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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, April 17, 2020 Volume 149, Number 22 bowdoinorient.com

‘Just despair’: amid economic uncertainty, seniors continue job hunt

coronavirus (COVID-19) pan- we’re all just throwing everything work. Other seniors hoped to find ing that has been supplanted by the impact of early-life job expe-
by Emily Cohen demic. At least 25 of those appli- but the kitchen sink out there, and a job that would allow them to the uncertainty of a global health riences on long-term economic
Orient Staff
cations, he added, were submitted just trying to get something to see stay in the U.S. on a work visa—an crisis. outcomes.
In the past few months, Chris since mid-March, when Bowdoin if we can—anything,” said Brown. ordinarily challenging feat that “It’s not even uncertainty we’re “The news isn’t good,” he said
Brown ’20 has applied to 96 jobs. announced its transition to re- “I had a goal in mind of where I seems all but impossible now, with facing now. It’s certain that we’re in a phone interview with the Ori-
“Ninety-six applications and mote learning for the remainder would be. And now since this hap- unemployment figures threaten- screwed,” said David Brower ’20 in ent this week. “It seems like labor
I’ve only had three interviews, of the semester as cities and states pened, I am now reconsidering ing to surpass those of the Great a phone interview with the Orient. market conditions in that first
with one of them being cancelled around the country issued stay-at- everything, career-wise.” Depression. According to Assistant Pro- year when you’re initially entering
because of this,” Brown said in a home orders and companies were For Brown, that goal included Others simply hoped to feel fessor of Economics Matthew the labor market for the very first
phone interview with the Orient forced to slow business. deferring his acceptance to grad secure—mentally and financial- Botsch, that assessment is not too
on April 2, referring to the novel “It really feels like, for all of us … school for at least two years to ly—in their post-grad plans, a feel- far off. He has done research on Please see JOB HUNT, page 3

College incurs Students voice

$6.8 million in concern over fall
virus-related semester in open
costs, receives letters, petitions
$1.12 million in by Maia Coleman

federal aid
Orient Staff
Members of the class of
2021 Class Council composed
by Ian Ward an email to the administration
and Kate Lusignan voicing their concerns about
Orient Staff
the prospect of continuing
As of March 30, Bowdoin has remote learning into the fall
lost $6.8 million due to expens- semester on Monday. Raising
es related to the coronavirus similar concerns, Izzy Miller ’23
(COVID-19) pandemic and the wrote an open letter addressed
transition to remote learning, to the Return to Campus Group
according to senior administra- and to President Clayton Rose.
tors. Since its release on Thursday
Most of the sum—$6.2 morning, Miller’s letter has re-
million—comes from room ceived 70 signatures from mem-
and board refunds issued to
VIRTUAL TOGETHERNESS: Katie Filiakova ‘22 created the Bowdoin Minecraft Club, bringing students together in an online server which mimics the bers of the student body.
College campus. SEE PAGE 7.
students, and the remaining In both cases, the decision to
$600,000 of expenses came write to the administration was

Science courses adapt to challenges of remote learning

from the costs associated with born out of a desire to facilitate
conducting classes online and more transparent discussions
moving students out of campus about the College’s decision
housing. making. After speaking with
The maximum refund for a and tape.” so good as a disinfectant.“ istry Lab Instructor Kate Farn- their classmates, both Miller
student living in college housing by Jaret Skonieczny In the absence of lab space, Kranefuss uses a mercury ham said that studying the pro- and the 2021 Class Council
Orient Staff
and on the 19 meal-per-week students are using phone sen- bulb to create UVC light and an tease enzyme can help students found that students had many
plan was approximately $4,125. Before the College transi- sors, along with other supplies array of sensing equipment lent understand how COVID-19 lingering concerns about the
In addition to the significant tioned to remote learning, stu- shipped to them by the physics to her by the physics depart- operates and how it can be upcoming school year. With the
initial expenses, the College ex- dents in Professor of Physics department, to complete an in- ment to measure how much stopped. administration and the Return
pects to incur further costs in Madeleine Msall’s Methods of dependent research project. light penetrates the different “The students in the bio- to Campus Group working be-
the coming months. Experimental Physics course Msall noted that the re- layers of the N95 mask. The chemistry class and in the bio- hind closed doors to formulate
“We will continue to see costs worked for six hours a week mote class has given students equipment allows her to know chemistry major are really the their recommendation for how
accumulate over the last three in the basement laboratory of a crash-course in independent if the light can pass through all ones that are going to be, in best to proceed, the students felt
months of the fiscal year and ex- Searles Science Building us- research. the layers to effectively disin- the future, designing vaccines it was time to open up the con-
pect the total to be well in excess ing sophisticated equipment. “We do have regular check- fect the mask. and tackling really challenging versation.
of $8 million,” wrote Matt Or- Now, those same students are ins, but it’s quite different from “The biggest reason why I problems like this,” Farnham Both the email and Miller’s
lando, senior vice president for building magnet-powered pen- the ease in which you can lean studied physics at Bowdoin said in a phone interview with open letter expressed students’
finance and administration and dulums to measure latitude, in- back on your professor in a is because I want to use those the Orient. “I think this has mounting frustrations about
College treasurer, in an email to vestigating the height of clouds normal course experience,” tools to be able to help people,” provided us with an intrigu- the limitations and the inequi-
the Orient. from their backyards and test- Msall said. Kranefuss said. ing—certainly engaging—con- ties of remote learning, as well
The loss represents 3.9 per- ing the ability of ultraviolet Caroline Kranefuss ’20, a Other members of the sci- text in which to study bio- as their concerns about the po-
cent of the College’s $175.8 light to disinfect face masks, all physics major in the class, has ence and mathematics faculty chemistry.” tential of paying full tuition for
million operating budget for from home. decided to use her at-home have made a concerted effort To replace some of the another online semester in the
fiscal year 2019-20. The current Msall said that even without research to study the ways to link information about the class’s lost in-person lab time, fall. Both messages also exhort
figures do not include losses the conventional equipment, that ultraviolet C (UVC) rays coronavirus directly to their Farnham has added a com- the College to consider creative
to the College’s $1.74 billion her students still have access to can be used to disinfect N95 course material. puter-based lesson at the solutions, such as implementing
endowment. According to Or- one powerful piece of technol- masks, which medical pro- Associate Professor of end of the semester, where a “Closed-Campus Model” or
lando, performance data for the ogy: their smartphones. fessionals use to help prevent Chemistry and Biochemistry students will use a technique switching to a “Spring-Summer
endowment will not be available “There’s been a lot of de- the spread of the coronavirus Danielle Dube, who is teach- called bioinformatics to study Semester Model,” in order to
until August. velopment recently by various (COVID-19). ing General Chemistry and and visualize the structure of ensure that students will be able
On Tuesday, the New York people who teach physics to “UVC light has very short Biochemistry this semester, COVID-19. to resume their studies on cam-
Times reported that Colby Col- hack your phone to get all the wavelengths, which means that has been highlighting the re- “You don’t necessarily have pus in the future.
lege’s endowment had dropped sensor data,” Msall said in a it’s very well absorbed by virus- al-world applications of her to have a micropipette in your For President of the Class of
from $900 million at the end of video interview with the Ori- es and their DNA,” Kranefuss course material. hand to learn biochemistry,” 2021 Council Brittney McKin-
last year to $803 million, an 11 ent. “Your phones have a whole said in a phone interview with The specific type of enzyme Farnham said. ley and her fellow Council
percent decrease. lot of sensors in them that can the Orient. “When viruses and the class studied, called prote- Both Dube and Associate members, the goals of the email
A small portion of Bowdoin’s be really helpful to these mea- their DNA absorb that light, it’s ase, is the same type that the Professor of Mathematics Jack were twofold: they wanted more
losses will be offset by the $1.12 surement projects, so we’re not able to disrupt both the virus coronavirus needs to cause an information to better answer
million in federal support that doing everything with string and the DNA, which is why it’s infection. Dube and Biochem- Please see SCIENCE, page 2 their classmates’ questions in
the school will receive from the Class Council meetings, and
Coronavirus Aid, Relief and they wanted to be heard.
This print edition of the Orient was produced on Friday, April 17, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be physically printed at a later date.
Please see COSTS, page 3 Please see FALL, page 4

A winter storm knocked out power on Lucas Johnson ’22 works to pass legislation K Irving ’21 and Ryan Winn ’21 reflect on Bowdoin piscators take advantage relaxed Why, now more than ever, students need to
campus last Friday. Page 3. to increase mental resources. Page 5. their popularity on the app. Page 7. spring fishing regulations. Page 9. stand in solidarity with each other. Page 10.
2 Friday, April 17, 2020

We all owe Megamind an apology

by Lily Randall
Pitt, Ben Stiller and J.K. Sim-
mons (!??!?!). Can you honestly
against this movie for instilling
within me unrealistic expecta-
How do you react to President Rose’s emails?
Orient Staff ask for a line-up better than that? tions for the future that set me
Let me set the scene. It’s early The answer is no, you can’t. up as unable to acknowledge my
November in 2010. The squad “Megamind” is great for a lot own mediocrity :). 4/5 stars
and I are in my mom’s 1998 Sub- of reasons, but one of its best
aru Outback, “California Gurls” parts comes right at the start of 2. The Twilight Franchise.
by Katy Perry is bumping on the the movie. Not even 10 minutes I’m about to get so much hate Brendan Pulsifer ’20
radio and I’m looking fly as hell in, “Megamind” subversively for this so let me begin by mak-
in my jeggings. Our destination, exposes and examines class ing a few concessions. First of all, “I cry.”
you may ask? Oh, just to see the privilege while simultaneously these are only good if you’ve read
hottest movie to drop since “Up” humanizing prisoners. When the books. I had the whole series
released the year before. Yeah, booted off of their home planets, downloaded on my Nook in
that’s right: “Megamind.” Megamind and his arch nem- fifth grade (why no one bullied
In the almost decade that esis Metroman both land on me for this I’ll never know) and
has now passed since “Mega- Earth. Metroman lands in the was so invested in the series it’s
mind’s” release, I feel as though home of a wealthy, elite family not even funny (I was a hardcore
we have forgotten the gift upon while Megamind literally lands team Jacob fan. If you were/are
society that this movie is. It has in a prison. Metroman’s access team Edward, that’s disgusting).
everything you could ask for: to resources and opportunities Unfortunately, my Nook charger
a reformed sinner, a bald man as a member of the upper class has been lost to time, so I am no
with a soul patch, superheroes allows him to rise to acclaim as longer able to access these books
faking their death to pursue a a superhero (brilliant work here for better or worse. Now wheth-
career in country music ... there’s DreamWorks). Meanwhile, Me- er or not this franchise was det-
truly something for everyone. gamind is lovingly raised by the rimental to my understanding of
Yet here we all are, a decade later, prisoners in the jail where he a healthy relationship is another
forgetting all about it. It’s unfath- landed, and although his initial story, and I’m 80 percent sure
omable. motives are to fight good and do none of the books pass the Be-
Now, I can be the bigger evil, this is simply due to being chdel Test,

