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Football — In unquestionably the wildest finish in the storied history of the Bowdoin-Colby football rivalry, the teams combined for three scores in the final three seconds – including a 43-yard hail mary pass — as the Polar Bears survived for a 32-22 victory Saturday afternoon at Whittier Field. Watch the highlights.
Women’s volleyball — The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team advanced to its second NESCAC Championship match in the last three seasons with another thrilling five-set win on Saturday, 3-2, over Amherst. The Polar Bears will face Williams in the NESCAC Championship match Sunday at noon. Fans can watch NSN’s live webcast.
Field hockey — The third-seeded Bowdoin field hockey team avenged a regular season loss to second-seeded Tufts in the NESCAC Semifinal on Saturday afternoon with three second half goals in a 14:18 span, to go on and defeat the Jumbos 4-2. Bowdoin will battle Middlebury for the NESCAC crown at noon tomorrow in Amherst. Follow a live video webcast from NSN.
Women’s rugby — The Bowdoin women’s rugby team captured a 54-7 win over visiting Holy Cross in the American Collegiate Rugby Association Round of 32 Saturday in Brunswick. Bowdoin improves to 8-1 on the season and looks towards next weekend as the team has advanced to a regional round of the tournament to be hosted at Vassar College.
Men’s soccer — Bowdoin fell 2-1 to top-seeded Amherst in double overtime of a NESCAC Semifinal game on Saturday afternoon. The loss drops the Polar Bears to 8-4-4 this season.
Sailing — The Bowdoin sailing team is competing in regattas around the region this weekend. In-progress results are available here.
In its third-quarter report, Facebook confirmed there has been a decline in daily teenager use. While reasons for this are still being examined, surveys show that overall enjoyment of the site by teens has decreased. HootSuite columnist Evan LePage argues that if teenagers started using Facebook more like their parents, their enjoyment of the social media site would likely improve. Read three ways that you are better than your child at Facebook.
A reason to be optimistic: since 2001, violent crime rates have dropped 40% and property crime has fallen by 28%, according to the U.S. Justice Department. And yet despite the U.S. government’s crime statistics steadily improving this past decade, Gallup surveys show the American perception of crime has become more and more pessimistic. Gallup shows that this year, 64% of Americans believe there is more crime in the U.S. than there was a year ago and over half believe the problem of crime is either a very serious or somewhat serious problem. See more of the stats here.
Chengdu writer Liu Xianwen in July introduced General Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (aka 乔舒亚 劳论斯 张伯伦）to Chinese readers with his book The Lion of Gettysburg — the Memoirs of the Legendary American Civil War General Chamberlain, published by Sichuan People’s Publishing House.
This is the second book by Xianwen, a scholar of American culture and history. His first book, America From Tolerance to Greatness, is a meditation on American values as seen through outstanding people in U.S. history, American movies and literature. Xianwen is currently working on his next book on the Normandy landings of June 1944.
Xianwen, who often goes by his English name Jefferson, has a deep interest in what makes Americans tick, writes his friend David Cowhig ’77. “I met Jefferson several years ago when I worked from 2007-2012 as a political-economic officer at the U.S Consulate General in Chengdu, Sichuan,” Cowhig reports. “As a Bowdoin grad I was happy to hear of his fascination with Joshua Chamberlain.” Chamberlain, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1852, taught at the College and served as its president from 1871 to 1883.
Women’s volleyball — The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team survived a five-set thriller with Trinity College 25-15, 17-25, 19-25, 25-16, and 15-13 in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC tournament Friday evening at Williams College.
Harlem Children’s Zone President and CEO Geoffrey Canada ’74, received the Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tenn.
An annual tradition since 1991, the Freedom Awards honor individuals who have made significant contributions in the battle for civil and human rights, and who have helped create opportunity for the disenfranchised both in the U.S. and around the world.
“We’ve allowed failure to become the norm in schools across this country and nothing changes,” said Canada upon receiving the award. “We’ve got to do something about that.”
Fortune magazine managing editor Andy Serwer ’81 joined Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell on CBS This Morning Thursday to discuss Twitter’s IPO. Serwer talks about the company’s potential in a segment later posted on Fortune‘s website with the headline, “The Boss Talks Twitter IPO.” Watch the segment.
America’s favorite morning beverage contains much more than just milk and sugar, according to Steven Topik of the University of California, Irvine.
“There’s a lot of world history in one cup of coffee,” Topik said in an Oct. 30 lecture in Searles Science Building titled Coffee Colonialism: From the Spice Trade to European Colonies to Latin American National Export Crop, sponsored by the College’s History, Latin American Studies and Africana Studies Departments.
“I’ll never look at coffee the same way again,” said attendee Sarah Steffen ’17. “Now I know a lot more about its commodification, as well as its social history.”
Since its discovery in Ethiopia, Topik said, coffee was a symbol of wealth, an opportunity for colonial exploitation and more. “In a lot of ways coffee isn’t just a commodity,” he said. “You have to understand it from a number of different angles.” Coffee’s saga, he said, is entwined with issues of religion, slavery and independence.
Big games dominate the schedule this weekend as the Bowdoin fall sports season comes to a climax.
Three squads — men’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey — will be competing for NESCAC Championships, while the women’s rugby team hosts a Division II First Round game.
And there’s also a football game Saturday against the school from up north. Previews for the big games here.
