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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, March 1, 2019 Volume 148, Number 18 bowdoinorient.com

BCA thinks big

picture with
Sunrise alliance
volunteer organizing program
by Kate Lusignan that runs from June to elec-
Orient Staff
tions in November.
For its next foray into climate Although the Sunrise Move-
activism, Bowdoin Climate ment was formed in April
Action (BCA) is connecting 2017, the national organiza-
with the Sunrise Movement, tion gained momentum after
a national organization that freshman House Representa-
advocates for political action tive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
on climate change. Sunrise has (D-New York) joined demon-
mostly recently been linked stration organized by the
to activism surrounding the Sunrise Movement at current
Green New Deal—not divest- Speaker of the House Nancy
ment campaigns, for which Pelosi’s office last November.
BCA had long been known. The Sunrise Movement has
BCA’s first major involve- over 100 “Sunrise Hubs.” Local
ment with the Sunrise Move- hubs play a crucial role in the
ment occurred last December, movement due to partnership
when 16 students attended with Sunrise National to plan
sit-ins at the Capitol Build- local climate action.
ing in Washington D.C. The Although BCA has been ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
action was organized by BCA at the forefront of organizing
co-leader, Haley Maurice ’20, political action around climate Tensions bubble up as blue-collar jobs leave town in “Sweat.” Lynn Nottage’s Pulizter
who worked closely with na- change on campus since 2012,
tional organizers during the Prize-winning play is showing in Pickard Theater this weekend. SEE PAGE 7.
Sunrise Semester, a full-time Please see BCA, page 6

Outing Club programming aims to foster

diversity and inclusion outdoors
space, an affluent white male have been going on the past 20 students in LT and pays them
by Anibal Husted space,” said Tess Hamilton ’16, plus years,” said Kevin Lane ’19, for time they spend on trips.
Orient Staff
assistant director of the BOC. co-officer of the BOC. “It [should not be] a choice
There is a common per- “We have the opportunity in For example, the Wild Wom- [between] ‘do I work this cam-
ception on campus that many this space to change that.” en Spring Adventures series pus job and get the money that
members of the Bowdoin After Spring Break, the began over a decade ago and I need’ or ‘do I go on this trip,’”
Outing Club (BOC) fit into a BOC will be conducting focus Out of the Zone (OZ) Leader- Hamilton said. “That was a huge
particular stereotype. But this groups, comprised of students, ship Training was piloted 11 barrier.”
semester, the BOC is renewing to evaluate the progress it has years ago. Hamilton explained New programs, such as OUT
its efforts to push back against made towards increasing diver- that OZ was designed to make in the Woods, were created in
historical narratives about the sity and inclusivity. One area of the experiences provided in LT collaboration with groups such
outdoors. focus has been the Leadership accessible to students who have as Bowdoin Queer Straight
Through new programming Training (LT) program, which historically felt excluded from Alliance, THRIVE, Interna-
and positions, guest speakers students must complete in order leadership opportunities on tional Students Association,
and grant money, the group is to be eligible to lead BOC trips. campus and at the BOC, includ- African-American Society and
putting new emphasis on diver- Not all of the programming ing low-income students of col- other affinity groups. These
sity and inclusivity. is new; diversity has been a or and first-generation students. partnerships show the BOC’s
“We have this narrative on conversation at the BOC for Hamilton cited the erasure of commitment to increasing
KATE LUSIGNAN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT this campus but also in the U.S. decades. financial barriers as a central inclusivity, but haven’t always
GATHERING FOR GREEN: Bowdoin students joined other activists to pro- at large about the outdoors be- “[This year is] the latest iter- component of this project; the
test outside U.S. Senator Susan Collins’ (R-Maine) Portland office last Friday. ing a white, male-dominated ation of ongoing efforts, which BOC waives member dues for Please see BOC, page 5

Pre-Roe v. Wade meets post-Trump in reproductive rights talk

15 GRRs and roughly the same discussions and advocating for “but they were doing much low pins that read “GRR,” began smaller events at Bowdoin. This
by Ellery Harkness number of students gathered in sex education. more work.” the talk with a short film before event, centered around conver-
Orient Staff
the Baxter House living room Founder Julia G. Kahrl said Like many women, Kahrl transitioning into a discussion sation and storytelling, left a
While Bowdoin students for a conversation about activ- the organization developed in was upset by and angry about with the students who attended. more powerful impression on
don’t remember a time before ism and women’s health. response to increasingly limited the new restrictions on repro- Participants noted that the students.
the Roe v. Wade decision, local GRR is a group comprised access to the care guaranteed ductive health care. reproductive rights women “I think we sort of forget what
grandmothers certainly do. On primarily of women who grew in reproductive rights legisla- “We decided we wanted to have today are ones that women it was like,” said Eleanor Brake-
Tuesday, Bowdoin Reproduc- up in a time with little or no tion in the decades since Roe v. change our anger into some- and girls died without before wood ’19, one of the co-leaders
tive Justice Coalition brought access to birth control. Founded Wade. thing positive,” she said. Roe v. Wade. They argued that of Bowdoin Reproductive Jus-
Grandmothers for Reproduc- in Maine in 2013, the organi- “We knew that things [were] Tuesday’s event focused on the continued attacks on wom- tice Coalition. “These women
tive Rights (GRR) to campus for zation now has chapters in 46 getting worse and that the an- storytelling, with GRR mem- en’s healthcare pose a “slippery know people who died getting
a talk called “Life Before Roe v. states. Members aim to protect ti-choicers were organizing bers sharing their own experi- slope.” back-alley abortions, and they
Wade with Grandmothers for reproductive rights by lobbying more and more. They’ve been ences and those of friends. The In the past, GRR has done
Reproductive Rights.” About against restrictive bills, hosting organized since 1973,” she said, speakers, who wore bright yel- postcard signings and other Please see JUSTICE, page 3

The Women of Color Photoshoot Immigrant stories come to life in the A history of the creation of the Africana Winter weather forces varsity teams to Brooke Vahos ’21 discusses relationships
seeks to empower. Page 3. performers’ U.S. debut. Page 8. Studies Department, 50 years later. Page 11. share limited space in Farley. Page 16. between under- and upperclassmen. Page 19.
2 Friday, March 1, 2019

2/21 to 2/28
What is your least favorite word?
Thursday, February 21 Monday, February 25
• An ongoing dispute between roommates prompted • Brunswick Rescue transported an ill student to Mid
a student to request a crash room. Coast Hospital. Stephen Leventhal ’19
• A student was cited
February 22
for compiling 16 park-
ing violations since
“Wolves. It’s hard to say. Why not
• A student in Coles
Tower reported cash
stolen from a wallet Wednesday,
in a burglary of the February 27
student’s bedroom. • A security officer
• A smoke alarm in a brought a student with
second floor hallway flu-like symptoms to
at Russwurm House the Mid Coast Walk- Caroline Poole ’22
resulted in a build- in Clinic.
ing evacuation. The
cause of the alarm
• A student reported
the theft of a backpack
“Crank. It just sounds angry.”
was undetermined. containing athletic
gear at the Buck Fit-
Saturday, ness Center. Security
February 23 recovered the back-
• A housekeeper re- pack and the matter

ported damage to a remains under inves-

women’s rest room tigation.
stall door. Madi Thies ’21
• A noise complaint Thursday,
at Harpswell Apart-
ments led to an
February 28
• An odor of natural
“I can’t even say it. I can spell it though:
unregistered event
being dispersed. A student took stepped up and took
gas was reported at
Maine Hall. Facilities Management personnel re-
responsibility for the violation. sponded to investigate and correct the problem.


Atticus McWhorter ’22

As spring arrives, get “Phlegm. Because it’s spelled funny.”

ready for uncuffing season

by Reuben Schafir A member of the maintenance ber of bed-related orders to drop Jill Tian ’21
Orient Staff staff who spoke to the Orient not- following Spring Break and the

As the ice sheets covering Bow-

ed a significant increase in the
number of work orders relating
arrival of uncuffing season.
“I’m hopeful for me and my “Assignment...”
doin’s campus slowly melt into to bed repairs over the last two boyfriend,” said a recently-cou-
ankle-deep puddles sure to soak months. Citing the well-known pled first year. “Sure, I’ll miss
through the elastic siding of your fact that many students choose to him over the break. And yes, he
Blundstones, students become in- sleep in their significant other’s is going home to see his ex from
creasingly aware that spring will bed between December and Feb- high school, but he’s over her.
be arriving shortly. The sudden ruary, and that the College’s beds Plus we’re planning on working
departure of the endless grey skies are not designed to hold more than on a farm in rural Maine together
serves as an indicator of another one person, the staff member ex- this summer, so we have to say
season that lingers just a few weeks plained that she expects the num- together.”
away: uncuffing season.
“It feels like everyone in my
friend group is in a relationship,”
remarked one sophomore.
The phenomenon is not uncom- The Security Report
mon; needing an excuse to stay in
bed all day as grey skies and short
days rule the winter season, stu-
dents quickly pair up in October
contained a record-low
and November.
“It didn’t feel good to spend all
day in bed by myself,” said a first
10 infractions this week.
year. “But when my girlfriend and
I started dating, it was sudden-
ly OK because someone else was (And one was about a gas leak.)
there and we had something to do.”
That same first year remarked
that with sunny days ahead, the
outdoors and “spending time with
my bros” is starting to look much
more enticing.
Some students find other ways
to solve their seasonal depression
Bowdoin students,
and chronic loneliness. One small
group of juniors held weekly or-
gies, beginning the night of the
please do better (worse).
first snow. However, one member
of the group anticipates that the
tradition will end as soon it be-
comes warm enough to play Spike- PHOEBE ZIPPER
Sincerely, your Page 2 Editor
ball on the quad.
Friday, March 1, 2019 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF Bowdoin women of color collaborate



on annual photoshoot and gallery
On Wednesday, Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) represen-
tatives deliberated and voted on a new voting system. Out of the
three choices—a student-created, computer-based system, paper
ballots and software purchased from an external provider—the
majority voted for buying student-created software.
Along with the incorporation of ranked choice voting, as de-
cided at the end of this past November, the key part of the new
system is that it randomizes the candidates’ names, an ability that
Blink, the current system, does not have. This is meant to curb any
undue advantage a candidate might gain from being listed first on
the ballot. This new system is more user-friendly for both voters
and BSG members who receive and report the results.
“It is important to have something that we know how to operate
instead of bringing someone else,” said Chair of Academic Affairs
Jenna Scott ’19, explaining why BSG chose to have a student-creat-
ed system rather than external software.
Computer science major Dylan Hayton-Ruffner ’20 has been
experimenting with a new system that will meet BSG’s needs.
When discussing the costs and benefits of the new system,
Vice President for Student Government Affairs Amber Rock ’19
reminded delegates that student-created systems have been a prob-
lem in the past. She referenced a past election during which the
system crashed and, because the student-creator had graduated,
BSG didn’t know how to fix it.
Athletics representative Khelsea Gordon ’19 said that the pur-
chase of an outside computer software would decrease the prob-
ability of system crashes and maintain a team of professionals to
fix it.
Chair of the Treasury Harry Sherman ’21, however, had re-
searched potential new systems and did not feel confident in this ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
MAKING HERSTORY: Raquel Santizo ’19, Arah Kang ’19 and Aisha Rickford ’20 prepare the finished products of the Women of Color Photoshoot to be
“Adopting another outside software would require us to funda- displayed in Lamarche Gallery in David Saul Smith Union. This year, women were encouraged to feature an important object or piece of clothing in their photo.
mentally alter our voting process,” he said. “It would take a group
of people to master the system and communicate the system to the craved.” photographers were Brianna white campus leads to a fear of
entire school. I’m not sure if it is worth it.” by Viv Daniel Santizo said she tries to be White-Ortiz ’21, Camille Far- fetishization.”
Orient Staff
For the paper ballot voting option, the consensus was that it intentional when she is in- radas ’19, Oceanna Pak ’19 Santizo has watched her
would harm voter turnout and make the process of tabulating Last night, the exhibition volved with programming on and Sam Valdivia ’19. event grow over the last
votes significantly more labor intensive. “Beauty in Color” opened in campus. Throughout March, “Having someone that looks three years. Participation has
“No one would want to spend that amount of time counting bal- the Lamarche Gallery in David Bowdoin will be celebrating like you [and who] comes doubled since the first pho-
lots,” Sustainability Representative Milo Richards ’21 said. Saul Smith Union. It featured Women’s Herstory Month, and from a similar place makes it toshoot, and this year will
Although Curriculum and Implementation Policy Represen- photos that were taken on Santizo thinks the Women of a lot easier,” Villa said. see the addition of student
tative Victoria Yu ’19 said handing out paper ballots and stickers February 3 during Bowdoin’s Color Photoshoot is an appro- Santizo hopes that the ex- interviews about the Bowdoin
in David Saul Smith Union would increase student motivation to third annual Women of Color priate way to kick things off. hibition of the photos will add WOC experience played on
vote, Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Mamadou Diaw ’20 empha- Photoshoot, where 40 Bowdoin “It’s at the end of February, to the empowering experience iPods throughout the gallery.
sized the possibility of a similar campaign with electronic ballots. women of color (WOC), three which I like a lot because it’s for participants. Villa says that the most com-
organizers and general photog- Black History Month, and “When you walk into space, mon comment she received
raphers gathered in room 601 then the next day is the be- and it’s like, ‘oh there’s an 11 by from participants is that they
of Memorial Hall. Each indi- ginning of Women’s Herstory 17 beautiful picture of myself wish there were more events at
JUSTICE have fewer options for care.
This is one of the reasons that
vidual was encouraged to bring
any clothing or items import-
Month. So it’s like a perfect
segue because it’s about wom-
that I got to pick out,’ that is
what I call a revolutionary act
Bowdoin centered around the
WOC experience, potentially
Berman named the Bowdoin ant to her identity to feature in en of color,” she said. of self-love at a predominately in more casual settings.
can sort of give a more personal group the Reproductive Justice her photos. Santizo started planning white institution,” she said. “Some people talked about
take on it. I think it’s important to Coalition instead of the Repro- Raquel Santizo ’19, a stu- this year’s event in the fall and Santizo also hopes that the having 24 College be at night
not forget that that’s our history.” ductive Rights Coalition. dent director at the Sexuality, has spent the weeks since the event will spark discussions a space where they can come
Brakewood and co-lead- “Reproductive rights has Women and Gender Center photoshoot finalizing plans among non-participants about after parties and debrief with
er Becky Berman ’20, both of been framed as a relatively (SWAG), first conceived of for the exhibit and developing their experiences and those of other women who have simi-
whom work extensively with well-off, white women’s strug- the event when she was a the portraits in a darkroom in WOC. Santizo was originally lar stories and identities,” said
Planned Parenthood, said the gle to legalize abortion,” Ber- sophomore and brought it to the Edwards Center for Art most interested in conversa- Villa.
talk was particularly relevant in man said. “The emphasis on fruition with the help of both and Dance. She is excited for tions about hookup culture Although all the organizers
the context of the current status justice is to put the focus on student organizers and faculty the gallery opening but says on campus—a topic which she of this year’s WOC photoshoot
of reproductive rights. accessibility, things like these in what was then the Women’s that the photoshoot itself was wrote a paper on before orga- are seniors, they believe that
“After the election I think I Title X changes. For someone Center. The idea was in part an especially important part of nizing the first WOC photo- there are plenty of underclass
definitely had that moment—I who doesn’t face a lot of bar- inspired by the “Celebrating the experience. shoot. She hopes to publicize women involved in other ca-
think a lot of people had this riers to [health] care, [this] Women, Celebrating Bodies” “It’s a two-and-a-half hour the discussion of issues such as pacities who can take over
moment—where it was like all probably isn’t going to change photoshoots, which allowed block where we’re just a com- these which tend to come up when they graduate. They also
these things have been brew- their lives a lot, but for some- female and non-binary stu- munity of women of color, in conversation among friends hope to use the exhibition to
ing in the country, but it feels one who’s low-income, who’s dents to pose both clothed talking about our experiences or within affinity groups but stir interest and engage the
like a reality check,” Brake- in a rural area, who has a lot of and nude. Santizo said she with confidence and beauty that rarely permeate other Bowdoin student body in
wood said. different intersectional identity sensed a need on campus for and just being in that space campus spaces. WOC’s stories.
Brakewood said that now is factors that often bring dis- similar programming per- which is a powerful and vul- “This is obviously not ev- “Having it in Lamarche was
a particularly important time crimination, [this could be a taining to the experiences of nerable and a very happy eryone’s experience, but a lot really strategic, because even
for the talk because of Title X, big change].” WOC. space to be in,” she said. of women of color felt either if you don’t go to the event on
which provides federal fund- Berman hoped that the event “Women of color want to Juliana Villa ’19, another invisible because they weren’t the opening night, it will be
ing to health centers. Under a would increase interest and create a community togeth- student director at SWAG meeting standards of beauty there for a month,” Villa said.
rule proposed by the Trump involvement in reproductive er,” Santizo said. “And I think and co-organizer of the pho- and therefore we weren’t being “You’re going to be in Smith
administration last week, a justice. doing that in this specific toshoot, said that it was im- approached as much or at all,” at some point—you’re going
new domestic gag rule would “That’s definitely one thing environment at this specific portant to choose a WOC said Santizo. “That, or they to look up there and it will be
be attached to Title X. Under that we’ve seen all seen over the event is something that people as a photographer. The four felt hyper visible … Our very there.”
this rule, a healthcare provid- past few years—that it’s been
er in the United States who hard to get Bowdoin students
performs abortions or refers involved actively in this fight,”
patients to an abortion provid-
er would lose all of its Title X
she said.
Students who attended came Done reading
funding. away inspired.
Because tax dollars cannot
go toward abortions, organiza-
“I thought it was awesome,”
said Audrey Muscato ’20. “It the Orient?
tions such as Planned Parent- was really interesting to hear
hood rely on donor money to their stories. It made it feel so
offer the procedures on a slid-
ing scale to make them avail-
much more real, and hearing
them talk about what it was like
Frame it.
able to low-income women. If
they can’t accept government
before Roe v. Wade gave me a
renewed sense of urgency for Or recycle it.
healthcare, these women will our rights.”
4 NEWS Friday, March 1, 2019

