2012 Polar Bear Run photos by Michele Stapleton
On Saturday afternoon, in between the women’s and men’s hockey games, a blur of colorful, hollering, half-dressed Bowdoin students sprinted around campus for no particular reason other than to have fun on a chilly winter day. The horde of runners — some in body paint, others in costumes or bathing suits — took off from the Watson Arena, ran down Coffin Road, and then barreled their way through the Smith Union and Druckenmiller Hall before running around the quad and back to the hockey rink.
“We startled some studiers, who then joined in,” Sam Hanson ’11 said. Clearly, books were no match for the infectious spread of the runners’ “passion and cheer.”
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Angus Wall ’88 picked up an Oscar last year for his editing of The Social Network, about the rise of Facebook, and wasn’t expecting a second win this year. Typically editors of movies that are nominated for best picture get the top prize, according to the Los Angeles Times. And Wall’s movie, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, based on a popular Swedish novel, hadn’t been one of the nine films selected for best picture.
Nonetheless, Wall and his Australian partner Kirk Baxter were honored for their work last night at the annual Academy Awards. The duo were also previously nominated for their work on 2008′s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow of the Class of 1825
One of the College’s most illustrious graduates, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a member of the Class of 1825, was born on this day, February 27, in 1807. Garrison Keillor mentioned the poet and his connection to the college this morning on The Writer’s Almanac, as he did last year.
Keillor said, “Today is the birthday of the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow , born in Portland, Maine (1807). He entered Bowdoin College at the age of 15, and one of his classmates was Nathaniel Hawthorne; the two would remain lifelong friends. When Longfellow graduated, the college gave him a chair in modern languages, and he worked with translations for the rest of his life.”
David Needell ’15 has always been interested in art, and growing up on an 800-acre ranch in tiny Elbert, Colo. gave him plenty of peace, quiet and inspiration to draw. Later, in high school at the Fountain Valley School in Colorado, he took a ceramics class and became captivated by another art form: pot throwing.
“It’s one of the most ancient arts,” the Bowdoin first-year said recently. “You go to the museum and see pots and vases from Chinese dynasties. It’s always been a form of art and functionality.” History aside, it’s just as much the physical act of making pottery that appeals to him. “I like throwing. It’s like a meditation when you’re doing it. The whole point of throwing is to get [the pot] centered, and it takes concentration. You have to be in the zone,” he said. “If I’m ever stressed about something, I go throw. It’s a good way to calm down.”
This semester Needell was hired to teach a four-week pot-throwing class at Bowdoin’s Craft Center, and is offering a weekly two-hour course to five students. The class size is limited because the center has only so many wheels, and there was a wait list, he said. He’ll offer the class again in the fall.
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