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Why We Eat Our Feelings (The Atlantic)

Sun, 03/09/2014 - 13:09



We’re sometimes driven to eat things that we know are less than ideal for our diet – say, just one more handful of M&Ms. Or a loaf of bread. No one’s judging here. We gravitate toward these foods in hopes of getting a carb-filled boost out of the clutches of The Day we’ve been having – and because evolutionarily speaking, “comfort food” is actually our default, says The Atlantic.

However, research suggests that healthy eating makes us happier later (bottom line: think celery, not Oreos). Not quite there? Read “Our Moods, Our Foods.

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A Vegetarian Challenge for Polar Chef Competitors

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 14:52


Student cooking maestros recently faced off to see who could make the most gourmet — and tastiest — vegetarian meal in one hour. Every year at the annual Polar Chef Competition in Thorne Dining Hall, two teams of students who work in Bowdoin’s dining halls compete for best dish.

Judges this year included Karen Mills, former head of the Small Business Administration and wife of President Barry Mills, chemistry professor Richard Broene, One Card Coordinator Chris Bird ’07, and Shannon Grimes ’14. Team Thorne consisted of Captain Karla Olivares ’17, Winston Antoine ’16, Sivgech Chheng and Chandy Eng (the latter two are exchange students from Cambodia). Team Moulton was made up of Captain Hunter White ’17, Kevin Ma ’17, Victor Leos ’16 and Alex Osha ’14.

Both teams were told ahead of time that they would be tasked with incorporating seitan, tofu, and/or kelp in their meal. Team Thorne made a seitan taco with mango and cilantro, served with rice, and an arugula salad with tofu and avocado dressing (plus beautiful apple swans as a plate garnish). Team Moulton – ultimately deemed the winner – made a grilled seitan kebab with chimmichurri citrus-herb sauce, served with a cucumber noodle salad featuring Maine kelp.

See a slideshow of the competition.

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Spring Ahead an Hour — And Not a Second More (The Atlantic)

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 14:51

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This is your friendly reminder that daylight saving time (and not “daylight savings”) returns to most of the U.S. at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 9. We hope we save you from both arriving late for something and from the wrath of the grammar snob in your midst. You’re welcome.

And while we’re speaking of how the times are a-changin’, scientists who specialize in atomic clocks have long realized that the Earth’s rotation — and therefore, the length of a day — vary and may actually be slowing down slightly. Interestingly enough, atomic clocks reflect such variability, transitioning from 23:59:59 on some days, and 23:59:60 on others.

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Friday Scoreboard

Sat, 03/08/2014 - 14:50

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Women’s Basketball - Jade Desroches scored a game-high 32 points to lead the Castleton State College women’s basketball to its first-ever NCAA Tournament win in a 64-62 upset over Bowdoin on Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium.

Men’s Basketball - The Bowdoin men’s basketball team saw its season come to an end in a 72-66 loss to Richard Stockton in the opening round of NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday at Cabrini College.

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11 Ways Your Body Can Improve Your Performance (Inc.)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:48

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Need an extra boost of confidence? Cross your arms. Looking for a creative breakthrough? Lie down. Want to be more empathetic with your friends? Mimic their facial expressions. Inc. has 11 positions and gestures that you can use to dramatically change your day to day interactions in the workplace or at home — a foolproof way of becoming a better you.

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Advocate for Homeless Swann ’84 Kicks Off Leadership Series

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:40
Mark Swann ’84

Mark Swann ’84

“I was driving back from Boston, gripping the wheel, thinking to myself, ‘Be careful what you wish for’,” Mark Swann ’84 said, describing the advent of his remarkable career to a roomful of students at the McKeen Center. While Swann dreamed of being able to make an impact on the most needy, he also knew that by accepting the Preble Street job he would be throwing himself into an all-consuming task.

Swann was 28 when he travelled from Boston to Portland to interview for an executive position with Preble Street, a homeless shelter that at the time had “daunting goals.” Its mission to help the homeless in Maine’s largest city was overwhelming the two-employee, one-room facility with a $110,000 annual budget. When he was hired, Swann, just six years out of college, was asked to transform the way Portland treated its homeless population. Read the full story by Julie Piñero ’14.

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Shortage Of Doctors Threatens Health Care Reform (Fortune)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:35


With the recent release of the federal budget comes the Obama administration’s proposal to spend an additional $5.23 billion over the next decade to help mitigate the doctor shortage. However, based on current demographic trends, today’s scarcity of primary care practitioners, the most common use of doctors, is destined to worsen, causing big hospitals to rush to hire as many primary care doctors possible. It’s projected that this run on primary care doctors will create oligopolies in markets across the nation. Read more about the issues facing health care reform and possible solutions.

