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Video: Student Food Truck Offers Rare Daytime Taste

For one day only, the CampusFoodTruck — a student-owned and run operation — opened while the sun was out. Propping up their truck windows and letting the fast-food smells waft over Coe Quad, the three owners — Steve Borukhin ’14, Monty Barker ’16 and Ben Citrin ’16 — last Friday at lunchtime cooked up burgers and fries for faculty and staff who were curious about the offerings.

Borukhin launched CampusFoodTrucks, Inc. last year along with Isaac Brower ’13 and Eric Edelman ’13. It’s open Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m., and serves late-night chow from its corner spot in the parking lot behind Smith Union.

Video: They’re Here! First Years Move In

Toting water bottles and mopping their brows, many families were on campus yesterday morning, helping first-year students settle into their new college lives. With temperatures hitting the low 80s, it was a particularly humid morning to be lugging furniture into dorm rooms. Yet, for the most part, parents seemed cheerful. “They’re not stressed out because we’re not stressing them out,” Jared Littlejohn ’15 said. He, along with many other upper-class students, was omnipresent yesterday, helping move stuff in. “Here’s someone I can help!” Littlejohn called, running off to ask whether he could assist a father and son carry a small refrigerator.

Read the full story, with many more photos, about move-in day for the Class of 2017.

Bowdoin Sets Up New Composting Systems at Student Houses

Sustainable Bowdoin summer employees Omar Sohail or Bridgett McCoy with one of the new green cones

Sustainable Bowdoin summer employees Omar Sohail or Bridgett McCoy with one of the new green cones.

Composting, the latest way a college student can become more sustainable, has recently become easier on campus because of the installation of two new composting systems: One in the backyard of 30 College Street, the campus’ multicultural house, and the other at Howell House.

The bins are half-buried green cones in which students can deposit leftover vegetables, fruits, bread, eggs and much more, diverting hundreds of pounds of food waste annually. Not only does this save the College money by decreasing the amount of waste, but compost also improves the local land by acting as a fertilizer, soil conditioner and natural pesticide.

While Bowdoin has already established an organic waste diversion program for Bowdoin’s Dining Halls, including feeding pigs the pre- and post-consumer waste from Moulton Union, the addition of these two green cones will make composting easier and more convenient for students in residence halls. In addition to the new green cones, compost bins are currently located outside of Burnett House, Ladd House, Quinby House, MacMillan House and Reed House, as well as the Mayflower apartments. Read the full story.

Multimedia: 458 Seniors Awarded Degrees at Bowdoin’s 208th Commencement

During Bowdoin College’s 208th Commencement ceremony, bachelor of arts degrees were awarded to students from 42 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 14 foreign countries and territories.

For the first time since 1986, weather conditions drove the ceremony indoors — to the Sidney J. Watson Arena. Though the venue was new, President Barry Mills continued his Commencement tradition of speaking about leadership.

“At Bowdoin we understand that leadership requires empathy — at its best it requires a person who understands in their heart and head the issues and problems they seek to solve, and the situations they aim to improve. A Bowdoin leader leaves their ego at the door — it is not the volume of your voice, but the power of your ideas,” Mills said.  Read more about Commencement 2013 and find links to the speeches here.

Photos after the jump.

Continue reading Multimedia: 458 Seniors Awarded Degrees at Bowdoin’s 208th Commencement

For Students in ‘The Undiscussed,’ No Topic is Taboo

The Undiscussed Leaders, left to right, Maria Montes ’13, Monica Das ’14, Kate Kearns ’14, Phoebe Joaquin ’15 and Veronica Verdin ’15. Absent members: Nasra Hassan ’13 and Tyler Silver ’13

Every year for the past six years, a large number of students have joined a special campus club called The Undiscussed to talk about challenging topics that can get buried under the debris of our daily duties and burdens.

