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Bowdoin in the News: October in Review

Story posted October 29, 2009

It was a robust October for Bowdoin in the News: Professor Chris Potholm was in demand coast-to-coast and over the border for his political insight, Bad Girls Go Everywhere author Jennifer Scanlon was in The New York Times for the fourth time in five months, and the College went prime time twice in two weeks on hit television shows.

Prof. Potholm is Everywhere

Interest in issues such as same-sex marriage, the pivotal role of Sen. Olympia Snowe in the ongoing national healthcare debate and medical marijuana have made DeAlva Stanwood Alexander Professor of Government Christian Potholm the media's go-to expert.

On Medical Marijuana

The New York Times (October 25, 2009)

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Chris Potholm

In the article, "States Pressed Into New Role on Marijuana," Potholm sheds light on the interesting nexus between the medical marijuana referendum and another that calls for a ban on same-sex marriage, saying that opponents of same-sex marriage have heavily recruited young, socially conservative voters, who do not tend to be concerned about medical marijuana expansion.

"The 18 to 25-year-old vote is going to be overrepresented because of the gay marriage situation, so overrepresented in favor of medical marijuana," says Potholm in the article. Read the article.

On the Same-Sex Marriage Debate

CNN (October 26, 2009)

The cable network's Web site carried the article, "Same-Sex Marriage Battle Moves to Maine," which included commentary from Potholm, who notes that the spotlight is now on Maine because of the defeated bill in California.

"I think this is a nationwide effort to get the gay marriage agenda back on track — not just in Maine, but in terms of the whole country," says Potholm in the article. Read the article.

The Boston Globe (October 20, 2009)

"The defeat in California, which was by no means predicted, was a terrible black eye" for supporters of same-sex marriage, says Potholm in the article, "Same-Sex Marriage Fight Roils Maine."

"They very much want to make Maine a place where they turn that around.’" Read the article.

Washington Examiner (October 13, 2009)

The paper ran an Associated Press story about the money raised on both sides of the referendum regarding Maine's gay marriage law. "This is a huge national issue coming after defeat of gay marriage in California, and Maine is where the defenders of gay marriage are making their stand," says Potholm in the article. Read the article.

And on Topic of Sen. Snowe: Potholm Reigns

National Journal (October 20, 2009)

George Mitchell '54

The article, "Where the Mild Things Are: Olympia Snowe Continues Maine's Long Tradition of Rewarding Pragmatic Senators," reports that Maine has had "some of the most influential senators of the last 50 years," including Republicans Margaret Chase Smith and William Cohen '62, and Democrats Edmund Muskie and George Mitchell '54.

The piece notes that Potholm, while speaking at an event attended by Sen. Snowe at Colby College, credited Smith with creating the archetype of the GOP Maine senator. Read the article.

The Globe and Mail [Canada] (October 15, 2009)

"She is impervious to an attack from the left or the right. She's a heroine," says Potholm in what is said to be Canada's largest-circulation national newspaper.

"Maine voters want a certain kind of Republican. They wouldn't like her if she did something just to please the right wing or the Republican Party," he says, adding: "People in Maine, regardless of political affiliation, they want our problems solved." Read the article.

The Boston Globe (October 14, 2009)

"People have a great sense that if anybody knows whether it's a good or bad bill, it will be her," said Potholm in the article, "Snowe Went 'Back and Forth' Till End." Read the article.

The Globe also included Potholm's observations on the matter in its August 18, 2009, coverage. Read the article.

Los Angeles Times (October 9, 2009)

"She's basically untouchable," said Potholm of Maine's senior senator in the article, "All Eyes are on Olympia Snowe in Healthcare Debate." "When the lefty loonies start screaming, or the right-wing kooks come after her, the rest say [she] must be doing something right."

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William S. Cohen '62

The piece also notes Maine's long-cherished tradition of electing lawmakers unafraid to ignore partisan attachments, and includes as an example William S. Cohen '62, who, as a U.S. Representative, voted to impeach President Richard Nixon.

