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Video by Ali Ragan ’16
The office of Residential Life held its second annual Zombie Run last Saturday behind Farley Field House. The run is a 1.5-mile race in which runners try to outrun and outwit zombie-students who are stationed along the way. The zombies lunge after the runners to try to tag them out.
Tool of the devil or a manifestation of your unconscious mind? The Ouija board, a staple of teenage sleepovers and other frightening get-togethers, has been marketed for generations as a harmless family game. Smithsonian magazine lays its hands on the mysterious talking board in an attempt to spell out its true meaning. Goodbye.
Richard Blanco, the inaugural poet for President Obama’s second term, spent a day on campus recently. Blanco is the first immigrant, the first Latino, the first openly gay person and the youngest person to be the U.S. inaugural poet.
Before his evening poetry reading in Pickard Theater, Blanco had a busy afternoon visiting with staff, students and faculty, and offering a poetry workshop for students. For one hour, in the living room of 30 College Street, Blanco met with students interested in writing and performing poetry. Following this workshop, he met with President Barry Mills, signed books at the College bookstore, and attended a dinner with students from Maine (Blanco lives in Bethel, Maine), as well as with Latino and LGBTIQ students.
In this video excerpt from his evening talk, Blanco reads his poem, “América.” For the full reading, visit Bowdoin Talks.
Theater teacher and freelance writer Bill Williams ’69 shared with New York Times readers the cautionary tale of the loss of his 22-year-old son, William, to heroin addiction in a piece published earlier this spring. Months later, on the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, which coincided with his son’s hospitalization, Williams writes of grief amid such external chaos in the Opinionator/Private Lives essay “The Storm Inside.”
Over 150 Bowdoin students stood in silence, in the flickering light of candles, outside the Bowdoin College Museum of Art last Wednesday evening.
They were about to start a silent walk around campus in honor of Take Back the Night, a march held worldwide to protest against all forms of sexual violence. The event at Bowdoin is hosted by VDAY Bowdoin, a women’s advocacy and anti-violence organization on campus.
“The walk we are going to complete is meant to symbolize the individual walk through darkness that anyone might take, and to demonstrate that we can all be united and fight against this violence,” VDAY co-leader Luisa LaSalle ‘14 said.
“Tonight we stand together as students dedicated to supporting one another, and looking out for the people we care about — keeping our community strong and safe, no matter the time of day,” added Kaylee Wolfe ’15, a member of VDAY and Bowdoin Peer Health.
Julie Johnson ’76 and her winery, Tres Sabores, has recently been featured in the New York Times “Frugal Traveler” column about Napa Valley. Columnist Seth Kugel writes about the highlight of his trip as his visit to Tres Sabores when “Ms. Johnson, her hands purple, interrupted our seven-person tour to ask if we wanted to pitch in some labor. Handing us an apparatus that looked like a giant potato masher, we took turns driving the thick cap of grape skins, buzzing yellow jackets hovering above them, into the juice below.”
Johnson arrived in Napa in 1987, already a successful wine marketer, mother of three, and experienced home health care nurse. She co-founded Frog’s Leap Winery and Women for Wine Sense, an organization devoted to the appreciation and responsible consumption of wine. She is now the owner and winemaker of Tres Sabores. To set an appointment on your next visit to Napa, contact Tres Sabores here.
The Huffington Post has revisited 10 classic psychological studies that reveal some disconcerting notions about human nature.
One, a famous Stanford experiment from the late 1960s, tested children’s ability to delay instant gratification by setting a marshmallow in front of them and telling them they could either eat the marshmallow at that moment or wait 15 minutes and have two marshmallows. Although it was a struggle for the children, who had to resort to tactics such as covering their eyes, those who held off did better later in life as teenagers and adults. They were less likely to be obese, have drug addictions or suffer behavior problems.
The other nine studies noted in the article include a 1999 Harvard and Kent State University experiment that shows how oblivious we are to what’s in front of us; another that finds there’s only one thing responsible for sustained happiness; and one that shows how susceptible we are to stereotypes.
Bowdoin Green Athletics, a student-run organization that is greening Bowdoin’s sports culture, diverted 176 pounds of recyclables and 102 pounds of food waste from trashcans at last weekend’s home football game. “This would have gone to the landfill without our efforts,” said Alex Tougas ’14, one of the leaders of Bowdoin Green Athletics. “We diverted almost three-quarters of our waste from the landfill.”
Tougas organized the sustainability effort with Erica Nangeroni ’14. Sheryl Perlow, parent of Matt Perlow ’15, helped coordinate among the football parents.
Their work is part of the collegiate competition Game Day Recycling Challenge, supported by the EPA, which encourages colleges and universities to reduce waste at football games. Schools are ranked by how much trash they divert from the waste stream. Winners will be announced at the end of the 2013 football season.
Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster introduces Bowdoin’s recently completed Edwards Center for Art and Dance. The building, which was dedicated Oct. 11 and will have a public opening Nov. 2, begins an exciting new chapter for dance and the visual arts at the College.
Marathon matriarch Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79 is honored for her contributions to the sport in a New York Times essay by George A. Hirsch, co-founder of the New York City Marathon, longtime publisher of Runner’s World magazine and chairman of the New York Road Runners, which is inducting Benoit Samuelson to its Hall of Fame Thursday. Days later, Joanie is to make her third appearance in the New York City Marathon. The column also highlights the pioneering efforts of storied runners Bill Rodgers and Frank Shorter. Rodgers is a former Olympian and four-time winner of both the Boston Marathon and New York City Marathon; Shorter won Olympic gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. Joanie won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles; she holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon, and her time at the Boston Marathon stood as the fastest for 28 years.
The next year could be a big one for the American workplace. Faced with the Affordable Care Act, many economists predict businesses will put off hiring due to healthcare reform, and choose to hire part-time employees instead. They say this, in turn, could result in an increase of employees working from home, a shift that would force changes in the traditional office setting as we know it. Forbes takes a look at this, as well as the influx of millennials, the retirement of baby boomers, and an expected decrease in the gender pay gap.
Each year, Bowdoin Career Planning enlists students, staff and faculty to present both the best and worst of professional dress. To make it fun, the office of Career Planning stages a glitzy fashion show, showing outfits that work and ones that flop. Continue here for the slideshow.
A survey by a neuropsychologist in Dublin found that about a third of adults can’t remember the birthdays of more than three immediate family members. Eric Barker’s clever Barking Up The Wrong Tree blog explains how a bloody cow in your living room — and other perhaps less disturbing images can help you remember every last thing on your grocery list.
Bowdoin’s highest-ranking scholars were recognized at the College’s Sarah and James Bowdoin Day exercises Friday, October 25, 2013. Sarah and James Bowdoin scholarships are awarded each fall on the basis of work completed the previous academic year.
The award is given to the 20 percent of all eligible students with the highest grade point average. Book Awards are presented to every Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholar who earned a GPA of 4.00.
Almost 300 students were named Sarah and James Bowdoin Scholars this year, with 16 of the scholars earning Book Awards. The Almon Goodwin Prize, presented to a member of Phi Beta Kappa chosen by vote of the Board of Trustees of the College, was awarded to Michelle Ivy Wiener ‘13.
Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, an associate director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke with the PBS program Frontline about the need for more action at the local level to combat the problem of antibacterial resistance.
Read the Q&A that explains antibiotics, how they work, what has changed and why there is now fear surrounding what’s being called the “nightmare bacteria.”
Continuing a tradition that began several years ago, the cross-country team had its annual day of running with horses from Black Fox Farm at Popham Beach, yielding a spectacular array of photographs by Brian Beard/Creative Images Photography.
“The horses love running with people; it’s a great game for them,” says Coach Peter Slovenski. “The horses are much better sprinters than we are, but we have the advantage over the long run. By the end of the afternoon, we’re still running, and the horses need to walk.”
Instead of writing their names on an attendance list, tech savvy Bowdoin students used their smartphones to scan a QR barcode to sign in at a recent “Google Tech Talk” on campus.
Bowdoin Career Planning invited Google Software Engineer Tom Hazel ’05 to campus to give Bowdoin students a peek into working in the fast-paced world of Google. Hazel shared his experience in landing a competitive job at Google and the different internship and job opportunities available there.
The Google career talks with Hazel ’05 and University Programs Recruiter Kira Chappelle ’07 over two nights brought crowds twice as large as any other recruiter this year, according to Todd Herrmann ’85, Career Planning’s associate director of employer relations.
“With all the interest brewing about careers in the tech sector, Tom was getting a lot of calls from individual [computer science] majors interested in his work. He decided that the entire community would be better served by a group discussion,” said Herrmann. “What a great opportunity it was to learn what a liberal arts student can do at Google with a little coding experience.”
Award-winning author and journalist (and Maine native) Colin Woodard gave a talk titled “Watchdog Journalism: The Vital Role of a Threatened Discipline” in Daggett Lounge, Thorne Hall, on Oct. 16.
Woodard explained that investigative journalism is an important medium for checking the powers of government and protecting public interest – a role that dates back to the time of our founding fathers. To best inform the public, he continued, journalists should approach journalism “as scientists,” using scientific methodology to hone in the truth. However, many journalists of today take on roles of “idiotic neutrality,” he said, a practice that spells trouble for society. “If we lose watchdog journalism, it is democracy that will follow.”