Parents and Families
We all have those days where no matter how much we eat, our appetites are not curbed and our stomachs seem to be bottomless pits. Many times this is simply because our minds and bodies are tricking us into thinking we’re hungry. The Huffington Post has 9 reasons you may think you’re hungry when you’re not.
The Bowdoin Chamber Orchestra performed before a full Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall Nov. 9, in the penultimate performance of students belonging to the senior class.
Directed by Beckwith Artist-in-Residence George Lopez, the program began with a rendition of Edward Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, Opus 20. The orchestra then performed Felix Mendelssohn’s expressive ‘Hebrides’ Overture, Opus 26. After intermission, the concert concluded with Antonin Dvorak’s cheerful Symphony Number 8 in G Major.
Student chamber ensembles will take place in Studzinski on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m.and 7:30 p.m.
By Somya Mawrie ’14
While NASA conducted the research and testing for what a wearable spacecraft needed to withstand, it was the International Latex Corporation in Dover, Delaware, manufacturer of Playtex bras and girdles, that actually went to work creating a custom-made spacesuit for Neil Armstrong to wear for his “one giant leap” onto the Moon. Smithsonian magazine has more on both what it cost and what it took to create the perfect outfit for such a momentous occasion.
In a letter to the Bowdoin community, Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd conveys news of the death of James E. Ward, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus and former Dean of the College.
To the Bowdoin Community,
I have the sad duty to report that James E. Ward, Professor of Mathematics Emeritus and former Dean of the College, died November 11, 2013, at home in Brunswick following a recent diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He was 74.
Jim embodied the spirit of the liberal arts. While his head was in mathematics, his heart was with the students of Africa — where he taught as a Fulbright scholar on two separate occasions — and with the people of midcoast Maine, whom he served as a board member for organizations supporting middle-income elderly housing, vocational education, community mental health services, Head Start, regional anti-poverty efforts, behavioral and mental health services for children and adults, healthcare and musical theater. Read more.
Acclaimed artist Hung Liu visited Bowdoin on Nov. 7 to meet with students and faculty and to present an evening lecture. Here she sits down with Bowdoin’s Shu-chin Tsui, associate professor of Asian studies and film studies, to explain the title of her talk, “Summoning Ghosts,” and recount some of the history behind her distinctive style of art.
The two paintings featured in this interview appear in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s current exhibition Breakthrough: Works by Chinese Contemporary Women Artists (image captions below).
Hung Liu, The Path, 2010–2011, mixed media, Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.
Hung Liu, Relic 8, 2004, oil on canvas, Courtesy of Nancy Hoffman Gallery, New York.
The fall 2013 issue of Bowdoin Magazine hits the mail this week. It features San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee ’74 on the cover, and within the accompanying article, writer Andy Serwer ’81 mention’s the mayor’s penchant for cooking homemade casseroles, including Lee’s “‘no-longer-secret’ recipe for Poongaloong.”
Readers will notice a few changes when they pick up the fall edition of Bowdoin. We’ve refreshed the look and reorganized the content to give you more of what you said you want —a compact, easy-to-read volume, to be published with greater frequency (thank you, those of you who completed our readership survey).
The most noticeable difference is a move from printed obituaries to a new online obituary section. Updated regularly, this improved obituary format will better honor our Bowdoin community members and will allow additional features that we can’t offer in print, specifically the ability for classmates, families, and friends to post photos and remembrances: www.bowdoinobits.com
We hope you’ll enjoy the fall issue and the new look of your magazine. It’s a continual work in progress and we’re always happy to hear your thoughts and suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The studies are in and all signs point to exercise as the best tool for increasing your mental wellness. Physical exercise can ease depression, slow age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinsons-like symptoms as a result of the amount the brain is working during exercise. NPR reports on the various international and domestic studies that all strongly advocate the importance of exercise.
Don’t worry; be happy. Yeah, OK, easy for Bobby McFerrin to sing (1988, anyone?). If you’re not already in your happy place, you can get there with just a few doses of strategies ranging from reading to rewiring your brain (relax, it’s not nearly as invasive as you might think). Read the nine useful strategies in The Huffington Post.
Ray S. Bicknell, Coach in the Department of Athletics Emeritus, died Monday, November 11, 2013, at the age of 93.