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Polar Bear Basketball Teams Tip Off in March Madness Friday

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:35


Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will jump into NCAA Tournament action Friday.

The men’s team will travel to Cabrini College in Pennsylvania, where they will battle Richard Stockton in a first-round contest that begins at 5:30 p.m. A complete preview of the game is available here. Watch a video interview with seniors Matt Mathias and Andrew Madlinger hereFans can watch the game live at 5:30 here.

Meanwhile, in Morrell Gymnasium, the women’s team will host a four-team regional on Friday and Saturday. The Polar Bears will open against Castleton State on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m. Watch a preview of the regional. For a player’s perspective on the weekend, watch this video interview with junior Megan Phelps and sophomore Shannon BradyFollow the game live on the Northeast Sports Network at 7 p.m. here.

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Coby Horowitz ’14 Sets NCAA D3 Mile Mark (Boston Globe)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:35
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Coby Horowitz ’14


Coby Horowitz, a nine-time cross-country and track All-American, ran the fastest mile race in NCAA Division 3 history.  Competing in the Open New England Championships March 1, Horowitz clocked in at 4:00:41, beating the 4:00:96 record that has stood since 1997. The Boston Globe has more on Horowitz’s milestone.

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Read a Novel in Less Than 90 Minutes (Elite Daily)

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 14:30

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Upgrade your reading experience: a soon-to-be-released Samsung app called Spritz can allow the the user to read upwards of 500 words a minute. Flashing one word at a time, Spritz marks the “Optimal Recognition Point” (ORP) or “the precise point at which our brain deciphers each jumble of letters” by making the letter red and presenting the ORP of each word at the same space on the screen. This app allows people to instantly process information without having to even move their eyes. Try it out here. 


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Volcanoes and the Great Dying

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:08

 Abby McBride)Catastrophe struck in 1783 when a volcanic fissure in Iceland belched forth a lethal fog of hydrofluoric acid that spread across Europe, devastating the landscape and its inhabitants along the way. But according to volcano expert Dr. Lindy Elkins-Tanton, that was nothing compared to the Siberian Flood Basalts eruption of 252 million years ago – which caused a change in climate that may be to blame for the largest extinction in history.

In a recent lecture titled ‘Volcanoes and the Great Dying,’ hosted by Bowdoin’s Earth and Oceanographic Science Department, Elkins-Tanton compared that major atmospheric change with the one going on today.

Elkins-Tanton is the director of the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism at the Carnegie Institution for Science, a Mineralogical Society of America Distinguished Lecturer, and an expert on all things volcano. Read more about her talk at Bowdoin.

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Professor Laura Henry Consulted On Situation in Ukraine (Portland Press Herald)

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:06
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Laura Henry


Associate Professor of Government Laura Henry, an expert on civil society and social movements in Russia and the former Soviet Union, is tapped for her expertise in a Portland Press Herald article examining Russia’s actions in Ukraine and what’s at stake for the U.S.

Henry warns that Russian intervention in Ukraine could set a dangerous international precedent. Read the article.

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Alumni’s Brewery Expands with MassDevelopment Loan

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:04
Night Shift Brewing founders Mike O'Mara, Michael Oxton '07 and and Rob Burns '07

Night Shift Brewing founders Mike O’Mara, Michael Oxton ’07 and Rob Burns ’07

When they were students at Bowdoin, they shared a passion for cooking and beer making. A few years later, Michael Oxton ’07 and Rob Burns ’07 teamed up with third partner Mike O’Mara to co-found Night Shift Brewing in Everett, Mass. After a successful first two years of operation, Night Shift is now expanding from a 3,000-square-foot facility to a 16,000-square-foot building. A $700,000 MassDevelopment loan will finance equipment and renovations in the new space, which will house the brewing operations and taproom. Read more about Night Shift’s expansion.

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How ‘House of Cards’ Stacks Up in China (Fortune)

Thu, 03/06/2014 - 14:02


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The Netflix sensation House of Cards has attracted legions of rabid fans who binge-watch several episodes at a time (some of them while downing pints of Ben & Jerry’s Peanut Butter Cup ice cream, but that’s perhaps another post). Amid a second-season storyline that has introduced a Chinese billionaire, comes news from a Hong Kong magazine that China’s anti-corruption tsar is a big fan of the show, and particularly, of main character Frank Underwood’s effectiveness in ensuring party discipline.

That story went viral across China’s social media networks, prompting the U.S. press to proclaim HoC a huge hit with the Chinese. Fortune writer Scott Cendrowski takes a look at how actual viewership overseas stacks up against such media hype.


