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Day: March 16, 2016 (Page 1 of 3)

When Providence becomes poisonous

Last week, Providence College, a private Roman Catholic school in Providence, Rhode Island, released a flyer announcing that its fitness center would be “strictly” enforcing a dress code. This dress code, which is apparently not new, just not previously widely known about, prohibits the wearing of strappy tank tops, crop tops, any shirt that reveals the back, “revealing” shorts, and many other items of clothing. Color coded with a green column for clothes that are “encouraged” and a red one for “prohibited” items, the flyer has caused uproar on the college’s campus for featuring mainly items of clothing worn by women. Students argue that the dress code is inherently sexist because it polices what women can and can’t wear. The flyer, which is difficult to read because of the poor quality of the only image available online, never mentions modesty as a factor of the dress code, only “safety, comfort, and equipment maintenance.”

A few weeks ago, I saw an article describing a similar incident in which a female student at the University of Santa Clara, a Jesuit school, was asked to leave the gym because she was wearing a crop top. When the student, Grace DiChristina, asked for a reason, the staff member cited the risk of MRSA, which is a potentially deadly infection that can be transmitted through gym equipment, and that the fitness center was owned by a Jesuit institution. Unlike Santa Clara, Providence never mentions their religious affiliation as a justification for the dress code. However, it seems rather apparent that this plays at least a small role in the implementation of these rules.

Several women who are students at Providence College wrote an open letter published on The Odyssey, that argues that the dress code is targeting women, and I agree with the majority of their points. Women’s athletic clothes are frequently designed to be revealing. It’s hard to find athletic tank tops for women that do not expose the back. One could argue that a simple fix would be to buy men’s athletic tank tops, but that’s a poor solution because they most likely would not fit properly and would impair movement and comfort. Yet, Providence’s dress code lists comfort as a main factor in deciding what is and is not allowed to be worn. The women of Providence write, “Asking women to avoid wearing tank tops is over sexualizing nonsexual body parts and setting a standard of what comfort should look like rather than feel like.” Racerback tank tops, one of the prohibited items, expose only shoulder and collarbone, which apparently Providence’s administration considered to be dangerous and seductive body parts with the potential to spread disease.

On one point, I disagree with the letter published in The Odyssey. The women write, “We are not unreasonable in these beliefs because we understand and even concede that certain clothing is too revealing for the gym, such as backless tops that reveal much of the back and sports bra.” People go to the gym to exercise (maybe some people go for other reasons, but I think it’s fair to assume that the majority of gym-goers are there to work out.) I feel strongly that revealing one’s back or sports bra is not necessarily inappropriate, especially in the context of the gym. Like I said before, people go there to work out– not do business or attend a religious service. Therefore, I don’t really see the point in having codes dictating what attire is appropriate. If you feel most comfortable running in a sports bra, you should be able to do that! I find their concession that some clothes are too revealing to be akin to victim blaming. What you wear should not affect how people treat you or interact with you.

I also don’t see how someone can subjectively decide what is and isn’t ‘appropriate.’ The flyer features two pairs of shorts that look very similar, but one is in the ‘encouraged’ column and one is in the ‘prohibited’ column. The same items of clothing, even if they are considered to be appropriate, might look very different on different body types. Will a curvier woman be more likely to be reprimanded for wearing the same outfit as a skinnier woman? Will a tall woman be kicked out of the gym because her shorts look shorter on her than they do on a more petite woman? I just don’t see how this dress code can be equitably enforced. It is controlling women’s bodies under the misleading paternal guise of being in the interest of “safety.” While this whole event may seem like an inconsequential dispute, it’s another episode in a long string of sexist policies that police the way women dress.

The personality cult of Donald Trump

It is one thing to have hateful opinions. While unpleasant and probably unjustified, everyone is still entitled to their right of opinion. The issue, however, changes drastically if and when those opinions are materialized and cause instances of harm. This is exactly what we are seeing in Drumpf’s campaign, a presidential campaign that has quickly dissolved into chaotic mayhem, most notably seen in his now infamous campaign rallies.

To be clear, this is not the result of packaging tens of thousands of people at these political rallies. Nor is this violence the result of sheer political anger. One can easily consider similarly sized events or even more infuriating things than a collapsing economy. Instead, this hatred is initiated by, catalyzed through, and enabled by Donald J. Drumpf, a vulgarian apparently hell-bent on creating the nation’s first fascist authoritarian state.

