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Month: November 2015 (Page 1 of 6)

A CHEWS Guide to Sustainability in Commons

While Bates has made an incredible effort over the years to improve efficiency and reduce waste at Commons (through efforts such as diverting approximately 82 percent of waste away from landfills and donating uneaten food to homeless shelters), we as students hold the ultimate responsibility for improving sustainability, especially when it comes to wastage in Commons. With everyone working towards a common goal of reducing waste, individuals alone can save hundreds of pounds of food and liquid every year, which translates to thousands of pounds collectively as a school. This not only helps Bates fulfill its commitment to reducing its environmental footprint, but also allows Commons to divert its finances towards expanding our menu and catering to students’ needs rather than paying for wasted food.

There are plenty of simple adjustments you can make to your regular Commons routine in order to reduce waste. One of the most effective things you can do is to take a round through Commons before heaping every dish you see onto your plate. You not only end up getting what you actually want to eat and avoid having to waste, you also get to explore different options and to broaden your nutritional horizons. Take what you think you’ll eat, as you can always come back for seconds. Once mealtime is over, challenge yourself and see how much you can get out of just one napkin. Maybe you’ll save a few. Or ten.

When it comes to beverages, you can also moderate your portion sizes by using the transparent plastic cups rather than the larger recyclable paper cups. If you want a refill, it’s always available. When you want to take a beverage to go, using your own liquid container is the best option, as you can register it with the Bates Mug Club and use it to get credit towards free meal passes (usable for your guests and for meals that would normally cost you $6.00 during breaks). If you choose to use a recyclable cup, remember to empty your cup before throwing it in the recycling (the top is also recyclable). If you don’t empty your cup, the liquids from your cup contaminate the whole bin and render it unusable for recycling.

Lastly — and this will be the least popular piece of advice — avoid taking food out of Commons and stashing it in your room. While taking a snack out for later is fine, taking loaves of bread and cups full of almond butter is extremely costly and can become a tragedy of the commons (no pun intended), especially considering that a lot of those foods end up ignored, uneaten, and eventually rotten in the back of your fridge. Unfortunately, Commons was never meant to be a grocery store. That’s what Shaw’s is for.

While our individual efforts might not save the polar bears and stop sea levels from rising, our collective efforts as a college can have a sizable impact. At the end of the day, we are really only responsible for our own actions, and whether or not those actions have considerable consequences shouldn’t really matter so much as knowing that we are doing everything in our power to preserve our environment. And with those pieces of (cliché) wisdom and some waste-reducing practices in mind, we at CHEWS hope you can make some more informed and sustainable decisions in Commons.

Football loses final game to Hamilton, 14-0

It was always going to be difficult for Bates football to improve upon their outstanding, CBB-clinching performance in a 31-0 annihilation of Bowdoin. Unfortunately, despite another quality effort from the defense, the Bobcats ended the season with a 14-0 loss at Hamilton. The team concludes the season at 2-6, tied for sixth in the NESCAC standings with Hamilton, Bowdoin, and Williams.

Following a quiet, scoreless first quarter, Hamilton took control of the game in the second period. First, running back Jason Nastovski completed an eight-play, 43-yard drive with a three-yard touchdown to give the Continentals a 7-0 advantage. They wrapped up the scoring for the quarter (and the game) by recovering a Bates fumble with 3:01 left in the half, seizing a 14-0 lead that Bates never managed to overcome.

The Bates offense’s lowest scoring output for the entire season heading into Saturday was 10 points, yet Hamilton managed to shut them out by neutralizing the Bobcats’ typically potent running game. Bates accumulated just 48 yards on 44 carries, while only managing an additional 56 yards passing from senior quarterback Pat Dugan.

Despite the disappointing finale, Bates achieved some incredible history this season, as the senior class became the first since 1900 to win three CBB titles outright. Dugan (74-144 for 881 yards, five touchdowns, and five interceptions), running back Shaun Carroll and wide receiver Mark Riley (the team’s top receiver for the second straight season, with 42 catches for 513 yards and two touchdowns) are several seniors that Bates will especially miss come 2016.

Though Bates failed to exceed a .500 record for the third straight season due, in part, to another rough start, the team showed substantial improvement in a number of areas. The Bobcats averaged 170.8 rushing yards per game, up from 141.3 per game in 2014. The running attack was extremely balanced, as five players rushed for over 100 yards on the season, including Carroll and Dugan, junior Ivan Reese, and sophomores Mickoy Nichol and Frank Williams. Don’t be shocked if Williams, who also returns kicks and led the team in all-purpose yards, has a breakout season as a junior.

