In this month’s column, holiday greetings found inside family letters from World War II remind John Cross ’76 about the spirt of the season and the Bowdoin spirit.
In going through letters that my father, Bob Cross ’45, had written and received during World War II, I came across one written seventy years ago by my grandfather, Leroy Cross, whose office as faculty secretary was in Massachusetts Hall. At about 3:30 on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 1, 1943, members of the Bowdoin community and residents of Brunswick were startled by a loud explosion:
“…the general rumor was that an airplane had crashed just north of the campus. Dean Nixon accompanied me as far as the church on the hill…I saw a large part of the office force and the student body, including many army boys in uniform, so I guess we all had the same desire to help. … [a] Corsair plane from the Air Station with a British pilot more or less exploded in the air, the two machine guns falling to the street, one in front of the College Spa [a restaurant located across Maine Street from the northwest corner of the campus] and the other near the little triangle north of the First Parish Church.
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Tim Gilbride celebrated his 400th win over his 29 years as coach of the men’s basketball team with a 67-56 victory over the University of Southern Maine Tuesday. Junior John Swords scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds at USM’s Hill Gymnasium.
With the win, Bowdoin is off to its best start in program history and stands at 5-0 this season. Read more.
On the heels of its fourth NCAA Division III title in seven years, the field hockey team shows gratitude for the year that was in a video produced by the team’s assistant coach, Shannon Malloy.
Thanksgiving BowdoinFH from Shannon Malloy on Vimeo.
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Space and time, Garret English ’16
This semester, the nine students in Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster’s photography seminar pursued independent projects based on the concept of exploring with their cameras. The final projects, which the students recently presented to the public, displayed a range of ideas and objects. Yet they all shared a common theme — photography’s power to allow us to see the world anew.
Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
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Dozens of students hit the road for the third-annual BizTech Trek. Led by Bowdoin Career Planning and organized by Sean Marsh ’95, the traveling group was hosted along the way by alums eager to help fellow Polar Bears. Jordan Fliegel ‘08 showed students around CoachUp, a company he started recently. Kevin Petrie ‘95 hosted the visitors at EMC, as did Mike Volpe ‘97 at Hubspot. A trip to Eze Software was made possible by Peter Adams ’95. Marsh hosted the end-of-day panel discussion, which brought together the day’s hosts, as well as Robby Bitting ’11, at MassChallenge. View a slideshow.
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Men’s Ice Hockey — The men’s ice hockey team took a 5-0 win over visiting Suffolk University to open this year’s Bowdoin-Colby Faceoff Classic.
Women’s Ice Hockey — Madeline Lane ’14 scored a pair of goals as the Polar Bears went on to collect their second straight victory with a 2-1 win over host Holy Cross Saturday evening.
Last year, Ashley Fischer ’09 and Julie Seltzer ’09 founded BUSS, a nonprofit that funnels used goods — e.g., laptops, desks, notebooks — from private schools in New York City to less fortunate schools in desperate need of supplies. BUSS (which stands for ‘Bringing Under-resourced Schools Supplies’) in its first year transferred over $100,000 worth of supplies, and the founders are expanding their operation this year.
Bowdoin College Finance Society co-presidents Tom Gawarkiewicz ’15 and Ujal Santchurn ’15
Tom Tyree ’16 managed to make a 13.59% return on $100,000 in just six weeks. It’s too bad in a way that he was dabbling in virtual money. But no matter, Tyree won this semester’s campus trading contest and was awarded a cash prize of $100 for his accomplishment.
Twice a year, once in the fall and spring, the student-run Bowdoin College Finance Society organizes a stock market contest, open to all students, to allow players to invest fake cash in real bonds, stocks, mutual funds, etc. The point is to help familiarize students with the stock market without risking losing real money, the club’s website promises. “Having a basic understanding of investment and risk management strategies will be helpful [after leaving Bowdoin.] We’ll need to manage our own savings at some point.” Read the full story.
While it takes most surgeons one to two hours to replace a knee, there is an orthopedic surgeon who routinely completes the procedure in 20 minutes and has better outcomes and fewer complications than many colleagues. What is the secret to his success? His team. The surgeon has been working with the same two dedicated teams for 18 years having the same nurses alongside him. He maintains that few of the methods he has pioneered would be practical had it not been for the easy familiarity that comes from working with the same people every day, prompting Harvard Business School to further examine team familiarity and the resulting benefits.