but that’s besides the
person here. I can acknowledge an outcast in society (yet anoth- point. The first movie is pretty
when I’m wrong, and, I’ll admit, er amazing commentary on the trash, I’ll be the first to admit
I’m not without fault here. I was
just one of millions of sheeple a
prison system and its alienating
effects by DreamWorks. I love
that, but beyond that? Not bad. I
can STILL hear the screams from Manlio Calentti ’20
“I drink.”
mere week ago. This epic saga you queen <3). when I saw “Breaking Dawn Part
had somewhat slipped to the Because I spent such an ag- 2” in theaters and the fight scene
edge of my memory, summoned gressive amount of time thinking came on...iykyk. 3.5/5 stars
forth only after I spent hours about “Megamind” this week, I
staring at the ceiling of my child- was reminded of an assortment 3. Tangled.
hood bedroom trying to con- of movies from my childhood This is still one of my favorite
jure up any organic memory of that are unnecessarily slept on. movies PERIOD. Such few Dis-
the fourth grade (side note: I’m Sorry if these are controversial! I ney movies have the range this
vaguely concerned that this was frankly don’t want to hear it! film does, and I honestly don’t
all I could come up with). think there is any other cinemat-
But, no matter. What’s im- 1. Camp Rock. ic universe I want to live in more.
portant is that something took Otherwise known as the less- The village montage makes me
hold of me that afternoon. May- er sister of High School Musi- feel emotions I don’t have names
be it was God. Maybe it was the cal, “Camp Rock” is a seriously for. “I See the Light” has been
spirit of Jonah Hill. Whatever underrated masterpiece. My on my crying playlist for years.
it was, I can’t say for sure. All I second grade self was CON- Flynn Ryder’s character arc is
know is that suddenly I was en- VINCED that if only I was able genuinely touching. I don’t even
lightened, and I know it is my to go to Camp Rock, Joe Jonas have anything negative to say,
duty to spread this truth now. would fall in love with me, and this movie is pure gold through
In case everyone forgot, “Me- I’d instantly become an inter- and through. 5/5 stars
gamind” lowkey has an all-star national pop sensation. Clearly
cast. I’m talking about Will Fer- things didn’t go according to 4. Bridge to Terabithia.
rell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill, Brad plan, but I harbor no resentment F*** this movie. 0/5 stars COMPILED BY AYUB TAHLIL AND LILY RANDALL

SCIENCE is heterogeneous and weird

and complex and difficult,” said
In his upper level course,
O’Brien, using the coronavirus
as a teaching tool has fostered
introducing some course mate-
rial related to the coronavirus,
the path of the sun in the sky to
see if solar panel tracking tech-
O’Brien in a video interview students have weekly assign- critical thinking skills in a time but ultimately he decided that nology is worth it. He hopes
O’Brien are assigning recently with the Orient. “And so by ments that include the con- when in-person interactions his students were likely already this project will develop widely
published papers about the giving them these data that are stantly updating data. O’Brien aren’t possible. too immersed in the world of applicable scientific acumen
coronavirus in the journal “Sci- kind of wild, it makes the prob- said students have even gone Other faculty, like Professor the pandemic. and critical thinking skills.
ence” for their students to read. lems substantially harder.” back and revised their assign- of Physics Mark Battle, have Battle has modified projects “I would hope that the expo-
Additionally, O’Brien has The added difficulty associ- ments as new data is released. taken a different approach. In for his course, which used to sure to science and the scientif-
also elected to use real data sets ated with the “wild data” has He said that despite the in- his course Energy, Physics and include measuring the wind ic method and critical thinking
from the pandemic, which he also forced O’Brien to narrate creased difficulty, students are Technology, which is designed speeds up and down the sides that students get in an [Inquiry
describes as far messier than and thoroughly explain his appreciating their understand- specifically for humanities and of Coles Tower and measuring in the Natural Sciences] class
the ones he typically uses to mathematical processes in ing of statistics now more than social science majors, Battle the background radiation lev- at Bowdoin would help with a
teach statistics. his video lectures, something, ever. has chosen to maintain the els of Mass Hall with a Gieger societal response in a situation
“There’s a reason in a stats he says, that normally arises “COVID time has made us class’s focus on climate change, counter. A new project will like this. That’s my hope,” said
class you give people clean during in-person instruction all statisticians,” O’Brien said. rather than shift to the corona- have students measure shad- Battle in a phone interview
data, because data in the wild but can be lacking in remote For Dube, Farnham and virus. He said he considered ows using a ruler to determine with the Orient.

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Friday, April 17, 2020 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF BSG candidates adapt to distance campaigning

