Political correctness has become a point of contention on many university and college campuses across the country. The importance of this issue to the Bowdoin community was shown by a panel discussion on political correctness held last week at Quinby House. Read the story by Talia Cowen ’16.
For two years, junior Max Miao has been rising early on Sunday morning to make congee for Moulton Dining Hall’s brunch. The process of cooking the rice and the different toppings — pork, chicken, tofu, spinach, zucchini, mushrooms, etc. — takes several hours to make if the congee is to come out flavorful and authentic.
Rita Liao ’15, who recently wrote about Miao for Bowdoin in her piece, “Culinary Education: International Students Ease Homesickness With Cooking,” said Miao proposed the station during his first year at Bowdoin when he realized how difficult it was to find real Chinese food in this small New England town. “Congee, plain rice porridge, is a dish found across China and comforts the stomachs of millions of Chinese. It is what chicken noodle soup is to Americans. Other Asian countries also make a similar dish. Indonesians call it burbur and Koreans call it jook,” Liao writes.
The congee station has been a big hit with both Chinese students and other international students, as well as with some American students, according to Miao, who is majoring in economics and environmental studies. “Some are very cautious and say, ‘uh, maybe next time!’,” Miao says, when curious diners look over the congee station and ask him what it is. “But sme are really brave, they are willing to try it and see what is congee and what this Chinese student is making. And slowly, I start to see them every Sunday,” Miao said.
For the first time since 2004, a NESCAC institution will play for four championships on the same day as the Bowdoin Polar Bears compete in the conference title matches in field hockey, volleyball, men’s soccer and women’s soccer on Sunday. The only other school to appear in all four fall championship matches on the same day was Williams, doing so in 2004, ’03 and ’02.
Here’s a viewer’s guide for today’s championship games:
Go U Bears!
Field Hockey: The Bowdoin field hockey team advanced to its sixth consecutive NESCAC Championship following a 4-0 semifinal win over fourth-seeded Amherst on Saturday afternoon. The top-ranked Polar Bears remain perfect and improve to 17-0 following the shutout, and advance to the NESCAC Championship Sunday at 12:00 p.m. The Polar Bears will face Middlebury for the fifth straight year in the final.
Football: The Bates College football team sealed the 2015 CBB Championship with a 31-0 win over Bowdoin on Saturday at Garcelon Field. The Bobcats improve to 2-5 while the Polar Bears fall to 1-6 this season.
Women’s Rugby: The Bowdoin College women’s rugby team claimed its fourth consecutive New England Small College Rugby Conference title with a 88-0 win over Tufts on Saturday at Pickard Field. The Polar Bears (7-0) will host a Division II playoff contest next Saturday with the opponent and time to be determined.
Men’s Soccer: The Bowdoin College men’s soccer team will get a chance to defend its NESCAC title after an impressive 2-0 win over Connecticut College in the conference semifinals on Saturday at Middlebury College. The Polar Bears (9-3-4), who are riding a seven-game unbeaten streak, will face eighth-seeded Wesleyan in the title match at noon on Sunday.
Women’s Soccer: The Bowdoin women’s soccer team shut out Trinity 1-0 on Saturday afternoon to advance to its third NESCAC Championship meeting with Williams.
Volleyball: The Bowdoin College women’s volleyball team advanced to NESCAC Championship match for the third time in the last five years with a 3-0 win over Middlebury in the semifinals of the conference tournament on Saturday afternoon at Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears (22-4) will face Williams at noon on Sunday for the conference title.