It all began with divisive rhetoric, a partitioning of “them vs. us,” calling out everyone from Mexicans to Muslims, crediting his seemingly stunning bluntness on his lack of care for political correctness, and apparently, for human decency. This rhetoric became a staple of his stump speech, drawing large waves of boos in response to references regarding terrorism or border security. People began protesting, and Drumpf began to take notice.

Soon enough, Drumpf could not get through a single rally it seemed without a disruption from at least one protestor, nearly all of whom Drumpf would make a point to kick out, to the thunderous cheers and jeers from the crowd. This all changed on January 8 when Drumpf kicked out 56-year-old Rose Hamid, a Muslim woman wearing a hijab who stood up in silent protest during Drumpf’s rally. Following the backlash, Drumpf responded, “There is hatred against us that is unbelievable. It’s their hatred, it’s not our hatred.”

This began to paint the role of protestors as the instigators of tension and the materializers of hate, as opposed to the other way around. However, even as Hamid was removed, she was escorted peacefully and carefully. Was it justified? Not exactly, but in essence, it is a private event and the campaign can admit who they would like. Hamid even commented afterwards and said that “people are mostly decent” and at no point was she concerned about her safety.

Drumpf took another turn in a Vermont rally, choosing to not only kick out disruptive audience members, but adding, “Get him outta there! Don’t give him his coat. Keep his coat. Confiscate his coat. You know it’s about 10 degrees below zero outside. No, you can keep his coat.” This, in my understanding, had to be the clearest indication of Drumpf’s genuine disregard for another’s well-being and his tremendous abuse of power. It was a simple, yet incredibly revealing act.

As protests continued in more rallies, Drumpf quickly began to add increasingly aggressive remarks, including, “These people are bringing us down. They are bringing us down. These people are so bad for our country, you have no idea.”; “If you see somebody getting ready to throw a tomato, knock the crap out of them, would you? Seriously. Okay? Just knock the hell — I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees.”; “I’d like to punch him in the face, I’ll tell ya.”

Drumpf’s message is not the only thing inciting acts of violence. His views on violence seem brutish, at best, given his remarks alongside the kinds of behaviors they have prompted, including a graphic video surfacing of an old white man sucker-punching a black protestor and later saying “The next time we see him, we might have to kill him.” And this is no lone incident, given that others include the choking of journalists, a black woman surrounded and shoved around by individuals, Drumpf’s campaign manager forcibly grabbing and nearly tossing a reporter to the ground, photographers slammed to the ground, brutal kicking of fallen protestors, as well as rally-goers yelling “Sieg Heil” and “light that m************ on fire” at a fallen black protestor. The general trend is frighteningly apparent, with the rallies now apparently on the lookout, whatever that means, for potential protestors. Exactly how the campaign is going about this is unknown, but one can only imagine the types of characteristics that the campaign may be on the lookout for, particularly given the removal of innocent bystanders who simply “looked” like they may be protestors.

The culmination of this was in Illinois, when the city of Chicago sent a loud message to Drumpf and his supporters, namely, that this kind of hatred is not welcome in their city. Drumpf ended up canceling the rally out of safety concerns, with protestors erupting in cheers.

From what it seems, most of these protestors are individuals who are determined to stand up for what they believe in, that our nation is not one of hate, and we are only weaker when we divide within ourselves. These are not “thugs” planning to “riot,” as Drumpf and supporters claim; rather, these are peaceful protestors trying to make themselves heard.

What is of grave importance is how this protest movement takes shape within Drumpf’s rallies, ensuring that the same sorts of violence never become a part of the arsenal used to defeat hate, but rather a reliance on peaceful and ideally informative means may be a better approach.

In the coming weeks, there will be more primaries and caucuses, and as such, more rallies, and understandably, more protests. While these events unravel, we must remain wary of the instigators of hate, and understand that it is not simply a group of angry people riled up in mob mentality, but a conscious effort by a man running for president to promote and encourage acts of hate and violence.

Lacrosse teams continue strong start to season

Three weeks into the season, Bates’ lacrosse teams, men’s and women’s combined, have lost just once. Thanks to explosive offenses, strong goalkeeping, and tremendous defensive efforts, Bates lacrosse has nearly started the season perfectly.

