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A new study has shown that people with the highest sugar intake had a 400 percent increase in their risk of heart attacks. This disproves 50 years of medical advice from doctors who advised patients to reach for their cereal boxes instead of frying pans when choosing their breakfast. The research would suggest the debate has been settled: fat doesn’t cause heart attacks — sugar does.
In one year, Teona Williams ’12 got lost in a slum in New Delhi, visited a fake city in Thailand, celebrated Christmas in Cape Town, lived with a big, friendly family in Brazil, hiked 20 miles to a secluded cove in Trinidad, and watched the sunrise from a mountaintop in Jamaica.
After graduating from Bowdoin, Williams was able to globe-trot because she won a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. The prestigious $25,000 grant is given to 40 college graduates each year to fund a year of travel. The stipulation is that recipients cannot come home for before the year’s out and must follow one of their passions. Read the full story.
A study conducted in Sweden encouraged children diagnosed with ADHD to practice computerized games for about 10 hours over five weeks. The results indicated that memorizing the games both reduced hyperactivity and increased fluid intelligence. Cogmed turned that working-memory training into a business, one that caters to adults and children with cognitive disorders of all types, and has since sold it to Pearson, the largest education company in the world.
Running a good meeting takes focus. Are you clear on the intended goals and what you want to say? No? Then, for crying in the beer, reschedule it until you have your act together, because our time is valuable. And in the meantime, check out Inc. magazine’s “5 Ways to Get More From Your Meetings.” We are adjourned.
We all know the typical signs of being burned out: fuzzy thinking, drooping eyelids, a short temper. But there are less obvious signs don’t necessarily signal a vacation or some downtime. Inc. runs down a list of 5 less noticeable signs that it may be time to take a break.
Benjamin Jealous stepped down from his post as president and CEO of the NAACP in December. The youngest president in the organization’s history, he has been a leader of successful state and local movements to ban the death penalty, outlaw racial profiling, defend voting rights, secure marriage equality, and free multiple wrongfully incarcerated people. A Rhodes Scholar, Jealous is a graduate of Columbia and Oxford universities. He has been named to the “40 under 40″ lists of both Forbes and Time magazines, and labeled a Young Global Economic Leader by the World Economic Forum.
Jealous will deliver a Common Hour talk Friday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. in Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall. If you can’t make it to campus Friday, we’ll have an excerpt of Jealous’ talk on the Bowdoin Daily Sun soon.
Feeling the pressure of an entire nation and in pursuit of medal glory, some Olympic athletes will do everything and anything it takes to win gold, even at the expense of Olympian ideals of fair play and ethical behavior. Whether it is extra red blood cells for oxygen in the muscles or a lowered body weight, drugs can give athletes an attractive, but illicit, edge on the playing field.
Many of these athletes pay for this moment of weakness later when they are stripped of their medal after a positive banned substance test. The Huffington Post offers a glimpse into the history of doping during the Olympics since 1968 when the International Olympic Committee began instituting drug testing.
“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.
Presidents’ Day arrives every year amid a bit of disagreement — over the name of the observation, over whom it is meant to honor, and where, or even if, there ought to be an apostrophe.
Pierce remains the only president hailing from New Hampshire and, at Bowdoin, formed lasting friendships with writers who would go on to greatness of their own, 1825 classmates Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
When the 1040 tax from was first introduced in 1913, it was 30 lines long and came with one page of instructions. Now, more than 100 years later, the form is 87 lines long and comes with a 206-page instructions manual. What’s with all the added lines? MarketWatch explains the complexities of this ever-changing form.
There is no doubt that games are addicting, and in the case of Dong Nguyen’s mobile app game “Flappy Bird,” it was so addicting he pulled it from the app store. But to what extent to this sometimes short, but always intense, addictions to online and mobile games affect us in real life? The Economist reports on a study aimed at answering this question.
Nordic Skiing - Behind a pair of record-breaking performances from senior Kaitlynn Miller, the Bowdoin College nordic ski team posted its highest-ever finish at an EISA Carnival Saturday, taking seventh of 12 teams at the Williams Carnival.
Men’s and Women’s Track and Field - Members of the Bowdoin track teams competed at the Cupid Invitational hosted by Tufts University on Saturday. Men’s results are posted here. Women’s results are available here.
Men’s Squash - The Bowdoin College men’s squash team bounced back from a first round loss Friday to upend Hamilton, 7-2, in the consolation bracket of the Summers Cup at CSA Team Nationals Saturday at Harvard.
Women’s Ice Hockey - The Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team scored a pair of late power play goals on their way to a 3-1 win over host Hamilton College in NESCAC women’s ice hockey action Saturday afternoon.
Men’s Basketball - The Bowdoin College men’s basketball team lost its regular-season finale on Saturday afternoon at Tufts, 66-62.
Women’s Basketball - The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team closed out its regular season with a loss Saturday to fifth-ranked Tufts University, 92-55.
Women’s Swimming and Diving - The Polar Bears remain in sixth place after Day Two at the NESCAC Championship hosted by Williams. In-progress results, as well as live action from Sunday’s final day are available here.
Comcast is currently in talks to buy Time Warner for 45 million dollars, a landmark decision that could effectively transfer control of American television and Internet services to one company. What does this mean for you? This Washington Post article can answer all your questions.