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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, May 1, 2020 Volume 149, Number 24 bowdoinorient.com

SOOC challenges Rose’s account of mutual aid fund shutdown,

accuses administration of taking unilateral steps against BLA
a mutual aid fund on its website, (COVID-19) related expenses, not true” that the College had its own set of rules’ is untrue and [Rose] made it out to be in the
by Ian Ward pushing back against administra- went offline on April 21 after or- shut down the fund and suggest- completely overplayed the role of town hall.”
Orient Staff
tors’ account of the committee’s ganizers learned that it violated ed that Bowdoin Student Gov- the SOOC in this matter,” wrote In his comments during the
Members of the Student Or- role in persuading organizers to both College and SOOC policies ernment (BSG), of which SOOC SOOC Chair Sonia Shah ’22 in town hall, Rose said that the Col-
ganization Oversight Committee shut down the fund. prohibiting independent fund- is a part, had played a more sig- an email to the Orient. “This was lege had not requested that the
(SOOC) are charging that Col- The fund, which had raised raising by student groups. nificant role in forcing organizers not a matter of students enforc- BLA shut down the mutual aid
lege administrators took unilat- over $15,000 to support Bow- In a virtual town hall on to take the fund offline. ing student policy. The adminis- fund, only that organizers disso-
eral action against the Bowdoin doin students and community Wednesday evening President “[Rose’s] remark that ‘the BSG tration played a role as well, [a]
Labor Alliance (BLA) for hosting members affected by coronavirus Clayton Rose said it was “simply took its own decisions based on much larger role than the one Please see MUTUAL AID, page 3

As College decides
what to do with CARES
funds, Rose tells 100%
Yes, I’m happy
students, ‘Don’t wait’ I believe the world
BSG donates remaining budget to emergency 80.2 will be a better
funding available through dean’s office 80%
place in 25 years
by (i) the U.S. Department of
by Kate Lusignan Education and/or its Inspec-
Orient Staff
tor General; or (ii) any other
The College has yet to ac- federal agency, commission, 64.1
cept the $1.2 million allocated or department in the lawful
to it through the Coronavirus exercise of its jurisdiction and
Aid, Relief and Economic Se- authority.”
curity (CARES) Act. “I hope it turns out not to
According to President be an issue because, if it is, my
Clayton Rose, who com- suspicion is we may not take
mented on the matter during the money,” Rose said during
Wednesday’s Town Hall, the the town hall.
College has not accepted the None of the 11 NESCAC
funds because “there are some colleges has announced that 40%
possible conditions or terms it will decline the funds, and
around taking the money, Middlebury and Trinity have
which could be problematic.” officially confirmed that they
According to Rose, this will accept CARES Act funds.
provision could potentially The U.S. Department of Ed-
lead to the names of students ucation set aside approximate-
who accept CARES Act aid
to be disclosed to any federal
ly $6 billion of aid for higher
education in March. The
agency under the Freedom of amount each institution will
Information Act. receive was calculated based
The Recipient Agreement on how many students are
Form, which the College needs enrolled and, of that number,
to sign to receive the funds, how many receive national Pell
states in section 4(f) that the Grants. If Bowdoin accepted
College “shall cooperate with the funds, guidelines stipulate 0%
any examination of records that nearly $600,000—half of Last Semester This Semester
with respect to the advanced the $1.2 million—will be di-
funds by making records and rectly distributed at the Col- HAPPINESS DOWN, OPTIMISM UP: Students were asked “Are you happy?” and “Do you believe the world will be a better or worse place in 25
authorized individuals avail- years?” This semester, happiness dropped nearly 20% from last semester. Yet, the percentage of respondents who said they believe the world will be
able when requested, whether Please see CARES, page 6 a better place in 25 years rose by almost 10 percent. FOR MORE, SEE PAGE 10.

Responding to College’s financial woes, Roses cuts his pay by over 20 percent
(COVID-19) pandemic and precisely how much his pay has million by the end of the fiscal in response to a question about ductions or layoffs to come.
by Alyce McFadden switch to remote learning. been reduced, but he clarified year on June 30. pay reductions for senior ad- “This isn’t signaling any-
Orient Staff
“It was my decision, and I that the reduction will remain Rose’s decision follows an- ministrators and the possibility thing. I don’t want other people
President Clayton Rose has felt that it was important and in effect through the 2020-2021 nouncements by many colleges of layoffs. to get anxious,” Rose said. “And
voluntarily reduced his salary appropriate given the crisis that academic year. Rose also con- and universities that senior ad- During the town hall, Rose we really, truly, haven’t decided
“well in excess of 20 percent,” we are in and the likely finan- firmed that he is the only ad- ministrators—including pres- did not deny the possibility of anything about anything yet.”
as of April 1. The move, an- cial stress that we are going to ministrator at the College who idents, provosts and deans— further salary reductions or All current employees of the
nounced in the April 29 virtual be under for some time,” Rose has taken a pay cut at this point. took pay cuts that range from layoffs, noting that subsequent College will be retained and
town hall with students and said in a phone interview with The Orient previously re- 10 to 20 percent. decisions will be made by July 1, paid in full for the duration of
subsequent email to the College the Orient. ported the College has spent Rose first announced the the formal start of the 2020-21 the current academic year, and
community on April 30, comes According to the Chronicle more than $6 million on decision during the town hall, academic year. However, Rose Rose reiterated that job pres-
in the face of financial losses of Higher Education, Rose’s sal- COVID-19 related expenses which he hosted with Senior noted that the reduction in his ervation is among the College’s
the College has incurred as a ary in 2017 was $517,513. since March 11, and it antici- Vice President and Dean of salary should not be interpreted top priorities in designing its
consequence of the coronavirus Rose declined to specify pates spending in excess of $8 Student Affairs Janet Lohmann, as a harbinger of mass pay re- budget for the coming year.

This print edition of the Orient was produced on Friday, May 1, 2020, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be physically printed at a later date.

90 students have already changed fall International students discuss the pandemic Theater costume manager and designer Coaches find alternative methods for Andrew Hamilton has some parting words
semester abroad plans. Page 3. from Brunswick Apartments. Page 7. Julie McMurry is retiring. Page 13. engaging with prospective athletes. Page 15. for the Class of 2020. Page 17.
2 Friday, May 1, 2020


press F to pay respects
up at my desk learning how to of every Page 2 idea I have ever no clue what a lax player’s pickup WILD concoctions that scare the about for this one though. Always
by Lily Randall properly format a Security Report written down with a cute and fun line would be. What’s even better sh*t out of me. I may not know readjusting their damn camera.
Orient Staff
(yes, Randy and I email … don’t commentary of my thoughts on about this is that I had no poten- much, but I do know that ma- Choppy ass videos. Walking
I was a yearbook writer in high be jealous <3). each one now. This is a little too tial pickup lines listed, just literally ple yogurt should be ILLEGAL. around while on camera and car-
school. Yes, no need to comment, Anyways, I was trying to think meta and probably a bad idea, but these seven words. I was likely Sound off in the comments if you rying their phone/laptop. Just in-
I know that is literally the most about what my final Page 2 of the buckle up because I’m committing headed for a balls joke, though, if want. I’m ready to fight about this sufferable. 8/10 idea, maybe Buzz-
useless job in history. My mem- year should be about, and I just to this! Yeehaw! I had to guess. 4/10 idea, clearly I one. 8/10 idea, should have done feed will co-opt this one from me.
ory of it is punishment enough, kept drawing blanks. I consulted didn’t know what I was doing. this one.
thank you. It kinda pains me to my friends, asked the gnome that 1. “Hot take: Epicuria sucks. All it 7. “Four comments and I cut my
think about all of the hours I spent lives under my patio and even is are those trying to f***.” 3. “Most haunted buildings on 5. “Bowdoin boys you will meet on bangs.”
fixing comma splices in copies took it upon myself to see what This cute little number is from campus.” spring break.” This one was just a title idea but
about homecoming dances and my predecessor had done last year November 14th, and I’m almost Okay, I actually went through The ideas for this one includ- honestly, I stand by what I said. If
sophomore cheer seasons, but I (btw cannot believe you ended positive it is a discarded idea from a mildly obsessive phase about the ed dragging BOC kids going to this article gets four comments,
guess the Orient has some sense with a crossword Diego … SO the week Page 2 was just a bunch prospect of there being ghosts in Canada, everyone who went back I’ll look into it. Leaving unranked
of humor and considered that dirty to leave people without the of limericks about Bowdoin. The Hubbard, and when I wrote this to their hometown and regressed depending on how this goes.
the same thing as writing jokes answers). I was pretty stuck and heart is there, but the execution is idea down I’d also recently learned (me) and … people whose lavish
because I was literally hired as the figured I was just gonna cop out weak. 7/10 idea, with a pity point about the cadaver rooms in the trips got cancelled because of the 8. “Bowdoin alignment charts.”
comedy writer this year due to my with a listicle or something, when for effort. basement of Adams, so I was coronavirus. :) Wrote this one in In a similar vein as my yogurt
experience in yearbook. Touché, I realized I just have a shitload of having a moment. I’m very much my notes before the hellstorm that idea but with less flare. These I ac-
assholes. random Page 2 ideas/excerpts in 2. “Pick up lines used by lax play- over this phase, I promise, but also is our life descended :) hahaha this tually took it upon myself to cre-
When I applied for Page 2 I my notes app from throughout ers.” if anyone wants to talk I have a hurts :) 0/10, terrible idea. ate, so I’ve included them below.
didn’t really know what it was. I the year. These range from straight I have actually no clue where I lot of theories about the Shannon
was just informed that it was the up nonsensical (one just reads: was going with this one consider- Room. 6/10 idea. 6. “People on zoom who suck.” P.S. if you don’t know what an
~whimsical page~ and I’d have to “ORIENT IDEA: Tupac???”) to ing 1. I have never talked to a lax This one I actually could have alignment chart is, your parents
be there on Thursday nights. I de- ideas I honestly should have pur- player in my life and 2. I have nev- 4. “Alignment chart of yogurts done for an article this week if I probably loved you enough to
cided to #yolo it and applied, and sued. So, in true Page 2 fashion, er had anyone use a pickup line here.” didn’t suck, but alas, such is life. restrict access to the internet while
not even a week later I was posted I have made a fun little listicle on me, so I DEFINITELY have Thorne brunch has some You guys know who I’m talking you grew up. God bless.


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Friday, May 1, 2020 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF Tenure decisions extended, BCQs

cancelled in wake of of remote learning

Dharni Vasudevan, the chair of cision protects professors from knew how bad it was.”
by Alyce McFadden CAPT, in a video interview with being penalized for making this The official decision by the
Orient Staff
the Orient. “So it’s not very fair trade-off. Office of Academic Affairs en-
The College will extend ten- to use a survey that was designed If tenure-track faculty mem- courages, but does not require,
ure decisions by one year and when resources and circum- bers decide their research has professors to utilize the new
has created an adapted, informal stances were more equitable.” not been seriously disrupted by questionnaire. The new survey
questionnaire to temporarily Outside of the classroom, re- the pandemic, they may opt out was designed by Director of the
replace the formal Bowdoin strictions on travel and the clo- of the one-year extension. Baldwin Center for Teaching
Course Questionnaires (BCQs) sure of non-essential businesses To make its recommendation, and Learning Kathrine Byrnes
to account for the novel coro- might prevent professors from CAPT consulted with 30 faculty and Associate Dean of Academic
navirus (COVID-19) pandem- achieving the same quality and members—15 tenured and 15 Affairs Rachel Beane and will
ic’s disruption of professors’ quantity of scholarship they are on the tenure track—in the days be administered through Black-
teaching and scholarship. These otherwise expected to produce. after the College announced the board’s survey software.
changes were recommended “Conferences are canceled. transition to remote learning. Results from these question-
by the Committee for Appoint- Publishers are putting things on Even though the committee naires may be used by professors
ments, Promotions and Tenure hold,” Vasudevan said. “People made its recommendation be- in writing “dossiers”—self-eval-
(CAPT) to ensure that profes- can’t travel abroad to archives fore professors began teaching uative documents the Office of
sors are evaluated according to for field trips, labs are closed and remotely and before the College Academic Affairs uses in the
an equitable and fair standard science people can’t be doing announced the switch to a uni- process of making tenure and
despite unusual and varied cir- that research.” versal pass/fail grading system, promotion decisions—but pro-
cumstances. Dean of Academic Affairs its findings were next to unani- fessors pursuing tenure or pro-
“Lives are upside down. Some Elizabeth McCormack also not- mous in support of suspending motion will neither be required
[professors] are teaching syn- ed that professors might now be BCQs for the semester. nor expected to incorporate
chronously; some are teaching spending time previously allo- “[Responses were] very con- responses from this semester’s
asynchronously. Some have kids cated for research learning how sistent about how the instrument questionnaire in self-evalua-
at home; some are single par- to use new video conferencing was not contextualized for the tions.
ents,” said Professor of Chemis- software or preparing asynchro- current time,” Vasudevan said.
try and Environmental Studies nous course materials. The de- “And this was even before we


MUTUAL AID tivities Nate Hintze on April 16, “To my knowledge, I’ve never
ABROAD CHANGED ME: In the face of coronavirus (COVID-19)
uncertainty, students are facing a difficult decision on studying away in the fall.
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Hintze informed SOOC mem-
bers that the College had ceased seen a decision made like this
Ninety students have already changed their plans. ciate the fund from the College to recognize the BLA as a student by the College to ‘un-recognize’
NINETY SOPHOMORES WITHDRAW and the BLA by removing the organization “in good standing”
a student group. It was hard for
everyone to understand what
College’s name from the fund and at the direction of Lohmann,
FROM FALL STUDY ABROAD any associated promotion mate- because the organizers had failed
rial, in accordance with the Col- to remove the fund from the the meaning behind it was and
Anticipating complications with the fall 2020 semester due
to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Office of
lege’s policy that prohibits inde-
pendent fundraising by chartered
BLA website. The students said
that Hintze explained that this what the consequences were.”
Off-Campus Study (OCS) has recommended that current sopho- student groups. Rose suggested decision allowed the College to –Sonia Shah ’22, SOOC Chair
mores reconsider their study away plans and has given them until that administrators’ involvement revoke a number of the privileges
mid-to-late-June to do so. This gives students who were planning ended once the group clarified that the BLA was granted by vir- BLA’s privileges—made it seem as SOOC charter, pressure from ad-
on studying off campus in the fall of 2020 time to reconsider their the fund’s independence from the tue of its SOOC charter. though “they [were] pushing the ministrators played a significant
decision. College. “My committee and I were told consequences of their decision role in the group’s decision to
“90 students have withdrawn from [studying away during] the On April 7, after Senior Vice [by Hintze] that anything that re- onto a student-led committee.” close down the fund.
fall 2020 semester, with more than half deferring to the spring 2021 President and Dean for Student quired the Student Activities of- “My committee has tried its “Our choice to shut down
semester,” wrote Christine Wintersteen, director of OCS and Inter- Affairs Janet Lohmann initial- fice would not be processed. For best to work out the best possible the fund was a result of pressure
national Programs, in an email to the Orient. ly contacted BLA, organizers example, the club would be able solution in these circumstances, from multiple fronts, one of those
On March 31, the U.S. State Department issued a global Level 4 changed the name of the fund to request SAFC fundings but especially when they felt pres- being our limitations as a student
Do Not Travel advisory, writing that U.S. citizens should “avoid all to exclude Bowdoin’s name and the SAFC allocations would not sure from the administration group [as specified by the SOOC]
international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19.” Under posted a statement on the fund’s be processed by Student Activi- to take a certain stance,” wrote … the other being pressure from
the study-away guidelines written by OCS, student travel is prohib- webpage clarifying the fund’s ties nor would clubs receive any Shah. “I think the SOOC is also the administration,” said Ray.
ited to countries with Level 4 State Department travel advisories. independence both from the reimbursements,” Shah wrote. disappointed in the way the ad- “There were no concrete threats
Wintersteen emphasized that there are still many uncertainties College and the BLA. According “They also would not have access ministration has responded and of disciplinary action, but from
surrounding study-away in the fall. to organizers, they continued to to resources like reserving rooms misrepresented our work during continued correspondence [with
“It is possible that study-away broadly will not be possible due host the fund on the BLA’s web- or a Blink Page.” these times. The administrators administrators] it was clear that
to U.S. State Department travel advisories, currently at level 4, or site for technical reasons. Hintze did not respond to were clearly involved and it’s sad they didn’t support what we were
if instruction on study away programs and overseas universities “They complied with [our multiple requests for comment. to see them hiding their involve- doing. It sent a message.”
remains online,” Wintersteen wrote. “It is also entirely possible that request], which was great,” Rose Shah emailed the organizers of ment and decisions in the matter.” “It was very clear that right off
other countries will have strict measures against having students said. the BLA on April 17 to ask them After student organizers shut the bat the administration want-
from the U.S. (and other countries) entering their own countries.” Later in his comments, Rose to remove the fund from the down the mutual aid fund on ed this shut down,” said Diego
suggested that the SOOC subse- BLA website, in compliance with April 21, the SOOC voted to re- Grossmann ’20, another of the
quently enforced its own fund- SOOC policy. But by this time, tain BLA’s charter, prompting the fund’s organizers and member of
raising policies after it learned the group existed as a chartered College to re-recognize the club BLA.