The number six nationally ranked men lost for the first time on Saturday, 14-9 to fourth ranked Amherst. Senior Jack Allard and junior Charlie Fay scored three goals apiece. Fay leads the team with 15 goals on the season, while Allard is second in goals (13) and second in assists (eight). On the strength of five goals in the second quarter, Bates took a 7-6 halftime lead. Trinity’s resounding third quarter response was five straight goals, as the Bantams built an 11-7 advantage that Bates could never erase. Now sitting at 4-1, the men’s next opponent is Trinity, who are currently 1-2, in their home opener at 1:00 pm on Saturday

Last Wednesday, the Bates women beat Babson 12-7. After Babson went up 3-1 early, Bates began to dominate, going on an 8-1 run that effectively wrapped up the game. Moriah Greenstein ’16 scored a game-high four goals for the Bobcats. Greenstein tops the team in both goals (19) and assists (14), and she’s led Bates in assists every season since her freshman year. With 88 career goals and nine regular season games remaining, Greenstein has a shot to reach the 100-goal milestone.

Sophomore Allison Dewey and Senior Alex Briody by John Neufeld

Continuing their excellent run of play, Bates defeated number nine nationally ranked Amherst 8-7 this Saturday to move to 5-0. Just as they have this season, the Bobcats got off to a blistering start, scoring the game’s first four goals. While Amherst chipped into that deficit over the rest of the game, they were never able to overcome Bates. Three late saves by senior Hannah Jeffrey, last week’s NESCAC Player of the Week, sealed the victory. Senior Emma Brinkman led Bates with four goals in the contest.

That victory forced coaches across women’s college lacrosse to pay attention to Bates, as the team went from having no votes in the national rankings last week to being number 16 in the country this week.

After a comprehensive 13-4 victory over Roger Williams on Wednesday in which seniors Alex Briody and Greenstein each scored three goals and Jeffrey recorded five saves, the Bobcats will next visit Trinity on Saturday afternoon. The Bantams, who have had the best NESCAC regular season record every year since 2009, will likely pose the greatest threat yet to Bates’ undefeated record. However, based upon their stellar season-opening run, the Bobcats should have plenty of confidence heading into that matchup.

 

“Our Country’s Good” reminds us what it means to be human

“Our Country’s Good” directed by Visiting Professor of Theater Sally Wood, in Gannett Theater. PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE

Allie Freed ’16 and Nate Stephenson ’18 enact an intensely emotional scene. PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE

The final scene in “Our Country’s Good” wraps up this emotional voyage. PHYLLIS GRABER JENSEN/BATES COLLEGE

 

I never thought I would feel pity for a hangman. After watching Timberlake Wertenbaker’s play, “Our Country’s Good,” and the emotionally draining performance put on by Bates actors, my thinking changed. Even though the play is set in the late eighteenth century and has convicts for characters, the audience learns to identify with those supposed criminals. With clever staging and lighting, “Our Country’s Good” is a play to remember.

Walking into Gannett Theater, I immediately noticed that the stage was set up in the round, with chairs on both sides of the platform. This layout was chosen instead of the normal construction of having the stage at the front of the room and the chairs all facing towards the front of the stage.

Throughout the play, Professor and Director Sally Wood’s stage movements made it so that there were actors facing all of the audience members at the same time. Another interesting part of this set-up was that the audience could look across the stage and gage their fellow people’s reactions to certain scenes.

At first glance, the set looked mild and underdone. It was made up solely of two columns on either side of the stage with fabric tied around them in elaborate knots; an upper level was only accessible by ladders. Once the house lights dimmed and the show began, however, different light filters also added to the ambience. Blue light trickled out from the under the stage to reinforce that the actors were on a boat. Red light filters were later used to show a particularly emotional scene.

The drapery on the columns was used to create smaller spaces, like Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark’s bedroom. At the end of the scene, the fabric was then re-tied to the pillars by the actors themselves and left alone until it was needed once more. Crates of varying sizes were among the only props used during the show. The sparse stage reinforced that the point of the play was to focus on the actors and their emotional journey, not the props.

Most of the play was double cast, with actors playing more than one role. While this might seem a little confusing, the transitions the actors made between their characters were seamless and easy to follow. Gavin Schuerch ’18 played three characters throughout the production. He told me that he associates different physical movements with different characters. Schuerch said, “because I’ve so strongly associated each character with his movement, once I’m in the right physical place, the mental shift comes almost immediately. Rapidly changing characters during quick scene changes happens pretty smoothly.”

