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The Perfect Summer Jam (NPR)

Mon, 06/30/2014 - 13:51

Retro RadioNo, we’re not talking about blueberry or apricot. NPR has compiled a list of some top summer songs from 1962 — the “ear worms” that seem to get stuck in your brain and remind you of the summer you heard them first no matter how much time passes. Scroll through the long list or listen to radio streaming, and you’ll notice certain things stay the same — they have catchy hooks and are easy to sing, while the overall tone changes, shifting from beach-y rock to boy bands to hip hop and many genres in between.

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Back to School Series: Conversation with U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell ’54, H’83

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 13:06

U.S. Senator George Mitchell returned to campus during Reunion Weekend to speak for Bowdoin’s “Back to School Series,” a series of lectures offered to returning alumni. Mitchell served as U.S. Attorney for Maine and U.S. District Court Judge for Maine. In 1980, he was appointed to the U.S. Senate. He left the Senate in 1995 as the majority Leader. He served as chairman of the peace negotiations in Northern Ireland and chairman of the international fact-finding committee on violence in the Middle East. In 2009, Mitchell became a special envoy for the Middle East. He is also the founder of the Mitchell Institute, a scholarship program for Maine students.

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Art Show to Open at Ellen Baxter ’75′s Sugar Hill Complex (Wall Street Journal)

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:32
Ellen Baxter '75

Ellen Baxter ’75

The new Sugar Hill Apartment complex in Harlem, which includes more than 100 units for low-income and homeless people, is readying for occupancy in August. Ahead of its opening, it will be the stage for an “ambitious” group exhibition of contemporary artists, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The organization behind Sugar Hill is Broadway Housing Communities, a nonprofit founded by Ellen Baxter ’75 in 1983 to provide affordable housing to New Yorkers. Broadway Housing invited an arts organization to install an art show at Sugar Hill that reflected the neighborhood. This organization, No Longer Empty, specializes in staging exhibitions in places that rarely see contemporary art.


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Your Guide to Farmers’ Market Shopping (Huffington Post)

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:31

grainFarmers’ markets are on the rise, with over 6,000 new markets opening within the past two decades. If you’ve never been to a farmers’ market before, you might have some misconceptions about uppity neighborhoods (low-income areas love farmers’ markets, too) and excessive price markups. But Huffington Post gives the low-down on five farmers’ market myths.

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Where Rodin Intersects With Science and Technology (NPR)

Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:30

PARIS 2010 267Rodin’s sculptures now have a new role outside their revered spot in the art world. At Stanford University, Dr. James Chang noticed a similarity between the medical conditions he was treating and the hands of the Rodin sculptures on the lawn. Rodin’s innovation lay in his choice not to idealize the human form, depicting conditions such as disease and disfigurement.

Chang recognizes, through Rodin’s work and his own work, that “a patient’s emotions are very much tied into their hands.” Now, with the help of iPad technology, he uses CT scans of his patients superimposed on similar Rodin hands to demonstrate certain conditions in the classroom. Chang is hopeful that doctors can one day use this art-meets-science technology to explain anatomy face-to-face with real patients.

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Back to School Series: Talk by Geoffrey Canada ’74, H’07

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 13:28

Geoffrey Canada spoke at Bowdoin on May 31 for Bowdoin’s “Back to School Series,” a series of lectures offered to returning alumni during Reunion Weekend. Canada founded Harlem Children’s Zone, Inc., a nationally recognized full-service community organization geared toward improving the lives of low-income children and families in New York City through education.

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It’s a Perfume! It’s a Bug Repellent! It’s Aromaflage (Bloomberg Businessweek)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:58

Fensterstock comp

Michael ’04 and Melissa Fensterstock know the secret to a good vacation: it has to be bug-free. While on their honeymoon in Southeast Asia, the couple was introduced to a local mix of essential oils to help them repel the numerous mosquitos. Most bug sprays smell less than appealing, but this one was a decadent combination of vanilla, exotic citrus and more. The duo saw their business opportunity, and Michael quit his job to develop the fragrance product – called Aromaflage – full-time. The product is now sold in resort areas such as Canyon Ranch and Martha’s Vineyard, where vacationers are bound to spend time outside. It has also been picked up by larger online retailers such as Circle & Square and Uncommon Goods.

“There are Burmese refugee women that hand-craft Aromaflage,” Michael said in an interview with Bloomberg Businessweek, “so we have a social impact to our supply chain, which is really inherent in our business. Doing well by doing good is important to both Melissa and myself.”