COMPILED BY AADHYA RAMINENI AND HOLLY HARRIS having to campaign from a Harry Sherman ’21, the chair tagram story or whatever, that
by Rebecca Norden-Bright distance has altered their orig- of the treasury in 2018-19, is helps spread the word.”
inal campaign strategies. running for vice president for Though they’re all adapt-
Student Government (BSG)
“I was expecting to do a lit-
tle more of a classic campaign
student government affairs
and has primarily relied on
ing their campaign strategies
to fit the unique demands of
MEDICAL WORKERS AND POLICE Executive Assembly positions where I go in the Union, talk Instagram to campaign. the remote election, the can-
open today, with 16 candi- to people, talk about my plat- “I played with the thought didates noted a few persistent
Last week, Dog Bar Jim, a Brunswick coffee shop, received dates vying for eight positions. form and what I’ve done and of creating a new Instagram challenges. Short, for example,
a donation from Bowdoin parents who wish to remain anony- Due to the novel coronavirus what I’m trying to accomplish, account, but opted for us- finds it challenging to evaluate
mous. According to owner Benjamin Gatchell, the benefactors (COVID-19), candidates have but now that’s not really possi- ing my current Instagram his headway when all of his
donated $500 to provide coffee for first responders and medical been campaigning remotely ble,” said Marcus Williams ’21 account,” said Sherman in a connections are made digital-
workers at Mid Coast Hospital as well as for local police officers. and have turned to social me- in a phone interview with the phone interview with the Ori- ly.
Every day approximately 15 to 25 healthcare officials and po- dia initiatives in place of post- Orient. Williams is the current ent. “And there’s a lot of my “I think it’s a bit easier to
lice officers visit the coffee shop. By using the money solely for ers and in-person debates. BSG chair of diversity and in- friends from high school and see tangible progress in per-
coffee, Gatchell hopes to stretch it out for as long as possible. The current leadership of clusion and is running for BSG other schools that are proba- son, whether that be posters
“[The donation is] very generous, when you think about how BSG had to alter its campaign president. bly just super annoyed and I’m up and about around different
many cups of coffee that buys. It’s quite a lot,” Gatchell said in a rules as a result of students not “My first year, I ran for class probably losing followers. But dorms, or having your friends
phone interview with the Orient. being on campus. BSG Pres- council president, and a lot of yeah, it’s definitely the fastest meet up with other friends at a
Gatchell said the donation served two purposes: helping a lo- ident Ural Mishra ’20 noted that was door knocking, going way to reach people.” large dinner table,” said Short.
cal business that has lost customers due to Maine’s “Stay Healthy that campaigning from a dis- to each of the first year-bricks, Other candidates are also Sherman noted some awk-
at Home” order, while also offering a gesture of solidarity and tance can present difficulties very much in-person cam- relying on their preexisting wardness that his new cam-
support for those on the frontlines battling the coronavirus for candidates who may not paigning,” said Wilder Short social networks to reach out to paign model presents.
(COVID-19) pandemic. have access to equal resources. ’22 in a phone interview with as many voters as possible. “It’s hard when, with all
“The police officers are dealing with new challenges … things “When we first announced the Orient. Short is the current “Other than social media, that’s going on, the first thing
that they probably never dealt within their career. Likewise with we were having info sessions, chair of facilities and sustain- I’ve found it useful just to talk that you really want to do with
medical workers,” Gatchell said. “Feeling connected to [other] we let all the candidates know ability, and is running for vice with my close friends and ask people that you haven’t spoken
people is a very fleeting thing at this moment, and I think [the that if there’s something that president for student govern- them to help me where they to in a while is check in,” said
donation] can be just that nice reminder every day that we’re all hinders an individual’s ability ment affairs. can,” said Steven Xu, Class of Sherman. “But it sounds really
in this together. ” to participate in the election, Without the convenience 2022 president and a candidate insincere when the next thing
Gatchell explained that a close-knit community of regulars we would change rules accord- of having the student popu- for BSG president, in a phone you have to send is, ‘hey, can
frequent his coffee shop, and this community helps him keep ingly and that they had to be lation together on campus, interview with the Orient. “Of you post this for me?’ And so
track of medical workers and police officers and offer them free prepared for that, just in case,” candidates are using a variety course my close friends have it’s been tough. I’ve been try-
coffee. said Mishra in a phone inter- of social media platforms, es- their own friend groups and ing to walk that line.”
“I have my regular batch of local police officers who come view with the Orient. pecially Facebook and Insta- if they can share the word and Steven Xu ’22 is a member of
most days. And same with medical workers,” Gatchell said. Many candidates noted that gram, to reach other students. put up my posters on their Ins- the Orient staff.
Gatchell praised the thoughtfulness of the donation, explain-
ing that though it is spread across the country, the Bowdoin
community remains connected to its Brunswick center.
While Gatchell is grateful for the donation, he also hopes that
other local businesses that are struggling as a result of the pan-
demic will be similarly supported by the community. time, that’s what really matters.”
“I think just the nature of having someone who I couldn’t Studies of American and Ca-
place a face to reach out and want to provide people in the nadian workers during the reces-
Brunswick community through me…was a really beautiful sions of 1981-1982 and 1990-1991
thing,” said Gatchell. “I hope that other people are able to do show that college graduates enter-
that with some other local businesses as well.” ing into a depressed labor market
tend to have lower wages—if
they can find a job at all—and it
SOUTH CAMPUS LOSES POWER can take over a decade for those
AFTER HEAVY SNOW AND WIND workers to “catch up” in terms of
earnings. Often, Botsch said, these
ACROSS THE STATE graduates will be forced to take
“less-than-ideal” positions.
Heavy winds and snow knocked power out on the south cam- “The first job isn’t the be-all and
pus loop on April 9. The power went out at around 10:30 p.m. end-all, but [with] a bad first job it
that evening and was restored by 8:30 a.m. the following day. takes time to recover, and usually
Manager of Corporate Communications for Central Maine the way to recover is by switching
Power Catharine Hartnett said in a phone interview with the jobs,” a possibility that is limited
Orient that about 260,000 customers across the state lost power. until the job market recovers too,
The snowfall ranged from a few inches in the Portland area to explained Botsch. KAYLA SNYDER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
upwards of 20 inches in northern Maine. There is perhaps one silver lin- HIRE ME: The Career Exploration and Development offices may be empty now, but seniors are still searching for jobs
According to Hartnett, over 400 support crews from in and ing for Bowdoin students, Botsch amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
out of the state worked to restore power. added—several studies have
She added that the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic con- shown that the effect of these loss- to the Orient. particular difficulty finding a po- and FAQs for seniors, encourag-
tributed to the urgency of the repairs, with crews focusing first es is much smaller for graduates Brower, who had been offered sition that is related to her majors, ing them to continue with their
on clearing the downed trees and power lines to ensure safe from top-ranked colleges. a position in the Peace Corps, Romance Languages and Litera- job search and, as executive direc-
transport to local hospitals, nursing homes and essential food But for now, seniors are feeling also learned in mid-March that tures and Economics, per the re- tor for CXD Kristin Brennan put
distribution centers. the effects of the current economic his start date, originally scheduled quirement for Optional Practical it, build “human capital.”
Hartnett explained that line workers also had to contend with paralysis, which has caused many for May 24, was delayed indefi- Training (OPT), which allows F1 “I think it’s a combination
social distancing measures, which meant workers could neither companies to delay or cease hiring nitely. He was recently told by the student visa holders to work for of, yes, apply, I guess, quote-un-
stand next to each other nor travel to sites in the same trucks. and, in some cases, rescind offers. program that his cohort would 12 months in the U.S. Lu needs to quote, as normal. But in parallel,
Bowdoin’s Interim Director of Facilities Operations and Before spring break, Brown re- depart no sooner than September find a company that is willing to be thinking, ‘what else could I do
Maintenance Jeff Tuttle wrote in an email to the Orient that ceived a second-round interview 30, though it may still be delayed incur extra costs associated with with my time to build myself as a
Bowdoin’s generators restored power without issue. He added for a consulting position with a further. hiring international students, in- candidate?’ To be ready when that
that other than a few roof and basement leaks as well as fallen tech company in Maine, which “I feel like I still have it better cluding sponsoring a work visa to thing does open up, whatever it is,”
branches, the campus avoided any significant damage. indicated that he was close to than a lot of people who didn’t continue employing the student in said Brennan in a phone interview
being hired. But by mid-March, have a job lined up, because this is the future and retaining an immi- with the Orient.
he received a message from the still lined up for me,” he said. “It’s gration lawyer. She is now strongly She noted that dozens of alum-
COSTS of admissions and financial aid,
in an email to the Orient. Soule
company that it would be delay-
ing the incoming consulting class
just a question of when.”
Brower is committed to keep-
considering returning home to
Shanghai, rather than continuing
ni have reached out to CXD with
offers of open positions for stu-
indicated that the College will for at least eight weeks, with no ing his position in the Peace to look for a job in the United dents, despite the pandemic. Bow-
Economic Security (CARES) announce plans to distribute assurances that his position was Corps, which would be as a sec- States. doin’s recruiting platform Hand-
Act, passed by Congress in funds in the coming weeks. still secure. ondary-school science teacher “It’s difficult and complicated shake shows that since March 18,
March. Bowdoin is awaiting final “It’s extremely distressing not to in Cameroon. In the meantime, to get a job here, but just going over 125 positions have been listed
Per stipulations in the law, guidelines from the Depart- have a job completely nailed down Brower has begun looking for through the procedure myself— as “Bowdoin Preferred,” meaning
the College must distribute ment of Education before de- and to still be up in the air because, work, and he also plans to study applying for OPT and just having that the employer indicated inter-
at least half of the funds as ciding how to use the remaining you know, eight weeks could turn for the MCAT, since his ultimate to deal with different companies est in an applicant from Bowdoin
emergency financial aid grants half of the funds, according into 12 weeks [which] could turn goal is to attend medical school. being like, ‘oh, you’re a great ap- specifically.
to students to defray the cost to Orlando. A statement from into, ‘we can’t hire, period,’” said He is also using the extra down- plicant, but basically we can’t pay More than anything, Brennan
of food, housing, technology, Senator Susan Collins (ME) Brown. time to work on his French, which for you’ ... I don’t feel welcome said, her priority is to support stu-
healthcare and other necessary released on Monday indicated In the last two weeks, Brown he started studying this semester here and, honestly, I think I can dents.
expenses. that colleges and universities learned that he received a sec- at Bowdoin in preparation for liv- do good things anywhere I work,” “The first thing is just to come
The College has not yet an- can use the remaining funds to ond-round interview with a fi- ing in Cameroon. said Lu in a phone interview with at this from a place of empathy
nounced how it will distribute defray general costs associated nancial planning firm in Boston, Michelle Lu ’20 said she is feel- the Orient. and knowing that everybody’s sit-
these grants but is “working with purchasing technology to though he has not heard any up- ing “just despair” after months of In response to the COVID-19 uation is different,” said Brennan.
through the rules and processes expand remote learning or for dates from the tech company. searching for a job with no luck. pandemic, Career Exploration “We’re trying to offer as much of
that are part of the CARES re- additional emergency financial “I’m hopeful something will As an international student from and Development (CXD) recently that as we can, just as human be-
lief,” wrote Whitney Soule, dean aid grants. work out!” he wrote in a message Shanghai, China, she has had published a webpage with advice ings, to one another.”
4 NEWS Friday, April 17, 2020


Chair of Student Chair of Facilities and

Chair of the Treasury
Organizations Sustainability
Vice President Chair of Student Affairs Chair of Academic Affairs Chair of Diversity & Inclusion

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Class President Secretary Class President Class President Class President
Class Treasurers Class Vice Presidents

Director of Programming, CIC Rep

2 At-large Reps 2 At-large Reps IT Rep ResLife Rep Multicultural Coalition Rep
Operations, and

Dining Services Rep Athletics Rep CEP Rep SWAG and OGVPE Rep

+ 2 Development Representatives to assign to committees at the Counseling & Wellness

Sustainability Rep McKeen Center Rep
BSG’s discretion Rep

Executive Team; elected by student body elected by class body selected by the Executive Team
on a committee but not the BSG general assembly selected; paid elected or selected by the representative body

BSG holds constitutional referendum remotely


President Irfan Alam ’18, the ter represent student priorities.” Vice-Presidents. posed collaboration between hopes to meet the quorum of
by Diego Velasquez student government changed “[There is] not enough elect- Along with stipulating the Sexuality, Women and one-third of student participa-
Orient Staff
the verbiage of the outdated ed representation on the as- that the representatives of the Gender representative and the tion.
Due to the College’s transi- constitution and included a sembly,” said Mishra in a phone Curriculum Implementation Office of Gender Violence Pre- “People are excited to vote
tion to remote learning, stu- stipulation that a constitutional interview with the Orient. Committee and Curriculum vention and Education. for executive council elections,
dents will virtually vote on the referendum must be held bi- “More than half are selected and Educational Policy will For any changes to be made but it’s hard to see the impact
referendum to the Bowdoin ennially. Since two years have by Executives, and that didn’t only sit on the academic affairs to the constitution, a four-fifths of a BSG constitutional referen-
Student Government (BSG) passed, this is the first time this seem like the correct way to sub-committee and not on the majority of the BSG assembly dum because it’s more structur-
constitution between April 17 provision has been enacted. have a body representative of assembly, the referendum also is required, one-third of the al,” Mishra said.
and April 19. The changes to In an email sent to students students.” proposes the addition of an student body must participate The BSG assembly voted
the constitution fall under two last Saturday, BSG President In order to give each class Information Technology (IT) in the referendum for the vote unanimously to move forward
categories: restructuring BSG’s Ural Mishra ’20 outlined the year “more of a voice,” BSG representative who would work to remain legitimate and two- on the proposed changes, leav-
assembly and clarifying the proposed changes, which the will remove the appointed with IT’s Chief Information thirds of the student body must ing the decision up to student
language in its constitution. assembly began formulating in Safety and Security, NESGov, Officer Michael Cato. After vote “yes.” referendum.
This is the second BSG ref- January. Mishra wrote in the Faculty Development and having conversations with Lisa Given the complications Student voting will be held
erendum to occur within the email that BSG will have fewer Development representatives, Peterson, associate director of surrounding the coronavirus at the same time as BSG Execu-
past 14 years. In 2018, under appointed positions and more and will replace them with gender violence prevention and (COVID-19) pandemic, Mish- tive Council elections between
the leadership of former BSG elected BSG members “to bet- the four elected Class Council education, BSG also has pro- ra foresees a lower turnout but April 17 and April 19.

FALL the student body has opinions

and, frankly, good ideas …
the petitions that have been
presented thus far (specifically,
decides to extend remote learn-
ing, and the financial impact of
Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Jennifer Scanlon—all respond-
fun) is completely lost when we
take classes alone in our bed-
I need to make it apparently the universal pass-fail deci- such an occurrence. ed via email to the Class Coun- rooms. At this point, I refuse
“[It] kind of just came about known that there are creative sion). And I think compared “I can’t be sure what people cil expressing their appreciation to believe we’re doing a remote
out of a feeling of confusion ways to keep the College safe to my friends at other, larger, will do if next semester goes re- for the students’ concern, but semester in the fall,” said Miller.
… Even if [the administrators] from [COVID-19] without universities, Bowdoin is doing mote, but like I said in the open they provided no new informa- “I understand that remote edu-
didn’t have answers, we just throwing in the towel and de- an excellent job looking out for letter, I expect a massive num- tion for the time being. Rose cation is what needs to happen
wanted them to know [that] claring another remote semes- everyone,” Miller wrote. “But ber of semester or year-long de- also replied to Miller, acknowl- right now to keep everyone safe.
these are the things that people ter.” ultimately, I think we’re kidding But this is not a long-term mod-

“Paying for a Bowdoin education

are worrying about—especially According to McKinley, stu- ourselves if we think student el. It’s not what we’re paying for.
as an incoming senior class,” dents expressed the most con- needs have been accommodat- It’s not why we chose Bowdoin.”
said McKinley in a phone inter- cern about the consequences of ed.” online works for now because In his emails sent out to the

we’re in a crisis, but for an entire

view with the Orient. remote learning. Additionally, she hopes community, Rose has continued
“I think that we wanted to “People were most concerned that her letter would lead to to emphasize that the decision
open a more specific channel about tuition price … that much-needed concrete solu- other fall semester—we just didn’t about returning in the fall has

think it would be fair.”