Brock Clarke delivers Greason inaugural lecture

ifested itself during the lecture, realized I was doing something
by Roither Gonzales when Clarke repeatedly poked that I wanted to do,” he said. “For
Orient Staff
fun at his hometown’s small me, if you’re doing it the same
Last night, Bowdoin students, claims to fame. He referred to way other people are doing it,
faculty and community mem- how his town’s public relations ef- then you’re not quite living up
bers huddled together in Kresge forts sometimes seemed self-dep- to the potential of whatever art
Auditorium to listen to Professor recating and humorous and how form you’re working in.”
of English Brock Clarke’s in- these small details, which often For many who know Clarke,
augural lecture as the A. Leroy seemed absurd, actually made the his inaugural lecture captured
Greason Professor of English. town more lovable and important his personality, humor and
Clarke’s talk, titled “What the to him and his writing. originality.
Cold Can Teach Us,” focused less This absurdity and these “Brock has a lot of insight
on inclement weather itself but mundane details are important in writing and reading fiction,
instead on Clarke’s own experi- to Clarke and his writing style. and hearing how he formulates
ences and obsessions and their During the lecture he men- his work is very interesting,”
influence on him as a writer. tioned notable writers like Joy said Aleksia Silverman ’19, one
“The cold, the climate cold, Williams and Paul Beatty and of Clarke’s honors students. “In
has to do with where I grew up, how they approach subjects in a particular, I’m really interested
which is a small town in way “slantwise way” that shocks and about what he said about sat-
upstate New York. It’s frozen disarms the reader. ire. Seeing how satire operates
half the time, and it’s generally A perfect example of this is in today’s atmosphere and how
considered an unlovable place,” in Clarke’s recent work, “The you can use humor in your writ-
said Clarke. “But there are Price of a Haircut,” a collection ing is great.”
things embedded in it that I find of short stories that arose from The A. Leroy Greason Chair,
lovable, not because in fact they his experiences in Cincinnati named in honor of the College’s
are lovable, but because they’re during race riots after a young 12th president, was first award-
interesting to me as a writer.” black man was killed by a white ed in 1999 to Professor Emeri-
To Clarke, these lovable de- police officer. According to tus Mary K. Hunter of the Mu-
tails aren’t simply the “generic Clarke, his publisher originally sic Department. The Chair is an
things” that connect people to wanted him to write a nonfic- honor given to a professor who
a place, such as family or rela- tion book about the riots, but he specializes in the creative arts.
tionships there; rather, these took another path. Clarke is the third professor to
details are often overlooked or “I thought, ‘How am I go- hold the professorship and the
even dismissed out of hand as ing to write this in a way that first to share the honor with
backwards. distinguished itself from other another faculty member, A. Le-
“What matters to me are these accounts?’” said Clarke in an roy Greason Professor of Visual
things that are exactly what peo- interview. “So I turned it into Arts Mark Wethli.
ple don’t like about the place,” this weird fable about a race riot Clarke said he was honored to
Clarke said in an interview with being blamed not on racist cops, receive the named professorship.
the Orient. “So this is me making but on a racist barber who’s of- “I spent a lot of time just, you
an argument for writing about fering really cheap haircuts. know, banging my head against
things other people deem not to And their response was like, whatever I’m working on by
be important, like a tiny shithole ‘Who the fuck would do that?’” myself,” he said. “And so you’re
mill town in upstate New York. It’s questions like these that never quite sure that it’s having
So, I think that partly manifests make Clarke feel he’s onto an impact. So it’s nice when these
itself in my writing.” something as a writer. things happen, it lets you know
This focus on making the “When people asked that that at least someone thinks [your EZRA SUNSHINE, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
naturally unlovable lovable man- question, that’s exactly when I work] is having an impact.” ICY INSPIRATION: In his inaugural lecture as the A. Leroy Greason Professor of English last night, Brock Clarke
discussed his process of making the overlooked or unlovable, like the cold in his hometown, appear lovable to readers.

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Friday, March 1, 2019 NEWS 5

Bowdoin alum
talks ‘hacking
tre Dame, Botting, who is a
by Emily Staten professor of political science,
Orient Staff
focuses her research on what
Weaving together literature, she sees as the increasingly
biotechnology, philosophy important ethical and political
and political theory, Eileen implications of scientific ad-
Hunt Botting ’93 took to the vancements. At Bowdoin, she
podium in the Searles Science majored in philosophy and
Building on Monday evening English and minored in Greek.
to deliver her lecture “Shelley, “After the European Enlight-
Hawthorne, and the Ethics of enment of the 18th century,
Genetic Engineering.” science has indelibly shaped
Addressing Bowdoin stu- human experience, including
dents, professors and com- politics,” said Botting in a phone
munity members in a packed interview with the Orient fol-
lecture hall, Botting explored lowing the lecture. “Science is
the ethical and political im- also a big part of how we think
plications of advancements about ethics today, because MINDY LEDER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
in biotechnology through a we're grappling with the impact ARTIFICIAL ADVANCEMENTS: On Monday night, Eileen Hunt Botting ’93 lectured on the urgent need for political and ethical reflection amidst the
discussion of Mary Shelley’s of technology not only on na- increasing influence and growth of technology. The Notre Dame professor feels this is particularly important when considering the creation of artificial life.
“Frankenstein,” Nathaniel ture out there, but also our own
Hawthorne’s short story “The nature as human beings.” netic engineering. ature, especially Gothic lit- “I realized that she would explore different avenues.”
Birth-Mark” and other works Works of literature from “Technology isn’t something erature, with Professor Ann be a great person to bring be- “If they’re interested in tech-
she calls “hacker literature” in Shelley and Hawthorne can to be afraid of,” she said. “I Kibbie and Professor [David] cause [her research] combines nology, maybe they should
a talk sponsored by the Peucin- highlight these important po- think it’s important for those Collings,” said Botting. “Tak- a lot of interests of members read more literature and …
ian Society. litical and ethical dilemmas of us who have good, sober lib- ing those classes and debating of Peucinian Society and also connect the ethical questions
“Hacker literature hones its that surround advancements eral arts educations to use our ideas about rights in particular members of campus,” said Eis- of literature to the studies that
attention upon the ethics and in science and technology, said reasoning skills and our critical shaped my interest in looking ner. “She deals with technology they are engaged with, and vice
politics of biotechnology, es- Botting. thinking skills to think intelli- at Mary Shelley as a resource and innovation and science. versa,” said Eisner.
pecially the artificial hacking For instance, she argued that gently about what the conse- for thinking through contem- She deals with literature. She Botting is currently integrat-
or transformation of human “the story of the creature [in quences of these advancements porary ethical and political deals with political theory, and ing the ideas from her lecture,
life,” Botting said at the lecture. ‘Frankenstein’] presses readers are and might be, but in a so- problems related to the rights she bridges all these gaps in a discussion of the ethics of
“Frankenstein and the political to challenge biologically ter- ber, reasonable manner.” of artificially made creatures.” disciplines.” artificial intelligence and an ex-
science-fictions it has spawned ministic accounts of what it Botting partially attributes The interdisciplinary nature Eisner was largely responsi- ploration of the philosophy sur-
are daring provocations to con- means to be a human, a child, her research interests to her of Botting’s work also served to ble for coordinating Botting’s rounding love and relationships
sider the ethics and politics of to love or to hold rights.” own liberal arts education at make her lecture accessible and visit to campus in her role as in a technologically advanced
making artificial life from the Botting also emphasized the Bowdoin. appealing to a large cross-sec- impresario of the Peucinian world into a new book, “Political
perspective of both the creators importance of taking a mea- “I studied political theory tion of the student body, said Society. She hoped that the talk Science Fictions after ‘Franken-
and the creatures.” sured, intellectual approach to with Professor [Paul] Franco Mollie Eisner ’21, who invited would encourage students “to stein’: AI, GMOS, and the Poli-
At the University of No- the discussion of ethics in ge- and I studied English liter- Botting to campus. be intellectually fearless and tics of Making Artificial Life.”


been successful in creating

long-term change.
“I think one of the big prob-
lems with the Outing Club is
that when we do partner with
an outside organization or
affinity group, we don’t really
have retention of those same
students, who come back and
do trips on their own with
the Outing cCub,” said Meera
Prasad ’19.
Prasad is the diversity out-
reach coordinator for the BOC,
a position that was created last
semester. She completed LT
herself and will be involved
with the focus groups, which
will most likely implement
changes in the programming ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
next year. OUT WITH THE OLD, IN THE WITH INCLUSIVE: The Outing Club has worked with a number of affinity groups
The BOC is also working to this semester to launch a series of programs and trips that aim to foster inclusivity. (ABOVE) Carolyn Finney delivered
obtain additional grant money a talk in January. (RIGHT) Aisha Rickford ’20 participates in the Wild Women’s Ski Program in Lost Valley.
to reimburse low-income stu-
dents who might miss work in spoke at the Schwartz Outdoor “For her to describe overcom- about her book “Black Faces,
order to participate in leader- Leadership Center (SOLC) ing those obstacles in her own White Spaces: Reimagining the
ship training. Hamilton hopes about her relationship with the path is important for all of us Relationship of African Amer-
to expand this program to more outdoors and some of the bar- to hear.” icans to the Great Outdoors,”
students in the coming years. riers she had to overcome. Other programs include an which was incorporated into
In addition to these changes, “It’s important to give a event held Monday at the SOLC the spring LT curriculum.
the BOC has also taken steps platform for her story espe- called Wabanaki REACH, “We’re seeing positive
to create new programming cially as a woman of color and where students came to hear change in diversifying … but
that promotes diverse conver- especially as an immigrant a tribe member speak about it’s by no means an end result
sations about the outdoors. to hear those stories because stolen land recognition. Earlier that we are going to arrive [at].
Last Thursday, Szu-ting Yi, a that barrier to participation this semester, author Carolyn It’s very much a process,” said
climber and author, came and is still strong,” said Hamilton. Finney was invited to speak Hamilton.


