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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, March 29, 2019 Volume 148, Number 19 bowdoinorient.com

Acceptance rate drops to Second

dorm fire in
8.9% for class of 2023 five weeks
from 12 students in the Class Soule thinks that chang-
Baxter incident prompts
by Rohini Kurup
Orient Staff
of 2022.
A three percent increase
es in admissions materials,
which came out of a process
candle confiscation
A record-low 8.9 percent in applications from last year of rethinking the way the Col-
of applicants were admitted and the College’s rising yield lege presents itself to prospec- by Jaret Skonieczny
Orient Staff
to the Class of 2023 from caused the drop in the accep- tive students, have made the
a pool of 9,332 candidates, tance rate. The yield for the newly accepted class particu- At around 2:15 a.m. on Mon-
down from 10.3 percent last Class of 2022 was unexpect- larly well-suited to Bowdoin. day morning, a lit candle ignited
year. This marks the first edly high, with more students “We’ve re-done most of our a jacket and a bedspread, activat-
time that the College’s accep- matriculating than the Col- admissions publications and ing the smoke alarm in Baxter
tance rate has dipped below lege had expected. Accord- been really clear on our mes- House. A student in the room
10 percent. ingly, the College accepted saging around what character extinguished the fire, resulting in
More students of color, fewer students this year. and the Common Good mean a minor hand injury. This is the
first-generation students and “The likelihood of a stu- at Bowdoin,” said Soule. “I second candle fire in a College
international students sub- dent saying yes is increasing think that that has even more House in five weeks—follow-
mitted applications. every year, which is great so brought applicants that are ing one in Quinby House last
The College also admit- for Bowdoin,” said Dean of really good fit for the College. month—and it caused minor
ted 14 students through the Admissions and Financial [They] not only have the ac- damages, with monetary damag-
QuestBridge Match pro- Aid Whitney Soule. “The by- ademic credentials—and the es estimated at $225, but sparked
gram—an alternative, bind- product of that is that we can ambition and the experiences a quick administrative response.
ing application program for admit fewer people, because that are attractive—but [they] The short period between the
low-income students—up we don’t want to over enroll.” get the personality of this col- two candle-related fires in Col-
lege and want to be part of it.” lege residences prompted a crack-
2023 acceptance rates of NESCAC schools For the first time, all ap- down on candles. In an email sent
plicants had the option to to all students on Tuesday, Dean
Amherst 10.8% As of publication, data for submit a short video response of Student Affairs Tim Foster re-
to supplement their appli- iterated the College’s prohibition
Bowdoin 8.9% Bates College, Connecticut cation. This was previously on candles and outlined new,
Colby 9.5% College, Trinity College, Tufts only offered to internation- harsher punishments for students
Middlebury 16% University and Wesleyan al students. Applicants who caught with candles—whether or
elected to do the supplement not they are lit.
Williams 12.4% University were not available. According to the email, after
Please see PLUNGE, page 4 Friday, “any student found with
a candle in a residence, even if
not lit, will face disciplinary con-
sequences, beginning with social
Students on social probation
cannot study abroad and are at
risk of suspension if they break
any further rules.
“The new approach is going
to be zero tolerance with pos-
session of candles because of the
very real risk they pose to resi-
dential hall safety,” said Randy
Nichols, director of safety and
security. “We have always taken
flamed candles seriously. Now it
is going to be all candles.”
Nichols explained that secu-
rity officers previously used dis-
cretion in dealing with candles,
electing to give verbal or written
warnings to students caught with
unlit candles in their residences.
Despite their strict guidelines,
Mike Ranen, associate dean of
student affairs and director of
residential and student life, clar-
ified that the College will not
sweep residence halls in search
SUN AND SNOW: Fiona Bundy ’22 looks for an opening as the women’s lacrosse team faced off against Middlebury last Saturday. Please see FIRES, page 5

Scandal prompts reflection on cheating, advantage in college admissions

town, Stanford and Yale. Bow- different than what went on also emphasized this point, sions to know if an applicant’s standardized tests and how
by Rohini Kurup doin was not implicated in the at the schools where this took explaining that the policy standardized test scores are valuable they are in the pro-
Orient Staff
scandal, but administrators place, which gives me signifi- mitigates a desire to cheat on the result of cheating, Soule cess of admission and how
Earlier this month, federal have been monitoring the case cant comfort that it would be standardized tests. believes that the test-optional they’re misused or how they
prosecutors charged 50 partic- and reviewing the College’s very, very difficult for that to “Since we were the first col- policy leads the College to rely can be corrupted. I think this
ipants in a multimillion-dollar admissions procedures ac- happen.” lege to not require [standard- less on test scores as a metric is a moment to really think
college admissions scheme in cordingly. One reason Rose feels con- ized tests], I don’t feel that we of evaluation. hard about that,” said Rose. “I
which wealthy parents bribed “It didn’t happen here, and fident that Bowdoin is less are imposing an expectation of Rose hopes that this scan- think we provide a long-term
coaches and standardized test you never say never,” said susceptible to such schemes is testing for successful admis- dal could lead other schools to test of how it’s possible to be
administrators to gain their President Clayton Rose. “But the College’s test-optional pol- sion,” said Soule. consider a similar policy. an exceptional college with ex-
children admission to elite there’s some fundamental rea- icy. Dean of Admissions and Even though there is no “One [key aspect of the
colleges including George- sons why what we do here is Student Aid Whitney Soule way for the Office of Admis- scandal] is this notion of Please see SCANDAL, page 3

College will likely establish new Middle A look at the 15 men who have served as Assistant Professor of Dance Aretha Aoki The curling team ends its season eighth in Lowell Ruck ’21 discusses what makes
East Studies and Arabic minors. Page 4. president of the College. Page 7. bases a show in family history. Page 9. the nation. Page 12. Maine’s dialect unique. Page 14.
2 Friday, March 29, 2019

3/1 to 3/27
Friday, March 1 Monday, March 4
After enthusiastically celebrating MLB’s Opening
• Two security officers encountered a sus-
picious man on the Main Quad at 9:30 p.m.
• A man was found to be camping out
in one of the basements of the Park Row
Day, what other minor holiday should the dining
The officers directed the man off campus
and notified Brunswick police that the
Apartments under construction. A tres-
pass warning was issued. halls celebrate?
man was acting erratically and walking Tuesday, March 5
toward downtown. When police officers • A student reported the theft of a pair of
approached the man, he allegedly pulled a women’s white Adidas Alphabounce ath- Duncan Gans ’19
knife on the officers. The man was subdued letic shoes from the multi-gender locker
and taken to the Cumberland County Jail.
The campus was informed of the incident
room at Sargent Gym.
• A student with a sore throat requested
walked into a campus building wearing a
full-face black ski mask.
“Irene’s birthday!”
via a security alert (timely warning). an escort to Mid Coast Hospital. Sunday, March 24
Saturday, March 2 Wednesday, March 6 • A student activated a smoke alarm at
• An officer checked on the wellbeing of • The Town of Brunswick reported that Coleman Hall by overcooking popcorn.
an intoxicated minor at MacMillan House. a student had compiled multiple unpaid • An officer aided a student who reported
• A female student reported that an un- parking violations totaling $315. experiencing a panic attack.
identified woman assaulted her at the My Thursday, March 7 • Excessive noise was reported at Bruns-
Tie Lounge on Maine Street.
• Students reported that a student was
• A student who fainted at Smith Union
was escorted to the health center.
wick Apartment R.
Monday, March 25
Mitch Roy ’21
walking around in a confused and disori-
ented state near Coles Tower and Cham-
• A Thorne dining employee was injured
when a workbench panel dropped onto his
• A student operating a vehicle on Mere
Point Road at 1:00 a.m. struck a tree head- “The day after a Boston sports team
berlain Hall. Brunswick Rescue transport-
ed the student to Mid Coast Hospital for
wrist. The employee was taken to the Mid
Coast Walk-In Clinic.
on. The student had to be extricated from
the totaled vehicle in order to be trans- wins its championship. It happens so
• Brunswick police found a wallet con-
Friday, March 8
• A Brunswick police officer (and his fe-
ported to Mid Coast Hospital, and later to
Maine Medical Center, with serious inju- much!”
taining two fraudulent identification cards male passenger) patrolling on Maine Street ries. The crash remains under investigation
that belonged to a minor student. noticed a group of naked males streaking by the Brunswick Police Department.
• The security communications center near Brunswick Apartments. Four stu- • A 2:15 a.m. fire in a student room at Bax-
received two prank phone calls falsely re- dents associated with a certain rough-and- ter House caused a building fire alarm and Katherine Cavanagh ’19
porting the theft of sex toys. The calls were tumble athletic team took responsibility evacuation. The fire was started by a candle
traced to a male and a female student who
took responsibility for making the ill-ad-
for their startling behavior. Fortunately for
them, no indecent conduct charges were
that ignited a jacket and bed quilt. A stu-
dent sustained a minor hand burn. Note:
“Groundhog Day. Serve the same
vised calls, which were made on a dare.
• A student having an allergic reaction
Sunday, March 10
All candles, lit and unlit, are prohibited in
residence halls.
food from the day before and see if
was given an escort to Mid Coast Hospital.
Sunday, March 3
• A College employee was injured in a fall
on an icy walking surface.
• An ill student was escorted from Bruns-
wick Apartments to the Mid Coast Walk-
anyone notices.”
• Excessive noise was reported to be com- Tuesday, March 12 In Clinic.
ing from a gathering in the basement of • Students in a College-rented van in San Tuesday, March 26
Reed House. Jose, California reported that the van was • A student reported the theft of a pair of
• A smoke alarm at Stowe Inn at 3:45 a.m. broken into in a smash-and grab incident. Nike athletic shoes from a second floor Ivy Elgarten ’19
was caused by a microwave. Two backpacks containing laptops and hallway at 52 Harpswell sometime over
• A clerk at a local convenience store re-
ported receiving unwanted attention from
other property were stolen.
Wednesday, March 13
spring break.
Wednesday, March 27
“Arbor Day. Because we should
a student. The student was instructed to
cease contact with the person.
• Two student-owned bikes attached to a
bike rack were damaged during snow re-
• A chemistry lab student was treated at the
health center after spilling sulfuric acid on
appreciate the trees.”
• Door window glass was cracked in the moval operations. The College will pay for a leg.
Coles Tower elevator lobby. the damages. • A Coles Tower student reported the sev-
• A student who fainted in Howard Hall Thursday, March 14 eral instances theft of cash from a bedroom.
was taken to Mid Coast Hospital for eval- • An officer spoke with a local teen who The incidents are under investigation.


Across 55. Reverb in a chamber

58. What Fe stands for
59. Duffels, e.g.
1. Goal
60. Ancient France
4. Agitated, with “up”
61. Amnesty Intl., for example
7. “Blueberries for ___” (picture book)
62. Officer Grade Limitations Act
10. Baggage inspecting gp.
11. Newsies’ cry
*63. Ancient people of worship, or
12. Written form of musical compo-
what are hidden in the starred clues
64. They say Caroline is this?
*13. Treatment of disease
15. Upper Range Value (Abbr.)
16. First pharaoh in the dynasty that
ended with Cleopatra VIII
20. Louis, par exemple 1. Begin a fight
21. Evil act 2. Sorta, say
23. Ministry of Information and Me- 3. Common middle name
dia Relations (Abbr.) 4. John already went to dinner?
24. 100 U.S. lbs. 5. Trade fair
*25. Romanian capital 6. “____XOX” Bella Thorne song
27. “First” in Italian 7. Lake Itasca, for the Mississippi
30. Fuzzy and unclear 8. Archery necessities
32. Home of the Kaaba 9. “Inception” actor Joseph Gordon-__
34. Recent Disney princess 12. Iranian city, or a variety of black
*38. Light covers grape
42. ___ Lingus (Irish airlines) 14. Record speed measurement
28. Comforting words to a worried 37. Jean of Dadaism 50. U-shaped curve in a stream
43. Girl Scout’s favorite island nation? 17. Austalian runner
loved one 38. ‘60s hallucinogenic 52. Therefore
44. Dressed 18. Singer Ingrid
29. Doesn’t do much for me 39. Mobile Malware (Abbr.) 53. Backwards entry?
46. Siesta, basically 19. Jewish Community Center letters
31. Battery type 40. Pavement pit 54. Elle Woods got a 179 on it
47. Exclamations of surprise, over text 22. Xfinity, for one (Abbr.)
33. Gov. health agency 41. Certain admissions exams 55. Breakfast main dish
49. Larry, Moe, or Curly Joe 25. _____ Raton, Florida
35. Latin or Swahili 45. A female deer 56. Uber driver’s need
*51. Straight 26. Darkly colored bread
36. Osprey, for one (2 wds.) 48. Painful wound 57. Color wheel selection
Friday, March 29, 2019 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF E-Board announces Ivies acts: Jamila


Woods, Mick Jenkins, Lion Babe
ber [we] have only ever brought anyone feel uncomfortable or bringing a more traditional hip
As students spread around the globe for spring break, community mem- by Calder McHugh male performers to campus,” he unsafe and didn’t think it was at hop artist to campus, according
Orient Staff
bers were confronted with news of the latest act of racially-charged terrorism said. “[A priority] this year was all appropriate,” Harrison said. to Harrison. The proud owner
to make international headlines: the murder of 50 Muslims by a fanatical In an email to campus on looking at a variety of women “It seemed like a great opportu- of over 43 million streams on
white supremacist in the Al Noor Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand. Wednesday with the subject line artists and trying to diversify our nity to explore looking at more Spotify for his most popular
In an email to the Orient, Eduardo Pazos, director of religious and “No Bamba,” co-chair of the En- acts a little more.” women artists.” song “Jazz,” Jenkins is no strang-
spiritual life, condemned the attack as an act of religious terror. tertainment Board (E-Board) Jamila Woods, a Chica- In addition to Woods, the New er to collaboration himself, as
“The shooting of the mosques in New Zealand … was an act of ha- Amanda Newman ’19 announced go-based singer who doubles York-based Neo Soul/R&B duo he featured Noname and Xavi-
tred and evil perpetrated against a sacred place of worship and against that Jamila Woods, Mick Jenkins as a poet, fulfills this goal. A Lion Babe and the Chicago rap- er Omär on his well circulated
a group of people who had gathered in peace to pray, learn, worship and the duo Lion Babe will head- graduate of Brown Universi- per Mick Jenkins will be making “Angles” off of his 2016 album
and be in community with each other,” wrote Pazos. “Acts like this are line this year’s Ivies Weekend. ty, Woods is set to release her the trek to Brunswick. Lion Babe, “The Healing Component.”
meant to destroy not only the lives of those gathered in the building, Lion Babe will perform on second studio album “Legacy! which is composed of singer Jil- Despite the tribulations of the
but they’re also meant to defile the sacred.” Thursday, April 25 in David Legacy!” on May 10, 2019. Her lian Hervey and record producer planning process, the E-Board
Pazos noted that the timing of the tragedy, occurring over the Col- Saul Smith Union, while Jenkins debut “Heavn” dropped to criti- Lucas Goodman, released their has managed to put together a set
lege’s break, made coordinating a formal response difficult. and Woods will take the stage at cal acclaim in 2016 and featured sophomore LP “Cosmic Wind” of artists that is diverse in both
“Communication was a little tricky this time around because we Farley Field House on Saturday, collaborations with Chance this morning. Their Thursday gender and musical style. The hot
were all on break and students had different levels of access to their April 27. the Rapper, Noname and Saba, performance is sure to feature takes about the E-Board’s deci-
emails,” wrote Pazos. After the last three Ivies Week- among others. plenty of new tunes. sion-making process are sure to
In lieu of a more formal recognition, the College has extended sup- ends have featured only male per- As the headline of Newman’s Jenkins, for his part, is likely abound over the next few weeks,
port to members of the community who may need it. formers (D.R.A.M., AJR, A$AP email alluded to and Harrison the most established artist com- but we’ll have to wait until late
“We have communicated with the leadership of the Muslim Stu- Ferg, Smallpools, Waka Flocka confirmed, Woods was signed ing to Bowdoin and fulfills the April to see if this will in fact be
dent Alliance to extend our support and make ourselves available to Flame and Vanic), co-chair of the after the E-Board halted negoti- student body’s excitement about the best Ivies yet.
them if anybody affected by this horrible tragedy was in need of any E-Board Jono Harrison ’19 said ations with rapper Sheck Wes of
kind of additional support throughout this time,” Pazos wrote.
He added that his office, as well as the Counseling and Wellness
that increasing gender diversity
was important for the group.
“Mo Bamba” fame after he was
accused of sexual assault by sing-
[A priority] this year was look-
Services, remain resources for students affected by the massacre. “One thing that I think er Justine Skye. Wes has denied ing at a variety of women artists
The Muslim Student Alliance held its first meeting back from the E-Board has pretty consistently the claims. and trying to diversify our acts a
break this week but has not announced plans for programming in
response to the massacre.
found fault with in ourselves … is
the fact that as far as I can remem-
“At the very least, we didn’t
want to bring in acts that made
little more. –Jono Harrison ’19

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist to speak on Monday

diers were killed in a combat SEE IT YOURSELF
by Jessica Piper operation in Afghanistan’s
Orient Staff “The Fighters: Reporting from the Front Lines of Our Forever Wars”
Kunduz Province. Around
will be in Kresge Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Monday. The event
When C.J. Chivers trav- 14,000 American troops cur-
is free and open to the public.
elled to Afghanistan in 2001 rently remain in the country
to report on the new U.S. war, amidst ongoing negotiations
he didn’t expect to cover it for with the Taliban. Of the near- ers,” recounts the wars in “So as a writer and as a speak-
two decades. Eighteen years ly 7,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq from er, the first step is trying to
later, he wonders how best to Iraq and Afghanistan since the perspective of soldiers in get people’s attention.”
bring public attention to the 2001, none are Bowdoin the military’s lower ranks. It The Everett P. Pope Lecture,
human consequences of the alumni, although U.S. Army opens with a quote he found now in its third year, is named
far-off conflict. On Monday Green Beret Jonathan R. in a handwritten note at a after Everett Pope ’41, who en-
night, the Marine veteran Farmer ’03 was killed in ac- government center in Rama- listed in the Marine Corps af-
and Pulitzer Prize-winning tion in Syria earlier this year. di, Iraq, in 2007: ter graduation and received a
journalist will visit Bowdoin Chivers served in the first “America is not at war. Medal of Honor for his actions
to deliver the Everett P. Pope Gulf War as a U.S. Marine in The Marine Corps is at war; during the Battle of Peleliu in
Lecture, titled “The Fighters: the early 1990s and attended America is at the mall.” the Pacific in 1944. The series,
Reporting from the Front Columbia University’s Gradu- In 2009, Chivers was part of sponsored by the Bowdoin
Lines of Our Forever Wars.” ate School of Journalism after a New York Times team that Marine Corps Society, aims to
Chivers is currently a long- he was discharged. He covered won a Pulitzer Prize for Inter- facilitate engagement between
form writer and investigative the 9/11 terrorist attacks as a national Reporting for cover- the Bowdoin community and
reporter for the New York metro reporter for The New age of American involvement foreign policy and national
Times Magazine after work- York Times before heading to in Afghanistan and Pakistan. security experts.
ing for years as a foreign cor- Afghanistan to cover the U.S. In 2017, he won a Pulitzer Chivers will deliver the
respondent. invasion. He later covered the Prize for Feature Writing for third-ever lecture, following
“I went to Afghanistan war in Iraq and served as the a story chronicling one veter- talks from Pope’s son, Lau-
with a different idea than I Times’ Moscow bureau chief. an’s battle with post-traumat- rence Paope, in 2017, and
have now,” Chivers said in a Much of Chivers’s work ic stress disorder. It’s this kind General Anthony Zinni last
phone interview with the Ori- has chronicled the human of human-level reporting that year.
ent. “And you know, I didn’t effects of war and the sto- has been central to his career. “I will say at the outset of
foresee that we would still ries of everyday soldiers, “It’s easy to deify veterans my talk that I’m unapologet- COURTESY OF MICK CHIVERS
have troops fighting there and which are often overlooked and military service and not ically blunt, graphic and neg- ON THE FRONT LINES: Award-winning investigative journalist and former
dying there.” in big-picture policy debates. understand veterans and mil- ative,” Chivers said. “And my U.S. Marine C.J. Chivers will speak in Kresge Auditorium on Monday evening
Just last week, two U.S. sol- His latest book, “The Fight- itary service,” Chivers said. talk will be too.” about his career as a war correspondent.

SCANDAL a supported athlete decides

not to play, the athletic direc-
a broad corrupt system,” he
said. “I think it points to cor-
What kind of school [do] you
go to? Sometimes, what sport
“I think that we need to
move the conversation away
tor will know about that and rupt human beings that took do you play? Are you a legacy? from whether people deserve Subscribe to the
ceptional students and not put will meet with them,” said advantage of the system, one There’s a number of ways that to be here to understanding
any emphasis or optional em- Rose. “It doesn’t happen very where trust is placed in people money manifests itself in the that there are systems in place Colby Echo.
phasis on standardized tests, often, but there’s not a falling- in various levels, and that trust college admissions process,” that allow certain students
and more schools are doing between-the-cracks that goes was massively violated.” said Ural Mishra ’20. “So, to get into college easier, and
that now.” on here, which is what can The scandal has sparked a yeah, I’m just surprised that having money is one of the
Both Rose and Soule think
that the way the College han-
happen in other places.”
Soule finds the scandal dis-
broader conversation across
the nation and at Bowdoin
people are surprised by this.”
Samantha Schwimmer ’21
most significant ways,” said
dles athlete admission sets
Bowdoin apart from the im-
appointing and is concerned
that it creates a false narrative
about how wealth and priv-
ilege benefit students in the
went to high school with two
of the students whose parents
For Soule, the scandal shows
a distorted view of the impor- FOOLS!
plicated schools. Rose said around college admissions. college admissions process. are indicted in the scandal. tance of higher education.
that the College’s small size “It’s disgraceful,” she said. Some students feel that, while She said she knew many more “What it absolutely reflects
and athletics structure, in
addition to strict NESCAC
“It really undermines work
that most institutions rely on
the issues of bribery are dis-
tant, topics of wealth influ-
who used legal channels, such
as talking to connections at
is that there are some peo-
ple who are willing to place
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regulations, would make it that’s built on trust and integ- encing admissions are more elite schools and paying exter- an importance on the idea Bowdoin Orient.
much harder for a coach to rity. And I have faith that our pertinent at the College. nal college counselors, to gain of education in a particular
get away with falsely claiming work is still built on integrity, “I feel like money displays an advantage in the admis- place above all else, instead
that a prospective student is definitely at Bowdoin.” itself in more than just a purely sions process. She thinks that of what an education actually bowdoinorient.com/subscribe
an athlete. Rose echoed these sentiments. transactional way … it’s your these issues are important to provides and what it is about,”
“If a first-year student who’s “I don’t think it points to zip code, where are you from? acknowledge at Bowdoin. she said.
4 NEWS Friday, March 29, 2019

College to bolster Middle East studies with new minors

ing him put the idea into action.
by Cole van Miltenburg He also cites the addition of
Orient Staff
faculty in many academic de-
After years of discussion, partments as important for the
faculty and administration are growth of Middle East Studies,
taking final steps to approve the including Andrew W. Mellon
creation of two new minors at Postdoctoral Fellow in History
the College: Arabic and Middle Idriss Jebari, Assistant Professor
East and North African Studies. of Government Barbara Elias,
Bowdoin began to permanent- Assistant Professor of Sociology
ly offer Arabic courses in 2008 Oyman Basaran and Assistant
under Lecturer in Arabic Russell Professor of Romance Languages
Hopley, who remained the single and Literatures Meryem Belkaid.
instructor of the language before Jebari came to Bowdoin in the
leaving the College last year. A 2017-18 Academic Year and focus-
notable step was made to expand es on the Middle East and North
the program with the hiring of Africa. He actively expressed inter-
two new faculty members this est in the minor in conversations
year: Lecturer in Arabic Batool with Morrison as a logical step
Khattab and Andrew W. Mellon forward for the program.
Postdoctoral Fellow in Arabic “I think going forward, there’s
Pamela Klasova. definitely enough of the ingre-
Although they fulfill the hu- dients on campus already here
manities distribution require- right now to take those elements
ment, credits from Arabic classes together and establish a minor,”
do not currently count toward any Jebari said.
academic program at the College. The proposed minor in Ar-
Middle East Studies is a new- abic will require four language
er initiative at Bowdoin that has courses and one content course,
been spearheaded by George whereas the minor in Middle
Lincoln Skolfield Jr. Professor of East and North African Stud- GWEN DAVIDSON, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Religion Robert Morrison, who ies will consist of two language CREDITS THAT COUNT: With new Middle East and North African Studies and Arabic minors, students in Arabic classes will be able to earn credit toward a
specializes in Islam and Judaism. courses and three courses in the College academic program for the first time since Bowdoin began offering Arabic courses in 2008.
“My motivation for pushing subject areas of religion, history
for a Middle East Studies pro- and politics. author and leading figure of the at Bowdoin,” Khattab said. “And political Islam without devel- guage has played a key role in his
gram is primarily so that Arabic The opportunity to further Arab Spring in Egypt, to campus. hopefully it will also pave the oping a better understanding of first two semesters at Bowdoin.
language instruction is integrat- establish the Arabic program She notes that interest from way for claiming Arabic as a ma- that religion [and] the intercon- Abboud comes from a Leba-
ed into our curriculum,” Mor- at Bowdoin is something that students has been key in encour- jor at some point.” nections between religion and nese-American background
rison said in a phone interview excites professors such as Klaso- aging the growth of the program. Last semester, Khattab had politics,” she said. “There are and grew up hearing Arabic. He
with the Orient. va. She came to Bowdoin from “There are many people who an intense schedule, teaching lots of misperceptions and mis- came to Bowdoin looking for-
While Morrison noted that Georgetown University, which are committed already—before three Arabic courses, two of conceptions about the region in ward to pursuing the language in
the Arabic program and over- is home to one of the country’s creating a minor—to study Ar- which met three times a week. the media.” a college setting.
all focus on the Middle East at most established Arabic pro- abic, without that being some Although her course schedule Like Khattab, Jebari empha- “To find out that a minor is
Bowdoin is not as developed as grams, making her transition to sort of organized, structured this semester is more manage- sized the importance of the Mid- being put together has been, I
those at many other peer institu- Bowdoin significant. She teaches program,” she said. “So I think able, she is optimistic that the dle East as an area of study and think, exceptional,” Abboud said.
tions, he is understanding of the both advanced Arabic and a con- it is definitely going to grow and College will hire more faculty in highlighted student enthusiasm “This is a huge boost in morale to
College’s small size and the limits tent course on myth in Arabic catch up with other colleges, and the future and eventually offer a in the course offerings already get the department to grow even
that it may pose for the growth of literature, which is cross-listed the language education is proba- tenure-track position in order to available at the College. further from here. I’m excited to
the program. with the religion and classics de- bly the first and most important solidify a more diverse array of “So many students pick up see where the department goes
“I don’t think we can do partments. step to be competitive.” course offerings. from Bowdoin and then go and and all of the possibilities for the
everything,” Morrison said. “I “It was challenging at first. But Khattab is also a new addi- Khattab is also hopeful that work in government or work in next three years and beyond.”
mean, I think our smallness is at the same time, the advantages tion to Bowdoin’s faculty, hav- the College will eventually offer NGOs and international organi- Morrison noted that the new
also our selling point, and we [are] that we can change things. ing spent time at several other a four-year Arabic track, rather zations,” he said. “Being able to minor proposals ultimately
need to grow intentionally.” We can build the program and NESCACs—including Tufts, than the three years currently study and to acquire a deep, solid, boil down to breaking through
During the 2016-17 academic anything that we do, it has an Middlebury and Williams—and offered. She has a background in complex, nuanced understanding cross-cultural boundaries and
year, the College took interest impact,” she said. also teaching at Middlebury’s in- the performing arts and hopes of this region in my mind can encouraging a more holistic un-
in Morrison’s idea for a minor Klasova has worked through tensive summer language school to offer a theater content course only take place in the context of derstanding of global issues.
and encouraged him to develop several other channels to expand since 2008. taught in Arabic one day. a well-designed program beyond “I think studying foreign cul-
the idea further with a working the Arabic program at Bow- “Bowdoin was missing out on She emphasized the impor- simply having a minor.” tures is extremely important in
group of faculty over the sum- doin. She and Khattab revived so much [in regards to] Arabic tance of studying the Middle Students expressed wide- this day and age, despite the fact
mer of 2017. Morrison credits a the Arabic language table at the compared to peer institutions East to better understand and spread enthusiasm after hearing that we don’t have a language re-
shift in the administration, and beginning of this academic year, like Williams, Middlebury or contextualize modern-day issues buzz of the two new minors. quirement,” he said. “I think that
specifically encouragement from and Klasova has worked for sev- Tufts … Having Arabic as a and conflict in the region. First-year Firas Abboud is en- taking a foreign language is the
former Dean for Academic Af- eral months to secure funds to minor will definitely bring it “You cannot understand the rolled in Khattab’s Elementary best way to find out what it would
fairs Jennifer Scanlon, for help- invite Alaa Al-Aswany, a famous under the institutional umbrella phenomenon of, for example, Arabic course and said the lan- be like to be someone else.”

PLUNGE fice of Admissions did receive

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 a number of transfer appli-
cations from veterans. Soule
Bowdoin’s acceptance rate since 2000
were given a prompt and 30 said this is not surprising, as
seconds to think about an an- veterans may have already
swer, followed by two minutes completed some college work.
to respond. Around 15 per- The review of transfer appli-
cent of applicants chose to do cations is currently underway. 25%
the video response. Several other NESCAC
Soule enjoyed watching schools also saw declining
the videos and said that the acceptance rates. Amherst
Office of Admissions plans accepted 10.8 percent of ap- 20%
to offer the supplement as an plicants this year compared to
option again next year. 12.8 for the Class of 2022, and
“It was like having an in- Colby accepted 9.5 percent of
troduction to a student where applicants, down from 13 per-
you could ask them a ques- cent last year.
tion, [and] they just answer In the wake of many dif- 10% 8.9%
it, they don’t have time to ficult admissions decisions,
prepare or talk to other peo- Soule is excited about the in-
ple about it before they talk to coming first-year class.
you,” she said. “And they did a “It is a stunningly amazing
The College also an- “It’s just a privilege to read the 0%
nounced a new initiative last applications, and [these were] 2000 2005 2010 2015
fall to recruit more veteran incredibly difficult choices, Application Year
students. While there were but it means that we always
not many veteran applications feel really great about who we COMPETITION INTENSIFIES: For the past two decades, the acceptance rate for Bowdoin’s first-year class has been generally decreasing. This year, it
to the Class of 2023, the Of- get to have here.” dropped into the single digits for the first time due to both a greater number of applications and a greater expected yield.
Friday, March 29, 2019 NEWS 5

Storyteller shares experience growing up deaf and Jewish

the taunts and insults she of understanding differences
by Diego Lasarte would receive from her fellow … within these issues, and how
Orient Staff
classmates, and even from her best to accommodate and adapt
On Tuesday, storyteller teachers, such as making a sign to people in any kind of society,”
Roxanne Baker, an educator for “deaf Jew,” combining the he said. “It’s also just beautiful
and activist, told a crowded signs for deaf and for money. It to listen to different stories and
room in Moulton Union’s Lan- was at this point that Baker says different backgrounds.”
caster Lounge a story from her she realized the complexities of As she entered adulthood,
childhood about coming to inhabiting two marginalized Baker was able to find com-
terms with both her deafness communities, and realized she munities that she could better
and her Jewish identity. Bak- needed to find a space where connect to than the Portland
er was born in Portland to a she was allowed to accept her area. She moved to Los Angeles
hearing family and until she whole, complex self. and found a deaf Jewish com-
was eight, attempted to get by Baker’s words were translat- munity, as well as a deaf rabbi.
with reading lips with the help ed by Meryl Troop, an inter- But when asked about why she
of intense speech therapy. This preter and activist for the deaf returned to Maine, she empha-
was until her parents sent her community. She spoke for Bak- sized the importance of staying
to the Governor Baxter School er during the story and, during loyal to one’s roots and noted
for the Deaf, a boarding school the question and answer por- that Maine is a great place to
for deaf and hard of hearing tion of the event, signed stu- raise her two sons.
students on Maine’s Mack- dent questions back to Baker. Isabella McCann ’19, who
worth Island. Zachary Kaplan ’21, a attended the event, has been
The education Baker re- co-leader of the Bowdoin practicing American Sign ANGEL RAMIREZ, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
ceived at the Baxter School American Sign Language Language and is a member of
FINDING COMMUNITY: Storyteller, educator and activist Roxanne Baker shared how she found acceptance in a
was transformative—it pro- (ASL) club and an organizer for Bowdoin ASL. She appreciat- Jewish deaf community in California before returning to Maine to raise her sons.
vided her with the space to be the event, said that he thought ed Baker’s story and thought
an active member of a com- Baker’s visit was a great op- it was important that Bowdo- connect with deaf culture or sored by Bowdoin ASL, the of the Maine Educational
munity. But even in a school portunity for students to learn in students learn more about have any sign language classes,” Disabled Students Associa- Center of the Deaf and Hard
where her deaf identity was about a perspective to which deaf culture. she said. “I think it’s amazing tion and Bowdoin Hillel, as of Hearing, the same school
finally accepted, she found she they are not often exposed. “I have been learning sign that the ASL club exists, and well as by the Offices of Stu- where she first learned to sign.
was also ostracized because of “I think learning about dis- language for a couple years, that it will hopefully be doing dent Accessibility and Reli- She is also a professional story-
her Jewish identity. ability and minority rights is- and Bowdoin has never really events like this more often.” gious and Spiritual Life. teller and actress in the Port-
She discussed on Tuesday sues is a really important part provided any opportunity to The event was co-spon- Baker now sits on the board land theater community.

Student life survey to provide new point of comparison

“Suite of Surveys.” These are the analytics and consulting, noted first year and senior year],” Fin- the Presidential Election [2016], together,” she said, “but other-
by Andrew Bastone Survey of New Students (taken that Bowdoin typically has com- neran explained. that’s a major shift in the country wise, these kinds of broad-based
Orient Staff
before first years arrive), the En- paratively high response rates on She further highlighted how and people’s perspective,” said and longitudinal work, we didn’t
Earlier this month, the Col- rolled Student Survey, the Senior surveys, but felt the rate on the issues unique to sophomore and Finneran. “So if we see a change, have access to.”
lege sent first years, sophomores Survey, the First-Year Advising recent student survey was “a lit- junior year, like switching majors is it because something hap- The results of the survey
and juniors the Enrolled Student Survey and the Parents Survey. tle bit disappointing.” and the motivations behind such pened at Bowdoin, or is it more will be summarized in a report
Survey, a mid-year assessment of Previously, Bowdoin admin- Finneran explained that the a change, are difficult to gauge in of a national thing? So it enables created by The Office of Insti-
student life at Bowdoin that will istered modified versions of the new survey, in addition to COF- the Senior Survey. us to kind of calibrate against tutional Research, Analytics
allow the College to compare the New Students, Senior and First HE membership, increased the “When they’re graduating, what else is going on.” and Consulting and provided
student experience at Bowdoin Year-Advising surveys. College’s information pool. As they forget that they planned to Stephanie Foster, associate to the members of the 2019
to several dozen peer schools. COFHE, founded in the 1970s, sophomores and juniors were be a chemistry major,” she said. director of institutional research, Class Council: President Henry
Roughly 50 percent of students is a research organization with 35 not surveyed by either the New Another benefit of Bowdoin’s said that prior to Bowdoin’s Bredar, Vice President Raquel
completed the survey. member colleges which focus on Student or Senior Surveys, the COFHE membership is the abil- COFHE membership, it was Santizo, Treasurer Theo Chris-
In 2015, Bowdoin joined accessibility in higher education. Enrolled Student Survey pro- ity to compare trends between much more difficult to compare tian and Programming Director
the Consortium on Financing Student surveys are one part of vided an opportunity for insight other member colleges. trends at Bowdoin to trends at Kiraney Loving. Data judged to
Higher Education (COFHE). the group’s data analysis. into their experience. “Let’s say we’re looking at se- peer institutions. be important to other depart-
This membership requires the Christina Finneran, vice pres- “It’s nice to be able to inter- niors’ experience over time. For “The NESCAC schools had ments within the College are
College to administer a five-part ident of institutional research, polate between the bookends [of the seniors who graduated after done alcohol and drug surveys then distributed accordingly.

FIRES that the urgent focus is ridding

the residences of flammables. A
Burn injuries, though, have
only resulted from candle-based
my wife had all this garland
and some real candles [on the
further focus on fire safety educa- fires. According to Nichols, hos- mantle],” he said. “They burned
of the now contraband candles. tion will come in the fall. Nichols pital visits and severe burns arose down too low and caught some
“There is no plan to enter will be emphasizing the impor- from both a January 2014 fire in of that stuff on fire. We quickly
rooms right now,” said Ranen. tance of fire safety, especially the Coles Tower, which ignited a stu- put it out, but that’s how quickly
“We trust our students. And dangers of candles, in his annual dent’s polyester clothing, and the it can happen.”
there won’t be [a plan to enter meetings with incoming first February fire in Quinby House. He now recommends bat-
rooms], because I hope people years in the first-year bricks. No students required hospital tery-operated candles.
take our policies seriously. The Less than five weeks ago, visits after the Baxter fire. “You can get the ambience
consequences from a health and a discarded candle in a trash All three fires occurred late at and warm glow of a candle,” he
safety and a student discipline can set a Quinby House room night in single bedrooms: Coles said. “So I would recommend
viewpoint are severe.” aflame. The room’s resident was at 11:50 p.m., Quinby at 4:50 any sort of battery-operated can-
Students can dispose of any transported to Maine Medical a.m. and Baxter at 2:15 a.m. De- dle. There are dozens of them on
candles in one of three specif- Center for treatment of sec- spite the presence of fire alarms the market, and they are safe and
ically marked drop-off points, ond- and third-degree burns. and sprinklers, Nichols stressed look great.”
which are located in the Thorne Sprinklers were activated in the the increased dangers from these
Hall lobby, the Moulton Union building, causing the bulk of the late night fires.
dining lobby and near the Infor- upwards of $10,000 in damages. “Are students going to hear
mation Desk in the David Saul
Smith Union.
Nearly every student residence
has a sprinkler system, excep-
[the alarm]? Are they in a deep
sleep? Have they been drinking
Yes, Brunswick is lovely, but
Students who have a specific
candle they want to keep for
tions being the apartments on
84/86 Federal Street, according to
heavily the night before and are
in a really deep sleep? Are they
really you should get out more.
memorial, ceremonial or reli- information provided by the Of- wearing noise-cancelling head-
gious reasons can turn it into fice of Environmental Health and phones? Are they wearing ear-
the Office of Safety and Security Safety. Ranen added that not ev- plugs?” he said. Play & Stay in Portland
for safekeeping. If they wish to ery college has such an extensive Late-night candle fires are not without breaking the bank!
use their candle, they can check sprinkler-based fire prevention limited to the College alone. In
it out from the Office of Safety system. Sprinklers were not acti- January, a 4 a.m. candle fire ravaged Rates Start at $35 !!
and Security and light it either vated during the Baxter fire. a three-unit apartment building
off campus or in an approved There have been 19 fires in in Brunswick. It caused extensive 33 Hampshire Street,
on-campus location. The candle campus residence halls since 2012, property damage but no personal Show your student ID and get Portland, Maine 04101
must be checked back in imme- according to publicly available in- injuries, according to reporting by 20% off your stay
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leave for summer. caused by cooking, whereas only the dangers of a candle fire.
Ranen and Nichols both said three have been caused by candles. “Back four, five years ago,
6 Friday, March 29, 2019

Concordia Forum and intellectual egalitarianism
reached out to professors and about how a class that we teach around a table and to address the course, the grades and all meetings this semester will re-
by Reuben Schafir posted in the Student Digest is part of students’ overall edu- professors by their first names. that stuff,” said Chakkalakal. volve around the present and
Orient Staff asking students to apply. The cation,” said Hamilton. Within the egalitarian param- “But it’s also about learning the future of higher education
Around the bar at Modera- selected participants, who The group pushes its mem- eters of the group, participants how to have conversations in America, Eisner and Ham-
tion Brewing on the first Fri- specialize in different depart- bers outside of their social actively and politely disagreed with people. First, your peers ilton anticipate that the group
day in March, 10 students and ments and disciplines, will comfort zones as well as their with one another as they de- obviously, but then also your will evolve over the coming
10 professors discussed the meet three times this semes- intellectual ones. bated the week’s articles. professors.” years as students come and
purpose of American colleges. ter to discuss the purpose of “Even for me, as a faculty For some members, the re- The Concordia Forum go and introduce new topics.
The group, formally titled higher education in the Unit- member, I’d never met Pro- lationship between students helps satisfy what Chakka- Hamilton hopes that future
the Concordia Forum, had ed States. fessor Hamilton before,” said and professors was especially lakal called a “hunger” on discussions will raise ques-
departed from the couches in On March 1, Ratner facili- Professor of Africana Studies welcome. campus for non-academic tions that, when asked, “you
the Massachusetts Hall Facul- tated the group’s first discus- and English Tess Chakkalakal, “Part of graduate school is discussion of ideas. It resem- wouldn’t immediately know
ty Room and walked to Mod- sion on the origins of higher who was present at the Con- interacting with professors in bles other debate groups on what department would have
eration Brewing to continue education, guided by two ar- cordia Forum’s first meeting. a more collegial [way],” said campus, such as the Merciless the answer … We’re looking
their conversation, which ticles by novelist Marilynne “And it’s very rare that I talk to Sam Lewis ’19, who attended Debate Society and the left- for other questions, other
lasted for over two hours. Robinson and historian An- Professor Kohorn because he’s the first meeting. “So I wanted ist-oriented Reading Group, ideas, where everyone will be
Mollie Eisner ’21, Ben Rat- drew Delbanco. Fitting with a scientist—those aren’t my to also get some more experi- both of which were created able to contribute something
ner ’19 and Visiting Assistant the goals of the forum, the friends … we’re such a small ence with that, which I abso- this past fall. All three were and everybody will be able to
Professor of German Andrew conversation revolved around college and yet, I don’t even lutely got out of it.” founded without the aid of learn from the others.”
Hamilton founded the Con- collaboration and interdisci- know [them].” Professors also appreciated an administrative office on Eisner noted that the group
cordia Forum in hopes of cre- plinary work. The dynamic in the room the opportunity to forge more campus and, in the cases of will be looking for new mem-
ating a space for intellectual “We’re put in these silos— was “very respectful,” said personal, intellectual relation- the Concordia Forum and the bers, both students and pro-
discussion between members we’re doing our own work, and Eisner. “But it also felt differ- ship with students. Reading Group, began as stu- fessors, for the coming year
of Bowdoin’s community— we’re doing our own teaching, ent than a classroom setting,” “One of the things about dent-led initiatives. and that there will be a post in
staff, faculty and students our own research and all of she noted, citing the choice higher education is that it’s Though the forum’s dis- the Student Digest when the
alike. Eisner and Ratner that, but we’re not thinking to sit on couches rather than about being in the classroom, cussions at its two remaining group is accepting applications.

Let’s go strawberry picking: changes in dining menus

Government, Kennedy runs room. Her entree salads have pose proteins, such as teriyaki epitome of this food recycling ple. But every dining employee
The Common the group, which is larger than moved foot traffic from the chicken or blueberry tempeh, phenomenon. I talked to encouraged me, and
Food usual this semester, consisting hot line to the salad bar, caus- creating new, impromptu dish- “We don’t write a menu for all other students, to submit
by Eliana Miller of 16 students. ing longer lines by the vege- es and avoiding food waste. Supers; it’s what’s available,” comment cards frequently.
“Almost everything that tables instead of the fries—a Some days, chefs decide what said Kennedy. “Just like at I offered Erickson-York
Forgive me Thorne Food we’ve done … is because of change that brings a sly smile salad to serve based simply off home, whatever is in your re- a few suggestions, while be-
Waste Owl, for I have sinned: students. Bowdoin students to her face daily. of available salad dressings, all frigerator is what you’re going moaning the loss of Thorne’s
most mornings, I pick the don’t dictate change; they dis- “When I was in the kitchen of which are made on campus to use and it really helps us to falafel salad, which made a
strawberries out of the fruit cuss change,” Kennedy said. cooking, everybody had their in the dining halls. keep the inventory down and brief appearance in the spring
salad bowl. I’m not the only “The students have been just turns making meals because The entree salad rotation now keep from wasting it.” of 2017.
culprit; most people don’t want wonderful about making sug- we cook to order in the kitch- includes over 120 different sal- Changes in the dining halls “If you all stop picking the
pineapple on their oatmeal or gestions, and they’re always en; it’s not made way ahead of ads, which are on a seasonal cy- come about thanks to student falafel balls off the top, we’ll
in their cereal, so they careful- thoughtful suggestions and time. So I thought, ‘why don’t cle depending on what vegeta- and chef creativity, but they make that one again,” she
ly collect slices of strawberries ideas. I think that’s why I’ve we do something like that in bles are locally available. While can become complicated or- promised me. “We make ev-
from the top of the fruit salad loved it here; this is more like the salad room?’” explained the classic Caesar salad is one chestrations. Bowdoin Dining erything from scratch, so the
instead. a partnership.” Erickson-York. “Why don’t we of Thorne’s most popular plant- staff must consider seasonal amount of falafel balls we had
But a month ago the mixed Other initiatives encourage make salads that could have based dishes, Erickson-York availability of produce, various to make was ridiculous, and we
fruit salad disappeared, and student participation in menu meats on them or whatever hopes that through more inno- student dietary restrictions retired that salad.”
with it went my guilty con- creation, such as Just Like else the cook wanted; salads vative entree salads, students re- and the need to scale up reci- And so returns the guilt of a
science. Now, melons, straw- Home Night, which features that we make as we go. And so alize “what you can actually do pes to serve nearly 2,000 peo- picky eater.
berries and pineapples are recipes submitted by students. what started out to be this lit- with a salad instead of just piling
placed in different containers, Some of these dishes, along tle small thing turned out to be raw vegetables on top.”
and I feel less selfish as I ladle with recipes from students’ 700-plus salads a week.” Much like the impromptu
strawberries onto my oatmeal. time abroad, have entered Every day for lunch and salads, Thorne breakfast now
This change, like many others Moulton and Thorne’s regular dinner, Thorne serves two en- includes roasted vegetables to
in the dining halls, was made meal rotations. tree salads: a tossed salad and add to your morning eggs, a
in an effort to reduce food “Our students here travel an additional impromptu salad clever repurposing of leftovers
waste and came about thanks a lot. So there are some ideas that is “made up on the fly” from the previous day’s salad
to the creativity of Bowdoin that students will share when using leftover ingredients. The bar that satisfies the ever-in-
chefs and students. they come back from traveling, imagination needed for these creasing pool of veggie lovers.
Bowdoin Dining uses menu which is fun,” Kennedy told daily concoctions did not come But Super Snacks is the
management software to track me as she excitedly bragged overnight; Erickson-York
production and usage of menu about David Crooker, produc- spent her first two years in
items to minimize excess food tion manager and head chef the salad room looking for
production and waste. Break- at Moulton, who travels every new recipes, researching
fast fruit salad food waste year and brings back many online and constantly
used to be at 20 percent, Mary new dishes to test in the dining devouring cook-
McAteer Kennedy, executive halls. books.
director of dining and book- As the primary consumers “[Salads]
store services, told me. While of Bowdoin Dining dishes, allow any-
official data has not been col- students greatly affect the body to be
lected since the change, most menus—through the Commit- creative,”
dining employees agree that tee, comment cards and their she said. “In
plates on the dish line have eating habits more generally— order to be
less extra melon and pineap- but chef creativity, such as that that creative
ple, and sourcing managers are of Crooker, is needed as well. and create
beginning to purchase fruit at Despite health trends increas- new recipes, I
more efficient quantities. ing over the past few decades, spend a lot of
You can thank the Stu- the entree salad did not be- time googling.

dent Dining Committee for come a staple in Thorne until I google every-

the deconstructed fruit salad 2015, when Assistant Chef thing: What if any-

phenomenon. Students on the Anita Erickson-York entered body had thought

committee meet with Kenne- the salad room. about making some-
dy and other tenured staff in Erickson-York started thing like this? Or like
Bowdoin Dining to propose working in Jack Magee’s Pub that? Or I might like to
and discuss change. Along and Grill in 2002, then worked combine two together and
with Nate DeMoranville ’20, as a line cook in Thorne in see if it works out.”
chair of facilities and sustain- 2005 and, most recently in Erickson-York and other
ability for Bowdoin Student 2015, moved into the salad cooks in the salad room repur-
Friday, March 29, 2019 FEATURES 7

Presidential politics: the insiders and outsiders

Woods, Harris, Chamberlain, family members who had worked not an alumnus, taught English colonies in Africa. Edwards then two years—about as long as the
by Emily Cohen Hyde, Sills, Coles, Howell, En- at or attended the College. He at Bowdoin for nearly 30 years, became the head the Ford Foun- periods served by Alpheus Spring
Orient Staff teman, Greason, Edwards, Mills, himself graduated from Bowdoin in addition to being Dean of Stu- dation’s Middle East and Africa Packard and Athern P. Daggett,
College presidents are a spe- Rose. In all, Bowdoin has had 15 in 1976, by which time his knowl- dents for three years and Dean of Office, working part of the time the two interim presidents.
cial kind of celebrity. They’re presidents—all men, all white— edge of the school had already the College for nine. in Pakistan. He went on to serve “To me, it’s kind of course
probably not the kind you’d stop plus two interim presidents who started to accumulate. The “outsider” presidents had as president of Carleton College corrections,” said Cross of the
to take a picture with, but wheth- don’t tend to make the list. Eleven Beginning about halfway no prior connection to Bowdoin: for nine years and later returned alternating pattern. “You need
er or not we realize it, many of were born in New England and down the list, Cross began to William DeWitt Hyde, James to Pakistan to head the Depart- to have people who are probably
Bowdoin’s presidents’ names are five graduated from Bowdoin. notice a pattern: since the sixth S. Coles, Willard F. Enteman, ment of Health, Education and familiar with the tradition and
ubiquitous on campus. During Before assuming the presiden- president, Joshua L. Chamber- Robert H. Edwards and Clayton Housing under His Highness the people you’re comfortable with.
their tenure, they’re the face of cy, four were Bowdoin professors lain, the Bowdoin alumnus and Rose. Hyde, like Bowdoin’s first Aga Kahn, the Pakistani prince. At the same time, it also helps to
the College at its best, and bear and another three were profes- professor, Civil War hero and five presidents, was a minister; He did all this before assuming have an outside view every now
the brunt of criticism. Some are sors at other colleges. The first former Maine governor, the Coles, a chemistry professor the Bowdoin presidency in 1990, and then.”
remembered for decades for five presidents were ordained presidency has been occupied by and research supervisor at the at age 55. “But then people sort of feel
their contributions, while others Congregationalist ministers; the an “insider” and an “outsider” in Underwater Explosives Labora- Fifteen presidents over 217 like they want to have someone
seem to hardly leave a trace. last three were a government alternation. tory of the Woods Hole Oceano- years means that the average who’s an insider again,” he added.
Bowdoin’s presidents have led, official, a lawyer and a business- The “insiders,” according to graphic Institute; Rose, a profes- length of a Bowdoin presiden- Why the need to course-cor-
represented and shaped the Col- man. While their paths looked Cross, had attended or taught at sor at Harvard Business School cy is about 14.5 years. In truth, rect? It could be related to the
lege’s 217-year history. Where different, they all ended up in the the College, or both. Chamber- with a 20-year career in finance. the average is likely skewed by fact that, with Chamberlain’s ten-
did they come from? What roles same position. lain, Kenneth C.M. Sills, Roger Perhaps the most circuitous Sills, Bowdoin’s eighth president ure, each president began to take
did they fill? How are they re- “Each one does leave their own Howell Jr. and Barry Mills all path was that of Edwards, Bow- and an insider who served for on new and different roles, from
membered, and for what? This mark,” said Secretary of Develop- graduated from Bowdoin—in doin’s thirteenth president. He 34 years, the longest term yet. reformer to fundraiser. How the
series will examine the presiden- ment and College Relations John 1852, 1901, 1958 and 1972 re- received degrees from Prince- Hyde, an outsider and Sills’ direct presidents interpreted those roles
cy at Bowdoin, the celebrities of Cross, who serves as the unofficial spectively—and all but Mills ton, Cambridge and Harvard predecessor, is close behind at 32 and what they accomplished
our small college in Maine. To College historian, having grown were professors as well; Mills was Law School before working for years. The twelfth president, En- within them are the topics to be
begin: the presidents themselves. up in Brunswick “in the shadow a member of the Board of Trust- the U.S. State Department, spe- teman, also an outsider, served covered in the next installment
McKeen, Appleton, Allen, of Bowdoin” and with several ees. A. Leroy Greason, though cializing in the affairs of former the shortest tenure at just over of this series.

Joseph McKeen Jesse Appleton William Allen Leonard Woods Jr. Samuel Harris
Years in office: 1802-1807 Years in office: 1807-1819 Years in office: 1820-1839 Years in office: 1839-1866 Years in office: 1867-1871
Path to the presidency: Soldier, Path to the presidency: Minister and Path to the presidency: Minister and Path to the presidency: Theologian Path to the presidency: Pastor and
schoolteacher and minister in Bever- Christian lecturer president of Dartmouth University and translator professor of Theology at Bangor
ley, Massachusetts Fun fact: Appleton’s daughter married Fun fact: Allen’s tenure was interrupted Fun fact: Entering the office at 32 Seminary
Fun fact: Before accepting the nom- Franklin Pierce, Bowdoin alumnus in 1831 because a law passed by the years old, Woods was one of the Fun fact: Harris was the first
ination to be the first president of and the fourteenth U.S. president. Maine legislature required college pres- youngest college presidents in the Bowdoin alumnus (Class of 1833)
Bowdoin College, McKeen demand- idents to be re-elected every year, and United States at the time. to become president.
ed a salary of $1,000 annually and Allen failed to win a majority. A sub-
1,000 acres of “good land.” sequent lawsuit reinstated Allen when
it was ruled that Bowdoin, as a private
institution, was not under the jurisdic-
tion of the Maine state legislature.

Joshua L. Chamberlain William DeWitt Hyde Kenneth C.M. Sills James S. Coles Roger Howell Jr.
Years in office: 1871-1883 Years in office: 1885-1917 Years in office: 1918-1952 Years in office: 1952-1967 Years in office: 1969-1978
Path to the presidency: Bowdoin pro- Path to the presidency: Minister Path to the presidency: Winkley Pro- Path to the presidency: Professor Path to the presidency: Profes-
fessor of Modern Languages, military Fun fact: Hyde penned the Offer of fessor of Latin Language and Literature of Chemistry at Middlebury College sor of History and Government
officer and governor of Maine the College in 1906. at Bowdoin and Dean of the College and Brown University, researcher and at Bowdoin and Acting Dean of
Fun fact: Chamberlain received a Fun fact: Only one of two presidents Acting Dean at Brown the College
Congressional Medal of Honor for his not born in the United States, Sills
Fun fact: Coles earned a Ph.D. in Fun fact: After graduating from
was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia,
“daring heroism and great tenacity” as chemistry and worked as a research Bowdoin, Howell received a
but moved to Portland, Maine a year
lieutenant colonel of the 20th Maine supervisor at the Underwater Ex- Rhodes Scholarship to study at
later. (The other president, Robert H.
Infantry in the Battle of Gettysburg. Edwards, was born in London.) plosives Laboratory in Woods Hole, St. John’s College Oxford.

Willard F. Enteman A. Leroy Greason Robert H. Edwards Barry Mills Clayton Rose
Years in office: 1978-1980 Years in office: 1981-1990 Years in office: 1990-2001 Years in office: 2001-2015 Years in office: 2015-present
Path to the presidency: Professor of Path to the presidency: Pro- Path to the presidency: U.S. State Path to the presidency: Lawyer and Path to the presidency: Vice
Philosophy at Wheaton College and fessor of English at Bowdoin, Department Bureau of African Affairs, member of the Bowdoin Board of chairman at JP Morgan & Co.,
Union College Dean of Students and Dean of Ford Foundation, president of Car- Trustees professor at Harvard Business
Fun fact: Enteman held a B.A. and Ph.D. the College leton College and head of Department Fun fact: Mills majored in School
in philosophy, as well as a MBA from Fun fact: Greason was the of Health, Education and Housing in biochemistry and government at Fun fact: Born in San Rafael, Cal-
Harvard Business School. oldest Bowdoin president to the Secretariat of His Highness Aga Bowdoin, and received a Ph.D. in ifornia, Rose is the only president
assume office, at 59 years old. Khan in Pakistan biology and a J.D. degree. from the West Coast.
Fun fact: Edwards sat on the boards of
eight nonprofits and other organizations. OTHERS COURTESY OF GEORGE J. MITCHELL SPECIAL COLLECTIONS
8 Friday, March 29, 2019


Behind glass doors and walls, the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and
Archives may seem like a work of art itself. On the third floor of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library,
it’s quiet and secluded, pristine and untouched. But even after hundreds of years, the items in
the collections teem with life, welcoming history buffs and curious minds.
In addition to over 50,000 rare books, Special Collections and Archives is home to hundreds
of documents and objects that relate to Bowdoin’s history in unexpected ways. Some items tell
the stories of people, like the jersey from a Red Sox player turned Bowdoin hockey coach or a
hilariously blunt New Year’s note found in a student’s personal scrapbook. Others remind us of
parts of the College’s past that we’d rather forget, like the certificate accompanying a dead body
transported to Maine Medical College in present-day Adams Hall. If that gets you down, ask to
see Abraham Lincoln’s handprint—it’s huge.

By Ann Basu
Friday, March 29, 2019 9



MEMORY AND MOVEMENT: Assistant Professor of Dance Aretha Aoki (center) debuts her interdisciplinary dance piece inspired by the story of her grandfather, which grapples with the weight of history and contradictions.

‘Wind in the Pines’ grapples with family history

with Tuberculosis in fifth grade her family’s past. Her grandfa- something and more about how part of the piece since its first itera- personal gets transformed through
by Emma Sorkin but survived and he later went to ther was a musician, practiced the story lives in my body and my tion in 2015. the relationship [of the mediums]
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Shinagawa City Hall to enroll in psychic Reiki and crafted beau- imagination and how I can express The remainder of the perfor- and sometimes tension between
The theater is dark, and nobody the army. tiful hand-made flowers. Yet he it in this way.” mance consists of dance without the mediums and things that you
is on the stage. The lights are off Aoki began planning this hour- also fought in World War II on The performance continues narration, accompanied by ani- don’t quite expect to come together.”
and the room is quiet until a voice long interdisciplinary dance per- the side of the Japanese and had with the two accompanying danc- mation, fog, music and wind from The interaction of the various
breaks the silence. Assistant Pro- formance—which opens tonight been abusive. ers mirroring each other’s every two portable fans. The back of the media is designed to enhance the
fessor of Dance Aretha Aoki’s voice in Wish Theater—in 2015. She Translating this story into a move and Aoki squatting in the stage is covered in a screen which impact of the performance; Aoki
is broadcast throughout Wish and her husband and co-collabo- performance, Aoki attempted to center, cueing each movement depicts Aoki’s family photos with explains that the various elements
Theater, but she remains off stage. rator Ryan MacDonald knew they grapple with the paradoxes of her by banging two rocks against one animated images within the pho- are meant to further the story’s
“He doesn’t remember how wanted to create a piece about her grandfather’s life. She crafted the another. tographs. While Aoki focuses on narrative without explicitly divulg-
many people he killed. He doesn’t family’s history on her father’s initial narrative, and then pro- “It’s been interesting to feel what the spoken and physical compo- ing details of her family’s story.
tell me if they were civilians, chil- side—one which she knew little ceeded to experiment with ways it’s like to inhabit a set with imag- nents, MacDonald, who is a visual “It can be very vulnerable to
dren,” Aoki begins. about and felt disconnected from. to translate the contradictions ery and know that I am part of that artist, creates the superimposed expose personal information, but
As the performance “Wind in After talking to relatives, trav- she encountered into dance. imagery, with the masks and the images that serve as a backdrop for I think there should be an element
the Pines” commences, she contin- eling to the National Archives “I started with questions about different outfits that we have on. It the performance, along with the of the personal no matter what in
ues the narrative with brief anec- and exchanging letters with her my family history, but then I be- has a really journey-like progres- set he designed. artwork … you can feel the per-
dotes about her grandfather’s life: grandfather, which had to be came more interested in the ten- sion from beginning to end, start- “I love those unexpected sur- sonal in so many ways,” said Aoki.
growing up in Japan, he listened translated with each correspon- sions within his story and his life ing with this story evolving in an prising meanings that can come “Wind in the Pines” will be per-
to college baseball games on his dence, Aoki began to uncover a that he embodies,” she said. “It be- abstract way,” said Shaina Cantino, from juxtaposing different me- formed at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the
family’s radio, he was diagnosed previously unknown aspect of came less about literally depicting one of the dancers who has been a diums together,” Aoki said. “The Wish Theater.

The Building of the Future, 100 years later: Bowdoin College

Museum of Art celebrates lasting legacy of the Bauhaus
senior lecturer in Environmental temporary in interaction between laboration was always key. Republic, transformative work other, sometimes at great risk,” said
by Brianna Cunliffe Studies, approached Curator of these pieces. So seeing the Schlem- “[The Bauhaus masters] devel- poured from the Bauhaus, until af- Homann.
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the Bowdoin College Museum of mer right beside the marble?” oped ideas in conversation, and ter consistent defunding efforts and One such individual was Serge
Bowdoin students need look Art (BCMA) Joachim Homann Banks said of the Bauhaus sculp- when you see their work in the gal- relocations, the school was eventu- Sabarsky, who became a New York
no further than Coles Tower or about the upcoming centennial. ture which stands at the entrance leries, you suddenly realize: they ally closed by the Nazis in 1933. art dealer after his exile in Vienna.
the VAC fishbowl to see examples Serendipitously, Homann had just to the permanent collection. “It were, in this moment in the 1920s, Its impact, however, was far Through his estate, the BCMA
of Bauhaus architecture. This year, received an email from a lending makes complete sense.” thinking literally along the same from over. Pearlman’s course ex- displays a highlight of the exhib-
Bauhaus’ hundredth anniversary institution with a wealth of Bau- The museum is not the only lines,” said Homann. amines Bauhaus members’ move- it—Wassily Kandinsky’s “Small
will bring this legacy to the fore on haus artifacts. place on campus celebrating the Striking lines abound, whether ments to London and eventually to Worlds.” This series of 16 prints is
Bowdoin’s campus. The exhibition slowly came to centennial. There is currently a in the prints by Wassily Kandinsky, America, where, from Harvard to signed and dedicated by Kandinsky
Founded in 1919 in Weimar, life. Through Pearlman’s course, display of student responses to photographs of the Bauhaus studio Haystack Mountain, they contin- to Bauhaus founder Walter Gropi-
Germany by architect Walter Gro- “The Bauhaus and its Legacy: the Bauhaus at Edwards Art Cen- or even found in the furniture and ued dreaming of a newly-designed us, both paramount figures in mod-
pius, the revolutionary modernist Designing the Modern World,” ter, a concert of Bauhaus music household wares on display. Be- world. ernism and twentieth century art.
art school proclaimed its aim “to students engaged intimately with by students of Senior Lecturer in neath the constant playful explora- “It’s a moment in which all Across the world, on paper and
create a new building of the future not only the work produced by the Music Frank Mauceri on April 9, tion, Homann sees the underlying they’re doing is planning for the in the skyline, buildings and books
that will unite every discipline … Bauhaus, but also the culture of lectures such as “Haunted Bau- current which sets this school and future. And then it breaks, and celebrate 100 years of the school
as a clear symbol of the new belief creative expression it fostered. haus” and even a forthcoming its moment in history apart. there’s this wave of building after which, as Homann believes, main-
to come.” After Dobbins and Dankin museum venture in virtual reality “These people wanted to re- the war that is unprecedented in tains significant relevance today.
What followed was a move- graduated, Danny Banks ’19 in- at the Goethe-Institut on April 12 spond in positive and productive size,” Pearlman said. “This comprehensive vision
ment that forever changed defini- herited the project. As a assistant and 13. ways to the devastation of the war. In modern cities, in furniture in of society that the Bauhaus de-
tions of art, design and architec- to the curator, he has found that an “This is the semester of the Bau- They felt that they needed to start every home, in countless spin-offs veloped through the arts—this
ture, stretching across the world essential aspect of this project is the haus,” said Banks. from a new foundation,” said Ho- and reiterations: thanks to these is something that is still posing a
and across the century. Among BCMA’s focus on creating dialogue The combined effort of many mann. “People started, with scraps myriad students and masters, the challenge. It’s not settled yet,” he
its fanatics are Alex Dobbins ’18 with its permanent collection. departments in bringing this cen- and trash, trying to rebuild the Bauhaus endured. said. “There’s still a lot that the
and Juliette Dankin ’18, who last “They’re thinking about how tennial celebration to life mirrors world.” “Its legacy really rested on in- Bauhaus can offer us.”
fall, inspired by their indepen- to make old art contemporary, or practices of the Bauhaus itself, in Despite the political polarization dividuals who carried the spirit The exhibit will be on display
dent study with Jill Pearlman, at least to acknowledge the con- which, as Homann explains, col- and grim realities of the Weimar from one side of the Atlantic to the through May 12 at the BCMA.
10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, March 29, 2019

Exhibition highlights new dimensions in Inuit music

by Viv Daniel
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What sounds and rhythms
come to mind when one thinks
of the Arctic? The latest exhi-
bition at the Peary-MacMillan
Arctic Museum, “A Resounding
Beat: Music in the Inuit World,”
which opened Tuesday, offers a
taste of Inuit music both rooted
in tradition and charged with
Arctic Museum curator Gen-
evieve LeMoine filled the mu-
seum’s gallery with an array of
recording devices, photographs,
visual depictions of musical tra-
ditions and modern LP records,
while examples of various Inuit
music genres play on surround-
ing walls. The centerpiece—an
Inuit drum made from animal
hide, which was the sole musical
instrument in Inuit society for
thousands of years—underscores
the exhibit’s vast historical lens.
LeMoine explained that the
exhibition came to be as the
museum searched for new top-
ics to explore as well as alter-
native ways of highlighting the PAST TO PRESENT: “A Resunding Beat: Music in the Inuit World” highlights
collection. After much careful the diverse range of Inuit music from vocal traditions to contemporary innova-
searching and brainstorming, tions, showcasing the interplay between music and visual representation. The
gallery space is packed with listening devices sampling different tunes.
Inuit music emerged as an un-
tapped theme. German and British missionar- regularly today.
“We thought it would be an ies starting in the mid-1700s. To Gordon, the recasting
opportunity to look at that in- Gordon explained that as- and appropriation of European
terplay [between music and art]; pects of traditional Inuit music, music by Inuit artists shows the
to look at what traditional music such as a technique known as enduring identity of the native
was like and how it’s represented throat singing performed by Labrador communities.
in both two-dimensional and Inuit women, were banned by “The initial ‘call upstairs’ may
three-dimensional artwork,” Moravian missionaries who have been from the colonizer,” he rock, McLaughlin points out things,” she said. “It’s still an active relation-
said LeMoine. believed the style to be satanic. said. “But the answer has been that artists such as Tanya Tagaq LeMoine said that she hopes ship, and I think that’s one thing
Tuesday night’s opening was Contending with the spread of Inuit through and through.” still incorporate traditional Inuit Bowdoin students will be ex- that should get students excit-
accompanied by a lecture titled Christianity and its colonizing The theme of adaptation elements such as throat singing. cited not just for the objects on ed,” said LeMoine.
“Called Upstairs: The Inuit Voice influences, the Inuits began to echoes throughout even the LeMoine emphasizes the view, but also for the history they LeMoine is confident that “A
in Moravian Music,” delivered adapt Western music to their modern elements of the exhibi- importance of showcasing new embody. She noted the ongoing Resounding Beat” is “an exhibit
by Tom Gordon, professor of own artistic sensibilities. tion. Curatorial assistant Lauren and innovative music in shaping relationship between the Col- that has something for every-
music at Memorial University Gordon played a choral piece McLaughlin ’19 worked with a modern understanding of the lege and Arctic communities, one,” no matter your musical
of Newfoundland. Gordon’s written by Inuit composer Na- LeMoine over the summer to Arctic. cultivated by Museum Director taste.
lecture explored the connection tanael Illiniartitsijok which re- curate the playlist for the exhi- “The people in the Arctic Susan Kaplan, as a potential “A Resounding Beat: Music in
between Inuit music and the mains the first known piece of bition. Though many songs in aren’t frozen in some historical source of collaboration between the Inuit World” will be on view
Moravian church music, first church music composed by an the selection derive influences past. They are modern people Inuit communities and pieces at the Arctic Museum through
established in North America by Inuit person to be performed from contemporary pop and doing amazing contemporary from Bowdoin’s collection. December 31.