The characters portrayed in this play are immensely complex. When I asked about her role and the play at large, Allie Freed ’16 said, “It was a play that challenged me intellectually, physically, and emotionally and it really pushed me as an actor. I am so thrilled with the finished

product, and it was such an honor to inhabit a character as complex, nuanced, and thoroughly human as Liz Morden.”

What do a penal colony and 1930s era Hollywood have in common? I’ll tell you: both use performances, whether it is theater or movies, to distract from the problems at hand. The premise of Wertenbaker’s play is that Second Lieutenant Ralph Clark, portrayed by Sam Myers ’16, wants to have the convicts put on a play. He has two motives: first is to please the governor and hopefully get a promotion, and the second is to give the prisoners a reprieve from their daily lives.

This play-within-a-play construction allows the audience to further examine why they themselves came to the show. Theater allows the audience and actors to leave their problems at the door and submerse themselves in a different world, at least for a while.

As to be expected, some of the characters in this play were ones that would not normally garner sympathy and might be difficult for actors to portray to the audience. However, Mara Woollard ’16 eloquently said, “This show really helped me realize that at the core [of acting] is the basic act of empathy for your fellow actors and their characters, but mostly for your own characters, whether they were kind and loving or cruel and unforgiving.”

The chemistry between the actors was palpable to the audience. Woollard cited her favorite part of working with fellow cast members. She said, “We are all completely silent and completely engrossed in what our fellow cast members are doing on stage. I think that clearly shows the respect and love that this cast has for the show and for each other.”

If you missed “Our Country’s Good,” that’s a real shame. It was a spectacular show and set a high bar for all future performances.

Sadie James takes on NCAA Championships

For the past nine days, Sadie James has been representing Bates Nordic Skiing at the NCAA National Collegiate Ski Championships in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. This was James’ first time at nationals and her first time competing at high altitudes.

Leading up to the race, her training was focused on preparing her for the high altitude conditions, including changes in diet (extra iron) to prepare her blood for the lower levels of oxygen as much as possible. Due to a lack of snow and warm weather, it was extremely difficult for James to train outdoors. Most of her training was spent running or using a ski erg machine.

James participated in two races in Colorado: the 5K skate and the 15K mass start classic. She admitted to feeling nervous in anticipation of competing. “There aren’t many times in a ski career where you can go into races with not a lot of expectations, but this was one for me because it was my first time at NCAAs,” James said. “I was definitely the most nervous I’ve been for a race in a long time.”

Her first race was the 5K while she was still adjusting to the altitude, which made for a very new and different race experience. James’ 5K time from NCAA Regionals, which was 14th-best in the Eastern circuit, placed her only in the top 40 at Nationals. Knowing that your competition is better than what you’re used to can mess with any athletes’ head. James was prepared for this, “My coaches and I talked about how that was a mental race, and they are right. If you weren’t mentally there for that race, it was going to be hard.” James placed 37th out of 40 on the 5K but was happy that she beat her Regionals time. The course was a difficult one, involving rolling hills, steep climbs, and ending with quick climbs.

The second race in which James competed was the 15K classic and according to her, was “the hardest race I’ve ever done. By the time I raced it was 48 degrees–not ideal for racing. My coaches did a phenomenal job with my skis and they were able to adjust my wax so I had kick the whole time. The snow turned to slush so quickly and it was just so, so slow.” James ended up placing 30th out of 40 competitors with a time of 59:30.9, about five minutes behind the first place finisher. Only one racer from the East Coast placed in the top 10, perhaps an indicator of the difficulties in racing in the high altitude.

Did James enjoy her first national championships? “I ended up having a great race when looking back at it in perspective. It was such a great experience. The support I got from both my team and the entire Bates community was incredible.” James is definitely a bright spark for the Nordic team and will hopefully compete next year at Nationals again.

 

Free speech for the entitled

One of the first things I learned in elementary school about limitations on freedom was premised on the following logic: An individual’s freedom ends once the actions of an individual begin to impede or intrude on another individual’s freedom. This is why, I learned, that things like stealing from others was bad, because it took away their right to own objects they paid for. In the case of free speech, I think that the same principles can be simply applied.

