Remembering Bowdoin’s Wil Smith ’00 (1968-2015)

Wil Smith '00 and Olivia

Wil Smith ’00 and his daughter, Olivia, in Morrell Gym, June 2014

The College learned early Sunday morning of the death of Wil Smith of the Class of 2000 — an alumnus and former associate dean at Bowdoin who inspired a generation of students, faculty, and staff with his determination, optimism, and service to the common good. Dean Tim Foster, who with other friends, teammates, and colleagues visited Smith in the hospital over the weekend, wrote of Smith’s life and what he has meant to the College and to so many others.

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Saturday Scoreboard

Bowdoin B - WhiteMen’s Basketball: Lucas Hausman scored 25 of his game-high 37 points in the second half to lead the Bowdoin College men’s basketball team to an 87-74 win over Williams in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium. The second-seeded Polar Bears improve to 18-7 and advance to next Saturday’s semifinals against Amherst College at Trinity. The other semifinal will feature Wesleyan and the host Bantams. Williams ends its season with a record of 15-10.

Women’s Basketball: Shannon Brady scored a game-high 25 points to lead the Bowdoin College women’s basketball team over Middlebury College 80-52 in the quarterfinals of the New England Small College Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday at Morrell Gymnasium. The Polar Bears (22-3) improve to 24-0 all-time in NESCAC Tournament games at Morrell Gym and will make their 15th consecutive trip to the conference semifinals.

Men’s Ice Hockey: The seniors of the Bowdoin men’s ice hockey team won their final career game in Watson Arena with a 4-0 win over Tufts on Saturday evening to conclude the regular season. The Polar Bears enter the post season as the number five seed in the NESCAC standings with a 14-7-3 overall record and 8-7-3 mark in conference play.

Women’s Ice Hockey: The Amherst College women’s hockey team used three second-period goals to erase a 2-0 deficit as the Jeffs skated to a 4-3 victory over Bowdoin College on Saturday evening at Orr Rink. With the win, Amherst improves to 16-3-4 overall, 10-2-3 in NESCAC action, while Bowdoin moves to 9-9-5, 5-7-3 in conference play.

Men’s Squash: Bowdoin bounced back from a opening-round setback to defeat Hobart, 8-1, at the CSA Team National Tournament on Saturday. Results are available here.

Swimming and Diving: Bowdoin stands in sixth place following day two of the NESCAC Championships at Middlebury. Results are available here.

Track and Field: The Bowdoin College track teams posted several outstanding finishes at the New England Division III Championships this weekend.The Polar Bear men finished 7th of 26 teams at Springfield College while the women’s team earned 9th place of 30 squads at Smith College.

Watch Live as the Polar Bears Compete in NESCAC Championships

NESCACThe Bowdoin Polar Bears compete Saturday in NESCAC Championship play in swimming and diving, men’s basketball, and women’s basketball, while track and field athletes travel to Springfield, Mass., for the New England Division III Championships, and the men’s ice hockey team hosts Tufts. Visit the Bowdoin Athletics website for a rundown of all the action and watch these contests live on the Northeast Sports Network:

NESCAC Men’s Swimming – Trials @ 9:45 am

NESCAC Men’s Diving – Trials @ 1:45 pm

Williams vs Bowdoin – Men’s Basketball NESCAC Qtr. @ 1:50 pm

Tufts vs Bowdoin – Men’s Hockey @ 3:50 pm

Middlebury vs Bowdoin – Women’s Basketball NESCAC Qtr. @ 3:50 pm


To Feed or Not to Feed: Deer Survival in the Winter of 2015

Topsham Deer

Deer share a pine branch (Feb. 2015, Topsham, ME)

With all the deep snow and harsh temperatures, biologists expect a further decline in Maine’s deer population this winter. After last winter, the state’s deer herd stood somewhere between 150,000 and 200,000 animals, down from more than 275,000 a decade ago. And while last winter was cold, it didn’t produce the deep snow covering much of New England now. The good news is that deer are built to survive these conditions. The not-so-good-news is that well-meaning humans may be killing deer with kindness by providing extra food.