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Bowdoin in the News: August in Review

Story posted August 28, 2009

A robust August for Bowdoin in the News, as the College, its faculty and alumni were a multimedia presence on television and the radio, in newspapers and on the Web. In fact, Bowdoin was represented in six of the top seven daily newspapers in the U.S. by circulation.

The Daily News Cycle

First the New York Daily News mentioned Geoffrey Canada '74 and the College, then the College posted a story about that coverage in its Campus News section on the home page. The Web site CollegeNews picked up the story, which was, in turn, reported back in the Daily News and, of course, reported again here.

New York Daily News (August 23, 2009)

New York City major Michael Bloomberg, who is seeking re-election, singled out Geoffrey Canada '74 in an article in which he was asked who, in contemporary New York City political or civil life, he admires and why.

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Geoffrey Canada '74

"Born in the South Bronx, he grew up poor and wasn't handed a path to prominence and success," elaborates Bloomberg in the profile.

"Instead, he stayed in school and won a scholarship to Bowdoin College, and from there he went on to earn a degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Since then, he has dedicated his life to ensuring that the next generation will have a chance at the same opportunities he used to propel himself forward. His organization, the Harlem Children's Zone, is a nationally recognized program that covers 100 blocks and reaches nearly 10,000 children, but he continues to say that we need to do more and we have to do it better. He is an entrepreneur, an innovator and an inspiration, and it's been a privilege to work with him to make our schools more effective for New York City kids." Read the article.

Campus News/Bowdoin.edu (August 24, 2009)

The story, "High Praise for Geoffrey Canada '74 from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg," notes the Daily News mention. Read the article.

CollegeNews.org (August 25, 2009)

The Web site of the Annapolis Group, a non-profit alliance of the nation's leading independent liberal arts colleges, posted the story in its College Campus News section. Read the article.

New York Daily News (August 27, 2009)

Columnist Elizabeth Benjamin picked up the CollegeNews.org story mentioning her newspaper, noting "Geoffrey Canada's alma mater, Bowdoin College, is very proud of him" in her News of the Day roundup. Read the article.

The Today Show/NBC (August 25, 2009)

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Selling your cheating husband's expensive sports car for $1 on eBay, peeling the labels from all the bottles in his prized wine collection, and posting photos of him around the neighborhood with the caption, "Wives Against Married Men Dating."

They are all actual examples of revenge exacted by wives hurt and angered by their spouse's philandering ways included in The Down and Dirty Dish on Revenge: Serving It Up Nice and Cold to that Lying, Cheating Bastard (St. Martin's Press).

Author Eva Nagorski '92 was a guest during the show's fourth hour.


Eva Nagorski '92 (left) with Ian Kerner, discussing the merits of revenge on Today.

Read an excerpt from The Down and Dirty Dish on Revenge: Serving It Up Nice and Cold to that Lying, Cheating Bastard.

Potholm Sought for Political Insight

All Things Considered/NPR (August 25, 2009)


DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm spoke about Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and her role as a member of the bipartisan "Gang of Six" involved in the ongoing healthcare debate.

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Christian Potholm

Addressing Snowe's independence and stature as one of the most popular politicians in Maine's history, Potholm said in the segment that she's one of the few senators in the country who is "completely impervious to challenges from the right or the left."

He said casting deciding votes has earned Snowe some clout.

"When Obama turned to her during the stimulus debates, I think she discovered that there were some people on his staff that would listen to her. I think she saw a place for her moderate view of 'let's see what works.' And I think the Obama people would certainly be reaching out to her as someone for whom they could make common cause." Listen to the segment or read the transcript.

The Boston Globe (August 18, 2009)

Potholm's observations into Sen. Snowe's politics also appear in the article, "A Health Plan Linchpin Commands Respect." Read the article.

The New York Times (August 19, 2009)


The article, "President Steps Down at Baruch," reports the resignation of Kathleen M. Waldron as president of Baruch College, part of the City University of New York, and mentions that she taught at Bowdoin early in her career. Read the article.

T Magazine (August 19, 2009)


The New York Times publication’s "Consierge" feature mentions the College among its suggestions for how to spend Labor Day weekend in Maine. Read the article.

Barron's (August 17, 2009)


Tom O’Halloran '77, P'13, portfolio manager of the Lord Abbett Developing Growth Fund A, is profiled in the article, "On the Rebound," which notes that the man responsible for the firm's small-cap and micro-cap growth products was once a prosecutor with the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General. Read the article.

The Washington Post (August 13, 2009)


The relationship between Peter Buck '52, H'08, billionaire physicist and Subway sandwich chain co-founder, and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History is explored in the article, "The Buck Largesse Starts Here."

Buck and Bowdoin
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Evening rendering of the northwest corner of the new Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness.

Peter Buck's generosity also extends to his alma mater, making possible the new Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, to be completed fall 2009.

Read about the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness.


The article details Buck's acquisition of one of the world's rarest rubies and a 1785 letter written by George Washington and their subsequent donation to the museum.

From The Washington Post:

As the subject of gifting is touched upon, Buck says, "Just don't say anything like, 'And this is Dr. Buck's way of giving back.' I never stole anything! So I'm not giving anything back!"

This amused-from-a-distance perspective on philanthropy and wealth is one that seems to come naturally to Buck, a man who has lived in the same house for 17 years and has a 13-year-old car parked in his driveway. (Though the Village People did perform at his 70th birthday party.)

Read the article.

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Kevin Salatino

Los Angeles Times (August 13, 2009)


The article mentions Kevin Salatino's departure from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to direct the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. Read the article.

Inside Higher Ed.com (Aug. 12, 2009)


A study co-authored by Assistant Professor of Sociology Seth Ovadia and presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in San Francisco is the subject of the article, "The Influence of Higher Ed."

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Seth Ovadia

Ovadia and Laura M. Moore of Hood College write in their paper that evangelical Protestants make up more than a quarter of of the U.S. population, and that they have become an important political force.

Their paper and the article look at the influence a college education has on students' attitudes regarding tolerance toward atheists and homosexuals. Read the article.

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Brendan Murphy '07

The Washington Post (August 11, 2009)

Marine Brendan Murphy '07 is featured in the article, "Potent Bombs Slow Marine Offensive," which details the death-defying mission his team undertook in the desert of southern Afghanistan.

Read the article.

Murphy is also featured in an accompanying video:


2nd Lt. Brendan Murphy '07 is featured in the video, "Marines Traverse Dangerous Paths in Southern Afghanistan," which accompanies the Washington Post's online story. Murphy appears one minute into the clip.

Murphy's unit, the 2nd Battalion, 8th Regiment, has also been the focus of the ongoing NPR series, "America's Battalion." Listen to the stories, read the accompanying articles and see the photos here.

USA Today (August 3, 2009)


The wedding of actor Hayes MacArthur '99 was carried in newspapers across the country, many of which mentioned that his former football teammates from Bowdoin were in attendance, including the Chicago Sun-Times.

SBA Chief Karen Mills

The Detroit News and Free Press (August 2, 2009)

Reporting on her trip to suburban Detroit's Oakland University, the article, "SBA Chief Knows the Auto Business," notes that Karen Mills, administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and wife of President Barry Mills, has had a career that includes investing in and running auto parts and other manufacturing businesses.

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Karen Mills

Hundreds of auto suppliers and other investors interested in the growing robotics field gathered to hear what Mills had to say about business and the Automotive Robotics Cluster. Read the article.

The Wall Street Journal (August 10, 2009)

In the article, "SBA Chief: I Know 'What It Will Take,'" Karen Mills discusses the progress of President Obama's economic recovery plans, healthcare reform and the SBA's role in serving small businesses. Read the article.

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