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The Nation’s Oldest Continuously Published College Weekly Friday, February 15, 2019 Volume 148, Number 16

Pay disparities Women’s stories take center stage

reveal the power
of a label
Bowdoin housekeepers earn less than
custodians at local high schools
ten unable to accommodate
by Calder McHugh their unusual hours worked.
and Eliana Miller Some of these employees, who
Orient Staff
work to keep the College run-
As Bowdoin’s housekeep- ning, have noted that they do
ing staff trudges through not feel well served by their
the snow to work in the wee institution. The calculation of
hours of the morning, com- their wage and benefits pack-
paring their job title, benefits age is more complex than first
package and union represen- meets the eye.
tation to local counterparts is When it comes to pay equi-
likely far from front of mind. ty between Bowdoin’s support
However, after an Orient staff and their peers across
investigation last spring re- the county, labels are import-
vealed that many housekeep- ant. Bowdoin’s housekeeping
ers struggle to make ends staff makes less money than
meet, these distinctions ap- the average janitor or cleaner
pear key to their overall com- in Cumberland County, but
pensation and wage increases. more than the average maid RISE UP: This weekend, dozens of women, including Ayana Harscoet ’21 (center), performed in the third annual production of RISE. The show featured nearly
Financial insecurity among or housekeeper. 50 original stories submitted by women in the Bowdoin community. Trauma emerged as a prominent theme among this year’s submissions.
support staff has manifested Bowdoin, which touts what
itself in multiple ways. Many it calls a county-best benefits by Emily Cohen Debuted in 2017, RISE is sions, trauma and sexual as- “Given the history of the
of the College’s housekeepers package in order to attract Orient Staff based on written submissions sault or abuse emerged as more show and how delicately
and groundskeepers regularly workers, pays its housekeep- from the Bowdoin communi- prominent themes than in pre- we’ve treated everything in
work second jobs to supple- ers significantly less per hour Stories of friendship, trau- ty, and is organized and pro- vious years. The RISE team— the past, women feel comfort-
ment their Bowdoin income. than two local high schools. ma and political activism duced by student group fEM- comprised of Montsi Madrigal able to express themselves in
Others have reported visiting Several factors distinguish share the stage this weekend POWER. After collecting new ’18, Jenna Scott ’19, Aisha every thought that they have,
the local food bank, eating Bowdoin from other employ- at the third annual production submissions last semester, the Rickford ’20, Devon Garcia ’21, whether that’s a fully formed
food left by students in Wat- ers—the absence of unions, of “RISE: Untold Stories of group of writers, producers Emily King ’21, Renita Shivn- thought about how much they
son Arena locker rooms or notably, but also how hourly Bowdoin Women.” This year’s and directors chose nearly 50 auth ’21 and Elwaad Werah love their boyfriend … [or]
even contracting the Bowdo- jobs are classified in the first show, true to its roots, rep- stories to tell this year, only ’21—chose to include these a question of what counts as
in men’s hockey team to take place. resents diverse experiences of seven of which have been told stories as an indication of the sexual assault,” said Scott.
care of young children, as the Bowdoin women, even when in the past two productions. evolving experiences and con-
local Children’s Center is of- Please see WAGES, page 5 they may be difficult to hear. Among the new submis- cerns facing Bowdoin women. Please see UNTOLD, page 4

First-gen alumnus elected trustee chairfuture of higher education in was able to attend Bowdoin White as “TQ” for “The Quail,”
by Calder McHugh the face of polling data that because of a generous finan- given that the “bobwhite” is a
Orient Staff
shows that Americans, and cial aid package. While here, type of quail.
Robert F. White ’77 P’15 particularly conservatives, see he studied economics and White, who joined the
has been elected unanimously less value in a college educa- mathematics and was the Board in 1993 and has served
to serve as the chair of Bow- tion than they used to. White, starting goalie on the 1974- under three College presi-
doin’s Board of Trustees. His though, is optimistic about the 75 men’s ice hockey team dents—Robert Edwards, Barry
term will begin on July 1, 2019. future of the College. that won the Eastern College Mills and now Clayton Rose—
White succeeds Michele G. Cyr “There are lots of head- Athletic Conference (ECAC) is clear-eyed about the priori-
’76 P’12 who served as chair for winds that face higher educa- Championship. ties of the institution.
three years and will continue to tion but I have confidence that Since his graduation, White “I don’t assume the role until
serve on the Board. we will continue to thrive in is likely known best for his July. Between now and then, I
ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT The Board of Trustees, the future,” White said in an chairmanship of Mitt Rom- plan to do a lot of listening,” he
KEEPER OF THE KEYS: An Orient investigation finds that hourly wages which consists of 42 members, email to the Orient. ney’s 2008 and 2012 presiden- said. “But our priorities include
for Bowdoin housekeepers are lower than those of many janitors and custodi- held its annual meetings on White is familiar with over- tial bids. Close friends from maintaining our commitment
ans in Cumberland County. campus last weekend. A ma- coming the odds. A first-gen- when they founded Bain Cap-
jor topic of discussion was the eration college student, White ital together, Romney refers to Please see TRUSTEE, page 3

Annual winter flu outbreak sweeps across Bowdoin’s campus

rector of health services, an in- double-booked, seeing between said Maher. “[This is] primarily tual influenza virus. Maher ex- for the flu … we diagnose the flu
by Nina McKay crease in flu cases immediately 18 and 24 students each day because, once the weather gets plained that, since two or three as ‘flu-like illness,’ but we don’t
Orient Staff
after Winter Break is an annual instead of the usual 13 or 14. cold and people are spending students went off-campus and necessarily call it ‘influenza A’
Over the last few weeks, pro- occurrence. Typically, all providers at Health more time together in confined received swab tests for influenza or ‘influenza B’ precisely, be-
viders at Health Services have With the high volume of Services together treat at most spaces, they’re sharing their viruses that came back positive, cause the treatment is the same,”
treated hundreds of students requests for appointments, 40 students each day; in the past germs in a more concentrated there is no longer a need to said Maher.
with flu-like symptoms. This providers at Health Services couple of weeks (on the busiest way.” conclusively test any individual Students diagnosed with flu-
noticeable uptick in flu cases have been seeing more patients day, 57 students were treated). Health Services diagnoses patient. like illnesses exhibit symptoms
would be unusual at most other than usual in an attempt to “The actual flu virus is in the students with a “flu-like illness,” “Once we know influenza has
points in the academic year, but accommodate everyone. On community year-round, but but this does not mean students infiltrated a community, we no
according to Jeffrey Maher, di- some days, Maher has been it picks up after the holidays,” do not have a strain of the ac- longer need to swab someone Please see FLU, page 6


Taylor Branch recalls Dr. Martin Luther Chamber ensembles bring musical vitality Marxist thought echoes through campus The curling team ends its regular season and Wilder Short ’22 explains why he isn’t
King Jr.’s 1964 visit to Bowdoin. Page 3. to small group settings. Page 8. on Tuesday nights. Page 9. turns its attention to nationals. Page 12. worried about nuclear warfare. Page 15.
2 Friday, February 15, 2019

What is the most romantic thing in the dining halls?

Alex Withers ’21

“Will Bucci.”

Ural Mishra ’20


Friday, February 8 Sunday, February 10
• A group of students reported being stranded in a • Students at Osher Hall reported the aroma of a
College van with a flat tire in Connecticut. A securi- burning cannabis at 2 a.m. Manlio Calentti ’20
ty officer assisted by procuring roadside assistance.
• A student who reported a pain in the neck was
given an escort to Mid Coast Hospital.
Monday, February 11
• Two students were seen lugging a long prone
“Making eye contact with a
Saturday, February 9
object and disposing it in a dumpster at Moulton
Union loading dock. The object turned out to be an hookup as they walk in.”
• A student fell flat on his face on an icy quad and old rolled up carpet.
received a laceration. An officer escorted the stu- • A student experiencing dizzy spells was transport-
dent to Mid Coast Hospital for treatment. ed to Mid Coast Hospital.
• A student using a curling iron caused a fire alarm Brianna White-Ortiz ’20
at Quinby House. Tuesday, February 12
• A men’s lacrosse athlete practicing his craft inside
the Farley Field House struck a fire sprinkler head,
• A student slipped and fell on snow covered ice
near Russwurm House and injured a wrist. The stu-
“The time you share with Irene
causing a fire alarm and a flood.
• A student exiting Stowe Inn on a dead sprint
dent was treated at Mid Coast Hospital.
when you forget your OneCard
opened the glass door by kicking the crash bar. The Wednesday, February 13
glass smashed. • A student who injured a hip on a skiing trip was
escorted to the Mid Coast Walk-In Clinic.
and you have to sign in.”


Across 40. Cupids

1. Denali, for one (Abbr.) 42. “__ ___ for Noose” (Graf-
4. Modeling substance ton novel)
8. What a student might have *43. Times at which Shake-
to do before the upcoming speare dreamed?
midterms 46. Many a carol
12. Female lamb 47. E.U. member (Abbr.)
13. Ref. work whose 2018 Word 48. Ariel the mermaid’s abode
of the Year is “toxic” 49. Like 11 and 17
14. Uneasiness 51. Enter (2 words)
*15. “___ __ _____ of revenue, *53. What’s hidden in the
how are we doing?” starred clues
17. Painting, for one form (with 56. Atlas _______, a website
an extra “t”) that offers obscure travel desti-
18. Modern way of making the nations
first move? 57. Turkey serving
19. X – VII = ? 58. Tribesman of the Four
21. State university in New Corners
England 59. Mobile phone cards
22. Edgar Allan and his family 60. First-year dorm
*23. Successions of families 61. Plant some seed
26. They’re red and white in the 10. Matthew Whitaker is the setting (Abbr.) 39. IRS info.
27. Colonial India term of
Down incumbent for this position
24. Fort Sill National Bank
40. Vienna’s home (Abbr.)
41. Nebraskan city
respect 1. Old boys 11. The Trojan horse and Pan- 25. Ostentatious parade 43. “Stir Fry” artist
28. Decorate the tree 2. Most cars dora’s box, for two 29. Ms. linked to a Mr. 44. Belief in a creator
30. ___ Arbor, MI 3. 47th state 14. They make up a large popu- 30. Lack of balance 45. Track strength
31. “I ___ (So Far Away),” song 4. Another NESCAC (Abbr.) lation of Indiana 31. Single gym crunch 46. Owned by that dude
by A Flock of Seagulls 5. Release 16. “__ ___ for Innocent” (Sue 32. Unknown 50. Extreme anger
*33. Downcast 6. Lemon or lime suffix Grafton novel) 34. Advanced Multiplicity Shift 52. Belonging to the state south
35. Vetoes, e.g. 7. Blandly 20. International Rugby Board Register (Abbr.) of Virginia (Abbr.)
36. ___ Dunne, of Gone Girl 8. Spy org. (Abbr.) 35. Kenyan capital 54. Sneaky
37. Diner in Riverdale 9. Episode’s second airing 22. California winter clock 38. Red sweet pepper 55. Hem or patch up
Friday, February 15, 2019 NEWS 3

NEWS IN BRIEF Keynote speaker Taylor Branch



Bowdoin was again lauded as one of the top Fulbright-pro-
reflects on Dr. King’s legacy
ducing institutions for the 2018-2019 academic year, with 19
by Viv Daniel
students receiving Fulbright Student grants. Among Bachelor’s Orient Staff
institutions, only Williams had more awardees, with 22.
Thirty-seven Bowdoin students had applied for Fulbright During Dr. Martin Luther
awards, yielding a 51 percent success rate. Among all colleges King Jr.’s May 1964 visit to Bow-
and universities, only Smith College—which had 17 grantees out doin, Wayne Burton ’66 asked
of 31 applicants—did better. Overall, 22 percent of Fulbright ap- what the civil rights movement
plicants receive grants according to program data, although the had to do with him, a white
percentage varies widely by country. kid at a white school in a white
The Fulbright U.S. Student Program places recent graduates, state. King answered, “If your
as well as graduate students, in research and teaching positions in conscience stops at the border
more than 140 countries. Bowdoin’s recipients are now working of Maine, you’re less of a person
in Indonesia, Taiwan, Nepal, Spain, Germany, Mexico, Colombia, than you should be.”
Chile and Malaysia. Fifty-five years later, King
Phoebe Thompson ’18 was one of the students who received biographer and Annual Martin
an English teaching assistant grant. An Earth and Oceanographic Luther King Jr. Commemo-
Science and Hispanic Studies double major, she now teaches young rative Lecture speaker Taylor
children in Valle Gran Rey, a small town in the Canary Islands, the Branch posed a question to a
Spanish volcanic archipelago located off the coast of Morocco. crowd of Bowdoin students,
“I have to laugh sometimes because it feels like this experience Brunswick community mem-
was tailor-made for me,” she wrote in a message to the Orient. bers and alumni, including Bur-
Thompson credited the Office of Student Fellowships and ton: “What are race relations in
Research, particularly Assistant Director of Co-Curricular Op- Maine?” ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
portunities Kate Myall and Director of Student Fellowships and Branch is the Pulitzer ANALYZING ACTIVISM: In the keynote address for Black History Month and Beyond, Taylor Branch focuses on the
Research Cindy Stocks, for guiding her through the application Prize-winning author of “Amer- development of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s core values and resistance strategies and how they relate to democracy.
process. ica in the King Years” and a
“We laughed together, we cried together and they were with MacArthur Fellow. On Wednes- called Branch’s talk “reassuring agreed to allow young children King’s radical agenda.
me every step of the way,” Thompson wrote. “They understand day, he gave a lecture titled “The and uniting.” to walk into police dogs and As a historian, Branch con-
the process and the program, and do their jobs with incredible Radical King: His Final Years” “Everyone in the room was firehoses that America could nected the themes and events
efficiency and soul.” in Kresge Auditorium as part nodding and rethinking what conceive of the Civil Rights Act. of King’s era to the present. He
of the programming for Bow- MLK really meant for America,” Protesters were able to “amplify noted how George Wallace,
doin’s Black History Month and she said. their beliefs with suffering.” who served as the governor
TRUSTEE Orient that he is honored to
have the role. For his part, al-
Beyond, which runs throughout
Yoon’s coworker at the Cen-
ter, Ray Tarango ’20, enjoyed
Branch also drew a direct
line between radical nonvio-
of Alabama for four terms be-
tween the 1960s and the 1980s
ready mentioned Rose believes Branch’s response to the the focus on King’s more con- lence and democracy, compar- and supported Jim Crow pol-
that students who earn a spot that Romney’s former confi- question of race relations in troversial stances. ing King’s “irrational faith” in icies, created a new political
can come regardless of their dant can serve with a similarly Maine echoed King’s holistic ap- “It reminds us that we sani- the promise of democracy to vocabulary by turning his racial
family’s financial situation and steady hand at Bowdoin. De- proach. Race relations in Maine, tize the history and remove the that of the Founding Fathers. animosity into animosity to-
ensuring that the experience scribing White as “very differ- as in the whole of the United complicated stuff we don’t al- “Nonviolence is a vote,” wards big government. Branch
is transformative while at the ent” from his predecessor, Cyr, States, “are the barometer of the ways agree with,” he said. Branch said. explained that this tactic con-
College and beyond.” Rose also noted that “from a democratic experiment.” However, some students During King’s final years, tinues to be used today. Branch
Now a lecturer at Harvard governance perspective, there In his lecture, Branch laid wished Branch’s talk had gone Branch was a college student. also underlined King’s experi-
Business School, White has are very few people who know out the factors that made King’s further. Kinaya Hassane ’19 His political actions at the ence with backlash against so-
gotten the chance to better the College as well as Bob.” later years so radical: optimism wanted to know even more time landed him at the pivotal cial progress.
understand the difficulties “Bob’s educational back- and a fundamental belief in de- about what made King so rad- 1968 Democratic Convention Branch described King’s life
of teaching in the last half ground, his success story as a mocracy. ical and how his ideas are still in Chicago, where he was part as a “struggle for decency,” a
decade. first-generation financial aid Benjamin Harris, director phrase not out of place in cur-
“My experience at Harvard
has given me much greater
student, his academic and ath-
letic success here and then the
of the Student Center for Mul-
ticultural Life, thought about a
Everyone in the room was nod- rent political discourse.
“We flutter back and forth
insight into what it takes to be work that he did in building variety of factors when inviting ding and rethinking what MLK between taking democracy for
an effective teacher,” he said. one of the great firms in the Branch to campus. really meant for America. granted and saying it’s in crisis
“It’s really challenging, and world and being involved in “I’ve tried to bring people or retreat,” he said and argued
Bowdoin is blessed to have so two presidential campaigns, who are committed to talking –Jay Yoon ’21 that we need to adopt more of
many great teacher-scholars.” very few people have had that about King, but also folks who King’s irrational optimism.
White stressed throughout kind of panoply of experienc- have a message of social justice challenging mainstream ideas of the movement working to “He woke up every morning
his correspondence with the es,” Rose said. and change and the better- today. defeat the party’s pro-Vietnam and nothing would change,”
ment of the human condition During his talk, Branch fo- wing. said Branch, but King main-
and who are doing the work of cused on the development of As Branch tells it, King’s staff tained his “driven audacity.”
King,” he said. King’s core values and resistance begged him not to come out Harris hopes that further

Harris hopes to use quality strategies. After witnessing the against the Vietnam War, but Black History Month and Be-
events to encourage students student sit-ins and Freedom the civil rights leader did any- yond programming, as well

off ads to grapple with social justice in

their own lives.
“Black History Month is, of
course, not just February,” he
Riders of the early 1960s, King
recognized that there were “in-
justices that words alone cannot
reach” and adopted a new strat-
“He recognized you can de-
fend democracy with violence,”
Branch said, “but you cannot
as programming celebrating
the 50th anniversary of the
Russwurm African American
Center and Africana Studies
said. egy of cultivating what Branch propagate it with violence.” department planned for next
for student-led This goal for further reflec-
tion was, on Wednesday at least,
called “public trust.”
This strategy centered around
Violence, as King under-
stood it, could be both physical
November, will continue to
make students grapple with

on-campus widely achieved. Jay Yoon ’21,

who works with the Student
nonviolent self-discipline and
self-government. According
and spiritual. Spiritual vio-
lence included poverty, which
the current state of race rela-
tions in Maine and in the Bow-
Center for Multicultural Life, to Branch, it wasn’t until King Branch highlighted as part of doin community.
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4 NEWS Friday, February 15, 2019

Inaugural lecture discusses steadying

institutions through times of turmoil
three areas where those politi- not just U.S. policy but the pol- The William Nelson Crom-
by Emily Staten cal and social forces were plac- icies of other countries,” said well professorship focuses
Orient Staff
ing institutions under stress: Springer. largely on these types of in-
Bowdoin students and com- international security, human- However, he argues that, it’s ternational issues, making
munity members gathered in itarian rights and environmen- not just question of policy. Springer—in the estimation
Kresge on Monday for Profes- tal protection. “Coming up with good, of Paul Franco, professor of
sor Allen Springer’s inaugural In an interview with the clear and effective standards government and chair of the
lecture as the William Nelson Orient, Springer explained that of law is an important part of Government and Legal Studies
Cromwell Professor of Consti- these topics were relevant to this as well, to strengthen the Department—a good fit for the
tutional and International Law his own work and to the inter- institutions, and to make it position.
and Government. ests of U.S. citizens. possible for them to respond “Springer’s lecture on ‘Insti-
Speaking to a rapt audience, “I do most of my own work more effectively in the future,” tutional Resilience in Turbulent
Springer stressed the impor- in an environmental arena, Springer said. “I think that law Times’ was a perfect inaugural
tance of valuing international so I was particularly interest- is an important part of making lecture for the chair in that it
laws and institutions in his lec- ed in the Paris Agreement,” institutions resilient and effec- highlighted the importance of
ture, titled “Institutional Resil- said Springer. Of his focus tive when they are being chal- international law, even in times
ience in Turbulent Times.” on NATO, he explained that lenged politically.” of international institutional
“The question of how inter- “there’s been so many … fair- The William Nelson Crom- weakness,” said Franco in an
national institutions evolve, ly significant attacks by the well Chair is an honor given to email to the Orient.
even survive in a changing Trump administration talking a professor who specializes in “It is a genuine honor to
world seems particularly rele- about whether NATO still [is] constitutional or international receive the Cromwell Chair,
vant today,” Springer said in the a relevant institution.” law. Springer is only the third in no small part because of the
opening of his lecture. “Pro- Although the issues Spring- person to hold the professor- person who preceded me in it,”
moting institutional resilience er brought to light have signif- ship since it was established said Springer. “Richard Morgan
suggests the need to strike a icant domestic implications, in 1948. The position has been held the Cromwell Chair with
balance between a continuing they also carry a broader im- open since Richard Morgan such distinction for so many
commitment to existing prac- portance for the international ’59, a professor of constitution- years. Dick was a good friend
tices and making adjustments community. al law and the second person and a wonderful colleague and GWEN DAVIDSON, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
that respond to new political “All of these are areas where to hold the William Nelson we all miss him very much.” INSIGHT ON INSTITUTIONS: In his talk, Professor of Government Allen
and social forces.” I know that there's been a lot of Cromwell professorship, Ellery Harkness contributed Springer discussed ways international institutions could adapt to political and
Springer focused the talk on political turmoil surrounding passed away in 2014. to this report. social forces in order to remain relevant in the coming years.

UNTOLD in a productive way.

“A big part of my involve-
ment in RISE from the begin-
Scott and Madrigal, the ning ... is to make sure that
directors of RISE, cited activ- any discussion of gender vio-
ism surrounding the Supreme lence is done in a really safe
Court nomination of Brett way and done in a way that
Kavanaugh, who was accused reflects what our sexual mis-
of several instances of sexual conduct policy is,” Peterson
misconduct, as a potential in- said.
spiration for women to share One member of the RISE
their stories. In September team, Shivnauth, represents
and October of last year, Bow- fEMPOWER on the Alliance
doin students participated in for Sexual Assault Prevention
a walkout and in local and (ASAP), a coalition of stu-
national protests. dent groups that meets under
“I think having the whole Peterson’s office and the Sex-
Kavanaugh [accusations] uality, Women and Gender
come out allowed a lot of Center (SWAG) to coordi-
women to feel empowered to nate efforts to prevent gen-
use their voice,” said Madri- der-based violence. Through
gal. “So we had a lot more sto- meeting with those groups,
ries about trauma. And that Shivnauth gained tools to
was—it was some heavy mate- ensure that these difficult
rial, but it’s so important that discussions continue, starting
it is told. It is so important.” with RISE.
“There are parts, if you “Often, Bowdoin stu-
go to the play, you can see, dents—all of us in general—
and you’re going to say, wow, feel like we’re in this bubble,
thank you to the woman who and we see things going on
shared this,” she added, “be- in the news, but they don't— ANN BASU, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT

cause somebody needs to hear while they hit hard for a short STANDING TOGETHER: Dozens
it.” period of time, they don’t of Bowdoin women shared the stage
One submission was a necessarily translate into ac- at the opening performance of RISE
letter to U.S. Senator Susan tion or decisions or changes,” in Kresge on Thursday. Performers
Collins (R-Maine) whose said Shivnauth. acted as the mouthpieces for women
historically moderate posi- Advocates from Safe Space who submitted personal stories to be
tions made her a deciding and members of Bowdoin’s
shared in the annual show.
vote in Kavanaugh’s confir- Counseling Center, along “Every year we get more
mation. Bowdoin students with representatives from diverse participation, which
protested outside of Collins’ Sexual Assault Support Ser- we’re always thankful for,” said
Portland office two weeks vices of Midcoast Maine Madrigal. “We want to make
before she voted to confirm (SASSMM) and Through RISE more encompassing of
Kavanaugh. These Doors, a local domes- the Bowdoin experience, and
Scott invited Collins to at- tic violence agency, will be the Bowdoin experience is no
tend a performance of RISE, present at every show to offer longer homogenous.”
but Collins’ office responded support and assistance to au- With its debut production
that she would be unable to dience members. in 2017, RISE replaced the
attend. RISE leaders explained annual production of Eve
RISE leaders recognize that that the broader goal of the Ensler’s “The Vagina Mono-
such stories, while important, production is to show the logues,” a play written in
are also particularly heavy range of experiences of Bow- the mid-1990s that has since
and potentially triggering. doin women. Other stories been criticized for its narrow
For each production, they related to family, friendship, representation of woman-
have worked with Lisa Pe- race, religion, romance and hood.
terson, associate director of body image are equally vital At its core, leaders said, tion just focused on experi- positive, uplifting, wonderful are $5 and are available for
gender violence prevention to include in order to paint RISE celebrates Bowdoin ences of trauma and oppres- parts of womanhood on cam- purchase at the Smith Union
and education and advisor as comprehensive a portrait women and brings them to- sion that women on campus pus, too,” said Peterson. Info Desk. All proceeds from
to fEMPOWER, who read all of womanhood as possible, gether. have faced—which definitely RISE will be performed ticket sales go toward SASS-
submissions and helped RISE directors Scott and Madrigal “I wouldn’t want people to have happened—but also Friday and Saturday in Kresge MM and Through These
leaders to present the stories said. walk away from the produc- be thinking about the really Auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets Doors.
Friday, February 15, 2019 NEWS 5

WAGES While specific data on private in- Custodial workers’ salaries at Bowdoin College, local high schools
stitutions is not available, the ma-
jority of custodial staff at schools, and Cumberland County averages.
Wages and labels colleges, hospitals and other resi- Mt. Ararat High
The Maine Department of dential facilities are categorized as
Labor codes those with the title janitor and cleaner, according to $17.42
of “housekeeper,” “custodian” or the Maine Department of Labor.