that organizers had failed to organization “only in name,” in good standing and restore its In an email to the Orient,
remove the fund from the BLA Shah said. privileges. Lohmann said she did not threat-
website, and that this is what led In a phone call with the Ori- Meanwhile, the fund’s orga- en the fund’s leaders with dis-
to the fund’s eventual shutdown. ent, Shah said she was not aware nizers had not been informed ciplinary action, but otherwise

“The BSG took its own deci- of any past instances in which about the temporary loss of the declined to comment on her in-
sions based on its own set of rules, the College had exercised its BLA’s privileges. The only com- volvement. She did not respond
and I think there’s been some authority to take away the priv- munication BLA had received to subsequent requests for com-
confusion and some conflation ileges clubs retained by virtue of was on April 15, when Lohmann ment.
between … what the BLA did their SOOC charter or to limit a informed the fund’s organizers On April 24, the day the Ori-
We’re going on summer with respect to that longstanding
[College] rule about fundraising
chartered club’s access to College
that she did not support the
group’s standing as a recognized
ent published a story about the
closing of the fund, the College
break, but you can still and whatever it is that the BSG
did with relation to the BLA,”
“To my knowledge, I’ve never
seen a decision made like this
student group, but she did not
specify the implications of that
updated its COVID-19 FAQ page
to include information about the

submit an Op-Ed or a Letter

said Rose. by the College to ‘un-recognize’ statement. College’s pre-existing emergency
Rose declined to comment a student group. It was hard for But Ben Ray ’20, an organizer relief fund, administered by the
further on his statement made everyone to understand what the of the fund and member of the Office of the Dean of Students.
to the Editor to during the town hall. meaning behind it was and what BLA, was not surprised to learn On Thursday evening, the BSG
Members of the SOOC have the consequences of it were,” she that the College had taken drastic executive council announced in a
orientopinion@bowdoin. contested Rose’s comments, said. steps to limit the BLA’s activity school-wide email that it had of-
however, claiming that adminis- Neither the SOOC guidelines and access to resources. fered $20,000 of the BSG’s surplus
edu for online publication. trators took independent actions nor the Student Activities Club “It’s no coincidence that they budget to supplement the Col-
to sanction the BLA even before Leader Manual outline the Col- are invoking authority over stu- lege’s existing emergency funds.
Include your full name and the SOOC had asked the organiz-
ers to remove the fund from the
lege’s authority to recognize or
un-recognize a student group.
dent organizations to suppress
activities of a group that has
“After communicating with
the Dean’s office we have decid-
phone number. BLA’s website.
According to a number of stu-
Shah added that the timing
of Student Activities’ commu-
historically pressed them to do
better,” he said.
ed to trust that they are the best
individuals to be making these
dents who participated in a video nication with SOOC—after the Ray added that while the decisions,” the executive council
call with Director of Student Ac- College had already revoked the group did not want to lose its wrote.
4 NEWS Friday, May 1, 2020

Brunswick braces for students’ return this summer

“It’s possible that my intern- “No one is immune to the
byJohnny Liesman ship will change from virtual tensions inherent in the corona-
and Cole van Miltenburg to in-person in the middle of virus pandemic,” Gardner-Pus-
Orient Staff
the summer because it’s a cam- chak said. “Students returning
Though the College has yet paign, so it’s kind of flexible,” to Brunswick are going to need
to announce an official decision said Rose in a phone interview to contribute some of their daily
about housing on campus over with the Orient. “So my plan is energy to thinking about their
the summer as of Thursday, just to be there.” social space and distancing in
many students who planned to The arrival of students will a way that they haven’t before.
live and work on or near cam- coincide with the start of Gov- There will be an added element
pus are expecting strict limits ernor Janet Mills’ multi-staged to all social interactions.”
on the number of students Bow- proposal to reopen the state, Brunswick Town Coun-
doin will house. In anticipation, which was released on Tuesday. cilwoman Kathy Wilson also
students have been claiming The tentative plan includes an explained the necessity of
off-campus residences in hopes updated limit of 50 people per adhering to health and safety
of having a “Bowdoin summer,” gathering (up from a current precautions throughout the
even if their work must be con- limit of 10 people per gathering) summer, particularly focusing
ducted remotely. and the opening of restaurants on the importance of wearing
But returning to Bruns- and some retail establishments face masks in public spaces.
wick during the coronavirus effective June 1. Given the relatively high con-
(COVID-19) pandemic means Despite these somewhat centration of elderly residents in
students will have to adjust to relaxed restrictions, social dis- Maine, she placed responsibility
and navigate new social distanc- tancing and health requirements on younger community mem-
ing regulations. are still set to remain in place in- bers to play their part.
“While we are in this state
“While we are in this state of of pandemic, we need to be

pandemic, we need to be willing

willing to wear masks,” Wilson
said in a phone interview with
to wear masks. I have noticed the Orient. “I have noticed that
when it is someone not wearing when it is someone not wearing
a mask, it’s usually a younger
a mask, it’s usually a younger person because they might feel
person because they might feel invincible.”

Wilson said that if visitors
abide by the health guidelines
–Kathy Wilson, Brunswick Town in place, she does not think
students returning to campus
Councilwoman will pose a problem. Senior Vice
President for Communications
According to state guidelines, definitely. And, on Wednesday and Public Affairs Scott Hood
people traveling into Maine morning, Mills signed an execu- echoed this sentiment.
from out of state are required to tive order mandating that masks “As long as [students] contin-
self-quarantine for 14 days upon be worn in public spaces where ue to observe best practices for
arrival. The state’s Center for social distancing is limited. staying healthy and safe during
Disease Control and Prevention “Just wear a mask … and if the pandemic—including doing
Communications Director Rob- you’re going to spend any length what they can to avoid putting
ert Long explained the implica- of time closer to somebody, others at risk—I don’t think
tions of mandated self-isolation wash your hands, use hand san- Bowdoin students pose any
for Bowdoin students arriving itizer … those things don’t end greater risk to the local com-
from all over the country. even when you expand the size munity than anyone else,” Hood
“[A self-quarantine] would of groups to 50,” said Bowdoin said. ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
require that [students] bring Director of Health Services Jef- While there is no firm esti- NOBODY’S HOME: Although Brunswick might feel empty today, students are still clamoring to secure leases for
enough food, medications, and frey Maher. “We’re still going to mate for how many students housing this summer.
other necessary items to get be enrolled in physical distanc- will return to the Brunswick “Every landlord I talked to year. COVID-19 pandemic.
through 14 days in their sum- ing for a while.” area, some have already ex- was like, ‘I’m talking to other “The landlord had men- “I think there’s a temptation
mer residence without leaving When returning to Bruns- perienced trouble in finding people … I’ve had numerous tioned that all of his tenants for with so many Bowdoin students
in a way that could expose oth- wick for the summer, Maher available leases. Emilia Majer- people reach out to me,’ so it the summer usually come from in one place to not follow the
ers to the virus,” Long wrote in emphasized that students will sik ’22 had summer living ar- definitely felt like a competitive the Bowdoin Music Festival and social distancing measures,”
an email to the Orient. need to abide by Mills’ require- rangements which fell through search,” Majersik said in a phone had all canceled their leases be- Majersik said. “I feel like it’s
Jacob Rose ’21, who will be ments. Theo Gardner-Puschak after student tenants decided to interview with the Orient. cause, obviously, the festival is important for Bowdoin students
working for the Maine State ’20, who is living in off-cam- extend their current lease. She Some students experienced canceled,” said John in a phone to have a realization that it’s not
House Speaker Sara Gideon’s pus housing to finish the se- was eventually able to secure greater success in this regard. call with the Orient. going to be a normal Bowdoin
senatorial campaign, said that mester of remote learning, another off-campus apartment Kate John ’22 found a house In any case, Majersik ac- summer.”
he plans to live in Brunswick for understands the challenges of with friends, but she encoun- after reaching out to the land- knowledged the uncertain so- Roither Gonzales, Rebecca
the summer regardless of what social distancing while living tered several roadblocks along lord of a friend who had lived cial impact of students return- Norden-Bright and Lily Randall
happens with his internship. amongst peers. the way. off campus during the academic ing to Brunswick during the contributed to this report.

From the town hall: College will adjust leave of absence policy, and other takeaways
take a leave of absence and a final decision on the College’s to self-quarantine for 14 on the College’s budget. Stu- sibility for the fall semester,
by Danielle Quezada that the College will not dis- summer plans would be an- days, making the logistics of dents asked about how dam- but it has yet to be addressed
Orient Staff
courage students from doing nounced on May 1. pick up challenging for out- age to the endowment could in depth.
President Clayton Rose so. She added that given the In regards to summer re- of-state students. Lohmann impact financial aid. “We’re working and look-
and Dean for Student Affairs current circumstances, the search fellowships, Rose an- did not specify a timeline for “If we were to be in a long ing at the budgets on a lot of
Janet Lohmann answered criteria for taking leave will nounced that permission to when students will be able to and prolonged downturn in different models and trying
questions posed by over probably be changed from be on campus will be consid- collect their belongings but the markets … we would have to understand how we think
200 students during a town their current iteration in the ered on a “faculty by faculty, added that more information to think differently about about where tuition comes
hall meeting over Zoom on Student Handbook, but did project by project decision.” into that and the value of the
Wednesday night. Question not specify how. He added that any research Rose also noted that, contrary Bowdoin education and so
topics ranged from potential
limits on the number of stu-
These changes will be an-
nounced at the end of this
that can be done remotely
will be. to what some believe, remote forth” said Rose.
Rose also noted that, con-
dents taking leave in the fall semester, before the College According to Lohmann, learning models are significantly trary to what some believe,
to when students can retrieve makes a decision about invit- students who are currently
more expensive for the College remote learning models are

than in-person teaching.

personal belongings left be- ing students back to campus living on campus will have significantly more expensive
hind in Brunswick. in the fall. Lohmann said the opportunity to stay after for the College than in-per-
When asked about the that students will have time May 17. son teaching.
College’s plans in case of an to consider all options before Although students who left will be available as Maine our financial aid policy,” said Despite the uncertainty
increase in the number of making a decision about next belongings in temporary col- makes updated decisions on Rose. surrounding many of the
students wanting to take a semester’s enrollment. lege storage were originally social distancing guidelines However, Rose affirmed topics raised during the town
semester or year off if remote After some students ex- told they would be able to pick in the coming weeks and the College’s commitment to hall, Rose said that the Col-
learning continues, Lohmann pressed concern regarding the up their items at the end of months. maintaining its need-blind lege’s goal is to bring everyone
said there is currently no plan lack of a final decision on sum- the academic term, Lohmann Rose and Lohmann also financial aid policy. back to campus in the fall.
to limit the number of stu- mer housing and employment said these plans have changed. addressed concerns about the Additionally, Rose said a “If there is a way to do it,
dents who might choose to on campus, Lohmann said that Visitors to Maine are required financial fallout of the crisis reduction in tuition is a pos- we will do it.” said Rose.
Friday, May 1, 2020 NEWS 5

Fulbright pushes start date to January, seniors reconsider plans

that plagues a lot of hospitals, es- graduate school this fall. Alterna- State Department that runs the current situation. “I don’t think demonstrated attitudes of accep-
by Nina McKay pecially in the developing world,” tively, if his supervisor at the lab is Fulbright Student Program. Fulbright wants to suspend [all tance when discussing their cur-
Orient Staff
Tuck said in a video interview able to pay him a salary, he would Current grantees also expe- of its programs] for the first time rent decision-making processes.
The spring typically brings a with the Orient. “The research consider starting work in Germa- rienced this long-term planning since 1948, but when it’s a global Tuck had been told that he will be
flurry of excitement for Bowdoin now looks like it would probably ny in September as planned and process when they were told to pandemic, where are people be- contacted by a Fulbright regional
applicants to the Fulbright Stu- be more like vaccines for corona- then making use of the Fulbright depart from their countries in ing reassigned to?” representative at an unknown
dent Program. Bowdoin students virus, because a lot of groups have funding once it is made available March. Myall and Jaffe explained Jaffe and Myall also explained time, and he will then have two
have fared well in the past—the pivoted.” after the updated start date in that grantees were given a $1000 that their phone and email weeks to decide whether he will
College had 19 successful ap- Tuck, who would have started January. relocation stipend and will con- conversations with prospective accept the offer.
plicants in 2018-2019, second his research in mid-September, Neither Spencer nor Tuck tinue to receive funding and Fulbright recipients involve dis- “It certainly seems rushed, es-
only to Williams College among learned about the new January have received specific informa- health insurance at least through cussing the possibility of being on pecially because you’re essentially
American liberal arts colleges. start date from a friend before tion about the impact of the delay June. Students were not given this lockdown in their host country asking someone to forgo a source
This year, however, the he was notified of his acceptance, on their funding, their program’s information in initial emails from after arrival, which would not of income or any sort of financial
COVID-19 pandemic has creat- and after he received his accep- updated end dates or the date by the U.S. State Department which be conducive to the kinds of in- support that they had counted
ed an unprecedented disruption tance email, he then received an which they would have to accept urged them to return to the Unit- tercultural interaction that many on,” he said. “But that’s also the
for both current and prospec- official email about the delay. their grants. Myall explained that ed States. applicants desire. case for a lot of people all over
tive grantees. In mid-March, all Like Tuck, Ely Spencer ’20 the rapidly-evolving health crisis Some Fulbright recipients
current grantees were advised
to quickly depart from their
found out last week that he had
been awarded an ETA grant
forced countries participating in
Fulbright to make multiple deci-
were sent home on a coun-
try-by-country basis, but all
“It certainly seems rushed, especially
host countries, and on April 21, to work in Spain and that the sions before they had formulated remaining grantees were urged because you’re essentially asking
the program informed incom- program would not begin until concrete contingency plans. to return by the U.S. State De- someone to forgo a source of income
or any sort of financial support that
ing study/research and English January. The Spanish Fulbright “They’re making decisions partment once it had declared a
Teaching Assistant (ETA) grant- commission has yet to tell him before they have plans,” she said. global Level 4 Travel Advisory on
ees that they will not be permit- where in the country he will be Myall and Janice Jaffe, interim March 31. they had counted on. But that’s
ted to begin their work before
January 1, 2020.
placed or what school he will be
working in.
director of Student Fellowships
and Research, explained that the
Myall and Jaffe explained that
there have been disruptions to the
also the case for a lot of people all
“[Fulbright] is large, well-es- The delayed Fulbright start Fulbright, which is bilaterally program in the past, including over the world right now; it’s not
tablished, and it’s been continual- date creates a logistical puzzle for run and funded by the U.S. State several years ago when students Fulbright-exclusive by any stretch.”
ly running since 1948,” said Kate Spencer. Department and the countries who were awarded Fulbright
Myall, assistant director of the “I’m applying to other stuff where grantees work, typically grants to do work in Venezuela –Owen Tuck ’20
Center for Cocurricular Oppor- too and looking at other oppor- allows countries to make their were reassigned to neighboring
tunities, in a video interview with tunities—I don’t really know how own decisions about evacuations countries for safety reasons, and While acknowledging that the world right now; it’s not Ful-
the Orient. “While there have it all might fit together,” Spencer and safety concerns. They expect one instance where a student who these circumstances put recipi- bright-exclusive by any stretch.”
been moments since 1948 … said in a video interview with the countries will make decisions was awarded a study/research ents in a complicated and stress- Spencer echoed this senti-
when things have been disrupted, Orient. “I think this is true for about altering end dates to allow grant in Egypt in 2013 was reas- ful situation, Myall and Jaffe also ment, emphasizing the gratitude
this worldwide effect is complete- more seniors this year.” grantees to stay for the full ten- signed to Jordan due to the Arab emphasize the importance of he felt for having received his
ly unprecedented.” Neither Spencer nor Tuck month period. They added that Spring. keeping American grantees in the acceptance.
Owen Tuck ’20 learned last have officially accepted their the countries’ decisions would However, Fulbright’s capacity United States until the situation “I think there’s a ton of uncer-
week that he had been awarded grants, and both are making al- likely depend on what sources of to reassign grantees is limited. becomes more stable to avoid tainty involved,” he said. “More
a study/research grant to work ternative plans as they await more funding they had available and, In 2016, in the wake of the coup placing a strain on other coun- than anything, I think this is a
at a lab in a Max Planck Institute information from their respective for ETA grants, whether the start in Turkey, the entire cohort of tries’ healthcare systems, and really cool opportunity that I’m
in Potsdam, Germany. Usually, commissions. Tuck, who was of the school year had also been 80 incoming ETAs had their they praise current and prospec- really excited about, and we’ll see
the scientists at the lab work on accepted to a doctorate program delayed. grants suspended, not reassigned, tive grantees for their flexibility in what happens.”
developing solutions to antibiotic in chemistry at the University of In the meantime, Myall and during the summer before their navigating this process. The application for the 2021-
resistance. California, Berkeley, had planned Jaffe said they continue to receive planned departure. Indeed, while Tuck and Spen- 2022 Fulbright cycle is now open,
“My project would be de- to defer matriculation if he re- frequent email updates from the “Super large cohorts … [are] cer both expressed some anxiet- as originally scheduled, and the
signing a vaccine for one type of ceived the Fulbright grant, but Institute for International Edu- not so easily reassigned,” Myall ies about putting a plan in place process is proceeding normally
really deathly resistant bacteria he is now considering starting cation, the entity within the U.S. said, relating that instance to the for the upcoming year, they also as of now.

