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Bowdoin in the News: December in Review

Story posted December 29, 2008

When President-elect Barack Obama named Karen Mills head of the Small Business Administration, media outlets across the country mentioned the College and Mills' husband, President Barry Mills, in their coverage. That and other high-profile mentions — including an informative and wide-ranging feature in ESPN the Magazine — made December robust for Bowdoin in the News.

ESPN the Magazine (Dec. 29, 2008)

A regular feature, "Save the Mascot, Save the Planet," focuses on the plight of the Polar Bear, mentioning its connection as the College's mascot, including a reference to North Pole explorer Robert E. Peary, of the Class of 1877, and the women's field hockey team's national championship title.

The article also mentions the College's new energy-efficient hockey arena, use of geothermal systems to heat and cool some campus buildings, and Bowdoin Dining's practice of buying 27 percent of its food from local producers.

ESPN the Magazine has a circulation of approximately 1.9 million.

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Karen Mills

Covering Karen Mills (Dec. 20, 2008)

Virtually every national media outlet covered President-elect Barack Obama's naming of Karen Mills, wife of President Barry Mills, to the position of Administrator of the Small Business Administration.

Over several days of coverage, many outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and Forbes, mentioned the College by name in their reporting.

Read more about Ms. Mills' selection as head of the SBA.

The Philadelphia Inquirer (Dec. 11, 2008)

In addressing the financial difficulties many schools are facing, the article, "Hard Times Could Shut Down More Colleges," says that colleges are remarkably resilient institutions, noting that Bowdoin saw its first buildings burn down. Read the article.

The Colbert Report/Comedy Central (Dec. 8, 2008)

Geoffrey Canada '74, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ), was a guest on the satirical news program.

Canada was jokingly asked about why it's important to help underprivileged children. Under Canada's leadership HCZ, a non-profit, community-based organization that works to enhance the quality of life for children and families in a 97-block area of New York City, has gained national recognition as a model for urban redevelopment.

The New York Times (Dec. 6, 2008)

An Op-Art piece, James Stevenson's "Lost and Found New York," tells the story of "Ice King" Charles Wyman Morse, a member of the Class of 1877, who went on to create a monopoly of ice companies worth $60 million in 1897. Describing Morse's business dealings as "financial mischief," the piece chronicles Morse's conviction, subsequent pardon by President William Howard Taft and the legacy he left behind. Read the column.

The New England Journal of Higher Education (Fall 2008)

The article, "Environmentally Conscious Campus Development," details the win-win situation created for campus, community and cost control when there is environmental planning. Bowdoin is listed in a graphic as one of eight New England colleges and universities adopting the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.

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