down from their posi-
zylna in a statement to the Orient. to be present in the room for the tions regardless.
Kazlyna claims that a member proceedings, for reasons of trans- Kazlyna was frustrated with
of BSG approached their cam- parency. The assembly voted to re- BSG’s response to her actions.
paigning table in Smith Union and move the Orient and Traore from “The BSG executive team de-
ripped off a poster, after Kazlyna the room, but permitted Scott to cided to remain complicit by not
told the member that Alam had stay, and proceedings occurred be- continuing the impeachment pro-
permitted the tabling. She said hind closed doors. Notes from the ceedings, simply due to the fact
that another BSG member who proceedings will not appear in the that the executive team was step-
witnessed the incident occur failed official BSG minutes, and mem- ping down,” said Kazlyna. “They
to intervene. They allege that the bers of the general assembly are not decided that no accountability
hearing and poster incidents are allowed to report what was said. would be taken for the inappropri-
impeachable offenses. During the executive session, ate behavior of the two members of
In the general assembly meeting the specific complaints of the pe- the BSG executive team. Their de-
on Wednesday night, Alam mo- titioner may be formally entered. cision perpetuates the hidden cor-
tioned to enter executive session The articles can only be introduced ruption and only proves that they
because he had received prior no- in this session, however, and a sub- are unwilling to be transparent and
tification that articles of impeach- sequent BSG meeting is required fair with the student body.”
ment would be introduced, and to adopt the articles with a formal At the very end of the BSG
BSG Procedure for Impeachment vote by the entire general assembly. meeting, Alam officially trans-
stipulates that a member of the as- Because this week’s BSG meet- ferred leadership to Mohamed
sembly can only introduce articles ing was the last of the semester, Nur ’19, who now serves as BSG
of impeachment in an executive the assembly held a vote to decide President.
4 NEWS Friday, May 4, 2018

“My biggest problem

here is that people
who’ve been here for
20 years should not
be struggling finan-
-Shawn Gepfert,
grounds coordinator

same as having two full incomes. It’s a broken down car will be the next finan- he took a two-dollar pay cut to an hour- With the jump from I to II comes an
scary thing to stop and think, ‘How do cial disaster. We are mindful of that,” ly wage of $10.50 to return to Bowdoin increase of about 50 cents in hourly pay,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 you live on—pay a vehicle payment, in- said Spoerri. after having left originally to work at according to Spoerri. The next jump to
surance, rent?’” Spoerri mentioned that she had Walmart. Senior Housekeeper or Groundskeeper
definitely a struggle,” said Gabriel Grin- Sabrina Bouchard, a housekeeper referred employees to other forms of Bowdoin does offer good benefits, brings about a dollar more in pay.
dle, a groundskeeper who has worked at who has worked at Bowdoin for 11 charity, such as the United Way 211 compared to other low-wage employers. Nine respondents who have been at
Bowdoin for almost 15 years. “I also have years, said she used to work multiple service, an online directory of resourc- Employees have access to subsidized the College for over 10 years reported
a kid at home. That definitely doesn’t help jobs when her children lived at home. es available to people in need, filtered comprehensive healthcare plans, which that they struggle to make ends meet.
financially.” Now that they have moved out and she by location. United Way offers links to include dental and vision, life insurance, Three respondents reported that they
“We used to have to go to the food has fully paid her mortgage, she says she local food banks, resources for enrolling subsidized retirement accounts and might or might not struggle.
bank—more often than I care to have is able to comfortably support herself on in supplemental income or food assis- paid time off including short- and long- “My biggest problem here is that peo-
to admit because we just would have her Bowdoin salary. tance programs and finding emergency term disability. The College also grants ple who’ve been here for 20 years should
enough to pay rent or pay whatever be- “I don’t have to do those [extra] shelters, among other services. employees paid sick time and vacation not be struggling financially,” said Shawn
cause I had kids at home,” said a house- cleaning jobs anymore. I wasn’t doing it time. Gepfert, a manager in the groundskeep-
keeper who asked to remain anonymous. because I wanted to. I was doing it be-
A little better than Walmart “Benefits, I will definitely say, are a ing staff. “For guys who just start who
“I have a car that needs an inspection cause it was necessary,” she said. In an interview with the Orient, positive,” said Icangelo. “Even the dentist are 18, 23, 25 years old, 15 an hour is
sticker, but it’s going to cost $1,000 to get The 29 individuals who reported Spoerri and Senior Vice President for now is covered. That aspect of this is the pretty good. But a guy my age who is 40,
it inspected, and it was due last October. their current hourly wages on the Ori- Finance and Administration and Trea- best I’ve seen in any other job I’ve had.” 45, who’s been working here for 10 or 20
I’m driving around with a vehicle that’s ent’s survey had earnings ranging from surer Matt Orlando indicated that the Bowdoin employees are also guaran- years—he shouldn’t have to struggle.”
not inspected but I don’t have the mon- $12.03 per hour to $30.79 per hour. The College sets wages based on a calcu- teed a full 40-hour work week, some- Annual raises for all facilities workers
ey,” said a groundskeeper who asked to mean wage reported was $16.54 per lation of what employers nearby are thing not always available at other low- are on average 3 percent of their wage,
remain anonymous. hour. Fourteen employees, nearly half, paying. While Bowdoin’s hourly wage wage employers. according to Orlando. For a housekeep-
Last week, the Orient sent a survey to report making below $15 per hour. is comparable to that of similar employ- A raise for new workers but er making $13.09—the average wage
112 facilities employees and received 29 Within housekeeping and ers, the College hopes to attract workers reported by survey respondents who
responses. Twenty-two respondents said groundskeeping, the ranges and aver- with a significant benefits package. not veterans work in housekeeping—that equates to
that they struggle to make ends meet. ages were lower. In housekeeping, no “We look at, what does McDonald’s Low wages present challenges, but 39 cents annually.
Twelve survey respondents said that worker made over $15.42 per hour and hire? What does Amato’s hire at? What housekeepers and groundskeepers in- However, there is some wiggle room.
they work another job to supplement eight reported making less than $13 is Walmart hiring at? Et cetera,” said terviewed unanimously revealed their Direct managers have discretion about
their Bowdoin income. Six said they do per hour. The average wage was $13.09. Spoerri. “The fact is that many of those current frustration with the fact that their workers’ annual raises. Depending
so sometimes. Within groundskeeping, the highest employees don’t have any benefits. We some 10-year employees are paid just 50 on performance, workers can receive
Karen Doyle usually works at least 40 income reported was $22.42, while the offer paid time off, sick time, vacation cents more than many new employees. anywhere from no raise at all to four
hours a week as a housekeeper at Bow- six other respondents reported making time, disability.” Five respondents to the survey who percent a year.
doin. On some days she leaves work at under $16.83 and hour. In making such a comparison its have worked at Bowdoin for over eight For Gepfert, it’s frustrating that he
the end of her daily shift at 1:30 p.m. and practice, Bowdoin has tied wages and years report earning less than $15 an can’t reward his crew with better com-
drives to a house she cleans for a private Band-aid solutions benefits for its workers to employers like hour. Two workers who have been at pensation. There just isn’t any money
client. For her, this is physically exhaust- Earlier this spring, Tama Spoerri, vice Walmart, which has made headlines for Bowdoin for almost 10 years report still available for him to allocate. “It doesn’t
ing and leaves her with little time to see president of Human Resources (HR), having record numbers of workers who earning an hourly wage between $12 matter what I give them for a review, the
her partner, a meat cutting associate at put the cost of a Central Maine Power use SNAP benefits and is notorious for and $13. In order to accommodate the raise is essentially the same. Three per-
Hannaford. He left his job in Bowdoin reconnection bill for a Dining Service paying non-livable wages. Many studies rising minimum wage in Maine, at the cent. When you’re three percent of 15 an
housekeeping a few years ago because employee on her Bowdoin credit card. have documented Walmart’s ability to beginning of this year Bowdoin raised hour, it’s not a whole lot of money,” he
the pay at Hannaford was better, and The money came out of either the Paller substantially influence wages in local its minimum starting wage to $12 per said. “I couldn’t give someone a good re-
he found the benefits to be comparable. Fund or the Bowdoin Staff Assistance economies. hour, meaning all new hires earn less view and say they get four percent, and
When Doyle’s children lived at home, Fund, endowments which are specifi- Multiple living wage reports suggest than one dollar less than these 9-year someone else gets two, but we’re talking
just a few years ago, her work meant she cally designed to cover expenses for em- that many workers at Bowdoin may not veterans. pennies.”
frequently wasn’t able to see or care for ployees in times of hardship. In this case, meet a living wage, depending on their “I don’t think that somebody that’s Many workers, it appears, were giv-
them. the Dining employee had reached finan- household arrangements. been working here for 10 or 11 years en a two percent raise or less last year.
For many in housekeeping and cial dead end, Spoerri said. She had had A 2010 Maine Department of Labor re- should be at the same pay rate as some- Survey data suggests at least ten. Three
groundskeeping, the ability to meet a large medical bill, her car broke down port said the hourly living wage for a single one that’s just starting here. That just workers said they received no raise at all.
expenses depends on having anoth- and she received a disconnect notice af- parent of one in Cumberland County was doesn’t seem fair,” said Bouchard. According to Orlando, the money
er income-earning individual in the ter she wasn’t able to pay her power bill. $19.81. The wage for someone in house- The lack of disparity comes from the for larger increases just isn’t available.
household and providing for dependent After six months of work at the Col- hold with two earners and two children fact that, when the College raised wag- He says finding it conflicted with other
children. Interviewees with children lege, each employee is able to request was $14.30 per hour—nearly half of re- es for new hires, it didn’t push veteran budgetary concerns, like providing fi-
were more likely to say that they strug- support from these funds, provided they spondents reported earning less than that. workers up accordingly. nancial aid and providing good benefits
gled financially. Some reported their document need. Multiple workers in- A 2017 study conducted by research- “It’s called compression,” said Spoer- to all employees.
situations changing once their children terviewed mentioned using the funds at ers at MIT says that the Maine living ri. “We used to have a dollar difference “We do the best we possibly can to
moved out. Many interviewees who some point during their time at Bowdo- wage for a single parent of one is $24.21 or 50 cents, but the fact is, now with this advocate for our employees,” said Spo-
have a working spouse said that they in. For some, the emergency assistance and the wage for someone in a house- moving up so quickly, that compression erri. “We advocate every year. We did
only make ends meet due to the higher was a crucial lifeline pulling them back hold with two earners and two children is going to be the case.” not have to go to 12 an hour. We could
wages of their partner. from the brink of financial freefall, and is $15.82. There is a ladder of positions in each still be at 11 dollars. We go to Clayton,
One housekeeper, who requested an- they were grateful that the College could Bowdoin’s decision to supplement facilities job. In housekeeping, new em- but the thing is, is how much does it cost
onymity because she did not want to be support them. low wages with a strong benefits pack- ployees are often hired as a Housekeeper us? Because it’s more in benefits, because
identified by co-workers or management, At the same time, the existence of age appears to be working for the Col- I, but with experience and time, can it’s more in paid time off, in disability, in
said that she was in the beginning stages these funds reflects the College’s aware- lege. Housekeepers and groundskeepers become a Housekeeper II or a Senior retirement. Retirement is based on how
of a divorce and expressed concern about ness of its employees’ financial insecu- uniformly reported staying for the ben- Housekeeper. Groundskeeping has the much you earn. Every time you contin-
financial stability once she is unable to rity, and that it has adopted a system of efits. Some also talked about enjoying same position rankings. ue to do that, there’s this exponential
rely on the wages of her spouse. charity rather than a living wage to deal the work environment and the ability be However, many in housekeeping and cost associated with it.”
“How in the world am I going to be with the problem. around students. groundskeeping feel that the ladders Housekeepers also expressed anger
able to live on $12.50 an hour?” she said. “We get it—how hard it is to live pay- One housekeeper interviewed said aren’t successfully increasing compensa- that certain student employees make
“Obviously he can help, but it’s not the check to paycheck and to not know—a that because he appreciates the students, tion and fully rewarding commitment. the same as them or their colleagues.
Friday, May 4, 2018 NEWS 5

In general, student wages are set below curity officer told the Orient. Do you struggle to make ends meet?
those of full-time employees. This year, After inquiry by the Orient into this 10
guidelines for students’ wages range practice, Orlando confirmed that the
from $10 to $11.75 per hour. However, former housekeeping director routinely 9
some positions may pay more. Students accessed the Security communications 9
who work as interviewers in admissions center in Rhodes Hall with the help of a
receive $12.50 an hour. Security officer. 8
”That’s not fair,” said Bouchard. “It According to Orlando, neither he nor
makes you feel underappreciated. Espe- other administrators knew about this
cially when you’ve been here long.” practice until the Orient’s inquiry, but 7

