UCB TourCo improvs comedic relief
This Saturday the Entertainment Board (E-Board) and Improvabilities are cosponsoring Comedy Night, a performance featuring the nationally-known comedy troupe Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company (UCB TourCo) an improvisational theatre group based out of New York City and Los Angeles. UCB is famous for discovering current and future stars of the comedy world. According to UCB TourCo’s website, the UCB Theatre is “the greatest producer of comedic talent in America today” and the touring group is “handpicked from the best improv comedians in New York City and Los Angeles—these performers are the ‘next wave’ of comedy superstars.”
Antolini ushers in holidays by helping bout of local concerts
The snow is falling and it’s time to get into the holiday spirit, a sentiment Bowdoin and the surrounding community are embracing by hosting a variety of holiday concerts in the coming weeks. This weekend, the Bowdoin Chorus and the Mozart Mentors Orchestra are performing an array of French Christmas choral works, and next weekend the Down East Singers will perform Russian Christmas carols with the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble, on visit from Russia.
After mold outbreak, senior evacuates dorm
A senior evacuated her Stowe Inn dorm this week due to an illness allegedly caused by black mold. The mold, she reported, has been growing in her bathroom since the beginning of the school year, despite her greatest efforts to remove it. The senior—along with fellow Stowe Inn resident Kyrie Eiras-Saunders ’12—suffers from coughing, a stuffy nose, headaches, tiredness, and occasional dizziness and blurry vision, as well as general respiratory discomfort.
Alumnus’ weather ballon lands in Brunswick
Last Sunday morning, Hartley Brody ’12 sent a homemade weather balloon into space from a grocery store parking lot in western Massachusetts, intending to capture footage of the earth’s curvature. Coincidentally, the balloon drifted hundreds of miles northeast, landing in the woods across the street from Brunswick High School, only a few miles from Brody’s alma mater. The footage remained unrecovered at press time. Felix Baumgartner—an Austrian daredevil who recently shattered records by jumping from a capsule 24 miles above New Mexico—inspired Brody to send his balloon into “space.”
Electronic DJ to perform explosive set
Electro DJ and producer Clockwork will take the stage in Smith Union tomorrow night at the Entertainment Board’s (E-Board) annual Homecoming concert. Clockwork, whose real name is Henry Steinway, is known in electro circles for his innovative, high-energy sets. He is also the youngest artist ever signed to internationally renowned DJ Steve Aoki’s Dim Mak label.
48 professors hired, many fresh out of Ph.D. courses
Bowdoin welcomes 48 new faculty members this year, several of them right out of Ph.D. programs. “We continue to be very ambitious in our hiring,” wrote Cristle Collins Judd, the dean for academic affairs, in an email to the Orient. “We have been able to add some wonderful new faculty to the College, who we believe have enormous potential as scholars and teachers, and will complement the strengths of our existing faculty.”
Parking overhaul among new sustainable measures
A new parking system that promotes a “park once” approach took effect at the College on August 27, one of many changes which greeted students arriving on campus this fall. Developed according to the recommendations of a hired parking consultant, the policy encourages students to leave their vehicles in one place and walk or bike around campus for the day.
Admissions launches online aid calculator
The U.S. Department of Education mandated that all colleges install a "net price calculator" on their websites last fall, according to the New York Times. The calculator is designed to estimate the actual cost of a college, taking into consideration the factors that influence financial aid offers. The College Board and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau have created generic calculators, but Bowdoin launched its own version to better represent its unique methodology in determining aid. Admissions is hopeful that the net price calculator will eliminate what Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn refers to as "sticker shock,"—when the high price of tuition deters prospective students from applying.
Students awarded Fulbrights, Watson Fellowship
Several students received nationally competitive grants and scholarships this year, including a Watson Fellowship, two honorable mentions for the Udall Scholarship and, so far, two Fulbright Grants for English Teaching Assistantships. The Watson Fellowship is a prestigious and highly competitive one-year grant awarded to graduating seniors of "unusual promise" for a year of independent foreign travel and exploration. Upon accepting the $25,000 stipend, the fellows must agree not to return to the United States (or their home country) for 12 months and must embrace their independent projects on a large, potentially global scale.
‘Ivies’ survey results vary, favor diverse performers
Although it's over six months away, Ivies is already generating buzz on campus. The Entertainment Board's (E-Board), recent survey—which received over 1,000 student responses—posed questions to determine what kind of concert Bowdoin students want for their Ivies Weekend.