Student aid office to waive Health Center continues supporting students, opens
summer work expectation virtual consultations
Financial aid grants remain on schedule by Roither Gonzales
pared to in-person appoint-
Itza Bonilla-Hernandez ’20
praised the Health Center’s
stated that even if the fall se-
mester is remote, students will
Orient Staff
returning students would be “In my experience, about 90 speed and accessibility while still be able to apply for Bow-
by Diego Lasarte announced on schedule. Since the College transi- percent of the time, the medi- refilling her prescriptions. doin’s health insurance with a
Orient Staff
Dean of Admissions and tioned to remote learning cal problem can be discerned “I used [health services] to similar application process as
The Bowdoin Office of Stu- Student Aid Whitney Soule due to the novel coronavirus by accurate history, [and] by get some prescriptions I need- previous years.
dent Aid has announced that wrote in an email to the Ori- (COVID-19), Bowdoin Health talking to a person, I can come ed, and it was super easy and Although the Health Cen-
it will waive the summer work ent that financial aid grants Services has continued to pro- up with a general idea or maybe they got back to me very quickly ter is usually not open in the
expectation component of will likely be sent out before vide free medical services to a really good idea of what’s go- and everything went smoothly,” summer, Lohmann mentioned
student financial aid packages the College reaches a final students both on and off-cam- ing on,” Maher said in a video wrote Bonilla-Hernandez in an during the Town Hall on
as a result of the coronavirus decision regarding the fall pus. While the limited number interview with the Orient. “A email to the Orient. Wednesday night that health
(COVID-19) pandemic. In an semester, and that grants will of students on campus can still physical exam may corroborate Despite their availability, services may have some avail-
email sent to all students who be revised if there is any sub- schedule in-person visits, those what I’m already thinking, but Maher has noted a significant ability this summer.
receive financial aid, Micheal sequent change to the cost of who are living off-campus can it’s not the most important part drop in the number of students “But, I’m not sure it will be
Bartini, director of financial attendance. using their services. available strictly [for the] lim-

Although the Health Center is

aid, cited an effort to relieve Soule said that she under- “As people are sheltering in ited number of students who
financial pressure in what he stands it may be difficult or place or spread out through- are on campus for the summer
called a time with a “unique impossible for students to usually not open in the summer, out the country, they are not or whether we’d be opening up
combination of stresses relat-
ed to COVID-19.”
work this summer. She added
that the College is taking into
Lohmann mentioned during the getting sick. And if they are
getting sick, they’re able to
to students who are living in
Brunswick, but traditionally we
Bartini clarified that the account the wide range of fi- Town Hall on Wednesday night manage from home because encourage students to use the
work expectation would be nancial impacts that the coro- that health services may have people’s first resource is the walk-in clinic and other local

some availability this summer.

replaced with an additional navirus pandemic has had on people they live with,” Maher services,” she said.
grant, and that this change was students. said. “So they may have more Looking ahead, the Health
only applicable to the 2020- “We hope that waiving the home resources that they don’t Center has begun preparing
2021 academic year. summer work expectation now reach out to the Health of a medical encounter. That’s have to call health services for.” for next semester, whether it be
The Office of Student Aid for this year will relieve some Center to request prescription the interview and discussion.” Students do not need to be online or on-campus.
also confirmed that the details stress for our students,” said refills and schedule remote With the majority of hos- on Bowdoin’s health insurance “We’ll be tasked with plans
of the financial aid grants for Soule. consultations through Micro- pitals overwhelmed by the to access the Health Center’s on how to manage students on
soft Teams. COVID-19 pandemic, it is resources. campus, students remotely and
The bulk of the services of- harder for students to access For students covered by students who have to fluctuate

fered by the Health Center are their primary healthcare pro- Bowdoin’s Health Insurance quickly between being on cam-
treatments for acute medical viders and receive basic med- Plan who may be concerned pus to remotely, because that
problems, which are medical ical services such as refilling about their ability to access could happen too,” said Maher.
concerns that have suddenly prescriptions. The health cen- medical care when the academ- “We’re ready to do whatever
The Bowdoin Orient offers advertising space in our 24 print developed, including physical ter’s shift to telemedicine has ic year ends, Maher empha- the situation allows, with guid-
editions each year and continuously online. The Orient is injuries or illnesses. According allowed for a continuity of care sized that the coverage ends in ance from the College but also
a tremendously successful advertising platform: there’s a to Director of Health Services for many students, especially August. with guidance from our peers
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a drop in quality of care com- center. Student Affairs Janet Lohmann colleges.”
6 NEWS Friday, May 1, 2020

Virtual panel discusses Asian identity and bias during pandemic

by Sophie Burchell
Orient Staff
The Asian Students Alliance
(ASA) hosted a virtual pan-
el on Tuesday to discuss the
increased racial bias faced by
the Asian and Asian American
community due to the corona-
virus (COVID-19) pandem-
ic. Students, faculty and staff
shared personal experiences,
discussed the historical context
and posed questions of identi-
The event, “Asian Identities
in Times of Crisis,” was held
on Zoom and was attended by
almost 40 participants. Pri-
or to the College’s transition
to remote learning, ASA had
planned numerous on-cam-
pus events in April for Asian
Heritage Month. While most
of the events have since been
cancelled, the importance and
timeliness of the topic prompt-
ed ASA co-presidents Yvonne
Fang ’20 and Alexander Lee ’20
to plan the panel.
“Connecting virtually and
discussing important issues
on one hand validates people,
shows they’re not alone and
provides support,” said Fang
in a phone interview with the
Orient. “It’s also an in-depth
and hopefully thought-pro-
voking discussion and, in that
way, it’s a good way to build COURTESY OF YVONNE FANG
solidarity.” ZOOMING IN: Students attend the “Asian Identities in Times of Crisis” event over Zoom. The panel focused on increasing racial biases leveled against the Asian and Asian American community.
Panelists emphasized the di-
versity of the Asian and Asian changed my mind for sure … I of the coronavirus, Brunswick Panelists also shared expe- American community to “show cans have had to grapple with
American community both was not targeted and I’m really appeared untouched by the riences of feeling their “Amer- American-ness.” both historically and in this
within the United States and at lucky,” said attendee Cheng Xing distant suffering. ican” identities challenged. However, Chiang explained current moment.”
Bowdoin. The difficult realities ’23 in a phone interview with the “On the one side is Wuhan Professor of History and that Asian American belong- The discussion highlighted
Asian Americans are facing at Orient. “It’s quite interesting and that is sinking … on the verge Environmental Studies Con- ing was not and should not be poignant aspects of Asian and
this moment were also made dramatic how even though we’re of collapse. People who cannot nie Chiang drew parallels to conditaional on people proving Asian American existence in
clear as participants shared both Asian, these [experiences] breathe … Health care profes- the internment of Japanese their Americanness. times of crisis, and members
personal stories, such as being can be so different.” sionals dealing with exhaustion Americans in concentration “Why should Asian Ameri- of ASA hope to continue the
targeted with racist comments Associate Professor of Histo- and shortage of medical equip- camps during World War II. At cans, at this moment, do what- discourse as the pandemic un-
while out grocery shopping. ry and Asian Studies Leah Zuo ment,” Zuo said. “And the other the time, the Japanese Ameri- ever they can show that they folds.
Asian and Asian American spoke on the differences she side of the world is Brunswick can Citizens League advised are American? Why is that an “I really hope that the dis-
students who attended the on- observed between her home- … February [is] a character- compliance with the intern- appropriate response or ap- cussion will continue on be-
line panel said the discussion town of Wuhan, China and istically tranquil time period. ment as a display of American propriate advice to give, when yond this panel, and in the
broadened their perspective on her residence in Brunswick, You know, students came back loyalty—a sentiment panel- Asian Americans … are Amer- larger Bowdoin community,”
the effect the pandemic is hav- especially in late January and to campus and were happy with ists said was problematically icans?” said Chiang in a video Fang said. “This is an ongoing
ing on others. February. While Wuhan was on anticipation and with the smil- echoed in politician Andrew interview with the Orient. “It’s crisis and a lot of people are
“Hearing their stories lockdown as the first hotspot ing faces.” Yang’s recent call for the Asian a question that Asian Ameri- impacted in different ways.”

CARES for students. These funds are

open to all students, regardless
ing available for students, an
application which can be ac-
to all students on September
10 informing them of the avail-
quests are awaiting additional
informed assessments regard-
ing a student’s circumstances,”
of citizenship status, which is cessed through an online form. ability of emergency funding. In an email to all students BSG wrote in its email to stu-
lege’s discretion to assist with not the case under the CARES This fund has been available to The fund has not been refer- last night, Bowdoin Student dents.
students’ emergency expens- Act funding stipulations. students all year and was not enced in student-wide emails Government (BSG) Execu- According to the email, BSG
es. The additional half can The U.S. Department of Ed- created for COVID-19 related on any occasion since. tive Team announced BSG and the Office of the Dean of
be used to offset coronavirus ucation clarified that DACA emergencies. According to the Students are still working out
(COVID-19)-related costs, to students—undocumented Office of the Dean of Students, the terms on how the money
upgrade technology or as ad- students who arrived in the the funding operates off of do- “I want to encourage you to come can be used, but BSG felt it was
ditional student aid. United States as children— nations from alumni, parents to the dean’s office—don’t wait for necessary to inform students
Stanford, Princeton, Har-
vard and Yale are among a
and international students do
not qualify for CARES Act
and friends of the College.
Numerous students re- this CARES Act money. If it’s there, of the decision.
“I hope that students are
few universities which have funding. ported to the Orient that they terrific. If you think you can use it, comfortable trying to access
declined the federal aid en-
tirely. However, the universi-
During the virtual town
hall, Rose encouraged stu-
were not aware of the College’s
emergency funds until Rose’s
apply for it, but also, if you have the fund. I know there’s been a
lot of confusion as to whether
ties did not raise the concern dents who were seeking emer- comments during Wednes- a need now, come and talk to the or not there were funds avail-
about students’ identities be- gency assistance to contact day’s town hall. dean’s office.” able through the College to
ing disclosed in any of their their dean, even if the College “I don’t think anyone I help them if they’re in difficult
statements on why they did decides not to accept the fed- know, at the time, knew that –President Clayton Rose financial circumstances or
not accept the funds. Instead, eral funding. existed nor did they reach something unexpected arose,”
the universities said that their “I want to encourage you out for it,” said Aoguzi Muh- The Office of the Dean of has offered almost the entire Ural Mishra ’20, BSG pres-
allotted funds should be re- to come to the dean’s office— ameiti ’23 in a video interview Students wrote in an email to remaining portion of the ident, said in a video inter-
distributed to smaller, less don’t wait for this CARES Act with the Orient. “The funds the Orient that it has received BSG budget—approximately view with the Orient. “There
financially secure colleges and money,” he said. “If it’s there, we were reaching out to were 15 requests for emergency $20,000—to supplement the have been students who I’ve
universities. terrific. If you think you can third party systems.” funding since Rose announced Office of Dean of Students’ been in communication with
Although Stanford, Prince- use it, apply for it, but also, if Muhameiti said he received the College’s shift to remote emergency funding. who really wanted BSG to put
ton, Harvard and Yale declined you have a need now, come funding from student orga- learning due to COVID-19 “The Deans already have this information out and you
federal funds, each university and talk to the dean’s office.” nized funds. on March 11. Of those 15 re- access to information regard- know, it is our job to make
has allocated some of its own The Office of the Dean of Dean of Students Kristina quests, 11 have been complet- ing students, and therefore are sure that students know that
funds for direct emergency aid Students has emergency fund- Bethea Odejimi sent an email ed, and the remaining four re- in a better place to make more this is available.”

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Friday, May 1, 2020 7

Uncertainty, yearnings and hope:

international students amid COVID-19
STAYING INSIDE: Many international students remain in Brunswick Apartments at the College, where it snowed last week. The students expressed concern about how the virus might affect job prospects and returning home this summer.