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“As the Nation Warms Up, There Will Be Winners and Losers” (Fortune)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:55

Stormy Weather Ahead Road SignFormer Treasury secretary Robert Rubin tells Fortune that it is still hard to get people to see climate change as something we should all be immediately concerned about. But when you look at the business aspects of global warming, the numbers are clear. Costs from storm damages and higher sea levels will likely increase by $1.5 billion in the next 15 years, while midwestern farmers could be looking at as much as a 73% yield loss by the end of the century. Approaching the business side of climate change is important, given that businessmen often make decisions with widespread impact and have influence in the political system.

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How to Slow Down Time (Business Insider)

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:51

Alarm clock256“Your sense of time is pliable – stretching, compressing, coming to a standstill,” says Business Insider. So why does it seem that time speeds up more and more as we get older? And more importantly, what can we do to stop it? When we are younger, we are constantly using our brains in novel ways, whether through growing, learning, or stepping out of our comfort zones. But as we get older, we fall into routine and even seek out information that confirms what we already expected. This can shrink our retrospective sense of how fast time is passing. Filling your time with meaningful progress and purposefully breaking routine are just two ways that Business Insider suggests to make the most out of our time each day.

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Museum of Art: Richard Tuttle and Vogel Collection Exhibitions Open Saturday

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:05
(Left) Richard Tuttle, “Trans Asian,” 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk backened with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper; (right) “Untitled,” 1995, oil and polymer resin on canvas by Julian Schnaibel, from the Museum of Art's Vogel collection.

(Left) Richard Tuttle, “Trans Asian,” 1993. Color woodcut printed on silk backened with Chinese Xuan Zhi paper; (right) “Untitled,” 1995, oil and polymer resin on canvas by Julian Schnaibel, from the Museum of Art’s Vogel collection.

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art opens two summer exhibitions this week. Offering new insight into his artistic practice, and organized in close collaboration with the artist, Richard Tuttle: A Print Retrospective is the first-ever comprehensive examination of the prints of Richard Tuttle. The exhibition opens June 28 and runs through October 19, 2014.

It’s What You Do With What You View”: Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collectionalso opening June 28, and running through September 14, 2014, highlights selections from an extraordinary gift made to the Museum of Art by the celebrated collectors earlier this year. Read also about the Vogel Volunteers, nine Bowdoin students who donated their time, brainpower and hard work to creating the Vogel installation.

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Bowdoin’s Knox and Burkhardt Represent ME at Special Olympics

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:04

Coach Jane Knox with David Ellington, 15, after he won a bronze medal

In her retirement, Professor of Russian Emerita Jane Knox has committed herself to working with Special Olympics athletes. She is the assistant coach for the Maine track team, which recently competed with thousands of athletes at the Special Olympics 2014 USA’s competition in Princeton, N.J.

Team member Joel Burkhardt, who works in Thorne Dining Hall, competed in the 800-meter race, the 1,500-meter run, the 4×100-meter relay, and the shot put competition. See more photos.

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High School Sports Help A Career in Business (Fortune)

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:04

Rat raceTwo new studies have found that experience on sports teams in high school can prepare individuals for successful careers later on in life. “People who played high school sports more than 50 years after high school still seemed to demonstrate this persistent profile of more leadership, self respect, self-confidence than people who were not part of high school sports,” Cornell’s Kevin Kniffin said. This may provide an explanation deeper than common interests for the disproportionate number of hockey or lacrosse players on Wall Street, suggests a recent Fortune article.

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Eric Goldwyn ’03 on NYC’s Vision Zero (The New Yorker)

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 13:02

New York City Fifth Ave256Vision Zero, Mayor Bill de Blasio’s traffic safety legislation, recently passed through the New York City council. But that does not mean it will be easy to meet the initiative’s goal of eliminating traffic deaths in the city by 2024. New possible measures include installing more speed cameras, reducing traffic speeds around certain zones and intersections, and increasing penalties for those who violate existing traffic rules. Certain other measures, such as installing speed bumps, would require expensive upgrades in infrastructure. Read this article by Eric Goldwyn ’03 on The New Yorker’s website. Goldwyn focuses his writing on urban affairs.

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Vogel Volunteers: Students and Faculty Get Involved at the Museum of Art

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:35


Curatorial assistant Andrea Rosen and museum co-director Anne Goodyear display the layout of the exhibition “It’s What You Do With What You View,” developed in large part by student volunteers.

Curatorial assistant Andrea Rosen and museum co-director Anne Goodyear display the layout of the exhibition “It’s What You Do With What You View,” developed in large part by student volunteers.

Seeking neither money nor credit, they delved into historical research, explored the narratives of 20th-century artists and their works, and made possible a sophisticated exhibition of world-class art. Who are they?

They’re the Vogel Volunteers, nine Bowdoin students who donated their time, brainpower, and hard work to create the upcoming installation “It’s What You Do With What You View:” Selections from the Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection in the Zuckert Seminar Room at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

Read more about Vogel Volunteers.

