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.

Mariely Garcia ’17 Wins Watson Award to Observe Medicine Around the World

Mariely Garcia ’17

Since she was a kid, Mariely Garcia has wanted to be a physician. And though she is still unsure in what area she will specialize, she is adamant about being a doctor who is sensitive to the unique lives and backgrounds of her patients, and to the sociological, economic, or cultural factors that may have contributed to their illnesses.

A neuroscience major, Garcia has won a Watson fellowship to spend 12 months traveling the world. She will focus on learning about some of the obstacles that prevent people from obtaining healthcare and achieving health. In this process of learning and observation, she said she hopes to begin the cultural aspect of her medical education.

In her Watson application, Garcia writes that she wants to increase her “capacity for listening, supporting and empowering patients and above all…to recognize, affirm, and address the needs of patients that are hidden in the shadows.” Read the story in Bowdoin News.

Two Maine Politicians Discuss State Issues — And Set an Example for Bipartisanship

Photo by Savannah Simmons-Grover ’18

Given the current political climate, the Maine Politics talk Monday night was perhaps most notable for the amount of bipartisan agreement and respectful cordiality shown by the two political guests and two student moderators.

Jack Lucy ’17, president of the Bowdoin Republicans, and Marisa O’Toole ’17, president of the Bowdoin Democrats, moderated the discussion in Kresge Auditorium. This is the second campus event the two students have recently worked on together — the first was the February faculty panel, Looking Ahead to the Trump Presidency.

For the Maine Politics discussion, Lucy and O’Toole — who both grew up in Maine (in Orono and Scarborough, respectively) — invited State Sen. Roger Katz (R-Augusta) and State Rep. Sara Gideon (D-Freeport) to Bowdoin to speak on a range of topics. Among other issues, Katz and Gideon discussed the opioid epidemic in Maine, Maine’s worsening labor shortage, and the merit of citizen-initiated ballot questions. Read the story in Bowdoin News.