Stargazing on the museum steps
Finding love can be a challenging undertaking. It’s no different at Bowdoin, where the dating scene can use a bit of a boost, according to Laurel Varnell ’14, an organizer with Josh Friedman ’15 of this year’s Date-apalooza.
Date-apalooza is the latest Bowdoin incarnation of what used to be known as Date Week or Date Month, an annual tradition at the college to promote healthy relationships and new connections. This year, dating festivities took place over two and a half weeks, and included a range of activities to help students meet new friends or, if they were interested, new partners.
“Our goal behind this is to foster deeper relationships, both dating relationships and friendships,” Varnell said. She’s observed many students on campus fumbling when it comes to striking up new connections, and she wants those people to not fall back on easy options, such as picking people up in a “dark, sweaty basement. …We realize that’s not the best way to meet people,” she noted, “so we want to create different venues for meeting people.” Read the full story and see more photographs of Date-apalooza.
A national group has recognized Bowdoin as a “bike-friendly” organization, applauding its compact, flat campus, its ample bike racks and its student-run bicycle-sharing group, the Yellow Bike Club, which rents out bicycles cheaply to students and helps maintain them.
After reviewing Bowdoin’s application, the League of American Bicyclists designated the College with a silver status. The organization’s Bicycle Friendly University program has three designations of gold, silver and bronze, which are awarded based on whether the school provides an environment for cyclists of all skill levels to ride safely and comfortably. Read the full story.
Filling Ladd House on Thursday evening was a multifarious collection of artwork by 47 students — as well as 450 or so students, staff, faculty and parents (who were on campus for Family Weekend), a student pianist playing mournful tunes in a darkened room, lots of balloons to throw darts at and countless used red plastic cups.
The eclectic scene was the opening night of a student art show, “340 Miles North,” which refers to the distance between Bowdoin and New York City. Tom Rosenblatt ’16 and the new student club Bowdoin Art Society dreamed up the exhibition to “promote the vibrancy of the arts at Bowdoin,” Rosenblatt explained. “Family Weekend seemed like the perfect time to advertise this to the greater community.”
Read the full story and see the slideshow of the event.
Hundreds of Bowdoin students added a pop of color to the rapidly browning backdrop of fall foliage on campus Monday for Yellow Shirt Day, an eight-year-old tradition of wearing yellow in support of the College’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning (LGBTIQ) community. Bowdoin’s Queer Straight Alliance (BQSA) handed out 600 T-shirts sported by students, student-athletes, coaches, faculty and staff; others wore yellow in some fashion to show their support.
On a recent chilly fall morning, three birders set out for a mindfulness bird walk in the amber light and muted tones of the Bowdoin Pines. The first noise they heard as they approached the forest path was the trill of a chickadee.
“As soon as you walk into the woods, you hear that,” Ben West ’16 said appreciatively. (West started the Huntington Bird Club on campus last year as a first year at Bowdoin.)
Organized by Bowdoin Counseling Services staff clinician Bobby Carnicella, the mindfulness nature walk was a chance for students or staff to look for birds — mostly warblers and crows this time of year — while practicing the skill of staying in the present. Read the full story here.
Video by Ali Ragan ’16
Nearly 500 students — almost one-third of the student body — gathered at the Bowdoin Museum of Night on Friday evening for the semiannual Student Night at the Art Museum.
Spearheaded by the Student Activities office, with help from the Student Museum Advocacy Council (SMAC) and Residential Life, the event offered students a chance to step out for a sophisticated evening in the vicinity of great art.
“Bowdoin students are so busy with their academic and extracurricular involvements, they get into a habitual trail around campus,” Allen Delong, director of student activities, said. “Unfortunately, the art museum tends to not to be in this habitual trail for students to enjoy. This event gives the art museum the opportunity to say, come on in!”
Read the full story by Kiyomi Mino ’16 and see photographs from Dennis Griggs.
Staff from LEGO, including VP of Marketing Michael Moynihan ’89 and four other alumni (Heidi Harrison ’13, Casey Blossom ’13, Chelsea Albright ’12, and Danny Lowinger ’12), were on campus yesterday, loaded with lego pieces and instructions on how to build miniature polar bears. Students flocked to Smith Union to make their lego sculptures during the event, which was hosted by Bowdoin Career Planning. In this video, LEGO Master Model Builder Chris Steininger demonstrates how to build a Bowdoin polar bear.
Bowdoin Green Athletics, a group of student-athletes who aim to make Bowdoin’s sports culture more sustainable, has laid out its goals for the year.
The student group, which collaborates with administrators, faculty and staff, has representatives on each team who have pledged to make small changes among their team members. The men’s cross-country team, for example, will start taking shorter showers, recycling old training shoes and turning off the locker room lights. The women’s squash team has promised to turn off court and locker room lights, carpool to practice, donate old court shoes, recycle on the bus, and stop using trays in dining hall to cut down on dish washing.
In addition, Bowdoin Green Athletics is planning to be the first NESCAC School to win the EPA Game Day Challenge, which measures how much waste can be recycled and composted at a football game.
Read the complete list of athletic pledges.
For one day only, the CampusFoodTruck — a student-owned and run operation — opened while the sun was out. Propping up their truck windows and letting the fast-food smells waft over Coe Quad, the three owners — Steve Borukhin ’14, Monty Barker ’16 and Ben Citrin ’16 — last Friday at lunchtime cooked up burgers and fries for faculty and staff who were curious about the offerings.
Borukhin launched CampusFoodTrucks, Inc. last year along with Isaac Brower ’13 and Eric Edelman ’13. It’s open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., and serves late-night chow from its corner spot in the parking lot behind Smith Union.
At Greenstock, Bowdoin’s annual sustainability festival, Erica Hummel ’16 caught up with Westrio, one of Bowdoin’s most popular student bands. The festival took place Sept. 14 on Coe Quad, and featured live bands and green-themed booths.
With Nick Walker ’16 on guitar, vocals and percussion, Jacob Ellis ’16 on banjo and piano, and James Sullivan ’16 on bass guitar, the trio specializes in folk covers and original songs with a distinctly poetic flair. Read the Q&A with the musicians here.