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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, January 31, 2020 Volume 149, Number 14 bowdoinorient.com

Students sit in at Senator Collins’ office BSG leaders open


dialogue with
President Rose at
public meeting
will take the opportunity to
by Julia Jennings engage with criticism and
Orient Staff
feedback from student lead-
President Clayton Rose ers.”
attended a meeting of the After a brief statement
Bowdoin Student Govern- from Rose about his respon-
ment (BSG) on Wednesday to sibilities as president of the
field questions from student College and the role of the
activists and members of the Board of Trustees, the floor
student government. During was then opened to questions
the public comment session for Rose from members of
of the meeting, Rose respond- BSG.
ed to questions about the Col- Members questioned Rose
lege’s relationship with James about Staley, a member of
“Jes” Staley ’79, a member of the Board of Trustees who
by Diego Velasquez the Board of Trustees and a had personal and profession-
Staff Writer
known associate of the late al relationships with Jeffrey
With the sun dipping be- discredited financier Jeffrey Epstein. In 2018, Staley was
low the skyline in downtown Epstein, Rose’s role as a mem- also sanctioned by the British
Portland, temperatures fell ber of the Board of Directors Financial Conduct Authority
below freezing as 13 Bowdoin of Bank of America and the and the Prudential Regula-
students and Southern Maine College’s choice of Arthur tion Authority for attempting
community members shifted Brooks as the inaugural Jo- to punish a whistleblower at
uneasily, half trying to stay seph McKeen Fellow. Barclays, where he serves as
warm, half nervous for the po- Within the first few min- CEO.
litical action they were about to utes of the meeting, student In his answer, Rose reiter-
undertake. representatives from the ated his support for Staley.
Maddie Hikida ’22 orga- Bowdoin Labor Alliance “There was nothing in Jes
nized a group of concerned (BLA) and Bowdoin’s chap- Staley’s actions or behavior
citizens from South Portland, ter of the Sunrise Movement that would warrant any ac-
Raymond, Brunswick and presented Rose with a letter tion on the part of the board
Biddeford to gather in front of voicing their concerns about at this time, and he remains a
Senator Susan Collins’ (R-ME) a number of the administra- trustee,” said Rose.
Portland office this Thursday tion’s policies and a perceived Caroline Poole ’22, a BSG
afternoon to demand more lack of transparency among representative and member
accountability for President DIEGO, VELASQUEZ, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT senior members of the ad- of the Faculty Development
Donald Trump’s impeachment CALLING ON COLLINS: Sophia Salzer ’21 holds a sign at the protest on Thursday at Senator Susan Collins’ office ministration. Committee representative,
hearings. in Portland over her stance on calling witnesses in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate. “We stand together united pressed Rose on his answer,
The students met with Pe- by a vision for our college citing Rose’s statement from
ter Warren, Collins’ regional Senators are expected to tion to succeed. Should it fail, testors called for prioritizing founded on values of account- June of 2019 that “[Staley rep-
manager, to hand over a list of vote today on the inclusion of there is a strong possibility that Collins’ constituency over party ability and transparency,” resents] all that is great about
demands, expressing concern witnesses in Trump’s impeach- the impeachment trial will be loyalties. The petition states: read the letter. “At tonight’s Bowdoin and the culture and
about the senator’s vote in the ment hearing, a vote predicted pushed to conclude later to- “We demand that you use your BSG meeting, we hope that the values here.”
impeachment hearing as well to strictly follow partisan lines. night. position to push for witnesses in the Bowdoin administration Rose declined to comment
as Collins’ general accountabil- Four Republican senators are In the document presented
ity to the Maine citizenry. needed for the democratic mo- to a staffer for Collins, the pro- Please see COLLINS, page 4 Please see BSG, page 6

Questions linger about future of depleted Kaempfer Fund


any subsequent costs. would have dropped it immedi- questions about how the fund available, they can purchase it posed to equalize the experience
by Eliana Miller But last week, an email was ately. Last semester I spent $500 ran out, where the additional themselves elsewhere and then for everyone,” said DeMoran-
Orient Staff
sent to all students enrolled in on supplies.” funding came from or if student receive reimbursement from the ville. “So part of me is like, well,
Like many visual art students, visual arts courses which stated Squibb’s independent study purchases will be more closely College. I should be working on this over
Maddie Squibb ’20 went into the that the “annual allotment of would have been a 3000-level monitored this semester. “It would be most equita- the summer and during the
semester choosing between a Kaempfer funds was depleted by course, meaning that she would “A comprehensive review ble if they expanded it because breaks and stuff. So it would be
couple of courses. “Printmaking 80 percent in the fall semester … only receive $100 from the of the fund will occur over the then the kids with the Kaemp- nice if I could get a couple rolls
II or an advanced painting inde- for the Spring 2020 semester, for College. She decided that her summer to assess historical and fer [funding] would have as of film and some paper at the
pendent study?” she wondered. as long as funds last, first priority painting materials, especially the projected usage, as well as con- much freedom as the kids who end of the course, but not an ex-
“And then I got the email for Kaempfer fund support will canvases, would be too costly to sider possible necessary adjust- don’t need to worry about that,” treme amount.”
about the Kaempfer Fund run- be limited to covering the cost justify taking the course. ments for future student needs Squibb said. Nearly half of all enrolled
ning out and it made me think, of required art kits and course On Wednesday, a week after in relation to supply lists given Both she and DeMoranville Bowdoin students receive finan-
‘Oh, I guess I won’t pursue an fees only, for eligible students in the initial email, the Office of to students,” wrote Dean of Stu- said that they know of students cial aid and thus qualify for the
independent study,’” said Squibb, 1000- and 2000- level courses, the Dean of Students announced dents Kristina Bethea Odejimi in who have used the fund to pur- Kaempfer Fund. Although more
who is a visual arts minor. up to $300 per student per class.” that it had secured additional an email to the Orient. chase materials to use outside funding was secured for this
The Kaempfer Fund, an en- “It was surprising that so funding for students who quali- Currently, students are free of class, often stocking up on semester, Squibb and DeMor-
dowed fund which also supports much of the funding [was used] fy for the Kaempfer Fund. Now to use the fund however they photo paper or paints for sum- anville said that they are worried
the Kaempfer Summer Art so early in the year, and that we that the typical guidelines for the choose. Students who qualify are mer personal projects. DeMor- about the viability of the fund
Grant, subsidizes art supplies for were being notified, like half- fund are back in place, Squibb is instructed to pay the first $100 anville suggested that after the going forward.
students on financial aid. Typ- way through the first week of reconsidering that independent and then can purchase as many first $500, perhaps student pur- “It had never occurred to me
ically, eligible students pay the classes,” said Nate DeMoranville study. materials as they need from the chases should be more closely in the past that the Kemper fund
first $100 spent on supplies for ’20, another visual arts minor. The Office of the Dean of Bowdoin Bookstore at no cost. monitored. could be depleted,” said Squibb.
the class and the College covers “If I were in a photo seminar, I Students did not answer any If they need something that’s not “The Kaempfer Fund is sup- “I hope that it expands.”

N STANDOFF! F LIFELONG LEARNERS A PSYCH OUT S AGE IS JUST A NUMBER O LEGACY ADMISSIONS
Brunswick man surrenders to police after Bowdoin graduates take courses at Latin American psychedelic rock band Maine Masters Swim Club dives in at The Fox Box wrestles with the inadequacies
eight-hour standoff. Page 5. Midcoast Senior College. Page 7. M.A.K.U. SoundSystem visits. Page 9. Greason Pool. Page 12 . of an inconclusive status quo. Page 14.
2 Friday, January 31, 2020

2 PAGE TWO
SECURITY REPORT
1/24 to 1/30 STUDENT SPEAK:
What does Clayton Rose keep in his backpack?
Friday, January 24 out at the student. These incidents did not
• A non-alcohol registered event in involve profanity, bias or threats.
Chamberlain Hall was shut down after • A student who was accidentally struck in Vincent Dong ’21
it was found to have alcohol present the eye by a thrown baseball was taken to
and three times the approved number
of guests.
Mid Coast Hospital.
"Probably a juul."
Monday, January 27
Saturday, January 25 • An employee at Kanbar Hall tripped on a
• Two minors were found in violation door threshold and fell, injuring a shoul-
for hosting an unregistered event at der.
Pine Street Apartments. • A lewd handwritten note was posted
• An intoxicated student who became inside a restroom stall on the third floor
sick at Super Snack was transported to of Coleman Hall
Mid Coast Hospital. • The College issued a security advisory to Aaron Lee ’20
• An officer checked on the wellbeing of inform the campus of an armed standoff
an intoxicated student at Howard Hall.
• An officer aided an ill student in the
related to a domestic assault at Bruns-
wick Landing, one mile east of the main
"Those things that go over your boots
men’s room at Thorne Hall.
• A student having an allergic reaction
campus. The police arrested the suspect
at 8:30 a.m. There was no threat to the
to help give grip when it’s icy."
was given an escort to Mid Coast campus.
Hospital.
• A fire alarm at Quinby House was Wednesday, January 29
attributed to the use of a hair straight- • An employee reported receiving an elec-
ener. tric shock while repairing lab equipment
at Druckenmiller Hall. The employee was Emma Kyzivat ’21
Sunday, January 26 examined at a local health care facility.
• A concerned student requested a well-
ness check for an intoxicated student Thursday, January 30
"Listerine tongue strips."
at Park Row Apartments. • A driver was slightly injured when he
• A student reported two recent instanc- fell off the back of a delivery truck at the
es when people in passing cars yelled Moulton Union loading dock.

Grace Bukowski-Thall ’20


"A hydroflask filled with La Croix and
the blueprints to Bowdoin’s under-
ground tunnel system."

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Benjamin Wong ’20
KYRA TA

"Invite-only JP Morgan Chase Bowdoin


company card with a $2 billion credit
limit. "
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Start of new semester resuscitates dying acquaintanceships


by Lily Randall unfortunately. When faced with financial
Orient Staff “Returning for second semester is great because I choices, we’ll always choose education first,
can slide into people’s DMs asking how their breaks like having Arthur Brooks come as a Visiting
The start of the new semester is always an were. If I play my cards right, I can usually get a Fellow.”
adjustment period. Seniors develop cig addictions meal out of it too,” an anonymous Baxter resident
in an attempt to feel autonomy over their lives, said. “So far I’ve hit up maybe three or four girls New classes and break happenings aren’t
juniors returning from abroad in Berlin suddenly I ghosted last semester. Everyone’s so emotionally the only topic being discussed, though.
think they’re cultured and first-years still don’t confused anyways that I figured why not add to it.” Particularly desperate students have come
know how to drink without getting transported. to lean on talking about the weather to keep
Second semester is sincerely first semester’s The Administration has also noticed this trend, and awkward conversations from stagnating.
washed-up older sister. Despair is in the air, none decided to provide self-care activities for students
of us have seen the sun since 2006, and Tinder to participate in. “I’m not proud to admit it, but I have been
locations have been set to beyond the greater known to point out the cold weather when
Portland area. Thankfully, there is a small ray of “We always brace ourselves for this time of year there’s a lull in a conversation,” sophomore
hope in this time of darkness: renewed small talk as the influx of redundant conversations with Andrew Bastone said. “What can I say? It’s a
topics. distant friends seems to be the last straw for a lot classic for a reason.”
of students,” Dean of Students Kristina Bethea
If you thought you were finally free from Odejimi said. “We’re just not quite sure how to Whether faced with commentary on the
conversation with that one weird kid from your help. We offer meditation from 4-5 a.m. on Fridays weather or bombardments on your second
seminar, think again. Equipped with the reliable and even plan to bring feral cats to the union this semester schedule, know you’re at least in good
“what classes are you taking this semester?” and weekend for some de-stressing play time. We company. It wouldn’t be a return to Bowdoin
a distinct lack of shame, anything is possible the deeply care for our students’ wellbeing, but we just without a slew of forced niceties making you
two weeks after break. don’t have the budget for more counseling services, want to pound a pack of Natty right on spot.
Friday, January 31, 2020 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF COMPILED BY IAN WARD

ROUX P ’14 DONATES $100


MILLION TO NORTHEASTERN
UNIVERSITY GRADUATE SCHOOL
David Roux P ’14, a member of Bowdoin Board of Trustees, has
donated $100 million to Northeastern University to build a tech-
nology-focused graduate school and research center in Portland.
The center, which will be called the Roux Institute, is slated to
open this fall in a temporary location.
Roux, a native of Lewiston, is the co-founder and former CEO
of Silver Lake Partners, a private equity firm that specializes in
technology investments. In 2016, Roux and his wife Barbara do-
nated $10 million to Bowdoin to fund the construction of the Roux
Center for the Environment, which opened in the fall of 2018.
According to the Portland Press Herald, Roux considered 12
academic institutions as the potential recipient of his investment
before settling on Northeastern. Senior Vice President for Com-
munications and Public Affairs wrote in an email to the Orient that
the Roux Institute will award graduate degrees, Bowdoin was not
one of those considered.
Hood added, however, that President Clayton Rose has had con-
versations with Roux about how Bowdoin may be involved with
the institute in the future.
The center will train students and professionals in new fron-
tiers of tech research, including artificial intelligence and machine
learning. In the long term, the center aims to position Portland as
a new hub for technology innovation and investment, Roux said at
an event in Portland announcing his investment on Monday.
Aside from serving on the Board of Trustees, Roux has deep ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
ties to the College. His daughter, Margot, graduated from Bowdoin SENIOR NIGHT: At the annual Senior Gift Campaign Kickoff on Thursday evening in the Atrium of Druckenmiller Hall, President Clayton Rose addresses the
in 2014, and Roux’s father, brother and sister are all alumni. Roux Class of 2020, discussing the importance of giving back after graduation and encouraging the soon-to-be alumni to donate to the campaign, as the collective
himself graduated from Harvard. funds will be used to be put toward a scholarship for an incoming member of the Class of 2024.

