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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.
Imagine for one instant the workings of an Olympian’s mind: the fear of choking, the pressure of coaches, friends and family, the expectations of an entire country. Then add to that the repetitiveness of the workouts and physical tests of strength and endurance. What does it take to keep an Olympian motivated? Olga Khazan draws from interviews with top athletes and their coaches to come up with seven answers. Mindfulness, optimism, and a exercising a special part of the brain only brush the surface of what it takes to be an Olympic athlete.
Nordic Skiing - Behind a stellar relay performance on Friday at the Williams Carnival, the Bowdoin nordic ski team sits in a tie for fourth place after one day of competition.
Women’s Swimming and Diving - Women’s Swimming and Diving – Bowdoin stands in sixth place after the first day of action at the NESCAC Championship hosted by Williams College. In-progress results are available here.
Men’s Squash - The Bowdoin College men’s squash team couldn’t rally late in an eventual 5-4 loss to George Washington in the opening round of the Summers Division of the CSA National Tournament Friday at Harvard.
Women’s Basketball - Shannon Brady scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in just 22 minutes of action to lead No. 21 nationally ranked Bowdoin to a 77-65 victory over the Bates women’s basketball team Friday night in Alumni Gymnasium.
Men’s Ice Hockey - The Trinity College men’s ice hockey team scored less than a minute into overtime to complete a 5-4 comeback win over Bowdoin on Friday night in Watson Arena.
Quantum computing, which uses the principles of quantum physics to create processing systems, is heralded as the next major innovation in technology.
The only company currently selling the quantum computer is D-Wave, a small Canadian company supported by Jeff Bezos, NASA and the CIA.
Quantum computers are predicted to help build safer airplanes, discover new planets, create self-automated vehicles and reduce travel time by analyzing traffic patterns, among other impressive feats (and they ought to be impressive, at $10 million per device).
Soda used to be the prime source of caffeine for kids, but in recent years the balance has been shifting toward coffee. This change is in tandem with coffee’s evolving image: once thought to be bad for you, coffee has come into the good graces of some health experts (though there’s no consensus that it’s good for kids). Read MarketWatch‘s report on kids and America’s most popular drug.
Bowdoin reached out to the Class of 2012 and asked, among other things, “What are you doing, now that you’re one year out from Bowdoin?” View the report. The College also conducted five- and 10-year-out surveys of the Classes of 2008 and 2003.
Each semester, members of the senior class select a faculty member to give the Karofsky Faculty Encore Lecture at Common Hour. The choice is based on a professor’s teaching ability and influence on students as a role model. This year, Assistant Professor of Sociology Ingrid Nelson was tapped. In Nelson’s Jan. 31 talk, she addressed the gap between college expectations and college attainment in the United States. She looked at which children are making it to college, how they’re getting there, and how these trends reflect racial, economic and social realities in our country. “We don’t actually exist in a country where anyone who works hard can get ahead,” she said.
More lectures and discussions on Bowdoin Talks.
Members of the First-year Class Council decided that this year they would include service men and women in their Valentine’s Day plans.
The council recently put together a Coffee House event for first years at Quinby House, gathering students for snacks, music and poetry. Guests were also encouraged to write letters to service men and women stationed in Afghanistan.
The 85 letters written by Bowdoin students will be sent to Operation U.S. Troop Support, Inc., a non-profit that is holding a collection drive to send letters of appreciation to men and women stationed overseas.
“I just thought Valentine’s Day would be a great day to show our appreciation,” said Justin Pearson ’17, first-year president. “On Veteran’s Day and big holidays like that they receive a lot of love, but during this day of love when they are away from their sweethearts, they don’t really get that.” Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
Picking names isn’t easy, especially if your choice will affect investors’ impressions of your new company. Fortune has created a chart indicating the amount of capital raised by startups broken down by the first letter of the company’s name.
Now in his 31st season as head coach of Bowdoin’s hockey team, Terry Meagher has more than 500 victories under his belt, and the respect of those inside and outside the world of hockey. The WCSH (Channel 6) newsmagazine 207 came to Watson Arena for a look at Meagher’s career and the lessons he imparts to his student athletes.
The photo shows a woman’s jean-clad legs, from mid-thigh down, her bare feet in braided rope sandals. She’s sitting in a grassy field. The photograph is vivid but simple, made up of blue, green, tan and pink colors — the last provided by a bright rose placed by the woman’s legs. It seems, perhaps, that the woman is lounging in a park somewhere on a summer day.
After reading the inscription next to this photo by Andi Noble ’15, however, the image takes on a different note. “Despite the desert heat [of Peru], I continue to wear long pants to avoid calling unwanted attention to myself in the form of piropos [or catcalls from men]. …I have never experienced living in a society where women such as myself are so blatantly objectified, and it just doesn’t feel right,” she writes.
This photo is part of the current show Exposure, in Smith Union’s Lamarche Gallery until Feb. 28.Exposure consists of 62 images, taken in 15 countries by 22 Bowdoin students during their study-abroad experiences in 2012 and 2013. Christine Wintersteen and Kate Myall, Bowdoin’s International Programs and Off-Campus Study director and assistant director, organized the photo-journaling project. Abigail Geringer ’14 curated the show. Read the full story.
Airlines are having a difficult time sticking to their schedules — and it has nothing to do with snow and ice. As Scott McCartney writes in his regular Wall Street Journal feature, “The Middle Seat,” it has more to do with the profitability of reservation change/cancellation fees — to the tune of $2.7 billion in the last 12 months.
Scarfing down lunch at your desk may seem like a productive, multitask-y thing to do, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. In addition to dropping crumbs and dollops of yogurt (yes, I see you) into your keyboard, you are harming your chances of having a good and productive work day. Take it from a San Francisco software engineer who found five reasons never to eat lunch at your desk again.
Megan Phelps, a junior from Southwest Harbor, Maine, traveled to Augusta on Monday, Feb. 10, to testify in support of a bill that would provide online information about colleges and universities. The bill is intended to help families and prospective students make informed decisions about where to attain a higher education.
The “Know Before You Go” bill would ensure that the public is provided information on such data as alumni employment rates, average incomes, monthly debt payments and other outcomes by major.
The proposed bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Seth Berry of Bowdoinham, is broadly supported by education and business leaders, according to the Maine House Democrats.
Phelps said the measure would provide a significant resource for students. “It will allow Maine students and their families to make informed decisions about their educational investment,” she said in her testimony. “It is information that I wish I’d had access to and will be invaluable to future Maine leaders.”
Phelps also said that while she was at the state house, she got “to meet the Speaker of the House and some other really interesting people,” including lots of Bowdoin alumni.
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center has announced the publication of North by Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration, a collection of papers on the history of late 19th-century and early 20th-century Arctic exploration.
The volume, published by the American Philosophical Society, is edited by Museum Director Susan A. Kaplan and Robert M. Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Arctic Museum staff members contributed a number of papers to the volume.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity, from 200o to 2010, tracked pretty closely with Russians’ perceptions of the country’s economy. But in 2011, presidential approval appears to have broken free from this correlation, and many have been trying to explain why. As Daniel Treisman writes in the Monkey Cage, a blog published by The Washington Post, closer analysis of the presidency shows that this previous assessment may not be true.