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Bowdoin’s Funded Interns Plan Ambitious Summers

GlobeThirty-two students have won grants through Bowdoin’s Funded Internship program, administered by Career Planning. Donors have set up different funds — some aimed at students with specific career interests, others designed to be more general — to allow students to accept unpaid summer positions around the world. The program gives students the chance to explore potential career paths and to gain professional experience.  Read about the plans of the 2014 funded interns.

Bowdoin Eco-Reps Mark Earth Day

IMG_7126In honor of Earth Day today, Bowdoin’s student Eco-Reps slung capes on the College’s iconic statues and put up signs across campus explaining the steps Bowdoin has taken to be green.

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Bowdoin Women in Business Discuss Female Leadership

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Bowdoin Women in Business, a student organization led by Phoebe Happ ’14 and Tasha Yektayi ’15, recently invited five successful women to campus to participate in a panel on female leadership and provide insights into the business world.

The panelists included professionals at different points in their careers. It included a 2013 Bowdoin graduate and a high-ranking official who worked in President Obama’s cabinet. The panelists were Karen Mills, former administrator of the Small Business Administration; Paula Volent, Bowdoin’s senior vice president for investments; Trisha Bauman ’84, CEO and founder of TJBauman; Lucy Orloski ’06, marketing director of Localytics; and Dani Chediak ’13, human resources coordinator at Isaacson, Miller and former Bowdoin Student Government president. Read the full story by Amanda Spiller ’17.

Bowdoin Students of Japanese Win Top Honors

students of japaneseBowdoin Japanese language students  Justin Ehringhaus ’16, Alexandra Mathieu ’15 and Tianchen Zhou ’14 all placed in a recent Japanese language contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. The 4th Annual Japanese Language Contest took place in Brookline, Mass. Zhou won first place and Mathieu came in second for the advanced essay division. Ehringhaus placed second in the advanced speech division.

Annual Relay for Life Raises $30K for Cancer

Relay4Life-007About 300 people volunteered to walk the Farley Field House track during the April 5 all-night Relay for Life. The annual event, which is coordinated by students, takes place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Laurel Varnell ’14, a co-leader with Ursula Munger ’15, said that at last count participants had raised about $30,000, and she expected more donations to come in over the next few weeks. The top fundraising team was Angels for Hope, which raised $2,456, and Munger, who raised $1,220. The money is given to the American Cancer Society. See more photos here.

Students Show Off International Talents

At the International Club’s 2014 annual talent show, students and faculty performed acts representing cultures all over the world, including France, Cambodia, Vietnam, Spain, China and the United States.

Each year, Bowdoin’s student-run International Club hosts a show for students, staff and faculty to play music, dance, sing or, as the case may be, perform card tricks. The club also orders takeout from local ethnic restaurants, treating the show’s attendees to a feast of noodles, curries and spicy stir-fries.

The Saturday evening show included the following performers: Phoebe Zhang ’16 (piano); Max Miao ’17 (xiao); Postdoctoral Fellow in Mathematics Justin Marks (vocals); Alexis Little ’14 (piano and vocal); Justin Hung ’15 (guitar); Violet Ranson ’16 (poetry); Lucy Luo ’16 and Richard Guo ’17 (magic card performance); Viet Nguyen ’14 (piano and vocal); Amalie MacGowan ’15 (vocal); June Guo ’16 and June Woo ’16 (dance); Chandy Eng and Sivgech Chheng (dance and vocal); and Adjunct Lecturer in French Erin Curren (dance). Read the full story.

Bowdoin Hosts 80th One-Act Festival

student one-actsStudents gathered last weekend for Masque and Gown’s 80th Annual One-Act Competition, which began Friday evening with three distinctly different pieces, five to 10 minutes each. Bowdoin students wrote, directed and acted in each play.

The winner of Friday’s competition advanced to a multi-college One-Act festival on Saturday, where they performed alongside winners from Colby and Bates in Bowdoin’s Kresge Auditorium.

The One-Act Festival gives students with minimal theater experience the chance to immerse themselves in the creative process of putting together an original production. Ben Rosenbloom ’14 directed “The Game,” his first show, and described the experience as a “low-pressure way into theater and a fun learning experience.” Read the full story by Julie Pinerro ’14.

Bowdoin Senior Wins Top Elie Wiesel Essay Prize

christianawhitcombIn her first-place essay, “The Ethics of Intrusion,” Christiana Whitcomb ’14 looks at her role as a white outsider from Connecticut who drops into a Native American reservation in South Dakota. In the small prairie town of La Plant, Whitcomb interned for two summers (and part of a third) with an outside nonprofit that runs a summer camp for children, builds durable homes for families and hosts community events.

The 197 inhabitants of La Plant live a hardscrabble life on the windswept, tornado-prone plains. A staggering 99% of the townspeople are unemployed, the suicide rate is seven times the national average, and the nearest grocery store is 35 miles away. On the surface, Whitcomb’s motive in volunteering appears unquestionable, even noble. And so she thought at first, until she began to doubt herself.

“I have been hesitant to stop and question the ethics of this kind of intrusion because, for years, I have been seduced by the positive impacts,” she writes in her essay. “When a struggling family has a new roof over their heads, it seems petty to harp on the negative implications.” Read the full story.

MLB Head Lawyer David Prouty ’80 Leads Negotiation Workshop for Students

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Although few students will ever get the chance to hash out $200 million multiyear contracts for the best baseball players in the world, they could still learn a few negotiating tips from the guy who does it for a living.

David Prouty ’80, general counsel for the Major League Baseball Players Association, was on campus last week to give a talk on “power, money and how collective bargaining and players’ interests continue to shape the game of baseball.” While he was here, he also offered an afternoon negotiation workshop for 15 students. Read the full story.

Lonnie Hackett ’14 Wins Projects for Peace Award

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Lonnie Hackett is not yet a college graduate, but already he is the founder of a healthcare nonprofit in Zambia that provides free medical treatment to children.

To further his work, Hackett has received a $10,000 Projects for Peace grant. He’ll use the funds to serve more children through his humanitarian organization, Healthy Kids/Brighter Future. Philanthropist Kathryn Davis set up the Projects for Peace foundation to support motivated undergraduates who are implementing community projects around the world. Read the full story.