It was unclear at first whom, and logistics of moving,” added campus after the semester. Al- tially virus-ridden internation- have an unpredictable impact
by Tianyi Xu among College administrators, Nirhan Nurjadin ’21, president though dining will be closed, al flights—or stay. Plane tickets on their ability to return. Niu,
Orient Staff
international students could of ISA. “That is something I meal assistance remains avail- are also becoming increasingly a native of Beijing, China, wor-
When President Clayton reach out to. know a lot of students are pas- able upon petition. scarce as governments restrict ries that returning home may
Rose first announced that the “We wrote emails and asked sionate about, even before the Other next steps, however, international travel, and some jeopardize her immigration
College would transition to the school what to do, only to whole pandemic.” remain uncertain for interna- students worry they won’t be status and invite even more un-
remote learning on March 11, be met with responses like ‘Do On the same night as Presi- tional students. Unemploy- able to come back to the Unit- certainties.
the news set off a firestorm of you have friends in the coun- dent Rose’s initial email, how- ment rates across the globe are ed States in the fall should they “I think my biggest concern
messages in “ISA Bowdoin,” try?’ or ‘Think creatively,’” Niu ever, the College clarified its skyrocketing and the job mar- return home now. is visa status, because with the
a WhatsApp group chat for said. position and offered Brunswick ket looks bleak. Students who For some, returning home worsening U.S.-China rela-
members of the International While Associate Dean of Apartments as housing for in- previously wanted to secure could mean upending the lives tions and the current federal
Students Association (ISA). In Upperclass Students Khoa ternational students through jobs in the United States after of their family members. This government, I don’t know, if I
the frantic 12 hours that fol- Khuong serves as Bowdoin’s May 17. Take-out meals were graduation are now realizing is the case for Yoon, whose ever were to go back home, [if]
lowed, international students liaison with international stu- made available at select hours they may need to return to family is in South Korea, which I would be able to come back
were left with the impression dents, the College has no office each day at the Moulton their homes abroad. mandates rigorous self-quaran- again,” Niu said.
that they were being displaced dedicated solely to internation- Union dining hall for students, “Entering the College as a tine measures upon arrival. Nurjadin is hopeful the ad-
from campus housing with no al student affairs. though most campus facilities freshman before all of this cra- “If I were to go back to ministration’s decision about
reprieve. “[Dean Khuong] is a dean remained closed. Despite ini- ziness happened, I had the ex- South Korea right now, I would whether students can return
As chaos unraveled, Lem- of students; he has a lot to take tial hiccups, students say the pectation and the goal of want- have to be quarantined in my to campus for the fall semester
ona Niu ’23 was in Aroostook care of on top of international College has successfully imple- ing to spend a couple of years house for two weeks with an takes into account the partic-
County, Maine, on one of the students, and I feel like we need mented social distancing while in the U.S.,” said Nurjadin, who app downloaded on my phone. ular challenges international
not-yet-cancelled Alternative to have a point person that we providing housing. is from Jakarta, Indonesia. “But It would track the days of my students face.
Spring Break trips, consumed could talk to just about interna- “I think it’s been nice still be- I think I’ve sort of tempered quarantine, and if I leave home “In terms of international
by the fear and trepidation that tional student matters,” said Jay ing on campus and being able my expectations a little bit with I could be fined significantly or students, [administrators] just
had become common among Yoon ’21. “Most of [Bowdoin’s to do classes here as opposed to how competitive the job mar- prosecuted criminally,” Yoon have to be cognizant of the dif-
virtually every international peer institutions] have at least being at home,” Nurjadin said. ket is going to be with a reces- said. “Because my dad is still ferent situations that everyone
student, asking herself, “Where one person delegated just for “Still living with other students sion and the limited amount of going to work, and my sister’s has to go through and then go
do I go now?” As a deluge of international student affairs.” who I’m really good friends jobs available for international going to academies, I wouldn’t sort of on a case-by-case basis
possibilities flooded her imag- “I think if we had a de- with has just been really nice.” students. I’m sort of coming to be able to stay with them for to judge it,” Nurjadin said. “I
ination, she felt abandoned by voted staffer to international On Thursday, Dean for Stu- grips with potentially having to the two weeks of quarantine. would hope that if we go online
the administration. students, who make up 10 dent Affairs Janet Lohmann go home and just work there.” So my dad and my sister would and some students have no-
“At the very beginning, I feel percent of the student body, announced in an email to in- Looking ahead to the sum- have to stay somewhere else.” where to go, that they would let
like international students were things would have just gone a ternational students on cam- mer, many students grapple Other students cite concerns them all back on campus like
a little bit left out by the admin- lot smoother, with everything pus that current residents will with the choice of whether to that traveling internationally, this current situation or help
istration,” Niu said. in terms of questions, housing be permitted to remain on return home—via risky, poten- in the current climate, could set them up somewhere.”

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8 FEATURES Friday, May 1, 2020

A vociferous applause for the class of 2020

nonfiction essay about barter- with their criticism. But, after grade, shrug, and toss the essay with the version of myself I complishments and bravery
The Search for ing at the local farmers’ mar- earnestly thanking all of them into the recycling bin. drafted at Bowdoin and daunt- of the writer and enthusias-
Spirituousness ket. But sharing one’s writing is as they handed me marked-up Maybe that’s why I felt so ed by the prospect that there tically propel them into the
vulnerable and scary. copies of my essay and their overwhelmed after walking is so much more to learn and next phase of revision. It is
by Lauren Hickey
Needless to say, when I sat one-page letters, I walked out of the workshop; some- do. It takes courage to ad- a “vociferous applause.” So,
Last fall, I took a nonfiction down at a round table among out of Adams Hall feeling the one was actually forcing me to mit that maybe this is just friends of the class of 2020,
writing course with Professor my peers, who each clutched staggering weight of the thick write a better draft. my Shitty First Draft. But, a we will have to wait until next
Marzano-Lesnevich (ML). I’m a copy of my essay, wrinkled, stack of papers. My head was I’m not advocating for man- simple conversation with my year to gather together and
not an English major or minor marked with coffee stains and spinning as I thought about all datory revisions at Bowdoin, grandmother—who has been enjoy giving and receiving this
and have never considered filled with streaks of blue and of the possible directions that because, well, that’s ridiculous. “writing” many different chap- applause. But, for now, let us
writing as a career. I took this red ink, I immediately started I could take the next draft in Rather, I’m proposing some- ters of her life for over seven all close our laptops after our
class because I enjoy writing, sweating. and all of the holes that my thing far more onerous and ab- decades—never fails to remind final Zoom sessions and vo-
and I think it is a very appli- On the blackboard, Profes- peers had exposed that I could surd: using the revision process me how much more I have to ciferously applaud ourselves
cable skill. Yet, I was shocked sor ML had outlined the item- not readily patch. When I got as a metaphor for our lives. aspire to. And that is exciting. and each other to celebrate the
by the unexpected lessons I ized itinerary for the work- home, I wanted to shove that In many ways, Bowdoin The last item on Professor versions of ourselves we have
took away from this class. Pro- shop. First, my peers would go stack of papers in my closet was a workshop. We gave and ML’s workshop agenda was already written and plunge
fessor ML not only helped me in a circle explaining the “sit- and close the door. received praise and criticism designed to recognize the ac- into writing our next drafts.
improve my technical writing uation” of the essay—where As seniors, we can all collec- to and from professors, friends
skills but instilled in me the and when it took place and tively chuckle thinking about and even strangers. Maybe we
value of growth, both in my what was going on. Ok, simple our professors’ mantras about took too much criticism to
writing and in my life. enough. Next, was the “Round starting our essays early and heart, or not enough. Maybe
Professor ML set aside the of Praise.” A circle of compli- writing multiple drafts before we praised too little while crit-
last few weeks of class for work- ments; I could handle that. the deadline. Laughable in- icizing too much. Or, maybe
shopping. From my under- Then, the class would move deed. Instead, we type late into we were too busy looking at the
standing, this meant we would into interpreting the essay’s the night, frenetically checking good that we overlooked the
peer review each others’ final “story.” Getting the story right, the clock and chugging coffee. flaws. But, we all grew.
essays. I had done this many Professor ML explained, was I had gotten used to submit- For me, graduating feels like
times before in various classes, usually impossible on the first ting what writer Anne Lamott walking out of an intense writ-
and it had gone well enough. I try and therefore would inevi- calls the “Shitty First Draft” ing workshop. It is overwhelm-
volunteered to go first. tably lead us into the “Round (which Professor ML abbrevi- ing. I feel
I had no idea what I was of Constructive Critique.” ates as “SFDs”). I would scrap proud
getting myself into. Surely my ego wasn’t so fragile together a SFD, replace words
I submitted the first draft of that I couldn’t withstand a lit- like “weird” and “great” with
my 5,000 word essay to my 11 tle criticism. Oh, and one im- “preposterous” and “raptur-
peers who had a week to read portant rule: I had to remain ous,” slap on a two-part title
it, make comments in the mar- silent until the very end. cleverly separated by a colon
gins and write a one-page letter That workshop was one of and hit print (just to find a
with three points of praise and the most intense and over- glaring sentence fragment
three points of constructive whelming experiences of my in the second sentence). A
feedback. Luckily, the content Bowdoin career. To be fair, my few weeks later, the professor
of my essay was not particular- peers were extremely generous would hand the paper back, I
ly personal—it was a longform with their praise and gracious would flip through and find the ALEX BURNS

The case for saying it as it is

be able to maintain superb the importance of respecting the playing field of “normality” mastery of English, which is array of vernaculars, sociolects,
curricula, where scholarly linguistic diversity within the is not an equal one. While many viewed as a matter of ability to idioms and expressions to cor-
Dear America works share standardization Bowdoin community and giv- take interest in scrutinizing speak like a “native speaker.” respond to one’s self-presen-
by Tianyi Xu to make them accessible to ing voice to speakers who do accents and speech within the For international students, tation to others, whether by
readers and creative minds. not conform to the American United States, be it midwestern expanding English to accom- gender, age or nationality. It is
The summer of 2012 was In its historical significance vernacular is more important or Californian, international modate their home culture further complicated by little
an extraordinary one for me. to Western civilization and than ever. Language is a vessel variants of English command can be seen as “bad English,” things, like favorite cultural
The birch trees of Northern modern value in fields like for identity; it creates spaces either an exoticized image of even when it gets the point icons, membership in the queer
California stood out against technology, mass media, sci- and opportunities for com- other parts of the West, or a across more naturally to in- community, language used
the fiery sunsets. The kids in ence and literature, English munities to integrate or create knee-jerk reaction of “bad En- tended audiences. at Thanksgiving tables with
my host family and I shared occupies a specific role in distinct boundaries. glish” upon hearing them from But barring any communi- extended families, passion in
“High School Musical” refer- the mission of the College: to Currently, Bowdoin’s lan- persons of color. cation barriers, the dichoto- sports references or even par-
ences while “Call Me Maybe” serve as an irreplaceable me- guage use tends to coalesce For people whose native my between “good” and “bad” ticular subreddits they spend a
by Carly Rae Jepsen played in dium of communication in a to one prominent, recognized language is English, their lin- English is a false one. If “bad” lot of time on. Placing different
the background. As a rath- community made up of schol- form of speech whose trans- guistic identity is a matter of English corresponds to any- ways of saying the same thing
er visible foreigner to this ars. Indeed, without English, gression affords you an instant culture or self-expression. For thing outside the standard into hierarchies of “better” or
country, my first innocent at- the Bowdoin bubble would reputation as someone with “an people whose native language English grammar and syntax, “worse”—however tempting—
tempt at communication was shatter into smithereens and accent,” someone straying from is not English, however, their it fails to account for native is pointless.
muddled by an exchange with with it any semblance of com- the norm or someone who just assimilation into the Bowdoin speakers who mix their moth- There should be a time
my host family when I asked munity cohesion. needs to work on speaking. And community depends on their er tongue with other languag- when people can talk with
where the “the rubbish bin” But as the College heralds es like Chinese (in Singapore) “auntie” instead of “Mrs.
was—as opposed to the “trash efforts to become more or Hindi (in India). It ulti- Robinson,” or ask someone to
can,” as they later corrected inclusive and diverse mately comes down to the so- “close the lights” or use “rub-
me. Or perhaps it was when I in its pedagogy cial privilege of whether you bish bins” and not subscribe to
said “open the TV” and “close and student can speak and code-switch trash cans without the fear of
the lights” instead of “turn life, freely without the risk of be- sounding lesser than because
on” and “turn off.” ing labeled as linguistically of the caricatures painted by
I’m not alone in my at- inept. Such labels may even a mass media defining the
tempt to self-regulate speech be carried into the academ- boundaries of acceptability.
to fit a certain mold. Interna- ic scene, where speakers of Celebrating language diver-
tional students code-switch other varieties of English risk sity is the negation of a certain
to accommodate American having their ideas discounted vision of reality: a static, affixed
English. But code-switching by how they verbalize them. paradigm of assigning author-
is not exclusively for interna- But Bowdoin is no stranger itative meanings to words and
tional students—indeed, it is to language diversity. There strict confines on how, what
practiced by everyone. There is an incredible richness of and when to say things as they
shouldn’t be a pretense that language at the College. Be it are neatly collected in dictio-
everyone speaks the same vernaculars associated with naries and thesauruses. When
way across all social scenarios DALIA TABACH different ethnic groups or geo- uniformity is called for, using
and functions—we change the graphic regions domestic and a universal form of speech fa-
way we talk to accommodate abroad, each Bowdoin student cilitates information to reach
each and every audience in brings with them an incredible beyond geography and person-
our life. array of cultural heritage im- al identities. But when rigidity
A unitary vision of the plicit in their use of language. becomes entrenched, it is our
English language certain- Bowdoin should be a space responsibility to recognize its
ly brings a wide variety of where all these experiences are cause, and ask, with fervor, that
benefits. The College would shared. There is a kaleidoscopic orthodoxy stops here.
Friday, May 1, 2020 9

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10 Friday, May 1, 2020

Bowdoin Orient Student Survey SPRING 2020 RESULTS

Compiled by Rohini Kurup, Gwen Davidson
and Drew Macdonald

The Faculty
Dining Services
Brunswick, Maine
The Libraries
Safety and Security
Bowdoin College
Information Technology
The Bowdoin Orient
Residential Life
Health Center
President Rose
Your Class Council
Office of Off-Campus Study
Career Planning (CXD)
Office of the Dean of Academic Affairss
BSG President Ural Mishra
College House System
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
Strongly disapprove
Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) Disapprove
Counseling Services Approve
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) Strongly approve
Entertainment Board
Judicial Board
Dept. of Athletics
Brunswick Police Dept.
100% 80% 60% 40% 20% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100%

Large majority of students say they will not enroll

in a remote fall semester, Orient survey shows
Over 70 percent of non-senior
students said they will not enroll
Of the 26 campus institutions
surveyed, all but three—the Of-
mote classes, of which around 16
percent reported being extreme-
begin. The Orient’s survey asked
non-senior students (members
President Rose Approval Rating
in a remote fall semester, ac- fice of the Dean for Academic ly dissatisfied. A vast majority of of the Classes of 2021, 2022 and 80% 74.1
cording to the Orient’s biannual Affairs, the Office of the Dean students, 86.1 percent, approve 2023) about their opinions on
approval rating survey. However, for Student Affairs and the of the College’s switch to a uni- the College’s options.
students still overwhelmingly Health Center—received higher versal Credit/No Credit grading Less than one third of stu-
support Bowdoin’s handling of approval and lower disapproval system. dents, 29.3 percent, said they 59.8 60.5
the coronavirus (COVID-19) ratings than last semester. Far Responses showed that stu- would enroll in the fall semester 60%
pandemic. more students reported being dents are having differing ex- if it were to be held entirely re-
Approval Rating

