A Slice of Bowdoin College Life: The Annual Housing Lottery

Each spring, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors enter the lottery process to pick their ideal living situation for the following year. Roughly 90 percent of students live on campus, and the options for residential housing are fairly broad.

Groups of twos, threes, fours, fives — and sometimes more (a couple of groups might try to get adjacent suites, for instance) — each receive a lottery number. This indicates in what order they can choose their space. Some favorite locations are Stowe Hall (lots of sophomores, centrally located, big windows) and Coles Tower (as close to the experience of living in an apartment as you can get in the middle of campus, great views). Some students also opt for single rooms.

“The lottery process was carefully designed by students and administrators to allocate housing as fairly as possible,” according to Residential Life, which oversees the process. If students don’t get their top pick, they can regroup and try for a different location or friend configuration.

Students Answer ‘What Is Love?’ Query

Clip of photo by Sam Hoegle ’17

In one of the pieces hanging in a new student-curated art show in Smith Union, two middle-aged people lean over a cake and a diminutive white-haired woman, helping to blow out three numbered candles, 1-0-1.

In the accompanying text, photographer Samantha Hoegle ’17 explains that the man in the photo is her father, the woman her aunt, and the small woman her 101-year-old grandmother. “101 years of caring for others and 101 years of loving life,” she writes. “In my book, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The show “This Is Love” will be in the Blue Gallery through April 16, and is the inspiration of Sam Halpert ’20. Read the story in Bowdoin News.

Bowdoin News: Clam Farming and Green Crab Soup; Maine Muslims Describe Life After Trump

Bowdoin College hosted two speakers this week who are exploring ways that Mainers who earn their livelihoods from the sea might respond to a warming ocean and changing marine ecosystem. The Gulf of Maine is heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, and scientists foresee a time when historically lucrative fisheries—like lobstering and clamming—are gone, replaced with fish species unfamiliar to us. Read more about a future of clam farming and green crab soup.

The Muslim Student Association and Howell House on Tuesday night invited to campus a panel of Muslim immigrants who are working as educators, writers, activists, and politicians in Maine. The speakers shared their stories about starting their lives in the US and how President Trump administration’s rhetoric and actions have affected them and Muslim communities in the state. Read the story by Busra Eriz ’17.

For Suffrage Week, Prof. Martin Talks to Students About Women in Politics

Janet M. Martin

Janet M. Martin

Last week was Women’s Suffrage Week, and tomorrow voters will decide whether to elect the country’s first female president. In light of this, students organized a few events to note the important role of women in politics.

On Wednesday evening, the Women’s Resource Center and Bowdoin Women’s Association invited Professor of Government Janet Martin to Burnett House to speak about the role of women in politics, particularly as they relate to this year’s presidential election.

Joy Huang ’19, who helped organize the talk, said she wanted the week’s events to move beyond the spectacle surrounding the candidates and into the deeper issues of women in the political arena. Read the story.