Student Life


Liberal and Conservative Columnists Find Common Ground in Campus Discussion

A long-anticipated event featuring New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Wall Street Journal columnist Jason Riley, saw the two politically opposed commentator find a lot to agree about in discussion about free speech and political correctness on campus


‘Water is Life’ Panel Discusses Indigenous Lands and Laws

The event provided historical context for and analysis of the large protest that’s been waged against a proposed oil pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, which straddles North and South Dakota.


Juliet Eyraud ’16 Offers Coding Class to Refugees

This semester, senior Juliet Eyraud has been traveling to Portland once a week to teach an introductory computer programming class for English language learners.


With Idea to Reuse Brewery Grain, Bowdoin Students Tie for First in ME Food Challenge

A team of students led by Eliza Huber-Weiss ’17 has come up with a winning business idea that not only takes advantage of the growing craft beer market in Maine, but also reduces food waste.

Bob White ’77 teaches a class to the students at Harvard Business School

Tech Trek: 50 Students Visit Boston Technology Companies

Since Sean Marsh ’95 of Point Judith Capital started the program in 2000, the Tech Trek has brought students to over a dozen firms and continues to be one of the most popular Career Planning events each fall, according to Todd Herrmann, Bowdoin Career Planning’s associate director of employer relations. He helps organize the trips with Marsh.


Kate Dempsey ’88: Maine’s Leading Conservationist Chats with Students

Kate Dempsey ’88 heads the Maine’s Nature Conservancy branch, which is headquartered down the street from Bowdoin in Brunswick. She was recently on campus to speak to students who are interested in environmental careers. Besides talking about her environmental work, Dempsey also passed along a few career tips.


Bowdoin’s Faith Groups Gather for Interfaith Service of Thanksgiving

It has become a tradition at Bowdoin for the college’s faith groups to gather on the Sunday evening before Thanksgiving to share an “Interfaith service of Gratitude and Thanksgiving.”


Four Alumni Consider the Future of Obamacare

The student organization Bowdoin Public Health Club recently invited four alumni who work in healthcare to discuss with students the Affordable Care Act and the future of medicine, particularly in light of President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to repeal Obamacare.


Theater, Chemistry Faculty Offer Moments of Contemplation

While the stereotype of liberal arts colleges is they are bastions of atheists and secular thought, these two professors reveal some of the diversity at Bowdoin, and the ways students are both invited to practice their faith and explore other faiths.


Love vs. Hate: Students Engage in ‘No Hate November’

This year, No Hate November — a month of programming dedicated to addressing bias — seems particularly meaningful to students grappling with a bitter presidential campaign and the election of a candidate who has been endorsed by white supremacists.


Making Art From Science and a Drop of Seawater

Students in the Bowdoin Marine Science Semester recently made prints from plankton specimens they collected in the waters off Boothbay Harbor to investigate the relationship between art and science.


Bowdoin Senior Receives Award for India Research

For his work, Polstein received one of two annual Awards for Academic Achievement Abroad from The Forum on Education Abroad. This prize recognizes excellence in academic work by students who study with an education program abroad.

Ty Johnson ’15 Conquers His Fear, Goes Back Home to Help

Addressing their fear became part of their new organization’s identity and name. The two students filed for 501(c)(3) status for their nonprofit, Konquered Fear Xchange, or KFX, for short. “Once you conquer your fear,” Ty Johnson said recently, “and you are passionate, you can bring positive change.”


Singing Karaoke, in Different Languages

Several teaching fellows at Bowdoin recently threw a karaoke party on campus to encourage students to practice their language skills while having a good time.


Students Land Jobs at Computer Science Conference for Women

Eight of the fourteen students who attended the computer science conference were offered summer internships or full-time jobs at the career fair.


Student Forum Elicits Both Anonymous and Outspoken Post-Election Dialogue

To encourage all students to share their thoughts about the recent election, not just the ones who feel confident about speaking out loud, members of the Bowdoin Student Government experimented with a new interactive polling software.


Diwali: Students Celebrate the Festival of Lights and Triumph of Good

Last week, students in the South Asian Student Association threw a party in Daggett Lounge to celebrate the Hindu festival of lights, or Diwali.


Behind the Scenes at the Krazy Kat Production

If you want to escape from reality for eighty minutes this week, check out the show Krazy Kat, featuring a kaleidoscope of existential characters as they explore the forces of life, love, and the pursuit of bricks against the backdrop of an enchanted desert.

Black Lives and Blue Uniforms: Police Speak to Students

The event, “Wearing Blue: Police and the Black Lives Matter Movement,” was part of Bowdoin’s Freedom Fridays series, organized by Benjamin Harris, director of the Student Center for Multicultural Life. Harris purposefully invited two policemen—one white, one black—who work in different parts of the country to describe how policing gets done in demographically distinct regions.


On The Air: Bowdoin Students and Professor Rudalevige Participate in Election Coverage

As election results were reported Tuesday night, nearly a dozen Bowdoin students were part of the action on WGME/CBS 13.