Last week, the Orient sent out unhappy in this semester’s sur- periences with virtual learning. motely. Around half of respon-
the survey—the Bowdoin Orient vey; 60.2 percent of respondents Answers varied on how many of dents said they would take the
Student Survey, which asks for said they were happy, down over a students’ classes met synchro- semester off, while others would 40% 42.4
student opinions about various 20 points from 82.1 percent last nously. A plurality of students plan to take a year off or find
campus institutions. The survey semester. Yet, 64.1 percent of (39.5 percent) reported having another alternative. Should the
was sent to all 1,970 students respondents think the world will two classes meet synchronous- fall semester be held online, over
and yielded 615 responses (31.2 be a better place in 25 years, up ly; 8.5 percent of respondents 97 percent of respondents think
percent). from 55 percent last semester. answered that they had no tuition should be reduced. A low 20%
In addition to the survey’s classes meeting synchronously, enrollment in the fall semes-
regular questions about demo- The Current COVID-19 Crisis while 9.6 percent reported four ter and reduced tuition would
graphics, academics, beliefs and or more synchronous classes. exacerbate the College’s finan-
approval of campus institutions, Survey results show that Around 58 percent of respon- cial challenges incurred from
this semester’s survey included many students are connected to dents said they preferred syn- the cost of the crisis and lower Fall Spring Fall Spring
several questions about student someone, such as a family mem- chronous classes. spendable returns from the en-
life during the COVID-19 pan- ber or friend, who has been con- The majority of students, 55.6 dowment. 2018 2019 2019 2020
demic and Bowdoin’s transition firmed positive for COVID-19. percent, feel they could not be More than three-quarters of
to virtual learning. Members of Four students reported that they productive in their current living respondents prefer having the President Clayton Rose re- highest approval ratings—95.7
the first-year, sophomore and had been confirmed positive for situation. Around 3 percent feel next semester delayed until Jan- ceived the largest increase in percent and 95.6 percent re-
junior classes were also asked to the virus. unsafe. uary with a second semester in approval, from 42.5 percent last spectively—with the faculty
give their opinions on potential A large majority of students, the summer over a remote fall semester to 60.5 percent this edging Dining Services after
plans for the College’s operation 85 percent, think the College is Looking to the Future semester. semester, and his disapproval several semesters of trailing
next semester, official versions of handling the COVID-19 crisis score decreased. Approval of In- closely behind.
which have yet to be announced. well or very well. Still, many The College has yet to decide Approval of Campus Institutions formation Technology and Class Brunswick Police Depart-
Amidst an abnormal time in expressed discontent with their what next semester will look like Councils each increased by over ment again received the lowest
students’ lives, survey responses virtual classes. A majority of and has not yet announced if Approval ratings of campus in- 10 percent. approval rating of 16.3 percent
yielded markedly different re- students, 56.2 percent, said they students will be back on campus stitutions increased virtually across The faculty and Dining Ser- with 50.3 percent of respondents
sults compared to prior years. were dissatisfied with their re- and if so, when the semester will the board from last semester. vices continue to receive the disapproving.
Friday, May 1, 2020 11

This semester, survey respondents were asked Have any of the following been confirmed positive with COVID-19?
COVID-19 SECTION several questions focusing on the COVID-19 crisis.
How well do you think Bowdoin is 250
handling the COVID-19 crisis?
1.8% Very Well 200

14% 13.1% Well 150
Poorly 100
Very Poorly 48
50 29
0 Myself Immediate Extended Friend Neighbor Other No relation to
Family Family someone with
Member Member COVID-19

Do you prefer synchronous or How would you describe the Wi-Fi Do you approve of the universal credit/no
asynchronous class formats? in your current living situation? credit system?
Very good
9.8% 13.9% No
24.1% Good
42.2% Synchronous Ok
57.8% 27.2%
36.9% Very bad 86.1%

How satisfied are you with Do you feel like you can be productive in
your remote classes? your current living situation?
25.5% Extremely satisfied
Somewhat satisfied

55.6% 44.4%
Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied
16.3% 40.1% Somewhat dissatisfied
Extremely dissatisfied

GOING REMOTE: Survey respondents were asked several questions about how their remote classes were going. Results showed a slight preference for synchronous classes over asynchronous classes and most people indicated that they
have good Wi-Fi connection. Respondents overwhelmingly approved of the universal credit/no credit system instituted by the college. A majority of respondents said they were dissatisfied with remote classes and over half of respondents
indicated that they feel like they are unable to be productive in their current living situation.

Out of the following two options to continue classes, If the fall semester were to be held entirely online,
which do you prefer? would you...

Online classes in the fall Enroll
No classes in the fall, 11%
Take a semester off
23.9% and a January start with
a second semester in the
29.3% Take a year off
summer Transfer
76.1% 52.3% Other

ZOOMING AHEAD: Survey respondents from the classes of 2021, 2022, and 2023 were asked about their feelings regarding next semester. Out of 402 students, 306 indicated that they would prefer no classes in the fall and a January start
with a second semester in the summer over online classes. Taking a semester off was the most popular response if the fall semester were to be held entirely online, selected by 209 out of 400 students. Many respondents that indicated other
wrote that they were undecided, some saying that their decision would depend on things such as tuition and other students’ plans.
12 Friday, May 1, 2020

Student performance groups navigate newfound separation

Despite the challenges, Pul- “At one basic level, all you person and have some kind of of-year showcase. Little is excit- than recording by not being able
by Keyna Mecias sifer is optimistic about the really need is two people having physicality.” ed about the new possibilities to mix and copy and paste.”
Orient Staff
performance. By returning to a conversation to do humor,” Just as hopeful is Danny brought by this virtual medium. A cappella groups are like-
As remote learning has be- the basics of improvisation, he Pulsifer said. “We have the op- Little ’22, co-leader of the Bow- “You can do things that you wise not shying away from
come the new global norm, believes that the limits of using portunity to connect with not doin Music Collective (BMC). wouldn’t really be able to do in a technology and plan on using it
college communities have been a digital platform will not stop just two people but with multi- In collaboration with the En- live setting,” Little said in a video to their benefit. Pulsifer, who is
searching for ways to stay unit- the performers from spreading ple people at the same time. We tertainment Board, the BMC is interview with the Orient. “Live also the musical director of the
ed while physically apart. At positivity and humor. have video, so you can see the attempting to host a virtual end- performance limits you more Meddiebempsters and co-presi-
Bowdoin, student performance dent of the A Capella Council,
groups are channelling their feels hopeful that a cappella can
creativity to bring the College’s be adapted to an online format.
community together with virtu- To accomplish this, members
al performances. of the Meddibempsters will
“I think it’s really important each attempt to individually re-
that student groups try to do cord their part of a song. Some-
something,” said Brendan Pul- one will then edit the audio and
sifer ’20, the leader of Improv- video together in order to create
abilities, in a video interview a cohesive recording.
with the Orient. “It’s much As excited as students are
better to attempt to make the about the possibility of continu-
connection and have it fail than ing to perform for their peers,
to not do anything at all.” some experiences cannot be rec-
Improvabilities, the College’s reated virtually. This is particular-
oldest improvisational comedy ly true for the senior class.
group, has been preparing in “In a cappella we always have
recent weeks to host a virtual a senior solo concert,” said Pul-
performance. However, Pul- sifer. “It’s very emotional and
sifer has some hesitations about you look back on your time. You
maintaining the quality of im- get to do your last swan song,
provisational comedy on this and obviously we can’t do that.”
platform. Despite a new slew of chal-
“A big part of the experience lenges, Pulsifer and others try
of watching and doing improv to maintain high spirits.
is the live physicality,” he said. “There’s no opportunity for
“You’re in a space and it’s a dark the same kind of closure,” he
auditorium. You’re watching said. “It’s very disappointing,
people interact with each oth- but I think that’s why I’m trying
er, doing scenes not only with to focus on creative solutions
emotional comedy but with to this situation as opposed to
physical comedy—so much of it ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT packing our bags and doing
is being in that space.” UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL: Bowdoin Music Collective hosts ayearly “Battle of the Bands.” The event won’t take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. nothing.”

In memory of Eavan Boland H’04

in 1988 and a 20-year tenure from historical records. As male-dominated Irish national resisted being labeled solely a In her time as a visiting
by Maia Coleman as a professor of English and she put it herself at a read- literature. female poet. professor at Bowdoin, Bo-
Orient Staff
the Director of the Creative ing for the American Acade- “[Boland] was obvious- “She did not seem to me to land contributed greatly to
Eavan Boland H’04, schol- Writing Program at Stanford. my’s Celebration of Arts and ly a woman and obviously be interested in the construc- what was then a small and
ar, professor and trailblazing Boland also held residencies Humanities in reference to Irish and obviously a poet. tion of a sort of counter-can- undeveloped creative writing
poet, died following a stroke in numerous institutions, her poem “Quarantine,” “the From our conversations and on, one that was of, by and for program. Her classes, and the
in her home in Dublin on serving as the poet-in-resi- poem is partly a reproach to my reading of her work, I women, as opposed to men; or transformative effect they had
April 27. She was 75. dence at Trinity College and the genres of literature which feel confident in saying that of Irish poets as opposed to on students, helped attract
Boland was born in 1944 to the University College Dub- don’t always include the past the third category—being a British or American ones; or of more students to the English
Frederick Boland, a diplomat lin as well as at the National and the steadfastness of the poet—subsumed the other non-white poets as opposed to department and to the cre-
and Irish ambassador to the Maternity Hospital during its people who live there.” two,” wrote Harrison King white ones,” wrote Burroughs. ative writing discipline.
United Kingdom, and Frances 1994 Centenary. Boland herself said in McCann Research Profes- “It seemed to me that in the Outside of the classroom,
Kelly, a well-known painter. Boland has garnered many an interview with the Irish sor of the English Language last analysis, she saw poetry, Boland’s time at Bowdoin and
Boland’s quick wit and rhe- awards in her lifetime, in- Times in 1998, “When I was Emeritus Franklin Burroughs the desire that people have ‘to the connections she made in
torical flare—inherited from cluding the Lannan Award young, there was a hidden in an email to the Orient. “She find a voice where they found Maine found their way into
her father—and her sensibil- for Poetry, the American Ire- struggle over subject matter once remarked that feminism a vision,’ as a universal im- some of her early work. Her
ity for imagery and light—de- land Fund Literary Award, as going on in Irish poetry … I in poetry was analogous to pulse. In that respect, she was exploration of the Maine
veloped while watching her well as the Lifetime Achieve- was aware that it was easier to the Romantic movement at extraordinarily democratic in landscape and her excursions
mother paint—figure promi- ment Award at the Irish Book have a political murder as the the beginning of the 19th cen- her view of the art.” into the state’s nature served
nently in her poetic work. She Awards in 2017. She is the subject of an Irish poem than tury—it would change poetry As an educator, Boland was as points of departure for a
passed parts of her childhood recipient of six honorary de- a baby or a washing machine.” by enlarging it, expanding its as exacting as she was lively. handful of poems in her col-
in London and in New York grees, including a Doctor of “[There’s] this idea of lin- idea of the idiom, form, sub- A proponent of the writing lection “Outside History,”
respectively before attending Letters from Bowdoin in 2004. eage for someone who’s been ject matter and voice of poet- workshop, Boland brought including “The River” and
Trinity College in Dublin for A renowned poet, Boland’s excluded from literary histo- ry and of the whole relation unparalleled wit and energy “Mountain Time.”
her undergraduate degree. work meditates on the themes ry, the [question of ] who you between poet and reader, or to the classroom, pushing her Through her work, she
Married to novelist Kevin of womanhood, maternity, are, who your ancestors are,” poet and audience.” students to engage with one forcefully carved out space in
Casey and mother of two, Bo- lineage, mythology, nation- said Harrison King McCann “She radicalized the Irish another’s work and advocat- a long and unquestioned his-
land published 10 volumes of hood and identity, among Professor of English Marilyn literary establishment,” added ing fiercely for young writers. tory for the voices of the un-
poetry as well as two volumes others. Her voice, which has Reizbaum in a video interview Reizbaum. “She fought fero- Inclusion was at the heart of heard and the unrecognized.
of prose over the course of been lauded as the preeminent with the Orient. “[Boland], in ciously for the inclusion of her pedagogical philosophy. The bard of the silenced, Bo-
her 40 year career, the most voice in the Irish poetic can- her poetry, writes about that women into the canon and for “In practice, as a poet and land wrote for those who have
recent of which—a collection on, and her poems, which in- again and again and again.” a kind of poetry that includes, as a teacher of poetry, she was quietly underpinned Irish
set to be released in October novated and complicated the “You’ll find [it] in the way that changed the sense of unaccommodating in what she society.
called “The Historians”—ex- country’s poetic traditions in she merges beautifully Irish what was appropriate … It not demanded of herself and her As she writes in “Domestic
plores the ways in which the both subject and form, tell the history and women’s history only affected the subjects, but students,” wrote Burroughs. Interior” of a woman off to
stories of women, previously stories often excluded from because that, too, was a place the various forms that poetry “Her way of teaching is hard bed on an ordinary evening:
obscured, force us to reexam- the Irish literary canon: those where women were exclud- took. The kinds of ideals that to describe and would be im- “But there’s a way of life/
ine our notions of the past. of Irish womanhood. Distin- ed, where the protagonists of were laid out for Irish poetry possible to imitate. She had a That is its own witness:/ Put
Throughout her career, guishing between the “shad- Irish history were typically historically themselves began mixture of generosity, skepti- the kettle on, shut the blind./
Boland taught at numerous owy” past and the official not female,” Reizbaum added. to change as a result of break- cism, wit, candor, impatience Home is a sleeping child,/ An
universities in Ireland and the records of history, Boland’s Through her representation ing the canon and it broke in with nonsense or pretension open mind/ … / And our ef-
United States, including a se- poetry represents the voices of female voices, Boland great- all kinds of ways after that.” and simple brilliance that were fects,/ Shrugged and settled/
mester-long appointment as a of those who have lived the ly complicated the standards Throughout her career, as much a part of her as the In the sort of light/ Jugs and
visiting professor at Bowdoin past but have been scrubbed and preoccupations of the however, Boland adamantly features on her face.” kettles/ Grow important by.”
Friday, May 1, 2020 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 13

Longtime costume designer Julie McMurry retires

McMurry’s work also ex- let you know that she is there
by Julia Jennings tends far beyond simply the for you … I wish I could be
Orient Staff
costumes. A warm and friendly more like Julie.”
Sewing face masks from presence in the theater, she has “There’s so many practical
muslin cloth and leftover fab- also helped dancers to work skills I’ve learned from her—I
ric scraps is not how Costume through their stage fright, giv- can mend my own clothes, I
Shop Manager Julie McMurry en advice to student directors can make a pair of pants; that’s
anticipated spending her final and designers and, perhaps one of the most concrete things
semester at Bowdoin. most importantly, served as an I can look back at my college
“You know, there’s a limit example of how to find joy and experience and say, I didn’t
to how many one person can meaning in one’s work. know how to do this before, I
make, but every little bit helps,” “She’s an amazing role mod- know how to do it now,” said Joe
McMurry said in a video in- el … I want to grow up to be Hilleary ’20 in a video interview
terview with the Orient. “The just like Julie McMurry,” Puhl with the Orient. “And I just re-
College has been very generous, said. “Julie is one of those peo- ally enjoyed getting to know her
keeping everyone employed. ple that reminds you that you as a friend and [as] someone
And so as a result of that, I’m can have a job that you really, I look up to and love to learn
trying to use the time in a good really like. And I think that is from and learn about.”
way so that it feels responsible important especially at a liberal As for her plans after Bow-
and helpful.” arts college.” doin, McMurry looks forward
During any other semester, McMurry herself cites stu- to moving to Florida and
McMurry would have been dents as her favorite part of spending her retirement with
busy coordinating costume fit- working at the costume shop, her husband, children and
tings and making alterations for COURTESY JULIE MCMURRY something that is not found at grandchildren. However, she
the 81 dancers set to perform CRAFTING COMMUNITY: Julie McMurry has worked as a costume shop manager and designer at Bowdoin, other professional theaters. also hopes to stay connected
in the Spring Dance Concert. forming close bonds with students and faculty in the theater and dance department over the last 15 years. “I just love the creativity and with Bowdoin.
Instead, she now spends af- crazy stress, but then it goes McMurry for their own staff. stage theater production. She the openness that students have,” “I’m sure I’ll be back,” Mc-
ternoons in the quiet costume away … Bowdoin is an amazing “It was like one of those ser- meets with theater and dance McMurry said. “And to watch Murry said. “Whenever there’s
shop at Bowdoin, sewing masks place. The theater department endipitous things that we need- faculty at the start of each se- [them] go from freshmen to something fun happening, I’ll
and organizing shoes and fabric especially is a great place to be.” ed a new costumer and Julie mester as they establish a vision graduating, and then come back try to make an appearance.”
as she prepares for her planned A lifelong Mainer, McMur- was there and open to the idea for the show and designs a slate and visit—it’s been really fun.” While McMurry’s presence
retirement this spring. ry has worked as a profession- of working for us. I mean, that of costumes to help bring the Student employees at the will be dearly missed, students
After 15 years of mending al costumer for 22 years. She hardly ever happens,” Puhl said vision to life. costume shop also expressed and colleagues praise the con-
and altering costumes in time previously worked as a regis- in a video interview with the “I always feel she’s trying to their admiration for McMurry tributions she has made during
for theater tech deadlines, and tered nurse and served as the Orient. “And I’m not gonna say become clear about what it is you and the invaluable advice she her tenure, leaving her mark on
afternoons spent sewing to the marketing and sales executive that Portland Stage didn’t hate want to do as a visionary, as a has given many, not just about the department as an inspira-
WCLZ Acoustic Coffee Break, at an educational toy company us a little, but oh well … I mean, creator, and supporting that the costumes, but also about life. tion and a guiding force.
McMurry will officially say for 16 years, before settling we were just a much better fit. best way she knows how using “She’s the only person at “A lot of times, especially
goodbye to Bowdoin’s costume into costume design at the Can we help it?” the resources that she has,” said Bowdoin that I’ve almost called as people go on [later] in their
shop on May 29. Portland Stage. McMurry has served as both Assistant Professor of Dance ‘mom’ several times,” said Isa- careers, they tend to get a lit-
“I’ve had a number of differ- It was there that she was dis- costume shop manager and Adanna Kai Jones in a video in- bella Angel ’22 in a video in- tle slack, they tend to say well,
ent careers, but this one is my covered by the Bowdoin theater costume designer at Bowdo- terview with the Orient. “There’s terview with the Orient. “She’s good enough,” Puhl said. “Ju-
favorite,” said McMurry. “Every tech team, who, according to in, crafting costumes for two something about the costumes just such a supportive and open lie McMurry has never said
semester is different and new. Technical Director Deborah productions each semester—a that bring life to the dance itself, person. She is constantly there good enough. She has kept
It’s all creative and there’s some Puhl, quickly schemed to hire dance concert and the main- I really appreciate it.” for you and totally unafraid to the bar high.”