Grab your Ivies gear: an early musical weekend in Portland

town might shake with hun- venue dripping with twinkly arrangement of instruments over a bonfire in marshy grass. In “Sunny Day,” while they
Arts In These dreds of pounding feet and in- lights and old rugs. The Suit- is as rough and jangly as his With both the spectacle of his sing about recognizing internal
Parts tense shreds. Just remember to case Junket is Vermont-born musical style. Sitting on an old, sound arrangement and a new sadness through a positive ex-
by Kayla Snyder shield your eyes if you see me Matt Lorenz’s one-man band, faded accordion case, Lorenz is album dropping the next day, terior (”It’s a sunny day, sunny
try to air guitar. a project born from a guitar the conductor of a pit orchestra I imagine the concert will car- day, but it feels like pouring
Temperatures in the high 40s On Thursday, April 4, the pulled out of a dumpster and, filled with dried bones, broken ry the energy of both a highly rain”), the song still concludes
beg the lingering piles of snow Suitcase Junket will be perform- as I imagine, the energy of bottles, thrifted silverware and anticipated movie premiere and with a hopeful, light-hearted
to sink back into the earth, ing at 8 p.m. at One Long- a handlebar mustache. sawblades. a baby shower gone wild. What conclusion that “well, life goes
and bare legs to begin to peek fellow Square—an While this old guitar I struggle to place the Suitcase better way to spend your night? on.” Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
out below shorts and dresses. intimate takes center stage Junket within a genre. While Two days later, an even wacki- does not sugarcoat life but
With spring break over and on his tracks, Lo- “Mountain of Mind” carries all er time awaits in the State The- merely chooses to focus on the
many students’ closets swelling renz is a true the conventions of a folk ballad, atre where the four-man funk bliss of crushes at 13, on “fool-
with newly thrifted overalls and multi-instru- Lorenz’s warm voice soaring band Pigeons Playing Ping Pong ing around when the lights go
bucket hats, murmurs begin to mentalist, through the chorus, guitar will showcase its famously nutty down,” on celebrating the peo-
wind their way through dorms whose chords still growl stage personas and undeniably ple and things they love.
and dining halls: so, how close in the background joyful tracks. Their music will I am sure you have always
is Ivies? like angry revving have you craving a disco floor wished that Ivies Saturday
If you are one of the many engines. In “Ev- to slide across, as electric guitars headliner would have you but-
students counting down the erybody Else,” and self-described “drumagic” terfly dance to funk grooves,
days to a long weekend filled gentle acous- and “electro-swag” accompany and even if E-Board never an-
with head-banging, clout tic guitar plucks the smooth voices of vocal- nounces that Lipps Inc. is com-
glasses and bad decision-mak- accompany a new ists Greg Ormont and Jeremy ing to take us to Funkytown,
ing, I’m happy to tell you that whistling tone coming Schon. If you need more con- Pigeons Playing Ping Pong will
a music-filled few days could from Lorenz, equal parts vincing, Ormont shares an eerie have you scanning the ceiling
come sooner than anticipat- Bob Dylan and Andrew similarity to iconic comedian for a disco ball. And while the
ed—if you can find a ride. Next Bird. Nearly all of Lorenz’s mu- Eric Andre, a comparison that Suitcase Junket’s musical entou-
weekend, Portland boasts a pair sic sounds slightly too loud, as transcends just the physical, as rage takes the form of gas cans,
of performers who may excite though every song is a recording Ormont dives into an eye-bulg- toy keyboards and old shoes,
you more than vibey R&B art- from a live show with the speak- ing, tutu-wearing, chaotic stage any episode of “Chopped” can
ists. Between Suitcase Junket’s ers turned up a bit too high. personality in a quest for positive tell you that even the wildest
growly folk-blues sound and The Suitcase Junket sounds energy throughout a set. arrangement of ingredients can
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s like heat vibrating off sandy As the band’s name indicates, make a damn good dish. So,
(isn’t the band’s name entice- highways, like a too-strong none of its music is all that deep. pack a bag, grab a paddle—this
ment enough?) psychedelic KAYLA SNYDER bass rattling the windows in No dark themes about death or early April musical weekend
funk jams, Portland’s down- your car, like buzzing cicadas heartbreak hide in the lyrics. will be worth the trip.
Friday, March 29, 2019 11

Will Murtagh ’22 scored
the winning goal for the
men’s lacrosse team (5-3)
against Endicott College
(2-6) on Wednesday.
The game finished in
overtime with the Polar
Bears scoring eight goals
to Endicott’s seven. Jake
Crossman ’20 and Jeff
Powers ’19 were also high
scorers, netting three
goals apiece. Bowdoin
will face Trinity College
in Hartford Saturday at
1 p.m.


BOAT: The sailing
team began its spring
season this week, but
heavy winds at the Vietor
Trophy, held at the
Coast Guard Academy,
capsized nearly every
boat in the field on
COURTESY OF JAY OVERTON Saturday, including a
HEY BATTER, BATTER: Sam Roy ’19 delivers a pitch in Florida. She became the fourth athlete in program history to pitch a no-hitter, reaching the milestone in a 3-0 victory against Framingham State. Bowdoin crew. Only four
races in each division

Softball team posts impressive record in Florida could be completed. In

Rhode Island, another
team competed in the
and finished as the runner-up throughout the trip and ex- no-hitter in program history. line Rice ’19 and infielder Sam Friis Trophy, ending the
by David Yang in the NESCAC championship pect to continue [doing] so While posting ten strikeouts, Valdivia ’19 down the stretch. day with a 3-6 record.
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last season, seeks to build on during the rest of the season.” Roy surrendered just a walk in “Caroline Rice, Sam
Returning from two weeks its success after graduating six Small roster aside, the team the seventh inning, Framing- Valdivia and Sam Roy were so
of intense training in Minne- integral players. benefits from both offensive and ham’s only base runner of the consistent with their play in
ola, Fla., the Bowdoin soft- Having added only three defensive depth, Sullivan noted. game. The Polar Bears went on Florida that their experience
Squash and men’s golf
ball team is ready for spring first-year members, the team is “One of the best things to win 3-0. really showed for younger
to travel north with them. learning to adapt to a contract- about our offense so far this “No-hitters don’t happen players,” wrote Sullivan. coach Tomas Fortson
After beginning its season in ed roster of only 13 members. year is our ability to strike at all the time, so it was an amaz- Back in Brunswick, the announced he will leave
Minneola with five consec- “We have many players in any part of the lineup, liter- ing process to watch her com- players are hoping to stay hot the College at the end
utive victories, the team re- new roles or at least expand- ally 1-9 we can score runs,” plete,” Sullivan wrote. “Sam as they open conference play of the school year to
turned to Brunswick with an ed roles in certain positions,” Sullivan wrote “That depth on has worked very hard over her tonight in the first game of become a golf club
overall record of 11-5. wrote Head Coach Ryan Sul- offense really helps.” four years and to see her de- a three-game series against professional. He coached
The annual training trip livan in an email to the Ori- The trip was punctuated by a velopment is pretty cool.” Trinity (7-3) despite the snow. the men’s and women’s
proved to be especially valu- ent. “The lack of experience no-hit performance by Sam Roy Sullivan also noted out- The Polar Bears’ first home
squash teams for 19 years,
able this year as the team, at times caught up with us , ’19 on March 19 against Fram- standing individual perfor- game is scheduled for April 5
leading them to nearly
which posted a 31-12 record but we made improvements ingham State, only the fourth mances from outfielder Caro- against Tufts.
400 combined victories.
He worked with the
men’s golf team for 16

Off the track and into the pool: diver named All-American years and led it to three
top-five finishes in the
NESCAC championship.
A nationwide search will
ground, but Ryan’s athletic histo- recognizes the positive impact
by Benjamin Mason soon begin to find new
ry was unique. his teammates have had on his
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“Throughout high school I growth.
coaches for the squash
When Mitchell Ryan ’19 was [ran] track. I [also] played soc- “We … had some strong and men’s golf teams.
a sophomore at East Lyme High cer and lacrosse,” said Ryan. “I freshmen come in that definitely
School, he didn’t know whether [even] tried pole vaulting in high pushed me to go harder this sea-
his school had a pool. Six years school [but] didn’t really like it son,” Ryan said. “[This] probably THE MULE-ER
later, Ryan has been named too much.” helped me in the national rank- REPORT?:
an All-American diver in the Despite his nontradition- ing too, which is good.” The baseball team
NCAA DIII Swimming and Div- al athletic background, Ryan Ryan also credits his coach, (0-10-1) will face Colby
ing Championships. learned diving quickly. Come Kelsey Willard, for his success.
(6-1-0) this weekend in
The diver also finished his ca- senior year, he was an official “Coach has definitely played a
Waterville in a three-
reer at Bowdoin on a high note, Bowdoin recruit. The College’s big part in my career as a diver. I
placing eighth in the first 3-me- co-ed dive team consists of just feel like I wouldn’t be where I am game series. The first
ter event at nationals and sixth in seven members, so the recruit- now without her,” Ryan said. game takes place tonight
the 1-meter dive. ment standard is very high. Ultimately, Ryan is grateful with a double header
Ryan, who is from Salem, Diving is not without chal- for the familial environment that beginning at noon on
Conn., joined his high school lenges, however. For Ryan, Bowdoin’s swim and dive team Saturday. All three games
diving team on a whim after learning new dives is always a fosters. will be broadcast live on
spending a gym class in the pool. demanding process. “It’s like one cohesive unit … the Northeast Sports
“It was a lesson of water polo, “Learning new dives is pretty A lot of other schools are very
and we ended up going off the hard because, in the pool, if you divided in terms of swimming
diving boards afterwards. The smack, it’s a pretty big impact and diving, but Bowdoin does a
coach came over to my friend on your mental state” Ryan said. really good job of incorporating
and I and told us to join the div- “You obviously don’t want to do both swimming and diving and
ing team,” said Ryan. “So we went the dive again after you smack [uniting] their programs,” said
out and joined.” once and then smack again.” Ryan. “I actually live with three JACK BURNETT, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Usually, divers come from a While Ryan acknowledges other swimmers. They’re three of SWAN DIVE: Mitchell Ryan ’19 placed eighth in the 3-meter dive and sixth in COMPILED BY KATHRYN MCGINNIS
gymnastics or trampoline back- he is self-motivated, he also my best friends.” the 1-meter event at the NCAA DIII Swimming and Diving Championships.
12 SPORTS Friday, March 29, 2019

Curling team places eighth in National Championship

together to have a meal.
by Dylan Sloan “Especially because they’re
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small teams—you only have
Without the fanfare of oth- four people on the ice at any
er athletic organizations on given point—then suddenly
campus, the curling team has you get to make friends and
quietly grown into one of the meet some really interesting
College’s most successful club people,” said Kylie Best ’19.
sports programs. On March This welcoming atmosphere
10, the team earned an eighth- isn’t just perpetuated by the teams
place overall finish at the USA themselves but also supported by
College Curling Championship the tournament organizers.
held at Broomstones Curling “They have an award every
Club in Wayland, Mass. year called the ‘Spirit of Curl-
The tournament featured ing’ award. It embodies team
16 teams from schools of all values like sportsmanship and
different sizes from across the camaraderie,” said LeBlanc.
country. Bowdoin was placed “That’s what curling is: being
in a pool with teams from MIT, respectful. It’s pretty friendly.”
Colgate University and the LeBlanc and Best articu-
eventual national champion lated that the Bowdoin team’s
North Dakota State University. commitment to inclusivity and
After a challenging round of fostering a sense of community
pool play, the Polar Bears hand- within the team is what differ-
ily beat University of Oklahoma entiates Bowdoin from other
8-2 to advance to the semifinals schools—and also contributes
of the consolation bracket. to its success.
“It was very much a national “[Our success] is a factor
tournament feel,” said captain of our team getting bigger and
Zach LeBlanc ’20. “Everyone us getting more practice time,”
there wanted to do well. We were said LeBlanc. “We’ve been
pretty serious about meeting and committing more time to team
stretching before games to get practices on the weekends.” COURTESY OF RANDY BOBACK,
ready for whatever was ahead.” “We made a concerted effort [BOBACKPHOTOGRAPHY.COM]
However, this competitive to make sure the entire team CATCH ME CURLIN’: (Above,
attitude was balanced with the was included ... that’s what from left:) Matt Swiatek ’20,
sportsmanship and camarade- makes us different,” added Zach LeBlanc ’20 and Izzy Vakkur
rie associated with curling. Best. “We are really trying to ’20 compete in Massachusetts.
“[The atmosphere] was integrate newer folks. We want (Right) Matthew Henry ’20 jokes
pretty friendly. After the them to have fun and feel the with teammates before a match.
games, everyone would get culture of the sport and not tament to everyone on the team.”
together and talk with teams feel like the new kid that got In Best’s mind, the team’s
they hadn’t gotten to meet brought along.” success has been dictated by
before,” said LeBlanc. “We Not only does this inclu- more than just the group of
got dinner with [the team sivity foster a healthy team five athletes who attended the
representing] the University atmosphere, it also promotes national tournament.
of Oklahoma one day, who is team depth and helps grow “I hesitate to say that the
becoming one of our distant the program’s skills. nationals team [won us this
friend teams.” “This year was probably our tournament] because it was
Part of curling’s camara- strongest national showing that not just the nationals team
derie can be attributed to the we’ve had in my four years of that took us there,” said Best.
tradition of broomstacking. Bowdoin, just based on the fact “Rather, it was every single
Broomstacking refers to the that we’ve all played together for person that came to practice
custom that after every game, so long,” said Best. “I anticipate and everyone that came to a
no matter the outcome, the that next year will be an even bonspiel and added to those
two competing teams come stronger showing. That is a tes- collective team points.”

