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

Student Multicultural Center Starts Up ‘Freedom Fridays’


Benjamin Harris

Freedom Fridays is a new program at Bowdoin designed to spark interesting, informal discussions about popular culture and social issues. The first meeting began with a conversation about Beyoncé’s controversial song and video, “Formation.”

Benjamin Harris, director of the Student Center for Multicultural Life, said “Formation” was the perfect subject to launch Freedom Fridays because it is relevant to young people and it speaks to the current climate of race relations in the United States.

Harris added that he hopes Freedom Fridays will bring students together so they can learn from one another. “We have different social circles,” he said, “and we don’t always hear people of contrasting views. We want to foster a better community for communication, so it’s not just social media rants or anonymous posts.” Read about Freedom Fridays.