Student cooking maestros recently faced off to see who could make the most gourmet — and tastiest — vegetarian meal in one hour. Every year at the annual Polar Chef Competition in Thorne Dining Hall, two teams of students who work in Bowdoin’s dining halls compete for best dish.
Judges this year included Karen Mills, former head of the Small Business Administration and wife of President Barry Mills, chemistry professor Richard Broene, One Card Coordinator Chris Bird ’07, and Shannon Grimes ’14. Team Thorne consisted of Captain Karla Olivares ’17, Winston Antoine ’16, Sivgech Chheng and Chandy Eng (the latter two are exchange students from Cambodia). Team Moulton was made up of Captain Hunter White ’17, Kevin Ma ’17, Victor Leos ’16 and Alex Osha ’14.
Both teams were told ahead of time that they would be tasked with incorporating seitan, tofu, and/or kelp in their meal. Team Thorne made a seitan taco with mango and cilantro, served with rice, and an arugula salad with tofu and avocado dressing (plus beautiful apple swans as a plate garnish). Team Moulton – ultimately deemed the winner – made a grilled seitan kebab with chimmichurri citrus-herb sauce, served with a cucumber noodle salad featuring Maine kelp.
See a slideshow of the competition.
Mark Swann ’84
“I was driving back from Boston, gripping the wheel, thinking to myself, ‘Be careful what you wish for’,” Mark Swann ’84 said, describing the advent of his remarkable career to a roomful of students at the McKeen Center. While Swann dreamed of being able to make an impact on the most needy, he also knew that by accepting the Preble Street job he would be throwing himself into an all-consuming task.
Swann was 28 when he travelled from Boston to Portland to interview for an executive position with Preble Street, a homeless shelter that at the time had “daunting goals.” Its mission to help the homeless in Maine’s largest city was overwhelming the two-employee, one-room facility with a $110,000 annual budget. When he was hired, Swann, just six years out of college, was asked to transform the way Portland treated its homeless population. Read the full story by Julie Piñero ’14.
Each year, Bowdoin’s office of Career Planning organizes a career fair to connect Maine businesses and nonprofits with Bowdoin students who want to live in and work in Maine, either for the summer or after they graduate. This year, 39 employers — from consulting firms to research labs and schools — gathered for the afternoon career fair in Smith Union. The organizations were offering at least 59 jobs, fellowships and internships in a wide range of fields. In this video, a few employers briefly describe the positions they’re seeking to fill.
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Women’s Basketball: The Amherst College women’s basketball team will play in the NESCAC Championship final for the seventh straight season after pulling out a 45-42 victory over Bowdoin in the semi-final round of the conference tournament on Saturday at Tufts.
Men’s Ice Hockey: The fifth-seeded Bowdoin College men’s ice hockey team will make its fifth consecutive trip to the NESCAC Semifinals following a 6-3 win at Middlebury in the NESCAC Quarterfinals Saturday at Kenyon Arena.
Women’s Ice Hockey: The Bowdoin women’s ice hockey team advanced to the NESCAC Semifinals after defeating Wesleyan 2-1 in the conference quarterfinals Saturday at Watson Arena.
Men’s Lacrosse: The Bowdoin College men’s lacrosse team used a five-goal second quarter to pull away from Williams in a season-opening 11-6 win on Saturday at Ryan Field.
Women’s Lacrosse: Rebecca McGovern scored five goals, including three in the second half, as the Williams College women’s lacrosse team defeated Bowdoin 12-8 on Saturday in the season-opener for both squads.
Track and Field: The Bowdoin College track team enjoyed one of its finest days in school history Saturday as Coby Horowitz and Jacob Ellis both posted record-breaking performances in winning their events at the Open New England Championship hosted by Boston University.
The Bowdoin College women’s basketball team will continue pursuit of its first NESCAC Championship since 2009 when they travel to play in the NESCAC Semifinals Saturday against Amherst College on the campus of Tufts University. The third-seeded Polar Bears will battle the second-seeded Jeffs at 4:00 p.m. in the second semifinal contest. Top-seeded Tufts will play Trinity at 2:00 p.m. in the first semifinal. Advancing teams will square off for the conference championship on Sunday at noon with an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament on the line. Streaming video will be available for all three games through the Northeast Sports Network (NSN). Live statistics will also be available.
