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Bowdoin in the News: July in Review

Story posted July 28, 2009

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art and its new director, Kevin Salatino, caught the attention of the Los Angeles Times, while Associate Professor of Geology Rachel Beane and Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences and Government Department Chair Jean M. Yarbrough appeared in other high-profile publications, putting Bowdoin in the news in July 2009.

Fortune magazine (July 31, 2009)

Robbie Zhang-Smitheram '11 leads off the feature, "Eight Summer Interns Who Beat the Recession," which details an assortment of what it calls "cool summer gigs."

Robbie Zhang-Smitheram '11 in the Ridge Asia offices in Singapore

The article notes the highlights of his summer while working in Singapore at Ridge Asia, a consulting firm that helps Western companies enter Asia's markets, alongside company's founder Kyle Hegarty '99. Read the article.


The Times [London] (July 31, 2009)

A review of Professor Jennifer Scanlon’s Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown appears in The Times Literary Supplement. Read the review. See a compilation of Scanlon's reviews.

NPR (July 2009)

The Marines of the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, who count Brendan Murphy '07 among their ranks, are the focus of the ongoing series, "America's Battalion," which follows the unit through Afghanistan.

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Brendan Murphy '07

The series reports on various aspects of the effort to root out the Taliban in Helmand province as part of the largest American military operation in years.

Murphy was a defensive back on the football team, serving as a captain his senior year.

He received his commission immediately following Commencement May 26, 2007.

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Listen to the NPR stories, read the accompanying articles and see the photos here.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 27, 2009)

The article, "Bowdoin's New Ice Arena Wins LEED Certification — But It's the Zamboni You'll Notice," details the fact that the Sidney J. Watson Arena has become the first newly constructed LEED-certified ice arena in the country, pointing out that it uses 17 percent less power than would a conventional arena.

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The article also highlights Bowdoin's 1956 Zamboni Ice Re-Surfacer Model F, affectionately known on campus as "The Monster," which was only the fifth owned by a college. The Monster is now prominently displayed atop a pedestal above the entrance to the new arena. Read the article.

Kevin Salatino

Los Angeles Times (July 23, 2009)

The Bowdoin College Museum of Art and its incoming director, Kevin Salatino, are mentioned in an article about the departure of a number of key staffers from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where Salatino has been curator of prints and drawings since 2000. Read the article.

The New York Times (July 20, 2009)

The article, "The Other Side of 'Test Optional'" lists Bowdoin among "selective liberal arts colleges" that have dropped SAT requirements for prospective students. The article does not mention that the College was among the first to do so 40 years ago. Read the article.

The Colbert Report/Comedy Central (July 20, 2009)

For the second time in seven months, Geoffrey Canada ’74, president and CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, was a guest on the satirical news program, which takes on the issues of the day with irreverent humor.

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Science magazine (July 17, 2009)

Associate Professor of Geology Rachel Beane is quoted in the article, "Business Sense: Starting an Academic Lab."

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Rachel Beane

Beane speaks to the importance of creativity when working at institutions where research budgets are small.

"Her laboratory would be incomplete without a petrographic microscope for examining rock samples, she says, but 'I wasn’t going to ask for certain equipment to date rocks' or 'that required technicians and research support,'" reads the article.

"Instead, she asked for travel funds and other support that would allow her to work with collaborators at larger institutions." Read the article.

The CBS Evening News with Katie Couric (July 16, 2009)

EverFi, a company founded by Jon Chapman '96, Tom Davidson '94 and Ramon Martinez '96, was featured in the newscast's "Children of the Recession" series. EverFi provides Web-based software that teaches young adults how to manage their money. Watch the segment.

In the accompanying article, "Virtual Finance 101," posted to anchor Katie Couric's blog, Davidson, EverFi's CEO, spoke of the lack of financial literacy among the country's young people — and the dearth of financial education in its schools.

(L. to r.) EverFi founders Tom Davidson '94, Ramon Martinez '96 and Jon Chapman '96 criss-crossed the country in a rented RV to pitch EverFi to schools, foundations and other institutions.

"We teach driver's ed, we teach algebra, we require a lot of things of our young adults when they come out of schools," Davidson said in the article. "It's amazing to me that we don't require this." Read the article.

The Chronicle of Higher Education (July 13, 2009)

Gary M. Pendy Sr. Professor of Social Sciences and Government Department Chair Jean M. Yarbrough gets the last word in the article, "Private Effort to Create Courses Draws Praise — and Charges of 'Buying' Curricula."

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Jean M. Yarbrough

The article examines the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America's Founding Principles and History (JMC), a nonprofit, nonsectarian, nonpartisan organization that provides a variety of resources to college educators interested in counterbalancing what it considers the "left-of-center biases" in academia.

The article notes that Yarbrough was a guest lecturer at a JMC summer institute and attributes to her a summary of the Center's dominant mood: "Ms. Yarbrough is personally conservative, but she says she would be happy if her students simply understood the founders' debates about separation of powers and the nature of liberty. 'It's not that people think these concepts are obsolete,' Ms. Yarbrough says. 'It's that they don't even know they exist.'" Read the article.

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2nd Lt. David Donahue '07

The New York Times Magazine (July 5, 2009)

Novelist Anne Bernays, self-described "dyed-in-the-wool pacifist," writes of conflicting emotions as she witnessed her grandson, David Donahue '07, graduate from Basic School at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Va., in the magazine’s "Lives" column. Read the column.

The New York Times (July 2, 2009)

The article, "Say Hello to Underachieving," examines the realities college students are facing as they find that well-paying summer jobs and pre-professional internships have grown scarce, leaving many to head back home or to take jobs for which they are overqualified.

The article begins with an anecdote about Erin McAuliffe '11, who had lined up an internship at a New York publishing house, but unable to afford three months of unpaid work in Manhattan, gave it up in favor of moving home and working at an amusement park. Read the article.

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