Number of Respondents
both individuals involved have since left
Work not respected the College. 6
At Bowdoin, housekeepers are respon- “Basically the activity stopped with
sible for cleaning up vomit. It’s one of the [the officer] who was basically a bad egg
ways in which housekeeping is an intrin- in the Security office,” Orlando said. “It’s
sically difficult job. The repetitive motions deeply troubling that this this took place 4
of mopping and scrubbing and dusting all at all.” 4
take a toll on the body, too. Housekeep- One housekeeper, who was tasked
ers frequently report injuries—10 of 12 with cleaning Rhodes Hall at the time 3
housekeepers who answered the survey and who asked to remain anonymous,
question said they had been injured from said she witnessed this practice first- 2
working at Bowdoin, reporting strained hand. 2
muscles, chronic tendonitis and pinched “Say I was in the Security office, vac-
1 1
nerves among other injuries. uuming or pulling trash or something. 1
In interviews, many housekeepers Our boss at the time would come in and
felt that their hard work and physical ask me to leave so that she could watch 0 0 0 0
sacrifices are not only not respected by the security cameras. She didn’t tell me
Definitely yes Probably yes Might or might not Probably not Definitely not
the College with monetary compensa- that, but the security officers, when I’d
tion, but that sometimes they are denied go back in and finish, did: ‘Well she
Groundskeeper Housekeeper
basic decency from their managers or comes in and wants us to pull up camer-
HR. They report being reprimanded as from different areas so she can check
and feeling unheard or undervalued. up on you guys.’” sors. But given the overall… Seriously?” hierarchy of employees, housekeeping is grams—for infants, young toddlers, old-
Sometimes, it’s the small things, like While regular surveillance doesn’t “Human Resources, whether it’s at squarely at the bottom. Other staff make er toddlers and preschoolers. It is open
when housekeeping staff were not alerted continue, the practice of monitoring Bowdoin College or at Bank of Ameri- that clear to them. to all employees and strives to integrate
about a snow day until they had already employees via camera may still occur, ca, is here to protect the company,” said “It’s the—no-offense—professors, the itself into the community, according to
arrived to work at 5 a.m., even though occasionally, in the cases of employee George Hale, a groundskeeper who has other adults who work here, they some- its mission statement.
students were notified the night before— investigation. worked at Bowdoin for almost 23 years. times treat us as if we are that bottom However, not one support staff em-
Spoerri says she hears from housekeepers “If we are asked to do an investiga- “I know on the students’ end, this college totem pole type of thing,” said Icangelo. ployee has sent a child to the Center in
regularly about this. But for many, these tion, we do, generally,” said the officer is a non-profit ... common good. But in a This surely isn’t an attitude held or the past six years, according to Martha
feelings stem from specific incidents, who spoke with the Orient. facilities, dining service angle, it’s a com- expressed by all employees at Bowdoin, Eshoo, director of the center. The Center
often a few years back, under a manager The possibility of being watched pany. We work for a company. And HR but it is reflected institutionally in the does not seem to be designed with all
who was later forced to retire. Since then, sends a message to housekeepers that is here to protect that company.” benefits workers receive. As a percentage Bowdoin employees in mind. The main
under a new manager of the housekeep- they are not trusted to perform their This is a feeling shared by many em- of their income, lower wage workers pay factors preventing the children of support
ing staff, employees have reported fewer jobs independently. In addition to not ployees. They can talk to HR and their more for health insurance at Bowdoin staff workers at Bowdoin from enjoying
complaints. feeling trusted, housekeepers report not managers but in the end, the higher ups than do higher earners. With the wages the Center are its hours and tuition cost.
For example, around five years ago, a feeling heard, especially by HR. are not here for them. they make and on top of other expenses, Most workers in housekeeping are re-
housekeeper working in the basement Multiple employees reported having One result of this is that many feel this can be a significant burden. quired to arrive at work at 5 a.m., while
of Coles Tower passed out. Her partner to beg for promotions from HR. Under and know that they are replaceable. A For the same middle-priced health workers in groundskeeping are required
thought she was having a heart attack the old manager, who many housekeep- few report having been told this directly. care plan, an employee with a family to arrive at work at 7 a.m. However, the
and called 911 immediately. However, ers found to be harsh and punitive, it “Just being here for 17 and a half years, who makes the average housekeeper Center does not open until 7:45 a.m.
instead of concern for her colleague’s took a chorus of voices complaining to I’ve seen so many people come and go. I wage will spends 12.3 percent of their There’s little flexibility in this, says Eshoo.
wellbeing, she was sent to HR and repri- HR before their concerns were taken know how replaceable we are. It’s sad to income on health care, whereas an indi- Enrollment at the Center costs be-
manded her for breaking College policy seriously. say,” said Jane Davis, a housekeeper who vidual making the average faculty salary tween $1,000 and $1,160 per month,
by calling 911 before Security. In the Housekeeper Sonya Morrell was one currently works in West Hall. would spend 2.4 percent of their income depending on the child’s age. HR has
future, she was supposed to wait for Se- of the employees who spoke up about on healthcare. a program that gives a limited number
curity to assess before calling 911. the manager early on. “In the beginning Unequal benefits Vacation time and other paid time-off of employees a 25 percent discount on
“I don’t know why it matters because it was, ‘Here come the troublemakers,’ Facilities staff say that they love Bow- policies are another area in which lower tuition, but even at $750 per month, the
the phones on campus, if you call 911, but then more people started speaking doin students. The students are one of wage workers receive worse benefits. cost of care would be 33 percent of the
Security gets alerted,” she said. up. You can’t keep saying, ‘Oh it’s this the reasons why they work here—they Administrative staff, which ranges average reported housekeeper monthly
Multiple interviewees also expressed group and their trouble.’” enjoy being around and serving so from deans to administrative assistants, wage, assuming no overtime and a 40-
concern that they are watched on cam- When asked about workers not many talented and kind individuals. are granted 20 days per year of paid va- hour work week.
era by Security at the request of their feeling heard, Spoerri dismissed their Several housekeepers said that students cation time, while support-staff members Without this benefit, Bowdoin em-
bosses. complaints as those of a few disgruntled are their biggest supporters on campus. receive 10 days in their first year of em- ployees are forced to be creative about
“There have been occasions where employees. They say “Hi,” and sometimes develop ployment, 15 days in years two through finding care for their young children.
a department head or director gets in- “I could probably list off who they are,” relationships, since many spend much seven and 20 days after eight years of When Children’s Center told Hale
formation that an employee isn’t doing she said. “People lose perspective. They get of their time cleaning first-year dorms. employment. Faculty have no defined that they would not be able to accom-
what they’re supposed be doing and here and get a little entitled and whatever. Some even keep in touch after gradu- vacation, though they are afforded paid modate his hours years ago, he found a
they would reach out to us to investigate. I get that we’re not an perfect employer. ation. However, interviewees say that time off for family leave. different solution.
While that doesn’t happen often, it’s not I don’t have perfect managers out there. they don’t receive the same respect from In addition, rules for short-term “You know who stepped up? The
something that doesn’t happen,” one Se- God knows I don’t have perfect supervi- faculty and other College staff. On the disability insurance, which covers 70 Bowdoin hockey team. They lived at
percent of employees’ wages in the event Brunswick apartments. I said guys, just
Groundskeepers and Housekeepers Hourly Pay Rates of temporary impairments, are severely chill out with him. Those guys, all seven
unequal. When applying for short-term of them. They figured out a system and a
9 disability, staff members are subject schedule,” he said.
to a 14-day waiting period that faculty Others pay for childcare elsewhere.
8 members do not encounter. As such, an “It was another mortgage payment.
impaired worker has to use vacation and You make concessions on other things
sick time to receive an income during in your life while your kids are at day-
7 those two weeks. care,” said Gepfert.
Multiple housekeepers said that they
feel discouraged from actually using If you took them away...
Number of Respondents

their paid time off. Using all of the sick After last weekend’s Ivies festivities,
days can be seen as an indication that the campus was littered in trash from stu-
5 the employee is lazy or not taking the dents’ partying—the Brunswick Apart-
job seriously. ments Quad, Reed House’s backyard, the
“Sick days seem adequate, [but] its lawns next to MacMillan, Quinby and
4 being penalized for how many you use Ladd Houses and the common areas of
that’s the problem,” said one housekeep- dorms. But by Monday afternoon, these
3 er who asked to remain anonymous. grounds were returned to their normal
“We encourage employees to keep state of cleanliness. Housekeeping and
2 2 a bank of sick time and vacation time,” groundskeeping make Bowdoin run, and
2 said Spoerri. “If you’ve been here 5, 6, 10 the College knows this.
years, you shouldn’t be at a low vacation While Ivies, reunion and graduation
1 1 1 1 1 or sick time balance.” are especially important weekends, sup-
Another crucial differential between port staff works year-round.
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 resources available to support staff and “In some aspects it seems like a menial
0 faculty and administrative staff is child- job. We’re not making policies for the
$12 to $13 $13 to $14 $14 to $15 $15 to $16 $16 to $17 $17 to $18 $18 to $19 $19 to $20 $20 or more care. The Bowdoin Children’s Center is a College. We’re not teaching,” said Mor-
world-class daycare and preschool locat- rell. “But if you took us away, and got rid
Groundskeeper Housekeeper ed behind Thorne Hall on South Street. of the housekeeping staff in general, this
HANNAH DONOVAN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT The Center has four separate pro- college wouldn’t be what it is.”

Friday, May 4, 2018

Among the pines with the Peucinian Society

The college’s oldest literary

society is alive and well.


