Annual Hacks’ Hackathon Generates Flurry of Innovations

Video by Busra Eriz ’17

Smith Union was filled with techies last weekend who were participating in the third annual CBBHacks Hackathon, the largest student hackathon in Maine.

Students from NESCAC colleges spent thirty-six hours throughout the weekend inventing new apps and computer products and services, competing for a selection of prizes that included Amazon and LL Bean gift cards.

As teams worked on their ideas, they got tips from entrepreneurs and professors. The event culminated in a presentation of the inventions to a panel of invited venture capitalists and CEOs. Read the story by Busra Eriz ’17.

Slideshow: All Dressed Up for Ebony Ball 2017

Ebony Ball 2017 in Moulton Union

Each year, the African American Society at Bowdoin holds its campus-wide Ebony Ball, usually on the same weekend as the Oscars. A tradition dating back more than 20 years, the party brings together students who dance in Moulton Union until early morning. Check out the slideshow of images by photographer Michele Stapleton.

Two Students Start Cooking Classes at Local Soup Kitchen

When she was a freshman in a Georgia high school, Salam Nassar ’18 was the first in her family to arrive home after school. Her father was busy running his butcher shop in Atlanta, and her mother was working two teaching jobs. So it fell on her to start meal preparations for her family of seven.

She taught herself how to make Italian dishes, pizza, sushi, Thai. “I just wanted to make sure we were not always eating Arabic food,” she said with a little smile. Her mom, who is from Syria, often cooked the familiar dishes she grew up eating, explained Nassar, who is a biology major and education minor.

Now, in partnership with Miriam El-Baz ’18, Nassar is using her talents to feed people well beyond her family kitchen. The two juniors have started a new club, The Bite for the Better Project, to offer free cooking classes at Brunswick’s Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program. The nonprofit runs a food pantry and soup kitchen close to the college, and has opened its kitchen up to the students. Read more about it.

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, hot chocolate and s’mores, a polar plunge, and snow-globe making. Reed House stages a broomball tournament.

Check out the slideshow.