Wintery Weekend: Snolympics, Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, And Lots of Snow

The Bowdoin Outing Club organized a four-hour Snolympics Friday afternoon, putting students through a series of challenges in about two feet of powdery snow. The competition included a series of events, such as fire building, human sled dog racing, layer up, and snowball archery.

On Saturday, Bowdoin also held its annual Winter Weekend, offering horse-drawn carriage rides, ho chocolate and s’mores, a polar plunge, and snow-globe making. Reed House stages a broomball tournament.

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Bowdoin News: Clam Farming and Green Crab Soup; Maine Muslims Describe Life After Trump

Bowdoin College hosted two speakers this week who are exploring ways that Mainers who earn their livelihoods from the sea might respond to a warming ocean and changing marine ecosystem. The Gulf of Maine is heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans, and scientists foresee a time when historically lucrative fisheries—like lobstering and clamming—are gone, replaced with fish species unfamiliar to us. Read more about a future of clam farming and green crab soup.

The Muslim Student Association and Howell House on Tuesday night invited to campus a panel of Muslim immigrants who are working as educators, writers, activists, and politicians in Maine. The speakers shared their stories about starting their lives in the US and how President Trump administration’s rhetoric and actions have affected them and Muslim communities in the state. Read the story by Busra Eriz ’17.

Cordelia Zars ’16: Three Siblings Rediscover the Grand Canyon and Each Other

Cordelia Zars ’16 first hiked the Grand Canyon with her brothers when she was six years old. Since that trip she has parted with the West, and her brothers, to come to college in Maine. But her deep bonds to the earth and to her brothers have not faded. This winter, the Zars siblings went back into the Canyon together. Plug in your headphones and come along for the adventure.

This story was produced by Cordelia Zars ’16 with help from Senior Lecturer in Music Frank Mauceri. Special thanks to Levin and Tilden Zars.

Bowdoin Senior Follows 64-year-old Art History Trail to Hiroshima

Michael Amano ’17. Photo by Anna Aridome.

The four artists are all elderly now, all still living in Hiroshima. Last summer, a Bowdoin student visited them to talk about drawings they had made as children 64 years ago in 1952 — seven years after the US dropped nuclear bombs on their city.

Revisiting their childhood paintings prompted them to share difficult memories of the years following the carnage. They offered their reflections on war, struggle, peace, and survival. And, perhaps a bit surprisingly, they smiled a lot as they looked at their pictures.

Bowdoin’s Michael Amano ’17 had a Curatorial Fellowship from the Bowdoin College Museum of Art to spend last summer in Japan tracking down and interviewing some of the people who had participated in a 1952 art exchange between Japanese and US schoolchildren. Read the story.