There are many reasons juniors Anna Hall and Ian Kline offer to explain their enthusiasm for The Bowdoin Co-op.
First, the student club, which gathers weekly to share a meal made from scratch, endorses an environmentally sustainable diet. The volunteer student cooks try to use as many local, organic vegetables, fruits, beans, dairy products and grains as they can. By eating local products, club members are supporting small farmers and the local economy, while also reducing their carbon footprint. After making and sharing many meals together, the co-op members have become close. It is “a home for me on campus,” Kline says.
Hall, a visual arts and earth and oceanographic major, and Kline, a biochemistry major, are presidents of the club, which manages to achieve all of the above on a weekly budget of just $70 a week (except for Thanksgiving, when the College gives the club $100).
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Men’s Basketball — Andrew Madlinger tied his career-high with 28 points, including six three-pointers, as the Bowdoin men’s basketball team won its second game over an in-state rival in as many nights, 82-64, over Colby.
Indoor Track and Field — The Bowdoin College indoor track and field teams came away victorious in their opening meets of the 2013-14 season Saturday at Farley Field House.
Women’s Ice Hockey — The Bowdoin College women’s ice hockey team saw its three-game win streak snapped in a 5-0 setback to third-ranked Norwich University Saturday afternoon.
Women’s Basketball — Selena Lorrey tied a school record with six three-pointers as the Bowdoin women’s basketball team dominated Colby in the second half of a 83-69 win Saturday afternoon.
Men’s Ice Hockey — The Bowdoin men’s ice hockey team used a big second period to defeat the visiting Jumbos 8-4 on Saturday afternoon in Watson Arena.
Swimming and Diving — The Bowdoin College men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams closed out their first semester of intercollegiate competition at the MIT Invitational this weekend. In a highly-competitive field, the Polar Bear men placed fifth of eight squads while the women took a sixth-place finish among eight teams.
Men’s Basketball — Matt Mathias hit a running 30-footer just before the buzzer to give the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team a thrilling 74-71 win over Bates Friday evening at Morrell Gymnasium. Watch the highlights, including the frantic finish.
Squash — The Bowdoin College men’s and women’s squash teams fell to Bates in their home-openers Friday evening at the Lubin Family Squash Center.
Men’s Ice Hockey — Connecticut College defeated the Bowdoin men’s ice hockey team 3-2 in overtime after scoring an equalizer in the final minutes of regulation on Friday evening.
A 2012 photo of the Meddies
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and Harvard universities will use a song by the Meddiebempsters, Bowdoin’s oldest all-male a cappella group, in their study on the effects of music on dementia patients, the Orient reports. The Meddies also recently joined other college singing groups at Smith College, in Northampton, Mass., to perform at a benefit concert for dementia caregivers.
Space and time, Garret English ’16
This semester, the nine students in Associate Professor of Art Michael Kolster’s photography seminar pursued independent projects based on the concept of exploring with their cameras. The final projects, which the students recently presented to the public, displayed a range of ideas and objects. Yet they all shared a common theme — photography’s power to allow us to see the world anew.
Read the full story by Sophia Cheng ’15.
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Bowdoin College Finance Society co-presidents Tom Gawarkiewicz ’15 and Ujal Santchurn ’15
Tom Tyree ’16 managed to make a 13.59% return on $100,000 in just six weeks. It’s too bad in a way that he was dabbling in virtual money. But no matter, Tyree won this semester’s campus trading contest and was awarded a cash prize of $100 for his accomplishment.
Twice a year, once in the fall and spring, the student-run Bowdoin College Finance Society organizes a stock market contest, open to all students, to allow players to invest fake cash in real bonds, stocks, mutual funds, etc. The point is to help familiarize students with the stock market without risking losing real money, the club’s website promises. “Having a basic understanding of investment and risk management strategies will be helpful [after leaving Bowdoin.] We’ll need to manage our own savings at some point.” Read the full story.
Bowdoin’s student faith groups came together last Sunday night, Nov. 24, for an inaugural Interfaith Service of Gratitude and Thanksgiving. All the established faith groups on campus were represented: the Muslim Student Association, Catholic Student Union, Bowdoin Hillel, Bowdoin Orthodox Association, Bowdoin Circle and the Bowdoin Christian Fellowship. Students offered prayers and musicians performed at the Bowdoin Chapel event.
Lonnie Hackett ’14 lives by the motto, “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?”
This philosophy has driven Hackett to do something extraordinary, particularly for a busy college student. In his junior year, Hackett founded Healthy Kids/Brighter Future, a charity dedicated to improving the health of children in Zambia. The organization has already helped thousands of children.
Hackett recently gave a talk to Bowdoin students about how he “turned a funded internship grant [of $5,000] into a nonprofit,” as Associate Director of Career Planning Dighton Spooner puts it. Bowdoin Career Planning offers many summertime grants to help students pursue otherwise unpaid internships or work experiences in the U.S. and around the world.
Hackett, a biochemistry major and National Truman Scholar, first traveled to Lusaka, Zambia, in the summer of 2011 with a Forest Foundation Fellowship. Soon after arriving in the African country, he encountered levels of illness and suffering that were shocking to him, he said. Read more of Erica Hummel ’16′s story about Hackett’s nonprofit.
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Interdisciplinary panel: Cameron Adams ’14, Government professor Allen Springer and State Marine Geologist Peter Slovinsky
Communities around the world are grappling with their shared future: Sea levels are rising and they must figure out how to protect themselves against the onslaught of water.
At an interdisciplinary panel held on campus recently, Associate Government and Legal Studies Professor Allen Springer, Marine Geologist Peter Slovinsky and earth and oceonographic major Cameron Adams ’14 came together to explore the global and local impacts and responses to sea level rise.
Springer focused on the question of adaptation versus mitigation in combating sea level rise. “It has been a real political issue that small island states have been focusing on mitigating the problem and resisting putting more emphasis on adaptation,” he said. “Bottom line is that the international community is 20 or so years late in the adaptation method and that is a potential problem going forward.” Read the full story.
In late October, seventeen Bowdoin teaching minors boarded a ferry in Rockland to cross Penobscot Bay to spend twenty-four hours on Vinalhaven, a small Maine island twelve miles off the coast. The students were visiting the island’s K-12 school as part of their studies on how to incorporate local culture and community into classroom lessons.
Maine is home to many unique communities, including its handful of island communities, many of which are dependent on the fishing industry. Some of the larger islands with year-round residents maintain K-12 or K-8 schools. These are often tiny, with well under 100 students. The K-12 school in Vinalhaven, which has a year-round population of 1,200, is the largest island school in Maine, with 200 students.
While conducting research on Vinalhaven in the late 1990s, Associate Professor of Education Nancy Jennings realized that these island schools could offer Bowdoin education students the valuable lesson of seeing how island educators teach subjects that both reflect and enhance their communities. As aspiring teachers, they will one day be crafting curricula with the same objective.
Six years ago, Bowdoin’s education department formalized a link with island schools through its Island Schools Project, which works as a cross-cultural exchange. Bowdoin teaching minors spend a night and a day on an island. Then, the island’s high school students come to Bowdoin for an overnight visit. Read the full story.
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