Coach Bicknell joined Bowdoin in 1962 after a distinguished 15-year high school career. He was head coach of men’s basketball at the College for 23 years and recorded more than 200 career wins. He was head coach of women’s soccer for seven years — for a time the “winningest” team at Bowdoin — and he also was director of scheduling for the athletic department. He also coached tennis and lacrosse at the College for shorter periods. Bicknell retired in 1985. Read more.
While every day is a feast at the College, thanks to a top-rated Dining Service, this is the time of year when the shortening of daylight hours and the dropping of outdoor temperatures trigger a seasonal anticipation of holiday feasting. Alumni, faculty, staff, and parents who want to revisit some delicious Bowdoin dishes can go to the Dining Services web site to find recipes for carrot ginger soup, Cajun meatloaf, or other favorites, all scaled down to suit the kitchens and appetites of single families. Without a doubt, the star of the show at this time of year is a dessert known as “the Bowdoin Log,” vanilla ice cream rolled in pulverized chocolate cookies and topped with hot fudge sauce and slivered almonds.
At last year’s campus holiday dinner, several people asked me if I knew how long the Bowdoin Log had been a tradition at the College. I hadn’t remembered it from my undergraduate days (1972-76), but, then again, I had eaten at a fraternity house for three years and in an apartment for my senior year. I checked with Director of Dining Services Mary Lou Kennedy, and she said that the Bowdoin Log had been inherited from the recipe collection of the late Larry Pinette, chef at Chi Psi Fraternity from 1955 to 1964, executive chef at the Senior Center (now Coles Tower) from 1964 to 1986, and Director of Dining Services from 1986 until his retirement in 1989. Larry died on Christmas Eve of 1990, having established Bowdoin’s dining services as the gold standard for colleges and universities, a challenge that Mary Lou and her extraordinary staff meet year in and year out.
A call to Larry’s daughter, Sue, produced the definitive answer. Larry, like the other fraternity chefs at Bowdoin, needed to find summer employment when the College was not in session. Some worked at summer camps and resorts in Maine or elsewhere in New England. In the 1950s Larry was the chef at the Hickory Stick Farm Restaurant outside of Laconia, New Hampshire. Thanks in large part to Larry’s culinary skill, the restaurant became famous for its roast duck and for the seafood dishes that Larry had perfected in his earlier days as a chef at a restaurant in Rockland. According to Larry, the owner of Hickory Stick Farm “…took the keys to my old Pontiac, took it downtown and came back with a brand new car. He gave me the pink slip and said ‘I want you here for five years.’ I suggested he make it three. He said, ‘OK, there’s your car.’”
In the summer of 1958 Larry created “the Hickory Stick” ice cream dessert, which became “the Bowdoin Log” when he brought the recipe back to Brunswick. Larry insisted on using ingredients of the highest quality for the Hickory Stick and the Bowdoin Log, and it would be a source of great pride for him to see the care taken by the Dining Service staff each year in recreating his signature dessert.
What Larry embodied was an attitude about food, community, and the dining experience. The students were his guests, and he was anxious to introduce them to new foods, prepared from the freshest ingredients and presented in an aesthetically-pleasing way (often with a parsley garnish). The students at Chi Psi and at Wentworth Dining Hall responded by spending more time talking with each other over meals and by returning the respect that Larry had showed them. According to Larry, in the 35 years that he had worked at the College there were no food fights in any dining facility where his food was being served.
It would be a source of great pride for him to see the care taken by the Dining Service staff each year in recreating his signature dessert.
Like so many members of the Bowdoin staff, Larry genuinely enjoyed getting to know students. He had fond memories of students stopping in at Chi Psi to “sit on the flour barrel and talk for hours on end” while he worked in the kitchen. Alpha Rho Upsilon had Emily McMann to listen, advise, and instruct a generation of Bowdoin students in the arts of baking, cooking, and living. The Zetes of my era had Larry “Big Daddy” Sturtevant to share cooking tips and remind us of the challenges faced by the kids that he knew from his summer job at the Pine Tree Camp for Crippled Children. The late Cecile Pelletier was the friendly face that greeted diners over the soup of the day or at the entrance to the dining hall for 32 years. Some alumni may recall from their student days the welcoming voice of Pat Grover on the campus switchboard, a guarantee that the next voice would belong to someone who could take care of the problem at hand. These are reminders that lessons of a Bowdoin education are learned not only in the classroom or through athletic competition, but through the personal friendships formed with members of a broad Bowdoin community of secretaries, custodial and facilities staff, library personnel, security officers, and others.
