Board of Trustees announces Jose Bowen as 11th president

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

On Wednesday, March 12, the Office of Communications sent an email to the

The next president of Goucher College Jose Bowen and his family. (Photo courtesy of Jose Bowen)

The next president of Goucher College Jose Bowen and his family. (Photo courtesy of Jose Bowen)

Goucher community announcing José Antonio Bowen as the college’s next president.
Bowen, who is currently the dean of Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, is from Cuban ancestry and was raised near Barcelona. His family moved to California when he was five years old and he lived there through college and graduate school. Though he originally wanted to attend a conservatory for college, Bowen ended up going to Stanford, where he earned a B. A. in chemistry after changing his major nine times. He went on to earn Masters degrees in music composition and humanities and a PhD in musicology and humanities, also from Stanford.
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GSG releases proposed constitution, requires 750 votes

Samantha Cooper
News Editor

The Student Government Association held a meeting on March 31 to discuss the

Billy Daly ‘16 speaking to the Goucher community about the proposed constitution (Photo: Chrisotpher Riley)

Billy Daly ‘16 speaking to the Goucher community about the proposed constitution (Photo: Chrisotpher Riley)

changes that will occur in the Goucher student government if the proposed constitution is ratified. The proposal, which requires 750 student signatures, will change the student government drastically.
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International Center in Julia Rogers dedicated to Dr. Wolfgang Thormann

Samantha Cooper
News Editor

The new Thormann International Center in Julia Rogers was dedicated on April 5 in honor of Dr. Wolfgang Thormann. Thormann was the chair of the Modern Languages Department at Goucher from 1969-1989. Today, the department is called the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures. While working, he opened  the original Thormann International and Technology Center in Froelicher Hall, and the  building was dedicated to him. His dream was to have Froelicher Hall made into a language dorm. Though Froelicher was not turned into a language dorm, it still houses the original Thormann International Center.
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SGA committee rewrites constitution, prepares for student vote

Jessica Gude
Staff Writer

In the last few days of January term, the Student Government Association (SGA) Constitutional Committee met to rewrite the SGA constitution. The group of 13 students was formed last fall after members of the student assembly expressed problems with the constitution. The committee gathered feedback and made major changes to the constitution. The structure of the senate, the class council, election procedures, and the name of the student government have undergone a near-complete transformation. The new form of student government is called Goucher Student Government (GSG).
Complaints about the old constitution and the old student government were wide ranging. Many students felt a lack of communication and connection to government processes. More specifically, students expressed a lack of transparency between students, student government officers, administration, and faculty. For example, Senate positions were only granted to clubs, leaving those students not involved without a voice.
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Rachel Laser speaks about Employment Non Discrimination Act

Max Adelstein
Contributor

Rachel Laser, the deputy director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) spoke at

Students posing with Rachel Laser after her speech to the community. (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

Students posing with Rachel Laser after her speech to the community. (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

Goucher on Feb. 19 about the National Employee Non-Discrimination act (ENDA). She discussed the new provisions currently under consideration for the ENDA and explained how the students can get involved in the pro-LGBT movement and make a meaningful contribution to the fight for the amendment of ENDA.
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