6 NEWS Friday, March 1, 2019


in the last two years the group

has struggled to present a uni-
fied message on campus while
creating a formalized connec-
“We ended up organizing
around things that came up and
we never really had enough of a
long term vision to make some
kind of change,” said Maurice.
The leaders of BCA believe
that the affiliation with Sunrise
will give the group more polit-
ical power within the state of
Maine. The connections to the
College and to the organiza-
tion give BCA credibility when
working with outside groups,
which they hopes will result in
more effective organizing.
One of BCA’s top priori-
ties is building relationships
with local groups interested
in climate justice. With the
aid of Sunrise National, they
have reached out to middle
and high schoolers, the Maine
People’s alliance, farmers
and fisherman. BCA has also
been in communication with
the two other Sunrise Hubs
in Maine. One hub is located
in Lewiston and is associated
with students at Bates College
and the other is located on KATE LUSIGNAN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Mount Desert Island.
BANDING TOGETHER TO STAND TALL: Through collaboration with Sunrise, a national organization with local chapters across the country, BCA is able to organize with other of these “Sunrise
While Sunrise National Hubs.” One example of this collective activism took place last Friday, when about 30 Bowdoin students joined 15 others in a protest outside Senator Susan Collins’ (R-Maine) Portland office.
encourages action at the lo-
cal and state level, the group biggest changes can be made made few public appearances wards climate justice. The new According to the chair of the the club,” said Scott. “In the
also encourages collaboration on the national level,” said Will since his defeat to King in the association with the Sunrise Student Organizations Over- long term what would happen
across the nation’s 100 hubs. Hausmann ’22. “There are only Senate race, was encouraged by movement is just part of the sight Committee (SOOC) Jen- when the GND ultimately goes
This includes sending mem- so many opportunities to influ- the action. necessary shifts. na Scott ’19, the group’s charter through?”
bers from hubs in Boston ence climate policy with south- “Climate change is the most After its formation in 2012, will remain under the name Despite these concerns,
and New England to actions ern Maine, so there could be urgent issue of our time,” said BCA’s commitment to divest- “BCA”. However, BCA is able Maurice believes that efforts to-
organized by BCA. Other greater impact made by stress- Ringelstein. “It’s going to be young ment spanned four years. How- to coordinate with Sunrise Na- wards climate justice will persist
benefits include the provision ing the national level.” people mobilizing who are going ever, in March 2017, after the tional. While Sunrise is able to after the vote on the GND.
of resources and trainings for Since the start of the spring to make the biggest change this results of the 2016 Presidential provide training to BCA, they “The Green New Deal is a
political action. semester, the group has carried world has ever seen.” election, BCA shifted its focus are not able to provide funding campaign [and] there is con-
In Maine, Sunrise National out two major actions: visits to During the action, protesters away from a divestment cam- for the group. cern [over whether a Sunrise
has emphasized on targeting King’s and Collins’ offices earli- sang, chanted and shared sto- paign and towards achieving Clubs sponsored by the Hub] on campus would last a
Collins and King, urging them er this month and a larger rally ries directed towards Collins—a climate justice through elector- SOOC are able to request while [because it is a campaign.
to support the Green New Deal at Collins’ office last Friday. foundational principle of the al politics. meeting space, use vans and However,] policy and things
(GND). Collins and King, both On Friday, approximately Sunrise Movement. Although “We didn’t know that divest- apply for funding through the change over time,” said Mau-
regarded as moderates, have 45 protesters attended the pro- Collins was not in her office, a ment made sense as a tactic to Student Activities Funding rice. “Sunrise will continue un-
supported environmental pro- test at Collins’ Portland office. member of her staff encouraged enact change on climate change Committee (SAFC). Due to the til climate change is no longer
tections in the past. Around 30 of the attendees students to come back to meet because we had Donald Trump grassroots nature of the Sun- a concern.”
“It makes sense for Collins were Bowdoin students. The with the senator. in office,” Maurice said. rise Movement, local hubs do Despite the uncertainty of
to sign on,” said BCA co-leader remaining 15 came from a va- “[Collins’ staffer said] it’s Since the shift to electoral not receive any funding from BCA’s official label going for-
Maddie Hikida ’22. “You like to riety of groups and institutions powerful to hear stories, but politics, beyond advocating for Sunrise National. ward, the group is confident
think that your politicians will such as 350 Maine, a group Collins really likes talking climate justice, BCA is known Eventually, the BCA would about the direction of climate
be consistent.” focused on climate action, and about policy,” Maurice said. on campus as the leading orga- eventually like to rebrand as action at Bowdoin and are
The reception to the affil- Colby College. “We’re probably going to go nizer of action for the progres- “Sunrise Bowdoin”. However, hopeful about the future.
iation with Sunrise has been Of the groups and individ- back and talk policy.” sive movement. Most notably, the SOOC has reservations “We have the policies we can
positive among BCA members, uals that the BCA reached out Due to the urgent and the group organized action at about a full transition to a hub push for, we have candidates
who believe the movement’s to, Zak Ringelstein, the 2018 fast-paced nature of climate Collins’ office to protest the affiliated with Bowdoin. can get behind, and we have
goal of climate justice comple- Maine Democratic candidate politics, BCA has undergone nomination of U.S. Supreme “We asked that they remain candidates we can target on
ments the work BCA is doing. for Senate, joined protesters in major changes in focus and Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh BCA because we were wor- specific policies that we didn’t
“With climate policy, the Portland. Ringelstein, who has tactics in order to move to- last September. ried about the longevity of have before,” said Maurice.

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‘Sweat’ stages working-class
anguish with empathy


BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS: (from left) Jessica Speigt ’21, Wayne Harding ’21, Chase Tomberlin ’21, Railey Zontop-Zimlinghaus ’19, Daniel Viellieu ’19 and Daniel Miro ’19 perform in “Sweat.”
moves abroad, a tight-knit group arc of two election cycles and a “It’s an examination of the slipping through the cracks,” said the performing arts at large are
by Brianna Cunliffe of workers witness their union financial crisis, and painting vivid forces that led to so much despair Robinson. flung wide open.
Orient Staff
weakening, their worth discarded pictures of much-invoked Ameri- in the industrial Midwest,” said “Sweat” does not shy away “Everyone should feel like they
Once audiences are confronted and their hard-won futures slip- can ills: opioid abuse, unemploy- Robinson. “It asks, ‘What can we from these emotions, in content are welcome; that it’s not an exclu-
with the human cost of the Amer- ping away. Along racial and eth- ment, persecution of immigrants do to try to solve this together, or in diction. Actors confront that sive or elite or white institution,”
ican Dream, economics and poli- nic fault lines, they begin to crack. and class resentment. rather than blame [others], turn anger and pain head-on, giving said Robinson. “We want this
tics will never look the same. On Professor of Theater Davis Though it premiered in 2015, on each other, turn on the immi- these lived experiences a second building to be a place that can tap
Friday night at Pickard Theater, Robinson believes that the play’s Nottage’s play takes on added grants, build a wall [or] further the life. For Robinson, the rehearsal into what’s going on in the world.”
tales of American workers take basis in interviews with real work- weight in the context of the 2016 outrage?’—that’s clearly not getting process was about ensuring that “Sweat” offers no easy answers
center stage as the Department ers lends an inescapable realism election and the search for an- us anywhere.” students owned these stories de- or resolutions. Its ending tableau
of Theater debuts the Maine pre- to the events depicted. swers after what was, for many, a The events of “Sweat” are far spite their complexity. gazes forward into an uncertain
miere of the Pulitzer and Tony “People get desperate, and blindsiding verdict from middle from distant. Robinson stresses “It becomes a visceral experi- future with a single, tenuous sug-
award-winning play “Sweat” by they turn to drugs, they turn to America. that these issues affect towns in ence, rather than just an intellec- gestion: take care of one another.
Lynn Nottage. violence, they turn on each other,” “Every now and then, a play every part of America, including tual exercise,” he said. “Sweat” will be performed
Set in a bar in Reading, Penn- said Robinson. “And when there comes along that has a kind of Maine. With its colorful language and tonight and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
sylvania, once a center of indus- are just crumbs left on the table, seismic finger on the pulse of the “Reading, Pennsylvania—it’s elevation of working-class lives, and Sunday at 2 p.m. in Pick-
try so famous its name is on the people start fighting over the country,” said Robinson. Sanford, Maine. It’s Lewiston, “Sweat” seeks to expand the sphere ard Theater. There will also be
Monopoly board but impover- crumbs.” “Sweat” was one such play. Maine. It’s the lumber mills. It’s of influence of live theater. Written a talkback session with the cast
ished in the early 2000s, the play’s Questions of blame and iden- Robinson immediately pushed the mills in Brunswick that are by a black female playwright and at 7 p.m. Monday on March 4
central characters grapple with tity persist through the eight-year for the production rights, drawn now antique stores. We’re at a featuring a racially balanced cast, in Room 601 of Memorial Hall
the changing world. As the fac- time span as scenes alternate be- by its profound empathy, as well turning point, and there’s a lot of “Sweat” is also about ensuring that open to any interested students
tory so integral to their identity tween 2000 and 2008, tracing the as a sense of urgency. anger and pain for people that are the doors to Pickard Theater and or community members.

Music department seeks recruitment in admissions

amount of violas, etc.—without fifth of each incoming class; so
by Cole van Miltenberg these proportions, it’s almost like Admissions is tasked with filling
Orient Staff you’re reading a text where every [students from] all of these ad-
While many students step fifth word is blacked out,” Shende ditional areas within that same
into Gibson Hall each semes- said in an email to the Orient. amount of space.”
ter, very few know the inner Ultimately, however, the mu- A few programs, including
workings of Bowdoin’s music sic department has relatively the chamber ensembles and
department. Despite occasional little say when it comes to the chamber choir, have seen a
setbacks, new efforts are being admissions process. In fact, drop in participation in recent
made to revive music programs over the past four years, the years. The number of chamber
and recruit students through number of students enrolled at ensembles has been cut in half
a greater attention to musical the College who submitted arts mainly due to a lack of student
abilities during the admissions supplements has gradually de- cello players. This represents a
process. creased. Thirty-six members of key difficulty created by the de-
Faculty in the music de- the Class of 2019, 33 members partment’s overall lack of say in
partment review hundreds of of the Class of 2020, 26 mem- admissions, as it prevents them
music-based arts supplements bers of the Class of 2021 and 24 from considering the talents and
each year—listening to 323 in members of the Class of 2022 skills of new students to create
2018—and grade the pieces submitted these supplements to cohesive ensemble groups.
on a 15-point scale. However, the College. This being said, the admis-
students’ accomplishments are Shende hopes to see these sions process does not seem
also evaluated on a more holis- numbers change in the future to adversely affect all music
tic level, in order to create bal- but understands the various programs at the College. After
MUSIC MATRICULATION: Sam Harder ’20 plays the piano. Every year, a number of students are admitted to Bowdoin
anced ensembles that represent challenges and considerations of all, students who submitted
for their outstanding musical talents; the department wishes to bring in a diverse group of instruments and expertise.
a diverse group of instrumental the admissions process. supplements represent only a
abilities and musical interests. “Admissions has a lot of balls fraction of the over 200 students The orchestra program has and making lessons completely the orchestra, music majors
Professor of Music and Chair that they’re juggling in terms of who participate in an ensemble also grown from about 30 to ap- free for those on financial aid. were not the most common
of the Music Department Vineet creating a balanced incoming program each semester. The de- proximately 70 participants over Shende is hopeful that the major by far [within the group]
Shende emphasized the impor- class,” he said. “I’ve been here at partment has actually observed the past four years, and Jazz com- Music Department will observe … And of the 34 possible ma-
tance of fit when looking at ap- Bowdoin for 17 years, and we’re a a new trend of students coming bos have tripled in size from two continued growth among all of its jors at Bowdoin, 30 of them are
plication supplements. much more diverse student pop- out of the woodworks to join en- to six groups. In addition, the programs. He champions the di- represented in the orchestra. It’s
“For example, in an orches- ulation in so many ways. Now, semble groups, despite not hav- music lessons program has seen verse interests of Bowdoin music interesting in that the students
tra, you need to have a certain during that time, the amount of ing submitted a performing arts a threefold increase, after recent- students as a key component of who are involved in our music
amount of horns, a certain spaces reserved for Athletics has supplement when they applied ly expanding its reach to students the department’s ability to thrive. and our ensembles tend to be
amount of oboes, a certain remained constant—about one- to Bowdoin. with beginner musical abilities “If you look at a group like well-rounded,” Shende said.
8 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, March 1, 2019

‘Voyage without a Visa’ narrates immigration

by Dani Quezada
Orient Staff
On Tuesday night, students and
community members were taken
on a journey in Kresge Auditorium
with the performance of “Voyage
sans Visa, Tukki saa suné (Voyage
without a Visa),” which followed
immigrants travelling from Sene-
gal to France. The performance—
showing in the United States for
the first time ever—recounted
the stories of people who left their
homes for other lands, document-
ing their trials, happiness and
hopes for the future.
The performance starred
Boubacar Ndiaye, a celebrated
storyteller, singer and dancer who
seeks to promote the preservation
and propagation of oral traditions.
Ndiaye, who is originally from
Senegal but currently living in
MUSIC & MEMORY: Performers Boubacar Ndiaye, Cheikh Mbaye and Pape N’diaye Paamath delivered a moving
narrative of immigrants journeying from Senegal to France, combined with African oral tradition and musical beats.
France, was accompanied by Baye
Cheikh Mbaye, a composer and Ndiaye believes that if all frontiers oral traditions across the fran- three men’s music and voices
traditional drums player from Sen- were open, people would discover cophone world from the Middle would synchronize, emanat-
egal, and Pape N’diaye Paamath, a new places but ultimately return Ages to the abolition of slavery. ing throughout the auditorium.
musician and guitarist who creates to their home to build something She wanted her class to learn from Ndiaye’s movements and motions
“Afro francophone” music. new. a griot, a traditional West African engaged with the music, as if the
The narrative recorded the “This idea that the world is storyteller, in order to break down instrumentals were another com-
harrowing journey of three im- belongs to all of us,” he said. “This traditional ways about studying ponent of his voice as the griot.
migrants on a boat from Senegal dream of there not being any con- literature. “Behind the tongue there is on stage,” Dauge-Roth said. “I was so thrilled tonight to
to France, and depicted families straints to where we can travel and “There’s a way in which Europe music, always, and behind every The audience was captivated see so many new Mainers in the
of the immigrants whose loved where we can go.” has valued the written over the music there is a story,” said Ndiaye. by the performance, finishing audience and witness how much
ones eventually returned, embrac- Associate Professor and Chair oral, and oral traditions have got- Although the entire perfor- Ndiaye’s sentences or questions, the show and the public acknowl-
ing the theme of longing to travel of Romance Languages and Lit- ten really lost,” said Dauge-Roth. mance was carried out in French laughing in response to imbedded edgment of their cultural heritage
without constraints. eratures Katherine Dauge-Roth “The whole course tries to sort of and Wolof, a Niger-Congo lan- jokes and clapping with the tempo meant to them,” said Dauge-Roth.
The performance proposes a worked to bring Ndiaye, Mbaye turn all that on its head and look at guage spoken in Senegal and of the beat. At one point in the The event was sponsored by
greater outlook on immigration; and Paamath to Bowdoin for their different oral traditions in addition Gambia, the power of storytelling performance, Ndiaye prompted the Blythe Bikel Edwards Fund,
the title, “Voyage without a Visa,” first ever appearance in the United to written traditions.” moved the entire audience regard- the audience to rise, clap and sing the Africana Studies Program,
is inspired by the freedom of birds, States. Dauge-Roth was inspired Ndiaye’s storytelling relied less of language. along, with a member of the au- and the Departments of History,
who are able to leave home but by her course, “The Oral and the heavily on the use of music. There “I think a lot gets communicat- dience even running on stage to Music and Romance Languages
ultimately come back to their nest. Written,” a survey of written and were several moments when all ed just through their very presence dance with him. and Literatures.