"The expectation is that a senator from Maine will be a nationally significant figure," says Potholm. "For 60 years the image has been country first, state second and party third." Read the article.

The New York Times (October 25, 2009)

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79 is counted among the newspaper's ten "best of the best" in a preview of those registered for the 2009 New York City Marathon. Read the article.

The Huffington Post (October 25, 2009)

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Ted Wells '98, a fourth grade teacher in Brookline, Mass., attended the Boston Underwater 350 Festival with his wife and one-year-old son and wrote about the experience for The Huffington Post in the article, "350: Polar Bears, Harbor Seals, and a Boy."

"Before heading over, I noticed the little guy was wearing his 'Bowdoin Polar Bears' T-shirt, so I put a strip of duct tape over 'Bowdoin' and Sharpied in 'Save the' instead. Voila! He was ready for his first climate rally." Read the article.

That Old Cape Magic (Knopf, 2009)

Best-selling author Richard Russo's latest novel, That Old Cape Magic (Knopf, 2009), about a professor's midlife crisis, includes passing mention of the College.

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On page seven, in describing the academic careers of the protagonist's professorial parents, Russo writes: "[T]hey'd each had opportunities — she at Amherst, he at Bowdoin — but never together."

Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Empire Falls was made into an HBO film, parts of which were filmed at the College’s Breckinridge Public Affairs Center in York, Maine. Read more about the Breckinridge Center's role in the filming of Empire Falls.

The Good Wife/CBS (October 20, 2009)

In the opening scene of the episode titled "Crash," a character introduces new assistant Marnie Compton and includes among her credentials, "Bowdoin 2005, summa cum laude."

The Good Wife focuses on Julianna Marguiles who plays Alicia Florrick, the wife of a disgraced politician who returns to her old job as a defense attorney to rebuild her reputation and provide for her two children.

There is a Bowdoin presence behind the scenes, as well. Ivano Pulito '08, originally hired in June as an office production assistant for the series, now works as an accounting clerk for the show.

Lacrosse magazine (October 2009)

Christopher Hill '74 arrived in Baghdad on April 24, 2009, as the new U.S. ambassador to Iraq and hadn't even reached the embassy before finding a fellow lacrosse player.

Christopher Hill '74

So began the Baghdad Lacrosse Club — and the article in which Hill reminisces about his career as a midfielder on the Bowdoin team and how he once crossed paths with a man who would go on to serve a patriotic duty of his own — as head coach of the New England Patriots.

"My claim to fame is that in the ECAC New England Division III championship game in 1974, Bowdoin beat Wesleyan, 15-7," says Hill in the article. "And there was a hapless attackman named Bill Belichick who did not score that day because I was on him. He's never been heard from again. I guess I drove him into football." Read the article.

Inside Higher Ed (October 16, 2009)

Yonfang Chen '10 and his two co-authors are interviewed about their book, A True Liberal Arts Education (China Publishing Group, 2009). Reporter Serena Golden asks Chen what aspects of Bowdoin surprised him the most upon his arrival from China and about the challenges he encountered.

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"While the language barrier was relatively easy to conquer, assimilating into a new culture so different from my own was a much more demanding task," says Chen in the article.

"Coming from a culture in which a 'standard answer' is provided for every question, I did not argue with others even when I disagreed. However, Bowdoin forced me to re-consider 'the answer' and reach beyond my comfort zone." Read the article.

The book is published in Chinese with an English appendix featuring interviews with various Bowdoin faculty and administrators, including President Barry Mills, Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster and Associate Dean of Admissions John Thurston. Read more about the book.

Mad Men/AMC (October 11, 2009)

Bowdoin has made yet another appearance on a popular television show. The episode "Wee Small Hours" features the character Suzanne Farrell jogging in a Bowdoin T-shirt.

Mad Men, set in a Madison Avenue advertising agency in the early 1960s, has received critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity and visual style, and has won multiple awards, including nine Emmys and three Golden Globes.

