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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, November 8, 2019 Volume 149, Number 9 bowdoinorient.com

Af/Am celebrates 50 years. See PAGE 7.

Forum caps off Brooks’ first visit as Students to collect

inaugural Joseph McKeen fellow oral histories from
Af/Am alumni
project a “collaborative inde-
by Nina McKay pendent study,” meets with the
Orient Staff
students weekly to discuss their
This weekend, as alumni from progress, but the students also
the past five decades gather on collaborate with one another
campus to celebrate the 50th an- outside of these discussions.
niversary of the Africana Studies “It’s taken a commitment
program, the Russwurm Afri- on the part of these students,”
can American Center and the Chakkalakal said. “I’ve been
African American Society, four very impressed with how they’ve
students—Aisha Rickford ’20, been reaching out to people to
Nate DeMoranville ’20, Marcus get them to sign up for these in-
Williams ’21 and Marina Henke terviews.”
’19—will be seeking to docu- Chakkalakal selected each of
ment their stories. the students based on strengths
The four students have been she observed when they were in
preparing all semester to con- her classes. Henke has experi-
duct interviews over the next ence conducting an oral history
three days for an oral history project in St. Louis; Rickford
project. They will spend 11 has practice crafting narratives
hours on Friday and Saturday through her involvement in the
and half the day Sunday talking Stowe Writers Project; Williams
with alumni who register via works with the Office of Diver-
email or in person about their sity and Inclusion and DeMor-
academic and social experiences anville has an interest in photog-
at Bowdoin and beyond. raphy.
“We’re just hoping that the DeMoranville will be curating
people who are registered to at- a visual photo exhibit of the in-
REUBEN SCHAFIR, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT tend this weekend will be willing dividuals the students interview
HEAR ME OUT: Inaugural Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow Arthur Brooks speaks to students in the Beam Classroom. Brooks’ lecture was only open to and interested in sharing their that will be put on display in
students who registered and read one of his books and watched a documentary beforehand. The talk addressed topics as varied as social media and climate change. stories of Bowdoin with our cur- time for Black History Month in
rent students in order to create February.
national Music Festival. He was students and faculty members Beam Classroom were limited an archive,” said Peter M. Small “The Bowdoin community
by Alyce McFadden 22 at the time, and was working on Thursday evening. Now, over to members of the Bowdoin Associate Professor of Africana will be able to listen to snippets
and Diego Lasarte as a professional musician after thirty years later, he has returned community who pre-registered Studies and English and Director of [the interviews] and look at
Orient Staff
dropping out of college at 19. to Brunswick as the inaugural for the event and were asked to of the Africana Studies Program, the pictures and see the develop-
Arthur Brooks first visited “I remember walking across Joseph McKeen Visiting Fellow. read Brooks’ recently published Tess Chakkalakal, who has been ment of a real historical narrative
Bowdoin College not as a pro- the beautiful campus saying Thursday’s forum served as book “Love Your Enemies” and supervising the project. “We’re out of these interviews,” Chakka-
spective student or a visiting what a dream it would be to go a capstone to Brooks’ visit—the watch “The Pursuit,” a 75-min- making history at the same time lakal said.
fellow but as a French Horn in- to college, and to go to college first of two this academic year. as we’re acknowledging the past.”
structor for the Bowdoin Inter- here,” Brooks told a crowd of Seats in the Visual Arts Center’s Please see BROOKS, page 3 Chakkalakal, who calls the Please see HISTORY, page 3

Coffee house program takes strides against political animosity

and from different backgrounds,” “I decided, you know what, I’m
by Tianyi Xu Ancona said. “[We try] to get gonna have a meeting where peo-
Orient Staff
people from a broad group of ple really talk to each other face to
Bowdoin students and mem- perspectives—not to debate one face with respect.”
bers of the greater Brunswick another but to explain their per- Freshley noted the importance
community exchanged ideas on spective, where they’re coming of representing well-balanced
the role of the American govern- from, what their background is ideas across the political spec-
ment and enjoyed live music on and why they believe what they trum and how Bowdoin was able
Tuesday in Morrell Lounge. believe.” to deliver that at the event.
The event marked the third The event was co-sponsored “We work really hard to get
installment of the What Matters by Make Shift Coffee House, an people with different opinions in
Community Crossover, a four- organization that aims to bridge the room; it doesn’t just happen
part program spearheaded by understanding and commonality overnight,” said Freshley. “For
the Joseph McKeen Center for in contemporary political discus- one thing, [at Bowdoin] we get
the Common Good. Associate sions. Craig Freshley, the group’s a wonderful age mix. That’s what
Director of the McKeen Center founder, moderated Tuesday’s makes it really rich. Secondly,
Tom Ancona believes that these discussion. He emphasized the we get community mix—we
conversations are a useful way importance of listening to under- get people from the community
for students to be introduced to a stand instead of jumping to con- coming in here to vote. Thirdly,
wide variety of political views. clusions and judgements. you have a huge diversity of race
“The goal for us this year was “It really upsets me to see and ethnicity and political views
to establish greater ties with com- how divided we are as a coun- within the student body that peo-
munity members and allow the try … we’re not understanding ple from outside the community
students not only to hear differ- each other’s points of view and don’t generally get exposed to.” SOPHIA WEI, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
ent political perspectives but also showing a lot of disrespect in TAKE A SEAT: Students, faculty and community members from Brunswick and visitors from Richmond, Maine gather
people from different generations our conversations,” said Freshley. Please see COFFEE, page 3 in Morrell Lounge on Tuesday to engage in a discussion about the role of American government.

Three students were involved in serious Students studying different languages Theo Greene returns to Bowdoin after a What’s gone wrong for Bowdoin football Takeaways from the last 50 years of
bicycle crashes. Page 3. recite poetry. Page 4. sabbatical. Page 5. this season? Page 11. Africana Studies at Bowdoin. Page 14.
2 Friday, November 8, 2019

11/1 to 11/7 STUDENT SPEAK:
What advice do you have for prospies?
Friday, November 1 transported to Mid Coast Hospital.
• A student reported persistent and unwant- • An officer brought a student to the hospital
ed social media contact from a person not for treatment of a head injury that occurred Jack Reed ’20
affiliated with the College. earlier during an off-campus outing.
• A staff member reported a missing or
stolen black faux leather chair from the
• A smoke alarm was activated at Park Row
Apartment 4 while a student was drying
“Try both soups.”
student lounge, room 232, Druckenmiller and spraying hair.
Hall. • A smoke alarm was activated in Osher Hall.
• Parts of the campus lost power due to a A minor student was cited for smoking
wind and rain storm. Most campus power marijuana in the room and a baggie of mar-
was restored by 7:30 a.m. ijuana was seized.
• A student at MacMillan House acciden- • A student microwaving popcorn acciden-
tally set off a fire alarm while using a hair tally set off a smoke alarm in Hyde Hall.
straightener. Brianna White-Ortiz ’21
• An officer checked on the wellbeing of an Monday, November 4
intoxicated minor at Maine Hall.
• An intoxicated minor
• A crash bar was damaged on a Morrell
Gymnasium interior door.
“Even if you have to so badly, don’t fart
at Burnett House,
who fell and sustained
• A faculty member requested a
wellbeing check on a student who
if you’re alone in the elevator because
a head injury, was
transported to Mid
received a minor head injury at the
Schiller Coastal Studies Center.
what if someone comes in after you?
Coast Hospital.
Tuesday, November 5
Then they know what you did.”
Saturday, November 2 • A student reported that a microwave
• Neighbors complained oven flamed out in the kitchen at 52 Graham Rutledge ’22
of loud music coming Harpswell; the electric shop determined
from the lawn at Reed
House at 1 a.m.
that the unit had an electrical short.
• Damage was reported to an Apple-
“Don’t be intimidated. We’re all just as
• Staff at SuperSnack
reported a student
ton Hall fourth floor emergency light
stupid as you.”
vomiting in the wom- • A student reported the burglary of
en’s restroom. an unlocked bedroom in MacMillan
• Excessive noise was House. A Texas Instruments TI-84 CE
reported coming from calculator and charger were stolen.
a registered event on the sixth floor of
Coles Tower. Wednesday, November 6 Daniel Viellieu ’19
• A student was cited for carrying an open • An officer escorted a student with abdomi-
beer can inside SuperSnack.
• There was a complaint of loud noise at
nal pain to Mid Coast Hospital.
• Cooking smoke set off a fire alarm at
“Never graduate.”
Maine Hall at 5 a.m. Brunswick Apartment E.
• A student was warned for flying an un- • A student reported seeing a suspicious
authorized drone on the Main Quad. looking man while walking at the old
Note: Recreational/hobby drone use is not Navy base property near Pine Street. Two
permitted on College property. security officers encountered the man and
• A student reported seeing a suspicious ve- determined that he presented no threat.
hicle on campus. The vehicle left the area.
Thursday, November 7
Sarah Byars-Waller ’22
Sunday, November 3 • A dining employee reported the theft of a pair
• A student was observed drinking in public of L.L. Bean boots from an employee locker “You don’t have to wear Bean Boots
on College Street. room at Thorne Hall.
• An officer conducted a wellness check for • A student reported being assaulted by another every single day.”
an intoxicated minor at Maine Hall. student over the weekend. The matter is under
• An intoxicated student at Howard Hall was investigation.



1. Task to do
2. Inscription on a tombstone
3. Those who overpower or control
ACROSS *41. Popular TV show (Abbr.) people
44. Free of clouds 4. Flash-drive nickname
1. “Pie ___” (Faure aria) 45. “Game __ Thrones” 5. Wisconsin state motto that Obama
*5. The current season of 41-across 47. Type of pizza that many Italians used as a campaign slogan
12. Symphony, for one hate 6. Hot __ iced?
13. Yes __ __? 48. Printing essential 7. It was in Cleveland, Ohio in 2016
14. Popular body spray 49. Dem. opposite 8. Frog and ____, popular children’s
15. Baby who’s eating, perhaps? 51. French bullet train book
17. Biblical city, or a new city in CT 52. Former name of the Democratic 9. Hot dorm room necessity
21. Goal in football (Abbr.) Republic of Congo 10. El Paso state (Abbr.)
22. 1914 - 1918 54. Small German city near Stuttgart 11. English king who had six wives
24. Displayed Average Noise Level 58. Jump the ___ 16. “Gross!”
(Abbr.) 59. Live Aid was one 18. Pester
25. Portland’s state (Abbr.) 60. Streets or avenues (Abbr.) 19. Egyptian dog-headed god
26. Astro- suffix 61. Gym class (Abbr.) 20. Song lyric often heard in a church
28. ___ & Hammer 62. Popular major at Bowdoin 23. Retirement plan letters
30. Big swig (Abbr.) 26. CXD has many workshops on how
32. Fencer’s sword 63. Not the beginning to do this *41. With 42-Down, it’s alright for 55. Natural logarithm (Abbr.)
33. Gave a call to 64. Nintendo console 27. New song by 5 Seconds of Summer fighting, according to Elton John 56. S of CSI
34. Bilingual Education Field Based 65. Money machine 29. Klobuchar’s state (Abbr.) *42. See 41-Down 57. What to do with a subscription
(Abbr.) 66. Eye part 31. Pre-Euro German coin *43. What the Olympics are you like
36. Phantom ______ (Oscar-winning 68. Santa ___ winds 35. Monopoly avoidance 46. NBC’s bird 60. Hockey necessity
2017 movie) 69. Like Regina in January 37. Act that prohibited discrimination 50. Utah city 64. Intense card game?
38. World of The Handmaid’s Tale 70. “Yeah sure!” based on disability (Abbr.) 52. Group with Leo and Pisces 65. An isle in a river
40. Health class topic *71. Where 41-Across was filmed 39. Dysprosium symbol 53. Riddler, to Batman 67. Radon symbol
Friday, November 8, 2019 NEWS 3


The Bowdoin Shuttle service, available for students travelling

ute documentary about his life

“I disagree with Arthur
Brooks in quite a few significant
ways, but at the same time, I
think when we have discussions
AND DIEGO LASARTE around campus past 6 p.m., will no longer offer service past 1:30 and work ahead of the event. like this, I realize how many of
a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday or past 1 a.m. Tuesday through Brooks joined Tess Chakka- the values we share,” said Haus-
BOWDOIN ENDOWMENT RETURNS Thursday. Previously, the service ended at 3 a.m. on Friday through lakal, Peter M. Small associate mann. “I think sometimes it’s
Sunday, and at 2 a.m. the rest of the week. professor of Africana Studies easy to get lost in some clear and
10.9 PERCENT IN WEAK YEAR FOR Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols explained that and English, and Associate Pro- substantive but still relatively
COLLEGES NATIONALLY rides after 1:30 a.m. were not often requested. fessor of History Page Herrlinger small … disagreements we have.”
“[An] analysis of ridership shows that less than half of one per- in discussion on topics ranging Brooks had a busy two days
cent [of shuttle use] occurs from 1:30 a.m. to 3 a.m,” Nichols said. from social media to climate on campus. In addition to the
Endowment investment return “I couldn’t justify having drivers sit there for two hours when they change. Thursday forum, he hosted a
30% could be safe at home sleeping.” After delivering a 20-minute discussion on spirituality and
The Shuttle, commonly known as Safe Ride, can transport stu- opening statement describing the pursuit of happiness in the
22.3 dents around Bowdoin and up to a mile off campus. Last academic his upbringing in Seattle, Wash- Student Center for Multicul-
19.2 year, the shuttle transported 21,380 students, up from 18,438 during ington and outlining the premise tural Life, participated in two
the 2017-18 academic year. of “Love Your Enemies,” Brooks government classes and had
Due to the departure of an employee last month, Nichols ex- responded to questions from dinner with faculty. Brooks had
Rate of Return

plained that his office is seeking to fill a position that would allow it professors and students. Many breakfast with the Bowdoin
10% 10.9 to run two shuttles simultaneously on busy days. audience members pressed him Democrats and College Repub-
Nichols denied that the Office of Safety and Security is consider- on the policies of American licans this morning in Lancaster
ing stopping the shuttle service altogether. Enterprise Institute, the con- Lounge.
0% “Absolutely not, there are no such thoughts,” Nichols said. servative think tank Brooks led Benjamin Felser ’22 partic-
-1.4 Nichols explained if students need a ride when the shuttle is not between 2009 and 2019. ipated in the conversation on
operating, security officers are always prepared to assist. Linnean Professor of Biology spirituality at 30 College Street.
-10% “Security officers provide safety escorts for students and employ- and Biochemistry Bruce Kohorn The leader of the Bowdoin Med-
ees at their request,” Nichols explained. “[The] safety of our students and Diego Grossman ’20 both itation Club, Felser said that al-
is paramount.” asked about AEI’s political sup- though he appreciated Brooks’
-20% port for climate change skeptics. focus on issues of happiness
’08 ’10 ’12 ’14 ’16 ’18 Brooks denied that AEI provid- and faith, he found the College’s
HOUSING LOTTERY TO MOVE ALL ed financial support for climate emphasis on that specific area of
Fiscal Year change denial during his tenure Brooks’ study somewhat cynical.
ONLINE FOR NEXT YEAR as president but stressed that “I think that investigating the
In an email to the students on Wednesday, Director of Residential advocates for environmental importance of including com-
Bowdoin’s endowment posted a 10.9 percent return on the fis- and Housing Operations Lisa Rendall announced that the housing lot- protection should respect con- passion and concerns for happi-
cal year that ended on June 30—a performance second nationally tery process will take place completely online beginning this spring. flicting opinions. ness in politics and activism are
only to that of Brown University’s endowment, which delivered a Rendall also confirmed that the new Harpswell Apartments will be “There are trade-offs when it incredibly important to discuss,
12.4 percent return. The return was lower than last year’s of 15.7 available for the 2020-21 academic year. comes to economic development but it seemed like the school
percent return. More detailed information about the housing lottery will be available and environmental concerns. used buzzwords like ‘happiness’
According to the investment consulting firm Cambridge As- to students at the beginning of the spring semester, but Rendall wanted There just are,” Brooks said. and ‘love’ to avoid talking about
sociates, this past year’s median return for endowments was 4.9 to give advance notice to students who may be affected by these changes “Look, none of us in this room his politics,” Felser explained.
percent nationally, while endowments with more than $1 billion in policy. should have to choose between Concurrent with the forum,
in assets had a median return of 5.8 percent nationally. Bowdoin The new system will replace the existing method of room selection, an apocalyptic environmental the Bowdoin Labor Alliance
and Brown’s returns are noted to be outliers, with other peer insti- which takes place in person over the course of four nights. The in-per- scenario and people not dying of (BLA) hosted an alternative dis-
tutions such as Harvard (6.5 percent), Dartmouth (7.5 percent), son format has created problems for some students, especially those poverty.” cussion in the Pickering Room.
and MIT (8.8 percent) being much closer to the median figure. studying abroad. Students who were unable to attend the lottery had to After the forum’s conclusion, Fifteen students and two faculty
As of June 30, Bowdoin’s endowment was valued at $1.74 select a proxy to choose on their behalf. Kohorn expressed frustration members attended a roundtable
billion, up from $1.63 billion last year. The College spent $67.7 The email specified that the Office of Residential Life expects Park with Brooks’ equivocal answer. discussion where they critiqued
million dollars from the endowment on annual operations. Near- Row and Harpswell Apartments to be selected primarily by rising se- “He says we should trust in Brooks’ tenure at AEI, and the
ly half of this figure, $31 million, supported financial aid. The niors. The new Harpswell Apartments, similarly to the Park Row Apart- institutions. Well, let’s trust sci- process that led to Brooks’ ap-
average grant for all aided students is currently $47,000 a year. ments, will be composed of 4-, 6- and 8-room apartments with single ence,” he said. pointment.
Despite the endowment’s impressive performance, there are bedrooms and private kitchens and bathrooms. Associate Professor of Gov- Benjamin Ray ’20, an orga-
still some lingering concerns, said Scott Hood, senior vice pres- ernment Jeffrey Selinger and nizer of the event, said Brooks’
ident for communications and public affairs. Fiscal year 2018- Associate Professor of Govern- time on campus presented an
2019 marks the first time that Bowdoin, with an endowment of
about $900,000 per student, will be subject to the 1.4 percent en-
COFFEE “I want people to realize
that nothing is going to be as
ment and Asian Studies Henry
Laurence both took issue with
opportunity for students to
deeply scrutinize his positions.
dowment tax on net investment returns established by the 2017 healthy or productive as talking what they described as Brooks’ “I think there is a time for dis-
Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Leif Maynard ’23, who attend- to someone face to face … you simplification of contemporary ruption and there is a time for us
In an email to the Orient, Hood explained that though the en- ed the event Tuesday, was one can maintain your own politi- political debates in “The Pur- to think about what we wish had
dowment tax will diminish the College’s investment returns, the of 13 students who traveled to cal identity, even when you’re suit.” Selinger pointed out that been done differently, and for us
College does not expect student aid to be affected this year. $46.2 Richmond, Maine as a part of the communicating with people economic systems are not strict- to come together as a communi-
million have already been allocated from the 2019-2020 fiscal program. In his political discourse [with whom you disagree],” he ly socialistic or capitalistic, and ty to talk about the issues,” said
budget for financial aid, three-quarters of which will be funded with others, he noticed a tendency said. “You should be confident that Americans typically support Ray. “I think it is more important
by the endowment. for political discourse to be affirm- enough in your ideology to some combination of the two. for us as students to develop ra-
“This is a tax on the endowment, so the funds to comply with ing rather than challenging the engage in civil discourse like “There’s a way in which some tional critiques of the system he
the tax will come from the endowment, not the operating budget,” ideas of established authority. this and respect other people’s like to misidentify the problem, works to perpetuate.”
wrote Hood. “That said, every dollar paid out of the endowment “It’s interesting to me coming humanity.” or say it’s about capitalism versus At the conclusion of Brooks’
is one dollar less that can be invested for student aid, for faculty to Bowdoin, which is an institu- Ancona echoed this idea by socialism. In fact, it’s actually a time on campus, Herrlinger
research, scientific equipment, library purchases, technology and tion that I feel really prioritizes clarifying that while the activity debate between different ways of expressed satisfaction with stu-
all the other items supported by the endowment.” consensus building over really was not meant to reconcile dif- organizing capitalism,” Selinger dents’ thoughtful engagement
looking at progressive change,” ferences, it should add compas- said after the forum. “I do think with Brooks’ ideas.
Maynard said. “While I believe sion into what would otherwise that there’s a difference between “We wanted everyone to bring
THREE STUDENTS INVOLVED IN that consensus building is really be vehement disagreements. the person we saw here in this their voices, and their diverse
important, I also think it’s im- “I don’t expect that somebody room and actually what we opinions, and their perspectives,
SERIOUS BIKE ACCIDENTS portant to challenge consensus coming from this conversation somehow managed to kind of and everyone was welcome as
with the established authority.” is going to say, ‘I agree with you.’ see on the Netflix documentary, long as it was in the spirit of
Three students have been involved in serious bicycle crashes Maynard thinks of the dis- In fact, they may have greater or perhaps in other clips. So it honest inquiry,” Herrlinger said.
on campus in recent weeks, Director of Safety and Security Ran- cussion as an exercise on step- disagreements. But hopefully makes you wonder, which is the “And I think that’s what people
dy Nichols wrote in an email to the campus on Tuesday. All three ping out of one’s comfort zone they gain an appreciation for real character.” brought ... I was really impressed
students received minor to moderate injuries and have returned and understanding the perspec- why that person believes what Will Hausmann ’22, dis- with the way students stepped
to campus. tives of people who would oth- they do,” Ancona said. “I think agreed and instead appreciated up.”
The first accident took place on October 5 on College Street and erwise be dismissed with labels that that leads to tremendous the opportunity to find common Reuben Schafir and Ian Ward
the second on October 12 on Park Row. or stereotypes. benefits for everyone.” ground with Brooks. contributed to this report.
“We had [the first] two incidents where students were biking
along and flipped right over the handlebars and went airborne and
came down on their faces, on the pavement,” Nichols said in an
interview with the Orient. Both students received facial and head
HISTORY to record their interviews, and
they have also been meeting
injuries, and one broke a tooth. with Digital Archivist Meghan
The third incident occurred on October 30, when a student on
a bicycle collided with a moving facility van near the Burton-Little
House, resulting in a shoulder and face injury.
Nichols also noted in his email that the Office of Safety and
After conducting the inter-
views, the students will spend
the next few weeks transcribing
the recordings. The transcripts
Doyle to learn about creating
oral history projects.
The students will be stationed
next to the Af/Am/50 registra-
Security has recently received numerous recent complaints from will be preserved in the George J. tion table to solicit interviewees,
drivers about near misses with cyclists in and around campus. Mitchell Special Collections and and they will be conducting the
“We have also had a number of pedestrians who were using Archives in Hawthorne-Longfel- interviews in Adams Hall. They
campus walkways that reported bicyclists operating unsafely and low Library. currently have 10 alumni signed
coming too close to them on the walkways,” Nichols said.
Nichols said that while bike accidents themselves are not un-
Chakkalakal explained that li-
brary resources have been essen-
up via email, and they hope to
increase that number to 50 with
common on campus, the occurrence of three incidents in as many tial to the project; the students in-person signups by the end of
weeks prompted him to send a safety announcement to campus. will be using library equipment the weekend.
4 Friday, November 8, 2019



SIDE BY SIDE: At the opening of the “African/American” exhibition on Thursday, Curatorial Assistant Elizabeth Humphrey showed viewers two stylistically connected portraits by pioneering African American artist Joshua Johnson.

‘African/American’ reflects on artistic achievement

tour, is part of this weekend’s In addition to commemorating Dove developed written and audio college. The actual portrait, which one of the first exhibitions at an
by Annika Moore AF/AM/50, a celebration of the AF/AM/50, the idea for the exhib- labels to accompany the pieces in is currently in the National Por- American museum to focus on art
Orient Staff
50th anniversary of the Africana it came from a desire to reunite the exhibit. trait Gallery at the Smithsonian by and about African Americans.
Joshua Johnson, one of the Studies program, the John Brown Johnson’s portraits. One of the “[We wanted to] pose ques- in Washington, D.C., is the only At the time, it attracted prominent
first professional African-Amer- Russwurm African American portraits, thought to be of a man tions to the audience so that they known likeness of him. visitors, including Martin Luther
ican artists, spent the majority Center and the African American named Abner Coker, is owned by can come away reflecting on the Although the exhibit mainly King Jr. and New York governor
of his career painting portraits Society (now the Black Students BCMA. The other, believed to be exhibition rather than having features works from the Antebel- Nelson Rockefeller.
of white families in Baltimore, Union). Curatorial Assistant Eliz- of a man named Daniel Coker, is someone tell them what to think,” lum period, it also includes a few Like that exhibition, “African/
Maryland. He is only known to abeth Humphrey ’14 and BCMA being borrowed for the exhibit Goodyear said. contemporary pieces. These more American” is an opportunity for
have painted two portraits of Af- Co-Director Frank Goodyear from the American Museum in The exhibit also features sev- recent pieces are meant to encour- BCMA to display art and stories
rican-American men, which have joined forces to present the exhibit Bath, England. eral of BCMA’s new acquisitions, age viewers to consider how the that have historically have been
been separately owned since the to the College community. Lauryn Dove ’21 curated the including a rare photograph of past impacts African Americans excluded from museums.
19th century. These paintings are For this weekend only, the exhibit with the assistance of abolitionist Sojourner Truth and today. “What we’ve been trying to
finally reunited in the Bowdoin BCMA is also featuring art by AF/ Humphrey during her summer a marble bust of an unidentified “In a lot of ways this exhibition do here at the museum, certainly
College Museum of Art’s (BCMA) AM/50 speaker David C. Driskell internship at BCMA. She con- female made by Edmonia Lewis, serves as a point to reflect on how over the last two decades or so,
new exhibit, “African/American: H’89 in an exhibition titled “The structed the exhibit around the a pioneering African-American far we’ve come but also [to] push is to continue to scrutinize our
Two Centuries of Portraits.” They, Art of David C. Driskell, H’89 and pair of Johnson’s portraits, with sculptor. us forward in the future,” Hum- collections, understand where we
along with photography, sculpture the Art that Inspires Him.” many works being drawn from Alongside these works is a high phrey said. have privileged certain traditions
and more contemporary pieces, “It’s really exciting to think of the BCMA’s permanent collection quality reproduction of a John A few of the pieces on display, and not been aware of or not made
tell the stories of African Ameri- the museum as sort of a hub or a and the George J. Mitchell Depart- Brown Russwurm portrait. Russ- including Johnson’s Abner Coker commitments to others and try to
cans from the Antebellum period space for this cultural activity and ment of Special Collections and wurm was the first African-Amer- portrait, were acquired for a his- address those gaps,” Goodyear said.
to the present day. to offer an exhibition … to visitors Archives in Hawthorne-Longfel- ican to graduate from Bowdoin toric 1964 exhibition at BCMA, “African/American” will be on
The exhibition, which opened who are coming back to celebrate,” low Library. and the third African-American titled “The Portrayal of the Negro display in the Becker Gallery until
on Thursday with a curator’s said Humphrey. With Humphrey’s guidance, to graduate from an American in American Painting.” This was February 9, 2020.