[of communication] between was one of the main things we tions. yet to be made.
just [the] administration and wanted to talk about,” McKin- “The general sentiment that “Each of us has an over-
the [incoming] senior class,” she
ley said. “Paying for a Bowdoin
education online works for now
I’ve observed has been that of
frustration and upset. But I’ve
–Brittney McKinley ’21 whelming desire to have every-
one back on campus in the fall
Similarly, Miller’s top con- because we’re in a crisis, but for also yet to hear solutions. I and to resume something that
cern is voicing her peers’ sug- an entire other fall semester— think given the [Coronavirus] ferrals … It’s nearly impossible edging the receipt of her letter. resembles ‘normal’ Bowdoin
gestions. we just didn’t think it would be crisis, we’re in sort of a stand- to rationalize paying Bowdoin As the options for the fall life,” Rose wrote in an email two
“My first goal was simply fair.” off where it feels like nobody tuition for a semester online,” term continue to be debated, weeks ago. “We do not know if it
to make my opinions and the Miller also expressed con- can win. That’s why I chose to Miller said. however, Miller and McKinley will be possible to bring every-
opinions of the general student cern over the inequities posed focus my letter on the future,” Since the Class Council sent both expressed the importance one back to campus for the fall
body known,” wrote Miller in by an online learning model she said. the email on Monday, members of returning to campus for semester, but I want us to care-
an email to the Orient. “I want and the importance of better In their messages, both Mill- of the administration have been themselves personally and for fully examine if it can be done
to start a transparent dialogue. accommodating all students er and the Class Council also quick to reply. McKinley noted their classmates. (and if so, how) in a manner
This is an unprecedented and moving forward. emphasized the high probability that Rose, the deans and the “College is about so much that accounts for the presence
overwhelming time, and I think “I think the College is re- of widespread student deferrals head of the Return to Campus more than curriculum, and so of the virus and would be safe
the College needs to know that sponding relatively quickly to for the fall term if the College Group—Director of Gender, much growth and learning (and for our community.”

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, April 17, 2020 5

Sophomore champions
mental health legislation
Virginia’s approach to mental According to Johnson,
by Emily Staten health education. working with the education
Orient Staff
“For me, it was like ‘this system is especially important
Editor’s Note: This article is really enough.’ There was because 50 percent of lifelong
contains a discussion about an no mention of mental health mental illnesses have already
attempted suicide. in our classes—there was a developed by the age of 14
On March 25, the Virgin- tangential mention of what and 75 percent have devel-
ia state legislature signed a depression was, what anxiety oped by age 24.
bill requiring public schools was, [but] there was no com- “If we’re missing out on this
to provide teachers and staff prehensive [programming] really pivotal time from zero
members with mental health going into it,” Johnson said. to 24, or even from zero to
awareness training. For Char- The trio’s first bill, passed 14, in which we’re not catch-
lottesville native Lucas John- in March of 2018, required ing and not helping students
son ’22, who helped champi- that mental health educa- who are going to have lifelong
on the bill, this marked his tion be incorporated into the mental illnesses, we’re con-
third successful effort to push health instruction standards signing them to years of not
through legislation promot- in K-12 schools in Virginia. understanding what they’re
ing mental health education However, these curricu- going through and how to
in schools. lar-focused pieces of legis- get help for it,” Johnson said.
Johnson became involved lation are just the first step “But if anything, our educa-
with mental health issues for Johnson, who envisions a tional institutions should lay
during high school, when he more comprehensive restruc- the groundwork for all of us
observed a lack of support turing of schools’ approach to to understand that mental
and awareness related to mental health. health is something that we
mental health in educational “The mental health edu- need to talk about if we want
institutions. cation component is the first to get better societally.”
“I had in my high school building block in a multi- Johnson predicts that this
someone who threw them- step process of building up a kind of support will only be-
selves off the second floor multi-tiered approach and re- come more important as stu-
banister of our school onto sponse to what mental health dents deal with the additional
the landing right in front of care should be in schools,” challenges that arise from the
our library. I’d had someone Johnson said. continuing impacts of the
who overdosed in my high These steps include mental Coronavirus (COVID-19)
school,” Johnson said in a vid- health education and aware- pandemic.
eo call with the Orient. “And ness training for teachers and “Unfortunately, the pandemic
mind you, I went through a staff, provisions that are both has exposed a lot of systemic ineq-
relatively well-funded public included in Johnson’s most uities surrounding mental health
school district in suburban recent bill, as well as coun- access for students,” Johnson said.
Virginia—I didn’t necessarily seling support and services in “We anticipate that there could COURTESY OF LUCAS JOHNSON
think this would be hitting schools. be a push in the subsequent few STANDING PROUD: Lucas Johnson ’22 (left) helped draft and pass legislation increasing mental health resources in schools.
us.” Johnson’s end goal is to years to bolster mental health in-
When Johnson met fellow expand these measures into stitutions, specifically as we start of his work from quarantine— consequences of inadequate the field … as a psychologist
student activists Alexander states beyond Maine and Vir- to see more students come back communicating electronically support for mental health or school counselor,” Johnson
Moreno and Choetsow Ten- ginia. from this period of quarantine with legislators, mental health education. He feels this per- said. “Having the voice of a
zin at the Sorensen Institute’s “I hope that by the time with issues that were probably organizations and student spective also gives his voice student is so helpful some-
High School Leaders Program that I graduate, every state already there but have only been groups—Johnson stressed more weight when appealing times because educators and
the summer before his senior that does not have a law or exacerbated by the complete dis- the importance of student to legislators. legislators listen up, because
year, the three students seized standards on mental health solving of typical routines within involvement, adding that his “I can give my biggest in- … we’re the ones who have to
the opportunity to start education in classrooms has their lives.” perspective as a student al- put as a student, not as some- deal with the consequences of
talking about how to reform it,” Johnson said. As he starts the next phase lows him to understand the one who’s worked 10 years in these actions.”

Compulsory essentialism
ing us that there are much ents and children and, most Ultimately, the committee
The Search for greater things at stake than the importantly, as human beings, on Governance and Facul-
Spirituousness sophistication of our Black- we must answer the questions: ty Affairs recommended the
board discussion posts, we are what is essential to me? What College adopt the Credit/No
by Lauren Hickey
all asking ourselves: what is is my purpose? What truly Credit system. In their letter,
During my first ever Zoom the point? matters? they state the central rationale:
class, my professor delivered As I mull this question How we answer these ques- “Of paramount importance is
a moving speech. She said over, a quote from Henry Da- tions profoundly reflects our equity, and our desire to re-
that this crisis has forced her vid Thoreau’s “Walden” keeps values. move the inevitable pressure
to define and defend what popping into my mind: “I went In the realm of education, and uncertainty on students
she believes is the purpose of to the woods because I wished the process of parsing the es- should they need to decide
a Bowdoin education. In her to live deliberately, to front sential from the nonessential whether and which courses to
opinion, that purpose is to only the essential facts of life.” has likewise put our values take for letter grades. Credit/
make us leaders—in our fam- Although a far cry from and purpose to the test. Take, No Credit signals to students
ilies, in our communities and Thoreau’s romantic transcen- for instance, how Bowdoin that our concern for their
in the world. That has always dentalist experiment, this responded to this pandemic. well-being extends beyond the
been her prerogative, but these pandemic has forced us to As President Rose confirmed classroom to their mental and
unprecedented circumstanc- practice a sort of compulsory in an email, the debate about physical health.”
es tested her commitment to essentialism. At the institu- whether the College would This was a resounding state-
these values unlike ever be- tional level, our government abandon letter grades for the ment about our values and
fore. has deemed certain jobs, ser- spring semester was a tense purpose as an institution. Of
As students, we are all grap- vices and people “essential” ideological spar. Students also course, consistency matters,
pling with the purpose and and others “nonessential” in a hotly debated the issue; my and we must evaluate all their
relevance of our education in very revealing show of power, Facebook feed was riddled actions under pressure and
this unique moment. With hi- privilege and values. with hypothetical scenarios under normal circumstances.
lariously meme-worthy virtual On an individual level, as comparing two students who For example, I would argue
classes, no letter grades, an we adapt to the mandates of want to go to law or medical that the decision to move to
array of distractions, compli- compulsory essentialism, we school and ensuing arguments Credit/No Credit does not
cated personal circumstances still retain a share of agency. about which grading system square with the College’s per-
crashing around us and a con- As students and teachers, em- would yield the most equitable
stant barrage of news remind- ployees and employers, par- outcomes. Please see ESSENTIAL, page 6 DALIA TABACHNIK
6 FEATURES Friday, April 17, 2020

