In his latest column, John Cross ’76 explains why “we always have the whispering pines.”
Bowdoin’s pines have been associated with the College since its beginnings—not as early as the Bowdoin sun seal (a version of which was adopted in 1799), but pre-dating the use of the Bowdoin family coat of arms (1811), and more than a century before the selection of the polar bear as the College’s official mascot in 1913. At the time of Bowdoin’s founding white pines covered much of the sandy plain that extended eastward from the college grounds.
O ye familiar scenes, — ye groves of pine,
That once were mine and are no longer mine…”
“Morituri Salutamus,” 1875
—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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Assistant Professor of Government Jeffrey Selinger was tapped to share his insight on the role the economy has played in presidential elections for a piece on ABCNews.com.
Selinger weighs in on how the economic climate and other factors influenced the campaigns of John Kerry and Al Gore in the article, “Obama: Will Bad Economy Cost Him Re-Election?”
The New England Small College Athletic Conference has announced its All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship honorees for the spring season.
Five senior student-athletes received laurels in both categories as Caroline Dewar, Emily French, Nathan Fritts, Emily Lombardi and Riker Wikoff collected All-Academic and All-Sportsmanship recognition. In all, 81 Polar Bears earned All-Academic honors while eight were named All-Sportsmanship.
A sound hobbyist has launched a website to preserve the sounds made by old technologies and electronics equipment. The Museum of Endangered Sounds, as the site is called, includes the “textured rattle and hum of a VHS tape being sucked into the womb of a 1983 JVC HR-7100 VCR” and “the symphonic start-up of a Windows 95 machine.”
The site creator, Brendan Chilcutt, laments “generations of children unacquainted with the chattering of angels lodged deep within the recesses of an old cathode ray tube TV.” And he worries, “when the entire world has adopted devices with sleek, silent touch interfaces, where will we turn for the sound of fingers striking QWERTY keypads?”