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Freeport teens arrested


after campus harassments
BY JONO GRUBER
ORIENT STAFF

On Tuesday night between 11:30 p.m.


and midnight, four female students were
allegedly assaulted by two teenage males
on bicycles between Studzinski Recital
Hall and Coles Tower. Both of the two
teenagers were apprehended and identified by the four students that night and
have been charged with class D misdemeanors for unlawful sexual touching.
One of the suspects was also in possession
of hashish oil and charged with a drug
crime. Since the two are juveniles, their
names will not be publicly released.
Both suspects were issued criminal trespass orders, banning them from campus.
The Office of Safety and Security quickly responded after receiving a call from a
student who had her books knocked out
of her hands by the two on the bicycles.
Security received three other calls within
minutes of the first one.
We learned later on that there was
some inappropriate touching involved [in
the first incident], said Director of Safety
and Security Randy Nichols. [The three]
other calls were coming in [as we were
responding to the first one] and reporting
that people had come up to them on bicycles and smacked them on the buttocks,
which is a form of assault of course, so we
responded as security officers and immediately notified the Brunswick Police Department (BPD).
The two males then ran away, and Security found one of them attempting to conceal

himself behind a rock near Quinby House.


The other biker found his way to
Brunswick Apartments where he convinced a group of Bowdoin students who
had not yet been notified of the alleged
assaults to drive him back to his familys
home in Freeport.
They thought he was a poor lost teenager that needed help, said Nichols. It
was only when the students were driving
back to campus after having dropped the
[teenager] off [that] they had read the security alert that had come out, and later on
they notified security, [saying], We think
we might have helped the guy escape.
By this time, Security and BPD had
already learned the identity of the alleged assaulter who had found his way to
Freeport from the individual they had apprehended. Freeport Police then brought
the male back to campus so that the four
victims could identify him.
Nichols stressed the importance of a
quick response from the students.
The prompt reporting was critical but
also the very effective response by Security and law enforcement was critical because these two could have easily gotten
away, he said. The fact that we were able
to quickly wrap this up I think kept the
anxiety level on campus down to almost
nothing as opposed to had they been unidentified [because] then students, rightfully, become a little more anxious.
The two males have been released to their
parents and are set to go to juvenile court on
June 15. According to Nichols, they could
receive up to one year of jail time.

15 percent of Peer Health


applicants accepted for 16-17
BY NELL FITZGERALD
ORIENT STAFF

This year, the Peer Health program on


campus was as selective as the Admissions
Office, with an acceptance rate of about 15
percent. Though Peer Health has always
been selective, the number of applications
this year was higher than ever.
Both Joe Lace 17 and Erin Houlihan
17, members of Peer Healths leadership
team, specifically cited the peer-to-peer
program as one of Peer Healths most
successful initiatives that also may have
led to the recent increase in applicants.
This program runs in the fall and assigns
each first year student to a member of
Peer Health whom they meet with several
times throughout the year to discuss their
transition to Bowdoin.
Its a program that every single first
year has interacted with, so I think that
its a program that has a high visibility,
said Houlihan.
This year, over half of the members of
Peer Health will graduate, so the selection
committee attempted to bring in younger
members to avoid graduating the majority of their class again next year. The selection committee is composed of five Peer
Health leadersLace, Houlihan, Jillian
Burk 16, Harrison Carmichael 17 and
Tim Coston 17as well as Residential
Life staff membersAssociate Dean of
Student Affairs Meadow Davis, Associate
Director of Health Promotion Whitney
Hogan, Associate Director Michael Pulju
and Administrative Coordinator Danielle Miller.

Besides class year, study abroad plans


also factored into choosing applicants.
Students were not able to apply if they
were rising juniors who would be abroad
next fall, as they would miss the majority
of training, orientation and the peer-topeer program. However, juniors who plan
on going abroad in the spring were welcome to apply.
With such a large applicant pool, Lace
said that narrowing down the candidates
will be difficult. After applicants submit
initial paper applications, the selection
committee chooses which students will
progress to a round of interviews.
According to Sadie LoGerfo-Olsen 19,
who was one of 15 students chosen this
year for next years Peer Health program,
her interview lasted over an hour and
consisted of several rounds of questions,
including what issues she believes should
be addressed on campus and what specific
programs she would bring to the College.
According to Lace, student involvement and enthusiasm are deciding factors in narrowing down applicants during
these two rounds.
It has to do with what each particular
applicant brings to the table, in terms of
experiences theyve had on campus, the
groups that theyre a part of and their interests on campus on top of being a student, said Lace.
Houlihan also said that interest in one
specific mental health issue was a factor
that made some candidates more attractive than others. She explained that inter-

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VOLUME 145, NUMBER 22

APRIL 22, 2016

VS.
GET OUT THE VOTE
POLLS ARE OPEN online for the BSG Executive Committee elections as of 8 a.m. this morning. They will
close Sunday at 8 p.m. Justin Pearson 17 and Harriet Fisher 17 (pictured above) are facing off for BSG president.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE LOW-DOWN


PRESIDENT: leads the BSG and Executive Committee.
CANDIDATES: Justin Pearson 17 and Harriet Fisher 17
VP for Student Government Affairs: works closely with the President and leads other BSG members, such as Class
Representatives and Representatives At-Large. This VP organizes all BSG activities and works closely with the Constitution, elections and data collection.
CANDIDATES: Reed Fernandez 17 and Jacob Russell 17
VP for Student Affairs: works to improve student life from organizing the Uncommon Hour professor lecture series
to meeting with the student body as well as administrators from the Health Center, Athletics Department, Residential
Life, the Counseling Service and the Office of Student Affairs.
CANDIDATES: Maurice Asare 19, Jodi Kraushar 17 and Ben Painter 19
VP for Academic Affairs: manages BSGs equivalent of the Colleges Academic Affairs Office, working with academic
programs, policies and issues, including organizing the student lecture series, Food for Thought.
CANDIDATES: Jack Arnholz 19 and Evelyn Sanchez Gonzalez 17
VP for Student Organizations: supervises all student organizations with planning, logistics and chartering support
as well as heading the Student Organization Oversight Committee and serving on the Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC)
CANDIDATES: Arindam Jurakhan 17 and Kelsey Scarlett 17
VP for Facilities and Sustainability: manages the physical resources on campus, such as shuttle services, newspapers and discounted movie tickets and promotes sustainability efforts on campus.
CANDIDATES: Carlie Rutan 19 and Khelsea Gordon 19
VP for Treasury: heads the SAFC, managing the Colleges Student Activity Fund for student clubs.
CANDIDATES: Irfan Alam 18 and David Berlin 19

Candidates discuss key issues at BSG debate


BY HARRY RUBE
ORIENT STAFF

Candidates for the 2016-2017 Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) Executive Committee debated this past
Tuesday ahead of this weekends elections. Many of the candidates focused their remarks on BSGs increased visibility
and the lack of clarity within its procedures and bylaws.
The two candidates for BSG President, Harriet Fisher
17 and Justin Pearson 17, responded to questions about
current issues on campus where BSG has had an impact,
such as the impeachment proceedings in response to the
tequila party.
Pearson argued that due to the mood on campus, BSG
had rushed into the process of impeachment without ensuring that the rules were just or fair. He saw the fact that
the articles were revoked and a firm procedure established
as a turn in the right direction. Fisher said that slowing
down the impeachment process allowed BSG to see that
there was more dissent than initially presumed amongst
assembly members and she pledged to promote an environment where members did not feel pressure to keep dissent quiet.
Addressing concerns about increased political correctness on campus, Fisher said that BSG should bring on the
conversations about controversial issues, while still acknowledging that hurt is felt, and that we need to understand the history and factors as to why something has been
felt deeply by members of our campus.
Pearson said that conversations should move away from
political correctness as a term and instead focus on empathy, and that students on both sides of controversial issues should resist generalizations that prevent meaningful

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understanding or agreement. He argued that BSG must


remain objective in order to reflect all opinions rather than
just the loudest voices in the room.
In the debate for Vice President for Student Government
Affairs, Reed Fernandez 17 talked about retaining the
prominent role that BSG has had in conversations about
race and ensuring that the community engages in vibrant
political dialogue going into next falls national election.
Jacob Russell 17 said that he thought BSG was an underutilized resource and offered a picture of an independent
BSG that could apply pressure to Bowdoins administration
in order to address student concerns about security and
race on campus.
Given that their position would involve oversight of
BSGs rules and bylaws, the candidates were asked how they
would deal with situations where BSGs own procedures
were unclear, such as BSGs appointment of Emily Serwer
16 as VP for Student Organizations without an election after the resignation of the previous chair over the summer.
Fernandez argued that any conversations about constitutional gray areas should be a fair experience and open
to discussion within the entire Assembly or student body if
necessary. Russell argued that while it was the BSG Presidents right to rule unilaterally in such gray areas, it was important to have subsequent ratification of those decisions
by the BSG Assembly as a whole.
The debate between Jodi Kraushar 17, Maurice Asare
19 and Benjamin Painter 19 for the post of Vice President
for Student Affairs revolved around increasing dialogue
within the student body.
Kraushar highlighted creating partnerships with orga-

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april 22, 2016

STUDENT SPEAK
do you want to do beQ: What
fore the end of the semester?
Ama Gyamerah 17
Successfully be able to
go to the taco truck during Ivies.

Mariam Nimaga 17
SOPHIE WASHINGTON

Take a pole dancing class


(as a form of exercise).

SECURITY REPORT: APRIL 15 to APRIL 20


Friday, April 15
There was an alcohol violation reported in a room at Winthrop Hall.
An officer checked on the wellbeing
of a student at Brunswick Apartments, at
the request of a parent.
A student with abdominal pain was
escorted to Mid Coast Hospital.
A student was warned for excessively
loud music at West Hall.
Saturday, April 16
A group in the basement of Baxter
House was dispersed after noise complaints were received.
An officer checked on the wellbeing of an intoxicated student at Mayflower Apartments.
At the request of a proctor, an officer assisted an intoxicated student at
Hyde Hall.
A wooden table was destroyed during a registered event at Ladd House.
A large unregistered event took place
on the Brunswick Apartments quad on
Saturday afternoon, resulting in a significant amount of litter. Some of the
students responsible picked up the litter.
The matter was referred to the Office of
Residential Life.
Two students were cited for an alcohol
policy violation at Brunswick Apartments.

Eight students in a Coles Tower


apartment, including six who were underage, were cited for possession of a total of 24 bottles of hard alcohol.
Sunday, April 17
A visiting toddler activated a fire
alarm pull station at 30 College Street,
resulting in a fire department response.
(The toddler was advised not to mention
the incident on her Bowdoin application
in 2031.)
A suspicious man approached a student near the Museum of Art asking for
money. The man was in his 20s, wearing
a dark hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and
white athletic shoes.
Monday, April 18
A distraught woman was reported
on the Main Quad near the Chapel. The
woman was reportedly wearing a white
vest, blue jeans and pink slippers. A security officer found the woman at the train
station having a verbal confrontation
with construction workers. Brunswick
Police Department (BPD) was called to
check on the womans state.
Students reported that many posters were missing from the Smith Union
and Sargent Gym hallway. It was determined that a housekeeper inadvertently

removed them. The posters have since


been replaced.
An unregistered Angry Orchard keg
was found inside the elevator at Ladd
House. The keg was placed in the security property room.
Tuesday, April 19
A sick student at MacMillan House
was taken to Mid Coast.
Two male 16-year-olds riding bicycles were arrested after they assaulted four female students in separate
incidents while they were walking on
campus between 11:30 p.m. and midnight. A security officer apprehended
one suspect near Quinby House. The
second was arrested a short while later
at his Freeport home. BPD has charged
both juveniles with unlawful sexual
touching, and one was charged with
drug possession. Both were banned
from campus and turned over to their
parents. They will be arraigned in
West Bath District Court on June 15.
The students were not injured.
Wednesday, April 20
A grease fire started on a stove top
at the Russwurm House kitchen while a
student was cooking. A security officer
arrived and doused the flames.

Molly Kane 16
Order both Papa Johns and
Domino s in one night.

Maddy Fulton 16
Set up my new Himalayan salt
lamp.

Charlie Krause 16
Theres a girl I have a big
crush on and I want to ask
her out.
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NEWS IN BRIEF Students and faculty make use of new


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resources in the Media Commons

LONGLEY TO LEAVE BOWDOIN


S. Catherine Katy Longley 76, senior vice president for finance and administration and treasurer, will leave Bowdoin at the end of June after 14
years working at the College. She will start a new role as the vice president
and chief financial officer at the Jackson Laboratory.
Headquartered in Bar Harbor, the Jackson Laboratory is a nonprofit research institution with a mission to discover precise genomic solutions for
disease and empower the global biomedical community in our shared quest
to improve human health.
President Clayton Rose announced Longleys departure in an email to faculty and staff this morning.
Katy stands out as a gifted leader who has an uncommon dedication to her
position and to her alma mater, Rose wrote. For fourteen years, Katy has also
been a valued financial and policy advisor to the Board and to two presidents.
And Katy has been a terrific partner for me during this past year. Like many of
you, I value greatly her counsel, her wisdom, and her friendship.
The College will conduct a national search in the coming months to find
Longleys replacement.

