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Bowdoin, Polar Bear in ESPN the Magazine

Story posted December 24, 2008

The plight of the Polar Bear and its connection to the College are the focus of an article in the December 29, 2008, issue of ESPN the Magazine.

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Informed by interviews with Susan Kaplan, director of the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center, and Phil Camill, program director and Rusack Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Biology, the feature, "Save the Mascot, Save the Planet," notes how global warming continues to melt the Arctic ice, which Polar Bears use as platforms for hunting dives.

Points of Bowdoin pride are plentiful in the article, including mentions of illustrious alumnus Robert E. Peary's historic expedition to the North Pole and the women's field hockey team's NCAA championship win.

In speaking of climate change, the article notes that Bowdoin is doing its part to reverse the effects by building an energy-efficient hockey arena, using geothermal systems to heat and cool some campus buildings, and buying 27 percent of its food from local producers.

"The school knows that protecting a winning mascot like the polar bear means using every tool you've got," reads the article.

The article includes a link to a gallery of endangered mascots and how to save them.

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