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New committee prepares for possibility of remote fall semester

to leave campus again. Rose the successes and pitfalls of going to provide a quality The formation of the mote,” said Rose in a phone
by Emily Cohen announced the formation of current remote learning and Bowdoin education, should group is not indicative of the interview with the Orient. “If
Orient Staff
the group, called the Conti- teaching and will then rec- we be forced off campus once College’s plans for the fall se- we can’t be on campus … or
President Clayton Rose nuity in Learning and Teach- ommend a new model to be again,” said Richard Broene, mester, Rose assured. we’re on campus but we have
has formed a new working ing Group, in an email to the followed in the case of con- professor of chemistry and “We’re doing this because another outbreak or the gov-
group to develop a model for campus community Tuesday tinued remote classes. the chair of the working we need to be prepared, not ernor or the federal govern-
remote teaching and learning morning. “Hopefully we’re going group, in a phone interview because we have a desire to ment makes a decision that
in the event that the College The group, composed of 12 to start meeting tomorrow with the Orient. go into a remote learning requires us to again to move
determines students cannot faculty, six staff members and and start having substantive “I would really like it if model … We’re working as off campus, we want to have a
return to campus in the fall three students, will survey conversations about our con- what we develop is never uti- hard as we can to figure out
semester or should they have students and faculty to gauge tingency plans to how we’re lized,” he added. if there’s a way not to be re- Please see REMOTE, page 3

Amid shelter-in-place order,

downtown restaurants find creative
solutions to keep business afloat
sudden we could only do curb- the beginning of January last
by Aura Carlson side, and obviously our whole year, are now each run by two
Orient Staff
business model is built on cus- people—the owner and the ex-
On March 23, the staff of tomers coming in and seeing ecutive chef.
Wild Oats Bakery and Cafe products and sitting down and All of Odd Duck’s reserva-
had been preparing baked having an experience, so it was tions, including many Bowdoin
goods and soups since 4:30 a.m. pretty disruptive,” Shepherd graduation events, have been
when owner Becky Shepherd said in a phone interview with cancelled up until June, accord-
received a text saying that a the Orient. ing to owner Becky Marcos.
shelter-in-place order had been Little Dog Coffee Shop also “Within the next month we
announced for the Town of started taking online orders had six events booked, one of
Brunswick. After dealing with shortly after the shelter-in-place them being a Kentucky Derby
the hectic crowd of customers mandate went into effect. Own- party … I had birthday parties
yelling their food orders, Shep- er Mason Palmatier reports and a wedding event and all
herd decided to close for several that, since the shelter-in-place kinds of things that were all can-
weeks to craft a more effective order, he has experienced an 80 celled,” Marcos said in a phone
way to serve people. percent loss of daily business. interview with the Orient. “It’s
Wild Oats is only one of the “I realize that since this has been devastating. We were do-
many restaurants and business- all occurred, coffee isn’t our ing well and were on target to
es in downtown Brunswick that main business,” Palmatier said break even this year, and the
have been forced to transition in a phone interview with the whole virus has knocked the
to new food-serving models Orient. “It’s not selling coffee, wind out of our sails.”
with revised hours and adjust- it’s just providing a comfortable In addition to the cancel-
ed menus since the town and and safe place for people to lation of Bowdoin graduation
the state announced shelter-in- meet and to study and to work, reservations, Odd Duck relied
place orders last month due to and with what’s going on, that’s on its seasonal patronage from
the coronavirus (COVID-19) why we have been affected pret- the Maine State Music Theatre,
pandemic. ty hard.” which was called off on April 21.
Wild Oats has stayed closed “Now that they won’t be hav-
since, with its staff hard at work DOWNSIZING STAFF, ing a season at all this year …
on coming up with a plan. DOWNSIZED DEMAND it’s really going to hurt us hard,”
Shepherd created an app that Marcos said.
takes online orders and allows Palmatier has had to lay off In an attempt to bring more
customers to pick up their food nine employees, now maintain- of their staff back to work, some
at the curb within 45 minutes. ing a staff of five rather than restaurants have applied to the
With new tools in their kit and 14. Meanwhile, Portland Pie Paycheck Protection Program
an adjusted menu, Wild Oats Company in Brunswick has had (PPP), a Small Business Associ-
will reopen today, though Shep- to lay off 50 percent of its staff, ation (SBA) loan program that is
herd acknowledges that it won’t while Shepherd let 60 percent of part of the federal Coronavirus
be a substitute for the way busi- her employees go. Aid, Relief and Economic Se-
ness was before. Newer restaurants such as curity (CARES) Act which was REUBEN SCHAFIR, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
“We thought we were doing Maine St. Steak and Oyster, signed into law on March 27. ORDER’S UP: Ben Gatchell, owner of Dog Bar Jim, works at the coffee shop’s pick-up window serving coffee to
well with doing take-out and which opened in February, and customers. Since the Town of Brunswick and the state of Maine put a shelter-in-place order, downtown restaurants
pre-packaged goods, and all of a Odd Duck, which opened at Please see BUSINESS, page 4 have found creative ways to serve customers following CDC guidelines.

Student organizers end mutual aid fund after pushback from College
independent student fund- April 1. limit independent fundrais- of Student Activities. committee asked the fund’s
by Ian Ward raising. “The fundraising effort ing efforts by student-run Clubs that violate SOOC organizers to clarify that the
Orient Staff
Before closing on Tues- was not permitted by [Stu- clubs. According to the Stu- policies risk losing their fund was being organized
Members of the Bowdoin day, the fund had raised and dent Organizations Oversight dent Handbook, student or- SOOC charter, which allows independently of the College
Labor Alliance (BLA) shut distributed over $15,000 to Committee (SOOC)] poli- ganizations may only fund- them to hold events on cam- and of BLA activities, but it
down their online mutual aid Bowdoin students, staff and cies,” wrote Dean for Student raise for charitable causes pus and receive funding from did not request that organiz-
fund on Tuesday after Col- other community members Affairs Janet Lohmann in an only if they solicit donations the Student Activities Fund- ers shut the fund down.
lege administrators notified struggling with the econom- email to the Orient. exclusively from current stu- ing Committee (SAFC). “When the SOOC reached
them that the effort violated ic fallout of the coronavirus Both the Student Hand- dents and have received prior According to Sonia Shah,
College policies that prohibit (COVID-19) crisis since book and SOOC guidelines permission from the director the chair of the SOOC, the Please see MUTUAL AID, page 3

This print edition of the Orient was produced on Friday, April 24, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be physically printed at a later date.

Special Collections reaches out to community Students reflect on what drew them to Tina Satter ’96 receives a Guggenheim Lubrano ’19 helps raise over $25,000 in Bowdoin must help students ignored by
to document COVID-19 pandemic. Page 4. Bowdoin. Page 6. fellowship. Page 9. virtual 5k fundraiser. Page 10. the controversial CARES Act. Page 11.
2 Friday, April 24, 2020

If housing had majors

ples again since no one’s seeing literally only had 10 profes- Brunswick Apartments: Gov- cidence that Reed rhymes with outta the way, but once you’re
by Lily Randall my face anyways, and yesterday sors, it stopped short pretty ernment. weed. there, you don’t want to leave.
Orient Staff
I put on track pants for the first quickly. The more I thought The degree and housing of
Sometimes I think Bowdoin time in two weeks and thought about it, though, the more I the people. Noble Street: History. Belmont Street: Legal Studies.
was just a fever dream. After that was kinda fancy of me. So realized that a lot of Bowdoin’s If anyone’s planning a revo- After last year’s porchfest,
only getting to spend a semes- that should give you a good majors and on and off-campus Page Street: German. lutionary coup, it’s these guys. anything to prepare for a future
ter and a half there, the whole idea of how I’m doing right housing have similar vibes. I’ve You studied abroad in Ber- case with the BPD.
thing could’ve just been an ex- now. done my best to pair them as I lin, host parties with European Burnett House: Art History.
tended psychotic break, maybe Additionally, I’ve been see fit below, but as always, if electronica and have an obses- No one really knows who Pine Street Apartments: Bio-
a really vivid dream if I was spending a lot of time on Twit- you disagree, I don’t want to sion with red. This is also the you guys are, but you like being chemistry.
lucky. I’ve lost a disheartening ter which is both awful and know <3. off-campus house I have dis- elusive. You’re quirky, you don’t You probably hate yourself.
amount of motivation (sor- kinda magnificent, although sociated the most at, but that’s mind having a window that
ry Professor Nerdahl/Franz/ it’s been doing numbers on the First year bricks: Psychology. besides the point. goes to nowhere (it’s artistic Baxter House: Sociology.
Mohandesi/Jones, it’s nothing amount of intrusive thoughts Everyone has this phase, but commentary!) and you proba- Baxter basement is where
personal), and I’ve also forgot- I have per day. Anyways, last you’ll grow out of it eventually. Reed House: Biology. bly smoke cigarettes. morality goes to die, and hon-
ten how to read (I’m dictating week I saw a tweet declaring Okay, I might be biased estly so much weird shit hap-
this whole article over Siri). that yellow, the number three, Lighthouse: Economics. since I’m supposed to live in Coles Tower: Environmental pens down there I wouldn’t be
Clearly, I have been no match the letter C and Wednesday all Maybe it’s because Lighthouse Reed next year and am loosely Science. shocked if you could make a
for quarantine. I even got a job have the same energy, which is home to a decent chunk of our planning on having some sort Considering Coles had a few case studies out of it. Also,
at Target in the hopes it would I kinda get, but I think that’s athletes, and I feel like econ is of degree in Bio, but I KNOW bug infestation this spring, first-years think you’re cool
give me some sense of normal- just because they’re all the oversaturated with varsity bros, I can’t be the only one that this one feels like a no-brainer. until they’ve had a few weeks
cy, but there’s this cute old man third thing in their respective but this one just seems to work. thinks this. I think having Also, everyone talks about both of you, after which the “new
who works there that looks a categories. Anyways, it got me Whether or not this is true, you’d that huge backyard definitely of these like they’re super cool college shine” starts to rub off
little too much like my grand- thinking about what on cam- think they’d at least have some contributes to this vibe, and and fun, but once you’re inside, a bit.
father, so I’ve spent a lot of time pus has similar energies. My sense to invest in a mop, but I also the whole ~not like oth- it’s honestly like a seven at best.
just worrying about this man first thought was which Col- guess I’ll just keep destroying er girls~ aspect of residing on Park Row: Neuroscience.
and his safety. I’ve also started lege Houses professors would my sneakers on their sticky base- Boody Street is part of it as Mayflower Apartments: English. You have your life together,
impulsively popping my pim- belong in, but considering I’ve ment floors until they do so. well. I mean, it can’t be a coin- Unproblematic vibes. Kinda and I hate it. F*** you.

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 24, 2020 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF Course registration delayed REMOTE


until July, McCormack says

COMPILED BY REUBEN SCHAFIR better remote learning model
to be able to carry on.”
MCKEEN FELLOWS WILL NOT BE say specifically what aspects

ALLOWED TO LIVE ON CAMPUS First-years may register during summer of the current model would
be changed, though Rose
commended both faculty
THIS SUMMER at the end of Orientation after semester. and students for their ability
by Emily Cohen meeting with their pre-ma- The Return to Campus to quickly adapt to remote
Orient Staff
Though recipients have not yet been informed, the Office of Residen- jor advisor, may also register Group is expected to submit teaching and learning, noting
tial Life decided last week that students awarded Career Exploration and Registration for next semes- for classes in the summer a recommendation regarding that faculty overhauled their
Development’s (CXD) Funded Internship Grants will not be permitted ter’s classes may be delayed this year, which, McCormack fall classes to Rose by June 15. courses in about two weeks.
to live on campus this summer. Mckeen Center Fellows were notified in until early July as the College wrote in her email, is a “signif- According to the email McCor- The group will submit its
individual emails that campus housing would not be available to them considers its decision about icant departure from our past mack sent to faculty, fall 2020 recommendations to Rose
either. fall semester learning. Dean practices.” courses will be available on and the dean for academic
The College has not yet made an announcement about whether any for Academic Affairs Eliza- McCormack had previous- Classfinder on July 6, and reg- affairs by June 30, approxi-
students will be allowed to stay on campus this summer. beth McCormack informed ly informed students in an istration will begin on July 9. mately two weeks after the
Typically, students who have received fellowships through the Col- faculty of the tentative time- email on April 5 that registra- The decision to further de- Return to Campus Group is
lege or are working at least 20 hours per week for the College may reside line for course registration in tion was delayed until mid- lay registration was made to expected to make a recom-
in campus housing for a fee of $65 per week. Recipients of a Funded an email on Monday. June pending the Return to allow faculty time to adjust mendation regarding if and
Internship Grant who work off-campus are typically allowed to petition McCormack also an- Campus Group’s recommen- their courses and proposals how campus can reopen in
for on-campus housing, though it is not guaranteed. nounced in the email that dations to President Clayton according to the group’s rec- the fall.
“With strict adherence to social distancing and keeping everyone safe first-year students, who tra- Rose regarding if, and how, ommendations and Rose’s de- Broene anticipates that his
in the midst of COVID-19, Residence Life has let us know that there ditionally register for classes campus can reopen for the fall cision. group will share recommen-
will not be housing available for our grant recipients,” said Meg Springer, dations with faculty ahead
associate director of Career Exploration and Development in an email of the June 30 deadline if the

top 1 things to do during quarantine:

to the Orient. College decides to continue
Tom Ancona, the associate director of the Joseph McKeen Center remote learning in the fall to
for the Common Good, wrote to the McKeen Center Fellows that they allow professors and the Of-
“are still welcome to work with [their] community partner as long as fice of the Registrar to make

1. Read The Orient

[they] can secure housing off-campus or commute from [their] home.” adjustments ahead of course
Ancona added that students arriving from out of state must comply with registration, which has been
any applicable municipal, state or federal lockdown orders and might pushed to July pending the
have to self-quarantine for 14 days if Governor Janet Mills’s out-of-state Return to Campus Group’s
travel order is still in effect. recommendation.
“President Rose has said that a final decision about housing any stu- follow us on social media, or visit bowdoinorient.com/subscribe “[The Return to Cam-
dents on campus will be made by the beginning of May,” Ancona wrote. pus Group’s] final decisions
need to feed into our final
decision,” said Broene. “Best
MUTUAL AID “We changed our language
to try to disconnect [the fund]
they were surprised by the
pushback they received from
tion of these kinds of rules,”
Grossmann said in a phone
students are leading an ini-
tiative to help others, we spe-
practices and remote learn-
ing and online learning are
from BLA … but unfortunate- the College. interview with the Orient. cifically have these policies best practices regardless, and
out to BLA regarding the ly, the fact that it was hosted “We had thought that the “We’re getting emails from to ensure that any club who I don’t think that’ll change.
initiative, we had simply on the BLA website was still fact that we’re living in real- the administration telling us chooses to fundraise can be The question is whether or
asked them to completely a concern for them,” said Ben ly exceptional times and that to care for each other and do held accountable in case any- not the faculty should be
disconnect the Bowdoin La- Ray ’20, one of the organizers these are truly unprecedented anything that we can to find thing goes wrong,” she wrote. planning on implementing
bor Alliance and Bowdoin and a founding member of circumstances would validate creative solutions to support In lieu of the fund, orga- them immediately or later on
from this mutual aid network the BLA, in a phone interview the fact that people need this each other, and that’s exactly nizers have posted links to in the summer.”
and update the language on with the Orient. “[Admin- resource right now,” said Ray. what we’re doing.” local organizations and oth- Ultimately, the goal is to
their website,” wrote Shah in istrators] made it clear to us Diego Grossmann ’20, Shah acknowledged the er mutual funds supporting standardize students’ expec-
an email to the Orient. “The that if we couldn’t migrate to a another student organizing need for flexibility in imple- Brunswick residents during tations if they cannot be on
SOOC did not push the stu- new webpage, the fund would the COVID-19 crisis on the campus, Broene said.
dents who started the initia-
tive to shut down the mutual
have to be taken down for us
to maintain our charter.” “We’re getting emails from webpage. A statement an-
nouncing the suspension
“We have a bunch of dif-
ferent modes being utilized.
aid network in any way.” Ray said organizers con- the administration telling us of the fund at the top of the Some of those I am certain

to care for each other and do

But according to the fund’s sidered moving the fund to webpage does not mention are going to be better re-
organizers, administrators another online platform but the College’s involvement. ceived by students than oth-
continued to take issue with
the fact that the fund was
found the associated techni-
cal difficulties to be prohibi- anything that we can to find Grossmann said the orga-
nizers are not actively plan-
ers. And so we just have to
figure out which ones those
hosted on the BLA website, tive. creative solutions to support ning to launch a new aid fund are and then think about how

each other, and that’s exactly

even with the additional lan- The College maintains its but indicated that they are we can present a consistent
guage clarifying its indepen- own support fund to provide staying in touch with com- experience so the students
dence from both BLA and the
financial assistance to staff
members facing financial what we’re doing.” munity members who are
continuing to face financial
will know what to expect …
if they have to walk into an
Lohmann wrote in an email
that “using the term ‘Bowdo-
Before taking the fund of- –Diego Grossmann ’20 struggles.
“We’ve already received
online environment,” he said.
“No one’s under any il-
in’ suggests it is a Bowdoin fline on Tuesday, organizers messages from aid recipients lusions that this is going to
sponsored initiative, which it had completed all 47 of the the fund, shared Ray’s disap- menting SOOC policy during talking about new situations resemble the learning experi-
was not.” requests for aid that they had pointment. extraordinary circumstances and the fact that they need ence that goes on on campus
Neither the Student Hand- received, using over $15,000 “Honestly it was surpris- but said that hosting the fund more help, and if we see that or replace the campus life,”
book nor SOOC guidelines in donations. Ray said he and ing and so contradictory to on the BLA website too close- need is ongoing and that no added Rose. “That is not go-
explicitly prohibit using the his co-organizers were hop- get pushback from Student ly associated the fundraising one is filling that need, then ing to be true, which is why
College’s name in fundraising ing to continue to receive and Activities and from the ad- effort with the club. we might step in and do we all want to be back on
efforts. fulfill requests as needed, and ministration about a viola- “While we appreciate that something again,” he said. campus if we can.”

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4 NEWS Friday, April 24, 2020

Archiving a pandemic: Special Collections gathers

oral and written histories
es in the record,” said Doyle In most of these projects, have oral history projects about and Seventies course and his people who have real concerns
by Eliana Miller in a video interview with the individuals submitted their tes- COVID-19 because then we’ll History of the Present class are and desires.”
Orient Staff
Orient. “However close in the timonies years after the events have sort of more context, and conducting what he calls “per- Doyle is also documenting
As the College transitioned future or distant in the future, that are discussed occurred, people will understand more sonal histories,” recording their the small mass that is the Bow-
to remote learning last month, someone will be using [these retrospectively commenting how this disease and the pan- thoughts on 2020 in a written, doin community through web
weekly town halls and daily documents] to understand this on their lived experiences. But demic affected their lives. So I audio or visual format. crawls, which use screenshots
updates from President Clay- particular moment.” the Documenting Bowdoin & think it’s all worth doing.” “When you do an oral his- from various days to capture all
ton Rose and deans for the Bowdoin students, faculty, tory in the present, you’re able the updates to Bowdoin’s web-
College have become the norm,
prompting a mix of anxiety
staff and alumni can contribute
by emailing Doyle their per- “It’s a unique way of capturing to capture your thoughts in the
here and now. You don’t know
site, such as the additions to
the COVID-19 FAQ page. Ad-
and relief amongst readers. Af-
ter just a few days of working
sonal accounts of the pandemic
and signing a few waivers. Al-
the stress, anxieties and what’s going to happen. You
probably don’t have a highly
ditionally, she is cataloging all
COVID-related emails, which
from home, Meagan Doyle, a though Doyle is still creating an uncertainties that sometimes coherent narrative, and you’re she said “seems like all emails
digital archivist in the George
J. Mitchell Department of Spe-
online portal for submissions,
the project’s website includes get foreclosed, neatly struggling to figure out things
as you go,” Mohandesi said in
Beyond simply generating
cial Collections and Archives,
began collecting these emails.
various resources, including
information about ways to con-
packaged and presented in a a video interview with the Ori-
primary source documents for
historians to use at a later date,
It was clear to her that this is duct an oral history, suggested history class 30 years later.” “It’s a unique way of cap- Doyle said that recording one’s
a historic moment, and that topics for interviews or written turing the stress, anxieties and thoughts can be cathartic and
someone needs to record the accounts and a matchmaking –Salar Mohandesi, Assistant uncertainties that sometimes therapeutic in these tumultu-
College’s actions during the
form to pair up individuals in-
terested in conducting an oral Professor of History get foreclosed, neatly packaged
and presented in a history class
ous times, and it is “still worth
doing for your own personal
A few weeks later, she cre- history with another Bowdoin 30 years later,” he added. archive or for generations to
ated the Documenting Bow- community member. COVID-19 project records his- Van Der Steenhoven is Mohandesi is not requiring come after you.”
doin & COVID-19 project, in The project is similar to tory in real time. working with Doyle to inte- students to submit their work She also hopes the project
which Bowdoin community many other past documenta- “It’s valuable to get people’s grate the project into Bowdoin to the Special Collections and creates an opportunity for the
members can submit written tion projects in Special Collec- reflections now because if peo- classrooms. She hopes to help Archives project, but he hopes Bowdoin community to come
documents—prose, poetry, art, tions and Archives. The College ple are in the moment, maybe professors design assignments that they do. together.
journals—and oral histories has collected journals from they’ll accurately remember for students to do journaling “Even though a lot of stu- “An oral history in which
to record and preserve their students, faculty and alumni what happened yesterday, as or oral history work as part of dents might feel like they’re you’re interviewing someone is
thoughts on the novel corona- practically since its founding, opposed to talking about it 25 their coursework. just being pushed by the stream both a way to get at connection
virus (COVID-19). and there have been oral his- years from now,” said Marieke Assistant Professor of His- of history, they also are a part and community by sharing sto-
“Collecting journals or real- tories conducted to record the Van Der Steenhoven, Special tory Salar Mohandesi already of this history, and I think their ries,” she said. “Hopefully we’re
ly any form of reflection people stories of the first women at Collections education and uses oral histories in his re- stories are just as valuable,” he leaving space for reflection
create is really important so the College, the first African outreach librarian, in a video search and in some of his class- said. “History should not just but also leaving space for con-
that we can try to fill in the American students and alumni interview with the Orient. “It’s es, and this semester, students be the story of elites. It should nection during these strange
gaps and have fewer silenc- more generally. also very valuable in 25 years to in both his Transatlantic Sixties also be the story of masses of times.”

BUSINESS what will happen with the gov- Tony Pastor, said it would be weeks. Wild Oats is also offering

CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ernment recommendations and difficult to bring back staff to grocery items such as flour, eggs
how customers use all the curb- the months-old restaurant. and yeast to provide the ingre-
“If we did $3000 a day and side and delivery services as This is the first week Maine dients necessary to complete
now we are doing $3000 a week, they adapt to the ‘new normal.’” St. Steak and Oyster has done their recipes as well as help

there needs to be some assis- Shepherd added, however, take-out orders, receiving about customers avoid long lines at
tance or we are unable to help that it has been difficult to bring 120 orders—30 of which were grocery stores.
the people that we employ,” back employees on unemploy- purchased by one customer who “It was much more than we
said Ashley DeSilva, executive ment benefits. donated them to the Brunswick ever could have hoped for, and
chef for Odd Duck, in a phone “We’ve struggled with how Police and Fire Departments. it did help us pay for staff insur-

Submit an Op-Ed or a
interview with the Orient. The the majority of our employees “That was a boost for us to ance and premiums,” Shepherd
restaurant has applied for PPP are on unemployment, and they feel busy [and] to get our sys- said. “We put so much time
aid and is awaiting a response. are getting their full compensa- tems down because restaurants into it, and it was a labor of love
Little Dog, Wild Oats and
Maine St. Steak and Oyster have
tion for what they would have
been making, plus $600, so it’s
are all about repetition and get-
ting down systems to create a
and [there] was such incredible
Letter to the Editor to
also applied and are waiting to
hear back, while Portland Pie,
hard to get people to come back
to work when they are being
very consistent product,” Pastor
said. “It was a very good first
Shepherd added that Wild
Oats is still on target to move orientopinion@
Gelato Fiasco and Bolos Kitch-
en, Cantina and Candlepin have
compensated so well,” Shepherd
said. “I value that everyone is
week. It wasn’t very busy, but it
was a nice start because we feel
locations to Brunswick Land-
ing in the early winter, keeping bowdoin.edu by 7
p.m. on the Tuesday
already been approved for the getting compensated … I really like this will be our reality for guidelines from the Centers for
PPP loans. The loans have en- applaud that, but it also makes it the next couple of weeks.” Disease Control and Prevention

of the week of
Other Brunswick restaurants in mind as they work on the
have received mass orders, like new space.
“I value that everyone is Portland Pie and Little Dog Additionally, Little Dog is

getting compensated ... I really

Coffee Shop, who both have
contracts with Bath Iron Works
also offering grocery items in
addition to sanitizing products,
publication. Include
applaud that, but it also makes to supply workers with lunch.
Pastor said he offers Bath Iron
and has partnered with FIORE
Artisan Olive Oils and Vinegars your full name and
it hard to fully staff up.” Works 300 lunches per week,
partnering with Big Top Deli-
as well as Maine Street Sweets
by posting their products at phone number.
–Becky Shepherd, owner of Wild catessen, which provides sand- cost to the website. Meanwhile,

Oats Bakery and Café

wiches, while Little Dog pro- Odd Duck has partnered with
vides cookies, bags up the meals Pauline’s Bloomers, a local flow-
and delivers the food. er company, to provide flower
To boost business and en- arrangements on the menu.
abled Portland Pie to hire some hard to fully staff up.” courage more customers, Additionally, the restaurant is
employees back, according to restaurants have implemented offering charcuterie picnic “date In recognition of the COVID-19 pandemic,
Director of Administration for CREATIVE SOLUTIONS: other creative solutions. Al- night” baskets and family meals. The Orient is offering free advertising for
Portland Pie and Bolos Saman- NEW DEALS, LOCAL though Wild Oats previously “I’m thinking that right now
tha Moore. PARTNERSHIPS declined to distribute recipes, people just want comfort food,”
Brunswick businesses. The Orient is an
According to Mitch Newlin, the restaurant has created a reci- Odd Duck’s Marcos said. “I effective way to reach Bowdoin students,
an employee-owner of Gelato Fi- Marcos said that, regardless pe subscription program to stay don’t want anything fancy or faculty and staff as well as parents, alumni
asco, the shop is selling 800 pints of how busy the restaurant is, connected with the community special. I want turkey dinner, I and community members.
per week, the amount normally she is hoping to bring all staff and add a revenue stream. Cus- want something that reminds
sold on “a busy summer Satur- members back. tomers can pay $25 to subscribe me of home and happy times—
day,” and the loan will help busi- “We can polish the floors, we to receive the bakery’s most re- easy food.”
We believe that this initiative can help you
ness for the next eight weeks. can paint the walls,” she said. quested recipes. The first round “Our motto is, what can we and your customers during this difficult time.
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Newlin wrote in an email to the whether we are busy enough in with the second round under- Marcos asked. “When this is for details.
Orient, “[But] it’s too hard to the restaurant or not.” way, there are now 600. Shep- all said and done, we can crawl
speculate what will happen after Others, like Maine St. Steak herd plans to release a third up from the ashes, and we’ll
[eight weeks] without knowing and Oyster Executive Chef round of recipes in the coming still be here.”
Friday, April 24, 2020 5

A reflection: what students value in a college

and you really just don’t get that vey the essence of Bowdoin— Gunturu said. “Bowdoin really For others, diversity within the While many students’ re-
by Annika Moore in the city. I really appreciated through all the virtual methods,” encourages us to use our indi- student body and inclusion on flections on their favorite parts
Staff Writer that environment,” Jacobs said. Whitney Soule, Dean of Ad- vidual strengths as part of a team campus have proven to be key fac- of Bowdoin heavily feature the
Kate Kiser ’21 visited 19 differ- Due to the coronavirus pan- missions and Student Aid said to benefit our community.” tors in their Bowdoin experience. social aspects of their college
ent campuses throughout her col- demic, some students admitted in an email to the Orient. “Each Jeremiah Brown ’23 also felt “I feel like I’ve grown a lot as experience, many also cite a sat-
lege search process. But nowhere to the Class of 2024 will not be livestream that we have done has drawn to the College by the per- a person. College has been some isfaction with the academic com-
felt quite right—until she arrived able to experience campus in represented a warm, intentional, sonalities of its students. of the best and most stressful munity the College offers.
at Bowdoin for an overnight visit. person before making their en- intellectual community that is “I really do think that the peo- moments of my life, and I think “As I’ve progressed during my
“Once I stepped foot on Bow- rollment decisions. In place of spirited and curious.” ple that are admitted and espe- going into it I was just looking first year at Bowdoin, I’ve started
doin’s campus, it was game over,” attending an admitted students’ This community is one of the cially people who choose to come forward to academics and vol- to understand that college is re-
she said. “Everything that people weekend or going on a campus reasons many students, such here are some of the most curious, leyball and campus, but now ally about the relationships that
say about the Bowdoin hello and tour, admitted students can learn as Prithvi Gunturu ’22, cite in inquisitive, warm, loving, kindest, I really value inclusiveness,” you build and finding what you
just feeling inclusive—that’s true.” about Bowdoin through a series explaining why they selected people that I’ve ever met. Bowdo- Kiser said. “At Bowdoin there are really interested in. There
The campus atmosphere also of live-streamed Q&A sessions Bowdoin. in really does invest in who their are people that I haven’t really are so many more academic op-
stood out to Emily Jacobs ’23, with students, alumni, faculty “From the second we arrive students are individually and in encountered in my area before, portunities at Bowdoin besides
who, coming from Los Ange- and staff. The admissions office on campus for our pre-orienta- how those individual pieces come people from China, people who getting a good grade in classes,
les, appreciated the friendliness has also compiled a variety of tion trips, what we do individu- together to form something larger are from Ghana. It’s crazy how which is something that I never
she encountered upon visiting digital resources on a web page ally is far surpassed by what we in a class of whatever graduation many different people there are, experienced in high school,” said
Bowdoin. geared specifically toward admit- do together. And while Bowdoin year you are,” Brown said. and I think now that I value Evan Bay ’23. “I chose Bowdoin
“When I was walking around ted students. emphasizes the importance of “You’re not just there to be an people from different walks of because it fosters a collaborative
on campus, people would say hi “Bowdoin students, faculty collaboration, it does not un- academic student, you’re really life that I didn’t get to experi- and welcoming environment
even if they had no idea who I and staff have been absolutely dermine the importance of our there to develop yourself as a ence before and how college that makes Bowdoin feel like a
was or who I was walking with, amazing in their ability to con- individual strengths and talents,” person, as a whole,” he added. incorporates that.” second home.”

