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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.

Visiting Artist Joins Printmaking Students in New Studio

Bowdoin’s new printmaking studio hummed with artistic energy during a recent visit from printmaker Susan Groce, chair of the art department at the University of Maine and an acclaimed artist whose prints and drawings appear in collections and exhibitions all over the world. Groce took part in Bowdoin’s Spring 2014 Marvin Bileck Printmaking Project, which brings one distinguished printmaker to campus each semester for a week of student workshops, public lectures, and collaborative printmaking.

Printmaking at Bowdoin from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Sponsored by the Marvin Bileck and Emily Nelligan Trust, the semiannual project is a win for everyone who participates, said organizer and Assistant Professor of Art Carrie Scanga, Bowdoin’s resident printmaker. “The visiting artists get to work on their own professional pieces, and the students get to work side by side with them,” which gives students an opportunity to both pick up new skills and gain insight into the world of professional artists, Scanga said.

Continue reading about Groce’s visit and the new printmaking studio.

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Bowdoin Students Ski for Maine Adaptive Ski-A-Thon

From left to right: Peter Adams '75, Janet Martin, Josh Friedman '15, Sara Plager '15, Jerrod Dobkin '15, Maggie Godley '14, Rachel Brooke '15, and Mark Broughton, Maine Adaptive's Volunteer of the Year 2014

From left to right:
Executive director Peter Adams ’75, professor Janet Martin, Josh Friedman ’15, Sara Plager ’15, Jerrod Dobkin ’15, Maggie Godley ’14, Rachel Brooke ’15, and volunteer Mark Broughton

Jerrod Dobkin ’15 first heard of Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation from his government professor, Janet Martin. She mentioned in class that the nonprofit, which had taught her how to ski, was holding its annual fundraiser. Dobkin, a lifelong skier and a member of the Bowdoin alpine team, decided he’d pitch in.

Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation, headed by Peter Adams ’75, offers recreational sports to adults and children with disabilities. It relies on its annual Ski-A-Thon fundraiser to be able to provide free ski lessons and other athletic opportunities throughout the year to between 400 and 500 students.

Dobkin said he wholeheartedly believes in the mission of opening the sport of skiing to anyone who wants to try. “I think it’s awesome to let other people get joy out of this,” he said. Read the full story.

Finding the Role of Culture in ‘Nature vs. Nurture’

Ariye Krassner ’14

Ariye Krassner ’14

Compared to an American childhood, does a Danish upbringing make for a happier kid? Traditionally, temperament has been considered an innate trait, but Associate Professor of Psychology Samuel Putnam and Ariye Krassner ’14 have reason to believe that there’s more to the story. Under Putnam’s supervision, Krassner has developed a senior honors project focusing on the effects of Danish versus American culture on infant disposition.

It all started when Krassner, while studying abroad in Denmark last spring, worked with researchers at the University of Copenhagen to examine interactions between mothers and young children throughout development. While her study began as an exploration of parental and environmental influences on temperament, it turned into a cross-cultural analysis upon her return to the United States. Krassner worked with Putnam to replicate the same procedures, this time using American families as her study subjects.

Krassner has made some tentative conclusions: for instance, Danish children appear to experience less negative emotion – such as frustration, fear, and sadness – than their American counterparts. This July she and Putnam will be presenting their research at an international conference in Berlin, Germany. Read about their findings here.