Archives for July 2013

After a Year of High and Low Notes, Alexi Robbins ’14 Launches Music App to Positive Reviews

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After a year of hard work away from Bowdoin, Alexi Robbins ’14 recently launched Tamber, a new music app. So far hundreds of people have downloaded it and it’s attracting positive reviews by users and techies.

People with mobile devices can download the free app to discover musicians playing within 200 kilometers of their location. They can also buy tickets through the app and invite friends to join them by sending along a music sample via text or email. Tamber gets a cut of the ticket price. Read the full story.

Hari Kondabolu ’04 on Race and American Culture (NPR)

Hari Kondabolu '04. Photo by Karsten Moran '05.

Hari Kondabolu ’04. Photo by Karsten Moran ’05.

 

When it comes to issues of diversity, Hari Kondabolu ’04 isn’t afraid to cut to the chase with his witty humor and anecdotes of growing up in a diverse Brooklyn community. He recalls his Hindu mother taking him and his siblings to Burger King to assimilate to American culture; “What’s more American than fast food?” He joked. In reality, his mother wanted to teach them that “interacting with people of all colors wasn’t ‘bad’ or ‘scary’.” Before becoming a stand-up comedian, Kondabolu spent time fighting for immigrant rights and against hate crimes. Read more of Kondabolu’s humor and history and listen to his guest appearance on NPR.

The Haunting Beauty of Detroit’s Abandoned Buildings (TIME)

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The city of Detroit filed for bankruptcy last week. The filing will impact many people, but will hopefully also serve as a “moment where maybe Detroit can start to move forward,” as Mariam Noland, president of the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, said in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Some of Detroit’s neighborhoods have experienced a revival in recent years, but others have declined, as evidenced by the buildings that stand abandoned and crumbling. View these buildings through the lenses of Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre in this slideshow from TIME.

Faith Biegon ’14 Gains Skills to Become a ‘Changemaker’

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Last spring when Faith Biegon ’14 began looking for a summer internship in the finance world, she probably wasn’t imaging she would end up in an office where employees talk about turning everyone into changemakers, and teams are called Empathy or Framework.

Yet through a connection and good timing, Biegon landed an internship at Ashoka, a nonprofit based in Arlington, Va. Ashoka is a global organization that identifies and invests in social entrepreneurs and the infrastructure to support them.

Read the full story about Biegon.