Starting HourlyWages
“janitor” into two categories—ei- Similar to the “heavy cleaning
ther “janitors and cleaners” or duties” that Huhtala attributes to Brunswick High
“maids and housekeepers.” The janitors and cleaners, Bowdoin
classification corresponds with a classifies the job of Housekeeper I,
significant pay difference. In 2017, the entry-level housekeeping posi-
the most recent year for which tion, as “heavy work.” Bowdoin College
data is available, Cumberland The job description for House-
County (which includes Bruns- keeper I at Bowdoin, listed in a $12.35
wick) “janitors and cleaners” were posting this past fall, explains un-
paid on average $14.10 per hour der the section “Machines, Tools,
while “maids and housekeepers” Equipment & Work Aids Used”
made only an average of $11.28 that employees will be asked to Bowdoin College
per hour. use, at various times during their
Merrill Huhtala, the program job, “General cleaning hand tools, $13.09
manager for Occupational Em- buffer (side-to-side), burnisher
Average Hourly Wages

ployment Statistics at the Maine (straight ahead), walk behind and

Department of Labor, explained ride-on scrubber/sweepers, vacu- Cumberland County (Janitors and Cleaners)
the different duties that distin- um (including backpack), shower/
guish the two job categories. foam gun, kai-vac, floor refinisher, $14.10
“Janitors and cleaners keep stair walker, carpet extractor; and
buildings in clean and orderly two way radio.” Cumberland County (Maids and Housekeepers)
condition; they perform heavy When surveyed by the Orient
cleaning duties, such as cleaning last spring, Bowdoin’s housekeep- $11.28
floors, shampooing rugs, washing ers reported making an average
walls and glass and removing rub- of $13.09 per hour. This wage is MAINE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR, BRUNSWICK SCHOOL BOARD, MAINE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICT 75
bish,” Huhtala said. “The maids and higher than the 75th percentile of
housekeeping cleaners—and here’s maids and housekeeping cleaners WAGE GAP: Bowdoin pays its housekeepers a significantly lower starting wage than Brunswick High and Mt. Ararat High, but does include shift differentials through which
the distinction—they perform any in Cumberland County but lower
housekeepers can make more than the starting wage. The average salary for Bowdoin housekeepers is also lower than the mean janitors and cleaners salary in the County.
combination of light cleaning du- than the wage earned by the aver- Mt. Ararat High School and benefits package is] what interests custodial work is physically tax- go in and argue for, the first thing
ties to maintain private households age janitor or cleaner. Brunswick High School still most people when they hire on ing, and Bowdoin housekeepers they’ll tell you is, ‘Don’t change our
or commercial establishments such The College has marginally in- represent outliers in the county. with us.” frequently report injuries, ac- health insurance.’”
as hotels and hospitals in a clean creased pay since last spring. At the Both local high schools also of- These comprehensive health cording to a survey conducted by Membership in unions al-
and orderly manner. Duties may beginning of this academic year, fer generous benefits packages. insurance packages are compara- the Orient last spring. According lows employees to bargain col-
include making beds and replen- wages for second-shift hours went Comparing benefits ble to those offered by the College. to Orlando, about 35 percent of lectively rather than as individ-
ishing linens, cleaning rooms and from seven percent more than the President Clayton Rose is Custodians at local public schools Bowdoin’s employees choose to uals. Union representatives and
halls and vacuuming.” worker’s hourly pay to 10 percent, quick to mention that Bowdoin can choose from four different be covered by these two HDHPs. economists alike argue that this
Matt Orlando, Bowdoin’s se- while third-shift hours went from is near the top in the county packages covered by Anthem Unlike local public schools, can lead to higher wages.
nior vice president for finance and 10 percent to 15 percent on top with regards to hourly com- Blue Cross. The Maine Education Bowdoin offers a 401(a) retire- “Union workers fare far better
administration, says that most of of normal hourly pay. Weekend pensation for housekeepers Association Benefits Trust Stan- ment plan, which employees are than their non-unionized coun-
what the housekeeping staff does hourly pay also increased by $0.20 and has a benefits package that dard Plan, the most popular plan eligible for without making their terparts because of their ability
on a day-to-day basis falls under for all workers, and the College ad- he referred to in the fall as “sec- amongst employees of the Bruns- own financial contributions. to bargain collectively. There’s
the job description of maids and opted an already-planned increase ond to none.” wick School District (which in- Local high schools only offer a strength in numbers,” said Jim
housekeepers. of $0.25 to the minimum starting In surveying local businesses, cludes Brunswick High), offers a 403(b) retirement plan, which Durkin, director of legislation,
Huhtala said that the maid wage for all employees. the Orient found that the College low $200 deductible. Bowdoin also offers as a supple- communication and political
and housekeeping label is actually Mt. Ararat High and Bruns- pays its housekeeping employees Meanwhile the most popular mental plan. action for the American Federa-
used quite sparingly at education- wick High, the two nearest pub- an hourly wage that is similar plan among Bowdoin employees, “For us, our compensation tion of State, County and Munic-
al or residential institutions such lic high schools, employ only to many of Cumberland Coun- the Bowdoin College PPO Health program is precisely designed so ipal Employees, Council 93, the
as Bowdoin. those classified as janitors and ty’s retirement homes, fast food Plan, offers a higher $500 deduct- that our hourly staff are among the union that represents Brunswick
“If [housekeepers are] doing cleaners, and currently pay start- chains, big box retail stores and ible as well as higher co-pays. best paid on a total compensation High’s custodians.
light cleaning in the dorms and that ing wages of $17.42 per hour and hotels. Its benefits package, which Although premiums are higher basis in the region and in the state,” Huhtala noted that unioniza-
sort of thing, they’d be coded as the $20.75 per hour, respectively. has three health care options with in the Brunswick School District said Orlando. “They have secure, tion could “absolutely” lead to
maids and housekeeping cleaners,” Bowdoin’s current starting wage premiums that include vision and ($120 per month versus Bowdoin’s year-round jobs, and they have higher wages for the College’s
he said. “But my experience has for the entry-level housekeeping dental plans, ranks better than $86), the annual difference of $168 insurance, retirement and a host housekeeping staff, as Bowdoin
been, most of them get coded into position is $12.35 per hour, with many custodial jobs. is made up in less than a month’s of other benefits that quite often currently leans more heavily on
the janitor and cleaner title. Be- plans to raise that number to Mt. Ararat and Brunswick work due to higher hourly wages. other employers don’t offer.” its benefits package in attempts
cause they’re running floor buffers $12.50 per hour this summer. High employees, though, also Bowdoin also offers two Unions to attract employees.
and that sort of thing. We don’t see The two high schools of- speak highly of their benefits high-deductible health plans Aside from hourly pay and Comparisons between jobs
too many maids and housekeeping ten ask their staff to complete packages. (HDHP). Monthly premiums titles, the biggest difference the exist with the understanding
cleaners [in the county].” tasks that are not in the job “The benefits are fantastic. are lower in these plans—$52 per Orient found between high that custodial work is grueling.
In Cumberland County in description of Bowdoin house- The pay is OK,” said Stephen month for HDHP Option 1 and school custodians and College Local community members,
2017, 3,040 workers were clas- keepers. At Brunswick High, Reed, the custodial supervisor $31 for HDHP Option 2. Howev- support staff was union repre- such as Brigit Cavanagh, the
sified as “janitors and cleaners” for example, custodians are for Maine State Administrative er, high deductibles are often less sentation. Bowdoin’s hourly em- sales director at Sunnybrook
while only 1,070 were classified as also responsible for tending the District (MSAD) 75, which in- appealing for workers with great- ployees are not unionized—but Senior Living Facility in Bruns-
“maids and housekeeping clean- grounds, as there is no separate cludes Mt. Ararat High. “We pay er risk of injury, seeing as they the high school custodians who wick, believe all housekeepers
ers,” suggesting that most custo- groundskeeper role. Represen- very little as far as out of pocket have to pay more out of pocket receive higher wages are. in the area are underpaid.
dial staff do the heavier work re- tatives from both high schools goes for medical insurance. We before their insurance plan ben- “We fight really hard to keep our “It’s probably the hardest job
quired to be labeled as the former. noted that turnover is low. have dental care too. I think [our efits kick in. Housekeeping and health insurance the way it is when in the country, besides maybe
we go into negotiations,” said Mary plucking chickens,” she said.
Bowdoin’s most popular healthcare plan compared to Brunswick High’s Kay Dyer, chair of the grievance
committee for Merrymeeting Em-
Aura Carlson, Sebastian
de Lasa, Nell Fitzgerald, Kate
ployees Association Union, which Lusignan, Penelope Mack, Reu-
represents support staff in MSAD ben Schafir, Emma Sorkin and
75. “When we ask our support staff Jessica Troubh contributed to

what is it that [they] want us to this report.

$500 Job Descriptions

Janitors and Housekeepers
cleaners: and maids:
Monthly Payment

Heavy cleaning including… Light cleaning including…

MEA Benefits Trust • Cleaning floors • Making beds
• Shampooing rugs • Replenishing linens
Bowdoin College PPO • Washing walls and glass • Cleaning rooms and halls
$86 • Removing rubbish • Vacuuming
• Could include tending the
• Could include routine
PAYING FOR PEACE OF MIND: Bowdoin’s most popular health insurance plan requires the payment of a $500 deductible while Brunswick High’s most popular plan maintenance activities
is only $200. However, Brunswick High’s plan includes a monthly payment of $120 while Bowdoin’s is only $86. Bowdoin also offers two higher deductible plans.
6 NEWS Friday, February 15, 2019

Affinity groups band together for Blind Date Dinner

by Anjulee Bhalla
Orient Staff
Last night, African Amer-
ican Society (AfAm), Latin
American Student Organiza-
tion (LASO) and Asian Stu-
dent Alliance (ASA) joined
together to put on the third
annual Valentine’s Day Blind
Date Dinner.
The central goal of the pro-
gram was to bring as many
people together—breaking
outside of their own Bowdo-
in bubbles—as possible, said
Louis Mendez ’19, president
of LASO.
“People are so caught up
into their own little bubble,”
said Mendez. “So the reason
for making it blind—you don’t
get a say in who you’re getting
dinner with and, at least we
hope, that you’re going to meet
someone new and that’s kind of
a way of just breaking that bub-
ble a little bit.”
While the event is a light-
hearted addition to the Val-
entine’s Day festivities, it
stems from a desire to address
shortcomings in campus dat-
ing culture, such as the domi-
nance of hookup culture.
“People think that you just
have to hook up,” said Mama-
dou Diaw ’20. “You have to
maintain hooking up because
if you get too serious and color, [dating’s] not as visible
things don’t work out, then or not as prevalent and there’s LOVE IS IN THE AIR: (ABOVE)
everything just goes awry be- already this idea that dating Brooke Berry ’22 (center) and Kaan
cause the school is so small.” doesn’t really happen to the Volkan ’20 (right) dig in to good food
and great conversation. (RIGHT)
In particular, many feel a school.”
From left to right, Dani Hove ’20,
need to address the specific “And I feel like [the lack Darlene Ineza ’19 and Julio Palencia
issues faced by people of col- of couples] sort of stems ’20 let the good times roll as the
or (POC) in regards to dating from party spaces and where night continues.
and hooking up on campus. people hang out,” Diaw con-
“[When the event started] tinued. “That’s something and “net worth.” Attendees
there was a lot of talk about that’s always in the back of were also asked to share how
dating culture here and a lot my mind when I’m going out serious they were in meeting
of people of color felt like the with friends—I feel like I’m a romantic interest through
dating scene wasn’t for them,” not necessarily a part of the the event.
said Mendez. “And so we were space that I’m at, and I’m not “Some people are definitely
like ‘oh, we can address that deemed as the ideal person hoping to find someone and,
issue while also having fun that someone’s going out to you know, connect, and I am
about it.’ For us, it was mostly look for in that space.” looking for new friends,” said
just a way to connect people This year, participation Kevin Chi ’19, treasurer of
and have people reconsider was capped at 60 people— ASA. “That’s why I think this
what it means to have this almost twice the number of is sort of great, because we
whole dating scene.” attendees as last year. This in- give people the platform to do
Part of this feeling of not be- crease prompted a change of all of the above.”
longing lies in a lack of visibil- venue from 30 College to the Bringing different affinity pus,” said Chi. “Other than The groups hope atten- and seeing how it can grow
ity and inclusivity in the social Cram Alumni Barn. groups together is another events mediated through the dance at the event will con- and include so many other
spaces on campus for POC. Participants register for the important theme of the pro- multicultural coalition center, tinue to grow to include more organizations and people in
“The idea of dating is that event by filling out a short gram, as this year ASA joined there are some parties that students from across campus, general—that would be so
... if you don’t see it, it’s not survey that includes typical as a sponsor of the event. happen sometimes, but there and to bring even more affin- cool to see,” said Mendez.
happening,” said Diaw. “I feel questions such as name and “I don’t think there really aren’t many chances for the ity groups and clubs into the Roither Gonzales and Anna
as though, especially in the class year, as well as questions is a lot of interaction across different affinity groups to fold in future years. Fauver contributed to this re-
community for students of about students’ favorite music the affinity groups on cam- connect.” “Expanding [the event] port.