Nights that won’t happen, saying goodbye to Bowdoin

One of the hosts of The New
I Said What York Times’s podcast “Still Pro-
I Said cessing,” Jenna Wortham, com-
ments on the bizarre experience
by Aisha Rickford of watching the characters of
About two weeks into isola- “High Fidelity” explore her city
tion, I started watching Hulu’s as she stays locked up self-iso-
revival of the 2000 movie “High lating in her home. “It’s like …
Fidelity.” It’s exactly the kind of a virtual 3D tour of this place
self-referential, music-snobby, that we can’t go anymore,” she
Gen Z/millennial television says. Wesley Morris, her co-host,
show that is so ubiquitous these adds, “everything that happened
days—characters who are unbe- before a couple weeks ago is in-
lievably self-absorbed, yet un- stant nostalgia. It is instantly the
comfortably realistic. A brood- past … It automatically makes
ing, complicated, emotionally everything romantic.”
vulnerable female lead, black or And it really does. Not just about
racially ambiguous, navigates watching “High Fidelity” or sea- all the
the same perils of one’s twen- son four of “Insecure,” a show moments
ties that all the cookie-cutter that has carried me diligently at Bowdoin I
white men of movies past have, through my college career from romanticized and
and then some. She negotiates its season one premiere in 2016. the ones I didn’t.
Instagram, dating apps and the Just existing in the era of the Like nervously danc-
other bizarre realities of our in- coronavirus, we are living in ing at what was then
creasingly interconnected age this distinctly in-between phase, AfAm’s “Rep Your City”
while still somehow affording where we know that the past party in September 2015,
a one bedroom apartment in as we knew it no longer exists, when I participated in Ex- N
New York City on the salary of though it feels like it’s right there plore Bowdoin as an overzeal- TA
a record store owner. The best within a few inches of our grasp. ous high school senior. Embar-
and worst of the past and pres- A scene of Rob and her friends rassing SuperSnacks encounters
ent are wedded together in a way from “High Fidelity” rubbing freshman year. Singing along My
that allows viewers—especial- their elbows into the curve of to The Smiths under twinkling junior
ly younger ones—to suspend the bar while out drinking in fairy lights on many evenings year I wrote about
their disbelief and step into the Brooklyn or a gorgeous scene in sophomore year. Finding any this feeling for a previous column versations in Russwurm with to be able to watch shows like
characters.Rob lives a life I have the latest episode of “Insecure” excuse to escape campus on the and got a comment that I haven’t friends, running in freezing “High Fidelity” and believe that
often imagined for myself after where Molly and Issa hike in Los weekends during what felt like been able to stop thinking about weather through the snow to there’s a world where nothing
graduation: residing in cultural- Angeles, gloriously socially near my never-ending junior year. ever since. CSR wrote, “while off-campus parties, the many, matters more than how good
ly-diverse Brooklyn, somehow to each other and the life of their Finally finding my stride senior reading your piece, I could pic- many times I slipped and fell flat your music taste is and whether
making a living while creating city, is terribly romantic. It’s ter- year, only to leave too soon. My ture myself during those years, on my back while walking across your crush likes you back.
and appreciating art at the same ribly sad, too. experiences at Bowdoin, like the reveling in the silence and the the icy campus on winter nights. This is that feeling of deep
time, cultivating a rich social life. However, living in this time worlds of television shows none obvious, ubiquitous beauty of This is how I feel, remem- gratitude we all experience
Yet this fantasy and our current comes with a dose of self-denial of us can ever really inhabit, have our surroundings. Being at Bow- bering the privilege I had to walking across the quad on
reality are horribly unaligned. and dissociation. We are all stuck always been tinged with nostal- doin was complicated but deep even attend this institution. particularly starry nights, faced
There’s something so uncanny inside our homes. Life feels fro- gia and yearning, the wedding and full.” The privilege to be able to write with the undeniable beauty of
about watching a show that was zen, stuck, and we remind our- of the bad and the good, the This is how I feel as I escape self-indulgent, long, meandering Hubbard Hall bathed in moon-
meant to reflect a time that hasn’t selves of what it looks like in our bittersweetness of knowing that via my favorite television shows columns, to have the luxury of light: complicated but deep and
passed yet or a time that never televisions and in our memories, the moment you’re living in is so during quarantine, as I blink time spent doing nothing but full. Forgive the lack of subtlety,
really existed and now certainly digital and otherwise. But life is blissfully and irrevocably imper- back memories too painful to thinking deeply about the world but isn’t that the way life should
never will. going on. I can’t help but think manent, intangible. bear: hilarious late night con- and my place in it. The privilege be?

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6 FEATURES Friday, April 24, 2020

On choosing Bowdoin: words of

wisdom for the Class of 2024

From near and far, Polar Bears choose Bowdoin for many
different reasons. Here are some current students’ reflections
on academics, community and why they chose Bowdoin.

ACADEMICS: “What I wish I knew beforehand was that it’s okay to get the help
that you need and it’s okay to need help, because Bowdoin’s going
“I would recommend reaching out to someone they know that
goes to Bowdoin, or if [you] don’t know anyone try to find people in
“One thing I wish I knew before coming to Bowdoin is that you have to provide that help and they really want to. I think that would the Facebook groups, because what sold Bowdoin for me was defi-
to give 110% effort every minute of every day. Being a Bowdoin student have made my first semester a lot easier if I would have reached out nitely the connections that people had with each other. Just getting
is hard! Bowdoin students are active academically in the classroom, when I needed it.”-Jeremiah Brown ’23 in touch and maybe asking like a question or two.” – Emily Jacobs ’23
athletically on the field and socially on campus. They are fierce when
it comes to completing a task—whether it is a homework assignment, “I also wish I knew how cold 10 degrees actually is. I wanted
competing against our rivals, or advocating for an idea they believe in, a school with cold weather, but it was definitely a surprise to feel
no task is bigger than a Bowdoin student.” – Prithvi Gunturu ’22 what it was like being that cold.” -Sophie Bell ’23 WHY CHOOSE BOWDOIN:
“I think the mission statement of the common good was one of the
“Professors really want you to succeed and do your best. There are things that drew me the most to Bowdoin. I’m super involved in com-
so many resources at your disposal for help. The college environment
is rigorous, but the faculty is extremely aware of it and is ready to help CHOOSING A COLLEGE: munity service and engagement, and it was a big part of my high school
career, so when I saw that Bowdoin was into community service and
in any way. Sometimes I went into a professor’s office hours without a “I would definitely do whatever virtual tours the college is offer- the common good, I thought that was pretty cool.” – Kenya Mathieu ’23
specific question and let them know that I just needed help and they ing. Visiting the college was a large factor in me deciding to move
have never let me down.” – Evan Bay ’23 to a small town after living in a big city. Also, reach out to a diverse “I got to come visit Bowdoin overnight and stay with one of the
group of students to get a wide range of perspectives! Hearing what freshman girls [on the swim team]. And what was so amazing about
it was like for different students was really helpful in deciding, espe- it was, they really worked academic and social life into their routines,
COMMUNITY: cially if you’ve narrowed it down to two or three schools.” – Sophie they didn’t have to sacrifice anything for swimming—that sold it for me.
Bell ’23 And I got to meet the coach and he was very clear that academics came
“Sometimes what’s really cool is our community does challenge each first.” – Emily Jacobs ’23
other … there are opposite perspectives or there are similar perspectives “Check out the media pages that colleges offer. Bowdoin has so
for different reasons. So [with] those things it’s really cool and important many interesting pages that you can find right off their website. I “Bowdoin was around the size of my high school, and I knew that I
that you learn from and grow from as well.” – Jeremiah Brown ’23 would say look at the YouTube channel first because it’s the most wanted smaller class sizes because I want to be able to have a relationship
interactive and you can see examples and experiences that students with my professors. I also wanted something where academics were pri-
“I wish I knew how insular it can get. As much fun as it is being on have at Bowdoin. I used it when I was making my decision to come oritized over sports.” -Kate Kiser ’21
campus, it’s always important to take a day and explore Brunswick or to Bowdoin and I highly recommend any prospective student do the
Portland or just take a day trip off campus to remember there is another same!” – Evan Bay ’23 “I think for a person of color to say they feel a sense of belonging in a
life outside school.” – Sophie Bell ’23 place like Maine, I think that goes a long way to say just because there’s a
“The most important things I was looking for in college [were] lack of diversity, and people of color tend to gravitate towards other peo-
“I also wanted [a school] where the town was incorporated into the one, obviously money. And then two, it was more about the kinds of ple that have similar experiences to them. And at Bowdoin I just didn’t
college, and I thought Bowdoin did a really great job of doing that. Ev- opportunities that I would have socially, emotionally and academi- see that. … There’s this like sense of community, a sense of welcoming
erybody at Bowdoin is extremely friendly, and I come from a small town cally while I was there.” – Jeremiah Brown ’23 and this sense of openness.” – Arturo Linan-Martinez ’23
so I just felt more at home.” – Kate Kiser ’21

“I would say that for me personally when I was looking at colleges,

I really wasn’t thinking about the other type of students that were at-
tracted to the college, but now that I’m at Bowdoin I see that they are
looking at how a class will come together and how they will work to-
gether. They’re looking at creating something that reflects the student
body and something that is bigger than just Bowdoin but is indicative of
our society as a whole.” – Jeremiah Brown ’23

“[Hawthorne-Longfellow Library] is a very very collaborative
space. The way that it was—not just the way that students use the
space but the way the spaces are actually set up—it was intended for
people to come together and converse and talk. There [aren’t] really
single desks. Everything was very communal, and I’m a very social
person; it was exactly how I like to study.” – Jeremiah Brown ’23

“I wish I would have known that it could have ended at any mo-
ment. Just so in the fall when I was there, even the first two years I
was there, I could have been more present in the moment and not
have taken it for granted. It may seem like such a small thing, but
just sitting on the quad with your friends or even just grabbing a
meal with people in the dining hall—just really being more present
in the moment. I wish I would have known how valuable those
times were.” – Kate Kiser ’21
Friday, April 24, 2020 FEATURES 7