Faculty passes proposal to change First Year Seminar guidelines


In 2017, McCarroll con- sure that faculty have autono- program failed initially to pre- his concerns that the new writ- them. And this is a course that
by Aura Carlson ducted a survey of first year my and can teach in different pare her to design a course that ing requirements will cut into will prepare them for writing
Orient Staff
students to gauge how pre- ways.” balanced course content and the time that he now devotes to at the level we expect from
After an extended debate, pared they felt to write at the After arriving at Bowdoin, writing instruction. teaching course material. them in the College.”
the faculty voted at Monday’s college level before and after McCarroll attended the Dart- “I think coming from a sci- “If I’m spending numerous Proposals for new and re-
faculty meeting to change the completing their seminar re- mouth Institute for Research ence background—[where] we sessions on paragraph struc- vised courses will be due for
parameters for First Year Sem- quirement. The survey found on Composition, where she do a lot of writing—I think ture, I’m not spending them approval on April 3, according
inars requirement. that the seminars did not sig- consulted with experts and I’m very good at editing my on American political devel- to McCarroll.
The proposal, introduced by nificantly affect students’ sense writing professionals to devel- students’ writing, but actually opment, so there is a trade off,” Herrlinger also expressed
Director of Writing and Rhet- of their writing abilities. Stu- op new strategies for teaching stepping back and teaching he said. concern about the amount of
oric Meredith McCarroll, aims dents who came into the sem- undergraduate writing. At someone how to write … is Associate Professor of His- time outside of class that the
to refocus the seminars on inar feeling confident in their Bowdoin, she has collaborated a little bit different,” Horch tory Page Herrlinger said that new requirements would ask
teaching college-level writing writing, for example, came out with the CIC and professors said. “I think for the [faculty] the new requirements might faculty to commit to one-on-
and composition. Under the feeling equally self-assured, teaching First Year Seminars to who are new to [the seminars], force the history department one meetings with students.
new proposal, the seminars, while students who entered implement a number of limit- these guidelines are going to be to exclude First Year Writing First Year Seminars are capped
which will now be called First their seminars feeling unsure ed reforms. appreciated because they help Seminars from the department’s at 16 students, and the First
Year Writing Seminars, will to make sure that the course courses that count for credit to- Year Writing Seminars will be
be required to include at least is in line with the pedagogical ward the history major. as well.
four papers, each involving “This isn’t about revising this values of this First Year Semi- “With the new requirements “Just logistically, it’s a lot of
multiple drafts and substantial nar requirement.” being so explicitly around time, but it’s also a lot of sched-
engagement with the Library’s program in order to support Horch said she hopes the writing, [I wonder] whether uling outside of class, and so I
research resources. the most vulnerable group of new requirements will allow we feel that we’re able to put am concerned that with these
Per the proposal, new and students to develop the writing enough focus on historical new requirements that I’m go-
existing First Year Seminars students—it’s about putting the skills necessary to grapple with skills in particular, and wheth- ing to have a hard time sched-
will have to be approved by the and communicate complex er or not we would count the uling and fitting that time into
Curriculum Implementation best practices into place that will ideas—a gap she finds in her First Year Seminar toward the my own week,” she said.
Committee (CIC) in order to support all students.” current students’ writing. major,” said Herrlinger. Herrlinger added that the
qualify as First Year Writing “One of the things Nadia Celis, associate pro- seminar class size will be some-
Seminars. –Meredith McCarroll, Director of Writing and Rhetoric that I like about the writ- fessor of Romance Languages thing to think about “down the
Since McCarroll arrived at ing-across-the-curriculum and Literatures and the di- road,” once the requirements
Bowdoin in 2015, her prima- about their writing ended the “This isn’t about revising vision [is that] students get to rector of the Latin American have been implemented.
ry focus has been reworking fall semester still feeling un- this program in order to sup- take the class that they’re hope- Studies Program, acknowl- Despite faculty pushback,
the first-year writing program derprepared. port the most vulnerable group fully really excited about and edged that some professors McCarroll said she appreciated
to ensure that it effectively After receiving the results, of students—it’s about putting [they] get into complex deep with well-established seminars her colleagues’ feedback and
teaches students the writing McCarroll spoke to many first- the best practices into place ideas with [their] professor,” will have to re-think their cur- criticism.
skills they need to thrive in year students individually. that will support all students,” said Horch. “I think that writ- ricula in order to meet the new “[It is] truthfully really what
their academic work and be- “I heard that they felt like McCarroll said. ing challenges appear because requirements. makes a healthy communi-
yond. their First Year Seminar real- The proposal was met with you’re trying to deal with very “It will definitely require ty,” said McCarroll. “I think
“The language around the ly didn’t focus on writing and mixed responses from the fac- sophisticated ideas in writing, some adjustment on the part that it’s a sign of faculty who
First Year Seminar has varied didn’t teach them writing,” ulty. so [for] any level of student— of the people who have been are committed to asking hard
over the years,” said McCar- said McCarroll. “It’s really Associate Professor of Bi- no matter their experience—I teaching these for a period of questions and to deeply under-
roll in an interview with the important to focus on student ology and Neuroscience Had- think [these seminars are] go- time,” said Celis. “But also, all standing issues. And I think
Orient. “But it has always cir- needs and what students were ley Horch, who taught a First ing to be able to highlight for of our students in the whole that the faculty vote really
cled back to an emphasis on reporting they were experienc- Year Seminar in 2015 and an- them where they can improve.” College are basically expected supports that this is a campus
writing and preparing … to ing in their First Year Seminar. other this past fall, expressed Andrew Rudalevige, chair to take this one course … and that cares about students and
transition students to college But [it’s] also [important] to support for the changes. She of the Department of Govern- there are a series of reasons student growth and student
level writing.” make sure that we can … make noted that the structure of the ment and Legal Studies, voiced why we wanted them to take learning.”

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4 NEWS Friday, January 31, 2020

Faculty considers proposal to replace Exploring


Social Differences distribution requirement
terprises scholars take when they ter address contemporary social issues that exist out there,” said of power, or ways in which things Greene said that these ques-
by Rohini Kurup think about these issues while at issues. Greene. reinforce or re-inscribe that in the tions about the language of the
Orient Staff
the same time giving students “The way the ESD require- Greene explained that many social world.” motion are to avoid the problems
The Curriculum and Educa- robust ways to think about ques- ment is written is very broad, and students think of the ESD re- According to Greene, if of the current requirement and
tional Policy Committee (CEP) tions that exist in a broad range students accomplish it in differ- quirement as a diversity require- passed, the new requirement help the committee in crafting
introduced a motion to change of topics from the macro to the ent ways, but they don’t necessar- ment, when its goals should go might mean reframing existing a more effective and specific re-
the Exploring Social Differences very micro,” said Assistant Pro- ily feel that they … have a grasp beyond that. classes, but it could also lead to quirement.
(ESD) distribution requirement fessor of Sociology Theo Greene, of things they need to know when “It’s not simply exposing you the creation of new courses. He “I think so many of us feel
at a faculty meeting on Monday. a member of CEP, who presented they go into the world and ex- to diversity for the sake of making hopes that these changes would that ESD is well intentioned but
It would instead be called “Differ- the motion and fielded questions allow departments that do not doesn’t necessarily have the teeth,
ence, Power, Inequity” and a new during the meeting. typically address topics of power the effectiveness. We don’t want
definition of the requirement The ESD requirement was first “It’s not simply exposing you to and inequality to examine how to rewrite a requirement in a
aims to address vagueness of the approved by the faculty in May these issues affect their respective way that just echoes the kinds of
current requirement. 2004 along with the four other
diversity for the sake of making you disciplines and make these topics challenges we’ve had with ESD.
According to the Academic distribution requirements— diverse.” accessible to more students. We really want something that
Handbook, courses that qualify Mathematical, Computational “I think it’s a really great op- can be an effective tool for mea-
under the current requirement or Statistical Reasoning (MCSR);
–Theo Greene, Assistant Professor of Sociology portunity to expand our intellec- suring courses that help students
“develop awareness and critical Inquiry in the Natural Science tual imagination, to think about think about these questions and
understanding of differences in (INS); International Perspectives amine these kinds of problems,” you diverse but that this is a real how power and difference and issues in a very serious way,” he
human societies” and “build the (IP) and the Arts (later changed Greene said in an interview with intellectual enterprise,” Greene inequity sort of pervade the dif- explained.
analytic skills to examine differ- to Visual and Performing Arts). the Orient. “And then, of course, said. “To expose you to that hope- ferent kinds of intellectual worlds According to Greene the pro-
ences within a society and the All the current requirements we had a series of [bias] incidents fully will help you understand we occupy,” Greene explained. grammatic changes are designed
ways they are reflected in and went into effect for students en- that have occurred at Bowdoin that this is serious intellectual During the meeting and on to benefit students. “Our goal is
shaped by historical, cultural, tering the College in fall 2006. over the past few years that sort of work and not simply [that] we’re an online platform created in ad- to produce something that …
social, political, economic, and If passed, the new requirement brought to light that the kinds of here to make you a better human vance to post questions about the is broad enough and expansive
other processes.” Under the pro- would apply only to students en- issues that we ought to be expos- being. We’re here to make you a proposal, faculty members raised enough that students don’t nec-
posed change, courses would tering the College in upcoming ing students to have not been.” better human being by being bet- issues about the details of the lan- essarily feel this as a burden, but
focus more specifically on power years. Current students would “I think students feel that they ter intellectuals and being able to guage including why the commit- as an opportunity to really gain
and/or inequity “within a given still be required to fulfill the ESD haven’t been adequately prepared participate in conversations using tee chose “inequity” rather than insight on how to build a better
society.” requirement as it currently exists. to talk about them … What [the language, to properly talk about “inequality” and whether courses world,” Greene said.
“We want to provide a re- Over the past several years, requirement] is trying to do is these things, to properly question consider difference, power and The motion may be voted on
quirement that respects the very students and faculty have pushed arm students with tools to help and push back and challenge in- inequity separately or some com- as early as the next faculty meet-
different kinds of intellectual en- to change the requirement to bet- them analyze the kinds of social equity and inequality, or abuses bination of the three. ing in March, pending debate.

Athletic team OutPeer


and OutAlly lists return
after seven years
ning Together: Allies in Athletics” “They were really enthusiastic
by Rebecca Norden-Bright event in November. The dinner about being supportive of [the
Orient Staff
and panel discussion centered posters],” Stern said.
Posters displaying lists of around issues of inclusivity—or In addition to hosting the
students who have participated exclusivity—in sports culture, event, Schumann and Tyson
in OutPeer or OutAlly training especially those related to sexual- increased outreach efforts for
through the Center for Sexuality, ity. Sophomores who represented the OutAllies program among
Women and Gender (SWAG) each athletic team on campus at- student athletes. These efforts DIEGO VELASQUEZ, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
have long been a staple in bath- tended the event. proved successful. According to CALL FORTH THE WITNESS:
room stalls throughout Bowdo- For Schumann, who is a for- Stern, a record number of athletes Maddie Hikida ’22 (TOP), the
in’s campus. Now, in addition to mer member of the women’s participated in OutAllies training organizer of Thursday’s protests in
the existing posters, students will squash team, targeting sopho- this year. Portland, reaches to hand over the
see similar lists with students’ mores was crucial in order to “Having so many athletes that protestors’ list of demands expresss-
names sorted by sports team. ensure that conversations about can think about the culture of ing concern about the Senator Susan
Collins’ vote in Trump’s impeachment
The posters, which can be sexuality and gender don’t stop their team as allies means a lot
hearing and her accountability to
found in locker rooms around after orientation. to athletes who are out, athletes Maine citizenry.
campus, are part of an initiative “I think Bowdoin does a good who are coming out and athletes
to extend the OutPeer and Out- job of promoting inclusivity and who aren’t out yet,” said Stern.
Ally programs to ensure a broad- having programs for first-years, “It’s really meaningful to have that
er support network for students
who may be questioning their
like Perspectives [a student pro-
duction performed during ori-
visual. You’re going to see that
other people on my team have
COLLINS legiances.
“She should be listening to
dents were arrested on Thurs-
day, a departure from previous
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
sexuality or seeking guidance. entation],” said Schumann. “But I spent four hours doing this even her constituents and still be Sunrise actions, such as the
The athlete-specific posters think following through is really though they didn’t have to.” the Trump impeachment trial. doing her duty as a public ser- sit-in outside of Collins’ Wash-
aren’t new—they were first creat- important.” The program will continue We demand that you stand for vant,” she said. ington D.C. office in September
ed eight years ago—but had not At the event November event, with an event for student-athletes us .… If you refuse to meet our Miles described the action 2018, which resulted in the ar-
been updated in nearly five years, Schumann and Tyson handed out in the spring to reinforce the mes- demands, we will vote you out.” as a way to “galvanize the local rest of 10 Bowdoin students.
according to Alex Tyson ’22. copies of the posters to attending sages about inclusivity discussed Described by Hikida as community,” during a time of Following last week’s event,
Tyson, a member of the foot- athletes, with instructions to hang at the event in November. “non-partisan,” the group con- uncertainty and extreme parti- Hikida said the group did what
ball team, wanted to increase them up where their teammates For Tyson, the project high- sisted of members from Maine sanship. they came to do.
inclusivity within the athletic de- would see them. lights the importance of actively Youth Strikes, Sunrise Maine, Peter Morgan, a resident “We delivered our demands,
partment, so he created the most Associate Dean of Students supporting inclusivity on athletic Sunrise Bowdoin, the Maine of Raymond, Maine and rep- made comments, sang a song
recently updated version of the for Inclusion and Diversity and teams. People’s Alliance, Impeachment resentative for Veterans for and didn’t get kicked out or ar-
list last summer. Director of the Center of SWAG “What I talked about at the Now, Indivisible Maine, Veter- Peace, commented on the sena- rested,” she said.
In addition to creating the Kate Stern explained that attend- November program is that we ans for Peace and 350 Maine. tor’s political stance surround- The protesters concluded
lists, Tyson and Noa Schumann ees were quick to help hang the need to stop being passive sup- The protesters describe Collins’ ing this particular issue. their action by singing in the
’22 hosted the 11th annual “Win- posters. porters and actively do something unwillingness to call for wit- “Well it’s deplorable. I mean cold in front of the senator’s
to show how inclusive we can be,” nesses as an action based on the whole process. My gener- office, chanting lyrics such
“Because just sitting there and having your said Tyson. “Because just sitting D.C. political donations rather ation’s legacy is an embarrass- as “I hear the voice of my
name on a list isn’t actually supportive. there and having your name on than loyalty to her constituency. ment,” he said. great-granddaughter saying call
It’s just comforting. So we wanted to do a list isn’t actually supportive. It’s Stephanie Miles, recently Morgan emphasized that his forth the witnesses now!” and
just comforting. So we wanted to hired as the Sunrise Movement role was to support the protest- “When the people rise up, the
something to actually show support.” do something to actually show regional manager, expressed ers and to help out with bail, power comes down … We’re
–Alex Tyson ’22 support.” worries about the senator’s al- should they be arrested. No stu- gonna rise up till it’s won.”
Friday, January 31, 2020 NEWS 5

DALTON DEAR, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT


REAL TALK: Students attend the “Real Talk on HIV” in Quinby House on Monday. Associate Professor of Sociology Theo Greene (center) moderated the panel composed of Stash Bayley (left) and Katie Rutherford (right).