In my experience, the case of “free speech” is a very intense topic around college campuses and current political debates, and I have felt a lot of emotion from both sides. It seems as though one side is arguing for “safe spaces” and the other side is arguing that this space impedes on their freedom to voice their opinion without repercussion.

While there are many disagreements in logic and practice between the two sides that I will address, the first thing I would like to focus on is the illusion of private versus public. It seems that the side for unlimited free speech would like to compartmentalize these “safe spaces.” The other side argues that the private sector has its own set of rules and etiquette distinct from the agreed upon public domain. This line becomes blurred on college campuses, in the classroom, in the workspace, etc. It is in the seemingly public domain, I think, that their safety, and their freedom, is treated as an afterthought to others feeling the need to disperse their ideas at any given moment. In all honesty, the argument for unlimited free speech is a strategically decorated blazer cloaking every other argument made by a privileged or advantaged person who, knowingly or not, is attempting to solidify and secure their privilege or advantage of their race, class, gender, health, etc.

To argue for the dispersal of your own opinion at any given time, regardless of the consequences, is not only a privileged argument in its complete ignorance of the systematic oppression built upon language, but is also an argument initiating and further participating in the oppression of marginalized peoples. It seems that this intense desire is rooted in distaste for censorship of what comes out of a person’s mouth, because the individual arguing for it has never had to censor anything, and has always been allowed the privilege of having their opinions heard, as well as the privilege of being able to argue for their opinion. The problem is that not everyone has been granted this privilege.

Furthermore, the way that we speak to each other, about each other, and about other things, both in public and in private, dictates our perception of reality. From the very little understanding I have of epistemology, language has a strong foothold in the human notion of reality. Therefore, articulating language to cater to oppressed people will help articulate a reality in which they are no longer oppressed. On the other hand, allowing people to have unlimited access to whatever they feel like saying at any given time allows for micro-aggressions against marginalized people to continue. These micro-aggressions will contribute to the epistemological landscape of the space they are said in, further engraving that space with privilege on one side, and oppression on the other.

I understand that it can be difficult and feel limiting to have to censor everything that you want to say. However, this challenge is a privilege, because some people’s voices are not even recognized as valid, let alone heard. And this challenge, believe it or not, does not negate or disregard the individual’s opinion, however. It just means that the individual now has to share their opinion in a way that is not going to contribute to the systematic oppression of other peoples. The fact that marginalized people have to fight for their identities not to be linguistically oppressed is disturbing enough. To argue that it is unrealistic, too difficult, or hindering to academic discussion is essentially telling marginalized peoples that their basic freedom of feeling safe and comfortable in conversational settings, whether that be the classroom or on Facebook, is a violation of their basic human rights. Challenging privileged individuals like me to articulate their dialogue in a way that does not marginalize others forces us to challenge ourselves to consider the effects of our words. In no way do I feel limited in my expression because I cannot publicly oppress other people, just as I do not feel limited in my physical freedom because I cannot publicly slap other people in the face.

Thinking about this in regards to the mishap at Bowdoin, I do not think that the students being punished for the tequila party will have any ounce of freedom stripped from them because they are not allowed to publicly appropriate Latino culture for their own entertainment. The silly thing about this is that these students aren’t even being asked to respect this culture, they are simply being asked not to publicly disrespect it.

I have personally learned a lot about these issues since I have been abroad. A few Turkish students have joked with me about the use of the N word, and thought it was funny “how Americans get so sensitive about it.” To my Turkish friend, making fun of African Americans is silly. He does not come from a country that was not only built on forced labor, but still oppresses these people today. And that is exactly what micro-aggressions do. They enforce infrastructures of oppression on marginalized people, in order to maintain this marginalization. African Americans are still facing unfair treatment in this country and using a slur against or telling a joke about black people is not an isolated linguistic act—it is a performance that has been ritualized into this societal context for over 200 years. African Americans are not the only oppressed peoples in this country, which is why it is important to bring up issues like what happened at Bowdoin recently.

Advocating for unlimited free speech privileges a certain group of people who already have the opportunity for their voices to be heard. It advocates for unlimited acts of violence and aggression towards marginalized people with little to no consequence. For this reason, it is hard for me not to argue for the censorship of what we say, to ensure that marginalized people have a verbal space to inhabit safely in public, as it is obvious that they do not always have safe physical spaces to inhabit in this country.

