Parents and Families
Seventy years ago this week, an inexperienced typist in the Associated Press’s London office pressed the wrong button, sending out a false broadcast report that the Americans’ D-Day invasion in France had begun. The news spread like wildfire, despite its unconfirmed status and a hasty retraction; far more Americans were exposed to this false broadcast than to Orson Welle’s “War of the Worlds” broadcast. However, the mistake was largely forgotten after true reports of the Americans’ landing in France arrived. With the 70th anniversary of D-Day approaching, Slate describes how the rules of the radio broadcast era contributed to the erroneous report of a significant event in world history.
Each year in May, Bowdoin gathers the family and friends of seniors who are the first in their family to graduate from college. The students and guests are treated to a lunch the day before graduation. Leana Amaez, associate dean of multicultural student programs and the event organizer, says it is her favorite moment of the year. “While tomorrow’s events will be filled with tears, and laughter, and hugs, and many goodbyes and even more pictures…it will feel like a whirlwind,” she said. The First-Generation Lunch, on the other hand, provides a pause to focus on and honor the Bowdoin seniors who are “blazing new trails” in their families. It is also a chance to recognize the supporters and family whose sacrifices and support helped the soon-to-be graduates get to where they are. Read the full story and see the slideshow.
Relive Reunion Weekend 2014 in fast forward. Take a golf cart ride, then attend the Bowdoin Brewfest and campus-wide reunion lunch. Spend an afternoon on the Quad, go to the 2009 Mini Ivies, and finally watch the 5K Fun Run with Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79. Video by Collin Burke ’14
Also view “The Complete Bowdoin College Commencement Experience — In Minutes,” for which Burke provided the footage — obtained while wearing a videocamera during Commencement.