Cooking: the epitome of togetherness and love

Indeed, there is radical and preference of flavor, some
democratic potential in plant- using sweet ingredients while
Dear America ing ingredients, sustaining others opt for spicy.
by Tianyi Xu livelihoods and crafting beau- Especially around the time
tifully balanced plates. Over of Chinese New Year, “tuan
A silver lining during the millennia, the emphasis on yuan” becomes some of the
pandemic quarantine: the un- eating well as a part of public most heartfelt expressions—it
expected joy of cooking for welfare was deeply entrenched is symbolic of roundness, com-
myself. From getting groceries in Chinese art, literature and pleteness and togetherness.
to preparing the ingredients to politics. A Chinese king fa- Indeed, it was on the round ta-
putting them in the pan, cook- mously wrote in the third cen- bles back home that we used to
ing is not only a life-sustain- tury B.C. that a “king’s majesty make dumplings and “baozi”
ing skill, but it is also a much depends on people’s welfare; and celebrate cheerfully with
needed reprieve from the food is the irreplaceable sky of youthful cousins and energetic
world that allows one to in- the masses.” toddlers. Eating is a romance
dulge in the taste of memories Living in other culinary of chaos, laughter, banter and
and home. Living in America, cultures means more than jokes, sharing the moment
there is no greater intrigue simply adapting to different under the backdrop of a table
than learning to master two tastes. It is also a conversion full of choices, possibilities,
decidedly different culinary from one mode of eating to longings and gratifications.
traditions, and there is no bet- another. Making food from Cooking, now more than ever,
ter time than during a gratu- home is more than a search for encapsulates a courageous ex-
itously excessive self-isolation what tastes good—it’s a state of pression of love and a techni-
period to parse them out. mind. Chinese and other East- coloured gratitude. Gratitude
The difference between ern foods emphasize balance for the company of family,
Eastern and Western cuisine and juxtaposition between friends and lovers, even when
lies in designing, preparing, ingredients that are not simi- physical distances seem insur-
cooking and serving. In Chi- lar in taste. Adding spices, salt mountable.
na, gourmet food emulates the and fermented sauces (sweet, “There is no sweeter ac-
highest ideal of cooking, and it sour or savory) complement complishment than living off
is not hard to attain; families the taste of main ingredients your own mastery,” they say.
of all walks of life can count such as grains and meat. They Despite the recurrent theme
eating carefully crafted food add lush and multilayered of trial-and-error, flurried
as a hearty refuge against an tastes to bring out the food’s FaceTime calls back home and
outside world that is otherwise natural aroma (like soy sauce multiple scares of setting off
unrelenting and unforgiving. with pork) or play down the Bowdoin’s sophisticated fire
Kitchen maneuvers in China fishiness of raw ingredients KAYLA SNYDER alarms, cooking (and looking
reflect the guiding philoso- (like garlic with beef). forward to being good enough
phies of many historical eras. Sauces comprise a big part during preparation. As a meat being a notoriously inauthen- whether they brown or burn to cook for my friends one
For example, “se,” “xiang” and of eating and work to exact the dish matures, tastes of uma- tic and “westernized” dish, easily or lose their moisture or day soon) has been a great joy
“wei” (colours, aromas and very best potential out of each mi, spice and sweet starches still relies heavily on the sweet nutrition over time. For serv- for me during these times of
taste) are the three pillars from ingredient. Contrary to popu- coalesce into the broth, which and sour coating to bring out ing, a traditional Chinese meal uncertainty, ire and hopeless-
which most traditional Chi- lar belief, adding to taste can thickens rapidly upon serv- the taste in its chicken tenders. involves a round table gather- ness. I strongly encourage any-
nese dishes are crafted. “Mei- be done in more sophisticated ing, when the cook repeatedly Chinese cooks use large ing of family and friends, a one who’s able and has been
shi” (gourmet food, literally ways than the knee-jerk reac- rinses the meat with broth, woks and pots to bring togeth- main course of rice (steamed feeling occupied but nonethe-
“beautiful” food) or “jiachang- tion to reach for a soy sauce curated to fit specifically how er a large array of ingredients or fried) and a number of less bored to try as well. It’s
cai” (common household food) bottle. In China, sauce as a salty or savory a particular and carefully calibrate heat distinct, balanced dishes fea- hard—but let’s all make it out
are colloquialisms referring to concept can be blurred to in- plate should be. The same idea levels to simmer (“dun”), pan- turing both “hun” (meats) and with minimal weight loss and,
tasty dishes that are easy to clude thick, seasoned broth or applies to noodles and pho in fry (“chao”) or sauté (“jian”), “su” (veggies) meant for shar- more importantly, a stomach
make, good for the soul and fill stock that absorbs flavors from other cuisines and is also why depending on the specific ing using chopsticks. There full of love, devotion and gas-
you with nostalgia for home. the ingredients and spices General Tso’s chicken, despite nature of the ingredients and are regional variations in style tronomic delights.


professors to reveal that they,
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 5 too, are human beings with
complicated lives (surprise!).
petual celebration of meritoc- I am faced with this fact as I
racy through Sarah and James watch toddlers crawl onto my
Bowdoin Day and awarding professors’ laps during class
Latin Honors. Nonetheless, or elderly parents pop onto
I believe that the College’s their screen.

and help stop the spread of coronavirus

overall response to this global We owe our professors
crisis positively reflected what compassion, respect and the
we stand for as an institution. benefit of the doubt that they
Likewise, all my professors are doing the best they can to
have responded in ways that help and support us. And, of
align with the values of eq- course, we must show com-
uity and the common good. passion to ourselves and ac-

1. HANDS wash them often

They have shown incredible knowledge our own physical
resilience, empathy and hu- and emotional limitations
maneness. They have made under these trying circum-
difficult sacrifices by paring stances.

2. ELBOW cough into it

down syllabi in order to re- The reality is that, on bal-
duce the curricula to the bare ance, compulsory essential-
essentials. Without the “stick” ism sucks. It is nothing like
of grades, they are rummag- hanging out in a log cabin at

3. FACE don’t touch it

ing deep into their toolboxes Walden Pond. It is painful,
to find strategies to support, messy and devastating. For
nurture and motivate me and the less fortunate, it is fatal.
my classmates. That said, my hope is that

4. SPACE keep safe distance

Teachers around the world when this virus subsides,
must ask themselves: can I in- these lessons will stay with us.
spire my students by bringing We will continue to align our
my passion and enthusiasm actions with our purpose—in

5. HOME stay if you can

for the material? Can I make our schools, workplaces, gov-
my content and assignments ernments, families and com-
responsive to current events? munities—and reassess, re-
Can I set aside time to check in define, defend and appreciate
with students to find out what what matters to us. Yes, how
is going on in their lives? we respond in times of crisis
On the flipside, our re- says a lot about our values.
sponse as students during this But, how we respond in the
crisis has and will continue mundane, corona-free mo-
to reflect our own values ments—however dream-like
and priorities. This crisis has and far-off they may seem— Credit: World Health Organization
pulled back the veil on our perhaps says even more.
Friday, April 17, 2020 7

Irving and Winn tackle newfound stardom on Tik Tok

shi. In just a matter of days, this Although Winn has a You-
by Cole van Miltenburg Tik Tok received 60,000 likes Tube channel and background
Orient Staff and 400,000 views. in media production, Tik Tok
Late last year, K Irving ’21 Irving says that these small has presented a completely new
downloaded Tik Tok in a mo- breakthroughs can be enough to medium with different tricks for
ment she only vaguely remem- establish a presence on Tik Tok. expanding his audience. Both
bers. She never imagined that She now has over 15,000 follow- Winn and Irving cite the app’s
just months later, strangers in ers, which she credits to several algorithm as key to its user inter-
Moulton Union would approach successes including a video of face. In particular, Tik Tok’s “For
her and reference her viral vid- her friend dancing and a self-im- You” page curates content for
eos on the app. pression based on her queer the- each user based on their prefer-
“I was just doing dumb videos ory class at Bowdoin. ences within the app.
of my friends at parties, dancing “I feel like I’m tapping into “Who you’re following doesn’t
and stuff, for a while,” she said in this niche of liberal arts college carry as much weight—it’s more
a video interview with the Ori- student humor … there are very the videos that are getting the
ent. few of us,” she said. most likes or what [is] showing
Over winter break, however, Similarly to Irving, Ryan up for you,” said Irving. “There’s
Irving was traveling with friends Winn ’21 has gained over 60,000 a very small demographic of
when a random encounter shift- followers and two million likes people that are actually Tik Tok
ed her perspective on Tik Tok’s since he began posting on Tik famous.”
potential. Tok over the summer. Winn’s Winn admitted his initial
“This is the kitschiest part posts encapsulate a broad range doubts about Tik Tok due to its
of Tik Tok—there’s these little of humor and Tik Tok trends, in- widespread association with a
pockets of photographers who cluding dances, skits and pranks younger teenage audience. But
will take photos of people and with friends and family mem- in the era of COVID-19, he
then edit them up the wazoo and bers. However, his most viral feels that college students have
then post them,” Irving said. “So videos are centered around the opened their minds to this new
we were in one of those that went Bowdoin men’s hockey team. In social media platform.
viral.” a post that now has over 550,000 “Tik Tok has changed so
Irving amassed about 50 new likes and 2.8 million views, much, especially [during] quar- COURTESY RYAN WINN COURTESY K IRVING
followers in response to the Winn and his teammates re-en- antine,” he said. “Everybody has A TALE OF TWO TIK TOK-ERS: Irving and Winn both downloaded Tik Tok last year, and within months found
video, which, although a seem- acted their favorite celebratory fallen in love with the app be- themselves gaining unexpected popularity on the app.
ingly small amount, she cites moves on ice, including “ride the cause it’s such an easy way to eat
as key to her initial success. In pony” and “the breakdancer.” up time and take your mind off “I think we see it as a very ex- laughs, he hopes that his expe- so I like the idea of directing and
January she continued to post “We put it together as a com- things.” pendable platform,” said Irving. rience as a content creator will creating things … It’s definitely
impression-based videos on the pilation and it blew up,” Winn Irving echoed this sentiment, “We don’t need to curate [it] as continue beyond the app. something I’m interested in [for]
platform, including a satirical said in a phone interview with citing Tik Tok’s unique ability to much as we curate our Insta- “Whenever you’re attracting the future.”
pregnancy “day in the life” vlog the Orient. “We didn’t really provide users a space to share grams and Twitters.” people and people like your con- Irving and Winn can be
in which she documents herself think it would … it just kept get- entertaining—albeit often mind- While Winn’s Tik Tok vid- tent, it feels good,” he said. “I’m found on Tik Tok at @kirving2
bleaching her hair and eating su- ting more views.” less—content. eos are meant for harmless also a theater minor at Bowdoin, and @ryanwinn44.

