Student Life


Students, McKeen Center Make Voter Registration Push on Campus

Liam Gunn ’17 has been coordinating with the McKeen Center’s Andrew Lardie, as well as with Bowdoin Student Government and students in the campus’s three political groups (Bowdoin Republicans, Bowdoin Democrats, and the nonpartisan Bowdoin Political Union). They’re organizing election-themed events and registration drives leading up to election day.


Art Provides Backdrop for Student Soirée

Now a fall tradition, Student Activities threw an elegant part at the Museum of Art for students on Friday night. Students perused the exhibits before gathering in the pavilion for an a cappella concert.


Student Government Election Draws Many Candidates, and Funny Posters

On Friday, voting begins to elect new members on the first-year and senior-year class councils. This year, 34 students are running for the 10 open seats. The election closes Sunday at 8 p.m.

Pejepscot Historical Society: We have two major projects that students can select from, or the group can split and do both. One is repainting the cast-iron fence in front of our building. The other project is moving a number of items in our basement in preparation for some work to the foundation.

Cheerful Volunteers Commit to a Day of Common Good

On Saturday, Sept. 17, more than 500 students, staff, and faculty signed up to participate in Bowdoin’s annual Common Good Day.


The Writing Life of Raisa Tolchinsky ’17

In a recent conversation, Raisa Tolchinsky ’17, a dedicated writer, shared her thoughts on the writing process, studying abroad in Bologna, the writers she’s reading now, and more.


‘What Matters’: The Problems and Possibilities of International Service

Willy Oppenheim ’09 recently visited Bowdoin to meet with students and discuss some of the “problems and possibilities” that come with volunteering abroad. His visit was one of the McKeen Center’s “What Matters” dialogue events. In response to events and cultural debates that arise in the news cycle, the McKeen Center organizes public discussions on campus, inviting staff, faculty, students, and community members to share their thoughts and questions.


Time Lapse: The 2016 Student Activities Fair, By the Numbers and Very Fast

Every September, a good number of Bowdoin’s student groups present their clubs at the Student Activities Fair to recruit new members. This year, more than 124 groups attended the event, which was held Tuesday night in the Smith Union.


Video: Students Celebrate a Green World at Greenstock Festival

Every September, at the annual Greenstock festival on Coe Quad, Bowdoin students celebrate with live music, free ice cream, and an outdoor picnic put on by Dining. The festival promotes environmental awareness, and includes green-themed information tables and activities. Students who bring their bikes get free tune-ups.


Brunswick Art Walk Draws Students Downtown

On the final Art Walk of the season last Friday evening, ukelele players jammed, young unicyclists showed off their balancing acumen, and Brunswick citizens—including some Bowdoin students—strolled along Maine Street, checking out the art galleries and street festivities.


Slideshow: Students Plant Flags to Honor 9/11 Victims

In what has now become an annual tradition for members of the Bowdoin Student Government, a group of students woke up early on the morning of the 9/11 anniversary and planted small American flags across Coe Quad.


Slideshow: 30th Annual Cross-Country Team Canoe Race

Members of the cross-country team took to the water September 7, 2016, for an amphibious workout that’s been a Bowdoin tradition for nearly three decades—the cross-country team canoe race.


McKeen Center Hosts Volunteer Fair to Recruit Returning, New Students

More than thirty student volunteer groups were on hand, along with several local non profit organizations, to try to encourage Bowdoin scholars to donate some of their free time to worthy causes.


And They’re Off! Students Start First Day of Classes

The campus was busy Wednesday morning as students rushed across the Quad to their first class. We caught up with a few of them to find out what courses they had started off the semester with.


Gilman Scholarships Help Students Get Off the Beaten Track

The Gilman Scholarship Program gives grants to students who resist the allure of the basilicas in Italy, the tapas of Spain, or the cathedrals of France, and who opt instead to study abroad in developing countries.

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Orientation Play Explores Class of 2020’s Diverse Perspectives

Jelin, a computer science and math major, and a theater minor, has helped produce Perspectives each year for the past three years. He said he was first inspired to get involved after seeing the production himself as a first-year student and understanding its potential. “It’s a unique and powerful way of approaching diversity,” he said, one that can ably demonstrate the breadth of experiences and outlooks contained within one college class.

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Orientation Trips: First Years Get a Taste of Maine Before Busy Semester

From Wednesday to Saturday, all incoming first year students are exploring a part of Maine with their Orientation Trip groups, either doing community service or outdoor activities. A few of the groups are based near campus at Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center on Orr’s Island, or are staying on campus.

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McKeen Center Orientation Trips Learn About Immigrants and Refugees, Other Social Issues

The excursion, one of fourteen orientation trips organized by the McKeen Center this week, aims to introduce first-years to different aspects of the immigrant and refugee experience in Maine.

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President Rose Welcomes Family and Friends of Incoming Students

President Clayton S. Rose welcomed parents, families, and guests of the Class of 2020 to the Bowdoin community in an address delivered August 23, 2016, in Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.

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Video and Slideshow: Arrival Day for Class of 2020

Friendly student volunteers were on hand Tuesday morning to lend a hand and welcome carloads of incoming first-years and their families.

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Orientation Trips to Take Off to Maine Points Near and Far

To get a sense of where the students travel for their orientation trips, we’ve made a map showing where all the trips are based. Some groups will camp in one spot and make day trips; other trips — like the backpacking and some canoeing trips — will start and finish in different locations.