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1899 — Bowdoin’s first president, Joseph McKeen, is inaugurated and the College opens for classes.

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Ted Wells ’98 and Dr. Seuss Inspire Students to Change Hollywood

When Ted Wells’ fourth-grade class read Dr. Suess’s The Lorax, in which the Lorax character “speaks for the trees,” his students were inspired to do what they could to prevent a Hollywood studio from watering down Dr. Seuss’s environmental message.

Wells’ Park School class in Brookline, Mass., helped convince University Pictures, which is releasing a Lorax movie in March, to green-up the marketing of its film to reflect the book’s theme. The students started an online petition that collected more than 56,000 signatures. Movie star Edward Norton tweeted about the petition, and Mother Jones and Grist also ran articles about the students’ project.

Wells updated the petition on Thursday: “They’ve changed their website almost exactly as my class requested!! Same visual, same link!!” The class had asked that the website have a Lorax Tip button that let viewers see a list of ways to help the planet. Universal also told Wells it was putting other environmental initiatives in place.

Wells said his students celebrated with a dance party during snack break. He also reiterated the famous quote from The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Polar Bear Scoreboard

 

Women’s Basketball — The women’s basketball team dominated the second half of a 64-52 win over Colby Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium. Read coverage in the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Men’s Basketball — The men’s basketball team took command in the second half of a 67-40 win over Colby Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium.

Women’s Ice Hockey — For the second straight night, the women’s ice hockey team scored three goals in the third period to defeat Williams, this time taking a 3-0 win Saturday afternoon at Watson Arena.

Women’s Squash — Amid a full day of matches, the women’s squash team won two, beating Tufts, 9-0, and Wellesley, 8-1, and dropped one, falling to Brown, 9-0.

Men’s Squash — Brown’s squash team was able to squeak past Bowdoin, 5-4.

Nordic Skiing — Powered by a ninth-place showing by Kaitlynn Miller in Friday’s classic sprint, the Bowdoin College nordic ski team placed ninth of 13 teams at the University of New Hampshire Carnival this weekend.

Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving — The swimming and diving teams won three of four head-to-head match-ups in a meet against Trinity and Wesleyan Saturday at Trinity College.

Men’s and Women’s Track & Field — The track and field teams both took convincing first-place finishes at the Bowdoin Invitational hosted Saturday at Farley Field House.

Making Our World Go Even Faster (Fast Company)

MIT researchers have devised a new way of computing an important algorithm, a discovery that has the potential to speed up much of our technology, from computers to medical equipment, and make it cheaper, too.

To do this, they figured out how to speed up the calculation of Fast Fourier Transforms — the “most important algorithm of our lifetime.” FFTs reduce complicated signals, like sound waves, to a fairly short list of numbers.

This breakthrough, Fast Company says, could lead to 3-D rendering on tablets, more accurate self-driving cars, highly detailed weather models, and more efficient image, sound and video compression techniques.