Bowdoin’s Rudalevige on What Watergate Can Teach Us about the Trump White House (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

President Trump’s alleged intervention with the FBI has prompted many to recall the Nixon era and the possible makings of a scandal “reaching Watergate size and scale,” remarked Sen. John McCain.

Andrew Rudalevige, Bowdoin’s Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government, offers compelling insights into how the two situations compare and contrast, including the dueling lines: “When the president does it, that means it is not illegal” and “wholly appropriate.”

Read the article in the Washington Post political science blog, Monkey Cage.

Purple Media Plunge Update: What Happened When Students Read News From the Other Side

Successful participants of the Bowdoin Polar Bear Purple Media Plunge received T-shirts with this logo, designed by Laura Griffee ’17

For one month, fifty-two students and one staff member forced themselves to break from their comfortable routines by reading news from across the political divide.

They were volunteers in the Polar Bear Purple Media Plunge at Bowdoin, an experiment in bipartisan news exposure organized by Assistant Professor of Economics Dan Stone with help from staff and students. Read about the plunge results in Bowdoin News.

Tennessee, Tennis See: Bowdoin Tennis Teams Play in NCAA Quarterfinals Monday — Watch Live Online

The Bowdoin men’s and women’s tennis teams will compete in NCAA Quarterfinal matches in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The Polar Bear women get things started with a match against Emory, while the men face Washington University.

Due to rain in the Chattanooga area Monday morning, the quarterfinal schedule has been changed. Check the Bowdoin Athletics website and the @GoUBears Twitter handle for scheduling and scoring updates.

Read a preview of the women’s matchup, including an interview with senior captain Pilar Giffenig. The men’s preview is available here, featuring an interview with junior captain Kyle Wolfe.

Live coverage of the matches will be available online at

Bowdoin to Award 478 Degrees at 212th Commencement May 27

Bowdoin will hold its 212th Commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 27, 2017, and confer bachelor of arts degrees on the Class of 2017. Read more about Commencement 2017, including a schedule of events, and how to watch the ceremony live online.