In a few weeks the people whose work each day ensures Bowdoin’s place among the best liberal arts colleges in America will gather for an annual holiday feast at Thorne Dining Hall.
It’s safe to say that however many Bowdoin Logs are made for the occasion in this, the 55th year since their invention, there won’t be any leftovers. Larry would have loved it.
With best wishes,
John R. Cross ’76
Secretary of Development and College Relations
In the 1980s, Valley girl culture popularized the use of the word ‘like.’ These southern California teenage girls incorporated the word into every other sentence, triggering satirical responses in pop culture. What began as a regional trend has infiltrated speaking habits across the country. Allan Metcalf of The Chronicle of Higher Education argues that ‘like’ is actually an important way for us to convey information. Like, just as often as it is used to describe what we say, is a way to give insight into how those ideas come into being. Metcalf claims “like” is essential, “when we need to show as well as tell.” Totally read the story here.
English Department Chair Aaron Kitch presented “Queer Matter: Science and Sexuality in the Renaissance” in Kresge Auditorium on Nov. 5, the first offering of the faculty lecture series Science Before Science under the auspices of the College’s new Medieval and Early Modern Studies colloquium, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The lecture series is about “trying to understand what constitutes science before the scientific revolution,” Kitch said. Focusing on the contents of the Ripley Scroll, a document named after 15th-century English alchemist George Ripley, Kitch spoke of alchemy as an early science that helped define the practice of approaching nature as an object of study. Beyond exploring alchemy’s place in science history, he also highlighted its overlooked ties to the history of sexuality. Alchemists considered matter to contain the seeds of other types of matter, he said, a phenomenon they likened to sexual reproduction. Some considered matter to have desire for itself – a homosexual identity of sorts.
Kitch’s lecture also served to announce an upcoming course cluster offered by Medieval and Early Modern Studies on the same “science before science” theme, running from spring 2014 through spring 2015. Each semester, four or more courses involving science in pre-modern times will be linked through shared readings, lectures, dinners, films, symposia, and other events.
The cluster is intended “to create continuity and draw connections between the courses,” Kitch said – courses that span a wide range of disciplines, including history, art history, English, classics, Romance languages, and religion. While students may take courses simultaneously or over the course of the three semesters, “it’s an opportunity to bring focus into their schedules.” Associate Professor of History Dallas Denery is directing the course cluster this spring, with Kitch taking over to direct it next year.
Both the lecture series and course cluster were made possible by a generous Mellon Foundation grant that provided funding for three cross-disciplinary initiatives in the humanities at Bowdoin. Medieval and early modern studies, the Civil War era, and Mediterranean studies were chosen as themes through a competitive review of proposals from faculty.
While faculty from across Bowdoin’s curriculum with expertise in pre-modern Europe have been meeting regularly since 2002 to share ideas and workshop papers, the group was able to vastly expand its scope upon receiving funding from the three-year grant. ”Now we’re meeting to plan events and invite people to campus, and there’s the course element that we weren’t doing before,” Kitch said. “It has definitely helped bring more faculty together in new ways, as we develop this offering for our students.”
Bowdoin’s noontime squash circuit was the focus of an “Everyday Athlete” segment on WCSH. Watch as squash coach Tomas Fortson and John Moncure, who has volunteered to help Bowdoin’s teams, extoll the virtues of hitting the court, no matter what your age or the weather.
On this Veterans Day, we share with you a profile of Richard Overton, who at the age of 107, is believed to be the oldest living U.S. military veteran. Overton, one of the nation’s 22 million veterans, attributes his longevity to whiskey, cigars and “staying out of trouble.” Read the story in the International Business Times.
What can modern computational techniques tell us about science, philosophy, and culture in the Italian Renaissance? Just ask Crystal Hall, a scholar of Galileo Galilei and, as of this fall, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities for Bowdoin’s new Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.
Hall has spent the past decade working on identifying 637 volumes in Galileo’s library and using digital analysis to create not just an archive but an interactive collection, revealing pathways between Galileo’s writing, his life, and the arts and sciences of the time period in which he lived.