FLU vaccinated around half the stu-

dent population, but he pointed
Residential Life staff members
come to health services to get
ity of her professors kept the
experience from being terribly
students hang out and drink
some fluids … they perk up just
to visit Health Services to get a
vaccine the day he got the flu.
out that a number of students vaccinated and encourage the stressful in terms of academics. by drinking.” But, he still plans to get a vac-
such as fever, headache, body receive vaccines off campus as other students who live on their “I think just because so many Alex Gentle ’19 and Spencer cine.
aches, coughing and sore well. The majority of vaccines floors or in their houses to do people are sick right now, it’s Towle ’19, who are roommates, “There are still a couple of
throat. The symptoms typically administered by Health Ser- the same. easier to be flexible because were both sick with the flu other strains of flu that you can
last between three and five days. vices were given to students Taylor Yoder ’19 was diag- you’re just having to be flexible last week as well. Both visited get even if you’ve already gotten
Maher said that many students’ during flu clinics in September nosed with the flu last week for the whole class,” Yoder said. Health Services and received the flu,” Gentle said. “So I’m still
symptoms are relatively mild, and October, but students are and has slowly been recovering Maher explained that Health self-care packages with ibupro- planning on getting it, but I was
particularly if they received a still able to walk into Health since. She no longer has intense Services works with students fen, Tylenol and cough drops. just waiting to get better.”
flu vaccine. Services and ask for a vaccine flu symptoms, but she has expe- such as Yoder who experience Students who are too sick to go In Maine, flu season lasts
“I think the flu shot is rea- during open hours or receive a rienced some complications and complications from the flu. to dining halls are also given until April, when the weath-
sonably effective—I think most vaccine during an appointment still has a cough and laryngitis. Pneumonia is the most serious boxes of non-perishable foods er improves enough to allow
of the students that we’re seeing made for a different purpose, “It’s probably the worst I’d potential complication, but it and clear liquids that Dining people to spend time outside,
that have a more severe case of provided they are not sick at the ever felt,” Yoder said. “I’d nev- is also rare among healthy, col- Service brings to Health Ser- decreasing the ease with which
the flu were not vaccinated for time. er had the flu. It was the one lege-aged people. Dehydration vices. germs can be exchanged in in-
flu,” said Maher. “We do see In addition, Health Services year I didn’t get the flu shot … is more common. Gentle and Towle also did door spaces. Health Services is
some students that were vacci- cooperates with departments I was pretty much bedridden “We see students who hav- not get the flu shot this year, continuing to offer vaccines;
nated that still have symptoms, to vaccinate larger groups of for about three days, and then en’t eaten well or drank well— which they attribute to, as Towle Maher anticipates that 25 more
but they tend to be milder.” students at once, with the idea I’ve kind of been slowly inching they’ve had fevers and chills for said, “a series of forgettings.” vaccines will be administered in
Health Services has admin- that those students will then back into things this week.” a couple of nights, and so now “I forgot before break and the coming week. In addition to
istered 825 flu vaccines this encourage others to get vacci- When her symptoms were they’ve sweated out more fluid over break, and when I came getting a flu vaccine, he advises
flu season—all for free. Maher nated. Maher explained that more intense, Yoder relied on than they’ve taken in,” Maher back from break I was like ‘oh students to avoid people who
explained that this number in- athletic trainers bring entire friends to bring her food and said. “They come in, somewhat shoot, I need to get that,’” Gen- are visibly ill and to wash their
dicates that Health Services has teams in for vaccines, and many medicine. She said the flexibil- dehydrated, so we have those tle explained. He had planned hands frequently.
Friday, February 15, 2019 ADVERTISEMENT 7
8 Friday, February 15, 2019


Chamber ensembles spark musical collaboration
a collaboration—you’re trying
by Cole van Miltenberg to find a harmony or euphony
Orient Staff
between different instruments,”
The “quad squad” may sound she said. “There’s definitely more
like an unusual moniker for communication between differ-
a music group, but this is far ent musicians ... and that’s just
from the only surprise offered something that you can never
by the Bowdoin’s Department find when you’re playing solo.”
of Music’s chamber ensemble Ethan Hill ’21 likewise not-
program. ed the sense of community
Each semester, dozens par- that comes with the chamber
take in a variety of independent, ensemble program—the origin
student-driven chamber groups. behind the group’s intriguing
Although participants work nomenclature.
with an instructor, they are re- “It’s kind of like we’re our
sponsible for holding indepen- own little sort of Friendship
dent practices each week and Circle. You know, through the
curating the selection of pieces process of working together,
they rehearse and ultimately there’s definitely a bond that we
perform in concerts throughout kind of get,” he said. “Last year,
the semester. we called ourselves the ‘quad
Students have rare autonomy squad.’”
even in terms of grades; they can Wang, Hill and others in the
participate in chamber ensem- chamber ensemble program
ble for academic credit or as an have extensive playing experi-
extracurricular. This format, not ence; however, Lopez is hoping
found elsewhere on Bowdoin’s to expand the program to stu-
campus, has opened the pro- dents with beginner abilities in
gram up to an average of rough- the future. There is also a new
ly 20 to 25 students in a given initiative to open up community
semester over recent years. spaces in Brunswick for student
Another unique aspect of the HARMONY & EUPHONY: The chamber ensemble program, offered by the Department of Music, is highly student-driven and sparks creative collaboration in an performances.
program lies in existing combi-
intimate setting different from most academic classes. From left to right, Kookie McNerney, Ben Bousquet ’20, David Morrison ’19 and Ethan Hill ’21. Later this semester, there
nations of musical interests and with a coach. He looks carefully coach as well as the instrument said Lopez. “We really work she arrived. will be two major platforms
abilities. From brass and wood- for musical compatibility and type.” hard to find a piece that moti- “I’ve played the piano for on which chamber ensembles
wind to string groups, students personality. Selection of repertoire also vates [students] and gets them more than 10 years now. So it’s will perform. Common Hour
of all backgrounds and academ- “During the audition process, comes into play in the beginning excited.” something that I didn’t want performances are reserved for
ic interests are brought together I ask them what they are accus- stages of each ensemble group. A crowd of diverse yet pas- to just give up in college,” said more advanced groups, usually
by their love of music. tomed to, what they are looking “I have to know the reper- sionate performers comprise the Wang. string and woodwind, and take
Robert Beckwith Art- for in an instructor,” Lopez said. toire to some degree or be able groups. Jenny Wang ’22 partic- An experienced soloist, Wang place once a month in Studz-
ist-in-Residence and Director of “All of our coaches are high- to find access to the information ipated in chamber ensemble at is surprised by the dynamic mu- inski Recital Hall. The major
the Bowdoin Orchestra George ly experienced, but they have through coaches who have a her high school and already had sical experience that chamber performance of the year is the
Lopez is responsible for forming different personalities, so I try wealth knowledge of [the in- an idea of how each group at ensemble provides. Chamberfest concert, which
each group and matching them to match the personality of the struments] their students play,” Bowdoin would operate before “Doing chambers is more like takes place on May 9.

Maggie Rogers triumphs on ‘Heard It In A Past Life’

In a sense, that narrative isn’t Rogers sounds like she’s rallying a but what remains assured is her
new. In the past decade, the crowd into protest in the verses, voice, which has never sounded
The Aux Cord sudden leap into pop has been but she has that crowd dancing by richer or wiser. It’s the sound of
by Chris Ritter made by artists as heat-seeking the chorus. someone holding fast to their
as The Head and the Heart and as “Give a Little” also introduces strengths against a current of un-
I should leave out the story well-established as Taylor Swift. Rogers’ ability to mix elements stoppable change.
about Maggie Rogers’ rise to fame It’s that narrative that critics have that seemingly conflict: the It may have been a viral video
through a viral video with Phar- already used to label Rogers’ de- “alchemy” is at work here and that set that change into motion
rell because it is clear by now that but as nonessential. But while throughout. “Alaska” and “On + and would shape how we were
she deserves it. It is true that the albums like Swift’s “1989” seem Off ” are stilly sharply eclectic, introduced to Rogers, but “Heard
Maryland singer/songwriter was suffocated by the whims of indus- tracks first released on “Now That It In a Past Life” finds Rogers
a student at NYU just two years try hitmakers like Max Martin, the Light is Fading,” a project triumphantly reclaiming that
ago, making eclectic songs that “Heard It In a Past Life” sounds that landed somewhere between perception. This is pop music,
fused her folky roots with Euro- dependent on Rogers as the head the sounds of Flume and Fleet but make no mistake: she hasn’t
house influences acquired from a practitioner. “Alchemist” is the Foxes. “The Knife” doesn’t fit that lost her spark as the woodsy girl
semester abroad, and that one day title critics can’t seem to stop us- description at all, but it’s just as from Maryland who made it big
Pharrell showed up to class, in- ing when referencing Rogers, and sharp, pairing a clangy sample in New York, still obsessed with
stantly raved about Rogers’ work, the varied sound of her EP shows reminiscent of “On + Off ” with light and dark and how they per-
and abruptly sent Rogers and her why. It was clear then that the suc- a bass line that would fit on the meate our lives. There are new
song “Alaska” into a firestorm of cess of her debut would hinge on Arctic Monkeys’ “AM.” Those influences and old trademarks
attention via YouTube. But Rog- how good the chemistry is. Now juxtapositions make “Heard It In here, but Rogers presents a keen
ers’ debut album, “Heard It In A a record deal, heaps of cash and a Past Life” a beautifully mixed sense of control over both. That
Past Life” shows how wrong it glittery pop elements are thrown bag. If Rogers’ bag of tricks was SHONA ORTIZ sense of control on her debut al-
would be to hang on this story, into the mix. deep on her EP, it’s nearly bottom- lifting Rogers’ voice into a glim- Or it’ll do both, as in the case of bum disproves her as “the meek
even for a paragraph. All parts of that mix are on less here, and her ability to blend mering falsetto. And cries of relief the stunning “Fallingwater.” Even deer in the headlights” or “the
A lot can change in two years, full display in the opener, “Give those tricks together make the de- have never sounded so danceable at nine tracks in, the song feels like girl who got lucky,” as Pitchfork’s
and a lot has changed since that A Little.” The track is produced but feel separate from other works as in “Retrograde,” where we fi- the heart of the album. With pro- Laura Snapes so lazily reduces
moment, both for Rogers and, by Greg Kurstin, who has credits of electropop. nally see Rogers finding answers duction help from Vampire Week- her. That sense of control paints
more dramatically, how people on countless hit records (Swift’s As distinct as it is, though, among the turbulence, “Here I end’s Rostam, Rogers has crafted her less as an industry pawn and
see her. On the surface, “Heard “1989” included), but Rogers there’s a familiar, irresistible ener- am, settled in, crying out / Find- a song that’s constantly rebuilding more as the woman who walked
It In A Past Life” is a high stakes feels decidedly in control here. gy here. “Heard It In a Past Life” ing all the things that I can’t do itself, with booming kicks, the ebb- into the biggest record labels in
shot at reintroduction, as Rogers There are punchy four-on-the- is full of songs that feel ready to without.” These songs prove Rog- ing glow of a guitar and cascading the country with a 20-page busi-
tries to reclaim her image two floor kicks and relentlessly tick- burst at any moment, and when ers an expert in making songs layers of vocals. It feels thunderous ness plan and said, “these are the
years removed from her “Now ing hi-hats, but Rogers’ signature Rogers finally lets loose, the result with an energy that bubbles just and sparkling at once, but Rogers terms, who wants to do the deal?”
That the Light Is Fading EP,” idiosyncrasies take the front. is often electrifying. “Give A Lit- below the surface, until sudden- is impossibly steadfast, letting her As turbulent as her past two years
which contained “Alaska” and Natural-sounding samples shine tle” turns an anthem for empathy ly, it’s there and it’s unstoppable. voice soar over it all with a new- have been, “Heard It In a Past
four more woodsy electropop through from the song’s begin- into a hand clapping dance party Songs like these are testaments to found defiance: “Go on and tell me Life” shows the graceful agency
tracks. But most evidently, Rog- ning, and it doesn’t take long be- by its chorus. The swirling synths the potential of electropop: when just what I’m supposed to say / As Rogers has maintained through
ers’ full-length debut is a step out fore a whirlwind of handclaps and of “Say It” keep the song’s verses done tactfully, it feels magical; it if it could be any other way, oh it’s it all. She’s made something beau-
of the woods and into the realm of swooping falsetto lines take over. contained, but its hip-hop tinged will either give you chills or make getting louder.” Of course, Rogers’ tiful out of the storm, and she’s
floor-smashing pop. She sets an assured tone here too: drop blows the song wide open, you dance. life is in constant rebuilding too, done it on her own terms.
Friday, February 15, 2019 9



SEEING SOCIALISM: Leftism is not new to Bowdoin’s campus, although it is seeing a resurgence after years of dormancy. From protesting the Vietnam War (bottom) in 1969 to reading Karl Marx 50 years later in 2019, students
have been reading, writing and speaking leftist thought outside the classroom for decades. A new student-formed group hopes to create a new space at the College for regular meetings, readings and discussion.

