Analysis by Rudalevige: ‘Happy (Belated) Birthday, Watergate Break-in’ (Monkey Cage)

Andrew Rudalevige

Noting that this past weekend marked the 45th anniversary of Watergate — the break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the office building bearing that name — Thomas Brackett Reed Professor of Government Andrew Rudalevige breaks down the “high crimes and misdemeanors” the burglary prompted or revealed.

Read Rudalevige’s piece for Monkey Cage, the Washington Post political science blog.

Across the Pond: Bowdoin Rowing Prepares for Henley Royal Regatta Qualifying

At the 162nd Marlow Regatta June 17, both Bowdoin Fours finished fifth in their respective events as they prepare for the Qualifying Races next Friday ahead of the Henley Royal Regatta, which begins June 28.

Other American schools vying for the 16 spots in The Prince Albert Cup at HRR include Boston University, Bucknell, Colgate, Williams, WPI, Tabor Academy, Deerfield Academy, and Kent School.

The event also includes entries from Australia, China, France, Ireland, Netherlands, and Scotland.

“This is a remarkable opportunity for our crews,” said Coach Gil Birney. “Racing at Marlow was held on the Olympic venue at Dorney Park and was inspiring. Both our crews stepped up to the challenge of blistering fast British crews, and gained a new respect for what it takes to compete at the international level.”

The Last of the Heath Hens: Special Collections Receives Grant to Preserve 1930s Ornithological Research

Alfred Otto Gross with Heath Hen, Martha’s Vineyard, May 16, 1923

It’s full circle moment for Edward Minot, the interim director of the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island.

Films documenting ornithological research done in the 1930s by his grandfather, Bowdoin professor of biology Alfred Otto Gross, Kent Island’s first director, will be digitized and preserved, thanks to a grant Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives has received from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Minot discovered the 35 mm films, as well as several reels of 16 mm films, in his mother’s attic.

A biologist and ornithologist like his grandfather, Minot immediately recognized the research potential and fragility of the films.

“After a lifetime of hearing about my grandfather’s work with Heath Hens and his trips with MacMillan, it will be thrilling to see movies of the events for which I’ve had mostly an oral history and a few photographs,” wrote Minot in an email from Kent Island. Read the rest of the story in Bowdoin News.

Final Phase of Coles Tower Renovations Underway

Coles Tower

For the past three summers — just as soon as Reunion Weekend concludes, and wrapping up just before the start of classes — construction crews have methodically chipped away at the very tall punch list that is Coles Tower.

In this fourth and final phase, crews are at work on the top three floors — renovating bathrooms, installing new lighting, rolling on fresh paint, and replacing some flooring.