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14 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Friday, May 1, 2020

Bowdoin International Music Festival makes a digital transition

by Jane Godiner
Orient Staff
On April 13, the Bowdoin
International Music Festival,
which brings together students
and musicians from over 30
countries and 40 states, an-
nounced that it will cancel this
year’s in-person masterclasses
and performances due to the
novel coronavirus (COVID-19)
pandemic. In its 56 years of op-
eration, this is the first summer
that the festival will not run on
Bowdoin’s campus.
As college campuses across
the nation cancelled classes and
summer activities, it became
apparent to festival organizers
that similar conversations were
needed to address the festival’s
summer programming. Daniel
Nitsch, executive director of
the festival, consulted recom-
mendations from the state and
federal governments, the Cen-
ters for Disease Control and
Prevention and the College
itself before coming to a final
“There are as many factors
as you can imagine in our de-
cision,” said Nitsch in a phone
interview with the Orient. “It
had come after months of plan-
ning and analysis.”
“We are committed to mak- COURTESY AMEZZA FONTI
ing sure that the health and
REMOTELY REMINISCING: Performers and students associated with the Bowdoin International Music Festival will be unable convene on campus this summer, opting for a virtual format instead.
safety of our communities,
wherever they may be, remain ed,” said David Ying, artistic promise the quality of future ed pieces as a group. The festival The Festival hopes to make together in the summertime,
our first priorities,” added Phil- director of the festival, in a festivals. will also revise its curriculum to many of these classes open for the energy is almost electric,”
lip Ying, artistic director of the phone interview with the Ori- “We are in a fortunate posi- include innovative lessons per- the public to join, not as partic- said David Ying. “We want to
festival, in a phone interview ent. “And yet, there’s also been tion to have a very strong and tinent to social distancing, such ipants, but as auditors. have a little bit of that by con-
with the Orient. a universal sense of support for healthy financial infrastructure as how to build a YouTube pres- In addition to adapting cre- vening online, too.”
As hard as the decision to what we’re trying to do … and overall,’ said Nitsch. “We defi- ence as a classical musician and atively to the remote model, “There’s nothing like the real
cancel in-person programming eagerness for us to meet again nitely consider ourselves fortu- the best recording equipment to the festival also plans to share thing and being in Studzins-
was, members of the adminis- in 2021.” nate to be able to weather this buy on different budgets. archived videos of previous per- ki [Recital] Hall, live with the
trative team have felt the sup- The festival refunded tuition thanks to our loyal donor base.” “The current state of tech- formances online. Depending excitement of everyone else
port of the festival’s community for all students, but it still paid In lieu of on-campus pro- nology is not at a level that can on the recommendations for so- listening,” David Ying added.
as they prepare to redesign pro- some operating costs and will grams, the festival will hold be a close substitute for what cial distancing in June and July, “But we hope to still capture a
gramming for a virtual format. compensate for faculty mem- masterclasses better suited to we do, so we’re just looking for musicians from similar areas little bit of the flavor of us all
“Everyone from the most bers. Nitsch does not anticipate an online format. Instead of ways to use current technolo- might meet in smaller groups being together, at Bowdoin in
senior faculty member to the that the financial impact of this playing instruments, classes will gy to keep us connected,” said for livestream performances. the summertime, through our
youngest student is disappoint- year’s cancellation will com- focus on analyzing pre-record- Phillip Ying. “When [the musicians] are online activities.”


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Friday, May 1, 2020 15

Coaches adapt to alternative recruiting methods
affecting certain sports, but allowing recruits to get a … the candidates looking at recruiting activities have thus he foresees that it could be-
by Dylan Sloan nearly every team’s cycle has sense of the school and team Bowdoin really can’t really far been relatively unaffect- come more challenging to lure
Orient Staff
been affected, coaches say, culture through a campus vis- explore us any further.” ed. For some winter sports potential athletes to Bowdoin
The effects of the and continuing the recruiting it or overnight stay is an es- Wiercinski is conscious of such as men’s ice hockey, the without a campus visit.
COVID-19 pandemic will process will require more and sential part of the recruiting the possibility that, should spring is generally a quieter “The big challenge I’m go-
almost certainly extend years more flexibility the longer process. Without that possi- circumstances necessitate time during the recruiting ing to have is that when when
into the future as colleges and these circumstances continue. bility, it will prove challeng- an extension of restricted cycle, and coaches have been ski recruits look at colleges,
the NCAA restructure their For many fall sports, the ing to cultivate the same level recruiting activities or even able to proceed with their their first thought is not like,
budgets. More immediately, spring and summer is prime of engagement. a suspension of the fall sea- normal activities without hey, let’s go to the small col-
the cancellation of spring recruiting season. Coaches “We would have generally son, the recruiting process too much adjustment. Be- lege on the east coast,” said
athletic activities is dramati- would normally be travelling hosted maybe 45 or 50 candi- for the next few years could cause hockey often recruits a Alsobrook in a phone inter-
cally changing the recruiting across the country to size up dates to campus in the spring,” veer sharply from what has few years ahead from a pool view with the Orient. “There
process for nearly all Bow- prospects at recruiting camps, said Wiercinski. “Now in the become the accepted model. of Junior-level players who are a lot of more well estab-
doin teams, forcing coaches and teams would be hosting have already graduated high lished programs in more tra-
to adapt and find new meth- dozens of recruits to campus “In a typical year, anywhere school, limited contact for the ditional ski [areas] than here.

between February and late

ods to attract potential stu- to meet the players and get a next few months will not have And so for us, the way we are
dent-athletes. feel for the program. a huge impact on recruiting able to get the attention of
In an unsurprising de-
cision, NESCAC Athletic
“In a typical year, any-
where between February
August is where we spend most in the near future, and if it
does have any effects they will
recruits is when they come to
visit us, and they engage with
Directors and Presidents and late August is where we of our time really hammering likely be felt years ahead. the students and they see the
announced on April 9 that
they had agreed to prohibit
spend most of our time real-
ly hammering down into our down into our depth charts and “From a timing perspec-
tive, if you look at it, [this
beautiful campus and they
have a chance to talk in per-
all forms of in-person re-
cruiting through June 15 to
depth charts and evaluating
players pretty much on [an]
evaluating players.” crisis] probably did fall at the
right time for ice hockey,” said
son with me and try to see if
our philosophy is compatible
comply with social distancing every-weekend basis, with –Scott Wiercinski, men’s soccer Head Coach men’s ice hockey Head Coach with theirs.”
regulations. The conference summer camps with club Jamie Dumont. “Most hock- Just like everyone else, ath-
outlined that the only au- tournaments and clinics,” semester is a great time for “It’s possible that we get to ey seasons are over in May, letic coaches are being forced
thorized recruiting activities said men’s soccer Head Coach them to visit because they get a point where we’re going to Junior[-level-]wise, and prep to adapt to this new reality and
during this time frame would Scott Wiercinski in a phone to really absorb the academic need to make a decision based schools are done in March. So find creative means to pursue
be communicating via email, interview with the Orient. energy of campus … [Spring on kids with less information from that perspective, from recruits and engage with po-
phone, written letters or so- “This hiatus that we’re going visits] are the best way for us than we’re accustomed to, and a recruiting perspective, I tential athletes virtually. It’s
cial media. through right now is essen- to dive into a candidate’s ped- less information than we’re would say it probably would hard to predict exactly what
Each sport’s recruiting cy- tially throwing a huge mon- igree, just because we get to really comfortable with,” said be the best time. But there is the implications this crisis
cle is dictated by a number key wrench into those works.” work with them and see him Wiercinski. “But we’re really really no good time.” will have on Bowdoin recruit-
of factors, including when in Wiercinski also considers on the field, and then they get going to exhaust every op- Likewise, the Nordic ski ing classes going forward, but
the year the season is and how one one of the most signifi- to explore Bowdoin by living portunity … before we just recruiting cycle is such that, at coaches are doing their best
many years out the coaches cant losses to be on the play- in the dorms, eating the din- roll the dice, and say, ‘man, least so far, curtailed recruit- to give current prospects as
start communicating with re- er’s side. For programs like ing hall food and all that kind we’re going to gamble with ing activities have not had a close as they can to the same
cruits. The in-person recruit- the men’s soccer team and of stuff. So that’s a big vacan- this guy.’” severe impact for Head Coach recruiting experience they
ing ban is disproportionately many other Bowdoin sports, cy in our recruiting process However, some coaches’ Nathan Alsobrook. However, would normally go through.

Tradition in transition: new connections

in the midst of a pandemic
“I started to like it when said. “I met some of my best field hockey season, all these an athlete would have to take more opportunities for me
by Paula Petit-Molina I started playing in school. friends playing field hockey.” family members do every- one to two semesters off to with regards to field hockey,”
Orient Staff That was when I really un- Bowdoin field hockey, like thing possible to come to as still be eligible, according to she said. “Playing one com-
“I play field hockey be- derstood why he loved it so many other teams, has made many games as they can. Now NCAA regulations. As a re- petitive season in college has
cause my dad plays. At first much. Being out on the field the effort to stay in touch over that she’s home full time, they sult, many athletes, DI and given me the chance to find
I hated playing. But I was with your best friends is what the course of the pandemic. provide a different kind of DIII alike, are considering other things that I’m passion-
really scared of my dad,” said I love about the game, and it’s Not only does the team have support. this option in order to play ate about.”
field hockey player Manveer why I kept play- weekly meetings, but they “My parents’ cousins are for the institutions to which Sandhu’s connection to
Sandhu ’22 with a laugh, “So ing,” she also have workout groups, my aunts and uncles—my they were recruited. field hockey highlights the
I kept playing, even though I rotating individual meetings cousins are like my brothers “I know coming back to loss that so many Bowdoin
didn’t want to.” and team hangouts. and sisters. As a result, there’s play and not [being with my athletes feel in the midst of
Everything changed when “As a pre-med student always noise in this house. current] grade wouldn’t be an uncertain future. Still,
her father began a club team and a humanities minor, my I never really talk about this the same,” said Sandhu. “Not the family that she has built
during Sandhu’s first year in workload really hasn’t gone aspect of my family just be- being able to be with my through sports reveals the
high school. down that much at all. Some cause it’s my normal. And I friends who don’t play field power athletics has in keep-
days it feels like a lot to pack understand that it’s difficult hockey wouldn’t make Bow- ing people together—across
into a day,” admits Sandhu. to accommodate for every- doin the same. I would be busy lives, time zones and
Sandhu is fortunate enough one—my family just runs dif- devastated if we lost our sea- state lines. Since the begin-
to live not only next to ferent hours than a lot of my son next year. I feel like this ning of the pandemic, human
her grandparents, but teammates’,” she explained. coming season would be a re- connection has changed and
with other extend- Future seasons in the NES- demption not just for me, but will continue to do so. But
ed family next CAC and the NCAA remain for all of us. But even though this pandemic has also given
door too. uncertain. Looking ahead we’re in this transition phase, us the chance to build new
During the to the fall semester, Sandhu even in the possibility that I traditions that connect in un-
knows what the risks could would lose a season, the first expected ways. Sandhu takes
be: potentially losing a sea- years have a great foundation one more page out of her fa-
son of the sport that con- that they can build from. I ther’s book in this respect.
nects her to her nuclear and think it’s best for me to stay “He’s started to reconnect
her Bowdoin family. Most on track.” with some of his past team-
Bowdoin students gradu- Because field hockey is mates. They’re in a group
ate in four years, taking the such a big part of her life at chat, talking about old times
minimum thirty-two credits school as well as at home, on their teams. That’s going
to graduate. Bowdoin ath- Sandhu explains that she to be me in 20 years, maybe
letes have other aspects to doesn’t feel like she would be when I’ve lost touch with my
consider. Should an athlete’s losing the sport she loves so old teammates during a pan-
season be cancelled because much by enrolling in another demic,” she laughed.
of the virus, in order to play semester of remote learning. As her father’s connections
for Bowdoin for four years “I’ve seen my dad start remind her, though Sandhu’s
and still take just the mini- coaching, and I’ve seen him life as an athlete is in a phase
mum thirty-two credits (the continue to play at his club of transition, her field hockey
KYRA TAN most cost-effective option), in the city. I know there’s family is forever.
16 Friday, May 1, 2020

