Parents and Families
“Does the pay make up for the cramped subway ride to work?” you ask yourself everyday. Ask no more: the Office for National Statistics in Great Britain has created a comprehensive survey on the effects of commuting on personal well-being, looking specifically at commute time and mode of transportation.
Data shows that commuters who ride a bus, coach or private bus for more than 30 minutes will have the most negative effects including “lower life satisfaction, a lower sense that daily activities are worthwhile, lower happiness levels and higher anxiety.” See the charted effects of commuting on life satisfaction and other measures of personal well-being here.
Though for many the relentless snowfall and freezing temperatures have us longing for warmer days, there are some entrepreneurs who are cashing in on Mother Nature’s cold storms. David Wood, a resident of upstate N.Y, is president of Sears Ecological Applications, which makes de-icing liquid spread by snowplows. He began his company back in 1997, by using leftovers from rum distilleries as the main ingredient for his de-icing liquid. He expects his sales to be up 100 percent this year. Read more about “The Economics of a Bad Winter.”
It was 3:30 on a Friday afternoon and most students at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School had gone home for the weekend. But a handful remained, and they were still raring to answer questions.
“Does anyone remember how to say, ‘listen’?” the teacher, Justin Ehringhaus ’16, asked.
A little boy replied, “tak kudasai!” — close, but not quite right.
“And does anyone remember how to say, ‘please be quiet?’” Ehringhaus continued.
One little girl tipped her head sideways. “It’s something with an s, a, umm…I can’t remember.” The answer turned out to be shizuka ni shite kudasai.
The second-, third- and fourth-graders , about 10 in all, are part of a new Japanese language program at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School in Brunswick. The weekly class is taught by two Bowdoin students, Ehringhaus and Rob Hughes ’14, who both speak Japanese and are majoring in Asian studies. Read the full story.
The polarization of the parties and their growing isolation from the American public has many growing wary about the efficacy of our two-party system.
Shanna Pearson-Merkowitz, an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island, argues that there is discontent because the public’s view on various issues doesn’t line up with the coalition’s policy positions or the positions of the parties’ leaders. She contests that each party moderating is not a solution and would only result in more Republicans complaining the party was too liberal, and more Democrats complaining the party was too conservative. She instead calls for a complete fundamental shift of our congressional system and the way legislative seats are allocation.
Read more about why she says Congress isn’t representing the views of the people and how it might be remedied.
Diners are a staple of the American lifestyle, a destination for cheap comfort food and, sometimes, quirky service. Though many have gone under throughout the years, there are still some good options out there. Food & Wine has compiled a list of the 23 best diners across America — including three here in Vacationland.
“sochi.ru 2014″ is an exception to all past Olympic logos: it has a futuristic font, no drawn elements, and only lower case lettering.
What process did the Sochi Organizing Committee go through to decide on such a bold choice for a logo? Guo Chunning, the designer for the 2012 Beijing logo, feels the committee wanted to reflect the innovative, unique qualities of the Sochi Olympics in the design.
He says, as a designer himself, “How to integrate innovation with tradition is the eternal problem that logo designers face.” See sketches of the lettering’s evolution and read the design team’s inspirations in The New Yorker.
This week Bowdoin presents the World Cinema Film Festival, drawing upon contemporary films from across the globe and international cinema expertise from across the campus.
Organized by the Film Studies Program with collaboration from an array of other Bowdoin departments and programs, the seven-day festival showcases seven narrative and documentary films from China, Russia, Spain, Denmark, Cuba, and Italy (including one film set in Japan and another in the Central African Republic), all chosen by faculty members.
One film will screen each night of the week at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Feb. 17-23. Find out more about the 2014 World Cinema Film Festival at Bowdoin.