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ESPN Magazine: Bowdoin Polar Bear Thriving

Story posted May 16, 2008

Picking up on the U.S. Department of the Interior's May 14, 2008, announcement to place the Polar Bear under the protection of the Endangered Species Act, ESPN Magazine has run a tongue-in-cheek article disputing that the Bowdoin College mascot is in any way diminishing.

Polar Bear Pride
PolarBearCropped200.jpg "I have always felt that the Polar Bear was the best mascot in sports. Besides having such a strong connection to Bowdoin's history, it's a beautiful animal that projects both dignity and power. What could be a better image for athletics?"
—Jeff Ward, Ashmead White Director of Athletics

Read the ESPN Magazine article here.

The article, "Breaking: Bowdoin College Disputes 'Endangered' Status," quotes Sports Information Director Jim Caton: "We have 31 varsity sports, which is a huge number for a campus of just 1,700 students, and we're coming off a first national title in Field Hockey.

"I can assure you, these Polar Bears are thriving."

On a more serious note, the article also points out that Bowdoin's Polar Bears are "known for their exceptional academics," and that they belong to one of the more active campuses in the country, with 50 to 60 percent of students involved in sports.

"Ultimately, we hesitate to call The New York Times, or even the good people behind the EPA alarmists," says the article, "but next time, at least give the good folks at Bowdoin a call."

Click here to read about Bowdoin expertise on the repercussions of the decision to list the Polar Bear as threatened.

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