by Surya Milner
Orient Staff

Ishani Agarwal ’20 says she

came to Bowdoin “blind.” An
international student from Mum-
bai, India, Agarwal gleaned every-
thing she knew about Bowdoin
from pamphlets and the internet.
Once transplanted to campus
and settled in small-town Maine,
Agarwal wondered about a lot of
things. Among them: why every-
thing in America has to be “this
“It’s really easy to feel like ev- PINOS LOQUENTES: The Peucinian Society, Bowdoin’s oldest literary
eryone pigeonholes politics really
club, meets each Thursday evening to discuss topics ranging from compul-
quickly,” Agarwal said. “Are you
liberal? Are you conservative? Are
sory military service to confederate statues. (LEFT): Emlyn Knox ’19 (left)
you left? Are you right?” listens to Ishani Agarwal ’20 (right).
Luckily, for Agarwal, she found
a middle ground in a perhaps un- ALESKIA SILVERMAN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
likely place: the Peucinian Society, them, Agarwal tells me, even live precedes some of the society’s class of 1825, in a letter to a family ical and mental,” the chronicler at supporters. We have conservatives.
Bowdoin’s oldest literary club. together. iconic heavyweights. Henry W. member. Rumor had it that the the time wrote. We have Marxists and radical
Founded in 1805 by a smattering “A lot of people wonder, ‘Where Longfellow, Joshua Chamberlain Peucinians were Federalist Whigs; In some ways, disputation feminists and neoliberals and you
of eight students, the Peucin- are the conservatives who are go- and Sen. George Evans all held the Athenaeans, Democrats. topics of days old are not a far name it—people who don’t iden-
ians occupy a particular role on ing to come out and speak?’ A lot the emblematic Peucinian pine “We know that the Peucinians cry from those of today’s disputa- tify with labels, real free thinkers.”
campus. Often found gracing of them are at Peucinian,” said bough at initiation; the Athenae- voted that they thought that black tions, which focus on a spectrum It can be a tough balance:
SuperSnack in formal attire on President Sam Lewis ’19. “I think an Society, Peucinian’s rival liter- people should have the right to of debates. They range from mo- letting opinions be heard while
Thursday nights or reading “The it’s because they know that this ary club, boasted Franklin Pierce vote in the 1820s,” said Lewis. nogamy to the removal of con- maintaining an atmosphere of
Iliad” cover-to-cover on the mu- is a place where they can speak and Nathaniel Hawthorne. “They voted that Bowdoin federate statues (consensus from respect and decency. But for the
seum steps, the group prides itself freely and they are not going to be Back then, the Peucinian So- should be co-educational—or it that topic was a tie). Yesterday Peucinians, it seems, that very
in its mission: unwavering in its judged as a person because of it. ciety was a book circulation club might have been that women have evening, the society discussed tension is often the basis of life-
commitment to “utmost respect, And so we have these interesting that arose from a dissatisfaction the same intellectual capabilities whether compulsory military ser- long friendship.
lasting friendships, and above all, topics and we have people saying with the College library’s col- as men,” he said. vice is immoral. “It is difficult to separate ideas
free inquiry.” things that you won’t hear any- lection. It was available only for By the turn of the 20th centu- “[Disputations] are not just from someone’s character, but a
Free inquiry, is the subject of body say on campus.” consultation (think: Special Col- ry, the society had fallen silent. questions about practical world big part of the Society is integrity
serious debate on college cam- At the beginning of each dis- lections & Archives) from noon The question that Lewis refer- affairs,” said Agarwal. “They’re beyond intellectual integrity. ‘Do
puses today. It’s also the title of a putation, members make a toast. to 1 p.m. a couple of days a week. enced—whether women have the also questions about how we you treat people with respect?’
“Statement of Principles” signed “Pinos loquentes,” the president Disavowing popular or fictional same intellectual capabilities as should live our lives.” said Ratner. “That is perhaps
by 53 Middlebury faculty after a recalls the Latin motto. “Semper texts, the collection boasted most- men—was actually a disputation This is easier said than done more fundamental than just the
group of 100 students prevented habemus,” members respond and ly classics, history and the largest topic in 2007, when the group when the role of “devil’s advo- intellectual exploration. ‘Do you
controversial visiting speaker Dr. raise their cups—to friendship, to collection of scripture north of was re-founded after a century cate” does not exist within the treat someone else as both your
Charles Murray from delivering free discourse, to tradition. En- Boston for its time. By the 1820s, of radio silence. Bowdoin had confines of the faculty lounge of intellectual and human equal?
a talk in March of 2017. After, a glish: “We always have the whis- the Peucinian had formed a rival- integrated women into its student Massachusetts Hall on Thursday Not just a sparring partner, not
group of instigators thronged the pering pines.” ry with the Athenaean Society, body over 30 years earlier, and the evenings, when the Peucinians just someone who holds despica-
speaker, he was shouted off the The phrase connects the club and a “race for volumes” inten- Peucinian Society—recently re- gather for their weekly debate. ble beliefs, but another person in
stage, injuring one member of the to Bowdoin’s physical landscape, sified their bookish tug-of-war. vived by three students captivated “It’s always from the heart,” all their complexity.’”
faculty. First published in the Wall one of the few major mainstays Before the societies phased out by political theory after a seminar said Ben Ratner ’19, this year’s As the gavel falls and the
Street Journal on March 7, 2017, since the society’s inception. at the turn of the 20th century with Professor Paul Franco—was Master of Sessions. “It really helps Peucinians wrap up their final
the first principle reads: “Gen- Though several of the College’s with the advent of fraternities, the still majority male. blend the social and the intellec- disputation of the semester, it’s
uine higher learning is possible buildings and libraries, including Peucinian Society had collected At that disputation, the society tual because you know that every- clear that the club’s days of yore
only where free, reasoned, and the Peucinian’s former home, have approximately 1,000 volumes and met in the Peucinian room to one around the table is speaking are gone, but not forgotten. No
civil speech and discussion are endured fire and reconstruction disputated on a fortnightly basis. debate “the merits of feminism for themselves rather than just longer a secret society or a boy’s
respected.” over the years, the pines that root But the two brother societies and gender equality,” which re- hiding behind an argument. It’s club, the Peucinians harken back
At Bowdoin, the term feels al- the club’s sense of place remain. also had marked partisan bents, cords show centered on “the ways really like, this is me, reckon with to the past still: in their references
most as obsolete as Homer. Part Alongside numerous other political predilections that the in which men and women are me, speak with me, discuss with to antiquity, commitment to re-
literary, part oratory, the Peu- time-honored traditions—such modern-day Peucinians seem to equal and unequal” and emerged me, know who I am.” spect, friendship and, of course,
cinians might be one of the few as peripatos, a mid-disputation have consolidated into one. “Nev- inconclusive: “We did not reach “We are a place where no mat- freedom of thought. If all else fails,
places on campus where far-right stroll around the quad—the er were Jew and Samaritans more a consensus regarding whether ter what your political views, you as their motto makes certain, they
conservatives and radical liberals Peucinian Society has a deep in- separated than Athenaeans and the differences between men and are welcome here,” said Lewis. “We will always have the whispering
can be friends. A fair number of tellectual history at Bowdoin that Peucinians,” wrote John Abbot, women are physical or both phys- have people who are open Trump pines.
Friday, May 4, 2018 FEATURES 7

Studying the arctic in the era of climate change

science. It’s very interdisciplinary,”
by Sabrina Lin said Kaplan.
and Nicole Tjin A Djie This conscious effort to bring
Orient Staff
diverse perspectives is reiterated
What happens in the Arctic in the setup of the Arctic Studies
doesn’t stay in the Arctic. Increas- concentration, which is aimed at
ingly pressing in this day and age, training students to critically nav-
issues surrounding polar environ- igate issues relevant to the Arctic.
ments stretch across continents “The goal isn’t to send students
and disciplines. With its history to graduate school,” Kaplan said.
of Arctic exploration and muse- “The goal is to have students who
um research, Bowdoin and the have understanding of the envi-
Arctic go way back. Today, with ronmental, social cultural com-
issues still surrounding various plexities of the Arctic, so when
polar environments, Bowdoin they go and they have careers, as
continues to make strides in the teachers or social workers or doc-
field, as exemplified through a tors or lawyers, they will be good
continuous, cross-disciplinary creative problem solvers.”
pursuit by faculty members across With rapid climate change and
several academic departments additional passages opening up
united through the Arctic Studies in the Arctic, expertise in com-
program. prehensive problem-solving is in
Since its establishment in 1985, high demand. Bowdoin students
the Arctic Studies program has al- are close to the problem—Kaplan
ways defied simple categorization. specifically referenced Portland’s
True to Bowdoin’s liberal arts foun- potential status as a near-Arctic
dation, Arctic research is deeply port. Climate change will increase POLAR PURSUITS: Taxidermied arctic birds and a polar bear on display in the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum.
intertwined with cultural, social traffic to the Arctic, which will
and political matters beyond the have dualistic effects, both boost- recovery was by trying to reinvent tion associated more broadly with Roesler breaks down the myth Combining her research expe-
confines of science. At the heart ing the Portland economy while themselves as a kind of natural climate change are not going to about sea level rising as a slow, rience with an interdisciplinary
of this scholarship is a holistic un- exacerbating the existing environ- gateway to the Arctic,” she ex- benefit from the opening of the steady process, calling instead for approach, Roesler teaches a course
derstanding of the region’s unique mental concerns in the Arctic. plained. “This repositioning of Arctic,” she continued. “So I think immediate action. titled “Poles Apart,” which incor-
environmental as well as human “[The locals] are getting abso- the country and its economy as when we talk about opportunities, “We’re really starting to see porates elements of polar explora-
conditions. lutely no economic profits. They an Arctic capital coincides with I think we need to see what the the ice melt, but the ice has been tion through first-hand historical
Professor of Anthropology and are assuming all of the dangers climate change and growing polit- bigger picture is here.” melting for a long time. It’s been accounts and literature.
Director of the Peary-MacMillan … you’re adding pollution; you’re ical and economic interests in the Grahame sees a responsibility absorbing a lot of heat, and cold “I start them with a book by
Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies accelerating a warming that is al- Arctic, especially as the ice melts for scholars to actively engage ice can absorb a lot of heat before Fridtjof Nansen, who is the fa-
Center Susan Kaplan has spent ready out of control,” Kaplan said. and new shipping routes might be with the tension between nations’ it melts … And now it’s at that mous Norwegian explorer … so
over 30 years expanding the scope “There’s a history in the Arctic, as opening up as well.” profit-maximizing mindset and threshold, and that’s why it’s melt- [students] are able to experience
of the museum’s collection to not there are in other places, of outside As a comparative political sci- environmentalist concerns. Collin ing so quickly now,” said Roesler. “I the cold and the dark and the wet
only document history but also cultures coming in, exploiting re- entist, Grahame remains wary of Roesler, professor of Earth and think people sometimes feel very and the saltiness and the smell—all
present contemporary culture. sources and leaving.” the manner in which Arctic coun- Oceanographic Science agrees intuitive about the environment, of it—as we’re learning about the
With her own research focusing The complex economic condi- tries have begun to regard climate with Grahame. To him, climate but sometimes your intuition is Arctic,” said Roesler.
on Inuit responses to environmen- tion of the Arctic and surrounding change as offering profitable op- change is of paramount impor- wrong, and this is a case where Roesler ultimately wishes to
tal change and contact with the nations is right up Alyssa Gra- portunities. tance in determining not only the people were wrong.” provide students with a sense of
West, Kaplan reflects on the muse- hame’s alley. The visiting assistant “I think we need to be critical future of the Arctic, but the entire Roesler, whose current research place, bearing a certain level of rel-
um’s mission. professor of government and legal of this language of opportunity planet. focuses on ocean ecosystems, has evance in the face of the challenges
“We didn’t want people to think studies focuses on contentious because I see it as depoliticizing cli- “Everything about our world is spent multiple field seasons in the the Arctic faces.
that Inuit and other groups were responses to the financial crisis in mate change, and we have to think controlled by processes in the Arc- Arctic studying dynamics of sea “At Bowdoin, we have a legacy
stuck in the 1950s and earlier … northwestern Europe, specifically about who would benefit from the tic atmosphere, in the Arctic ocean ice. She later visited Antarctica, in here … There are so many rea-
[The museum tries] to alternate so in the Arctic. opening of the Arctic and who and in the sea ice,” Roesler said. “So total spending over 300 days at sea sons why students at Bowdoin
that sometimes we have an exhibit “Iceland was recovering from suffers.” you may not care about it, but it on major research vessels. should find a connection to the
on a region, sometimes it’ll be on the financial crisis and the Great “People who live in regions doesn’t matter whether you care or “I got stuck in Antarctica twice Arctic even if they haven’t been,
a topic, sometimes it’ll be art. It Recession. One of the ways in that are at risk to rising sea levels not; it’s going to be impacting our on a ship, getting locked in the ice simply because of the legacy of
might be science; it might be social which they were pursuing this or the loss of land or desertifica- lives in very fundamental ways.” for months,” she recalled. the College.”


Cheer and chocolate at

Wilbur’s of Maine and came to Freeport, hoping to began creating and selling home-
by Maia Coleman live beside the ocean and work made Maine chocolate.
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as school teachers in the area. In “When we first started, we
Cappuccino Meltaway Truffles. 1983, Freeport was beginning to made it at home, but now we have
Almond Butter Crunch. Coconut see a rise in factory storefronts and a chocolate factory in Freeport as
Clusters. Dark Chocolate Pecan general businesses. The couple— well,” said Catherine. “Once we re-
Turtles. tired of teaching for the time—had alized that we could make a better
Peering into the glossy display the idea to open up a chocolate product if we did it ourselves, that’s
case at Wilbur’s of Maine Choco- shop in town. the way we went.”
late Confections on Maine Street is By 1987, business was booming Today, the Wilburs make about
enough to entice even the slightest in the Wilburs’ first store—a shop 95 percent of the chocolate in their
of chocoholics. The chocolates, tucked cozily into the second floor store. Purveying local-homemade
in an assortment of shapes and of a Bow Street storefront. Ready products has quickly become cen- VICTORIA YU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
shades of rich brown, sit closely to expand and seeing an oppor- tral to the store’s mission.
CALLING CHOCOHOLICS: Wilbur’s of Maine opened in Freeport and moved to their Brunswick location in 1987.
beside each other in the glass case, tunity to do so in Brunswick, the “Making our own chocolate
together forming an expanse of two purchased their Maine Street is very important to us because it tries to keep his parents’ values of your-own chocolate houses instead shop.
smooth and sticky confection. location in a space that had been helps us to employ more Maine community engagement and con- of gingerbread houses, at Easter we And for the family, it is precisely
The treats, which range from previously occupied by Tontine’s people,” explained Catherine. “We nection to Maine in mind. have an Easter egg hunt that’s free this ability to give their community
chocolate blueberries and choco- Fine Candies, another candy shop also use Maine products whenever For now, his biggest goal is to for the community. Every month that irresistible touch of sweetness
late molds to fudge and caramels, whose owner was looking to retire. we can. We just think that that’s give back to the community of re- we do something so people can that has made the job so enjoyable.
owe their popularity to the Wilbur The business began strictly as important.” turning customers who have con- come in and make something with “People come into a candy shop
family. Tom, Catherine and their a retail store. Tom and Catherine’s In 2016, Andy Wilbur officially tributed to the business’s success. candy,” said Catherine. happy. You know they’re either
son Andy—Wilbur’s current own- initial intention for their Bow took ownership of the business The family is currently working The shop also has an active blog going to treat themselves or treat
er—have been running the family Street location was to buy and sell and has moved the business on completing an event space at on its website in which the Wil- somebody else,” said Catherine.
business for nearly 35 years. chocolate, not to make it. With forward, playing a major role in its Freeport location to host local burs share recipes, photos and new “It’s a happy place to come to and
In 1979, Tom and Catherine, time, however, the couple began decision-making as well as in de- parties and seasonal activities for creations, giving their customers a it’s a happy place to work.”
from California and Boston, re- experimenting with chocolate veloping inventive new chocolate the community. chance to enjoy a rich, chocolate
spectively, packed their things making and eventually, the two recipes. In his new position, Andy “At Christmas we sell build- haven outside the doors of the
8 FEATURES Friday, May 4, 2018

