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Squash — The Polar Bears had a solid first day of action, as Stephan Danyluk (3-0), Matthew Cooper (3-1) andChristian Dorff (3-1) advanced to the second round of the “A” Division with victories. In the women’s “A” Division, Rachel Barnes earned a 3-2 win to advance to the second round.
Men’s Ice Hockey — Amherst’s Mike Cashman scored the game-winning goal midway through the third period and the Jeffs added a late empty-netter to take a 5-3 win over Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon at Orr Rink.
Women’s Ice Hockey — The Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team scored a pair of quick goals in the final period to force overtime as the Polar Bears skated to a 3-3 tie with Trinity Saturday afternoon.
Scores listed are those available at time of publication.
Shaun El C. Leonardo, who graduated from Bowdoin in 2001 and earned his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005, will present in Harvard’s Black History/Art History Lecture & Performance Series Feb. 28.
Leonardo has received awards and residencies from the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Drawing on superhero and sports imagery, his works examine issues of stereotype, masculinity and societal expectations.
Google is currently in the process of creating a Smartwatch, one that can construct lifestyle recommendations. But just how can Google improve this new device? Tech Crunch recommends creating a Smartwatch that can connect to health devices that are able to assess our productivity and eating habits.
Students who participated in this year’s Alternative Winter Break came together recently for a dinner to reflect on their experiences. Each January, student leaders organize AWB trips to take their peers into Maine communities to volunteer during the last week of winter break.
Ryan Davis ’15 and Tenzin Tsagong ’16 led a week-long trip that exposed and educated students on hunger and homelessness in Portland. Students primarily worked with the Preble Street Resource Center, headed by Mark Swann ’84. And Juliet Eyraud ’16 and June Guo ’16 led a trip that examined refugee and immigrant education in Maine. Read the full story by Julie Pinero ’14.
Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, is everywhere these days. You might have seen him Thursday morning on CBS This Morning, talking about “American Cool,” the exhibition he co-curated at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Or perhaps you saw him in the pages of Vogue‘s February issue. Goodyear, the show — and the Bowdoin College of Art — are now also mentioned in The Daily Beast.
Women’s Track and Field — The Bowdoin College women’s indoor track and field team placed second at the Maine State Championship hosted at the University of Southern Maine Saturday evening.
Men’s Ice Hockey — The Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team scored three unanswered goals in the second period to skate away with a 3-2 win over Hamilton on Friday evening at Sage Rink.
What can failure teach you? An Olympic snowboarder, a Hollywood stuntman and a corporate psychologist provide some useful insights on how to handle failure. Their suggestions include refusing to let loss define you and setting attainable goals, as well as shifting your perspective. Instead of stewing in failure, psychologists suggest finding the silver lining and recognizing the benefits of the situation you are in. Failure, ultimately, can be a learning tool and in no way heralds future failures. Just ask Michael Jordan, who missed more than 9,000 shots in his career.
With the Class of 2014 hurtling toward graduation and what is often referred to as “the real world,” President Mills is offering practical advice in the form of four 90-minute sessions on everything from communicating in the workplace and building professional networks, to personal finance and leases.
For a number of years now, my wife, Karen, has held an etiquette class for seniors to help prepare them for life beyond the dining halls at Moulton Union and Thorne Hall. At these events, Karen offers the students some advice on how to “work a room” and on how to navigate a cocktail party connected to a business event. Karen conspires with Bowdoin’s Dining Service to put together a rather complicated menu for a seated dinner in Moulton where she leads the students through all the rules, from properly seating guests at a table and passing the salt and pepper together, to what happens if the bread basket doesn’t have enough rolls for everyone at the table, and on and on. This event is oversubscribed every year and registration is filled almost instantly.
This year, we’re expanding the concept with a series of four talks led by me. It’s called “Get Ready for Life After Bowdoin: A Crash Course on Practical Skills.” The idea here is to talk with our seniors about the life they are about to enter and to give them some practical life lessons to help prepare them for the so-called “real world.” The first session, titled “Succeeding in Your First Job: Workplace Communication” is next Monday night. The subsequent talks will focus on topics like personal finance, how to invest your money, and the nuts and bolts of setting up your life in a new place, post Bowdoin.
At this moment, more than 100 seniors have signed up to attend one or more of the events, but I suspect we’ll have many walk-ins. Bowdoin is a pretty informal place.
I will be joined in the talks on investing and finance by folks from the Fullbridge organization that ran a program at Bowdoin last year and again just last month. For the final session, we are having a few alumni from Boston, New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco join us to talk about their experiences (my own personal experience of renting apartments in Boston is probably NOT the way our students entering the work force will start out!). Robin Transgrud (Bowdoin Class of 2006) assisted me in preparing these sessions while she was studying for the Massachusetts bar exam—she did a super job.
In my position, I give speeches and talks all the time, but frankly, the idea of 90 minutes in front of our fantastic students is a bit intimidating. But I suppose it’s good for a college president to be reminded of the rigors our faculty encounter every day in class. My goal is to set forth lessons from my own experience and from what I have learned over the years from friends, recent Bowdoin grads, and other young people (including my own sons) about the challenges and opportunities of launching from a place like Bowdoin.