ROBOCUP HOSTS U.S. OPEN

JENNY IBSEN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

TELLING STORIES: Jodi Kraushar 17 (left) and Caroline Montag 17 edit audio for The Commons in the Media Commons in the basement
of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. The Commons is a student-written, edited and produced podcast that focuses on telling stories about
Bowdoinone of the many projects that has come out from the Media Commons. Several professors have begun to integrate video and other
technologies available in the Media Commons into their classroom, such as Assistant Professor of Economics Stephen Morris, who takes videos
of himself giving short lectures on specific topics and uploads them to Blackboard.
BY DAKOTA GRIFFIN
AND EDUARDO JARAMILLO
ORIENT STAFF

JAMES LITTLE, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT


For the eighth year in a row, Bowdoin and three other schools will compete in the Robocup U.S. Open today and tomorrow in Watson Arena. Students on Bowdoins Robocup team, the Northern Bites, program small humanoid robots to play soccer autonomously. The Bites will have their first
match today at 1 p.m. against the University of Miami. This evening at 9
p.m., the Bites will face off against the University of Pennsylvania. Bowdoin
will play in one more match tomorrow before the final match at 8:30 p.m. to
determine the tournaments winner.
Further matches will include a drop-in challenge today and tomorrow
where robots on opposing teams will play on the same side. In addition,
Bowdoin will host a no-Wi-Fi challenge and an outdoors challenge tomorrow, testing the robots abilities to play in suboptimal conditions.

PEER HEALTH
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est in specific mental health issues is helpful to Peer Health because of the nature of
the program.
I think Peer Health is really cool because it gives people the platform to have
the resources to launch into whatever programs they want in the specific topic that
theyre interested in, or that they think that
Bowdoin really needs, said Houlihan.
Houlihan, for example, is interested
in body image and is currently working
on an initiative called Bowdoin Athletic
Body Satisfaction Facilitation, which
meets with sports teams and discusses
body image and the role it plays in that
teams specific sport.

LoGerfo-Olsen cited the amount of initiative granted to each member of the program as an attractive aspect of Peer Health
and one of the reasons that she initially
applied for the program.
I have a lot of friends and family
that have gone through eating disorders, alcoholism and depression, so
Ive been very close to a lot of those
issues, so theyve been pertinent in
my life and shaped my beliefs, said
LoGerfo-Olsen, who applied for Peer
Health because she believes it will give
her the ability to directly address these
issues on campus.
Both Houlihan and Lace attributed the progress of Peer Health to
Coordinator of Health Education
Whitney Hogan.

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To expand the use of technology


in both classes and daily life, students and faculty are taking advantage of the new resources available
in the Media Commons, located in
the basement of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library.
Opened in September, the Media
Commons gives students and faculty access to resources from iMovie
to a soundproof voice-over booth
called the Whisper Room. There
are two studios, one specializing in
audio and the other in video, with
additional resources like a green
screen, microphones, headphones,
lights for film and photography and
a variety of software for video editing, sound recording, photography and 3D animation. The Media
Commons also has screening rooms
of various sizes, an electronic classroom and multiple Mac computers.
Student lab assistants are available
Sunday through Thursday in the
afternoon and evening to help with
software and equipment questions
for both academic and personal projects.
At a panel on April 8, several professors discussed how they integrate
video and other technologies available in the Media Commons into
their classes. Some departments
such as visual arts and the Cinema
Studies Programmake heavier use
of the Media Commons and other
technology resources than others,
but many others include video production or viewing in some capacity.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Stephen Morris is one of the professors on campus taking advantage
of some of the possibilities the new
technology brings to the classroom.
Morris uses a tool called Learning
Glass, which allows him to take vid-

eos of himself giving short lectures


on specific topics. He then uploads
these videos to Blackboard where
students can watch them on their
own time.
I found that often just lecturing
and giving textbook examples just
wasnt helpful for everyone, so what
I wanted to do was to be able to give
people something that would be
analogous to office hours whenever
they needed it, said Morris.
He added that he noticed students
might sometimes search for context
on particular subjects by consulting
Wikipedia or other online resources.
I wanted to provide that kind of
context in a more rigorous fashion,
he said.
Visiting Assistant Professor of
Cinema Studies Sarah Childress
has also worked to integrate more
technology into her classrooms. For
Childress, technology has been important in allowing her students to
immerse themselves in the activity
of video production through creating short videos using the ideas they
study in class.
Video has also helped Childress
change who is responsible for communicating information in the classroom. Instead of assigning readings
and lecturing, Childress has students
read and create presentations on the
information. In effect, the students
teach each other, simultaneously
developing mastery over the subject
matter and the technology they use
to create their presentations, while
Childress provides guidance and
clarifies points of confusion.
Childress described how she
works in tandem with the Office
of Academic Technology and Consulting in order to provide the best
learning experience for her students.
Theres an explicit support for
people who want to integrate more
technology, but like me, dont really know how, or have an idea that

theyre not really sure how to carry


out, she said.
The Office of Academic Technology and Consulting has existed
under various names over the years
and helps enhance professors teaching and research through technology, often using technologies that
professors are not necessarily familiar with.
The projects and the things that
faculty envision are just so out of
the ordinary oftentimes that they
require some special expertise, Director of Academic Technology and
Consulting Stephen Houser said.
A faculty member will have an
idea for a project, Academic Technology Consultant Paul Benham
said. They kind of know an end
result that they want to get to, but
theyre not really sure how theyre
going to get to it using technology.
The increasing technological resources at the College have also
opened new doors for extracurricular and personal projects. Students
regularly use the Media Commons
to record music, film and edit movies and take photographs.
The Commons, a student-written, edited and produced podcast,
focuses on telling stories about
Bowdoin that are also relevant to
the wider world. Another project,
Bowdoin Stories, aims to create an
archive of conversations between
students in which they reflect on
their experiences here and discuss
topics that they might not usually
bring up, such as how they learned
to ride a bike.
Academic Multimedia Producer
and Consultant Kevin Travers sees
video and other technologies continuing to play a significant role in
Bowdoins future.
Students are telling stories with
video and photography in ways that
are expanding exponentially on a
regular basis, he said.

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Student political
clubs organize mock
presidential debate
BY JAMES CALLAHAN
ORIENT STAFF

The United States presidential


race came to campus Thursday
night with a lighthearted yet fiery
mock debate featuring Bowdoin students representing each of the five
remaining presidential candidates.
Jointly moderated by Jack Lucy
17 of the Bowdoin Republicans,
Amanda Bennett 17 of the Bowdoin
Democrats and Noah Safian 17, the
debate touched on topics from immigration to climate change over
the course of an hour and a half in
Smith Unions Morrell Lounge.
Our goal is to encourage discourse of ideas and provide a more
active platform for engaging between different candidates ideas,
said Safian before the debate.
Each candidate was played by a
current Bowdoin student: Damian
Ramsdell 17 as Bernie Sanders, David Levine 16 as Hillary Clinton,
David Jimenez 16 as John Kasich,
Francisco Navarro 19 as Ted Cruz
and Jordan Moskowitz 16 as Donald Trump. All studentswith the
exception of Navarrowere backers
of their candidate.
Safian said that organizers approached several female students to
play the role of Clinton. However,
after the students declined, Levine
took the role.
The debate began with two minute opening statements, followed
a series of questions asked by the
moderators.
With thick black glasses and a
wig, Ramsdell took Sanders persona to heartwith numerous invectives against millionaires and
billionaires delivered in a thick
Brooklyn accent.
At one point, he attacked Moskowitzs Trump over his stance on
targeting the families of terrorists.
Youre using the moral compass of a terrorist organization,
said Ramsdell.
Moskowitz, in contrast, came
equipped with a Make America
Great Again hat and portrayed a
calm Trumpalbeit with the same
signature hyperbole: Im a winner;
I build things, he said.

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nizations like the Center for Multicultural
Life and the Womens Resource Center,
while Asare argued that BSG should help
promote a broader diversity of political
views on campus. Painter pointed to his
experience helping plan events like NoHate November on BSGs Student Affairs
committee as an At-Large representative.
Jack Arnholz 19 mounted the stage
alone in the debate for Vice President for
Academic Affairs, while the current Vice
President for Student Government Affairs
Michelle Kruk 16 read a statement for
Evelyn Sanchez Gonzalez 17 who is currently abroad.
When asked how he might be more
successful than predecessors in pushing back the Credit/D/Fail deadline and
extending Thanksgiving Break, Arnholz
argued that the facultys recent decision
to move the start of the fall semester up a

Damian
Ramsdell 17
(left) played
Bernie Sanders
in the mock
presidential debate last night.
David Levine
16 played
Hillary Clinton
after several
female students
declined.

Moskowitz was occasionally met


with boos from the audience. However, his attack on Clintons handling
of the attack on the U.S. embassy in
Benghazi, Libya was followed by
much applause.
Jimenez played an eloquent Kasich, weaving through fraught topics
like same-sex marriage and immigration while making a case for compassionate, pragmatic conservatism.
Next upin what may have been
a preview of general election debates
to comeLevines Clinton went after Trump over his soft-handed approach to Putin. He [Trump] is a
bully, she said.
Finally, Navarros Cruz was notable for his strong arguments on
religious liberty and abortion
which he dubbed the genocide of
our times.
After the main question round,
the debate continued with a speed
round of questions unrelated to political policy.
The audience discovered that
Clinton preferred Crack to Red
Brick, that Trumps White House pet
would be a donkey named Hillary
and that Sanders preferred Moulton
over Thorne because like the average worker, [he] line serves there
three times a week.
At the end of the debate, each student offered their thoughts on the
candidate they represented.
Jimenez joked about being known
as the Kasich guy on campus, with
his Kasich-sticker-adorned water bottle and his countless hours
spent volunteering for the campaign in New Hampshire, Maine
and Massachusetts.
Navarro noted that, although he is
not a Cruz supporter, he is a registered
Republicanone still mourning the
exit of Marco Rubio from the race.
Moskowitz spoke of Trumps devotion to the nation, and Levine
noted that Clinton has a number
of workable ideas that will actually
make peoples lives better.
And Ramsdellin a line that
seemed plucked straight out of a
Bernie speechclosed with the assertion that the only time real
change happens is when people
make it happen.

Jordan
Moskowitz 16
(left) played
Donald Trump,
while Francisco
Navarro 19
(right), the only
student who
did not back
his candidate,
played Ted Cruz.

David Jimenez
16 (left)
played John
Kasich, making
a case for
compassionate, pragmatic
conservatism.

PHOTOS BY
DAVID ANDERSON, BOWDOIN
ORIENT

Pearson argued that due to the mood on campus, BSG had rushed into the process of impeachment without ensuring that the rules werejust or fair. Fisher said that slowing down the impeachment process allowed the BSG to see
that there was more dissent than initially presumed amongst assembly members and she pledged to promote an
environment where members did not feel pressure to keep dissent quiet.
day offered a chance to extend the break
while maintaining current class time.
More controversially, Arnholz argued
that Chegg, the Colleges newly introduced online textbook service, needs
to go.
Sanchez Gonzalezs statement argued for a more practical and culturally relevant curriculum at the College,
highlighting blind spots in the course
catalogue such as a lack of MexicanAmerican, Southeast Asian and Middle
Eastern Studies classes, along with a lack
of accounting and finance courses.
In the debate for Vice President for Student Organizations and chair of the Stu-

dent Organization Oversight Committee


(SOOC), Kelsey Scarlett 17 and Arindam
Jurakhan 17 discussed ways to improve
support for clubs.
Scarlett argued that the SOOC should
increase communication with clubs and
follow up with newly chartered clubs to
ensure success. Jurakhan pledged to improve year-end leadership transitions and
fix the error-prone Student Organization
Management System (SOMS), Bowdoins
online email list manager.
Carlie Rutan 19, running for Vice
President for Facilities and Sustainability,
highlighted her sustainability credentials
as an Eco-Rep running a paperless cam-

paign, while also arguing that her top


facilities priority was to address security concerns about off-campus housing
raised by the sexual assault that occurred
in November at the isolated Mayflower
Apartments. She hopes to institutionalize
the informal Safe Walk Facebook group
and expand Safe Ride access to more offcampus houses. Khelsea Gordon 19, running for the same position, was unable to
attend the debate. Both currently serve on
the BSG Assembly.
Irfan Alam 18 read his candidacy
statement for the title of Vice President
for the Treasury in person, while Kruk
read for the absent David Berlin 19.

Both currently serve as Representatives


At-Large on the Student Activities Funding Committee.
Alam argued that his role as a treasurer
of multiple student clubs allowed him to
understand how to better structure the
funding process from the perspective of
student groups.
Berlin argued that the committee
has more power than people realize, and pledged to fund events
that represent the rich diversity of
the Bowdoin community.
When asked about how he would handle clubs that exceed their budget, like the
Outing Club this year, Alam stated that
SAFCs first priority should be to ensure
that clubs that dont receive an operating
budget can maintain their programming.
Elections will take place from 8 a.m.
Friday morning to 8 p.m. Sunday evening. See page 14 for the candidates
full statements.

