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‘Clean Ingredients’ Is the New ‘Low Fat’ (Fortune)

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 13:41

VegetablesNutrition can be confusing, since often we can’t see an immediate positive or negative effect from what we consume. To complicate matters further, health trends keep changing (for example, new research shows that fats like butter and cheese might not be as evil as we thought). Panera is the latest in a series of restaurants to introduce and promote a “clean ingredients” policy, a more recent trend in healthy eating.

What does “clean ingredients” mean? No artificial sweeteners, flavoring, and preservatives — in Panera’s case, you should actually be able to read and pronounce the names of all ingredients in the restaurant’s products by 2016. This signals a change in what people value in their diets: instead of flocking to “low calorie” and “low fat” claims, Millenials and Generation-X-ers especially love to hear that their food is all-natural. Read more about the implications of this change from Fortune.


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Cynthia McFadden ’78 Interview with Hillary Clinton Tonight

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:38

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NBC News senior legal investigative correspondent Cynthia McFadden ’78 sat down with former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for an interview that is to air tonight on The NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.

The interview is part of a media blitz Clinton is undertaking in support of her latest book, Hard Choices, which hits store shelves today.  Some have said the book tour serves as a dry run for a 2016 presidential campaign.

McFadden reportedly will interview Clinton about her new book, focusing on her accomplishments, future plans and her record as a world diplomat.

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Novel by Bowdoin’s Faverón Patriau Lauded by New York Times

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:36



A “delightfully macabre” neo-gothic psychological thriller, Gustavo Faverón Patriau’s debut novel, The Antiquarian, “has hundreds of intricate pieces” and is “intelligently conceived and well executed,” according to a New York Times book review. “Once you finish reading, you may feel compelled to take it apart, figure out how it works and begin again.”

A Peruvian writer and scholar, Faverón Patriau is Associate Professor of Romance Languages and director of Bowdoin’s Latin American Studies Program. His novel, first published in Spanish in 2011 and released in English just last week, has been praised by none other than the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa.

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George Mitchell ’54 Becomes Senior Advisor for Teneo (Fortune)

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:35

Sen. George Mitchell ’54


Global consulting firm Teneo recently hired two “political powerhouses” to advise clients. Former  Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell ’54 and former U.K. government minister Mervyn Davies will serve as two of the company’s dozen senior advisors, advising on politically relevant issues such as international policy concerns. According to Fortune, this recent hire represents a larger trend of increasing overlap between business and government.

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Google Just Got Even Better (Huffington Post)

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 13:34

Google256You don’t know what you’ve been missing. The Huffington Post has compiled 14 Google search tricks that turn the site into a dictionary, currency converter, jokester and more. Did you know that you can perform Google searches specifically for phrases in the title of an article, for articles within a specific site, or for particular words missing from phrases, just to name a few? Google can even set a beeping timer so that you don’t watch crazy cat videos for too long — as long as you remember to set the timer for yourself in the first place.

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Why Bowdoin Professors Love What They Do

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:15

What’s the best part about teaching at Bowdoin? Just ask these twelve professors of government, film studies, Africana studies, biology, art history, Romance languages, Asian studies, chemistry, biochemistry, and history. (And preferably, ask them while they’re decked out in academic regalia for Bowdoin College Commencement 2014.)

Why Bowdoin Professors Love What They Do from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

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Artist Nicole Fossi ’13 on Display at DC Area Gallery

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:15

FossiNicole Fossi ’13 grew up in New Orleans and Washington, D.C., so it’s no wonder her artwork was influenced by her transition from city life to small-town Maine when she came to Bowdoin. Themes of human and environment, biology, and patterns all appear in her intriguing paintings; Fossi also crafts illustrations and metal jewelry. Fossi’s new exhibition “Point of Divergence” was on display at the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery June 7-8, in Maryland’s Glen Echo Park.

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Fidelity President Abby Johnson Opens Up to Entrepreneurs (Fortune)

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:02

One dollar origami money butterflyFidelity Investments is privately owned, not focused on acquisition, and low profile despite its powerful influence and size. So when Abby Johnson, president of Fidelity’s parent company FMR LLC, spoke at the TiECON summit in Boston, a room full of entrepreneurs eagerly listened. Johnson said Fidelity is eager to invest and partner with unique startups, and acknowledged that young investors are looking beyond the traditional 401(k). Read more of Johnson’s insights on Fidelity, family and finance in Fortune.

