As he tours in support of his debut album, Waiting for 2042, comic Hari Kondabolu ’04 has been garnering nation-wide attention. He performed a set last month on the Late Show with David Letterman, and he was interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air, which aired on Monday, April 21, and can be heard at npr.org.
Waiting for 2042 came out on the Kill Rock Stars label in March and is available on CD and at iTunes.
Breaking news, rolled into a correction: As the Bowdoin Daily Sun first told you Tuesday morning, a number of alumni have earned Pulitzer honors, but sources tell us there are more than first reported.
Boston Globe reporter Joshua Miller ’08, and Globe editors Cynthia Needham ’99 and Scott Allen ’83 are part of the team awarded a Pulitzer in the Breaking News Reporting category for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt. Miller and Allen both reported for the Bowdoin Orient.
Mary Helen Miller ’09 — who was the Orient‘s opinion editor in her first year, features editor the year after, managing editor during her junior year, and co-editor-in-chief as a senior — was nominated as part of a team from the Chattanooga Times Free Press as finalists for their work on “Speak No Evil,” a series exploring the “no-snitch” culture that helps perpetuate a cycle of violence in one of the most dangerous cities in the South.
In this month’s column,John Cross ’76 plies the waters of Lake Bowdoin.
There have undoubtedly been colder winters and snowier winters in Brunswick, but the winter of 2013-14 will be remembered for being experienced as a long and unpleasant one. Snow came early and fell late, midwinter thaws were comparatively brief interludes in a weather pattern that drew Arctic air southward. What we did not have on campus this year was the formation of a shallow lake on the quad, which in previous years inspired commentary in The Occident, the early April spoof of The Orient newspaper. Improved drainage systems underlying the grassy areas of the campus have made “Lake Bowdoin” an infrequent feature of the early spring landscape these days. As alumni can attest, it was not always thus.
Acting can be tough, especially when the script calls for a dangerous action scene. Good thing the stars can call on stunt doubles willing to do the scary stuff—folks who look just enough like the real thing that they can fool an audience. That’s just what Bowdoin’s Tony Molinari (Class of 1996) does for actor Mark Ruffalo. Here’s a look at Tony and a bunch of other stunt doubles who make it all look so easy.
Mary L. Bonauto, Christopher R. Hill ’74, Richard O. Prum, Harriet Wallberg
Bowdoin College will award four honorary degrees at its 209th Commencement exercises Saturday, May 24, 2014. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on the Quad in front of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art.
Laurie Lachance ’83, who became president of Thomas College in 2012, is being inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame this weekend. Lachance worked for nearly eight years as CEO of the Maine Development Foundation, and prior to that was the state’s economist for 11 years. Lachance spoke with WCSH’s Rob Caldwell on the magazine show, 207.
Bowdoin is one of only 12 colleges nationwide to win the coveted Beckman Scholars Program award, receiving $104,000 to support the research of four student-mentor pairs over the next three years in fields related to chemistry, biochemistry, biology, and medicine. The program’s mission is “to help stimulate, encourage and support research activities by exceptionally talented undergraduate students at our nation’s universities and colleges; young people who ultimately will become prominent leaders in their scientific and professional pursuits.”
Even a nomination to apply for the award is an honor, said Bowdoin’s Director of Health Professions Advising Seth Ramus, who directs the Beckman Scholars program at the College. To be among the winners speaks to the exceptionally high caliber of science research and education at Bowdoin. “It says that we have a program that is excellent in the quality of our faculty and their research, and in our ability to mentor undergraduates for careers in science,” Ramus said.
Bowdoin has received $500,000 to support another four years of participation in the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Program, along with $116,000 for continued support of a summer exchange program with the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Named in honor of Benjamin E. Mays (former president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr.), MMUF was instituted by the Mellon Foundation to identify promising students from underrepresented minority groups and support them in becoming scholars, with the aim of increasing diversity among faculty in higher education across the nation. Bowdoin, one of 81 institutions working with the Mellon Foundation to offer the fellowship, has produced 91 Mellon Mays Fellows in its 22 years of participation in the program.
Field biologist Arthur Middleton ’01, a postdoctoral fellow at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, takes issue with the popular notion that wolves “fixed a broken Yellowstone by killing and frightening elk.” Read the fascinating New York Times op-ed piece, “Is the Wolf a Real American Hero?“