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Friday, March 1, 2019 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 9


2019 release radar: the good, the bad and the average
James Blake, Metro Boomin, Travis
by Chris Ritter Scott - “Mile High” Vampire Weekend - “Harmony Hall”

James Blake, Metro Boomin and Tra- It’s been 11 years since we first heard
vis Scott are the trio no one knew we them and six years since we heard them
needed. On “Mile High,” the three are last, but Vampire Weekend still hasn’t
Zacari - “Don’t Trip” an absolute unit, doing everything a disappointed us. “Harmony Hall” is one Tierra Whack - “Only Child”
supergroup should, highlighting all of of two tracks the New York indie staple
You might not know Zacari’s name, their respective talents without a wor- has released from their upcoming al- Of the many rappers who broke
but you’ve definitely heard his voice. ry of stepping on toes. Blake, the Brit- bum, “Father of the Bride”—their first into the mainstream in the past year,
It probably caught you on Kendrick ish producer-songwriter, has made a album since their all but universally ac- none have done it quite like Tierra
Lamar’s “LOVE,” where it soars in a living mostly through glitchy piano claimed “Modern Vampires of the City.” Whack. In 2018, Whack broke out
falsetto riff adapted from his own song, balladry but has co-produced some of Not too far removed from that record is with “Whack World,” an album of
“Lovely.” Or maybe you heard him the most idiosyncratic rap beats of the “Harmony Hall,” which borrows a line 15 one-minute songs, displaying an
on “Redemption,” a dancey afrobeat past three years (see “King’s Dead,” from one of its tracks, capturing the impressively wide array of talent in a
highlight from the star-studded “Black Kendrick Lamar’s “ELEMENT,” Vince same joy-tinged struggle, “I don’t wanna tiny timeframe. “Only Child” gives her
Panther” album. “Don’t Trip” is Zacari’s Staples’ “War Ready” and countless live like this, but I don’t wanna die.” The a little more space and showcases all
first solo offering since each of those others). Blake is joined here by Met- line seemed more anguished in 2013, but that made “Whack World” great: frank
high-profile features, and it’s clear he’s ro Boomin, perhaps the most prolific Ezra Koenig sings it with a shrug here. lyrics, clever bars and a melodic deliv-
found a vibe of his own. The song plays architect of trap music. Travis Scott is The instrumental is just as breezy. With ery that ranges from sweet to bitterly
to the singer’s strengths: he’s got the an accomplished producer in his own a busy Afro-pop rhythm section and a sassy. Whack raps and sings with a
rhythmic sensibilities of a rapper and a right, and delivers a masterclass in piano bouncing through it all, the song sincerity you can feel, like she is speak-
falsetto nothing short of ethereal. “Don’t murky vocals. Blake tries his hand at seems to harken back to the classically ing directly to you and has no trouble
Trip” highlights them both, as Zacari that too, mimicking Scott’s line, “Fell inspired “Modern Vampires” and the maintaining eye contact. It makes her
hazily laments over disappointing love: in love overseas” and adding his own band’s lively debut album. Koenig makes lyrics all the more sharp, whether she’s
“Yeah, I’m through / Everything’s mov- twist, “Fell in love like it’s easy.” Blake it feel current too, musing about snakes telling her ex to literally stop breath-
ing in slow motion.” The emotion here sounds a bit sweeter in his attempt at in dignified places and people who sing ing or snapping out a laugh with “You
isn’t sure-footed, but it fits. Zacari crafts trap, but the result is fun to watch. At too loud to hear anything at all. In 2019, done turned my heart so cold, I should
a song so bright and hazy that when the its best, “Mile High” sounds like three Vampire Weekend still seems up to the work at Friendly’s (Ain’t shit sweet!)”
sound of a seagull shows up in the verse, masters performing at their peaks, impossible task of doing everything we Without a doubt, Whack is unique, but
it falls right in place. and they’re playing off each other. expect of them. her success is no gimmick.

Rex Orange County - “New House” Big Thief - “UFOF”

by Sebastian de Lasa
It’s not that bad, but “New House” is Slowthai - “Peace of Mind” Big Thief is back with its first song
not exactly the return I expected from since 2017’s “Capacity,” and it lives
Rex Orange County. 2017 was Rex Slowthai is one of the most exciting up to the band’s very, very high
Orange County’s year, featuring the things about the London-based genre standards. The group has been busy
excellent album “Apricot Princess” and Grime at the moment. Hailing from over the last few years, with constant
a string of massive singles (my favorite Northampton, England, he brings a touring and lead singer and guitarist
Rico Nasty - “Roof” of which is “Sunflower”). “New House” massively different perspective to his Adrianne Lenker releasing a solo
has a lot of the aspects of a Rex Orange music compared to most Grime artists. album to critical acclaim. “UFOF”
From the moment Rico Nasty says County song that I expect—gush- On most tracks, he shows off a dexter- is beautiful. Lenker’s vocals are
“Kenny,” you know “Roof ” is going ingly romantic lyrics, piano, strings, ous and fast flow, similar to artists like hushed and intimate, singing about
to be a banger. The Kenny that Rico is multi-layered vocal harmonies—but Wiley or Dizzee Rascal, but on “Peace a “UFO friend,” using the meta-
referring to is Kenny Beats, a frequent it’s less immediately impactful than of Mind” he slows down his syllables. phor of an alien abduction for a
Rico Nasty collaborator and the hottest many of his other songs. While I will It’s a fantastic track by an artist who past romance. The instrumentation
producer in hip-hop at the moment. say that I appreciate the first half of the has been on a massive hot streak since includes acoustic guitar, warm syn-
Rico’s hilarious lyrics, ad-libs and ag- song, it gets a little boring by the end dropping the incredible “T N Biscuits” thesizers and a tight drum rhythm,
gressively in-your-face beat make this of the track. The song slows down but in January 2018. If you’re a fan of bringing to mind a combination of
song the most fun of 2019 so far. It’s a doesn’t have nearly as exciting a climax Grime, you should’ve been listening to Belle and Sebastian and Japanese
whirlwind of a track and demands to as a song like “Television / So Far So Slowthai for a while now, but his con- Breakfast. It’s a fantastic track and
be played again and again. Good,” and it ends up feeling slightly sistently fantastic music appeals to all just another highlight of Big Thief ’s
dull and borderline morose. hip-hop fans. stellar discography.

10 PHOTO ESSAY Friday, March 1, 2019



From the outside, Dudley Coe doesn’t stand out. Set back on Dudley Coe Quad,
it looks like just another one of Bowdoin’s many white-windowed brick buildings. But
inside, the building has more than meets the eye.
After its construction in 1917, it served as the College’s infirmary. But when the Peter
Buck Center for Health and Fitness opened in 2009, it was stripped of its original
purpose—but only after handling a final outbreak of the swine flu.
Nowadays, the building brings together people from across campus. From the soft
sounds of students hosting a WBOR-FM radio show in the basement, to the Office of
Residential Life on the ground floor, to professors’ offices on the upper levels, there’s
always something going on in Dudley Coe.
With the announcement of the construction of Mills Hall and the Center for Arctic
Studies came the news of the demolition of the Colonial-style building, which will be
torn down to extend the Dudley Coe Quad in 2021, following the completion of the
two new buildings. Photos by Mackey O’Keefe
Friday, March 1, 2019 11



INSIDE THE READING ROOM: Gary Lawless, owner of Gulf of Maine Books,, browses the store, curating bookshelves with input from customers. The shop, a hub for local readers and authors, celebrated its 40th anniversary this Saturday.

40 years of community at Gulf of Maine Books

a customer at the anniversary since. And then [their] chil- shoppers around literature is Elements of Our Lives.” The disabled adults. He recently
by Mitchel Jurasek event and life-long Brunswick dren started coming here too.” their favorite part of owning book was named an Editors’ toured Italy giving readings
Orient Staff resident. “They are very per- Simmons, popping into the store. Choice by “The New York and, thanks to the connections
This past Saturday, custom- sonal. They really want to get the store to recommend a “The combination of us be- Times Book Review.” Brox, a formed with customers, even
ers of all ages buzzed in and to know their customers.” new children’s book to Leon- ing able to look at any book you former visiting professor of once spent time at a Bowdo-
out of the trademark Bruns- The two prefer to learn their ard and Lawless, was quick want to and just having peo- the College, is a Maine-based in Italian Studies teaching
wick store, Gulf of Maine customers’ names and can re- to respond to this comment, ple come in and talking about author who frequents Gulf of fellow’s parent’s home while
Books, at its 40th anniversa- count decades-old interactions saying, “You know if I had any books is great. Finding out Maine Books. abroad.
ry celebration and sale. The with many of the people who grandchildren I’d buy them what they like to read and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Leonard and Lawless’ vision
Maine Street store has drawn walk through the large glass books from here! It’s multi- conversations and friendships novelist Elizabeth Strout has of their bookstore coincides
readers and writers to Bruns- doors facing Maine Street. generational.” that come out of that is beauti- also called Gulf of Maine with their philosophy on art
wick, from local high school- Peter Simmons ’78, a previ- Customers marveled at ful,” said Lawless. “In 40 years Books one of her favorite and community engagement:
ers to best selling authors. ous director of the Bowdoin In- the amount of people at Sat- we’ve made some really good bookstores. In a 2013 inter- work hard to create space for
Gary Lawless and Beth ternational Music Festival and urday’s celebration. Lines friends and met some pretty view in The New York Times artistic genius to take root,
Leonard, who founded and passionate customer, has been formed from the cash register amazing people.” Book Review, Strout praised and you will watch wonderful
operate the bookstore to this coming to the store since his to the doors and, due to the Some of these friends in- the owners for their willing- things grow.
day, pride themselves on mak- college days. Lawless and Leon- amount of people roaming clude Pulitzer Prize winners ness to purchase new books Susie Hanley, another
ing real connections with cus- ard remember Simmons and the bookshelves, the walls felt and National Book Award requested by customers. attendee on Saturday said,
tomers—something that has his now-wife, Charlotte Agell closer together than usual. fellows. Lawless and Leonard Lawless himself is a widely “[The owners] are an inte-
helped the store stay afloat ’81, a widely-published chil- A wide selection of books are part of a literary family in published poet and received gral part of the [Brunswick]
during an era of online book dren’s author, visiting the store line those (sometimes over- Maine that includes many of the Constance H. Carlson community. In terms of social
sales and the closing of other when they were college-age. flowing) bookshelves, curat- the industry’s modern giants. Public Humanities Prize from issues, community building
bookstores in Brunswick. “It was sort of date night ed by the owners as well as Most recently, the store the Maine Humanities Coun- with non-profit groups and
“I think almost anyone for [Simmons] and Char- the customers. If you have a hosted Jane Brox’s publish- cil in 2017. He was honored their own art, of course.”
who has been in Brunswick lotte every time [they] came recommendation, Lawless is ing party for her new book for using poetry to bring voic- “It’s just my favorite book-
has interacted with Gary or to the store,” said Lawless. all ears. The conviviality that “Silence: A Social History of es to refugee communities, store,” Hanley added. “I hope they
Beth,” said Shawn Bayrd ’19, “[They’ve] been coming ever the two owners create with One of the Least Understood veterans and developmentally aren’t thinking about retirement!”

Bowdoin in history: half a New affinity group provides

century of Africana Studies space for multiracial students
programs in Black studies, both What had the College why we needed this.’” groups to recruit members.
by Lucia Ryan proactively and out of “white looked like in the 1960s, by Nell Fitzgerald This semester, Harscoet and They were surprised by how
Orient Staff Orient Staff
guilt”—Bowdoin included. while state-sanctioned vio- Hamilton founded MRSU as a many students shared their
Fifty years ago, Martin Lu- On May 12, 1969, the Black lence against black Americans This Tuesday, members of space for students who identi- sentiments; the club currently
ther King Jr.’s assassination was Curriculum Committee, com- sparked protests in much of the the newly formed Multira- fy as multiracial, multicultural, has over 50 members on its
a fresh wound in American posed of Bowdoin students and country? cial Student Union (MRSU) multiethnic or racially ambig- email list, and approximately
public memory, and white in- faculty, proposed a plan to cre- “A lot of the momentum in crowded into a dining room in uous. The two sophomores 20 students have shown up to
stitutions across the country ate an Afro-American studies the civil rights movement was Moulton Union. Although club met at the Asian Students Alli- meetings.
were beginning to confront major the following semester. people of college age, but not leaders Ayana Harscoet ’21 ance (ASA) last year and began Most mixed students occu-
major gaps in their course of- The faculty approved the plan at Bowdoin,” said Dan Levine, and Flora Hamilton ’21 came envisioning a space for mixed py a unique space on campus;
ferings and their woefully ho- on May 14. Over the course of the Thomas Brackett Reed pro- prepared with a list of discus- students after feeling a lack of they feel their race is a salient
mogenous student bodies. one summer, the College went fessor in history and political sion points, the group dwelled support from the group. part of their life but have no
In February of that year, from offering just one course science emeritus, who arrived on one question for the entire “It wasn’t that the existing support networks dedicated to
the nation-wide Black Campus relating to Africana studies to at the College in 1963. “Maine hour: “When did you first re- affinity groups are exclusive the complexities of that iden-
Movement came to a head. offering a full major’s worth. was sort of a backwater of civil alize you were mixed race?” for in any way,” said Harscoet. tity. For these students, a for-
Demonstrations demanding By 1969, the civil rights rights activity, and Bowdoin was the entire hour. “We just felt like we have had a malized group is long overdue.
increased diversity, in both movement was slowing down. a backwater in a backwater.” “These are things we all unique experience that wasn’t Morgan Pinado ’20 identi-
student body and curriculum, Even BUCRO, the Bowdoin In 1963, Levine was a young have a deep desire to talk reflected by any of the student fies as half white and half black
at the University of Wisconsin Undergraduate Civil Rights professor teaching about the about,” said Harscoet. “Every- organizations on campus.” and has never felt comfortable
at Madison drew 900 national Organization, was waning in progressive era and the welfare one started jumping in with After chartering a formal attending African-American
guardsmen to the campus in numbers and activity. Opinion state. Throughout his under- all these stories and anecdotes club, Harscoet and Hamilton Society (Af-Am) meetings.
alarm. Within the following pieces by non-members in the graduate and graduate educa- that other people could relate tabled at the Student Activities “As someone who can live
months, dozens of colleges and Orient wondered whether BU- to. I could just sit back and be Fair, put up posters and drew
universities quickly established CRO was “dead.” Please see LEVINE, page 13 like, ‘Ah, this is so good. This is from previous multicultural Please see MULTI, page 12
12 FEATURES Friday, March 1, 2019

