Archives for May 2016

Plunge Pledge: Seniors Go To Great Depths

Since May 1, Audrey Phillips ’16 and Sophie Janes ’16 have not missed one daily ocean jump.

The two graduating seniors—and a few regulars, including Peter Powers ’16—are fulfilling their vow to plunge into Maine’s frigid waters each day leading up to graduation, on May 27. Temperatures at the beginning of the month were around 45 degrees Fahrenheit and have nudged up a tiny bit since then.

“It felt like a good Maine thing to do and a fun way to end college,” Janes said.

Phillips, Janes, and Powers are all leaving Maine after they graduate. Janes is headed to Boston to do clinical diabetes research at Massachusetts General Hospital. Phillips is traveling to Wisconsin to teach at an outdoor semester school for high school juniors. And Powers is moving to New York City to work with Sprout, a children’s television network.

The pledge has also garnered the support o Dr. Houghton “Hody” McLellan White, who graduated from Bowdoin in 1958. Earlier in the month, when the students were jumping from a public boat launch at Mere Point, they ran into White’s son. He urged them to jump from his father’s private deck just down the street. Since then Hody White and his wife have welcomed the jumpers to their home and dock every day.

Infographic: Bowdoin Lobster Bake By The Numbers

Following Baccalaureate, Bowdoin hosts its annual Lobster Bake for seniors and their families, faculty and staff on the west side of Farley Field House.

Lobster bake 2016

Men’s Tennis Wins First NCAA Division III Championship

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The men’s tennis team won its first NCAA Division III Championship with an impressive 5-0 victory over rival Middlebury in the title match at Kalamazoo College on Wednesday.

The win avenges two losses to the Panthers earlier this season and gives the Polar Bears (20-3) a school-record twentieth victory on the year. It also caps an astounding run to the title for the squad, which rallied twice in the quarterfinals and semifinals before posting a shutout against Middlebury in the finals.

More about the big win, including a slideshow and video of the final point of the championship here.

Professor Henry Laurence Analyzes Significance of President Obama’s Japan Trip


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Associate Professor of Government and Asian studies Henry Laurence says concerns over the revival of Japanese nationalism are overplayed, and are unlikely to be a cause for international concern.

He spoke with Bowdoin News about the importance of President Barack Obama’s historic trip to Japan, and what it could mean for relations with China.