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Bowdoin’s student faith groups came together last Sunday night, Nov. 24, for an inaugural Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Thanksgiving. All the established faith groups on campus were represented: the Muslim Student Association, Catholic Student Union, Bowdoin Hillel, Bowdoin Orthodox Association, Bowdoin Circle and the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship. Students offered prayers and musicians performed at the Bowdoin Chapel event.
While some retailers are kicking off Black Friday sales right in the middle of Thanksgiving dinner, others are sticking to the old fashioned hours of the holiday shopping frenzy to allow their employees to enjoy the holiday with their families and friends. View the list of big stores that won’t be getting in the way of you and your turkey.
Head Coach of ice hockey Terry Meagher became the sixth coach in Division III history to reach 500 career wins in Nov. 26′s game against the University of New England, when the Bowdoin College men’s team erupted for five goals in the third period to dispatch its opponent 9-3.
The winningest coach in Bowdoin Athletics history, Meagher is the 22nd collegiate coach, across all divisions, to reach the 500-win plateau. In NCAA hockey history, he is just the 12th coach to win all of his 500 games at a single institution. With a winning percentage of .675 in his career over 31 seasons, Meagher’s teams have qualified for the postseason 30 times, winning a pair of ECAC Championships, the 2013 NESCAC title and have made five NCAA Tournament appearances.
Due to the changing distribution of domestic air service among large U.S. airports, some cities have seen an increase in ticket prices, while others have seen a drop. However, overall between the first quarter of 2005 and the first quarter of 2013, prices have risen 6.5% on average, after inflation, at the top 100 airports in the continental U.S. View a list of the specific fare changes at each of the 100 largest airports.
Inviting people to learn with their eyes is a big part of Accra Shepp’s mission. A photographer, educator, social documentarian, and soon-to-be Visiting Artist In Residence at Bowdoin, Shepp records the natural and social phenomena that surround him, bringing those subjects into focus for others.
“One of the responsibilities that you have when you’re an artist is to see the world ‘officially,’” Shepp said during his Nov. 19 lecture in the Digital Media Lab of the Edwards Center, sponsored by the Visual Arts Department. Shepp, a professor at Pratt Institute, will teach all of Bowdoin’s photography classes (two per semester) during Spring and Fall 2014, as a visiting replacement for Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster, who will be on leave during that time while working on a Guggenheim-funded photography project.
From the earliest known origins in ancient Egypt to the point in time when men began wearing wedding bands, the history of wedding rings is presented in this infographic from Visual.ly.
BBC Radio 4 recently came to Brunswick to visit the Harriet Beecher Stowe house and interview Tess Chakkalakal, associate professor of Africana Studies and English, about the lasting impacts of Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Chakkalakal’s comments were featured as part of the radio program “The Legacy of Uncle Tom,” which aired on Nov. 25.
“One thing that Stowe wasn’t, was ambivalent about slavery,” Chakkalakal said. “She knew it was wrong; and really the reason for the novel … was to speak out against the fugitive slave law” — that is, the law that prohibited northerners from harboring escaped slaves. Stowe herself harbored a runaway slave in her Brunswick home.
“When Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin in 1852, it immediately caused a stir and created a groundswell of anti-slavery feeling,” reads the BBC’s description. The program “traces the reactions to this work from the Abolition Movement, through the Civil Rights Movement to the Rodney King beating in 1991 and the murder of Trayvon Martin last year.”
Chakkalakal and Professor of English Peter Coviello will be co-teaching a Spring 2014 course called “Uncle Tom and Its Afterlives” as part of the College’s new Civil War course cluster, funded by a grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation.
A few years ago Simon Gratz was one of the most violent and academically underachieving high schools in Philadelphia. However since its takeover by Mastery Charter Schools, a private non-profit charter school network, the school and community have experienced some significant changes. In just two years, Gratz’s state math and reading test scores are up 12 and 9 percent respectively and incidents of violence are down 84 percent. GED classes have been set up for the community in the school, as well as free legal clinics and tax prep help for parents. However despite the success of Simon Gratz, many argue the charter system is not a sustainable solution to America’s failing public school system.
That formidable 10-minute presentation you have to make is going to require a serious arsenal of strategies to keep them interested. Thankfully, Yesgraph cofounder Ivan Kirigen has seven ways to make them care — “a mixture of knowing your audience, giving them just the right information, and not-boring visuals.” Check out his insight in great detail here.
Lonnie Hackett ’14 lives by the motto, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”
This philosophy has driven Hackett to do something extraordinary, particularly for a busy college student. In his junior year, Hackett founded Healthy Kids/Brighter Future, a charity dedicated to improving the health of children in Zambia. The organization has already helped thousands of children.
Hackett recently gave a talk to Bowdoin students about how he “turned a funded internship grant [of $5,000] into a nonprofit,” as Associate Director of Career Planning Dighton Spooner puts it. Bowdoin Career Planning offers many summertime grants to help students pursue otherwise unpaid internships or work experiences in the U.S. and around the world.
Hackett, a biochemistry major and National Truman Scholar, first traveled to Lusaka, Zambia, in the summer of 2011 with a Forest Foundation Fellowship. Soon after arriving in the African country, he encountered levels of illness and suffering that were shocking to him, he said. Read more of Erica Hummel ’16′s story about Hackett’s nonprofit.