Myth-bound borders and the mama bear of west Texas

charm and ran, racing through
abundant orange-capped me-
sas and U.S.–Mexico border
Deep in the checkpoints. We searched
Heart through miles of highway for
by Surya Milner and all of the myths we had pro-
Phoebe Zipper
jected onto this landscape.
The bear wasn’t supposed These were visions of
to be there. It was just a black a vast, untamed
one, a mother whose deep eyes wilderness,
held ours for too long—so long of American
that we continued to lock eyes, lawlessness
paralyzed, our weary knees and echoes
locked by both reverence and of a land
fright. Black bears were sup- before time.
posed to be shy; they were There were
supposed to wander in pockets images of a
of wilderness where humans national park
and their cars were sparse. But frozen amidst
the bear was there nonetheless, a government
only a few feet off the trail, a shutdown, of PHOEBE ZIPPER
mother with a small cub sitting migrants strand-
by her hind leg. ed in no-man’s charged with moral righteous-
We had been stumbling land, of super-sized feeling of toeing the town’s all around us, or the standalone ness and easy solutions. The
our way towards the end of burritos and of a pulse that turmeric lattes. A table over boundary lines: between si- Prada installation back in Mar- insularity of Bowdoin, we felt,
the trail, the low-slung motel might be the heart of the place, sat another couple in black, lence and community, cowboy fa, the people behind the art was so good at making us feel
roof and crowded parking lot the heart of Texas perhaps, in silently flipping through “The kitsch and art elites. But Big were nowhere to be found. So like we could reduce the na-
of the Chisos Mountain Lodge the way that the whole nation Gentlewoman.” New Yorkers, Bend, like Marfa, felt both of when we endeavored to witness tion’s largest problems into
finally starting to materialize seemed to flow south and pe- definitely, Surya quipped. and not of its place. the 1,500-foot-tall Santa Elena smooth narratives: of displace-
through the trees. Our 10- ter out here. But Marfa still eluded us. Our first night in the wil- Canyon—keen to see its tow- ment and delusion, on the part
mile hike to the precipice of What we found was a lot of There was a bubbling under derness, we trekked to Boquil- ering limestone cliffs and leafy of our government and those
Emory Peak was nearly over openness, a lot of nothingness, the surface of the town: the las Hot Springs, a stone-stud- depths—we didn’t really heed the on whom it exerts its control.
and done: we had made it a lot of silence and a lot of air. galleries that seemed closed ded alcove on the north bank park’s warnings that the area was But the reality was, the clos-
up, and then down, from the Like the mother bear, or a but were really open, the wait- of the Rio Grande. Elbows closed to the public. We drove in er we were to the border, the
highest point in the Chisos Prada store in the middle of the er who said he was leaving for propped on the edge of the anyway. Halfway down a should- less clear things seemed. Our
Mountain Range, the rigid desert, the landscape of West his smoke break only to disap- warm lagoon, we pointed be-shuttered road, we arrived at movement through west Tex-
spine of mountains that bi- Texas felt both real and unreal, pear, the security guards who across the stream at a tower- the plastic white blockade that as was a constant negotiation:
sects Big Bend National Park. unbounded and elusive. We strolled around Donald Judd’s ing mess of brush: to Mexico, heralded the boundary of our between ourselves and the
This stretch of Texas, the far spent our first night in the tiny “100 untitled works in mill that place where you need own journey. The powers that desolate Chihuahuan desert,
west that sits nestled between community of Marfa, which aluminum” in jeans and black passports and plans and may- be were there, we felt, and we our low-slung Nissan Sentra
the Rio Grande and New Mex- rose to art-world prominence hoodies. There, at Judd’s Chi- be some broken high-school heard their gentle whisper: turn and the pointed inquiries of
ico, had always loomed large in after contemporary sculptor nati Foundation, it was unclear Spanish. It felt too tangible, around. border patrol agents, our own
our imaginations, and we had Donald Judd decamped there where our personal agency nothing more and nothing So we did turn around even- survival instincts and the black
set aside a week over Winter from Brooklyn in the 1970s. stopped and authority began. less than the other bank of the tually, winding back through bear’s maternal ones. At Bow-
Break to explore it together. It The main street of Marfa Outside, we drifted through river. The federal government Marfa, then Alpine, and finally doin, the powers of nature and
was a place that was looming yawned unnaturally wide and his “15 Untitled works in Con- was a prickle on the back of Midland, the energy hub at the of state often feel distant and
larger in the national debate as held that kind of expansive, crete”—these huge, hollow our necks, just a tension in the heart of the oil-rich Permian diffuse. But in the vastness of
well. The Mexican border, and eerie silence that only lonely cinder blocks that framed the air. Phoebe fought the urge to Basin. Separately we flew into west Texas, they felt visible and
all of the political noise that small towns can claim. Except merging of desert and sky. swim across. When we left, we Portland, traveled up Route 1 then primal—at once there and
surrounded it, seemed to hover around the corner, there was They were industrial, achingly did so only because the night by car, trudged across Maine then quickly out of our grasp.
around the edges of each con- a peel of female laughter—a minimalist, but they belonged. had made itself welcome. Street to campus. Feet firmly Caught in the bear’s gaze,
versation and just beyond the group of women arriving from The border between the man- Handcrafted tchotchkes of planted in the Bowdoin bub- we were also caught in a qui-
horizon of every empty vista. Austin, clad in cowboy boots made and the natural, it turns vibrant colors, made by Mexican ble, the government shutdown et tug-of-war over who held
Our sojourn to Brewster and leather fringe, posing for out, is also arbitrary. artisans and left out for purchase continued and the border was power in that moment. In the
County began in El Paso, a photograph. We saw them These contradictions did on the honor system, sat near the back in the news. Things on end, it was her home, not ours.
where we took Beto O’Rourke’s again later that same day in a not ebb—even after we quit hot spring’s dusty car park. As the screen seemed so clear, We raised our arms and made
hometown as a good luck coffee shop, where they sipped Marfa, looking to shake the with the limestone cliff drawings conversations with friends a run for it.

MULTI come from families who have

lived in America for genera-
Hamilton hopes to take
advantage of the group’s
tions but consider themselves unique makeup. Because
their life almost passing as racially ambiguous. many members are also part
a white person, my experi- “The group allows for a of affinity groups, including
ence has been very different range of different experi- the Latin American Student
from someone who is Afri- ences to be heard and vali- Organization, Af-Am and
can-American or looks more dated,’” said Pinado. “People ASA, MRSU leaders hope
traditionally African-Amer- [at Bowdoin] see races as a that the group can act as a
ican,” said Pinado. “I can’t strict binary, which can kind bridge between the various
pretend that I’ve had the same of be complicated when you groups, facilitating dialogue
experiences.” are biracial and feel like you and collaboration.
Harscoet noted some of the need to fit into one camp or Moving forward, Ham-
unique challenges created by the other. It can be hard to ilton and Harscoet have
not being perceived as a par- reconcile.” several projects in the
ticular race. MRSU provides mixed-race works—such as a photoshoot
“We get attention here for students with a space to grapple and a potential speaker se-
being ethnically ambiguous,” with such complicated tensions. ries—which will bring the
said Harscoet. “People have Last week, members discussed conversations around mixed-
been questioned about their relationships with their fami- race identity to the broader
name or where their parents lies. Students shared stories of campus.
are from or just, ‘Where are parents and siblings who are The group meets every
you from? What are you?’” unable to relate to experiences other Tuesday in Moulton
Despite certain common of being a person of color. dining room. Harscoet and
experiences, MRSU is differ- The first time Brigita Kant Hamilton encourage any
ent from most affinity groups ’22 realized she was mixed race, students who might be inter-
on campus in that it attracts for example, was when she in- ested to reach out via email
a wide range of backgrounds troduced a friend to her mom. and emphasize that all are
and races. While some at- The friend asked if she were welcome.
tendees consider themselves adopted. “Everybody in life is try-
multiracial, others identify as “There are so many differ- ing to feel heard, to feel like
multiethnic or multicultural. ent narratives that emerge,” people understand them,”
Some students are bilingual said Hamilton. “It’s still a pro- said Kant. “You can see that
and still have grandparents cess, because everybody’s so this group of people, they
overseas: Harscoet, who is different. I feel like the more understand. That’s a rare ex- ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
French and Japanese, regular- we talk about it, the more we perience, especially for being DIVERSIFYING DISCUSSION: Manuela Velasquez ’21 (TOP), Emily Ha ’21 and group leaders Ayana Harscoet ’21 and
ly visits both countries. Others flush it out.” a very small minority.” Flora Hamilton ’21 (BOTTOM) discuss being mixed race on campus at a meeting of the new Multiracial Student Union.
Friday, March 1, 2019 FEATURES 13

Free (www.)ill: the design of decision-making in the digital age

Humans?” by Matt Burgess the power? How are issues
Cyber Chase in Wired. Like last time, I related to privacy and data
encourage you to read these ownership being addressed?
by Sasa Jovanovic
articles for yourself. It is up to society to decide
“The difference with tech- how to direct this discus-
From the decision to get up nology today is the acceler- sion.”
in the morning to the decision ation,” Nascimento told me. Algorithms use
to go to bed at night, our days “Things are getting faster and data to learn users’
are filled with choices. There faster in terms of how tech- likes and dis-
are big decisions, like wheth- nological artifacts are created likes, ultimately
er to move to a different city, and how they are deployed, narrowing your
state or country. There are especially because of mobile options over
smaller choices, like whether devices and online platforms. time so that at
to eat at Moulton or Thorne. You can create a new app and, some point you
There are miniscule choices, in a few months, tens of mil- only see the things
like whether to respond to lions of people may be using you liked in the APER
the Orient’s weekly poll. The that app. There is nothing like past. SYDN
course of our day, and like- that in our past.” “This narrowing is
wise the people we meet along Nascimento is concerned problematic,” Nascimento
the way, are determined by about this acceleration in explained. “There are at least “We need to in- popular content providers.
these decisions. comparison to the length of two ways to reduce people’s clude technology concerns Nascimento compared al-
But is there an intrinsic ethical discussions. agency: one is to remove op- in the discussion of how our gorithms to debaters.
difference between the deci- “Our ethical and legal dis- tions, the other is to give the legal frameworks are struc- quantified selves. “We normally say that
sions we make in real life and cussions about technology are options you want people to tured. On one hand, both our “Your narrative offers a the winner of a debate is the
the decisions we make on- not going at the same pace have. The second case is the ethical and legal systems need privileged approximation to person who convinces their
line? as this acceleration,” he said. worst case because your agen- to evolve faster to follow the your identity and weaves to- opponent that their position
This week, I met with “One has to be careful about cy is decreasing, and you may ever-increasing pace of tech- gether your many discordant is right. But what have they
Fernando Nascimento, post- two non-productive extreme not even realize it.” nological innovations. On experiences into an open won? Their own opinion was
doctoral fellow in digital positions with regards to Machine-built interpreta- the other hand, ethical con- concordant story, always already in place and has not
and computational studies, technology. The first one is tions of reality thereby iso- cerns need to be included by being revised and in search changed. The person who has
to consider these questions. that all technologies are evil; late the choices with which a design in new technological for meaning,” he said. “Such been convinced is winning be-
Prior to coming to Bowdoin, the second is that technol- consumer is presented during artifacts and architectures,” narrative identity is impossi- cause he is taking out of that
Nascimento spent 25 years ogy is a panacea. The goal their interaction with the re- he explained. “Ethics needs to ble without including other debate something that he did
working in the tech industry, of a profound reflection on spective technology. Nasci- be a part of the technological people in your story … To- not have before.”
17 of which were at Motorola, technology is to look for the mento suggests that we need design process. It’s not only day, we had this conversation He continued, “The one
where he participated in the golden mean where technolo- machine-built ways to distin- about putting parts together and now I will be a part of who has fixed convictions is
development and expansion gy becomes a positive force to guish when different types of and optimizing algorithms your narrative. Both of our somehow closed to the dif-
of mobile device technology. human beings and the world.” manipulations occur. I asked but thinking about how you identities were changed, in- ferent, and algorithms tend to
Parallel to his career, he pur- He pointed to the prolifer- for more clarification regard- are going to impact society.” terconnected and interwoven accentuate this difference. We
sued his interest in philoso- ation of data collection as one ing the ethical framework that There are social implica- because this particular event have to work within technol-
phy by first obtaining a mas- of the ways in which an ethical needs to be applied. Do ethi- tions related to the digitiza- is now included in your narra- ogy and the algorithms em-
ters and then a Ph.D. focusing framework could be applied. cal and legal frameworks nec- tion of identity. Algorithms tive. I feel we have to discuss bedded in these technologies
on ethics and hermeneutics. “People are producing a lot essarily go hand in hand? Can develop identities by correlat- technology in the context of to expand our horizons rather
I shared two articles with of data; companies are storing we have an ethical framework ing and modeling data points, these narratives. In return, than reducing them to our
Nascimento beforehand: “The as much data as they want without the legal one? but these are “closed identi- technology must become a past selves and the concordant
Illusion of Control in ‘Black and there are algorithms that “If we had a utopian society, ties,” closed because of their meaningful part of our collec- opinions artificially selected
Mirror: Bandersnatch’” by are getting more and more the ethical framework would be inability to capture and inter- tive narrative.” by matching algorithms.”
Howard Chai on Medium efficient at processing all this just fine. If everyone complied pret unexpected, innovative Whatever you decide to Do we need algorithms for
and “Holding Artificial In- data. This triangle is what re- with the ethical framework, and unique events. Nascimen- call it—progress, change or this? I don’t think so.
telligence to Account: Will quires our attention,” said Na- there would be no need for a le- to suggests a narrative per- evolution—this narrative is Accumulate opinion. De-
Algorithms Ever be Free from scimento. “It is very powerful. gal framework per say. But this is spective as a necessary com- not presently accounted for bate difference. We can all
Bias if They’re Created by But who is giving direction to not the case,” Nascimento said. plement to these data-driven, in algorithms from the most win.

