Men’s Tennis Team To Battle Middlebury For National Championship Wednesday Morning

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Men’s Tennis: The men’s tennis team rallied again from a deficit following doubles play to knock off top-ranked Emory University 5-4 in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tuesday morning.  View photos of the win here. The Polar Bears (19-3) advance to the championship match Wednesday against NESCAC rival Middlebury at 10 a.m. Watch the match online or follow live statistics.

It is the first appearance for Bowdoin men’s tennis in the championship of the NCAA Tournament and the team becomes just the fourth Polar Bear program to appear in an NCAA title game (women’s basketball, field hockey, women’s lacrosse). They are the first men’s program in Bowdoin history to play for a national title.

Women’s Tennis: The women’s tennis team fell behind early and couldn’t recover in a 5-0 loss to Williams in the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament Tuesday evening. The Polar Bears finish a phenomenal season with a record of 15-7, winning an NCAA regional and reaching the NCAA Semifinals for the first time in program history.

Sailing: In the first day of competition at the Sperry Women’s National Intercollegiate Sailing Championship, Bowdoin sits in seventh place in the Eastern Semifinal. In-progress results are available here. Racing continues  Wednesday with the top nine boats from the semifinals advancing to the finals, which begin Thursday.

‘Our Native Writers’: An Excerpt from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1825 Commencement Address

American poet and educator Henry Wadsworth Longfellow inspired generations of readers and fellow writers with works including Paul Revere’s Ride, The Song of Hiawatha, and Evangeline.

In 1825, as a graduating senior, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow delivered the student address at Bowdoin’s twentieth Commencement.

Watch as a few members of the Class of 2016 deliver excerpts from Longfellow’s “Our Native Writers.

Baccalaureate Speaker Matthew Williams ’16 Publishes Second Poetry Volume

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Matthew Williams ’16

Matthew Williams ’16 would like one day to be a teacher, perhaps an English professor. But he says he can’t stand in front of students and urge them to follow their dreams if he has neglected his own. “I would feel like a fraud,” he said.

So this fall, he plans to attend Emerson College’s MFA program in creative writing. He is already the author of two self-published poetry volumes, The Poet’s Songs: Poetry from a Troubled Youth (2015), and The Beauty Within the Vessel: Poetry from a Troubled Youth (2016). Was Williams a troubled youth? Not really, he says. Read the full story.

Remembering ‘Pink Panther’ Actor Burt Kwouk ’53 (Washington Post)

Burt Kwouk '53 from the 1953 "Bowdoin Bugle."

Burt Kwouk ’53 from the 1953 “Bowdoin Bugle.”

Burt Kwouk ’53, a British character actor of Asian descent best remembered for his role as Inspector Clouseau’s manservant Cato in the Pink Panther movies, died May 24, according to The Washington Post.

Kwouk was born in England but grew up in Shanghai before studying at Bowdoin, where he earned a degree in government. After graduation he returned to England where he pursued a successful acting career, appearing in seven Pink Panther films. Read more about Kwouk’s life and career.