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The following is the perspective of one critically thinking Bowdoin student on the recently released report “What Bowdoin Teaches”. My belief is that the National Association of Scholars’ (NAS) study is a comment on ‘Cac culture at large, and that my analysis of it also functions, at times, as a defense of our way of life.
Pushing The Water Ahead
“‘Before they could graduate, they had to know how to swim,’ [Robert Sperry ’44] said. ‘Some of them were from Iowa and Nebraska, and Curtis Pool was the biggest puddle of water they’d ever seen.’
Sperry, a trained swimming instructor, was pressed into service and told he had to teach the men how to swim through water covered in burning oil, a skill the soldiers would need if their ship or plane were ever attacked. They poured oil into Curtis Pool and lit it on fire.
‘We were the guinea pigs,’ Sperry said. ‘We had several days to learn the technique. By doing a glorified breaststroke, we could swim through the oil quite well by pushing the water ahead of us, and that would open up a flame-free path through the water. It was scary, to put it mildly.’
‘We knew this might save their lives,’ he said. ‘But I was much more interested in teaching them to just stay afloat and not to panic than I was interested in jumping into flaming oil.’”
–‘Life Lessons’, Bowdoin Magazine, May 06, 2010
The NAS report “What Bowdoin Teaches” states that the Bowdoin curriculum’s “lack of attention to America and the West not only impairs critical thinking, it weakens sentimental and reasoned attachment to country.”
This past Wednesday, the National Association of Scholars released a 359-page report criticizing the academia, policies, and practices at Bowdoin College. The report was generously funded by Thomas Klingenstein, a Williams graduate.
Why, one might ask, would a wealthy suit expend money towards digging into Bowdoin’s curriculum and social dynamics? The story goes that Bowdoin President Barry Mills found himself playing a game of golf against Klingenstein. As Barry swung his iron, Klingenstein purportedly said, “I would never support Bowdoin—you are a ridiculous liberal school that brings all the wrong students to campus for all the wrong reasons.”
The only way we know this story is because it was retold in Mills’ convocation address in 2010. Klingenstein caught wind of the uncomplimentary portrait and herewith published an extensive correction piece in the “Claremont Review of Books” in which he denied all of Mills’ accusations.
Late February 2013. College Magazine has just named Bowdoin College one of the Top 10 Universities To Find A Wife. Worn down by the never-ending winter, and uncharacteristically prone to suggestibility, everyone at Bowdoin promptly finds a wife to move in with.
These are their stories:
Husband: Can you turn that down please?
Wife: It’s The History Channel…
Husband: Oh word, turn it up then.
Wife: So Wednesday we’ll do a Sundae bar…
Husband: For two of us?
Wife: Two Sundae bars.
Wife 1: I guess we have to go shovel the driveway
Wife 2: What.
Wife: Why did you booty call me last night?
Husband: I wanted to know if you picked up eggs…
Wife: You booty called me, WE ARE MARRIED.
Wife 1: Should we subscribe to something?
Wife 2: Like what?
Husband: *opens bathroom door* Oh my god…are you reading Ayn Rand?!
Wife: CAN YOU FUCKING KNOCK?
Wife 1: Did you put gas in the Prius?
Wife 2: It’s not technically a Prius
Wife 1: You bought me a knock-off Prius?!
Husband: What is this sheet doing here?
Wife: I’m using it as a dust cover for the elliptical
Husband: Ok…uh…ok…you might want to wash that first.
Wife: The neighbors asked if we could watch their Twitter feed while they’re on vacation
Husband: *blows air out nose* You can’t just let them use us like this!
Wife 1: Is that Special K?
Wife 2: No, it’s Special K with berries.
Wife 1: Oh, never mind then.
Wife: Do you think it’s weird that our parents still pay for our iPhones?
Husband: Can you roll over–you’re crushing my arm.
Husband: Soo where are we going to summer?
Wife: Oh my god, I didn’t even think of that.
It wasn’t boredom that was Loss’ mental hardship. He had up to 80 paperbacks and two kindles, and plowed through Moby Dick and a “number of trashy detective novels.” And he always had something to do on the boat, like fixing things or cooking. Plus, he added, “I can stand and watch the ocean for hours at a time.”
Rather, his psychological burdens came in the form of loneliness and self-doubt, at least initially. “There was a little bit of wondering if I was crazy,” he conceded, and he also admitted to feeling some fear during his first days at sea."
“I’m not anti-sports on college campuses. I’m all for them. I went to a NCAA Division Three school in New England and really enjoyed the basketball and hockey games. They do promote a “university culture,” and they’re fun. But the good thing about sports at Bowdoin College and NCAA D3 in general is that sports are held in check. They don’t dominate the life of the institution (at least, not yet). There were no (official) athletic scholarships, so the athletes really were students first, not essentially hired professionals forced to limit earnings to the price of a scholarship.
My college was academically oriented (as most are, thankfully), and yet it had absolutely zero trouble raising a massive endowment (one billion dollars). Neither have many other schools. Ivy League institutions like Harvard (30 billion), Princeton (17 billion), and Yale (17 billion) aren’t having much trouble in this front despite their focus on academics, not sports. Sure, those are Ivy League schools, but the same is true of countless lesser-known schools. The point: you don’t need big-time athletic programs to raise money for the school.”"