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Henley Regatta: Bowdoin Team Loses Close Race

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:35

2014 rowing teamAfter an undefeated regular season, and a first-time win at the international Reading Amateur Regatta, Bowdoin’s varsity rowing team this weekend lost a close race with Yale.

The team, made up of Captain Katie Ross ’14, Emily Martin ’15, Courtney Payne ’15, Mary Bryan Barksdale ’15 and coxswain Sophie Berubé ’16, advanced to the quarter finals of the Henley Women’s Regatta in Henley-on-Thames, England. “In the single elimination knockout format, or ‘side by side, Bowdoin found itself in the harder bracket and drew Yale for the quarter final,” head coach Gil Birney said in a statement. It was to be the fastest heat in the round.

“Bowdoin jumped out to the lead with a perfect start, but Yale drew even and the two crews raced level through the body of the race. As they approached the line, Yale was slightly ahead, but Bowdoin began its final push and started to surge on the Eli,” Birney described. “Sadly, a missed stroke caused a crab and stopped the boat dead in the water just as we were moving up, and Yale was able to pull away to win.”

While overseas, the team appreciated the outpouring of support from home. “Hearing from parents, alumni, and friends in the college and town has meant the world to the team,” Birney said. “We have raced, and won, and lost in the highest level available to us, on a river of historic racing and beauty.”

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Bowdoin College Celebrates 220 Years

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:35
The Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts.

The Old State House, Boston, Massachusetts.


It was on this day, June 24, in 1794, that the College was chartered by the General Court of Massachusetts, meeting in the Old State House in Boston – the District of Maine still being part of the Commonwealth. Governor Samuel Adams signs the bill. More on Bowdoin’s history here.

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Bowdoin Professor Christian Potholm: Maine Senate Hopeful to Re-Create ‘The Walk’ (Sun Journal)

Tue, 06/24/2014 - 13:34
Christian Potholm

Christian Potholm

In his 2003 book, This Splendid Game: Maine Campaigns and Elections, 1940-2002, Christian Potholm, Bowdoin’s DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government, discusses The Walk, a 1972 event during which Republican candidate William Cohen ’62  trekked 600 miles on foot through most of Maine’s 2nd Congressional District to garner votes as well as listen directly to what people and communities needed from their government. He served three terms for the district before going on to serve in the Senate and under Bill Clinton as U.S. Secretary of Defense.

Since then, Republican candidates have completed variations of Cohen’s highly successful Walk, but this year it’s Democrat Shenna Bellows who will be walking through 63 Maine communities to discuss jobs and economy and speak face to face with Maine citizens.

“The one thing about it is, if you start it, you cannot stop it, because then it’s a fiasco,” Potholm says. “You can’t just go out there for three days and quit.” Read more quotes from Professor Potholm, a discussion of the impact of social media on Bellows’ walk, and more from the Sun Journal.

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Bowdoin Maps Students’ Summertime Jobs

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:48


For the second year in a row, a Bowdoin student is collecting information from her peers about their summertime jobs, internships, fellowships and volunteer placements around the world. With this submitted data — which includes geographic locations, photos and quirky anecdotes, among other tidbits of info — Nina Underman ’15 is creating an interactive map, one she will continue updating throughout the summer.

The first summertime job map, also managed by Underman last summer, contained information provided by 202 students. Underman hopes to increase that number this time around. “My main goal is to get submissions,” she said. Students can fill out an online submission form.

Read the full story.

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Alumni Play to Debut at Portland Theater Festival

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:47

Holler Poster

During their time at Bowdoin, Sam Plattus ’12, Jill Eddy ’12 and Nate Houran ’13 often discussed their shared desire to write and perform a play about crime. The story, they agreed, would be loosely based on The Tragedy of Macbeth, one of their favorite plays, and on two of their favorite miscreants, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

While as students they never found the time to work on the project, this summer all three were at points in their careers where they could come together. The play they created, Holler: An Appalachian Tragedy, will debut at the PortFringe theater festival in Portland on June 27 and 28. Eddy wrote the script and composed the music. Plattus is directing the production. Houran and Eddy play the two main characters: MacCoy, a low-level drug dealer in his early 20s, and his teenage wife, Little Lady. Read the full story.

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Eliminate Doubt By Changing Your Vocabulary (Huffington Post)

Mon, 06/23/2014 - 12:46

alphabet letters and numbers“Do or do not. There is no try.” Yes, this quote may have come from Star Wars’ little green guru, but there may be real-world truth to his message. Rather than assuming language can only be used to describe a situation, Huffington Post tells us how we have the power to change it. Start by shifting how you respond to a simple “How are you?” from “Not bad” to a strong “Terrific!” It’s hard to say without a smile, and your mind responds so that your feelings are consistent with your words. Other changes include “I will make the time,” rather than “I don’t have time.”

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