In midwinter, leftism blooms at Bowdoin

ic justice and ideas of feminism. tackling a range of social issues, mittee in high school. It was at regular emails to members, the “We’re self-aware that there
by Surya Milner I would also say [I’m] currently from protesting the Vietnam the Mountain School of Milton Reading Group coordinates is this ‘Bernie-bro’ association,”
and Nell Fitzgerald fairly anti-capitalist as well.” War to calling on the College to Academy in Vermont where he logistics through a private Face- said Wilson.
Orient Staff
The participants of the group improve labor conditions. But met Kunins-Berkowitz, who book group. Such as stereotype occurs
On Tuesday evenings, the fluctuate from week to week— the group fizzled out after several grew up in Manhattan and also “There is this kind of roman- well beyond the confines of
pink-lit walls of the basement the group’s Facebook page cur- years, and leftism has remained worked for the DSA in high- tic idea of this clandestine group Bowdoin, and it is a difficult
that houses WBOR hold chat- rently has 40 members—but this largely absent from Bowdoin’s school. While spending time that meets in a radio station with pattern to break.
ter that will never run on air: past Tuesday, there were nine mainstream discourse since. on a gap year together, the two low lighting,” said Wilson. “But “Intellectual debate has always,
hypotheses on Marx, utopian men and two women, chatting “There’s certainly been a began to talk about what leftism there is also something nice still in my experience, been a really
visions of a socialist society and for over an hour. resurgence which is welcome might look like at Bowdoin. about having a group that you male-dominated environment,”
opinions on where Kamala Har- The line between leftist from my perspective here,” Upon arriving at Bowdoin, can have a conversation with. I Kunins-Berkowitz said. “I think
ris falls on the political spectrum. thought and leftist action is a clear said Professor of Economics they met the group’s final found- think if we broadcasted it a lot it’s how we teach young men to be
If you have OneCard access—or one for the group, which thinks of Jonathan Goldstein, a self-pro- ing member, Sarisha Kurup ’21, more, we would sacrifice the assertive and to assert their politi-
happen to catch word of the un- itself as decidedly not action-ori- fessed socialist who is teaching by way of an introduction by a quality of the conversation.” cal opinions frequently.”
official weekly meetings—you’d ented. The Reading Group is a a class called Marxian Political history professor. Member Diego Grossmann She also acknowledges that
be privy to one of the few places space to float new ideas, to wres- Economy. “I would say there’s a Kurup declined interview ’20 expressed frustration at the most members of the group are
on campus where leftism blooms. tle with socialist thought and to correlation of sorts with Bernie requests “in order to do what is leaders’ reluctance to expand. wealthy—many attended elite
Those gathered here have develop an ethos—around what Sanders and the impact he had most honest for the group.” Her “I have no idea why we high schools where they were
come for the “Reading Group,” it means to recognize the current on this age demographic here at comments are reflective of the wouldn’t want to expand it. exposed to leftist ideals early in
a weekly meeting for both stu- economic and political system as the College.” group’s discomfort with publicity. I don’t understand why that their educations.
dents with a background in left- flawed and to articulate a vision Kunins-Berkowitz points out With no school-sanctioned pres- wouldn’t just be the goal of start- “I think that this has been an
ist politics as well as those who for the future. that the majority of the founding age old contradiction in Marx-
are not yet political but desire a
space to discuss their values in
Kunins-Berkowitz noted that
many students in the group have
members and regular attendees
of the group are first years and
I think we need to fight for social ism, and leftism is, where does
the revolution come from? The
political terms. been politically active in some way sophomores. She believes that change, and that goes beyond working class or the intellectual
What does it mean to be
a leftist at Bowdoin? When it
over their time on campus—last
fall, two members were arrested
the resurgence of socialism on
campus this year can be attribut-
the classroom and goes beyond elites,” said Kunis-Berkowitz.
“And no matter what economic
comes to defining the term, as a for protesting against Brett Kava- ed to national trends that have the books you’re reading. class you come from, to be at
political and ethical orientation, naugh’s nomination in Washing- shaped her and her peers’ polit- Bowdoin, you’re now part of this
the group keeps it open; sticking ton, while others spent time can- ical consciousness. –Livia Kunins-Berkowitz ’22 specific society.”
to definitions, the group’s leaders vassing for local Maine candidates. “It’s tied to the legacies of the Balancing the offer of a pri-
say, is not the point. Reading Group was founded to economic crisis, legacies of Oc- ence and an ambiguous-sound- ing something like this,” he said. vate, elite education and far-left,
“We’ve struggled to identify complement that activity. cupy Wall Street, maybe even the ing name—the moniker “Read- “To have it be some sort of plat- anti-capitalist ideals can be a
exactly what [leftism] is because “I think we need to fight for legacies of international move- ing Group” connotes neither form for a broader conversation, fine line to toe. But it is a chal-
people have different defini- social change, and that goes ments that kind of defined our political ideology nor specific voter participation, becoming a lenge group members seem to
tions themselves,” said founding beyond the classroom and goes growing up,” said Kunins-Ber- purpose—the students operate part of political conversations on embrace, banking instead on
member Micah Wilson ’22. “We beyond the books you’re read- kowitz. “And then obviously, the within a certain assumption that campus, expanding the political the change that is possible when
need a space where we can work ing,” Kunins-Berkowitz said. Trump election really politicized those who lean so far left will nat- spectrum of that conversation. power is proximate.
through those ideas, because “But I also think that without people. I think we’re in the era of urally find one another. But it’s not really up to me.” “I don’t subscribe to the idea
there is no answer that we can all theory and history and listening re-politicization and discontent “It’s just very word of mouth,” Another criticism of the that you have to work outside of
agree on.” to each other’s perspectives, the with the Democratic Party in said Kunins-Berkowitz. Leaders group that all interviewees ac- the system to change it,” said Wil-
“I’d say I’m very far left on the social change is going to be less the way they’ve obviously failed maintain that anyone is welcome knowledged—and one that is son. “There are a lot of things that
American political spectrum,” informed and less productive.” working class people.” to participate, but Kunins-Ber- immediately apparent upon appeal to me about a liberal arts
said fellow founding member Leftism has long found roots Wilson says he has almost al- kowitz noted that the group is viewing its membership list or college that maybe is more elite …
Livia Kunins-Berkowitz ’22, on college campuses. A few de- ways been left-leaning, growing functional because “there’s an attending a meeting—is its de- there is so much potential to seize
when asked her own personal cades ago, Bowdoin students up in Cambridge and working assumption of some amount of mographics. The majority of the that power that already exists and
political beliefs. “My ideology is founded a local chapter of Stu- on the Democratic Socialists of shared values.” group is male, and most mem- ideally cultivate more change, be-
strongly rooted in racial econom- dents for a Democratic Society, America (DSA) housing com- While chartered clubs send bers are white. cause we have that power.”
10 FEATURES Friday, February 15, 2019

The numbers don’t lie, but the

humanities still matter
Checkpoints, New York Police ground as opposed to relying
Cyber Chase Demand,” by Michael Gold in on proxies we assume are go-
the New York Times and “San ing to accurately capture the
by Sasa Jovanovic
Francisco Wants to Ban Gov- reality. Let’s actually talk to the
ernment Face Recognition,” people that are living through
There are only two kinds of by Sidney Fussell in The At- these things, then see what we
people in the world. Are you lantic. I encourage you to read should be measuring.”
left-brained or right-brained? these articles yourself. Hall pointed to a grassroots
Type A or Type B? Are you a 1 During our talk, the two initiative in Chicago which
or a 0? Quantitative or creative? professors focused on the uses sentiment analysis (text
Creator or builder? Art or al- competing interests of the analysis tracking) of known
gorithms? Numbers or words? state, the market and the pri- gang members in combination
Shakespeare or Einstein? vate citizen or consumer with with machine learning to track
I recently spoke to a Bow- respect to issues concerning the likelihood of violence using
doin student who claimed, surveillance. tweets. The initiative partners
“Bowdoin students can’t do Gaze commented first. with, and provides protection
math.” Arguably, their stan- “The Waze app is a great way to, incarcerated or recently re-
dards were slightly biased to counter the idea that the leased gang members to gauge
given an academic schedule consumer is always right. For sentiment.
heavy in the quantitative example, I want to use an EZ- “Computer scientists can
fields, but it raises the ques- Pass. And yet, do we want the write code that can perform a
tion—in today’s data-driven idea that the government can task, but without knowing the
world, is the ability to code or give us tickets because of their meaning behind the data that’s ways of thinking and ana-
perform calculus fundamental access to your EZ-Pass? Most going into it,” she said. “We lyzing human experience. to be a perfect “However,” Gaze contin-
to being a productive member of us would call that invasive, need to start having a more I think some of that comes celestial body. No ued, “this isn’t to suggest that
of society? Are liberal arts and I agree. Surveillance is holistic discussion about data to bear now. But I think the one had done that algorithms are entirely use-
students who focus in the this issue that, when it ben- management. That’s where silos have been constructed before—he was accused less. They are really great and
humanities or social sciences efits the consumer in terms I’m increasingly feeling we so strongly that the people of academic trespassing. This help us in so many ways. Take
setting themselves up for fail- of convenience, is great, but need to go.” that should be cooperating moment is seen as when the health, for example. Machine
ure in the Digital Age? when it infringes upon their I asked if this necessarily are not.” rational mind comes to bear learning can arguably analyze
To answer these questions, I liberties, is an issue.” means involving more people My repository of Galileo in- on science and knowledge and symptoms and give diagnoses
spent two hours with Associate I asked if there is a way to with a humanities background. formatica is sparse, so I asked the creative or poetic mind is on a much faster pace, and
Professor of Digital Human- define this line. Hall provided Hall chuckled. “As a Gali- Hall to expand upon her refer- diminished in terms of what more accurately, than leav-
ities Crystal Hall and Director a possible solution to the di- leo scholar, everything I de- ence to the mathematician. people understand as capacity ing the number crunching to
of Quantitative Reasoning Eric verging interests. fault to is in the 16th century. “Galileo was a mathemati- to understand the world.” humans. You still want that
Gaze on the third floor of the “Let’s start over with the And I mean to point to this cian who strayed into philos- “The quantitative versus doctor! By offloading the
Visual Arts Center, the cozy data. And let’s get the special- [century] as this watershed ophy, because he was using the qualitative,” Gaze said. “I calculations, it allows doc-
home of the Digital and Com- ists in the room. The people moment when the scienc- the telescope to look at the would say the quantitative is tors to spend more time with
putational Studies department. who are impacted by the data. es and the humanities part moon,” she said. “He was try- the low-hanging fruit—it is their patients. Almost become
To ground our conver- The people who create the ways. It is a false divide at ing to bring all of the infor- easy to quantify things. Mark more human, in a way.”
sation, I shared two arti- data,” he said. “Let’s have an that moment, but it is a belief mation available at the time behavior with a number and I checked my pulse. Yep,
cles with them beforehand: equal conversation about these that will persist until the 20th to understand why the surface categorize according to that still human.
“Google and Waze Must Stop situations, so the data actual- century: the perceived ‘two of the moon was rough when parameter. The numbers help, Quantitative or creative? May-
Sharing Drunken-Driving ly captures the reality on the cultures,’ a division between everyone said it was supposed but don’t tell the full story.” be the answer should be both.

Running circles in the sand: on photoshoots and feminism

had dawned bright and clear, exceptional spaces, to anoth- itself in its capacity to loudly inevitably in.” skimmed over hips and thighs
Deep in the the horizon held a different er space of hypervisibility: proclaim a somewhat obvious, As women, we spend a lot and breasts, nervous smiles,
Heart hue than when we were last the “Celebrating Women, tired truth: women’s bodies— of time thinking about how knowing smirks and heads
here. Empty stretches of sand Celebrating Bodies” photo in all their variations—are we look. The photoshoot rev- thrown back in laughter. There
by Surya Milner and yawned on either side of us, exhibits that occur biannual- beautiful, and hung up on a els in this, mattes it on a wall was a sense of familiarity,
Phoebe Zipper and the roar of the A/C was all ly at the Center for Sexuality, wall, they make for beautiful and calls it empowering. It’s a comfort and reflection, seeing
there was to cut through the Women and Gender (formerly images. It speaks to a kind of confusing time to be a young all these bodies so similar to
We were squatting on the silence at the seafood restau- the Women’s Resource Cen- feminism centered on body woman in the United States, our own. But there was also
edge of the waterfront, warm rants in town. Hurricane Har- ter). We were two Bowdoin image, sexuality and the ines- we declared to the gulls ri- a nagging sense that we were
brown waves lapping at our vey had come and gone, leav- 20-somethings, comfortable capable pull those exert on our fling through a nearby clump still viewing women’s bodies as
sand-speckled limbs. Oil rigs ing Port Aransas in the throes in our bodies and down with psyches—with little reach into of seaweed. On the one hand, just that: bodies. We were still
winked in the distance, the of rebuilding and rebranding. the mission to de-stigmatize the ways that women’s bodies we want to be successful, running circles in Butler’s trap.
roar of a Confederate flag- Adjusting the straps of our the female nude. Showcasing are regulated and politicized thoughtful women with ca- We found ourselves de-
adorned pickup truck occa- swimsuits, we took in the vast our nude bodies in the middle in our current day. reers driven by our brains and siring an exhibit that moves
sionally punctuating the lazy expanse and the now-desolate of David Saul Smith Union The exhibition billed itself our ambition. On the other beyond the female body
ocean breeze. We call this: surf. would be, as it were, on brand. as an opportunity for women hand, we exist in a media and as spectacle, one that cele-
paradise. To others, it was Our minds turned, as they But we found ourselves hes- to participate in a liberating pop culture landscape satu- brates the beauty of women
simply spring break in Port so often do in exposed and itant. Like so many displays of form of self-representation. rated by images of Instagram whose spirits find homes in
Aransas, Texas. 2018. feminism at Bow- But in the age of Instagram, models and body positivity wide-ranging bodies, sure, but
But though the day doin, this one we are all experts in the art sirens alike. more so the beauty of women
seemed to vali- of self-representation and When models (who are who are activists, who are
date performance. Hanging up verging on cyborgs) accrue athletes, who are immigrants,
artfully lit photos capital with each heart-shaped who are artists, who are trans.
of women in like, the line between celebrity We want to celebrate a wom-
the nude places and layperson, businesswom- anhood that moves beyond
them in a con- an and wellness guru, begins to our ability to put on or take
text with which blur. Glued to our own social off our clothes—a feminism
we are all too media accounts, we create this that doesn’t leave us glued
familiar: on the landscape as much as we con- to the mirror, contemplating
screen, in the sume it. The photoshoot takes what’s so empowering about
frame, little pixels this dynamic of consumption, gazing at our naked bodies in
arranged for our one we’re used to seeing play the first place.
consumption. out on our screens, and lever- A half hour into our jum-
We are remind- ages the fact that its intimate, bled rant, a mammoth black
ed of Judith Butler’s Bowdoin-specific setting pickup truck angled its way
words on performa- makes it all the more personal across the beach. “Nice ass!” A
tivity. In an inter- and difficult to critique. gaggle of college-aged passen-
view with Liz Kotz in A few weeks after our con- gers shouted from the cargo
PHOEBE ZIPPER Artforum, she writes, versation in Port A, the Texas bed. Thanks, we thought, set-
“This is not freedom, sun fading from our cheeks, tling back into the surf. It felt
but a question of how to we wandered into the exhibi- neither reverential nor reduc-
work the trap that one is tion gallery in Smith. Our eyes tive. It just was.
Friday, February 15, 2019 FEATURES 11