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Book Recommendations from a Billionaire (Business Insider)

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 13:00

Books stackedThumbIf you’re looking for a summer read, Charlie Munger, vice chairman of Bershire Hathaway and  investment partner to Warren Buffet, has you covered. He firmly believes that near-endless reading is imperative in gaining wisdom in life.  “My children laugh at me,” he says, “they think I’m a book with a couple of legs sticking out.” Business Insider provides a selection of 20 books Munger recommends. Their topics range from the history of physics and business, to persuasion, genetics and evolution. Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies comes recommended by Charlie Munger and Bill Gates.

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Order Prints from Record-Setting Reunion Weekend 2014

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:45
Click image to see photo galleries by Bob Handelman available for purchase..

Click image to see photo galleries by Bob Handelman available for purchase..

Reunion Weekend 2014 is now in the books — and with some records, no less. With more than 1,700 people coming back to Bowdoin, the Classes of 1964, 1979 and 1999 set attendance records for their respective classes.

If you missed it — or want to relive some of the memories — scads of photo highlights are available to view and order.

Browse images from each class year, as well as social media highlights.

View images by photographer Bob Handelman.

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Photos of 1989 Chinese Student Protests by Adam Najberg ’90 (Wall Street Journal)

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:44



The Tiananmen Square massacre took place 25 years ago this week.

As a junior abroad in 1989, Adam Najberg ’90, working as a stringer for The Washington Post, captured many historical student protests on film. Najberg’s photos chronicle student protests in Beijing as the fervor spread to students in hundreds of cities, changed from marches to organized bicycle brigades, and began to include Chinese citizens outside of the universities.

Aigo wu zui,” they said: “loving your country is not a crime.” See how these protests looked through the eyes of a Bowdoin College student at the time.

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Countdown: Top 10 Polar Bear Plays of the Year

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:37

Brian Wedge Photography


By any measure, 2013-2014 was another exceptional year for the Bowdoin Athletic Department. Off the field, the Polar Bears accounted for 285 Academic All-NESCAC selections, 24 NESCAC All-Sportsmanship honorees, an NCAA Woman of the Year finalist and countless hours of community service.

On the field, Bowdoin teams enjoyed tremendous success, including a pair of NCAA Championships, multiple All-NESCAC, All-New England and All-American honors, as well as a 65% winning percentage in intercollegiate competition.

Bowdoin’s Sports Information Department has begun counting down the Top Ten “Polar Bear Plays of the Year” on Facebook, Twitter, and Check out the countdown — and check back each day for the latest entry.


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Secret Service Attempting to Detect Social Media Sarcasm. Greeat. (Market Watch)

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 13:30

Cyber securityThe Secret Service has America’s safety in mind, but sometimes isn’t sure how to take a joke. In 2012, an Irish man was taken into custody at LAX because of a tweet that said he was going to “destroy America” — which he meant as slang for crazy partying. So, the Secret Service is searching for software that would not only discern sarcastic comments from real threats, but would eventually be able to automate social media monitoring. In the meantime, Twitter users are providing lots of testing material with sarcastic comments about the project.

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President Mills Delivers Remarks at LEGO Conference

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:57
A plaque with the Bowdoin wordmark in LEGO bricks, in gratitude for President Barry Mills' inspiring remarks.

A plaque with the Bowdoin wordmark in LEGO bricks, in gratitude for President Barry Mills’ inspiring remarks.

President Barry Mills was asked to deliver remarks at a meeting of 280 employees of The LEGO Group June 2, 2014, in Stowe, Vermont. Joining a panel of guest speakers that also included Toys R Us President Hank Mullany and Kerry Phelan, former executive vice president of consumer products for Dreamworks, President Mills was invited by Michael Moynihan ’89, LEGO’s vice president of marketing, to inspire LEGO’s sales, marketing and operations personnel on a strategic and emotional level and to help celebrate the broader value of the toymaker’s work.

