Parents and Families
Parents and family members were likely offering their 18-year-olds plenty of last-minute advice yesterday as they helped the students move into dorm rooms and prepare for their first year of college. At the same time, family members were not spared nuggets of wisdom offered by people very familiar with the Bowdoin experience.
Relatives of incoming students gathered in Kanbar Auditorium/Studzinski Recital Hall for two different sessions to listen to members of Bowdoin’s administration speak about what incoming students might experience in the coming four years. These experts (many of whom have sent their own kids off to college) also offered a bit of advice to parents.
Although move-in day for first-year students went smoothly for the most part, at least one suitcase switcheroo did occur. One student had mistakenly picked up the wrong suitcase and now another student was missing her luggage. Word quickly spread among proctors in all eight first-year bricks to keep an eye out for the misplaced case.
“We have eyes and ears open in all the dorms,” a proctor reassured the mother of the suitcase-less student. ”Someone will realize in the next few days it is not theirs.”
The chances of this occurring are one in 2 million, according to WCSH Portland. The blue color arises from a genetic defect that leads to excessive production of a particular protein, the Boston Globe reports.
The girl named the lobster Skyler and donated it to the Maine State Aquarium, which has three other blue lobsters and an orange one. Other rare lobsters colors are bright red, yellow, a marbled calico, and a crystal hue (which marks the rarest of lobsters, an albino).
Anyone who’s ever gotten in a heated argument over the course of past events knows that memory is subjective and sometimes unreliable. You might confuse your flight number and departure time. Or you might be influenced by a leading question. Why? Because we reconstruct memories each time we revisit the event, which allows an opportunity for errors to sneak in depending on the context. One of these contexts is, apparently, sleep deprivation: students who had pulled all-nighters were more likely than their well-rested counterparts to remember misinformation presented 45 minutes after looking at a photograph. Read more from Scientific American.
Bowdoin’s Janet Gannon joins a panel of marine experts on public radio August 26 to speak about sea life in Maine and the shifting ocean ecosystem. Airing at noon to 1 p.m., the “Maine Calling” show was organized by Charlotte Rutty ’16, who interned with MPBN this summer. “The show will be about what cool creatures these ocean lovers spot out on the water, as well as how this may be changing,” Rutty said.
Gannon will discuss these issues on air with Adam Baukus, a researcher from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, and with Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne. Listeners are invited to call in with questions and their own observations. In addition to teaching marine biology at Bowdoin and providing logistical, scientific and GIS support every summer at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, Gannon is an avid sailor who writes about her ocean explorations on her blog, An Ocean Lover in Maine.
Gear up for the show with this mini-documentary about a Bowdoin student’s investigation of green crabs in Harspwell Sound - and learn more about what’s been going on at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center this summer.
Laundry will always be one of those things that we wish Mom and Dad would still do for us. Still, we get used to it in college, and learn to do it only when we run out of underwear. But what about the other items – window screens, cars, dogs, and even the washing machine itself – that also need consistent cleaning? How are you supposed to know when it’s time to clean all that? Go take a look at this crash course from CNN – and don’t forget to wash your face.
You may have heard of the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, a tradition that started in the 1400s as a way to get the bulls from their corral to the ring – but has become “a way of having a party, but kind of a deadly party.” This is only one of many strange celebrations from around the world: learn about the World Bodypainting Festival, the Yorkshire Pudding Boat Races, and other “unbelievable local traditions” from John Green, vlogger and author of The Fault in Our Stars.
The urge that kicks in around age 5 – to be “first to put shoes on, first to get into the bath, first to get upstairs to brush teeth” – is perfectly natural. So why does the idea of competition make some parents nervous? While being first usually has positive rewards, both socially and physiologically, being last can be devastating. Not to mention that the part of the brain responsible for helping us cope with losing is late to develop. Here’s how to make sure kids are competing first and foremost against themselves.