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How Many Polish Guys Does It Take To…? (Slate)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 09:29

We’ve all heard them, even if we claim we never tell them: so-called “stupidity jokes” that target a certain nationality or ethnic group. A British researcher has found this to be something of a global phenomenon, and just about everyone gets picked on. There’s one exception: “The Great American Lawyer Joke Cycle of the 1980s” didn’t make it outside the U.S.

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Tony Molinari ’96: Stunt Double (Huff Post)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 09:29

Acting can be tough, especially when the script calls for a dangerous action scene. Good thing the stars can call on stunt doubles willing to do the scary stuff—folks who look just enough like the real thing that they can fool an audience. That’s just what Bowdoin’s Tony Molinari (Class of 1996) does for actor Mark Ruffalo. Here’s a look at Tony and a bunch of other stunt doubles who make it all look so easy.

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Women's Tennis Downs Brandeis For Sixth-Straight Victory

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Sun, 03/30/2014 - 00:00
WALTHAM, Mass. - The Bowdoin College women's tennis team rolled to its sixth-consecutive victory on Sunday at Brandeis, 5-3.
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Bowdoin Grad: Women Should Train As Hard As Men in the Marine Corps (Washington Post)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:52

USMC Second Lieutenant Sage Santangelo ’12 is congratulated by Bowdoin President Barry Mills at her commissioning ceremony in front of the Bowdoin Chapel on Memorial Day 2012.

Sage Santangelo ’12 grew up playing ice hockey on boys’ teams and spent her weekends at Bowdoin stopping hockey pucks as the goalie for the women’s ice hockey team. She’s a competitor. That’s why today, as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps, she is urging the military to allow women to train to the same strength and endurance standards as their male counterparts. Only then, Santagelo argues, will women be able to excel in combat.

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Friday Scoreboard: Baseball (9-3-1) Wins at Trinity

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:51

Erik Jacobsen ’15 went seven innings for the win, scattering six hits and striking out two.

Baseball: The Bowdoin College baseball team won its northern debut on Friday at Trinity, 4-2, behind seven strong innings from Erik Jacobsen. The Polar Bears improve to 9-3-1 (1-0 NESCAC) with the win while the Bantams fall to 4-9 (0-1 NESCAC).

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Video: A Breathtaking Look at ‘Slow Life’

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 07:51

Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.

All of are used to watching fast-moving human and animal life. Slow moving things like coral and sponges? Not so much. Here’s a stunning look at “slow life” that doesn’t take very long to watch. For an explanation, visit Director Daniel Stoupin’s photography blog.

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Sailing Concludes March Schedule with Trio of Races

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:00
The Polar Bears competed in three different regattas this past weekend including the BU Trophy hosted by BU, the Lynne Marchiando Team Race Hosted by MIT, and the Dellenbaugh Trophy hosted by Brown.
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Women's Tennis Returns to Action With Convincing Win at Tufts

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:00
MEDFORD, Mass. - The seventh-ranked Bowdoin College women's tennis team swept doubles play and coasted to a 7-2 win over #18 Tufts on Saturday afternoon.
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Men's Tennis Returns to Action With Saturday Victory at Brandeis

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:00
WALTHAM, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team came away with a win in its first northeastern match of the season, 6-2, over Brandeis.
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Baseball Splits Doubleheader, Earns Series Victory at Trinity

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:00
HARTFORD, Conn. - The Bowdoin College baseball team claimed a doubleheader split with Trinity on Saturday to earn a NESCAC East Division series win against the Bantams. The Polar Bears earned a 6-0 win in the opener before falling in a rain-shortened 4-3 loss in the nightcap.
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Late Trinity Rally Stuns Bowdoin in Nationally-Ranked Women's Lacrosse Duel

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:00
HARTFORD, Conn. - The Trinity College women's lacrosse team scored four times in the final 2:44 to stun Bowdoin on Saturday, 9-8, at Sheppard Field.
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Men's Lacrosse Dominates Opening Quarter, Cruises To Victory Over Trinity

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Sat, 03/29/2014 - 00:00
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's lacrosse team jumped to an early lead and used a stifling defensive effort to defeat Trinity, 9-5, Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field.
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Creative Energy: Acclaimed Writers at Bowdoin

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:13

From left: Russ Rymer, Susan Faludi, Sarah Braunstein, and Jaed Coffin (Photo: James Marshall)

Right now Bowdoin is a writing powerhouse. No fewer than four illustrious writers – Susan Faludi, Russ Rymer, Jaed Coffin, and Sarah Braunstein – are on campus this year as visiting faculty members, joining Professor of English Brock Clarke to teach courses in fiction and creative nonfiction.

Read excerpts from their books: Sarah Braunstein’s The Sweet Relief of Missing Children • Brock Clarke’s The Happiest People in the World • Jaed Coffin’s A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants • Susan Faludi’s The Terror Dream • Russ Rymer’s Paris Twilight

Between the five of them they have authored a wide array of published works – books on feminism, articles on science, novels, memoirs, short stories, and more. “Having these distinguished writers with us is an inspiration and invaluable resource for our students,” said Dean for Academic Affairs Cristle Collins Judd.

As part of a series of readings by the visiting writers, Rymer will read from his novel Paris Twilight on March 31 at 4:30 p.m. in Massachusetts Hall.

Click here for the full story, which originally appeared in the Winter 2014 issue of Bowdoin Magazine.

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New Berkeley Show Fusing Art, Science Warns of Songbird Collapse

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:02

A Bowdoin ornithologist, two artists and a composer have collaborated on an evocative new art installation that warns viewers of collapsing songbird populations while mesmerizing them with its moving images and music.

The installation, called Quiet Skies, will be at the Kala Gallery in Berkeley, Calif., through Sunday, March 30. The artists behind the multimedia presentation are printmaker Barbara Putnam, a former Bowdoin Coastal Studies Scholar, and two Boston University faculty: Associate Professor of Art Deborah Cornell and Professor of Music Richard Cornell. They worked with Nat Wheelwright, who is Bowdoin’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass professor of natural sciences. Wheelwright studies the behavioral ecology of birds.

While they work in different disciplines, the artists and scientist share something in common. They are all deeply concerned about the environment, and their work touches on the deleterious effect of humans on habitats and ecosystems.

Read the full story.

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Jef Boeke ’76 Builds Yeast Chromosome From Scratch (NPR)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:01

Jef Boeke, class of 1976, spoke on All Things Considered yesterday about a new synthetic yeast chromosome he and his team have created in their lab from long strings of DNA.

“It’s a milestone in the rapidly growing field of synthetic biology,” NPR’s Richard Harris reports. “In this case, the near-term goal is to understand the genetics of yeast, and eventually the genetics of us.” Humans have similar chromosomes to yeast. Boeke and other scientists are using this research to try to answer “big questions, such as what is in DNA that keeps one species separate from the next.”

Boeke is director of the Institute for Systems Genetics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, and part of an international consortium that is trying to build the remaining 15 yeast chromosomes.

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Why We Overuse Exclamations (Discovery)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 09:01

Exclamation points have worked their way into much of the text we write and see every day, appearing in everything from restaurant receipts (Please let us know how we did!!!) to bathroom signs (Toilet paper only in toilet!!!).

Language purists worry we’re diluting the meaning of our words, and that we should only use exclamation points to express a high degree of emotion. But other linguists argue that language is always changing, “and exclamation marks are just one example of how we alter the way we speak and write to foster social connections and adapt to changing modes of communication,” such as smart phones.  ”By responding to people the same way they communicate with us, we bond.”

Read more about the changing trend of exclamation points.

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Jacobsen Leads Baseball To Victory in Series Opener at Trinity

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 00:00
HARTFORD, Conn. - Behind seven strong innings from Erik Jacobsen, the Bowdoin College baseball team won its northern debut on Friday at Trinity, 4-2.
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