Bates also made significant positive strides on the defensive side of the ball, allowing 19.8 points per game, down from 21.5 per game last season. Junior linebacker Mark Upton topped the team in tackles again, registering 71 overall, good for second-most in the NESCAC. Fellow junior linebackers Sam Francis and Ben Coulibaly along with sophomore LB Max Breschi should form a formidable unit for the Bobcats next year. A third straight CBB title could be in the cards in 2016.

Open your eyes: Human trafficking is everywhere

What is human trafficking? According to the US Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign program dedicated to combating this problem, human trafficking is “a modern-day form of slavery involving the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain.” Within this overarching term, there are different types, including sex trafficking, labor trafficking, and, though not as common in the U.S., organ trafficking. This issue is extremely hard to control due to the very large numbers of victims, the intense network of traffickers, and the invisibility of this modern slavery that we may unknowingly be interacting with every day.

On November 12, I went to the Maine Governor’s Summit on Human Trafficking in Lincolnville, Maine, sponsored by the Not Here Justice in Action Network. Participants included Governor Paul LePage, representatives of the U.S. Department of Justice, members of the Maine Task Force, and a large number of police chiefs, deputies, and officers, all committed to fighting this huge issue. To be honest, I have never felt more like a student than I did listening to these experts discuss the impact of human trafficking on individuals and communities in Maine and across the U.S. One female officer spoke of multiple cases involving direct contact with victims, making me well aware that these people knew exactly the extent to which this issue penetrated everyday life for locals.

I was reminded throughout the day that the research my group conducted for Professor Rocque’s Soc211: Crime, Justice, and Society course, is extremely valuable for bringing this topic into academia. The six of us contacted three universities each to find out the extent to which human trafficking is covered in the curriculum. This project was initiated in cooperation with Auburn Police Chief Phil Crowell and Not Here representative Jennifer Morin, who felt it would be relevant to focus on college students’ awareness and education on human trafficking.

As one of two Bates representatives at this conference, I listened, questioned, and absorbed a vast amount of statistics, programs, and initiatives that the federal government and Maine representatives presented. In the morning, a speaker from the Salvation Army of Ohio laid out the structure that they have used in order to promote a coordinated community response for victims of human trafficking, a structure that the Salvation Army of Maine, as well as other NGOs, could use as a basis for establishing their own programs. Next, a woman from the Polaris Project highlighted misconceptions regarding labor trafficking in the U.S.  According to Polaris, the sectors where labor trafficking most often occurs are (from greatest to least): domestic work, traveling sales crews (door-to-door sales), and restaurant/food services. The speaker pointed out that in many cases, labor trafficking victims are extremely susceptible to sex trafficking, due to their isolation and vulnerability.

After a brief lunch, I went to two education/prevention sessions and finished the day with an advocacy-prevention talk. A former prosecutor and Senior Training Advisor from the Homeland Security Blue Campaign discussed the increasing difficulty of identifying and tracking traffickers due to the new communication technologies and internet anonymity that traffickers exploit. The most disturbing topic from that talk addressed the particular vulnerabilities to human trafficking faced by foster children, who lack a constant home or guardian in their lives. Traffickers find it very easy to become the most consistent point of contact a foster child may have, thereby establishing a strong link of trust with these children. After gaining their trust, these traffickers will then threaten the children mentally or physically, forcing them into sexual acts, and then, using the children’s school connections, will expand their trafficking network into the community. This horrifying scenario is not uncommon, and the speaker emphasized the urgency of reaching and helping to these children before the traffickers do so. The representative from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) addressed the many ways in which social workers and families could report missing children, and described the resources that the Center has to find these young people.

The conference was two days long.  I only went for the first full day, but since returning to Bates, the issue of human trafficking has been constantly on my mind. The awareness that this conference raised among all of us who attended is a step in the right direction. Though it may seem hard to imagine how to contain and deal with this problem, the information provided by these officials and representatives brought home to all of us the importance of combating human trafficking. Now the ball is in our court; it’s time for us, as students, faculty, staff, and administrators, to continue to raise awareness and to constantly remind ourselves that human trafficking is that invisible modern-day slavery that is right in front of our eyes.

The Force (of 1D and Bieber) awakens

History has been riddled with epic battles and showdowns that entrance the nation and even the world. We’ve had the fight of the century with Frazier vs. Ali. We’ve had the ultimate presidential election that was destined to never end until it did when Al Gore took on George Bush. We were all torn between whether Jacob or Edward should end up with Bella. Now we are faced with another throw down of huge proportions as two of music’s biggest acts released their albums on the very same day: Friday the 13th, no less.

In one corner, we have One Direction, the factory-made boy band who went through a relatively rough year when the fifth direction (it’s been real Zayn) left to cut the band to a more practical “four directions.” They are releasing their fifth album, Made in the A.M., and recently announced this album would be their last before an extended hiatus, which has their fans acting as if the world was coming to an end. Subsequently the band is painting this album as a goodbye of sorts – not goodbye forever, but so long and thanks for all the fish.

In the other corner, we have the surprisingly still around, Justin Bieber. Bieber is midterm season – you think it’s over and gone, then it’s back again the following week and you realize it’s here to torment you forever. Bieber is in the midst of a comeback that literally no one saw coming. His pretty good feature on Skrillex and Diplo’s song “Where are Ü Now” finally put Bieber in the news for his music and he capitalized by releasing his catchy lead single “What Do You Mean” soon after.

Now, you may ask who even buys albums anymore? First of all, One Direction and Justin Bieber have the exact same demographic, and that audience of teenage girls does buy albums. Furthermore, the first week sales are the most important in getting the coveted number one album. The last time two major artists released their albums on the same day was back in 2007 when 50 Cent decided he could take on Kanye West (honestly, what was he thinking). The plan backfired: Kanye outsold 50 Cent easily and has taken over the world while 50 Cent is bankrupt. The winner is quite clear.

Will the loser in this battle turn to dust and wither away? Unlikely, since Harry Styles will make the move from factory boy band star to factory solo pop star within the year and Justin Bieber will unfortunately never disappear.

Frankly, neither Bieber nor One Direction are mostly known for their music, rather more so for their off-stage antics. Yet, the One Direction album is actually really good. Like something to actually listen to. Who knew? One Direction has had a couple of good songs in the past, though they had not topped their first song “What Makes You Beautiful” until last year’s “No Control,” which became one of the best songs of the year. The new album is filled with fun songs, such as the Beatles imitation “Olivia” and the upbeat and happy opener “Hey Angel.” There is even a contender with “No Control” for best 1D song with “History,” a campfire singalong about making the perfect toast to endings. Still, the album could have been helped by cutting five or six songs from the middle of the album.

On the other hand, the best way to describe Bieber’s new album is long, and not in a good way. The highlights are still “What Do You Mean” and “Where Are Ü Now.” However, “We Are” featuring Nas is pretty decent and has a nice message of being true to you. Nonetheless, Bieber’s voice still maintains its whiny, grating quality. This album could also use some cutting, preferably a lot of cutting.

Time will tell who wins the battle of the century, but it’s very clear that One Direction made the better album. Unfortunately, that’s not what matters these days. Like high school class presidential elections, this is a popularity contest. But in all honesty, you should save your money and wait a week for Adele’s new album.

Winter Sports Stocks: Part 1

Swimming

The aquatic Bobcats have a tall order if they want to meet or exceed the success that they had in the pool last year. The women’s team finished 11th at NCAA Division III Nationals, breaking four school records. The men finished 37th, and broke three school records at the meet.

Head Coach Peter Casares commented, “We lost 17 seniors last year and that is a big hole to fill. So we’ve left behind the notion of replacing that class, and jumped on the idea of creating an identity with this year’s team based on our strengths, which are desire and depth. This team is deep and they want to be better.”

The Bobcats are returning stellar swimmers on both teams. The women welcome back Sarah Daher ‘17 and Lindsey Prelgovisk ‘16, while the men have sophomores Riley Ewing and Teddy Pender coming back from the national team as well. Despite their strong finishes last year, look for the Bobcats to improve throughout the year and be even better than they were last season.

“I want last year just to be another example of what happens if you follow the program’s goals and leaders. It should give them confidence going forward, but results should be forgotten,” Cesares said. “We not only have a new crew, we are also nowhere near that good… yet.  So we are simply going to try and be better than last year. If everyone improves their focus, their walls, their strokes, their lifts, their paces, then the results should follow.”

Stock: UP

Men’s Hockey

The men’s hockey team has been one of the more consistent teams at Bates throughout the years. Normally led by a stellar defensive unit and electric attack, the team finds itself consistently at the top of the NECHA.

After losing just four seniors to graduation in 2015, many of the playmakers from a season ago return. Defensemen such as junior Mark Upton and senior Will Seider look to dominate the defensive area, while forwards and senior trio Jacob Bergeron, Jamie Peterson, and Nile Rabb will keep the ‘Cats on the winning end of many contests.

Stock: UP

Women’s Hockey

The women’s hockey team has already gotten off to a great start. Already beating opponents such as St. Joe’s and Harvard by a combined score of 22-5, the ‘Cats look to maintain that trajectory heading into the remainder of the season.

Junior Kelsey McDermott and senior Julia Riback look to lead the Bobcats to yet another successful campaign. Coupled with solid role players and a crop of new talented freshmen, the Bates women’s hockey team should find itself at the top of their division by season’s end.

Stock: UP

Men’s Basketball

You can’t have a much better season than Bates men’s basketball did in 2014-15. At 21-7 overall, the team recorded the most wins in Bates history, made their first appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament, and reached the Sweet Sixteen.

How can they match or possibly even surpass that success? The first obvious answer is that they need to find a way to replace the talent they lost, namely star point guard Graham Safford, defensive stalwart Billy Selmon, and dependable bench player Adam Philpott. In order to make up for those absences, senior guard Mike Boornazian, who averaged 15.2 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists per game, will likely need to consistently be almost as dominant as he was during his 39-point outburst against Connecticut College. Twin towers Malcolm and Marcus Delpeche ‘17 will also be integral to Bates’ success if they can continue to block shots, clean up the boards, and score in the low post.

Outside of that core, several role players and first-years will need to step up for Bates. Expect 5’ 8’’ sophomore guards Shawn Strickland and Jerome Darling, who impressed with their quickness and composure in limited late-season action, to run the point at times this season. 6’ 6’’ junior forward Max Eaton is another player who the Bobcats will likely depend on more this campaign. While the first-years are of course unknown commodities at the college level, there are several promising players, including guards Eli Frater and Isaiah Seetram, and 6’ 6’’ power forward Nick Lynch.

Bates’ first game is this Saturday at Thomas College, against Norwich. The home opener is versus the University of New England at 5:00 PM on November 29.

Stock: Down

Women’s Basketball

New head coach Alison Montgomery, a former star player at Bowdoin and a past assistant for the Polar Bears and the United States Naval Academy, will take over following the retirement of long-time coach Jim Murphy. She’ll be aiming to improve on Bates’ 10-14 mark from last season, but it will be a challenge.

Although Bates loses its top scorer from last year, forward Molly Brown (18.5 points per game), there are plenty of experienced and talented returning players. That said, forward Chelsea Nason is the only senior on the roster. Juniors Bernadette Connors (9.4 points per game) and Allie Coppola will be key players for the Bobcats. Coppola averaged a double-double in 2014-15, posting 10.8 points per game and a NESCAC-leading 11.5 rebounds per game. Sophomore Nina Davenport will be another crucial piece for Bates, having recorded 14.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in an impressive freshman season.

The Bobcat women begin their season on Friday at UMaine Farmington. Their home opener is the first game of a doubleheader with the men, on November 29.

Stock: Even

Grappling with this current moment

My senior sociology thesis is on the Black Lives Matter Movement (BLM). The focus of the thesis is gauging Bates students’ perceptions of BLM to see if they stem from what sociologists term “color-blind racism.” Gauging Bates students’ perceptions of BLM is particularly relevant in this current moment because of the protest of racism that has been happening on college campuses across the country.

Since the protest in Ferguson, this country has seen an uprising of people from all different races standing in solidarity for the humanity of Black people. The Department of Justice’s reports conducted by the federal government revealed that people in Ferguson rallied and mobilized around the death of Michael Brown because the police department had racist attitudes toward the people in that community, which led to the Black citizens of Ferguson not trusting the police. The strong unrest in Ferguson and the community mobilization around Black Lives Matter created a national platform for citizens across the country to stand in solidarity against any act or form of racism and White supremacy.

Black students that have felt like their humanity and their civil rights have been attacked at college institutions like Missouri, Yale, Ithaca, etc., are rising and standing for their rights because they know that their lives matter. The color of their brown skin should not give White students reason to degrade their humanity. It also should not be the reason institutions fail to proactively respond to racist incidents that have been happening on college campuses for decades. Black students have become less tolerant of constantly being treated as if they are the “other.” In the classroom, Black students as the minority find themselves placed in situations where they feel they are responsible for being the voice for the entire Black community.  It is in majority White spaces, like Bates College, that they have to constantly endure the subconscious racist comments and thinking that saturate the hearts, minds and voices of fellow White students. These issues hit close to home for me because I am a Black student who attends a predominately White institution. I have listened to the experiences of other Black students that have attended Bates in the past and in the present, and found that they have felt that their intellectual abilities have been questioned by White professors. I also know from firsthand experience that Black students deal with constant micro-aggressions that undermine their beauty and their intellectual prowess which makes them in turn question their self-worth.

America is a country that has not only presently but historically terrorized Black humanity. As a nation, we are so afraid to confront our past and recognize that we are a county that has privileged and given access to quality jobs, education, and housing to White people at much higher and disproportionate rates than it has to Black people.  White people also have never had to question their worth because of their race.  White students, faculty, and staff members at Bates College should urgently seek to understand that they are privileged because of their race, which does not mean that they are pompous and pretentious, although they sometimes can be consciously or subconsciously nasty toward Black students. This privilege stems from a history of White supremacy in America since its inception. Black people have had to reside in a country that has shown them legislatively and also through the mass media that they don’t matter and this has resulted in a modern day grassroots movement whose sole purpose is to affirm that Black lives do matter.

Black students on college campuses have grown tired of White supremacy and the ways in which it has taken root on their campuses. At the University of Missouri students felt like nothing significant was being done to rid that campus of racism so that Black students can feel safe at their own school. The Black student response was to mobilize and make their voices heard and it led to action. We are no longer living in a time where Black people will settle for business as usual. Black people now recognize their power and understand that their voices do matter when they stand in solidarity against a White supremacist culture. The Black Lives Matter Movement is more than just a phrase and a moment, but it is a call to action. It is a call to action for Black people no matter how they identify to affirm their own lives and love themselves in spite of living in a culture that tells them otherwise. It is also a call to action for White folks to be cognizant of their privilege and power so that they can mobilize it instead of feeling guilty. Rather than feeling guilty, my fellow White citizens should educate themselves about the power of privilege and use that power to be a part of this movement to liberate Black life in America. Until America is cleansed of racism, I echo the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from so long ago, “We will not be satisfied.”

Women’s XC 12th, Men 8th at Regionals

Senior Allen Sumrall forges ahead. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/ Bates College)

Senior Allen Sumrall forges ahead.
(Phyllis Graber Jensen/ Bates College)

Bates cross country continued its historical success at New England Regionals on Saturday in Waterford, Connecticut, with the women’s squad placing 12th out of 56 teams, while the men finished eighth of 55. Though numerous Bates runners did well in a solid team effort, men’s senior captain Allen Sumrall was the only individual to qualify for the NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships this upcoming weekend in Winneconne, Wisconsin.

Sumrall earned All-New England distinction (awarded to the top 35 finishers) on the strength of his eighth-place overall finish out of a 380-runner field. After narrowly attaining All-New England status last season with a 34th-place finish and a time of 26:17.9 on the eight-kilometer course, Sumrall showcased his incredible improvement, crossing the line in 24:57.7.

Four of Sumrall’s teammates also contributed to the Bobcats’ 228-point total, including senior Gregg Heller (50th), juniors Evan Ferguson-Hull (55th) and Michael Horowicz (56th), and sophomore Matt Morris (59th). NESCAC institutions dominated the competition, as they comprised nine of the top 11 schools. Bates finished in between Colby (seventh) and Connecticut College (ninth).

The Bates women placed in the top 12 at Regionals for the tenth consecutive season. Led on Saturday by senior Isabelle Unger in her final college race, Bates recorded 380 points. Unger (53rd), sophomore Katherine Cook (58th), juniors Molly Chisholm (62nd) and Jess Wilson (100th), and first-year Sarah Rothmann (107th) were all part of Bates’ team score. With no runners advancing to nationals, many of the Bates women will look forward to indoor track season.

Sumrall’s season, however, is not quite over. Based on his excellent performances throughout the season, he’s earned the right to compete with the best Division III runners in the country.

Yale, and why campus P.C. culture hurts its own cause

An important distinction needs to be made between what’s happening at Yale and what’s happening at the University of Missouri. While there may also be difficult issues about speech and freedom of the press at play at Mizzou, ultimately what’s at stake is the actual physical safety of students of color. Death threats have been made. The two situations are not analogous.

With that out of the way, let’s examine exactly what happened at Yale. On October 27, a group of thirteen Yale administrators sent out an email to the entire college community that provided some advice, or guidelines for what may not be appropriate as a Halloween costume. It included a set of questions one should ask oneself. This included things like “If this costume is meant to be historical, does it further misinformation or historical and cultural inaccuracies?” (which, you know, God forbid somebody wears a Halloween costume that is mildly historically inaccurate), and “Could someone take offense with your costume and why?” I personally find the reasoning that leads no fewer than thirteen administrators sending a set of guidelines on dressing oneself to a community of intelligent, thinking adults somewhat questionable. As do others, it turns out.

In response to the aforementioned email, Erika Christakis, who is the faculty “master” of Silliman College, one of Yale’s constituent residential communities, sent an email to the students living in Silliman, questioning Yale’s practice of dispensing this type of advice. She writes, very reasonably, “I wonder if we should reflect more transparently, as a community, on the consequences of an institutional (bureaucratic and administrative) exercise of implied control over college students,” but that she does not “wish to trivialize genuine concerns about cultural and personal representation.” She goes on to advocate for free and open discourse among students about Halloween costumes, as opposed to top-down administrative guidance. The crux being, let people be offensive; if you’re offended, maybe it’s more productive to let the person who has offended you know, and have a conversation about it. This is a reasonable, if debatable, view on the matter.

What happened next is truly alarming. Students  became outraged at Christakis, demanding her and her husband’s resignation (they preside over the college together; both are faculty). When Nicholas Christakis disagreed politely with one student’s public assertion, caught on film, that he had failed in his duties as master by sending out the email, the stuednt exploded into angry vitriol: “If that is what you think about being a master you should step down! It is not about creating an intellectual space! It is not! Do you understand that? It’s about creating a home here. You are not doing that!” She tragically assumes that an intellectual space and a home cannot be one and the same.

That the free exchange of ideas and room for offense and conversation advocated by Erika Christakis is met with this type of reaction is seriously problematic. It indicates quite clearly that there is a real issue with racial inequality on Yale’s campus. If students at one of the most privileged, expensive and, yes, safe colleges in the country feel unsafe in their residences, a problem must clearly exist that needs to be addressed. One possible reason why we aren’t having a similar conflict at Bates is because our campus can be considered a place of overwhelming inclusivity; the problem at Yale does seem to stem from a lack thereof.

But where the protesters fail is in their blunt and violent intolerance towards opposing viewpoints. Champions of civil rights and social justice simply do not succeed, ever, when their primary M.O. is to silence dissenting voices and make radical and ill-considered demands. The increasingly prevalent “politically correct” mindset, which stems from a socially Marxist notion that, in the process of remedying historical inequality, the rights and voices of oppressors are somehow less valuable than the rights and voices of the oppressed, hurts free discourse at its core, and in turn, hurts the very causes the politically correct work to advance. The gay rights movement didn’t achieve civil and legal equality for LGBTQ+ individuals by demanding those in opposition to it be fired, and newspapers which published dissenting articles be defunded. The movement succeeded by using constitutional protections for free press and speech to its advantage, and by persuading the majority of Americans of its merit through civil and productive conversations. If we are indeed engaged in a new civil rights movement, we must remember that the defense of free speech and advancing the interests of persecuted people, are not only mutually inclusive, but necessary for each other’s survival.

Leaving your legacy

Each year countless students, faculty and staff members, alumni, and parents show their love for Bates College through monetary donations. The Class of 2016 is invited to make their first contributions by giving to the “Senior Gift.”

The money donated does not go toward a bench inscribed with a donor’s name, a tree etched with “Class of 2016,” or another bobcat statue. Instead, it goes into the Bates Fund— used to subsidize anything and everything from the Career Development Center and financial aid to athletics and the library.

According to the annual Report of Giving 2015, in the 2014-2015 year over $21 million was donated to Bates–a 35 percent increase over 2013-14. Over $6 million of this is the Bates Fund. The most money went to academics and the least to athletics.

Katherine Kaplan, the Senior Gift co-chair, explains that “The Bates Fund helps make up the difference between the cost of tuition and the actual cost of educating each student.” What the college does not pay for with tuition fees is almost always paid for in part by the Bates Fund. It is not used to construct new buildings or renovate athletic facilities, but through the donations to the fund, future Batesies will have the same day-to-day experiences and opportunities that previous classes have enjoyed during their four years.

And more good news: any amount donated that is $25 or above will be anonymously matched.

Although Bates Class of 2012 holds the record for the most donated—raising $11,000 by their class alone— and the Class of 2013 holds the record for most participants (92.18%), goals for this year are manageable. The Senior Gift co-chairs, Katherine Kaplan and Rebecca Dobbin, aim to have 70 percent class participation and $10,000 raised by June 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Giving is easy: Visit www.bates.edu/give, mail a check to the Annual Giving Office at 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME, 04240, or call 1-888-522-8371 anytime between 8 am and 4:30 pm.

Seniors can also give directly at events hosted by the Senior Gift committee, including cocktail parties and tabling in Commons. The committee is at work on some incentives for giving, which have been successful in the past. In 2013, the committee organized a friendly competition between Bates and Colby for which senior class could donate the most. And Bates won!

As Kaplan so eloquently states, “strong participation in our senior gift is a foundation to being an engaged class in the years ahead. We are role models for the classes behind us.”

Lewiston vs. Boxing in The Phantom Punch: The Story Behind Boxing’s Most Controversial Bout

One two, punch; Muhammad Ali, Sonny Liston. Put those words together and you get the baseline for one of boxing’s most contested fights in the history of the sport. At least, that is what Rob Sneddon argues in his book, The Phantom Punch: The Story behind Boxing’s most Controversial Bout. Through non-fiction prose filled with facts and anecdotes, the author sets our very own Lewiston, Maine as the important battleground for this fight.

The book distinctly reads as a non-fiction account of the events leading and following the fated fight. From his journalism and sports historian background, this type of writing fits right into Sneddon’s repertoire.

Right from the very beginning, two facts are evident. Number one: the author assumes the knowledge of his reader by using boxing jargon. Number two: an extensive amount of time went in to investigating his subject. The author’s research comes from books, newspapers, televisions shows, interviews and more. This conglomerate of facts mesh together to form Sneddon’s argument.

This book was organized in the way one might structure an analytical essay. It has clear ideas and intentions. At the beginning of the book, the author clearly outlines his thesis statement. “I wanted to convey what it felt like to be in Lewiston during that surreal month of May 1965, when the heavy weight championship of the world came to town,” Sneddon tells his reader. This type of writing is immediately familiar to anyone who writes or reads analytical essays.

In terms of writing style, the book can come off a bit rigid but it is punctuated with bouts of vivid description. Sneddon’s description of Liston tells that the boxer “. . . had ox-like shoulders. His fists were fifteen inches around – so large that he needed custom made gloves. His punches were like blows from a jackhammer, striking with maximum force every time.” Passages such as this give the reader a fuller understanding of how an opponent may have perceived this fighter, which allows for a deeper read.

While the book rightly emphasizes both Ali and Liston’s life developments, there is one point that the author stresses to excess: the importance of Lewiston. Let me clarify, there is no doubt that Lewiston is important in this fight’s history. The bout was not supposed to take place in a small mill town in Maine, and the relocation was an unforeseen change. And yes, going back to the thesis statement, the book is meant to be a focused view of Lewiston at the time of the fight. However, Sneddon makes his book more of an ode to the importance of Lewiston rather than the fight.

Moreover, the title of the book is a bit misleading to the rest of the story. When I cracked open the cover, I expected to find myself immersed in a story about these two big names of boxing. However, in reality I was only half way submerged in the boxing aspect, and the rest of me was splashing about in the world and politics of Lewiston. It is understandable that this book has a bias towards Lewiston; the publishing house was based in Camden, Maine before it was sold to a Maryland publisher. While the bias is understandable, it is unclear if it has leg on which to stand.

All in all, it was an interesting read. It gave insightful details into the lives of two heavyweight legends and some interesting connections to good ol’ Lewiston. While the book is not a knock out, it does not hurt to read.

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