Talk of the Quad

Peep whom I adored. After with my apparent inability different. We went into the colors were natural, deep and knit when I was five. It was
THE JOY OF KNITTING receiving a drop spindle as to finish one project before little shop in the front of the soft. This yarn made me want the 4th of July, and I learned
Recently, I’ve spent a lot a gift in third grade, I went starting the next. For a long building, shelves of yarn cov- to make something. Eventual- with the posts of tiny Ameri-
of my free time knitting around my house and back- time, I couldn’t conceptualize ering the walls. We could hear ly, with a lot of encouragement can flags and leftover balloon
and thinking about mak- yard, collecting any fluffs of knitting without my mom. the noise of machines running from my mom and a very kind ribbon. I soon graduated to
ing. I grew up with craft- hair that my dog had shed She was the one who really in the back of the building. shopkeeper, I decided that actual yarn and needles and
ing, making creative objects to try to spin into yarn. It understood knitting, not me. Peeking through the door- I would buy yarn to knit my produced a most uneven and
as a part of my daily life. worked moderately well but This is starting to change. way, we saw skeins of dyed first sweater. This would be ramshackle scarf fragment. I
I don’t remember a time certainly smelled like dog. I’m realizing that knitting is yarn hanging from the ceiling my first big knitting project. was thrilled with myself. I am
when I didn’t have my own For me, as a kid, knit- something that is mine, too. and the machines that we had I’ve known how to knit for as continually impressed with
fabric basket, craft box and ting and sewing weren’t any More recently, knitting has heard earlier making yarn. long as I can remember but the things that I can create
knitting needles. My mom different from drawing or made me feel simultaneously After exploring the spinnery learning how to read and fol- from strands of wool or cot-
taught me how to knit in painting—they were all ways very independent from and for a while, my mom and I re- low patterns has been a more ton. There is something about
second grade and sent me to I could make, activities that connected to my mom. turned to the yarn store in the recent development. knitting that fills me with
my first of a couple knitting I loved. Everything that I’ve While visiting my grandpa front of the building. The yarn Since coming back to feelings of ingenuity, creativ-
camps. As an eight-year-old, learned about crafting, about in Vermont, my mom and I there was easy to fall in love school this semester, I’ve also ity and excitement.” The way
I learned how to make my making, has been from my took a morning trip to her fa- with. It smelled like real wool been talking a lot with my that Elise talks about learning
own knitting needles and mom. I can’t say that I’ve vorite spinnery. I’d been there in the way that reminded you friend Elise about our ex- to knit really resonates with
to knit a little chick, which always been an avid knitter. with her before when I was of the sheep it came from. The periences with knitting. She me. For both of us, learning
I especially loved, because My excitement about knit- much younger, but I didn’t tells the story of how to knit was incredibly em-
my second grade class had a ting has ebbed and flowed quite have the attention she learned to knit powering and allowed us to be
class chicken named span to appreciate the saying, “it was my independent, to create things
trip. This time was grandmother we’re excited about, but also
who taught allowed us to connect. To
me how to connect with our loved ones
who taught us and also to
connect with one another.
Knitting is slow and not
necessarily economical, but it
is full of love and thought and
care. I think it takes a knit-
ter to really understand what
goes into knitting something
for someone. Elise certainly
does. “Knitting something
for someone is an act of love.
I think that knitting some-
thing for someone is just
about the most loving thing
you can do,” she says. “It
takes time and precision and
commitment. From the mo-
SAB ment I decide to knit some-
thing for someone, to picking
out the yarn, to finishing the
last stitch, I have the person I
am knitting for in mind.”
Kaya Wurtzel is a member
of the Class of 2021.

in Nepal—Is Jon Luke okay?” of the kitchen, and my legs the mountains from Kathman- power to shape their reaction. In conversation, my listeners
FROM THE EPICENTER Adrenaline jolted through his would go numb from sitting on du, which, because of the road Strangely, I feel obligated to tell want to hear how I watched an
“Yes, I was there for the body as he seized his laptop the ground during meals. My conditions as well as the lack of a more dramatic story than the entire valley tremble in one of
earthquake … Yes, I felt it … and pounded away at the keys body was not fit for this kitch- resources, meant that no one story that I have. The traumatic the aftershocks, how it took five
crazy, humbling.” These words frantically looking up where en. Yet, I spent hours in that from the cities would be there part of the earthquake for me days to evacuate, how I would
always seem to shake my lis- exactly I was hiking, where the kitchen—reading, admiring to help for months. People who was realizing how close I was probably be severely injured or
teners more than the earth- epicenter was, how far from the the view of the valley through watched the news coverage of to people who needed help and worse if the earthquake had hit
quake shook me. Words have epicenter I was, how big the the window and helping my the earthquake from the Unit- then further realizing how safe six weeks earlier when I was in
that effect. earthquake was, whether or not homestay mother cook. There ed States would never know I was and how powerless I was Baruwa. Perhaps it is for this
I was in the mountains I was OK. Constant news head- was a contagious sense of ease about Baruwa. My family and to help anyone. But this expe- reason that I have resisted writ-
of Mardi Himal on April 25, lines about the destruction, up- and serenity with which my friends would watch the de- rience is the story ing about it for so long.
2015 when a 7.8-magniude dates about my group’s where- homestay mother could oper- struction and worry about me I rarely get Jon Luke Tittman is
earthquake shook Nepal. In abouts from my trip leaders ate the kitchen, and despite my without knowing that I was a chance a member of the
the three months leading up to and endless phone calls from physical discomfort, I too felt safer than they themselves to tell. Class of 2019.
this day, I had been traveling concerned friends and relatives relaxed and calm there. were when they drove to
all around the country, staying disrupted his day. Her pans had holes in them; work in the morn-
with different homestay fam- Despite my proximity to the often times, we would lose pow- ing during rush
ilies, studying Buddhism and epicenter, that day scared my fa- er, and she would have to cook hour. But, at the
learning how to wood-carve—a ther more than it startled me. It with just the aid of moonlight. same time, they
quintessential gap year experi- wasn’t until two days and seven The fire over which she cooked would know
ence. Three days prior to the aftershocks later when I saw the would often go out because we more about the
quake, my group had decided destruction on TV in a small would run out of dry wood. Not earthquake than
to leave Kathmandu to go hik- restaurant at another campsite once did I ever see her com- me. They would
ing. At 11:59 a.m. we felt the that the earthquake really hit plain. Moreover, she treated know the severity
first quake. Three hours later, me. I saw parts of the city I had me with a genuine kindness. I of the earthquake
we arrived at the campsite as been calling home destroyed. associate this place with peace. and for days I would
we had planned and proceed- Video footage of Kathmandu This place for me was the heart not—despite the fact
ed through the day according showed the faces of locals that of what Nepal had been for me: that I was there, that I felt
to our normal schedule: we I had become so accustomed a place of physical discomfort it. This is the power of news
set up the tents, played chess, to seeing. They looked broken. with small doorways and hard reporting and
listened to our daily lesson, ate That night, dinner came late floors, with crowded bus rides journalism: the
dinner and cleaned the dishes. and few words were spoken. I and dusty streets, but nonethe- ability to make
Aftershocks intermittently in- worried about the families that less a place where I had never information
terrupted our daily business. had cared so much for me; not felt more at peace and at home. immediately
When our trip guides finally only could I not help them, but Baruwa was much closer to accessible, but
received news via their radios I couldn’t even contact them to the epicenter. Days later, we also the potential
about the earthquake, they held check if they were alive. were told that the earthquake disconnect that it
a formal meeting and relayed Later that night, I thought was responsible for killing half creates between
the information with equanim- about a village named Baruwa of Baruwa’s population. No its representation

ity so as not to startle us. Aside that I had stayed in weeks be- one had any details on who of reality and the

from sporadic tremors, the day fore. I remembered my hosts’ survived and who did not, but reality which it at-

felt numbingly routine. kitchen where I had spent most the kitchen where I had spent tempts to represent.
Seven thousand miles to the of my time while I was there. I so much time was almost cer- Whenever some-
west, my father’s phone vibrat- had to hunch over every time tainly gone. Baruwa is located one asks me about the
ed at 1:14 a.m.: “Earthquake I walked in through the door about a six-hour drive through earthquake, I have the
12 Friday, February 15, 2019

Curling team finishes regular season on top
by Ella Chaffin
OFF THE RIM: The men’s Orient Staff
basketball team (15-9, The curling team ended its
NESCAC 4-6) ended regular season in Utica last
its season last weekend weekend, finishing third out of
after losing 65-91 to 24 competitors. Now, the top
five members will continue to
Connecticut College.
the national competition in Wal-
Tied for eighth in the land, Massachusetts over spring
conference, the Polar break, where the team is seeded
Bears narrowly missed seventh. The team has doubled in
out on a bid for the size since last year, contributing
NESCAC tournament to its successful season.
to Tufts (11-13, NESCAC After the U.S. men’s curling
4-6) by virtue of a team won gold in the 2018 Olym-
tiebreaker. Zavier Rucker pics, the sport became more ap-
pealing to new players, and Bow-
’21 and Jack Simonds ’19
doin’s own team has doubled in
led the team’s offense, size since last year. This uptick in
scoring 23 and 13 points members has been seen in both
respectively. The team teams and clubs across the curl-
will say goodbye to three ing community this year.
seniors: Simonds, Jack “We have had an upward
Bors and Hugh O’Neil. growth which has been amazing,”
said captain Kylie Best ’19. “All of
our team, except for myself, did
not curl before college, so for us
to be so successful with a bunch
COLD: Last weekend, of relatively inexperienced peo-
the women’s hockey ple is fantastic.”
team (3-17-2) finished At the Student Activities Fair KAYLA SNYDER, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
conference play with last fall, the team received over SWEEP ME OFF MY FEET: Claire Pierce ’22 and Maynor Loaisiga ’22 sweep as Ella Crabtree ’22 throws a stone. The team will go to nationals over Spring break.
a 2-11-1 NESCAC 75 sign-ups. Out of the 75, over competitive can express it early playing as well as we can.” St. Mary was especially in- ny. No experience is necessary,
record after tying the 20 students became permanent on.” In addition to the increase in fluential in teaching the influx and members of the team will
Connecticut College members. Uniquely, the team Looking toward the national new members, the team also add- of first years curling technique. be demonstrating the sport and
Camels (10-8-3, consists of social members who competition, the team expects ed a volunteer advisor, Jonathan His expert advice is helpful for putting on a mini bonspiel for
go out on the ice to have fun to hold its own against north- St. Mary ’67. He is the first com- newcomers who have no prior the community.
NESCAC 6-5-3) in a
and those who want to become eastern competitors. Teams from munity member to enter a men- experience with the sport. “There are actually some
scoreless game. It is the more competitive at the sport the Midwest tend to be stiffer torship role for the team. With “It’s been really helpful to people in Brunswick [who] are
Polar Bears’ first losing and frequently participate in the competition as they have small- many years of curling experience, have someone who knows what looking to bring a new sort of ice
season since 2015-2016. tournaments. er teams that have been curling St. Mary has competed in the they are talking about give some facility to the area that would be
Goalie Kerri St. Denis “At the beginning of the sea- longer. Francis Dykes Memorial Bonspiel pointers,” Best said, “rather than both a hockey rink and a curl-
’19 reached a personal son, we ask the entire group “The hope is to win,” said cap- and Men’s Grand Nationals. have people who haven’t been ing facility,” Leblanc said. “So
achievement in the last who wants to be considered for tain Zack Leblanc ’20. “Last year, “He had some really good curling very long teaching peo- they’re putting us on to demon-
game, though, earning a the [national competition],” said I think we had a little bit of a pointers about strategy, which ple who haven’t been curling at strate community interest.”
clean slate with 25 stops. Best. “Some are only interested disappointing finish; we finished has been something that has hurt all.” The team will teach curling
in the social aspect, which is to- 10th or 11th. This year, [we’re us in the past,” Best said. “We just This weekend, the team will from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Satur-
tally fine. This way, those who are ranked] seventh, [and] I think don’t know a lot about strategy, host a learn to curl event at day. The event is free and open
more interested in being more we can do a little bit better just and it’s very difficult.” Flight Deck Brewing Compa- to the public.
Seeded eighth in the

Alpine ski team looks for leadership within its ranks

NESCAC, the men’s
hockey team (6-14-2,
NESCAC 3-12-1) is on
the bubble to secure a
spot in the postseason on the email list, but in terms
by Itza Bonilla Hernandez of who comes to practices
tournament. The Polar Orient Staff
and races regularly, it is about
Bears face Tufts (5-15- Over the course of the alpine 30–35 people registered,” said
2, NESCAC 2-12-2), skiing club’s nearly 70-year his- Polson. “We are in a very cool
currently ranked ninth, tory, it has gone from club to situation, because we are hav-
tonight at 7 p.m. If they varsity sport and back to club ing a successful season, and
can pull off a victory, again. This season, both the we have people who have prior
they will guarantee men’s and the women’s teams racing experience, but the ma-
themselves a playoff are at the top of their leagues, jority of our team is still people
berth. with the men ranked first and who have never raced before
the women tied for first with college.”
UMaine Farmington. Based on The team practices twice a
their standings, the Polar Bears week after classes from 6-8 p.m.
GPA GRAB: are likely to qualify for region- at Lost Valley Resort in Au-
The football team als February 24 and 25. burn, about 45 minutes away
released its average team Since 2012, the Polar Bears from campus. Captains usually
GPA this week, a yearly have competed in the USCSA go to the mountain early to set
tradition to encourage (United States Collegiate Ski up the ski course.
recruitment. The Polar and Snowboard Association) “It is a really fun place to go.
Bears averaged a 3.29 Reynolds division alongside It is a small ski area and has a
other Maine schools like Bates, good setup for racing,” Polson
GPA across 75 players,
Colby, UMaine-Farmington said. “It is a good place for peo-
which translates to and UMaine-Orono. Because
ple who have grown up racing
a B+ average. The TUCK AND ROLL: A Bowdoin skier sails down the mountain earlier this season. The team is ranked first in its league.
the league is small, the team has and [also] for those who have
team’s Instagram gotten to know its competition quick and front heavy. The first to and from practices and “[Coach] comes to some of never done it to try it out for
post announcing the well. race is before the spring semes- other financial needs the team our practices, but it is a relaxed the first time.”
statistic congratulated “It is a very fun community, ter begins and its last race is in may encounter throughout its thing,” said captain Emma Lan- Skiing also provides a nice
its members for having because you are there every the middle of February. season. des ’19. “Those who have raced reprieve from typical college
“DOMINATED in the single weekend with these oth- Currently, the team receives This year, the team’s usu- and have more experience are confines.
classroom.” er schools and with the same all of its funding from student al coach is stepping back to also taking on a semi coaching “It feels like a real breaking
people,” said captain Kyle Pol- activities. According to the spend time with her new baby. role as well by teaching the new out of the Bowdoin bubble to go
son ’19. “It is not too big, and SAFC Digest, the Alpine Ski As a result, more of the coach- folks how to race at practices.” skiing a bunch of times a week
we work very closely with the Team has an annual budget of ing responsibilities have fallen Captains say that the team and meet tons of cool people
people organizing the league.” $15,820.55. These funds are to the teams’ more experi- continues to grow. and Maine students. It’s a really
The team’s season schedule is used for races, transportation enced racers. “There are over 80 people nice group,” said Landes.
Friday, February 15, 2019 SPORTS 13

Women’s basketball ends regular season undefeated

minutes per game, which,
More Than in itself, is not particularly
A Game unique in the league. What is
by Ian Ward unusual, however, is that only
one player, Samantha Roy
Textbook. Flawless. Ideal. ’20, averages above 25 min-
Unrivaled. Masterly. Exemplary. utes per game, and only two
Superlative. Pick your adjec- average above 20.
tive. But one descriptor will What all this means is that
attach itself to Bowdoin wom- the Polar Bears substitute a
en’s basketball regular season lot and very quickly. If Shibles
regardless of what thesaurus could have her players hop
you pick up: perfect. over the bench directly into
The final weekend of the the flow of the game every
women’s basketball season other minute, à la hockey, I
was a one-two-punch that suspect that she would.
dispelled any doubt—if Shibles’ rapid-fire sub-
there was any still hanging stitution, combined with
around—about the Polar an unusually deep roster,
Bears’ on-court dominance. proceeds on the expectation
On Friday, Adrienne Shibles’ that her players will work
squad clinched the top seed extraordinarily hard for
in the NESCAC tournament the short spurts of time for
following their 69–58 victo- which they’re on the court.
ry over Connecticut College Where this sets the Polar
(13–10, 4–6 NESCAC), a de- Bears apart is in the late
velopment that, though sur- quarters of games, when, as
prising to just about nobody, their opponents are quickly
was nevertheless a cause for losing steam, the ferris wheel
celebration. On Saturday, the of energized substitutes just
Polar Bears capped off their keeps spinning, methodically
first undefeated regular sea- overwhelming the opponent.
son since 2002-03, trouncing Clearly, this mechanism is
Wesleyan (14–10, 4–6 NES- working. There is, however,
CAC) 92–75. 24–0. There you one potential kink in the sys-
have it. tem: the Polar Bears get off to
It was a fittingly dominant a slow start. In four of their
end to a positively lights-out last five conference games, the
season. On their way to perfec- Polar Bears have been tied or
tion, the Polar Bears averaged behind through the first quar-
84.2 points per game against ter. In two of those games,
their opponents’ 52.3 overall, they trailed until the second
with the margin standing at half.
76.1 to 58.8 in conference play. Although this propensity
Their closest margin of victo- for slow beginnings makes
ry—four points—came in a for some thrilling comeback
stunning, come-from-behind wins, it threatens to gunk up
victory against Middlebury the fine-tuned machinery of
on February 1, while their Shibles’ system. “That’s not
largest margin of victory, in the way we operate,” said
conference, came one day later Shibles after the team allowed
when they beat Williams by 37 26 points in the third quarter
points. (Out-of-conference, against Wesleyan, noting that
they beat UMaine-Farming- it was lackluster defense rath-
ton 96–27 on December 4, er than a lethargic offense that
but propriety dictates that we was causing her team to fall
ignore that one.) behind early in games.
Unless they’re conceited As the team prepares to
monsters or members of the host Connecticut College this
New England Patriots, really Saturday in the quarterfinals
good players on really good of the NESCAC tournament,
teams rarely take credit for Shibles is stressing a return
their individual accolades, to fundamental defense—get-
even when that credit is whol- ting set, closing off passing
ly deserved. Take, for exam- lanes—to avoid another early
ple, Taylor Choate ’19, who, deficit.
after scoring a career-high After all, Bowdoin had an
27 points against Wesleyan, unusually difficult time with JACK BURNETT, THE BOWDOIN ORIENT
deflected praise with charac- the Camels in their meeting ALL I DO IS WIN: Samantha Roy ’20 jumps in the air to sink a shot against Wesleyan last Saturday. The Polar Bears defeated the Cardinals 92-75.
teristic deftness. last week. The Camels out-
“It’s a team thing whenev- scored the Polar Bears in two “I’m glad that we have a accordingly. weak effort, one sloppy quar- state but rather apart from
er someone scores this many quarters, the first and the good challenge in our quar- “[In] the postseason, ev- ter, one lapse of focus and every other state. There is
points,” said Choate. fourth, even while playing terfinal game. It’ll push us erything’s different,” said whoops—perfection is no perfection and then there is
Sometimes—most of the without star player and lead- forward, it’ll push us to get Choate. “Everyone’s coming more. There is no really solid everything else. A season with
time, even—this is just a lot ing scorer, junior guard Sami better defensively, which we at you much harder.” And as antonym to “perfect” in the one loss is not an “imperfect
of reflexive, polite posturing. Ashton, who will be back in need,” she said. “You’ve lost the top Division III seed in English language—I think we season” or even a bad season.
In Bowdoin’s case, however, the lineup this Saturday. your out.” the nation, everybody means can all agree that “imperfect” It’s just a season.
it’s just a statistical fact. The Yet the team’s most formi- The players, many of whom quite literally everybody. is pretty lame—because per- And on Saturday at 2 p.m.
Polar Bears have nine play- dable opponent, Shibles said, are veterans of last year’s post- The problem with perfec- fection, as a condition, stands in Morrell Gymnasium, it’s
ers who average at least 10 is complacency. season heroics, are adjusting tion is that it is fragile. One not in opposition to any other all on the line.


Send the Orient to your lover.
14 Friday, February 15, 2019

Pack the house To address the Bowdoin-Maine
The Bowdoin women’s basketball team has danced its way to the num-
ber one seed in the NESCAC tournament, and the music doesn’t seem to be
stopping anytime soon—though it may be changing tempo. Taylor Choate
divide, we must go deeper
’19 told Orient columnist Ian Ward this week that “in the postseason, every-
thing’s different. Everyone’s coming at you much harder.” And as Ward notes,
for the Polar Bears, ranked number one in the nation after an undefeated
season, it is truly everyone who wants a chance on the floor with them. That
floor, for as long as the team is in the NESCAC tournament, will be right here
on campus, in Morrell Gymnasium.
An undefeated season in sports is rare, and especially so at Bowdoin. The
women’s basketball team has not had a perfect regular season since 2003,
when it made the National Championship game before ultimately falling to
Wilmington College, 59–53. This year’s Polar Bears have already beaten the
defending national champion Amherst in a game that rocked Morrell, with
attendance numbers so high they threatened the fire code.
Several of us were there that day, holding our breath as the Mammoths
kept up a slight but steady lead through the first half, leaping to our feet at
every three-pointer and roaring our approval as the Polar Bears took the lead.
Even those of us who don’t usually enjoy basketball games were committed to
threatening the structural integrity of the wooden bleachers. It was, without a
doubt, the game of the season and definitely the game of day. In comparison,
that night’s much-hyped hockey game, despite its similarly close score, was
And while Morrell was packed for the game against the Mammoths and extent of homelessness in the midcoast rately educate and connect us to this place.
attendance has been solid all season long, we continue to hear tired tropes by Annie Rose region. To truly gain familiarity with the The first step is educating yourself on
Op-Ed Contributor
about how the game isn’t as interesting or physical as when the men take the realities and lived experiences faced by challenges facing Brunswick and how the
court. This, we can confidently say, is bullshit. We dare those who disagree to There are two homeless shelters with- our neighbors right here in Brunswick, I community has chosen to address them.
go and watch the women play and not find them awe-inspiring. in walking distance of campus. Many believe that all Bowdoin students should When you head to Hannaford, be aware
The mental fortitude necessary to never have an off day is remarkable. Bowdoin students, maybe even most, find and commit to their own path out of of what surrounds you. Behind it you’ll
It’s one thing to take the title, but it takes another level of skill to be the best don’t know they exist. Tedford Housing the Bowdoin Bubble through consistent find Midcoast Hunger Prevention Pro-
team on the court every single day. So, let’s see if the Polar Bears can finish operates both shelters, one on Federal engagement with the community. gram, a food pantry and kitchen and the
the job. What women’s basketball is giving the Bowdoin community is the Street and the other on Cumberland Bowdoin is known for its commit- Gathering Place, a drop-in day shelter—
single most alluring concept in all of sports: a perfect season. And we have a Street, which together provide safe and ment to the Common Good, and we two vital community resources. Read the
front row seat. temporary housing for six families and pride ourselves on our ability to commu- Times Record’s “Giving Voice” column—
We trust that Bowdoin students are excited for the NESCAC tournament, 16 individuals. There are rarely any va- nicate across difference and are provided featuring stories from the “Core Four”
but we’re sending out a missive to be sure: pack the house this Saturday cant beds. With the capacity to serve with plenty of opportunities to grow organizations of Brunswick: Tedford
against Connecticut College and continue to do so for as long as you can 165 individuals and families each year, our understanding of social inequali- Housing, The Gathering Place, Midcoast
watch this squad play. Morrell Gym seats approximately 2,500 spectators. We Tedford Housing must turn away almost ty in the world beyond Bowdoin. This Hunger Prevention and Oasis Free Clin-
expect every single one of those seats to be filled. 600 more individuals who call asking for may happen through conversation in ics—to stay informed on the issues faced
emergency housing. the classroom or with our friends in the by the local community attend the Town
This editorial represents the majority view of the Bowdoin Orient’s editorial board, Since my first year at Bowdoin, I’ve dining hall. But usually they’re just that, Hall meetings (with me!) on establishing
which is composed of Anjulee Bhalla, Nell Fitzgerald, Roither Gonzales, Dakota been involved with the Joseph McKeen conversations. Perhaps we’ve gotten too a combined shelter and comprehensive
Griffin, George Grimbilas, Calder McHugh and Jessica Piper. Center for the Common Good. To deepen good, too skilled at intellectualizing rath- resource center in town.
my connection to the Common Good and er than actively engaging with the people The next step is direct engagement
the community, I started working there actually experiencing and addressing and service, through which you will learn
as a McKeen Fellow. I worked at Tedford these issues. even more from people on the ground.
over the summer and learned firsthand For many of us, we keep community Beyond participating in a Community
how Tedford, as the primary agency help- issues at arm’s length, distant from our Orientation Trip, Common Good Day,
ing this area’s homeless and people at risk daily lives. However, many Brunswick res- an Alternative Break Trip or enrolling in
of becoming homeless, comprehensively idents, mere steps from campus, face the a community-engaged course on a tem-
ESTABLISHED 1871 address the growing problem of home- very issues—hunger, homelessness, access porary basis, seek out long-term relation-
lessness and limited affordable housing in to healthcare, just to name a few—that we ships with a cause meaningful to you right 6200 College Station Brunswick, ME 04011 the southern midcoast region. Last week’s so comfortably conceptualize at the intel- here in Brunswick. Tutor in a local school,
column by Lowell Ruck ’21 on the Bow- lectual level. Only until we directly involve volunteer at MCHPP or Oasis Free Clinic,
The Bowdoin Orient is a student-run weekly publication dedicated to providing news and information doin–Maine divide inspired me to voice ourselves and recognize the expertise collaborate with a community partner for
relevant to the Bowdoin community. Editorially independent of the College and its administrators, what I’ve learned and to add to his per- housed in our very community can we call an independent study or honors project or
the Orient pursues such content freely and thoroughly, following professional journalistic standards in spective with my own—not as a Mainer ourselves knowledgeable and consider our intern at a nonprofit. These are just a few
writing and reporting. The Orient is committed to serving as an open forum for thoughtful and diverse but as someone grateful for the opportu- contributions helpful or effective. ways of going about it.
discussion and debate on issues of interest to the College community. nity to engage with Maine. I challenge everyone to do their part: I want to offer myself, Annie (acrose@
As Bowdoin students living in Maine meet Brunswick. Really meet Brunswick., and the McKeen Center
for four years, it’s our privilege and re- Yes, we are all busy. But as students living as a resource for you to help explore
Calder McHugh Jessica Piper sponsibility to understand what’s hap- in Brunswick for four years, claiming a opportunities outside of the Bowdoin
Editor in Chief Editor in Chief pening in our local community. Had I not connection to place and a commitment to Bubble.
directly engaged with Tedford, I would the Common Good, we should prioritize Annie Rose is a member of the Class
have never fully understood the true experiences in the community that accu- of 2020.
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Friday, February 15, 2019 OPINION 15

