Seventy-five years ago this week, on August 14, 1937, to be exact, the Appalachian Trail was completed and a plaque marking the end of the 16-year journey installed on the south side of Sugarloaf Mountain.
Captain Myron Avery, a member of the Class of 1920 and a career Navy man, championed the building of that pathway across Maine and was the first president of the Appalachian Trail Conference. In an op-ed piece in the Bangor Daily News, Maine Appalachian Trail Club president Lester Kenway recalls Avery’s passion and effort.
Eric Loss ’08, a self-portrait
On July 22, Eric Loss ’08 finished his nonstop solo voyage around the world. During his journey, Loss’ 35-year-old sailboat, the Odyssey, didn’t just capsize once in rough seas, but three times.
But after his first terrifying night in a storm off of Cape Horn, Loss said he began to downplay the frightening seas that he, increasingly serenely, sailed his 36-foot boat through.
“The first real storm I got going into Cape Horn was absolutely terrifying. I had a bad knockdown at midnight, and I was too afraid to go on deck, so I spent the whole night lying in my bed, staring at the ceiling, hoping nothing would go wrong,” he described recently by phone from his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. “It was interesting to see my transition later in the trip. It became a lot more routine. [I'd say,] ‘Oh, here’s a gale. I’ll just power through’.” Continue reading The Mental Ramifications of Sailing a Small Boat Alone Around the World
Jennifer Scanlon, Bowdoin’s William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of the Humanities in Gender and Women’s Studies, has been one busy woman.
As author of the acclaimed biography Bad Girls Go Everywhere: The Life of Helen Gurley Brown (Oxford University Press, 2009. Penguin, paperback edition, 2010), Scanlon, the go-to expert on Brown’s life and impact, has been fielding media calls from across the country and around the globe.
Scanlon appeared Tuesday morning in a taped piece for CBS This Morning and on BBC World News Television, and can be found quoted in The New York Times and in news coverage by a host of other outlets.
Continue reading Bowdoin’s Scanlon on Helen Gurley Brown, Coast to Coast and Beyond (New York Times)
With data supplied by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the folks at Visual.ly have composed an infographic depicting the earnings and unemployment rates for people with different levels of education. View the full-size infographic.