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Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, weighs in on President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night in a Newsweek article. In it, Rudalevige speaks of the political ramifications of executive action. Read the article.
Bowdoin’s man of steel, Sculptor in Residence John Bisbee has made a name for himself forging works of art from bright common spikes, or 12-inch nails. His latest exhibition, a collection of floral-inspired pieces called “New Blooms,” described by Bisbee and others as his best work yet, is on display at the Shelburne Museum in Vermont. The local CBS affiliate, WCAX, caught up with Bisbee to give viewers a closer look at this artist and his work.
A sure-fire way to have a bad day is to have a bad night of sleep. But what to do about it? Not since The Brady Bunch was on has anyone really suggested warm milk. (Really? Gross.) The folks at Prevention are keeping the milk in the fridge and spilling some secrets that may help you get the most out of your time between the sheets. Read Prevention’s “9 Top Solutions for Sleepless Nights.“
Legendary folk singer Pete Seeger died Monday night in New York after being hospitalized for nearly a week. He was 94. Read the New York Times tribute to Seeger and his life’s work.
Seeger’s album The Complete Bowdoin College Concert 1960 was released in April 2012. It was Seeger’s earliest available complete concert recording and the only available complete “community concert” recording. The live album features 35 tracks on two discs, including two songs — “Al Smith Holds the Bottle” and “I Had A Dream” — unavailable on any other Seeger recording.
As fans are well aware, after being blacklisted during the red scare of the 1950s, folk song revivalist, civil rights advocate, and social activist Pete Seeger began performing unannounced “community concerts” at schools, camps and community centers. Seeger considered these performances to be some of his most important work. Pete Seeger: The Complete Bowdoin Concert 1960 is available through the Bowdoin College Bookstore, and through Smithsonian Folkways Recordings.
This mini-documentary takes a look at the making of the historic double CD set of legendary folk musician Pete Seeger’s full concert at Bowdoin in 1960. Recorded more than 50 years ago on WBOR’s state-of-the-art equipment, the tapes used to make this album are among the very best in existence of Seeger live. Joel Sherman ’61 and many on campus assisted Smithsonian Folkways in researching the history of Seeger’s Bowdoin performance for this album project.
Carrie Mae Weems, a 2012 honorary degree recipient, has received considerable acclaim for her photography and visual art pieces. The artist’s work is currently featured in two New York city based museums, the Guggenheim and the Studio Museum in Harlem.
Weems’ exhibition in the Guggenheim opened Friday, January 24, and intersperses elements of race, class and gender, though historic re-enactments and posed photographs. Weems, who is also a MacArthur Foundation grant recipient, is scheduled to join Aretha Franklin next month along with other esteemed artists during the annual BET Honors award show.
San Francisco, whose population has boomed due to the technology industry, is being propped up as the embodiment of all that is bad with gentrification. Indeed, amidst accusations that gentrification disrupts people’s lives and reduces their access to affordable housing, it might seem as though the practice does little good. However, recent data suggests that gentrification can actually benefit a neighborhood’s former residents.
Bowdoin is planning to create a new organic garden on campus to add to its plots on Coffin Street and Pleasant Hill Road.
The new garden, which will be phased in over the next two summers, will provide salad greens and other vegetables to the dining halls. Sara Cawthon, Bowdoin’s organic garden manager, anticipates that the convenient location of the new garden on Harpswell Road will draw in more student volunteers who can pop over to weed or help prepare seeds in between classes.
In addition, the new plot comes with a 19th-century barn that can be used for storage and as a spot for events, such as talks on agriculture and sustainability or farm-to-table dinners. The garden will be one-third of an acre, located behind the former Stevens nursing home, which is being renovated into a new LEED-certified upperclass residence hall.
Most nights for the Bowdoin men’s hockey team, an overtime win against an arch-rival would be considered the highlight of the evening. But on Friday, January 24, several distinguished members of the armed forces took center ice at Watson Arena and borrowed the spotlight from the victorious Polar Bears.
Last fall, led by goaltender Max Fenkell ’15, the Bowdoin men’s hockey team linked up with “Hockey Helpers” to foster a relationship with the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization whose stated mission is to “honor and empower wounded members of the United States Armed Forces.”
“This has been a great experience for me and the entire team over the past few months,” said Fenkell. “We have been fortunate to be surrounded by great people at Bowdoin and in the town of Brunswick who have supported us tremendously with this undertaking.” Click to read more about the Wounded Warrior Night, watch a video and view a slideshow.
Year Up, the intensive training program for urban young adults founded by Gerald Chertavian ’87, was highlighted last night on 60 Minutes. The segment also featured American Express CEO Ken Chenault ’73.
The Economist calls it “global exchange rates, to go” and it may be the most accessible guide to whether currencies across the globe are at their correct level. It’s based on the theory of purchasing power parity and uses as its metric the average price of a certain ubiquitous hamburger. Read more about the Big Mac Index.
By Student Digital Media Team member Collin Burke ’14
This weekend, students found some relief from the polar vortex with one of Bowdoin’s most beloved traditions: Winter Weekend.
Winter Weekend, a three-day extravaganza of wintry events, this year included horse-drawn carriage rides, a broomball competition, a Polar Bear Dip in frigid Maine waters, ice sculpting and plenty of warm snacks. The event is put on by Bowdoin Student Government, the Entertainment Board and Student Activities.