Sterling Dixon crushes program records in championship meet

by Itza Bonilla Hernandez als—securing a strong seventh athlete to athlete. Dixon decided
Orient Staff place finish—and was named to do a taper meet in December,
Over spring break, All-Amer- All-American. rather than just for the end of sea-
ican Sterling Dixon ’19 competed When Dixon returned to cam- son championship.
in the NCAA DIII Swimming & pus for her junior year, though, Then leading up to Nationals,
Diving Championship in Greens- she struggled with near-constant Dixon did not swim for more
boro, N.C., where she placed exhaustion. than 10 minutes a day, in accor-
second overall in the 200-yard “I had a lot going on, and it was dance with her new taper plan. At
Butterfly, breaking school and showing in the pool. I was not Nationals, it all paid off.
personal records in the event. able to get the most out of prac- “The amount of rest that I
Over the course of the three-day tices, which in the end definitely need is actually very usual for the
meet, she also placed 4th in the affected my swimming,” Dixon events that I swim,” said Dixon.
200 Freestyle, 7th in the 200 IM said. Dixon attributes much of
and was part of two relay teams Eventually, Dixon discovered her success to Burnham and his
that placed 5th and 6th. her iron and B12 levels were es- coaching style.
Competitive swimming has pecially low, leaving her tired and “We were both open to com-
always been a family affair for sluggish. municating on his coaching and
Dixon. When her older sister was “I didn’t do as well as I hoped my training style to ultimately
eight years old, her father—who last year, which was hard because come up with a method that
swam competitively in his college that was the second bad season would help me succeed as a
years—signed her up for a rec- KAYLA SNYDER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
I had out of the three that I had swimmer,” said Dixon. “I think
reational team, and six-year-old been here,” said Dixon. that’s really important, and I don’t
Dixon was towed along to all of
JUST A LITTLE TAPER: Sterling Dixon ’19 was named an All-American at the NCAA DIII Swimming and After that season, Burnham know many coaches that are will-
Diving Championships. A new strategy of more tapered workouts before meets allowed Dixon to recover faster.
the practices. and Assistant Coach Cathleen ing to do that.”
“I had to watch her practice, switched to a USA swimming was something that was really at- With an illness restricting Pruden sat down with Dixon to Though Dixon competed in a
and I was really bored. I hated it,” team. Competing on both her tractive that I did not find at any her early-season trainings, Head see what they could do different- majority of individual events at
said Dixon. “I told my dad that high school and USA swim team of the other schools I looked at.” Coach Brad Burnham helped ly to help her have a successful Nationals, her teammates have
I wanted to be on the team, so I until her senior year, Dixon fell in Upon arriving at Bowdoin, Dixon come up with a training final season. A large part of this made all the difference for her.
became part of the team at age six, love with Bowdoin as a recruit. Dixon was excited to get to work. plan that would help her have a was finding a taper schedule that “If I was training alone I would
and I guess that’s how it started, “Out of all of the recruit trips “Going into my freshman year, successful season. That year, Dix- worked well for her. not be where I am today,” Dixon
from the pure boredom of watch- that I attended, Bowdoin was a I was really excited and I had a lot on qualified for Nationals in the Tapering is the process where said. “The number of times that
ing my sister.” school that I genuinely enjoyed of expectations for myself,” said 200 Fly at a “Last Chance Meet.” athletes rest their bodies before all of my teammates pushed me
Dixon swam for a recreational my time at,” Dixon remembered. Dixon. “[But in the first week During her sophomore year, big competitions so they build to be better in the pool and chal-
team until she was eight years old. “I fell in love with the team and of December] I found out I had Dixon went on to place in the top muscle rather than break it down. lenged me is a direct correlation
Then, both Dixon and her sister the team environment, and that mono.” eight in the 400 IM at Nation- The optimal schedule varies from to my success.”
Friday, March 29, 2019 SPORTS 13

Women’s basketball falls short of season goal

Team finishes superlative season with a loss to Thomas More in NCAA championship game.
More Than
A Game
by Ian Ward

Perfect is the enemy of

good. Or, in the case of Bow-
doin women’s basketball, of
It’s difficult to look back on
a 31-2 season and feel some-
how disappointed. But it’s not
impossible. In a sense, we, the
fans, are spoiled. This past sea-
son unfolded in mesmerizing
and exhilarating fashion for
our pleasure but not really for
our benefit. Like Pavlov’s dog,
we heard the final buzzer and
looked around, expecting a
It’s not a totally unwarranted
reaction after a season so chock-
full of electrifying stimuli. Some
brief highlights: January 19,
Abby Kelly ’19 becomes the fif-
teenth player in program history
to reach one thousand points;
January 26, the Morrell-shaking,
come-from-behind, revenge-is-
so-sweet victory over Amherst;
February 1, the fourth-quar-
ter-stunner against Middlebury;
March 2, Senior Taylor Choate’s
record-tying, Wonder Wom-
an-esque 38-point effort against
Smith in the second round of
the NCAA tournament.
But that’s not all. We also
saw: the first number-one
ranking since 2007; the first SECOND CHANCE: (ABOVE)
undefeated regular season Coach Shibles prepares to celebrate
since 2003; the first back- a Bowdoin victory over Amherst in
to-back appearances in the
January. (RIGHT) Abby Kelly ’19 and
Cordelia Stuart ’19 fight to regain
NCAA Final Four and cham-
control of a rebound in a game
pionship game in program against Hunter College in the NCAA
history; junior Maddie Has- tournament.
son’s arrival as one of the best
forwards in the league, maybe More’s 18, the team failed to
in the entire division; Kelly’s capitalize on this slim advan-
establishment of herself as one tage, getting outscored on
of the best players in program points off turnovers 31-14. On
history and the emergence of top of that, the team shot dis-
the Bowdoin-Amherst rivalry mally from deep, hitting only
as one of the best and fiercest seven of twenty-seven from
in Division III hoops. beyond the arc. Faced with
We were spoiled, but the team Thomas More’s size and ath-
was deserving. For us, the team’s leticism, the Polar Bears dug
67-81 loss to Thomas More in themselves a hole too deep to
the championship game of the escape from.
NCAA tournament—the sec- The end of a season allows
ond such loss in two years—was for a moment of pause, an op-
a disappointment, a heartbreak. portunity to look both back
For the team, it was, in Coach at what has unfolded and for-
Adrienne Shibles’s words, “com- ward to what is to come.
plete devastation.” But how to begin evaluating
An autopsy of the Polar this past season in some com-
Bears’ performance in the prehensive way? By almost every
championship game reveals metric, both intrinsic and extrin-
a number of wounds, some sic, Bowdoin women’s basketball
self-inflicted, but many typical is the best it has ever been, and
of playing a team as talented, this season was among the best
and as tall, as Thomas More. in program history.
Bowdoin was out-rebound- By the trophy-shaped-yard-
ed 39-31 and trailed 12-21 in stick that the team uses to short on both does leave a sour out of our rhythm of what we turnover will prove even more team’s average scoring. The rest
second-chance points while measure it’s progress, though, taste in all of our mouths.” do, of how we play basketball,” challenging than usual. After of the rotation will be fleshed
managing to eke out a two- even this season falls short. If there’s a silver lining, said Shibles. the 2017-18 championship run, out by the promising younger
point advantage in the paint. “Two of our main goals this leave it to Shibles to find it. But the lining is thin and of- Bowdoin graduated 24.6 av- ranks—notably Sela Kay ’22,
The real killers, though, were season were win a NESCAC “You don’t get better unless fers only minimal cushioning. erage points per game, or 30.8 Moira Train ’21 and Annie
points off of turnovers and championship and national you’re exposed in some ways,” “I can’t even utter the words percent of its average scoring Boasberg ’22, all of whom saw
said Shibles, reflecting on the ‘I wouldn’t trade it.’ Of course power. After this season, it will valuable minutes this past sea-
game a week later. And if this I’d trade it. Of course I’d trade graduate 40.2 average points son—and augmented by five
“I can’t even utter the words ‘I most recent pair of defeats it for a championship,” she per game, or 47.9 percent of its incoming first-years.
wouldn’t trade it.’ Of course I’d exposed anything, it was that
maybe it’s possible to want
So where to go from here?
average scoring power. Not to
mention the defensive losses,
But let’s not get ahead of
ourselves. For now, let us,
trade it for a championship.” something too much. Player turnover is a fact which include a NESCAC De- the fans, give thanks. For the
–Coach Adrienne Shibles “Ιn the couple of moments of life in collegiate hoops, fensive Player of the Year. The thrills. For a Golden Era of
that we failed with regard to and adapting to a constantly margin is not insignificant. Bowdoin women’s basketball.
the outcomes, I would say that changing squad, said Shibles, is Next year’s team will be built For a reason to feel proud of
three-point shooting. Al- championship, and we knew it came from a really good one of the great challenges, but around the pillars of Hasson our school and of our commu-
though Bowdoin actually we could get back to both of place of holding on too tight- also one of the great rewards, and Sam Roy ’20, whose respec- nity. For the knowledge that, in
forced one more turnover than those points,” said captain ly, of wanting it so bad that we of coaching at the college level. tive 14.6 and 9.3 average points not too long, the whole thing
it surrendered, 19 to Thomas Hannah Graham ’19. “Falling held on tightly and that took us But this year, adapting to the per game constituted 28% of the will start all over again.
14 Friday, March 29, 2019

All’s fair in admissions?
While we were all away on Spring Break, news broke of a particularly salacious
college admissions scandal. From photoshopped athlete photos to fake diagnoses of
Exploring the diversity of
learning disabilities, the extent to which some parents would go to get their children
into college shocked many of us.
Or maybe it isn’t so surprising.
There are plenty of legal ways that families attempt to achieve an edge in the college
admissions process. SAT and ACT prep classes, expensive boarding schools, intensive
Maine English that sounds almost
summer athletic camps, private college consultants, essay help—the list goes on and Pine Tree like the one from
on. It might not be pretending to be a water polo player or flying to Houston to take an Perspective Boston: often marked
SAT administered by a paid-off proctor, but the college admissions process has never by Lowell Ruck by R-lessness except
been an even playing field. between the end of
To focus only on these scandals, and not the broader inequities, is to perpetuate In 2013, Josh Katz, a graphics a word and another
these structures and to let those of us who have legally used our privilege continue to editor for The New York Times, starting with a vow-
ignore all the advantages we have received. published an online dialect quiz el, at the beginning
Though Bowdoin wasn’t tied up in the recent wrongdoing, many students here ben- entitled “How Y’all, Youse and You of a word and in
efited from privilege during the college admissions process. Every student on campus Guys Talk.” After you answer a series words like “nurse”
deserves to be here—but there are hundreds, if not thousands, of students out there of questions about what term you and “bird.” In con-
who aren’t here because they never heard about Bowdoin, didn’t know how to navigate might use for a specific concept and trast, someone
college admissions or didn’t receive the kind of enrichment and encouragement that how you might pronounce a certain from Jonesport
would have let them make the most of their potential. vowel, the quiz compiles your an- in Washington
As President Clayton Rose and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Whitney swers and shows you a heat map of County might
Soule told the Orient this week, Bowdoin’s SAT-optional policy plays a key part in what areas of the United States cor- speak with a sim-
protecting the College from one of the attempts seen in this scandal. It also makes respond to the linguistic features of ilar pattern, but
admissions overall more equitable for students who are either not good test takers or your speech. I took the quiz during without an r in
unable to access score-raising activities such as retaking the test, enrolling in pricey my freshman year of high school, not “nurse” or “bird.”
prep courses or attending schools that integrate effective prep into the curriculum. Now expecting the algorithms to point to Move north to
more than ever, we are proud of this policy. any geographic area very strongly. I Aroostook Coun-
The newly introduced video supplement is another strategy that diminishes the ef- have always had a more or less Gen- ty and you might
fects of legal privilege-leveraging. It provides an opportunity for students to represent eral-American accent, closer to what even encounter
themselves to the College without benefiting from outside help, paid or unpaid, in the news broadcasters might use than English speak-
way that they might with an essay. any particular local dialect—or so I ers whose vowels
Going forward, we would like to see the College consider more policies that coun- thought. At the end of the quiz, the sound more Cana-
teract the privilege-maintaining structures that exist in college admissions across the state of Maine lit up bright red, along dian than Amer-
nation, and as such we would like to toss out some ideas. While we’re sure the admis- with a substantial part of Massachu- ican. And that’s

sions team has already considered these ideas, we think it’s important that students setts and New Hampshire. According not even counting

and the campus community talk about the way admissions works here. Providing the to the map, I talked like a Mainer. many native French

opportunity for, or even requiring that, students submit portfolios of their high school While this quiz was fun, it also speakers whose En-

work could mitigate grade inflation at private high schools or provide a more thor- made me wonder: what is Maine’s glish is inflected by
ough view of students’ work over time. Continuing to expand recruiting travel and dialect after all? Some people have the language of their
the availability of alumni interviewers would allow students who might find getting to a certain idea of it from humorous upbringing.
Brunswick challenging the opportunity to make a dynamic, personal impression on portrayals like in Marshall Dodge’s A lot of these
the College. “Bert and I” stories or in Maine features seem to be
Bowdoin has a history of being on the forefront of equitable college admissions, comedian Bob Marley’s sets. Some intensified in older, more rural and ations where they want to indicate
becoming the first college in the nation to go SAT-optional in 1969. In the wake of this others might have picked up a few lower-income people; you’re unlikely their Maine upbringing, even where
national scandal, the College ought to raise the bar even higher by continuing to break hackneyed words and phrases— to hear a Portland fisherman talk the they might not have used it before.
down the role of privilege in admissions. We’ve done it before, we can do it again. And things like “you can’t get there from same way as a CEO in the same city, Adopting or bringing out some form
keep doing it until the process is fair. here” or “wicked good”— from tour- for example. You’re also less likely to of the dialect is an important way of
ist guidebooks. But as with many hear a teenager ordering an “Italian” distancing oneself from people from
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, regional speech patterns, including than you are to hear her ordering a away and also serves to reinforce
which is composed of Anjulee Bhalla, Roither Gonzales, Dakota Griffin, George the often-butchered and closely re- “sub.” But there are some broad sim- identity among locals.
Grimbilas, Calder McHugh and Jessica Piper. lated Boston accent, most people ilarities—most people around here I never thought I talked much like
outside the Pine Tree State and even talk about their “camps” rather than a real Mainer. But as The New York
some within it don’t really have a their “cabins” and would use “rotary” Times’ dialect quiz shows, and subse-
good grasp on what distinguishes instead of “traffic circle.” quent research has confirmed, may-
the way we talk. Many Mainers also have more be I do after all. Maine is home to a
As it turns out, if you look at the than one idiom at their disposal. wonderful variety of accents and dia-
ESTABLISHED 1871 linguistic data more closely, Maine Code-switching is common, espe- lects that follow both geographic and
bowdoinorient.com orient@bowdoin.edu 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 doesn’t have just one dialect of En- cially when stronger-dialect speakers social patterns. While there might be
glish. Just as Maine is divided into might want to approximate the speech some general regional features, and
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and information
relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, many different cultural regions, of their general-American-speaking while there’s definitely a few varieties
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in Mainers’ speech is also divided by interlocutors. Language is also an that fit a certain stereotype, there is
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse geography, socioeconomic status important means of asserting social no singular form of Maine English.
discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community. and age. Among English speakers in belonging. However, I’ve heard peo- Ayuh, bub. That’s what I like to call
Portland, you might hear an accent ple put on a stronger accent in situ- wicked awesome.
Calder McHugh Jessica Piper
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Friday, March 29, 2019 OPINION 15

