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The Paintings of Tad Macy

Posted March 24, 2011

Slideshows, magazine and otherwise, have moved to the Bowdoin Daily Sun, which is where you'll find the paintings of Tad Macy, senior software developer in Bowdoin's information technology department.


Every Picture Tells a Story

Posted May 14, 2010

These antique postcards were the subject of a recent "Whispering Pines" installment from John Cross '76, Secretary of Development and College Relations. He writes: "I recently took the early 20th-century equivalent of a campus tour: twelve black-and-white postcards of the Bowdoin campus, each postmarked in Brunswick on December 18, 1906, with a dark green 1-cent Benjamin Franklin stamp, written in the same hand, signed by 'G.F' (a student), and addressed to 'Miss Flora Murch, in South Paris, Maine." For more about this intriguing series of "postals," read John's full "Whispering Pines" article, entitled "Every Picture Tells a Story."


Museum Pieces

Posted May 14, 2010

"Museum Pieces," a Bowdoin tradition for more than 20 years, concluded the 2009-2010 Common Hour series on Friday, May 7, on the terrace of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.

The annual event celebrates the arrival of spring through dancing and music provided by the Department of Theater and Dance. Class projects, independent student work, and student clubs are all featured on the program.

Student groups that performed included Obvious, Anokha, Pure Life, Polar Bear Swing, Middle Eastern Dance Ensemble, and Taiko. The large group number, put together by the dance classes, was an homage to college life and beyond.


Brunswick, Spring 2010

Posted May 14, 2010

Spring came early to Brunswick this year, and photographer Michele Stapleton took advantage to stroll Maine Street on a beautiful, sunny April day.


Joy, Unconfined Extras

Posted September 09, 2010

"I can't imagine my life without dance in it."
—Liz Hupper '12


Leaving a Mark on the Chapel Door

Posted September 10, 2010

The chapel door (and door frame) on the north side of the entry has accumulated graffiti for more than a century. There is probably less tradition involved than a long history of opportunity for leaving a mark on campus.  Until the mid 1960s students were expected to attend chapel services (the history is documented in Ernst Helmreich's Religion at Bowdoin College: A History, published in 1981).  Up until the 1950s there was also a tradition of ringing the chapel bells after an athletic victory, and students used to race to the chapel to be the one to pull on the bell rope.  From the completion of the Chapel in 1855 until about 1955 there were persistent attempts to hang a freshman class banner or hang a freshman beanie from one of the spires.  A successful attempt would stop all hazing.  Several students scaled one or the other of the towers, including Donald B. MacMillan [1898] and Frank Noyes '17.  A group of students from the Class 1956 maneuvered a beanie to the top of a spire using a hot air balloon.  The Chapel also saw overnight pranks as well - a Model T reassembled from parts in the broad aisle of the Chapel and the placing of the memorial flagpole the length of the aisle in 1930.  One of the inscriptions on the door (in pencil) is by "Flagpole Ike" and celebrates the night of the great rebellion - a reference to the flagpole incident).

—John Cross '76


The Peter Buck Center

Posted December 07, 2009

The Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness opened this fall, ushering in a new era of wellness at Bowdoin. Made possible through the generosity of Dr. Peter Buck '52, it is an addition to the Morrell Gym complex housing exercise rooms, the College's health center, athletic department offices, and flexible space that can seat up to 40 people for academic classes and meetings. Bowdoin has registered the health and fitness center as a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) building project.


Campus in Fall 2009

Posted October 19, 2009

The angle of the sun, the colors, the breeze that hints of both the warmth of summer and the chill of impending winter. Nothing triggers collegiate nostalgia in New England quite like fall, and for those of you not able to make it back to Brunswick for an autumnal visit, we offer you this visual stroll across campus.


Seascapes and E-scapes, Images of the Coast from Maine to Massachusetts

Posted October 20, 2009

Donald King, Senior Audiovisual Specialist in Bowdoin's Office of Information Technology, was an art and media major in college and has "always been interested in the visual arts, especially photography, since a very young age," he says.

"I received my first camera at the age of 7, a Kodak Brownie, and have had so many different models and types of camera’s since then they are too numerous to count.
"Now we live in the digital age of photography with almost limitless options in the manipulation of images. A far cry from working in a darkroom, where it was really dark, to being able to create images while sitting at a computer workstation with the TV on trying any number of effects and filters. Don’t like it? Undo it and start again, or save it for later… limitations are only that of your own imagination
"These digital images were taken over a 4 year period on visits to Cape Cod, Mass. and the coast around Brunswick and Acadia, Maine, and were re-tooled/re-touched using Photoshop Elements 6."


home. waiting.

Posted March 06, 2009

Lindsey Scott Bergstrom ’03 targets unspoken stories on the homefront

While soldiers overseas do their best to cope day by day, so too, do the loved ones those soldiers leave behind. Lindsey Scott Bergstrom ’03 knows this well. She is married to U.S. Marine Corps Captain Bo Bergstrom. Armed with a fine arts master’s degree in photography from the University of Wales, Lindsey set out to document stories of those left at home, waiting.

“My husband served for a year in Iraq,” says Lindsey, “and, prompted by his deployment, I wanted to capture the daily lives of other military spouses and families whose husbands and fathers were deployed. I tried to capture the triumphs and struggles that young mothers, families, and children endure during a deployment.”

View more of Lindsey’s work on her website


Remembered in Kodachrome

Posted February 25, 2009

U.S. Marine Corps World War Two veteran John Rich ’39 spent over 30 years as a war correspondent, with experience on the front lines of every major 20th century conflict from Korea to the Congo. Yet, the former NBC reporter’s discovery as a photojournalist didn’t occur until more than 60 years after he took what is now considered the most extensive collection of color photographs of the Korean War. Here are some additional selections from that collection, with captions provided by John Rich.


Winter 2009

Posted February 26, 2009

Scenes from winter at Bowdoin...


Windows of Bowdoin

Posted February 26, 2009

Peer through some windows around campus.