Campus Walking Tour Maps Offer of the College

cross BDSOn a recent walking tour of the campus, Secretary of Development and College Relations—and de facto College historian—John Cross ’76 explained how President William De Witt (1885-1917) transformed the College in ways that reflected “The Offer of the College,” which he wrote in 1906. Read more about Hyde’s presidency.

College House Profile: Reed House

Each semester, we profile a College House, one of the eight houses that make up what some call Bowdoin’s “living rooms.”

The College Houses are all former fraternities that are occupied today by sophomores. Each year first-year students who are interested in hosting campus-wide academic and social events, and shaping the campus culture, apply to live in the houses during their second year here. Then throughout the academic year, house residents organize talks, tastings, debates, and parties in their communal living spaces. They also create special social events just for the first-year affiliates assigned to their house.

This semester, we profile Reed House, on Boody Street. The house, once the home of Alpha Eta of Chi Psi, was dedicated on September 28, 2007, in memory of Thomas Brackett Reed (1839-1902), Class of 1860, a U.S. Representative from Maine and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Bowdoin Students Take ‘Macbeth’ Outdoors


Cast members rehearse on the museum steps. Photo: Jenny Ibsen

Bowdoin students from the Masque and Gown theatrical club are planning an outdoor performance of the Shakespearean tragedy Macbeth this weekend, on the steps of the Museum of Art. The shows, which start at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, run about 75 minutes and have a cast of 13, most of whom are first years and sophomores, according to director Trevor Murray ’16.

“One of the reasons I chose this play,” he said, “was that the Masque and Gown group used to do “Shakespeare on the Steps” in the early 1900s, and I thought it would be fun to revitalize that tradition as a graduating senior, especially since a lot of my theatrical education has been in Shakespeare.”

Murray said in the event of rain, performances will be held in Kresge Auditorium.

Bowdoin Holds Locavore Dinner to Highlight Local Suppliers, Celebrate Earth Day

locavore3Anyone having their evening meal at Thorne Hall of Moulton Union April 20 would have been presented with an almost entirely locally produced menu.

Bowdoin held its Spring Locavore Dinner with the help of nearly 30 local suppliers, offering a range of hot and cold foods plus desserts, all sourced right here in Maine. Read more about Bowdoin’s Spring Locavore Dinner