Each year, Bowdoin’s office of Career Planning organizes a career fair to connect Maine businesses and nonprofits with Bowdoin students who want to live in and work in Maine, either for the summer or after they graduate. This year, 39 employers — from consulting firms to research labs and schools — gathered for the afternoon career fair in Smith Union. The organizations were offering at least 59 jobs, fellowships and internships in a wide range of fields. In this video, a few employers briefly describe the positions they’re seeking to fill.
San Francisco Mayor and 2014 Common Good Award recipient Ed Lee ’74 has been an advocate for innovation and technological advancement in San Francisco ever since he was first elected mayor in 2011.
He has since successfully pushed for taxes and stock options that would benefit tech start-ups, arguing the tech sector provides the city with the most jobs, but as his city has transformed into an extension of Silicon Valley, Lee has attracted supporters as well as critics.
San Francisco Tenants Union Director Ted Gullicksen argues the housing situation has worsened this past year as “the influx of highly paid tech workers led to higher rents … and increased evictions of longtime tenants by landlords seeking higher rents.”
Caught between the supportive tech sector and angry housing advocates, Lee has presented a plan “to build 30,000 housing units for low- and moderate-income people by 2020 and to protect existing ones.” He hopes that this will appease a few of his harshest critics: ”I think people will feel less fear that they can’t live in the city, and hopefully, it shouldn’t be ‘us versus them, let’s blame tech.’” Read The New York Times profile of Lee.
After being inspired by Yale University’s recent 19th-Annual Black Solidarity Conference, “Rooted: An Odyssey of Black Art,” student members of Bowdoin’s African-American Society decided to bring a taste of the convention back to campus.
To do this, Ashley Bomboka ’16 organized a recent panel discussion on black art, inviting the students who attended the Yale conference to participate: Symone Howard ’15, Golden Owens ’15, Fatoumata Bah ’17, Lydia Godo-Solo ’17 and Dominique Wein ’15. Two faculty members, Judith Casselberry and Elizabeth Muther, also contributed to the conversation. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16.
A pair of Bowdoin College nordic skiers will take to the trails at the Soldier Hollow Resort in Midway, Utah, March 6 and 8 to compete in the NCAA Championship.
For the first time in school history, Bowdoin will send two competitors to nationals, as Kaitlynn Miller qualified for the second consecutive year, and James Crimp becomes the first Polar Bear male skier to earn a bid in the EISA-era. Read more.
The Board of Trustees has approved a number of campus renovation and construction projects that are to begin in the coming months. These projects will help satisfy a need for residential space with improvements to Coles Tower and renovations to an acquired property on Harpswell Road, as well as administration space, through the construction of a new building on Maine Street. Landscaping and parking improvements are also planned for North Campus Drive and Hyde Plaza. Read about the projects.
To celebrate International Polar Bear Day February 27, L.L. Bean visited some of their favorite Polar Bears. Bean posted photos to Instagram and Facebook, noting that its iconic Bean boots are manufactured in Brunswick. Check out this cool Vine video, also. Amid hype during New York’s Fashion Week, when Glamour magazine editors dubbed the boot “the No. 1 snow boot of choice,” local news reports told of record orders (143,000 pairs in December) and back orders resulting in the company adding more jobs to keep up with demand. Read the Sun Journal article.
Within every object, no matter how unassuming it may be, is a story. The Object Show: Discoveries in Bowdoin’s Collections, on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art through June 1, draws from the diverse collections of the College to bring many such stories to light. What looks like a simple x-ray image is actually one of the first radiographs taken in North America, showing the fractured ankle of a railroad porter who was shot in the foot in 1896. A messy set of paints turns out to be a watercolor box used by Winslow Homer.
And then there’s the thimble. In a recent gallery talk, Tess Chakkalakal, associate professor of Africana studies and English, and John Cross ’76 kicked off a discussion series titled ”Multiple Perspectives in The Object Show” with a close look at this humble sewing implement.
The particular thimble on exhibit belonged to Phebe Jacobs, a freed slave working on the Bowdoin campus as a seamstress in the early 1800s. “The thimble shows what kind of history an object can tell,” Chakkalakal said. On display alongside the thimble is a booklet called Happy Phebe, one of the only sources of information on Jacobs’ life (written by another Phebe: Phebe Upham, wife of a philosophy teacher at Bowdoin). “The objects in this gallery represent an undocumented history,” Cross said. “They tell stories for people who don’t have voices.”
Brewing giant MillerCoors has launched a new brand of beer that couldn’t help but catch the attention of the global business magazine Fortune. The name of the new beer, with a higher-than-average alcohol content that is being marketed for its ability to “unlock possibilities,” is Fortune — causing many marketing experts to wonder how the name connection will impact sales. Beth Kowitt ’07 with Fortune — the magazine — explores the product’s use of a name near and dear to the hearts of many.