Talk of the Quad

be difficult with another person didn’t know who was supposed to every friendship to some degree.
EIGHT YEARS LATER... constantly by your side. Although be their date until the end of the But for us, it feels a bit more nec-
we have different priorities in life, dinner. essary and a bit more noticeable.
We are basically in a relation- in the small world of Bowdoin, This is particularly ironic in When looking for some inspi-
ship. It’s been eight years. We’ve our identities feel merged because light of our current situation. For ration in writing about our friend-
lived together for two and a half, we rely so much on the company the first time in our friendship, we ship, we came across Rebecca
traveled around the world, hung of one another. We have somehow find ourselves liking the same boy. Traister’s New York Times article
out with each other’s families and managed to study abroad in Italy (Hello, if you are reading this!) “What Women Find in Friends
are currently listed as each other’s (different cities), to inadvertently Again, it’s as if we can’t be separat- That They May Not Get From
“emergency contact.” You can find choose classes that ended up tak- ed from each other. Of course fate Love.” She writes, “The real conse-
us eating most meals together in ing a joint spring break trip this would have it this way. quence of having friendships that
Thorne, popping up most often year and spend Thursday nights Abroad last spring was the first are so fulfilling is that when you
in each other’s tagged photos and together editing at the Orient. time we were really apart. Though actually meet someone you like
wearing full-set matching pajamas Having spent so much time to- we were both in Italy, we saw each enough to clear the high bar your
when we go to bed together each gether, we’ve found how pursuing other only twice over the five friendships have set, the chances
night. Well, it’s not the same bed. individual relationships—not only months. We had to forge our own are good that you’re going to really
And we’re not actually in a rela- social, but also romantic—can be- friendships and be more indepen- like him or her.”
tionship; we’re just best friends. come trickier. Case in point: our dent than ever before. We were still Our friendship has set a high
We first became friends in high steadiest romantic relationships there for each other, but it was not bar, and of course we want it to
school and unintentionally ended were during our first year, a time the same when we weren’t seeing last long after we leave this space.
up at Bowdoin together. When when we were not yet so linked to each other every day. It was both We’ve grown so much since ninth
we came here, we planned to give each other. refreshing and scary. When we grade, when we barely knew
each other space, maybe even We’ve tried to break out of this met up for the first time in Paris, it each other or ourselves. But we
make entirely different friends and reliance and have even occasion- was harder for us to be in sync be- also know that the next part of
catch up on occasion. We did, at ally been successful wingwomen cause we had become accustomed growing up is learning how to
first. But the comfort of familiarity for one another. Sometimes, to our different lives. surround ourselves with new re-
was easy and needed, particularly though, we need a nudge from a With graduation, our relation- lationships, ones that add to our
with the emotional rawness of our third party. Take our double blind ship will again become long-dis- identity in part, but might not
first year. By our first year spring date this fall. Inspired by friends tance. We will be separated by 450 necessarily define us as fully. We
and into now, our senior spring, who had a similar idea, we found miles—Rachael in D.C., Louisa in won’t be together every day, but
we have shared the same friend ourselves listening to “Breathe Boston. Our relationship will have that will be ok—we’ll still wear
groups. (2 AM)” by Anna Nalick on the to evolve and so will we. Without our matching pajamas each night.
This compatibility is special, way to meet two guys at Fron- sharing the same places, people Rachael Allen and Louisa
EMMA BEZILLA but, at times, it can be limiting. tier. A mutual friend had set us and routines, we will lose our joint Moore are members of the class of
Crafting an individual identity can up. Turns out, fittingly, the boys identity. This is inevitable across 2018.

on individuals and relationships. schools and workplaces have be- I was a sensitive person of color, Whereas restorative approaches shamed the offenders to no avail
BURGLARY, PRISON, By shifting the conversation from gun to implement such practices. she an ignorant and unconcerned aim to examine and rectify rifts, and provided a false sense of jus-
AND PEDRO O’HARA’S: retribution to reclamation, this Fortunately, Bowdoin appears white person. We laughed at our the College’s punitive measures tice for the hurt.
REVISITING THE INFAMOUS practice lies in radical contrast to ready to hop on-board. own short-sightedness, as well as served merely to exacerbate. I remain optimistic about the
BIAS INCIDENTS the dehumanization that charac- Last September, Dean of Stu- that of the campus at-large. After Frankly, the tenets upon which College’s burgeoning attention to
terizes traditional corrective tac- dent Affairs Tim Foster sent a further discussion, we realized restorative justice was found- restorative philosophies. My love
The summer before to my tics. Within this particular prison, campus-wide email announcing that we were both fully-versed ed—restitution, encouragement for this place, in conjunction with
freshman year, a burglar ran- restorative efforts manifested the Office of Residential Life’s cu- in the principles of restorative and the pursuit of mutual un- my personal encounter with restor-
sacked my house while I was in the mentorship of inmates, ration of a set of restorative tools justice. It quickly became clear derstanding—were wholly ab- ative justice, fuels this charge. I urge
home alone. It was a lazy morn- followed by facilitated victim-of- to be employed as a means of that our conversation—and the sent from the administration’s the College to closely examine its
ing. I was reading in bed when I fender dialogues. conflict resolution. According to relationship it built—was itself response. In addition, contrary responses in relation to the tenets
heard the first knock. I continued I was assigned to mentor a Foster, these tools include “con- a function of restorative justice. to the administration’s past ac- that underlie restorative principles.
reading without pause, noting group of five juvenile inmates. flicting coaching, facilitated dia- This encounter brought far more tions, restorative practices do not Our approach to conflict resolution
that my mother—the only other As fate would have it, one of the logue and mediation.” So far, so healing than any official sanction, place the burden of restoration is in dire need of a reconfiguration,
resident of our home—was not inmates is currently serving time good. Foster then notes that the probation or College-sponsored into the hands of the affected. and I am confident that what re-
due home until lunchtime. The for two charges: home burglary administration currently applies venting session. The administration’s past mea- storative justice did for me, it can do
second knock resounded with a and the assault of the female restorative principles in response This conversation was a bless- sures were critiqued for many for our community.
greater sense of urgency, but as resident. This latter charge is the to multiple situations—including ing and the conclusions I eventu- of the same reasons that many Adira Polite is a member of the
a Memphis resident I’d always potential alternate ending—the bias incidents. This claim is wor- ally drew from it, even moreso. punitive systems are: their ef- class of 2018.
harbored a distrust of unexpected “what if ” —that I had envisioned risome, given the reality of the First, it is most evident that the forts polarized the
visitors. countless times over the years. administration’s response to the administration’s past responses community,
The third and final knock Consequently, when this inmate controversies of the 2015-2016 to bias incidents are far from
was followed by silence. Without first recounted his crime, I im- school year. restorative.
warning, the quiet was pierced mediately brimmed with con- I recently discussed these mis-
by the shrill activation of our tempt. Fortunately, an inverse guided responses with a student
security alarm. In those initial relationship developed between who was implicated in one
moments, I was thrust into an my hidden ire and the progres- of the more infamous bias
immobilizing terror. Fear began sion of the course, leading me to incidents of that year. Un-
coiling itself around my neck as eventually divulge my own expe- der the tangerine glow of
the seconds rolled past. At some rience as a victim. Senior Night bar lights,
point, instinct pulled my stupe- Over the weeks, I watched we dove into a full-
fied body out of bed and into as he realized that his loot likely blown, mostly-coher-
my closet. From inside, I listened consisted not only of his victim’s ent analysis. We’d
as a faceless stranger hurriedly cash and electronics, but also never spoken be-
transformed my safe haven into a of her peace, rest and trust. I sat fore that night, yet
crime scene. The intruder swiped with him as he gradually began to we both believed
peace from my bedside table and sympathize with his victim for the we knew exactly
removed rest and trust from my first time. I listened as he made who the other
jewelry boxes. By Grace, I was not connections between his crimes was. Within
discovered. The intruder fled, but and his childhood traumas. As the collective
the loss of these three elements this man’s heart softened towards memory of
kept me in figurative hiding. his victim, family and communi- what hap-
When the police arrived, I exited ty, a love towards both him and pened that
my closet—but I remained in hid- my own burglar arose as well. year,
ing for years. Bitterness and malice gradually
My source of healing came as vacated my heart, making
a shock. The summer after my room for the return of EN
junior year, I found myself facili- peace, rest and trust. Re- NY
tating a restorative justice course storative justice’s ability
within South Africa’s notorious to overflow and fortu-
Drakenstein Correctional Cen- itously bring healing
tre. In essence, restorative justice to a mere bystander is
is a community-based approach a testament to its po-
to conflict resolution. Rather tency. Restorative jus-
than treating crime as an offense tice continually proves
against an institution, restorative an effective means of
justice responds not to the offense conflict resolution; as
itself, but to the offense’s impact a result, many prisons,


Friday, May 4, 2018

Attend the Spring Dance Con-
cert in Pickard Theater Friday
and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.


DANCING TO A NEW TUNE: Dance Improvisation (LEFT), Making Dances (TOP RIGHT) and Modern I (BOTTOM RIGHT) dance classes will perform in the Spring Dance Concert this Friday and Saturday.

Queer choreography takes center stage in concert

the company is a “performance, Riffing on the theme of sleeping, me think about Orlando. So we really visibly displaying consent in the Advanced Modern class
by Mollie Eisner company, class and community the dance considers the audience’s talked about tying ideas that we in those duets. The young women who performed in “Sleeping Beau-
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that invites everyone to witness level of consciousness regarding were working with performatively performing those should be in ty and the Beast,” has been inspired
In preparation for the Spring and celebrate the history and per- important issues. into this current moment of think- charge of their sexuality. It’s not by the opportunity to learn from
Dance Concert, the Department formances of lesbian, queer and “It shows the things that we’re ing about gun violence and mass something that’s happening to Pyle.
of Theater and Dance enlisted transgender people.” awake to and the things we’re shootings, Orlando being a specific them,” Pyle said. “Her work is activist and
change agent Katy Pyle as guest “Representing queerness in asleep about,” said Pyle. connection,” Pyle said. “It’s import- Pyle has been at Bowdoin for a queer-centric. It calls into ques-
choreographer. Though the annual dance is very important to me,” Pyle originally choreographed ant to me to connect to what’s hap- little over two weeks, necessitating tion and pushes boundaries about
concert typically only showcases said Pyle. “It’s something that can the show in 2016. It is set in 1993 pening with people.” a very short and intensive rehearsal how ballet and dance works with
the work of the department’s stu- be viewed with a sense of integrity. in a club in the Lower East Side’s One of the characters in the schedule. Nevertheless, she has different types of bodies,” Hurley
dents and faculty, this year, Pyle It doesn’t always have to be funny queer community. One of the ma- dance is called the Beast. The dance seen great growth in the dancers said. “I’ve never thought about my
collaborated on the performance or a side character. It can be some- jor themes the piece deals with is deals with society’s projection of over the course of her visit. queerness in how I dance before.
with faculty choreographers Are- thing that’s at the center and can be the AIDS epidemic. Pyle explained beastliness onto queer people, “I’m witnessing a powerful It’s been really interesting to think
tha Aoki, Gwyneth Jones and Va- taken seriously and be really com- that 1993 “was a really sad time in when the real beast is indifference. transformation inside of the danc- about how that part of my life in-
nessa Anspaugh. The performance pelling because it is.” the queer community,” particularly “The beast is apathy. It’s actually ers,” said Pyle. “I feel that they are forms who I am as a dancer and a
they created brings potential for Two dance classes, the Ad- because the epidemic was still in being asleep. It’s actually not caring giving empowered performances creator.”
transformation—for dancers and vanced Modern Repertory and full swing and medicine to treat about other people,” Pyle said. that are really risky. There are so Pyle has been equally impressed
audience alike. Performance class and the Inter- AIDS had not yet been created. Pyle’s approach was anything many deep issues inside of it, and with her students’ work.
Along with teaching ballet at mediate Ballet and Beyond class In the first rehearsal for “Sleep- but apathetic. She incorporated I’m impressed by what the danc- “The themes are really intense,
The New School in New York worked with Pyle for two weeks, ing Beauty and the Beast,” inspira- discussion of consent into her ers have done. It’s good to see that heavy and very emotional. I feel
City, Pyle is co-founder and artis- ultimately performing the second tion struck for Pyle. teaching of the dance’s intimate college students can take on these like everyone has brought so much
tic director of the dance company half of her piece, “Sleeping Beauty “The context of the dances and partner duets. intense themes and rise to that.” power, strength and integrity to
Ballez. According to its website, and the Beast.” the death inside of the club made “We had conversations about Theodora Hurley ’20, a student what we’re doing.”