a white college. Those are the Beyond this curricular shift brothers harassing members
LEVINE people who need to know about in 1969, Bowdoin also saw its of Af-Am and vandalizing the
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11 black history,” said Levine. first affinity group form: the Russwurm house. The College
tion, he had never been offered “I said, well, I’m not gon- African-American Society was apparently slow to respond.
a course relating to Africana na go to Mississippi; I’m no (Af-Am). With it came the “The administration treat-
studies. Such courses, he said, good at teaching people how John Brown Russwurm Afri- ed the incident as though it
did not yet exist. But he fol- to vote anyway. But what I can can-American Center, a place were an embarrassing prank,”
lowed the civil rights move- do is teach black history,” he for the society to gather. Among wrote members of Af-Am to
ment and attended the March said. “So what I’ve done with a its founding members were then-president Roger Howell
on Washington that August couple of subjects that I knew Virgil Logan ’69 and Robert following his choice not to
where he heard King speak nothing about, I have a semi- Johnson ’71, two members of discipline the students. They
in person for the first time. nar in it. And the students and BUCRO who were vital figures asked that he suspend them—
He would hear King a second I learn it together. So I had a in developing the Afro-Ameri- there is no correspondence
time in 1964, at the First Parish seminar on the civil rights can major, organizing the first confirming whether he did.
Church on Maine Street. movement as it was happening Martin Luther King, Jr. day cel- Despite this push-back, Af-
It was after that visit from … I educated myself and the ebration in Maine in 1970 and Am continued to grow, as did
Bayard Rustin and King, students educated me and I recruiting the program’s first the Afro-American Studies
Levine recalled, that Bowdo- educated them.” chairman and the College’s first program. Lewis resigned with-
in’s own civil rights activism Levine continued to lead African-American professor, in two years in protest of the
emerged, albeit quietly. A courses on the civil rights Reggie Lewis. College’s insufficient funding
small group of students found- movement at Bowdoin for the In its first year, the mere toward the program; with his
ed BUCRO, which organized next 46 years, devoting much presence of Af-Am disquiet- resignation, he asked that the re-
forums on race and education, of his research to the life of Ba- ed many white students on maining of his salary be donated
and initiated Project 65, an yard Rustin, who inspired him campus, who feared “separat- to Afro-American Studies.
admissions effort intended to following his ’64 and ’78 visits ism”—going so far as to call it The Russwurm House be-
increase enrollment of Afri- to campus. He would later join “Black Nazism,” according to came the first African-Ameri-
can Americans at the College. the NAACP chapter in Port- the Orient from 1968-69. In a can cultural center in the state
And Levine, the then-faculty land, chair the College’s com- November 8 letter to the edi- of Maine. CAAS remained
advisor to BUCRO and the Po- mittee for non-western studies tor, Levine spoke out against active into the 1970s and ’80s,
litical Forum (the group which and sit on its committee for this growing unease. and made it its mission to
brought King and Rustin to disadvantaged students and “It must, by necessity, be an recruit more African-Amer-
campus) taught Bowdoin’s committee for Afro-American all-black organization,” wrote icans, both faculty and stu-
first-ever course relating to Af- studies (CAAS)—three facul- Levine. “It is not discriminating dents, to the College. TEACHING TOLERANCE: Dan Levine (TOP) teaches a civil rights class in
ricana Studies. ty and student-led efforts to against white students; white Meanwhile, Levine contin- 1967, and Robert Johnson ’71 (BOTTOM) gives a speech on MLK in 1970.
“In about the fall of ’64 diversify the curriculum and students are simply irrelevant ued teaching African-Ameri- ipate in demonstrations after can-American art and the past
[when] Stokely Carmichael student body. to its functions … I hear white can history until 2010. For a few the ’60s, he said, “my activism fifty years of African-American
said in a speech: don’t come to “Asia didn’t exist. Africa students ask how they help years into retirement, he con- is in my teaching.” students at Bowdoin.
Mississippi and teach us how didn’t exist. Russia didn’t exist,” [the civil rights movement.] tinued with research on cam- In the fall of 2019, Af-Am, “It’s wonderful,” Levine
to vote—we know how to vote. Levine said of Bowdoin’s histo- One way may be to support pus, but has recently stopped, Africana Studies and Russ- said. “It ought to happen ev-
Teach black history at Berkeley. ry curriculum upon his arrival. Afro-Am, and keep hands off.” devoting time to practicing the wurm will celebrate their fiftieth ery four years or so, that the
Those are the people who need “It was a very narrow view of For the most part, they did. cello and being with his grand- year anniversary with a week- students recall a little about
it. So I thought to myself, OK the world. It was a very narrow However, there are a handful children on Mere Point. When end-long symposium celebrat- what the world was a half a
I’m not at Berkeley but I’m at view of American society.” of reports of white fraternity asked if he continued to partic- ing alumni, the discipline, Afri- century ago.”
14 FEATURES Friday, March 1, 2019

Talk of the Quad

the balcony of a cheap
beachside hotel, talking
to a 28-year-old lawyer
“Y el muro … ¿funcionará?” who believes Trump (and
“And the wall… will it work?” many American politi-
asks an older man, who is kind cians) hates Mexicans.
and usually smiling but now He says he wanted to
looks concerned. He has dark visit the U.S. once for
skin, wrinkles around his eyes vacation, but the con- DA
and a t-shirt torn at the sleeves. sulate contended that LIAT
I converse with him and his he and his dad would AC
wife while sitting in their back- try to stay for work vacation, it’s
yard, where chickens roam and in the country. He not worth it. She hates
neighbors lean over the fence says they both pro- long flights, but she’ll
to say hello. Their son worked vided proof of their fly to Canada instead of struggle
for 11 years in wood process- steady employ- dealing with American to articu-
ing and other jobs in the U.S. ment, and despite bureaucracy. late anything
and is now likely trying to the Americans’ “Tal vez si construyen they learned about
return to Mexico—though his skepticism, they el muro, lo puedo pintar Native Americans or im-
parents haven’t heard from (just barely) got allí.” “Maybe if they build migrants in history class.
him in a month. travel visas for the wall, I can paint it In only a month and a half, “state of emergency,” but
“What will it be made of ? the family. there,” dreams a young I have found myself in each of those things already exist. We
Will people be able to climb “Una hora woman while snacking these five conversations. I did have built—with anger, fear,
it?” They inquire with faces y media, dos on pizza. She is a friend not seek out these stories; they xenophobia, force and dom-
that imply I know the answers. …” “An hour from university and are not interviews. They are ination—a wall between our
They say it’s harder now, that and a half, has a job painting the everyday reality of people untouchable American Dream-
their son walked through the two…” esti- murals—incredibly who are now part of my every- land and this perceived waste-
desert and lost most of his mates a young beautiful ones. She day reality. They may not be land. We have created a state
group crossing 15 years ago, woman casually says she wants to scandalous or intimidating or of emergency wherein some
but that nowadays he prob- while walking paint one telling even shocking, and that’s the people cannot get paid a living
ably wouldn’t find a way to in the middle of the U.S.’s history point: neither is Mexican im- wage, are abused for their eco-
cross. They say their son was a lakeside road. with Native Amer- migration. As an American in nomic value, are denied their
treated well, but some of his She studies in icans and immi- Mexico, I have an obligation to human rights or are feared be-
coworkers weren’t paid and Mérida but comes she likes it in California; the grants. She questions what the amplify these voices, combat- fore speaking a word.
didn’t feel they could appeal. from Northern Mexico. She shopping is good. response would be, imagining ting the “single story” (Chim- Like my host-mom says,
The parents explain that, as goes shopping in San Diego “Mejor, voy a Canadá.” “I’ll pushback because she is a for- amanda Ngozi Adichie’s term) “Que construyen el muro, para
far as they understand, their and visits family in Pasadena just go to Canada,” concedes eigner and wants to display the U.S. has of Mexico. It is not que vean: no es la solución.”
son went to the U.S. because about every month. She’s esti- an older woman with a defeat- critical opinions of race rela- all tequila, sombreros and par- “Let them build the wall, so
of a curiosity about life in an- mating how long it takes her ed half-smile. I sit in my din- tions in the U.S. We discuss tying, nor is it defined by car- they see: it’s not the solution.”
other country and a desire for to drive there from her house, ing room eating enchiladas how, though it’s complicated tels, drugs and guns. There are We will just come and paint it
better pay. but when I ask about the bor- de mole, talking to my host- and vulnerable to plenty of 129.2 million stories here, and over with images of our despi-
“¡Nos odian!” “They hate der, she admits that during mom. She says that, since criticism, Mexico’s history of I have told you bits and pieces cable history of imperialism
us!” exclaims a young man, rush hour, it could be up to the U.S. is one of the only colonization and mestizaje of only five. and colonialism anyways.
chatting and joking with an additional three hours just countries that requires an ap- is mostly out in the open. In American media is worried Anna Martens is a member of
us, beer in hand. I stand on waiting in the line. She says plication for a visa for even a contrast, American students about a potential wall, a recent the Class of 2020.

during her time at Bowdoin, team, which in 42 years of I’ve been a sports reporter the recognition—let alone the about being a Bowdoin alum,
A LOVE LETTER TO THE as well as playing for the field existence has only had one for the Orient practically my appreciation—they deserve, I think of the Lady Bears. I
LADY BEARS hockey team, Samuelson went losing season, to the women’s entire Bowdoin career, and Bowdoin has given us all a lit- will tout Bowdoin’s legacy for
When women were first ad- on to win the Boston Mara- rugby team, which is the old- I’ve been unbelievably lucky tle utopia, where no person on kickass women’s sports wher-
mitted to the College in 1971, thon in 1979 and 1984 and est collegiate varsity women’s not only to follow our teams this campus can deny the sheer ever I go.
they enthusiastically pushed earned gold in the first-ever rugby program in the nation every season, but to meet and dominance of our women’s Thank you, all of you, for
their way into all aspects of Olympic women’s marathon and also has only ever had write about incredible women teams. showing us what it means to
campus life, especially the in the 1984 Summer Games. one losing season. You link who inspire me as a journalist As graduation nears and be a Polar Bear.
athletic arena. But Bowdoin’s women’s Bowdoin field hockey—which and as a fan. I think about the things that Anjulee Bhalla is a member
As former Athletic Direc- athletics program in the ’70s earned the NESCAC cham- Although in the rest of will make me most proud of the Class of 2019.
tor Ed Coombs said in an and ’80s didn’t just play host pionship title for six of seven the world, women’s
Orient article from 1979, “I to a few star athletes, such years, as well as three nation- sports still
don’t think we or any of these as Shuman and Samuelson. al championship titles, from don’t get
schools [that went co-ed] an- Women wasted no time in not 2005 to 2011—with women’s
ticipated the type of sports only starting programs but in basketball—which earned
these women would want excelling at their sports. seven consecutive NESCAC
to play. They thought dance For example, when the titles starting in 2001,
classes and that sort of thing women’s field hockey team the first year the tour-
would do it.” was started in 1972, it busted nament was estab-
But the women didn’t wait out of the gates with an unde- lished.
around for the Athletic De- feated 6-0 season. Within five From the Ma-
partment to figure it out— years, it had snagged back-to- gee-Samuelson
they fought for new teams and back Midwest Association of Track to Morrell
programs, as well as proper Intercollegiate Athletics for Gymnasium,
coaching staffs and trainers. Women (MAIAW) champion- where the
As her Bowdoin Hall of ship titles. women’s
Honor entry says, Ellen Shu- Throughout the Orient basket-
man ’76 arrived in Brunswick archives from this time peri- ball team
in 1972 and “found a college od, you’ll find the tales of the will start
with scarcely a women’s ath- new “Lady Bears”—or “Lady its quest for
letics program and no wom- Booters,” “Lady Swimmers” the national
en’s swim team.” So, without and “Mama Bears”—dominat- title Friday eve-
missing a beat, Shuman joined ing fields, courts, tracks and ning, Bowdoin’s legacy
the men’s team—and went on pools. of strong, defiant and excellent
to set records, claim All-New While such identifiers female athletes is on prominent
England honors six times and make me laugh and roll display.
become a New England cham- my eyes now and certainly So I’d like to take this mo-
pion. In her senior year, she wouldn’t find themselves in ment to appreciate the Lady
became the only woman ever the pages of the Orient sports Bears.
to reach the finals of the men’s section today, there is some- You’ve given me what will
New England Diving Cham- thing about the term “Lady forever be my fondest memories
pionship, qualifying her for Bears” that also feels unifying. of the College, from volleyball’s
the men’s NCAA Division III Rallying around this name, thrilling comeback win against
Championship. you connect the female ath- Williams in the 2015 NESCAC
Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79, letes of the ’70s, who broke championship to the student
whose legacy extends far be- down barriers to create their body threatening the structural
yond little Brunswick, entered programs, to the female ath- stability of Morrell’s bleachers
the arena around the same letes continuing to build off when women’s basketball took
time. After dominating New their legacy today. down Amherst this year, and NA FUL
England collegiate running You tie the women’s soccer everything in between.
Friday, March 1, 2019 ADVERTISEMENT 15
16 Friday, March 1, 2019

