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    Professor Nathan Dane II ’37 is the guest speaker at a luncheon meeting of the Bowdoin Club of Androscoggin County.


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Upcoming Bowdoin Events to Be Streamed Live on the Web

Wordmark in TV512
Interested in an upcoming lecture, presentation or performance but can’t make it to campus? If so, you should know that the College keeps adding to the number of events that will be streamed live on the Internet or recorded and archived on BowdoinTalks.
Upcoming live presentations include:
New listings will appear under “Happening on Campus” on the Bowdoin homepage and on the calendar section of the website. Just go to Bowdoin’s Live Webcasts page or to the Bowdoin Daily Sun on the date and time listed above, and you’ll get a front-row seat!
And for those who want to follow the Polar Bears this fall, just click on the “Live Coverage” tab on the athletics website.

Celebrating Constitution Day at Bowdoin

Every year on Sept. 17, Bowdoin observes Constitution Day on some part of its campus. This day marks the date in 1787 when the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the constitution in Philadelphia. Yesterday, the Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center organized a small celebration of the momentous event. Director Michael Woodruff baked patriotic cookies and organized a singalong of “We the People,” or the Constitution Song.

Civil Rights Lawyer Mary Bonauto H’14 Awarded MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant (Portland Press Herald)

Mary Bonauto H'14

Mary Bonauto H’14


Civil rights attorney Mary Bonauto, from Portland, Maine, has been a force of nature in the fight to help states pass same-sex marriage laws and overturn bans. Honored many times for her work with GLAD (the Bost0n-based firm Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders), Bonauto has been named to the 2014 class of MacArthur Fellows, a national award funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, which comes with a $625,000 monetary award.

“We would not be where we are in Maine or this country without Mary,” said Betsy Smith, former director of EqualityMaine, in the Portland Press Herald.

Bowdoin recognized Bonauto for her contributions with an honorary degree in May 2014.

Big Helping: Bowdoin’s Tatham Drives Anti-hunger Program for Local Students


Jamie Tatham

Jamie Tatham, the budget and planning analyst for the Bowdoin treasurer’s office, recently spoke to The Forecaster about a hunger-prevention program that he helped develop last year with Brunswick’s food pantry and soup kitchen, the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Project.

The Backpack Program now provides 250 children with food over weekend, when they don’t have regular school meals to rely on. Each Friday afternoon, teachers “covertly stash the bags into the backpacks of students who face empty pantry shelves at home,” the newspaper reports. The kids, who attend 11 local schools, go home with cans of beans and vegetables, bags of rice and snacks. The program costs about $250 a year per student.

By the Books: A Hawthorne-Longfellow Party Leaves Them Dancing in the Stacks



Last Friday evening the library should have been filled with industrious students tucked away studying in its many nooks. Instead they were dancing in the stacks. The class of 2018 was gathered in Hawthorne-Longfellow Library for a Bowdoin College first: a dance party with DJs, disco lighting and Top-40 hits. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16.

Video: Undercast and Aurora on the Summit of Mount Washington (MWOBS)

The Mount Washington Observatory captured an amazing display of the Aurora Borealis from its unique perspective some 6,300 feet up.

Marketing to the Rich Proves a Hard Sell (Marketplace)

Shopping Mall

The consumer behaviors of rich Americans probably elude most people, and it turns out, marketers too may be no exception.  “Marketers need to learn to dissect the wealthy … to try and appeal to the wealthy as a group is not a winning strategy,” says Andrew Sacks, who advises brands targeting the affluent consumer.

Because many rich Americans didn’t grow up wealthy, Sacks thinks that luxury brands should aim to educate the customer on the company’s history and product quality. Even an expression of gratitude to the consumer is valuable, Sacks says, noting that at the end of the day “your deepest human needs are not fulfilled by stuff.” Read the article.

Before and After: 52 Harpswell

Bowdoin’s newest residential hall, at 52 Harpswell Road, was completed this summer. Students moved into the house in early September. This video gives a sense of the building in progress and after completion. Read more about the building.

How Airlines are Flying Higher — On Your Dime (


Where do airlines really make their money? Most would presume the answer is airline tickets, but in recent years ancillary fees have been the forerunner for sales. Delta, United Airlines, American, and US Airways have raked in more than $1 billion as a result of the these non-ticket fees. Ranging from the quintessential checked bag fee to access to premier airport clubs, airlines are finding innovative ways to increase revenue. Not all airlines are keeping this money for their own–Norwegian donates 1 krone (approximately $0.17 USD) to UNICEf for each bottle of water sold on their flight.

Colby College Inaugurates 20th President (Press Herald)

Mills at Colby Inauguration

Bowdoin President Barry Mills (far right) was among those in attendance Saturday when Colby College inaugurated David Greene as its 20th president. The ceremony, which included speeches by Greene and the president of the University of Chicago, took place outside Colby’s library on Mayflower Hill.