Seniors’ farewell Lessons from working through

a pandemic
To begin writing this editorial, we, senior members of Orient staff, all
wrote down our honest reasons for joining the Orient.
Some of us joined because we thought college journalism sounded import-
ant and glamorous. Some of us joined because we thought the upperclassmen
on the Orient were important and glamorous. Many of us joined because we
were seeking a network of friends, a pre-established group to welcome us to
college. Others had journalistic career aspirations. And though no one here
would admit it, there were probably a few of us who joined because we saw
Workin’ on It
by Archer Thomas
someone at the interest meeting we thought was cute.
We were all attracted to the Orient on some level because we cared—about
students, about professors, about the College’s traditions and events, its About a decade ago, in February
innerworkings, its quirks. We think that the choice to write for a student 2020, I wrote the first installment of
newspaper stems, in large part, from a desire to understand things better. this column. Titled “How I Learned to
We didn’t come in with preconceived notions about what a college should or Stop Worrying and Love Technology,”
shouldn’t do; there are still many things we don’t understand. I argued that society should ready itself
We stayed because people let us in, telling us about their proudest mo- for an inevitable replacement of work
ments and their loudest frustrations. We heard from different campus groups in its traditional sense with automation
and offices, and we wrote about the best events and opportunities. We were sometime in the indefinite future. Lit- KAYLA SNYDER
exposed to all of the wonderful things that Bowdoin has to offer, as well as tle did I know that my thesis would be
some of its shortcomings. put to the test on a global scale a mere Federal Reserve has decided to make
Staying hasn’t always been easy. We have received emails from adminis- month later. While there are notable the money printers go “brrr” without
trators questioning our reporting and refusing our requests for comment. differences between the lockdown and concern for inflation or the deficit.
We have attended meetings with administrators who asked us questions like: a post-work society–i.e. the omni- All of these developments sug-
why does the Orient always have an agenda? Who taught you how to report? present anxiety that has accompanied gest we are reaching a new stage
Why would you publish something that would hurt someone’s feelings? Why the plague–the mobilization of social in our relationship with money,
don’t you print something positive for a change? resources to “flatten the curve” has one which finally severs the
We have, at times, felt pressure from the arbiters of our grades and those fundamentally disrupted society in fictional connection between
who will give us our diplomas to tell only the stories they want to hear. a way that has accelerated the trans- labor and individual income.
But we are not Bowdoin News or the College’s glossy brochures. The formation of work and consumption. On the other hand, I should note
Orient is about reporting students’ experiences as they live them. We try The most palpable irony that that working from home has lessened
to capture as many experiences as we can, and though we admittedly miss has arisen from the crisis has been my expectations for a post-work so-
many voices, we try to write about the diversity of opinions in the Bowdoin the sudden distinction between ciety brought about by technological
community. We want to start conversations and empower all students to have “essential” and “non-essential” la- obsolescence. Specifically, it has proved
their voices heard. bor. A few months ago, the question of incentives of work, constructed under physically and mentally taxing at best
Now, in our final days as Bowdoin students, we’re still here because we give which vocations are necessary for the the theory that individuals must be ca- to shrink the workplace to fit a screen,
a damn about this place and the people who made it home to us. The Orient survival of an affluent society and which joled, threatened or forced to contribute despite remote connection being easier
has given us a space to realize our love for and curiosity about this institu- are the symptoms of affluence seemed to the maintenance of society, have now than ever. Zoom meetings, as it turns
tion, its quirks and inconsistencies. We don’t write critically about the school ambiguous. Most activities seemed to been revealed to be unwarranted. I know out, are woefully inadequate substi-
because we don’t like it, but rather because we love it. We want the school, so have a kernel of necessity embedded many people rendered jobless by this tutes for in-person interaction. It has
badly, to be the best version of what it can be. within a layer of excess. However, as pandemic, and not a single one relishes been proved that human interaction
And that’s our agenda. the pandemic crescendoed, we began to the opportunity to do nothing at all. is irreplaceable, indivisible and deeply
realize the fragility of this excess. Whole When I was writing my first arti- difficult to commodify. Instead of capit-
This editorial represents the majority view of the Orient’s Editorial Board, which is industries ground to a halt simply be- cle, the 2020 presidential election still ulating to technology, the experience of
comprised of Emily Cohen, Maia Coleman, Anna Fauver, Roither Gonzales, Rohini cause people started to consume only seemed like it would be the most import- living through a pandemic could cause
Kurup, Alyce McFadden, Eliana Miller and Ian Ward. what they really needed and wanted. As ant event of the year, and Andrew Yang us to reconsider our priorities in life.
the long process of “reopening” begins, was hovering in the single digits of most The restlessness of American life could
we may find ourselves wondering why early state primary polls. While I had ex- come to an end, ushered by the death
in the first place we ever allowed the pected that Yang would be the beginning of business travel, mass events and
logic of capital to prioritize meaningless of a gradually escalating movement for conspicuous consumption. The local
toil over meaningful leisure. universal basic income, I didn’t realize and personal could replace the global
In that vein, we also discovered how much of a Cassandra he really was. and anonymous. While I still believe
ESTABLISHED 1871 through the emotional toll of quarantine More Americans than ever are acquaint- that work will be phased out in the near
that people with nothing to do are not ing themselves with the welfare system future, it’s possible that social change—
bowdoinorient.com orient@bowdoin.edu 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 necessarily more idle than industrious. In and a free $1200 has already appeared not technology—will be the harbinger
fact, the opposite is most likely true. The in most individuals’ bank accounts. The of its demise.
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Ian Stewart Reuben Schafir A&E Editor tackle budgetary changes for the 2020-2021 academic ahead, such engagement is needed now more than ever.
Cole van Miltenburg year, the Return to Campus Group to consider the phys-
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Friday, May 1, 2020 OPINION 17

To the Class of 2020… meant to extract tuition dollars Those of us who succeed in
by Andrew Hamilton from you. something as bourgeois as go-
Op-Ed Contributor
My condolences, then, that ing to school have done so, in
To the graduating class of this lesson comes to you so part, by making just these com-
2020, I offer, in this order, painfully. promises to sound judgment
congratulations, condolences, I recall once being seated that the great writer saw as fatal
consolation and a few words of next to an economics professor to the creative soul.
welcome. Congratulations first at a luncheon and listening to My heart goes out to those
of all on your imminent Bow- her explain how wonderful it of you whose offers of employ-
doin degrees and on the years was that so few college students ment have been withdrawn,
of diligence and hard work they fell in love anymore, so that they whose would-be employers will
represent. From childhood, you wouldn’t be hindered when it not survive this crisis or who are
have made sacrifices to become came time to move to a new city simply gazing out at a wasteland
the kind of person who arrives for a great job offer. The youth where post-graduation pros-
at an elite institution, and that was finally understanding the pects were supposed to be. And
you have succeeded there, is a value of rational decision mak- my deepest sympathy to all of
testament to your diligence and ing, she explained to me. I felt a you, whose lives will carry a scar
perspicacity. bit queasy at the thought of this from this uncertainty, whatever
Yet, by graduating in the lesson’s effect on impressionable comes next, for years to come. I
midst of a global pandemic, with young minds, but as long as know about this scar, because I
skyrocketing unemployment the market is booming, asking bear just such a one myself.
and a collapsing labor market, young people to become jedis Among the hollow assur-
you are facing the very real for the sake of their job pros- ances about the arc of history
prospect that all your work may pects at least has a certain Faus- and the long term trajectory
have been in vain. Some version tian logic to it. When the jobs of the markets, which I am SARA C
of the following promise has ac- dry up, though, the market’s sure you are hearing from the APLAN
companied you through life: do demands become nothing more well-meaning on all sides, some
what it takes to meet a series of than an act of intergenerational words from the class of 2008,
arbitrary thresholds, and, in do- cruelty. from someone who received an tuition costs; others still moved son: we have nothing to lose gather people to collect wood
ing so, demonstrate your work This episode called to mind expensive and prestigious de- far from home and gave up on by pursuing an authentic life. or assign them tasks and work,
ethic, talent and acceptance of the words of a writer who is as gree that meant nothing in the happiness for a few years, guid- The threats and promises our but rather teach them to dream
social norms. In exchange, plac- close to my heart as any other, world I graduated into, might ed by the dream of a better life. parents and teachers and bosses of the endless immensity of the
es like Bowdoin will offer you a who lived in turbulent times offer some consolation. We all murdered generations of made in the voice of prudence sea.” We have seen the fantasies
comfortable life in the middle and had seen the dreams of suc- You and I did some pretty fruit flies and filled our heads and reason and sound econom- of a generation of wood-collec-
class. It can be hard to escape cessive generations wiped from dumb things for the sake of our with irregular verb conjuga- ics were lies, and we never have tors dissolve into nothing, and
the conclusion, especially as the pages of history. “No worse degrees: some of us gave up the tions. Was all of this a waste, to worry about them again. We behind it, the vision of a better
government aid is channeled to fate can befall a young man or weekends of our childhood to then, of our precious youth? have paid a high price for this world is taking shape. Our les-
the wealthiest, while corporate woman,” said Knut Hamsun master a sport we never cared No! Let me welcome you clarity. sons in shipbuilding may prove
interests rule the day, and fi- as he accepted the 1920 Nobel for; others saw their families’ fi- with an emphatic “no” to the My favorite graduation-ready worthless, but our dreams of the
nancial institutions take care of Prize for literature, “than to be- nances strained to pay for tutors ranks of the enlightened. More quotation comes from Antoine sea are worth more than ever.
their own at the expense of the come prematurely entrenched and coaches, only so they could valuable than anything else we de Saint-Exupéry, who said: “If Andrew Hamilton is a Visiting
rest of us, that this was all a lie in prudence and negation.” be strained again by ever-rising could have learned is this les- you want to build a ship, do not Assistant Professor of German.

COVID-19 is no excuse to abandon Bowdoin’s workers

Administration” had control ployment, new applicants may Orlando expects the College come members of our com- Similarly, the administration
by Rene Cisneros, of over a nearly $2.66 million have to wait weeks for their un- to redirect to their COVID-19 munity through unnecessary must find creative and uncon-
Diego Grossman, operations budget this year— employment applications to be response pales in comparison layoffs and furloughs. Bowdoin ventional solutions to protect
and Benjamin Ray
Op-Ed Contributors nearly enough to keep the 163 accepted and payments deposit- with other budget items that can—and should—protect its workers who are foundational to
workers in Housekeeping, ed. The application system itself remain, which are irrelevant in workers through the remainder our community. As one house-
On April 30, President Rose Grounds and the many depart- is bureaucratic and inflexible to the middle of a pandemic. The of this pandemic and economic keeper told us, “this would show
sent out an email to the Bow- ments that make up Facilities the unique realities, life experi- athletics department alone has recession. the community where Bow-
doin community addressing Management and Security on ences and circumstances of in- an operations budget of nearly Yet, the true implications doin College stands with their
the financial implications of the full pay for three months. Af- dividual workers. Moreover, it is $2 million—game-day expenses of abrupt workplace changes employees. And they have the
COVID-19 pandemic for the ter June 30, our billion-dollar unclear if federal unemployment for football games that Bowdo- would be lost on administrators money.”
College. He assured the Bow- institution may well choose to funding will persist, or if state in won’t get to use, recruitment like Rose and Orlando, who
doin community that “a top layoff or furlough workers who unemployment funds will last expenses for players who likely take home nearly $500,000 and HOW TO HELP
priority is job preservation”— are already struggling to get by for the remainder of this crisis. won’t get to play and practice $300,000 annually from the
but which jobs, at what pay and on fast-food wages. This would Furthermore, staff members equipment that won’t wear out College. One College worker Members of the Bowdoin
for how long? Moreover, Rose’s reveal the extent to which the want to keep their jobs. As in storage. The recently com- explained this stark disparity Community, join the BLA in call-
characterization of “academic lives of workers are worth less one housekeeper, who asked pleted Roux Center cost $16.5 directly: “If I was making Matt ing for the continuation past June
initiatives and building proj- than lavish new buildings and to remain anonymous, stated, million; likely, pausing the Orlando’s salary, I probably 30 of 1) No lay-offs or furloughs,
ects we had been planning” as experimental virtual program- “I would leave unemployment construction of Mills Hall and wouldn’t worry about it. But I 2) Regular pay for workers staying
relevant concerns—during this ming. for the last resort. I think they other projects could free up the don’t, not even close. Me and a home to protect their health and
time of crisis—indicates that, in For the duration of the pan- should pay us. It’s Bowdoin Col- millions in anticipated costs to lot of my co-workers live pay- 3) The option of hazard pay for
the months to come, the College demic, Bowdoin must do the lege, and they have the money.” increase financial flexibility for check to paycheck.” those who volunteer to work for
may consider programming right thing and: Another told us, “I wouldn’t the College. The College has asked stu- the duration of this pandemic and
and construction alongside the 1) Allow workers to stay at even know how to file for un- Therefore, notwithstanding dents to come up with ‘creative economic recession. These de-
human costs of this pandemic home with regular pay. employment. It would help if I the over $1 billion endowment, solutions’ to their own finan- mands are included in a petition,
and economic recession. 2) Continue the time-and- had a computer and internet.” the College appears to maintain cial and academic challenges. linked below, which we encourage
This framing of priorities a-half hazard pay option for When asked what they thought significant financial flexibility. you to sign and share. The petition
is skewed; it equates unnec- workers who volunteer to about staying at home for regu- In Rose’s own words, the Col- also includes more information on
essary luxuries with workers’ come into work. lar pay with optional work for lege has “the liquidity right now how to contact Matt Orlando and
lives. With many colleges and 3) Commit to no layoffs or hazard pay, a worker from Facil- to help us weather this crisis.” the Budget Review Group.
universities across the country furloughs. ities Management and Security The $6.8 million lost—91 per- Please read, sign and share.
planning to implement auster- Right now, most Bowdoin said, “I and everyone else would cent of which was due to the Diego Grossman and
ity lay-offs under the guise of staff members are staying at absolutely prefer that. I would warranted room and board re- Ben Ray are members of
“compensating for lost revenue,” home and receiving regular hate to have us all go back and funds—does not of- the Class of 2020. Rene
the disturbing implications of paychecks, with an option to maybe get sick for no reason fer sufficient finan- Cisneros is a member of
Rose’s language leave us, the volunteer to come into work for whatsoever.” cial justification to the Class of 2023. They
Bowdoin Labor Alliance (BLA), time-and-a-half hazard pay. Ac- Bowdoin College, a leading abandon vulner- are members of the
no choice but to demand greater cording to conversations with Maine employer and a able, low-in- Bowdoin Labor
clarification and concrete com- campus staff, this is the safest valuable asset to the Alliance.
mitments to Bowdoin’s staff that option for our community, and Brunswick commu-
ensure financial security—for it still allows the College to keep nity, should be more
the remainder of this crisis. its grounds and facilities in than able to provide
For the College, this disas- working order. its employees with
ter presents an opportunity to A decision to furlough cam- much-needed se-
reduce costs and place its bur- pus staff would put workers at curity––beyond its
den on workers, rather than the mercy of a cumbersome and self-imposed June DAL
cutting unnecessary luxuries overburdened unemployment 30 deadline. The ap- CHN
and administrative expenses. system. Due to the high number proximate $8 million
Indeed, “President, Finance and of people applying for unem- that Treasurer Matt
18 OPINION Friday, May 1, 2020

The BLA represents the best of Bowdoin

College; the administration, the worst
shut it down. confidence in the BLA to do sive about-face from the ad-
by David Shuck I am extremely impressed good with that money than ministration to make me think
Op-Ed Contributor
by these students and com- whoever is in charge of it now. otherwise. At this
You’ve lost me, Bowdoin mend them for acting swiftly A quick glance at the re- point, refusing the
College. and independently to raise quests the BLA fulfilled show federal grant and
Of all the moneyed insti- that much money to help their the aid recipients are clearly reinstating the mutu-
tutions that have been right- peers. They are far more so- in need. Would it have been al aid fund with at least
fully lambasted for accepting cially aware and capable than that hard for the College to $1.12 million from
federal aid during this crisis, I ever was as a student. But I acknowledge this problem the College coffers
I was shocked to read that also want to emphasize what a and augment the BLA’s no- (which is literally
my alma mater was among pittance that sum would have ble effort with the College’s a rounding
those who have yet to refuse been for the College. When I funds? Instead, I can only error on
it. Harvard gave it back, Yale was co-president of the Bow- surmise that the administra- $1.74 bil-
gave it back, even a chain of doin Film Society, we had a tion is embarrassed by the lion) will
mediocre steakhouses gave it discretionary budget of over brutal reality that the need just barely
back! And yet, Bowdoin Col- $20,000, most of which went for a mutual aid fund expos- stop me from
lege—which boasts an endow- to purchasing the screening es: the College is forcing un- advocating for na-
ment equivalent to the GDP of rights to movies that maybe derprivileged students to fend tionalizing the en-
a small country—has given no a dozen people came to see. I for themselves during a pan- dowment.
indication of its plans for the don’t think those funds were demic and it isn’t even paying The adminis-
$1.12 million offered to them superfluous or misused, but I all of its staff a living wage tration might say,
in federal aid. bring them up to show that the despite its obscene mountain “well this guy’s just
So I was already mildly em- money is there. of investment capital. some disaffected
barrassed to have a Bowdoin The administration’s explic- Again, you’ve lost me, Bow- weirdo with an axe to KAYL
diploma with my name on it it reason for discouraging the doin College. grind, he doesn’t repre- YDER I want
when I learned that the Col- fund was that college officials You are no longer an engine sent most alums.” I will con- in to love this
lege also torpedoed the mutual could not know how the mon- for “the Common Good,” but cede, I am a disaffected weirdo, touch school, I want
aid fund set up by the Bowdoin ey was being used and they rather an example of craven but I am also an active mem- with sever- to be proud to
Labor Alliance (BLA), killing alone could be trusted with institutionalism—a business ber of the Bowdoin communi- al professors, be a Polar Bear, I
one of the clearest examples fundraising off of Bowdoin’s that cares far more about red ty: I rowed for the crew team, I I went to reunion and I’ve want to know that all the op-
of “the Common Good” I have name. They say this as they tape and image control than ran the (again, very well-fund- held up The Banner at my portunities it afforded me will
ever seen. sit on an endowment of $1.74 helping the community. That ed) Film Society and Bowdoin classmates’ weddings. I even be available for everyone asso-
As the Orient reported, the billion (to which the federal the College has stymied such Cable Network, I had a radio defended the College through ciated with the College.
BLA had raised $15,000 and aid would add $1.12 million an obviously moral endeavor show for three years and wrote Malcolm-Gladwell-Lobster- But you’ve lost me. I have
distributed it to 47 students of taxpayer money) and do during an unprecedented time a column in this newspaper. I gate and I donated annually far more faith in the students
and staff members in desper- not appear to be using it now shows the extreme position of worked in the special collec- until I learned that Bowdo- who started this fund than I do
ate need until the adminis- to help the most vulnerable privilege from which it oper- tions library and my first job in pays housekeeping and in the College that squashed it.
tration threatened to revoke members of the Bowdoin ates. after graduation was from an groundskeeping staff starva- David Shuck is a member of
the club’s charter and the BLA community. I have much more And it’s going to take a mas- alumni connection. I still keep tion wages. the Class of 2012.