While 2013 marked the first time in recent memory that Winter Weekend has occurred, the event actually has a long history. References to a weekend of cold-weather proceedings date back to articles in the Bowdoin Orient from as early as the 1920s. “Winter’s Weekend” later became so popular that Life magazine published a spread of photographs depicting the events in 1940. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16 and see a slew of photographs.
Women’s Ice Hockey — The women’s ice hockey team skated to a 1-1 overtime tie against the Panthers Saturday afternoon.Men’s Ice Hockey — The men’s ice hockey team fell short of completing a third-period comeback as Williams netted a late goal to take the 2-1 win Saturday evening at Watson Arena. Women’s Basketball — The women’s basketball team pulled away in the second half for a 73-53 win over Colby Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium.
Men’s Basketball — The men’s basketball team held off a late rally by Colby to take a 64-59 win Saturday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.
Men’s and Women’s Track & Field — Bowdoin’s track and field teams split their fourth home invitational of the season Saturday at Farley Field House. In a field that included Tufts, Colby, Southern Maine, Coast Guard and St. Joseph’s, the Polar Bear men finished first while the women took second in a hotly-contested meet.
Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving — The swimming and diving teams swept Wesleyan and Trinity in a meet hosted by Wesleyan University Saturday afternoon. The Polar Bear women defeated Trinity (197-96) and Wesleyan (168-129) while the men took impressive wins over the Bantams (213-80) and Cardinals (219.50-67.50).
Women’s Squash — Franklin & Marshall 7, Bowdoin 2; George Washington 9, Bowdoin 0
Men’s Squash — Bowdoin 8, Hobart 1; George Washington 5, Bowdoin 4
Scores listed are those available at time of publication.
In his first two seasons as a football player at Bowdoin, Sam Silverman ’14 spent many evenings at Jack Magee’s Pub in Smith Union, eating late-night meals with his teammates. Tired from practice, the players often wished they could just order take-out and have it delivered to their rooms.
So after Silverman stopped playing football due to injuries, he decided “to make that dream a reality,” he said.
In the fall of 2012, Silverman launched Bowdoin Pub Delivery. A year and a half later, the senior makes between seven and 10 deliveries per night, earns on average $10 an hour and has two employees — Tom Furbee ’14 and Liam Blair-Ford ’17. Blair-Ford has talked about taking over the business next year after Silverman and Furbee graduate. Read the full story.
Italian director, Rino Stefano Tagliafierro, has used a stunning form of modern photography to bring new life to old and beloved paintings. Click here to view his work and learn more about cinemagraph.
A reminder — as the Bowdoin Daily Sun reported last week, Gerald Chertavian ’87 and his Boston-based company, Year Up, are the subject of a 60 Minutes segment tonight (January 26) that is also to include American Express CEO Ken Chenault ‘ 73. Watch a preview.
Men’s Ice Hockey — Mitch Barrington scored the game-winning goal 50 seconds into overtime to lift the men’s ice hockey team to a come-from-behind 5-4 win over Middlebury Friday night at Watson Arena.
Women’s Ice Hockey — Middlebury scored three goals in a 1:42 span in the second period on its way to a 4-0 win over Bowdoin (8-6-1, 3-3-1) in NESCAC action Friday night in Kenyon Arena.
Women’s Squash — Drexel 7, Bowdoin 2
Men’s Squash — Drexel 5, Bowdoin 4Scores listed are those available at time of publication.
Due to campus-wide conservation efforts, Bowdoin is on track to achieving carbon neutrality by 2020. According to the College’s Annual Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventory Update for Fiscal Year 2013, Bowdoin’s greenhouse gas emissions in 2013 were 22% lower than in 2008.
Five years ago, the College committed to reducing its emissions by 28%, and to purchasing carbon offsets if necessary, to become carbon neutral within 12 years. In the fall of 2009, a team of students, staff, faculty and trustees developed a detailed plan to meet this ambitious goal.
In the coming year, Bowdoin is seeking to build an onsite solar field at the former navy base and will mount solar panels on Farley Field House and Watson Arena. The College will also renovate a former nursing home on Harpswell Road into a LEED-certified residence hall. Lighting around campus will be upgraded to LEDs, and Bowdoin will continue to switch out its facilities from No. 2 heating oil to natural gas. Read the full report.
The recent spree of security breaches has set many shoppers on edge. As Target and Neiman Marcus both experienced massive security breaches this winter, data security has become an important issue to companies and consumers alike. An article in Inc. magazine explores how there is no single standard of when a company must notify their customers about a data loss; rather, companies are subject to the laws of their state, which can differ dramatically. For example, Alaska, Connecticut, Idaho and Missouri only require security breach notifications if there is a substantial degree of material harm or risk, whereas Alabama, Kentucky, New Mexico and South Dakota do not have such laws in place.
The Forecaster, a local paper, describes Bowdoin senior Lonnie Hackett as “an unsung hero.” The newspaper recounts how Hackett started Bowdoin as a fairly typical high-achieving student and athlete with a plan to become a sports doctor. But a trip to Zambia the summer before his sophomore year changed his mind and his life. “I had been very focused on getting good grades and working hard at football and track,” the Bangor native told the paper. “But something was missing.” Read the full story to learn about the nonprofit Hackett founded that is providing medical services and health education to Zambian children.