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Arctic Museum: ‘Inuit Art from Cape Dorset and Beyond’ Opens April 17

Bowdoin Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 14:06
On April 17, 2014, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center will open Cape Dorset and Beyond, an exhibition of Canadian Inuit art recently donated to Bowdoin College by Marcia and Robert Ellis.
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Dave Prouty ’80 on ‘Inside Baseball’

Bowdoin Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:38
At his evening talk on campus last week, Dave Prouty ’80 said he initially did not want to work for rich baseball players; he wanted to stick with "low-income union players."
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Prouty ’80, MLB’s Head Lawyer, Offers Negotiation Workshop

Bowdoin Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:38
David Prouty ’80, general counsel for Major League Baseball Players Association, was on campus to give a talk on "power, money and how collective bargaining and players' interests continue to shape the game of baseball."
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Students Show Off International Talents

Bowdoin Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:37
At the International Club's 2014 annual talent show, students and faculty performed acts representing cultures all over the world, including France, Cambodia, Vietnam, Spain, China and the United States.
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Don J. Wyatt to Deliver Kemp Symposium Keynote Address April 17

Bowdoin Campus News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 10:32
Don J. Wyatt, Middlebury College's John M. McCardell Jr. Distinguished Professor, is to deliver the Kemp Symposium keynote address, "The Spear and Shield of Knowledge: Scientific Transference and Cultural Obstruction Between China and the West," at 7:30 p.m., April 17, 2014.
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‘Best, Brightest and Rejected’: Competition Fierce for Admission to Elite Colleges (New York Times)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:47

Competition for admission to the country’s top colleges and universities is more anxiety-inducing than ever, reports The New York Times in the article, “Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95%.”Stanford University accepted only five percent of its applicants, a new low.

The Times includes Bowdoin, along with Amherst, Williams and others, in a list of competitive small colleges also seeing lower acceptance rates these days.

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Lonnie Hackett ’14 Wins Projects for Peace Award

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:47

Lonnie Hackett is not yet a college graduate, but already he is the founder of a healthcare nonprofit in Zambia that provides free medical treatment to children.

To further his work, Hackett has received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant. He’ll use the funds to serve more children through his humanitarian organization, Healthy Kids/Brighter Future. Philanthropist Kathryn Davis set up the Projects for Peace foundation to support motivated undergraduates who are implementing community projects around the world. Read the full story.

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Neurogastronomy: A Feast for the Ears (Marketplace)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:47

What happens in your brain when you take a giant bite into an ice cream cone? What happens if you couple this bite with an ambient music in your ears? A field of science called neurogastronomy studies exactly this, inspring companies such as Starbucks to pick up on the research.

Since then, Starbucks has compiled a playlist to improve the coffee-drinking experience. Hear the sound associated with bitterness and the sound associated with sweetness on Marketplace

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The Science of Tipping (Wait But Why)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:47

Click for full-size table and the full story of who gets tipped and why.

Image: WaitButWhy.com. Click image for larger version.

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Softball Cruises to Non-Conference Victory Over Southern Maine

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:00
STANDISH, Maine - The Bowdoin College softball team scored the first seven runs of the game en route to a 9-1 non-conference win over the University of Southern Maine on Wednesday in a game played at Saint Joseph's College.
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Additional Changes Made to This Week's Softball Schedule

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 00:00
BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College softball team has made some changes to its upcoming schedule.
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Kemp Symposium: ‘Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge’ Apr. 17-18

Bowdoin Campus News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:58
The Kemp Symposium, "Visions of Reality: Science and Other Means of Seeking Knowledge," brings together an interdisciplinary group of scholars to examine the diverse means of creating technical knowledge before and after the birth of modern science.
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Amernet Quartet, Calloway to Premiere Work by Bowdoin’s Shende

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:34

Shende’s song cycle is set to Julie Gard’s prose poem series “Thin Bits of Evidence,” in which each poem is tied to one of the objects above.

 

Mezzo-soprano Rachel Calloway and the Amernet String Quartet will premiere Bowdoin composer Vineet Shende’s new song cycle Thin Bits of Evidence, in a program that also includes Gabriela Ortiz’s Incan-based Balkaah, Janacek’s String Quartet No. 2 “Intimate Letters,” and Grieg’s String Quartet No. 2 in F Major at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Studzinski Recital Hall.