‘A Man Alone’ shines through Bowdoin Minecraft Club

in a remote-learning world builds virtual community
researched last semester, I started gression. ing, because now people are groups within the game. Filia-
by Elizabeth Flanagan moving away from the narrative “I wrote a draft of the piece and by Julia Jennings looking for more ways to con- kova was pleasantly surprised
Orient Staff elements of it and moving away then started thinking about cos- Orient Staff nect,” said Filiakova. to see students naming fac-
Chase Tomberlin ’20 took in- from a lot of the details of Frank tuming, and then what I’d thought Katie Filiakova ’22 first Filiakova also started the tions after campus landmarks
spiration from the Frank Sinatra Sinatra’s life,” said Tomberlin. about costuming changed the developed the idea for a Minecraft Club to facilitate such as Winthrop Hall and
song “A Man Alone” for the title of “[I] started focusing much more draft of the piece,” he said. Bowdoin Minecraft Club in informal, creative interaction Druckenmiller Hall.
his one-man senior studio show. intently on my own life, my own As the sole writer, actor, design- the middle of March, while for students online. The server even got a
Little did he know, this title would experiences in my personal rela- er, costume designer and director, sitting in the Moulton Union The club faced some ini- shout-out in a campus-wide
find new meaning in a world tionship with performance and Tomberlin has faced limitations. with a friend. Little did she tial difficulties getting off the email from Senior Vice Pres-
of social distancing and remote identity.” “Part of it is that you can’t go know that less than a month ground. Filiakova explained ident and Dean for Student
learning. Tomberlin’s inspiration for the through your life alone; you can’t later, the digitally-generated that Student Activities was Affairs Janet Lohmann.
Tomberlin is a performance project goes way back, even pre- do everything alone,” he said. “So campus on the Bowdoin Mi- initially hesitant to support “There is always Bowdoin
arts major with a concentration in dating the establishment of per- I created that kind of pressure on necraft server would be the a virtual club, but Minecraft Minecraft,” wrote Lohmann
theater. He acknowledges his luck forming arts as a major in 2017. myself that would come out in nearest she could get to the Club was soon successfully in an email on March 27.
compared to his performance arts “The idea to do something the performance, whether people real thing. chartered with the support of “While learning virtually, you
classmates who will have to make with Frank Sinatra music or Frank saw that or not. That’s part of the “It was kind of unplanned the Class of 2022 Council. can build your own virtual
major revisions to their projects Sinatra’s life has been in the back of failure that I was building up for perfect timing,” said Filiakova. With over 60 students reg- community.”
due to remote learning. my brain—as just an itch—since myself.” Filiakova developed the istered on the server so far, Filiakova is pleased to see
“Because this is solo-per- high school,” he said. This message of Tomberlin’s Bowdoin server along with the club leaders have contin- how the club has allowed stu-
formed, self-directed, et cetera, Tomberlin’s admiration for show is highly applicable in the Cillian McDonagh ’22 and ued to add new features and dents to maintain a sense of
I get the luxury of being able to Sinatra, along with support from world of quarantine and self-isola- Steven Xu ’22 in the weeks be- gradually develop the server unity despite being physically
continue to work in basically the the Department of Theater and tion, where many are realizing the fore spring break, and it came as players contribute sugges- apart.
same capacity that I was before Dance, were crucial in making this importance of not being alone. online in late March, soon af- tions. “I’m really happy we can
spring break,” he said in a Zoom idea become a reality. Like the rest of his senior studio ter the College announced the “I like the fact that it’s help at least [some people] to
interview with the Orient. “I’ve definitely been trying classmates, Tomberlin is looking transition to online classes. mostly not formal,” said Fil- keep the social circle togeth-
Tomberlin began work on the to use it as a way to really put a forward to coming back to Bow- Now, the server provides iakova. “[We’re] doing certain er,” she said.
show last summer and he initial- button on my Bowdoin theater doin sometime next year to per- students with a unique oppor- events with prizes to keep Though mainly designed
ly adopted a narrative style as he experience and kind of using all form “A Man Alone.” The theater tunity to stay connected on a people entertained, but we’re for students, the Bowdo-
weaved together his own life with of what I’ve learned here as back- and dance department continues virtual platform. really just letting people do in Minecraft server also
that of Frank Sinatra, using Sina- ground for the project,” he said. to communicate with students “It wasn’t initially planned what they want to do.” welcomes members of the
tra’s songs to connect the two. But The writing process came in and is still determined to make to be for the quarantine … The club has recently in- broader College commu-
during the fall, his vision for the harmony with the other aspects performances on campus possi- but when this whole thing corporated Minecraft Fac- nity. Interested players can
project shifted. of the show, although Tomberlin ble at some point in the coming sparked, [we realized] we tions into the Bowdoin server, join the server at IP address
“As I wrote and revised and notes that it was not a linear pro- months or years. needed to get the server go- which allows players to form

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Bowdoin’s weightlifters find creative ways to stay strong
ent. “For example, I really like Bowdoin’s Head Coach of seconds, go all the way down be able to do most of them in living room, Giles and Willey
by Seamus Frey doing pull-ups, but I don’t Strength and Conditioning to the bottom, hold for five a similar space.” strongly suggest incorporat-
Orient Staff
have a pull-up bar. So, I went Neil Willey agreed with this seconds and then come up,” While creative methods ing movement into everyone’s
With gyms around the and found a tree and did some approach and described how said Willey. “The big thing as and bodyweight movements daily routines.
country closed, weightlifters, pull-ups in the tree.” he and his family have stayed far as getting stronger is just are great alternatives to work- “Get up and move around,
athletes and anyone looking Giles thinks that returning active and strong with body- really trying to make these ing out at the gym, Giles whether that’s walking up and
to get stronger during quar- to the basics with bodyweight weight workouts while social movements challenging just pointed out that everyone can down the stairs or a few laps
antine are dealing with new movements is a great oppor- distancing. like we do in a weight room.” benefit from support because in your living room.” said
problems of access. The solu- tunity because it allows peo- “At my house, we have a In addition to designing it can be hard to get motivat- Willey. “I feel it myself if I
tion? ple to gain a base of muscle little balcony and a deck out- exercises specifically for ath- ed and exercise every day on sit around for a day working
Trees, and sometimes before going into the gym and side, so my family has been letes, Willey has also record- one’s own. on the computer or helping
decks. lifting heavier weights, which doing pull-ups and chin-ups ed home workout videos that “Having someone to keep my kids with schoolwork. If
Members of Bowdoin’s can be dangerous for those on the edge of the deck,” said will soon be available to the you accountable is really help- I skip a day, stress levels get
strength and conditioning who don’t have that founda- Willey in a phone interview entire community. ful, even if you’re just [calling higher and you feel so much
communities are inventing tion. with the Orient. “I put together a three-day someone] on FaceTime. It’s better if you can just get some
creative ways of building “It might be a good thing But having less equipment program with three workouts nice having someone to tell movement.”
muscle and staying active. for us to bring back into the or a smaller space doesn’t you can do throughout the me to keep going and keep “Don’t put too much pres-
“I’ve been finding [work- [weightlifting] club and rein- mean a workout can’t be chal- week. It’s got warm ups and all pushing,” said Giles. “When sure on yourself to do a cer-
outs] on social media and troduce people to these move- lenging, Willey said. the exercises, and each of the you are working out by your- tain workout,” Giles added.
then using either some basic ments because, especially for “One of the exercises I’ve exercises that are linked to the self, sometimes you might “I try to mix it up between
equipment I have at my house new lifters, [who make up] put in some of these workouts video, so if someone doesn’t think ‘well, I don’t have to do upper body and lower body
or find[ing] alternative equip- the majority of our club,” said is just a one-third pause push- know what a movement [is] it all,’ but if you have someone workouts, but if I find some-
ment,” said Olivia Giles ’20, Giles. “It will allow them to up. So, you’re in a push-up they can click on it and watch watching you, they can keep thing on social media that I
one of the leaders of Bowdo- feel more comfortable before position, go down one-third, what I’m doing,” said Willey. you accountable.” think would be interesting to
in’s Weightlifting Club, in a they actually start working on hold for five seconds, go “I recorded them all in my liv- Whether doing pull-ups on do, I just do it because I know
phone interview with the Ori- the big weights,” down two-thirds, hold for five ing room. So everyone should a tree or working out in one’s at least I’m working out.”

NCAA allows Division III spring athletes additional season of eligibility

a press conference announc- With this move by the com- choice to use the extra season dent-athlete is injured and largely because powerhouse
by Dylan Sloan ing the eligibility extensions. mittee, the 2020 spring se- of eligibility would involve misses an entire season, they schools that spend millions
Orient Staff “During these extraordinarily mester will not count toward a range of factors beyond are sometimes eligible to stay of dollars on athletic scholar-
Due to the cancellation difficult times, conferences their 10 semesters or four sea- sports. Academics, extracur- for another season after their ships might not be willing or
of the 2020 NCAA spring and institutions should not sons,” reads the release. riculars and other consider- senior year. able to bear the financial bur-
athletic season, the Division focus on the application of Due to the unprecedent- ations would factor in to each “We look at [medical hard- den of extending all of those
III Administrative Commit- NCAA legislation, but rather ed nature of the situation, student’s decision-making ship] situations on a case- scholarships for another year.
tee will allow spring athletes the health and well-being of Ashmead White Director of process. by-case basis,” said Ryan. “I However, this factor will not
another season of eligibility. student-athletes.” Athletics Tim Ryan said it “It’s a really a personal de- would envision that we would likely be relevant for Bow-
This gives Bowdoin athletes Officially, the eligibility was hard to make any gener- cision for each student-ath- do the same thing here, where doin, given both the lack of
the option to either stay on extension is structured so al statements on how many lete in terms of their own we would want to sit down athletic scholarships and the
campus for another year or that the cancelled spring sea- Bowdoin athletes would take individual academic experi- and have a conversation with limited likelihood that many
enroll at another Division III son does not count towards advantage of this change. ence, as well as their athletic the students to talk about students making use of this
school after graduation in or- student-athletes’ existing el- “We don’t we don’t have a experience. So it would be their interest in participating opportunity.
der to make use of that extra igibility restrictions, even if history of utilizing additional something that each athlete in the [additional] year and “Where a financial hard-
season of eligibility. their team had already started years of eligibility on cam- would want to talk through, how that may impact their ship would apply is if we had
“While these measures or elected to continue with pus,” said Ryan in a phone certainly with those people academic experience on cam- a significantly large group of
won’t cover all circumstances, their schedule. A press release interview with the Orient. “I that advise them as well as pus.” students who were interested
they were taken with the best published by the NCAA on wouldn’t be surprised if there [with] the dean’s office and The NCAA approved a sim- in pursuing the opportunity,”
interest of student-athletes March 18 outlined the new were some students who were their coach,” said Ryan. ilar set of measures for Divi- said Ryan. “But just given the
in mind,” said Tori Murden eligibility guidelines. interested in pursuing the op- The only thing that comes sion I, but is allowing Division history of participation in
McClure, president of Spal- “In Division III, stu- portunity. But really, it’s such close to a precedent for this I schools to decide whether to [additional] seasons in the
ding University and chair of dent-athletes have 10 semes- an individual decision.” situation is the current pro- allow their student-athletes past at Bowdoin, I’m not an-
the NCAA Division III Ad- ters or 15 quarters to get in Ryan stressed that for Bow- cess for applying for a medi- to stay for an extra year on ticipating that that would be
ministrative Committee, in four seasons of participation. doin student-athletes, the cal hardship waiver. If a stu- an individual basis. This is the case.”

