At the end of each summer’s Bear Cruise, each division takes part in the longstanding tradition of painting a mural to reflect their experience. Through art, each of the four deck and engine divisions tell the story of their voyage, and then each cadet signs the borders. The majority of deck side murals decorate the foc’sle while the engineering art can be found outside the EOS and in ‘shaft alley.’
This is about to change, as word among the alumni circles is that the administration is planning to retroactively censor any cruise mural that features a scantily clad woman. While this may seem like a reasonable move by the campus administration in light the issues faced by Kings Point cadets in the industry (especially this year, as a number of KP’ers were moved aboard the Bear after being pulled from their ‘Sea Year’), some have found it to be a ham-handed attempt to mandate sensitivity. Each cruise mural is approved by the ship’s officers while in the planning stages and none feature nudity. Female cadets often participate in the creation of such murals (see attached - a typical mural) and erasing their story and contribution will not fix sexual harassment in the merchant marine, but only damage relations with alumni and the artifacts they left.
What says you, mariner?