Miscellania to appear on TV show ‘Sing That Thing!’

In the other divisions, one adult Smith was one of two soloists, travel and lodging. certain angles,” said Smith. Burke noted the friendliness of
by Jaret Skonieczny and two high school groups were along with Hannah Jorgensen ’20. Many members of the group “It was also in front of a live au- one judge in particular, Annette
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all female. The filming took place on Feb- commented on the difference dience,” said Dong. “You could ac- Philip, who is an associate profes-
Life imitates art. Or rather, for “People tend to underesti- ruary 10 and 11 at the WGBH stu- between live and televised per- quire tickets in advance to come see sor of music at Berklee College of
Miscellania, life just might imitate mate all-female groups because dio in Boston. The Student Activ- formance. us. So some of our friends and fam- Music. Philip is also a member of
the hit 2012 movie “Pitch Perfect.” [they] tend to be a little quieter ities Funding Committee (SAFC) “We were really in and out, and ily members were in the audience. It the all-female music group Wom-
The group, Bowdoin’s only exclu- and the groups don’t have the low helped to subsidize the cost of we had to do multiple takes to get was nice to have the support.” en of the World, which performs
sively female a cappella group, will voices grounding [their] songs,” global music.
appear on the Boston television said Wendy Dong ’18, one of the “I have this specific memory of
show “Sing That Thing!” tonight co-leaders of Miscellania. “It was after we performed ... [of] her get-
at 8 p.m. a really powerful experience to feel ting out of her judge’s seat and just
“Ultimately, it is a regional a like we were going on this show to talking to us off camera and being
cappella TV show on public televi- try to prove people wrong, to show so encouraging to us as musicians
sion, so I think it was just the right that female groups are just as com- and as people,” said Burke. “She is
mixture of, ‘this is a really cool petitive or musical as a co-ed or an just a really regal presence.”
thing that we are really grateful to all-male a cappella group.” Members of the group ap-
be a part of and we are going to “It was a really positive experi- preciate their status as an all-fe-
take it seriously and try really hard’ ence and I think it’s something that male group.
but also ‘this is still super goofy and more Bowdoin a cappella groups “There is something dope
fun,’” said Julianna Burke ’18, the or chamber choir people should be about how at the end, when you
group’s music director. aware of,” said Burke. strip it down, it’s twelve women’s
The competition consists of For the show, the group had to voices,” said Burke. “That’s all it is.”
18 groups divided into three cat- condense its musical and perfor- The episode of “Sing That
egories: high school, collegiate mance abilities into a two-min- Thing!” featuring Miscellania
and adult. Over the course of six ute program. Burke noted how can be streamed for free tomor-
episodes, a panel of three judges members pulled together to create row on the show’s website. The
will choose two groups from a more polished product than show will also be available on
each category to compete in the it would normally. In order to Maine’s Public Broadcasting Net-
grand finale. remain competitive, Miscellania COURTESY OF PATRICIA ALVARADO NÉÑEZ/WGBH BOSTON work starting on Saturday, May
Miscellania is the only all-fe- added choreography, which was RAISE YOUR VOICE: Hannah Jorgensen ’20 (left) and Ariana Smith ’21 (right) performed solos in Miscellania’s 5. It will air for seven consecutive
male collegiate group on the show. led in part by Ariana Smith ’21. appearance on “Sing That Thing!” The show will air on TV tonight at 8 p.m. and can be streamed for free online. Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, May 4, 2018

Portrait of an Artist: Jaegerman ’16 blends 2D and 3D

tional work, which I do occa-
by Lowell Ruck sionally. And I’m starting to
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blend representational with
Isaac Jaegerman is a 2016 abstract and geometric stuff.
Bowdoin graduate who ma- They’re not actually fractals.
jored in visual arts. He was There’s no mathematical logic
recently selected as one of 10 to them, really—they’re kind
Emerging New England Artists of improvised. I’m really more
by Art New England magazine interested in how the shapes
and currently works as a tech- interact with each other. A
nician in the visual arts depart- lot of my most recent things
ment. have been cut papers that are
This interview has been edit- folded or bent over each other
ed for length and clarity. or themselves. So it ends up
being a two-dimensional flat
Lowell Ruck: How did you piece of paper that’s taken on
start doing art? a form.
Isaac Jaegerman: I was
doing art in high school, but I LR: How did your time
probably realized I wanted to at Bowdoin shape you as an
do it [professionally] while I artist? How has the transi-
was here as a student. Basical- tion from being a student to
ly in my first year I knew, and a technician been?
then in my second, third and IJ: I loved learning from
fourth years I committed to it. the professors, and so that’s
probably a big part of why
LR: What is your pre- I’m here again as a technician.
ferred medium? But I had some time away,
IJ: At least while I was here about a full year after gradu-
taking classes, I gravitated ation where I went and was
towards two-dimensional me- editioning prints in a studio
dia, like printmaking, paint- as an assistant printmaker.
ing, drawing and a little bit of I helped another artist with
PAPER CUTS: (ABOVE LEFT): As evidenced in the graphite on cut paper piece “Paradox 2,” Isaac Jaegerman ’16 blends the representational, the abstract
and the geometric in his artwork. “The work that I’m making right now is very slow-moving and kind of methodical,” said Jaegerman.
sculpture. But in my last year some murals that he was com-
in senior studio, I started do- missioned to make, and then I super nice surprise. Suzettefor the Maine-Aomori, Japan sort of the first couple pieces ly the work that I’m making
ing cut paper work, which is was working on my own stu- McAvoy [executive director printmaking exchange that’s that I’m getting out there. But right now is very slow-mov-
kind of a blend between 2D dio stuff at home and traveling and chief curator at the Center
going on right now. And then yeah, there’s a good art scene. ing and kind of methodical.
and 3D, and thinking about with friends. So there was sort for Maine Contemporary Art] I just also put a piece in Cre- I feel like I’m getting to know So it plays a pretty relaxing
subtractive versus additive of a break where I was able to nominated me, which was a ative Portland’s gallery for a a lot of people and I’m startingand meditative role in my life.
processes. So that was the last grow, and I had a residency generous thing for her to do.
black-and-white show that to work with some friends that And then also, I think we all
year at Bowdoin, and I sort too that changed a lot of my It’s been a nice little burst of
includes juried Portland and also graduated from Bowdoin need to slow down and take
of zeroed in on it. Now, that’s work. I had a bit of time to recognition and it’s affirming
Maine artists. So I’m sort of down in their studio. We’re time to make things, to be cre-
most of what I do, though I think about my work and how for sure. just over those two little things putting on some exhibitions ative and use that side of our
still do some printmaking and it was progressing. and looking for more shows throughout the year, so there’s brains, to actively make things
painting. LR: Do you have any art and developing new work. some activity. rather than just respond to or
LR: How do you feel about that you’re currently work- passively absorb and take in a
LR: What subjects do you being selected as one of 10 ing on or exhibiting? LR: What is it like exhibit- LR: Finally, what does art lot of stuff. It’s something that
deal with in your art? Emerging New England Art- IJ: Yeah. I have a wood- ing in Portland? mean to you more broadly? you need to do in order to re-
IJ: I really like landscape ists? block and etching combina- IJ: It’s fun. I haven’t really IJ: Personally, it’s a pretty lieve built-up creative energy.
and I really like representa- IJ: It’s really nice. It was a tion print that’s in a show done it very much—these are meditative thing, and especial-

On PolarFlix: ‘The Wolf

of Wall Street’ delivers Robbie in her first major role), Azoff says, matter-of-factly, “I’ll
by Calder McHugh stock trader Mark Hanna (Mat- tell you what: I’m never eating
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thew McConaughey) and Bel- at Benihana again. I don’t care
Welcome to the fifth and fi- fort’s father, Max (Rob Reiner). whose birthday it is.” This is one
nal week (for the year) of On piece of advice this movie gives
PolarFlix, a column meant to Best Mood for Watching: that, it seems to me, we should all
do exactly what it sounds like: The year is winding down, take to heart.
review films on Bowdoin Stu- the sun is finally beginning to
dent Government (BSG)’s movie shine and frankly I’m feeling a bit Intended Bowdoin Audi-
streaming service, PolarFlix. This sentimental. This film has very ence:
week, we are reviewing Mar- little place for that, as it is a tour Over what I would imagine
tin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall de force of drugs, sex and stock might be Scorsese’s protestations,
Street” (2013). trading as the noose begins to I regularly hear lines from this
tighten on Belfort. As Scorsese film screamed on Friday or Satur-
Plot Summary (no spoil- has repeatedly noted, “The Wolf day nights on this campus, almost
ers!): of Wall Street” is not meant to exclusively by people with offers
Jordan Belfort (Leonardo glorify Wall Street in the late to work at banks this summer. I
DiCaprio) is an up-and-coming 1980s, but it’s pretty hard not to hate to break it to you, folks, but
stock trader who, after being be at least a little excited watch- from what I hear, as an intern it’s
laid off during a market crash, ing Matthew McConaughey a lot less cruising around in nice
decides to get into the business chatting about cash in the stock cars and going to parties, and a
of selling penny stocks, which market as “Fugazi” (fake). lot more working 14-hour days
give him much higher returns on before crashing in a shitty N.Y.U.
investment. Along with business Greatest One-Liner: dorm, ready to wake up and do it
partner Donnie Azoff (Jonah This is almost impossible to all again. Hey, at least there’s free
Hill), he builds his empire in an choose. The movie is riddled dinner though, right?
increasingly drug-addled and il- with great quotes, many of which
legal manner. F.B.I. Agent Patrick (“I’m not going to die sober!”) Watch/Don’t Watch:
Denham (Kyle Chandler, better have made their way into the It’s a fun movie, and as such
known as Coach Taylor from realm of popular culture. I’ll I would recommend it. Just be
“Friday Night Lights”) is tasked go with an off-the-wall option careful not to get too sucked in,
with tracking Belfort down. here: after Belfort is arrested, or before you know it you’ll find
Supporting characters help to due indirectly to a deal one of his yourself smiling yet fully dead in
give the film life, including love business partners did with the the eyes on the front of a Bow-
interest Naomi Lapaglia (Margot owner of Benihana, his confidant doin Career Planning brochure.

Friday, May 4, 2018

End of an era:
men’s tennis
The men’s and women’s
track and field teams
raced to fourth and

seniors aim
sixth, respectively, in the
NESCAC Championship
on Saturday at Trinity.

for memorable
John Pietro ’18 had a
spectacular performance,
winning both the shot

swan song
put and hammer throw.
On Tuesday, Pietro was
awarded the NESCAC’s
Sabasteanski Award as
the Most Outstanding
Male Performer in the
conference. It is the first
time a Bowdoin athlete
has won this award.