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Luzzio 17 tutors students through Bowdoin grads new venture


BY NICOLE VON WILCZUR
ORIENT STAFF

On a mission to lower the achievement


gap that systematically keeps low-income
and minority students off-track for entry
to four-year colleges and prosperous careers, Bowdoin alum, JP Hernandez 04,
founded American Dream Clean. The
company is both a commercial cleaning
agency and a social enterprise company.
It aims to provide its employees with the
resources necessary to ensure that their
children are able to graduate from a competitive college.
Hernandez spent his time at Bowdoin
as a Government and Legal Studies major
and History minor, a two-sport athlete
and a regular volunteer with children of
all ages. He was a volunteer for the YMCA
and worked with Breakthrough Collaborative, a summer program for highly
motivated underserved middle and high
school students that helps them on the
path to college. It was during those experiences that Hernandez started noticing the
challenges that low-income and minority
students face academically.
Hernandez noted that a college education can positively impact many aspects of
a persons life.
How happy you are with your life is
very wrapped up in the whole thing. So to
be able to be creating this path... its a beautiful thing, Hernandez said in a video interview with the Orient.
Its like winning a lottery ticket,
he added.
Hernandez did not know he wanted
to become involved in education immediately after leaving Bowdoin. Working
as a paralegal and for a hedge fund called
Bridgewater after graduation, he picked
up many of the skills he would later use
in founding his company. With the idea
floating around in his head for 10 years,
Hernandez hit a crossroads.
Either youre going to stay at Bridgewater forever or youre going to do what

COURTESY OF AMERICAN DREAM CLEAN

TUTOR TIME: Alana Luzzio 17 is a tutor for American Dream Clean, a commercial cleaning company founded in 2014 by JP Hernandez 04 . As a social enterprise, American Dream Clean is committed to providing the children
of its employees the resources necessary to put their kids on a path to college., such as tutoring and mentoring.
you always intended to do, he said.
In 2014, Hernandez founded American Dream Clean. The commercial cleaning company is committed to providing
tutoring, mentoring and after school or
summer school programs to the children
of the people they employ.
According to Hernandez, the success of the business relies on the relationship and dedication that the tutors have with their students.
Inspired by the companys mission,
Alana Luzzio 17, decided to become
a tutor with American Dream Clean
this past year.
Although she had no previous experience in tutoring, she reached out to
Hernandez over email and expressed
her interest.
I think that if more Bowdoin students

knew about the program they would definitely be into being tutors, said Luzzio.
Luzzio spends time each week not only
working closely with her students but also
creating lessons plans and curriculums to
best guide them towards success. She focuses on being able to connect with her
students on a personal level.
I tutor once a week usually for an hour
or an hour and half, but I always tell them
if they need me they can text me, and Im
available anytime, said Luzzio. Ill always
pick up the phone.
While Hernandez acknowledged the
importance of increasing test scores and
grades, he also hopes that the kids can begin to relate to their tutors and visualize
themselves as college students.
Hernandezs end goal is for the kids
of all of his employees to be on track for

college and future careers. He also hopes


that more companies like his own become
mission-driven.
You could take the best of what a business can do and what a nonprofit can
do and put them together to something
thats greater than the sum of the parts,
said Hernandez.
Combining the driving missions of
nonprofits with the global reach of businesses ensures widespread social impact.
Because the cleaning industry, according
to Hernandez, faces a 300 percent annual
turnover rate in its employees, Hernandez
believes he is able to retain his employees
and remain a competitive force in the market because of his social enterprise model.
If you want to beat me, you have to
find someone who is going to work harder
for you, said Hernandez.

He hopes that millennials will deviate


from the standard set by older generations
that encourages social change through a
learn, earn, return model.
Im seeing again and again that there
is real genuine interest in, How do I have
a life of meaningful work from day one?
said Hernandez.
Hernandez has a message for students aspiring to make social change and
achieve earnings in a capitalist world.
Social enterprise is becoming a mainstream thing its a different and better
world, he said. I would encourage students who are wrestling with this problem
that theres hope.
Students interested in getting involved with American Dream Clean
can email Hernandez at JP.Hernandez@
americandreamclean.com.

Surviving Ivies Brunswick Quad day Run the Ivies marathon

with bright Session IPAs

KATHERINE CHURCHILL
KATHERINE GIVES ADVICE

TAPPED
OUT

Dear Katherine,
I am a first year, and Im so excited for Ivies! What is Brunswick
Quad though?
Sincerely,
Excited in Edwards
Dear Excited,
Ah, Ivies. The perennial celebration of spring, music and the incredible force of the human will to
overcome obstacles. (By obstacles, I
mean hangovers.)
You have asked the age-old question. Youre in good company. Philosophers for centuries have mused
on this inquiry: Plato, Nietzsche,
that guy in our political theory class.
What is Brunswick Quad? they
ask, staring up at the heavens and,
in their state of distraction, losing a
game of slap cup.
I have actually only attended one
Ivies so far. This is my biggest failing. So I am bringing in a guest cowriter to help me out: Ivies Goddess
Jillian Burk.* Jillian hails from the
great state of Canada, where its a
national pastime to drink until you

WILL GOODENOUGH AND SHAN NAGAR

SOPHIE WASHINGTON
cant feel the colda key skill if you
want to rock an Ivies sundress. For
the rest of this column, we will be
writing our collective opinion in the
first-person plural.
Ah, youth. Were so excited for
you to become Ivies aficionados
like ourselves (read: like Jillian).
We have a definitive answer to your
inquiry. Brunswick Quad is like a
family reunion, except everyone
is as drunk as your one crazy aunt
and you can make out with people
without them being your cousin.
Its an outside darty where for a few
sweet hours, we all pretend we go to
a party school by playing beer pong

in the dirt, generating tornadoes of


trash and wearing crop tops that we
should have thrown away after senior year of high school.
Now that weve cleared that up, as
an added bonus, were going to impart some of our Ivies wisdom onto
you. Here are some handy tips to
survive the Friday afternoon darty
that is Brunswick Quad:
1) Make sure you either a) befriend someone who lives in a
Brunswick apartment or b) get really good at sneaking into slightly
ajar doors. At some point you are

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Its a marathon, not a sprint. These are


the pre-Ivies words passed down by timeweathered seniors to the dewy-eyed first
years as they receive wads of crumpled-up
bills in exchange for three oddly-shaped
backpacks, bursting at the seams with
books. These seniors speak from experience. Every Ivies veteran has seen at least
one friend black out at Laddio, get tucked
into bed at 8:45pm on Thursday or take
an unplanned nap on Coe Quad on their
way to Brunswick Quad. To pass the test
of Ivies weekend (or Ivies week, we dont
judge), oftentimes the measured pounding of beers will set you in better stead
than the frantic ripping of shots. But what
can you do, you may ask, if Keystones or
Natty Lites just dont cut it for your refined
taste in beer? Must you sacrifice quality
for quantity?
Enter: the Session IPA. For those of
you have not experienced this genre of
IPA, let us elaborate. Despite our best efforts to find a smart sounding, technical

explanation for the difference in the brewing process, the main distinction between
a Session IPA and a standard issue IPA is
the alcohol level. Designed for beer lovers
to consume for lengthy periods of time (or
a drinking session), an IPA is considered
a Session if it runs in the 3 to 5% ABV
range, as opposed to the 6+% of most
standard IPAs. The true beauty of a Session IPA is that, when done properly, the
alcohol content is the only aspect that gets
diminished. The bright, hoppy aroma and
the refreshing bitter taste that are integral
to the IPAs identity remain largely intact.
First up to the plate was the All Day IPA
from Founders Brewing in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The All Day has become
a staple in the recent Session IPA surge,
and we quickly learned why. It is sold
most commonly in a 15-can pack, likely
packaged for throwing in the back of a car
for a weekend of outdoor adventures as
evidenced by their logoa canoe strapped
to an old station wagon headed into the
woods. Shan also had the chance to fieldtest the All Day at a certain island-musicthemed ski festival last weekend, and
can wholeheartedly attest to its All Day

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going to need to pee. (There are also
porta-potties, but were above that.)
2) Wear something identifiable
in case you get separated from your
friends. For instance, a grape costume or a scuba suit or nothing.
3) No napping. Not yet. Not until youve drank every last drop.
Napping is admitting defeat. Napping is like lying down and sleeping 13 miles into a marathon. Napping is like kissing your cousin. Its
just wrong.
4) Try not to destroy things like
college property or relationships or
your liver.
5) Eat beforehand. Your body will
thank you later. Just kidding. Your
body wont thank you for any of this.
6) Choose your drink wisely.
Starting out too strong or not adequately planning ahead can ruin
your afternoon.** No cream-based
liqueurs for the love of God. Avoid
alcohols that make you sleepy (see
rule 3). Like wine. Or Nyquil.
7)
Be careful where you leave
your things. Do not give them to
friendly strangers. Do not stash
them in sneaky place. You will
never find them again; they will be
lost to the graveyard of solo cups
and dignities.
8)
Remember, people can see
into the windows of the apartments.
If you choose to hook up in a Brunswick room, please consider putting
down the blinds.
9) Do not go on slip-and-slides
if you ever want to see your nipples again.
Just remember: Ivies is a marathon, not a sprint. And God knows,
this is the only kind of marathon
well ever run.
Out,
Katherine and Jillian
*Jillian is on Peer Health and does
not endorse binge drinking. Katherine has no comment.
**Again, Jillian is on Peer Health.

JENNY IBSEN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

GO-TO MAN: (left): Concert, Budget and Equipment Manager of the Music Department Delmar Small became notarized when he
worked at a bank prior to coming to Bowdoin. While many of the notaries at Bowdoin are located in the Treasurers Office, Small is
located in Gibson Hall, which makes him more accessible to students.

Notary publics offer students


a hidden resource on campus
BY NELL FITZGERALD
ORIENT STAFF

Many students, faculty and professors find themselves lost when having
to deal with hefty legal documents, especially students who would usually request the help of parents at home. Many
students find themselves in need of a
notary, or a public official that serves as
an impartial witness, whose signature is
often necessary for the authorization of
official documents. Little to the knowledge of most students, there are many
notaries dispersed throughout the Bowdoin campus.
The majority of notaries are staff
members who work in the Treasurers
Office such as Legal Compliance Officer
Meg Hart.
Because of the frequency with which
the Treasurers Office deals with official
documents, the College recommends that
staff within the Office become notaries.
Hart came to Bowdoin straight from
law school, and upon receiving the job,
the College requested that she take the
notary test. Under Maine law, Harts
status as an attorney meant that she

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drinkability. The All
Day packs an impressive
amount of flavor into an
impressively drinkable
beer. Its slightly bitter
without being overpowering, and has a light
mouth feel that leaves
behind only a refreshing
pine and citrus taste. At
only 45 IBUs, it is minimally bitter compared
to other IPAs, but still
has enough pucker to
stay true to the traditional hoppy taste.
The second Session we tried was the
Lagunitas DayTime IPA. This light beer
only has 4.65% ABV, making it a perfect
IPA for a long day of drinking on the
Brunswick Quad. Unlike the hoppy and
citrusy aroma of the Founders All Day
IPA, the Lagunitas Session had more of
a floral smell. Once tasted, the DayTime
IPA proved to be the lightest and least
hoppy of the three. With an initial bright
and floral taste, we thought it would prove
to have a full IPA feel. We were amazed to
find that this sweet sensation faded very
quickly, leaving us wondering where the
biting bitterness we expected had gone.
For those of you who shy away from IPAs
due to their strong bite, this is the Session
for you. DayTime IPA is a beer that any
beer drinker could crush all day while enjoying a respite from your football friends
Keystone Light.

DIANA FURUKAWA
Last but not least, we tried Stones Go
To IPA. Yes, this is technically a Session,
but, due to its close likeness in terms of
bitterness and heavier body to a standard
IPA, it is not nearly as crushable as the
other two. For those of you who would
never want to sacrifice the full flavor of
your favorite IPAs, this is the Session for
you. With an ABV of 4.5%, it is much less
alcoholic than Stones other beers, but it
does not come with any less of a full bitter
punch. This is the Session for the diehard
IPA fans.
So, do with this information what you
will. We have no doubt that some of you
may opt in favor of your favorite 30-rack
or boxes of Franzias finest, but for the true
hop-heads out there (and the 8 of you
who consistently read our column), we
hope that you make a Session you spirit
beverage this coming Ivies.

could notarize documents. However, to


become an official notary or to gain the
ability to notarize documents in other
states, Hart was required to take a test,
which she did upon arrival to Bowdoin.
Next door, Sharon King, office supervisor of facilities management, took a
different path to becoming a notary.
I became a notary because a friend
of mine was one, and I thought it was
interesting to watch her do what she
does, she said.
King explained that the process of
becoming a notary is relatively easy.
For the state of Maine, anyone interested must take an open book exam,
pay a $50 fee and be sworn in by a
Dedimus Justice.
All the way across campus, in the
basement of Gibson Hall, Concert, Budget and Equipment Manager Delmar
Small is unique in that he is a notary
within the music department. Small became notarized during his time working for a bank before coming to work
at Bowdoin. Small explained that this
bank paid for him to become a notary
as a service to its customers.
After Small started at Bowdoin, how-

ever, he found that he needed notary


services one day, and it seemed like all of
the notaries were in the Treasurer's Office or the Controller's Office. Because
of his offices close vicinity to campus,
Small believed it would be convenient
for students and faculty if he added his
name to the list of notaries here at Bowdoin and to make himself available.
The variety in the way that these
three members of Bowdoin faculty became notaries is also reflected in how
they apply their position on campus.
I am a notary for college business,
first and foremost, Hart said. Ive
used it for official documents, whether its banking documents or things to
do with real estate if weve had a real
estate closing.
In contrast, Kings work as a notary is
usually off of campus, such as performing wedding ceremonies. The majority
of requests are favors for Bowdoin staff
members as opposed to official Bowdoin College business.
King believes that she has helped
more faculty and staff than students
because of her location off campus in
Rhodes Hall which is generally only vis-

ited by students for security concerns.


Smalls location has had the opposite effect, as he often works with students who have legal business that they
would normally take to City Hall or the
Department of Motor Vehicles but are
unable to because they are away from
home. Small said he often helps with
drivers license renewals or helping students get out of jury duty.
Both Small and Hart have also
worked extensively with the study
abroad programs. Hart explains that
notarization is helpful, as many students request to work with countries or
programs that dont necessarily know
Maine law or even U.S. law.
Despite variations in the path to becoming a notary, all three staff members
agree that it is an easy status to obtain
that has proven extremely useful here
on campus.
I just make my services available
for free for Bowdoin faculty staff and
students. I see it as a public service,
said King.
A full list of notaries can be found
on the Bowdoin Administrative Services website.

friday, april 22, 2016

the bowdoin orient

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT


I FEEL PRETTY: Erin
McKissick 16 (left) and
Jamie Boucher 19 (right)
perform in Bowdoins
newest theater group
Beyond the Prosceniums
(BTP) spring production
of Reasons to be Pretty,
which follows young
people as they navigate
relationships and body
image issues.

