Airlines are having a difficult time sticking to their schedules — and it has nothing to do with snow and ice. As Scott McCartney writes in his regular Wall Street Journal feature, “The Middle Seat,” it has more to do with the profitability of reservation change/cancellation fees — to the tune of $2.7 billion in the last 12 months.
Scarfing down lunch at your desk may seem like a productive, multitask-y thing to do, but you’re not doing yourself any favors. In addition to dropping crumbs and dollops of yogurt (yes, I see you) into your keyboard, you are harming your chances of having a good and productive work day. Take it from a San Francisco software engineer who found five reasons never to eat lunch at your desk again.
Megan Phelps, a junior from Southwest Harbor, Maine, traveled to Augusta on Monday, Feb. 10, to testify in support of a bill that would provide online information about colleges and universities. The bill is intended to help families and prospective students make informed decisions about where to attain a higher education.
The “Know Before You Go” bill would ensure that the public is provided information on such data as alumni employment rates, average incomes, monthly debt payments and other outcomes by major.
The proposed bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Seth Berry of Bowdoinham, is broadly supported by education and business leaders, according to the Maine House Democrats.
Phelps said the measure would provide a significant resource for students. “It will allow Maine students and their families to make informed decisions about their educational investment,” she said in her testimony. “It is information that I wish I’d had access to and will be invaluable to future Maine leaders.”
Phelps also said that while she was at the state house, she got “to meet the Speaker of the House and some other really interesting people,” including lots of Bowdoin alumni.
The Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center has announced the publication of North by Degree: New Perspectives on Arctic Exploration, a collection of papers on the history of late 19th-century and early 20th-century Arctic exploration.
The volume, published by the American Philosophical Society, is edited by Museum Director Susan A. Kaplan and Robert M. Peck, Senior Fellow of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Arctic Museum staff members contributed a number of papers to the volume.
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity, from 200o to 2010, tracked pretty closely with Russians’ perceptions of the country’s economy. But in 2011, presidential approval appears to have broken free from this correlation, and many have been trying to explain why. As Daniel Treisman writes in the Monkey Cage, a blog published by The Washington Post, closer analysis of the presidency shows that this previous assessment may not be true.
In a recent episode of the series Sea Rescue, ABC TV featured the tale of a stranded harbor porpoise named Noodle and his remarkable journey of recovery back into the wild. The original heroes of the story? A group of Bowdoin students, who discovered the porpoise trapped in a Brunswick, Maine, salt marsh during a Biochemistry lab last year.
Watch a preview of the Feb. 1 episode “Locked and Found!” (Noodle’s segment starts at 0:18) and read the full story of the porpoise rescue by Catherine Yochum ’15.
The Bowdoin community is invited to take part in a community read, culminating with the College’s first open, online book talk April 1, 2014.
Join alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and others in a discussion of Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down.
Geoffrey Canada ’74, a tireless advocate for providing educational opportunities for the impoverished, is stepping down as CEO of the Harlem Children’s Zone, a nationally recognized full-service community organization geared toward improving the lives of low-income children and families in New York City through education. Canada will remain as president of the board. He will be succeeded as CEO by HCZ’s current chief operating officer, Anne Williams Isom. Read more in The Wall Street Journal.
Canada was most recently on campus in May 2013, when he, along with investor Stanley Druckenmiller ’75, participated in the discussion “Generational Theft: How Entitlement Spending is Stealing Opportunity from America’s Youth,” moderated by President Barry Mills.