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Exclusive New Officer Interview

Story posted April 20, 2010

BOC Blog Staff Writer: Quinn Cohane

With the conclusion of the 2009-10 academic year quickly approaching, the Bowdoin Outing Club looks ahead as it congratulates its new officers for the upcoming year.  The BOC will be headed by co-presidents Jonathan Coravos and Allison Chan, with Grace Hyndman and Elsie Thomson providing additional leadership in their respective roles as secretary and treasurer.  Read on to find out about the BOC’s new leadership, and what next year has in store for you!


What is your favorite Outing Club activity?
Jonathan:  Any kind of winter activity.  Camping in the snow, climbing Mt. Washington in the bitter cold, building Quincy huts, ice climbing, you name it.  I love the snow.
Allison:  BACKPACKING!! –any time of the year!  I also really enjoy road biking, especially in the fall.

Why should students join the Bowdoin Outing Club next year?
Grace:  It’s the greatest way to understand your surroundings and to just explore and have fun. You meet people you may otherwise never get to know, you can go on trips regardless of your experience level, and you prove to yourself all you are capable of.  
Allison: Being a part of the outing club is the best way to get to know Maine.  It is easy for students to forget that there is a world outside of the Bowdoin campus.  There is so much to see and do in Maine and New Hampshire that it would be a shame to never experience in your four years at Bowdoin.

What do you hope to accomplish as President?
Jonathan:  In the majority of cases, the only way Bowdoin students can immerse themselves in the BOC is by completing Leadership Training.  Whether that is a perceived requirement for involvement or a real barrier is not clear.  What I hope to do is reorganize some BOC structures to allow the membership (as opposed to only the leadership) to become more involved with the BOC.  This restructuring includes reworking trip schedules so that we offer more beginner courses like the Beginner Winter Camping that Paul Landsberg and Ben Roberts-Pierel ran this winter.  I imagine similar programs each season.  The flip side of this goal is to build a leadership that is more invested in the direction of the BOC.  Besides my personal goals, however, I hope to be an open ear for concerns or ideas from the membership.  Share your thoughts with me!

If you could travel to one place in the world, where would you go and why?
Grace:  Micronesia. Just Google it.
Jonathan:  The Karakorum mountain range in Pakistan, because Mark Richey says it’s the best alpine climbing in the world.