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1860 — Statistics given for the Class of 1860 delivered at Commencement: number who imbibe occasionally, 16; number who never imbibe, 39; number who drink and smoke, 14; number who neither drink or smoke, 39; number engaged, 8; number still on the market, 47.


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Interning at Maine’s Iconic Store — In Japan

STASIW_LLBEAN_062514-5Greg Stasiw ’15 has a paid internship this summer with L.L.Bean, working for its inventory team. This seems a normal enough job for a college student in Maine — until you learn that he’s based in Tokyo.

L.L. Bean, which has had its headquarters in Freeport, Maine, for 102 years, expanded into Japan in 1992 and now has 19 stores throughout the country. This is the first summer the outdoor retailer has hired a Bowdoin intern to work in one of its Japanese branches. Read the full story.

Save the Family Dinner (The Atlantic)

smart phone dinnerIncreasingly, people are eating alone. And not just the twenty-somethings you’re picturing eating takeout while they binge-watch Netflix. The majority of Americans living with a family member report fewer mealtimes together today than when they were growing up. Not to mention that the average American eats one in every five meals in his or her car.

So what do we lose when we forgo eating with others? Children who eat separately from their parents are more likely to be obese, whereas those who eat with their parents are healthier and show better performance in school. We lose the sense of community that comes from taking time to put away phones and work worries and catch up with one another over food.

Read more from The Atlantic on how to “eat better, not just from a nutritional perspective, but from a psychological one as well.”

The Top 10 Things You Never Knew About the Bicycle (Slate)

source: Slate

The invention and progression of what we recognize as the modern bicycle is not as cloudy as historians once thought. The history of bicycle technology has been “long neglected,” but now Tony Hadland and Hans-Erhard Lessing have compiled much information into their recently published Bicycle Design: An Illustrated History.

Take a look at Slate’s visual list of the top 10 innovations to 19th century bicycles, that took them from a contraption propelled by the feet on the ground t0 one that could generate the energy to light an electric bulb.

Cash Points, Car Parks and Gardens, Oh My! (Mental Floss)

Confused book128If you’re an American who’s ever been told to put your rubbish in the bin, you were probably mildly bemused. And you were probably talking to someone British, who wanted you to toss your trash in the garbage can.

The language might still be called English, but there are a number of surprising discrepancies that occur when you cross the pond. For example, on this side of the pond, we would refer to the things in the headline above as ATMs, garages and backyards.

Frogpocalypse: Bowdoin’s Wheelwright on How Mysterious Frog Die-off Raises Warning (NBC News)

Mysterious Frog Die-Off Raises Warning from Bowdoin College on Vimeo.

Nat Wheelwright, Bowdoin’s Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Natural Sciences, and chair of the Biology Department, documents what “was like a nuclear detonation” in his backyard pond when more than 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died within a day. As Wheelwright tells NBC News, and as he and his collaborators at the University of Tennessee reported in a study published by Herpetological Review, the culprit is likely an insidious type of virus.

Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Winners Present Their Research


The 2014 MMUF Fellows along with MMUF alumni Emily Coin ’14 and Tiffany Ebrahim

Last week in Druckenmiller Hall, this year’s ten Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) researchers presented five weeks worth of research to professors, faculty advisors, and fellow students at the 2014 Mellon Mays Undergraduate Summer Research Colloquium. The MMUF is named for Benjamin E. Mays, former president of Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, and mentor to Martin Luther King, Jr. The Fellowship supports students from underrepresented minority groups in becoming scholars, with the aim of increasing the number of these students who pursue PhDs, as well as encouraging diversity in academia. This summer, the MMUF brought together students and faculty mentors from Bowdoin College and from the University of  the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Read more about the fellows.

America’s Favorite Place Is in Maine, Naturally (ABC News)

The North and South Bubble Mountains behind Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park

The North and South Bubble Mountains behind Jordan Pond in Acadia National Park













The results are in, and America’s favorite place is: Acadia National Park. Good Morning America‘s search for “your favorite place in America” brought in an “overwhelming” number of responses, which rated Acadia higher than places such as Lake Tahoe and the Chicago waterfront. The beauty of Mount Desert Island’s Cadillac Mountain, Bass Harbor Head lighthouse, and more attract — and apparently impress — hordes of visitors each year, no doubt contributing to Maine’s reputation as “Vacationland.”

10 Things to Change About Your Resume Right Now (Mashable)

Resume256If your email ends in and you’re not “applying for a job as a historian on 1999,” it’s time to upgrade, advises HubSpot chief marketing officer Mike Volpe ’97. As part of Mashable’s new business series, Volpe highlights ten mistakes that will guarantee you not to get a second look for a position in marketing — let alone an interview. More tips: take that selfie off your LinkedIn profile, and use one social media account well rather than using multiple accounts poorly.

Roger Angell H’06 Awarded Baseball Hall of Fame Honor (

Roger Angell, the honorand, with Professor of English Peter Coviello, in 2006.

The honorand Roger Angell, with Professor of English Peter Coviello, in 2006.

Called a “graceful master of prose” and “baseball’s foremost essayist,” Roger Angell, a 2006 honorary degree recipient, was awarded the Baseball Hall of Fame’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award Saturday at Doubleday Field.

“It’s a surprise to me, because I was not a member of the [Baseball Writers' Association of America], and all the prior Spink Award-winners have been members,” said Angell, who has been writing about baseball since 1962. “I’m the guy who would attend games year after year and stay late to talk to players. And then I’d get in a cab and go home, while all the other writers had to work against deadline. It was not a very popular position. … I wrote later and longer, and that’s pretty tough to forgive. But they’ve forgiven me, and here I am. I’m delighted.” Read more about Angell and the award, and see the video of Angell’s acceptance speech on

With five decades at The New Yorker — and counting — Angell nurtured such writers as Garrison Keillor, William Trevor and John Updike.

Maine Boasts A Higher Percentage of Female Farmers (Bangor Daily News)

farmerThere’s a new reason to be proud of Maine produce: the Bangor Daily News reports that the percentage of female farm operators in Maine is more than double the national average — 30 percent compared to 14 percent nationwide. Not only that, but farming in Maine (and in New England as a whole) is growing more rapidly than in other areas of the country.

In New England, “it wasn’t uncommon for farmland to be passed down through the women,” explains Gary Keough, the state statistician for the USDA. It’s hard to tell, though, whether the recent increase means that more women are becoming interested in farming or are simply interested in becoming their farm’s chief operator.