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Bowdoin in the News: August in Review

Story posted August 31, 2010

Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster is in The New York Times twice in as many months, sharing words of wisdom with first-year students, and some returning students make their way back to Bowdoin from Oregon — on bikes. These are just two of the stories that put Bowdoin in the news this August.

The New York Times (August 27, 2010)

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Aijalon Gomes '01

Aijalon Mahli Gomes '01, who had been sentenced to eight years in a North Korean prison following his arrest in January for entering that country illegally, was freed after former President Jimmy Carter travelled to North Korea as a private citizen to secure his release. Read the article. The story received widespread national attention, appearing in, among other media outlets, The Boston Globe, Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner and on NPR.

The New York Times (August 25, 2010)

Entrepreneur Saudia Davis '00 is highlighted in "Some Business Skills to Go With the Passion," an article about the entrepreneurial ideal and the college courses and continuing education classes that endeavor to foster it. Davis started GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, an organic residential and commercial cleaning service whose goal is to help its clientele achieve a healthier lifestyle. Read the article.

Star-Tribune [Minneapolis, Minn.] (August 24, 2010)

During the evening rush hour on August 1, 2007, the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis collapsed, killing 13 people and injuring 145. The National Transportation Safety Board cited a design flaw as the likely cause of the collapse. Chris Messerly '81, lead attorney for a consortium of attorneys in the Twin Cities representing more than 100 clients, announced a settlement in the case. Read the article.

NPR (August 24, 2010)

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Susan Bell

Some critics argue the trend of patients with diseases like cancer to display ribbons, buttons or bumper stickers has become just another corporate marketing opportunity. A. Myrick Freeman Professor of Social Sciences Susan E. Bell, who has studied patient responses from artists' books to photography to large political organizations, says it is a way to bring attention to issues surrounding illness by wearing clothing and wristbands, even tattooing, as a way to raise social and political awareness, or as a strategy for survival.

"It's a way of making it visible," says Bell in the NPR piece, "giving people some way of trying to destigmatize their conditions and to signal and make connections with people who might have, or know someone with, similar conditions."Read the text of the story.

The New York Times (August 17, 2010)

Advice to first-years from Dean of Student Affairs Tim Foster gets a second round of play in the Times. Bits of Foster's advice were first published July 15, 2010, when his insights opened and closed the article, "Goodbye, Hello," a piece about the transitions students make as they enter college.

Foster advises students not to fill their free time "by compulsively engaging in things." "In college," he says in the article, "decide what really matters to you — your academic and extracurricular passions — and pursue them. Vital engagement will be much more satisfying and fulfilling than compulsive engagement." That timeless advice was reiterated when parts of it (and a link to the original article) were published in a new article, "Put Yourself Out There and Do Something Crazy," on the education blog, The Choice. Read the article.

The Boston Globe (August 15, 2010)

From the coast of Oregon to the coast of Maine, five women from Bowdoin biked their way to the College and blogged about it as they did. Amie Corso, Lucia Cowles, Claire Ellwanger, Tamara Perreault and Danielle Willey — all members of the Class of 2012 — began their 3,000-mile journey June 16, 2010. A sixth student, Kenzie Novak '12, joined the group mid-trip.

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(L. to r.) Amie Corso '12, Danielle Willey '12, Claire Ellwanger '12, Tamara Perreault '12 and Lucia Cowles '12.

Read the article.

The Boston Globe (August 4, 2010)

The travel article, "The Book on an Old College Town,” highlights the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum. Read the article.

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