Shende’s music is set to a prose poem series by poet Julie Gard, a professor at the University of Wisconsin, who wrote the series after her house was set on fire in an arson attempt by a disturbed neighbor. Gard explains that writing poetry was her coping mechanism in the aftermath of that event, which took place in North Dakota in 2006:

Our neighbor had worked part-time at a thrift shop in town, and I went there one fall afternoon and filled a basket with objects that I felt drawn to in that moment, that connected in my gut to what had happened. At times I felt morbid to write about the fire, to dwell on it, but I also felt powerful whenever I picked up an object from that basket and composed a prose poem.

Following Wednesday’s concert, Gard will present a reading of her works in the faculty room in Massachusetts Hall at 4 p.m. Thursday April 10. Read more.

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Can Food Corporations Help Us Eat Healthier? (BBC)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:33

 

Large food corporations may be able to generate a new tide of healthier, more nutritious consumers. A study published earlier this year suggests that 16 of biggest food firms in the U.S. “have reduced the number of calories in their products by over six trillion in five years,” four times the original target.

Companies like Kellogg’s, Campbell, Nestlé and General Mills have all been researching and developing new products that have fewer calories but still reach a broad customer segment.

Even so, the American food and beverage industry reportedly spent $17 billion to make people think drinking soda all day long is normal — meaning that the corporate pursuit for profits may not coexist with improving public health.

Read more about the BBC’s special coverage on reducing the global obesity epidemic here. 

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The Upside to Spite (New York Times)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:33

It is difficult to associate spite with anything good. Fairy tales and parables warn us about the negative effects of spite, encouraging us to “take the high road.”

However, evolutionary theorists have recently discovered spite can have some benefits.

In a study testing game theory, researchers determined that the presence of spiteful players influenced others to behave more fairly. In other words, witnessing spite can trigger a greater commitment to altruism and human decency.

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Dog States Versus Cat States (BuzzFeed)

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:31

Do you live among cat-lovers or dog-lovers? The American Veterinary Medical Association has compiled a list of the most cat- and dog-friendly states.

Maine ranks first among “Top Cat-Loving-Dog-Haters” (What? This cannot be true.) owing to statistics that show 46% of households having cats, 35% with dogs.

By contrast, southern states, including Alabama and Louisiana, seem to prefer dogs to cats. See how your state stacks up to the rest of the country.

 

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Late Goal Lifts Colby Women's Lacrosse Over Bowdoin

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:00
WATERVILLE, Maine - Lindsey McKenna with 35 seconds to play as the Colby College women's lacrosse team took an 11-10 win over Bowdoin College in NESCAC play Wednesday night at Bill Alfond Field.
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Colby Dominates Second Half of Men's Lacrosse Showdown

Bowdoin Athletics - Top Stories - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 00:00
BRUNSWICK, Maine - John Grimaldi scored seven goals to lead the Colby College men's lacrosse team to an 11-7 upset of Bowdoin on Tuesday night at Ryan Field.
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NFL Player Opens Up About Race and Sexuality in Sports

Bowdoin Campus News - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 11:25
At the invitation of Bowdoin's Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, former NFL player Wade Davis visited campus for the College's annual Anything But Straight in Athletics event. This event is dedicated to raising awareness about gay athletes who play at every level of every sport.
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Whispering Pines: Pluck, Stuck, and High and Dry

Bowdoin Daily Sun - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 09:33

In this month’s column, John Cross ’76 plies the waters of Lake Bowdoin.

There have undoubtedly been colder winters and snowier winters in Brunswick, but the winter of 2013-14 will be remembered for being experienced as a long and unpleasant one. Snow came early and fell late, midwinter thaws were comparatively brief interludes in a weather pattern that drew Arctic air southward. What we did not have on campus this year was the formation of a shallow lake on the quad, which in previous years inspired commentary in The Occident, the early April spoof of The Orient newspaper. Improved drainage systems underlying the grassy areas of the campus have made “Lake Bowdoin” an infrequent feature of the early spring landscape these days. As alumni can attest, it was not always thus.

Three years after the College opened, the Trustees voted on October 23, 1805, “That the President be authorized to cause a plank way to be made from the college [Massachusetts Hall] to the chapel, and also from his house to the chapel.” The chapel was an unheated wooden building that faced Massachusetts Hall; President McKeen’s house was located where Searles Science Building now stands. The plank walkway was a practical solution to traversing a campus where the only three buildings might be separated by standing water, ice, or mud, depending on the season.

College officials took advantage of the construction of the railroad line through Brunswick in the late 1840s to try to remedy the drainage problems on the campus and to enhance the fertility of the sandy soil, which had defied attempts to establish ornamental shrubbery and trees. Cartloads of clay and loam removed from the construction of the railroad bed were spread across the campus, marginally improving the quality of the soil, but not lessening the tendency for heavy rains falling on frozen ground or the remnant snows of winter to create impressive pools of water.

