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Joanie Wins Age Division at 2014 Boston Marathon (Bangor Daily News)

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:55

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The 118th running of the Boston Marathon was an emotional exercise on multiple fronts, as stories of strength and survival intertwined with those of sorrow and tribute.

Calling it “the race of a lifetime” for some, Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 said the day was full of promise. The Olympian would go on to win the women’s ages 55-59 division with a time of 2:52:11. Her son,  Anders Samuelson ’12, another among many runners with ties to Bowdoin, placed 13th among all Maine runners in 2:50:01.

Joanie, as she’s known the world over, was a senior at the College when, wearing a Bowdoin singlet and a Red Sox cap, she crossed the finish line, winning the 1979 Boston Marathon, in what was then a women’s course record. In 1983, she won again, with a time of 2:22:43, shaving 2:47 off the world record. The Bangor Daily News writes of how it was an emotional day for Mainers at the Marathon.

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Bowdoin Eco-Reps Mark Earth Day

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:55

IMG_7126In honor of Earth Day today, Bowdoin’s student Eco-Reps slung capes on the College’s iconic statues and put up signs across campus explaining the steps Bowdoin has taken to be green.

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Bowdoin Women in Business Discuss Female Leadership

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:54


Bowdoin Women in Business, a student organization led by Phoebe Happ ’14 and Tasha Yektayi ’15, recently invited five successful women to campus to participate in a panel on female leadership and provide insights into the business world.

The panelists included professionals at different points in their careers. It included a 2013 Bowdoin graduate and a high-ranking official who worked in President Obama’s cabinet. The panelists were Karen Mills, former administrator of the Small Business Administration; Paula Volent, Bowdoin’s senior vice president for investments; Trisha Bauman ’84, CEO and founder of TJBauman; Lucy Orloski ’06, marketing director of Localytics; and Dani Chediak ’13, human resources coordinator at Isaacson, Miller and former Bowdoin Student Government president. Read the full story by Amanda Spiller ’17.

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Hari Kondabolu ’04 on ‘Late Show’ and ‘Fresh Air’

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 13:53

As he tours in support of his debut album, Waiting for 2042, comic Hari Kondabolu ’04 has been garnering nation-wide attention. He performed a set last month on the Late Show with David Letterman, and he was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, which aired on Monday, April 21, and can be heard at

Waiting for 2042 came out on the Kill Rock Stars label in March and is available on CD and at iTunes.

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Staley ’79 to Chair Search for Bowdoin’s Next President

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:54
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Jes Staley ’79


James E. “Jes” Staley ’79  of New York City will chair the search for the 15th president of Bowdoin College. Bowdoin Board of Trustees Chair Deborah Jensen Barker — who selected Staley in consultation with other trustees — announced the appointment today, a week after Barry Mills announced he will step down from the post in June 2015 at the conclusion of the 2014-15 academic year. Read the entire announcement and a message from Debbie Barker.

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Joanie on the 2014 Boston Marathon (Bloomberg)

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:54
Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon.

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 at the 2011 Boston Marathon. Photo by Brian Wedge ’97.


Marathon matriarch Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is among the approximately 36,000 runners taking part in the 118th running of the Boston Marathon.

“It’s a beautiful day full of promise,” says the two-time Boston Marathon winner, known around the world as Joanie.

“The survivors continue to provide great inspiration. Boston seems stronger than ever, and very vibrant and alive with runners ready to run the race of a lifetime.” More on the race here.


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Bowdoin’s Celis Bids Farewell to Gabriel García Márquez

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:52

celisAssociate Professor of Romance Languages Nadia Celis wrote a tribute to Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez after his death at age 87 on April 17, 2014. Read the full piece here.

“I owe García Márquez nothing less than an approach to life: an understanding of society through the lenses of fiction, the very basis of both my teaching and research,” writes Celis.

“The fascination I experienced when I first read his work, as a girl immersed in the culture he was giving voice to, has only grown while I have studied and taught his novels and the history fueling his endless imagination. As a Colombian, I owe him for having transformed our challenges as a nation into masterpieces, both eliciting admiration and conveying lessons of universal appeal. As a Latin American, I commend his pursuit of continental solidarity, and his assertion of our sovereignty as people and countries with the right to define our own destinies in spite of the pressures of global powers…I learned from this intellectual father that our larger mistakes as humanity have resulted not as much from the clash of different perspectives but from the compulsiveness of those guided by a single ideal of progress.”

With Associate Professor of Romance Languages Enrique Yepes, Celis will facilitate a talk and open mic reading in commemoration of García Márquez this Wednesday, April 23, in Burnett. The 6:30 p.m. event is organized by Emily Talbot ’16 and Burnett House.

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Longfellow Reminds Us Why We Have Patriot’s Day (Lowell Sun)

Mon, 04/21/2014 - 13:51
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the Class of 1825

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the Class of 1825

Perhaps as much as, or more than, any history textbook, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow provided an abiding history lesson in his 14 musical stanzas describing the dawn of the Revolutionary War. “Listen, my children, and you shall hear, Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere, On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive, Who remembers that famous day and year…”

“Much of what we remember about the events of the day comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem, The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,” writes Bob Reed for The Lowell Sun. ”And though the poet had it wrong in several particulars, the poem captures the moment, the daring of the people, the apprehension and danger, in the episode.”

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Saturday Scoreboard

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:32

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Women’s Track and Field — The Bowdoin College women’s outdoor track & field team placed second in the closest-ever finish at the annual Aloha Relays hosted at Magee-Samuelson Track this weekend.

Men’s Track and Field — The Bowdoin College men’s track and field team placed second at the Maine State Outdoor Track & Field Championship Saturday hosted by Colby College.

Men’s Tennis — The Bowdoin College men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to Middlebury in a battle of nationally-ranked teams Saturday in Vermont.

Baseball — The Bowdoin and Williams baseball teams split a doubleheader at Pickard Field on Saturday with the Polar Bears taking game one, 4-2, and the Ephs winning game two in 10 innings, 7-6.

Men’s Lacrosse — Harrison Cotter scored seven goals as the 15th-ranked Endicott men’s lacrosse team defeated Bowdoin 18-10 on Saturday.

Women’s Tennis — In a battle of top-ten teams, seventh-ranked Bowdoin edged tenth-ranked Middlebury 5-4 Saturday afternoon.

Softball — The Bowdoin softball team put together a pair of 5-1 wins to sweep a Saturday doubleheader against Brandeis University.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication.

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More Leisure, More Stress? (Fortune)

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:15

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Following WWII, many predicted that productivity and technology gains would reduce American’s work weeks to 24 hours, or less. That, clearly, did not happen. Yet, despite the popular perception that Americans have no leisure time, Americans today do work fewer hours than they did in the 1970s, with an average work week of 34.2 hours. However, these statistics may mask what’s really happening. The underemployed are working abbreviated hours, but they’re not probably particularly happy about it. Also, income gains haven’t kept up with living costs, making it harder to enjoy leisure if you’re struggling to get by. Smartphones and iPads don’t help, fragmenting our down time into bits and pieces that don’t feel refreshing. (Plus, those workaholic types who claim they work 75 hours a week? A labor study has found their perception may be skewed and that their estimates are generally off by about 25 hours a week.) Read more about the realities of the U.S. economy compared to 1970s predictions.

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Bowdoin Students of Japanese Win Top Honors

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:15

students of japaneseBowdoin Japanese language students  Justin Ehringhaus ’16, Alexandra Mathieu ’15 and Tianchen Zhou ’14 all placed in a recent Japanese language contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. The 4th Annual Japanese Language Contest took place in Brookline, Mass. Zhou won first place and Mathieu came in second for the advanced essay division. Ehringhaus placed second in the advanced speech division.

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Creating the Perfect Team (Inc.)

Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:14

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Businesses love throwing the word “synergy” around, but how is it actually achieved? According to Inc., it requires a team of individuals who demonstrate four distinct areas of thinking (conceptual, social, analytical, and structural) and three types of behavior (expressiveness, assertiveness, and flexibility). Learn more about how to create a successful team.