Mad Men executive producer Matthew Weiner was a writer on another popular cable series, HBO's The Sopranos, which wove Bowdoin into an ongoing storyline. In June 2009, TV Guide ranked "College," the episode in which Meadow Soprano travels to Maine with her mobster father, Tony, to visit Bowdoin, Bates and Colby, the second-greatest episode in the history of television. Read more about the Bowdoin storyline on The Sopranos.

Christian Science Monitor (October 9, 2009)

The article, "Universities Try Innovative Ways to Get Grads Jobs," mentions the College along with Amherst and Tufts, calling them "intellectual powerhouses." Read the article.

The Kansas City Star (October 8, 2009)

The paper picked up the story that originally appeared in the Sept. 8, 2009, edition of The Sacramento Bee, detailing how a college survival guide composed by Tiernan Cutler '11, initially as a gift for friends, became an online marketing campaign for Clorox. Read the article.

Watch Tiernan Cutler '11 in a short video about her college survival guide.

Cutler's idea gave rise to five college survival guides tailored to different regions around the U.S. View the East Coast edition here.

The New York Times (October 8, 2009)

For the fourth time in five months, Professor Gender and Women's Studies Jennifer Scanlon and Bad Girls Go Everywhere, her biography of longtime Cosmopolitan editor Helen Gurley Brown, are in The New York Times.

Jennifer Scanlon

The opinion piece, "Why We Love the Shoes That Hurt Us," features Scanlon’s contribution, "The Risks, the Rewards," which addresses how the denizens of our consumer culture weigh the risks of practices such as wearing sexy high-heels with the rewards of feeling fashionable and desirable.

"As Helen Gurley Brown realized, women are no better — and no worse — at making decisions big and small than men are. They simply have more shoes to choose from — and make a wider range of choices," writes Scanlon.


"The ultimate arbiters have to be women themselves, who quickly enough learn that they can't walk in certain heels, or sit down in certain skirts, or stay sufficiently warm in certain coats. The advice Helen Gurley Brown might give to the advice givers: don't get caught between a rock and a high heel."

Read the article.

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

The Daily Beast (October 7, 2009)

The popular Web site includes Bowdoin in the feature, "The Best College Food." Education contributor Kathleen Kingbury's article highlighting excellence in collegiate cuisine notes Dining Service's local sourcing and points out that it pulled off a 100 percent compostable lobster bake at the outset of the academic year.

The Daily Beast's October 6, 2009, article includes this photo, noting that 1,256 lobsters were served at the College's 100 percent compostable lobster bake in September.

The Daily Beast is a news reporting and opinion Web site published by Tina Brown, former editor of Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. Read the article.

Forbes (October 2, 2009)

The article, "Taking the 'Bored' Out of the Boardroom," features Sara Schiller '92, her husband Marc, and Meet at the Apartment, the couple's innovative entrepreneurial venture, which rents state-of-the-art, comfortably appointed spaces to businesses for conferences and meetings.

Sara Schiller '92 and her husband Marc, founders of Meet at the Apartment, talk about their business venture in this Fortune/ video.

Read the Forbes article.

Ski magazine (October 2009)

The article "High Country Heroes" features Auden Schendler '92, executive director of sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company, and his opinions regarding climate change and the steps he feels must be taken to stave off imminent environmental disaster. "To deal with climate change, we need to make all these decisions with big, 50-year implications in a 10-year window," says Schendler in the article.

Inc. magazine (October 2009)

Austin Branson '04 and Peter Smathers Carter '04 are among the magazine's "30 Under 30: America's Coolest Young Entrepreneurs."

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Austin Branson '04 (left) and Peter Smathers Carter '04

The former college roommates founded Smathers and Branson after graduation in 2004. The company manufactures and sells preppy needlepoint belts, key fobs, wallets and other products.

The company's accessories have been featured in magazines including House and Garden and Redbook. Branson and Carter have also appeared with their wares on Fox Business News, and former President George H.W. Bush was photographed wearing one of their belts at the AT&T National golf tournament alongside Tiger Woods in July 2007. Read the article.

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