Multilingual Poetry Night showcases student talent

Palestinian and Egyptian songs came interested in this opportuni- “Poetry has a sublime [quality]
by Cole van Miltenburg while playing the oud, a small ty to expose language students to and a beauty to it,” she said. “Even
Orient Staff
stringed instrument. poetry at a much more intimate if you are reciting a sad poem, the
While differences in language Lecturer in Arabic Batool level. idea of reciting the poem itself is
may create communication barri- Khattab reached out to various “Usually when I teach literature a communal idea … It’s a ritual
ers in everyday life, poetry has an language faculty over a month in translation, I do mostly prose [that] involves the performer and
ability to serve as a unifying force. ago to propose her idea for a col- because it survives translation a lot the recipients.”
In Thursday’s Multilingual Poetry laborative poetry event. She had better. So I jumped at [this] idea,” Students performed both indi-
Night, students’ performances at- never heard of such a large-scale she said. vidually and in groups, and several
tested to literature’s transcension collaboration between language While intermediate Arabic stu- even chose to recite the same text
of language, reciting poems in departments in her second year dents practiced mostly in a larger in multiple languages.
Arabic, Russian, Spanish, Ancient at the College, but nonetheless felt group setting, professors like Hannah Scotch ’22, a student
Greek, French, Italian, Japanese this would serve as a unique op- Gillespie worked with advanced in Khattab’s intermediate Arabic
and Korean. portunity for students to showcase Russian students on an individual class, recited a 14th century An- CAROLINE FLAHARTY, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Poems ranged greatly in emo- language skills outside of class. basis to perfect their performance. dalusian poem in both its Arabic PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Advanced Arabic student Finny Doherty
tion and theme, ranging from “We don’t get the chance in our “With all three of them, I and Spanish translations. The ’20 recited a poem at Multilingual Poetry Night on Thursday.
ancient to modern and from light- classrooms to focus that much on listened to them and made sug- piece comes from a time in which a new and exciting one for many Scotch appreciated how the
hearted to heartbreaking, and in- poetry, especially in the lower lev- gestions about pacing and the ca- the Islamic Moorish Empire ruled Bowdoin students. Gillespie rec- event bridged the gap between
cluded the works of notable greats els, like elementary and interme- dences of the lines … almost treat- over Spain and cultural exchange ognized that language-centered language barriers and allowed stu-
such as Mahmoud Darwish and diate,” Khattab said. “And to my ing it as a musical performance,” took place. events like this are unusual at the dents from diverse backgrounds
Alexander Pushkin. In the living surprise, I found a lot of support Gillespie said. “Most people in the “It’s a love poem about a wom- College. to learn from one another.
room of the Center for Multicul- and encouragement [from my audience won’t understand the an and her name and unifying “To be able to have all the dif- “It’s important to recognize
tural Life, students conveyed the colleagues].” words but they’ll hear the sound, love, which could also be seen as a ferent language programs come how poetry is such a powerful
emotional weight of each piece Khattab collaborated with sev- so you want it to be effective.” metaphor for unifying Arabic and together and highlight the rich- tool for generalized sentiments
to peers, faculty and community eral language faculty to spearhead Khattab similarly emphasized Spanish histories and cultures,” ness of the different languages and that are kind of universal and how
members. In between readings, the event. Associate Professor of the artistic nature of poetry and Scotch said. literary and cultural traditions—I languages—although they’re very
Co-Director of the Middle East- Russian and Chair of the Russian how this presents itself in a perfor- This chance to engage in artis- think is something our campus different—express things in simi-
ern Ensemble Amos Libby sang department Alyssa Gillespie be- mance setting. tic expression across language is really has lacked,” she said. lar ways,” she said.
Friday, November 8, 2019 5

Professor Theo
Greene stays busy
after sabbatical ond framework to the book
by Lily Randall that explores how people
Orient Staff
actually turn on and turn off
From conducting cut- ‘place’ as they need to, to sort
ting-edge research in the na- of mobilize community. So
tion’s capital to publishing an I’ve added this notion of place
article about the preconcep- reactivation as well.”
tion of gay areas as white, As- The book is set to release
sistant Professor of Sociology by the end of 2020, which
Theo Greene has done it all. means Greene is currently
During his sabbatical in writing his book while teach-
Washington, D.C. last year, ing courses at Bowdoin.
Greene was a visiting facul- “When you teach two ex-
ty in residence for the Met- tremely full classes—I have
ropolitan Policy Project at a first year seminar and then
American University. In the a class with 42 students in
past year, Greene has been it—that means a lot of grad-
busy researching and writ- ing and a lot of time spent
ing his upcoming book, “Not trying to work with students,”
in MY Gayborhood! Gay Greene said. “It’s been really
Neighborhoods and the Rise hard to get some of that work
of the Vicarious Citizen.” He done.”
also attended the American On top of that, Greene is
Sociological Association also part of the core faculty
Conference to promote his group involved in develop-
book, conducted a series of ing the Urban Studies minor,
talks for Bowdoin’s LGBTQ+ which is set to launch next
alumni group, published an fall. He helped design the
article about the preconcep- curriculum and is now help-
tion of gay areas as white ing to get the program off the
and served on the faculty ground.
BACK IN BUSINESS: Returning from sabbatical, Assistant Professor of Sociology Theo Greene is getting back to teaching while writing his book, “Not in MY
committee for the new Urban Working with students, Gayborhood! Gay Neighborhoods and the Rise of the Vicarious Citizen,” which will go to print next fall.
Studies minor. though, has been one of
Before Greene left for Greene’s favorite parts of really big challenge to be part work [and] doing some of the
sabbatical, he felt confident
in the structure of his book,
returning to Bowdoin. How-
ever, it has not been an easy
“It’s been a challenging of a lot of conversations.”
Looking to the future,
historical archiving,” Greene
which looks at queer place- transition. transition, but at the same time, Greene has plans to collabo- Greene hopes to begin the
ment in Washington, D.C., “Teaching, when you hav- a very rewarding one.” rate with Bowdoin students Portland project next sum-
but this changed after con- en’t taught in 16 months, is to create a map of Portland, mer. Until then, he has a host
ducting research at American kind of like an [out of shape] –Theo Greene, Assistant Professor of Sociology Maine that identifies cer- of other engagements to keep
University. muscle,” Green said. “Get- tain queer places and spaces him busy, including articles
“I thought I had a frame- ting back those sea legs was very rewarding one.” “Being a faculty member around the city and uncovers on queer placemaking and
work that explained vicarious a little bit of a challenge, but Greene has many responsi- of color [and] also being a their history using interviews the role of gay bars in forming
citizenship, which argues that it was also really gratifying bilities, but he acknowledges gay faculty person of color, at and archival research. community.
people invested in gay neigh- to know that students really that his voice contributes a place like Bowdoin, you’re “I already have a lot of stu- How does Greene manage
borhoods are not residents of missed me not being here. a unique perspective to an often called on to do a lot of dent interest in helping me all of these commitments?
them,” Green said. “But while It’s been a challenging tran- overwhelmingly homogenous other things as well,” Greene collect some of the interviews, “I don’t sleep,” he said.
I was there I also added a sec- sition, but at the same time, a campus. said. “So you know, it can be a some of the ethnographic “That’s how I manage.”

Tao Yuan: Brunswick’s best restaurant

World-class cuisine in a classic atmosphere
though excellent, is not Tao It makes the dining expe- served cold, which seemed to provided just the right touch
Yuan’s main selling point. rience more enjoyable by melt in my mouth. of spice (one of Stadler’s fa-
The food at Tao Yuan is eliminating the need to make Following these dishes, vorite dishes). After that, we
great; the restaurant special- difficult choices, but more with conversation flowing ate tender chicken breast,
izes in classic seafood dishes importantly, it is a delicious and another round of drinks rich strip steak and a plate of
transformed with an Asian and exciting journey. After on the table, we transitioned smoked pork ribs with a kick
flair. The chef and owner, we made our choice, the staff to hot food with a course of from a chili-basil sauce. Like
Cara Stadler, began her ca- whisked away our menus and dumplings, buns and shumai all masters, Stadler had saved
reer as a chef at age 16. our agency as we embarked filled with shrimp, pork and the best for last, leaving us
She worked in Beijing, on a culinary tour of the fin- scallions. Stadler’s second somehow completely stuffed
M Great Berkeley and Philadelphia est quality. restaurant, Bao Bao Dump- and, at the same time, han-
LILY Impasta. before moving to Gordon We started off with New ling House, emphasizes these kering for more.
But this Family Ramsey’s two-Michelin star Meadow River oysters in same dishes, and they were Settling back in our chairs,
Weekend, I ate a meal restaurant, Au Trianon Pal- a Thai basil mignonette. magnificent. we had coffee and dessert. It
Forking Around so good that these Brunswick ace, in Versailles, France. She The oysters were delicious With the dumplings and was a perfect meal, the best
by Will fixtures simply do not com- owns two other restaurants and effectively introduced buns cleared away, we began I’d had in years and certain-
pare. Tao Yuan is the best in Maine, in addition to Tao the restaurant’s focus on the main event—a bombard- ly the best I had ever had in
During my three years restaurant, by far, in Bruns- Yuan—Bao Bao Dumpling Asian-inspired seafood dish- ment of rich and sophisticat- Brunswick. I wish I’d discov-
at Bowdoin, I have dined wick. House and Lio Restaurant, es. ed dishes. ered this wonderful restau-
at nearly all of Brunswick’s The restaurant is located both in Portland. Her cre- After the oysters came a First came a plate of hot rant sooner.
restaurants. I have enjoyed on Pleasant Street next to the dentials are indisputably im- variety of salads. There was pan-seared scallops with a Tao Yuan is located at 22
meals at Frontier, Little To- post office. On the inside, pressive. a classic Asian coleslaw with citrus sabayon, cooked to Pleasant Street in Brunswick,
kyo, Enoteca Athena and there is intimate seating and We drank cocktails and cabbage and peanuts, a spicy perfection. Followed by a Maine. It is open Tuesday
Shere Punjab. I have eaten plenty of windows—think glanced at the menu before salad with hearty greens and plate of sautéed bok choy through Saturday starting at 5
passably at Richard’s, Josh- candles on tables, sweaters deciding, as a table, to order tomatoes and, most impor- topped with oyster sauce p.m. and accepts reservations
ua’s and Sweet Angel. I have over button-downs and spot- the tasting menu. I can’t rec- tantly, an unusual and fan- and chili-thread, a string- over the phone at 207-725-
been disappointed by The less surfaces. But the setting, ommend this highly enough. tastic smoked-duck salad, like Korean garnish, which 9002.
6 FEATURES Friday, November 8, 2019

Talk of the Quad

I know that the story is far and mild OCD were swept bad that I didn’t want to see
HAPPY, WITH A LITTLE more complicated than that, under the rug as well. people. I lost 20 pounds (I’m
HELP FROM MY FRIEND just as the story of me starting When I left my public high a small guy already) because I
Once daily, I swallow a to recognize my problems has school and community on a didn’t want to go to the dining
tiny pill that contains 100 evolved as well. scholarship to a Nordic ski- hall, and I cried on the phone
mg of the drug Sertraline, My community never ing boarding academy in the with my mom every night.
more commonly known by thought of my family as any- city, I finally saw a counselor. Eventually, though, I met a
its brand name, Zoloft. Ser- thing other than the perfect, At this point, I still didn’t tell great counselor who asked
traline has many side effects, church-going, studious, the full story, though I was me to try opening up to a
including, but not limited to, mom-is-a-teacher-and-dad- eventually diagnosed with few people. She also got in
worsening depression, dizzi- a-mechanic, middle class mild general anxiety and was touch with my doctor, who
ness, drowsiness, vomiting, family. Under the fabricated told working out would help prescribed medication (for
diarrhea, decreased sex drive, surface, however, we lived in a with this. Given that I was the record, my first medica-
impotence or difficulty hav- constantly toxic house where at a Nordic skiing school, I tion and I didn’t get along, it
ing an orgasm. Luckily, none all of us were too afraid for took this in stride. However, takes the right medication for
of the previous have hap- our lives to actually tell the as I later found out, I also had you). I made some amazing
pened to me. In fact, I think truth. This, I know, is where Obsessive Compulsive Exer- friends in the last quarter of
taking this drug was perhaps my problems opening up to cise Disorder. I worked out so the school year and actually
the best decision I’ve made in people started. much and through sickness started to talk to them about
my life. I realized in high school, that I eventually contracted my past and what I was going TIZ
It has been a long and ar- after my mom, my siblings, a life-threatening heart dis- through. They grew to under- want to hear so.
duous journey of opening up and I had left our father, how order. Think about taking a stand my “tells” that showed from me (even if I don’t think
to people, seeking help and fake my persona was to even Honda Accord and pushing it anxiety and depression, they are my best friends). everyone should take the
coming to terms with my past my closest friends. The full to the limits of a Ferrari—that which helps a lot. They know For the most part, though, same steps to deal with their
for me to accept my mental story of my family’s divorce boy is gonna break. Through I don’t like crowded places things have improved dras- mental health as I have, but
illness. However, with this from my father was not fully therapy and treatment, this and that I’m terrible at reach- tically. I still work out, but I do think being open to the
acceptance (and a little help known in our community. problem would be resolved at ing out (and staying in touch) I have a better relationship idea of talking about your
from my friend, Sertraline), We were, unfortunately, still Bowdoin. but that I love getting a text with my body. I’m doing well mental health, medication
I’ve found a little more peace. under that man’s curse. This However, my first year at telling me to come to them. in school and haven’t skipped and counseling can be re-
Growing up queer in a is not simply a case of Holden Bowdoin was tough, to say To this day, I still dread a class since my first year. I ally beneficial. Without my
household with a verbally Caulfield in Salinger’s novel. I the least. Without anxiety eating at Thorne because have a great group of close changing view on opening up
and physically abusive father, was not simply acting fake; I and depression medication, it’s such a big room with so friends, and that’s really all and medication, I don’t know
along with my mother’s histo- caught myself blatantly lying I was a mess. For the first many people (I fainted there I could ask for. Most impor- if I would still be at Bowdo-
ry of anxiety and depression, about my past, even to my three-fourths of the school my first-year). I also leave tantly though, I feel better in, and I know I wouldn’t as
I’ve been told that I had the best friend and counselor. year, I couldn’t stay on top of parties early if I’m over- about sharing my past and stable and happy as I am now.
“perfect” concoction of vari- Essentially, I felt the need to school and I made almost no whelmed and I struggle with who I really am with other Mitchel Jurasek is a member
ables leading to the mental hide all my problems—and friends. I would skip classes keeping in touch with people people. It’s important for me of the Class of 2021.
illness I now have. Granted, with this, anxiety, depression because my anxiety was so because I think they won’t and my mental health to do

and logically started to think onto which I latch in order 2015. Reasoning? I was a to hear these guys talk about R.E.M.’s songs while focus-
NEW ADVENTURES IN HI- I grew up in the 90s. Summer to describe my life and my- comedy nerd, wanted to hear music and mundanities. ing on the beauty in Stipe’s
ED: MY TIME WITH R.E.M. 2018: I was shaken by the mu- self. Such a tagging system a couple of my favorite co- Yet R.E.M. was a little lyrics or Mills’ bass. And this
I recall my Bowdoin expe- sic of Fiona Apple and M.I.A.. is not unique nor of any true medians go on comedic tan- different for me than U2. was somehow all shaped by
rience through excessive cul- Fall 2018: I talked solely interest to anyone except me. gents (they talk a lot about Over 2018, I began a light a comedy podcast with hosts
tural consumption. It sounds about Bradley Cooper’s “A I came across such art at ar- the Huey Lewis and the News dip and subsequent plunge that have an extremely infec-
like Nick Hornby “High Star is Born.” Summer 2019: I bitrary times and through album “Sports” in their de- into the band’s music. I fell tious passion for R.E.M. How
Fidelity”—like mumbo jum- listened to the podcast “Hol- meaningless motives. Maybe but episode), enjoyed the in love with the podcast and are they so infectious? They
bo, but it’s a great cataloging lywood Handbook” for multi- I’ll look back at my time at band and had an inordinate then with the band. How go deep on their excessive
method. ple hours every day. Bowdoin and think, “Did I amount of free time. much do I love this show and cultural consumption.
Fall 2016: I over-played Some cultural curiosities really talk that much about All of this is still true. The band? I own an “R U Talkin’ Last week, R.E.M. released
Frank Ocean’s “Blonde.” Fall have faded faster than others, ‘A Star is Born?’” There is one podcast meant so much to R.E.M. RE: ME?” t-shirt and a 25th anniversary edition
2017: I discovered Pavement, but they are all phenomena collegiate obsession, howev- me because it was complete- am slightly embarrassed to of their grungy 1994 album
er, that I think carries more ly pointless. I’ve listened to wear it in public. My fondest “Monster.” I’m always excited
weight. It is something that much more of the podcast memory of a Bowdoin R.E.M. to hear a remastered album,
has evolved with me, starting about the band than the ac- experience? Falling asleep lis- but something even more ex-
all the way back in my junior tual band’s music. Unfortu- tening to the podcast in Hatch citing came out this week. On

year of high school. nately, as I entered college, Science Library (Finals, May Wednesday, a new episode
In February 2014, come- episode releases were more 2018, broad daylight). of “R U Talkin’ R.E.M. Re:

dian Scott Aukerman (host sporadic. One question that Scott Me?” dropped. But Scott and

of “Comedy Bang! Bang!”) In February 2018, howev- and Scott always jokingly ask Scott don’t need to release

and actor Adam Scott (star of er, Scott and Scott started a their guest (even when said new episodes all the time; I
“Hot Tub Time Machine 2,” spin-off podcast with an even guest is a member of the band don’t need any more excess.
among other films) released more ridiculous name: “R R.E.M.) is “Where did you Instead, a few times a year, I
the podcast “U Talkin’ U2 to U Talkin’ R.E.M. RE: ME?”. first hear of R.E.M.?” Luckily, can rejoice and reflect on the
Me?” The hosts will tell you When I heard the news in 92.5 FM – The River, Boston’s journey I’ve taken with them.
that it is “the encyclopedic my Mayflower apartment, I Independent Radio, always To Scott, Scott and R.E.M.:
compendium of all things was way too excited for such played in my house in Man- Thank you. You are the ev-
U2.” It is about all things a situation. One pointless chester, N.H.. I knew R.E.M. erything.
U2 and about no things U2. trait of mine survived from before I knew R.E.M.. Now, Tom Regan is a member of
I started listening in early high school to college: I love years later, I rediscovered the Class of 2020.

