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According to a recent Orient survey, the average starting salary for graduating seniors who have found employment was $42,339. This figure is slightly above the national average for recent graduates of $41,701, as reported by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. College graduates' difficulties finding employment were highlighted by an Associated Press report last week that said that about 1.5 million, or 53.6 percent, of bachelor's degree-holders under the age of 25 were jobless or underemployed last year. The survey was emailed to all seniors, 214 of whom replied. Of those, 84 percent are currently seeking or have successfully found paid post-graduate employment; the other 16 percent are pursuing other opportunities, such as graduate school. Of those entering the labor market, 57 percent have found employment, while 43 percent are still looking.
Although this year's Senior Week will feature many old traditions, the 2012 Class Council has replaced Racer-X with a performance by DJ Sex Ray Vision. Racer-X, which performed during the fall semester and last Thursday for Ivies, has customarily been a part of the Senior Week festivities. After perusing the E-Board's list of artists, the council seized the opportunity to offer something different and booked mash-up artist Sex Ray Vision. "Why do we need to see Racer-X twice in one month?" asked Matt Ramos '12, Class Council vice president.
State Representative Erin Herbig has received a protection from abuse order against her colleague and former boyfriend Rep. Alexander Cornell du Houx, who graduated from Bowdoin in 2008 and represents Brunswick. According to The Bangor Daily News, Herbig's court statement alleged that du Houx stalked her, secretly photographed her while she slept, and threatened to commit suicide after the couple broke up early this year.
Tristan Cabello, a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the College, resigned from his post this week due to personal reasons, according to Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd. Cabello's departure has disrupted the two Africana Studies courses he was teaching this semester. According to Judd, Professor Olufemi Vaughan will be taking over Cabello's Africana Studies 218 course, The African American Experience in Europe, while Professor of English David Collings will replace Cabello in Africana Studies 221, Race and Sexuality in Modern America.
An anonymous email was sent last week to the Student Activity Funding Committee (SAFC) alleging that the salaried directors of the Bowdoin Outing Club had mishandled club funds and disenfranchised student members. Whoever sent the letter has thus far guarded their anonymity, and the message's claims remain unsubstantiated. The email's authors did not respond when contacted by the Orient. The stated purpose of the email was to encourage the SAFC to conduct an investigation of the Outing Club, but the inconsistent logic of the message, its meandering composition, and the authors' refusal to provide evidence to corroborate their allegations have prevented the SAFC from conducting a formal investigation.
Results from the Orient's latest approval ratings survey indicate growing support among students for Bowdoin Student Government, and increasing dissatisfaction with the performance of the Career Planning Center. Compared to the November 2011 survey, approval of the CPC dropped 16 points, from 74 percent approval to 58 percent. "Saying that they care about fields besides finance and consulting doesn't make it true," one student wrote. "I got no significant help in my job search. [I was] just told over and over to use more action verbs in my resume and given the web page of links that their interns come up with."
A vomiting University of Southern Maine student shut down the C-Store, and Bates students and Bowdoin alumni caused Security some headaches, but for the most part, Bowdoin's biggest party weekend of the year ran smoothly, according to College officials. Director of Safety and Security Randy Nichols called the event "as a whole, a successful Ivies," noting that "the Brunswick police had virtually no interaction with any Bowdoin students." One Bowdoin student was transported from Coles Tower due to overconsumption of alcohol and energy drinks last Friday. According to Nichols, one transport is "fairly typical for a standard weekend, so we were pleased," given Ivies' potential for more
The 2011-2012 academic year had its fair share of controversy, including a forfeited NESCAC championship, debate over a weeklong Thanksgiving break, and protests against changes to chem-free housing. The scandals and triumphs are recounted here in a summary of the year's most noteworthy happenings.
On Tuesday, the Bowdoin Daily Sun posted an article lauding three Bowdoin students who secured internships at Goldman Sachs this summer. On Wednesday, the post was deleted from the site after drawing criticism for distastefully trumpeting the well-known fact that Bowdoin students often land prestigious internships, glorifying the financial industry, and neglecting to acknowledge two other students also interning at the bank.
When I look back on the four years I spent as a student at Bowdoin, I will remember them fondly. I arrived here as a seventeen-year-old student who had not been to school in America since fourth grade.
Division I collegiate sports are a major source of entertainment for many Americans, myself included. D-I football and basketball are leagues in their own right, with viewership comparable to the top professional leagues in the United States.
I forget which generation I belong to. I can google it at a moment's notice on one of my million devices and find out, so why bother remembering?
As New York Times columnist Paul Krugman pointed out in his April 29 op-ed "Wasting Our Minds," the unemployment rate among young Americans under 25 is low16.5 percentbut only when compared with places like Ireland or Spain, where those same figures soar as high as thirty and fifty percent, respectively.
Places like Little Dog Coffee Shop are filled with a certain kind of person. A young person who enjoys the outdoors, supports local businesses, and is devoted to using his or her experience in a poor region to do something more. These people want to save the world, and their enthusiasm can convince you that it is possible.
A few weeks ago, acclaimed film director James Cameron descended to the deepest known point in the ocean, making him only the third person in history to do so. In an interview after the record-breaking dive, Cameron reminded us that our oceans are truly the last frontier.
To the Editors: A recent anonymous email entitled "Outing Club Crisis" makes the accusation that the Bowdoin Outing Club's (BOC) program is "dictated" by its staff and is no longer accountable to student members. We write in enthusiastic support of the Outing Club's structure and current Director and Assistant Directors.
Charlie Cubeta '13 describes his fall semester on the IHP Cities in the 21st Century Program in one word: unpredictable. After exploring Detroit, Michigan, Sao Paolo and Curitiba, Brazil, and Cape Town, South Africa, Cubeta recalled one encounter he had while in Hanoi, Vietnam, the final city on his globetrotting journey:
All of us remember that scene in Annie Hall when Woody Allen asks a loving elderly couple how they keep their relationship fresh. "We use a large, vibrating egg," they respond loudly. To this, Dr. Kinsey would probably smile politely and take his cryptic notes.
Of all the amenities that the College became directly or indirectly responsible for when it elected to dismantle the fraternity system in 1997, the most precarious has to be the distribution of alcohol.
I keep telling myself, "walk backward, but speak forward." I'm just about to run into one of those damn poles when a kind parent on my tour alerts me.