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By Brian Sobotko '16

November 14, 2013

Bowdoin students find traces of metal in food

The often-notorious realities of college dining struck Bowdoin College last week when students found small pieces of metal in brownies at a dining hall. When notified, the dining hall staff removed the remaining brownies from the dessert area and went around the dining hall to collect brownies from students’ plates.

Ken Cardone, the associate director and executive chef of Bowdoin’s dining services, told the Bowdoin Orient multiple factors caused the metal incident.

“It was a couple of things. It was using a little too much pressure [when cutting the brownies]—because [they’re in] an aluminum sheet pan—and using a serrated knife.”

According to the Orient, Nick Benson ’17 and Konstantine  Mushegian ’17 were at the dining hall and “ate several brownies.”

“I did find some tiny pieces—that looked like metal shards—on the outside of my brownie, but I just sort of picked them off and was like ‘Nah, there’s no way there are metal shavings on my brownie,’” said Benson.

It does not appear that students will hold a major grudge against the dining services for the incident.

Princeton Review ranked Bowdoin’s dining services the best in the nation in their 2013-2014 edition.

Chance The Rapper fuels controversy at Middlebury

Chance The Rapper, the Chicago-based hip hop artist performed at Middlebury last weekend and created a controversy that, according to the Middlebury Campus sparked “debate about race, misogyny and homophobia on campus.”

The controversy began after Chance’s Nov. 2 performance at the college that included uncensored lyrics from songs that many would find insensitive. Following the performance the school sponsored a forum called “Unpacking Chance The Rapper: Exploring the complexities around Community Standards, Artistic Expression and Academic Freedom.” Twenty-six students, the Dean of the College Shirley Collado and two faculty members spoke at the 90-minute meeting. Both students and administration, which according to the Campus, were well represented, seemed to find the talk successful.

“I was impressed with the terrific turn-out and appreciative of the honest and respectful conversation,” said Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities JJ Boggs in an email the morning after the forum. “The insights students shared will absolutely influence our future work in Student Activities. My sincere hope is that we will all continue these important discussions inside and outside the classroom and that they will help us create a community where students feel truly safe, supported and celebrated.”

Rachel Liddell ’15, Student Government Association president agreed and called for further discussion and action.

“I was impressed by the level of discourse at the forum,” said Liddell. “The ideas posited by students there were thought-provoking for me. I am proud to be a part of a community that values debate and critical analysis. I hope these discussions continue, grow, and translate into actions, not just on the level of policy, but also on the level of interpersonal relations on this campus.”

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