Maine experts talk HIV activism and concerns


implement resources to improve these challenges,” Rutherford there is little urgency to address Kate Stern, associate dean of his work on the interplay of gay
by Dani Quezada the quality of the lives of those said. the epidemic. students for inclusion and di- neighborhoods, gay rights and
Orient Staff
affected by HIV/AIDS. Bayley, Shining light on challeng- “I hear all the time, ‘Oh yeah, versity and director of the center sociology—ideas paramount to
On Monday night, students who was diagnosed with HIV es that result from the stigma isn’t there a cure for that? … Can’t for sexuality, women and gender, the AIDs dialogue. In his open-
gathered in Quinby House for four years ago, emphasized how around the HIV/AIDS commu- you just [take] meds and every- Blaine Stevens ’22 and Archer ing speech, Greene touched on
“Real Talk on HIV” to discuss refreshing it was to connect with nity, Bayley further highlighted thing’s fine?’” said Rutherford, Thomas ’21—collaborated with the topic’s personal significance
medical activism with HIV/ a group of young people who are how activist efforts can produce “And [that] doesn’t fully explain the Center for Sexuality, Wom- for him as a gay man, and the in-
AIDS experts in Maine. The concerned about such a cause. more empathy for the humanity the unique challenges and experi- en and Gender, Peer Health and dispensable role of engagement
panel offered insights from Ex- “It’s been a long time since I’ve of those affected. He described in this narrative.
ecutive Director of the Frannie actually sat in front of a number how his diagnosis and direct “I was only a year old when
Peabody Center Katie Ruther- of young people who reminded involvement in the cause made “We become riddled with anxiety the news stories first came out
ford and Co-Chair of the Maine
HIV Advisory Committee Stash
me a great deal of what it was like
before I acquired HIV,” Bayley
him poignantly aware of the
difficulty in changing people’s
and guilt and shame and all these about the new gay cancer,” said
Greene. “And so growing up in
Bayley and was moderated by said. preconceptions and overcoming things that essentially deplete the ’80s, as a child and exploring
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Theo Greene.
When asked why people who
may not be directly impacted
biases.
“We essentially end up drift-
your self concept over time.” those questions of my sexuali-
ty … [I was also] resisting that
Bayley and Rutherford by HIV/AIDS should engage ing in the direction of the pre- –Stash Bayley, Co-Chair of the Maine HIV coming out meant that I was
shared their first-hand experi- with the issue, the panelists and vailing winds, and we get quiet, destined to die, to contract HIV.”
ences as activists advocating for Greene articulated that this issue and we become less participato-
Advisory Committee “I was blown away by how
communities affected by HIV/ affects everyone to some degree, ry in our world,” said Bayley. “We many students came out to hear
AIDS with a group of about 40 especially students on college become riddled with anxiety and ences for people living with HIV Quinby House. Stevens pushed about this cause … I want to
students. About seven years ago campuses. Rutherford added guilt and shame, and all these in trying to start talking about for this talk as part of a contin- continue to raise awareness of
Rutherford began working for that collaboration in the HIV/ things that essentially deplete this on the way up here.” uous effort to bring attention to the HIV/AIDS epidemic with
the Frannie Peabody Center, AIDS movement may serve as a your self concept over time.” Such unique challenges in- the importance of HIV/AIDS further programming dedicated
Maine’s largest HIV Service Or- model for combating other glob- The panelists also covered the clude the experiences of those visibility on campus. Last year, to this cause … I would love to
ganization. al crises. lack of HIV/AIDs education and who live undiagnosed or have no she initiated a poster campaign host [future] events like an HIV
Bayley works for the Maine “It’s not going to be the only activism in Maine due to it being access to medical care as well as and created a banner for students testing clinic, a film screening of
HIV Advisory Committee, [epidemic] that we experienced a low incidence state. As a result others affected by the complex- to sign on World AIDS day. ‘How To Survive A Plague,’ or
which prioritizes speaking to in our lifetimes, and we’d have of this small presence, there is a ities of social stratifications due Stevens asked Greene to even discussions with other local
groups pushing for states to to pay attention to how we treat large misconception in Maine, to race and sexual stigmas. moderate the panel after she was activists.”
strengthen ally participation and each other and how we deal with according to Rutherford, and The organizers of the talk— in one of his classes. She admires

Eight-hour standoff ends peacefully HAPPY


with suspect’s arrest BPD Commander Mark Waltz. Waltz said BPD used multiple discharge of a firearm, domestic
ADD/DROP II
by Andrew Bastone Waltz said that police were told canisters of tear gas to attempt to battery and violating an order of
Orient Staff
Christensen was armed at the subdue Christensen, eventually protection.
An eight-hour standoff Mon-
day morning between Brunswick
time of the initial report.
While evacuating Chris-
exhausting the department’s sup-
ply, but Christensen would not
The Illinois weapons convic-
tion barred Christensen from
There’s still time to
police and an armed man ended
with the suspect surrendering
tensen’s wife and child from their
744 Neptune Drive residence—
exit the apartment.
The Portland Police Depart-
owning firearms.
During the siege, BPD called add the Bowdoin
after officers deployed tear gas three miles from campus—an of- ment’s Special Reaction Team was upon Brunswick’s cultural broker
to force him out of his residence,
according to police.
ficer thought he heard the sound
of a gun being loaded, according
then summoned to assist BPD,
and they brought more tear gas,
to assist police in disseminating a
shelter in place order to the homes
Orient to your
Nick Christensen, 39, was ar-
rested and charged with felony
to the Times Record.
Police then established a pe-
which was subsequently used to
flush out the suspect.
surrounding the Neptune Drive
apartment building, according to doorstep.
weapons possession, domestic rimeter around the residence and According to Waltz, a police Waltz. Waltz said it was important
violence assault, obstruction and evacuated the building’s other in- search of Christensen’s home led to use the cultural broker, as many
creating a police standoff after the habitants. People in surrounding to the seizure of multiple weap- asylum seekers who live in the
impasse ended around 8:20 a.m..
Christensen is in custody at the
buildings were advised to remain
indoors.
ons, including a .44 magnum
revolver, a rifle, a BB revolver, a
adjacent homes are not English
speakers. The cultural broker
bowdoinorient.com/
Cumberland County Jail.
The Brunswick Police Depart-
Waltz said the department
used a negotiator to try to con-
BB pistol, a stun grenade and a
crossbow.
helped officers assure the asylum
seekers that they were safe in their subscribe
ment (BPD) received a call about vince Christensen to leave the According to Illinois court re- homes.
a domestic disturbance around building but “didn’t have much cords, Christensen’s rap sheet in- Christensen is due to appear in
12:18 a.m. Monday, according to luck.” cludes convictions for aggravated court in May.
6 NEWS Friday, January 31, 2020

Student Activities
distributes first
hazing survey in
seven years
tool; we’re not using this to
by Tianyi Xu open up inquiries onto clubs
Orient Staff
or athletes,” said Hintze. “It’s a
A new hazing prevention [way] for us to get some sort of
survey was emailed to students baseline data to help us contin-
on Sunday in order to gather ue to improve what we’re cur-
data on campus hazing prac- rently doing.”
tices and improve the College’s The survey is based on the
prevention efforts. The last sur- version used by the National
vey of this kind was conducted Hazing Prevention Consor-
seven years ago. tium, a group that inspired
Director of Student Activi- Bowdoin’s implementation of
ties Nate Hintze explained that an anonymous hazing form
the information collected will last fall. The group’s director,
AADHYA RAMINENI, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
help ensure safe extracurricu- Elizabeth Allan, will visit cam-
lar activities. pus later this semester to meet ROSE RISES: At the BSG meeting on Wednesday, President Clayton Rose responded to questions posed by Sunrise Bowdoin and Bowdoin Labor Alliance.
“If there is something hap- with Student Activities staff to
pening that we as administra-
tors don’t see, and if students
discuss anti-hazing measures.
Hintze noted that student
BSG a member of the bank’s board.
“I’ve made a decision …
Professor of German Andrew
Hamilton in an op-ed pub-
“What are the priorities
for the leadership of the col-
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1
think hazing is happening in life has continued to change that if I have an opportunity lished last week in the Orient lege?” said Grossmann after
a fair amount, then this will in the seven years since the on his personal opinion of to be at the table and inside that a “culture of fear” on the meeting. “If it’s strictly
help us go back as a division last survey was sent out, and it Staley. the tent, and [have] an influ- campus stifled faculty crit- financial, then are we willing
[to think] about how we’re was important for the College “That’s a very good ques- ence and an opportunity to icism of the administration to [turn] a blind eye to all of
educating our students,” said to keep this in mind when pre- tion, but I’m not going to shape policies … I’m going and frank discussion of its these moral entanglements?”
Hintze. “I don’t think that’s the paring the new survey. share my personal views,” said to take the opportunity,” said policies. “What we heard tonight
narrative, but it will be helpful “We continue to assess our Rose. Rose. “And that comes with Rose challenged Hamilton’s was not satisfactory, and we
if students fill out the survey training and not assume that Poole also questioned constant criticism … but it characterization of the cam- still welcome a written re-
and provide us with this large what we did once will always Rose on his position on the gives me the opportunity to pus climate. sponse before next week’s
volume of data.” work because time changes and Board of Directors for Bank have an effect on the things “There’s nobody on the BSG meeting,” said Ray.
Hintze emphasized that the people change,” said Hintze. of America and the bank’s that I care deeply about.” faculty that’s got an issue with Other students were more
survey is strictly anonymous “It’s valuable to have somebody ongoing business dealings Members of BSG also telling me what they think optimistic about Rose’s en-
and meant to be informative coming from the outside to with Caliburn International, questioned Rose’s choice to about anything,” said Rose. gagement.
rather than punitive. help us rethink what we’re do- the corporation contracted by appoint Arthur Brooks as the “And obviously, [Professor “I think it went well,” said
“The data all comes back in ing and make sure that we are the U.S. government to build inaugural Joseph McKeen Hamilton] doesn’t feel partic- BSG President Ural Mishra
an aggregate form. We’re not still doing the best that can be and maintain migrant deten- Visiting Fellow. Students have ularly intimidated.” ’20. “I think there were a lot
using this as an investigative done.” tion centers on the southern criticized Brooks’ appoint- The meeting ended abrupt- of things that a lot of students
border. ment, alleging that Brooks ly as the BSG approached the were curious or concerned
“You have already spo- promoted climate denial as end of their allotted time. about that ended up being
ken against injustices on the the president of the American After the meeting, some addressed. Whether or not
southern border. Will you Enterprise Institute. students expressed frustra- students feel satisfied with
now put your values into Rose first professed his tion with Rose’s responses. [Rose’s] responses is some-
action and publicly call for own belief in the truth and “What I heard tonight was thing else.”
Do you like sports? Bank of America to cancel
this ongoing contract with
gravity of the climate cri-
sis and added his belief that
not a sense of accountability,”
said Ben Ray ’20, the co-lead-
“These are questions which
raise further discussions on
Catch THE BIG GAME Caliburn?” asked Poole.
Rose denied that his posi-
Brooks also recognizes the se-
verity of the crisis. Rose also
er of the BLA. “All I heard
were explanations to get us
campus.” said Poole. “And
there’s definitely more to be
tion on the Board of Directors cited Brook’s credentials as a to accept something that we said, but I think that it’s im-
at bowdoinorient.com/ gave him the power to call for respected conservative intel- have already said we don’t portant that President Rose
such an action. While admit- lectual, noting that he could want.” took the time to answer these
subscribe. ting that he does profit from
Bank of America’s business
serve as a voice of ideological
diversity on campus.
Diego Grossmann ’20, an-
other co-leader of the BLA,
questions. It’s part of a longer
process that I think is import-
dealings with Caliburn, he ex- Rose also addressed the questioned Rose’s leadership ant to … the Bowdoin com-
plained his decision to remain allegation made by Visiting principles. munity.”

TALK TO US.
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. Email orient@bowdoin.edu.
Friday, January 31, 2020 7

F FEATURES

EMMA SORKIN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT


ALWAYS LEARNING: Dan Possumato (right) addresses his “U.S. National Security Structure and Processes” class at the Midcoast Senior College located at the Brunswick Landing. Possumato is a former director of Plans, Training, Mobili-
zation and Security for the U.S. Army and currently works for the U.S. Department of State as a special investigator. His experience provided a rich background and basis for his course this winter.

Senior college provides opportunity for continued learning


a wide array of topics, ranging Belmont ’60, former president fessors at the Senior College area who have incredible skills “This is an opportunity to
by Emma Sorkin from Shakespeare to Informa- of the Senior College. “If you’re shape a classroom atmosphere … and a lot of experiences and take any class that [students]
Orient Staff
tion Technology. a Bowdoin student and you that suits older students. they put courses together and want on subjects that they were
Addressing the room in the “In a lot of these classes, disagree too vigorously with a “Many of the instructors are teach them, and it’s very, very in- curious about but didn’t have
final session of his “U.S. Na- the students bring as much to professor, he says, ‘You flunk!’” retired college professors, or teresting,” Roy Hibyan ’67, a stu- time to explore because we offer
tional Security Structure and the class as the instructor im- In order to enroll in a course, they are people who had a cer- dent in Possumato’s course said. these classes with no papers and
Processes” class, Dan Pos- parts to the class,” said Doug students must become members tain expertise about some sub- The Senior College is just one no exams,” Bates said. “There’s
sumato quipped, “My ther- Bates ’66, the current Pres- of the organization. There are ject,” Bates said. “So they bring opportunity for citizens to pur- very little risk to the student. It’s
apist tells me that with a lot ident of the Senior College. between 700 and 750 members with them not only the [central] sue adult education. Auditing both a social experience and an
of work, I may recover [from “In other words, we usually in this area, according to Bates. information but the experience classes at Bowdoin is an option academic experience.”
teaching this class].” The want to caution instructors in “Most of our students are of working with whatever that but presents challenges for the Ginny Hopcroft, a student at
room broke out in laughter. a class: just because they are over 65 because our classes are subject information is. So the Senior College’s students. the Senior College, worked as a
Possumato’s class, which is knowledgeable about whatev- given during the daylight hours result is you get people with “You can’t park within 10 research librarian and managed
composed of senior students, is er the subject is, [that] doesn’t [and] working people just can’t real life experiences in the class- miles of the classrooms, and the government publications
one of the many courses offered mean there [won’t] be three do it,” Belmont said. room as opposed to theoretical if our old people come in with collection at Bowdoin for 20
at Midcoast Senior College or four other students in the The college relies on local experiences, and this is what their walkers … that’s a real years. Hopcroft began taking
located at Brunswick Landing class who might be equal- residents to serve as faculty most of these people seek.” problem, and some of the build- classes at the senior college after
and balances lively debate with ly knowledgeable on [their] members as well. Possumato, for example, is a ings don’t have elevators,” Bel- retiring from Bowdoin in 2012,
thoughtful questions. subject.” “This community … attracts former director of Plans, Train- mont said. “But nevertheless, it’s and for her, taking courses fulfills
Founded in 2000, the Mid- Students at the school have a number of retired academics ing, Mobilization and Security a wonderful service that Bow- her desire to continue learning.
coast Senior College offers lo- a distinctive relationship with from all over the country who for the U.S. Army and a profes- doin offers.” “[I take classes] just to keep
cal residents over the age of 50 their professors, unlike the one choose to come here in their sor at the Army Management Auditing a class at Bowdoin my mind fresh and learning
a chance to pursue continued between Bowdoin students and retirement years. We have the Staff College. He is currently a often involves completing read- new things,” Hopcroft said. “It’s
adult education and life-long their professors. luxury of having a faculty that’s special investigator for the U.S. ings and writing papers, Bates always good to learn, and the
learning. One of 17 senior col- “Our students are not in- made up of a pool of these re- Department of State. said. The Senior College courses teachers here are wonderful.”
leges in Maine, the school offers hibited about crossing swords tired academics,” Belmont said. “The neat thing … [is that] present a less demanding alter- Diego Lasarte contributed to
courses during all seasons on with the professor,” said Tony According to Bates, the pro- there are a lot of people in the native. this report.