Is anonymity in grading good or bad?

Is anonymity good or bad? The answer is, as always, it’s complicated. Anonymous grading depends on many aspects such as size, personal preference of the professor or lecturer, subject of the course, and in a way, efficiency of the grading system. Students at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where I have been studying for a little over two months, submit written assignments anonymously, despite the fact that classes range in size from eight to fifty-five students.

Here are some of the benefits to this system: most importantly, replacing your name with an eight-digit number and erasing all personal information that may link to you provides no opportunity for grading bias. Bias can be an extremely subtle, yet effective method of showing preference, both on paper and in the classroom. We’ve all heard of “the teacher’s pet” in high school, right? Well, bias on papers and the act of grading a student’s work is extremely subjective, regardless of how many times professors and lecturers insist that they are reading the papers with “an open mind.” We all have our opinions and doubts, both students and professors, so when reading and editing a paper, these grades are reflective of the grader’s perspective. Factual and political correctness placed aside, I strongly believe that the system of grading, both in Scotland and in the United States, is completely reflective of how one person assesses another. That being said, it is correct to point out the advantages of erasing all personal information from assignments: any connection—good or bad—that a professor or lecturer may have with a student has no bearing on that student’s grade.

In addition to preventing bias, the exam or student ID number on the top of the essay allows the grader to solely focus on the subject and quality of the essay, rather than focusing or getting distracted with the author’s identity. By erasing the name of the student, the grader can focus on the extent to which the author successfully (or unsuccessfully) conveyed their ideas and analysis onto the page. In a way, the idea of “writing an essay for a stranger or someone who doesn’t know the subject” is highlighted through this anonymous submission. Although the grader is most likely an expert in the subject area, the student must convey his/her understanding of the topic completely because there is no way for the grader to connect with the author to ask for clarification. What has been submitted is final, and there is no exception.

Now here is the flip side: anonymity severs all personal connections between the student and professor and breaks up the idea of progress. In my fifty-five-person class, our main lecturer is extremely friendly, funny, and is clearly an expert in her field. I have often entertained the idea of going to her office hours to chat, but something stops me every time: she doesn’t know me as student, regardless of whether she would recognize my face if I walked into her office. Obviously I could change this situation by going to her office, but the fact that she doesn’t know my writing or thought processes is discouraging and our possibility for any student-professor relationship would be quite short-lived. Many of my wonderful connections with Bates professors stem from the work I have submitted and quickly transformed into casual conversations. If there is anything I miss about the wonderful community of Bates, it is the valuable and incredibly inspiring close relationships between students and professors.

As for the idea of progress, I believe that anonymity breaks up the way a professor can keep track of a student’s progress throughout the semester. Granted, at the University of Edinburgh, all grading is solely based on two types of assessments, exams and essays, so “progress” is limited. Participation, however, could be factored into students’ grades in the smaller classes. Although a grader could easily look up the student’s exam number to compare a previous essay, I assume that here at this university, the grader only focuses on the assignment at hand. I may be incorrect, but the point is that the lack of personal connection between the author and the grader leaves no room for remembering the previous assignment and thus assessing the progress.

So, although I take a stand on the side that does not favor anonymity, there are clearly many advantages to keeping the student anonymous. My lecturers are professors in Scotland are extremely well versed and knowledgeable in their areas of study and I am learning about many valuable perspectives and subjects, but I have to say: I would prefer Bates College any day.

Tennis drops weekend slate at Middlebury

The Bates men’s and women’s tennis teams visited Middlebury on Saturday. Facing the number-three and -six teams in the country respectively, the Bobcats did not fare as well as they hoped. Both teams lost 9-0 to the Panthers.

The men’s match, played in the morning, took place indoors in the state of the art Duke Nelson Recreation Center. The most exciting match of the morning was at the No. 1 between Bates star Ben Rosen ’18 and Noah Farrell. After Farrell dominated the first set with a 6-0 win, Rosen fired back and took the second set 6-3. The final set of the match seemingly would not end, as Farrell pulled away with a hard fought 13-11 set, and a match victory. Although he took the loss, Rosen’s close effort against top competition is promising for the future. In doubles, Pat Ordway ’17 and Fergus Scott ’18 of Bates lost to Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani, 8-6. The number 22 Bates men’s team is now 2-4 on the season. Battle tested against some of the best teams in the country including the defending champions (Claremont), the rest of the season should be much easier for the Bobcats. Expect the team to pick up some big wins in conference play. Bates will face Swarthmore this Friday at 7 pm.