If living in the States doesn’t suit your fancy, consider moving abroad to one of the many countries British bank HSBC has found suitable for expatriates. HSBC looked at how expats fared in 34 countries in terms of economic opportunities and quality of life. China and Thailand top the list. Studies show that not only do these countries pay 15 percent more to expats, the cost of living is less and social lives are more active. See the best and worst countries for expats mapped out here.
For three nights this past week, student theater group Masque and Gown attracted full houses and long wait-lists with its first fall production, a stage adaptation of Agatha Christie’s mystery, And Then There Were None.
The novel, first published in 1939, chronicles the adventures of 10 people who are all lured for different reasons by a Mr. and Mrs. Owens to an island off the English coast. The guests soon realize the Owens do not exist, and worse, that they are part of someone’s strange plan to murder them one after another.
Christie’s thriller explores deeper meaning of justice in society and highlights the effects of guilt on one’s conscience. The psychological jargon of how different personalities react to guilt provides the backdrop for the play.
Student director Sabine Carrell ’13 remembers watching the thriller, and being captivated by the plot’s eerie horror, for the first time when she was 10 years old at her high school. The play left such an impression on her that she was unable to sleep for the rest of the week (she admits she continues to fear sleeping with her back to the room). Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
For a long time Facebook has been the ultimate tool for procrastination among teenagers. However, after months of denial, Facebook finally acknowledged that teens are losing interest in the site. While it is still dominant as one of the most visited sites, Facebook’s dominance as a “time-suck” is slipping. From the second quarter to the third, the site saw a decrease in daily users, specifically among younger teens, says Facebook CFO David Ebersman, and Twitter has finally claimed its spot as the most popular social network site for teens. Read more about this shift in The Atlantic.
Since rolling out his new relationship-making website and mobile web app Dining With Strangers this fall, Ruben Martinez ’15 says more than 200 students have signed up to use it.
Jamie Weisbach ’16 was one of the students curious and brave enough to meet up with a stranger. “I decided to try Dining with Strangers to meet someone I wouldn’t normally meet,” Weisbach said. “There are so many cool people on this campus that I never get to interact with, so I thought it seemed like a cool opportunity.”
Martinez designed and coded his social networking website and smartphone app this summer to enable Bowdoin students to set up blind encounters with other students. While the first version was directed at people who wanted to make new friends and explore local spots, Martinez recently added a new category for users seeking romantic partners. Read the full story.
Hate to break it to you, but you’re not as good at multitasking as you think you are. Juggling multiple tasks at one time is actually detrimental to your overall effectiveness, because in the process of switching between these tasks, you drain resources as your brain readjusts to the new endeavor at hand. Simply by closing out of the 10 browsers you have open, you can reduce the cognitive cost of task-switching and refocus 100% of your energy on the email you’ve spent half an hour trying to write. Read more in The Huffington Post‘s “Concentration Series.“
Acclaimed Chinese-American artist Hung Liu, whose works are included in the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition Breakthrough: Work by Contemporary Chinese Women Artists, is perhaps best known for her drip-style paintings featuring archival photographs of Chinese people. Liu is to speak about her work in the lecture “Summoning Ghosts” at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2013, in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.
The November 2013 issue of The Asian Art Newspaper contains a two-page spread on the Breakthrough exhibition and artists involved.
“Over the last five years, Bowdoin College has become an increasingly prominent hub for Chinese art,” writes Alexandra Bregman in the article. “Bowdoin first raised awareness in 2011 by hosting The China Institute’s exhibition Along the Yangzi River: Regional Culture of the Bronze Age from Hunan. As the only venue for the exhibition, apart from the Institute in Manhattan, Bowdoin attracted more than 28,000 visitors to the space, ultimately integrating the work with the college’s Asian Studies Department curriculum.”
Visit The Asian Art Newspaper’s website (purchase required to view article in its entirety).
Software developer-mathematician Brad Lyon has created a live simulation of births and deaths from around the world, providing the viewer exactly where and when they happen according to World Birth and Death Rates. According to Lyon, this omniscient perspective of the international births and deaths, “gives another glimpse into how big the world is.” See it for yourself here.
Students, staff and faculty recently dined together at Ladd, Quinby and MacMillan houses for the 10th annual Dinner with Six Strangers.
“The idea is for people who might not know one another to come together over a meal,” said Mary Pat McMahon, director of the college’s Residential Life office. The Donald and Barbara Kurtz Fund sponsored the event.
This year, Residential Life partnered with the office of Off-Campus Study to come up a theme for the dinner: Global Connections. “Sometimes it is hard to integrate international experiences [once you are] back home, and often they may continue to exist in a vacuum,” said Christine Wintersteen, director of the office of International and Off-Campus Study. Dining with Six Strangers allowed students and faculty to reflect and share their international experiences. “Classic” tables were also set up for regular participants. Read the full story by Amanda Spiller ’17.
Feeling like there is never enough time, or underestimating the amount of time needed to complete a task is common among many people.
Phrases like “Just a second,” and “It’ll be done in a few” are often said as little white lies to keep people confident that what needs to get done will get done.
However, new data suggests that we’re biased against ever knowing how much time we really have because there are no sensory receptors specifically dedicated for perceiving time. Time is an intangible sensation, but it has tangible consequences. Read more about why it’s difficult for human to correctly perceive time.
Boat races, religious observations and festive parties celebrate the end of the rainy season in Laos. The New York Times reports on the end of the summer monsoon season known to some as “Buddhist Lent,” and includes insight from John Holt, Bowdoin’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Religion & Asian Studies, who says in the article, “the Buddhist laity view it as an auspicious time to create karmic benefits by making offerings to the monks.”