How I learned to stop worrying and love the Rocket Man

Olympics marked a major break- to look to this past year as an in- from the meetings with Kim Jong- it’s an existential fear for many doesn’t make you cooler; and the
by Wilder Short ing of tensions between the two evitable sign of the possibility of a Un, economic downturn in both people in the world—the pros- South Koreans need to focus do-
Op-Ed Contributor Koreas, as both North and South unified Korea, there continue to be Koreas and a lack of substantial pect of being nuked—but that will mestically to ensure there will be a
When President Trump tweet- Korean athletes walked together a few hitches in their joint progress political reform. These issues only become real if things aren’t time to focus internationally.
ed “Little Rocket Man,” along under the Korean Unification towards this goal. Namely, Pres- could all stem from his continued handled correctly in the future. To Wilder Short is a member of the
with an image of Kim Jong-Un, flag—last seen during the 2006 ident Trump. While Trump will focus and effort on working with recap: Americans need to push for Class of 2022.
the idea of donning a full Elton Winter Olympics in Italy. The likely claim his work with Korea as Kim Jong-Un—focusing entirely a competent, non-bullying nego-
John outfit (any of them work) Koreas even fielded a joint-Ko- a highlight of his time in office, his on the North Korea question. If tiator who can close a deal; North
and bellowing “I’m a rocket man,” rean women’s hockey team, a continued involvement only fur- one were to be soundly positive, Koreans need to continue to
came to mind—not the image remarkable symbol of progress ther aggravates tensions surround- Moon’s agency over the assurance be pro-unification and
of an existential threat of nuclear towards furthering the agenda of ing reducing nuclear proliferation. of the Democratic party’s election need to understand
fallout. The “fire and fury” ap- unity. Both leaders also presented Interviews with the North Korean of a candidate willing to continue that hav-
proach to diplomacy between the a pro-unification agenda to work population show that, while they pushing discussions would be ing more
two world leaders applies more towards this year; Kim Jong-Un’s receive these negotiations and needed. The 2020 National As- nukes
to their war of words than to the 2019 New Year’s Address antici- talks positively, they dislike the sembly election is crucial for the
actual war of nations insinuated. pates further summits between the idea of Western influence butting Democratic party—it’s necessary
I am not concerned about any two leaders and President Moon into Korean affairs—specifically for them to gain seats so that re-
sort of nuclear warfare. There’s no Jae-in’s own South Korean pop- looking at and seeing President forms could be passed by the next
need to be concerned; I’m positive ularity stems from his proactive Moon as a puppet. These senti- president elected in 2022. (South
about being positive. I have other approach to breaking their land’s ments may derive from Kim Jong- Korean presidents are allowed one
things to stress about, like gun division with the rebirth of the Un’s New Year’s address, which term, five years long.) The impor-
control, health care, rising home- “Sunshine Policy,” a South Korean pushes a pro-economic market tance of regaining the voter bases
lessness numbers, climate change approach to softening tensions plan and states his desire to con- lost by Moon’s two years cannot
and whether there is a booth free between the two nations. The third tinue negotiations with the South be overstated. He needs to focus
in Moulton Dark Room. I am not ever inter-Korean summit held in Korean government (while also on effectively implementing polit-
worried about a nuclear missile Pyongyang also lead to a heavy stating that they would not be bul- ical and social reforms as well as
measuring contest. Neither lead- demilitarization effort to eliminate lied by any bully from the United look into overhauling the current
er wishes to exercise and flex his the harsh border lines separating States). President Moon himself is economic system, criticized for its
finger’s ability to launch rockets ca- the two nations—this included a pro-unity advocate and ran on poor implementation.
pable of massive damage, instead disarmament of mines, destruc- that as a campaign for election. His As a young, optimistic Ameri-
choosing to flex his fingers, at least tion of guard towers and removal own future is what slightly deters can voter, I can assuredly say that
in Trump’s case, on the iPhone’s of troop numbers on both borders. me from remaining 100 percent any efforts for diplomacy from
wonky keyboard. So, any reasonable reader optimistic. the United States’ side can only
With the “new year, new would say, what’s the deal? Where’s President Moon’s approval rat- improve in the future. As the field
me” mentality adopted by every the unification? Why aren’t they ings from December showed less for 2020 presidential candidates
20-something for 2019, time just Korea? Why is Kim Jong-Un than 50 percent of South Koreans widens, it will be important to LILY ANNA FULLAM
should be taken to reflect on the not in the NBA All-Star Celebrity supporting his administration. make note—as a voter—of who
past year’s historic precedent for game? This declining popularity stems stands where on this issue. It’s not
inter-Korean relations. The 2018 Well. As easy as it is for people from a lack of substantive plans something to be overlooked. Yes,

Let’s celebrate sophomores Put the ‘you’ in ‘Ubear’

declaring their majors Say It Like It Is
by Nate DeMoranville
for us to manifest our mission
I feel a strong sense of sep-
dents of color, but I also know
that won’t solve our problem
of a segregated campus.
walking out of my professor’s faculty get to know students in aration from the student ath- The much more challenging
On Second office, I felt a little disappointed less academic settings. letes in my community. By and and time-consuming solution
Thought that I didn’t feel more accom- Aside from these tangible Last year, I turned 20 on large, they do not look like me, for the athlete/non-athlete di-
by Brooke Vahos plished. After all, shouldn’t this changes, students could shift the same day that the football and self-segregation means vide is to integrate the student
moment feel more monumen- their perspective on the process. team won its first game in three that our paths rarely cross. No body. My relationships with
In the weeks leading up to tal? Many of my friends mir- Instead of putting complete em- years. I stormed the field with single activity is as time-con- individual athletes infrequent-
February 20, the deadline to rored this sentiment; the pro- phasis on the five-or 10-minute my friends and, for once, felt suming as a varsity sport. They ly extend past my first year,
declare a major, I’ve been a cess turned out to be relieving, interaction, we could see it as a proud of a sports team here. are practically part time jobs, the one class we had together
listening ear to my indecisive yet underwhelming. When all gradual coming of age. Rather The moment was surreal, a col- where students can expect to or any other forced interac-
friends. Art history major or is said and done, declaring your than being a moment in time, it lege experience that had long work between 15-20 hours per tion by the College. Perhaps
government and legal studies major feels more like a chore could be viewed as the next step been denied to me. I look back a week while in season. By lim- sustained social engineering
and visual arts double major than an achievement. in creating your future. on that day with great fondness iting a student’s ability to try could maintain these relation-
with a History minor? The con- All the time and energy that Since arriving at Bowdoin, the but also frustration: I question new things and learn from un- ships. I think improvements
versations tend to go in circles goes into choosing your major time to declare my major has al- if we should cut the football expected experiences, I think to upperclass housing is an
and never end with a definitive (and minor) deserves to be more ways seemed to be in the distant team. varsity sports short change the excellent start. The new apart-
answer. Luckily, despite the un- celebrated and recognized. I future, a worry for another day. Past investment has not liberal arts experience. ments on Harpswell and Park
ending confusion, my friends don’t think the process needs to After going through the process, produced results. A multimil- At the same time, I recog- Row will bring more students
and I have officially decided and become more complicated, but I I wish I had been more optimis- lion-dollar new field translat- nize the value that these sports of all backgrounds back on
declared our majors. Some of think there needs to be a change tic and anticipative of making my ed to a 1-8 record. Head Coach bring to the individual and campus, just as Ladd House
us went to the events put on by in outlook, from both students choice. Declaring your major, ei- J.B. Wells was just fired ahead the potential they have for the has already done. The seniors
departments, while others made and faculty. ther prospectively or officially, is of his contract but paid in full. community. I myself am a com- in Ladd hosted the football
appointments with trusted fac- Making the act of declaring one of the biggest decisions you The team’s expiring budget petitive person. In high school, team’s afterparty, as well as
ulty. Yet, no matter how you de- your major a more positive ex- make during your time at Bow- is reportedly over $700,000, I relished the opportunity to “Squashmas,” the Squash
clare, or what major you choose, perience could take many differ- doin. It defines the way you look equivalent to the entire Stu- challenge my peers to a purely teams’ annual winter formal,
the consensus always seems to ent forms. It could look like an at the world, the job fields for dent Activities Funding Com- physical contest. Soccer pro- and both were open to the
be the same: de- event for all sophomores after which you are qualified and how mittee, which funds more than vided a chance to engage with entire community by virtue of
claring your major they have declared, a dinner you question the truth. 100 student groups. Surely, my body after mentally drain- being on campus.
is over-hyped and with your new advisor or even This fall, when I realized I there are more efficient ways ing days, and I enjoyed pushing These developments indicate
underwhelming. an upperclassman mentor with- wanted to be an anthropolo- to spend this money. past limits on the field to then hope for bridging divides on
At Bowdoin, the in the department. These simple gy major, I felt more secure at The mission statement find new feats in the classroom. campus. At the risk of extend-
process of “official- gestures would make students Bowdoin. I felt driven and in- of the Athletic Department My greatest concern with ing an olive branch to privileged
ly” declaring your feel more welcomed into spired to explore what reads, “Contests provide an athletics is how it divides our people who may have little re-
major takes about their department academics really have opportunity for the entire community, and I don’t know gard for my well-being, I think
five minutes. and would to offer here. De- community to come together. how to fix this problem. In- students should work together
Last week, after help claring your major As such, student athletes are creased recruiting from di- to include athletes on campus,
can help you find expected to be positive rep- verse communities would be especially in leadership roles.
a purpose in the resentatives of the school.” great, but it can only be so On Bowdoin Student Govern-
classes you choose, This is a beautiful ideal, but effective. To compete at the ment, for example, which serves
the events you at- it has been mostly untrue in NESCAC level requires vast to represent the student body to
tend or the questions my personal experience. The resources, which most fam- the administration, the number
you ask. It’s an ex- community is no more likely ilies of color do not have. It’s of student athletes is in the sin-
KO citing journey that to come together for a foot- a national problem to contend gle digits. We have more than
GA channels your past ball game than it is for an with, one that will take years 30 members on General Assem-
A experiences and fu- off-campus party, and student to improve considerably. I bly. In order to fulfill our own
ture passions—which athletes have largely negative speculate that in the mean- mission statement, perhaps we
can’t be quantified by reputations on campus. There time, we should cut athletics ourselves could do a better job
a single moment. is work to be done in order to create more space for stu- of recruiting as well.
16 Friday, February 15, 2019

RISE: Untold Stories of Bowdoin
Student group fEMPOWER will perform stories that show-
case the diverse experiences and hardships of women in the
Bowdoin community. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased
at the Smith Union information desk. Sales benefit Sexual
Assault Support Service of Midcoast Maine and Through
These Doors. There will also be a performance at the same
time on Saturday.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7 p.m.

The Longfellows and Miscellania will join forces to give a
Valentine’s Day-themed a cappella performance.
I’M LOVIN’ IT: Adam Jackson ’21, Elle Brine ’20, Eva Dowd ’22, Rubin Jones ’22 and George Marin ’22 play Madonna impersonators eating
McDonalds in this play directed by Nathan Ashany ’21 and written by K Irving ’21. This was one of three one-act plays selected by the Masque &
Gown board to perform on February 9, and it took home the winning prize at the end of the night.


Bring Your Clothes to Brunch “Queer Aesthetics, Collective Voice and Thundersticks: Firearms and the Violent
Avant-Garb Magazine will organize a clothes swap for Cross Species Dialogues” Transformation of Native America
students to exchange unwanted clothes, shoes and Printmaking and installation artist Corinne Teed will discuss David J. Silverman, professor of history at George
accessories with one another. Smoothies and reality TV will her work showcasing the intersections between queer theory, Washington University, will discuss eastern Native American
be available for students’ entertainment. ecology, settler colonialism and critical animal studies. tribes’ first contact with armed European settlers and the
Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall. 11 a.m. Aresty Digital Media Lab, Edwards Art Center. 4:15 p.m. firearms race between competing tribes which ensued.
Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. 7:30 p.m.
Black History Month and Beyond:
Concert and Showcase

The Student Center for Multicultural Life, Africa Alliance,
African-American Society and Muslim Student Alliance will
sponsor a showcase of performance acts dedicated to Black
History Month.
Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill. 9 p.m. EVENT
Walker Art Building Anniversary
Student groups including the Longfellows, the Slam Poets DISCUSSION
and the Modern Dance Company will provide entertainment. Sanctuary: Resilience Redefined
The Bowdoin Art Society will organize a craft station to Author Emily Rapp Black will deliver a public reading from
celebrate the 125th anniversary of the opening of the Walker her book “Sanctuary,” which focuses on how the concept of

Art Building. resilience informs people’s lives.
Museum of Art. 4 p.m. Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall. 7 p.m.


“Green Book” How Consumerist Consensus Led Masculinities Summit Keynote
Eveningstar Cinema will screen the Oscar-nominated film America Astray and How to Recover Actor and comedian Chris Gethard will be interviewed by
“Green Book,” which captures the journey of black pianist Dr. Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and the Director of Religious and Spiritual Life Eduardo Pazos and
Don Shirley as he tours in the Deep South. Shirley develops former domestic policy director for Mitt Romney’s presiden- Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s
a unique relationship with his white bodyguard Tony Lip as tial campaign, will talk about the future of labor. The event is Studies Jay Sosa about the ways in which comedy and
he encounters racism throughout his journey. sponsored by the College Republicans. masculinity play into gender expectations and stereotypes.
Eveningstar Cinema. 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Main Lounge, Moulton Union. 7:30 p.m. David Saul Smith Union. 7:30 p.m.


Masculinities Knit and Crochet

Summit: Brock Clarke
BernsteinFest! for the Common Inaugural Lecture
Conference Good