‘Proud Papers Project’ initiative sparks collaborative learning


Putnam launched the project things that people are telling grade and you still have that want to learn about it at your Putnam has been reading
by Annika Moore in the form of a Google Drive me about,’” Putnam said. knowledge but the whole own pace, and you can revisit the papers when they have free
Orient Staff
folder where students can Since the project’s initial thing gets kind of forgotten it multiple times without hav- time.
If you’ve ever wondered submit any paper that they launch, 12 pieces have been about,” Khoriaty said. “It ing to even talk to me.” “I feel like it’s kind of the
what your peers are churn- are proud of and want to share added to the folder. Students doesn’t deserve to be forgotten Putnam said that this proj- equivalent of a Wikipedia
ing out during late nights in with the rest of campus. can submit work with their just because the class ended.” ect creates an opportunity for dive,” they added.
the library or hours in Smith Putnam started the project name attached directly to the Ethan McLear ’23, who also students to explore topics they McLear said he appreciat-
Union, you’re not alone. after having conversations folder or contribute anony- submitted a paper, said he would not have otherwise ed that in addition to shar-
Whether it’s an interpretation with others about various pa- mously via email. liked that this new platform come across. ing work, he appreciated the
of Chaucer or the results of a pers and realizing they never The pieces cover a range allows students to engage “Sometimes we do get to chance to receive feedback. In
psychology experiment, Bow- had the opportunity to get to of topics and academic dis- more thoughtfully with each read others’ papers, but it’s the end, the project aims to
doin students are constantly read each other’s work. ciplines. Jordan Khoriaty ’21 other’s work. within the same class or we’re create a more diverse and open
at work. However, students “I was sitting in the com- decided to contribute their “It would take me a long both working on the same intellectual exchange.
rarely get to share the excite- mon room of Winthrop meet- paper on the impact of climate time to go through in the research project or we’re peer “It’s nice to know that I put
ment of new research with ing first-year students, and [I] change and human activity on [amount of] detail that I want editing maybe,” Putnam said. a resource out there that could
their peers, a fact that Kyle just asked them what they’ve the mangroves. to go through if I was talking “So I also wanted science expand people’s thinking,” he
Putnam ’22 hopes to change been up to. And everyone “People put so much effort to someone about it face to majors to be able to read a said. “ I think it’s a really, re-
with the new initiative “Proud always has really interesting into their academics and the face,” McLear said. “But if you sociology paper because I feel ally positive and healthy im-
Papers Project.” papers … and I’m just like, ‘I things that they create. And read what is actually written like there is not a lot of cross pulse that has come out of a
At the end of last semester want to read all of these cool then it gets submitted for a you can take as long as you pollination there.” purely student driven effort.”
8 FEATURES Friday, January 31, 2020

Africa Academic Hub shines spotlight on studies of Africa


promote interactions between sistant Professor of Africana
by Emily Staten disciplines. The proposal in- Studies Ayodeji Ogunnaike,
Orient Staff
cluded four components: cur- CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in
“I really enjoy conversa- ricular coordination and col- Africana Studies Tara Mock,
tions,” explained Ruby Ahaiwe laborative discussions between Visiting Assistant Professor
’21 as she described her favor- courses, Africa Hub meetings of Romance Languages and
ite part of working with the Af- and programming, public en- Literatures Gérard Keubeung,
rica Academic Hub, which has gagement with the broader Visiting Assistant Professor of
emerged as a steadily growing community and successful Anthropology Damien Droney
presence on campus since it African professionals in Maine and Postdoctoral Curatorial
was first proposed last spring. and collaborative research Fellow in the Bowdoin Muse-
“[The Hub] is an open space for between faculty, students and um of Art Allison Martino.
people to have very honest con- Maine community partners. “This is a privilege, really, to
versations, and I think it’s dif- “The dean’s office encour- be able to discuss issues around
ferent to see it happen beyond aged calls for what was called the main topic of Africa with
the classroom where people Integrated Learning initiatives other colleagues here which
are not scrambling to get good where there were spaces on is just something we’ve not
grades,” Ahaiwe said. campus where curriculum done too much in the past,”
Ahaiwe is the student assis- overlapped,” explained Profes- Vété-Congolo said. “To think
tant for the Africa Academ- sor of History David Gordon. that there would be multiple
ic Hub, serving as a liaison “We could build curriculum specialists of a space like Africa
between faculty, professors together and contribute to a at a … small liberal arts college
and students, including the new type of learning expe- in a place like this one ... would
student-run Africa Alliance. rience for students, and this have been probably unthink-
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
Since last semester, the Hub struck me as an ideal opportu- able decades ago. Yet, we’re
has started its work of bringing nity to get together folks who here, we’re seeking to collabo- ON STAGE: Students perform at the Pan-African Fashion Show held last spring in Kresge Auditorium, an annual event held by
together scholars and students were especially interested in or rate and to enrich our students the student-run Africa Alliance. The Alliance is part of the Africa Academic Hub’s interdisciplinary initiative.
of Africa across disciplines. taught about Africa.” through our collaboration.” [in] the contemporary period.” difference … and communi- Africa and the world at large—
“I think the really big thing Gordon, along with Assis- Albaugh explained that this Vété-Congolo also pointed cate with that,” Vété-Congolo with the U.S., with China, with
that we want to do for this year tant Professor of Music Marce- collaborative conversation to the way this type of inter- said. the U.K., so I think it ... defi-
is to really establish some sense line Saibou and Albaugh, across classes and disciplines disciplinary collaboration Not only is the Hub relevant nitely came at the right time,”
of community,” said Associate proposed the program to the is important in providing stu- gives students the chance to to her own background—Ahai- Ahaiwe said. “And with Bow-
Professor of Government Eric- Dean of Academic Affairs Eliz- dents with a comprehensive prepare for interactions they we was born and raised in doin opening its doors to more
ka Albaugh. “I want to make abeth McCormack, detailing education on the subject of might encounter in the profes- Nigeria—she also believes it students of African descent,
the study of Africa, and inter- a four-year initiative aimed at Africa. sional world. offers students an important to more students who actually
est in Africa, all the people and promoting integrated learning “We want them to be “I believe this is one of the opportunity to explore topical live in Africa, and [with] Maine
classes that are dealing with around the subject of Africa. grounded in particular disci- most critical preparations, questions about Africa. accepting a lot of African ref-
Africa … visible and commu- The initiative also aims to plines, but also exposed to kind because the world ... bears “I think that it’s a very im- ugees and immigrants, I think
nicate that to various people so involve professors and fac- of ways of seeing Africa from exactly that face, whereby you portant initiative for Bowdoin that this couldn’t have come at
that people understand what’s ulty members whose work is lots of different perspectives,” encounter the other, you en- to have, especially with the re- a better time.”
happening on campus.” connected to Africa, includ- Albaugh said. “That just gives counter difference, and you cent focus on the continent … The Hub will host its first
The Hub was first thought ing Professor of Romance a much richer, deeper, broader encounter perspectives about There’s been a lot of focus, po- event of the semester, a con-
up last spring as the College Languages and Literatures view of what is happening on one same topic, and you ought litically, a lot of agitations and versation called “Belonging at
looked to find more ways to Hanétha Vété-Congolo, As- this continent historically and to be able to open up to this a lot of connections between Bowdoin,” on February 6.

Where are the women of color in ‘Modern Love’?


soul’” because “the characters have favor of admiring the stories I ence love onscreen needs to be
by Aisha Rickford the depth of a thimble.” I took this consumed for what they were. the result of a calculated choice,
Features Contributor to heart, expecting the show to be Where are the women of color? rather than a given. The issue
The first episode of Amazon empty but worthy of a girl’s-night- Where are the girls that look like of representation does not only
Prime’s “Modern Love,” “When in marathon nonetheless. Yet as me? affect young people like me, a
the Doorman is Your Main each episode went by, I found that Nylah Burton speaks truth to young black woman struggling to
Man,” tells the story of Maggie, what I was taking away from the these questions in her piece “Is see positive, meaningful images
a single woman in New York show was much darker—dark- ‘Modern Love’ Only for White of herself on-screen. It affects
who becomes pregnant. Despite er even than the third episode’s Women?” for Zora, a publi- how we all see ourselves and
the pregnancy being unplanned lazy attempt to explore bipolar cation on Medium. She takes each other. As Burton writes,
and the fact that the father de- disorder (which oddly involved it one step further by arguing “simultaneously excluding and
clines involvement in the baby’s a musical number). I didn’t come that, “the exclusion of women of hypersexualizing women of col-
life, Maggie chooses to move to “Modern Love” expecting it to color in this series is so blatant or on-screen reflects how we’re
forward as a single mother with fulfill new Hollywood diversity that it can only be intentional.” treated off-screen.” Perhaps most
some help from her doorman, quotas. I didn’t really even expect I have to tentatively agree. One chillingly, Burton argues that the
who offers her unwavering sup- much at all. But I didn’t expect it to could argue that because the blatant exclusion in “Modern
port and guidance. As the niece pretend like women of color don’t women who wrote the New York Love” of rich characters of color
of a woman who has lived alone exist. Times essays upon which these who do more than just support
in Manhattan for over 30 years, There are only two black episodes are based are white, the white women at the center of
I know firsthand the close, inti- women with speaking roles in the actors who played them the stories reinforces a dangerous
mate relationship my aunt has the entire series: one a cowork- must follow suit. But this logic message, one that has been com-
with the men who work in her er to Lexi, the lead character in doesn’t ring true in the rest of municated to black women and
building. “Take Me as I Am, Whoever I the series. Black characters and people of color more broadly by
These men span all colors, Am,” and the other a roommate other characters of color appear years of inadequate or nonexis-
languages and creeds, and as to Maddy, a girl with daddy is- in the show, showing that when tent representation: that we “don’t
“Modern Love” takes place in sues in “So He Looked Like Dad. it comes to casting, race isn’t an belong in modernity.” I can’t help
New York City, I naturally ex- It Was Just Dinner, Right?” The issue—except when it comes to but ask: just who exactly is the
pected these elements of a New black female roommate in the deciding who gets to be loved modern love referenced in this
York City experience to show latter episode serves as a foil to publicly and who doesn’t. As show for? And why?
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up as well. But nearly the entire Maddy; her healthy relation- Burton writes, all the men of When love is denied from
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episode went by without a signif- ship with her father highlights color in “Modern Love” “are all women of color in a television
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icant appearance from a person Maddy’s lack of one. I wondered shown either in love, falling in show entitled “Modern Love,” it
of color. When one did show up, briefly if doing so was an attempt love, or trying to fall in love with is damaging, not just because it
it was Maggie’s husband, a black on the show’s part to upset ste- White people.” implies that women of color are
man. His sudden appearance in reotypes about black girls with If the decision wasn’t inten- not worthy of love, but because
the midst of a lily-white episode daddy issues, but the show’s tional, it certainly highlights a it implies that we are not worthy
felt like a hastily and messily ap- grappling with race is so nonex- major blind spot in the casting of of the richness that comes with
plied band-aid on a series that istent that to extend even this to “Modern Love.” It’s still taboo to being recognized in our full
clearly has problems with racial the episode would be incredibly see women of color—especially humanity. This is, of course, not
representation. generous. experience romantic love. Sec- television in my childhood and black women—receive love on true. I don’t have high expecta-
I went into watching “Mod- Watching “Modern Love” as ond, it suggests that when wom- teens, when it was so rare (still screen. Romantic movies with tions for low-brow adaptations
ern Love” with an open mind. a black woman was infuriating en of color do exist, they do so is) to see anyone of my particular black people or black women are like this one, but a show called
I knew it would be girly, mushy for a few reasons. One, the show only in supporting roles, helping experience reflected on screen. characterized as “black movies.” “Modern Love” has one task: to
and romantic but not hold much insinuates that in modern-day propel the white woman toward The same questions plagued me The same is true for movies with depict modern love. This show
substance. After all, Angelica Jade New York City, white women her romance and eventual hap- as I watched “Modern Love” that mainly Asian casts, or Latino failed at that, and we all need and
Bastien wrote for Vulture that (and one white-passing woman) piness. Third, it brought me back plagued me then, though I used casts and so on—implying that deserve the culture we consume
“‘Modern Love’ is all heart, no are the only kind of women who to how I experienced watching to try squashing them down in seeing people of color experi- to do better.
Friday, January 31, 2020 9

A ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

COURTESY OF MAKU SOUNDSYSTEM


FUSION OF SOUND: The Latin American psychadelic rock band MAKU Soundsystem will perform on Saturday night at Ladd House at 10:30 p.m. A new, yet-to-be-announced student music group will also give an opening performance at 9:30 p.m..

