Campus News

Bowdoin in the News: May in Review

Story posted May 28, 2009

Shelley Deane quoted from Lebanon; the College's Give and Go sale; and a book about the fall of Roger Clemens, co-authored by Nathaniel Vinton '01, put Bowdoin in the news in May, as Jennifer Scanlon's Bad Girls Go Everywhere continues to make headlines.

The New York Times (May 31, 2009)

Disemdbodied SpiritThumb.jpg
The Disembodied Spirit, Bowdoin College, 2003.

A copy of the catalogue, Disembodied Spirit, published by the College in 2003 for an exhibition at the Museum of Art, was on the front of the Sunday paper's Arts & Leisure section.

The article, "New Video Game? Who You Gonna Call?" about the launch of a "Ghostbusters"-inspired video game carried a photo of the film's star and creator, Dan Aykroyd, holding the catalogue while standing in the American Society of Psychical Research on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Read the article and see the photo here.

The New York Times (May 31, 2009)

The work of Robin Koo '01, a New York City preschool studio art teacher who has helped coordinate a clearinghouse for recycled items that can be used as materials for art projects, is highlighted in the article, "Where One Man's Trash Is Preschoolers' Art Material." Read the article.

Associated Press (May 27, 2009)

"Teach for America: The 2009 Class," includes Bowdoin in its compilation of schools with more than five percent of the senior class applying for Teach for America, the program that trains top students to teach in poor communities. Read the article.

Give & Go Gets Press

Christian Science Monitor (May 26, 2009)

GiveGo Wide300.jpg
Give and Go 2008 in Dayton Arena; this year the sale will be held off-campus at Fort Andross.

The College's "Give and Go" sale of items left behind by students is featured in the article, "Colleges Turn Students' Trash into Cash for Charity," which mentions that the sale brought in $40,000 for area groups in 2008.

"It's a win-win-win," says Coordinator for a Sustainable Bowdoin Keisha Payson in the article.

"The housekeepers like it because there is less stuff to deal with, the community likes the great bargains, and students like it because they feel bad about putting stuff in the dumpster." Read the article. (May 29, 2009)

The article, "'Dump & Run' Program Lets Colleges Sell Student Leftovers to Help Charities," mentions the Give & Go sale using Keisha Payson's quote from the Christian Science Monitor article. Read the article.

The Boston Globe (May 25, 2009)

The article, "The Fallen," mentions the College and Joshua Chamberlain in its roundup of those involved in New England's deep tradition of military service. "There was Joshua Chamberlain," reads the article, "the Bowdoin professor who led the 20th Maine at the Battle of Gettysburg, gaining acclaim for the daring and unorthodox 'right wheel' bayonet charge by which his troops repulsed a potentially decisive Confederate attack during the battle's second day." Read the article.

Los Angeles Times (May 23, 2009)

Shelley DeaneThumb.jpg
Shelley Deane

The article, "Biden Visits Lebanon, Offers Support for Government," quotes Assistant Professor of Government Shelley Deane.

"I think the Obama administration doesn't have a Plan B should the opposition win [in Lebanon], and they'll hedge their bets until the Iranian election results emerge to see how best to play their Middle East hand," says Deane in the article, which mentions that she is visiting Lebanon. Read the article.

The New York Times (May 18, 2009)

Dean of Admissions Scott Meiklejohn is quoted in the article, "A Warning: Colleges Can Change Their Minds," which examines the consequences high school seniors may face when they allow their academic performance to slide after they've accepted an admissions offer from a college. Meiklejohn says the College has different classes of warning letters.

"It's a spectrum," says Meiklejohn in the article. "Students who have a slight decline get a letter noting our disappointment that their grades are different from the grades on which they were admitted. For students who've had a larger decline, we ask them to write back with their comments and explanation. For the more serious, we tell them we're going to review the case and decide if we are still offering admission, and in the most serious, we sometimes revoke the offer." Read the article.

The Baltimore Sun (May 17, 2009)

Nathaniel Wheelwright

The article, "Some Suggestions for Guantanamo's Future," includes Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences Nathanial Wheelwright's suggestion to use the base as a scientific outpost.

Wheelwright suggests the U.S. set up an international research center that lets U.S. and Cuban scientists work side-by-side "to tackle critical environmental issues."

Wheelwright, who taught field biology in Cuba last summer, says scientists there are intellectually isolated. Read the article.

CNN (May 16, 2009)

Geoff Canada100.jpg
Geoffrey Canada '74.