Ranging from lighthearted moments to serious reflections about life at and beyond Bowdoin, Talks of
the Quad feature the Bowdoin community’s best short-form writing. They are published every other
week and can be written by any member of the Bowdoin community. Generally 700-1,000 words.

Friday, November 8, 2019 AF/AM/50 7

Celebrating Af/Am/50
Fifty years of Africana Studies, John Brown Russwurm African American Center and the Black Student Union
Af/Am/50 will begin today can American Center, named in Black students’ backgrounds.
1969 Faculty approve plan to create Afro-American by Kate Lusignan with various lectures, performanc- honor of the first Black graduate Similarly, in 1990, the Af-
Studies major the following semester. and Eliana Miller es and panels, and will end on of the College, John Brown Russ- ro-American Studies program
Orient Staff
Sunday. Highlights include a key- wurm, Class of 1826. Although was renamed as the Africana
Fall semester: The College establishes the John
This weekend, alumni, students note address by Geoffrey Canada it took 84 years for another Black Studies program, reflecting a shift
Brown Russwurm African American Center,
African American Society and the Afro-American and guests will gather to cele- ’74, H ’07, a dinner reception with student to matriculate, students of in the department’s focus from
Studies program (now Africana Studies). brate the 50th anniversary of the DeRay Mckesson ’07, a concert color now make up 35 percent of solely African American history
founding of the Africana Studies featuring multi-Grammy nomi- the current first year class. to include the African diaspora.
1970 Members of the African American Society program (formerly known as Af- nated musician Marsha Ambrosi- The celebration coincides Since its founding 50 years ago,
commit to a two-day vow of silence to encourage ro-American Studies), the Black us and a conversation with Presi- with the African American So- 141 students have graduated as
administrators to focus on recruiting black Students Union (BSU, formerly dent Clayton Rose and Kenneth ciety’s name change to the Black majors in the program, and 16
students. known as the African American Chenault ’73, H’96. There will also Students Union (BSU), a change more are expected to graduate
Society) and the John Brown be an Af/Am/50 ball, a party at the that has been discussed for more this May. Many of these gradu-
1971 Visiting Professor of History Emma Lou Holloway Russwurm African American John Brown Russwurm African than eight years. After hearing ates will return this weekend to
becomes the first black woman to teach at Center. This weekend’s celebra- American Center, exhibit talks at feedback from students, faculty reminisce about their time at the
Bowdoin. tion, titled “Af/Am/50: Reflecting/ the Hawthorne-Longfellow Li- and alumni, the change was im- College and discuss the future of
Perspectives,” aims to commemo- brary and the Peary-MacMillan plemented to acknowledge the the Africana studies program.
Richard Lewis, the first director of the Afro- rate a half century of multicultural Arctic Museum and various alum- diversity of Blackness among In this special section of the
American Studies program, resigns unexpectedly community and scholarship at the ni roundtables. BSU members, where students Orient serves to highlight this
in protest of the administration’s underfunding of College. Four-hundred and twen- Af/Am/50 was jointly orga- identifying specifically as African weekend’s programs, share the
the program.
ty-nine people have registered for nized by Alumni Relations and American are the minority. This experiences of former and pres-
the program, including 172 alum- the Africana Studies department. change emphasizes a continued ent Black students and honor the
1973 The first Afro-American Studies majors graduate
ni, 94 faculty and staff and 113 Many of the events will be held in effort to expand BSU’s program- past 50 years of the College’s mul-
from Bowdoin College.
students. the John Brown Russwurm Afri- ming to accurately represent ticultural community.
1979 On the 10th anniversary of the program, the
College names the African American Center The COURTESY OF GEORGE J. MITCHELL SPECIAL
John Brown Russwurm Africana Studies center FROM THE ARCHIVES COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES
in honor of Bowdoin’s first black student, John
Brown Russwurm, Class of 1826. 50 YEARS LATER: (Far left) Professors of
Afro-American Studies Randy Stakeman (left)
Students speak out against the administration for and Dan Levine (right) take a stroll. Stakeman
ignoring calls for divestment from South African was the fifth director of the program and over-
Companies and protest the College’s decision to saw the program for 17 years. (Left) Visiting
fire John Walter, director of the Afro-American Professor of History Emma Lou Holloway
Studies program. became the first Black woman to teach at
Bowdoin in 1971. (Below) Members of the
1980 Lynn Bolles is named director of Afro-American Afro-American Society meet in the Russwurm
Studies, the first woman to hold the position. African-American Center in the 1990s.
During her appointment, she expanded the
department’s focus from African American
history to include the African diaspora.

1987 The College divests over $10 million in South

African investments and creates a “South Africa-
free” portfolio.

The African American Society hosts the first

Ebony Ball.

1988 Gayle Pemberton is hired as the first director for

minority affairs.

1990 Afro-American Studies and a committee of

external reviewers conduct separate evaluations
of the program. Both studies recommend that the
program be renamed “Africana Studies” to reflect
curricular shifts that Bolles directed. They also
recommend hiring more faculty of color.

The African American Society and the Coalition

of Concerned Students stage several sit-ins and
protests calling attention to the lack of faculty of
color at the College.

1993 The Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship

program at Bowdoin is established in an effort
to increase the number of students of color who
earn PhDs in the arts and sciences.

1997 Bowdoin hosts a conference titled “Race for

2000: Black Intellectuals and African-American
Studies” to engage scholars and students about
the future of Africana Studies.

2006 Barry Mills launches a capital campaign

focusing on financial aid, and included
endowments for four new Africana Studies

2009 By the 40 anniversary of the program, students of

color make up 30 percent of the student body.

2015 The African American Society organizes a silent

protest to draw attention to issues students of
color face on campus.The protest is part of a
broader discussion of race after members of the
sailing team held a “gangster” party the previous FROM THE ARCHIVES: (Above) Lynne Bolles be-
week. came the director of Afro-American Studies in 1980. She
was the first woman to hold the position. Bolles studied
2019 The African American Society changes its name the Carribean, which encouraged the department to
to the Black Student Union (BSU). broaded its focus from African American history to
include the African diaspora. (Right) Kenneth Chenault
’73 contributed to a column published in the Orient,
“Black Perspective.” A transcription of Chenault’s piece
is available online.
8 AF/AM/50 Friday, November 8, 2019

50 years later:
two presidents reflect on traditions and community
by Kate Lusignan and Emma Sorkin
Orient Staff

In the fall of 1969, Robert Johnson ’71 became the first president of the African American Society (AAS). Fifty years later, Amani Hite ’20 holds the position of president of the Black Student Union (BSU,
formerly the African American Society). The Orient sat down with Johnson and Hite separately and asked questions about their experiences as presidents of AAS and BSU, respectively, half a century apart.


Johnson was the founding President of During Hite’s three years at Bowdoin, the
AAS at Bowdoin. The organization advo- BSU has experienced major changes, includ-
cated for Black students on campus, but also ing a name change and a dramatic increase in
aimed to connect with Black communities in membership.
New England. They drove to other colleges, She presides over 200 members of the BSU—
worked with the Portland NAACP, and re- making the organization the largest affinity
cruited Black students from across the coun- group on campus. This year, Hite and the BSU
try to come to Bowdoin. executive board are focused on expanding BSU
At the time of the group’s founding, al- programming to represent the experiences and
most every Black student on campus was identities of a wider array of its members. To this
a member, Johnson said. AAS adopted the end, it has begun to co-host events with other af-
organizational structure of the Black Pan- finity groups, such as the Student Organization
ther Party. Each division of the society had for Caribbean Awareness, the Africa Alliance
a minister, and each minister presented a and the Latin American Student Organization.
report at meetings. “People sometimes see Blackness and think
According to Johnson, the founding of of skin color or if they migrated from the Afri-
AAS was “a real cooperative thing. People can continent,” Hite said. “But Blackness is not
worked together really well. I don’t remem- monolithic.”
ber any animosity or trying to undermine COURTESY OF DON WEST
Hite said these events allow for the group to
authority or anything like that. We all trust- “fellowship,” or, “when we all come together as a
ed each other, and it was a great group of union, as a Bowdoin community or as friends brating something, even if it’s just celebrating
guys.” to celebrate something. And we’re always cele- being Black.”

How did AAS shape your experience at Bowdoin? How did BSU shape your experience at Bowdoin?
It was the Society, and it was Bowdoin. It’s kind of hard for me to separate the two. They were It literally is my experience at Bowdoin. We’ve always had our meetings in Russwurm and I
both very, very important. I met some of the strongest guys, most driven guys in my life, people I know that that has always been a safe space for me, a place where my Blackness is always validat-
respect tremendously. And a lot of these folks have gone on to do great things. Every day I would ed, where I feel comfortable talking about the problems that I have. Whenever there’s any type of
look at Walter Cronkite on T.V., and when he went off at seven, I would go to the library and study racial tension happening on campus, I always feel comfortable going to the meetings. Going into
until the library closed at around 11:30 p.m. because I knew that I had to be successful. I knew I that house is like an escape. I sometimes forget that I’m even in Brunswick, which is so beautiful.
could not come back [home] to Roxbury a failure. I knew this was an excellent opportunity for
me as a young person. And I think a lot of students were like that. They worked hard, they stayed What are some of your favorite events BSU has held?
together and they socialized together. One is probably the Thanksgiving potluck. The thing about the potluck is that it’s not just about
the food. The food is also super important because it’s really good and tasty, flavorful—we don’t
What are some of your favorite events AAS has held? get that a lot around here. But [the potluck is] when you really see the multiple forms of Blackness
I think the concert by Mahalia Jackson [was my favorite event] because I met her in New York. because everyone is making something from their culture. We have Black American dishes. We
I went to a play, and I looked across the room, and I thought [I saw] Mahalia Jackson, so I went have some Spanish dishes, or we have African dishes, Caribbean dishes. You see the entire African
over to her and I said, “Hey, I’m a student at Bowdoin. You’re a great gospel singer, we’d love for Diaspora at a table right there.
you to come to Bowdoin.” So she gave me her home number. That’s always a time for us to fellowship. But it’s also time for us to learn about each other.
And when I got back, I went to talk to dean Paul Luther Nyhus, and I told him that I had met Because when we talk about the food, it gets into the concept of culture, and “what’s it like in your
Mahalia Jackson … and that we’d like to sponsor her. Just like that, he said, “Sure, no problem, we home?” and “what do you make every day?” so that’s always a memorable experience for me.
can get the money. We can make it happen.” So that was great. I was a young kid—I think I was
a sophomore at the time—and he was an administrator who got it. It wasn’t even a hard fight. He What relationship does BSU have with faculty and professors?
said sure! The Africana Studies department as well as the Multicultural Center are our backbone when it
comes to any of our programming. They’re always there for us if we need anything.
What relationship did the AAS have with faculty and professors? Now, we have Dean of Students Kristina Bethea Odejimi. And we love representation. Repre-
I thought [the professors] were excellent. The great thing about Bowdoin was that—and I hope sentation matters, so having a Black dean is a huge deal for us.
this is still the case—there was a close relationship with the faculty. I never felt in my four years
there that a professor didn’t care about me as a student, didn’t want to see me successful in the How does President Rose support BSU?
College. President Rose is a huge supporter of the BSU. Any event that we invite him to, he makes it a
point to come. The last event he came to was our annual family reunion dessert reception [during
How did President Roger Howell support AAS? Family Weekend]. And every year since I’ve been here, and the alum who were before me always
[President Howell] was incredible. First of all, he was very smart. He was a Bowdoin said that him and Julianne [Rose] are always at our events.
undergraduate and he was a Rhodes scholar. So as young scholars ourselves, we looked up to our
president. He set a high standard academically, [and] he set a high standard in terms of social How does Bowdoin’s political climate and the nation’s political climate affect
involvement and commitment to social causes. He listened to the students. BSU?
The [2016] presidential election was my first year. From that day, it just brought us closer, if
How does Bowdoin’s political climate and the nation’s political climate affect anything. And while all of us do not share the same political views on this campus, we don’t talk
AAS? about politics as bluntly as it’s talked about on other campuses. We all share different political
What was happening nationally and internationally was huge. Across the United States, views. There’s some stigma that “all black people are Democrats,” but that’s not true. Everyone
Black students had taken over administrative buildings. [At Bowdoin,] we decided that we has a different political stance, and that’s okay. I do think because we’re able to have conversations
didn’t have to take over buildings, that we had an administration, under the leadership of about these topics, and our differences, it brings us closer. We always talk about hard topics be-
President Roger Howell, that listened to us. cause we know that we respect each other enough.
I tried to keep the brothers calm and tried to [say], “Hey, we can work with the folks here.
We have to be firm, but we don’t have to take over buildings. We don’t have to get arrested
for things. We can be militant but reasonable.” And so that was the tone that I set as the
I remember the College had made a commitment to bring to the College, by 1970, 85 black
students. And then, in 1969, they had a meeting with ... the vice president of administration and
finance. He came by the [John Brown Russwurm African American Center], and he wanted to
meet with the brothers to explain why the College could not bring 85 blacks by 1970.
We had a meeting after he left, and we had a strategy. The strategy was that we would not
answer any questions in class. The professors call on us, we won’t say anything. We all put on
our leather jackets, our berets, [and] when we’d be sitting in the Student Union, we wouldn’t
talk to each other. If we wanted the salt passed, we would motion for someone to pass the salt.
The result of this silent protest was that faculty got in touch with the administration and
said, “What’s up with the with the Black students?” Then we met with President Howell and
explained to him we were upset about the College [going back] on its commitment to have
85 blacks by 1970. So as a result of that silent protest, the College renewed its commitment.
We were able to do a lot of things, important things, without resorting to violence. And
that was very important. ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
A HOUSE AND A HOME: BSU holds meetings and events in the John Brown Russwurm African American Center.
Friday, November 8, 2019 AF/AM/50 9


Since its founding in 1969, the Black Student Union (BSU, formerly the African American Society), has played a prominent role in campus life. From organizing the annual Ebony Ball to inviting speakers
to campus, including Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou, BSU members actively contribute to intellectual and social life at Bowdoin.