weekend the women’s
squash team (3-15) ended
its season in second
place in the E-Division
of the College National
Squash Tournament. After
defeating Dension and
Wellesley without giving
up a match, the Polar Bears
fell to Vassar 7-2. Natasha
Belsky ’19 was awarded the
2019 Ann Wetzel Award,
given to a senior woman
who started playing squash
in college and demonstrates
skill and sportsmanship. It
WATER BOY: Julian Abaldo ’20 competes in the 50–meter fly. The Polar Bears scored over 1,000 points, but were still outpaced by Williams, who won with 1,822.
is the third time a Bowdoin
student has received the
honor. Belsky ended her
career in the number two
position on the team.
Men’s swim and dive scores over 1,000 points
ALREADY?: The women’s
and men’s lacrosse teams
at NESCAC championship, finishes fourth
will begin their regular a lot faster,” said William Park November 1. Most college teams from multiple standout per- tional effort that my teammates
by Ella Chaffin ’19. “Other schools are moving get to start before that and swim formers in the meet, including would put in when they noticed
seasons this Saturday in Orient Staff
up and getting fast swimmers. I all summer. I think teams are Mitchell Ryan ’19, NESCAC we were lagging in points and
games against Connecticut
The men’s swimming and think we are right up there and taking advantage of the offseason Diver of the Year. Ryan placed morale.”
College. The women head diving team placed fourth last definitely on an upward trend. and training more in season.” first in the 1-meter and 3-me- Regardless of individual per-
into the season ranked 13th weekend at the NESCAC Cham- We are getting much faster too– The team also struggled to ter springboard events and will formances, the team finished the
in the nation according pionship meet. Scoring a total it’s exciting.” post consistent performances compete at the NCAA Regionals season proud of the collective
to the IWLCA poll and 1,019.5 points, the team exceed- The NESCAC’s short season, throughout the day. on March 1. efforts, said Park.
are returning nine of last ed 1,000 points for the first time which lasts only five months, forc- “It’s hard to wake up in the In relay events, the team had “Every year is different, but
season’s top ten scorers. in more than 40 years. es the team to train heavily in be- morning and go fast,” Park said. mixed results. this year has been a really close
The men’s team returns Despite the team’s record-set- tween competitions, which poses “[We need to focus on] empha- “We had a few disappointing group of guys,” Park said. “We
to the field with an axe to ting effort, Bowdoin was out- problems for athletes, said Park. sizing that we have to go in the relay swims,” Karl Sarier ’19 said. feel like we want to support each
paced by rapidly-improving “Most people are used to morning, and that it’s just as im- “But then we also had some real- other and want good things for
grind after losing in the first
league competition. swimming year-round,” said Park. portant as the night. I think over ly great ones that helped to bring each other. That is very benefi-
round of the NESCAC “The times that it takes to get “It’s really a NESCAC thing [that] all we did a pretty good job.” us back on track. I was personally cial, and not every team in the
tournament last season. The into the finals at night are getting we aren’t allowed to start until The Polar Bears benefited proud of the athletic and emo- NESCAC has that.”
women kick off their season
at 12 p.m. at Connecticut
College, while the men take
on the Camels at Whittier
Field at 1 p.m. Winter weather restricts field access, Farley overcrowded
with coaches to discuss which Ryan and Whittier fields–can as well: a training room and the ’19, a member of the men’s la-
SIMONDS SAYS: by Emily Cohen time slots each team will take in be plowed and used despite the new hydrotherapy room. crosse team. The team hasn’t
Men’s basketball (15-9, Orient Staff
the case of inclement weather. snow and cold. The women’s An overbooked Farley means yet practiced inside this season,
4-6 NESCAC) senior Nearly every evening for the On a regular weekday, Farley and men’s lacrosse teams take that some teams and staff leave but Nardone admitted that the
Jack Simonds was named past two weeks, the men’s base- is completely booked from 4:30 advantage of these spaces, but the field house in the early hours players have gotten creative with
Second Team All- ball team has begun practice in p.m. to 12:30 a.m. by varsity other teams cannot, because of of the morning. their layering in order to keep
NESCAC on Wednesday. Farley Field House at 9 p.m., not teams: track and field, tennis, predetermined restrictions on “We’re not quite a 24-hour op- warm–latex gloves under anoth-
He ends his Bowdoin career leaving until 11:30 or midnight. softball, baseball and lacrosse. timing and decisions made by eration during the overlap time er pair of gloves seem to do the
with 1,595 total points, The team works on the skills that Schedules struggle to fit some the athletic department. [with winter sports], but we’re trick.
fifth in program history. they can indoors, just feet away teams—such as men’s and wom- Due to the recent two-phase pretty close,” said Ryan. For Allison Williams ’19, a
from their diamond, which is en’s rugby—at all. The men’s renovation of Whittier Field, Head Athletic Trainer Dan member of the women’s lacrosse
Averaging 17.7 points per
currently under several layers of and women’s tennis teams can’t which included the introduc- Davies and his staff often work team, practicing where the team
game, with a league-high snow and ice. practice at the same time, so one tion of astroturf, resurfacing the 11 hour days during this peri- plays is worth enduring the
42.4 three-point percentage “We know it’s kind of a sucky squad practices at Maine Pines Magee-Samuelson Track and the od. Davies arrives at 8 a.m. and sub-freezing conditions.
this season, Simonds was situation, but we make the most Racquet and Fitness on Harp- addition of a new locker room leaves at 7 p.m. Some athletic “Being outside is just way, way
crucial to the Polar Bears’ of it,” said pitcher and infielder swell Road. and training room facility, the trainers leave even later, since better [and] a more productive
winning season. Jack Wilhoite ’19. “It’s just like playing on five athletic department has not yet there has to be a trainer present use of our time, because the space
Though the below-zero wind- chess boards at once and trying scheduled other spring sports whenever a varsity sports team is is so much bigger and it’s way
STRAIGHT UP HIGH chill might tell a different story, to move things around the best teams, like baseball and softball, practicing. The late-night prac- more game-like,” said Williams.
SCHOOL HILL: it’s officially spring sports season. you can. I try to help people to practice there. According to tices, especially in conjunction But Wilhoite said that prac-
For athletes, coaches and athletic as much as I can, but if we had Tim Ryan, Ashmead White Di- with several winter sports, puts a ticing inside also has its advan-
Renae Anderson ’21 and
training staff, this means assem- another field house it’d be filled rector of Athletics, the athletic real pressure on his staff. tages. Late night practices force
Elliot Ketchel ’21 qualified bling the annual jigsaw puzzle of completely,” said Ruddy. “We department is still becoming “There are 31 sports teams the team to manage its time well,
for the NCAA Nordic allocating limited indoor prac- would still be looking for time accustomed to “managing use of and six trainers [for all seasons],” completing homework before
Skiing Championships at tice space and time as equally for people, because that’s how the facility.” said Davies. “Do the math.” practice. Additionally, the Polar
the University of Vermont as possible until the snow melts. much people want to do things.” An agreement with neighbors The circumstances this year Bears can also work on all parts of
on March 6. Ketchel The puzzle is further complicated Other indoor spaces are upon construction of the new are nothing new for spring ath- their game without feeling pres-
finished in sixth place in a by an overlap with winter sports booked, too. At the moment, facilities at Whittier prohibits letes. Though practicing outside sured by another team waiting to
10k skate on Friday and 16th teams, athletic department de- Morrell Gymnasium is reserved practices from ending after 8 is the most desirable option, it use the field house after them.
in a 20k race at the Black cisions about facility use and for the women’s basketball team p.m. Currently, lacrosse is the comes with its own challenges And then, finally, when the
non-varsity teams and groups in its postseason. It also has only team practicing on Whitti- and restrictions. For example, snow and ice melt and the dirt
Mountain of Maine on
that want to use the space. certain restrictions as to which er Field, from 4:30-7 p.m, which the NCAA doesn’t permit teams thaws, after weeks of being stuck
Saturday. Anderson finished Lynn Ruddy, associate direc- teams can use the space. Lacrosse prevents other teams from prac- to practice when the tempera- indoors, they’ll make the most
25th in the 5k skate and tor of athletics and an assistant and baseball, for example, are ticing afterwards. ture, including windchill, drops of it.
seventh in Saturday’s 15k coach for the track team, has not allowed in this space. Sar- “There are no external param- below zero degrees. “It’s definitely less than ide-
classic, making her the top been a part of piecing that puzzle gent Gymnasium is smaller and eters that are put in place that “It is tough but it’s sort of par al, but it’s good for our team
NESCAC competitor. together since Farley was com- booked for intramural and club would limit the teams that are for the course. You sign up for it chemistry and character,” said
pleted in 1987. At the beginning sports teams. able to use Whittier Field,” said when you decide to play a sport Wilhoite. “At least, that’s what
of the spring semester, she meets The two astroturf fields– Ryan. This includes its facilities at Bowdoin,” said Paul Nardone we believe.”
Friday, March 1, 2019 SPORTS 17

Indoor track and field teams vie for nationals

by Itza Bonilla Hernandez
Orient Staff
Last weekend, the women’s
and men’s indoor track and field
teams competed in the New En-
gland Division III Champion-
ships, placing fifth out of 31 teams
and sixteenth out of 23 teams, re-
spectively. Captain Julia O’Rourke
’19 broke the program record in
the 5000-meter run while Morgen
Gallagher ’20 set a new 60-meter
sprint record.
“I am so excited and still sort of
in shock about the record,” wrote
O’Rourke in an email to the Ori-
ent. “My first year, I got last in my
regionals race, so for a solid chunk
of my running career, I didn’t see
myself as capable of breaking any
O’Rourke attributes her suc-
cess to the support of Head Coach
Peter Slovenski. In the fall of 2018, RUN, TWO, THREE: Morgen Gallagher ’20 (ABOVE) prepares to compete in a sprint event. She broke the
Slovenski, who recently began his program record for the 60-meter dash. Field event wins from Lydia Pitts ’22 (RIGHT) helped the team finish fifth.
32nd year coaching the men’s and sure-filled races,” Slovenski wrote which have especially decimated on the women’s side, the team sits
women’s cross country, men’s and in an email to the Orient. “There the men’s team. in a nice spot to qualify for the
women’s indoor track and field, was a lot of contact in his race, but “It’s definitely been a difficult NCAA championships. The Polar
and men’s and women’s outdoor he broke through and pulled away season. There have been a lot of Bears will know their final quali-
track and field teams. for a high-scoring place.” injuries; a lot of our top guys had fication status after March 2. The
“Coach Slovenski was super Both teams have had success- unfortunate knock ups and were two relays that are likely to attend
helpful [in training] and I know ful seasons thus far. Women’s not able to compete. It wasn’t quite the NCAA championships are the
that I wouldn’t have been able to track finished second to Bates in the season we were hoping for,” women’s 4x400, which is current- are just as close as a smaller team. O’Rourke wrote. “Our team is very
perform how I did at regionals if the February 1 Maine State Meet, said captain Naphtali Moulton ’19. ly seventh in the NCAA stand- O’Rourke believes that their tight big, and it’s also very loving! I’m so
he hadn’t been so flexible and cau- where Sophia Slovenski ’22 broke “As is usually the case, some ings, and the women’s distance knit community can be attributed grateful we have such a supportive
tious,” O’Rourke wrote. the meet record with a vault of 12 team members have faced ongo- medley relay, which sits in ninth. to athletes making an effort to and driven group of women!”
On the men’s team, Mateo feet, which was 18 inches higher ing injuries this season. It’s always The top 12 relay teams make it to spend time with other teammates Both teams will be away this
Rivera ’22 contributed the top than any other competitor. Men’s hard to lose a meet knowing you the NCAA championship. who aren’t in their same event Saturday at the Tufts Invitational,
performance of the champion- track took second to Bates in the didn’t have everyone in competi- Track is one of the largest groups. which is the women’s and men’s
ship with a 4th place finish in the Maine State Meetas well. tion who might have been there teams on campus with about 90 “We all try to make sure we teams’ last chance to qualify for
400–meter dash. Still, both teams have faced otherwise,” wrote O’Rourke. athletes on the men’s and wom- meet up at dinner even if our nationals before rankings are so-
“Mateo is very cool in pres- challenges with ongoing injuries, Despite the ongoing injuries en’s teams together, yet they still practices end at different times,” lidified next week.

Women’s basketball falls to Tufts in championship

collected and efficient, was pos- conference game of the season surrendered critical offensive said it best. scorer. She currently trails the
More Than itively out of sorts. The game against Bates on January 4. You rebounds. They were on the “This opportunity really sixth-place spot by 18 points.
A Game plan, Head Coach Adrienne can give the ball away 21 times wrong end of a couple of, to put meant a lot to us. We all wanted In the end, though, the loss
by Ian Ward Shibles revealed after the game, in your first conference game it mildly, questionable calls by to really do it for the seniors, was more a symbolic blow than
had been simple: keep Tufts against a middling team and the official, but they also failed especially. But I don’t think we a tactical one. On Tuesday,
Strange things happen when from scoring in the paint, and still win. Not so much in the to execute routine, yet vital, handled ourselves with poise Bowdoin secured an at-large
you’re very high up. You lose shut down the Jumbos’ leading conference finals. plays down the stretch. today,” said Shibles. “They al- berth to the Division III NCAA
perspective. Things get a little scorer, junior forward Erica After trailing for most of the Maybe it was nerves. With lowed heart to take over where tournament and will face off
blurry. Vertigo sets in. And if DeCandido. first half, Bowdoin drew within Bowdoin in its first NESCAC the head should be.” against Hunter College (18-9)
this past week of women’s bas- But the game did not go ac- one point of the Jumbos by the final since 2015, no member It is certainly a glitch in the at home tonight. Although the
ketball has been one thing, it cording to plan. Tufts outscored end of the third quarter, 51–52, of the team had ever played in whole cosmic meritocracy that NCAA does not disclose overall
has been vertiginous. the Polar Bears in the paint 34- despite having two starters, a conference final game—al- this class of seniors—Kelly, seeds, it appears from its first-
After walking all over Mid- 24, and DeCandido scored 17 Abby Kelly ’19 and Graham, in though you would think that, Graham, Taylor Choate and round opponent and placement
dlebury in Saturday’s semifinal, points and dished out five assists. foul trouble. In typical fashion, after last year’s trip to the Divi- Cordelia Stewart—will grad- in the bracket that Bowdoin is a
the Polar Bears suffered their Senior guard Jac Knapp added 25 the team seemed to be finishing sion III NCAA championship uate without a NESCAC title top-four seed. If that is the case,
first loss of the season, falling points for good measure. strong. It wouldn’t have been game, nerves wouldn’t really to their name. With these four and assuming it wins its first
to third-ranked Tufts, 69–75, “We looked frazzled,” said the first time that they would be much of a problem. Maybe on the team, the Polar Bears two games, Bowdoin would
in the finals of the NESCAC guard Hannah Graham ’19 af- have managed to overcome a Morrell was too loud. (I doubt accrued a stupidly good re- also be at home for its Sweet
tournament on Sunday. It was ter the game. Frazzled indeed. slow start to claim victory in it.) Maybe Tufts, who upset cord of 98-16 and made their Sixteen and quarterfinal games.
the second year in a row that Tufts was tough, but Bowdoin the fourth quarter. second-ranked Amherst in a first trip to the Division III Nor did it do much to tar-
the Jumbos knocked the Polar was their own worst enemy. But they never found their positively thrilling last-second NCAA championship game in nish the Polar Bears’ prestige.
Bears out of the tournament. The team coughed up 21 groove. They quite literally victory the day before, was just program history. With 1,162 On Wednesday, the league
It was a bizarre spectacle turnovers, tying its season threw away the ball at a cou- jacked up on adrenaline. points, Kelly is currently Bow- announced its annual All-NES-
to watch. Bowdoin, usually so high, which it set in its first ple of crucial moments. They In the end, however, Shibles doin’s seventh all-time leading CAC team, with the Polar Bears
represented handsomely. Kelly
won Player of the Year honors
and was named to the first team
along with Maddie Hasson ’20.
Choate was named Defensive
Player of the Year, earning a
spot on the second team. Final-
ly, Shibles was named Coach of
the Year for the second time in
her career on the heels of be-
coming the winningest coach
in Bowdoin women’s basketball
history with a record of 249-64.
If nothing else, the loss was
a timely reminder that things
can get a little funky at the
top. After all, it’s a dangerous
place to be. Heading into the
NCAA tournament, the Polar
Bears aren’t NESCAC cham-
pions, but they’re where they
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT should be: back on earth, with
SHOOT FOR THE MOON: (LEFT) Taylor Choate ’19 jumps for a shot against Tufts. (ABOVE) Abby Kelly ’19 dribbles two feet firmly planted on the
down court last weekend. The Polar Bears were unable to overcome the Jumbos in the Championship and lost 75–69. ground.
18 Friday, March 1, 2019