LEFT TO RIGHT: Kyle Wolfe ’18, Gil Roddy ’18, Luke Tercek ’18
his senior captains. The three of because we were smaller,” Wolfe cent genuine. When we’re out Not only did the seniors GONE WITH THE WIND:
by Kathryn McGinnis them were shoved into a leader- said. “Then we worried that this on the court and in the middle connect to their teammates, but
Orient Staff The sailing team came
ship role last year as there were year the team would be too big of a match, [we can hear] the Wolfe’s college experience was in tenth overall in the
The men’s tennis team is no seniors on last year’s team. and that it would go against ev- benched guys, and it feels like also largely shaped by the tennis New England Dinghy
heading into the NESCAC “These guys were a magnet erything we thought we were.” it’s just the 14 of us against the fans he met and connected with Championships for the
Championship on the heels of from the very beginning. When The senior captains took great world. I think that’s the coolest on campus. Coast Guard Alumni
the team’s most successful sea- they got older, they brought care to address the changing dy- feeling for me.” “Todd Hermann works in Ca-
Bowl at Brown University
son in program history. To cap everyone else in,” said Smith. namics of the team and success- The team’s three captains have reer Planning,” said Wolfe. “He’s
this past weekend, put-
off the team’s success, all three “Juniors and seniors could blow fully integrated new players into different personalities and areas a huge tennis guy [and] comes
ting them just outside of
seniors captains are graduating off the younger guys, but I think the team culture. of focus. Roddy, an older sibling to all of our matches. We’re very
contention for the ICSA
with their names on the Bowdo- [the seniors] want them to have “It’s been really awesome himself, migrated toward work- close to him. Dante, who works
National Championship.
in men’s tennis record books for even more success than they did. having a bunch of extra guys ing with underclassmen, while in the pub, is also a huge tennis
After the champion-
achievements in both doubles That’s a large part of what’s made in practice that are able to push Wolfe was vocal in team huddles. fan, and Dave, who works at
ships, Matt Kaplan ’19
and singles play. them so strong. [Their] experi- [us] and make us get better ev- Tercek was a positive example Thorne. A lot of people who have
All three—Kyle Wolfe ’18, ence absolutely helps, but they’d ery single day,” said Tercek. “On of consistent determination and made my Bowdoin experience
was named to the All
Luke Tercek ’18 and Gil Roddy probably sit here and tell you that match day, a lot of them are effort. Together, the three seniors special have been through the
NEISA Skippers Second
’18—hold Bowdoin records for a huge reason for their success awesome supporters of people brought confidence and enthusi- tennis team, and it’s been cool to
doubles wins, with Wolfe taking in leadership or as a team is as playing in the match. It’s great asm to match days. share our success with them.”
both the No. 1 and No. 5 spot much because [of] the younger for them to bring that energy “[On] match day, the three For Smith, the seniors’ impact
with different partners. Roddy guys.” and extra fire.” of them are unflappable,” said on the team for the past four
and Wolfe hold additional re- In the seniors’ first year sea- Roddy said he will miss the Smith. “I’ve seen them in so years is unrivaled.
cords for singles wins, coming in son, the team prided itself on be- camaraderie between starting many tough, pressure-filled cir- “I can close my eyes and
No. 3 and No. 9 respectively. ing smaller than other NESCAC and benched players—the large cumstances, and they all had this know what 50 percent of our HEADING FOR HOME:
The team, which is ranked competitors. This year, it added team was a motivation for him to belief [in the team], and they love singles line up has looked like The baseball team
third in the nation, finished the five additional players to its ros- play harder. to compete. That’s the common for the past four years,” he said. swept the Colby series
regular season with a 17-1, 8-1 ter, increasing to 14 overall. “A lot of NESCAC teams have denominator between them and “These are three guys I have this weekend, improv-
NESCAC record. Head Coach “We had a little bit of a chip bigger squads and will gener- [what has] allowed them to be so been able to trust for four years. ing its record to 14-17
Conor Smith attributed the sea- on our shoulders, feeling like ate a lot of noise,” said Roddy, successful. They just love to com- Not just on match day, but out- (NESCAC 7-5). The
son’s success to the strength of we were closer than other teams “But with our guys it’s 100 per- pete, and it’s all in different ways.” side [of it] as well.” team finished third in
NESCAC East, and

Softball confident about NESCAC title chances

missed qualifying for the
NESCAC tournament.
On Monday, Eric Mah
’18 was named the NES-
CAC Baseball Player of
know them; they don’t know header. The Polar Bears crushed the Week after batting
by Jaret Skonieczny us.’ You just go out and play the the Beavers, scoring 17 runs in .700, hitting three
Orient Staff doubles and a home run,
game.” two games, winning 4-0 and 13-
The softball team is sliding The tournament’s format has 1. Notably, many first years got scoring seven runs and
into the NESCAC Champion- shifted this year to single elimi- time on the field. Maddie Rou- knocking in four RBIs.
ship Tournament this weekend, nation, with the top four teams hana ’21 hit her sixth home run.
facing off against Middlebury on from both the NESCAC East and “They always give 100 percent,
Saturday. The Polar Bears (29-11, West conferences. In previous which is fun to watch,” said Rice.
NESCAC 9-3) finished second in years, the tournament was dou- One of the team’s biggest
the NESCAC East Conference, ble elimination with only the top strengths is its pitching. THE GOLDEN BOYS:
while the Panthers (20-10, NES- two teams competing. “We have had really consistent Although it lost in the
CAC 5-6) finished third in the “With double elimination, pitching,” Sullivan said. “All of quarterfinals, the men’s
West. you always have the hope that if our pitchers have gone through lacrosse team had three
“We are almost mirror images you have a rough game, you can cycles of having great perfor- members honored in
of each other,” said Head Coach come back for the second,” said mances and performances that All-NESCAC Awards.
Ryan Sullivan. “So it really is kind Caroline Rice ’19. they need to improve upon, but Matthew Crowell ’18 and
of a coin-flip game, which is fun The Polar Bears will enter the they have worked hard to do that, Parker Sessions ’18 were
because it will be very competi- tournament after three consecu- and right now they are all throw- named as First Team Se-
tive.” tive double headers earlier in the ing really well so that’s been fun lections and Sam Carlin
Bowdoin has not recently week. to see.” ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT ’19 was named to the
played against Middlebury since On Saturday, they split a two- Currently, the team has four HITTIN’ ALL THE BASES: Kate Hoadley ’20 congratulates Caroline Second Team. Crowell
the two teams play in different game series against Worcester pitchers who regularly start. Rice ’19 during the Senior Day game against Bates. The team lost 6-4. finished the season tied
conferences within the NES- Polytechnic Institute. The Goats While two of the pitchers do for most goals at 25 and
CAC. Of the teams in the West, beat the Polar Bears 8-3 in game throw more often than the oth- format, all teams think they will “When we stay in our heads, Sessions led the team in
Bowdoin has only played Wil- one, but the Polar Bears clawed ers, Sullivan feels confident about have a chance to win. that’s when we start making little caused turnovers at 17.
liams (32-6, NESCAC 9-3) this back in game two, winning 2-1. all of his athletes. “This year, all eight teams have mistakes that add up,” said Na- This is Carlin’s first post-
year. Lauren O’Shea ’18 hammered “We could literally pull a a right to be [in the tournament] talie Edwards ’18.
season award after he
“There is definitely a little bit a two-run homer to secure the name out of a hat and go with and all eight teams think they The team will travel to Am-
won 197 of 327 faceoffs
of unknown. I’m not sure any of win. one of our four and feel the same, could win it,” he said. herst on Saturday to face Middle-
this season.
my players have played Middle- Bowdoin fell to William in which is a nice situation to be in,” For the upcoming game, bury at 9:30 a.m. The winner will
bury,” Sullivan said. “We haven’t both games the following day. said Sullivan. members of the team empha- then go on to play the winner of
seen them in a number of years, On Monday, Bowdoin beat Sullivan speculated that with sized the necessity to stay men- the Amherst and Bates matchup
so there is a little bit of, ‘We don’t UMaine Farmington in a double the change in the tournament tally aware. at 2:30 p.m.
12 SPORTS Friday, May 4, 2018



Kate McAloon ’20 jumps for the
ball against a Wesleyan opponent.
(TOP): Elle Brine ’20 cheers on
teammates from the sidelines.
(BOTTOM): President Clayton
Rose watches the women’s lacrosse
team beat the Cardinals 11-10. The
team will advance to the NESCAC
semifinals, where they face Amherst.
They lost to the Mammoths earlier in
the season 16-10.

Women’s lacrosse heads to semis margin, topping the Cardinals four straight goals within nine “That is an example of how first time we played them, we of the top offenses in the NES-
by Ella Chaffin 13-11. minutes during the second half resilient we can be,” Logan have changed since then. We CAC. The Polar Bears, mean-
Orient Staff
“Going through the season of the Wesleyan game, making said. “We knew going [in that like to think we are a different while, are focused on having
After beating Wesleyan (10- we talk a lot about building her the top scorer for the Polar it] would be a tough game and team now than we were then. fun and working as a team.
6, NESCAC 6-4) in a close 11- resilience,” Logan said. “In the Bears. Brown noted that in- that they would be a real chal- We have learned from our mis- “We talk a lot about playing
10 game at home on Saturday, past it would either be win by dividual players have stepped lenge. We saw that in the game takes over the season. I think together and playing for each
the women’s lacrosse team (12- a lot or lose by a lot, and now up during different games we played against them on our this will be a great test for us to other,” Logan said. “If we do
4, NESCAC 6-4) advanced to we have worked up to where throughout the season. senior day. The game last week- show how we have improved.” that and we are having fun,
the semifinals for the first time we can win in close games and “We have had different play- end was another example of Since the last battle against then that’s when we will have
since 2015. The Polar Bears will that’s really important.” ers step up at different times,” how we can fight back and keep Amherst, the team has grown successes. Our goals for the
battle No. 2 Amherst (15-1, Although the game was tight, Brown said. “The first time the lead.” closer and worked on its skills. rest of the season are to have
NESCAC 9-1), to whom they the Polar Bears were ahead of we played Wesleyan, [Hannah The team will play Amherst “I think we had less experi- fun, play for each other and
lost 16-10 during the regular the Cardinals throughout the Hirschfeld ’18] stepped up, and for the second time this sea- ence,” Brown said. “That was do as well as we can out there
season, tomorrow. game, which was a point of ac- this last game Denious scored son at Middlebury, and Logan our second game of the season. and hopefully that will result in
According to captain Al- complishment for them. four goals in a row. Individuals believes that her team has We weren’t used to playing wins all around.”
exandra Logan ’18, the win “We were up the entire time,” have been stepping up when changed greatly from its loss together. Now we have more The fourth-seeded Polar
against Wesleyan proved that Paige Brown ’19 said. “Wesley- they need to. It hasn’t been just earlier in the season. practice with our defense and Bears will take on the Mam-
the Polar Bears can hold their an battled back a few times, but one person.” “It’s going to be a challenge, the attack, and everything just moths on Saturday at 3 p.m. If
own in close-scoring games. we held on to the lead which is The players attributed their but I know everyone is really works a little bit better now.” the team advances, it will play
When the teams met last, huge for us.” resilience as a key factor in their fired up about playing them The team is hungry for a win in the NESCAC Championship
Bowdoin also won by a small Eliza Denious ’21 scored victory over Wesleyan. again,” Logan said. “From the against Amherst, who has one game Sunday at 1 p.m.

Hopes high for crew teams after

strong Knecht Cup showing
impossible to line up the boats at competition,” said captain Philip
by Jason Cahoon the starting line. Wang ’18. “It’s good to see, but
Orient Staff
“The weather was beautiful you also need to remember that
This Saturday, the men and during the day. It was almost in a lot can happen in three weeks.”
women’s rowing teams will com- the 80s. But right before our race The women’s team is looking
pete in the New England Rowing that night, we were out in the to sweep their races in the up-
Championships in Worcester, warm-up area waiting to get on coming championship.
Massachusetts. The regatta will the course and the wind really “I think that the morale is very
be the second of the program’s picked up,” said Erin Jeter ’18. high at this point,” Jeter said. “We
three championships, which also After a successful outing at the usually do really well in the fours
include the Knecht Cup and the Knecht Cup, the rowing teams because that’s where we put most
Dad Vail. continued their dominance in of our time, so seeing some of
Both teams are confident go- the fours events at the Riverhawk the other schools that don’t put
ing into this weekend after their Challenge in Lowell, Mass. The as much focus on the fours gives
success in April at the Knecht Men’s Varsity Fours finished in us a lot of confidence. We are ex-
cup. The men’s team won gold first and third place with Massa- cited to see how it goes.”
in the Novice Men’s Fours event, chusetts Maritime sandwiched in The team’s recent success has
finishing ahead of Carnegie Mel- between. The women’s team fin- been especially important due to
lon. In the Varsity Men’s Fours ished in second place, falling just Birney’s upcoming retirement.
event, the team took both gold short of Franklin Pierce. Between In November, Birney announced
and silver. The women’s side both teams, Bowdoin earned a that this season will be the last
earned both first and second total of six medals. of his 22 year career as a rowing
place in the Women’s Varsity The Knecht Cup was an im- coach at Bowdoin.
Fours, ahead of Franklin and portant accomplishment for the “The whole team is pretty
Marshall. rowing program because the sentimental about it,” Wang said.
“It was a great regatta, and we level of competition was similar “We all love him. I think we all
are really happy with the results to that of the New England Row- have the mindset that we want to
and team performance,” said ing Championships and the Dad give him a strong finish as he re-
Head Coach Gil Birney. Vail Regatta. tires. So far, I think we have been
Participants in the Knecht “A lot of the competition that doing a pretty good job of that.”
Cup overcame harsh weather we saw at Knecht Cup will also The rowing teams will kick
conditions. Later that night, be at New Englands, so it allows off the races on Saturday at Lake
some events were canceled be- us to set a benchmark to deter- Quinsigamond in Worcester,
cause the wind and tide made it mine how we compare to the Massachusetts.
13 Friday, May 4, 2018

Whose Common Good?