The impossible quest to fix the Senate we cannot see legitimacy outside states’ residents we fore- toral College, the to protect the small states from
Our America of it, and when we perceive areas closed the possibility of Supreme Court the large states, but there simply
by Lorenzo Meigs
to be lacking in democracy, we populating it with long and, once upon a is no justification for small states
rush to fill them with democ- serving and well-in- time, the Senate. to dominate large states.
racy. It is, in our eyes, the salve formed elder statesmen, But the solu- So, what to do? Unfortunately,
Whether you view the Consti- the solves all. Thus, the pre-17th and we ensured that its tion to the Senate, outside of finding a way to con-
tution as tantamount to scripture amendment Senate—a legislative deliberative character despite what a small vert the Senate into a virtuous
or as nothing but a hypocritical body disconnected from popular would be dimin- but growing number aristocracy, there is no real solu-
piece of parchment, it seems sovereignty—was at once illegiti- ished—such dem- of voices on the right tion. Article V of the Constitution
Americans can agree that in these mate and anachronistic. It could ocratic opening will tell you, cannot even precludes the possibility of
decisive times it is a deeply un- not stand against the common and leveling can simply be to repeal the passing a constitutional amend-
amendable document. Yet, during will of Progressive reform. have no other 17th amendment. Repeal ment to deprive states of equal
the Progressive Era of democratic However, the 17th amendment effect. Where would, in theory, do some- suffrage in the Senate, as there is
zeal that swept our nation from and its advocates did nothing to the Founders thing to provide us with more a requirement that each state con-
the late 1890s to the early 1920s, solve the Senate’s fundamental envisioned a qualified senators, but such a sent to being deprived of its equal
many viewed the Constitution as democratic problem. Indeed, the calmer, more move would never be seen as suffrage. And Wyoming, for one,
too easily amendable; when this Senate is by design anti-demo- considered legitimate. People in a democracy will never consent.
era of reform was finally snuffed cratic. It is a product of the famous Senate check- can only be convinced to cede The Constitution, then, is
out by the economic euphoria of Connecticut Compromise—the ing the hot and power to people, not institutions. flawed beyond repair; to fol-
the Roaring Twenties, our Con- Constitutional requirement that intemperate And even if repeal was feasible, low its commands is to corrupt
stitution was left four full amend- gave each state two senators, and House of Rep- it would do nothing to solve the very country it is designed
ments longer. Income tax was was intended to protect small resentatives, the underlying issue of the to protect. The Progressive
legalized, alcohol was prohibited, states from domination from by we now simply radically disproportional reformers had the right idea
women won suffrage, and—least larger states. The idea of the Sen- have two equally nature of representation about many things, but in the
appreciated of all—the power of ate stems not from an interest in impulsive bodies in the Senate. Senate, they attempted to fix
electing Senators was removed the citizens of America, but from butting heads. LILY FULLAM To illustrate how bad this what could not be fixed, and
from the state legislatures and an interest in the many states that This is not a system this modern-day sclerosis is particular problem is set to be- so they only made the problem
granted directly to each state’s make up America. In this way, it of stability held up by well-de- but a minority mob checking a come, consider the predictions worse. That is why, 230 years
people in the 17th amendment. is best understood as a vestigial signed checks and balances. In- majority mob. This cannot stand. of political scientist Norm Orn- after ratification, the time for
The 17th amendment was, of organ of the Articles of Confeder- stead, it is simply an excess of veto It may be reasonable to think a stein. By 2050, he says, “70 per- a constitutional convention is
course, a fundamental alteration ation; by granting each state equal points that tends only towards well-chosen group of elites can cent of Americans will be living ripening. I will not sit here and
of the mechanics of American power it is designed to protect a gridlock—gridlock that creates a provide a salutary check on a in just 15 states,” meaning that call for it unilaterally; instead,
government, but it is so uncon- type of muscular federalism that power vacuum into which an im- democratic majority, but to think 70 percent of Americans will be together as Americans, we
troversial and little-discussed to- the Constitution itself has helped perial president must necessarily that a random group of people represented by just 30 Senators will all divine when the time
day because it was a reform that to slowly kill and that many now enter. chosen only by geographic loca- while 30 percent of Americans is finally ripe. But never fear—
seems, on its face, both necessary appropriately view as undesirable. Worse, the gridlock such a tion can provide a salutary check will be represented by 70 sen- when we finally reconvene in
and appropriately teleological. In Thus, what we are left with system creates is not even reflec- on a democratic majority is both ators. With these numbers, it Philadelphia, as we must to
a democracy, more democracy now, in the wake of the 17th tive of real disagreement in the dangerous and nonsensical. starts to get difficult to even call chart out the next 200 years of
is always better. Quite simply, amendment, is the worst of both American populace. Given the People cannot check the people; America a democracy. Our fed- our future, there is no reason
democracy is the currency and worlds. By making the Senate deeply undemocratic nature of only elites can do that. This is eral system needs some level of to believe America will not be
common language of our times; responsive to the whims of the the Senate on a national scale, the thinking behind the Elec- disproportionate representation born again, stronger than ever.

Dear Matt Orlando: the College has the money

have supported the cause private- demanded a base—not average— cost of this life-changing wage sponsibilities and duties and the would still keep many cleaning
by Diego Grossmann ly and pretends that many work- wage increase; a starting wage of increase would amount to a mere total compensation—wages and staff below Maine’s median in-
and Benjamin Ray ers do not feel uncomfortable, $12.50 is insufficient to provide $250,000—a drop in the bucket benefits—they receive.” come. Yet, it might mean having
Op-Ed Contributors
afraid or disempowered to speak financial security. The College’s for Bowdoin. How does this “comparison” to pick up less extra work, which
After months of conversa- their truth. attempted fix ignores the press- Two hundred fifty thousand differ from the deep research would allow that much more time
tions with workers to formulate Cleaning staff must consider ing needs of the cleaning staff dollars amounts to 4.9 percent of presented in the Orient’s report, for workers to live meaningful
Bowdoin Labor Alliance (BLA) job security. As an “at-will” state, who will still be paid an unlivable our bloated athletic budget’s “not which compared Bowdoin clean- lives. Beyond a minimum wage,
demands, and Orient reporting Maine employees can be termi- base wage. Twenty-five thousand allocated expenses”—which total ing staff ’s starting wages and ben- it would only cost $590,000 a
on Bowdoin’s compensation nated at any time. Workers rightly dollars a year from Bowdoin $5,076,793, a figure mysteriously efits to compensation programs at year for Bowdoin to raise starting
program, we lament that only fear that voicing their concerns is unsustainable; it amounts to five times larger than most other comparable institutions? cleaning staff up to the Cumber-
public pressure could generate a publicly may lead to retaliation or just over half of Maine’s median NESCAC schools. It’s 2.5 percent Still, any market-based com- land County per-capita income of
response from the College. We are even termination. Targeted intim- income. This means that many of our new football field, on which parison—with comparable in- $37,000 and maintain wage dif-
deeply troubled by the College’s idation and questioning of clean- full-time workers at our almost Bowdoin has won one game. It’s stitutions, local high schools or ferentials with current employees.
effort to mischaracterize student ing staff who have interacted with multibillion-dollar institution still 1.5 percent of the $16.5 million Walmart—ignores the fact that These changes would vault work-
and worker demands, malign the BLA only confirms these fears. need to work multiple other jobs Roux Center. It’s 9.2 percent of full-time workers at these em- ers into the middle class and bring
Orient’s reporting, reject Maine Beyond mischaracterizing the to get by. This is an outrage and Paula Volent’s salary and half of ployers also struggle to get by. the families of senior employees,
Department of Labor standards BLA community as a “student demands immediate rectification. President Rose’s. Orlando himself Data should not come before often primary wage earners, clos-
and silence workers’ voices. movement,” the College has tact- A $15 starting wage is fully makes $235,000—nearly enough people—not when Bowdoin can er to the median family income
Well-researched facts, state stan- fully reframed student and worker realistic. Assuming a 50-person to change the lives of 50 essential clearly put people first. Bowdoin of $96,000. Five hundred ninety
dards and the clear concerns of demands, and contested the Ori- cleaning staff, Bowdoin could members of our community. can and should increase its start- thousand dollars amount to less
workers affected by an unlivable ent’s reporting. Specifically, the raise all wages by $2.50 and still Orlando justifies Bowdoin’s low ing wage, and consequently drive than half the $1.2 million spent
wage are not “misperceptions and Orient revealed that the College preserve pre-existing wage differ- wages citing obscure “third-party change across the regional econo- on yearly “cyclical replacements
incorrect or incomplete infor- rejects state labor standards, which entials between staff. The yearly data” and fails to define what my, if not beyond. of computer lab and classroom
mation,” as Matt Orlando wrote estimate the average wages for cus- he means by: “a comparison of Orlando and other administra- equipment, employee comput-
in his letter to the editor. Yet, the todial staff at $14.10. The College compensation for employees in tors deny the ability of Bowdoin to ers,” and other upgrades—as one
character of the College’s response responded by claiming that, start- various roles across institutions adequately care for our commu- example. A fraction of the cost
is unsurprising; it reflects and re- ing July 1, “the average [custodian] [based] on their actual job re- nity members. When the Maine of Bowdoin’s many new building
affirms a workplace structure that will earn an estimated $14.95.” Beacon asked Scott Hood, senior projects would ensure that all new
excludes workers from any deci- Yet, workers and students vice president for communications staff brought in to maintain these
sion-making process. and public affairs at Bowdoin, if buildings could work full-time
The College claims that “stu- the College considers local rent without having to supplement
dents have voiced concerns about costs or the massive pay disparities Bowdoin’s unlivable wage with
job titles and wages” for cleaning between campus employees when extra work elsewhere.
staff, but these concerns arose determining wages, he presented Workers wonder if anyone
from workers themselves. To these as “larger public policy ques- will take these new jobs, or if new
pretend that workers aren’t—or tions outside the scope of Bowdo- positions will even be offered.
shouldn’t be—part of this con- in’s everyday practices.” Shouldn’t Already after new construction,
versation is to pretend they are making sure workers can afford there is more work than current
not part of our community. BLA rent, food and other daily costs of staff can handle—leading to in-
has strived to publicize worker’s living in our area be our foremost creased injuries, stress and over-
voices, while the College has only priority when determining wages? work. If Bowdoin doesn’t rectify
sought to silence them. Every single person on our campus its wage policy and assure that all
The claim that unlivable wages knows that Bowdoin can afford to new and current workers feel val-
are more important to students sacrifice a degree of opulence so ued and financially secure, future
than to workers negates the voices full-time cleaning staff can take expansion is unsustainable.
of courageous workers who have home an income from Bowdoin Diego Grossmann and Benja-
publicly advocated for necessary that reflects their commitment. min Ray are members of the Class
changes, invalidates others who Even a $15 minimum wage of 2020.
16 Friday, March 29, 2019

Bowdoin Coffee Break featuring Matt
Marolda ’96
President of WarnerMedia Applied Analytics Matthew
Marolda ’96 will visit campus to chat with students. Marolda’s
work involves using statistical analysis to make decisions
crucial to the operation of networks like WarnerBros and HBO.
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall. 3 p.m.

Wind in the Pines
Assistant Professor of Dance Aretha Aoki and video and
sound artist Ryan MacDonald will use visual, sounds and
dance elements to portray the story of Aoki’s Japanese-
American family during WWII.
Wish Theater, Memorial Hall. 7:30 p.m.
PERFORMANCE SCHOLARLY PURSUITS: Students peruse stations at the 2019 National Fellowships: Think Big Expo! on Thursday night in the David Saul Smith
Union. The event featured a panel of student and alumni fellowship recipients and was followed by a fair for students to learn more.
Anna Webber
Up-and-coming jazz musician and composer Anna Webber
will perform a new music collection titled “Idiom” with her
group Simple Trio.
Studzinski Recital Hall, Kanbar Auditorium. 7:30 p.m.

Shades of Green: Germany and the
Environment II Asian Heritage Month Kickoff The Power of Literature: An Interview
Associate Professor of Government Laura Henry, Assistant The Asian Student Alliance will kick off Asian Heritage with Alaa Al Aswany
Professor of History at the University of Rochester and Month with food and cultural festivities. Egyptian author and activist Alaa Al Aswany will discuss
Thomas Fleischmann and Associate Professor of History and 30 College Street. 4:30 p.m. his role as a prominent advocate for democracy in his
Earth, Ocean and Environment at the University of South home country of Egypt. Al Aswany wrote the
Carolina Thomas Lekan will participate in a town hall on LECTURE critically-acclaimed novel “The Yacoubian Building” and is
environmental sustainability in Germany. How to Read a Revenge Story in Early currently a Visiting Professor in Middle Eastern Studies
Lantern, Roux Center for the Environment. 4:30 p.m. Modern Japan at Dartmouth.
Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 6 p.m.
at Harvard University David Atherton will discuss the violent
revenge narratives of Samurai in early modern Japan.
Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center. 4:30 p.m.

Upright Citizens Brigade
Troupe members from the professional improv group will
#MeToo and the Movement to End
perform their annual on-campus show. EVENT Violence
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 8 p.m. A Reading with Poet Emily Skillings Director of Gender and Violence Prevention and Education
Emily Skillings, lecturer in English at Yale, will visit campus to Benje Douglas will discuss the history of movements to
read her published poetry, including the full-length collection prevent sexual violence, including the #MeToo movement
“Fort Not.” and its future at Bowdoin.

SUNDAY 31 Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall. 4:45 p.m. Main Lounge, Moulton Union. 12:30 p.m.


FILM SCREENING Roll Red Roll “Producing Foreigners: China,
“Transit” The Office for Gender Violence Prevention and Education Orientalism, and Asian Americans in US
Frontier will screen the German and French-language film will screen “Roll Red Roll,” a crime documentary focused on Racial Construction”
“Transit” adapted from Anna Segher’s 1942 novel. The film a sexual assault at a high school football party. Following the A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences Nancy E.
focuses on the life of a German refugee who flees from screening, Lisa Peterson and Tim Coston will facilitate Riley will deliver her inaugural lecture on the impact of U.S.
the Nazis. a discussion. ties to Asia on Asian American identity and perception.
Frontier. 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.


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