Each spring, when The Undiscussed becomes active, participants focus on one subject to tackle. In the past, they’ve looked at identity, choice, image and space. This year, members took on the topic of (un)happiness to examine both happiness and its opposite.

Read the full story here.

Women’s Ultimate Team Headed to Nationals

Chaos Theory, Bowdoin women’s ultimate frisbee team, recently placed first in the New England regional championships, beating out seven other teams.

Over the course of the tournament, held the first weekend in May, the team went 7-0, beating Williams College, Amherst College, Wellesley College, Smith College, Bentley University and Brandeis University by a total point differential of 103-29. “This raises our season record to a ridiculous 33-0,” co-captain Julie Bender ’13 said.

The win secured Chaos Theory’s spot in the Division III National Tournament in Milwaukee, Wis., May 18-19. “It’s been an absolutely incredible season, and we’re thrilled that it’ll be continuing for as long as possible,” Bender said.

Read the full story here.

President Mills Honors Students who Embody Leadership, Eloquence

President Barry Mills in early May presented awards to a group of students who stand out for their leadership gifts. He also recognized the three students who have been selected to speak at Commencement based on their submitted speeches.

Students who received leadership awards were Danica Loucks ’13, Daniel Ertis ’13, Alex Tougas ’14, RaiNesha Miller ’13, Dani Chediak ’13 and Linda Kinstler ’13. The three seniors speaking at commencement will be Miller, Hannah Glover ’13 and Daisy Alioto ’13.

Read short bios of the students here.

Howell House Holds Silent Auction for McKeen Center

Howell House, one of eight houses in Bowdoin College’s residential system, recently held a silent auction to benefit a program run by the McKeen Center for the Common Good. By the end of the evening, Howell had raised over $650 for the Common Good Grant program.

The Common Good Grant is both a program designed to give students philanthropic experience as well as a way for the College to give back to the community. “The Common Good Grant is a pool of resources that a student committee parcels out among projects benefiting the greater Brunswick community,” explained Micah Ludwig ’13, co-leader of the Common Good program.

The idea for the auction originated with Howell House Vice President Amy Spens ’15, who organized fundraisers in high school and wanted to bring that experience to Howell.

Read the full story here.

2013 Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon

Bowdoin’s annual Scholarship Appreciation Luncheon — an event President Barry Mills calls “the most emotional gathering of the year” — was held Thursday, May 9, in Thorne Hall.

Hundreds of students shared a meal with the donors — alumni, parents and friends of the College — who have provided the financial support that makes a Bowdoin education possible for them.

Following a performance by jazz trio Samuel Eley ’15, Simon Moushabeck ’16 and Benjamin Pallant ’16, President Mills spoke of the importance of ensuring that an education of the caliber of Bowdoin’s be available for every student, no matter their financial circumstances.

Donors Dennis Sgroi ’83 and Susan Sgroi ’86 shared the podium, explaining the origins of their love for Bowdoin and why it is a priority for them to help students.

Student speaker Adrian Rodriguez ’14 shared his family’s story of leaving the Dominican Republic for a better life, and his promise to his mother when he was a young boy that he would help her financially one day. He decided the best way he could do this was by becoming educated.

Read President Mills’ introductions about the speakers and musicians.

See more photos.

Department Awards Presented on 2013 Honors Day

Bowdoin College held its 17th annual Honors Day ceremony yesterday evening to recognize the academic achievements of Bowdoin students and faculty. The ceremony was held at Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall.

Lecturer in Chemistry Michael Danahy, recipient of the 2012 Sydney B. Karofsky Prize for Junior Faculty, delivered the Honors Day address, “Better Living Through Chemistry?” in which he described the often serendipitous nature of discoveries in chemistry, and both the good (new medicine) and the bad (drug addiction) these discoveries can bring into the world.

“As you continue through Bowdoin and one-day leave us, remember that what you do with your intellectual discoveries is in your hands,” Danahy said. “Please strive to apply your knowledge in a positive way and help further the “common good.”

Read the full story here.