TESSA EPSTEIN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

Reasons to be Pretty accessible to students, actors


BY CALLYE BOLSTER
ORIENT STAFF

Beyond the Proscenium (BTP), Bowdoins student theater group known for
its accessibility, is performing a show
this weekend with a relatable theme.
Reasons to be pretty is about four
young, working class people navigating relationships and self worth, paying
special attention to pressures to appear
physically appealing.
The theater group was formed to
make theater more accessible to actors
as well as to the rest of campus. Cordelia Orbach 17 and Sarah Guilbault 18
started the group when they noticed
an imbalance in the number of people
expressing a desire to perform and the
number of productions happening
each semester.
Part of what we were noticing is that

the same people are appearing in


every production, and people who
wanted to be involved in theater
but didnt join a department show
or take classes didnt necessarily a)
know where to find it or b) want to
be involved with it, said Orbach.
BTP has not just provided more
productions but also provided types of
productions that feel more accessible
to more actors.
Reasons to be pretty will be performed in Chase Barn, an informal
and even homey setting. The group
is known to perform in less common
spaces, like Howell House.
We decided that by bringing theater
outside of the Pickard, Memorial, Wish
area and by infiltrating campus, that
theater would become more accessible
because it would be closer to students,
Orbach said. I was really inspired by

Part of what we were noticing is


that the same people are appearing in every production, and people
who wanted to be involved in theater but didnt join a department
show or take classes didnt necessarily a) know where to find it or b)
want to be involved with it.
CORDELIA ORBACH 17
the bookshelf, so I chose Chase Barn [as
a performance space for this show].
Reasons to be Pretty is particularly
timely, as the topic of body image is being addressed in several venues across
campus. The play will add yet another

dimension to the campus-wide discussion accompaning the Body Image


Panel held last week and the Womens Resource Centers Celebrating
Women, Celebrating Bodies exhibit
on display now.
Orbach was surprised and excited
that the play is coinciding with the
Centers event on the same theme.
Orbach invited the audience to
invest themselves in the story and
engage with the plays characters in
an intimate setting for an hour and
a half. She said that she believes in
the power of theater to invoke strong
reactions, make people think deeply
and in new ways and hopefully trigger discussion.
Reasons to be pretty will be performed in Chase Barn tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at
the Smith Union Information for $1.

Next to Normal
to be shown at
Theater Project
BY AMANDA NEWMAN
ORIENT STAFF

Being a student, or a young person, isnt always easy. But fear not.
This weekend, Curtain Callers and
Peer Health are co-sponsoring the
musical, Next to Normal. The
musical aims to show that nobody
is alone when it comes to feeling
overwhelmed with the difficulties in
ones life and the world.
Next to Normal is about a mother who struggles with her mental
health and the complicated relationships that develop as a result.
Director and member of Peer
Health Marcella Jimenez 16 said
that she hopes that after the Bowdoin community sees the show, they
will understand that it is okay to not
be okay.
It will actually be a stronger and
healthier community if we can have
those conversations about our struggles, Jimenez said.
Due to difficulties booking a theater space on campus, the show will
be presented at the Theater Project
on School Street in Brunswick. The
idea to partner with the Theater
Project was the brainchild of Professor of Theater Davis Robinson.
Bowdoin is this wonderful place
where so many students are incredibly talented and want to do wonderful things, Jimenez said. And
because of that, theres a shortage of
venues to do those wonderful things,
so we hit a lot of walls in terms of
places where we could feasibly stage
the show.
I think that even though it was
just by luck that [were partnering
with the Theater Project], its really
nice that we can bond with the community in this way, Musical Director

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Assumptions of whiteness in indie: a personal account of artistic expression


JUNE LEI

STREET SMART

A couple of weeks ago, I overheard a


student in the Brunswick Junior High
School class I tutor complain about her
piano lessons. Although seventh-grade
sentimentalism often confronts me in
that classroom, nothing had struck me
like this remark before. I turned to her. I
couldnt stop myself. Be grateful for those
lessons. I had them too. Then I thought
of my younger self, who was awkward
amidst variations of heights and stages
of puberty at a magnet school in Manhattan. I thought of what playing piano
brought me then. My school was also
predominantly white although UpperEast-Side-white, not Maine-white and
all of the strange spaces I ended up coursing through at 13 (as a result of the piano)
were white too.
At 13 years old, I found myself the keyboardist of an indie pop all-girl band. This
band was a lot of things, but at its core it
was a DIY art project that argued cuteness
and youth in music could be revolution-

ary and feminist. In two years, I went


from performing recitals to dark bars on
the Lower East Side to comedy shows to
concert venues on a European tour with
my favorite singer. It was special. I became young and musical and privy to a
world that seemed far away from that of
my classmates. I thought indie music gave
me a way out of the averageness and awkwardness of adolescence. In some ways, it
allowed me to grow up quickly. In other
ways, it did not let me grow at all.
I left my project of two years because
touring did not agree with public school.
But I left indie because I could not fit its
world. Even if I was a good musician, I
would never be lithe and pale enough,
which I felt deeply as a personal fault. Despite the girl-power and riot-grrrl aphorisms I touted, indie provided no guidance
to navigating my identity, which was lonesomely darker and different from those of
my bandmates and everyone around me.
My Asian-ness pushed boundaries and
thus I could feel the edges of the indies racial structures. Racism is strange this way.
It pervades subcultures that are committed to artistic integrity and nurturing the
independent spirit outside of commercial

media. In all of that good, insidious individualism and prejudice still distort
the world like light through a prism.
I did love music, although I did not
love what surrounded it. Something
that my friends at Bowdoin remind
me ofover three-hour dinners at the
vertical tables in Thorneis that artistic remarkability is not unique here.
Many of us have dabbled in different
worldsart, acting, modeling, dance
and still end up here. This is not to say
that performing arts careers are sacrificed for education. Rather, the worlds
of art can be compared to a world like
Bowdoin, where issues of racism and
shifting demographics often take
the center slot on the front page
of the newspaper and the
implicitness of being white
is challenged by students of
color. These are the skills an artist of any sort needs to navigate a world
as systematically white as indie, not as an
anomaly but as an extraordinary.
An exemplar artist of color in indie is Hari Kondabolu 04, who spoke
candidly about his experiences at Bowdoin last weekend. Kondabolus rise to

he learned to do at Bowdoin, and has


spoken about in the Orient. This was of
interest to me, seeing as Kondabolu and
I performed at the same types of comedy
clubs in 2010, but nowadays, he is on
the stage of Pickard Theater and I am in
the balconies first tier. Perhaps that is a
measurable value for spending time in a
world like Bowdoin.
This means that there is also an argument to be made for the liberation of
indie music. Last week, I watched the
Japanese-born Asian American musician Mitskis first video, and was deeply
overcome by her clear engagement and
discussion of race. It has been a long time
coming, but Asian American indie artists are gaining recognition by the nature
of identities which is something I
wouldnt have believed could happen
DIANA FURUKAWA
years ago. This is particularly moving
to me as I think back to my seventh grade
self, who toiled at the piano and believed
for a while that she would never forsake
music for college, let alone a tiny one in
comedy stardom can be attributed to a Maine. Then again, it is easy to sign a life
couple things. Firstly, that he is a good away before you know what it will hold.
comedian. Secondly, he confronts issues I am glad to feel the world shifting and
of race humorously and head-on, which changing beneath my feet.

a&e

friday, april 22, 2016

the bowdoin orient

Disrupting the Bowdoin bubble: Bamby Salcedo on transvisibility


BY SURYA MILNER
ORIENT STAFF

Transgender Latinx immigrant


rights activist Bamby Salcedo visited Bowdoin on Monday for a film
screening of TransVisible: The Bamby Salcedo Story, accompanied by a
Q&A and luncheon the following day.
As a part of the McKeen Center for
the Common Goods series of What
Matters campus conversations, Salcedo discussed the intersectionality of
pressing transgender, immigrant and
Latinx issues within the context of her
work as the founder of Los Angelesbased TransLatin@ Coalition.
Salcedo shared her experiences
growing up in Guadalajara, Mexico,
her subsequent immigration to the
United States and her struggles with
drug abuse, gang activity, prostitution
and deportation once settling in L.A.
Were running away from our
countries to find a better way of life,
but then we get to this country and
find ourselves in the same predicament, Salcedo said. We want to live
our lives authentically, but a lot of
times other people, and a lot of times
our families, dont even understand
the process. A lot of it has to do with
what societal structures have imposed
onto what we believe.
Salcedo, whose life changed direction
after she sought help and a health education job at Bienestar Human Services,
soon embraced her identity as an activist
for translatinx rights, eventually founding
the TransLatin@ Coalition and directing
Angels of Change, a fundraiser to support
health education, access and HIV prevention for trans youth.
Despite the scarcity of transgender,
gender-nonconforming and even immigrant students at Bowdoin, Salcedos
visit still proved very relevant, as her
audience found new ways to discuss
both unfamiliar and deeply personal
aspects of identity.
There is that critique at Bowdoin
about the real world versus the bubble,
said Karla Padron, a CFD postdoctoral
fellow in gender, sexuality and womens studies. This is the type of event

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Jae-Yeon Yoo 18 said. Having that
connection actually makes sense because Next to Normal is a lot about
community.
The two directors attributed the
idea for putting the show together to
Adam Glynn 17, the shows producer.
Its been a team effort between
the three of us as a production
team, said Jimenez.
She added that strong communication between each member of the
team has been essential to successful
rehearsals.
The two directors also had
high praises for their actors
and musicians.
Something that I love about musical theater is that it really does bring
together a lot of different groups on
campus that you wouldnt typically
find, said Yoo. According to Yoo,
among the actors and pit members
are members from a cappella and the
Bowdoin Music Collective.
Jimenez expressed that she had a
special connection to the musical.
When she first became interested
in the show, her cousin had just been
diagnosed with lung cancer. At the
time, she listened to the musicals
soundtrack every day on her way to
and from work.
My family was dealing with a lot

VALERIE CHANG, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

TRANSVISIBILITY: Transgender Latina@ activist Bamby Salcedo speaks about the intersectional identity and issues surrounding immigrant, transgender and Latin@ communities. Salcedo visited
campus on Monday as part of the McKeen Center for the Common Goods series of events called What Matters to spark campus conversation.
that creates a bridge and disrupts that
bubble. Its not just that they learn these
terms, but students see what it looks
like and how its experienced.
Padron added that although many
Bowdoin students are familiar with the issues of marginalized groups and the theoretical framework through which theyre
often viewed, Salcedos visit was instrumental in bringing them to the forefront.
Bowdoin students are very bright
and when we talk about intersectionality, people understand that at an intellectual level, Padron said. But in
terms of diversity of experience, be-

cause of age and socioeconomic status, it is difficult to see what it looks


like. We need to create more visibility.
We need more people like Bamby Salcedo to come to campus, and we need
more conversations about how these
theoretical terms apply in the real
world and how the real world informs
our theoretical world.
The screening and Q&A in Kresge
Auditorium was well-attended. However, many students noted a lack of
white representation in the audience.
I noticed that the audience was
mostly students of color and students

who have immigration as part of their


family history, Miguel Aviles 16 said.
If this place is about all these experiences and learning about them and the
world, then I feel like we should incorporate as many people as possible.
Salcedo spoke to this idea. I think
to change the structures at this school,
the first thing we need to do is open our
minds and open our hearts, Salcedo
said. For people who may be feeling
isolated and excluded and not part of
the whole, if I could just give them a
piece of hope that their bodies, presence
alone and existence mean everything.

As long as they know that their presence


is valuable, they will definitely create a
better place for them and the others
who come after them.
The event was hosted by the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Womens
Studies, the McKeen Center for the
Common Good, the Womens Resource
Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity,
the Student Center for Multicultural Life,
Student Activities, the Student Activities
Funding Committee, the Kurtz Funds,
Latin American Student Organization,
Residential Life, Quinby House and
Howell House.

in terms of taking care of him, and


so there was a lot of grief and angst
around that situation, she said. I
feel like the musical really helped me
process that in a lot of ways.
Jimenez added that she hopes the
musical will help students reflect on
their own difficulties.
A lot of times we have the pressure of keeping everything together, she said. Our life is supposed
to be this neat little box, but underneath a lot of that, everybody is a
mess, and no one really knows what
theyre doing.
The first performance of Next
to Normal will take place tonight
at 7:30 p.m. There will be two additional showings on Saturday at 7:30
p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.

See Next to Normal


tonight and tomorrow
at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday
at 3 p.m. at the Theater
Project in Brunswick.
Tickets are on sale for
$1 at the Smith Union
Information Desk.

GRACE MALLET, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

NEXT TO NORMAL: Charles Campbell-Decock 17 (left) and Sophie de Bruijn 18 (right) rehearse for Curtain Callers spring production of the critically acclaimed musical, Next to Normal, which is about family and mental illness. Curtain Callers hopes that the subject of the show will attract a
wide range of people, and that the location of the Theater Project will bring together people from Bowdoin and Brunswick alike.

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Soccer teams serve community through Kick Start initiative


BY LIZA TARBELL
ORIENT STAFF

Every Saturday morning during April, the Bowdoin mens and


womens soccer teams participate in
Brunswick Parks and Recreations
Kick Start soccer program, teaching
as many as 75 to 100 children aged
five to eight. Its a tradition every
April that has run for many years in
which college players inspire confidence and love of the game in the
youth.
Peter Mills, assistant coach of
the mens soccer team, manages the
program, He gives the Bowdoin student instructors tasks for each session when they arrive in the morning such as teaching dribbling or
passing.
For Rachel Noone 19 the program is a mechanism to bring her
closer to her teammates.
As a team, being together and
serving a purpose greater than your
team beyond just winning transcends just soccer, said Noone. It
builds friendshipson the field you
know your teammate that much better because you share that experience and also go the extra mile on
the field in that season.
Rachel Stout 18 noted the joy in

COURTESY OF ELLERY GOULD

KICKING AND BEHAVING: Members of the Bowdoin mens and womens soccer teams teach local children dribbling skills. Beginning in April, the team coaches 75-100 children ages 5-8
every Saturday morning for a couple hours as part of Brunswick Parks and Recreations Kick Start soccer program.
working with the children themselves.
Its awesome to see the smile you
can put on their face and change
their day over such a simple thing
as soccer, said Stout.

