At the McKeen Center’s “Bowdoin and the Common Good” symposium, held recently in Morrell Lounge, students presented individual and class projects that have, over the past year, linked the College with the community. Their projects included both community service as well as independent research in biology, math, sociology, Spanish and environmental studies.
The symposium stands as a “beautiful example” of the value of a liberal arts education, according to Janice Jaffe, associate director of the McKeen Center. The projects are not only diverse but often multidisciplinary in their scope. “Students [at the symposium] talk to one another and they see the relationships between projects,” she said. ”It takes a community and all its different perspectives and research skills to address these issues.”
Some of the issues presented at the symposium this year were equal access to education, sustainable communities, poverty and social justice, and international connections. Read about a few of the student projects.
The student writers at the Coastal Studies Center
Using the pastoral setting of the Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island as their backdrop, 12 students joined Sarah Braunstein for a recent writing workshop that focused on threatened and destroyed landscapes.
Braunstein, a novelist and writer of short stories and essays, is Bowdoin’s current Coastal Studies Scholar. She designed the Saturday workshop to encourage students to use fiction writing to imagine a world dealing with the effects of environmental destruction. Read the full story by Emily Weyrauch ’17.
First-years, sophomores, juniors and seniors made the trek to the annual Spring Gala in Smith Union Saturday night in semi-formal attire (which for at least one meant accessorizing a dress with Converse sneakers). The evening, put on by Student Activities and a Bowdoin Student Government committee, was made particularly memorable by a 1,000-balloon drop at midnight. To accompany the theme, a balloon artist was on site making balloon hats and animals. See the slideshow.
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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.
Bowdoin is planning to create a new organic garden on campus to add to its plots on Coffin Street and Pleasant Hill Road.
The new garden, which will be phased in over the next two summers, will provide salad greens and other vegetables to the dining halls. Sara Cawthon, Bowdoin’s organic garden manager, anticipates that the convenient location of the new garden on Harpswell Road will draw in more student volunteers who can pop over to weed or help prepare seeds in between classes.
In addition, the new plot comes with a 19th-century barn that can be used for storage and as a spot for events, such as talks on agriculture and sustainability or farm-to-table dinners. The garden will be one-third of an acre, located behind the former Stevens nursing home, which is being renovated into a new LEED-certified upperclass residence hall.
By Student Digital Media Team member Collin Burke ’14
This weekend, students found some relief from the polar vortex with one of Bowdoin’s most beloved traditions: Winter Weekend.
Winter Weekend, a three-day extravaganza of wintry events, this year included horse-drawn carriage rides, a broomball competition, a Polar Bear Dip in frigid Maine waters, ice sculpting and plenty of warm snacks. The event is put on by Bowdoin Student Government, the Entertainment Board and Student Activities.
While 2013 marked the first time in recent memory that Winter Weekend has occurred, the event actually has a long history. References to a weekend of cold-weather proceedings date back to articles in the Bowdoin Orient from as early as the 1920s. “Winter’s Weekend” later became so popular that Life magazine published a spread of photographs depicting the events in 1940. Read the full story by Erica Hummel ’16 and see a slew of photographs.
Babble is a student magazine launched last year, filled with student writing and art, with each issue loosely gravitating around a single theme.
Babble’s editors, Emily Talbot ’16 and Tomás Donatelli-Pitfield ’16, describe their publications as a “satire and editorial magazine filled with scrumptious textual and artistic goodies.” Talbot credits Babble with being a “breath of fresh air,” a magazine that “addresses serious issues with a sense of humor.” She said the magazine reflects the common tendency for people to lighten hard topics with humor.
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Bowdoin’s annual December Dance Concert was held in the new Edwards Center for Art and Dance, and featured dances by Bowdoin dance faculty Nyama McCarthy Brown, Gwyneth Jones and Paul Sarvis. The video above presents brief segments of the full performance.
The Modern I Repertory and Performance class presented a new work playing with ideas of formality versus informality. Accompanied by twelve chairs and music from the Bremer Kaffeehaus Orchester and the Comedian Harmonists, the dancers experimented with movement and behavior, filling a space twice the size of Pickard stage.
“Kaleidoscope,” performed by a trio of ballet students, investigated ballet outside of the traditional context. In the dance, the dancers deconstructed, turned upside down and physically manipulated ballet positions. They explored fragmentations of ballet vocabulary throughout.
Responding to the scale and depth of the new dance studio in the Edwards Arts Center, a quintet of dancers from the advanced repertory course performed “Winterreise (Winter Journey).” Playing off the mathematical completeness of Bach’s two and three part inventions, the dancers inhabited a vaguely Germanic landscape with additional musical help from Schubert and an unlikely cover of the Beatles’ “Yesterday.”
Watch the full performance here.
Bowdoin Co-op Feasts on Local Fare for $70 a Week from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.
There are many reasons juniors Anna Hall and Ian Kline offer to explain their enthusiasm for The Bowdoin Co-op. 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).
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.