Archives for October 12, 2011

Sustainable Bowdoin: College Installs First ‘Green’ Roof

The Heating Plant has a cool new rooftop. Planting materials for the campus’ first living, or “green,” roof arrived Tuesday and were hoisted to the top of the building housing the College’s high-efficiency, low emissions, dual-fuel (natural gas and #2 oil) boiler.

In addition to enhancing the view for neighbors on the upper floors of the nearby Buck Center, the green roof — comprising a variety of flowering plants — also reduces the urban “heat island” effect, extends the life of the roof, and absorbs rain water. Read about Sustainability at Bowdoin.

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Video: Alumni Musicians Deliver ‘Lush’ Songs in Maine

Singer and guitarist Max Garcia Conover ’09, and Peter McLaughlin ’10 and Henry Jamison ’10, two-thirds of the indie rock band the Milkman’s Union, have more in common than just their alma mater. Both are up-and-coming acts with upcoming releases, both have gigs in Maine this week, and both have seen their music described as “lush” in recent reviews.

The Bangor Daily News writes of the “lush, complex indie rock” of the Milkman’s Union, while a write-up on performance venue One Longfellow Square’s website extolls the virtues of Conover’s “lyrically and melodically lush poet songs.”

Conover, chosen as one of the best new songwriters in the northeast by the NPR/Mountain State New Song Contest, opens for David Berkeley Thursday, Oct. 13, at One Longfellow Square in Portland.

The Milkman’s Union – “Somnambulists (Remind Me)” live from Bryan Bruchman on Vimeo.

With two albums under their collective belt and a tour of the northeast that includes shows in New York City and Montreal, the Milkman’s Union is performing Friday, Oct. 14, at the Nocturnem Draft Haus in Bangor.

Cringe If You Want Others To Trust You

Having smooth social skills may not put you to an advantage after all. Recent social science research suggests that people who are easily embarrassed are also more likely to engender trust. Additionally, the embarrassed-prone display more care about the welfare of others.

Bowdoin Volleyball Debuts Among National Rankings, Women’s Soccer Tops UNE

Volleyball — For the first time in program history, the volleyball team has cracked the national rankings. In the latest American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III poll released Tuesday, the Polar Bears stand 25th in the nation.

Women’s Soccer — Senior Celeste Swain tipped in a cross from classmate Ellery Gould with just over 13 minutes remaining to lift Bowdoin College to a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the University of New England in non-conference women’s soccer action Tuesday evening at Barbara J. Hazard Field.