She also fondly recalled her


groups love for the game and energy.
They love the scrimmages and
come up with silly cheers and
names like the Bowdoin Flames,
said Stout.

Beyond the fun and games, Kick


Start can be challenging at times.
Sometimes its a grind getting up
at 8 a.m. on a Saturday, but its definitely worth it, said Noone.
Stout recalled the difficulty at

times of working with so many kids


at once.
[There are] typical kid things
[like] throwing tantrums, messing

Please see KICK START, page 10

Hall of Fame coach Sue Enquist on


building foundations for success
BY ANJULEE BHALLA
ORIENT STAFF

ABBY MOTYCKA, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

DOWN IN THE COUNT: Brandon Lopez 19 loads up against Colby on April 16. The baseball team is currently
last in its division, and needs to win its last three divisional games and get help in order to make the playoffs.

Baseball struggles in
difficult NESCAC East
BY MADDIE JODKA
ORIENT STAFF

After success earlier in the season, the


Bowdoin baseball team has dropped to
the bottom of its division with a 3-6 conference record. This standing makes it
highly unlikely that the Polar Bears will
qualify for the NESCAC playoffs this
year, as only the top two teams in each
five-team division qualify. The team has
three more divisional games which will
be played in the series against Tufts during the last weekend in April.
This past weekend the team lost twice
to Colby before finishing the series on
a good note with a 5-2 win in the third
game. On Monday, Bowdoin won 11-1 at
Thomas College. On Thursday, the Polar
Bears won their third straight game with
a 8-2 victory against Husson, hopefully
giving them momentum for a successful

upcoming weekend.
I think were definitely behind where
we expected to be, said Captain Harry
Ridge 16. But I think that this year weve
worked as hard, if not a lot harder, to prepare ourselves in the off-season, which is
why it is so frustrating because going into
the year, we were in a pretty good spot.
Both Ridge and Head Coach Mike
Connolly agree that when the team has
struggled this season, it has not been for
a lack of effort, preparation or desire to
win. In fact, Ridge thinks that at times,
the team may have been trying too hard,
straining to accomplish too many things
at once and thus coming up short. For
Connolly, the problem seems to be failing to achieve a consistency that allows
the team to excel in all areas at once.
When we did play well, I would say it

Please see BASEBALL, page 10

Renowned softball coach Sue Enquist


passed on advice from 26 years of coaching at both the collegiate and Olympic levels to Bowdoin athletes and coaches in her
talk, Competitive Character Blueprints:
Building Sustainable and Relevant Leadership Systems, at Kresge Auditorium
on Tuesday.
Before starting her coaching career,
Enquist played softball for UCLA, helping
the program reach its first national championship. Her career batting average of
.401 was a program record that remained
untouched for 24 years. Enquist went on
to have an incredible career as head coach
of the UCLA softball program. The left
the team with a a combined 11 national
championships as a player and coach. Enquist also won a gold medal as the coach
of the USA softball team in the 1996
Olympic games, the first time softball was
included in the Olympics.
During Enquists years as head coach
of the UCLA program, her teams won
83% of their games. Yet, despite all of the
great teams that she coached, Enquist
noted that she had seen her teams fail
many times.
[We were] ranked number one in the
country, [had] nine returners, and we got
knocked out in the second round [of the
World Series], said Enquist. Every year
I coached, every single team went to the
World Series, and were really proud of
that consistency. But what about the years
where we were supposed to win the World
Series and didnt get past the first round?
She explained the reasons behind this
teams failures.
When entitlement starts to flourish in
a team, when people think were supposed
to win today, thats when youre in trouble.

JENNY IBSEN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

EMPHASIZING EXCELLENCE: Sue Enquist, a combined 11-time national softball


champion at UCLA as a player and coach and Olympic gold-medal-winning coach, spoke at
Kresge Auditorium on Tuesday about how to achieve success as a team and as an individual.
Thats when the game comes up, and it
bites you in the butt, said Enquist. You
say you never saw it comingyes, you
saw it coming. You looked in the other
dugout and said game over.
These points particularly stuck out to

mens tennis captain Chase Savage 16, as


his team continues to face the pressures of
one of its strongest seasons in recent program history.

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Despite inconsistent play, postseason within reach for softball


BY COOPER HEMPHILL
ORIENT STAFF

After a 9-6-1 start to the season over


spring break, the softball team hoped
to progress past its inconsistent start.
However, the team has experienced
more of the same, and currently sits at
third place in the NESCAC East with a
4-5 divisional record and 14-13-2 record overall. The team has only three
divisional games left to hopefully overtake Trinity (3-3 divisional record)
and claim one of the top two spots in
the division that make the playoffs.
The teams first game back was a
hard fought 7-5 loss against the threetime defending national champions,
Tufts. The team went on to face Bates
in a three game series at home.
In the first game of the Bates series, the team faced a 3-1 deficit in
the bottom of the sixth inning. Katie
Gately 16 was able to get the ball rolling with a single, followed by another
from Claire McCarthy 18. With two
runners on base, Marisa OToole 17
stepped up to the plate and drove both
runners home with a triple. Bates was
able to tie the score and push extra innings, but in the bottom of the eighth
Lauren OShea 18 knocked a hit over
the Bates shortstop to drive in OToole
for the win.
After the late inning heroics, the Polar Bears went on to sweep the series

KICK START
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9

around or crying because they miss


their parents, but its manageable
because you can distract them by
playing soccer, said Stout.
They always want to wrestle with
you or something, or they want you
to give them a piggyback ride, said
CJ Masterson 19. But if you give
one kid a piggyback ride, then all
of them are wanting a piggyback
rides and theyre all just climbing
on you.
Despite the difficulty of marshaling close to 100 kids at 8:30 in the
morning, Masterson has found that
the relationships he has built with
the community are rewarding. He
specifically noted a connection with
a player named Noah.
I was at Sears one time getting a
tie, and he was there with his dad,

BASEBALL
CONTINUED FROM PAGE 9

was a complete effort, where we werent


necessarily outstanding at any one particular area, but we were very good at
all three, said Connolly, referring to
pitching, fielding and hitting. When we
struggled, we just werent as consistent. I
think what were trying to do moving forward is just be as consistent as possible to
put ourselves in the best position to win
every game down the stretch.
Still, there have been impressive team
performances and individual players
who stand out this season. Among these
are Sean Mullaney 17 at shortstop, who
is the best defensive shortstop in the
league according to Connolly. Meanwhile, Ridge is the teams number one
pitcher and has started five games for
the team.
[Ridge] is the definition of consistency, said Connolly. We know what
were going to get from him every time
he pitches; hes been a standout for us.
New additions and younger players
improvement have also impacted the
team. Within the past few weeks, Nick

by winning both games of the doubleheader the following day. The offense
was led by Gately, who tallied a double
in game one and three hits, leading to
all three RBIs, in game two.
Bowdoin then returned to Tufts to
complete the three game series against
the Jumbos, starting off with a doubleheader in Medford. Despite a great effort, the Tufts offense proved to be too
much. The Polar Bears gave up 11 runs
in each game, resulting in two losses
and a series sweep.
Doubleheaders in general provide
an opportunity to play a lot of softball,
but it is very difficult to maintain tenacity and focus for two long games in
one day.
A doubleheader gives you a lot of
opportunity to play, but we still approach each pitch one at a time, said
Julia Geaumont 16,
Despite the losses to Tufts, the team
is still confident in their ability to take
down the powerhouse program if given the opportunity to play them again.
Tufts is the team to beat, said
Geaumont. They are amazing offensively but not unbeatable. Tufts is just
a team that wont back down.
The team was determined to bounce
back after the tough losses to Tufts,
and managed to rally against the University of Southern Maine (USM) in a
doubleheader on April 13. Looking as
if they might drop another game, the

and he introduced [us]. He was really excited to see me, said Masterson. That was a community experience that was really solidifying.
Most of all, Masterson enjoys
the program because of the joy it
brings him.

Its a lot of fun. Really nostalgic,


reliving your best soccer days as
a kid, when youre six years old. It
becomes the highlight of your day.
CJ MASTERSON 19

Its a lot of fun. Its really nostalgic reliving your best soccer days as
a kid when youre six years old, said
Masterson. It becomes the highlight of your day.

Sadler 18 and Joe Gentile 18 have proved


themselves to be very valuable players in
the outfield. Meanwhile, Luke Cappellano 19 at second base leads the team in
runs batted in, and Brandon Lopez 19
has stood out as a pitcher and hitter.
First year catchers, Ejaaz Jiu 19 and
Colby Joncas 19, have risen to the challenge after senior captain Chris Nadeau
16 was injured in the beginning of
the season.
[Nadeau] was probably our most
valuable player going into the year just
because he is such a presence on the
field, said Ridge.
After injuring his elbow, Nadeau
has shifted to a role of designated hitter, but this has been a huge loss to the
teams defense.
[Nadeau] is a phenomenal defensive
catcher and a fantastic leader, said Connolly. Hes been a four-year performer
for us. [He] really is the true backbone
of our defense. Its a shame he hasnt had
the opportunity to play more behind the
disk.
Ridge said the most satisfying wins
recently have been the last game against
Trinity on April 2 and the comeback vic-

Polar Bears found themselves down by


two runs with two outs in the bottom
of the seventh. With the final out on
the line, McCarthy stepped up again
with an RBI double to shift momentum back to the Bowdoin side. Next
up was Samantha Valdivia 19, who
knocked in the final two runs of the
game and finished the late-game rally
for the Polar Bears. Geaumont earned
the win on the mound and had two
doubles in the game.
In the second game, USM came back
with a vengeance, scoring two quick

runs in the first to jump to a quick


lead. After tying the score, Bowdoin let
up three runs in the bottom of the final
inning, and once again looked to their
clutch offense to get the job done. The
Polar Bears proved up to the challenge,
as Jordan Gowdy 18 and Ali Miller 18
got on base with back-to-back singles.
After a double from Caroline Rice 19,
Geaumont followed up on her strong
game one performance and knocked a
double and two RBIs to tie the game
and allow the Polar Bears to escape
unbeaten on the day.

Because only two teams make the


playoffs, the teams only remaining
conference matchup against Trinity on
April 29 and 30 will be decide whether
they make the postseason. The team
will most likely have to win all three
games against the Bantams.
It speaks to our team that we never
back down and keep fighting until
the end, said Geaumont. We push
it when its late. We will push it until
the end just like we do during the final
innings We want to play to our best
ability and leave it all on the field.

ABBY MOTYCKA, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

BRING ON THE BANTAMS: Emily Griffin 17 winds up in a game against Colby this past weekend. Softball currently sits at third out of five teams in the NESCAC East with a 4-5 divisional record. The team will host Trinity (3-3, second in NESCAC East) for a three-game series on April 29-30 that will almost certainly
decide Bowdoins playoff fate.

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Hearing from an 11-time national
champion that there were teams who she
thought underperformed but were still in
the top four in the country I think shows a
lot and says a lot about the power of having a complete backing from every member of your team, said Savage. You can
have all the accolades in the world, and
you can have all the talent, but if you go
out there and you dont respect your opponent, your opponent can still beat you
that day.
You should never expect your opponent to give you anything, he continued.
I think as a team, were trying to capture
that this year by emphasizing that every
day in practice, we have to earn it because
every single match we play, were going to
have to earn it as well.
Having retired in 2006, Enquists talk
also focused on how the key leadership
characteristics built through athletics
tory against Colby this past weekend.
According to Connolly, during conference series, the Polar Bears face a level
of competition very similar to theirs. It
can be frustrating at times because there
is such a fine line between winning and
losing these series as the games can easily
go either way.
Looking forward, Bowdoin will play
a series against Williams this weekend
followed up with a game against St.
Josephs College on Tuesday. This long
stretch of home games will hopefully
be advantageous to the Polar Bears,
who are looking to win all of these
challenging matchups. If the Polar
Bears are able to get good momentum
going this weekend, Connolly believes
they will land themselves in a good
place for the crucial series against
Tufts beginning April 29 at home.
Our biggest concern at this point is
playing defense, throwing strikes and
making plays and putting ourselves in a
good position so that we can put together
good at-bats without being behind in a
game, said Ridge. Everyone is working
hard enough. Its just a matter of everything coming together at once.

translate to life outside of the collegiate


athletic sphere. From the relationship with
excellence that comes from playing at an
elite college to harnessing the positive attributes of competition, Enquist described
how shes seen and experienced the benefits of these traits.
One year we were in the finals of the
World Series. My catcher goes down, the
backup catcher goes down, and the third
catcher goes down. Were ranked number
one in the country, and I have a backup
right fielder as the starting catcher. She
hasnt had a catchers glove on in six years.
But this is what I know about sportsyou
have mastered fundamentals that allow
you to be adjusted that you actually can
perform very well when we tweak your
role, said Enquist.
According to Enquist, this ability to
master fundamentals and adjust well
translates to the business world.
So when you get that first job and they
say Hey youre a director, but we need a
vice president, the first thing youre going

to think is Im not sure Im worthy, Im


not sure Im capable. When in doubt, raise
your hand and say I can do that. Figure it
out later, because your general skill set is
going to allow you to do so many things
outside of that specific job.
As a senior, Savage reflected on how his
athletic experience sets himself up to be
very comfortable with success and failure
in any aspect of his life.
In my four years here, athletics has
been a place where Ive failed, but its a
place that allowed me to get back up. The
win or the loss really forces you to confront failure on a daily basis, and it forces
you to pick yourself up, he said.
If you dont learn how to pick yourself
up, and its not just sports, if you dont find
the way to get over adversity, youre really going to struggle. He continued, Every person in this world, no matter how
smart, no matter how athletic, no matter
how talented, has a day or a moment or
many moments when theyre simply not
as good as somebody else.