The College knows that members of Bowdoin’s house- and groundskeeping
staff regularly struggle to make ends meet, as we reported this week in the Ori-
ent. In addition, the Orient has learned that workers in dining make similarly
low wages. According to Tama Spoerri, vice president for human resources,
“The people in dining are the same as the housekeepers ... They’re in the same
pay scales.” For many of the staff members who make our lives at Bowdoin so
comfortable, wages are insufficient and finances are painfully tight. The College
could alleviate some of this financial hardship, but it chooses not to. This must
In interviews with the Orient, Spoerri and Matt Orlando, treasurer and senior
vice president for finance and administration, explained that Bowdoin does not
take into account cost of living and its workers’ ability to make ends meet when
setting wages. Instead, the compensation of its employees is based on the cold, JENNY IBSEN
unfeeling logic of the labor market.
This treatment speaks to a basic lack of empathy for these members of our com-
munity and an undervaluation of their work, which keeps the College running.
Our staff members should not feel the need to scavenge food from locker rooms.
They should not have to frequent the food bank, and they should not worry about
paying their bills each month. They should not have to work multiple jobs to sup-
port their families. In short, they should not struggle to achieve the quality of life
that the College dedicates so many resources towards supporting in other commu-
nities through Alternative Spring and Winter Breaks, McKeen Center Orientation
Trips and routine service opportunities. This week’s investigation reveals that the

A call for Bowdoin to recruit

College’s wage structure perpetuates the same injustices in our own community
that it works to oppose in others.
According to Orlando, the budget for the 2018-2019 fiscal year cannot be al-

African American students

Wages, for the most part, are set. However, the budget process for the 2019-
2020 fiscal year begins next fall. It is imperative that the College take swift action
to implement a living wage policy for all employees by the beginning of the of the
2019-2020 fiscal year.
To this end, we recommend simple steps of action. The College should convene
a working group composed of employees, students and administrators to study Panther,” a viewer might understand obliteration and unfettered resilience
what such a policy would look like and how it could be achieved. The working by Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez that Blackness is different across the to survive.
group should begin by interviewing employees about their expenses, studying local Op-Ed Contributor world. Music, dancing, food, history, Somehow, despite initiating the
markets and consulting labor experts to determine what wage it takes to make ends In 1954, Brown v. Board of Educa- language and dress are different for process for equality in education, ed-
meet. The group should then propose a feasible path towards implementing a liv- tion determined that the racial segre- Black people in Nairobi, Kenya than ucational institutions are leaving Af-
ing wage, whether that be a reallocation of budgetary funds or a capital campaign. gation of schools is unconstitutional. for Black people in Havana, Cuba rican American people behind. The
We know that there is not an easy, readily-available fix. The issues outlined in Discussions of “affirmative action” and Black people in St. Louis, Mis- goal of affirmative action was to grant
the piece are caught up in a whole matrix of problems surrounding the corporati- in the context of admission into fed- souri. “Blackness” is a shared identity marginalized groups access to educa-
zation of institutions of higher learning around the country. But the College—the erally-funded programs emerged because of distantly shared ancestry tion and job training that would lift
same college that can and does mobilize enormous sums of money for financial in the 1960s. In the subsequent de- and the continued marginalization them from vulnerable, lower-class
aid, for the creation of new programming for students, for new facilities for sports cades, educational spaces across the of people of Afro-descent around the positions. “Affirmative action” is the
teams, for new buildings and new properties—is obligated to make a change. If United States began to admit African world. When the lens shifts to individ- closest thing to reparations that the
such a change isn’t in the service of the Common Good, we don’t know what is. American students and students of ual communities, the range of cultural descendants of African slaves in the
other marginalized groups at a slow practices distinguishes certain popula- U.S. have seen—especially consider-
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, but steadily increasing pace. Colleges tions of Afro-descended people from ing the “40 acres and a mule” never
which is comprised of Harry DiPrinzio, Dakota Griffin, Calder McHugh and Ian Ward. and universities, like Bowdoin, have others. African American people are did pan out. To see so few African
sought out female students, LGBT+ their own subgroup of Afro-descen- Americans students on campus in-
students, students of color, low-in- dants with their own history, language, dicates that Bowdoin and other elite
come students, first-generation stu- dancing, food, music and dress. schools do not understand the im-
dents and international students to I am an African American student portance of providing spaces for the
diversify their student bodies. Institu- at Bowdoin, and sometimes I feel like descendants of U.S. slaves. African
tions of higher learning are more di- I am the only one here. Through con- American students are not being lift-
verse than ever before in the history of versations with the few other African ed from positions of vulnerability as
ESTABLISHED 1871 the United States. But, when combing American students I have met, I re- quickly as they ought to be. African
over the breakdown of these margin- alized just how few of us there are on Americans watch our culture being
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becomes apparent that certain groups does not seem to differentiate between are being denied information about
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and information
relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, continue to be underrepresented in different kinds of Blackness and ac- or access to elite education. I cannot
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in these spaces. One demographic that tively lumps all Afro-descended peo- tell you how disheartening it is to see
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse remains sorely underrepresented is ple into one, monolithic group. When other African American students dis-
discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community. African American students. identifying my race on Bowdoin appointed that they had not known
Now, let me clarify. By African forms, I am forced to check a box that about Bowdoin sooner in the applica-
Sarah Drumm Harry DiPrinzio American students, I do not mean says “African/African-American,” as if tion process.
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief “Black” students, I do not mean “stu- I share the same identity as someone Bowdoin needs to do more to
dents of Afro-descent” and I do not who has immigrated from the Carib- find and recruit African American
mean “students who identify as Black bean and still practices that culture at students. In no way am I arguing for
Creative Director Managing Editor News Editor that grew up in the United States.” By home or another student who grew up fewer Black students from other back-
Jenny Ibsen Ellice Lueders Emily Cohen African American students, I mean in the U.S. whose parents immigrated grounds to be admitted. Truthfully, I
Calder McHugh the descendants of the African slaves from Mali. I do not and I cannot share am calling on the Bowdoin adminis-
Photo Editor Surya Milner Sports Editor brought to the United States and that identity. I can only trace my an- tration and the Bowdoin admissions
Ann Basu Jessica Piper Anna Fauver forced to do unpaid labor and live in cestors to the deep South. My roots are team to consider that African Amer-
Ezra Sunshine horrific, violent and traumatic condi- in urban Detroit and rural Tennessee. ican students deserve a place here, too.
Layout Editor Associate Editor Features Editor tions. My “Blackness” is the culture born Adaiah Hudgins-Lopez is a member
Emma Bezilla Rachael Allen Alyce McFadden Hopefully while watching “Black from creative resistance to cultural of the Class of 2018.
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Dakota Griffin
Nicholas Mitch A&E Editor


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14 OPINION Friday, May 4, 2018

Why I decided to speak up and issue an

impeachment: a call for accountability
came to our table and attempted the inappropriate behavior and hearing. power and disqualify us. By their team. The impeachment process
by Aneka Kazlyna to rudely rip off our poster with- inexcusable attempt to disrupt my I then brought into question actions, those certain members was meant to ensure that those
Op-Ed Contributor
out speaking one word to us. I legal campaign process. the point of the hearing. It was failed to follow the very consti- two BSG executive team mem-
When I decided to run for a repeatedly informed them that I Then, on a fateful Sunday af- clear that we had not broken any tution that they were elected to bers would be held accountable
chair position on Bowdoin Stu- had permission to table as grant- ternoon, a mere three hours prior election laws. I wondered: why uphold. They tainted the trust and for their inappropriate behaviors,
dent Government (BSG), I did ed by Irfan Alam and the BSG to the release of election results, were only we brought into a hear- reputation of BSG by targeting us. regardless of their stepping down.
so trusting our representatives on bylaws. Fanta and I received a notice from ing for our legally accepted email This past Wednesday, I decid- Their decision to halt the im-
BSG to be fair, to follow all the laws What did another BSG exec- the Election Commission about a practice when no one else who ed to impeach those two mem- peachment process perpetuates
of the student constitution and to utive do when they saw the other hearing in one hour for a possible did the same was? I made sure to bers not only to bring attention their hidden corruption, and only
maintain the highest moral stan- member inappropriately attempt violation. At the hearing, which in- inform the Election Commission to what happened during the past proves that they are unwilling to
dards. Along with Fanta Traore, to stop us from tabling and rip cluded the two executives who had about the intolerable behavior of few weeks, but also to encourage be transparent and fair with the
I took extreme care to verify the off our poster? They did nothing targeted us, Fanta and I were ac- the Executive Team towards Fan- you to see that there wasn’t any student body.
legality of all our campaign prac- at all. Irfan Alam, the very per- cused of sending out mass emails. ta and me throughout the cam- accountability for their intolerable To future members of BSG: the
tices. We consulted BSG President son who had allowed us to table, We provided the Election Com- paign. Although it was decided behaviors. more you allow abuses of power,
Irfan Alam regarding our ability simply apologized for this attempt mission evidence from the bylaws that we had not committed a vi- The BSG executive team the less your constituents will
to table and made sure we did to hinder our campaign and said showing the legality of our actions, olation based on precedent of our members remained complicit by trust you. I will continue to push
not violate any email campaign that the very BSG member who proof of approval from Alam and practices in previous campaigns, a halting the impeachment pro- for the transparency of BSG and
policies outlined by BSG. Every stood by and watched our poster even the emails of the very candi- re-election was held. What is sur- ceedings simply due to the fact be an unsettling voice against
campaign strategy we undertook be ripped was acting president dates in this election and previous prising is that, despite not having that all of them were stepping those who breed its culture of
was approved by him and legally since Irfan was away. My right to elections who had done the exact violated any laws, our candidacy down. The BSG Assembly in turn dishonesty amongst the student
practiced by previous and current table was being contested by the same thing as us. We showed them was still being targeted. decided that there would be no body.
campaigners in BSG elections. very people who should know clear evidence that we had sent out Regardless, it was clear to me more meetings and no account- I hope you, the student body,
So you can imagine how sur- the campaign policies. Instead of individual emails and that Irfan that the hearing was a blatant at- ability would be taken for the do the same.
prised Fanta and I were when a upholding the law, the BSG exec- had approved all of our practices. tempt by certain members of the inappropriate behavior of the two Aneka Kazlyna is a member of
current BSG executive member utives took no accountability for He even acknowledged it at the BSG executive team to abuse their members of the BSG executive the Class of 2020.

