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Saturday Scoreboard

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Women’s Track and Field — The Bowdoin College women’s outdoor track & field team placed second in the closest-ever finish at the annual Aloha Relays hosted at Magee-Samuelson Track this weekend.

Men’s Track and Field — The Bowdoin College men’s track and field team placed second at the Maine State Outdoor Track & Field Championship Saturday hosted by Colby College.

Men’s Tennis — The Bowdoin College men’s tennis team dropped a 7-2 decision to Middlebury in a battle of nationally-ranked teams Saturday in Vermont.

Baseball — The Bowdoin and Williams baseball teams split a doubleheader at Pickard Field on Saturday with the Polar Bears taking game one, 4-2, and the Ephs winning game two in 10 innings, 7-6.

Men’s Lacrosse — Harrison Cotter scored seven goals as the 15th-ranked Endicott men’s lacrosse team defeated Bowdoin 18-10 on Saturday.

Women’s Tennis — In a battle of top-ten teams, seventh-ranked Bowdoin edged tenth-ranked Middlebury 5-4 Saturday afternoon.

Softball — The Bowdoin softball team put together a pair of 5-1 wins to sweep a Saturday doubleheader against Brandeis University.

Scores listed are those available at time of publication.

More Leisure, More Stress? (Fortune)

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Following WWII, many predicted that productivity and technology gains would reduce American’s work weeks to 24 hours, or less. That, clearly, did not happen. Yet, despite the popular perception that Americans have no leisure time, Americans today do work fewer hours than they did in the 1970s, with an average work week of 34.2 hours. However, these statistics may mask what’s really happening. The underemployed are working abbreviated hours, but they’re not probably particularly happy about it. Also, income gains haven’t kept up with living costs, making it harder to enjoy leisure if you’re struggling to get by. Smartphones and iPads don’t help, fragmenting our down time into bits and pieces that don’t feel refreshing. (Plus, those workaholic types who claim they work 75 hours a week? A labor study has found their perception may be skewed and that their estimates are generally off by about 25 hours a week.) Read more about the realities of the U.S. economy compared to 1970s predictions.

Bowdoin Students of Japanese Win Top Honors

students of japaneseBowdoin Japanese language students  Justin Ehringhaus ’16, Alexandra Mathieu ’15 and Tianchen Zhou ’14 all placed in a recent Japanese language contest organized by the Consulate General of Japan in Boston. The 4th Annual Japanese Language Contest took place in Brookline, Mass. Zhou won first place and Mathieu came in second for the advanced essay division. Ehringhaus placed second in the advanced speech division.

Creating the Perfect Team (Inc.)

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Businesses love throwing the word “synergy” around, but how is it actually achieved? According to Inc., it requires a team of individuals who demonstrate four distinct areas of thinking (conceptual, social, analytical, and structural) and three types of behavior (expressiveness, assertiveness, and flexibility). Learn more about how to create a successful team.

Zebra Stripes: Explained (Discover)

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A zebra can’t change its stripes — and why would it want to? Its coat is more than just fashionable: researchers at UC Davis have discovered that those black and white striations may prevent bites from flies carrying fatal diseases. Learn why flies are averse to a zebra’s stripes in Discover.

Friday Scoreboard

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Softball – The Husson University softball team swept Bowdoin in a pair of one-run decisions Friday afternoon.

Baseball - The Bowdoin College baseball team hung with sixth-ranked Southern Maine before giving up a pair of late runs in a 5-3 setback on Friday afternoon.

The Mysteries of Medicare (The Atlantic)

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Recently, U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released data detailing how much money is reimbursed to doctors. The Medicare deputy administrator wrote that he hoped this action would increase transparency and “shed light on Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse” – but many people are confused about what the numbers actually signify. The Atlantic comments on what it all means and what still needs to be explained.

Annual Relay for Life Raises $30K for Cancer

Relay4Life-007About 300 people volunteered to walk the Farley Field House track during the April 5 all-night Relay for Life. The annual event, which is coordinated by students, takes place between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. Laurel Varnell ’14, a co-leader with Ursula Munger ’15, said that at last count participants had raised about $30,000, and she expected more donations to come in over the next few weeks. The top fundraising team was Angels for Hope, which raised $2,456, and Munger, who raised $1,220. The money is given to the American Cancer Society. See more photos here.

Deke Weaver ’85 Awarded Guggenheim Fellowship

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Deke Weaver ’85, a performance and multi-media artist who teaches at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, has been awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Weaver’s lifelong project, The Unreliable Bestiary, is presenting a performance for every letter of the alphabet, with each letter represented by an endangered animal. Read more about Deke Weaver and his work.

The Origin of a Poison

Alison Frank JohnsonWhen it was first manufactured in Germany in the 19th century, cocaine had a different reputation from the one it carries today. Derived from South American coca leaves and called a “wonder drug” by Freud, it was used as an anesthetic that enabled delicate operations such as eye surgeries.

Cocaine’s subsequent slide into infamy was a global process that illustrates the complicated historical relationship between the German and Austrian Empires, according to Harvard history professor Alison Frank Johnson. Johnson presented a lecture at Bowdoin as part of this year’s “Germany In Europe” Campus Week, an annual initiative sponsored by the German Embassy and the Bowdoin College German Department with additional funding from the History Department.

“Johnson’s work on Austrian identity and the Austrian Empire provides insight into topics that tend to get lost in Europe’s history,” said Associate Professor of German Birgit Tautz, who introduced the talk. This historical perspective is relevant today, Tautz said, in understanding Germany’s current role as a bridge between Western and Eastern Europe.

Read more about Johnson’s talk.