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Zebra Stripes: Explained (Discover)

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:50




A zebra can’t change its stripes — and why would it want to? Its coat is more than just fashionable: researchers at UC Davis have discovered that those black and white striations may prevent bites from flies carrying fatal diseases. Learn why flies are averse to a zebra’s stripes in Discover.

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Friday Scoreboard

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:49

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Softball – The Husson University softball team swept Bowdoin in a pair of one-run decisions Friday afternoon.

Baseball - The Bowdoin College baseball team hung with sixth-ranked Southern Maine before giving up a pair of late runs in a 5-3 setback on Friday afternoon.

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The Mysteries of Medicare (The Atlantic)

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:49

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Recently, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data detailing how much money is reimbursed to doctors. The Medicare deputy administrator wrote that he hoped this action would increase transparency and “shed light on Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse” – but many people are confused about what the numbers actually signify. The Atlantic comments on what it all means and what still needs to be explained.

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Annual Relay for Life Raises $30K for Cancer

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 12:49

Relay4Life-007About 300 people volunteered to walk the Farley Field House track during the April 5 all-night Relay for Life. The annual event, which is coordinated by students, takes place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Laurel Varnell ’14, a co-leader with Ursula Munger ’15, said that at last count participants had raised about $30,000, and she expected more donations to come in over the next few weeks. The top fundraising team was Angels for Hope, which raised $2,456, and Munger, who raised $1,220. The money is given to the American Cancer Society. See more photos here.

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Deke Weaver ’85 Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:21


Deke Weaver ’85, a performance and multi-media artist who teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Weaver’s lifelong project, The Unreliable Bestiary, is presenting a performance for every letter of the alphabet, with each letter represented by an endangered animal. Read more about Deke Weaver and his work.

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The Origin of a Poison

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:20

Alison Frank JohnsonWhen it was first manufactured in Germany in the 19th century, cocaine had a different reputation from the one it carries today. Derived from South American coca leaves and called a “wonder drug” by Freud, it was used as an anesthetic that enabled delicate operations such as eye surgeries.

Cocaine’s subsequent slide into infamy was a global process that illustrates the complicated historical relationship between the German and Austrian Empires, according to Harvard history professor Alison Frank Johnson. Johnson presented a lecture at Bowdoin as part of this year’s “Germany In Europe” Campus Week, an annual initiative sponsored by the German Embassy and the Bowdoin College German Department with additional funding from the History Department.

“Johnson’s work on Austrian identity and the Austrian Empire provides insight into topics that tend to get lost in Europe’s history,” said Associate Professor of German Birgit Tautz, who introduced the talk. This historical perspective is relevant today, Tautz said, in understanding Germany’s current role as a bridge between Western and Eastern Europe.

Read more about Johnson’s talk.

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A Changing America (Atlantic)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:20


When you’re a nation of more than 300 million citizens, change doesn’t happen smoothly — or at the same rate among all age, race or ethnic groups. Nevertheless, change is the only constant and The Atlantic provides a quick preview of Pew Research’s new report, The Next Americaproviding a breakdown of many shifts occurring in our ever-changing nation.

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Harpswell Foundation Connects Students from Cambodia with Bowdoin (Bowdoin Orient)

Fri, 04/18/2014 - 13:19

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Cambodian exchange students Sivgech Chheng and Chandy Eng have both made Bowdoin their home for a year, thanks to the Harpswell Foundation in Cambodia.

The foundation provides motivated, intelligent Cambodian women free housing and scholarships to attend college in Phnom Penh. Bowdoin’s partnership with the Harpswell Foundation allows a pair of women to study at Bowdoin for one year. Chheng and Eng are the third pair to come. 

The two both completed their undergraduate studies at law school in Cambodia. In the future, Chheng wants to attract investment to Cambodia, focusing on rural community development. Eng intends to apply to graduate school to study either human rights or gender and women’s studies.

The Bowdoin Orient‘s Katie Foley profiled Chheng and Eng, as well as Juliet Eyraud ’16, who was last year’s summer leadership resident in Cambodia.

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