First Lady Michelle Obama made her debut as a commencement speaker Saturday, May 16, 2009, at the University of California, Merced, and did so with mention of the College and Geoffrey Canada '74. Obama urged the 493 members of UC Merced's first full graduating class to give back to their communities, citing numerous examples of people from underprivileged backgrounds who, through education, were able to do just that.

"And then one of my heroes, Geoffrey Canada, grew up in the South Bronx," said Obama. "After graduating from Bowdoin and getting his masters at Harvard, he returned to New York City and used his education to ensure that the next generation would have a chance at the same opportunity. Watch coverage of the speech.

The New York Times (May 12, 2009)

Thomas R. Pickering '53

Former Undersecretary of State Thomas R. Pickering '53 is quoted in the article, "Journalist's Release Shows Divide Among Iran's Leaders."

"They understood that this wouldn't help them," says Pickering in the article, which notes he has conducted informal talks with Iranians.

"They were asking the U.S. to put words into action, and at the same time, they were going in the opposite direction." Read the article.

Nathaniel Vinton '01, Co-author of American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime


ESPN (May 11, 2009)

Nathaniel Vinton '01 was interviewed on the program First Take about American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime, a book he co-authored with fellow New York Daily News investigative reporters.

"We take you deep inside this drama that happened," says Vinton in the interview.

"This was as swift as a downfall could be. In 77 days, Roger went from a shoo-in for Cooperstown to a target of a Justice Department investigation."

The New York Times (May 11, 2009)

American Icon was reviewed in the coveted Books of the Times feature. Read the review.

Sporting News magazine (May 4, 2009)

Dave Caputi100.jpg
Dave Caputi

In an effort to determine the top sports rivalry in every state, the magazine has chosen the "CBB" football battles between Bowdoin, Colby and Bates as the top rivalry in Maine. "We always play those games the last two of the year," says head football coach Dave Caputi in the article.

"I love it because it's a built-in playoff system at the end of the year. You get two games against two rival schools every year, and our scores have been all over the map in the years I've been here. A senior class that leaves and can win four in a row- that's a pretty significant accomplishment. To go through four years at any of these schools, especially when you have two in-state rivals, and to beat both of them for your entire athletic career, that doesn't happen very much."

Jennifer Scanlon's Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown Continues to Make Headlines


The New York Times (May 24, 2009)

The article, "Bad Girls, Good Sense: A Helen Gurley Brown Quiz," mentions Professor of Gender and Women's Studies Jennifer Scanlon and her new biography, Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press, 2009).

It is the third time in just over four weeks that Scanlon and her book have been mentioned in the Times. Read the article.

The Observer [London] (May 17, 2009)

The review, "The First Cosmo Girl," speaks of Scanlon's "mission to insert her subject into the history of feminism's 'second wave,' alongside Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem." Read the review.

The New Yorker (May 11, 2009)

"This is a serious academic reconsideration of a figure who, Scanlon argues, has been slighted by feminist history, and deserves a place in its pantheon ... happy to see Brown getting her due as a pioneer of libidinal equality ... Scanlon's portrait reminds one it has never been easy to be both a woman and a person — that femininity (like masculinity) is, to some extent, a performance," writes reviewer Judith Thurman. Read the review.

The Week (May 8, 2009)

Bad Girls Go Everywhere "delivers an 'intelligent, rounded picture' of a still controversial flag bearer." Read the review.

National Review (May 4, 2009)

Jennifer Scanlon

Helen Gurley Brown's all-time favorite Cosmopolitan piece, writes Scanlon in the book, was "The Contraception Capers."

The article offered a humorous 1970s look back on sexual practices during the 1950s before the Pill.

Some 30 years later Florence King, the article's author, offers a glowing review of the biography.

"Jennifer Scanlon delivers Helen Gurley Brown's 'delightfully knotty life story' in a neat and satisfying package," writes King, who also offers praise for Scanlon's "witty and consistently readable literary style."

The Washington Post (May 3, 2009)

"Scanlon makes a solid case that, apart from her easy-to-satirize excesses, Brown is a genuinely important figure who pioneered a feminism that championed women as cheerful, self-empowered individualists, that held that 'every woman has something that makes her unique and gifted; pursuing beauty can be a delightful endeavor, not just a preoccupation; sex is among the best things in life; and men are not the enemy,'" says Naomi Wolf, noted spokesperson for so-called "third-wave" feminism.

Wolf gives Scanlon kudos, noting her "fast-paced, energetic prose." Read the review.

See a compilation of reviews and media coverage for Bad Girls Go Everywhere and learn more about the book here.

Learn where Bowdoin has made headlines anytime of the month by going to Bowdoin in the News.

« Back | Campus News | Academic Spotlight | | Subscribe to Bowdoin News by Email