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Maine Employers Seek Talented Bowdoin Students

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:06

Each year, Bowdoin’s office of Career Planning organizes a career fair to connect Maine businesses and nonprofits with Bowdoin students who want to live in and work in Maine, either for the summer or after they graduate. This year, 39 employers — from consulting firms to research labs and schools — gathered for the afternoon career fair in Smith Union. The organizations were offering at least 59 jobs, fellowships and internships in a wide range of fields. In this video, a few employers briefly describe the positions they’re seeking to fill.

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Mayor Ed Lee ’74 and His Two San Franciscos (New York Times)

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:04
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Ed Lee ’74

San Francisco Mayor and 2014 Common Good Award recipient Ed Lee ’74 has been an advocate for innovation and technological advancement in San Francisco ever since he was first elected mayor in 2011.

He has since successfully pushed for taxes and stock options that would benefit tech start-ups, arguing the tech sector provides the city with the most jobs, but as his city has transformed into an extension of Silicon Valley, Lee has attracted supporters as well as critics.

San Francisco Tenants Union Director Ted Gullicksen argues the housing situation has worsened this past year as “the influx of highly paid tech workers led to higher rents … and increased evictions of longtime tenants by landlords seeking higher rents.”

Caught between the supportive tech sector and angry housing advocates, Lee has presented a plan “to build 30,000 housing units for low- and moderate-income people by 2020 and to protect existing ones.” He hopes that this will appease a few of his harshest critics: ”I think people will feel less fear that they can’t live in the city, and hopefully, it shouldn’t be ‘us versus them, let’s blame tech.’” Read The New York Times profile of Lee.

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Students Bring Discussion of ‘Black Art’ to Bowdoin

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:02
 Faculty members Elizabeth Muther and Judith Casselberry; Students Symone Howard ’15, Golden Owens ’15, Fatoumata Bah ’17, Lydia Godo-Solo ’17, Dominique Wein ’15, Ashley Bomboka ’16

Panelists, from left to right: Faculty members Elizabeth Muther and Judith Casselberry; Students Symone Howard ’15, Golden Owens ’15, Fatoumata Bah ’17, Lydia Godo-Solo ’17, Dominique Wein ’15, Ashley Bomboka ’16

After being inspired by Yale University’s recent 19th-Annual Black Solidarity Conference, “Rooted: An Odyssey of Black Art,” student members of Bowdoin’s African-American Society decided to bring a taste of the convention back to campus.

To do this, Ashley Bomboka ’16 organized a recent panel discussion on black art, inviting the students who attended the Yale conference to participate: Symone Howard ’15, Golden Owens ’15, Fatoumata Bah ’17, Lydia Godo-Solo ’17 and Dominique Wein ’15. Two faculty members, Judith Casselberry and Elizabeth Muther, also contributed to the conversation. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16.

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Nordic Skiers Set to Compete at NCAA Championship in Utah

Wed, 03/05/2014 - 14:00

A pair of Bowdoin College nordic skiers will take to the trails at the Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway, Utah, March 6 and 8 to compete in the NCAA Championship.

For the first time in school history, Bowdoin will send two competitors to nationals, as Kaitlynn Miller qualified for the second consecutive year, and James Crimp becomes the first Polar Bear male skier to earn a bid in the EISA-era. Read more.

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Trustees Approve Campus Renovation Projects

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 14:42
Rendering of a new LEED-certified building at 216 Maine Street, to house offices of Controller, Student Aid and Human Resources.

Rendering of a new LEED-certified building at 216 Maine Street, to house offices of Controller, Student Aid and Human Resources.

The Board of Trustees has approved a number of campus renovation and construction projects that are to begin in the coming months. These projects will help satisfy a need for residential space with improvements to Coles Tower and renovations to an acquired property on Harpswell Road, as well as administration space, through the construction of a new building on Maine Street. Landscaping and parking improvements are also planned for North Campus Drive and Hyde Plaza. Read about the projects.

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Cool Beans: Classic Boot a Hit at Bowdoin

Tue, 03/04/2014 - 14:41
Composite of images taken on campus appearing on an L.L. Bean  Instagram page.

Composite of images taken on campus appearing on an L.L. Bean Instagram page.

To celebrate International Polar Bear Day February 27, L.L. Bean visited some of their favorite Polar Bears. Bean posted photos to Instagram and Facebook, noting that its iconic Bean boots are manufactured in Brunswick. Check out this cool Vine video, also. Amid hype during New York’s Fashion Week, when Glamour magazine editors dubbed the boot “the No. 1 snow boot of choice,” local news reports told of record orders (143,000 pairs in December) and back orders resulting in the company adding more jobs to keep up with demand. Read the Sun Journal article.

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