MAKU Soundsystem bound to make an impression


bers are Colombian immigrants on the radio show Democra- to the Bowdoin campus on Sat- on audience feedback. Overall, it will attract a certain crowd,
by Sophie Burchell to New York City. cy Now, and he proposed that urday. A new mystery student it promises to be a high energy, but then there’s the fact that it’s
Orient Staff
LASO treasurer Jamil Guz- LASO bring them to campus. band will be debuting on Sat- interactive performance, said a collaboration with LASO and
“A party for the people.” man ’21 said the group’s music Grossmann said that he is ex- urday night to open for MAKU Guzman. the fact that Ladd is hosting,”
That is what the Latin band defies expectations for Latinx cited to diversify the music Soundsystem. “We’re envisioning [having] said Grossmann. “We’ll provide
MAKU Soundsystem promis- music. scene at Bowdoin and beyond. “We often have student the band in the middle of the a good opportunity to bring [to-
es its audiences. This Saturday “Typically, reggaeton, bach- “It’s not a musical act that bands open, but I think people first floor in Ladd and the au- gether] a lot of different groups
night, the New York-based band ata or salsa are the genres that might otherwise even come are used to seeing a lot of the dience around it to have a 360- and subcultures on campus that
will be bringing that party to come to mind immediately,” to Maine,” said Grossmann. same names,” said Grossmann. view of the performance,” said don’t really get to interact too
Ladd House in a performance said Guzman. “I think that [the “[This] allows us to bring musi- “I’m really glad that there’s go- Guzman. “Given that there’s a much in the same space—let
organized by WBOR in collabo- concert] is going to add some cians to the area who wouldn’t ing to be a totally new group lot of instruments, a lot of va- alone dance and have a good
ration with the Latin American variety and give some exposure otherwise have a reason to performing and that they’ll riety in the way that they create time in the same space—around
Student Association (LASO). to some genres that people come up to Maine and not only get to make their debut and their music, [this] might am- music that is probably some-
MAKU Soundsystem’s music didn’t know before.” puts Bowdoin on the map but hopefully that’ll lead to bigger plify that.” thing new for everybody.”
is a dynamic fusion of psyche- Diego Grossmann ’20, it puts this whole state, region, things.” The event’s coordinators are MAKU Soundsystem will
delic rock, Colombian folklore, co-leader of WBOR, first heard community on the map.” Both the new student band hoping that MAKU Soundsys- perform at Ladd House this
electronic, cumbia and jazz that MAKU Soundsystem when The distinct music of and MAKU Soundsystem will tem will draw a large and di- Saturday at 10:30 p.m.. The
the band dubs the “immigrant one of the group’s songs was MAKU Soundsystem will not play original songs as well as verse audience. mystery opener will play at
beat.” Most of the band’s mem- used as the musical interlude be the only sound introduced some improvised pieces based “WBOR’s name [being] on 9:30 p.m..

‘Pasado y Presente’: A glimpse into Mexican society


and artists to Mexican culture.
by Aadhya Ramineni The exhibition includes works
Orient Staff
by six acclaimed modern photog-
“Pasado y Presente: Twen- raphers: Manuel Álvarez Bravo,
tieth-Century Photographs of Manuel Carrillo, Kati Horna,
a Changing Mexico” is the first Dana Salvo, Marilyn Bridges and
Latin America-focused exhibition Ken Heyman.
featured at the Bowdoin College “I hope that many people in
Museum of Art (BCMA) in the the university, especially [those]
past 15 years. The collection of that have a Mexican background,
photographs, curated by Associ- see their own cultures represented
ate Professor of Romance Lan- and get to know important artists
guages and Literatures Carolyn from their own culture,” Wolfen-
Wolfenzon Niego’s intermediate zon said.
Spanish class, opened on January Wolfenzon developed an ap-
7 and will be on display through preciation for photography as
March. an art form through her study of
Wolfenzon and students from journalism. Her interest in the
her fall course “War of the Latin arts, however, spans beyond pho-
American Worlds” collaborated tography—in the fall, she brought
with Andrew W. Mellon Post- Peruvian dancers to campus for a
doctoral Curatorial Fellow Sean dance event open to the commu-
P. Burrus in their curatorial work. nity.
Each student matched a pho- In discussing Latin American
tograph with a quote they had literature last semester, Wolfen-
studied in class, a process which zon distinguished between three
NATSUMI MEYER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
allowed them to grasp the con-
tributions of 20th century writers Please see BCMA, page 10 PAST AND PRESENT: Students curated BCMA’s “Pasado y Presente,” choosing photographs that depict changing traditions and other complex issues of life in Mexico.
10 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, January 31, 2020

BCMA
Reizbaum explores Judaism in new book CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9

regions: Mexico, Chile and Peru.


Aware that BCMA holds a collec-
by Jane Godiner tion of modern Mexican photo-
Orient Staff
graphs, she decided to combine
On Wednesday evening, literature and photography to try
Harrison King McCann Pro- something new.
fessor of English Marylin “I really was a bit hesitant
Reizbaum discussed her latest if it [would] work or not or if
book—one that took her 10 [students would] make the con-
years to complete. nections or not,” she said. “But
“Unfit: Jewish Degeneration feedback [from] the students was
in Modernism” examines the good. Very good.”
manifestations of degeneration Initially, the class wanted to
theory in Jewish artwork. Es- curate an exhibit that included
pecially prominent in the early Peruvian, Chilean and Mexican
20th century, but stemming photography from the small
from Darwinist and post-Dar- collection of Latin American art
winist thought, degeneration owned by BCMA. In the pro-
theory seeks to analyze the cess of curating this exhibition,
duality of progression and ata- Wolfenzon and her class found
vism. Degeneration entertains that BCMA’s Latin American
the idea that, while a subject photography collection is cur-
might initially appear to only rently limited to 25 photographs.
symbolize strength and pro- “We need to improve their
gression, the same subject can collection, little by little, of Lat-
contain elements of weakness in American art—there’s not
and regression as well. enough,” said Wolfenzon.
“The cluster of ideas associ- In an effort to diversify the
ated with degeneration, among collection, Wolfenzon’s course
them ‘purity,’ ‘fitness’ and ‘good ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT viewed the work of three different
form,’ roughly distribute to A DECADE OF DEDICATION: After 10 years, Harrison King McCann Professor of English Marilyn Reizbaum presented her book “Unfit: Jewish Degeneration Peruvian photographers and vot-
matters moral, physical and aes- in Modernism” to the Bowdoin community on Wednesday evening. Her new work features several famous creatives including James Joyce and Bram Stoker. ed to purchase three prints by Fi-
thetic,” Reizbaum writes in the ed in the arena of what was not, She felt it important to learn tism and oppression. interest in those figures, they will del Carillo, who, like Wolfenzon,
book. “And through their inter- so to have Jews participating in how to discuss photography and “In some cases, the work of a find the book helpful in examin- began as a journalist. Through
play, they all provide an under- writing that theory was very, film accurately and effectively. particular figure I was interest- ing their work,” said Reizbaum. his photography, Carillo captured
pinning of modernism which very striking to me.” “Photography—the visual ed in had been destroyed,” said Reizbaum emphasizes that subjects which include Peruvian
has been insufficiently mapped.” While fiction writing—spe- culture—was not mine,” Reiz- Reizbaum. “Because they were while “Unfit” concentrates on history and migration.
Reizbaum’s book explores de- cifically, the work of James baum said. “It is something I Jewish and their work had been exploring Jewish narratives, the “I think the most difficult part
generation theory through the Joyce—was one of the principal thought I needed to really learn: burned by the Nazis, it was al- book is anything but limited in of curating the exhibit was figur-
lens of Judaism in the creative catalysts for Reizbaum’s explo- to be faithful to doing the best most inaccessible. You had to go its analysis. She hopes that her ing out how to narrow down such
arts, including writing, film and ration of degeneration theory, I could.” and sort of track it down.” perspective on degeneration the- a rich collection of photographs
photography. Reizbaum be- Reizbaum believed that the The global scope of degen- Reizbaum’s book features ory will convey the wide-ranging in order to fit the space of the
lieves that this underrepresent- visual arts were crucial to her eration theory created another creative minds such as writers applicability of her research. room,” said Ely Spencer ’20. “We
ed perspective is valuable. analysis of the theory. set of challenges for Reizbaum. James Joyce, Pat Barker, pho- “I hope that the work that I tried to select a range of photos
“There were many Jews in- “New art forms were emerg- Her work with German, Italian, tographer Claude Cahun and have done will help [the Bow- that promote a diverse and nu-
volved in writing degeneration ing in the very same moment Austrian and French theorists filmmaker Mervyn LeRoy. She doin community] to see that the anced outlook on life in Mexico.”
theory, and they were often that degeneration theories were meant that she had to navigate discusses classics such as Joyce’s focus is not narrow,” said Reiz- “I hope that this can be com-
writing the terms of their own taking hold, such as the art of both language and cultural “Ulysses” and Bram Stoker’s baum. “There is a wide scope, mon and serve as an inspiration to
disenfranchisement,” said Reiz- photography,” said Reizbaum. barriers when compiling her re- “Dracula.” Reizbaum hopes that and that [the Jewish lens] can some students who can connect
baum. “Degeneration theory “So I felt … I needed to include search. Her exploration of Jew- her book will inspire further be a useful way of examining the arts, or some educators
created this hierarchy of what different genres [of artwork].” ish work forced her to interact scholarship and recognition of developments in the arts … I can see the different projects
was valuable and what was not, Reizbaum’s choice to analyze with—and navigate the issues these artists and pieces. hope the community can appre- that we can do in our classes,”
and often, Jews were represent- visual art produced challenges. caused by—historical antisemi- “If people have a particular ciate that.” Wolfenzon said.

Fakoly embraces West African roots through music


French and Dioula, his native in the years since decoloniza- “réveillez-vous,” command- claiming later in the song Indeed, “Y’en a marre” delves
by Jack Swartzenruber language, the album effort- tion. It is social subjects like ing the world to wake up to that “they burned the Congo, into the historical context for
Arts Contributor lessly blends Jamaican roots these that Fakoly addresses in the atrocities committed in inflamed Angola and ruined the contemporary issues fac-
Tiken Jah Fakoly, born reggae with traditional styles his songs. In the title track, West Africa. He sings of how Gabon.” The song’s catchy ing West Africa. He sings how
Doumbia Moussa, is an inter- from West Africa. In addi- he opens with the call to France and the United States melody and punchy brass riffs “after the abolition of slavery,
nationally renowned Ivorian tion, Fakoly incorporates a “sell us weapons” and “plun- make “Françafrique” a rous- they created colonization,”
reggae singer from Odienné, number of traditional instru- der our wealth,” while ing anti-imperialist anthem, going on to tell how Africa is
a town in the northwestern ments into his music, such these countries still a song that is not afraid to currently exploited through
region of the Ivory Coast. as the ngoni, a stringed “say they are sur- tell the honest story about an globalization that is ultimate-
Heavily inspired by Alpha instrument from Mali, prised to see Af- often neglected side of global ly rooted in this same colonial
Blondy, another Ivorian as well as the balafon, rica still at war.” history. system.
reggae star from the 1980s, a gourd-resonated xy- Fakoly does Fakoly continues his polit- Although much of Fakoly’s
Fakoly began his musical ca- lophone closely asso- not mince ical critique on another high- music addresses incredibly
reer at the age of 18, secretly ciated with Guinean words when light of the album, “Y’en a painful subjects, he maintains
composing songs that he hid Mandinka culture. it comes to marre,” featuring Martinican that his music tells a story
from his strict Muslim family. These influences com- France’s reggae singer Yaniss Odua. of hope. He shared in a 2016
By the late ’90s, he released bine to create a sound policies This song addresses topics interview in Afropop World-
a string of albums and was that is highly interna- in Afri- including the assassination of wide that his “principal mes-
touring regularly around his tional, while simulta- ca, pro- journalists in the Ivory Coast sage is to tell everyone that
home country. However, it neously emphasizing and continued military rule. Africa is the continent of the
wasn’t until his first interna- Fakoly’s roots in West It is important to note that future, and that us Africans
tionally distributed album, African music. Fakoly was born into the griot should be proud because the
“Françafrique,” that he gained The name of this caste, an age-old hereditary future is ours.” His music ex-
a wide following throughout album refers to tradition of musicians amines the past while looking
Africa and the rest of the France’s sphere responsible for pass- towards the future and shows
world. Merely one year after of influence ing down oral histo- how beautiful styles of music
the album’s release, he was over its for- ry through music. from across the world can
exiled from the Ivory Coast mer colonies, Through this organically come together to
for his controversial political as well as album, Fakoly form something brilliant and
music and he currently lives the policies channels reg- unique. It shows how reggae
in Bamako, Mali. Today, he of French gae’s tenden- music can transcend national
performs around the world control cy to speak borders and become a global
and has become one of the in Afri- out against medium for expressing the
most popular and respected ca that social social condition of our mod-
modern musicians to come have had injustice ern world, while envisioning
from the Ivory Coast. a great while also a brighter and more equitable
“Françafrique,” released in impact telling the his- tomorrow. I believe we can
2002, is a masterpiece of mu- on the tory of his country all learn more from exploring
sical fusion. Sung primarily in continent KAYLA SNYDER in the griot tradition. this type of music.
Friday, January 31, 2020 11