Pod life is not normal, resist the new normal

tems, the modern era trends what makes this hard on all of been a conference call. A millions of people. What op-
towards anti-sociality or me- us; people need other people, friend of mine recently said tions do we have?
The Foxbox diated sociality as tech com- to be around other people. to me, jokingly, that the only Lately, when I am experi-
by Jared Foxhall panies come to service every Sociality is our humanity. real institutions that will sur- encing digital eye strain (a
aspect of human existence. Virtually mediated so- vive the pandemic are Only- term I learned from a terri-
The dictionary de- This becomes especially ciality is not a society; it is fans, the Central Bank and fying YouTube advertisement
fines “pod” as a “detach- apparent during quaran- a kind of post-society. It is Amazon. He’s wrong, but he I’ve been seeing lately: “Are
able or self-contained tine. The pod is now your human interaction constant- has a point: the pandemic is you experiencing digital eye
unit on an aircraft, unintended universe—a ly framed, shaped and influ- accelerating the kind of dis- strain? Buy our blue light
spacecraft, vehicle, or universe once occupied enced by its digital interme- ruption that entrenches pod protective glasses!”) I’ve been
vessel, having a particu- with people now filled diaries which profit from its life. going to the riverfront park. I
lar function.” My pod is with new bodies that every turn. Every click, every Many restaurants will not drive there and either sit in
my bedroom, its func- supply bare life: Ama- pause, every data point gener- survive, the movie theater my car and look out at the
tion: isolation. It is said zon, Zoom, Slack, Twit- ated is recalibrated and resur- business will finally col- sunset or walk out to sit by
that isolation is the new ter, Linkedin … faced as a new product. Our lapse, online education will the water. I’m still in quaran-
heroism these days. This Even more frighten- continual use of it changes become more feasible as tine in these moments. Many
may be true, but it cannot ing is how easily we slip our psychology; it creates de- more investors back better more people occupy the riv-
become the new normal. into pod life and how pendency, then fails to fulfill technologies, 5G technolo- erfront than I remembered.
In the pod, each mem- new technologies enable us. Technology fails to fulfill gies will eliminate the video Everyone has their masks
ber is a producer of digi- productivity through that us. The pod is insufficient. chat buffer—this all points on—holding hands, push-
tal labor—either through isolation. Recent years have There’s been a lot of talk to a new normal that looks ing strollers, slowly stalking
their data generation or in alluded to the virtual work- about “new normals” or “the more and more like a pod. In the lots in their pods-on-
their work (work excluding N place or university but never next normal” in the news what physical spaces will our wheels—each co-quarantin-
blue-collar work and essen- quite materialized it until lately. Many are convinced bodies feel comfortable co- ing in their little pod-units.
tial workers, which the pod workplace software) act as in- now. Forced isolation and the that quarantine will shape habitating? Are we destined From six feet away, some ex-
relies on)—or a consumer of termediaries through which pod have accelerated digital the conditions and demands to mingle in chat rooms? The change greetings, others ex-
digital media. Digital inter- people interact for various dependencies while failing to for a new kind of social or- irony is that the kind of radi- change skeptical nods; all are
faces (laptops, smartphones, purposes. fully replace the fulfillment ganizing. People have really cal sociality and cohabitation resisting in their own way.
tablets, social media, news While the internet insists of human presence. The lack come to understand which that is required to change This to me feels like a kind of
media, entertainment media, that it improves social sys- of human presence is part of board meeting could have course is one that may kill bittersweet hope.

QUESTION OF THE WEEK Last issue’s response:

68% NO
Answer at bowdoinorient.com/poll. Based on answers from 225 responses.
Friday, May 1, 2020 OPINION 19

On ‘ESD’, Disability, and Bowdoin’s ‘From Here’ Campaign

following the multi-year di- for Disability Studies defines Women’s Studies; Education; existing faculty and five for development of this academic
by Patrick Bloniasz alogue regarding Bowdoin’s its enterprise as sitting at the Sociology; Psychology/Neu- new hires in areas of curricu- program.
Op-Ed Contributor
flawed ESD requirement, you intersection of the humanities, roscience; Biology; History; lar priority.” In doing so, Bow- Needless to say, I think mak-
Author’s Note: While Blo- might have been excited by the social sciences and natural Economics and beyond. doin looks to “hone our cur- ing disability studies a priority
niasz sits on the Curriculum newly proposed “Difference, sciences. In short, they chal- How could this be funded riculum for a changing world has implications beyond pro-
and Educational Policy Com- Power, and Inequity” (DPI) lenge the idea of disability as a long-term, post-COVID-19? … in areas that include inter- ducing scholarship and offer-
mittee, this article does not curriculum change considered “deficit” or “defect” and, rath- Bowdoin recently launched an disciplinary scholarship.”Dis- ing courses in this subject area.
represent the opinion of the by the faculty in January. DPI, er, drive scholarship that “ex- exciting fundraising campaign ability studies strikes at the Yes, I think that it will better
committee. if approved, looks to sharpen plore[s] models and theories called “From Here” that looks core of both of those goals equip future engineers, teach-
Bowdoin’s institutional the vague language of ESD that examine social, political, to raise $500 million centered (i.e., focusing on a changing ers, doctors, lawyers, business
priorities matter in that they and to push the distribution cultural, and economic fac- around a handful of long-term world/student population and leaders, researchers and more.
clearly state who is important requirement beyond being tors that define disability and priorities. Of that amount, $30 engaging in interdisciplinary But there’s more. The programs
at this school, what constitutes merely a “diversity course.” help determine personal and million “will create faculty scholarship). Given the value we offer send a cutting-edge
serious scholarship and how Rather, it would allow stu- collective responses to differ- chairs and endowed leadership of disability studies and giv- message about who we want
funding will be spent. Most dents to confront their expe- ence.” Universities around the positions, including five for en the prospect of adopting in Brunswick, about who we
recently, priorities have right- riences of being in, and con- United States offer programs DPI sometime in the future, want to graduate from Bowdo-
ly focused on the response to tributing to, complex social in this I claim we ought to seriously in and who we want to declare
COVID-19—zeroing in on systems. In Assistant Professor area, often consider the that they are—indeed—“From
counseling in the wake of this of Sociology Theo Greene’s anchored Here.” Looking back on history,
pandemic, preparing assis- words, the requirement looks across Gen- we see that the introduction of
tance programs for students to be “broad enough … that der, Sex- Africana Studies, Asian Stud-
when they (hopefully) return students don’t necessarily feel uality and ies, Latin American Studies,
to campus in the fall and pro- [that the DPI is] a burden, but Middle Eastern and North
viding Career Exploration and an opportunity to really gain African Studies, etc., have val-
Development (CXD) work- insight on how to build a bet- idated both scholarship and
shops that aid seniors/alumni ter world.” people. It says these pursuits
looking at the future. While DPI looks to solve many matter to Bowdoin.
Bowdoin and the rest of the logistical problems—not only Given this, it’s clear that at
world are going through a par- on the side of students but for least one population is strik-
ticularly devastating time with faculty and administration, as ingly invisible on campus: those
COVID-19, I want to speculate well (e.g., course design and living with disabilities. I grant
on one long-term innovation committee approval). Beyond you that creating a new pro-
that could emerge post-coro- what DPI immediately fixes, it gram is great work, but we need
navirus: the introduction of a could propel the introduction to seriously consider the follow-
new academic program. Such of a neglected academic field ing question: Who is allowed to
speculation comes from cur- that I claim Bowdoin desper- be “From Here”? To not address
rent discussions on Exploring ately needs: disability studies. this issue is to make our answer,
Social Difference (ESD), Dis- For many, disability studies RN to ourselves and to the world,
ability and Bowdoin’s “From might be unfamiliar because ALE painfully clear.
Here” campaign. it is, pedagogically speaking, Patrick Bloniasz is a mem-
To start, if you have been relatively new. The Society ber of the Class of 2022.

Why we must keep the movie theater experience alive

ningstar. My friend and I de-
by Benjamin Allen cided to go to the Jane Austen
Op-Ed Contributor trivia at Moderation Brewing
Movie theaters are currently with Visiting Assistant Profes-
experiencing a grueling face-lift, sor of German Andrew Hamil-
and it seems the two reasons ton beforehand. The movie was
would be COVID-19 and “Trolls fun and did what it was meant
World Tour.” If a Justin Tim- to do: tell a great story. But
berlake animated film musical looking back, I yearn to sit in
is a catalyst for change within a that old theater again and be en-
multi-billion dollar industry, we grossed for two hours. At home,
are truly living in the end times. movies are offered on all kinds
For months, theaters have of platforms, like Netflix, Hulu,
been closed. Movie studios Amazon Prime and the (un-
have shifted their release dates derrated) Criterion Channel.
from the summer to later in The problem, however, comes
the year or even into 2021. (The with the fact that these movies
one exception to that would be are shown at home. People go
Christopher Nolan’s Warner to the theater to watch a movie
Bros. tentpole “Tenet,” which is specifically. At home, we watch
maintaining its July 17 release a movie to pass the time.
date, as of April 29.) Studios The movie-going experience
have turned to releasing films as is dying. I would say go out and
Premium Video-On-Demand see a movie when you can, but
(PVOD) options for $19.99. who knows if you want to risk
Some of these films include that. Movies have been a pillar of
“The Invisible Man,” “The attendance. As weeks pass with es announced they would allow event is that AMC Theaters ing, the only real strategy would our entertainment system, along
Hunt” and “Birds of Prey.” How- no patrons, theaters are digging films that premiere via stream- announced they will no longer be to retaliate. But, even when with going to concerts, theater
ever, Universal Studios made their financial hole deeper and ing platforms to be considered show Universal movies in their theaters reopen, there is a tre- performances, sports events and
the decision to release “Trolls deeper. However, movie studios for the 2021 Oscars, rather than theaters around the globe. This mendous possibility that people even eating out. But there is no
World Tour” on PVOD only, themselves rely on theaters to only considering films that are is bad news for the “F9” and will not immediately show up. In telling what the future holds for
skipping releasing the film in sell their products. The alter- first premiered in theaters. The “Minions: The Rise of Gru” fans a post-quarantine world, people each of these things.
movie theaters entirely. ations in releases could be a way second is that the Wall Street out there. will be concerned about cleanli- I long to see a movie the way
As studios have been alter- for studios to prepare for what Journal reported “Trolls World With the idea that one of the ness and health like never before. it was meant to be seen again,
ing their plans, movie theater could be an eventual shutdown Tour” made $100 million dol- biggest studios is barred from When someone coughs in a dark but everything is changing. We
chains have a more uncertain of theater chains. lars in its rental fees. NBCUni- showing their films in theaters, movie theater, we will definitely need to accept this reality and
fate. The biggest theater chain Yet, on April 28, three events versal CEO Jeff Shell saw this as the biggest loser would be the react differently than we would make the best of what we have,
in the U.S.—AMC Theaters—is shook the foundation of the a victory, saying that “as soon consumer. Movie theaters are have in January. while appreciating what we
on the verge of bankruptcy. movie industry as we know it. as theaters reopen, we expect fighting for their lives, and with I never expected my last once had.
Other theaters are suffering The first is that the Academy of to release movies on both for- studios stating that they will sim- movie-going experience to be Benjamin Allen is a member
similar issues due to a lack of Motion Picture Arts and Scienc- mats.” The third earth-shaking ply move their films to stream- “Emma” at Brunswick’s Eve- of the Class of 2023.

HAVE AN This is our last print edition of the semester, but you can submit opinions
OPINION? for online publication to orientopinion@bowdoin.edu all summer long.
20 Friday, May 1, 2020

Make a list of songs that you hope will comprise the
“We believe that we can change the things around us in accordance with our desires—we believe it because soundtrack of this summer.
otherwise we can see no favourable outcome. We do not think of the outcome which generally comes to pass
and is also favourable: we do not succeed in changing things in accordance with our desires, but gradually our
desires change. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant to us. Write a story about a protagonist that embodies all of
your pet peeves and least favorite character traits. Put
We have failed to surmount the obstacle, as we were absolutely determined to do, but life has taken us round
this protagonist in situations that make you learn to love
it, led us beyond it, and then if we turn round to gaze into the distance of the past, we can barely see it, so them.
imperceptible has it become.”

–Marcel Proust, “In Search of Lost Time” Bonus activity: Watch a recording of the Clayton Rose x
Janet Lohman Zoom Town Hall. Punch the nearest wall.


Write about self-quarantine the way your favorite author Tell a story backwards, scene by scene, like the music Make a T-chart comparing your Bowdoin roommate(s) to
would. video for “The Scientist” by Coldplay. your quarantine roommate(s).

Write your own personal “Goodbye to All That”—a Make a list of all of the people from which you plan Write a story about someone who collects something
farewell letter to your hometown as if you plan to never to keep socially distancancing long after a COVID-19 obscure. What kind of adventures and obstacles do they
return. vaccine is developed. experience in pursuit of these collector’s items?

Bonus activity: Write a formal apology letter to each of Bonus activity: Fantasize about a day where you won’t Bonus activity: Things are too boring right now. Get in a
your professors for being on Snapchat, iMessage, TikTok, have to inhale stale, recycled air from a face mask when long-distance fight with a friend or lover.
Instagram and/or Tinder during all remote lectures. You you walk outside.
will both benefit from the closure.


Write about a character who cares deeply about Days in isolation start to blend together after a while. Write about a pair of friends who seemingly have
something that nobody else is concerned about. Does Make a list of ways that you can mix up your routine nothing in common. Have them prove the strength—and
their interest lead them to alienation or to forge unlikely while social distancing. functionality—of their friendship to the reader as the
connections? story progresses.

Write a story about a person with a very obvious flaw

Write about a terribly awkward and unproductive Zoom that they are completely unaware of. Keep them in the Make a list of the things you’ve learned while socially
class. Write the first half from the perspective of a dark until the very end of the story. distancing. Have your priorities shifted? Have your
student; then, halfway through, switch to the perspective perspectives changed?
of the professor.
Bonus activity: Read the last issue of the Orient for the
2019-2020 school year online. We appreciate you! Bonus activity: Start studying for finals. (Editor’s note:
Bonus activity: Watch other, less populated states begin LOL.)
reopening. Sigh and think to yourself, “Why must I live
just outside of Boston? This is so unfair.”

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