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Bowdoin Students to Share 'Best College Food' with Classmate in Iraq

Story posted May 19, 2006

The Bowdoin College Dining Service - purveyors of what The Princeton Review has called the "best college food" in America - will be packing up a special student-funded "care package" for a Bowdoin student currently serving with the U.S. Marine Corps in Iraq.

The package will be assembled by Dining Service staff and Bowdoin students on Tuesday, May 23, 2006, at 2:00 p.m. in the Hutchinson Dining Room, Thorne Hall, and shipped to Iraq later that day.

The package - which will include 50 cans of tuna, mayonnaise, Wasa whole wheat crackers, Parmalat milk, Maine blueberries, Maine maple syrup, Moxie soft drinks, chocolate bars, and the Dining Service's own homemade "Bowdoin Peace Granola," along with a Bowdoin Dining Service apron and a Bowdoin t-shirt - is being sent to Marine Corps Lance Corporal Alex Cornell du Houx of Solon, Maine, who is currently serving with U.S. forces in Iraq.

Cornell du Houx, a member of the Bowdoin's senior class and president of the College Democrats, would be graduating May 27 with his classmates if he hadn't been called up by the Marine Corps last December. Since then, he has been in touch with Bowdoin students who took up a collection to fund the food purchase after hearing that the dining experience in Iraq pales in comparison to what Cornell du Houx has experienced in Brunswick.

"Along with sending our best wishes, we wanted Alex to have the opportunity to dine on some of his favorite foods while serving his country in Iraq," said Mary Lou Kennedy, Bowdoin's director of dining and bookstore services. "Knowing Alex, we're sure he'll share these treats with his fellow Marines, and use the occasion to brag about his home in Maine - probably over a bottle of Moxie!"

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