S SPORTS
HIGHLIGHT
Small in numbers, REEL
Bowdoin divers NUMBER FIVE, LOOK
ALIVE:

make a splash The women’s squash team


clawed its way back to
a winning record with a
close 5-4 win over Colby
on Wednesday, bringing
I have learned [from] diving the team’s overall record
by Itza Bonilla Hernandez into other parts of my life, to 7-6 on the season. The
Orient Staff where sometimes things can middle of the Bowdoin
For Thea Kelsey ’20, Henry be challenging—but I am now ladder carried the Polar
Isaacson ’22 and Wren Sablich able to pick the things that are Bears to victory, with the
’22, diving off a three-meter going to make me happy and team claiming 3-0 wins at
spots three, four and six.
springboard headfirst into a appreciate them much more.” Melissa Horan ’22 clinched
pool is not a foreign concept. Similarly, diving at Bowdo- victory with a comeback
All three athletes have been in has only strengthened Isaa- 3-2 win at the number five
participating in the sport cson’s passion for the sport. spot to seal the victory for
since they were first intro- He attributes his desire to the Polar Bears. Bowdoin’s
final home matchup is its
duced to it at a young age. dive and his growth as a diver
senior day contest against
Isaacson began diving to head coach Kelsey Willard. Franklin & Marshall on
when he was at camp in “[Kelsey] is always there to Sunday at 11 a.m..
seventh grade. Kelsey was try to give me tips and insights
introduced to diving when into the little things that I can
she was just seven years old, focus on. At the same time, GEARING UP FOR
THE BIG ONE:
and Sablich was pushed from she is able to step back and
The women’s basketball
gymnastics to diving when allow us to find what we are team closed out its non-
her family moved to England. motivated for. She won’t push conference schedule
“I’m from the Boston area, any harder dives on us, but with an emphatic 76-40
and at Harvard they were hav- she is super supportive of us victory over Becker
ing Saturday morning swim and pushes us to learn new College on Monday
night. The match was a
lessons, and the diving team things,” said Isaacson.
defensive masterclass for
was also offering diving les- Additionally, Isaacson at- the Polar Bears, who held
sons. My mom figured, since I tributes his motivation for the Becker to just 26 percent
did not like swimming, I might sport to his teammates, past shooting from the field
as well try diving,” said Kelsey. and present. COURTESY OF BRIAN BEARD and forced the Hawks
After years of diving, all “Last year, Mitch Ryan to commit 22 turnovers.
DEFYING GRAVITY: Thea Kelsey ’20 corkscrews in midair. Despite only having three athletes on the team, Bowdoin’s The team will be riding
three athletes’ interest for the [’19] definitely motivated me divers enjoy a close relationship with the rest of the team’s swimmers and a close-knit community amongst themseves. high as it heads into
sport has only grown. For ex- to do better,” said Isaacson. tonight’s crucial NESCAC
ample, Kelsey’s appreciation “But, I think now it’s definite- “Diving is a very mental but the team aspect would … said Kelsey. “There are only matchup against Tufts
for the sport increased when ly the swim team. I see them sport, so joking around and definitely make me continue, three other schools in the at 7 p.m.. The winner of
she first came to college. doing their hard workouts having a large group kind of because I love the group.” conference that do that, and the game will claim the
“[While at Bowdoin], I’ve and pushing themselves to get takes your mind off your fears In contrast to other col- because of that, not only are top NESCAC spot and
snap the other team’s
grown up and learned who I faster and faster, and it makes … and hanging out with peo- legiate diving programs, the the divers close as a group, but
undefeated streak.
am as a person [as well as] the me want to do my role to keep ple in between dives in the hot Bowdoin swim and dive pro- the swimmers and the swim
things I enjoy and [make] me progressing, [whether] it be tub is always fun,” said Sablich. gram is unique because both coaches do an amazing job of
happy. For a long time, div- focusing on a category or Yet despite her team’s sup- divers and swimmers practice including the divers … it is MESS WITH THE
ing was not necessarily one working on a harder dive. Just port, the fear of injury still casts at the same time and in the really one team. Even though BULL, GET THE
of those things,” said Kelsey. as much as they support the a shadow over Sablich’s career. same pool. This has allowed the I am a diver, I am just as much (VIKING) HORNS:
The women’s hockey
“[However], I have learned team, I can also do the same,” This fear has even led her to program to act as one team— a part of the team as any other team jumped back to a
over the past four years that said Isaacson. consider quitting the sport. most of the time, they are two swimmer, and I think that it .500 record with a 4-1
[diving] is one of those things Echoing Isaacson’s sen- “I just hit the board—this different teams that act inde- is something that is important victory over Salem State
that brings me joy and makes timent, Sablich appreciates is the second time I have on pendently of each other. and should be appreciated.” on Tuesday. Two power-
me happy. I am now focusing the camaraderie that being the same dive, so I guess fear “I think what makes Bow- The three divers and the play goals propelled the
on those aspects and less on part of the Bowdoin swim- of injury right now is con- doin swim and dive so unique swim team will travel to Col- Polar Bear offense, and
Bowdoin’s defense held
the parts that I don’t enjoy. I ming and diving program has cerning,” said Sablich. “I am is the pool setup and how we by to compete on Saturday at the Vikings scoreless
am able to then translate what brought into her life. not sure what I am doing yet, are able to practice together,” noon. until the last six minutes
of the third period. The
team has no games this
weekend and will get
Bowdoin-Colby Hockey Game: our oldest, coldest tradition a much-needed break
before heading back into
a conference play with a
game against Amherst on
Hockey, in the desert. February 7.
by Ian Ward But that’s beside the point.
Orient Staff The point is, the Bowdo-
A HISTORIC (VER)
Ah, the Bowdoin-Colby
Hockey Game, the enduring
in-Colby hockey game is the
great unifier. It is the perennial
This Saturday’s game will MONTH:
symbol of everything that reminder that all of us—jocks be the 213th meeting of the The men’s and women’s
Nordic ski team followed
is great about our fine in- and NARPs, New Englanders two teams in a tradition that last weekend’s historic
stitution: Polar Bear spirit, and stateless wastrels—all be- finish with another
old-timey sportsmanship, a long to a single and insoluble
dates back to 1922. impressive result last
creative excuse to get drunk class: the class of people who weekend. Bowdoin
finished fourth overall
before dinner. The liberal arts went to colleges with hockey at the UVM Carnival,
at their finest. teams. Membership is for life. continuing the team’s
I firmly believe that there This Saturday’s game will be momentum from the
is a single, definitive and the 213th meeting of the two previous weekend.
insurmountable divide that teams in a tradition that dates Christian Gostout ’20
separates Bowdoin students back to 1922. Then-President posted his best-ever
finish in any race, crossing
into two camps: kids who of the United States Warren the line in fourth in the
went to high schools with Harding dropped the ceremo- 10K skate race. Gabby
hockey teams and kids who nial puck at the first game, after Vandendries ’21 also
went to high schools without which he concluded that his cracked into the top 10
hockey teams. And this isn’t political career had reached its on the women’s side.
just a proxy for other, more apex and promptly died.* I’m The Polar Bears return to
action today at 10 a.m.
serious divisions: prep schools kidding, of course. The apex of IK at the Colby Carnival in
CHN
and non-prep schools; New Harding’s political career was TABA Waterville.
DALIA
England and, like, whatev- the Teapot Dome scandal, but
er God-forsaken part of the he didn’t live to see that one
country lies beyond New En- break. A shame and a pity.
gland. There are high school
COMPILED BY DYLAN SLOAN
ice hockey leagues in Arizona. Please see PUCKS, page 12
12 SPORTS Friday, January 31, 2020

DEAR KOBE,
Your death and the death of you acknowledged that you and form and a voice.
your daughter have brought a the woman you raped perceived In the past few years, it is clear
rush of conflicting emotions the same experience very differ- that you have made an effort to
that have plagued me for the ently. As a woman who stands grow from this mistake. You have
past two days. As a female by other women, who believes made an effort to support the
athlete who grew up watching other women, the fact that women around you, members
you play, I am grateful for the your face and your name have of the family you share by blood
opportunities that you have completely overtaken my social as well as members of the family
given to my generation of male media makes me nearly sick to you share by the sport you play.
and female athletes alike. You my stomach. The day following I am someone who values giving
welcomed your daughter into your death, Felicia Somnez, a second chances. I have been given
your basketball world and you writer for the Washington Post, many myself and for those, I am
cultivated her growth, not only was suspended immediately eternally grateful. In the cases that
as an athlete but as a woman. after she tweeted a link to an I have been given a single chance
Not only did you support your article that reported on the case and made a mistake, I have made
daughter in her sport, but you filed against you in 2003. Son- an effort to learn from it in order
supported other women in the mez was suspended from her to make the most of the chances I
sport. For the exposure that you position as a respected reporter am offered in the future. I feel very
gave the Women’s National Bas- for shedding light on a dark part strongly that you have made an
ketball Association and for the of your story. I struggle with the effort to learn from your mistakes.
women that you supported in fact that your shining legacy as a Even so, I wish with my whole SARA CAPLAN
their athletic endeavors, you de- competitor—who has undoubt- heart that the legacy that you leave
serve recognition. As an athlete edly come to define the game of incorporates all the parts of your the helicopter, may you rest in low women and to all survivors, go away, and that’s okay. There
of color, I feel pride in knowing basketball around the world— story: the mistakes you have made peace. To my fellow athletes, I please know that your voice is is something to learn from each
how much someone with brown can completely overshadow alongside the growth you achieved recognize and respect the legacy always valid and your voice is part of your journey, Kobe—the
skin can do for the game. Still, the mistakes you have made. as a player, as a man and as a father of a player who refused to quit. always heard. This tragic event, full story just has to be told.
I struggle with your death the I struggle with the fact that an in this lifetime. To my fellow athletes of color, more than ever, highlights the
most because of my identity as athletic legacy as dominant as To Vanessa, to your daugh- I recognize and appreciate the reasons for which the combined Sincerely,
a woman in athletics. yours has the power to silence ters and to the families of those legacy of a black man succeed- identities that live within every Paula
In your public statement sur- women especially when, in the who died in Sunday’s crash, I ing in a country and a time athlete cannot be separated. I
rounding the sexual assault case recent past, you have made a send my eternal love. To Gianna where so many black men fall have learned from this experi- Paula Petit-Molina is a mem-
brought against you in 2003, public effort to give them a plat- and to the other families on through the cracks. To my fel- ence that these tensions never ber of the class of 2020.

Greason Pool plays host to Maine Masters Swim Club


three workouts a week. One fast I could be! That was ... the “There is a residual hard- him high hopes for the meet. in their fifties or something,
by Dylan Sloan is usually a distance work- thing that surprised me when core [group] of people who Maine Masters itself has a [they got] butterflies!”
Orient Staff
out coached by Dave Bright, I got back. You know, I was were here when I started,” history of success, despite be- Recently, the club has been
With six Olympians, 22 [head swim coach of Bruns- thinking, ‘Am I going to have said Brokaw. “They’re still ing in a relatively small state. making an effort to attract
NCAA championships, and wick High School]. [The oth- no pacing?’ And the answer here, and that might be 50 “There was a period where more athletes with limited
66 NESCAC titles to its name, er two] are usually coached by is, it didn’t go away. It was percent of the club.” we were one of the 800-pound swimming background—not
Bowdoin’s athletics depart- … [former Director of Parent there the whole time.” “So it’s two different things,” gorillas,” said Syphers. at the expense of success on
ment certainly has a well- Giving] Pamela Torrey or However, not all club mem- said Syphers. “There’s the sort For instance, Syphers him- the national or international
stocked trophy cabinet. How- [Bowdoin swim coach] Brad bers are former Division I ath- of Masters swimming to either self holds an eight-year New stage, but by balancing a com-
ever, many at the college don’t Burnham,” said Professor of letes or state champions. Jim enjoy healthy swimming or to England record in the 4x50 petitive atmosphere with one
know that some of the most Physics Dale Syphers, a mem- Brokaw, a Brunswick resident, get faster, and then there’s the freestyle relay. In the past few where more casual athletes
decorated athletes on campus ber of the club. first started coming to Masters [kind of] affiliation with the years, Maine Masters has been can also thrive.
aren’t even Bowdoin students. Masters swim clubs attract practices after noticing the club where you show up at the the home for a number of elite “There are a lot of people
LeRoy Greason Pool is a diverse range of athletes, group in the pool on weekdays big meets of the year.” athletes, including Torrey, a who [swim for the club] and
home to one of the nation’s many of whom have had a while he was seeking a new For Syphers and his fellow former All-American swim- just want to see, ‘am I making
most historically successful background swimming at ei- form of exercise. competitively inclined ath- mer at Princeton who has set progress?’ They’re not wor-
Masters swim clubs, and the ther a high school or collegiate “No, [I did not have any letes, these big meets are the numerous regional records ried or don’t care if there’s not
only one in Maine. A Masters level. Syphers, who is on sab- former experience]. My nick- marquee events of the Masters and was a consistent top-10 much there in terms of com-
swimmer is an athlete over batical this year, is an active name for myself is Mr. Ed, season. The New England re- national performer for the petition,” said Syphers. “And
the age of 18 who competes member of the Maine Masters. because I swim like a horse. I gion in particular enjoys some Masters. that’s okay! We take all com-
in sanctioned U.S. Masters After swimming for Division have a lot of muscle—I’m real of the country’s largest and According to Syphers, al- ers. All Masters swimming
events, but the majority of I UMass-Amherst for a year lean. Balance and the stream- best-run meets, which rival though some club members [clubs are] starting to rein-
Masters swimmers who com- as an undergraduate, Syphers line position are real chal- national championship meets were even close to making vigorate one of the original
pete are well above that age, quit the sport to pursue his lenges for me,” said Brokaw. in terms of their organization. the Olympic team, the thrill reasons for starting Masters
often into their fifties and study of physics and picked up In many ways, the club’s There are plenty of chances of racing for the first time in swimming, which was to edu-
beyond. Three days a week basketball as a hobby instead. structure is the greatest tri- for Maine Masters swimmers years after a long hiatus can cate and teach people to swim
from noon to 1 p.m., a faith- But after 25 years of basketball, umph of Maine Masters. It to set regional, national or even be intimidating. and get more people swim-
ful contingent of swimmers, Syphers decided to get back caters to both former colle- world records. For example, “A lot of people don’t swim ming. There’s a little more of
most over the age of 40, train into swimming as a means to giate All-Americans as well Syphers is currently six months when they have children and a push from all Masters orga-
as a part of the Maine Mas- prevent possible injury from as casual swimmers looking into a two-year training reg- so forth ... it’s just too compli- nizations to make sure they’re
ters Swim Club. The club is a basketball’s high-impact me- to get a quick workout in imen to prepare him for the cated,” said Syphers. “And one all open and welcoming and
member club of U.S. Masters chanics. over their lunch break. That 2021 Masters World Champi- of the biggest surprises that trying to get everyone on-
Swimming, the umbrella or- “I really didn’t expect being said, the core group of onships in Fukuoka, Japan. He I’ve heard from everybody board who would be interest-
ganization that controls all much personally when I came the Maine chapter is the same will be entering the competi- who came back to swimming ed, not just fast people.”
Masters swim clubs across the back to Masters swimming,” group of dedicated swimmers tion just after turning 65, plac- was that the first time they “It’s one of the great things
country. said Syphers. “I was stunned who compete in almost all of ing him at the low end of the got back onto a block when that Bowdoin has to offer,”
“Here at Bowdoin, we have within six months to see how the year’s competitive meets. 65-69 age bracket. This gives getting back into swimming said Brokaw.

