Campus News

Bowdoin Hosts Forum on Women and Sports

Story posted February 15, 1998


BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College will host a five-day symposium
next week to address myriad issues surrounding women and athletics.
The symposium, held Feb. 11-15, includes panel discussions featuring
former Bowdoin athletic greats; workshops on nutrition and fitness;
athletic events; and demonstrations. The following events are
open to the public free of charge.


A
panel discussion on Title IX will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 11,
at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center. The discussion
will feature panelists Beverly Ledbetter, vice president and general
counsel, Brown University, and Neena Chaudhry, public policy fellow
for the National Women's Law Center in Washington, D.C. The two
will discuss the legal issues surrounding Title IX and the case
brought against Brown in 1992 by women athletes there.

Susan
Tananbaum, associate professor of history, will moderate the discussion.
Joan Benoit Samuelson '79, winner of the 1984 Olympic gold medal
in the women's marathon, will provide opening remarks. A reception
will follow.

On
Thursday, Feb. 12, a brown bag lunch on "Health Issues For
Athletic Women" will be held in Main Lounge, Moulton Union,
at 12 noon. The discussion will be led by Dr. Ann Babbitt and
Dr. Margaret Schoeller '81, both members of the Greater Portland
Osteoporosis Network. The two will discuss bone health in young
athletic women and the interrelationship of osteoporosis, amenorrhea
and eating disorders.

Eileen
Ash, first U.S. alternate in the women's kayak for the 1992 Olympic
team, will give a lecture on her experiences on Thursday, Feb.
12, at 9 p.m. in the Women's Resource Center, 24 College St. Ash
will also give demonstrations on whitewater techniques throughout
the symposium.

The
Office of Residential Life will sponsor a 1.5 mile fun run/walk
on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 11 a.m. The run/walk winner will be that
person who most accurately predicts his or her finish time. No
watches will be allowed. The race begins and ends at Farley Field
House. Registration is $2. Proceeds from the race and an all-day
raffle will benefit the Women's Sports Foundation, a national
nonprofit educational organization providing opportunities for
girls in sports and fitness.


A second panel discussion will be held Sunday, Feb. 15, at 4 p.m.
in the Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, featuring three Bowdoin
alumnae discussing careers in athletics. The panelists are Christine
Evans '84, a member of the 1995 America3 all-women's America's
Cup yachting team; Lissa McGrath '83, an owner and founder of
Affinity Marketing, a Marblehead, Mass.-based sponsorship and
promotional company specializing in sports marketing and special
events; and Carrie Wickenden '95, who most recently served as
special assistant to the commissioner of Major League Soccer.


For those wanting to watch the Polar Bears compete that weekend,
the women's basketball team hosts Trinity Friday, Feb. 13, at
7 p.m. and Amherst on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 3 p.m. in Morrell
Gym. The women's ice hockey team hosts Williams Saturday, Feb.
14 at 1 p.m. and Amherst on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. in Dayton
Arena.

Other
events during the symposium include a staff development session
for Bowdoin coaches; an overnight camping trip for Bowdoin women
sponsored by the Bowdoin Outing Club; and sessions on lifelong
fitness training for Bowdoin students, faculty and staff. For
more information on the events, call symposium chair Helen Pelletier
at 725-3559.

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