In an Oct. 24 talk in the Beam Classroom of the Visual Arts Center, Hall explored the challenges and opportunities of digital tools for humanities research, focusing particularly on her study of how poetry shaped Galileo’s philosophical ideas. She discussed the process of comparing one of his poems, Assayer of 1623, to Ludovico Ariosto’s 1516 epic poem Orlando Furioso (Orlando Enraged), an Italian Renaissance bestseller that Galileo is known to have memorized.
The digital tools that Hall used for this task were computer languages and programs such as XML, Python, Natural Language Toolkit, VoyantTools, and plagiarism software – tools that helped her perform a multitude of textual analysis tasks on a large scale, such as searching for passages where Galileo used quotations and comparing words and context clues across the texts.
While Hall has found Galileo’s works to be heavily influenced by the language of epic poetry, she also found differences that highlighted interesting aspects of his writing. For example, the fact that he used the word “but” profusely in Assayer (twice as often as Ariosto did) pointed out a “zig-zag” element in Galileo’s philosophy.
“Often the usage of these tools raises more questions than it answers,” Hall said, making for a long process of exploration. Yet for their ability to reveal dimensions of context and connections that were inaccessible via traditional techniques, digital tools have proven immensely valuable to Hall’s work.
Next spring Hall will be teaching some of these methods in a new course called “The Rhetoric of Big Data from Copernicus to Climate Change” as part of the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative. The initiative’s first course offering is this fall’s “Gateway to the Digital Humanities,” taught by Professor of Computer Science Eric Chown and Professor of Art History Pamela Fletcher, in which students are learning to use a wide range of computational techniques for studying topics within the humanities.
Field Hockey — Despite a tough loss to Middlebury for the 2013 NESCAC Championship title, the field hockey team did receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament in selections announced Sunday night.
Volleyball — The volleyball team was unable to mount a comeback for the third-straight day as the Polar Bears dropped a 3-0 decision to Williams in the NESCAC Championship match Sunday afternoon, but the team hopes for a bid to the NCAA tournament when selections are announced at 11 a.m. Monday.
Jackie Fickes ’15 and Anissa Tanksley ’14 organized the panel discussion, “What the F is Feminism and Who Needs it Anyway?” with Melissa Quinby, director of the Women’s Resource Center. Fickes and Tanksley also moderated the event, which took place during the student organized Uncommon Hour — a Friday lunchtime talk that falls between regularly scheduled Common Hours.
“We unanimously agreed that [the panel] was important because the word ‘feminism’ really has become an F-word of sorts, and we wanted to talk about that,” Fickes explained. “We wanted to take a look at the murky connotation the word has and then go beyond that to examine where feminism applies and how it affects us.” Read the full story.
The last-second touchdown pass from Mac Caputi to Daniel Barone was good enough to be the #3 play of the day on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Ten plays from Saturday. It was the top football highlight of the day, beating out clips from Missouri-Kentucky, Syracuse-Maryland, Florida-Vanderbilt, Indiana-Illinois and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M. Watch the final three plays in the countdown below.
In actuality, the pass was just the beginning of the chaos at the end of Saturday’s game at Whittier Field as the teams combined for three scores in the final three seconds. Watch the complete highlights of the 32-22 Bowdoin win.
It marks the second time in the last three years that a Bowdoin football highlight has made SportsCenter’s Top Ten. The Polar Bears also cracked the countdown in 2011 for a pair of record-breaking interception returns against Tufts.
Preble Street, a Portland agency serving homeless people, has received a $400,000 federal grant to establish services for sex trafficking victims in Maine.
“We started hearing from our clients, mostly young women and girls, about horrific events in their lives, stories of being lured and coerced into prostitution, having no choice, being forced to trade their bodies for drugs and money,” said Mark Swann ’84, founder and executive director of Preble Street.
Many people don’t think sex trafficking is happening here, according to Daniella Cameron, supervisor of Preble Street Teen Service. The victims, many of them young homeless girls coerced into prostitution by men, often don’t talk about their experiences unless they are asked the “right questions in the right way,” she said.
Preble Street will use the first $200,000 installment of the two-year Department of Justice grant partly to develop a statewide network of housing and shelter options for victims. The money will also be used to pay for legal assistance and health and mental health programs for victims, according to the paper.