Talk of the Quad

MAKING MEANING WHILE essential workers (especially
MOURNING IN PLACE those who are marginalized or
It’s mid-afternoon on a underprotected); of all fami-
Monday, and my ability to fo- lies mourning a loss or fear-
cus is at an all-time low. I’m ing for the future; of everyone
in my bedroom at home, sit- who is struggling to make it
ting at my desk. On my laptop through this truly challenging
screen, an instructor from my period but still finds it within
abroad program is starting a themselves to reach out to a
remote class session from her loved one, friend or stranger.
home in southwest England. I None of us know what the
try to silence my thoughts and other side of this pandemic
listen to her, but my hands are is going to look like. I know
shaking and sweating. Less that, for me, this period will
than a minute into the class, always be a deep source of
a framed photo on my desk sadness. I also know that I
catches my attention, shat- still have hope, and I feel truly
tering my fragile focus and lucky for the people in my life
sending flutters through my who I can look to for love and
chest and tears to the corners support. This still includes
of my eyes. my grandparents, whose fac-
It’s actually only one corner es I see echoed in my own
of the picture that remains whenever I look in the mirror.
unobscured by my computer: I think of my grandfather’s
my grandfather’s face. Surren- enduring sense of humor and
dering to the distraction and incredible strength and of my
hoping my instructor won’t grandmother’s wry smile and
notice, I push the laptop aside deep commitment to her fam-
and allow myself to stare at DALIA TABACHNIK ily, and I know they are still
the photo. with us.
Taken nearly 15 years ago, Montefiore Hospital. still newly-departed grand- grandmother and, now, my But even as I process my
it captures me, aged six; my He seems stable; now he mother. Armenian grandfather. We own loss, I also feel called to
sister, aged nine; our grand- seems worse; now there’s And yet, inner peace still have a family Zoom seder on action. I’m privileged that I’m
mother and our grandfather. hope; now there’s not. eludes me. We phone in for the second night of Passover, able to grieve without worry-
We’re posing together at the My dread and confusion the burial that we can’t attend, and I sit with my mother to ing about going hungry or not
end of a dance recital. My increases as his fight with with my sister and her partner watch two live-streamed ser- having a place to live, and I
grandmother stands behind the virus drags on. Restor- standing six feet away from vices on Easter morning, one feel devastated that this is not
me, in between my sister and ative sleep is replaced by me and my parents in our Armenian Orthodox and one the case for so many. I think
my grandfather, with an arm mother’s face balances against nightmares and waves of anx- backyard, a bouquet of flow- Episcopalian. Having this about my grandparents’ fam-
wrapped around the front my desk lamp. We’d had the iety. We can’t visit him, so we ers on the ground between multifaceted heritage has not ilies—pogrom and genocide
of my torso. My grandfather card made only three-and-a- concentrate on sending him us. I think back to December, always been easy, but this survivors who sought refuge
stands with his hands clasped half months earlier, after her mental messages, on imagin- when I watched my mother year it’s somehow incredibly in the United States—and
behind his back, dressed in a sudden death on the last day ing we are holding his hand. and her sisters hold hands inspiring; I feel more hopeful I feel deeply saddened that
button-down shirt and sport of classes in December, which And then, suddenly, it’s as we walked away from my after hearing these different inner-city immigrant com-
coat, looking as though he’d hastened my departure from over: a phone call from the grandmother’s grave, when we groups use major holidays munities in our country have
been in the middle of speak- school and led to me com- hospital, an assurance that were able to come together to to spark conversations about been left especially defense-
ing when the photo was taken. pleting my final papers from he had died peacefully. I had partake in ancient rituals that how this pandemic can be less against this pandemic. I
Back in the present, I sit home—a painful memory dreaded the sound of my made me feel a bit less help- an opportunity to be more know that my grandparents,
frozen, trying to figure out that is becoming an increas- mother’s ringtone for 11 days, less in the aftermath of death. generous, compassionate and progressive-minded people
what to do about my class as ing source of déjà vu. but suddenly I’m seized with In the age of the coronavirus, loving than we were before. who were deeply involved in
I feel the tears threatening to I manage to get through a fierce wish for it to keep all of this has to be postponed; This message makes me fighting for equity in their
spill over. It’s been about 15 Monday’s remote class ses- ringing. I longed for more there cannot be such a gather- think of all of the examples communities, would’ve felt
minutes since my mother told sion, but the next seven days updates, for more news of any ing in an age of social distanc- of selflessness that already the same. I hope that, after
me that my now 96-year-old become a blur of hours spent kind other than that which we ing. Instead, while sheltering surround us. I’m reminded of this pandemic has passed, we
grandfather, who was admit- on hold, updates on continu- had just received. But, after in place, hundreds of thou- my grandfather’s courageous remember what it has taught
ted to the hospital in New ally changing vital signs and my grandfather had fought sands of families will have to doctors and nurses, especial- us about what we must prior-
Rochelle, New York on Fri- rushed conversations with the harder and longer than any of figure out how to mourn in ly the nurse who helped our itize if we aspire to continue
day, has tested positive for the overworked but incredibly us or his doctors expected he place as well. family arrange the phone call building a more just, equita-
coronavirus. I shift my gaze to diligent team of doctors and would, the time for updates Then comes Holy Week and that allowed us to say good- ble and compassionate world.
the right, where a card bear- nurses staffing the corona- had passed. I know that he is Passover, the first of either bye. I’m also reminded of all Nina McKay is a member of
ing a picture of my grand- virus floor at New Rochelle’s now at rest, having joined my since the death of my Jewish medical professionals; of all the Class of 2021.

TIK TOK IS MY feelings due to displacement during the time of the greatest Confined to the indoors, we
UNLIKELY HERO are invalid? global disconnect that many are asked to live without phys-
A little over a month ago, College students across the of us have experienced. It has ical touch, in-person social
I left school for spring break. country are grappling with the also given us a creative outlet interaction and other sources
Little did I know that not even same question. We sit inside during otherwise complete of happiness on which we oth-
a week later I would be asked our homes, helpless to the constriction. The app is filled erwise rely.
to pack my dorm room, say pandemic spiraling outside with ways individuals are Tik Tok has helped alleviate
goodbye to my friends during and isolated from the lives we occupying their time during some of these feelings of lone-
a short visit and complete were all beginning to lead. We quarantine. From dances and liness. It is a platform which
my first year of college from have missed out on studying music tutorials to art proj- permits typically discouraged
home. abroad, and we are almost ects and challenges, users are behavior such as ranting. We
This felt like the end of all guaranteed to miss out on helping one another cope with are excited to spend an after-
the world to me. I had final- graduation ceremonies and restrictions. On Tik Tok, we noon learning a 30-second
ly found a steady rhythm at work opportunities. But these find solace in the jokes about dance. We are challenged to
school, and for the first time are not complaints that we Zoom classes, cleaning out lead our families in themed
since moving in, I felt com- are empowered to voice. And, dorm rooms on a week’s notice dinners and try out new hacks
pletely comfortable. But my frankly, they shouldn’t be at and living in the clothing left and recipes that would oth-
worries over losing six weeks the top of anyone’s laundry list by the wayside in our child- erwise seem futile. We are
of my precious four years of of concerns. But that does not hood bedrooms. inspired to revel in the small
college, never solidifying new mean that our feelings aren’t Unlike Instagram, Twitter ways that we can enjoy life
relationships and leaving my legitimate. or Facebook, where a user’s from home.
projects unfinished proved in- We may not be those most profile is confined to their per- My parents are not thrilled
significant. at risk, and we will likely not sona—funny, candid, posed, with the amount of time that
Every day, I am reminded be most affected by the virus. happy, polished—Tik Tok is my sisters and I have spent on
of my privilege as I watch as But we are all experiencing a a space where users can try DALIA TABACHNIK Tik Tok. Nor are they always
the COVID-19 infection and unified wave of panic, as we anything. A friend of mine on board with the short vid-
death rates rise, small busi- are pulled out of our commu- whose Instagram is a careful- lighthearted creativity that my asked to work around the clock eos that we periodically send
nesses close one after the other nities and asked to readjust to ly curated space for selfies in life has recently felt void of. in high-risk environments. of families doing ridiculous
and families across the world lives that many of us never ex- proper lighting and deliberate COVID-19 is devastating Among other immediate con- activities. But I take comfort
are torn apart by disease. My pected to return to. angles recently posted a short our globe in ways that we cerns, our economy cannot in the fact that I can turn to
only job is social distancing. Having been sent back film about rubber ducks on her cannot yet fully comprehend. sustain these restrictions. it for a laugh, for new ideas or
To isolate within my house home to every corner of the Tik Tok. Admittedly, I laughed Thousands of people are fall- However, there is another simply to feel a little less alone.
and help flatten the curve. world, college students are harder than I should have. I ing ill and passing away every problem that is not discussed Halina Bennet is a member
But does this mean that my using Tik Tok to connect appreciated this moment of day. Healthcare workers are nearly as much: mental health. of the Class of 2023.
8 FEATURES Friday, April 24, 2020

Talk of the Quad

STRUCTURES OF found impact on the outcome.
SELFLESSNESS: Stoppages in play and freedom
REFLECTING ON of movement are such that, in
the moments that matter the
Among the many life-al- most, the best players are going
tering disruptions caused by to get the ball and have an op-
COVID-19 was the cancelation portunity to make a play. While
of spring semester sports. As everything leading to these key
someone who bawled his eyes moments still matters, the most
out onto the shoulders of 30 iconic and impactful plays are
scantily-clad men at the end often decided in large part by
of my final Bowdoin hockey individual excellence.
season—an end that I was com- Hockey is the opposite. For
pletely prepared for—I cannot starters, the best players can
imagine how difficult it has been be on the ice for at most half of
for spring athletes who have had the game, and often it’s closer
their opportunity to write their to about a third. When they do
final sports chapter unexpected- get on the ice, there is no con-
ly and abruptly taken from them. venient way for them to get the
This loss has made me reflect on puck. The stoppages in play
my own sports journey: the fun, don’t help, as even the best
the struggles and the lessons the centremen win just over half
game taught me. I hope that by of their faceoffs. The game
sharing some of these reflec- itself is frenetic, chaotic and
tions, I can encourage those who wonderfully unpredictable.
lost their seasons to reflect as People are constantly running
well and realize that all was not into each other, intentionally
lost when the games ended. We and otherwise. The referees ALEX BURNS
have all been shaped in profound always seem to be in the way.
ways by the games we love to The puck bounces, rolls and moments. Accomplishing any- you get it). Instead, you just get shot, that causes a rebound, that powering, humbling and liberat-
play. I’m going to tell you a story sticks to the ice for no appar- thing in hockey requires string- to skate around and hit people, leads to a goal. And the amaz- ing all at once. They taught me to
about hockey, why I love it and ent reason. The best skaters ing together dozens of small two of my favorite things to do. ing, wonderful, beautiful thing take pride in what I am good at,
the lessons it taught me. in the world trip and fall and accomplishments and efforts, Killing penalties also allows about hockey is that the guy who even if it’s not the most glamor-
It begins, funnily enough, bring others down with them. without any one of which the me to utilize my greatest hockey scored that goal is going to turn ous thing in the world, because
with basketball. As an athlete, Sticks snap in half at inoppor- collective endeavor fails. skill, which is getting the puck around and point to the guy who in the right context those skills
hockey is my sport. As a fan, tune moments. All of this is to Let me give an example. Over away from people. This ability took the shot, who is going to add incredible value. They made
however, my game of choice say that it is incredibly diffi- the course of my four-year Bow- probably sounds like nothing to hug the guy who made the pass me aware of my own limitations
is basketball. NBA, WNBA, cult for a single player to affect doin hockey career, I scored one you. If you watched a game, I and they are all going to look and allowed me to revel in the
BWVBB—give me all of it. The the outcome of a hockey game. goal, one measly muffin of a goal doubt it looks like much either. around for me, on my butt 200 fact that I can surround myself
thing I love about basketball is If basketball is “The Iliad,” that I shot off the wrong foot on Everyone loses and wins the feet away when the puck went in. with amazing people whose
that it has real-life superheroes, hockey is like “Band of Broth- the ice between the legs of the puck all the time. How could it And when I finally skate down strengths and talents can more
people who are larger than life, ers.” Great hockey players aren’t University of Southern Maine possibly matter that I am five there to embrace them all, they than make up for them. Most
who defy the limitations of athletic phenoms with 45-inch goalie in a game that ended in percent more likely to come out are going to look me in the eye, of all, they showed me what it
anatomy, physics and gravity. If verticals and Go Go Gadget a tie. That is to say, I basically of a scuffle in the corner with the and with complete honesty say, feels like to be free of the need
sports are a modern facsimile for arms. They look a lot like the scored zero goals. I was, howev- puck than the next guy? “F#*&$^ rights, man. That was to be anything more or less than
war, basketball is like “The Iliad,” guys who sit in the corner of er, rather good at killing penal- Well, let’s imagine one such all you.” myself. Those are lessons I will
with mythical heroes slaying en- the Moulton dark room: broad ties. I love killing penalties. All play, one where I’m hacking I think this has to be the most carry with me for the rest of my
tire armies by themselves, com- shoulders, big butts, loud laughs the pressure is on the other team. and clawing and falling down magical feeling in sports: the life, and that I was never going
ing together in the heat of battle and wide smiles. The reduction You don’t have to worry about in the corner and just managing feeling that you, with all your to learn anywhere but on the ice.
for epic one-on-one struggles to in the power of the individual doing anything skillful with the to kick the puck behind the net flaws, are part of something big- Hockey taught me that, and for
the death. Basketball is individu- elevates the impact of not only puck (you are in fact encouraged to my buddy. That might just ger than yourself, something you that I will be forever grateful.
alistic. The structure of the game all the other players, but also the to shoot it as hard and as far be the play where he makes a alone could never achieve. These Caleb Perez is a member of the
allows individuals to have a pro- importance of seemingly trivial from you as you can the moment great pass, that sets up a great moments have for me been em- Class of 2020.

