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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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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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A conversation with DeRay Mckesson ’07

Ann Basu Harry DiPrinzio: You currently produce a podcast each week, but you’re also a full-time organizer and activist——How do you manage the work of communicating with all these people, preparing for podcasts, getting guests to come on, educating yourself about what’s going on and educating others like celebrities and other activists?  DeRay Mckesson: Luckily, I’m in a set of teams of people who are incredible, so I’m never alone.

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Seasonal Affective Disorder rises as temperatures fall

Ann BasuWINTER IS COMING: Counseling Service provides light therapy lamps to students experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder during winter months. December on Bowdoin’s campus means shorter days, colder nights and the potential onset of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for some members of the Bowdoin community.

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