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40 Union Street: legacy, community and little red wagons

It’s not hard to see why Union Street Bakery has quickly won a place in the hearts of locals since its opening nearly three years ago. In this short period of time, Brunswick residents have walked again and again up those distinctive green steps, sometimes hungry for gooey chocolate chip cookies, other times for fresh brioche cinnamon buns, but most often, for lively chats with owner Sandy Holland.

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Talk of the Quad

Cute guys, coffee and cardiomyopathy

Phoebe Nichols I was walking around Boston, having a joyous time. It was nice to be in a new city where I could forget my problems for a day. I wouldn’t say I was in epic emotional turmoil, but a month earlier I was officially diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, put on some pretty hefty medication, told that my Nordic ski career was toast and that I would potentially never be able to exercise again.

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Breathing out, tuning in

Mindy Leder In the Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, an intimate room on the third floor with purple cushions, dim lighting and statues of Buddha seems out of place. But several nights a week, students and community members come to Room 302 for meditation classes, retreating from the chaos of campus, if only for 55 minutes.

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Zumba and the power in taking fun seriously

Aleksia SilvermanLET’S DANCE Bowdoin Zumba instructor extraordinaire Béa Blakemore pumps up the class to lead stretching. A Parisian who has found her home and her people in Maine, Blakemore lights up her community and leads classes every Monday and Thursday at 5:15 in Buck 213.

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Babson brings experience in North Korea to Bowdoin

After a faculty departure left a gap in the Department of Government and Legal Studies’ curriculum, Associate Professor of Government and Asian Studies Henry Laurence asked his friend Bradley Babson, a former World Bank employee to North Korea and current consultant for the World Bank and the United Nations, to join the Bowdoin faculty for a single semester.

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A washed-up Reed House alum retraces his steps

Last Friday night, I begrudgingly left my couch, bidding farewell to the slice-and-bake cookies and small group of friends amassed at my off-campus residence, to make the trek to Reed House. Underclassmen are often surprised to learn that I lived there—after all, I don’t play Frisbee and I stopped paying my Outing Club dues after my first year.

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Students grapple with ramifications of Vietnam War on Alternative Winter Break

Courtesy of Chareeda RustanavibulLISTENING AND LEARNING: Students spent time doing service work and talking to veterans affected by Agent Orange at the Friendship Village Rehabilitation center in Hanoi. Exploring history, healthcare and humanitarianism in the legacy of the Vietnam War, 13 Bowdoin students embarked on an Alternative Winter Break (AWB) trip to a rehabilitation center for veterans and children who were affected by the U.S.-released herbicide known as Agent Orange.

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