Thursday, November 28, 2019
10 Fun Facts About Bowdoin College
What do the CEO of Netflix, co-founder of Subway, and President Franklin Pierce have in common? Thats right - theyre all Bowdoin College alumni. Find out how Bowdoin impacted two famous authors, and learn more fun facts about Bowdoin! 1. Go Way Back Bowdoin was charted over two hundred years ago, in 1794, during George WashingtonÃ¢â¬â¢s presidency. The first class was only eight students, and since then, has grown to nearly 2,000 students. 2. Literary Giants Well-known American authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow both graduated Bowdoin in 1825. They remained close friends, and Longfellow even became a professor at the college in 1829, teaching modern languages. 3. The Fight for Freedom Bowdoin has a long history of equality in America. The third African American to graduate college in America, John Brown Russworm, graduated from Bowdoin in 1826. Alumni John Parker Hale also defended abolitionists, and ran for president against Franklin Pierce in 1851. Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote her famous abolitionist novel Uncle TomÃ¢â¬â¢s Cabin largely on the Bowdoin campus, where her husband graduated in 1824. 4. Making History The oldest continuously published collegiate magazine in America began at the college in 1872. ItÃ¢â¬â¢s called the Bowdoin Orient and itÃ¢â¬â¢s still in publication today. 5. Beary Cool The Bowdoin mascot is the polar bear. Beginning in 1913, it represents a symbolic guardian of the students and athletic teams. It may also be a hint at the freezing winter temperatures in Maine. 6. Males Only? \For a long time, Bowdoin was a college exclusive to males. That changed in 1971 when the college became coeducational. Susan Jacobson was the first female to earn a degree, and she also gave the commencement speech that year. 7. The Offer Bowdoin President William DeWitt Hyde wrote an offer in 1906, detailing the educational philosophies presented by the liberal arts focus at Bowdoin College. The school provides an education across several disciplines, geared towards benefitting the Ã¢â¬Å"common goodÃ¢â¬ of the people, and teaching students to find meaning to education, rather than mere preparation for the workforce. 8. Location is Key Bowdoin is located on the coast of Southern Maine, allowing for beautiful views of New England, and coastal activities. The town of Brunswick offers all the essentials, and the major hub of Portland is just thirty minutes away from campus. Also nearby are the mountains, where the Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts are. 9. Something for Everyone Bowdoin offers BachelorÃ¢â¬â¢s degrees in several fields, across a variety of disciplines. The most popular fields at the college are social sciences, biological sciences, English, history, and cultural and gender studies. 10. Down with Chairs One quirky tradition at Bowdoin occurs during homecoming week, where the social houses host a wooden chair-building competition. A large community bonfire is constructed, and all losing chairs are thrown into the fire, and only one winning chair survives.