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Vote.

his year, we have seen the power that Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) can
enact. The organizations actions and responses have become a visible part of
campus culture, and BSG frequently shows up on our front page. BSG has been
redefining itself and its role on campus. It has released statements of solidarity with
the victims of racist attacks at the University of Missouri, as well as two statements of
solidarity with students at Bowdoin following the gangster party and the tequila
party. In the fall, students voted in overwhelming support of adding the seat of Multicultural Representative and throughout the year BSGs public comment time has
proved itself a heated platform for airing grievances and debate. This has led to an
increase in discussions about the role of BSG in representing the student body and
the standards it holds itself to. For instance, it has adopted new, more comprehensive
procedures for the impeachment of its members and introduced a Good Standing
Amendment that allows the BSG Executive Committee to review previously confidential disciplinary records should members fall out of good standing with the College.
In past years, during the week of BSG Executive Committee elections, we have written an editorial endorsing a candidate for president. This year, though, we think its
more important to use this space to urge you to vote and to make sure you have all the
information you need to make an informed decision. While we used to use our interviews with the presidential candidates to inform the position we took, this year we are
posting clips of these interviews online for you to evaluate. We are also presenting you
with all of the candidates candidacy statements in the Opinion section and we have
extensive coverage, both in print and on Twitter, of last Tuesday nights debates, if you
were unable to attend.
Ballots were sent by email to all students this morning, and voting will be open
until Sunday night. While we realize BSG has its limits, its position as a governing
body nonetheless makes it the face of our student body. If the laws it enacts and statements it makes reflect our campus, it should do a good job of representing us. So, be
aware of the information you have available to educate yourself about the candidates.
If you have opinions on what BSG should be next year, then you should vote for the
candidates you think best represent your interests. If you choose not to vote, know
that abstaining is tacit agreement with whatever decisions are made on BSG next year.
Seniors, too, can vote in this BSG election, as well as students who are abroad, facts
that are often overlooked. Voting in this electionlike any other electionis a privilege that we have in deciding what our governing body looks like and how we are represented as students and citizens. This year has shown us that BSGs actions affect our
lives, which makes our decisions as voters all the more important.
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orients editorial board, which is
comprised of Julian Andrews, Jono Gruber, Meg Robbins and Emily Weyrauch.

BOWDOIN STUDENT GOVERNMENT

Spring Elections for Student Government Positions


Elections for student government positions will take place this weekend. Polls will be open from
Friday, April 22 at 8:00 a.m. until Sunday, April 24 at 8:00 p.m. Students may vote online at
bowdoin.edu/vote.

Candidacy statements can be viewed on page 14.


Visit bowdoinorient.com to see exclusive video interviews with
the candidates for Bowdoin Student Government President.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR


As the College considers a long-term facilities plan and the long-term goals for our campus
including both how to make Bowdoin carbon neutral and more welcoming to a diverse student
bodytransportation must be an important part of the equation. In my opinion, the issue of
transportation is a clear intersection of two (behemoth) issues: climate change and social equity.
Bowdoin Student Government currently subsidizes some travel to Portland and Freeport on
weekends and provides Brunswick Taxi service within a mile of campus during certain hours.
But shuttle reservations need to be planned in advance, and getting to the airport still costs $49.
What if Brunswick and Midcoast Maine had frequent and convenient public transit? What if
you didnt feel the need to have a car on campus or didnt feel disadvantaged by not having one?
With the Brunswick Landing (the former Naval base) growing rapidly in business and innovation opportunities, the Portland METRO bus expanding commuter service up to Freeport
this spring and a new and enthusiastic operator of the local Brunswick Explorer bus, the time is
ripe for a productive partnership between the College and town. We need to discuss how more
and better transit would benefit the whole community. A wide array of potential supporters
(businesses, hospital, banks etc.) could join the College in a community effort that has the potential to reduce fossil fuel pollution and help many community members.
Lets work with the greater communityfor the greater good.
Karen Topp
Senior Lecturer in Physics

friday, april 22, 2016

Athletics are not


extracurricular
Hours spent on sports have been an integral
part of my Bowdoin experience.
I need to start by admitting my own personal bias. I am a senior who has been in-season
for all eight semesters here at Bowdoin. I was a member of the football team for the last four
years, and I am currently finishing my final season as a member of the track team.
Although I have been a part of other groups on campus (I was an RA for two years, and
I am currently a first year proctor in Coleman), my college experience has been defined by
my athletic commitments. When I think back upon my time here at
Bowdoin, I am sure I will remember the times I spent on the practice BY SEAMUS POWER
fields down at Farley Field House and the close friendships I formed OPED CONTRIBUTOR
with both guys and girls on my respective teams. So, yes, I am not a
neutral third party.
One of Jesse Ortizs stranger critiques of athletics here at Bowdoin was that teams seemed
to perpetuate socio-economic differences on campus. The cis-gender white athlete (potentially the newest swear word) has an unfair advantage when it comes to competing for jobs.
While I am certainly not an employment expert, I can confidently say that it is not surprising
that employersespecially those in financial sectorare actively looking to hire individuals
who have shown that they enjoy competition.
College athletics demonstrates time management skills and indicates to others that you can
work well with a team. So do athletes have a leg-up or an advantage when it comes to looking
for some jobs? Yes, certainly, but it would be absurd to view this as unfair. What people do
in college, their co-curricular activities, indicate what they are passionate about and demonstrates skills and values to prospective employees. Does writing for the school newspaper, as
Ortiz does, advance them in their job search? I believe that it should, and I certainly hope
that it does.
Instead of attempting to poke holes in Ortizs argument, I would rather highlight the positive effect of athletics on campus. Many of the community outreach projects are led by teams
and coaches. Events like Relay For Life, the Midcoast Hunger Food Bank and the Bone Marrow Drive are all organized and run by coaches and student athletes. Just last week, I was fortunate enough to help out at the Special Olympics swim meet
that happened down at the Greason Pool. Anisa LaRochelle,
a junior on the womens lacrosse team, single handedly organized the event, which would not have been possible to
run without the help of roughly 50 Bowdoin studentsboth
athletes and non-athletes alike.
While I realize that this probably reads as defensive reaction
to Ortizs article (Look, athletes are not bad; after all, we do community service), I also think that it is important to acknowledge
the psychological aspects of athletics on students.
Countless studies find that through athletics, male students develop higher than average social skills and high degrees of empathy.
Female athletes have also been shown to develop higher degrees of autonomy and a strong sense of self due to their involvement in athletics. I am sure that any athlete at Bowdoin can speak to the fact
that they have grown personally through their commitment to
Bowdoin athletics.
As liberal arts students, individuals who came to a small
college with the intent of getting involved, it is important that
we recognize that athletics, just like the arts, are not extracurricular activities, but instead cocurricular. These
engagements are integral aspects of the Bowdoin experience. Without sounding clich, I believe I have
learned more about commitment, communication and resiliency
through my time spent in the gym, track and on the field than I have in
the classroom.
Finally, I will admit that athletics at Bowdoin does have the ability to
polarize individuals. Do athletes tend to spend a significant amount of
time together? Yes. But so do my first years living together on the second
floor of Coleman. People form relationships, for better or worse, based
on shared experiences. Regardless of whether these experiences
are athletics, a cappella or your first year roommates, it is nave to
think that eliminating athletics at Bowdoin will eliminate group
or clique culture.
SOPHIE WASHINGTON
I have loved my experience here at Bowdoin and this, in large part,
has to do with the relationships that I have formed with teammates and coaches. This is, in no
way, shape or form, an objective or neutral response to Ortiz but only because it is impossible
for me to separate my emotions from my experiences with Bowdoin athletics.
Seamus Power is a member of the Class of 2016.

Read more responses to Jesse Ortizs column online at bowdoinorient.com

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President Mejia-Cruz: Fisher 17 is best choice for BSG President


BY DANNY MEJIACRUZ

OPED CONTRIBUTOR

Today the polls will open for Bowdoin Student Government (BSG)
elections. This year, the student
body faces a choice between two
candidates for president. The new
president will organize BSGs response to important campus initiatives and must ensure that meaningful and effective change is enacted
in order to meet new challenges.
While both candidates have their
merits, I endorse Harriet Fisher 17
for president.
This year, BSG has emerged from

the shadows and overcome its past


inertia to become the best platform students have to voice their
needs, concerns and complaints on
the status of our community. This
years events and controversies have
shown that BSG must be able to immediately connect with all students,
the Bowdoin community and the
outside world. The president must
therefore be competent, committed
and willing to push the administration in the direction that will most
benefit students. The president must
be persistent in these efforts. Satisfaction at any point will sterilize
the BSG.

Both candidates have emphasized


the need for our campus to heal
from past events. They have both
called for disruptive disunion to be
transformed into compassionate understanding. Fisher already pursues
these objectives. During her time at
Bowdoin, she has engaged with the
student body in a variety of meaningful ways. Fisher has held positions as Vice President for Student
Organizations and a seat on the Student Activities Funding Committee,
as Reed House communications director, as a Womens Resource Center student director and as a Student
Activities student fellow. In short,

Fisher has been involved in almost


all aspects of campus life, and these
experiences demonstrate her ability
to work with a wide variety of students.
Fisher has been tried, tested and
has proven to be a remarkable student leader. Her goals to overhaul
the BSG At-Large positions, to lobby
the faculty on an extended Thanksgiving break and to institutionalize a
process for students seeking to pursue research are sensible, achievable
and put students first. Her familiarity with the institutions and individuals who lead the College will
ensure that BSG is successful in its

endeavors next year.


Fishers challenger, Justin Pearson, has a strong platform replete
with aspirational rhetoric. Unfortunately, rhetoric is not sufficient: he
has not told exactly what reforms
he seeks and how he will achieve
them. Pearson has worked to improve Bowdoin over his three years
at the College, and it is my hope that
he will continue to do so in a different way.
Daniel Mejia-Cruz is a member of
the Class of 2016 and Bowdoin Student Government President.

An untouchable image:
finding love and admiration
for a confusing body
BY PENELOPE LUSK

OPED CONTRIBUTOR

When I was around nine, my mom


bought me The Care and Keeping of
You: The Body Book for Girls, a middle school staple sold by the American Girl Doll Store. There are jauntily-drawn girls of different sizes and
ethnicitiesI gave each girl a name,
written neatly in pencil below the first
illustration of her, and followed them
through the book as they experienced
pimples, bra-buying and first periods.
Puberty was a fun new novel, every
girl a character with her own story.
In real life, puberty is more of a
mish-mash of inexplicable feelings,
chocolate cravings and re-learning
the topography of a map you thought
you mastered at age three: your body.
I posed nude for the Womens Resource Center (WRC) Celebrating
Women, Celebrating Bodies photo
shoot my first year. I was a little nervous about the idea of exposing myself, but I was excited to bond with my
friend and to memorialize my body at
age 18. Sophomore year, my roommate and I posed together in just our
socks for a friend who was taking a
photo class. I participated in this
years WRC photo shoot as well, with
my current roommates, and then we
went to Moulton and made omelettes.
The first time I remember being
sexually harassed by a stranger, I was
13. By a friend, 11. Most recently, on

the streets of a new city I


was struggling to make my
own. Sexual harassment
unwanted sexual conduct,
unwelcome comments, undesired approaches: an indictment of body and soul
that leaves an aching kind
of fear and makes you wish
you were invisible.
My body has a secret: it
doesnt work very well. It
doesnt do what its supposed to do as a structure
of bones and a system of
veins. On some microscopic level, cells are attacking
other cells and on the outside I am tired and everything hurts. This is living
with chronic illness.
Bodies are confusing.
Our relationships with
them, as individuals and as
groups, are complicated. Bodies like
mine (white, cis-gendered, female) are
in turn privileged, protected and possessed by society. Part of understanding your body as an adult is learning
what status it occupies: no matter how
people protest that outsides dont matter, physical forms continue to dictate
social and cultural norms. Another
part of being an adult is refusing to
perpetuate those norms: we are all responsible to say that no body is worth
more than another, no body is more
worthy of admiration or safety.

SOPHIE WASHINGTON

When I was nine, bodies were illustrations rollerblading across the


page to a section about armpit hair.
Two years later, I first learned your
body can be mistreated even when
you least expect it. Four years after
that, I was diagnosed with an illness
that I still struggle to spell (Ankylosing spondylitisso many dubious vowels!). Today, as I continue to
learn what it means to be a body in
this world, it is important to me to
be aware of myself and of others, to
be supportive of and supported by

women through our convergent and


divergent experiences.
I was overwhelmed by the positive, strong energy of the photo shoot
this year. I love the photos of myself,
my friends and all the other women
who participate. There, frozen in a
space that was given to us to do with
what we want (and that is so many
things,statements are made and
fun is had and true selves are shown),
I find myself, for a moment, a girl in
the American Girl Doll book. The
bodies in the pictures are just bodies,

being the way that they are, being the


way that they want to be. Theyre twodimensional, a collection of pixels on
a pagefinally untouchable. For me,
underneath the statements of selflove and female empowerment and
friendship, the underlying message
reads: Im here. Look or dont look,
judge or celebrate, feel uncomfortable
or feel empowered by what you see
well still be here.
Penelope Lusk is a member of the Class
of 2017.

Photoshoot celebrates women and their bodies in a hostile world


JULIA MEAD

LEFT OF LIPSTICK
Celebrating Women, Celebrating
Bodies, the biannual nude photo
exhibit by and for Bowdoin women,
opened last Monday. I circled around
the gallery three times at the opening, unwilling to leave. Each photograph moved me to my bones.
This was my second year participating, and this is my second time
writing about it. Last time I was dissatisfiedcritical of empowerment
without focus and feminism without
politics.
I now have a different experience.