UNEXPECTED LESSONS of the park to the river at the phone had died. Though Ellie’s form society with much more
IN RESILIENCE ON THE bottom of the canyon. With attempt to trouble-shoot con- significant, costly and emo-
COLORADO each switch back, the road nection with the outside world tional implications than those
We’ll admit, it’s a bit of a became progressively steeper, via Kindle is now a comedic we experienced on our privi-
strange moment to memorial- muddier and icier until we memory, in the moment, our leged wilderness fellowship.
ize. Our Zipcar, a black Subaru were traversing with one side situation seemed too dire for Looking back on our trip,
Crosstrek, is parked at the Pot- of the car inches from a cliff laughter. We had surpassed the the uncertainty and vulner-
ash Boat Launch on the Col- drop. Despite our determina- “wild” we were once so heart- ability we experienced could
orado River, a gear explosion tion to make it to our trail- broken to have abandoned: no not have been more timely.
surrounding the vehicle and head, as the sun set, our pros- one knew where we were. With each loss of control came
PC, Ellie and Chelsea digging pects of accomplishing day The next day, we rerouted strengthened camaraderie and
through bags, boats and splash one plummeted. That night, yet again. And again. And confidence.
jackets. It’s an image Holly at our impromptu glamorous again. When the sun rose, we Coronavirus is teaching us
captured on day five of our Be- roadside campsite, we choked pushed our rafts off the sand- about the fragility of our plans
yond the Pines grant in Utah’s down dinner and huddled bar, paddled what would have and preparations. It is chal-
Canyonlands National Park. In around our headlamp-illu- been our next three days of lenging our notions of identity
the photo, we are packing up minated map, hashing out a mileage at a scorching speed in relation to the spaces which
after camping in a parking lot reroute. to arrive by lunch that after- we inhabit and utilize. It is ex-
that, as you might imagine, was Another road we could easi- noon and hike miles up a steep posing our illusions of control.
not on our itinerary. ly connect to would lead us out canyon to attain cell service on Managing the novel corona-
Five days earlier, we’d of the park, where we could the aforementioned horrifying virus parallels navigating the
grabbed lunch from Thorne reevaluate, but this meant we (and as we learned, sweltering wilderness, uncharted territo-
and headed to Boston. Ev- would no longer be able to and bone dry) road. ry that requires a confluence
erything went according to paddle the Colorado. From a We eventually found our- on every level of society, from
schedule, from our flawless risk management standpoint, selves hitchhiking three hours the household to local govern-
trip to Denver, to miraculously this was the right decision. But in the bed of a stranger’s truck. ments and even to internation-
squeezing supplies inside the after lugging four packrafts Held in by a precarious mesh al leaders.
Zipcar, to our drive through across the country for our “wild net, we reflected on our un- With each reroute, we are
Independence Pass and to vari- women” adventure, it hurt to deniably vulnerable situation, learning, refining and im-
ous stops to pick up fresh food, abandon the plan to enter the grateful for a different “wild” proving. Every day, we witness
fuel and carabiners. By the river. It was upsetting to come HOLLY HARRIS than anticipated. unbelievable feats of human
time we got to Utah, we felt like to terms with our inability to Yet as we congratulated each resilience, new perspective and
veritable rockstars, badasses fulfill the unspoken “wildness” this would be the first of many giggly with the good fortune other on surviving this feat decency to work across party
and prepared outdoors-women we had set out to vanquish. No reluctant reroutes. of our newfound plan. Again, and eventually returning to lines. And this collaborative
who were totally in control. longer would this journey be a Shortly thereafter, on our with darkness came unease, as civilization, we remained ig- problem-solving is revealing
Yet this shared feeling of test of strength and endurance way out of the park, we hap- the solution to reversing Hol- norant of the current struggles a silver lining: when the chal-
invincibility and dominance and an exhibition of womanly pened upon a boat launch that ly’s hypothermia was snuggling of the world at large. Powering lenges of our future arise, we
diminished as we made our outdoor finesse. The ferocious allowed us to enter the Colo- into a sleeping bag with PC, on our phones and refreshing will have the strength to mobi-
way down Shafer Trail Road, wind that slapped our tent rado upstream, which seemed whose climbing fever posed our inboxes to find President lize again.
a fearsome beast of a four- all night seemed to shame us preferable to relinquishing concern. Then, ready to send Rose’s email would bring to Holly Harris and Chelsea
wheel drive experience that further. We had failed in our packrafting altogether. We our updated itinerary to Mike, light the extent to which the Puckett are members of the
was to take us from the rim mission. Little did we know, paddled late into the afternoon, we discovered our satellite coronavirus would soon trans- Class of 2022.
Friday, April 24, 2020 9

On a changing stage: Tina Satter ’96 named

a 2020 Guggenheim Fellow models in the New York the-
by Brianna Cunliffe ater community, such as Hol-
Orient Staff
ly Hughes, Richard Maxwell
Tina Satter ’96 got the and Erin Courtney, several
news that she had received a of whom she now joins as a
Guggenheim Fellowship in Guggenheim fellow. The val-
Drama and Performance Art idation of joining the ranks of
just as the entire landscape of her artistic heroes is incredi-
her life’s work began shifting, bly meaningful to Satter.
maybe for good. “I’m so used to sort of put-
“The big question, and the ting my head down and work-
constant micro-question of ing, having kind of a chip on
every day [is]: ‘How does the- my shoulder, just me and my
ater exist on the other side of weird plays,” said Satter. “But
[the COVID-19 pandemic]?’ now, no. I can say really proud-
That I don’t even know how to ly that I’ve won a Guggenheim.”
answer, but you go back to the As one of this year’s four
work,” Satter said in a phone recipients of the prestigious COURTESY OF TINA SATTER
call with the Orient. fellowship, Satter is focused on
TACKLING CONTROVERSY: Since leaving Bowdoin, Tina Satter ‘96 has established herself as a writer and director in New York’s theater scene. Satter’s most
According to the John Si- making innovative work that recent play follows a the story of Reality Winner, a member of the Air Force who was interrogated by the FBI after leaking sensitive government information.
mon Guggenheim Memorial moves theatrical discourse
Foundation website, fellow- forward despite the challenges ror,” centered on a house full probing docudrama is packed 2010 grant for fiction; Doerr Henry James with former Pro-
ships are presented to “in- presented by the pandemic. of women. with contemporary reso- would go on to win the Pulit- fessor of English Celeste Go-
dividuals who have already “The thing I can do inside “Will it feel the same, nance. When the FBI tran- zer Prize for Fiction in 2015 odridge for introducing her to
demonstrated exceptional my apartment is write. You go post-pandemic?” Satter said. script became available, Satter with his novel “All the Light discourse, writing and female
capacity for productive schol- back to the work, you dream “Now, houses and shelter immediately pivoted from an- We Cannot See.” characters, which have shaped
arship or exceptional creative up what things look like,” clearly have taken on a new other project to stage it, com- While at Bowdoin, Satter her thinking and storytelling.
ability in the arts.” The fel- said Satter. “It isn’t a seamless significance.” pelled by the question: “What was enormously impacted by For Satter, being named a
lowship is competitive; out of or easy thing to do, but it is Her Off Broadway de- is an American supposed to her time on the Field Hockey Guggenheim Fellow provides
3,000 applications reviewed the grounding thing one can but and most recent play, do, if you see information that team under then-coach Mo far more than just reassuring
each year, only 175 are award- do—to think, no matter what, “Is This a Room,” recently you feel the public has a right Minicus. Taking to the field financial stability in an uncer-
ed fellowships. I will write this play.” closed at the Vineyard The- to know about?” with a team, was, in a way tain landscape—it reaffirms
As a playwright and the The new play she is writ- atre in New York City. It is a She also joins an illustrious for Satter, like writing a play her belief in producing work
artistic director of Brook- ing, which will be supported staged transcript of the FBI’s class of Bowdoin alumni and together. that is creatively meaningful
lyn-based theater company by the grant’s funds, was en- interrogation of Air Force faculty members who have “In that moment [on the and socially engaged.
Half-Straddle, Satter’s story- visioned before the onset of linguist-turned-leaker Reality been Guggenheim recipients. field], it’s about possibility “To be recognized as some-
telling is all about bodies on the coronavirus (COVID-19) Winner, raising questions of Their projects have ranged and working together and one who’s part of our social
stage and people sitting in and was originally inspired honor, information and the from Professor of Photogra- making something that hasn’t and artistic fabric, who has
theaters. Satter has written by the painting of artist and public good that feel especial- phy Micheal Kolster’s “Take been there before,” said Satter. made something meaningful
and directed 10 plays, draw- friend Heidi Hahn. Satter ly urgent today. Me to The River” collection in Academically, she also and important … I don’t take
ing inspiration from role describes it as “domestic hor- Satter’s sharp and deeply 2013 to Anthony Doerr ’95’s credits an intimate seminar on that for granted,” she said.