An open letter to future generations of Black Bowdoin women

1. The source of success for become. Think about the kind the incoming Black women:
Black women at Bowdoin is of person you want to be and we welcome you to the most
Anu’s Corner
our own sisters. Support each ask yourself if you like the transformative four years of
by Anu Asaolu other, work together, pray to- person you are—that will help your life. The idealized con-
gether and continue the amaz- put Bowdoin in perspective. cept of Bowdoin is reserved
Author’s note: This is a piece ing legacy of BGB (Black Girl Our own Bowdoin experi- for your privileged counter-
for us by us. As an ally or a Brunch). ences are colored by people’s parts. However, it will be the
non-black reader, reflect on 2. You may be the only perception of our Black iden- time to find yourself and to
your role in our experiences. Black woman in your classes, tity and womanness. I began redefine sisterhood. Our
I encourage you to engage in but never silence yourself. Re- this column as a space for melanin and presence on
dialogue, but understand that member that what you have to issues relevant to my intersec- this campus is infiltrative,
it is not our job to educate you. say holds value. tional identities and for the but we are here thriving and
Dear incoming Black woman, 3. Self-care is inherently purpose of highlighting the defying all odds.
Don’t morph. You’re beau- radical for Black women, so voices of Bowdoin women we Love,
tiful, resilient and deserv- be hella radical. never cared to listen to. For my Anu
ing. Please never forget your 4. Don’t sacrifice yourself last column, I want to honor
worth. There is no doubt that and your mental health to the women that brought me to
navigating Bowdoin will be take care of others. where I am by paving the way
challenging, especially as a 5. You are a student, not for generations of Black wom-
Black woman in a predom- an educator. It is not your re- en to come. My mentor, a fel-
inantly white institution. I sponsibility to inform white low Black woman, once said
began reflecting on my own students—because Google to me, “Infiltrate spaces that
journey one evening as I sat exists. were created to hold you out.”
in Russwurm African Amer- 6. On your first weekend Black women are the epicen-
ican Center, admiring photos out, don’t straighten your hair ter of revolution and the back-
of Black women from decades to fit in with the majority. Let bone of history as we know it.
ago. My years here have been your curls carry your confi- We shape social norms and
decorated with memories, dence. spark change, yet we are the
laughter and support from my 7. College is the time for most underappreciated. Elite
Black sisters. My understand- personal growth and suc- institutions cater to the most
ing of the Black struggle, and cess—don’t wait for anyone privileged, and therefore, CAROLINE CARTER
subsequently the tools need- else to validate your worth. our stories and voices are
ed to survive Bowdoin, was Spend time getting to know silenced. This is an ode to
limited in my first year, and yourself and appreciate what the Black women who have
I wish I was better prepared. YOU give to the world. bent their backs for me to
As we anticipate the arrival of 8. Coming into your Black- walk through this white
first years, I asked the Black ness is a lifelong journey. Reflect institution. Black Bowdoin
women on campus to give a and process this experience. women: please continue to
piece of advice to incoming 9. At the end of the day, you shake the foundations of
Black women. Here is what we have to like you and be proud this school till the cracks
had to say to you: of who you’re letting yourself are filled with our voices. To

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Friday, May 4, 2018 OPINION 15

Censorship is alive on Bowdoin’s campus

attribution and reflected a con- Abramović. These pioneers of art
by Riley O’Connell and Ben Torda certed effort to democratize the all pushed the boundaries of what
Op-Ed Contributors
process and role of the producer was acceptable. They did not shy
The annual Delta Sigma/ in creating art. away from obscenity out of fear of
Delta Upsilon art competition The response we received from reprisal. We maintain that vulgar-
took place on April 14 in Smith the curators was anything but ity deserves a space in art.
Union. While this event ostensi- encouraging. Two days before The irony is clear. An art com-
bly served as a “way to continue the competition and a month we petition, whose goal was to pro-
the tradition of ‘non-formalized’ had filled out a form detailing the mote “‘non-formalized’ creativ-
creativity that Delta Sigma/Delta appropriate audio-visual setup ity,” was the locus of censorship.
Upsilon fostered during its time required to display our videos, We do not profess to represent
at Bowdoin,” the actions of the we learned that the curators did traditional art—none of the col-
curators belied a more elitist not have “the capacity to do video lective’s members study visual
vision of what works warranted submissions this year for the Delta media, nor do we feel entitled
inclusion. Sig art show.” While saddened by to display our art in any public
We, the METHOD Art Col- the prospect of our project miss- space on campus. We merely
lective, submitted a body of work ing a fundamental component, we wished to exhibit our works in an
titled “(Uncertain) Youth.” This felt that our vision, no matter how art show that was open to the en-
project included videos, a life- incomplete, deserved exhibition. tire campus, with no qualifiers as
sized protest sign and a collec- Then, on April 14, to our utter to quality or content of submis-
tion of digital photographs. We dismay, we arrived at the art show sions. The non-inclusion, both
desired to probe themes of youth, to find our artwork relegated to a metaphorically and physically, of
masculinity and homosociality, glorified supply closet on the side our works speaks to a censorship
viewed through the uncertain of the main art gallery. In a half- we find especially troubling. A
lens of life in the digital age. We lit hallway, behind a glass door vital art scene requires freedom
intended for the form of our art and down a flight of stairs, our to explore all themes in all me-
to reflect these themes. Through artwork languished. We under- dia. We won’t apologize for our
the raw, unfiltered and col- stand that our art may have been vision; we won’t compromise on
or-printed images, we wanted to provocative. Yet, the history of art our self-expression.
challenge conventional methods is one of provocation. We saw our Riley O’Connell and Ben Tor-
of art display. The collective na- work as channeling the spirit of da are members of the Class of
ture of our art ventured to break Dadaism, Marcel Duchamp, Rob- 2018. They write on behalf of the
down notions of ownership and ert Mapplethorpe and Marina METHOD Art Collective. SARA CAPLAN

Don’t block the sun: stop taxing solar panels

ment lowered its solar valua- cover and other factors. Besides arbitrary, the solar sures, not just the ones most emptions that Bowdoin and
by Jake Plante tions from $500 per panel to And there’s a catch. Home- tax isn’t fair. Many other en- visible from the street. Brunswick Landing receive for
Op-Ed Contributor $235 per panel. While that’s an owners will be required to ergy investments save money, Solar investments are risky their solar installations. Solar
Ben Franklin said nothing is improvement, by my calcula- self-report by filling out a tech- such as insulation, LEDs, ther- enough. In our case, we’ll have investments create business
certain in life except death and tion, it’s only $265 less arbitrary. nical questionnaire on their mal windows, energy-saving to defy the actuarial tables and opportunities, support work
taxes. If I had to state a prefer- This coming tax year, the As- system—cheese for the new appliances and high-efficiency live another 12 years to break for installers and electricians
ence, I’d say death is better, be- sessing Department is replacing electronic mousetrap. Yet, the replacement boilers, not to even on our seven-year-old and increase competition to
cause it only happens once and the per panel methodology with real question remains—are mention wood stoves, pellet system. But it’s not all about keep energy prices down for
makes more sense. an online computer model that there any mice? In other words, stoves and natural gas. They’re the money; it’s about doing our everyone.
I’m generally accepting of considers system performance do homebuyers care one whit not self-reported for savings small part for the environment If our Assessing Depart-
taxes because we need to finance and depreciation. That’s because about solar, enough to pay a and performance. And it’s not and cleaner air. ment can’t get it right, the an-
and maintain quality roads, po- income from solar varies ac- premium for it? The evidence clear about heat pumps, backup With a tax on solar, “beau- swer is for the state Legislature
lice and fire protection, schools cording to the size, model and isn’t there. generators and related solar hot tifully balanced” Brunswick is to ban this type of tax, like 25
and other shared services. age of the panels, system ori- Solar certainly wasn’t on our water systems. like a listing ship. A solar tax other states have done. Three
However, taxes can go too entation, inverters, warranties wish list when my wife and I At a minimum, the Assessing belies environmental planning other states, including New
far, as they have in Brunswick. and utility rates. In self-testing were contemplating a move to Department should declare a and is horrible economics. We Hampshire, have granted a
The Town of Brunswick’s As- the model, I found it easy to use Maine years ago. We liked the moratorium to investigate the shouldn’t be penalizing invest- “local option” to elected town
sessing Department recently but disconcerting in its failure Midcoast area and what Bruns- issues and devise consistent ments in clean energy but en- officials, thereby recognizing
levied a property tax on solar to account for shading, snow wick offered. Our housing in- rates for all energy-saving mea- couraging them, similar to ex- the right of citizens to have
panels that make electricity, an terests centered around rooms, a say into how they’re taxed.
unwelcome surprise to the 130 especially a nice guest room to The Boston Tea Party comes to
households in town with so- entice our far-flung friends and mind—but throwing our solar
lar—as if life isn’t tough enough relatives to visit. If a prospective panels into the Androscoggin
with long, cold, ice-laden win- house had solar, its aesthetics or in protest wouldn’t be good
ters alleviated finally by spring potential repairs might have environmentally.
and the fear of lethal tick bites. concerned us. Jake Plante is a Brunswick
The central issue is whether resident and author of the book
solar energy increases home re- “Uncle Sam and Mother Earth:
sale values. But the decision to Shaping the Nation’s Environ-
tax is premature at best because mental Path.”
it’s based on a loose assumption
devoid of relevant data on the
direction and magnitude of a
possible price effect.
Solar homeowners who are
appealing the decision must
show that the Assessing Depart-
ment has been “arbitrary and
capricious.” This feels disagree-
ably harsh. Couldn’t we just say
that it was a simple mistake,
drop the tax and be neighborly?
Webster’s definition for arbi-
trary is “depending on individ-
ual discretion and not fixed by
law.” The definition fits the sit-
uation here pretty well because
the solar tax originated from an
undocumented internet search
and because tax assessors else-
where, including Freeport and
Kittery, believe the evidence
doesn’t justify solar assess-
Following the initial public CAROLINE CARTER
outcry, the Assessing Depart-
16 Friday, May 4, 2018

Blind Field Shuttle Walk
Carmen Papalia, an internationally acclaimed social practice
artist, will lead participants on a non-visual guided explora-
tion which will address the topic of access in public space, the
art institution and visual culture by having participants close
their eyes during the course of the walk.
Museum of Art Pavillion. 1 p.m

Beyond the Border: A Discussion with
Professor Bradley Babson on North
Korea and Life Above the DMZ
Bradley Babson, distinguish lecturer in government, will
discuss his personal travels to North Korea, misconceptions
about the region and the dynamics of change within the
demilitarized zone (DMZ). ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

Room 20, Druckenmiller Hall. 6 p.m. HOT TAKES: Amanda Redlich, assistant professor of mathematics, teaches her Probability class on the museum steps on Wednesday in an effort
to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. Throughout the week students partook in sunbathing, frisbee games and studying on the quad.


Shakespeare on the Steps Jeff Christmas Studio: Pop and Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History of
Masque and Gown, a student-run production company, will Jazz Voice Photography in America
perform “Richard the Third.” Students of voice instructor Jeff Christmas, adjunct lecturer Students from the course “Shoot, Snap, Instagram: A History
Museum of Art Pavillion. 4 p.m. in music, will perform a variety of pop and jazz songs. of Photography in America” taught by Tara Kohn, Andrew
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinksi Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Art History, will host a pop-
PERFORMANCE up exhibit showcasing photographic materials from Special
Purity Pact Spring Show PERFORMANCE Collections & Archives that follow the history of photogra-
Purity Pact, an all-female comedy troupe, will perform its End of Semester Dance Club Show phy in the United States.
spring show. Various dance clubs will showcase different dance styles from Nixon Lounge, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. 5 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 8:30 p.m. hip-hop to swing dance during the final spring
dance performance.
EVENT Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 8 p.m.
Spring Gala
Bowdoin Student Government will host a “Vintage Circus”
themed formal featuring a photo booth rife with props. THURSDAY 10
Noah Grubman ’18 will DJ the first hour followed by DJ
Double G. Poutine will be served by “Pinky D’s Poutine EVENT
Truck,”and there will be a cash bar for students over the age Dancing with Your Books—A Mindful
of 21. Two forms of ID are required. Way to Study for Finals
David Saul Smith Union. 10 p.m. LECTURE Baldwin Mentors, Q-Tutors, Writing Assistants and Librar-
“Gallery Conversation with Anne Collins ians will be available resources for students to prepare for
Goodyear” finals. Every 50 minutes, the group will practice mindfulness
Anne Collins Goodyear, co-director of the Museum of Art, through music, yoga and breathing exercises led by students
will discuss Pousette-Dart’s paintings and art in relation to the and special guests.

“space age” of the 1960s. This event is in conjunction with the Room 107, Kanbar Hall. 10 a.m.
exhibition “Richard Pousette-Dart: Painting/Light/Space.”
Museum of Art. 12 p.m. EVENT
FILM Bowdoin and the Common Good: a
Ursus Verses Spring Final Concert PERFORMANCE Spring Symposium
Ursus Verses, one of six a cappella groups, will perform its Jazz Night Students will show their community involvement through
final concert of the semester. Various jazz ensembles coached by Titus Abbott will perform. service, courses and research this semester.
The Chapel. 6 p.m. Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinksi Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m. David Saul Smith Union. 3 p.m.


Advanced Fiction
Student Readings “Lost on the Way” Dogs in the Library Beethoven Sonatas