Our students are very well prepared for what comes next after Bowdoin, and these talks are designed to be very practical about issues that often aren’t the subject of our academic majors or programs. As we all know, Bowdoin students are challenged in a very supportive and nurturing environment. When they leave Bowdoin, most will find themselves in similarly challenging environments that will certainly be less nurturing. My goal for these talks to is provide some introduction into these worlds and to help in the transition.
This is an experiment. We thought about streaming the sessions live, but since I can sometimes be rather direct, we decided that the experiment might not be ready for “prime time.” But we’ll record the talks and, depending on how well it all works out, we’ll consider making the event more broadly available. It is always good to try something new … I think.
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.
Who you are is largely defined by where you are, down to just how religious you are. If you are a Protestant in Mississippi, you are likely more religious than a Protestant in Vermont. If you are very religious in the South, chances are you practice Southern Baptism. The Washington Post has mapped out the religious diversity of the U.S. across different state lines and even different county lines, thanks to recent Gallup data.
It’s no secret that starting your own company is a risky and anxiety-ridden process, however what happens when those months and years of chaos end with the closing of your company? Tommy McClung has experienced most entrepreneurs biggest fear and shares the story of the failure of his startup, CarWoo.
Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s call-in program, Maine Calling, invited Bowdoin political scientist Laura Henry, along with three other Russian experts, onto its program Wednesday. With the Olympic Games just around the corner, host Jennifer Rooks said all eyes are on Russia and Vladimir Putin. So, what should we know about Russia and U.S.-Russian relations?
Henry, Bowdoin’s John F. and Dorothy H. Magee Associate Professor of Government and acting chair of the Russian Department, started by saying Putin views these games as a chance to show the world Russia is still a great world power, and as a way to help legitimize his presidency. Listen to the full conversation.
Earlier in the week, Henry joined Professor of Russian Emerita Jane Knox to give a campus talk on Russia. Student reporter Erica Hummel ’16 writes, “Seeking to go beyond the headlines, the two experts delivered candid perspectives on the games. Knox shared her knowledge of the history and culture of the region while Henry shed light on the politics surrounding the event.” Read Hummel’s story.
Citibank, among other Wall Street institutions, is trying to educate bankers about the meaning of the much ballyhooed “work-life balance” by requiring employees to take their Saturdays off and use all the annual vacation time given. Will this work? Maybe not, according to Fortune‘s Sanjay Sanghoee. With the omnipresence of technology, employees are online and on call 24/7, even during the “required” weekends off.
Can wealth drive the way you behave around others? According to Paul Piff, a social psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley, the answer is a resounding yes: more privileged Americans “have a greater sense of self-entitlement” whereas the less privileged “see themselves as deserving of lesser outcomes.” Piff even suggests that narcissism can emerge from wealth, noting that wealthier subjects will look more often in the mirror before having their pictures taken. Read more about Piff’s study here.
The amount of snow required to prompt a snow day varies widely across the country. A new map from Reddit user Alexandr Trubetskoy, with data from NOAA, shows how much snow it typically takes to close schools in the U.S. and parts of Canada.
Maine Governor Paul LePage took to the airwaves Tuesday night to deliver his third State of the State address, in which he highlighted his top goals, including cuts to welfare spending, business growth and renewed efforts on the war on drugs. Within the 50-minute speech from the floor of the State House Gov. LePage referenced his experiences with Bowdoin government students last year. In November, LePage had visited professor Chris Potholm’s Maine Politics class, and subsequently invited those students to share lunch and ideas at the governor’s mansion in December. Recalling his visit with the students, one of whom taking in the speech from the State House gallery, LePage said, “These are exactly the young people we need to stay in Maine.” Read more about the State of the State address in the Portland Press Herald.
For many months, Alithea McFarlane ’14 and Courtney Payne ’15 have been planning a one-day symposium at Bowdoin to explore social justice and diversity in the environmental movement. The event, on Feb. 8 at the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, will include 15 experts, including outside speakers, alumni and Bowdoin faculty. Through talks and panel discussions, the guests will address issues such as conservation politics, public health and how to educate young people about environmental issues. The Environmental Justice symposium is open to the public.
Your state of residence can make a big difference in how much taxes you pay, of course begging the question — which states have the “worst” taxes?
The Fiscal Times examined an October 2013 index compiled by the Tax Foundation to offer a breakdown of “The 10 Worst States for Taxes in 2014.“
After Jake Adicoff was admitted to Bowdoin last year, he requested to defer his matriculation by one year. “His plan was to devote his year to training to try to make it to the Paralympic games in Sochi,” Dean of Admissions Scott Meiklejohn said.
His dedication paid off. Last week, Adicoff made it on to the U.S. Paralympic Nordic Team, a group of 12 men and four women, the Idaho Mountain Express reports.
Adicoff, who is visually impaired, grew up in Wood River, Idaho. The Nordic skiing competition will take place in Sochi March 8-16. Adicoff will attend a pre-Paralympic training camp at Ridnaun, Italy, starting Feb. 23, and then travel to Germany to sign paperwork and get outfitted in Team USA garb before flying to Russia, according to the paper.
Frank Goodyear, co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, has co-curated “American Cool,” an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery featuring 100 photographs of icons who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture and are symbolic figures of their time.
The exhibition opens February 7 and runs through September 7, 2014.
Goodyear is to be featured in a segment highlighting “American Cool” on CBS This Morning Thursday, February 6, 2014. The program runs 7 a.m.–9 a.m. (locally on WGME/Channel 13).