Student Life


Selling Empanadas on the Quad to Raise Money for Ecuador

After the 7.8 earthquake hit Ecuador on April 16, students launched into action. Caroline Martinez ’16, who grew up in Ecuador, is leading the charge to raise $5,000 for Ecuador’s Red Cross by May 6. Selling homemade empanadas in the Smith Union and the Quad, she says she’s about halfway toward her goal.


Personal Finance 101: New Financial Literacy Club Reaches Out to Alumni

Jessica Gluck ’18 has started a new Financial Literacy Club for students. “We want to bring professionals and alumni to campus to host hands-on workshops,” she said.

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Exemplary Student Employees Recognized for Campus Work

Seven students, including a laboratory dishwasher, a multimedia correspondent, an information desk monitor, a head tour guide, and a library assistant, were recently recognized by their campus supervisors as being a “once-in-five-years student employee.”

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Common Good Grants Awarded to Nine Local Nonprofits

The McKeen Center recently announced nine Brunswick area non-profits would be receiving Common Good Grants, of up to $2500 each

Damian Ramsdell ’17 as Bernie Sanders

Students Role-play a Debate Among Presidential Candidates

Bowdoin College hosted a debate between the five remaining presidential candidates in the David Saul Smith Union. Unfortunately, the candidates themselves were not in attendance, so five students decided to shoulder the sacred responsibility of democracy through representation. Thus began Bowdoin’s first-ever presidential debate by proxy.

Simon Moushabeck ’16

At Students’ Palestinian Culture Night, Focus is on Music, Food, Socializing

Those involved in the campus group Students for Justice in Palestine recently hosted a Palestinian Culture Night at the Student Center for Multicultural Life. Rather than addressing politics, the group featured music, food, and art from Palestine and the Arabic region.

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Video: Springtime on the Quad

Lately, the weather’s been gorgeous, bringing out a flood of students to the quad. Some students lounging about after classes (around 4 p.m.) spoke to us about how their daily routines (and their moods) change when spring weather arrives.


Paleontologist Describes Discovery of Supergiant Dreadnoughtus

Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara studies the largest creatures to ever walk this planet, the herbivorous sauropods. He visited Bowdoin recently to talk about his discovery of a new sauropod he found about a decade ago, the Dreadnoughtus schrani.


Catholic Student Union’s ‘Theology On Tap’ Invites Nuns, Others to Campus

Suzanne Casey ’16 said Theology on Tap helps dispel some of the stereotypes of Catholic students as perhaps uptight or studious to the point of being boring. “Catholic people go to bars,” she said. “They drink, have fun and care about a lot of the topics the rest of the campus does.”


Mellow Music for Munchkins: Bowdoin Students Perform at Children’s Center

The Children’s Center at Bowdoin this winter sent out a request to college students, asking whether any musicians would volunteer to play music for an hour a week to its children.

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Watch Live: Electronic ‘Athletes’ Gear Up For RoboCup US Open

The eventual goal is, by 2050, to have a team of robots that can perform as well as humans at soccer and compete with the real FIFA world champions.

Seniors Zachary Watson and Ivette Pala.

Preserving ‘Bowdoin Stories’ for the Future

Dean of First-year Students Janet Lohmann said Bowdoin Stories is about reinforcing connections on campus through storytelling. “People’s stories make up this community,” she said. “We learn from each other through our stories.”

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Bill De La Rosa ’16 Named Hispanic Scholar of the Year

Bill De La Rosa ’16—a Truman Scholar, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow, Gates Millennium Scholar, and Michael and Susan Dell Scholar—has been selected as Hispanic Scholar of the Year.

Ameena Khan '16 prepares some Samosas

Food & Faith: Teaching Students About Islam Through Samosas

The inaugural Food & Faith event took place on the evening of April 15 at the Student Center for Multicultural Life, and was hosted by the Muslim Student Association (MSA), which Khan leads. The food at the front and center of the event was the samosa, a fried triangular treat with a spiced filling including peas, onions, rice, and often beef.

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Maine Food, Compostable Ice Cream Dishes, Bike Tune-ups: It’s Earth Day at Bowdoin

Bowdoin Sustainability and Bowdoin Dining are celebrating Earth Day this year with outdoor yoga, live music, ice cream, free bike tune-ups, and a feast made from local ingredients.

Holi Spring! Hindu Festival Chalks up a Colorful Holiday

Students transformed in mere minutes from cleanly attired students in crisp white T-shirts to walking figures of colorful chalk yesterday when Bowdoin students celebrated Holi, a Hindu “festival of sharing love” that welcomes springtime, its colors and promise.

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Bowdoin Dominates Japanese Language Contest

This is the third year in a row that Bowdoin has won first and second place in the Japanese language essay contest for advanced level students, and it’s the first time the college has picked up four awards in total.


Asian Week Highlighted by Poetry and Stories

The students who put on the annual week of programming for Asian Week this year told the Bowdoin Orient they wanted to focus on “identity, community and bonding between members of the community,” and to share the different views held by Asian and Asian American students on campus.


With Watson Grant, Tess Hamilton ’16 Will Investigate Homes Around the World

Tess Hamilton ’16 has been awarded a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which pays recent college graduates to travel for 12 months and pursue independent study.


Students Prepare to Pull All-Nighter for Cancer

From 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., students will be walking laps at Farley Field House at the annual Relay for Life. The fundraiser event, put on each year by students, has raised almost half a million dollars since 2006 for the American Cancer Society.