The weather was picture perfect as the Bobcat women took the court for their afternoon match on the Proctor Tennis Courts. The Panthers set the tone early by only losing two games in three doubles victories. In singles play, Bates top seed Maisie Silverman ’18 was able to win two games in the first set against Ria Gerger, but ended up losing the match 6-2, 6-0. At number two singles, Elizabeth Erbafina ’17 lost 6-3, 6-1. The Bobcats are now 3-3 on the season, and will be back in action Friday afternoon.

Both teams will travel to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia for the Blue-Grey Tennis Invitational. It will be a full weekend of tennis as each team is slated to compete in three matches. The men’s team will play Swarthmore, Mary Washington, and Johns Hopkins. The women’s team will play Mary Washington as well, along with Case Western Reserve and TCNJ. Hopefully the Bobcats will pick up some much-needed wins as the season gets into full swing.

 

Faces of Fulbright

Students choose to apply for Fulbright scholarships because Bates encourages community engagement and service. KATIE AILES ‘14/COURTESY PHOTO

Students choose to apply for Fulbright scholarships because Bates encourages community engagement and service. KATIE AILES ‘14/COURTESY PHOTO

As part of a continuation on last week’s article “Bates ranks 3rd in 2016 Fulbright ‘Top Producers,” the Student decided to catch up with former  Batesies on their adventures abroad, in addition to two recipients from this year’s applicant pool. Decisions will continue to come out in the next few weeks, for more Bates students are expected to hear back regarding their Fulbright decision.

These Bobcat scholars share how their experiences at Bates and  with the Fulbright intertwine.

Katie Ailes ’14 Scotland

Last year, Katie Ailes ’14,  was granted Bates’ first ever UK-US Fulbright Award for graduate studies, where she attended the University of Strathclyde to complete her Masters by Research in England. “Specifically I was doing independent research looking at pro-independence poetry written for the 2014 Scottish independence referendum,” said Ailes, “looking at the narratives of Scottish history and identity which were promoted through this body of work.”

Ailes has remained in Scotland (post-Fulbright) to complete her PhD at the University of Strathclyde in contemporary poetry in a UK context.

Ailes has found home in Scotland after studying abroad there in the fall of 2012. When she returned  there for her Fulbright program, Ailes became more involved in Scotland’s poetry scene. “I started doing open mics then more and more, and now I co-organise, tour, and perform with the Scottish spoken word collective, Loud Poets,” Ailes said. “The scene in Scotland is booming, so it’s tremendously exciting to be involved in it both as an artist and as a scholar.”

Katie Ailes emphasized both the positive impact that the Fulbright opportunity had on her and the program’s importance in the current political environment.

“I think it’s so important that the U.S. government provides this opportunity for citizens to travel around the globe and engage with other cultures,” Ailes told the Student. “Especially in today’s scarily insular and xenophobic climate, it’s more important now than ever that we continue to travel, to make connections, to converse with and understand people from completely different environments who may think differently to us.”

Patrick Tolosky ’15 Spain

Pat Tolosky is currently on the Fulbright Program in Spain where he started this September, and he will remain there until June. A Spanish major and a pre-med student at Bates, Tolosky hopes to enter a career in medicine. He knew he needed to broaden his horizons before taking on this challenge.

“I knew since the beginning of Bates that I wanted to take time to expose myself to other opportunities to learn,” Tolosky said. “I think that it is easy to lose sight of the interconnection between different professional fields that exists. Personally, I do not think I would be as open minded, creative, or adaptive as a physician if I did not try to diversify my perspective before entering medical school.”

Tolosky, as a “fellow” at a bilingual school, is currently teaching students ranging from ages 12 to 15. One of his duties is to hold conversation practice with groups of three to four, and he often comes away with more questions to discuss than he started with. “I learn so much from them,” said Tolosky.

In addition to his studies in Spain through Fulbright, Tolosky is currently helping with a project in rural  Peru to build a health clinic Q’eros. Tolosky will be at Bates alongside Katie Ailes on Monday, March 21, at Noon.