The Orient sent out a survey to all BSU members and interviewed 15 members in person to hear their thoughts about their experiences at Bowdoin. The following quotes represent the voices and opinions
of these students.


“If you go into Druckenmiller right now, you will see a full wall “I’m not the N-word police. I cannot make sure that everybody “This place was not made for Black students and we
of picture
pictures of each and every lab instructor and professor within is not saying it, and it also is not my job. I think it’s just an integrity constantly have to carve out our own spaces. We shouldn’t
the biology department, but you will not see a single face, a sin- thing and not saying it if it is not for you. I don’t care if you’re have to be burdened with that on top of taking a rigorous
gle black face .… How can I feel that I belong in a department drunk [or] sober, I think that you should be conscious enough course load, working and managing a host of extracurricular
that does not believe that they need any faculty of color? How to understand that that word is just not okay. It’s just off-limits.” - engagements. White students: imagine thinking about your
can I continue to succeed in a department where I’m in constant Ahjani Llewellyn ’21 race everyday .… It’s exhausting.” - Eskedar Girmash ’20
contact with people that have most likely never really seen the
type of struggles that I’ve seen?” - Qetsia Etienne ’22 “So we were on the aux for a while [at a College House] and “Someone in my class last year told me that I needed
then all of a sudden, a white person comes to us and says, ‘oh, you to meet the standard. Like, Black people need to meet the
“I feel comfortable at College Houses because I am always have to leave, you have to turn that music off because that’s not standard. And I wasn’t sure what the standard meant … or
surrounded by my friends who are supportive. I haven’t had to the music that we listen to here.’ And from that we realized we’re when somebody comes up to me, and they’re like, ‘Why
deal with anything negative.” - Kevin Fleshman ’23 not wanted here …. We live in a Bowdoin bubble, but that doesn’t do you talk like that?’ And I’m like, ‘Talk like what? What
mean that racism, sexism, misogyny, all this crap that is in the real is that?’ The fact that you are making it ‘other’ is the issue.
“I think the Black Student Union, as well as Athletes of Color world won’t permeate that bubble.” - Jessica Speight ’21
[Coalition], are two great groups that focus on the well-being
of students of color on campus. I know that Bowdoin’s athletic “Bowdoin as a school tries to be inclusive but the members
department has made it one of their missions to recruit more of the campus are not as inclusive in all aspects as they believe
athletes of color. I would say I am most aware of my blackness on they are. I’m usually the only Black person in most of the spaces
my sports team and when I am out on the weekends, mixing with I occupy, which is fine, because I have grown up this way and I
other Bowdoin teams.” - Olivia Ware ’20 am used to it. However, this puts me in the position where I have
to speak for the entire race, which no one person should have to
“Most of the time people of color just feel like we can’t speak do.” - Audree Grand Pierre ’21
What is your definition of the standard? White?” - Kaprice
Brathwaite ‘22

“I feel like as a low-income student of color, Bowdoin is

just not a space for me.” - Symone Marie Holloway ’22

“I feel more uncomfortable about my race when I hear of

bias incidents that occur at Bowdoin or in Brunswick that in-
volve Bowdoin students. I feel very uncomfortable walking

out for things .… It’s imposter syndrome. We don’t feel like this down Maine Street by myself.” - Olivia Ware ’20
space, Bowdoin, is completely our space. You know, I [felt] for “When we talk about Black people in general in my first-year
my whole first year like I was renting space.” - Solomon Aborbie seminar, they look at me for validation and expect me to know “I love myself. I love my skin. And I love being black” -
Jr. ’22 the answer.” - Jermoyah Parkinson ’23 Journey Browne ’22


BOOKS AND BANTER: Associate Professor of Africana Studies Judith Casselberry and Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English Tess Chakkalakal lead discussion about Black women such as Ida B. Wells and Phillis Wheatley.

Course sheds light on the untold narratives of Black women

with this semester’s AF/AM/50 “We really wanted to focus Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. makes the course unique among “I like the co-teaching,” said
by Julia Jennings celebration in recognition of 50 on Black women’s lives, and we Wells,” and Nell Painter, author Africana Studies courses at Bow- Fleshman. “They have different
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years of Africana Studies, the wanted to put it in the context of “Sojourner Truth: A Life, A doin. perspectives [which] helps me
It was by chance that Peter M. John Brown Russwurm African of the larger intellectual project Symbol.” These authors offered “The course is definitely my come up with my own argu-
Small Associate Professor of Af- American Center and the Afri- of Africana Studies,” said Cas- insight into the lives of the wom- favorite class at Bowdoin that ments and ideas.”
ricana Studies Tess Chakkalakal can American Society at Bow- selberry. “To think about how en students read about. I’m taking now and probably The two professors have like-
and Associate Professor of Afri- doin. looking at the experiences and There are currently 21 stu- that I’ve taken so far,” said Safi- wise found the collaboration to
cana Studies Judith Casselberry “Anniversaries are all about expressions of particular Black dents enrolled in the class, the ya Osei ’21. “A lot of classes on be rewarding. Both have enjoyed
first conceived the idea for the history, right? Like the past, and women, how those specific lives majority of whom are Black Africa or the African Diaspora teaching the class and the ener-
course, “Black Women’s Lives as how far we’ve come kind of nar- can actually show us what the women. This composition of the tend to focus on Black people getic debates give the classroom
the History of Africana Studies: ratives,” said Chakkalakal. “But larger issues in Africana studies class, unusual for a predomi- as a whole, and even focus a lot a dynamic energy, said Cassel-
Eighteenth and Nineteenth Cen- it’s also future-oriented, think- have been as an intellectual proj- nantly white college like Bowdo- on the stories of men. This class berry.
tury” which they now co-teach. ing about the future of Africana ect over time.” in, enhances the experience for is very much about the stories of “One of the best things about
“We’re friends, but we’ve nev- Studies, ways of re-conceptual- The class is taught as a con- the students and professors. women and their impacts.” being in this program is that
er really worked together,” said izing the field to make it more versation-style seminar, where “This is probably the only Another reason for students’ we’re able to have passionate dis-
Chakkalakal. “So [the course] widely accessible and [more] students discuss and analyze class I’ve taught which is a positive experience is the co- agreements and remain the best
just kind of came about as a re- important to the way we under- texts such as the poetry of Phil- majority Black women student taught nature of the course. of friends,” Chakkalakal said.
sult of a series of conversations stand American culture.” lis Wheatley, Frances Harper’s body,” said Chakkalakal. “A Kevin Fleshman ’23 com- “That is something that we want
we’d been having about some of Chakkalakal explained that “Iola Leroy,” and the biographies class that is dominated by mi- mented that co-teaching has our students to do as well, and
these books.” the course opens up the con- of Ida B. Wells and Sojourner nority students at Bowdoin is a allowed for a more cohesive ex- we’ve really seen that happening
After discussing the books, versation about producing a Truth. real change. It’s a majority-mi- amination of the lives of Black in this class.”
Chakkalakal and Casselberry new narrative around Africana Casselberry and Chakkalakal nority student population, so women, with Chakkalakal ap- Next semester, Chakkalakal
proposed a course that offers Studies by examining the role invited authors of contemporary that creates a different dynamic proaching the material from a and Casselberry will offer a fol-
insight into the often ignored Black women in the 18th and works on these literary icons in the class.” literary perspective and Cassel- low-up course that will explore
voices of Black women. 19th century have played in its to speak to the class, including The focus on women with- berry providing more anthropo- Black women’s lives in the 20th
The two aligned the course development. Mia Bay, author of “To Tell the in the field of Africana Studies logical insight. and 21st centuries.
10 AF/AM/50 Friday, November 8, 2019

Tamara Nikuradse: Africana Studies after Bowdoin

a fifth grade teacher, I make sure percentage of students coming. I that was the fact that [alumni] their days at Bowdoin as fondly “I’m looking forward to hear-
by Eliana Miller to bring voices from all different remember being so excited when were making these phone calls.” as she has. ing stories from other [alumni]
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walks of life [into the classroom] Bowdoin got to 20 percent stu- Despite these efforts, keeping “There were a lot of alums from other eras about their ex-
Tamara Nikuradse ’84, P’21 and help my girls see that they dents of color, I just couldn’t be- alumni of color connected to the who graduated in the late ’70s periences at Bowdoin, both the
carefully organizes the library in live in this bubble of MetroWest lieve it,” she said. “And one of the College proved difficult; not all and through the ’80s and into the good and maybe the not so good,”
her fifth grade classroom at Dana Boston, and that there is a wider reasons they were able to achieve the alumni of color remember early ’90s who did not have a great she said. “I’m hoping to share my
Hall, an all girls school in Welles- world out there.” experience at Bowdoin socially, experiences with current students
ley, Massachusetts. Nikuradse, the 10th person so they were very disconnected,” and learn about their experiences
“I feel that my one of my to graduate from Bowdoin as an Nikuradse said. “I think, because at Bowdoin. I see it as a dialogue
responsibilities, especially as a Afro-American Studies major I had some strong personal rela- between people of different gen-
woman of color, is to expose the (now Africana Studies), will be tionships across different racial erations.”
students to other cultures and returning to campus today to sit groups, maybe my experience She is grateful that her Af-
histories of other people. I try to on a panel titled “A Seat at the was a little bit different.” ro-American Studies major has
make sure that I have books that Table: A Forum with Alumnae Nikuradse started dating her helped her to be a more under-
have protagonists from different Leaders.” An active supporter of now-husband Scott Matthews standing teacher and, in her pre-
races,” she said as she listed off the Africana Studies program, ’84 P’21, who is white, during her vious career in marketing, a more
titles. she chaired the Board of Trustees’ sophomore year and she admits conscientious executive.
Together, Nikuradse and her multicultural committee and ran that a lot of her social life revolved “The bottom line is that no
students read books about share- the Alumni Council’s multicul- around him. Although she had matter how challenging our ex-
croppers in Mississippi, riots in tural committee. many friends who were African periences were at Bowdoin on a
Illinois and boycotts in Alabama. As a student and as an alumna, American, Nikuradse attended social basis [as Black students,]
They get to know characters who Nikuradse has dedicated herself all-white schools from age nine to Bowdoin opened up so many op-
are refugees from the Middle to diversifying the student body. 16 and “was used to being in an portunities for us, and for myself
East, immigrants from Central During her four years at Bowdo- all-white environment.” personally,” she said.
America and expatriates from in, she worked for the Office of Nonetheless, having served as Perhaps, sometime down
Eastern Europe. They make vid- Admissions and started A Better the vice president of the African the line, one of her students will
eos about the 1963 Children’s College, a club aimed at improv- American Society her junior year graduate from Bowdoin and
March, the Brown v. Board of ing campus life for students from and as the house manager for the benefit from those opportunities.
Education decision and the Little all backgrounds. Russwurm African American But for now, they will continue to
Rock Nine. While on the Alumni Council, Center for two summers, she read about different cultures and
But Nikuradse wouldn’t have Nikuradse organized a phone knew every African American perspectives, and learn that “the
curated a curriculum with “some- drive to recruit students of color. student, and knew them all well. origins of humans start in Africa.”
thing in there for everyone” with- She and other alumni would call “You could count on two “It’s very important to me that
out her Bowdoin degree. students who had been admitted hands the number of African my students understand that,” she
“I think having that experience to the College and try to convince Americans that were in my grad- said.
as an Afro-American Studies ma- them to attend Bowdoin. uating class,” she said. Nikuradse will speak at “A
jor at Bowdoin has opened up so “It was amazing, over the COURTESY OF TAMARA NIKURADSE But this weekend, Nikuradse Seat at the Table: A Forum with
much and opened me up to voic- course of three years, to see the BOWDOIN AND BEYOND: Tamara Nikuradse ’84, P’21 has used her is hoping to meet more Black Alumnae Leaders” today at 1 p.m.
es not always heard,” she said. “As numbers increase in terms of the Africana Studies major as a marketing executvie and a fifth grade teacher. students. in Kresge Auditorium.

