On Tuesday night, Bowdoin welcomed Deborah Dash Moore, a professor of history and Judaic studies at the University of Michigan, to a crowded Kresge Auditorium as this fall’s Harry Spindel Memorial Lecture. Since 1977, the Spindel lectureship has brought Jewish artists, writers and academics who study Jewish topics to Bowdoin.
Growing up, while other children were watching Sesame Street, Ben Model was watching Charlie Chaplin features. By the time he arrived at film school, he had already watched most of Chaplin’s films, as well as most Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd films.
This year, Bowdoin students are newly able to select a meal plan that includes 21 meal swipes per week, a welcome increase from the previous 19 meal swipes offered by the Res19 Plan. On May 16, Dining Services Business Manager Billy Watkins informed the community of the change.
The Francophone Film Festival is back at Bowdoin. After showing three films over three weeks last fall, the festival returned on Tuesday, screening the first film of Francois Truffaut’s beloved Antoine Doinel series, “400 Blows,” to an audience of Brunswick residents, students and faculty in Searles Hall.
This past Monday, dozens of current and former students, faculty members and other community members filled Kresge Auditorium to celebrate the career of Professor of Art Mark Wethli. Wethli gave a talk in honor of his career at Bowdoin entitled “Arrivals & Departures: An Artist’s Talk,” where he enumerated eighteen vignettes that framed his career at Bowdoin through a term he referred to as “patterns of making.” The talk was varied in style, including everything from Wethli recalling the story of the life-sized model of a Piper Cub aircraft he created out of wood with his father to him reading singular jokes, which were met with laughter from the audience as he delved into his next topics without pausing.
During March, Bowdoin students have the opportunity to take time away from their busy course loads and escape Brunswick’s lingering cold. Many choose to travel home and visit family, while others go on alternative spring break trips or travel across the globe.
Tomorrow, the eighth-seeded women’s basketball team (15–9; 4–6 NESCAC) will travel to Medford, Mass. to take on the first seed in the NESCAC Championship tournament, the Tufts University Jumbos (18-6, 9-1 NESCAC). This game has huge implications for the Polar Bears, as their season will most likely come to a close if they lose on Saturday.
Every Sunday before sunrise, Jeremy Kratzer is hard at work putting bagels into a wood-fired pizza oven to prepare for a morning serving customers that travel from near and far. Kratzer and his wife Marina started operating Dutchman’s, a bagel pop-up housed in Nomad Pizza’s cafe space, in November of 2022.
BRUNSWICK—On Wednesday night in Morrell Gymnasium, the Bowdoin Polar Bears (3–3; 0–0 NESCAC) fell to the Colby College Mules (7–0; 0–0 NESCAC) by a score of 68–52. The action was close for most of the first half with guard James McGowan ’25 leading the charge for Bowdoin with 16 points, but Colby, buoyed by 11 3-pointers, was able to pull away in the second half.
This year, Thanksgiving break will start at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 23. This marks a return to a standard set in previous years after last year’s “Polar Pause,” which gave students the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week off.
Every Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., ambient music and calm energy fill the garage at 24 College Street for the Student Reiki Clinic, an initiative pioneered by the Wellness Center and carried out by community volunteers.
On Monday, November 7, Bowdoin faculty members convened in Daggett Lounge for their third meeting of the semester, where they continued discussions about changes to pre-major academic advising and declining enrollment in the humanities. The meeting, moderated by Associate Professor of Government Jeffrey Selinger, also covered potential changes to faculty and department meeting times, the October meeting of the Board of Trustees and the College’s transition to Workday Finance for budgeting and administrative financial planning.
The midterm elections on November 8 will decide the next governor of Maine, as well as who will assume the first congressional district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, the 23rd state senatorial district seat and 100th state house district seat, with many other races being uncontended.
Nomad Pizza, a business that originated in New Jersey, officially opened its brick and mortar restaurant in the Fort Andross Mill earlier this month. For the past year, Nomad operated as a food truck, serving pizza, homemade pasta and salads in Belfast, Monmouth and Portland, among other cities and towns in Maine.
BRUNSWICK—There wasn’t a cloud in the sky when men’s soccer cruised past Colby College (4-3-7; 1–3–5 NESCAC) on Wednesday at Pickard Men’s Soccer Field. The number 14 ranked Bowdoin team now boasts a record of 10-1-2 (5-1-2 NESCAC).
On Monday, October 3, Bowdoin faculty members gathered in Daggett Lounge for their second meeting of the school year. The meeting, which was led by faculty moderator Associate Professor of Government Jeffrey Selinger, covered faculty concerns about humanities enrollment and changes to course enrollment, among other topics.
BRUNSWICK—Men’s soccer extended its undefeated run to three games after beating University of Southern Maine (2-1-2) 4-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Having conceded just two goals during their three matches and scoring 12, the Polar Bears are now 3-0-0 (1-0-0 NESCAC).
This week, Bowdoin’s student-run radio station, WBOR, broadcast more than 40 radio shows over the FM radio waves to the Brunswick community. With the start of the semester underway, the station’s presence on campus has been felt in force during the past two weeks.
Bobby Murray ’23, accompanied by a robust group of student musicians and videographers, debuted a live rendition of his album “Planet 2” in Studzinski Recital Hall on Sunday. The original recording of “Planet 2,” which Murray had never before performed live, included all the instrumental and vocal parts that appeared on stage.
On the back of a three-game losing skid, the pressure was on for the baseball team in its first of three games in a weekend series against 15th-ranked Tufts University. The score was 2-2 in the bottom of the ninth when CJ Brito-Trinidad ’23 stepped up to the plate.
On March 23, men’s lacrosse player Will Byrne ’24 netted five goals and assisted on six more in a 23-16 win over Western New England University. The Polar Bears are off to a red-hot 8-0 start, and much of their success can be attributed to Byrne’s stellar run of form.
On Wednesday evening, Dr. Aomawa Shields delivered this year’s Kibbe Science Lecture titled “The Search for Life (and A Life) on Planets, Including This One.” The event was held in Kresge Auditorium, with Shields presenting via Zoom.
This past weekend, the women’s swim and dive team traveled to Waterville for the 2022 NESCAC Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Over three days of intense competition, the team shattered multiple school records and came back to Brunswick with a fifth-place finish.
For many prospective students going through the college application process, traveling to Brunswick can often be difficult, impractical and expensive—especially with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite Bowdoin’s virtual tours and online information sessions, it can be difficult to replicate the College’s atmosphere through the confines of Zoom.
Last Friday, Director of Security Randy Nichols announced the rollout of a new app called Bowdoin SAFE in an email sent to the campus community. “Bowdoin SAFE has personal safety features of all sorts, and makes it easier to contact Safety and Security or 9-1-1 in an emergency,” Nichols wrote.