‘Contents Under Pressure’: senior playwright

grapples with authority over his work
times [Hernandez] would tell Ultimately, Boben believes
by Elizabeth Flanagan us to improv and let go of the that the play allows Hernandez
Orient Staff script. This allowed him to to demonstrate his unique per-
Many of the seniors work- change scenes and make the sonality and sense of humor.
ing on performing arts proj- characters more real.” “[Hernandez] is a quiet
ects set to debut in the spring The current iteration of force who is completely origi-
are crushed by the fact that “Contents Under Pressure” nal. He has the wittiest humor
they won’t see their capstone is quite different from Her- that is realistic and relatable,”
projects performed during nandez’s original concept. said Boben in an email to the
their last year at the College. The play began as a Spider- Orient.
Sebastian Hernandez ’20 has man-esque narrative in which Crouch believes that Her-
a slightly different perspective. a man is bitten by a dog and nandez’s involvement and dedi-
After reworking his final becomes convinced that he cation to the play was extremely
project for a senior studio possesses superpowers. Her- important to the process..
course—a play called “Con- nandez admits that he was “Rehearsing was fun and
tents Under Pressure,”—time asking for too much from lighthearted but you could
and time again, Hernandez that idea, but said that with also tell how much he cares
went into spring break nervous Killeen’s help, he was able to about this project,” she said.
about what would come next. reevaluate his concepts for “It’s so sad that his friends
“Everything kept changing the best final result. and family and the school
every single time [my profes- SIMPLER TIMES: Nathan Ashany ‘21 and Enrique Mendia ‘20 rehearse “Contents Under Pressure,” a project written and “I had turned in some bad community can’t see the fin-
sors and I] met, so I had no directed by Sebastian Hernandez ‘20. The play was set to open this spring, but has been postponed due to the coronavirus. drafts, and [Killeen] told me ished product.”
idea what was gonna hap- who becomes emotionally formed next year, overseen in the months leading up to not do the [“Spiderman”] Hernandez has been re-
pen when we got back from manipulative. The story ends by a professional director, to spring break. Following bit and focus on the loneli- writing the script again
break,” Hernandez said in a with the teenager eventually and Hernandez is not sure the suggestion of Associate ness aspect of my project,” he during quarantine. He is add-
Zoom interview with the Ori- realizing this friend is not real what that means for his own Professor of Theater Abigail said in an email to the Orient. ing the latest revisions made
ent. “[It was] kind of a bit of and that he has begun to close role in the project after the Killeen, Hernandez relied on This, though frustrating in rehearsals prior to spring
a relief when I found out we himself off from his family semester ends. suggestions and alterations for Hernandez, ended up ben- break, including new stage
couldn’t do [the play].” and the world. “I don’t know who owns from his actors—Enrique efitting his play. directions. What comes next?
Hernandez rewrote his Though the transition to the work at this point,” said Mendía ’20, Nathan Ashany “I don’t think I would have Hernandez isn’t sure.
script at least six times remote learning has been Hernandez. “I don’t know ’21, Jacqueline Boben ’22 and cared so much or gotten to “I’ve been [thinking of]
throughout the course of the something of a reprieve for how much say I [will] have; Catherine Crouch ’23. real emotional complexity sending it out to other festivals
year. The final product cen- Hernandez, the coronavirus my actors [will] not be in it,” “We were encouraged to without [Killeen]’s sugges- and other play writing compe-
ters around a teenager who is (COVID-19) has added some he said. chime in and give our opin- tion,” said Hernandez. “I titions or something,” he said.
struggling with loneliness and new uncertainties to his These actors were critical ions on blocking and the think the characters are more “But, I don’t think that [the
creates an imaginary friend project. The play will be per- to the play’s development script,” Boben said. “Some- specific.” department] want[s] that.”
10 Friday, April 24, 2020

Women’s lacrosse alum organizes fundraiser and
5k for COVID-19 relief
right now—to raise money for States, [even] in California
by Seamus Frey the brave people fighting for and Montana, who [were]
Orient Staff all of our safety.” participating—a lot of [peo-
Normally, warmer spring “With the circumstances, ple] who we don’t even know.”
weather means road race sea- you can’t really go out and Two of the participants
son in towns and cities across volunteer,” said Sophie in a were Karlye Pallotta ’22 and
the country, but with the phone interview with the Ori- Irene Lunt ’21, members of
dangers of COVID-19, many ent. “You can donate to a lot of the Bowdoin softball and
of these fundraising racing different funds, but it doesn’t women’s lacrosse teams, re-
events have been shut down. have the same kind of uniting spectively.
Despite the cancellation of sense, so we decided to talk to “I heard about it through
road races, the current crisis Positive Tracks (PosTracks) to a teammate on the Bowdo-
has inspired more and more figure out what the best way in Student Athlete Advisory
people to donate money to to organize an event would Committee,” said Pallotta in a
relief funds and to give back be, because this is really their phone interview with the Ori-
to their communities. specialty.” ent. “We’ve been looking for
In hopes of embracing this The partnership with ways to try and stay connect-
feeling and uniting their lo- PosTracks was natural for the ed and try and stay in shape,
cal and remote communities, Lubranos. The organization, so [this 5k] instantly caught
Bowdoin alum and former started in 2009 by a group of my eye and I thought that it
women’s lacrosse player So- ten-year-olds in the Upper was a great opportunity to
phie Lubrano ’19 and her two Valley region of New Hamp- take control of something in
sisters hosted a virtual run/ shire—where the Lubranos a pretty uncontrollable time.”
walk 5k race this past week- live—connected the sisters The event not only pro-
end, raising $27,545 for the with the CDP and gave them vided Bowdoin athletes with
COVID-19 Response Fund the tools they needed to orga- a means to make a meaning-
launched by the Center for nize the event. ful contribution to the fight
against COVID-19, but it
Bowdoin alum and former women’s also gave athletes a sense of
community that had been
lacrosse player Sophie Lubrano ’19 and lost since the cancelation of
her two sisters hosted a virtual run/ spring sports.
walk 5k race this past weekend, raising “It’s a totally different at-
mosphere than passing the
$27,545 for the COVID-19 Response crowds, running in groups,
Fund launched by the Center for or seeing water stations like
in a real road race. But there
Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). was a sense of solidarity start-
ing it at the same time,” said
Disaster Philanthropy (CDP). “At the beginning, we Lunt in a phone interview RUNNING FOR A CAUSE: Sophia Lubrano ‘19 poses with her two sisters after completing their virtual 5k run last
“We want to support all of thought that [a goal of ] with the Orient. “I felt more weekend. The sisters organized a fundraiser and donated over $27,000 for coronavirus relief.
those people who are giving $10,000 was going to be am- connected in a very different around the country who par- are obviously very tight-knit something positive for my-
everything they have to aid bitious. We hit that in a week, way because I knew we were ticipated. small colleges. And we got a self and take as much control
those around them, whether and we kept raising our goal all running for the same pur- “I would credit a lot of the ton of participation [because in this situation as we possi-
it’s the sick, the unemployed higher and higher,” Sophie pose. I thought that was really success of the event not only of that], so that was awesome.” bly could, while [also] doing
or the afraid,” wrote the Lu- said. “And then in the last few awesome to be a part of.” to the community where we She added that the desire to something productive for a
branos on their GoFundMe days, we raised over $6,000! Sophie attributed much live, but to the community give back and help out during lot of people that are kind of
page. “That’s why we’ve de- It was crazy because tons of of the event’s success to that of Bowdoin—and of Colby as a time of crisis also seemed to on the foreground of dealing
cided to use our healthy bod- people heard about it through sense of community, espe- well, because my two sisters motivate participants. That with the crisis head-on,” Pal-
ies and our spare time—two word of mouth, and we had cially when it came to the go to Colby,” said Lubrano. much was true for Pallotta. lotta said. “It was just a great
luxuries that not everyone has people all across the [United] hundreds of people scattered “Those two communities “It felt awesome to do event.”

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Friday, April 24, 2020 11

Bowdoin CARES An open letter to the college:

let’s talk about debt
Facing backlash from lawmakers and the public, wealthy colleges have begun to
announce that they will not accept the stimulus money they had received under the
Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Harvard University
announced its decision to relinquish funds on Wednesday; Yale, Princeton, Stanford
and the University of Pennsylvania soon followed suit. how the college was not always ruled by quate and you appeal, it’s your inexperi-
The CARES Act allocated $1.12 million to Bowdoin, and the College has yet to the cold, cut-and-dried market logic that enced word against theirs. As someone
announce whether it will accept the money or, if it will, how and to whom it will be The Foxbox has inflated the price of higher learning that has taken out loans already and will
distributed. We trust the College to make informed decisions about this money. But, as by Jared Foxhall to unjustifiable levels. Rather, she claims likely take out tens of thousands more, I
students, we feel the need to voice our concerns about the restrictions that the Trump that the private university developed know on a personal level that the College
administration placed on these funds explicitly to exclude some Americans, including During times of economic crisis, which into a situation of financialization and has not accurately assessed my family’s
members of our community, from receiving funds. we are already rapidly approaching, mat- market governance over time, gradually financial need. I know for a fact that I am
Under the restrictions set forth by the Department of Education, colleges and ters of risk and debt become ever more removed from its previous faculty-guided not alone because of Bowdoin’s “No Loan”
universities must distribute half of the money as emergency grants to students facing relevant producers of anxiety, especially and communally centered form of gover- policy that admits, “In fact, many families
financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the guidelines with students facing uncertain job markets nance which vanished in the mid-to-late opt to borrow part of their family’s contri-
prevent schools from distributing money to students who are ineligible for federal fi- and weighing the return on investment of 20th century. While college food may not bution.” Twenty-five percent of the class of
nancial aid—thus excluding students registered in the Deferred Action for Childhood Zoom-attendance next semester. While have been as good, college wasn’t going 2019 borrowed a federal loan—there is no
Arrivals (DACA) program and international students. The government’s decision to these pandemic conditions greatly increase to bankrupt your average middle-class information about what percent needed to
deny aid to students on the basis of their immigration status is antithetical to the Col- anxiety, for a good number of students the American and they still managed to get a take out private loans or how much (which
lege’s mission, and we ask that the College oppose such political schemes and choose conditions for worry have also been slowly worthwhile education. are way worse than federal loans because of
instead to support all students in need. building over the years in large part due Brown’s book Undoing the Demos, higher interest rates). This is really counter-
It is important to consider the broader political context within which the restrictions to staggering increases in tuition prices explains how this financialization of ev- intuitive for an institution that very aggres-
were issued: the Trump administration has been trying to get rid of the DACA program and the insistence that students and their erything under the sun, including college, sively advertises a “no loan” policy, even if it
and end deportation protections for 700,000 young people. Attaching new restrictions families take on more and more of the renders “the market as truth;” “Neolib- means something entirely different.
to a piece of legislation meant to bring relief to those who need it most is just another associated growth-risk in the form of debt. eralism involves an intensification of the The financial aid office deploys its
insidious display of this administration’s xenophobic and inhumane political agenda. It should be remembered that the Time of market as a site of ‘veridiction,’ Foucault’s sophisticated financial assessment of the
The College should bear in mind that stringent travel restrictions and dire public Shedding and Cold Rocks turned a debt coinage for the production and circula- family and the family, usually lacking
health circumstances have uniquely affected international students. Disruptions of problem into a debt crisis, from which tion of truths that are established, rather in similar sophistication, is bound to
immigration status also threaten the quality of education they stand to receive in the many have yet to recover. than foundational, but, importantly, gov- bend—it’s normal, they’ll say. Everyone is
future. As the price of a college education ern.” And govern they do. Market logic, in debt. Here’s a list of scholarships. Your
Shortly after declaring that it would not accept the allotted funds, Princeton Uni- increases, each college needs to find new while fraudulently disguising itself as a inability to understand its sophistication
versity announced that it had created its own emergency fund program that would and inventive ways to justify its value to natural, almost divine, human process, is part of how the investor class blames the
cover DACA recipients and international students. This is one way Bowdoin could take the student body. It does so by investing has turned everything into a portfolio to debtor class. Your debt is your fault; your
a stand. Alternatively, the College could accept the federal funds while promising to more capital to build new facilities while be managed, a vessel for capital accumu- inability to understand it, your shortfall;
allocate the same amount of its own funds to aid students excluded by the law. This is hedging markets, improving the quality lation: the college is a portfolio to trustees, your inability to pay it off by attaining a
a compromise solution that ensures that all of its students have access to the relief that of student life, its ratings and so on, all of the student is a resume-portfolio for em- comfortable salary, or by applying for
they need. which raises the value of the college, which ployers, the professor is a portfolio for ten- and winning scholarships is a result of
Particularly after the recent shutdown of the student-organized mutual aid fund, in turn increases its tuition. Since the aver- ure. Even the campus itself, a collection of your laziness. Again, this is what hap-
students in need may not have access to a comparable source of funding for emergency age family’s asset value hasn’t increased at facilities and structures, is a collection of pens when colleges become hedge funds;
situations. the same rate, this forces students to take appreciating assets. Each becomes a locus hedge funds are programmed to displace
The example has been set. Though Bowdoin’s financial health has been tested in on even more debt to underwrite the uni- for investment, speculation and risk, risk as much risk as possible by transferring it
recent weeks, the College must ensure that international students and undocumented versity’s accelerating valuations and capital diversification and risk management. to the buyer—in this case, the student.
students are not left without access to aid, regardless of whether or not it accepts the growth. This simplified process, when you There are certain narratives around The student takes on the risk of de-
CARES Act funds. It is particularly important now for the College to recognize the pan out, describes how U.S. debtors arrived debt and the ways it is constantly rele- faulting on his loans because he specu-
hardships of all students—not just those who hold an American passport. at $1.64 trillion in student loans. The gov- gated to the private domain. We tend to lates that the rewards in the job market
ernment seems to care very little about this publicize and admire people’s net worth, are greater than the risks. The College’s
This editorial represents the majority view of the Orient’s Editorial Board, which debt, or any consumer debt really (which not their debt. Debts are to be taken on in job is to convince him that the risk is next-
is comprised of Emily Cohen, Julia Jennings, Rohini Kurup, Nina McKay, Alyce has reached an astronomical $13.86 trillion private and shamefully, I might add. No to-none so that he agrees to enter into an
McFadden, Jaret Skonieczny, Reuben Schafir and Tianyi Xu. dollars). Of the government COVID-19 one is proud to take on a student loan and arrangement with the College where he
emergency relief packets delivered, barely you’ll certainly not find students talking takes on all the risk and the College takes
any of it has gone to consumers, and em- about it or organizing around it. Students on none. Based on the $1.64 trillion in
phatically none of it went to students. are embarrassed about loans the same student loans, I’ve concluded that colleges
This pattern is informed by higher de- way home-owners are shameful and si- have maybe exaggerated their promises a
mand and the diminishing value of a de- lent about their mortgages. We are taught little bit and it’s foolish to assume Bowdo-
gree but also this country’s skewed narra- to be shameful and, therefore, silent about in is not part of this puzzle.
tives around debt that unjustly place blame our class and our class-related struggles. But this is the modern debt crisis at
bowdoinorient.com orient@bowdoin.edu 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 on the borrowing class—which I will later This kind of collective, secret lack of credit large: the risk is ultimately always trans-
get into—while valorizing the presiding and its perverse effects happen under the ferred to and carried by the consumer,
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and investor and lender class. The College is surface—it unites us, even if we don’t ac- the student, the school teacher, the home-
information relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College
also, as should be remembered, governed knowledge it. owner, the dreamer, to the non-financial
and its administrators, the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following
professional journalistic standards in writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to by this investor class. The president is hired Loan-financing of higher education is financialized individual. The rat-race is a
serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse discussion and debate on issues of to run the college as a CEO, beholden to so secretive that the College actually ac- kind of psychological warfare that the col-
interest to the College community. our trustees who, despite not having finan- tively hides it. This is chiefly exhibited in lege-business initiates; if I just take out this
cial stake in the College, still encourage its “need-blind admissions.” Bowdoin may loan, pay this bill, get that job then I can …
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief financialization and aim to grow its capital be need-blind in the admission process, Nevermind what is sacrificed in the
Emily Cohen Alyce McFadden value. The endowment is managed more which is good, but it also takes a need- meantime. The result is always risk-man-
or less like a hedge fund with generous tax blind and, more specifically, debt-blind aged, peace of mind deferred. The num-
Digital Director Managing Editor News Editor cuts (endowments are taxed at a way lower approach in financial aid allocation which ber of 50 and 40 year-olds I know still pay-
Steven Xu Maia Coleman Andrew Bastone rate than other kinds of funds), incentiv- is, in my opinion, deeply troubling. Bow- ing off student debt speaks to this modern
Anna Fauver Aura Carlson ized to take on more risk in the markets doin, as is the case with most colleges, truth. Is it worth it?
Roither Gonzales to obtain more capital to grow the facilities determines your grant eligibility on your This is relevant now, more than ever.
Photo Editor
Rohini Kurup Features Editor to become a more valuable investment to family income and tax bracket, not your The thinly-veiled offer of the virtual col-
Ann Basu Ian Ward attract more capital, and so on and on. My actual ability to pay. They do not consider lege will become impossibly difficult to
Emma Sorkin
issue here is not with the improved quality outgoing expenses, or calculate adjusted rationalize at the current price. How far
Layout Editor Sports Editor of the College, it is that students take on the income to the cost of living by state (100k is Bowdoin willing to go to ensure that
Emma Bezilla Executive Editor Dylan Sloan risk of these improvements. goes much farther in Kentucky than New students don’t take on more risk than nec-
Jaret Skonieczny Eliana Miller Professor of Political Theory, Wendy York, for example). essary and aren’t gobbled up by the private
Ian Stewart Reuben Schafir A&E Editor Brown of UC Berkeley, argues brilliantly So if the grant turns out to be inade- lender vultures?
Cole van Miltenburg
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12 Friday, April 24, 2020

Write about your eighth birthday; then, write about your
“All men have stars, but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the 18th birthday. In what ways were they similar?
stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. For others, who are scholars, they are
problems ... But all these stars are silent. —you alone will have stars as no one else has them ... In one of the Don’t suppress the memories of all the embarrassing
stars I shall be living. In one of them I shall be laughing. And so it will be as if all the stars will be laughing when things you’ve done—own them and make a list of every
you look at the sky at night ... You, only you, will have stars that can laugh! And when your sorrow is comforted single one that you can remember.
(time soothes all sorrows) you will be content that you have known me ... You will always be my friend. You
will want to laugh with me. And you will sometimes open your window, so, for that pleasure ... It will be as if, in Bonus activity: Post that Bill Clinton album picture on
place of the stars, I had given you a great number of little bells that knew how to laugh.” your Instagram story. Choose the most edgy and obscure
album covers so that people think you’re cool.

–Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “The Little Prince”


Make a list of the lessons you’ve learned while stuck at Make a playlist and choose one song that is reminiscent Write a review of the story of your life, as if it were a
home. What things have become more important to you? of each year of your life. Feel free to infer for—or skip— movie, from the perspective of a famous movie critic.
What things have become less important to you? that unconscious period between when you were born
and when you turned five.
Write a story about two friends who are growing apart.
Write a story about someone who wishes that they were What changes does their friendship undergo as time
someone—or something—else. Be as specific or vague as Write a story about a hitman who is absolutely terrible at passes? What about the individual characters them-
you want. his job. selves?

Bonus activity: Put on short shorts, drink in excess and Bonus activity: We’re in the heart of spring. Bonus activity: Read the online issue of The Orient!
stream KYLE on Spotify! It’ll be just like Ivies, I promise! Celebrate by buying and wearing a pastel face mask. Thanks for making it this far.


Write an extra verse to one of your favorite songs. It Describe the place where you’re quarantining as if it is an Write a story with a narrator who is a compulsive liar.
should have the same rhythm and tune as the rest of the entry in a travel guide. Have the reader only figure out how unreliable the
song. narrator is at the end of the story.
In Herman Melville’s “Moby Dick,” Ishmael often sits atop
Write about a character that embodies and executes of the masthead, looks out at the sea, and ponders really Write about the restaurant that you’re most excited to
all of your pet peeves. Satisfy yourself and give them a useless shit. Write your own masthead meditation. eat at once quarantine is over.
really terrible fate.
Bonus activity: Listen to the entire ABBA discography— Bonus activity: Put on CNN and listen to Jake Tapper
Bonus activity: Settle down for another Zoom chat with it’s actually a really underrated soundtrack for pondering tell you that we’ll be locked in our homes until 2021. Flip
your friends. What’s new with them? Oh, nothing? Right. your mortality. to Fox News and listen to Tucker Carlson tell you that
the coronavirus is a hoax but that we still need to sue the
Chinese government because people are dying.

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Read The Orient Watch “Relax with Hug something or Write a poem Call a friend Listen to a new Dance in your
Sheep” someone song room