PUCKS doin-Colby Hockey Game


is Bowdoin’s great unifying
brunch at Thorne? I’m all in.
Permits to sit on the quad?
most people watch hockey in
the first place, so that’s ruled
not deeply, deeply invested in
the outcome of the game. To
us along for kinda a long time.
Heartbreaking, really.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 11
tradition, bringing together Sign me up. out. (You know where they do the fellas on the ice: please But I will admit, my money
It is, however, worth taking the entire student body and And kudos to the baseball allow fighting? The Arizona win. My fellow seniors and is on the Polar Bears this year.
a moment to appreciate the connecting past, present and players for manning the en- High School Hockey Associa- I will feel extremely cheated The stats are on our side. So
augustness of a tradition that future generations of students tryways and checking said tion. That’s what they call the if we graduate never having are all those dedicated townies
dates back nearly a century. in a long, unbroken line of tickets. Always thorough and Frontier Mindset.) witnessed a Bowdoin victory. who show up and cast side-
Not many of Bowdoin’s tradi- confusion about what the hell unbiased. Customs and Bor- The real highlights, as ev- Not only that, but I hear they eyed glances at students (not
tions can claim such antiquity. ‘icing’ is and how it’s different der Patrol could learn a thing eryone knows, are the chants, put an asterisk on our diplo- me) who ask repeatedly, and to
Ivies, in its current, ivy-less from offsides. or two from you. which achieve the impressive mas and outright cancel our no avail, what the hell icing is.
form, dates back only to the The whole thing is made The actual game is, of feat of combining an intense fo- first reunion. But in the end, if the re-
1960s. The Bowdoin Log was even more exciting by the air course, one of the less exciting cus on the reproductive capaci- Or, if you’re going to lose, sult isn’t in our favor, so it
invented in 1958 (also by of exclusivity and legitimacy parts of the whole experience. ties of mules with a remarkably at least make it obvious early goes. After graduation, I can
then-Vice President Richard created by the ticketing re- Too many complicated and frank expression of Bowdoin on. The 2018 blowout? Per- always move to a real hockey
Nixon, who wanted to call it gime. Personally, I love having obscure rules (Example A: ic- students’ usually-unspoken fect. We could leave before town—like Tucson, or maybe
simply “The Dick.” Ms. Con- to get tickets to do things that ing.) Also, the NESCAC has sense of intellectual elitism. the third period without fear Phoenix.
nie exercised her veto).† I could do just as easily with- gone soft and banned fighting, Talk about poetry in motion. of missing something really *⅓ of this is true.
But yes, it’s true: The Bow- out tickets. Tickets to Sunday which is 90 percent of why Which isn’t to say that I am exciting. Last year, you strung †All of this is true.
Friday, January 31, 2020 SPORTS 13

Men’s basketball adjusts


to midseason challenges
but they’re also the best team est-scoring offenses right
by Ben Mason in the country. [They are] now, so that’s been a little
Orient Staff
undefeated, so we definitely bit of a struggle for us” said
After starting the season by have shown that we can hang Reynolds. “We definitely
winning three of its first five with anyone.” don’t have the same offensive
games, the Bowdoin men’s Reynolds has been a bright firepower [this year], but our
basketball team has proceed- spot in an otherwise unfor- defense adapts well and has
ed to struggle. Entering the tunate year for the Polar Bear gotten a lot better. We’re more
crucial final stretch of the offense. He is averaging 21.0 of a defensive team—it’s just
season, where the Polar Bears points per game, and his leader- really figuring out how to gel
will play their five remaining ship, along with the leadership offensively at this point.”
NESCAC games in just over of the other seniors, has been Reynolds believes that the
two weeks, they are currently critical to the team’s attitude team chemistry is trending
sitting at 6-11 overall and 1-4 over the course of the year. up and feels like this group is
in the conference, good for “When you’re having some particularly close.
ninth place in the league. tough losses or some tough “Outside of basketball
Between losing three se- games you really need guys we’ve all become super close.
niors to graduation (including that are going to look at I love the [first-year] class,
Jack Simonds ’19, who was an themselves and look at the and obviously the sopho-
1,000-point scorer), having team and say hey, let’s just mores and juniors too, but
players fall to injuries and keep working to get a little I really feel like the [first-
struggling to mesh as an offen- better,” said Gilbride. years’s] presence this year has
sive unit, the team has faced Leadership is particularly made us a lot closer than in
its fair share of difficulties. As important when you have a past years.”
the Polar Bears approach their team facing unexpected chal- As the team looks to reme-
final five conference match- lenges. Captain Zavier Ruck- dy its woes for these last five
ups, they sit one game out of er ’21 was injured in a game games, Reynolds is focused
playoff contention. against St. Joseph’s and will be on leadership.
Head Coach Tom Gilbride sidelined for the remainder of “I guess it’s kind of my re-
discussed the team’s approach the season. It was an especially sponsibility to ... lead by ex-
as they head into this final untimely injury because the Po- ample and come to practice
stretch. “We’re obviously lar Bears were just heading into [every day] and give my best
going to take one game at a the thick of conference play. effort. Doing what we need to
time,” said Gilbride. There have been some do is really the most import-
Despite its recent struggles, growing pains as the team ant thing,” said Reynolds. “We
Gilbride remains optimistic. “I learns to play without its cap- have all the pieces ... we defi-
thought we’ve played our last tain, but this has resulted in nitely are a talented group,
two games very hard. We played other players stepping up and and I think we have had a
Colby in a conference game that taking on larger roles. tough season but there’s still
was a very good [one].” “Sam Grad [’21] has really definitely hope for the NES-
Although the Polar Bears stepped up and has taken on CAC tournament. [If we get
ultimately ended up falling to a lot of that scoring load and in] then anything can happen
Colby, they put up a valiant playing load as well,” said Gil- at that point.”
effort, trading punches with bride. The Polar Bears have a long
the number one-ranked Mules He also noted that Zander weekend ahead, playing two
until the fourth quarter. Werkman ’23 has come into critical conference games,
COURTESY OF BRIAN BEARD “We were actually up five his own as the season has pro- starting with a game at Tufts
UP, UP AND AWAY: Sam Grad ’21 explodes upwards for a dunk during last weekend’s 81-67 loss to undefeated with 11 minutes left,” said gressed, a sentiment echoed tonight at 7 p.m. followed by
Colby. Following the loss of team captain Zavier Rucker ’20, Grad is one of a number of players who has stepped up to captain David Reynolds ’20. by Reynolds. a contest at Bates on Saturday
fill the offensive void left by Rucker, averaging 12.5 points per game this season. “We ended up losing by 12, “We’re one of the low- at 3 p.m..

Compiled by Dylan Sloan


NESCAC Standings Source: NESCAC and Bowdoin Athletics
MEN’S ICE HOCKEY WOMEN’S ICE HOCKEY MEN’S BASKETBALL WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

 
NESCAC OVERALL NESCAC OVERALL
 
NESCAC OVERALL NESCAC OVERALL
W L T W L T W L T W L T W L W L W L W L
Williams 8 2 0 11 4 1 Middlebury 7 0 1 12 1 2 Colby 5 0 17 0 Bowdoin 5 0 19 0
Trinity 7 2 1 12 3 1 Colby 5 2 1 10 4 1 Tufts 4 0 14 4 Tufts 4 0 18 0
Middlebury 5 4 1 7 8 1 Williams 6 3 1 9 5 3 Amherst 3 2 13 6 Trinity 3 1 14 4
Bowdoin 5 5 1 9 7 1 Amherst 4 3 3 9 4 4 Middlebury 3 2 17 2 Amherst 3 2 16 3
Hamilton 4 4 2 5 7 4 Conn. Coll. 5 4 1 11 5 1 Bates 2 2 10 7 Williams 3 2 14 5
Wesleyan 5 5 0 9 7 0 Hamilton 4 4 0 10 6 0 Trinity 2 2 12 6 Hamilton 2 3 12 7
Conn. Coll. 4 5 1 8 7 1 Bowdoin 4 5 1 7 7 3 Wesleyan 2 2 13 5 Bates 1 3 9 8
Tufts 4 6 0 6 10 0 Trinity 0 7 1 5 8 3 Williams 2 3 9 9 Conn. Coll. 1 3 6 11
Amherst 3 6 1 5 9 2 Wesleyan 0 7 1 6 9 1 Bowdoin 1 4 6 11 Wesleyan 1 3 11 7
Colby 2 8 1 6 9 2 Hamilton 1 4 13 6 Colby 1 4 6 11
Conn. Coll. 0 4 3 14 Middlebury 1 4 12 6

UPCOMING GAMES UPCOMING GAMES UPCOMING GAMES UPCOMING GAMES


Sat 2/1 v. Colby, 7 P.M. Fri 2/7 v. Amherst, 7 P.M. Fri 1/31 @ Tufts, 7 P.M. Fri 1/31 v. Tufts, 7 P.M.
Fri 2/7 @ Hamilton, 7 P.M. Sat 2/8 v. Amherst, 3 P.M. Sat 2/1 @ Bates, 3 P.M. Sat 2/1 v. Bates, 7 P.M.

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14 Friday, January 31, 2020

O OPINION
More than a name change
On Monday, the faculty introduced a motion to revise the “Exploring Social Differ-
ences” (ESD) distribution requirement. The proposal aims to strengthen the require-
Be wary of an inclusive status quo
ment and rename it “Difference, Power, Inequity.” The Fox Box
On a campus where bias incidents seem to recur every four years, preparing students
by Jared Foxhall
across all academic disciplines to discuss and analyze social differences is essential.
By necessity, Bowdoin’s curricula change to meet the needs of the time and the stu-
dent body. In 1822, the freshman class had to read Xenophon (in Greek!) and Livy (in A few weeks after the start of the
Latin!), Webber’s Arithmetic, Murray’s English Grammar and Blaire’s Rhetoric. Now, new year, Johns Hopkins University
who has graduated from Bowdoin having read any of these, let alone all of them in (JHU) announced it would be ceasing
their first year? the long-held history of legacy admis-
It is time for it to change again. sions at the institution. President of the
We agree that the ESD requirement is well-intentioned. On paper, it seeks to expose Baltimore school, Ron Daniels, boldly
students from varying backgrounds to topics that expand our understanding of the announced that reserving legacy slots
human experience. In practice, however, ESD courses often fail to engage meaningful had been “impairing [its] ability to
questions of social and political inequality. educate qualified and promising
For example, take the case of the perennially-popular “Introduction to Classical students from all backgrounds
Mythology,” course, which fulfills the ESD requirement yet seems tangentially related and to help launch them up the
to current issues of social differences. We don’t deny that this is a valuable course, and social ladder.” JHU’s decision
it certainly explores social differences in the ancient Mediterranean, but a course about comes during a time when
ancient mythology should not fulfil a requirement about social difference. Americans are becoming
The ancient world is not our world. But just like Bowdoin’s math department no increasingly cynical about
longer uses Webber’s Arithmetic and instead opts for modern textbooks, we should democratic institutions being
also move to more modern examples of diversity, power and inequity to give us a more stacked against them. generations of
complete and rigorous understanding of today’s realities. Eliminating legacy admissions borrowers by
This distribution requirement should be a powerful thing—providing useful and ur- doesn’t substantially threaten Johns an estimated
gent knowledge about our changing world and the inequalities that permeate it. These Hopkins’ bottom line, but it does signal in ad- seven years. The
classes should better equip us to serve the Common Good with the liberal arts lens we to other elite colleges that meaningful dressing average gradu-
take so much pride in. change is most effective in the form a deeper ate accumulates
According to Assistant Professor of Sociology Theo Greene, the vague labeling of of sacrifices: win-lose compromises systemic over $40,000
ER
ESD courses “doesn’t necessarily have the teeth” for rigor, and often allows students to where moneyed interests give up some problem. KAYLA SNYD in public and
dodge the challenging conversations most necessary for their growth as intellectuals of their hold on the tug-of-war rope. Inclusion is private loans
and as human beings. With this new policy, JHU can better not enough (a conservative
While Bowdoin brings in outside academics and activists devoted to exploring the deliver on the promises we make as a and in many estimate). The financial burden affects
issues of diversity, power and inequity, we ought to be cultivating these ideas in the liberal-democratic society: that anyone ways serves to masquerade the part of struggling communities dispropor-
classroom, not importing them from the outside. This takes work and effort, just like with enough steam and brilliance can the process by which social and polit- tionately: 86.8 percent of black stu-
any course in any major. To be effective, these conversations need to be curricular. climb themselves and their family into ical power maintains and legitimizes dents borrow federal loans to pay for
The intellectual curiosity which led students to choose Bowdoin should also lead the American Dream. In a way, the call itself by appealing to liberal sentiments attendance at four-year colleges, com-
them to a deeper study of disciplines beyond their primary interests. From chemistry to abolish legacy flies in the face of the of diversity. JHU may have made it pared to 59.9 percent of white students.
to English majors, all Bowdoin students should graduate with an ability to critically preeminent neo-liberal thinking that easier for underrepresented students Post-graduation monthly fees for these
evaluate the differences in our world. The College is failing if they don’t. flinches at the idea that institutions to attend, but it hasn’t done anything to loans can reach $600 a month, mak-
We are optimistic about the outlined changes seeking to make this requirement might need to work against the (very ensure more of those students graduate ing it painfully difficult to save for the
a truly constructive experience, and we hope that the faculty think critically and act few) wealthy in order to uplift the (very without crippling debt—that would future—especially if a good chunk of
promptly to achieve these goals. And we hope that these conversations will continue to many) suffering. really hurt its bottom line. It hasn’t your money goes to supporting your
be integrated into every discipline, affecting real change beyond a name and concept. What happened at Johns Hopkins done anything towards reforming the family.
Bowdoin has five distribution requirements. They shouldn’t just be another box to was more-or-less inevitable. While system that allows a disproportionate Institutions that tout equality and
check. They should mean something. venerable, it falls predictably in line number of applicants to have needed to social justice have established a sys-
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, with the institutional left’s 21st century be wealthy in the first place to have had tem of sky-rocketing college sticker
which is comprised of Maya Chandar-Kouba, Emily Cohen, Brie Cunliffe, Julia narrative of inclusivity and diversity. access to better schools and SAT tutors prices, insufficient financial aid pack-
Jennings, Roither Gonzales, Alyce McFadden, Jaret Skonieczny and Ayub Tahlil. The way I see it, it is only a matter of to be qualified. ages, predatory loan rates, historically
time before this becomes common- Banks, unicorn tech companies and flat-lining graduating salaries and
place and the antiquated tradition of elite consultancy firms do the same dwindling job benefits. These factors
legacy admits falls away because it sim- thing in their HR departments: they only serve to reinforce power struc-
ply makes so little sense. Legacy-ad- streamline low-income and marginal- tures by making upward mobility
mitted students are three times more ized minorities into the hiring pipeline virtually impossible. Low-income and
likely to be wealthy and white than and thus wash their hands clean of middle-class students end up feeling
ESTABLISHED 1871 non-legacy students. Its very existence historic (and current) exploitation of like idiots for following their dreams,
erodes the idea of meritocracy and is those marginalized people in the first voluntarily entering into debt peonage
bowdoinorient.com orient@bowdoin.edu 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 inconsistent with the values that mod- place. They roll out the red carpet typi- like a 17th century indentured servant
ern universities preach. cal of the equal opportunity employers after being fed fairytales by college re-
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and information The reason legacy admission still ex- of the plutocrat class, the springboard cruitment offices about the affordabili-
relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, ists in most elite colleges today is that it programs and networking events, the ty of the college experience.
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in
narrowly falls into the utilitarian logic skills-training workshops and net- Institutions make the rules that
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse
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discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community.
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Editor in Chief Editor in Chief air of patronizing charity. When stu- are these prospective traders, analysts and others not. As many students
Emily Cohen Alyce McFadden dents from more affluent backgrounds and programmers reminded of the at elite universities and colleges like
pay full tuition, low-income and mi- wild-fire gentrification that financial Bowdoin are being fashioned into
nority students can receive grants and institutions fuel or the income volatil- the technocrats and functionaries of
Digital Director Managing Editor News Editor
scholarships to be able to attend. The ity pushed by the profit-maximizing the status quo, coerced and guided
Steven Xu Maia Coleman Andrew Bastone
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Aura Carlson
Roither Gonzales fairly admitting students based on the of labor union laws by tech companies but by the salaries that can buy their
Photo Editor
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Ann Basu
Ian Ward Emma Sorkin it brings in more donation money to inequality seem sexy to the underrep- portant that we remain awake to the
direct towards scholarships and attract resented and the talented. reality that these elite institutions
Layout Editor Sports Editor more diversity. It’s wrong, but just pal- More inclusive, sure, but private that preach equality don’t do all that
Emma Bezilla Executive Editor Dylan Sloan atable enough. Everybody wins … sort colleges, as well as banks, simultane- much alleviating of inequality. If this
Jaret Skonieczny Eliana Miller of. ously design and profit from fixtures neo-liberal, inclusionary status quo
Ian Stewart A&E Editor
I am not entirely convinced that in- of inequality. Colleges and banks to- persists, we may produce a more
Cole van Miltenburg clusion—while vital in forming a free gether are responsible for the $1.46 diverse cohort of millionaires (and
Data Desk Editor Associate Editor
Opinion Editor and equal society—is the be-all, end-all trillion in education debt, which has billionaires), but we will certainly not
Gwen Davidson Conrad Li
Sabrina Lin Diego Lasarte of justice; rather, it is only the first step delayed homeownership in younger end up with less poverty.
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Friday, January 31, 2020 OPINION 15

