(Front row, l. to r.) Bill de la Rosa ’16, Dieu Ho ’15, Erica Hummel ’16, Emily Gower ’16, Caroline Blake ’14, William Kenefake ‘16. (Back row) Tom Putnam ’84, Evan Kulak ’14, David Levine ’16, Roberto Tavel ’16, Monty Barker ’16, John Horton ’15, Prof. Andrew Rudalevige.
Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, brought students from his American Presidency class to the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, where they spent time with the library’s director, Tom Putnam ’84. “He graciously met with us to give us a sense of his post-Bowdoin career, the National Archives system, and the joys and pressures of running a high-pressure public institution — especially in this 50th anniversary year of the Kennedy assassination,” says Rudalevige. The students also met with one of the library’s archivists to explore how presidency scholars conduct primary research, and toured the museum exhibits.
A free Android flashlight application, Flashlight Free, successfully transformed smartphones into flashlights. However, users were unaware that using the app also enabled companies to track them. Brightest Flash Free collected information that pinpointed a user’s exact location. As a result, the Federal Trade Commission issued its first action related to location-based technology, reaching a settlement with the maker of Brightest Flashlight Free for deceiving its users about the application’s purpose.
Alex Doering ’14 got involved with hospice somewhat by chance. Two years ago in late spring, he was helping out at Bowdoin by shepherding around successful alumnae who were on campus for a career panel. As he led oncologist and palliative care specialist Suzana Makowski ’90 to Moulton Union, he struck up a conversation with her. When she heard Doering had no summer plans, she suggested he volunteer with hospice.
Exclusive languages are all around us — from the shorthand we’ve adopted for text messaging, to the ever-changing, always elusive code used by teenagers. And then there are really obscure tongues, including those on the Mental Flosslist of 11 languages that are spoken by 11 or fewer people.
President Barry Mills, John Studzinski ’78 and Barbara Tarmy ’75 at Broadway Housing Communities’ 30 Years/30 Heroes celebration in New York City.
Broadway Housing Communities, the New York City affordable housing non-profit founded by Ellen Baxter ’75, marked its 30th anniversary with a 30 Years/30 Heroes celebration Dec. 3, 2013. The event, hosted by John Studzinski ’78, recognized President Barry Mills in naming the College one of its 30 heroes.
“It is fair to say that were it not for Bowdoin College there would be no Broadway Housing Communities,” reads the narrative in the event’s printed materials.”By every measure, BHC’s accomplishments are testament to Bowdoin College’s values and ethos as invoked in ‘The Offer of the College,’ which includes the call ‘to lose yourself in generous enthusiasms and cooperate with others for common ends.’ From Ellen Baxter’s founding vision and sense of purpose; to the professional dedication of Mary Ann Villari ’75 without whom BHC would not be preparing to welcome tenants to Sugar Hill; to the dedication of current and former board members Saddie Smith ’75, John Studzinski ’78 and the late John Cooper-Mullin ’75 whose steadfast belief in our mission makes it possible to create real and sustained impact every day; to the alumni, student and parent volunteers whose contributions on Common Good Day each year ‘make hosts of friends’; to the Polar Bear network that year after year strengthens our confidence and our efforts; to those whose ongoing personal commitments make everything possible, Bowdoin College has been integral to BHC’s genesis, development and growth.”
Hailed as “the intellectual father of today’s index fund industry,” Eugene Fama, named a 2013 Nobel laureate in economic sciences, is profiled in Fortune magazine. It was Fama who coined the phrase “efficient markets” in a 1965 paper, after joining the University of Chicago’s business faculty. Read the Fortune piece, “What Can You Learn From Mr. Efficient Markets Now?” Fama is the first of three laureates featured in this video, “Lectures: 2013 Prize in Economic Sciences,” in which he delivers the talk, “Two Pillars of Asset Pricing.”
Miley Cyrus’ attention-grabbing performance at the MTV Video Music Awards — featuring a teddy bear onesie and a risqué duet with Robin Thicke — sparked a lecture and student discussion of gender and sexuality in Hubbard Hall December 4.
Led by Associate Professor of German Jill Smith and Associate Professor of English and Film Studies Aviva Briefel, Feminism, Image and Miley Cyrus took place in the Shannon Room of Hubbard Hall with sponsorship from Baxter House and the Donald and Barbara Kurtz Fund.
Cyrus’ performance included “all of these indicators that signify sexuality or sexual perversion in some way, but not in a very legible or readable way,” Briefel said. “I think it confused a lot of people, which we can see from the audience shots.” Read the full story by Somya Mawrie ’14.
There are many reasons juniors Anna Hall and Ian Kline offer to explain their enthusiasm for The Bowdoin Co-op. The student club, which gathers weekly to share a meal made from scratch, endorses an environmentally sustainable diet. The volunteer student cooks try to use as many local, organic vegetables, fruits, beans, dairy products and grains as they can. By eating local products, club members are supporting small farmers and the local economy, while also reducing their carbon footprint. After making and sharing many meals together, the co-op members have become close. It is “a home for me on campus,” Kline says.
Hall, a visual arts and earth and oceanographic major, and Kline, a biochemistry major, are presidents of the club, which manages to achieve all of the above on a weekly budget of just $70 a week (except for Thanksgiving, when the College gives the club $100).
Despite financial aid, grants and other assistance, students from low-income families face a number of challenges when they enter college. Forbes writes of the difficulties low-income students encounter at Ivy League schools and other expensive higher-education institutions. Beth Breger, executive director of Leadership Enterprise of a Diverse America (LEDA), says “part of the problem stems from the fact that a majority of campuses are set up for your average upper/middle class student, one who comes to school with a certain set of ‘soft skills’ that disadvantaged students still need to learn.” This, she says, is only the tip of the iceberg.