Full of portents and promises, Wednesday was optimal for an installment of Library Lost and Found.
Not just the first day of spring, the afternoon of March 20 was also the deadline for seniors doing honors theses; whoops and laughs could be heard throughout the busy first floor of Ladd Library as seniors did the thesis-binding thing.
Here are the 18 items we saw:
- Bandana-print scrunchie
- Carhartt knit cap
- Pair of Timberland work gloves
- Paper for Anthropology 101, taught by Dana Professor of Anthropology Loring “Danny” Danforth, exploring whether ethnic clubs at the high school level perpetuate the false but persistent idea that race is a biological construction, or that it’s the same as ethnicity.
- Rainbow pencil eraser (broken in half)
- Band-Aid (unused)
- Book: Medical Apartheid, about the history of medical experimentation on black Americans, by Harriet Washington
- High-capacity, Homecube-brand pencil case (available on Amazon for $8.99), plus earbuds
- Ray-Ban sunglasses in the classic Wayfarer style, popularized in the ’50s and ’60s by James Dean, Audrey Hepburn, Bob Dylan, and others.
- Single black sock
- Book: When Breath Becomes Air, the posthumously published memoir by Paul Kalanithi about his life and battling lung cancer
- Necklace with a pendant in the shape of the state of Maine
- Ghostbusters T-shirt
- Mug with dried cocoa inside and, outside, a sarcastic-housewife meme, showing a mother sipping coffee and saying to her son: “Caffeine first, darling, then we’ll pretend to listen to each other”
- Photocopy of pages from The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics, edited by Gabriela Nouzeilles, Graciela Montaldo
- Garnet Bates cap
- Double-prong, vintage-style women’s fashion belt by Relic
- Tote bag from the 2015 conference “Our Changing Coast” sponsored by Maine’s Casco Bay Estuary Partnership