Bowdoin Marches for Science

Two busloads of Bowdoin staff, students, and faculty headed to the Saturday morning March for Science in Portland, Maine, joining the many thousands of people who marched in defense of science in the US and around the world.

The Bowdoin group was organized by Professor of Physics Madeleine Msall, Sustainability Outreach Coordinator Bethany Taylor, Emily Ruby ’19 and Zoe Wood ’18. Students and professors from across the sciences and humanities came out for the event.

Hadley Horch, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, said she decided to march because she wants society to be data driven. “We should gather as many facts as we can about a problem and use what we know to solve problems and make policy. And that, to me, should not be a political issue,” she said.

A Slice of Bowdoin College Life: The Annual Housing Lottery

Each spring, rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors enter the lottery process to pick their ideal living situation for the following year. Roughly 90 percent of students live on campus, and the options for residential housing are fairly broad.

Groups of twos, threes, fours, fives — and sometimes more (a couple of groups might try to get adjacent suites, for instance) — each receive a lottery number. This indicates in what order they can choose their space. Some favorite locations are Stowe Hall (lots of sophomores, centrally located, big windows) and Coles Tower (as close to the experience of living in an apartment as you can get in the middle of campus, great views). Some students also opt for single rooms.

“The lottery process was carefully designed by students and administrators to allocate housing as fairly as possible,” according to Residential Life, which oversees the process. If students don’t get their top pick, they can regroup and try for a different location or friend configuration.

New Zealand to Tahiti: Spiro ’18 and Wu ‘18 are Sailing Through the Semester. No, Really.

Jacquelyn Wu ’18 (left) and Carina Spiro ’18

Math and physics major Carina Spiro ‘18 and Jacquelyn Wu ’18, a math major, are sailing the South Pacific Ocean in an effort to address and better understand some of the most pressing global questions related to the marine environment.

Through SEA Semester: Ocean Exploration, a study abroad program offered by Sea Education Association (SEA), Spiro and Wu, together with other students with a variety of academic interests, are conducting guided field research projects during a voyage from New Zealand to Tahiti. Read more about it in Bowdoin News.

Students Answer ‘What Is Love?’ Query

Clip of photo by Sam Hoegle ’17

In one of the pieces hanging in a new student-curated art show in Smith Union, two middle-aged people lean over a cake and a diminutive white-haired woman, helping to blow out three numbered candles, 1-0-1.

In the accompanying text, photographer Samantha Hoegle ’17 explains that the man in the photo is her father, the woman her aunt, and the small woman her 101-year-old grandmother. “101 years of caring for others and 101 years of loving life,” she writes. “In my book, it doesn’t get much better than that.”

The show “This Is Love” will be in the Blue Gallery through April 16, and is the inspiration of Sam Halpert ’20. Read the story in Bowdoin News.

Alternative Spring Break Students Reflect on Far-Flung Visits

Students on the “Education in a Developing Country” Alternative Spring Break Trip to Guatemala City

Almost three weeks after returning from their Alternative Spring Break trips, student participants on all six trips came together recently to tell one another stories about their experiences and to share their reflections.

This annual McKeen Center event, called Perspectives, purposefully takes place some time after the students have returned from their community-immersion trips. The lapsed time gives them a chance to dwell on and analyze their time away from campus.

Alternative Spring Break is a McKeen Center program for students who want to do something productive and enlightening during their March vacation. During the first week of break, the accepted students join a small group of peers and head off to a city (or country) to learn about a specific social issue or a marginalized community. The trips are all designed, organized, and led by two student leaders, who pitch their ideas to the McKeen Center a year before and then prepare for their trip months in advance. Read more about this year’s trips in Bowdoin News.