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Friday, April 17, 2020 SPORTS 9

Maine eliminates license fees for recreational

fishing, increasing access for local anglers

in a phone interview with the free for this amount of time DYLAN SLOAN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
by Dylan Sloan Orient. “Not only did it make before. HOOK, LINE AND SINKER:
Orient Staff
fishing free for everyone, “This, as far as I know, is Andrew Treat ‘22 emphatically casts
In an unprecedented move, which is unusual, but they also completely unprecedented,” during one of his frequent fishing
Maine Governor Janet Mills opened up fishing earlier … it said Warner. “Maine usually excursions in his home state of Con-
announced on March 20 that seemed like the mentality was has several free fishing dates. necticut. Bowdoin anglers have taken
all inland waters would be just trying to get people out- We took some people ice fish- to fishing as a way to relax and enjoy
opened early for recreational side and occupied with some- ing this winter during a free the outdoors during quarantine.
fishing and that anglers would thing other than coronavirus.” fishing day with the Rod and
not need to purchase a license Normally, fishing licenses Gun Club, and it was a blast,
to fish during the remainder of range in price depending on but usually [those days are
April. In a time of social isola- the time span and whether the on] several weekends spread
tion due to the novel coronavi- license holder is a state resi- across the entire year—not an “It can be kind of difficult the stripers, and then you also fat. I would say go for small-
rus (COVID-19), this decision dent. The cheapest option, a entire month or two or, at this to get started and have to pay have smallmouth bass.” mouth [bass], and stay local!”
has allowed Bowdoin com- one-day resident pass, is only point, potentially indefinitely. that fee every time you go For those around Bruns- Chang also noted that fish-
munity members to enjoy the $11, while the most expensive, [It’s] pretty unheard of.” [when] you’re [just] trying to wick looking to take advan- ing can be easier than some
warmer weather by grabbing a full season out-of-state pass, This announcement is par- learn,” said Jane Chang ’20, an tage of the new deregulation may realize.
their fishing rods and heading is $64. Although the state has ticularly exciting for new or avid angler, in a phone inter- or take on a new hobby, both “You can grab some lures
to local streams and ponds. view with the Orient. “A lot Warner and Chang believe from a local bait shop,” Chang
Normally, fishing is a regu-
lated recreational activity sub-
Normally, fishing is a regulated of people can get started this
month, [no matter their] ex-
that some of the best fishing
around Bowdoin’s campus is
said. “You can use little plas-
tic lures, and [it’ll be] pretty
ject to restrictions on timing, recreational activity subject perience.” located just a few blocks down straightforward. And if you’re

to restrictions on timing, type

type of license, equipment and The timing of the an- Maine Street. fly fishing, it’s a little bit more
a multitude of other rules set nouncement is particularly ex- “Downtown Brunswick [on technical but there are lots of
by the Maine Department of
Inland Fisheries and Wildlife.
of license, equipment and a citing because April is consid-
ered prime fishing season in
the Androscoggin] is a great
place to start,” said Warner.
resources, like YouTube videos
available to help you figure
Thus, this move to deregu- multitude of other rules set by the Brunswick area. With the “There are certain restrictions that out.”

the Maine Department of Inland

late recreational fishing is a snow and ice finally melting that people need to be aware Even while social distanc-
surprising one. While some and fish looking to feed after a of, like that you can’t fish be- ing is still mandatory, fishing
states, including Maryland
and Washington, have tempo-
Fisheries and Wildlife. Thus, this long, cold winter, the lakes and
streams are in perfect shape
tween the dam and the bridge,
but below the bridge or above
can be a relaxing way to get
some fresh air and spend time
rarily banned all recreational move to deregulate recreational for a new influx of anglers. the dam is great fishing for a outside.

fishing is a surprising one.

fishing as a means to further “It’s definitely an interest- smallmouth bass. [You can “Fishing is definitely a pret-
social separation, Maine has ing time … it’s starting to get use] a simple spinner [rod] ty essential part of my social
instead prioritized increasing really good fishing-wise,” said or something because the fish distancing and isolation,” said
access to the outdoors. some initiatives to promote beginner anglers. The costs of Warner. “You have a lot of pike are pretty aggressive. They’re Warner. “And it’s kind of fun,
“[This is] pretty crazy for fishing for beginners, such as fishing can add up, and elim- that are moving into shallower coming out of a long win- too, because it’s an activity
several reasons,” said Patrick holding a few free fishing days inating license fees makes the waters to breathe. So the pike ter where they aren’t feeding that hasn’t changed too much
Warner ’20, a member of the throughout the year, Maine sport much more accessible for fishing is starting to heat up much, so they get more active despite such a drastic shift in
Bowdoin Rod and Gun Club, has never opened up access for those without much experience. … and along with them are and start to put on some extra current affairs.”
10 Friday, April 17, 2020

Deafening silence
On February 5, Samantha Simonetta filed a federal sexual harassment
Who’s the boss?
ily possessing social responsibilities— The convolution of ownership and
lawsuit alleging that former Allegheny College Head Football Coach B.J. became a company town. management has led to confusion over
Hammer ignored reports of sexual misconduct and discrimination while Workin’ on It Before long, however, paternalism the reality of worker exploitation in
Simonetta was a kicker on Allegheny’s football team in 2018. Hammer is by Archer Thomas began to chafe. The conformism of the modern society. Yes, managers play an
now the head coach of Bowdoin’s team, having been hired in December of company town ranged from the rela- important role in the workplace, and
2019 after he left Allegheny. Once upon a time, company towns tively benign (the rise of vapid consum- their labor deserves remuneration.
When asked to comment on this pending case, Bowdoin’s Ashmead dotted the American landscape. From erism) to the reprehensible (bigotry). However, the manager is not entitled to
White Director of Athletics Tim Ryan declined to specify whether Ham- Pullman, Illinois (railroad cars) to Logan, Meanwhile, the global economic boom collect profit—that is, garnish the wages
mer would face disciplinary action from the College if found culpable. This West Virginia (coal mining), these towns precipitated by the Second World War of their employees—for the mere fact
silence is deeply concerning. Even if it is complicated for the College to proliferated in the latter part of the 19th began to cool off. The company town, of coordinating the workplace. In fact,
comment definitively on pending lawsuits, a canned statement affirming a century as a way to concentrate laborers with its vigorous compromise between many worker-run cooperatives take on
lack of tolerance for sexual harassment and assault would have been better and tie them to their place of work. The capital and labor, simply could not ac- managers simply because management
than nothing. calculus of living in one of these towns commodate the economic growth that is valuable in and of itself. The managers
In the week since the Orient reported on this matter, we have reflected was pretty simple. You (and everyone you the public came to expect. Hippies and are, in that case, no more than fellow
on the significance of the College’s troubling silence. We recognize that know) crank out a specific product. The neoliberals, therefore, emerged from workers. The role of ownership, on the
the College is facing unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus company sells it, revenue flows in and the same primordial soup of disillusion- other hand, is totally unnecessary apart
(COVID-19) and the shift to remote learning, but that doesn’t mean that they give you a cut in the form of wag- ment with the company town. They had from providing the initial investment.
it should no longer hold its staff accountable for treating students of all es. It’s about as close as you can get to a a cosmic conception of human society. The beneficial aspects of the company
identities with respect and responding appropriately to instances of dis- theoretical model of worker exploitation. They embraced the chaos of individual town were the product of management
crimination. Owing to this fact, company towns were action and had faith that true order having a degree of interest in developing
The College should take seriously similar allegations against any faculty often the site of intense labor militancy could only be attained through the nat- worker well-being apart from profit.
or staff member. In this case, as the coach of Bowdoin’s largest sports team, around the turn of the century. ural, uninhibited unleashing of human Now, however, it appears that the
Hammer sets the culture for 70 student-athletes on campus. His actions, Frightened by the threat of radical passion. Americans became obsessed goal of the American company is to so-
whether past or present, are relevant and consequential, particularly if they projects such as unionization and the with discovering their true selves, un- cialize risk and privatize profit. In 2008,
betray a lack of willingness to condemn or combat sexual misconduct. eight-hour workday, the robber barons locking their potential and intuiting fiduciary orthodoxy guided America’s
This is not the first time that the College has been reluctant to speak out of the 19th century turned into the be- personal success. It was far out, man. economy into a frankly stupid crisis. In
about individuals who are allegedly associated with or complicit in sexual nevolent patrons of the 20th. Compro- The cosmic idea permeated the cor- response, the government bailed out the
misconduct. In February, James “Jes” Staley ’79 P’11, CEO of Barclays and a mise between labor and capital ushered porate world. Wall Street realized that most delinquent banks and corporations
member of the College’s Board of Trustees, was placed under investigation in a new era of capitalist paternalism. in order to achieve self-actualization, it until the economy picked back up. What
for his relationship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. The College Health insurance became tied to one’s could no longer tolerate the company these corporations realized was that, no
chose not to condemn Staley and instead allowed him to remain a member job, and progressive taxation exploded. town. The historic compromise between matter what, American taxpayers will
of the Board of Trustees. In February, President Rose stated that Staley “re- Company towns had achieved an air of labor and capital fettered the sacrosanct foot the bill for their irresponsibility. Now
mains a trustee in good standing.” modest affluence. Management struc- ecology of the free market. Corporations that the economy is once again in free-fall
At a college that claims to take seriously accusations of gender-based tured both the economic and social had one overriding purpose, equivalent and corporations are begging (to quote
violence and harassment, we expect a higher level of accountability from life of American communities. It was to the natural drive in living things to eat the meme) for the money printer to go
our leaders in these cases. We expect administrators to be the allies and the heyday of Carnegie libraries, the and reproduce: fiduciary duty. The im- “brrr,” let’s keep in mind where their true
active bystanders that they encourage us to be. We expect a comment and, Chamber of Commerce, Main Street perative to maximize shareholder value interests lie. The U.S. government should
if Hammer is found liable, we expect disciplinary action. and the single-income family. Most rea- subverted the paternalistic promise of only give out bailouts in return for a stake
sonably-sized towns and suburbs across corporate citizenship. Management had in the business. We could realistically
This editorial represents the majority view of the Orient’s Editorial Board, which America tried to reap the benefits of to march in lockstep with ownership, nationalize large sectors of the economy
is comprised of Emily Cohen, Julia Jennings, Kate Lusignan, Nina McKay, Alyce corporate citizenship. Society—having uniting the orthodoxy of capital with by taking advantage of this crisis, and we
McFadden, Eliana Miller, Rebecca Norden-Bright and Jaret Skonieczny. understood the corporation as necessar- control over workers. should not be afraid to do so.


