To help ameliorate a looming workforce shortage in the state, state senator Roger Katz (R-Augusta) has introduced a bill this legislative session that aims to attract and retain new Mainers. The bill aligns with immigration-related work that senior Thomas Freeman did last summer, when he interned for Coastal Enterprises, Inc., in Brunswick with a Denning Fellowship.
With their final papers turned in and their end-of-semester exams quickly fading into history, the seniors have at last completed their college education. In the days leading up to Commencement, called Senior Week, the students have a few days to relax and enjoy their last days at Bowdoin.
In all seriousness, Callye Bolster added she has been impressed, particularly during last year’s presidential election, by the influence of comedy on American politics. “It’s a very good way of getting messages across,” she said. “I enjoy [doing comedy] so much and it also can have a degree of impact.”
For one month, fifty-two students and one staff member forced themselves to break from their comfortable routines by reading news from across the political divide.
Every May, the Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity holds a special dinner to recognize out seniors. Seniors along with allies and a few faculty were in attendance at this year’s event to reflect on and celebrate the journeys of queer students at Bowdoin.
Each spring, the McKeen Center holds a symposium on campus to recognize community-focused research and service of students over the academic year.
Bowdoin’s A capella groups came together for their finale concert Friday, May 12, 2017, at the First Parish Church in Brunswick. The groups performing, in this order, are the Longfellows, Bear Tones, Boka, Miscellania, Ursus Verses, and the Meddiebempsters.
A notable trend in this group of Fulbright recipients, and in years past, is the high number planning to teach or pursue research in either Germany or Austria. This year there are seven traveling to Germany.
A special luncheon was held Saturday, May 6, 2017, to honor seniors receiving the President’s Award, and other awards and prizes recognizing exceptional accomplishments outside the classroom.
The New England Society of News Editors (NESNE), an offshoot of the New England Newspaper and Press Association, has awarded The Bowdoin Orient first runner-up in its 2017 college newspaper of the year competition.
Residential Life and the Inter-house Council arranged to bring a taco truck and (unbelievably cute and soft) animals from the Waterville-based Pony X-Press petting zoo to campus Thursday afternoon to give students a treat during reading period.
Sarah Bashir ’20 will study Persian in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Daniel Castro Bonilla ’17 will study Chinese in Changchun, China. And Isabel Udell ’19 will learn Hindi while spending a semester in Jaipur, India.
Held at the end of the spring semester, the Spring Gala brings together the entire student body for a night of music, dancing and food.
Last October, a group of students began collecting stories from other female students, looking for material to put together a play about people’s lives at Bowdoin.
The latest episode of Bowdoin Commons, a student produced podcast, investigates the uncommon (for this day and age at least) relationship of Jack Lucy ’17 and Marisa O’Toole ’17. The two seniors, who met when they were first-year students, have been dating for more than three years. Meanwhile, Lucy is president of the Bowdoin Republicans and O’Toole heads up the Bowdoin Democrats.
Bowdoin students celebrated Ivies this weekend, filling Farley Field House to dance to the concert. Plus, the Muslim Student Association offered its “alternative Ivies” — for students who sought out a slightly more calm setting. The track and field teams competed in the NESCAC championships, and the softball and women’s tennis teams had home games and matches.
On the Tuesday before Ivies weekend, the Women’s Resource Center and Bowdoin Craft Center set up a temporary fashion house in Morrell Lounge, putting out a wealth of used clothing purchased from Salvation Army. Also on offer were colorful patches, paints, needles and thread, hot glue, and assorted sparkly accoutrements to inspire students to make unique fashions for the upcoming Ivies celebration.
The guiding principle behind the new Russian Club at Bowdoin is that the best way to turn students onto the Russian language is to expose them to its culture — its music, dance, literature, history, food.
Samuel Kyzivat ’18 won second place among advanced-level contestants, Daniel Castro Bonilla ’18 placed second at the intermediate level, and Lillian Saunders ’20 placed third at the advanced level.
In Moscow, Wildon Kaplan ’17 began a project in diplomacy that brought him into contact with students from across the US and Russia, industry leaders and ambassadors, and the gritty details of the international aviation manufacturing.