Mills spoke of his family’s history with the familiar little colored blocks, and the similarities the venerated toy company has with the College, including the challenges posed by technology. Read President Mills’ remarks.

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Apple: Branded For Simplicity, Succumbing to Complexity (Fortune)

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:56

Apple128When Apple’s iTunes was launched in 2001, it was a tool to organize and search music by artist, genre, and other similarly straightforward categories. Today, iTunes organizes your music, TV shows and movies, podcasts, and iPhone and iPad apps, not to mention syncing all of your Apple devices and iCloud storage and offering “iTunes Radio,” a nod to taste-based music shuffling programs like Pandora. This is just one example of how Apple — the brand still famous for being streamlined and straightforward — has grown increasingly complex over the past decade.

On the other hand, Apple and its competitors are all facing the increasing complexity of the technological world, and Apple’s line of products is as straightforward as ever —  they still do not include instruction manuals.

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Get the Biggest Brain Boost Out of Exercise (Washington Post)

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:55

Brown hair woman with headphones joggingYou might already be aware that exercise can boost concentration and mental alertness. Poets, novelists and songwriters alike have noted the creative energy they feel after a long walk or run in the woods. But just what is it about certain kinds of exercise that leave you feeling more revived than others? The Washington Post says the secret to a good “brain boost” from exercise is a clear mind. When you read or use programs like Wii Fit to keep you going during a workout, you might not reap as many brain benefits; you are still focused on external stimuli and using the same “higher-order thinking skills” as you do for other tasks outside of exercise. Even if you hate running, a low-impact activity such as yoga that focuses on relaxation and mind-body presence can improve clarity and focus. Remember: a clear mind during exercise is the key.

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The Day the Americans Didn’t Arrive in Normandy (Slate)

Thu, 06/05/2014 - 11:54




Seventy years ago this week, an inexperienced typist in the Associated Press’s London office pressed the wrong button, sending out a false broadcast report that the Americans’ D-Day invasion in France had begun. The news spread like wildfire, despite its unconfirmed status and a hasty retraction; far more Americans were exposed to this false broadcast than to Orson Welle’s “War of the Worlds” broadcast. However, the mistake was largely forgotten after true reports of the Americans’ landing in France arrived. With the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaching, Slate describes how the rules of the radio broadcast era contributed to the erroneous report of a significant event in world history.

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Joy, Tears, Promises at First-Generation Lunch

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:33

Each year in May, Bowdoin gathers the family and friends of seniors who are the first in their family to graduate from college. The students and guests are treated to a lunch the day before graduation. Leana Amaez, associate dean of multicultural student programs and the event organizer, says it is her favorite moment of the year. “While tomorrow’s events will be filled with tears, and laughter, and hugs, and many goodbyes and even more pictures…it will feel like a whirlwind,” she said. The First-Generation Lunch, on the other hand, provides a pause to focus on and honor the Bowdoin seniors who are “blazing new trails” in their families. It is also a chance to recognize the supporters and family whose sacrifices and support helped the soon-to-be graduates get to where they are. Read the full story and see the slideshow.

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Bowdoin in Motion: Reunion Weekend 2014

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:32

Relive Reunion Weekend 2014 in fast forward. Take a golf cart ride, then attend the Bowdoin Brewfest and campus-wide reunion lunch. Spend an afternoon on the Quad, go to the 2009 Mini Ivies, and finally watch the 5K Fun Run with Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79. Video by Collin Burke ’14

Also view “The Complete Bowdoin College Commencement Experience — In Minutes,” for which Burke provided the footage — obtained while wearing a videocamera during Commencement.

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Who Says You Can’t Do Business Without an MBA? (Fortune)

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 18:20

Jobs256Hey sociology majors — anyone ever told you that your major is impractical? Well, you can tell them some of the nation’s CEOs are on your side. These seven CEOs, including Ken Chenault ’73, CEO of American Express, catapulted their careers from a wide variety of undergraduate majors such as medieval history, sociology, philosophy and interdisciplinary studies. Michael Dell, CEO and founder of Dell, even began pursuing his dream in the computer business partway through a pre-med program.

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