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Friday, April 17, 2020 OPINION 11

BSG Candidacy Statements
Marcus Williams ’21
Dear fellow classmates, would commit to accomplishing the following while remaining open to supporting student-led
From speaking to many of you on your first night during Perspectives to sharing Real Talks
on Race in the bricks and serving as a representative of the student body, I have immersed 1. Increase access to counseling by expanding virtual services like remote appointments and
myself in our campus community. My involvement at Bowdoin has allowed me to see the value scheduling.
our college has to offer and the ways it can improve. For these reasons, I am running for BSG 2. Partner with Academic Affairs to institute double minors, virtual LSAT, GRE and MCAT
president. courses and make syllabi available during course registration.
While at Bowdoin, I have identified two major factors that I believe to be the core of repre- 3. Expand programming that promotes interconnectivity like Mixing Beyond the Mixer and
senting and improving our school: expanding access and interconnectivity. If elected, they will B.I.N.D.
serve as the basis of next year’s assembly. 4. Increase student engagement in BSG through speakers and online question submissions.
These two themes ran central to my work as a member of the Diversity and Inclusion
Committee, where I gained valuable experience working with senior administrators to launch I believe my leadership experience working with clubs and organizing events, such as No
Bowdoin’s first-ever network for students and alumni of color. My committee also established Hate November and the Multicultural Center Ski Trip, has prepared me to effectively lead next
Mixing Beyond the Mixer, which brings teams and affinity groups together for a catered dinner year’s assembly. With your support and engagement, it would be an honor to take these next
followed by a mixer at a social house. These initiatives are important first steps in increasing steps with you.
alumni and student interconnectivity as well as healing the athlete/non-athlete divide.
During these troubling times, it is the responsibility of our leaders to connect and engage Stay safe and stay inside,
with our students by responding to their needs and valuing their perspectives. If elected, I Marcus

Steven Xu ’22
Hello everybody, • Increase accessibility to existing BSG services
• Continue to invite administrators to BSG meetings
I wish you well wherever you may be. I know we all wish circumstances were better, but we • Build credit for laundry into tuition
can still make the most of what we have. That said, I’m Steven, and I’m currently the Class of • Create an accountability tracker for BSG goals
2022 President and a member of the Facilities and Sustainability committee. Outside of BSG, • Have every first-year plant a tree during Orientation
I’m the Web Director for the Orient and helped co-found Ping Pong Club and Minecraft Club • Provide airport shuttle service before/after breaks
this year, where we brought together passionate players from all around campus. • Establish a feedback system to improve communication between students and BSG
Now, I am running for BSG president because I love this community and want to keep it
centered around ideals we all stand for. I am asking for your vote because I have two big ideas With these changes and your help, I hope to make BSG an institution that is better suited
for BSG and our school: to address student problems, so we can spend more time where it truly matters. Alongside
these goals, I will actively work with the executive team to make sure that our year—remote or
1. Modernize the BSG: continue to build an institution that is more representative, equitable not—goes smoothly. Lastly, I will hear out your comments and concerns and make them count.
and friendly I want to make our community stronger and keep our college experience uninterrupted.
2. Streamline our Bowdoin experience: with school life already busy enough as is, I’ll take Having served on both the Facilities and Sustainability committee and the 2022 Class Coun-
steps to solve everyday problems and work out the kinks in our routine cil, I believe I’m now in a position to drive change. I hope you will join me in working toward a
better Bowdoin. Thank you for your time and consideration!
Specifically, here are my goals for next year:
• Set up a committee that regularly reviews hourly workers’ wages Steven


Harry Sherman ’21

Hi everyone! I’m Harry Sherman, and I’m thrilled to be running to serve as your vice president. coronavirus. This includes the Class of 2020 before they return next spring.
I am constantly inspired by the kindness and resilience of our student body—both of which are on 2. Pursue a staggered Credit/D/Fail deadline so that students can receive one paper/exam grade
full display during these bizarre times. before selecting their grade mode.
At Bowdoin, I’ve tried to fully participate in this great community and enrich the experiences 3. Bring back the “Good Ideas Fund” so the BSG can pursue ideas pitched by students.
of other students. I’ve worked as a first-year proctor, lived in Quinby House and served on BSG 4. Continue BSG efforts to push for more counselors and increase Counseling Center acces-
executive team as last year’s Chair of the Treasury. In this role, I oversaw the allocation of over sibility.
$700,000 to all of our fantastic student organizations. I also joined the men’s ice hockey team this 5. Publish a schedule of team workouts so students know the most convenient times to use the
season after two years of working as the team’s manager. gym.
These experiences have allowed me to meet many of the amazing people that make Bowdoin 6. Work with professors to continue the use of tools like Zoom so students can use recorded
so special and have also helped me gain perspectives on a variety of student needs. My agenda lectures as a resource.
improves upon student life as we’ve always known it, while also addressing anxieties that have See my Facebook event for much more!
arisen amid the coronavirus outbreak.
I’m running for vice president because I am a true believer in the positive impact that BSG can
As vice president, I will: have on our lives. I’ll continue to work for your interests regardless of the challenges that lay ahead
1. Advocate for the needs of students who have been financially or otherwise burdened by the for our great community. Thank you for your consideration, and stay safe!

Wilder Short ’22

Hey all! My name is Wilder Fray Short, and I am running to be the next vice president of financial aid services in a clearer and more accessible way.
BSG for the 2020-2021 academic year. My time on BSG Assembly as both Class of 2022 Pres- 4. Continuing Alex Banbury ’20’s work in developing a proposal for more and better-placed
ident and now Chair of Facilities & Sustainability has been incredibly productive, informative bike racks.
and perfect preparation for running for vice president. Having the opportunity to closely work 5. Continuing work to develop and release the green light, yellow light and red light dining
with the current Vice President of BSG Arein Nguyen ’21 this past year has been inspiring for line system. Think Google Maps’ “popular times” feature but for Thorne, Moulton and the
my own work, and I feel more ready than ever to better serve the community in this upcoming Pub.
academic year. My platform rests on work I’ve already begun; work dealing with issues that can 6. Greater accessibility to assembly meetings through the streaming and recording of meetings.
be tackled realistically. 7. Greater foresight to meeting planning, with assembly meeting details available a month at
a time.
As vice president, I commit to: 8. Weekly dialogue with club and community leaders to better stay on top of community issues
1. Assuring that the Class of 2020 gets the celebration, acknowledgment and final time together and concerns.
that they deserve. 9. Guaranteeing time for any and all to come into assembly with plans and proposals to better
2. Coordinating assembly-wide trainings for mental health response preparedness, OutAllies our community. I will work with you to ensure that your voice is heard.
training, Safe Space training and Peer Health training. The assembly is elected by students and
thus should represent them as such. This campus has the potential to be even better than it already is, and with the support of my
3. Examining Orientation week programming, with a focus on addressing mental health and peers, I will fight to get it above and beyond our goals.

Statements from the rest of the candidates for BSG executive positions can be found on the Orient’s website.
12 Friday, April 17, 2020

“This is what you shall do; Love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to every Write a story about the most frustratingly passive
character you can conjure. Place them in an active
one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, setting, with active characters, but do your best to keep
argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to them as passive as possible.
nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated
persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every Write a list of words that you’ve seen a lot in
academia, but still don’t know the meaning of. My list
season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, includes “proclivity,” “coalescence” and
dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem and have the richest “paraphernalia.” Wow, it feels good to be vulnerable.
fluency not only in its words but in the silent lines of its lips and face and between the lashes of your
eyes and in every motion and joint of your body.” Bonus activity: Read The Orient online! Thanks for
making it this far.

–Walt Whitman, “Song of Myself”


Now that we’ve been learning remotely for a Write about the last non-“close circle” person to touch Write a story about someone receiving an unexpected
significant length of time, write a list of all of the you, pre-coronavirus. and mysterious package in the mail. The story ends
strange things that have happened during your virtual when they begin to open it.
Lots of people think that everything happens for a
reason. Write a story in which nothing happens for a Write a letter from the perspective of one character
Write about the last time you spent an entire day enjoy- reason, and a character just gets screwed over again asking another character for money. The letter ends
ing the company of your friends and did nothing else. and again with no lesson to be extracted from it. with: “After reading this, I hope you remember why you
How long ago was it? owe me.”

Bonus activity: Lash out at whoever you’re

Bonus activity: Just do it. F***ing watch “Tiger King.” quarantining with. Excuse your actions by saying, “You Bonus activity: You know, whatever you’d be doing on
People aren’t going to give you a break until you do. don’t understand. This is hard for me.” campus on 4/20.
Plus, don’t you want to understand Saturday Night


Write about a unique smell that transports you to a Write a list of things you’ve taken for granted. It doesn’t Write a story about aliens coming down to Earth in the
happy time from your childhood. Describe the smell— have to be self-loathing—simply reflect. present “corona climate.” Have them wonder how we
and the memory—in as much detail as you can. built all of this without leaving our homes.
Ask a family member for a fond memory from their
Write a story from the perspective of a child growing young adult years (no need to ask for lots of details).
up in the present day. What are their fears? How do Write a story about the memory from their perspec- Write a bonus chapter in your favorite novel that
they handle them? What don’t they know? tive. It doesn’t have to be perfectly accurate, but try features your favorite childhood cartoon character.
to inhabit their mental space. How would your family
member behave in the situation?
Bonus activity: Keep posting cringey TikToks. Caption Bonus activity: Do a virtual Gratitude Thursday. Take
them all “lol this is a joke” just in case someone you it extremely personally when the Bowdoin Instagram
know finds your account. Bonus activity: Reach out to a friend that you’ve doesn’t repost your answer.
fallen out of touch with. When they respond, think to
yourself, “Oh, right, this is why I don’t speak to you

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Read The Orient Dance in your Tell someone that Draw something Call a loved one Cook something Watch a concert
room you love them new online