Student Life


Stories of Mainers: Rwandan Refugee Prosper Ishimwe Recounts his Journey

This past weekend, Helmrich House welcomed Ishimwe as part of their “Whoopie Pies with Mainers” speaker series.

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Student Faith Groups Celebrate Together at Gratitude Service

On the Sunday before Thanksgiving, before students leave for the break, it has become a tradition for students representing different faith groups on campus to gather at the Bowdoin Chapel for an evening service.

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‘No Hate November’ Talks Broach Racism in Everyday Life

Last week, two students and a professor gave talks on campus for the ongoing No Hate November series. Throughout November, Bowdoin Student Government organized a number of events to celebrate multiculturalism on campus and to continue educating students, staff and faculty about each other’s differences.

Overheard at a Thorne Thanksgiving

Each year Moulton and Thorne Dining Halls put on a big Thanksgiving feast for students.


Inside the College Houses: The Past and Present of Bowdoin’s Helmreich House

In our ongoing series of profiles of Bowdoin’s eight College Houses — all former fraternity houses — we share some of history of Helmreich House, at 238 Maine Street, as well as a bit of the experience of current occupants.

Hold the Phone: Students Partake in Distraction-Free Dining Experience

Sometimes the best way to connect with each other is to disconnect from technology. This weekend, as part of ASAP’s (Alliance for Sexual Assault Prevention) Date Week initiative, students eating dinner in Thorne dining hall were given the option of going cellphone-less for their meal.


Lights, Food, Dance: Bowdoin Celebrates First Diwali Festival

Many students who don’t have similar traditions in their background appreciated the glimpse into another culture. “It’s exciting to see people showing part of their culture that’s not often on display at Bowdoin. It’s awesome seeing everyone having fun as a community,” Maya Reyes ’16 said.

Children’s Book Author Lois Lowry Visits Bowdoin

Lois Lowry, who is 78, has written more than 40 books for children. She was invited to speak at Bowdoin by students of The Quill, a literary magazine.

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Writer Lois Lowry Offers Advice to Students

One of Lowry’s other listeners asked the author what she thought was important for writers to include in a children’s book. Lowry replied, “I can tell you what to leave out: moralistic lessons.”


“Hate Stops With Us” Photo Exhibit Opens in Smith Union

The exhibit presents black-and-white photographs of students holding signs that read “We Stand Together” and “We Stand With You.”


Political Correctness Discussion Draws Crowds and Questions

Political correctness has become a point of contention on many university and college campuses across the country. The importance of this issue to the Bowdoin community was shown by a panel discussion held last week called “Discussing Political Correctness at Bowdoin College.”

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Watch: Max Miao ’17 Cooks Up Congee in Moulton for a Taste of Home

For two years, junior Max Miao has been rising early on Sunday morning to make congee for Moulton Dining Hall’s brunch. The process of cooking the rice and the different toppings — pork, chicken, tofu, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. — takes several hours to make if the congee is to come out flavorful and authentic.


Culinary Education: International Students Ease Homesickness With Cooking

One reason why Chinese students become good cooks, according to the author of the article, is that most American Chinese food is disappointing.


‘Polar Bear Tales’ Celebrates Art of Storytelling

Students from across campus recently gathered together in MacMillan House, one of Bowdoin’s eight College Houses, for the second annual Polar Bear Tales.

Bowdoin Families Reunite

Students shared Bowdoin, and the fall foliage, with their loved ones during the College’s annual Family Weekend event.

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Students Start ‘Polar Brain Alliance’ to Support the Concussed

A group of athletes at Bowdoin who have either had concussions or known someone who has been concussed has launched a new group at Bowdoin to help their peers recover from this brain injury.

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PechaKucha Night: Student Artists Share Their Stories

Reporter Elina Zhang ’16 recently attended a PechaKucha night at the Edwards Center for Art and Dance put on recipients of two grants, the McKee Photography and Kaempfer Summer Art grants.

Slideshow: Career Planning ‘Dos and Don’ts’ Fashion Show

Bowdoin Career Planning’s annual Dos and Don’ts Fashion Show is a perennial favorite, drawing crowds to Morrell Lounge to see students, faculty and staff strut the right and the wrong stuff to wear to job interviews and to their first jobs after college.

Campus Members Wear Yellow on a Day of Solidarity

Students, staff and faculty across campus wore yellow shirts yesterday to show solidarity with Bowdoin’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex or questioning members.

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First Multicultural Alumni Reception Connects Graduates with Students

Students from across campus came to chat with alumni who could share stories that might reflect their own college experiences. “I’m hoping to meet new people, and ask about their experiences as multicultural students at Bowdoin,” Son Ngo ’15 said.