Alumni to discuss under-

representation as Black artists
accountable when you’re inter- 100 plus years, and we’ve had
by Emily Staten acting in environments with every iteration and story told
Orient Staff
people that may not understand [in cinema]. However, we ha-
Black Arts will take center your cultural background or ven’t had that many perspec-
stage at a panel on Saturday the nuances of being an African tives from people of color,” he
morning as two Bowdoin alum- American.” said. “My charge is to create
ni discuss their careers in film King now lives in Nashville, stories just geared for people
and music and the role of ac- Tennessee, but believes that of color.”
tivism in their work. The event, Black artists nationwide are too To Ellzey, opening up these
titled “Black Arts: A Canvas for often overlooked. perspectives in the arts is its
Social Activism,” will feature “This weekend, I want to talk own form of activism. COURTESY OF BOWDOIN COMMUCATIONS
singer-songwriter Coretta King about how Black creatives are “Everyone’s an activist,” said
LISTEN UP: Marsha Ambrosius will perform tonight at 8:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater for Af/Am/50.
’12 and film actor, writer and represented in artistic spaces, Ellzey. “Just going into different

Multi-Grammy-nominated singer
producer George Ellzey Jr. ’13. how a lot of times we’re un- professional fields that are not
predominantly saturated with
“Everyone’s an activist. Just people of color is a form of ac-
going into professional
fields that are not
Jessica Speight ’21, an En-
glish and theater double major,
will moderate the panel. She
Marsha Ambrosius performs R&B
said that the topic feels especial- Natalie Stewart, to add poetry to “Flo’Ology,” in 2005—before the
predominantly saturated ly relevant to many students of
color at the College.
by Kate Lusignan
Orient Staff
one of her songs. In 1997, the two
coined themselves “Floetry” and
group disbanded shortly after
“Flo’Ology” was released.
with people of color is a “It speaks to the students, es- Marsha Ambrosius, a began making music and playing Ambrosius continued her mu-

form of activism.” pecially Black students who are

in the arts, who feel like there’s
multi-Grammy-nominated R&B
musician will perform tonight as
shows in London. Three years
later, the duo moved to the United
sic career on her own. She released
her first solo album, “Late Nights
pushback,” she said. “This panel part of the Af/Am/50 celebrations. States. and Early Mornings,” in 2011. The
–George Ellzey Jr. ’13 is not only going to help people Benjamin Harris, director of After a brief and unsuccessful album debuted as number one on
[learn about] the important the Student Center for Multicul- stint in Atlanta, Ambrosius and the US Billboard R&B Albums
King, who graduated with a derrepresented, and talk about issues of activism and art and tural Life, organized the event Stewart found success in Phila- chart and number two on the US
minor in Africana Studies, uses those disadvantages, as well as how they inform each other, but with input from the Af/Am/50 delphia by writing songs for artists Billboard 200, behind “Adele” by
music to reflect on her “culture, how it reflects our experiences also will provide concrete facts Committee, a group of staff, cur- such as Jill Scott and Larry “Jazz” Adele. That year, Ambrosius re-
background [and] social con- being on Bowdoin’s campus as for students to be like, ‘Okay, so rent students, faculty and alumni. Anthony of Dru Hill. The duo also ceived two Grammy nominations
sciousness” as a Black female well as beyond,” said King. this is how you can make it into “We all agreed that R&B would composed and sang backup vocals for best R&B song and Best R&B
artist. She hopes that the panel Ellzey also hopes to open up a career.’” be nice—something really cool in Michael Jackson’s hit song “But- Performance for the song “Far
will help others understand a dialogue on the underrepre- Speight is glad that, amidst and laid-back,” said Amani Hite terflies.” Away.”
both the difficult and rewarding sentation of Black voices and the larger celebration happen- ’20, president of the Black Stu- In 2002, Floetry signed with She released her second solo
aspects of being a Black musi- Black faces in the arts. He is ing this weekend, Black artists dent Union (BSU) and a student DreamWorks Records and re- album, “Friends & Lovers,” in
cian. currently pursuing an MFA in have a chance to be heard. representative on the Af/Am/50 leased their debut album “Floetic,” 2014 and received another Gram-
“I’m really open to talking directing at Depaul University, “There’s always been a need Committee. “Marsha Ambrosius which was nominated for three my nomination, this time for best
about those things, the hard and he frequently freelances for Black artists, but they don’t was perfect for us. She’s a big deal, Grammy awards. Their single “Say traditional R&B performance.
things, [and] not necessarily in the Chicago film commu- necessarily get the representa- especially in R&B, so everyone’s Yes” stayed on the Billboard Hot In 2018, she released her third
sticking with surface talk,” she nity. His work focuses on the tion or the voice,” she said. “The super excited about seeing her.” 100 charts for 20 weeks and peak- album, “NYLA,” which is named
said. “I feel like it has made me narratives of minorities, Black fact that in this huge conversa- Ambrosius began her musical ed at the 24 spot. after her daughter.
strong to not hold back, and masculinity and Black trauma tion, Black artists are getting career in the mid ’90s in England, Floetry released two more Ambrosius will perform today
even just on a daily job, mak- in society. a voice, I think it shows that her home country, after inviting albums—a live album, “Floac- at 8:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater in
ing sure that you hold yourself “Film has been around for there’s a change happening.” her childhood acquaintance, ism”, in 2003 and a studio album, Memorial Hall.
Friday, November 8, 2019 11

The women’s rugby
team will host Norwich
University in the NIRA
semifinal on Saturday at
11 a.m.. After starting off
the league campaign with
a 38-8 loss to first-place
Colby Sawyer, the Polar
Bears bounced back with
two key wins to secure the
second playoff seed. The
winner of Saturday’s game
will play the other finalist
in the NIRA Division III
Championship on Sunday,
November 17 at Harvard
University’s Roberto A.
Mignone Field.


During last Saturday’s
disappointing loss against
Bates, Nate Richam-Odoi
’20 gave his teammates
something to celebrate
when he became the sixth
ever Bowdoin football
player to record 2,000
career rushing yards. With
82 yards on the ground
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT in Saturday’s contest,
KEEP YOUR CHIN UP: Assistant Coach Matt Cochran rallies his players during a home loss to Middlebury. Bowdoin lost to Bates on Saturday, leaving the Polar Bears as the only winless team in the NESCAC. Richam-Odoi puts himself
at only 57 yards behind
Greg Bohannon ’87, who

With Bowdoin football at 0-8 again,

currently holds fifth place
in the career rushing

it’s time to ask the tough questions a complete truth. If anything, per game. for former head coach JB Wells, percent white NESCAC stu-
The Brunswick High
School boys’ varsity
soccer team fell 3-1 to
Bowdoin football, despite a Although the frequency whose contract still extends to dent-athletes, but it’s not clear Lewiston in the boys’
More Than a Class A North Regional
Game regime change, has hardly of passing and rushing has the end of this year. And what that recruiting spending is at
State Final on Wednesday.
changed at all. changed, their respective effi- have they got to show for it? Al- all correlated with gridiron The Dragons finish 14-
by Ian Ward
Let’s peruse some numbers. cacy has not. In 2018, Bowdo- most exactly the same results as success. In the 2017-18 school 2-1 on the season. Brady
Imagine that your car won’t In 2018, Bowdoin averaged in’s average passing play cov- last year, minus a win. year, Bowdoin spent $86,297 Laforge, high school
start, so you open the hood, 13.6 points per game on 291.9 ered 9.1 yards, and the average Lest I appear impatient, on athletic recruiting, and its first year, started in goal
take a peek around and decide yards, while its opponents aver- rush was good for 3.7 yards. I recognize that turning a football program is in dead despite having never
that the battery is dead. You aged 34.2 points on 429.4 yards. This year, it’s 10.0 yards on the cruise ship around—as Wells last. Wesleyan, who currently played a full varsity game
grab your jumper pack, fire it Bowdoin’s third-down conver- throw and 3.1 on the run. Some once described his task as sits in second place in the NES- in his high school career,
up, but still, the ignition won’t sion rate was 32 percent, its red things change. Some things Head Coach—takes time. It CAC with a 7-1 record, spent and although he finished
turn over. So you toss the bat- zone touchdown percentage stay the same. takes time for a new ethos to $47,965, around half of Bow- with an impressive eight
tery that you’ve got and go buy was 52 percent, and it averaged Which brings us back to the take hold. It takes time for a doin’s expenses. saves, he was unable to
a new battery. But alas, still no 16.9 first downs per game. car. If, after replacing your bat- new staff to bring in new re- The competition for quali- prevent Lewiston from
luck. After all this, what’s your Through eight games this tery altogether, you went out cruiting classes. It takes time fied and talented athletes has jumping to a 3-0 lead.
The Dragons got a goal
conclusion? season, the Polar Bears are av- and bought yet another battery, for the temperature in the launched a facilities arms race,
back with three minutes
The problem isn’t the battery. eraging 12.8 points per game hoping that this one would “POLAR20NE” to drop below which Bowdoin appears to be to play, Lewiston will
With Bowdoin football win- on 271.1 yards, and their op- do the trick, your mechanic freezing. losing. Although the $8 million represent the region at
less again through eight games, ponents 40.1 points on 471.8 friends might rightfully won- But couldn’t it have waited a renovation to Whittier Field the state final against
despite the arrival of head year? True, Wells’ 3-31 tenure spun heads in Brunswick when Falmouth on Saturday.
coach BJ Hammer and his staff,
we now have enough data to If anything, Bowdoin football, was particularly bleak, but let’s
not forget that his predecessor
it was announced in 2017, it
looks relatively frugal com-
make a diagnosis about Bow-
doin football: it’s not the coach.
despite a regime change, has posted a .291 win percentage
over 15 years, or that the last
pared to Williams’ $20 million
renovation to its football facil-
The men’s ultimate frisbee
Saturday’s 30-5 loss to Bates,
a result that snapped the Bob-
hardly changed at all. head coach to post a winning
career record was Nels Corey,
ities in 2014, Amherst’s $12.5
million renovation in 2013,
team competed in the 31st
annual Clambake, hosted
cats’ 17-game losing streak and who went 22-20 (.523) between or—hold onto your ass—Col- by Red Tide Ultimate,
in South Portland on
handed Malik Hall his first win yards. The team’s third-down der if you know what you’re 1959 and 1964. by’s $200 million overall of its
October 26. Coming hot
as Bates’ head coach, might stir conversion rate is 32 percent, doing. Ultimately, the problem ex- athletic complex, set to open in off the heels of a thrilling
panic (or despair) among those its red zone touchdown per- It’s time to ask that same tends well beyond Bowdoin. 2020. Maybe Waterville doesn’t victory over 2016 Division
who thought wistfully, ‘Well, at centage is 50 percent and its question about the people in The landscape of Division III look like such a hellhole after I national finalist Harvard
least we’ll get Bates.’ It was all average number of total first charge of the Bowdoin football football is changing, and the all. Red Line the weekend
the more dramatic for its eerie downs is 16.3. program. NESCAC is not immune to the The solution is not to throw before, the Stoned Clown
similarity to Bowdoin’s own Take a second to compare To be clear, blame lies not repercussions. more money at the problem faced a challenging pool
skid-snapping victory over those. Have a chuckle. Now let’s with the players, who put a For one, competition for and hope that it will go away. of teams from around
those same Bobcats almost ex- move on. whole lot of love and labor into players is steeper than ever. Yet that is precisely what Bow- the globe, playing squads
actly one year ago—except this On paper, the only sub- the program, nor does it lie Between 2008 and 2016, 12 doin chose to do when, in an from as far away as New
time, it was a mob of red-and- stantive difference between with the coaches, old or new, DIII schools added football unflattering attempt to play-act Brunswick, Canada and
white-clad fans who swarmed this team and last year’s is the who work doggedly to enable programs, bringing the total at being a Division I program, Farmington, Maine.
their team at midfield after the relative frequency with which their athletes to succeed. Blame number of teams to 250. In it fired its head coach in the Entering the tournament
seeded last, the team lost
final whistle. they run or throw the ball. In lies with whomever it was in response, NESCAC schools middle of his contract to make
all three games, but due
In light of Bowdoin’s victory 2018, Bowdoin threw the ball in the Department of Athletics are pouring money into their way for someone new. to clerical errors in the
last year, this most recent loss on average 37.6 times per game who thought that switching JB recruiting budgets in an effort To almost no one’s surprise, score reporting process
might seem a sign of regress, an and ran it 31.9 times. This year, for BJ would change anything. to tap talent pools outside of the results have been less than finished with an official
indicator that the state of Bow- under new offensive coordina- Remember, Bowdoin is not lily-white New England. inspiring. But who knows— record of 0-1.
doin football is getting worse tor Braden Layer, they’ve been just paying one head football This is money well spent in- maybe things will change. I
rather than better. There might rushing slightly more, averag- coaching salary this year but sofar as it brings more athletes would like nothing more than
be some truth to that, but not ing 34.1 passes and 34.0 runs two—one for Hammer and one of color into the pool of 79 to be proved wrong. COMPILED BY DYLAN SLOAN
12 SPORTS Friday, November 8, 2019


NO PLACE LIKE HOME: Ryan Supple ’23 rounds a corner at the Bowdoin Invitational II last month. Coming off of strong NESCAC championship performances, the cross-country teams are preparing to host NCAA regionals in two weeks.

Cross-country races towards NCAA regionals

an imposing challenge in Wil- After losing six of last season’s ki commended both teams’ taller test in two weeks in the families and the Brunswick com-
by Thomas McEvoy liamtown’s hilly terrain. top contributors, the men’s team top-scoring runners for setting an 2019 NCAA Regional Meet at munity.”
Orient Staff
The women’s team beat ex- entered this season with a de- example at the front of the pack. Bowdoin. As the fall season reaches its
At the culminating event of pectations, posting a strong fifth gree of uncertainty. At Williams, “Our front runners came Compared to this past week- climax, the team is focused on
the NESCAC cross-country sea- place finish on the challenging, however, seeded 10th overall, through in the clutch,” wrote end’s meet, which was hosted at staying true to its values. Ship-
son last weekend, both the men’s mountainous course despite be- the team also surpassed expec- Slovenski in an email to the Ori- an unfamiliar course far from ley shared one mantra that she
and women’s cross-country teams ing seeded sixth before the race. tations, earning ninth place in ent. “They showed a lot of intel- home, NCAA regionals will hopes her teammates will keep
posted promising results, which “From the team perspective, an exceedingly strong field of ligence with their pacing and the present a different challenge— in mind next weekend as they
bode well for next weekend’s we had been seeded sixth but schools. surges they made.” one that both teams will be enter this fall’s greatest challenge.
NCAA regional meet. Hosted finished fifth, so that’s always “I think last weekend was, Notably, Shipley posted an much more acclimated to. “Run the first third of the race
by Williams, the 2019 NESCAC what you want. I think that’s the for most people, a really great exceptional sixth-place overall “We all know the course— with your head … run smart,”
Cross-Country Championships best finish we’ve had as a team race,” said men’s team captain finish, earning her first-team we’ve run it hundreds of times,” she said. “Run the second third
brought together 11 different since I’ve been a part of the pro- Luca Ostertag-Hill ’20. “We’re all-NESCAC honors. However, said Ostertag-Hill. “And we have of the race with your personality,
schools, 22 separate squads and gram, which is really cool to be very pleased with [exceeding our she will not have much time to everybody out there. We’re going just do your thing. [And] run the
several hundred runners. On a a part of,” said captain Caroline seed.]” rest on her laurels. to have the entire track team out [final] third of the race with your
dry, 50-degree day, runners faced Shipley ’20. Head Coach Peter Slovens- Both teams will face an even there [cheering us on] ... all the heart.”