“How was your break?”
A week from now, the student body will scatter across the globe for spring
break. Some will head home, whether that is as close as down the road in
Brunswick or as far as China. Others will set off on vacations, to cities across
Live for and in the moment
the country and around the world. And some will stay here on campus. Ev- an 8:30 class, and after the mistakes that we don’t actually accomplish much
eryone will enjoy two weeks free of classes and (hopefully) assignments. But of first year, I told myself I would of anything. I wish students would
Say It Like It Is
when we come back at the end of March, we are all going to hear the same never wake up before 9 a.m. again. consider quality over quantity. Con-
by Nate DeMoranville
question: “What did you do over break?” But this class was different. I loved tinue to explore what interests you, but
The question may seem innocent and polite enough, but some students the material and taking pictures recognize your limits. Contrary to the
dread hearing it and its implication that we should be “doing” something For a long time during my fresh- made me feel alive. I changed my Bowdoin football team’s Instagram, we
noteworthy over break. As one image in the #MoneyMatters photo gallery man year, I stayed up until 2 or 3 sleep schedule to accommodate this really cannot have it all here.
reads, “going home for break is not always an option” for all Bowdoin stu- o’clock in the morning on a daily class, and I am a tremendously bet- Time and again, I have done more
dents. And for those who can go home, doing something more exciting than basis and slept for only a handful of ter student for having done so. After for other people than I have myself. I
hanging around their hometown or spending time with their family is not hours at a time. If I managed to wake prioritizing rest, I was able to absorb have led clubs, which brought no per-
possible. Not everyone can afford to have the kind of spring break that feels up for a morning class, I almost al- more of my readings and write better sonal satisfaction to my life, because
like a worthy answer to that looming question. ways fell asleep at my desk. On week- papers. other people wanted me to. I am do-
Although students should always be considerate around school breaks, ends, I slept for 10 hours each night Photography has also made me a ing no service to others if I cannot
spring break presents a unique set of challenges for low-income students. in a desperate attempt to ease some of better person. Shooting with film and help myself. There was a moment last
Spring break is more than twice as long as our other mid-semester breaks. my sleep deprivation. using a darkroom forced me to slow semester where the dizzying spells
This leads to a generally accepted assumption that students will at least go A really strange phenomenon hap- down. I could only see my pictures of my first year returned on a much
home, if not further—a theme that demonstrates how Bowdoin students can pens to me when I am completely after I had developed them, and even more spiritual level. I no longer rec-
easily forget about money when it doesn’t pose a constraint to them person- exhausted: the world tilts suddenly then, each individual photograph ognized what was happening in my
ally. off its axis. I blink and everything would take another hour to print. own life. I had lost direction.
Even beyond the ability to go home, in America and especially at a wealth- returns to normal, but the strange- This process did not provide instant In the past few weeks, I have
ier institution like Bowdoin, there’s a culture of lavish spring break trips. We ness of it all stays with me. Why am gratification. Instead, it pushed me stepped down from an organization
are bombarded with movies featuring college students blowing hundreds of I pushing my body to the extremes in to observe my surroundings and col- that I had previously thought I would
dollars on alcohol, pictures from Instagram feeds and even posters plastered order to be a Bowdoin student? lect my thoughts. The care I demon- one day preside over. I have declined
around the lobby of Coles Tower advertising cruises. For Bowdoin students, Like many others, I have over- strated for each photo increased my a contract that would have continued
taking spring break to travel around Europe, visiting other students there or committed myself. At this learning ability to care for others. I now listen a job I’ve held for two years now.
reliving their own abroad days, is very common. institution, I have more extracur- more than ever and think critically Before I am anything else, I would
Culture around us constantly tells us that remarkable spring breaks are an riculars than I do classes. In my about my connection to people and like to be a college student. I want
integral part of a college experience, which often creates a sense of isolation earnestness to create a home here to place. to make friends, find love and may-
or exclusion for students who can’t afford expensive trips. We as students do for every student of color, I forgot to Have you ever called someone nice be even attain inner peace. I say this
not have to add to that. build one for myself. I am a leader because they had no personality? Well, to the student body, drop your ex-
While part of this problem needs to be addressed by the College, the eas- before I am a student, but this has to Bowdoin’s a nice place. I think we as a tracurriculars and if you can afford,
iest and perhaps the most impactful change will come from the students. change. The most radical thing I can student body spread ourselves so thin quit your job. I truly believe this will
Only we can change the way we talk about break. This simple consideration, do here is to graduate in four years. improve the well-being of every indi-
which costs us nothing, is something each Bowdoin student needs to extend Last semester, I took Pho- vidual on our campus.
to one another. tography I with Profes-
So when we all come back together on campus at the end of March, let’s sor of Art Michael
abandon the common refrain of “What did you do over break?” Instead, let’s Kolster. It was
use the more open-ended “How was your break?” and hope more meaningful
conversation comes from it.

This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board,
which is composed of Anjulee Bhalla, Emily Cohen, Nell Fitzgerald, Roither Gon-
zales, Calder McHugh, Devin McKinney and Jessica Piper.


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Friday, March 1, 2019 OPINION 19


Bowdoin’s treasurer on
housekeeper wages
To the editor, generic categories used by the state ac-
LLAM curately reflects the scope of our house-
LILY AN We have been concerned about keepers’ responsibilities. And we are
misperceptions and incorrect or incom- keenly aware that, because our employ-
plete information published here, and ees often go the extra mile, there are oc-
circulating elsewhere, about Bowdoin’s casions when they do something beyond
compensation program for our house- the tasks listed in their job descriptions.

The responsibility
keepers. I want to take the opportunity Today, Bowdoin housekeepers, on
to set the record straight about our com- average, earn $13.97 an hour (and this
pensation, the importance we place on is before shift differentials). Earlier in
this issue, and our substantial, ongoing January, I met with our housekeeping
efforts to make sure our housekeepers staff and other hourly workers and an-

of upperclassmen are compensated appropriately. They

are a big part of what makes Bowdoin
Recently, some students have voiced
concerns about job titles and wages for
nounced that, effective July 1, there will
be a so-called “compression raise” to
keep hourly pay for seasoned employees
appropriately above starting rates for
new hires. The Orient was made aware
upperclassmen use their class of regret and anger. Angry housekeepers, suggesting that the Col- of this announcement before their most
On Second year to assert power and dom- because, had we had an lege intentionally misclassifies house- recent article was published, but chose
Thought inance over me. I don’t think open conversation, our keepers as “maids and housekeeping not to report on it. As a result of these
by Brooke Vahos I’m alone when I say there relationship might not have cleaners” in order to pay them less than wage adjustments and the regular July 1
is something exciting and been so lopsided, confusing the average of $14.10 per hour earned in salary pool increases, the average house-
In high school, I used to attractive about hooking up or detrimental to my self- Cumberland County by “custodians” (or keeper will earn an estimated $14.95 per
think one’s age was indicative with someone older. Admit- respect. what the state calls “janitors and clean- hour.
of one’s grade. For me and my tedly, it’s weirdly socially vali- Upperclassmen need to have ers”). These students have asked that we In addition to these hourly wages,
friends, class year was an in- dating and fun (especially as a more candid conversations move our wages for housekeepers to the the College provides a benefits pack-
dicator of maturity, academic first year). with their underclass sexual $14.10 average. age that is equaled by few, if any, other
ability and social value. Your The issue is not in being at- partners. We can all pledge to Our process for determining com- Maine employers. It includes competi-
grade was a defining char- tracted to this type of partner be more aware of these dynam- pensation doesn’t rely on generic job tive health, dental, and vision plans for
acteristic of your identity in or experience, but in how the ics, even as underclassmen, but categories or labels, and we don’t have employees and their families, fully vest-
high school, and as such, it partner chooses to use their the onus of responsibility falls anything to do with putting employ- ed retirement contributions, disability
was easy to tell by looks and grade to win affection and on them. In these inter-grade ees into state job categories. When we and life insurance, tuition assistance for
personality what grade you attention. In my experiences, encounters, upperclassmen examine wages, we review extensive employees, scholarships for dependents,
were in. many of my former partners need to prioritize equality with third-party data, and, for each source, multiple paid holidays and paid vaca-
It was refreshing to break have used their class year as a their partners, rather than the we look for job descriptions that most tion, paid sick leave, emergency paid
free of high school grade con- point of leverage to maintain selfish feeling of superiority. closely match the specific work our sick leave, and more.
straints when I come to Bow- the upper hand in relation- They should do whatever is in employees do. A comparison of com- These are the facts. We strive to com-
doin last year. For me, it was ships. Looking back, I feel ma- their power to have safe dis- pensation for employees in various roles pensate our housekeepers and other
genuinely hard to determine nipulated and brainwashed to cussions about the dynamics of across institutions is based on their ac- hourly employees appropriately with
what year someone was— have been swept up in the at- these relationships. To many, tual job responsibilities and duties and wages and benefits that reflect their out-
looks or academic ability did traction of an upperclassman this idea may seem to unreal- the total compensation—wages and standing contributions to the College.
not always equate to class year. partner. I wish I paid more at- istic; who would willingly have benefits—they receive. As we have always done, we will con-
There was a relative sense of tention to their character and a pre- and post-coitus conver- Workers classified by the Maine tinue to regularly review and adjust our
equality between me and my how they treated me, rather sation about power dynam- Department of Labor as “maids and compensation program to ensure that it
upperclassman peers, which than how I perceived them ics? The fact is that it might housekeepers” earn, on average, $11.28 remains among the very best in Maine.
gave me the confidence to en- socially. be awkward, but the rewards an hour in Cumberland County. While
gage with them in meaningful Yet, mulling over what I completely outweigh the risks. there are tasks performed by many Bow- Sincerely,
ways. Yet, I wouldn’t consider could have done better seems Open conversations have doin housekeepers that fall within the Matt Orlando
under- and upperclassmen counterintuitive. I think my the potential to provide clarity, state’s category for “janitors and clean- Senior Vice President for Finance and
entirely equal. In fact, there partners shouldn’t have used understanding and dialogue ers,” there are also tasks within Maine’s Administration & Treasurer
are ways that class years have their class year to take advan- between two partners (a rare “janitor and cleaners” definition that
limited my friendships and tage of my naiveté. There are commodity in our hookup are not at all part of our housekeeper’s A version of this letter was published on-
relationships at Bowdoin— countless times it has hap- culture). It may seem annoy- duties. The point is that neither of the line on February 25, 2019.
especially when it comes to pened to my friends and others ing and outside the norms of
hookups and dating. as well: Pre-O leaders hooking our modern dating culture, but
For too many reasons to up with first years on trips, without these discussions, we
count, hook up and dating cul- College House members hook- leave space for terrible things
ture at Bowdoin is frustrating. ing up with their buddies and to take place. Instances of in-
In my experience, one of the co-ed sports members hook- equality in sexual encounters,
most troublesome issues to ing up with new teammates. even as small as grade differ-
navigate has been the power While most of these acts have ence, can lead to larger issues
dynamics of hooking up with
and dating upperclassmen. As
been consensual, the grade
difference affects how young-
of abuse, harassment and, in
the most extreme cases, rape. HAVE YOU BEEN TO A WOMEN’S
an underclassman, my sexual er partners are able to make As a community, we choose
relationships with upperclass-
men, formal or informal, have
informed decisions about the
to see the power dynamics of
upper/underclassman as iso-
been riddled with confusing The grade gap also creates lated from other issues such
problems. Time constraints,
gender dynamics and degrees
of experience are just some
a power dynamic which leaves
the relationship largely in the
hands of the upperclassman.
as #MeToo and the Kavanaugh
protests; yet, they are closely
intertwined. Conversations at
Answer at bowdoinorient.com/poll.
of the many issues that have In my relationships, this the micro level are important
placed undue pressure on sex- power dynamic remained in breaking the cycle of abuse
ual encounters. widely undiscussed and that too often leads to bigger
One of the more aggres-
sive problems has been when
unacknowledged, resulting
in my present-day feelings
crises of gender, domestic and
sexual violence. Last week’s response:
facebook.com/bowdoinorient 9% NO
Based on answers from 160 respondents.
20 Friday, March 1, 2019

Wicked Smart Fridays: Writing
Compelling Introductions
Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Director of the
Writing Project Morten Hansen will discuss how students can
write engaging introductions that capture the reader.
Room 117, Sills Hall. 11:45 a.m.

“Haunted Bauhaus”
Associate Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art
History and Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo
Elizabeth Otto will discuss the history of the Bauhaus
architectural movement and its long-standing cultural
influence as a school of art.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 3 p.m.
PERFORMANCE LAUGHING OUT LOUD: Manuela Velasquez ’21 takes center stage at Purity Pact’s Stand-Up Show on Thursday night. MacMillan House hosted
SWEAT the comedy group, which is open to anyone who identifies as female, transgender or non-binary.
Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play will showcase the
lives of middle-class factory workers as they face changing

life circumstances from globalization and recession.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 7:30 p.m.

The Women’s Cabaret LECTURE
The Women’s Cabaret will perform sexist pop, jazz and IN-BETWEENNESS: Psychological Meditation
theatre pieces to expose the underlying misogyny in perspectives on Africana workers in China Local meditation instructor and acupuncturist Toby Sifton
modern-day music. C. Jama Adams, associate professor of Criminal Justice at John will lead a 45-minute long meditation session focusing on
Ladd House. 8 p.m. Jay College, will discuss the growing number of foreign workers in aspects of mindfulness including sitting and
China who are not considered migrants yet cannot obtain perma- breathing practices.
nent citizenship, thus leaving them in a state of “in-betweenness.” Room 302, Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness. 7:15 p.m.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.

Office Hours Show TUESDAY 5 THURSDAY 7
Office Hours, one of Bowdoin’s student improv groups, LECTURE
will perform. LECTURE “Artificial Intelligence and You: The Truth
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. An Evening with April Ryan Behind the Fiction about How Artificial
White House Correspondent April Ryan will discuss her career Intelligence is Changing Our Lives”
covering the Trump administration and her experience as the Professor of Computer Science Eric Chown will discuss the
only African-American reporter examining urban issues from increasing presence of artificial intelligence in modern-day
the White House. Ryan is a board member of the White House society and dismantle false narratives behind its portrayal in
Correspondents Association and was named “Journalist of the the media.

Year” by the National Association of Black Journalists in 2017. Main Lounge, Moulton Union. 12:30 p.m.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.
LECTURE “Stories from Earth”
Capernaum A Night with World Famous Trauma Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural
Frontier will screen Nadine Labaki’s award-winning Surgeon Dr. Rafael Grossmann Sciences Rachel Beane will deliver her inaugural lecture
Arabic-language film “Capernaum.” The movie follows Dr. Rafael Grossmann, a surgeon specializing in trauma and presenting her research and fieldwork on the inner-workings
12-year-old Zain who is forced to live in the streets after the use of robotic instruments, will discuss the intersections of the geoscientific processes which have shaped Earth over
experiencing neglect from his parents. between healthcare, education and technology. millions of years.
Frontier. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Room 315, Searles Hall. 5 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.

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