Archives for May 2013

First-Generation Students, and Their Families, Marvel Over a College Degree

The day before the hullabaloo of Commencement, before rejoicing over degrees and gobbling lobster, before vehicles were packed to move newly minted graduates on to new lives, a handful of students and family members gathered for an intimate event in Moulton Union’s Lancaster Lounge.

They had come for the annual First-Generation Lunch, when Bowdoin honors the students who are the first in their families to graduate from college.

President Barry Mills welcomed the parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and friends who joined the lunch as guests of students. “I know how much emotion is tied to this,” he said, to the moment when families watch their son or daughter — with years of hard work and generations of hard lives behind them — receive a college degree.

Read the full story here.

Right Ways to Say You’re Sorry (Time)

First, Dov Seidman argues in Time Magazine, apologies are more consequential than ever before because our behaviors make bigger ripples in a more interconnected and interdependent world. “So we’re spending more time trying to distinguish authentic expressions of contrition from rote crisis-management exercises,” he says. In particular, business leaders are finding the value in affecting mea culpas.

“Corporate leaders are fast learning that apologizing is the ultimate act of transparency and reconnection, a prime example of how we can turn our hyper-transparent and hyper-connected world to our favor,” he writes. But there are better and worse ways to say you’re sorry in a sincere way, according to Seidman, who spells them out here.

How Bicycles Empower Cambodian Girls (GOOD Magazine)

Susan B. Anthony once said, “I think [the bicycle] has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world,” words that could not be truer in present-day rural Cambodia, GOOD reports.
School for many girls in Cambodia ends early because secondary schools are often too far and the commute too dangerous. “Rape and other forms of violence against women have reached epidemic proportions in the Cambodia countryside,” according to GOOD. But on bicycle, girls are safer and can travel farther. A grassroots organization, Lotus Outreach International, supplies sturdy bikes to the poorest girls living more than a mile from the nearest school. So far, it has supplied more than 1,000 girls with bicycles.

‘Every Day is Memorial Day’ at Tomb of the Unknowns (Bangor Daily News)

A visit to Arlington National Cemetery helps Maine author and columnist Sarah Smiley appreciate the true meaning of Memorial Day. In a piece for the Bangor Daily News, Smiley shares that experience and the qualifications necessary for the honor of guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns.