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Month: February 2016 (Page 2 of 6)

Men’s basketball has tough ending to season with loss to Williams

Bates fell to Williams this past Sunday on the road in their final game of the regular season, 84-64. In his last collegiate game, senior co-captain Mike Boornazian grabbed a double-double, tallying 12 points and 11 rebounds. He scored the final bucket of his career with less than two minutes in the game. Boornazian finishes his sensational career at Bates with 1,367 points, which places him at ninth-most in program history. Fellow senior co-captain Mike Newton also played his final game and finished with four points and an assist coming off the bench.

Some other notable performances came from sophomore Shawn Strickland, who dropped 11 points and four rebounds, along with junior Max Eaton, who had a solid game, going 4-6 from the field and scoring 11 points off the bench with a couple three-pointers. Junior Marcus Delpeche took charge for the Bobcats, scoring 14 points on 6-9 shooting, also tallying three rebounds and three steals.

Delpeche spoke on his team’s performance in their final contest: “The game was a tough one, it wasn’t the result we wanted. We had a slow start but we picked it up for the most part for the rest of the game. The problem was that we didn’t limit their scoring. I’m happy with the team’s performance. The morale was great for the first half and the second half. We didn’t make a lot of shots, but we went through our plays and got the shots that we wanted. Something that stuck out to me was the absolute hammer I missed over this dude.Also, I liked how Max Eaton really heated up from three.”

Bates was able to get the opening basket, but Williams would not stay down, taking the lead never looking back after. Daniel Aronowitz was a big part of that, scoring 21 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. Both teams shot the ball well, as Williams finished with 53.7 percent shooting while the Bobcats shot 42.1 percent. Williams’ bench gave the Ephs a huge boost, putting up 32 points whereas Bates bench added 21. The dagger for Bates was the Ephs’ accuracy hitting from downtown; Williams made 14 of 22 from beyond the arc, while Bates only hit 6 of 22 attempts.

For the season, the Bates men end with a 10-14 record, 2-8 in the NESCAC.

Language programs at Bates: how to expand?

Many college students are currently pursuing studies in economics, the sciences, and computer programming, according to French and Francophone Studies Department Chair Alexandre Dauge-Roth. While students are enrolling in the numerous language courses offered at Bates—German, Russian, Japanese, French, Chinese, and Spanish—the language departments are often faced with demand for new language courses.

The most popular languages currently spoken in the United States are English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Tagalog, Vietnamese, Italian, and Arabic. However, Bates does not offer languages based on how commonly spoken they are in the U.S.

It is possible to introduce one of these languages to Bates. According to Dauge-Roth, the issue involves deciding where to place the professor (in a new department or an existing one) and how to address the curriculum (whether to offer the language as a minor or major).

Furthermore, there is the issue of funding. A new language is required to have at least one full-time and one part-time professor, as stated by the Chair of the Spanish Department, David George. It is easier to introduce a language to an existing department, such as Portuguese to the Spanish Department and Korean to the Asian Studies Department, than to implement a new department.

Introducing a difficult language such as Arabic can be rather risky, for it has a “Darwinian smell to it because the survival rate is low,” Dauge-Roth said. In fact, a few years ago, a visiting professor at Bates taught Arabic three times a week for an hour. After three weeks, the number of enrolled students dropped from 50 to 3.

Students have the opportunity to study languages not offered at Bates if they register the class as an independent study with another college, such as Bowdoin. At the end of the semester, the grades will be sent to the college as Bates credit and will be entered into Garnet Gateway. Typically, one to three students do this per semester with Arabic or Italian. This semester, Ezra Oliff-Lieberman ’18, Nicky Meyerson ’19, and Danielle Cohen ’19 are taking Arabic at Bowdoin.

Bates, in fact, is the only NESCAC not offering Arabic as an individual program or part of another major. Currently, the French and Francophone Studies Department is working on introducing Arabic, given that many Francophone countries often have speakers of Arabic, too. However, given the complexity of implementing a new program, there have not been any definite plans.

Both George and Dauge-Roth emphasize the importance of languages in education. “Through the study of the language, you study different worldviews about society and politics,” Dauge-Roth said. According to George, taking two foreign language classes is better than merely taking one because it will benefit the students culturally and linguistically.

Students are encouraged to study abroad and take Short Term classes in countries where their language of study is widely spoken in order to gain a better understanding of the culture and to improve their language skills. If the student is able to forget about his or her American friends and become fully immersed in the country, then he or she will “discover a new way of thinking and interacting,” Dauge-Roth said. Most programs even teach an accelerated 101 course in which students can study the language intensively.

According to the Off-Campus Study webpage, “students who study in non-English speaking settings must take at least one full-time course in that country’s language, modern or ancient.” However, if the language is taught at Bates, students are expected to complete the equivalent of two years of college-level study. This includes French, Spanish, and German. Students may study abroad with only one year of “proficiency” in the languages of Chinese, Japanese, and Russian-speaking countries.

When speaking another language, “[you] are not the same person when [you] speak English compared to when [you] speak French,” Dauge-Roth said. Therefore, going abroad to study another language is something that Dauge-Roth and George encourage.

Bear Bones Beer joins the Lewiston downtown community

Bear Bones Beer will open Thursday on Lisbon St. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

Bear Bones Beer will open Thursday on Lisbon St. JOHN NEUFELD/THE BATES STUDENT

After years of traveling around the world from Mexico City to Eastern Europe, two brewers, Adam Tuuri (Turner, ME) and Eben Dingman (Leeds, ME), returned to their home state to reconnect over a product they both love—beer.

Bear Bones Beer will open its doors at 43 Lisbon Street this Thursday, with regular hours from 4pm to 10pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday, serving a selection of vegan beers filled with locally grown ingredients, as well as a fresh ginger ale for those who seek to quench their thirst in other ways. The Bear Bones owners spent two hours with the Student, showed us around their new facility, allowing those of age to test their products for “quality control.” They passed the test with flying colors.

“That was the best ginger ale I have ever had,” Student Photo Editor John Neufeld ’17 said. Bear Bones currently has 12 label approvals, featuring a Double C.R.E.A.M Ale (a la the Wu -Tang Clan song C.R.E.A.M), their Old Smokey smoked IPA, and Buck’s Season, a “hop forward” session ale made from their friends’ hops.

“We are considered a nano-brewery,” Dingman said, glancing over at the gleaming aluminum brew tanks. While there is no official definition for a nano-brewery, many brewers state that a nano-brewery usually produces no more than a batch at a time, rarely distributing very far from their location—Baxter is considered a micro-brewery, a slight step above. Bear Bones currently brews two barrels at a time, each 30 gallons, before transferring the mixture into 6 available fermenter tanks where they sit in a temperature controlled room, Tuuri said. The two beer aficionados had been brewing individually for almost a decade when they decided to start collaborating in 2013 with the goal of creating a delicious product with a business model based on sustainability.

Craft beer is in a stage of rapid growth in the United States and in Maine in particular. The Maine Brewers Guild released a report stating that craft brewing in Maine is poised to grow by 200 percent by 2018. More people are beginning to come to Lewiston and Portland for beer. With breweries like Baxter in Lewiston and Gritty’s in Auburn, downtown businesses are seeing an increase in foot traffic, especially to the restaurant-laden Lisbon Street. The Lew is slowly becoming a hot destination on the Maine Beer Trail. FUEL Restaurant is positioned to carry Bear beers, as is Forage and Marché Kitchen and Wine Bar.

The atmosphere of Bear Bones Beer currently fits the name; it is bare. After considering the Bates Mill and another location farther down Lisbon street, Tuuri and Dingman finally settled on 43 Lisbon. Furthermore, Tuuri and Dingman do almost all of their own work, including carpentry, equipment assembly and maintenance, lighting, plumbing work. This has saved them close to $70,000 on renovations, Tuuri said.

“A brewhouse doesn’t come with an instruction manual,” Tuuri said. “When you are a big brewery, you hire people to do that work. Everything is kind of done for you.” At a nano-brewery like Bear Bones, Tuuri and Dingman design and assemble everything from the ground up, including the fluid dynamics system in their kettles.

The two brewers really take the terms “local” and “sustainability” to a whole new level—any work or products they need are sourced in Maine. “We are really a size that can accommodate that,” Tuuri said.

The brewing kettles were created by Lebel’s Heating and Sheet Metal down on Lincoln street. Their base malt comes from grains grown in Aroostook, Maine Malthouse in Mapleton, and Blue Ox Malthouse in Lisbon. The fresh ginger for their ginger ale was purchased down the road in Auburn at Four Seasons Market, which had more ginger than it could sell.

The Mason jar glasses, wooden bar, tables, floors, and even wood used to make their beer caddies are all repurposed. “We try and recycle and reuse as much as possible,” Tuuri said. “All the wood that is visible right now is reclaimed… the build out is part of the business, so we tried to minimize the waste.”

Bear Bones currently occupies a quarter of their available 8,000 square feet and plans to expand once they gain momentum. The co-owners spend 60 hours a week in the brewery, five out of seven days, while maintaining other jobs as property managers and housing renovators.

As part of their minimal waste platform and to keep people returning to Downtown, Bear Bones only sells their beer in growlers and portable pints.

“[We are] only doing growlers, even in the store,” said Tuuri. “[We are] using that basis to encourage people to reuse and come Downtown to buy a product, otherwise they are going to a sprawling supermarket.”

“The more connections the city makes within itself, the better it does,” Dingham said. The brewers explained the importance of community support for budding businesses, especially those creating an actual product in Lewiston. “If you take one of those breweries in Portland and put them somewhere out there, they are going to wither and die. The community [makes them] survive.”

Photos are forever: The Bates Photo Club

A glimpse of the natural beauty Bates Photo Club captures DUROTIMI AKINKUGBE/COURTESY PHOTO

Photographs have a way of sticking with you. We all know the picture of the soldiers catching the American flag on Iwo Jima and Neil Armstrong’s footprint on the Moon. These moments would be forever lost without the quick snap of a camera lens.

Here in the vibrant arts community at Bates, we are lucky enough to have an outlet to share photos through the Bates Photo Club. Members of the club described the many reasons to love photography. In an interview, club member Gwen Muscato ’18 admitted, “I often pay more attention to detail when I am looking to capture a photograph and see small, beautiful things that I would otherwise not even notice.” Similarly, Jon Sheehan ’19 said, “Photography allows me to share a moment that I experience with another human.” Being surrounded by a group of likeminded people is a wonderful way to embrace this art form.

This club is very active on campus. You may know them from their Traveling Disposables Project where they sent disposable cameras around campus. The photos were then printed and displayed at the Ronj. Or perhaps you remember the spectacular magazine, Blonde, that goes around campus twice a year.

A fantastical photo. DUROTIMI AKINKUGBE/COURTESY PHOTO

Club President Montana Hirsch ’16 said, “I like the idea of the club being all about what the members would like to see out of it, so I do welcome any project ideas or event ideas that members come up with.” This inclusive attitude is one of the reasons members feel so at home. Matthew Winter ’18 recounts that the club is “a solid group of about ten people or so,” but there is a larger turn out for big events and the club gets around one hundred submissions to Blonde.

The people in the club have a variety of photography experience, which makes it a great sharing space for any and all photographers. Hirsch said that she “personally got really into photography in high school” because she was lucky enough to have access to a dark room. Durotimi Akinkugbe ’18 remembered that his love for the art started at an early age. He said, “I would borrow my uncle’s camera at parties and run around taking pictures of guests.” Muscato noted, “I’m not as experienced of a photographer as some of the other members, so I’ve learned a lot from them!” Club members value its inclusive environment.

The Bates Photo Club smiles for the camera. THE BATES PHOTO CLUB/COURTESY PHOTO

Winter remarked that his favorite events with the club included a Photo Booth they put up in the Little Room accompanied with some student bands and “a photo walk around campus with a bunch of middle schoolers, which was pretty fun and cute.”

The club is also a proponent of community engagement. Hirsch noted, “we are going to Blake Street Towers with cameras, tripods, etc. to take portraits of some of the residents, which we have funding to print and possibly frame or matte and then return them all for free.” This event will happen on Friday, February 19, before all of us Batesies disperse for the break.

This exciting and inclusive group is currently trying to revamp and recruit more people to join in the fun. But, wait! Hirsch also revealed that they have a puppy. Alas, he is of the stuffed animal sort. “His name is Printer (because we won’t have one but wish we did) and he has begun his travels around the school which are being documented in photos [on their Facebook page].”

Akinkugbe noted that, for him, the best part of the club is “when everything comes together after a lot of striving and we are finally all together having a good time.” What could be better than that? Photo Club offers a place to share some good photos, meet some awesome people, and learn something in the process.

“Not by Might, Nor by Power, but by Spirit:” The role of the NESCAC in Bates athletics’ history

Introduction

From baseball captain “Chick” Toomey to All-American running back and three-sport coach Dave Morey, the history of Bates athletics before it joined the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) is both deep and rich in history and tradition. Although Bobcat athletics saw itself as one of the premier programs in the NCAA field prior to NESCAC affiliation, it was not until 1971 when the school joined the conference it finds itself in today. From there, as the program continued to grow throughout the 20th century, Bates eventually planted itself among the ‘Little Ivies” and became one of the poster children of the conference.

Before the ’CAC: The early history of Bates sports

Turn of the century

It wasn’t until 40 years after Bates’ founding, in 1895, that the college hired its first Athletic Director. Though he wasn’t officially known by that title, William Wheeler Bolster ’95 basically fulfilled that role as the “Director of Physical Training and Instruction.” However, Bates was active athletically well before Bolster took over. The Old Gymnasium, which was built in 1867, stood for 58 years until it mysteriously burned down in 1925. Alumni Gym opened thereafter in 1928, and has fortunately avoided the same fate. Bates baseball played their first game in 1872, while the football team began intercollegiate competition in 1893.

Bates football played in several games that attracted nationwide attention in the early-1900s, including contests against Harvard, Yale, and Dartmouth that were covered by the Boston Herald, Boston Post, New York Tribune, and other national outlets. The team was coached by Dave Morey (who also coached hockey and baseball) from 1929-1939, a Dartmouth graduate who played professional baseball for the Philadelphia A’s in 1913. Famous sportswriter Grantland Rice gave Morey the nickname “David the Giant Killer” in 1932 after his Bobcat squad tied vaunted Yale 0-0.  Morey was so popular that Bates students started a petition for the college to reinstate him after his unexpected resignation in 1939, according to the Portsmouth Herald.

Another prestigious name from early in Bates’ athletic history is Harry Lord ’08, Bates’ sixth-best athlete of all-time in The Student’s list last year and an original member of the Boston Americans, a team that soon became the Red Sox. Frank Keaney ’11 (number seven on our list) went onto a legendary career as a basketball coach at Rhode Island, and is credited with inventing the fast-break offense. Charles “Chick” Toomey starred on the baseball field while at Bates, then became a highly regarded college football official, refereeing for 35 years, including six Harvard-Yale games and three Army-Navy games. Vaughan Blanchard ’12, Harlan Holden ’13, Ray Buker ’22, Art Sager ’26, Arnold Adams ’33 all competed in the Olympics in various track and field events.

Growth of the program

Though Bates didn’t have any other Olympians for another 45 years, the athletic program continued its upward trajectory. A 1935 “Athletics at Bates College” brochure noted that Bates’ athletic success came “not by might, nor by power, but by spirit.” The brochure also describes the Gray Athletic Building, which “contain[ed] a practice dirt gridiron, full-sized baseball diamond, and 40-yard straightaway.” Baseball, track, football, and tennis all used to play their contests on Garcelon Field. Men’s basketball began intercollegiate play during the 1920-21 season in the Old Gymnasium, while women’s basketball didn’t have their first season until 1968-69. This pattern of women’s sports having to wait decades after the men started competition to play is mirrored in soccer, as the men’s first season was in 1962 and the women’s first season was in 1980. However, women’s lacrosse (first season in 1975) actually began competing against other schools before men’s lacrosse (1978).

The baseball team plays on Garcelon Field, with Roger Williams Hall in the distance. (Muskie Archives/Courtesy Photo)

The baseball team plays on Garcelon Field, with Roger Williams Hall in the distance.
(Muskie Archives/Courtesy Photo)

The core facilities of Alumni Gym, the Gray “Cage,” and Garcelon Field may be the same, but sports at Bates have changed in several ways. For instance, student-athletes used to play on Freshman teams before joining the Varsity squad, and Varsity coaches doubled as coaches for intramural sports. One aspect that was missing from the Bates athletic experience was regular conference competition. Even though Bates did often face off against the other “Little Ivies,” it wasn’t until 1971 that the college found a home in the NESCAC.

Bates and the NESCAC

As a Division III conference, one step above the NAIA, the NESCAC is much more than a conference based solely on athletics.

The commitment to not only build strong athletes, but also academically driven individuals is evidenced in the NESCAC Mission Statement itself, where it is noted that the “primary mission” of the conference is to remain “consistent with our commitment to academic excellence and our core values.” As programs like Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby are commonly referred to as “Little Ivies,” the notion of student coming before athlete is certainly real, as opposed to many large and profitable Division One programs. The NESCAC began formation in 1955 with an agreement between Amherst, Bowdoin, Wesleyan, and Williams. Colby, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, and Bates then joined as sustaining charter members in 1971. Connecticut College was the last member to join, in 1982.

However, athletic competition does obviously play a crucial role. In fact, from the beginnings of the conference in 1971, the NESCAC has been commonly referred as the best Division III conference in the whole country. Many Division III championship tournaments largely consist of NESCAC members. From lacrosse powerhouse Tufts to the Trinity men’s basketball team, a tradition of excellence remains consistent year after year.

Within the NESCAC, Bates certainly has an administrative presence. Specifically in the form of “Sports Committee Liaisons,” the Bobcat athletic department has two members that serve as a voice for athletic programs. Athletic Director Kevin McHugh serves as the NESCAC Liaison for men’s basketball, while Assistant Athletic Director Sue Harriman reports to the conference for men’s and women’s skiing. The liaisons serve as a vital voice for athletic programs that wish to state their approval, or disapproval, with NESCAC conference policies.

1999 saw the conference take a major step forward, as the NESCAC became a “playing conference” by sponsoring conference championships across all sports. Awarding 27 total postseason titles, 14 for men and 13 for women, the championship season again is tailored to academics. Conference championships are designed to have the least impact on the academic schedules of all the institutions. Ultimately, as more sports are being recognized by the NESCAC with title winners, most recently with women’s golf in 2015, the challenge to honor the academic rigors of each school is constant.

While the NESCAC has evolved into an exemplary conference, the road was not always pretty. Specifically, instances of hazing have gripped the conference throughout the years. In 2011, Middlebury College suspended the majority of the women’s swim and dive teams for a hazing incident, which saw the freshman class carry the load for the rest of the season. And in 2013, Bowdoin’s men’s tennis was sanctioned by the NESCAC and forfeited four matches for an annual initiation that went awry.

Although the conference has had its fair share of problems, it has blossomed into a collection of schools with incredible competition and class, built on a tradition of both academic and athletic excellence.

Conclusion

Throughout its history, Bates has made a name for itself athletically. The college has managed to retain its academic integrity via its affiliation with the NESCAC while competing in one of the best Division III conferences in the country. Moving forward, both Bates and the NESCAC will aim to stay true to their founding principles while adjusting to modern challenges.

Thanks to the Muskie Archives for granting us access to their vast resources.

New single offers a taste of upcoming The Lumineers album

After releasing not one but two hits, what band wouldn’t jump to release a new album? In 2012, The Lumineers burst into popularity but then neglected to release more than one successful self-titled album. Until now. Early this year, the Lumineers announced that they will be releasing a second album, Cleopatra, as well as a new single, “Ophelia.”

The Lumineers are the band behind the ubiquitous indie-folk anthem, “Ho-Hey,” a shout-and-stomp song following in the footsteps of bands like Mumford and Sons. Despite being known for such an upbeat song, The Lumineers origin story has its own share of tragedy and frustration.

The original founders, Wesley Schultz and Jeremiah Fraites, decided to start the group in 2002. Schultz and Fraites knew each other through Fraites’ brother, Joshua. Unfortunately, Joshua died of a drug overdose, leading his brother and best friend to come together to play music as a way of coping with his death. The band that would become The Lumineers (then unable to decide on a name) first battled obscurity in New York City bars before moving to Denver, where they found more success.

In 2008, the cellist Neyla Pakerek became their permanent third member. They first attracted national attention with their single, “Ho-Hey,” after the song was used on the TV-Drama “Hart of Dixie” and went viral in 2012. After that, the band produced their first and, up to this point, only album, The Lumineers. Also featuring the popular song, “Stubborn Love,” this album broke the top 40 and got The Lumineers nominated for two Grammys.

Earlier this year, they announced their new album, Cleopatra, coming out on April 8th. The band spent six months making the album in a rented cabin in Denver. According to the lead singer, this album delves into the transitory nature of the life of a professional musician, a topic likely to bring a little more angst. The album cover also hints at songs a little darker than previous band fare, showing a heavy-lidded woman, presumably Cleopatra, in black and white.

Their single, “Ophelia” (the name perhaps following the theme of interesting female personalities) certainly lives up to that projection. Fans looking for another “Ho-Hey,” will find something different in “Ophelia.” The song has a darker, heavier tone.

According to the lead singer, “Ophelia” is about the experience of falling in love with sudden fame, and the effects it has on his relationships—probably something he has had a lot of experience with after the explosive success of “Ho-Hey.”

The simple music video, featuring the lead singer running off of a dreary performance stage and skipping through rain puddles, also seems to fit that theme. While this is a common theme for musicians to sing about, “Ophelia” strikes just the right balance between catchy and reflective, making it feel fresh.

That being said, the lyrics are open enough for any listener to find their own interpretation. It isn’t that “Ophelia” is all doom and gloom. It features a steady and simple percussion, memorable lyrics, and a light and jaunty piano, making it suitable for anything from study music, singing along, or a quieter sort of road trip.

While the marching percussion from the previous album remains to please current fans, the change in tone makes “Ophelia” and hopefully the rest of Cleopatra a worthwhile listen for anyone who might not have been brought in by their previous hits.

Majerus-Collins and Jurgensen only candidates for Student Body President and Vice President

As students prepare to depart for February break this Friday, elections will determine the next Student Body President and Vice President.

Kiernan Majerus-Collins ’18 and Tomás Jurgensen ’17 were the only candidates named during the official nomination period for Student Body President and Vice President. First-years, sophomores and juniors were eligible to run, provided they had a Vice President to run with.

Majerus-Collins brings experience in politics and government to his candidacy, as well as an ambitious agenda driven by his belief that “it’s time for student government to think big.”

“If I am fortunate enough to earn the support of my friends and classmates, I hope to make measurable improvements to college life for all our students,” Majerus-Collins said. “I want to raise wages for Bates workers, deepen the College’s commitment to environmental protection, and work to fight racism and discrimination on campus, among other things.”

If elected, Majerus-Collins’ reach would extend beyond campus boundaries. He pledges to fight for students rights, especially in local elections—referring to the petition to move elections to June when most students are no longer on campus.

“The Republican plan to prevent Bates students from voting in local elections is a travesty, and I’ll fight back,” Majerus-Collins said. “I can’t do these things alone, but if people come together, we can make a real difference in our community and in our world.”

If elected, Majerus-Collins wants a “Cabinet that represents Bates.” At the debate held Tuesday, Majerus-Collins acknowledged the need for diversified leadership to ensure broad outreach and for thorough, strong connections with the student body.

As for his running mate, Majerus-Collins is confident in Jurgensen’s leadership capabilities and experience.

Jurgensen also brings years of experience with Student Government to his candidacy. He has learned a lot from his time in student government, particularly the “importance of consistent and clear communication.”

“I plan on being a more present leader, voicing myself on more issues than my position has historically done,” Jurgensen said. “Elaborating on this, traditionally the President of the Senate would work solely in the realm of internal affairs—dealing with politics and little else. I’ll change that precedent, working closely with the Senate and with Majerus-Collins to effectively enact meaningful agenda to better our beloved Bates community.”

Jurgensen’s agenda includes improving dialogue between students and administration, working closely with Chase Hall Committee on social events, monitoring club spending, and increasing funds for clubs and campus activities.

At Tuesday’s debate, senior Sarah Stanley asked the candidates to discuss their involvement in last year’s turmoil within student government and how they plan to move forward if elected.

Jurgensen said student government “spent far too much time last year working against one another,” which was not productive. Majerus-Collins acknowledged his obligation to the students to deliver, and if he seeks re-election in the future, he will be running on a record from this term, if elected.

As mandated in the BCSG Constitution, elections for Student Body President should be held by the end of January. According to Jurgensen, who currently serves as the Vice President and presides over the Senate, “institutional hurdles in hosting the elections on time” prompted the Senate to postpone the elections, with the intention to run them as soon as possible. A Senatorial ad hoc committee determined the February dates.

Voting will take place on Garnet Gateway from February 17 until 11:59pm on February 19. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the elections, as well as note that a write-in option is available on the ballot.

Bernie or Hillary?

Recently I attended a talk at Bates by University of Rochester Professor Dr. Joshua Dubler titled, “Why Not Prison Abolition?” Dubler advocated for the absolute abolition of all prisons in the United States. But his position is not necessarily based on some kind of moral objection to the idea of prisons. Instead, he feels the only way to make incremental prison reform is to take a severe position. Surprisingly, attending this talk has actually helped inform my view on the Democratic Primary race.

This will be my first ever Presidential primary election, and I’m totally conflicted. On one hand, I like Bernie Sanders’ ideological commitment and passion. But I sometimes doubt his ability to implement any of his ambitious agenda. Hillary Clinton is not as exciting of a candidate, but her pragmatic and compromising approach to politics is intriguing.

Maybe also I’ve had trouble because there really isn’t that much of a difference between the two candidates. Despite some of the disagreements that the candidates themselves have raised in recent debates, both Sanders and Clinton are progressives. The New York Times reported that they voted the same way 93% of the time in the two years they were both in the Senate. Sanders certainly falls farther to the left than Clinton, but they agree on almost all of the core issues.

That being said, having a lens into Dubler’s thought process has helped make clear the distinction between the two candidates for me. Any rational person understands that their Commons crush will notice them long before Congress ever passes Bernie’s free college program. Not to mention single payer healthcare. But maybe there is a deeper strategy to the Vermont Senator’s tactics. Maybe he, like Dubler, believes the only way to even make incremental reform is to take the extreme position.

Clinton, on the other hand, has cast herself as the reasonable, and more practical candidate. She said in the last debate, “I want to imagine a country where people’s wages reflect their hard work, where we have healthcare for everyone, and where every child gets to live up to his or her potential.” This sounds almost identical to what we hear Sanders say on a regular basis, but Clinton continues by saying, “and I’m not making promises that I cannot keep.” Clinton claims she wants everything that Bernie advocates for, but adds in a touch of reality. She believes this compromising approach is the best way to get Congress to actually do something.

In a time of unprecedented Congressional gridlock, progressives have a serious dilemma. How do we go about pushing reform? Is it better to take the centrist position? Or is the only way to make small changes to advocate for extreme changes? This is what is at stake in the race for the Democratic nomination.

Which candidate has the better political philosophy? I’m not really sure yet. But I do know that the race is heating up after a virtual tie in Iowa and a big win for Bernie Sanders in New Hampshire. Although it looks like Clinton has the advantage in most of the remaining states, Sanders has been shockingly successful. This is going to come down to the wire. Luckily, I have a couple of months to decide.

Men’s and women’s squash finish the regular season strong

The men’s squash team finished the regular season 12-7 the weekend after placing second in the NESCAC Championships for the first time in program history. The No. 17 Bobcats topped No. 23 Hobart 6-3 for a Valentine’s Day victory despite playing without their usual second singles player, junior Ahmed Hatata. Wins came in from Ahmed Abdel Khalek ‘16 (first seed), Darrius Campbell ‘17 (second), Caran Arora ‘16 (third), Coley Cannon ‘19 (fifth), Spencer Burt ‘17 (eighth), and Stefan Joseph ‘17 (ninth). The Bobcats have won seven of their last eight matches.

Senior Captain Caran Arora commented, “It was a long, cold trip down to Hobart. We knew it was going to be a tough game and we needed the win to help our chances of making the B flight. It wasn’t the best of performances but the team rallied together and got the job done. Champions find a way to win on their off days, and we managed that today.”

The team will compete at the College Squash Association’s Team Championships in New Haven, Connecticut after break. Arora said that he was, “looking forward to see what Monday’s rankings have in store. Hopefully we have done enough to make the top 16 teams in the nation.” Unfortunately for Bates, they narrowly missed out on competing in the B flight, as they ended the regular season 17th in the team standings with 1145.239 ranking points, while Brown finished in 16th with 1145.714 points.

The women’s team took down William Smith 7-2, just a week after placing fifth in the NESCAC Championships with a big win over Bowdoin. Senior Captain Lauren Williams was impressed with how the team played, commenting, “Our girls played really well and I am proud of how well we controlled the games. Were really out to prove that our ranking doesn’t correlate to our strength and I think we showed that today. We’re looking forward to finishing strong at the National Championships next weekend.”

The Lady Bobcats are ranked 19th in the nation, but are ready to demonstrate that they can compete at a higher level than their ranking shows at the CSA Team Championships.

Want burgers at night or donuts in the morning?

Noah Stebbins and Andrew Jenkelunas, both members of the Class of 2018, want what most college students want: to make some extra cash and to do so creatively.

During a meeting this fall, they brainstormed various ideas and eventually landed on one: a fast-food delivery service. Students cannot miss the posters plastered around dorms and the campus-wide emails that have been sent out. To Stebbins and Jenkelunas, this endeavor “would be the most successful and feasible plan we could pursue.”

They named their service S&J Delivery, after the initials of their last names. Stebbins and Jenkelunas, the sole delivery people, both use their own cars to fill orders.

After some assessment, S&J Delivery decided Dunkin’ Donuts and McDonald’s were the most logical candidates for their service. Dunkin’ Donuts seemed more attractive than Starbucks because of its wider food menu. Given McDonald’s is one of the few area restaurants that is open 24 hours a day, it also seemed to be a good choice for a late night delivery service. There are two McDonald’s and two Dunkin’ Donuts locations all close to campus, two miles away at the most.

S&J Delivery offers burgers, fries, ice cream, and milkshakes from McDonald’s on Friday and Saturday nights. Delivery times are 10:30 pm, 11:30 pm, and 12:30 am. You can order donuts, coffee, Coolattas, or whatever else you may want from Dunkin’ Donuts at 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Stebbins and Jenkelunas use a cellphone system to track deliveries. Customers can text their name, room number, and order to 207-400-6737 or 860-729-6967, and then their food will arrive at the nearest delivery time. Customers can either pay with cash or by using the Venmo app.

Stebbins and Jenkelunas believe that, since Domino’s and Papa John’s delivery can take up to an hour, their service is more appealing because of their frequent delivery times. This service is also ideal for those students that lack late night transportation.

On top of the meal cost, there is a $4 delivery fee for all Mcdonald’s deliveries, as well as a $2 delivery fee with your Dunkin Donuts coffee orders and a $3 fee if you order coffee and food.

Although this may seem like a steep price for fast food, the duo reasoned that since Bobcat Den Delivery charges $3 for on-campus delivery, students would be willing to pay as much as $1 more for off-campus delivery. They also provide different delivery times than Den Delivery does.

S&J Delivery is looking forward to joining the Burrito Guys, the Gelato Team, and Bobcat Den Delivery as yet another student entrepreneurial venture.

Stebbins and Jenkelunas said, “We can’t wait to see what the future holds.” If all goes well with the initial phase, S&J has plans to expand to a weekday service and expand the food options to include other nearby restaurants.

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