How I learned to stop worrying and love technology


an example of how self-in- innovation and jobs that are more precari-
by Archer Thomas terest naturally generates callously hang- ous and often lower paying.
Op-Ed Contributor technological ing West Vir- While technology “creates”
In 1776, an auspicious advancement ginia out to jobs in that more computer
year on both sides of the At- and liberates dry, as some programmers and engineers
lantic Ocean, Adam Smith humans from prominent are needed, I would argue that
published “An Inquiry into drudgery. liberals growth in those spheres has
the Nature and Causes of the Now imagine the have seemed been accompanied by an even
Wealth of Nations,” a hefty reaction of the boy’s willing to do? greater growth of jobs related
treatise that outlined the boss. He has just discov- Really, technological to rent-seeking, optimization
basic principles of what we ered that he can operate advancement should and induced demand. Our
would now call “free trade” his engine without hav- benefit all of us. In a economy chugs along but has
and “capitalism.” His articu- ing to pay the boy’s world in which our increasingly little to show for
lation of why certain nations wages. Instead of current level of pro- it other than a rise in needless
thrive while others falter in “diverting himself ductivity can provide consumption and a sneak-
a globalized economy dealt with his playfel- a reasonable stan- ing sense of meaninglessness
a fatal blow to mercantil- lows,” the boy is dard of living for while we’re at work.
ism, setting the stage for the unemployed pretty much The reason why technolog-
proliferation of laissez-faire and strug- HOLLY HARRIS everybody, ical unemployment is such an
politics in the 19th century. gling in an era we should issue, then, is because of own-
In “The Wealth of Nations,” when families very much de- ing apart mechanical looms. in natural gas extraction and welcome innovation as our ership. Presidential Candidate
Smith recalls the story of the pended on child labor. This is Their name later became syn- renewable electricity gener- workweek becomes gradually Andrew Yang has proposed
first steam engines. Original- what happened to the hand- onymous with resistance to ation, coal and the Appala- shorter, enabling us to focus an ambitious solution to this
ly, he says, young boys were loom weavers of Nottingham technological advancement. chian communities which on those activities which truly problem in the form of a uni-
employed to manually open a mere 30 years after Smith The phenomenon of au- have traditionally mined it excite us. A century ago, John versal basic income. 1,000
and shut the valve between published “The Wealth of tomation-driven unemploy- simply cannot compete. The Maynard Keynes predicted a dollars per month is a good
the boiler and cylinder. This Nations.” Owners discovered ment continues. Over the past Luddites, therefore, have re- 15-hour workweek by 2028. step forward, but it would not
must have been an intensely that mechanical looms could 50 years, the American labor turned. President Donald Why hasn’t this happened? fundamentally undermine
boring and menial job. One do the same work as humans force has shed telephone op- Trump has declared that “coal The answer lies in the the system which makes us
of the boys, however, realized without demanding pay or erators, travel agents and coal is back” as he rolls out mea- structure of work itself. The beholden to owners. We must
that by tying the movement other human comforts. The miners en masse, causing sures that intend to protect office and factory floor alike have a stake in a new society
of the piston to the valve, reaction of the dispossessed social dislocation in many America’s obsolete industries are management’s absolute liberated from the despera-
the machine would open and weavers was to fight back, communities. Pretty soon, while actually costing Amer- fiefdoms. Although we de- tion of work we don’t really
shut itself without human triggering a wholescale re- accountants, waiters and icans billions in tariffs and pend on work to survive, our care about or need. Only then
intervention—a discovery volt in the English Midlands. even truck drivers could find externalities. bosses reserve the right to dis- can we truly enjoy the benefits
which would “leave him at Inspired by a semi-mythical, themselves out of a job thanks But we don’t need coal, and pose of us in pursuit of great- of technology, i.e. divert our-
liberty to divert himself with anti-technological crusader to “robots.” Exemplifying this by and large we don’t want er profits. When we are ren- selves with our playfellows.
his playfellows.” According to called Ned Ludd, the “Lud- trend is the decline of the coal coal. So why do we have to dered idle by technological Archer Thomas is a member
Smith, the labor-saving boy is dites” raided factories, tear- industry. Thanks to advances pick between hamstringing advances, we must seek new of the Class of 2021.

My generation has failed you, but we can still fix it


which has the biggest carbon ogies, though. You need bold that requires everyone to
by Lisa Savage footprint on the planet—big- action. So here are some of pay their fair share, and
Op-Ed Contributor ger than 140 nations—cre- the solutions I’m offering in eliminates loopholes
Dear young people: my ated waging endless wars. my run for U.S. Senate: that have billionaires
generation owes your gener- This addiction to militarism A real Green New Deal to and wealthy cor-
ation an apology. and war, and its many down- create good jobs, tackle the porations paying
We have failed to make stream effects, is another climate crisis by building a lower rate than
urgently needed changes to woeful legacy of the Boomer clean energy solutions like working people,
an economic system that rav- generation’s failures. solar, wind and public trans- or even noth-
ages the planet we all depend Our planet’s atmosphere portation—by converting the ing.
upon for life. Many of us have counts military emissions, industrial capacity that now Humane
been actively involved with, and so should we. I founded churns out weapon systems treatment of
or at least silently complicit the Maine Natural Guard to that make climate change migrants and
in damaging the ecosystem. help people connect the dots worse. asylum seek-
It can sometimes seem between militarism and its A Medicare for All health ers, with no
inexplicable that older folks harm to our climate. care that will cover everyone, concentration
seem indifferent or resigned The recent assassination provide better care, and cost camps for ref-
to ecological destruction. of Iranian officials was espe- less, instead of a system that ugees, no fam-
With wildfires burning out of cially alarming, seen by many drives sick people into bank- ily separations
control around the planet, we in the U.S. as bringing us one ruptcy. and a renewed
continue to invest in and sub- step closer to the possibility Fully funded public educa- respect for
sidize fossil fuel extraction. of a worldwide nuclear war, tion, including public higher immigrants’
The Gulf of Maine and other and is almost certain to per- education without student rights under
ocean waters are warming so petrate ever more military debt. Forgiveness of student interna-
quickly that centuries-old build-up and waste. loans so that young people tional law.
fishing grounds are disap- Imagine if our government can begin their adult lives Harm RRIS
Y HA
pearing. Yet we continue spent as much time, energy with the freedom to realize reduction HOLL the common good. We
to barely give lip service to and money on solving the their potential and contrib- measures for must do so now, urgently.
solutions like renewable en- climate crisis as it does pa- ute to the common good. opioid addiction, and ad- and accountability for police The future of life on Earth
ergy, public transportation trolling the world for enemies A living wage for all, in- dressing this crisis (and drug violence against POC. may depend on it.
and regenerative agriculture. to kill. My generation hears cluding housekeepers, food use in general) as a mental My generation should Lisa Savage is a member of
With multiple species on but does not heed, young servers and other service health care issue rather than have done better. Yours sure- the Class of 1977. She is run-
the brink of extinction due to voices pleading—demand- workers. as a crime. ly will. There is no limit to ning for the US Senate seat
climate change, we continue ing—that climate change is Affordable housing as a An end to the mass incar- what a group of dedicated currently occupied by Susan
to fund an enormous budget treated as the emergency it is. human right. ceration of people of color human beings can accom- Collins as a member of the
every year for the Pentagon, You need more than apol- A progressive tax code (POC), including children, plish working together for Green Party.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Last issue’s response:


Q: WOULD YOU MISS THE MLR IF IT
DID YOU LIKE YOUR FIRST-YEAR COLLAPSED?
SEMINAR?
57% YES
Answer at bowdoinorient.com/poll. 43% NO Based on answers from 127 responses.
16 Friday, January 31, 2020

JANUARY/FEBRUARY
FRIDAY 31
LECTURE
Biology Seminar: P.J. Lariviere
P.J. Lariviere, postdoctoral research associate at the Lewis Lab at
Northeastern University, will discuss his examination of cell division
in bacteria at the level of molecular processes and mechanisms.
Room 20, Druckenmiller Hall. 1:30 p.m.

EVENT
Student Research Symposium
The Department of Anthropology will hold an event to feature
student research and summer fellowship opportunities.
Room 208, Adams Hall. 1:30 p.m.

EVENT
Cookies and Coffee with Sara Gideon
Speaker of the Maine House of Representatives and U.S.
Senate Democratic primary candidate Sara Gideon will have
a conversation with Bowdoin students.
Pickering Room, Hubbard Hall. 2:30 p.m.
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

EVENT ARTIST TALK: Cat Mazza, artist and associate professor of art at the University of Massachusetts, stands next to her artwork featured in the
Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition, “Fast Fashion/Slow Art.” On Tuesday afternoon, the museum hosted a reception for the opening of the
Student Summer Internship Presentations exhibition, and in mid-February, Mazza will return to Bowdoin for an artist workshop open to Bowdoin and UMass Boston students.
Bowdoin students will share their experiences interning at
the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and answer questions
about the internship application process.
Museum of Art. 3 p.m.
TUESDAY 4 THURSDAY 6
EVENT EVENT
Curator’s Tour: “Assyria to America” Voter Registration Drive
SATURDAY 1 Sean Burrus and James Higginbotham, co-curators of
the exhibition “Assyria to America,” will discuss the digital
elements of the exhibition, including the technology used for
Bowdoin Votes will register students to vote, help
students request absentee ballots and provide the
Bowdoin community with more information on the
FILM SCREENING imaging Bowdoin’s six reliefs from ancient Nimrud. upcoming presidential primary election. The drive will run
2020 Oscar Nominated Shorts Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Noon. all day.
Frontier will screen the short films nominated for the 2020 David Saul Smith Union. 10 a.m.
Academy Award for Best Short Subject Documentary. FITNESS CLASS
Tickets are available online. Meditation LECTURE
Frontier. 6 p.m. Matt Gee, assistant director of the Joseph McKeen Center for “Nature Beyond Barbed Wire: An
the Common Good, will lead an evening meditation session. Environmental History of the Japanese
Room 302, Buck Center for Health and Fitness. 5 p.m. American Incarceration”
Connie Chang, professor of history and environmental
SUNDAY 2 studies, will discuss her latest book, “Nature Beyond
Barbed Wire,” and analyze the history of the
EVENT
James Joyce’s Birthday WEDNESDAY 5 Japanese American incarceration through the lens of
environmental history.
Main Lounge, Moulton Union. 12:30 p.m.
Professor of English Marilyn Reizbaum will host a celebration
BLACK HISTORY MONTH
of James Joyce’s birthday and read aloud from “Ulysses.”
Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall. 7 p.m. Black Contributions to Culture, Politics EVENT
and American Life Belonging at Bowdoin: African
Assistant Professor of Government Chryl Laird and Associate Student Experiences
Professor of English Guy Mark Foster will discuss the most The Africa Academic Hub will invite the Bowdoin

MONDAY 3 powerful Black figures and forces in American culture.


Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union. 4:30 p.m.
community to discuss the African student experience on
campus. Ice cream will be served.
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall. 6 p.m.
EVENT LECTURE
Jason Brown ’91 Reading “The Power of a Positive Team” EVENT
Author and scholar James Brown ’91 will read from his latest Best-selling author Jon Gordon will discuss the significance of Pub Trivia Night
novel, “A Faithful But Melancholy Account of Several Barbarities teamwork and inspire members of the Bowdoin community There will be a pub trivia night with prizes awarded to the
Lately Committed.” to reach their full potential in collaborative settings. top three winning teams.
Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall. 5 p.m. Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m. Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill. 8:30 p.m.

7 PERFORMANCE 8 9 10 11 LECTURE 12 13 EVENT

Music at the “The View from Chryl Laird:


Museum Washington” Steadfast
Democrats