What I saw in the gallery this week


was deeply political. Many participants used their bodies as a canvas,
writing how they saw themselves:
Power, Strong, Bright, Radiant. Some women posed with feminist books. One asserted her right
to reproductive autonomy, holding
a sign in front of her stomach that
read, Dont govern my with an
arrow pointing down. She flipped off
the camera for good measure.
Several seethed. Fuck the patriarchy, Still not asking for it, No
means no. Theres no excuse.
The message that struck me hardest was simple. One word: MINE.
Whether or not the women wrote
messages (I didnt), regardless of

their degree of nudity or if their photographs were silly or serious or with


a group or solo, they all declared that
one word: MINE.
Late Tuesday night, a group of
Bowdoin women were accosted and
sexually harassed by two teenage
boys. Especially in the wake of the
sexual assault and predation that
rocked campus last fall, this is a sickening reminder that much of the
world does not want women to own
their bodies. As a woman, asserting
MINE is radical.
And were doing it in more ways
than the photo shoot. Together, a
film by Ali Ragan 16, tells a powerful stories of sexual assault and survivorship. The office of Gender Vio-

lence Prevention and Education is


doing important institutional work.
NARAL Pro-Choice Bowdoin is doing political activism to protect abortion access and We Need to Talkthe
series of events on sexual violence
and masculinityhas done a great
job including men in the movement
to end sexual violence. We are at the
close of Consent Week.
Each of these projects is powerful,
and if you want to join, you should.
There is room for you. There is, of
course, more to do.
Who is Celebrating Women, Celebrating Bodies for? It is for women.
If you do not or have not identified as
a woman, I hope you can come to the
gallery in the spirit of appreciation

and learning. It is not for you, but


you can get something out of it. Maybe it will feel weird. If it does, consider reading the text posted around
the gallery. Before and after the photo shoot, each participant wrote what
she was feeling. It might help you
get inside the heads of the women
our excitement, anxiety, absurdity,
nerves, love, discomfort, liberation.
Each person who participated came
with intention, and we should honor
her on her terms.
We have a right to proclaim our
bodies MINE. There are still (still!)
so many people, institutions and
ways of thinking that would have it
otherwise. They are wrong, and they
will not win.

14

opinion

the bowdoin orient

friday, april 22, 2016

Bowdoin Student Government

President

STATEMENTS OF C ANDIDAC Y

Harriet Fisher
Dearest Polar Bears,
My name is Harriet, and I would be
honored to serve as your Bowdoin Student Government President. I am confident that my wide range of experience as
an At-Large Representative, Chair of the
Student Organizations Oversight Committee and a member of the Executive
Team, the Student Activities Funding
Committee and the 2017 Class Council
would serve me well. In addition, I have
experience as Reed Houses Communications Director, a Student Fellow for the
Student Activities Office and as a Student
Director at the Womens Resource Center.
I am running for President because I
want to ensure the BSG remains a space
for discussion and debate on our campus. I am committed to institutionalizing public comment time, overhauling the At-Large representative system,
increasing communication between the
BSG and students, working to put syllabi online and consider changes to break
schedule, among many other reforms.
Most importantly, I want to make sure all
students can use BSG as mechanism to
bring their ideas to fruition. Also, Spring
Gala shouldnt be the only time we get
to see everyone all dolled up! I would be
honored to have you vote and to work
to make your voice heard loud and clear
next year.
Are you #readyforHarriet?
Justin Pearson
his has been a challenging year for us.
I believe student government can work
to strengthen our campus community.
BSG must work to include, represent and
elicit a diverse set of opinions and beliefs
regarding policy decisions. I want to be
sure your voice, your opinion and ideas
matter. The BSG must help to build a
safer campus to discuss differences and to
have challenging conversations. This year
has shown an increased need to promote
safety. I intend to work with the Office
of Gender Violence Prevention & Education to create safe environment here
on campus, as well as work with BPD
and Brunswick Downtown Association
to build connections toward increased
safety from physical and verbal attacks.
The core of my job will involve listening
to your concerns, whether they involve
having changes to the academic calendar
or regarding punishments for themed
parties. The work that lies ahead requires
ALL of us to engage in community building. This responsibility cannot fall solely
on the shoulders of one minority group,
of one sports team, or even of one BSG
President. We are all responsible for improving Bowdoin and I hope to help facilitate this process. Facebook: Pearson
for BSG President Email:JPearson@Bowdoin.edu Campaign HQ: (571) 275-9869

VP for Student Govt Affairs

Reed Fernandez
Hello Everyone!
My name is Reed Fernandez 17 and I
am running for VP of BSG Affairs. This
year, I served as the Class of 2017 Representative to the BSG. Through this position, I sat on the BSG Assembly, Class
Council and the Student Organizations
Committee. Additionally, I am an Assistant Head Tour Guide in Admissions, cofounded my own club (Bowdoin Political
Union) and was the President of Quinby
House last year.
The BSG has many resources at its disposal that I would utilize in multiple ways.
First, I would maintain the role BSG has
taken this year as a legitimate and respectful forum for discussionespecially related to race. Second, I would use my role
as a leader of Bowdoin Political Union to
ensure all students opinions, from the

most liberal to the most conservative, are


valued and heard. Third, I would increase
the amount of mental health discussion
on campus. This goal could be accomplished by working with existing campus
groups and reforming Mental Health
Week. Lastly, I would work with the VP of
Academic Affairs to investigate the possibility of science students getting credit for
their time in lab. Thank you very much
for your consideration!
Jacob Russell
EVER THINK BSG DOESNT DO
ANYTHING? Before serving as the
Inter-House Council Representative this
year, I did. However, after serving on BSG
this year, I have become aware of the immense opportunities BSG represents.
The moment when I first truly understood the positive change BSG can affect
was last semester after the assaults that affected so many students on campus. I felt,
along with many other students, that the
administration could do more to openly
support students and promote student
safety. To respond to these concerns I
submitted a proposal with the help of colleges houses and the facilities committee
to get increased campus lighting, student
parking and saferide hours, as well as to
have Randy Nichols and the head of facilities come before the BSG general assembly and discuss how we could work
together to make Bowdoin safer.
If elected, I will continue to actively
represent the student body on a variety
of issues. I will create permanent working
groups to discuss and program around
gender violence prevention, race and
class and diversity of thought and opinion. Additionally, I hope to expand BSG
public comment time to allow all of the
student voices to be heard.

VP for Student Affairs

Maurice Asare
Hello! My name is Maurice Asare,
and I am running to be your VicePresident of Student Affairs. The significance of this position to me, is centered around my desire to reconstitute
a sense of unity throughout our campus
by promoting our differences, as well
as fostering discourse within various
centers of student life. Although I lack
BSG experience, my lack of participation does not correlate with my leadership ability. In fact, I think that this is
an opportunity as an outsider for me to
take initiative and bring in fresh eyes.
Alongside many of my ideas to establish a direct-link between the BSG
and students, I hope to sustain the current programs as well as start new programs that will bring together groups
of different-minded people. Coming
from a city that finds unity in the sensitive topics and differing viewpoints that
now divide our campus has taught me
the significance in proactive discourse
amongst our community, one which
strays away from what has happened
and instead focuses on what can be
done. I would like to stimulate inclusive conversations and enable the BSG
to be a more active voice that seeks to
maintain a very intimate relationship
with the students at Bowdoin. I would
also like to be your Vice-President of
Student Affairs. #FeelTheMO
Jodi Kraushar
Hello! My name is Jodi and Im excited to announce that Im running for
VP for Student Affairs. Having been an
involved member of Bowdoins campus
for over two and a half years, I believe
that I have the experience and knowledge necessary to make me the best
candidate. As the Programming Director of MacMillan House and the Vice
President of the Inter-House Council,

I already have a lot of event planning


skills under my beltincluding the
storytelling series Polar Bear Tales, a
cultural appropriation discussion and
a screening of Transparent with a faculty panel.
As VP for Student Affairs, I will push
for programs that are not only engaging and entertaining, but also inclusive
and thoughtful. This means expanding on current BSG initiatives like No
Hate November and helping establish
stronger connections to student organizations like the Center for Multicultural Life, The Womens Resource
Center, Peer Health and Residential
Life, to name a few. Being at Bowdoin
is a unique opportunity for students
to have access to funds, networks and
an advising system like no other and I
want to make sure that all of these resources are utilized most effectively. As
VP for Student Affairs I will work to ensure that students can get the most out
of their time here.
Ben Painter
I have the passion, commitment and
experience in order to succeed in this
position. This year, while serving as an
At-Large Representative, I established
myself as a leader on the BSG and in
the Student Affairs Committee itself.
In BSG meetings, I am not afraid to
speak my mind, even if it goes against
the grain. As a member of the Student
Affairs Committee this year, I played an
essential part in planning No Hate November, including the We Stand Together photo campaign, which I photographed. I successfully put on a rap
concert in Ladd and I was responsible
for the planning and execution of that
event from start to finish. Additionally,
I am currently being trained as a leader
of the outing club and look forward using the group leadership skills gained in
the outdoors in the context of the BSG.
When I have an idea, I see it through.
When I speak in BSG assembly meetings, people listen. I have proved myself as committed to the BSG and this
community at large. I am ready for this
position, and I hope to use this title to
continue to strengthen Bowdoins community. Vote BP for VP of Student Affairs!

VP for Academic Affairs

Jack Arnholz
I would be honored to serve as VP of
Academic Affairs. This year I have been
the 2019 Class Representative, serving on
the BSG General Assembly, Class Council and Academic Affairs Committee. On
Academic Affairs, I have investigated extending Thanksgiving Break and spearheaded Get a Meal With Your Professor
Week and Food for Thought. Through
Class Council, I helped plan an identity
facilitation, the Freshman Fall Festival
and the Freshmen-Sophomore semiformal. While Bowdoin is an academic
leader, several systems need changing:
Thanksgiving break should be extended to a week. Currently, it prevents many
students from returning home, discriminating against students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and students
who live far from Maine.
The Credit/D/Fail deadline should also
be extended until most professors have
returned assessments.
The advising system needs revamping
through encouraging in-person checkins such as lunches or coffee.
BSG should implement a one to two
round ranked choice system in order to
shorten the registration process. Polaris
is slow and crashes often. BSG should investigate alternatives or try to improve it.
Chegg also needs to go. Chegg tries to
present itself as an upgrade, but it over-

prices books that arrive late.


Evelyn Sanchez Gonzalez
Hello, my name is Evelyn Sanchez
Gonzalez and I am excited to run for Vice
President of Academic Affairs!
My open platform includes expanding and creating more practical and culturally relevant courses. I am inspired
to run after seeing how we can work to
make our education more relevant to us
by benefiting more from courses that
can make us more competent as human
beings and professionals. Though these
two points interest me the most, there are
other problems to tackle, such as more
transparency from academic affairs in
course information and the relationship
between our mental health and a rigorous course load.
I have been actively involved on campus as a Peer Health Mentor, Intergroup
Dialogue member, Student Intern for the
Multicultural Center and Mellon Mays
Researcher. Here, I have worked with
BSG representatives, student organization leaders, College House leadership,
Deans and Faculty membersall who
have helped me develop leadership skills
and even more passion necessary to fulfill
our academic needs. With the support of
your vote, I am hoping to put into practice the desire that many of us share: to
create a campus that can understand each
other and the world.

VP for Student Organizations

Arindam Jurakhan
Hello everyone! I am driven and excited to run for the Vice President for Student Organizations because I have a lot
of experience that deals with both BSG
and student organizations as a whole. In
terms of BSG, I have been the Entertainment Board Representative for the past
two years. In addition to experience I
have gained from sitting on the assembly,
I have been able to make meaningful contributions on the Student Organizations
Oversight Committee (SOOC), which
would be the committee I would chair if
elected. I believe that I have learned the
intricacies of the processes and developed relationships with administration
to lead effectively. Being a club leader and
participating in many clubs on campus, I
have found that the most important quality about student organizations is that it
gives a voice and space to a community
of people who can all find happiness and/
or fulfillment in a common activity. Being
a part of the SOOC and helping groups
of people obtain the tools necessary to do
that activity has been incredibly rewarding. To take on more responsibility in the
BSG and simultaneously serve the Bowdoin community would be an honor. I
hope that I can count on your vote!
Kelsey Scarlett
Hi, I am Kelsey Scarlett and I am running for the VP for Student Organizations.
I want to be the VP for Student Organizations because I want to be a part of
the process of upholding and maintaining the organizations that have left a mark
on me and many others. While simultaneously being a part of the creation of
new student organizations, I want to see
a club in its most fundamental form and
watch them grow into reality.
I dont claim to have BSG experience,
because I dont. Nor do I see my inexperience as a weakness. But I do see myself as a
leader and that is something I can wholeheartedly claim. I lead as a Head RA on
ResLife and will be a Head Proctor next
year. Being a Head RA my first year on
ResLife highlights my ability to jump into
a leadership position. Additionally, I sit
on the Advisory Committee for Diverse
Community and the trustee committee
for Multicultural Affairs which both act

to advise offices in charge of supporting


the diverse identities on matters pertaining to the academic and social experience
of students, faculty and staff. Please vote
Kelsey for VP of Student Organizations!

VP for Facilities

Carlie Rutan
My name is Carlie Rutan and I am
excited to be running for the VP for Facilities and Sustainability. This year as an
At-Large Representative for BSG I served
on the Student Affairs Committee. This
committee brought the campus No-Hate
November, the Uncommon Hour Lecture Series and The Good Ideas Fund.
I am proud of what we accomplished
this year, but I believe that the BSG can
continue to grow in the ways that we
serve and listen to students on campus.
If elected to this position, I have many
ideas that I would like to pursue, including extending Bowdoin shuttle service
hours and availability, improving the
lighting around campus and the safety
around off-campus housing, reducing
the excessive use of paper on campus
and promoting the underutilized Green
programs at Bowdoin. I am particularly
interested in this position as it would be
another platform to promote Green Initiatives on the Bowdoin Campus. As an
Eco-Rep this year, I have loved educating
others and myself on sustainable living.
To show my dedication to sustainability,
I am running a PAPER FREE campaign.
Thank you all for your time, and I hope
that I can count on your vote!