Tara Das ’16 Turkey

Das is one of two current Bates seniors who have been informed of their acceptances to their respective Fulbright programs. Das will serve as an English Teaching Assistant at a to-be-determined Turkish university.

“From what I’ve heard from Fulbright scholars who are currently in Turkey, the teaching assistant position usually entails teaching conversational English, assisting with extra-curricular activities, and attending departmental meetings,” Das told the Student.

Das is drawn to Turkey as the site of some of the “greatest cultural and geographical conflicts and developments of our time.”  For Das, her intellectual curiosity stems from her Bates Professors, who have continued to motivate her throughout her college career.

“Their passion for their research and geographical interests have an incredible ability to inspire students, which has shaped and developed my thirst to never stop learning about the world around me,” said Das. Bates’ investment in community-engaged learning and cultural development showed Das to foster her drive to continue to learn new things about the world around her.

Carly Peruccio ’16 Luxembourg

Like Das, senior Carly Peruccio also received an English Teaching Assistant Grant. She will be teaching in Luxembourg, working with both high school teachers and professors at the University of Luxembourg. A new element in Peruccio’s program is the opportunity to teach French to refugees who recently relocated to the country.

Peruccio has taught English at Lewiston’s Adult Learning Center since her first year. Peruccio told the Student, “Teaching English has allowed me to build meaningful relationships with Lewiston residents whom I otherwise might not have met. We’ve exchanged our ideas and perspectives even though we have different cultural and linguistic backgrounds. I’m looking forward to doing the same in Luxembourg.”

Bates doesn’t just publish “purposeful work” on their website as a way to attract prospective students. Bates wants its students to find purpose in whatever field is dear to them. Professors, staff, community partners, and fellow students help  to develop that interest while at Bates. We leave with the charge of enacting valuable change in the world through dignified careers of service.

For more information about the Fulbright Program for next year or other fellowship opportunities including those for alumni, contact Robert Strong.

Stay a little longer and listen to Brothers Osborne

On January 1, brothers TJ and John Osborne released their debut studio album, Pawn Shop. While country is not my number one choice of musical genre, this unique musical duo, Brothers Osborne, strays from the stereotypical country sound by incorporating layers of rock and folk in addition to country. The result? Well, let’s just say there’s a lot more to country than tractors and heartbreak. Pawn Shop is chock full of a range of songs dealing with classic themes such as love while also addressing acceptance and appreciation for what life has to offer.

The album’s opener, “Dirt Rich,” is a play on the term, “dirt poor.” This is an upbeat, catchy tune in which the brothers advise us that “if you’re broke, don’t fix it; learn to live with it.” Sometimes life will throw us challenges. If something is out of your control, the Osbornes tell us that sometimes the right perspective is to simply go with the flow and work with what you already have.

Back in 2015, the brothers released a single called “Stay A Little Longer,” which is the third song on their full album. “Stay a Little Longer” is a song I cannot stop listening to—it is, in my opinion, the most noteworthy song on the album. It targets the essence of a new and developing romantic relationship by describing how, when two people share a special moment, they keep replaying it in their heads because they want the other person to come back and “stay a little longer.”

Someone may deny his or her feelings for the other person, as the brothers tell us, but there is no denying that he or she cannot get enough. They sing, “I tell myself I’m not in love, but one more time is not enough.”

Towards the end of the song, we hear the epic guitar solo that captures the feelings one can bottle up and try to hide but will always find a way to be revealed. It may seem cheesy, but it is very real and very relatable at the same time, which is exactly what makes “Stay A Little Longer” such a standout. This song says what most people think in this situation but are too afraid to say in words. In the end, this is why music is the perfect medium of expression.

The rest of Pawn Shop reflects the carefree but careful attitude of Brothers Osborne. In the title song, “Pawn Shop,” the brothers highlight that one can always make something good out of something bad as seen in the lyrics, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” In the track, “American Crazy,” the brothers address that, amidst the divided nation that is America, essentially we are all connected because we are all American. We should be proud and grateful for the life we live.

Pawn Shop will boost your mood with its upbeat, captivating tunes that provide positive messages. It will resonate with you long after you have listened to the album, or even after you have listening to just one song from the album. The album is a solid effort for both its musicality and its recognition of the obvious things in life that people never really talk about.

 

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