This week Bowdoin presents the World Cinema Film Festival, drawing upon contemporary films from across the globe and international cinema expertise from across the campus.
Organized by the Film Studies Program with collaboration from an array of other Bowdoin departments and programs, the seven-day festival showcases seven narrative and documentary films from China, Russia, Spain, Denmark, Cuba, and Italy (including one film set in Japan and another in the Central African Republic), all chosen by faculty members.
One film will screen each night of the week at 7 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Feb. 17-23. Find out more about the 2014 World Cinema Film Festival at Bowdoin.
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Students write Valentine’s Day letters to service men and women
Members of the First-year Class Council decided that this year they would include service men and women in their Valentine’s Day plans.
The council recently put together a Coffee House event for first years at Quinby House, gathering students for snacks, music and poetry. Guests were also encouraged to write letters to service men and women stationed in Afghanistan.
The 85 letters written by Bowdoin students will be sent to Operation U.S. Troop Support, Inc., a non-profit that is holding a collection drive to send letters of appreciation to men and women stationed overseas.
“I just thought Valentine’s Day would be a great day to show our appreciation,” said Justin Pearson ’17, first-year president. “On Veteran’s Day and big holidays like that they receive a lot of love, but during this day of love when they are away from their sweethearts, they don’t really get that.” Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
The photo shows a woman’s jean-clad legs, from mid-thigh down, her bare feet in braided rope sandals. She’s sitting in a grassy field. The photograph is vivid but simple, made up of blue, green, tan and pink colors — the last provided by a bright rose placed by the woman’s legs. It seems, perhaps, that the woman is lounging in a park somewhere on a summer day.
After reading the inscription next to this photo by Andi Noble ’15, however, the image takes on a different note. “Despite the desert heat [of Peru], I continue to wear long pants to avoid calling unwanted attention to myself in the form of piropos [or catcalls from men]. …I have never experienced living in a society where women such as myself are so blatantly objectified, and it just doesn’t feel right,” she writes.
This photo is part of the current show Exposure, in Smith Union’s Lamarche Gallery until Feb. 28.Exposure consists of 62 images, taken in 15 countries by 22 Bowdoin students during their study-abroad experiences in 2012 and 2013. Christine Wintersteen and Kate Myall, Bowdoin’s International Programs and Off-Campus Study director and assistant director, organized the photo-journaling project. Abigail Geringer ’14 curated the show. Read the full story.
Megan Phelps ’15 and Women’s Basketnball Head Coach Adrienne Shibles
Megan Phelps, a junior from Southwest Harbor, Maine, traveled to Augusta on Monday, Feb. 10, to testify in support of a bill that would provide online information about colleges and universities. The bill is intended to help families and prospective students make informed decisions about where to attain a higher education.
The “Know Before You Go” bill would ensure that the public is provided information on such data as alumni employment rates, average incomes, monthly debt payments and other outcomes by major.
The proposed bill, sponsored by House Majority Leader Seth Berry of Bowdoinham, is broadly supported by education and business leaders, according to the Maine House Democrats.
Phelps said the measure would provide a significant resource for students. “It will allow Maine students and their families to make informed decisions about their educational investment,” she said in her testimony. “It is information that I wish I’d had access to and will be invaluable to future Maine leaders.”
Phelps also said that while she was at the state house, she got “to meet the Speaker of the House and some other really interesting people,” including lots of Bowdoin alumni.
Read Bangor Daily News coverage.
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In a recent episode of the series Sea Rescue, ABC TV featured the tale of a stranded harbor porpoise named Noodle and his remarkable journey of recovery back into the wild. The original heroes of the story? A group of Bowdoin students, who discovered the porpoise trapped in a Brunswick, Maine, salt marsh during a Biochemistry lab last year.
Watch a preview of the Feb. 1 episode “Locked and Found!” (Noodle’s segment starts at 0:18) and read the full story of the porpoise rescue by Catherine Yochum ’15.
Noodle, the harbor porpoise found by Bowdoin students in 2012 and featured on ABC’s Sea Rescue this month (Image credit: Riverhead News-Review/Carrie Miller)