Student Life

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It’s Winter, So Bring on the Comfort Food, Thorne Hall

We dropped by Thorne Hall recently at lunchtime to check on this important part of the campus. Several dining staff and students weighed on what they love to eat or make, or both, at this much beloved dining hall.


“Why African-American [Blank] Matters” Series Launches with Talk on Voting Rights

Kicking off the first of a series of talks this month called, “Why African-American _____ Matters in America,” Professor of History Patrick Rael gave a lecture on voting and why reducing obstacles to voting is important to protect minority rights.

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Men’s Rugby Team Flexes its Tough and Compassionate Sides

The team’s leader, Jared Feldman, said that for a while the team has wanted to have a larger presence on campus and to get more involved with social causes. “We have a lot of man power,” he said. “We could make an impact if we did a little bit of work off the field.”

Nonprofit Symposium: ‘Small, Local Changes Add Up’

Each winter, Meg Springer, assistant director of the Career Center, organizes the popular Nonprofit Symposium at Bowdoin, inviting faculty, staff, alumni and local nonprofit leaders to the afternoon event to provide a forum for students to reflect with professionals on different aspects of the nonprofit sector.

It never fails to amuse

Polar Bears, Rare Books, Chocolate: ‘Student Night at the Arctic Museum’

Student Activities threw its annual “Student Night at the Arctic Museum” party last Friday evening. The event is a chance to celebrate students’ return to campus after winter break and to lighten, a bit, the dark and cold of winter.

Julie Berkman-Hill volunteers on Alternative Winter Break

Students Tackle Poverty, Human Trafficking, Other Issues in Alternative Winter Break

“Alternative Winter Breaks are unique because they allow us to really see the kinds of work we can be doing outside of school. It makes the ideas that we talk about at Bowdoin concrete and not so abstract.”


Bowdoin Women’s Association Keeps Up Tradition of Dialogue

In her first month at Bowdoin, in 2012, senior Lucy Knowlton ’16 signed up for a women’s discussion group for first-year students. Although she initially did it as a whim after one of her teammates suggested it to her, the year-long experience had lasting ramifications for her. “It was one of the best parts of my […]


Nine New Courses Offered This Semester

The following is a complete list of new Bowdoin classes as they are described in the course catalog, plus comment from the faculty teaching the course. (NOTE: Some courses are labeled ESD or VPA. These refer to Exploring Social Differences and Visual and Performing Arts, which are two of the five distribution requirements mandated by […]

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Speak Up: New Campus Series Encourages Dialogue Around Difficult Issues

To respond to and generate discussion around current events as they come up, the McKeen Center has launched a “nimble” new community discussion series called What Matters.

Addison Carvajal

Not Yet Graduated, Bowdoin Senior Has Already Launched Her Career

Addison Caravjal ’16, a rugby and track athlete, has already started the job she’ll have post-graduation and has bought the home she’ll live in. “I like to be ahead of the game,” she said. “I don’t like to be behind.”

Special Collections director encourages students, faculty, community members to make use of the facility

Special Collections Director Urges Students, Others to ‘Come Visit the Reading Room.’

George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives, Bowdoin College Library


Therapy Dogs and Other Tricks to De-stress During Finals

Students have a range of solutions to stay calm and focused during finals. Some visit the therapy dogs Bowdoin brings in during exams. Others go out for gelato with friends, work out, play rugby or watch movies.

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What Matters: A Global Conversation at Bowdoin About Syrian Refugees

In between classes last week, a group of faculty, staff, students and community members gathered in Hubbard Hall to discuss the millions of displaced Syrians fleeing their violent country.

By Land or By Sea: Annual Aquathalon Pits Runners Against Swimmers

The swim team and track team met once again yesterday afternoon in Farley Field House for the annual and high-spirited aquathalon, which pits swimmers versus runners in a 1-mile, 200-yard race.

International Write-In Helps Students Fight Procrastination

Bwdoin’s Center for Learning and Teaching joined 80 other schools across the globe to organize a “Write-In” to help students wherever they are in the writing process.

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A Campus Debate About Anonymous Speech

To hear from students, staff and faculty about the role of anonymous speech at Bowdoin and more widely in the world, the McKeen Center for the Common Good held a conversation last Friday about whether postulating without outing oneself has a place in civil discourse. Professor of Anthropology Sarah Dickey and Assistant Professor of Government and Legal Studies Jeff Selinger moderated the discussion.

Tom Rosenblatt ’16

Students Launch Undergraduate Journal of Art

Journal co-founder Tom Rosenblatt ’16 said that while the audience for most college essays is just one person — the professor — “students are still producing insightful work that could contribute to the way people are thinking about art.”


A Campus Conversation: How Islamic is the Islamic State?

Students gathered recently in the living room of Macmillan House to hear a panel of Bowdoin experts discuss Islam and the Islamic State.

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Bowdoin Career Planning Offers Annual Tech Trek to Boston

This fall, the yearly Tech Trek that Bowdoin’s Career Planning office organizes for students included stops at Tamr, Google, CoachUp and MassChallenge. Along the way, the Bowdoin group met up with several of the alumni who founded a few of these enterprises.

Ben York

Student Ben York’s ‘Autistic’s Guide to Autism’

In his Bowdoin Orient column, “An Autistic’s Guide to Autism,” Ben York ’19 explains that it took him years of living with autism to understand that the “preferences and quirks” of his personality were not indications of a deficiency.