It wasn’t until the mid-1880s that the College and the town began to address the cumulative health risks posed by surface wells, the lack of a sewer system, and the sluggish natural drainage of swamps and wetlands from the railroad tracks to the Androscoggin River. In a sharp-edged summary of Brunswick’s “Golden Age,” Professor of History Edward Kirkland pointed out that in 1886 Brunswick’s death toll from diphtheria, typhoid, and diarrhea was unequalled in New England: “…a man from the Middle Ages would have felt at home amidst the dirt and smells of Brunswick.” The situation was greatly improved within a few years, and in 1899 Bowdoin took steps to install a drainage system to reduce the likelihood of standing water on the campus quadrangle.

Health issues were clearly in the mind of the author of an Orient article in December of 1915: “The present flooded condition of the campus is but mild prophecy of inundations to come…when spring comes we will be again forced to sit in the drafts of Adams and Memorial trying in vain to keep back the snuffles that come with wet feet and consequent colds. Why doesn’t the college invest in a set of board walks to bridge the deepest channels? The cost would not be exorbitant and the services of a pontifex maximus would not be required…That George Rogers Clark and his backwoodsmen waded through icy waters up to their middles is no proof that wet leather is conducive to regular attendance at chapel.

Periodic floods followed each attempt to improve the situation by expanding the network of drains or by paving walkways. Boardwalks (better known to students as “duck-boards”) worked under some conditions to keep feet dry, but they were difficult to keep clear of snow and ice over the course of a winter.  The comparative certainty of dry feet with the duck-boards was counterbalanced with an increased risk of falls and injuries. I have an early-1960s recollection of duck-boards covering the topographically “low” walk from the Packard Gate to Massachusetts Hall, but no memory of the wooden walkways on the campus quad since then. Perhaps the  liabilities and costs of hand-shoveling the wooden walks outweighed the advantages.

Nearly every appearance of the seasonal lake in recent memory has attracted one or more adventurous souls in a canoe or kayak to ply the uncharted waters.

Students have always found a way to turn a seasonal nuisance into a recreational or editorial opportunity. I’m not sure when the first Bowdoin student launched a watercraft onto the waters of Lake Bowdoin (not to be confused with a wildlife sanctuary in Montana of the same name), but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was in the 19th century. Rowing was Bowdoin’s first intercollegiate sport, after all. In January of 1935 Crowell “Buzz” Hall ’37 and Bill Sawyer ’36 took a red canoe onto the quad in the area between the Chapel and the Walker Art Building. “Laughing students turned into an unsympathetic audience when they began to bombard the vessel with snowballs, the splashes drenching the occupants.”  The accompanying photo shows an expedition by three members of 1944, with Roy LaCasce sitting between Richard Means and George Hebb. Nearly every appearance of the seasonal lake in recent memory has attracted one or more adventurous souls in a canoe or kayak to ply the uncharted waters.

Although sometimes the lake is a winter phenomenon, it is the spring version that draws the greatest editorial commentary in the Orient, especially in the pages of the April Fool’s Day edition. In 1928 a dragon-like monster was sighted off the coast of Memorial Hall; in 1930 “Esquimaux in kayaks” were sent out to rescue four freshmen marooned at the pediment of the Art Museum at Walker Bay. President Sills sent out the North Sea Fleet from the naval base at Searles Hall to search for twelve students who tried to walk across campus in 1938. Over the years there have been essays about a Venetian gondolier who would serenade a couple for a romantic tour of the lagoon, students swimming to classes, possible kickbacks to local businesses who sold rubber boots, entrepreneurially-minded students contemplating operating a campus ferry service, and the Green Hornet Construction Company’s 1970 installation project for a Lake Bowdoin Recreational Facility.

It has been some time now since the center of the campus was occupied by a lake, thanks to the effectiveness of the most recent drainage system, and to weather conditions that have not been favorable for its formation. Should a particular combination of snow, ice, and water conditions create another seasonal lake, I’m sure that Bowdoin students will discover ways to enjoy the experience, as previous generations of students have done, mindful of the sentiment expressed in Edward Page Mitchell’s “Phi Chi”:

“While pluck beats luck,
And Prex is stuck,
And profs are high and dry,
We will follow her to glory!”

 

With best wishes,

John R. Cross ’76
Secretary of Development and College Relations

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