VP for the Treasury

Irfan Alam
I have been on both sides of the table;
this year I sat on the SAFC as an At-Large
Representative and before that, I was
the club treasurer for Bowdoin Mock
Trial, MSA and the Bowdoin Consulting
Group. So I know how it feels to submit
your budget, come into a sometimes
daunting room of SAFC members mysteriously looking at their laptops, pitch your
budget and then wait for your Wednesday night allocation email. And after this
year, I now also know how it feels to be on
the receiving end of things.
Being on the SAFC this year has been
a great learning experience and while difficult at some times to weigh our financial
capabilities, my voting record shows that
I am committed to working with clubs to
try to fully fund their endeavors in order
to make Bowdoin a vibrant community.
With this combined experience of being a treasurer, making me empathetic
to club programming and having sat on
the SAFC this year, giving me necessary
budgeting experience, Im confident that
I can lead the SAFC in a financially successful way that fully promotes our student organizations.
David Berlin
I am running for VP of the Treasury
because of how Ive enjoyed my time this
past year as an At-Large Representative
to the Student Activities Funding Committee and want to lead this committee
next year.
The SAFC is more powerful than I
think most people realize; the members
are able to selectively give funds to certain
events, and in doing so, have a large stake
in forming the campus culture and environment. Its extremely important to fund
events that represent the diversity of the
Bowdoin community and as VP of the
Treasury, I intend to stay extremely cognizant of this fact.
While I will only be a sophomore come
my tenure on the executive committee, I
already have a great deal of experience
on the SAFC and know that my relatively young age will in no way impede
my leadership.

friday, april 22, 2016

the bowdoin orient

opinion

15

Dont underestimate the power of representation


The second coming of Harriet Tubman
ADIRA POLITE

ON THE EDGE

On Wednesday afternoon, the United


States Treasury made an unprecedented announcement; in 2020, Harriet Tubman will
grace the cover of Americas twenty dollar
bill. When my phones news notifications
alerted me, I called foul. I checked other
sources in disbelief. Eventually, it became
clear that the announcement was legitimate.
The excitement that ensued was shared by
many. In fact, my Facebook timeline is still
overrun by photos of Tubmans face. Though
Im still excited, my initial glee has somewhat
faded due to a preoccupation with a number
of questions.
I first began to think critically about the
news after reading a critique published in
The Washington Post. The editorial asserts
that slavery existed as the primary foundation of American capitalism; thus, by tying
Tubman to American currency, the Treasury inadvertently undermines her legacy.
The author also notes the unsettling irony
of the Treasurys decision to place Tubman,
a black liberator, on one of black Americas
greatest oppressorsmoney. According to
the author, the printing of this new currency
serves only to hide the perpetual oppression
of black Americans.

In my social spheres, this argument


has become almost as popular as the
announcement itself. I remain hesitant. The questions the author raises
are convolutedhonestly, a correct
answer may not exist. The concerns
she and others have raised are valid,
however, such a hasty and complete
dismissal of the new prints gives me
pause. Indeed, our society is still deeply entrenched in white supremacy, but
to reject this long-overdue recognition
is counter-productive.
The concerns seem to stem from the
fear that society will use these Tubman
prints to sweep racism under the rug.
This consideration is not far-fetched.
Barack Obamas presidency is currently used as proof of a mythical post-racial
society; Tubmans bills could easily take its
place. Obamas election did not better the
black condition and it did not keep white supremacy at bay. Yet, it was progressif only
symbolicand we rejoiced. We rejoiced because despite the stagnation of the condition
of the masses, his election gave us representation. Through representation, it changed
our self-perception.
The election of Obama is a testament to
the power of representationa power that
will be revealed yet again upon the printing
of the Tubman bills. You do not need to be a
person of color in order to understand the

DIANA FURUKAWA

effect that the 2008 election had on Black


America. I vividly remember that November
nightmy seventh-grade, newly-empowered self, sobbed. I was not alone. A wave of
newfound ambition was instilled in many.
This was especially apparent in black youth.
Though some may have erroneously read his
election as a sign of racial equality, many
knew otherwise. Thus, the strive for black
advancement did not pause. The fight continued on the same trajectory. If anything,
the election served as fuel.
The Tubman bills clearly differ from the
2008 election. However, like the election,
Tubmans bills have the potential to uplift

Black Americansand more importantly,


black youththrough representation. Black
heroism is a neglected component of Americas historical narrative. To ignore the impact
of this omission is irresponsible. Tubmans
placement on the American dollar affirms
her rightful status as an American hero. Instead of being relegated to a separate box
labeled black, she is being thrust into the
mainstream historical narrative. Moreover,
because the medium is currency, this change
pushes the herournarrative into the everyday sphere. Though the printing of these
bills may seem relatively arbitrary, I know
that the impact will be anything but.

Tired of excuses: symbolism matters when it comes to fossil fuels


BY ALLYSON GROSS

OPED CONTRIBUTOR

Like many seniors at this time of


year, I am tired. Theses are hard and
waking up each morning to make it
to hot breakfast in time has become
a strain on my worn and weary Light
Room heart. This is, however, for reasons beyond my impending graduation; for the past two years, I have
led Bowdoin Climate Actions (BCA)
fossil fuel divestment campaign, and
I am aggressively exhausted. Recently,
two op-eds published in the Orient
have critiqued the campaign for its effectiveness. While BCA is not usually
in the habit of wasting highly-valued
Orient word counts in direct response
to these criticisms, Id like to take a
moment to address their concerns
directly with some overdue real talk.
Consider me the lightweight SWUG
spilling secrets after only one glass
of wine, except less drunk and more
tired of messaging.
Earlier this week, Chair of the
Bowdoin Investment Committee
Stanley Druckenmiller responded to
BCA member Isabella McCanns latest op-ed with a truly inspiring call
to action for investments connois-

seurs everywhere. We go long when


we think [fossil fuel stocks] are going up, Druckenmiller noted, and
we short them when we think they
are going down. His clinical breakdown of the Investment Committees
mission was praised by online commenters as well-reasoned and levelheaded, two qualities which I am
sure our opponents would believe we
are lacking in spades. We are instead,
according to these critics, merely the
vehicles by which the empty rhetoric of divestment is disseminated,
all logic be damned.
I am not disheartened by these critiques. They are nothing new, nor do
I feel swayed by their content. Druckenmillers financial analysis is the
same argument the College has been
making since the fall of 2012, based in
the belief that we would lose money
as a result of changing managers and
limiting our options. The fear-inspiring cherry on top of this argument,
of course, is that financial aid would
be the casualty of our moral gesture.
To this, I gamely say: prove it. As a
student receiving over $200,000 of
aid myself, it is troubling to me that
one of the worlds richest men would
lord financial aid over dependent stu-

dents. We have repeatedly asked that


the College engage in a transparent
analysis of Bowdoins potential path
to divestment. Instead, we have been
met with responses that outright ignore the actual performance and
shifting of investment opportunities
for fossil-free endowments.
The November 2014 Cambridge
Associates integration of a fossil free
portfolio demonstrated that managers are providing opportunities for
alternative investment; Yales CIO
David Swensenwho pioneered the
very model of endowment investment that Bowdoin usescited the
unknowable financial risk of long
term investing in carbon pricing
as the basis for Yales own divestment. Managers investing in fossil
fuels were inconsistent with Yales
principles, Swensen noted, and were
so prodded to move their money.
The argument that Bowdoin would
not be able to divest because of its
managers inability to do so is not
only apathetic but untrue. Empty
rhetoric is not a one-sided accusation, and my degree will be unearned
if I do not challenge the ungrounded
analysis of those in power.
Looking at Swensens recent words

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and the hundreds of institutions that


have divested in the past five years,
its clear that divestment would not
endanger the endowment. That is,
however, beside the point. The very
basis of divestment is to publicly stigmatize an industry that works against
our long-term interests and perpetuates systems of inequality. Yes, divestment is symbolic. No, that is not a bad
thing. Divestment will not financially
cripple the fossil fuel industry, but
there is an inherently valuable power
in standing together and collectively
deciding that we will not engage in a
system opposed to our principles.
Rather than be dissuaded by
Druckenmillers
criticism,
Im
ashamed of what it says about the
College and our community. That
we should laud clinical gain and
disregard the significant power of
symbolism to affect broader change
is unlike any lesson Ive been taught
at Bowdoin in the past four years,
both inside and outside of the classroom. As a history major, I have
seen symbolic gestures create whole
movements of sweeping reform. In
our community, I have learned to
demonstrate a passion for thoughtful engagement with the Common

Good and a deep empathy for those


around us. In all of my time at Bowdoin, no one ever taught me to be
purely rational.
What I was taught, however, was to engage in a thoughtful and engaged critique
of those in power and the world around
us. I dont doubt that Druckenmiller has
contributed something meaningful to this
school, but if anything, his status as a public figure should make him more available
to scrutiny. Not only should he be open
to critique, but as one of Bowdoins leaders, he has a responsibility to engage with
members of our community. We thank
him for taking the time to respond to
these criticisms.
But, as our critics have noted, words
are just words. If Mr. Druckenmiller truly
wants to prove that he shares [McCanns]
passion for this issue and that his conflicts
of interest are not holding back action, lets
set aside the Orient and talk in person. By
May 5, one week before the Board meeting, we call on Stanley Druckenmiller to
publicly announce his intent to sit down
with representatives from BCA. In doing
so, we hope that such words may turn into
action. Lets move forward together.
Allyson Gross is a member of the Class
of 2016.

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friday, april 22, 2016

APRIL
FRIDAY 22

EVENT

Earth Day Celebration

Sustainable Bowdoin will host the Earth Day Fair. There will
be free Ben & Jerrys ice cream, outdoor yoga classes and
musical groups at the day-long celebration.
Main Quad. 1 p.m.
EVENT

2016 RoboCup U.S. Open

Bowdoin will host the RoboCup U.S. Open for the eighth
time. Six teams from across the nation will compete in robot
soccer on Friday and Saturday.
ORIENT
PICK OF THE WEEK
Watson Arena. 1 p.m.

JENNY IBSEN, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

PRESIDENTIAL PERFORMANCE: James Jelin '16 (left) interviews President Clayton Rose (right) for Thursday night's Office Hours improv show. The group used
Rose's life stories as inspiration for their show.

Consent Week Slamcappella

As part of Consent Week, there will be consent-themed slam


poetry as well as a performance from Miscellania.
Jack Magees Pub, David Saul Smith Union. 7:30 p.m.

PERFORMANCE

The winning play of the One Act Festival will have an encore
performance, followed by a panel on coming out featuring
OUTpeers. The play is written by Maddie Lemal-Brown '18
and directed by James Jelin '16.
Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall. 7 p.m.

"reasons to be pretty

Beyond the Prosceniums spring show will be performed


for the community. Tickets are on sale at the Smith Union
Info Desk. Tickets are $1 with a Bowdoin ID and $3 for
community members. There will be another performance
on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
Chase Barn, Boody-Johnson House. 7:30 p.m.

MONDAY 25

PERFORMANCE

"Next to Normal"

EVENT

"Next to Normal" is a rock musical about a mother who


suffers from bipolar disorder and its effects on her family.
Tickets are available at the Smith Union Information Desk
for $1 with a Bowdoin ID and $5 for the public.
14 School Street, The Theater Project. 7:30 p.m.

Open House: Earth Day Forty-Six with


Special Collections & Archives

There will be a celebration of the 46th annual Earth Day.


There will be items on display in the Librarys Special
Collections & Archives that document Bowdoins efforts in
the environmental movement.
Third Floor, Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. 3 p.m.

PERFORMANCE

Afro-Latin Music Ensemble

Michael Wingfield will direct the Afro-Latin Music Ensemble


in a concert for the community.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m.
PERFORMANCE

Bowdoin Sketch Comedy

Bowdoin Sketch Comedy will put on their spring


performance for the community.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
9 p.m.

Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby will direct the Bowdoin


Middle Eastern Ensemble as they perform classical and
contemporary music from the Arabic and Ottoman Turkish
traditions.
Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall. 7:30 p.m.

Spring Service Day

Students can sign up online to volunteer at a local organization alone or as a group. Volunteer shifts are 10 a.m. to
noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
ORIENT
Hyde Plaza. 10 a.m.
PICK OF THE WEEK

ORIENT

PICK OF THE WEEK

THURSDAY 28
LECTURE

TUESDAY 26

PERFORMANCE

Bowdoin Chamber Choir

Robert K. Greenlee will direct the Chamber Choir in a


performance of American music since 1900. There will also
be a performance on Sunday.
Chapel. 3 p.m.

Ivies Concert

Marcelle Davies-Lashley, a celebrated gospel singer, will perform for the community. Lashley has traveled six continents
during her singing career and has been featured with BeBe
Winans, Liz Wright and CeeLo Green.
Chapel. 4:30 p.m.

Middle Eastern Ensemble

EVENT

PERFORMANCE

Marcelle Davies-Lashley: "From Spirituals


to Gospel: A History of Black Sacred Music"

PERFORMANCE

SATURDAY 23

30

PERFORMANCE

A Rose & Psyche

PERFORMANCE

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WEDNESDAY 27

SUNDAY 24

PERFORMANCE

PERFORMANCE

Office Hours Improv Show

Office Hours will perform improv for the community.


Chase Barn, Boody-Johnson House. 10 p.m.

PERFORMANCE

Chamberfest

Supporting Art Across the Inuit Region: A


Look at the Inuit Art Foundation

Executive Director of the Inuit Art Foundation Alysa Procida


will talk about the efforts of the organization to support
Inuit artists. Procidas discussion about the foundation will
mark the opening of Power of Flight: Visions of Birds in Inuit
Art. A reception will follow the talk in Hubbard Hall.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m.

EVEN
EV
ENTT

PERFORMANCE

Spring Dance
Concert