Increased funding, interest breathe new life into equestrian team

passion for horses,” said co-cap- However, new initiatives by the ing enough student engagement
by Dylan Sloan tain Grace Hambelton ’21. club and the help of school fund- to sustain the club.
Orient Staff This past fall, the team has seen ing allow more students to engage “The equestrian team has faced
After limited interest and success in competition as well. On with horseback riding. disbandment before, so I am hop-
budgeting worries that forced the November 2, every rider placed “I think one of the largest barri- ing that we will be able to maintain
Bowdoin club equestrian team to in their class at the IHSA show ers to equestrian sports is the cost,” funding and interest,” said Blair.
restructure dramatically last year, hosted by Dartmouth. Bowdoin said Blair. “Generally, horseback “The team can only persist so long
a rejuvenated leadership team and riders all competed in the equita- riding is expensive with all the as there are students that are inter-
greater participation this past fall tion class in either the walk/trot or equipment, lessons and showing ested and committed to horseback
has ushered in a renaissance for walk/trot/canter category, earning fees involved. All these costs pre- riding.”
the team, which recently com- a fourth-place finish, two fifth- vent people from being able to Both captains recognize that
peted in the Intercollegiate Horse place finishes and a sixth-place ride and has, historically, made without participation from first
Show Association (IHSA) for the finish. the team exclusive. As of last year, years and sophomores, there will be
first time in three years. Looking Under the leadership of the team started to receive fund- nobody to pass the torch to when
towards the future, the club is Hambelton and Olivia Blair ’21, ing from the [Student Activities the current leadership graduates.
hopeful that this momentum will Bowdoin’s equestrian team has Funding Committee], which has “There can be very few peo-
continue. undergone significant changes, es- made the sport more accessible to ple with experience that come to
Over the years, the club has pecially in the past year. Just a few everyone.” Bowdoin intending to ride,” said
been constantly evolving with the years ago, being a club member This is a significant change Hambelton. “There can be years
team’s size, level of competition meant driving hours every week from previous iterations of the that we only have one or two new
and outreach to new riders fluc- to attend practice sessions with no club, which mainly attracted expe- freshmen with experience.”
tuating based on leadership and opportunities to compete against rienced riders who were willing to Despite the challenges the team
student interest. However, at its other schools. shell out significant sums of mon- faces, these recent advancements
roots, the club remains based on “My [first] year, we were going ey to pursue the hobby. However, in funding and opportunities to
the same principles it was founded to a barn an hour away, paying for rejoining the IHSA and securing compete have filled the stables
upon. our own lessons and were not able funding to subsidize lessons has with optimism.
“The equestrian team was start- to compete in any sort of competi- made it significantly easier to join “Participating in IHSA gives us
ed … [by] a group of people who tion,” said Hambelton. the club and has opened up many a good opportunity to grow both
loved horses and wanted a space As a specialized sport with sig- more opportunities for those al- as a team and individuals, and I COURTESY OF GRACE HAMBELTON
in Bowdoin’s community to meet nificant entry costs, it can be chal- ready in it. am excited to see the team become IN THE SADDLE: Grace Hambelton ’21, captain of the revamped equestrian
other people who have the same lenging to recruit new members. The challenge will be maintain- more active,” said Blair. team, shares a moment with her steed after competing in an IHSA show last month.
Friday, November 8, 2019 SPORTS 13

NESCAC Standings
Middlebury 9 1 15 1 Middlebury 8 0 8 0
Bowdoin 9 1 14 2 Wesleyan 7 1 7 1
Tufts 8 2 13 3 Williams 6 2 6 2
Williams 7 3 13 3 Trinity 5 3 5 3
Bates 6 4 10 6 Amherst 4 4 4 4
Colby 4 6 9 7 Hamilton 4 4 4 4
Hamilton 4 6 9 7 Tufts 4 4 4 4
Trinity 3 7 8 8 Bates 1 7 1 7
Amherst 3 7 8 7 Colby 1 7 1 7
GRAHAM BENDICKSON, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT Conn. Coll. 1 9 3 12 Bowdoin 0 8 0 8
UP AND OVER: Sophia Pahl ’22 rises above the net for a kill in the team’s victory over Bates last weekend. The team Wesleyan 1 9 5 10 SCHEDULE
is riding a 12-game win streak into the NESCAC playoffs and hopes to repeat as conference champions this weekend.
SCHEDULE Sat 11/9 v. Colby 4:30 P.M.

Peaking at the right time, Season over



volleyball looks to NESCACs SCHOOL

Middlebury 6


Cady said that the slow start Hosted by Tufts and away
by Ella Chaffin Conn. Coll. 6 2 2 10 3 2 Amherst 6 3 1 11 3 1
was not a product of any one from the support of the home
Orient Staff major shortcoming, but in- crowd, today’s rematch with Williams 5 2 3 7 3 5 Hamilton 5 4 1 10 4 1
After a hesitant start to its stead due to the team needing Williams will have a different Bates 5 4 1 9 5 1 Conn. Coll. 5 4 1 10 4 1
season, the Bowdoin volley- time to find its groove. tone than October’s dramatic Middlebury 3 2 5 7 2 6 Wesleyan 4 4 2 9 4 2
ball team is hitting its stride “In the beginning of the affair. But despite the team’s
Hamilton 3 5 2 6 7 2 Trinity 4 5 1 6 7 2
at the right time. A sweep of year it was a lot of working dominant performance down
Bates and Colby last weekend out kinks,” said Cady. “So the stretch, Gray explained Wesleyan 2 5 3 6 6 3 Bowdoin 3 6 1 7 7 1
extended the team’s winning what we had was a lot of play- that the winning mentality Colby 2 6 2 6 6 3 Colby 1 6 3 5 6 3
streak to 12 games and se- ers having amazing games but has been a sticking point. Bowdoin 1 5 4 6 5 4 Bates 0 9 1 2 11 2
cured the third NESCAC not all at once. No one was “We do a good job of keep-
tournament seed. Hopes are particularly playing bad, but ing an underdog mentality. Trinity 0 10 0 1 13 1 SCHEDULE
high as all of the pieces seem we [struggled to find a time] We had it all last season, re- SCHEDULE
to be coming together ahead where everyone was playing gardless of our record, and Season over
of championship weekend, great at once.” we earned an underdog status Season over WOMEN’S RUGBY
which starts with a quarterfi- After losing a record-set- [this year] as we got more
nal matchup against Willams ting graduating class last year, wins following our losses at
tonight. including NESCAC Defen- the beginning of the season,” VOLLEYBALL
Last season was a historic sive Player of the Year and said Gray. NESCAC OVERALL
Colby- 4 0 0 7 1 0
one for the Polar Bears. The Second-Team All-American “When you come to NES- SCHOOL W L W L Sawyer
team finished with a 29-2 Lisa Sheldon ’19, adjusting CAC playoffs, you pretty
Tufts 10 0 24 1 Bowdoin 3 1 0 6 2 0
overall record and brought to a new roster was bound much wipe clean anything
home the NESCAC cham- to take time. Finally, in a key from the past and start over,” Wesleyan 9 1 19 3 Norwich 2 2 0 6 2 0
pionship, advancing to the mid-season matchup against added Cady. “What’s nice at Bowdoin 8 2 16 6 U. of New 1 3 0 2 5 1
NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the national number five-ranked this point is [that] we have Amherst 7 3 19 5 England
second time in program his- Johnson and Wales Univer- more of a scout, so we’re able Middlebury 6 4 14 9 New England 0 4 0 0 8 0
tory. Coming off the heels of sity, the stars aligned—and to watch more film on what Coll.
such a superlative year, this since then, the Polar Bears Williams is up to and then Williams 5 5 14 10
fall’s initial results raised haven’t looked back. also more film on ourselves, Bates 4 6 16 9 SCHEDULE
doubts about whether the “We had gotten swept by so were able to see what we Hamilton 3 7 10 13 Sat 11/9 NIRA DIII Semifinal v. Norwich 11:00 A.M.
team could come close to Tufts the night before ... and can be stronger at.”
Colby 2 8 9 20
replicating last year’s historic Coach [Cady] was saying, ‘if Riding the coattails of one CROSS COUNTRY
success. Despite being ranked we keep playing like this were of the most successful seasons Trinity 1 9 8 15
23 in the nation in the Amer- not going to win,’” said Gray. in program history, this year’s Conn. Coll. 0 10 7 16 SCHEDULE
ican Volleyball Coaches As- “One of our captains, Dani team has emerged from early
sociation (AVCA) preseason [Abrams ’20], said, ‘screw setbacks and managed to shape SCHEDULE Sat 11/9 NCAA Regional 12:00 P.M.
poll, the team started with an this let’s just win. Why act its own identity. In Gray’s eye, Fri 11/8 NESCAC Quarterfinal 7:30 P.M. Compiled by Dylan Sloan
underwhelming 4-6 record. like we’re going to lose?’. .. that shared ethos and love of
v. Williams Sources: Bowdoin Athletics, NESCAC
“Confidence [was some- and we did [win]. We had the game and each other is
thing we struggled with],” been talking about firing on what makes this team so great.
said Cori Gray ’22, a middle all cylinders—making sure “I love this family so
blocker. “When have we ever
in so long had a season like
last season? And I think that
each one of us steps up and
does our part—and that was a
good example of firing on all
much,” said Gray. “Some-
thing that sets us apart is that
everyone wants so badly to
was on everyone’s minds, just cylinders.” be in the gym and wants so COMPILED BY SEBASTIAN DE LASA
how are we going to top that? Since that game, Bowdoin badly to get every rep ... I feel
The confidence to be a new has won 12 straight to close very confident in the attitudes MEN’S SOCCER REGROUPS AFTER MISSING NESCAC PLAYOFFS
team and not just halfheart- out the regular season, the that everyone has towards the
edly fill the gaps [from last most thrilling of which was sport. I’m excited to send a The Bowdoin men’s soccer an overtime period, Bowdoin Head Coach Scott Wiercinski
year] but to really rise up and a 3-2 comeback win over message to the NESCAC.” team finished its season with would have drawn seven out of plans on improving the team’s
be better … was big.” Williams in front of a packed The Polar Bears will kick two losses against Williams 10 games it played. These close ability to finish out games,
All but one of the team’s six crowd in Morrell Gym at the off championship weekend and Tufts, putting the Polar margins of defeat suggest that- but he can be reassured by the
early losses were 3-0 sweeps. annual Dig Pink game on Oc- against Williams tonight at Bears out of the running for Bowdoin’s failure to qualify for quality of the underclassmen’s
However, Head Coach Erin tober 4. 7:30 p.m.. the NESCAC championship. the NESCAC tournament does game and the relatively low
The team finished the season not indicate a lack of ability but number of graduating seniors.
tied for ninth place in the NES- rather an inability to close out Although recruiting remains a
CAC, finishing only ahead of games or get the go-ahead goal. crucial part of building a suc-
Trinity, which failed to win a However, the team has cessful season, there will be

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If the NESCAC didn’t feature It remains to be seen how velops in the months to come.
14 Friday, November 8, 2019

Showing up to Af/Am/50
This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of Bowdoin’s Africana Studies
Why I’m leaning towards not voting
program, the John Brown Russwurm Center and the Black Student Union elections. However, while I will not
(BSU, formerly the African American Society). A celebration is in order. knock my own abilities as a speaker,
Throughout the next few days, students, faculty, staff, alumni and visi-
Real Talk one of the reasons I was so popular
by Jared Cole
tors will have the opportunity to participate in programming that provides was purely because of my name.
a multi-faceted and community-wide recognition of this milestone. The At the end of each speech,
events planned for the next few days offer a rich array of perspectives from Back in 2016, like many others on I told my constituents
alumni across fields, from education reformer Geoffrey Canada ’74, H ’07, Bowdoin’s campus, I voted for Hillary to “Vote J. Cole for
to Saddie Smith ’75, a member of Bowdoin’s first class of women, to activist Clinton. I still remember standing your Attorney Gen-
and podcaster DeRay Mckesson ’07. there in the middle of Smith Union eral.” I knew well
To all returning alumni: thank you for taking the time and energy to back in 2016 with a mass of others, that a majority of
travel to campus and share your experiences this weekend, and thank you anxiously awaiting the results of the the audience was
for the work that you did while at Bowdoin to make our campus a better, election. I still remember the shock familiar with the
more inclusive place. And thank you to the students, faculty and staff who and despair on people’s faces when it famous lyricist,
have been working to organize this weekend’s events. was announced that Donald Trump and I used it to
As a student body, we have the chance to learn a lot this weekend, both had done the unthinkable. Sur- my advantage.
from our alumni and by coming together to reflect on a decades-long pro- rounded by confused cries and ram- By the time I
cess of diversification and inclusion that is far from complete. pant tears—as sensitive as I am—I got to the final
We live on an unequal campus within an unequal world, and we often had to get out of that atmosphere. I state-wide elec-
acknowledge this fact. But there is a difference between simply acknowl- walked back to my dorm that night, tions, I had practi-
edging an issue and actually acting upon it. disappointed in the country and dis- cally half the party
As we have learned from dozens of current Black students at Bowdoin, appointed in myself for casting my chanting the name “J.
there is still a lot that we as a campus need to do. vote for someone I didn’t even like. Cole.” In the end, howev-
With prospective students on campus for Explore Bowdoin II, the future Moreover, my greatest takeaway was er, it was not enough.
of this institution is on our minds. These students will see the College at a that my vote did not actually matter One of the qualities
high point—celebrating the perspectives of Black students past and pres- as it did not affect the outcome of the I loved about being at
ent. But this is not a typical weekend at Bowdoin. To realize that vision election. Boys State was that there
will require continued work and meaningful engagement beyond these few Near the end of my junior year of was hardly a competitive
days. high school, I developed a talent for atmosphere. Everyone
Even in the midst of a hectic academic time, it is important to turn our public speaking, a talent previously wished each other the

attention to the work that has been done to diversify the space we inhabit. unknown to me. After molding my best, and no one tried to

After all, there is more than one kind of learning that should happen on craft in my AP English Language and bring each other down,
this campus; critical educational opportunities can also be found outside Composition class, I decided to run in or outside of elec-
the classroom. for National Honor Society president, tions. Everyone, except
To reap the benefits of Af/Am/50 programming in a way that will cre- solely to give my resume a boost in my opponent during
ate change beyond these three days, Bowdoin students must show up—and the leadership department. Only one the state-wide elections.
bring a friend. The normal routines and commitments that crowd our lives other person ran against me and I de- One of the ways I had inadvertently want to be, and to be a politician,
can and should pause in recognition of this occasion. This weekend, make cided to prepare a speech for election shot myself in the foot was that I had that’s a requirement. The job also
an effort (and not excuses) to engage with the perspectives and insights that day. While my opponent merely listed not taken the mock bar exam, sim- involves putting other people down
these remarkable alumni and guests are bringing to our campus. off his accomplishments and extra- ply because you did not have to—I in order to elevate yourself, which is
If you are an individual with privilege, come to these spaces as a lis- curriculars, I attempted to show the was actually unaware of when it was something I find very immoral from
tener—someone seeking to learn from and celebrate experiences different other students my “morals,” speaking even scheduled. Yet, apparently my personal experience. I did not like
from your own. We all must remember that merely showing up and leaving about how I wanted to take the NHS opponent did, and he had used the the idea of who I would become if
these lessons at the door is not enough. to greater heights and help combat fact that his opponent did not against I pursued politics any further, so I
more global issues like the war in him during the primary elections. decided to step away. Even someone
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial Darfur, Sudan. I won by a landslide. I was unaware of this, and when we like Barack Obama, who was a mas-
board, which is composed of Emily Cohen, Brianna Cunliffe, Roither Gonzales, Yet, due to overwhelming academics first met each other during the can- sive influence on me as a speaker, is
Alyce McFadden, Nina McKay, Reuben Schafir and Jaret Skonieczny. and newfound depression from sleep didates dinner before the state-wide someone who “played the game” in
deprivation, I ultimately did nothing election, we had not said a word to order to win the job.
about the conflict in Darfur, which each other. After a few minutes of The only candidate I would pos-
continues to rage on to this day. I was silence, he asked me if I had taken sibly vote for is Bernie Sanders due
disappointed in myself back then and the exam, to which I simply replied to his honesty and willingness to be
still am now. Though I had good in- “no.” Of course, during his speech, he himself, whether you like him or
tentions, I intentionally appealed to pointed this out in front of everyone not. I’m also simply not a fan of the
people’s emotions to win their votes. at Boys State in an attempt to show two-party system and how it has di-
The manipulation would not end the people he was more qualified, as vided the nation. I don’t understand
bowdoinorient.com orient@bowdoin.edu 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 there. well as to rattle me before my speech. the purpose of even having other
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and information At the end of my junior year, I Ultimately, I decided not to stoop to political parties that have no chance
relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, was selected by my teacher to attend his level, and I went along with the of ever affecting change. It also leaves
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in Massachusetts Boys State, a govern- speech I planned. I ended up losing people like myself who are political-
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse ment-run program in nearly all 50 by five votes. ly closer to the center than the left
discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community. states for juniors interested in pol- Most people do not like politi- with no place to go. Choosing not to
itics. In order to add another lead- cians because they are some of the vote is my way of showing that I do
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief ership experience to my resume, my best liars in the world, which could not stand for the current system of
Emily Cohen Alyce McFadden father encouraged me to run for one not be more true. The biggest reason politics. I understand that this is an
of the top positions. I listened and why I had stepped off the politician’s unpopular opinion, which is exactly
Digital Director Managing Editor News Editor decided to run for Attorney Gener- path after Boys State was because why I am writing this. Personally,
Steven Xu Maia Coleman Andrew Bastone al. In the process, I honed my public the experience, along with my NHS I don’t understand the purpose of
Anna Fauver Aura Carlson speaking skills even more, finish- election, had thoroughly exposed writing in favor of views that are al-
Photo Editor Roither Gonzales ing with the most votes in my party the negative aspects of myself. I can ready widely accepted on Bowdoin’s
Rohini Kurup Features Editor
Ann Basu Emma Sorkin
during the pre-primary and primary be a very manipulative person if I campus.
Mindy Leder Nina McKay
Ian Ward Sports Editor
Layout Editor Executive Editor Dylan Sloan
Jaret Skonieczny Kate Lusignan A&E Editor
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Data Desk Editor

Gwen Davidson
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Page 2 Editor
Housekeeper speaks out
George Grimbilas (asst.) Lily Randall To the Editor, in housekeeping. I feel I deserve a whole lot more.
Nimra Siddiqui (asst.) Head Copy Editor Calendar Editor I love being part of the Bowdoin Community but...
Devin McKinney Jane Godiner I would like to thank everyone for all your sup- “I don’t feel respected as a member.” When I was
Head Illustrator port for a living wage. I feel it was a little weird a little girl I was taught right from wrong. I believe
Sara Caplan Copy Editor Senior News Reporter for President Rose to announce our wage increase this is very W-R-O-N-G coming from Bowdoin
Sebastian de Lasa Horace Wang right before “the fall social” and “parent weekend.” College.
Social Media Manager Danielle Quezada
Katherine Pady Senior Sports Reporter Now with my increase, my pay in July, as I under-
Ayub Tahlil
Sophie Friedman Emily Staten Ella Chaffin stand it, will be a little more than $2.00 more than Sincerely,
someone starting new. A lot of people are okay Sandy Green,
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Friday, November 8, 2019 OPINION 15

A first year’s perspective on living wage victory

paigning for better working istration to rob this of its signif- input from workers or anyone
by Jackson Hansen conditions and a living wage icance. We should use this first else in the Bowdoin commu-
Orient Staff through social media posts and victory as a powerful message: nity?
On October 21, Bowdoin articles I had stumbled across collective action works to make Obviously, Bowdoin’s ad-
students, employees and the while researching the school. necessary changes within pow- ministration could never
broader community awoke to a At first, I felt disheartened LIL
erful institutions. admit via mass email the
surprising announcement that that the administration at a UL This isn’t just about giving reality of their moral failing
Bowdoin would be increas- college like Bowdoin would op- credit where credit is due, it’s and the true impetus behind
ing wages for benefits-eligible pose such initiatives, especially about control of the narra- this change. After all, they are
hourly workers. Indeed, this with the public persona it tries tive. Bowdoin would like to counting on alumni and par-
was great news and a fantastic to foster for potential students. one made frame itself to the public eye ents to donate once again with
step towards achieving a better As I thought more on it, how- out of some as being an institution that a good conscience. Though
workplace for all Bowdoin em- ever, I was inspired by the level newfound cares about its workers, and Bowdoin may never choose
ployees, but President Clayton of student activism on this issue kindness in the what its employees, faculty, to be transparent, we can keep
Rose’s refusal to acknowledge and was excited to be a part of a hearts of Bowdo- students and community have pushing. The decision to insti-
the powerful worker and stu- student body that was so invig- in administrators to say. This is sadly not true. tute a $17 minimum wage by
dent activism is both troubling orated and committed to real towards the employees President Rose’s email cited 2022 was the direct result of a
and, sadly, expected. social change. Since arriving, here. This is nothing more changing markets, yet what concerted effort by workers,
This is my first year at Bow- I have not been disappointed, than a disrespectful slap in Board of Trustees. Upwards of could have really changed in students and other community
doin, and so far I have found and being able to witness the the face to the movement that 2,000 people have participated the markets so severely since members. Most importantly,
it to be a great and fairly wel- power of students and workers housekeepers, other workers, in this movement by attending July, when the College said the this victory is not the end by
coming place, though it is here fighting so passionately on organizations such as the BLA, rallies, speaking out on social economy wasn’t ready for this any means but instead just one
undeniable that there are also this issue has been a powerful BSG and the Orient as well as media and pledging to with- level of compensation? When part of our sustained effort to
significant institutional prob- experience. hundreds of other students, hold donations from Bowdoin. exactly did this grand change make a difference in our com-
lems. Before coming here, I had However, the announcement alumni and parents have built This activism is a central reason of heart happen? Why was munity for the common good.
become aware of the activities would like us all to believe that together—a movement that for Bowdoin’s concession, and this whole process conducted Jackson Hansen is a member
of students and workers cam- this decision was exclusively undeniably instilled fear in the we must not allow the admin- behind closed doors without of the Class of 2023.

The appointment of Arthur Brooks was deeply undemocratic

aspects about the lives of the into more consideration? Arthur Brooks. To be clear, fessors, technicians,
by Radu Stochita candidates, we learn about Why are we encouraged to I am not asking us to be in- assistants, etc.—
Orient Staff them through the press but vote in elections, but not to formed before the decision all of us call
The appointment of Arthur very few of us actually get the expand the democratic pro- comes out, I am asking for this College
Brooks was undemocratic. possibility to get to know them cess on campus? One could more democracy on this cam- home, and
We woke up to an email one on a personal level. This does say that we have a democratic pus. As far as we advocate for we should
day, and that was it. No con- not stop us from voting for system through the existence democracy in politics, bring have the pos-
sultation, no presentation of those candidates as we see how of Bowdoin Student Govern- it on our campus as well. Are sibility of de-
candidates, nothing. When we they fit our preferences, even if ment, the Class Councils and we afraid of what the people ciding what
praise democracy so much at the only research we have done other such bureaucratic in- want? Are we afraid of who we is best for it.
this school—helping students consists of a fast skimming of stitutions. What I am asking really are? Radu Sto-
to vote, promoting voting and the newspaper. This system: is why not vote for the actu- And since we want to con- chita is a mem-
encouraging students to voice we accept it, and even promote al leadership of this school? sider ourselves models and ber of the Class
their demands—this appoint- it, at the College and beyond. Why not at least think about future-shapers, why not start of 2022.
ment felt completely oppo- We encourage voting and the a scenario in which the entire here at the school? Why do we
site to the values we propose. values of democracy through community will come togeth- talk so much about democra-
What would have happened if electoral policies. We do look er (not only students) and cast cy in the outside world, about
the campus and maybe even outside the borders of the Col- their vote. the non-democratic
the outside community had lege, but we forget to look in- We could have done this regimes in the
voted on who to appoint as a side and at the democracy that for this new fellowship with Middle East (even
visiting fellow of the Joseph exists within our own home. the McKeen Center, and if we have never
McKeen Center for the Com- Who knows better than us maybe we could have had been there and we
mon Good? There is a chance about what is happening in our the possibility of hearing the do not understand
that Arthur Brooks would own home? Some of us might candidates before they actual- how they work) and
have been selected by a major- not have as much background ly got the position. We could ignore our own home?
ity, but we will not know since knowledge as others do, or have had a presentation of the Who knows best about home?
there was not such a vote. some of us might not have the profiles of the applicants that We do. And we should be
One could very easily argue same oratorical skills as others, are interested in this position. more engaged in the
that we lack the competence to but this does not matter, as we The community would have decision-making

make such a decision, but the understand this place. And asked questions, engaged in process. Students,

same argument can be given since we understand it, each discussion and debated ideas. housekeepers,

about voting in state or nation- through our own perspective, Instead, we got an email one plumbers, gar-
al elections. We know certain why are our voices not taken day with the appointment of deners, chefs, pro-


Students free to engage with Brooks DID YOU VOTE IN THE BRUNSWICK
To the Editor, the talks with Dr. Brooks, I believe that the
structure of these discussions was designed
Last week you published an editorial ti-
tled “What are you afraid of?” I agreed with
to promote inquiry in an intimate setting
while still extending the opportunity of en-
Answer at bowdoinorient.com/poll.
almost all of the sentiments you expressed gagement to as many students as possible.
in this editorial. However, it contained a The small setting allowed for what I found
problematic series of assumptions about to be a very thought-provoking discussion.
Dr. Brooks’ visit included in the following
I highly doubt the College was acting per-
niciously in the way it formatted the talks.
Last issue’s response:
We are critical of what comes across as Nonetheless, I hope more students will have
an attempt to create a manicured environ-
ment for Brooks. Why is the administration
the opportunity to engage thoughtfully with
Dr. Brooks and future McKeen Fellows will
Q: U UP?
so reluctant to allow Brooks facetime with a have a more extended presence on campus. I
broader audience? Are they imagining that
the College’s many left-leaning students are
just ask that you tread carefully when trying
to hypothesize on the motives of others.
75% YES
likely to disagree with Brooks in combative
and disrespectful ways? Thank you, 25% NO
After having the privilege to attend two of Will Hausmann ’22
Based on answers from 152 responses.
16 Friday, November 8, 2019

“Two in One: The Imagination of
Bisexuality in Eisenstein and Sokurov”
Evgenii Bershtien, professor of Russian at Reed College, will
analyze the cinematographic works of Russian film directors
Sergei Eisenstein and Alexander Sokurov through a uniquely
queer lens and explain how these filmmakers employ the
notion of “universal bisexuality” in their films.
Thomas F. Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall. 1:30 p.m.

Tension/Tenacity: Africana Studies at 50
Special Collections Education and Outreach Librarian
Marieke Van Der Steenhoven and exhibit curator Lucia Ryan
’19 will discuss the library’s Fall 2019 exhibition honoring
the 50th year of the Africana Studies program, the African
American Society and the John Brown Russwurm African ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
American Center. FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: Students light up the College for Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, on Saturday night. This year marks the fifth year that
Second Floor Gallery, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. 2:15 p.m. Diwali has been held at Bowdoin. The festival included food and festivities and concluded with sparklers outside of Moulton Union.

Academic Symposium: Nell Irvin Painter
and Tess Chakkalakal
Historian and artist Nell Irvin Painter and Director of the Africana
Studies program Tess Chakkalakal will talk to attendees about EVENT LECTURE
Africana studies as a path of life-long learning. Vinyasa Power Flow “Disenfranchising Democracy: How
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 3:30 p.m. Yoga instructor Hailey Aronson ’22 will lead a Vinyasa the World’s Oldest Democracy Came to
Yoga session. Exclude African American Citizens”
AF/AM/50 Room 301, Peter Buck Fitness Center. 5 p.m. David Bateman, assistant professor of government at
Concert with Marsha Ambrosius Cornell University, will discuss the history of exclusion of
Multi-Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Marsha African American people from the right to vote and why
Ambrosius will give an evening concert. Student band 20/20 advocates for greater democracy for white men were
will also perform. the largest opponents of African American voting rights.
Memorial Hall, Pickard Theater. 8:30 p.m.
MONDAY 11 The lecture is sponsored by the Bowdoin Department of
Government and Legal Studies with support from the John
C. Donovan Fund.
DISCUSSION Thomas F. Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall. 4:30 p.m.
Late Springs: Arab Uprisings in 2019
SATURDAY 9 Meryem Belkaïd, assistant professor of Romance EVENT
languages and literatures, Barbara Elias, assistant Blood Drive
professor of government, Batool Khattab, lecturer in Students will have the opportunity to donate blood for
AF/AM/50 Arabic and Idriss Jebari, visiting assistant professor of the American Red Cross Blood Drive. Students may
Tour of the Arctic Museum Exhibition: history will host a roundtable discussion about the current find out if they are eligible and register on the Red
Matthew Alexander Henson uprisings and social movements in Algeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Cross website.
Attendees will learn about the expedition and untold story Morocco and Egypt. David Saul Smith Union. 3 p.m.
of Matthew Alexander Henson, who explored the Arctic with Room 107, Kanbar Hall. 5:30 p.m.
Robert E. Peary, Class of 1877. In April 1909, he was the only
other American to stand with Peary at the North Pole and
the first African American to ever stand at the North Pole.
Foyer and Gallery A, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. 9 a.m.


Keynote Address by Geoffery EVENT
Canada ’74, H ’07 EVENT Pub Trivia
Educator and social justice advocate Geoffery Canada, the first- How to Support a Friend Student Activities will hold a trivia night and awarding
ever recipient of the Common Good Award, will address the Students will learn strategies for supporting people who have prizes to the top three teams. Pub food will be available
College. His classmate, Maurice Butler ’74, will introduce him. been affected by sexual misconduct or violence. for purchase.
Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. 4:45 p.m. Garage, 24 College Street. 4:30 p.m. Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill. 8:30 p.m.

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Structures” “Vision Portraits” Pub Trivia